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Pakistani man held at airport with weapon suppressor

Pakistani man held at airport with weapon suppressor
 
KUWAIT: State security officials, who had prior information about the expected arrival of a terror suspect, arrested him as soon as he landed at the Kuwait International Airport recently. Police were waiting for the man at the entrance gate after receiving information that he was connected with certain members of suspicious organizations and was set to arrive from Lahore. The Pakistani man was arrested after police found items from his possession that can be assembled into a suppressor. The man was currently being detained pending investigations to determine his motives behind coming to Kuwait with contrabands.
 
- Kuwait Times

Kuwait mulls tough rules for work visas

Kuwait mulls tough rules for work visas
 
KUWAIT: Kuwaiti work visas may soon have to be vetted by five separate government departments as part of a plan to reduce the number of foreign workers and fake visas, local media reported. A government minister last week announced Kuwait would reduce the number of expats in the country by at least 1m by culling 100,000 annually over the next ten years. Expats make up about two-thirds of the total population of about 3m.
 
A report released yesterday by the Supreme Council for Planning and Development showed the percentage of Kuwaitis in the country had fallen from 32.1 percent to 31.7 percent, although it does not indicate over what timeframe this occurred. The report attributes the decline to more foreigners arriving in the country rather than a declining birth rate among Kuwaitis.
 
The government had set a target of 35 percent. Announcing the cull of expats, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Thekra Al-Rasheedi said no new work permits would be approved from April 1. It was not clear whether existing visas would be renewed. According to Arabic daily Al-Jarida, which quoted a government source, a new committee would be established to help crackdown on fake work visas and to fix loopholes in the present licensing system.
 
With members from the Migration General Department, Public Authority for Civil Information, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Kuwait Municipality and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, the committee would ensure better cross-department assessment of an application, Al-Jarida said. In particular it would make it more difficult to use a fake company on a visa application or to sell on a work permit.
 
- Kuwait Times

Customs foil Asian man’s bid to smuggle in 20-kg marijuana

Customs foil Asian man’s bid to smuggle in 20-kg marijuana
 
KUWAIT: An Asian expatriate was arrested recently at Kuwait International Airport for attempting to smuggle 20 kilograms of marijuana into the country. Reportedly, when the customs officers at the airport suspected an Asian expatriate and checked his luggage to find 20 kilograms of marijuana hidden among his clothes. The suspect was arrested and referred with the items to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action against him. Director General of Customs Department Ibrahim Al-Ghanim appreciated the efforts taken by the customs officers to thwart such attempts to smuggle illicit items into the country.
 
- Arabtimes

8,336 citations issued, 496 cars seized in traffic raids

8,336 citations issued, 496 cars seized in traffic raids
 
KUWAIT: Officers from General Traffic Depar-tment (GTD) issued 8,336 citations against various traffic violations and seized 496 vehicles and 10 motorbikes during a series of traffic campaigns that were launched across the country during the weekend.

According to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, officers issued 1,831 citations and seized 70 vehicles in Capital Governorate while they issued 1,077 citations and seized 30 vehicles in Farwaniya Governorate.

In Hawally Governorate, officers issued 1,674 citations and seized 105 vehicles while in Ahmadi, 1,238 citations were registered and 30 vehicles were seized.

In Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate, 243 citations were issued and 17 vehicles were seized while in Jahra Governorate, 695 citations were registered and 31 vehicles were seized.

Officers from the General Operations Unit issued 1,276 citations, and seized 249 vehicles and 10 motorbikes while the officers at Kuwait International Airport issued 302 citations for various violations.

In another development, Jahra securitymen issued 160 citations against recklessness on roads and seized 46 vehicles during extensive traffic campaigns that they launched at various locations within the governorate, reports Al-Anba daily.

Jahra Security Chief Major General Ibrahim Al-Tarrah had issued directives to organize the campaigns against reckless motorists who endanger their lives and that of other road users.

The officers indicated that some motorists who had performed stunts had changed their vehicles’ number plates but the officers caught them and seized their vehicles.

The officers had seized majority of the vehicles from Oyoun, Nassem, Qasr, Waha and Taima areas.
 
