Shoura divided on women TV anchors’ dress code

Updated 01 January 2015
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Shoura divided on women TV anchors’ dress code

The Shoura Council was divided on Tuesday over whether to force women television presenters on Saudi-funded private channels to abide by a dress code, which includes wearing abayas and scarves.
The members had been discussing an amendment to the country’s audiovisual law proposed by Noura Al-Odwan, a woman member of the Shoura, and backed by the culture and media affairs committee. A fine of SR10,000 has been proposed for those failing to comply.
Saudi Al-Shammari said there are no regulations in place that defines the national dress for women, and to introduce this paragraph into regulations overseeing the General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM) would be illegal.
Modi Al-Doghaither supported the committee’s findings to oblige anchors to wear what he termed Islamic dress. Saad Al-Baizi said the GCAM is not responsible for Saudi television and only supervises non-Saudi channels working in the Kingdom, in addition to the Internet and publications. Committee chairman Ahmad Al-Zeali withdrew this paragraph for later discussion.
The discussion comes a few weeks after Al-Odwan criticized women television presenters, saying they used too much makeup, drawing flak from some Shoura members and women television presenters.
Meanwhile, Shoura members said King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital was deteriorating. A total of 33 doctors had resigned apparently because they had not been treated properly.
Khawla Al-Krei’ said there have been mounting problems at the hospital, with 41 research projects underway costing millions, but with no proven value. Salwa Al-Hazza said the hospital produces virtually the same report every year. The last survey it had undertaken was 30 years ago.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019
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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.