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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

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

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

US keen to jointly develop, export arms with India

US keen to jointly develop, export arms with India
Washington: India not only wants to co-develop and co-produce arms with the US, but also wants to jointly export them, a top Pentagon official has said adding that the United States supports such Indian aspirations.
"The Indians don't want to just buy weapons systems from us, they want to co-develop and co-produce systems of mutual value...that we can jointly export," US Deputy Defence Secretary Ashton B Carter has said following his recent meeting with National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, in Germany on the sidelines of the 49th Munich Security Conference.
"The two had a positive discussion concerning issues of mutual interest," a Pentagon spokeswoman told after the Carter-Menon meeting.
"We support that aspiration in India. That's the way we want to do things, too," Carter told American Forces Press Service aboard his aircraft during his return flight following his six-day international trip that took him to Paris, Munich, Turkey and Jordan.
Carter had last visited India in July last year, soon after the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.
It is during this trip that Panetta had announced that Carter had been entrusted with the task of working with Indian officials to reduce bureaucratic hurdles to increase defence trade between India and the United States. In his meeting with Menon, Carter discussed progress that has been made on these efforts.
During his India trip, Carter had also visited the facilities in Hyderabad where India's Tata Advanced Systems Limited and US-based Lockheed Martin produce parts for the C-130J, the "Super Hercules" four-engine military transport aircraft that Lockheed produces.
"The Indians are buying the C-130J, but they're also building the C-130J...and that's a perfect example of the kind of project we want to do with India," Carter said. 
- Manorama Online

Ratan Tata elected to National Academy of Engineering

Ratan Tata elected to National Academy of Engineering
Washington: Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata along with eight Indian Americans has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, which is the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer in the US.
The National Academy of Engineering in a statement said that Ratan Tata has been elected as one of the 11 new foreign members of the academy for his outstanding contributions to industrial development in India and the world.
The top American engineering institute also announced election of 69 new members of which eight are eminent Indian American engineers.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
Academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education. "
Anant Agarwal, president, edX (online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard University) and professor electrical engineering and computer science department in Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been elected for his contributions to shared-memory and multicore computer architectures.
While Murty P Bhavaraju, senior consultant PJM Interconnection has been elected for probabilistic reliability evaluation tools for large electric power systems; Ashok Gadgil, director and senior scientist, environmental energy technologies division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been elected for engineering solutions to the problems of potable water and energy in underdeveloped nations.
Ganesh Kailasam, research and development vice president and global research and development director, performance materials division, Dow Chemical Co, has been elected for development of processes for production of high-performance polymers including polyetherimides.  
Vijay Kumar, UPS Foundation Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, has been elected for his contributions in cooperative robotics, networked vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles, and for leadership in robotics research and education.
While Bal Raj Sehgal, emeritus professor of nuclear power safety, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden has been elected for his contributions to predicting accident behavior of nuclear reactor systems; Pradeep Sindhu, vice chairman, chief technical officer, and founder, Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, has been elected for his contributions to technology and commercialization of Internet Protocol routing.
Krishna Singh, president and chief executive officer, Holtec International, Marlton, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for engineering and business leadership for increased power plant efficiency and improved safety of spent nuclear fuel storage worldwide.  
- Manorama Online

Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru hanged, buried in Tihar jail

Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru hanged, buried in Tihar jail
Afzal Guru, convicted in the audacious attack on Parliament in 2001, was on Saturday hanged in Tihar Jail, in an operation shrouded in secrecy.
The mercy plea of the 43-year-old Guru, who was sentenced to death in 2002 by a special court and later upheld by the Supreme Court in 2004, was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee a few days back, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokespeman Venu Rajamony said.
Reminiscent of the hanging of Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab on November 21, 2012 Guru’s execution was kept under wraps in a top secret operation.
The family of Guru residing in Sopore in north Kashmir was informed about the decision of the government that his mercy petition has been rejected.
Guru was buried inside the prison complex soon after his execution.“He (Guru) was buried near jail number three,” a top Tihar Jail official told PTI.
Curfew was imposed in the Kashmir Valley in the wee hours of Saturday. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, DGP Ashok Prasad and other senior officers flew from Jammu to Srinagar early this morning to keep a close watch on the law and order situation.
Pro-Pakistan separatist groups have given a call for a three-day shut down in the Valley.
Guru was convicted on charges conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament.
On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.
They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.
A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.
- The Hindu

