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KUWAIT: Illegal residents occupying jobs provided by the state in the public sector have increased by 1,145 up to the end of August, said an official here yesterday. The exact numbers and state institutions employing the community were quoted by Assistant Undersecretary for Technical and Information Affairs at the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs Waleed Al-Asfour in a statement. “Around 643 illegal residents have been employed in the healthcare sector followed by 315 in the Ministry of Education, 53 in the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic affairs, 25 in the Ministry of Labor and 20 in the Ministry of Electricity and Water,” he said.

Al-Asfour said that the recent numbers are added to the previous number by the thousands already working in the military and defense sectors. He said that the employment of illegal residents was going smoothly since the apparatus launched its employment program back in March 26, 2012 in cooperation with the state Civil Service Commission (CSC).

In regards to the employment requirements, the official said that illegal residents must be part of the 1965 census in addition to posessing a diploma or any other higher education certificates. Individuals with nursing education as well as children of Kuwaiti mothers and army personnel who took part in military operations for Kuwait are excluded from the requirements, said Al- Asfour.

The apparatus is also currently holding discussions with the federation of cooperation societies and the private sector to open up job opportunities for illegal residents who were part of 1965 census and have a high-school degree, he concluded. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Last year, 2012, marked the highest percentage of crimes in the country in five years, and the largest percentage of those crimes were against public funds at 63.6% of the total crimes while May marked the highest number. The important results of the total crimes of various types and categories was prepared by the research and studies center at the Ministry of Interior.

Statistics pointed several points that reflect the importance of government’s serious action to keep a stable society, and most notable points are:

1- The largest rate of the total crimes during the period from 2008-2012 was in 2012 at a rate of 695 for every 100,000 of the population while 2010 recorded the lowest at 664 for every 100,000.

2- The lowest number of unknown crimes during the period from 2008-2012 was in 2009, as the number of unknown crimes was 7653, while 2012 marked the highest at 11,512 crimes.

3- With the study of the crimes four categories for 2012: crimes against public interest, crimes against persons, crimes against reputation and honor and crimes against funds, we find out that the largest percentage is against funds as it was 63.4% of the total crimes in 2012 followed by honor and reputation at 17.4.

4- As for the geographical distribution of the total crimes in 2012 it was in Hawally governorate at a rate of 868 crimes for every 100,000 people followed by the capital at 864 per 100,000.

5- The highest number of unknown crimes for 2012 was in Jahra Governorate as the percentage was 48.2% of the total crimes in that governorate while the least of such crimes were committed in Mubarak Al-Kabeer at 36.8% of the total crimes in that governorate.

6- The highest percentage of unknown crimes in 2012 were money crimes at 62.4% of the total money crimes compared with 12.4% of other unknowed crimes.

7- Spring is the season with most crimes, as the number of crimes in this season was 7520 crimes followed by winter at 6649 crimes.

8- May is considered the month of most crimes compared with the rest of 2012 months, as the number of crimes in this month was 2577 followed by April in the number of crimes was 2504

9- The number of unknown crimes in February was 48.1% of the total crimes in that month which is the highest percentage among unknown crimes which is considered the highest percentage of unknown crimes compared with the rest of 2012 months.

10- The number of total money crimes is the highest among women at 1032 followed by bodily harm crimes at 918 women in 2012.

11- The highest number of citizens crimes in 2012 was committed in Hawally at 2986.

12- The highest number of non citizens crimes in 2012 was in Hawally at 3346.

13- The highest number of female crimes in 2012 was in Mubarak Al-Kabeer compared with the rest of governorates at 18.9% followed by Hawally at 18.5%.

14- The highest number of citizens crimes in 2012 was in bodily harm at 3314.

15- The highest number of crimes against honor and reputation for 2012 was by Iraqis at 409 per 100,000 of the population, followed by bedoons at 361 per 100,000 of bedoons.

16- The highest rate of crimes against public funds for 2012 was by bedoons as the number of those who committed this crime is 381 for every 100,000 of bedoons followed by Iranians at 377 for every 100,000 Iranians.

17- The police station that received most crimes is Salmiya at 1780 crimes for 2012 followed by Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh with 1277 crimes.

18- The highest number of criminals among non citizens in 2012 are public funds at 4721 criminals.

19- The highest rate of criminals was among bedoons at 1389 criminals per 100,000 of bedoons in 2012.

20- The daily rate of crimes per day in Kuwait was 72 crimes for 2012.

21- The highest rate of crimes against public interest in 2012 was by bedoons at 132 per 100,000 while Kuwaitis were third at 73 criminal per 100,000.

