Saudi Shoura Council to discuss annual performance report for social, family and youth affairs

Updated 28 October 2017

Saudi Shoura Council to discuss annual performance report for social, family and youth affairs

RIYADH: The Shoura Council will hold its 61st, 62nd and 63rd ordinary sessions next week with a number of items on the agenda.
The council will discuss in its 61st ordinary session next Monday the report of the Committee for Social, Family and Youth Affairs regarding the annual report of the General Authority for Sports for the fiscal year 2015-2016.
It will also discuss the Energy and Economy Committee’s report regarding the annual report of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund for the fiscal year of 2015-2016.
The council will also discuss the report of Committee of Transport, Communications and Information Technology regarding the annual report of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology for the fiscal year of 2015-2016.
In the recommendations it raised to the council, the committee requested the ministry to draft an executive plan and performance indicators to turn the communications and information technology sector into a productive national industry operating with a Saudi workforce within a specific time frame, and study the separation of the Saudi Post from the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology.
In its 62nd ordinary session on Tuesday, the council will vote on the recommendations of the Committee of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, requesting the General Authority of Civil Aviation to find a solution to the high prices of tickets inside the Kingdom. The council will also listen to the committee’s remarks about a council member’s opinion regarding the committee’s report of the previous session.
The council will also discuss the report of the Health Committee regarding the annual report of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center for the fiscal year of 2015-2016.
In its 63rd session on Wednesday, the Shoura Council will discuss the report of the Fiscal Committee regarding the study of criminal activities related to companies listed on the Saudi stock market, in order to control crimes of forgery, fraud and fake financial statements, and implement the necessary mechanisms to deal with the problem.
The council will also discuss the report of Human Rights Committee and regulatory bodies regarding the Human Rights Commission’s annual report for the fiscal year of 2015-2016. The committee called on the Human Rights Commission to coordinate with media in order to avoid false information.
Another issue listed on the council’s agenda for this session is the report of the Committee of Islamic and Judicial Affairs regarding the annual report of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance for the fiscal year of 2015-2016. The committee called on the ministry to reinforce its control on mosques.


Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

Updated 6 min 34 sec ago

Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

  • Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition
  • The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity

RIYADH: Four Saudi students will represent the Kingdom at a major international science and engineering fair in the US later this year.

The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity. They will be competing against more than 1,700 students from 77 countries at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) for more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.

The Saudi students traveling to Arizona in May are Dan Mohammed Al-Yafei and Tharaa Tariq Al-Dabbagh, who won an award at the olympiad in the field of science and the environment, and Lana Fahd Al-Abbasi and Zeina Tariq Maimani, who won in the field of physics and astronomy.

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition and is an opportunity for young minds around the world to share ideas and showcase cutting-edge projects.

Intel ISEF says the winners are selected on their creative ability, scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill and clarity shown in their projects.

Former Intel ISEF participant Wud Al-Saadoon won first place in the finals of the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity after working extensively on her project. She discovered her passion for science when she was in third grade, passing all aptitude tests for elementary, intermediate and high school and registering in Mawhiba enrichment programs starting from elementary school to high school.

“These programs allow students to enrol temporarily in a Saudi university,” she told Arab News. “This is how I participated as a high school student in the second olympiad program before I enrolled at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.”

She specialized in renewable chemical energy and made a special device which won her third place in a local competition.

She then qualified for Intel ISEF, where she won fourth place in the field of chemical energy last year.