KUWAIT CITY, Aug 20: According to official statistics, 364,500 expatriate workers entered the country in the last five years, reports Al-Qabas daily.
Topping the list of expatriate employees who entered the country in the last five years is Indians with a total of 175,000 citizens, followed by Egyptians with 80,000.
This means the rate of Indians exceed Egyptians by 120 percent. On the other hand, the numbers of Pakistanis reduced by 12,000 during this period to reach a total of 80,000, followed by Sri Lankans with 8,500 and Iranians with nearly 4,321 to reach a total of 22,600.
Speaking to the daily, State Minister for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel revealed that handling the demographic imbalance will require a roadmap starting with estimation of the labor needs by Public Authority for Manpower and not by government bodies, and setting minimum qualifications for taking up skilled professions.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 18: With the spread of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by Kuwaiti youth, a new idea of mobile restaurants called ‘Food Truck’ has emerged, reports Annahar daily.
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 18: The number of restaurants in Kuwait is approximately 13,000, as per the latest statistics. However, a large number of restaurants, especially in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, do not have the relevant licenses to operate. To ask about this matter, the daily met a number of officials, citizens and residents.
According to a Kuwaiti citizen Abdullah Al-Mutairi, many of the restaurants do not have the necessary licenses, and they use expired food items. He urged the concerned authorities to conduct strict campaigns in order to take legal actions against violating restaurants. Regarding this matter, Mohammad Emad affirmed that many restaurants do not commit to hygiene-related regulations, revealing that he sometimes sees cockroaches on the table while he is eating meals at restaurants. Also, Adel Al-Hamoud explained that he once asked the worker of a restaurant in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh if it has obtained all relevant licenses.
The worker said no and informed him that most of the restaurants in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh do not have licenses. He immediately left the restaurant fearing for his health. Furthermore, a Kuwaiti citizen Talal Bu Hamad explained that there are many restaurants which are licensed but use expired food items especially meat. Those restaurants are located in polluted areas and are not hygienic. Such restaurants that violate hygiene-related regulations are not only located in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh but many of them are also located in Farwaniya.
Meanwhile, a source from Public Authority for Food and Nutrition affirmed the keenness of the authority to launch inspection campaigns targeting restaurants in all areas. He said the authority is currently studying a recommendation as per which restaurants must be obliged to install screen monitors in different parts of the restaurant with information about the food items especially the meat and chicken used when preparing the meals.
The source insisted that the authority conducts non-stop campaigns and any restaurant found using expired food items or operating without the relevant licenses is immediately closed down.
In addition, Professor of Diet and Nutrition Dr. Hani Al-Sayem explained that consumption of expired food items is very dangerous especially in the long run as they affect health negatively, especially the liver and kidneys. The dangerous aspect about consumption of expired food is that the symptoms are not discovered immediately. Moreover, restaurants use spices to deceive the customers into not realizing if the food is expired or about to expire. He advised everybody to avoid eating at suspicious restaurants and to order only from well-reputed restaurants.
By Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah Staff
Source: Arab Times
Move to pay health insurance online
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 17: The Ministry of Health is keen on addressing the problems of some expatriates who want to pay their health insurance online for renewal of visa or those entering the country for the first time, as the manual payment system was cancelled effective July 28, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.
Sources disclosed Palestinians are among those facing problems; as well as expatriates whose residency permits are valid for more than three months, those with newborns (new birth certificate), those with new passports, those whose passports’ validity was extended, children of expatriates who reached 17 or 18 years old, and those who changed their names in their passports.
Sources affirmed the ministry is working towards the completion of transactions for these expatriates through the temporary manual payment system.
Sources added the online system was launched towards the end of January, indicating that more than one million online payments have been completed as of July.
Sources said the health insurance centers will close officially on Sunday, disclosing the ministry used these centers for 14 days.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Electricity and Water has announced that 69 percent of its workers confirmed the availability of information needed to perform their tasks efficiently to better serve the citizens and complete transactions quickly, reports Al-Shahid daily quoting sources. Sources said the ministry is exerting tremendous efforts to store the required data to increase the productivity of its workers in line with the new vision of Kuwait to improve public services, similar to what is being done in other parts of the world.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 17: Acting Ministry of Interior Undersecretary Lieutenant General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf, Director General of Rescue Police Major General Abdulaziz Al-Hajri and a number of senior officers visited Sheikh Jaber Causeway recently.
In a press statement, the ministry revealed that Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf inspected the patrols and surveillance cameras for monitoring traffic movement on the causeway. He also visited the control room linked to the surveillance cameras.
During the visit, he issued a directive to firmly deal with those committing violations, especially those dumping garbage to protect Kuwait Bay. He also instructed the concerned authorities to strictly deal with reckless drivers and respond to calls promptly. He then praised the efforts exerted by securitymen to ensure the safety of those plying through the causeway.
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 14: Securitymen are looking for a police impersonator for kidnapping five Indian women, driving them to a deserted place in Jahra and attempting to rape one of them, reports Al-Rai daily.
The daily added, the five women were riding in a taxi and the suspect driving in a civilian vehicle flashed his ‘military ID’ told the women they are violators of the law and ordered them to get in his car pretending to take them to a police station.
The man then drove them to Jahra and started molesting them. He then chose one of them and began removing her clothes. At this point the women shouted for help and managed to escape from him and went to the main road and hitchhiked their way to the Abu Halifa Police Station and filed a complaint against the impersonator.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 14: A group of Indian Sikhs have founded the ‘Sulaibiya Gurdwara’ (Sikh Temple) in Sulaibiya that is clearly visible on Google Maps and Google Earth, what is considered illegal, shocking and surprising, reports Al-Rai daily.
The temple, located off the Fifth Ring Road, is a place reserved for a company in the Sulaibiya residential area, and is proof of another violation of the sanctity of that residential area. Freedom of belief is absolute. The State protects the freedom of religion in accordance with established customs, provided it does not conflict with public policy or morals.
The temple was founded nearly nine years ago and where thousands of Indians from the Sikh community practice their religious rituals, cook and distribute foods in clear violation of the Constitution, which states in its Article 35 that “Freedom of belief is absolute. The State protects the freedom of practicing religion in accordance with established customs, provided that it does not conflict with public policy or morals”, but the religions speak of the people of the Book – Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
This Sikh temple is a plot leased from state property as a warehouse for a company, and the owner does not have the right to lease it for use for anything other than its intended purpose.
This opens the door for questions: Will this lead to a series of similar violations by other sects that might allow them to establish places of worship away from the eyes of the state, and how will the relevant government agencies act against the Sikh temple?
Source: Arab Times