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KUWAIT: The number of people registered on the electronic Hajj platform for this year reached 5,000 in just first 3 hours after its launch, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. The sources pointed to the remarkable demand for registration given the new steps and decisions taken with regards to the Hajj season which promises the lowest prices and the best services.
The sources noted in case the registration is accepted on the platform, those who have applied will receive messages with complete details including the names of caravans, the services offered and the cost and the option will be for the registrants to chose what suits them best. Registration on the platform closes on February 28.

KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Civil Information stopped the home delivery service of civil cards as the contract with the specialized company was not renewed. The last request for renewal of the contract was submitted to the State Audit Bureau on July 28, 2021.
PACI earns 650 fils from the Civil ID card holders while remaining amount goes to the delivery company, reports Al Qabas. The Audit Bureau report revealed that the company continued to provide its services during 2022, despite the end of the contract in July 2021. The authority stopped the service this month.
The Public Authority for Civil Information is expediting the issuance of cards for domestic workers, citizens, and expats working in government ministries. The delay in issuing Civil ID cards for private company workers, dependent residence delay may continue for months. Already the complaints from Kuwaitis and expats have increased due to the delay in obtaining civil cards.

KUWAIT: Chairman of Kuwaiti Fishermen Union Dhaher Al-Suwayan has appealed to Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled to issue visas for expatriate workers in the fishing sector due to the lack of such workers in the local labor sector, reports Al-Rai daily.
He pointed out that the country needs such workers, as many of them left the country and do not want to return. He stressed the need to approve the visa applications of those who were granted a fishing license in order to fulfill their national obligation to ensure ample supply of fish and other types of seafood in the country.

KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Meteorological Department said the country expects light rainfall Monday and will gradually increase on Tuesday, peaking in the afternoon and continue until Wednesday morning, reports Al- Rai daily. Amira Al-Azmi, Head of the Department of Navigational Forecasting Department, told Kuwait News Agency today, that the country is expected to be affected by rainfall as a result of the extension of a surface depression accompanied by a moist air mass that coincides with the presence of an atmospheric depression in the upper layers of the atmosphere that leads to the multiplication of low and medium clouds accompanied by thunderstorms and a decrease in temperature and horizontal visibility in some areas. She added that the chance of light rain begins on Monday, with light to moderate southeasterly winds that will gradually activate, especially in the coastal areas, with waves rising at night to more than 6 feet.
Al-Azmi expected that the chances of rain will gradually increase from Tuesday, as it will peak from afternoon until Wednesday morning, and it will be moderate in its entirety, with active to strong winds, with a speed of more than 70 kilometers per hour, leading to turbulent waves, as they reach a height of 8 feet. She indicated that the maximum temperatures are expected to record a noticeable increase on Monday and Tuesday, between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius, and to decrease again on Wednesday.

