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Gulfmart Fahaheel - Re launch on 18

Gulfmart Fahaheel - Re launch on 18
Dear Sir/Madam,

At the outset, we cordially invite you to the re-launch of our Fahaheel First branch, by H. E Satish C. Mehta, The Ambassador of India to Kuwait.
And, it is with great delight we forward the exciting promotion flyers, which is specially designed for you on this occasion.

The management and staff of Gulfmart take this opportunity to thank you for your unwavering support in the past and look forward to have your continued patronage.

Your presence is an honour for us…
 
GULFMART
 
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Embassy of India Participates in Hala February Festival

Embassy of India Participates in Hala February Festival
The opening ceremony of the 14th HALA FEBRUARY FESTIVAL (HFF) 2013 was organized with much pageantry and enthusiasm on February 15, 2012 at 1400 hrs at Salmiya’s Salem Al-Mubarak street. HFF is being organized by the State of Kuwait since February 1999 mainly to promote tourism. HFF organizing committee organizes art, sports, live shows and entertainment events during the month. This year the festivities will continue till March 9.  

Embassy of India, Kuwait also joined in the celebrations by participating in the opening ceremony on February 15, 2012. The Indian pavilion was exquisitely decorated with Indian artifacts, handicraft items, imitated jewellery, handcrafted Indian sarees, Incredible India posters and tourism material and other items. A large number of visitors came to the India pavilion and showed keen interest in the exhibits. Many of them, especially children, took the opportunity to take photographs posing with the exhibits.


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Janak Khendry and dance troupe coming to Kuwait

Janak Khendry and dance troupe coming to Kuwait
The world acclaimed Mr. Janak Khendry and his dance troupe to Kuwait under the auspices of the Indian Embassy. He and his dance troupe will be performing Kaal and Ganga, two mythological concepts regarding their inception upto the present modern day.

The show is on two days

Ganga - (The river Ganges) on 28th February 2013

Kaal - (Kaal- Time) on 2nd March 2013

You can find more details about Janak Khendry and his team at  http://www.jkdanceco.org/recentpres.php

 
 

 

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Ministry seizes 10 tons of ‘rotten’ meat from three shops

Ministry seizes 10 tons of ‘rotten’ meat from three shops
 
In the ongoing crackdown on shops and eateries for selling inedible food to consumers, the Supervision Department of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry affiliated to the Capital Governorate has reportedly seized 10 tons of ‘rotten’ meat from three stores, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

According to reliable sources the meat is of Australian origin and was distributed to the stores in the Capital Governorate by an unidentified company. The owner of the company has been referred to the Commercial Prosecution.
 
- Arabtimes

Indians ‘least problematic community in Kuwait’: Envoy

Indians ‘least problematic community in Kuwait’: Envoy
 
NEW DELHI: Around 650,000 Indians living in Kuwait are the biggest foreign community, and the least problematic one as well, contributing immensely towards development of Kuwait, said Special Envoy of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah and Advisor at the Amir Diwan Mohammad Abdullah Abul-Hasan here on Friday. He was interacting with students/ scholars at the Indo-Arab Cultural Centre situated at the world famous Jamia Millia Islamia University in the Indian Capital. Addressing the students/scholars, he said it was his seventh visit to India, and acknowledged age-old strong bilateral ties between the two nations. “We have had very cordial relations with India all these years, and intend to build even stronger and closer ties with New Delhi in future.
 
There are nearly 110 different communities living in Kuwait from different countries, but Indians acquire a special space. They are brilliant, least problematic, and work in different sectors like health, trade and commerce for the overall development of Kuwait,” he said, much to the encouragement of all those present on the occasion. To a question from a student about oil exports to India, he said that his country has always stood strongly behind India as far as meeting its energy needs are concerned. “In past whenever other countries stopped oil exports to India, Kuwait always pitched in.
 
