Notice Board

Cochin International Airport suspends operations till 2 pm due inundation

Operations at Cochin International Airport has been suspended till 2 pm Wednesday as water level rose following heavy rainfall and subsequently the opening of dam shutters along the Periyar river. The weather station near the Kochi airport, which is situated near the Periyar river bank, recorded 11mm of rainfall.

Spelling more trouble for Kerala, the Tamil Nadu government opened the sluice gates of the Mullaperiyar dam at 1.30 am on Wednesday to release excess water from the reservoir. The water will flow down to the Idukki reservoir, which is already brimming with a storage of 2,397 feet — its maximum capacity if 2,403 feet. An orange alert was sounded in the region surrounding the Mullaperiyar dam on Tuesday.

To mitigate the situation, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government will release more water from Cheruthoni dam of Idukki reservoir. Residents of Manjumala, Kumily, Periyar, Upputhura and Ayyapankovil have been relocated, while the government has advised those living close to Periyar river in Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur to move to relief camps.

Several districts of Kerala received heavy rains on Tuesday, causing landslides in Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram and flooding in low-lying regions including Munnar and Palakkad. More spells of heavy to very heavy rain are expected Wednesday.

Due to the unprecedented situation in the state, the Kerala government has cancelled Onam celebrations this year. The funds spent on the occasion will be diverted to relief work. According to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the state has incurred a loss of Rs 8,316 crore due to the rains this year. The Central government has announced immediate assistance of Rs 100 crore for the state. Neighbouring states, meanwhile, including Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, have also disbursed funds to Kerala, and offered aid.


IGCSE classes in Indian and Pakistani schools approved by education ministry

 Education Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Private and Quality Education Abdelmohsen Al-Huwailah issued a decision approving the opening of International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) classes in foreign schools that have Indian and Pakistani education systems for the secondary stage only, to be taught during morning hours along with the other curricula. IGCSE is an English language curriculum offered to students to prepare them for International Baccalaureate, A Level and BTEC Level 3. Procedures for applying to open IGCSE classes in private schools include:

* An application to the private education department, along with information about the partner education entity that will issue the international certificate.

* The private education department reviews the application.

* When the school receives the approval of the ministry to open IGCSE classes and completes registration with the partner entity that issues the international certificate, the school will send the registration certificate and reports related to it to the private education department.-K.T.


62 percent of First Ring Road bridges and roads project completed

Director of First Ring Road bridges and roads project Khalida Al-Salem said 62 percent of the project’s work is complete, saying that the project comes within the plan of developing the traffic network and increasing its capacity. She said work is going ahead with cooperation and coordination between all concerned departments in order to increase the capacity of the current road and reduce congestion. She said the project includes three intersections, five bridges, three tunnels and two pedestrian bridges, in addition to renewing telephone, water and power networks as well as other services.-K.T.


Pharmacists warned against violating the Pharmacy Act of 2016

Health sources have warned the pharmacies which are operating inside the cooperative societies against violating the Pharmacy Act of 2016.The license of violating pharmacies will be withdrawn if they don’t fall in line with the law after the expiration of the deadline given to them.

According to sources the Ministry of Health had given these pharmacies one-year to adjust their situation to abide by Law No. 30 of 2016 concerning the amendments to some provisions of Law No. 28 of 1996 regarding the organization of the pharmacy profession and the distribution of medicines.The sources explained the decision to give a new deadline which ends in May 2019 came after the nod was given by the concerned committee and the approval of the Minister of Health whereby the pharmacies are urged to fully comply with the law.

Law No. 30 of 2016 stipulates that the license to open pharmacies for Kuwaiti pharmacists and private hospitals is subject to a minimum number of 50 beds provided the license is issued in the name of a Kuwaiti pharmacist.The law also stipulates that the pharmacist should not be employed in the public sector, and that no more than one license be given to the pharmacist or cooperative society.


