DiplomaticQuarter: Nepal envoy hosts Eid reception and interfaith dialogue

Nepal’s Ambassador Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput, third from left, with diplomats and other guests in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 27 June 2018

DiplomaticQuarter: Nepal envoy hosts Eid reception and interfaith dialogue

  • The guests at the event, which took place earlier this week, included representatives from the business community, and Nepalese community leaders and diplomats

The Nepalese ambassador, Mahendra Prasad Singh Rajput, hosted a colorful Eid Al-Fitr celebration at his residence in Riyadh to highlight the friendship between Saudi Arabia and Nepal.

The guests at the event, which took place earlier this week, included representatives from the business community, and Nepalese community leaders and diplomats. 

“The Eid festival symbolizes brotherhood, unity, solidarity, harmony, happiness and prosperity to all Muslims and to all mankind,” Mahendra said.

He added: “Nepal and the Nepalese people have great respect for the two holy places, Makkah and Madinah.” 

He told of his recent visit to the latter, where he met students from Nepal, adding: “I thank the officials of the Madinah University for inviting me and for giving me an opportunity to interact with Nepalese students currently on the rolls of the university.”

The recent opening of the Saudi Embassy in Katmandu is evidence, he said, that the two countries are keen to strengthen their ties. Saudi Arabia is a major destination for Nepali migrant workers, home to about 450,000 people from his country, he added.

The Nepalese diplomats and officials at the event also included Ambika Prasad Adhikari, Vijay Kumar Raut, Bipin Duwadi, Bharat Khanal, Santosh Kumar Adhikari, Bir Kumar Rai and Mohammed Zainul Abden.

All of the participants applauded the growing relationship between the Kingdom and Nepal. 

The state-owned Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) has been funding projects, mainly infrastructure related, in the South Asian country. 

The Kingdom also grants soft loans through the SFD for a variety of projects, along with much-needed aid that is currently focused on hydropower and irrigation initiatives.


Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Updated 19 October 2020

Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage

JEDDAH: Splashes of pink are appearing in Saudi Arabia’s public spaces to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening.
A number of campaigns are underway this month to support this outreach — in malls, on the street and on billboards.
Pamphlets are being handed out, videos and interactive pictures are on display, there are fundraising activities such as hiking and biking, and medical students have been talking to shoppers and passers-by as part of efforts to increase people’s knowledge.
In Jeddah there was a Tai Chi class on the city’s waterfront, headed by Amatallah Bahaziq, that was attended by female members of Bliss Runners and Bolts. Another event was a bike ride organized by Jeddah Cyclists that included men and women.
A number of major cities across the Kingdom have also seen pop-up campaigns, with specialists ready to answer questions and play a proactive role in spreading proper knowledge and information about the disease, its detection and the chances of survival when detected early.

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According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.

The Zahra Breast Cancer Association is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading organizations dedicated to raising awareness about the disease. It has been supporting cancer patients and survivors and normalizing conversations about breast cancer among the community, with a renewed emphasis during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Given the circumstances (due to the pandemic) we focused our efforts to raise awareness to the importance of early detection virtually,” a representative from the association told Arab News. “With billboards and visuals spread across Saudi cities, we’re still following through with our campaign promise to raise awareness each year and send the message across: Early detection will save your life.”
According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.