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Motorists stuck for hours on Fourth Ring Road

 

 

Motorists were stuck for hours during the evening rush hour on Fourth Ring Road yesterday as two out of three lanes were closed due do road maintenance works. The ministry of public works is rushing to complete roadworks before the start of the rainy season. Partial road closures began in two phases from April from 6 pm till 6 am on weekdays and from midnight till noon on weekends. The roads involved include King Fahd Expressway (from the First Ring Road till Bayan Palace), First Ring Road, Fourth Ring Road, Sixth Ring Road and Doha Spur Motorway. -K.T.

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Coming winter will be cold and temperatures may reach one or two degrees.

 

 

A severe winter awaits Kuwaitis and residents, where the temperature is expected to drop to one degree Celsius, but despite the unpredictability rains will not be as much as last year that flooded the country.This is confirmed by meteorologists.

The recently published studies indicate a decline in solar activity that diminishes sunspots, which will cause a drop in temperatures for the next winter, and it is possible to say that the coming winter will be cold, and temperatures may reach a level of one or two degrees.-A.T.

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Traffic police raided car repair garages in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Hassawi

 

 

The Farwaniya traffic police raided several car repair garages in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Hassawi and issued citations for repairing damaged cars without a permit from the Ministry of Interior (MoI).According to the law, a car damaged in accident cannot be repaired unless the owner produces an accident report issued by the area police station where the accident happened.This comes within the framework and keenness of the Interior Ministry not to allow people involved in traffic accidents to escape prosecution. A security source pointed out garages which repair vehicles without permission face closure.-A.T.

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Number of citizens waiting for jobs is 15,724

 

 

The National Labor Department at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) appointed 277 citizens in the private sector in September; thereby, decreasing the number of citizens waiting for jobs to 15,724.According to the latest statistics, 52.6 percent of the appointed citizens are highly qualified and 42.9 percent are diploma holders.

The number of highly qualified applicants increased to 8,276 in the last six months; while the number of master’s degree holders increased by 16 compared to the previous month and the current total is 160, in addition to four PhD holders.The number of secondary level certificate holders reached 2,195 – 69 less than last month; in addition to 1,836 holders of intermediate degrees, and 605 without intermediate degrees and vocational certificate holders in the category of job seekers A total of 9,297 citizens registered as job seekers including 3,812 seeking jobs in the public sector and the rest in the private sector.-A.T.

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Qatar Land of Opportunities - Doha Bank

Doha Bank hosts event “Qatar, land of opportunities” a robust knowledge sharing emphasizing on Qatar’s economy, climate change, and sustainability development for it’s long term prosperity

Doha Bank showcased Qatar’s West Bay skyline using Augmented reality through it’s snapchat application and 40th Anniversary logo.

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Doha Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in Qatar, held a knowledge sharing session titled “Qatar – Land of opportunities” on 29th September 2019 at Sheraton Hotel, Doha, Qatar.

The event was organized under the patronage of H.E Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman and H.E Sheikh Abdul Rehman Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al Thani, Managing Director of Doha Bank. The Board of directors attended as did several diplomats, dignitaries and prominent members of the Qatari and Expat community.

The knowledge sharing session included a panel of esteemed speakers and was facilitated by Dr Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank. The event was kicked off by a key note speech given by Dr Seetharaman and the main speakers at the event were Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Mr. Rashid Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange, Mr. Nasser Al-Ansari, Chairman of Just Real Estate and Dr Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman of GORD (Gulf Organization of Research and Development).

Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank as part of his key note, shared insights on the Qatar and global economy. He stated that “According to IMF July 2019, global growth is forecast at 3.2 percent in 2019. Advanced economies, growth is projected at 1.9 percent in 2019. The emerging market and developing economy group is expected to grow at 4.1 percent in 2019. There is escalation in trade tension between the two largest economies US and China in recent times and has contributed to volatility in financial markets. The risk of recession has also increased”.

Dr Seetharaman showcased the various developments in Qatar since the beginning of the blockade and how Qatar had managed the current situation. He stated “Qatar’s overall GDP growth is projected to reach 2.6 percent in 2019. Qatar’s banking sector remains sound. Foreign liabilities withdrawn in the immediate aftermath of the diplomatic rift have been partially replaced with greater attention being paid to the diversity of funding sources and deposit maturity structure.”  He showcased comments on Climate change by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al- Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar at 74th Session of the General Assembly of the UN.  Climate change is also one of the key challenges faced by Global economy and Qatar has emphasized sustainable development as part of it Vision 2030. He highlighted the developments in hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon segment, free zones, new investment law, real estate law, PPP Law, food security and tourism. He also provided insight on key financial market updates of Qatar.

 Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, CEO of Qatar Financial Centre Authority opened his speech with a beautiful description of Qatar—“small, rich and ambitious”. He shared an insightful presentation covering the economic growth, GDP, key economic indicators covering imports, exports, L&G production, inflation and other key performance indicators. He also shared an insightful overview of the Financial sector, international reserves and deposits, NR deposits and noted that the country has bounced back to desirable stable ratings by the various rating agencies echoing their confidence in Qatar as a safe and stable place for investment by the international financial community. He concluded with his positive views on the country banks and how well Qatar is poised with the increasing trade surplus and progressive measures that will continue to bolster and grow Qatar’s financial health and economic growth.

Mr. Rashid Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange outlined four key points as part of his presentation. He shared context of his recent business meetings and industry conference in the US where also heard several prominent CEO’s and business leaders echo the two key points as part of his overall message “Take Risks” and “You will never have all the answers to all the Questions”. He further went on to share his outlined approach around four key strategies a) increase our offering in the stock market (more listings etc), b) Enhance smarter regulation (not just harsher regulation) to make Qatar a more desirable place for international investment, c) Local asset management to be more active in the market, d) Promoting our market more to increase awareness through roadshows and other marketing initiatives.

Mr. Nassar L Ansari, Chairman, Just Real Estate shared a very compelling and candid dialogue summarizing, that whilst many people are speculating and have doubts in the market, the opportunities are getting greater and greater.  Post blockade, the country has taken many measures to become more resilient to avoid any potential crisis. They have demonstrated a greater appetite for foreign ownership, where the Govt of Qatar has opened up doors for international companies to own their offices and real estate. The Govt has taken measures that would enhance the welfare of Expats and Qataris, thereby generating more jobs and creating a favorable environment for more white collar expats to come to Qatar. Furthermore, the connectivity of Metro will positively impact lifestyle and travel times where more and more people are comfortable living in areas that might not be right next to their work location. His message also encapsulated the sentiment that Today’s customer is more wiser and sophisticated and the real estate developers need to adapt to the customer needs. He concluded by sharing that it is a buyers market for now but it will not stay like this forever and this is a good limited time opportunity for buyer investors to take advantage of the market dynamics.

Dr Yousef Alhorr, founding chairman of GORD (Gulf Organisation of Research and Development) delivered a ground breaking presentation on the Climate actions and the Carbon markets in Qatar, the opportunities and it’s impacts. Dr Yousef started by sharing the mission and agenda of GORD, a non profit subsidiary of Qatari Diar.  He shared that the state of Qatar has become an active partner in the international community for climate change. It is doing so by seeking to regulate carbon pricing as a means of reducing emissions and driving investments towards cleaner options. It is also organizing an environment-friendly tournament and the first "carbon neutral" tournament. Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund will promote and encourage green investments activities and adopt low-carbon economic growth. Furthermore, a contribution of $100 million has been pledged to deal with the impacts of climate change. Market drivers for climate change include Qatar National Vision 2030: Aims at diversification to Low Carbon Economy, Qatar’s Ratification of UNFCCC’s Paris Climate Agreement, Qatar Bid-book Commitments for 2022 World Cup Carbon Neutral tournament and Qatar Aviation Sector’s Pledge to ICAO for Carbon Emissions Reduction. He went on to explain the GHG (greenhouse gas) supply and demand emission dynamics.

Dr Yousef, also talked about GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System) which GORD has developed, based on extensive research. GSAS is a performance-based rating system to assess the sustainability merits of buildings and infrastructure projects taking into consideration the region’s specific environment and ecological aspects. FIFA has officially endorsed GSAS certifications as the key sustainability requirement for the stadiums serving the World Cup 2022 following the recommendations of third-party experts commissioned by FIFA on the review of GSAS and other international systems. He further explained the opportunities and considerations of the Carbon Market and the GCT (Global Carbon Trust), a voluntary Carbon platform and the marketplace. He summarized by sharing the overall climate action and economic impact drivers for sustainability, business opportunities, time frames (short term and long term) and outcomes and impacts.

The evening included a cake cutting ceremony by Doha Bank management, Board of Directors and speakers and a felicitation of the speakers and concluded with a sumptuous dinner.

بنك الدوحة يستضيف جلسة لتبادل المعرفة بعنوان "فرص الاستثمار القيّمة في قطر"

الجلسة تناولت موضوعات عدة منها الاقتصاد القطري والتغير المناخي والتنمية المستدامة 

بنك الدوحة يعرض ناطحات سحاب الخليج الغربي باستخدام تقنية "الواقع المعزز" من خلال حسابه على تطبيق "سناب شات" عبر شعار الذكرى الأربعين لتأسيس بنك الدوحة.