Independence Day Message by H. E. Mr. K. Jeeva Sagar, Ambassador of India to Kuwait


Message by H.E. Mr. K. Jeeva Sagar

Ambassador of India to Kuwait 

Amb photoOn the joyous occasion of the 71st Anniversary of India’s Independence, it is my honour and profound happiness to extend Warm Greetings to all the well-wishers and friends of India, and my fellow countrymen and women in Kuwait. Kuwait is a friendly country with which India enjoys an issue-free historical relationship. The relationship has the maturity and depth to deal with any situation in a spirit of cooperation and amicable understanding. And I would like to take this opportunity to convey my sincere and heartfelt gratitude, on behalf of all the Indian citizens living in Kuwait and the Government of India, to the wise and enlightened leadership of Kuwait, and also our Best Wishes for the good health and wellbeing of His Highness the Amir. Kuwait defies its size and numbers when it comes to the active role it plays in the region and on the world stage for progress and betterment of all humanity. I wish this great nation all the very best and success in its endeavours. I also congratulate Kuwait on its current membership of the United Nations Security Council, and wish them an effective and productive term. I would like to see more and more of our Kuwaiti friends visit India, both for tourism and business, and explore the history, culture and trade that have bound us together over centuries, and take advantage of the vast potential India offers today, for mutual benefit. I am glad to state that the two countries are keen to expand the relations into new dimensions including Science & Technology, Defence, Parliamentary and Cultural exchanges etc. so that our historic friendship adapts to the expectations of the 21st century dynamics.

Even as large sections of global population unfortunately are still endeavoring in search of security and stability, India, with its massive over 1300 million people, or one-sixth of the humanity, has been a picture of hope and prosperity, and has been able to provide a peaceful environment for its people to flourish: Prosperity, not just in a materialistic and economic sense, but in its full and complete meaning of the blossoming of the people to their full potential! And this is not a small achievement, nor is it an accidental overnight happening. Painstaking efforts of millions and selfless sacrifices by several leaders over decades have contributed to the robust India of today. My dear Indian friends, the best tribute we can pay to their memory is by rededicating ourselves to the ideals they have lived by and set for the country, and apply to ourselves the same standards here in Kuwait as we join hands and work with our Kuwaiti hosts in the latter’s efforts to sustain their own economic success, achieve further development, and ensure continued peace and harmony for their homeland Kuwait.

It is important though for us the people of India not to sit on our laurels, but to reflect deeply and carefully on what it is that has brought us thus far, and what remains to be done, and what are the shortcomings that might have delayed our triumphant journey, and what else has been ailing our nation today that we need to collectively address so that India can proudly declare that it is standing by the values and principles defined in our Constitution. One important thing for everyone to be mindful of is that a citizen does have not just the Rights that define his/her dignity and ensure freedom, but should remind himself/herself constantly that they also entail responsibility to respect and uphold the freedom of every other citizen and his/her own right to a life of dignity. To put it simply, one man’s freedom stops where the other man’s starts. India today is assuming a global role as it is a nation that respects the Rule of Law, and is a factor of peace, security and stability. And my fellow Indians, it is not just for the government to provide responsible and good governance, but each and every one of us has to play his/her part in supporting the government.    

Friends, India today is seen by the world as a vibrant democratic and secular nation that respects the Rule of Law, and as a country governed by robust and progressive institutions. Largest democracy is a mere statistic, but vibrancy comes with responsibility and good governance. Every Indian in Kuwait as well as elsewhere should be proud of India’s achievements that span each and every sector and dimension. We are an economy where a global & mega corporation and a tiny SME coexist in perfect blend and have taken the country to be the 6th largest GDP in the world. India is the fastest growing economy – surely this is a matter of satisfaction – but what is more important is to ensure that this growth and the resultant prosperity and wealth are equitable in their distribution. Democracy will be rendered meaningless if we fail to make a dent in the poverty levels, and if the fruits of our nation’s prosperity are denied to the underprivileged. Our government has been endeavoring towards this objective with various schemes and innovative projects, and it becomes the responsibility of all of us to extend our full support even as we benefit from the government’s efforts. For instance the schemes like Pradhan Manthri Dhan Jan Yojana (a financial inclusion scheme) are targeted exactly at bringing about this inclusiveness into our growth and prosperity narrative. Whether it is Skill India, or Digital India or Smart Cities or Make in India etc., - all are aimed at

eventually imparting greater depth and substance to India’s economy, and prepare the country in terms of infrastructure, energy security, food security, industrial prowess etc. towards taking a leap into higher orbits of growth and progress.

