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Debt relief may extend to foreigners

Debt relief may extend to foreigners
 
KUWAIT: In the wake of the recent statement by MP Abdulhameed Al-Dashti saying that Parliament is endeavoring to waive the loans interest for foreigners, the head of Parliamentary Finance Committee MP Yusuf Al-Zalzalah confirmed the National Assembly will endeavor to write off the loans interest for non-Kuwaitis because “the injustice is the same’’, reports Al-Rai daily.

Meanwhile, MP Khaleel Al-Saleh has said the issue of waiving loans interest for foreigners is new, thus it should be studied, adding “proper solutions should be presented because the foreigners live amongst us and injustices against them affect all of us.”

MP Al-Saleh called for justice based on humanitarian principles, affirming total support to any solution that prevents injustices against foreigners.

Al-Zalzalah explained the KD 300 million which is the total interest on the loans will be borne by commercial and traditional banks. He stressed, the law would also be applied to Islamic banks which had given loans prior to 2008, if then they were traditional.

Disclosing additional details in the draft law Al-Zalzalah said “The government will bear the cost of principal or net loan while the banks will write off the interests that they were supposed to obtain from those loans — estimated to be KD 300 million.

He added the Islamic banks do not deal with interest and returns will not be written off. He noted the law includes addressing the conditions of the debtors with the finance companies and banks alike, pointing out there are 66,550 debtors whose loans amount to KD 720 million and the right to lawsuit continues for anyone who wishes “and this should be borne by the banks as a result of their mistakes by depriving them (banks) the KD 300 million that they were supposed to reap in the form of interests,” he stressed.
 
- Arabtimes

20 wounded in hospital fight

20 wounded in hospital fight
 
KUWAIT: At least 20 people, including many security men, were wounded when a ‘free-for-all’ fight broke out in Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital yesterday, sources said. Several furniture and equipment in the hospital also were damaged during the fight that started when a citizen, who came to the hospital with injuries resulting from a traffic accident, saw his ex-wife there.
 
According to the sources he began to beat up the woman. Seeing the woman being beaten, some young men tried to stop the man, but soon the things got worse with more friends from both sides.
 
- Kuwait Times

MOH council approves clinical shifts segregation

MOH council approves clinical shifts segregation
 
KUWAIT: Senior Ministry of Health officials approved during a meeting last week a proposal that will accord priority to Kuwaitis in medical checkups during morning shift while making it mandatory for foreigners to visit these facilities only in the afternoon for medical tests, a local newspaper reported yesterday quoting ministry insiders.
 
Speaking to Al-Anba on the condition of anonymity, the sources explained that the Council of Medical Zones’ approval was based on the fact that a majority of consultants and specialists usually work in public clinics during morning shifts, including Kuwaitis who usually work in private clinics during night shifts. “The decision was made in order to provide better service to Kuwaiti patients,” they indicated.
 
The news was in line with statements of Health Minister Dr. Mohammad Al-Haifi who said last week that the nationality-based segregation system could eventually be adopted at public medical facilities, but only if it was proven that it will benefit citizens. Meanwhile, the sources assured that the quality of medical services that expatriates will receive in the afternoon shift will not be negatively affected. “The afternoon services are going to remain the same as provided to Kuwaitis which means that no deficiency is expected,” they said.
 
As per the approved proposal, Kuwaiti patients can still freely choose to avail tests during morning or afternoon shifts. The decision was not applicable to emergency sections. The same newspaper reported last week that the proposal was going to be studied “as per accurate statistics about the number of patients at public hospitals in morning and afternoon hours in order to determine the feasibility of the proposed system.” After it is approved, the decision will be referred to MOH Undersecretary Khalid Al-Sehlawi before it goes to the Minister of Health for adoption.
 