- Kuwait Times

Water crisis predicted next summer

Water crisis predicted next summer
 
KUWAIT: Kuwait is expected to face water shortage next summer, based on comparisons between the estimated average daily production and consumption rates, a local newspaper reported yesterday quoting government sources. Speaking to Al-Jarida on the condition of anonymity, the sources said the Ministry of Electricity and Water believed it would most likely not be able to enhance production levels sufficiently to meet the increasing demand in the next few months. “The crisis is predictable because of the delay in the ministry’s plans about increasing water production,” the sources said. They added that water desalination plants can produce a maximum of 500 million imperial gallons every day when functioning at full capacity, but this fell far short of the 550 million daily consumption rate predicted for the summer, especially during the month of May.
 
The ministry was barely able to keep up with consumption levels last year with a daily average of 460 million gallons produced and 454 million gallons consumed. “The ministry resorts to the state’s strategic reserves in case of shortage, but even that is not expected to help avoid shortage during next summer in the light of the MEW’s strategy which calls for taking not more than 40 million gallons a day,” the sources said. Faced with this dilemma, the sources believe that the only option the ministry can resort to in order to avoid a water crisis was a ‘rationing system’ as per which scheduled cuts could be applied if consumption continued to rise during the summer. The latter option was a likely scenario if malfunctions occurred in desalination plants that affected daily production, the sources added. Moreover, they predicted an increase in the price of water sold by tankers from an average of KD5 to KD10 per load to as much as KD30.
 
Kuwait has one of the world’s highest water consumption rates at 500 liters per capita, which is considerably higher than the average global rate that ranges between 100 and 200 liters. Most of the country’s water needs are supplied by desalination of the Arabian Gulf waters. In other news, Al-Anba newspaper reported yesterday that the cabinet referred to the parliament the draft laws pertaining to establishment of four shareholding companies to generate electricity and desalinate water, a first step in plans for privatizing power plants as per the state’s development plan.
 
- Kuwait Times

New panel to regulate number of expats

New panel to regulate number of expats
 
KUWAIT: The government is considering setting up of a pentagonal committee, representing five branches of the state, to deal with the rising number expatriate laborers and work towards eliminating visa trafficking, a local newspaper reported yesterday quoting sources privy to the developments. Speaking to Al-Jarida on the condition of anonymity, a government insider said the panel proposed by the Interior Ministry would bring together the Migration General Department, the Public Authority for Civil Information, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Kuwait Municipality and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.
 
“The proposal has been studied by several internal committees after it was drafted a few months ago, and each study has so far recommended that it be implemented as it was the best solution to contain marginal workers and visa trade,” the sources said. According to the source, the proposed system would help expose manipulations in the licensing mechanism and make sure that work permits are only granted after the company’s data is verified across the aforesaid five state departments. This would guarantee that files of fake or inactive companies are not used to release work permits which are then sold to expatriate labor forces, thus illegally clearing their path to enter Kuwait.
 
The source said the proposal was likely to be reviewed by the cabinet “within a few weeks” to make a decision which would be temporary until the law to establish the Labor Public Authority, which the parliament passed in its first hearing, is implemented. The news coincides with the release of a Supreme Council for Planning and Development report which indicated a drop in the population of Kuwaitis from 32.1 percent to 31.7 of the state’s total population.
 
The statistics go against the government’s developmental plan that called for increasing the national population to 35 percent last year. The news also came less than a week after Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thekra Al-Rashidi announced a new strategy aimed at reducing the number of foreign workers in Kuwait by 100,000 annually.
 
Meanwhile, the Higher Planning Council said the targets set in the last annual development plan about habilitating employees and encouraging Kuwaitis to avail of job options in the private sector could not be met. The council said in a report sent to the cabinet that the rate at which Kuwaitis were to be provided housing infrastructure actually went down and it hardly served the goals set in the development plan. It said one reason was that the number of Kuwaitis seeking government jobs increased because public sector bestows better advantages upon employees.
 
The council said a more permanent solution to the housing problem actually lay in larger participation by the private sector in executing housing projects.

The report said the Kuwaitis’ percentage among residents dropped from 32.1% to 31.7%, and attributed it to the rise in growth rate among non-Kuwaitis as compared with Kuwaitis.
 
It was not clear if the data reflected actual drop or a mere fluctuation in recording data as it was checked by the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) system. The targeted percentage of Kuwaitis was to be 35% at the completion of the development plan and this does not mean a drop in the natural growth rate of Kuwaitis as much as it reflected an increase in the number of expats.
 
