Apr 30

Muslim women from Sri Lanka discover out of fear

Muslim women from Sri Lanka discover out of fear (3)

Muslim women from Sri Lanka discover out of fear

Religious tensions and the government’s ban on covering the face since the suicide attacks on Easter Sunday have forced conservative Muslim women in Sri Lanka to avoid the veil, scarves and long robes in public.

Muslims in the South Asian nation have felt they are a target since suicide bombers killed more than 250 people with their coordinated attacks in six churches and hotels.

Many women said that they stopped using niqab face veils, hijab scarves and abaya robes immediately after the attacks.

On Monday, the Sri Lankan government banned women from covering their faces in public, lining it up with several European countries, including France, Denmark and Belgium.

Sri Lanka’s population of 21 million is a mosaic of ethnicities and religions, dominated by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. Hindus (12.5% ​​of the population) and Muslims (9.5%) follow, with Christians the fourth (7.0%).

“I have stopped using the abaya and the hijab in recent days because of the comments and the appearance I was receiving,” said a Muslim widow, who asked not to be named.

“I will start using them when the situation is calmer and people are less paranoid,” he said.

“The hijab has not been forbidden, but people look askance when they see me.”

– Buddhist welcome –

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Mareena Thaha Reffai, a Muslim preacher and director of a women’s organization, said it was better to comply with the ban than to trigger a religious dispute.

“This is not the time to discuss rights, two hundred and fifty people have died, 500 have been injured,” Reffai told AFP. “Let the emotions go down, let’s talk about this (ban) without haste”.

Reffai did not believe there was any reason for the ban when none of the suicide bombers hid their identity while flying the Christian faithful in three Easter services and foreign tourists while waiting for breakfast at three hotels in Colombo.

The Roman Catholic leader of the country, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, would not intervene in the ban, although he said that some of the members of the Islamic community had asked for it.

“We can not take a position,” the cardinal told AFP. “We do not know what is in the base and behind this strategy … But the Muslim clerics themselves wanted it.”

The main Buddhist monk Omalpe Sobitha welcomed the prohibition of the niqab.

“When people cover their faces, we do not know who is behind that veil,” he said. “Even criminals can use these clothes to hide their identity, so it’s a good measure to prohibit this.”

He highlighted how European nations had also banned facial coverage for security reasons.

Most Muslim women in Sri Lanka practice a liberal form of Islam and do not cover their faces in public.

A Muslim housewife in her 70s said she never covered her face and had no problem with the ban.

“As the Muslims of Sri Lanka got more education, they got rid of the purdah,” he said.

– Avoid face to face –

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The council of Islamic clerics in Sri Lanka had appealed to Muslim women days before the government banned their faces from being covered.

“We make a strong call to our sisters to be aware of the critical emergency situation that prevails in our country,” said All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama in a statement.

“We advise that, in the prevailing situation, our sisters should not hamper the security forces in their efforts to maintain national security by wearing a cover.”

It has imposed a tight security with thousands of troops deployed. Search and cordon operations organized since the April 21 attacks are a setback to the country’s war era.

The restrictions waned after government forces defeated Tamil Tiger separatist rebels in 2009. The obstacles and checkpoints were dismantled allowing free movement.

After the Easter attacks, the restrictions of the war returned.

Several Muslims felt that the dress code was distracted from the larger problem: the intelligence failure that led to the devastating attacks.

The government has admitted that it had previous warnings about suicide bombers, but no superior minister was told and no one took it so seriously as to avoid disaster.

Apr 30

Pakistan named the tenth ‘most angry’ country in the world in a new survey

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Pakistan named the tenth ‘most angry’ country in the world in a new survey

Pakistan has been named the tenth most angry country in the world, according to a recent survey recently conducted.

The survey conducted by Gallup Global Emotions Report contained interviews of more than 150,000 people from more than 140 countries around the world, and named Pakistan as the tenth most angry of all.

According to the published findings, levels of stress, worry and sadness increased among people, with 39 percent claiming to have been entangled in worries and 35 percent under immense stress before the survey.

With Armenia leading the list, Iran and Iraq were second and third in a row, followed by Palestine, Morocco, Turkey, Niger, Chad and Libya.

