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KUWAIT: Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) will soon launch a survey in which 4,340 Kuwaiti citizens between the ages 18-69 years will serve as respondents to specify the rate of smoking, obesity, weight gain and laziness among them, reports Al-Jaridah daily quoting an informed source.

He revealed that the ministry will host an expert from WHO to deliver a lecture during a training course on Monday, explaining that the expert will also deliver some health-related lectures on non-infectious chronic diseases at the Anti-Infection Department of Al-Sabah Health Zone. Meanwhile, the ministry will host the GCC Committee for Updating Guidebook and Preparing Tenders on Optical Materials of 2014 for five days. Purchase representatives from various GCC countries will attend the committee meeting.

KUWAIT: Kuwait comes in second, next to the United States of America, on the number of obesity cases around the world with 48 percent among women and 36 percent among men, reports Al-Seyassay daily quoting Director of the Health Promotion Administration at the Ministry of Health Dr Abeer Al-Bahwa. Speaking on the sidelines of the second press conference to announce the campaign to combat obesity slated for Feb 5-7 at Costa del Sol Hotel, Al- Bahwa revealed it has also been found that 52.5 of the women are overweight – the fifth cause of death throughout the world.

Al-Bahwa then stressed the need to raise public awareness on the dangerous effects of obesity on people’s health. She affirmed the Ministry of Health, in cooperation with other ministries, had presented numerous plans to address this problem. She added the ministry also conducts awareness campaigns regularly to keep the people informed on the nature, prevention and treatment of obesity.


KUWAIT: About 100 laborers gathered in front of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor recently, demanding for their salaries, which they have not received for more than four months, reports Al-Seyassah daily. One of the workers explained that 170 employees of a major contracting company have not received their salaries for more than four months and they have lodged a complaint against the matter. He said the ministry assured the employees that the company will settle the situation by next week. Reliable sources revealed that the file of the company will be suspended and referred to the concerned authorities if it fails to grant the laborers their rights.

Serviceman probed for taking part in rally : The Assistant Director of Capital Security Department Brigadier Hussein Al-Shirazi referred a sergeant in the Department of Relief Operations for investigation because he participated in a recent sit-in the fans of Arabian Club conducted in front of the Football Federation in Adailiyah, reports Al-Anba daily. A security source said legal measures have since been taken against the staff sergeant based on the instructions of the Interior Ministry, since the sector employees are not allowed to take part in any form of rally to maintain the neutrality of servicemen, irrespective of the reasons for conducting such activities.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has completed the annual performance evaluation process for employees in different sectors, administrations and departments, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources. Sources said the evaluation process took one month as it started on Jan 1 and ended on Jan 3. Sources revealed the Assessment and Evaluation Management Unit closed its doors after the end of the evaluation period as it did not accept any evaluation after Jan 31. Sources confirmed the unit is currently sorting out the evaluations and the results are expected to be out in March.

KUWAIT: Truffles’ season has begun with spring onset and the potato-like vegetable is seen on stands of makeshift local markets, however due to short supplies, the price is as high as KD 15 per kilogram. At start of the spring, truffles’ prices are generally too high, but they drop once imported supplies reach the domestic market from the Levant, Egypt, Iran and North Africa.

However, favored species of the plant are those from deserts of neighboring countries, namely Saudi Arabia and Iraq, for they reach the local market within a short period of time after unplugging from the ground and remain relatively fresh. The prices of truffles are forecast to drop this season for expected abundant local crop, resulting from abundant rain that watered the Kuwaiti desert.

Truffles grow across the Kuwaiti arid land after winter season, and it is commonly understood that strong sunlight after heavy rain is ideal for their healthy growth, provided their land of growth is left intact. Kuwait Municipality holds, annually. a temporary bazaar for trade in truffles, along with other seasonal plants, traditional food and products. The Kuwaiti dinar is currently traded at approximately $3.5. (KUNA)

KUWAIT: Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KGOC) Spokesman Sheikh Ali Humoud Al-Sabah said the company had signed a contract to execute the largest three dimensional seismological surveillance in the country. Sheikh Ali told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Saturday the surveillance will be executed in the divided zone of Al-Wafra Joint Operations, adding that it will cover about 4,612 square km with a cost of USD 225 millions.

