On August 4, Thursday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the King of Saudi Arabia has given instructions to help the thousands of Indian workers stuck in the Gulf kingdom, including giving them free passage back home.
The minister informed the Rajya Sabha that the Saudi King has instructed his officials to resolve the crisis faced by Indians.
“The Saudi King has instructed his officials to solve the problem in two days. General (Retd) VK Singh is there. He met the Labour Minister there on Wednesday, he said instructions have been given to give the Indian worker’s exit visa; they will send them back in their own flights, at their own expense,” Sushma Swaraj toldRajya Sabha.
“They have also permitted that those who are found suitable may be given another job,” she said.
The leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad also welcomed the move. “This is a very good thing. we must thank them on behalf of people of India,” he said.
Some 7,700 Indian workers employed with a company in Saudi Arabia are facing a financial crisis after it shut down and laid off workers. Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is in Riyadh to sort out the problem, including arranging to bring back those workers who want to return. (IANS)
Student Sama Kinsara adjusts her camera at Saudi Arabia’s only cinema school, her dream of seeing her work on the big screen coming into focus after the lifting of the country’s 35-year ban on cinema.
“Everything is about to change,” the first-year student of “visual and digital production” at Effat University in Jeddah told Reuters.
Her course is to be renamed “cinematic arts,” dropping the deceptive title employed originally to help stay under the radar of religious police and local communities opposed to the idea of men teaching women how to make movies.
Cinema is one of several new avenues for Saudi women, who can now attend soccer matches, take part in sport, and in a few months will be allowed to drive cars.
The deeply conservative kingdom is still one of most restrictive countries for women in the world, with a guardianship system requiring women to have a male relative’s approval for important decisions.
For film student Qurratulain Waheb, the chance to get off the university campus and film with her classmates is welcomed.
“Before there was a problem if we had a camera in the malls, we were not allowed to enter the malls but things are getting smoother now when we have access,” she said. “When we have permissions it gets easier, it gets better and people are more accepting. They want to see what we’re doing.” VOA