Notice Board

PIL before the Hon’ble Supreme Court to refund air tickets booked before lockdown period

Pravasi Legal Cell(PLC)

Pravasi Legal Cell after perusing the recent advisory dated 16.04.2020 of Ministry of Civil Aviation which gives direction to airline companies to refund only those tickets that were booked during the lockdown period and leaves out the vast majority of passengers who had booked tickets before the flights were banned,  has filed a PIL before the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The objective of the PIL is to bring relief to the large segment of population who had booked tickets before lockdown to travel during this ongoing period of lockdown.

The PIL prays to Hon’ble Supreme Court to declare the action on the part of the airlines providing both domestic and international services, of not refunding the full amount as collected for tickets for travel during the lockdown period as violative of the Civil Aviation requirement issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

The petition further seeks direction to the Union of India to issue appropriate direction to all the airlines to refund full for all air tickets booked anytime for travel during the lockdown period.

The petition was filed by Global President Advocate Jose Abraham for the Pravasi Legal Cell .PLC Kuwait Country Head Mr.Babu Francis and General Secretary      Mr. Biju Stephen announced that they will continue to take steps to ensure support  for the Indian expatriates.

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Some people opting to leave expected to face difficulties

 

 

People who are planning to leave the country following the outbreak of the coronavirus and the country coming to almost a standstill, many of those who do not hold a valid Civil ID, face a problem, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

The sources say although the Civil ID has been renewed, it is still with Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) because the holder was unable to collect it, and to make matters worse the residence permit is no longer stamped on the passport.

In the context, wellinformed sources at the Public Authority for Civil Information ruled out the opening of facility at the present time to distribute the renewed civil IDs since the curfew was imposed on March 22, in compliance with the directives of the Council of Ministers and health authorities to prevent gatherings of all kinds.

The sources added since the suspension of work in government departments, including the PACI, no new ID cards have been printed, as the cards are renewed only electronically. In affirming the existence of a “problem”, Director- General of PACI, Musaed Al-Asousi, announced that the application of ‘my identity’ that enables citizens and residents to issue a digital civil card cannot be used currently for travel, as the authority coordinates with the competent authorities to achieve this.

Al-Asousi explained on the occasion of the launch of the application yesterday, that the start of granting the digital ID will be for the person who has a card in the delivery device or submitted a renewal request through the authority’s website.

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Indian Govt decision to ban repatriating bodies of NRIs in cargo flights draws large criticism

 

 

The Indian government's decision to ban repatriation of dead bodies in cargo flights from Gulf countries to India draws large criticism from the expatriate community in Kuwait.

Currently, there are bodies of many people in Kuwait's mortuary who are not dead due to COVID infection. Various social activists are completing the process of repatriating these bodies in the wake of the Covid 19 outbreak and surviving many adverse events. However, the sudden decision by the India government to stop receiving bodies in Cargo flight put them in trouble.

"The Central government is treating the expatriates with a vengeful attitude," KALA Kuwait said in a statement. KALA Kuwait had already completed all the formalities of two such bodies, which has completed the embalming process and were ready to be transported to the airport for repatriation. However, on the last minute, airline company staff said that they were directed not to send the body in flight. The Bureau of Immigration has orally instructed all airports that permission of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs should be sought in advance for this. The Kerala Art Lovers Association (KALA) has urged the Central government to immediately withdraw the decision to not accept the bodies of the deceased who were not infected with COVID 19.

However, Indian media, citing sources from the Indian government, claimed that this procedure is only on a temporary basis and the ban was imposed as part of preparing guidelines for bringing bodies to native places.

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215 New coronavirus cases today - total cases to 2614

 

 

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The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health on Friday reported 215 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections and one death in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 2614 and total deaths to 15 patients.
In a statement, Health Ministry spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad said that 60 patients were in intensive care 27 of them are in critical condition and 33 stable.A 55 year old Bangladeshi national lost his life bringing the total death reported so far is 15.
Those currently receiving treatment at hospitals reached 1,887 patients said the spokesperson.
Today's reported case includes 21 Kuwaiti national, 85 Indian, 25 Bangladeshi, 31 Egyptian, 4 Lebanese, 5 Sri Lanka, 25 Pakistani, 5 Nepal resident.
Earlier, the ministry announced the recovery of 115 new patients.

