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Six women named as deputy chairpersons of Shoura committees

The Shoura Council reconstituted on Monday its 14 specialized committees for the third year of its Sixth Session, which will begin its business on Thursday.

789 govt projects ‘tainted by corruption’

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) said it has uncovered corruption in 789 of the 1,018 government projects it investigated for administrative and financial violations.

Oil prices likely to rebound

Crude oil prices are likely to bottom out in the first half of 2015, until a possible slowdown in US shale production counters a supply glut exacerbated by OPEC’s decision not to cut output, a Reuters monthly survey showed.

Special emergency force

Special emergency force

Prince Muhammad Bin Nasser, Emir of Jazan, will patronize on Tuesday the graduation of a new batch of special emergency forces graduates.

Private consumer societies approved

Private consumer societies approved

The Council of Ministers on Monday decided to allow setting up of private consumer protection societies.

US student interns blown away by Dar Al-Hekma experience

US student interns blown away by Dar Al-Hekma experience

Three MBA students from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, had the opportunity to intern at Dar Al-Hekma’s marketing and communications department earlier this month.

University devotes December to special needs

University devotes December to special needs

Dar Al-Hekma University organized several activities and programs during December to improve the quality of services provided in the field of special education.

Pakistan to execute 500 terror  convicts in coming weeks

Pakistan to execute 500 terror convicts in coming weeks

Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre.Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday’s slaughter in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which left 149 people dead including 133 children.After the deadliest terror attack in Pakistani history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended the six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases.“Interior ministry has finalized the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals.

Indian MPs demand Modi speak on Hindu conversions

Indian MPs demand Modi speak on Hindu conversions

Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw parliament into an uproar on Monday.

Top Mobily official to file cases against the board, seeks independent probe

Top Mobily official to file cases against the board, seeks independent probe

The managing director and board member of Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) said on Sunday he is filing a number of lawsuits against the company’s board of directors for “harming” his image.

Minimum marriage age for girls

This has reference to news report "No plan to set minimum age for marriage of girls," (Dec. 21).

Good writing

With reference to the article "Why the hysteria about women?" (Dec. 22).

Blind students struggling during exams due to lack of support

As school and university students prepare for their mid-term exams and spend the majority of their time for studying, blind students have to carry an extra burden.

Prisons to install cellphone jammers

The General Directorate of Prisons intends to install cellphone jammers inside cells and prison facilities to prevent prisoners from receiving and making calls, Makkah daily reported.

Three-day week for women in remote schools

A three-day work week for women teachers in schools in remote areas, to be applied from next semester, may also cover male teachers, according to the Ministry of Education.

First woman head at Holy Mosques Presidency

Fatimah Al-Rashoud has become the first woman to occupy a leading position at the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, Makkah daily reported.

School Christmas holidays

School Christmas holidays

SOME years ago, I called a senior official at the Ministry of Education to inform him that an international school in

An unforgivable blunder

An unforgivable blunder

A RECENT news report in a local newspaper said the Ministry of Justice had referred a land deed to the Court of

Indian consulate’s outsourcing centers to open in Abha, Tabuk

The outsourcing agency extending consular services to Indian nationals will operate three new offices in western Saudi Arabia from Jan. 1, the Consulate General of India announced in a press

Essebsi, 88, president at last

Essebsi, 88, president at last

Veteran politician Caid Beiji Essebsi, officially confirmed as Tunisia’s new president on Monday, had been the

Iraq TV show makes ‘terrorists’ confront victims

Iraq TV show makes ‘terrorists’ confront victims

Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car

Gaza ripe for new explosion, analysts warn

Gaza ripe for new explosion, analysts warn

Barely four months after a bloody conflict battered Gaza, experts warn that a new war could be in the offing if

US Navy chopper crashes in Kuwait, minor injuries

A US Navy helicopter has crashed during a training mission in the Gulf state of Kuwait, slightly injuring three crew members, the Bahrain-based Naval Forces Central Command said on Monday.

Palestinian arrested after foiled attack on soldier

The Israel military says a Palestinian man has been arrested after a foiled attack on a soldier in the West Bank.

Egypt security forces kill 5 militants

Egypt’s Interior Ministry says security forces killed five militants from a Sinai-based group allied with the self-proclaimed Islamic State group during a raid in the country’s north.

