Two-day Urdu festival set for Jeddah

STARS: Peerzada Qasim, Khalid Irfan and Irtiza Karim.
Updated 10 May 2016
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Two-day Urdu festival set for Jeddah

JEDDAH: Prominent Pakistani and Indian poets, humorists and academics will grace the two-day Urdu festival being organized in Jeddah at the weekend by the newly constituted Gulf Urdu Council (GUC).
The festival will revolve around a grand mushaira on Thursday, May 12, and a seminar on Friday, May 13. Prof. Peerzada Qasim, former vice chancellor of Karachi University and an accomplished and popular poet, will be the chief guest.
Dr. Irtiza Karim, director of India’s National Council for the Promotion of the Urdu Language (NCPUL) and a well-known fiction writer and critic, will be the main attraction at the seminar. Khalid Irfan, a Pakistani poet based in the United States, who is widely known for his biting satire and rib-tickling poetry, will be another star in attendance.
A number of poets based in different Saudi cities and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are expected to recite their poetry. They include Ahmed Adil (Bahrain), Sohel Saquib (Dammam), Sadaqat Tirmizi (Kuwait), Nadim Maher (Qatar), Ashfaq Nasir (Abha), Hisham Syed (Riyadh) and Rukhsar Nazimabadi (Bahrain). Those from Jeddah include Aalami Urdu Markaz President Athar Nafees Abbasi, Naeem Bazidpuri, Nasir Burney Beg, Ahmed Farooqui, Abdullah Bin-Mahfouz, Altaf Shaheryar and Faisal Tufail.
The brainchild of the GUC in Jeddah is Mahtab Qadr, who is known for his valuable promotion of Urdu. Mir Firasat Ali Khusrow from Riyadh, who is known for his chaste Urdu diction, will anchor the event. Qadr and Khusrow are among the key office-bearers in the Saudi Arabia chapter of the GUC. Afroz Alam is the president of the council.
The event is by invitation only. For details, call Qadr/Bader Ansari on 0508877185.


Saudi Civil Defense chief launches recruitment drive for local manufacturers

Civil Defense Director General Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro inaugurates an exhibition to support local manufacturers in the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 7 min 36 sec ago
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Saudi Civil Defense chief launches recruitment drive for local manufacturers

  • Al-Amro stressed the directorate’s efforts to strengthen the spare parts manufacturing industry locally

JEDDAH: An initiative to encourage manufacturers to supply parts for Saudi Civil Defense machines and technical equipment has been launched in the Kingdom.

Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro, director-general of the Civil Defense, opened an exhibition aimed at supporting local businesses looking to produce components to world-class quality standards for the General Directorate of Civil Defense.

During the inauguration ceremony, Al-Amro stressed the directorate’s efforts — under the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — to strengthen the spare parts manufacturing industry locally in a bid to boost the national economy and meet the targets of the country’s Vision 2030 reform plan.

Al-Amro said: “This direction provides new manufacturing opportunities for national factories, identifies the General Directorate of Civil Defense’s needs and demands, and builds a long-term strategic relationship with the private sector in the area of local manufacturing of spare parts.

“A database will be created for parts that need to be manufactured, and it will be provided to local factories and companies that have the capacity to manufacture those parts.”

Delegates attending the exhibition were shown a film highlighting the support available to parts manufacturers, and Al-Amro presented awards and certificates to companies and individuals for their work in supporting the local manufacturing sector.

Assistant director-general of technical affairs, Maj. Gen. Omar Al-Baiz, praised the directorate’s efforts to seek out partners in the private sector and organize events such as the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing (AFED).