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NHRC Chairman Meets Ambassador of Bangladesh

NHRC Chairman Meets Ambassador of Bangladesh

News No :66

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :06:01 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri met Tuesday with HE Ambassador of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Achod Ahmed.
During the meeting, they discussed joint cooperation in matters of common concern and necessary measures to activate mechanisms to exchange experiences and expertise in areas of humanitarian issues. (QNA)        

HH the Emir Leaves Jeddah after Participating in 16th Consultative Meeting

HH the Emir Leaves Jeddah after Participating in 16th Consultative Meeting

News No :65

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :06:00 PM

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Jeddah, May 31 (QNA) - HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani left Jeddah on Tuesday, after taking part in the 16th Consultative Meeting of Their Majesties and Highnesses Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
HH the Emir was seen off upon departure from King Abdulaziz International Airport by Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi, and HE Qatar's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer Al-Thani and members of Qatar Embassy in Jeddah.
HH the Emir sent cables to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, and Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in which His Highness expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation for hosting the 16th GCC Consultative Meeting as well as for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to him and the accompanying delegation.
(QNA)

HH the Emir Participates with GCC Leaders in 16th Consultative Meeting / 1

HH the Emir Participates with GCC Leaders in 16th Consultative Meeting / 1

News No :64

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :05:59 PM

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After the opening session of the meeting, leaders of the GCC states held a closed session.
During the consultative meeting, the GCC leaders discussed a set of economic and security issues as well as current developments on the regional and international fronts. (END)

Weather Forecast for Tonight

Weather Forecast for Tonight

News No :63

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :05:16 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Weather inshore tonight until 6.00 am Wednesday will be slightly dusty at places at times, Offshore it will be slightly dusty to dust at times, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather report.
Warning strong wind at places inshore and strong wind and high seas offshore .
Wind inshore will be northwesterly 10 to 20 knot reaching 24 knot at times at places. Offshore, it will be northwesterly at a speed of 18 to 24 knot reaches 30 knot at places at times.
Visibility will be 04-08 kilometer. Sea state inshore will be 1-3 feet reaches 4 feet at places, while offshore it will be 5-8 feet reaches to 10 feet at places at times.
Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Min. Temp ---- ----------------- -------------------- ----------------- Messaid 15:45- 01:30 18:45 - 09:15 26 Wakrah 14:15 - 00:45 18:15 - 08:15 26 Doha **:** - 00:30 18:00 - 07:45 31 Al Khor 23:30 - 13:30 16:30 - 07:00 27 Ruwais **:** - 01:00 19:15 - 07:45 28 Dukhan 17:30 - 06:00 **:** - 12:15 27 Sunset Today 18:20 LT Sunrise Tomorrow 04:43 LT ---------------------- (QNA)

Minister of Municipality and Environment Meets French Ambassador

Minister of Municipality and Environment Meets French Ambassador

News No :62

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :05:16 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - HE Minister of Municipality and Environment Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi met here Tuesday with HE France's Ambassador to Qatar Eric Chevallier.
Talks during the meetings focused on enhancing cooperation between the two countries in municipal the environmental areas. (QNA)

Palestinian President Meets US Delegation

Palestinian President Meets US Delegation

News No :61

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :05:08 PM

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Ramallah, May 31 (QNA) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday discussed with a delegation from US organization J Street along with Members of US Congress the latest developments in the occupied territories.
During the meeting, Abbas stressed the importance of the French initiative to hold an international conference for peace, calling on the international community to support this initiative to save the political process. (QNA)

14 Militants Killed in Afghanistan Military Operations

14 Militants Killed in Afghanistan Military Operations

News No :60

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :04:52 PM

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Kabul, May 31 (QNA) - At least 14 militants were killed in two separate airstrikes in southeastern Paktia province of Afghanistan, the ministry of defense said Tuesday.
According to a statement by ministry of defense reported by Khaama press, the first airstrike was carried out in Gian district of Paktia, leaving at least 8 militants dead and 4 others wounded.
The statement further added that the second airstrike was carried out in Gomal district leaving at least 6 militants dead and 2 others wounded. The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the reports so far.
The Afghan security forces have stepped air and ground raids against the militant groups to suppress their activities amid rampant Taliban-led insurgency across the country. (QNA)

HH the Emir Attends Luncheon Banquet Hosted by Saudi King

HH the Emir Attends Luncheon Banquet Hosted by Saudi King

News No :58

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :04:47 PM

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Jeddah, May 31 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attended luncheon banquet hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, in honor of GCC leaders participating in the 16th consultative meeting in Jeddah today.
HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, personal representative of HH the Emir, attended the luncheon along with members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir. (QNA)

OIC Condemns Attack on UN Peacekeepers in Central Mali

OIC Condemns Attack on UN Peacekeepers in Central Mali

News No :56

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :03:59 PM

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Jeddah, May 31 (QNA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned the deadly attack, on a convoy of UN peace keepers in the central Mopti region of Mali resulting in the death of five members of the Togolese contingent and the injuring of one other.
The OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani in denouncing the assault on the MINUSMA peace keepers as reprehensible, paid tribute to the soldiers of peace for their enormous sacrifices. He blamed the enemies of peace and progress for the continuing attacks targeting peace keepers who strive under difficult conditions to actively support the implementation of the Algiers Peace Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. Madani appealed to all Malians, especially the parties signatories to the accord, to further intensify efforts for the restoration of durable peace and stability as a way of exposing the saboteurs of the peace process. He also called for the perpetrators of this heinous act to be identified and brought to justice.
The Secretary General reiterated the determination of the OIC to continue to contribute to the return of durable peace and sustainable development to the regions of north Mali. (QNA)

HH the Emir Participates with GCC Leaders in 16th Consultative Meeting

HH the Emir Participates with GCC Leaders in 16th Consultative Meeting

News No :55

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :03:59 PM

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Jeddah, May 31 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Tuesday participated along with leaders of GCC states in the 16th consultative meeting at the King Abdullah International Conference Center in Jeddah.
HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, personal representative of HH the Emir, attended the meeting along with Their Excellencies members of the official delegation accompanying HH the Emir. (MORE)

Qatar's Real Estate Trades Exceeded QR 536 Million Last Week

Qatar's Real Estate Trades Exceeded QR 536 Million Last Week

News No :51

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :03:10 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - The total trading value in real estate sales contracts registered with the Land Registry Department of the Ministry of Justice during the period May 22-26 reached QR 536 million.
According to the weekly bulletin issued by the Department, the real estate sales included various types of plots of land, houses, various types of buildings, palaces and residential units.
The sales were distributed at the municipalities of Doha, Umm Salal, Al Khor, Al Dhakira, Al Rayyan, Al Zain, Al Wakra and Al Shamal. (QNA)

Qatar Participates in Second Session of UN Environment Assembly

Qatar Participates in Second Session of UN Environment Assembly

News No :50

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :03:09 PM

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Nairobi, May 31 (QNA) - Qatar took part in the second session of the UN Environment Assembly with a delegation led by HE Qatar's Ambassador to Kenya Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al Abdullah.
  The General Assembly, which was held under the overarching theme "Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development", highlighted the environmental issues and challenges facing the world. It was attended by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta along with more than two thousand environment ministers, heads of international organizations, stakeholders, media, businessmen and others. (QNA)

HE Prime Minister Opens First Phase of Electronic Security Shield Project

HE Prime Minister Opens First Phase of Electronic Security Shield Project

News No :49

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :03:03 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - HE Prime Minister and Minster of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani inaugurated today the first phase of the electronic security shield project at the headquarters of the National Command Center.
  The inauguration was attended by Their Excellencies ministers, officials and directors of Interior Ministry's departments.
  The project seeks to increase the level of electronic security in Qatar and enhance IT infrastructure and electronic network protection.
The project's electronic security operation room will focus on a set of goals to assist Qatar's institutions and bodies and protect its IT infrastructure against electronic security threats, as well as cooperate with authorities concerned to enact security policies and provide training and consultancy relating to electronic security.
The security operation room will also provide advanced levels of protection to other security operations centers in the country. It will undertake many tasks including surveillance of IT infrastructure in different government agencies and institutions to detect and analyze cyber threats as well as respond to cyber incidents and enhance access to cybersecurity status quo in the country, in addition to building expertise and specialized Qatari personnel in electronic security field and cooperating with international partners in order to exchange information on cyber threats and respond to incidents that require coordination at the international level, among other tasks. (QNA)

