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Chadoora resident dies in road accident at Jeddah

(Asian News Hub) – A 32-year-old man from Dooniwara locality of Chadoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district died in a road accident in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

An official told the news agency—KNO that the man died after a car he was travelling in met with an accident today morning.

The deceased was identified as Syed Asrar son of Syed Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Dooniwara area of Chadoora.

The official said that the man was working in Jeddah.

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Saudi Arabia announces first day of Ramadan 2021

The moon-sighting committee said that the crescent moon had not been sighted

(Asian News Hub) – The first day of Ramadan will be April 13, Tuesday, the moon sighting committee in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday evening. The committee added that the crescent moon had not been sighted.

Accordingly, Monday, April 12, will be the last day of Shaban 1442 Hijri.

Sunday marks the 29th day of Shaban, the month before Ramadan according to the Islamic calendar. Ramadan lasts for one complete moon cycle, which is usually 29 or 30 days. The moon sighting determines the duration.

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At least 32 killed in Egypt train crash

(Asian News Hub) – At least 32 people were killed and 66 others wounded in Egypt’s southern province of Sohag when two trains collided on Friday, according to a government statement that feared the number might rise.

The Egypt Health Ministry statement said at least 36 ambulances were sent to the scene and they transferred the wounded to four public hospitals nearby.

The rear end of a passenger train crashed into another with the air-conditioning system in Tahta city, 467 km from here, causing at least three carriages to be derailed, an official security source told Xinhua news agency on condition of anonymity.

“The accident was horrible, and the people helped the security men find the wounded inside the damaged carriages,” an eyewitness said.

Some bodies were still stuck inside the three carriages, he added.

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Iran’s Khamenei issues fatwa saying women in cartoons must wear hijab

(Asian News Hub) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei recently issued a new fatwa declaring that women in cartoons and animated films must wear the hijab, according to Tasnim news agency.

“Is observing hijab necessary for characters in animated films (three-dimensional paintings that come from the artist’s mind)?” Khamenei was asked by an enquirer on a Telegram channel, according to a translation of the question by the IranWire news website.

“Although wearing hijab in such a hypothetical situation is not required per se, observing hijab in animation is required due to the consequences of not wearing hijab,” IranWire quoted Khamenei as saying in his reply.

Wearing a headscarf and covering all parts of the body was made mandatory for women in Iran soon after the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

Women who leave part of their hair uncovered in public are regularly targeted by Iran’s morality police, known as Gasht-e Ershad.

In recent years, women in Iran have been harassed both by the police and men on the street for “improperly” wearing the hijab. Last October, a young woman was arrested in central Iran for “insulting the Islamic hijab” after a video appeared to show her cycling without a veil, according to the official IRNA news agency.

In March of last year, a video showing a man attacking a woman in Iran went viral and sparked outrage on social media. The woman was attacked for being a “bad hijab,” according to some social media users.

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