His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will leave for Bahrain today leading a Kuwaiti official delegation to attend the 37th Summit of the GCC Supreme Council and GCC leaders’ meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The summit is held amid quite significant regional challenges, affirmed Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the GCC Secretary General. These political, security and economic challenges warrant solidarity and cooperation among all the GCC member states and relentless action to attain merger among them, Zayani said in an interview broadcast by the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) yesterday.
He indicated that agenda of the GCC summit, due on Tuesday, includes various files related to political, economic, security and social cooperation, as well as examining reports filed by the Ministerial Council, committees and the General Secretariat.
Current economic conditions constitute some of the major challenges facing the GCC states, he said. The GCC countries had already taken steps at this level, endorsing the joint economic treaty, setting up the common market and the customs union.
Elaborating, Zayani re-affirmed the GCC states’ resolve to face security threats. “They will not hesitate to take all necessary measures to safeguard their security, stability and defend their sovereignty and interests,” he stressed.
The GCC countries have taken an unwavering approach for upgrading their security and military potentials for defense purposes and safeguarding achievements that have been made throughout the years, Al-Zayani added.
He rejected, anew, foreign intervention in the regional countries’ affairs for such meddling contradicts with international laws and threatens the Gulf security and stability, noting the UN prime role in this regard.
On the Syrian refugees’ plight, he underscored the GCC countries’ efforts at the public and private levels to help them, noting that the GCC states along with other countries had pledged more than $7 billion to aid the Syrians. Kuwait had hosted three international conferences grouping countries pledging support for the Syrians affected by the war. A fourth one was held in London.
Regarding Yemen, Al-Zayani said the GCC countries had given substantial financial support for the legitimate government to help it deliver relief supplies to those in need in the war-stricken nation. For its part, Saudi Arabia had established King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid to coordinate humanitarian operations in Yemen, with a special budget estimated at one billion Saudi riyals.
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah yesterday expressed confidence that the summit will come up with resolutions to promote the pan-GCC integration, and joint action. These will be topped with carrying on with implementation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s ‘Vision 2030’ for accelerating the pace of cooperation among the member states, and enhancing the bloc’s joint action, Sheikh Khalid Al Khalifah said in a press statement.
He noted that the GCC Ministerial Council in 2016 approved measures for the completion of the Monarch’s wise vision, and the leaders endorsed the formation of a joint commission to reactivate economic and development.
The Bahraini chief diplomat pointed to the pivotal role the GCC member states play on the regional and international scenes. The 37th Summit will be a good chance to consolidate this role, and further boost security and stability in the region, to maintain unity, development, and prosperity in the region.
Concluding the statement, Sheikh Khalid Al Khalifah praised the Saudi King’s presidency of the 36th Summit held in Riyadh in December 2015, which has helped achieve remarkable steps for the GCC march, to continue with strong resolute in the Manama summit till the bloc realizes the aspired integration and unity.
In the meantime, MPs of the Bahraini Council of Representatives have affirmed the importance of the upcoming GCC Summit in facing the rising political, security and economic tension in the region. The MPs agreed in various statements that the current unstable conditions in the Arab World, mainly the escalation of terrorism and the economic situation in the Gulf countries due to the drop in oil prices, require the GCC states to unite.
Creating unity between the GCC countries will prevent any outer intervention in the Gulf’s own issues, said MP Nasser Al-Qaseer. The Gulf states have the ability to become one of the top economic powers, as they possess huge financial abilities, strong infrastructure and opportunities for attracting foreign investments, he added.
MP Mohammad Al-Amadi said meanwhile that the GCC citizens are looking forward for the outcome of the 37th summit, hoping the leaders would take measures to create a Gulf union to face the growing challenges and threats in the region. Sharing one language is a key factor to create a strong economic union, he said.