India has always been a prominent consumer of Kuwaiti oil. Over the past few years, Kuwaiti oil exports to India have increased from 200 million barrel to 400 million barrels.” On role of women in Kuwaiti politics, he said that women were playing a key role in politics, business, diplomacy and overall governance. “Today, we have a lady ambassador in Chile, as many as 10 diplomats at different Kuwaiti embassies across the world, several women heading different government committees, and also Members of Parliament,” he elaborated. He further added: “We respect gender equality in Kuwaiti politics.” Earlier in the day, Abul-Hasan met Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed at the latter’s office to deliver a letter for President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
 
The letter sheds light on promoting bilateral ties in various fields and latest developments on regional and international arenas. The Kuwaiti Amir’s envoy also held talks with the Indian Minister about the $2 billion Fund set up to finance projects in as many as 32 non-Arab Asian countries. Kuwait has committed to contribute $300 million towards the Fund. Khursheed said: “today I met the Kuwaiti Amir’s envoy. We discussed how to operationalize the Fund set up for development projects in 32 non- Arab Asian countries”.
 
- Kuwait Times

Swine flu cases reported in Kuwait

Swine flu cases  reported in Kuwait
 
KUWAIT: Health Minister Dr Mohammad Al-Haifi said the number of those affected with the swine flu in Kuwait was not large and the current situation did not constitute a danger and was under control.
 
Al-Haifi said six cases were reported last week of which five were treated and did not require hospitalization while the sixth patient was admitted but released three days later.
 
He said a constant coordination was on with the World Health Organization in regards to the infectious disease and chronic non-infectious cases and added that the swine flu vaccine was merged with the seasonal one.
 
He said all vaccines were available at the prevention centers.
 
- Kuwait Times

KDcow affirms all its dairy products safe

KDcow affirms all its dairy products safe
 
KUWAIT: Kuwait Dairy Company (KDcow) affirmed yesterday that all of its milk products were safe, brushing aside reports that its milk was contaminated with harmful bacteria. KDcow CEO Saleh Al-Atiqi, in a statement to KUNA, emphasized that KDcow’s dairy products were free of any harmful bacteria and were compatible with international standards.
 
He said KDcow distributes more than 20 million milk packets to ministries, hospitals, co-operative societies, supply and grocery stores every month. “There is no problem in the milk,” added Atiqi. KDcow’s laboratories were following safety procedures in line with international standards, he said, noting that its health-related tests have received certificates from Kuwait as well as the ISO-14001, ISO-9001 and ISO-22000 certifications.
 
Atiqi said the ministry of health and Kuwait Municipality, which are monitoring KDcow products regularly, have no complaints over the dairy products. Atiqi was reacting to reports suggesting that KDcow milk products contained harmful bacteria.
 
- KUNA

Hala February kicks off

Hala February kicks off

 

KUWAIT: Salem Al-Mubarak Street in Salmiya turned into a fiesta-like atmosphere at the opening ceremony of a month-long Hala February Festival yesterday. The portion of Salem Mubarak was closed to traffic to give way to the celebration which was enjoyed by families especially the shows related to cultural heritage of Kuwait; music and dancing. The festival which is now on the 14th straight year also became a venue to displaying different kinds of colorful souvenirs from hats in the color of Kuwait, to balloons for kids.

 

The organizers also distributed prizes and awards to participants/attendees. “I am here to celebrate the festival. I heard they’ll be organizing much better and different events. So I am here to witness the show,” said a Kuwaiti old man sitting on a wheelchair when asked by the Kuwait Times prior to the ceremony.

 

The epicenter of this celebration will be the superb shopping extravaganzas or discounted prices which will be given to customers by various participating malls, shopping centers/outlets all over Kuwait. The event portrays an atmosphere of Kuwaiti warmth and hospitality which attracts people from all walks of life in Kuwait and visitors from neighboring countries since some Kuwaiti airlines are offering some huge discounts on airfares, accommodation as well as purchases in shops. Various ministries also display their services and showcase their functions and capabilities.

