Saudi Arabia likely to appoint female judges soon

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January 16, 2021

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges 'very soon' | Arab News

Riyadh, Jan 16: Saudi Arabia will soon appoint female judges in a landmark move to empower women, Hind Al-Zahid the undersecretary for women’s empowerment at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, announced on Friday.

Recently, Minister of Justice Walid Al-Samaani issued directives to appoint 100 women notaries for facilitating judicial services for women.

The ministry also recently appointed many qualified women in the fields of law, Shariah, sociology, administration, and technology in the ministry for the first time.

Justice Ministry has been focusing on female employment within the legal sector as part of its plans to support and empower women, widen their career options, and help them play a bigger role in this sector.

Al-Zahid, speaking to Al-Arabiya TV on Friday, stressed that the government is committed to empowering women.

She pointed out that the rate of Saudi women's participation in the labor market has reached 31 percent, surpassing the target set for 2025, which was at 25 percent.

Regarding the lack of female leaders in the public sector, Al-Zahid attributed that to the late entry of women in many ministries and agencies. She pointed out that the percentage of women leaders in the Ministries of Education and Health is the highest compared to other bodies, and attributed this to the early work of women in these two ministries.

Al-Zahid reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s seriousness in supporting women empowerment, at several levels, to enter the labor market, or remain in the labor market through a supportive environment, equal opportunities, and to reach leadership positions. She added that the neutral international indicators reflected the Kingdom's progress in supporting women's empowerment at all levels.

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Khaleej Times
February 20,2021

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Dubai, Feb 20: Authorities in the UAE are leaving nothing to chance when it comes to Covid-19 safety.

Despite opening up almost all sectors gradually over the past year, authorities continued their safety inspection checks to ensure that all precautionary measures are followed.

However, daily inspection reports have shown an increase in the number of establishments breaking Covid safety rules. This has prompted authorities across the country to tighten rules and introduce new measures.

Six emirates have tightened Covid safety rules to curb the spread of the virus.

Here is a full list of all the Covid safety measures, including closures; reduced capacity at malls and offices; and compulsory PCR testing for unvaccinated employees. (List ordered according to dates of announcements)

>> Fujairah

- All concerts, music events and social gatherings.

- Reduced capacities:

Public beaches and parks to 70%

Shopping malls to 60%

Cinemas to 50%

Stricter Covid rules across UAE as 7th Emirate tightens measures https://t.co/WAb8lMGgzb

- Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) February 18, 2021
Gyms to 50%

Swimming pools at hotels to 50%

Public transport services to 50%

>> Umm Al Quwain

- Malls to operate at 60% capacity.

- All music concerts have been cancelled.

- Maximum of four people per table at eateries.

- Gatherings, including weddings, must not have more than 10 guests.

#BREAKING: UAE Covid: All concerts cancelled, capacity reduced in [email protected] https://t.co/N01MwKUY22

- Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) February 16, 2021
- Capacity at beaches and parks reduced to 70%.

- Cinema halls capacity reduced to 50%.

>> Ras Al Khaimah

- Cinemas, events venues and gyms can take a maximum of 50% customers capacity.

- Capacity at malls and shopping centres reduced to 60%.

- Gatherings, including marriages, can have a maximum of 10 guests.
- Funerals to have a maximum of 20 mourners.

- Capacity at beaches and public parks reduced to 70%.

- Public transportation, pools and private beaches at hotels to limit their capacity to 50%.

>> Sharjah

- All government employees and some private sector staff to undergo PCR testing for Covid regularly.

- Shopping centres, malls to operate at 60% of capacity.

- Cinemas, entertainment centres to take in only 50% of visitors' capacity.

- Gyms and fitness centres to operate at 50% capacity.

- Parks and beaches to take in only 70% of capacity.

- All concerts postponed for an extendable four weeks.

- Maximum number of people allowed at wedding ceremonies and funeral services to be 10 and 20 people, respectively.

- At eateries, a maximum of 4 people allowed on the same table, if not from same family.

>> Ajman

- All eateries to close by 12 midnight.

- Eateries can take in only 50% capacity.

UAE: @Ajmanded closes cafe, fines Dh60,000 for repeat Covid violations @ajmanpoliceghq @NCEMAUAE https://t.co/yuSwDMXTjn

- Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) February 9, 2021
- Capacity at both wedding and event halls capped at 50 people.

- Unvaccinated government employees take a PCR test for Covid-19 every 7 days.

>> Abu Dhabi

- Abu Dhabi has reduced attendance at government and semi-government offices to 30 per cent.

- Effective February 7, the number of guests has been capped to 10 for marriage ceremonies and family gatherings; and 20 for funerals and mourning services.

- Parties and gatherings have been banned.

Covid-19: New safety rules in Abu Dhabi rolled out https://t.co/C6YvfJVe6N

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- Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) February 7, 2021
- Weekly PCR tests for all unvaccinated employees.

- Cinemas shut until further notice.

- Malls operate at 40 per cent capacity.

- Restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, public beaches and parks to operate at 60 per cent capacity.

- Sports halls can take in only 50 per cent of capacity at a time.

