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Fire at Avenues Mall: leaves no injuries

Fire at Avenues Mall: leaves no injuries
 
KUWAIT: Police sources reported a fire breaking out in The Avenues Mall in Al-Rai on Sunday evening, with no confirmed human casualties resulting.

The fire broke out at 5:00 pm in The Avenues Mall on Sunday as a result of a cable catching fire in a sportswear store. No deaths or injuries have been reported as a result of the fire, stated the police sources, noting that current losses are only financial.

Deputy Director General for Control and Human Resources Development, Brigadier Khaled AL-Mikrad stated that the fire brigade was mobilized in the evening upon receiving a report of a fire in a sportswear shop in The Avenues Mall, leading to the direction of three Fire Stations immediately.

These are Shuwaikh Industrial Area Fire Station, under the leadership of Captain Khalid Al-Maatouq, Ardiya Fire Station, under Captain Muharib Al-Khurainij and the Technical Rescue Fire Station under the leadership of Captain AbdulWahab Al-Faras.

He stated that the fire was on the first floor of The Avenues Mall, and that it was subdued in record time, without any human casualties. This was due to the coordination of the fire brigades through control-ventilation-evacuation techniques.

He noted that there was a partial evacuation of the mall, to ensure the safety of those present.
Director of the Fire Brigade, General Yousef Al-Ansari oversaw the accident. HE the Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Municipality affairs Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Sabah also followed up on the fire,
coordinating with General Al-Ansari.

Also present were the Director of the Capital Governorate Fire Brigade, Colonel Hamad Al-Hadlaq, Head of the Investigation Unit Colonel Ali Al-Marzouqi, as well as various other special forces.
 
- Arabtimes

Guinness invited to record-breaking Hala February opening ceremony

Guinness invited to record-breaking Hala February opening ceremony
 
KUWAIT: The publishers of the Guinness World Records Book have been invited to attend the 2013 Hala February opening carnival to record the world’s largest celebratory theater which will take place over nearly 100 meters stretch across the Salem Al-Mubarak Street in Salmiya. This was announced by Programs and Activities Manager Madina Ismail, who promised “unprecedented events” during the opening ceremony of the festival in its 14th consecutive year. Meanwhile, the organizing committee for the festival met senior officials from the Ministry of Interior to discuss the security preparations for the opening day on February 15th. Undersecretary Assistant for General Security Affairs, Major General Mahmoud Al- Dousary, assured the committee that security departments were fully prepared to maintain law and order during the anticipated event. In the meantime, Chairman of the Retro Motors Auto Company, Khalid Al-Khashram, announced the firm will participate in the opening carnival as a sponsor, and planned to take part with 20 classic cars. He also announced in a recent statement that eight classic cars with vintage ranging between 1964 and 1972 will be auctioned during the Hala February festival. The auction will be held at the Regency Hotel. Meanwhile, MP Saleh Ashour called for support from the public and private sectors in Kuwait to the Hala February festival in the form of sponsorship and participation in the events as well as discounts and offers.
 
- Kuwait Times

23 arrested in ‘illegal calls’ raid in Farwaniya, Khaitan

23 arrested in ‘illegal calls’ raid in Farwaniya, Khaitan
 
KUWAIT: A total of 23 people were arrested for illegally providing international calling services. The arrests came during a joint operation carried out by the Farwaniya Security Department and the Ministry of Communications. The crackdown targeted locations in Farwaniya and Khaitan where the suspects had set up cabins from where people can make cheap online calls in violation of the MOC regulations. It was also found that the arrested people were staying illegally in the country.
 
- Kuwait Times

500 complaints against police in 2012

500 complaints against police in 2012
 
KUWAIT: Around 500 complaints were filed against police officers last year, a rise of 20 percent compared to 2011, according to a newspaper report published yesterday quoting sources with knowledge of the official statistics. Meanwhile, the sources who spoke to Al-Qabas on the condition of anonymity said that disciplinary measures were taken against at least 65 officers after they were found guilty during investigations.
 
Fifteen of these officers spent time in jail for abusing power, said the sources who also noted that the majority of complaints were made against traffic police officers and detectives.
 
While indicating that some cases are still awaiting further investigations, the sources pointed out that a number of complaints were dismissed due to lack of evidence. In the meantime, the sources revealed that at least 1250 Ministry of Interior employees, including police officers and desk job staff members, were reported absent from work in 2012. Of these, 50 had reportedly ‘fled’ their offices after initially checking in, the source added.
 
