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Eid-ul-Azha in Saudi Arabia 21 Aug


MNA International Desk: Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 21 August (Tuesday) as the moon for the month of Zilhaj was sighted there on Saturday evening. Therefore, the Day of Arafat will fall on 20 August, reported news agency. The Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Azha on the 10th of Zilhaj to commemorate the true spirit of the sacrifice made by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). On this day some 4,000 years ago, Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) had offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to the will ...

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Saudi Arabia freezes new trade with Canada

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MNA Business Desk: Saudi Arabia will suspend new trade and investment with Canada after that country’s foreign ministry urged Riyadh to release arrested civil rights activists, it said in a statement released to the official Saudi Press Agency on Sunday. It also gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country and recalled its own ambassador to Canada, the statement by the Saudi foreign ministry said, adding it retained “its rights to take further action.” The Saudi ministry had been briefed that the Canadian foreign ministry and the Canadian embassy urged the Saudi authorities to “immediately release” civil rights ...

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PM to brief media on Wednesday


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference on Wednesday to brief journalists about the outcomes of her just-concluded visits to Saudi Arabia, the UK and Australia. The press conference will be held at her official residence Ganobhaban at 4:00pm, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. The Prime Minister visited Saudi Arabia and the UK from April 15 to 23 while Australia from April 26 to 29. During her visit, she received the Global Women’s Leadership Award at the 2018 Global Summit of Women and had a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. She ...

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Saudi delays launch of ‘entertainment city’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it has delayed by three days the launch of an “entertainment city” near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects as the oil-reliant kingdom seeks to diversify. King Salman had been scheduled on Wednesday to launch construction of the 334-square kilometre project in Qiddiya, southwest of Riyadh, touted as the kingdom’s answer to Disneyland. “King Salman will inaugurate next Saturday the Qiddiya project, which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the kingdom,” the state-run Saudi Press Agency said, without explaining the delay. Construction for the first phase ...

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‘Only death’ can stop me: Saudi prince Salman


MNA Exclusive Desk: Saudi Arabia’s Bin Salman is widely expected to try and encourage American investors to put money into the kingdom, while also looking to promote his plans to enact sweeping economic and social reforms in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince has said “only death” can prevent him from ruling over the kingdom for several years to come. “Only God knows how long one will live, if one would live 50 years or not, but if things go their normal ways, then that’s to be expected,” Mohammed bin Salman said during a wide-ranging interview that aired on CBS ...

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Reforms in Saudi Arabia to project fresh light on world’s Muslims


MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi Arabia holds the two holiest cities of the Muslims — Makkah and Madinah. Despite its wealth and religious riches, throughout the last century, Saudi Arabia has been criticized for its religiously conservative mindset which many believe had pushed the country to refrain from social and political development while becoming incompetent in today’s competitive world. It was also said that, the country was suffering hugely in terms of humanitarian context. Though these might not all be very true, but serious concern was there until several humanitarian and policy reform were declared by the current honorable King Salman ...

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An admirable initiative of Saudi government for pilgrims


MNA Editorial Desk: Makkah and Madinah, located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are two of the holiest and most sacred religious destination of millions of followers of Islam all around the globe. Muslims rush to Makkah to visit the holy Kaaba, known as Baitullah Sharif or the house of Allah. Madinah holds the shrine of prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), the most respected human ever born in all times. The shrine of the prophet is located inside the Masjid-Al-Nabawi, a mosque built by the prophet himself after he completed hijrat from Makkah to Madinah. There is no word to describe ...

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Guardianship of Makkah and Madinah: An eternal right of Saudi Arabia


MNA Editorial Desk: Islam is the fastest growing and second largest religion of the world. Around 1.6 billion people around the globe are Muslims with their main concentration in Asia, Middle East and African region. These huge numbers of Muslims are very sensitive towards Islam’s two holiest cities – Makkah and Madinah, both are located in the Saudi Arabia. Makkah holds the holy Kaaba, known as the house of Allah and Madinah houses the shrine of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM). There is no place on Earth as revered, as central or as holy to as many people as Makkah. ...

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7 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi road crash

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MNA National Desk: Nine people among seven Bangladeshis killed in a road crash at Jizan region of Saudi Arabia. Several people were also injured during the accident. It has been known that the victims are all cleaners of Al Fahad Company at Jizan. Six among the deceased are Amir Hussain, resident of the village of Bashkhali at Karimpur union of Narsingdi Sadar upazila, Dulal, from Sirajganj, Saifur Islam, resident of Tangail, Motiur Rahman, of Narayanganj, Edan, of Narsingdi, and Jashim, from Kishoreganj. However, details about the identities of the deceased could not be known, as Bangladesh embassy at Saudi Arabia ...

