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Message of H.E. Mr. K. Jeeva Sagar on Republic Day of India

Message of H.E. Mr. K. Jeeva Sagar, Ambassador of India to Kuwait On the Occasion of the 71st Republic Day of India

IFL Indians in Kuwait

On this joyous occasion of the 71st Republic Day, I convey my warm Greetings and Best Wishes to all my fellow Indians in Kuwait. I would specifically like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to all the friends and well-wishers of India in Kuwait, particularly to the leadership, the people and the Government of Kuwait, for their steadfast commitment to the continued close and friendly relations between India and Kuwait. I would like to reiterate that Government of India reciprocates this commitment and is keen to further strengthen and expand this mutually enriching relationship. Multifaceted bilateral relations between our two friendly countries are rooted in history and have been sustained and nourished by age-old linkages and the ever-deepening people-to-people affinities.

As you are all aware, Republic Day commemorates the day when the Indian Constitution came into effect. This year shall be our nation’s 71st Republic Day. This is an occasion when we commemorate the values of our democracy and Republic and reaffirm our commitment to the most prized national inheritance - the Indian Constitution – and its eternal values and guiding principles. The 26th day of January is a historic one in the annals of our long and rich history as it marked the completion of India’s transition towards becoming an Independent Republic. We, as a nation, have come a long way since that historic day by building on the untiring efforts and hard work of every successive generation. However, we must be mindful of the fact that our journey is far from complete. We must continue to move ahead together in a much more determined way in this wonderful voyage of ours to redeem the pledge we made not only for the well-being of the people of our nation but also to the larger cause of humanity.  

India remains one of the most sought after investment destinations in the world with ever-growing foreign direct investments. During the year, our government continued to undertake various structural reforms (taxation, corporate affairs, labour, FDI) and introduce economic growth measures (credit availability, infrastructure investments) to fasten the pace of growth and development. It is a matter of pride for all of us that our efforts to reform our business environment is bearing fruit. In the latest Ease of Doing Business rankings, released by World Bank in 2019, India stood at 63, an improvement of an unprecedented 79 places since 2014 – a phenomenal achievement for a major economy. Our economy, currently approximately $2.7 trillion, is already the sixth largest in the world (third largest on a purchasing power basis). A nation of skilled, innovative and talented youth, possessing a favourable demographic dividend and a stable Eco-political environment, it is well within our reach to reach $ 5 trillion GDP in the next 5 years and even $ 10 trillion by the turn of the decade. We are also poised to be the 3rd largest consumer market by 2030, and there is no wonder then that we are seen as the land of opportunities, of growth, of a bright and prosperous future, and without a shadow of doubt, a major driver of global economic fortune.

In 2019, we celebrated the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who remains the moral compass of our nation and whose teachings and way of life continue to be a yardstick to measure our deeds and actions. Successful launch of the Mission to Moon (Chandrayaan 2) was yet another historic first which reinforced the rapid technological strides made by India in space science and other scientific disciplines and has also bolstered our credentials as a leading scientific nation. Indians all over the world can not only take pride in our achievements but also be confident of our country assuming a leadership position in many of the new age industries – Robotics, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence etc. Further, continuous reforms and qualitative upgrade of the education system should equip the youth of our country to stay ahead of the curve and be torchbearers of the next century in every sphere of human endeavour.

‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ is the guiding principle of India’s external policy. This is also in line with India’s ancient belief of Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam: the world is a family. In this spirit, our policy has always aimed at creating an environment of peace and security in which the world can be a better place for entire humanity to live with dignity and in prosperity.  One prime example of how India’s foreign policy is oriented towards greater good of the world is our leadership and commitment to sustainable environment. India is a co-founder of the International Solar Alliance, which is a global alliance of more than 120 countries for development and promotion of solar energy. India has an unwavering faith in multilateralism, we work bilaterally, regionally and globally with like-minded countries to tackle issues of common concern such as climate change, energy security, food security, international terrorism, and the reform of multilateral institutions, including the UN Security Council. 

