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  • Eleven killed, six injured in Najran farm fire

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    Arab News
    Wed, 2017-07-12 19:20
    ID: 
    1499865622776037800

    NAJRAN: Police in Najran said 11 people suffocated and six were injured on Wednesday, in a fire that ripped through a windowless house they shared.
    “Firefighters put out a blaze in an old house lacking windows for ventilation. Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured,” in the southern province of Najran, the civil defense said in a tweet.
    Those hurt and killed in the blaze were all from India and Bangladesh, the civil defense said.

    The region’s governor, Prince Jluwi bin Abdelaziz bin Musaed, ordered the formation of a committee to investigate the fire incident. The governor’s office will be supervising the committee, which will include representatives from the Civil Defense, Municipality and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
    Prince Jluwi expressed extreme resentment at the absence of control over foreign workers’ residences and the role of field teams of the Civil Defence and the Municipality, reported the Saudi Press Agency, adding that these entities must stop companies renting out buildings which are unfit for living.
    In another incident, the civil defense service tackled a blaze that broke out in a farm in Tabuk covering 10,000 square meters. The authorities are investigating the incident, but no one was hurt, Lt. Husam Al-Masoodi, spokesman for the department in Tabuk said.

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  • Eleven killed, six injured in Najran farm fire

    Author: 
    Arab News
    Wed, 2017-07-12 19:20
    ID: 
    1499865622776037800

    NAJRAN: Police in Najran said 11 people suffocated and six were injured on Wednesday, in a fire that ripped through a windowless house they shared.
    “Firefighters put out a blaze in an old house lacking windows for ventilation. Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured,” in the southern province of Najran, the civil defense said in a tweet.
    Those hurt and killed in the blaze were all from India and Bangladesh, the civil defense said.

    The region’s governor, Prince Jluwi bin Abdelaziz bin Musaed, ordered the formation of a committee to investigate the fire incident. The governor’s office will be supervising the committee, which will include representatives from the Civil Defense, Municipality and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
    Prince Jluwi expressed extreme resentment at the absence of control over foreign workers’ residences and the role of field teams of the Civil Defence and the Municipality, reported the Saudi Press Agency, adding that these entities must stop companies renting out buildings which are unfit for living.
    In another incident, the civil defense service tackled a blaze that broke out in a farm in Tabuk covering 10,000 square meters. The authorities are investigating the incident, but no one was hurt, Lt. Husam Al-Masoodi, spokesman for the department in Tabuk said.

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  • US envoy meets Saudi counterpart on Qatar crisis

    Author: APWed, 2017-07-12 03:00ID: 1499853531515014200 DUBAI: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with his Saudi counterpart on as he looks to end a rift between Qatar and four Arab states. His trip from Kuwait to the western Saudi ...

  • Rail authority invites companies to provide passenger, cargo services

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    ARAB NEWS
    Wed, 2017-07-12 03:00
    ID: 
    1499815072531525900

    RIYADH: The Public Transportation Authority (PTA) has called on international rail service companies and local private sector investment entities to enter into long-term strategic alliances to provide passenger and cargo transport services between Riyadh and Dammam, and for the north route between Riyadh and the northern frontier.
    The PTA said it will hold a workshop in Riyadh in September to discuss potential opportunities for the private sector before officially inviting bids, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
    The PTA, the Saudi Railways Co. (SAR) and the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) are working to develop and strengthen the role of the private sector in building and operating the Kingdom’s railway network.
    The PTA’s call comes within the execution of one of the most important Vision 2030 initiatives concerning the development of the railway sector, said Transport Minister Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, who is also the head of the PTA.
    This initiative is based on increasing the participation of the private sector in implementing projects, he said, adding that the PTA is coordinating with the National Center for Privatization (NCP) to set up the mechanism for public-private partnerships.
    He said the ministry is working on expediting the process to implement initiatives to privatize some main sectors and provide the required infrastructure to form a coordinated transport system.

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  • Rail authority invites companies to provide passenger, cargo services

    Author: 
    ARAB NEWS
    Wed, 2017-07-12 03:00
    ID: 
    1499815072531525900

    RIYADH: The Public Transportation Authority (PTA) has called on international rail service companies and local private sector investment entities to enter into long-term strategic alliances to provide passenger and cargo transport services between Riyadh and Dammam, and for the north route between Riyadh and the northern frontier.
    The PTA said it will hold a workshop in Riyadh in September to discuss potential opportunities for the private sector before officially inviting bids, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
    The PTA, the Saudi Railways Co. (SAR) and the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) are working to develop and strengthen the role of the private sector in building and operating the Kingdom’s railway network.
    The PTA’s call comes within the execution of one of the most important Vision 2030 initiatives concerning the development of the railway sector, said Transport Minister Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, who is also the head of the PTA.
    This initiative is based on increasing the participation of the private sector in implementing projects, he said, adding that the PTA is coordinating with the National Center for Privatization (NCP) to set up the mechanism for public-private partnerships.
    He said the ministry is working on expediting the process to implement initiatives to privatize some main sectors and provide the required infrastructure to form a coordinated transport system.

