King directs gov’t to trim benefits of…


King directs gov’t to trim benefits of…
  1. King directs gov’t to trim benefits of…
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    His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday said that he had directed the government to reduce expenditures, including reductions in the benefits of high-ranking public officials.  He made the remarks as he visited Ajloun Governorate, where he met with local community leaders and inaugurated development projects, a Royal Court statement said. The Monarch’s austerity directives came as the government announced plans to hike gas prices and taxes to secure JD450 million, as part of a plan to na…
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His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday said that he had directed the government to reduce expenditures, including reductions in the benefits of high-ranking public officials. 

He made the remarks as he visited Ajloun Governorate, where he met with local community leaders and inaugurated development projects, a Royal Court statement said.

The Monarch’s austerity directives came as the government announced plans to hike gas prices and taxes to secure JD450 million, as part of a plan to narrow the budget deficit.

A day earlier, he told leading lawmakers that he wanted the government’s plans to ensure protection for low- and medium-income segments. 

In Ajloun, 70km northwest of Amman, the King  inaugurated Kufranjah Dam, which will help ease water issues in the governorate. The JD29-million project has a capacity of 7.8 million cubic metres and was funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

He also laid the cornerstone of a traditional costume factory which will provide 700 new jobs in Juneid District, labelled among the poorest communities in the Kingdom.

Meeting with local community representatives, the King said that “Jordan is strong and Jordanians are brave. In other countries, people run away from gunfire, while in Jordan, they rise to protect their country and its people.”

He urged people to support the armed forces and security agencies, as every single day they carry out operations to protect Jordan and its people, often without public recognition.

“We are undergoing a regional rather than a Jordanian crisis,” he said, stressing that  Jordan’s primary concern is the economy, as he underlined a serious unemployment issue in Ajloun.

In Ajloun, the priority is the provision of jobs, he said, and as he laid the cornerstone for the garment factory, the King stressed the importance of implementing productive, job-generating projects across the Kingdom to help residents.

He spoke of the need to protect underprivileged people and the middle class, especially in light of tough economic conditions, and the need for the government and Parliament to work together for the national interest.

As for municipal and decentralisation elections, His Majesty noted their significance, as they are designed to encourage people’s participation in determining development priorities.

The Monarch said that Syrian refugees account for 20 per cent of the population of the Kingdom, with 25 per cent of the general budget allocated to dealing with refugee-related issues, underscoring the lack of meaningful international support to Jordan as it shoulders the burden.

Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh said that His Majesty has directed officials at the Royal Court to implement several initiatives to complement government measures to better serve the people of Ajloun.

The initiatives include building 178 housing units for underprivileged families, the King Abdullah School for Excellence and three youth centres, as well as supporting a number of municipalities.

Future initiatives will focus on projects to enable families to establish their own small and medium enterprises and improve their income.

They will also include building a club for military retirees and more housing units, improving public parks and providing…

  1. Cairo Court Lists Egyptian Football Legend Aboutreika on Terror List

    Egyptianstreets.com - Politics
    01.19 / 10:47 egyptianstreets.com
    The Cairo Criminal Court made headlines across the world after listing Egyptian football legend Mohamed Aboutreika on the terror watch list. The move, which comes after a request by a government committee that is investigating the funding of terrorist organizations, means that Aboutreika’s assets have been frozen and that he is unable to leave Egypt.…
  2. Swine flu kills one in Chittoor; another tests positive in Visakhapatnam

    Munsif.tv - Politics
    01.19 / 10:34 munsif.tv
    VIJAYAWADA: With temperatures dipping, swine flu seems to have made a comeback in the State. A 32-year-old woman from Chittoor district died of swine flu while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Vellore in neighbouring Tamil Nadu while a 26-year-old woman tested positive for the dreaded viral disease in Visakhapatnam in the last 24 hours. Officials have initiated isolation of the families of the victims and a vaccination drive has been launched in the areas. The 32-year-old victim…
  3. Zarif in Malaysia for OIC extraordinary session

