The seven youths, who had posted photos taken on top of a ruined Cheithiya in Kiralagala, Horowpothana on social media, were arrested by the police this evening.
In response to President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent comments that the files of convicted drug dealers have been withheld or disappeared from prisons, sabotaging his decision to activate death penalty on them, the Justice and Prison Reforms Ministry today issued a time line on the process it adopted to implement the death penalty on death row p
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a statement on the constitutional reforms, said that the draft constitution seeks to weaken Parliament and immeasurably strengthen the provincial legislatures, and it will compromise the unitary character of the Constitution.
The government is to allocate Rs.two billion to develop the Palali airport runway in Jaffna as an initial step of using it for flight operations to regional destinations, particularly those in India, it is learnt.
Fines imposed on errant drivers who cause fatal road accidents would rise appreciably in order to dissuade motorists from driving recklessly, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said yesterday.
Wed, 2019-01-23 11:39 DAVOS: One of the biggest misconceptions about Arab women is that they are victims — but they are in fact “sassy,” according to Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker. Speaking on Wednesday during a panel at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Al-Mansour discussed the various judgements made about women from the region. “All the scripts I get about Muslim and Arab women (imply they are) all victims and sad,” she said. “But we are very sassy, we are very strong, so don’t take us for granted.” Al-Mansour explained that although some Arab women are constricted for various reasons, it is not accurate to view all Arab women in this way. “We are way more than what they think Arab women are,” she said. Reflecting on her personal journey, Al-Mansour explained that although she comes from a conservative society, social norms are changing. “I knew I came from a society where women are expected to take a more traditional role, but I feel this is changing because I now feel more celebrated at home,” she said. Saudi Arabia has seen a push in social reform spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman through Vision 2030, an initiative that aims to broaden the Saudi economy. Major recent changes in the Kingdom include lifting the driving ban on women and reopening cinemas. “Saudi Arabia is building its arts and culture industry, and that’s where we should put our energy,” Al-Mansour said. Speaking about Saudi women entering the workforce in the Kingdom, Al-Mansour stressed the need for women to “support each other” on the professional playing field. “Women don’t want to be marginalized any more — that’s why we see things like the #MeToo movement,” she said. On an international level, Al-Mansour argued that we should get beyond thinking about East and West and concentrate on working together to achieve something universal. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Davos 2019Saudi ArabiaHaifaa Al-MansourWorld Economic ForumSaudi women empowermentwomen empowerment Davos 2019 Day Two: Shinzo Abe, Angela Merkel address forumDubai crown prince and WEF founder discuss ‘closer ties’ in Davos
Wed, 2019-01-23 16:45 JEDDAH: The deaths of Saudi-born sisters Rotana Farea, 22, and Tala Farea, 16, in New York’s Hudson River last October were the result of drowning by suicide, said the office of the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Samson. “My office determined that the death of the Farea sisters was the result of suicide, in which the young women bound themselves together before descending into the Hudson River,” Samson said in a statement. The two bodies were discovered by a passer-by just before 3 p.m. on Oct. 24. The New York Police Department (NYPD) said police responded to a 911 call and “upon arrival, officers discovered two unidentified females unconscious and unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma.” Emergency personnel declared them dead at the scene. An official at the Saudi Embassy in Washington refuted an Associated Press (AP) claim that the mother of the sisters said she had received a call from the embassy requesting that the family leave the US because the daughters had requested asylum. “Any/all communications with the mother had nothing to do with a supposed asylum claim,” the Saudi official told Arab News. The NYPD denied releasing any information regarding an alleged asylum request. The family declined an Arab News request for comment. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Rotana FareaTala FareaHudson RiverNew YorkSaudi Arabia No indication sisters found dead in NY were killed: PoliceBodies of two Saudi sisters found bound together beside New York river
Author: Arab News JeddahID: 1548275408493224800Thu, 2019-01-24 23:08 CAIRO: As part of efforts to expand on the Kingdom’s already extensive presence at the Middle East’s largest and oldest book fair, the Saudi Ministry of Justice is exhibiting several publications that shed light on the Kingdom’s judicial system. Sources at the ministry said they hope to introduce visitors at the Cairo International Book Fair to the long way they have come in developing laws and practices. Khalid Al-Nami, cultural attache at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo, reiterated the importance of the Cairo International Book Fair for the region and the world. Al-Nami said this year’s pavilion focuses on the Kingdom’s scientific, historic and cultural uniqueness. The Saudi pavilion is the largest at the fair and includes several publishing houses and government bodies. It also contains a large number of prominent Saudi publications and books, in addition to a visual arts exhibition highlighting the Kingdom’s heritage. The Ministry of Justice pavilion includes more than 125 publications. The fair was inaugurated on Wednesday by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Ministry of JusticeCairo International Book Fair Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Book fair gathers intellectuals, publishersLiterature and art attract thousands to Jeddah Book Fair
Author: Arab News JeddahID: 1548275826603259900Thu, 2019-01-24 23:06 JEDDAH: Over 190 diplomatic representatives from around 90 countries visited King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) recently, to observe how international study programs have benefited students from across the world. The university, based in Thuwal, also hosted representatives from the UN, the World Health Organization and the EU. KAUST’s president, Dr. Tony Chan, welcomed the visit as a sign of the university’s growing significance as an academic and research institution on the global stage. “The diplomatic delegation’s visit to KAUST focused on facilitating cultural cooperation to attract international students and researchers,” he said. “Hosting ambassadors and consuls general at KAUST is a reflection of the global talent we recruit to our university.” During their visit, diplomats met with Chan, faculty members and students from their home countries, and discussed their experiences of KAUST, what they felt they had learned while studying in Saudi Arabia, and more generally the benefits of studying abroad. The visitors were given a tour of the campus, and learned about the latest research being conducted at KAUST. They were also shown examples of the entrepreneurship initiatives supported by the university, including successful startup companies launched by former students and academic staff. Established in 2009, KAUST is a graduate-level research university on the shores of the Red Sea, dedicated to advancing scientific and technological progress through interdisciplinary research, education and innovation. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: #DiplomaticQuarterKAUST Saudi Arabia’s KAUST launches winter program to ‘broaden students’ horizons’KAUST time-themed festival of science
The dispute was reportedly over $777 in wages.
