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Hottest 40-day period begins

Hottest 40-day period begins
 

KUWAIT: The country was affected by the summer approaching early as the hottest forty-day period began last Saturday with Bawareh winds. This period normally starts on June 7 each year and continues till July 16 (39 days).

This was announced by astronomer Adel Al-Saadoun who said this period is dominated by North-Westerly winds blowing at speeds reaching 50 kilometers an hour, sometimes accompanied by sand. He said Al-Bawareh are hot dry winds that come from the North-West desert areas and may become quiet sometimes.

He said at times, South-Easterly winds accompanied with humidity as a result of crossing the Arabian Gulf, may also blow. He said the North-Westerly winds blow because of the presence of the seasonal Indian depression which becomes active during this period and causes the winds to blow in from areas with high pressure.

 
-Kuwait Times
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UAE Exchange launches Gold Fiesta, this Ramadan


UAE Exchange Centre WLL, Kuwait launches Gold Fiesta, this Ramadan
 

Customers, who send money home or exchange currency, qualify for the corresponding monthly draw and the mega draw of Gold Fiesta. This Ramadan promotion starts from 5th June to 31st August, 2013.  The offer is valid in any of the 24 branches of UAE Exchange across Kuwait. At total of 31 winners will take home 200 gms of gold in this three-month long promotion.
“Sending money home, this Ramadan, can bring our customers golden fortune!” exclaimed Mr. Pancily Varkey, Country Head – UAE Exchange Kuwait. He was speaking on the launch of Gold Fiesta, the promotion for the holy month of Ramadan from 5st June to 31st August, 2013. “At UAE Exchange, we understand our customers well. We constantly strive to address their aspirations and be instrumental in making their dreams come true. This promotion is yet another token of appreciation from us to our customers for bestowing their trust on us.” Mr. Varkey added.
Gold Fiesta is one among the many promotions lined up by the leading global remittance and foreign exchange brand. It has three monthly draws and a mega draw. Customers, who send money home or exchange currency from any UAE Exchange Centre WLL branch, during the offer period, get a chance to participate in the corresponding monthly draw and the mega draw. It will have a total of 31 winners, who will be winning a total of 200 grams of gold. There will be 10 lucky winners each in the three monthly draws, who will win five grams of gold each. One winner will get the mega prize of 50 grams gold in the mega draw to be held at the end of the promotion.
UAE Exchange has built a strong network of 24 branches in Kuwait. Customers can walk into the nearest one to avail a bouquet of services including bank transfers, instant money transfers, online money transfers, currency exchange and more.
 FLASHremit is the facility for real time account credit, at UAE Exchange Centre WLL, while M2A (Money2anywhere) is the online money transfer facility where customers can send money from their computers / Smart Phone in just a few clicks from an internet environment, anywhere. Xpress Money and Western Union are the instant money transfer options.
UAE Exchange Centre WLLoffers customised currency exchange services at competitive rates at counters and also Mobile Branch Service across the country, thus adding more convenience to the customers. All these have made it the favourite of millions of customers in a very short time.

 

Three arrested over political banners – Oppn says upholding amendment cancels constitution

KUWAIT: Security men arrested three young men yesterday hours after activists believed to be supporters of the opposition hanged huge banners carrying political slogans on top of bridges over some highways. The slogans on the banners called for the freedom of a number of activists currently in jail serving prison terms after they were convicted of insulting HH the Amir on Twitter. The slogans also called for abolishing article 25 of the penal code which stipulates the harsh prison terms on charges of insulting the Amir and undermining his authorities.

The action came as the opposition continued its campaign ahead of a crucial verdict by the constitutional court on the controversial amendment to the electoral law expected on June 16. The court, whose rulings are final, is expected to either confirm the amendment or declare it as unconstitutional, which will lead to the dissolution of the National Assembly, or alternatively the court may decide that it is not authorized to rule on the issue. The amendment of the electoral law reduced the number of candidates a voter can pick from four to just one, with the opposition boycotting the election as a result claiming the amendment allowed the government to impact the election’s outcome.

Speaking at a diwaniya late Monday night, former opposition MP Jamaan Al-Harbash said if the court confirms the amendment, it would amount to abolishing the constitution. Harbash said that if the court confirms the amendment, boycotting future election becomes a moral and national duty in order to prevent possible autocratic rule in Kuwait. The former lawmaker wondered how was it possible to have the Assembly dissolved on five occasions in the past six years. He stressed that the court order to dissolve the opposition-dominated Assembly in June last year was illegal, and warned that there will be strong reactions over the court’s decision.

Member of the scrapped 2012 assembly Faisal Al-Yahya said the essence of the ongoing political crisis in the country lies in the regime, adding that the inability of the regime to suspend the Assembly made it seek corrupt methods. Yahya said that June 16 is a historical day and a very dangerous day too, but insisted that the constitutional court should perform its duty by rejecting the amendment to help the nation regain its authority.

Former opposition MP Ali Al-Deqbasi said that the protest movement will not stop before achieving political reform and an elected government, adding that the June 16 verdict will not mark the end of the road. Deqbasi said that public funds are being squandered in a massive way and public freedoms have retreated. He said that the aim of the opposition from the protest movement is not to win seats in the Assembly but to achieve reforms.

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Minister defends ‘right to balance population’ – ‘Visas to work permit’ transfers suspended

KUWAIT: Kuwait has suspended transactions for transferring commercial visas into work permits in the private sector except under strict conditions as the first step in the Gulf state’s efforts to organize the labor market and address the demographic imbalance, a senior government official said in a recent statement.

Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thekra Al-Rashidi further defended Kuwait’s “right as a state to maintain the demographic structure and address any flaws in this regard,” and indicated that “several other steps [in that regard] will be taken in the next few days.”

Regarding deportations carried out in recent weeks, Minister Al-Rashidi said that her ministry does not have the authority to issue deportation orders. “Deporting expatriate labor forces who are in violation of residency regulations is the job of other state departments, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor seeks only to regulate the labor market,” she said.

Last March, Al-Rashidi announced a plan to deport 100,000 foreigners every year as part of a strategy to cut the Gulf state’s expatriate community by one million in ten years.

Criticism sparked by the lack of details about the proposed plan prompted the minister to later clarify that the plan targets illegal residents who comprise up to 93,000 people as of official statistics released last year.

Kuwait is home to 2.6 million expatriates, who account for 68 percent of the country’s 3.8 million population. Minister Al-Rashidi made her latest observations at the opening of the new main ‘cooperative society’ supermarket in Al-Andalus Sunday night. She also defended a new law introduced for the co-operative societies “that introduces more controls to improve the co-operative work and provide better protection for shareholders’ money.”

The new law, which the parliament passed in its first hearing, includes tougher penalties against violators as well as new standards for running for co-ops boards.

Meanwhile, minister Al-Rashidi commented on recent developments regarding a decision to suspend social security allowances paid to Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis unless they provided medical certificate proving that the husband was unable to work.

On that issue, the minister clarified that this stipulation was included in the law in its original form since its promulgation in 2011, adding that all efforts to amend it in the parliament and remove this condition have failed. She added that she will continue efforts to “amend the law in order to help the Kuwaiti women, including women married to non-Kuwaitis.”—Agencies

TWO THOUSAND SENT HOME SO FAR FOR GRAVE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

With thousands of expatriates deported in a span of a few months, confusion and fear reigns among expatriates who feel there’s no clarity on the exact reasons and the procedure for deportation.

Adding to the panic are loose stories spreading like wildfire about expatriates being deported for minor traffic offenses with lightning effect.

Arab Times spoke to lawyers and officials in the Ministry of Interior and foreign embassies to gain some perspective on the issue.

Colonel Adel Al-Hashash from the Ministry of Interior confirmed that the ministry has issued an official decision to deport (so far over 2,000) expatriates for grave traffic violations.

He noted that this is not simply a decision by the MoI Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs, but was agreed upon by the whole institution. The law stated that anyone who commits three or more grave traffic violations is subject to deportation.

Responding to objections to the law from NGOs and civil society members, he stated that, “Every country has its laws, and those who violate its immigration laws, as well as those who violate its other laws should be subject to deportation. 

“How many families have been made to suffer due to the reckless driving of some? If they cannot respect the law in this country then it makes more sense for them to be sent back home,” he continued, indicating that repeated violators who have done so with seeming intent are the ones being deported.
Running red lights, driving without license, over speeding are considered serious traffic violations.
Moreover, there have been reports that there are people being deported on the day they are arrested, which Hashash firmly denied. Further, charges that there have been door-to-door inspections were also denied, stating that the MoI is acting in accordance with law and proper procedures, which prohibit unwarranted house-checks.

However, Arab Times continued to receive complaints about police raids in private apartments in Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, Salmiya and other areas.

In his interview to the Arab Times, labor lawyer Musa’ed Al-Riyahi laid out the causes and procedure for deportation in more detail.

“Expatriates are subject to the laws, which state that they must have an official residency. Any person who is in violation of their residency pays a 2 KD fine per day. If a month or two pass and the violator is incapable of paying them and/or renewing his residency, he is placed under arrest and turned over to the Deportation Department, if he doesn’t have any criminal charges,” stated Al-Riyahi.

“At the Deportation Department they immediately call the sponsor to bring the passport. If he has any assets or entitlements the company is requested to pay them before he leaves. If the company claims that he is not entitled to anything and he insists that he is, he can hire a lawyer (from abroad) to follow up on collecting his rights; his entitlements, salaries, etc,” he continued.

However, it remains the case that many expats who are sent abroad cannot afford the fees to appoint a lawyer to follow up on their case from abroad, and if the situation deems it, are forced to leave without the rights they claim.

As for those facing charges, Al-Riyahi stated that if he is sentenced to imprisonment or a fine, he must carry out the sentence, as decided by the judge in the trial. After that, the expatriate is deported, if the sentence includes deportation. This is called a judiciary deportation. If a person is subject to a judicial deportation as part of a sentence for a crime, they are entitled to defense from a lawyer for the crime committed.

Alternatively, there is the administrative deportation. If a person is deported by a decision from the MoI, this cannot be challenged.

However, Al-Riyahi stated that over several years the government has provided an amnesty period, wherein people who are in violation can leave the country willingly, and will as such avoid fines.

Moreover, with regards to the current inspection campaigns that have been taking place, he stated, “It goes back to the sponsor. These inspection campaigns are for security purposes, inspecting the labor in the country to find out if the expat’s papers are complete and everything is in place.”

“Some expats have incurred fines and violations. If they have violated their residency for a small period, they can pay the fines and renew the residency through the sponsor,” he continued.

Al Riyahi further stated that if the fines are bigger and over a year has passed, and the violator is unable to pay, the fines become the sponsor’s responsibility and the expat is deported. If his papers haven’t been renewed for over a year it means the sponsor doesn’t want him, or that the expat is in hiding.
There have been many cases of absenteeism. If an expat has been in violation for months and unreachable by the sponsor, then the sponsor can report him as absent at a police station.

