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KUWAIT CITY : Constitutional, legal and academic experts have agreed on the unconstitutionality of the decision of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali regarding the conditions for a Kuwaiti woman to join the Kuwait Army; particularly the clause, “she should abide by the rule on wearing a veil (hijab),” which entails discrimination among applicants, reports Al-Qabas daily. In exclusive statements to the daily, the experts pointed out that wearing a veil as a condition to apply for public jobs contravenes the Constitution, which affirms protection of personal freedoms.

They added that wearing a veil is not a legal and constitutional requirement for joining the Army or occupying public sector jobs. A female citizen, who wants to join the Army but does not wear a veil, will be affected by this particular paragraph in the decision. She might file a case at the Constitutional Court to challenge the decision and the conditions for women to join the Army, they explained.

They stressed that “we live in a civil State governed by law and the Constitution, not ‘fatwas’ (edicts). Imposing a certain attire on people as a condition for public sector job application is considered interference and infringement on personal freedoms.” They asked: Why is the veil required for Kuwaiti women to join the Army when such condition is not applied in the National Guard and police force? “They also criticized the fact that the decision is based on the opinion of the Fatwa Authority in the Ministry of Awqaf, particularly the requirement that the guardian or husband should approve the application of Kuwaiti women who wish to join the military

KUWAIT: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation reiterated on its twitter account that PCR test is required for all arriving passengers, regardless of vaccination, also for Kuwaiti citizens who have been vaccinated with 2 doses can travel within 9 months after the second dose.

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health approved reducing PCR examination prices for the Covid-19 test to maximum of 6 Kuwaiti dinars from Sunday 30th Jan 2022

KUWAIT CITY : The announcement by the Minister of Justice, Minister of State for Integrity Enhancement, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Manpower, Counselor Jamal Al-Jalawi, to allow the renewal of work permits for expatriate workers who have reached the age of sixty years and above who hold a high school certificate or less and its equivalent certificates, was met with great satisfaction by this category of expatriates, reports Al-Qabas daily. They stressed this step is not alien to the Kuwait of humanity, and pointed out many of them work in handicrafts, technical and mechanical workshops, in addition to industrial and other works, and it was not easy for them to leave the good land of Kuwait, where they have lived for many years.

Some of the fruit and vegetable vendors at the Mubarakiya market showing thumps-up sign over the decision

A number of the 60-year-olds reiterated that they had lived most of their lives in Kuwait and contributed to its construction, stressing that the amendment of the decision was pleasing to hear because it gives them a sense of reassurance and stability. Director of the Public Relations Department, official spokeswoman for the Public Authority for Manpower, Aseel Al-Mazeed, interacted with journalists’ questions about the date for implementing of the new decision and its mechanism. She confirmed PAM will announce the date for receiving renewal requests and the mechanism to be followed in this regard.

Meanwhile, the sources said the decision will contribute to stability of the labor market, benefit from the expertise of craftsmen and similar professions; improve Kuwait’s humanitarian image; many families will be reunited; give boost to national economy and serve lot of small businesses and projects. Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Integrity Affairs, Counselor Jamal Al-Jalawi, resolved the issue in just one week after transferring the affiliation of the Public Authority for Manpower to his ministerial portfolio on January 18; after the issue rode a bumpy ride during the tenure of four ministers. During the meeting of the board of directors of the authority headed by Al- Jalawi, there was satisfaction among the members who voted on the decision in the new formula approved by the minister and announced 250 dinars fee for annual renewal in addition to health insurance.

KUWAIT CITY : The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Abdullah Al- Othman, sentenced to prison some Kuwaiti citizens who are accused of seizing, kidnapping and torturing their sister for more than nine years, forging official and bank documents, and forcing the victim to sign concessions of her share in the inheritance. The court sentenced the victim’s half-brother and her ex-husband to ten-year imprisonment each, her brother and sister to seven-year imprisonment each, refrained from punishing two other sisters of the victim, imposed a fine of KD 5,000 each on all defendants, and obligated them to pay temporary civil compensation worth KD 5,001 to the victim.

Lawyer Mona Al-Arbash, the counsel representing the victim, said, “We preferred silence since the beginning of the investigations in order to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of my client. We value the justice of the court to show fairness towards my client who has suffered injustice from the people closest to her.” According to the case file, the housemaid had reported that the victim was being detained in a cell-like room following disputes with her family. The maid informed one of the lawyers about the incident, and the lawyer submitted a report to the Public Prosecution on what the woman had been exposed to. The Public Prosecution immediately commissioned the Ministry of Interior to investigate.