On this matter, he mentioned the successful experience of the European Union (EU), despite countries of different languages and backgrounds. Meanwhile, MP Jamal Dawoud noted the importance of discussing means of resolving the unemployment issues among youth through executing joint-GCC economic projects.
In the meantime, Bahraini Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Humoud bin Abdullah Al Khalifa said that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are heading towards a level of unity and further development. He further stressed the importance of the 37th GCC Summit to be held in Riyadh tomorrow, amidst the rising political, economic and security tension in the region. The ambassador hoped the summit will result in establishing the sought and the long-awaited Gulf union to face the challenges and threats and boost economy among the GCC states. – KUNA
The owners of Ryan International School, where a seven-year-old boy was murdered earlier this month, failed to get protection from arrest today as the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notice to Haryana on their request for bail and posted the case to Monday.
Ryan Pinto, the CEO of Ryan International, and his parents Augustine and Grace Pinto, the founders, had gone to the High Court last week requesting anticipatory bail.
On September 8, Pradyuman Thakur, a Class 2 student of the Ryan International school in Gurgaon, was found with his throat slit after he visited a toilet near his classroom. A school bus conductor believed to be present in the toilet when the boy entered and caught in security footage leaving it, has been arrested.
The school has been accused of serious lapses in security.
Justice Inderjit Singh did not grant the Pintos any reprieve today. “The single bench has issued notice of motion to the Haryana government seeking its response on the anticipatory bail plea,” said the counsel for the Ryan trustees.
Yesterday, another judge, AB Chaudhari, withdrew from the case, reportedly on grounds that he knows the Pintos and it wouldn’t be fair for him to hear their petition.
The Pintos moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the Bombay High Court rejected their request for protection from arrest on September 14.
The schoolboy’s murder jolted the nation and has led to a series of security measures recommended for schools across the country.
The killing is being investigated by the CBI after Pradyuman’s parents alleged that the police investigation was not up to the mark.
“I witnessed this lady’s body collapse 12 yards short of the finishing line. She tried to get backup, but couldn’t stand,” wrote Facebook user Phillip King about a video he took at the Tunnel Vision Marathon in Washington, USA in August. A month later, the incredible story behind the video is an inspiration for many.
The woman in the video is Devon Bieling, a registered nurse from Atlanta. She was at the end of the marathon when her body gave up and she collapsed. Unable to stand up but unwilling to give up, she began crawling on the rocky track. But after 3-4 feet, the gravel cut her knees and she collapsed again in agony. But her journey was far from over. Moments later, she began rolling towards the finishing line. Crowds cheered for the determined runner as she belly-rolled across the finishing line.
“I read the comments and so many people were so nice and said they were inspired and knew they could do something hard in their life. I couldn’t believe it,” she told NDTV.
She explained the moment in a Facebook post featuring the only finish photo from the race which shows her crawling.
“I’ve decided the best way to describe this is “Fall seven times, stand up eight”… but if you can’t stand, crawl…and if crawling hurts, you remember Kona videos asap and you roll your ass to a BQ!!” she wrote in the post.
Ms Beiling finished the race in 3 hours, 34 minutes and 2 seconds. The reason that kept her going towards the finishing line was to qualify for Boston Marathon, the cut off for which is 3 hours, 35 minutes. Ms Beiling has submitted her time to take part in the coveted marathon and is waiting for their response. She says she’s “thankful” for the response she got for the video and even if she doesn’t make it to Boston Marathon, it’s fine.
“This was able to touch people who needed motivation or hope when they may feel like they had none left. I’ve been there and I’m glad it’s turned into a positive news story amidst all the sadness and hate we see everyday!” says Ms Beiling who began running in 2009 but was forced to take a break after a car accident.
The Health and nutrition circuit across globe is innovating new technologies and drugs to manage diabetes, the newest addition to the list is a paper-based sensor patch that could allow diabetics to effectively measure glucose levels during exercise. According to the paper, published in the journal Micromachines, the self-powered, wearable and disposable patch allows for non-invasive monitoring of glucose in human sweat. This single-use biosensor combines a vertically stacked, paper-based glucose/oxygen enzymatic fuel cell into a standard Band-Aid like adhesive patch.
