SHOURA COUNCIL PROPOSED A LAW TO BAN ABORTION, STERILIZATION, ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION, HUMAN CLONING & EUTHANASIA
Saudi Arabia's Shoura Council proposed a medical liability law to ban euthanasia (Ending a life to relieve pain and suffering) and human cloning with restrictions on artificial insemination, abortion and sterilization.
Health Council committee was considering proposals submitted by former Shoura members before publishing a final draft. The new law aims is to promote medical injustice by applying Islamic law to practitioners and patients, it also regulate litigation in cases of medical malpractice.
- The law also bans the termination of life of any patient for any reason even at the request of their family.
- It also ban human cloning (creation of genetically identical human) and related research.
- The law also proposed to ban Sterilization (Blocking or sealing the Fallopian tubes of women which links to the womb) except on some medical conditions supported by a specialized medical team with at least 3 doctors.
- Those who violates this law will face 5 to 10 years of prison including a fine of at least 50,000 Saudi Riyals in each case respectively.
- Birth control without consent of a couple will also banned by this proposal.
- Abortion would be accepted only if the life of the mother is at risk or on the request of the couple if a foetus is found to be deformed by medical team with in 4 months.
- Medical liability will not be accepted if the injury is caused by the patient's own act or refusal of treatment or failure to follow instructions or an external factor.
- Health care companies will be required to insure medical practitioners against errors and bear 80% of the annual insurance premium.
SAUDI ARABIA IS ON THE TOP OF ALL COUNTRIES IN USING SNAPCHAT
Saudi Arabia is on the top of all countries with highest number of Snapchat application users, as per the latest statistics report 8.2 million Saudi people use Snapchat daily.
Two cities of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh and Jeddah are among the cities with the highest number of Snapchat daily users, The report also revealed that most of the users are in age between 13 to 35 years.
- Eighty five percent (85%) of the Snapchat users are aged between 13 years to 35 years, Increase of using smartphone applications alerted traffic regulation to issue a new regulation on it.
- Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior issued a new traffic regulation to detain violators for 24 hours if caught using mobile phone while driving in the Kingdom.
- According to Sabq local news, Snapchat is associated with several cases of divorce, blackmailing and traffic accidents. The main cause of deadly accidents in Saudi Arabia are due to use of cell phones while driving.
SAUDI ELECTRICITY COMPANY WILL ISSUE E-BILLS INSTEAD OF PAPER BILLS
The Saudi Electricity Company will not issue paper bills anymore as it will now issue e-bills (electronic bills) on every 28th day of Gregorian calendar month.
E-bills can be accessed through Saudi Electricity website www.se.com.sa or through SEC electronic channels, or SEC's app or through SMS service or through registered emails.
- Residents and Citizens of Saudi Arabia can also call on customer care number 920001100 to enquire about their e bills as per the statement of Chairman of the SEC Subscribers services sector.
- The move is because of the royal decree issued before this month which states electric bills should be issued only after the payments of salaries to government officers which is on 27th of each gregorian month.
- Before this year, Saudi Electricity Company launched a series of modern electronic channels in order to facilitate and speed up the process of communication with subscriber through Whatsapp, Tiwtter, Service Center, SMS, Website and Mobile app.
SAUDI ARABIA TO REDUCE VISA FEES FOR PAKISTANIS
Saudi Arabia has agreed to relax visa procedures, reduce fees for Pakistani nationals and to set up a training institute in Pakistan in order to export Pakistani manpower to help and meet its skilled human resource requirements.
A Saudi delegation team from Ministry of Commerce and Investment discussed it with Pakistani Prime Minister on a call, according to the press release of office media.
- Export of Halal food from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia.
- Saudi Investment in construction of South-North Gas pipeline.
- Training Institute in Pakistan to help meet Kingdom's skilled human resource requirements.
- Bilateral Investment treaty and exchange of parliamentary delegations.
- Pakistan-Saudi JMC moot agreed on activating of Saudi-Pakistan Business Council to promote trade and investment on fast track basis while Pak-Saudi bilateral Preferential Trade Agreement(PTA) also came under consideration.
