RIYADH — Saudi Arabia has lifted ban on women driving on Sunday ending Saudi women to rely on drivers, male relatives, taxis or ride-hailing services to get around.
Saudi Arabia’s government, earlier this month, began issuing licenses to women who already held driving licenses from other countries, including Britain, Lebanon and Canada. The women took a brief driving test before receiving their new licenses.
While Saudi Arabia’s government has been taking steps to legalize female drivers, police last month arrested several women who campaigned for the right to drive as well as campaigned against the country’s male guardianship system.
Rights groups say four women still remain in custody, facing possible trial.
Women are legally required to get approval from a male guardian for legal decisions in Saudi Arabia. These can involve education, employment, marriage, travel and medical treatment.
7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar
NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.
The injured are being transported to local hospitals.
The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.
Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.