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MSAL managed through coordination with Bangladesh Embassy to avert a mass labor strike

MSAL managed through coordination with Bangladesh Embassy to avert a mass labor strike
 
Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor managed through coordination with the Embassy of Bangladesh in Kuwait to avert a mass labor strike that thousands of cleaning workers were reportedly planning to carry out yesterday (Sunday).
 
The workers had planned to push through their work stoppage to increase their minimum monthly wage from KD60 to KD90, Al-Qabas reported yesterday quoting MSAL insiders. “The Labor Relations Department began a coordination move with the Bangladesh embassy based on information received about nearly 50,000 workers planning to stay at home that [Sunday] morning,” said the sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity. They added that the plan was called off after embassy staff visited several homes of cleaning workers in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, Al-Farwaniya and Khaitan, explaining to them that the MSAL can legally deport any worker for striking work due to a law which disallows expatriate workers from staging labor strikes to demand pay increase. “The workers were also told to respect their contractual obligations and that they can later freely demand pay increase or seek better offers once their contracts expired,” the sources added.
 
- Kuwait Times

73% of Kuwait employers planning to hire in 2013

73% of Kuwait employers planning to hire in 2013
 
KUWAIT: The latest Middle East and North Africa Job Index survey conducted by Bayt.com, and YouGov, a research and consulting organisation, has shown that in the next three months, 30% of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) employers are ‘definitely hiring’, with an additional 27% stating that they are ‘probably hiring’ – an increase of 2% in both instances in comparison to results gathered in Q3 2012.
 
In Kuwait, 31% of the companies are ‘definitely hiring’ in the next three months, with 30% stating that they are ‘probably’ hiring. In a year’s time,73% of companies are expecting to hire new employees. “The clear improvement in the number of jobs to be available in the coming 12 months is a positive sign for Kuwait’s economy. We have seen a regional increase in terms of the numbers of employment opportunities, and this is a good indicator of the region’s growth and development,” said SuhailMasri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com. “At Bayt.com, we specialize in gathering the information that matters most to employers and employees across the region as we aim to empower jobseekers and employers alike by giving them the tools to find their dream job and top talent respectively.” The majority of companies in Kuwait (74%) are expecting to hire up to 10 employees in the coming three months – 5% higher than the regional prospects of 69%. Employers in Kuwait consider an educational background in business management to be most important for new hires, followed by commerce and engineering.
 
They also consider good communication skills to be most important when seeking a new hire, followed by good leadership skills and the ability to be a cooperative, helpful and flexible team player. Companies will look to hire candidates who have experience in team management, sales and marketing,andcomputer skills. Respondents believe that the industries that attract and retain the top talent in Kuwait are banking and finance, oil, gas and petrochemicals, and construction.
 
- Kuwait Times

1,000 fake companies to be prosecuted in Kuwait – Involvement in human trafficking

1,000 fake companies to be prosecuted in Kuwait – Involvement in human trafficking
 
KUWAIT: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Thekra Al-Rashidi submitted a report to the cabinet containing details about at least 1,000 fake companies caught recently and referred to the proper authorities on suspicions of being involved in human trafficking, a local newspaper reported yesterday quoting sources familiar with the subject. Speaking to Al-Qabas on the condition of anonymity, the sources explained that the companies were discovered through crackdowns which revealed that they do not exist on the ground while they were duly registered in the databases of the MSAL and other state departments.
 
Files of inactive companies are often used by human traffickers who use the licenses to issue work permits which are then sold to expatriate laborers looking to come to Kuwait.
 
- Kuwait Times

25,000 flags around Kuwait for National Day

25,000 flags around Kuwait for National Day
 
KUWAIT: The supervisor at Kuwait Municipality, Ahmad Al-Bikhait, said 25,000 flags of varying sizes are fluttering all across Kuwait on the occasion of National Day and Liberation Day, thanks to the Municipality’s efforts. The national flag was hoisted at Bayan Palace in an official and popular ceremony. Flags that were hoisted ranged in their sizes between 1.5 x 0.75 meters, 1.5 x 3 meters and 1 x 2 meters.
 
