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Newborn baby found abandoned inside a carton

Newborn baby dumped: A newborn baby was recently found abandoned inside a carton in Egaila.

According to security sources, a Kuwaiti citizen was walking down a road in Egaila when he heard the cries of a baby from a carton.

As soon as he noticed the baby, he informed the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior. Securitymen and paramedics rushed to the location and discovered that it was a newborn and healthy baby. They suspected that the baby was illegitimate and the parents had abandoned it in the carton after covering it with a piece of cloth.

They referred the baby to the nearest hospital. A case was registered and investigations are ongoing to find the parents
Source: Arabtimes

Indian expat mugged near Farwaniya

Indian expat mugged: An unknown individual recently waylaid an Indian expatriate and robbed him of his mobile phone and wallet which contained KD 95.

Following the incident, the victim rushed to Farwaniya Police Station and filed a case against the unknown suspect, informing securitymen that the suspect was in casual wear when he attacked him and robbed him of his mobile phone and his wallet which contained KD 95.

Securitymen noted the description of the suspect and are carrying out investigations to arrest him.
Source: Arabtimes

India's finest flying Ambassador - Air India!

India's finest flying Ambassador - Air India!

Air Indiais India's finest flying Ambassador.  The urge to excel and enthusiasm to achieve, which characterized Air India's first flight, 80 years ago is palpable even today – courtesy its dedicated professionals who have kept alive the tradition of flying high!
5 decades of operations in Kuwait
Air India operates in Kuwait since 04h October 1960 with the landing of AI L1049 Super Constellation at Kuwait International Airport flying via Karachi and Bahrain, being one of the earliest airlines with direct operations. It has successfully completed 52 years of service in Kuwait!
Air India currently operates direct flights from Kuwait to Goa, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Chennai, and Air India Express operates from Kuwait  to Mangalore,  Kozhikode, and Kochi with convenient departure/arrival timing and offers competitive special fares and liberal baggage allowance from Kuwait to India.
Air India since its first flight in 1932, has grown into a wider carrier covering 27 destinations across the US, Europe, Canada, Far East and South-East Asia and the Gulf including 62 domestic destinations across the county. Its fleet includes a variety of wide body, narrow body and various other aircraft.
Air India - India’s Cultural Ambassador
Air India through its operations and activities represents  India’s multi cultural facets. Air-India has actively extended its wholehearted sponsorship and support to the various Indian Associations in Kuwait, in their endeavours in organizing cultural programmes, of different languages/regions in Kuwait for the benefit of Indian community thus strengthening unity and integrity in the people as India’s finest Cultural Ambassador.
Air India – Scholastic Awards
Air India has been taking keen interest to motivate and honour the top academic achievers of Class X CBSE Examination of the Indian Schools in Kuwait as a tradition including Maharaja’s Scholastic Award tickets to each of the School toppers. This year Air India offered awards to the toppers in Science and Commerce streams in class 12 CBSE exams in Kuwait.
Air India’s Role in Relief Operations
Air India has responded in every crisis and emergency in the Gulf region, notably during the Iraq war, and Amman evacuation in 1990 that created World Civil Aviation history, operating 488 special flights and airlifting  111,711 stranded nationals,  This is an important benchmark in the annals of history and AI earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records
Further, the employees of Air India worldwide have donated one day’s salary towards Tsunami Relief for the victims in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands in 2004. An amount of Indian Rupees One Crore, viz. 10 Million was donated at each instance to “Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund”. In the recent past, similar donations were made by the employees towards victims of an earthquake in Latur, Maharashtra, the Kargil war in Kashmir, and an earthquake in Gujarat.
Air India rose to the occasion once again in July 2006 to airlift the stranded Indians in Lebanon from Larnaca. About 2,286 people were safely flew back to their homeland on humanitarian grounds.   
India’s National Carrier has once again proved that the organization is simply not a commercial airline, but is truly dedicated to the service of our countrymen when it really matters !
Air India Awards
Air India over a period of time has won a plethora of awards including “The Most Trusted Brand” Award under the Airliens category.
Air India’s Programmes and Packages
A range of convenient offers and facilities tailor-made for that ultimate passenger satisfaction, like the Frequent Flyer Programme, Holiday Packages, Corporate House schemes, Group Travel schemes and other promotional offers alongside facilities on the ground,  prompt passenger alert service,Advance Check-in, Online Booking, E-Ticketing, Web check-in. Mobile check-in etc have made Air India the obvious preference of the discerning passenger.
Holding centuries of traditions and culture in its bosom with a sprinkle of umpteen languages, cuisines, festivals, monuments and more, India is truly incredible and a visit here an experience to treasure! A visit to India and then travel around India to soak in all its glory and charm, there is no better way than with Air India!
Flying Returns is India’s first frequent flyer programme, and one of the most rewarding programme. As a member, you can earn mileage points when you fly Air India on eligible fare paying tickets, and redeem them for award travel faster than most programmes. Air India’s frequent flyer programme has over 1 million members. 
Air India salutes all its patrons for their continued support and wishes all a Happy Republic Day!

