Emir to join rain prayers today
November 20 2014 12:28 AM



HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al -Thani will join worshippers to perform Istisqaa Prayer (Prayer for rain) at Al-Wajba prayer ground today morning.

The rain prayer comes in pursuit of the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when there is a delay in the rainfall.


Qatar attends Arab justice ministers’ meet

QNA/ Jeddah


Qatar participated in the 30th session of the Arab Ministers of Justice Council and its 55th executive bureau meeting, which were held in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

HE the Minister of Justice Dr Hassan Lahdan Saqr al-Mohannadi headed Qatar’s delegation to the meeting.

The meeting approved the technical secretariat report on the steps taken to implement the decisions of the Council’s 29th session, and intensifying co-operation between judicial authorities in Arab countries.

The session also called Arab countries to refrain from providing any form of active or passive support to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts and addressing those acts.


Murder convict gets seven years’ jail sentence

The Court of First Instance has sentenced a citizen convicted in a murder case to seven years’ imprisonment, local Arabic daily Arrayah has reported.

The court also directed him to pay QR400,000 as blood money to the kin of the victim and ordered that he get 40 lashes for consuming alcohol, the daily adds.

According to the rationale of the judgment, the murder was premeditated and the accused had brought a drink so that the victim would consume it and become unconscious. He executed this plan and, when the victim passed out, the accused hit him on the head several times with a heavy tool before suffocating him to death, according to the report.

The convicted citizen has filed an appeal to reduce the punishment.



Envoy attends Istanbul meeting

Qatar’s Ambassador to Belgium and Nato Sheikh Ali bin Jassim al-Thani participated in the first meeting for the consultative group of Istanbul Co-operation Initiative (ICI), which was held in the Turkish city on the sidelines of celebrating the tenth anniversary of launching the initiative.

Thrasyvoulos Terry Stamatopoulos, Nato’s assistant secretary general for political affairs and security policy, attended the meeting along with Ahmet Muhtar Gun, deputy undersecretary for bilateral and political affairs at the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Sheikh Ali bin Jassim spoke of the future co-operation of the group, points of view on co-operation between ICI member states and Nato, in addition to the recent achievements.


1,133 cancer cases in Qatar

There are 1,133 people  suffering from cancer in the country, reports local Arabic daily Arrayah  quoting an official from the National Centre for Cancer Care & Research (NCCCR).

Dr Osama al-Homsi, consultant and chief of the Section of Blood and Tumours Diseases at the NCCCR, explained that 205 are affected with breast cancer while the majority of the other cases are of colon cancer.

He said that the rate of cure from breast cancer is 90% if detected early.  He stressed that this makes it mandatory for women  to undergo  periodical screening for early detection of the disease.


Condolence cables sent

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, HH Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Thani and HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani have sent cables of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on the demise of Princess Muna bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud.


NHRC chief meets top US official

National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Chairman Dr Ali bin Samikh al-Marri met Linda Dixon, representative of the US Department of Defence in Doha yesterday.

They reviewed aspects of co-operation on issues of mutual concern and means of activating mechanisms of communication between the two countries in fields related to human rights.

Qatar-Croatia ties reviewed

HE the Advisory Council Speaker Mohamed bin Mubarak al-Khulaifi met Croatian parliament Speaker Josip Leko and the delegation accompanying him, in Doha yesterday.

They reviewed existing parliamentary ties between Qatar and Croatia and means of developing them.

HE the Advisory Council Deputy Speaker Issa bin Rabea al-Kuwari attended the meeting along with the Council’s controllers Dr Ahmed Mohamed Obaidan and Mohamed Abdullah al-Sulaiti, and HE the Advisory Council Secretary General Fahad bin Mubarak al-Khayareen.

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