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HH the Amir accepted the resignation of the government



HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah yesterday submitted his resignation to HH the Amir two days after MPs filed no-confidence motions against two ministers and amid alleged infighting within the Cabinet. HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah accepted the resignation of the government and ordered the Cabinet to serve as a caretaker one until a new government is formed.

The Amir will now rename the same premier or appoint a new one to form the next Cabinet amid signs of strains in Assembly-government ties. Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem, who met HH the Amir yesterday, said dissolving the National Assembly is not seen as likely at present and accused the “government team” of not working in tandem. MP Saleh Ashour clearly said that there are “differences” within the Cabinet members that led to the resignation.-K.T.


Increasing number of motorists fill and run incidents without paying



Workers at gas stations in various areas are complaining about the increasing number of motorists who fill their tank and simply drive away without paying.Despite the cameras installed at all petrol pumps around Kuwait, some drivers dare to leave without paying. According to a worker at a gas station in Daiya, this is happening on a daily basis.The company deducts any financial shortfalls from the worker’s salary, which is later reimbursed if the thief is caught.Workers at a gas station in Salwa have also faced similar experiences.-K.T.


9 employees arrested for stealing about KD 70,000 over two-year period



Nine employees working for a shop owned by a Kuwaiti woman have been arrested and referred to Prosecution for systematically stealing about KD 70,000 over two-year period.When the owner discovered manipulations in the accounts book, the accountant was interrogated by the victim and in the course of time he admitted to stealing the company money for two years to the shock and amazement of the owner.He also told the owner that he is not the only one but all the employees were involved and that they shared the loot.-A.T.


Health insurance premium will be KD 130 from 2020



Informed sources said there is coordination between the Dhaman hospitals company and health ministry to implement health insurance on a group of expats who will receive services at Dhaman hospitals during 2020 to coincide with their opening. It said the insurance premium will be KD 130 for each individual and will include expats who work in the private sector and their children.The insurance will cover examinations, x-ray and medicine, the source said, adding that the law does not indicate the party that will present health care for expatriates on visit visas after activating the Dhaman system. As for dependents, the sources explained that it depends on the stand of the company the person who has family members on dependent visas works for.-K.T.


10 % increase in the number of cases of kidney failure in Kuwait



There has been a ten percent increase in the number of cases of kidney failure in Kuwait, the Minister of Health Dr Sheikh Basel Al-Sabah revealed.In a press statement released Tuesday, after opening Al Rawdah Dialysis Centre, Al-Sabah asserted that the ministry plans to expand the establishment of kidney dialysis centres.

According to the official news agency KUNA, Dr Sheikh Basel Al-Sabah clarified that Al-Rawdah is considered an addition to the existing four kidney dialysis centres in the country. Kuwait on Tuesday inaugurated the first primary healthcare clinic, which is restricted to the expatriate communities.The centre has 20 clinics covering family medicine, pediatrics, preventive services, health education, consultation, acute and chronic diseases, dental services, digital x-ray, ultrasound and laboratory and pharmaceutical services. (Middle East Monitor)-KUNA


PM Speech on Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak


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Read the text of the speech rendered by Hon’ble PM on the occasion of inauguration of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor to mark 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji on 9 November, 2019 at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, Punjab.

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Six Indian construction workers were killed in Oman construction site



At least six construction workers, believed to be Indian nationals, were killed in Oman when they were buried at an excavation site of a water pipeline project due to heavy rains. The incident happened in the Seeb area of Muscat following heavy rain on Sunday, the Indian Embassy in Muscat said.

"We are deeply saddened to learn about the incident involving death of six workers, who are believed to be Indian nationals, in Seeb area of Muscat, Oman, following the heavy rains on November 10," the Indian embassy said in a tweet.The embassy said that they are in close contact with the Omani officials to ascertain the full facts of the incident and confirm the identities of the victims."We express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and stand ready to extend all possible support," it said in another tweet.

While there was no confirmation about the exact circumstances under which the workers died, reports in the local media said that the victims were working on a section of pipe that was 14 metres below the ground.The rescue team took nearly 12 hours to recover the bodies, the Muscat Daily reported.


KES refused to accredit the certificates of 6,015 engineers and grant them work permits



Statistics obtained showed that KES refused to accredit the certificates of 6,015 engineers and grant them work permits as engineers; thereby, allowing the change of their designations in their work permits.The statistics revealed that 225 were appointed as technician supervisors, 156 as computer programmers, 108 as maintenance technicians, 91 as general supervisors and 82 as workers supervisors.-A.T.


