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IOC agrees to take India back in Olympic fold

IOC agrees to take India back in Olympic fold
  
Will help to draft sports bill; Indian representatives reach an agreement with IOC officials

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will soon lift the ban on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) as Indian representatives from the government and sports bodies reached an agreement with IOC officials at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday. IOC and IOA representatives framed a roadmap for India’s return to the Olympics fold, after the Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh convinced the IOC that the Sports Bill — initially seen by the IOC as a sign of government interference — is necessary for good governance of Indian sports.

The recent suspension of India from the Olympic movement was widely held by many sports lovers across the country as a serious setback. Leading sportspersons, such as Olympic shooting champion Abhinav Bindra who represented athletes in the IOC meeting, felt that the developments in Lausanne would pave the way for better administration of sports in the country. “The fact that they are willing to work on the sports bill for reforms is the biggest positive,” said Bindra from Lausanne.

Jitendra Singh, in his speech at the meeting, clarified to the IOC that it was not the government but the judiciary which had asked for adherence to the Sports Code in the IOA election. “The court directed that the elections should be held as per the constitution of the IOA, with the provisions of the Sports Code also being made applicable. There was no conflict in the provisions,” the Minister said.

Agreeing to help the Union Sports Ministry frame the Sports Bill, the IOC stated that an interim body would take over from the IOA and hold fresh elections, under the amended IOA constitution. “The ban will be lifted once the new IOA takes over,” said Union Sports Secretary, P. K. Deb, who was part of the Indian delegation.

After it had refused to recognise the IOA that went ahead with the elections despite being directed not to do so, the IOC was dealing with the acting president of the IOA, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, and IOC member Randhir Singh.
-The Hindu
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Monsoon likely to set in over Kerala on June 3

Monsoon likely to set in over Kerala on June 3
  
IMD forecasts the system is likely to set in over Kerala, its entry into the Indian mainland, on June 3, against the normal date of onset on June 1

The mush-awaited southwest monsoon is on its way. But it could be slightly delayed.

The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday forecast that the system is likely to set in over Kerala, its entry into the Indian mainland, on June 3 with a model error of plus or minus four days. The normal date for onset over Kerala is June 1.

The delay is expected because of the cyclonic storm, Mahasen, which is presently located over the central Bay of Bengal and is likely to cross the coast near Chittagong in Bangladesh on Thursday night.

Speaking to The Hindu, a senior IMD official noted that the monsoon current, which is quite strong now, will weaken once the cyclone crosses the coast. It would have to re-organise again and that could take some time. “We are hopeful that the system would reorganise quickly and bring the first spell of monsoon rains over Kerala around June 3.”

The IMD has been issuing forecasts for the onset over since 2005 and it has been almost on the mark: the predictions have been coming true, at least within the model error range of plus or minus four days.

Last year, IMD had predicted an onset on June 1, and the actual event occurred four days later on June 5. In 2011, its prediction was for May 31 and the onset took place two days earlier on May 29.

The dates forecasted by the department and the actual date of onset for the earlier years are as follows: 2010: forecast May 30 [actual May 31], 2009: May 26 [May 23], 2008: May 29 [May 31], 2007: May 24 [May28], 2006: May 30 [May 26] and 2005: June 10 [June 7].

The IMD, in its long range forecast for the season issued on April 26, has predicted that it would be a normal monsoon this year, with a rainfall of 98 per cent of the long period average of 89 cm with a model error of plus or minus 5 per cent.
-The Hindu
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Sreesanth, 2 others arrested for spot-fixing

Sreesanth, 2 others arrested for spot-fixing
 
In a sensational development, Indian speedster S.Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates were on Thursday arrested on charges of spot-fixing, throwing the cash-rich Indian Premier League into its biggest crisis till date.

A special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and his teamates —— Ajit Chadila and Ankeet Chavan —— in Mumbai on Wednesday night after their team’s IPL match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium.

While Sreesanth was picked up from his friend’s residence, Chavana and Chandila picked from the team hotel at Nariman Point.

The cricketers and bookies have been charged under sections 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and are being flown in to Delhi for further questioning.

The players are likely to be suspended from the IPL and an official the BCCI will make a formal announcement soon. The matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI headed by Arun Jaitley,.

Asked whether any more players are involved in spot fixing, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told PTI through a text message, “not that we know of.”

Investigators said besides telephone records, they also have evidences of messages passed through BBM and Whatapp.

The Delhi police source said that these players were under the scanner for their role in spot fixing in some of the earlier IPL match although they did not elaborate which matches were under scrutiny.