The Gulf and Middle East region is an extended neighborhood for India. Peace, security and stability of countries in this region is imperative for prosperity and economic development of India. We have shared interests in the areas of energy, trade, investments, security and human capital. The region is one of our largest trading partners, an important source for India’s energy (oil & gas) requirements and is home to about 8.5 million Indians. Through bilateral and regional institutional mechanisms, India has built closer ties with all the nations in the region. 

Allow me to inform all our friends that India-Kuwait relations continued to strengthen and expand during the year 2019. Minister of State for External (and Parliamentary) Affairs of India Shri V. Muraleedharan paid an official visit to Kuwait in September 2019 and held productive discussions with senior dignitaries in the Government of State of Kuwait. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my special gratitude to the Government of State of Kuwait for the warm and gracious hospitality accorded to the visiting delegation. Other high level visits, including the visits of Director General of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and Chairman of the Kuwait Society for Engineers to India, under various existing Institutional mechanisms were also undertaken resulting in considerable progress on cooperative frameworks in the areas of S&T, defence, manpower, external policies etc.

Bilateral commercial ties have also witnessed a renewed momentum with increasing trade and investment exchanges. A delegation led by the President of Kuwait’s Civil Aviation visited India and many business delegations from Kuwait have visited India to participate in various business events. To facilitate commercial exchanges between the two countries, Embassy of India successfully organized a Healthcare Exhibition, a Seminar on Indian tourism, an Exhibition and Seminar on the Education opportunities in the State of Gujarat, business roadshows for delegations from the States of Goa and Tamil Nadu and G2B meetings for an official delegation from the State of Andhra Pradesh. It is heartening to inform that Indian Companies  continue to operate successfully and are setting newer highs with every passing year; thereby, reinforcing Brand India – as one that stands for quality and excellence. Kuwait is a major investing nation while India is a highly rated profitable investment destination; this synergy, given the level of confidence in the relationship, needs to be explored further for mutual benefit. 

Embassy also organized various other events, including Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, 5th International Yoga Day, World Environment Day, World Cycling Day, Hala Diwali, Constitution Day and various other events to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The year has also witnessed celebrations in connection with the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji. I am delighted to convey my hearty Felicitations and cordial Greetings to all my Sikh friends resident in Kuwait on this important landmark. In this regard, I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the esteemed guests who graced our events with their presence and to all the friends of India who collaborated with the Embassy to make all these events highly successful and memorable.     

Significance of people-to-people dimension in our bilateral relationship cannot be overemphasized. These ties form the bedrock of this strong, close and abiding friendship between our two friendly countries. Presence of over a million Indians in this friendly, peace-loving and vibrant nation of Kuwait is a testimony to the enduring spirit of cooperation between the two countries and its peoples. In all my interactions with the Kuwaiti leadership at various levels in specific, and with the people of Kuwait in general, a consistent theme that stood out was the generous appreciation of the Indian Community in Kuwait and a recognition of their contribution towards the development of the State of Kuwait. I have been repeatedly reassured that the Indian Community in Kuwait enjoys the highest level of trust and confidence of the friendly people of Kuwait. This is reflective of the values that we espouse and cherish, our law abiding nature, peaceful and friendly disposition and our pluralistic values that  celebrate diversity. I am quite confident that my dear Indian citizens in Kuwait will continue to uphold these high ideals, values and standards, abide by local laws and regulations and exert their utmost efforts in contributing towards the economic development of this friendly host country. Embassy will continue to place welfare and well-being of the Indian Community in Kuwait at the forefront of its endeavours. In cooperation with the Kuwaiti authorities, Community associations, and well-wishers & volunteers of the Community, Embassy will strive with even more vigor to address all issues and ensure the welfare of the Indian Community in Kuwait so that it can continue to provide a strong impetus to India-Kuwait relations.

Once again, on this joyous and proud occasion of the Republic Day of India, I wish every Indian national in Kuwait good health and happiness. I also take this opportunity to convey my Best Wishes for the continued good health and well-being of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Hamad Al-Sabah, His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasir Al-Muhammad Al-Sabah, and to the friendly people of the State of Kuwait. 