My dear fellow countrymen and women, let’s now take a look at ourselves in Kuwait as the largest expatriate community. What does it mean to us and what does it convey about us? Well, each one of us should note and be happy that we are in a friendly country which has a historical relationship with India, and shares tremendous amount of goodwill, mutual respect and cultural affinity. While Kuwait shows admiration for India’s long and ancient civilization and institutional strength, India greatly values Kuwait’s own traditions and its contribution to peace and stability in the region and beyond. In all my interactions with the Kuwaiti leadership and decision-making levels I have been reassured that the Indian community in Kuwait enjoys the trust and confidence of the friendly people of Kuwait because of the respect for law displayed by the community, and its cultural profoundness, peaceful character and family values. There is an acknowledgement of the community’s immense contribution to the socio-economic development of Kuwait. While this should make us proud, it also challenges us as the largest foreign population of the country at over 950,000 to reciprocate this trust by abiding by the values and international principles that have made India a proud country among the comity of nations. It should never be forgotten that largest size as an expatriate community is surely a compliment, but it is also a responsibility towards the host nation. The respect, friendship and trust that we enjoy in this beautiful

should further strengthen our resolve to enhance our contribution to Kuwait’s prosperity, development and wellbeing of its people.    

May I also take this opportunity to inform all our friends that official level interactions between our two governments have been taking place regularly thereby lending predictability and consistency to our bilateral relations. Just in the last 5 months, for instance, three government delegations have exchanged visits – in April this year the Joint Working Group on manpower met in Kuwait; in June an Engineering and Public Authority of Manpower (PAM) delegation visited India; and in the first week of August, senior representatives of the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs met in Kuwait and held wide ranging consultations spanning all the dimensions of the bilateral relationship. Both countries are conscious of the importance of high level political visits to raise the relationship into the next level, and are working on them. The two sides are also aware of the need to infuse greater and deeper economic and commercial content into the relationship to sustain the engagement on a consistent basis. Trade, which has reached about 8 billion dollars, has been on an upward curve, while new areas are being explored for investments. The highly rated and globally respected Kuwait Investment Authority, which has already invested significantly in India in sectors such as infrastructure and Power, is keen to expand its presence further. The Indian Embassy is planning a major event in Kuwait focusing on Medical Tourism in the coming months. Once again, I would like to convey my Warm Greetings and Best Wishes to all the readers on the occasion of the Seventy First Anniversary of India’s Independence.


Blue light from your smartphone screen can cause permanent blindness

The blue light from our smartphones, laptops, and other digital screens could be far more dangerous that previously thought, and might even lead to permanent blindness in some cases. This was revealed in a new study by researchers from the University of Toldeo published in the journal Scientific Reports, which highlights that blue light from our screen is actually much worse, especially for our eyes.

According to a report from Fast Company, the study shows that the blue light is causing molecules in our eyes to become toxic. The photoreceptor cells in the retina are killed off after steady exposure to the blue light, and these are not regenerated, even when the blue light exposure is terminated. The study shows that enough exposure to the light could cause permanent blindness.

“We are being exposed to blue light continuously, and the eye’s cornea and lens cannot block or reflect it…It’s no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye’s retina. Our experiments explain how this happens, and we hope this leads to therapies that slow macular degeneration, such as a new kind of eye drop,” Dr Ajith Karunarathne, assistant professor in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said in an official statement around the study.

“The retinal-generated toxicity by blue light is universal. It can kill any cell type,” he added.

