In Brief [Archives:2008/1156/Local News]

May 19 2008


Religious TV channel to be launched in Yemen

Minister of Information Hassan al-Louzi has issued a decree to set up a religious television channel that will be affiliated with the Yemen General Corporation for Radio and Television.

The channel to be named as Aleman , will be managed by special clerics from the Yemeni Clerics Association and supervisors from the ministries of Information and Endowments and Guidance.

It will be dedicated for airing programs that will present Islam and its teachings as well as Islamic and Arabic civilizations.

It will also offer programs that will boost patriotism and loyalty to home and programs on fighting radical thoughts and extremism.

The channel will begin experimental transmissions over the upcoming few weeks.

Jordan princess arrives in Sana'a

Jordanian Princess Wijdan Al-Hashemi arrived in Sana'a on Friday to take part as honorary guest for the Arab Sana'a Meeting for Plastic Art that will be opened on Saturday.

The meeting is organized by the Ministry of Culture.

In her statement to Saba, the princess expressed to Saba her happiness to attend the meeting, adding that it will be chance to exchange experiences and information in field of plastic art.

She added that she would participate a painting within the Jordanian exhibition that will be held on the sideline of the meeting. She was welcomed by advisor of culture minister Hakim al-Aqal and Jordaian ambassador to Sana'a Ahmed Jaradat and other officials in the Yemeni ministry of culture.


Pakistani drug shipments seized in Yemen

Security sources said on Friday that a shipment of drug was on board a ship coming from Pakistan had been seized by the authorities in Hodeidah province.

The state-run quoted the sources as saying that the shipment of drug was found inside a paper box hidden inside a container of the ship.

The coastguard forces have seized another Pakistani ship off the coasts of Hadhramout province carrying drug shipments estimated at ten tons of hashish.

The sources affirmed that drug dealers were trying to enter the shipments of drug to Yemen for smuggling to the Gulf states including Saudi Arabia.


European Film Festival to be launched in Aden

French Cultural Center in collaboration with German Cultural House in Aden would organize next Saturday the first European Film Festival.

In a statement to Saba, chairwomen of French Culture Center Sarah Delonoe said that the countries Netherlands, Czech, Germany, France, Italy, France, Britain and Turkey will participate in the festivalwhich will last until the May 24.

She pointed out to these activities come within the framework of cultural cooperation between Yemen and EU countries in the domains of culture.


SWF provides various training courses for Amran

Social Welfare Fund (SWF) of Amran branch implemented during the last year a number of training courses for SWF beneficiaries which aim to create self sufficiency and implement income-generating projects.

In a statement to Saba, SWF branch manager Mohammed al-Dalwani pointed

out that 505 beneficiaries are trained on various professions and will be granted soft loans estimated at YR 19.3 million.


EC official praises implementation of European projects in Yemen

Acting representative of European Commission to Yemen Michel Cravon highlighted on Thursday partnership between official bodies and local associations to carry out projects of the commission in Yemen.

During his visit to Taiz, the EC official paid visits for these projects which are in fields of health and population, expressing comfort for the work process in the projects which aim to reduce poverty and improve living standard of the citizens in the governorate.

He also got acquainted with the experiment of the council of health development in the governorate and its activities which are supported by the European Union.