In brief [Archives:2006/944/Local News]

May 8 2006

– The parliament informed the government through the Parliament affairs minister that Wednesday is destined for the ministers' answers to the MPs 66 investigative enquiries about the performance of various ministries. Some of the 66 issues are about the spread of agricultural pesticides that cause cancer to 20 thousand people every year, half of which end up dead according to WHO reports. About polluted medical serums, child trafficking and price hikes.

– The Government of Japan has extended a grant to the National Center for Archives in Sana'a, in the framework of “Cultural Grant Aid”, which amount to four hundred fifty thousand US dollars ($450,000), for purchasing equipment such as micro film camera to preserve historical documents. The grant aims to help the Government of Yemen move forward its economic and social development while preserving its proper cultural heritage.

– Hamoud Obad, Minister of Endowments, verbally attacked the opposition parties in a mass rally in Amran last Saturday. He said, besides other accusation, that the Nasserite, Socialist, Islah and Ba'ath Parties used to be agents to the outside before the multi party system.

– The Yemeni Female Media Forum received a French embassy sponsored capacity building workshop recently. The course aimed at helping the administrative staff of the forum, to be able to formulate development schemes. It also meant to discuss opportunities of empowering women within their scientific institutions, and the latest media women developments locally and internationally

– The First Exhibition for Tourism, Heritage and Culture in Yemen was inaugurated last Sunday. According to media the exhibition covers paintings and images of the Yemeni environment and coastal sights in Hodeida, Mukha, Aden, Mukalla, Mahrah and other areas.

– At least 702 people, from both genders and different age groups were reported killed in traffic accidents in different parts of Yemen over the past four months.

– Security apparatuses at the Aden Free Zone have been reserving for one month the seizure of a freight of internationally banned pesticides, which were import for fast growth and ripeness of plants. Security authorities caught around 1424 cartoons of pesticides shipped from Jordan on board a steamer to an unidentified Yemeni trader.