News Roundup - Thu, Mar 09, 2017

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News Roundup - Thu, Mar 09, 2017

March 09, 2017 - 18:57
Written by: NewsDesk

11 Libyan navy officers and engineers as well as 8 maintenence and repair personnel were sent to Italy to receive a theoretical course for a month on the 106 Libyan boat, the chief of the coast security department, Tariq Shanbor said Thursday. He added that after the course, the Libyan trainees will be given a training program for another month to get to know how to drive the under-repair Libyan boat in Benzart port, Tunisia. "The expenses of them trainings are covered by Italy and the EU as part of the deal between Libya and Italy regarding stemming illegal immigration.

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The Finance Ministry has given the go-ahead for Central Bank of Libya to pay salaries of state employees for the months of January and February 2017. The ministry said the salary vouchers were sent to CBL according to the national ID number. The payment was delayed after the Audit Bureau halted the procedure after discovering corruption in the Budget Department of the ministry. The Audit Bureau suspended the director of the department from work and charged him with money wasting after he referred state employees’ salaries to the CBL without national ID verification.

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Gunmen loyal to Dignity Operation have abducted the operation manager of Buraq Air near Umm al Rizam town, some 48 km south of Derna, and took him to unknown location, Sources from Derna reported. In Bayda city, Dignity Operation gunmen abducted two students from Omer Mukhtar University. Their whereabouts are still unknown. Dignity Operation has launched crackdown on opponents following the advance of Benghazi Defence Brigades eastward.

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The Man-Made River Authority MMRA has called state authorities to shoulder their responsibilities and protect Libyan people’s resources following sabotage attacks on water pipelines. The MMRA warned about the continuing attacks on water stations and pipelines, which could endanger Libyan people’s water resources. On March 05, unknown gunmen exploded water station 368 in Hasawna, Jafara, which cut water supply to some of the country’s western towns.

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The Libyan Organisation Against Violence and Hate Speech has called all Libyan media outlets and social media pages in and outside the country to renounce violence and hate speech. In a statement on Wednesday, the organization said inciting violence and hate speech have resulted in negative impacts on Libyans.

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The First Exhibition of Creative Women was kicked off at Tripoli International Fair on Wednesday on the occasion of the International Women's Day. The three-day exhibition is sponsored by Libyana Mobile Phone.

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The Minister of Local Government of UN-proposed Presidency Council Badad Ganso met in Tripoli with Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Aydın Doğan. Both sides discussed resumption of Turkish companies to the stalled projects in Libya, facilitating visa for Libyans and resumption of flights to Tripoli by Turkish Airlines.