The police have also arrested seven bookies in Mumbai and three bookies in Delhi in connection with the same case. They are looking for two more bookies in Delhi.
-The Hindu
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World’s youngest CEO talks business

World’s youngest CEO talks business
Meet Sreelakshmi, the Indian girl who became the world’s youngest CEO and the youngest web designer at the age of eight. Today at 15, she looks like any other schoolgirl of her age. In her T-shirt and jeans, she appears quite casual and childlike. But her appearance belies her maturity and experience. When she begins to talk, she is businesslike and professional, no more kidding. Sreelakshmi Suresh, who arrived in Kuwait last week, spoke to Kuwait Times briefly and outlined her ambition. “If you are determined, nothing can stop you from realizing your goal,” she said confidently.

She attended a few Indian community events where she was honored for her exceptional achievements at a tender age. She interacted with students at ICSK Khaitan, Salmiya Indian Model School, United Indian School Abbassiya when she narrated her success story and revealed the secret behind it. “It is important for you to set your goals high.

Then don’t look back until you reach there,” she explains her motto. When she was studying in the 3rd grade, she was entrusted with the job of developing and designing a website for her school. The site www.presentationhss.com was launched on January 15, 2006 by former Kerala minister Binoy Viswom when she was only eight years old. Over the last seven years, she has created about 100 websites. The recipient of more than 40 national and International awards for her excellence in web designing, the Association of American Webmasters conferred her with its membership along with their coveted award the Gold Web Award.

Thus she became the only member of the Association of American Webmasters under the age of 18. “I want to become a computer engineer and pursue my research and study in the field of information technology,” she said who is in the 11th grade now. At the age of 10, she started her own web designing company eDesign Technologies (www.edesign.co.in). She is the CEO of the company, the youngest CEO of the world. She also runs another firm Online Pixel offering online education to the needy. “I work on my web projects only after finishing my school studies,” she explained. She said parents are her primary motivation while her friends and relatives also support her. She used to draw pictures using MS Paint program in Computer even when she was only four years old. “Even when she was a small child, she showed extraordinary interest in computer applications. We told her to focus on something fruitful instead of drawing and painting using computers.

That is how she started to learn web designing,” Sreelaksmi’s father Advocate Suresh Menon said. Her mother Viju Suresh is a teacher. Sreelakshmi has addressed several conferences of top Indian organizations such as Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Jaycees, Lions Club International and Rotary Club International. She has been conferred with the ‘Best Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012 by the government of Kerala. She also received the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement in 2008, the highest award in India for children, instituted by the government of India. The award was presented to her by Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.

By Sajeev K Peter, Kuwait Times Staff
-Kuwait Times
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Ruling may hit recovery

Ruling may hit recovery
KUWAIT: A ruling by Kuwait’s top court next month could end a period of relative political stability, jeopardising government plans to push ahead with long-delayed economic projects. One of the world’s richest countries per capita, Kuwait has struggled for years to get big infrastructure projects off the ground because of bureaucratic red tape and political turmoil. A parliamentary election in December was the fifth in six years. The election seemed to be a turning point, however, since an opposition boycott of the poll meant members of parliament seen as more willing to cooperate with the government were elected.

This stirred investor hopes that the state would ramp up spending under a KD 30 billion ($105 billion) development plan, which aims to draw private and foreign investment and diversify the oil-reliant economy. That optimism, which has helped to fuel a more than 30 percent rise in the stock market since the start of this year, could come to an end on June 16. The constitutional court is expected to rule on an emergency decree issued by HH the Amir last year, six weeks before the December poll, which changed the rules for voting and triggered some of the largest street protests in the country’s history.

If the court rules that the decree was not constitutional, parliament will need to be dissolved, triggering a snap election, and legislation passed by the assembly may also be made invalid – sending Kuwait back to square one in economic policy terms, or close to it. “An annulment of the current parliament and the return of major political uncertainty would be negative for investor perceptions and the economy,” said Farouk Soussa, Middle East chief economist at Citigroup in Dubai. If the court rules in favour of HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah’s decree, which changed the number of votes per citizen to one from four, the current parliament will be able to continue; this would make progress on investment more likely.

The court is widely seen as independent in Kuwait, which has the most democratic political system in the Gulf Arab region. Analysts and diplomats think the ruling could go either way. “All Kuwaitis, we pride ourselves – even the opposition, even the government detractors – that our judiciary system is one of the best and the most independent in the Arab world,” said Abdullah Al-Shayji, chairman of the political science department at Kuwait University. In the past, constitutional court judges have issued some rulings in line with the government’s wishes, but they have also passed verdicts with the opposite effect.

Last June, for example, the court effectively dissolved a parliament dominated by the opposition, citing a technicality. But in September, it rejected a government request to change electoral boundaries, saying it did not have the authority to rule on the matter; it was this ruling that ultimately prompted the Amir to issue his emergency decree. In their upcoming ruling, the judges will assess whether the decree can be described as a “decree of necessity” and if it was issued in the correct way. The constitution lets the emir pass urgent decrees when parliament is not in session or dissolved.