Indian government hikes tax on gold imports

Indian government hikes tax on gold imports
NEW DELHI: Indian government on Monday hiked the import duty on the precious metal by 50 percent in an effort to reduce demand and help stem the country’s ballooning current account deficit.

Gold purchases are one of the biggest contributors to India’s current account deficit — the broadest measure of trade — which hit a record $22.3 billion, or 5.4 percent of GDP, in the July-September quarter, as imports outpaced exports.

The government said the rise in the import duty on gold to six percent from four percent would take effect immediately. Last year it doubled the duty on gold to four percent.

“The duties will be reviewed after some time if there is a moderation in the quantity of gold that is imported into the country,” Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram told reporters.

The hike is part of a wider set of measures to improve the finances of Asia’s third-largest economy, which faces stubbornly high inflation, a sharp slowdown in growth as well as the hefty current and fiscal account deficits.

Ratings agencies have threatened to downgrade India’s sovereign investment rating to junk status unless the government takes steps to close the nation’s the deficits.

India has long been the world’s biggest buyer of gold with purchases strongest during the religious festival and wedding seasons.

Last year’s rise in the import duty on gold dampened demand temporarily but purchases picked up again.

Many Indians — especially in rural areas where there are few banks — purchase gold in the form of jewelry, bars and coins as a hedge against inflation.


‘Control’ eyed on social networks Deal with UK firms

‘Control’ eyed on social networks Deal with UK firms
KUWAIT: A security team has been assigned to look into the needs of Kuwait to control the social networking sites in cooperation with several British companies, reports Al-Rai daily quoting government sources.

The sources said Kuwait is in dire need to buy some specific e-programs which have been tried in several countries including the United States and Britain. These high technology programs are reportedly used in surveillance and detecting points of contacts and have easy access to people. These programs are also a direct challenge to parent companies which are supervising various social networking programs.

The source noted the costs of the security agreement for Internal Preventive Security between Kuwait and these companies was worth $250 million.

The sources added the agreement includes a clause on confidentiality of setting up programs by a specialized foreign team with the non-participation of any of the Kuwaiti team in the issue of use and access.

The sources said the agreement will not be disclosed without approving a special law on the use of such programs and legal action that should be taken to prosecute offenders.

The source noted there are draft laws ready with the Council of Ministers to organize ways to use those sites.
Source: Arabtimes

Jan 24th Holiday - Birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

Jan 24th Holiday - Birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
KUWAIT: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced that Jan 24 is an official holiday on the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.

Source: Arabtimes

Two held for human trafficking

Two held for human trafficking
KUWAIT: Two people were arrested for human trafficking after they were caught forging work permits by hacking into the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor’s system. Investigations began after a tip-off about a Bangladeshi dishing out Kuwaiti work permits to expatriate laborers brought by a human trafficker residing in a different Gulf state. Further investigations revealed that the man was collecting KD1,000 for every work permit sold. He used to obtain these by using forged documents in the name of an inactive trading company owned by a Kuwaiti man. This led detectives to suspect that some labor department employees could be involved who would have allowed the fake company’s owner to issue work permits.
A total of 350 forged work permits were reportedly entered into the MSAL’s database through hacking, according to investigations. It was also revealed that the suspects had managed to sell 150 permits before their arrest. The Bangladeshi man was arrested in an ambush and eventually confessed to his role in the crime when he was confronted with the findings of the sleuths. Police later arrested the Kuwaiti man, who confirmed detectives’ findings but refused to divulge the names of his accomplices who helped him hack into the MSAL’s system. The two remain in the custody of the Criminal Investigations General Department pending further action.
Source: Kuwait Times

