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H.H. Amir donates KD 5 million to Covid-19 fund



His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on behalf of Al-Sabah Family, donated KD five million in contribution to a recently launched fund to mitigate the fallout of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah said Wednesday.The minister prayed to Allah the Almighty that this pandemic would end not only in the dear nation but in the entire world as well, wishing Kuwait perpetual security, safety and prosperity.


ICCR launches global painting competition ‘United Against CORONA- Express Through Art



The COVID-19 pandemic around the world has taken the world by storm touching the lives of every human being on Earth! Bringing out the best and worst of human emotions – empathy, sympathy, kindness, concern, anger, frustration, social cohesiveness and bravery among others. Since ages, emotions of this nature has driven creative thought across the world, with people coming out with innovative ideas and ways to deal with these turbulent times.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with its focus on building cultural links with countries around the world and connecting people to people through Cultural and Educational exchanges, calls on Indians and citizens of the world to express these emotions through a competition titled ‘United against CORONA- Express through Art. ‘

This competition is open to all amateur and professional artists from India and the world over in all age categories. The event encourages submissions of artistic expressions to present their emotions, feelings, ideas and innovative thoughts on the COVID-19, social distancing, quarantine and the fight against the virus through the following media:

Paintings – on Canvas/Paper – oil, water colours, pencil, crayons

Digital Art – Graphic Posters & Paintings

The expressions of artists are categorized into the following:

Contemporary Art

Folk & Tribal Art

Cartoons & Illustrations

Digital & New Age Art

Entries from India and all over the world are sought in following categories: Professional Artists; Amateur Artists and Children & Students – Below age of 21

Participants are required to send high resolution photos (upto a maximum 10MB) of their work to ICCR by 1st May 2020. A high level jury consisting of eminent artists and cultural persons will select the best works. Attractive prizes shall be given to winning entries.

Best of the expressions will be exhibited in leading galleries in India and abroad. A permanent online exhibition will also be on display. A grand event will be held in New Delhi with a cultural extravaganza and prize giving ceremony, dates for which will be fixed depending on resolution of the COVID crisis.

ICCR believes that Art gives us hope, purpose and a desire to see beyond the problems of these difficult times. This competition is an effort to develop solidarity among the peoples of the earth and to bring together expressions of similar emotions being experienced in all countries. Over centuries, humanity has shown great resilience in overcoming unsettling times, and we would like to capture this moment, record this period through the pure expression of Art. The hand of the artist freezes time and for eternity captures the essence of the emotions of society in that moment.

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine have separated people physically but in a unique way this has brought people even closer with a great appreciation of humanity’s common fate. In this time, virtual space can serve as an analogue to the physical space providing a platform for the intermingling of ideas and Art. That is why ICCR is holding this competition in cyberspace, a place where can be together while being apart.

Participation details and guidelines are available on

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24 Indians among 28 new virus cases--total number of cases 317



The ministry of health announced 28 new coronavirus cases, 27 of whom are expats, including 24 Indians, two Bangladeshis and one Nepali. This raises the total number of cases to 317. Spokesman of the ministry of health Abdullah Al-Sanad said 80 cases have recovered and 237 others are under treatment, including 14 in the intensive care unit. Four cases are in critical condition. As many as 911 people have been discharged from ministry quarantines.-K.T.


7 more recovered from coronavirus in Kuwait – Total 80



The Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah announced today that 7 new cases of people infected with coronavirus (Covid 19) have been recovered bringing the number of cases in the country to 80 cases.Dr. Basil Al-Sabah told Kuwait News Agency that laboratory and radiology tests have proven that these cases have recovered from the coronavirus and will be transferred to the rehabilitation wing of the hospital designated to receive those infected with the virus, in preparation for its discharge from the hospital in next two days.


A building In Fahaheel quarantined where 440 Indian workers are staying



A Building in Fahaheel is quarantined with high security and health mesaures where 440 indian workers are staying . All of them working as home delivery boys has been suspected of infection from Coronavirus as few workers were diagnosed of covid 19 infection when visited to a clinic.