    Irna.ir - Politics
    01.19 / 10:18 irna.ir
    Kuala Lumpur, Jan 19, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Thursday to attend the extraordinary session of Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) kicked off t…
  4. J-K Assembly passes resolution for return of Kashmiri Pandits

    Munsif.tv - Politics
    01.19 / 10:13 munsif.tv
    Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today unanimously passed a resolution for creating a conducive atmosphere for the return of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants to the Valley. Soon after the House met in the morning, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the Assembly should pass a resolution for the return of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants, rising above party politics. The working President of National Conference (NC) said 27 years ago "unfortunate" circumstances in Kashmir had forced…
  5. Daesh lost nearly a quarter of its…

    En.arabstoday.net - Politics
    01.19 / 09:16 en.arabstoday.net
    The Islamic State group lost nearly a quarter of its territory in Iraq and Syria last year, according to a report released Thursday by research firm IHS Markit. Between early January 2016 and the end of the year the Islamic State's self-declared "caliphate" fell from 78,000 to 60,400 square kilometres (47,500 to 38,500 square miles ), IHS Markit said. “The Islamic State suffered unprecedented territorial losses in 2016, including key areas vital for the group’s governance project,” sa…
  6. African troops on standby as Gambia deadline…

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    01.19 / 09:15 en.arabstoday.net
    Senegalese troops backed by other African forces were poised to enter The Gambia Thursday after President Yahya Jammeh refused to leave office, ignoring a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action. Jammeh's army chief said his troops would not fight their entry into the country, as the Mauritanian president flew out of The Gambia following hopes of a last-minute deal to convince Jammeh to hand over power.  "We are not going to involve ourselves militarily. This is a …
  7. "3-parent" baby born in Ukraine

    En.arabstoday.net - Politics
    01.19 / 09:14 en.arabstoday.net
    A healthy baby was born in Ukraine after being conceived by using DNA from three people, a Kiev-based private clinic of reproductive medicine has said. The baby was born on Jan. 5 to a 34-year-old woman, who previously suffered infertility related to an early embryonic arrest, the Nadiya clinic said in a statement on late Tuesday. According to the statement, the doctors used the so-called technique of "pro-nuclear transfer" to impregnate her. Under the method, the nucleuses of…
  8. Turkish Assault on Press Freedoms: New York Times Correspondent Denied Entry

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    01.19 / 09:00 themedialine.org
    As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intensifies his […] The post Turkish Assault on Press Freedoms: New York Times Correspondent Denied Entry appeared first on The Media…
  9. ‘Many dead’ in avalanche on Italy hotel

    Armradio.am - Politics
    01.19 / 08:58 armradio.am
    Photo: EPA   An Italian rescue official has said that a number of people have been killed after a hotel was hit by an avalanche, apparently triggered by an earthquake on Wednesday, the BBC reports. Rescuers battled overnight to reach the hotel close to the Gran Sasso mountain in the Abruzzo region. “There are many deaths,” Antonio Crocetta, the head of a mountain rescue team, was quoted as saying. Up to 30 people were in the Rigopiano hotel at the time of the avalanche.…
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    Irna.ir - Politics
    01.19 / 07:14 irna.ir
    Kuala Lumpur, Jan 19, IRNA – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi says Tehran will not tolerate killing of Muslims wherever it h…
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    Web.debka.com - Politics
    01.19 / 07:01 web.debka.com
    January 19, 2017, 8:42 AM (IDT) In her final appearance before the Security Council on Wednesday, outgoing US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said that Iran is exporting weapons to the Hizballah organization and is thus once again in violation of resolution 2231, which bans arms sales by Tehran. She urged council members to demand Tehran to abide by the resolution that also specifies the schedule for a partial lifting of sanctions under the nuclear agreement between Iran and…
  12. Man Utd dethrone Real Madrid as world’s richest club

