Lebanese nightclub shutdown after playing Qur’anic verses during party

The Garten is a popular open-air venue situated on Beirut’s water front that hosts world-renowned DJs and performers. (Shutterstock)
Updated 20 May 2018

Lebanese nightclub shutdown after playing Qur’anic verses during party

DUBAI: A Lebanese nightclub was shut down on Saturday night after videos surfaced across social media where Qur’anic verses can be heard playing over music during a party, local media reported.
Beirut Governor Judge Ziad Chebib ordered the closure of popular club, The Garten, for “lacking proper registration and promoting material that offends religious beliefs.”
This is not the first nightclub of the same owners to be closed due to indecent acts. Earlier this year, Diskotek was shut after a provocative, sexually-explicit stage performance went viral on social media.
The Garten is a popular open-air venue situated on Beirut’s water front that hosts world-renowned DJs and performers.


Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

Updated 04 July 2020

Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

  • The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make

PUNE: An Indian man said he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.
The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune.
“It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” Shankar told AFP.
“I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions,” he added.
When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewelry weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand.
Kurhade — whose company makes industrial sheds — said he got the idea for the gold face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing one made from silver.
“People are asking me for selfies,” he said.
“They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets.”
India has made face masks mandatory in public places in a bid to control the spread of the virus in the country, which has around 650,000 confirmed cases and more than 18,600 fatalities.