Gulf News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Gulf News Amid Gulf crisis, Qatar says hosting of FIFA World Cup 'not up for discussion' Qatar on Wednesday strongly criticized Emirati officials for questioning Doha's hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying that the tournament "is not up for discussion or negotiation" amid a diplomatic crisis engulfing the region. The back-and-forth over the games comes as four Arab nations, including the United Arab Emirates, have been boycotting Qatar for months, in part over allegations that it supports extremists and has overly warm ties to Iran. Qatar has long denied supporting extremists while it shares a massive offshore natural gas field with Tehran. King Salman’s visit to Russia hailed a success on trade, investment and solving regional issues King Salman’s historic and unprecedented visit to Russia, which concluded on Saturday, has paved the way for new solutions to regional issues, analysts told Arab News. “It is good that Russia and Saudi Arabia have finally met,” said Igor Delanoe, deputy director of the Moscow think tank Observo. “It is also good that the Saudis understand that Russia is not part of the problem in the Middle East, but rather part of the solution.” Kuwait releases 22 Indian prisoners; commutes sentences of 97 The Emir of Kuwait has freed 22 Indian prisoners and commuted the sentences of 97 others lodged in the Arab country’s jails, according to India’s Embassy in Kuwait City. The list containing the names of 119 Indians is addition to the 15 Indian prisoners whose death sentences were recently commuted to life imprisonment. The Indian prisoners in Kuwait covered by the Amiri pardon include 22 people who have been ordered to be released immediately, Embassy of India in Kuwait City said in a statement. UAE woman saves Indian driver's life by using Islamic robe to douse fire A quick-thinking Muslim woman saved the life of an Indian truck driver in the UAE when she saw him in flames following a horrific road accident, media reports said. Jawaher Saif Al Kumaiti, 22, was driving home after visiting a friend in a hospital when she saw two trucks burst into flames in Ras al-Khaimah, a city in the UAE - and heard the victim shouting for someone to save him, Gulf News reported. UAE’s new innovative mobile healthcare app bridges gap between patients and doctors MyMedicNow is another significant innovation in modern healthcare in the UAE. In a first, Saudi women to be allowed to drive from next year  Saudi Arabia has announced that women will be allowed to drive for the first time in the ultra-conservative kingdom next summer, fulfilling a key demand of women's rights activists who faced detention for defying the ban. The kingdom was the only the country in the world to bar women from driving and for years had garnered negative publicity internationally for detaining women who defied the ban. Eman Ahmed, 'World's Heaviest Woman', Dies in UAE  Eman Abdul Atti, an Egyptian national believed to be the 'world's heaviest woman', died on Monday in a hospital in the UAE due to complications from her weight, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction, the hospital said. The 37-year-old weighed roughly 500 kilograms when she arrived in India in February, but had lost an astonishing 323 kilogrammes since undergoing a series of medical procedures. Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said. All online voice and video call services - such as Microsoft's Skype, Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger, and Rakuten's Viber - that satisfy regulatory requirements were set to become accessible overnight. However, on Thursday morning, Viber appeared to remain blocked inside the kingdom, and WhatsApp worked only when connected to a wireless network. Bhatkal community leader SM Syed Khaleelur Rahman features amongst '100 smartest people in UAE' A gulf based famous weekly magazine, which is published in English and Arabic language, namely "Arabian Business", carried an outstanding topic it in by the title "100 smartest people in UAE", I am sure BCCI will take interest in Indoor Cricket World Cup: Sandeep Patil Former India cricketer Sandeep Patil, brand ambassador of the 10th edition of World Indoor Cricket Federation World Cup, is hoping the tournament gets recognition from the BCCI in the future. The world's richest cricket board has not been attracted by the tournament so far. Over 1,000 fake job offers for Indians busted in UAE More than 1,000 bogus job offers have been busted this year by the Indian Workers Resource Centre (IWRC) working under the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, officials said on Sunday. Speaking at the opening of the second IWRC office in Sharjah on Sunday, top Indian officials said the IWRC office in Dubai has been providing the service of verifying genuineness of job of Saudi Arabia stresses need to spread culture of peace globally The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stresses the importance of spreading a culture of peace internationally and regionally, as well as the importance of strengthening mechanisms of dialogue among cultures and religions around the world. In his speech delivered yesterday before a high-level forum on the culture of peace at the UN, the Kingdom’s acting charge d’affaires at the UN, Khaled Manzlawi, stressed that spreading a culture of peace locally among