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RBI cuts interest rate by 0.25 per cent to boost growth

RBI cuts interest rate by 0.25 per cent to boost growth
Mumbai:  In line with expectations, the RBI on Tuesday cut its short-term lending rate by 0.25 per cent to spur growth and revive investment but sounded a note of caution on further easing of rates on account of high food inflation and current account deficit.

"The foremost challenge for returning the economy to a high growth trajectory is to revive investment. A competitive interest rate is necessary for this but not sufficient," the Reserve Bank said in its mid-quarter review of the monetary policy.

Accordingly, its short term lending rate or the repo was reduced by 0.25 per cent to 7.5 per cent, making it the second consecutive cut in as many months. The market was widely expecting a cut by 0.25 per cent due to the deteriorating growth which is estimated to touch a decade low of 5 per cent and a cooling in the core inflation to a 35 month low. He, however said "...even as the policy stance emphasises addressing the growth risks, the headroom for further monetary easing remains quite limited."

Expecting the government to begin spending, it left the cash reserve ratio or the amount of deposits banks have to park with RBI, unchanged at 4 per cent. The BSE Sensex, which started sliding after the policy announcement, fell sharply by almost 300 points after a coalition partner DMK pulled out of the UPA alliance.

The RBI, however stressed that a interest rate cut alone will not be helpful in order to achieve the objective of reviving investment and called for bridging supply constraints and staying course on fiscal consolidation.

On its guidance, the statement was cautious on further easing and pointed towards the rising current account deficit which is widely expected to touch a record high at 5 per cent and the expectation of inflation staying range-bound due to fuel price revisions and rising MSPs for agri produce, as the inhibiting factors. 
 
-Manorama Online
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AI Express moving to new airport in Qatar

AI Express moving to new airport in Qatar
Dubai: Air India Express is going to be among the first 10 airlines, which will be part of the soft opening of Qatar's new airport beginning April 1.

The soft opening of Hamad International Airport (HIA) will include other passenger airlines such as Air Arabia, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Flydubai, Iran Air, Nepal Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, RAK Airways, Syrian Air and Yemen Airways.

Qatar's national airline, Qatar Airways, will move its entire operations from the current Doha International Airport (DIA) to Hamad International Airport (HIA) by the end of the year.

The 10 airlines listed will no longer have a presence at Doha International Airport (DIA) and will operate exclusively from HIA from April 1, 2013, a statement said.

There will be around 32 passenger flights departing daily from HIA equating to approximately 222 flights per week. Concourse B at HIA will be fully operational on 1st April 2013 for passengers travelling with these 10 airlines.

Along with the concourse B opening, the eastern runway, which is the longest of the two runways at HIA will also be in operation. 
 
-Manorama Online
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No govt decision yet on changing school timing – Traffic problems continue

No govt decision yet on changing school timing – Traffic problems continue
KUWAIT: Traffic in Kuwait is a nightmare for the drivers, and with time the situation has become even worse. All solutions suggested in the past made no radical improvement in ending the traffic jams which become even worse during peak hours in the morning and afternoon, particularly when the school hours begin or end. Also, the traffic is worse during the hours when ministries’ offices open or close. As maximum traffic is because of the schools, the Ministry of Education made a proposal during a meeting with the Ministry of Interior about shifting the school opening and closing timings in respect of students of all ages. Unfortunately, the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior refused to comment on the meeting with the Ministry of Education officials that took place two days ago.

It was also not possible to reach any official from the Ministry of Education to provide us with details of the meeting and the procedure that will be followed in order to reduce the traffic jams. The parents complain about the daily traffic during the school year. “I think if the timing of schools were changed, it will lead to some relief on the road. I suggest that the schools start at 8:30 am, instead of 7:30 am, and close an hour later at 2:30 pm, instead of 1:30pm. It will help a lot,” Manal, a 46-year-old, told the Kuwait Times. She also made another suggestion in this regard. “In my opinion, if all students started using group transportation (buses), the number of vehicles on the road will decrease.

