Large preparations for the celebration of Baghdad Day next Saturday

2/11/2017 12:00 am

Baghdad / Haidar al-Athari The

Baghdad Municipality has completed its preparations for the celebration on (the day of Baghdad) on the 25th of this month, which will provide a snapshot of the history of the capital, by recalling the writers, thinkers and celebrities who raised the name of Iraq high in international forums, in addition to the definition of the old Baghdadi professions And the food that prevailed then.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova plans to visit Baghdad early next month.

The secretary of the Higher Committee for (Baghdad Day) Adel Adelawi said in an exclusive interview for “morning”: The Secretariat decided to change the site of the celebration from the Zora Park to the building of Qishla on the 25th of this month, which will last four days, noting that the committee headed by Amina Baghdad, Which included a number of preparatory meetings for the success of its activities.

He revealed that the program of the celebration will include a theater performance entitled “Baghdadi” to recall the features of the lives of prominent figures in the fields of culture, politics and literature, most notably Dr. (Naziha Dulaimi), the first minister of the Republic of Iraq in the era of Abdul Karim Qasim, and (Mullah Aboud Karkhi).

Al-Urdawi said that the program will include the history of the satirical journalist Nuri Thabet, the owner of the newspaper, and the poets Jamil Sedqi al-Zahawi, Maarouf al-Rusafi, the pioneer of free poetry, Nazik al-Malikah, in addition to Aziz al-Ali and the singer of Maqam al-Qabbanji. Among the other activities are the establishment of special pavilions in Baghdad’s traditional and popular markets, which represent the identity of workers in the fields of blacksmithing, carpentry, barbershops, saffarin and folk food vendors, as well as coordination of the General Traffic Directorate with the Municipality of Baghdad to organize a march with old cars and carriages to pass through the streets of Rashid, Martyrs Bridge.

The secretary of the Supreme Committee said that the celebration will also see the launch of fireworks from the banks of the Tigris River, pointing out that the literary and cultural councils of Baghdad and public forums will devote their sessions to talk about the day of Baghdad and its importance and will be invited to a number of senior officials and faces Baghdad to attend the events of the celebration, Capital. He added that among the festive program , which will be held at the Gardens Zora Park Festival for children titled) Let ‘s draw for Baghdad (to draw a large painting love Baghdad, in addition to sports competitions and games, and bazaars offering handicrafts popular with character and heritage wings of the cuisine and food Baghdad.

Furthermore, A press statement to the Baghdad Municipality said that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi approved the initiative put forward by the Chairman of the Committee, musician Naseer Shamma to develop the squares of Baghdad, in addition to providing financial cover for the development of the banks of the Tigris River in Abu Nawas Street and Baghdad Forest and the UNESCO Theater in Baghdad, Which will be inaugurated soon in the presence of the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova

He added, and will be the opening of other projects, including the fountain of peace, lakes in the form of the map of Iraq, and the design of a museum of the epic of Kalkamesh, in addition to playgrounds and gardens and kiosks typical for the employment of young people, In addition to other projects under study.


Integrity: Barzani breached the law by not disclosing his financial obligation


21/11/2017 12:00 am

Baghdad / Tareq al-Araji
The Integrity Commission confirmed that the head of the Kurdistan region, outgoing, Massoud Barzani, violating the rules of the Commission for non-disclosure of financial obligation despite the claim since 2015.
While it has been able to stop the waste of more than 5.3 trillion dinars of public money during 2016 and 2017 and the transfer of more than 8,500 files to the judiciary since the beginning of this year so far, the parliament called for enacting laws to support its work and measures to combat corruption.

In an interview with Al-Sabah on the sidelines of the celebration of the Commission, the head of the Authority, Hassan al-Yasiri said, “The celebration was held under the slogan” My patriotism is dedicated to the purpose of educating the values ​​of integrity, honesty and integrity. He pointed out that the Commission will hold several workshops, seminars and various events within the ministries and institutions in order to spread the culture of integrity and honesty and renounce corruption behaviors. Hence, the Commission called on all state institutions to cooperate with them this week to seize the opportunity to spread the culture of Integrity and that is because they believe that integrity is a behavior, a curriculum and a culture. “
“The Commission deals with all transparency with all files, the year 2017 issued a report for 3 months and then for 6 months and 9 months and now will issue a fourth report on the work of the Commission,” adding that “the law requires the Commission to be confidential in the sense that it Check all files according to the law and not via satellite as some politicians try.
The head of the Integrity Commission said that “there is confusion among some between the work of the supervisory bodies and the Integrity Commission, which has legal frameworks committed to them through investigation and referral after the judiciary.” He added that “the Commission transferred thousands of files after the investigation, in 2016 referred 9 thousand cases to the judiciary , And in 2017 more than 8,500 cases were referred to the judiciary ranging from large, medium and small issues ».
Al-Yasiri explained that the strategy of the Commission is to form inspection teams and other mobile companies for the government institutions to see the services provided, and the citizen may be blackmail, in addition to the preparation of the national strategy to combat corruption under the International Convention against Corruption », stressing that« the Commission since mid-2015 opened All files have been removed from all red lines ». Al-Yasiri pointed out that «the Authority was able to stop the recovery of nearly 2.5 trillion dinars in 2016 and in the first half of 2017 stopped waste of nearly trillion dinars», adding that «the dilemma facing the Commission is in the files of recovery related to leaked money to And that the countries of the world do not deal positively with Iraq, and that is why we need government action through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to this problem because it is no longer technical, but a political problem. “ The head of the Commission said that «follow-up financial liabilities of officials accomplished a lot has demanded since the end of 2015, the President of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, the need to disclose the financial dues, despite the insistence of the leaders of the region that its officials are not subject to the Federal Integrity Commission», stressing the «necessity of subordination to all concerned Including officials of the province to the procedures of the Federal Authority ». Al-Yasiri went on to say that “the Commission, after its numerous demands Barzani and his insistence to refrain from disclosure of financial debt, considered it a violation of its law, calling on the legislative authority to enact laws to support the work of the Commission and its measures to combat corruption.