After that, it will be put up before the cabinet for approval, making it effective. Currently, there is no timetable as to when these procedures will be finalized. Reports last month had suggested that the ministry was studying a proposal to designate morning hours in governmental hospitals and clinics for Kuwaiti patients and the afternoon period for non- Kuwaitis. It came as part of the government’s attempts to improve the quality of services at its overcrowded medical facilities since the infrastructure development has remained inadequate vis-a-vis the country’s demographic growth.
 
The news had since sparked negative reactions about the ‘discriminatory’ nature of the proposal, leading ministry officials to come out later and explain that the issue was merely a suggestion for outpatient clinics and that the ministry did not necessarily plan to implement it.
 
- Kuwait Times

Major foodstuff warehouse closed down in Mangaf

Major foodstuff warehouse closed down in Mangaf
 
KUWAIT: Ahmadi municipality inspectors recently launched a campaign to inspect the foodstuff warehouses in investment buildings in Mangaf which resulted in a major warehouse being shut down as it was found running without a license from the municipality.
 
In this regard, the head of the inspectors’ team, Mesh’al Abalsafi, said that the warehouse was located in the basements of three adjacent buildings with their interfacing walls demolished and the common area thus created being used to store large shipments of foodstuff. He added that the warehouse did not conform to the cleanliness conditions, as cats were found foraging around.
 
Meanwhile, Kuwait Municipality public relations department urged all consumers to check the production and expiry dates while purchasing any foodstuff items and to call the municipality’s hotline to report any violations or to lodge complaints 
 
- Kuwait Times

Kuwait hosts record festival for children

Kuwait hosts record festival for children
KUWAIT: For the first time in the region, Kuwait is hosting the Guinness World Records One Minute Festival for children at the Marina Mall. The festival, from March 14-16, is being organized by the Fiesta Company in cooperation with the Childhood and Maternity Regional Center of the Ministry of Education.

The event is attended by representatives of the Guinness World Records who are visiting the Middle East for the first time. The representatives include media spokesperson of Guinness Athena Simpson, PR Manager Adam Wide besides Jilin Bolder and Ben Bacchus from the Administration Department. They will be acting as judges for the participating children in this unique competition.

The children can be in the age band of 5 -15 years. The festival was launched yesterday at 1:00 pm by Abdullateef Al-Bieijan, Secretary General of the UNESCO which was attended by a large number of children from Arabic and Western schools in Kuwait. The competing children will be trained for 15 minutes in respect of different games to develop their creativity and intelligence and help them improve their skills. These games inculcate patience in the face of challenges. The judging committee will then review these games that will be held on a specially built stage for this purpose in front of a large number of attendees. The children who will succeed in finishing the game within a minute will be given a certificate by the Guinness World Records.

The General Manager of Fiesta Ashraf Makarim stated that this festival coincides with the tenth anniversary of the company’s establishment and was a gift to the people on this occasion. “We are keen to continue holding this festival on an annual basis to provide the children an opportunity to participate in the competitions in this festival. This will enable them to set Guinness World Records and document these,” he pointed out. “The festival will also feature a highlight in the form of having among the invitees the man with the largest feet in the world who is originally a Moroccan living in France. He is 2.5-m tall and is 31 years old. Also, we have invited the shortest person in the world who is a 19-year-old Indian woman weighing only 5 kg and is 40 cm tall,” Abeer Naser Al-Deen, PR head of the Festival, told Kuwait Times.
 
-Kuwait Times
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Sundar Pichai to take over as Google's Android chief from Andy Rubin

Sundar Pichai to take over as Google's Android chief from Andy Rubin
 
NEW DELHI: Google on Wednesday announced that Andy Rubin, who was heading the company's Android division, is stepping down. He will be replaced by SundarPichai, an IITian, who also heads Google's Chrome division.
 
"Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android-and with a really strong leadership team in place-Andy's decided it's time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google," Google CEO Larry Page said in a post on company's official blog.
 