In fact, my children do not go by bus because it takes longer. My daughters finish school at 1:30 pm but the bus delivers the last of the students at 2:30 pm even though they live in the same area. In summer, it is very hard for the students to stay inside the bus for that long. If there were more buses and these would not take more than 30 minutes, I would allow them to go by bus,” Manal further said. On his part, Yunis, a father of three children, also complained about the traffic becoming more congested every year. “I believe that if the timings of schools were changed, the traffic will ease.

I think that the schools start very early anyway. I do not understand why they must start that early. Of course, I welcome the idea of changing schools’ timings. They should open at 10 am and can close at 3:00 pm or even 4:00 pm. Life would be much more comfortable then,” he pointed out. Abu Omar, a father of five children, is not convinced about such an idea. “I do not think that by changing the timings of schools, the traffic problem will be solved. It is about going together at the same time and not at what time.

It may be 7:30 am or 9:00 am. I am an employee and my work starts at 8:00 am, so drop my children on the way, but if they were to go to school later, then I would not be able to take them along. This solution can only make a difference for those children whose mothers, who are housewives, drop them to school,” he explained.

Hasan, a 49-year-old teacher, said he was comfortable with his current working timings and would not like it to be shifted. “Since a long time, we have been hearing about this suggestion about changing the timings when employees and students have to leave home, but the employees rejected the suggestion since it will be difficult for them to first go home from work and then go and pick up their children from school.

In my opinion, the traffic issue can be resolved by checking the chaos that drivers create and improving the traffic sense. These are the main reasons for the congestion on the road. It is more of a behavioral problem than one of timing,” he stated.

By Nawara Fattahova
 
-Kuwait Times
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Kuwait to cut expats by 100,000 annually – Visit-to-work transfers to end April 1

Kuwait to cut expats by 100,000 annually – Visit-to-work transfers to end April 1
KUWAIT: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thekra Al-Rasheedi yesterday said her ministry was processing necessary measures for reducing the number of foreign workers in Kuwait by 100,000 annually. “The strategy envisages bringing down the total number of expatriate workers to only one million in 10 years,” Rasheedi said in a statement to KUNA. “It’s part of the ministry’s efforts to regulate the labor market, curb the phenomenon of marginal labor and restore the demographic equilibrium of the country,” she explained, adding the transfer of all kinds of visit visas into work permits would be halted from April 1 while those already approved would go ahead.

Rasheedi said that the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has been linked online with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Kuwait Municipality and that the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce has been tasked to define the legal job descriptions of businessmen. Moreover, Rasheedi said that hiring workers would be restricted to local ones only without bringing any more from abroad. She also stressed that a special inspection team had been formed to make sure employers are fully committed to private sector labor regulations. – KUNA
 
- Kuwait Times
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Soorya Festival – A Mega Success

Soorya Festival – A Mega Success

 

Soorya Kuwait Chapter, in association with UAE Exchange, organized “ Soorya India Festival 2013 ”, at the American International School Auditorium, Maidan-Hawalli, on Thursday, 14th March, 2013.

Deputy Chief of Mission and ChargD’Affaires of the Indian Embassy Vidhu P. Nair inaugurated the program by lighting the lamp, along with Pancily Varkey, President, Vijayan Karayil, Vice-President and General Secretary B.S. Pillai.  The ChargD’ Affaires appreciated Soorya Kuwait Chapter for its excellent efforts in promoting India’s rich and diverse culture.  General Secretary welcomed the audience.

The first part of the program was Bharatanatyam, performed by Rama Vaidyanathan, one of India’s top exponents of Bharatanatyam.  She stole the show with her immaculate movements and attractive facial gestures.  Further, she succeeded in building up an instant rapport with the audience.

The second part of the program was Kathak by Rani Khanam, one of the leading kathak dancers of the country.  She was very strong in rhythm and this aspect came through attractively in her recital.

In between, a-7 minute duration shadow art displayed by the international entertainer Prahlad Acharya was continuously applauded by the audience.  A ballet of hands and fingers merging to create life on a white screen enthralled and amazed audiences of all age groups.

