Body of dead nurse sent to India

Updated 17 November 2012
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Body of dead nurse sent to India

The body of an Indian nurse who died in a road accident in Al-Kharj, was repatriated home yesterday.
The deceased, Judy Mathew, 26, unmarried, was working as a staff nurse at Al-Mather Dental Clinic in Al-Kharj, about 100 kilometers from the capital of Riyadh,
Mathew was hit by a car on Oct. 26, driven by a 14-year-old Saudi boy, while she was crossing the road in front of the Al-Mather Dental Clinic in Al-Kharj.
The nurse from Kerala (Mangalathu Veedu, Changanachery, Kerala), was working for the hospital for the past two years.
The boy who was responsible for the fatal accident was arrested and is now out on bail until the police complete their investigation.
According to police report, 75 percent of the fault was on the boy, who was driving the vehicle.
Following the incident, Sawad Ayathil, secretary of “Sahayi” a local Kerala-based organization and a constituent member of Federation of Kerala Associations in Saudi Arabia (FOKASA), was given power of attorney to the father of Mathew to look after the interests of the deceased.
According to Ayathil, the management of the hospital, where the deceased was working ,was very helpful in processing the papers and sending the body to the native place of the deceased.
He also said the management deposited the salary dues and the End of Service benefit due her for two years at the Labor Office. It will be sent to the Kottayam District Collector through the Indian Embassy in Riyadh.
The company also bore the expenses for the repatriation of the body. Rafi Pangodu, the treasurer of the FOKASA in Saudi Arabia, accompanied the body home on an Emirates flight.
Mathew’s body will be buried today at the St. Kuriakose Orthodox Church, Changanacherry, Kottayam. Mathew was survived by her father, mother and elder sister.
The Indian embassy will represent at the judicial inquiry on behalf of the deceased during the future proceedings.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018
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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.