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HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak receives Minister of Legal Affairs


Manama, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, HM the King’s Special Representative, received Yousif bin Abdulhussain Khalaf, the Minister of Legal Affairs.

The minister briefed HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak on the ministry’s work and the legal consultations services it offers.

HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak thanked the minister and the ministry for their vital contribution to the development of laws, the comprehensive development process, and strengthening Bahrain’s global relations.

The minister expressed thanks to HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak for his support for all efforts and initiatives that benefit the kingdom.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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Casualties – Al-Qassam Brigades bomb Israeli crowds at the Karam Abu Salem site


Gaza – Ma’an – Al-Qassam Brigades announced the bombing of crowds of occupation forces at the “Kerem Shalom” site and its surroundings with a 114 mm short-range “Rajoum” missile system.

Hebrew websites reported that more than 10 casualties, including serious ones, were caused by missiles fired from Gaza at the Kerem Shalom settlement.

Source: Maan News Agency

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The strike takes place in Tulkarem in mourning for the martyrs of Deir Al-Ghusun


Tulkarm – Ma’an – A comprehensive strike took place today, Sunday, in Tulkarm Governorate, in mourning for the martyrs of the town of Deir Al-Ghusun, who yesterday rose to the occasion of the occupation’s aggression against the town.

The strike, called for by the national and Islamic forces in the governorate, included all aspects of life in the villages, towns, suburbs and camps of Tulkarm, where shops, public and private institutions closed their doors.

Yesterday, Saturday, five young men were martyred after large forces of the occupation army besieged the Badran family’s house in the eastern neighborhood of the town of Deir Al-Ghusoun for more than 13 continuous hours, during which heavy gunfire and ‘Energa’ shells were fired, followed by the complete demolition of the house with heavy bulldozers.

The General Authority for Civil Affairs informed the Ministry of Health of the names of four martyrs detained by the occupation forces: Tamer Raafat Abdel Rahman Faqha (21 years old), from the Shweika suburb,
Alaa Adeeb Abdel Jaber Shreiteh (45 years old), and Adnan Tayseer Kamel Samara (40 years old), who are from the suburb of Shweika. The city of Tulkarm, and Asal Bashir Tawfiq Badran (42) from Deir Al-Ghusun.

Meanwhile, ambulance crews recovered the body of a fifth martyr from under the rubble of the targeted house and transported him to the Martyr Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital without knowing his identity until the moment, due to the severe mutilation of his body.

Source: Maan News Agency

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Islamic Affairs Ministry Holds Scientific Course for Imams in Albania


Tirana, The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance, in collaboration with the Religious Attaché of the Kingdom’s Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, yesterday started the second scientific course for qualifying imams and preachers in Tirana, Albania.

Albania’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Bujar Spahiu attended the first day of the three-day course, along with muftis and leaders of Islamic centers and associations.

Building on a memorandum of understanding signed between the ministry and the Islamic Sheikhdom in Albania, this initiative aims to provide religious knowledge grounded in the Quran and Sunnah, promote the values of moderation within Islam, counter extremism, and foster peaceful coexistence.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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‘Reef Saudi’, a Successful Program Based on Rain-Fed Agriculture


Riyadh: The Sustainable Agricultural Rural Development Program “Reef Saudi” has significantly reduced the harvesting costs of rainfed crops like wheat and barley. Utilizing mechanization, the program reports a reduction of up to 90% in harvesting expenses.

This achievement was made known at a workshop recently held in Riyadh, titled “the national plan for rainfed agriculture”. The event brought together various stakeholders, including representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, specialists in the field, and a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) delegation.

Discussions centered on the national plan for rainfed agriculture, which, in the initial phase, prioritizes rainfed crop cultivation in Jazan, Asir, Al-Baha, and Makkah. Subsequent phases, guided by updated rainfall maps, aim to expand the program to other regions.

The program targets various rainfed crops, including sorghum, millet, sesame, wheat, and barley, and aims to increase self-sufficiency regarding these crops, r
educe dependence on imports, enhance productivity through water-harvesting techniques and modern irrigation methods in areas with inherent advantages, and improve livelihoods of small farmers through higher income, and overall well-being.

Reef Saudi adopts a multifaceted approach to achieve these objectives. Key initiatives include promoting best practices in agriculture, distributing high-quality seeds tailored to specific production areas, and developing and implementing programs specifically focused on sorghum, sesame, and millet crops.

The program also offers advanced technical services for post-harvest operations, including the introduction of automated harvesting techniques to minimize costs and losses.

Additionally, Reef Saudi empowers small farmers by providing extension services and technical support to enhance their skills, and helps share knowledge on water harvesting and irrigation systems suited to local needs. It also facilitates the establishment of cooperative societies to deliver essential
services to farmers.