أقام بنك الدوحة، أحد أكبر البنوك التجارية في دولة قطر، جلسة لتبادل المعرفة بعنوان "فرص الاستثمار القيّمة في قطر" بتاريخ 29 سبتمبر 2019 في فندق الشيراتون بالدوحة.

وقد تم تنظيم الجلسة تحت الرعاية الكريمة لسعادة الشيخ فهد بن محمد بن جبر آل ثاني، رئيس مجلس الإدارة، وسعادة الشيخ عبد الرحمن بن محمد بن جبر آل ثاني، العضو المنتدب لبنك الدوحة. وقد حضر الجلسة أعضاء مجلس إدارة بنك الدوحة بالإضافة إلى لفيف من الدبلوماسيين والشخصيات الهامة من المجتمع القطري والجاليات الأجنبية.

وقد ألقى الكلمة الافتتاحية للجلسة الدكتور/ ر. سيتارامان، الرئيس التنفيذي لبنك الدوحة. وضمّت الجلسة نخبة من المتحدثين من بينهم الدكتور/ يوسف محمد الجيدة، الرئيس التنفيذي لهيئة مركز قطر للمال، والسيد/ راشد علي المنصوري، الرئيس التنفيذي لبورصة قطر، والسيد/ ناصر الأنصاري، رئيس مجس إدارة شركة "جست ريل استايت"، والدكتور/ يوسف الحر، رئيس مجلس إدارة المنظمة الخليجية للبحث والتطوير "جورد".

وفي معرض حديثه خلال الجلسة، استعرض الدكتور/ ر. سيتارامان أفكاره ورؤاه حول الاقتصاد القطري والاقتصاد العالمي، حيث قال: "بحسب تقرير صندوق النقد الدولي الصادر في شهر يوليو 2019، يُتوقع أن يحقق الاقتصادي العالمي نموًا بنسبة 3.2% في عام 2019، ويُتوقع أن تسجل الاقتصادات المتقدمة نموًا بنسبة 1.9% في عام 2019، في حين يُتوقع أن تشهد مجموعة الاقتصادات الناشئة والنامية نموًا بنسبة 4.1% خلال نفس العام. وعلى صعيد الاقتصاد العالمي، فقد تصاعد التوتر التجاري بين الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية والصين، أكبر قوتين اقتصاديتين في العالم، مما زاد من تقلبات الأسواق المالية، وذلك في ظل تزايد مخاطر الركود الاقتصادي العالمي".

 

استعرض الدكتور ر. سيتارامان مختلف المستجدات الحاصلة في قطر منذ بداية الحصار وكيفية تمكّن قطر من إدارة وتجاوز الوضع الذي فرضه الحصار، فقال: "تشير التوقعات إلى تسجيل إجمالي الناتج المحلي نمواً بنسبة 2.6% في عام 2019 وبقاء القطاع المصرفي مُعافاً، فقد تم جزئياً استبدال المديونيات الأجنبية المسحوبة من قطر عقب الأزمة الدبلوماسية وتم إبداء مزيد من التركيز على تنويع مصادر التمويل وهيكل استحقاق الودائع." كما تطرّق الدكتور ر. سيتارامان إلى الجانب المتعلق بتغيّر المناخ في كلمة سمو أمير البلاد المفدى الشيخ تميم بن حمد آل ثاني التي ألقاها خلال الجلسة 74 للجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة إذ قال بأن تغيّر المناخ يعتبر أحد التحديات الرئيسية التي تواجه الاقتصاد العالمي وفي مقابل ذلك تشدّد قطر على التنمية المستدامة ضمن رؤيتها للعام 2030. وقد أشار الدكتور ر. سيتارامان إلى مستجدات قطاع النفط والغاز وقطاع غير النفط والغاز والمناطق الحرّة وقانون الاستثمار الجديد وقانون العقارات وقانون الشراكة بين القطاعين الخاص والعام والأمن الغذائي والسياحة وقدّم رأيه بالمستجدات الرئيسية لسوق المال في قطر.