Once an expat is deported, Al-Riyahi stated that he has the right to appoint an agent to collect any belongings that they have, including money from a bank account, belongings, etc. This can be done simply by giving the Civil ID card to any trusted person.

Additionally, he stated that in the case of a judicial sentencing, the State may appoint a lawyer for the expat in the case of a crime should he not be able to afford one, but that a lawyer is not appointed in the case of an administrative deportation.

Expatriates who are deported are fingerprinted and cannot return to Kuwait or any GCC state for at least 5 years. In the case of judicial deportation, depending on the nature of the case and verdict, it could be a lifetime ban.

Speaking to foreign embassies, the Arab Times found that the role of embassies is severely restricted if there is an administrative decision to deport an expatriate.

Expatriates who are caught committing violations that warrant deportation are taken to the police station from where they are transferred to the deportation center following an order by the Ministry of Interior.
The authorities then contact the sponsor to procure the expatriate’s passport. If this attempt fails, the authorities get in touch with the concerned embassy and request for a travel document, also known as an out pass, using which the expatriate can travel to his home country.

To issue an out pass, the embassy will require documents or proofs that show the individual’s country of origin. It could be a copy of the passport, or the visa, or a driving license issued in the home country. If none of these are available, the embassy would ask for some contact person in the home country who can provide proof of the deportee’s citizenship based on other evidences.

Therefore, the duration to issue a travel document can vary from case to case. For some it may take about a day, and for some weeks.

The Indian and the Philippines embassies have put in place officers to do routine jail visits to look for people serving prison terms or awaiting deportation to provide any help they can. For cases where legal help is required the embassies provide a lawyer.

The Ministry of Interior provides the flight tickets to the deportees and transfers the expenses on to the Kafeel or sponsor. However, expatriates leaving the country on amnesty have to sponsor their own tickets. The embassies help such deportees with air fares. Amnesty deportees are not fingerprinted and suffer no restrictions on returning to Kuwait.

If an expatriate who has got a family under his sponsorship gets deported, then automatically, the visas of his dependents are invalidated. So, his family will have to leave the country too.

If the wife is working and is under a company visa, she can stay on. In the case of children, the wife may appeal to the immigration office to allow her to sponsor her children, which will be treated as a special case and decided on merit, as women cannot sponsor anyone according to Kuwait’s law.

The embassies requested their people to take all appropriate measures to comply with the law of the land: renew the residencies in time, carry driving license and Civil IDs while going out, and to drive responsibly mindful of the speed limit and other rules on the road.                                                                                                                                                                                        -AT

Union Cabinet approves regulator for real estate, lays down norms to help home buyers

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a legislation to set up a long-pending real estate regulator aiming to protect home buyers from unscrupulous developers and builders.

A real estate regulator — to be set up in every state — will ensure that private developers get all their projects registered with it before sale and only after obtaining all necessary clearances.

"It will be mandatory for developers under the law to get every project registered with the regulator before selling any immovable property," an official said.

While the commercial real estate has been kept out of purview of the proposed bill, it will apply to residential buildings.

There is a provision for mandatory public disclosure of all project details like credentials of promoters, lay out plan, land status, carpet area and number of apartments booked and status of statutory approvals, addressing a major concern of buyers about incomplete or fraudulent land acquisition and pending clearances.

The consumer-friendly legislation will clearly define carpet area and private developers will not be allowed to sell houses or flats on the basis of ambiguous super area.

The builders won't be allowed to publish misleading advertisements to lure buyers while advertising the project. "They will have to use the pictures reflecting the actual project that will be delivered to homebuyers," an official said.

The developer will have to deposit 70% of funds received for a particular project in a separate bank account to cover the construction cost of the project. This provision was made to discourage developers from diverting funds of a particular project to another that often causes inordinate delay.

Punitive provisions ranging from a penalty which may be up to 10% of the project cost, de-registration of the project and imprisonment are being made in the bill.

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill 2013, which seeks to provide a uniform regulatory environment to the sector, was opposed by private developers in totality but housing minister Ajay Maken stuck to it, saying the basic tenet of the legislation is based on public disclosure that will infuse transparency.

Under the bill, there will be a model builder-buyer agreement which is expected to reduce ambiguities in real estate transactions that not many buyers are familiar with.

Real estate agents will also be asked to register with the regulator. Agents, an important link between the promoter and buyer, have been an unregulated lot till now. Once they are registered, it will help in curbing money laundering.

For fast tracking settlement of disputes, an adjudicating officer not below joint secretary in the state will be appointed by the authority. There will also be Real Estate Appellate Tribunal that will hear appeals from orders, decisions or directions of regulator and adjudicating officer.
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Kuwait Towers closed due to maintenance – Towers not ‘doomed to collapse’

KUWAIT: Kuwait Towers are closed for necessary maintenance that is to be conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Electricity and Water, Deputy Chairman of the Touristic Enterprises Company (TEC) Khaled Al-Ghanim announced. The rumors saying that the towers are “doomed to collapse” are untrue, Al-Ghanim said, noting that they are currently undergoing maintenance procedures implemented by the Ministry of Electricity and Water according to a timetable preset with the TEC.

The towers maintenance procedures need to be carried out by specialists during a certain period of time, he said, adding that TEC has already announced its intention of closing the towers due to general maintenance.

