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 Hajj: Stoning at Jamarat Al-Aqaba marks first day of Eid At the dawn of the first day of Eid al-Adha – the third day of Hajj - hundreds of thousands of Hajj pilgrims walked together to Jamarat Al-Aqaba in Mina. It is at this site the pilgrims throw seven pebbles at a wall in a ritual that symbolizes the stoning of the devil. Security at the site are managing the flow of the more than 2 million pilgrims, to ensure that congestion is kept to a minimum. Worshippers gather on Mount Arafat on the second day of Hajj ARAFAT: Over two million pilgrims arrived at Mount Arafat on Saturday as Hajj approached its peak. Security authorities organized the roads and guided pilgrims in order to ensure their safe passage. The various government sectors have also offered hair, catering and medical services to worshippers. Hajj pilgrims arrived at Mina on Friday where they remained in the city until sunrise on the second day of Hajj and then travelled to Mount Arafat. More than two million faithful begin Haj pilgrimage More than two million Muslims begin the annual Haj on Friday. "All of the arms of state have been deployed (and) we are proud to serve as 'God's hosts'," said security forces spokesman Bassam Attia. In total some 2.5 million faithful, the majority from abroad, will undertake the pilgrimage this year. "More than 1.8 million visas were delivered online without the need for middlemen. It's a success," said Haj ministry official Hatim Bin Hassan Qadhi. Thumbay Food Court: Multi-cuisine Food Destination Opens at Thumbay Medicity; Launches ‘Live & Learn’ Concept The food court is envisioned as a ‘Live & Learn’ space, immensely benefiting the students and faculty of Gulf Medical University as well as the various hospitals within Thumbay Medicity, by facilitating greater social, academic and intellectual interactions and enriched learning experiences Indian passport holders to get UAE visit visa permit Dubai: Indian passport holders with the United Kingdom and European Union visas can get a visit visa permit at all the UAE ports, the authorities here have said. The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai posted a video tweet on Monday that lays down the conditions under which this facility will operate. It said that the entry permit will be issued “provided that the validity of the residence visa issued by the UK and EU countries and applicant's passport is not less than six months.” According to the GDRFA, Indian passengers can get their entry permit for a fee of AED 100 (1,874 INR) and AED 20 (INR 375) service charges. “The maximum period allowed to stay within the UAE for the holders of the entry permit is 14 days and can be extended once. A renewal fee of AED 250 (4,687 INR) and service fee of AED 20 (375 INR) will be charged,” it said in the video. “If the holder of the entry permit exceeds the specified period of 14 days, or the extension period of 28 days within the UAE, the fine shall be calculated as follows: AED 100 (1874 INR)for each day, AED 200 (3,749 INR) departure permit,” it said. UAE to give free mobile phone SIM cards to tourists Tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates will be given free mobile phone SIM cards with 20 MB data as a gift without providing any documentation, a media report on Friday quoted authorities as saying. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship made the announcement in Abu Dhabi, saying that the SIM cards will also include free international calling minutes and text messages. The free tourist-friendly SIM cards will be valid for a month and they will get automatically renewed if the tourist extends their visa, the Gulf News reported. Colonel Khamees Al Kaabi, executive director for Musanada Services at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and Charbel Fawaz Litany, chairman and CEO of TeleKomNow signed the agreement in the matter on Tuesday. "Tourists will get the SIM card from the passport control officer on arrival as a gift. It will contain data and talk time, which they can recharge anywhere in the country," Litany was quoted as saying by the paper. Saudi Arabia raises India's Haj quota by 30,000 In a significant step, Saudi Arabia has increased India's Haj quota from 170,000 to 200,000, paving the way for 30,000 more Indians to go for the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in the kingdom. The issue of India's Haj quota was discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bilateral talks with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman here. Modi, who is in Japan for the G20 Summit, discussed the deepening cooperation in trade and investment, energy security and counter-terrorism with the "invaluable strategic partner". Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that the Crown Prince had promised Prime Minister Modi that India's Haj quota would be raised from 170,000 to 200,000 annually. Dubai: Indian couple held for torture, death of mother A 29-year-old Indian man and his wife have been charged in a Dubai court with physically assaulting his mother, causing her bone and rib fractures, internal bleeding as well as severe burns and unintentionally causing her death, according to a media report. The man and his 28-year-old wife, whose identity have not been revealed, tortured the elderly woman repeatedly and they even cut her right eye iris out and part of her left eye too, the Court of First Instance heard. The torture is believed to have lasted from July 2018 till October 2018. A forensic doctor said that the elderly woman weighed just 29 kg at the time of her death, the report added. The couple has been detained but they denied the charge. A case was registered at Al Qusais police station. Indian minor dies after being left behind in Dubai bus A six-year-old Indian boy was found dead after he dozed off in his school bus and left behind alone for several hours in the UAE on Saturday, according to a media report. 