Meanwhile, the sources said that the Control and Inspection Department plans to carry out inspection tours at migration and traffic departments around Kuwait to inspect the process of work.
 
This was being mulled after complaints about employees leaving their offices around 1:00 pm everyday, which is one and a half hours before the official working day comes to a close. The sources noted that the department conducted more than 3,500 similar checks last year.
 
- Kuwait Times

Allahabad Stampede Toll Rises to 36

Allahabad Stampede Toll Rises to 36

36 people were killed in a stampede at Allahabad railway station on Sunday evening, the railways said today.

Out of these, only 20 bodies have been identified, which include 17 women. All the bodies are at the Medical College Mortuary in Allahabad, where post-mortem is being conducted.

The incident occured at 7 p.m. near platform no 6, where a footbridge reportedly collapsed due to the heavy rush of pilgrims who had converged on the Sangam for the Mauni Amavasya Snan.

Massive crowds surged to the railway station from 5 p.m. Reports said someone fell during the rush, causing others to topple over each other.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed grief over loss of lives in the stampede and instructed the Railway Ministry to provide all possible assistance.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved families and wish those injured a speedy recovery,” Dr. Singh said.

The Central government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the next of kin of those killed, and Rs. 1 lakh each to the seriously injured pilgrims.

UAE EXCHANGE ABBASIYA 2nd BRANCH OPENING

UAE EXCHANGE ABBASIYA 2nd BRANCH OPENING

UAE Exchange opened its 23rd branch in Abbasiya residential area on 8th February 2013, the branch was inaugurated by Mr. Pancily Varkey (country head), Mr. Dhari Al Mohareb, & Mr. M K Pothen (business man),witnessed by a huge crowd of 500 and more people. Leading eminent personality of Indian community residing in Abbasiya attended the function to grace the occasion.

During the occasion gift was distributed  to the winners, Mr. Biyju Thankachan (Samsung S3), Mr. Joseph Chacko(Tablet), Mr. Khalid Pathikkare(Camers), Shaji Panayal(Home Theater)  &Mr. Alexander Thomas(Sun Glass) who had predicted our branch Opening date correctly though the SMS contest “Predict & Win”  held in 98.4U FM.

UAE Exchange county head Mr. Pancily Varkey commented “to extend a good quality service and convenience to our customers, we have introduced an online service Money2Anywhere (M2A), where customers can do their remittance  sitting at home / office or on move through smart phone

UAE Exchange is a leading global money transfer and foreign exchange brand trusted by millions of customers and partners, across the world. A people’s brand, we are known for our quality and customer-centric approach. Started over 32 years ago, our consistent world class service has earned the trust of over 4 million customers, worldwide. With 660+ direct offices in 33 countries across five continents make us the only brand in the segment to own a global network of this magnitude. Our correspondent banking relationship with over150 global banks adds to this strength.

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Mangalore: Alert AI Express crew saves passenger's life

Mangalore: Alert AI Express crew saves passenger's life
Mangalore, Feb 6: Air India Express flight IX586 from Sharjah to Trivandrum made an emergency landing at Mangalore International Airport after one of its passengers suddenly fell ill.
Sources at the airport said that P A Sabu from Trivandrum started vomiting blood during the flight.
The captain of the flight and the crew swung into action and immediately asked for medical assistance at Mangalore airport.
The pilot made an emergency landing at Mangalore airport at 3.30 pm. As the crew had already alerted the airport officials, ambulance and doctors were ready when the aircraft landed.
The passenger was rushed to Yenepoya hospital in the city, where he is said to be recovering.
Air India Express Mangalore manager Melwin D'Silva rushed to the airport and handled the situation, making all necessary arrangments and informing Sabu's family in Trivandrum.
The flight that was supposed to reach Trivandrum at 4.30 pm took off from Mangalore at 5.30 pm.
 
 
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37 groups in Hala opening carnival

37 groups in Hala opening carnival
KUWAIT: The organizing committee for Hala February held a meeting with young people’s groups who are volunteering to take part in the festival taking place for the 14th consecutive year.

The 37 groups are set to showcase Kuwait through photographs and cultural memorabilia, as well as brochures about the culturally important destinations in Kuwait.