22- The highest rate of crimes related to bodily harm in 2012 was by bedoons at a rate of 515 per 100,000 while Iraqis were thirds at a rate of 345 criminals per 100,000.

KUWAIT: A citizen told Ministry of Interior operations that he saw several military hardware lying in Salmy desert. State security and policemen headed to the area and found out that the military hardware belonged to Kuwait army. Explosives engineers were called in to check it and lifted them safely to the army stores.

KUWAIT: MP Hmoud Al- Hamdan has submitted several parliamentary queries to Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf.

The first query is about the hike in fees in private schools particularly the schools which use the foreign curricula. He said the hike in fees in these schools has put a huge burden on the guardians. Al-Hamdan wants to know the criteria which the ministry adopts for private schools concerning the hike in fees.

The second question is about inequality in payment of ‘excellent work’ allowance between teachers of the Education Ministry and those from the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. He wants to know why there has been a delay in paying excellent work allowance to teachers from the Education Ministry in recent years.

The third question is related to the negative impact private tuitions have on students and the teachers in schools and how they put a heavy financial burden on the families. He enquired about steps, administrative measures and media campaigns the ministry has taken to curb the phenomenon of private tuitions. What the ministry has done to raise the standard of students and to what extent has the teachers attended the consolidation program centers the ministry organized in some areas during the evenings? MP Talal Al-Sahli has called for cooperation between the Legislative and Executive authorities during the next stage. He stressed on the need to implement the priorities — housing, health and education — as shown by the opinion poll which was carried out by the Parliament Speaker recently.

This is in addition to the loans followed by the other priorities in the order of their merit. In a press statement Al-Sahli stressed on the need for serious work to translate these priorities into a reality keeping in mind the desired development, implementation of reforms in various sectors and improvement of services. He noted the citizens are fed up of empty promises and media statements. He added, “It is time to move forward and translate the desire of HH the Amir to transform Kuwait into a global financial and commercial hub.” He said as an MP he will closely monitor and follow-up the implementation of the priorities and will cooperate extensively with the ministers in this regard.


By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT: the Interior Ministry Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major-General Abdel Fattah Al-Ali says the Ministry of Public Works is responsible for traffic congestion all over Kuwait.
He pointed out the ministry has failed in its duty and called for launching an awareness campaign and begin repairs for the roads.

He was speaking during a seminar entitled ‘Traffic Crisis in Kuwait: Challenges and Solutions’, Tuesday which was organized by the Kuwait Journalists Association in cooperation with Kuwait Society for Traffic Safety.

He disclosed the Interior Ministry has collected KD 38 million in citations out of the KD 41 million due to the good policy and strategy pursued by the administration since last April.

He also revealed because of the efforts exerted by the General Traffic Department Kuwait saw a low rate of traffic accidents which was about 3,200 from a high of 8,000 per month on an average. This is in addition to low rate of mortality as a result of traffic accidents which has climbed down from the 50s to about 18-19 a month.

He stressed the ministry was able to create a positive change within just six months when the new law was put into effect. He presented a number of statistics, which show there are 1.8 million vehicles on the streets of Kuwait and 1.3 million people hold driving licenses of which 620,000 are held by Kuwaitis and 780,000 by expatriates.

He pointed out the campaign which was launched on April 20 this year resulted in impounding 100,000 outdated cars and confiscation of 35,000 driving licenses which had been obtained through forgery and manipulation.

He added 18 groups of task force comprising 53 personnel in each group were formed and two groups were allocated for each governorate, one monitored security on the roads.

During the campaign it was discovered 300,000 vehicles violated the security and durability terms and conditions while 23,000 were driving their vehicles without renewing their registration documents. All these vehicles were scrapped.

Al-Ali further pointed out that the campaign also resulted in reduction of the number of violations from 128,000 to 91,000 per month, and there is also reduction of the number of indirect violations that are recorded by surveillance cameras from 173,000 to 81,000, “which confirms that the ministry is moving in the right direction,” he added.

He pointed out many streets of Kuwait are subjected to maintenance by the Ministry of Public Works which cause more traffic jams. He pointed out the Jabriya exit is currently closed by the Ministry of Works which has led to the closure of four major ways. He said the work was scheduled to be completed before Eid Al-Fitr, but it is still ongoing.

He stressed he does not work to deport expatriates but rather to implement the law. He noted the administration continues to enforce the law with an iron fist and will not make a turnaround at any cost.
Secretary-General of Kuwait Journalists Association, Faisal Al-Qanaie also blamed the Ministry of Public Works for the traffic problems and road accidents for failing to complete work on time.