بدوره افتتح السيد يوسف محمد الجيدة، الرئيس التنفيذي لهيئة مركز قطر للمال، خطابه بوصف دولة قطر بعبارات جميلة قائلاً بأنها "صغيرة وغنية وطموحة". كما قدّم عرضاً توضيحياً حول النمو الاقتصادي وإجمالي الناتج المحلي والمؤشرات الرئيسية الاقتصادية التي تشمل الاستيراد والتصدير وإنتاج النفط والغاز والتضخم والمؤشرات الرئيسية الأخرى للأداء. وقدّ زوّد الحاضرين بنظرة شاملة عن القطاع المالي والودائع والاحتياطيات الدولية وودائع الهنود الأجانب مشيراً إلى عودة وكالات التصنيف المختلفة منح قطر تصنيفات مستقرة تؤكد ثقة هذه الوكالات بدولة قطر كوجهة آمنة ومستقرة للاستثمار بالنسبة إلى مجتمع الاستثمار الدولي. وختم كلمته بإبداء رؤى إيجابية عن أداء بنوك البلاد والمركز المتوازن الذي تحافظ عليه البلاد وزيادة الفائض التجاري والإجراءات الاستباقية التي ستستمر في دعم وتنمية السلامة المالية والنمو الاقتصادي لقطر.

من جانبه أشار السيد/ راشد علي المنصوري الرئيس التنفيذي لبورصة قطر إلى أربع نقاط رئيسية في إطار كلمته التي ألقاها. فقد شارك أبرز ما تم التطرق إليه في آخر اجتماعات الأعمال والمؤتمر الذي عُقد في الولايات المتحدة حيث سمع العديد من الرؤساء التنفيذيين المميزين وكبار رجال الأعمال يركزون مراراً على نقطتين أساسيتين هما "المخاطرة" "وبأنه لن تملك ابداً إجابات لجميع التساؤلات". كما شارك منظوره الخاص الذي يقوم على أساس أربع استراتيجيات وهي أ) زيادة منتجاتنا المعروضة في سوق الأوراق المالية (إدراج المزيد من الأسهم وغيرها)، ب) تعزيز وضع قوانين أكثر مرونة (وليس فقط قوانين صارمة) لجعل قطر مكاناً أكثر جذباً للاستثمارات الأجنبية، جــ) أن تقوم بورصة قطر بتعزيز التفاعل مع مدراء الصناديق محلياً وعالمياً وتقديم الدعم اللازم لتوفير بيئة داعمة لإدارة الأصول في الدولة في إطار الجهود العديدة الرامية إلى تعزيز السيولة في السوق ود) الترويج أكثر لبورصة قطر من خلال الوسائط الالكترونية والمطبوعة وغيرها من القنوات التسويقية.

من جانبه أشار السيد/ راشد علي المنصوري الرئيس التنفيذي لبورصة قطر إلى أربع نقاط رئيسية كما شارك المحادثات والمناقشات التي أجريت في آخر اجتماعات الأعمال والمؤتمر الذي عُقد في الولايات المتحدة حيث ركز العديد من الرؤساء التنفيذيين المميزين وكبار رجال الأعمال مراراً على نقطتين أساسيتين هما "المخاطرة" "وبأنه لن تملك ابداً إجابات لجميع التساؤلات". كما شارك منظوره الخاص الذي يقوم على أساس أربع استراتيجيات وهي أ) زيادة منتجاتنا المعروضة في سوق الأوراق المالية (إدراج المزيد من الأسهم وغيرها)، ب) تعزيز وضع قوانين أكثر مرونة (وليس فقط قوانين صارمة) لجعل قطر مكاناً أكثر جذباً للاستثمارات الأجنبية، جــ) أن تقوم بورصة قطر بتعزيز التفاعل مع مدراء الصناديق محلياً وعالمياً وتقديم الدعم اللازم لتوفير بيئة داعمة لإدارة الأصول في الدولة في إطار الجهود العديدة الرامية إلى تعزيز السيولة في السوق، د) الترويج أكثر لبورصة قطر من خلال الوسائط الالكترونية والمطبوعة وغيرها من القنوات التسويقية.

ومن جانبه قال السيد/ ناصر الأنصاري، رئيس مجلس إدارة شركة جست ريل استايت في حوار صريح وفعّال بأنه على الرغم من أن هناك العديد من التكهنات والشكوك حول أداء السوق، إلا أن الفرص في تحسن وازدياد مستمر. فبعد فرض الحصار، قامت دولة قطر باتخاذ العديد من الإجراءات لتصبح أكثر مرونة في مواجهة الأزمات. كما أبدت استعداداً وانفتاحا أكبر على الاستثمارات الأجنبية حيث فتحت حكومة دولة قطر المجال أمام الشركات الدولية لامتلاك منشآتها وعقاراتها. وقامت باتخاذ إجراءات فعالة لتعزيز رفاهية الوافدين والقطريين من خلال إتاحة المزيد من فرص العمل وخلق بيئة أكثر مواءمة لجذب الموظفين الفنيين والإداريين إلى قطر. علاوة على ذلك، ستساهم شبكة المترو في تحسين أسلوب الحياة والساعات اللازمة للتنقل حيث سيبدأ العديد من الناس بالسكن في المناطق البعيدة بدلاً من البحث عن أماكن قريبة من عملهم فحسب. كما أشار في كلمته إلى أن العميل اليوم قد أصبح أكثر حكمة وذكاءً وبالتالي، يتعين على مطوري العقارات التكيف مع احتياجات العملاء الجديدة. واختتم كلمته بالإشارة إلى أنه يوجد حالياً عدد كبير من المشترين في سوق العقارات ولكن لن يستمر الوضع إلى ما لا نهاية وبالتالي تعتبر الفرصة سانحة للمستثمرين والمشترين للاستفادة من ديناميكيات السوق.

