EP crime falls 40% in Ramadan

Updated 28 July 2013
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EP crime falls 40% in Ramadan

Crime has fallen by a staggering 40 percent in the Eastern Province since the start of Ramadan, according to a police official.
“The criminal cases observed in the first half of Ramadan fell by 40 percent compared to the previous month of Shaaban,” spokesman of the Eastern Police Lt. Col. Ziad Al-Raquaiti said in a statement.
Al-Raquaiti said physical attacks including quarrels and threats fell by 38 percent. He said this could be attributed to the spiritual mood prevalent in the country in Ramadan.
A similar drop in crime rates was also recorded in 2011 and 2012, he said. Police records show that crime in Ramadan fell by 37 percent compared to Shabaan in 2012. Physical attacks fell 26 percent, immorality incidents by 11 percent, liquor-related crimes by 10 percent and various other crimes by 16 percent.
The records also show that there was a 25 percent drop in crimes for the same period in 2011. Physical attacks fell by 32 percent, immorality crimes by 29 percent, drunkenness by 12 percent and various other crimes by 15 percent, the spokesman said.
Crimes currently being committed this month include beggary, mostly by undocumented foreigners. Al-Raquaiti said 62 beggars including 43 foreigners were arrested in the first half of Ramadan, including 37 women, 17 children and eight men.
Another major crime reported during the first week of Ramadan in the province was of a Saudi passport official attacked by a Gulf traveler while on duty at the Al-Ruqaei border crossing on the Saudi-Kuwait border.
The assailant was a Kuwaiti, who attacked the passport officer when he was asked to remove a plastic sticker on his wife’s identity document so that the officer could verify the identity of the woman.
The Kuwaiti passenger refused to comply with the demand and said that a woman officer should check his wife’s identity. In the dispute that followed, the Gulf man took out a knife and stabbed the officer in the thighs. The officer was rushed to hospital. The foreigner was arrested, Al-Raquaiti said.
He said the investigations showed that the incident was the result of a misunderstanding between the official and the passenger.


Sharqiah Season: Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

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Sharqiah Season: Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month
DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.