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Saudi Arabia, UAE introduce VAT for first time


MNA Business Desk: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) for the first time from Monday. It is a five per cent tax on most goods and services to boost revenue. The VAT will be applied on food, clothes, electronics and gasoline, phone, water and electricity bills, as well as hotel reservations, reported news agency. Some outgoings were exempt from the tax or given a zero-tax rating, including medical treatment, financial services and public transport. The UAE estimates that in the first year, VAT income will be around 12 billion dirhams ($3.3 billion). ...

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Apple, Amazon to invest in Saudi Arabia


MNA science & Tech Desk: A third source confirmed that Apple was in talks with SAGIA, Saudi Arabia’s foreign investment authority. Both companies already sell products in Saudi Arabia via third parties but they and other global tech giants have yet to establish a direct presence. Amazon’s discussions are being led by cloud computing division Amazon Web Services (AWS), which would introduce stiff competition in a market currently dominated by smaller local providers like STC and Mobily. Riyadh has been easing regulatory impediments for the past two years, including limits on foreign ownership which had long kept investors away, since ...

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Lebanon’s Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia


MNA International Desk: Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, is on his way to the airport, he said early on Saturday, before his flight from Riyadh to France. Hariri’s abrupt resignation while he was in Saudi Arabia and his continued stay there caused fears over Lebanon’s stability. His visit to France with his family to meet President Emmanuel Macron is seen as part of a possible way out of the crisis. However, Okab Saqr, a member of parliament for Hariri’s Future Movement, said that after ...

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Saudi detains 4 ministers, 11 princes in anti-corruption drive


MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia has detained four current ministers and eleven princes as part of its anti-corruption campaign, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported on Sunday. Arabiya said the number of detained princes had climbed to 11. It reported earlier that 10 princes and dozens of former ministers had been detained through a new anti-corruption committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which was formed by royal decree on Saturday. The suspects were not named. However, Saudi broadcaster Al-Arabiya said fresh investigations had been launched into the 2009 Jeddah floods and the outbreak of the Mers virus which emerged ...

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Saudi to allow women into sports stadiums


MNA Sports Desk: Saudi Arabia will allow women to attend sports events in stadiums for the first time from next year, officials say. Families will be able to enter the stadiums in three major cities—Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, reported news agency. It is another move towards giving more freedom to Saudi women, who face strict gender segregation rules, and follows the historic lifting of a driving ban. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is leading a major drive to modernise Saudi society and boost the economy. Saudi Arabia’s sports authority said that preparations would start in the three stadiums so they ...

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Saudi to invest $1b in British space tourism

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MNA Business Desk: Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund announced a $1 billion investment in British billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism company Virgin Galactic. The announcement on the sidelines of an investment summit in Riyadh comes nearly a month after the Virgin Group founder said he would invest in the kingdom’s Red Sea project that aims to turn 50 Saudi islands into luxury tourism destinations. “This investment will enable us to develop the next generation of satellite launches and accelerate our programme for point to point supersonic space travel,” Branson said. The billionaire added that Virgin Galactic was just “months away” ...

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BD to import 1.4m mts fertilizer


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh will import 1.4 million tonnes (mt) of fertilizer from Tunisia Saudi Arabia and Morocco during the 2017-18 fiscal year to meet the demand of farmers, an official document of the Ministry of Agriculture reveals, reported news agency. According to the document, the Agriculture Ministry has set a requirement of 1.5 million mt fertiliser on the basis of a countrywide field survey conducted by the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE). Of the total 1.5 million (m), the survey shows, the country will need 650,000 mts TSP fertiliser and 850,000 mts DAP fertiliser. The Agriculture Ministry has also ...

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406 hajj pilgrims fail to go Saudi Arabia

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MNA National Desk: About 406 Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims are likely to fail to go to Saudi Arabia for performing hajj on Sunday by their scheduled flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines due to visa complexities. The hajj flight, which was scheduled to take off from Shahjalal Airport for Saudi Arabia at 7:55pm, has been cancelled as its all 406 pilgrims are yet to get visas, said Shakil Meraj, general manager (PR) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. However, the fresh schedule to take the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia will be announced later, he told the news agency. Some 1,27,198 pilgrims are set to ...

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Saudi Arabia to discuss Qatar crisis with allies


MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia and Arab allies that have cut ties with Qatar will hold talks in Egypt on Wednesday on the Gulf diplomatic crisis, after Doha said their demands were impossible to meet. The four Arab nations, which also include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, accuse Qatar of supporting extremism, a charge which it denies. They gave the isolated emirate an extra 48 hours to meet their ultimatum after an initial 10-day deadline passed on Sunday, reported news agency. Saudi Arabia said early Wednesday the four had received Qatar’s response and that they would respond ‘at ...

