KUWAIT : News reports are abuzz in the social media that some cooperative societies are preventing expatriates from buying their needs during Ramadan, justifying this by saying expatriates in large numbers flock these outlets to buy everything they can lay their hands to benefit from reduced prices during the holy month, reports Al-Qabas daily. In reaction to what has been published, the head of the Consumer Protection Association, Mishaal Al-Manea, said preventing expatriates from entering any cooperative society and limiting shopping to citizens only at the coops is against the law.
Al-Manea explained there is absolutely no justification for the coops’ refusal to sell goods to consumers, whether citizens or residents, indicating that the Consumer Protection Law punishes these decisions. He indicated that cooperative societies are establishments that have a commercial license from the Ministry of Commerce and Market Law. applies to them similar to other establishments.
He added, “We informed the Ministry of Commerce and the concerned authorities of the need to intervene to prevent such ill-conceived and offensive decisions.” In the context, an official source at the National Guard Cooperative Society denied what is being circulated on social media about preventing sales to non-Kuwaiti consumers, stressing that the National Guard Cooperative Society welcomes all segments of Kuwaiti society.
KUWAIT: An Indian was arrested at T5 Airport in possession of marijuana and psychotropic substances. The Director of the Airports Department, Mr. Osama Al-Shami, reported that the man, an expatriate of Asian nationality, had 88 bags of narcotic cannabis hidden in his personal bag of clothes. He was referred to the authorities for further action.
In addition, another person was caught with a small piece of hashish and a number of psychotropic pills at T1 Airport during a precautionary search as part of joint cooperation. The items were found in the person’s bags, and he was also referred to the authorities for further action.
KUWAIT: Foreign and bilingual private schools have already opened their doors to enroll students in the 2023/2024 academic year, while their Arabic and model counterparts set the next month for that purpose, reports Al-Rai daily. An educational source revealed that the tuition fees are the same as those previously applied, and there will be no increase in fees in private schools, based on the ministerial decision issued in this regard. In a bulletin, the General Department of Private Education declared that schools are not obligated to re-register old students who fall behind the deadline set for the end of registration.
A student will not be considered registered if he does not pay the registration fees for the 2023/2024 academic year, but the school must prove that it has notified the student’s guardian about the registration dates by any means of communication.
The student registration process will continue until the end of March, for a category of students without the need to obtain the prior approval of the General Department of Private Education. These are the new students from outside Kuwait. However, they must submit to the school their passport to confirm the date of entry into the country. Also, their academic certificate should be certified and proven equivalence by the Department of Examinations and Equivalencies (Certificate Equivalency Control) at the General Department of Private Education, specifying the class in which the student is accepted.
A new student is the one who entered the country on an entry visa to join a family only, and he has been given a period of two months from the date of entry to complete the residency procedures. It is absolutely not allowed to register any student who entered the country with the tourist visa or commercial visit or who has a temporary residency. All schools must adhere to the age scale in force in the ministry, as the minimum age for admission to the kindergarten stage is 3 years and 6 months, and to the second level is 4 years and 6 months, while the first grade student must be above 5 years and 6 months in age. The school principal and the head of the student affairs department are considered fully responsible for approving the file of any male or female student and verifying the permitted date of birth. The bulletin highlighted the student density in the classes of Arab and model schools, warning that, “It is not permissible in any way to increase the number of students in classes beyond the prescribed limit, except after obtaining the prior approval of the Ministry of Education.” The bulletin specified general guidelines that must be taken into account when registering students, the most important of which is that Arab and model schools adhere to adopting the student record program with regard to registering students, transferring them, and issuing certificates.
Student registration requests or acceptance papers are approved by the school principal or assistant director assigned by the ministry. Registration is prohibited except by virtue of a valid residency in accordance with the governing conditions and regulations. The General Department of Private Education may temporarily approve the registration of a student whose residency has expired, according to its discretionary authority for registration. This will necessitate upon registration the last educational certificate obtained by the student indicating his status (passed/failed). One of the conditions is that students with disabilities must be registered according to the categories of disabilities that each school is authorized to receive. As for schools that have not yet completed their licensing procedures, they will not be allowed to re-enroll or register new students until the license is issued, and the school is committed to re-registering students who failed in the first or second round in their school
KUWAIT: The Ministry of the Interior has warned Kuwaitis and expats against openly violating the fasting law during the day in the holy month of Ramadan. The Ministry of the Interior said in the tweet on it Twitter account “Do not openly break the fasting rule, you will be punished with imprisonment for a period not exceeding one month and a fine not exceeding 100 dinars, or one of these two penalties.”
KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Manpower has suspended 16,848 files without valid civil addresses, including 22,863 permits on which 61,688 workers with residency in the country have been registered. The suspension was made based on the directives of the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Defense Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to tighten control over violators of labor law in the private sector.
The state is regulating demographics according to Law No. 74 of 2020 and its executive regulations issued by Decree No. 38 of 2023.
Employers of violating files have been given a period of one month from the date of stopping those files to amend their legal status. If the legal status is not modified within the specified period, owners will be referred to competent investigation authorities.
KUWAIT: The General Administration of Residence Affairs Investigations arrested 51 violators of different nationalities in the Ahmadi, Farwaniya and Fahaheel regions and two persons on charges of begging. The arrests were made possible through security deployment and inspection campaigns in a number of regions of the country. The suspects were referred to the competent authorities to take the necessary legal measures against them.
KUWAIT: As anticipation prevailed for what the streets of Kuwait will look like, Thursday morning, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, with the start of applying flexible working hours due to the different timings for employees and its reflection on road traffic, the reality of the situation revealed that the traffic crisis does not depend on the attendance and departure of employees, as movement on the road in the evening remains a greater challenge, in light of what was recorded by the cameras of the operations room of the General Traffic Department.
Security sources told Al-Rai daily there were more than a million cars at one time on highways and main roads, according to what has been monitored. Security sources told the daily that the General Traffic Department mobilized all its security forces and mechanisms, and used a number of support patrols in some governorates, to remove congestion in some locations that witness heavy traffic.