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Saudi Arabia reports 13 new cases of MERS

Saudi Arabia reports 13 new cases of MERSRiyadh, May 9 : The number of cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in Saudi Arabia increased to 463, including 126 deaths, with the registration of 13 new cases and five deaths Friday.

The health ministry highlighted in its portal that one of the deaths was among the new cases that were diagnosed in the last 24 hours, while four deaths were among old cases, Xinhua reported.

Of the victims, there were four men aged 47, 60, 84 and 54 years and a woman aged 62. Two of the men were from Medina and the two from Mecca, while the woman was from Riyadh.

MERS toll reaches 102 in Saudi Arabia

MERSRiyadh, April 28 : The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome toll has reached 102 in Saudi Arabia since the virus first emerged in April 2012, a media report said Monday.

The country's health ministry said 10 new deaths occurred Sunday while 16 new confirmed cases have been reported in Jeddah, Tabuk and Riyadh Monday, the Arab News reported.

The total number of cases diagnosed with the virus has reached 339.

The health ministry has set up specialised medical centres in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.

Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih has instructed the health departments all over Saudi Arabia to allocate at least one hospital for MERS cases.

India's TCS, GE launch female BPO centre in Saudi Arabia

Tata-Consultancy-ServicesRiyadh, Sep 24 : India's Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in partnership with GE and Saudi Aramco Tuesday launched first all-female business process outsourcing (BPO) centre in Saudi Arabia that will create nearly 3,000 jobs in the Gulf kingdom.

The centre, in Dhahran, headquarters of Saudi Aramco, will be staffed by Saudi women with TCS and GE owning 76 percent and 24 percent equity respectively in the new venture, which will initially serve Saudi Aramco and GE as anchor clients.

Saudi Arabia e-security centre to prevent hacking

e-securityRiyadh, June 18 : Saudi Arabia has set up a national e-security centre to protect the country's e-system from hackers, a media report said Tuesday.

Several hackers have been attacking government websites to steal data by planting undetected viruses for months, the centre's director, Abdulrahman Al Mueeqal, was quoted as saying by the Al Sharq Al Awsat newspaper.

The centre will review the e-security system and set criteria for software to immediately stop the use of unlicensed programmes, he said.

Saudi Arabia plans to block Skype, WhatsApp

Saudi Arabia plans to block Skype, WhatsAppThe authorities in the middle-eastern nation of Saudi Arabia have indicated that Skype and WhatsApp might be blocked in the counry.

Government officials have not yet announed the reasons for move to restrict access to popular. Internet-based communication services in the country. The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is known for its autocratic autocratic style of governance, reportedly wants the service providders to follow the country's laws and install servers in its teritory.

L&T receives order worth $300 million in Saudi Arabia

L&T receives order worth $300 million in Saudi ArabiaLarsen & Toubro (L&T) has said that it has received an infrastructure contract worth about $300 million from Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia.

India's biggest construction and engineering firm is increasingly looking to find orders abroad in order to compensate for the slowdown in the Indian market. L&T has expanded its presence in the global markets and won an important project at the Abu Dhabi airport. The company said that it is aiming to win $3 billion worth of projects, including more construction work for Aramco and an oil refinery in Oman.

Kovalainen returns to Caterham as reserve driver

Heikki-KovalainenBahrain, April 17 : Finnish racing driver Heikki Kovalainen has returned to Caterham and will drive for the Formula 1 team in the first practice sessions in Bahrain and Spain.

Kovalainen is rejoining the team as one of the two reserve drivers, alongside Alexander Rossi who moves to Caterham Racing to compete in the GP2 Series. The Finn was dropped as a Caterham race driver at the end of last season with the Leafield-based outfit going for the inexperienced Charles Pic and Dutch Giedo van der Garde.

Saudi Arabia arrests 18 for spying

Saudi Arabia arrests 18 for spyingRiyadh, March 21 - A total of 18 people -- 16 Saudis, an Iranian and one Lebanese -- have been arrested in Saudi Arabia on charges of spying for a foreign country.

The arrests followed coordinated and simultaneous security operations carried out in four regions -- Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh and the Eastern region-- across the kingdom, a spokesperson for Saudi interior ministry said. (IANS)

Saudi Arabia allots quota of 1.7 lakh Hajj pilgrims for India

Saudi Arabia allots quota of 1.7 lakh Hajj pilgrims for IndiaThe authorities in Saudi Arabia have allotted a quota of 1.7 lakh for Indian pilgrims for the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage this year.

India had formally request for an additional 10,000 slots for the growing number of pilgrims from the country, which maintains a sizable Muslim population. India’s Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed discussed the arrangements for the pilgrimage this year with Saudi Minister of Hajj Bandar Bin Mohammed Al Hajjar on Sunday. The two also finalised the Annual Bilateral Hajj Agreement between the two countries.

