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Group of Saudi men forms a Group for Remarriages of Widows and Divorcees in Saudi Arabia

Doctors, engineers, religious scholars and university professors are among the 100 founders of the new society, in which eight per cent of overall members are women

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Riyadh, August 21, 2016: A group of Saudi men have formed a society to promote remarriages of widows and divorcees within the existing system of polygamy in Saudi Arabia, the media reported on Sunday.

There are more than two million unmarried women, including widows and divorcees, in Saudi Arabia. Under the Saudi laws, these women are allowed to remarry, but the practice is not common.

Doctors, engineers, religious scholars and university professors are among the 100 founders of the new society, in which eight per cent of overall members are women, Xinhua news agency reported.

Polygamy In Islam. Image source: youtube
Polygamy In Islam. Image source: youtube

“We will be promoting men to marry more than one woman and females to accept such trend to give the chance for single women to have partners,” key founder of the society, Ataallah Al Abar, said.

Abar said he has submitted official documents to the authorities to process the establishment of the society.

The society will have a website that will be a matrimony portal for both men and women.

Polygamy is common in Saudi Arabia that implements all Islamic rules, as the religion allows a man to marry up to four women at the same time. (IANS)

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IMF says, Getting more women into formal workforce is priority for India

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India must focus as a priority on ensuring that more women work in the formal sector as it continues with labour reforms, according to Ken Kang, the deputy director in International Monetary Fund (IMF) Asia Pacific Department.

While “in recent years India has made very impressive progress in reforms,” he said that “looking ahead there are important policy priorities” and listed three among them.

“One, is to continue improvements in product and labour market reforms with a focus on increasing formal female labour participation to improve the business environment, and reduce complex regulations, but also to address supply bottlenecks, particularly in the agricultural sector and distribution networks,” Kang said at a news conference on Friday in Washington.

As one of India’s major reform achievements, he mentioned the “introduction of flexible inflation targeting and of a statutory monetary policy which has helped to strengthen the monetary policy framework.”

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The Reserve Bank of India Act was amended in 2016, to provide for a Monetary Policy Committee that decides on the interest rate required for achieving the inflation target set by the government in consultation with the bank.

The other achievements include the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the “major recapitalisation plan for the public-sector banks in order to accelerate the work out of nonperforming loans, as well as made some important legal improvements through a new insolvency and bankruptcy law,” Kang said.

“We expect and hope that the reform momentum continues,” he added.

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“We are not saying that India’s structural reform speed will slow down because of elections,” Changyong Rhee, the IMF director of the Asia Pacific Department said.

“What we are saying is that the growth momentum and the structural reform momentum should continue despite the election period. So there is something misquoted,” he added.

On Thursday, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde had said at a news conference on Thursday, according to the IMF transcript: “We have seen and we are seeing — I am not sure that we will be seeing in the next few months given the elections that are coming up — major reforms that we had recommended and advocated for a long time.”  IANS

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