Later, the artistes were honored with gifts for their outstanding recitals.  Pancily Varkey, Vijayan Karayil and Ramdas Nair presented the gifts.

Soorya has been promoting Indian art and culture through music and dance with its 19 chapters all over the world.  We are committed to propagate the rich Indian art and culture with the active support of Chief Patron Dr. B.R. Shetty, Managing Director, NMC Group of Companies, said Soorya Krishnamurthy.

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Sebi introduces automated system for selecting arbitrators

Sebi introduces automated system for selecting arbitrators
Mumbai: To enable faster arbitration between market intermediaries, capital market regulator Sebi today announced an automated system for selection of arbitrators from a common pool.

The automatic process would be triggered in cases where the members and clients of stock exchanges fail to find an arbitrator, from a list compiled by the bourses, to resolve their disputes.
Presently, an arbitrator is selected by the bourses that help settle disputes between a client and broker, or disputes among brokers.

Amending the arbitration mechanism, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has introduced a system of 'Automatic Process' and 'Common Pool' for selection of arbitrators which would be effective from April 1.

As per the new norms, a list of arbitrators on the panel of stock exchanges having nation-wide trading terminals would be pooled and called 'Common Pool'. This list would be made available to public.

In a circular Monday, Sebi said that in the cases where the client and member (stock broker, trading member or clearing member) fail to choose an arbitrator from the common pool, one would be chosen from the 'automatic process' wherein neither the parties to arbitration nor the concerned stock exchanges will be directly involved.

"The automatic process will entail a randomised, computer generated selection of arbitrator from the list of arbitrators in the common pool," Sebi said.

"The selection process shall be in chronological order of the receipt of arbitration reference that is only after selecting an arbitrator for the former arbitration reference received, selection for the latter shall be taken up," it added.

As per the regulator, the automatic process would send a system generated, real time alert such as an short message service (sms) and e-mail to all entities involved in the particular case.

Further, the communication for the appointment of the arbitrator would be sent immediately or latest by the next working day by the stock exchange on which the dispute had taken place.
As per the guidelines, an arbitrator would have to decline an arbitration reference in case there is a "probable conflict of interest".  

"After the said arbitrator declines, the automatic process' will pick the name of another arbitrator.

"This would continue till the time there is no conflict of interest, by the selected arbitrator", the regulator said.

The time line for choosing the arbitrator could be extended from existing 30 days period, but in that case, stock exchanges " shall put on record the reasons of such extension", it added.

Further, in cases where conflict of interest is observed, the arbitrator has to send in the information for the same to the stock exchange within 15 days of receipt of communication.

Sebi said thay the fees of arbitrator "shall be dealt in line with existing provisions, by the stock exchange on which the dispute had taken place".
 
-Manorama Online
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Bus falls off bridge in Maharashtra, 37 dead, 15 injured

Bus falls off bridge in Maharashtra, 37 dead, 15 injured
Mumbai: Thirty seven persons were killed when a Mumbai-bound private luxury bus plunged into a river in Ratnagiri district of coastal Konkan area, early on Tuesday.

The bus fell into the Jagbudi river near Khed in Ratnagiri district at around 3.30 AM, police said. The bus was on its way to Mumbai on the Goa-Mumbai highway when it fell off the bridge, police said.

The  bus driver is among injured. Some of the passengers have sustained head injuries. According to the police the incident was happened after the driver lost control of the bus. The injured has been shifted to Khed civil hospital.
 
-Manorama Online
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Anti-rape bill diluted, Union Cabinet approves new version

Anti-rape bill diluted, Union Cabinet approves new version
 Under pressure from the Opposition, the Union Cabinet on Monday approved a diluted version of the bill dealing with sexual crimes against women. The new version will be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

This was just hours after the UPA failed to convince opposition leaders, primarily the BJP, the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-United, at an all-party meeting to agree to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 the union cabinet had cleared last Thursday, after it was scrutinised by a Group of Ministers.