HE Prime Minister Tours Sidra Center's Outpatient Clinics

HE Prime Minister Tours Sidra Center's Outpatient Clinics

News No :48

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :02:54 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani on Tuesday morning paid a visit to the outpatient clinics of Sidra Medical and Research Center, a member of Qatar Foundation.
HE the prime minister listened to a briefing by officials on the services of the new outpatient clinics that include the specializations of pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, surgery, radiology, anesthesiology, and pathology. HE the premier was briefed on the advanced and modern technical equipment.
HE also visited the pediatric clinic and toured its examination rooms as well as the diagnostic radiology clinic and the chamber of tomography imaging and 3D printing.
Additionally, HE the prime minister visited the obstetrics and gynecology clinic and toured the examination, diagnosis and ultrasonic rooms, and inspected the state-of-the-art medical technologies on offer for the patients. (QNA)

UNHCR: Mediterranean Death Toll Soars as 204,000 Cross in First 5 Months of 2016

UNHCR: Mediterranean Death Toll Soars as 204,000 Cross in First 5 Months of 2016

News No :47

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :02:00 PM

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Geneva, May 31 (QNA) - A series of shipwrecks and capsizings last week on the Mediterranean now appears to have claimed at least 880 lives, according to new information we have received through interviews of survivors in Italy.
"As well as three shipwrecks that were known to us as of Sunday, we have received information from people who landed in Augusta over the weekend that 47 people were missing after a raft carrying 125 people from Libya deflated. Eight others were reported separately to have been lost overboard from another boat, and four deaths were reported after fire aboard another," according to a press statement on United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
"Thus far 2016 is proving to be particularly deadly. Some 2,510 lives have been lost so far compared to 1,855 in the same period in 2015 and 57 in the first five months of 2014. On a Mediterranean-wide basis, the odds of being among the dead are currently one in 81. This highlights the importance of rescue operations as part of the response to the movement of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean, and the need for real, safer alternatives for people needing international protection.
"So far this year, 203,981 people have made the journey. Almost three-quarters of these travelled from Turkey to Greece prior to the end of March. Some 46,714 of these have travelled to Italy, almost the same as the total recorded there in the first five months of 2015 (47,463). The North Africa-Italy route is dramatically more dangerous: 2,119 of the deaths reported so far this year have been among people making this journey, making for odds of dying as high as one in 23." (QNA)

Prime Minister Sends Message to Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs

Prime Minister Sends Message to Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs

News No :42

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :01:22 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani has sent a written message to Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood Al Said, pertaining to means of strengthening and advancing joint cooperation between the two brotherly countries.
      The message was handed over by HE Qatar's Ambassador to Oman Ali bin Fahad Faleh Al Shahwani Al Hajri during a meeting today with Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Sheikh Al Fadhl bin Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Harthy.
      During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways of strengthening fraternal ties between the two countries within the framework of the great attention given by the leadership in both countries. (QNA)

HH the Emir Arrives in Jeddah

HH the Emir Arrives in Jeddah

News No :41

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :12:53 PM

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Jeddah, May 31 (QNA) - HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani arrived in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to take part in the 16th Consultative Meeting of Their Majesties and Highnesses Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), due to be held later today.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia led the well-wishers who welcomed HH the Emir of Qatar upon his arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport.
Also on hand to welcome HH the Emir were HRH Governor of Makkah Region Prince Khalid Al Faisal, HRH Governor of Jeddah Prince Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and HE Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani.
A number of Their Royal Highnesses the Princes, Their Excellencies the Ministers, HE Qatar's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer Al-Thani, senior Saudi civilian and military officials, and the Qatari Embassy staff in Jeddah were also present to welcome HH the Emir. (QNA)

Minister of Public Health Confirms Success of the National Cancer Strategy /1/

Minister of Public Health Confirms Success of the National Cancer Strategy /1/

News No :39

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :12:45 PM

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Meanwhile, Director General of the Primary Health Care Corporation Dr. Mariam Abdul Malik underlined that the continued development of cancer screening programs in health care centers comes on top of the priorities of Qatar.
She noted that efforts have been exerted to raise awareness among the public about breast and bowel cancer, and the benefits of early screening in saving lives, pointing out to the launch of new initiatives and activities in order to reach a larger segment.
The forum highlighted the most prominent achievements made through the National Caner Strategy in the past five years, including outreach and public education program of cancer, the emergence of new roles in cancer care services, such as coordinators of care pathways for patients and specialists.
The most important strategic achievements also included screening for breast and bowel cancer for the population in Qatar, and set up the immediate referral system of patients with suspected cancer, besides the opening of intensive care and pain relief at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research.
The Forum included discussions with representatives of cancer care society, and a questionnaire conducted with the audience to discover the main issues of concern and what to look forward to in the future.
The results of the discussions and views presented during the Forum and the data received from various sectors of the health system will be used to develop a framework for the next five years (2017-2022). (QNA)

Minister of Public Health Confirms Success of the National Cancer Strategy

Minister of Public Health Confirms Success of the National Cancer Strategy

News No :38

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :12:44 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - HE Minister of Public Health Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari has confirmed the success of Qatar's National Cancer Strategy (2011-2016), noting that since the launch of the strategy five years ago, the State of Qatar has witnessed tremendous changes in the way the discovery, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Patients today can receive the treatment in Qatar by some of the best specialists who use world-class technologies and techniques, HE the Minister of Public Health said in a statement while attending the National Cancer Strategy Review Deliberative Forum.
HE the Minister urged to continue the march of development in line with the best international practices. She called for raising awareness among the public to learn about the signs and symptoms of cancer, and to promote investments in cancer research in order to provide the best treatments possible for the people of Qatar.
For his part, Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Chair of the Qatar National Cancer Committee, expressed his pride for the hard work done by everyone to accomplish a lot within the last five years since the launch of the strategy.
He said that the growth and evolution of the processes and pathways for cancer care was exceptional, which is not possible without the commitment and dedication shown by everyone and their representatives in this event.
He underlined that the State of Qatar has the right to be proud of its achievements in this regard, stressing that Qatar will become very soon among world leaders and a role model for all in the field of cancer care. (MORE)

Larijani Re-Elected as Iranian New Parliament Speaker

Larijani Re-Elected as Iranian New Parliament Speaker

News No :36

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :11:41 AM

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Tehran, May 31 (QNA) - Ali Laijani was re-elected as the speaker of the new Iranian parliament on Tuesday.
With 237 votes in his favor, he will serve in the capacity during the first year of the legislative body's four-year term, according to Iran's (IRNA) News Agency.
11 of the parliamentarian present in the session voted for Tehran constituency representative Mostafa Kavakebian.
Larijani chaired the Iranian parliament in the past two terms as well.
New round of Iranian parliament started work on Saturday. In Sunday's session, Larijani was elected as the interim Speaker of Majlis with 173 votes in favor. (QNA)

Magnitude 6.2 Quake Hits Southern Japanese Islands

Magnitude 6.2 Quake Hits Southern Japanese Islands

News No :34

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :11:40 AM

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Tokyo, May 31 (QNA) - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit southern Japanese islands on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property from the quake, which struck far underground at a depth of 220 kilometres. The seismic centre of the quake was off Ishigaki island, about 2,000 kilometres south-west of Tokyo, the agency said. (QNA)

Israeli Gunboats Attack Palestinian Fishermen Boats Off Gaza Sea

Israeli Gunboats Attack Palestinian Fishermen Boats Off Gaza Sea

News No :31

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :10:36 AM

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Gaza, May 31 (QNA) - Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off Gaza Sea.
Palestinian sources said that the Israeli navy boat opened fire heavily on the fishing boats off al-Sudaniya shore at a distance of six nautical miles, damaging a boat and forcing fishermen to escape.
The Israeli gunboats also opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off Deir al-Balah shore, in the central Gaza Strip at a distance of six nautical miles and forced them to leave the sea. No casualties were reported.
Meanwhile, Israel has unilaterally reduced the fishing zone in Gaza territorial waters to only six nautical miles, in all of Gaza's waters, from the northern to the southern parts of the coastal region.
The occupation navy continues to deliberately target Palestinian fishermen's boats on daily basis, preventing them from fishing, confiscating their boats and arresting them. (QNA)