youths and children is done through awareness programs to combat extremism. Saudi accuses Qatar of distorting facts, suspends dialogue after outreach  Saudi Arabia on Saturday suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of distorting facts soon after a phone call between the rulers of both countries offered hope of a breakthrough in the three-month-old Gulf crisis. Muslims around world celebrate Eid as hajj enters final days Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday today as some 2 million Muslim pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims made their way toward a massive multi-story complex in Mina after dawn today to cast pebbles at three large columns. It is here where Muslims believe the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting to God's will. Hajj pilgrims return to Mina for ‘stoning of Satan’ ritual After a spiritually intense day on the plains of Arafat, Hajj pilgrims returned to Mina on Friday, the first day of Eid. Making their way from Muzdalifa where they spent most of the night, 2 million pilgrims will undertake a number of rituals to complete their Hajj pilgrimage. Haj pilgrims converge on Mount Arafat to ask for forgiveness With their palms facing the sky in supplication, and many with tears in their eyes, around 2 million people from around the world gathered Thursday in an effort to start anew, erase past sins and beg God for forgiveness and guidance in the peak day of the Haj pilgrimage. Two million pilgrims complete convergence in Mina Nearly two million pilgrims have completed their convergence in Mina in preparation for their ascendance to Arafat, for the most important ritual of Haj — Standing at Arafat — on Thursday. All pilgrims reached the vast tent city of Mina by bus and on foot through the roads, tunnels and bridges from Makkah by Wednesday afternoon, marking the beginning of the Haj rituals. They performed the obligatory prayers in shortened form following the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and engaged in supplications and reciting the Holy Qur’an. Pilgrims ascend to Mina at the start of the Haj rituals Chanting Labaik Allahuma Labiak (to Thee we come), pilgrims, in their white robes, started leaving Makkah early today (Wednesday) for Mina which is about five km away. The pilgrims will spend the day in Mina before proceeding early Thursday to Arafat, which is the Haj climax, after which there will be no pilgrimage though the rites will continue for three more days. Saudi Arabia’s Hajj agencies ‘ready to serve over 2m pilgrims Agencies involved in Hajj preparations are ready to serve more than 2 million pilgrims, a senior Saudi official said. Pilgrims have arrived in preparation for the “Day of Tarwiyah,” which falls today, said Interior Ministry Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki. Hajj not a platform for politics, sectarianism: Abdulrahman Al-Sudais Hajj is not a platform for politics or sectarianism, but for unity among Muslims, the head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, told a Hajj symposium in Makkah. Makkah emir hands over kiswa to senior keeper of Kaaba On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, handed over the kiswa (cover) of the Holy Kaaba to Saleh Al-Shaibi, senior keeper of Kaaba, at a ceremony held at his emirate office in Jeddah on Wednesday. Prince Abdullah Bin Bandar, deputy emir of Makkah, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, and several other officials attended the ceremony. Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years. The Salwa border crossing had been shut after regional kingpin Saudi Arabia as well as Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing the emirate of fostering Islamist extremist groups. The announcement to reopen the border for Qatari pilgrims came after Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received an envoy from Doha, according to the official Saudi Press Agency, in the first public high-level encounter between the nations after the crisis erupted. Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 countries, including India Qatar announced on Wednesday a programme to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbors. Gulf crisis: Arab countries say ready for dailogue with Qatar on conditions Four Arab countries boycotting Qatar are ready for dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha agrees to certain demands, Bahrain's foreign minister said on Sunday after a meeting with his counterparts. "The four countries are ready for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it announces its sincere willingness to stop funding terrorism and extremism and its commitment to not interfere in other countries' foreign affairs and respond to the 13 demands," Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said. Qatar refuses to 'outsource foreign policy' to resolve Gulf crisis Qatar refuses to bow to Saudi-led demands to "outsource" its foreign policy to resolve the Gulf crisis, its government spokesman told AFP in an interview. Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al-Thani, who holds ministerial rank, accused Doha's adversaries in the crisis -- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt -- of meddling in Qatar's internal affairs. Gulf crisis: Arab nations urge Qatar to accept 6 principles to combat extremism Four Arab nations that cut ties with Qatar urged the tiny Gulf nation Tuesday to commit to six principles on combatting extremism and terrorism and negotiate a plan with specific measures to implement them - a step that could pave the way for an early resolution of the crisis. Alleged UAE hacking 'unfortunate,' violation of law: Qatar Qatar, the tiny Gulf state being isolated by its neighbors, said Monday the reported involvement of the United Arab Emirates in hacking its government news site in May is "unfortunate" and a breach of agreements among the Gulf countries. The Washington Post, quoting unnamed US intelligence officials, reported Sunday that the UAE orchestrated the hacking and planted a false story that was used as a pretext for the crisis between Qatar and four Arab countries. The report said senior members of the Emirati government discussed the hacking plan a day before a story appeared on the official Qatar News Agency quoting Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, allegedly praising Iran and saying Qatar has a good relationship with Israel. 11 Indians killed in Saudi Arabia house fire Eleven Indians have been killed in a fire in the southern Saudi city of Najran and the Indian Consulate in Jeddah is providing all assistance to the families of the deceased and those injured in the tragedy, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday. Among the Indians killed in the fire, four were from Uttar Pradesh, three from Kerala, one from Bihar, one from Tamil Nadu and details of two others were yet to be ascertained, it said. Apart from the 11 Indians killed, five Indians were also injured in the blaze that ripped through a windowless house where the workers were staying. Indians among 11 migrant workers killed in house fire in Saudi Indians were among 11 foreign workers who were killed today in Saudi Arabia when a fire ripped through a windowless house they shared, media reports said. The 11 workers killed and six injured in the blaze in southern Najran city were all from India and Bangladesh, the Saudi civil defence was quoted as saying by the Arab News. "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 defence said in a tweet. Gulf crisis: Qatar signs agreement with US to boost its counterterrorism efforts US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took his mission to break the deadlock between Qatar and four Arab states to the tiny energy-rich nation Tuesday, securing a commitment from Qatar to intensify its counterterrorism efforts as he looks to end the squabbling among key Middle Eastern allies. Qatar was Tillerson’s second stop on a shuttle-diplomacy circuit that will also take him to Saudi Arabia, which shares Qatar’s only land border and is the most powerful of the four countries lined up against it. UAE says still awaiting Qatar response to Arab demands United Arab Emirates (UAE) foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan said on Tuesday that Arab countries boycotting Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism were still awaiting a response to their demands via mediator Kuwait. “I think it is premature to talk about extra sanctions ... this depends on what we will hear from our brothers in Kuwait,” Sheikh Abdullah said at a press conference with his German counterpart in Abu Dhabi. Qatar should sort out its differences with Gulf neighbors: UN  The UN Security Council has told Qatar to sort out its differences with its Gulf neighbors, China's ambassador said Monday, indicating the top UN body would not get involved in the dispute. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met with Security Council members on Friday to discuss the rupture in ties with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Indian embassy in UAE thwarts 700 fake job offers to Indians Over 700 fake job offers made to Indians in the UAE has been thwarted by the Indian embassy here in the last six months. "Between January and June 2017 alone, we have got 792 inquiries about employment offers, and only 66 turned out to be genuine. More than 700 were fake," India's Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri said. Arab foreign ministers to discuss Qatar in Cairo Foreign ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss Qatar, Egypt said on Sunday. "At the invitation of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, there will be a quartet meeting of the foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Cairo on Wednesday, July 5 to follow up on the developing situation regarding relations with Qatar," Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement. Abu Dhabi airport now exempt from US laptop ban The capital of the United Arab Emirates became the first city to be exempt from a US ban on laptop computers being in the cabins of airplanes coming from the Mideast, the country's flag carrier said today. Long-haul airline Etihad said it welcomed the decision by the US Department of Homeland Security, which comes "subject to enhanced security measures" at Abu Dhabi International Airport. That airport already has a US Customs and Border Protection facility that allows passengers to clear screening they'd otherwise have to go through when landing in America. Indian girl dies of heart attack at Saudi beach A 15-year-old Indian girl has died of a massive heart attack while playing at a popular beach amid Eid celebrations in Saudi Arabia, a media report said today. Saher Parvez, a 10th grade student at the International Indian School in Dammam (IISD), lived in the Eastern Province. Qatar deadline extended by 48 hours: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia and its allies today said they had decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade.      