The head of the committee, Madina Ismail, said in a press release that the meeting was held to discuss the ideas of the volunteers and decide about their activities during the opening carnival on February 15th.

Meanwhile, Minister of Commerce and Industry Anas Al- Saleh sent a letter to the organizing committee reiterating the Kuwaiti government’s support to the annual event.

It said the government recognized that the impact of the festival was not limited to just being a shopping festival but has exceeded to become “a national event bringing together the Kuwaiti society under an umbrella of national unity.”
 
-Kuwait Times
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All precautions taken to prevent food poisoning

All precautions taken to prevent food poisoning
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health withdrew all chicken stock of a certain brand from public hospitals and stopped all dealings with it after finding out that the chicken supplied by the company was contaminated with salmonella. Dr Nawal Al-Hamad, Food and Nutrition Department Manager at the Ministry of Health, who is in charge of catering at all public hospitals, said it was being ensured that all meals served at any public hospital are healthy and completely safe. “I deal with prevention and care of the food served in the public hospitals.

We stopped dealing with a certain company after contaminated chicken was found. In fact, we take strict measures regarding the food we purchase and do not accept any chicken if it weighed more than one kg. The bigger sized chicken is more prone to risk and is harder to cook well. We have never received a case of poisoning as far as hospital food was concerned, though cases from restaurants are reported,” she told the Kuwait Times. The Food and Nutrition Department is regularly recording samples from the factory of the supplying company in case of chicken and meat. “We have to systematically check the food coming to the hospital to ensure that it is safe, especially since the consumers are patients who are already at a bigger risk. It is common for the chicken to have salmonella, but the birds are administered antibiotics through food or are fed organic food.

In both cases, we examine them. Also, as per the rules, we do not receive fresh chicken and only take frozen one to reduce the risk,” added Al-Hamad. The chicken and meat are not the only risky food. “Even milk, eggs and other dairy products are risky. So people should take care not to eat cracked eggs in any case.

They should always check that the eggs are not broken as in that case, something may get into these and the eggs can become contaminated. Also it is important how the food is stored. Sometimes the milk is spoilt due to transportation or poor handling,” she explained. Al-Hamad also gave some advice for consumers in general. “It is not only about the product and what mattered more is how we cook. The meat should always be cooked at a high temperature as heating the inner moist tissue kills the microbes. There should not be any blood inside the meat which may increase the risk. At the hospitals, we only have boiled meat, not grilled. The same thing should be applied to eggs and these should be cooked well and not just half done or dipped in water,” she pointed out.

By Nawara Fattahova, Kuwait Times Staff
 
- Kuwait Times
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Intellectual property rights violations ‘widespread’ – Registration ‘only way out’

Intellectual property rights violations ‘widespread’ – Registration ‘only way out’
KUWAIT: Many people suffered because their writings or photos were stolen or used by others without mentioning their right to what was their creation. Many of them do not know that they can sue those who used their material without their permission. Mishari Obaid is a victim of such an illegal and unethical act committed by a local magazine which used a photograph of his, published on the photography website Flickr, without his permission to illustrate an article in the magazine.

He filed a case against the magazine and after a year and a half-long legal battle, the court compensated him financially. “My friends told me that a certain magazine used one of my photos that I had uploaded on Flickr. They even removed the watermark from the photo. I tried to contact the magazine’s editor-in-chief but could not reach him. They refused to communicate with me and even to apologize for this unethical act which violated my intellectual right to this photo.

So I decided to sue them even if I was no so sure about winning the case,” Obaid told the Kuwait Times. He explained that the litigation started when his friend, who had just graduated, advised him to sue the publication resting his case on a law, effective since 1999, protecting intellectual property. The First Instance Court refused the case noting the photo was not a copy of Obaid’s photo. “Maybe this unjustified verdict was built on the fact that the magazine cropped the photo and removed my watermark from it, and it was published in black and white colors in a different size. This verdict helped me at the Appeals Court, which issued a verdict in my favor.

The financial compensation satisfied me, and I felt that the verdict was a retribution for me,” he added. According to Obaid, the court considered Flickr reliable, as this website registers the date of shooting the photo and the date of uploading it along with the name of the owner. “I proved that the photo was uploaded on the website about two months previous to when it was published in the local magazine,” he explained. Obaid said that cases of violation of intellectual property rights is widespread in Kuwait. He also offered to help people who face the same problem. “Two people already corresponded with me regarding a similar issue, and I gave them the reference number of my court case to help them in their trial. I am trying to spread awareness about protecting intellectual property rights so that people refrain from violating it.

