India’s AAP to expand network in Gulf countries

Updated 28 February 2016

India’s AAP to expand network in Gulf countries

RIYADH: Indians here held a function to observe Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) completion of one year in office in Riyadh.
The event marked AAP’s historic decision to expand its network globally including in the Gulf countries, where nearly seven million Indian expats are currently working.
Speaking on the occasion, a legislator of Delhi’s ruling party and the party’s co-convener of its Overseas Chapter, Adarsh Shastri, said the party provides an alternative system of good governance.
“India’s deep rooted corruption and dynastic political system will be transformed to non-corrupt, development- and issue-based governance by AAP,” he said and hailed Arvind Kejriwal’s leadership.
The event, attended by a large number of expatriates, also provided an opportunity to take stock of the situation of India, which has been marred by several controversies and movements in recent times.
Shastri said the mood of the country toward the political system has changed after path-breaking initiatives taken by the AAP government after it came to power in Delhi in early 2014.
Social infrastructure like education, health, social welfare have been given top priority while free water, electricity, abolition of VIP status, completion of public projects were ensured to be completed within stipulated time.
Besides, citizens participation in administration through mohalla sabha, passing the janalokpaal bill, taking strict action against corrupt officials have restored people’s confidence in government and party, he said.
Kerala State Convener C. R. Neelakandan also spoke on the occasion, which was presided over by Basheer Aramboor. Mansoor welcomed the audience while Abdul Azees proposed the vote of thanks. Shameem conducted the program.
During the interactive session that followed, a number of questions about AAP including poor attention given to senior citizens in government hospitals, poor health infrastructure, corruption, unauthorized constructions, adulteration in food items, turning Yamuna shores into spots for tourist attraction, participation of public in decision-making process and other issues were discussed. AAP has developed a strong support base in India as well as among the Indian expatriates community across the globe. Party supporters and well-wishers from the different parts of the country participated in the event.


Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

Updated 20 August 2019

Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

  • Any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel
  • The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month

RIYADH: New laws that mean Saudi women no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel or obtain a passport came into effect Tuesday.
The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month. It means adult women can travel feely and exercise more control over family matters.
“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the Kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” Saudi Press Agency reported.
The decree said every Saudi citizen had the right to obtain a passport, and limits the need for a guardian’s approval to minors only. 
The Kingdom has steadily removed some restrictions in recent years, including ending a ban on women driving last year.
The regulatory changes stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel.
They also granted women for the first time the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors.