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Today’s Buzz – 22 May, 2014

Cabinet approves draft law on press and publications
The weekly Cabinet meeting, chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani yesterday approved a draft law amending some provisions of Law No 8 of 1979 concerning press and publications.
A draft decision of the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage fixing the licence fees of activities subject to law No 8 of 1979 concerning press and publications was also approved.
[Source: Gulf Times]

Expatriate schools yet to get SEC instructions on summer timings
Expatriate schools have so far received no directives from the Supreme Education Council (SEC) on revising their daily working schedule even though summer has set in.
Officials of four expatriate institutions yesterday said they had not received any directives from the educational regulators on the issue of advancing their daily schedule as was done on a few occasions earlier.
[Source: Gulf Times]

School fee hike approved
Two of the largest Indian schools in Qatar — MES and Birla Public School (BPS) — are among the private schools granted permission by the Supreme Education Council (SEC) to increase their fees during the forthcoming academic year.
[Source: The Peninsula]

Expat gets death for spying on Qatar
A report carried by a local Arabic newspaper yesterday suggesting that a Qatari criminal court has sentenced a Filipino to death and two other Filipinos to jail for life in an espionage case has evoked sharp reaction from citizens.
All the three Filipinos were working in Qatar. Comments posted by nationals on local social networking sites have called for not giving sensitive posts in Qatar with foreigners.
[Source: The Peninsula]

New Civil Defence Centre to help residents at the Pearl
A newly built Civil Defence Centre at Pearl Qatar was opened by the Director-General of Public Security Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim al Khulaifi on Wednesday.
Staff Maj-Gen Saad bin Jassim al Khulafi, later on toured the centre and expressed his satisfaction over the facilities to be made in the centre that would extend its services across the island. He pointed to the relevance of the awareness campaigns by the Civil Defence, especially for the students, and stated that such measures will help to save the lives of people and properties and keep the country safe and secure.
[Source: Qatar Tribune]

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