RIYADH: Saudi Arabian moon observers said that there was no sight of the Ramadan crescent on Saturday, meaning millions of Muslims around the world will begin the holy month on Monday.
The Islamic world follows a lunar calendar, and the traditional moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart
This year, Ramadan will fall on long summer days for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity - known as "zakat" - and performing the Hajj pilgrimage.
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Mangaluru: In another case of suspected Dengue, a 19-year old student died on Friday taking the toll of Dengue in Dakshina Kannada District to 11.
The deceased has been identified as Madhushri, a student of private college in Mangaluru.
Madhushri was admitted to a private hospital in the city due to suspected Dengue fever and was discharged just three days back.
She was again rushed to hospital on Thursday late night when she complained of chest pain. However, she passed away on Thursday after not responding to the treatment.
Health officials have denied Dengue to be the cause of her death and added that she was cured of Dengue while being discharged from the hospital.
The officials further added that she had developed lungs infection which caused her death.