The Amir said at the time that the voting rule changes aimed to ensure security and stability in Kuwait, following months of political stalemate between the cabinet and parliament. Opposition politicians, who boycotted the December election in protest at the decree, said changes to the voting system should be agreed by parliament. Protesters alleged the new rules aimed to weaken the opposition, which was able to form effective parliamentary alliances under the old four-vote system in a country where political parties are banned.

The opposition boycott of the election meant that liberals, Shiites, neutral MPs and complete newcomers to parliamentary politics were elected to the assembly, initially working well with the Cabinet. They have passed some laws seen as helping the economy, such as a law aimed at simplifying the issuance of company licences and plans for a fund to aid small and medium-sized firms. “The authorities now seem more determined to put a shoulder to the wheel to get the economy going, including on the projects,” said Daniel Kaye, head of macroeconomic research at National Bank of Kuwait.

Under the new parliament, partly because of a more stable political environment, two major projects have inched towards implementation. The government signed a contract with South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co last November to design and build a $2.6 billion causeway connecting the north and south of the country. In January, it signed a deal with a consortium led by France’s GDF-Suez, and including Sumitomo Corp of Japan, to build the Az Zour gas-fired power and seawater treatment plant.

From the Cabinet’s point of view, the current parliament is by no means perfect; there are signs of some of the old tensions. This week MPs submitted requests to interrogate the oil minister and interior minister over their performance, which could lead to a vote of no confidence in them. Members of the Cabinet then offered to resign and the government kept away from two parliament sessions, causing them to be cancelled.

The possibility that the court ruling could lead to a fresh election means that some MPs may want to be seen as holding the government to account, Kuwait University’s Shayji said. “There are now some problems between the parliament and the government, because of dissatisfaction with some of the ministers and a lack of cooperation on the part of some ministers,” said Saleh Ashour, a long-serving MP. “Everyone is waiting for the constitutional court ruling.”

Nor is the current parliament’s economic policy-making completely in line with the cabinet’s wishes. In April the Assembly passed a consumer debt relief law allowing the state to spend up to KD 744 million to buy loans taken out from banks before March 2008, write off the interest and reschedule repayments. Economists described the law as a populist measure forced on the government by MPs. While the state can afford the measure, with its 14 straight years of budget surpluses, bankers argued that the plan encouraged bad behaviour by consumers and could cost local banks money.

But measures to reform the economy and get development projects on track still appear more likely under the current parliament than under a new one which would include opposition MPs emboldened by a court ruling against the emir’s decree. “We would like to see further, deeper economic reforms that help support the private sector and make the economy more dynamic,” NBK’s Kaye said, citing privatisation, labour market reforms, housing policy and business regulation as key areas. – Reuters
-Kuwait Times
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Ex-marine officer ‘tricked’ 8 Filipinas into sex racket

Ex-marine officer ‘tricked’ 8 Filipinas into sex racket
– Maids detained, raped in Hawally apartments
KUWAIT: A retired Kuwaiti marine officer lured eight Filipinas to flee their employers with promises of a better job. To the maids’ utter misfortune, the better-paying jobs turned out to include rape and prostitution racket run from an apartment in Hawally.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mar Hassan, head of Embassy’s Assistance to Nationals Unit (ATNU) said the ex-marine officer was assisted by two Filipina accomplices. “We received a call from a community leader regarding this case last Thursday. We were able to verify the authenticity of the report.

Early on Friday, we coordinated with the police who responded quickly and we were able to rescue eight women,” Hassan said. Police issued a warrant to break into two apartments in Hawally on Friday based on an emergency call from the lawyer of the embassy of the Philippines, who stated that eight Filipina women were kept under lock, were raped and forced into prostitution inside the apartment.

Philippine’s Charge d’Affaires and current Consul General Atty Raul Dado was at the scene of the rescue operation last Friday. According to Mar Hassan, apart from the eight rescued Filipinas, three other Filipinas were believed to be accomplices of the ex-marine officer. “According to a whistleblower, who was among the rescued women, in the beginning there were only three Filipinas detained in the apartment. During the rescue operation, another five women were found locked up on the third floor of the same building,” explained Hassan. “Some of the women were crying when we found them.

One of them was not sure about what was happening since she had just arrived at the Hawally apartment on Friday morning a few hours before the raid,” he explained further. All the women said they left their employers because they had been promised better paying jobs. They were promised work in a cafe for a monthly retainer of KD150.

But according to the woman who broke the sordid saga to the embassy, before the women were sold to other men they were raped by the owner of the Kuwaiti flat,” Mar said quoting the woman.

Allegedly, the three Filipinas (Schoun 20 visa holders) who were assisting the man in the illicit business, told the police that they were living in the flat which they used to make accessories for women.

One of them said they were employed to make accessories. Another one said she was the personal secretary of the exmarine officer. A background check showed that all of the eight saved women and the three accomplices were runaway maids who have been working illegally. “They will remain in detention until their cases are investigated by the police,” Hassan said.

Only three of the women, however, filed cases against the Kuwaiti marine officer. “Two of the raped women and the woman who brought forth the story about the trafficked women filed cases against the culprit.