TEC seized the opportunity of closing down the towers in order to carry out a number of renovation works to improve the towers’ interiors, glass, air-conditioning and others, he added. He noted that TEC is responsible for determining the safety and durability of Kuwait Towers or of any of their facilities, “due to the company’s extensive specialized experience in the field of project management and touristic facilities.”

With regard to the concrete cracks in some parts of the three towers, Al-Ghanim said that the cracks appearing on parts of the towers “are minor as they are on the outer layer and not on the concrete parts.” He added that it is part of the nature of concrete buildings to have such cracks with the passage of time, pointing out that the company is coordinating with specialized companies to address and fix this issue.

TEC Deputy Chairman expressed profound gratitude to the Ministry of Electricity and Water on its role of providing the necessary assistance to all the company’s facilities, including Kuwait Towers. Kuwait Towers, overlooking the Arabian Gulf, are the most distinctive landmark in the country, which were officially inaugurated in March 1979. The towers are built on an area of 38 square meters as the main tower is 187 meters high. — KUNA

Aditya Pancholi’s son Suraj Pancholi questioned in Jiah suicide case

Aditya Pancholi’s son Suraj Pancholi questioned in Jiah suicide case

Mumbai: Police Tuesday questioned Suraj Pancholi, son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, to whom actress Jiah Khan had made her last phone call before ending her life.

25-year-old Jiah hanged herself at her Juhu residence between 11 PM and 11.30 PM yesterday, sending shock waves in Bollywood.

Jiah, according to police, last spoke to Suraj around 10:40 PM. Suraj had gone to Juhu police station along with his actor parents and was being questioned, sources said.

According to Jiah's mother Razia Khan, the actress, who made her dream debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan in 'Nishabd', was unhappy about her acting career. She had last appeared in a supporting role in Sajid Khan's multi-starrer comedy 'Housefull' in 2010.

As per her mother, Jiah was exploring a career in interior designing besides acting in films.

Khan told the police that Jiah had gone to Hyderabad on June 2 for an audition which did not go well.

Her last rites have not yet been performed because the family is waiting for her friends and relatives to arrive from London, where she was born and brought up.

Police have also questioned her maid, watchman and neighbours to determine the cause of the alleged suicide.

The post-mortem examination at J J hospital suggested the death was caused due to hanging.
 
-Manorama Online
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Sreesanth denied bail

Sreesanth denied bail

Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) provisions have been invoked against him and 22 others

A court in New Delhi on Tuesday extended judicial custody of pacer S. Sreesanth and 22 others till June 18, in the IPL spot-fixing case after Delhi Police informed it has invoked Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) provisions against them.

Police told the court that the provisions of the MCOCA have been invoked against all the 26 accused as they were allegedly facilitating the illegal acts of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma was also informed that MCOCA enables the police to seek further custodial interrogation of accused to unearth the organised syndicate in the case.

Out of 26 accused, IPL player Ankeet Chavan and Sreesanth’s friend Abhishek Shukla are out on bail and co-accused Ashwani Aggarwal has been sent to Mumbai on a production warrant issued by a court there.

Instead of a magisterial court, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Jain will now hear the bail applications of 16 accused in the case as MCOCA has been invoked.

The 16 accused, who have filed bail pleas include Sreesanth. The police’s move of invoking MCOCA was opposed by the counsel for the accused, saying police does not have approval for it.

Advocate D.P. Singh, appearing for bookie Chandresh Patel argued that the accused, who was said to be having links with D-company has been given bail in Mumbai and here MCOCA has been invoked.

“How can players be accused of being a part of an organised crime syndicate,” he argued.

The other 24 accused includes Sreesanth, Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, former IPL player Amit Kumar Singh and former Ranji players Manoj Guddewar and Babu Rao Yadav.

Bookies Jiju Janardhan, Deepak Kumar, Manan Bhat, Chandresh Patel, Ramakant Aggarwal, Rakesh, Sunil Bhatia, Kiran Dole, Ashwani Aggarwal, Mohd Yahya, Ajay Goel, Love Garg, Amit Gupta, Bhupender Nagar, Sunil Saxena, Sayed Durez Ahmed, bouncer Vikash Chowdhury and businessmen Vinod Sharma and Nitin Jain are also accused in the case.

The police had earlier told the court that it was probing the angle of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in the case and had said that interception of various calls suggested that several big names may be involved in the episode as calls were made to Dawood.

The police had said there are some missing links and they are working on it.

“We are missing the link of the whole episode which will be proved very soon,” the prosecutor had said, adding, “Some big names are also involved which I cannot disclose at this stage and they were in regular contact with D-company.”

Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila, who all were playing for the IPL’s Rajasthan Royals franchise, were arrested in Mumbai by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing in IPL matches for payments of up to Rs. 60 lakhs just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over.

These three players, who have been suspended by the BCCI, and the others arrested have been booked under section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

On May 21, the police had informed the court that section 409 of the IPC, which deals with criminal breach of trust and entails a maximum of life imprisonment along with fine, has been invoked against all the accused in the case.

The police had said they had added section 409 IPC as the agreement concerning IPL is a tripartite agreement between BCCI, Rajasthan Royals and the player and the agreement was an exclusive contract.

Regarding Sreesanth and other two cricketers, police had said that they had used various signs like putting towel in pocket for a fixed over and exercising before the over to give time to bettors to place their stakes.
 