Indian Classical Music Concert Held at Embassy of India

Indian Classical Music Concert Held at Embassy of India

An Indian classical music concert featuring Maestros Kala Ramnath on the violin, Rupak Kulkarni on the flute and Yogesh Samsi on Indian drums (Tabla) was held at the Embassy of India auditorium on 7 February 2013. Maestro Kala Ramnath began playing the violin at the tender age of three and is amongst the most outstanding instrumental musicians in the North Indian Classical style. Maestro Rupak Kulkarni is a disciple of renowned Flute Maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia under whose tutelage he has matured as an outstanding exponent of the instrument. Maestro Yogesh Samsi born in a family of musicians was initiated into Tabla when he was four years old. He is a disciple of the legendary Maestro Ustad Allah Rakha under whom he trained for twenty three years. The event was hosted by the Ambassador of India Shri Satish C. Mehta.

A large number of Kuwaiti dignitaries, Ambassadors and members of the Indian community in Kuwait attended the concert. The scintillating performance by the Maestros received spontaneous applause from the appreciative audience time and again. The spell-bound audience gave the Maestros a standing ovation upon conclusion of the performance. The event was organized by the Embassy of India in cooperation with Indian Business Council Kuwait, National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters and Dar Al-Aathaar Al-Islamiya.

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Strong aftershock disrupts Solomon Islands aid efforts

Strong aftershock disrupts Solomon Islands aid efforts
 A 6.6-magnitude aftershock has forced an aid flight to turn back on its way to Lata in the Solomon Islands, local news reported.

The relief flight was carrying supplies and the Solomon’s Prime Minister from Honiara to the worst affected areas.

The delay in aid efforts comes as officials discover the tsunami damage is much worse that originally indicated.

The shallow aftershock southeast of Kirakira follows a powerful 8.0 earthquake on Wednesday, which sent a devastating tsunami over the island of Lata.

The 1-metre wall of water swept away whole villages in the flat region and killed at least nine people.

The area of destruction is much larger than first thought with up to 20 villages badly damaged or destroyed.

Television New Zealand’s Barbara Dreaver was on the plane and said it was just about to land in Lata when the aftershock damaged the runway and forced it to turn back.

Prime Minister Gordon Lillo is declaring a state of emergency for the areas around Lata in the Santa Cruz area.

An aerial reconnaissance team from Australia is surveying the damage.
-The Hindu

Investor sues Apple in battle for cash hoard

Investor sues Apple in battle for cash hoard
Activist investor David Einhorn sued Apple in a bid to force the giant technology company to distribute more of its 137 billion dollars in cash to investors.

Einhorn, the billionaire hedge fund manager of Greenlight Capital, filed the lawsuit in New York.

He wants the court to order Apple to allow a separate shareholder vote about the company’s ability to issue preferred shares that would yield a dividend payment to shareholders.

Einhorn claimed that proposals scheduled for the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting scheduled for February 27 would make the issuance of preferred shares more difficult.

Apple’s cash holdings represent nearly a third of the company’s total value. But the company has never provided investors with a clear explanation of why it holds such large sums in low-yielding investments rather than returning it to shareholders.

Last year the company announced plans to return 45 billion dollars of that stockpile back to shareholders and in a statement on Thursday said it had already returned 10 billion dollars and was looking at ways of increasing the returns.

“As part of our review, we will thoroughly evaluate Greenlight Capital’s current proposal to issue some form of preferred stock,” Apple said. “We welcome Greenlight’s views and the views of all of our shareholders.”
-The Hindu

Bank of Ceylon in Chennai attacked

Bank of Ceylon in Chennai attacked
A group of men attacked the Bank of Ceylon branch in Egmore on Thursday afternoon, causing injuries to some employees and police personnel on duty.

Police suspect the attack was in protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India on Friday.

Around 1.30 p.m., 12 masked men arrived in autorickshaws and motorcycles at Jarret Gardens 2nd Avenue, Casa Major Road, where the bank in located in a two-storey building, police said.