The three women believed to be accomplices did not want to file a case,” Hassan said. “The women who were newly recruited, and who said they were not raped, were unwilling to file any case against the ex-officer,” Hassan explained. According to Hassan, the ex-marine officer faces charges of rape and illegal detention.

The Philippines Embassy has employed an international human rights lawyer who will represent the embassy in this case. Hassan called upon the Filipina housemaids not to be easily swayed by promises of better jobs or salaries made by crooked people allegedly working as proxy recruiters.

“Always consider legal channels before transferring or accepting jobs or before running away from your employers. Make sure that you are protected,” he appealed to the housemaids reading this article.

By Ben Garcia, Kuwait Times Staff
-Kuwait Times
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Kuwait finds citizenships of 67K stateless residents

Kuwait finds citizenships of 67K stateless residents
– Stateless residents remain around 100,000
KUWAIT: Kuwait has managed to find the original nationalities of 67,000 stateless residents living on its land, who were among the 93,000 registered with a government body whose job was to find a solution to the thorny subject, a senior state official said in a recent statement. “We have retrieved the civil ID number, passport number and nationality of 67,000 individuals in coordination with state departments,” said Saleh Al-Fadhala, the president of the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents, during an interview with Kuwait TV.

Kuwait’s community of stateless residents, estimated at around 100,000, demands citizenship as well as civil and social rights they are deprived of, given their illegal residence status. The government in the meantime argues some of them are Arabs or descendents of Arab people who deliberately destroyed their original passports after coming to Kuwait and now seek citizenship in the oil-rich country.

During his recent appearance, Al-Fadhala demonstrated documents he said proved his argument, including a supposed criminal record containing the passport number and date of entry into Kuwait, as well as marriage and birth certificates in which the nationality is specified. “Applying for citizenship in this case is considered an act of forgery,” Al-Fadhala said, insisting that the agency planned to “confront” the stateless residents with the information it has.

He further indicated that Kuwait was coordinating with the respective countries of the ‘fake’ stateless residents, adding that planned visits to Iraq and Syria in this regard are currently on hold pending the security situation there. The Kuwaiti government established the Central Agency for Illegal Residents in 2010 with a five-year ultimatum to sort out the issue regarding the stateless residents’ community and identify those who meet conditions for naturalization, including residents whose Bedouin ancestors failed to register for citizenship following Kuwait’s independence more than fifty years ago.

The agency adopted measures within a year to grant stateless residents several rights which included obtaining marriage, birth and death certificates, but the inability to ensure significant improvement in living conditions prompted several protests last year. The government also adopted last year a new form of security IDs for the stateless residents which were to be used as their main form of identification.

The cards contained color coded tags referring to the category under which a holder is recognized in state records; including those eligible for naturalization and others the government claims to have proof that they belong to other countries. For example, a bearer of a red-tagged card was classified under ‘people with criminal restrictions’ which renders naturalization applications automatically infructuous.

Last March, the parliament passed a bill doubling the number of people the government can naturalize each year to a maximum of 4000 after the cabinet agreed to give priority in granting citizenship to stateless residents who meet the required conditions. Al-Fadhala told the Kuwait News Agency on Monday that a “new batch” of stateless residents “has been referred to the proper authorities for naturalization.” This group included relatives of Kuwaitis, people who lived in Kuwait since 1960 or earlier, as well as people with high academic qualifications. — Al-Jarida
-Kuwait Times
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New exemptions in public sector retirement rules

New exemptions in public sector retirement rules
KUWAIT: The cabinet has rejected an appeal from Education Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf to exempt senior educators from the new retirement stipulations, a local daily reported yesterday, quoting a source with knowledge of the case. As per the new decisions made during the cabinet’s weekly meeting last Wednesday, senior government officials are required to retire immediately after completing 30 years in office, while staff members who spend 35 years in office will automatically lose the opportunity to be promoted to senior posts.

According to the insider, who spoke to Al-Rai on Tuesday, Minister Al-Hajraf made attempts to exclude senior MOE officials from the mandatory retirement clause, but to no avail. “The decision comes at a bad time in which the MOE has already started implementing its education improvement strategy,” said the source who wished to remain unnamed because he was not authorized to reveal the subject publically.

After coming into effect, the new stipulations are expected to shake up the MOE’s leadership hierarchy, as recently appointed undersecretary Mariyam Al- Wutaid, Undersecretary Assistant for Public Education Mohammad Al-Kandari and many other ministry officials and school administrators will be affected, according to the source.

The new stipulations come as part of the government’s efforts to tackle the rising unemployment rate, which has reached 4.9 percent in Kuwait – a country where employment is considered a constitutional right of citizens. Minister of Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah said during a parliament session earlier this month that there are 19,400 Kuwaitis waiting for jobs in the public sector.