In the bill approved on Monday, the age of consent for sex has again been increased to 18 years: the IPC, where it is 16, will now have to be amended. Last year, when Parliament passed the Child Protection Act, 2012, the age of consent was 18. If last week’s version of the new draft law had continued with stalking as a non-bailable crime, now the first offence will be bailable — a second offence will become non-bailable. The definition of voyeurism has been diluted and while earlier disrobing a woman in public was punishable, now it will be a crime even in private, if force is used.

At the all-party meeting on Monday, political sources said that while the CPI maintained that 16 years should be the age of consent, the BJP, the SP and some others demanded that the age of consent be 18, contending that since the age of marriage is 18, the age of consent should be the same. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav vehemently opposed the anti-rape bill even as the Trinamool Congress pressed for wider consultations with the states. The BJP wanted the provisions related to stalking and voyeurism to be tweaked. The RJD and the JD-U, too, were uncomfortable with clauses dealing with voyeurism and stalking.

Since the bill can be passed with a simple majority, the government may succeed in getting it through the Lok Sabha, but it may face difficulties in the Rajya Sabha where it does not have a majority — given the discomfort levels in many parties with the bill. Among MPs, the primary fear is that the bill does not have sufficient safeguards against filing of false cases by political opponents.

Indeed, after the all-party meeting, Union parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath told journalists, “Largely there is consensus on the intent and the content of the Bill, except that there are concerns about misuse and abuse of some of the provisions of the Bill.”

With Congress president — and UPA chairperson — Sonia Gandhi determined to get this bill through Parliament before April 3, when the ordinance lapses, the government has been in fast-track mode. It first passed an ordinance in early February close on the heels of the submission of the Verma Commission Report. Then last Tuesday, there was a special meeting of the Union Cabinet to clear the bill — differences among the ministers led to the setting up of a GoM, headed by Union Finance Minister P. Chidamabaram that submitted its recommendations within two days.

Safeguards

PTI reports:

“Some political leaders said the law could be misused ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. They wanted safeguards to be specified,” a minister who attended the all-party meeting said. The Criminal Laws Ordinance was promulgated by the President on February 3. The Ordinance lapses on April 4 and the government and most parties are of the view that the bill be passed with suitable changes before the budget session goes into recess on March 22.
 
-The Hindu
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Mickey Arthur deletes Twitter account

Mickey Arthur deletes Twitter account
 Beleaguered Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur on Tuesday deleted his Twitter account after being continuously ridiculed by fans in the wake of the team’s woeful Test run in India.

  “Thanks twitter, has been fun but deleting my account now!Thanks to all the genuine supporters out there,” said Arthur on Twitter, a day after Australia lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The Aussies are trailing 0-3 in the four-match series, beaten by six wickets in the just-concluded third Test. They would be desperate to avoid a whitewash when they take the field for the fourth Test in Delhi starting on Friday.

Arthur’s Twitter page has several messages from users, lampooning him, and one of them reads, “Hey Mickey Mouse @MickeyArthur do you have enough quicks for 3rd test? Now it’s going to be a seamer so I suggest you play 4 spinners...,”.

The South African’s decision to close his account was also greeted with ridiculing comments.

@adam_pearce13 said “It’s about time you focus on the cricket anyway.”

Another, @KevinWilde described Arthur’s move to delete his account as “weak“.
 
-The Hindu
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DMK pulling out of UPA government

DMK pulling out of UPA government
 
DMK chief M Karunanidhi announces that party is pulling out of the UPA. Addressing a press conference at Chennai, Karunanidhi says the DMK has always worked for the Tamils and has been demanding a tough stance against the Sri Lankan government over war crimes against Tamils. Five ministers will be submitting their resignations shortly, announces Karunanidhi.
 
DMK chief M Karunanidhi says that in spite of repeated requests by the DMK to the Centre over the human rights violations against Sri Lankan Tamils, the Centre did not pay any heed. "So, there is no point in continuing with the alliance. We may not even give outside support to the UPA. We are pulling out of the UPA in totality," says the patriarch.
 
Karunanidhi said the party salutes all those who have lost their lives and all those who have supported the issue. "The DMK condemns the serious crimes that the Sri Lanka government has committed against Lankan Tamils and supports a revolution in Lanka for the rights Sri Lankan Tamils," said Karunanidhi.

