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Baby’s body dumped along the Sixth Ring Road

Baby’s body dumped along the Sixth Ring Road
The body of a new born baby wrapped in cloth was dumped along the Sixth Road, opposite Saad Al-Abdullah.

Acting on information, security operatives led by Jahra Security Chief Major General Ibrahim Tarrah rushed to the scene and found the body of a baby boy wrapped in cloth. Medical Emergency Men referred the corpse to Forensics, and a case was registered for investigation.
- Arabtimes

Police probe as Arab expat, Bangladeshi found dead in room

Police probe as Arab expat, Bangladeshi found dead in room
KUWAIT: The remains of an Arab expatriate were found dumped in an open desert area in Saad Al-Abdullah area. The deceased had no identification card on him. The body was referred to Forensics for autopsy to identify his identity.

Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi expatriate died of unknown causes in his room at a company accommodation in Sabah Al-Salem.

Al-Seyassah was told that the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry was notified of the incident by a Bangladeshi expatriate who said his compatriot was unconscious. Paramedics accompanied securitymen to the scene, examined the body and confirmed he was dead. The remains were referred to Forensics.

The informant told police during investigation that he tried to wake the man but he didn’t get up, so he informed the Operations Room right away. Roommates of the deceased person were detained for investigation. A case was registered.
- Arabtimes

Indian working in oil firm commits suicide

Indian working in oil firm commits suicide
An Indian expatriate in his 40s working in one oil company at Umm Al-Aaish committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope tied to the ceiling of the company’s storeroom.

Security sources the corpse was taken to Forensics by Criminal Investigation Department, and a case was registered.
- Arabtimes

MoE to cancel 654 jobs for non-Kuwaitis

MoE to cancel 654 jobs for non-Kuwaitis
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Education intends to cancel 654 jobs for non-Kuwaitis in July as per the recommendation of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on the implementation of the Kuwaitization policy in government institutions, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources.

Sources disclosed Director of the Jobs Regulation and Budget Department at the CSC Bader Al-Hamad has informed Ministry of Education Undersecretary Mariam Al-Wateed that the directive is based on the results of a study conducted by the commission earlier on the enforcement of CSC decision number 31/2007 or the Kuwaitization policy.

In his letter, Al-Hamad stressed the need for the Ministry of Education to coordinate with its finance counterpart, which is in charge of preparing the general budget of the State, to ensure the cancelled jobs are no longer included in the First Chapter (salaries) of the ministry’s budget for fiscal 2013/2014.
- Arabtimes

Campaign to check roadside vendors

Campaign to check roadside vendors
KUWAIT: As part of its focused efforts in the run up to the National Day and Liberation Day celebrations, the Kuwait municipality’s Jahra governorate branch, in coordination with public relations and security forces from Jahra, carried out a large scale campaign to check roadside vendors. It carried out the drive in Al Mutlaa, Al Naeem, Taima, industrial area of Jahra, Kabd and Al Salmi. A large quantity of foodstuff was confiscated and 57 citations were handed out to the vendors.
Supervisor Faisal Al-Otaibi said the municipality was determined to end the practice of vendors exhibiting their goods by the roadsides in the open since food products thus sold tend to become unfit for human consumption. Besides, this was in violation of municipality regulations. Al-Otaibi pointed out that the campaign resulted in 57 citations being handed out. Besides, two lorry loads of foodstuff were confiscated along with a number of charcoal bags and fireworks.
He said the health and safety of the consumers topped the agenda of the municipality authorities. He called upon everyone to stop dealing with the vendors who are not qualified to sell such food stuff and also warned that these vendors did not have any health papers to show that they were free of diseases that could be transmitted to consumers.
- Kuwait Times

Senior ministry official held for human trafficking – Fake job openings in MSAL database

