Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabia identifies atheists as terrorists as per new law 02-04-2014 05:29 PM

    "Saudi Arabia has officially identified atheists as terrorists in sweeping new laws that threaten up to 20 years in prison for almost any criticism of the government or Islam," The Daily Mail reported on April 1. According to reports, the regulations place secular citizens who commit thought crimes in the...
  • Indian women unpaid for nine months in Saudi Arabia 22-03-2014 03:31 PM

    Dubai: Eleven Indian women, working as cleaners in a hospital in Saudi Arabia have appealed for help after they were allegedly not paid their salaries for the past nine months, a media report said on Saturday. The workers, hailing from the south Indian state of Kerala, are on contractual jobs...
  • Lawyers of Pervez Musharraf call for suspension of trial 22-03-2014 12:41 AM

    Lawyers of Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday called for an "immediate and unconditional" suspension of his treason trial, claiming the government is colluding with elements of the judiciary to "fix and manipulate" the proceedings. In a statement issued in London, the lawyers alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group 08-03-2014 10:41 AM

    Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, official Saudi television reported citing a statement by the Interior Ministry. The kingdom has also designated Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters are battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as terrorist organisations....
  • Saudi crown prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrives in India 26-02-2014 06:35 PM

    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrived here Wednesday on a three-day official visit during which the two countries are expected to sign an agreement on defence and enhance cooperation in hydrocarbons and security. Vice-president Hamid Ansari received Crown Prince Salman on his arrival. Crown Prince Salman's...
  • Saudi Arabian crown prince to visit India next week 22-02-2014 10:35 PM

    Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will pay an official visit to India Feb 26-28, the highest level political visit from the kingdom after the 2006 landmark trip by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations. Crown Prince Salman, who...
  • Madras HC orders verification of Indians before deportion from Saudi Arabia 02-12-2013 12:37 PM

    Chennai: While responding to a plea seeking easy repatriation for any person employed in Saudi Arabia who approaches the embassy there, the bench of CJ RK Aggarwal said they cannot give blanket direction that any Tamilian who approaches the Indian Embassy should be given free passage from Saudi Arabia. The...
  • Saudis world's biggest Tweeters, India at 21st position 17-11-2013 07:34 PM

    In an unexpected finding, Saudis have emerged as the world's largest active Twitter users, while Indians ranked among the lowest tweeters on the microblogging site, according to new research. According to PeerReach, one-third or 32 per cent of the Saudi's online population are active monthly Twitter users. However, countries such...
  • Thousands return to Kerala as Saudi's Nitaqat law leaves them jobless 15-11-2013 08:59 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: From April 1, close to 15,000 Keralites have returned due to the Nitaqat rule in Saudi Arabia. Majority of those who returned does not have a source of income and are looking at government help to get their shattered lives together. MN Nizarudheen, a resident of Kilimanoor, had to...
  • Saudi Arabia bank on Pakistan for nukes, claims report 08-11-2013 12:13 AM

    Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects and believes it could acquire atomic bombs "at will", the BBC reported on Thursday. Saudi Arabia's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme though it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to...
  • Kerala government approves a package for Saudi returned workers 06-11-2013 05:28 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: A rehabilitation package has been approved by the Kerala government for Non Resident Keralites (NRKS), returning home due to the Nitaqat Labour Law of Saudi Arabia. There is an increase in the number of people reaching the various airports in the state after the deadline ended on November 4....
  • Saudis round up thousands of illegal immigrants 06-11-2013 08:34 AM

    Dubai: Saudi authorities rounded up thousands of illegal foreign workers at the start of a nationwide crackdown ultimately aimed at creating more jobs for locals, media reported on Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of workers have already left the kingdom following a grace period of seven months during which authorities told...
  • Forbes India rich list and Kerala's Gulf connection 29-10-2013 04:22 PM

    New Delhi: Two new entrants to the Forbes India Richest People have made their money in the Gulf. Interestingly, both are from Kerala. The two newest entrants in Forbes list of richest Indians have amassed billion dollar fortunes with businesses in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi after emigrating from Kerala....
  • Hisham Fageeh's 'No Woman, No Drive' goes viral, earns appreciation on Twitter 29-10-2013 01:40 PM

    New Delhi: Artist and social activist Hisham Fageeh spoofing ban on female drivers in Saudi Arabia in his new video has got over 5 million hits in less than three days of being uploaded on YouTube. While introducing himself to fans in the video, Hisham admits to not being a...
  • Saudi women break driving ban, defying warnings - campaigners 26-10-2013 10:32 PM

    A few women filmed themselves driving in Saudi cities on Saturday, defying government warnings of arrest and prosecution to take part in a campaign against men-only road rules, activists said. But some others stayed at home, put off by phone calls from men who said they were from the Interior...
  • Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council 18-10-2013 08:43 PM