However, the DMK has offered a drowning UPA a straw. Karunanidhi says that the party may reconsider its decision and withdraw everything it has said right now if the Centre is willing to move amendments to the US-sponsored resolution on the issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council. The deadline for the UPA to change its stance on the issue is Friday.

The DMK has 18 seats in Parliament.

 

School hours may be changed to help tackle traffic jams

School hours may be changed to help tackle traffic jams
 
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Education informed the Ministry of Interior that it was willing to change school timings to help tackle the problem of traffic jams in Kuwait that usually clog the roads on weekdays, a local newspaper reported yesterday. The notification came during a recent meeting of both the ministries’ representatives to discuss suggestions to reduce traffic jams. “We explained that we do not mind changing the opening and closing hours of the schools if it helped in effectively tackling the growing problem,” Undersecretary Assistant for Public Education, Mohammad Al-Kandari, said. He added in statements to Al-Rai on Sunday that the Ministry of Education was prepared to put together mechanisms for changing the school hours.
 
Key roads across Kuwait were gridlocked on Sunday right from early morning and again during the rush hour when parents and guardians picked up students from school. It was the third week that started with traffic jams all across the country ever since classes resumed for the second semester earlier this month. A study by researcher Abdul-Aziz Al- Baddah published by Al-Qabas yesterday attributed the recurring traffic jams problem to the rapid growth of population combined with the lack of significant road improvement projects since the 1980s.
 
- Kuwait Times

GCC panel discusses E-Linking health systems for expats

GCC panel discusses E-Linking health systems for expats
 
KUWAIT: The first meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Committee for E-Health, supervised by Ministry of Health, kicked off here yesterday to discuss E-Linking systems for screening programs of expatriates and establishing appropriate work mechanism to implement the smart card and E-Linking systems among GCC countries.
 
The meeting is also to discuss development mechanisms for E-Systems of screening expats that would help each GCC country to identify health conditions of expats wishing to enter to any member-country, Dr. Qais Al-Duwairi, Assistant Undersecretary of Public Health Affairs at Ministry of Health, said in a press statement.
 
Al-Duwairi added that entry percentage of unhealthy expats to GCC countries has decreased to five percent via usage of E-Linking system, noting that eye and finger prints are to be added to the screening system to prevent some conning by expats in changing their personal data and information. He also indicated that a discussion to be held on possibility of implementing the smart card system for every citizen and resident in GCC countries, which contain all personal health data for the individual as it would also be an E-Medical File to be referred to by the physician in any member-country in order to understand history of patient’s health condition.
 
In addition, Al-Duwairi pointed out that E-Linking has become a reality among information centers in GCC countries within unified data structures that aim to achieve integration among countries, as well as to follow a unified strategy in the information technology field.
 
- KUNA 

Govt confirms ‘segregation’ at clinics

Govt confirms ‘segregation’ at clinics
 
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health is going forward with plans to accord Kuwaitis priority in medical checkups during morning shifts while making it mandatory for foreigners to visit the facilities only during the afternoon shifts for medical tests, a senior ministry official said yesterday. Undersecretary Dr. Khalid Al-Sehlawi confirmed earlier reports which indicated that the ministry’s council of medical zones approved a proposal that gives Kuwaiti patients priority to undergo tests at public medical facilities during morning or afternoon shifts but bars expatriates from availing the same facilities during morning hours. “[The approval came after] Minister of Health Dr Mohammad Al-Haifi met heads of medical zones in order to learn their views on their proposal,” Sehlawi said, adding that the new system was only going to be enforced at outpatient clinics.
 
Haifi had stated last week that the nationality-based segregation system could eventually be adopted at public medical facilities but only if it could be proven that it will benefit Kuwaiti citizens. Sehlawi assured that a ministry study revealed that the afternoon shifts were “suitable” for expatriates, citing a similar “successful” experience adopted nearly two and a half years ago at certain clinics where afternoon shifts were allocated solely for Kuwaitis. Sehlawi also reiterated that emergency rooms and trauma centers at public hospitals and polyclinics will remain open to Kuwaitis and non- Kuwaitis equally throughout the day. “The ministry wants to allocate a period during the day for citizens to undergo checks at outpatient clinics which usually give appointments extending over a long period of time,” he said.
 