Minister of State for Defence Affairs Meets British Foreign Secretary

Minister of State for Defence Affairs Meets British Foreign Secretary

News No :26

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :10:33 AM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - HE the Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah met on Tuesday with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and his accompanying delegation, who are on a visit to Qatar.
During the meeting, they exchanged views on issues of common interest. (QNA)

Fifth Grade Students to Finish School Day at 10:30 AM

Fifth Grade Students to Finish School Day at 10:30 AM

News No :25

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :10:33 AM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - The Department of Schools Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has announced modified school day timings for fifth grade students to end classes at 10:30 am, taking into account the provision of three classes for science subject per week.
The new timing, which came into effect since yesterday, is for the interest of students and to ease the burden on them, the Ministry said in a circular to managers and officials at elementary and model schools. (QNA)

HH the Emir Heads to Saudi Arabia

HH the Emir Heads to Saudi Arabia

News No :24

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :10:02 AM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani left Doha on Tuesday morning for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to take part in the 16th Consultative Meeting of Their Majesties and Highnesses Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), due to be held in Jeddah later today.
HH the Emir is accompanied by a high ranking official delegation includes HH the Personal Representative of HH the Emir Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani and a number of Their Excellencies the Ministers. (QNA)

Kerry to Start Foreign Tour on Thursday

Kerry to Start Foreign Tour on Thursday

News No :23

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :09:28 AM

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Washington, May 31 (QNA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to France, Mongolia and China on Thursday, the US State Department said in a statement.
Kerry will travel to Paris on June 2 where he will participate in the French-hosted ministerial on Middle East peace, and meet separately with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to discuss the Counter-ISIS Coalition efforts in Iraq and Syria, as well as a host of other issues.
The Secretary will then travel to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where he will meet with senior government officials. He will also host a town hall with young leaders and attend a traditional Mongolian cultural festival.
Kerry will then travel to Beijing on June 5 accompanied by Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew, as President Obama’s Special Representatives.
They will join their respective Chinese co-chairs, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang, as President Xi’s Special Representatives, along with members of the US delegation and their Chinese colleagues for the eighth US–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
The Dialogue will focus on the challenges and opportunities that both countries face on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global areas of immediate and long-term economic and strategic interest, the State Department said.
Secretary Kerry will also join Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong for the seventh annual US–China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). The CPE promotes and strengthens people-to-people ties between the United States and China in the fields of education, culture, science and technology, sports, women’s issues, and health. It provides a high-level annual forum for government and private-sector representatives to discuss cooperation on exchanges in a broad, strategic manner. (QNA)

Strong Earthquake Shakes Parts of Taiwan

Strong Earthquake Shakes Parts of Taiwan

News No :22

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :09:23 AM

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Taipei, May 31 (QNA) - A strong earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.1 shook parts of Taiwan on Tuesday and was felt in the capital, Taipei.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.
The US Geological Survey originally recorded the quake, centered about 110 km (70 miles) northeast of Taipei, with a magnitude of 6.4. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau put the magnitude at 7.2.
Witnesses reported that tremors could be felt in buildings in Taipei, including the national parliament, as well as at the international airport in Taoyuan south of the capital. (QNA)

Saudi Air Defense Forces Intercepts Ballistic Missile Launched from Yemen

Saudi Air Defense Forces Intercepts Ballistic Missile Launched from Yemen

News No :21

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :09:17 AM

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Riyadh, May 31 (QNA) - The command of the alliance to support legitimacy in Yemen announced in a statement late on Monday that the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted Monday evening a ballistic missile launched from the territories of Yemen towards the Saudi territories. It was destroyed without any damage.
The Saudi Air Forces immediately destroyed the missile launch platform, which was located inside Yemeni territories, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
In its statement, the command said that the repetition of the firing of missile towards the territories of the Kingdom by the Huthi militias and the forces of the ousted aims at ending the state of calm and aborting the international community's efforts to ensure the success of Kuwait consultations and expresses failure by these militias to deal positively with all the efforts being made by the coalition and by the international community to save the blood of the brotherly people of Yemen.
Thus, the command of the alliance and through the statement stresses that the repeated violations of the cease-fire by the Huthi militias and their associates, targeting the territories of the Kingdom and their continued irresponsible practice - despite the policy of restraint followed since the tenth of last April - will force the alliance to reconsider the feasibility of continuing that policy and take all necessary measures to defend the sovereignty and territories of the kingdom and defend the gains of the people of Yemen in the framework of Operation Renewal of Hope. (QNA)

UN Envoy to Yemen: Violations to Cessation of Hostilities in Yemen Unacceptable

UN Envoy to Yemen: Violations to Cessation of Hostilities in Yemen Unacceptable

News No :20

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :09:09 AM

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Kuwait, May 31 (QNA) - The UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed expressed concerns about violations of cessation of hostilities by some parties in Yemen.
"Stabilizing the situation is a fundamental demand of the Yemeni people. Violations to the Cessation of Hostilities are unacceptable and security has an impact on all," Cheikh Ahmed said in a press statement last night, cited by Kuwait's News Agency (KUNA).
He underlined that political bickering would complicate the situation and urged Yemeni parties to do more to reach the aspired peaceful solution to the Yemeni crisis.
"Economic decline, water and electricity shortages should motivate the parties to re-double their efforts towards reaching a comprehensive and peaceful solution," he said.
"Political bickering will only complicate issues. Only a political solution will help resolve them," he added.
In his press statement, the UN envoy noted that security issues dominated the discussions in the Yemeni peace talks today in Kuwait.
He has pointed out that he has held bilateral meetings with both delegations.
The delegation of Ansarullah and the General People's Congress (GPC) noted the challenges continuing to face Yemen. The Government of Yemen delegation presented a paper on security mechanisms including details relating to formation of security committees, he stated.
Earlier, the Special Envoy met with Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah who reiterated, after several meetings he has held in Turkey, Russia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the strong support of the international community to the Yemeni-Yemeni peace talks held in Kuwait. (QNA)

UN Condemns Attack which Killed Five Peacekeepers in Mali

UN Condemns Attack which Killed Five Peacekeepers in Mali

News No :19

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:53 AM

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New York, May 31 (QNA) - The United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the deadly attack that took place Sunday in the Mopti region, in Mali, against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
According to preliminary reports, five peacekeepers from Togo were killed when a MINUSMA convoy travelling on the Tenenkou-Sevare axis was ambushed by unknown assailants some 30 kilometres west of Sevare, Mopti region.
The UN Secretary-General presents his heartfelt condolences to the families of the five peacekeepers who have died in the cause of peace and to the Government and people of Togo. He calls for swift action to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice, according to the UN News Centre.
He observes with sadness that this latest attack on MINUSMA has taken place on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, when the men and women serving under the United Nations flag with honour, courage and dedication are to be honoured. The Secretary-General recalls, once again, that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.
The Secretary-General reiterates that the United Nations will continue to support the stabilization of Mali and the implementation of the peace agreement and expresses his full support to the Malian authorities in their fight against extremist groups. (QNA)

Top North Korean Official Makes Surprise Visit to China

Top North Korean Official Makes Surprise Visit to China

News No :18

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:36 AM

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Seoul, May 31 (QNA) - A top North Korean official made a surprise visit to China on Tuesday, in a potential sign of Pyongyang's latest attempt to mend fences with its most important ally, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.
The official is Ri Su Yong, a former foreign minister who became a vice chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea at its once-in-a-generation congress in early May. His arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport was confirmed by Kyodo News.
Ri is expected to brief Chinese officials on the results of the party's congress, which was held for the first time in 36 years, according to diplomatic sources.
He is the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit China since last September when Kim Jong Un's close aide Choe Ryong Hae attended a military parade in Beijing in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
When China subsequently sent Liu Yunshan, the Communist Party's fifth-ranked leader, to Pyongyang last October as its representative at events marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea's ruling party, there were tentative signs of warming relations between the two countries.
But they again quickly cooled down after North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. (QNA)

Fire at Largest Ammunition Depot in India Kills 17

Fire at Largest Ammunition Depot in India Kills 17

News No :17

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:33 AM

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Mumbai, May 31 (QNA) - A fire at a massive military ammunition depot on Tuesday killed at least 17 people and injured 19 more in central India, officials said.
The blaze broke out at the depot in Pulgaon, near the city of Nagpur in the western state of Maharashtra, with television footage showing flames lighting up the night sky.
Thousands of families living in nearby towns and villages have been evacuated from around the depot, reportedly one of the largest ammunition centres in India.
The Press Trust of India news agency said two officers were among the 17 soldiers to have died, while the NDTV network said the huge blaze had broken out after an explosion at the depot. (QNA)

