His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa received a cable of thanks from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in reply to his congratulations on the successful Haj season. The Premier received a similar cable from Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
GDN New Year wishes
THE directors and staff of the GDN extend their best wishes to His Majesty King Hamad, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, the people of Bahrain and the Islamic world on the occasion of the Islamic New Year.
Students urged to utilise digital books
Students have been urged to focus on digital books available on the ministry’s website as part of its e-learning expansion strategy.
Assistant Undersecretary for General and Technical Education Latifa Al Bonoodha said a few used textbooks could be defective as the Education Ministry has provided students with more than four million books, free of cost, for the new academic year. In a statement, she said the ministry would take immediate action to address the matter. Used textbooks represent a small part of the total books distributed and schools have been directed to provide students with valid material, she added.
New Year greetings
His Majesty King Hamad exchanged cables of congratulations with leaders of GCC, Arab and Islamic nations marking the advent of the new Hijri Year.
His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, also exchanged similar cables of congratulations.
Cleric recounts ordeal
Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs chairman Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Khalifa received SCIA member Sheikh Mohammed Mullah Ahmed Hassan Al Tublani, who arrived home yesterday after he was released by the Iranian authorities, who falsely arrested him in Mashhad. The SCIA chairman congratulated him on his safe return, denouncing the vicious attack carried out by terrorists and fugitives harboured by Iran. Meanwhile, in a statement to BNA, Mr Toublani thanked His Majesty for following up his case while in detention in Iran. He paid tribute to all those who supported him during his ordeal. He said he was assaulted while on a visit to the shrine of Imam Ali bin Musa Reza and later arrested. The police brought fake documents, claiming that Shaikh Al Toublani had signed statements defaming the Iranian leadership. However, the scholar said he debunked the charges and exposed the fake documents. On returning to the hotel after his release, Shaikh Al Toublani also realised that his room had been searched upside down.
SCW visit to Belgium concludes
A Supreme Council for Women (SCW) delegation led by secretary general Hala Al Ansari concluded its visit to Belgium. The delegation visited the Belgian Institute for the Equality between Women and Men and outlined Bahrain’s national pilot programme for the integration of women’s needs in development and Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women’s Empowerment. The delegation also visited the Amazone Centre for Gender Equality and the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Brussels and highlighted the kingdom’s initiatives to support women and strengthen relations with civil society institutions.
A FREE medical camp will be held today from 8am to 1pm. The event, organised by Discover Islam in association with Al Hilal Hospital and the Bahrain 4 All organisation, will be held at the hospital’s branch in Adliya. For registration and further details, contact 36221399 or 33841252.