-The Hindu
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Infosys: Market value up Rs 6107cr as Murthy’s return

Infosys: Market value up Rs 6107cr as Murthy’s return

Mumbai: Shares of Infosys ended the day over 4 per cent higher, adding Rs 6,107 crore to its market value, as the IT major recalled its founder N R Narayana Murthy and returned control of the company.

After surging 9 per cent in intra-day trade, Infosys scrip finally ended the day at Rs 2,513.95, up 4.42 per cent from its previous close on the BSE.

At the NSE, the stock moved up by 4 per cent to close at Rs 2,508.10. Defying weakness in the stock market, the bellwether scrip emerged as the top gainer on both the key indices -- Sensex and Nifty.

Following the rise in the share price, the market value of Infosys climbed Rs 6,107 crore to Rs 1,44,360 crore.

"The move is aimed to strengthen the leadership and put the company back on high growth path. We believe the move is positive for the company," said Ankita Somani, Research Analyst (IT) at Angel Broking.

The struggling IT major had on Saturday took an important step and recalled Murthy. The performance has disappointed investors due to poor earnings in the last nine quarters and losing ground to smaller rivals.

Murthy, who had shed executive role seven years ago and finally retired as head of Infosys in August 2011, has been appointed Executive Chairman, replacing K V Kamath during whose tenure the company shares slumped 15 per cent.

Billionaire Murthy has accepted a five-year term, over which period he will earn a salary of one-rupee per year and will have his son, Rohan, as his executive assistant.

In the broader market, the BSE benchmark Sensex ended the day 149.82 points lower at 19,610.48.
 
-Manorama Online
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Bollywood mourns Jiah Khan’s untimely death

Bollywood mourns Jiah Khan’s untimely death

 

Mumbai: Calling her "full of life" and "high-spirited", Bollywood celebrities expressed their grief and shock over the death of young actress Jia Khan.

Jiah, 25, whose real name is Nafisa Khan, was found hanging at her residence at around 11 pm last night.

The actress made her acting debut with Ram Gopal Varma's 'Nishabd' opposite Amitabh Bachchan in March 2007.

"What!!! Jiah Khan ??? what has happened ? is this correct ? unbelievable !!!," tweeted a shocked Bachchan.

Filmmaker Varma called Jia a girl with "spunk and spirit". "Never ever seen a debutante actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when I was directing her in 'Nishabd'. The whole unit of 'Nishabd' was literally in love with Jiah.

"No matter what her problem was I just so wish she applied her on-screen philosophy of 'Nishabd' to her own life. Shocked and choked to hear about Jiah," Varma tweeted.

The British-Indian actress was later seen opposite Aamir Khan in "Ghajini" and Akshay Kumar in "Housefull". She had been missing from the big screen for a while now.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who worked with Jia in "Housefull", said, "Nothing worse than waking up to a bad news- shocked n dumb struck- RIP Jiah. She was full of life and had incredible sense of humour. She was a friend n will miss her. Am deeply saddened."

"Jiah Khan was full of life when I worked with her long time back. So sad that something drove her to take this extreme step. RIP," tweeted Anupam Kher who had also worked with the actress.

Actor Shahid Kapoor, said, "Shocked and saddened to hear about Jiah Khan... Very disturbing. RIP... May her soul rest in peace."

"Life has to be experienced and lived!It's a limitless ocean, have to swim through it,and not let it drown you! Rip Jiah Khan!God bless her soul," Bipasha Basu tweeted.

"Rip Jiah khan. Terrible tragedy.. Very very shocking and disturbing news," added Sonam Kapoor.

Filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan tweeted, "Can't register that Jiah is no more... Worked with her in 'Housefull' and she was so beautiful n such a good soul. Too young to go Jiah."

Filmmaker Kunal Kohli said, "What she must've gone through to take such a step we'll never know. May her soul rest in peace."

"Shocked to hear about Jiah Khan, she was too young to give up on life. RIP," said Arshad Warsi.

Actress Dia Mirza posted on her Twitter page, "RIP Nafisa(Jiah) Khan. You were too young and beautiful. This is no way to go! Life is too precious. The worst phases pass. They do. Never give up!."

"Shocked and saddened by the news. Gone way too soon. RIP Jiah Khan," added Neha Dhupia.
 
-Manorama Online
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The Dancing Divas is organizing its 5th Annual Jubilation on the 7th of June 2013

The Dancing Divas is organizing its 5th Annual Jubilation on the 7th of June 2013

       The Dancing Divas is organizing its 5th Annual Jubilation on the 7th of June 2013 at Cambridge School, Mangaf, between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The program will be attended by Mr. Raghav Juyal (Dance India Dance Fame) who will be judging the show as well us entertaining the audience with his dance performances. Another highlight of the show is the presence of Mr. Raja Sagoo (Comedy Circus Fame) who will be compere for the event. Mr. Raghav will also be conducting a dance workshop on the 8th of June at the Salmiya Model School. Workshop will be for participants within the age group of 8 and 30 and  will be open for registration till the 30 th of May.
 
