Malaysian he­li­copter goes miss­ing with six aboard

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

KUALA LUMPUR—A he­li­copter be­lieved to be car­ry­ing six peo­ple went miss­ing Thurs­day over the Bor­neo is­land state of Sarawak, re­ports said. Con­tact with the air­craft was lost around 5 pm (0900 GMT) dur­ing a short flight from the state’s in­te­rior to its cap­i­tal Kuching, De­part­ment of Civil Avi­a­tion chief Azharud­din Ab­dul Rah­man was quoted as say­ing by Malaysian me­dia.

He added that au­thor­i­ties had launched a search and res-

SABRIA S. JAWHA HE Ci­tadel, a mil­i­tary col­lege in South Caro lina, is con­sid­er­ing al­low­ing a Mus­lim wo­man, who was ad­mit­ted to the in­sti­tu­tion, to wear the hi­jab as part of her uni­form. Nat­u­rally, this has raised the usual hue and cry about giv­ing spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion to peo­ple with re­li­gious con­vic­tions, but to the col­lege’s credit its ad­min­is­tra­tors are think­ing the long game here.

The Ci­tadel has been around for nearly 200 years and has a long and very strict tra­di­tion on how cadets be­have and the de­mands placed on them on how, when and where they wear their uni­forms. Once an all-male academy, the Ci­tadel has been ad­mit­ting women since 1995.

Sec­u­lar so­ci­eties al­ways strug­gle with re­li­gion. The

Tcue mis­sion in the rugged, sparsely pop­u­lated state. The Star news­pa­per’s web­site re­ported that Plan­ta­tion In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Deputy Min­is­ter No­riah Kas­non and par­lia­ment mem­ber Wan Mo­ham­mad Khairil Anuar Wan Ah­mad were be­lieved to be among those aboard. The pur­pose of their travel was not im­me­di­ately clear, but much of the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal at­ten­tion has been fo­cused for weeks on elec­tion cam­paign­ing.—APP

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