In Breif [Archives:2008/1184/Local News]

August 25 2008


Two al-Qaeda militants hand themselves in to Abyan authorities

Director of Abyan governorate Ahmed al-Maqdashi said that two al-Qaeda militants had handed themselves in to authorities. The state-run reported that al-Maqdashi also said the security forces in the governorate detained four suspects in the bombing attacks which took place in the district of Ja'ar in last July.

The suspects were arrested at the Khanfer area, he said, adding a hunt is being launch for other five militants charged in connection with the attacks.

23 suspects have been interrogated on charges linked to the Ja'ar bombing attacks and other related convictions and they will stand trial soon, al-Maqdashi said. These suspects face charges ranging from committing terrorist attacks to sheltering wanted people.


USAID support developmental projects in al-Jawf reviewed

Al-Jawf governor Naji Thawaba held talks on Saturday with a delegation of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) over health, education and agricultural cooperation relations between the governorate and USAID. The meeting also focused on the taken procedures and steps to implement a number of service and developmental projects in the governorate as well as the support being provided by USAID in this regard. The USAID delegation also visited some archeological sites in Brash historical area in old city of Hazem and airport of the governorate, and also visited Hazem hospital, health center and maternity and childhood center.


20 health cadres trained on taking care of babies

20 health cadres working in field of taking care of children here are trained on giving consultations over babies and children health. In the course being organized by Nutrition Program in ministry of health in coordination with World Health Organization, the participants will receive a number of oral and practical skills on importance of natural suckling, listening and education skills, taking care of lightweight born and complete nutrition.

Opening the week long course on Saturday, Director of Aden Health Office al-Khader Lasour and director Nutrition Program Awadh Haidra affirmed importance of natural suckling for better growth and protection against many diseases, noting that the country is working on realizing highest ratio of taking care of mother and child.

Political disputes' victims called for application

The special committee of compensation for housing and lands due to political disputes for 1986 and 1994 has called on affected citizens to submit their files to the committee's secretariat in Aden governorate.

The committee affirmed in its meeting on Thursday in Aden, co-chaired by Defence Minister Mohammed Ahmed and Aden governor Adnan al-Jafri, that it deals with all presented issues with complete seriousness and that it will work to find out suitable solutions for them.

It reviewed a number of issues in its agenda and took a number of decisions in this regard to put different solutions for compensation for housing and land issues triggered by political disputes.

The minister and Aden governor directed the committee to give extreme importance for compensation issues and primarily adopt transparency principle as these issues are considered a part of the important issues President Ali Abdullah Saleh gives high importance and care.

Yemen, China reviewed investment merits in AFZ Aden governor Adnan al-Jefri reviewed on Wednesday with Chinese Consul in Aden Wang Chiang characteristics of Yemeni Investment Law and available investment opportunities for Arab and foreign investors in Aden Free Zone (AFZ). Al-Jefri also demonstrated the facilities presented by the governorate leadership to the investors, calling on the Chinese companies to invest in Aden Free Zone.

He confirmed the deep-rooted Yemeni-Chinese relations, particularly in the economic side, expressing his hope that such relations would witness further progress.

For his side, the Chinese Consul emphasized necessity to activate the twinning agreement between Aden city and Shanghai city so as to extend horizon of development between the two countries.


DCDHRC launches new program

Dialogue Center for Developing Human Rights Culture (DCDHRC) in Dhamar launched on Thursday a new cultural and training program for the last quarter of 2008, September- December, in collaboration with Writers Union branch in the governorate. The program include implementation of activities and training to qualify teachers, police officers, lawyers, journalists and officers of NGOs.

Assistant deputy of Dhamar governor Abdul-Karim Thafan spoke of the state's interest in human rights issues, noting the importance of integrating official and NGOs' efforts to reinforce principles of human rights and introduce the basic principles of human rights.

For his part, DCDHRC chairman Mohammed al-Gharbi reviewed plans and programs of the center via holding training activities and programs to qualify this important group of the society.


Archaeological site discovered

in Taiz

Authorities in Taiz province have discovered a new archaeological site on the Yamanh mountain in the district of Janadya, the state-run said on Thursday.