'Blood, body parts were scattered all around': Dubai bus crash survivor recounts horror The survivors of the Dubai road accident that killed 17 people, including 12 Indians, said the co-passengers screamed and wailed as they tried to help each other in the blood-splattered bus that rammed into a low-clearance sign here. Formalities in process to repatriate bodies of 12 Indians killed in bus accident in Dubai The Indian Consulate in Dubai is in the process of completing formalities related to forensics and other documentation required to repatriate the bodies of the 12 Indians who were among the 17 killed in a horrific road accident here when a bus coming from Oman entered a restricted lane and rammed into a low-clearance sign. 12 Indians among dead in Dubai bus accident Twelve Indians were among 17 people who were killed in a horrific road accident in Dubai when a bus, mostly with Eid vacationers coming from Oman, entered a restricted lane and rammed into a low-clearance sign, police and the Indian mission here said on Friday. Nine persons were also seriously injured when the driver of the bus coming from Oman's capital Muscat to Dubai, wrongly entered a road not designated for buses towards Al Rashidiya metro station here on Thursday evening. Dubai Police authorities said that there are still some unidentified bodies and the number of Indians who died in the accident could rise further. "With great sadn 'Terror' attacks could threaten global oil supply; warns Saudi King Salman Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday warned that "terrorist" attacks in the region could imperil global oil supplies. Long Eid Al Fitr holiday for UAE private sector The UAE private sector will get a six-day long Eid Al Fitr holiday, after the Cabinet announced a nine-day long holiday for the public sector earlier on Sunday. En route to Makkah, two Indian men complete 3,800 km journey to UAE on cycles Two Indian men have arrived in the UAE on cycles pedalling 3,800-kilometer across three countries, three months after they set out on a cycling adventure to visit Makkah in Saudi Arabia Bhatkali student among CBSE toppers in United Arab Emirates A Bhatkali student in Dubai, was among the Indian school students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who topped the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Grade 12 examination in Commerce stream. Indian autistic teen among CBSE toppers in United Arab Emirates A 17-year-old autistic teenager was among the Indian school students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who topped the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 examination, the media reported on Tuesday. Indians rejoice as stone laid for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi Thousands of Indians on Saturday rejoiced and participated in the foundation stone laying ceremony of the first Hindu temple in UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi. Mahant Swami Maharaj, spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), which is constructing the temple, presided over the four-hour ceremony following which sanctified bricks were placed at the main pooja sthal (place of worship). Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri read out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the occasion, congratulating the Gulf nation for this initiative. “On behalf of 130 crore Indians, it is my privilege to convey our greetings to my dear friend and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” Suri quoted Prime Minister Modi as saying. Deal signed to host T10 league for five years in Abu Dhabi The Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will be the new home of T10 cricket for the next five years, starting with the 2019 season. Oman suspends Boeing 737 MAX flights to and from its airports Oman on Tuesday suspended takeoffs and landings by Boeing 737 MAX planes at its airports, said its aviation authority, making it the latest country to do so after a deadly crash in Ethiopia. Muslims in India reject extremism, says Sushma Swaraj Indian Muslims have rejected the poisonous ideology of extremism because of their country's pluralism and culture of religious co-existence, Sushma Swaraj, Indian External Affairs Minister said at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's meeting with its foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi. Crown Prince orders release of 850 Indian prisoners from Saudi jails on PM Modi's request Saudi Arabis' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on February 20 ordered the release of 850 Indian prisoners lodged in his country's jails on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's request as the two leaders held extensive talks here, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. After the talks, it was also announced that India has decided to extend e-Visa facility to Saudi nationals. Saudi Arabia backs India's fight against terrorism and extremism Saudi Arabia Friday said it stood with India's fight against terrorism and extremism and denounced