Seokheun Choi, Assistant Professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, said “The paper-based device attaches directly to skin, wicks sweat to a reservoir where chemical energy is converted to electrical energy, and monitors glucose without external power and sophisticated readout instruments,” Choi also said that, conventional measurements, however, are not suitable for preventing hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) during exercise. He explained the reason as a procedural limitation. The underlying process relies on invasive and inconvenient blood sampling, causing the possibility of sample contamination and skin irritation with sweat containing various electrolytes and proteins.
Also, the methods, requires the patients to carry many added accessories, while exercising (or any physical activity) like lancets, alcohol swabs and a relatively large glucometer. “The technique requires a sophisticated electrochemical sensing technique and sufficient electrical energy, which makes the technique difficult to be fully integrated in a compact and portable fashion,” Choi added. The researchers believe that the sweat-based glucose sensing is a viable option for managing exercise-induced hypoglycemia because the measurement is performed during or immediately after exercise, which is when there is enough supply of sweat to obtain an adequate sample. “The sensing platform holds considerable promise for efficient diabetes management, and a fully integrated system with a simple readout can be realised toward continuous non-invasive glucose monitoring,” noted the researchers in the paper presented.
Diabetes is a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose). Here are some foods that can help you keep your blood sugar in check.
The dietary fibres found in barley can help reduce your appetite as well as high blood sugar levels. Whole grains like oats, brown rice or millets like jowar and ragi contain both soluble and insoluble fibre that helps with sugar control.
The starch found in foods such as bananas, potatoes, grains and legumes, may benefit your health by aiding blood sugar control, supporting gut health and enhancing satiety. This is a form of starch that is not digested in the small intestine and is, therefore, considered a type of dietary fiber.
Nuts contain unsaturated fats, proteins and a range of vitamins and minerals that lower cholesterol, inflammation and insulin resistance. One should include at least 50 grams of almonds, cashews, chestnuts, walnuts or pistachios in your daily diet to control high levels of blood fats (triglycerides) and sugars.
4.Bitter gourd (Karela)
Bitter gourd contains an insulin-like compound called Polypeptide-p or p-insulin which has been shown to control diabetes naturally.Consumption of bitter gourd tends to increase the uptake of glucose and improves glycemic control.
5.Protein rich foods
Proteins from eggs, meat fish and chicken or from vegetarian sources like dals, paneer or besan help control blood sugar levels. Whole dals like rajma, Kabuli chana, sabut moong, and masoor are recommended at least once daily. Studies have proven that proteins have a neutral effect on blood glucose levels.
Load up on these foods to prevent blood sugar spike and the glucose under the prescribed levels.
Saudi Arabia will lift its ban on internet calling applications on Wednesday, authorities said, easing restrictions online as the conservative kingdom faces new criticism over censorship.
Voice and video calling apps such as WhatsApp and Skype will be “widely available to users”, a government statement said Tuesday, in a move aimed at improving business confidence as the kingdom transitions into a post-oil era.
“Access to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) will reduce operational costs and spur digital entrepreneurship,” the statement said, citing a directive from the communications and technology ministry.
“Digital transformation is one of the key kick-starters for the Saudi economy, as it will incentivise the growth of Internet-based businesses, especially in the media and entertainment industries.”
The announcement comes a day after Al Jazeera lashed out at Snapchat for blocking the Qatari broadcaster from its app in Saudi Arabia at the request of Saudi authorities.
Saudi Arabia has long accused Al Jazeera of acting as a mouthpiece for extremist groups, a charge it denies.
Alongside the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade on Qatar in June, in the worst diplomatic crisis to roil the Gulf in years.
Al Jazeera condemned the blocking as an assault on freedom of expression but the Saudi government vigorously defended its position.