With the deadline expiring at midnight yesterday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed to give Doha an extension to respond positively to their demands.      Bhatkali woman tragically dies in a car accident while returning from Makkah One Bhatkali woman succumbed to her injuries at Al Gaviyah hospital, 170km from Saudi capital Riyadh today, Tuesday. Terror plot aimed at Makkah's Grand Mosque foiled Security forces on Friday succeeded in thwarting an imminent terrorist act targeting the security of the Grand Mosque and worshippers by a group stationed in three locations, said the Interior Ministry. The security spokesman explained that one of the sites was in the province of Jeddah, and the two others were in Makkah. Saudi King's Son Mohammed Bin Salman Named Crown Prince: Royal Decree Saudi King Salman on Wednesday named his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, completing a gradual removal of powers from the previous prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, who has been fired. According to a royal decree issued by the official Saudi Press Agency, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, was also named deputy prime minister, and maintains his post as minister of defence. Bangladeshi boy, 13, wins Dubai Quran Award Bangladesh’s Mohammad Tariqul Islam won the top prize at the 21st Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) on Thursday. Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, honoured Islam and other winners of the annual competition at a glittering ceremony at the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association auditorium in Al Mamzar. The ceremony also saw the honouring of the Islamic Personality of the Year, which this year was awarded to King Salman of Saudi Arabia. Qatar begins shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf rift Qatar says it has begun shipping cargo through to Oman to bypass Gulf countries that have cut off sea routes to the tiny, energy rich nation. Qatar's port authority published video Monday showing a ship arriving at Doha's Hamad Port from Oman's port of Sohar. Iran has sent five planes of food to Qatar: airline Iran has sent five planes of food to Qatar, Iran's national carrier told said today, days after Gulf countries cut off air and other transport links to the emirate. "So far five planes carrying perishable food items such as fruit and vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tonnes of cargo, while another plane will be sent today," Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi told AFP. "We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand" from Qatar, Noushabadi added, without mentioning if these deliveries were exports or aid. Saudi foreign minister: Qatar must end support for Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday Qatar must take several steps, including ending its support for the Palestinian group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, to restore ties with other Arab states. Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Qatar knew exactly what to do to restore relations with Riyadh and its Arab allies. “We want to see Qatar implement the promises it made a few years back with regard its support of extremist groups, regards its hostile media and interference in affairs of other countries,” Jubeir told reporters in Paris. Qatar says Kuwait trying to mediate, solve diplomatic rift Kuwait is trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis in which Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties to Qatar and moved to isolate the energy-rich, travel-hub nation from the outside world, Qatar's foreign minister said early today. The biggest diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf region since the 1991 US-led war against Iraq pits several nations against Qatar, which is home to some 10,000 American troops and a major US military base. Airlines suspended flights and residents nervous about the peninsula's lone land border closing cleaned out grocery store shelves. Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia cut ties with Qatar; cite security reasons Bahrain said on Monday it cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing its fellow Gulf Arab state of backing terrorism and interfering in Bahrain’s internal affairs. A brief statement on the official Bahrain news agency said Bahrain, a close ally of Saudi Arabia, was also cutting air and sea contact with Qatar and was giving its citizens in Qatar 14 days to leave. Saudi Arabia also broke diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar on Monday, saying the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as terrorism and extremism. Saudi King Salman named Islamic Personality of 2017 King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia has been named Islamic Personality of the Year, organisers announced during a press conference on Friday evening. The Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) made the announcement ahead of the start of the 21st edition of the competition. Ebrahim Bu Melha, Head of the Organising Committee of DIHQA, told reporters that the prestigious title