No new cases of MERS in Qatar: SCH
The Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said yesterday that there were no new cases of MERS — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome — in Qatar but advised people to take precautions while dealing with camels.
The specialised laboratory at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) conducted tests on some 14,000 samples collected from humans and animals across the country as part of a nationwide survey on the disease.
New diversion on Mesaimeer Road from Saturday
The Public Works Authority — Ashghal — has announced a new diversion on Mesaimeer Road from Al Jazeera Academy to the wholesale market street interchange starting from Saturday.
The diversion will last until the end of this year. The existing two lanes from Al Jazeera Academy to the interchange will be closed, and a new U-turn will be introduced 320m ahead of the interchange.
Tenders, biddings panel to be set up at Foreign Ministry
The Cabinet has approved its draft decision forming the tenders and bidding committee at the Foreign Ministry.
The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani chaired meeting at the Emiri Diwan yesterday.
Dusty, windy weather may continue
The dusty and windy weather is likely to continue until today, the weather bureau said, hinting that it might be a relatively cooler day with day temperatures coming down to 36 to 39 degrees Celsius and wind direction being northwesterly (blowing from cooler regions in the north).
Exit permit to be decided by job contract
Whether an expatriate worker would need exit permit or not to travel overseas would be decided by the job contract he signs with his employer once the sponsorship system is changed.
The worker can also put a condition in the contract, subject to approval of his employer, that he would be changing the job at the end of his contractual period.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, H E Dr Abdullah bin Saleh Mubarak Al Khulaifi, at an International Labour Conference in Geneva yesterday.
Plan to change fiscal year
Qatar has plans to change its financial year to January to December from the current April to March to ensure compatibility with the private sector and the listed entities that have their fiscal year beginning from January.
Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported that the weekly Cabinet approved a draft law yesterday incorporating the proposed change in the budget year.
The draft talks of streamlining the country’s financial system and making public finance efficient in line with best international practices.
Huge rise in property sales
Real estate sales peaked at a historic high recently, with transactions totaling QR2.3bn in the last week of May (May 25 to 29), up a huge 63.8 percent over the previous week.
Real estate giant, Ezdan, said in a report that a total of 388 transactions took place in the week, with the maximum being in Umm Salal Ali, at 197. Ezdan didn’t give reasons for the huge rise in transactions but said five massive deals worth QR900m concluded in the week took the total of QR2.3bn.
SCH issues guidelines for Qatar pilgrims
Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) yesterday issued a number of guidelines for pilgrims travelling to perform the Haj and Umrah, in the light of the prevalence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (Mers CoV) infections in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia had announced on Tuesday a jump of nearly 50% in deaths from Mers after re-examining old data that also showed the number of infections since 2012 was a fifth higher than previously reported.
Cabinet approves draft law on financial system
The Weekly Cabinet meeting, presided over by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, has approved a draft law on the financial system of the State which aims at optimising the use of the public funds and to keep abreast with the best international practices and standards in public business.