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KUWAIT CITY, April 4: Minister of Social Affairs and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh disclosed about the legal and security measures that Ministry of Interior is working on completing in coordination with the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to reopen doors for Pakistani workers to return to Kuwait, reports Al-Rai daily.

She stressed that the agreement between the two governments includes bringing in skilled and specialized workers in the fields of medicine and engineering.

Al-Sabeeh shed light on the request to reopen doors for Pakistani workers to return to Kuwait, indicating that this request is being studied in line with security framework of the country. She affirmed about the ongoing cooperation in this regard with Pakistani officials.

Meanwhile, officials from Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor revealed that a number of young employees of the ministry are preparing to organize a sit-in in front of the Minister Hind Al-Sabeeh’s office next Monday in protest against the implementation of fingerprint system for inspectors in the ministry, reports Al-Nahar daily.

They explained that the organizers of the protest have given the fingerprint issue top priority in their demands, indicating that a group has been formed for coordinating on latest developments related to their work. They have circulated a letter, a copy of which was obtained by the daily.

The letter includes all their demands such as the fingerprint issue, bonuses and allowances. Regarding the fingerprint system, which has been made mandatory for all employees to use at the end of the working day, the officials indicated that such a decision is not feasible and must be stopped indefinitely.

KUWAIT: Visa delays for Pakistani nationals in Kuwait is now under serious considerations and this matter will be resolved soon, said Hind Al-Sabeeh, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs. Hind Al-Sabeeh, and Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait Ghulam Dastgir cut the ceremony’s cake during a reception held on the occasion of Pakistan’s national day at Crowne Plaza Hotel.

 Speaking with reporters at the Pakistan National Day reception on 2-APR-2017, Sabeeh said the main subject being deliberated are on the procedural and technical matters being prepared by the Ministry of Interior.

Last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Kuwait and one of many issues tackled with the Kuwaiti leadership was the difficulty Pakistani national face obtaining family, visit and trade visas to Kuwait.

In 2011, Kuwait suspended all tourism, visit, trade visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The ban was placed due to difficult security conditions’ in the five countries.

Asked on the plan to establish a refinery in Pakistan, Sabeeh said the issue is under study with the Ministry of Oil and the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC).There are talks about it but it is under studying. They are being brought out to the cabinet to determine when the time table would be she noted. Sabeeh also lauded the Kuwait-Pakistan relations which she said are based on brotherly and mutual respect.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Ambassador to Kuwait Ghulam Dastgir said the government of Pakistan, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sharif, is committed to realizing the dream of the founding father Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to build a democratic, stable and prosperous Pakistan. Despite many challenges that it faced for decades, Pakistan has made tremendous progress in terms of socio-economic development.  It is a matter of great satisfaction that Pakistan has emerged victorious and stronger out of many challenges including fight against the menace of terrorism in its ongoing operations, he said.

Pakistan economy is on the rise, he said, and is poised to become a regional economic power. All economic indicators are positive and renowned global institutions are projecting that Pakistan will be among top global economies in decades to come. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is considered as a game changer and has the potential to transform the fate of the region in terms of socio-economic development. The mega project, once completed, will usher in prosperity and progress not only in Pakistan but also in the whole region; he added.

On the Pakistani community in Kuwait, Dastgir noted that it plays a very constructive role in the progress and development of Kuwait. Our community is also very active in social activities. They always come forward to help the less privileged people, which is acknowledged and appreciated by all segments of the society; he concluded.

By Ben Garcia

Kuwait Times

KUWAIT: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs. Hind Al-Sabeeh, and Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait Ghulam Dastgir cut the ceremony’s cake during a reception held on the occasion of Pakistan’s national day at Crowne Plaza Hotel. —Photos by Joseph Shagra

KUWAIT: Visa delays for Pakistani nationals in Kuwait is now under serious considerations and this matter will be resolved soon, said Hind Al-Sabeeh, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs.