Anybody who has a similar question is free to contact me through my email meshary85@hotmail. com,” he concluded. Attorney Mubarak Mijzea said that any material must be registered with the public authority in charge. “For instance trademarks are registered at the Ministry of Commerce while copyrights to intellectual materials are registered at the Ministry of Information. In order to claim the copyright to a work, it has to be registered,” he pointed out. He remembers a case of a teacher at the Kuwait University who wrote a book, and after publishing it he was sued by other doctors since he had allegedly copied material from their researches without mentioning the source. They lost the case as their researches were not registered at the Ministry,” noted Mijzea.

By Nawara Fattahova, Kuwait Times Staff
 
- Kuwait Times
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7,449 citations issued, 402 cars seized in weekend

7,449 citations issued, 402 cars seized in weekend
 
Officers from General Traffic Department (GTD) issued 7,449 citations against various traffic violations and seized 402 vehicles during a series of traffic campaigns that were launched across the country during the weekend.

According to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, officers issued 1,553 citations and seized 34 vehicles in Capital Governorate while they issued 910 citations and seized 30 vehicles in Farwaniya Governorate. In Hawally Governorate, officers issued 1,947 citations while in Ahmadi, 941 citations were registered and nine vehicles were seized.

In Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate, 126 citations were issued while in Jahra Governorate, 8,915 citations were registered and 80 vehicles were seized.

Officers from the General Operations Unit issued 846 citations and seized 249 vehicles while the officers at Kuwait International Airport issued 211 citations for various violations.
 
- Arabtimes

IDF News on Health Guide distribution

HEALTH GUIDE DISTRIBUTION TO ALL REGISTERED INDIAN ASSOCIATIONS.

The Indian Doctors Forum continued to exercise its community welfare activities on Friday 8th February 2013 at the Kuwait Medical Association, Jabriya, by distributing the recently released Health Guide Volume – 9 under the theme of “GLOBESITY” to most of the Indian Associations registered at the Indian Embassy amidst the prestigious presence of H.E. Shri. Vidhu Nair, Charge D’Affairs, Indian Embassy, Kuwait.

The gracious evening began at 7:30pm, when the Presidents & /or General Secretaries of around 50 Indian Associations assembled together at the Kuwait Medical Association Hall for this prime ceremony. The arrival of the Chief Guest H.E. Shri. Vidhu Nair, Charge D’Affairs, Indian Embassy, Kuwait marked the onset of the official function which started with the Welcome Address by Dr. Jaganath R C, General Secretary of IDF. He welcomed the Chief Guest who managed to dedicate & spare some time despite his hectic and tight schedules. He also expressed immense happiness at the secular and complete representation as there were noted individuals from most of the different associations belonging to various states of India like Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujrat, Assam etc. This was then followed by the Presidential Address by Dr. Amir Ahmed, who detaield out the various community welfare activities carried out by IDF. He also shared his immense happiness over the recent recognition that IDF received in the form of the PravasiBharatiyaSamman Award, which is the highest order to be received from the Government of India for any NRI Association. He added that this award was meant for all of us and it is entire through the cooperation and the assistance availed from all the Indian Associations, that the Health Screening Camps have beceom so popular and successful.

H.E. Shri. Vidhu Nair, Charge D’Affairs, Indian Embassy, praised all the activities of IDF carried out, either towards its members or the community at large. He said that he was fascinated to see so much of talent displayed by the Indian Doctors Forum in carrying out whatsoever activity they undertake, be it cultural or quiz or community service. He further endorsed IDF as one of the leading associations in Kuwait which has set an example for other like minded association to to follow.

Prof. P.S.N. Menon then introduced the Health Guide Volume – 9 themed as “GLOBESITY” to all present and informed all about the seriousness of the condition and the various avoidable damage that it does. He also stressed on the rising incidence of Childhood Obesity that is being seen at an alarming rate not only in Kuwait but also in India and many other parts of the world. He emphasized on the importance of healthy lifestyle and eating habits, are the two strong pillars that could avoid Obesity in most of the cases.