Al-Sadr: We support a second term for Abadi



– Journal News

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, on Monday, his support for the candidacy of Prime Minister Haider Abadi for a second term.

“Abadi should give four more years to complete what he started,” Sadr said in a televised interview. “He supports Abadi’s candidacy for a second term, not a third.”

Sadr said that “Abadi soon declare his independence (from partisan work),” noting that “the difference between the previous and current governments as the difference between the earth and the sky.”

On the other hand, Sadr said that he is not referring to the “shameless militias of the people of truth only,” noting that “the militias are all similar to the acts of terrorism, even if they were peace.”


Saudi Arabia calls on the governor of the Central Bank of Iraq




Economy News _ Baghdad

The official in charge of the political, economic, cultural and media file at the Saudi embassy in Baghdad, Mishal bin Mutib al-Otaibi, on Monday issued an invitation to the Governor of the Central Bank Ali Al-Alaq and the head of the Financial Supervision Authority to strengthen relations and develop them in the economic, financial and investment aspects in the Kingdom and Iraq.

“Among the invitees is the Minister of Youth and Sports Abdul Hussein Abtan, who will be in Riyadh in the coming days to meet with officials in the Kingdom and talk with them on common issues and develop relations in the fields of youth and sports,” Al-Otaibi said in a press statement.

Al-Otaibi pointed out that “there are official invitations by Saudi Arabia, to 100 Iraqi personalities of businessmen and professionals in business and finance.”

Iraqi banks’ capital rises by 16%


Logo of the Central Bank of Iraq

Economy News Baghdad:

The Central Bank of Iraq, the capital of banks operating in Iraq during the year 2016 increased by 16%.

The report, published by the Central Bank and read by “Economy News”, “The year 2016 registered a rise in the capital of banks by 16% to reach 11.7 trillion dinars, after it was 10.1 trillion dinars in 2015.

The report said that “this increase was in the capital of private banks, which rose from 7.9 trillion dinars in 2015 to 9.5 trillion dinars in 2016 as a result of the entry of 8 new private banks during the year 2016, including 7 Islamic banks and one commercial bank.”

Kuwaiti planes return to land at Iraqi airports


Transport Minister Kazem Al-Yamami announced on Monday the return of Kuwaiti planes to land at Iraqi airports next month.
“Minister of Transport Kazem Venjan Al-Hamami met his Kuwaiti counterpart, Minister of State for Services Affairs and Minister of State for Housing Affairs, Mr. Yasser Hassan Abel, on the sidelines of the Iraqi delegation’s visit to Kuwait under the chairmanship of President Fuad Masum,” the ministry said in a statement.
The statement added that “many issues of mutual interest and future projects between the two countries have been discussed with regard to the transport sector.”
He said that “Al-Hammami announced after the meeting with the Kuwaiti minister about the return of Kuwaiti aircraft to land at Iraqi airports mid-next month, noting: This step will be in the interest of the two brotherly countries.”
He added that “the Kuwaiti minister expressed the position of the Kuwaiti people and government with Iraq in the reconstruction blessed the great victories of criminal gangs.”
President Fuad Masum arrived at the head of an official delegation on an official visit to Kuwait where he met with the Amir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and Prime Minister Jaber al-Mubarak.

Masoum returns to Iraq after concluding visit to Kuwait


Journal News

President Fuad Masum returned to Iraq Monday after concluding his visit to Kuwait.

“President Fuad Masum is returning to the homeland after concluding his visit to Kuwait,” the semi-official Al-Iraqiya television said.

The President of the Republic arrived this morning to Kuwait at the head of a high-level government delegation on an official visit, during which he discussed the most important issues of common interest to the two countries and the files of compensation and Khor Abdullah and water borders with the Amir of the morning.

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