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PM greets new Saudi king

PM greets new Saudi king

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has congratulated Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud on his becoming the new king of Saudi Arabia. The 79-year-old became the king after the death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on Friday. “It is my great pleasure in congratulating you, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, on behalf of the people...

President off to Riyadh

President Abdul Hamid yesterday went to Saudi Arabia as world leaders are gathering in Riyadh to pay last respect to late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. King Abdullah, who had been king since 2005 and effectively in charge since his brother Fahd suffered a stroke in 1995, died on Friday at the age of 90. The national flag was kept at half-mast at all government and private buildings yesterday as the country observed a day of mourning to pay...

First US troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

First US troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 US troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday. Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the troops, mostly special...

Saudi King Abdullah dies at 91, new ruler Salman

Saudi King Abdullah dies at 91, new ruler Salman

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died, royal officials have announced, weeks after he was admitted to hospital. King Abdullah, who was said to be aged about 90, had been suffering from a lung infection. A statement early on Friday said his 79-year-old half brother, Salman, had become king. King Abdullah came to the throne in...

Saudi's new king Salman: Mediator in royal family

Saudi's new king Salman: Mediator in royal family

Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, is a veteran of the country's top leadership, versed in diplomacy from nearly 50 years as the governor of the capital Riyadh and known as a mediator of disputes within the sprawling royal family. Salman, 79, had increasingly taken on the duties of the king...

Bangladeshi Jobseekers

KSA to reopen labour market after 7 years

After a seven-year ban on manpower recruitment from Bangladesh, the Saudi Arabian government has decided to open its labour market for Bangladeshi jobseekers soon.  “The Saudi government has agreed to resume the recruitment of our people in all its sectors after our discussion with them,” Shahidul Islam, ambassador of Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh told The Daily Star over the phone yesterday. The country's overall manpower export started declining significantly after the Saudi government imposed a ban on the recruitment of workers...

KSA may hire more Bangladeshis

Thousands of Bangladeshis may again avail work opportunities in Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom plans to step up the recruitment of workers from labour-exporting countries including Bangladesh through agreements. A team from Saudi Arabia will visit Bangladesh for orientation programmes for the jobseekers, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain told the Arab News yesterday, a day after meeting with his Saudi counterpart Adel Fakeih in Riyadh. He did not specify the time of the delegation's arrival. Bangladesh Ambassador in...

KSA keen to hire skilled Bangladeshi workers

KSA keen to hire skilled Bangladeshi workers

Saudi Arabia Labour Minister Adel Fakeih said his county is interested in hiring skilled manpower from Bangladesh. The Kingdom will soon resume the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers to the Kingdom, he said on Monday, a day after a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart at his office, Arab News reported today. The decision comes after a...

Golam Moshi new envoy to KSA

Golam Moshi new envoy to KSA

The government has announced to appoint Golam Moshi, political secretary to Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad, as new ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The foreign ministry in an official announcement today said the government has decided to appoint “Golam Moshi, a well-known politician and businessman with extensive experience in the field of oil and gas exploration,” as the new Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Moshi will replace Md Shahidul Islam. Moshi, the International and Diplomatic Affairs Secretary of Jatiya Party, has worked as the Political Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Begum Raushan Ershad, said the foreign ministry press release.  Moshi completed his secondary and higher secondary...

Saudi terrorism court 'to try women drivers'

Saudi terrorism court 'to try women drivers'

Two Saudi women who were detained for defying a ban on female drivers are to be tried in a terrorism court, activists say. Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, have been in detention for nearly a month.

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