GAM deploys anti-litter cameras
Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has deployed electronic cameras to monitor drivers who litter Amman streets. Sixteen municipality cars, equipped with electronic cameras, worked around the clock in various parts of the capital to take photos of cars whose occupants dispose of rubbish onto the streets.
Jordan marks King’s birthday
On Tuesday Jan. 30, Jordan marked HM King Abdullah II’s 45th birthday. Since his accession to the throne, King Abdullah has focused on upgrading the national economy and enhancing the living conditions of citizens.
King opens PSD FM
His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, inaugurated the PSD FM radio station at the Public Security Department. His Majesty greeted such a step towards civilized media that aims to serve the citizens by creating mutual confidence and increasing security awareness among citizens.
Queen Rania named UNICEF’s Advocate
Queen Rania became UNICEF’s first-ever Eminent Advocate for Children.
The queen signed an agreement at the Economic Forum in Switzerland cementing her role in the new post for The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Putin visits Baptism site
Russian President Vladimir Putin valued His Majesty’s offer to grant Russia land space near the Baptism site at River Jordan. Putin, who visited on Feb. 13 the Baptism site, said the Russian government will fund the construction of a guest house on the designated land, which will be supervised by the Russian Orthodox Church. Putin expressed appreciation over Jordan’s role in preserving religious places.
Poultry farmers protest
Poultry farmers protested against a proposal to exempt imports of frozen chicken from customs duties for six months. “If this proposal is approved, it will be a disaster… it will destroy the local poultry industry business again,” Haidar Amaireh, owner of al-Tahouni Chicken said.
Bakhit visits Ad-Dustour,
Prime Minister Dr Marouf Bakhit praised Ad-Dustour and The Star newspapers, saying that both papers exert a monitoring role in a framework of responsible freedom and high professionalism. His comments were made during a visit he made to The Jordan Press and Publishing Co.’s premises on Queen Rania Street, to the attendance of both papers’ editors, journalists and columnists.
Jordanians protest al-Aqsa excavations
Thousands of Jordanians marched following Friday’s noon prayers in eastern Amman, to protest against Israeli excavations at al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in occupied Jerusalem. The protesters carried banners and urged the government to dismiss Israel’s ambassador and to close the Israeli embassy there. The worshippers burned Israeli and US flags.
A Royal Court statement announced that Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein and Princess Rym Ali have been blessed with a baby boy, named Abdullah Bin Ali.
King congratulates Ad-Dustour
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Jordan Press and Publishing Company, HM King Abdullah sent a letter congratulating Ad-Dustour and its readers, with his wishes for its continuous success.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince Hashem and Princess Fahdah have been endowed with a baby girl named Hala on Friday April 06, according to a statement issued by the Royal Court.
Bakhit visits salmonella patients
Prime Minister Ma’rouf Al-Bakhit called on Madaba’s residents who were admitted to the hospital suffering from salmonella poisoning after consuming shawerma sandwishes at a local restaurant there. The prime minister stressed the need to impose stiff penalties on those violating health and safety regulations.
WEF Business agreements worth $2.5 billion
Jordan signed strategic local and international business agreements valued at over $2.5 billion on the margins of the fourth World Economic Forum on the Middle East meeting being held at the Dead Sea. The business agreements, with companies from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey, the US, Ireland, France, the UK, Japan, China, and India, covered sectors as varied as energy, transportation, finance, light industry, and highlights the growing role of Arab and foreign investment-driven growth in Jordan and emerging model of public-private partnerships in strengthening the country’s economy.
King launches IEDZ
On the occasion of the World Labor Day, HM King Abdullah II launched the Irbid Economic and Development Zone (IEDZ) to be a base for many economic and investment activities and a scientific center for the citizens of the governorate, which is second biggest governorate in Jordan in terms of number of population.
Barakat first woman court chief
A woman, Ihsan Barakat, has been appointed as Court Chief for the first time in Jordan to lead a team of judges.
“This is a very important step for Arab women in the region. It is a challenge to be appointed as a top decision-maker,” said Barakat.
Karaki appointed UJ’s president
A Royal Decree was issued appointing Dr Khalid Karaki as President of the University of Jordan and Muhammad Abu Qdeis as President of-Yarmouk University.
Petra’s New-Wonders certificate
HM King Abdullah II received from Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit the winning certificate of Petra as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Petra was named one of the New-Seven Wonders of the World chosen by around 100 million voters around the globe. The results were announced during a ceremony, held at Portugal’s largest venue, the Estadio da Luz Stadium in Lisbon. The 2,000-year-old rose red city ranked second, with the Great Wall of China taking first place.
Jerash Festival kicks off
The 25th Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts kicked off at the Southern Theater of the old city of Jerash. The festival that celebrates its silver Jubilee this year brings together Arab and international artists in the fields of poetry, music, theater, and folkloric dances. The Festival’s activities last until Friday Aug. 17.
Jordan opens schools to Iraqis
The Jordanian government has announced that all Iraqi children living in the country will be able to go to government schools for the first time.
HM King Abdullah II performed with Jordanian citizens the Taraweeh prayers on the eve of the first day of the holy month of Ramadan Sep. 12th at King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque.
A day earlier the King called on the government to take further steps to provide basic food commodities in the markets at reasonable prices to suit the financial means of citizens, particularly those of low and middle incomes.