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshly-acquired seat on the UN Security Council, saying the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Council's 10 non-permanent members...
  • Watch: Saudi Arabia women launch campaign to defy ban on driving 15-10-2013 08:29 PM

    Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive but that could change soon if a online campaign asking them to defy the ban on October 26 is successful. ...
  • Saudi women defy driving ban in online photos, video clips 11-10-2013 07:36 AM

    Riyadh: Saudi women's rights activists posted online photographs and video clips of themselves defying a ban on female driving on Thursday, two days after members of the influential Shoura Council called for an end to the prohibition. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are barred...
  • 600,000 pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia for Hajj 29-09-2013 10:03 AM

    Riyadh: Some 600,000 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia so far for this Hajj season, half of them being present in Mecca and the rest in Medina, Xinhua reported on Saturday. The Hajj ministry has assigned 40,000 workers to serve the pilgrims this Hajj season, reported Saudi Press Agency citing...
  • Israel, Saudi Arabia pressurise Obama to hit Syria hard 02-09-2013 09:06 PM

    If President Barack Obama has disappointed Syrian rebels by deferring to Congress before bombing Damascus, he has also dismayed the United States' two main allies in the Middle East. Israel and Saudi Arabia have little love for each other but both are pressing their mutual friend in the White House...
  • Saudi Arabia passes kingdom's first domestic abuse law 30-08-2013 02:09 AM

    Saudi Arabia has passed landmark legislation aimed at protecting women, children and domestic workers against domestic abuse, a human rights official said on Thursday, in a move aimed at reducing hidden violence against women in the kingdom. The "Protection from Abuse" law is the first of its kind in the...
  • Makkah to host Conference of Islamic Capitals and Cities 28-08-2013 05:50 AM

    The 13th Conference of Islamic Capitals and Cities will be inaugurated in Saudi Arabia's Makkah city on September 1 under the patronage of the custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. More than 400 delegates of the 141-member Organisation of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC)...
  • Iran's Khamenei blames outsiders for Middle East's woes 27-08-2013 03:12 AM

    Dubai: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed countries outside the Middle East on Monday for the region's turmoil and the Shi'ite cleric said regional states backing radical Sunni Islamists would be damaged by conflict. Khamenei, the most powerful man in Iran, made the comments in a meeting with Oman's...
  • Western and regional defence chiefs to meet to discuss Syria 25-08-2013 02:41 AM

    The military chiefs of the United States, its main Western allies and Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are meeting in Jordan in the coming days to discuss the situation in Syria, defence officials said on Saturday. The meeting, planned two months ago, is the third that the top military officers...
  • Saudi man weighing over 600 kg finally gets medical help 21-08-2013 09:48 AM

    Jazan: A young man in Saudi Arabia, Khalid Mohsin Shaeri, suffering from Morbid obesity, weighs close to 610 kg and hasn't been able to leave his bedroom for the past two and a half years. But now, he has finally got medical help. The 20-year-old was airlifted out of his...
  • Egypt's cabinet debates Brotherhood's fate, death toll climbs 19-08-2013 01:35 AM

    Cairo: Egypt's army-backed rulers met on Sunday to discuss their bloody confrontation with deposed President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood amid contrasting proposals for compromise and a fight to the death. In a televised speech to military and police officers, army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to crack down on anyone...
  • Petition seeking to bring Tamils living in Saudi Arabia filed 15-08-2013 12:16 AM

    Chennai: A petition was filed in the Madras High Court on Wednesday seeking to bring back over 6,000 Tamils living in Saudi Arabia without citizenship and have been asked to leave the country before November. When the matter came up for hearing today, the First Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice...
  • First Haj flight to take off from Varanasi's Babatpur Airport on September 7 09-08-2013 10:44 AM

    The first flight carrying Haj pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh to Saudi Arabia will fly from the Babatpur Airport in Varanasi on September 7, officials said on Friday. Subsequent flights will take off from Lucknow and New Delhi on September 9. The chairman of the Uttar Pradesh state Haj committee and...
  • Saudi air force sergeant rejects plea deal in Vegas child rape 02-08-2013 10:49 AM

    A Saudi Arabian air force sergeant rejected a plea deal in a child rape case on Thursday, after which a video was played in court of him telling police he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Mazen Alotaibi, 24, appeared in Nevada state...
  • Jaya asks PM to intervene to secure release of fishermen 28-07-2013 12:52 PM

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's immediate intervention to secure the release and repatriation of 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen, who are languishing in a jail in Iran. In a letter to Singh, she said families of the fishermen, hailing from Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam and Kaniyakumari...