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Indian External Affairs Minister Discusses Bilateral Ties With Kuwait counterpart



External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today met with his counterparts from Kuwait and Bahrain on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Azerbaijan and discussed India's bilateral ties with the two Gulf countries.

The two-day 18th NAM Summit commenced on Friday, bringing together the heads of 120 member countries. India is a founding member of NAM, which is one of the largest gatherings of world leaders."Cordial meeting with FM of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Deeply value our historical friendship and the strong bilateral relations," Mr Jaishankar tweeted.

Kuwait has been an important trading partner for India. In 2017-18, Kuwait was the ninth largest oil supplier to India and it meets about 4.63 per cent of India's energy needs.According to the Indian Embassy in Kuwait, Indian nationals legally residing in the oil-rich country has crossed the eight lakh mark. There are about 24,000 Indians working for the Kuwaiti government in various jobs like nurses, engineers in national oil companies and a few scientists.


Authority for Manpower refused to renew work permits for 4,809 expatriate engineers who failed to pass test



The General Authority for Manpower refused to renew work permits for 4,809 expatriate engineers who failed to pass test, while decision on 1591 is waiting according to evaluation committee.Aseel stressed that “No residence is stamped of renewed of Engineers without passing the proficiency test, which is a prerequisite for non accredited listed colleges”.-A.T.


Visitors of the Scientific Center communicate and interact with the Sophia robot



The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) is eager to restore scientific culture to reach a wide sector of audience, said KFAS’ deputy director general for support programs and functions Amani Al-Baddah. Speaking on the sidelines of a lecture on the ‘Space Month’ held at the KFAS’ Scientific Center, she said this event is part of a series, called KFAS Links, in various scientific fields. David Hansen, the creator of inventor of Sophia the Robot, was selected to speak in the lecture, she noted. She pointed out that there is a wide sector of young people and school students interested in artificial intelligence in particular, and science and technology in general. She indicated that the lecture was a chance to educate youngsters on the relationship between arts and technology. Displaying Sophia the Robot provided an opportunity for the visitors of the Scientific Center to communicate and interact with the robot and ask it some questions, she said. – KUNA


CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwait



CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwait

CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, KuwaitIn the meeting that was held at Indian Educational School, Kuwait on October 23, 2019. Dr. Sweta Singh, the Joint Secretary of CBSE addressed the Principals of the various Indian Schools in Kuwait. The interactive session began at 9.00 a.m. in the IES auditorium that set a perfect ambience to interact with gusto. Mr. T Premkumar, Principal of Indian Educational School, Kuwait and Chairman of CBSE Gulf Sahodaya extended a warm welcome to the multifaceted academician and resource person Dr. Sweta Singh, Joint Secretary CBSE, and to the participants from over 12 Indian schools in Kuwait. 

Dr. Sweta Singh who then took the floor addressed the principals on the concept of “experiential learning” that is widely gaining popularity in the CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, KuwaitCBSE schools. She presented the various plans devised by the CBSE to enhance experiential learning process in schools. She also eulogized the involvement and efforts of Chairperson CBSE Dr. Anita Karwal IAS and the officials in the CBSE. She spoke about the various capacity building programmes CBSE will be organizing on the road to making it effective, the first and foremost being the plan to arrange a range of capacity building programmes for teachers, especially for those in the government schools across India and also in the middle east. 

Explaining further on experiential learning, she emphasized the need to enhance the 21st century skills which will enable the children to be CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwaitconfident, and competent individuals, as they move out to face the world. Children learn through experience much more than through the conventional chalk and talk method.  Questioning is a very effective technique, sadly the effectiveness is lost when teachers shoot questions and pull ahead. This technique provides an experience to hear unfortunately, not to involve or respond or even think. The teacher should have a variety of carefully framed questions, and the students should be given time to think and respond, discuss and present their views. Dr. Sweta Singh reiterated that the schools should include quality questions, critical thinking and collaboration in the daily lessons, for which planning and training are the essential requisites. As experienced leaders and senior CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwaitteachers Principals should take up the initiative of providing extensive training to the teachers. She further added that the pedagogical plans which are to be sent to the CBSE will be scrutinized and the best ones will be uploaded for reference in the CBSE website. 

