1.5 million citizens and expats completed the "biometric fingerprint"
About one and a half million citizens and expatriates have completed the biometric fingerprint until the end of last week, reports Al-Qabas.
The daily pointing out that according to expectations in May next year everyone living in Kuwait will have completed the biometric fingerprint.
The sources stressed that the company implementing the project continues to update the system in accordance with the security requirements of the General Department of Forensic Evidence, in order to bring the system to the maximum level of improving the fingerprint efficiency.
The sources pointed out that the new system works smoothly and efforts are continuing to facilitate its work at all border crossings, noting that this new system aims to build a security database for citizens and residents.
The Interior Ministry added the biometric fingerprint project will provide database for everyone living in Kuwait who is 18 years old or older.
High heat persists in Kuwait
Weather in Kuwait is forecast over the weekend to remain hot but moderate at night time, exceeding the 45 degrees level at day times.
Director of the meteorology department, Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi, said in a statement to KUNA on Thursday that the Indian seasonal low depression would continue to grip the country, coupled with hot air blows.
On Thursday the heat would range between 43 and 45 degrees in the day and would fall to 25-30 degrees level at night. On Friday, daytime temperature will be between 44 and 46 degrees and drops to the 26-30 degrees level at night.
On Saturday, maximum heat will be 46 degrees and drops at night to 27 degrees.
MEW launches the service to Inquire the due through Sahel App
The Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy (MEW) has launched a new e-service in Sahel App where the expatriates can inquire about the due amount they owe to MEW.
The ministry said in a statement that this service allows the residents and citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to check and clear the dues of MEW before traveling outside the country.
Criminal Security Dept. arrested 8 scammers involved in fake loans
The General Directorate of Relations and Security Media stated that as part of the efforts of the criminal security sector to address all forms of crime, arrest perpetrators and impose the prestige of the law, the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation, has successfully identified and arrested two networks consisting of 8 people of different nationalities engaged in electronic fraud on people. These individuals were involved in electronic scams targeting unsuspecting victims.
It was found that the scammers have been cheating victims by promising them personal loans within 48 hours of submitting the application in exchange for opening several bank accounts and handing over to them; and then they manage these bank accounts for illegal activities and fraudulent transactions.
Another criminal group was also dismantled during this operation and they were operating in collaboration with individuals outside Kuwait through a smartphone application. Under the name of a website called “Ministry of Commerce – Consumer Protection,” they defrauded people by creating bank payment links for nominal amounts, all while offering assistance in filing commercial complaints. Once the victims interacted with these fraudulent websites, the criminals exploited their bank accounts for illicit purposes after gathering personal information.
During the operation, the devices used, multiple bank cards, and phone numbers belonging to other individuals used in fraudulent activities were seized and are being referred to the competent authorities to take the necessary action against them.
The Ministry of urged everyone to be caution and refrain from engaging with anonymous applications or unreliable websites in order to protect themselves from falling victim to fraud and scams.
2.43 million people from 174 countries work in Kuwait
Data released by the Central Administration of Statistics indicates that as of June 2023, Kuwait had a total of 2.43 million expatriates, both male and female, from 174 countries employed in various sectors, including domestic work. This number represents an increase of approximately 82.5% compared to the end of December 2022 when the expatriate workforce stood at 2.34 million, reports Al-Anba daily.
In terms of the broader labor market, which includes citizens and domestic workers, the total employment saw an increase of about 86.8 thousand male and female workers during the first half of 2023. This raised the total number of workers to around 2.877 million by the end of June 2023, compared to 2.79 million at the end of December 2022.
India had the largest representation in the Kuwaiti workforce, constituting 30.2% of the total. The number of Indian workers increased to about 869.82 thousand by the end of June 2023, a rise of 35.14 thousand compared to December 2022.
Egypt followed as the second-largest contributor, with a workforce of 483.45 thousand at the end of June 2023, a slight decrease of 808 Egyptians compared to December 2022.
