Saudi Arabia sends 200 tons of dates to 24 countries

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Updated 05 May 2020

Saudi Arabia sends 200 tons of dates to 24 countries

  • The dates are the finest selected from different parts of the Kingdom as a gift to the Muslim community

RIYADH: On the directives from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry dispatched 200 tons of dates to 24 Muslim countries.
The ministry’s deputy undersecretary, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Aqil, said it is part of the Kingdom’s efforts to serve Muslims around the world during the month of Ramadan.
He said despite the ongoing pandemic, the Kingdom’s humanitarian projects are still underway to mitigate the suffering of humanity.
Al-Aqil said the interests of Muslims across the world are always the main focus of the Kingdom.
The Kingdom, he said, not only serve Muslims but is always at the forefront of humanitarian projects across the world without any discrimination.
He said the dates are the finest selected from different parts of the Kingdom as a gift to the Muslim community.


Indian government invites protesting farmers for talks

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Indian government invites protesting farmers for talks

NEW DELHI: India’s government invited leaders of farmers for talks as thousands of them pressed on with a protest in and around the capital on Saturday against agricultural legislation they said could be exploited by the private sector to buy their crops at cheap prices.
After a day of clashes with police who used tear gas, water cannons and baton charges to push them back, the farmers were allowed to enter New Delhi late Friday.
Television images showed some of them moving to the capital while thousands still remained at the outskirts of the city.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar invited them for talks.
“We have called all the farmers’ organizations on December 3 and we have talked before and are still ready for talks,” Tomar said.
There was no immediate response from the farmers’ leaders. The protesters said they would not return to their homes until their demands were met.
For the last two months, farmer unions have rejected the laws, which were passed in September, and have camped out on highways in Punjab and Haryana states. They say the measure could cause the government to stop buying grain at guaranteed prices and result in their exploitation by corporations that would buy their crops cheaply.
The government says the laws are needed to reform agriculture by giving farmers the freedom to market their produce and boosting production through private investment.
“We are fighting for our rights. We won’t rest until we reach the capital and force the government to abolish these black laws,” said Majhinder Singh Dhaliwal, a farmer leader.
Opposition parties and some Modi allies have called the laws anti-farmer and pro-corporation.
Farmers have long been seen as the heart and soul of India, where agriculture supports more than half of the country’s 1.3 billion people. But farmers have also seen their economic clout diminish over the last three decades. Once accounting for a third of India’s gross domestic product, they now produce only 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy.
Farmers often complain of being ignored and hold frequent protests to demand better crop prices, more loan waivers and irrigation systems to guarantee water during dry spells.