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Building haris vandalizes tenants’ vehicles in revenge

KUWAIT: A keeper at an apartment building faces charges after he confessed to vandalizing residents’ vehicles as an act of revenge. Several tenants in the Khaitan building found the tires of their vehicles damaged with a sharp object. They made inquiries with a nearby shopkeeper who gave them the description of a man he said he saw spoiling the tires. As the building’s keeper matched their description, the tenants headed to the police station and pressed charges against the keeper who was summoned for investigations. The man initially denied the accusations but eventually confessed to his actions after he was confronted with the eyewitness’ testimonies. He said that disputes with the residents prompted him to ‘take revenge’ by venting his anger on their cars. The man was referred to the proper authorities for further action

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Facebook introduces hashtags

NEW YORK: Facebook is introducing hashtags, the number signs used on TwitterInstagramand other services to identify topics being discussed and allow users to search for them. 

Facebook Inc. said Wednesday that people will be able to click a hashtag to see a feed of discussions other users are having about a particular topic. For example, typing a number sign in front of "ladygaga" or "sunset" will turn the words into a link that users can click on to find posts about Lady Gaga or sunsets. 

Facebook says hashtags are a first step toward making it easier for users to find out what others are discussing. The company is not giving details about other tools it might introduce.

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Assembly Nod For Bill On KAC Privatisation

KUWAIT CITY : The National Assembly on Tuesday approved a number of bills, including the final draft bill pertaining to the privatization of the Kuwait Airways Corporation. 

The Assembly also unanimously approved a bill to form a telecommunications and information technology authority, in its first deliberation, but delayed the second vote for further amendments. The Parliament also approved amendments to the Housing Care Law and to bring in par the loan amount for Kuwaiti men and women. They have been referred to the government for approval.

The amendments to the Kuwait Airways privatization bill, with regards to the structure and management of the company, were unanimously approved in the first and second deliberations.

The bill transforms the corporation from a public institution into a shareholding company. The amendments give the Kuwaiti employees who transfer to the company the right to subscribe 3 percent of its capital. They are also given ‘golden shares’ in the company but the value of those shares will be decided by the Cabinet.

According to Article 7, “the Cabinet sets the minimum quota of Kuwaiti workforce in the corporation, provided it is not less than the previous quota, giving priority of employment to Kuwaitis over foreigners even if they are retirees.”

On another note, during discussions in the Assembly, MP Khaled Al-Shatti shed light on “the confiscation of Christian books by the Kuwaiti customs.”

He said the Christians are suffering due to the confiscation of their books “even from their Churches.” He noted the countries with interest in Kuwait base their relations on the freedoms available in the country. Al-Shatti called on the Finance Ministry to advise the customs department to allow the books into the country “provided they are for personal use.”

Meanwhile, MP Safa Al-Hashem has criticized the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor on the issue of deportation of the expatriate workers. She said she supports the deportation of those who pose a risk to national security “but not real workers.”

Al-Hashem has called on this ministry to cooperate with the Interior Ministry and “hold accountable the sponsors who’ve brought marginal workers into the country.”

She added the issue cannot be solved without holding the sponsors responsible. She said the expatriate workers should not be subjected to financial, material and psychological damage as a result of deportation, especially the violators of traffic laws.

In other developments, the Assembly rejected the Public Prosecution request to lift the immunity of MP Kamel Al-Awadhi on the issue of Audio/Visual misdemeanor case.

The case was filed by a principal of a public school accusing the MP of making defamatory statements against his character.

Al-Awadhi had requested his colleagues to approve to lift his immunity; however 28 MPs, out of a quorum of 45, approved the Legal and Legislative Committee’s rejection of the prosecution’s request.

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In Haryana, fingerprints nail 100 'Munnabhai' teachers

CHANDIGARH: Fingerprint experts have nailed around 100 "Munnabhais" among teachers inHaryana. Following a Punjab and Haryana high court order to spot the dishonest lot in the fold, the state education department had got conducted a finger print examination of around 3,000 teachers, which found that about 100 of them had used dummy candidates to clear theHaryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET).

Experts of Madhuban-based state crime records bureau had conducted the fingerprint examination following a request from the state education department.

Director of the bureau, Laik Ram Dabas, told TOI on Wednesday that thumb impressions of over 100 teachers did not match with the prints in the attendance register for the HTET. "The results clearly established that these teachers did not appear for HTET and used impersonators," Dabas said.