as "cowardly" the suicide attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 40 CRPF soldiers. The strong condemnation came days ahead of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's state visit to India next week for talks with the top Indian leadership. At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. Strongly condemning the terror attack, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said Riyadh denounced the explosion that targeted a milit Expat's passport torn at Mangalore airport ahead of Dubai flight An Indian expatriate is berating “the lack of human consideration” shown by airport security staff in Mangalore after they allegedly ripped his wife’s passport on purpose to prevent her flying home to Dubai. Rubeena Hashim, 28, was travelling back to Dubai from her native Kerala via the airport in the neighbouring state of Karnataka, with her two children Fathima, aged four, and eight-month-old Noora. From here, Rubeena would be rejoining her husband, Mohammad, 33, a trading company public relations officer in Downtown, who had stayed back in their Al Tawar residence on work. She begged and begged and in the end they made her sign a waiver that stated that if she encountered any problems entering the UAE with a damaged passport, Mangalore’s airport authority would not be responsible. - Mohammad, Rubeena's husband Her Air India flight on February 3 was almost thrown into jeopardy however when she noticed her passport had been rippe Pope Francis and top Muslim cleric in joint call for freedom of belief Pope Francis and a top Muslim cleric have issued a joint call for freedom of belief during the first visit by the head of the Catholic church to the birthplace of Islam - the Arabian Peninsula. UAE gives Pope Francis pomp-filled welcome ceremony at visit's start Pope Francis opened his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates on Monday with a grandiose, pomp-filled welcome ceremony before he was to address faith leaders in a show of religious tolerance in a Muslim region known for its restrictions on religious freedom. UAE leaders hold wide-ranging discussions with Pope Francis His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have discussed with Pope Francis the friendly relations between the UAE and the Vatican as well a number of topics of mutual interest. Heavy rain, flooding causes 12 deaths in Saudi Arabia 12 people have died and more than 170 have been injured this week due to flooding from heavy rain in the northwest. DVS United win Nawayath Premier League cricket tournament held in Ajman A packed house at the Eden Garden Ajman cheered on as DVS United clinched the championship title of Aztex Nawayath Premier League 2019 (NPL) on Friday, 25th January. Intolerance reigns supreme, says Rahul Gandhi in Dubai Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in Dubai on Saturday that India had witnessed a great deal of intolerance and anger in the past four-and-a-half years which stemmed from the “mentality of the people in power”. India witnessing over 4 yrs of 'intolerance' says Rahul Gandhi in UAE Congress President Rahul Gandhi Friday praised the UAE for declaring 2019 as the 'Year of Tolerance', saying India on the other hand has been witnessing four-and-a-half years of "intolerance". Rahul Gandhi takes jibe at PM Modi, says doesn't want to tell his 'Mann Ki Baat' in Dubai Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday told Indian workers here that he wants to listen to their problems instead of telling his "Mann Ki Baat". Families rejoice as 18 Uttara Kannada fishermen released by Iran reach Dubai safely Faces of the family members of 18 Uttara Kannada fishermen who were released from Iran after keeping them under boat arrest for last six months, gleamed with happiness after they reached Dubai safely earlier tonight. 18 Uttara Kannada fishermen held captive in a boat in Iran set free after 6 months 18 Uttara Kannada fishermen including nine from Bhatkal finally released by Iran court on Tuesday who were kept under boat arrest in Kish Island from last six months. Nawayath Premier League cricket tournament to begin on 4th Jan at Ajman ground, UAE "Bhatkal Community T20 cricket tourney is all set to begin on 4th January, Friday at Eden Garden in Ajman, as the inaugural ceremony of 'Aztex Nawayath Premier League (NPL) likely to kick off at 4 PM", announced NPL organizing committee in a press release. Medical Community Programme to showcase advances in Fertility Treatment in Oman In an endeavour to support development of Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in Oman, IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic Muscat– has organised a series of programmes for the medical community, in association with the Oman Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OSOG). TEEN BEATS 2K19: Motivational Workshop for Students to be held in Kuwait on 11th January Kuwait India Fraternity Forum (KIF) has scheduled to organize Teen Beats 2K19, a motivational program for students on 11th January 2018 from 08:00AM to 08:00PM at Kuwait Teachers Association Auditorium, Dasma. 