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KUWAIT: Pakistan Navy Ship, “TARIQ” will be making a goodwill visit to the State of Kuwait from 29th September to 3rd October 2013. A visit to the Ship for the Pakistani community in Kuwait has been arranged on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 from 1600-1800 hrs at Shuwaikh Port (Gate No.1).

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KUWAIT: The Cabinet eyes unemployment, housing shortage and deteriorating medical services as the top three priorities which also include improving Kuwaitis’ standard of living by focusing on increasing the family income, a local daily reported yesterday quoting a Cabinet source. Speaking to Al-Jarida on the condition of anonymity, the source said that Prime Minister HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah instructed the Supreme Council of Planning to focus on “making sure that Kuwaiti families live in luxury, and enjoy improved living standards”. The list of priorities which the source said “have been finished” will be presented to the parliament when the latter resumes sessions on October 29. The source added that the list is set to be approved during the Cabinet’s weekly meeting tomorrow, before it is discussed with the relevant parliamentary committee.

In addition to the topics mentioned above, the source revealed that the Cabinet’s list includes “vast economic reforms” that include draft laws for financial disclosure, privatization, competition protection, consumer protection, value added tax and increase in public service fees. They also include draft laws to protect children from violence and abuse, mental health and social security. The source also indicated that the government eyes topics that deal with future planning such as electronic transactions law, a law to establish a public authority for telecommunications and a law to reduce procedures while improve transparency at the Central Tenders Committee. The list does not include bank loans or the stateless residents’ issue, the source added. Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim is expected meanwhile to meet MPs on Tuesday in order to discuss the results of the national poll announced last Monday which listed housing, health and education as the top three topics that the public seeks to be given priority to in parliamentary discussions. MP Ali Al-Omair called for setting up a ‘work team’ to list the priorities in order of importance, provide analytical studies, and select topics that match the Cabinet’s list

KUWAIT: Col Adel Ahmed Al-Hashash, MoI’s PR and Moral Guidance Manager and Acting Security Media Manager, said that all MoI departments have completed their preparations for the new school year (2013- 14) starting today in various stages. Al-Hashash added that the traffic sector, in particular, has deployed its patrols at all intersections, and surveillance cameras are used to monitor all roads and traffic light timings have been readjusted to achieve easy traffic flow. He added that within a special campaign titled ‘I follow your steps for my safety’, programs for TV and radio, billboards and posters have been designed and distributed at various schools in a bid to boost traffic awareness and help reduce traffic congestion.

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

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