was awarded to King Salman for his noble positions and tremendous contributions in the service of Islam, Muslims and the holy shrines. King Abdulaziz Airport serves 7.3m Umrah pilgrims so far JEDDAH: Some 7.3 million Umrah pilgrims arrived and departed via the Haj and Umrah terminals at King Abdulaziz International Airport from the start of this Umrah season until Friday, according to data released by the airport. The number of Umrah pilgrims is expected to significantly increase in the coming days of Ramadan, with airlines organizing regular flights from various countries to bring pilgrims to the Kingdom. Anti-terror fight ‘not a battle between different faiths,’ Trump to tell Saudi summit US President Donald Trump will launch an appeal to confront extremism on Sunday, telling dozens of Muslim leaders in a speech that the fight against terror “is not a battle between different faiths.” The president, who is in Saudi Arabia on his first foreign visit since taking office, is to give a much-anticipated speech on Islam at the Arab Islamic US Summit in Riyadh. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it,” Trump will say, according to excerpts released by the White House Bhatkal sisters follow mother’s footsteps, win Qur’an recitation competition in Dubai Indian sisters Fatima and Ayesha Mohtisham brought laurels to the country and Bhaktal in particular after they won the prestigious 12th annual Qur’an competition organised by Mohammad Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural and Social Understanding (MBRCCSU) in Dubai. King Salman presents Trump with Saudi Arabia’s top civilian honor Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday presented Donald Trump with the Kingdom’s top civilian honor, as the US president began a trip to Riyadh aimed at strengthening security and economic ties. The king placed the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud around Trump’s neck at a ceremony at the Royal Court in Riyadh. Bhatkal Chartered Accountant among Forbes’ top 50 Indian Executives in The Arab World 2017 It is a matter of great pride that a son of the soil has made it to the  list of Top 50 Indian Executives in The Arab World 2017 released recently by Forbes Middle East. Mushtaq Masood (aka SM Syed Mushtaq), Group CFO of Dubai Investments PJSC, by virtue of his hard work, integrity and talent has been ranked 42ndin the list of Top 50 Indian Executives in The Arab World 2017. 2 DK youth stuck in Saudi Arabia seek MEA help to return home Languishing at a sheep farm in Saudi Arabia for the past five months, two youngsters from Dakshina Kannada are seeking help from the Indian embassy in the Gulf country to return home. Trump's Saudi visit shows he wants strong ties with Muslims Donald Trump's decision to make Saudi Arabia the first stop for his maiden overseas trip shows the US President's strong desire to build robust ties with the Islamic world and work with Muslim leaders to defeat radical terrorists, a top Trump supporter has said. Dubai Parks and Resorts Announces its Summer Campaign – The ‘Amazing List’ for Indians Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination, today announced their summer campaign, ‘The Amazing List’ exclusively for Indians. Dubai has grown to be one of the most popular travel destinations for Indians. With special packages, the campaign focuses on promoting Dubai Parks and Resorts as one of the ‘must see’ places in Dubai. The Parks have partnered with multiple travel and trade brands across India to offer the complete amazing experience for tourists. Thomas Cook, Cox And Kings, Make My Trip, Kesari, Veena World, Shah International and TUI are a few noted brands associated with Dubai Parks and Resorts for the summer campaign.   Khidmah Foundation Riyadh Unit to hold Annual Get Together on 4th May Khidmah Foundation Riyadh Unit (KF) is going to Organize 4th Annual Family Get Together Event on 4th May 2017 at Al Rushd Isterha, Exit 8, Riyadh, KSA. This Post serves as a formal Invitation to Cordially inviting everyone along with their families and friends to come on a common platform to join hands for a common noble cause. "IN-LAND" team to visit Qatar; announces upto 20% discount on apartment for Kannadigas in Qatar 'IN-LAND' developers, the coastal Karnataka's day-by-day developing construction company, who have achieved a great heights of success in the field constructing luxurious apartments, have now come up with the new exciting offers to Kannadigas staying in Qatar. ‘It is in our interest to see a strong Saudi Arabia’ The US wants to see a strong Saudi Arabia, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said during talks with King Salman on Wednesday, aimed at reinvigorating the Riyadh-Washington alliance.  Dubai Municipality opens first UAE Foodbank branch The first branch of the UAE Foodbank opened today in the Al Quoz area in Dubai. During the opening ceremony, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the UAE Foodbank Board of Trustees said, "I am extremely proud to see the first branch open only three months after the announcement of the UAE Foodbank initiative in January. The site is equipped with all the necessary technical and logistical amenities to provide support and sport the launch of the foodbank’s operations." Emirates trims US flights after Trump administration curbs Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, today said it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened US security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travellers from Muslim-majority nations. GSS - Bahrain Billawas elects new executive committee Guru Seva Samiti (GSS) - Bahrain Billawas unanimously elected the new executive committee for the year 2017 – 2018 during the annual general body meeting held at Karnataka Social Club on April 7th, 2017. 