Dammam bird market shut down as bird flu precautionary measure

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Updated 17 January 2018

Dammam bird market shut down as bird flu precautionary measure

DAMMAM: The Eastern Province secretariat has shut down the central bird market in Dammam at 7:00 a.m. Friday morning as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of bird flu, SPA reported.

The secretariat also banned birds around the areas in which bird vendors commonly gather.

Teams were formed to clear the area in which the traditional bird market is held on Fridays on King Saud St. in the central region of Dammam.

Around 324 street vendors selling birds, animals, feed, cages, and other pet accessories have been shut down, and 1.5 tons of different materials and 465 different packages have been cleared and sent to charities before cleaning the site.

The teams formed for this purpose included Central Dammam municipality, the Eastern Province police, the Department of Safety and Security, and the secretariat’s department of hygiene.

Everyone at the market was informed of the need to immediately leave the area, and vendors were instructed to stop selling right away, take their birds and animals, leave the place, and not gather again in the future.


Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Updated 08 July 2020

Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

  • A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money
  • The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption

RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors.
The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption.
A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money and harming state interests.
One of the cases involves the arrest of three employees working at the Saudi Electricity Co. for receiving a bribe amounting to €535,000 ($604,570) from a French company and opening bank accounts in another country (at the request of the company) for money laundering. Another case is the arrest of a university faculty member for asking for a bribe amounting to SR80,000 ($21,328) from a number of companies working on different projects at the university.
The authority also arrested a doctor at the Ministry of Health for violating the regulations at a quarantine facility.
A brigadier general was arrested for using his official vehicle to facilitate the passage of another private vehicle through security points during the curfew period.