Ram Nath Kovind, 71, has been elected as India’s new president, the Election Commission said Thursday. Kovind, a lawyer, was born into a humble farmer’s family in Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India. He has been a member of the Rajya Sabha, or parliament’s house of elders, held various posts within the BJP and was governor of eastern Bihar state.
Citizens and expats in Saudi Arabia must present the Passport Department with the Muqeem cards of their employees or dependents who have not returned to Saudi Arabia before the visa expiry date in order to avoid fines, Al-Ekhbariya reported. The Muqeem cards of those who have been sponsored must be presented to the Passport Department within 30 days of the expiry date of the exit-reentry visa expiration date. The department will change the status of the visa to ‘Exited, did not return’ and will mean that employers and expats will avoid legal liability and fines.
A US-based NRI, Amrik Singh, has donated Rs 10 lakh for the renovation of Government Elementary School in Kalewal, Khamano block. The school is now equipped with Wi-Fi system and the children are being provided education through internet and projectors. Amrik Singh, a former student of the school earlier resided in the village before shifting to USA.
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A dust storm hit several areas of the UAE on Thursday morning, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said. In a cautionary message, NCMS warned residents of strong winds and dust storms. The dust storms are expected to continue until Saturday night.
Qatar’s ‘Baladna Farm’ project on Wednesday announced the arrival of the first batch out of the 4000 cows scheduled to come before mid-August. The flying-in of the cows is part of Qatar’s dairy products expansion plans and it is in accordance with the efforts of the country to find alternatives to the products hitherto imported from the siege countries. It was after setting up air-conditioned pens that can house as many as 10,000 cows that the first batch of 165 was flown-in, said John Joseph Dorr, Head of the farm. The cows arrived from Germany via Hungarian capital Budapest, last night. Another batch of 130 cows will arrive in the next two weeks and by mid-August, the number will reach 4000, John Joseph said. The production is to start by the beginning of November 2017. The farm aims to bring in more than 25,000 cows in total, he said. The…
The Directorate of Traffic sector of Abu Dhabi Police Central Operations, has urged drivers to have their tyres thoroughly inspected, especially during the summer season. Car drivers are urged to ensure that their car tyres are in good condition to prevent the risk of explosion, particularly from summer heat. Those using unsafe tyres could receive a Dh500 fine, four black points as well as have their vehicle confiscated for one week.
A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy with a dairy allergy died in the UK after suffering a severe reaction to a piece of cheese allegedly forced on him by a schoolmate, prompting the Scotland Yard to launch a probe. Karanbir Cheema died on Sunday after suffering a severe reaction to a piece of cheese allegedly forced upon him at school last month.
UAE’s ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Health and Prevention, and Human Resources and Emiratisation and Emirates Identity Authority have announced measures to reduce by 50 per cent the time required to process a transaction for the issue of a residency permit. The move is part of the world’s first government accelerators, a new government approach that will accelerate the achievement of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021. Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the accelerators have multiple tasks and responsibilities to boost the pace for achieving the goals of the National Agenda and projects. The government bodies will also be tasked with implementing joint projects in record time to transform government services to advanced standards by 2021. Dr. Hussain Al Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary for Health Centres and Clinics, Ministry of…
Saudi king Salman Bin Abdul Aziz has named his 31-year-old son Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud as the Crown Prince, replacing his cousin in a sudden announcement that confirms him as next ruler of the kingdom. According to a royal decree issued by the official Saudi Press Agency, Mohammed bin Salman was also named deputy prime minister, and maintains his post as minister of defence. The appointment of Mohammed bin Salman caps a tumultuous two years since Salman, 81, ascended the throne and named Mohammed bin Salman deputy crown prince, or second in line to the throne. Mohammad Bin Nayef pledges allegience to new crown prince Former Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, 57, has pledged allegiance to the newly-appointed Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran law enforcer well-regarded in the west for his efforts to combat Al-Qaeda,…