- Possibility of enhancing import of petroleum from the Kingdom and offering investment for Saudi companies in Renewable Energy and Independent Power Procedures(IPPs) is also part of the agenda.
MADINAH EXPERIENCED A 2.5 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE ON 16 JAN 2018
Saudi Arabia's Holy city Madinah experienced a 2.5 magnitude earthquake on Today (16th Jan 2018).
There were no reports of any damages from the earthquake confirmed City officials, The earthquake was at a depth of 7km below the surface and 14km north west of Madinah.
- This is not the first time for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Earlier also small tremors occurred with no damage at all as it was weak and not dangerous.
- According to the local newspaper, General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection said the tremor was weak and it is not dangerous.
SAUDI ARABIA HAS INCREASED HAJJ QUOTA FOR INDIAN PILGRIMS
Saudi Arabia has increased Hajj quota for Indians by 5000 pilgrims after the India's Union Minister Abbas Naqvi's request, The Haj quota for Indian pilgrims is now 1,75,025.
Earlier this year, the Hajj quota for Indian origin pilgrims was 1,70,025. The decision of Saudi Arabia came after a bilateral annual agreement of India for Hajj 2018.
- According to the Indian Minister, The quota was increased by 40,000 nearly in the last two years and it never happened since 1947. For the year 2018 Hajj, Indian received nearly 3.55 lakh applications till now.
- From the 3.55 lakh Indians, Indian Hajj committee will finalize the names of 1.75 lakh who will be applicable for the Hajj this year through a lucky draw.
- However 1300 Indian women who applied for Hajj 2018 without a mahram (Male guardian) is directly eligible with out an lucky draw.
- Saudi Arabia also agreed to revive the decision of receiving Indian Hajj pilgrims through Sea, which was closed long years ago due to long journey between India and Saudi Arabia.
A CYCLIST FINED 3000 SAUDI RIYALS FOR CROSSING RED LIGHT
A cyclist in Saudi Arabia was fined with 3000 Saudi Riyals for jumping red light signal in Al Rass, northwest of the capital city Riyadh.
Social media users expressed their anger for penalizing a cyclist, whose bicycle is worth about 200 Saudi Riyals and he need to pay a fine of 3000 SR for crossing red light signal.
- According to the local news Ajel, Traffic source confirmed the fine and explained the amount is same as it is applicable to any other vehicle for jumping red signal.
- One of social media user expressed his feeling by saying the fined amount is almost the 3 months salary of the cyclist, he fully support traffic regulations, but he objected the fined amount.
- While another social media user said how the traffic authorities will enter the cyclist fine in the computer system as the bicycle do not have any license or plate number.
- In support of traffic some users said, Crossing red light is always dangerous it could harm him or any others life, Rule of law should always prevail.
- Some countries will fine even pedestrian walker for not following the rule to ensure the safety, rule is rule for everyone, whether the violator is driving, riding or walking.
10% TAX ON EXPAT SALARIES ABOVE 3000 RIYALS IS A FAKE NEWS
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labor and Social Development denied the rumors of social media and Whatsapp messages regarding 10 percent tax on the expatriate workers salary.
According to the spreading rumors of social media and Whatsapp messages, Expats whose monthly salaries are above 3000 Saudi Riyals should pay 10% levy tax.
- Labor Ministry's official spokesperson said those all allegations spreading online are not true and there is no reality in those messages.
- The rumor claimed that Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Finance and Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority(SAMA) jointly imposing tax on expat salaries, there is no turth in this message.
- The same rumor message also claimed that 60 job titles recruitment and work permit issuance has been stopped and it is limited to Saudis only. As per the official only 19 job professions are reserved for Saudis till now.
- This is not the first time Expats became the victims of online rumors and fake news, Some people spread rumors just to seek attention online.
SAUDI ARABIA IS READY TO WELCOME WOMEN AUDIENCES IN SPORTS STADIUMS
For the first time in its history, Saudi Arabia opened its doors for women audiences to attend football matches and other sports events in stadiums of the Kingdom.
Stadiums of Saudi are fully ready to welcome women with all the facilities of prayer rooms, power air conditioners, restrooms, toilets and special smoking rooms for women audiences.