S. Korea: Attempted North Korea 4th Missile Launch Fails

S. Korea: Attempted North Korea 4th Missile Launch Fails

News No :16

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:31 AM

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Seoul, May 31 (QNA) - North Korea launched a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile early Tuesday morning, but the launch ended in failure, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and military sources said.
"North Korea attempted to launch an unidentified missile from Wonsan, Gangwon Province, at around 5:20 a.m., but it is presumed to have been unsuccessful," the JCS said in a brief text message, cited by Yonhap news agency.
The military is studying the details of the launch and is maintaining a high level of combat preparedness, the JCS said.
Official sources said the launched missile was a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).
The sources said the missile may have exploded on the mobile launcher immediately after the fire button was pushed. They said the explosion is presumed to have inflicted serious injuries on personnel in the immediate vicinity.
JCS spokesman Jeon Ha-kyu said in a press briefing that North Korea seems to be pushing for a continued string of ballistic missile launches following leader Kim Jong-un's orders for such tests to be carried out on March 15.
"The military is keeping open the possibility that the North will conduct additional provocations," he said.
The latest launch marks Pyongyang's fourth failed attempt to launch its Musudan mid-range ballistic missiles in two months.
On April 15, North Korea launched its first Musudan missile as the country was gearing up for a high-profile ruling party congress in early May. But the launch ended in failure, dealing a humiliating blow to North Korea.
This was followed by Pyongyang firing off two more of the same IRBMs in a single day on April 28, although both of these launches failed too.
North Korea has deployed about 50 Musudan missiles with its forces since 2007, but none of them had been test-fired until this year.
Military officials had predicted for some time that North Korea would carry out additional ballistic missile launches or a nuclear detonation test to make up for its unsuccessful launch attempts in April.
A day earlier, the JCS said it was closely tracking signs of a possible ballistic missile launch by North Korea following Japanese media reports on North Korea's launch preparations. (QNA)

Afghan Political Party Urges Govt to Immediately Hang Militants Sentenced to Death

Afghan Political Party Urges Govt to Immediately Hang Militants Sentenced to Death

News No :15

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:31 AM

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Kabul, May 31 (QNA) - A political party in Afghanistan has called on the Afghan government to take immediate actions in hanging the militants that have been sentenced to death on terror offences.
The head of National Partnership Party Najibullah Kabuli said that the militants are killing the Afghan security personnel who are serving to protect the nation.
The remarks by Kabuli comes as the Afghan government hanged six militants sentenced to death over terror offences earlier this month, according to the Afghan (Khaama Press).
The execution of the militants followed days after the militant groups carried out a deadly suicide attack in capital Kabul leaving at least 64 dead and 347 others wounded.
The deadly attack forced the Afghan government to change stance against the militant groups by pursuing strict military operation.
The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged the Afghan government to halt further execution of the prisoners charged with the terror offences.
Karzai has said ‘brotherhood’ and ‘unity’ are the only way to achieve peace in the country.
Taliban on Wednesday announced the appointment of Mawlavi Akhundzada as the successor of Muallah Akhtar Mansoor who was killed in an airstrike in Balochistan province of Pakistan. (QNA)

UN: Extreme Weather Increasing Level of Toxins in Food

UN: Extreme Weather Increasing Level of Toxins in Food

News No :14

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:30 AM

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Nairobi, May 31 (QNA) - As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical compounds that can cause health problems for people and livestock who eat them, scientists have warned in a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The report says that crops such as wheat and maize are generating more potential toxins as a reaction to protect themselves from extreme weather.
But these chemical compounds are harmful to people and animals if consumed for a prolonged period of time, according to a report released during a United Nations Environment Assembly meeting in Nairobi.
"Crops are responding to drought conditions and increases in temperature just like humans do when faced with a stressful situation," explained Jacqueline McGlade, chief scientist and director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment at UNEP.
Under normal conditions, for instance, plants convert nitrates they absorb into nutritious amino acids and proteins. But prolonged drought slows or prevents this conversion, leading to more potentially problematic nitrate accumulating in the plant, the report said.
If people eat too much nitrate in their diets, it can interfere with the ability of red blood cells to transport oxygen in the body, the report said.
Crops susceptible to accumulating too much nitrate in times of stress include maize, wheat, barley, soybeans, millet and sorghum, it said.
Some drought-stressed crops, when then exposed to sudden large amounts of rain that lead to rapid growth, in turn accumulate hydrogen cyanide, more commonly known as prussic acid, the report said.
Prussic acid - one of the ingredients used in some types of chemical warfare - interferes with oxygen flow in humans. Even short-term exposure can be debilitating for people, McGlade said.
Plants such as cassava, flax, maize and sorghum are most vulnerable to dangerous prussic acid accumulation, the report said.
McGlade said about 4.5 billion people in developing countries are exposed to aflatoxins each year, though the amounts are largely unmonitored, and the numbers are rising.
In 2004, Kenya suffered severe outbreaks of aflatoxin poisoning, which affected more than 300 people and killed more than 100 following a prolonged drought, according to the International Livestock Research Institute.
The report proposes a list of eight ideas farmers and agricultural experts can adopt to try to limit damage from more crop toxins, such as mapping contamination hotspots and building better evidence about what is happening now with the toxins in their area.
Scientists also suggest that developing crop varieties designed to cope with extreme weather could help reduce the levels of toxic chemicals in food. (QNA)

Summary of Local News Released Monday -1-

Summary of Local News Released Monday -1-

News No :4

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:08 AM

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- Qatar Chamber has participated in the 19th Arab-German Business Forum which was organized by the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Berlin from May 25 to 27.
- Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Chief Palestinian Negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat confirmed that the State of Qatar is playing a major and pivotal role in hosting rounds of dialogue between Fatah and Hamas.
- An official source at the Department of Consular Affairs at the Foreign Ministry stated that agreement on the abolition of visa requirements to holders of Qatari passports signed between the Governments of the State of Qatar and the Turkish Republic on 02/12/2015 entered into force on 28/5/2016.
- The 37th meeting of the Standing Technical Committee of the GCC Civil Retirement and Social Security kicked off in Doha Monday.
- Qatar retained a top place in the 2016 edition of the annual World Competitiveness Yearbook, which is issued by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), ranking 13th out of 61 countries.
- Preparations are well underway for the opening of the Artists in Residence exhibition. The exhibition, which will run from 3 June to the end of November 2016, will celebrate the accomplishments of the current artists in residence and showcase selected works from the artists from their nine months in residency, incorporating a variety of processes, research, prototypes, and finished outcomes. The exhibition will be on show at the Garage Gallery in the Fire Station.
- Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and Qatar Shell hosted their fourth annual SME Business Opportunities Workshop to reveal six new specific business opportunities that will enable local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to join Qatar Shells supply chain.
- The State of Qatar's candidate to the Post of the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Advisor at the Emiri Diwan, HE Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, stressed the need for the cooperation and solidarity of the international community to fight terrorism.
- The Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College (JBJJCSC) Monday celebrated graduation of a number of commanders and officers at the Qatari Armed Forces as well as two officers from the Emiri Guard Command who have successfully passed the programs and curricula of the third session of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) index dropped 123.62 points or -1.28% when the bourse closed trading at 9,552.04 points Monday.
- Over 350 radiologists, technologists and other allied health professionals from across Qatar, and the region, recently gathered in Doha for a three-day intensive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) course covering abdominal and pelvic imaging.
- Al Khor will be partaking in a foreign training camp in Germany from July 31 until August 19. The camp is in preparation for the 2016/2017 season. (END)

