Infologic launches tracking system to monitor students

major IT solution provider, Infologic Consultancy Services PVT Ltd (ICSPL), on Monday launched a bilingual biometric-enabled attendance system based on radio frequency identification (RFID) for schools and educational institutions, eliminating the need for manual attendance registers.

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KSA launches locator system for prisoners

Saudi Arabia has launched a pioneering prisoners’ locator system, which will deliver information about the health conditions and the legal status of prisoners to their respective families. This site, called “Window for communication,” provides Internet users with information about a wide variety of offenders who are currently in jails on terror-related charges across the Kingdom.

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Prince Charles accorded a warm welcome

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, hosted a state dinner in honor of Prince Charles and his accompanying delegation, here last night.

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Arab interior ministers to discuss security issues today

Interior ministers of the 22-nation Arab League will meet in the Saudi capital today to discuss a range of regional security issues besides a major Arab plan to combat terrorism and monitor Al-Qaeda's communication networks. The 34-point Arab plan calls on the governments of Arab states and the security agencies to set up a high-tech mechanism to monitor websites, which are spreading extremist ideologies, influencing public opinion and soliciting new terror recruits.

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342 foreigners deported on criminal, terror-related charges

The Kingdom has detained 551 foreigners of 41 different nationalities including Asian and Arab expatriates on crime and terror-related charges, said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, here Thursday night. “In fact, a total of 2,772 Saudi citizens and 551 expatriates are held in security prisons across the country today,” said Al-Turki, adding that 178 people were previously arrested in Qatif by security agencies besides those detained recently in the central city of Buraidah.

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IISR Girls Section mark Culture and Sports Day

The Indian International School in Riyadh hosted its annual Culture and Sports Day featuring the I to V Girls Section recently. The girls participated in drills, track races, musical events and cultural presentations.

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Riyadh clarifies envoy’s ‘recall’ from Colombo

Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials said yesterday the “recall” of Saudi Ambassador to Sri Lanka Abdulaziz Bin Abdurrahman Al-Jammaz was a summons for consultation.

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Police arrest suspected arsonist of 14 school buses

Riyadh police solved the mystery of the arson fire of 14 school buses in two separate locations of the capital city on Feb. 16 by arresting a Saudi yesterday.Images of the burning buses were circulated on different social media sites across the country.

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Education fair to play key role among professionals.

A major international education fair opened its doors for visitors here yesterday after it was officially opened by Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, the minister of education. The show officially titled as the "International Exhibition and Forum for Education (IEFE)" will be a key platform for educational professionals for networking, while it also features the latest educational products and services offered by more than 22 countries under one roof.

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Prince Faisal opens international education show today

Minister of Education Prince Faisal bin Abdullah will open a high-profile international education forum and exhibition here today. Finland, the official guest country at the event, has sent a 70-member delegation to Riyadh, led by its State Secretary Tapio Kosunen, to showcase its achievements and share the secrets of its success story in the field of education.

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Young Indian novelist honored

At a time when many students are not proficient in writing, Saif Ur Rahman, a 22-year-old author hailing from the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, has written a novel.

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Changes in UK passport service take effect

The British Embassy announced yesterday changes in the passport service for British nationals living in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere outside the United Kingdom.

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Prince Muqrin: I will work closely with the people

Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, the newly appointed second deputy premier, pledged here Tuesday night to “work closely with the people” and called on government officials to commit themselves to the country's development needs.

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Cairo summit to demand swift transition in Syria

RIYADH/CAIRO: Leaders of Islamic nations will call for a dialogue between the Syrian opposition and government officials “not involved in oppression” to end two years of civil war when they attend the summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Cairo today, a draft of the communique says.

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EU invites GCC to join hazardous waste network

The European Union (EU) has invited the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to join an international network to counter the risks posed by hazardous waste produced by various industries.

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Prince Muqrins elevation sign of continuity stability

The appointment of Prince Muqrin as second deputy prime minister has been welcomed by all sections of Saudi society. The prince will take over the post immediately following an order by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday.

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Veteran Indian given farewell

A top-notch Indian engineer, Faisal Ziauddin, who worked as a group manager for Middle East Specialized Cables Group, will leave Riyadh on Friday after completing more than 14 years of his service in Saudi Arabia.

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Prince Muqrin appointed second deputy premier

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday named former intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, as second deputy prime minister.

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KSA, Yemen sign cooperation accord; murder, kidnap cases still unsolved

Two months after the gruesome murder of a Saudi diplomat and about 10 months after the abduction of another diplomat in Yemen, Yemeni security officials have failed to solve the murder mystery and made no headway in the case of the diplomat’s abduction.

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Mahagna among 5 Faisal award winners

Two American professors shared the 2013 King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) for medicine for their pioneering works on the genetics of obesity, while a prominent Islamic worker from occupied Palestine, Sheikh Raid Salah Mahagna, was declared winner of the prize for service to Islam. The announcement was made by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Makkah governor, and Abdullah Al-Othaimeen, KFIP secretary-general, here last night.

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Students, teachers honored at International Indian School Riyadh

The academic and cultural achievements of the International Indian School, Riyadh (IISR), were highlighted recently at the institution’s annual day.

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Urgent measures for dental health stressed

A dental expert has sounded the alarm about the growing incidence of dental illness among the Saudi population, saying that the Kingdom has the largest number of patients in the world suffering from tooth decay.

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Madinah governor known for his humanitarian work

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah appointed Prince Faisal bin Salman as governor of Madinah yesterday. Prince Faisal, who presides over the largest media empire of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region called the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), is widely known for his business skills and acumen, for his unflinching support to humanitarian causes and, above all, for his rare charitable disposition.

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KSA not informed of Sri Lanka’s recall of envoy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not been informed about the recall of Sri Lankan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ahmed A. Jawad by Colombo, according to Alauddin A. Alaskary, deputy foreign minister for protocol affairs. Media reports have said that the recall is a protest against the execution of a Sri Lankan maid in the Kingdom.

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Pakistani foreign minister affirms close Riyadh-Islamabad ties

RIYADH: The youngest and first female Foreign Minister of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar, has earned regional and global prominence for her remarkable foreign policy knowledge and tough negotiating skills. In a wide-ranging interview with Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Riyadh bureau chief of Arab News, she spoke about her two-day visit to Saudi Arabia and articulated her position on Afghanistan, Pakistan-India ties, Syria and many other pressing issues. Here is the full text of the interview:

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