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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.


Interior Minister outlines amnesty plans for residence violators from April 1



In a follow up to the decision to allow residency violators to leave the country without paying any fines starting April, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al-Saleh designated places to receive violators of the residence laws depending on their nationalities. Authorities have prepared separate centers to accommodate the residency violators after completing their procedures until the date of their travel.

Male and female residency violators should gather in the Farwaniya area in preparation for their departure anytime during the month of April.

Reception of male violators: Farwaniya Governorate – Al-Muthanna Primary School – Boys, Block 1, Street 122.

Reception of female violators: Farwaniya Governorate – Farwaniya Primary School – Girls, Block 1, Street 76.

This decision is aimed at reducing the expat population of residency violators, and limit chances for the spread of the coronavirus, especially since many expats were infected after contact with an infected person in recent reports.As per the decision, residency violators can leave the country without paying fines, and are allowed the chance to return to the country with legal documents.

The acceptance of violators  at the centers will begins from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, according to the following dates seven days a week.The dates for various nationalities are given below:

Philippine: April 1st to April 5th

Egyptian: April 6th to April 10th

Indian: April 11th to April 15th

Bangladeshi: April 16th to April 20th

Sri Lankan: April 21st to April 25th


German minister commits suicide over COVID-19 crisis



Finance minister of Germany's Hesse state, Thomas Schaefer, committed suicide apparently after expressing "despair" over how to handle the economic fallout from the fast-spreading coronavirus, an official confirmed on Sunday.Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track at Hochheim, near Frankfurt on Saturday.The Wiesbaden prosecution's office said they believe he died by suicide, Al Jazeera reported.

Police and prosecutors said factors, including the questioning of witnesses and their own observations at the scene, led them to conclude that Schaefer killed himself.Hesse is home to Germany's financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders such as Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters.The European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt.

Schaefer belonged to Merkel's centre-right CDU party and is survived by his wife and two children.The killer bug has so far infected over 60,000 people in Germany while nearly 600 have succumbed to the contagious infection.


Family visa (Article 22) renewal to go online



A high-ranking official working for the General Administration of Residence Affairs was quoted as saying the head of the family within the next few days will be able to renew online the Article 22 residence permit (family visa).

The official told the daily all procedures related to completing such transactions are nearing completion. He added, the renewal of family residence is expected to take effect this week or the next week at the latest, saying the Civil IDs can be collected after the end of the curfew period which expected to end by next April 12.

The official added, fines resulting from the delay in renewing the family residence will make it obligatory for the head of the family to pay online unless a decision is issued by the concerned authorities to exempt fines due to non-availability of the service due to closure of state ministries.


First phase of a plan to repatriate nationals concludes



A plane carrying Kuwaiti citizens from London arrived in Kuwait International Airport Sunday, the last aircraft of the first phase of a plan to repatriate nationals from countries hit by coronavirus. The repatriation is part of an operation conducted jointly by the foreign, health and interior ministries, custom and fire departments and in coordination with Kuwait Airways, Directorate General for Civil Aviation said on its Twitter account.

Three planes – two from Tehran and one from Paris – returned home earlier today. Two planes returned yesterday, one from New York and another from London. Three aircraft from Spain, Britain and Italy repatriated citizens on Friday, a day after nationals were brought back from Frankfurt, London and Abu Dhabi.

The first repatriation day started last Wednesday when Kuwait Airways operated flights from Lebanon, Egypt and Bahrain. The first phase of the repatriation plan, which meets the criteria of the health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO), ends today.


Kuwaiti banks offer 6-month loan repayment relief to all clients



Major banks in Kuwait announced that they are postponing repayment of loan and credit card installments for six months of all clients due to the current circumstances in Kuwait in light of the exceptional government procedures to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Interest and fees accrued during this period will also be waived, a number of banks including Gulf Bank, the National Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait Finance House, Warba Bank and others said in statements posted on their social media accounts.

Meanwhile, Kuwait Banks Association (KBA) urged all bank clients to ignore calls or text messages asking them to reveal any information or data related to their personal bank accounts, such as the account number, pin code, OTP, etc. This comes after many clients reportedly received scam calls from people asking them for their personal information to allegedly process transactions for postponement of installment payments. Banks have not made any such calls or sent similar messages to clients, nor do they plan to do so, KBA said in a statement.-K.T.


Watch AR tiger, duck, dog and other animals in your room using Google 3D animals



Google introduced augmented reality (AR) objects to Search last year at I/O 2019. More than a year since then Google has added a bunch of more 3D animals that you can watch using AR. To watch animals such as Tiger, Duck, and more in 3D you just need to do a simple Google search. Just write the name of the animal you want to watch in AR and you’re good to go.

Well, Google doesn’t show all animals in 3D AR as yet. The AR animals that you can view on Google Search right now are Tiger, Alligator, Angler fish, Brown bear, Cat, Cheetah, Dog, Duck, Eagle, Emperor penguin, Giant panda, Goat, Hedgehog, Horse, Lion, Macaw, Octopus, Shark, Shetland pony, Snake, Tiger, Turtle, and Wolf. Google could be working on more AR animal options to bring in the future. Besides animals Google also allows you to watch planets like Mars, Earth, Pluto, among others.