King launches MEDZ
HM King Abdullah II launched a plan to establish Maan Economic Development Zone (MEDZ) in a bid to alleviate poverty and unemployment in the southern governorate of Ma’an, which is in line with the King’s vision to distribute development dividends to all governorates in the kingdom.
The plan is the fourth projected development zone after Aqaba, Mafraq and Irbid.
Royal visit to the disabled
Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania visited Al-Hussein Society for the Habilitation/Rehabilitation of the Physically Challenged, during which the Monarch made a donation to provide the society with updated services, including the accomplishment of the heating system, maintenance work to the facility, and Internet connectivity.
Queen adopts four schools
During a surprise visit to the Khawla Bint Thalaba Primary School, HM Queen Rania announced that she would be adopting this school along with three others she recently visited. The girls’ elementary school in Sweileh currently lacks basic needs such as heating, indoor washrooms, a proper playground, a working photocopy machine, and sufficient space.
Princess Haya designated as UNMP
On the International Day of Peace, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon honored HRH Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein by designating her as United Nations Messenger of Peace (UNMP). In this capacity, Princess Haya will dedicate her efforts to helping raise global awareness of the Millennium Development Goals, one goal of which is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Jordan condemns cartoon
Jordan condemned the publication in Sweden of a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), warning it could undermine inter-faith dialogue. “The publication of this cartoon, which seeks to attack the character of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is unacceptable, rejected and condemned,” government spokesman Nasser Judeh told reporters.
All ministries, government departments and public institutions observed a holiday from Saturday, Oct.13 until Monday, Oct. 15 on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, according to a communiqué issued by Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit .
Queen reunites mother and son
Queen Rania reunited a Palestinian mother, Wafa Abu Shehada, from Gaza with her son, Muhammad Shamas, after their 25-year separation was detailed on Al-Furssah (the opportunity), a talk show produced by Jordan TV in partnership with a Lebanese network. After hearing the story, Queen Rania arranged for the mother to come for a visit to Jordan, and surprised the show’s producers, the studio audience and Shamas when she arrived with the mother to the studio to reunite them. Both mother and son were speechless as they embraced during the live broadcast.
King visits China
HM King Abdullah II urged China to play a greater role in maintaining stability in the Middle East, as he met with President Hu Jintao on Tuesday Oct. 30. After the meeting, the two nations signed a series of agreements on trade, nuclear energy and cultural ties. The King had earlier told students during a speech at Beijing University that China’s role in helping to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and promoting regional stability had always been well regarded.
Elections holiday announced
All ministries, government departments and public institutions observed a holiday on Tuesday, November 20 on the occasion of the parliamentary elections which were held on that day, according to a communiqué issued by Prime Minister Ma’rouf Bakhit.
The measure was designed to enable citizens to exercise their right in electing their representatives.
Amman bombings 2nd anniversary
Deputizing for HM King Abdullah II, HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, the regent, visited Martyrs Garden on the second anniversary of the three hotel bombings which rocked Amman on Nov. 9, 2005. At the site, Prince Ali and Princess Rym Ali met with the families of the martyrs, who lost their lives when explosions rocked the Radisson SAS, the Grand Hyatt and the Days Inn hotels, minutes apart on that misty and wintry night.
King orders aid to Bangladesh
The Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization will dispatch medical aid, food, tents and blankets to Bangladesh in implementation of HM King Abdullah II order. The aid is to help ease the suffering of the people who were affected by the recent Cyclone Sidr which caused the death and injury of thousands.
Distinguished teachers honored
The University of Jordan honored its graduate teachers who won Queen Rania’s Award for Distinguished Teacher 2007. Attending were Minister of Education & Higher Education Dr Khalid Touqan, and the University President Dr Khalid Al-Karaki.
Earthquake shakes Jordan
An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook some parts of the capital Amman, and the western town of Salt. There were no reports of casualties or damage.
On the occasion of making a port call to Aqaba, Commodore Muhammad Zakaullah SI(M), Mission Commander onboard “PNS Tippu Sultan” held a reception onboard the vessel, where Their Royal Highnesses Prince Hamzeh Bin Al-Hussein and Princess Noor Hamzeh, were chief guests.
Ad-Dustour honors students
Under the patronage of Ad-Dustour’s responsible editor-in-chief, Dr Nabil Al-Sharif, the newspaper’s Al-Shabab Supplement, in cooperation with the British Council, honored the top scoring students of the (GCE), (IGCSE) and (GCSE) certificates in Jordan. The ceremony—which was attended by Director of the British Council, Charlie Walker; Examination Service Manager, Ameera Mannaa; and representatives from Edexcel International and of the University of Cambridge International Examinations—was held at Ad-Dustour premises.
Amman wins world
Amman has won the first rank in the final nomination of the World Leadership award in Town Planning among 400 cities across the globe.
Sharing the short list for the town-planning category with Amman are the cities of Brampton in Canada and Ahmedabad in India. The winners in all the categories were announced at the Awards Ceremony on the evening of Dec. 6 in London.
School children poisoned
More than 100 Jordanian schoolchildren were treated for food poisoning after drinking government-distributed milk at several elementary schools, an official said. “Eighty out of 104 school children were discharged from hospitals Sunday after receiving medical treatment,” health official Ahmad Hwarat said.Jordan 2007