- Kuwait Times

SIMS - KG Graduation - Embarking on a New Journey

SIMS - KG Graduation - Embarking on a New Journey
 

SIMS GRADUATION CEREMONY  was  indeed  a  very  special  day,  a  milestone  worth  celebrating,  a  time  to  share  memories,  celebrate  the hard  work  and  academic achievement  of  Kindergarten kids.  The  beauty  of  the  day  lay  in  the  fact  that  all 450  tiny  tots  of KG were  given  the  platform  to  express  themselves  and  display  their  talents.

The  programme  commenced  with  the  recitation  of  the  Holy  Quran,  rendered  by  Muhammad  Ali of  UKG,  followed by  paying  homage to the  motherland  India  and   Kuwait  respectively.  

On 15th March 2013, the  occasion  was  graced  by  distinguished  luminaries    Chief  guest  Mrs  Preeti  Mehta  w/o  the  Indian  ambassador to Kuwait and  Guests  of honour,  Mrs.  Azlinda  Rosli  w/o the  Malaysian  ambassador.  

On 16 March 2013, Chief  Guest  His  Excellency  Toshihero,  the Japanese  ambassador  and  his  wife  Madam  Erico  Toshihero,  Mrs.  Ruchira,  w/o the  ambassador  of  Thailand and  Mrs.  Mary  Ann  Jaya Laxmi  Wajiratne, w/o  the  Sri Lankan  ambassador.  Dr.  Anis  Ahmed, Director  known  for  his  dedication  and  service  to the  community,  was  given   the  honour  of  introducing  the  eminent  guests  to  the  august audience. Mrs. Queenie Yadav, the Head Mistress presented the momentos to the distinguished guests.

An  epitome  of  hard  work  and  success,  Mr.  Sanjay  Yadav, Principal,  walked  the  guests  down  the road,  through all the past glory  and  achievements  of  the school.  The Hon.  Chairman Dr.  Mohammad  Tariq,  a constant  source  of  inspiration  and a  guiding  light  for  the  entire  SIMS  family, took  the  audience  down  memory  lane, recalling  the days  when  kids  in  the  past  could  hardly  face  the  crowd  with  so  much  aplomb  and  bravado.  In  keeping  with  the  motto  of  the  school,  today  they  have  all ‘Dared  to  Dream’  and  have  come  out  in flying  colours.  Through  his  speech,  he  not  only  cautioned  the  parents  not  to  always  over  expect   but  also  gently  reminded  them  to stand  by  their  kids  in  all their  endeavours,  as  they  embark  on  this totally  new  journey,  loaded  with  new  challenges.

The  curtain  opened  to  a  visible  gasp  of  awe  by  the  people,  marvelling at  the beauty  of  the  backdrop,  keeping  in  tune  with  the  tone  of  the  day  of  a  world  tour.  Taking  the  guests  on  a  trip  around  the  world  in  their  hot  air  balloon  were  Surujna  and  Vardhan  of  UKG. In  no  time  the  tiny  tots  hit  the  stage,  clad  in  costumes  symbolizing  various  countries  and  rocking  to  the  beat  of  the  music,  lending more  glamour  and  flamboyance  to  the  occasion. Each  piece  of  music  was carefully  selected  to  synchronize  with  the  countries  it  represented.  The   tour  around  the  globe,  as  the  kids  threw  light  on  the  features  of  each  country,  hailing  right  from  Hawaii  to  China,  covering  all  the  places  from  the  North  to  South  and  East  to  West,  was  an  eye opener.  Be  it  speaking  or  dancing,  the  little  kids  held  the  audience  enraptured.  The  children  who  introduced  each  item without  stumbling  over  the pronunciation  of  the  big  words,  not  only  surprised  the  parents but  also  made  them  glow  with  pride  and  admiration.  The  confidence  with which  their  wards  performed  bespoke  in  no  uncertain  terms,  that  they  were  now  more  than  ready  to  cross the  threshold  to  class I.  The  programme   was  interspersed  with  the  photo  session  of  the  UKG  students  attired  in  their  beautiful  red  and  cream  gown  with  a  matching  hat  to  boot.  Parents  beamed  with  pride  as  they  watched  their  wards  pose  with  so  much  poise  and  dignity.

Mrs.  Aggy  Cyril,  the  KG  Supervisor,  known  for  her  passion  and  pursuit  for  excellence,  concluded  the  function,  by  acknowledging  the  unstinted  support  and  role  played  by  the  Management  and  her  colleagues,  especially  the  KG  Dept.  in  the  successful  culmination  of  the  Graduation  Ceremony.