وقد قام الدكتور/ يوسف الحر، رئيس مجلس إدارة المنظمة الخليجية للبحث والتطوير بتقديم عرض توضيحي عن الإجراءات المتخذة لمواجهه التغييرات المناخية وعن أسواق الكربون والفرص التي توفرها لحماية البيئة. وقد بدأ الدكتور يوسف بالتحدث عن مهام وأعمال المنظمة الخليجية للبحث والتطوير وهي شركة غير ربحية تابعة لشركة الديار القطرية وعن دور دولة قطر التي أصبحت شريكا نشطا في المجتمع الدولي في مواجهه التغييرات المناخية وآثاره. وأضاف أن المنظمة تسعى جاهدة إلى تنظيم تسعير الكربون كوسيلة لتقليل الانبعاثات الضارة وتشجيع الاستثمارات النظيفة. كما تحرص المنظمة على تنظيم العديد من الفعاليات الصديقة للبيئة ومنها فعالية أقيمت باسم "الكربون المحايد". هذا ويقوم الصندوق السيادي لدولة قطر بتشجيع الاستثمارات الخضراء الصديقة للبيئة والمشاريع الاقتصادية منخفضة الانبعاثات الكربونية. علاوة على ذلك، تم التبرع بمبلغ 100 مليون دولار للتعامل مع آثار التغييرات المناخية. وتهدف رؤية قطر الوطنية 2030 إلى إقامة العديد من المشاريع المتنوعة الصديقة للبيئة. وفي ضوء ذلك قامت قطر بالتوقيع على اتفاقية الأمم المتحدة الإطارية بشأن التغير المناخي، كما تعهدت بإنشاء مشاريع مونديال 2022 ببصمة كربونية محايدة. وتعهد كذلك قطاع الطيران القطري إلى منظمة الطيران المدني الدولي (الإيكاو) بخفض انبعاثات الكربون. وقد استعرض الدكتور يوسف في حديثه ديناميكيات النظام البيئي وآثار انبعاثات الغازات الدفيئة في الغلاف الجوي.

وتحدث الدكتور يوسف أيضًا عن نظام تقييم الاستدامة العالمي الذي تم تطويره من قبل المنظمة الخليجية للبحث والتطوير استنادًا إلى أبحاث مستفيضة وهو نظام تصنيف قائم على الأداء لتقييم استدامة المباني ومشاريع البنية التحتية مع مراعاة الجوانب البيئية والإيكولوجية الخاصة بالمنطقة. وقد صادق الإتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم رسمياً على نظام تقييم الاستدامة العالمي كشرط أساسي لاستدامة ملاعب مونديال 2022 وفقًا لتوصيات خبراء مُكلفين من قبل الإتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم لمراجعة نظام تقييم الاستدامة العالمي والأنظمة الدولية الأخرى.

وقد شرح الدكتور يوسف كذلك الفرص المتاحة في أسواق الكربون العالمية والمجلس العالمي للبصمة الكربونية، ومنصات وأسواق الكربون الطوعية وتحدث كذلك عن الإجراءات المتخذة لمواجهه آثار التغييرات المناخية وتأثيرها على اقتصاديات الدول وذلك بهدف تحقيق الاستدامة العالمية وخلق العديد من فرص الأعمال في بيئة نظيفة.

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Celebration of The 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

          Embassy of India in Kuwait celebrated the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today, 2nd October 2019, at its premises, in the presence of Members of Diplomatic corps, Kuwaiti dignitaries and businessmen, journalists and members of the Indian diaspora.

          Her Excellency Dr. Samira Ahmad Al-Sayer Omar, Director General, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) was the Chief Guest of the occasion, and His Excellency Dr. Tarek Elsheikh, Representative of UN Secretary General and Resident Coordinator was the Guest of Honour. Celebrations started with the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour, accompanied by the Ambassador of India, garlanding and paying tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

     The dignitaries then addressed the gathering and underscored the prominence and relevance of Gandhian principles in today’s times. Mahatma or ‘Great Soul’ as Indian Father of the Nation is revered across the world, led India’s non-violent Freedom Movement, and became a beacon of hope and inspiration  to millions across the globe. 

