Jordan to purchase 100,000 tonnes of wheat to boost strategic reserves July 29, 2015

The government floated a tender this week to purchase 100,000 tonnes of wheat to boost its strategic reserves amid rising consumption caused by the influx of Syrian refugees, a government official told The Jordan Times Tuesday.

Industry, Trade and Supply Ministry Spokesperson Yanal Barmawi said the ministry floated five tenders in the first half of this year, importing around 450,000 tonnes of wheat valued at more than $105 million.


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Petra, Albanian counterpart sign media cooperation agreement July 29, 2015

Jordan News Agency (Petra) on Tuesday signed a cooperation program with its Albanian counterpart aiming at promoting media cooperation between the two agencies.

The program was signed by Petra's Director General, Faisal Shboul, and the Albanian Telegraph Agency (ATA) General Director, Gezim Prodgorica.

The joint program provides both agencies with free access to media content available on each other's newswires, in addition to exchange visits and expertise of journalists and technicians.

"The program supports the capacity of both agencies by offering exchange of knowledge...

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Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp turns 3, challenges for the future July 29, 2015

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This week marks the third anniversary of the largest refugee camp in the Middle East, the Zaatari camp in Jordan which was established on 29 July 2012 amid huge inflows at that time of refugees"...

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Interior ministry undergoes major shakeup July 29, 2015

Interior Minister Salameh Hammad Tuesday carried out a wide-ranging shake-up of administrative staff, including new appointments, transfers and the amalgamation of a number of departments in a move aimed at uplifting the ministry's performance.

Under the reorganisation, the first since the minister took office in May, new governors were named to head the department of administrative affairs, human resources and performance development and the department of security affairs and public relations.

New governors were also assigned as assistants to the directors of the departments of...

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International Arab Youth Congress to be held in partnership with UNICEF

The National Centre for Culture and Arts (NCCA), affiliated with the Noor Al Hussein Foundation, will hold this year's 34th International Arab Youth Congress, in partnership with UNICEF from August 3-9 and under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein.

NCCA Director General Lina Attel said the congress will focus on quality education, reproductive health of adolescent women, early marriage, future job opportunities and civil"...

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Interior ministry undergoes major shakeup
July 29, 2015

Interior Minister Salameh Hammad Tuesday carried out a wide-ranging shake-up of administrative staff, including new appointments, transfers and the amalgamation of a number of departments in a move aimed at uplifting the ministry's performance.

Under the reorganisation, the first since the minister...

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France welcomes dialogue on retrieval of Mesha Stele, says ambassador
July 29, 2015

French ambassador to Jordan, Caroline Dumas, said her country's government is well aware of the historical importance of the Mesha Stele, which has been in the Louvre Museum since 150 years, and stressed that the French government welcomes dialogue over returning this artifact to Jordan. During a visit...

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Jordan expatriates conference, a key link with nationals abroad –– Minister
July 29, 2015

A conference of Jordanian expatriates, which opened Tuesday on Dead Sea shores under the royal patronage, is a key channel to exchange ideas on the best services offered to Jordanian workers abroad and to address difficulties facing them, said Public Sector Development Minister Khleef Khawaldeh.

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