Families of army personnel honored, more projects inaugurated in Tartous


DAMASCUS – Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi honored on Saturday a number of families of martyred and injured army personnel in Tartous province.

The Premier conveyed to the families the greetings of President Bashar al-Assad, on whose directions he was acting, stressing that the honoring reflects a message of appreciation and loyalty to the sacrifices of the army personnel made in line of them defending the homeland, SANA reported.

The children and families of the martyrs, he affirmed, are “our responsibility because they deserve a lot,” noting that the government has started implementing plans to fund small and micro projects aimed at empowering the martyrs’ families.

2000 martyrs' families honored on 42nd anniversary of October War

The Syrian Association for the Support of Martyr's Families 'Tammoz" [July] held yesterday a ceremony at the Damascus Opera House to honor hundreds of the martyr's families on the occasion of the 42 anniversary of the October War.

As many as 2000 martyrs' families were honored during the activity attended by Deputy Commander-in- Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi and religious, civil and artistic dignitaries.

Delegations from 39 countries participate in International Conference for Youths in Damascus

More than 200 students and journalists have come from 39 Arab and foreign countries to Syria in order to take part in the International Conference for Youths kicked off on Sunday at the Khan Asaad Basha in Damascus under the title a 'step for Syria'.

Some of the participants came from countries that support terrorist organizations in Syria in order to say that the people of those countries are against the policies of their government.

The General Authority to Oversee Industry and Tourism Sectors in Homs


Homs province is one of the largest provinces of the country containing a large number of tourist attractions and industrial facilities that located throughout the province in addition to its industrial city, Heisya.

Tourism flourished in the different areas of Homs beginning from the desert where the ancient city of Palmyra up to the mountains, the Krak des Chevaliers and the old town center. So there is a special body in the executive office to oversee the industrial plants and tourist attractions and to follow-up work in these two important sectors.

Talking about the work of this office, the ST. met Mr. Hamdo Al-Jurani, director of the Executive Office for tourism and industry sectors in Homs city Council.

The tale of the foolish sheep

The wise grandmother said to her grandson: do not be as the foolish sheep which had tried to break the rough rock, but it had gotten an opposite result when it lost its horns.

She told him to be quit when he knew that his sister took his toy to play with it in the house garden , and he became very angry, so he tried to break her cupboard.

The grandmother said: this behavior is like the behavior of the armed terrorist groups who have an aim, to strike the national unity in Syria.`

Agriculture Directorate in Homs

Agriculture is one of the Syrian economic pillars.  Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform oversees all agricultural activities in Syria including crops and fruit trees, as well as supervising livestock all over the country. Therefore the Ministry has distributed tasks on its directorates in the country to implement the ministry's assigned work plans.

Homs Cultivation Directorate, is one of those directorates, which have undertaken the task of upgrading and developing the agricultural reality in the country in general and in the governorate in particular. The directorate, thanks to its well-trained staff in all specialists managed to develop and improve the agricultural situation, both the agricultural and livestock sectors, throughout the province.

Partnership between Government and Civil Society Associations Important to Build the Future- Workshop

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Souria Al-Madania Association (Civil Syria Association) in cooperation with the Ministry of Administrative Development yesterday held a workshop to discuss the importance of partnership between the government and the Syrian civil society Associations in building the future and preparing vocationally qualified generation.

Participants in the workshop urged putting a national program that organizes the work of civil society organizations in Syria.