The  overwhelming  applause  and  response  of  the  parents  throughout  the  function  and  the  effort  of  those  who  worked  behind  the  curtain  is  certainly  praiseworthy.  The  auditorium  was  packed  beyond  its  capacity,  which in  itself  speaks  volumes  for  the  success of  the  grand  event.  Parents  went  overboard  in  showering  praises  on  the  entire  team,  in  transforming  their  little fledglings, now  ready  to fly  the  cuckoos  nest.  They  reminded  the  teachers  of  the days when  their  kids  first  walked  through  the  gates   of  SIMS,  stumbling,  stuttering  and  bawling  in  contrast  to  the  bright  and  overzealous  kids,  who  now  love  learning  and  treasure  their  every moment  at  school.

MAY  SIMS  KEEP  SOARING  AND  SCALING  NEW  HEIGHTS !!!!!!!!!

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Top Achievers Award Ceremony of 2012 for Marketing Officers conducted by LIC Unit of Warba Insurance Co.

Top Achievers Award Ceremony of 2012 for Marketing Officers conducted by LIC Unit of Warba Insurance Co.

“Top Achievers Award Ceremony of 2012 of the Marketing Officers was conducted by LIC Unit of Warba Insurance Co. The mementos were distributed by Mr. Anwar Al Sabej, CEO of Warba in the presence of Mr. Thamodharan (CEO & MD – LIC Intl), Mr. Shamsunder (GM-LIC Intl), Mr. Rajasekar (AGM-Warba), Mr. Abdul Wahid, Mr. Tushar Pandya &  Mr. Ajith Nair Managers of LIC / LIC HFL, Kuwait.

 

We take this opportunity to thank the insured public especially NRIs for their contineous support. “

 

HC allows media coverage of gang-rape trial

HC allows media coverage of gang-rape trial
The Delhi High Court on Friday allowed the media to cover the day-to-day trial of the Dec 16 gang rape case in the Saket fast-track court in New Delhi.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher, allowing the plea of journalists seeking open trial instead of an in-camera one, directed the fast-track court to allow access to one representative of each media house.

“The court will allow access to one representative journalist of each of the accredited national dailies. The petitioners before me represent some of them,” the order said.

The court however, imposed some restrictions on the media, saying it would not disclose the name of the victim or her family members or witnesses cited during the trial.

The reporters will exclude parts of proceedings that the court instructs them not to report, Justice Shakdher said, setting aside the media advisory issued by the police not to report the court proceedings and order of the trial court.
 
-The Hindu
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Italian Marines coming back to face trial in India

Italian Marines coming back to face trial in India
 
The Italian government has said it will return to India two marines facing murder charges in the shooting deaths of two fishermen off the Kerala coast.
 
The announcement on Thursday reversed an earlier decision by the Foreign Ministry that the duo would not return on Friday (March 22), as agreed, after they were granted permission to return home to vote in the Italian elections.
 
The case escalated tensions between India and Italy. The Indian Supreme Court announced that the Italian Ambassador could not leave the country.
 
Two Italian naval guards are on their way back to New Delhi after the government in Rome agreed they should return to face trial, the foreign ministry said on Friday.
 
"They are on their way back to Delhi," Syed Akbaruddin, foreign ministry spokesman said.
 
This follows Italy's turnaround late on Thursday after its earlier decision unleashed a diplomatic furore.
 
Rome had announced on March 11 that the naval guards would not return from special leave granted to them by Indian Supreme Court to go to Italy to vote in national elections.
 
Akbaruddin said the naval guards return was "no occasion for gloating", despite the dramatic reversal by Rome.
 
The two naval guards are accused of having shot dead two Indian fishermen they mistook for pirates off Kochi port last year. They were serving as security guards on an Italian oil tanker.
 
Rome insists the naval guards should be prosecuted in their home country because the shootings involved an Italian-flagged vessel in international waters. India says the killings took place in waters under its jurisdiction.

India votes against Sri Lanka at UNHRC

India votes against Sri Lanka at UNHRC
 
NEW DELHI: In a bid to placate departing ally, DMK, the UPA government played out a farce at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), whereby India moved seven amendments to a US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, and all of which were duly rejected by the US. In the end, India voted in favour of the final draft resolution that had been watered down, largely due to New Delhi's own efforts.
 