He called on the government to put in place proper infrastructure like that of Dubai and Singapore to resolve the traffic problems and called for cooperation and coordination among ministries to find a solution.

He noted the policy of traffic police in Kuwait is based on ‘catching the offender’ not the ‘violation’ and called for spreading awareness about violations “in order to avoid their occurrence because achievement is not catching the number of violators but reducing their number. This indicates the success of the policy.”

For her part, member of Kuwait Society for Traffic Safety Dr Khaloud Al-Najjar highlighted the problems caused by traffic accidents. She stressed on the need for concerted efforts of government agencies and civil society in resolving this problem and to protect young people from traffic accidents.

She also shed light on some activities and awareness campaigns organized by the society in collaboration with the youth group and the proposals and recommendations of these campaigns and studies have been referred to the Interior Ministry but it has not been taken into consideration until today. 
She appealed to the concerned authorities and officials to organize such campaigns to protect the young people and reduce traffic accidents. She pointed out the main problem facing the society is the culture of ‘I’.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Nasser Al-Enezi and Colonel Hisham Al-Yaseen talked about long-term strategy of the ministry to reduce traffic congestion and achieve HH the Amir’s desire of transforming Kuwaiti into a commercial and financial hub. 

They explained the most important priorities and engineering projects proposed by the General Traffic Department (GTD) including building bridges, constructing roads or expanding and upgrading roads, stressing that these works will be carried out by the Public Works Ministry in the next few years to ensure positive change in raising the standard of safety.

On national traffic strategic projects for the traffic, they stated that this will be carried out by the Interior Ministry represented by the GTD in coordination with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) which has already put in place recommendations to address the traffic problem and offered an international tender in this regard.

With regards the modern technology projects, they said these projects will be executed soon in addition to a number of systems and automated link programs with some authorities and departments at the ministry which include:
 

  • Comprehensive program for the patrol commander to help him cite violations and know about car and driving license. This program will also help the commander identify places of traffic accidents accurately and also provide database of the repeated accident places so as to help avoid its recurrence and correct mistakes.
  • Project of recording and collecting traffic violations through TETRA network and linking it with Violations Department.
  • Implementing the idea of informing violators about the violations they commit through SMS and its role in decreasing the rate of traffic accidents and violations.
  • Project of automated link between GTD and General Customs Department (GCD) to monitor the entrance and exit of vehicles and drivers based on driving licenses and providing special information of the referential lists (the companies manufactured the cars, models, type of car and its specifications).
  • Project of automated link between GTD and General Immigration Department to collect values of traffic violations due to the expatriates when leaving the country or renewing their residencies or issuing visit visas for their relatives and other transactions.
  • Making a computer program to put LOCK on cars of expatriates whose driving licenses and insurances have expired for three months. This program is aimed at correcting the legal status by renewing license or disqualifying a car and seizing its plate.

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 18: the Interior Ministry Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major-General Abdel Fattah Al-Ali says the Ministry of Public Works is responsible for traffic congestion all over Kuwait.
He pointed out the ministry has failed in its duty and called for launching an awareness campaign and begin repairs for the roads.

He was speaking during a seminar entitled ‘Traffic Crisis in Kuwait: Challenges and Solutions’, Tuesday which was organized by the Kuwait Journalists Association in cooperation with Kuwait Society for Traffic Safety.

He disclosed the Interior Ministry has collected KD 38 million in citations out of the KD 41 million due to the good policy and strategy pursued by the administration since last April.

He also revealed because of the efforts exerted by the General Traffic Department Kuwait saw a low rate of traffic accidents which was about 3,200 from a high of 8,000 per month on an average. This is in addition to low rate of mortality as a result of traffic accidents which has climbed down from the 50s to about 18-19 a month.

He stressed the ministry was able to create a positive change within just six months when the new law was put into effect. He presented a number of statistics, which show there are 1.8 million vehicles on the streets of Kuwait and 1.3 million people hold driving licenses of which 620,000 are held by Kuwaitis and 780,000 by expatriates.

He pointed out the campaign which was launched on April 20 this year resulted in impounding 100,000 outdated cars and confiscation of 35,000 driving licenses which had been obtained through forgery and manipulation.

He added 18 groups of task force comprising 53 personnel in each group were formed and two groups were allocated for each governorate, one monitored security on the roads.

During the campaign it was discovered 300,000 vehicles violated the security and durability terms and conditions while 23,000 were driving their vehicles without renewing their registration documents. All these vehicles were scrapped.

Al-Ali further pointed out that the campaign also resulted in reduction of the number of violations from 128,000 to 91,000 per month, and there is also reduction of the number of indirect violations that are recorded by surveillance cameras from 173,000 to 81,000, “which confirms that the ministry is moving in the right direction,” he added.