Senior ministry official held for human trafficking – Fake job openings in MSAL database
KUWAIT: A senior official of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor faces legal action in connection with charges of forgery and suspected human trafficking, several local newspapers reported yesterday. The Interior Ministry’s Undersecretary Assistant for Citizenship, Passport and Immigration Affairs, Maj Gen Abdullah Al-Rashid, reportedly issued direct orders to Immigration Investigation General Department (IIGD) personnel to refer the official in question for prosecution based on investigations which linked him to violations in which he created fake job openings in the MSAL’s database for certain companies in lieu of money.
The investigations had been ongoing ever since Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thekra Al-Rashidi referred the files of ten companies to the IIGD after an internal probe found that the labor assessment mentioned in their files exceeded that of the companies’ actual labor needs.
The decision to prosecute the suspected companies came based on investigations which indicated that the labor department’s database was hacked to increase the labor assessment and generate fake job openings based on which work permits can be issued and then sold to expatriate laborers wishing to come to Kuwait.
According to an insider quoted by Al-Jarida yesterday, the detectives had summoned owners of the companies after confirming the preliminary investigations about their labor assessment files being suspiciously increased.
The owners confessed during interrogations that they paid a senior official in the MSAL labor department who used his ability to access the database in order to increase the labor assessments in their respective files.
The official reportedly collected amounts ranging between KD300 and KD1000 depending on the number of fake jobs he was asked to generate, according to the owners’ confessions. Further investigations revealed that the suspected transactions were done using four data entry accounts and were all carried out after regular working hours.
Based on the testimonies of the security guards who indicated that a senior official had often reported to his office in the labor department’s building after working hours, as well as testimonies of the four employees who indicated that their supervisor had the authority to access their accounts, the official in question was summoned as a prime suspect in the case.
Following extensive interrogations that lasted for 48 hours during which the suspect was confronted with evidence and testimonies, orders came to refer the official to the Public Prosecution to face charges after he refused to cooperate.
The man, who had denied all accusations during the interrogation, refused to comment after being told that three Arab middlemen he used to collect the money from the company owners had left the country when recent news reports came in about the labor minister’s decision to refer suspicious files for investigations.
According to the sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity, investigators discovered at least 90 more companies which were involved with the same official in forgery.
The number of workers registered illegally at the ten companies that were referred to investigations was estimated by the sources at 1700. They indicated that there were “hundreds of others” registered at companies that were yet to be referred. The suspect remains in custody pending further investigations and could be charged with human trafficking.
The sources also expected measures to be taken in order to address “the major flaw” in the labor department’s database system which was exposed by the recent ordeal.
- Kuwait Times




Rak Dance Academy (A non-profitable charity organization) is pleased to announce about “RAK WELFARE CRICKET LEAGUE” for the first time in Kuwait, starting from 1st march, 2013.
Any team who wish to participate may contact Mr. Eshwar Babu – president of RAK Dance Academy, Mobile 55656705
Entry Fee : 25 KD
1st  Prise    150 KD
2 nd Prise 250 KD
3  Man of the seris
4  Man of the manch


Kalanjali To Organize A Cultural Program, on 1st Mar 2013,

Kalanjali To Organize A Cultural Program, on 1st Mar 2013,

Kalanjali is planning to organize a cultural program, on 1st Mar 2013, in Kuwait Medical Association Auditorium, Jabriya. It is a full day event with lot of music, dance and cultural activities.
10.30 am to 1 pm
Telugu Musical Fiesta by upcoming film singers Smt. Tejaswini & Master Rohit. (Runners-up of ETV Paadutha Theeyaga). Mimicry by well-known mimicry artiste Sri Srinivas (World Record holder)
Tejaswini, Runner of ETV Padutha Theeyaga in 2011, has won many awards in various musical competitions including Paadalanundi (2002 – Maa TV – Semi Finalist); ETV Sye Jodi No. 1 (Finalist – ETV – 2007); Sapthaswaralu (2008 – Top 5 in ETV); Sitara Star Singer Finalist (2009); Sangeetha Maha Yuddham Winner (2010 – Gemini TV) and Keerthana Sankeerthana (Carnatic Music Competition – Bhakti TV in 2010)
She has already sung about 100 devotional songs with S.P. Balu Garu & others and film songs for various Telugu films including - Maitri; Mem vayasuku vachham; Ma oori maharshi; Cool boys hot girls; Mallela theeram; Amma - The street; Ongolu gitta; Yamini Krishnamurthy; Jai sri ram; Yenthandanga unnave  & Love ante.
Rohit came to limelight when he participated in various Reality shows like Sa Re Ga Ma - Voice of Youth conducted by Zee Telugu and Stood at Top 5th position; Title Winner of “STAR SINGER” conducted by Asianet Network Sitara Channel and won Rs. 10,00,000/- Runner Up of E.T.V. Paaaadutha Teeyaga”.
Srinivos is an international mimicry artist, ventriloquist and very FIRST sound illusionist from India. He can perform in English, Hindi and Telugu languages.

