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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: The Family Circuit of the Court of First Instance declared the illegality of the marriage contract between a dead Kuwaiti citizen and his housemaid, as it was signed following the issuance of a verdict that placed him under guardianship as he was suffering from dementia.

The counsel to the heirs of the citizen Lawyer Ali Al-Ali explained that his clients’ father was more than 80 years of age when he died after a long period of suffering from diseases that prevented him from controlling his money. Based on a court verdict, he was placed under the guardianship of Public Authority for Minors Affairs.

Following his death, his clients were surprised when their father’s housemaid filed a lawsuit, demanding her right to the inheritance in line with a marriage contract signed between her and their father. In the lawsuit, she revealed that the marriage had lasted for one whole year before her husband died.

Lawyer Al-Ali said the court verdict that placed his clients’ father under guardianship was issued eight years before his death due to which the marriage and everything that followed should be considered illegal.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff


Source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/marriage-dead-man-maid-declared-null-void/


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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 3, (KUNA): The Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) said Monday the workforce in Kuwait (excluding housekeepers) hit 2,009,071 in last June.

The figure reflects an increase by 70,828 or 3.6 percent from the corresponding month last year, according to the CSB quarterly report that surveyed the period ending on June 30, 2017. The total workforce, including housekeepers, hit 2,684,334, increasing by 83,929 or 3.2 percent in this period with the private sector remaining the main employer.

The private sector absorbed 60.3 percent of the total workforce while the Kuwaiti workers represented only 4.4 percent of such workers. The Kuwaiti workforce grew from 348,792 to 358,854, an increase of 2.9 percent from June 2016, with the public sector employing 80 percent of them. The number of Kuwaitis employed by the public sector went up 3.3 percent from 277,935 to 287,236 in the period surveyed. The number of female workers rose by 3.9 percent and the male workers by 1.6 percent.

Meanwhile, the ratio of Kuwaiti workforce to the total workforce went slightly down from 18 percent in June 2016 to 17.9 in last June. The number of non-Kuwaiti workers went up by 3.8 percent from 1,589,451 to 1,650,217. The report noted that there were no remarkable changes in the structure of the various groups of nationalities working in Kuwait.

The expats from the group of Asian non-Arab countries continued to be the largest group for workers in Kuwait, accounting for 50.3 percent, followed by those from the Arab countries who represent 30.1 percent.

The number of Indian workers in Kuwait went up by 6.6 percent from 519,466 in June 2016 to 553,781 in last June while the number of Egyptians grew by 2.4 percent to 463,804. The percentage of Kuwaiti workers with bachelor degrees went up from 35.1 to 36.8 percent while the percentage of non- Kuwaiti workers with bachelor degrees rose from 20.5 to 22.7 percent.

Source: Arab Times: http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/workforce-kuwait-sees-3-6-pct-increase-last-june-csb-issues-quarterly-report/


KUWAIT CITY, Oct 3: Security authorities recently issued strict instructions to refer any person involved in a quarrel, whether it appeared on social media or not, to the concerned security unit for immediate deportation, reports Al-Shahed daily.

The decision was taken in view of the prevalence of public brawls — a phenomenon which could bring about destabilization of security and panic among people. Security sources affirmed there will be no delay in the implementation of the new instruction, indicating some officers do not apply the law because of ‘wasta’ (influence) and they will be held accountable.

Sources said the Control and Inspection Department in the Interior Ministry will take action against any officer who does not perform his duty and he will be subjected to punishment if proven that he did not implement the law. “Public brawls among expatriates increased recently. This serious security issue will be solved only by taking decisive measures, as the case with those driving without a license. Driving without a license incidents stopped when expatriates realized that security units are serious in enforcing the law,” sources explained.

Minister refutes rumor on resignation

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 3: Health Minister Dr Jamal Al-Harbi has denied rumors spread on various media platforms that he intends to resign. Speaking on the sidelines of his meeting with assistant undersecretaries and directors of health districts Monday, Al-Harbi disclosed that exemptions from the new medical fees for expatriates will be expanded to include patients in critical condition who need to be confined in the intensive care units for surgery, internal medicine, heart diseases and children. He affirmed the heads of concerned departments and directors of hospitals have been instructed to take decisions in this regard.

He said the Bedouns holding expired security cards are exempted from the new medical fees within one month after the expiration of their security cards. He clarified that after one month, these Bedouns must present the renewed security cards when availing medical services.

He also unveiled a plan to study the recommendation to exempt patients, who need to stay in the hospital for a long period, from the new fee — KD 10 per day. He enumerated other exemptions such as the expatriates’ children who are below 12 years old and suffering from cancer and deformations, husbands of Kuwaiti women, wives of Kuwaiti men and the children of these couples.

