Risk Of Death From Heart Disease Reduced

RIYADH, 20 May — The findings of a new study on hypertension (high blood pressure) have demonstrated that losartan, sold under the name Cozaar, substantially reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

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SAMA Denies Freezing Any Bank Account

RIYADH, 14 May — Saudi Arabia has categorically denied freezing of any bank accounts, either of individuals or corporate entities, on suspicion of money laundering or terrorist financing since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. While most Arab states can boast of a clean track record, Israel figures prominently among 18 countries blacklisted by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force for laundering money and for defying FATF’s recommendations and guidelines, according to speakers at the opening session of a seminar on financial crimes.

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Seminar To Focus On Trade Fraud, Money Laundering

RIYADH, 13 May — Two major issues — money laundering and commercial fraud — will top the agenda of a high-profile meeting organized by the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CSCCI), to be officially opened here today. The Kingdom’s central bank, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), is likely to unveil at the seminar a strategic plan to combat money laundering at the local and international levels.

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No Serious Side Effects For Prozac Users

RIYADH, 10 May — A major antidepressant, “Prozac”, taken by thousands of patients in Saudi Arabia and administered on over 40 million people worldwide to treat mental disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders and bulimia nervosa, does not stimulate the growth of brain tumors, according to a prominent psychiatrist Dr. Mona Al-Sawwaf, working with the Saudi Ministry of Health.

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Expats Not Making The Most Of Their Life In Kingdom

RIYADH/JEDDAH, 9 May — It is a fact that even expatriates who were born and brought up in the Kingdom, work here and finally retire here, do not bother to learn its language or get to know very much about its culture and heritage. How many expatriates can speak Arabic or have visited a museum during the last month? Saudi Arabia offers so much to those who have made this country their second home, but for the most part those guests just do not want to take up the challenge. It is not an exaggeration to say that most have not even bothered to read a book about the Kingdom.

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Impressive Expat Turnout For Polls

JEDDAH/RIYADH, 1 May — As people in Pakistan voted yesterday in a referendum to extend President Pervez Musharraf’s term for another five years, a large crowd of enthusiastic Pakistani expatriates was seen queuing near the polling stations in Jeddah too. The voting started at 9:00 a.m. and continued till 7:00 p.m. in a smooth, peaceful and transparent manner.

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Power Horse To Sponsor More Cricket Events

RIYADH, 26 April — Power Horse energy drink, which holds 80 percent of the energy drink market in Saudi Arabia, has announced to sponsor more cricket events in future to promote this game in the country. This announcement was made by Ahmed Al-Haroon, country manager of Power Horse operations in the Kingdom, while speaking on the occasion of a colorful prize-distribution ceremony here recently.

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Bill On E-Commerce Being Discussed

RIYADH, 22 April — Saudi Arabia has formulated a draft bill on e-commerce, which is currently being reviewed at the top level. This was announced by Minister of Commerce Osama Faqeeh at a high-profile conference on e-government and e-commerce here last night. Prince Sattam, vice governor of Riyadh, inaugurated the three-day conference. "The laws have been drafted and they are being reviewed before final adoption," Faqeeh said.

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Symposium maps out safer aviation strategy

RIYADH- A symposium on aviation has recommended that a future strategy be mapped out to ensure safety on the ground and in the air, to cope with the increasing demands on airspace, and to use new technology to combat hijackings.

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Seminar to focus on aviation safety

RIYADH - Air surveillance and safety concerns in the aftermath of Sept. 11 will top the agenda of a high-profile aviation seminar, which will be officially inaugurated by Prince Abdulrahman, deputy minister of defense and aviation, here today. The three-day event is being organized by Royal Saudi Air Force.

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Abdullah to open major IT event in Riyadh next week

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia will hold: major e-commerce conference to be officially inaugurated by Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, here on April 22.

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Ministry To Screen Textbooks Taught At Foreign Schools

RIYADH, 9 April — The Ministry of Education has set up a four-member panel of volunteers to scrutinize books and materials currently being taught at foreign schools in the Kingdom. The panel will read and review the textbooks to identify contents that go against Islam and the Arab heritage and culture. They will also be checking general educational standards.

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Hospitals Monitoring Sale Of Harmful Drugs

RIYADH, 1 April — Major hospitals of Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the Ministry of Health are monitoring some medicines currently being prescribed for the treatment of skin disorders and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as these drugs have caused public concern. The hospitals are investigating the harmful effects of these medicines, which are sold by over 600 pharmacies in the Kingdom.