For past 34 years he has performed more than 6000 shows all over India and around the world. He set a sensational world record by performing 32-hour non-stop mimicry show in 1990.
His other performances include sensational Jugalbandi and 'Group Mimicry' and unbelievable items in ventriloquism like Voice Throwing, Sound Perspective, Sound in Liquid, Distant Ventriloquism, Caricature Illusion, Close-Up Sound Illusion, Point-blank Sound Illusion, etc.
6 pm to 9.30 pm
Tamil Musical Fiesta by upcoming artistes led by Sri Abbaswaram Ramjhi (India’s first Professional Music Group featuring Children Today many of the past Issai Mazhalais are popular Playback Singers in the film industry. Anchoring by Smt. Fathima Babu (TV News reader, model & film artiste).
Fathima Babu is a well known TV anchor, news reader and film artiste. With her modulation, voice and pronunciation, she has attracted millions of people worldwide. She has read news in all the TV channels and has also acted in number of movies as supporting actress including in Tamil (Kaila Kaasu Vaaila Thosa; Unnaruge Naan Irundhal; Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen; Ulavuthurai; VIP and presently acting in Vidiyal, Thirumathi Thamizh, Naadi Thudikkudhadi and Maayai); in Malayalam (including Andheri) and in Hindi (Little John)
The musical troupe consisting of singers Vidya Kalyanaraman, Dharini Kalyanaraman, Krishnamurthy Bharat Sundar, Gopalakrishanan Ravishankar & musicians Dhanasekaran Ravishankar, Madurai Jacob Akkar Rao, Balakrishnan Sridhar, Kuraganti Rukmangada Rao will be lead by Abbaswaram Ramjhi, the founder of India’s first Professional Music Group featuring children called Issai Mazhalai. The troupe performs Carnatic Vocal, Instrumental, devotional & Film Music Concerts all over the world.
The group, started in 2000, have children singing from the age of 4 to 12, is a runaway success from day one and they are now the "most sought after" singing group in India. They have performed about 1200 shows till date all over India and abroad. 

Till 2000 if there was a song to be sung by child senior artists like Smt. S. Janaki or Smt. M. S. Rajeswari would imitate the voice. Sri A. R. Rahman first made these children to sing in his film LAGAAN.  Many other leading Music Directors followed suit. Vidya Sagar, Ilaya Raja, Baradwaj, Yuvan Shankar Raja, G.V.Prakash etc are now using these children for all their films. Issai mazhalai children continue to be a favourite part of A.R. Rahman in most films & they have sung in the Oscar Winning song “Jai Ho ‘also. Today after 12 years, they are proud to say that whenever you hear a Childs Voice in any Indian Film it will be from Issai Mazhalai.
There will be a talk-show by Dr. N Loganayaki of Surya Fertility Clinic with the title - குழந்தை செல்வம் .... குடும்பத்தில்இன்பம்!!


