MiSK, SMRG renew agreement to work to help promote talented youth

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud, chairman of SRMG’s Board of Directors, signs the agreement with Bader Al-Asaker, secretary-general of the MiSK Foundation. (AN photo)
Updated 31 January 2017

MiSK, SMRG renew agreement to work to help promote talented youth

RIYADH: Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) and Prince Mohammed bin Salman MiSK Foundation Monday signed a cooperation agreement stipulating the implementation of joint non-profit programs to develop the community.
The Prince said SRMG has been a strong supporter of MiSK’s programs and will continue to support its media message and its initiatives in Saudi society.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud, SRMG chairman of the Board of Directors, said the group has been the main supporter of the foundation’s programs since its establishment.
“The group is keen to consolidate its partnership with MiSK Foundation for its own impact on the community, especially among young men and women, who represent the highest percentage of the population of the Kingdom,” he said.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan said that this population category “will lead the nation in the future. The programs provided to them by MiSK Foundation brush up their talents and develop them in a way that makes them future leaders. From this perspective, the SRMG supports its programs and objectives, which are common goals.”
Bader Al-Asaker, secretary-general of the foundation, said the partnership agreement is an extension of the cooperation between the two sides in serving the nation and its young generation.
“The signing of the agreement comes within the framework of the institutional work pursued by the foundation after having adopted specific cooperation mechanisms, in accordance with the foundation development goals,” he said.
Al-Asaker highlighted the important role played by the SRMG, and said he was convinced that the agreement will contribute to MiSK programs to upgrade the development and educational process and disseminate a culture of innovation among the youth.
The agreement, which is a renewal of the previous agreement between the two parties that expired at the end of 2016, emphasizes the two sides' keenness to provide media and communication support to the initiatives and projects implemented by the foundation to disseminate knowledge and create an environment conducive to the promotion of promising young talents.
The initiatives also aim at enabling young people to launch their creations in the scientific, cultural and technological fields, in addition to promoting their leadership skills.

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.