Notice Board

KFF cautioned against keeping mobile phones and power banks in your car

 
 
 

Director of the Public Relations and Media Department at Kuwait Fire Force (KFF) Brigadier General Mohammad Al-Gharib has warned against leaving mobile phones, portable chargers (power banks) and highly flammable materials like perfumes and others in vehicles in light of the extremely high temperature during summer in order to prevent fire. In a statement to the daily, Al-Gharib also clarified there is no truth to the allegation that completely filling up a vehicle’s fuel tank during summer could lead to fire or explosion due to the high temperature. He said “this is not dangerous, because vehicles have a safety system that protects them even if the fuel tank is full.

Car engines and fuel operating systems are specially designed to adapt to the hot climate.” He stressed the necessity of installing smoke and gas detectors in homes, performing regular maintenance on vehicles and ensuring their safety so that they are not exposed to fire; in addition to the importance of having a fire extinguisher in vehicles, homes and boats to immediately deal with fire emergencies and to extinguish the fire before the situation worsens.

He advised citizens and expatriates that if they go to beaches, waterfronts, chalets, farms or rest houses; they have to pay attention to children and not leave them alone to prevent drowning — Allah forbid — as it happened in previous years. He said those wishing to go on sea excursions must adhere to safe sailing procedures; such as wearing a life jacket, informing the Operations Unit by calling hotline number 112 about their location and the number of people, and ensuring that the weather condition is stable. He confirmed that all fire stations in the governorates are always ready to deal with fire reports quickly; wishing at the same time, for the safety of everyone.

 
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Municipality confirms that all funeral services are free

 
 
 

In a recent press statement, Muhammad Sandan, the Director of the Public Relations Department and official spokesman for Kuwait Municipality, clarified that all services provided by the Funeral Affairs Department are entirely free of charge. These services encompass transporting the body, preparing it, washing it, shrouding it, and burial at the cemetery.

Sandan addressed misconceptions regarding the alleged mandatory purchase of a shroud for 30 dinars. He emphasized that this information is inaccurate and that purchasing a shroud is an optional service for those who prefer to handle the preparations at their own expense.

He reiterated that the service of preparing and purchasing a coffin has been available for years due to requests from citizens who wished to manage the preparation of bodies privately. To accommodate these requests, the Kuwait Municipality offers this service optionally. The municipality has also introduced a “barcode” system for easy payment through the official municipal website for those who opt to purchase the shroud and equipment, which costs 30 dinars.

Sandan underscored that these services are provided to facilitate citizens’ needs and that no compulsory fees are associated with the funeral services offered by the municipality.

 
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Health Ministry Establishes KD2 Service, KD5 Medicine for Expats

 
 
 

The Ministry of Health has amended the healthcare fees for foreigners, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The amendment exempts illegal residents (Bedouns) holding valid security cards, children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis, non-Kuwaiti men married to Kuwaiti women, citizens of other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member-states provided they hold valid civil identification cards or passports, scholarship students, wards of social care centers, youths below 18 years old who are suffering from cancer, non-Kuwaiti children below 12 years old who have severe disabilities, prisoners, domestic workers staying in domestic labor shelters, and members of official envoys and transit passengers.

The illegal residents (Bedouns) with expired security cards and registered in the health insurance system will pay KD10. Expatriates and diplomats registered in the health insurance system will pay KD2 as service fee in addition to KD5 for medicines. Visitors who are not registered in the health insurance system will pay KD10. Domestic workers will pay KD1 for services and medicines. Non-Kuwaiti employees in ministries and their family members will pay KD2 for services in addition to KD5 for medicines. They are exempted from the X-Ray and nuclear medicine fees.

 
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75% of expat healthcare workers in Kuwait face violence and abuse

 
 
 

A recent study has confirmed that healthcare workers, particularly those in primary healthcare centers, experience significantly higher rates of violence compared to workers in other fields. The findings reveal alarming statistics about the prevalence of verbal and physical abuse faced by dispensary staff, including doctors and nurses.