General Security police not allowed to issue citations .



The Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for General Security Lt Gen Faisal Al-Nawaf issued a decision to take back traffic ticket books from all non-commissioned officers and policemen of the sector and hand them to the traffic department. The decision was taken after an increasing number of complaints from citizens and expats against non-commissioned officers and policemen of the supervisory and inspection department at the traffic violations investigation department, accusing them of maliciousness and abuse of authority in issuing traffic tickets. The general security policemen’s job does not include issuing traffic tickets, and some of them are not fully aware of the traffic violations law.-K.T.



Airport workers held one-hour strike for better working conditions, allowances



Hundreds of workers at Kuwait’s international airport held a one-hour strike yesterday to demand better working conditions, threatening to stage longer walkouts in the coming days. Ahmed Mohammed Al-Kandari, a union representative, said workers were calling for improved treatment and to be compensated for daily exposure to pollution and noise. The right to strike is guaranteed for citizens in Kuwait, but such actions remain rare in the country. Foreign workers do not have the right to strike.

Yesterday’s strike by Kuwaiti staff did not affect flights, officials said.Kandari said the purpose of the strike was not to disrupt operations but “to make our voices heard”. He added that Kuwaiti workers would hold a further two-hour strike tomorrow and a 24-hour strike on Sunday if their demands are not met.-K.T.


Kuwait to ban sale and import of non inverter air conditioning units by September 2020



The Ministry of Electricity and Water has asked its commerce and industry counterpart to ban the sale and import of non inverter air conditioning units by September 2020.This decision will cover various types of air conditioning units such as split, window, stand alone and ceiling. The inverter air conditioning units reduce power consumption by up to 60 percent, indicating that air conditioning units consume 70 percent of total electricity production during summer and 30 percent in winter.

Non inverter air conditioning units will be banned in newly established cities.Ministry of Commerce and Industry will monitor the markets in order to ensure strict compliance with the decision. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry met with 15 importers and informed them about the plan, affirming the importers will present their opinions in this regard in the next meeting.-A.T.


Instruction to arrest and deport fishermen who violate the fishing law



The Directorate-General of Coast Guard has been instructed to carry out sudden inspection campaigns in the Kuwait Bay and surrounding areas to arrest fishermen who violate the fishing law, confiscate the fishing equipment, impound the fishing boats until the owners show up and refer the violators to the deportation center.Instructions were issued following the spread of video clips showing large number of Arab and Asian fishermen committing flagrant violations in broad daylight.-A.T.


Dhaman opened its first primary healthcare center in Hawally



The Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman) opened its first primary healthcare center in Hawally in Cairo Complex on Ibn Khaldoun Street yesterday. The center, spread over an area of 3,079 sq m, has 20 clinics covering family medicine, pediatrics, preventive services, health education, consultation, acute and chronic diseases, dental services, digital x-ray, ultrasound, laboratory and pharmaceutical services. Dhaman was set up by a public private partnership (PPP) established through a ministerial decree as part of Kuwait’s development plan.

The hospital is part of a government push to segregate healthcare, limiting access for expatriates to the public system. Already, some clinics offer Kuwaiti-only timings, and priority for certain clinics and medicines are unavailable to residents, who are also paying higher fees for visits.-K.T.



Former Chief Election Commissioner of India T N Seshan passes away at 86 in Chennai




Former Election Commissioner T.N. Seshan, who was known for ushering in reforms to ensure free and fair polls, passed away at his residence here on Sunday following cardiac arrest, family sources said. He was 87.

An IAS officer who rose to become Cabinet Secretary, Seshan became the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India after retirement, serving from December 12, 1990 to December 11, 1996.Known for enforcing Model Code of Conduct, Seshan took stern action against any politician who tried to flout its provisions.He was conferred the Magsaysay Prize for Public Service in 1996.

"His efforts towards electoral reforms have made our democracy stronger and more participative. Pained by his demise. Om Shanti," Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.


Campaign against bachelors continues in Farwaniya governorate



Kuwait Municipality’s public relations department stressed on the continuation of inspection tours against ‘bachelors’ residing in private residential areas. The campaign has so far resulted in tracking 22 violating houses, filing nine citations, evicting bachelors from six houses and disconnecting power from 16 others, Deputy director for Farwaniya and Mubarak Al-Kabeer affairs Ammar Al-Ammar said. The tours made in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity and Water, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior and Public Authority for Civil Information were going according to schedule, Ammar added.-K.T.


