Saudi Arabia bans produce from Kerala over Nipah virus scare

Saudi Arabia bans produce from Kerala over Nipah virus scare

Saudi Arabia has banned frozen and processed fruit and vegetable imports from Kerala amid concerns over the deadly Nipah virus outbreak, reports said. The Nipah virus itself can cause encephalitis – a dangerous swelling of the brain – and common symptoms vary from none to elevated fevers, cough, headache, shortness of breath and confusion, the […]

Saudi Arabia warns of military action if Qatar gets Russian missiles: Report

Saudi Arabia warns of military action if Qatar gets Russian missiles: Report

Saudi Arabia has threatened military action against Qatar if it goes ahead and acquires Russia’s top of the range S-400 air defence missile system, Le Monde daily reported. Citing information it had obtained, Le Monde said Friday that Riyadh had written to French President Emmanuel Macron asking him to intervene to prevent the deal going ahead and to help […]

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over ‘sinful’ projects; opening cinemas, allowing women to drive

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over ‘sinful’ projects; opening cinemas, allowing women to drive

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has warned Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his “sinful projects”, in a bulletin released today, reports said. Prince Mohammed has spearheaded a string of policy changes in Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive. “The new era of Bin Salman replaced mosques with movie […]

IMF: Will add Islamic finance to market surveillance in 2019

IMF: Will add Islamic finance to market surveillance in 2019

The International Monetary Fund said Friday it will incorporate Islamic finance into its financial sector assessments of select countries starting next year, aiming to improve regulation in the growing sector. The IMF has traditionally focused on conventional banking, but it has been increasingly engaging with regulators in countries where Islamic finance is now deemed to […]

Kaaba Mataf to be reserved for Umrah pilgrims during Ramadan

Kaaba Mataf to be reserved for Umrah pilgrims during Ramadan

Narrator Desk Srinagar: The Mataf, the open white circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba in the Grand Mosque in Makkah, will be allocated exclusively for people performing Umrah during Ramadan, reports said Monday. The order by the King aims to help the men and women perform their Umrah with greater ease since the area becomes […]

Saudis ‘open up to yoga’

Saudis ‘open up to yoga’

Narrator Desk Srinagar: “Yoga is an addiction. Once you know how it beautifully unites the mind, body and soul, you can’t stop doing it,” says Saudi yoga instructor Amani Alandejani. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) approved the teaching and practicing of yoga as a sport since last year in November, a report […]

US, China and Saudi Arabia top list of military spending, says report

US, China and Saudi Arabia top list of military spending, says report

Global military spending rose last year to its highest level since the Cold War, with the United States, China and Saudi Arabia topping the list, according to a Swedish-based research institute. In a report published on Wednesday, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) estimated that world military expenditure totalled $1.73tn in 2017, up 1.1 […]

Saudi scholar rejects mention of sect on IDs

Saudi scholar rejects mention of sect on IDs

A senior Saudi religious scholar has rejected a proposal to mention the sect, race or ideology of citizens and residents on their identity cards, reports said. “Since the establishment of the Islamic state in the seventh century, all Muslim countries have had people from various religious, sectarian and ideological backgrounds,” Shaikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al […]