Indian minister falls ill after drinking sewage-polluted water from holy river

Indian minister falls ill after drinking sewage-polluted water from holy river
Indian minister Bhagwant Mann (L) drinking a glass of water he filled from holy river Kali Bein. Mann (R) in hospital. (Twitter)
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Updated 24 July 2022

Indian minister falls ill after drinking sewage-polluted water from holy river

Indian minister falls ill after drinking sewage-polluted water from holy river
  • Examining doctors diagnosed him with stomach infection
  • Minister reported to have drank from holy river to show locals it was safe water

DUBAI: A senior Indian minister, who drank a glass of dirty water that he filled from a sewage-polluted holy river to show locals it was drinkable, was hospitalized after falling sick.
The 48-year-old chief minister of Punjab, Bhagwant Mann, was said to have filled the glass with water from the ‘holy’ river Kali Bein in a bid to drink it and show locals that it was safe water, as reported by Mail Online.
A few days after drinking the water, Mann fell ill with abdominal pain and was rushed to Apollo Indraprastha Hospital at Sarita Vihar in the national capital on Wednesday.
He was discharged the next day, as reported by The New Indian Express.
Examining doctors diagnosed that he suffered an infection which caused his stomach to ache.
A multidisciplinary team of medical experts kept him under strict observation in a private ward where he remained stable. Upon being discharged, he was accompanied by his wife and sister.
A video showing the senior minister bending down, filling his glass with filthy water then drinking has gone viral since then.
Mann was seen drinking water in front of crowd of supporters.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the minister in hospital on Wednesday.
Mann had drunk the glass of water from Kali Bein on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the cleaning of the river in Sultanpur Lodhi on Sunday.
The chief minister had announced the launch of a campaign to clean rivers and drains in the state.
 


Iran: Police arrest Afghan suspected of stabbing 10 to death

Iran: Police arrest Afghan suspected of stabbing 10 to death
Updated 8 min 42 sec ago

Iran: Police arrest Afghan suspected of stabbing 10 to death

Iran: Police arrest Afghan suspected of stabbing 10 to death
  • According to the report, the suspect was mentally unbalanced
  • Violent acts have escalated in recent years in Iran as the country’s economic conditions deteriorate

TEHRAN: Police in Iran arrested an Afghan man suspected of stabbing 10 other farm laborers to death following a quarrel over land, Iranian state media reported Monday. The rampage in a remote village in southeastern Iran was a rare such incident in the Islamic Republic.
The official IRNA news agency said four Iranians and six Afghans were killed, and one farm worker was wounded in the rampage on Sunday and was in hospital. According to the report, the suspect was mentally unbalanced.
A decades-long drought in Iran has caused increased disputes over water resources and land with better access to water. Hunting rifles are the only weapon that Iranians are allowed to possess legally.
Violent acts have escalated in recent years in Iran as the country’s economic conditions deteriorate amid crushing American sanctions that helped spark soaring inflation and increasing unemployment.
In May, an employee fired from one of Iran’s largest state-owned financial conglomerates went on a shooting rampage at his former workplace in western Iran, killing three people and wounding five before turning the gun on himself.
In 2016, a 26-year-old man gunned down 10 relatives and wounded four others.


Saudi Arabia automatically extends visitor IDs for Yemeni residents

Saudi Arabia automatically extends visitor IDs for Yemeni residents
Updated 1 min 57 sec ago

Saudi Arabia automatically extends visitor IDs for Yemeni residents

Saudi Arabia automatically extends visitor IDs for Yemeni residents

RIYADH: Yemenis residing in Saudi Arabia will have their visitor IDs automatically extended for six months, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

In an SPA statement, the General Directorate of Passports said the six-month extension applies to Yemeni residents who regularly renew their visitor IDs.

Beneficiaries would be required to pay the fees in a service available until Aug. 23.

“The extension will be done automatically without the need to visit the directorate’s offices,” the authority said.


Bank Albilad launches $53m wholly owned payments arm Enjaz

Bank Albilad launches $53m wholly owned payments arm Enjaz
Updated 21 min 37 sec ago

Bank Albilad launches $53m wholly owned payments arm Enjaz

Bank Albilad launches $53m wholly owned payments arm Enjaz

RIYADH: Saudi-based Bank Albilad has established a wholly owned payments arm in Riyadh with SR200 million ($53 million) capital, according to a bourse filing.

Enjaz Payment Services Co., licensed by the Saudi Central Bank as a Major Electronic Money Institution, will handle all payments and remittances activities currently operated as a business division in the bank.

The incorporation of Enjaz is in line with Bank Albilad’s strategy and any major developments in this regard will be announced in due course, it said.

 


Alkhair Capital among Kingdom’s top 10 financial firms with $3.6bn assets

Alkhair Capital among Kingdom’s top 10 financial firms with $3.6bn assets
Updated 28 min 17 sec ago

Alkhair Capital among Kingdom’s top 10 financial firms with $3.6bn assets

Alkhair Capital among Kingdom’s top 10 financial firms with $3.6bn assets

RIYADH: Alkhair Capital has seen the value of its assets under management rise to SR13.42 billion ($3.6 billion) in the first quarter, making it one of Saudi Arabia’s top ten financial institutions.

The Riyadh-headquartered investment firm reported a 34.6 percent increase in assets under management in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the year-ago period, according to the Capital Market Institutions Report.

“Alkhair Capital is a pioneer in providing Islamic products, and the recent ranking by the Capital Market Institutions confirms our strong track record and operational excellence,” said Abdullah Al Shilash, CEO of Alkhair Capital Saudi Arabia.

Most recently, Alkhair Capital acted as the financial advisor and underwriter to two Saudi-listed companies’ rights issue offerings.

The first was a SR173 million capital raise for Saudi Industrial Export Co. and the second was Amana Cooperative Insurance Co.’s SR300 million capital hike plan.


Saudi paper manufacturer MEPCO posts 216% leap in profit on higher revenues

Saudi paper manufacturer MEPCO posts 216% leap in profit on higher revenues
Updated 45 min 27 sec ago

Saudi paper manufacturer MEPCO posts 216% leap in profit on higher revenues

Saudi paper manufacturer MEPCO posts 216% leap in profit on higher revenues

RIYADH: Saudi papers maker MEPCO has posted a 216 percent leap in profits during the first half of 2022 fueled by higher revenues.

Profits of the company, formally known as Middle East Paper Co., rose to SR192 million ($51 million) in the first half, up from SR60 million in the prior year period, it said in a bourse filing.

This was coupled with a 45 percent increase in revenue to SR652 million during the same period owing to higher demand and pricing.