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$320 monthly salary for Indian maids in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : The monthly salary for Indian maids recruited in Saudi Arabia has been fixed at 1,200 Saudi riyals ($320), a media report said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia's national recruitment committee has also asked employers to provide return economy tickets for the maids, Arab News reported citing sources.

Among other provisions in the new labour contract, a free time of at least eight hours daily and a paid vacation of 15 days annually or 30 days after two years of service has been made mandatory.

Two Indians found dead in Oman

Muscat : Two Indians were found dead under mysterious circumstances in Oman, a media report said Tuesday.

Vandana Vijayakumar, 31, an advertising professional, was found dead outside her office premises, while Biju, a 35-year-old freelancer, was found hanging in the former's living room in the port town of Azaiba Sunday, the Times of Oman reported.

Vandana's colleague discovered the two bodies with a knife lying beside her body.

Both the dead hailed from the south Indian state of Kerala.

Al Jazeera bureau attacked in Gaza

Gaza : Two shots were fired at news channel Al Jazeera's bureau office in Gaza, a day after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that his country will work to close down the network.

The shots caused panic among the civilians living in the same building but no casualties have been reported, Al Jazeera reported.

"Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building," Al Jazeera’s Stephanie Dekker, reporting from the bureau in Gaza, said.

"We are high up in the building so we had a very strong vantage point over the area. But we have evacuated."

Al Qaeda leaders killed in Pakistan's US drone attacks

Islamabad : The Al Qaeda has said that six of its leaders were killed during US drone attacks in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, media reported Tuesday.

According to the Al Qaeda, the six leaders were killed in the July 10 drone strike that took place in the Doga Mada Khel village in Datta Khel area, the News International reported.

Datta Khel area is a well-known hub of the Al Qaeda, the Haqqani network, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Lashkar-e-Zil.

Appeal to boycott Israeli Products gaining momentum

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Mumbai: After the call to boycott Israeli Products by the leaders and hoteliers in Mumbai, thousands of citizens in Mira Road, Mumbai took a pledge to boycott Israeli products on Sunday.

Ceasefire 'not enough' for durable Middle East peace: UN chief

United Nations : UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo Monday in a bid to push for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, which he stressed was "not enough" for a durable Middle East peace, a UN spokesperson said.

"The secretary-general is there to support the efforts to stop the fighting in Gaza, and the rocket attacks in Israel," Xinhua quoted Ban's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric as telling reporters here at the daily briefing via telephone from the Egyptian capital.

Egypt says no change in Gaza ceasefire initiative

Cairo : Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry said Monday that Egypt has no intention to amend its ceasefire initiative proposed last week between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas movement.

At a joint news conference with visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Cairo, the minister said that Egypt's peacemaking bid is "comprehensive" and mainly in favour of the Palestinian people, particularly those who have been suffering a massive Israeli military strike on the Gaza Strip, Xinhua reported.

Malaysian PM reaches deal with Donetsk insurgent leader

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Tuesday that he reached an agreement on three important points with Donetsk insurgent leader Alexander Borodai, commander of the region where MH17 plane crash occurred.

Najib said they agreed that the remains of 282 people, currently in Torez, would be moved by train to Kharkiv and handed over to representatives from the Netherlands.

The remains will then be flown to Amsterdam on board a Dutch C130 Hercules, together with the Malaysian team," he said.

Saudi Arabia recruiting maids aged between 25 and 50

Dubai : The age of Indian domestic workers looking for employment in Saudi Arabia has been set between 25 and 50 years under a new employment agreement finalised by the two countries, media reported.

"Our agreement with India sets the age of the domestic workers coming to the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) at between 25 and 50 years. If an Indian maid aged 25 agrees to come to Saudi Arabia, the Indian government will not prevent her," Emirates 24/7 reported citing Ahmed Al Faheed, Saudi labour ministry undersecretary for international affairs, as saying Sunday.

Pakistani author documents Hindu temples in her country

New Delhi : Pakistani author Reema Abbasi will launch here July 23 her new book "Historic Temples in Pakistan - A Call to Conscience" documenting Hindu shrines, and pilgrimage sites in Pakistan through 400 photographs.

The book highlights unreported aspects of harmony, and will act as a window for the people of India, feels Abbasi who will launch the book at India International Centre.

As a researcher and author, Abbasi, along with the photographer Madiha Aijaz, took almost a year to traverse each province and their many crevices to explore antiquated sacred sites.