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Saudi Arabia extends Eid Al Fitr holidays to 24 days

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MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia has extended this year’s Eid Al Fitr holidays to twenty four days, state news agency SPA announced on Wednesday. The announcement came as part of royal decrees which replaced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with Mohammed bin Salman, previously deputy crown prince. Government employees are usually given a 10-day break during Eid. Government offices, which were scheduled to reopen after Eid holidays on July 2, will now open on July 9. Eid Al-Fitr holidays for the public sector started on 15 June. However, Eid-al-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It ...

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Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis: Qatar


MNA International Desk: Qatar moved Sunday to avoid an escalation of its feud with Gulf neighbours by telling their citizens they are welcome to stay, while boasting of “business as usual” for vital gas exports. Iran also announced it had sent tonnes of vegetables to Qatar, which has seen food imports threatened after its neighbours cut air, sea and land links with the country. Nearly a week after Saudi Arabia and several of its allies severed ties with Qatar in an unprecedented Gulf diplomatic crisis, there were no signs of the bitter dispute being resolved. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab ...

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Warm welcome to Sheikh Hasina in Saudi Arabia


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received warm reception in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night as the PM on a four-day official visit to attend the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at King Khalid International Airport at 11.15 pm (local time). Saudi State Minister for Sura Affairs Mohamed Faisal Bin Abu Saad and Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi received the Prime Minister at the airport. During her visit, Hasina will also perform holy Umrah in Makkah and offer ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet ...

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Trump participated in Saudi Arabian sword dance

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MNA Editorial Desk: Donald Trump along with other male White House officials participated in a ceremonial sword dance in Saudi Arabia outside the Murabba Palace, reported news agency. Trump arrived here accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump on Saturday on a two-day trip, beginning his first foreign trip as President that includes visits to Israel, the Vatican City, Belgium and Italy where he is to take part in NATO and G7 summits. Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner were also travelling as part of the presidential entourage. Video of the dance shows Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and ...

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Trump to give speech on Islamic faith in Saudi Arabia

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MNA Editorial Desk: United States President Donald Trump will give a major speech on the Islamic faith during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, home to the religion’s holiest shrines, the White House said on Tuesday. “He will meet and have lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries, where he will deliver an inspiring, direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and the president’s hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam,” National Security Advisor HR McMaster told reporters. Trump is set to visit Riyadh next week and meet with Saudi officials, as well as 56 Arab ...

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12,000 Bangladeshi illegal immigrants to leave Saudi

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MNA Editorial Desk: About 12,000 Bangladeshis are set to return from Saudi Arabia before June 30, after Riyadh set a deadline for illegal immigrants to leave the kingdom, reported news agency. The Saudi government made the announcement on 20 March. The Bangladeshi nationals have received clearance from the Saudi government to leave the kingdom.  But those failing to honour the deadline will face jail terms and fine. Until Tuesday, 7,309 Bangladeshis collected the out pass (clearance letter) in Riyadh and 4,855 others in Jeddah, according to the Bangladesh embassy. The Saudi authorities have reportedly formed a task force to filter ...

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Saudi announces 90-day amnesty for visa violators


MNA Business Desk: The Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia launched a “A Nation Without Violations” campaign to give residency and labor law violators 90 days to leave the country without penalties. Prince Mohammed bin Naif, crown prince, deputy prime minister and minister of interior, urged violators to take advantage of the 90-day grace period, which becomes effective March 29, to correct their status and make use of the assistance provided. The crown prince directed authorities to facilitate the procedures of people who seek to leave the country within the specified period and relieve them from all sanctions. However, the General ...

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Two Bangladeshis killed in Saudi Arabia road crash

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MNA National Desk: Two Bangladeshis were killed and another injured in a road accident at the Hayil province of Saudi Arabia on local time Wednesday night. The deceased are Abul Khayer, a resident of Raipur upazila in Lakshmipur, and Dulal Hossain, a resident of Sonaimuri upazila in Noakhali. Identity of the injured could not be known yet. It has been known that Dulal Hossain was travelling from Hayil along with two other passengers, while the accident occurred in Dilhan area of Tabuq at about KSA time 10:45pm and left two dead on the spot. However, the reason behind the accident ...

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‘Trump is friend to everybody’: Saudi foreign minister


MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir has said US President Donald Trump can be “a friend to everybody.” Although Mr Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, of which Saudi Arabia was not included, Adel al-Jubeir said he believed the US president could be a friend to the Arab world. “I believe Donald Trump is a friend to everybody potentially,” he told at the Munich Security Conference last weekend. Speaking four days after US President Donald Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a White House press conference about the possibilities ...

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