 

Twenty two cars will be given away including thousands of cash gift ranging from KD50-500. This year’s celebration also showcased the biggest mobile stage in the world, about 100 meters long, circuses, booth/stalls and roaming cartoon characters and display of some vintage/old/classic cars on the street. Kuwait cultural heritage were also showcased along with the display of some art crafts from various countries around the world.

 

“I heard many things about the festival but I never attended the event. I came to see for the first time, and it was really beautiful,” the Kuwaiti said. Earlier, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Undersecretary Abdul-Aziz Al-Khaldi released a statement in which he recognized the festival’s influence in boosting tourism and trade in Kuwait, which “highly benefits” the state’s economy.

Also MP Adel Al-Khurafi said that the festival comes at the right time “in which we are in dire need for national festival and occasions that boost patriotism in the society”. Chairman of the Salmiya Co-op Society Abdurrahman Al-Sharrah announced special offers and “huge discounts” during the festival which ends on March 9, in addition to daily draws on cars and cash prizes.

 

- Kuwait Times

Gulfmart’s First Fahaheel branch to re-launch on Monday

Gulfmart’s First Fahaheel branch to re-launch on Monday
 Gulfmart, the largest and fastest growing supermarket chain in Kuwait, is continuing its rebranding and revamping initiative with the launch at 6.30pm on Monday, 18th February, 2013, of its fully refurbished first Fahaheel branch by H.E. Satish C. Mehta the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait.

In late November, 2012, Gulfmart announced that it had begun launching a new identity for all its existing and new supermarkets. The rebranding, which includes a new logo, lettering, livery  and other marketing collateral, aims to give the brand a reinvigorated fresh image and unite all its supermarkets under a common theme.  Concurrent with its rebranding exercise, Gulfmart is also engaged in a major renovation drive that will see several of its existing branches refitted and equipped to bring them on par with newer outlets being launched across the country.

“In this era of hyper-competitiveness in the retail industry, customers expect to receive a superior retail experience whenever and wherever they do their shopping,” said Dr. Remesh T.A., Country-Head of Gulfmart. He added, “By implementing modern design layouts, advanced retail techniques and equipment, as well as introducing efficient utilization of floor-space, visually appealing merchandizing and other customer amenities and facilities, we aim to boost the retail experience for our customers.”  

Elaborating on the rebranding and renovations, Dr. Remesh said, “The restoration and new branding of our first Fahaheel branch, which initially opened nearly five years ago in 2008, has dramatically altered the exterior and interior of the store. Along with refreshing new external signage, the 25,000 square feet of internal floor area has been completely done up; every aspect of the restoration process has been undertaken with the aim of enhancing customer convenience and improving overall shopping ambiance for shoppers. From wider aisles, easily accessible shelves and clearer signage to more departments stocking a greater variety of products, we have introduced a variety of changes to the shopping environment as well as product offering. A newly laid out fresh butchery fishery and an extensive fresh produce area, along with electronics, garments and household departments have added to the merchandize assortment and augmented shopping at the store.”

While apologizing to customers for the inconvenience caused by the renovation work, the country manager was quick to point out, “Despite ongoing work we made sure that the store did not have to close down for even a single day, as any disruption in our normal services would have resulted in greater hardship for our patrons. Running daily retail operations and conducting renovation work simultaneously was successfully achieved due to the meticulous planning and execution by our in-house Projects and Departments division, headed by Yusuf Bhatti. The success of this project has encouraged us to introduce the same concept when we embark on refurbishment at Jleeb Al-Shyoukh One and Jleeb Al-Shyoukh Two, as well as Salmiya One, in the near future.”  

“As we stand poised on the threshold of an assertive expansion drive that will see tens of branches added to the chain, both locally in Kuwait and in the wider GCC region, I am extremely grateful to all our patrons in Kuwait whose unstinted support throughout the years has been the key to our success,” said Arif Shaikh, Managing Director of Gulfmart Group. “The ongoing success in Kuwait, as well as our optimistic outlook on retail business in the region, has prompted us to finalize plans on opening dozens of new stores in different size formats across Kuwait and the region by the end of 2015. On the regional level, we will be opening hypermarkets and supermarkets in the Kingdom of Bahrain and in UAE, added the Managing Director.