Kuwait ranked third, with approximately 447.06 thousand male and female citizens in the labor market by June 2023, reflecting a rise of 4,417 citizens compared to December 2022.
The Philippines and Bangladesh secured the fourth and fifth positions, with 269.48 thousand and 248.92 thousand workers, respectively, by the end of June 2023.
The data also revealed notable changes in the workforce from specific nationalities. Nepalese workers, for instance, moved up to the fifth position, surpassing Pakistanis. Meanwhile, the number of domestic workers increased by about 34.85 thousand during the first half of 2023.
Regarding salaries, the average salary for Kuwaiti citizens rose to 1,557 dinars per month during the first half of 2023. Kuwaiti citizens in the government sector had an average salary of 1,598 dinars per month, while those in the private sector earned an average of 1,342 dinars per month.
Expatriates’ average salary increased to 343 dinars per month, with those in the government and private sectors earning 750 dinars and 323 dinars per month, respectively.
Security team seizes a liquor factory and warehouse
The Capital Governorate Investigation Department - Jaber Al-Ahmad Investigations managed to monitor two people who run a factory for local liquor and counterfeit brands. By intensifying search operations, it was revealed that they are running two sites, one for manufacturing liquor and the other for storage.
The Ministry of Interior said that the security team raided the place, and seized the perpetrators, the manufacturing tools & glass bottles ready for packaging. Also 1500, bottles packed and ready for promotion, barrels, gallons and chemicals related to the manufacture of liquor were found in addition to a large quantity of lids, cartons and stickers for glass bottles of international brands.
They seized all the items and were referred to the competent authorities to take the necessary legal measures against them.
10,000 children under 12 seek skin treatment in Kuwait every year
Mubarak Hospital announced on Saturday that 30 percent of skin cases it receives suffer from atopic eczema and that more than 10,000 people under 12 years of age report to dermatology clinics in the country per year.
Dr. Manar Al-Enezi, the head of skin diseases ward at the hospital, said in a statement upon launch of an awareness campaign against the disease that the effort is aimed at educating the public about causes of the illness and treatments.
The campaign has been launched on the international day for atopic eczema, officially called the World Atopic Dermatitis Day.
Dr. Al-Enezi has affirmed that the disease causes are multiple and can be rooted in hereditary issues, immunity malfunction and skin defects.
28 expats were arrested for practicing immoral activities
28 expats of different nationalities were arrested in 7 different cases on charges of prostitution that go against public morals.
The Criminal Security Sector, represented by the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation managed to arrest 27 people both men and women on charges of practicing acts contrary to public morals in exchange for money.
These activities were taking place across several locations and massage institutes in various parts of the country.
These activities were discovered through daily searches and investigations conducted on social media and Internet platforms, where users were found to be involved in immoral acts, in exchange for a sum of money. The accused individuals have been referred for the necessary legal measures.
MoI personnel detain 16 persons with drugs in their possession
The Ministry of Interior declared on Friday arresting 16 persons, charging them with 13 counts and possessing some amounts of drugs and methamphetamine pills.
Additionally, the MoI personnel found two pieces of weapons, ammunition and some caches of money reaped in illegal transactions, in their possession.
The statement said the personnel found 6.2 grams of various narcotics and 550 antipsychotic drugs in their possession.
The detainees confessed during interrogations that they had the drugs for trading.
Civil Service Council Approves New Working Hours in government agencies
The Civil Service Council has approved the Ministry of Interior’s proposal to implement a flexible working system in government agencies. The proposal includes allowing employees to work flexible hours, with the morning attendance period between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and the dismissal period between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This will allow employees to work for seven hours, with a grace period of 30 minutes The Civil Service Council has given government agencies the right to choose between the flexible system or the period system according to their nature and preference.
The implementation of this system has several advantages, including allowing employees to benefit from the grace period at the beginning or end of official working hours, which gives workers in government agencies the right to enter and leave flexibly This system is expected to improve employee satisfaction and productivity by providing them with more control over their work schedules.