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Dramatic Increase In Suicide Among Third World Expats

RIYADH, 24 March — Employers abusing the rights of their employees, the harassment of expatriate workers at the hands of their recruiting agents, and labor complaints lodged with foreign embassies are all on the rise, prompting workers in many instances to seek diplomatic refuge. This phenomenon has led to intense frustration and depression among Third World expatriates, which in turn has resulted in an increase in the number of them committing suicide.

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Educators Deployed To Control Diabetes

RIYADH, 22 March — The Kingdom, where 10 percent of the population suffer from diabetes, is spending five billion Saudi riyals annually to check the alarmingly growing rate of this disease. This is, in fact, a loss directly or indirectly inflicted on the Saudi government as it bears the cost of treatment and hospitalization besides being affected by the loss of productivity and working hours.

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Promoting Peace With Her Brush Strokes

RIYADH, 18 March — Atrocities against innocent Palestinians committed by Israel dominates the theme of an exhibition of paintings by Areej Mohammad Ibrahim Al-Sadhan, a US-born Saudi painter, at the Al-Khozama Hotel here. The 28 paintings on display show how brush strokes can promote the message of peace and humanity.

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GCC Seeks World Support For Saudi Peace Initiative

RIYADH, 12 March — GCC foreign ministers yesterday agreed to seek international support for a Middle East peace proposal floated by Saudi Arabia, which offers to trade peace for occupied Arab land with Israel. The ministers from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council expressed their concern over spiraling violence in the Palestinian territories and accused Israel of “savage oppression” against Palestinians.

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Janadriya festival to open on Jan. 8

RIYADH - The National Culture and Heritage Festival – Janadriya - will be opened on Jan. 8 at Janadriya village, 45 kilometers north of Riyadh. This was announced by Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Subait, head of the festival's executive committee at the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) here yesterday.

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Saudi Arabia Set To Form Ice Hockey Team Soon

RIYADH, 8 February — Prince Saud ibn Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz attended the high-profile prize distribution ceremony of the first ice hockey championship played here under the sponsorship of Power Horse Energy Drink. It was announced duirng the ceremony that Saudi Arabia will shortly be constituting a national ice hockey team — thanks to the joint initiative of Power Horse and Riyadh Voyageurs Club, which are ready to promote this new game in the Kingdom.

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Faqeeh To Head Team For Tehran Talks

RIYADH, 4 February — A high-level delegation led by Minister of Commerce Osama Faqeeh will leave for Iran today to attend the meeting of the Saudi-Iranian Joint Economic Commission.

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A Computer Institute For VIPs

RIYADH, 3 February — Prince Sultan ibn Fahd, chief of the General Presidency of Youth Welfare, will inaugurate a computer and language learning institute here today. Al-Faisal International Academy, set up at the initiative of Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Fahd Al-Faisal Al-Farhan, will be the first of its kind to offer teaching facilities for VIPs, including ministers and senior officials.

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First-Ever Power Horse Invitational Ice Hockey To Be Played In Kingdom

RIYADH, 25 January — Saudi Arabia is to see its first-ever ice hockey tournament sponsored by Power Horse energy drink. Hermann Ritz, Power Horse country manager, and Lyle G. Soetaert, general manager of Riyadh Voyageurs team, said here today that the "First Power Horse Invitational Ice Hockey Tournament" will be played on Jan. 31 at the Fal Center Ice Skating Rink.

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Internet Directory On Expats

RIYADH, 28 January — A new Internet directory containing detailed information about expatriates residing in Saudi Arabia has been launched by a Riyadh-based firm.

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Insurance Company Launches New Schemes

RIYADH, 27 January — The New India Assurance Company Ltd., the largest general insurance firm in India, has launched two new insurance schemes called "Private Motor Insurance Policy" and "Motor Ruksa Policy" tailored to meet the needs of Indians working in the Kingdom. New India has also introduced a new insurance scheme for small shop owners called "Shopkeeper’s Umbrella Policy", said S. Vaidyanathan, resident manager of the New India Assurance Co.

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Power Horse, Arab News Schools Cricket Begins

JEDDAH, 18 January — Pakistan International School (Urdu Section) scored facile wins in both under-17 and under-14 groups against Bangladesh International School and Al-Momin International School in the inaugural matches of Power Horse/Arab News Inter-School Tournament at RCA grounds.

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Ghazanfar Ali Khan