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2021-04-16 03:56:00 06:15:00

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KUWAIT: Amid expectations that the health ministry will start vaccinating employees in the education and university sectors, the education ministry renewed its call for teachers and school employees to register on the vaccination platform. This coincided with a health ministry announcement that the percentage of those from the teaching and administrative departments who registered on the platform reached 50 percent of the total number of employees the education ministry had given, Al-Jarida Arabic daily reported yesterday.

Educational sources said the health ministry told the education ministry that employees at government and private schools have priority in receiving the vaccine, as they were included with frontline workers who are currently being inoculated. Meanwhile, health sources said the health ministry will start vaccinating those in the education sector next week, including teachers, administrators, technicians, laborers and others, in addition to employees of universities and the higher education ministry, estimating their number to be over 100,000.

Source: Kuwait Times

KUWAIT: His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah chairs the Cabinet’s meeting yesterday. – KUNA

By B Izzak

KUWAIT: The Cabinet yesterday slightly eased the nightly curfew to 11 hours and exempted vaccinated travelers from institutional quarantine. In a statement following its weekly meeting, the Cabinet said the nightly curfew imposed two weeks ago to curb a spike in coronavirus cases will now extend from 6 pm to 5 am the next day, instead of 12 hours. The new decision is effective from today.

The Cabinet also allowed deliveries by restaurants and cafes to continue until 10 pm and allowed walking from 6 pm to 8 pm daily, provided people remain in their areas and do not use vehicles. The Cabinet also replaced hotel quarantine with home quarantine for travelers who have been vaccinated.

Travelers who have taken two doses of the vaccine at least two weeks ago or those who took just one dose five weeks ago will be asked to spend only seven days in home quarantine. The same applies to people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have taken one vaccine dose two weeks ago. All the three categories must undergo a coronavirus test on the seventh day of the quarantine and produce a negative result.

Students studying abroad only need to produce a certificate from their universities to be exempted from hotel quarantine, the Cabinet said. Expats who have valid residencies in Kuwait continue to be barred from entering the country since a ban was placed on Feb 7. Only foreign diplomats and medical staff and their families are exempted from the ban. MP Khaled Al-Otaibi called on the government to abolish hotel quarantine altogether and accused authorities of introducing it to benefit merchants at the cost of people.

Meanwhile, the government yesterday sent a draft law proposing financial support for small and big businessmen affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The bill stipulates that local banks will provide loans at reduced interest to businessmen harmed by the pandemic, provided the loans are used to support the companies’ operations like payment of salaries.

The loans must be repaid in easy installments over seven years for small businesses and four years for big merchants, while the government will bear part of the interest on the loans. The Assembly’s legal and legislative committee meanwhile approved a draft law to delay the repayment of loans for six months, while the financial and economic affairs panel approved a series of bills calling to aid small and medium businesses harmed by the coronavirus.

Source: KuwaitTimes

KUWAIT: US Ambassador to Kuwait Alina Romanowski is seen during her visit to Al-Abdaliya Nature Reserve.

KUWAIT: US Ambassador to Kuwait Alina L Romanowski visited the Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC) Al-Abdaliya Nature Reserve on Thursday, and was welcomed by KOC’s Public Relations and Information Group Manager Mohammed Al-Basri. The Ambassador’s visit comes as part of the United States’ wider efforts to cooperate with countries around the world in addressing various environmental and climate change issues.

“The US is engaging with partners around the world to ask: how can we all do more?” Ambassador Romanowski said. “The threats to our environment are real, and I’m looking forward to working with more agencies in Kuwait on joint collaboration activities.” “KOC is making all possible efforts to preserve the environment in Kuwait,” said Basri. “These efforts, which have been ongoing for decades, have been strengthened recently thanks to the many partnerships we have entered into, most notably the Global Partnership with the World Bank.”

Located 50 kilometers west of Kuwait City, the protected area aims to preserve Kuwait’s native ecosystem and restore life and biodiversity to the desert. During her tour, Ambassador Romanowski learned about the environmental protection efforts at the reserve. “The Al-Abdaliya Nature reserve is one of several operated by KOC to support environmental sustainability,” Ambassador Romanowski said. “The US Embassy will continue to support Kuwait in these endeavors by sharing American expertise and best practices on environmental policy, sustainability, climate change, and more.”