Summary of Local News Released Monday

Summary of Local News Released Monday

News No :3

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:07 AM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Summary of local news released Monday by Qatar News Agency.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will head to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to take part in the 16th Consultative Meeting of the Their Majesties and Highnesses Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), due to be held in Jeddah.
- HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held a telephone call on Monday with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim during which HH the Emir congratulated him on the occasion of his assumption of the post of prime minister, wishing him every success in his duties.
- HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani on Monday attended the opening of the Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future Conference at Sheraton Doha Hotel.
- HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met on Monday with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and his accompanying delegation, who are on a visit to Qatar.
- HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud and Dr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi the Joint Special Representative and AU/UN, Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur and the Chairman of the mission of (UNAMID), on Monday held a meeting in Doha with the delegations from Sudan Liberation Army/Movement chaired by Mini Arko Minawi and the Delegation from Justice and Equality Movement chaired by Dr. Jibril Ibrahim.
- HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi met with Minister of Advanced Education and Skills in the province of Newfoundland, Canada, Gerry Byrne along with his accompanying delegation, who are on a visit to the country.
- HE Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met on Monday with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, on the occasion of his visit along with his accompanying delegation to Qatar.
- HE Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Monday met Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani.
- The State of Qatar's GDP is projected to achieve stable growth of about 4.3% during this year, HE Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani said.
- The Advisory Council held Monday its weekly regular meeting under the chairmanship of HE the Speaker of the Advisory Council Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khulaifi. (MORE)

Weather Forecast in Qatar

Weather Forecast in Qatar

News No :2

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:05 AM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - The weather forecast for Qatar valid until 6pm Tuesday inshore will be hot at daytime with blowing dust to dust at times, offshore will be slight dusty to dusty at times.
The Department of Meteorology warned of strong wind over all areas and expected poor visibility due to blowing dust inshore, and strong wind and high seas offshore.
Wind speed inshore will be mainly northwesterly 15 to 30 knots, reaching 35 knots at times, offshore will be northwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots at places.
Visibility will be 04 to 07 kilometers, decreasing to 02 kilometers or less at times at places. The sea state inshore will be between two to four feet reaches five feet at places, offshore will be five to eight feet reaches ten feet at places, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily report.
Tide Times and temperatures are as follows: Area High Tide Low Tide Max. Temp.
---- ----------------- ------------------ -------------- Messaid 00:45 - 15:45 08:45 - 18:45 39 Wakrah 00:00 - 14:15 07:45 - 18:15 39 Doha 13:45 - ***** 07:15 - 18:00 39 Al Khor 12:00- 23:30 06:15 - 16:30 37 Ruwais 13:00- ***** 06:30 - 19:15 32 Dukhan 04:45 - 17:30 11:15 - ***** 34 Sunrise : 04:43 lt Sunset today : 18:20 lt --------------------------------------------------- (QNA)

Opening

Opening

News No :1

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :07:57 AM

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Qatar News Agency English Transmission Begins Now For Tuesday, May 31 - 2016 Good Morning ============================ (QNA)

Closing

Closing

News No :79

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :01:00 AM

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Qatar News Agency is now closing its daily transmission for Monday, May 30, 2016.
(QNA)

Katara Concludes the "Cultural Diversity Festival"

Katara Concludes the "Cultural Diversity Festival"

News No :57

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :04:08 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Katara: The Cultural Village Foundation’s Esplanade theatre has witnessed the end of Katara's spectacular "Cultural Diversity Festival" activities, with a breathtaking Argentinian folkloric performance that featured the originality of the rich Argentina and Latin American traditions, through powerful musical performances.
"The Cultural Diversity Festival" started in January, with the participation of 20 multi-national and remarkable cultural shows representing numerous countries. The festival was organized by Katara in cooperation with the UNESCO office in Doha, and Qatar’s National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.
On this occasion, the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti said: "Through organizing and hosting such diverse-array of performances at the "Cultural Diversity Festival", the Cultural village is seeking to further bridge gabs between cultures and create an environment for all to connect in a creative way".
Katara's Chief added: "We continue to partner with the UNESCO Office in Doha and Qatar’s National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, to emphasize the importance of cultural diversity as an approach towards peace and sustainable development".
The Argentinian company "Sentires", is a professional cultural art company that promotes Argentinian culture through outstanding performances with more than 20 performing platforms found in all provinces of Argentina, making it one of the largest and most important art and cultural powerhouses in Argentina and beyond.
The company recorded successful and artistic shows such as "Feel What Our", "Feeling Tango", and "Feel Malambo", which were presented in numerous festivals and theatres in the country.
The Argentinian "Sentires" also represented the Argentinian culture at international festivals in countries like: Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Holland, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Poland, Germany and South Korea, bagging prestigious international awards. (QNA)

New Study: Healthy Lifestyle Habits Plays Role in Preventing Cancer

New Study: Healthy Lifestyle Habits Plays Role in Preventing Cancer

News No :30

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :10:35 AM

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Washington, May 31 (QNA) - A new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard explored the role healthy or unhealthy lifestyles may play in preventing cancer.
Researchers sought to explore how much developing cancer was a matter of random abnormal cell development versus lifestyle.
They studied 89,000 women and 46,000 men and grouped them into low- and high-risk categories; the low-risk group did not smoke or smoked briefly in the past, did not drink or drank moderately, got 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week and had a normal to a little above normal body mass index (BMI). Conclusion: Around 20 to 40 percent of cancer cases were preventable by following habits in the low-risk group.
Researchers stressed that people can prevent cancer, especially certain types, such as those related to smoking. However, they also warned that it would be unwise to blame people with cancer for developing it, as a whole host of public policy, community and educational factors can play a role in promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing cancer. (QNA)

QNB Holds Special Conference for International HR Officials

QNB Holds Special Conference for International HR Officials

News No :59

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :04:47 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Qatar National Bank (QNB) has recently convened a gathering of its international human resources officials to a special conference held in Doha to discuss innovative and relevant best practice human capital solutions across a range of relevant subject matters.
A key component of the conference was the discussion focused on talent management in terms of having a coordinated and quality performance approach toward retaining and attracting top talent in an ever increasingly competitive marketplace. The conference discussed this matter in great detail and HR professionals from across the QNB Group agreed that the subject of career development remains an essential deliverable for QNB human resources.
"Given the expanding international footprint of the QNB Group, and as our Group nears the achievement of its 2017 vision, it remains essential that the important subjects of talent management and career development continue to be the prime focus of our human capital strategy," said Yousef Al-Othman, general manager of the group's human capital. "This conference is an important step in developing a quality and consistent approach to these matters, and we are delighted to have hosted such an important international HR gathering here in Doha." Senior QNB human resources professionals in Doha took part in the one-day conference along with seniors from across the group's international network.
QNB Group's presence through its subsidiaries and associate companies extends to more than 27 countries across three continents providing a comprehensive range of advanced products and services. It has more than 15,300 employees operating through more than 640 locations, with an ATM network of more than 1,400 machines. (QNA)

GCC Stock Market

GCC Stock Market

News No :54

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :03:56 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Stock markets in GCC states closed Tuesday as follows: Current Previous Change Change Current Index Index Value % Value -------------- ------------ ---------- ----------- ------------------- Qatar Exchange: 9,538.77 9,552.04 -13.27 -0.14 423,063,130.22 Dubai Financial Market: 3,313.72 3,306.44 +7.28 +0.22 447,781,597.75 Muscat Securities Market: 5,810.960 5,838.560 -27.59 -0.47 5,375,829 Bahrain Stock Exchange: 1,111.56 1,094.41 +17.15 +1.57 822,500 Kuwait Stock Exchange: 5,400.33 5,378.88 +21.45 +0.40 171,098,200 Saudi Stock Exchange: 6,448.42 6,359.91 +88.51 +1.39 3,159,910,724.50 Abu Dhabi Exchange: 4,250.20 4,259.54 -9.34 -0.22 203,331,042 ------------------------------------- (QNA)

Qatar Attends Ministerial Meeting of Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization

Qatar Attends Ministerial Meeting of Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization

News No :53

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :03:54 PM

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Rabat, May 31 (QNA) - Qatar participated in the ministerial meeting of the General Assembly of the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization, which was held today in Rabat in the Kingdom of Morocco. Qatar's delegation was headed by HE Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada.
  The meeting discussed a number of topics on the agenda including the report of the executive council on its activities between the two sessions of the General Assembly (23rd -24th) and the draft strategy for the organization and a road map for 2017-2020.
  The participants reviewed the reports presented to the Assembly, including the report of the legal auditor of accounts and report of the financial and administrative oversight body for 2014-2015, and the internal auditor report on the work of the organization for 2014-2015.
  The meeting elected members of the executive council for the 24th and 25th sessions of the General Assembly, and reviewed the organization's budget for 2016, and the draft budget and program of work for 2017-2018.
  This session discussed the agenda of the Organization and adopted the report and recommendations of the preparatory committee as well as the decisions emanating from the session. (QNA)