2 maids die, 2 hurt in Ajman gas cylinder blast Two housemaids died and two others suffered serious injuries after a kitchen blast caused by a suspected gas leak in a house in Ajman on Wednesday morning. Reliance, Bhatkal, Jeddah Cricket Kings, Hyderabad Warriors and Challengers CC qualify Hyderabad Warriors, did well to post a challenging total of 144 against Prime XI that was propelled by Mohid’s 33 while Habib later bagged 3 valuable wickets. The Warriors’ tally proved too big for Prime XI, who lost regular wickets in the chase. Austria committed to support Vision 2030 strategy Austria is committed to support the transformation strategy that has been established by Saudi Vision 2030, said Austrian Ambassador Gregor W. Koessler. New rules for Zakat, tax collection OK’d The Council of Ministers on Monday approved new regulations to enable the General Authority of Zakat and Tax to carry out its main task of collecting Zakat and taxes in proper manner. KSA to develop 30 solar, wind projects Saudi Arabia will develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of its $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its dependence on oil. 1 million expats expected to leave Saudi Arabia under amnesty plan With 70 days to go before the end of the campaign of targeting residency and labor violators, preliminary results are already “positive,” according to officials from the General Directorate of Passports and Ministry of Labor and Social Development. 54 injured Yemenis to receive treatment at Indian hospitals at expense of UAE Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) announced Saturday that it is sponsoring the treatment of 53 injured Yemenis affected by the Yemeni war at Indian hospitals. Training programs for Saudis to combat drugs to continue Training programs for Saudis in combating the menace of drugs through the National Program for Prevention of Drugs (Nibras) will continue for yet another year as per the directives of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier, minister of interior and chairman of the National Committee for Combating Drugs. Emirati man robs 13 shops in RAK, arrested in 48 hours A robber has been arrested in Ras Al Khaimah within 48 hours after robbing 13 stores in Ras Al Khaimah. Saudi Shoura member in favor of women driving Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, head of Shoura Council’s committee on economy and energy, said he is in favor of women driving “as long as there is a clear system to enable them to drive.” Kingdom and Russia united in fighting terror Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received Speaker of the Russian Federation Council (the parliament’s upper house) Valentina Matviyenko here on Sunday. During the meeting they reviewed relations between the two countries and prospects of bilateral cooperation. Sheikh Hamdan launches Smart Dubai 2021 and ‘Dubai Pulse’ “The Dubai Government will issue its last paper transaction in 2021,” asserted Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as he attended Smart Dubai’s ‘Future-Now’ event at the Dubai Design District, instructing the Smart Dubai Office to oversee the ambitious goal. Oman weather: Mercury rising in the Sultanate Residents have started facing the heat due to a constant rise in the mercury for the past couple of days. Mohammed bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince launch National Space Program Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed in Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander launched today the UAE National Space Program and approved the program’s strategy. Makkah tops other regions in number of marriages, divorces The holy city has topped all other regions in the number of marriages and divorces during the past two months, local daily Al-Watan reported on Tuesday quoting sources at the Justice Ministry. E-visa coming soon: Royal Oman Police Oman is in the final stages of testing new e-visa procedures, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) announced at Get Connected, a forum held to boost tourism in Oman. President Duterte invites Saudis to invest in Philippines President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday invited Saudi entrepreneurs to invest in the Philippines, as seven letters of intent involving $470 million were signed between the Philippines and local businessmen. The Philippine president made the invitation as he addressed a sizeable crowd comprising industry leaders, investors and other guests at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday afternoon. Saudi Shoura eyes taxes on tobacco products Shoura Council members on Wednesday raised a series of questions on the GCC selective tax project that would tax tobacco products, soft drinks and energy drinks. Members sought answers defining health-threatening commodities, the rate of tax and how to distinguish between the selective and added tax. 19-year old killed in horrific bike accident in Ras Al Khaimah A 19-year-old  Emirati man