Commercial visit visa sold for KD 200 to 250 by fake company



An unidentified Kuwaiti and his Egyptian partner have been arrested for running a fictitious company which specialized in issuing commercial visit visas.According to security sources the arrest came after investigation personnel from the General Administration of Residence Affairs received a tip-off about the activities of the suspects and checked the company’s file.In light of the information received, a specialized team was formed to verify the authenticity of the information and after careful follow-up it became clear to the detectives that the company through which commercial visits are issued does not exist, and that all transactions submitted by the delegate were forged. Each commercial visit visa was sold for between 200 and 250 dinars.-A.T.


Driving license replacement online will start on Sunday



The online issuance of replacement lost or damaged driving licenses will start on Sunday, well-informed security sources announced, adding that the Interior Ministry’s new decision to renew driving licenses online had largely contributed to reducing the number of people having to show up at traffic departments to do so. The sources said 31,884 licenses have been renewed over the past two months.-K.T.


Customs officers foiled an attempt to smuggle large quantity of imitation goods



Customs officers of the General Customs Administration have been exerting efforts to foil all attempts to smuggle illicit items into the country.At the beginning of this week, the Customs officers in the North Port foiled an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of imitation goods into the local market. The imitation goods were confiscated and will be destroyed in order to protect intellectual property and curb the smuggling of such items into the local market of the country.Also, the Customs officers in Shuaiba Port suspected a container that arrived from an Asian country and checked it to discover it contained a huge quantity of mobile phones, wrist watches, batteries and accessories of international brands. A sample of these items were sent for checking in order to determine if they are counterfeit. A customs report was prepared to send the file on the smuggling to the court-A.T.


ISRO’s half-humanoid Vyommitra will go to space before astronauts



About 10 seconds after its camera system captured the image of Dr S Somnath, director of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, at a booth at an  international conference on ‘Human Spaceflight and Exploration’ at Bengaluru on Wednesday, ‘Vyommitra’, a “half-humanoid”, said: “Hello Dr Somnath, director VSSC’’. Introducing itself to the audience, Vyommitra (vyoma-space, mitra-friend) said: “Hello everyone. I am Vyommitra, the prototype of the half-humanoid, made for the first unmanned Gaganyaan mission.”

The artificial intelligence-based robotic system is being  developed at a robotics lab at the VSSC in Thiruvananthapuram for an unmanned flight of ISRO’s GSLV III rocket in December 2020, which, along with a second unmanned flight in July 2021, will serve as the test of  ISRO’s preparedness for its maiden manned space mission, Gaganyaan, being targeted for 2022 to mark 75 years of India’s independence.

Vyommitra, equipped with a head, two arms and a torso, is built to “mimic crew activity inside the crew module of Gaganyaan”, a scientist from the robotics lab at VSSC said. “It is basically an artificial intelligence-based system. It recognised the face of the VSSC director from the attached computer database and converted text to speech to speak out the identity,’’ the scientist said.Once it is fully developed, Vyommitra will be able to use equipment on board the spacecraft’s crew module, like safety mechanisms and switches, as well as receive and act on commands sent from ground stations.

Explaining its role, Vyommitra told the audience: “I can monitor through module parameters, alert you and perform life support operations. I can perform activities like switch panel operations…” It said it can also be a companion and converse with the astronauts, recognise them and respond to their queries.

“Attaining launch and orbital postures, responding to the environment, generating warnings, replacing carbon dioxide canisters, operating switches, monitoring of the crew module, receiving voice commands, responding via speech (bilingual),’’ are among its functions listed. It will have a human-like face, with lips synchronised for movement to mimic speech.

The robotic system has been developed even as ISRO works to make the GSLV III rocket system suitable to fly humans. “Work is in progress for human-rated GSLV Mk III. It will be ready for the first unmanned flight by the year-end with a humanoid,’’ said Somnath.

“There will be a lot of ground testing. The unmanned flight will be the first test flight. We are designing a crew escape system — whether it is functioning properly will be tested in flights before the first unmanned test flight. The unmanned test flight with a humanoid will be the first human rated flight of the GSLV Mk III,’’ said ISRO chairman K Sivan.

“In Gaganyaan, many systems need to be tested before the flight — the human rating of the propulsion modules, crew escape system, air drop tests… We are targeting the first unmanned mission soon. A major part of the work will be done this year,’’ he said.