This was then followed by an Interactive session with the various associations present, where in the audience were asked to kindly bring forth suggestions or clear any queries they had regarding any community service activity carried out by IDF. Mr. SiddiqueValiykad, Former President of Federation of Indian Muslim Association,Mrs. Muriel Alphonso, Presdient of Indian Women’s Association, Mr. Dinesh Kamtekar from Maharashtra Mandal and some other leaders from different associations while appreciating the services rendered by IDF, also voiced their opinions, comments and suggestions on the health camps which has been a great help and humanitarian service of IDF.

 

 was the first one to come forward and praise the activities of IDF. He reminded all that FIMA was the first association in Kuwait to carry out such health screening camps, which was conducted in 2001, which was a great success. He also highlighted the various sacrifices an IDF member has to make, when he has to sacrifice his Friday for the sake of providing health assistance to all the low socio-economic people instead of spending valuable time with his/her family.The evening came to an end with the Vote of Thanks delivered by Dr. Vinod Grover, Vice President, Indian Doctors Forum. During his dialogue, he underscored the enormous backing and help received by IDF from the Indian Embassy and all the Indian Associations in conducting these camps successfully. He continues to say that our contributions and actions could only be complete because of the aid received from all present as it is always a joint effort. The function concluded with dinner catered by Winners Restaurant. Few copies of the health guide was distributed free of cost to the community leaders to be circulated among their members. The health guide can be accessed from IDF website – www.indiandoctorsforum.org


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"Incredibly important’’ Gandhi letter to be auctioned in UK

"Incredibly important’’ Gandhi letter to be auctioned in UK
A letter written by Mahatma Gandhi, described as “an incredibly important document in world history”, is to be auctioned in Britain next week. However, given its significance, its low floor price — between £10,000 and £15,000 — has surprised collectors.

In the three-page typed letter, which he wrote to the colonial British authorities while under house arrest at the Aga Khan Palace in Pune in 1943, Gandhiji demanded his and followers’ release arguing that it was “unthinkable” that “thousands of men and women should be kept in detention on mere suspicion” while millions were suffering from “preventable starvation and thousands are dying of it”.

He wrote that if the government thought that “it is only my evil influence that corrupts people” then he would be “quite content to pass my days in any prison” but his other colleagues should be “discharged”.

He accused the British authorities of wasting “public funds” on keeping him under house arrest when they could be used to provide relief.

“The huge place in which I am being detained with a large guard around me, I hold to be a waste of public funds,” he wrote.

The letter, to the additional secretary of the Government of India, is signed and dated: Detention Camp, October 26th 1943. It has two textual corrections in his handwriting.

Describing it as the “most significant” document in Indian history, Richard Westwood-Brookes, the Historical Documents Expert at Mullock’s Auctioneers who are conducting the sale, said : “Letters of Gandhi are highly sought after around the world but this is without question one of the most significant letters. The letters that have appeared in recent years were saying things like ‘thank you for my birthday present’.”

He told The Daily Mail that it was“couched in coded diplomatic terms” and signified Gandhi’s “desire to achieve a diplomatic strategical struggle for independence, and eventual successful establishment of the State of India”.

According to the auctioneers, the letter came from an Indian freedom fighter. It would be sold at a special sale of historical documents at Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire, on February 14.
 
-The Hindu
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Southampton sinks Manchester City

Southampton sinks Manchester City
Manchester City’s hopes of retaining their Premier League title received a potentially fatal blow after they were beaten 3-1 at Southampton on Saturday.

Goals from Jason Puncheon, Steve Davis and a Gareth Barry own goal sealed City’s fate, leaving them nine points behind leaders Manchester United with 12 games remaining.

Southampton was 2-0 up within 22 minutes through Puncheon and Davis and though Edin Dezko pulled one back, an own goal from Barry just after half-time finished off City’s hopes.

Queens Park Rangers’ hopes of survival suffered another blow on Saturday as they were beaten 4-1 at Swansea City.

Two goals from Michu and one each from Angel Rangel and Pablo Hernandez gave Swansea victory, moving them to seventh and leaving QPR bottom and six points away from safety with 12 games to go.

Chelsea stayed ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal in the race for third place as they beat Wigan 4-1 through goals by Ramires, Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard and Marko Marin.

“We deserved to win,” manager Rafeal Benitez said. “To win is something you have to do. Top sides, if you want to win something, you have to be consistent winning. It’s normal.