They entered the premises by pushing the two policemen on duty and damaged the guardroom and the bank’s signboard on the ground floor. “They barged into the first floor office and attacked clerk Maria Rajesh and trainee Janakan, a city college student, with clubs and shards of glass. The group shouted slogans against Mr. Rajapaksa and damaged the cubicles. They threw whatever object they could lay their hands on at glass partitions and damaged a wall clock,” said an investigating officer.

The attack lasted only a couple of minutes. Eight CCTV cameras installed at different spots in the branch recorded the incidents from 1.30 p.m. to 1.32 p.m. The men did not go to the top floor, where cash was kept.

Maria Rajesh and Janakan were taken to the Government Kilpauk hospital. Their condition was stable. Janakan suffered cut injuries on his back.

According to a senior police official, the attackers have been indentified as members of an outfit. A hunt is on to apprehend them. Additional police security has been provided for the bank and also to the office of the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner in Nungambakkam, sources said.

In the morning, police arrested a 15-member group that tried to lock the TTD information centre on Venkatanarayana Road in T. Nagar in protest against the visit of Mr. Rajapaksa to Tirupati. They were later released on bail.
-The Hindu

Co-ops found selling expired foodstuff

Co-ops found selling expired foodstuff
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: During a surprise campaign the Consumer Protection Department of the Ministry of Commerce has reportedly found expired foodstuffs in some cooperative societies, reports Al-Kuwaitiah daily.

This came after several people had complained of these cooperatives selling foodstuffs unfit for human consumption.

It has also been reported the department constantly supervises and controls violations that are committed, especially violations that can cause harm to the health of people.

The administrations of these cooperative societies have been warned not to be negligent in their jobs. They ministry has stressed the cooperatives and other food outlets has a duty to check the validity of the food they are selling to the consumers.
- Arabtimes

Delayed project may cause power, water shortage in 2015

Delayed project may cause power, water shortage in 2015
KUWAIT: Kuwait might experience electricity and water shortage in 2015 due to the delayed implementation of the North Zour Station project, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources.

Sources revealed the station, once completed, will produce 4,500 megawatts and 200 million imperial gallons of water, which would be enough to cover the need of the country. They cited differences between some political and parliamentary parties as the main reason behind the delay.

Sources added the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) might not be able to supply electricity and water to new residential areas if the project is not implemented.

Meanwhile, the dues to be collected by the Ministry of Public Works from contractors, companies and individuals have reached KD 10.7 million, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting ministerial sources.

They revealed that these dues include fines, which the ministry is supposed to collect from authorities who failed to deliver the projects on time, and fines for damages to its utilities.

They indicated that there are possibilities for these fines to be dropped due to the ministry’s negligence in collecting them.

They requested Minister of Electricity and Water, and Minister of Public Works Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Ibrahim to order the concerned departments to change the method of collecting such longstanding dues.
- Arabtimes

Olympic champ reprimanded for breaking rules

Olympic champ reprimanded for breaking rules
Beijing: China's star swimmer and Olympic champion Sun Yang has been 'punished for breaking a series of team rules'.

The Zhejiang College of Sports, to which the dual Olympic champion is affiliated, accused Sun of 'indiscipline' in a statement issued on Monday, Xinhua reports.

The college also withheld a month of his allowance and 'provincially suspended' him from all commercial activities.

The 10-year-long relationship between Sun and his coach Zhu Zhigen turned sour after the swimmer reportedly asked for a new coach.

The 56-year-old coach disapproved Sun's love affair and he believed too many commercial activities had taken a toll on Sun's training.

Sun has been out of systematic training for over 40 days. A scheduled training programme in Australia after the Chinese Spring Festival will have to be cancelled or delayed, and this upset the coach.

'This place is for good athletes, not for the athletes with privilege,' said Li Jianshe, the college dean.

'Although Sun Yang has realised what was wrong with him and he promised to put it right, we have to punish him as everyone is equal when it comes to rules.

'Zhu has been coaching Sun Yang for 10 years and I don't think their bond is so fragile,' said Li.

Sun is one of the most famed stars in China after winning two gold medals at the London Olympics.
- Mathrubhumi

LuLu Exchange Celebrates its 1st Anniversary

LuLu Exchange Celebrates its 1st Anniversary

LuLu Exchange, one of the emerging Remittance and Foreign Exchange brand, on Wednesday celebrated its 1st anniversary across its Kuwait operations. The exchange house initiated its operations on the 6th February 2012, when it opened its first branch in the State of Kuwait at Fahaheel district. Today the exchange house has a total count of 8 branches spread across Kuwait.