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Partial curfew time change comes into effect from today,the first day of Ramadan

 

 

The General Administration for Security Relations and Media reminded citizens and residents to amend the partial curfew dates in all regions of Kuwait from the first day of the holy month to be from four in the evening until eight in the morning due to the exceptional circumstances the country is going through and based on the directives of the Council of Ministers to intensify efforts and tighten precautionary measures..The administration stressed the need to adhere to the decision of the curfew by all citizens and residents according to the new dates for the common good of all and to avoid falling under the jurisdiction of the law.

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4,200 passengers arrived on home yesterday by 24 flights in the second phase of evacuation

 

 

The largest evacuation process continues in the history of Kuwait, where the second phase began and 4,200 passengers arrived on home yesterday by 24 flights distributed on 13 flights of Kuwait Airways and 11 on Jazeera Airways, in implementation of the high orders for the return of all and from different countries of the world.

For their part, a number of citizens coming to the homeland expressed their happiness and joy in reaching out, appreciating all the efforts made by the government in evacuating them in light of stopping the flights worldwide, praising the procedures followed since the beginning of the announcement of the evacuation plan and the return of citizens to Kuwait, affirming their commitment to the instructions Issued by the concerned authorities, for the benefit of them, their families and the society as a whole.

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Holy month of Ramadan begins on Friday

 

 

Kuwait's Moonsighting Committee has announced that Friday will be the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.Chairman of the Moonsighting Committee Justice Youssef Al-Mutawaa made the announcement after the committee meeting on Thursday's evening.

Consequently, Ramadan of the Hijri or Islamic calendar of 1441, will commence on Friday, April 24, he pointed out.

On the occasion, Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Endowments and Islamic Affairs Dr. Fahad Al-Afasi greeted His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait's political leadership, citizens and residents as well as the Arab and Muslim nations.

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Souq Mubarakiya is thriving again with customers after it reopened earlier this week

 

 

Souq Mubarakiya is thriving again with customers after it reopened earlier this week. On March 17, the Municipality had decided to close the market to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But shops selling non-food items are still closed and people are being asked to observe social distancing. The fruit and vegetable and the meat markets are now open, along with the area where dates are sold. Some baqalas and shops related to foodstuff and herbal products are also open in the market.

“I thank God for the opening of Souq Mubarakiya. I hope we will be able to go back to normal, especially since we will soon be marking Ramadan,” a shopper buying fruit from a vendor inside the market told Kuwait Times. The meat shops were also busy. “I am working in a restaurant in Maidan Hawally. We are open every day, but strictly following guidelines on how we should be operating. Since the closure of Souq Mubarakiya, we’ve been getting our supplies from supermarkets, but the problem there is the long queues. Opening of Mubakariya is a gift for us this Ramadan,” an Indian buyer said while purchasing meat for his restaurant from his regular butcher in Mubarakiya.-K.T.

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No support from Srilankan Embassy to utilise govt amnesty-only 3 received on 3rd day at the centre

 

 

Amnesty applications by undocumented Sri Lankans in Kuwait turned out to be fewer than expected after the embassy had called on its citizens not to show up as the airport in Sri Lanka is closed. The government of Kuwait has granted an amnesty from April 1-30 to all undocumented expatriates to leave at Kuwait’s expense without paying fines, with a chance to return in the future.Around 130,000 Sri Lankans reside in Kuwait. According to a report in Al-Qabas daily yesterday, only 100 Sri Lankans applied for the amnesty on the second day of registration.The Residence Violators Center in Farwaniya has registered 3 Sri lankan expats who wish to leave the country and benefit from the amnesty laid by the government exempted from paying fines and free air ticket on the third day.

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Indian ambassador's address to Indian community members

 

 

My dear fellow Indian citizens and friends,
As India’s ambassador to Kuwait, a couple of weeks ago, I addressed you through a written communication on the embassy’s website, and also circulated by other print media. As things continued to evolve, I have felt I should address you again. I am aware that all of us have been going through difficult times. But difficult times are times to show courage, stay calm and resilient, and not to panic. In this effort, all of us in the Indian Embassy are with you; and I am confident that together we will fight through this, and will come out triumphant.

The most encouraging fact is that we are living in a very friendly country; Kuwait is known for its humanity and generosity. I would like to thank the Kuwaiti government for taking care of all its residents during these troubled times, including the large Indian community. The government and the health authorities of Kuwait have taken commendable steps to control the spread of the virus. I must compliment all of you for already complying with various guidelines. I once again call upon you to continue to stand by the Kuwaiti authorities in implementing the curfew, staying at home, and reporting any suspected cases immediately.