The study also highlights that constant exposure to blue light leads to macular degeneration, which is an eye disease that can cause blindness the 50s or 60s. There’s no cure for this eye disease.

According to the study, blue light exposure causes the retina to produce “poisonous chemical molecules”, which cause irreversible damage to the photoreceptor cells. Photoreceptors are what allow humans to see the various range of light from the sun to rainbow colours. And once they are dead, they do not regenerate, which is what makes this study so alarming.

Previously reports have shown that the blue light from laptops can tamper with the production of melatonin in our bodies and thus disturb our sleeping patterns, cycles. That’s also the reason why many smartphone manufacturers introduce a night mode on the display, where the screen turns yellow, reducing the amount of blue light.

The yellow-toned screen often comes into place in night mode or post sunset on many phones. This is supposed to ensure less strain on the eyes when a user is still watching content on their screen at night.

However as the latest study shows, the effects of blue light are much worse than simply disrupting sleep.


‘Health relief for expatriates soon’

The official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Director of Vocational Health Department Dr Ahmad Al-Shatti disclosed that expatriates will soon have health relief, which will include the provision of healthcare services at moderate prices to ensure a balance between insurance coverage and healthcare service charges, because the state can feel their sufferings. Dr Al-Shatti declared that Al-Dhaman Hospitals will be ready to offer services at the primary health centers by next year, and services will be offered directly in 2020 with the support of existing hospitals.

Talking about the right time for inaugurating Jaber and Jahra hospitals, Al-Shatti said the people of Kuwait have been asking the same question even though he doesn’t have an answer to it. He noted Jaber Hospital has 1,200 bed-space and needs 20,000 workers but Civil Service Commission (CSC) has yet to create those vacancies based on government’s policy.

He indicated the Council of Ministers has directed the Ministry of Health to liaise with the Ministry of Finance and Civil Service Commission (CSC) to create vacancies. He stressed “it is wise to operate by applying the international standard of soft opening under intense pressure from citizens and government. I don’t rule out the possibility of engaging external agencies to manage it during the transition period and later return it to the local authorities, although the experience about foreign management is unpleasant and I am personally against it,” he added.-KUNA


Kuwait issued new criteria to help rein in rogue mosques

Kuwait has issued a list of new criteria to help rein in rogue mosques which abuse the system. Under the new measures announced by Islamic Affairs Minister Fahad Al-Afasi, the mosque must have an area of at least 1,000 square metres, effectively ruling out converting small praying places into mosques where Friday prayers can be performed.The mosque must accommodate at least 500 male and female worshippers and needs to have a parking area for a minimum of 50 cars, the minister said. Under the new rules, the ministry receives an application to have a Friday prayer mosque that is supported by at least 100 people and then conducts a field study to assess the need for it before it announces its decision. By toughening conditions, the ministry hopes to put an end to the abuse the system by certain individuals who do not to abide by the rules and build mosques within the vicinity of one another, dividing worshippers and causing road traffic congestion in areas near the mosques.

The state spends annually tens of millions of dinars to fix mosques that are built by private donors, but do not meet the standards set by the ministry. Some of the mosques do not have names while others have names that are different from which under they were officially registered. In one instance of confusion, four mosques have the same name.Kuwait has around 1,500 mosques, including some of the oldest in the region. Almost two thirds of the mosques are used for the Friday sermons and prayers. Official figures show that the mosques can collectively accommodate more than 2,700,000 people. The Grand Mosque, spanning over 45,000 square metres, is the largest with more than 100,000 worshippers. The average cost of building a mosque is KD 300,000.-A.T.


Egyptian murdered in Bneid Al-Gar fight-couple arrested at airport

An Egyptian man in his thirties was killed after an Asian man stabbed him in the heart during a fight in Bneid Al-Gar. Paramedics pronounced the man dead on the scene after reporting there with police in response to an emergency call. The body was sent to the coroner. The murder weapon was recovered, and an eyewitness said that the suspected murderer was an Asian man. Detectives were able to identify the suspect in less than 24 hours, and  investigations revealed that he along with his wife committed the murder, and both were arrested at the airport. Both confessed and gave full details about the crime and were sent to concerned authorities to be questioned about their motives and face criminal charges. A third person is being sought for involvement in the case.-K.T.


