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Last year 58,000 new expats entered the workforce in Kuwait



Recent statistics issued by government bodies showed the total workforce in Kuwait till the end of last year increased by 66,000, including 8,562 citizens, 11,394 new domestic helpers and 47,000 expats working for the private sector. Statistics showed an upsurge in the number of expats working for private sector companies during the period of June to Dec 2018, and a drop of 987 in their number in government bodies.

Statistics also showed that the total number of expats working in Kuwait is 2.38 million, with 68 percent of them working in the private sector, 648,000 as domestic helpers and 123,000 in the public sector. In addition, statistics showed a rise in the number of citizens working for government bodies – an increase of 7,867 versus an increase of 695 Kuwaitis in the private sector.-K.T.


Saudi Crown Prince to visit India today



India  officially announced the programme for the visit of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence.

"At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is paying his first State visit to India on 19 and February 20, 2019. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen," an announcement by the Ministry of External Affairs said.

During the forthcoming visit, the Crown Prince will call on the President and Vice President of India. He will hold bilateral talks with Modi on a wide range of issues of mutual interest. This visit follows a trip by Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016, during which the two countries agreed to elevate their strategic partnership.

"India and Saudi Arabia have historically enjoyed close and friendly relations anchored in mutually beneficial partnership and extensive people to people contacts. In recent years, there has been significant progress in bilateral cooperation in key areas of mutual interest, including energy security, trade, investment, infrastructure, defence and security," the announcement said.

Saudi-India bilateral trade was $27.48 billion during the year 2017-18, making Saudi Arabia India's fourth largest trading partner. Saudi Arabia contributes about 20 percent of India's crude requirements. Recently, Saudi ARAMCO in partnership with ADNOC entered into a joint venture for $44 billion worth Ratnagiri Refinery and Petro-Chemical project Ltd.

"About 2.7 million strong and vibrant Indian community forms the largest expatriate group in Saudi Arabia. Their positive and highly-appreciated contribution to the development of their host country has been an important anchor of bilateral engagement. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also facilitates Haj pilgrimage to over 175,000 Indians every year," the Ministry added.


Main reasons behind egg crisis in Kuwait



Amid the continuing series of lack of eggs at the main sale points, cooperative societies and markets in the country, officials of major egg companies unveiled the main reasons behind the aggravation of this crisis.These officials expect gradual settlement of the crisis starting from March in view of the plan to increase their production of eggs and stability of situation owing to the decision of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to stop the exportation of eggs.

These officials cited various factors leading to the aggravation of the crisis such as unstable weather conditions in 2018, poultries in the biggest production companies are passing through a transitional phase, and exportation of eggs to Saudi Arabia which suffered from lack of eggs due to the avian flu outbreak.Big quantities of local eggs were withdrawn from the Kuwaiti market – the closest to Saudi Arabia hence the high demand for eggs.

While the crisis of shortage of eggs in main outlets continues to escalate and despite the decision taken by Ministry of Commerce and Industry to stop exporting eggs amid objections raised by some cooperative societies, reliable sources assured that the egg crisis will soon end.

The Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies, with the cooperation of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, asked suppliers of eggs in Turkey to discuss the possibility of exporting eggs to Kuwait. The Imported Foods Department in Kuwait sent a letter to these suppliers with details of the required quantities, stressing that the price for importing should be in consideration of the selling price in various outlets in Kuwait, which should range from KD 1.050 to KD 1.100.The export process will begin immediately after reaching an agreement on the shipping method and completing other logistical processes. Furthermore, the sources indicated that the trend of egg-producing companies to export eggs to neighboring countries had caused the sharp shortage of eggs in the country.-A.T.


Family of 308 people hold forged Kuwaiti citizenship



Those holding forged Kuwaiti citizenship and those who got it using fake documents are being exposed one by one. The latest case involves 308 people belonging to the same tribe of Iraqi origins who hold forged citizenships, adding that residency detectives had been working on the case for a while and that four out of the five main suspects involved in it had died, while the fifth is currently in his sixties.

