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France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

| 15/09/2009 | Reply
France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

Muslims in France’s army who go on
the pilgrimage to Mecca this year will not have to travel on private
commercial flights or bunk with ordinary civilians. In a break from
tradition, the Defence Ministry will provide a plane to fly them to
Saudi Arabia and organize their stay.

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"The financial crisis is not in the slightest bit surprising"

| 12/09/2009 | Reply
"The financial crisis is not in the slightest bit surprising"

A fascinating interview with German lawyer and philosopher AbuBakr Rieger on the root causes of the economic melt-down and the important role that Islam has to play in bringing a return to balance and sanity in the financial arenas.

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Sri Lanka pushes halal credentials

| 10/09/2009 | Reply
Sri Lanka pushes halal credentials

Sri
Lanka’s major holiday destinations will now offer halal food, in a bid
to cater for a recent influx of tourists from the Middle East.

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IDB Gives Nod To Brunei Leadership Role In Islamic Finance

| 07/09/2009 | Reply
IDB Gives Nod To Brunei Leadership Role In Islamic Finance

Bandar Seri Begawan – Bank Islam Brunei – Darussalam’s (BIBD)
appointment as one of the co-lead managers for the Islamic Development
Bank’s (IDB) upcoming US$1.5 billion sukuk issue gives a nod to
Brunei’s leadership role in Islamic finance and the application of
syariah-compliant instruments. The bank was mandated alongside BNP Paribas, CIMB, Deutsche Bank and
HSBC last July for the IDB’s latest sukuk offering, which will have a
three-to five-year maturity date to be decided and a price to be
announced, depending on the investor base.

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Halal drugs audit: Brunei’s other promise

| 06/09/2009 | Reply
Halal drugs audit: Brunei’s other promise

WHILE the halal market is largely concentrated on food, Brunei has
already begun developing its halal guidelines for the pharmaceutical
industry. The Brunei Islamic Religious Council is yet to
finalise work on the document but once it is completed, this would put
the Sultanate in the forefront of growth in the global market, Selma
Djukic, president of White Owl Global Services Ltd, a service and
consulting agency targeting the pharmaceutical industry, says in a talk
with The Brunei Times’ Debbie Too. The Canadian firm specialises in
research, drug development, natural health and biotechnology, project
management.

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Kasehdia To Organise World Halal Forum In Europe

| 05/09/2009 | Reply
Kasehdia To Organise World Halal Forum In Europe

KasehDia Sdn Bhd,
organiser of the World Halal Forum, will for the first time organise
the event in Europe from Nov 17-18. With the theme,
“Halal Market Potential- A Regional Force”, the forum
will be held at The Hague, Netherlands, and is expected to attract
about 300 delegates from over 40 countries.

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IHI and Pakistan

| 04/09/2009 | Reply
IHI and Pakistan


Pakistan’s first ever major Halal event, Global Halal Expo and Global
Halal Congress have been slated to be held in Karachi from 12th to 14th
February 2010 at the Karachi Expo Centre. Expected to be held back to
back in Karachi, Global Halal Congress is an international conference
for leading Halal industry players, Halal certification bodies and
other major stakeholders to discuss the latest trends and issues in the
Global Halal industry and to identify the opportunities available for
Halal suppliers. The Global Halal Expo will be an international Halal
exhibition showcasing Halal products and services from all over the
world.

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Halal Ads Hit French TV — And France Eats Them Up

| 02/09/2009 | Reply
Halal Ads Hit French TV — And France Eats Them Up

The ad campaign by Panzani-owned, Lyon-based food brand Zakia Halal
is the first ever mass-market promotion of halal food to France’s
estimated five million Muslims. The TV spots kicked off on Aug. 17 to
coincide with the start of the holy month of Ramadan, and have been
running on most of France’s largest television channels since.

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The World’s First "Halal" Search Engine Designed for Muslims Goes Live

| 01/09/2009 | Reply
The World’s First "Halal" Search Engine Designed for Muslims Goes Live

AMSTERDAM – As of today, Muslims from all over the world can search the World Wide
Web safely without coming across content that might be considered “Haram”
according to the Islamic Law. The search engine, ImHalal.com (http://www.imhalal.com/ ), only fetches
results that are flagged as to be “Halal”.

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How to Make Socially Responsible Investments Pay Off

| 31/08/2009 | Reply
How to Make Socially Responsible Investments Pay Off

As the notions of CSR and Halal continue to converge, read this thought-provoking article from the CEO of Timberland. While consumers call for more socially responsible business practices, shareholders and investors still don’t seem to care. Where are the really socially responsible investors? asks Swartz. Similarly in the Halal sector, the market is expanding exponentially, the consumers are vastly under-served, and yet where is the investment money, particularly from the Muslim world? They can’t all still be looking at real estate and football clubs…or can they?