Decline in the sale of e-stamps by 22 percent in two years



A report issued by the Audit Bureau shows there is a decline in the sale of e-stamps by 22 percent between Jan 1, 2017 and Dec 30, 2018, which opens the door for the concerned authorities to look for loopholes in the system to ensure there is no manipulation in the absence of supervision.The Bureau report pointed out the Ministry of Finance lacks the tools to discover manipulations in the system. The report affirmed that the final account of the state’s financial administration showed the proceeds of the sale of the revenue stamps over the last year was 5.3 million dinars, although the before the application of e-stamps the revenue was more than 80 million dinars.The report made a number of observations including negligence of government institutions and Ministry of Health and Foreign Affairs continuing to use paper stamps and add to this the laziness of some employees.-A.T.


With the help of Indian Embassy, Indian National struggled in Kuwait is back to India after 7 Years

With the help of Indian Embassy, Indian National struggled in Kuwait is back to India after 7 Years

JesurajMr. Jesuraj, hailing from Villuppuram, Tamilnadu was working in Kuwait as a driver and he was imposed a travel ban by Kuwait police department due to a traffic accident made by him. Case was not completed and he was struggling here in Kuwait for the past 7 years without travelling to India.

Based on the news came in the Tamil News magazine “Dinamalar” in May 2019, Indian Frontliners Secretary Mr. Mathi took up the issue with Indian Embassy, Kuwait. Mr. P.P. Narayanan, First Secretary (Community Welfare) acted on this request and Indian Embassy appointed a dedicated lawyer and conducted the case in the Kuwait Court. Mr. Sameer, ICF was entrusted with this work and worked hard with court and investigation departments and got it cleared.  After getting cleared from all the legal obstacles, he has travelled back to India on 07th Nov 2019.

Mr. Mathi has coordinated with Indian Embassy for his repatriation. Now Mr. Jesuraj is back in India with his family and thanked the Indian Embassy - Kuwait, Mr. Mathi Mr. Sameer & Mr. Elamaran for all their support tendered.


Blood Donation Camp – 2019

Blood Donation Camp – 2019

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Billava Sangha Kuwait is organising Blood Donation Campaign at Kuwait Central blood bank, Jabriya on 29th November 2019 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m

It is a wonderful opportunity to save a life for the first time if you never donated blood and yet another opportunity if you are a regular blood donor.

Who can donate? Anyone who has not travelled outside Kuwait in the past 6 months can donate blood. Even people with hypertension and diabetes can donate blood.

It takes just 10 minutes to donate blood and it makes you feel good about yourself.

So, if you are passionate about contributing towards a noble cause, you may please join us at Kuwait Central Blood Bank, Jabriya on 29th November 2019 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Please share this message with all your friends in Kuwait.

Billava Sangha Kuwait is organizing this campaign as one of their welfare activities with an intent to serve the society.


4,000 non-Kuwaitis to be granted Kuwaiti citizenship before year’s end



The Kuwaiti government is currently preparing a list of names of up to 4,000 non-Kuwaitis to be granted Kuwaiti citizenship, well-informed sources said, noting that the list would be announced sometime before the end of the year.The naturalization process will be made according to a law passed in parliament and stipulates that the government cannot give citizenship to more than 4,000 a year. However, the law does not stipulate that Kuwait must naturalize 4,000 people each year, explained the sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.-K.T.


29,645 cancer cases in Kuwait



Recent statistics released by Ministry of Health revealed that State of Kuwait has reached 29,645 cancer cases in 12 years between 2006 and 2018 reports Al Rai. From which 14,313 were Kuwaiti citizens and 15,332 expats from various countries.Among Kuwaiti citizens 6,060 males and 8,253 females were suffering from this disease and among expats males 7,861 males and females 7,471 the statistics.

The Minister of Health stressed that one of the most important objectives of the ministry, represented by the Kuwait Cancer Control Center, in addition to the treatment of cancer cases, is to raise awareness of the disease, especially the most prevalent, both for women such as breast cancer, uterus cancer, colon cancer and blood cancer, and for men such as prostate cancer and colon cancer.Al-Sabah further stated that awareness campaigns include warning against eating foods and products that contain unhealthy substances and calories may harm health, and stay away from unhealthy eating habits and behaviors.-A.T.


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