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Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai. He was 67.



Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on Thursday in Mumbai, following a long battle with cancer. He was 67.Randhir Kapoor confirmed the news of Rishi’s demise.

Rishi Kapoor was admitted to Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital on April 29.Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and had then traveled to New York for treatment. He stayed there with his wife, actor Neetu Kapoor for almost a year and returned to Mumbai in September 2019.

Rishi Kapoor was the son of legendary actor Raj Kapoor and Krishna Kapoor. He made his first appearance in movies at the tender age of 3 in Shree 420. His debut role was in Raj Kapoor directorial Mera Naam Joker. He then became a heartthrob with RK Films’ Bobby.

Rishi Kapoor was a popular actor through the 1970s to the 1990s when he worked in movies like Amar Akbar Anthony, Coolie, Karz and Chandni among more. In his later years, he was known for his character roles in movies like Hum Tum, Agneepath and Kapoor & Sons among more. He was last seen in The Body alongside Emraan Hashmi.

Rishi Kapoor is survived by his wife Neetu Kapoor, and children Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor.


The death of Indian businessman Joy Arakkal in Dubai last week was a case of suicide



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The Dubai Police on Wednesday announced that the death of popular Keralite businessman Joy Arakkal was a case of suicide. Arakkal had died on April 23; at the time, no cause of death was given.

Arakkal was the managing director of the Innova Group of companies, which has interests in the petroleum sector. He was a recipient of the UAE's Gold Card visa, which is valid for 10 years and is aimed at investors.

Brigadier Abdullah Khadim Bin Sorour, Director of Bur Dubai police station, said the businessman committed suicide by jumping from the 14th floor of a building in Business Bay on April 23."It was a suicide. Investigations are over and his body will be flown back to India," Brigadier Bin Sorour told .The official said the businessman was with a friend and his son when he went out to have a smoke. "He plunged to death and his family called the police and informed us immediately." Police said the Gold Card visa holder committed suicide due to financial reasons.The Dubai Police have ruled out any foul play behind the death of Joy Arakkal.

Arakkal was known to be a philanthropist and built houses for the poor and conducted weddings of poor families. He became famous in 2018 when work was completed on his 25,000 sq.ft mansion in Mananthavady, Wayanad. The 'Arakkal Palace' had been touted as one of the biggest houses in Kerala.

He is survived by his wife Celine Joy and children Arun Joy and Ashley Joy. Arakkal was among the Indian businessmen awarded the 10-year Gold Card visa by the UAE government in 2019.


Kuwaiti economy is the least affected due to Corona



The Kuwaiti economy and the rest of the world’s economies are exposed to wide negative effects on the impact of the measures taken by governments from curfews and closures on almost all economic activities, as a result of fears of the outbreak of the emerging Corona Virus pandemic.In light of these negative effects, some of the economic sectors, such as the retail trade, the hotel and restaurant sector, the entertainment sector and finally the food and beverage sector, remain the most affected or the one that is harmed at the beginning of the crisis and then extends to the rest of the various economic sectors to varying degrees.In this context, a report issued by a global research company, obtained by Al-Anbaa, showed how many economic sectors in Kuwait were affected by the outbreak of the Corona virus, as the contribution of those sectors most affected by the closure and social divergence in the gross domestic product represents nearly 4%, which is the lowest contribution from the affected sectors between the Gulf states and 12 Arab countries included in the recent report.