On Wednesday, as the government struggled to keep DMK back and save the UPA, it had ordered ministry of foreign affairs to move seven amendments against Lanka along with the US and other sponsors. This came out of a meeting between PM, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, finance minister P Chidambaram, national security advisor ( NSA) Shivshankar Menon, foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai and India's permanent representative to UN Dilip Sinha. These amendments were tough enough that would have ensured a serious downturn in Indo-Lankan ties.
 
These written amendments were rejected by the US and other sponsors, on the grounds that a tighter resolution would reduce the number of supporters for the resolution. Incidentally, the initial draft of the resolution took a tough line against Lanka. It needed a lot of quiet negotiations by Indian officials to water down the text of the resolution to make it reasonably acceptable to both New Delhi and Colombo.
 
For India to attempt to amend the resolution yet again, for domestic political considerations, is a new low in New Delhi's foreign policy.
 
Not content with the US rejection, the government then ordered that India move an oral amendment at the UNHRC on Thursday morning. On Wednesday night, Opposition parties had refused to accede to a government move to pass a parliamentary resolution against Lanka. That reduced the need for an oral amendment, particularly since India risked getting isolated in the Council, since it was unlikely that other sponsors would back the resolution.
 
In the end, India voted for the resolution that had been revised only a couple of days earlier. The resolution went through with 25 votes in favour (one more than last year), 13 against, eight abstentions and Gabon, which was absent. The countries that stood with Sri Lanka included eight Asian nations, two from Latin America and three from Africa.
 
In a swift reaction, Lankan government announced it would take back some of the tanks from the Indian Oil Corporation's strategic reserve facility in Trincomalee. Lankan information minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Thursday announced plans to retake unutilized tanks from Lanka IOC.
 
In its intervention at the UNHRC, Indian envoy, Dilip Sinha said India "... call on Sri Lanka to move forward on its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority through full implementation of the 13th Amendment." In its strongest stricture to Colombo yet, Sinha said, "We urge Sri Lanka to take forward measures to ensure accountability. We expect these measures to be to the satisfaction of the international community." For those who follow texts carefully, this was a stronger formulation than an "independent investigation" but weaker than an "international" investigation.
 
- TOI

Mumbai blasts: SC upholds Sanjay Dutt's conviction

Mumbai blasts: SC upholds Sanjay Dutt's conviction
The Supreme Court Thursday upheld the conviction of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt under the Arms Act in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and sent him to five years imprisonment. He was asked to surrender in four weeks.

Dutt, who was convicted under the Arms Act for illegally possessing weapons, had been awarded six years imprisonment by the TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court.

However, the apex court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.
 
-New Indian Express
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Marines accused of killing Indian fishermen questioned in Italy

Marines accused of killing Indian fishermen questioned in Italy
Rome: An Italian military prosecutor on Wednesday questioned two marines who last month refused to return to India to face trial on charges of killing two Indian fisherman while on anti-piracy duty in 2012.

The dispute spurred India's top court last week to temporarily bar the Italian ambassador from leaving the country and has frayed relations between the world's most populous democracy and European Union member Italy.  

Dressed in uniform, marines Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre were accompanied by lawyers to the hearing with prosecutor Marco De Paolis, who has opened an investigation into the shooting but has not yet raised any possible charges.

Supreme Court of India ruled in January that the country had jurisdiction to try the marines. But Italy has challenged that decision, arguing that the shooting took place in international waters and that the two should face any trial at home. Wednesday's questioning "marks the beginning of the Italian jurisdiction over the case involving the two marines", a government source told media.  

The feud has escalated since the sailors declared they would not return to India after coming home to vote in a national election, prompting the Supreme Court order that the Italian ambassador not leave the country for the time being.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton warned on Tuesday that blocking a diplomatic envoy is a violation of international law.  

The marines, part of a military security team protecting the tanker Enrica Lexie from piracy, are accused of shooting dead two fishermen in February 2012, apparently after mistaking them for pirates in waters off the southern Indian state of Kerala. Girone and Latorre said they fired warning shots only.  

They were detained in India to face trial, but the Supreme Court allowed them to go home for four weeks to vote in a parliamentary election on Feb. 24-25, provided they returned to India. But earlier this month, Italy advised the Indian government the two would not return.

Italy's Foreign Ministry last week said the incident had become a formal dispute over a U.N. resolution mandating international action against piracy. 
 
-Manorama Online
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Network number switch for mobiles by end April

Network number switch for mobiles by end April
 
KUWAIT: Kuwaiti mobile phone users will be able to switch their numbers to their desired network providers as of the end of April, after a Ministry of Communications official made the announcement on Wednesday.

