KUWAIT: The parliamentary Interior and Defense Committee meeting on Monday ended with the preliminary approval of the proposed naturalization of 4,000 Bedouns, says Committee Chairman MP Askar Al-Anizi. According to Al-Anizi, the panel has obtained approval from the Interior Ministry to endorse the proposal, which will be put up for a vote within two weeks.
On the other hand, MP Yaqoub Al-Saane submitted a proposal to amend Civil Service Law number 15/1972, prohibiting the recruitment of non-Kuwaitis in any governmental institution unless there is no Kuwaiti qualified for the vacant posts. Under such circumstances, the non-Kuwaitis will be employed with a temporary contract; while the number of non-Kuwaiti staff in the government should not exceed 20 percent of the total workforce. In his proposal, the lawmaker explained the unemployment issue poses a grave threat to the country; hence, the need to solve it immediately through the revision of old employment laws or issuance of new laws and systems to upgrade the local recruitment mechanism.
He then cited Article Eight of the Constitution as justification for his recommendation: “The State safeguards the pillars of society and ensures security, tranquility and equal opportunities for citizens.” He pointed out that solving the problem is the constitutional obligation of the government, so the authority must implement this proposal and encourage its institutions to quickly act on the matter. In another development, MP Saleh Ashour forwarded a number of queries to the state minister for municipality affairs on the removal of advertisement billboards along the streets after the issuance of a court order against the advertising companies proven to have violated the regulations.
He requested for a list of the erring companies, actions taken by Kuwait Municipality against these companies and a report on all the management procedures related to this case. He also wants to know if the removal of unlicensed advertising billboards requires a court order prior to implementation.
Furthermore, MP Khaleel Al-Saleh submitted a proposal on the development of the the coastline in Sulaibikhat and Al- Doha. He argued this coastline has the potential to become a great investment opportunity for companies around the world. He said the proposed improvement is essential in maintaining the good image of Kuwait. Al-Saleh added the Kuwait Bay stretches 70 kms, but only 30 kms of which is being used.
He asserted the government should not neglect the remaining part of the coastline as it offers promising investment opportunities. The MP also called on the public works minister to look into the current situation in Al-Nahtha, Sulaibiya and Al- Doha as these areas lack vital services and is in dire need of renovation.
KUWAIT: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kuwait Syed Abrar Hussain on Wednesday distributed shields and certificates among the winning students of Interschool Essay Writing Competition during a ceremony at the Embassy.
The competition was earlier held on the occasion of 137th birth anniversary of founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Sadia Mohammad Ghazanfar of Pakistan School Salmiya got the first prize in Urdu Essay competition. She was followed by Salwa Arif of Pakistan English School, Jleeb Shuyoukh and Fatima Abdul Latif of Pakistan Academy School Ahmadi for the second and third prizes respectively.
In the English Essay, Sarah Jameel of International School of Pakistan, Khaitan secured the first prize. Syeda Nahel Zaeem of Pakistan School Salmiya and Sadia Abdul Razzaq of New Pakistan International School Hawally both got the second prize whereas Iraj Zaheer-ud- Din of Pakistan Academy School Ahmadi got the third prize.
The Ambassador congratulated the winning students. He also extended his appreciation to all school administration, teachers and the parents for their hard work for the competition. He said the objective of such healthy competitions was to make Pakistani youth know about the lives and achievements of their great national heroes like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Ambassador also awarded Pakistan School Salimya the trophy for best performance in the competition.
A rare historic documentary on the life of the Father of the Nation and role of his dynamic leadership during the historic struggle for creation of Pakistan was also shown to the audience. The ceremonywas arranged by the Press Section of the Embassy.
KUWAIT: Altaf Al-Askar, Head of Licenses and Commercial Service at Capital branch of the Ministry of Commerce said she uncovered over 1,000 forged licenses during auditing and most of them had been issued in 2012 and 2013, adding employees in the ministry renewed many of these licenses, reports Annahar daily. Al-Askar considered the act as direct violation of law and public funds and noted the nature of her work requires signing on all transactions conducted by employees and that’s why she uncovered a large number of forged transactions during auditing.
Meanwhile, Al-Askar is surprised over a verbal decision to shift her to another area and without paying attention to legal procedures adopted on the issue, although her colleagues testify she is honest and reliable to shoulder her current responsibility. She called for the Deputy Premier, Minister of Commerce Abdulmohsen Al-Mudej to intervene and decide the case. She noted some officials in the ministry tried to hide the issue of forged licenses by dealing with the matter like a trivial issue and disregarding the interests of work and career honesty. She wondered why the ministry refused to investigate the issue, and declined to disclose circumstances of the case.