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Gulfmart Reveals Totally Revamped First Fahaheel Branch

Gulfmart Reveals Totally Revamped First Fahaheel Branch

Gulfmart, the largest supermarket chain in the country, raised the curtains on its fully renovated and rebranded first Fahaheel store at a well-attended colorful ceremony on Monday, 18th February. Cutting the customary silk ribbon, H. E. Satish C. Mehta, the Ambassador of India to Kuwait, along with H.E. Dasho Tashi Phuntsog, Ambassador of Bhutan, H.E. Madhuban Poudel, Ambassador of Nepal and H.E. C.A.H.M. Wijeratne, Ambassador of Sri Lanka and in the presence of prominent Kuwaiti personalities, including Advocate Abdul Aziz Mohamed Al-Ajeel and Dr. Nasser Mohamed Al-Ajeel, opened the store to the public. A large gathering of shoppers, well-wishers and Gulfmart officials were on hand to witness the event and participate in the inaugural proceedings.

Traditional Arabic music welcomed guests to the venue, which was bedecked with green and white balloons mirroring the newly rebranded color theme of Gulfmart. The rebranding, which includes a stylishly rendered new green leaf logo along with elegant two-toned green lettering, aims to give the brand a reinvigorated fresh image and unite all of its supermarkets under a common theme. 


“The new green leaf logo projects the freshness of our produce, while the graceful two-toned lettering reflects the brand’s dynamic young spirit, explained Dr. Remesh T.A. Country Manager for Gulfmart. He added, “The green color theme also has a lot of connotations, not least of which is its association with growth, renewal, freshness and its nuances with sustainable and ecological initiatives. These are qualities that represent Gulfmart’s corporate identity and which we aim to portray through our new brand image.


Clarifying that along with its rebranding and expansion strategies, Gulfmart is simultaneously engaged in a major renovation drive, the country manager clarified, “Several of our existing branches are undergoing, or will undergo, refitting to bring them on the same level with our newer outlets being launched. All the equipment, including freezers, cold storages, shelves and cash counters will be replaced with the latest retail gear, while wider aisles, clearer signage and enhanced merchandizing are being implemented with the sole aim of providing a better shopping experience for our customers.”


The winning business model of rebranding and renovating existing stores, while opening new stores in different formats in suburbs underserved by full-service retail supermarkets, is proving to be immensely successful for Gulfmart and is appreciated by residents in localities serviced by the supermarket. Gulfmart, which is renowned for carrying a wide variety of products that cater to the shopping needs of the diverse population in Kuwait, is especially popular for offering products that meet the specific ethnic requirements of customers in a locality.


Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration, Arif Sheikh, Managing Director of Gulfmart Group, thanked patrons for their trust in the brand and their continued support of Gulfmart. He added, “The opening of this renovated and rebranded outlet gives the branch a fresh new face-lift that will add to the brand’s persona while providing it with a prominent presence in the locality. The new branding also reinvigorates our commitment to offer customers the best products and services in the years ahead.”

'Deal’ leads to drop in price of eggs

'Deal’ leads to drop in price of eggs
Price of eggs in the local market has dropped due to an agreement between the importers and the ministry, in coordination with the Cooperative Societies Union, for the cooperative societies to sell the product at cost price.

However, sources warned the price of eggs might increase again after the inclusion of the product in the food ration cards for citizens. Sources explained the cooperative societies incurred losses after selling the product at cost price because some greedy traders have allegedly took advantage of the delayed implementation of the decision to include eggs on the list of subsidized food items for Kuwaitis.

Sources said the decision was supposed to be executed at the beginning of this year to ease the financial burdens of citizens but no concrete step has been taken in this regard until now.
- Arabtimes

Prohibit import of certain products for national days

Prohibit import of certain products for national days
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has forwarded a letter to the General Customs Department on prohibiting the entry of imported products for the National and Liberation days celebrations like different kinds of balloons and materials for the printing of Kuwaiti flags, reports Al-Nahar daily quoting sources.