Al-Bikhait said Kuwait celebrates several occasions during the month of February every year, including the day of His Highness the Amir assumed office, Independence Day and Liberation Day. Al- Bikhait said that the municipality makes necessary arrangements for flag holders at the beginning of October every year. He called upon everyone to cooperate with those hoisting the flags.
 
- Kuwait Times

Messi breaks 300-goal milestone

Messi breaks 300-goal milestone
Lionel Messi smashed through the 300-goal mark with a brace as Barcelona crushed Rayo Vallecano 5-0 in Madrid to go three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Messi's goals were the 300th and 301st of his career, a total made up of 270 for Barca and 31 for Argentina in only 419 matches.

They also took him to 13 in the league this season and 73 in all competitions in 2012.

That's just two behind Pele's 75 for Santos and Brazil in 1959, and only 12 shy of Gerd Mueller's all-time best calendar year record of 85 goals for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972.

Rayo had started brightly and saw claims for a penalty turned down after just eight minutes when Fabregas appeared to hold back Leo Baptistao.

Rayo were pressuring the Catalans and it took until the 19th minute for Barca to have their first shot when Messi drove wide.

However, a minute later, Barcelona were ahead.

The chance came from nothing when Fabregas picked up a loose ball and played in Villa with a probing pass that the Spanish national team's all-time top scorer finished first time with his right foot.

Messi went close with a curled free kick and as a hard fought first-half drew to a close Andrija Delibasic forced Victor Valdes into a save at the other end.

Within two minutes of the restart, Messi had doubled the lead.

Pedro Rodriguez found Martin Montoya in an advanced wide position and the right-back pulled the ball back for the little Argentine who steered it first time into the top right corner of the net.

Javi Fuego then hit a rasping left footed drive that Valdes pushed wide and Jordi Amat tried his luck from distance as the home side looked for a quick way back into the match.

Valdes was earning his wages as he next got down well to stop another drive from Fuego.

Barcelona were quick to sense the danger and began to close down the game with a more measured approach that restricted Rayo's attacking forays.

Xavi and Fabregas then added two more in two minutes with 10 minutes remaining.

With two minutes left, Messi raced onto a Fabregas pass to get his second and his side's fifth.

The late goal rush put the focus squarely back on closest challengers Atletico Madrid, who will attempt to draw level with Barca again tomorrow when they host bottom-placed Osasuna.

Real Betis moved up to fourth with a 1-0 home win over Valencia.

Salva Sevilla scored his first goal of the season on nine minutes after Juan Carlos' cross was not properly cleared by Adil Rami.

Adrian ensured the win, and his third consecutive clean sheet since taking over as the first-choice goalkeeper, when he kept out Roberto Soldado's late effort with his legs.

Celta Vigo claimed a 1-1 draw in their Galician derby with Deportivo La Coruna despite playing with 10 men for 40 minutes.

Mario Bermejo gave Celta an eighth-minute lead only for Juan Dominguez to equalise 21 minutes later.

Celta then had Gustavo Cabral dismissed for a second caution on 52 minutes but the visitors failed to make the extra man count.

Third-placed Malaga failed to close on the leaders as they were held to a goalless draw against struggling Espanyol at the Cornella El-Prat.
 
-Mathrubhumi
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Russian meteor exploded with force of 30 Hiroshima bombs

Russian meteor exploded with force of 30 Hiroshima bombs
NEW YORK: The meteor that streaked across the Russian skies on Friday, injuring around 1,200 people, exploded with a force 30 times greater than the Hiroshima nuclear bomb, Nasa scientists say.

The 55 foot wide rock with a mass of 10,000 tonnes lit up the sky above the Urals region, causing shockwaves and damaging thousands of homes in an event unprecedented in modern times.

'It had an energy greater than (all) the weapons used in World War II,' Bill Cooke, leader of the Meteoroid Environments Office at Nasa's Marshall Space Flight Center, told the 'New York Daily News'.