Manuscripts dating back to the era of Sheba Kings and Thu Ridan as well as an eagle-shaped statue under which a grape cluster graved were found at the site.

Head of the archaeological office in the province Alezi Muhammad Saleh said the site, covered by many trees, was discovered previously by citizens who did not reveal that for authorities, adding citizens used stones of the site to build houses.

Saleh said authorities are currently collecting information about the site to be able to direct archaeological teams to excavate the it.

UNICEF holds training course on rural water in Taiz

UNICEF and the General Authority of Rural Water- Taiz Branch- organized in Taiz governorate on Saturday a training course on maintaining and operating rural water projects.

About 120 participants are taking part in the training course representing 30 water projects in the governorate's districts.

The six-day training course aims to maintain these projects to keep on presenting their services to the citizens.


Security plan in Hadramout discussed

A joint meeting was held on Saturday in Saywan district, Hadramout governorate, brought together directors of districts and members of the security committee over implementation of the security plan in the governorate.

The meeting affirmed importance of gathering efforts to continue successes achieved by security bodies in combating crimes and terror in order to boost development in the governorate.

The meeting urged the security and military forces to practice caution, approving further measures in order to enhance security and stability in the districts of the governorate.


Britain annuls circular warning citizens from travel to Yemen

Britain has canceled a circular it had issued earlier that warned British people from traveling to Yemen except those who travel to the country for urgent purposes.

In the wake of terrorist attacks against foreign interests in the country, the British Foreign Ministry warned British people from unnecessary travel to Yemen. The warnings were made in late April.

The warnings have been disregarded, however, they remain effective for those who may travel to some provinces in the country such as Saada, Marib, al-Jawf, Shabwa and Hadramout.

The Yemeni government hailed the decision, saying it will help Yemen to restore its international image particularly after some other countries went after Britain.

Minister of Tourism Nabil al-Faqih said Yemen is doing its utmost to carry out reforms in various sector including development and security. He pointed out to the last police operations that aimed at breaking some of al-Qaeda cells in the country.

He said the Yemeni security forces are able to deal with all problems and assure local and foreign people they will be safe.

33 dams worth YR 2, 2 billion are ready for use

Thirty three Dams and water barriers have been constructed with the cost of YR 2, 2 billion across the country are ready for inauguration.

Director General of Irrigation and Water Institutions Engineer Mutahar Zaid said that these water projects are distributed in governorates of Adhale'a, Mahweet, Sana'a, Taiz, Amran, Hudeidah, Dhamar, Ebb, Hajja, Mareb, al-Beidha and Shabwa.

He added that these projects will work on storing great quantities of rain and flood waters and will contribute in feeding ground waters required for irrigation. The dams also will work on protecting agricultural lands, villages and valleys against heavy rains and floods streaming from the mountains.

Mutahar pointed out that the storage capacity of these projects reaches 2260316 cubic meter.

Workshop on developing skills of women leaderships held

A training workshop on developing women leading skills organized by Yemen's Women Union (YWU) and CARE project started on Saturday.

40 participants from YWU's branch across the country and representatives of parties discuss in the workshop that last for three days work papers on leadership variations, its theories and gender.

Secretary General of Aden Local Council Abdulkarim Shaef praised level of attendance from women leadership from across the country to be trained on leading skills for enabling them to participate in elections, affirming support of local authority to women.

YWU's Chairwoman Ramziya al- Iryani and Head of the union branch in Aden Fatima Muraisi delivered speeches in which they talked about importance of women's participation in political life and developing their skills in addition to rising social enlightenment on their participation.


Workshop counters violence against children concluded

In cooperation with UNICEF and Shawthab Corporation for Childhood and Development, a workshop counters violence against children was concluded on Wednesday in Hodeidah governorate.

The three-day workshop aimed to define violence by the individual, family and society, its causes, its consequences on children and identify legislations approved by the government in agreement with the United Nations to combat violence.

Moreover, the workshop introduced the children to their rights and trained them how to ask the concerned bodies as well as gave the children a chance to express themselves.

About 20 male and female children has taken part in the workshop representing al-Twasul Institution, House of Orphans, Juveniles House, Ambulant Disabled Society,

The Child Center and Center of Initiative “I am for my country””.