KUWAIT: An Indian expat attempted to commit suicide by stabbing himself with a blunt object in Al-Ghanim Mosque in Cordoba. Immediately after the incident an ambulance arrived after a call was made by one of the worshipers, first aid was given and his condition was stable. He was taken to the police station after being treated, and it is expected that he will be deported from the country.
KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Abdulwahab Al-Rushaid urged the state departments to speed up paying the holiday allowances to entitled civil servants.
The Ministry of Finance is fully committed to providing the state departments with the necessary finances in this regard, the minister reaffirmed in a press release on Sunday. He noted that the Ministry’s decision to deposit just 40 percent of the necessary funds was based on organizational grounds but the whole funds have already been available with the Ministry.
The Ministry is working with the competent government bodies to finalize the disbursement of the funds within one week, Al-Rushaid revealed. On last Thursday, the Ministry said it made available KD 300 million (nearly USD 975 million) to cover the costs of allowances and asked the state bodies that finished the related procedures to start disbursing the cash to employees. (KUNA)
KUWAIT: According to reliable sources in the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, the implementation of fingerprint app on the pilgrims coming from Kuwait by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is aimed to expedite the issuance of visas within a short time, unlike in the past, reports Al-Qabas daily.
They explained that the fingerprint system will facilitate the process of issuing visas through the app designed for that without visiting any party. This system will only be applied to expatriates. The Umrah offices will be assured of the need to adhere to all instructions issued by the Saudi authorities in order to complement the cooperation between the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and the Saudi Ministry of Hajj.
KUWAIT: Thousands of Indian engineers working in Kuwait have appealed to their government, asking it to help them obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Kuwait Society of Engineers, which is mandatory if the engineer who has graduated from a college or institute that is not accredited by the Indian National Accreditation Board (NBA) for fear of losing their jobs, reports Al-Rai daily.
According to the Kuwait Engineers Forum which is a registered association with the Indian Embassy, about 12,000 Indian engineers working in Kuwait are currently facing a problem in obtaining a no-objection certificate and the Kuwait Society of Engineers has rejected 800 applications because the applicants have graduated from colleges during the years before the establishment of the Indian National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
The Hindu newspaper quoted one of the engineers, whose applications was rejected by the Kuwait Society of Engineers, as saying: “I have been working as an engineer in Kuwait for 20 years. I had obtained my degree in 1993 from an Indian engineering college, which was then under the Indian Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and there was no National Accreditation Board back then, which was established in 2005.”
Now, the Kuwait Society of Engineers has made the accreditation of the NBA mandatory. The association rejected my application for a noobjection certificate, and although I have a valid residence for the next 3 years, “we will not be able to work in Kuwait without obtaining a no-objection certificate. There are thousands of Indian engineers in Kuwait who face the problem of NOC and may lose their jobs,” he added. This problem began in 2018 with the process of re-accreditation of engineering degrees through NOC interviews. And later — in the year 2020 — Kuwait began accrediting engineering certificates again after they were re-sealed by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the beginning of this year, Kuwait began the process of reaccrediting engineering degrees through a third party. Finally, the Kuwait Society of Engineers has set its own new requirements for Indian engineers, with the condition of obtaining the Indian National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accreditation for the four years of engineering study.
Moreover, the association now requires that engineering degrees include a full course of study. The newspaper quoted one of the threatened engineers as saying, “Indian engineers working in Kuwait are facing great difficulties just because a few people may have submitted fake engineering certificates or forged documents to obtain NOCs. It is true that the Kuwaiti government has the right to take the necessary legal measures to punish these people if they are found guilty, but at the same time real engineers should not be treated the same way.”
Another engineer says: “Most of the Indian engineers who have families in Kuwait have expired residences since the pandemic, and they are currently living on temporary extensions, and this state of uncertainty creates a lot of stress and turmoil in the lives of engineers. “Many engineers have lost their jobs and residence permits in Kuwait, and thousands more will lose their jobs due to their inability to obtain noobjection certificates from the Kuwait Society of Engineers. If the Indian government does not take urgent action, this situation will put the families of the engineers at stake.
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior announced that 6,062 speed violations on Wafra Road (Road 306) were recorded on the fourth day of operating the P2P camera system, which calculates the distance and speed on the road between Wafra and Mina Abdullah in both directions, reports Al-Jarida daily. The Public Relations and Security Media General Department in the ministry called on motorists to abide by the speed limit to avoid traffic violations and accidents
KUWAIT: In response to the queries of MP Osama Al-Zaid, the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) explained that the inflation rate in the country is affected by global markets and the international growth of imported commodities. The Central Bank added that it is not fully capable of controlling prices in the local market, revealing the inflation rate reached 4.71 percent in April 2022 and then it went down to 3.19 percent in September. It added these inflation rates are relatively moderate compared to that of other countries.
According to CBK, the trade surplus or positive trade balance increased from KD3,781 million in 2020 to KD9,424 million in 2021 or 149 percent increase as a result of the oil price hike. MP Essa Al-Kandari has submitted a bill on amending the following articles of Handicapped Law No. 8/2010: Article 25: A new clause is added to allow assigning two individuals to take care of a handicapped if the disability is severe and permanent.
Article 41: Military personnel with medium disability are entitled to pension equal to full salary if they spent 15 years in service, while those with severe disabilities will receive the same pension if they spent 10 years in service. In all cases, the age condition for retirement is not applied.
Article 42: Without prejudice to the regulations of the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS), employees taking care of a person with medium disability are entitled to pension equal to full salary if they have been in service for 15 years and 10 years for those taking care of a person with severe disability.
The age condition for retirement is not applied as long as the beneficiaries meet the aforementioned conditions. Al-Kandari disclosed the bill is aimed at ensuring gender equality among beneficiaries, indicating the existing law states that employees taking care of a handicapped with medium disability are entitled to pension equal to their full salary if they spent 20 years in service for men and 15 years for women; while his proposal is 15 years for both genders. He added the existing law states that employees taking care of a handicapped with severe and permanent disability must have 15-year service for men and 10- year service for women in order to receive pension equal to full salary.
On the other hand, MP Thamer Al-Suwait asked Minister of Public Works, Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Amani Bugamaz about the names and number of applicants for supervisory positions who took the written exams at Kuwait University on Oct 16, 2021. He requested for copies of the exam results, vacancies that have been filled and cost of conducting the exams. He also inquired if all those appointed to supervisory positions passed the exams. MP Shuaib Shaaban has forwarded queries to Minister of Defense Sheikh Abdullah Ali Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah about the legal basis used in laying down the regulations for the encashment of the unused leave days of officers and non-ranking officers. He asked why the officers must have been in service for five years to cash their unused leave days, as well as the rationale behind the exclusion of the members of liaison offices and military missions from such benefit.
MP Khalid Al-Omaira asked Minister of Commerce and Industry and State Minister for Communications and Information Technology Affairs Mazen Al-Nahed to provide him with copies of the decree issued in August 2022 on the formation of the Board of Directors of Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), curricula vitae of the board members, their jobs in the last five years prior to their appointment to the board, if any of them are board members in other institutions, and if Article five of the law on establishing CITRA is enforced in terms of preventing conflict of interests.
By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Education has banned metal water thermos in schools after an elementary student assaulted his classmate using the thermos and as a result the student had to be rushed to the intensive care unit, reports Al-Rai daily. An educational source told the daily these thermoses were rejected in some schools for boys only, but the decision to ban them now includes all educational stages in schools for boys and girls.