The company, apart from remittance and forex solutions, also offers a host of services and products. The number of correspondent banks with which LuLu Exchange does business, also has grown quite considerably. LuLu Exchange has steadfastly focused on bringing greater value to its wide base of customers worldwide.  

The Guest of Honor, Mr. Vidhu. P. Nair - Deputy Chief of Mission, Indian Embassy inaugurated the anniversary celebrations.

Speaking at the sidelines of the anniversary celebrations, Mr. Adeeb Ahamed, CEO – LuLu Exchange said, “Having completed a successful year today, it indeed is a proud day for us. Our emphasis on pursuing excellence in Customer Service and Satisfaction has certainly paid.  We will continue to value the customers’ trust with the same motive we started our business a year ago.”

“We are ever thankful to all our well wishers on this occasion. The patronage we enjoy from our customers across our operations tells us that they have placed us close to their hearts, and we have been successful in our endeavor of becoming the most customer-friendly and reliable brand in the industry. We have grown quite considerably in comparison and in an attempt to strengthen our reach; we are exploring new avenues and locations. We also thank the Central Bank of Kuwait for its constant guidance without which we could not have achieved this milestone”, Mr. Adeeb mentioned.

Mr. Adeeb further stated, “As a socially responsible organization, we have ensured fair business practices including rigorous compliance to global anti-money laundering protocols, in the best interest of our regulators and customers. We also have added new products and services which were received well by the market as our ongoing commitment to enhance customer experience by identifying customer requirements.”

Among the other dignitaries present at the anniversary celebrations were the senior management of the company.

Cooperation of Legislative, executive powers ‘vital’ – NA panel to investigate case related to KAC

Cooperation of Legislative, executive powers ‘vital’
– NA panel to investigate case related to KAC

KUWAIT: Cooperation between the legislative and executive powers is vital for the state development plan, said Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Dr Rola Dashti here yesterday.

Minister Dashti’s statement came during the regular supplementary session of the National Assembly which was designated for the discussion of the government’s agenda of the 14th legislative term for the years (2012-2013) and (2015-2016) The Minister said that the government’s program could not be carried out without the cooperation of parliament, affirming that the Kuwaiti people were eager to witness such kind of cooperation to see their nation even prosper more. Meanwhile, the National Assembly formed here yesterday a committee to look into the case related to a Kuwait Airways Corporation’s (KAC) pilot.

During the regular session, the parliament assigned the committee to investigate an incident in which a pilot from Kuwait Airways had flown a plane to Tehran on March 20, 2012 while KAC’s employees were on strike. The committee will have three months to investigate the incident.

The parliament also formed a committee to look into violations at the ‘abroad treatment department’ at the the Ministry of Health in the last two years. A committee looking into the contracts for the Jaber Bridge and Al-Zour station was also formed by the National Assembly. The parliament referred to the government, during its yesterday’s regular supplementary session, a draft law on combating human trafficking and migrants smuggling to be discussed and voted on.

The voting process gained the approval of 34 members of the Parliament (MPs) out of 38 MPs who were present at the session; four MPs abstained. The explanatory memorandum of the draft law pointed to the United Nations General Assembly’s agreement on combating organized crime where the latter stressed the importance of eliminating human trafficking, especially of women and children, and smuggling of migrants via land, sea and air exist points.

The memorandum explained that the state of Kuwait had signed the UN agreement; therefore, it has become obligatory to take necessary steps to stop and punish these crimes according to the draft law submitted today at the parliament. Today’s draft law consisted of a number of articles that explained some of the criminal definitions and terms of human trafficking and migrant smuggling and described the punishment deserved for the people involved in these crimes and their accessories. The draft document also stressed the importance of providing the victims of these crimes with temporary treatment and shelter.