    The Dancing Divas is a reputed dance academy run by choreographer and dance teacher Mrs. Jyoti Patel with over 100 children from different schools in Kuwait. The students have performed and shared stage with many renowned artists like Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Bali Brahmbhatt, Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sudha Chandran, Terence Lewis, Talat Aziz, Mahashweta Roy, Anu Choudhery, Aman Verma and Terence Lewis just to name a few.
 Kuwait has always been a welcome host to a lot of multi talented artists from all over India and this time we are fortunate to receive a renowned personality in the field of Indian dance, Mr. Raghav and a famous Comedy artist, Mr. Raja Sagoo . Raghav Juyal (Crockroaxz) is a dancer and choreographer and is renowned as the King of Slow Motion for his surreal dance moves in slow motion style  He rose to fame after being a finalist in Zee TV dance reality shows like Dance India Dance (Season 3), as a skipper for the team Raghav Ke Rockstars in DID Li'l Masters 2  and Dance Ke Superkids.Raghav has become a youth icon inspiring dancers, who  imitate his trademark moves and dance style, popularly known as Crock-style. The dance enthusiasts of Kuwait are certain to benefit under his tutelage. Mr. Raja Sagoo, the compere for the event, rose to fame through his performances in Comedy Circus and is renowned for his impeccable imitation of the Bollywood star, Salman Khan.

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Murdered dentist’s family relieved by court verdict

KUWAIT: Family members of the Lebanese dentist who was murdered inside a mall earlier this year expressed relief after the court sentenced the four accused in the case to death, and hoped that the ruling serves as a deterrent for violent behavior in Kuwait. The Criminal Court on Sunday sentenced the man who stabbed the victim inside the Avenues Mall and three other accomplices to death after they were found guilty of premeditated murder.

The incident happened following an altercation that began in the parking lot after which the killer followed the victim with a knife in hand. He admitted during investigations that he had purchased the knife from a shop in the same mall. The attacker pleaded guilty to stabbing charges but denied the intent to murder. “The sentence would help extinguish the fire that has been burning in our hearts ever since the crime was committed,” said Sameer Yousuf, father of victim Dr. Jaber Yousuf. He was making the statement to Al-Qabas hours after the ruling was announced.

Declaring that “justice has been served,” Yousuf said that he felt relieved that all the suspects were handed the death sentence “because all of them were involved in the crime.” Al- Qabas also spoke to the victim’s Kuwaiti mother who said that she received the news about the death sentence of her son’s murderers “with tears of joy for successfully avenging the death of my son through legal means.” —Al-Qabas                                                 

Raina, Jadeja, Ojha managed by firm owned by Dhoni

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: A day after BCCI president N Srinivasan had to step aside because of a conflict of interest, Indian cricket captainMahendra Singh Dhoni faced a similar charge for holding shares in Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd, a firm that manages three Indian national players—Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha—besides Dhoni himself. 

According to documents filed by the firm with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Dhoni held 30,000 shares or 15% stake in Rithi Sports as on March 22. This would indicate an obvious conflict of interest since he has a role in picking the Indian team and the firm would benefit if its clients were to be part of the team. 

A sports management firm essentially gets its income from commissions on a player's commercial deals like endorsements, event appearances and so on. Clearly, a Team India player demands higher fees for all of these than somebody who is a domestic player. Rhiti Sports also managed the marketing of Chennai Super Kings of which Dhoni is captain, as well as badminton ace Saina Nehwal

He had signed up with Rhiti Sports for three years, reportedly for Rs 210 crore in 2010, which translates to an average of Rs 70 crore a year, the costliest deal ever in Indian cricket. 

Rhiti Sports sought to refute the allegation on Monday by suggesting that Dhoni is not a shareholder and had only been one for a month in March-April this year. A statement issued by Arun Pandey, the main promoter and a childhood friend of Dhoni, said: "MSD holds no shareholding in Rhiti Sports Management (P) Ltd. It is made clear that shareholding was allotted to MSD on 22.03.2013 only to secure certain old outstandings which were due for more than one year. Further, the payments were cleared in April 2013 and the shareholding was transferred back to promoter of the company on 26.04.2013." 

In short, Rhiti Sports' claim is that shares were allotted to Dhoni to raise money for about a month to repay dues and the shares were subsequently bought by either Pandey or one of the other promoters. While pledging shares as collateral for loans is a common practice, their ownership doesn't change. 

Former India batsman VVS Laxman said Dhoni should sell off his shares as it could drive him into a "compromising situation." He said: "When such a problem arises, the stakeholder should come out by selling off his shares. I think that can solve all the problems at one go. I am not sure if Dhoni has any share in Rhiti Sports, but if it true, he should sell off shares as it can put him in a compromising situation." 

Documents available on the website of the ministry of corporate affairs show that Dhoni was allotted 30,000 shares on March 22 this year for a total price of Rs 3 lakh including share premium. Arun Pandey was also allotted 1.2 lakh shares on the same date for Rs 12 lakh. There were no documents on the website showing the transfer back of Dhoni's shares to Rithi or anybody else. 

An experienced chartered accountant told TOI that what Rhiti Sports was suggesting was an extremely unusual business practice. "Companies do not normally allot shares to raise money for such a short period, particularly if they have crores in reserves, as this company appears to have," he said. He added, "If the shares were being allotted to raise money, why were they allotted to an 'outsider'—as the firm claims Dhoni was—at face value? The promoter could be allotted shares at face value, but when an outsider in buying shares in a privately held firm, the question of valuation of those shares is bound to arise." The CA pointed out that in such a situation even the income tax department would normally raise a question about undervaluation of the shares. 

On paper, the company has for most of this period had only three shareholders—Pandey, his sister Pratima Tiwary and one Arun Kumar Dass. At the time when the company was set up, Pandey's sister held 1,000 shares of the 10,000 issued, Dass held just one share and the remaining nearly 90% was held by Pandey. 