MDPS Releases 15th Issue of "Window on Economic Statistics of Qatar"

MDPS Releases 15th Issue of "Window on Economic Statistics of Qatar"

News No :52

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :03:11 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) has released the fifteenth issue of the quarterly publication "Window on Economic Statistics of Qatar".
The reference quarter of this issue is the fourth Quarter of 2015 (Q4 2015). All the latest available macro-economic indicators, relating to National Accounts (as at April 28 2016), Prices, Public Finance, and the Balance of Payments have been assembled in a single report.
It is a very handy report and is meant to help diverse users, in particular, policy and decision makers.
This publication comprises three parts: Part 1 contains a table comparing the economic performance of Qatar with other economies and regions, in terms of three indicators: (i) Real GDP annual growth rate, (ii) CPI (y-o-y) change and (iii) Current Account Balance as percentage of GDP.
In 2015, the real growth rate of GDP for Qatar was 3.7%, compared to that of the World (3.1%), Advanced Economies (1.9%), and Middle East and North Africa, (2.3%).
The year-on-year change in the CPI, in 2015, was 1.6% for Qatar, compared to 3.3%, for the World, 0.3% for the Advanced Economies and 5.9%, for the Middle East and North Africa.
The Current Account Balance as percentage of GDP, in 2015, remained among the highest in the world at 8.2%, compared to 0.7%, for the Advanced Economies and -3.9% (deficit) for the Middle East and North Africa.
Part 2 presents an analysis of the quarterly statistics relating to GDP, CPI, PPI, Exports and Imports and compares the performance in the fourth quarter of 2015 with that of the corresponding quarter of 2014 and, with that of the previous quarter.
It is to be noted that data relating to GDP for Q3, Q4 2015, are the revised figures of April 28 2016, which are slightly different from the data published in the related Press Release of April 10 2016.
Part 3 contains an article on Qatar’s participation in the International Comparison Program (ICP), 2016. The ICP is a worldwide statistical operation involving some 199 countries. The main objective of the ICP is to produce comparable volume measures of GDP based on Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs). (QNA)

Volkswagen Profit Declines During the First Quarter of this Year

Volkswagen Profit Declines During the First Quarter of this Year

News No :46

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :01:46 PM

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Berlin, May 31 (QNA) - Net profit at Volkswagen dropped by around one-fifth in the first quarter of 2016, as the carmaker struggles to absorb the costs of a major emissions-rigging scandal.
Profits for the first three months of the year fell to 2.3 billion euros (2.56 billion dollars) from 2.9 billion euros in the same period of 2015, according to results released by the company on Tuesday.
VW has faced heavy costs in recent months as it recalls and refits thousands of diesel cars fitted with software designed to cheat environmental emissions standards, German News Agency (DPA) reported.
The decline was greater than predicted, with analysts surveyed by the news agency Bloomberg expecting first-quarter operating profit to drop to 2.75 billion euros.
"In the first quarter, we once again managed to limit the economic effects of the diesel issue and achieve respectable results under difficult conditions," chief executive Mattias Mueller said in a statement. (QNA)

South Korea's Doosan Heavy Bags Desalination Plant Order from Kuwait

South Korea's Doosan Heavy Bags Desalination Plant Order from Kuwait

News No :45

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :01:41 PM

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Seoul, May 31 (QNA) - Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., South Korea's top power equipment maker, said Tuesday that it has won a 460 billion won (US$386 million) deal to build a desalination plant in Kuwait, reported South Korean Yonhap news agency.
Under the deal with the Ministry of Electricity & Water, Doosan Heavy will construct the desalination plant by November 2018, and do operating and maintenance work until November 2023, the company said in a statement.
The facility will process 270,000 tons of sea water into fresh water a day, which could be consumed by 900,000 people, according to Doosan Heavy. (QNA)

KSE Ends Tuesday's on Mixed Board

KSE Ends Tuesday's on Mixed Board

News No :44

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :01:26 PM

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Kuwait, May 31 (QNA) - Kuwait Stock Exchange (kSE) ended trading on mixed boards Tuesday.
According to Kuwait News Agency, the price index went up by 21.45 points to reach 5,400.33 points, and the weighted index gained 1.21 points to stand at 357.4 points, while the KSX 15 index went down by 0.49 points, to read 826.18 points.
Value of trade was KD 15,670,693.483 while the volume was 171,098,200 million shares done through deals 3,958.
Top share gainer companies were namely: (KCIN), (FIRSTDUBAI), (OOREDOOO), (CATTL), and (URC).
Meanwhile, top volume companies were namely: (HITSTELEC), (ALTIJARIA), (NINV), (EQUIPMENT) and (FIRSTDUBAI). (QNA)

Qatar Stock Index Drops 13.27 Points

Qatar Stock Index Drops 13.27 Points

News No :43

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :01:24 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) index dropped 13.27 points or -0.14% when the bourse closed trading at 9,538.77 points Tuesday.
The volume of shares was up to 10,749,889 from Monday 3,587,120 and the value of shares increased to QR422,801,025.22 from QR134,529,673.89 on Monday.
From the 44 companies listed on QSE, shares of 43 saw trading today. From these 19 gained, 20 closed lower and four remained unchanged.
Indices of four sectors ended in the green and three in red.
QSE Total Return Index dropped -0.14% to 15,433.1 points. QSE Al Rayan Islamic Index dropped -0.44% to 3,736.47 points and QSE All Share Index dropped -0.10% to 3,736.47 points. (QNA)

Germany's Jobless Rate Low in May

Germany's Jobless Rate Low in May

News No :40

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :12:47 PM

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Berlin, May 31 (QNA) - German unemployment fell more than expected in May as a pickup in growth in Europe's biggest economy lead to a solid gain in hiring.
The monthly number of people out of work in seasonally adjusted terms fell by 11,000 to 2.695 million in May, the Federal Labour Agency said on Tuesday. Analysts had forecast a 5,000 fall.
At 6.1 per cent, the jobless rate now stands at its lowest rate since German reunification in October 1990, German News Agency (DPA) reported.
"Altogether the labour market continues to develop positively," said labour agency chief Frank-Juergen Weise."Employment has grown rapidly and the demand for labour has increased significantly," he said.
Seasonally unadjusted unemployment also fell, dropping by 80,000 during May to 2.664 million, the labour agency said, with the jobless rate declining to 6 per cent compared with 6.3 per cent in April. (QNA)

S. Korea's Global Competitiveness Ranking Drops to 29th

S. Korea's Global Competitiveness Ranking Drops to 29th

News No :37

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :12:32 PM

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Seoul, May 31 (QNA) - South Korea's global competitiveness ranking fell by four notches this year due mainly to sluggish economic performance and business efficiency, an international institute said Tuesday.
According to the 2016 report by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), South Korea ranked 29th in terms of global competitiveness among 61 countries surveyed.
IMD suggested that the South Korean government carry out structural reforms in the business and labor sectors and map out plans to boost domestic demand and create jobs for the young generation.
Hong Kong topped the list in terms of global competitiveness for 2016, relegating the former No. 1 United States to the third place after Switzerland.
The poor rating may be attributable to a slowdown in the economy and employment, corporate restructuring issues and corporate ethics problems," the finance ministry said in a release.
IMD is a Swiss-based institute that releases competitiveness rankings every year based on a country's economic achievements, infrastructure, and government and corporate efficiency.
In terms of economic achievements and infrastructure, South Korea placed 21st, down six notches from a year earlier, as the country's economic growth contracted to 2.6% last year from the previous year's 3.3% expansion. (QNA)

South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding Draws Up Self-Rescue Package

South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding Draws Up Self-Rescue Package