“But it’s not the end of the world if you draw a game you deserve to win. The problem for me would be if we don’t create chances; we create chances every game.

“We score goals. We’re making some mistakes, but we have a lot of positives. Today four goals could be six goals at the end.”

Gareth Bale scored both goals as Tottenham stayed one point behind Chelsea in fourth thanks to a 2-1 win over Newcastle.

The Wales midfielder put Spurs in front with a brilliant free kick after just five minutes but Newcastle equalized 20 minutes later through Yoan Gouffran.

Gouffran then had to go off with a nasty shin injury and Bale won it for Tottenham with a cool finish 12 minutes from time.

“It was a great individual performance and it was outstanding to see a player enjoying his football,” Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas said of Bale.

Arsenal survived the sending off of Carl Jenkinson half an hour from time to win 1-0 at Sunderland, Santi Cazorla getting the goal 10 minutes before half-time to keep them within four points of Spurs.

An injury to Jack Wilshere slightly tempered Arsenal’s joy but manager Arsene Wenger said he expected the midfielder to recover quickly.

Stoke City beat Reading 2-1 to climb to 10th place while Norwich City and Fulham drew 0-0 in the other match.
 
-The Hindu
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Stars rain down on city, turf war today

Stars rain down on city, turf war today
 
Amma Kerala Strikers to take on Mumbai Heroes at 7 p.m.; tickets for the event sold out
 
The third edition of the Celebrity Cricket League will be kicked off with a glamourous inaugural event on Saturday at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in the city.
 
Superstars of Indian cinema, including actor Salman Khan, are expected to take part in the inaugural show of the event, blending star power and cricket.
 
Bollywood stars of the Mumbai Heroes team descended on the city late on Friday evening for their opening match with Amma Kerala Strikers.
 
The first match of the Twenty20 league will be between Chennai Rhinos and Bhojpuri Dabanggs, which is one of the two new teams joining the league this year. Veer Marathi is the other new team.
 
The inaugural function to be held at 6.30 p.m. will feature several stars of Indian cinema. Director Priyadarshan will introduce the four teams playing on the day.
 
Full house expected
 
Tournament organisers expect a full house for the opening ceremony and the match featuring the home team which will begin at 7 p.m.
 
Officials said the tickets for the event had been exhausted. The police have also put in traffic restrictions in the city for the day of the match.
 
The Kerala and Chennai teams, meanwhile, hit the field for a practice session on Friday. A huge crowd waited outside the stadium to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars arriving at the stadium.
 
Fans outside stadium
 
Loyal fans waited throughout the session hoping for a star’s autograph. Those who expected to be let inside the stadium to watch the practice session left disappointed.
 
Actors Indrajith (vice-captain), Nivin Pauly, Rajeev Pillai, Vinu Mohan and Bineesh Kodiyeri were among those from the home team who took the field. The practice session was supervised by team captain Mohanlal and team manager Idavela Babu. The actors stretched and warmed up before going on to practise their shots, bowling and fielding.
 
Final 11 not announced
 
The final 11 who will start the campaign for Kerala Strikers has not been announced.
 
Eight new stars have also joined the Amma Kerala Strikers this year. Team coach Chandrasenan said he expected a better performance from his team this time around as they had more practice compared to last year.
 
The Kerala team will also have the backing of the home crowd for the match.
 
-   The  Hindu
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90,000 on travel ban list – Unpaid debts main reason

90,000 on travel ban list – Unpaid debts main reason
KUWAIT: Thousands of people in Kuwait are under travel bans and are not able to leave the country, even if they had necessary issues to solve abroad. According to a source at the Ministry of Interior the number reached 90,000 people till the end of last week. About 48,000 of them are Kuwaiti citizens and about 42,000 are expats from 12 different countries. The source also said that the most common reason for the travel ban was their inability to pay back their financial debts.
 
Those who were banned from travelling due to the unpaid financial debts, can pay the amount at the airport and then travel immediately. This option is currently not available at the land borders, although some of the working staff have proposed it. Mohammed K, an employee at a land border noted that they meet passengers with travel ban on daily bases. “It never happened that during my shift I didn’t meet a passenger with travel ban. In fact this issue usually causes traffic jams at the border as we don’t have the service of paying the debt and leaving, so people wait here for some time, till they find somebody of their relatives or friends to pay the amount for them at the airport. I have suggested providing this service here. But the officials didn’t respond to my suggestions that would relieve the border from the jam,” he told the Kuwait Times.
 
