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Municipal Council allocated an area of 2,650 million s.mts and approves Amiri Diwan takeover of Entertainment City


The Municipal Council yesterday approved the Entertainment City’s development project, accepting the Cabinet’s decision for the Amiri Diwan to take over it instead of the Touristic Enterprises Company. During a regular session yesterday, the council allocated an area of 2,650 million square meters for the Amiri Diwan for the purpose of developing the Entertainment City, provided the latter submits the project’s blueprints for approval within the new structural plan.The Municipal Council had issued a decision in 2016 to annex the Sheikh Zayed Park, which is adjacent to the current Entertainment City’s location, into the project. The Municipal is responsible for evaluating the final plan for the new Entertainment City that overlooks the Gulf. The Amiri Diwan will design the new Entertainment city through international companies, hoping this project will attract many people and it is vital to have in Kuwait. In 1984, the current Entertainment City was established in Al-Doha area and was considered one of major entertainment center in Kuwait.-K.T.


Total ease transactions and absence of overcrowding at Jahra Traffic Department



Anyone who goes to the Jahra General Traffic Department to complete any related transaction, including a driving license, will witness two different scenarios – the ease with which the transactions are completed, and two, the absence of overcrowding and never-ending long queues which normally is the site at most government departments.

Al Jahra Traffic Department (housed in a prefabricated building), which was built in the 1980s is still awaiting the opening of the new administration building adjacent to the current building.In spite of this, the transactions are processed with total ease. More than 100 transactions are accepted at one time and the transaction is completed within 15 minutes.If the reviewer is required to pay for irregularities, his bad luck will lead him to suffer between the long wait, which is about an hour until the transaction is completed and payment of the violation, not to mention the small number of employees in the department, which receives about 500 auditors daily.-A.T.


Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won Economics Nobel Prize 2019



The 2019 Nobel prize in Economics or more formally the “Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel” has been awarded jointly to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”Both Banerjee and Duflo, who incidentally are a couple and have written a noted book titled “Poor Economics”, are associated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology while Kremer is with the Harvard University.


MEW recommends to all state institutions to use LED bulbs and solar energy



Assistant Undersecretary for Power Distribution Networks at Ministry of Electricity and Water Eng Mutlaq Al-Otaibi revealed that the ministry issued recommendations to all state institutions to use LED bulbs and solar energy at the intersections of their major projects in order to ensure electricity reach the light poles without any interruptions.He said the state institutions had requested to extend the dependence on alternative sources of energy in order to execute the desire of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to produce 15 percent of the total energy used in Kuwait through alternative energy sources by the year 2030.Al-Otaibi affirmed that the Department of Power Distribution Networks in the ministry allocated the budget of the 2020/2021 fiscal year to replace the lighting in areas that witness high load with LED bulbs in order save at least 60 percent of the current load.-A.T.


Food and adventure at 160 ft up in the air in Noida



Fly Dining at Noida sector 38 A has become a perfect place for adventure lovers where they can enjoy their food in a unique way and place -- 160 feet up in the air. A huge table surrounded with 24 seats is lifted up with a crane. It also has a less widen central passage to allow free movement of waiters and other staff.


The man behind the idea, Nikhil Kumar shared that this idea came from his visit in Dubai, where he had experienced something similar.Kumar first witnessed this two years ago in Dubai and since then was thinking of bringing this to Noida.He described his unique idea to be not merely selling food but "experience."Safety measures have been taken into consideration at a very serious level.

The equipment being used is tested and certified from Germany while the crane that suspends the structure is from Dubai. Once seated, the safety belts buckling to the seat are checked thrice before launching into the air.Customers who alighted after their 40 minute stays in the air, expressed how thrilling and exciting experience had this been.The dining time in the Fly Dining starts at 6 in the evening and longs till 10 pm. Customers get to spend 40 minutes in the air.


Indian food delivery boy robbed by two people in Sulaibiya



An Indian, working for a fast food restaurant home delivery service, has filed a robbery case against two people who lured him by demanding a dinar near the mainland in Al-Sulaibiya and robbed him of the food under threat and escaped in their car to an unknown destination.He told the Sulaibiya Police Station that the suspects robbed him of 80 dinars after assaulting him and also took the food which he was to deliver to a customer. The victim reported that he could not take the license plate number. Police are looking for the two suspects.-A.T.