With ISRO set to be the first to attempt to send a manned mission to space without carrying out tests with animals, the flight with Vyommitra will serve as a test of the capabilities of the rocket system to take a human to space and back. Among the key parameters that will be tested is the efficacy of the crew module where astronauts will fly, whether its environment is conducive for human flight, and the safety factor.

“We are now moving rockets from mission-critical to safety-critical launch nature, where the human being comes into play in a rocket — where human life becomes more important,’’ said Somnath.

ISRO has used robotic and autonomous system for many of its missions, including the recent Chandrayaan-2 mission where the Vikram lander was functioning in autonomous mode — using data stored in its systems — while attempting to make a soft landing on the moon’s surface.

Meanwhile, four Indian Air Force pilots have been picked, from a pool of 60 pilots, after a rigorous selection process in India and Russia, to be the first astronauts on Gaganyaan. “Astronaut selection has been completed from a pool of IAF test pilots and their generic test flight training will commence shortly. Thereafter, mission specific training will be conducted in India using a host of simulators and other facilities,’’ the ISRO chairman said.


14,697 Kuwaitis are waiting for appointment to various private sector jobs



The latest statistics released by the National Employment Sector in the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) showed that 14,697 Kuwaitis are waiting for appointment to various private sector jobs and 55 of these citizens are holding university certificates.The statistics revealed a remarkable decline in the number of nationals waiting for appointment to private sector jobs; indicating the number decreased by 1,000 compared to the figures recorded in 2019.The number of citizens who want to work in the private sector increased by eight percent in 2019 compared to the previous year.

In the last five years, the number of Kuwaitis who want to work in the private sector did not exceeded 37 percent of the total number of job seekers (6,000 out of 18,000) and this increased to 47 percent last year . Meanwhile, PAM has unveiled a plan to provide 150 private sector job opportunities in various fields of specialization which will be announced soon.-A.T.


The new airport project will open in August 2022



Deputy Minister of Public Works Ismail Al-Failakawi announced that the new airport project will open in August 2022, according to the schedule, indicating that the second package project for the airport has been recommended for award at the lowest prices, and we are awaiting the final approval of the agency.He explained that the project is going According to the schedule, there is no delay, as the completion rate was 26.9 percent.The Ministry is responsible for implementing the airport project, which is one of the important development and strategic projects to achieve plans on Kuwait 2035.

The project is an architectural masterpiece at the international level as it is an international icon calculated for Kuwait, because it contains complex engineering and architectural works in addition to being compatible and harmonious with the schedule, pointing out that the work continues in a very positive way, according to the project management standards

According to the project schedule, it is scheduled to be completed in 2022 at a total cost of 1.312 billion dinars, noting that the number of challenges that the project faced is eight, and more than 75 percent of it has been overcome.Regarding the labor force in the implementation of the project it takes 11 thousand workers in various specialties, while the current number of employment amounts to 6900, including 168 Kuwaitis, adding that this project comes within the framework of implementing an important policy of the development plan policies, which is regulating the market Air transport and infrastructure development for Kuwait International Airport with the aim of developing the facilities and services provided by Kuwait International Airport according to the highest international specifications and increasing the airport’s capacity to reach 25 million passengers upon completion of all stages.There are other packages for the projects accompanying the terminal building project 2 for parking lots and the other for the airstrips, and they will be put on schedule, and the General Secretariat for Planning and Development does not find any clear impartiality from the plan that started the project.-A.T.



Losses for PUMC in expat workers city project



The Public Utilities Management Company signed a contract with the State Property Affairs Sector at Ministry of Finance to manage, operate and carry out maintenance work of the expatriate workers city project in Shedadiyah for 20 years. The contract signed since 2016 will run until 2036.The project covers 23 residential buildings, each of which is four-storey in structure. The entire land space of the project is 100,648 squaremeters of which each building covers 4,376 square meters.The landed property is worth KD300,000 at KD3 per squaremeter and the company has been able to rent out 10 out of the 23 buildings it constructed, which is just about 43 percent; thus incurring KD564,247 after spending KD118,800 to tar the road serving the city, while additional KD28,000 was spent on alarm and fire safety-related works.-A.T.