Council of Ministers have agreed e-learning in private schools



The Council of Ministers have agreed to allow e-learning in private schools as part of a new package of decisions related to dealing with the current crises Al Qabas reported today.The e-learning campaign which was spearheaded by the newspaper was adopted by the Council of Ministers in its meeting and ensured that the e-learning would resume as part of  their educational curriculum.

Earlier decisions warning private schools against using remote online learning platforms now stands cancelled. MoE will now abide by the cabinet decision to allow private schools to online and e-learning platforms as approved by the council of ministers. Schools are expected to resume only in August for 12th classes and Oct for classes 1 to 11.


Cooperative societies replaced 6800 checkout baggers with Kuwaiti volunteers



In yet another preventive move to contain the spread of coronavirus the Union of Consumer Cooperative societies has assigned Kuwaiti volunteers to undertake the task of bagging groceries at the cash counters.An estimated 6800 workers stand to be affected in almost 68 cooperative societies all over the country with most of them from Bangladesh and India. The directive is part of the ministry of health’s measure to combat the coronavirus spread so that the number of people interacting will be drastically reduced.The Ministry of Trade and Industry will supervise this directive and ensure that no violations are recorded and that shoppers should try to help themselves as far as possible and with the help of volunteers.


Amnesty begins today to leave without paying fines or airfare with Filipino residency violators



Residency violators in Kuwait have been granted a 30-day period starting today to leave without paying fines or airfare, with the possibility of returning to the country later. Violators have been instructed to come directly to the designated processing venues in Farwaniya on specific dates depending on their nationality.

Illegal Filipino residents are the first on the list of expats to be given a chance to leave. The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait has published an advisory with regards to the procedures to be followed. “Undocumented Filipinos and those with absconding cases are encouraged to go to the following processing centers of the ministry of interior from April 1-5 from 8 am to 2 pm,” the advisory reads. Males should proceed to Al-Muthanna Primary School for Boys (Block 1, Street 122) and females to Farwaniya Primary School for Girls (Block 1, Street 76) in Farwaniya.

“Amnesty applicants must bring their valid passports along with two pieces of luggage (20 kg each plus 7 kg hand carry bags). Those who have no valid passports should bring three passport-size photos with blue background,” according to the advisory. Embassy officials at the venue will process the travel documents of Filipinos who need them.

The ministry of interior has offered a one-month amnesty from April 1 to 30 to tens of thousands of expats living illegally in the country to leave without paying any fines and with the promise they will be allowed to return when the situation normalizes. The interior ministry has prepared 12 schools in the six governorates, six each for males and females, for such expats who prefer to go home. The ministry said that those who refuse to go will be penalized and denied reentry into the country.

Violators will be received from 8 am till 2 pm according to the following dates and nationalities: Philippines (April 1-5, 2020), Egypt (April 6-10), India (April 11-15), Bangladesh (April 16-20), Sri Lanka (April 21-25), other nationalities (April 26-30, 2020).

Manpower authority director Abdullah Al-Motouta urged embassy representatives to urge their nationals to seize the opportunity and benefit from the advantage of getting free tickets during the amnesty period without paying any fines, especially since the labor market is currently going through a recession due to the health situation.-K.T.


Empty Salmiya building converted into quarantine centre for 150 Asian workers



A residential building in Salmiya area is housing around 150 Asian workers under quarantine after the discovery of suspected cases infected with coronavirus, Al Rai reported. The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for General Services Affairs Eng. Abdul Aziz Al-Tashah revealed that nurses previously occupied the residential building but it was completely empty. Henceforth, it was converted into a quarantine zone for cases who came in contact with those infected with coronavirus.These 150 workers have been transferred to this quarantine building and have been provided with all provisions of supplies and meals with three meals per day.


