Indonesia Islamic varsities 'ban' niqab over fundamentalism fears Mar 09, 2018 0 41 12345 AFPYogyakarta, IndonesiaA pair of Indonesian Islamic universities are pushing female students to ditch niqab face veils -- with one threatening expulsion for non-compliance -- as concerns grow over rising fundamentalism in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University said it issued the edict this week to more than three dozen niqab-wearing students, who will be booted from school if they refuse.Although niqabs are common in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states, they're rare in secular Indonesia, where around 90 percent of its 260 million people have traditionally followed a moderate form of Islam.For many Indonesians, the niqab -- a full veil with a small slit for the eyes -- is an unwelcome Arab export and some associate it with radical Islam, which the country has wrestled with for years."We are a state university... we've been told to spread moderate Islam," the school's chancellor Yudian Wahyudi told a press briefing this week.The school, based in Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta, has some 10,000 students.Another Yogyakarta-based institution, Ahmad Dahlan University, has also introduced a new prohibition on the niqab out of fears it might stir up religious radicalism, which has seen a resurgence on many of the nation's university campuses.There will be no penalty for those who refuse, it added."But during exams, they cannot wear it because officials have to match the photos on their exam ID with them, which is hard if one is wearing the niqab," university chancellor Kasiyarno, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told reporters on Wednesday. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Philippine CJ vows fight as Duterte, allies seek ouster Mar 09, 2018 0 322 Philippine women rally for rights Mar 09, 2018 0 52 New govt attack on critical Philippine news website Mar 09, 2018 0 49 Malaysia says MH370 report to be released after latest search ends REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR The full investigation report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be released after the latest search efforts are completed, officials said on Thursday, four years after .. Thai king to replace father on new banknotes BANGKOK Thailand's central bank displayed new banknotes on Thursday on which a picture of King Maha Vajiralongkorn will replace one of his late father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The banknotes mark another step in .. Indonesia to hand over luxury yacht to US amid 1MDB probe JAKARTA Indonesia is making preparations to hand over a luxury yacht seized in Bali last month to US authorities targeting assets allegedly bought with money siphoned off from a Malaysian state fund, a police official .. Indonesian zoo seeks arrest of visitor who offered orangutan a smoke Jakarta The management of an Indonesian~zoo is seeking the arrest of a visitor who tossed a cigarette into an orangutan enclosure, a spokesman said on Thursday.~A video posted on YouTube showed the orangutan at the zoo in .. Bangkok Elephants tromped across a manicured pitch in Bangkok on Thursday in the kick-off of a polo tournament raising money for the animals, who are celebrated as a national symbol but often subject to abuse. Dozens of .. Philippines seeks 'terrorist' tag for 600 alleged communist guerrillas REUTERS MANILA A UN special rapporteur, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests are among more than 600 alleged communist guerrillas the Philippines wants declared"terrorists", according to a .. Malaysian PM committed to search Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is steadfast in its pursuit of finding MH370, Prime Minister Najib Razak~said on the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of the plane carrying 239 people."As our latest search shows, we are ..