Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques orders nearly half billion Saudi rials for needy students in 30,000 schools

Second Deputy Premier chairs second session of Makkah Council

Prince Naif: Nothing more honorable than to defend nation, we all have high confidence in our armed forces

Higher Education Minister patronizes ceremony to graduate 3,000 Saudis on scholarships in U.S.

Saudi Geological Survey rules out any volcanic, quake activities in Saudi Arabia

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered to allocate annually a sum of SR 476 million to back (Takaful Charitable Foundation) which works in the field of assisting needy students, male and female, throughout schools of general education.

The order was announced by Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Muhammad, Minister of Education and the President of the Foundation, pointing out that this generous aid will enable it to start its workings and contribute to achieving the national strategy for social development which was called for by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Meanwhile, Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al- Anqari patronized last week a graduation ceremony of the fourth batch comprising of 3000 students in the United States of America within the framework of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Program for Foreign Scholarship.

The ceremony was attended by Saudi Ambassador to USA Adel Al-Jubeir.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Al-Anqari said that the Program began with 5000 students and it now comprises more than 120,000 students studying in 34 countries, noting that the Ministry has been keen on the diversity of countries and the selection of universities and scientific institutions with high academic standards recognized universally, in addition to the selection of scientific and professional disciplines that meet the needs of labor markets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a speech via video circuit, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James Smith congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud on the graduation of the fourth batch of Saudi students on scholarships in the United States of America, noting that the graduates are among more than 43,500 Saudi students studying now in the United States, adding that more than 5,000 students will join the Program in the sixth batch next year.

On the other hand, Dr. Al-Anqari opened a new building of Saudi Cultural Mission on an area of 9,900 square meters in Fairfax County, Virginia State, in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to USA Adel Al-Jubeir.

Addressing the ceremony Saudi Cultural Attachأ© in the United States, Dr. Mohammed Al-Essa said that the opening of the building coincides with the 60th anniversary of opening of the first Saudi Cultural Office in New York in 1951 to take care of the first batches of scholarship programs in USA.

Furthermore, Prince Naif Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also the Supreme President of the Council of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, will patronize on Wednesday the University's annual ceremony for the graduation of a new batch of cadets from the faculties of Higher Studies, Strategic sciences, Forensic Sciences and Languages, as well as the scientific symposium entitled 'The development of Police Training in Arab Countries' organized by the University in collaboration with International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

The University's President Dr. Abdulaziz bin Saqr Al-Ghamdi said that Prince Naif's patronage of this event embodies the Kingdom's support for the University by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, and its permanent keenness to be in the front of supporters for joint Arab actions in various fields.

In Jeddah, Prince Naif chaired the second session of the third term of the Council of Makkah Province.

Upon arrival at the venue, Prince Naif was received by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Makkah Province, Prince Meshal Ibn Majed Ibn Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, and a number of senior officials.

Addressing the meeting, Prince Naif said that the people of the Kingdom have been honored with the service of the Two Holy Mosques as well as pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors.

He said that all officials are for the service of this noble nation and they should facilitate the affairs of citizens, accomplish their tasks and enable them to meet all officials starting from ministers, adding that we should implement the orders of the Saudi leadership and officials of the Judiciary which is the most important body in the State for the achievement of justice.

Prince Naif praised Allah Almighty that the Kingdom has been ruled according to the Holy Quran and Prophetic Sunnah.

He said, 'We praise Allah that in these circumstances surrounding us and in the world of destabilization of stability, security and economy, that there is nothing in our country; but we must be with the truth and say that the worst thing facing the human being is the drugs and its spread in our country despite the efforts being made in combating them.

The drugs are the first cause of the crime, namely heinous crimes, thefts, and others. Our security men should redouble their efforts in their fight against the drugs and then come preventive judiciary rulings. Our courts have issued sentences that will be deterrent and will be implemented after approval by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, who urges us on the speed of implementation of Sharia rulings. The State's bodies are for the service of all citizens and anyone residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia'.

Prince Naif, then, launched the Slogan of Future Vision of Makkah Province for the next four years.

Addressing the meeting, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the Governor of Makkah Province said, 'In this prosperous era under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier, the Kingdom is witnessing unprecedented, extraordinary and developmental initiatives aiming to promote it to its deserved place among the ranks of the developed nations. Undoubtedly, this phase necessitates that every official and citizen should keep pace with these initiatives and exert more efforts to achieve the aspirations of the leadership and people. '

He said that the Principality of Makkah presented a report on the developmental projects including 3,600 projects; 2262 projects have been analyzed and examined; the percentage of stalled projects is 13 estimated to cost SR 44 billion; fully-stopped projects are 5% valued at SR 600 million;, and the number of stalled and stopped projects totaled 319.

The meeting was attended by a number of princes, ministers and officials.

Also in Jeddah, the Saudi Geological Survey ruled out the possibility of the occurrence of any volcanic or earthquake activities during the next two years contrary to what was expected by the U.S. Geological Survey.

This came in a statement issued by the Saudi Geological Survey in response to some news on a report by the U.S. Geological Survey on the occurrence of a volcano in the Ais during the next two years that will affect Medina, Yanbu and the rest of the provinces in the Kingdom.

The Saudi Geological Survey confirmed in its statement that the process of forecasting the occurrence of any volcanic or seismic activity needs to continuously monitor the ground for all the variables that may indicate an occurrence and this may not happen after all.

The Saudi Geological Survey said it was possible to predict a volcano eruption shortly before it occurs. But, all that was said is only predictions that are not based on any certain scientific measurements.

In its statement, the Saudi Geological Survey reviewed the seismic and volcanic activity and history in the Kingdom.