13-year-old Indian boy in Dubai owns software development company DUBAI: A 13-year-old Indian boy in Dubai, who developed his first mobile application four years ago, also owns a software development company, a media report said Sunday. Aadithyan Rajesh, a student from Kerala, was only nine years old when he developed his first mobile application as a hobby to beat boredom and also has been designing logos and websites for clients. The tech wizard, who started using a computer when he turned five, has finally launched his own company 'Trinet Solutions' at the age of 13, the Khaleej Times reported. "I was born in Thiruvilla, Kerala, and my family moved here when I was five. The first website my dad showed me was BBC Typing, a website for kids where young students can learn typing," he told the Dubai-based English daily. Trinet has a total of three employees, who are friends and students from Aadithyan's school. 'If US stops our oil, then no oil will be exported from the Gulf': Iran The United States will not be able to stop Iran exporting its oil and any move to prevent Iranian crude shipments passing through the Gulf would lead to all oil exports through the waterway being blocked, Iran's president said on Tuesday. The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran and US officials say they aim to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero in a bid to curb the Islamic Republic's missile programme and regional influence. "America should know that we are selling our oil and will continue to sell our oil and they are not able to stop our oil exports," President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech during a trip to the northern Iranian city of Shahroud. All Indians must register online before flying to UAE for work Starting January 1, 2019, all Indians flying to the UAE on employment visa must pre-register with an Indian government recruitment portal, failing which they will be offloaded. Stranded Uttar Kannada fishermen in Iran send new video clip seeking help from MEA The 18 fishermen from Uttar Kannada district working in Dubai, who have been arrested by Iran security police allegedly of entering Iran borders from Dubai coast around four months ago, sent a new video clip on Monday seeking External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to interfere into the matter and help them in getting released. They belongs to coastal towns Bhatkal, Honnavar and Kumta. Asian couple steals diamond worth USD 81,000 in Dubai, held in India An Asian couple who stole a diamond worth 300,000 dirhams (about USD 81,000) from a shop in Dubai and fled the UAE was arrested dramatically from an Indian airport and brought back to the country, a media report said Monday. Markaz Al Nawayath AbuDhabi organizes 'Al-Nawayath Championship' for Bhatkalis in UAE Markaz Al Nawayath of AbuDhabi on Friday, 2nd November, organized Bowling and Table tennis games with the title 'Al-Nawayath Bowling And Table Tennis Championship' for the Bhatkali players situated in different Emirates of UAE. Muscat Association's “GAWEE MILAN” attracts huge crowd Keeping alive the glorious tradition of hosting annual get-together in Muscat, the Bhatkali diaspora under the aegis of Bhatkal Muslim Association has organized meticulously an impressive “Gawee Milan” at the sprawling grand hall of prestigious Al Falaj Hotel amidst bonhomie and  traditional fervor in order to spread the aroma of renewed togetherness among Bhatkali people. After successful talks with Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad, MEA Sushma Swaraj to visit Kuwait next External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday left on her maiden visit to Kuwait after wrapping up her successful two-day visit to Qatar. Swaraj on Monday met Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and discussed ways to move forward on the roadmap set by the top leaders of the two countries. "After a successful visit to Qatar, EAM Sushma Swaraj departs on her maiden visit to Kuwait. EAM will hold discussions with the leadership of Kuwait and interact with Indian community members," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. During her Doha visit, Swaraj held delegation-level talks with her counterpart H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. Now, clear immigration without passport when you fly Emirates Emirates is gearing up to launch the world's first "biometric path" which will offer its customers a smooth and truly seamless airport journey at the airline's hub in Dubai International airport. Utilising the latest biometric technology - a mix of facial and iris recognition, Emirates passengers can so Qatar Floods After Almost A Year's Rain Falls In One Day Qatar was hit by widespread flash flooding on Saturday as the desert state received almost a year's worth of rainfall in one day. Special Mahatma Gandhi screening on Burj Khalifa in Dubai Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa on Tuesday showcased special LED screenings to mark the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. Pakistani man sings Indian national anthem at Asia Cup 2018; here’s the story A Pakistani cricket fan, Adil Taj, whose video showing him singing Indian national anthem during the Group stage match between India and Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup is going viral, has said that the move was a small gesture of peace from his side. Abu Dhabi residents cheer 'safest city' label Safety and security brings stability in life, pointed out Capital residents as Abu Dhabi is again named the safest city in the world. Doors of Kaaba opened for Pakistan PM Imran Khan; performs Umrah Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan performed Umrah in Makkah on Wednesday during his Saudi visit. Qatar lifts exit visa system; workers can now leave without permits Qatar amended its residency laws on Tuesday to allow foreign workers to leave the country without