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KUWAIT: The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has finalized regulations on the issuance of work permits to pave the way for the submission of a report in this regard to the minister and undersecretary in order to start the implementation in April, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.

Sources clarified the ministry will allow transfer of commercial visit visas to work permits only for businesspersons and investors with investments and commercial projects in Kuwait.

The sources added the work permits will be issued according to certain conditions, such as the requirement for the companies to submit estimates of their manpower needs. Sources added the work permits will be granted after the 90-day trial period. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has meanwhile started implementing a decision on requiring financial guarantee, amounting to KD 250, for each employee in a company or institution owned by a GCC citizen, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily quoting sources.

Sources explained the decision was taken earlier but it was never implemented, so the ministry started the implementation at the beginning of March. Sources said this step is aimed at protecting the rights of the expatriates employed by GCC nationals and to regulate the labor market, especially since the ministry noticed some people have manipulated the law. Sources added the Kuwaiti employers are not covered by the decision, unless the worker is registered in a government project.

Pakistani Blood Donors in Kuwait (PBDIK), a social welfare group in collaboration with Central Blood Bank of Kuwait, held their 4th blood donation drive in Kuwait on Friday, March 14th at the Central Blood Blank in Jabriya. Held with the support from the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Kuwait and Pakistan Business Council in Kuwait, the event was organized with an aim to express solidarity and gratitude towards the country while strengthening brotherly ties between both nations and extending credentials as a socially responsible community in Kuwait. 

Pakistani community in Kuwait firmly believes that the blood donation is a noble cause and the event held today is a mere token of appreciation from them towards the Kuwaiti society and an opportunity to extend their sincere support while playing a productive role for the social and economic development between both nations. 

The event witnessed a large attendance of over 350 attendees among which over 200 people registered themselves as blood donors between short span of 4 hours. One of the highlight of the event was an overwhelming participation from female donors. The attendees were mostly of Pakistani heritage who have been living and working in Kuwait with their families for over a well number of years and have always considered this country as their second home. The donors also included recognizable count of Kuwaiti nationals who came forward to extend their support to the community in a move to not only serve humanity through blood donation but also to express their gratitude to the Pakistani community in State of Kuwait.

Mr. Hassan Wazir; Deputy head of Mission / 1st Secretary and acting Ambassador of Pakistan to State of Kuwait also attended the event. The event was honoured by the presence of Sheikh Jaber Ahmad Khalid Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah also donated blood along with Mr. Arif Butt; a leading Pakistani business man in Kuwait. 

Both Chairman, Mr. Arif Butt and Snr. Advisor Mr. Ehsanulhaq Inayatullah of PBDIK attended Sheikh Jaber Ahmed Khalid Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah while he was donating blood and extended their gratitude and thanks to him on behalf of Pakistani community, PBDIK team and Hafiz Mohammad Shabbir who is Patron in-Chief of PBDIK. During this conversation, Sheikh Jaber Ahmed Khalid Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah praised the role of Pakistani Community towards their second home country Kuwait and the efforts of PBDIK in particular for their humanitarian activities keeping in view their mission of bringing awareness in society on the noble cause of blood donation.

The participation also represented a strong and humanitarian message that exemplified a sincere contribution to provide support to needy individuals of the community, especially those in need of rare types of blood. 

The community had exceeded the expected turnout and has responded with enthusiasm to the donation drive and expressed their willingness to take part in donating blood. The Pakistani Blood Donors in Kuwait group aspires to inspire other people among the community to donate blood and thus increasing the awareness in the Kuwait society on lives that can be saved with blood donation.

The event was sponsored by Pakistan Business Council and Al-Hafiz Copy Centre. Key social organizations/groups those who supported this even were Club 25, Friends Welfare trust, Hala Pakistan, Help Desk for Pakistani Community in Kuwait, Kuwait Pakistan Friendship Association, Kuwait Pakistan Youth Society, Kuwait UPTO DATE, Pakistan Employment Forum, PIK -Pakistanis in Kuwait and Society of Pakistani Doctors in Kuwait.

PIK-Pakistanis in Kuwait supported them as usual and its member Mr. Waqaar Sabir and Mr. Salman Ijaz worked as a volunteers.