Dr. Sweta then rejoined the group of participants to respond to the general academic queries, one of them being the advanced conduct of the CBSE exams in February. Dr. Sweta informed the principals that changes in the commencement of the exams from the previous years, CBSE Joint Secretary holds meeting with Principals of Indian Schools at Bhavans, Kuwaitonce finalized, will promptly be communicated to the school heads by the CBSE. The principals also raised doubts on the allocation of different exam centers for students for the practical exams, proposed by the CBSE this year. Dr. Sweta informed that this being a pilot project, would be worked out in the Delhi region this year, and with further planning, implemented later in the other schools.  The principals affirmed the need for bettering the quality of the NCERT books in terms of its content and questions. They said that a sincere attempt to revise the current editions can go a long way in improving the teaching learning process. Dr. Sweta acknowledged the genuine concern of the principals. She added that the sample papers released recently is not just based on Bloom’s taxonomy like the yester years, but finer questions which will trigger the critical thinking skills of the students and teachers alike, find place in them. A glance at the sample papers will evidently assert the need for advanced preparation, by the teachers and students alike. 

Mr. Arul Dharmaraj, convener of the Kuwait chapter wrapped up the short, informative, and fruitful interactive session by proposing the vote of thanks. As a token of gratitude and reverence from Bhavans Kuwait, Dr. Sweta Singh also received a memento from Mrs. Shyamala Diwakaran, the Principal of Gulf Indian School, Kuwait.


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India PM Modi to visit Saudi Arabia on October 29



Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on October 29, External Affairs ministry announced here on Thursday."Prime Minister Narendra Modi is paying an official visit to Saudi Arabia on October 29 at the invitation of King of Saudi Arabia his majesty Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud," TS Tirumurti, Chief Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs said at a press briefing here.

The Prime Minister will be attending the third session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Forum in Riyadh, where he will deliver the keynote address, he added.There will also be a bilateral segment to his visit where PM Modi will meet Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and hold bilateral talks with him," Tirumurti said. PM Modi will also launch RuPay card in Saudi Arabia during his trip.

The MEA spokesperson said Prime Minister will reach Riyadh late night on October 28 and the next day, a few Saudi ministers will call on him.


Safety tips to change a flat tyre in the middle of the road



Changing a tyre by the roadside can be a dangerous thing to do.Knowing how to change a tyre is a necessary skill for all drivers, both male and female. A driver must know the step by step process of changing tyres. Flat tyres can happen anywhere, and your smartphone is no substitute to knowing how to change a flat tyre. Stay safe!
Reach a safe place before stopping. It doesn’t matter if your tyre rim gets totally ruined – it’s better than being hit by an inattentive driver.
Here are some tips on changing a flat tyre in the middle of the road:

  1. Immediately find a safe place to stop away from the roadside. An empty parking lot would be an ideal place. You have to find level ground as it is a good place to prevent your vehicle from rolling. Also, straight stretches of road are better than curved because oncoming traffic is more likely to see you. If you can get off the highway completely, do so.
  2. In case you are on the highway, switch on your flasher lights so that other drivers can see you.
  3. While at a safe place, you may now check your car for warning signs. The warning sign is a signboard required to be placed at the back of your car to warn other vehicles. Put the warning sign at least 50 meters away for early warning for passing cars.
  4. Once stopped, always use the parking brake when preparing to replace a flat tyre. This will minimize the possibility of your vehicle rolling.
  5. This time, you have either two decisions to make – call for help or do it yourself.
  6. You may call for help from the nearest garage you know or family/friends.
  7. If everything is safe, you can find the necessary tools/equipment needed to change your tyre in your car. Items you’ll need to fix a flat tyre include a jack, lug wrench, fully inflated spare tyre and most importantly, the vehicle owner’s manual.
  8. Your car must be in a place where you can easily move from left to right freely. Place the car jack on a hard surface so that it can lift the weight of your car.
  9. Wheel wedges go in front or behind the tyres to further ensure the vehicle doesn’t roll while you fix the flat tyre. If you’re changing a rear tyre, place these in front of the front tyres. If your flat tyre is at the front, put the wheel wedges behind the rear tyres.
  10. Bricks or large stones will work just as well as “real” wheel wedges. Just be sure they’re large enough to stop the car from rolling.
  11. Remember this – it is always better to check the tyre daily. Inspect it before driving. Do regular tyre maintenance as possible. If the tyre is not inflated, visit the nearest garage to inflate your tyre.-K.T.
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11 tailoring shops shut which specialized in sewing military supplies