KSE rejected about 11,000 unaccredited certificates most of them of Asian Engineers



Head of the Federation of Arab Engineers and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuwait Society of Engineers Faisal Al-Atel affirmed that the society rejected about 11,000 unaccredited certificates since the start of the application of professional tests for expatriate engineers in March 2018, revealing that, “The vast majority of the holders of these certificates are Asian nationals.”

In a statement issued on the sidelines of the society’s volunteer reception, Al-Atel said, “There are several reasons for refusing the accreditation of these certificates, including the holders’ failure in obtaining the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, the failure of their universities to be part of the accreditation lists even with their countries, as well as the presence of several certificates that do not deserve the title “engineer”. Some of them did not pass the professional aptitude test”. He added that this number constitutes a quarter of the expatriate engineers working in the Kuwait market who passed the tests and have accredited certificates, warning that there are “engineers” in the labor market who do not have a Bachelor’s degree.-A.T.


Education Minister of Gujarat meets Minister of Higher Education Kuwait

Delegation led by Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama holds a roadshow in Kuwait under the maiden ‘Study in Gujarat’ campaign


The ‘Study in Gujarat’ is an initiative by the Department of Education, Government of Gujarat to showcase Gujarat as an education hub of India and invite students from abroad and other states of India to pursue higher education in the state.

Department of Education led by Minister of Education Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Principal Secretary Smt. Anju Sharma along with representatives of 19 universities of Gujarat with Ganpat University as the lead partner, in association with Embassy of India in Kuwait organised the maiden roadshow under the ‘Study in Gujarat’ campaign.

Educators, principals, teachers, parents, students, and representatives from universities in Kuwait, were present during the roadshow in large numbers. Ambassador of India to Kuwait Mr.K.Jeeva Sagar was also present on the occasion.

During his address, the Minister of Education said, “Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi puts a great emphasis on collaboration through Education. With his inspiration and guidance by our Chief Minister Shri Vijay Rupani, we have initiated the Study in Gujarat program to showcase to achievements of Gujarat in education sector before the India and the world.” 

In his address, the Minister lauded Kuwait’s efforts in giving utmost importance to the education sector. He said, “I have learnt that the country places a great emphasis on education which further strengthens our bond. With Gujarat having some of the finest world class institutes with state-of-the-art infrastructure, Kuwait and Gujarat can show the world the true meaning of a Knowledge based economy.”

Talking about Gujarat, Shri Chudasama expressed, “As per the All India Survey on Education 2018-19, Gujarat is one of the top 7 states in India having 28 or more colleges per 1 lakh population. It is also one among the top 7 states with the highest number of colleges in India. One of the prime reasons for Gujarat’s consistent green run is its safe environment coupled with a dedicated system of law and order.”

Principal Secretary Smt. Anju Sharma said “The state accounts for 46% of the emerging start-ups in India.  A number of policies have been formulated to promote small, medium and large sized companies, thus, number of students graduating from universities in Gujarat are “Going the start-up way. In addition to the entrepreneurial youth talent, we have a rich heritage coupled with industry growth and the safest environment to learn and grow. There are 493 patents filed under the Student Startup and Innovation Policy. There are more than 10,000 foreign students studying in various universities and colleges of Gujarat at present.”

She also elaborated on the growth model of Gujarat in each and every sector. The development is policy driven, transparent and goal oriented. The aim is to make students as job givers.  

6 MoUs were signed during the event. The first MoU was signed between Swarnim Start-up University and Box Hill College in Kuwait in the field of design and innovation. The second MoU was signed between Gujarat Technical University and Box Hill College in the field of design and architecture. The third one was between CEPT and Box Hill College, the fourth being between GNLU and Box Hill College, fifth being between Sankalchand Patel University and Box Hill College, Kuwait , and the sixth one being between PDPU and Box Hill College.

The Road show followed an exhibition by the 19 partner universities, which was visited by more than 500 students. 

On the second day, Hon’ble Minister Shri Chudasama also met Dr. Saud Al-Harbi, Minister of Higher Education, Government of Kuwait. Both the leaders agreed to strengthen the bonds of cooperation between Kuwait and Gujarat in the education sector. Dr. Saud Al-Harbi expressed his sincere desire for collaboration with Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in the areas of petroleum engineering and research. The minister also held meetings with the Indian diaspora and the Gujarati Samaj. The Chairman of Indian Business and Professional Council Shri Anant Kapadia lauded the efforts of Gujarat Government and showed keen interest in the Study in Gujarat campaign. The delegation also visited the Kuwait University and met their President and visited couple of Indian Schools and interacted with the students.



