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Assistant Undersecretary for National and Passport Affairs Maj Gen Faisal Al-Nawaf (MOI) issued a circular granting three months visit visa for expats wives and children on humanitarian grounds and will have positive effect on local market.

The new circular has come into effect on 13th Sep 2018 which came into effect on 16th Sep 2018 where visit visas will be issued for 3 months instead of 1 month. Visit visas for others is valid for only one month.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

Source : Arabtimes

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 12: The latest statistics issued by the Directorate-General of Residence Affairs, which is one of the sectors of the Department of the Nationality and Travel Documents headed by Major- General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf, revealed the total number of expatriates with valid residence in the country is 2,861,380 of whom 2,017,084 are males and 844,296 females.

According to the statistics issued by the Department of Residence, which is headed by Major-General Abdullah Al- Hajri as of Sept 1, 2018, the employees in the government sector or those who hold Article 17, are 107,887 of them 68,537 are male and 39,350 female, as for workers in the private sector the figure is 1,518,711 of whom 1,394,913 are male and 123,798 females.

According to the statistics, the number of domestic workers or those holding the Article 20 work permit is 687,267 with 349,273 male and 337,994 female. The total numbers of those who have a residence permit under Article 22 are 544,048, with 202,295 males and 341,753 females.

The statistics indicate the number of those who hold residence under Article 19 is 346 – 330 male and 16 females, as for those who are under Article 23 is 692 – 545 male and 147 female. On the other hand, a security source estimated the number of violators of the residence law as exceeding 90,000. The source pointed out the Ministry of the Interior is currently considering several options to reduce the number and pointed out among the options is the launch of intensive campaigns to prosecute them and take other measures against their sponsors.

The source expressed the hope that citizens and residents will participate in the pursuit of these segments and not hide or shelter them. The source stressed there are subsequent studies to take action against those who harbor violators of the residence law. The source pointed out that a large segment of the residence law violators are Asians followed by Arab nationalities, especially the Syrians, whose number is estimated to be about 10,000.

Speaking about the largest community in the country, the source said the Indians top the list followed by the Egyptians. Asked if the Interior Ministry would pursue the Syrians, the source said: “Certainly they will be prosecuted, because the situation in their country is no longer an obstacle for their return.”

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 13: Head of Kuwait University’s Faculty Association Dr Ibrahim Al-Hamoud expressed dissatisfaction with the non-payment of financial dues (for teaching in the summer semester) to a group of faculty members by the university administration under the pretext of lack of sufficient funds in the budget to make the payments, reports Al-Anba daily.

He said this reflects the administrative blunders at the university. Dr Al-Hamoud explained that the lack of sufficient funds does not mean anything but misappropriation of funds by the financial management and its agreement to accept the budget without ensuring the availability of a real and practical budget. This means there is a flagrant violation of the financial regulations and the law of the State Audit Bureau

Source: Arab Times


KUWAIT CITY, Sept 13, (KUNA): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced on Wednesday the implementation of a plan for safeguarding Husseiniyas’ gatherings during the Islamic calendar month of Muharram, which started Tuesday.

In line with the directives of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, Undersecretary Lieutenant General Essam Al-Naham accompanied by Assistant Undersecretary for Operations Major- General Jamal Al-Sayegh made an inspection tour to several Husseiniyats and condolence places, MoI’s security media department said in a press statement.

Al-Naham conveyed greetings of Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah to the officials responsible for implementing the security plan set for Husseiniyas, the statement added. He inspected all patrols on all roads leading to Husseiniyats, and was briefed on readiness of security personnel for this plan, according to the statement. He thanked those responsible for Husseiniyats for their cooperation and supporting to security personnel. Al-Naham asserted that MoI’s aim is to protect lives and properties, referring citizen’s security is a top priority of the ministry. He urged security personnel to be vigilant and implement firmly and comprehensively the plan.

Finally, he wished Kuwait and the Kuwaiti people everlasting security and safety, under the leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Sabah.

