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Pakistan to send troops to Saudi Arabia on 'training and advice mission'
February 18, 2018

Thousands of Pakistani troops will be deployed to Saudi Arabia to help train and advise the kingdom's military, but the decision has led to a backlash at home with many fearing 'mission creep'.

Islamabad did not clarify the number of troops who will be sent to the Gulf state, but the 'contingent' will join"...

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Cancel expat levy, JCCI tells ministry
February 18, 2018

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has asked the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) to cancel expat levy for firms which have equal number of Saudis and expat workers.

This is part of seven recommendations sent by the JCCI to the ministry in a report.

It said that expat levy should not be collected for the remaining work permit period after an expat has been sent on an exit visa.

The report said"...

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Pakistan Under Scrutiny for Planned Troop Deployment in Saudi Arabia
February 17, 2018

Pakistan's decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia has sparked domestic criticism the country is taking sides in the Yemeni conflict in violation of a parliamentary resolution, and it's a move some say likely will upset neighboring Iran.

The Pakistani military announced Thursday it was sending a 'contingent' of troops 'on a training and advice mission' to Saudi"...

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OIC ministers meet to debate labor strategy in Saudi Arabia
February 17, 2018

Labor market challenges faced by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries will be explored at a two-day conference to be held in the Kingdom on Feb. 21-22.
Saudi Arabia is to host the fourth Islamic Conference of Labor Ministers (ICLM), on the theme “Developing a Common Strategy for Manpower Development.”
Maha Akeel, director of the OIC’s public information department, told Arab News that the conference would adopt the OIC"...

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SAGIA Governor Meets with Norwegian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
February 15, 2018

Governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) Eng. Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar has had talks with Norwegian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Oyvind Stokke, it was reported here today.
During the meeting, which took place yesterday, they discussed the most important developments in the investment and economic fields in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, aspects of cooperation and ways to encourage the private sector in the two friendly"...

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US patent for King Saud University invention in information security
February 14, 2018

In a major academic breakthrough for scientists from the King Saud University (KSU), their information security invention based on iris and fingerprint recognition has won the prestigious US patent.
“The United States Patent and Trademark Office has approved and issued a patent entitled ‘Systems and Methods Improving Cryptosystems with Biometrics’ under the US patent number 9,825,761 to the KSU,” Professor Muhammad Khurram Khan, one"...

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Cabinet approves authority for care of people with disabilities
February 14, 2018

The Council of Ministers chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Monday gave approval for establishing an Authority for the Care of People with Disabilities.

Approval was given after the Cabinet reviewed the recommendations made by the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA).

The Board of Directors of the Authority, headed by the Minister of Labor and Social Development, consists of representatives from the"...

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India-Saudi Arabia relations on promising path
February 13, 2018

The one member of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet who has done some exemplary work is undoubtedly External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose February 6-8 visit representing the “guest of honor” country for this year’s Jenadriyah Festival in Saudi Arabia heralded a new fillip in cementing bilateral ties between Riyadh and New Delhi.

Swaraj said time-tested"...

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Massajed: Smartphone app for mosques around Saudi Arabia
February 13, 2018

Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Saleh Al-Asheikh visited the center for geographic information of mosques at the ministry headquarters in Riyadh and received a detailed explanation about the “Massajed” app for smartphones.

The application, implemented by the ministry, will improve and install a complete geographic information system which will take the ministry into the digital era, enhancing the efficiency of work, and going"...

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US patent for King Saud University invention in information security
February 13, 2018

In a major academic breakthrough for scientists from the King Saud University (KSU), their information security invention based on iris and fingerprint recognition has won the prestigious US patent.
“The United States Patent and Trademark Office has approved and issued a patent entitled ‘Systems and Methods Improving Cryptosystems with Biometrics’ under the US patent number 9,825,761 to the KSU,” Professor Muhammad Khurram Khan, one"...

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