The following are the key findings: Overall Exposure to Violence

85.9% of dispensary staff, totaling 383 individuals, have experienced some form of violence; 77.3% have been subjected to physical violence; 48.8% have faced psychological violence; 20.3% have encountered verbal assault; 15% have been bullied; 1.9% have experienced sexual harassment and 6.4% have been targets of racism. Expatriate Workers

76.7% of expatriate doctors and nurses, totaling 294 individuals, have reported experiencing violence Gender and Occupational Differences

Women are more frequently subjected to all types of violence than men in primary health care centers; Nurses face higher rates of violent practices compared to doctors and this trend is consistent in countries such as Kuwait, Serbia, Greece, and Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Hoda Al-Ghareeb, a contributor to the study, emphasized the severe impact of such violence on healthcare personnel. The study warns of the critical need to address and mitigate the high rates of violence against healthcare workers, stressing that those in primary healthcare settings are at a substantially greater risk of verbal and physical abuse than professionals in other fields. The findings underscore the urgent need for policies and measures to protect healthcare workers from violence and ensure a safer working environment.

The study highlights the importance of addressing this issue to safeguard the well-being of those dedicated to providing essential health services. A study conducted by Dr. Hoda Al- Gharib, a family medicine consultant at the Ministry of Health, highlights the prevalence of violence in primary healthcare environments and its detrimental effects on work efficiency, employee health, societal behaviors, healthcare costs, and job satisfaction. This study underscores the critical need to address and mitigate violence in healthcare settings, particularly in primary healthcare centers, to ensure a safe and healthy environment for both healthcare providers and patients.

 
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PAM: New Services For Companies And Job Seekers

 
 
 

The Public Authority for Manpower revealed that the Authority is consistently working to enhance online systems and integrate services and procedures within the Sahel application, alongside the Ashal service and other online services provided by the Authority.

This initiative is part of the Authority’s commitment to streamline and automate all procedures to achieve complete digitalization. The goal is to facilitate and expedite the completion of transactions for business owners, encompassing everything from opening files and registering national and expatriate workers to needs assessment services and inspections.

The Authority has launched several platforms, including the “Fakhruna” platform, designed for recruiting Kuwaiti national citizens. This platform benefits job seekers in the private sector and includes services such as the disbursement of a job search allowance for eligible individuals, requests for graduate stipends, and unemployment insurance. It also addresses graduates’ bonus grievances and provides a service for applying for the graduates’ bonus.

Additionally, the platform offers services for submitting requests to disburse graduates’ stipends and unemployment allowances and completing graduates’ transactions. It also facilitates access to job search allowances and unemployment insurance and showcases job opportunities provided by companies through the Authority’s website.

The source added that the Authority enables Kuwaiti nationals to register via online forms of Ashal service, which streamlines 71 automated procedures within companies.

 
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His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister, sends a cable of congratulations to Narendra Modi,

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister, sends a cable of congratulations to Narendra Modi,

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister, sends a cable of congratulations to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, on the occasion of the victory of the Indian People’s Party (BJP) in the parliamentary elections and his swearing-in as Prime Minister for a new term.

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah sends a cable of congratulations to Narendra Modi

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah sends a cable of congratulations to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, on the occasion of the victory of the Indian People’s Party (BJP) in the parliamentary elections and his swearing-in as Prime Minister for a new term.

Kuwait's Leadership Congratulates Narendra Modi on Swearing-In for New Term as India's Prime Minister

 
 
 

‎His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister, sends a cable of congratulations to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, on the occasion of the victory of the Indian People’s Party (BJP) in the parliamentary elections and his swearing-in as Prime Minister for a new term. ‎

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah sends a cable of congratulations to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, on the occasion of the victory of the Indian People’s Party (BJP) in the parliamentary elections and his swearing-in as Prime Minister for a new term.

 
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Update your civil ID address or face a KD100 fine

 
 
 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has warned that failure to amend the address in the civil identification card could lead to a fine not exceeding KD100 as per Law No. 32/1982. PACI recently published an announcement on the Official Gazette ‘Kuwait Al-Youm’ about the deletion of the addresses of 397 people based on the house owner’s acknowledgment or due to the demolition of the building.

