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Citibank honours Doha Bank with US Dollar Payments Straight Through Processing Excellence Award

Citibank honours Doha Bank with US Dollar Payments Straight Through Processing Excellence Award

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Citibank has chosen Doha Bank for “US Dollar Payments Straight Through Processing Excellence Award” .

Doha Bank CEO, Dr. R. Seetharaman received this award and commented “We are proud to receive this prestigious award from Citibank. This award acknowledges the Bank’s outstanding performance in the execution of payments in Dollars seamlessly.

This award is conferred annually to the best-in-class banks by their main USD clearer in recognition to their success in correctly formatting foreign currency payments. “Straight Through Processing” means that the payments sent to the bank for clearing by its correspondents are being processed automatically without human intervention.

Doha Bank achieved a STP rate of 99% for all Treasury and Commercial payments in 2019.

Doha Bank operations are geographically spread across strategic locations in Qatar. The bank also operates 6 full-fledged branches in UAE, Kuwait and India, and has representative offices across the globe encompassing a robust and strategic network of correspondent banking relationships.

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2 Africans and one European, for forging money and circulating the fake notes

 

 

Criminal investigation detectives recently arrested a gang of three; two Africans and one European, for forging money and circulating the fake notes in the local market. Detectives were tipped off concerning the suspects’ activities, before a special investigation team verified the tip and managed to identify and locate the suspects. They were later on arrested with possession of fake KD 20 and $100 bills, in addition to special tools they used in the forgery process, the Interior Ministry’s Relations and Security Media Department said in a statement. The suspects were sent to the proper authorities for further action.-K.T.

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Terminal 3 (T3) will be closed for construction of a new passenger terminal

 

 

Kuwait International Airport’s Sheikh Saad Terminal 3 (T3) will be closed for construction of a new passenger terminal (T2) starting in January, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority said on Wednesday. The road leading to T3 will also be closed, while all Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai flights will shift to Terminal 1 from Dec 15 onwards, it added. -KUNA

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Doha Bank Announces 33 Winners of 8th Al Dana Savings Scheme 2019 Draws 

 

 

Doha Bank Announces 33 Winners of 8th Al Dana Savings Scheme 2019 Draws 

Al Dana Savings Account, Al Dana Young Savers Account, Al Dana Savings Plan, and Al Dana Family Savings Account and Current Account holders can look forward to entering monthly, quarterly and yearly raffle draws

 Al Dana 8ht DrawDoha, Qatar – October xx, 2019: As part of its efforts aimed at nurturing a culture of savings among communities it serves, Underlining its commitment to offering rewarding banking experiences to customers, Doha Bank, one of the largest private commercial banks in Qatar, has announced the lucky winners of the 8th Al Dana Savings Scheme raffle draws held on 24 October 2019 at Doha Bank Tower.

Mr. F. Al Shamari grabbed the biggest prize of the monthly draws, QAR 50,000, while 30 other customers took home a total of QAR 160,000 in cash prizes. Mr. M. Goel emerged as the winner of the Al Dana Savings Plan draw to walk away with QAR 10,000. Meanwhile, Mr. M. Al-Abdulghani won the Al Dana Family Savings Account draw, making him eligible for a free relaxing staycation with family at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.

Mr. Braik Al Marri , Chief Retail Banking Officer at Doha Bank, said: “It has increasingly become important for everyone to develop a habit of saving to not only have a safety net in case of an emergency but also become financially secure to meet future goals and aspirations. With our wide-ranging Al Dana Savings Scheme products, at Doha Bank, we have been incentivizing our customers to embrace the savings culture through the provision of attractive rewards for their money saved for a rainy day. We remain committed to exploring new ways to make saving even more rewarding.”

Doha Bank’s Al Dana Saving Scheme 2019 includes Al Dana Savings Account, Al Dana Young Savers Account, Al Dana Savings Plan, and Al Dana Family Savings Account and Current Account. Customers holding a minimum balance of QAR 5,000 in any of these accounts will be automatically entered into monthly and quarterly draws as well as a year-end draw, which has a grand prize of QAR 1 million, with each QAR 1,000 giving them a chance to win. 