According to sources, the number of teachers whose thumb impressions have been put under "doubtful" category (the prints matching partially) is much bigger.

"We have informed the education department that we have completed the process for 3,000 teachers' fingerprints in the first phase," Dabas said.

In a first of its kind exercise in the country, fingerprints of 8,700 candidates -- selected as junior basic teachers by the state government in 2009 -- are being verified by the education department to trace applicants, who used dummies to clear the exam.

The fingerprint examination of 5,700 more teachers would be conducted in the second phase.

Around 8,700 teachers were recruited in 2009-10 after they cleared the HTET.

In December 2010, a failed candidate, Kavita Kumari, and seven others had moved the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking directives to verify the thumb impressions of selected teachers after the HTET in 2009.

The petitioners had also submitted a list of 54 doubtful candidates. After taking a security deposit of Rs 1 lakh from the petitioners, the HC ordered verification of 54 candidates. Surprisingly, out of the 54 candidates, only 8 candidates were found to be genuine, following which the HC ordered verification of all the selected 8,700 candidates.

The bureau took around six months to complete the process of finger print matching of these 3,000 teachers.
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Order to unblock files on traffic violations – 86 expats arrested in raids

KUWAIT: Assistant Undersecretary for General Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, Major General Abdulfattah Al-Ali gave orders to unblock the traffic violation files on the department’s system in order to allow drivers to pay fines smoothly, a local daily reported yesterday.

People required to pay heavy fines are often unable to make payments online due to a system block, which can be lifted only after a trip to the relevant traffic department. As per recent stipulations, all blocks have been removed for a month, starting from 12 pm on Tuesday. “Maj Gen Al-Ali explained during a meeting (on Tuesday) that the decision is aimed at people who have been fined for violations committed over the past years, until the end of 2012,” Al-Watan reported yesterday.

It further indicated that if a payment is not made before the one-month deadline, all of the driver’s traffic-related transactions will be blocked by the system. At the instructions of Assistant Undersecretary Lt General Mahmoud Al-Dawsari, security men at Mubarak Al-Kabeer carried out a security campaign in different areas of the governorate under the supervision of Brig Mohammad Khalifa and Lt Colonel Nayef Al-Hajraf.

The campaign resulted in the arrest of 86 persons of whom four were arrested for trading in drugs and using them, two were wanted in civil cases, seven persons were unauthorized vendors, while 13 were found in violation of the labor law as they were “working for parties other than the sponsor.” A total of 10 vehicles were detained and sent to the detention garage. Security authorities said that the campaign will continue to end all violations.

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Helpline established by Embassy of India


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PRESS RELEASE

Helpline established by Embassy of India

          The Embassy has been in regular contact with local authorities regarding the ongoing checking of expatriates. The Embassy has also conveyed to them the concerns, fears and apprehensions of the community in this regard. The authorities in Kuwait have conveyed that strict instructions have been issued to ensure that there is no harassment or improper treatment of expatriates by those undertaking checkings. They have also said that should there be any complaint, the same could be conveyed at the following:

                   Inspection Department

                   Ministry of Interior, Kuwait

                   Fax: 22435580               

                   Tel: 24768146/25200334

          The Embassy would like to request Indian expatriates to ensure that they abide by all local laws, rules and regulations regarding Residency, Traffic and other matters. It would be prudent to always carry Civil ID and other relevant documents such as Driving License, etc. In case, an Indian expatriate encounters any improper treatment during checking, it may be conveyed immediately with full details and contact particulars to the Embassy at the following:

          Phone No: 67623639

          E-Mail ID: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These contact details are exclusively for the above-mentioned purpose only.

 

Kuwait

12.06.2013

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India Tourism promotion event organized

India Tourism promotion event organized

Indian Embassy

          The Embassy of India, Kuwait, in association with India Tourism, Dubai, organized an “INCREDIBLE INDIA” evening on June 11, 2013 at Hotel Crowne Plaza to promote tourism to India. It was inaugurated by the Ambassador of India to Kuwait, HE Mr. Satish C. Mehta. Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways and Oman Air, which are operating flights to India from Kuwait took part in the event.  Several representatives of Indian tour and travel agencies, medical tourism, hotel groups from India and their representatives in the region – Travel Designer, Tamarind Tours, TVB Pharmacies, Indo-Asia Tours, Trial Blazer Tours, Vythiri Village, Punarnava Group, RP Group of Hotels & Resorts, Go Air, SOTC, Cox & King, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Company, and Indian Heritage, a local handicrafts company, also participated in the event. The event was attended by more than 90 representatives from tour and travel operators and media fraternity of Kuwait. There was a B2B session before the main event. It was followed by an Address of the Ambassador and presentations by Mr. Sudhir Kumar, Assistant Director, India Tourism Dubai and other participants. 