Speaking with reporters at the Pakistan National Day reception yesterday, Sabeeh said the main subject being deliberated are on the procedural and technical matters being prepared by the Ministry of Interior.

Last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Kuwait and one of many issues tackled with the Kuwaiti leadership was the difficulty Pakistani nationals face obtaining family, visit and trade visas to Kuwait.

In 2011, Kuwait suspended all tourism, visit, trade visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The ban was placed due to ‘difficult security conditions’ in the five countries.

Asked on the plan to establish a refinery in Pakistan, Sabeeh said the issue is under study with the Ministry of Oil and the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). “There are talks about it but it is under studying. They are being brought out to the cabinet to determine when the time table would be,” she noted. Sabeeh also lauded the Kuwait-Pakistan relations which she said are based on brotherly and mutual respect.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Ambassador to Kuwait Ghulam Dastgir said the government of Pakistan, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sharif, is committed to realizing the dream of the founding father Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to build a democratic, stable and prosperous Pakistan. “Despite many challenges that it faced for decades, Pakistan has made tremendous progress in terms of socio-economic development. It is a matter of great satisfaction that Pakistan has emerged victorious and stronger out of many challenges including fight against the menace of terrorism in its ongoing operations,” he said.

Pakistan’s economy is on the rise, he said, and is poised to become a regional economic power. “All economic indicators are positive and renowned global institutions are projecting that Pakistan will be among top global economies in decades to come. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is considered as a game changer and has the potential to transform the fate of the region in terms of socio-economic development. The mega project, once completed, will usher in prosperity and progress not only in Pakistan but also in the whole region,” he added.

On the Pakistani community in Kuwait, Dastgir noted that it plays a very constructive role in the progress and development of Kuwait. “Our community is also very active in social activities. They always come forward to help the less privileged people, which is acknowledged and appreciated by all segments of the society,” he concluded.

By Ben Garcia

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KUWAIT CITY, April 3, (KUNA): The Cabinet has consented to a decree forming an ad hoc committee entrusted with looking into Kuwaiti citizenship abrogation cases. The move was taken during a customary weekly Cabinet meeting held Monday at Bayan Palace under chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The committee would also give appropriate practical overtures in this regard in line with law, and would eventually report to the Cabinet over relevant findings, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said in a press statement following the meeting.

The Cabinet also instructed all state agencies to use the logo of activities pertinent to the choosing of Kuwait Capital of Arab Youth for 2017 on their respective websites, added Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who doubles as Acting Minister of Information. At the onset of the meeting, the ministers were apprised of a letter addressed to His Highness the Amir from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, inviting him to attend a donor conference on Yemen due in Geneva on April 25.

Participation
The ministers then listened to a briefing from First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on the outcomes of His Highness the Amir’s participation in the 28th Arab Summit held in Dead Sea in Jordan. In the briefing, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled quoted His Highness the Amir as calling for a fresh approach to be adopted in order to address the grave challenges of the Arab world. The Cabinet lauded the efforts of His Highness the Amir and other Arab leaders during this summit, and thanked Jordanian King Abdullah II for proper preparations and successful organizing of the Arab gathering. Afterwards, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled kept the ministers posted on the outcomes of the 142nd session of the GCC Ministerial Council recently held in Riyadh, which underlined Gulf positions and resolutions against terrorism and extremism.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet condemned a recent attack that targeted a police training center in Tanta City in Gharbiya Governorate in Egypt, and left several policemen wounded. The Cabinet reiterated Kuwait’s unshakable positions based on rejecting all terrorist act regardless of relevant motives and goals.

 

KUWAIT CITY, April 3: Following the decision to demolish Capital Immigration Department within the next few days, the transactions of citizens and expatriates affiliated to the governorate will be completed at the old Hawalli Immigration Department premises in Salmiya area, reports Al-Rai daily.

The daily quoting reliable sources said reconstruction work at the Capital Immigration Department building will be completed within two and half years.

