Saudi National Committee for Narcotics Control announces inaugural drugs awareness competition

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Updated 31 May 2018
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Saudi National Committee for Narcotics Control announces inaugural drugs awareness competition

  • The prize, which aims to raise media awareness of drugs, will exceed SR2 million in its inaugural edition.
  • The competition aims to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and the psychological effects on individuals and society.

RIYADH: The secretariat of the Saudi National Committee for Narcotics Control announced the launch of a drugs awareness competition that will take place next month.
The prize, which aims to raise media awareness of drugs, will exceed SR2 million in its inaugural edition.
The competition will have two streams- one for individuals and another for companies. Both streams will have 4 sub categories: best awareness video, best awareness infographic design, best awareness drawing, and best awareness photo. Each category will have ten winners.
The secretariat of the National Committee for Narcotics Control’s spokesman Bandar Abdullah Al-Rumaihi added that this competition aims to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and the psychological effects on individuals and society.
Al-Rumaihi also said that the competition aims to enhance cooperation between society and advocates of drug prevention.
Individuals, companies and associations that specialize in the awareness of prevention and the dangers of addiction can participate in the competition.
Participation in the competition is not limited to citizens and expats can take part too.


Peace is our priority but the world must take a stand against Iran, says Saudi cabinet

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Peace is our priority but the world must take a stand against Iran, says Saudi cabinet

  • Saudi cabinet says the international community must take firm action against the regime in Tehran
  • Saudi’s king invites GCC leaders to hold Gulf and Arab summits in Makkah on May 30

JEDDAH: The Saudi cabinet on Tuesday said that while the Kingdom believes all people in the region have a right to live in peace, including the Iranians, the international community must take firm action against the regime in Tehran to prevent it from spreading destruction and chaos.

After a meeting of the Council of Ministers at Assalam Palace, presided over by King Salman, Turki Al-Shabanah, the minister of media, told the Saudi Press Agency that the cabinet reviewed reports on regional and global development, and the king invited GCC leaders to hold Gulf and Arab summits in Makkah on May 30. The invitation reflects the Kingdom’s desire to work with other nations to boost security and stability in the region, the minister said, especially in light of the Iran’s continuing aggressive actions. The regime’s recent activities threaten regional and international peace and security, and the supply and stability of international oil markets, he added.

Al-Shabanah reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to peace and said it will make every effort to prevent war. The nation’s hand is always extended, he added, in the belief that everyone in the region, including the Iranians, has the right to live in a secure and stable environment.

However, the cabinet called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stance against the actions of the regime in Tehran, to prevent its disruptive and destructive activities throughout the world. It also called on Iran to halt the reckless and irresponsible behavior of its agents, to save the region from the dangers they pose and potential repercussions.

The cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s hopes and expectations that the 14th Ordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, will encourage unity of response to ongoing events in the Islamic world. The summit, chaired by King Salman, will be held in Makkah on May 31 under the title “Makkah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future.”

Ministers heard that the Kingdom has sent $250 million to the Central Bank of Sudan as part of a previously announced package of assistance in partnership with the United Arab Emirates. This latest demonstration of support from the Kingdom to the Sudanese people aims to help stabilize the country’s economy, and strengthen the Sudanese pound in particular, to help improve the lives of the nation’s people.

The cabinet also welcomed the decision of the 14th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee to monitor an oil production reduction agreement concluded in Jeddah, which was headed by the Kingdom and Russia, and affirmed its commitment to balancing the oil market and stabilizing it on a sustainable basis.

Turning to local affairs, the Council of Ministers confirmed the generous support of SR 100 million ($26.7 million) from the king, and SR 30 million from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Jood Housing platform. Launched a day earlier, and supervised by the National Housing Development Association, it aims to accelerate the development process through the introduction of a new model of social solidarity, in which government, charities and commercial entities work together in accordance with regulations designed to provide support for those in need.

The council also discussed the results of the 26th meeting of the region’s governors, and praised the king for his directives designed to preserve security and help people throughout the Kingdom.