Today’s Buzz – 1 June, 2014
Qatar’s heritage to go digital
The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQatar), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage (MoCAH) and Qatar National Library (QNL), has initiated a pilot project for the digitisation of the country’s heritage materials.
ictQatar has signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Culture and QNL on the sidelines of the recently-concluded Qitcom 2014 to launch the project.
[Source: Gulf Times]
Partitioned house raided in South Madinat Khalifa
In a major crackdown, the authorities recently zeroed in on a partitioned house in South Madinat Khalifa that was used for accommodating large number of labourers and single workers.
The house was originally hired by a restaurant owner for accommodating his employees but it turned out that the facility was being rented out to workers from other companies as well.
[Source: The Peninsula]
US soldier freed with Qatar’s help
Qatar has brokered a deal for the release of an American solider held prisoner by the Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years.
The soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, has been freed and is back in US custody, said US officials on Saturday.
In his statement, US President Barack Obama expressed his”deepest appreciation”to the Emir of Qatar”for his assistance in helping to secure our soldier’s return.””The Emir’s personal commitment to this effort is a testament to the partnership between our two countries,”the president said.
[Source: Qatar Tribune]