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Saudi Gazette Newspaper

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       RIYADH — The Ministry of Interior has revealed that over the last month it detained 83 terrorists on state security charges, aside from their affiliation with terrorist organizations. They were arrested in a number of provinces in the Kingdom and are of eight different nationalities. The 83 detainees include 66 Saudis, 7 Syrians, 3 Yemenis,

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       RIYADH — A report from the Financial Committee at the Shoura Council shows that the Ministry of Finance is late in paying almost SR51 billion owed to the Pensions Authority. Of this amount, the ministry has paid only SR6 billion, leaving SR45 billion in arrears. According to the report, it is feared that reserves for the military pensions sy

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       ABHA — Four municipality employees in three provinces appropriated over 19,000 sq. meters of open government land, according to an informed source. The source said that the four employees took advantage of the Eid Al-Adha vacation to put up fences around plots of land without detection. The municipalities will verify in the field the changes

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       RIYADH — During the Haj season, the Ministry of Labor issued 60,004 seasonal work visas to 86 firms, with the ministry’s branch in Makkah issuing the lion’s share of these visas; 59,538 to 79 firms. In a recent statement, the ministry’s undersecretary for inspection and developing work environment, Abdullah Abu Ithnain, sai

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       JEDDAH — Jeddah’s new airport is nearing completion, with a test-run for the airport scheduled for mid 2016. About 85 percent of the new King Abdulaziz International Airport’s terminals have been completed, terminal cleaning has begun, and parking areas for aircraft are being prepared. The new airport has 220 modern counters equi

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       MAKKAH — Al-Noor Specialist Hospital performed over 7,000 dialysis sessions for 720 patients, including 224 pilgrims, since mid-August, according to statistics from the hospital. Al-Noor’s Kidney Diseases and Blood Pressure Center administers dialysis treatment. The hospital’s Director, Dr. Aiman Issam Yamani, said the center rec

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      Khalid Al-Sulaiman Okaz   IT is now obvious that the spread or control of Coronavirus depends on how strict the rules of fighting the virus are applied in hospitals. Preventive medicine specialists at the Ministry of Health and the Health Affairs of the National Guard should be blamed for the recent spread of the virus.

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  • 10/01/15--14:00: Privatization is a necessity
  •   Rashed Muhammad Al-Fawzan Al-Riyadh   I STRONGLY believe that privatization is one of the most effective solutions to global economies when it comes to alleviating the financial pressures most governments suffer from. Several countries adopt privatization policies. Privatization opportunities in our country are promising

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  • 10/01/15--14:00: Surveillance cameras, a must
  •   Mishal Al-Sudairi Okaz   I WAS in Taif the other day when I noticed that some of big billboards as well as school and building walls were spray-painted and there were some obscene words written on them. The vandals did not even spare the large billboard in the middle of one of the main roads. If we had installed surveill

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  • 10/01/15--14:00: Smart airports
  •   Fahad Bin Jolaid Al-Jazeera   PASSENGERS flying through Dubai Airport will soon be able to check in and complete baggage procedures from inside the cabs taking them to the airport. A Taxi Dubai employee came up with the idea and explained it to the airport authority and they liked it. A passenger can weig

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      Saudi Gazette report     Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, member of parliament and president of Jammu & Kashmir’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said in a press conference that the proposed visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia would further enhance bilateral relations to greater heights of s

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  • 10/01/15--14:00: Madinah’s historical sites

  •    THE Prophet’s city of Madinah is replete with important historical sites including mosques. Pilgrims who come for Haj and Umrah visit them to get spiritual awakening inspired by the life and history of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his noble companions. Quba Mosque is one of the most important historical sites in Madinah. It was the

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      Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, leader of  India’s Haj Goodwill delegation, and Anwar Mohammed Khan, deputy leader of the delegation, pose for a photo with Consul General B.S. Mubarak, Haj Consul Muhammad Noor Rahman Sheikh and media persons during a press conference at the consulate on Wednesday. — Courtesy photo

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       MADINAH — Abdulghani Al-Ansari, member of the national committee for tourism and chairman of the tourism and travel committee in Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said a study is being conducted to grant the municipalities of Makkah and Madinah powers to allocate investment plots of land within the urban areas in order to construct h

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       AL-ULA — Prince Sultan Bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage has decided to amend the work schedules at Madaen Saleh – Al-Hajar site (the first site registered in the world heritage list). The site will be open to visitors from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the week. Several touri

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       ABHA — The Ministry of Health has formed a committee comprising 65 doctors and nurses to scrutinize the degrees of doctors and nursing staff working in the government and private hospitals in all provinces of the Kingdom. A source said that the Ministry of Health has approved a new mechanism for detecting forged degrees.

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       MAKKAH — The municipality in Makkah has started carrying out its post-season cleaning operation plan in the holy sites that aims to keep the environment clean after the end of the Haj season. The municipality will collect and dispose of garbage as soon as possible. The cleaning works will continue until Oct. 13 (end of Dhul H

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       MAKKAH — Domestic pilgrims have largely benefited from the low cost Haj program and Al-Muyassar Haj (facilitated Haj), Abdulqader Al-Jabarti, deputy chairman of the National Committee for Haj and Umrah, has said. Pilgrims in the two categories formed 60 percent of those registered during this year’s Haj season. The numb

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      Fahad Amer Al-Ahmadi Al Riyadh   AN American tourist checked in at a hotel and paid the reception $100 as a security deposit for a room. The tourist went up to check the room and decide if it was clean. During this time, the receptionist used the security deposit to buy some food from a grocery shop near

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      Ibrahim Muhammad Badawood Al Madina   CHILDREN are a blessing. Some families, however, do not appreciate this blessing. Instead of treating their children with kindness and attending to their needs, they subject them to all forms of harm and abuse. Last year, 340 domestic violence cases against children we

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