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Saudi team visiting Dhaka to formalize recruitment process

A special delegation from the Saudi Labor Ministry which was commissioned on Sunday in a royal decree issued last week will shortly leave for Dhaka to work out the details for the recruitment of Bangladesh manpower, the Bangladesh Embassy announced here on Sunday.  The royal decree announced lifting of the 2008 ban on manpower recruitment from Bangladesh. The skilled workers, ... Read More »

Fake degree users to face tough action

Saudi Arabia is mounting a crackdown on academic fraud after several incidents were uncovered recently in which Saudis and expatriates were found holding lucrative jobs on the basis of fake degrees and diplomas of reputed universities.  The plan is also to blacklist and persecute individuals and institutions found to be involved in counterfeiting educational testimonials.   Fake diplomas can even ... Read More »

Recruitment from Bangladesh ‘soon’

The Ministry of Labor will soon overturn a two-year-old ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower, and will allow private companies to hire nationals from that country, Al-Riyadh daily has reported, quoting sources close to the ministry.  This measure comes after a visit to Saudi Arabia last week by Bangladeshi Labor Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, who announced his country’s completion ... Read More »

GCC in joint push to block tainted expatriates’ entry

In yet another move to cut reliance on foreign labor, the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is working on a joint database project that will contain comprehensive information about tainted foreign workers.  The plan is aimed at preventing the entry of a foreign worker into any Gulf country, if proof is found of his criminal involvement in his previous country ... Read More »

Employers reluctant to allow free movement of expats

THE Council of Ministers recently announced that withholding the passports and other official documents of expatriates by their employers is a legal violation. Many Saudi sponsors continue to withhold the passports and official documents of their expatriate employees to ensure they enter and exit the country on their terms.  Lawyers have argued that the act is a violation of the ... Read More »

Uncertain future in Malaysia for Rohingya asylum seekers

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia: Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched from his home in the northern Malaysian state of Penang on Jan. 12. The next morning, his beaten and bloodied body was found. That day, police moved on the 40-year-old’s alleged killers. Raiding a house in the neighboring state of Kedah, they rescued 17 Rohingya migrants being held against ... Read More »

Royal magnanimity: bonuses and other incentives announced

Generous bonuses and payouts will be given out to Saudi government employees, government scholars, retirees and other citizens under a package approved on Thursday by newly enthroned King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The King ordered the payment of two basic salaries to all Saudi state employees, including civilians and military officers, and two-month stipend ... Read More »

Business leaders: New Nitaqat quotas ‘difficult to implement’

Businesspeople say the new Saudization quotas the Labor Ministry is introducing on April 20 would be difficult to implement because of a lack of skilled Saudi workers in the job market, with some calling for a delay of between one to three years. Under the third phase of the Nitaqat program announced by the ministry, the Saudization quotas for big ... Read More »

Ministry inspectors seize 55,000 fake cosmetics

Inspection teams from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry recently seized 55,000 fake cosmetics of different brands past their expiry dates. The teams raided a villa in Al-Murabaa district in Riyadh and arrested a number of foreign workers involved in the illegal trade of pasting labels of famous brands on bottles containing fake creams and body lotions and stamping them ... Read More »

App-solutely fantastic: WhatsApp comes to desktop

Smartphone users in the Kingdom have welcomed the news thatWhatsApp — the world's most popular messaging app — is now available for desktop. WhatsApp, which is used by 700 million users to communicate between smartphones and tablets, can now be used on desktop computers — but it still must be linked to the phone app. It marks the official debut of ... Read More »

The recruitment of Bangladeshi workers to Saudi Arabia will be resumed soon

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih said on Monday that the Kingdom will soon resume the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers to the Kingdom. The decision comes after a 2008 ban that prohibited laborers from being brought in from that country. During a one-hour meeting on Sunday, Fakeih met at his office with Bangladesh Minister for Expat Welfare and Overseas Employment  Adel Fakeih ... Read More »

Riyadh steps up labor relations with Dhaka

A special delegation from the Ministry of Labor will be visiting Dhaka soon to coordinate orientation programs for the Bangladeshi workers who are due to arrive in the Kingdom for employment.  Bangladesh Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, who met his Saudi counterpart Adel Fakeih in Riyadh told Arab News Monday, that he had fruitful discussions ... Read More »

Labor recruitment pacts to be signed

The Council of Ministers, chaired by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on Monday authorized Labor Minister Adel Fakeih to sign agreements with labor-exporting countries for the recruitment of foreign workers. “The draft agreements for the recruitment of workers will be signed between the Ministry of Labor and its counterparts in other countries,” said Culture and Information ... Read More »

Gang of Bangladeshi robbers busted in K.S.A

Riyadh police have busted a Bangladeshi gang involved in robbery and looting, according to a police statement. The statement said the gangsters, aged between 25 and 30, targeted their fellow countrymen working in Riyadh. The victims were kidnapped and robbed.  The Sulaimaniyah police station received a report from a Bangladeshi CAUGHT: The Bangladeshi gang of robbers in police custody. (AN ... Read More »

Cable thieves electrocuted in K.S.A

One person has died and two were seriously injured in a fire when a three-member gang tried to steal live electric cables from a power station in the heart of the capital on Saturday. The incident occurred in the Olaya district when a group of three Arab expatriates were trying to remove live cables from a large power transmission station ... Read More »

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