The achievements of the program were highlighted at the workshop. Among the figures, over 370 machineries have been deployed through the mechanization initiative, benefiting more than 2,256 farmers. This facilitated harvesting over 7.8 million square meters of land and prepared over 1.3 million square meters for agricultural use.

The Kingdom boasts a total of 334,534 hectares suitable for rainfed agriculture; 33,358 hectares are targeted for investment in the first stage.

Since 2020, the program has supported 2,078 men and 1,527 women farmers engaged in rain-fed crop production. The program has provided a cumulative total of SAR41.86 million in support to rainfed crop producers from 2020 to the first quarter of 2024. Total production of rainfed crops reached 45,366 tons in the mentioned period.

Rainfed agriculture is a sustainable and adaptable production strategy for arid regions. It suits various climatic conditions, and contributes to food and water security, and to improving soil
fertility.

The success “Reef Saudi” had in modernizing and incentivizing rainfed agriculture paves the way for more sustainable and efficient agricultural practices throughout the Kingdom.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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EAA, ISDB, Launch Project to Support 100,000 Out of School Children in Nigeria

Doha: Education Above All (EAA) Foundation launched a program under the title ‘Reaching Out-of-School Children in Kaduna State project (ROOSC)’ to benefit 100,000 out of school children (OOSC), including girls and children living with disabilities.

According to the statement issued by the foundation, the project is implemented in cooperation with Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and Save the Children alongside other partners including, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Kaduna State Ministry of Education. The project employs a comprehensive, multifaceted strategy to overcome major obstacles to access to education in a region plagued by instability and a lack of infrastructure and resources.

Over the span of four years, the partnership will focus on four objectives: improving access and retention, quality of teaching and learning, learning environments, and education management. To reach these
objectives, the project – with support from the Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD), will be structured into five components and deliver interventions to ensure inclusion, community mobilization, teacher training, quality assurance, flexible learning opportunities, psychosocial support, child protection, and the provision of teaching materials.

In this regard, CEO of EAA Fahad Al Sulaiti said that “strong partnerships that deliver relevant and effective interventions are the pillars that will build the pathway to educational transformation in Nigeria. By joining forces, we can provide children with the opportunity to thrive and grow towards a brighter future through equitable and inclusive education.” For her part, ISFD Director-General Dr. Hiba Ahmed expressed ISFD’s pride to be part of this international partnership addressing the education needs of out-of-school children in Kaduna State, Nigeria, adding, “this initiative aligns perfectly with ISFD’s mission of empowering and developing communities in need t
hrough quality education. By working collaboratively with our partners, we can provide children with the tools and knowledge they need to reach their full potential and contribute to the development of their communities.” For her part, CEO of Save the Children Inger Ashing said, “we are honored to work with all the partners involved to ensure that even in the most difficult circumstances, children can fulfil their right to a safe, inclusive and quality education. Time and again children tell us how important their learning is – to their wellbeing and development in the present, but also in equipping them for the future. We face a global crisis in school access and learning, therefore coming together for this program provides a critical opportunity for the children of Nigeria.” Nigeria is confronted with several obstacles, such as economic challenges, instability, insecurity and inequality. Barriers to education include insufficient funding, poor infrastructure, lack of trained teachers, and inadequate access.
Based on data from the Kaduna State Bureau of Statistics in 2020, an estimated 535,353 children in the state were out of school, ranking Kaduna as one of the states with the largest number of OOSC in Nigeria.

The ROOSC project is a testimony of the partners’ commitment to investing in education, not only to increase enrollment and retention rates, but also to contribute to reducing poverty and broader socio-economic development.

In 2018, EAA and IsDB/ISFD partnered on a framework agreement to establish the ISFD/EAA Enrol and Retain OOSC Programme, which provides a substantial investment for the identification, enrollment and retention of OOSC in a range of countries.

During the IsDB Annual Meetings in Riyadh on April 27-30, 2024, the partners extended the framework agreement until 2025 to ensure greater impact for OOSC. The ROOSC project in Kaduna state is an outcome of this programme.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Israeli Occupation Forces Arrest 25 Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces arrested at least 25 Palestinians during the past 24 hours in the occupied West Bank, including a girl, children, and former prisoners.

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, along with the Prisoner’s Society, said in a joint statement that the arrests took place in the governorates of Ramallah, Jenin, Nablus, Hebron, Jericho, Jerusalem, Qalqilya, and Tulkarm.

The occupation forces continue to carry out wide-scale incursion and destruction operations in the governorates, camps, and towns, accompanied by acts of sabotage and destruction in Palestinian homes, and brutal attacks on detainees and their families.

The statement also said that the number of Palestinians arrested in the West Bank, since the start of the aggression on the Gaza Strip on Oct. 7, has risen to 8,575 detainees.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Tamkeen supports AUBH student internships at CERN


Manama, As part of its Global Ready Talent Program, the Labour Fund Tamkeen signed an agreement with the American University in Bahrain (AUBH) to provide training opportunities for its students at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for a full year.