The report indicated that Kuwait is the least Gulf and Middle Eastern country affected by the outbreak of the Corona virus, where we find that Dubai is more affected by 32% of the gross domestic product, Morocco came second with 26% and Tunisia ranked third as the third affected by the epidemic by 25 Egypt came fourth with 24%, then Lebanon with 23%, and Algeria came in sixth place with 21%.To contain these effects, Kuwait has made strenuous efforts to avoid the economic impacts resulting from the outbreak of the Corona virus, and the Kuwaiti government has taken precautionary measures since the outbreaks began in late February, so we find that Kuwait is the least affected Gulf region in terms of the Gulf.The report emphasized the solidity of the Kuwaiti financial center, which depends on strong financial bumpers represented in the sovereign assets, which was confirmed by the credit rating agency Fitch International in its issued report, which established the credit rating for Kuwait, but the need for short-term financing remains to bridge the budget deficit, noting that the government presented a draft debt law General of the National Assembly, with a maximum of about $ 65 billion, as a ceiling for government borrowing.The Kuwaiti Cabinet had approved a support package for the economic sectors affected by the governmental measures taken to avoid the Corona outbreak, including ensuring that citizens working in the sectors most affected were not affected by the repercussions of the crisis that hit the whole world.While Jordan came seventh with 16%, then Saudi Arabia came in eighth, with 13% equal to Oman with the same percentage.

While we find Bahrain came in the tenth position with 11%, followed by the State of Qatar with 10%, then Abu Dhabi in the penultimate center with 8%.


Amnesty period for residence violators ended as per the schedule



The Ministry of Interior has stated that it has not decided to extend the amnesty period for residence violators hence Thursday 30th April will be the last date as previously announced as per the schedule.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al-Saleh reviewed a report prepared by the security leaders from amnesty centers. The precised date of their departure to their homeland is not specified which constitutes a huge burden on the security men and all state agencies, and it drains a great effort and resources in light of the health crisis that the whole world is going through.

The sources added that the total of the violators who benefited from the deadline that ends on 30th April and up till now about 25,000 expatriates out of a total of approximately 160,000 violators, which means that 135,000 residents refused to take advantage of amnesty and are still hiding in residential areas.

The sources pointed out that the report also recommended that all shelters should not be used taking into account many other things which will be needed for emergency. Noting that those countries who have refused to open airspace for their citizens the time limit may be reopened again for those wishing to leave.


Third phase of evacuating citizens from abroad ended with great success, where 7900 citizens arrived



After the success of the first and second phases, the third phase of evacuating citizens from abroad, which started from the 27th to the 29th of this month, ended yesterday with great success, where 7900 citizens arrived on 34 flights, after allocating 25 flights to Kuwait Airways, while allocating 9 flights to Jazeera Airways, and this stage of the evacuation of citizens from several destinations is: London - Gatwick - Manchester - Glasgow - Dublin - New York - Moscow - Armenia - Kiev - Hail, and was over a period of 3 days.

In addition to that, the fourth stage started yesterday and will continue from the 29th to the 6 May. It includes: Los Angeles - Miami - Dallas - Washington - Montreal - Sydney - Melbourne - Perth, in addition to a number of cities in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa in which it is located Kuwaiti citizens through direct online reservation of international airlines, in cooperation with the Kuwaiti embassies abroad.


An Indian company initially exports corona medication to 3 gulf countries for covid 19 treatment



The Indian pharmaceutical company, Stradys, is heading for its biggest jump in its shares since 2004, after it began exporting anti-viral “faviravir” tablets, which are increasingly used to treat emerging corona virus cases according to Bloomberg. The company, which is based in Bangalore, India, said it had developed the drug, as the drug showed positive and effective results in improving lung conditions in coronavirus patients. The company’s shares rose by as much as 18% the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The Indian company will produce the drug at its plant in southern Bangalore state, and can produce up to six billion tablets annually. The company said, without giving details, that the drug will be initially exported to three Gulf countries to treat “Covid 19” patients. Strides said it plans to submit an application to the Indian drug authorities, to initiate the necessary studies and to make the drug available locally.


Highest number of new cases today in  Kuwait

300 new cases registered today


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Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan dead at 53



Indian National Award-winning actor and cancer warrior Irrfan Khan, whose films are a masterclass in splendid seamless acting, died in Mumbai after battling a medical complication arising from colon infection.

He was 53 and is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons Babil and Ayan. News of his death was confirmed by Khan’s publicist.

“‘I trust, i have surrendered’”; these were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen,” Khan’s spokesperson stated.

“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it.

Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, ‘As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it’,” the spokesperson added.