Indian Embassy            In his Address, the Ambassador spoke of the close India-Kuwait bilateral relations and the deep bond of friendship and understanding which has been nurtured and nourished by the peoples of the two countries. He underscored that earlier the travel by people of the two countries was driven by necessity such as trade, work, education and medical treatment but now we would like to add tourism as a new dimension to this relationship. He highlighted the various facets of India tourism – diversity of landscapes, the majestic Himalayas, backwaters of Kerala, breathtaking beaches in Goa, Kerala, and Orissa, hill stations, palace tourism, luxury trains, incredible wild life, bird sanctuaries, Indian heritage sites, adventure tourism, including river rafting, trekking and mountaineering, medical tourism, etc. He also spoke about the shopping experience in India as it has a wide variety of alluring products, including gems and jewellery, silks, shawls, carpets, handicrafts, carvings, wood-works, leather goods, etc.

 

A presentation on India Tourism was made by Mr. Sudhir Kumar of India Tourism. His deliberations included developments in India’s tourism Industry, its growth ever since the concept of ‘Incredible India’ was conceived.  He said that tourism sector was among the faster growing sectors of the economy and in 2012 over 6.65 million foreign tourists visited India.

Indian EmbassyMr. Kumar deliberated in detail on a variety of fascinating tourism products of India, which, inter alia, included flora and fauna, wild life, historical monuments, heritage sites, hotels, including heritage hotels, palatial hotels, beaches, luxury trains, backwaters, adventure tourism, including river rafting, mountaineering, heli-skiing, medical tourism, wellness centre, etc. He also highlighted that India has something to offer for people of all ages and has something for liking of one and all. India is so vast; it is difficult to explore it all in one lifetime. He also exhorted the guests from Kuwait’s tourism industry who attended the event to market India as much they can.  

Brief presentations were also made by other participants. Mr. Ajay Sinha, Manager Air India, spoke about their activities, particularly the introduction of dreamliner by Air India. Mr. Mohd. Ashraf of Vythiri Village in his presentation mentioned about the facilities they offer in Kerala. Dr. Ajumal of Punarnava, an Ayurvedic treatment centre and resort, mentioned about their four centres in Cochin and the wide range of medical facilities offered by them. Mr. Shone Abdul Hakeem of RP Group gave presentation about five star hotel facilities and resorts offered by his group.   

This was followed by a question-answer session.

            A variety of Indian handicrafts were put on display by Indian Heritage, Kuwait.  Of the participating Airlines – Air India, Jet Airways, Air Arabia, Gulf Air, Etihad Airways, Oman Airways took part in the raffle draw by offering one air ticket each for Kuwait-India-Kuwait sector, which were handed over by the Ambassador and Airline representatives to the winners from amongst the guests representing tourism industry and media.

Indian Embassy

Indian Embassy

Indian Embassy

 

‘I will prove my innocence’ - Sreesanth

‘I will prove my innocence’ - Sreesanth
Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were released on bail but the third accused Ajit Chandila, did not apply for bail.

Having secured bail after spending 27 days in jail, Sreesanth on Monday claimed he would prove his innocence. The India speedster, who was sent to prison following his arrest over allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League, was released on bail from Tihar jail on Tuesday.

“I have always played cricket according to the highest standard of the game. I always gave my heart and soul to the game,” he said. “I don’t want to forget what happened but it taught me a lot of things,” said Sreesanth,

Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were released on bail but the third accused Ajit Chandila, did not apply for bail.

Thanking his fans and the media for supporting him, Sreesanth said, “I assure you I will prove my innocence.”
 
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V.C. Shukla dies of injuries sustained in Maoist attack

V.C. Shukla dies of injuries sustained in Maoist attack
 

Senior Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla (84), who was seriously injured in a Maoist attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh two weeks ago, died at Medanta — The Medicity hospital here on Tuesday.