Andy Rubin is stepping down at a time when the adoption of Android is growing at a rapid pace. However, despite the numerical superiority — almost 69% smartphones in the world currently run on Android - the challenges for Google remain. Microsoft is pushing Windows Phone hard and BlackBerry has been able to create some buzz with BB10. Apple, meanwhile, is expected to unveil a new version of iOS software, which powers iPhones and iPads, this summer.
 
"Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use-and he loves a big bet. Take Chrome, for example. In 2008, people asked whether the world really needed another browser. Today Chrome has hundreds of millions of happy users and is growing fast thanks to its speed, simplicity and security," Page Wrote. "So while Andy's a really hard act to follow, I know Sundar will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward."
 
Andy Rubin had joined Google when the search giant acquired his company called Android Inc in 2005. Since then he has been the guiding hand behind the OS and is considered a key person behind its success. In his blog post, Page said that Google has a global partnership with over 60 manufacturers for Android devices and more than 750 million devices powered by the operating system have been activated globally.
 
Though it is not clear why Rubin is stepping down, there is possibility that Google may want to integrate Chrome OS, which powers its laptops, and Android in future so that the company can use a single operating system for computers as well as mobile devices.
 
If it is indeed the case, it is similar to what Apple did last year. Apple, which competes with Google's Android with iOS, removed its start executive Scott Forstall, who was looking after the software that powers iPhone and iPad. In a press note the company said that move was aimed at achieving better integration between Apple products.
 
"Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X. Apple has the most advanced mobile and desktop operating systems, and this move brings together the OS teams to make it even easier to deliver the best technology and user experience innovations to both platforms," an Apple spokesperson said in the press note.
 
Pichai, who has a BTech degree from IIT Kharagpur, joined Google in 2004. Apart from Pichai, Google has several other Indians in prominent positions. Most important of them are Amit Singhal, who looks after Google's search operations, Vic Gundotra, who takes care of Google+, the company's social networking website, and Nikesh Arora, the company's chief business officer.
 
- Times of India

Supreme Court restrains Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India

Supreme Court restrains Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India
 
NEW DEHLI: The Supreme Court on Thursday restrained Italian ambassadadorDaniele Mancini from leaving India.
 
The Supreme Court also issued notice to the Italian ambassador for breach of undertaking by failing to bring back the two naval guards who are facing trial in India for killing two Kerala fishermen.
 
The apex court has asked the Italian ambassador to reply to the court by March 18.
 
The attorney general (AG) mentioned the breach of undertaking before the Chief Justice-headed bench. The AG said government has rejected the March 11 note verbale from Italy conveying its decision not to return the marines to India.
 
The AG said government is gravely concerned by the development, more so because it was a violation of the orders of the highest court of India.
 
The court also issued notice to the two naval guards through the ambassador.
 
Earlier, Daniele Mancini, has said that he will not leave India until he is made persona non grata, meaning an unwelcome person, over the Italian marines row. His statement came amidst reports that India was looking to expel the envoy from the country. "I will not leave this country till a competent authority makes me persona non grata.. I am more than glad to live in this country for years to come," he had said.
 
The two naval guards had been allowed to visit their country to participate in the elections there on an undertaking from the envoy.
 
The Supreme Court on Feb 22 allowed the two naval guards to fly to Italy to vote in the Feb 24-25 national elections. The apex court was given an undertaking by the ambassador that the marines will return in four weeks to face legal proceedings in India.
 
Italy claims the incident occurred in international waters and has been trying to get Latorre and Girone tried in Italian courts, while India contends the shooting occurred in its own territory. In a note on March 6. the Italian government had requested India to set up a meeting at diplomatic level in order to reach an amicable solution of the controversy. The request "is under examination" by India.
 
- Times of India

60 TN fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy

60 TN fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy
 
At least 60 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy personnel while fishing near Katchatheevu on Thursday, an official from fishermen association said.
 