Meanwhile, Al-Rai reported that Al-Kandari had ordered an investigation into the claims of staff members that the tests they were required to pass in order to qualify for promotion contained questions on subjects that were different from what they were taught during their training course.

The ministry has implemented a new promotion system which requires employees seeking promotion to supervisory posts to undergo a training course and then pass a written exam and an interview. Recent reports indicated that nearly 78 percent of employees who had applied for promotion had failed their written exams.
 
-Kuwait Times
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Sree Lakshmi's Visit to Saravana Bhavan

Sree Lakshmi's Visit to Saravana Bhavan

The youngest CEO in the world  Sri Lakshmi suresh  the guest of  Indian Frontliners visited Saravana Bhavan . It was a pleasure and previlege to the staff at HSB and no doubt, they enjoyed serving her and her family hot dosas. Sreelakshmi with  her parents  and the accombony  Alsour Finace company Mr. Ram  with family too enjoyed the   saravana bhavan  special  veg dishes.

 

ICSK Khaitan Felicitates Ms Sreelakshmi -The Youngest CEO and Web Designer

ICSK KHAITAN FELICITATES MS SREELAKSHMI -THE YOUNGEST CEO and WEB DESIGNER
 
The Indian Community School, Kuwait, Khaitan Branch felicitated Ms. Sreelekahmi Suresh, world’s youngest web designer and CEO on 14th May 2013.   Honorary Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the  ICSK Mr. Vijay Karayil, dignitaries from Indian Frontliners Mr. N.C. Mohandoss and Mr. K. Mathi, Parent representative to the board Mr. Ninan Joseph and PAC members along with parents of Ms. Sreelakshmi graced the occasion with their presence.
 
Mr. Vijay Karayil cordially welcomed the gathering. In his address, he said that she is also the youngest guest ICSK ever had. He exhorted the students to get inspired from the living example of Ms Sreelakshmi. In her address to the students, Ms. Sreelakshmi narrated her inspiring journey of achievement very modestly and credited her father for his support and a boy who inspired her for developing website at a very young age. During the interactive session, students eagerly communicated with her and were immensely motivated while she answered their curious queries patiently and politely.
 
Studying in class XI, she owns a web designing company. He had designed the website of her school at the tender age of eight. Since then, she has developed over 100 websites and is a recipient of above 40 national and international awards. “If you have a passion to do something and you confidently put efforts, you can gain success”, said the prodigy while answering one of the questions. Students of the ICSK Khaitan presented a graceful dance and a melodious song on the occasion. 
 
Mr. Vijay Karayil along with Principal Mr. K. G. Shirsath presented the memento and Cash award to Ms. Sreelakshmi on behalf of the ICSK.   Vice Principal Dr. Mary Isaac proposed the vote of thanks and acknowledged Indian Frontliners  for bringing Sreelakshmi to Kuwait.
 
 
 
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Sanjay Dutt to surrender in Mumbai court tomorrow

Sanjay Dutt to surrender in Mumbai court tomorrow
  
Tthe TADA court allowed Mr. Dutt to withdraw the application seeking to surrender before Yerwada Jail

Actor Sanjay Dutt will surrender before a designated TADA court here on Thursday in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case after the court allowed him on Wednesday to withdraw his application seeking to give himself up before Yerwada jail authorities in Pune.

Mr. Dutt’s lawyer Subhash Jadhav told the special court this morning that the actor wanted to withdraw the application filed on Tuesday and that he would surrender before the court on Thursday. The court allowed the plea to be withdrawn.

53-year-old Dutt has been convicted under the Arms Act and sentenced to five year jail term.

On May 10, the apex court had dismissed Dutt’s plea seeking review of its judgement on his conviction and five-year jail term.

Mr. Dutt was earlier granted four weeks more time to surrender to undergo the remaining jail term.

The Supreme Court, on March 21, had upheld his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, which it said was engineered by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and others with the involvement of Pakistan’s ISI.

However, the apex court had reduced to five years the six-year jail term awarded to Dutt by a designated TADA court in 2006 while ruling out his release on probation, saying the “nature” of his offence was “serious“.

Mr. Dutt was convicted by the TADA court for illegally possessing a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle, which were part of a consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for coordinated serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700 in 1993.
-The Hindu
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Flights suspended as cyclone heading towards Bangladesh

Flights suspended as cyclone heading towards Bangladesh
  Bangladesh on Wednesday suspended operations at two airports and a port as cyclone Mahasen headed towards its coastline, officials said.

“We have asked suspension of all flights to and from Shah Amanat International Airport from 4 pm (1000 GMT) and are trying to remove airport equipment to safer places,” said Mahfuzul Alam, the airport’s acting manager.

Authorities earlier cancelled domestic flights from Cox’s Bazar airport, around 400 kilometres south-east of capital Dhaka.

The Chittagong Port Authority suspended all activities, including container-handling on the shore, a port official said.