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French Muslims suprised by first TV advert for halal food

| 28/08/2009 | Reply
French Muslims suprised by first TV advert for halal food

The power of the Islamic purse has broken new ground
in France with the country’s first primetime TV advertisement for halal
food.
In a surprising development for a country poised to ban the burka,
the advert for the first time directly targets France’s five million
Muslims, offering them microwaveable paella, lasagna and shepherd’s pie
prepared in accordance with Islamic law.

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Wipro Consumer Care eyes Africa for growth

| 26/08/2009 | Reply
Wipro Consumer Care eyes Africa for growth

BANGALORE:
Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting (WCCL), which forayed into the international
personal care market by snapping up Singapore-headquartered Unza Holdings, is
training its focus on east and west African countries to increase Unza’s
base this fiscal.
Unza’s portfolio
includes women’s toiletry brand Enchanteur, which accounts for 30% of
revenues, men’s brand Romano as well as Halal toiletry brand Safi.

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Muslim business owners to be offered Halal insurance

| 23/08/2009 | Reply
Muslim business owners to be offered Halal insurance

UK muslims who own their own businesses will be able to take out business insurance compatible with their faith from next year. Salaam Halal Insurance, the UK’s first standalone Islamic insurance
company plans to launch a range of commercial lines products in the
first quarter of 2010.

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Saaf Pure Skincare Launches in Malaysia

| 20/08/2009 | Reply
Saaf Pure Skincare Launches in Malaysia

Saaf Pure Skincare has long made a name for itself in the UK and has
been making waves all over Europe. It has now landed in Malaysia
(thanks to The Apothecary and Company), and KLue’s proud to be one of
the first to spread the word around. For those who don’t already know,
Saaf Pure Skincare is a range of world’s first halal and organic
skincare products.

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Grab the land

| 18/08/2009 | Reply
Grab the land

In recent years, in a bid to reduce food imports, several Gulf
countries have been investing heavily in farmland in developing
countries such as Pakistan, the Philippines and Ethiopia.  Last year,
Gulf States imported 80 percent of their food at a cost of $20 billion.

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TM Info To Offer Two New Online Directories

| 14/08/2009 | Reply
TM Info To Offer Two New Online Directories

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri
Sabri Yaakob, witnessed the partnership signing ceremony today, which
would pave the way for the three companies to jointly produce the
on-line version of Halal Pages (e-Halal), Malaysia Tourist Pages
(e-Holiday) and food and beverages outlets directory (e-Dining). Under the e-Halal directory, only halal-certified companies would
be allowed to place advertisements for their halal products, including
service providers like financial institutions and takaful companies.

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Cool Logistics 09 – Hamburg, Germany

| 14/08/2009 | Reply
Cool Logistics 09 – Hamburg, Germany

Germany: Cool Logistics conference to discuss fast-emerging opportunities in global halal logistics. As one of the latest trends in extending
halal upstream and downstream the value chain, halal logistics offers
enormous opportunities both for producers and for the transport,
storage and distribution industries, says Marco Tieman, Managing Director
of LBB International and Chair of the International Halal Integrity
(IHI) Alliance Technical Committee on Halal Logistics.

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Taiwan-Malaysia Bilateral Trade To Be At US$10 Bln This Year

| 11/08/2009 | Reply
Taiwan-Malaysia Bilateral Trade To Be At US$10 Bln This Year

Food and Hotel
Malaysia 2009 (FHM09)exhibition, is being held  Aug 11-14 at the Kuala Lumpur
Convention Centre. Taiwan is one country that is there because Malaysia’s commitment towards halal development also
provides potential opportunities for Taiwanese companies to penetrate
the huge market of a 1.5 billion Muslim population.

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3rd IMT-GT SYMPOSIUM ON HALAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT 2009

| 10/08/2009 | Reply
3rd IMT-GT SYMPOSIUM ON HALAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT 2009

Call for papers for the 3rd IMT-GT SYMPOSIUM ON HALAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT 2009 to
be held in Malaysia, from 21-22 December 2009.
The Symposium will provide one conference room
for researchers, academicians and Halal expertise
to share ideas, opinions and views revolving
ongoing issues with Halal products.

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The halal creams that let Muslim faces glow

| 10/08/2009 | Reply
The halal creams that let Muslim faces glow

DUBAI
// As a freelance make-up artist, Layla Mandi was shocked to discover
three years ago that many cosmetics contain animal residues, including
pig products. Since then, she has spent her time developing her own
halal skin care range. Now a self-employed businesswoman, Miss
Mandi, 32, hopes to fill what she sees as a gap in the cosmetics
industry for Muslim women in the region.

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