The fishermen were taken to Neduntheevu police station in Sri Lanka and their 11 boats were also seized, Pamban Fishermen Association president U. Arulanandam said.
 
The fishermen from Thangachimadam, part of a group which had ventured into the sea, were fishing near Kachatheevu, an islet in the Palk Straits ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974, when Lankan naval personnel allegedly attacked some of them with steel rods and rope, he said.
 
About 20 fishermen were injured in the attack and were treated at the Rameswaram government hospital before being shifted to other hospitals, he said.
 
On Wednesday, 19 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country’s waters, north of Talaimannar.
 
- The Hindu

Kuwaiti girl dies in school

Kuwaiti girl dies in school
 
KUWAIT: A 10-year-old Kuwaiti girl died yesterday noon while at her school at Sabah Al Nasser area amid talk that she was hit by an Egyptian teacher with a book, sources said. While security sources said the Ministry of Interior has recorded the case as a natural death, there was an eyewitness who confirmed having seen the teacher hitting the girl.
 
However, sources close to the girl’s family indicated that her death inside the school was natural and the deceased child was buried the same afternoon after Asr prayers.
 
- Kuwait Times

Sheikh Nasser meets Sonia, Manmohan Singh

Sheikh Nasser meets Sonia, Manmohan Singh
 
NEW DELHI: Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah met with President of the ruling Indian National Congress Party Sonia Gandhi, yesterday and discussed issues of mutual concern
.
The minister also received with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who extended his greetings to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah and also expressed a wish to visit the State of Kuwait. The premier reviewed a plan to spend a sum of $1 trillion on infrastructure projects within the next five years, and he welcomed any Kuwaiti companies and investors interested in any related opportunities.
 
The Vice President of the ruling party, Rahul Ghandi, hosted a luncheon honoring the Kuwaiti delegation. Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad had earlier met with the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Government of India Montek Singh Ahluwalia and discussed current investment opportunities, particularly in the field of development projects.
 
The Kuwaiti delegation also visited Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Library at “Jamia Millia Islamia” university, and were given an introduction to the history and activities at the institution by president Najeeb Jung, vice president professor Mohammad Rashid, and Director of the university’s Arab Cultural Center Dr. Zikrur Rahman.
 
The officials also reviewed the utilization of the generous donation of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad for the establishment and stocking of the library, which now offers access to a number of valuable and historical works and publications. During the tour of the library, head of the Kuwaiti delegation inaugurated a photo exhibition shedding light on the history and nature of relations between the two friendly nations. Sheikh Nasser also addressed a host of academics, Arab ambassadors, and students, and stressed His Highness the Amir’s keenness on supporting the academic institution. Earlier in the day, the Kuwaiti delegation visited the “Indira Ghandi Memorial” in the Indian capital.
 
- KUNA

Visit to work permit transfer suspended

Visit to work permit transfer suspended
 
KUWAIT: The government indefinitely suspended transfer of commercial visas into work permits as per a decision announced on Tuesday, reports in yesterday’s editions of various local newspapers said. While it is not the first time that Kuwait implemented such a measure on a temporary basis, the most recent decision covers university degree holders with few exceptions, mostly regarding those experts who could be required in certain urgencies.
 
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL), Abdulmuhsin Al-Mutairi, said that the decision was aimed at ‘regulating the labor market’ as well as fighting human trafficking. “We expect the suspension to help curb the influx of marginal labor forces which was a primary reason behind cases of residency trafficking for which international organizations often criticize Kuwait, and which is also responsible for the demographic imbalance in the country,” he said. Latest official figures stated that Kuwait’s population stood at 3.8 million, of which 1.2 million were Kuwaitis, the rest being expatriate workers.
 
