Essay contest, symposium organized to remember Indian freedom fighter

Updated 01 December 2014
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Essay contest, symposium organized to remember Indian freedom fighter

The-Jeddah-based Mohammad Abdulrahman Sahib Memorial Symposium Committee will organize an essay competition and symposium under the theme “Feel India 2014” next month to enlighten the public about Abdurahman Sahib’s vision and his contributions to the Indian independence struggle.
“The essay competition is exclusively for students of Indian schools in Jeddah, including girls schools,” said Abdul Rahman, chairman of the committee. The impact and importance of Abdulrahman Sahib’s vision for a long lasting secular, democratic, developed, progressive and united India is the key topic of the competition.
“This is the first ever essay competition held to enlighten the youth and teens while refreshing the memories of the seniors about the outstanding contributions of Abdulrahman Sahib toward India’s freedom movement,” Chairman Rahman told Arab News.
Contestants have been classified into three groups: Group A contains students from classes five to seven, Group B contains students from classes eight to ten, and Group C contains students from classes eleven and twelve.
Applicants can send scanned copies of their essays (not exceeding five A4 pages) along with a copy of their school ID to [email protected] and [email protected] to enter. Participants should submit their essays on or before December 5th.
Contest organisers noted that “essays can be written in both Malayalam and English,” adding that top scorers from each group would be given a chance to present their papers at the symposium to be hold December 12th, while other winners will get certificates and prizes.
Abdulrahman Sahib, nicknamed “The lion of Kerala”, was a charismatic leader, freedom fighter, writer, educationist, orator, journalist, social reformer, environmentalist, teacher, printer and publisher. His uncompromising stand bothered the British, and he was tortured and imprisoned for many years. He died on Nov. 23, 1945 at the age of 47.
Abdul Rahman said the symposium will be addressed by community leaders, writers, academicians, journalists, professionals and diplomats.


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.