The contract was signed with WesternGeco company, which is a business segment of Schlumberger, a leading geophysical services company, said the Spokesman. The preparation phase for the project will start early March, including logistic operations, surveillance, and mine detecting, he noted. The actual surveillance operation is expected to take place by Q3 2014 to be completed in no more than 24 months, said Sheikh Ali, adding that the (KGOC) had fully prepared the documents needed for the project in cooperation with Saudi Arabian Chevron. The geological nature of Al-Wafra fields differs from any other area in Kuwait, therefor the Joint Operations administrations will use modern high quality technologies to drill oil wells, he stated.

Moreover, Sheikh Ali said that officials aim to preserve hydrocarbonic elements in Al-Wafra reservoirs and support new discoveries in the area. The surveillance which will be the fifth largest of its kind in the world will use modern sensing devices in the process, said the Spokesman, also noting that the operation will cover Al- Khafji, Al-Wafra Farms, Al-Khiran area, and muddy locations.

The Join Operations had been facing some challenges in the last few years due to production’s drop and reservoirs’ depletion, leading companies to search for developed technologies to reveal the actual extension of current reservoirs, while also discovering new reservoirs and oil fields, he explained. (KUNA)




KUWAIT: Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has sent a letter to all companies of the private sector in which it requested for the names of the national personnel registered in those companies, their monthly salaries and their official work timings, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting informed sources. They revealed that the circular is aimed to curb the phenomenon of fake employment that some companies take advantage of in order to benefit from the subsidy the government grants for employing Kuwaiti citizens in the private sector.

They further revealed that an intensive inspection campaign will be launched in the coming days to ensure the accuracy of the data submitted by the companies in this regard. They clarified that the Central Tenders Committee will not allow any company to compete for tenders if it fails to provide a certificate from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour to prove that 10 percent of its employees are Kuwaiti citizens.

Meanwhile, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Hind Al- Sabeeh has asked the Assistant Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs Hussain Al-Duwaihees to provide her with a report from the Personnel Affairs Committee regarding how a large number of vacancies were filled. Informed sources indicated that the report will be referred to the Legal Affairs Department to study the legality of the method followed for filling those vacancies, adding that the minister also asked for the curricula vitae of the individuals who were appointed in supervisory jobs. She also instructed to refer the complaints that were submitted in this regard to the Civil Service Commission for investigations.

Furthermore, sources revealed that the ministry has started counting the number of employees in the centers of society development and housing care in all areas so that 250 employees can be transferred to labour departments in order to reduce the accumulation of personnel in such centers and solve the shortage problem faced in the labour departments. In addition, the Undersecretary of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour Abdulmohsen Al-Mutairi declared that the government will form a joint committee to study new mechanisms for changing commercial visit visas to work permits in the private sector. He indicated that the committee will formulate new regulations in this regard within one month after its first meeting which will be held on Saturday.

KUWAIT: The Ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt to Kuwait Abdulkareem Suleiman and the Egyptian consulate is working hand in hand to solve the misery of thousands of Egyptians who have entered the country on what the authorities call ‘suspicious visit visas’, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In the meantime, Suleiman has announced the completion of procedures to deport about 600 Egyptians. He said the consulate has booked the tickets on behalf of more than 400 affected persons.

The ambassador said there are extensive contacts between the embassy and the ministers of Interior and Foreign Affairs of Kuwait and the latter have promised to provide all help to those affected Egyptians. He pointed out the consulate facilitates the Egyptians who want to complete departure procedures while at the same time keeping in touch with personnel from the General Department of Immigration and Passports to complete deportation procedures as soon as possible.

It has been reported Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior is deporting Egyptians who have entered the country on tourist visa said to have been issued by VIPs. It has also been reported on an average about 150 people are legally deported every day through the General Administration of Immigration Investigations, which is doing its best to complete the deportation procedures.

The Ministry of Interior said the number of suspicious visit visits which have been so far found are about 5,000 and investigations are ongoing to find the exact number

Boat carrying infiltrators seized
The Kuwaiti coastguard seized on Monday an Iranian boat carrying 12 Iranians and two Afghans that had entered the Gulf state’s territorial waters, the Interior Ministry and a security source said. Patrols spotted the boat after it entered Kuwaiti waters early in the morning, seized the vessel and detained all 14 on board, the ministry said in a statement. It said the 14 individuals would be held pending an investigation. The ministry did not reveal the identity of those arrested but a security source said they were 12 Iranians and two Afghans. Kuwait regularly intercepts boats from Iraq and Iran that stray into its waters with suspected smugglers or fishermen on board. (AFP)

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