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Passion Islam I June 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 15
UN urges safe passage
Dubai ruler calls
for mosques in
for aid en route to
shopping malls
New shopping centres in Dubai
Western Afghanistan
should have mosques and health
clinics for the convenience of
shoppers, according to a new
order given by Dubai ruler
The United Nations Assistance stopped en route because of security
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has concerns, a press release issued by
Maktoum.
joined the International Organisation the UN Information Center (UNIC).
The Prime Minister of the UAE
for Migration (IOM) in calling for UNAMA has stressed that safe
made his comments while he
safe humanitarian passage is needed
was inspecting Aswaq shopping
access to reach for these supplies
centre, the latest mall to open in the
500 needy families to reach people in
emirate.
in western Farah desperate need,
The facilities will allow mall
province. and called on all
visitors to shop and perform their
A parties to respect
prayers.
spokesperson the neutrality and
Sheikh Mohammed instructed
for UNAMA told impartiality of this the authorities concerned to conduct
reporters in Kabul critical humanitarian required studies for implementing
Monday that a effort. the order as soon as possible.
convoy of IOM The Mission The Aswaq shopping mall is
trucks has been trying to deliver added that IOM, in coordination with
the first in a series of malls, which
essential humanitarian supplies to other UN partners, has conducted an
will be constructed within the next
the Bala Baluk district in the province, assessment of almost 1,200 newly
five years in different districts and
where a number of civilians were displaced families in the southern
quarters of Dubai.
killed, and others displaced, as a Kandahar province who have left
Sheikh Mohammed has backed
result of recent air-strikes. their homes from the neighbouring
plans to set up a chain of 22 shopping
IOM trucks loaded with food, province of Zabul due to insecurity.
centres throughout the emirate to
shelter and clothing supplies meant IOM has dispatched household kits
reduce the burden of residents who
for about 500 families have been for distribution to these families.
had to travel far to visit malls.
Indian expats
fear rupee boost
With the coalition government led by phone calls enquiring
the Congress party back in power about changes in the
in India and a stable government exchange rate. Few
expected to rule the country, the weeks back one riyal would buy you I expected the rupee to strengthen.
rupee is gaining in strength against about 13 rupees. On Sunday it was Now I’ll wait until the rupee weakens
the US dollar. This, however, is not 12.74 rupees for one riyal, and on before I send money to India,” he
welcome news for the millions of Tuesday it was 12.47 rupees. We said. Kumar said that he makes sure
Indian expatriates, especially those expect the rupee to strengthen further to know the rate on a daily basis
in the lower income group in Saudi as Indian stock markets are trading so that he can analyze the market
Arabia and other countries in the with confidence in light of the new fluctuations.
region whose currencies are linked to stable government,” said Gopal. P. Asif, an accountant in a private
the dollar. Abdul Razak, who works in a firm, is also worried about the
Most of the foreign exchange banking establishment in Jeddah, said current situation, but he believes that
operators in the Kingdom forecast the that Indian expats here are worried eventually the rupee will decrease in
rupee to strengthen as Indian stock about the strengthening of the rupee. value. “The world economy is still in
markets are surging. Krishna Kumar, an Indian expat recession and the Indian economy is
Raju Gopal, working in Speed Cash working as a salesman in Dammam, no exception. The current gain of the
in Khobar, said that people have been said that he is a bit upset about the rupee is in response to the surprise
calling to ask about the exchange current situation. “I tried my best to election result, but I doubt that it will
rate. “People were expecting the rate send as much as possible to India stay strong for more than a month. At
to go up and we are receiving a lot of before the results were out because least I hope not,” said Asif. - SG
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