A brief cultural programme comprising rendition of Gandhi’s favourite Bhajans by children from the Carmel School, Kuwait, and a performance by Mr. Mubarak Al-Rashid, a well-known Kuwaiti singer, was also organized by the Indian Embassy on this important occasion.

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MoI to collect the deportation expenses from Sponsor

MoI to collect the deportation expenses from Sponsor

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has finally found a way to collect dues from citizens who fail to pay for the expenses, particularly the cost of air ticket, for their domestic servants when they are deported from the country for violating the residence or labor laws, or caught for committing a crime and this means even if they were reported absconding by the sponsor, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The daily added, the Ministry of Interior has established a link with the Citizens Service Centers in all governorates for this purpose and according to reliable sources if the citizen fails to pay what he/she owes the ministry, his/her transactions will be blocked, whatever the nature of the transactions.

Those who are particularly targeted are visa traders. Security sources told the daily, when the time comes for deportation, it is the Ministry of Interior who bears the expenses because it is obliged to buy the tickets from its own budget. However, the ministry will continue to do this but will block the transactions of the respective citizens until the money is paid back to the ministry.

-A.T.

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Saudi Aramco restored oil output to pre-attack level: trading unit chief

Saudi Aramco restored oil output to pre-attack level: trading unit chief

Saudi Aramco has restored full oil production and capacity to the levels they were at before attacks on its facilities on Sept. 14, the chief executive officer of its trading arm, Ibrahim Al-Buainain, said on Monday.

Oil output capacity was restored on Sept. 25, he told a conference in the United Arab Emirates’ city of Fujairah. Oil production was restored to its pre-attack level of about 9.7 million barrels per day or even “a little higher” to replenish inventories, he said.

The attacks targeted the Abqaiq and the Khurais plants, causing a spike in oil prices, fires and damage that halved the crude output of the world’s top oil exporter, by shutting down 5.7 million bpd of production.

Saudi Arabia has managed to maintain supplies to customers at levels before the attacks by drawing from its huge oil inventories and offering other crude grades from other fields, Saudi officials have said.

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Johnson & Johnson to pay $20.4 million to two Ohio counties

Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday it will pay $20.4 million to settle claims by two Ohio counties, allowing the U.S. healthcare giant to avoid an upcoming federal trial seeking to hold the industry responsible for the nation's opioid epidemic.

J&J became the fourth drugmaker to settle claims ahead of the Federal Court trial against multiple manufacturers and distributors in Cleveland scheduled for later this month. The case is considered a bellwether for more than 2,600 lawsuits by state and local governments that are pending nationally.

“The settlement allows the company to avoid the resource demands and uncertainty of a trial as it continues to seek meaningful progress in addressing the nation's opioid crisis,” J&J said in a statement.

 

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Deputy Foreign Minister Praises Expats in Kuwait For Their Contributions

Deputy Foreign Minister Praises Expats in Kuwait For Their Contributions

Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah stressed on Tuesday the importance of expatriates’ work in Kuwait, which boosts economy and progress. Kuwait is keen to provide support and security for the foreign workers, Al-Jarallah responding to a question during seminar for elderly people hosted by the Foreign Ministry. Al-Jarallah pointed out that Kuwait has laws to protect the expats and ways to enhance their status.

He was speaking to reporters on sidelines of a seminar about elderly care. Al-Jarallah said Kuwait has taken part in meetings in Manama, Bahrain, and Tampa, Florida, regarding the coalition. He underlined that Kuwait would continue to participate in any coalition-related meetings.

- A.T.

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10th least indebted country in the world is KUWAIT

Kuwait is at No. 10 among the least indebted countries in the world in terms of GDP (17.8 percent), and the only Arab country on the list according to the recent data published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), reports Al-Qabas daily.

Hong Kong topped the list with Macao among the 10 countries equaling the same percentage – both administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China.

Brunei came second with 2.6 percent of GDP, followed by Afghanistan with 6.9 percent, Estonia with 7.6 percent and Botswana fifth place with 12.8 percent debt.

Russia ranked sixth among the world’s 10 least-debtor countries with 13.8 percent of GDP.

The Democratic Republic of Congo came in seventh with 14 percent debt, followed by Solomon Islands with 14.6 percent and Azerbaijan with ninth in debt with 17.6 percent.

