PACI working on ‘Lidar’ project
DUBAI, Oct 9, (KUNA): Kuwait wil be capable of hosting self-driving vehicles thanks to an advanced road scanning system set to be launched by Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) for the first time in the Gulf region. PACI Deputy Director General for information systems and technology Mansour Al-Metthen said that PACI has recently complemented the implementation of Lidar, a highly accurate road and street scanning system, inside Kuwait.
In remarks to KUNA at the 37th GITEX Technology Week Exhibition in Dubai, he said the system also allows the inspection of the length, width and height of surrounding buildings to allow for the future usage of autonomous cars.
The new system depends on field scanning, using specialized vehicles, that roam the streets to specify all of its dimensions, as well as a 360 degree photographic survey of all the country’s roads, he added. This will give Kuwait a “distinguished status” in developed transporting technology, he said. This system is a brand new one in the region and is still under primary examination before being officially introduces by the end of this year, including developed tools that allows all for the state’s institutions and ministries to benefit, especially the Municipality, Interior Ministry, and Ministry of Public Works, he said PACI is also working on “Kuwait Finder “ project that works on inspecting the traffic jam updates, side by side with the “Lider System” which offers high definition photos of Kuwait’s streets from all directions.
This will lay a solid base for launching the self-driving cars, he said. PACI will also launch a new project during the upcoming weeks regarding the statistical information, as they will be reachable by public thorough smart phones and tablets, Al-Metthen added. The statistical information system will offer accurate numbers of the population, and the most populous areas, along with social status information, and all this info would be easily accessed through smart phones sand tablets as well, he said.
PACI has lately offered an electronic signing service that connects between the civil ID and the official signature of the users, which allows them to conduct commercial and banking transactions electronically. The Authority signed with the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) a memorandum of understanding last September, that allows PACI to be a pioneer in initiating such service.
source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/self-driven-cars-hit-kuwait-market/
KUWAIT (KUNA) Assistant Undersecretary of the Roads Department at the Public Works Ministry Eng. Ahmad Al-Hassan said Monday that the study of imposing fees for usage of some roads aims at developing the road traffic system.
In an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai, Al-Hassan pointed out that there will be different alternatives roads that would be free of charge. On the new roads projects, Al-Hassan confirmed that the plan includes a number of roads that will be open and mentioned the completion of the west part of Jamal Abdulnasser road, which will be delivered during the first quarter of next year.
He pointed out that 26 road projects will be implemented in the near future. In this regard, he referred to a five-year agreement to be assigned to the consultant who developed the city of Abu Dhabi to follow up the projects.
KUWAIT: Well-informed sources said Deputy PM and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah has instructed the citizenship, passports and residency affairs sector to prepare a full study on the total numbers of expats belonging to seven nationalities on whom entry restrictions have been imposed, pending granting visit visas to their first-degree relatives.
The sources added that the office of the interior ministry’s assistant undersecretary for citizenship, passport and residency affairs Maj Gen Mazen Al-Jarrah has already started calculating the number of expats belonging to these seven nationalities who are living in the country and have applied for family visit visas for reunion purposes.
The sources said that the study showed that 14,000 residents, mainly Syrians, have applied for such visas and were asked to check with the department three months later, The study also recommended installing new forgery detectors at the airport to prevent the entry of passengers with fake passports. The study stressed that only first-degree relatives would be given family visit visas and that dependent visas will be restricted to certain humanitarian cases only
By A. Saleh
Source: Kuwait Times: http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/visit-visas-issued-7-restricted-nationalities/
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 8: Farwaniya securitymen arrested 27 violators of residency law and five wanted individuals during security campaigns. According to security sources, Farwaniya Security Director Major General Saleh Al-Enezi formed a team of securitymen to launch the security campaigns throughout the governorate. During these campaigns, securitymen set up security checkpoints and arrested at these checkpoints 27 violators of residency law and five individuals who were wanted by law for financial cases.
They were referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action. More of such campaigns will be carried out in all areas of the governorate. Meanwhile, detectives from the General Department of Residency Affairs apprehended 73 individuals from different nationalities for violating residency law during a campaign at shops in Souk Al-Safafer and Sharq Industrial Area, reports Al-Anba daily.
Most of the suspects arrested are believed to have absconded from their sponsors since they held Article 20 visas for domestic workers. They admitted working on daily wages but not for their sponsors. Verification of their status revealed they’ve all violated residency law and were wanted for various offenses. They have since been detained, while their sponsors are invited to initiate investigations.
By Meshal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff
Source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/scores-arrested-sharq-raids/
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 8, (KUNA): Non-Kuwaitis married to Kuwaiti women will be added to the list of those exempt from healthcare fees at public hospitals and clinics throughout Kuwait, Health Minister Jamal Al-Harbi said on Sunday.
The minister also issued several “explanatory decisions” regarding health insurance, fees pertaining to medical prescriptions and receiving intensive care at public hospitals for non-Kuwaitis, read a ministry statement.
Intensive care fees will be subject to a medical report approved by the doctor and after consultation from the head of the specialised ward, said the minister, adding that domestic workers will not be subject to these fees. He reiterated that the increase in the fees is due to the high expense burden of healthcare on the ministry.
Those exempt from the fees include children under the age of 12, cancer patients, non-Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaitis, non-Kuwaiti mothers of Kuwaitis and the daughters of a Kuwaiti mother married to a non-Kuwaiti. Others include people receiving care at welfare homes, Gulf Cooperation Council citizens, illegal residents, members of official delegations, transit travelers, non-Kuwaiti prisoners and students on a Kuwaiti funded grant.
Also, non-Kuwaiti blind patients will be exempt from overnight stay fees, while non-Kuwaiti special needs cases will be given the same treatment as their Kuwaiti counterparts in regards to prosthetic amputee rehabilitation.
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7:Lawyer Sa’ad Al- Enezi has filed a complaint with the Public Prosecution against two twitter users for abusing his client, Sheikh Khaled Al-Abdullah, head of Amiri Ceremonials in the Amiri Diwan, reports Al-Anba daily. Al-Enezi said the tweeters used abusive tweets that go beyond the freedom of criticism and expression. He stressed the tweets are malicious and aim to tarnish the image of his client and to discredit him within and outside Kuwait by circulating rumors.
Source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/two-bloggers-sued-defamation/
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: Ministry of Education has affirmed in a press statement that it has dismissed the Egyptian bus driver who was seen in a video clip that recently went viral on social media in which a Kuwaiti citizen caught him transporting people who had nothing to do with Ministry of Education in a bus of the ministry, reports Al-Rai daily. Reportedly, the driver had finished taking students to their destinations and then he started transporting other people. When caught by the citizen, he justified by saying, “They are my uncle’s children, which means people from his country. The ministry affirmed its keenness to apply the rules and regulations governing work, stressing that it will not tolerate any deviation from contract commitments and provisions which the ministry signed with all companies. It revealed that it has informed the company responsible for leasing buses to transport students of public schools to warn its drivers not to use the buses for their personal matters, adding that it will reserve its right to apply contractual provisions.
Savings stolen: An Egyptian expatriate lost KD 660 — the savings of three months which he had intended to send to his family — when an unknown person stole the money from his car, reports Al-Rai daily. According to a security source, the Egyptian man withdrew the money from the ATM branch of a local bank and went to his house in Farwaniya area to take the necessary details for making the money transfer. When he went to his car in order to go to a money exchange office, he was shocked to find the door of his car smashed and the envelope containing the amount missing. He immediately went to Farwaniya Police Station to report the incident. A theft case was registered and referred to the Investigations.