The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) has administratively shut down 11 shops which specialized in sewing military supplies.The ministry in a statement said, the Commercial Control and Consumer Protection Sector has closed the sewing shops, for violating the nature of work. The source pointed out the shops carried out activities contrary to the law through the sale of military ranks, hats and epaulets without permission from the concerned authorities.-A.T.


Doha Bank Achieves Profit Growth of 11%


TowerHis Excellency Sheikh Fahad Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doha Bank, announced Doha Bank's financial results for the third quarter of 2019. He said that the bank achieved net profit for the third quarter of 2019 at QAR 819 million as compared to QAR 737 million for the same period in 2018 showing an increase of 11% , and added that the bank has made significant progress in improving the cost management and efficient utilization of resources where the operating cost for the period decreased by 5.8% as compared to same period last year thus reducing the cost to income ratio to 33.6% from 36.5% showing bank’s productive operational performance.

CHAIRMANH.E. Sheikh Fahad added that the total assets increased by QAR 16.4 billion, registering a growth of 18.1%, from QAR 90.4 billion as at 30 September 2018 to QAR 106.7 billion as at 30 September 2019. Net loans and advances increased to QAR 65 billion as at 30 September 2019 from QAR 59.2 billion for the same period last year, registering a growth of 9.8%. Customer deposits showed a year on year increase of 12.9% from QAR 52.2 billion to QAR 58.9 billion as at 30 September 2019 which is evidence of the strong liquidity position of the Bank. H.E also pointed out that the total financial investment portfolio increased by QAR 7.5 billion, showing a significant growth of 36.9% as compared to the same period of the last year.

CEO H.E. Sheikh Fahad highlighted that the achieved profit of QAR 819 million for this third quarter as against QAR 737 million of last year same period showing an increase of 11%  is due to robust growth on investment income and control on operating expenses, while kept the focus on strengthening the provisions. His Excellency Sheikh Fahad expressed his satisfaction with the growth of the interest income by 7.3% as compared to the same period last year.

He added that, Fitch has affirmed Doha Bank’s Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘A’ with a ‘Stable’ outlook, which recognize Doha Bank’s sustainable business model in the current business environment.

MDH.E. Sheikh Abdul Rehman Bin Mohammad Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Managing Director of Doha Bank said “The total shareholder’s equity stood at QAR 13.5 billion as at 30 September 2019 from QAR 13.1 billion for the same period last year, registering a growth of 3.1%. The bank continued to strengthen its key capitalization ratios, where the total capital adequacy ratio of the bank stood at 16.8% as at 30 September 2019. The bank, given the scale of its operations, has achieved a return on the average assets of 1.08% as at 30 September 2019”.

Dr. R. Seetharaman, said, “Despite challenging market conditions, Doha Bank has been distinguished by its superior products and services, ongoing customer demand, and capitalizing on market synergies in a challenging and competitive environment.” The bank continued to successfully leverage on its international network to diversify its funding sources and expanded its exposure to key sectors. Furthermore, the bank’s top ranking of listed companies in Qatar by ESG Invest, for the second year in a row, reinforced its position as a global sustainability leader.

Fahad Bin Moh’d Bin Jabor Al Thani



Cultural Event - ‘Hala Diwali’

Cultural Event - ‘Hala Diwali’  

            Embassy of India in Kuwait, in association with the Indian Community in Kuwait, organized a cultural event - ‘Hala Diwali’ - at the Embassy Auditorium on 22 October 2019 to mark the festive occasion of Diwali and to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. His Excellency Ambassador Sheikh (Dr.) Ahmed Nasser Mohamad A. Al-Sabah, Assistant Foreign Minister for the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs graced the event as the Chief Guest. The event was very well attended with the presence of a large number of distinguished guests comprising officials from various Ministries/Departments of the Government of the friendly State of Kuwait, Kuwaiti Business/Academics fraternities, Diplomats and some of the representatives of the Indian Community in Kuwait.