The move should provide “flexibility and maneuverability” for the consumer in the country’s telecommunications market, the ministry’s newly-assigned Undersecretary Hameed Al-Qattan said in a statement.

The ministry intends to complete a number of important projects in the future namely a railway network, an underground metro system and a telecommunications authority, all of which have been given deadlines, he added.
 
- KUNA

Kuwait Medical Association slams clinical shifts segregation – ‘A discriminatory decision’

Kuwait Medical Association slams clinical shifts segregation – ‘A discriminatory decision’
 
KUWAIT: The Kuwait Medical Association strongly condemned the Health Ministry’s decision to go forward with plans to give Kuwaitis priority in medical checkups during morning shifts while making it mandatory for foreigners to visit these facilities only in the afternoon shifts for medical tests. “We categorically reject such a discriminatory decision that violates the World Health Organization’s regulations, and demand that it not be enforced,” said KMA Secretary General Dr. Marzouq Al-Azmi in a statement on Tuesday.
 
Al-Azmi stressed that medicine is “a humanitarian profession in the first place” and insisted that the proposed system violates patients’ rights. “Giving citizens exclusive privileges in other services would be a good thing, but that must never happen with regards to medical services,” he said. Calling the decision “rash” and “subjective,” Al-Azmi questioned the real reasons behind such a move. “It will only lead to increasing the burden on medical staff which already works overtime in afternoon shifts,” he said, noting that expatriates outnumber the Kuwaiti citizens, thus making the proposal even more ‘illogical’.
 
MOH Undersecretary Dr. Khalid Al- Sehlawi confirmed earlier this week that the ministry’s Council of Medical Zones approved a proposal that gives Kuwaiti patients freedom to undergo tests at outpatient clinics in public medical facilities during morning or afternoon shifts, but bars the expatriates from availing of the same facility during morning hours.
 
The decision, which still needs to be passed by the Cabinet before it becomes effective, does not cover emergency rooms and trauma centers at state-run hospitals and polyclinics. Al-Anba reported yesterday that medical zones received notices to prepare statistics about the number of patients who check in at the general and specialized outpatient clinics in public hospitals during morning hours.
 
- Kuwait Times

Govt to protect rights of expat workers

Govt to protect rights of expat workers
 
KUWAIT: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thekra Al-Rasheedi stressed the ministry’s keenness to take care of expatriate laborers by issuing laws that would benefit them and protect their rights since they were ‘the weakest point’ in the ‘labor equation’. Speaking after receiving the Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait, Abdul Kareem Sulaiman, who made a visit to congratulate her on her new post, Al-Rasheedi said that the ministry would not tolerate any violation of law 6/2010 regarding private sector labor, namely the fake companies that fooled local markets with superfluous and marginal laborers. These companies have been defaming Kuwait among the international labor and human rights organizations.
 
The minister also stressed that surprise inspection campaigns would continue all over Kuwait to stop these companies and end the menace of visa trafficking. During the reception, the minister thanked Sulaiman and expressed appreciation of the great role played by Egyptian laborers in developing Kuwait and helping it prosper in various fields. On his part, the assistant undersecretary for labor affairs, Jamal Al- Doussari, stressed that law 6/2010 protected expatriate laborers’ rights and made sure that their salaries were deposited in their bank accounts in time according to article 57 of the law. “Accordingly, employers are under obligation to submit a copy of their payrolls and bank deposit slips every month,” he underscored, noting that violators of this condition will be strictly penalized by suspending their files with MSAL till the violation was rectified.
 
- Kuwait Times

No taxes for ‘at least another three years’ – Moves to avoid provoking the public

No taxes for ‘at least another three years’ – Moves to avoid provoking the public
 
KUWAIT: Kuwait has no plans to go forward with any taxation plans for at least another three years, a local newspaper reported yesterday quoting Ministry of Finance insiders. The decision was made after the ministry received “verbal orders from senior government officials to avoid talking about proposed taxes at the present time,” said the sources who spoke to Al-Qabas on the condition of anonymity.
 
They added that the officials, who were not identified, insisted that the time was currently not ripe to talk about this subject. “We want to avoid provoking the public or inciting an adverse general opinion,” said the officials according to the sources. Meanwhile, the sources noted that taxation draft laws, which they insisted “will remain on hold in offices of senior ministry officials,” only pertained to local and foreign companies working in Kuwait. “There are no draft laws to enforce income tax, value added tax or any other tax to be levied on the citizens,” the sources insisted.
 