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  • Islamophobia continues to increase: OIC report

    Author: 
    MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
    Wed, 2017-07-12 03:00
    ID: 
    1499815072501525600

    RIYADH: The Islamophobia Observatory Report of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) described the growing fear against Islam and Muslims in certain parts of the world.
    Presenting the report on Monday at the 44th Council of Foreign Ministers Conference in Abidjan, OIC Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen said: “The growing trend of Islamophobia has not subsided in any tangible way. Muslims have been terrorized and discriminated against. Islamic sacred symbols have been insulted. People with Islamic attire were targeted with hatred. Women with hijabs were abused on streets and in public spaces. Certain governments outlawed Islamic attire or restricted Muslims from having prayer facilities. Right-wing politicians and media spread evil images of Islam.”
    “Acts of radical and extreme groups in the name of Islam have provided xenophobes with excuses to further their agendas. Their statements and acts have not only been irresponsible, but also conducive to the radical narratives of violent groups and terrorists,” he added.
    Al-Othaimeen stressed that the OIC has been active in combating Islamophobia at the political, diplomatic and operational levels in order to raise awareness among the international community of the threats that Islamophobia poses to global peace and security.
    He noted that OIC member states, together with the international community, need to take more serious actions to address the current challenges of Islamophobia, including enforcing laws which prohibit discrimination, hostility or violence against any religion.

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  • Rail authority invites companies to provide passenger, cargo services

    Author: 
    ARAB NEWS
    Wed, 2017-07-12 03:00
    ID: 
    1499815072531525900

    RIYADH: The Public Transportation Authority (PTA) has called on international rail service companies and local private sector investment entities to enter into long-term strategic alliances to provide passenger and cargo transport services between Riyadh and Dammam, and for the north route between Riyadh and the northern frontier.
    The PTA said it will hold a workshop in Riyadh in September to discuss potential opportunities for the private sector before officially inviting bids, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
    The PTA, the Saudi Railways Co. (SAR) and the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) are working to develop and strengthen the role of the private sector in building and operating the Kingdom’s railway network.
    The PTA’s call comes within the execution of one of the most important Vision 2030 initiatives concerning the development of the railway sector, said Transport Minister Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, who is also the head of the PTA.
    This initiative is based on increasing the participation of the private sector in implementing projects, he said, adding that the PTA is coordinating with the National Center for Privatization (NCP) to set up the mechanism for public-private partnerships.
    He said the ministry is working on expediting the process to implement initiatives to privatize some main sectors and provide the required infrastructure to form a coordinated transport system.

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  • Domestic workers can transfer sponsorship if salary is delayed for 3 months

    Author: 
    ARAB NEWS
    Wed, 2017-07-12 03:00
    ID: 
    1499815072531526200

    JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MoL) confirmed that domestic workers can transfer to other employers if it is proved that the current employer was late in paying salaries for three consecutive or intermittent months.
    Labor Minister Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis issued a ministerial decision endorsing the transfer of services of a domestic worker from the current employer to a new one in 13 cases.
    MoL spokesman Khalid Abalkhail said: “One of the cases where the domestic worker has the right to transfer his/her services includes the delay by the employer to pay salaries for three consecutive or intermittent months without the employee being the reason for this delay; when the employer is not present to receive the worker at the port of entry into the country; or not taking the worker from the shelter house within a period of 15 days from the date of arrival.
    “The other cases include the failure of the employer to obtain a residency permit or failure to renew the expired one within 30 days of the expiry date.”
    The spokesman added that workers can transfer from one employer to another in cases where the employer leased the services of the worker to others without the knowledge of the worker, or assigning him/her to work for non-relatives of the second degree, and in cases that prove the worker was commissioned to perform hazardous tasks that threaten his/her health and safety.
    The decision to transfer the services of domestic workers also includes cases where the worker was abused, or where a formal complaint by the worker exists against his/her employer.
    Other cases for services transfer include situations where employers file invalid complaints against absent workers; when the employer fails to attend two sessions addressing a complaint filed by the worker; and in cases where the employer is absent either for travel or imprisonment, death or any other reason that resulted in failure to pay wages for three consecutive months.
    The new employer will pay the transfer fees and costs of sheltering the worker during his/her stay in the shelter house, which amounts to SR150 ($40) per day, in accordance with the mechanism put in place by the ministry.

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