It urged all those whose residential addresses were deleted and whose names were published in the gazette must register the new address and submit the supporting documents within 30 days from the date of publication. It stressed that failure to register the new address warrants a fine not exceeding KD100 as per Law No. 32/1982. In this context, PACI recently announced the launching of a new service through the unified government application, ‘Sahel’.

It disclosed that the ‘Address Availability’ service enables the user to inquire about the availability of a residential address in its records and amend the status if necessary in order to avoid paying the stipulated fine. In other news, the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has vehemently denied the rumor about the collection of fees for the authentication process on ‘My Identity’ (Kuwait Mobile ID) application. PACI stressed that it provides services through the application for free; including authentication, e-signature and sending notifications.

 
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Narendra Modi takes the oath of office as Indian Prime Minister for the third consecutive term

 
 
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Narendra Modi, leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has taken oath as India's prime minister for a third time. The ceremony took place at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the Indian president.

President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Narendra Modi, followed by other members of his team of ministers.

Thousands of guests have been attending his inauguration at Delhi's Presidential Palace. The swearing-in ceremony is being attended by Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay, Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and Seychelles Vice President Ahmed Afif.

Apart from two terms as Prime Minister beginning 2014, Narendra Modi also has the distinction of being the longest-serving Chief Minister of Gujarat with his term spanning from October 2001 to May 2014.

His previous two terms as Prime Minister have been marked by several key initiatives.

PM Modi has laid thrust on the motto of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas' and on "development-oriented and corruption-free governance".

PM Modi has worked with speed and scale and ensured last-mile delivery of schemes and services.

His initiatives include Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Housing for All, Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Man Dhan Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, UDAN, Make in India.

 
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Within A Year, MoJ Will Introduce Nineteen New E-Services And Turn On Ten Notifications Through "Sahel"

 
 
 

The Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Al-Wasmi, has announced the forthcoming launch of 19 new electronic services by the Ministry of Justice within the year. In addition, 10 new notifications will be activated through the unified government application for electronic services, “Sahel.”

Dr. Al-Wasmi revealed that during the year 2023, the “Sahel” application facilitated over 1,220,000 electronic transactions and delivered more than 4 million notifications to its users.

Emphasizing the Ministry’s commitment to digital transformation, Dr. Al-Wasmi stated that the Ministry of Justice is intensifying its efforts to expand its digital services. The primary objective is to enhance customer service by focusing on the ease and quality of electronic services available through the “Sahel” app.

 
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The traffic department tracks cars whose insurance has expired by using advanced camera technology

 
 
 

The Traffic Department has begun tracking vehicles with expired insurance using advanced traffic camera technology installed in security patrols and on all ring, main, and internal roads. According to a recent report, since the implementation of this modern system, patrol teams have seized 176 vehicles that were either wanted or lacked valid insurance.

Last week, officials registered 3,186 traffic violations and impounded 176 vehicles and 26 motorcycles. They arrested 43 violators and reckless drivers, referred 18 juveniles to the Juvenile Prosecution for driving without licenses, and detained 31 individuals wanted for security and criminal cases, as well as residency law violations. Additionally, three people were arrested for narcotic substance use.

The Traffic Operations Sector has developed an integrated traffic security plan to manage the traffic situation, focusing on vehicles without valid insurance and addressing the issue of juveniles driving, particularly during the summer vacation, officials said.

 
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PACI: My ID App Authentication Is Free

 
 
 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has officially denied circulating claims on social media regarding the imposition of financial fees for using authentication processes through the My ID application, as reported by the Al-Rai newspaper.

In a recent statement, the Authority confirmed that the My ID application remains free for all its services, including authentication, electronic signature, and notifications. PACI assured the public that no financial charges are imposed for these processes.

The clarification aims to dispel any misinformation and reassure users of the continued free access to My ID services.

 
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Alert: An Increase in Chalet Rental Scams

 
 
 

Citizens and residents were cautioned against unreliable websites for booking chalets during the summer vacation, as hundreds have fallen victim to fraudulent schemes involving fake reservations and payments. Fraudsters are active on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, enticing victims with attractive prices lower than usual. Security sources reveal that scammers exploit the summer holidays and Eid al-Adha to prey on people’s eagerness to vacation in chalets. Some create fake accounts and websites, luring victims with enticing offers before disappearing after receiving deposits or payments.