Sheikha Fareeha Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah dies at the age of 74

In the early hours of Monday, Kuwait mourned the death of Sheikha Fareeha Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, President of the Kuwait Association for the Ideal Family, who passed away at the age of 74.

Sheikha Fareeha was the daughter of the late His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the tenth ruler of Kuwait, and the sister of both His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as well as His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Crown Prince of Kuwait.She was born on Feb 15, 1944 at Dasman Palace and married her cousin Sheikh Rashed Al-Humoud Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, with whom she had four children, Sheikha Reem, Sheikha Bibi, Sheikh Humoud and Sheikh Ahmad. Sheikha Fareeha was known for her passion for charitable and social work, as well as her dedication to family issues and women’s rights in particular.

The Kuwait Association for the Ideal Family, which she heads, launched the “Ideal Mother Award for Outstanding Family” in 2004, to encourage a healthy and safe family environment. She never forgot youth and their important role in society as she tried to spread awareness about the dangers that surround them, later ascending to the helm of Al-Fatat Sport Club in 2010. Sheikha Fareeha was also named as the “Mother of the Disabled,” for her efforts and contributions in urging the government to issue new laws and regulations that help integrate people with disabilities into society, ultimately preserving their rights. The late Sheikha Freeha has won many honorary awards as a pioneer in human works from the Gulf region, including being honored by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.-KUNA


Free bus service for Independence Day celebration at Embassy


With a view to facilitating access to the Embassy for the Independence Day Celebrations on 15th August 2018, buses of the United Indian School and Indian Community School Kuwait will be plying from Route 30 entrance and Green Island Arabian Gulf Road parking area to the Embassy Premises. All are welcome to avail of this facility.

The Embassy of India will be celebrating 72nd Independence Day of India on Wednesday, 15th August at 8:00 am with flag hoisting ceremony. This will be followed by various patriotic events.

All Indians are welcome to celebrate the Independence Day at the Embassy premises.

Due to the ongoing construction work in the area, the main road leading to entrance to the embassy is closed. However, to facilitating access to the Embassy for the Independence Day Celebrations, Embassy had arranged buses of the United Indian School and Indian Community School Kuwait for public, which will be plying from Route 30 entrance and Green Island Arabian Gulf Road parking area to the Embassy Premises. Public can park at the Green Island parking. All are welcome to avail of this facility.

Embassy also informed that the official working at the Embassy will remain closed on August 15th, However the emergency consular service will be available.


Police are looking for unidentified persons for forging KD 10 banknotes

Police in all governorates are looking for unidentified persons for forging KD 10 banknotes in a highly professional manner.This came after managers at several fuel stations complained that some men filled their car tanks with petrol and paid with the forged currency.The sources said the forgery is done in a perfect way but still can be identified because the water marks in missing and is not coherent unlike the real currency. The sources said, the forgers have done the job using highly sophisticated photocopying devices. Workers at all outlets have been requested to keep a watch on people they suspect promoting forged currency, note down the car plate number and inform the police.-A.T.


Kuwait blocks caller ID smartphone apps as they violate privacy of individuals

The Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology began blocking caller ID smartphone applications from Internet providers in Kuwait after finding that such applications violate an individual’s privacy, obtain their private information and compromise their security, and this has led to family disputes and bank thefts. The information technology security department explained that when the user installs a caller ID application, he allows the app to access all information on his phone such as phone numbers and addresses.-K.T.


Man arrested who placed his daughter in the trunk of his car

A man who placed his daughter in the trunk of his car was arrested by criminal detectives and charged with negligence and causing psychological and bodily harm to the child. Police identified the man following investigations after video footage showing him standing next to a child seated in a vehicle’s trunk went viral on social media. The man was sent to societal police following his arrest to be questioned, as he faces legal action under the child protection law.-K.T.


