After moon sighting website, Fawad Chaudhry launches 'The Ruet' app

Published: May 31, 2019
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Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry launches moon sighting website at a ceremony in Lahore on Sunday.
PHOTO: INP

Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry launches moon sighting website at a ceremony in Lahore on Sunday. PHOTO: INP

After the launch of Pakistan’s first moonsighting website, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, announced on Thursday that a mobile app was launched to help understand the different cycles of the moon.

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The launch comes just a few days before Eidul Fitr.

Pakistan’s first moon sighting website launched; Eid on June 5
Called, ‘The Ruet’, the app is only available on the Google Play Store as of yet.

Some of the main features of ‘The Ruet’ include:
• Real-time information about current age, phases of the moon and Islamic Hijri calendar.
• Setting location manually to any coordinates in Pakistan.
• New moon details by Islamic months.
• Positions of the moon, sun and all major planets on the interactive sky simulation.

Last week, Chaudhry said in his opinion Pakistan can do away with the traditional moon sighting methods used by the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee to end the moon sighting controversy on all important Islamic festivals, Express News reported.

Recently, the National Assembly was informed that an amount of Rs3.06 million was spent on the sighting of the moon for Muharram, Ramazan, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha in 2018.

“We have launched pakmoonsighting.pk website and Eidul Fitr will fall on June 5 this year … we have formulated the lunar calendar for five years which will be presented before the federal cabinet on Tuesday for final approval,” said the minister.

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A five-member committee was formed by the minister earlier this month which included members from the ministry Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and Pakistan Meteorological Department to formulate the Hijri calendar.

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