“The recent cooperation with Snapchat to remove Al Jazeera, a harmful, propaganda-pushing channel that supports extremism, should not be considered in isolation or interpreted as a crackdown on free media,” the Saudi statement said.
Saudi Arabia, with its bulging youth population, is among the world’s top per capita users of social media.
The Internet represents a limited space for freedom of expression in a country with strict social codes.
More than half of Saudi Arabia’s citizens are under 25, who spend much of their time on social media platforms, away from official strictures and traditions.
Hours before its grand launch by Nitish Kumar, a portion of a 389-crore dam in Bihar crashed during a trial run and left parts of a town in Bhagalpur flooded. The Chief Minister was forced to cancel the inauguration today of the Ganga canal project that was completed after a 40-year delay.
Last evening, Mr Kumar’s office cited “technical reasons” for dropping the launch of the Bateshwarsthan Ganga Pump Canal Project, which has been set up to irrigate land in Bihar and neighbouring Jharkhand. Ads in newspapers had announced that Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan would also be present at the event.
The wall of the canal collapsed when water from the river Ganga crashed into it after the pump was switched on for a trial. The water gushed into Kahalgaon village and inundated areas that are part of a thermal power project.
The Principal Secretary of the Water Resources department, Arun Kumar Singh, and top Bhagalpur officials are overseeing efforts to drain out water from the submerged areas around 3 km from the canal.
“Sandbags are being placed to check the flow of water,” Mr Singh told reporters. Experts blame the collapse on the negligence of officials.
A joint scheme by Bihar and Jharkhand, the project aims to irrigate 18,620 hectares of land in Bhagalpur and over 4,000 hectares in Jharkhand, a government brochure on the project said.
The Planning Commission had originally approved the project in 1977 at an estimated cost of nearly Rs. 14 crore.
In a series of tweets, Mr Kumar’s former deputy and Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav snarked: “One more dam has been sacrificed to corruption…The Water Resources department is a den of corruption…wonder why the Chief Minister is silent on that?” Mr Yadav didn’t take names but appeared to be hinting at Mr Lallan, the Water Resources Minister.
At least 250 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble.
The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive quake in 1985, the disaster-prone country’s deadliest ever.
One of the most gut-wrenching scenes was at the Enrique Rebsamen primary school on Mexico City’s south side, whose three floors collapsed into one, trapping students and teachers inside.
Twenty-one children and five adults were killed, said Major Jose Luis Vergara of the Mexican navy, who was coordinating a rescue effort that involved hundreds of soldiers, police, civilian volunteers and rescue dogs.
He said another 30 to 40 people remained trapped inside, while 11 children have been rescued so far.
Emergency workers found a teacher and a student alive beneath the rubble and are trying to get them out, he said.
But the situation was precarious. Late into the night, part of the wreckage collapsed as rescuers continued their search.
Local media reports said soldiers had administered oxygen to one trapped child through a tube.
President Enrique Pena Nieto, who rushed to the site, warned the death toll could rise.
“Unfortunately, many people have lost their lives, including children, in schools, buildings and homes,” he said in a national address.
The devastation struck across a swath of central states and the death toll as of early Wednesday was 250, the head of the national disaster response agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said on Twitter.
In addition to Mexico City, people were also killed in Puebla, Morelos, Mexico state and Guerrero, said Interior Minister Miguel Osorio Chong.
Well after nightfall, rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City — home to 20 million people — were still clawing through the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.
Local media reported that families were getting WhatsApp messages pleading for help from desperate relatives trapped under debris.
Memories of the devastating 1985 earthquake, which killed at least 10,000 people, surged to the surface on what was meant to be a low-key 32nd anniversary.
Adding to the national sense of vulnerability, the quake also came just 12 days after another temblor that killed nearly 100 people and left more than 200 injured, mainly in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Many in the capital ran outdoors when walls around them swayed and cracked.
