‘Large number of expats in Kuwait at present’
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 13: A number of MPs have challenged the Interior Ministry’s idea of facilitating issuance of commercial and family visit visas for expatriates, and called for strict regulations to avoid demographic imbalance stimulation.
MP Al-Humaidi Al-Sebaie expressed outright rejection of opening the door for family visits, which he insisted, will have negative impact on the country’s demography. He is surprised the ministry is contemplating such measures amid the growing number of expatriates, noting the step contradicts the approach of Government and the National Assembly that seek to reduce the number of expatriates. He stressed he’s not against issuing visas to the expatriates only if they deserve it.
MP Khalid Al-Otaibi stated “this is not the right time to facilitate family visits due to the large number of expatriates in Kuwait at present”. He added the idea will only stimulate demographic imbalance and make it more difficult in finding a lasting solution to the problem. He asserted the Interior Ministry’s plan to facilitate family visits will encourage medical tourism, which is illogical. He wondered if Kuwait is among advanced like the US and countries in Europe where individuals embark on medical tourism.
For his own part, MP Abdullah Fahad praised the Ministry of Interior for amending foreigners’ residency law to facilitate family visits for different reasons, including education and medical treatment. He is proud that Kuwait became the destination of those seeking jobs, noting the new development will contribute in creating investment opportunities.
MP Dr Adel Al-Damkhi said it requires total cooperation among various official bodies to set a comprehensive plan in dealing with the demographic situation, while official decisions must be based on a unified strategy amid a clear plan that specifies the required number of expatriates in each profession.
By Munaif Nayef
Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 12: Statistics issued by the General Traffic Department show the number of violations recorded from the beginning of the current year until the end of last October reached 2.437 million, reports Al-Jarida daily. The statistics show the violations include 970,000 direct violations and 1.467 million indirect recorded by the traffic monitoring cameras, which roughly works out to 8,333 violations per day. The statistics also show the money collected in the form of violations during this period was KD 50.107 million — the fruit of efforts exerted by the traffic sector, in cooperation with other security agencies, to control the traffic situation on public roads and enforcing the prestige of the law. The statistics revealed 147 expatriates were deported during this period for driving without license.
Sharp rise in crimes: On an average 60 various types of crimes — murder, murder attempts, armed robberies, fights, thefts, assaults, shooting and impersonation — have been committed in Kuwait on a daily basis for the first 10 months, which roughly works out to two-and-a-half crimes per hour, reports Al-Qabas daily. A security source said the statistics issued by the Center for Research, Studies and Statistics at the Ministry of Interior for the ten months ended October 2017, showed serious crimes violence and aggressive behavior have increased in the country. The source added to put an end to such crimes, security measures have to be tightened which means the Ministry of Interior has a big role to play in addition to other authorities. Also the concerned authorities have to study the motives for such crimes.
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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 11: A 45-year-old Kuwaiti was declared dead upon arrival at Jahra Hospital after his disowned 22-year-old son stabbed him with a knife in their house in Wafra. Securitymen from the Criminal Evidence General Department arrested the suspect in less than six hours from the time he fled from the crime scene.
According to a security source, the Operations Unit in the Interior Ministry received a call from the administration of Jahra Hospital, saying the 45-year-old Kuwaiti died upon arrival at the hospital with a stab wound in his abdomen.
Securitymen rushed to the hospital to investigate and this led to the arrest of the suspect in a vacant lot in Jahra. They said the murder weapon was found in a garbage container. During interrogation, the suspect confessed to stabbing his father three times in front of the entire family due to a domestic problem. He disclosed that he took a knife from the house and waited for his father in a closed place where he stabbed the latter.
Criminal Evidences Department officers lifted fingerprints and collected evidence from the house. Preliminary investigations revealed the suspect is involved in several other cases. He was referred to the Public Prosecution for questioning and other legal measures.
By Munaif Nayef, Mishal Al- Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff & Agencies
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 8: Acting Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Interior Ministry, Major-General Fahd Al-Shuwea has issued instructions to all traffic departments to apply Article 207 of the traffic law in the strictest sense, reports Al- Anba daily.
According to the directives, the impoundment of vehicles will not be limited to seat belt, jumping the red traffic light or talking on the cell phone, but all violations contained in Article 207 will be applicable.
In the meantime, the traffic sector has started mounting cameras in all traffic patrols to document the conversation between the patrolman and the violator of the traffic law.
According to a security source, this technology has been used to protect the rights of the policemen and the motorists. Any complaint received shall be investigated based on the recording of the conversation. The source said vehicles will be impounded for two months effective from Wednesday, Nov 8, if any of the following violations are committed; however, some sources said it will come into effect after publication in the official gazette Kuwait Al-Yawm:
1 — Driving a vehicle without the numbers plates (back and front) or if the plate is unreadable using plates other than those issued by the General Traffic Department.
2 — Driving vehicles after withdrawing its registration or plates.
3 — Driving a vehicle without registration or with expired insurance.
4 — Driving without obtaining a license or if the licence is withdrawn, or if the license is specified for other vehicles.
5 — Reckless driving that endangers the life of the driver, passenger or others.
6 — Driving without brakes or faulty brakes.
7 — Racing without permission or violating the permission
8 — Committing immoral act inside the car
9 — Deliberately blocking traffic
10 — Exceeding the speed limit (maximum 30 kms)
11 — Skipping the red traffic light
12 — Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or narcotics
13 — Using vehicles for other than the specified purposes
14 — Parking in ‘No Parking’ zones, blocking other vehicles, parking on pavements.
15 — Driving in opposite direction
16 — Driving a vehicle that is ‘smoking’ or carrying other materials that may negatively affect the road or safety of traffic users or damage their cars or causing disturbing sounds.
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