exit permits from their employers, a provision which labour rights groups have long said should be abolished. Indian woman dies in Saudi, family suspects foul play A 41-year-old woman from Hyderabad, who was trafficked to Saudi Arabia's Riyadh, died under mysterious circumstances. Bhatkali youth Absar Mohtesham laid to rest in Sharjah graveyard Absar Mohtesham, a Bhatkali youth, whose body was recovered from his flat in a decomposed condition on 23rd Aug, Thursday in Sharjah of UAE was handed over to his family members after paper verifications on 28th August, Wednesday. UAE at forefront of women empowerment The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has adopted a powerful stance in empowering women, setting new standards based on a model drawn from the vision of founding father of the Arab country, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Muslim pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat for climax of Hajj Some 2 million Muslim pilgrims gathered on Monday in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual Hajj. A sea of worshippers scaled the rocky hill southeast of the holy city of Mecca for a day of prayers and reflection. After UAE, Qatar extends Rs 34.89 crore aid for flood-hit Kerala After the UAE, Qatar has come out in support of flood-hit Kerala by announcing a financial aid of Rs 34.89 crore to help provide shelter to those who lost their homes as a result of the humanitarian crisis, a media report said today. Kerala floods: UAE provides relief assistance Extending their support to the people affected by flash floods in Kerala, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has formed a committee to provide relief to the southern state. UAE to provide aid to flood-hit Kerala "The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE. We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days" his first tweet read. Nurse from Udupi mysteriously dies in Saudi Arabia A nurse from Udupi district, who was working at a hospital in Saudi Arabia for the last six years, died in the Gulf nation under mysterious circumstances, according to information received by her family. 162,159 Hajj pilgrims arrive in Madinah Madinah has received 162,159 Hajj pilgrims up until Sunday, according to statistics from the National Adilla Establishment, the Saudi agency in charge of coordinating pilgrims’ activities. At midnight, Riyadh erupts in cheers for a woman in a car Every few metres someone—a newlywed couple, a group of young girls with balloons—stops Samar Almogren to cheer her on or flash her a thumbs-up. Indian hits jackpot in UAE, wins Rs 18 crore in lottery An Indian in the UAE has hit a jackpot by winning a whopping 10 million dirham in a raffle in Abu Dhabi, the latest addition to the long list of lucky winners from India. Death toll in Oman, Yemen from Cyclone Mekunu rises to 30 Authorities say Cyclone Mekunu killed at least 30 people when it barreled across Oman and Yemen last month. Saudi Arabia passes new law to criminalise sexual harassment Saudi Arabia has passed a new law to criminalise sexual harassment, state media said Wednesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving. Air India confirms death of its pilot in Riyadh Air India on Wednesday confirmed the death of its Mumbai-based pilot in a hotel in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. 3 Indians among 11 killed by cyclone Mekunu Three Indians were among 11 people killed by cyclone Mekunu that has battered southern Oman and the Yemeni island of Socotra, authorities and reports have said. NRI couple detained thrice at Indian airports due to LoC against namesake Mistaken identity often leads to confusing situations, but for an NRI couple, it led them being detained thrice at two airports in the country as they were namesakes of another couple against whom look out circulars (LoCs) were issued on orders of the Delhi High Court. Indian man hits jackpot in Abudhabi, wins Dh 12m lottery An Indian driver in Dubai has hit a jackpot by winning a whopping Dirham 12 million in a raffle draw in Abu Dhabi, the latest addition to the long list of lucky winners from India. 7 Indians among 15 killed in Kuwait bus collision Seven Indians were among 15 oil workers killed on Sunday in a head-on collision between two buses in southern Kuwait, Kuwaiti officials said. Mangaluru Premier League cricket tourney to kick-off from 30 March in Riyadh Mangaluru/Riyadh: Mangaluru Cricket Association Riyadh to Host MPL (Mangaluru Premier League) T-15 Cricket tournament for the very first time in Riyadh, starting from March 30, 2018. Saudi women should have choice whether to wear abaya robe: Crown Prince Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is "decent and respectful", the kingdom's reform-minded crown prince said. Consulate General of India, Jeddah organized colourful Tamil Nadu Day and North-East States Day The Consulate General of India, Jeddah in association with Saudi Indian Business Network and Jeddah Tamil and North East States Community organized TAMIL NADU DAY 2018 and NORTH EAST STATES DAY 2018, as part of the India @ 70 celebrations and State Facilitation Activities abroad in the Consulate General of India premises on 26th January 2018. Saudi's Kingdom Holding shares soar after Prince Alwaleed freed Shares in Riyadh-listed international investment company Kingdom Holding soared at the opening on Sunday after the company's owner, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, was released after being detained for over two months in