Nationwide outrage over Qatif carnage

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Updated 16 September 2015
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Nationwide outrage over Qatif carnage

RIYADH: There has been widespread condemnation of Friday’s suicide attack on a mosque in Qatif that left at least 21 people dead and more than 100 injured.

A suicide bomber reportedly blew himself up inside the Imam Ali Mosque in the suburb of Quday in the province of Al-Qatif, where more than 150 people were performing Friday congregation prayers.
Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi said the act was a “heinous crime” and cannot be tolerated. He said his country believes in peace and rejects this “cowardly act of terrorism.”
“As a country, we stand by Saudi Arabia to help it maintain peace, security and stability in the Kingdom and the world,” Moshi said.
Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed slammed the act as terrorism, which should not be allowed to grow in the Kingdom. “Saudi Arabia is a country where there is peace, security and stability.” He urged the government to arrest those involved in the incident.
Pakistan Ambassador Manzur Ul-Haq said: “We strongly condemn this act which cost the lives of many people and injured several others.” As a mark of respect to those who died, the Pakistan Embassy postponed an evening community function at its premises on Friday, he said.
A Muslim diplomat from Asia said that any form of violence inside a mosque cannot be tolerated. “The time has come to wage an all-out war on such crimes which affect the lives of the common man,” he said.
Musaed Al-Zayani, a Saud journalist based in Dubai, said that he believes foreigners are involved in the attack, who are intent on driving a wedge between Sunnis and Shiites to create civil disturbances in the country. “The government should take every measure to bring this situation under control,” he said.
Naif Al-Rasheed, a Riyadh-based Saudi journalist, said the Kingdom should take stern action against those wanting to disrupt the lives of people in public places.
Faiz Al-Najdi, a civil engineer and freelance journalist, said that killing innocent people cannot be tolerated by any right-thinking person. “The government should not show mercy to anyone found responsible for this crime,” Al-Najdi said.
Seyed Hamid Moulana, a freelance journalist, said: “We strongly condemn those behind the tragedy in the eastern part of the Kingdom. We believe there is a foreign hand involved to create unrest in this peaceful country. We are certain that patriotic citizens and loyal expatriates will stand solidly behind the security forces to maintain peace and harmony in the country.”
He said people should not be “misled by some mischievous foreign media houses that are hell bent on creating unrest in the region. We are absolutely certain that neither Saudis nor expatriates are hoodwinked by these kinds of unfortunate incidents resulting in innocent deaths. We repeat that there is a foreign hand involved and the truth will be revealed by the security forces very soon.”


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.