KUWAIT: In a bid to reduce the number of on sick leaves, the health ministry announced its intention to automatically link government hospitals and specialized polyclinics’ data systems with that of the Civil Services Commission (CSC). MoH’s undersecretary, Dr Khaled Al-Sahlawi met with CSC undersecretary, Mohammed Al-Roumi to discuss the process. “New legislation’s are being considered to limit sick leaves”, he said. Ministry of Public Works decided to take action against several contractors for violating the contracts signed with the ministry concerning general conditions and delaying payment of fines. Meanwhile, during a meeting with his undersecretaries, Abdul Aziz Al-Ibrahim, Minister of Public Works and Minister of Electricity and Water, stressed the need to develop and improve performance in various development projects. Al-Ibrahim also said that he ordered all technical sectors to report on their respective agendas, projects and their subsequent followup.
Threats to grill Dr Rola Dashti, Minister of Planning, seem to have snowballed, according to sources, who said that three MPs led by Safa Al-Hashim are set to file a grilling motion against Dashti. MP Osama Al-Tahous said Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf, Minister of Education and Higher Education, has to choose between either cooperating with the parliament or get ready to answer questions. Al- Tahous added that Al-Hajraf had been delaying accreditation of PhD degrees and universities. Al-Tahou also filed an inquiry against Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs, over the ministry’s strategy and the youth-oriented projects the ministry has begun.
MP Mohammed Al-Howailah, Chairman of the Parliamentary Educational Committee said that the committee was preparing its next meeting agenda and that it would include various educational issues like the need to establish more governmental universities, organizing work in private schools and linking the outcome of the educational process with the job market to create more job opportunities for citizens. He added that Kuwaiti PhD holders must be appointed in Kuwait University and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.
He also urged the Ministry of Education to prepare well for the new year. MP Khalil Abdullah Abul, the parliamentary educational committee member called for a meeting to determine the committee’s agenda and priorities and said that setting priorities requires a state vision and a clear road map. “We can’t set priorities without a vision”, he opined, pointing out that MPs had no right to interfere in appointing PhD holders in any educational facilities simply because he was Kuwaiti. “This is unacceptable”, he stressed. He also called for creating more equal job opportunities and urged fellow MPs to stop interfering to appoint less competent people while more qualified ones are without jobs.
He also said that the session called to discuss regional changes which should focus on the possible impacts and the measures to be taken to avoid negative ones. “It should not be held so that some people can start cursing, insulting and shouting. They do this at home if they like”, he underlined. The Joint Group Contracting Co said that building a pipeline to carry treated water from the Ministry of Public Works center in Subbiya to the research center in Kabed would cost KD 1.69 million.
Medical errors MP Adel Al-Kharafi filed an inquiry with the Minister of Electricity and Water, Abdul Aziz Ibrahim about suspending a number of tenders and projects. Al-Kharafi queried about the results of investigating assistant undersecretaries over the past 10 years, the smart meter tender and whether he had the audit bureau’s permission to launch the Jaber Bridge project. The Health Ministry is reconsidering the idea of establishing a special fund to pay compensations for medical errors committed by staff at the Health Ministry facilities. Notably, the fund was suggested earlier and MoH has now revived it to implement it after the Cabinet approves it.
The project aims to make doctors pay monthly subscriptions which would be used to pay compensations ordered by courts in case of medical errors. Ali Al-Jazzaf, Deputy Secretary General of the Justice and Peace Forum, announced that the forum supports the nomination of former Dasma An Benaid Al-Gar Coop chairman to run for the municipal council elections due next month. MP Mansour Al-Thafeiri promised Thekra Al- Rashidi, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, a hard time for her violations where she appointed her relatives once the next parliamentary term started. “What the minister says about following CSC laws and rule in these appointments is nonsense”, he stressed pointing out that the people she appointed had taken the positions of other more qualified people.
