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16 April 2014, 10:35 The SCC warned it will boycott the correction of official exams if its demands were not met.
16 April 2014, 10:32 The cabinet session went underway under President Suleiman.
16 April 2014, 10:31 The SCC, which held a protest near the education ministry, promised not to back off, saying "our next encounter is after Easter."
16 April 2014, 10:24 VDL (100.5): The employees of the economy and environment ministries are taking part in the SCC protest.
16 April 2014, 10:18 Civil defense teams are battling a huge blaze that erupted in a depot at the Master Chips Factory in Ferzol.
16 April 2014, 10:18 The SCC held a protest near the Zahle Serail.
16 April 2014, 10:15 VDL (100.5): Ministers Jebrban Bassil, Arthur Nazarian and Elias Bou Saab held a consultative meeting this morning to discuss the cabinet session's agenda.
16 April 2014, 10:14 The SCC held a protest near the Tripoli Serail to pressure MPs into approving the wage scale.
16 April 2014, 10:10 The funeral procession of al-Manar technician Halim Allaw went underway in the eastern town of Hermel.
16 April 2014, 10:00 Security forces took strong measures near the education ministry in Beirut's UNESCO area ahead of an SCC protest.
16 April 2014, 09:59 VDL (100.5): A behind-closed-door meeting is underway between President Michel Suleiman and PM Tammam Salam ahead of a cabinet session at the Baabda Palace.
16 April 2014, 09:46 Future TV: The ISF arrested in Sidon Mohammed Ibrahim Zaabalawi, a member of the Resistance Brigades, who is wanted on several arrest warrants.
16 April 2014, 09:31 The committee that is defending tenants in Beirut's southern suburbs held a sit-in to reject the new rent law.
16 April 2014, 09:29 MP Atef Majdalani to Future TV: If the new wage scale was adopted as it is it will have an impact on the economic and social situation in the country.
16 April 2014, 09:25 OTV: Nine suspects, including 3 Lebanese residents of Sidon who support Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir, were arrested in Syria's Rankous.
16 April 2014, 09:18 MP Ahmed Fatfat to VDL (100.5): The final session of the joint parliamentary committees revealed dangerous repercussions if the wage scale was endorsed.
16 April 2014, 08:59 The head of the public sector employees league Mahmoud Haidar to VDL (100.5): We have made a recommendation to approve a demonstration on April 29 because the wage scale is under threat.
16 April 2014, 08:04 ISF arrested 84 people for committing different crimes throughout Lebanon.
16 April 2014, 08:04 NNA: One person was killed and 2 others injured in a personal dispute in the town of Bakhoun in Dinniyeh.
16 April 2014, 07:58 Minister Nabil de Freij to VDL (93.3): No one rejects the wage scale. The parliamentary committee will meet before Easter.
16 April 2014, 07:41 Gasoline prices rose LL200 and diesel LL100.
15 April 2014, 19:48 Adwan: We need to listen to the opinions of the Central Bank chief, the Civil Service Council, of the ministers of finance, economy, administrative reform and education.
15 April 2014, 19:44 Adwan: We want to study the repercussions of expenses on the economy as a whole, and we are fully committed to the 15-day period. Then, the committee's decision will be based on scientific evidence.
15 April 2014, 19:43 Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan: As much as we are keen on the rights of public sector employees, we are keen on the financial stability in Lebanon, which is related to the social security of all the Lebanese.
15 April 2014, 19:40 Aoun: The extra time is not to avoid dealing with the issue. This is a major thing that should not be treated with recklessness.
15 April 2014, 19:39 Aoun: Because we are totally keen on giving people their rights without harming the Lebanese economy, we agreed on taking two more weeks to study the draft wage scale.
15 April 2014, 19:39 Change and Reform bloc MP Alain Aoun: We will not be serving people if we approved the new wage scale but in return, imposed more taxes.
15 April 2014, 19:37 Fatfat: The objective of the new committee is to double check the sources of revenues, without violating any rights. We are serious in granting people their rights but we should not cause harm to the value of the Lebanese pound like what happened in the 1990s. We are doing a favor to Syndicate members, to military personnel, and to all employees.
15 April 2014, 19:36 Fatfat: Therefore, we have asked for postponing the discussion on the new wage scale until we have reliable numbers.
15 April 2014, 19:35 Fatfat: Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said some articles in the revenues' section, and which are worth 750 billion Lebanese pounds, are questionable.
15 April 2014, 19:34 Al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Ahmed Fatfat after the parliamentary session: It turned out that the numbers need more examination to reach a balance between revenues and expenses.
15 April 2014, 19:32 Al-Jadeed: 65 MPs voted in favor of forming a panel to study the new wage scale draft once again, while 27 voted against this option.