Muslim party quits in major blow to Sri Lanka leader

Muslim party quits in major blow to Sri Lanka leader

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse suffered a setback to his re-election hopes Monday when a key minister and his

New India airline to start flying as others lose money

New India airline to start flying as others lose money

India’s newest airline announced on Monday it would start flying next month and was “enthusiastic” about the future,

India panel slams Kashmir govt over poor flood warning

An Indian parliamentary panel report on Monday slammed Kashmir state authorities for failing to adequately warn local residents of the deadly floods that swept through the region in September

Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history

Killer of 2 NYC officers had long criminal history

The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police

‘Don’t panic’, Hollande urges after brutal France attacks

‘Don’t panic’, Hollande urges after brutal France attacks

President Francois Hollande on Monday urged the French not to panic as authorities probed the motives and profiles of

Australian PM under fire for women comments

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused on Monday of craving “a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing” after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing

Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India

Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India.

‘FIFA and Blatter in talks about his presidential future’

‘FIFA and Blatter in talks about his presidential future’

Secret talks between FIFA officials and Sepp Blatter have taken place over his future as the president of football’s

Abueva lifts Alaska over ROS

Abueva lifts Alaska over ROS

Calving “The Beast” Abueva scored a career-high 28 points, 17 of them in the second half, as the Alaska Aces clobbered

Griezmann inspires Atletico

Griezmann inspires Atletico

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann hit a second half hat trick as it came from behind to win 4-1 at Athletic

Park left out of SK team

Park left out of SK team

South Korea has included six European-based players in its 2015 Asian Cup squad announced Monday in Seoul but there

Inter earns draw in Lazio thriller

Inter earns draw in Lazio thriller

Lazio squandered a two-goal lead against Inter Milan as it drew 2-2 at the San Siro Sunday and wasted a golden chance

Malinga to return from injury during Kiwi ODIs

Malinga to return from injury during Kiwi ODIs

Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is recovering well from his ankle surgery and should be back in action during

Patel replaces injured Jadeja

Patel replaces injured Jadeja

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the remaining two Tests in Australia with a shoulder injury

Ferrari ready for another hard year

Ferrari ready for another hard year

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne drew a line under a dismal year for Formula One’s most glamorous and successful

Kingdom will invest $91b to spur petrochemical industry

Saudi Arabia has experienced a robust growth in its economy in recent years and growth of around 4 percent expected for the financial year 2014-2015.

Lulu opens new Hypermarket on Khurais Road in Riyadh

Lulu opens new Hypermarket on Khurais Road in Riyadh

Lulu Hypermarket is opening its branch in Riyadh at Khurais Road, Exit 30, on December 24. This is the 4th Lulu

Jeddah-based hotel grooms local graduates for leadership

Jeddah-based hotel grooms local graduates for leadership

In line with its commitment to develop local talent in the hospitality industry, InterContinental Jeddah has launched

Solidaire unveils ‘Golden Tower’ residences

Solidaire unveils ‘Golden Tower’ residences

Saudi Solidaire Company has unveiled its new housing project, the “Golden Tower”, in a ceremony attended by a number

Ma’aden produces first alumina from local bauxite

The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) and lightweight metals leader Alcoa said on Sunday that the alumina refinery at their joint venture aluminum complex in Saudi Arabia has successfully

Philips, Netherlands Cancer Institute join hands for better cancer treatment

Philips, Netherlands Cancer Institute join hands for better cancer treatment

Royal Philips and the Netherlands Cancer Institute announced on Monday a new agreement that expands their long-term

Eccentric French collector turns home into piano ‘orphanage’

Eccentric French collector turns home into piano ‘orphanage’

Jean Jude, glasses perched on the end of his nose, is practising scales when his visitor arrives.“Sorry there isn’t

I was typecast, says Zayed

I was typecast, says Zayed

Zayed Khan has been missing from the silver screen for quite sometime now. The actor, who is known for films like

Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr. and MTV Live HD to arrive on OSN in January

Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr. and MTV Live HD to arrive on OSN in January

OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has strengthened its portfolio of

‘Home Alone 2’ Scarlett’s favorite movie

 ‘Home Alone 2’ Scarlett’s favorite movie

Scarlett Johansson loves old movies. With Christmas just around the corner, watching movies with family is a fun way

‘The Hobbit’ casts spell on box office

‘The Hobbit’ casts spell on box office

Tolkien epic “The Hobbit” weaved its magic at the North American box office this weekend, signaling a farewell to the

Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi
IT is still unclear why a Pakistani judge granted bail to the alleged mastermind in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but his decision, which caused outrage in both India and many quarters in Pakistan, has rightly been blocked by government in Islamabad.
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