On the other hand, the government is looking to increase revenues from rented state properties as the oil-rich state looks to diversify sources of national income; an argument usually mentioned whenever there is talk of potential taxation laws. “The Finance Ministry is working as per the Cabinet’s recommendation on a comprehensive study to improve the state property mechanism and put a new investment framework in place to increase revenues,” said sources with knowledge of the case.
 
The source mentioned the properties along the Arabian Gulf coastline among those from which the state could start earning additional revenues, but did not provide any specific timetable.
 
- Kuwait Times

MPs blame expats for traffic jams, want petrol price hiked

MPs blame expats for traffic jams, want petrol price hiked
 
KUWAIT: Several MPs yesterday blamed the large number of expatriates for the traffic jams suffocating Kuwaiti roads and proposed stringent measures including raising petrol prices, deporting those committing serious violations and making it difficult for expats to obtain driving licenses. The accusations came during a special one-hour debate on the causes of traffic jams on Kuwait’s roads and plans by the interior ministry to solve the problem that has been increasingly affecting drivers on the roads.
 
Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said the Traffic Department has devised a new strategy to find solutions to the problem. The interior ministry made a presentation in which it said that the main reason for traffic bottlenecks is that the entire population of Kuwait is living on only 8 percent of Kuwait’s territory. In the past, traffic officials have said that Kuwait has around 1.7 million registered vehicles on a small area of the country’s territory which witnesses menacing traffic jams, especially early in the morning and in the afternoon.
 
A number of MPs submitted recommendations to resolve the problem, but the Assembly could not vote them because there was no quorum. It is expected to approve them after two weeks, but they are non-binding to the government. The recommendations call for lifting subisidies on petrol and then sell it to Kuwaitis through ration cards or by presenting their civil IDs while expatriates will pay the full price. The recommendation aims at forcing expats not to use their vehicles all the time. Other recommendations call for deporting expatriate drivers who commit grave accidents, apply stringent conditions for expats to obtain a driving license and raising annual registration fees on vehicles owned by expats.
 
- Kuwait Times

Back 2 School promotion at Lu&Lu

Back 2 School promotion at Lu&Lu
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Lu&Lu Hypermarket, the retail destination of choice for shoppers in Kuwait, will launch its Back 2 School promotion on Wednesday, 20 March, 2013. The promotion, which is slated to run till Saturday, 6 April, will provide parents the opportunity to shop for all the school stationery needs of their children from under one roof.

Shopping for children’s stationery and school items need not be a tiresome affair anymore, as Lu&Lu Hypermarket has stocked a wide assortment of choice products for the ‘Back to School’ shopping period. Products on display include school bags, water bottles, lunch box, lunch bag, book cover rolls, coloring items, uniforms, stationery sets, pencils, pens, clay, umbrellas and a whole lot more. Special Sinarline notebooks for Indian Schools are available at the most attractive prices.

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A large variety of school bags and stationery sets featuring trendy cartoon characters such as Disney Brave, Winnie the pooh, Princes, Micky Mouse, Ben10, Hello Kitty, Lulu Catty, Spiderman III, Iron man III, Angry Bird, Tom & Jerry, are ready to attract the young school-goers. Lu&Lu Hypermarket has ensured that parents and children are able to have peace of mind during the 'Back to School' purchases by stocking high quality items at very competitive prices. The main attraction during the promotion period is that anyone purchasing stationery worth KD 5, will get a Coolgear water bottle of 946ml for only 290 fills.

Parents and children are urged to visit any outlet of Lulu Hypermarket to see the large variety of ‘Back to School’ products on offer and ensure they have a wide choice before stocks run out.

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Two ministries devise plan to keep eye on social websites

Two ministries devise plan to keep eye on social websites
 
KUWAIT CITY, March 19: The State Security Department at the Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with the Communications Ministry, will soon implement a mechanism to monitor social networking sites in a bid to limit, if not eliminate, anomalous or corrupt online activities, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.

Sources confirmed a team, consisting of representatives from the two ministries, has approved the programs which will be used in monitoring the websites. Sources said the team has reached an agreement with a European company to send the programs to Kuwait in April to activate the entire monitoring mechanism within two months. Sources added these programs have the ability to establish the real identity of those who create accounts in various social networking sites under a fictitious name.
 
- Arabtimes