Google on Saturday celebrated the 155th birth anniversary of Kamini Roy with a doodle who was the first woman to graduate



Google on Saturday celebrated the 155th birth anniversary of Bengali poet, educator, and activist Kamini Roy with a doodle. Roy, who was the first woman to graduate with honors in the history of India, was an advocate for the rights of women. “Why should a woman be confined to home and denied her rightful place in society?” she asked in 1924.

Roy was born into a prominent family in the Bakerganj district of British India — now Bangladesh — on this day in 1864. Her brother was elected Mayor of Calcutta, and her sister was a physician for Nepal’s Royal Family. Her father, Chandi Charan Sen, a judge and a writer, was a leading member of the Brahmo Samaj. Though she was interested in mathematics, Kamini began writing poetry at an early age. She was one of the first girls to attend school in British India.

At a time when women were expected to focus primarily on marriage, Kamini was determined to pursue education. In 1886, she graduated with a degree in Sanskrit from Bethune College, earning her BA with honors. In college, she met another student, Abala Bose, who went on to be known for her social work in women’s education and alleviating the condition of widows. Her friendship with Bose inspired her in advocating for women’s rights.

After graduation, Kamini became a teacher at Bethune and published ‘Alo O Chhaya’, the first of her many books of poems, in 1889. By forming organisations to champion causes she believed in, she helped advance feminism on the Indian subcontinent. She also worked to help Bengali women win the right to vote in 1926.

For her literary accomplishments, Kamini Roy was awarded the Jagattarini medal by Calcutta University in 1929.

In 1894 she married Kedarnath Roy. She had two children, after which she retired from her writing profession. When asked why she had stopped writing she reportedly said, “My children are my living poems.” Kamini returned to writing poetry after the death of her husband in 1909 and her oldest son.


Kerala-born nun Mariam Thresia to be declared saint by Pope on Sunday



Kerala-born Catholic nun Mariam Thresia is set to be declared a saint by Pope Francis in a function at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Sunday. She is the third nun and fourth clergy member from the Kerala-based Syro-Malabar Church to be canonized into the league of saints.

Bishops and nuns from the Congregation of Holy Family, which Thresia had established, will take part in the event.

The nun had died in 1926 aged 50. The process of canonization had begun in 1975 with a commission formed to look into her life and miracles attributed to her. She was beatified in 2000, which is a step closer to sainthood. Earlier this year, Pope Francis had approved the second miracle attributed to Thresia, paving the way for her sainthood.

Born at Puthenchira village in Thrissur district, Thresia had been known as a mystic as well as a social reformer. In 1914, Thresia, along with her three friends, established a religious group Congregation of Holy Family, which later became one of the prominent religious congregations of the Syro-Malabar Church.

After Thresia, the next in the category of the blessed are Sister Rani Mariya, who died in Indore 24 years ago and Father Thevarparambil Kunjachan, who lived and worked in Kottayam district in the first half of the last century.


Cold season will start in the first week of November



Astronomer Adel Al-Saadoun has predicted that the winter season will begin in the first week of November. Al-Saadoun has negated what has been published by some sources that Kuwait will experience thunderstorms and rain laden clouds.However, he said Kuwait may experience light rainfall over the next two days. Al-Saadoun pointed out that the thunder laden clouds over Iraq are far from the skies of Kuwait and will not reach the country.He expected that the cold season will start in the first week of November and will gain momentum towards the end of the month.-A.T.


Kuwaitis are mainly appointed as managers in the private sector--Most expat workers are regular laborers



The Civil Service Commission (CSC) revealed that the ‘regular laborer’ category is the top line of work in the private sector compared to any other job categories in terms of the number of expatriate laborers hired in Kuwait. Meanwhile, Kuwaitis are mainly appointed as managers in the private sector. A recent report issued by the CSC explained that citizens mostly refrained from private sector jobs related to agriculture or fishing – only 16 citizens worked in such jobs in 2015 and 12 in 2019.
The report also showed that expat laborers working in the private sector totaled 406,783 in 2015 compared to 451,885 in 2019, which makes the total number of expats working for the private sector 1,663,000, while Kuwaitis make up only 71,013 with a limited increase of 4,506 workers in the same period. The report added that 1,486,809 people were appointed in the private sector in 2015, including 1,420,302 expats and 66,507 citizens.-K.T.