MOI broadcast a video clip in the social media on how to complete residence and driving licence renewal online



The Ministry of Interior has broadcast a video clip in the social media listing the documents which are required to complete transactions on its websites.The duration of the clip is not more than one minute but details how transactions can be completed, including residence and driving licence renewal online.In the meantime, a security source confirmed that the General Department for Residence Affairs is in the process of giving finishing touches to the program which will enable expatriates to complete residence renewal transactions online.-A.T.


Expect rain from Tuesday evening to Wednesday afternoon



Weather forecast observer in the Department of Meteorology Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi expected rain from Tuesday evening to Wednesday afternoon. Al-Qarawi in his Twitter account  pointed to an activity in the wind on Wednesday morning, amounting to 60 km of dust, especially in desert areas. Al-Qarawi confirmed that there is a case of severe cold 

The astronomer Saud Al-Mukhallad said that the weather tomorrow, Wednesday, will be heavy rains to very heavy rains north of Kuwait, especially the far north. After the rain, the cold wave begins to enter and increases during the coming days gradually to reach zero percent during the evening and dawn, and the first wave continues for 10 days.But the astronomer, Adel Al-Saadoun, stressed that the weather cannot be predicted for more than 4 days, indicating that the temperature will reach 5 degrees, but will not reach zero.-Al Anba


Filipinos in Kuwait in confusion regarding total or temporary labor deployment ban



Confusion overshadowed the Philippine labor deployment ban to Kuwait when visiting Philippine Special Envoy to the Middle East Abdullah Mamao announced late Sunday during a Filipino community meeting that Senator Bong Go has agreed to implement a temporary ban instead of a total deployment ban.Skilled and semi-skilled workers can now be deployed to Kuwait

However, in an interview on government radio in Manila, Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he is not in favor of a temporary ban since the implementation of the total ban was based on the autopsy of the gruesome murder of Filipina housemaid Jeanelyn Villavende.-K.T.


29 Abandoned cars lifted, 3 tons of food confiscated in Al-Jahra Governorate



The Public Cleaning Department of the Al-Jahra Governorate Municipal Branch of organized a large-scale field tour targeting the areas of Kabd, Al-Sulaibiya, Saad Al-Abdullah, Taima and Salmi and lifted 29 neglected (abandoned) vehicles and confiscated 3 tons of food and issued 21 citations.Director of the General Cleaning and Road Works Department of the Municipality Branch of the Governorate, Fahd Al-Quraifeh, stressed the campaigns will continue to lift cars ‘neglected’ in some areas which distort the view of the province as well as cleaning the streets and public squares. He asserted that the inspectors will not tolerate the violation of public cleanliness law and road obstructions which hampers the smooth flow of traffic movement. This is done in public interest-A.T.


Award Winners are Welcome!

Frontliners  part 23 is dedicated to the  Award Winners!

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No need to focus on consuming only organic food-avoid processed foods



“People may feel reassured about eating organic food. However, organic food products are usually expensive due to which people may limit eating fresh vegetables and fruits because of their prices. Therefore, we recommend diversification of food sources without the need to focus on consuming only organic food”,said an expert on food science and nutrition at Kuwait University Dr Dalal Al- Kazemi.She advised people to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farmers or those closest to Kuwait, and ensure they are washed well, and any crusts and leaves that are most contaminated with pesticides are removed even though this will reduce the important nutrients in the produce that are required for the body. Dr Al-Kazemi stressed the need to avoid buying candies and organic chips because processed foods are not healthy, and could be high in sugar and salt, which the body does not need.