The dazzling fireball burned brighter than the Sun as it unleashed nearly 500 kilotons of energy, around 30 times the size of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

Shockwaves from the aerial explosion injured some 1,200 people and wrecked thousands of homes as residents cowered from the apocalyptic momentum in the city of Chelyabinsk, some 1497 km east of Moscow.

'Imagine a shock wave coming through a city with glass flying from all these tall buildings. Walls collapsed ... doors were blown in and a lot of people were injured by flying debris,' Cooke said.

The fiery 643734 kph streak disintegrated 32.5 seconds after blasting through the atmosphere about 24 kilometres up, according to new data culled from five infrared stations located throughout the world.

The trajectory of the Russian meteor (north to south) diverged so greatly from Asteroid DA14's near-Earth flyby (south to north) that scientists insist they are unrelated phenomena.

'They occurred the same day so some people would assume that the meteor was a chunk of DA14 but that's not true,' said Cooke.

The meteor is the largest reported since 1908 when one crashed into Tunguska, Siberia, about 4828 km to the east.

'We would expect an event of this magnitude to occur once every 100 years on average,' said Paul Chodas of Nasa's Near-Earth Object Program Office.

'When you have a fireball of this size we would expect a large number of meteorites to reach the surface and in this case there were probably some large ones,' he said.PTI
 
-Mathrubhumi
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Freak rains kill 22 in Andhra

Freak rains kill 22 in Andhra
Kiran asks Ministers to rush to affected areas

The death toll in freak rains has risen to 22, even as fresh areas reeled under its impact on Sunday, this time in Coastal Andhra.

Most of the 12 deaths were reported from Prakasam, Nellore, Krishna and Chittoor districts either due to lightning or electrical short-circuit. Three persons were injured in house-collapses, two of them in Adilabad and one in Nizamabad.

Strong gales that accompanied the torrential rains damaged nearly 1,000 houses in Telangana region and in Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur and Krishna in Coastal Andhra.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who reviewed the situation with officials, asked Ministers J. Geetha Reddy (Major Industries) and D. Sridhar Babu (Civil Supplies) to rush to Medak and Karimnagar districts respectively to supervise relief operations. Ministers available in other affected districts were directed to follow suit in those areas.

The fury of the untimely downpours was such that Vinjamur (Nellore district) and Vijayawada recorded a heavy rainfall of 15 cm each, Mangalagiri and Guntur 12 cm each, Yerragondaplem 11 cm, Venkatagiri Town, Thiruvur, Vuyyur and Sattenpalli 9 cm each.

Similarly, Chittoor in Rayalaseema reported a rainfall of 9 cm while Ibrahimpatnam and Suryapet in Telangana were lashed by 5 cm and 4 cm respectively.

According to information reaching disaster management commissioner T. Radha from districts, who is monitoring the situation with Collectors, extent of regular crops like paddy, maize, Bengal gram etc damaged has gone up to 1.47 lakh hectares.

On the other hand, damage to horticulture crops (mango chilli, vegetables) over an area of 1.45 lakh ha is also reported from different areas. The accurate details about the extent of the crop damage, however, would be known only after completion of physical verification at field level as part of enumeration which, however, was commenced at all places immediately.

He said ex-gratia against the deaths would be paid as per the existing norms specified under Apathbandhu insurance scheme. He asked Collectors to send the proposals with claims immediately.

Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department continued with the warning issued to Telangana and Coastal Andhra regions that thunder-squalls combined with rains and hailstorms were likely on Monday also.
 
-The Hindu
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Gulfmart Fahaheel - Re launch on 18

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Janak Khendry and dance troupe coming to Kuwait

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

The show is on two days

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

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

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

 
 

 

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

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

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

Indians ‘least problematic community in Kuwait’: Envoy

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

Swine flu cases reported in Kuwait

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

KDcow affirms all its dairy products safe

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

Hala February kicks off

Hala February kicks off

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

- Kuwait Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Civil Service Commission sets holidays for February 24-26

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

Municipality warns against unlicensed ads

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

Indian man stabbed in Jleeb quarrel

Indian man stabbed in Jleeb quarrel

 

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

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

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

 

- Arabtimes

Indian beaten, robbed

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