The case goes back to when a Kuwaiti – who was infertile – got married to an Iraqi woman who had four children from an earlier marriage to an Iraqi, noting that the citizen added them to his citizenship files as his own, and thus they got Kuwaiti citizenship, along with their children and grandchildren, and enjoyed all privileges granted to citizens.Residency detectives were tipped off concerning this major case a month ago, and accordingly a citizen in his sixties was arrested and confessed that his Iraqi mother had added him and his three Iraqi brothers to her Kuwaiti husband’s dossier, adding that all his brothers had died. However, further investigations showed that the total number of the four fake citizens’ children and grandchildren add up to 308, who have been enjoying citizen privileges for decades.-K.T.


To celebrate National day!



To celebrate National day!

Yes!!!! We are Back with our Tribute...

To celebrate the Twin occasions of National Day & Liberation Day of the State Of Kuwait, #UNIMONI in Association with Mujtaba Creations releasing Video Album on 21st Feb as a Tribute to the Leaders & People of Kuwait.



Bangladeshi who was deported tried to return to Kuwait by using different passport



A Bangladeshi man who was previously deported tried to return to Kuwait by using a passport that belongs to someone else. He confessed to buying the passport using all his savings. The man presented a passport to the officer, but he was referred to the forgery department, where he insisted the passport was his despite the difference in the picture. He later confessed he had bought the passport, because he cannot use his original passport after he was deported. He will be deported again.-K.T.


DGCA initiative to standardize the costs of flight tickets



Air Traffic Controller at Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) Raed Al-Taher affirmed about the agreement between DGCA, travel agencies and travel websites to standardize the costs of flight tickets, provided approval is obtained from the airlines. He stressed that this decision is aimed to serve the customers, and the relevant offices and companies, and is in response to the frequent complaints made in this regard.-A.T.


Vande Bharat Express starts its maiden commercial run today



A day after its inaugural run which was mired with technical snags, the Vande Bharat Express began commercial operations from New Delhi to Varanasi on Sunday. The centrally air-conditioned luxury train departed from New Delhi at 6 am and is scheduled to reach Varanasi at 2 pm. It will make the return journey on the same day departing from Varanasi at 3 pm and reaching Delhi at 11 pm.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted: “Vande Bharat Express left Delhi for Varanasi today morning on its first commercial run. Tickets sold out for the next two weeks already. Get yours today!”

Issuing a clarification on reports of the train breaking down on its way back from Varanasi on Saturday, the Railway Ministry on Saturday had tweeted: “There was an issue of communication between the last basic unit of 4 coaches and the rest of the train probably due to some external hit. Thereafter, safety features in the train applied brakes. The train was checked for faults and moved to Delhi.”


Ministry of Interior has denied rumors of reduction in traffic fines



The Ministry of Interior has denied on Friday reports that the ministry will lessen the value of traffic fines on the occasion of national holidays.The Public Relations and Security Information Department has denied rumors that have gone viral in some social media that on the occasion of the national holidays the traffic fines will be reduced calling the information baseless.The department said any decision taken by the ministry is preceded by a media campaign and stressed that the ministry doors are open to answer any queries around the clock.-A.T.


Kuwait condemned deadly attack in Kashmir



Kuwait on Friday condemned an explosion that targeted a military convoy in Indian part of Kashmir, leaving scores of personnel dead or wounded. A source at the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry rejected in a statement all forms of violence and terrorism, affirming the country’s stand on India’s side in facing such a criminal act. The source expressed condolences to families of the victims and wished the wounded quick recovery. Up to 40 personnel were killed in Thursday’s bombing attack. – KUNA


Egyptian woman exited and returned to the country despite of travel ban



The concerned authorities at the Interior Ministry are conducting intensive investigations how an Egyptian woman exited and returned to the country although her name is on the list of persons banned from leaving the country because she is a violator of residence law and owed the ministry KD 330 for violating the residence law.

According to a security source, the woman left via the Kuwait International Airport in June 2017 and returned a few days ago. Upon her arrival, the immigration authorities discovered she was wanted to pay fines exceeding KD 330.A security source said an employee denied stamping the passport of the woman and said he did not check her name although it is his prime responsibility of the officer before putting the exit stamp on the passport. The source added that it is likely the employee may have used the stamp of his colleague.However, investigations are still underway to get to the bottom of the issue especially since the Ministry of Interior has warned its employees that only authorized personnel have the right to check the names of passengers.-A.T.


Obituary Message: S. Palaniappan

Obituary Message: S. Palaniappan

SPalIt is with great sadness that we inform about the demise of Mr. S. Palaniappan aged 47 Years, He was working as a Mechanical Design Engineer at MAB Refinery, KNPC. Arrangements have been made to pay the last respects @ 1:30 PM on 16th Feb 2019 (Saturday) at Al Sabah Hospital, Kuwait.

