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In this handout photo provided by the Emergency Situations Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, police and rescuers work on the side of a plane crash near Almaty International Airport, outside Almaty, Kazakhstan on Dec 27. Almaty International Airport said a Bek Air plane crashed Friday in Kazakhstan shortly after takeoff causing numerous deaths. The aircraft had 100 passengers and crew onboard when it hit a concrete fence and a two-story building shortly after takeoff. (AP)

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 28, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Friday sent a cable to President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, condoling with him over Bek Air plane crash.

Scores of people were reported killed or injured. In the cable, His Highness the Amir prayed to Allah Almighty to bestow mercy upon those killed, as well as wishing a speedy recovery for the injured. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al- Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim on Friday sent cables to Chairman of the Kazakh Majilis Nurlan Nigmatulin and Chairwoman of the Senate Dariga Nazarbayeva, condoling with them over Bek Air plane crash. Scores of people were reported killed or injured. In the cable, Al-Ghanim expressed deepest sympathies over the tragedy’s victims.

A jetliner with 98 people aboard struggled to get airborne and crashed shortly after takeoff Friday in Kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people, authorities said.

The Bek Air jet, identified as a 23-yearold Fokker 100, hit a concrete wall and a two-story building soon after departing from Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city and former capital, airport officials said.

The aircraft’s tail also struck the runway twice during takeoff, indicating that it struggled to get off the ground, Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar said. Fifty-four people people were reported hospitalized with injuries, at least 10 of them in critical condition, officials said.

The cause of the predawn crash was unclear. Authorities quickly suspended all Bek Air and Fokker 100 fl ights in Kazakhstan while the investigation got underway. One survivor said the plane started shaking less than two minutes after takeoff. “At first, the left wing jolted really hard, then the right. The plane continued to gain altitude, shaking quite severely, and then went down,” Aslan Nazaraliyev told The Associated Press by phone. Government officials said the jet underwent de-icing before the flight, but Nazaraliyev recalled that its wings were covered in ice, and passengers who used emergency exits over the wings slipped and fell.

The weather in Almaty was clear, with temperatures just below freezing. The plane was fl ying to Nur-Sultan, the capital formerly known as Astana. Video footage showed the front of the broken-up fuselage rammed against a building and the rear of the plane lying in a field next to the airport. Passengers who survived may have been saved by the fact that the plane crashed at a lower speed and from a lower altitude because it was taking off, and it came down in terrain that may have eased the impact. (AP)

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: The Ministry of Interior announced that 15539 driving licenses have been renewed “online” since the service was launched on November 18 reports Al Qabas


The General Administration of Security Relations and Information stated that the machines in the Avenues mall in Al Farwaniyah Governorate issued 8961 licenses, Al Kout mall in Al-Ahmadi Governorate issued 3905 licenses, while Capital Traffic Administration issued 1801 and 872 licenses in the Governorate Traffic Department around the country.

Sources stated that the renewal of driving licenses electronically is a first stage with the addition of other services in the future will be added such as lost driving license, damaged license, issuance of new driving license, issuance of forms, and there wont be any need to come to traffic departments except in cases that need verification by technical department of traffic and operations department.

Source: Arab Times

Ministry of Interior Major General Faraj Al-Zoubi

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: Assistant Undersecretary for Correctional Facilities and Sentences Execution at Ministry of Interior Major General Faraj Al-Zoubi announced that this year’s Amiri Amnesty will include 600 to 700 Kuwaiti and expatriate prisoners convicted in various cases except for cases related to the State Security and terrorism.

In his speech during the opening ceremony of the 8th exhibition titled “Making of our hands” which was organized at the Avenues Mall under the patronage of Undersecretary of Interior Ministry Lieutenant General Essam Al-Naham, he said the amnesty will vary in proportion with either the sentences being reduced by half or three-quarter of the total prison time, or immediate release.

