Labor cases to be examined first by labor offices

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Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — The Council of Ministers emphasized on Tuesday that the strong position of the Kingdom’s economy confirms the positive results of the reform measures.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chaired the weekly session of the Cabinet at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session, Minister of Media Awwad Al-Awwad said the Cabinet decided that labor cases will be submitted first to the labor office, within the jurisdiction of the work place, before filing the litigation in labor courts.

The Cabinet lauded the success of the recently-concluded Future Investment Initiative which saw the signing of big investment agreements worth over $60 billion in diverse fields.

“This emphasizes the trust reposed in the Saudi economy and reflects its power and strength at the regional and global level,” the Cabinet said.

It noted the speech of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman at FII forum in which he affirmed that the Kingdom has taken initiatives to develop the Saudi economy.

The Cabinet stressed the Kingdom’s full cooperation with the United Nations and the international community to achieve all that is good for humanity and fulfill aspirations of all of them for security, stability and development, as well as continuing to provide its humanitarian, political and economic role with a sense of full responsibility, considering its Islamic and global status.

The Kingdom also vowed to implement the goals of Sustainable Development Plan 2030, citing the Kingdom’s Debt Waiving Initiative exempting the poor countries from a total of more than $ 6 billion of debt.


Source : Saudi Gazette

Fire breaks out in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward as crowds gather at Halloween mecca for celebrations

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Fire breaks out in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward as crowds gather at Halloween mecca for celebrations

A rooftop fire broke out in Tokyo’s crowded Shibuya Ward on Wednesday evening, as revelers flocked to the Halloween mecca for a massive annual street party.

Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze, which occurred at a building near a police box on the area’s iconic Center-gai street, according to media reports and video posted to social media.

The Tokyo Fire Department said the fire, which broke out around 6 p.m., had spread from the sixth floor of a building complex to its roof, public broadcaster NHK reported.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but the scene of the blaze was Udagawacho, near the famed ‘scramble crossing’ in front of JR Shibuya Station, where thousands of partygoers were gathering for the Halloween celebrations.

Police were bracing for massive crowds to mark the holiday, with a possible repeat of behavior that saw a small truck overturned and five people arrested on the weekend likely at the front of their minds.

It was unclear how, if at all, the fire would affect the raucous affair, but several hundred members of the capital’s police force were being mobilized in the Shibuya area to monitor rowdy crowds through early Thursday.

Special officers dubbed “DJ police,” who aim to marshal crowds with a spirit of goodwill, were also dispatched to the area.

Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, five people were arrested in Shibuya on suspicion of groping women or trying to take upskirt photos or videos.

Shibuya Mayor Ken Hasebe has urged people to be on their best behavior and to observe the law, criticizing the weekend’s incidents as “absolutely intolerable” in a statement released Monday.


Source :  Japan Today

Qatar Petroleum announces November fuel prices

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31 Oct 2018 – 13:10

Qatar Petroleum announces November fuel prices

The Peninsula Online

Doha: Qatar Petroleum announced on their website today that the fuel prices in November will remain the same as in October. They had increased the premium petrol price in October.

In November, the price of premium, super and diesel will remain the same as that of October.

Price of premium grade petrol will be QR2.05 per litre while that of super will be QR2.10 per litre.

Price of diesel will also remain the same at QR2.05 per litre. In the last four months there was no change in diesel price.

When the first list was announced in June 2016 the premium petrol was QR1.20 per litre, super QR1.30 per litre and diesel QR1.40 per litre.

From April 2016, the Ministry of Energy and Industry had started pegging the fuel prices to the international market.

From September 2017, it is Qatar Petroleum who is announcing the monthly price list.