By A Saleh
KUWAIT: Bored of your regular lazy cat or your sweet little dog? How about making things interesting with a cheetah or a tiger, lazing around with you in your living room? Breeding wild animals like cheetahs, lions, tigers, or crocodiles is becoming common in Kuwait.
It’s not strange anymore to see a young man driving his car with a cheetah sitting next to him in the front seat. Some use wild animals like big cats or baby monkeys to attract attention from girls. These wild animals are taken out of their natural environment and raised as house pets.
They get used to people who take care of them and feed them, despite being dangerous animals. Wildlife experts think that they should be placed back in their natural habitat instead of creating an artificial environment for them.
Though many people want to keep these animals, not everyone can take care of them. When they realize that it could pose a danger to them or their family, they conveniently abandon them in the desert or sometimes, the animal tends to escape and venture out on its own, much to society’s chagrin.
Recently, Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) found an escaped baby lion. “This lion is popular as its photo was published in the press after being found in the chalets area in Kheiran. PAAAFR brought it to us to keep it quarantined for 21 days and then move it to the zoo because we don’t have enough space to keep it. This small lion is now kept in a cage and I feel sorry for it as it needs special care. Its owner removed its teeth and claws and it can’t tear or chew hard meat. It can only eat soft food and we don’t know what to do with it after 21 days, frankly speaking,” an employee who preferred to stay anonymous admitted at the Kuwait Zoo.
These animals are expensive. “The owner of this lion contacted the zoo and demanded it back as it cost him KD 3,000, but we won’t return it. According to the law, people are not allowed to possess, breed, or trade with wild animals. We don’t receive calls from owners as they are expensive and so they prefer to hide them.
The zoo has limited resources, so we can’t buy them also. The owner of the baby lion claimed that he took it to his chalet, and somebody stole it. The thief couldn’t handle it and abandoned it on the road. The lion is sad about being separated from its mother,” added the employee. The law allows confiscating of wild animals but not from private residences. “PAAAFR has trained staff to deal with wild animals and is responsible for confiscating them in public places.
We can also confiscate them from the animal markets, pens, or farms as these follow PAAAFR. But we are not allowed to enter a house, so in this case we need the help and cooperation of the Ministry of Interior. So if the policemen helped us enter the house or its garden, we can then catch the wild animal.
If the owner of the animal called us to take the animal and transfer it to the zoo, we comply,” said Shakir Awadh, PR at PAAAFR. Colonel Adel Al-Hashash, PR and Moral Guidance Director of the Ministry of Interior assured that the Ministry of Interior is cooperating with PAAAFR. “If we received a statement about a wild animal threatening people, we secure the place, organize the traffic and so on but we don’t catch the animals because it is the responsibility of PAAAFR’s staff. In some emergency cases, the policeman can immediately deal with the animal to avoid any danger or risk,” he pointed out.
Psychiatrist Dr Adnan Al-Shatti said that wild animals will behave as pets at home when they are treated that way but their hunter instincts will kick in when they’re hungry. “Wild animals feel jealous the same way as other domestic animals or humans and they seek attention. If a child was already in the house before it came along, it will accept him but if the child came later, it will become jealous and hostile. The wild animals don’t attack animals of the same kind, but they have a tendency to attack other animals, and they may consider humans as animals and attack them when they’re hungry.
If a child is attacked by an animal, it will suffer psychiatric trauma for the rest of his life even if the physical injuries heal,” he explained. Attorney Saleh Al-Huseini spoke about the responsibility of animals’ breeders. “According to Article No. 243 of the Civil Law, the breeders are responsible for taking care of their animals and also for the damage these animals cause. So in case the animal injures a person, the owner should compensate for the injured person and is responsible for his welfare,” he stated.
KUWAIT CITY: Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior M a j o r- G e n e r a l Abdel Fattah Al-Ali was recently quoted as saying the General Traffic Department has discovered that 40,000 driving licenses have been issued to persons who do not meet the conditions, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily quoting a reliable source
The source added, according to a ministerial decree a person must be a university graduate must have been a resident of Kuwait for not less than two years and must earn more than KD 400 salary to apply for the driving license.