I am also aware that there is considerable need for food or groceries etc among many members of the community who may have lost their jobs and have no savings. I am grateful to various Indian associations and several community members as well as volunteers, who have either already been reaching out to the needy, or have come forward to help.

Helpline numbers have been displayed on the embassy website. Please contact us or your nearest volunteer, so that the embassy can ensure that help reaches you. Please also allow me to convey sincere appreciation to the Indian Doctors Forum and other individual Indian doctors who have voluntarily been providing medical advice and counseling. You can approach them on the contacts provided, or through the embassy, or an Indian association.

And finally dear friends, the embassy is well aware that thousands of you are keen to return to India – there are beneficiaries of amnesty, workers who have lost their jobs, those on visit visas and others needing urgent medical consultation and treatment back in India. Please be assured that the embassy is actively working both with the Kuwaiti government and the government of India on this matter.

The Indian government is sparing no effort to ensure that the process of repatriation is smooth and happens at the right time. It is in the interest of all of us. I urge you for your understanding, patience and calm assurance. Your health, your safety as well as your families’ safety, is of our utmost priority and concern.
Thank you and may God bless you.

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55 Coronavirus recoveries in Kuwait, total at 498

 

 

Kuwait’s Health Minister Dr. Basel Al-Sabah announced, Thursday, the recovery of 55 people from the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the tally to 498.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.

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Strict conditions for food delivery workers during Ramadan

 

 

The Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health has put strict requirements on the food delivery workers for food and restaurants, within a list of guidelines and controls circulated by the administration, in conjunction with the Cabinet’s permission for restaurants to serve delivery requests, in addition to cooperative societies activating the delivery service.
The controls and requirements stressed the factors of delivery of applications, by taking all health and precautionary measures, in addition to the responsibility of the agencies that occupy them for their health through monitoring them and conducting daily checks for them, while securing suitable housing that meets all requirements of the Ministry of Health related to the prevention of the new Corona virus.
The Ministry obliged, through the Public Health Department, the institutions and bodies responsible for preparing and delivering to inspect employees daily and measure their temperature using thermometers and retain information electronically, and to provide it to the Ministry of Health immediately upon request, in addition to removing the worker immediately from work, when the heat or symptoms of Corona virus infection appear And review the nearest health center, and make sure the workers wash their hands with soap and water and use sterilizers continuously before and after each delivery, adhere to personal hygiene and wear clean clothes, gloves and masks correctly, without touching the nose  mouth and eyes.
The company was also obligated to divide the labor into small groups inside the housing, so that each group does not exceed three individuals, to facilitate the process of separating contacts in the event of suspected cases of corona disease, while maintaining worker records as well as records of places of delivery of requests, and providing hotlines to deal with customer inquiries and complaints .
Regarding the preparation and packing mechanism, the controls stipulated that the food supply companies, restaurants and the like should pay attention to adopting personal hygiene and food safety methods, starting from the selection of raw materials to producing healthy, safe and sound food, and providing packaging places for foodstuffs that are constantly being disinfected. Workers when present, with the necessity of cleaning and disinfection of food preservation packages used in the delivery process after each request, and the continuous cleaning of surfaces subject to touch and use a lot.
The controls touched on the mechanism of transport and delivery, and stressed the use of dedicated and safe means of transport for food, with cleaning and disinfection of these means, especially food containers with approved disinfectants, such as dilute chlorine or alcohol, and the prepayment mechanism “electronic payment” must be used to ensure that money is not circulated or Bank cards through the available applications, while maintaining the provision of a distance of not less than two meters between the delivery agent and individuals when the request is submitted and following the policy of non-contact, and trying as much as possible to phone to inform the requestor upon arrival and try to avoid the use of the home bell.