“He was operated upon for intestinal and liver injuries and remained critical… Unfortunately, despite all efforts by a team of specialists he succumbed to his injuries and illness and passed away today [on Tuesday] afternoon,” said a statement issued by the hospital authorities.

“Mr. Shukla developed multiple-organ failure. Severe bullet injuries and old age were the major risk factors in his case,” said Yatin Mehta, Chairman, Institute of Critical Care and Anaesthesiology.
 
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Minister’s Driver Deported For Carrying Passengers

203 Nabbed In Early Morning Hawalli Raid
 

KUWAIT CITY : Hawalli securitymen led by Hawalli Security Director Brigadier Ha-beeb Ghaloum launched a number of security campaigns in Hawalli and Salmiya areas during which they arrested 203 Asian expatriates.

According to security sources, securitymen started by launching the campaigns early morning in residential buildings in Hawalli area where they arrested 35 Asian men and women for prostitution and immoral activities, 47 domestic workers, 20 individuals wanted by law and eight individuals with cases registered against them. They also discovered 15 apartments that were being used for brewing liquor.

In addition, securitymen carried out security campaigns in a number of buildings in Salmiya area during which they arrested 78 men and women out of which 18 were arrested for prostitution and immoral activities, eight for violating residency law, 46 domestic workers and 6 individuals wanted by law.

Sources confirmed that such security campaigns will continue in all areas within the governorate to arrest violators of law and take legal action against them.

Driver deported: Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, Major-General Abdul Fattah Ali has issued a directive to impound the vehicle belonging to one of the ministries and deport the driver working for an unidentified minister’s office for committing a serious offence, reports Al-Rai daily.
He was allegedly arrested in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh for carrying passengers for money. The suspect reportedly left behind his vehicle and attempted to escape on foot but was chased and arrested.

Law-breakers aplenty: During a security crackdown at an unidentified location, the police have arrested 21 people wanted by law in civil cases, 80 residence law violators, issued 100 traffic citations and also arrested a Kuwaiti man who had been sentenced in absentia to 28 years in prison and one man for possessing booze and drugs, reports Al-Anba daily. 
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Gaitonde paintings sell for Rs 10 crore, no takers for Hussain

LONDON: It was a great day for Vasudeo SGaitonde but a surprising one for M F Hussain.


Two freshly discovered untitled paintings by renowned abstract painter Gaitonde fetched nearly £1.2 million (about Rs 10 crore) and were the toast of Christie's South Asian Modern andContemporary art sale on Tuesday. 

The pivotal work of the day was also the largest canvas by Gaitonde to be offered at auction and dates from the mid-1960s — recognised as the prime period of the artist who died in 2001. The masterpiece sold for £625,875 (Rs 5.5 crore). Bought by a UK-based private collector, the black-and-white creation has been requested for next year's retrospective of the artist at New York's Guggenheim Museum

Regarded as one of the finest Indian painters, Giatonde's 50 x 50 inch oil on canvas came to an auction for the first time after 50 years in a private New York collection. Before this the painting was owned by the celebrated international champion of Indian art, John D Rockefeller III. 

The second highest grosser at the auction was another Gaitonde creation that raked in £529875 (about Rs 4.3 crore). 

The shocker of the day was that a never-seen-before painting by Hussain that experts felt would break all earlier records and sell for about $1.6 million could not find a buyer. 'Ganga Jamuna', from the Mahabharata series called 'Battle for Ganga Jamuna', belonged to the Bhownagary family collection and was gifted to them by Husain. 

Nineteen paintings by Hussain had been put up for auction to celebrate his 100th birth celebrations. Only nine were sold, together fetching £8,69,125 (Rs 7.3 crore). 

Christie's told TOI that 74 works of Indian art sold on Tuesday, together raking in over £4.7 million. 

Syed Haider Raza's creations too were a big hit. Two of his works jointly sold for £5,79,750 (about Rs 5 crore). 

Another jewel in the sale was Francis Newton Souza's 'Rome' (1960) acquired from Gallery One, the dealership that first represented the artist in London in the early 1950s, and thus much sought after by serious collectors. Three of his works jointly sold for £4,25,625 (about Rs 4 crore).
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Fingerprint system to curb unlicensed pilgrimage

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs is coordinating with authorities in Saudi Arabia to adopt a new mechanism to deal with unlicensed Hajj campaigns by maintaining a database of fingerprints of pilgrims, a local newspaper reported yesterday quoting a ministry insider.