a corruption probe. Saudi hotel to reopen after being used as prison in corruption purge The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, according to a company employee and its website, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects. Saudi princes arrested for sit-in against having to pay utilities Eleven Saudi princes face trial after their arrest at a sit-in protesting having to pay their utility bills, authorities said today, as the monarchy pursues reforms amid hefty debt and high unemployment. BIFA organizes Football tourney in Dubai The Bhatkal Inter Football Association (BIFA) in Dubai organized football tournament in which four teams Team A, B, C & D participated consisting of 11 players in each, recently. Lebanese PM Hariri 'pressured to resign' by the Saudis Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh expecting to spend the day with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but instead found himself manhandled by Saudi security forces and forced to resign his position, according to a report by the New York Times. Islamic group will wipe out terror: Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince vowed to “pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth” as officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered Sunday in the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance. “In past years, terrorism has been functioning in all of our countries... with no coordination” among national authorities, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the Saudi defence minister, said in his keynote speech. “This ends today, with this alliance.” Floods paralyse Saudi city of Jeddah Flash floods triggered by heavy rains swept through Jeddah on Tuesday, leaving motorists stranded and forcing authorities to shut schools and universities in Saudi Arabia’s second biggest city. Dozens of people were plucked from vehicles engulfed by floodwaters, Saudi civil defence authorities said, with heavy rainfall expected to last at least until Wednesday. Local residents posted videos on social media, with one showing a convoy of official cars wading through a road which resembled a lake. 145 killed, more than 850 injured as 7.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Iraq-Iran border; dozens trapped under rubble A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region around the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 145 people state media in the two countries said, as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble. At least 141 people were killed in Iran, Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization, said on the state television. More than 850 were injured, he said. The earthquake was felt in several provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning. 6 dead as 7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts Iran-Iraq border area; tremors reach Turkey and UAE At least six people have been reported killed after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook Iraq on Sunday, authorities said. IFF Karnataka organises family get together 'Sneha Koota-2017' in Riyadh  India Fraternity Forum  (IFF) Karnataka Chapter organised a fun-filled Family Get-together, under the theme “Sneha Koota-2017” at Al Rushd Istirah Riyadh, here on 2nd November. Palm Dubai records a double win at the haute grandeur global hotel awards 2017 Atlantis The Palm, Dubai continues to add to its distinctive portfolio of awards and accolades with ShuiQi Spa and Fitness being awarded ‘Best Fitness Spa in Middle-East’ and ‘Best Spa Destination in United Arab Emirates’ at the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards 2017, which took place recently.   Saudi helicopter crash reportedly kills high-ranking prince A helicopter carrying a high-ranking Saudi prince and other government officials crashed in the kingdom's south, reportedly killing all eight people aboard. The Saudi Interior Ministry said early on Monday that the crash happened on Sunday in Saudi Arabia's Asir province as the official took part in a tour of local projects near Abha, some 160 km from the border with Yemen. Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ministers in sweeping purge Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday removed a prominent Prince who headed the National Guard, replaced the Economy Minister and announced the creation of a new anti-corruption committee. A high-level employee of the Kingdom Holding company, which Saudi Arabia billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal chairs, told The Associated Press that the Royal had been among those detained overnight on Saturday. The employee spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of repercussions. Despite Gulf crisis, US OKs $1bn Qatar arms deal The US government has approved a $1.1 billion deal to service Qatar’s F-15 fighter jets despite the country’s diplomatic standoff with the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ) — comprising Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. National Flag Day marked across UAE National Flag Day was marked across the country today with the UAE flag being hoisted in the sky by members of the UAE community. The occasion, which marks the accession of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the office of President of the UAE, also witnessed a number of cultural shows and activities carried out to manifest unity, love and loyalty between everyone 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.