Source: Arab Times


کویت(محمد عرفان شفیق)امیر کویت شیخ صباح الاحمد الجابرالصباح نے پاکستان کے نومنتخب صدر عارف الرحمن علوی کو صدارتی الیکشن کی کامیابی پر مبارک باد دی ہے اور نیک جذبات کا اظہار کیا ہے۔ نائب امیر اور ولی عہد شیخ نواف الاحمد الجابر الصباح اور وزیراعظم شیخ جابر المبارک الحمد الصباح نے بھی پاکستان کے نومنتخب صدر عارف علوی کو مماثل پیغام ارسال کئے ہیں۔

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 3: The new academic year for the students of intermediate public schools across the country began on Monday, Sept 3. On the first day of the new academic year, some minor issues were witnessed such as malfunctioning of some air conditioning units in about 30 schools in various educational zones including some kindergarten schools in Qusour area due to delay in maintenance.

Some school administrations called the students’ guardians and asked them to collect their children due to the high temperatures and problems in the air-conditioning units. Some teachers also complained about lack of cleaners as well as water coolers in certain schools.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Education has started taking prompt procedures to fill teaching staff vacancies by expediting procedures in signing contracts with teachers from outside of Kuwait. According to sources, the ministry has booked the plane tickets for the new teachers who contracted with the ministry from Jordan.

They will arrive in Kuwait next week, while the Tunisian teachers will arrive the week after. The ministry is still working on completing the procedures for bringing the new Palestinian teachers including obtaining all necessary security approvals, after which their plane tickets will be booked.

Furthermore, Ibn Tufail Intermediate School for Boys in Jahra area witnessed a minor fire incident early in the morning. The fire was controlled by both the administration staff and firefighters, due to which no casualties were reported. The operation happened in the presence of Director of Jahra Educational Zone Walid Al-Ghaith.

In addition, Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Hamid Al-Azmi, and Undersecretary of Ministry of Education Dr Haitham Al-Atari conducted a field tour of a number of public schools. Al-Azmi congratulated the administrations of these schools as well as the teachers and students for the start of the new academic year. He asked the students to exert utmost efforts and make use of all available facilities to ensure the year ends successfully and to participate in the development of their country.

By Rana Salem Al-Seyassah Staff

Source: Arab Times


MP proposes to cancel Article 104 of Law 17/1996

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 30: Wataniya Airways has taken a number of operational measures to curb the mistakes that led to the recent chaos that besieged the local aviation sector, which is still reeling from what happened, reports Al-Anba daily quoting informed sources.

These mistakes had caused much havoc to the passengers especially those who had traveled for Eid Al-Adha holidays or for summer vacation, as either flights were cancelled or there were no seats for passengers.

The measures taken by the airlines are as follows:-

1. Reduce aircraft fleet utilization rate to nine hours per day instead of 13 hours per day

2. Reduce the number of daily flights to five only by rescheduling some routes and reducing the number of flights to one destination

3. Fly twice a week to one destination such as Spain, Georgia and Beirut

4. Work towards passengers’ satisfaction and prevent delay in flights

5. Upgrading the services offered to passengers, starting with the weight of the luggage, boarding pass facilities and in-flight services.

According to sources, the company’s management has been in continuous touch with the Council of Ministers in the past few days. A number of meetings were held during which discussions were concerning the measures taken by the airlines in light of the recent crisis.

Meanwhile MP Abdulwahab Al- Babtain has proposed the cancellation of Article 104 of Law No. 17/1996 concerning the penal procedural law which allows the executive authority to suspend investigations, reports Al- Anba daily.

In the explanatory memo, MP Al- Babtain explained that the objective behind cancelling this article is to achieve justice, which is the main role of a judge and the responsibility of the judiciary. The judicial authority is the sole responsible entity for suspending investigations of a case on a final basis.

The executive authority is not supposed to have the authority of suspending investigations in accordance to article 50 of the Constitution, which stipulates that, “The system of Government is based on the principle of separation of powers functioning in cooperation with each other in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. None of these powers may relinquish all or part of its competence specified in this Constitution”.

He said, “The authority of litigation in the Constitution is stated as, “The right of recourse to the courts is guaranteed to all people. aw prescribes the procedure and manner necessary for the exercise of this right”. Therefore, since we are in a civil country, it is not allowed to give the right to suspend investigations to any individual or entity, as it is the right of the judicial entity, the sole purpose of which is to ensure justice is served.

Source: Arab Times


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