Shedding more light on Gulfmart’s rebranding exercise Dr. Remesh added, “The previous logo, which had been in use since 1999 and had served to firmly establish the brand in the country, needed a makeover in order to mirror our assertive new expansion plans and highlight our brand pillars of freshness, variety, value and service. The entire rebranding process is also part of our strategic drive to enliven the brand image and give it a contemporary look as we embark on establishing Gulfmart not just as a major player in Kuwait, but also across the regional retail landscape.”

“The stylishly rendered new green leaf logo projects the freshness of our produce, while the elegant and modern two-toned lettering reflects the brand’s youthful verve and dynamism. The green color theme has a lot of connotations, not least of which is its association with growth, renewal, freshness and revival. Also today, green is no longer just a color, it has transformed into a verb with ecological nuances that identify it with the preservation and sustaining of environment for future generations. It is these qualities that we aim to portray with our new brand image,” concluded Dr. Remesh.

The rapid growth of Kuwait retail market in recent years, fueled by changing lifestyles and rising income, has propelled Gulfmart from a fledgling grocery retailer in 1999 to a flourishing multi-million dollar supermarket chain today. Successfully operating sixteen strategically located branches in different retail formats across Kuwait reveals the brand’s popularity in the market, and attests to the commitment and dedication of staff and management. In the pipeline are plans to open a third mini-supermarket in Salmiya and another mini supermarket in the residential district of Mahboula.  Large-format supermarkets to be launched shortly include a third branch in Fahaheel of 30,000 sq ft, a second branch in Khaitan of similar area and a 10,000 sq ft third outlet in Hawally.

On the occasion of re-launching Fahaheel One, the top management and staff of Gulfmart thanked customers for their unwavering support in the past, adding that the rebranding and revamping initiative would further help differentiate the brand from its competitors and continue to offer customers a comprehensive range of good quality products at competitive prices.

 

 

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Civil Service Commission sets holidays for February 24-26

Civil Service Commission sets holidays for February 24-26
 
KUWAIT: The Civil Service Commission set yesterday the National and Liberation Day holiday between February 25 and 26, with work coming to a halt across ministries, government and public institutions. CSC said in a press statement that Sunday, Feb 24, is a day off because it’s between two holidays, adding the holiday for entities with special nature of work will be determined by competent authorities, taking into account public interest.
 
At the same time, the head of Public Relations and Citizens Service Department at the CSC Jassem Al-Ruwais said that 3,849 citizens have applied for jobs through the automated recruitment system since the opening of registration on the first of February until today. Al-Ruwais said in a press statement that the registration system is open 24 hours until today midnight to give opportunities for all who wish to work to register either through the phone or using the website.
 
Al- Ruwais also said that the applicants need to bring letters from the Supreme Committee for Disabled Affairs, Martyrs Office and the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs to review their applications at the Selection Department to facilitate their registration procedures.
 
- KUNA

Municipality warns against unlicensed ads

Municipality warns against unlicensed ads
 
KUWAIT: The Municipality urged the public not to place unlicensed banners on public roads and utilities, particularly those celebrating the country’s imminent national days. In statements to KUNA, Kuwait Municipality General Director Ahmad Al-Subaih made it clear that unlicensed ads will be removed and legal action will be taken against violators.
 
He pointed out that unlicensed billboards which are randomly hoisted at key places tarnish the image of main roads, major squares and could even cause traffic jams or accidents. Al-Subaih asked citizenry and firms seeking to install ads at any place to get a license from the Municipality Council office in the related areas to avoid removal. Meanwhile, Al-Ahmadi Municipality General Director Yussef Al-Mullah revealed that the Municipality teams have removed 253 unlicensed hoardings across the governorate.
 
