Rain forces India-bound Saudia flight to land in Sri Lanka

Updated 10 May 2014
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Rain forces India-bound Saudia flight to land in Sri Lanka

Heavy torrential rains in the Malabar region in India’s Kerala state affected flights to and from Jeddah on Thursday and Friday.
Saudia Flight SV892 from Jeddah to Calicut was diverted to Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday owing to the stormy weather. The flight, which was scheduled to arrive Thursday, landed in Calicut on Friday morning causing it to be delayed by almost seven hours.
Adverse conditions in the neighboring city of Calicut in India are believed to be the prime reason for the diversion of the flight to Colombo, according to sources. The flight was supposed to land in Calicut at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday but following the diversion to Colombo, it could only reach Calicut on Friday at 6:40 a.m., they added.
Saudia Flight SV893 which was scheduled to arrive from Calicut to Jeddah on Friday has been canceled and rescheduled for Saturday, according to King Abdulaziz International Airport sources. “The flight is now rescheduled to arrive on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.” the sources said.
However, Air Indian officials assured its passengers that the Calicut flight from Jeddah is scheduled to leave on Friday evening as usual.
Feroz Khan, Western region manager of Air India, told Arab News: “Now that the weather is back to normal in Calicut, the Air India flight will continue as scheduled without any interruption.”


Saudi Arabian intellectual property authority launches online facility

Updated 34 min 25 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.