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Firefighters at the scene of fire that broke out in an apartment building in Salmiyah. Five Asians lost their lives in the blaze

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 16, (KUNA): Five people died and four others were injured in a fiery fire that gutted an apartment building in Salmiyah on Monday, the fire department said.

Firefighters, in four minutes, arrived at the scene and immediately scrambled into action to douse the blazes that were raging at the five-floor building. The firemen rescued nine persons including five whose condition was critical however they passed away before arrival at Mubarak Hospital.

All the deceased were Asians. The others were whisked to the Amiri Hospital and their condition was pronounced as stable. The fire broke out in the fourth fl oor and smoke engulfed the fifth, which includes the victims’ fl at.

Source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/five-dead-salmiya-blaze-apartment-gutted/


KUWAIT CITY, Oct 16: MP Khalid Al-Otaibi has suggested imposing an annual fee of KD 1,200 on expatriates who hold different kinds of driving licenses, except those under Article 20 visa (family drivers).

Al-Otaibi explained this is one way of reducing traffic congestion caused by the large number of vehicles. He argued the country’s roads can no longer accommodate the rising number of vehicles, particularly since this resulted in many accidents which claimed the lives of many people and caused injuries and delays. He stressed the need to limit the number of vehicles due to its negative impact on personal and public interests.

Meanwhile, MP Osama Al- Shaheen said the domestic workers crisis affects every Kuwaiti household and the high cost of hiring domestic workers has been a burden on the budgets of Kuwaiti families for many years; yet the government has not taken serious steps to address the issue which is related to about one million expatriates living in Kuwaiti houses.

He pointed out the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should sign agreements to facilitate procedures for the recruitment of domestic workers and its interior counterpart should review the relevant laws because the Domestic Labor Department is under its supervision.

He added the Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible as well by virtue of the decree of its establishment and ownership of Al-Durra Company, in addition to other ministries like health and commerce. He added the dissolved legislature passed two laws on the recruitment of domestic workers — Law Nos. 68 and 69/2015. He said these laws are contradicting as one stipulates the establishment of a governmental company to increase offers and reduce cost, while the other stipulates restrictions on existing labor offices to reduce offers and raise cost — an unfortunate example of legislative conflict.

In another development, MP Riyadh Al-Adsani has forwarded questions to Defense Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah about the tender for upgrading Desert Warrior armored vehicles. He said the tender was canceled in 2013 as the ministry decided to divide the demand such that the qualified companies will supply different spare parts and carry out maintenance works. He asked if there is a direct contract with Van Kappel Company, reasons for doing so, and if it was selected after receiving offers from qualified companies. He also requested for details like the capital of the said company, date of its establishment and if it previously worked with the ministry.


By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff


Source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/legislator-wants-annual-kd-1200-license-fee-expats-cut-traffic/


The Public Authority for Housing Care has accelerated the pace of finding effective solutions to end the crisis of waiting queues for citizens. 
In a new direction to the institution to end the accumulation of 6,000 housing applications since 2000 and before, an official source for Al-Qabas revealed the Foundation's efforts to obtain a set of land available in the area of Jleeb Al-Shuyukh and consists of 5 pieces except for the investment part.

The cost of the valuation,

The source said that the Council of Ministers identified almost several months theamount of one billion dinars before spent on valuing the elders Gleb area and benefit from the projects they intend to state implemented for the development of trade and economy system in the area adjacent to the Kuwait International Airport and the exploitation of part of residential care. 

He pointed out that the «residential» also called for a part of the pieces available in the region, which is estimated to provide to applicants, rather than continuing the crisis in the refusal to allocate in the projects to be put in the coming period.
He pointed out that the Council of Ministers carried out extensive studies on the Al-Jaleb area under the supervision of the General Services Committee and other committees in cooperation with the Kuwait Municipality, Housing and Works, and in previous meetings it was found that there is no possibility of reforming the old age in this region. A terrible population crisis with the accumulation of single numbers, many of them violating the law of residency along with a number of infringements.


