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Desert Highway project 60% complete'September 15, 2019

AMMAN — The Ministry of Public Works and Housing said on Friday that 60 per cent of the Desert Highway project has been completed.

In a statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the ministry's spokesperson Omar Maharmeh said that the Desert Highway's maintenance project is progressing according to timetable, expecting works on the vital route to be completed in the middle of 2020, 'three months before the deadline'.

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Queen visits back-to-school health fair, women’s association in DulaylSeptember 5, 2019

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania marked the start of the new school year with a visit to Dulayl in Zarqa Governorate on Wednesday, where she attended a school fair and learned about the impact of the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) Healthy Kitchen Project on the local community.

Launched in 2015 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the World Food Programme (WFP), the Healthy Kitchen Project aims to provide"...

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King inaugurates new free zone at Queen Alia airportSeptember 4, 2019

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday inaugurated the new free zone at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), which will be a trade and investment hub for various sectors, offering a comprehensive package of logistical services to support investment and exports.

The free zone was revamped at a cost of JD38 million, extending over an area of 1,000 dunums, replacing the 30-dunum free zone that was established in 1998 in the cargo area"...

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Gov't spokesperson highlights economic progress September 3, 2019

Amman, Sep. 2 (Petra) -- Minister of Sate for Media Affairs, Jumana Ghunaimat, has held a meeting with directors of news on local broadcast stations for a discussion on local and regional issues, as well as the economy.

The meeting follows a series of meetings with journalists aimed at entrenching the government's approach to transparency and openness.

Ghunaimat, who is also the spokesperson of the government, highlighted a set of positive indicators for the economy, chief of which are: a 4.3"...

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Gov’t keen on developing performance of public media departments — GhunaimatSeptember 3, 2019

AMMAN — Minister of State for Media Affairs Jumana Ghunaimat on Monday said the government seeks to develop the performance of media departments at ministries and public institutions to achieve greater transparency.

Ghunaimat’s remarks were made during a meeting with a number of media spokespeople at ministries and public institutions, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

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Cabinet approves draft law on work permits fees for non-Jordanian workersSeptember 3, 2019

Amman, Sep. 2 (Petra) -- The Council of Ministers approved at its meeting on Monday, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, a draft law on the fees of work permits for non-Jordanian workers for 2019.

Minister of Labor Nidal Batayneh stated that in the context of the government's efforts to control and regulate the labor market and address imbalances in some aspects, the Council of Ministers decided at its meeting today to approve the system of fees for work permits for non-Jordanian workers"...

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Kingdom sees bumper cereal harvest — ShahahdehAugust 31, 2019

AMMAN — High rainfall during last winter resulted in increased cereal yield during the current harvest season, especially in the northern region, Agriculture Minister Ibrahim Shahahdeh said on Thursday.

The minister said that the government has received a total of 20,113 tonnes of consumable barely and 40,122 tonnes of barely fodder from farmers, the Jordan news agency, Petra, reported.

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Queen visits Umm Al Rasas District, pledges support for projects run by local womenAugust 29, 2019

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania visited Umm Al Rasas District in Amman on Wednesday, and met with members and beneficiaries of its women’s cooperative society.

Her Majesty’s visit included a tour of the Umm Al Rasas Visitor Centre where she stopped by a clay production workshop run by a beneficiary of the society’s vocational training programme, a souvenir shop and the centre’s cafeteria and kitchen, according to a"...

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Queen visits ‘Live Your Dream’ annual carnival at King Hussein ParksAugust 27, 2019

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania visited the “Live Your Dream” annual carnival on Monday to learn about the organisers’ efforts in guiding students towards a suitable university major.

The carnival is held by the Eye on the Future voluntary initiative at the King Hussein Parks in Amman, according to a statement from Her Majesty’s office.

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Gov't launches competition for three top jobsAugust 19, 2019

Amman, Aug.18 (Petra) -- Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat said the government's move to launch a competition for filling three vacant top jobs in official media bodies is in line with the government's approach to pursue justice and transparency in appointment in top government positions.

Ghunaimat pointed out that filling the director positions in the Jordan News Agency (Petra), the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation, and the Jordan Media Commission,"...

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