Of the expatriates, the government claimed that more than half were either domestic helpers or low-wage workers. Official statistics released in October last year had estimated the number of expatriate labor forces in the private sector at 1.108 million. Without stating how long will the suspension last, Al-Mutairi reiterated “the government’s full commitment towards guaranteeing the rights of expatriate labor forces.” The MSAL had launched a crackdown on human trafficking operations for the past several weeks which resulted in the arrest of ministry officials accused of involvement in illegal operations wherein they used their access to the labor system database to create false job openings for certain companies in exchange of money.
 
This operation allowed issuance of work permits that were then being sold to expatriate labor forces wanting to come to Kuwait. Investigations had revealed that most companies found involved in this were either fake or had licenses that were already suspended. Each private company operating in Kuwait has a file in the MSAL’s database which estimates the number of labor forces required, including the number of Kuwaitis that each company is required to hire as per a ‘national labor support’ law.
 
- Kuwait Times

Android boss Andy Rubin steps down

Android's first (and only) boss at Google is stepping down.

But Andy Rubin, Android's co-founder and Google's head of mobile and digital content, isn't going too far. He'll be staying on at Google (GOOG, Fortune 500), the search giant announced Wednesday. He will take on a new, unspecified role at the company.
eplacing Rubin will be Sundar Pichai, who currently serves as Google's head of Chrome and Apps.
"Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android -- and with a really strong leadership team in place -- Andy's decided it's time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google," said CEO Larry Page in a blog post.
Rubin came to Google as part of its acquisition of Android in 2003, and he has overseen the development of the platform ever since. After growing Android into the most widely used mobile OS in the world, Rubin has become one of Google's most recognized executives.
Related story: With the Galaxy S IV, Samsung proves it's not all about the iPhone
While Rubin's future place in the company is currently murky, Pichai's new promotion does offer a little hint of what could come for Android. Pichai has found great success working on the Chrome browser, Google Drive, and Google's wildly popular apps for the iPhone and iPad (including Gmail and Maps).
Perhaps most importantly for his new role, Pichai has also helped Google launch its first PC operating system, Chrome OS.
It has been casually predicted by everyone from Google's head of engineering, to co-founder Sergey Brin to Pichai himself that Chrome OS and Android would eventually converge. As Google has increased its push into the tablet space, and consumers have increased their demand for "phablet" hybrid devices, tech enthusiasts have begun clamoring for that convergence to happen.
With Pichai stepping up, it's possible Google may be thinking more seriously about that possibility. Google declined to comment. 

KIRAN - RE-LAUNCH OF ONLINE REMITTANCE SERVICE

KIRAN - RE-LAUNCH OF ONLINE REMITTANCE SERVICE
 
Kuwait India International Exchange Company is glad to announce the re-launch of KIRAN Services – your friendly online remittance services.

We are acutely conscious of the inconveniences to you during the last few months when the services have been taken off for enhancing the security features. The login process now have been strengthened with requirements of answering a question from question-answer combinations you have set and also identifying a picture and phrase set by you during registration process. This is only to further safeguard your interests.

Secondly, the KNET card numbers (along with the names as appearing on the cards) from which you will be making payment under KIRAN needs to be furnished during the registration process. As per the KYC/AML regulations stipulated by the authorities, the remittance will be processed only if the payment is made from the pre-registered Cards. Up to three KNET cards can be registered.  Kindly ensure that the KNET card used exactly matches with the details provided to us. Please note that Kuwait IndiaNEVER asks the PIN number of any card from you.

To complete the above process, we need to obtain the new registration form from you, as per the format attached. Please help us to help you by approaching any of our nearby branches for completion of the registration.

In case of any difficulty or assistance/clarifications required, please feel free to contact our Customer Service Cell – 66625914,  66040485 or 22422678.

We are confident that KIRAN will provide you a highly satisfying online remittance service. 

Happy online remittances!

Argentina's Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

Argentina's Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope on Wednesday and chose the papal name Francis, becoming first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

A stunned-looking Bergoglio shyly waved to the crowd of tens of thousands of people who gathered in St. Peter’s Square, marveling that the cardinals had had to look to “the end of the earth” to find a bishop of Rome.

