Saudi

  • TCS opens Saudi Arabia's first all-woman BPO centre 12 hours 48 minutes ago

    Mumbai: India's largest software exporter TCS on Sunday said that it has opened Saudi Arabia's first all-female business process centre, which will provide employment to up to 3,000 women in three years. Saudi Aramco and GE are the centre's first customers, TCS said in a statement. Both...
  • Don't put marital problems online, warns Saudi cleric 1 week ago

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's top cleric has warned couples against publicising their marital problems on social networking sites, saying such publicity could create a scandal, media reports said on Sunday. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Council of Senior Ulema and the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta (empowered...
  • Five women terrorists facing trial in Saudi Arabia 1 week ago

    Riyadh: Five female terrorists, four of them Saudi Arabian nationals, are facing trial in the Gulf nation for organising a terror group and luring people into terrorism, media reported. The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh heard that the unnamed women terror suspects used to get support and guidance from members of...
  • Gunmen attack Saudi prince's motorcade in Paris August 18, 2014

    Paris: Kalashnikov-wielding robbers have attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros in cash and reportedly stealing "sensitive" documents, French police said on Monday. The theft took place in northern Paris as the motorcade was making its way from the Saudi embassy to an airport...
  • Six criminals rob man of foreign currency, ornaments August 11, 2014

    Six unidentified persons looted cash including foreign currency and other valuables worth Rs 3 lakhs from a man who was returning to his native village in Muzaffarnagar from Saudi Arabia, police said. Six armed men came in a car and intercepted the victim Nafis' car on Delhi-Dehradun National highway near here yesterday,...
  • Saudi bans brides from 4 countries: newspaper August 7, 2014

    Saudi men have been banned from marrying women from three Asian and one African country as the Gulf state toughens the rules restricting marriage with foreigners, a local daily said. Marrying women from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar and Chad is no longer permissible, Makkah newspaper reported. It said the total population of these...
  • Saudi men told not to marry women from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Chad August 6, 2014

    Islamabad/Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has prohibited its men from marrying women from Pakistan, Bangladesh and two other nations, in an apparent move aimed at discouraging its citizens from marrying foreigners. Apart from Pakistan and Bangladesh, Saudi men now can't marry women from Chad and Myanmar as well. Saudi Arabia is home to an...
  • Nearly 6,000 Indians languishing in foreign jails July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Nearly 6,000 Indians are currently languishing in foreign jails with maximum of 1,400 being lodged in Saudi Arabia, government said on Thursday. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who also looks after the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry, said a total of 5,986...
  • Flynas to operate Jeddah-Hyderabad flights from August July 25, 2014

    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...
  • Saudi jails rights activist for 15 years: Relatives July 7, 2014

    Dubai: A Saudi court on Monday sentenced to 15 years in jail a prominent rights lawyer described by Amnesty as a prisoner of conscience, relatives said in a statement posted on Twitter. The tweet said that Waleed Abulkhair, who has had many run-ins with the authorities over his activism and...
  • 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...
  • MERS toll surges to 282 in Saudi Arabia June 4, 2014

    The death toll from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in Saudi Arabia has surged to 282 after recalculations, the health ministry announced on Tuesday. A total of 688 cases have been confirmed in the Gulf kingdom since the first case was registered in 2012, according to the ministry's rigorous...
  • 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...
  • India warns women workers in Saudi against going on strike March 23, 2014

    India has warned its nationals in Saudi Arabia against nefarious attempts by "self-styled social workers" to instigate Indian women workers to go on a strike. Activities of such anti-social elements and illegal agents spoil the goodwill that exists for Indians in Saudi Arabia, the Indian Embassy in Riyadh said. "It has come...
  • 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 beggar dies leaving million-dollar fortune behind March 20, 2014

    Jeddah: A 100-year-old woman in Saudi Arabia, who spent decades begging on the streets, has died leaving behind a secret fortune of gold coins, jewellery and a real estate portfolio worth a whopping $10,66,580. The blind woman had begged for 50 years on the streets of Jeddah, before she suddenly died...
  • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group March 8, 2014

    Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, in a move that could increase pressure on Qatar whose backing for the group has sparked a row with fellow Gulf monarchies. The US-allied kingdom has also designated as terrorist the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq...
  • 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 man to get 2400 lashes publicly for breaking mother's tooth February 24, 2014

    A Saudi Arabian man who punched out his mother's tooth during a fight will have his own tooth broken as punishment, in addition to being imprisoned and publicly lashed. The man, in his 30s, broke his mother's tooth while he beat her when she was travelling with him in a car....
  • 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...