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KUWAIT: A Pakistani hit three male compatriots with an iron bar after seeing them harassing his girlfriend — an Asian — when she went to a grocery store in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh. The woman was surprised when the three men followed her to the grocery store near the building where she and her family are residing. Her boyfriend saw them harassing her, so he took an iron bar and beat them. Some passersby intervened and referred the injured to Farwaniya Hospital, while the woman’s boyfriend was taken to the police station for questioning.

KUWAIT: The interior ministry will start receiving applications to transfer domestic labor residency visas (article 20) to private sector ones (article 18) from today until Nov 15. The ministry had been criticized for not putting the measure into practice despite the approval of the minister of social affairs and labor.

The announcement came after Interior Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality and Passports Affairs Maj Gen Sheikh Faisal Nawaf Al-Ahmad held a meeting with Social Affairs Ministry Assistant Undersecretary Jamal Al-Dousary in the presence of Director General of Immigration Department Brig Adnan Al-Kandari and Director of Public Relations and Moral Guidance Colonel Adel Al-Hashash. The two sides discussed a suitable mechanism to coordinate the solution to the issue of transferring the work permits, especially since the grace period for transfers ends on Nov 15.

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KUWAIT: The Embassy of Pakistan held a meeting on 27 October 2013 to observe Kashmir Black Day. Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait Syed Abrar Hussain recalled that 65 years ago India occupied Kashmir through military force on 27 October 1947 when Kashmiri people were demanding accession of their state to Pakistan. India took the issue to the UN Security Council which resolved that the dispute would be decided through a free and impartial plebiscite. Subsequently, Ambassador Hussain said, not only the UN but even Indian leadership promised the right of self determination for Kashmiri people time and again. Prime Minister Nehru is on record making commitments for a fair and impartial plebiscite in his several statements from 1947 to 1955. The Indian government had also clearly said on various fora that the Legislative Assembly of Kashmir did not have any mandate on the accession issue and that the Indian government would keep its promises of free and impartial plebiscite in the State.

Ambassador Hussain pointed out that as India backed out on its promises and refused to implement the UN resolutions, the Kashmiris were compelled to take to the streets. Unfortunately their mass uprising and peaceful protests were responded with military might by India. Thousands of Kashmiris have been martyred.

The Ambassador said that observance of Kashmir Black Day is aimed at reminding the international community that Kashmiris are still waiting for implementation of the UN resolutions which promise them their right to self determination. He reiterated that Pakistan would continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir.

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KUWAIT: Following a press release issued by the interior ministry to refute Twitter rumors that MoI assistant undersecretary for traffic affairs Maj Gen Abdul Fattah Al- Ali had been assaulted during a traffic inspection campaign in Jahra, wellinformed security sources explained that after spending an hour at the inspection check points at Jahra entrances, Ali moved to another inspection site and on his way, stopped for fuel at Naseem gas station. “Ali saw four vehicles without license plates inside the station and after confiscating the driving licenses of three of them, he approached the fourth driver who looked no more than 12 years old,” said that the sources, noting that the driver asked Al-Ali to identify himself and as soon as he did, the boy drove off, breaking the fuel hose that was still fueling his race car, and vanished.

The sources added that police patrols that arrived upon a call from Ali could not catch the runaway driver. “There is a great deal of law violations in Jahra and that will be closely watched,” stressed the sources. On another concern, the sources denied MoI’s intention to ban the issuance of driving licenses for dependant wives

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s historical sites reflect glimpse of ancient human history which could provide answers regarding the events that took place and may have had an impact on the course of human history. In October of each year, Kuwait’s National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters (NCCAL) receive geological excavation teams from different countries to study historical sites in Failaka Island, Sabiya, and Kuwait Bay, with the participation of Kuwaiti experts to benefit from the international experiences in this field. Assistant Secretary General for Antiquities and Museums Affairs in the council Shihab Al-Shihab said that delegations from different international universities and institutes, which the council had signed agreements with, have arrived in the country to reveal new information behind the historical sites.

He noted that the teams consist of experts in archeology, anatomy and anthropologists. Al-Shihab said that the agreements required publishing the results of their studies. He added that the experts will hold workshops in their universities to present their students with the region’s history, noting that this would be a great step to make Kuwait a tourist attraction for its rich human history. He said that the studies may reveal a different face of Failaka Island from the one we see now, with the teams aiming to study the buildings and whole sites that sank deep under water, he explained.

Revealing these sunken sites may give us an idea about the nature of the relation between Failaka, Sabiya, and Kuwait Bay he noted, while it may give clear answers as to why were the buildings mainly existing in certain parts of the island, he also added. Al-Shihab said that the French mission is studying the location of what is commonly known as the Christian city in Failaka, while the British mission is studying the Islamic monuments in Kuwait Bay, and the Italian studying Al- Qurainiya site.

The Danish mission is also studying parts of Failaka, with new technologies that would help in better understanding the historical events and culture of these sites. He also added that a Georgian mission, will study sites belonging to the Stone Age in the island. A Polish mission will study Islamic sites and cemeteries in the island, including the sunken sites in order to draw a map of such locations and of Kuwait Bay, he noted, adding that studying the underwater monuments will not start until next March, due to the water’s cold temperatures. The Secretary General noted that a group of experts will visit Kuwait next January to cooperate with a local team to complete the requirements of the World Heritage Center, under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in order to add Saad and Saeeda location in Failaka to the center’s final list.