“The Abdaliya reserve project is part of KOC’s wider objectives to transform the area into one distinguished by its biological diversity and that contributes to enhancing Kuwait’s environment,” Basri added. Earlier this year, Ambassador Romanowski joined Kuwait Environment Public Authority Director Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah for a visit to the Al-Jahra Nature Reserve. Last September, Ambassador Romanowski also participated in a World Cleanup Day event sponsored by Alnowair at Jahra Sanctuary in Al-Khuwaisat to help raise awareness of environmental protection.

The US Embassy in Kuwait organized several initiatives in the last few years to increase awareness about environmental protection and climate change. Several air quality speakers visited Kuwait through the State Department’s US Speakers Program to highlight issues related to air pollution. The embassy also engaged with local schools to organize recycling drives and promoted the large-scale Our Ocean Conference in Kuwait, an initiative spearheaded by former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

 

کویت کے وزیر خارجہ شیخ ڈاکٹر احمد ناصر المحمد الصباح کی وزارتِ خارجہ میں وفد کے ہمراہ وزیر خارجہ مخدوم شاہ محمود قریشی سے ملاقات
وزیرخارجہ نے کویتی وزیر خارجہ اور ان کے وفد کو وزارتِ خارجہ تشریف آوری پر خوش آمدید کہا۔ وزیر خارجہ نے کویتی وزیر خارجہ کو دوبارہ منصب سنبھالنے پر مبارکباد دی۔
اس موقع پر وزیر خارجہ مخدوم شاہ محمود قریشی نے کہا کہ پاکستان کویت کے ساتھ اپنے دو طرفہ تعلقات خصوصی اہمیت دیتا ہے۔ ایک لاکھ سے زائد پاکستانی کویت میں مقیم ہیں جو کویت کی تعمیر و ترقی میں اپنا مثبت کردار ادا کر رہے ہیں۔ ہم نے اپنی جغرافیائی سیاسی ترجیحات کو جغرافیائی معاشی ترجیحات میں تبدیل کیا ہے۔ جنوری میں کویت کے اسسٹنٹ فارن منسٹر پاکستان تشریف لائے ان کے ساتھ کثیر الجہتی شعبہ جات میں دو طرفہ تعاون کے فروغ کے حوالے سے مفید گفتگو ہوئی۔ ہم پاکستان اور کویت کے مابین پانچویں مشترکہ وزاراتی کمیشن کے جلد انعقاد کے خواہشمند ہیں۔
 
