Jordan pools $131m in COVID-19 donation fund

Global accounting firm EY has been hired to audit the accounts. (File/AFP)
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Updated 30 May 2020

Jordan pools $131m in COVID-19 donation fund

  • An official said the distribution of assistance “is being robustly monitored”
  • The fund continues to receive contributions at a Central Bank of Jordan account

DUBAI: Jordan’s national fund – Himmat Watan – has gathered a total of $131.1 million (93.5 million Jordanian Dinars) since its launch on March, the state news agency has reported.

The fund was established in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the contributions were distributed to several charity organizations.

Jamal Sarayrah, the deputy chairman of the committee assigned to oversee the fund, said the distribution of assistance “is being robustly monitored,” adding more than 250,000 households have already been given aid.

Global accounting firm EY has been hired to audit the accounts, Sarayrah said.

The fund continues to receive contributions at a Central Bank of Jordan account.


Iran: Misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing

Updated 12 July 2020

Iran: Misaligned radar led to Ukrainian jet downing

  • ‘A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure’ for aligning the radar

TEHRAN: Iran said that the misalignment of an air defense unit’s radar system was the key “human error” that led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January.
“A failure occurred due to a human error in following the procedure” for aligning the radar, causing a “107-degree error” in the system, the Iranian Civil Aviation authority said in a report late Saturday.