Al- Mullah disclosed that that Municipality’s teams have recently carried out a campaign of inspections and busts of spoiled food stashes in warehouses as well as on the shelves of shopping centers and food outlets in the governorate. The campaign resulted in closing six shops and referring scores others to investigations for not abiding by laws and regulations.
 
- KUNA

Indian man stabbed in Jleeb quarrel

Indian man stabbed in Jleeb quarrel

 

KUWAIT: A 48-year-old Indian expatriate sustained serious injuries when he was stabbed in the chest during a quarrel in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh.

Reportedly, when the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior received information about a quarrel between two expatriates in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, securitymen and paramedics rushed to the location and discovered that an Indian expatriate was stabbed in the chest. Paramedics referred him to Farwaniya Hospital where he was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit in serious condition.

A case was registered and investigations are ongoing to arrest the other suspect who ran away after committing the crime.

 

- Arabtimes

Indian beaten, robbed

Indian beaten, robbed
 
Police are now looking for three unidentified persons who allegedly assaulted and robbed an Indian, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources.
 
The Indian told police he was surprised when the suspects approached him as he does not know any of them.  They took turns in beating him, and then they took his mobile phone, KD150 cash and a gold necklace. 
 
After taking the above mentioned items from the victim, the suspects immediately fled from the scene.  The Indian obtained a medical certificate from Salmiya Clinic before filing a report on the incident at a nearby police station.  He also provided police with a detailed description of the culprits.
 
A case was registered and investigations are ongoing to arrest the thieves.
 
- Arabtimes

President Pranab Mukherjee rejects mercy pleas of four Veerappan associates

President Pranab Mukherjee rejects mercy pleas of four Veerappan associates

With President Pranab Mukherjee rejecting their mercy petitions, the four associates of the slain forest brigand Veerappan could be sent to the gallows within the next fortnight, top government officials here said.
 
Simon, Gnanaprakash, Madaiah and Bilavandra were convicted of killing 22 persons in landmine blasts in Palar. They have been in the Hindalga Central Jail in Belgaum since 2004.
 
Karnataka Additional Director-General of Prisons Gagandeep told The Hindu that the department had received the information of their mercy pleas being rejected from the Union Home Ministry and the same was communicated to the four.
 
As per the procedure, the case would be referred to the session court, which had to fix the date of the execution, which would be usually within 14 days, he said.
 
While the jail authorities closed all doors of official communication to the media, reliable sources said a message about the rejection of the mercy pleas reached them around 2.35 p.m. The sources said the jail authorities were holding a meeting and they had informed the families of the four in Tamil Nadu.

- The Hindu

Police Officer arested for robbery

Police Officer arested for robbery

A police detective who used to break into people’s apartments using his police ID and then rob them was arrested when residents of a building in Ahmadi, whom he was trying to rob, outnumbered and overpowered him and his accomplices. The residents kept them restrained until police arrived at the scene. The two had reportedly collected around KD3000 after the officer used his police ID to intimidate the expatriate residents and then began extracting money threatening physical assault. The residents told the police that yet another accomplice managed to escape. The two were taken to the Fahaheel police station to be held pending legal procedures, while investigations were on to track down the third accomplice.
 
- Kuwait Times

Roaming vendor caught

Roaming vendor caught
 
KUWAIT: Continuing its campaign, the Kuwait Municipality’s Ahmadi branch carried out a drive aimed at checking the menace of roaming vendors in Sabahiya and Rigga area and also in the Al-Julaia Desert. The officials inspected the mobile grocery sellers, carts selling vegetables and fruits besides sellers of charcoal. They also checked camps specially allocated for cafes and for pipe smokers to ensure that they were properly licensed.
 
The campaign resulted in officials confiscating 60 bags of charcoals, 21 cartons of water, two cartons of pepper, three cartons of cauliflowers, two cartons of carrots, three bags of onion, four cartons potato, three cartons orange, six cases of tomatoes, 16 bundles of timber and one motorcycle, two buggies and sent them to the scrap yard.
 