Sources said the ministry has instructed the companies that distribute the abovementioned goods to refrain from dealing with manufacturers from abroad because these products are counterfeit and they carry slogans in favor of certain groups in Kuwait.
- Arabtimes

Two-day strike from today to hit life across country

Two-day strike from today to hit life across country
Despite the Union government’s last-ditch dissuasive attempt, the 11 central trade unions on Tuesday made elaborate countrywide arrangements to launch a two-day general strike from Wednesday.
The strike is meant to press the unions’ 10-point charter of demands such as control of inflation and price rise, adequate social security for the unorganised sector workers and fixing of minimum wage at Rs.10,000 a month.
The strike is likely to have its impact on the functioning of banks (including the Reserve Bank of India), port and dock works, public transport such as autos, taxis and government/private buses, insurance firms, power sector companies, coal and oil industries, post and telecom sector, offices of the State/Central governments, industrial sectors, and State/Central government undertakings.
As various chambers of commerce and industries’ federations feared that loss to the economy during the strike could be around Rs.20,000 crore, president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), labour wing of the ruling Congress, G. Sanjeeva Reddy told The Hindu that the unions had no option but go on strike after giving a long rope to the government.
Even during the talks held by Central ministers A.K. Antony, Sharad Pawar and Mallikarjun Kharge with the unions here on Monday, there was no concrete formula to meet the unions’ demands. They, instead, asked the unions to postpone the strike first and said the demands could be talked out later. “But we said ‘no’,” Mr. Reddy said.
CPI MP and AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta felt sorry for the inconvenience the strike might cause to people. “But what else we can do to take up the social cause as this government is not listening and is very insensitive to the sufferings of the masses and the working class,” he said.
- The Hindu

Indian man found dead in a building at Jleeb Al-Shoyoukh

Indian man found dead in a building at Jleeb Al-Shoyoukh

An Indian expat was found dead under the staircase of a building at Jleeb Al-Shoyoukh. The body was sent to the medical examiner for further examination as it was suspected that he could have fallen while being under the influence of liquor or could have been killed and the body thrown there by someone.
- Kuwait Times

