RAK provides three months of fully paid maternity leave

ABU DHABI // The Ras Al Khaimah government has amended the amount of maternity leave available for working women, enabling them to now take three months of fully paid leave.

The move follows the directives of the UAE Gender Balance Council to strengthen the balance index between the sexes in government agencies. The council was launched by Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, to develop policies that support working women to contribute dynamically in community service.

Dr Mohammed Abdul Latif, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of RAK, said that the government appreciated the role of women in development and their outstanding participation in public work.

“We appreciate the leadership’s keenness on improving the status of women to overcome all the challenges that inhibit their active contribution to public life and career. This reflects positively on progress of the community,” he told Wam, the state news agency.


Day 4, Dubai Test: At a glance

Moment of the day Lahiru Gamage appeared to have been hard done by when he had his dismissal of Sami Aslam chalked off for a no-ball. Replays suggested he had not overstepped. No matter. Two balls later, the exact same combination – Gamage the bowler and Kusal Mendis at second slip – combined again to send Aslam back.

Stat of the day Haris Sohail took three wickets for one run in the only over he bowled, to end the Sri Lanka second innings in a hurry. That was as many as he had managed in total in his 10-year, 58-match first-class career to date. It was also the first time a bowler had taken three wickets having bowled just one over in an innings in Tests.

The verdict Just 119 more and with five wickets remaining seems like a perfectly attainable target for Pakistan. Factor in the fact the pitch is worn, is turning prodigiously, and that Sri Lanka’s seam bowlers have also been finding the strip to their liking, it is apparent the task is still a tough one. Still, though, thanks to Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed, it is possible.


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Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

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Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan Shanwari, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Colin de Grandhomme, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.


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