Speaking to Al-Qabas on the condition of anonymity, the source indicated that the Saudi authorities planned to send officers all around the holy sites with devices to scan fingerprints “and determine whether a pilgrim entered Saudi Arabia with a licensed Hajj convoy from the country of residence.”

In recent years, Kuwait had launched efforts to check unlicensed Hajj and Omra campaigns which are often sought by pilgrims looking for cheaper alternatives compared to official agencies. Unlike licensed campaigns in which the promoter guarantees full services to pilgrims, utilizing the services of unlicensed campaigns often comes with risks that could include failure to find proper accommodation and transport. Meanwhile, the General Department for Citizenship and Passports announced allocating night shifts to address an influx of transactions forwarded ahead of the travel season, a local newspaper reported yesterday.

“Night shift employees are going to work on transactions submitted by Kuwaitis during the morning shift in order to complete them before the travel season,” said Brigadier General Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, the General Director of the department. He further told Al- Rai newspaper that the step was necessary to “overcome staff shortage by increasing the work hours of existing labor forces in order to finalize work as soon as possible.” — Al-Qabas & Al-Rai

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From July, just SMS to book train tickets

MUMBAI: Train passengers will be able to use their mobile phones to book tickets through a simple text-messaging-based facility or a menu-based dialling service from July 1. The two non-internet systems developed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) can be used with even simple feature phones. 

"The bookings can be made from anywhere and at any time in a secure manner," a senior IRCTC official said. "There is no need to log onto the internet or stand in a queue. Any mobile user can operate this system using handsets ranging from feature phones to smartphones." 

In the menu-based dialling service, a system called unstructured supplementary data (USSD) is used where you have to dial the numbers on the menu offered. Payment is made through mobile wallet. There is no need for an internet connection and customers will not have to pay any data charges. 

The IRCTC said that it has provided a simple user-guided menu to book tickets, search stations and check the availability of berths. 

"A dedicated telephone number will soon be provided to carry out the transactions," the official said. 

For the SMS-based ticket service, customers need to register with their banks to generate Mobile Money Identifier (MMID), a seven-digit random number. For the menu-based USSD system, there is no need to register with the bank and payment can be authorized through a mobile wallet. 

Six berths or seats can be booked in a single transaction through the new systems. 

THE TWO OPTIONS 

1. SMS-based booking 

* Registered IRCTC users can use this service. You also need to register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as your bank, which provides Mobile Money Identifier (MMID) and one-time password (OTP) 

* Send SMS to designated number in following format: BOOK 

* You receive a transaction ID 

* Make payment with an SMS to designated number in the following format 

PAY 

2) USSD (menu-based dialling) 

* Dial designated number, select 'book tickets' option, select 'reservation' (user is prompted to enter his IRCTC user ID once only), enter details (station, train no., date, etc) 

* Enter mPIN for authorizing payment through mobile wallet 

* Booking confirmation SMS is sent by IRCTC 

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Nod to set up telecom commission

KUWAIT: The National Assembly yesterday passed three important legislations less than a week before the crucial ruling of the constitutional court on petitions challenging the amendment of the electoral law that could prematurely end the life of the house. MPs unanimously passed in the first reading a law to establish a Kuwait telecom commission which will supervise the telecommunications sector in the country. MPs said Kuwait is the last country in the Gulf which does not have a telecom commission. The new authority will have powers to organize the mobile and landline phone sector in addition to the Internet. The law has been under deliberations between the government and the previous assemblies for around a decade.

The Assembly also overwhelmingly passed new amendments to the Kuwait Airways privatization law requiring the government to contribute to the financing of the purchase of new aircraft and to pay its accumulated debt between 2004 and 2012, estimated at over KD 440 million. The new amendments also introduced a new article to the law to allow the government to hold a golden share in the new company which would give the government the power to veto decisions on strategic issues. The government said the golden share will make the company less attractive to strategic investors. According to the law, 35 percent of the new airline company will be sold to a local or foreign investor, 50 percent to citizens, 10 percent to the government while five percent will go to current and retired Kuwaiti employees.