Cardinal Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.

After announcing “Habemus Papum” “We have a pope!” a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name.

The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.

Tens of thousands of people who braved cold rain to watch the smokestack atop the Sistine Chapel jumped in joy when white smoke poured out a few minutes past 7 p.m., local time (11.30 p.m. IST) many shouting “Habemus Papum!” or “We have a pope!” as the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica and churches across Rome pealed.

Chants of “Long live the pope!” arose from the throngs of faithful, many with tears in their eyes. Crowds went wild as the Vatican and Italian military bands marched through the square and up the steps of the basilica, followed by Swiss Guards in silver helmets and full regalia.

They played the introduction to the Vatican and Italian anthems and the crowd, which numbered at least 50,000, joined in, waving flags from countries around the world.

“I can’t explain how happy I am right down,” said Ben Canete, a 32-year-old Filipino, jumping up and down in excitement.

Elected on the fifth ballot, Francis was chosen in one of the fastest conclaves in years, remarkable given there was no clear front-runner going into the vote and that the church had been in turmoil following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation.

A winner must receive 77 votes, or two-thirds of the 115, to be named pope.

14 lucky winners in 4th Al Mulla Exchange Remit Tronics promotion

14 lucky winners in 4th Al Mulla Exchange Remit Tronics promotion

Al Mulla International Exchange, the premier exchange company in Kuwait, announced last week 14 lucky winners in the 4th draw of their mega promotion titled ‘Remit Tronics’.

The three-month long promotion that began in February and will run until 6 May, 2013, picks 14 winners at the end of each week from all transactions done at any branch of Al Mulla Exchange during the previous seven days.

Last week’s big winner was Mohammed Wahab who won KD 400 for his transaction with Al Mulla International Exchange at Khaitan branch. Mamid  Madasilat, Lakshmanan Parimeleswara, Ali Asgar  Akbar Ali and Allen Joy Pino came next on the winners list with each of them winning a Samsung Tab 2.

Samsung Duo Mobiles were given out as prizes to Sivankutty  Mookayappillil, Akmal Mohammed Azat,

Mizan Rahman, Marlin Suryano and Hasiruth Hassan.

The last four lucky transactions were by Retchie T Quilay, Mohammed Khazumiah, Nirmala and Mohammed Badeea, who all took home Samsung 32" LCD televisions.

With more than 155 electronic items to be won and two more months to go, customers could send their remittances from any Al Mulla Exchange branch and win fabulous prizes each week, including cash prize of KD 400, Samsung Tabs, Samsung LCD televisions and Samsung mobile phones.

Now customers have yet another reason to remit their money through Al Mulla Exchange which offers, free insurance and loyalty points on every transaction, as well as SMS confirmation on delivery of remittances. Besides making money transfer a quick, safe and relaxed experience for customers, Kuwait’s premier exchange also offers the facility to send money from the comfort of one’s home or office through their online service at www.amxremit.com

Since its inception in 2001, Al Mulla Exchange has revolutionized the exchange industry in Kuwait by continuously offering innovative, customer-centric remittance solutions. Today, Al Mulla Exchange is the leading exchange of choice for customers looking for trust, reliability and speed in their money remittance operations.

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Seven killed as militants attack CRPF camp in Srinagar

Seven killed as militants attack CRPF camp in Srinagar
Two militants and five paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force personnel have died in a suicide attack on a forces camp close to Police Public School in Bemina area of Srinagar in Kashmir valley in the forenoon on Wednesday.

Official sources confirmed the death of two suicide militants and five CRPF men to The Hindu and said that at least six more persons were believed to have sustained injuries.

This kind of a daytime daredevil suicide attack has happened in Kashmir after a long spell of peace after January 2010, when three militants and five others had died in a 48-hour operation at the Srinagar's major business nerve centre of Lalchowk.
 