Gigi Wu gained social media fame for scaling more than 100 peaks and changing into a bikini to document each climb.
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| Bahyiah Bakir | HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) received in audience Malaysian Minister of Defence Haji Mohamad bin Sabu at the […]
BRIRUT (AFP) – Kurdish-led fighters overran the last village held by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Syria yesterday, confining its once vast cross-border ‘kingdom’ to two small hamlets, a war monitor said. It is the culmination of a broad offensive launched by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last September with United States (US)-led […]
DAMASCUS (AFP) – A car bomb shook the Syrian regime’s coastal stronghold of Latakia on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others, state news agency SANA reported. Authorities found a second explosive device in the same place and defused it just before it was due to blow up, it said. The […]
Zimbabwean musician Oliver «Tuku» Mtukudzi, a star of Afro-jazz who won a following across the continent and beyond, died on Wednesday at the age of 66, his agent told AFP.
As music lovers and stakeholders finalize preparations for the 16th edition of the Sauti za Busara festival. This year’s theme targets to fight corruption because they believe artists can use their voices to fight this vice as they celebrate the wealth and diversity of African music.
Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae band Morgan Heritage were in the country for some time after headlining the Wasafi Festivals on New Year’s Eve. Thomas Matiko caught up with the three siblings Gramps, Mojo and Peetah Morgan and had a chat on their music and new found love for Africa in respect to their “Africa X Jamaica Tour”
Le Gabon par le truchement de la CDC (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations) a récemment reçu le premier virement de la deuxième subvention octroyée par le fonds vert pour le climat. Ce premier virement permettra d'amorcer les activités liées au programme du Plan National d'Adaptation (N.A.P). Le fonds vert pour le climat est comme beaucoup le savent, est né à Copenhague (Pays- Bas), en 2009, pour faire face à l'épineux problème du dérèglement climatique. Un dérèglement climatique causé par les (...) - ECONOMIE / SUJET_ECRIT_MAISON
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have begun an investigation into the White House security clearance policy in a move that will likely focus on how Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner got access to classified information. Read Full Article at RT.com
Facing increased public scrutiny, Google and Facebook spent record amounts of money lobbying the US government on privacy and antitrust policies in 2018, with both companies topping previous highs, new data filings showed. Read Full Article at RT.com
Republicans were the ‘true targets’ of Reconstruction era lynchings: that’s not a conspiracy theory, but a deeply held belief of Colorado lawmaker Lori Saine, who’s doubled down on the argument by accusing the Dems of segregation. Read Full Article at RT.com
Protests have broken out outside UN offices in Tehran, as a US-born Iranian journalist prepares for an appearance before a grand jury in America. The demonstrators are demanding the release of the detainee. Read Full Article at RT.com
US President Donald Trump has informed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that he will show up on January 29 to deliver the State of the Union. She replied that it cannot happen until the government shutdown ends. Read Full Article at RT.com
Police in the Western Region say rescuing the teenage girls who have been kidnapped in Takoradi will not happen as quickly as the public expects.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $2.2 million in funding to be paid over a five-year period for the Dene High School in La Loche, Sask., a day after the three-year anniversary of a mass shooting that left four people dead.
The search for ten missing sailors is continuing
Ukraine’s National Union of Journalists stated that only 10% of the original incidents are looked into before being submitted to the court
In 2014, the Russian delegation to PACE was stripped of its key rights
Construction of the first nuclear power plant in Turkey, Akkuyu, is underway
The two leaders made a joint statement following the meeting
Public election organisers and managers, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) have sharply contradicted president Peter Mutharika on possibility of vote rigging, saying with the new high-teach voting methods, no one can rig the polls. Spokesperson... The post MEC rules out vote rigging: ‘Malawi tripartite elections will be credible’ appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi.
Malawian Airlines and Kenya Airways were today, Wednesday, failed to land at Chileka Airport in Blantyre and were diverted to Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe due to harsh weather. Officials at Chileka and KIA... The post 2 planes fail to land at Chileka Airport due to harsh weather in Blantyre appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi.
Lilongwe City Mayor Desmond Bikoko has pledged to support Grace Kwelepeta, who is ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for Zomba Malosa. This, has put to rest rumours that Bikoko will contest as an independent... The post Mayor Bikoko pledges support for DPP candidate Kwelepeta in Zomba Malosa appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi.