KUWAIT CITY, Nov 5, (KUNA): The Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Sunday that the International Monetary Fund has praised the Kuwaiti government’s efforts in tackling the impact of the drop in global oil prices through containing public spending.
According to a statement, the chamber’s board member Dhirar Al-Ghanim made the remarks after discussing Kuwait’s economic policy with visiting IMF mission head Stephane Roudet in the light of article four of the country’s IMF membership.
During his talks, Al-Ghanim said that the Chamber of Commerce and Industry is targeting a strong private sector that leads the path of economic development efficiently according to state strategies through equal opportunities, fair competition and transparency. Experts reviewed the IMF’s report on Kuwait’s 2016 economic policy, which showed that the non-oil sector witnessed 3.5 percent growth due to the continuing rise in public spending, he said. Al-Ghanim also expected a 1.2 percent shrink in Kuwait’s GDP in 2017.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 5: A Kuwaiti woman accused the husband and his friend of sexual assault. In a complaint to officers at Abdullah Al-Mubarak Police Station, the woman said the husband was accompanied by his friend when they came to the house and sexually assaulted her.
They reportedly fled the scene when the woman shouted for help. A case was registered for investigation.
Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti woman lodged a complaint with officers at Rumaithiya Police Station saying the husband was threatening to stab her. However, the man denied the allegation when rescue officers went to the scene. He said the wife made the claim due to a minor family disagreement. A case was registered for investigation.
By Mishal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff
Source: Arab Times
Sector Commander Sachal Rangers revealed on Saturday that 51 stolen vehicles have been recovered in a province-wide operation, which he termed the "largest" in the country's history.
Sector Commander Brigadier Naseem, flanked by Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) East Irfan Baloch, said that the police and Rangers arrested two individuals — Qazi Muneeb Ahmed Siddiqui and Mohammad Shiraz — with weapons and a stolen vehicle during snap checking in Nazimabad a few days ago.
"Initial investigation disclosed unexpected revelations as the two were found to be active members of an inter-provincial car-theft group," Naseem said. The arrest followed an earlier recovery of four vehicles from different parts of Sindh.
Following the revelations, a detailed strategy was created and a team was formed to ensure the cars were recovered and given to their original owners, he said.
During the operation, it was revealed that "a group is stealing a large number of vehicles and sending them to other parts of the country," he said. While the real owners are being deprived of their vehicles, the new buyers are also unaware that they are stolen, he added.
Naseem informed the media that a total of 16 people were arrested during the operation which has been going on for around six months. While 10 of those arrested have been released, others are being kept in detention for further investigation, he said.
A total of 86 cases of stolen vehicles have been registered in the province, of which 51 vehicles have been recovered. The vehicles will be handed over to the real owners following legal procedure and court orders, he said.
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2, (KUNA): Five Kuwaiti citizens were killed and 13 others injured during a road accident while visiting the southern Iraqi city of Karbala, said Kuwaiti Ambassador to Iraq Salem Al-Zamanan Thursday.
Speaking to KUNA, Ambassador Al-Zamanan said that a bus, transporting the Kuwaiti nationals, had toppled over while on the road between Basra city and Al-Nasseriya.
The Ambassador added that those injured in the accident were taken to hospitals in the city of Al-Nasseriya for treatment. He indicated that the Foreign Ministry of Kuwait had instructed a number of Kuwaiti diplomats to head to the city to follow up on the situation and check on those who were injured in the incident.
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 1: Kuwaiti Ministry of Health has intimated that there will be a temporary ban on recruitment of nurses from India.
Recent efforts made by three Kuwaiti agencies for recruiting over 2,000 Indian nurses through Overseas Manpower Limited (OMCL), Chennai has been put on hold till such time the fears of unfair means of recruitment are being addressed by the government of Kuwait.
All Indian job aspirants are hereby advised not to fall prey to unscrupulous agents in Kuwait/ India. In order to ensure fair and transparent means of recruitment of Indian nurses, MoH Kuwait is considering the feasibility of engaging directly with one or two State run Manpower Agencies in India, says a press release issued by the Embassy of India in Kuwait.
Grievance regarding non-payment of regular salary to 257 serving Indian nurses in MOH is under serious consideration of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health. Adequate number of vacancies is being created for accommodating these Indian nurses within MOH.
Meanwhile Mumbai police have arrested 30 men trying to fly to Kuwait on fake tickets and visas and are looking for the unlicensed recruitment agents who charged them 100,000 rupees ($1,500) to arrange their travel to jobs in the Gulf state.
The men from Uttar Pradesh state in northern India were arrested on Tuesday when they tried checking in at the airport with fake tickets, police said. The men have been charged with cheating and forgery and are being held in custody.
Lata Sirsat, senior inspector with the Mumbai police, said a police team was going to Uttar Pradesh to find the unauthorised recruitment agents who duped these men with fake documents. “All the men are in their 30s and poor,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Indian officials are trying to crack down on unauthorised agents who promise to organise well paid jobs as cleaners and labourers in the Gulf states but cheat people along the way with complaints ranging from non-payment of wages to physical abuse. Adverts asking workers seeking jobs overseas to only go through licensed agents are played on the radio daily.
Vivek Sharma, the protector of emigrants in Uttar Pradesh, said this case of fraud was rare. “This fake ticket fraud and on such a scale involving 30 people is the first such instance that I have come across,” Sharma told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Uttar Pradesh is among the poorest states in India and poverty and lack of jobs force many to migrate to major cities such as Mumbai but campaigners said seeking jobs in the Gulf states is a new development. “This trend started about two to three years ago and now most people going to the Gulf are from Uttar Pradesh.
They are very poor people and in many cases their villages don’t even have roads,” said migrant rights activist Bhim Reddy. Government figures show there are some six million Indian migrants in the six Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 1: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday issued an Amiri Decree reappointing His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al- Sabah as Prime Minister and instructed the latter to appoint members of the new Cabinet.
The Amiri Decree states that having considered the Constitution and our decree issued on 10 Safar 1439, corresponding to Oct 30, 2017 on accepting the resignation of the Prime Minister and Ministers and after holding traditional consultations, we ordered the following: Article One: His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak is appointed as Prime Minister and charged with nominating members of the new Cabinet and present their names to us to issue a decree appointing them. Article Two: The Prime Minister shall carry out this order and report to the National Assembly. This shall be effective from the date of issuance and it will be published in the Official Gazette. Meanwhile, Article 56 of the Constitution stipulates that:
(1) The Amir, after traditional consultations, appoints the Prime Minister and relieves him of office. The Amir also appoints Ministers and relieves them of office upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
(2) Ministers are appointed from amongst members of the National Assembly and others.
(3) The total number of Ministers shall not exceed onethird of the number of National Assembly members. Earlier, His Highness the Amir received at Bayan Palace His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak as part of traditional consultations that precede formation of the new government.
His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Wednesday a cable to His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak congratulating him on being reassigned as Prime Minister of the country.
His Highness the Crown Prince lauded His Highness the Amir for putting his trust in Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak who is now tasked with forming the new Cabinet. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf wished His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak all the success in his endeavor to serve the people and country.
Meanwhile, MP Mubarak Al-Hajraf disclosed he prepared a grilling request against acting Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh on several issues in case she returns to the government. He is hoping for harmonious relations with the new government, wishing the Prime Minister-designate will form a harmonious team.
In another development, acting First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah has confirmed that his ministry is coordinating with its defense counterpart in accordance with the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects and to present its periodical report to the Convention Secretariat in Geneva.
This is in response to the question of MP Osama Al- Shaheen about measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the discovery of landmine or ammunition believed to be remnants of the Iraqi invasion. He explained the ministry sends annually to the Convention Secretariat all information and reports prepared by its defense counterpart on banning the use, stockpiling, production, disposal and transfer of anti-personnel mines. He said these reports include all cases uncovered by the competent authorities throughout the year.
If an expatriate died due to landmine or ammunition, the ministry shall take consular action in coordination with the concerned embassy to repatriate the body if the relatives wish to do so, as well as complete formal and legal procedures related to death, he added.
Talking about treaties and conventions on anti-personnel mines, he disclosed that Kuwait is a party to two conventions. He said Article Four of the first convention states that each State party undertakes to destroy or ensure the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines owned, acquired or under its jurisdiction or control as soon as possible, not later than four years after the entry into force of the Convention by that State.
Article Five regulates destruction of anti-personnel mines in mined areas and how civilians are protected during such destruction.
Second is the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects and the Protocols thereto, which the State of Kuwait agreed to through Law No. 24/2013 on Feb 14, 2013. He added the second convention consists of five additional protocols, two of which are related to mine action — Protocol II dealing with landmines, traps, deception and other means, and Protocol V dealing with explosive remnants of war.
He explained that under Protocol V, State parties and parties to an armed conflict must act to clear, remove or destroy explosive remnants of war and to record and retain information related to the use or abandonment of unexploded ordnance. He said the Foreign Affairs Office provides all necessary information and assistance in locating mines, booby traps and other Iraqi explosives, as well as weapons, chemical and biological materials in Kuwait and parts of Iraq where forces of member-States are cooperating with Kuwait pursuant to Resolution 678/1990 and in neighboring waters, as well as following up the implementation of provisions of this resolution in coordination with the Ministry of Defense which is the concerned authority in the State.
On another issue, MP Dr Mohamed Al-Huwailah has presented a proposal to establish an advanced prostheses center and allocate special wards for amputees in medical centers and hospitals. He pointed out the Artificial Limbs Center in the country is not fully equipped for amputees, starting from the building up to the lack of technicians and specialists in installing prosthetics.
He added that giving attention to people with special needs is the characteristic of civilized nations and such behavior is measured by the level of society’s awareness of the issue and human rights. He stressed that around 1,500 to 2,000 amputees in the country are facing a lot of problems including the lack of an integrated rehabilitation center to help amputees psychologically and socially.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff and Agencies
Source: Arab Times
Burning coal to smoke shisha KD 50 fine
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 1: A recent meeting of the Environment Public Authority (EPA), Environment Police, and Kuwait Municipality agreed on forming a tripartite committee authorized by the judicial police to follow up violations committed on the beaches, public parks and camps.
Informed sources said the committee will launch campaigns targeting beaches, parks and campsites to deal with serious violations such as filth and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and barbecuing that attract fines ranging from KD 5,000 to KD 10,000, while burning coal to smoke shisha attracts KD 50 fine.
As regards smoking in public places, the source pointed out that the judicial police have since issued violations against 30 individuals at different official institutes. He reiterated environment law bans smoking in public places, commercial complexes and official bodies.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim
Arab Times Staff and Agencies
Source: Arab Times