-The Hindu
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India, Kuwait hold talks on boosting economic ties

India, Kuwait hold talks on boosting economic ties
 
New Delhi: India and Kuwait Monday discussed opportunities for Kuwaiti investment in refineries in India and also matters relating to the welfare of the large Indian diaspora in Kuwait.
 
The talks were held between External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and visiting Kuwaiti Minister of Amiri Dewan Affairs' Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah here.
 
"During the discussions, opportunities for Kuwaiti investment in refineries in India and potential Indian project exports to Kuwait were discussed," official sources said.
 
"The two ministers also exchanged views on the situation in West Asia and matters relating to the welfare of the large Indian community resident in Kuwait," the sources added.
 
Sheikh Nasser, who is on a three-day visit to India, arrived Sunday. He is accompanied by officials of the Kuwaiti Investment Authority and Kuwait Petroleum as well as Kuwait Chambers of Commerce.
 
According to Kuwait News Agency, Sheikh Nasser was to forward a letter from Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to President Pranab Mukherjee.
 
The visit is on the invitation of the Indian government, conveyed through Khurshid, the agency said.
 
Sheikh Nasser is also to meet senior officials to discuss means to further cooperation and coordination between the two friendly nations.
 
The Kuwaiti delegation includes Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry's deputy chairman Khalid Al-Saqer, Kuwait Petroleum's managing director Farooq Al-Zanki, Amiri Diwan Undersecretary Mazin Al-Eisa, and Kuwait Investment Authority chief Mohammad Al-Hilal Al-Mutairi.

 

Minor fire at Chennai airport

Minor fire at Chennai airport
 
Flight operations were affected after a minor fire broke out in the air traffic control room at Chennai airport in the wee hours of Tuesday.
 
The flames were noticed by the staff at around 2.45 a.m., official sources said. Five tenders were pressed into service and the blaze was doused within 20 minutes.
 
There was no report of any casualty but computers and the ceiling in the ATC hall were damaged in the fire, sources said.
 
Operation of at lease six international flights was affected due to the incident, they said. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
 
- The Hindu

Fake medicines sold in market

Fake medicines sold in market

 

KUWAIT: Manager of Medicines Inspection Control at the Ministry of Health Dr Jaber Al-Khalidi has warned ‘patients’ against using the fake drug which is being sold in the market, reports Al-Kuwaitiah daily.


The drug is sold as an antibiotic to treat fungal and vaginal infections in women under the brand name ‘Diflucan 150 mg’ and carries the serial number 9238103, and expires in November 2014.


Another type of the same medication carries the serial number 0734102 expires and expires in February 2015.


Dr Al-Khalidi said he had received a letter from the agent of one of the world famous pharmaceutical US companies demanding to take all legal procedures to control and prevent the circulation of forged drugs which are being used as an effective antibiotic to treat fungal and vaginal infections in women.


He has warned of its danger to health of users saying the drug causes serious complications and harms the manufacturer of the original drug.

 

- Arabtimes

Surprise checks on cards to round up illegals, criminals

Surprise checks on cards to round up illegals, criminals
 
KUWAIT CITY, March 10: Assistant Undersecretary for General Security and field commander Lt. General Suleiman Al-Fahd has prepared an unprecedented security plan to arrest residence and labor law violators and those wanted by law, reports Al-Shahed daily.

Security sources pointed out security crackdowns led by Al-Fahd have resulted in the arrest of a large number of offenders and persons wanted by law.

The main aspect of the security plan is surprise inspection campaigns by closing all entry and exit points to prevent wanted persons from escaping.
The sources said the campaigns are carried out by the Ministry of Interior in coordination with all security sectors.

The sources added the campaigns will be carried out all over the country. The sources noted Al-Fahd, in coordination with the Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major-General Mustafa Al-Zaabi, is determined to combat the phenomena of recklessness and frivolity which is usually seen in certain areas.
 
- Arabtimes
 
 
 
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