Mohammed also met some cases where the travel ban was applied by mistake. “I remember that about a week ago one university student who studies abroad was banned from travelling for the same financial amounts that he previously already paid. He had to pay it again just to be able to travel as he had exams at the university. So sometimes mistakes happens in the service, so people have always to keep the receipts of their payments,” he added. He also said that the number of Kuwaitis are much more than the expats, and that those banned from travelling are mostly men for financial debts mostly for telecommunication companies. He also remembered a woman who was banned from travel for huge amount reaching thousands of dinars as her maid had not paid the fines for her illegal stay in Kuwait for many years.
 
Eisa, 29 years old expat is banned from travelling due to a court case against him for not paying alimony to his divorced wife. He was not able to pay the amount that reached KD 1055 as he lost his job. “My cousin is getting married in Lebanon and I can’t attend the wedding because of the ban. If they agreed to postpone the payment till when I find a job, I would be able to pay later without missing the wedding,” he complained. Some people were screwed with the travel ban just for their good will and intention. “My aunt came to know about the ban when she was about to travel with her family on during a vacation.
 
She was very upset and disappointed, as she couldn’t leave with them, as the amount was huge. She couldn’t just pay it at the airport. And all of this happened just because she sponsored a friend, who left the country without paying some installments. So the duty of paying the debts laid on my aunt,” stressed 26 years old Fatma.
 
 
 
-Kuwait Times
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Today on Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 @6:00 PM---Invitation for Public Awareness Program for Residents of Salmiya...

Coordination Committee of Indian Residents of Salmiya

(A welfare group to co-ordinate the concerns of Salmiya Residents)!

 

This is to bring your attention that the above mentioned Coordination Committee 

invites you all residents of Salmiya to attend 

Public Awareness Program 

In the presence of

Col. Bader Al-Mutairi (Salmiya Area Commander)

and other distinguished guests from the Ministry of Interior, State of Kuwait

on Saturday, 09/02/2013  

Timing 6.00 PM till 7.30 PM 

at Salmiya Indian Community School-Senior.

We look forward for your presence and support.

 

We hope that the distinguished guests will address the challenges faced and detail the precautions to be taken, in the current social environment in Salmiya.

NB:    If you have any suggestions, or any incidents to report, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also bring it in writing and drop it in suggestion/complaint box at the venue.   Please include your full contact details.

Requesting you all to pass this message to all your contacts who are residing in Salmiya Area.

Campaign launched to promote safe riding – 500 motorcycles participate

Campaign launched to promote safe riding – 500 motorcycles participate
KUWAIT: Over 500 motorcycles and thousands of enthusiasts participated in a campaign yesterday to promote safe motorcycles riding in Kuwait. The event, organized by Radisson Blu Hotel (Dubai) with The Palms Beach Hotel Spa and Resort (Kuwait), started early morning from Al-Shaab Park (Gulf Road) down to Al-Bidaa area in Salwa.  A huge celebration was held inside The Palms Beach Hotel wherein family members and their friends were treated with lots of valuable gifts, prizes and sumptuous food.
 
Ghuzan Al-Khalid, one of the organizers, emphasized the importance of making people aware of safety procedure for riding motorcycles. He urged the Ministry of Public Works to construct tracts or special lane for the use of motorcycles for their safety and convenience while driving. Khalid Abul Jebeen, a member of the Founding Committee of Kuwait Riders Team, said they already have around 300 members carrying out several activities from social to civic approach. Abul Jebeen noted they hope to carry out the message to members and even non-members.
 
“Safety in riding motorcycle is always our number one priority. If members are aware of the safety procedures then many will be saved and could avoid regretful incidences on the road.” Chairman of the Organizing Committee Hussam Abu Lughud expressed pleasure for organizing the safety campaign which could help limit  road accidents and motorcycle fatalities.  “Awareness is very important. Riders must be taught of wise decision while riding a motorcycle so as to avoid  harming others and limit road accidents,” he said.
 
Supervisor general of BMW Kuwait and Club for Ducati Motorcycle said the number of their members is now 550 while Ducati grew from just 50s to 155. “With the number of members, of course, we are very proud. The sport is gaining popularity in Kuwait. So it deserved our attention and perhaps more appropriate  action from the government level,” he said. He added that his team continued to carry out several cultural programs, sports and donation drive programs for the benefit of others. “I call upon everyone to respect laws of Kuwait while riding motorcycle,” he added.
 
