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KUWAIT: Ministry of Electricity and Water began its preparations for requirements during summer, as fears exist that increased demands for electricity may not be met. A working team will be formed shortly to set the plans to face supplying power without interruption, especially that the month of Ramadan coincides with the peak period in Kuwait.

Sources said the plans to be implemented is that to bring in additional gas generators and mobile electric stations that can be stationed at any sites that need additional electric production. The sources said “this will be in addition to the diesel generators that will be distributed in all governorates in case of any interruption

A Saleh

KUWAIT: Prices of 324 medications, pharmaceutical preparations and food supplements were given the green signal by Health Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdallah Al-Mubarak and were added to the price list which is issued by ministerial decision 69/2013 that sets the prices of medicine in the country, with a margin of profit that should not exceed more than 45% over the importation cost.

The decision stated that the number of medicines added to the list is 237, while the number of food supplements was 87. Meanwhile, an official source at the Health Ministry said the Central Tenders Committee gave its final approval in regards to building the new Sabah Hospital by a local company. He said the project will cost around KD 179 million, and expect the deal to be signed next month. The source said the new building will be near the Chest Hospital in Sabah Health Zone.

He said facilities in the new building will be integrated with a capacity of 600 beds and will include internal medicine department in addition to outpatient clinics and physiotherapy. It will be an eight storey building with two basements, and will contribute significantly in enhancing health services and remove the drawbacks that are prevalent in other hospital. The project will take four years to complete.

Meanwhile the source said the Ministry of Health supplied X-ray, radiotherapy, medical laboratories, medical supplies, dermatology, general and specialized surgery, anesthesia and ICU departments with equipment at a total cost of KD 150,000. On another issue, a financial and legal delegation that includes Assistant Undersecretary for Financial Affairs at the Health Ministry Mohammad Al-Azmi and Legal Advisor Mahmoud Abdelhadi visited Kuwait Health offices in London to evaluate it services to Kuwaiti patients. Informed sources said the timing of the visit is linked to return of Office Director Dr Yaqoub Al-Tammar to the Ministry and the appointment of new Director of the Technical Department Dr Majida Al-Qattan.

Sources said similar visits will be made to all Kuwait health offices abroad to evaluate its performance, adding that the Ministry intends to apply the law that stipulated that the head of the office for two years and can be renewed once only

KUWAIT: Embassy of Pakistan Notice: Due to some technical up-gradations in the Machine Readable Passport system, the embassy is not be able to entertain the MRP applicants on 29-Dec-2013 i.e. (Sunday)

KUWAIT: Kuwait Airways may cut six destinations from its current list, according to local reports. The reports did not name the destinations up for elimination but noted that they were recommended by the IATA as economically unfeasible. KAC’s executive team along with the marketing and sales department are discussing the recommendation to find out the amount of losses the company will incur if those routes remain operational. Kuwait Airways recently inked a $4.4 billion deal to buy new Airbus jets – the first significant renewal of the airline’s ageing fleet since 1990. The contract is expected to be signed in early 2014.

Kuwait Airways is currently undergoing a multi- year privatization process that has faced much resistance from vested interests both inside the company and in the government. The privatization plan must still be approved by parliament. Repeated trouble with KAC flights – including mechanical failures, lengthy delays or flight cancellations due to unscheduled maintanance issues and other problems – has meanwhile damaged the airlines reputation among travellers in Kuwait and led many to choose alternative regional air carriers like Etihad, Emirates or Qatar Airways or Kuwait’s only private budget airline, Jazeera Airways. KAC appointed a new Chairman, Rasha Abdulaziz Al-Roumi in early December after the previous chairman Sami Al-Nisf was suspended by Communications Minister Eisa Al Kandari.

The suspension led to a board reshuffle that included a new chairman and other changes. Al-Kanderi named Jassar Abdulrazzaq Al- Jassar as Vice Chairperson, Khaled Abdulaziz Beshara, Nabeela Mubarak Al-Anjeri, Dr Abdullah Abdulsamad Maraafi and Rajaa Roudhan Al- Roudhan as board members

I could not believe my eyes when I saw a letter sent to the director general of Kuwait municipality from his assistant for municipal services. The letter was titled “Continued increase of the number of deaths of expats who are buried in the State of Kuwait’s cemeteries”. The letter ended with the recommendation that burial in Kuwait cemeteries be for Kuwaitis only, and that non-Kuwaitis should be allowed to be buried in Kuwait only in extreme necessity and in cemeteries decided by the department.

One can expect and accept anything in a country that he is a guest in, because it is only right for one to abide by the laws of the land he is in, but is death something one has control over? Whenever I go to Sulaibikhat for the funeral of a friend – be it a Kuwaiti or an expat – I always heard those present include prayers that bless Kuwait, its people and rulers for this service – the burial.

How nice is it, with those in grief still remembering to ask Almighty Allah to protect Kuwait against all harm and evil. The efforts of Kuwaiti officials and people to liberate the country from a brutal occupation and ruthless tyrant were augmented by Kuwait’s charitable activities all over the world in all types, shapes and forms.

I hope that this proposal by the municipality official came during a time when he was under some sort of duress or was given false or inaccurate information about what is going on. Yes, it is a must for authorities to regulate expat labor. Yes it is alright to solve the problem of crowding at various state departments.

Yes, it is correct to ease pressure at clinics and hospitals. Yes it is alright to do something about traffic and control it…but, do you notice, my friends, that all that is under control of human beings? But, does anyone, anywhere around the globe have any control over his death and its place and time? Is it not mentioned in the Holy Quran that “no one knows where he’ll die”? Kuwait is a Muslim country, its constitution states that.

Kuwaitis are highly religious, and they are highly charitable as we are all aware of both at the official and individual levels. Kuwaiti scholars will for sure intervene to explain why this is not the right move and decision. Islamic tradition urges Muslims to bury their dead as quickly as possible to preserve the dignity of the deceased and the quickest way is to bury the dead where they die, unless they wanted to be buried somewhere else, like expats for example, because death is the only event in the world that does not discriminate at all between the old and young, man or woman, national or expat. What do you think?

By A Mohammad

KUWAIT: Labor Relations Department at Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor relents on its basic duties and responsibility to resolve pending disputes and problems between expatriate workers and their employers in private sector, and in so doing, the workers are made easy prey to exploit, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

A reliable source was quoted as saying the ministry for the first-time discovered that its labor relations (arbitration) departments had presented requests to stop entertaining labor complaints. He noted the ministry went on to approve the request, which covered complaints from expatriate workers whose employers’ files have been suspended.

Worst of all, the ministry directs the concerned workers back to the Inspection Department where suspension stickers are placed on their employers’ files, knowing well that employers only have the right to enter the office, the source noted. He also said the idea of putting suspension stickers on the files to some extent emanated from the employers due to disagreements with their workers.

The implication is that Labor Department now puts the cart before the horse by restraining the workers who become easy prey to wicked employers. Also, the ministry has been rejecting applications for the transfer of visa from expatriate workers of governmental and non-governmental projects until they have completed the three years legal period with their sponsors.

The source affirmed, “Refusal of the ministry to approve applications from workers in government project who fulfill the conditions clearly violates ministerial decisions 200/2013 and 213/2011.”

KUWAIT: The Education Ministry stopped signing contracts abroad to cover the shortage of teachers in certain specialties. The ministry will rely on the Basic Education College and the Education College at Kuwait University, as well as local contracts with those residing in Kuwait, as well as bedoons. Education sources said the Education Ministry decided this year to stop foreign contracts to meet a shortage of teachers, adding that the public education sector was instructed to present an estimation of its needs in the form of specialized human resources for the next school year. The sources said the most notable required specialties for next year are mathematics, chemistry, biology, geology and physical education.

Meanwhile, the Education and Health Ministry agreed to change the type of meals given to kindergarten and primary students as new tenders are put out next year. Sources said the joint committee from the two ministries held a meeting last week to discuss the type of meals that are given to students, as recommendations indicated they are not suitable for the students’ age group.

They said that the health ministry indicated that some types of food have high percentage of fat. Meanwhile, Al-Watan daily said the students’ training project on TOEFL for the 11th and 12th grades has returned, as the Education Ministry said in a surprise circulation for the secondary stage students that it was necessary to resume the training program to prepare students for the test starting from the second period of the 2013/2014 school year at a rate of two classes per week. Educational sources said that it is difficult to implement the project because teachers are not qualified and cannot do it, so schools will face difficulty in implementing the instructions.


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