In another development, Parliament Speaker Ali Fahad Al-Rashed hailed here yesterday the prospective national dialogue in the Kingdom of Bahrain next week under the auspices of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Al- Rashed said in a press statement issued by the Information Department of the National Assembly today that the move “will have a positive impact on the brotherly Bahraini people and reveal the sincere desire of all parties to overcome repercussions of the previous phase”. He expressed hope the national dialogue in Bahrain would achieve the desired goals in promoting security and adhering to constitutional underpinnings approved by the brotherly Bahraini people, calling on the parties concerned to effectively and positively participate for the success of the dialogue and the achievement of its objectives. Al- Rashed is expected to head a delegation to Bahrain next Saturday. — KUNA

- Kuwait Times

Show begins at crack of dawn

Show begins at crack of dawn

Actor-film-maker Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam will arrive at the crack of dawn in some theatres across the State on Thursday, riding heavily on the controversy surrounding it over the past two weeks.

It is also aiming at reaching almost the entire cinema-going audience in the State, before the week ends.

Though the iconic actor has been a veteran of many hits in his career spanning over five decades, the hype surrounding Vishwaroopam is unprecedented, according to some theatre owners.

“Over the past few years, the stars with the biggest openings have been Rajinikanth and Ajith Kumar,” a prominent theatre owner, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, said.

“Kamal Haasan’s movies usually have reasonably good openings but have a prolonged run at theatres, filling in 60 to 70 per cent occupancy for a few weeks. In our parlance, we call this ‘class’ audience. The ‘mass’ openings are where the crowds flock the theatres for the opening weekend. In Vishwaroopam’s case, it seems to be aiming for a ‘mass’ opening.”

In its first attempt to release, Vishwaroopam was slated to be screened in 524 theatres across the State. But the controversy is likely to help it release in over 600 State-wide theatres.

“Some theatre complexes are allotting literally all their screens to it. Even by conservative estimates, Vishwaroopam is aiming to reach out to anywhere between 40 and 50 lakh cinema-goers by Monday. You can safely say that is the actual number of cinema-goers in the State,” he added.

There seems to be a virtual competition among theatres in the B and the C centres across the State, on who releases the movie ahead of the other.

Such euphoria was last seen with Rajinikanth-starrer Enthiran.

Though the legal requirements of running such early morning shows are not very clear, it seems to have become a tradition in the State where cinema has always held centrestage.

-The Hindu

3 killed in Mumbai bridge collapse

3 killed in Mumbai bridge collapse

Three persons were killed on Wednesday night while several others injured after a portion of an under-construction bridge collapsed near the international airport in Mumbai, officials said.

The injured were admitted to Cooper Hospital and Desai Hospital, they said.

Eight fire tenders and four ambulances have been rushed to the spot and rescue operations are underway, they said.

The officials said that those trapped beneath the debris are mostly workers.

The reason behind the collapse was being probed, they said.

-The Hindu

3 held for online abuse of Kashmir girls rock band

3 held for online abuse of Kashmir girls rock band


Another youth has been arrested in connection with the online abuses and threats to the all-girl rock band of Jammu and Kashmir.

Irshad Ahmad Chara, resident of S.D. Colony, Batamaloo, was arrested late Wednesday night during a police raid to apprehend him.

Tariq Khan, was apprehended from Bijbehara, a town in South Kashmir, and Rameez Shah was also arrested from Ganderbal in central Kashmir on Wednesday night, police sources said.

Jammu and Kashmir Director-General of Police Ashok Prasad, who is closely monitoring the case, has directed stepping up of patrolling in the areas where two of the three girls of the band group reside.

Police have started tracking down the Internet Protocol addresses of the 26 users whose comments, out of the total 900 posts on the band’s Facebook page, were found abusive, officials said.

They said the delay of three days in lodging the FIR was due to large number of posts on the Facebook page of Kashmir’s all-girl band ‘Pragaash’ that took time to get scanned.

A case in the matter has been registered under Section 66-A of IT Act and Section 506 RPC (criminal intimidation) in the Rajbagh police station in Srinagar.

A member of the band had on Wednesday said they decided to call it quits as they respected the decree of Kashmir’s grand mufti who found singing un-Islamic.

“We respect the Mufti sahib who said it (singing) is haram. We respect the opinion of people of Kashmir also. That is why we quit,” she said, adding that the band was not disbanded because of online threats.

The DGP has requested all central agencies to extend support to apprehend all those who had hurled online abuses at the band.

-The Hindu
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