KAC has already been transformed from a corporation into a company working on commercial basis. Under the law, KAC will operate as a company until it starts posting profits, and then the 35-percent stake will be offered for sale. A number of MPs questioned why the government should invest so much money into the airline when it plans to sell it to the private sector. Last month, KAC announced it had reached an initial agreement to buy 25 Airbus aircraft with delivery beginning in 2019 and lease 22 others with the first planes expected next month.

MPs also passed amendments to the housing welfare law to provide unmarried Kuwaiti women or those married to foreigners equal rights with Kuwaiti men regarding housing care. Under the law, Kuwaiti women are entitled to an interest-free loan of KD 70,000 and a monthly housing allowance of KD 150 until they are provided with the loan or a government house. The government did not vote with the law which was passed in the first and second rounds, but to become effective, the government’s acceptance is crucial.

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Kuwait To Issue New Banknotes

KUWAIT CTY, June 10, (KUNA): The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) announced Monday that it will release new currency notes with “modern and enhanced security features” to cope with latest counterfeiting challenges in the printing industry.

“The CBK has decided to release new issue of Kuwaiti bank notes of all denominations to cope with the developments to improve hallmarks, security features and paper quality,” CBK Governor Mohammad Al-Hashel said in exclusive statements to KUNA Monday.

“The Cabinet, upon a recommendation of the CBK, endorsed today the new issuance and the features and design of the different notes,” marking “the sixth issuance of the Kuwaiti currency notes since 1961.” The unit of currency in Kuwait is the Kuwaiti dinar, divided into one thousand fils, while notes are issued according to the denominations of the quarter dinar, half dinar, one dinar, five dinars, 10 dinars and 20 dinars.

Al-Hashel pointed out that the CBK has started preparations for the printing and circulation of the new notes, expecting that they will be on the market within a year with the current ones continuing to be circulated as they are gradually withdrawn from the market.

The CBK Governor expressed confidence that the new banknotes will be to the liking of bankers and the public.

There have been five issues of Kuwaiti currency notes since the introduction of a state legal tender on the matter in 1961. The fifth and current issue was released in 1994.

“The Cabinet has thoroughly revised the security and other different features of the new banknotes and have endorsed them,” Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said after the Cabinet meeting, adding that the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) was instructed to take the required measures to start their issuance.

The move was taken in order to cope with the latest challenges being faced in the currency printing industry, he added.

Seperately, Sheikh Mohammad noted that the Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah briefed ministers on the efforts exerted to implement the recommendations of the National Youth Project.

The project is aimed at providing care for Kuwaiti youth and maximizing their role in the society, in addition to it being part of the state’s development goals.

Sheikh Salman thanked different Kuwaiti bodies for their cooperation in materializing some of the project goals. This was met by the Cabinet lauding the achievements of the project and calling for more efforts to materialize all the project’s goals.

In this regard, he pointed out that the Ministry of Education is organizing intensive training courses to improve student skills and is building playgrounds at schools to help students practice their hobbies, he said.

At the economic level, Sheikh Salman noted that the non-profit companies’ law was passed, as well as the launch of a national fund for supporting small and medium enterprises and a new department for issuing licenses for small enterprises.

Earlier, the ministers reviewed the letters addressed to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah from the Governor-General of New Zealand Sir Jerry Mateparae and Comoro Islands President Ikililou Dhoinine.

The letters focused on bilateral relations and means to bolster mutual cooperation, with New Zealand inviting HH the Amir to visit the country.

They were also apprised off a letter sent to HH the Amir from the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Graziano da Silva.

In his letter, Da Silva lauded Kuwait’s success in achieving the goals of the World Summit of Food Security and invited HH the Amir to attend the 38th of FAO Conference which will include honoring for the states which played a role in countering hunger and help achieve world food security.

Then, the ministers mulled the main issues on the agenda of the upcoming sessions of the National Assembly.

They also touched upon the latest political developments in the Arab region and the world.                                                                                                                                                         -AT

India among world’s most violent places: Study

MUMBAI: The recent Maoist violence in Bastar, which left 28 people dead, is no aberration. TheGlobal Peace Index (GPI) 2013, which was released on Tuesday, has ranked India among the 25 least peaceful nations to live in. The country was placed 141 among 162 nations, having lost more than two lives a day — or a staggering 799 persons — to internal conflicts in 2012.