She explained that there are some health benefits from consuming organic foods compared to others. The differences are that organic foods contain a greater percentage of nutrients and essential omega-3 fatty acids. They contain a lower percentage of agricultural pesticide residues and bacteria resistant to treatments with conventional antibiotics and cadmium, which is a toxic metal in traditional fertilizers.Despite some studies that concluded these differences, the specialists agree that there is not enough information on the differences in terms of the overall health benefits. And, there is no need to spread panic among people because these differences are variable with different areas, seasons and crops in the mentioned studies. Fertilizers and hormones in organic agricultural methods prevent many traditional methods and techniques of production such as the use of artificial fertilizers that feed the soil and most pesticides, the use of wastewater as fertilizer, genetic engineering, and the use of antibiotics or hormones to increase the growth of livestock and poultry, and radiation treatment against diseases and food preservation.-A.T.


300,000 sick leaves were issued following the activation of the new system



The Director of Information Systems Department at the Ministry of Health Eng Ahmad Al-Ghareeb announced 300,000 sick leaves were issued following the activation of the new system since the beginning of last December in all health areas except the Al-Sabah medical zone.Al-Ghareeb told the implementation of the electronic sick leave system will save costs and pointed out the aim of the new sick leave system is to facilitate the issuance and prevent tampering or granting the sick leave retroactively. The new electronic sick leave system provides an opportunity to verify the validity of data and sick leaves through the application of the Ministry of Health for smart devices, pointing out that the issuance of sick leave electronically will be through the application and the electronic portal of the Ministry of Health, and approved by doctors registered in hospitals and documented by the system of the Ministry of Health, and do not need the signature or stamp of doctors of hospitals or health centers.He stated the government agencies can verify the validity of the sick leave issued electronically using the Ministry’s application, through the rapid response code on the leave form.-A.T.


Cancer second leading cause of death in Kuwait after cardiac disease



Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Kuwait after cardiac disease, a Kuwaiti physician warned yesterday, noting that cancer is the cause of 15 percent of fatalities in Kuwait. “Cancer is the second cause of fatalities worldwide, with one out of every six deaths,” Dr Ali Al-Mosawi, Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC) Manager, said yesterday. “It is also the second leading cause in Kuwait after cardiac diseases.”

Speaking to reporters after inaugurating the Tissues and Cells Conference, Mosawi said: “Breast, colon, thyroid, leukemia, lymphoma and lung cancer cases represent 60 percent of detected cancers in Kuwait.” Mosawi added that KCCC had been established as part of other steps to fight cancer, as it is the only center specialized in cancer diagnosis and treatment using the most up-to-date diagnoses and lab equipment and the best treatment protocols by the most qualified Kuwaiti and foreign medical staff.Further, Mosawi said KCCC has gained regional fame and reputation with its huge lab and five buildings including over 600 beds, two bone marrow transplant units, 13 operation theatres, various specialized departments and a helipad.

Meanwhile, Head of KCCC labs and chairman of the conference organizing committee Dr Abdullah Akbar stressed 21,000 new cancer patients will be annually diagnosed by 2030. He also noted that breast cancer is the most widespread type amongst women, while prostate cancer is the most widespread amongst men. Akbar added the conference aims at discussing the latest in cancer care and focuses on exchanging expertise between doctors from Kuwait, Cleveland Clinic and from Abu Dhabi National Labs.-K.T.


Citations issued to 1,082 motorists in traffic campaign



A comprehensive traffic campaign in all areas of the country resulted in issuing citations to 1,082 motorists and arrest of 16 others for committing serious traffic violations including carelessness, recklessness and driving without a licence. During the campaign traffic officers also impounded 14 vehicles and 25 motorcycles for various reasons. The campaign also included mobile groceries and heavy duty trucks.The Directorate General of Public Relations and Security Media Department of the Interior Ministry said the traffic campaigns will be continuing in all governorates and in all areas of the country to implement and enforce the prestige of the law, to protect lives of people and prestige of the country.-A.T.


Kuwait Aviation Show 2020 concluded--huge success with over 60,000 visitors



With over 60,000 visitors, the Kuwait Aviation Show concluded yesterday. On that occasion, the show’s organizing committee announced that the third version of the Kuwait Aviation Show will be held on January 19, 2022. Head of the organizing committee Ismail Behbehani said that the success of the Kuwait Aviation Show 2020 signifies that Kuwait became a main competitor in the region’s aviation market.The four-day event was very successful, according to the organizers. The event received a wide participation this year from specialized international companies, making the venue an attractive platform for everything related to the aviation industry and airport requirements.-K.T.


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