300 New corona cases recorded today - total corona cases to 3740



The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced 300 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of infections to 3,740, while one death was reported as well, bringing the total fatalities' toll up to 24.

During its daily briefing, Health Ministry spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad said that 66 patients were in intensive care, 28 of them are in critical condition.

Those currently receiving treatment at hospitals reached 2,327 patients said the spokesperson. Today's death case is for a 57-year-old Filipino.

Today's reported case include 33 Kuwaiti citizen, 87 Indians, 92 Bangladeshi, 8 Pakistani and 50 Egyptians.


213 Coronavirus recoveries in Kuwait today, Total at 1,389



Kuwait’s Health Minister Dr. Basel Al- Sabah announced, Wednesday, the recovery of 213 people from the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the tally to 1389.

In remarks to KUNA, the minister said analyses and medical examinations and tests proved that these cases were cured of the coronavirus.

The recovered will be shifted to the hospital recuperation ward, pending their discharge from the hospital during the next two days, he said.


Dusty winds and rain expected today



There is an opportunity for sporadic rains, and possible thunderstorms at times, according to the Meteorological Department. Wind activity is expected to increase in the coming hours with speeds likely to exceed 60 km / hour, which may lead to dusty winds over some open areas.


Deportation of undocumented Indians from next week



There have been positive indications for resolving the issue of expatriates who are stranded in the residence centers of the Ministry of Interior. Parliamentary sources reported that the Foreign Minister informed the subordinates who attended the meeting in the National Assembly about an agreement with Egypt and India to deport their citizens who have violated residence law and the preparations is currently underway to prepare flights and open airspace to accept their citizens from next week onward.

Large number of residency violators from India, who are availing the amnesty declared by the Kuwait government, are currently sheltered in various locations in Kuwait awaiting to return back to India. However the lock down in India and the suspension of flights to India prevents Kuwait to sending them to India. As per some reports about 5000 Indians are currently beings sheltered at various centers in Kuwait awaiting their return to India.



129 Bangladeshis left Kuwait,another flight with 120 passengers is expected to leave today



The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced the Al-Jazeera Airways flight carrying 129 Bangladeshis left the Kuwait International Airport for Dhaka yesterday as part of a plan to facilitate the departure of residents wishing to leave Kuwait to their home countries, reports Al-Seyassah daily. A security source confirmed among the passengers were some people wanted by law in pending cases. Another flight with 120 passengers is expected to leave today most of whom are believed to be residence law violators and opted to take advantage of amnesty offered by the Minister of Interior.


Coronavirus pandemic: Air India, Indian Navy on standby to evacuate Indians from Gulf



The national carrier Air India and Indian Navy have been asked to be on standby with their aircraft and warships for the mass evacuation of Indians from Gulf countries as Covid-19 pandemic continues.

"We are assessing the scenario and finding the plan to evacuate Indians from the Gulf countries. We have asked Air India and India n Navy for the detailed evacuation plan," top government sources told ANI. Amid coronavirus scare, thousands of Indians have expressed willingness to come back to India from the Gulf countries, but due to suspension of air operations and other modes of travel, they have been stuck there.

India has suspended all kinds of travel till May 3 as the country continues to be under coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Government sources also stressed that "many Indians have contacted the embassies through social media and emails, showing a willingness to return to their homes. The government is doing all possible planning and making arrangements of their evacuation from their destinations."

China-originated coronavirus has raged across continents, killing people and crippling economies. The oil and gas rich Middle Eastern countries have also been affected by the deadly pathogen.

"Around 10 million Indians are in Gulf countries and many of them are living in port cities, and that is why the government has also asked Indian Navy to give a detailed plan for evacuation through sea routes," sources said.

The Indian Navy , in their detailed evacuation plan, submitted to the government, has mentioned that "the Indian Navy can evacuate 1,500 Indians from the Gulf countries in three warships of the Navy."

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has already started consultations with the States and Union Territories (UT) for the necessary arrangements starting the process.