KUWAIT: The parliamentary Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee on Sunday discussed the cheating in exams issue with the acting undersecretary and assistant undersecretaries at the Ministry of Education. Committee Chairman MP Hamad Al- Matar urged His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to dismiss senior ministry officials who were appointed as per the decrees he issued earlier.
He said they deliberated on the widespread cheating in exams; indicating the senior officials who represented the ministry provided short, flawed and inaccurate answers to the queries of the committee. He said these officials neither provided a vision on solving the issue nor responded to the questions. He added the acting undersecretary informed the committee that the ministry called its Interior counterpart after the cheating issue went viral on social media, wondering why the senior officials took action only after the spread of such news on social media. He believes this is a clear manifestation that the ministry was not aware of the problem, stressing the need to dismiss the senior officials immediately or within a week at the latest.
He pointed out that governments in some countries resigned because of a train accident, while cheating in exams in Kuwait has become a part of culture. He said the number of cheating cases among students has reached 40,000 and their parents or guardians tolerated such behavior.
He warned that the issue is destroying society; indicating one student asked the proctor to allow him to cheat and when the latter refused, the student argued: “Everyone is cheating, why I am not allowed to do the same?” He revealed that he decided to leave the meeting even before it ended due to the failure of the ministry’s representatives to give satisfactory responses to the queries of the committee. “While the senior officials at the ministry did not reply to the questions adequately, I received the plans of teachers to address the issue,” he stated.
He submitted a request signed by 10 lawmakers to hold a special session to discuss the issue in the first week of February, affirming the committee will complete its review of MP Abdulkareem Al- Kandari’s report about education prior to the special session. He affirmed that corruption in education is on top of the list of urgent issues; hence, the need for the interim government to attend the special session.
Meanwhile, MP Fares Al-Otaibi asked Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research Ahmad Abdulwahab Al-Adwani to provide him with the following: job descriptions of the directors of the educational district, special education, coordination and monitoring departments; amendments to these job descriptions since 2012 till date; advertisement for the recruitment of these directors since 2012 till date; and curriculum vitae of those who occupied such positions since 2012 till date. MP Hamdan Al-Azmi forwarded queries to all ministers on the strategies for hazard management and restoring digital data in case they are lost, hacked or leaked by servers; criteria in classifying confidential digital data; number of smart phone applications and websites in ministries and their subsidiaries; departments tasked to operate, update and maintain these applications and websites; and companies that signed contracts with ministries for the switch to digital systems.
In addition, Assembly Speaker Ahmad Al-Saadoun recently met with Omani Ambassador to Kuwait Saleh bin Amer Al-Khurousi and a delegation from the Omani National Defense College headed by Dr Ahmed bin Salem Ba Omar. Vice Chairman of the Omani Diplomatic Mission Counselor Shehab bin Salem Al- Rawas attended the meeting. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff Source: Arab times

KUWAIT: Kuwait on Saturday strongly condemned and denounced the burning of a copy of the Holy Quran by the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, according to a statement by Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Sheikh Salem also called on the concerned governments to take immediate and serious action to stop these absurd and reprehensible acts and repeated abuses of Muslim symbols and sanctities and to hold the perpetrators accountable. He urged others to do all in their power to promote the values of dialogue and tolerance and to counter hatred and extremism instead of carrying out actions that instigate violence (KUNA)

KUWAIT: While the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) announced the reactivation of the automatic suspension of the files of companies that are not committed to transferring the salaries of their registered workers, responsible sources in the authority confirmed that avoiding suspension requires depositing salaries before the seventh day of the due date, reports Al-Qabas daily. PAM stated Thursday that the automatic suspension of files of companies that are not committed to paying salaries “was decided to be implemented during the corona crisis, starting from March 19, 2020, to remedy the negative effects of the epidemic on business owners and workers.” The authority pointed out that activating the suspension automatically is in accordance with the law and PAM regulations to control the labor market, and is in line with the standards of organizations and bodies concerned with human rights to ensure the rights of workers.
PAM noted that the suspension is “a precautionary measure to alert the employer of the need to transfer salaries to local financial institutions.” PAM pointed out that what was circulated regarding stopping the renewal and transfer of was not correct, stressing that the suspension of the company’s file does not prevent the renewal of work permits of suspended files, and does not stop the transfer on an unsuspended file, which confirms that the employment is not harmed or that they violate the residence law.
The sources went on to say, the violating company will not be allowed to get new work permits because the suspension is a punitive measure for the employer due to his failure to fulfill his financial obligations to the workers. The sources stated that business owners who have technical problems when transferring their labor wages to local financial institutions should find out the reasons for rejection from the electronic system to reconcile their situation.
The sources stressed that in order to facilitate the employers, who are associated with state projects, their requests are received with their approval of the transfer of wages to exclude their files from the moratorium, and to enable them to complete all their procedures with the authority until the completion of the transfer of labor wages and the solution of their technical problems with financial institutions. The authority put emphasis on applying the law, promoting human rights standards, and ensuring financial dues for workers.
An official source in PAM confirmed that following up on workers’ wages, and entering the reasons for non-transfer, in addition to the reasons for deduction on wages, is done automatically through the government’s system, so that the authority’s specialists follow up on requests without the need for personal review. PAM stated that if the conditions are met, the employer’s file will also be opened automatically, so that he can enter his requests through an easier service

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