IFL donates INR 1,00,000 to PM-CARES Fund

IFL donates INR 1,00,000 to PM-CARES Fund

As requested by our Indian Prime Minister, Indian Frontliners (IFL) feel honored to donate INR 1,00,000 to PM CARES Fund account as first installment to help the Indian government fight the battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic.


IFL is always in the front to initiate the fund mobilization / donation for any unusual situation arises for our country.

Let us all join together to support our government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.


Updates on COVID 19 Tuesday 31-03-2020

Updates on COVID 19 Tuesday 31-03-2020


Indians in Kuwait

Eight cases related to travel :

Three cases of kuwaiti nationals related to travel to the United Kingdom

Two cases of kuwaiti nationals related to travel to Islamic Republic of Iran

Three cases of kuwaiti nationals related to travel to France

14 cases who were in contact with confirmed cases

Three cases of kuwaiti nationals in contact with confirmed cases travelled to KSA and France

Three cases of Indian Residents in contact with confirmed cases travelled to Azerbaijan

Three cases of Indian Residents in contact with confirmed cases travelled to jordan

Four cases of Indian Residents in contact with confirmed cases under investigation

One Bengladeshi Residents in contact with confirmed cases under investigation

one cases under investigation One Bengladeshi Residents under investigation

Yoga videos by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India


You would be pleased to know that the Embassy has received a Youtube video link of a playlist of Yoga videos by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, in various Indian and foreign language. The links is reproduced below:

2. The Embassy is happy to share this link with you, which may kindly be circulated among members of your associations and their families during this stressful time.



Kuwait seen from Space thanks to Sentinel-2 mission



The European Commission, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), coordinates the Copernicus programme which is designed to monitor the environment and to mitigate the effects of climate change, contributing to the management of humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters and civil security not only for European Union’s countries, but worldwide. At the heart of this program there are the Sentinel missions, providing high-resolution radar and optical images of Earth and allowing to capture its development caused by extreme climate events, environmental changes or human activities.

Flying 800 km above, satellites take the pulse of our planet by systematically imaging and measuring changes taking place, which is particularly important in regions that are otherwise difficult to access.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission took a satellite photo of Kuwait on 25 July 2019. The image was received at the Matera Space Centre (Italy), where Italian-headquartered aerospace and defence company Leonardo – through the joint venture e-GEOS (Telespazio 80% / Italian Space Agency 20%) – acquires, processes, stores and distributes data from the main Earth observation satellites, and also produces images, products and services in near real-time.

Kuwait is generally low lying, with the highest point being only 300 m above sea level. The image shows the flat, sandy Arabian Desert that covers the majority of Kuwait and appears as a vast expanse of light sand-coloured terrain. During the dry season, between April and September, the heat in the desert can be severe with daytime temperatures reaching 45°C and, on occasion, over 50°C.

Kuwait City, visible jutting out into Kuwait Bay, holds most of the country’s population – making Kuwait one of the most urbanised countries in the world.

The various colours of Kuwait Bay come from a combination of wind and the amount of sunlight reflected off the waters. The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway can be seen cutting across the bay. The bridge is 36 km long – making it the fourth largest bridge in the world.

Al-Jahra lies around 50 km west of Kuwait City and is visible as a small, green oasis on the west side of Kuwait Bay. It is the centre of the country’s principal agricultural region – producing primarily fruits and vegetables. The circular shapes to the right of Al-Jahra are an example of the pivot irrigation or centre-pivot irrigation method, where equipment rotates around a central pivot and crops are watered with sprinklers.

Just south of Kuwait City lies the Great Burgan oil field – considered the second largest oil field in the world. The Great Burgan comprises three smaller fields: Burgan, Al-Maqwa and Al-Ahmadi. The oil fields can be identified an extensive network of interlocking roads which connect the individual wellheads.


Health Minister says It could be 2 months before things get back to normal



Health Minister says it could be 2 months before things get back to normal, urged Citizens & Residents to follow the guidelines & health instructions, the curfew is part of a raft of strict measures that Kuwait has put in place to contain the virus, the holiday aims to put people under home quarantine, primarily maintaining social distancing in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.