Meanwhile, an additional deposit of QAR 5,000 and above on top of previous month’s average balance will enable account holders to enjoy double loyalty chances in the draw for every QAR 1,000 incremental balance, whereas customers can benefit from triple loyalty chances for every QAR 1,000 incremental balance with an additional deposit of QAR 10,000 and above on top of the previous month’s average balance. 

New customers of Al Dana Savings Scheme 2019 stand even more chances to win raffle draws, with Doha Bank rewarding them with 100 bonus chances against a minimum deposit of QAR 20,000.

To learn more about the Al Dana Savings Scheme 2019, please visit any branch or visit www.dohabnk.com.

 

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Doha Bank Announces 33 Winners of 8th Al Dana Savings Scheme 2019 Draws 

 

 

Doha Bank Announces 33 Winners of 8th Al Dana Savings Scheme 2019 Draws 

Al Dana Savings Account, Al Dana Young Savers Account, Al Dana Savings Plan, and Al Dana Family Savings Account and Current Account holders can look forward to entering monthly, quarterly and yearly raffle draws

 Al Dana 8ht DrawDoha, Qatar – October xx, 2019: As part of its efforts aimed at nurturing a culture of savings among communities it serves, Underlining its commitment to offering rewarding banking experiences to customers, Doha Bank, one of the largest private commercial banks in Qatar, has announced the lucky winners of the 8th Al Dana Savings Scheme raffle draws held on 24 October 2019 at Doha Bank Tower.

Mr. F. Al Shamari grabbed the biggest prize of the monthly draws, QAR 50,000, while 30 other customers took home a total of QAR 160,000 in cash prizes. Mr. M. Goel emerged as the winner of the Al Dana Savings Plan draw to walk away with QAR 10,000. Meanwhile, Mr. M. Al-Abdulghani won the Al Dana Family Savings Account draw, making him eligible for a free relaxing staycation with family at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.

Mr. Braik Al Marri , Chief Retail Banking Officer at Doha Bank, said: “It has increasingly become important for everyone to develop a habit of saving to not only have a safety net in case of an emergency but also become financially secure to meet future goals and aspirations. With our wide-ranging Al Dana Savings Scheme products, at Doha Bank, we have been incentivizing our customers to embrace the savings culture through the provision of attractive rewards for their money saved for a rainy day. We remain committed to exploring new ways to make saving even more rewarding.”

Doha Bank’s Al Dana Saving Scheme 2019 includes Al Dana Savings Account, Al Dana Young Savers Account, Al Dana Savings Plan, and Al Dana Family Savings Account and Current Account. Customers holding a minimum balance of QAR 5,000 in any of these accounts will be automatically entered into monthly and quarterly draws as well as a year-end draw, which has a grand prize of QAR 1 million, with each QAR 1,000 giving them a chance to win. 

Meanwhile, an additional deposit of QAR 5,000 and above on top of previous month’s average balance will enable account holders to enjoy double loyalty chances in the draw for every QAR 1,000 incremental balance, whereas customers can benefit from triple loyalty chances for every QAR 1,000 incremental balance with an additional deposit of QAR 10,000 and above on top of the previous month’s average balance. 

New customers of Al Dana Savings Scheme 2019 stand even more chances to win raffle draws, with Doha Bank rewarding them with 100 bonus chances against a minimum deposit of QAR 20,000.

To learn more about the Al Dana Savings Scheme 2019, please visit any branch or visit www.dohabnk.com.

 

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Why you should not eat fast?

 

 

Gulping down food in a hurry can do you great harm, as there are many things that can go wrong, health wise. While we understand that it is a busy world, munching away mindlessly is a bad habit. The brain must always be given the time to process and relish food. If you are a fast eater, here is why you should stop.

Overeating

One of the primary reasons you should slow down when you eat is because it can cause you to eat too much. Overeating, in turn, can lead to unnecessary weight gain. When the brain is not given the time to realise that it is full, it can make you eat more food and consume more calories.

Risk of obesity

Obesity is a global problem, and it especially afflicts those who eat fast. It cannot be squarely blamed on lack of will power, inactivity and poor diet. There are many other factors that contribute to obesity. On your part, you can try and rid yourself of the habit of eating fast. Do not fall prey to lifestyle stress.