Saudi Aramco confirms it was hit by 30K workstation attack; operations resumed

Saudi Aramco confirms it was hit by 30K workstation attack; operations resumed  In a statement released on Sunday, world's largest oil producer Saudi Aramco confirmed that a cyber-attack hit the company on August 15, leaving as many as 30,000 of its workstations infected with malware.

Saudi Aramco said in its statement that the mid-August 30K workstation attack infected the company's internal computers, and threatened to obliterate all data from the systems.

Abu Dhabi to go ahead with its Nuclear Plans

Abu Dhabi government has decided to go ahead with its plans of establishing proposed nuclear power plants despite the havoc caused by incidents of radiation leak at Fukushima, Japan. The country said that there is no change in its plans over civilian reactors despite nuclear disaster in Japan due to earthquake.

Abdulla Saif al-Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority, at the Arabian Power & Water Summit, asserted that nuclear energy is a need of the hour and must be brought in the country for addressing its growing electricity needs.

Custom officials cease massive amount of drugs in Saudi Arabia

Custom officials cease massive amount of drugs in Saudi Arabia  It has been reported that Saudi authorities have launched a crackdown on narcotics and have seized massive amounts of synthetic drugs and alcohol in the first six months of 2010.

Xinhua quoted Abdullah bin Saleh al-Kharboush, spokesman for the Saudi customs department, as telling the official SPA news agency that customs officials have seized 17 million amphetamine pills, 687 kg of hashish, nine kg of heroin and five kg of opium.

Saudi Arabian government planning crackdown on schools promoting terror

Saudi Arabian government planning crackdown on schools promoting terrorIt is cracking down on teachers who use the classroom to spread support of terrorism, says the government of Saudi Arabia.

Gulf News has reported on Thursday that officials said more than 2,000 teachers have been transferred to administrative positions in two years after they were found to be proselytizing for al-Qaida.

$1 billion of Saudi currency sent to Afghanistan in past four years

$1 billion of Saudi currency sent to Afghanistan in past four yearsInvestigators have said that more than $1 billion in Saudi Arabian currency has been sent to Afghanistan in the past four years, likely to support terrorism.

The funds had gone through Pakistan, where they were converted into rupees or dollars, The Times of London quoted members of FinTraca, the Afghan intelligence unit, saying.

Saudi authorities award contract to Sikorsky to upgrade Black Hawk

Saudi authorities award contract to Sikorsky to upgrade Black HawkAccording to the official reports, Saudi Arabian defense authorities have awarded a contract to Sikorsky Aerospace Services to upgrade the country's Black Hawk helicopter fleet.

It will provide modernization services on the Saudi military's UH-60A model Black Hawk helicopters in line with the company's Helicopter Recapitalization and Upgrade Program, U. S. Company Sikorsky has said.

Welspun To Buy Majority Stake In Saudi Pipe And Pipe-Coating Facility

Welspun To Buy Majority Stake In Saudi Pipe And Pipe-Coating FacilitySteel pipe maker Welspun Gujarat announced Welspun Corp Ltd via its divisions, will purchase a majority equity stake in a Saudi Arabian pipe and pipe-coating plant.

According to declaration, the company's directors have given nod in this regard, during a conference held this morning.

But, the investment would be subject to authorizations and compliances in both India and Saudi Arabia, it added without disclosing any further financial aspects of the agreement.

Yemeni kids rented out by their parents to become beggars or props in Saudi Arabia

Yemeni kids rented out by their parents to become beggars or props in Saudi ArabiaAn Arab newspaper has reported that Yemeni children say they have been brought to Saudi Arabia to become professional beggars.

They had been given instructions to say they were with parents, children seen asking for money on the streets told the Arab News.

India and Saudi Arabia talk trade, Taliban and development

Manmohan-SinghSaudi Arabia expressed concerns over extremism in Pakistan as New Delhi and Riyadh firmed up a strategic partnership on Sunday.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unveiled a roadmap for comprehensive economic partnership as he addressed captains of industry from both the countries on the second day of his visit here.

Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, who had a discussion with Singh, later spoke of the “dangerous trend” of extremism in Pakistan and made it clear that Riyadh had nothing to do with the Taliban.

News Corp. humming Saudi Media Group tune

News Corp. these days are humming a different note as it has decided an agreement to clutch upon a 9.1% stake in Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Rotana Media Group for $70 million, which marked its first major investment and beginning in the Middle East.

According to the Saudi-based entertainment firm, News Corp. has alternative either to raise their holding to 18.2% in the following 18 months with a completion of the current prospective deal.

As per earlier reports, Zawya Dow Jones in September was in talk with News Corp. and the Saudi prince to get a stake in Rotana Media.

Saudi sanctuary to support Australian camels

CamelsSaudi Arabia may provide a safe haven to a large number of camels from Australia following the reports of Australia killing 1 million unwanted animals. Camel is an integral and celebrated part of Saudi's heritage and finds respectable place in its traditions. However, it is considered as a pest and polluter in Australia.

Camel lovers, in a response to a massive internet campaign, have urged camel owners for providing safe place for a wild herd.

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