Saudi Arabia announced sighting of the moon on Saturday evening-Eid Al-Adha on Aug 21

Saudi Arabia said that Sunday will mark the first day of the Islamic Hijri calender month of Dhul Hijja with the Stand at Mount Arafat ritual observed on August 20 followed by Eid Al-Adha the following day.

The announcement was made after the lunar calendar month's crescent was sighted on Saturday, the Kingdom's Supreme Court said.

The ritual, an Islamic holiday, marks the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the main pillars of the Muslim faith, and precedes the four-day festive Eid Al-Adha holiday.-KUNA


Awqaf Ministry prepares 16 zones for Eid Al-Adha prayers

Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs prepared 16 zones throughout the country’s governorates and residential areas for Eid Al-Adha prayers, ministry Undersecretary Farid Al-Emadi announced Saturday.In a press release, Al-Emadi said that in coordination with the ministries of Education and Interior as well as the Public Authority for Sport (PAS), some schools, sports arenas, and facilities of large capacity would be hosting Eid prayers.

Previously, the Ministry of Interior restricted Eid prayers in some open areas, which were not adequately prepared to hold this ritual en masse, said Al-Emadi.The official thanked the Interior Ministry for its great effort to maintain the security and wellbeing of worshipers and mosques and also commended the tremendous cooperation with the Ministry of Education and PAS for providing facilities for prayers.-KUNA


Sattva yoga warrior’s awareness shoots high in Kuwait’s sky

With Adrenaline rush and awareness levels at miles high, Sattva yoga in Kuwait is portraying the concept of the warrior’s core enhancing mental wellbeing, physical strength and spirituality. Sattva yoga, founded by Guru Anand Mehrotra in the Himalayas over a decade ago, focuses on intense and energizing yoga practices and themes to spread wisdom and self-mastery of body and mind. Speaking about the merits of the concept, Romanian Yoga Teacher Natalia Medelet, Kuwaiti Yoga Practitioner Mansoor Al-Mansoor and Kuwaiti lawyer and yoga practitioner Moudhi Al-Raish all described their involvement in yoga as of a ‘physical and mental sense’. “Sattva means you are creating new things on the spot, connecting with people’s energies in the class,” Medelet, who has been living in Kuwait for seven years, explained. “There are different kinds of music prepared, if people are down, you shift up the energy and Sattva flows like the ocean, rising and dropping down, heating up the physical form,” she added. Her credentials include a 200-hour yoga-training course conducted by Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga and a 300-hour teaching training program conducted by Sattva Yoga Academy in Rishikesh, India.

Re-learning to breathe

Medelet’s classes focus on concepts such as re-learning to breathe and teaching the mind how to breathe properly; including ‘Breath of Fire’, which clears the respiratory system. Another technique, ‘Warrior Breath’ shifts energy and revitalizes, while ‘Chest Expansion’ is a type of ‘Warrior Breath’ that causes intense body heat. “In life you are a warrior; you are in a constant battle with yourself. You have two choices: either suffer from the past pain or move forward because future will come no matter what and it is an illusion,” she said. She further explained, “Warrior means the battle inside of the mind, with society misunderstanding or it can be different kinds of battles. It is about how you choose to be a winner.”

During class, the group did sitting poses such as ‘Siddhasana,’ ‘Sitting Forward Bend’ and ‘Butterfly’ followed by standing poses such as ‘Warrior One,’ ‘Warrior Two’ and ‘Bow and Arrow.’ Then ‘The Warrior’s Dance’ allowed the group to harness the energy of the warrior and strengthen their immediate presence, connecting them like a single consciousness. Her classes start and end in silence to cool down the brain. “Ego is the lower mind, it judges, it does not know the future, it just knows the past but the past is wrong because it judges you strongly, detach from it and overtime destroy it,” she stressed.