            In a spell-bounding performance lasting around 90 minutes, a musical troupe, consisting of more than 20 talented artists from India and a renowned singer from Kuwait, enthralled the audience with a splendid display of music and dance. The evening was a celebration of India’s art and culture, and a tribute to the warm friendship and close cultural affinities between the friendly countries of India and Kuwait.


India moved up 14 places to the 63rd position on the World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking



India moved up 14 places to the 63rd position on the World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking after rating agencies slashed the country’s growth forecasts amid an economic slowdown. India also figured among the the top 10 performers for the third time in a row in the list released on Thursday.

India was ranked 142nd among 190 nations when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014. Five years of  reforms including insolvency and bankruptcy code, GST, among others pushed India to 77th position in 2019. It was 130th in 2017 when it was ranked lower than Iran and Uganda.In its ‘Doing Business’ 2020 report, the World Bank commended the reform efforts undertaken by the country “given the size of India’s economy”.

Apart from India, the other countries on this year’s ‘top 10 performers’ list are Saudi Arabia (62), Jordan (75), Togo (97), Bahrain (43), Tajikistan (106), Pakistan (108), Kuwait (83), China (31) and Nigeria (131).


MoH collected KD 25.2 million of health insurance charges in the first six months of 2019



Ministry of Health collected about KD 25.2 million of health insurance charges of expatriates in the first six months of 2019 through health insurance offices and via online after the termination of the contract signed with the relevant company in 2003 by the end of July 2019.The ministry collected KD 109.2 million from the expatriates’ health insurance in 2018. Head of Kuwait Medical Society Dr Ahmad Al-Enezi said the ministry, due to the high cost of medical care, increased the fees in order to preserve the public funds from being spent on unnecessary medical procedures.-A.T.


Kuwaiti-Indian relations are “historic and deep-seated,” -- senior Kuwaiti diplomat



Kuwaiti-Indian relations are “historic and deep-seated,” said a senior Kuwaiti diplomat. “Both friendly peoples are bonded on a deep social level as well,” said Ambassador Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, Assistant Foreign Minister and Office Director of the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. His remarks came during a gala held at the Indian embassy in Kuwait Tuesday night, where many cultural and folkloric activities presented. Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad said such performances embodied Indian authenticity and the close historic bond with Kuwait. In this regard, he pointed to the deep-rooted Indian heritage that still exists in the Kuwaiti culture. “There must be something from the Indian heritage in almost every Kuwaiti house,” he noted. Extending greetings to the Indian community in Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmad appreciated their significant contributions to the development of various fields in the country. – KUNA


Kuwait’s wealth reaches $405 bn in mid-2019 and has 63,000 millionaires



Kuwait’s wealth reached $405 billion in mid-2019, up $60 billion from $390 billion in the middle of last year, up more than 15 percent a year, according to the latest report by Swiss research firm Credit Suisse.The report added the average per capita wealth of Kuwait reached 131.1 thousand dollars by the middle of this year, and the per capita GDP of 45 thousand dollars.

According to the report, a Kuwaiti citizen is considered the second richest among the GCC citizens in terms of the average per capita wealth, while the Qatari is ranked first with an average of 147.7 thousand dollars, followed by the Emirati with an average of 117 thousand dollars and the Saudi citizen an average of 67 thousand dollars.

The report estimated there are 63,000 millionaires whose wealth is distributed as follows: 59.2 thousand Kuwaitis whose wealth is between 1 and 5 million; 2,747 Kuwaitis whose wealth is between 5 and 10 million; 1,111 Kuwaitis whose wealth is between 10 and 50 million dollars; 52 Kuwaitis whose wealth is between 50 and 100 million and 21 Kuwaitis whose wealth is between 100 and 500 million.-A.T.


Plan to use underground garbage containers in new residential areas



Kuwait Municipality Director Ahmad Al-Manfouhi said the municipality’s general cleaning committee recommended using underground garbage containers in new residential areas currently under construction. ‘This technology must be included in those areas’ infrastructure,” he underlined.-K.T.