He pointed out many streets of Kuwait are subjected to maintenance by the Ministry of Public Works which cause more traffic jams. He pointed out the Jabriya exit is currently closed by the Ministry of Works which has led to the closure of four major ways. He said the work was scheduled to be completed before Eid Al-Fitr, but it is still ongoing.

He stressed he does not work to deport expatriates but rather to implement the law. He noted the administration continues to enforce the law with an iron fist and will not make a turnaround at any cost.
Secretary-General of Kuwait Journalists Association, Faisal Al-Qanaie also blamed the Ministry of Public Works for the traffic problems and road accidents for failing to complete work on time.

He called on the government to put in place proper infrastructure like that of Dubai and Singapore to resolve the traffic problems and called for cooperation and coordination among ministries to find a solution.

He noted the policy of traffic police in Kuwait is based on ‘catching the offender’ not the ‘violation’ and called for spreading awareness about violations “in order to avoid their occurrence because achievement is not catching the number of violators but reducing their number. This indicates the success of the policy.”

For her part, member of Kuwait Society for Traffic Safety Dr Khaloud Al-Najjar highlighted the problems caused by traffic accidents. She stressed on the need for concerted efforts of government agencies and civil society in resolving this problem and to protect young people from traffic accidents.

She also shed light on some activities and awareness campaigns organized by the society in collaboration with the youth group and the proposals and recommendations of these campaigns and studies have been referred to the Interior Ministry but it has not been taken into consideration until today. 
She appealed to the concerned authorities and officials to organize such campaigns to protect the young people and reduce traffic accidents. She pointed out the main problem facing the society is the culture of ‘I’.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Nasser Al-Enezi and Colonel Hisham Al-Yaseen talked about long-term strategy of the ministry to reduce traffic congestion and achieve HH the Amir’s desire of transforming Kuwaiti into a commercial and financial hub. 

They explained the most important priorities and engineering projects proposed by the General Traffic Department (GTD) including building bridges, constructing roads or expanding and upgrading roads, stressing that these works will be carried out by the Public Works Ministry in the next few years to ensure positive change in raising the standard of safety.

On national traffic strategic projects for the traffic, they stated that this will be carried out by the Interior Ministry represented by the GTD in coordination with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) which has already put in place recommendations to address the traffic problem and offered an international tender in this regard.

With regards the modern technology projects, they said these projects will be executed soon in addition to a number of systems and automated link programs with some authorities and departments at the ministry which include:
 

  • Comprehensive program for the patrol commander to help him cite violations and know about car and driving license. This program will also help the commander identify places of traffic accidents accurately and also provide database of the repeated accident places so as to help avoid its recurrence and correct mistakes.
  • Project of recording and collecting traffic violations through TETRA network and linking it with Violations Department.
  • Implementing the idea of informing violators about the violations they commit through SMS and its role in decreasing the rate of traffic accidents and violations.
  • Project of automated link between GTD and General Customs Department (GCD) to monitor the entrance and exit of vehicles and drivers based on driving licenses and providing special information of the referential lists (the companies manufactured the cars, models, type of car and its specifications).
  • Project of automated link between GTD and General Immigration Department to collect values of traffic violations due to the expatriates when leaving the country or renewing their residencies or issuing visit visas for their relatives and other transactions.
  • Making a computer program to put LOCK on cars of expatriates whose driving licenses and insurances have expired for three months. This program is aimed at correcting the legal status by renewing license or disqualifying a car and seizing its plate.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT: Ministry of Interior has rejected all applications for transfer of residences from domestic visa to private sector work visa even though the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor had few days ago issued the decision to allow such residence transfers within a limited period of two months.

A reliable source from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor revealed that the ministry rejected the applications because the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor failed to coordinate with it prior to issuing such a decision particularly since the Ministry of Interior is the official authority currently responsible for the affairs of the domestic personnel.

He stressed that such a situation reflects the lack of coordination among the ministries. In another development, sources revealed that the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has approved a partial shuffle of a number of department directors and supervisors in order to cover some functional gaps and vacancies in the ministry, adding that more such rotations can be expected in the future.

KUWAIT CITY: A Kuwaiti citizen lodged a complaint at Rumaithiya Police Station against an unknown individual, accusing the latter of calling him on his mobile phone and threatening to publish his wife’s pictures and videos on the Internet if he was not paid KD 3,000. Securitymen took down the mobile number of the suspect.

A case was registered and investigations are ongoing to find and arrest the unknown suspect.

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