King Abdullah translation prize winners named

Updated 14 April 2013

King Abdullah translation prize winners named


The winners of the King Abdullah International Prize for Translation 2013 were announced by the Board of Trustees at a function here yesterday. 
The five winners in the category for institutions will receive a cash prize of SR 750,000 each, while individual winners will get SR 500,000 each.
Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah, who is also chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Prize and member of the Board of Directors of the King Abdul Aziz Public Library, chaired the function.
Prince Abdulaziz said translations help bring people together. “Translated works allow people and nations see what others have achieved in the fields of science, literature and arts,” he said. Translations also enrich various cultures, he added.
Prince Abdulaziz said the prize for translation in natural sciences was shared by Reem Mohammad Al-Towairqi for her translation from English into Arabic of the book “How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life”. The book discusses several physics topics in a new and creative way.
The co-winners were Abdulnaser Salah Ibrahim and Ali Abdullah Al-Salama for their translation from English into Arabic of the book by Michael Wilson “Bacteriology of Humans: An Ecological Perspective.”
The Translation Award for Institutions was given to the Arab Center for Arabization, Translation, Authorship and Publication (ACATAP), an organization of the Arab League's Arab Center for Arabization and Translation, which was founded in 1990 in Damascus.
According to the committee, ACATAP is known for its prolific output in translation and Arabization of higher education and tertiary education publications. Its efforts have enriched Arabic libraries with more than 130 books in 14 scientific fields.
The Award in Humanities from other languages into Arabic was jointly awarded to Salwa Saliman Naqli for her translation of Peter Stockwell’s book “Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction” from English into Arabic, and Rasha Saad Zaki for her translation of Thomas Sowell’s book “Applied Economics” from English into Arabic.
The Award in Humanities from Arabic into other languages was given to Cecilia Martini for her translation of the book “Al-Farabi: Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle” from Arabic into Italian.
The Award for Efforts in Translation for Individuals went to Joao Baptista de Medeiros Vargens, author and Brazilian university professor, and Luis Miguel Peres Canada, a Spanish university professor and author.
The Board of Trustees decided to withhold the Translation Award in Natural Sciences from Arabic into other languages because the submitted works did not meet set scientific standards.
There were six categories for the awards this year, namely, the Translation Award for Institutions; Efforts in Translation for Individuals; Humanities Translation from Other Languages into Arabic; Humanities from Arabic into Other Languages; Natural Sciences Translation from Other Languages into Arabic; and Natural Sciences from Arabic into Other Languages.

Pakistan PM receives Saudi crown prince at Rawalpindi airbase

Updated 8 min 27 sec ago

Pakistan PM receives Saudi crown prince at Rawalpindi airbase

  • Islamabad puts out all stops for Crown Prince Salman's first official visit
  • Trip expected to enhance historically close bilateral ties and expand cooperation in trade and investment

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was received by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa as he landed in Rawalpindi on Sunday evening to sign a host of important investment deals during a two-day visit.

Prime Minister Khan broke protocol by personally driving the Saudi royal from the Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi on the outskirts of the capital city of Islamabad.

The trip, the crown prince's first to the country since he became the heir-apparent in April 2017, is being seen by Pakistan as one of the most important state visits in recent memory. It is aimed at boosting bilateral ties, long defined by security and defense deals, by expanding economic cooperation and sealing several investment deals.

During the visit, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are expected to sign memoranda of understanding (MoUs) in various sectors including investment, finance, power, renewable energy, internal security, media, culture, and sports. Deals of over $20 billion will be signed, information minister Fawad Chaudhry told Arab News on Sunday.

The crown jewel in the investments is a $10 billion refinery and petrocomplex to be set up in the port of city of Gwadar in southwestern Pakistan. 

Pakistan has put out all stops for the visit of the powerful Saudi heir, with Saudi and Pakistani flags, welcome banners and huge portraits of the crown prince, PM Khan and Pakistani President Arif Alvi put up at several key points in Islamabad.

Security was tight in the capital on the weekend, with authorities restricting entry into the Red Zone, a diplomatic enclave which houses important state-owned buildings including the Prime Minister House, President House and the Supreme Court.

The crown prince -- who is accompanied by a coterie of officials from the Saudi Royal family, key ministers, and leading businessmen -- is expected to discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues during meetings with the president, the prime minister, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The Saudi royal will also attend a dinner at the PM House on Sunday night and a luncheon at the Presidential Palace on Monday. He will co-chair with PM Khan meetings of joint working groups in many sectors including energy, trade and media on Monday.

“A delegation of Pakistan’s Senate will also call on the crown prince to discuss ways to enhance parliamentary cooperation between the two countries,” the Foreign Office said in a statement, adding that Saudi ministers would meet their counterparts to discuss bilateral cooperation in their respective fields.

"On the sidelines of the visit, the businessmen of the two countries will meet to discuss opportunities for collaboration in the private sector,” the statement read.

“The visit...will significantly enhance bilateral ties between the two countries in all spheres of cooperation,” the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.