Mobile Collector’ launched by MEW to help elderly, disabled

Mobile Collector’ launched by MEW to help elderly, disabled
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Electricity and Water yesterday launched its ‘Mobile Collector’ service meant to facilitate the elderly and disabled people in paying their electricity and water bills. People can call at telephone number 152 to avail of the service. “A collector from the Ministry will go to the house of the debtor belonging to this category to collect the bill after receiving a call on the Ministry’s line on 152.
The collector will give the debtor a receipt generated by the mobile paying machine in lieu of the payment,” Abdulaziz Al-Ibrahim, the Minister of Electricity and Water, said launching the facility yesterday. The service comes courtesy the Consumers Affairs Department at the Ministry for the citizens and expatriates. “This service provides a simple way to pay as apart from virtually opening all offices to the consumers irrespective of the areas as they can pay through the internet. The service is in addition to other services,” he added.
According to him, the Ministry is following the instructions of His Highness the Amir in providing the service to all consumers. “The owners of farms and stables should pay their bills as soon as possible, as the Ministry will start, beginning next week, to collect the debts of this category of consumers and to continue debt collection from all consumers,” said Ibrahim. “The Ministry is keen to always provide its services to everyone and also to enable them to pay their bills in the easiest way possible. I would like to remind the consumers to rationally consume the electricity and water, especially since the current networks are in the process for regular maintenance in view of the upcoming summer. The rational use of these two services will ensure proper maintenance work,” he further said.
The government is subsidizing the electricity to the tune of 95 percent of its real cost. “The difference between the real cost of the electricity and water and what is paid by the consumers is borne by the government,” he pointed out. Since the beginning of the debt collection campaign, the Ministry succeeded in collecting KD 148 million out of KD 303 millions. “This campaign started from major consumers such as the companies, hotels, schools, clubs, private institutions, unions, NGOs, ministries and other consumers. A total of KD 1,200000 was collected from the officers in leading positions who were late in paying their bills. This campaign will continue in collecting the debts from the consumers according to law no. 48/2005.
Also, I have to mention that the Ministry does not cut the electricity supply of the consumer unless he is too late in paying and accumulated huge debts that may reach tens of thousands of KD, as there are some consumers who have not paid for more than ten years,” explained Ibrahim. Regarding the delay on the part of the Ministry in delivering the bills to some consumers, he said that the Ministry is keen on delivering these to the consumers as soon as possible. “The previous contract regarding this had expired and a new contract will be signed soon with other companies,” he noted. Ibrahim also called upon the consumers who are paying their bills whether through the internet or the consumers affairs offices to provide the Ministry with their data, telephone numbers and emails so that they can be contacted regarding their bills via email or SMS.
Source: Kuwait Times

Wonderful Interactive Session on parenting ....To Understand Our Child Better

AOL workshop On Parenting:
Dear All,
Warm Greetings!
Do you reel around these questions in your mind?
- Why is my son/daughter not listening to me?
- Why is she jumping around and breaking things?
- Not eating at all properly?
- They are always in front of the TV!
 Know Your Child is a two hour interactive seminar from the Art of Living which helps parents deal with several such issues by finding the root cause behind them.
= It gives them an insight into how children think and thus a better understanding of their behaviour.
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Several hundred such workshops have been conducted benefitting many thousands of parents making their relationships with their children much more harmonious.
Every parent intention is to bring up child in better way , but way we convey sometimes  builds gap this workshop will help you to bridge the gap.
We are arranging for a workshop in Kuwait on this 27th January 2013 at 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Please find attached the workshop details! Call the contact numbers (area-wise) to register yourself.
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DOC FEST 2013!

DOC FEST 2013!
The Indian Doctors Forum (IDF), affiliated to the Kuwait Medical Association, released the IDF Health Guide based on the theme of Globesity – Global Obesity, during a colorful event held under the theme Rainbow Doc Fest 2013. The event which was held under the patronage of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait was inaugurated by Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al- Sabah, Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs. The Health Guide was released by Dr. Mohammed Al- Haifi, the Minister of Health in the presence of His Excellency Satish C. Mehta, the Ambassador of India to Kuwait and guests of honor Dr Mohammed Al-Mutairi, President, Kuwait Medical Association and Prof Adel K. Ayed, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait.
Addressing the distinguished guests and the audience, the Indian Ambassador commended the good work done by the IDF in spite of the tight schedule of doctors exerting time and selfless efforts in the service of the community. He also commended the IDF for being the recipient of the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, the highest civilian award bestowed upon Non-Resident Indians/Organizations. The event was followed by a colorful cultural program based on the theme of the rainbow which represents diversity and inclusiveness, of hope and of yearning.
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22 tons of rotten meat confiscated in Capital