- Gyms, private beaches and swimming pools to operate at 50 per cent capacity

- Taxis and buses to operate at 45 per cent and 75 per cent capacity, respectively.

>> Dubai

- Pubs, bars closed.

- Shopping malls operate at a reduced capacity of 70 per cent.

- Audience capacity of seated indoor venues, including cinemas as well as entertainment and sports venues, reduced to 50 per cent.

Photos: #Dubai's new #Covid safety rules rolled outhttps://t.co/0LkBrkrWqx

- Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) January 27, 2021
- Hotels operate at 70 per cent of total capacity.

- Guests allowed inside swimming pools and private beaches in hotels limited to 70 per cent of total capacity.

- Restaurants and cafes are required to close by 1am. They will also not be allowed to organise any entertainment activities in their premises.

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February 28,2021

Arrival of 'Sticky Bombs' in Indian Kashmir Sets off Alarm Bells | World  News | US News

Srinagar, Feb 28: Security forces battling a decades-long insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir are alarmed by the recent arrival in the disputed region of small, magnetic bombs that have wreaked havoc in Afghanistan.

"Sticky bombs", which can be attached to vehicles and detonated remotely, have been seized during raids in recent months in the federally administered region of Jammu and Kashmir, three senior security officials told Reuters.

"These are small IEDs and quite powerful," said Kashmir Valley police chief Vijay Kumar, referring to improvised explosive devices. "It will certainly impact the present security scenario as volume and frequency of vehicular movements of police and security forces are high in Kashmir Valley."

The Indian government flooded Kashmir, already one of the world's most militarised regions, with more troops in August 2019, when it split the country's only Muslim-majority state into two federally administered territories.

The arrival of the sticky bombs in India-controlled Kashmir - including 15 seized in a February raid - raises concerns that an unnerving tactic attributed to the Taliban insurgents in nearby Afghanistan could be spreading to the India-Pakistan conflict.

Afghanistan in recent months has seen a series of sticky-bomb attacks targeting security forces, judges, government officials, civil society activists and journalists. The attacks - some as victims sat in traffic - have sown fear, while avoiding substantial civilian casualties.

None of the devices seized in Kashmir was produced there, a senior security official said, suggesting they were being smuggled from Pakistan. "All of them have come via drone drops and tunnels," he said, asking not to be named.

Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan, which each claim all of the Himalayan region but rule only parts of it.

India accuses Pakistan of backing the insurgency in Kashmir, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives since the 1990s. Pakistan denies the charge, saying it gives only moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people fighting for self-determination.

New Delhi has attempted to maintain a tight grip over the Kashmir Valley, where high-speed mobile internet was suspended for 18 months until earlier in February, but the insurgency has simmered on.

Officials said the bombs are particularly worrying because they can be easily attached to vehicles using magnets, potentially allowing militants to carry out assassinations or target military convoys that regularly criss-cross the valley.

In February 2019, a suicide bomber drove a car laden with explosives into a convoy in Kashmir's Pulwama, killing 40 soldiers - the deadliest attack on Indian forces in the region - bringing India and Pakistan to the brink of another war.

Police chief Kumar said that security forces were changing protocols to deal with the new threat. The measures included increasing the distance between private and military traffic, installing more cameras on vehicles and using drones to monitor convoys.

A difference between militants in Kashmir and Afghanistan is that the Taliban have tremendous ability to move around in urban and rural areas, which, along with the easier availability of explosives, make the bombs a potent threat.

The Taliban, which initially said it was behind some of the attacks, has since denied any involvement in the attacks.

"The Taliban has targets, can reach them, and kill them with impunity. The whole structure of the attack - and its endless repetition - is what makes the bomb effective," said Avinash Paliwal, a senior lecturer in international relations at SOAS University of London.

"In Kashmir, the space for such ability to manoeuvre with ease is limited."

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February 18,2021

New Delhi, Feb 18: The government of India has issued a new set of guidelines for international travellers coming from or after transiting through flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East. 

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare devised the new regulations which supersedes the protocols listed on August 2020, the Ministry tweeted Wednesday evening.

The regulations aim to segregate travellers arriving from the UK, Brazil, and South Africa due to the new strain of Covid-19 in these countries. The regulations come into effect from February 23. 

It mandates airlines to identify international travellers arriving from or transiting through United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa during the past 14 days and segregate the travellers in-flight or while disembarking to facilitate the authorities to follow the due protocol in respect of these travellers.

All the travellers arriving from or transiting through flights originating in United Kingdom, Europe or Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports. “Entry made in the self-declaration form (SDF) regarding telephone number and address would be reconfirmed,” stated the standard operation procedures (SOPs).

All international travellers coming in transiting from flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East should submit SDF for Covid-19 on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel and will be required to declare their travel history (of past 14 days).

All the passengers arriving from the Middle East shall be carrying negative RT-PCR Test report for which test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. The same also shall be uploaded on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in).

International travellers planning a short stay (less than 14 days) to India and who have tested negative and remain symptom free, shall undergo all the pre and post-departure procedures as and shall be permitted to leave India under proper intimation to their district or State health authorities, subject to them fulfilling the requirement of the airlines and destination country.
 

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