Poor digestion

How will the food get digested when you are consuming it at a maddening pace? Fast eaters take big bites and swallow their food without chewing it properly. Sometimes, they also wash it down with water and/or other drinks. These are bad eating habits that stop the food from getting digested properly, leading to irritations.

Insulin resistance

It is also believed that eating quickly can lead to insulin resistance, characterised by high blood sugar and insulin levels.

Slow down your eating

Do not skip meals, because when you do, you get excessively hungry and tend to eat more than you should. When you are having your meal, avoid sitting in front of the television and/or computer screen, because it can distract you and make you lose track of how much you have eaten. Chew your food thoroughly before swallowing it. You can also try to take small bites and put down your fork/spoon, after each mouthful.

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Scores of workers accused the company representatives of swindling them

 

 

Scores of workers demonstrated in downtown Kuwaiti City in one of the towers because the company that hired them has allegedly failed to comply with the terms and conditions mentioned in the contract and violated their rights.The workers accused the company representatives of swindling them. They said each of them paid an equivalent of KD 1,000 to get a job in Kuwait. They added, they were hired as car and motorcycle drivers and their job was to deliver ‘merchandise’.

They added, although they arrived in the country about nine months ago, the company has yet to make their stay legal; this is in addition to other injustices they have been subjected to.They pointed out after they went on strike the company officials closed their offices and instead of taking action challenged the workers to do what they can.

The workers have appealed to the government to intervene and help them get their rights and either refund their money and force the company to get them the residence permit because the company hired them from overseas.The laborers affirmed that they have not received any salary or support from the company since their arrival. They said they have all documents to prove their rights.They added they have filed a complaint with Disputes and Settlements Department of Public Authority for Manpower accusing the company of wrongdoing.They added, they are looking for a lawyer who can assist them to get their money which collectively amounts to about 70,000 dinars.-A.T.

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Expenditures of citizens and expatriates decline by 0.8 percent

 

 

Expenditures of citizens and expatriates during the first half of this year using bank cards amounted to about KD 11.8 billion, which is an annual decline of 0.8 percent compared to expenditures of KD 11.9 billion dinars in the same period last year, reports Al-Anba daily.

According to data from the Central Bank of Kuwait, the total payments through Point-of-Sale (POS) inside and outside Kuwait during the first half of this year were KD 5.49 billion, and the cash withdrawal using ATMs both inside and outside Kuwait during the same period stood at KD 6.29 billion.The amounts disbursed using bank cards during the first quarter of this year amounted to KD 5.9 billion, which is an increase of four percent compared to KD 5.7 billion in the first quarter of 2018.

The expenditures of both the citizens and expatriates using bank cards during the second quarter of this year was about KD 5.8 billion, which is a decline of 5.2 percent compared to KD 6.17 billion in the second quarter of 2018.Also, the data of the Central Bank of Kuwait showed that the total number of cheques issued in Kuwait during the first half of 2019 was 2.94 million, which were valued at KD 21.7 billion, marking a significant annual jump in value by 47 percent, compared to KD 14.7 billion during the first half of 2019.

In the first half of this year, cheques were issued by 133.7 thousand customers. As for bounced cheques, the data shows that the number of cheques issued without balance during the first half of 2019 was about 2,812, worth KD 42 million, issued by 2,000 customers.The number of accounts that were closed due to the bounced cheques were about 459 belonging to 457 customers. The value of bounced cheques stood at KD 18.9 billion.-A.T.

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Kuwait’s parks, public spaces littered with trash

 

 

While most people enjoy going out to various parks and public spaces in Kuwait for quality and leisure time, the sad fact is that most of such areas are littered with trash, creating a nauseating image; ruining the fun for everyone.Time and again, government entities and organizations spread public service announcements encouraging the populace to safeguard the environment and to protect the beauty of beaches and parks. The state also launched the Environmental Police initiative to curb violators from polluting and throwing trash, but despite all those efforts, some individuals keep on doing it. – KUNA

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Know India Seminar by Indian Embassy

Embassy of India in Kuwait, in association with India Tourism, conducted a “Know India Seminar” on Sunday, 01 December 2019 at 7:00 pm at Hotel Radisson Blu, Kuwait. 

