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Suicide blast inside Asir mosque kills at least 13

JEDDAH: A least 13 people were killed after a man exploded a bomb strapped on his body at a mosque inside an anti-terrorism police camp in the western province of Asir on Thursday noon, preliminary reports reaching the Ministry of Interior said.
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Hema Malini injured in road accident in Rajasthan

NEW DELHI: BJP MP Hema Malini was on Thursday injured in a road accident in Rajasthan's Dausa. A five-year-old child has been killed in the accident.

According to reports, Hema Malini's Mercedes collided with an Alto car. The four occupants of the Alto car are severely injured.

"The accident occurred on national highway 11 near Dausa Midway at around 9pm. when the car in which Hema Malini was travelling collided with another car. One five-year old was killed who was in the other car. Four others who were injured in the accident have been admitted in Dausa hospital," a police official said.

Hema Malini has been admitted to Fortis hospital.

Doctors at the hospital said she has suffered injuries on the forehead and a CT scan and other tests were being conducted.

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje tweeted that the state government is trying to provide all help and relief to the victims.

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Happy Birthday

My little darling, may every year of your life be as happy-go-lucky as your first one. Happy 1st birthday!

With best wishes

Premjeeth & Shobhitha 

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Expat Iqama to be Delivered by post from Aug. 16

RIYADH: The Passport Department has announced that companies and individuals would no longer need to visit its offices from Aug. 16 because services would be available online and identity cards for expatriate workers would be sent through Saudi Post, a media report has said.
Col. Khaled Al-Saikhan, assistant director of passports for technical affairs, said the new identity card for expatriates, to be issued from Oct. 14, or the start of the new Islamic year, would have a physical lifespan of five years or more depending on how it is looked after.
It would contain the person’s name, number, date of birth, occupation, work eligibility, nationality, work permit number (if any), religion and employer. The card is renewable electronically via Abshir or Muqeem online services by the employer annually.
Al-Saikhan said the main changes are that the new card would no longer be called an iqama but Resident Identity Card. The card itself does not expire, but its validity is based on the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Interior.
With the introduction of the Resident Identity Card, Al-Saikhan said security officers working in the field would be able to access information on a resident electronically and more efficiently.

As for visa regulations, Al-Saikhan said expatriate workers with exit and re-entry visas who do not return to the Kingdom before the visa expires, would not be allowed to enter for a minimum period of three years.
Workers who want to return can only do so after the three-year period, he said.
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