Kuwait celebrates Sheikh Nawaf’s 7th anniversary as Crown Prince

Kuwait celebrates Sheikh Nawaf’s 7th anniversary as Crown Prince
KUWAIT: The State of Kuwait celebrates today seventh anniversary of His Highness the Crown Prince ascending to the second top post. Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the main supporter of HH the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, is renowned for his modesty and ardent belief that Kuwait, regardless of its small geographic size, will always rise to level of challenges, and its faithful people will remain behind the sagacious leadership. Sheikh Nawaf’s seven years of giving dated back to Feb 20, 2006, when His Highness was sworn in as Heir Apparent at headquarters of the National Assembly, during which members of the Parliament declared allegiance to him unanimously. “I proudly bow to the majesty of this great country and its faithful and generous people under leadership of His Highness the Amir,” Sheikh Nawaf, a leader long known for his modesty declared during the ceremonial session. History witnesses that Kuwait, although small in size, has always succeeded in overcoming predicaments and obstacles, no matter how great they may be, thanks to His Almighty and the people standing in a single line behind the subsequent leaderships, His Highness said in front of legislators of the nation.
HH the Amir issued on Feb 7, 2007, an Amiri Order, naming HH Sheikh Nawaf as Heir Apparent, one of the country’s most qualified prominent personalities for the ranking position, meeting relevant terms stipulated in the National Constitution and the Constitutional Article 4 which stipulates: Kuwait is a hereditary Emirate, the succession to which shall be in the descendants of the late Mubarak Al-Sabah. Sheikh Nawaf is a veteran leader having served for many years in leading posts in various departments, namely the ministries of interior and defense. Marks of his faithful efforts for development of the national security apparatuses remain noticeable till now
. On Feb 21, 1961, His Highness was named Governor of Hawally and continued to serve in the key position till 1978, when he was appointed minister of interior, and later in 1988, Sheikh Nawaf switched to the ministry of defense holding the ministerial post. Following the 1991 liberation of Kuwait, he was named minister of social affairs and labor. In October 1994, HH was chosen to serve as deputy chief of the National Guards, and retained the position till July 2003, when he was re-chosen to hold the interior portfolio. An Amiri Decree was issued at the time naming him as deputy prime minister too. Sheikh Nawaf pursued the service in this post till 2006, when he was proclaimed the Heir Apparent. Sheikh Nawaf’s profile reveals his special devotion and personal attraction to the security sector, where he worked diligently and devoutly to upgrade it and lure the young citizens be enrolled for the service of the homeland, in line with the policy of Kuwaitization.
His efforts at this level extended to the realm of enhancing cooperation with the other member states of the GCC for sake of establishing a joint security system. One of the major challenges that faced His Highness was in 1990, when troops of the ousted Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein invaded and plundered Kuwait. HH Sheikh Nawaf, being minister of defense at the time, scrambled to pool national resources and able-bodied citizens to re-organize the military ranks, in preparation for the showdown to drive the aggressors out of the homeland. The past year, 2012, witnessed a long chain of activities by His Highness.
On January 18, he inaugurated Beit Abdullah Hospice, on behalf of HH the Amir. In April, Sheikh Nawaf patronized annual graduation of the 41th batch of Kuwait University students for the academic year 2010-2011. Addressing the freshly-graduated students, Sheikh Nawaf urged them to view knowledge as a pillar of the religion of Islam and a path for moderation. In May, HH the Crown Prince attended a ceremony that marked the 30th anniversary of Zakat House. Moreover, the past year witnessed a series of other activities by His Highness, such as meetings with eminent local, foreign and Arab figures and delegations.
Sheikh Nawaf is not only an eminent witness of Kuwait’s modernization but also an active participant in its development and construction, affirmed the Minister of Information in a statement marking the seventh anniversary. Life of HH Sheikh Nawaf depicts modern history of Kuwait, said Sheikh Salman Sabah Al- Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, also the Minister of State for Youth Affairs. Sheikh Nawaf’s professional life coincided with the independence of the State of Kuwait. Being named as Governor of Hawally in 1962, he succeeded in management of the governorate affairs and expanding it to turn into a vast province. HH Sheikh Nawaf was a witness and participant in the renaissance of Kuwait in the early 60s, shouldering at the time responsibility of administrating many posts of the country’s key sectors of the state, said Sheikh Salman. HH the Heir Apparent, who held sensitive posts including the chairmanship of the National Guard, was an exemplary faithful leader who devoted all his time and effort for silent work for sake of making tangible accomplishments that meet aspirations of the natives of Kuwait.
The minister, in his praise of the Crown Prince said, “His Highness the Crown Prince remains the great heart that bears preoccupations of the homeland and responsibility toward the natives, through his life, as a result of his strong attachment and affection to the national territory. “His long record and honorary history testifies that he is a successful and prominent leader .. He is not a conventional leader for he advocates sacrifices for preserving Kuwait’s security and stability and development.” Sheikh Salman lauded, in particular, Sheikh Nawaf’s contributions to the development of the security apparatus for sake of protecting and safeguarding Kuwait’s security, independence and unity.

New university to be situated outside Kuwait City

New university to be situated outside Kuwait City
KUWAIT: KEO International Consultants have designed a new 27,000 m2 University for Kuwait Institute for Science and Technology that will accommodate 1,500 students.

Central to the concept of the campus is the circulation concourse introduced as a three storey atrium connecting the various program elements with sufficient daylight filtering in through its sides. Program component wings housing the Administration, Academic faculty, Classrooms, Academic support, Laboratories and the Graduate program have been placed in a parallel arrangement at various nodal points along the concourse with based on functional adjacencies.

The academic wings housing the Classrooms, Laboratories and the Graduate programs are 3-floor blocks sitting astride the central concourse. Each of these wings terminates across the concourse in a node opening on to the circulation spine. Two small (220 seat) and one large (520 seat) lecture halls are accessed from the first floor through pre-function spaces connected to the circulation. All of the component wings are separated by open ended landscaped courtyards creating shaded and controlled outdoor environments.