 

The event was well attended with the presence of a large number of distinguished guests comprising officials from the Government of State of Kuwait, representatives from the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, leading tour operators, representatives from airlines, frequent tourists and travel bloggers from Kuwait, members of the media, representatives of lifestyle/travel magazines and members from the Indian Community in Kuwait.

 Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest of the Evening, Mr. Yousef Mustafa, Assistant Undersecretary, Tourism Sector, Ministry of Information, State of Kuwait, praised the bilateral relations between India and Kuwait and hailed the role played by people-to-people linkages in nourishing and strengthening the relationship over the years. In his address, Mr. Majdi Abu Omar, General Manager of Kuwait Travel & Tourism Agencies Association, spoke about India’s rich heritage and the myriad touristic options available for all kinds of travelers. Mr. Seetharaman Avany, Assistant Director, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, made a detailed presentation on India Tourism. In addition, the delegates from India delivered a presentation talking about latest product offerings from India.

His Excellency Mr. K. Jeeva Sagar, Ambassador of India to Kuwait, talked about India’s unique features, its rich and diverse geographic and cultural tapestry, the special connect between peoples of the two friendly countries, and invited industry representatives from both the countries to make use of this opportunity to explore collaboration opportunities so as to provide tourists with enhanced value offerings and seamless travel experience.

A brief interactive session, followed by B2B meetings, were also held during the event. The Seminar provided an excellent opportunity for all the industry participants in Kuwait to learn about the new developments taking place in the Indian tourism sector and also provided a unique platform for business networking.

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NASA validates Chennai techie's find of Vikram Lander debris on moon’s surface

 

 

Three months after the Vikram lander of Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan 2 mission made a hard landing on moon’s surface, the United States’ space agency Tuesday validated a Chennai engineer’s efforts in spotting the lander’s debris.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Camera has sighted the remains of Vikram lander on the lunar surface. NASA’s confirmation came after an Indian computer programmer and mechanical engineer named Shanmuga Subramanian contacted NASA’s project after which, the American space agency confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.“Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with positive identification of debris. After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images,” NASA stated.

NASA further informed that the debris was first located by Shanmuga about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site.  “The LROC team scoured the surrounding area in these new mosaics and found the impact site (70.8810°S,  22.7840°E, 834 m elevation) and associated debris field. The November mosaic had the best pixel scale (0.7 meter) and lighting conditions (72° incidence angle),” it said.

NASA also praised ISRO’s effort to get the lander ‘that close’ to the lunar surface.  “…unfortunately, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with their lander shortly before the scheduled touchdown (Sept. 7 in India, Sept. 6 in the United States).  Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement,” it said.

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Special committee campaign found 498 workers on 99 suspended businesses

 

 

A special committee formed to inspect commercial stores inspected a number of stores in the Capital governorate areas, and discovered hundreds of workers sponsored by businesses which had their licenses suspended.Committee chairman and acting manpower authority director Mubarak Al-Azmi said the committee comprises of elements from the manpower authority, interior and commerce ministries, Kuwait Municipality and the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), adding that the committee sends copies of the citations it files to all the above bodies so that each can act according to its responsibilities. Azmi added that the recent campaign found 99 commercial licenses had been suspended from practicing any activities, while they still sponsor 498 workers. “The committee will continue inspecting all malls in various governorates,” he concluded.-K.T.

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MoI will soon implement a mechanism for selling drones

 

 

The Criminal Security Sector at the Interior Ministry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce, will soon implement a mechanism for selling drones (unmanned aerial vehicle).The Interior Ministry had earlier specified the types of drones along with the speed and height sold through registration. The source explained if anyone wants to purchase a drone, his full data should be registered as per the template prepared by the Interior and Commerce ministries while a copy of his civil ID should be submitted along with the drone’s specificationsThis also applies to importers of drones in coordination with the General Customs Department, indicating the importer should mention the quality and size of the drone in the customs declaration. If the specifications of the drone do not match the data in the customs declaration, the item will be confiscated and a smuggling case will be filed against the importer, the source warned.-A.T.

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Sick leaves and medical reports via an app

 

 

Director of Central Department for Initial Care in Ministry of Health Dr Rihab Al-Watyan announced the kickoff of a new process for receiving applications of sick leaves and medical reports via an app on smartphones.She explained that sick employees must go to the clinic where they will receive a username and password. They must use an app on the smart phones to send the application for a medical report or a sick leave.