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The Civil Service Commission approved the proposal to grant electronic sick leave
The Civil Service Commission approved the proposal of the Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmed Al-Awadhi, regarding obtaining sick leave without medical consultation via electronic platforms.
Ministry of Health and the Information Systems Sector is working on completing the procedures required to launch this new service. According to the new system, once implemented the employee can obtain sick leave without visiting the health center, provided that the duration of the sick leave granted to the employee does not exceed 3 days in a month.
Acting PM affirms reckless drivers will be dealt with firmly
Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Interior Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah affirmed on Wednesday the importance of dealing with reckless drivers firmly and traffic congestions promptly to ensure everyone's safety as the school's new academic year starts next week.
In a statement released by the Ministry's Public Relations and Media Security, Sheikh Talal headed a security meeting with Undersecretary of the Ministry, Lieutenant General Anwar Al-Barjas, to follow up on the Ministry's readiness to handle traffic congestions during school hours.
Sheikh Talal stressed the importance of police presence on all roads and intersections that lead up to schools in residential areas to help reduce traffic congestion and eliminate illegal parking in front of schools.
He also ordered to boost security and traffic awareness campaigns to provide parents and drivers with all the necessary information needed to avoid motorists' bad behaviors that can affect the safety of other drivers.
Kuwait tweaks school hours in bid to reduce traffic jams
Kuwait's education ministry on Tuesday set new hours for school classes nationwide, saying the measure aims to ease traffic congestion ahead of the new academic year.
As per the new schedule approved by Education Minister Dr. Adel Al-Mane, nurseries start at 7:15 AM and end at 12:05 PM, while elementary schools will begin at the same but would let students out an hour later at 1:15 PM, said a ministry statement.
Middle and high schools have had their class hours adjusted as well, with the former starting classes at 7:30 AM until 1:40 PM, while attendance for high school students starts at 7:45 AM until let out at 1:55 PM, according to the new schedule.
The new timings are set to come into effect for the 2023/2024 school year, added the statement.
MoI Cracks Down with 989 Deportations in 7 days
Authorities deported 989 expatriates for the residency and labor laws violations in the last seven days. This includes 611 men and 378 women due to violating the residency and labor laws. Some of them were caught in places that did not match the public morals. Several procedures are being carried out by the Deportation Department to complete the procedures of all violators referred to it by security authorities.
The sources warned people against harboring workers who are in violation of the residency and labor laws and those reported as absconding because they will expose themselves to legal accountability.
They said the security campaigns of the General Department for Residency Affairs Investigations target commercial centers and random markets in order to arrest all violators of the residency law, and marginal workers, as well as those reported as absconding, based on instructions from the top leadership of the Ministry of Interior.
The sources also revealed that in coming days, the security campaigns will be intensified to arrest violators of the residency and labor laws, absconders and wanted persons.
Kuwait announced September 28 holiday marking anniversary of Prophet’s birth
The cabinet announced on Monday that September 28th will be a holiday to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him.
During its' weekly meeting, the cabinet said public institutes and ministries would suspend work while other entities would continue work and operation in accordance with their own specialized nature.
India, Saudi Arabia to enhance cooperation
India and Saudi Arabia on Monday agreed to deepen cooperation after holding talks on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in joint statement issued after talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in New Delhi that both sides reviewed means to deepen the strategic relations between the two countries.
They also exchanged on current regional and international issues as the two leaders co-chaired the India-Saudi Strategic Partnership Council. "Both sides expressed satisfaction that the bilateral relations have expanded and deepened across different fields such as political, trade, investment, energy, defence, security, social, cultural and people-to-people ties," the statement said.
Importance of energy cooperation was highlighted as an important pillar of the strategic partnership between the two countries. They also underlined the importance of supporting stability of global oil markets by encouraging dialogue between producing and consuming countries. The Saudi side promised to be a reliable partner and exporter of crude oil supplies to India.