As of September 29, 2012, when the last AGM of the company was held, Pandey held 47,499 of the 50,000 equity shares in the company (about 95%), his sister Pratima held 1,250 shares (2.5%) and a relative Subhawati the remaining 1,251 shares (2.5%). Dass, one of the original promoters, was no longer a shareholder. 

This also means that the 1.5 lakh shares allotted in March this year to Dhoni and Pandey would have quadrupled the company's equity base, as already pointed out in the seemingly strange way of tiding over what is claimed to be a temporary cash crunch. 

Interestingly, two other firms floated by the Pandey family in 2006—Rhiti Studio Pvt Ltd and Rhiti Production Pvt Ltd—have languished, with no activity worth mentioning. Another firm, Inspired Entertainment, was floated by the same promoters in 2011 to manage corporate events, including fashion shows. 

Atul Srivastava, the founder of Gaames Unlimited, that manages R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane, said that Dhoni wouldn't push for an inferior talent. "It's just not possible. There's just too much scrutiny and I'm very clear in my mind that Dhoni wouldn't back a lesser talent," Srivastava said. 

Interestingly, Rahane had spent 18 months in the squad before getting to play in a Test match against Australia even as the likes of Raina and Jadeja were preferred over him. Or, for instance,Manoj Tiwary who was forced to warm the benches for more than 20 One-Day Internationals after scoring a hundred against West Indies. Srivastava, however, denies that. "What you are saying sounds logical. I can't comment on Tiwary's non-inclusion. But the fact is that Rahane hasn't taken the chances that have come his way."

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Driving dangerously with baby in the lap – Traffic issues stern warning

KUWAIT: It is not rare in Kuwait to see a father driving a vehicle and holding his small child in front of him at the same time, and sometimes letting the child to even hold the steering. Such behavior is completely unacceptable in the West and punishable by traffic laws. Not only is such a behavior dangerous but is also a violation of the traffic law. “It is not allowed to let an infant less than 13 years of age to sit in the front seat. He should be sitting in the back and have the seatbelt tightened. Of course, it is not allowed to have a child in the driver’s lap while driving as it can be extremely dangerous. This behavior can spell doom for the child’s safety and is punishable with a fine of KD5,” Major Naser Buslaib, head of the Media Department at the Ministry of Interior told the Kuwait Times.

According to him, using baby seats in vehicles is not obligatory. “The traffic law does not force the drivers to place their young children in baby seats while driving, but doing so is safer for the kids. The drivers would not be ticketed for this behavior,” added Buslaib. Pamela, a 39-year-old expat from a western country and a mother of two children born in Kuwait, strongly criticized this behavior. “Small children should always be sitting in the baby seat affixed to the back seat of the vehicle. Many studies showed that this seat saved the life of many children in case of an accident.

The child in this seat cannot be jolted out if an accident were to happen. It takes very little effort to have the child in the seat. It hardly takes five minutes to place him in it. Also, the seat is not expensive and you can buy one for about KD 20, so why not have the child safe,” she said. Pamela never drove with her children unless the children were well secured in their baby seats. “It is true that I never used the baby seats back home in the United States as I didn’t have children at that time. But ever since my children were born, I always placed them in the baby seat.

I spent nine months to bring them into this world and would not endanger their lives as my duty is to protect them. It is extremely important to have a baby seat in the car. Not doing so was akin to let them go swimming unsupervised or walk alone in the street,” she further said.

Not all mothers or parents are that careful and some of them would not mind risking a little. Fatma is a 29-yearold mother who drove with her baby in the car even when he was just two months old. She used to put him in a pocket in front of her as she took the wheel. “I realize that such behavior was very dangerous for my baby. I also know that it seems crazy, but I did that only twice.

Once when I had to go out and I did not have anybody at home to take us and had to drive. I had not bought the baby seat yet as I had been staying at home only after the delivery for a long time. Now I have a baby seat now and always place my son in it while driving,” she pointed out.

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Insurance Companies To Be Sued

MoH Owed KD 19.641 Mln In Outstanding Bills

 

KUWAIT CITY, June 2: Ministry of Health has officially stated the health insurance companies have yet to remit KD 19.641 million in outstanding bills, so the ministry has given the Fatwa and Legislation Department green light to sue the concerned companies on its behalf, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

The ministry disclosed this in a response to parliamentary questions forwarded by MP Khalil Al-Saleh in that regard.

The statement was personally signed by the sector minister Dr Mohammad Al- Haifi who explained that the ministry signed protocols and agreements with 15 local insurance companies when execution of the insurance system for expatriate residents began, in line with Law Number 1/1999.

He explained the ministry did all it could to collect outstanding bills, through letters and legal means in particular. Subsequent to numerous contacts made with the companies to settle the bills in a friendly manner, the ministry has brought the issue to the notice of the Fatwa and Legislation Department to file lawsuits in that respect, he added, indicating those cases are pending in the courts now. He also said the ministry has frozen the bank guarantees of the concerned banks, as per Article 9 of the insurance agreement                                                                                             -AT

Indian embassy seeks 6-month grace period – Expats fear ‘Indians targeted in raids’

KUWAIT:  The Indian Embassy in Kuwait yesterday sought a six-month grace period for residency violators and urged authorities to stop harassment and arrest of people with valid documents. The Indian embassy officials yesterday held talks with officials at the Foreign Ministry and conveyed the embassy’s deepest concern over the continuous harassment and arrests of Indians during the ongoing crackdown against illegal residents in the country.