Two students were selected for this year’s internship: Mohamed Jaafar, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and Noor Abduljalil, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

The internships offer Bahraini students the opportunity to hone their skills through exposure to CERN’s cutting-edge science. This will support their professional growth and prepare them for the job market, while aligning with efforts to strengthen the talent pool of Bahrainis working in the computing, technology, and engineering fields. This will ultimately enhance national productivity and efficiency and strengthen the ICT and engineering sectors’ contribution to economic development.

One of the world’s leading scientific research institutions, particularly in the
fields of elementary particle physics, CERN studies the fundamental components of matter, while exploring the secrets of the universe. It operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory in addition to managing the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. One of CERN’s most important projects is the Large Hadron Collider, which involves thousands of scientists and researchers from countries around the world.

Maha Abdulhameed Mofeez, Tamkeen Chief Executive, said that the Global Ready Talent Program has witnessed many success stories, with some of its graduates securing prestigious positions at leading multinationals, such as SAP.

“The program provides valuable opportunities for national talents to acquire the latest knowledge and experience, expand their horizons, and engage with the word’s best and brightest, while gaining advanced skills that will eventually support economic growth in Bahrain.”

She added that Tamkeen looks forward to collaborating with other educational institutions to discover pr
omising talents and provide them with opportunities to benefit from the Global Ready Talent Program.

“This partnership with CERN embodies our commitment to international cooperation in vital sectors, as well as enhancing Bahrain’s position as an active member in CERN projects,” Mofeez said.

Dr. Bradley Cook, AUBH President, said that Tamkeen’s support will provide a valuable opportunity for the students at AUBH to engage with groundbreaking scientific discoveries and advance their technical skills within a globally renowned institution.

“We are eager to connect our students with international opportunities and nurture their professional experience to help them achieve their future aspirations. We hope this partnership with Tamkeen will continue to offer such opportunities to our students,” AUBH President added.

Tamkeen’s Global Ready Talent program has successfully placed 98 Bahrainis across diverse sectors, providing them with valuable experience, skill enhancement, and exposure to international work env
ironments. Tamkeen’s partnership with the American University in Bahrain and CERN aligns with its 2024 strategic priorities, which are focused on economic impact and the private sector under three pillars; increasing economic participation through employment opportunities for new entrants, expanding career development opportunities available to the Bahraini workforce, and further developing the private sector by supporting enterprises and boosting productivity and the adoption of technology.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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The war on Palestine enters its eighth month


Gaza – Together – The war on the Gaza Strip entered its eighth month today, Sunday, as Israeli aircraft continued to bomb various areas of the Gaza Strip, leaving dozens of martyrs and wounded.

The Israeli occupation committed three massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, claiming 32 martyrs and 41 injuries during the past 24 hours, bringing the toll of the Israeli aggression to 34,654 martyrs and 77,908 injuries.

South of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli aircraft continued their bombing of the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

Three citizens from the Sheikh Al-Eid family were martyred in the bombing of their home in Mashrou’ Amer, east of the city of Rafah: a man and two children.

During the night, an Israeli plane bombed three uninhabited homes for the Bahloul, Al-Shaer and Muammar families, causing many injuries.

The Israeli army spokesman announced the assassination of Ayman Zoroub, a commander in the Al-Quds Brigades, in Rafah earlier on Saturday morning.

The occupation aircraft destroyed the h
ouse of photographer Hassan Aslih, south of Khan Yunis.

There were several injuries in an Israeli bombing that targeted Al-Farouq Mosque in Khan Yunis camp, and other injuries in the bombing of Nouh Mosque east of Khan Yunis.

In the central Gaza Strip

, the occupation aircraft renewed its bombing of the Al-Mughraqa area in the central Gaza Strip.

The occupation warplanes targeted agricultural land on Salah al-Din Street near the Shomer Factory, north of al-Maghazi camp in the central Gaza Strip.

The occupation aircraft bombed agricultural lands in Al-Zawaida and Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Gaza and the North:

Three martyrs (a mother and two children) were martyred, and the husband was critically injured by occupation artillery shelling of the Wadi Al-Arayes area, east of the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza

City. Two children were martyred in the bombing of an Israeli march on them in the Al-Sabra neighborhood in southern Gaza.

Source: Maan News Agency

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Minister of Municipality Meets Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources of Oman

HE Minister of Municipality Abdullah bin Hamad bin Abdullah Al Attiyah met in Muscat on Sunday with HE Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources of the Sultanate of Oman Dr. Saud bin Hamoud Al Habsi.

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed aspects of cooperation between the State of Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman in the works of shared interest, especially in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, and food security.

Officials from the private sector and several Omani entities and companies attended the meeting.

Source: Qatar News Agency