KUWAIT: The Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Jamal Al-Dousari says the deadline for transferring commercial visa to work permit in the private sector is end of March, stressing that the ministry will not extend this deadline under any circumstances.

Al-Dousari disclosed this in a press statement issued at the sidelines of an inspection visit to the Hawally Labor Department on Tuesday morning.

He declared that the ministry has been coordinating closely with the General Immigration Department at the Ministry of Interior to amend the status of expatriate workers who are in the country on commercial visit visas and are interested in transferring their expired visas to work permits in the private sector. He indicated the government’s commitment to eliminate the phenomena related to Residency Law violations.

He declared that the concerned committee will set new regulations for the transfer after the given deadline. Al-Dousari revealed that the Capital Labor Department will continue to receive transactions of employees and employers on Tuesday evenings, adding that all types of transactions from expatriate workers are welcome during the period.

He pledged to visit various labor departments across the country on a daily basis based on directives from the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh.


KUWAIT: Officers from General Immigration Department and Private Security Forces arrested 170 individuals including 67 women during a security campaign on Tuesday in Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh area. According to security sources, the campaign was held based on the guidance from the Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior Lt General Sulaiman Al-Fahad and other highranking officials.

Among the arrested individuals, many were violators of the residency law, some were wanted by law, some were reported as absconding, some violated the labor law while others were marginal workers and domestic workers of Article 20 visa.

They were referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action against them. Media Security Department affirmed that such surprise campaigns will continue in all governorates to arrest the violators of residency law.

 کویت: معروف شاعر جناب خالد سجاد احمد کی رھائش گاہ پر منعقدہ بزم حمد و نعت کے موقع پر جماعت اہلسنت کویت کے صدر اور معروف عالم دین صاحبزادہ القاری خلیل احمد رضوی، عالمی شہرت یافتہ مبلغ السلام اور خطیب الحکیم القاری طارق محمود صدیقی اور معروف شاعر جناب فیاض وردگ کے ساتھ منفرد لب و لہجہ کے نعت خواں جناب غلام مصطفٰی محمد نعت شریف پڑھنے کی سعادت حاصل كی
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Electricity and Water might depend on the maximum output capacity of 14,000 megawatts to cover the electricity needs of the people this summer due to the alleged failure of the new power stations to operate within the specified period. According to sources, the ministry officials are now focusing on the improvement of networks and maintenance of some old stations, as well as the preparation of a contingency plan to deal with the expected rise in consumption in order to avoid power cuts during summer.
Sources confirmed the ministry has laid down a number of programs to handle the situation until the Zour Station starts its production next year. Sources said the ministry signed several contracts to implement water and electricity projects, indicating the maximum power consumption registered last summer was 12,300 megawatts.
 By Mohammad Ghanem
Al-Seyassah Staff

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Cabinet discussed steps to apply the “E-Gate” government online website, which will lessen the dependency on paper documents for procedures, in a step aimed at cutting red tape. The move will aim to “support the comprehensive path for development and modernization,” said an official statement read out by State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, which added that the move will be implemented across all state ministries and bodies. In their weekly session at Sief Palace on Monday evening, ministers were briefed on a Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) report, presented by both its Director General Abdullateef Al-Saraya and the Minister of Communications Issa Al-Kanderi on the matter.

The website — e.gov.kw — will provide around-the-clock government services, in addition to information and local regulations to nationals, expatriates, businesses and visitors.
It will also offer the ability to pay fees and penalties online — either by e-mail or teleconferencing — or over the phone, according to the briefing.
The briefing went on to discuss obstacles facing the project, and was followed by the appointment of First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah as the head of a committee tasked with its implementation.
His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah declared His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s operation in the US a success, after a personal phone call he had made to the Amir.
Ministers were also briefed on a message addressed to His Highness the Amir from Lebanon’s ex-prime minister Fouad Siniora, who expressed gratitude over the warm reception he had received during a recent visit to Kuwait.
They were also presented with a message addressed to His Highness the Prime Minister from his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault. The message discussed boosting the already existing bilateral relations. (KUNA)

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