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20 I WORLD NEWS


Passion Islam I August 2010


EU says terrorist attacks decreasing


The European Commission adopted a report taking stock of the main tools in place under the EU Counter- Terrorism Strategy. The report outlines achievements and upcoming challenges and initiatives, laying the foundation for a broader Internal Security Strategy, which is planned for this autumn.


“Thankfully, the overall number of terrorist attacks and arrests is decreasing in the EU, “ said Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs in press statements.


“But at the same time terrorist methods and terrorist propaganda are evolving and taking new forms. We must make sure that we are able to meet these new threats ,” she added.


The report lists the existing measures to prevent, protect, pursue and respond to terrorist threats, underlining efforts to fight terrorist


The Islamic Tourism Center, a body under the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, will be organizing the inaugural International Islamic Tourism Conference and Travel Mart (IITM) on 28-31 October 2010 at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur.


Themed “Harvesting the Potential of Intra-Regional Islamic Travel & Tourism”, the forum seeks to enhance the understanding of the myriad opportunities arising from the burgeoning market for Halal-friendly travel and Islamic tourism worldwide. Looking to explore the issues associated with the development, management and promotion of Islamic tourism, the forum will focus on the existence of a suitable “Muslim tourism environment”,


propaganda and recruitment, measures to avoid attacks with explosives, and prevention of chemical, biological and nuclear threats. The report also identifies future challenges in areas such as radicalisation, crisis management and response. The report is based on the 2005 EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy which consists of four areas: prevent, protect, pursue and respond. Over the period 2007-2013, the EU has set aside a total amount of 745 million euro to support policies to counter terrorism and organised crime .


acknowledging such issues as Halal services infrastructure, entrepreneurial systems, travel and tour agencies, airlines, the roles of mass media as well as safety and security.


Providing a platform for the coming of minds between the academic and industry sectors, IITM sets out to identify and address key issues relating to Islamic tourism so as to maximize the benefits of Islamic tourism promotions and minimize any perceived negative impacts. A four-day travel mart will also be held alongside the forum, which will provide a comprehensive B2B and B2C platform for trade and retail visitors, allowing each to sample the various tour packages on offer, as


Indian woman charged for spying for Pakistan


The Delhi Police formally charged an Indian woman diplomat, Madhuri Gupta, who was caught in April this year for allegedly spying for Pakistani intelligence authorities while being posted at the Indian Embassy in Islamabad.


Following the incident, Madhuri, who worked as Second Secretary in the Press and Information Wing of the Indian Embassy, was recalled from Pakistan and interrogated by Indian authorities.


The 22-page charge-sheet filed against her alleged Madhuris links with a Pakistani agent to whom she passed on classified information of the Indian Embassy. It also claimed that there were as many as 30 witnesses against her. This is the first incident in Indians history where a woman diplomat posted overseas was caught for allegedly spying for the host country.


International Conference on Islamic Tourism Organized


well as provide a relaxed atmosphere for industry players to network. To be officiated by the Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak, various key speakers and industry experts are expected to present their papers including Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation, Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, President of the Heritage Trust of Malaysia and Dato’ Jamil Bidin, CEO of Halal Industry Development Corporation.


Also expected to address the forum delegates are Azran Osman Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, Imtiaz Muqbil from Islamic Travel Newswire, Kamarul Aznam Kamaruzaman, Editor of Halal Media and Fazal Baharuddin from CrescentRating.


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