Obstacles to the valuation
and pointed out that the government agencies overseeing the studies developed regulatory action plan for the land to be valued, and work to re - planning to ensure the achievement of government in which the goals, but the decision on them is still locked into drawers without reasons to remember. 
He pointed out that the amount allocated to the area is sufficient to value all its parts associated with private housing. He added that the proposed land included in the valuation is close to Shadadia University and the Sixth Ring. It is divided into 5 residential units, pointing out the importance of speeding up the appreciation process in order to end the crisis of singles To other more organized areas.

Gradual evacuation
and he pointed out a number of proposals on the valuation process that includes start - residential machining near the university and the Abdullah Al - Mubarak and the end of the interview for the Seville region, thus providing sufficient parts for distributions next year for residential care applications awarded with the Ministry of Works to conduct the required updates for infrastructure in the fastest As possible and gradually, with the construction of housing cities for singles under the supervision of specialized companies under the "investment" in partnership with the government, which generates financial returns


Khaled Al - Hattab

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 12: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has issued a circular to employees according to which, the use of microwaves, coffee makers, toasters and the like are forbidden to be used in office premises, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The circular added, severe action will be taken against those who do not comply with the rules and regulations. The circular which has been issued by director of Administrative Affairs Department of the CSC the decision is aimed at keeping the focus on work and ensure a safe environment to prevent fires and power outage.

In the same context, the CSC union has denounced the circular that bans the usage of the aforementioned apparatuses. On its social account Twitter, the union spokesman said it was better for the CSC to provide a canteen instead of issuing this circular.

The union clarified there are some employees who suffer from chronic diseases such as blood pressure and diabetes and they need to eat or drink something from time to time.

Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality and Passports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, Major-General Mazen Al-Jarrah, oversaw the procedures for handing over the Kuwaiti nationality (Article 5) to 171 children born to Kuwaiti mothers, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Informed sources told the daily all naturalized persons are known to be Arab or foreign nationals and that they are children of widows and divorced women. They have met all the conditions that allow the Directorate-General of Nationality and Passports to naturalize them after approval by the higher authorities.


KUWAIT CITY, Oct 12: Ministry of Finance has started applying tax retention on all contracts obliging each establishment to comply by retaining 5 percent of the payment due to contractors or subcontractors, as well as payment related to a contract or subcontract or services until valid tax clearance certificates are provided at the end of the contract, reports Al-Anba daily.

The daily noted the Department of Taxation and Planning in the Ministry of Finance has started notifying the companies to provide tax certificate. It noted the certificate is valid up to one year. Officials of some companies affirmed the mechanism is still new, and they’re not fully acquainted with the details.

Meanwhile, representative of a global accounting firm accredited by the Kuwaiti government for implementation of tax retention stated the new system aims to control the annual corporate tax account as part of the ministry’s plan to stop tax evasion.

Ministry of Finance eyes upgrade of the tax sector
Ministry of Finance intends to prepare a file by which it will float tender to upgrade tax sector in the ministry through an electronic platform that depends on the establishment of an integrated tax system as a prelude to implementing a new tax regime, reports Al-Shahed daily.

The daily quoting a source noted the ministry is on the verge of preparing tender to upgrade the tax sector, which will serve as a stepping stone in establishing the Public Authority for Tax. It will also improve the automation system, train personnel and prepare them for execution of value added tax in 2019. He hopes the country will realize about KD 1 billion in profits at the first stage of implementing the value added tax. He also said the committee that is responsible for studying value added tax system has been working on data gathering and statistics related to the number of agencies and companies that are taxable.

This will also include imported products and goods produced, packaged or filled locally. Ministry of Finance has been test running the fingerprint attendance system on smart phones. It will later be put into full application when readiness is 100 percent ascertained, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The daily quoting a source explained the new system will enable employees to observe the fingerprint attendance via their smart phones immediately after they arrive at the places of work. This will save them the stress of queuing for their turn, as currently observed in the conventional system. He explained the system will be applicable to employees in the supervisory positions initially and later cover all ministry staff.

