In Brief [Archives:2008/1178/Local News]

August 4 2008

Yemen embassy in Malaysia warns students about fraud gangs

Yemen's embassy in Malaysia has warned Yemeni students in the country about active gangs working on fake visas, the state-run reported.

The cultural attache at the embassy Adnan al-Sanawi said these gangs, which comprise of Arab and Malaysian members deceive those Yemeni students who must renew their visas by telling them they will update their visas impersonating the names of Malaysian authorities concerned with such responsibility.

Al-Sanawi said about 17 Yemeni students were victims of fraud by these gangs.

They were stopped by Malaysian authorities to make sure of the information printed on their visas.

43 persons died in traffic accidents last week

About 43 people died in 261 traffic accidents in various governorates during last week.

A report issued by the Traffic General Administration showed that the accidents caused approximately 396 injured persons of which 238 have serious injuries.

The accidents made a loss of YR 50 million, according to the report that attributed the reasons of these accidents to over speeding, drivers carelessness and other reasons.


Yemen to set up 18000 residential blocks for limited income people

Yemen is planning to build 18000 residential blocks for youths and limited income people within the upcoming three years in implementing President Ali Abdullah Saleh's electoral program.

Public Works and Roads Minister Omer al-Kurshmi said that President Saleh has ordered to build at least 6000 residential units in 2008 as a first phase, at the cost of more than YR 25 billion, in addition to 12,000 residential units to be build within upcoming three years.

The Supreme Committee of Housing headed by Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Abdul-Karim al-Arhabi has determined to start the implementation of those residential projects in Sana'a, Aden, Lahej, Abyan, Hadhramout, Dhala', Taiz, Hudeidah and Hajja provinces.

Prosecution finalizes cases of 12 Pakistanis in charge of drugs smuggling

Prosecution has finalized investigations with 12 Pakistanis in charge of drugs smuggling, sources told 26

The cases of the Pakistanis would be sent to the penal court within coming days, the sources said.

Last June, police of Hadramout arrested the suspects and seized around 3 tons of drugs in their custody around.

Reason of delaying of the investigations with the suspects was lack of translator for Bostyah language, the sources said, the prosecution has found one lately.

Spanish medical delegation to carry out surgical operations in Yemen

A Spanish medical team headed by Professor Carlos Biasta Lopez chief of Barcelona Speculums Surgery.

Advisor of general and speculums surgery in Al-Thawra General Hospital in Sana'a Dr. Osama al-Sunaidar said to Saba that the team would carry out till August 19, 2008 a number of surgical operations in Al-Thawra General Hospital in Sana'a and Jumhuria Educational Hospital in Aden. He considered the Spanish medical team's visit one of results of cooperation relations between Yemen and Spain in various fields, particularly in the medical field.

2nd Japanese cultural week in Sana'a inaugurated

Minister of Culture Mohammed al-Maflhi inaugurated on Saturday at the Japanese ambassador's house in Sana'a the 2nd Japanese Cultural Week activities which will continue till Sunday August 3, 2008. In the festival of the inauguration which attended by a number of Arab and Foreign ambassadors, al-Muflahi reviewed assistances provided by Japan to Yemen in the cultural fields.

The Japanese ambassador Masakazu Toshikage confirmed that the 2nd Japanese Cultural Week would witness significant show within Okinawa musical orchestra which will present a number of musical songs.

Child labor survey delayed till next October

The supervisory committee of child labor survey in Yemen delayed survey process till next October which was to start in August.

The member of supervisory committee Mona Salem told the state-run 26 September on Saturday that the survey was delayed till the beginning of school year 2008-2009 to survey the real number of of working children and who drop schools. Salem made reference that the survey aims at getting a full knowledge about the number of working children and the kind of works children work in.

Spain to equip two hospitals in Saada

Spanish government showed on Saturday its readiness to equip two rural hospitals in Saada governorate.

During his meeting with Public Health and Population Minister Abdul Karim Rase'a, Spanish ambassador to Yemen Marcos Vega told the minister that his country had accepted the Yemeni request to provide the hospital of 48 in Sana'a with medical equipments as well.

The meeting discussed means of implementing the protocol of health cooperation signed between the two countries during the visit of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Spain in January 2008. The meeting also dealt with the program of the Spanish medical team arrived today, Saturday, that will conduct surgeries in two weeks in the al-Thawra Hospital in Sana'a.

WB grants Yemen $10 mln to develop higher education

The World Bank (WB) announced that it would grant Yemen $10 million to improve and develop higher education in the country. Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mohammed Mutahar said on Saturday to the state-run that the WB grant was approved in the wake of the success achieved by Yemen in implementing the first phase of the project of developing higher education financed by the WB.

Mutahar pointed out that the grant would focus on future development of higher education, including the development of higher education institutions, such as financial management, funding of university education and the establishment of a centre of the development of university education.

“The grant will help improve and develop teaching and learning process and training means of university officials in addition to developing university education programs and university libraries and introducing electronic library systems””