15 April 2014, 19:28 Speaker Berri: I am against forming a parliamentary panel and hopefully this will not be a "black day" in the parliament's history.
15 April 2014, 19:27 LBCI: The parliament voted in favor of postponing the discussion on the new wage scale for 15 days.
15 April 2014, 19:20 Mahfoud: Tomorrow will be a starting point in SCC's activism, and private schools' teachers must play a main role in the committee's efforts.
15 April 2014, 19:18 Mahfoud: I address headmasters and tell them that we are acting under the ceiling of the law. It is not acceptable that threats are used to deal with teachers. This approach ruins educational institutions.
15 April 2014, 19:18 Head of the private schools teachers association Nehme Mahfoud: A revolution in all private schools should take place tomorrow after the salaries of teachers have been taken lightly.
15 April 2014, 19:17 Gharib: We have a plan for escalation until we reach an open-ended strike and boycott the correction of official exams as of April 29 if the wage scale draft was not adopted.
15 April 2014, 19:15 Gharib: Protests tomorrow will take place in all municipalities and a main rally will take place in front of the Ministry of Education in Beirut.
15 April 2014, 19:14 Gharib: We announce a general strike on Wednesday in all public institutions, without any exception, and in all private schools.
15 April 2014, 19:13 Gharib: The SCC will not stay silent over this procrastination.
15 April 2014, 19:13 SCC chief Hanna Gharib after the committee's meeting: There are several articles in the wage scale draft that violate the rights of employees and what happened today is a "coup."
15 April 2014, 19:11 MTV: Information obtained revealed that the committee that might be formed to study the new wage scale draft is composed of 7 MPs, the ministers of finance and economic, in addition to experts.
15 April 2014, 18:36 Al-Jadeed: MPs might postpone discussion on the new wage scale and efforts are currently focused on forming a committee to study it again.
15 April 2014, 18:24 Al-Jadeed: Speaker Berri rejected MP Georges Adwan's proposal to postpone discussions on the wage scale for 15 days.
15 April 2014, 18:23 Change and Reform MP Alain Aoun demanded that the government withdraw the new wage scale draft-law from parliament in order to study it further.
15 April 2014, 18:12 MTV: A verbal dispute erupted at the parliamentary session following MP Ali Ammar's comments against Central Bank chief Riad Salameh.
15 April 2014, 18:06 Kataeb bloc MP Samer Saade during legislative session: Finding revenues is the responsibility of the government and if it can't do so, let it declare bankruptcy or leave.
15 April 2014, 17:25 VDL (93.3): The funeral of slain reporter Mohammed Mantash is underway in his hometown of Kfarsir in the South.
15 April 2014, 17:14 MTV: Former PM Saad Hariri telephoned Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel to discuss the latest developments.
15 April 2014, 17:12 The parliament has resumed its session over the new wage scale.
15 April 2014, 16:31 The coffin of slain reporter Hamza al-Hajj Hassan arrived at his hometown of Shaath in the Bekaa.
15 April 2014, 15:38 Two Germans and a Belgian were wounded in a traffic accident on the Sidon highway leading to Tyre.
15 April 2014, 15:36 The funeral procession of reporter Hamza al-Hajj Hassan is underway in Baalbek.
15 April 2014, 13:52 Berri adjourned the parliamentary session to 5:00 pm.
15 April 2014, 13:46 Berri: Saniora's proposal does not hold anything new because the parliamentary committees have already studied the pay hike.
15 April 2014, 13:31 President Suleiman condemned the killing of journalists and their kidnapping.
15 April 2014, 13:30 President Suleiman discussed with FM Bassil Lebanon's official stance from several local issues.
15 April 2014, 13:29 President Michel Suleiman held separate talks with the U.S. and British Ambassadors.
15 April 2014, 13:21 LBCI: MP Ali Ammar rejected Saniora's proposal, wondering why the citizens would be held responsible for the mistake of officials.
15 April 2014, 12:17 Saniora proposed the formation of a committee to restudy the wage scale.
15 April 2014, 12:12 Fadlallah said his Loyalty to the Resistance bloc submitted a draft-law to put an end to corruption and waste.
15 April 2014, 12:11 MP Hassan Fadlallah during a press conference at parliament: Our stance from the wage hike is clear. We will work on approving it so that everyone would get their rights.
15 April 2014, 11:36 Nehme Mahfoud during the SCC protest: I will submit my resignation if private sector teachers don't hold a protest tomorrow.
15 April 2014, 11:20 Hanna Gharib during the SCC protest at Riad al-Solh Square: If the parliament decided to make the wage scale payment in installments, it would be opening a battle front with the public sector.