Design Director at KEO International Consultants, Raj Patel says “The inspiration for the project stemmed from the site’s natural desert scape located outside the urban fabric of the city. The natural and contextual phenomenon of continuously shifting and realigning furrows in the sand formed by the movement of wind reflect in the striation of forms and organization of the design.” The entire campus has been appropriately colored in sand tones emphasizing a horizontal movement similar to the shifting plane of the desert landscape. The rectilinear bar buildings end in dynamic angled objects which have been expressed in colored metal cladding. These linear wings resemble tensed levers arranged opposing each other with the central spine as a fulcrum, thus creating an overall appearance of movement and balance.

- Arabtimes

MoH has taken steps to prevent SARS

MoH has taken steps to prevent SARS


KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health has taken the required steps to prevent an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in accordance with the directive of the World Health Organization (WHO), reports Al-Rai daily quoting Minister of Health Dr Mohamed Al-Haifi.

Al-Haifi asserted there is no reason for the people to worry about the possible spread of SARS because all the necessary precautionary measures have been taken to protect public health.

In another development, Al-Haifi unveiled his plan to meet different sectors in the ministry every Sunday to ensure positive atmosphere in the work place at all times and to better serve the people.

Meanwhile, the minister admitted Kuwait needs more hospitals to meet the needs of the growing population. He said no new hospital has been constructed since 1978; hence, the importance of increasing the bed capacity of the existing public hospitals.


- Arabtimes

‘Blast that of jet breaking sound barrier’ - Part of ‘Shield’ exercises: MoD

‘Blast that of jet breaking sound barrier’ - Part of ‘Shield’ exercises: MoD


KUWAIT: The Ministry of Defense said Monday that the sound of explosion heard this morning was that of a fighter jet of the Kuwaiti Air Force breaking the sound barrier.

The Ministry Directorate of Moral Guidance and Public Relations headed by Army General Staff said in a press statement that this incident occurred during preparations for the implementation of the Peninsula Shield exercise (9), which will take place in Kuwait in the coming days.


- Arabtimes

Retirement for public sector employees with 30 years of service

Retirement for public sector employees with 30 years of service


KUWAIT: The Civil Service Council agreed at a meeting on Sunday to launch efforts by which the government plans to ultimately be able to replace superannuating public sector employees with younger staff members. According to sources privy to the meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mustafa Al-Shamali, the council recommended to the Civil Service Commission to prepare a comprehensive list of Kuwaiti and expatriate workers in the public sector who have served for at least 30 years “with the intention of encouraging them to retire.”


The sources who spoke to Al-Qabas on the condition of anonymity further indicated that the council discussed the possibility of allocating “financial grants” in order to urge employees to accept retirement. They added that the CSC was assigned to come up with a report detailing the mechanism for filling the “large number of vacancies expected when the employees avail of retirement.” In other news, the Civil Service Commission reportedly agreed to allocate KD2.85 million in order to pay allowances for 1666 CSC employees who were assigned to work during last December’s parliamentary elections.


- Kuwait Times

Supreme Court stays execution of four Veerappan aides till Wednesday

Supreme Court stays execution of four Veerappan aides till Wednesday
The Supreme Court has stayed the execution of four associates of sandalwood bandit Veerappan till Wednesday, day after tomorrow, when it will decide whether the present bench headed by the Chief Justice of India will hear their plea against the death sentence, or if it will transfer the case to another bench hearing similar petitions. The four men were sentenced to death for killing 22 people, mostly policemen in a landmine blast in Palar in Karnataka. President Pranab Mukherjee rejected their mercy petitions last week.


37 held in crackdown on cafes, beauty parlors face deportation

37 held in crackdown on cafes, beauty parlors face deportation


KUWAIT: The Tripartite Committee comprising members from the General Immigration Department, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and the Ministry of Interior during a crackdown on beauty parlors, shops and cafes have arrested 37 residence law violators and referred them to the, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

Reliable sources said all those arrested have been referred to the authorities to prepare their deportation from the country.


- Arabtimes