The Cybercrime Department has received numerous complaints related to fraudulent chalet reservations, with perpetrators being tracked down and legal action taken against them. Scammers often operate from abroad to evade prosecution. Experts emphasize the importance of verifying rental sites and confirming chalet details before making any payments. Victims can file fraud cases and seek legal assistance to recover losses. Dr. Safaa Zaman, President of the Information Security Association, warns that social engineering techniques are evolving, making fraud detection more challenging.

The spread of advanced technologies further facilitates fraud operations, emphasizing the need for legislation to regulate technology use. Specialist Qusai Al-Shatti advises verifying advertisements and the authenticity of rental entities or brokers. Families are urged to exercise caution and report suspicious activities to security authorities to avoid falling victim to scams.

Fraud carries penalties of imprisonment and fines, with civil compensation lawsuits available for victims. Lawyer Inaam Haider stresses the importance of legal recourse for recovering embezzled amounts and damages. As fraud methods become increasingly sophisticated, public awareness and legislative measures are crucial for combating cybercrime and protecting individuals from financial losses.

 

 

 
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Kuwait Is Expecting Hotter Days With Dust Storms

 
 
 

Kuwait is set to enter the ‘Al Thuraiya’ season, which begins tomorrow, Friday, and will last for 13 days. This season is characterized by a rise in temperatures and the onset of dust storms.

According to a statement issued by the Al-Ajiri Scientific Center on Thursday, during this time, plants start to dry out, and dust waves become more frequent.

 
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Job Openings at Kuwait Airways

 
 
 

Kuwait Airways is excited to announce several job openings! Join our dynamic team and contribute to our mission of providing world-class aviation services. We have the following positions available:

  1. Sales Representative - Kuwait City, Kuwait (Full-Time)
  2. Officer Ticketing, Sales - Kuwait City, Kuwait (Full-Time)
  3. Chief Security Coordinator - Hyderabad, India (Full-Time)

For detailed job descriptions and requirements, please visit the following link: Kuwait Airways Careers.

Apply now and take the next step in your career with Kuwait Airways!

 
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MoH Unveils Employee Fingerprint Attendance System

 
 
 

To enhance attendance monitoring, the Ministry of Health has decided to apply the “fingerprint system” to all employees of the Ministry’s office and central departments, whether those practicing the profession or holding a public job. This decision also extends to all those assigned to work overtime.

The decision states that all sectors concerned with monitoring working hours in the Ministry’s office and the central departments shall undertake the necessary measures to take the fingerprint of employees who have not previously been fingerprinted, starting today until July 4. The decision excludes the categories scheduled to be exempted from fingerprinting.

In a separate development, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health has issued an administrative decision to form an investigation committee into the suspicion of seizure of medicines from a primary health care center. The agent also decided to suspend the head of the pharmacy from work for the sake of investigation, in implementing the provisions of Article 30 of Decree Law No. 15 of 1979 regarding civil service.

The Ministry confirmed, in a press statement, that it took the initiative to take measures based on urgent instructions from the Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmed Al-Awadi after there was suspicion of seizure by one of the parties outside the pharmacy affiliated with the same center.

Implementing the fingerprint attendance system and investigating the suspected medicine seizure reflects the Ministry of Health’s commitment to ensuring accountability, transparency, and the proper management of its resources. These measures aim to strengthen the Ministry’s operations and maintain the public’s trust in the healthcare system.

 
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The Kuwaiti government requires road names to be replaced with numbers

 
 
 

In a recent decision, the Kuwait Cabinet has directed the Minister of Public Works to initiate the replacement of road names across Kuwait with numerical designations. This directive excludes roads honoring heads of state and those named after foreign countries or cities as part of reciprocal agreements.

Per the cabinet's resolution, the naming of roads, roundabouts, and similar infrastructure will be restricted to honor sultans, kings, rulers, princes, and heads of state exclusively. Additionally, it emphasized that naming roads, streets, and squares after nations and capitals must adhere to reciprocity principles outlined in relevant protocols and regulations.

