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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 6: Secretary General of Kuwait Banking Association Dr Hamad Al-Hassawi has announced that banks will be closed starting from Saturday – Day of Arafat Standing, followed by the official Eid Al-Adha holidays from Sunday to Tuesday (Aug 11-13), reports Al-Seyassah daily. Al-Hassawi said banks will resume work on Wednesday (Aug 14) as per the circular issued by the Central Bank of Kuwait regarding the upcoming holidays.

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‘Firms must provide suitable housing for workers’

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 6: The Director General of the Kuwait Municipality, Engr Ahmed Al-Manfouhi, explained the procedures and steps currently being taken in cooperation with other government agencies to evacuate the singles from the private and typical housing areas, reports Al- Rai daily.

The daily revealed yesterday the readiness of the Municipality to provide major projects for the construction of temporary housing. “The government has mandated the Public Authority for Civil Information to take the appropriate measures to prevent the issuance of civil IDs to ‘bachelors’ if the address falls within the areas of private and model housing,”

Al-Manfouhi said during a video presentation to the Ministerial Committee. He pointed to the existence of previous government recommendations to allocate the land necessary for the establishment of temporary housing for the workers of companies, in coordination with the Public Authority for Industry.

He added the Council of Ministers has tasked the Public Authority for Manpower in coordination with all government agencies to allowing contracting companies on government projects to provide suitable housing for workers, within the area allocated for the project, until the completion of labor cities.

“The low-income working class in the country constitutes a large proportion of the society which has led to the emergence of unorganized and unhealthy housing communities and the transformation of residential areas into areas that are not favored by families,” Al-Manfouhi said. He pointed out that the problem of housing singles in the midst of residential neighborhoods is like a ticking time bomb and stressed the Municipality must address this phenomenon by finding an alternatives and building housing for workers.

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 5: An Indian expatriate committed suicide by stabbing himself inside his flat in Salmiya area, says Al-Seyassah.


According to security sources, when the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior received information about the incident, securitymen and paramedics rushed to the scene.

They discovered that the expatriate killed himself using a knife. The corpse referred to the Forensics Department, and security authorities started their investigation to determine the circumstances that led to the incident.

Meanwhile, the remains of a young Kuwaiti who drowned in the swimming pool of a farmhouse in Kabad have been referred to Forensics, reports Al-Rai daily.

As soon as the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry received a report on the incident, police and paramedics rushed to spot but could do nothing to save the man’s life. The concerned authorities are in the process of identifying the circumstances that led to the drowning of the young man.

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Possibility of stealing data of card


KUWAIT CITY, Aug 5: After Public Authority for Telecommunications and Information Technology blocked programs that reveal caller IDs , some websites have emerged to claim its alleged ability to disclose the photographs and personal information of individuals such as address, social status and date of birth, which is a violation of privacy, reports Al-Qabas daily.

These websites post advertisements only on the Internet and allow the possibility of searching for individuals either by name, e-mail address, or phone number. Social media is used to find users’ data and their photographs to offer to those willing to pay for such information. One of such websites gives one-day free service to its users.

The cost of obtaining personal information such as address and mobile number is about 300 fils, or about KD 6 monthly. Some experts have warned about the possibility of stealing data of bank card by these websites at the time of payment. An expert in information technology and cybercrimes Raed Al-Roumi said some social media websites sell users’ date to companies.

He affirmed that preserving the secrecy of information in the era of smart phones have become difficult because the applications used currently have the ability to access cameras and phone numbers.

Source: Arab Times

Kuwait, Aug 2: (KUNA) Many passengers using buses to commute in the country to suffer from a number of bus stops that lack proper seating, adequate shades and other basic elements. As a result large number of expats think twice before using buses, despite strong campaigns to encourage expats to use public services and ease traffic jams

Kuwait’s martyrs

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 3, (KUNA): Acting Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah assured on Thursday the importance of inspiring lessons from the sacrifices made by the martyrs of Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion.

This came on the sidelines of a special event held in 360 Mall on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion to Kuwait. During the event, a short documentary was shown, telling the stories of the sacrifices made by Kuwaiti women during the period of the Iraqi invasion as well as the subsequent seventh months’ occupation of the country.

The acting minister praised the content of the film, calling on everyone to participate and attend such events held on this occasion. For her part, undersecretary of the Amiri Diwan, Director General of Martyr Office Fatima Al- Amir said in a similar statement, the purpose of these events is to convey messages of appreciation to our martyrs in order to commemorate them.

The Martyr’s Office has set up a children’s pavilion within its activities this year in order to familiarize them with the events that took place during the invasion period and the contribution of the people of Kuwait to inculcate national values in them, said clarified. The event included the holding photography exhibition of martyrs, as well as a short documentary film about the martyrdom of Kuwait to commemorate the heroines who were killed during, and after the invasion, and prisoners whose remains have not been identified until today.

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 3: The series of repeated verbal and physical attacks on doctors and medical staff in hospitals and clinics call for serious efforts by all those concerned to put in place a strict legislation to deter such ugly incidents, reports Al-Qabas daily.

One of the reasons for the recurrence of this hostile behavior may be the absence of legislation in the country, specifically to protect doctors from such crimes such as the punishment of those involved in such crimes but the Kuwait Penal Code No. 16 of 1960, calls for punishment if the doctor is employed in the government sector and considered a public servant.

In a survey to find out the real causes of the attack on medical staff on duty and for highlighting the solutions a number of specialists, including the Director of the Department of Legal Affairs and Investigations in the Ministry of Health, Ali Al-Khudair said transgressions on doctors are exceptional individual cases, most of them are verbal spats and rarely develop into physical attacks.

Al-Khudair added these cases are currently being addressed by informing the competent authorities including legal affairs sector to conduct necessary investigations and deal with them. He indicated the referral of these cases to the judiciary is based on the desire of doctors who are the victims.

For his part, Secretary-General of the Kuwait Medical Society, Dr. Salam Al-Kandari said the repeated incidents of assault on doctors by some visitors recently, was due to the absence of legislation to protect doctors. He indicated, a doctor must be provided full safety and security while on duty at the best level without concern or tension and pointed out that the bitter reality is the medical profession is considered just like any other profession.

For her part, Attorney Laila Al-Rashed said the issue of assaulting state employees in general and doctors in particular is not limited to Kuwait because it happens all over the world.

This phenomenon ranges from verbal abuse or physical assault. It is a social phenomenon, which requires firmness and severity in the application of law and awareness of its dangers. Al-Rashed pointed out there is no legal protection for doctors in the law so the laws must be amended if we want to protect our doctors.

Source: Arab Times


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