MoI to replace curfew waiving cards with barcodes



The Interior Ministry announced that Wednesday will be last day for accepting the recently issued cards for moving during curfew time for eligible people, a move aimed at preventing misuse.

Instead, the ministry will use a digital barcode system to grant waivers to those meeting the conditions, it clarified in a press statement.It stated that a barcode will be sent to mobile phones of the eligible people to use during the curfew time as of Thursday.The ministry said the move aims to stop rigging and misuse of the permits.

On March 21, the Kuwaiti government imposed an indefinite curfew from 5:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).It has also warned that anyone caught breaching the curfew will be jailed for up to three years and fined KD 10,000 in pursuant to Civil Defense Law.


Jleeb resident tests positive--Building kept under quarantine



An Indian expat living in Jleeb tested positive with COVID 19 while his wife is under suspicion of being infected. The ministry of health has put the enitre building under quaratine for two weeks which is inhabited with several families and bachelors.All residents of the building are being tested to ensure that the virus has not spread and the building is quaratined as part of the precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus.

The ministry of health has taken proactive mesures in sending its team to check and ensure that all protocols are followed and people maintain social distancing inaddition to adhering to the curfew timings. Ministry of Interior has also installed patrols to ensure that the residents of the building do not break the quarantine rules

Farwaniya  security directorate arranged food for the expats of the quarantined building for two weeks.


Real Estate Brokers Union asks landlords to exempt rent of tenants



Real Estate Brokers Union launched a campaign under the slogan ‘Help your tenants’ which urged real estate owners both individuals or companies to forfeit rents to reduce burdens on their tenants, before they vacate flats which will be costlier in light of the current economic issues the country is facing.This is also to acknowledge the current conditions that caused many tenants to suffer economically, and in some cases lose their income, reported Al Rai.

The Vice-President of the Real Estate & Brokers Union, Emad Haidar stated that exempting rents of apartments is likely to ensure occupancy while avoiding the real-estate sector being subjected to an additional blow, which would only increase complications.Pointing to recent decisions by banks, who have postponed loans of citizens and investors between 3 to 6 months due to coronavirus crisis, Haider said that landlords should not pressure tenants and as a temporary relief, should allow them to stay so they are not under pressure to abandon their flats forcibly.

The government decision to allow about 67,000 teachers in the public and private sectors to leave the country with their families after delaying the resumption of the academic year for about 6 months, will affect the real estate sector significantly, with the possibility of emptying a large segment of these apartments. Hence, realtors have to take the initiative to keep their tenants, before it is too late.

Currently, the real estate sector is already suffering from an oversupply of apartments and as well as a reduced expat population, and without taking steps to exempt or reduce rents, they will incur heavy losses as they may be unable to fill them.


MoH : With 11 new cases total increased to 266; total recoveries at 72



The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced that 11 people were infected by the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the last 24 hours. This brings the country’s tally of confirmed virus cases up to 266, the ministry’s spokesman Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad said in a daily news briefing. Earlier yesterday, Kuwaiti Minister of Health Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah announced the recovery of five additional people from the novel coronavirus, raising the country’s total recoveries to 72.-K.T.


Links to E-Services being offered by Ministry of Interior



E-Services being offered by Ministry of Interior to complete your transaction while staying in your place.

✅ Pay insurance for domestic workers - Article 20 holders.

✅ Renew residence of domestic workers - Article 20.

✅ Renew Civil ID cards

✅ Renew residence of private sector workers  - Article 18 holders.

The above service requires a user ID. Register at below link to obtain one.

✅ Medical insurance renewal

✅ Residence renewal link

✅ Renewal of Civil ID

✅ Pay Traffic fines

✅ Pay fines for residence and visas

✅ Driving license renewal

✅ E-Form for curfew pass for medical emergencies

✅ Retrieve Curfew pass

✅ Volunteer registration for Civil  Defense.

General department of information systems.

Ministry of Interior.


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