 
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"Health Center 2" was opened by the Ministry of Health at Al-Mutlaa Residential City

 
 
 

In a bid to enhance healthcare accessibility and provide comprehensive services to residents, the Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmed Al-Awadhi, inaugurated the Al-Mutlaa Health Center “2” in the N10 district earlier today. This initiative is part of the Ministry’s commitment to offering high-quality healthcare to all citizens.

Dr. Al-Awadhi emphasized that the expansion of primary healthcare centers stands as a cornerstone in the Ministry’s strategic plan, serving as the frontline defense in healthcare systems. The newly inaugurated center has been equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and staffed with qualified medical professionals to deliver a wide range of services.

Among the services offered at the center are general medical consultations, management of chronic diseases, preventive healthcare services, and health awareness programs. Additionally, the center houses specialized medical clinics including ENT, dermatology, ophthalmology, physical therapy, pediatric, diabetes, and dental clinics, alongside public health clinics and nursing services.

Dr. Nadia Al-Jumaa, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Primary Health Care Affairs, highlighted the diverse array of clinics and services available at the center, including public health clinics, chronic disease follow-up clinics, diabetes clinics, dental clinics, and specialized clinics for various medical conditions.

Furthermore, the center boasts specialized medical facilities such as ENT, dermatology, ophthalmology, physical therapy, and school health clinics, among others. Nursing services are also provided, along with an emergency room equipped with six beds to cater to urgent medical needs.

Dr. Jamal Al-Duaij, Director of Jahra Health District, underscored the significance of the new health center in complementing the existing healthcare infrastructure in the region. The opening of Al-Mutlaa Health Center “2” follows the successful operation of Al-Mutlaa Health Center “1” and an ambulance center in the N11 suburb.

The concerted efforts of the Ministry of Health aim to streamline healthcare services and ensure seamless access for residents, aligning with the Ministry’s overarching goals. Dr. Al-Duaij extended gratitude to the medical, technical, and administrative staff for their dedication to serving the community in Jahra Health District.

 
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New MOI Regulations: Careless Drivers Risk Vehicle Smashing and Plate Loss

 
 
 

According to informed sources, the recently launched process of destruction or crushing of cars by the Ministry of Interior is a legal procedure that is implemented when the cars are either too old, or neglected, or used for showing off and driving recklessly, or belong to owners who are unknown, reports Al-Qabas daily. They explained that the details and license plate numbers of the wrecked vehicles were deleted. Some of these cars had been taken by traffic authorities and left unclaimed for over a year, despite being advertised in the official gazette.

According to traffic regulations, if a vehicle remains unclaimed for a year after being seized, it becomes public property. Therefore, these impounded cars are auctioned off as scrap, and the proceeds are referred to the State Treasury. The source affirmed that it is crucial to crush or destroy these cars primarily for security purposes, rather than just traffic concerns, adding that the ministry plans to include the car crushing charges in the upcoming amendment to the pertinent law with the aim of reducing and discouraging reckless drivers who create excessive noise, endanger others’ lives, and disrupt traffic.

 
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56 People Died in India's Heat Wave; Almost 25,000 Cases of Stroke Reports

 
 
 

India saw nearly 25,000 cases of suspected heat stroke and 56 people died after several heat wave days across the country from March to May, according to local media report, citing government data.

May has been a particularly bad month for the region, with temperature in capital Delhi and nearby state of Rajasthan touching 50ºC.

In a contrast, parts of eastern India have been reeling under the impact of cyclone Remal. Heavy rain in the north eastern state of Assam has killed 14 people since Tuesday.

At least 33 people, including election officials on duty in India's just-concluded general election, died of suspected heatstroke in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the north, and Odisha in the east on Friday.

Data from the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) showed that the situation was worst in May, with 46 heat-related deaths and 19,189 suspected heat stroke cases, news website The Print reported.

Including suspected cases, the total number of deaths in India could be much higher at 80, newspaper The Hindu reported.

Over 5,000 cases of heatstroke were detected in the central state of Madhya Pradesh alone

The weather office has predicted that heat wave conditions will be less severe till Wednesday and an early arrival of monsoon in the southern state of Kerala last week is expected to bring more relief.

 
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