They also expressed hope to deepen cooperation in the fields of electricity, grid interconnection, hydrogen and its derivatives between the two countries. "The two sides agreed to develop joint projects to transform oil into petrochemicals in the two countries, and providing the necessary support, requirements and enablers to accelerate the project of West Coast Refinery," the statement said.
They also agreed to explore investment opportunities in the field of fertilizers and petrochemicals in both countries. India and Saudi Arabia also underlined the importance of promoting direct and indirect investment across renewable energy, agriculture, food security, chemicals, communications and technology, tourism, culture, health care, industry, mining, and pharmaceuticals.
"The importance of trade in the bilateral relationship was recognized. Both sides praised the burgeoning trade ties and noted that bilateral trade has increased to more than USD 52 billion in 2022-23, marking a growth of more than 23%," it said. Both countries wanted to enhance trade cooperation though India is the second largest trade partner of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest trade partner of India. Both sides also supported the early India-GCC FTA negotiation commencement.
Welcoming the expansion of the private sector into investment partnerships in the agricultural and food industries, both sides emphasized the importance of food security. "They welcomed and affirmed their aspiration to continue cooperation between the two countries in the fields of environment, agriculture, food security, and food processing industries," it said.
They also affirmed the strengthening of partnership in the areas related to communications and information technology, digital economy, innovation and space, remote sensing, satellite communication and satellite-based navigation, and agreed to enhance cooperation in these areas.
They hailed the cooperation in security fields, and affirmed their desire to enhance the same. "They also emphasized the importance of furthering cooperation between both sides in the areas of cyber security, maritime security, combating transnational crime, narcotics and drug trafficking."
They also stressed the importance of enhancing security cooperation in the field of combating terrorism. They welcomed scientific and educational cooperation in the fields of higher education, research and innovation and encouraged direct relations between universities and scientific and educational institutions.
India and Saudi Arabia expressed support for international and regional efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Yemen. The Indian side appreciated the Saudi initiatives aimed at encouraging dialogue between the Yemeni parties, while the Saudi side appreciated the Indian effort in providing humanitarian aid to Yemen. "The two sides expressed their hope for achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East based on the Arab Peace Initiative and the relevant UN resolutions, to guarantee the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people," the statement said.
They also underlined the importance of achieving security and stability in Afghanistan. They also supported forming an inclusive government representing all segments of Afghan people and not allowing Afghanistan to be used as a platform or safe haven for terrorist and extremist groups.
Kuwait’s Traffic Crackdown: 18,000 Expats Deported in 6 Months
As the sectors of the Ministry of Interior continue intensive security campaigns in all governorates, recent official figure shows that more than 18,000 expatriates were deported from the country between March and August for violating traffic rules and other reasons.
The total number of traffic violations recorded in eight months since the beginning of 2023, exceeded
The head of the traffic awareness department, Brigadier General Nawaf Al-Hayyan, revealed to Al-Rai that 18,486 expatriates were deported during a period between March and August, for the serious traffic violations such as high speed, exceeding the red light, racing, loading passengers, reversing traffic, or driving without driving licenses.
Expats must clear the pending payments before renewing the residency
The Ministry of Interior announced that all the expatriates must clear all the pending payments from the relevant authorities in the state before renewing their residency. This new law will be implemented starting from today 10th September 2023.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled issued a ministerial decision amending some provisions of Foreigners’ Residence, expatriates are required to pay any pending payments to any ministry/government agency.
Ministry also stated that every expatriates must pay the pending payments through the websites of state agencies or the “Sahl” application.
The cost of stationery increased by 30% to increase demand
Specialists and experts in economics have confirmed that the prices of school supplies and stationery in the local markets have increased by rates ranging between approximately 10% and 30% due to the increase in demand versus supply, pointing to the necessity of having large quantities of these goods through direct import and the availability of alternative goods.