22 tons of rotten meat confiscated in Capital
KUWAIT: As part of the ongoing campaign to ensure only sale of food stuff fit for human consumption, a team of inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry confiscated 22 tons of rotten meat at the capital governorate. The Undersecretary at the Ministry of Commerce, Abdulaziz Al-Khaldi, told reporters that the inspection department led by supervisor Faisal Al-Ansari was able to stop the distribution of this rotten meat after laboratory tests revealed that it was not suitable for consumption. He added that the ministry has taken necessary action against the company for violating the law and it was referred to the public prosecutor who will decide on a suitable punishment. The confiscated meat would be retained till a decision is made to destroy it. Al-Khaldi said the ministry will go ahead with monitoring the food companies and sending violators to concerned legal authorities. Penalties in such cases could reach up to ten years of imprisonment for those involved in implementing and selling meat unsuitable for human consumption. He emphasized the necessity to double the punishment, and also to introduce a provision to close the company besides imprisoning and deporting those involved. He sent a message to the dealers that the Ministry of Commerce will keep an eye on the goings on and will protect the health of citizens and expats. He said there were many checks, starting with the customs authority and including the Kuwait municipality, to ensure that any imported meat found rotten was not directly distributed.
Source: Kuwait Times

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Family alleges ragging as city boy ends life in Germany

Family alleges ragging as city boy ends life in Germany
altYoung Likhit Shashidhara left for Germany four months ago to get a postgraduate engineering degree but what his shattered parents got was his body in a coffin on a Thai Airways flight early on Friday.
The parents were told that their 24-year-old son had committed suicide in his rented house on January 8 with the cable of a cellphone charger.
Likhit, who was studying mechatronics in Kreuztal town near Siegen city in Germany, was the son of S.V. Shashidhara, a land dealer, and Siddalingamma, a librarian in a private college here. The couple lives in Hanumagiri Extension in Chikkalasandra here.
Suresh, his cousin, said the parents were told of the tragedy on January 9. Subsequently they were in touch with the German police who finally told them the body was sent to Bengaluru International Airport on January 10.
“The body arrived at the airport around 11.50 p.m.,” said Mr. Suresh.
Likhit’s family argue the Seigen University student could have been pushed to take the extreme step due to ragging. He had often complained to his parents that he was being harassed by his seniors.
His heartbroken father, Mr. Shashidhara, said: “We asked him to return to India if he is not able to study. He had said he would return soon.”
An aunt said she got eight mails saying a group of boys were tormenting him and the family decided to bring him back here even at the risk of his quitting studies midway.
Meanwhile, Subramanyapura police inspector Bale Gowda said they had not received any complaint from the family. “If there is, we will get in touch with the German police and extend necessary help.”
Tara, a family friend, said Likhit was sharing his accommodation with two friends — a Bangalorean from Yelahanka and another from Mysore. He had funded his German education through a bank loan.
Likhit, a B.E. in mechanical engineering, worked for two years before deciding to pursue a postgraduate degree. He is survived by a sister, also an engineering student here.


7,257 citations issued, 567 cars seized in GTD drive

7,257 citations issued, 567 cars seized in GTD drive
KUWAIT: The General Traffic Department (GTD) launched a surprise inspection campaign during the weekend, resulting in the issuance of 7,257 traffic citations, impounding of 567 vehicles and 17 motorbikes, and arrest of an unidentified person.
In a press statement Saturday, the department said a total of 1,018 traffic citations were issued and six vehicles were confiscated in the Capital Governorate.

In Farwaniya, 977 citations were issued and 57 vehicles were impounded, while in Hawally, a total of 1,859 citations were issued and 320 vehicles were confiscated; in addition to 833 citations and 15 vehicles in Ahmadi, 291 citations and one vehicle in Mubarak Al-Kabeer, and 340 citations and 21 vehicles in Jahra.

Moreover, the Operations Unit at the department registered 1,685 violations; confiscated 147 vehicles and 17 motorbikes and arrested one person. The campaign also led to the registration of 108 violations at the Kuwait International Airport.
Source: Arabtimes

Attempt to smuggle in 8,000 bottles of alcohol thwarted

Attempt to smuggle in 8,000 bottles of alcohol thwarted
KUWAIT: The customs officials at the Shuwaikh Port thwarted an attempt to smuggle 8,000 bottles of liquor concealed in a shipment that came with forged documents belonging to the US Army. The operation was carried out on Friday in cooperation with Drug Control General Department detectives who received information that a ‘large shipment of alcoholic drinks’ was on its way to be smuggled into the country. Meanwhile, police arrested an Arab driver and two Asian men who arrived to claim the shipment. During custodial interrogation, they let out the identity of a Kuwaiti man as being the shipment’s owner. Search is on for the suspect.
Source: Kuwait Times

80,000 ID cards issued to illegal residents

80,000 ID cards issued to illegal residents


KUWAIT: The Identification cards issued to illegal residents (bedoons) till end of 2012 had reached around 80,000, said a senior official at the central agency for illegal residents yesterday. Head of Information and ID Cards at the central agency Abduallah Al-Farhan said that procedures to obtain and reissue ID cards had been going on smoothly and according to plan. The agency will continue issuing the cards for bedoons as an implementation of the Cabinet decision no. 409 for the year 2011 that stipulates granting some facilities for this segment of the society.