The exhibition, which is due to end this Saturday, witnessed a huge public turnout. During the exhibition, Major General Al-Zoubi explained the aim of the exhibition, which is to display the works of the prisoners and their supervisors, and allow the works to be sold at symbolic prices.

He indicated that they encourage prisoners with distinguished professions and hobbies to produce these works in order to highlight the reform role they undergo in their respective correctional facilities. Major General Al-Zoubi affirmed that the correctional facilities seek to reform the prisoner and facilitate their integration with the society, revealed that the expatriate prisoners who are released are immediately deported to their home countries

By Munaif Nayef Al-Seyassah Staff (Arab Times)




KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: Kuwait International Airport’s Sheikh Saad Terminal 3 (T3) will be closed for construction of a new passenger terminal (T2) starting in January, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority said on Wednesday. The road leading to T3 will also be closed, while all Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai flights will shift to Terminal 1 from Dec 15 onwards, it added. (KUNA)

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 2: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, on Monday paid a visit to Al-Jahra Nature Reserve. Prince William was hosted by Director General of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad Al- Hamoud Al-Sabah. He also had a tour in the reserve where he was briefed on the wildlife and plants.

 Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs and head of the accompanying honorary mission Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah accompanied Prince William during the visit. (KUNA)
Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 2: Director of Central Department for Initial Care in Ministry of Health Dr Rihab Al-Watyan announced the kickoff of a new process for receiving applications of sick leaves and medical reports via an app on smartphones, reports Al-Anba daily.


She explained that sick employees must go to the clinic where they will receive a username and password. They must use an app on the smart phones to send the application for a medical report or a sick leave.

The sick leave will be authenticated via a QR code, and the signature of a doctor or the head of the clinic will not be required. Dr Al-Watyan indicated that this app is currently in the testing phase for a period of three months in clinics of Capital area as well as Amiri Hospital, adding that creation of an automated interface with Civil Service Commission (CSC) and all relevant institutions in Kuwait is underway.


Earlier, informed sources had revealed that Ministry of Interior was planning to set a fee of KD 1 for certifying sick leaves issued by private hospitals and clinics to employees of the public sector, reports Aljarida daily. They explained that the ministry is coordinating with the CSC in order to issue a circular in this regard to all state institutions. Sick leaves will be certified by the medical council of the Ministry of Health.

Uncertified sick leaves will not be considered and the employee will be recorded as absent. This step is aimed at bringing an end to the manipulation of the facility and the phenomenon of fake sick leaves, especially after noting a huge number of sick leaves being issued by private hospitals and medical centers in the last two years.

It was also discovered that sick leaves were obtained with the payment of certain amount of money.

The sources affirmed that the ministry is working on specifying bank accounts for private hospitals and medical centers to enter the sick leaves directly in the automated system linked to the integrated systems through which the sick leaves will be audited and certified.

Source: Arab Times


Personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department have arrested seven Indian nationals for forging documents and certificates using fake Indian Embassy seals.

All the arrested persons are from Andhra Pradesh and are believed to be members of a large documents forging gang, reports Al-Rai daily quoting daijiworld. com, an Indian web portal.


The daily said according to the portal the Kuwaiti Investigation Department arrested the culprits near the embassy premises while they were allegedly attesting the certificates and documents. According to the portal, the investigation team also found that the culprits were skilled in forging and issuing driving licence.

As part of the investigation, the authorities approached one of the culprits on the pretext of attesting a document to get a driving license. While the required service was given after three days, the person was caught red handed. The other six persons from the gang were arrested subsequently.

The investigation team then raided the residence of the suspects and found the seals of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs and high resolution printer which was used to forge the certificates and documents being issued in the name of the Embassy.

The culprits, as a team, were working through WhatsApp. Deals were done through WhatsApp voice clips. The seal of the Indian Embassy and the signatures of the officials were forged using high resolution techniques.

The Kuwait Foreign Ministry’s seal was also forged. It is estimated that they earned up to 50,000 dinars per month. The investigation team recovered items including cash, gold and expensive watches from their homes.

Source Arab Times


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