The sick leave will be authenticated via a QR code, and the signature of a doctor or the head of the clinic will not be required. Dr Al-Watyan indicated that this app is currently in the testing phase for a period of three months in clinics of Capital area as well as Amiri Hospital, adding that creation of an automated interface with Civil Service Commission (CSC) and all relevant institutions in Kuwait is underway.

Ministry of Interior was planning to set a fee of KD 1 for certifying sick leaves issued by private hospitals and clinics to employees of the public sector. They explained that the ministry is coordinating with the CSC in order to issue a circular in this regard to all state institutions. Sick leaves will be certified by the medical council of the Ministry of Health.Uncertified sick leaves will not be considered and the employee will be recorded as absent. This step is aimed at bringing an end to the manipulation of the facility and the phenomenon of fake sick leaves, especially after noting a huge number of sick leaves being issued by private hospitals and medical centers in the last two years.It was also discovered that sick leaves were obtained with the payment of certain amount of money.-A.T.

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Indian Frontliners 's  “Cancer Awareness Programme”  Got Overwelming Response

Indian Frontliners 's  “Cancer Awareness Programme”  Got Overwelming Response

Indian Frontliners (IFL) organized a “Cancer Awareness Programme” on the evening of 30th November 2019 at Hotel Vasantha Bhavan, Mahboula.
7 After a Meet and Greet over tea and snacks, Mrs. Rajalakshmi welcomed the gathering. This was followed by the national anthems of Kuwait and India and presentation of bouquets to eminent guests, following which the main program started.

2Madhulika introduced Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Awardee and eminent Oncologist from the Kuwait Cancer Control Center, Dr. Susovana Sujit Nair, who was the keynote speaker for the evening. Dr. Susovanna led the audience through an audio visual presentation on the incidence and likely causes of Cancer.

She made the gathering aware of common symptoms of various types of Cancer and emphasized the importance of regular checkups. She was a convincing advocate of bringing about lifestyle changes in order to prevent Cancer and also shared her insights on how Cancer need not mean catastrophe and how early detection is crucial to a cure.

At the end of the presentation, IFL president Dr. Ananthi Natarajan and former President Mr. A.N. Natarajan honoured Dr. Susovna. IFL also honoured Dr. Hythar Ali, Chairman – TVS Hyder Group for receiving “Life Time Achievement Award” from World Tamil Organization (UK) at the House of Commons of the British Parliament, London.

3Dr. Asad Khan, GM and Managing Partner - Kuwait Swedish Cleaning Services was honoured by the IFL team for receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the United Nation University of Global Peace, USA and for being awarded by the Humanity First Foundation.

IFL also honoured Mr. Harjeet Sawhney, Country Manager - Air India and  the IFL Team members, Mr. Arumugam and Mrs. Priya Ambalavanan who are relocating from Kuwait; for their support and dedicated community service.

4As a token of appreciation, Marina optics presented a special gift to Dr susovana for her excellent presentation and Vaigai herbal co presented gifts to the guests.

Event was compeered by Mrs. Rajalakshmi and supported by Mrs. Madhulika Mohata, Mrs. Rathichitra Muralidharan, Mrs. Premika and Mrs. Vijayapriya Ramanan.

The entire event was organized and coordinated   by Mr. Hari, Mr. Lakshman, Mr. Mathi, Mr. Subbu, Mr. Durai, Mr. Alavudeen, Mr. Nagu and Mr. N.C.Mohandoss.The event was successfully concluded with the packed audience enjoying the Vasantha Bhavan dinner.

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Drinking too much tea can affect your health

 

 

Imagine this: it’s a cold winter day and you are savouring your favourite beverage (tea), relishing every sip. You finish it before you realise and then feel the urge to have another cup. And before you know it, you are downing cups of tea, like there’s no tomorrow. And while there are several benefits of drinking tea, overdoing it may cause you harm, just like everything else. Here are some things that can happen when you overindulge.

Reduced iron absorption

The tannins — organic compounds found in plants — present in the tea, can get attached to certain foods rich in iron, and prevent their absorption. And with iron deficiency a common symptom in most, this one seems like an exacerbation that can be done without. According to researches done in the past, the tea tannins are more likely to hinder the absorption of iron that comes from plant-based products. Which means, if you are a vegetarian, you have to be extra cautious.

