Lankan maid kills herself

Updated 25 December 2014
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Lankan maid kills herself

A Sri Lankan housemaid has committed suicide in her employer’s house in the north eastern town of Khafji in the Eastern Province.
The Sri Lankan Embassy has confirmed the death of Easwary (not her real name), 35, who hailed from Colombo, the capital of the island nation.
The maid’s Saudi employer had to break down the door of the bathroom when she failed to answer repeated calls only to find her dead, according to embassy sources.
The Eastern Province police spokesman, Col. Ziad Al-Rugaiti, said the maid committed suicide and that the police are investigating her motive.
Embassy sources admitted that they receive reports of suicide cases at regular intervals.
The cases are reported to the next-of-kin of the deceased, they said and they do their best to conduct fair investigations on the deaths.
“We are conducting an analysis on the pattern of suicide cases among the housemaids in the Kingdom,” the sources noted.
In an earlier case involving a housemaid, Poshpawalli Selladurai, 36, who had supposedly committed suicide, was actually murdered by her female sponsor. This was revealed in the postmortem report.
The police in Al-Jouf, some 1,200 km from the capital arrested the sponsor who later admitted her guilt and paid the blood money to the maid’s relatives.
Embassy sources said that they were also waiting for Easwary’s postmortem report which would be released by the police shortly.
Head of Sri Lanka’s National Institute of Mental Health Promotion, Dr. Neil Fernando, said that the latest official data shows that Sri Lanka has one of the highest suicide rates in the world with almost 4,000 cases per year. The majority of victims were aged 15-44, he added.
In 1950, Sri Lanka’s annual suicide rate was 6.5 per 100,000. By 2001, it had climbed to 55. In 1996, the island nation had the highest rate in the world, with almost 9,000 suicide deaths that year. Though the rate declined to 16 per 100,000 in 2011, it remains among the worst globally.
According to a recent police report, 3,770 people committed suicide, including 231 women, in 2011. Most were from rural areas and were mainly due to poverty and debt. This impoverishment has been intensified by government cuts to farm subsidies, rising production costs and low prices of agricultural goods.


FaceOf: Mansour Al-Shathri, vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Updated 17 July 2018
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FaceOf: Mansour Al-Shathri, vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mansour Al-Shathri is the vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). He has been in this key position since August 2016.

The RCCI vice chairman recently attended the launch of a program aimed at preparing 1,000 Saudi youths to collect zakat and taxes in collaboration with the Department of Zakat and Income Tax at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

The program hopes to increase Saudization by encouraging Saudi talents to embrace this new sector and develop it in the future.

In his opening speech, Al-Shathri highlighted the importance of empowering Saudi youth and their role in enhancing the labor market and how it is one of the RCCI’s initiatives that goes in line with Vision 2030.

Al-Shathri graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1994 and is now the owner and director of Eng. Mansour Al-Shathri Engineering Consulting Office in Riyadh. He is also the general manager of the Saudi Takheer Group.

He has worked as an engineering supervisor in several projects of the Ministry of Defense and is currently managing one of the contracting facilities to implement construction projects in Saudi Arabia.

In January 2017, Al-Shathri was chosen by the Council of Saudi Chambers as a member in the GCC Commercial Arbitration Center, formed in 1993 to settle commercial disputes through arbitration.

He is also the chairman of the Committee for the Labor Market at the Council of Saudi Chambers, chairman of the board of trustees of the Riyadh Center for the Development of Small and Medium Business and of the Committee of Building Contractors at the RCCI, and the chairman of Human Resources Committee at the RCCI.

Al-Shathri has participated in a number of seminars and lectures dealing with administration, municipal systems, contracts of work, building techniques, corporate systems and human resource management.