- Kuwait Times

Striking expats warned

Striking expats warned
 
Director of the Labor Relations Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Hadi Al-Enezi said that due to the latest sit-ins by expatriate workers demanding salary increases, the ministry will, according to the law, cancel iqamas of sit-in participants and deport them in case public order is violated. Enezi said the private sector labor law stipulated the minimum wage at KD 60, adding that contracts between employer and employee are based on offer and acceptance, which means the employer is free to increase the workers’ salary but the salary should not be below KD 60. He said a worker has the right to transfer from one employer to another if the employer does not agree to the increase the worker is asking for. Enezi added embassies have lauded Kuwait’s system and the government’s procedures.
 
- Kuwait Times

Assam Violence: Toll Rises To 15

Assam Violence: Toll Rises To 15

The toll in Assam’s Goalpara district rose to 15 with violence continuing night-long even as indefinite curfew continued in Krishnai and Mornoi areas today and the army flag-marching affected areas.

The toll in the police firing rose from 12 to 15 on Wednesday, official sources said, without giving details.

Defence sources said the army was conducting flag marches and working in close coordination with the state government with additional columns kept on standby.

Miscreants fired injuring seven persons, including four seriously in Gobindapur Sala area under Goalpara police station area where ten houses were set ablaze while another five were torched at Rangagora and 20 at Paharsinghpara under Mornoi police station, police sources said.

Residents of three villages fled their homes and were sheltering in relief camps, they said.

Groups of people, including women, armed with lethal weapons attacked polling centres during the third and last phase of the panchayat elections on Tuesday.

Ministers Rockybul Hussain, Rajib Lochan Pegu with Agriculture Advisor to chief minister Bhumidhar Barman, were camping in the district.

The ethnic Rabhas and Hasongs supported by Bodo and Garo tribes have been demanding holding of the RHAC elections ahead of the grassroot polls claiming that panchayats would undermine the Council’s authority.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has announced Rs five lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the police firing, Rs 50,000 for the injured and assistance for rebuilding houses torched.

Nasheed Seeks Refuge in Indian Mission

Nasheed Seeks Refuge in Indian Mission

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed sought refuge in the Indian High Commission after issuance of an arrest warrant by a Maldivian court.

The arrest warrant was issued against him for failure to appear in a local court.

Earlier, as rumours began to do the rounds that Mr.Nasheed has sought refuge, the Ministry of External Affairs officials told The Hindu that “it was not a crisis situation.” Mr. Nasheed was waiting to meet the Indian High Commissioner — who was not at the premises — and that he had not sought refuge in the Indian High Commission.

A reconstruction of the events that began with Mr. Nasheed staying away from the local court is as follows: Since Mr. Nasheed did not appear at the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court for the second hearing in the case of Judge Abdulla Mohamed on February 10, the court order was issued to arrest him on February 11. He was to be produced in the court on February 13. Mr.Nasheed’s legal team appealed in the High Court against the arrest. The High Court accepted the appeal but has not passed a ruling.

Since it appeared that the police were bent on arresting him on Wednesday, Mr. Nasheed made his way to the Indian High Commission. “You cannot call it an arrest,” said President’s spokesperson Masood Imad. “The police have been asked to produce him in Court since he has not responded to summons issued in the case relating to kidnapping of a judge. If the police do not carry out the order, they will be in contempt of court,” he added.

By telling the international press that Mr. Nasheed was in the Indian High Commission, and by creating a scare that the “police might storm the Indian High Commission premises,” the MDP managed to bring focus to the case.

Road closeure announcemnet for Hala February celebrations

Road closeure announcemnet for Hala February celebrations
 
The General Traffic Department has announced that part of the Salem Al Mubarak Street from the Amr Ibn Al-Aas intersection to Centrepoint Complex will be closed beginning from Thursday, Feb 14, 2013, 6:00 pm, due to preparations being carried out for the 2013 Hala February Festival, reports Annahar daily.
- Arabtimes
 
 
  
 
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