The requirements of the UNESCO’s agreement for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1972 included that the country renovates the historical site, trains and forms a local team to take care of the site. Al-Shihab praised the efforts of public sector organizations in cooperating with the visiting missions and supporting the council, especially Kuwait Municipality and the Ministry of Public Works. He also praised the cooperation of different organizations in the country for paying attention to Kuwait’s historical heritage, noting that they would not run any project that might destroy even the smallest part of these sites. — KUNA

KUWAIT: There is an indication which suggests a crisis is looming at the Ministry of Health hospitals because nearly 1,300 male and female nurses — stateless and Ethiopians — have threatened to organize a sit-in and go on strike if their demands are not met. They are demanding payment on time and to be treated on par with their colleagues.

According to a complaint filed by the Ethiopian embassy with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, about 300 nurses are not paid their salaries for the past three months. According to the nurses they are brought into the country by a company which has a contract with the Ministry of Health. They also say they resorted to their embassy because the company violated the terms and conditions of the contract. In the same context, and in conjunction with the problem of the Ethiopian nurses, about one thousand of ‘stateless’ male and female nurses have threatened to go on strike. They are protesting the delay in payment of their salaries.

The nurses have requested the ministry to treat them on par with their colleagues in the same profession, stressing their salaries do not exceed KD 400, while some of their colleagues earn as much as KD 800.

KUWAIT: MP Hussein Quwaian has asked Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammed Khalid Al-Sabah to provide him with information on the traffic violations punishable by imprisonment and deportation. The lawmaker wants to know if there is any legal basis for the deportation of expatriates who violate traffic regulations.

He demanded a detailed report in this regard, including the number of violations recorded from Jan 1, 2013 till date; violations punishable by detention and the number of people detained; reasons for confiscating vehicles; and procedures for retrieving confiscated vehicles during ordinary days and holidays. He also inquired if any person, whose mother is a Kuwaiti, has been deported.

In another development, Quwaian submitted questions to State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Health Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al-Abdullah Al- Sabah on the budget allocated for the emergency plan in the event of a US military strike on Syria. He requested a copy of the minutes of the meetings of the Central Emergencies Committee and its subcommittees, as well as the names of the Medical Emergency Committee members.

He wants to know if an auditor was appointed to look into the expenditures related to the plan. Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Priorities Team held its second meeting Wednesday in the presence of State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Planning and Development Dr Rola Dashti. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Chairman of the team MP Ali Omair disclosed they discussed 24 priorities of the government; most of which are under the parliamentary Financial and Economic Affairs Committee as they are related to government projects like tenders, Audit Bureau and State properties. He added the committee discussed the possibility of removing 24 old priorities from the agenda for the 26 sessions in the next legislative round. He said the team will remove these priories within the next two days or after comparing them with the new priorities presented by the MPs and committees.

He revealed the government also demanded for the removal of draft bills included in the parliamentary agenda many years ago, since they are no longer considered priorities. He went on to say the team stressed the need for the government to present its program for fiscal 2013/2014 to check if it matches the authority’s priorities; indicating the team stressed that it is pointless to talk about priorities without the government program. According to Omair, there is no huge difference between priorities of the government and the Parliament and both have agreed on the need to prioritize the Public Telecommunications Authority Bill. On bureaucracy or delay in processing official documents and transactions, Al- Omair pointed out the government must focus on two issues — the tenders bill and Audit Bureau — in order to address the problem.

For her part, Dashti disclosed the team will meet again on Sunday to tackle the timetable and include the priorities in the agenda for the upcoming parliamentary sessions. She said the team has approved, in principle, the government-parliament priorities. On the other hand, Rapporteur of Financial and Economic Affairs Committee MP Faisal Al-Kandari on Wednesday agreed to postpone until next week the approval of the proposed amendments to the Kuwait Airways Corporation privatization and BOT bills. He said the committee will discuss the government’s views on the bills in its upcoming meeting.

Moreover, MP Abdullah Al-Tamimi submitted a proposal on the establishment of a governmental inspection and monitoring authority to act as general supervisor for the executive authority. He said the authority’s functions include documenting and monitoring the government’s work. Al-Tamimi clarified the Civil Service Commission (CSC) is supposed to carry out this task but it has failed in this regard; hence, the need to establish the authority to ensure that the government executes its plans and stop irregularities in its departments. He added the authority will consist of five directors, headed by a general inspector with the rank minister, and it will employ Kuwaiti legal and technical experts

650 traffic citations issued: The Traffic Regulation Section at the Capital Traffic Department carried out a traffic campaign; resulting in the issuance of 300 citations for direct violations, 350 for indirect violations, confiscation of 41 vehicles and arrest of two persons who were put under the custody of Traffic Section Head Lieutenant Colonel Meshal Al-Hajraf for 48 hours, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The Traffic Sector confirmed that the campaigns will continue round the clock to protect road users and guarantee strict compliance with the laws. On the other hand, the Media Information Department reaffirmed the continuation of its public awareness campaign in all sectors through various media forms.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staf


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