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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: MP Mohammed Al-Huwailah has presented a bill on the establishment of the National Commission for Population Structure (NCPS) to be headed by the state minister for Cabinet Affairs with the ministers of Interior, Social Affairs and Labor, Commerce and Industry and Supreme Council of Planning as members.

The bill stipulates that the commission, which will be affiliated to the Council of Ministers, shall have a legal structure as well as financial and administrative autonomy.

The committee will study and assess the population structure, propose a population strategy, and establish and adopt appropriate population policies and systems to enhance the citizen’s role, protect national identity and achieve he desired population balance.

ts functions include collecting information on the demographic structure from ministries and other concerned bodies, and conducting research and analytical studies on the population structure, policies and action in other sectors and fields.

Article Six of the bill stipulates that the committee shall have an independent budget attached to the State budget. Its revenues shall consist of the amount required to achieve the objectives assigned to the Parliament and approved by the Council of Ministers. Disbursement of the budget shall be in accordance with the regulations.

Meanwhile, MP Osama Al- Shaheen announced that there are several financial draft laws in the agenda of the National Assembly, affirming the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee submitted its reports on these bills during the first session. He revealed these draft laws include optional early retirement, amendments to the Public Aid Law, cancellation of interest for loans granted to retirees and fees for public facilities like gasoline, oil derivatives, electricity and water.

He added the committee will discuss in its next meeting the proposal to amend Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Law in order to regulate this economic institution and value added tax (VAT) which has been rejected by a large number of Parliament members including himself taking into consideration the continuation of public funds wastage in the government. He went on to say that the government rejected the draft law on the retirement of noncommissioned officers in the Kuwaiti Army even though it addresses humanitarian issues. He disclosed a number of MPs intend to resume talks on this draft law and push for its ratification.

On the other hand, Chairman of the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee MP Salah Khorshid urged the government to stop wastage of public funds in ministries and other State institutions. He said this wastage has been confirmed by reports of the State Audit Bureau. He called on the government to quickly respond to proposals prioritized by the committee like the alternative salary scale to ensure equality among citizens and increasing the children allowance and rent allowances. He also asked the government to explain its decision to reject the proposed exceptional pension for retired soldiers due to the alleged constitutional suspicion. He called for clarifying the suspicion through a legal opinion to uncover the truth, since some retirees have received judicial rulings to grant them exceptional pension. He added the priorities of the committee are the proposals on leadership positions, population structure, cancellation of interest for loans given to retirees, reduction of retirement age, establishment of joint stock companies to build power and desalination plants, and governance rules in government institutions

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staffv

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22: Ministry of Commerce and Industry confiscated six kilograms of faked golden crafts at the value of KD 80,000 (around $261,000) in various locations of Al- Mubarakeya and Al-Rai areas, and culprits were referred for prosecution, says KUNA.

The confiscated jewelry is of duplication of international brands and is stuffed with nonprecious substances in order to increase the weight of the gold goods, and the shops also sell them as being purely gold goods to make profits in illegal methods, the Ministry said in a statement.

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22: Since some expatriates from certain nationalities need special approval from the security authorities to enter the country on new visas, this trend is linked to the ‘sale’ of visas by residence traders.

The sources said the more strict measures adopted on some nationalities, the higher the ‘sale price’ of visas.

According to the visa traders charge

Egyptian between KD 1,500 and KD 1,800;

Jordanians KD 1,000 and KD 1,200;

Lebanese KD 2,000 to KD 2,500

Iraqis KD 4,000 and KD 5,500.

In the case of Asians

Indians are charged between KD 500 and KD 700;

Bangladeshis KD 1,600 and KD 2,200;

Filipinos KD 400 a n d KD 600;

Afghans KD 3,000 and KD 5,000;

Pakistanis KD 2,500 and KD 3,500.

Among the Africans

Eritreans pay between 800 and KD 1,100

Madagascans KD 400 and KD 500.

Some sources say the black market is very big for visa traders in Kuwait. The business is brisk worth millions of dinars to an extent there are companies which make an annual profit of not less than 100,000 dinars a year using fake offices.

By Munaif Nayef
Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 22: Parallel to ambiguity hovering over the constitutionality and legality of the recent amendment to traffic laws regarding penalties for not using safety belt, using mobile phone by hand while, driving and parking on pavement, Director of the General Public Relations and Security Media Department Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash disclosed that the ministry will deport any expatriate who repeats the violation of driving without safety belt and use mobile by hand while driving.

In a televised interview concerning the new traffic law and controversial penalties introduced for the above-mentioned violations to impound the vehicle for two months, Al-Hashash pointed out that an expatriate who repeats the violation of not using safety belt and uses mobile phone while driving will be sent packing.

The traffic law permits impounding of vehicle, while existing articles give the Minister of Interior the right to deport those who violate general order and laws of the country. He called on the public to adhere to traffic rules and cooperate with the traffic officers for the safety of motorists and other road users.

By Local affairs analyst

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 21: A recent study published by RT Today News Channel indicates Kuwaitis are the second most intelligent people among their Arab counterparts, reports Al-Kuwaitiya daily. The study was co-authored by an English psychologist Professor Emeritus Richard Lynn and Finnish Professor Tatu Vanhanen who believe there is a link between the level of intelligence (IQ) and the rate of economic development and national resources.

The study places Iraq on top of other Arab countries, showing Iraqis are the most intelligent, followed by Kuwaitis, Yemenis and Jordanians in that order. Moroccans occupied the fifth place, followed by Saudis, Emirates and Algerians in the sixth, seventh and eighth positions respectively. Bahrainis were rated ninth and Libyans tenth, while Syrians, Egyptians and other Arab nationals came behind the above stated nationalities

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY: The Ministry of Interior has given its Social Affairs counterpart the go signal to approve the proposal to amend the status of expatriate children under Article 22 visa to Article 18 (private sector) once they reach 21 years old without obtaining a letter of initial approval from the Residency Affairs General Department.

In its letter to the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Interior explained that this move aims to facilitate procedures and eliminate obstacles in amending the status of these children and transferring to work visa.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim
Arab Times Staff

Dr. Ahmed Al Saleh
CEO, Kuwait Health Assurance

UWAIT CITY, Nov 21: Chief Executive Officer of the Health Assurance Hospitals Company — Dhaman, Dr Ahmed Al-Saleh denied rumors circulated on social media alleging health insurance fee will be increased to KD 130 from early next year. Dr Al-Saleh noted it is impossible to increase insurance fee before inaugurating the Dhaman hospitals in 2020.

He stressed the company will organize a press conference in a couple of days to correct the wrong information passed to the public, while shedding light on the entire project. He reiterated the fees remain KD 50 for private sector employees, KD 40 for family residence, and KD 30 for children.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is looking into the possibility of offering family insurance package to expatriates at competitive prices, reports Al-Anba daily quoting official spokesperson of the ministry Dr Ahmad Al-Shatti. Al-Shatti disclosed that with a budget of about KD 3 billion, the ministry has many plans such as providing first aid kits and emergency evacuation plan for each clinic.

He affirmed the ministry allowed competitors without local agents to participate in the bidding for renewal of ‘Afiya’ contract; hinting that the winning company might come from Europe, Singapore or Britain and it has the ability to provide services at affordable prices rather than profiteering which is common among local agents.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff and Agencies

Sorce: Arab Times

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