Gallup’s annual, bi-annual and biennial global survey sheds light on important issues around the world.

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Apr 29

OGRA recommends Rs 14 per liter increase in gas prices

OGRA recommends Rs 14 per liter increase in gas prices

OGRA recommends Rs 14 per liter increase in gas prices

ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) recommended an increase of Rs14.37 per liter in the price of gasoline from May 1, the sources said Monday.

Private sources to the development said that OGRA has transferred the summary of the increase of the prices of petroleum products to the petroleum division.

The final division will be made by the Ministry of Finance with the consultation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In its summary, OGRA has suggested an increase of Rs4.89 per liter in diesel prices, Rs7.46 per liter in kerosene oil and Rs6.40 per liter increase in the prices of light diesel.

Apr 29

India participates in the Easter explosions in Sri Lanka

India participates in the Easter explosions in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Researchers have identified Zahran Hashim as the leader of the National Thowheed Jamaath, who executed the highly coordinated explosions in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, leaving 253 dead and several hundred injured.

Zahran Hashim, who is believed to have masterminded the Easter attacks, spent “substantial” time in “southern India,” a senior Sri Lankan military source said on Friday. Investigators identified Hashim as the leader of the National Thowheed Jamaath, which they said carried out the highly coordinated explosions on Sunday.

More than 250 people, including 45 children and 40 foreigners, died in the deadly explosions. Two days later, the Islamic State took responsibility for the attacks and subsequently published an image of eight suspected terrorists. The man seen standing in the center is believed to be Hashim. The other jihadists had covered their faces with a scarf. Researchers in Sri Lanka, however, have identified nine suicide bombers, including a woman. “We are looking at the IS angle, we also suspect that some of these young radicals were indoctrinated and trained in India, possibly Tamil Nadu,” the senior official said, on condition of anonymity.

Indian officials did not comment that Hashim traveled to India but pointed to evidence of virtual ties he had with young people believed to be of Indian origin. More than 100 followers of the Hashim Facebook page are being investigated by the National Research Agency (NIA), said an official, who asked not to be identified. The first hints of Hashim’s doctrinal videos, likely to radicalize young people, emerged when Indian authorities interrogated seven members of a group whose leader, according to officials, was a follower of Hashim. The men sympathized with IS and were arrested in September 2018 in Coimbatore, on suspicion that they were planning the assassination of certain political and religious leaders in India, the official said.

Authorities in Sri Lanka, which has so far not officially named any of the nine suicide bombers or suspects, confirmed on Friday that Hashim was one of two suicide bombers who carried out the explosions at the Shangri-La hotel, in the road to Galle, facing the sea, in Colombo. He led the radical Islamist group in Kattankudy, in the district of Batticaloa, in the eastern province of Sri Lanka, and was known to adopt extremist religious ideas, often because of the discomfort of many within the community.

Earlier this week, villagers told The Hindu that Zahran had left the city two years ago, following a fierce disagreement with the Moulavi (religious scholar) about the practice of Islam. He was fleeing ever since, community leaders said.

Apr 29

K-Electric launches a mobile application and a web portal for customers

K-Electric launches a mobile application and a web portal for customers

K-Electric launches a mobile application and a web portal for customers

In an attempt to improve its customer service, K-Electric has launched the KE Live application and a web portal to facilitate its customers.

The application helps to access a variety of services. After registering, the user will be able to access many functions such as billing details, historical data, comparative graphs of consumption of integrated units and downloads of duplicated invoices.

Other features allow the user to report on the theft of energy, submit complaints and obtain an update of the status of the live energy. The application also allows consumers to locate their nearest customer service center.

A few days ago, K-Electric updated its site electrical network station with reliable and efficient Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.

The power supply company has also received national and regional recognition for its efforts to maximize comfort for its customers through advanced digital solutions. In 2018, K-Electric won the Digi Awards in Pakistan for the second time.

He also won the “Best Use of Technology” award in the category “Best Customer Innovation” at the Genesys G-Summit Middle East 2017 held in Dubai. It was the first time that a Pakistani company claimed this award on the regional platform.

The KE Live app is available for Android and iPhone users in the Google Play Store and App Store. It can also be downloaded from the web portal: live.ke.com.pk.