Amjad Ali Khan to receive first Prem Nazir Award

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Updated 22 November 2012
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Amjad Ali Khan to receive first Prem Nazir Award

Renowned Indian musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan will be given the first Prem Nazir International Award during a function in Dammam today, said Rafeek Younus, international coordinator of Soorya and vice president of Saihati Group.
“The distinguished honor of being the first recipient of the Padma Bhushan Prem Nazir International Award is given to the legendary Sarod maestro, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan,” he said quoting a joint statement by the Prem Nazir Trust and Soorya Cultural Society.
Younus said Dr. Abdullah Al-Saihati, chairman of Saihati Group and a patron of the Saudi chapter of Soorya, would present the award to Khan during a special ceremony at Sheraton Hotel in Dammam.
Khan was selected for the award in appreciation for his contributions toward promoting harmony, universal understanding, educating people around the world and his unique talent in performing Sarod, an Indian classical music.
The award is jointly instituted by PNT and Soorya in honor of Nazir, who was a legendary actor and orator, a lover of Indian classical music, a philanthropist and a champion of social causes. He had given his audience the energy to stand against social and religious injustice.
The Indian government had honored Nazir by giving him with Padma Bushan and Padma Shri, the third and fourth highest civilian award in the country. He was admired by many and has inspired a generation of film actors, artists and peaceful activists.
When Prem Nazir had chosen to make movies about social and religious injustice he had won both critiques and admirers. Krishnamoorthy, founder of Soorya is one of his admirers. “With the concurrence the trustees of the PNT and Soorya established the award to enliven Nazir’s memory and perpetuate his example of utilizing his talent to educate, connect and provide courage to people,” the statement said.
The award is given to persons - regardless of race, religion, gender or profession - who has contributed to address issues of human advancement with courage and creativity through their field of expertise in their chosen profession such as acting, performing arts, dance, music, etc.
They can be engineers, doctors, journalists too and in doing so have made contributions which have transformed their societies for the better. The award seeks to inspire young people to apply their talents and energies to selfless and innovative service to their community, their country and to the world as a whole.


Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.