succumbed to fatal injuries he received when the motorbike he was riding hit a road barrier and turned over several times in  Ras Al Khaimah. Saudi businesses face ‘challenging’ few years Fahd Al-Rasheed, chief executive of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), believes that the Saudi business community is in for a challenging time. School closures announced as sandstorms expected to continue till Thursday All schools in the Makkah region will remain closed on Wednesday due to bad weather, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Easier visas for Indians: Tourism ministry in Oman An easier visa system for Indians is included under plans to promote tourism in Oman, a senior official at the Ministry of Tourism said. King, Philippine president oversee signing of accords Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held wide-ranging talks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte here on Tuesday. Indian expat, who sent sexually abusive messages to female scribe, deported from UAE An Indian man has left the UAE after he was sacked from a company in Dubai following his abusive post against a compatriot woman journalist on social media and offensive remarks against Islam, according to a media report. Aaadhar Number must for Indian Students in Oman appearing for Board Exams Indian students in Oman appearing for Class X and Class XII board exams next year will have to get an Aadhaar Card as an identification document. Indian School Muscat (ISM) has issued a notice asking all students of Class IX to XII to get an Aadhaar Card, which will be required for online registration for board exams. Sheikh Mohammed reviews progress of UAE Agenda 2021 Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that efficiency and success of governments are measured by accomplishments and the ability to achieve goals on time. Philippine President arrives in Riyadh Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Riyadh on Monday evening. King invites Gulf leaders to attend camel festival Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has invited Gulf leaders to attend the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, scheduled to be held in Riyadh in May. Sheikh Mohammed meets with UAE ambassadors, heads of diplomatic delegations Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met this evening with ambassadors, overseas national representatives, and heads of UAE diplomatic delegations in Arab and international organisations, who participated in the 11th summit organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation from 9th to 13th April. Finance minister: No income tax on citizens, no tax on Saudi companies’ profits No income tax will be imposed on Saudi citizens and no tax will be levied on Saudi companies’ profits, Minister of Finance Muhammad Abdullah Al-Jadaan said on Sunday during an open meeting with Eastern Province businessmen. Saudi leadership condemns ‘sinful terror acts’ in Egypt Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman has sent a cable of condolence to Egypt’s President Abdulfattah Al-Sisi, following two terrorist bombings in the two Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria. ‘Saudi people want to shop in the mall, not from their computer’ What happens when you turn a top-notch banker into a shopkeeper? If the plans for Arabian Centres under its CEO Khalid Al-Jasser are anything to go by, you will end up with some very big shops. King Saud University, Health Ministry sign MoU on cooperation King Saud University (KSU) and the Health Ministry have agreed to exchange experiences in the fields of training, research and development, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan alliance’s main objective to serve Islam: Minister Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh highlighted the deep relations linking Pakistan with Saudi Arabia at a conference held by the Pakistani Association of Muslim Scholars in Peshawar on the occasion of its first anniversary. Fire in Makkah, Hail hospitals Two hospitals in Makkah and Hail were evacuated after fire broke out in their premises. Jeddah hosts first Rider Champion and Fun Festival Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) with the cooperation of the General Authority for Entertainment and Saudi Federation of Cars and Motorcycles launched the first Rider Champion and Fun Festival for families on Thursday. Emirati girl, 5, killed in Dubai fire A five-year-old girl died in a fire at a villa in Al Warqa on Friday, Dubai police said on Saturday. Gulf News learnt that a fire broke out in a villa in Al Warqa and the Emirati girl died after she suffocated due to the thick smoke. Trump briefs Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on US strikes in Syria Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was briefed Saturday by US President Donald Trump about American military strikes on a Syrian airbase the day before, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Saudi Arabia’s largest cultural, sports and entertainment city announced Saudi Arabia is set to have its biggest quality cultural, sports and entertainment city. With the laying of the foundation stone set for 2018, and a phase one launch set for 2022; the mega project — which will be the first of its kind in the world — will be built on area of 334 square kilometers, including a major safari area, in Al Qidiya, southwest of Riyadh.