In his talks with Talal Al-Falah, director of the consular department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Acting Ambassador Vidhu P Nair stated that there was a growing fear among the people that “Indians are specifically targeted” in the campaign. The acting ambassador called on the ministry official to suspend the ongoing raids and grant a grace period of at least six months to residency violators so that they can either regularize their status or leave the country gracefully.

Nair brought to Falah’s notice that most of the people arrested have become residency violators because they entered the country on visas under Article 20 and moved later to work under Article 18. Secondly, the embassy sought access to information regarding the arrested and deported Indians. Currently, many arrested Indians remain unaccounted for, igniting anxiety and fear among the residents.

The embassy is kept in the dark regarding the number of Indians being arrested and deported, and on Sunday, hundreds of Indian workers stormed the embassy seeking its help in securing either the release or information of people who were arrested during a recent raid in Bneid Al-Gar. According to reports, more than 500 people were rounded up in these raids.

The Indian Embassy also requested access to meet Indians held in detention and deportation centers so that they can be provided any humanitarian assistance if required. There were media reports that cells in deportation centers are overflowing with people who live in deplorable conditions. The Indian officials also brought to the notice of the ministry officials about the continuous harassment of people traveling in their cars and moving in public places. There have been several instances of people getting their licenses cancelled despite having valid documents just because they travelled with their friends or colleagues, he pointed out.

Nair told Kuwait Times yesterday that the official agreed to look into his requests. “The talks have been quite positive and we hope that a solution can be found soon,” he said. He also informed that the embassy has sought a meeting with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior in order to brief him about the growing uneasiness and panic among the Indian community in Kuwait as a result of the continuous raids and arrests.

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Political parties come under RTI, rules CIC

NEW DELHI: Lifting the cloak of secrecy from sources of funding of political parties and their expenditure the central information commission(CIC) has ruled that they are public authorities who now need to respond to RTI queries within six weeks. 

Political parties on Monday lost the battle to stay out of RTI purview and keep their donors secret after the commission in a 54-page order said six national parties — Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI-M, CPI and BSP — have been substantially funded, even if indirectly, by the central government. 

The CIC ruled political parties have the "character of public authority" under the RTI Act as they perform public functions on being approached by activists who failed to get a response from parties on who their top 10 donors were. 

Unless the order is challenged successfully by political parties in court, it will mean parties are finally under the RTI Act and have to dish out information on donors, assets, liabilities, profits earned and spending. 

The order comes on two applications filed by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and RTI activist S C Agrawal. 

CIC has directed parties to appoint public information officers within six weeks to respond to RTI queries and adhere to legal provisions. 

"In view of the nature of public functions performed by political parties...we conclude that political parties in question are public authorities under section 2(h) of the RTI Act," the Bench, comprising Chief Information Commissioner Satyanand Mishra and Information Commissioners Annapurna Dixit and M L Sharma, said. 

The commission held political parties have the character as public authorities and "we hold INC, BJP, CPIM, CPI, NCP and BSP have been substantially financed by the central government under section 2(h)(ii) of the RTI Act". 

There were three parameters — allotment of prime land at concessional rates, income tax exemptions, free air time given by public broadcaster and electoral rolls given by the Election Commission — behind the decision. 

The commission also recognized that while political parties are not "government owned'', they perform public functions by their own accord and transparency is necessary in this regard. 

"We are of the opinion that bringing the political parties in the ambit of RTI Act is likely to usher an era of transparency in their functioning. Besides, it would result in strengthening of democracy and democratize institutions in the country," the commission said. 

ADR's Anil Bairwal and Agrawal had sought information on the top 10 donors of political parties, their manifestos and payments to the party funds. 

Not getting any response, they had approached the CIC seeking declaration of political parties as public authorities under the RTI. The commission held hearings over one year where all political parties except for CPI opposed the move to bring the parties within the ambit of the transparency Act. 

The commission based its decision on three important points raised by complainants — substantial funding received by the parties from government, performance of public duty by them and legal provisions vesting them with rights and liabilities. 

The commission also took into account I-T exemptions given to political parties and found that during last three years BJP got Rs 141.25 crore, Congress (Rs 300.92 crore), BSP (Rs 39.84 crore), CPM (Rs 18.13 crore), CPI (Rs 24 lakh) and NCP (Rs 9.64 crore) as tax relief.

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MoI may revoke licenses of ex-students, working wives

KUWAIT: The Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Maj Gen Abdelfattah Al-Ali said the Traffic Department is preparing to revoke driving licenses of expat students who were issued these licenses based on their university studies. This action comes after it was proven that they have completed their studies and are working now.

He said licenses of working women who received them based on family visas will also be revoked, adding that this action is legal because driving licenses are contracts issued according to certain conditions, and if these conditions are changed, the ministry will have the right to revoke the licenses.

Ali assured all expats who are afraid to pay their traffic fines to avoid impoundment of their vehicles or revocation of their driving licenses to go ahead and pay up as he has given instructions to allow expats to pay fines without their cars being impounded during the month of June.

Ali said students who have finished their studies and housewives whose family iqamas are changed to work permits must hand over the driving licenses they received earlier. He said they have the right to apply for new driving licenses or exchange the ones they have when they submit proper documents, especially a university degree and a KD 400 minimum salary certificate.

Ali, who was yesterday leading a traffic campaign in Khaitan during which he issued 500 citations and impounded tens of violating cars, said he is about to submit a proposal to Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah to amend a ministerial decision to link expat students’ licenses with their study period along with other organizational steps. He said among the proposals is to ban the issue of drivers licenses to certain professions that were previously allowed, such as imams and undertakers.

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