Giving India company at the bottom of the heap are countries like Pakistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Afghanistan, which are traditionally perceived to be more violence-ridden. Iceland emerged as 2012's most peaceful country in the index and the Central African Republic the least. Ironically, India has improved on its 2011 rank by three notches.

India's poor ranking in 2012 was attributed to the high number of internal and external conflicts, ease of access to small and medium weapons and the political terror scale, as in the case of conflict-ridden Kashmir, said the report's author Steve Killelea, of theInstitute for Economics and Peace, a global think tank which works on the relationship between economics, business and peace.

Killelea observed more populous countries were less peaceful and it was possible that conflicts in large countries like India were more difficult to manage.

On the positive side, India has reduced its number of deaths from internal conflicts as well as improved the perception of criminality among its citizens, which explains the bettering of its overall rank. "For the first time since 1994, the total number of fatalities linked to conflict within India dropped below four figures, with a notable decline in deaths related to Islamist terrorism, insurgency in J&K and fatalities associated with Maoist insurgency across the Red Belt," stated the report. However, it also refers to border skirmishes between India and its neighbours requiring a large military force and increased defence expenditure, which drags India's overall score down.

The world itself has grown less peaceful, with a 5% decline in scores over the last six years. It was found that more countries deteriorated in peace (110) in 2012 as compared to those which grew more peaceful (48) since 2008. "The findings of this year's index support the prevailing trend of the last six years, namely: a continuing shift away from nations taking up arms against one another and towards more organised internal conflicts. A key factor associated with this is that the peace gap between countries under authoritarian regimes and the rest of the world is becoming larger," said Killelea. This is illustrated by the civil war in Syria — which saw the greatest drop in its peacefulness among the nations analyzed — as well as the climate of political instability in the Middle East.
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Myanmar Airlines cut fares to bring citizens home from Malaysia

Myanmar Airlines cut fares to bring citizens home from Malaysia

Clashes between overseas Myanmar Buddhist and Rohingya communities resulted in up to six deaths last week and hundreds of arrests, according to sources in Malaysia.

Myanmar’s national airline will halve ticket prices for workers who want to return from Malaysia where they face growing violence, it said on Tuesday.

Myanmar Airlines International’s marketing manager Aye Mra Thar said the discount will run from June 12 to July 12, and be available only to citizens working in Malaysia.

Clashes between overseas Myanmar Buddhist and Rohingya communities resulted in up to six deaths last week and hundreds of arrests, according to sources in Malaysia.

The sectarian fighting has spread from Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where violence between Buddhist and Rohingya-Muslim communities claimed up to 200 lives last year and displaced some 125,000 people.

There are an estimated 5,00,000 Myanmar labourers in Malaysia, of whom some 30,000 are Rohingya. Myanmar charities are also gearing up to help the workers in Malaysia.

The Aywyawady Foundation plans to provide free air tickets for 1,000 workers to return home, chairman Zaw Zaw said.

Aung Ko Win, chairman of Kanbawza Bank, said he also would donate money to cover the funeral services of the slain Myanmar labourers in Malaysia.

 
 
-The Hindu
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Fire at Kuwait University

Fire at Kuwait University

KUWAIT: Few days after a huge fire ravaged the new university buildings under construction at Al-Shidadia, another fire broke yesterday at Al-Shidadia site. Fire centers responded to the call and tried to put out the fire. Five ambulances and 10 technicians were sent to the site. One fire fighting vehicle turned upside down causing injuries to two firemen.
 
 
-Kuwait Times
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Some guidelines for safe stay in kuwait

Some guidelines for safe stay  in  kuwait

These are extraordinary times in Kuwait.

Still it is not time to panic. Generally officials are targeting work, residency and general law and order violators as well as those engaged in illegal activities. Doctors and MoH staff are generally not targeted intentionally. However there are rare instances of Doctors arrested for not having the right identification.
 
The following Advisory has been submitted by concerned fellow IDAK members. We cannot verify all points however better to take heed and stay on the cautious side.

Carry civil ID at all times even if visiting your neighbor house or to the car or attached shopping store below the building
Ensure Civil id address and place of residence match.
Don't be over zealous to provide information.If authorities ask for your civil ID give your civil ID only. Not your spouses and children and driving licenses and passports. High probability of confiscating under the pretext that you don't need more than one license in a family
On house to house checking the authorities will be accompanied by the Harris. Do not resist or avoid opening doors.They are warranted to check officially and they will break it down.
Stay calm and respond to question. Do not try to provoke them in any way.