ان کا مزید کہنا تھا کہ پاکستان، کویت کے ساتھ دو طرفہ تجارت کے حجم میں اضافے کا خواہاں ہے۔ پاکستان خلیج تعاون کونسل کے ارکان کے درمیان بہتر تعلقات کیلئے کویت کے مثبت کردار کو تسلیم کرتا ہے۔ ہم بیرونی سرمایہ کاروں کو کاروبار میں سرمایہ کاری کے لیے خصوصی سہولیات فراہم کر رہے ہیں -اسی وجہ سے کاروبار میں سہولت فراہم کرنے والے ممالک کے حوالے سے پاکستان کی درجہ بندی میں کافی حد تک بہتری آئی ہے۔ ہم کویتی کاروباری کمپنیوں کو پاکستان میں سرمایہ کاری کیلئے خوش آمدید کہیں گے۔ پاکستان اور کویت کے مابین توانائی، صحت،ٹیکنالوجی، تعلیم اور دفاع کے شعبے میں دو طرفہ اقتصادی تعاون کے فروغ کے حوالے سے وسیع مواقع موجود ہیں۔
ہمیں توقع ہے کہ کویت اسلاموفوبیا کے بڑھتے ہوئے رجحان کے خاتمے اور بین المذاہب ہم آہنگی کے فروغ کیلئے، 15 مارچ کو اسلاموفوبیا کے خلاف عالمی دن "کے طور پر منانے کی تجویز کو آگے بڑھانے میں معاونت کریگا، مخدوم شاہ محمود قریشی
وزیر خارجہ نے کویتی ہم منصب کو مقبوضہ جموں و کشمیر میں جاری انسانی حقوق کی سنگین خلاف ورزیوں اور علاقائی امن کو درپیش خطرات سے آگاہ کیا۔ انہون نے کہا کہ ہندوستان، نے مقبوضہ جموں و کشمیر کے 80 لاکھ نہتے مسلمانوں کی زندگیوں کو اجیرن بنا رکھا ہے۔ بھارت، ڈومیسائل قوانین میں ترمیم کے ذریعے مقبوضہ جموں و کشمیر میں آبادیاتی تناسب کو تبدیل کرنا چاہتا ہے۔ بھارت کے یہ اقدامات عالمی قوانین اور اقوام متحدہ کی قراردادوں کے منافی ہیں۔ پاکستان، مقبوضہ جموں و کشمیر کے لاکھوں شہریوں کو بھارتی استبداد سے نجات دلانے کیلئے کویت سمیت عالمی برادری سے مثبت کردار کا متقاضی ہے۔
وزیر خارجہ نے نیامے نائجر میں منعقدہ او آئی سی وزرائے خارجہ کونسل کے اجلاس کے موقع پر کشمیر کے حوالے سے قرارداد کی حمایت پر کویتی حکومت کا شکریہ ادا کیا۔
ملاقات میں وزیر خارجہ نے کہا کہ پاکستان، افغانستان میں قیام امن کیلئے اپنا مصالحانہ کردار خلوص نیت سے ادا کرتا چلا آ رہا ہے جسے عالمی سطح پر سراہا جا رہا ہے۔ پاکستان، افغانستان سمیت پورے خطے میں امن و امان کیلئے اپنی کاوشیں بروئے کار لاتا رہے گا۔ پاکستان مسلمان ممالک کے درمیان یکجہتی کو مضبوط بنانے کیلئے کویت کی کوششوں کا حامی ہے۔
کویتی وزیر خارجہ نے پرتپاک خیر مقدم پر وزیر خارجہ کا شکریہ ادا کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ کویت، پاکستان کے ساتھ اقتصادی تعلقات کے فروغ کا متمنی ہے۔ انہون نے کہا کہ کویت کی تعمیر و ترقی میں، کویت میں مقیم پاکستانی کمیونٹی، کا کردار قابل تحسین ہے۔
کویتی وزیر خارجہ کے دورے سے دونوں ممالک کے درمیان تعلقات اور مختلف شعبہ جات میں بڑھتے ہوئے دو طرفہ تعاون کو مزید تقویت حاصل ہوگی

KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) closed down a chicken farm in Wafra after culling birds infected with avian flu, Al-Jarida Arabic daily reported yesterday, quoting sources. According to the sources, 300,000 egg-laying birds were destroyed and the farm will remain closed as a precautionary measure for three months or until the temperature rise, which will eradicate the disease.

They said teams are continuing their inspection of the area surrounding the farm and taking random samples to make sure the area is completely free of bird flu, adding that all swabs taken in the past days show that infection did not reach the surrounding farms or employees there. As for compensating the affected farm, sources said PAAAFR will discuss the matter after inspections are complete to determine whether farm owners deserve compensation or the cases were due to negligence, adding the number of cases is not small.

Source: Kuwait Times

Firemen put out a fire reported at a Souq Mubarakiya mill.

KUWAIT: Kuwait Fire Force said investigations in a fire at a Souq Mubarakiya mill on Wednesday evening showed it was set deliberately, and the interior ministry was informed accordingly. The force said the fire investigations unit works round the clock with experienced personnel who are equipped with all the necessary equipment to determine the causes of the fire.

Meanwhile, the interior ministry said following a review of the security tapes, a person was seen in the basement for more than three hours, and after he left, the fire started. Capital governorate detectives were able to determine the suspect’s identity – an Asian who works at the mill, and found KD 9,000 at his residence. He said he noticed the safe was open before the other employees left, so he hid in the basement, took the money and started the fire. The suspect was sent to concerned authorities.

Source: Kuwait Times

 

 

 

 

 

 Kuwait Vaccination Center’s hall number 6. – KUNA photos

KUWAIT: People continue to show up in droves to vaccination sites across Kuwait, all of them with online appointments, with the common belief that getting their COVID-19 shots is the only way to overcome a raging pandemic.

Health workers and interior ministry personnel are on hand to maintain order at these designated centers, as Kuwaitis and expatriates alike, undeterred by a 12-hour lockdown to rein in spiraling infections rates, rush to get vaccinated. – KUNA

 
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