 

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Traffic violations increased to 15,000 per day

 

 

Traffic statistics raised a red flag towards increased violations reaching 15,000 per day, ie 645 traffic violations per hour. The traffic planning and research department recorded 4 million violations since the start of the year until Saturday. It was noticed that women were more compliant with the traffic law, as 500,000 violations were recorded by them, compared to 3.5 million violations committed by men. Stats also showed that speeding topped the number of violations, followed by running red lights. Meanwhile, 400 violations were recorded against policemen for speaking on the phone while driving, while hundreds of the motorists were involved in texting while driving. Psychologists warned that a lack of applying the law equally will result in more violations and points at a social defect. They said violating the traffic law is an aggression against state rights and endangers people’s lives. It also indicates that concerned authorities are unable to enforce the law. –K.T.

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Plan to give every patient in Kuwait a smart card to ensure the safety of patients

 

 

Director of the Regional Center for Patients Safety Assurance at the Ministry of Health Dr Waleed Al-Busairi affirmed the safety level of patients in public hospitals across Kuwait, saying the available standard is very high regardless of the cases of medical errors.

Dr Al-Busairi disclosed determination of the center to enforce close monitoring of public and private hospitals as a way of ensuring the safety of patients. He revealed the plan to give every patient in Kuwait a smart card that contains all his medical record, laboratory tests and X-rays to enable doctors follow up the medical history with ease.He noted “there is future coordination with countries in the Middle East to identify problems they face in the implementation of patients safety with the intention of organizing workshops to shed light on the responsibilities of medical practitioners to overcome problems in coordination with the National Center for Health Information chaired by Dr Fatmah Al-Asousi to analyze death statistics to know those caused by medical errors to assist in laying down the right plan for reaching zero medical error level,” the expert medical administrator declared.-A.T.

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Saudi Arabia to invest $100 billion in India in areas of petrochemicals, infrastructure and mining

 

 

Despite reeling from the impact of the worst-ever attacks on its oil installations, Saudi Arabia has said that it is looking at investing $100 billion in India in areas of petrochemicals, infrastructure and mining among others, considering the country's growth potential.

Saudi Ambassador Dr Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati has said India is an attractive investment destination for the kingdom and it is eyeing long-term partnerships with New Delhi in key sectors like oil, gas and mining.The envoy said more than 40 opportunities for joint collaboration and investments between India and Saudi Arabia across various sectors have already been identified, adding the current bilateral trade of $34 billion will undoubtedly continue to increase.

He said oil giant Aramco's proposed partnership with Reliance Industries reflected the strategic nature of the growing energy ties between the two countries.The envoy said investing in India's value chain from oil supply, marketing, refining to petrochemicals and lubricants is a key part of Aramco's global downstream strategy.

"In this backdrop, Saudi Aramco's proposed investments in India's energy sector, such as the $44 billion West Coast refinery and petrochemical project in Maharashtra and a long term partnership with Reliance, represent strategic milestones in our bilateral relationship," he said.

The envoy said Vision 2030 of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will also result in significant expansion of trade and business between India and Saudi Arabia in diverse sectors.

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The heat will continue to drop after two weeks--Astronomer

 

 

Astronomer Adel Al-Saadoun said the summer season officially ended on Sept 23, but he indicated the weather in Kuwait is not committed to these dates as it will continue to be hot and humid until mid-October.He told the heat will continue to drop after two weeks especially in open areas, expecting the air-conditioners to function until the end of October. As for the timing of monsoon, nothing can be said of a specific date, unlike some others who predict it, and may be prone to committing error.-A.T.

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Health measures implemented following reports of polio cases in the Philippines

 

 

Kuwait plans to install 30 thermal cameras at land, sea and air ports to check and prevent people from entering the country with infectious diseases.This will be accomplished in coordination with the Ministries of Health and Interior.16 thermal cameras will be installed at the Kuwait International Airport arrivals lounges, four each at the Salmi, Al-Nuwaiseeb and Abdali ports and two at the Doha Port.

Meanwhile, several health measures have been implemented at the Kuwait International Airport following reports of polio cases in the Philippines. The measures include referring the arrivals from the Philippines to the preventive health centers to ensure they were vaccinated with polio-protective vaccine in their country.The Philippines was free of polio for 19 years. To date, no official data has been issued by the Ministry of Health, but the World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the Philippines health authorities, has published the news on its website, reassuring everyone, and calling on States not to take any further measures to restrict movement, travel and goods among the countries of the world.

WHO has advised travelers to the Philippines to take vaccination against polio before travel, but the organization did not issue any instructions regarding those going from the Philippines to other countries.-A.T.