"We have started our consultation with the governments of States/ UTs for the necessary arrangements. Similarly, all missions are also told to make a detailed report for those who have shown their willingness to return back to India and provide full assistance to them," MEA sources told ANI.

According to sources, senior officials from the Ministry of Civil Aviation had given brief note before a Group of Ministers that, " India has over 500 aircraft and the Indian aviation is capable of the evacuation of Indians from the Gulf nations."

Majority of the Indians who are stranded in the Gulf countries are labourers. Discussion is underway to determine who will bear the expenses of their evacuation- whether it will be borne by citizens or the central government.-IIK


Delivery boy arrested for messing around on trash



The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior said Monday that agents of its criminal security sector arrested a delivery boy after he behaved mysteriously in front of a home.A circulated video showed the person, an Arab while messing around on the rubbish after delivering the order.

During interrogation, the man admitted that he messed around the trash and tampered with the contents of the order, according to a statement from the Ministry’s public relations and security media dept.The man was referred to the competent authority pending a legal measure against him, the statement added.


164 Coronavirus recoveries in Kuwait, Total at 1,176



Kuwait’s Health Minister Dr. Basel Al- Sabah announced, Tuesday, the recovery of 164 people from the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the tally to 1,176.

In remarks to KUNA, the minister said analyses and medical examinations and tests proved that these cases were cured of the coronavirus.

The recovered will be shifted to the hospital recuperation ward, pending their discharge from the hospital during the next two days, he said.


152 New coronavirus cases today - Total cases 3440





MP submitted a proposal to amend Article 20, to stop the eviction of tenants by real estate/ landlords



MP Dr. Abdul Karim Al-Kandari submitted a proposal to amend Article 20, Paragraph 1 of the Real Estate Lease Decree 35/1978 to stop the eviction of tenants by real estate/ landlords in order to protect helpless tenants as it will raise the burden on the courts in the future .
Meanwhile tenants continue to suffer job losses due to corona crisis as many business houses have been shut, due to this they are unable to pay rent and the real estate owners have been threatening with legal consequences.


Reception centers for residency violators received about 17,700 violators of various nationalities



On the second day large number of residence violators visited amnesty centers in Farwaniya and Jleeb areas to take advantage amnesty period which was launched by the Ministry of Interior early this month and continues until the end of it.
Violators inside amnesty center to finish procedures Around 1500 residence violators of different nationalities mostly Asian and African were accepted at the centers who registered to leave the country without paying any fines and free ticket.

The head of the evacuation and shelter, Major General Abdin Al-Abidin stated that the centers dealt quickly with the large numbers of violators of the residence law from all communities to take advantage of the decision of the Ministry of Interior. They were received and completed their travel procedures easily and conveniently in order to achieve the goal. Al-Abideen added that, since the Ministry of the Interior’s deadline to leave the violators began April 1, the reception centers for residency violators received about 17,700 violators of various nationalities, noting that 2,000 of Filipino community left already.

He stated that the shelter for residence violators hold about 15700 violators of various nationalities, led by the Indians by about 4,500 violators, expecting that the number will rise to more than 20,000 by the end of this month and awaiting the response of their countries to start the deportation process.


Indian Navy readies three of its largest warships to move to gulf to evacuate stranded Indians



The Indian Navy has readied three of its largest warships to move to the Gulf to evacuate stranded Indians.

The INS Jalashwa, an LPD or Landing Platform Dock, an amphibious warship has been readied along with two LSTs or tank landing ships. The government has asked these ships to be prepared to move within a few days. As they are large ships, particularly the INS Jalashwa, a huge number of people can be evacuated,

if the option to send ships as opposed to Air India jumbos is taken. The Jalashwa, apart from its crew, can carry 1,000 troops and after social distancing, it translates to about 850 people. The two LSTs are smaller (there are Kumbhir class ships) and can carry several hundred people apart from the crew. In fact, the Indian Navy has eight LSTs in Vizag, Port Blair and Cochin, but two are being refitted. Apart from the other two being readied, the other four LSTs are also to be readied.