The source disclosed those who got the driving licences through illegal means based on forged documents will be withdrawn. The traffic sector, the source added, has begun summoning such persons and that 1,200 licenses have already been withdrawn over the past few months.
The source pointed out the GTD received between 5,000 and 8,000 driving license applications a month before the ministerial decree was issued. After the issuance of the decree the number has fallen to 2,000.
Meanwhile, Major-General Abdel Fattah and the Kuwait Municipality Director Ahmed Al-Sabih met last week and issued guidelines for a joint campaign to lift more than 10,000 cars which are ‘abandoned’ on open grounds and public places.
The source added both the authorities will launch a joint campaign within the next few days in all the governorates of Kuwait. The vehicles will be towed to the garages of both the authorities and the owners of the vehicles will have to paying towing and parking fees to retrieve their vehicles.
KUWAIT: A Jahra family called police after growing tired of trying to find the source of strange noises they were hearing every night for almost a week, before discovering that the noises were coming from their teenage son’s room who was smuggling his girlfriend in. Security officers arrived to the house located in Naseem district of Jahra on Saturday after the family reported that they have been hearing mysterious noises every night.
They said that they had begun to believe in “evil spirits” which could have invaded their house, according to the police report. The officers tracked the source of the noise until they reached a room on the roof which the family members said was abandoned. Much to their shock, the family found their 15-year-old son inside the room with a girl after police opened the door. Preliminary investigations revealed that the girl is 17 years old and reported missing by her family.
The boy admitted that he offered his girlfriend a “place to stay” after she escaped from her family’s house nearly a week ago. The couple was taken to the area’s police station for further questioning as the girl’s family was called to receive her.
KUWAIT: Indian Cultural Society is presenting Stage Play and Urdu Mushaira on Friday 6th Sept 2013 at Kuwait medical Association Hall, Jabriya Kuwait.
Stage play is starting at 6:30pm and Mushaira at 9:00pm.
Main characters of the event are underneath.
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuwait Red Crescent Society has completed the structure of Al-Mubarikiya School and handed it over to Banda Aceh province, located at the northwestern tip of Indonesia.
Handing over the school comes as part of completing Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah village project in the Indonesian Province that has started back in 2009, Chief of KRCS Barjas Al-Barjas said during a ceremony on this occasion.
HH Sheikh Jaber is late Amir of the State of Kuwait.
The school, named after the first school built in Kuwait, holds all necessary facilities from classrooms, laboratories, theater, meeting halls to medical emergency units.
Al-Barjas noted the Kuwait is taking pride in rushing to aid Indonesia, financially and medically, after it was hit by the 2004 tsunami by rebuilding the infrastructure in many parts of the country. Kuwait also helped in building a water desalination plant and an orphanage in addition to providing up to 300 boats for fishermen in Banda Aceh and its neighboring areas.
In a statement, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Indonesia Nasser Al-Khaldi stressed that Kuwait and Indonesia have strong political, economic and social bonds. He emphasized that his country will always remain a supporter of Indonesia and to any humanitarian work. The Kuwaiti envoy lauded KRCS's efforts and wished this humanitarian body more accomplishments in all voluntary and humanitarian works.
On his part, Banda Aceh governor expressed his appreciation to all philanthropic efforts done by the state of Kuwait and the KRCS. (KUNA)
KUWAIT: Kuwait City police arrested a man before he could leave the country with money he conned out of tourists through various scams. The suspect reportedly made KD 16,000 after giving at least seven families travel tickets and hotel reservations through a travel agency he worked at. His crime was discovered only when one of his clients called the agency to cancel his trip and was informed that his reservations were not registered in the agencies’ records and that the money he paid was never deposited. When the Egyptian man was nowhere to be found, both the client and the agency manager went to Sharq police station and filed a case. The man was arrested on Tuesday and he admitted to pocketing the cash through scams and said that he had already sent the money to his home country. He remains in custody pending legal procedures.