“I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying. It’s the same nightmare as in 1985,” Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the capital.
The quake — which occurred in the early afternoon, hours after city authorities had conducted an earthquake drill — caused massive damage in the bustling center of the city.
“It was horrible,” said resident Leiza Visaj Herrera, 27. “I had to hold on to the ground.”
Scenes of chaos erupted in the quake’s aftermath. Traffic jammed to a standstill before blanked-out stop lights, and anxious people ran between vehicles as ambulances tried to make headway, sirens blaring.
In several locations, large crowds of people clambered on buildings that were now piles of stone and tangled metal, trying to pull people out.
Emergency workers held up signs commanding “Silence” so crews could listen for the sounds of any survivors.
‘Everyone was frantic’
Jorge Lopez, a 49-year-old Spaniard living in Mexico City, said he raced to his children’s school in the central Roma district, to find it collapsed but his offspring safe but terrified.
“We arrived at the school and everyone was crying, everyone was frantic, and the kids were holding on to a rope,” he said.
Patients were evacuated from a nearby hospital, wheeled out on beds and wheelchairs.
Pena Neto said on Twitter he had ordered the evacuation of damaged hospitals.
At one collapsed building in the Roma district, dozens of people dug through rubble as they waited for the arrival of heavy machinery to move the massive chunks of stone. Officials called out for more volunteers, and for water.
A woman standing and watching the efforts with her husband, a doctor, turned to him and said, “Darling, if you want to help, go ahead. Just give me your glasses, and be careful.”
Mexico City’s international airport closed for more than three hours following the quake. The stock market was forced to shut.
Fearful residents whose homes were damaged were preparing to spend the night on the street or in parks.
On the clogged and darkened roads, muggers came out at night to assault motorists.
Officials in several other countries responded to the quake with offers of help.
Honduras sent a 36-strong rescue team.
US President Donald Trump, who has forged an antagonistic relationship with Mexico, tweeted: “God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Devastating news from Mexico City. My thoughts are with those affected by today’s earthquake — Canada will be ready to help our friends.”
We posted an article yesterday about the Minister of External Affairs of India Mr MJ Akbar will interact with Indians on Tuesday evening. More than 200 workers from Kharafi National and Bayan Company made use of this opportunity to interact with minister and addressed their issues of salaries not being paid for more than 6 months and have been living in the camps with lots of difficulties to the extent that even medical support is not provided.
Workers also explained to minister how they paid huge sum of money to the agents to find a job and when they found the job the company is not paying them. These issues were already addressed to the Indian embassy and they tried their best to solve the issue and also spoke to the concerned kuwaiti authorities but the issue still remains.
Minister was shocked and he thoroughly heard everyone’s issues and has promised to look into this matter on priority. He also mentioned that he will be meeting the Minister of social affairs and labour Mrs Hind Al Sabeeh on wednesday morning and this is going to be one of the topic.
We sincerely hope that the Minister will help all the stranded workers in Kuwait and solve all the raised issues.
What do you think about the issue and how long it will take the minister to take action? comment down your views below.
“Everyone needs a little help from their friends now and then,” says a Facebook post. That seems fine until it goes on to say that in this case what was seeking help was actually a reptile. The hilarious post, shared on the Fulshear Police Facebook page describes how officers from Texas helped free a baby alligator stuck in a fence.
“This gator thought he was skinnier than he was (haven’t we all) and attempted to squeeze through the fence, getting caught in the process,” says the post. It is accompanied with a picture of the poor gator tangled in the fence.
Thankfully, help came in the form of Officer Henry and Officer Looney who helped the poor guy out. The post goes on to say that the gator even tried to thank its rescuers, but they had to decline. You’ll understand why when you read the post here.
“Happy it was rescued and everyone stayed safe!” says one Facebook user on the post. “We were driving by when they were ‘releasing’ him and wondering WTH… good job guys!” says another.