Three-man gang arrested over hacking of a telecom company account



Personnel from the Criminal Investigations Department have arrested a three-man gang of Internet hackers - two Kuwaitis and an Egyptian in connection with the hacking of a telecom company account.The suspects were arrested after a complaint was filed by a local company that the hacking operation took place when the company was transferring money to one of the major local telecom companies and the hackers managed to steal about KD 80,000 from the telecom company.

The men during interrogations have admitted to the charge and said they began the operations by breaking into the account of one of the telecommunications companies and robbed small amounts to pay for bills, until they hacked the company’s account and stole money exceeding 120 thousand dinars by changing the path of remittances.The gang used what is known as electronic piracy to penetrate the data of the telecommunications company, and then initiated transactions with customers of these companies, and change the course of funds in the context of mutual transactions, and transferred to other account numbers with the names of other individuals, and then re-transferred the money to the accounts of one member of the gang.-A.T.


MP rejects implementation of VAT and selective tax at this point in time



MP Ahmad Al-Fadel alleges that Ministry of Finance is currently deliberating on the prospects of implementing taxes, affirming he completely rejects the idea of taxation alongside other colleagues, especially in the absence of real financial reforms.

MP Al-Fadel explained that he does not oppose such financial policies. Rather, he rejects their implementation in the country at this point in time. He said the implementation of tax requires specific financial pillars, which the country does not have, and the committee for state priorities has sent several letters to the financial counterpart to set aside the VAT bill and the GCC selective tax on tobacco, food and energy drinks, which currently, the state’s financial structure cannot accommodate.-A.T.


World Bank lauded economic steps that have been taken by the Kuwaiti government



The World Bank has lauded economic steps that have been taken by the Kuwaiti government for boosting the private sector, saying these moves “are on the right track”. The Kuwaiti government is seeking to limit the state participation in the economy to bolster the private sector and minimize barriers facing commerce and investments, the report notes. Key initiatives that have been taken by the Kuwaiti government cover laws, privatization, partnership between the private and public sectors in fields such property development, education, water, sewage, transports and management of solid waste. These efforts have been exerted in the right direction, the WB report affirms.-K.T.


Kuwait Airways’ flight punctuality rose to 96 percent in September



Kuwait Airways’ flight punctuality rose to 96 percent in September from 93 percent in August, the state carrier said on Tuesday. The airline came fourth amongst 169 competitors in the Middle East, Africa and Europe regions in the promptness of its services, according to OAG, the world’s provider of air service information. This high position amongst the world’s largest aviation firms reflects how well schedule policies have been adopted, it said in a statement. Founded in 1953 as the privately-owned Kuwait National Airways, the Kuwaiti government took full ownership of the company in 1962.Today, it operates flights around the world to 49 destinations. – KUNA


Retired patient considers Insurance company commits mistake



A retired patient covered by the health insurance policy, Afia II, is in trouble due to what he considers a mistake committed by the company tasked to implement the insurance project as it refused to pay for the full cost of his treatment.The patient disclosed that he suffered from back pain and the doctors decided to do surgery in order to fix the first, second and fifth vertebrae with six screws.He said the company approved the surgery conducted on Sept 14 at cost of KD 8,950. On the third day after the surgery, the company informed him that it will not pay for more than three days stay at the hospital.

He told the company that he cannot leave because of a plastic packet connected to his back to collect extra blood resulting from the surgery. The company replied that the packet is not enough reason to extend the period of treatment, so he was obligated to pay the fees at his own expense.Before being discharged from the hospital, he was informed that the company refused to pay the full cost of the surgery under the pretext that the cost exceeds the maximum amount specified for surgery. He appealed to officials at the Ministry of Health to find a solution to his problem.-A.T.