Bangladesh earlier put 50,000 volunteers on alert in 13 coastal districts as the tropical cyclone approached the coast.

More than 3,500 shelters in those districts were also prepared.

The cyclone, was intensifying 760 kilometres offshore, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said.

“It may cross Khepupara-Teknaf coast near Chittagong by early Thursday,” it said in a special bulletin.
-The Hindu
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107 abandoned vehicles removed from Amghara

107 abandoned vehicles removed from Amghara
KUWAIT: A total of 107 abandoned cars were lifted from the Amghara scrap yard and sent to a car detention garage in the area as part of the second phase of a cleanliness campaign carried out by the Al- Jahra municipality on the instructions of its Director, Eng. Sami Al-Saeedan. The Director of General Cleaning told reporters that removal of abandoned cars will continue across different streets and public yards at Amghara in order to clean up the entire area of such vehicles.

Pointing out that a number of real estate owners have been using their front yards as car workshops leave the discarded parts from such cars there, he said at times they park many of those cars outside their plots and even encroach upon vast swathes of public land, roads and yards for such business. He explained that the campaign started by affixing warning signs on the abandoned cars, directing that these be removed by their owners within 24 hours. He said the warnings and transportation of vehicles is documented in the municipality records. He said after the grace period granted to the owners of such cars, there will be no further warning and the vehicles would be removed and taken to the detention garage. Detained vehicles will not be released without payment of the necessary fees.

On his part, supervisor Faisal Al-Otaibi said that leaving abandoned cars along the streets and public yards reflects poorly on the area and hinders road cleaning operations besides acting as a shelter for stray dogs and other animals. He said the governorate’s municipality was keeping track of such cars and will ensure these are removed. Necessary legal action will be taken against the owners of these vehicles. He explained that the campaign will continue, especially in the industrial areas, public yards and streets.

By Hanan Al-Saadoun, Kuwait Times Staff
 
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MoH issues guidelines on new virus – 6 new Saudi cases

MoH issues guidelines on new virus – 6 new Saudi cases
KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Ministry of Health made an administrative decision announcing strict guidelines on how to handle acute respiratory cases, particularly the novel coronavirus (nCoV), which it described as “a dangerous communicable disease”. This came after Saudi Arabia detected six new cases of the deadly coronavirus, the health ministry said, raising the number of people infected from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom to 30, half of them fatalities.

The Kuwaiti decision urged doctors in the public and private sectors to inform their closest disease control and prevention centre of suspicions regarding cases of acute respiratory illnesses such as the novel coronavirus, in order to prevent the spread of such cases. Medical staff in emergency and critical condition departments, who may have had contact with those infected, have also been told to receive a checkup at the local disease control centre.

It ran through the steps doctors needed to abide by when handling such cases such as dispatching samples in a sealed and refrigerated container accompanied by a report to various laboratories across the country, while paying close attention to the isolation of suspected cases and carrying out regular assessments of their condition, the guidelines showed. If a suspected case were to be referred to the disease control centre, interaction should be prohibited over a 10-day period.

Land and marine border custom officials have also been informed to pay close attention to travelers arriving from nations known to carry a high number of people with either of the H7N9 influenza virus, SARS-like viruses or the coronavirus, under the directions of the World Health Organisation, while taking measures to provide awareness on means to prevent being infected with any of these ailments.

Two of the Saudi infections were announced yesterday, a day after the ministry said four cases had been registered in Eastern Province, which has been gripped by panic after it was shown to be home to most of the cases in the kingdom. “Two new confirmed infections were registered in Eastern Province,” it said on its website, adding that those infected were nurses and “are receiving needed treatment and medical care”. The ministry had said late Monday that among the four other new cases, “one of the people has recovered and discharged, while the other three are still being treated”.

Saudi health authorities are now receiving advice from specialists from US and Canadian universities, the ministry added. Health Minister Abdullah Al-Rabia had said on Sunday that 24 people have contracted the coronavirus, and that 15 of them have died. The World Health Organisation had said earlier that 34 cases have been reported worldwide since the virus was first detected in Sept 2012, with 18 of the victims dying. – Agencies
 
-Kuwait Times
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Tension rises amid resignation rumors

Tension rises amid resignation rumors
KUWAIT: While the cabinet’s absence from the parliament’s session yesterday was expected in the wake of grilling motions filed against the oil and interior ministers, local newspapers yesterday speculated that several scenarios aimed at defusing the seemingly impromptu crisis between the executive and legislative authorities are being considered, including resignations. In this regard, Al-Qabas reported that all the ministers submitted their resignations to HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Sabah, quoting sources familiar with the cabinet’s weekly meeting that took place Monday.

While resignation of the entire cabinet seems unlikely at this point (Parliament Speaker Ali Al- Rashid is expected to meet the premier very soon in a bid to contain the crisis), most scenarios seem to suggest that resignations of some ministers were imminent. “Four ministers are likely to be included in a reshuffle that could be the last resort if the Cabinet wants to avoid resigning or facing the grillings,” said political insiders who spoke to Al-Qabas on the condition of anonymity.