Chances of rain starting from next week on Sunday or Monday



Meteorological expert Adel Al-Marzouq says the weather observation maps and weather forecast indicate that there will be 40 percent chance of rain, which will not exceed 1 mm, starting from next week on Sunday or Monday.In a press statement, he stressed that the forecast was based on the existence of multifocal atmospheric depression scattered in the middle of Arabian Peninsula to the south with strength ranging between 1010-1012 millibars and with high atmospheric pressure concentrated between the eastern coast of the peninsula and the plateaus located inside Iran.-A.T.


New residency by-laws allows visit visas to be transferred to residency visas



Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah yesterday issued new residency by-laws allowing visit visas to be transferred to residency visas in many cases. There were only minor changes to other residency rules and regulations, especially with regards to fees. The new regulations, which explain how the residency law should be implemented, became effective as of Monday after their publication in the official gazette Kuwait Al-Youm.

Visit visas can be transferred to residence visa for following categories Subject to the residency affairs’ director’s decision:

  • Dependents arriving on family or tourist visit visas
  • Domestic helpers
  • Holders of valid residence who donot exceed stay of 6 months outside Kuwait and have to enter with a visit visa
  • Those who enter for work and start procedure to get residency but have to leave for maximum one month
  • Visitors of ministries and public authorities with Govt visit visa

KD 3 to obtain visa on arrival
Renewal of residence KD 10 per year/ per person
Dependent residency fees for spouses and children KD 10 per year/ per person.

Relatives other than the wife and children a dependent visa against a KD 200 charge yearly. This includes parents.

The regulations set a minimum of KD 500 in monthly salary for those who can bring their families from abroad on dependent visas, while they give the director of the department to exempt couples already living here from the salary condition. The regulations also exempt a large number of professions from the salary conditions. These include judges, doctors, engineers, teachers, journalists and many others.

The new by-laws introduce a tourist visa allowing tourists to stay in Kuwait for up to three months, and a multiple entry visa valid for one year for just KD 1 for each month. Foreigners whose residence is cancelled and those who resign are given up to three months of temporary residency to leave.


Condolences - MADHAV MAJU


IFL Kuwait

The Management, Principal, Staff and Students of GULF INDIAN SCHOOL deeply mourn the sad demise of their beloved student

MADHAV MAJU (CLASS - VIII) (03.09.2006 – 20.10.2019) and offer heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

“May his soul attain peace in his Heavenly Abode”



Two citizens including a police officer arrested for robbing Indian contractor of KD 23,000



Personnel from the Criminal Investigations Department have arrested an unidentified police officer who used his position and the service pistol to break into the apartment of an Indian contractor and steal KD 23,000, with the help of a citizen who was armed with a machete.The arrest came after the Indian contractor filed a complaint with a police station accusing the two men of robbing him under threat and gave description of the men and the weapons they were armed with.He told the police station, the men claimed to be detectives and took a bag from the safe containing the money. Following intensive investigations, police armed with an arrest warrant raided the house of the officer and took him into custody.During interrogation he confessed that he committed the incident and guided police to his accomplice.-A.T.


Cleaning of Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh region to begin on Nov 15



The joint committee which has been formed to follow up the existing situation in the Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh region has set on Nov 15 to begin work of cleaning the area completely.Municipality has begun moves in cooperation with the Interior Ministry forces to monitor houses, real estate and warehouses, in explicit assertions of the need to eliminate all manifestations of corruption in the region. The committee will be monitoring the area from the air – the movements of violators, the location of illegal food stores, and gathering places of fugitive laborers and violators of residence law.There will be an operations room including personnel from all concerned government institutions which will direct the field teams and prepare what the committee called ‘on the spot’ reports and issue warning letters to real estate owners and investors who shelter the offending laborers.-A.T.


Arab man to be deported for snooping on women inside a shopping mall in Mangaf



An Arab man has been detained at the Abu Halifa Police Station and preparations are being made to deport him from the country for violating public morals and snooping on women inside a shopping mall in Mangaf.The arrest came after the manager of one of the shops in the mall provided police with two photos of the suspect deliberately throwing some objects on the ground in a prelude to rob the shoppers.According to a security source, the man was put under surveillance and caught him in the act and the CCTV footage was enough to convict the man of indecency. The daily added, when the suspect was asked to stop he tried to flee, but the security men grabbed him and took him to the police station.-A.T.


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