Expat seeks compensation for lost limb in the line of duty

Updated 07 December 2013
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Expat seeks compensation for lost limb in the line of duty

A Sri Lankan driver here has accused his sponsor of failing to compensate him for losing a limb while on duty.
Ruwan Chamara Herath, 29, said he had a serious accident while driving a vehicle without headlights. He claimed his sponsor forced him to drive the vehicle at midnight even though he allegedly knew that the headlights were not working.
Herath claimed that the company he works for treats its workers “like slaves without proper regard for local labor regulations.” He said he had to do 20 trips a day transporting sand in huge trucks for a cement factory, along with 16 other Sri Lankan drivers.
“Our sponsor has not given us iqamas or driver’s licenses for the last nine months.”
Herath said the drivers were afraid to go outside because they feared the authorities would arrest them. He also claimed that most of the company’s trucks are not properly insured which makes it impossible for him to get compensation.
“I need proper compensation from my sponsor and I want an artificial leg so that I can continue my life.” He claimed that his sponsor has refused to pay him last month’s salary because he apparently had to repair the truck involved in the accident.
Herath said his sponsor wants him to go home without any compensation. “How can I go home without a leg? How am I going to help my wife? I’m the breadwinner of the family,” he said. He also has a two-year-old baby.
He said he came to the Kingdom to make money to build his dream house on a plot of land he owns in Gampaha, a suburb some 30 kilometers from Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital.
He said an artificial leg would cost SR8,000 in Sri Lanka. He would be happy if someone could help him purchase it. He has asked the Sri Lankan consulate in Jeddah for help.


Saudi Arabian intellectual property authority launches online facility

Updated 28 min 22 sec ago
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Saudi Arabian intellectual property authority launches online facility

JEDDAH: The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property has launched an official website and accounts on social networking sites.
The website saip.gov.sa and @saipksa account is in line with the authority’s plan to raise awareness and knowledge about the importance of intellectual property as part of Vision 2030.
The online move will also improve performance according to the latest technical developments and emphasize the authority’s move toward digital transformation.
CEO Dr. Abdula Aiz Al-Swailem said that the new website and accounts will be a reference point for information on work carried out by the authority for individuals, and government and private bodies.
The Kingdom plans to organize, support, sponsor and enforce intellectual property issues in accordance with best international practices through the registration of intellectual property rights and the provision of relevant information, he said.
The website provides a collection of guides and information about intellectual property. It also allows users to access trademark regulations and copyright protection, as well as the patent system and graphic designs of integrated circuits, plant varieties and industrial designs.