Sri Lanka ‘trains workers before they are deployed’

Updated 16 January 2014
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Sri Lanka ‘trains workers before they are deployed’

Sri Lanka is making all efforts to impart training conforming to international standards to job aspirants to familiarize themselves with the culture and work environment in the Kingdom, Sri Lankan Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Dilan Perera asserted on Wednesday.
Earlier, Dilan Perera was received in Jeddah by senior officials from the Saudi labor ministry, besides Sri Lankan diplomats on Tuesday. He called on Jeddah Governor Price Mishaal bin Majed on Wednesday prior to returning home.
The Sri Lankan minster said that in the past three months, 10,000 candidates were trained in NVQ 3 level, which is internationally accredited, in the house-keeping field including domestic helpers. Sri Lanka introduced the training program to enhance professionalism and quality standards in jobs taken up by its nationals abroad, he said.
The minister also invited Saudi recruitment companies to Sri Lanka to collaborate with the government to conduct training that suits Saudi requirements. The island nation is providing training to construction workers who intend to work in Singapore, according to their standards, which is similar to standards prevailing in Saudi Arabia, he said.
Dilan Perara said that Sri Lanka had decided that no Sri Lankan woman who is less than 25-years-old will leave the country for employment. Besides, every domestic worker will have an international standard contract backed by both governments, he said, adding: “Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia will soon constitute technical expert committees to study and finalize employment contract format.”
He said the contract will protect the interest of both employees and employers, and the labor contract would address concerns of both the parties.
Regarding the issue of minimum salary, Dilan Perara said: “We have not placed any conditions for minimum salary, since this will be based on demand and supply position in the Kingdom, which incidentally, is the largest free market economy in the Middle East region.”


Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

Updated 7 min 21 sec ago
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Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday he was seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 after a struggle by a lethal injection dose and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, he told reporters in Riyadh.

The Prosecutor said Khashoggi’s body parts were then handed over to a local Turkish agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said, adding that the drawing of the agent has been prepared and will be handed over the Turkish authorities.

He said that the head of Khashoggi’s repatriation team was the one who ordered the killing of the victim, adding that the investigations into the whereabouts of the victim’s body are still ongoing.

He noted that the mission of the team was to persuade Khashoggi to return to the kingdom.