Implementation of the system will be extended to all ministries and agencies in the country when its performance is adjudged satisfactory, he said. He shed light on some peculiarities of the new system such as identifying the location of employees to ensure they’re within their duty posts and detecting those who deliberately leave the premises during official working hours.

source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/ministry-finance-starts-applying-tax-retention-contracts-provide-tax-certificates/


The State of Kuwait represented by the Ministry of Interior is presenting an e-Visa issuing service. Visitors to Kuwait may issue a visiting e-Visa 

Rules and Regulations

  1. The following nationalities are allowed to use the e-Visa system:
    SPAIN SWEDEN SWITZERLAND The People's Republic of China - HONGKONG
  1. GCC residents
    GCC residents can apply for e-Visa if they have residency in one of the GCC countries (Saudi Arabia-Bahrain-Qatar-United Arab Emirates-Oman)
    • The validity of the GCC residency must exceed six months when applying for e-Visa.
    • A copy of the Sponsor's GCC residency should be sent along with each e-Visa application for all of the dependents i.e: ( spouse, children, domestic labor etc).
    • The main applicant (Sponsor) should be present with the dependents upon arrival to Kuwait.
    • The applicant's profession according to the GCC residency should be one of the following: -
      Consultants Doctors Engineers Lawyers
      Judges&Members of Public Prosecution University Teachers Press&Media Staff Pilots
      System Analysts & Computer Programmers Managers Businessmen Diplomatic Corps
      University Graduates – Owners, Managers and Representatives of Commercial Companies and Establishments
  2. Upon your arrival, a visa fee of 3KD may apply after obtaining the visa at the border entry point.
  3. The validity of the passport must exceed six months when applying for e-Visa.
  4. Temporary Travel Documents holders in all its kinds are not permitted to use this system.
  5. The applicant must not have any security restrictions that prevent him from entering or exiting the country.
  6. In case of any differences between information provided in the application form and the original documents, the granted e-Visa will be considered invalid and its holder will not be allowed to enter the country.
  7. A tourist visa is valid to enter Kuwait State within a month from its issuance for a single entry.
  8. A tourist visa allows its holder a temporary stay for a maximum of 3 months starting from the entry date, therefore he must leave the country before its expiration. The tourist visa holder is not allowed to work in the country and in case he/she is caught they will be subjected to the legal accountability.
  9. A visitor who overstays the permitted period will be fined and subjected to legal accountability that may extend to disqualifying him from issuing visa in the future.
  10. The submitted applications will be responded to during working days within official working hours. This does not include weekends in Kuwait (Friday and Saturday) and public holidays.
  11. We will exert much efforts to respond to your applications within two working days.
  12. You will be informed via your email once your tourist e-Visa application has been approved or declined.

Click Here To apply for a new e-Visa application.

Click Here To follow-up the status of e-Visa application.

Main Source: https://evisa.moi.gov.kw/evisa/home_e.do

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 9: An Indian expatriate was arrested at Kuwait International Airport for attempting to enter the country illegally as he was deported from Kuwait 20 years ago. Sensing his nervousness, officials at the airport checked his details and discovered that he was banned from entering Kuwait. He was referred to the concerned authorities for further investigations. Meanwhile, an Arab expatriate, who arrived at Kuwait International Airport from an Asian country, was arrested for attempting to smuggle traditional wrist watches of a known brand, after declaring them at a value that is one-quarter of the actual value.

Woman blackmailed: A Kuwaiti citizen was arrested for blackmailing a Bedoun woman by threatening to spread her personal photographs on social media if she did not pay him KD 3,000, reports Al-Anba daily. The woman told police that the suspect, whom she knows, took a group of photographs of her. However, she was later surprised when he started demanding KD 3,000. He threatened to publish the photographs on social media if she did not give him the money. The Prosecution issued an arrest warrant after the woman lodged the complaint. After the suspect was arrested, he confessed to the blackmailing charges. He was referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action.

Couple doing drugs: Two Kuwaiti citizens — a man and a woman — were arrested for consuming drugs behind a building in Mahboula area, reports Al-Nahar daily. While on a routine patrol, Ahmadi securitymen suspected a vehicle that was parked behind a building and decided to check. They found the man and woman taking drugs. After a thorough search of the vehicle, securitymen found a sachet of “Chemical” drug and drug paraphernalia. The suspects were arrested and referred to the Drugs Control General Department for necessary legal action.


By Meshal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

Source: Arab Times http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/deported-indian-returning-20-years-arrested-kuwaiti-woman-blackmailed/


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