After confirming the incident, the prosecution obtained permission to raid the house, liberate the girl, arrest her brothers and sisters, initiate a criminal case against them, and coordinate with the competent authorities to provide her a home. The victim stated in her testimony that her father put her in the basement of the house after her divorce because he categorically rejected the idea of her separation in an independent residence, prevented her from communicating with the outside world and did not allow her son to enter the basement to play with her or for her to help him study. The brothers and sisters denied the charges related to the detention of their sister and their participation in this crime, claiming that they did not know about their sister’s detention. By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

KUWAIT: The parliamentary Environment Affairs Committee on Monday discussed the need to test all imported and local food products to ensure they are free from harmful substances. The meeting is in line with the directive of the National Assembly for the committee to investigate the rising pollution rate in the country. Representatives of the Health Ministry, Public Authority for Food and Nutrition (PAFN), Kuwait Municipality, Environment Public Authority (EPA), and Kuwait General Administration for Customs (KGAC) attended the meeting. Committee Chairman MP Hamad Al-Matar disclosed that the food products entering the country are not subject to comprehensive laboratory tests. He said PAFN cannot carry out the task alone, so other tests are conducted by the Ministry of Health.

He also wondered why PAFN reduced its budget request for the development of its laboratories from KD12 million to only KD2 million. He added the authority informed the committee that the technicians assigned in its laboratories are not qualified. Al-Matar said a large number of food products – whether imported or manufactured locally – are not tested to make sure they are free from harmful substances; hence, the rising number of cancer patients in the country. He called on Minister of Health Dr Khalid Al-Saeed to shoulder the responsibility of executing the Cabinet’s decision regarding the release of imported items from customs. He asked why the authority did not hire Kuwaitis who specialized in Chemistry and Biology. He added the number of Kuwaitis employed in the laboratories of PAFN is only four out of 30 workers.

Meanwhile, MP Farz Al-Daihani forwarded queries to Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Ali Al-Mousa about the frequent overfl owing of drainage water in some parts of Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh. He wants to know the steps taken to solve the problem. He requested for a detailed report on the maintenance works and date of the last pavement works on the roads in the area.

Al-Daihani also asked Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil, Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Muhammad Al-Fares about the electricity and water violations uncovered in the area. He inquired about the action taken against those proven to have stolen electricity and water, number of power transmission stations in the area, if the consumption of electricity and water is higher than the regular consumers, reason behind the frequent fire incidents in power transmission stations, and number of cases in which the ministry decided to cut electricity. He forwarded queries to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Mansour about the number of police stations, officers and civilians working in the area; number of security campaigns since 2017 till date; number of crimes committed by unknown individuals; number of murder, attempted murder, suicide, suicide attempts, possession of weapons and prostitution cases recorded since 2017 till date; number of Residency Law violations and absconding cases; and if the ministry is capable of handling collapse of security system in case it happens in the area. He asked His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al- Khalid about the decision of the Council of Ministers to specify prices of the plots in the area in preparation for purchasing them from the current owners. He demanded for a copy of the Cabinet decision to allocate a budget for this purpose.

He wants to know the strategy of the government in addressing the problem and target date of implementation. He requested for copies of researches and studies conducted by the Cabinet since 2010 till date to determine causes of the problem and suggested solutions. He asked Minister of Health Dr Khalid Al-Saeed about the number of clinics in the area, number of its residents who underwent treatment at Farwaniya Hospital in 2020 and 2021, if the area is considered infested in theory and practice, if its population density burdens the health care system, suggested solutions to the problem, and way of dealing with children born out of wedlock and whose parents are unknown. He asked Minister of State for Municipality, Communications and Information Technology Affairs Rana Al-Fares about the contracts for the provision of cleaning services in the area since 2017 till date, number of violations regarding abandoned vehicles since 2019 till date, if the restaurants and garages in the area are monitored by Kuwait Municipality, number of licenses that the Municipality granted to shops in the area, number of international telephone call crimes recorded by the Ministry of Communications, and annual cost of such crimes

KUWAIT : The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) is allegedly in the process of breaking the deadlock and has prepared a new draft decision regarding the renewal of work permits for non-graduate 60-year-old expatriates working in the country’s private sector, reports Al-Qabas daily. The daily quoting sources said according to the new draft decision the fee of 250 dinars has been proposed for the renewal of the work permit for non-graduate expats (60 years and above), in addition to health insurance. The new decision will be presented to the upcoming meeting of the Public Authority for Manpower Board of Directors headed by Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Integrity Promotion Jamal Al- Jalawi.

The sources pointed out the above-mentioned fee is less than what was agreed upon by the Board of Directors at its last meeting headed by former Minister of Commerce Abdullah Al-Salman which was set at 500 dinars for permission to work other than private health insurance. The sourced also stated that the draft of the new decision will be presented to the members of the Board of Directors for a vote before taking a decision. The sources stressed the information systems at PAM are ready to implement any new version of the decision immediately.

Meanwhile, the Health Assurance Hospitals Company said efforts are being exerted by the hospital’s Board of Directors to complete and equip the first ‘Daman’ hospital which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, reports Al-Rai daily. The sources said “once the hospital begins operations, the Ministry of the Interior will be requested to raise the value of the health insurance fee for expatriates to 130 dinars when the residence permit is due for renewal beginning from 2023, according to the fees specified in the tender documents. The sources noted that “Daman will not charge anything outside what is mentioned in the tender documents unless it has space to use its facilities for commercial purposes.”

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