MPs Dr Yousuf Al-Zalzalah and Safaa Al- Hashem filed to grill First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah on allegations of failure to cooperate with the parliament, failure to implement court orders, the state of security and attempting to cover up a Kuwaiti “terror” cell having links with Islamists on trial in the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, MPs Saadoun Hammad, Yaqoub Al-Sane’a and Nasser Al-Merri filed to grill Minister of Oil Hani Husain over the $2.2 billion penalty payment to US-based Dow Chemical, as well as accusations of allowing commercial deals with Israel, not taking any action to prevent the sale of alcohol at Kuwait-owned gas stations in Europe and approving illegal staff promotions at state-owned oil companies. “The accelerated pace of filing grilling motions could be motivated by a feeling among MPs that the highly anticipated Constitutional Court ruling on the single vote system will not be in the parliament’s favor,” Al-Qabas’ report reads, quoting observers who did not wish to be named.

Others speculated in the meantime that the interpellations were likely aimed at putting pressure on the government in order to force a reshuffle that will ease out from the cabinet a number of ministers who are not well-liked by the parliament. According to the government insiders who attended the cabinet’s weekly meeting, ministers expressed disappointment at MPs’ sudden change of heart “which seems to be an attempt to garner popularity in anticipation of the Constitutional Court’s ruling on June 16th.” The court is expected to pronounce its verdict on that date in cases involving challenges made against last December’s elections, questioning the constitutionality of an emergency decree that amended the voting mechanism prior to the elections.

Meanwhile, a source with knowledge of the cabinet’s thinking told Al- Qabas that a decision to activate article 106 of the constitution which gives the state’s Amir the authority to suspend the parliament for one month “could be an ideal way out of the crisis.” If the said decision was made next Sunday, the parliament would resume session on June 19th, provided that the Constitutional Court’s ruling does not nullify the election results.

The opposition, which had boycotted the elections claiming that the decree reducing the number of votes a citizen could cast from four to one, was aimed to create a rubberstamp parliament, is speculating that the current political unrest is nothing but a ploy to ensure that the parliament is dissolved thus rendering in vain all challenges being looked at by the court. This claim is mostly used to support arguments that the cabinet and MPs were working together to help ‘immunize’ the single-vote system. But according to a constitutional expert who spoke to a local newspaper in this regard, a dissolution prior to the court’s ruling does not necessarily provide protection for the new electoral system. “That decision in the end depends on the assessment of the Constitutional Court which alone can answer that question,” Kuwait University Professor Dr. Mohammad Al-Feeli told Annahar on Monday.

He added that new challenges to the single-vote system can still be filed even if the current parliament was to be dissolved. In other news, the Appeals Court adjourned a case involving a leading oppositionist who faces jail term over charges of offending HH the Amir, and set May 27th as the date to pronounce its ruling.

The Criminal Court had sentenced former MP Musallam Al-Barrak last month to five years in jail for the statements made during a public rally last October, before the Appeals Court released him on bail pending its ruling. — Al-Qabas & Annahar
 
-Kuwait Times
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Amnesty for illegal residents likely

Amnesty for illegal residents likely
KUWAIT: A proposal was made to grant amnesty to residency violators and waive the penalties imposed on their violations, giving them an option to return to Kuwait after correcting their residency status, sources said.

Immigration detectives headed by Ghazi Auamie has made the proposal to First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hmoud, through the Assistant Undersecretary Lt General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawwaf.

The proposal suggested that the period given must be in summer so that expats who have children in schools can leave without affecting their children’s study.

According to the proposal the violators from different nationalities have reached more than 100,000 and that the campaigns carried out by the ministry of interior have not succeeded in detaining all of them.

The decision in this matter now is in the hands of minister of interior.
 
-Kuwait Times
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SIMS Students Experience French Culture at its Best

Sunday 12th of May 2013

Salmiya Indian Model School ,kuwait

 

SIMS Students Experience FrenchCulture at its Best

 

On the 8th of May 2013, Salmiya Indian Model School organized an educational trip to a French restaurant “Le Nôtre” for a treat. The French students of classes 7 to 9, accompanied by their teachers were taken to the restaurant as part of the French activity curriculum while others were assigned a project on France.

From the momentthe students walked in with the special “bonjour” from the Manager and the staff till the moment they walked out, they felt very special.The restaurant had a very classy atmospherewhich created a wonderful mood.

The way the platter was presented with all its mouthwatering items was irresistible. The students were able to taste the traditional French delicacies which were served in a typical French ambience. The French baguette was served with butter and cheese, followed by a variety of sandwiches, croissants,pains au chocolat, juices, chocolate cakes and the famous café au lait.