While it was initially approved, the decision needs to be approved by the Cabinet before it becomes effective. Currently, there is no timetable for when that is expected to happen. Once implemented, the new system is expected to be first adopted in overcrowded public clinics such as those for internal medicine and surgery.
 
A local newspaper had reported last week that the proposal was going to be studied “as per accurate statistics for the number of patients at public hospitals during morning and afternoon hours in order to determine the feasibility of the proposed system”. According to reports last month, the ministry began studying the proposal as part of the government’s attempts to improve the quality of services at its overcrowded medical facilities in light of the fact that infrastructure was not adequate vis-a-vis the country’s demographic growth.
 
The news had since sparked negative reactions, given the “discriminatory” nature of the proposal, leading ministry officials to come out later and explain that the issue was merely proposed as a suggestion for outpatient clinics and that the ministry does not necessarily plan to implement it.
 
- Kuwait Times

Bus falls into river on Mumbai-Goa highway, 37 killed

Bus falls into river on Mumbai-Goa highway, 37 killed
 
At least 37 people were killed and seven injured when a speeding Mumbai-bound luxury bus plunged into the Jagbudi River in Ratnagiri district in the wee hours of Tuesday.
 
The accident occurred around 3.30 am near Khed, when the driver was negotiating a steep turn and lost control over the vehicle, which fell off the Jagbudi Bridge from a height of about 40 feet, said Khed police station in-charge Mahendra Singh Pardeshi.
 
The bus, which was badly damaged, was on its way back from Goa [ Images ] when the mishap took place.
 
Bodies of 37 passengers have been extricated so far and have been kept at the Khed municipal hospital, where the injured have also been admitted, he said.
 
The deceased have not been identified yet. Rescue operations are still going on and the bus is being retrieved from the river, said the police.
 
Following the accident, traffic on the Mumbai-Goa Highway was disrupted for nearly four hours. 

 

Kuwait determined to protect rights of expatriate workers

Kuwait determined to protect rights of expatriate workers
 
KUWAIT: Assistant Undersecretary for Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Jamal Al-Dousari affirmed that Kuwait is determined to protect the rights of expatriate workers, stressing that law 6/2010 concerning private sector regulates the labor market, while at the same time protects the rights of employers and employees, reports Al-Jaridah daily.

Al-Dousari clarified that this law bans employers from recruiting workers from inside and outside the country with deliberate intention of denying them employment in the same company, adding that employers in such situations will bear the cost of repatriating the affected employees back to their countries.

He indicated that the law also prohibits employers from engaging employees without due recourse to their primary employers, such that the supervising minister should issue relevant decision with necessary procedures, documents and fees payable by the concerned employer.

He stressed that the labor law entails guarantee of real job vacancies rather than the bogus ones to protect the employees and stabilize the labor market.

“Article 138 of the labor law stipulates that any employer who violates provisions of the Constitution in that regard is liable to three years maximum prison term with fine of minimum KD 1,000 and maximum KD 5,000 or either of the two penalties”, concluded the labor expert.
 
- Arabtimes

Dar Al Shifa inks collaboration agreement with French govt

Dar Al Shifa inks collaboration agreement with French govt
 
KUWAIT: Dar Al Shifa Hospital announced the signing of the official agreement and collaboration between the French government and the hospital. The signing ceremony, which took place at the hospital, was signed by Taleb Jeraq, Head of higher committee and General Manager of Dar Al Shifa Hospital as well as a representative from the French government. For the first time in Kuwait and the Middle East, Kuwait and Dar Al Shifa Hospital’s patients will be able to experience professional treatment through qualified doctors from France that will implement their skills and experiences in order to provide further knowledge and expertise to Dar Al Shifa’s medical team.
 