News No :35

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :11:41 AM

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Seoul, May 31 (QNA) - Loss-making Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. has mapped out self-rescue measures worth over 3 trillion won (US$2.52 billion) in total which include an employee wage cut and asset sales, industry sources said Tuesday.
Last year the shipyard drew up a 1.85 trillion won self-rehabilitation plan in return for 4 trillion won in financial aid. Recently, the shipyard presented an additional step estimated to save 1.5 trillion won, according to the sources. The latest measures include a cut of up to 20 % in wages to its employees and a further reduction in the number of executives.
Daewoo Shipbuilding plans to advance the timetable for workforce reduction. Earlier the company said it would slash its workforce by 2,300 by 2019. Last month, the shipyard named a preferred bidder to sell its headquarters building in downtown Seoul for 180 billion won.
The sources also said the shipyard is mulling over an option to sell off more affiliates. Previously, Daewoo Shipbuilding planned to put non-core assets up for sale. Among others, its defense-related unit will be spun off, it said earlier.
Its creditors, led by state-run Korea Development Bank, will review the additional self-rescue plans and decide whether to approve them by the end of next month.
The second batch of self-rehabilitation steps comes as a drop in new orders is expected to continue down the road.
Other local rivals, such as Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., promised to implement stronger self-rescue schemes to stay afloat.
Hyundai Heavy is moving to cut 10 % of its workforce and sell non-core assets, and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. also submitted its own self-rescue plan to its creditors.
The country's top three shipyards suffered a combined operating loss of 8.5 trillion won last year due largely to increased costs stemming from a delay in the construction of offshore facilities and an industrywide slump.
But a huge chunk of the loss, some 5.5 trillion won, came from Daewoo Shipbuilding. (QNA)

GOIC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kaizen Consulting Group

GOIC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kaizen Consulting Group

News No :33

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :11:40 AM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kaizen Kaizen Institute Consulting Group, a globally recognized leader in consulting and training.
The MoU aims at fostering cooperation between the two sides to contribute to promoting their expertise in consulting and investment, GOIC said in a statement.
The MoU was signed at GOIC headquarters in Doha by Assistant Secretary General for Industrial Projects Sector Dr. Ali Hamed Al Mulla on behalf of GOIC Secretary General Abdulaziz bin Hamad Al Ageel, and by KAIZEN Director General Dr. Saad bin Ibrahim Al Khalaf.
Dr. Al Mulla said that the MoU will establish relations of cooperation and consultation in the industrial and economic spheres to advance the industrial sector in the Gulf countries and creating qualified cadres involved in consultancy, especially in the industrial field.
For his part, Dr. Al Khalaf said that the MoU will contribute to strengthening the capacity and skills of the two sides in the areas of consulting, investment and training, especially for entrepreneurs.
The MoU aims to establish a framework to facilitate cooperation and coordination, and to create a working relationship and working partnerships between the two sides in order to achieve the common interest help entrepreneurs and investors to take advantage of business opportunities.
The cooperation between the two sides aims to improve performance and building capacity for consultants and staff working in the factories and companies, and providing consultancy to factories, companies and the government sector, in addition to holding conferences, seminars and lectures and the implementation of programs, training projects and workshops in the GCC countries.
The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) is a regional organization based in Doha and includes the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states: The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, as well as Yemen.
The Organization was founded to achieve industrial cooperation and coordination between member states. GOIC offers specific suggestions aiming at establishing joint industrial projects between member states and delivers recommendations to reconcile industrial development projects. It coordinates and develops technical and economic cooperation between existing industrial institutions and others that are yet to be established. In addition to that, GOIC offers technical assistance in preparing and assessing industrial projects and puts together industrial sector-related data and studies.
Kaizen Al Arabia is part of Kaizen Institute Consulting Group - Switzerland. It has offices in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Algeria, and several under construction offices in other Arab countries. (QNA)

Asian Stock Mostly Higher on Tuesday

Asian Stock Mostly Higher on Tuesday

News No :32

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :10:55 AM

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Hong Kong, May 31 (QNA) - Most Asian stock markets rose Tuesday after Japan reported better-than-expected data for April, and Chinese mainland markets up more than 2%.
Shares in Japan were also buoyed by expectations that a 2017 sales tax hike will be delayed until 2019, and by a weakening in the Japanese yen.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.98% at 17,234.98.
Chinese mainland markets soared with the Shanghai Composite closed up 3.32% at 2,916.49 and the Shenzhen composite closed 4.091% higher at 1,872.359. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index was 1.2% higher at 3:22 p.m. HK/SIN time.
South Korea's Kospi added 0.83% to 1,983.4.
Meanwhile, Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 closed down 0.54% at 5,378.6,. Shares in Taiwan and Southeast Asia were mostly lower. (QNA)

South Korean Firms Sign Deals with African Partners

South Korean Firms Sign Deals with African Partners

News No :29

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :10:34 AM

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Seoul, May 31 (QNA) - More than 20 South Korean companies signed deals worth more than $3.1 million with African partners, mostly Ugandan firms, by capitalizing on President Park Geun-hye’s African tour, South Korea’s presidential office said.
The deals were reached in a meeting between executives of 27 South Korean companies and more than 210 Ugandan firms and other African firms as well as multinational corporations in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.
South Korea said $3.1 million accounts more than 15 percent of its exports to Uganda last year.
Park arrived in Kenya earlier in the day from Uganda, the second stop on her swing through Africa. The trip already took her to Ethiopia, where South Korean companies signed deals worth $24 million.
The South Korean business executives have come along on Park's trip to explore new business opportunities in Africa. (QNA)

Thailand's Industrial Production Growth Slows in April

Thailand's Industrial Production Growth Slows in April

News No :28

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :10:34 AM

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Bangkok, May 31 (QNA) - Thailand's industrial production continued rising in April as a result of higher manufacturing activity in major industries, said the Office of the Industrial Economics at the Ministry of Industry Tuesday.
The OIE's monthly report shows the country's manufacturing production index rose 1.54% from a year ago in April, slightly below the 1.83% on-year rise in March. But on the monthly basis, the MPI dropped 17.46% in April, reversing the 10.65% on-month surge in March.
In a statement, Siriruj Chulakaratana, director general of the OIE, said that the on-year rise in the index in April could be attributed to active production of vehicles, electrical appliances and steel.
Breakdown data showed the country's automotive production rose 11.51% on-year as automakers boosted the manufacturing of pickup passenger vehicles, or PPVs, for the local market, while the electrical appliance and electronics production went up 3.84% from last year as a result of the recovery in demand from European, Chinese and Southeast Asian markets.
Thailand's April steel output also increased 5.31% year-over-year alongside a rise in local steel consumption.
In April, the capacity utilization, which gauges how fully the factories have been used, dropped to 58.43% after reaching a revised 72.79% in March. Thailand's week-long Songkran holiday contributed to the rise in excess capacity. (QNA)

Malaysia's April Domestic PPI Down 2.8% to 100.2

Malaysia's April Domestic PPI Down 2.8% to 100.2

News No :27

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :10:34 AM

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Kuala Lumpur, May 31 (QNA) - Malaysia's domestic Producer Price Index (PPI) for April 2016 decreased 2.8% to 100.2, the Statistics Department said Tuesday.
In a statement, the department said the highest drop was recorded by the mining index (-29.6 %), followed by electricity and gas (-3.8%) and manufacturing (-1.3%).
Meanwhile, the index for agriculture, forestry and fishing as well as water supply showed an increase of 15% and 6.7%, respectively.
The department also said the PPI for local production inclined by 0.5% in April 2016 as compared to March 2016, according to Malaysia's (Bernama) News Agency.
This was due to increases in agriculture, forestry and fishing (+2.8%), water supply (+2.1%) and manufacturing (+0.3%).
Meanwhile, the index for electricity and gas decreased (-1.1%) but the index for mining remained unchanged. (QNA)

S. Korea's Industrial Production Falls 0.8% in April

S. Korea's Industrial Production Falls 0.8% in April

News No :13

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:27 AM

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Seoul, May 31 (QNA) - South Korea's gross industrial production has fallen for the second consecutive in April.
According to a report unveiled on Tuesday by the Statistics Korea, South Korea's industrial production for April fell by 0.8% from March.
Decreased production in the mineral engineering sector due to falling exports, the decreasing number of construction projects and consumption of retail goods appear to be the key causes.
South Korea's monthly change rates in industrial production was negative 1.4% in January but jumped to 0.7% in February and March, according to Korea's (KBS WORLD) radio.
Production in the service sector rose marginally but struggling production in mineral engineering, consumer retail goods and construction appear to have affected the fall in industrial production. (QNA)

Japan Jobless Rate Flat at 3.2% in April

Japan Jobless Rate Flat at 3.2% in April

News No :12

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:27 AM

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Tokyo, May 31 (QNA) - Japan's unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.2 per cent in April, the Japanese government said Tuesday.
Wholesale and retail sectors added 290,000 positions to 10.5 million, while the agriculture and forestry sectors saw a drop of 190,000 employees to 2.0 million, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said.
The availability of jobs, measured as the ratio of job offers per job seeker, climbed to 1.34 in April, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said. (QNA)