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Govt to fight menace of fake social media accounts

 

 

The government is preparing a list of bogus social media account owners who instigate strife, which will be submitted to concerned authorities to deal with them. Informed sources said the Cabinet will not be satisfied with closing the accounts – rather it will take those behind them to court in Kuwait or abroad in coordination with embassies. The government’s communications center met representatives of all government departments to discuss the development of the media mission. Sources said the center stressed that it is necessary to use all technological means to fight rumors, while forming teams in ministries to combat them. Sources called upon government departments to use the opportunity presented by people’s communications with ministries through WhatsApp and develop ministries’ accounts that are lagging behind their counterparts. –K.T.

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Romanian sentenced to three years imprisonment for planting a device on an ATM

 

 

The Criminal Court sentenced a Romanian to three years imprisonment with hard labor after he was found guilty of planting a device on an ATM, which collected data of clients withdrawing cash from the machine.The Romanian was arrested after security agencies were contacted by one of the local banks to observe security footage of one of its ATM, which showed the defendant attempting to tamper with the machine by installing a gadget that was later revealed could copy data and information, which clients put while accessing their bank accounts through the ATM.The defendant was in Kuwait on tourist visa. He attempted to commit the crime four days after entering the country, and upon arrest, he was found in possession of maps for the location of the ATM(s) in the country.-A.T.

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Kuwait among top 20 improvers in Ease of Doing Business Index out of 190 economies

 

 

The Doing Business Team at the World Bank Group (WBG) announced on its website that Kuwait for the first time joined the group of top 20 improvers in the Ease of Doing Business Index 2020 out of 190 economies included in the Doing Business report to be published officially by the end of October. This global index covers 10 key components that represent various dimensions of business regulatory environment for domestic enterprises.

This initial announcement ahead of the release of the report showed that Kuwait has enhanced business reforms in accordance with its 2035 national vision and goals. The announced improvement reflected reforms in six components covering: Starting a business, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors and trading across borders.

In this context, Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) announced, as head of the Permanent Committee for Streamlining Business Environment And Enhancing Competitiveness in the State of Kuwait (PCK), that the underlying significance of improving Kuwait’s position in the Ease of Doing Business Index 2020 is that it directly and indirectly contributes to making Kuwait’s investment climate more attractive and supports the attainment of the national vision 2035 and its developmental goals, which will eventually boost the expansion of the economic cycle, availing the creation of more real job opportunities for the local workforce.

This improvement capped the dedicated efforts exerted by the PCK since it was established by a Council of Ministers’ decision at the end of 2013, headed by KDIPA, with membership extended to include 11 competent government authorities, in addition to representatives of the private sector and the civil society organizations. The PCK was initiated with full support by HH the Prime Minister to serve as an active platform for coordinating national efforts, documenting reforms, raising awareness on reforms undertaken and following up their progress, as well as placing improving business environment and national competitiveness at the top priority of the government work program.

On this occasion, the PCK conveys the utmost appreciation and esteemed gratitude to HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and to HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for the leadership’s foresight and calls to mobilize national efforts to attain this improvement, that will support fostering Kuwait competitiveness in international indices, enabling it to assume its role as a leading financial and commercial center, augmented by the leadership’s ongoing focus on this issue, in a way that motivated all relevant parties to endorse, with competence and efficiency, their mandated responsibilities to realize this strategic goal. – KUNA

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Toxic lead chromate used to give turmeric roots and powder a bright yellow color.

 

 

Results of a new research sounded the alarm on a serious form of commercial fraud, as it revealed that toxic lead  chromate (PbCrO4) is being used in Bangladesh to give turmeric roots and powder a bright yellow color.This toxic substance is banned globally for food products, as it increases the level of lead in the blood and poisons the nerves; thereby, causing heart problems and brain diseases in addition to impeding the development of the brain of children.

While the research did not consider samples of turmeric powder exported by this country in large quantities to many countries around the world including Kuwait and other Gulf states, the results raised this question: Does turmeric being used in Kuwait contain toxic lead chromate?The intensive research was conducted in areas with high production and consumption of turmeric powder in the country. Using systematic and analytical methods, the research was conducted under the supervision of Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment with the involvement of 11 specialized researchers.

The research concluded that high rate of the toxic substance was found in the analyzed turmeric samples, and that this is probably the main reason behind high level of lead in the blood of many people of that country. “It is clear that people are consuming turmeric root and powder and they do not know that they are being cheated through the use of harmful chemicals which could cause major health problems,” says researcher Gina Forsyth who led the study at the Stanford Woods Institute of the Environment. “We now know that turmeric contains lead chromate compound and we have to do something,” she added.-A.T.

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