- The first match where women are allowed to watch is the football match between Al Ahli and Al Batin in Riyadh on January 12th, as per the Ministry of Information statement.
- The second and third matches in Jeddah and Dammam, where women are allowed is on the following day and on January 18th, Women from all over the Kingdom can attend these matches and can able to take advantages of new freedom.
- For now the stadiums of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam are ready to accommodate women, later on more stadium will add on the list of accommodating women to watch sports events.
- Riyadh's King Fahad Stadium will accommodate 7000 women, The fifth floor of the Jeddah's Al Jawhara Stadium is reserved for women with 10,000 seats.
- Women will enter through separate gates and will supervised by women only. Later on there will be separate teams of women players in ordere to encourage them into participate in various competitions.
SAUDI TELECOM SERVICE PROVIDERS INCREASED INTERNET PACKAGE PRICES
STC and Mobily telecom operators in Saudi Arabia have increased the cost of internet data packs by 50 percent, Last week customers see a halt in sales of data cards.
The halt in sales of internet packages are because it was in preparation of increasing the cost prices, The effect was especially for 300 GB and 600 GB cards.
- According to Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), It does not supported or legally permitted any such packages to telecom operators.
- Telecom service providers can reflect the market with the support of other companies, They can increase the prices as they wished at any time.
- Ministry of Communications and Information Technology should intervene in order to protect consumers from the greedy telecom operators.
- General Authority for Competition will take necessary steps to ensure for fair competition in the market and confront the monopoly of a small group of companies who increases the prices.
JAWAZAT TWEETS ON SELF EMPLOYED EXPATRIATES
In a recent tweet from Saudi Jawazat on a campaign "A nation with out illegal expatriates", General Passport Office states self employed expatriates will be penalize following imprisonment and then they will deport from the Kingdom.
The tweet from Jawazat as follows,
The self-employed expatriate is subject to the following penalties:
1 - A fine of up to 50,000 Riyals
2 - Imprisonment for up to six months
3 - Deportation
SAUDI ARABIA TO REFUND PAID VAT TO VISITORS, TOURISTS & PILGRIMS
Saudi Arabia is working on a mechanism to refund Value Added Tax (VAT) to tourists and Hajj & Umrah visitors, As this mechanism is still in process it will not applicable in the first few months of 2018.
The General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) is responsible for VAT implementation, administration and management, So they are also preparing a way to payout the paid VAT to the Hajj & Umrah pilgrims, Tourists and Non GCC Visitors.
- GAZT (General Authority of Zakat & Tax) may open VAT reimbursement offices at many places of Saudi Arabia including at Saudi Airports and at the borders of other countries in the Kingdom.
- For VAT reimbursement to pilgrims, tourists and visitors need to submit application to the list of service providers for their reimbursement.
- Visitors and Tourists from GCC countries will not get any reimbursement on the paid Value Added Tax (VAT), Similarly, Expats of GCC countries are also not applicable to get VAT reimbursement.
- More than 83,000 companies have registered for VAT System in Saudi Arabia till now, Companies which are not yet registered for VAT system will be fined.
- Saudi Arabia and UAE are committed to impose VAT from Jan 1st 2018, While Bahrain and Qatar is planning to implement VAT from mid of 2018, Kuwait and Oman are expected to delay till 2019.
SAUDI ARABIA ADDED HI-TECH CAMERAS TO ITS TRAFFIC POLICE VEHICLES
Saudi traffic police vehicles have been fitted with hi tech cameras in order to capture traffic violations of violators automatically.
As part of improved technology, Saudi Traffic General Directorate director Brigadier Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Basami launched the new equipment to clamp down the traffic and driving offences.
- These new Hi-Tech automated cameras will be fitted in all the traffic police vehicles all over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to reduce road accidents.
- As per various statistics reports, 30% of the hospital beds in Saudi Arabia are occupied by the people who injured in accidents.
- The new camera which is fitted in Traffic police cars will capture the violations like Over Speeding, Wrong Overtaking and reckless change of lanes, It will also capture mobile using violations while driving and non use of safety belts.