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Abu Dhabi royal invests Rs 7,600cr in retailer LuLu

 

 

An Abu Dhabi funding agency, led by Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the ruling household, invested practically $1 billion (Rs 7,600 crore) in LuLu Group Worldwide, the holding firm of LuLu hypermarkets, in accordance with a supply with information of the matter. Sheikh Al Nahyan is the son of the UAE founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and presently serves because the nation’s nationwide safety adviser.
“That is the primary time anyone is investing in LuLu Group and they’re selecting roughly 20% shares within the firm, excluding Indian operations,” the particular person instructed TOI. The group operates 188 hypermarkets and supermarkets throughout the Center East, India and Far East. Thought-about to be the one largest employer of Indians outdoors India, the retailer has greater than 30,000 Indians on its pay rolls.
Lulu Group was based by Indian entrepreneur M A Yusuffali, who hails from
Thrissur, Kerala. Other than purchasing malls, Ali additionally owns premium motels throughout the Center East and Europe. In 2019, the corporate had a turnover of $7.four billion and had a each day common footfall of greater than 16 lakh.
When contacted, V Nandakumar, spokesperson for the group, declined to touch upon the deal.

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MoH launched field testing campaign for corona virus

 

 

The Ministry of Health launched a field testing campaign for corona virus in different parts of the country. The campaign is supervised by the assistant undersecretary for public health, Dr. Buthaina Al-Muddaf and is targeting large groups of residents especially after the recent increase in the number of infection among the Asians.

In Murgab, the Governor of the capital region, Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled, supervised the medical examination and quarantine procedures for more than 1000 Asian workers residing in 4 residential buildings, in order to activate the preventive measures against the emerging Corona virus.

He appealed to all citizens and residents their cooperation and assistance and adhere to the precautionary and preventive measures as per the guidelines in order to preserve their lives and ensure their health and safety.-IIK

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AR Rahman’s Hands Around the World song is about listening to earth and her needs

 

 

The Mozart of Madras and Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman’s latest song “Hands Around the World” is out. Made in collaboration with “We Are the World” creator Ken Kragen, the track is meant as an ode to the earth and a warning call to its inhabitants.

The official statement released by the makers read, “In a bid to raise awareness about climate change, Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman has joined hands with some of the world’s most notable musicians, visionaries and philanthropists for a global project titled ‘Hands Around The World.’ The project marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, observed on April 22nd.”“Hands Around the World” becomes even more significant when we take stock of the present situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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India pass law for harsh punishments for attacks against health workers

 

 

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved to promulgate The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which provides stricter punishments for attacks against health workers.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the promulgation of an Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 to provide stricter punishments for attacks against health workers.

The amendment was necessitated in view of reports of incidents of attack and harassment against doctors, nurses, para-medics and Asha workers, said Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar.

The Ordinance proposes that the police investigation of crimes against medical workers should be over within 30 days, and that the trial should be completed within one year. The punishment ranges from 3 months to 5 years of imprisonment, and fine from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakhs. If the injuries are grievous in nature, the punishment will extend up to seven years imprisonment.

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Keralite wins $1 million and another from Chennai wins bike in Dubai Duty Free draw

 

 

An Indian national living in Dubai has now become a dollar millionaire, while three others will drive away a luxury vehicle each when their winning ticket numbers were drawn today in Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotions held at Dubai Duty Free Head Office in Ramool.

Paraparambil George Varghese became the latest US1 million winner in Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire in Series 328 with ticket number 1017. Mr. Varghese is currently unreachable at the moment but will surely be surprised when he learns of the good news.

Today's draw was conducted - using social distancing and standard protective measures- by Dubai Duty Free's Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin, Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi and Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President - Corporate Services.

Ravichandran Ramaswamy, a 50-year-old Indian national based in Dubai won an Aprilla Tuono RR (Grigio Magny) in Series 405 with ticket number 0496.Ramaswamy who hails from Chennai and is a resident of Dubai for 4 years now, bought five tickets online for a motorbike at Dh100 per ticket for the first time instead of buying only 1 ticket for a car.A manager for a private company in Dubai, Ramaswamy regularly buys tickets online and from the airport during his travels in the past 3 years.

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Working hours for banks In Ramadan 2020

 

 

Kuwait Banking Association declared that the banks' work hours which announced to open during Ramadan would be from 09:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m, The banks will serve clients as of 10:00 a.m. until 01.00 p.m.

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HH Amir congratulates citizens, residents on near advent of Ramadan

 

 

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed yesterday his sincere greetings to citizens and expatriates on the near advent of the holy month of Ramadan, said the Amiri Diwan in a statement. The Amiri diwan added that His Highness the Amir would not be able to receive Ramadan well-wishers this year in line with the health guidelines set to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Diwan expressed wishes of welfare and prosperity to the leadership and people of Kuwait as well as the Arab and Muslim countries.– KUNA

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