In the same context, Assistant Undersecretary of Companies Affairs and Commercial Licenses at Ministry of Commerce Dawoud Al-Sabij issued a statement refuting that more than 100,000 commercial licenses have been forged, reports Al-Seyassah daily. He added the ministry earlier referred a number of company licenses for investigation, as part of the legal procedures. He declared the sector is ready to receive all types of complaints related to the case, in order to deal with the slipup in line with law.
He denied statement issued by the Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs Jamal Al-Dousari which said the Ministry of Commerce had referred over 1,000 forged commercial licenses to the Public Prosecution. “I hope the media will provide the ministry with relevant information or documents related to the issue”, he reiterated. In a recent statement, Al-Dousari said the Ministry of Commerce had notified Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor about the files of over 1,000 forged licenses referred to the Public Prosecution, and that 40,000 visas and residences were issued through these forged licenses.
KUWAIT: Kuwaiti citizens have been rated as average in terms of commitment, participation, efficiency and professionalism to ensure positive results at work in comparison with the citizens of other GCC countries, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
The British-based Ion Hewitt Company, an online company specialized in human resources management, risk management and insurance, revealed this in a recent report after carrying out an opinion poll in which 18,500 respondents from 100 companies participated in UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Qatar topped the list with 51 percent performance rate, followed by the UAE with 41.6 percent, while Saudi Arabia recorded the lowest rating with 40.6 percent.
In general, GCC countries are rated the lowest in the world with 49.5 percent while USA obtained 63 percent and the countries of the Asian Pacific region 58 percent. The company expressed concern about the decrease in performance rate of the GCC region by 4.5 percent from the 54 percent it attained in the 2010 study. It indicated that development is a huge challenge for entrepreneurs in their bid to maintain workers in their various companies, adding that the youths are the lowest performers even though they form the largest percentage of employees.
KUWAIT: Hala February Festival Coordinator Waleed Jassem said the event will be launched on Jan 31 along Salem Al- Mubarak Street, indicating there will be more activities this year. He explained the festival is aimed at improving the economy of the country.
Talking about the activities line up for the festival, Jassem revealed the carnival shows will start at 2:00 pm and end by sunset each day. He said the festival will continue until Feb 24. Meanwhile, Colonel Khalil Al-Amir affirmed that Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) will fully prepare for the festival to ensure the entire directorate is ready for any emergency; while Lieutenant Colonel Saleh affirmed there will be full coordination among all departments in the Ministry of Interior to guarantee public safety during the festivities.
KUWAIT: Health Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs Dr Jamal Al-Harby said the “Flying Ambulance” will be in use within six months. Al-Harby said the defence ministry designated a helipad area for choppers used by health ministry near Saad Al-Abdallah airport in Sabhan area, until the permanent helipad is completed in Al-Sabah specialized area. He said that the choppers will be flown by Kuwaitis, who are in training now, adding that retired pilots will be asked to work in the air ambulance soon.
Al-Harby said that 130 highly safe new ambulances will be introduced soon to the fleet. He said ambulances in Kuwait reach the accident area within the eight minute international rate. He said that 20% of outpatient clinics at Jaber hospital will become operational during August, and the technical department sector asked the engineering department to equip those clinics as required. He said the technical sector asked the heads of departments to provide it with the required manpower (doctors, nurses and technicians) to operate the hospital’s departments.
KUWAIT: The Criminal Court sentenced ‘Kuwaiti’ political activist Abdullah Fairoz to five years imprisonment in a State Security case, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The daily added, the accused was found guilty of insulting HH the Amir through the social networking website Twitter. The daily also said Fairoz is not a Kuwaiti and that he did not get the nationality through naturalization but he claimed to belong to the wellknown Kuwaiti family until the authorities discovered he had forged the documents to get to claim the citizenship. The daily went on to say the State Security filed a case against Fairoz, the Public Prosecution had remanded him to 10 days police custody and he was detained at the Central Prison. The daily says Fairoz is Egyptian and that he will be deported after serving the sentence.
Job-seekers cheated: Scores of young Egyptian job-seekers were reportedly cheated by an unidentified influential personality by issuing them temporary tourist visas valid for three months only, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting the head of the Foreign Workers Office at the Kuwait Trade Union Federation AbdulRahman Al-Ghanim. The officials told the daily, the workers arrived into the country on visit visas after paying a lot of money and to their surprise they discovered the visas were cancelled immediately after they entered Kuwait making them illegal as per the local law in force. The official has called on the concerned authorities particularly the Ministry of Interior to allow these Egyptians to return to their country without being fingerprinted which would prevent them from entering the country again. Al-Ghanim has also requested the concerned authorities not to penalize these men in any manner saying they are victims of visa traders