KUWAIT CITY, April 3: Since Kuwait has embarked on a program to offer jobs for Kuwaitis, MP Nasser Al-Dosari has forwarded a parliamentary query to the Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Khaled Al-Roudan to know the number of Kuwaitis and expatriates working in the ministry.

He has asked the minister to provide him a list of expats and Kuwaitis hired as advisers in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and its subsidiaries from Jan 1, 2016 to date. He also wants to see the individual contracts signed with these advisers.

Moreover, MP Nayef Al-Mirdas has presented two parliamentary queries to Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Essam Al-Marzouk for details on the oil pipeline tender and projects owned by the Petrofac company in Kuwait since 2000 to date.

He has also asked for a copy of a decision issued by the Supreme Petroleum Council cancelling the oil pipeline tender No. 2013041 and the legal basis which allows the Supreme Petroleum Council to cancel the tender since the contract was awarded in a public offering by the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) on Jan 4, 2017.

He also asked for a copy of list of names of companies and contractors who have obtained tenders for oil projects with all state oil companies believed to be worth KD 100 million and above from Jan 1, 2005 until the date. He added the list should contain the name of the project, the duration of the contract, the contract value and the names of companies and contractors who have not delivered on time; for how long the project was delayed and percentage of work to be completed.

He also has asked for a list of names of companies and contractors who have won the tenders for oil projects with state-owned companies but have cases pending in courts against them, complete with all details from Jan 1, 2005 until the date.

He has requested the names of companies qualified for the Staging Center Tender (32) of the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and the estimated budget value, a list of projects of the companies qualified for this tender and percentage of work completion. He wants to know if the CTC has requested the KOC to provide it with the names of the disqualified companies and if the answer is Yes, he wants the list of companies which were disqualified.

With regard the second question, Al- Mirdas said UK’s Th e Times newspaper has published a statement quoting a Petrofac official that bribe was paid to KOC officials to win oil contracts. Th is statement was carried by the Al-Anba newspaper on April 8, 2016. Th e lawmaker wants to know what legal action has taken against British newspaper for publishing this statement and if any Petrofac official was invited to obtain information on this topic and when was he invited and who is this official and what is his post in Petrofac?

 

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

I got a driving license in Jan 2014 with Engineer designation. In 2015 I joined another company, unfortunately my new company changed my designation to supervisor.

My license expired in January 2017. After I tried to renew it at the Muroor they told me I could not renew it. Now my company has changed my title to Engineer. I took my first license from Farwaniya muroor.

Through our mandoub I checked in Asma Muroor but there is no license in the system. Could you please advise if I can renew my driving license, my present salary is KD 400. Kindly advise me.

Name withheld

Answer: Under current rules, the change of designation decision that can lead to the loss of driving license, affects driver, housewife, student and mandoub.

We do not know exactly why the renewal of your license was rejected but we suspect it might have been rejected possibly because of the change in your designation from engineer to supervisor.

Even though, supervisor is not among the affected designations, the office who rejected your license renewal request could have based his decision on the fact that the initial license was issued to you through a waiver for engineers because you did not meet the salary condition of KD 600 to be granted a driving license.

To the officer’s mind probably, with the change in designation, you lose your right to a waiver and hence rejection of your renewal request. Since your company has reverted to your previous designation as engineer, you could submit a fresh application for the renewal of your license.

Source: Arab Times

Link: http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/renewal-driving-license-rejected/

 

KUWAIT CITY, March 19: Three Asian sex workers and a pimp were arrested from a brothel in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area, says Al-Seyassah.

According to security sources, when Farwaniya Security Director Major General Saleh Matar received information about a group of Asian expatriates involved in immoral activities, he formed a team for investigations.

After confirming the information and taking necessary measures, securitymen raided the apartment and arrested four suspects. The women, who were discovered to hold expired residencies, confessed that they started working as prostitutes six months ago, charging KD 5 per hour from their clients.

Necessary action was taken against the suspects and they were referred to the concerned authorities for further investigations.

Meanwhile, an Egyptian expatriate and a Filipina woman were arrested for violating the residency law.

 

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