Saudi Arabia

  • Flynas to operate Jeddah-Hyderabad flights from August 4 days ago

    Hyderabad: Flynas, a low-cost airline from Saudi Arabia, has announced it will operate its first services to India beginning next month with two weekly flights each from Jeddah to Hyderabad and Jeddah to Kozhikode. The flights to Hyderabad will be operated Saturdays and Wednesdays starting Aug 16 and to Kozhikode (Calicut)...
  • Indian in Saudi Arabia banned from going abroad without paying bill July 20, 2014

    Riyadh: An Indian in Saudi Arabia has been banned from travelling abroad when he failed to pay his telephone bill of over Rs 3 lakhs from SIM cards he claims have been registered falsely under his name. Shamsuddin Ansari, who works as a driver, is trying to get his name...
  • 40 Indians imprisoned in Saudi Arabia return July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Forty Indian workers languishing in jail in Saudi Arabia for more than a year, arrived in India on Friday after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj ensured their speedy release. Sushma Swaraj, who was intimated July 2 about the plight of these workers, mostly from Bihar and Rajasthan, took up...
  • Sushma Swaraj seeks info on Indians jailed abroad for action July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed all Indian missions in the countries where significant number of nationals were in jail to provide updated information for further action. This came after the release of 40 Indian nationals, who returned on Friday after being held in prison in Saudi...
  • First flight from Bhopal carrying Haj pilgrims on September 17 July 17, 2014

    The first flight from Bhopal to Saudi Arabia for Haj pilgrims will take off from here on September 17. "A total of five flights will take off from Bhopal's Raja Bhoj airport to Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage during  September 17-21. A total of 1200 pilgrims will fly from here...
  • Saudi Arabia begins hiring housemaids from India July 10, 2014

    Riyadh: Facing acute shortage of housemaids, Saudi Arabia has started recruiting female domestic helps from India under a first-ever labour pact inked between the two nations in January. Saudi Deputy Minister of Labour Mufarrij Al-Huqbani said that the joint Saudi-Indian working team has finalised the recruitment contract that contains provisions to...
  • 3 Indians arrested for taking private tuitions in Saudi Arabia June 10, 2014

    Riyadh: Three Indian teachers in Saudi Arabia have been arrested in Riyadh for giving private tuitions, an illegal and punishable offence in the kingdom. Riyadh Police raided the house of three Indian teachers, employed with the International Indian School here, and found them with students gathered for private tuitions, Arab News...
  • Kerala issues alert against MERS May 10, 2014

    In view of the impending monsoon season, the Kerala Health Department has issued a general alert against various types of infectious diseases and asked the officials to take precautionary measures. Besides the monsoon related diseases, reports of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia also caused concern in the state,...
  • Kerala on high alert over Middle East Respiratory Syndrome May 9, 2014

    The Kerala health department is on high alert after increasing number of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases were reported in Saudi Arabia. MERS is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV and was first reported in Saudi Arabia September 2012. According to media reports, till date,...
  • Haj pilgrims to get 5-star level facilities at 'Rubaat' in Saudi Arabia May 7, 2014

    About 250 Haj pilgrims of the then Bhopal royal estate will get five-star like facilities this year at Rubaat (guest house) in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage. Late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's daughter Saba Sultan, who is the Mutawalli (custodian) of Auqaf-e-Shahi (royal properties), had recently de-centralised its work and formed a...
  • Saudi Arabia identifies atheists as terrorists as per new law April 2, 2014

    "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 March 22, 2014

    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 for...
  • Lawyers of Pervez Musharraf call for suspension of trial March 22, 2014

    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 Sharif...
  • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group March 8, 2014

    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. Friday's move...
  • Saudi crown prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrives in India February 26, 2014

    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 is the...
  • Saudi Arabian crown prince to visit India next week February 22, 2014

    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 is...
  • Madras HC orders verification of Indians before deportion from Saudi Arabia December 2, 2013

    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 November 17, 2013

    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 as India,...
  • Thousands return to Kerala as Saudi's Nitaqat law leaves them jobless November 15, 2013

    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 November 8, 2013

    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 deploy...
  • Kerala government approves a package for Saudi returned workers November 6, 2013

    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 November 6, 2013

    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 expatriates...
  • Forbes India rich list and Kerala's Gulf connection October 29, 2013

    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. "Ravi Pillai,...
  • Hisham Fageeh's 'No Woman, No Drive' goes viral, earns appreciation on Twitter October 29, 2013

    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 October 27, 2013

    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 Ministry,...
  • Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council October 18, 2013

    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 on...
  • Watch: Saudi Arabia women launch campaign to defy ban on driving October 15, 2013

    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 October 11, 2013

    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 from...
  • 600,000 pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia for Hajj September 29, 2013

    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 Undersecretary...
  • Israel, Saudi Arabia pressurise Obama to hit Syria hard September 2, 2013

    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 to...