Stress and restlessness

Often associated with coffee, caffeine — which has a reputation of causing anxiety and restlessness — is also found in tea. In fact, it’s the tea leaves that naturally contain caffeine. So, when you over-consume it, it may leave you anxious and stressed. It is to be known that its the black tea that contains most caffeine, than green and white tea varieties.

Lack of sleep

There are some things that you must avoid, especially before bedtime. Tea is one of them, because as mentioned before, it contains caffeine. Excessive intake may disrupt your sleep pattern. Some studies suggest that drinking too much of tea can slow down the process of sleep hormone melatonin. You can, instead, drink some other things that can aid your nightly sleep.

Giddiness

While it is not very common, feeling light-headed can also be a side effect of consuming too much tea. Especially when it is taken on an empty stomach. Drink water and eat something to negate this feeling.

Nausea

When you drink too much tea in one sitting, it can cause you nausea. Just like giddiness, this too happens when you drink tea on an empty stomach. The tannins leave a dry and bitter taste in the mouth. Additionally, they may also irritate the digestive tissues, leading to nausea, stomach ache and even headache.

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MoI intends for intensive security campaign in a bid to rectify the status of 120,000 expats

 

 

The Ministry of Interior intends to take measures in a bid to rectify the status of 120,000 expatriates proven to have violated the Residency Law through intensive security campaigns in places densely populated by expats; as well as the farms, livestock pens and industrial areas.

This step will be taken as per the new instructions issued and applied by the Residency Affairs General Department. The residency permit of any member of an expatriate family will not be renewed if one of them is proven to have violated the Residency Law until the latter rectifies his status by leaving the country or legalizing his status, indicating this also applies to expatriates who entered the country on visit visa.The Residency Affairs Sector has instructed residency departments in the six governorates not to renew the visit visa granted to the family member of an expatriate if the latter violated the law.-A.T.

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Education Ministry cleaners protest over not receiving their salaries since July

 

 

A number of cleaners rallied outside the Education Ministry building yesterday in protest over not receiving their salaries since July, which made the ministry’s services manager Fahd Al-Hayyab summon the contracting company’s representative to warn him to resolve the problem. The ministry’s assistant undersecretary and official spokesperson Faisal Maqseed stressed that cleaners’ salaries are the responsibility of the company hiring them and that the ministry will take legal action against the company.Meanwhile, assistant undersecretary for administrative affairs and development Raja Boroki said the ministry had paid all its financial commitments to the company providing the cleaners and that the company had been already contacted and urged to resolve the problem of cleaners’ overdue salaries. Boroki added the manpower authority has also been contacted to take legal action against the company.-K.T.

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Indian engineers worst affected by decision of NOC from Kuwait Society of Engineers

 

 

The manpower authority last year mandated that all expat engineers should get a no-objection certificate from the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE) to have the title of “engineer” in their work permits. Indian engineers have been the most affected by this decision, as their degrees should be approved by India’s National Board of Accreditation (NBA) in order to get an NOC from KSE. But most Indian engineers in Kuwait hold degrees that are approved by the All India Council for Technical Education and not NBA.

Attorney Fraih Al-Kouh argued Indian engineers are the most discriminated against, compared to other expat engineers.According to Kouh, the sponsoring companies earlier only sought the approval of the employment contract from the ministry of social affairs and labor, then included the “engineer” title in the work permit. “Now the ministry decided to team up with NGOs and demanded approval from the KSE certifying the applicant is working in this field. KSE then demands the original degree and a work certificate to review if the applicant meets all conditions, and based on this they send or don’t send the NOC to the ministry,” he explained.

Engineers also face additional conditions. “Engineers have to pass a test if their work experience is less than five years – those with longer experience only have to appear for a personal interview at KSE to obtain the approval. But Indian engineers can’t go through any of these procedures if they don’t hold an NBA accreditation. This is discriminatory and should be corrected. The new rules of the ministry should only be applied on new engineers and not those who have worked here for many years,” Kouh asserted. “If KSE is demanding NBA accreditation, then it should be demanded from all engineers and not only Indians,” he added.-K.T.

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