In brief [Archives:2007/1030/Local News]

March 5 2007


Yemen holds talks with Arab Fund

March 2 ) The Yemeni government and Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development are due to hold joint talks on technical and financial topics concerned with implementing the second phase of establishing the New Sana'a International Airport and the second gas power station in Marib governorate. The talks are scheduled to take place in Sana'a during the days to come. Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Abdulkarim Al-Arhabi said the fund played in integral role in strengthening ties between Yemen and Kuwait.

Top students awarded

March 3 ) The Iqra Charitable Society awarded on Wednesday as many as 56 top high school graduates, from different Yemeni governorates, who scored over 90 percent in the third secondary grade exams of the educational year 2005 – 2006. The awarding ceremony took place at the Studies and Researches Center. It was attended by MP Najib Ghanim and other education officials.

Children Parliament

holds fourth session

March 4 ) In cooperation with UNICEF, the Children Parliament is due to hold its fourth session March 12 – 14, according to a statement released by the Democratic School, which is part of the parliament. During its session, the parliament is to question the ministries and local and international organizations concerned with childcare and protection. The session entitled “For child-free jails”, is expected to discuss a recent report on the state of Yemen children.


Historic Bridge restored

March 4 ) Local authorities in Damt District, Al-Dhale' governorate, took charge of Amer Bin Abdulwahab's historic bridge after it was restored by the Social Fund of Development (SFD), which funded the $200 thousand worth project. The project implementation was supervised by specialized engineers from the Fund and the General Antiquities Authority. The restoration phase, which lasted for one year, included reconstructing the damaged part and painting walls of the bridge.


Abyan teachers get

hardship allowance

March 4 ) The Abyan Education Office approved the final payrolls in light of which it will pay hardship allowances to teachers working in the governorate's schools. The Education Office General Manager Ali Mohammed Fadhl said that his office approved the payrolls regarding the hardship allowances accrued to education workers from September 2006 to February 2007. According to Fadhl, workers who will get hardship allowances number 8710 out of a total number of 9882 after dropping the names of those who don't work, the retired and the dead from the registers.


Citizen arrested on charge

of links with Al-Houthi

March 4 ) Security authorities in Al-Dhoha district, Hodeida governorate, arrested a citizen, who was charged with recruiting many youths belonging to Aal Al-Beit (the profits descendants) to support Al-Houthi-led rebellion. According to local sources, a police vehicle drove to the Nabi Jauf's house and arrested the citizen, who the authorities say has attended courses at a Sa'ada religious center. The man was observed to have been exercising odd rituals in the district in an attempt to influence youths with his thoughts


MP's son denies abduction rumours

March 4 ) The MP Mohammed Bin Mohammed Mansour, the son of Mohammed Mansour Sheikh of Al-Ja'ashen District, denied news saying that his father abducted up to 22 citizens from Al-Sifa area after being summoned by his guards. The MP said such stories are unauthentic and baseless. This comes after one of the displaced locals, who returned to their homes, said that Mansour's guards opened fire on the citizens to intimidate them and force them from their homes. The Sheikh's guards have set up checkpoints on the road connecting Al-Sifa district with Ibb city.