The presentation was attractive with a unique sense of creativity and the foodwas really delicious. The service was really praiseworthy and the attentive waiters added to the beauty of the day. Sampling French cuisine in all its variety was a verypleasant experience. It was one of the most exciting and memorable experience for the students of SIMS and will always remain as a souvenir with them.

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Kerala’s Vision 2030 plan takes Nordic economies as model

Kerala’s Vision 2030 plan takes Nordic economies as model
Thiruvananthapuram: Entering the third year in office later this month, Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala is coming out with a Perspective Plan to achieve high growth and social security, benchmarking it against Nordic economies that give thrust to both progress and social care.

The long-term plan, whose draft is to be drawn up shortly, would be discussed among political parties, youth and other stake-holders before giving final shape, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Planning Board Vice-Chairman K M Chandrasekhar said during an interaction with journalists here today.

The document, being prepared by the state Planning Board with technical assistance from the Delhi-based National Council of Applied Economic Research, would be the basis for implementation of a series of initiatives to foster sustained growth of the state over the next 20 years, they said.

The ultimate aim of the plan would be to enhance the annual per capita income from the present USD 4,700 to USD 36,000, ensure a compound growth rate of 7.5 per cent, besides setting growth rate targets for various sectors like griculture (2 pc), manufacturing and construction (9 pc each), communication (7 pc) and education and health sectors (10 pc).

The target is to make Kerala a global hub for education by increasing the share of these sectors to 10 per cent of the GDP from the current 5 to 6 pc. Chandy said this was for the first time that any government in Kerala was coming out with a long-term plan despite the mandate of the ministry being five years.

He expressed the confidence that the opposition parties would respond to the idea positively making their suggestions to improve it.

The development model of Nordic countries is taken as a benchmark as these economies give thrust to both development and social security. This would not mean that the plan would be oblivious to several features that sharply vary from the Nordic countries in the case of Kerala, Chandrasekhar said.
-Manorama Online
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Chinese activity in Indian Ocean Region to figure at Navy meet

Chinese activity in Indian Ocean Region to figure at Navy meet
New Delhi: Increasing presence of the Chinese maritime forces in the Indian Ocean Region and disciplinary issues in the force are expected to be discussed by the top Navy brass in their commanders' conference starting Tuesday.

The Navy has been concerned over the increasing presence of Chinese Navy's submarines and other warships in the IOR.

In a recent report submitted to the Defence Ministry, the Integrated Defence Staff headquarters had informed the Government quoting the data by American agencies that 22 encounters of Chinese submarines have taken place outside its territorial waters in the IOR.

China has also been successful in establishing its presence in ports around India including Chittagong in Bangladesh, Sittwe and Coco Island in Myanmar, Hambantota in Sri Lanka and Gwadar in Pakistan, which gives it capability to stay close to Indian waters from all sides in a move known as "string of pearls".

In the conference to be inaugurated by Defence Minister A K Antony, the Navy will also discuss cases of indiscipline faced by the force.

In recent times, several Navy officers have faced allegations of wife swapping and stealing the affection of brother officer's wife.

One senior officer posted on-board prestigious INS Virat aircraft carrier was dismissed by the force for sending lewd messages to several women using multiple SIM cards and mobile phones.

The top brass of the force is also expected to discuss the delay in the induction of the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, which is being retrofitted in Russia and has been delayed due to mishaps in its boiler.
-Manorama Online
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Decks cleared for today's IPL Chennai match

Decks cleared for today's IPL Chennai match
 The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Chennai Corporation to deseal the three stands at Chepauk stadium for Tuesday IPL match over the issue of structural soundness.

Following this, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association assured the apex court that the three stands with 12,000 seats would not be used in any other match without its permission.

Earlier report:

The IPL match to be played here on Tuesday between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils was plunged into uncertainty, with the Tamil Nadu Public Works Department cancelling the structural soundness certificate issued in 2011 for the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.

In a communication issued to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association secretary, the department on Monday asked the TNCA to make a fresh application for the certificate.

Contending that the certificate was issued earlier without approved plans of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, the letter, sent by A. Mohan, Superintending Engineer in the Building (Construction and Maintenance) Circle, said: “Now on verification of approved CMDA plans, it is observed that the nomenclature of blocks as in [the] approved plan varies with the nomenclature of blocks for which [the] structural soundness certificate [was] applied [for] by you and issued so far from this Department.”

The fresh application should be made for the blocks with the nomenclature as per the approved CMDA plans, the communication added.

The structural soundness issue has surfaced at a time when the Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on Tuesday on permission to the organisers to use I, J and K stands in the same match.

Special Correspondent from Sports adds:

Talking to The Hindu, a senior TNCA official said the PWD had withdrawn the certificate based on nomenclature. The TNCA had not even been served a show-cause notice, he said. The issue had “nothing to do with the stadium’s stability.” Seven IPL matches had already been staged in the stadium this season. “There have been absolutely no concerns about the quality or strength of the construction. We have no option but to go to court,” he added.
-Kuwait Times
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