Saudi Shoura Council Speaker chairs virtual session

Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh chairs a session of the council via videoconferencing in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
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Updated 14 July 2020

Saudi Shoura Council Speaker chairs virtual session

  • The Shoura Council members added a new article to the existing law granting new powers to the Public Prosecution to get rid of the phenomenon of commercial concealment

The Saudi Shoura Council on Monday approved a draft system to effectively combat cover-up businesses in the Kingdom.
Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh stressed the need to create awareness about the dangers posed by this illegal business practice and its negative impact on the national economy.
The Shoura Council members added a new article to the existing law granting new powers to the Public Prosecution to get rid of the phenomenon of commercial concealment and help create a trading environment free of irregularities.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan, assistant speaker of the Shoura Council, said the implementation of the system will be carried out in coordination with the ministries of interior, trade and human resources and social development.
The council, Al-Samaan, said also discussed the annual report of the Authority for the Care of Persons with Disabilities. The council called on the authority to activate the national electronic registry for persons with disabilities in coordination with the National Information Center and other relevant agencies to ensure all citizens get access to electronic services offered in different sectors such as health, education and social service.
The General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training was also directed to prepare training programs for people with disabilities.
The council called for the activation of a national program for donation and corneal transplantation.
It also called on the Ministry of Culture to intensify its efforts to preserve the Arabic language and accelerate the establishment of professional cultural associations.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 05 August 2020

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies