Mystery shrouds case of missing Indian workers

Updated 11 February 2013

Mystery shrouds case of missing Indian workers

Mystery still clouds the case of 23-year old Indian nurse Tanaz Shaikh and an Indian worker Kuttappan Pillai, who went missing several months ago in Riyadh and Dammam respectively.
Tanaz, who joined a local hospital as a nurse in March 2010, disappeared after she underwent a surgery following stomach pains several months ago.
“The whereabouts of both Indian workers — Tanaz and Pillai are not known so far,” said Abdul Aleem, an Indian embassy official, here yesterday.
The embassy reported that Indian national Kuttappan Pillai, bearing passport number G8932517, from the Indian state of Kerala, had been missing since April 13, 2012, Aleem said.
Few details were available in the case of Pillai.
“I am trying my level best to resolve such cases,” said Aleem, while urging all NGOs and individuals to convey any information about the two missing Indian nationals. Aleem said that he received a call about the disappearance of the nurse from someone, but the details were not given to the embassy.
According to a report published in a section of Indian press, Tanaz developed severe stomach pain that persisted for a few months, leading to a surgical procedure. The operation was conducted in September 2010.
Tanaz’s health deteriorated after the surgery, according to the report. The mother of Tanaz claimed that she has written a letter to the embassy, and is yet to receive any reply.
“Nobody sent a reply from the Riyadh hospital she worked at or from embassy,” said the report.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018

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.