Govt statistics show 80% Kuwaitis refused private sector jobs in 2019



Recent government statistics alarmingly showed 59 percent of Kuwaiti youth refused to work in the private sector in 2017, and that the percentage jumped to 80 percent in 2019, Al-Jarida reported yesterday. The statistics, revealed in response to a parliamentary inquiry by MP Abdullah Al-Kandari, showed that the manpower authority had offered Kuwaiti graduates 6,861 job opportunities in the private sector in 2017, but 4,067 of them refused the jobs. “The job opportunities offered in 2018 were 5,778, but only 1,160 nominees accepted them,” the sources added. The manpower authority’s response stressed that as decided by the minister of education’s resolution number 80/2013, it financially supports graduates effective from the date of graduation, professionally guides them and offers them job opportunities in various sectors. – Al-Jarida


Maternity fees increased for expatriates in Govt hospitals



The Minister of Health, Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah, yesterday approved a decision to increase the birth fees of expatriates who are registered in the health insurance system. 
The decree stipulated that non-Kuwaiti patients enrolled in the health insurance system should pay a fee of KD 100 for normal delivery and for caesarean section KD 150.
The decision pointed out that the natural or Caesarean delivery fees include birth and sonar examination and laboratory tests and medicines other than hospital stay.
The fees for accommodation in the private room increased to 100 dinars per day, an increase of 100 percent.The new fee structure will be implemented from today 9th October 2019.

Health sources confirmed that the decision to increase maternity fees for expatriates was issued after a careful study that took into account the high cost of health service from medical staff and equipment and also took into account the vast difference in maternity fees between the public and private sectors.
The prices of birth, whether natural or Caesarean still after the increase is lower than its counterpart in the private sector.-AlRai



Plan to reduce the number of expats from the current 1.6 million to about 1.1 million by 2021 by imposing fees, taxes



The Ministry of Finance is currently studying the amendment to some provisions of Law No. 79 for the year 1995, on fees and financial costs for the use of public utilities and public services.

In a report submitted to the Council of Ministers as a working paper on the contents of the Ministry’s General Secretariat Letter (No. 9219) on reforms and financial plans of the Ministry, the Ministry affirmed that the amendments aim at increasing the efficiency and development of regulations, policies and procedures currently in place in government bodies, regarding fees and financial costs concerning the use of public utilities and services.

The ministry pointed out that this step will be accompanied by others such as the adoption of tax laws, which includes the draft of tax procedures and selective tax draft. The Kuwaiti government plans to force the private sector to reduce the number of foreign workers in companies and financial institutions, and increase the recruitment of nationals, an official document said.The document revealed the plan to reduce the number of expatriates in the private sector from the current 1.6 million to about 1.1 million by 2021.

According to the document, the government will incentivise private companies to recruit nationals by giving them priority in government projects, in addition to offering them tax cuts and reductions in services. Earlier this year, the Kuwaiti government issued a decision to stop the appointments of expatriates in all government departments.

According to data by the Kuwait Central Statistical Bureau (KCSB), there are currently around 73,000 nationals working in the private sector, while the government plan aims to increase this number to 130,000 by 2021, which amounts to an increase of 78 percent.According to official government data in Kuwait, the number of unemployed Kuwaiti nationals stood at 16,000 by the end of June.-A.T.


Three firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion while battling a blaze in Hawally



Three firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion while battling a blaze reported yesterday morning in Hawally. The fire had started in a 10th floor apartment in a 12-storey building, which was evacuated before firemen extinguished the flames. No other injuries were reported. An investigation was opened to reveal the cause of the fire.-K.T.


124-year-old Swami Sivananda from India lands at Abu Dhabi airport



Swami Sivananda from India, whose passport mentions his date of birth as 08/08/1896 making him 123 years old, just won some new fans during his three-day visit to the UAE. Sivananda was flying from his native city of Kolkata to London with Etihad Airways. With his simple demeanour and conduct, he charmed the staff in the flight and at the airport. The staff gleefully clicked photos with him. They were amazed as they had never come across any passenger whose date of birth on passport dated back to 1896. More surprisingly, the man was walking around unassisted at the airport.The photos and video went viral in no time.

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways said it was happy to host such a distinguished guest.
"As long as you're fit to fly, there really is no age limit to air travel. Etihad flies people of all ages every day, from the youngest infants to centenarians, and we are committed to ensuring that all our guests are well-looked after," an Etihad spokesperson said in a statement.If the data on the passport holds good, Sivananda could be the oldest person alive. However, according to Guinness World Records, the oldest verified living person is Kane Tanaka of Japan, aged 116 years, 278 days, as on October 7.

Sivananda is a regular yoga practitioner, eats very less and never takes milk or fruits.Sivananda has a following in India and this trip is to meet his followers in Europe.


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