Finding 3D animals on Google is very easy and the process includes just a simple Google Search. For example, to find Tiger in AR you will just need to type “Tiger” in the Google Chrome app, scroll down a bit, and you will be able to see “View in 3D” option inside a box that states “Meet a life-sized tiger up close”. Around the box, Google also provides related information about Tiger such as scientific name, lifespan, speed, height, diet and much more.

* Just click on the “View in 3D” option

* You will be able to see a shadow on the Tiger on your phone screen

* Follow the instruction and keep moving your phone from one end of the room to another

* Finally, a Tiger in 3D will be inside your room

* You can resize the Tiger by zooming in and out as per your requirement

* The Tiger will vanish after half a minute

Note: We tried to watch the Google 3D AR animals on iPhone and it worked only in Chrome and not on Google mobile app as of now. On Android it works on all apps.

Google’s 3D animals aren’t available on all devices. It’s only available on smartphones and not on the computer or laptop. In fact, it isn’t supported by all phones either. Android smartphone or tablet running Android 7.0 or higher and iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.0 or higher are the only ones that will show 3D animals on Google.


MoH launches medicine delivery service today



Kuwait’s Ministry of Health (MOH) launched a new medicine delivery service for people in Kuwait, which they can use to order medications to be delivered during curfew hours. The medications will be delivered within 72 hours after the order is submitted.

To place an order, patients should send a WhatsApp to the numbers for the hospitals and medical centers as listed below. The patient should include their name, Civil ID number, hospital or clinic file number, mobile phone number and the medicine needed to the following numbers:

  • Amiri Hospital: 50880699
  • Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital: 50880755
  • Farwaniya Hospital: 50880852
  • Adan Hospital: 50880908
  • Jahra Hospital: 50881066
  • Sabah Hospital: 97632660
  • Jaber Hospital: 96992079
  • Ibn Sina Hospital: 99613948
  • Chest Hospital: 99258749
  • Razi Hospital: 97633487
  • Kuwait Cancer Control Center: 96735242
  • Psychiatric Hospital: 97350113
  • Physiotherapy Hospital: 99824037
  • Maternity Hospital: 98559531
  • As’ad Al-Hamad Dermatology Center: 98514508
  • Zain Hospital: 97552031
  • NBK Hospital: 96931761
  • Al-Rashed Allergy Hospital: 94162470
  • Infectious Diseases Hospital: 96989164
  • Palliative Care Hospital: 94024786
  • Sabah Al-Ahmad Urology Center: 90952469
  • KFH Addiction Treatment Center: 94169363
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Traffic violations department will receive people from 8 am until 1 pm



The General Directorate of Traffic announced that starting tomorrow, Monday the Traffic Violations Investigation Department of the Capital Governorate will receive people from 8 am until 1 pm from people whose vehicles have been seized.


20 new cases of coronavirus bringing the total number to 255



The health ministry confirmed 20 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in Kuwait to 255. The ministry’s spokesperson Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad said at the ministry’s daily press conference that seven cases – six Kuwaitis and one Filipino – are related to travel to the UK.

Sanad added that the 13 other cases include a Kuwaiti in contact with another Kuwaiti who had traveled to Saudi Arabia, nine Indians in contact with three Indians (under epidemiological investigation) and three Bangladeshis in contact with another Bangladeshi (under epidemiological investigation as well). He pointed out to the concentration of a number of cases resulting from contact with infected cases in Mahboula, Industrial Shuwaikh, and some commercial areas of the capital.

Health Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah earlier announced the recovery of three new cases, bringing the total of those who have recovered to 67. Twelve cases are in intensive care – three critical and nine stable – out of 188 cases in hospital, while 910 persons completed the quarantine period.-K.T.


Pravasi Legal Cell Kuwait Chapter received reply from Shri. V Muraleedharan office (MoS MEA)

Pravasi Legal Cell Kuwait Chapter received reply from Shri. V Muraleedharan office (MoS MEA) regarding travelling arrangement request for Indian expatriates to home land 

Pravasi Legal Cell, Kuwait Country head Mr.Babu Francis submitted an appeal to Dr. S Jayashankar, Minister of External Affairs, Shri V. Muralidharan- Minister of State for External Affairs and Secretary of External Affairs India , to take urgent steps to create necessary travel arrangements for Indian expatriates who wish to return their home country In between residency violators exempted paying fines ,provided they leave Kuwait between 2020 April 1 and 30

Indian expatriates having their concern and fear that they will not be able to avail the benefit of the referred exemption policy due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Indian Government as per current uncertain and anxious scenario created by the rapid spread of COVID-19. In view of the current circumstances and the current lockdown imposed in India, as a result of which all international and domestic travel have been banned, the Pravasi Legal Cell, Kuwait chapter, urged MEA to show a special consideration to the Indian expatriates in Kuwait by arranging special flights anytime during 1st April to 30th April, 2020, which shall exclusively cater Indian expatriates in Kuwait

Shri V Muraleedharan office - Minister of State for External Affairs replied, “suitable action is being taken on this matter “ regarding appeal submitted by PLC Kuwait Chapter yesterday through their Delhi Office.


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