Source: KUNA

Police bust vice dens in Khaitan, Farwaniya

Police bust vice dens in Khaitan, Farwaniya
KUWAIT: Forty five people were arrested in recent crackdowns which featured busting several brothels in Khaitan and Farwaniya. The operation went underway as per instructions of the Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security Affairs, Maj Gen Abdul-Hameed Al-Awadhi, who ordered investigations to stop prostitution and other illegal activities around the country. Farwaniya officers arrested 45 men and women of Arab and Asian nationalities and referred them to proper authorities to face charges related to prostitution.
Source: Kuwait Times

Chennai Ratna Cafe Opens in Kuwait

Chennai Ratna Cafe, The Popular Indian Veg-Restaurant at Kuwait….in  Fahaheel!
Chennai Ratna Cafe serve the finest, most authentic Indian vegetarian food in Kuwait in  smart yet comfortable restaurant located in the Fahaheel, Kuwait. They are affiliated with the famous Ratna Café Restaurants in India which have been established since 1948 with so many branches.
Welcome to Chennai Ratna Cafe, the Indian Vegetarian Restaurant focused on delivering real Indian culinary excellence matched with knowledgeable, warm and intuitive service. Their  ethos and values are completely focused on your enjoyment, their customer.
They strive to bring you cuisine, the famous Idlis and Sambar tastes that your palate has never experienced and will never forget. They aspire to bring about the wow and all those lovely sounds associated with complete satisfaction
Chennai Ratna Cafe means blessed food, the chefs have a clear belief that their feelings and love are very much part of the food.
Chennai Ratna Café serves a variety of savory recipes from India's rich tapestry of culture and culinary traditions. Every dish is meticulously prepared in authentic Indian home-style, using only natural spices and ingredients. They never add preservatives or artificial colorings. As a result, Chennai Ratna Cafe Cuisine's many delectable dishes are lean, low in fat and healthy.
Address : Mubarak Abdullah Al Dabbous Building,
                  Bld no; 5,Block no;7, Mezanine floor,
                 Tel : 23926281 / 65974546
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Record traffic at Kuwait International Airport in 2012

Record traffic at Kuwait International Airport
KUWAIT: Air traffic at Kuwait International Airport grew six percent in 2012 compared to 2011, deputy director of civil aviation Nabil al-Zamel told KUNA on Thursday.

Concomitant with that, the number of passengers going through the airport increased five percent last year, he said as he noted that these increases occurred at a time when the air travel industry worldwide had experienced rough going due in the main to the global economic slump, particularly in Europe, and political turmoil in different regions of the Middle East.

However with Kuwait’s Open Skies policy and its continuing trend to sign bilateral agreements with more international air carriers and its constant streamlining of services directed at passenger and airlines alike, all converged to encourage air carriers to increase their flights to and through Kuwait last year, he said.

For instance Bahrain Air, Iran’s Zagros Air, and Thailand’s Jet Asia ramped up their flights through Kuwait’s major airport as did Qatar Airways, FlyDubai, Gulf Air, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air and Emirates, to name a few.

Al-Zamel, further, noted that the number of air passengers using Kuwait airport last year topped 8.9 million compared to 8.5 million in 2011. Those numbers translated into over 85,567 flights in 2012 and 85,117 flights in 2011, he said. Air cargo also was quite brisk in 2012 where over 181 million kgs of merchandize were transported.
Source: Arabtimes

Kuwait to enjoy calm weather

Kuwait to enjoy calm weather
KUWAIT: Calm and moderate weather conditions in Kuwait are expected over the weekend, starting today through mid next week, according to a leading meteorologist. Director of the Air Navigation Meteorological Forecasts Department at the Meteorological Department of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation Ali Al-Mutawa pointed out that the maximum temperature will go up to in between 22-24 degrees Celsius. The wind movement will also be moderate as the dusty and cold northwestern winds will slow down. Though the temperature registered at dawn yesterday in different parts of Kuwait touched 1 degree Celsius, it took an upward trend in the day to reach 20 degrees Celsius, he added. Al-Mutwaa pointed out that the minimum temperature at night is expected to record 5 degrees Celsius on Friday and could go up to nearly 13 degrees Celsius mid-week. He expressed delight over the calm and sunny weather, urging the public to enjoy the favorable weekend conditions. 
Source: KUNA
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