This is a mutual professional exchange agreement where Dar Al Shifa Hospital is providing a French Diploma in medicine, nursing, and many others through training their doctors through the French medical experts. Commenting on the agreement, Jeraq said in his speech: “From the beginning, we put before us a clear and specific objective and we strived to achieve it through every step taken.
 
This goal is to make Dar Al Shifa Hospital become the destination where citizens would receive optimum levels of health care expected, a step that is now materialized through our collaboration with professional health institutions in developed countries across the medical field. Today, Dar Al Shifa Hospital is taking a new step forward by signing the medical collaboration agreement between the hospital and the Ministry of Health in France and the French Embassy in Kuwait and a large number of health organizations in France.
 
We are proud to be the only hospital in the Middle East to take this initiative and provide the French Diploma in several medical departments to our doctors in the near future, in order to add to their skills and provide our patients with the best possible treatment in Kuwait, without making them travel abroad for treatment.” Jeraq concluded by saying, “It is our pleasure to have this special collaboration with the French government.” Moreover, Nada Yafi – the French Ambassador commented on the agreement claiming: “Dar Al Shifa Hospital is one of the most renowned hospitals in Kuwait and the Middle East, and one that provides an integrated scope of medical services to its patients. We do hope that this collaboration would be the beginning of many more successful ones to come.”
 
- Kuwait Times

KPC launches recycling project

KPC launches recycling project
 
KUWAIT: Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) announced yesterday that it plans to launch a wide-scale recycling project at the oil sector complex with a special ceremony this Thursday.
 
A KPC press release said Kuwait is in great need of serious recycling projects and stressed recycling requires the cooperation of all society components, both individuals and state and other bodies. The ceremony on Thursday would include an exhibition with leading companies in the field of recycling in Kuwait taking part to introduce staff to means to actively contribute to preservation of the environment. KPC is eager to take bigger steps to introduce staff to the concept of recycling and to encourage them to implement it both at work and in their daily lives.
 
The team handling this project had last week distributed special containers to all KPC offices and facilities in the main building for collection of recyclable material.
 
The team is also launching a special campaign to increase awareness and instill a sense of responsibility among staff. The project aims at recycling paper, ink cartridges, expired medication, old electrical equipment, used batteries, and light bulbs which require special handling to avoid hazard.
 
The ceremony on Thursday is being sponsored and attended by Executive Chairman Farouq Al-Zanki in cooperation with Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR).
 
- KUNA

SriLankan Airlines Offers Low Fare - Very Limited Seats

SriLankan Airlines Offers Low Fare - Very Limited Seats
Starting fares as of now and in JUN exclusive of taxes.
Very limited seats available.
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Gas ‘leakage’ contained near Burgan Oil Field: KOC

Gas ‘leakage’ contained near Burgan Oil Field: KOC
 
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) said on Saturday that they have now contained a gas pipeline leakage west of the country and near Burqan Oil refinery.

In a statement to KUNA, KOC said that first they isolated the leakage area, and later controlled the leakage area based on predetermined procedures of the company, noting that no injuries were reported.

The statement added that after controlling the leakage, KOC tested and measured the level of gas emissions in the surrounding area and found that it was normal.

As a precautionary measure, people around the area were informed not to get near the leakage area, the statement added.
 
- KUNA

MoI team arrests 450 wanted by law for various criminal offences

MoI team arrests 450 wanted by law for various criminal offences
 
Field operations team headed by Major General Suleiman Al-Fahad initiated security campaign and arrested 450 people wanted by law for various criminal offenses. The suspects, including employees working for other sponsors and those under Article 20, were arrested at Souq Jumaa and Khayam area.

An Interior Ministry press release said Assistant Undersecretary for General Security Affairs Major General Mahmoud Al-Dousari and other high ranking officials participated in the campaign.

Security Media Department of the Interior Ministry stated a comprehensive security plan was prepared to follow up those wanted by law for criminal offenses and visa violations, in addition to those pestering citizens and expatriates in residential areas. This is part of efforts by the sector to clear the neighborhoods of criminals and illegal activities.
 
- Arabtimes
 
 
 
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