Documentation when Traveling with family carry proper documentation of the entire Family including small children

Valid Car Registration (check expiry date on your vehicle regn.)

Civil ID
License
 
Affidavit of marriage or certificate copy

Illegal Taxiing


Avoid transporting friends or family whose civil id don't match your residential address.That is perceived as taxing.
Avoid car pooling that is perceived as taxing
Friends traveling to the airport - take a taxi instead of a asking a friend to drop you - Bon voyage !
Avoid monthly shopping strategies. Large bulk shopping is pointed out as purchases for resale.
Shop at malls as Asian shopping centers are prime spots for checks
 
Traffic Violations


Don't violate traffic rules.
Red Light = Stop
Yellow Light you can go carefully
Green - go - start 5 off  slowly maxing to  40-60 km only within that area
  At red even if a cop is controlling and asks you to go and that its ok as he is controlling - watch out- and God help you !
Don't jump lanes without signalling
No mobile while driving and walking on the street.
Avoid driving under influence of alcohol/ other substances

Licenses


House wives with licenses beware - they are confiscating and cutting it up
Housewives who secured licensees before they were employed - beware -likely to cut yours too
Husband dropping wives or vice versa working for two different sponsors carry copy of marriage certificate as proof of relationship

Tutiions, Baby sitting


People travelling to Jleeb take care where you park and party
House wives holding parties beware
House wives holding classes beware
Students going to unauthorized tuition beware
Unlicensed baby sitting and day care beware
Children carry civil id when going for partying at friends place and when not in school uniform

Telephone, Cell phone and VOIP calls


Those with pending dues with MEW telephones, internet and cell phones-pay-up and keep your services - They may be planning on raising the charges and fines
VOIP calls are illegal.avoid them for the time being. skype,internet callling, mobile dialers on the phones are being inspected if they got nothing else on you.
Avoid instruments from dialing points and corners - they are illegal
They are checking if you are using mobile dialer on the internet during routine checks supposedly.
They are also supposedly using IP addresses to identify phones using calling dialer (I have my doubts - not that technology doesn't exist- but are they really up it with due diligence.)

Parties and Late Nights


Avoid late parties
Avoid alcohol and drugs in your house
Avoid large noise
Avoid all unnecessary travel

Copy Cat Criminals
 
Copy cat actions by criminal groups posing as cops can be be expected. Many instances were reported in the last time a massive police operation of this nature was carried out. These criminal gangs can be identified because they mostly try to steal your wallet and cellphone as well as cash and jewelry if they enter your house or ask for your ID. They may come to your house on the pretext of checking for illegal VOIP and other such pretexts.
 
On the Positive side -


Traffic has reduced on the roads (but could also be related to the general vacation season)
They have also detained many Bidhun and Kuwaiti youth for rash driving and driving without licenses.
Rents may come down if they decide to increase the minimum salary levels needed for bringing families. In 1990 when average MOH salaries were in the KD 700 - 800 range, the salary ceiling for bringing family was KD 450. This was dropped to KD 250 even as average incomes went up. In 2011 Salary ceiling of KD 500 for dependent visa was proposed but was strongly opposed by the Real Estate and the Trade Union lobby (KTUF). If reintroduced it may lead to a drop in rents and general retail slump.

Those with contacts with the Indian Govt.
Its time to put pressure on the Indian Govt. to enter into strict negotiations with the Middle Eastern Governments for the protection of the weaker sections of our society and out-rightly ban entry of Indian Nationals on Kadhim (servant) or other such dubious visas. Entry is always legal but many foreign nationals are rendered illegal due to archaic laws designed for exploitation by unscrupulous individuals. Its high time the Indian Govt. took note. A fellow citizen treated with disrespect in a foreign country is a blight on the honor of the country itself.
 
Advice to those coming to Kuwait to Visit or Work
Those having friends and relatives visiting Kuwait are advised to put off these visits until the situation stabilizes. Kindly also advice your Dentist friends looking for jobs here to currently put their applications on hold until the situation stabilizes. This is also a good time to advice your friends that the Middle East is not really as rosy as it seems as there are strong undercurrents of exploitation and racism. This is also a good time to ask friends to negotiate Contracts rather than accept initial terms and conditions (possible under special contracts).

 
 
-IDAK
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