He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family; May his soul Rest in Peace.


Chance of light rain until Saturday morning



The weather is expected to be affected by a west low pressure Thursday afternoon followed by increase in clouds and a chance of light rain, said meteorologist Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi.There is a chance of light rain that may turn to thunder storm on some southern areas until Saturday morning, with southeasterly moderate winds and a sea level at three to seven feet, he told KUNA.

He added that today’s weather will be moderate and partly cloudy with multidirectional light to moderate southeasterly winds with 10 to 35 km/h of speed. The highest temperature is between 20 and 22 Celsius and sea level is between one to four feet.-A.T.


Both sides of the Ghazali road between Ghazali bridge and Jamal Abdul Nasser opened today



Both sides of the Ghazali road stretching between Ghazali bridge and Jamal Abdul Nasser road will be opened today at dawn, the traffic department announced yesterday. Accordingly, the traffic department urged all road users to be careful and respect speed limits and traffic police instructions.-K.T.


15000-20000 complaints received annually by Labor dispute follow-up department



Head of Labor Disputes Department at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Sultan Al-Zoghbi said the sector receives 15,000 to 20,000 complaints from workers annually, which include applications for termination of work contract, transfer of indemnity, and requests for transfer from one job to another.

Al-Zoghbi revealed this at a recent seminar organized by the Federation of Companies in cooperation with PAM on the Kuwaiti Labor Law titled ‘Obligations of the Employer in accordance with Kuwaiti Labor Law No.6/2010 and gave detailed explanation of Labor Law, employment contract and obligations of the parties to the employment contract included in Law No.6/2010, such as salaries and the rules of paying them. He confirmed that labor legislation is keen on protecting workers’ salary; stressing the importance of organizing the working hours due to its direct link with the economy and productivity in the country. He also made mention of holidays the workers are entitled to during the year and the employer’s commitment to providing security needs of working women in case they are on duty after 10 pm. He stated the employers’ commitment to providing their workers indemnity certificates and specifying the conditions of granting working women time to breastfeed their babies .-A.T.


At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir terror attack



At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district Thursday by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist who rammed an explosive-laden car into the bus ferrying them. Jaish has identified the suicide bomber at Adil Ahmad, a resident of Gundi bagh in Pulwama.

Terming the attack as despicable, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asserted that the sacrifices of security personnel will not go in vain. A meeting of the PM Modi-led Cabinet Committee on Security is currently underway to take a call on the next course of action and look at options.  The Centre has also dispatched teams of NIA and NSG with forensic experts to Srinagar to assist Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the scene of the crime.


Indian Central School teacher passed away while at school due to heart attack



Teacher of Indian Central School Mr K G Robinson passed away today morning due to heart attack. He was 51 years old.School authorities called for ambulance immediately after he reported uneasiness after reaching school today morning. He was taken to hospital however he breathe his last on the way to the hospital.

Mr K G Robinson, hailing from Rajamundre, Hyderabad, left behind his wife and three children, who are studying in Delhi. His wife reached Kuwait two months back for the first time to join with him and recently completed the family visa formalities.The management, principal and staff of Indian Central School expressed their deepest condolence on the sudden demise of their teacher. The school is arranging all the formalities to send the mortal remains to his home town.


No school fee hikes allowed this year also



Education Minister Hamed Al-Azmi yesterday issued a ministerial resolution extending the validity of resolution number 10/2018 issued last year suspending private school tuition fee hikes. Accordingly, demands made by private school owners to increase their schools’ fees were rejected, and they were warned that legal actions would be taken against them in case of any violations. -K.T.


Court imposed KD 10,000 fine on a doctor in surgery case



The Court of Cassation imposed KD 10,000 fine on a doctor for failure to inform a Kuwaiti woman, who suffered from minor paralysis after giving birth at a public hospital, about the repercussions of surgery.Although the court confirmed that there was no medical error, it stressed the need for doctors to inform patients about the danger or consequences of a surgery before the procedure. If a doctor does not inform the patient, he will be accused of failure in his work.The woman’s lawyer argued in court that she agreed with the doctor to use anesthesia but the latter did not tell her what would happen after the surgery.-A.T.


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