    Armradio.am - Politics
    01.19 / 06:55 armradio.am
    Manchester United generated the most revenue of any football club in the world last season, according to a report published by Deloitte, the BBC reports. United dethrone Real Madrid – who held top spot for 11 years – after accumulating a record revenue of 689m euros (£515m) during the 2015-16 term. The Premier League club saw commercial revenue grow by 100m euros (£71m). Combined revenue for the top 20 clubs during the 2015-16 season grew 12% to 7.4bn euros (£6.41bn) – a n…
  13. "Unqualified and unreasoned" -Kaladze assesses President`s statements on "Gazporm"

    Rustavi2.com - Politics
    01.19 / 05:53 rustavi2.com
    " Disinformation hysteria of a marginalized persons" - was Kaladze`s assessment with regard to the Gazprom scandal. At the end of the briefing, Minister of Energy evaluated the new contract as a"rational and right" decision. According to him, Georgia has managed to keep the energy independence and the transit function - only the form of payment was changed . "Groundless hysteria and hype has a sole purpose to draw attention and earn political points. "If there is a possibility to reveal…
  14. "No to Gazprom" -rally at government administration

    Rustavi2.com - Politics
    01.19 / 05:52 rustavi2.com
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  15. "Let him come to Parliament and explain to us why our concern is populism" - Bokeria`s about Kaladze`s statement

    Rustavi2.com - Politics
    01.19 / 05:32 rustavi2.com
    Representatives of the opposition responded to Kakha Kaladze`s statement that the Gazprom-related criticism is a "political populism" . They request the disclosure of the contract with the Russian energy company. Members of the European Georgia summon the Energy Minister to the Parliament to discuss the details of the document. "If Mr. Kaladze considers that the serious concern of the society because of a step taken against the country is populism, let him show us the document. If all…
  16. US calls for probe into South Sudan…

    En.arabstoday.net - Politics
    01.19 / 03:48 en.arabstoday.net
    The US ambassador to the United Nations is calling for an independent commission to take testimony from rape victims of a rampage by South Sudanese soldiers at a hotel compound popular with foreigners. Ambassador Samantha Power spoke Saturday as the UN Security Council visited the country on the brink of renewed civil war. Fighting in the capital, Juba, in July killed hundreds. Meeting with South Sudan’s Council of Ministers, Power urged the government to hold accountable the soldiers w…
  17. South Sudan VP starts first Khartoum visit

    En.arabstoday.net - Politics
    01.19 / 03:47 en.arabstoday.net
     South Sudan’s new Vice President Taban Deng Gai on Sunday started a two-day visit to Khartoum for talks on thorny issues outstanding since Sudan’s north-south split in 2011. Deng’s first visit to Sudan as vice president comes weeks after he replaced former rebel leader Riek Machar following clashes in Juba that left hundreds dead in July. “We have received Taban Deng as the first vice president of South Sudan,” Sudan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Kamal Ismail told reporters a…
  18. Ban fires general in South Sudan after…

    En.arabstoday.net - Politics
    01.19 / 03:26 en.arabstoday.net
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fired the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan on Tuesday after an independent investigation sharply criticised the military response to deadly attacks in July on a United Nations (UN) compound housing 27,000 displaced people. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced the dismissal of Kenyan Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki shortly after the executive summary of the investigators’ report was released, saying the UN chief was “deeply dis…
  19. Aoun meets Salman in fence-mending visit

    En.arabstoday.net - Politics
    01.19 / 03:07 en.arabstoday.net
     Lebanon’s newly elected President met on Tuesday with the Saudi King during his first visit to the kingdom, a meeting that could melt the ice between the two countries after relations became strained over divisions on Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah militants. The kingdoms state news agency SPA said that Michel Aoun, 83, who arrived on Monday along with eight ministers, was first received by Riyadh Governor, Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Al Saud. On Tuesday, Aoun met with King Salman at the Ya…
  20. The Arab League has welcomed a US…

    En.arabstoday.net - Politics
    01.19 / 03:06 en.arabstoday.net
     The Arab League has welcomed a US decision to lift economic sanctions on Sudan, which have been in place for 20 years. In a press release is pointed out that it has continuously been opposed to the sanctions and has repeatedly called for them to be lifted. In the UAE, Hhis Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces congratulated Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir on the development. In a telephone call …