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Saudi launches new high-speed train
RIYADH: Saudi King Salman on Tuesday inaugurated a high-speed railway linking Makkah and Madinah, described by local officials as the biggest transportation project in the region. The Haramain High Speed Rail system will transport Muslim pilgrims, as well as regular travellers, 450 kilometres between the two cities via the Red Sea port of Jeddah in two hours. Saudi Arabia will offer an electronic visa for foreign visitors to
 
 
Mohammed promotes officers, orders panel
DUBAI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a decision promoting 600 officers, non-commissioned officers and members of staff of the Dubai Directorate General of Civil Defence. Sheikh Mohammed also issued Decree No. 27 of 2018 forming the Central Military Grievance Committee of Dubai, and approved its operational structure. He also issued
   
Mohamed Bin Zayed receives French minister
ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Tuesday, received Florence Parly, Minister of the Armies of the French Republic, who is currently visiting the country. During the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed and Parly discussed relations between the two countries and ways of developing them, especially in defence and military fields.
 
 
Bar criminals from polls: Indian court
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested that the parliament bring laws that could bar criminals from entering the elections, and admitted the court cannot do it. The law should be enacted as soon as possible, said a five-member constitution bench, which also issued a set of directions for curbing criminalisation of politics. “The sooner the better, before it becomes fatal to democracy,” the five-judge bench led by
   
Dubai Police find lost gold bracelet
DUBAI: The Dubai Police surprised an Asian family with their lost gold jewellery hours before they were to board a plane to their homeland without any hope of recovering it. As part of its keenness to delight the visitors and tourists of Dubai, the Police Department took the initiative of recovering the item to hand over to the Asian family. The gold bracelet was lost during a desert safari trip. The family thought the bracelet
 
 
Trump flays Iran, says his tenure is the best
UNITED NATIONS: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged heavy pressure both on Iran and Washington’s trading partners as he offered a robust defence of the US right to go it alone. Addressing world leaders at the start of the annual United Nations General Assembly, Trump lashed out at OPEC, China’s trade policies and the International Criminal Court (ICC) which he vowed the United States would never accept.
   
Dubai among ‘world’s most visited cities’
DUBAI: Dubai has retained its ranking as the fourth most visited city in the world for the fourth straight year, according to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index, GDCI, 2018. The city welcomed 15.79 million overnight visitors last year and with a projected growth rate of 5.5 per cent, the emirate is expected to witness another year of steady expansion in 2018. Dubai has also topped the list of global cities with the
 
 
Heavy fine for breaching privacy
ABU DHABI: A person who uses an electronic device to breach others’ privacy will be obligated to pay a fine ranging between Dhs150,000 to Dhs500,000, and can be sent to jail for up to six months, according to brigadier Khalifa Mohammed Al Khaili, director of Traffic and Patrols of Abu Dhabi Police. Al Khaili added, “Taking photos at accident sites is a negative social phenomenon which hinders the work of traffic patrols,
   
UAE, Paraguay sign visa waiver
DUBAI: Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said through his Twitter account that UAE citizens would be exempted from the pre-entry visa to Paraguay. “During my meeting on Monday with Luis Castiglioni, Foreign Minister of Paraguay, we have signed a memorandum for a reciprocal visa waiver as part of the initiative launched by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and
 
 
Pakistani gets lucky with his first DDF ticket, wins $1m
DUBAI: A 32-year old Pakistani businessman from Peshawar who purchased his first ever Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire ticket has been named the latest dollar millionaire in the draw held on Tuesday at Concourse D of Dubai International Airport. Numan Arif, who owns a bike leasing company bought his lucky ticket number 0241 in Series 281 online. Arif is the sixteenth Pakistani national to have won $1 million in the
   
Instagram co-founders resign from Facebook-owned firm
SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have announced they are leaving the photo-sharing app bought by Facebook six years ago, setting a new test for the parent company as it works to quell mounting turmoil. “Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team,” Systrom said in a statement late Monday, following a report on the departure in The New York
 
 

 IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN 
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, who passed away in Sharjah on Thursday at 66, was a national symbol who played a key role in the formation of the United Arab Emirates. He was Minister for Education and Justice Minister in the Cabinet of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Dr Abdullah as Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej revolutionised the dynamics of the media in the UAE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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