Refocusing on the end goal

Meanwhile, Mansoor works at Kuwait Drilling Company (KDC) where he prepares a range of equipment including forklifts, pickup trucks and mud pumps, in addition to pulling and picking up pipes; a highly charged and quick-based work environment. Yet, yoga centers him. Yoga teachings allow him to detach immediately and refocus on the end goal of what matters, helping him with his aches, injuries, breathing, flexibility, psyche and control over muscles. “Negativity can be good, negative thoughts are going to push you through and further yourself. Acknowledge negativity without being consumed. Everyone controls their stress differently,” Mansoor said. He added, “Self-awareness and mindfulness both deviate from negative thoughts towards your ideal mindset of creative freedom. Empathy towards people and being aware of what they think and how they act strengthens self-awareness intelligence. When you know yourself, nobody would be able to gaslight you.”

Yoga fooled his mind to stir away from the fact he is in the scolding desert heat, until he realized that yoga is “mostly mental, everything in life is fooling your mind,” he said, emphasizing that “ego cannot be killed, it can keep bleeding. Be aware that you will die, the focus shifts to yourself.”

Another truth seeker, Raish is impeccable with her statements at court because of mindfulness. “Meditation helps with productivity and better decision making,” she said. “I know what to say to get the defendant silent or make them feel guilty. I make my own reasoning and destroy them with a few words. Perspectives are from every angle.” Raish and Mansoor confirmed the yoga teacher’s outlook on why Kuwaitis do yoga, with the latter saying “I don’t do yoga for spirituality, it is for physical abilities and it allows me to stay calm and meditate under stress in extreme environments.” – KUNA


Indian origin British writer and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, dies at 85

The British writer and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, died at his home in London at the age of 85, family sources said on Saturday.

His wife, Lady Naipaul, who described the author as a giant in everything he achieved, said in a statement that "he died surrounded by all the people he loved, having lived a life full of wonderful creativity and effort".

In addition to the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, V.S. Naipaul also won the Booker Prize in 1971, and was considered one of the most important writers in the English language of the 20th and 21st centuries, Efe reported.

He was born in Chaguanas, on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, in a family descended from Indian immigrants. From there he traveled to the UK and entered the University of Oxford in 1950 after winning a government scholarship.

He began his literary career in 1961 and since then has written about 30 books, although it was the novel "A House for Mr Biswas" that launched him to fame.


'Three in one' cheat arrested

Police have arrested an unidentified person for targeting and cheating, Kuwaitis and residents particularly GCC women.The suspect is more than a professional and played three roles – the owner of a firm, female secretary and mandoub. He placed an advertisement in the social media and offered job facilities, all kinds of transactions, loans, etc. People who fell for the trap were then cheated. He would call from a landline and tell the person at the other end of the line that his secretary will get in touch with the minute details.Then he spoke in a female voice and after explaining the formalities said his mandoub will come to collect the fee for the transaction and he himself visited the victim and collected the money. Investigations carried out by the CID men, led to his arrest. Later he was identified by his victims from a legal lineup.-A.T.


Workers city project in south Jahra-contract to be signed in the last quarter of 2018

Assistant Director for Projects at Kuwait Municipality Engineer Nadia Al-Sheriadah disclosed that concession agreement of the workers city project in south Jahra is 40 years.In a letter to the Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development concerning plans for operating and managing strategic projects such as the workers city, Al- Sheriadah said the project is in the framework of partnership between public and private sectors based on Public Private Partnership (PPP).

She stressed the idea is to establish a modern workers city with the required services and infrastructure, in addition to an amusement park and green areas. She added the sector is reviewing Requests for Proposal (RFP) prelude to floating of the project among the prequalified companies and contract will be signed with the winning company before Kuwait Municipality pays the cost, which will be in four tranches starting from the first year of project implementation. She reiterated the concession period is 40 years, and the period of construction work covers three years.

Al-Sheriadah expected the contract to be signed in the last quarter of 2018, noting the revenues and expenditure will be managed by an accounting company whose services Kuwait Municipality will engage within the first three years of executing the project, indicating employees of Kuwait Municipality will be trained later to take over.-A.T.


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