Singapore Bank Lending Shrinks for 7th Straight Month in April

Singapore Bank Lending Shrinks for 7th Straight Month in April

News No :11

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:27 AM

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Singapore, May 31 (QNA) - Singapore bank lending here shrank for the seventh straight month in April on a continued slump in business loans.
April's 0.76% year on year fall in overall lending though was less than the 1.74% contraction in March, which was the worst in more than a decade.
Total loans las month amounted to S$589.75 billion from S$594.28 billion in April last year, according to provisional data from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released on Tuesday.
Last month's figure also came in below March's S$590.58 billion.
Business loans in April stood at S$346.58 billion, down 2.87% from a year ago in an eighth straight month of contraction.
They also fell 0.5% from March, as lending to general commerce firms, financial institutions, business services and companies in the transport, storage and communication sector declined.
Businesses here, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, have been hit hard by the slowdown and ongoing economic restructuring.
The MAS data also showed that consumer loans in April came in at S$243.17 billion, up 2.4% from S$237.44 billion a year earlier and better than the S$242.21 billion in March.
Housing and bridging loans, the largest component of loans to consumers, rose modestly last month to US$185.86 billion from S$185.37 billion in March. April's figure was also 3.6% up from S$179.32 billion a year ago. (QNA)

Japan's Industrial Output Edges Up 0.3% in April

Japan's Industrial Output Edges Up 0.3% in April

News No :10

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:27 AM

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Tokyo, May 31 (QNA) - Japan's industrial production inched up 0.3 percent in April from March before for the second straight month of increase, the Japanese government said Tuesday.
The figure beat the average estimate of the 1.5-per-cent fall polled by the Nikkei business daily and followed a 3.8-per-cent increase in March over February.
The index of production at factories and mines stood at 97.0 against a 2010 baseline of 100, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.
Chemicals, electrical machinery, and general-purpose, production and business-oriented machinery industries contributed to the bulk of the increase, the ministry said.
Manufacturers surveyed by the ministry expect industrial production to rise 2.2 per cent in May and edge up 0.3 per cent in June.
The index of industrial shipments climbed 1.5 per cent in April from the previous month to 95.9, and that of industrial inventories fell 1.7 per cent to 113.4. (QNA)

China's Central Bank Pumps 8.3 Billion USD into Market

China's Central Bank Pumps 8.3 Billion USD into Market

News No :9

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:26 AM

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Beijing, May 31 (QNA) - China's central bank injected 55 billion yuan about (8.3 billion US dollars) into the money market on Tuesday to ease a liquidity strain.
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) conducted 120 billion yuan of seven-day reverse repurchase agreements (repo), a process in which central banks purchase securities from banks with an agreement to resell them in the future.
The reverse repos were priced to yield 2.25%, unchanged from Monday's injection of 65 billion yuan, according to a PBOC statement.
Reverse repos worth 65 billion yuan matured on Tuesday, so the central bank has effectively injected 55 billion yuan into the market, according to China's (Xinhua) News Agency.
In Tuesday's interbank market, the benchmark overnight Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate (Shibor), which measures the cost at which Chinese banks lend to one another, climbed 0.8 basis points to 2.01% after the injection. Shibor for one-week loans rose 0.4 basis points to 2.338%. (QNA)

Spot Value in Qatar

Spot Value in Qatar

News No :8

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:23 AM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Rates against US dollar as issued on Tuesday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== QAR 3.6400 3.6415 SAR 3.7501 3.7511 AED 3.6729 3.6735 BHD 0.3770 0.3771 KWD 0.3023 0.3024 GBP 1.4685 1.4695 CHF 0.9915 0.9925 JPY 111.26 111.36 GOLD 1,211.80 1,212.30 SILVER 16.10 16.12 Stocks Indications: Dow Jones 17873.22 Oil Price : West Texas 49.31 -------------------------------- (QNA)

Eurodeposits Rates in Qatar

Eurodeposits Rates in Qatar

News No :7

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:23 AM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Euro deposits and Foreign Exchange Rates for Gulf and International Currencies at opening Tuesday as issued by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: USD JPY CHF GBP 1 Mth 0.3100 0.3000 0.9000 0.4300 2 Mths 0.3700 0.2500 0.8200 0.6200 3 Mths 0.4900 0.2500 0.8200 0.6500 6 Mths 0.7900 0.3000 0.7200 0.7600 12 Mths 1.1300 0.2100 0.6300 0.9600 QAR SAR AED BHD 1 Mth 1.0000 1.7900 0.5000 1.2500 2 Mths 1.0000 1.5500 0.7000 1.4500 3 Mths 1.0000 1.8200 0.7000 1.7500 6 Mths 1.0000 1.9900 1.0000 1.9000 12 Mths 1.0000 2.0700 1.2500 1.7800 ------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

Exchange Rates in Qatar /1/

News No :6

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:21 AM

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Korean Won N/A 0.00360 Sterling Pound 5.24300 5.41700 Euro 3.98600 3.12700 Swiss Franc 3.60500 3.76300 Japanese Yen 0.03205 0.03342 Swedish Krona 0.43500 0.44300 Norwegian Krona 0.43100 0.44100 Danish Kroner 0.54200 0.55100 Indian Rupee 0.05300 0.05468 Pakistani Rupee N/A 0.03514 South African Rand N/A 0.24418 Turkish Lira N/A 1.29200 Gold/USD 1,211.80 1,212.60 Silver/USD 16.10 16.14 Platinum/USD 976.74 984.25 ------------------------------------------ (QNA)

Exchange Rates in Qatar

Exchange Rates in Qatar

News No :5

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :08:20 AM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Exchange Rates for foreign currencies as issued on Tuesday by Qatar National Bank (QNB) are as following: Currency Buying Selling ======= ====== ====== Saudi Riyal 0.96700 0.97900 Omani Riyal 9.42400 9.51000 U.A.E. Dirham 0.98800 0.99900 Bahraini Dinar 9.62000 9.70700 Kuwaiti Dinar 12.01000 12.21600 Jordanian Dinar 5.08400 5.20100 Egyptian Pound 0.32700 0.41700 Chinese Yuan 0.48000 0.56800 Tunisian Dinar N/A 1.79300 Moroccan Dirham N/A 0.38000 U.S. Dollar 3.63000 3.65020 Canadian Dollar 2.77100 2.83400 Australian Dollar 2.61400 2.69400 New Zealand Dollar 2.41700 2.50600 Singapore Dollar 2.60300 2.66400 Hong Kong Dollar 0.44600 0.48800 ----------------------------------------------------------- (MORE)

Anti-Doping Lab Qatar Starts Sixth Annual Forum

Anti-Doping Lab Qatar Starts Sixth Annual Forum

News No :67

News Date :31/05/2016

News Time :06:07 PM

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Doha, May 31 (QNA) - Anti Doping Lab Qatar's (ADLQ) sixth annual forum started Tuesday under the auspices of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, which is being held under the theme of combating doping for humans and animals.
HE QOC Secretary General Dr. Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari opened the two-day event with a speech in which he expressed pride to be attending the event that mainly aims to implement the regulations and laws of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
With support from HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Dr. Al Kuwari said, Qatar is at the front of countries keen on achieving WADA's noble goals in developing sports in general and establishing an anti-doping lab in Doha in particular.
Al Kuwari added that Qatar is fully aware of the importance of supporting anti-doping efforts in Sports, pointing to the endorsement of ADLQ by the executive bureau of WADA on September 25, 2015, making it the 34th lab across the world.
The QOC secretary general said Qatar is proud of several initiatives and programs that it launched in favor of fighting doping at the local, regional and international levels.
In turn, WADA Director General David Howman expressed delight to be in Doha and thanked Qatar for the tireless efforts in the fight against doping in humans and animals.
He said the scientific forum hosted in Doha in May 2015 during the ADLQ's fifth annual forum featured fruitful sessions that resulted in the exchange of ideas, visions and practical and applicable experiences, noting that leading international scientists discussed all the sides of the doping plague, which continues to haunt the sport and athletes.
Howman added that professionals working in the anti-doping field are trying to limit the phenomenon through the use of modern technologies to detect doping activity, and the development of ways to combat it, particularly as it affects public health and fair athletic competition. (QNA)