He added the new medical fees for expatriates are not applicable to domestic workers. He revealed the number of patients in emergency rooms decreased by 30 percent while those undergoing tests in laboratories decreased by more than 30 percent since the implementation of the new medical fees for expatriates. He asked the directors of health districts to submit weekly statistics on expatriate patients who visit public hospitals and medical centers to be discussed along with comments on the new fees. He also instructed the assistant undersecretaries and directors of health districts to submit their five-year plans including future medical projects and to follow up ongoing projects. He added he will meet undersecretaries and directors of central directorates from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon every Monday to discuss the problems they are facing.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 1: It is surprising that after the case of 25 citizens was looked into by the three courts — the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeals and the Court of Cassation, which convicted the men of communicating with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Lebanese Hezbollah, the defendants in the so-called ‘Abdali Cell’, have filed a petition with the Court of Cassation to change the verdict and declare them innocent, reports Al-Qabas daily.

A knowledgeable source said the courts issued the final verdict and the case is over because the verdict of the Court of Cassation cannot be appealed or contested but the court is however obliged to see the reasons for the petition and reply, although this request is a precedent in the cases of State Security. The sources pointed out the Court of Cassation presided by Counselor Ahmed Al-Ajeel set the hearing for next Monday in the consulting room to respond to the petition.

“There is no fourth degree of litigation in the judiciary and filing a petition is permissible in civil cases. However the case in question is in the hands of the Court of Cassation and the latter is obliged to respond to the petition, a top level judiciary source said. Meanwhile, the government will write again to the Lebanese government to know the delay in responding to its earlier letter in which the government had accused Hezbollah of involvement in the Abdali Cell case. The government of Kuwait wanted to know if any action had been taken against Hezbollah by the Lebanese government

By Mishal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

Source: Arab Times Kuwait http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/abdali-cell-defendants-file-new-petition-innocent/

Expats laments hike in medical service charges

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 1: Economic experts are expecting the state revenues to double after the new charges for medical services offered to expatriates are applied, reports Al-Anba daily.

They said the revenues, due to the increased charges of medical services, are expected to increase from KD 130 million to KD 300 million, which is 130 percent higher than the revenues of last year.

The experts affirmed that the fruits of the hike in medical charges will be evident in the budget of 2018/2019. They expected the revenues from some medical services such as dialysis, Xray, medical tests, and artificial limbs to rise from KD 9.5 million this year to KD 16 million in the coming year.

Ministry of Finance had previously approved to set the budget of Ministry of Health for the fiscal year of 2017/2018 at KD 2 billion and 800 million, which includes KD 9 million to be offered as bonus for excellent performance.

Meanwhile, economic expert Yahya Kamshad stressed the new medical charges must be enforced without any exception in order to allow the decision to produce the required result which is to solve the budget deficit.

Another economic expert Bader Al-Otaibi said the decision will help in increasing the non-oil revenues, which will in turn positively affect the public budget. According to sources from Ministry of Finance, the estimated budget of Ministry of Health for the fiscal year of 2017/2018 is about KD 2.1 billion with 11 percent increase compared to the previous year.

Meanwhile, a number of expatriates lamented about the increase in the charges of medical services, stressing that the process began with the increase in fuel prices, followed by increase in electricity and water tariffs and now the medical services, reports Al-Anba daily.

The average salary of expatriates is about KD 400 per month, half of which goes for paying rent while the other half is never enough to cover the remaining expenses such as for education, transportation and food. Therefore, if any of the family members require medical service, they do not have the money to cover that expense. Umm Asma is an expatriate patient who often visits the clinic of respiratory diseases at one of the state hospitals. She wondered how she can spend KD 10 per month instead of the current KD 2 that she spends at the clinic.

According to her, there is no longer any difference between the public and private hospitals. She said families with low income usually prioritize food and shelter.

Therefore, if they cannot afford paying the medical bills, they will be forced to neglect taking care of their health.

Sayed Mohammad, another expatriate, corroborated to what Umm Asma said. He indicated that the move to increase in the charges of medical services for expatriates is not in line with the humanitarian attitude adopted by Kuwait towards the poor countries around the world. Another expatriate Umm Ayah stressed that the new charges for medical services will force expatriates to give up their right to receiving medical services at public hospitals and will instead opt for private ones, as the costs are similar, there will be lesser crowd and there will not be any need to make appointments.

Mustafa Mohammad, an expatriate who has been working in Kuwait for years, said he has good health and did not come to Kuwait as a patient, adding, “If I was suffering from any disease, the authorities would have prevented me from coming to Kuwait”. He urged the concerned authorities to show mercy when it comes to offering medical treatment for expatriates, as they are suffering from high expenses of rents, education, clothes and food.

Source: Arab Times Kuwait http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/new-medical-fees-expected-double-state-revenues-experts/

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