Director of The Palms Beach Hotel Rabi Al-Sukhnun said the activities like this one is important for the benefit of the society as a whole. Participants Abdullah Al-Hasheen, 26, said, he loves being with the people with the same hobby, but just like many others, he loves to riding motorcycle safely. “I am 26, and I still have lots of plan in the future, but riding a motorcycle sometimes in Kuwait is very dangerous, so a campaign like this one could help. I like bike because it can get me through places where the typical car would not be able to reach. I enjoy bike riding every day,” he admitted.
 
Al-Hasheen is just one of many Kuwaitis participating in the safety campaign in riding motorcycle. There are participants from different parts of the world including motorcycle enthusiasts from Europe, US, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
By Ben Garcia, Staff Writer
 
- Kuwait Times
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Google pays tribute to Jagjit Singh on 72nd birth anniversary

Google pays tribute to Jagjit Singh on 72nd birth anniversary
New Delhi:  The latest Google Doodle commemorative logo pays tribute to ghazal king Jagjit Singh on his 72nd birthday on Friday.
 
A drawing of Singh dressed in kurta-pajama sitting down with his harmonium is placed in the middle of the Google logo. The legendary singer passed away in October 2011 due to brain haemorrhage.
 
According to Google Search Trends, the late singer also topped the list of popular singers in this genre.
 
In India, netizens of Ludhiana, Bhopal and Indore searched the most for queries related to Singh. Pankaj Udhas came in second place in his online popularity in India, whereas it was Ghulam Ali worldwide.
 
Globally, the Indian subcontinent searched the highest for Jagjit Singh, followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates.
 
The top five ghazal singers globally are- Jagjit Singh, Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Pankaj Udhas and Talat Aziz.
 
Singh is best remembered for numbers like 'Jhuki jhuki si nazar', 'Tum itna jo', 'Koi ye kaise bataye', 'Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar', 'Tumko dekha toh yeh khayaal', 'Kaagaz ki kashti', 'Hoshwalon ko khabar kya', 'Koi fariyaad' and 'Chitthi na koi sandesh'.  
 
- Manorama Online
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Facebook has about 50 mn duplicate user accounts

Facebook has about 50 mn duplicate user accounts
Hyderabad: Social networking site Facebook has said it is having approximately 50 million duplicate accounts besides 22 million of misclassified and undesirable accounts.

According to a Facebook's statement as on December 31, 2012, it has 1.06 billion monthly active users (MAUs) worldwide including 71 million in India.

"We estimate, for example, that "duplicate" accounts (an account that a user maintains in addition to his or her principal account) may have represented approximately 5.0 per cent of our worldwide MAUs as of December 31, 2012," Facebook said in its report to Securities and Exchange Commission of USA.

Facebook said it identifies "false" accounts, by way of dividing into two categories-- user-misclassified accounts, where users have created personal profiles for a business, organisation, or non-human entity such as a pet and undesirable accounts, which represent user profiles that are determined as intended to be used for purposes that violate the site's terms of service, such as spamming.

"As of December 31, 2012, for example, we estimate user-misclassified accounts may have represented approximately 1.3 per cent of our worldwide MAUs and undesirable accounts may have represented approximately 0.9 per cent of our worldwide MAUs," the report said.

Facebook said it believes the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the US or Australia and higher in developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey.

"As such, our estimation of duplicate or false accounts may not accurately represent the actual number of such accounts. We are continually seeking to improve our ability to identify duplicate or false accounts and estimate the total number of such accounts, and such estimates may change due to improvements or changes in our methodology," the report added.

Facebook claimed to have 1.06 billion MAUs as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 25 per cent from December 31, 2011.

"Users in Brazil, India and Indonesia represented key sources of growth in fiscal 2012 relative to the prior year," the report said.

"We had 67 million MAUs in Brazil as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 81 per cent compared to the same period in 2011; 71 million MAUs in India as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 54 per cent compared to the same period in 2011; 60 million MAUs in Indonesia as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 25 per cent compared to the same period in 2011, it added.

Additionally, the site had 174 million MAUs in the US as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 8 per cent compared to the same period in 2011.  
 
- Manorama Online
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