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Federal budget draft reviewed
ABU DHABI: The draft of the general federal budget for the fiscal year 2018was the crux of the meeting held by the Financial and Economic Committee on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, who is the Committee Vice Chairman.
 
 
VP pardons 1,000 prisoners
DUBAI: Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has ordered the release of 1,014 prisoners of different nationalities from Dubai’s correctional and punitive establishments, ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The Attorney-General of Dubai, Chancellor Essam Issa Al Humaidan, said that His Highness’s order to pardon the prisoners will bring happiness
   
Visa waiver by Kazakhstan
ASTANA: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, signed a protocol on Tuesday amending the agreement of mutual exemption of pre-visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and special passports to also include holders of ordinary passports. The UAE foreign minister and his Kazakh counterpart
 
 
Shorter Ramadan days for private sector
DUBAI: Private sector employees are required to attend lesser working hours by two hours per day during the Holy Month of Ramadan 1438 Hijri, without cutting off wages, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced. The announcement came following a decree issued by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, in implementation of the provision of Article 65 of the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980
   
10-year jail, Dhs1 million fine for sedition
ABU DHABI: The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday sentenced a Gulf citizen, identified as AMRM, to 10 years in jail and a fine of Dhs1 million. The court also ordered confiscation of all the electronic devices seized in the case (computers, laptops, mobile phones). The websites and social media accounts belonging to him will be closed. AMRM has been convicted for creating and administrating a number of pages and
 
 

 IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN 
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, who passed away in Sharjah on Thursday at 66, was a national symbol who played a key role in the formation of the United Arab Emirates. He was Minister for Education and Justice Minister in the Cabinet of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Dr Abdullah as Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej revolutionised the dynamics of the media in the UAE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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