KUWAIT CITY, Nov 1: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday issued an Amiri Decree reappointing His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al- Sabah as Prime Minister and instructed the latter to appoint members of the new Cabinet.
The Amiri Decree states that having considered the Constitution and our decree issued on 10 Safar 1439, corresponding to Oct 30, 2017 on accepting the resignation of the Prime Minister and Ministers and after holding traditional consultations, we ordered the following: Article One: His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak is appointed as Prime Minister and charged with nominating members of the new Cabinet and present their names to us to issue a decree appointing them. Article Two: The Prime Minister shall carry out this order and report to the National Assembly. This shall be effective from the date of issuance and it will be published in the Official Gazette. Meanwhile, Article 56 of the Constitution stipulates that:
(1) The Amir, after traditional consultations, appoints the Prime Minister and relieves him of office. The Amir also appoints Ministers and relieves them of office upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
(2) Ministers are appointed from amongst members of the National Assembly and others.
(3) The total number of Ministers shall not exceed onethird of the number of National Assembly members. Earlier, His Highness the Amir received at Bayan Palace His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak as part of traditional consultations that precede formation of the new government.
His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Wednesday a cable to His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak congratulating him on being reassigned as Prime Minister of the country.
His Highness the Crown Prince lauded His Highness the Amir for putting his trust in Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak who is now tasked with forming the new Cabinet. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf wished His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak all the success in his endeavor to serve the people and country.
Meanwhile, MP Mubarak Al-Hajraf disclosed he prepared a grilling request against acting Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh on several issues in case she returns to the government. He is hoping for harmonious relations with the new government, wishing the Prime Minister-designate will form a harmonious team.
In another development, acting First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah has confirmed that his ministry is coordinating with its defense counterpart in accordance with the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects and to present its periodical report to the Convention Secretariat in Geneva.
This is in response to the question of MP Osama Al- Shaheen about measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the discovery of landmine or ammunition believed to be remnants of the Iraqi invasion. He explained the ministry sends annually to the Convention Secretariat all information and reports prepared by its defense counterpart on banning the use, stockpiling, production, disposal and transfer of anti-personnel mines. He said these reports include all cases uncovered by the competent authorities throughout the year.
If an expatriate died due to landmine or ammunition, the ministry shall take consular action in coordination with the concerned embassy to repatriate the body if the relatives wish to do so, as well as complete formal and legal procedures related to death, he added.
Talking about treaties and conventions on anti-personnel mines, he disclosed that Kuwait is a party to two conventions. He said Article Four of the first convention states that each State party undertakes to destroy or ensure the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines owned, acquired or under its jurisdiction or control as soon as possible, not later than four years after the entry into force of the Convention by that State.
Article Five regulates destruction of anti-personnel mines in mined areas and how civilians are protected during such destruction.
Second is the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects and the Protocols thereto, which the State of Kuwait agreed to through Law No. 24/2013 on Feb 14, 2013. He added the second convention consists of five additional protocols, two of which are related to mine action — Protocol II dealing with landmines, traps, deception and other means, and Protocol V dealing with explosive remnants of war.
He explained that under Protocol V, State parties and parties to an armed conflict must act to clear, remove or destroy explosive remnants of war and to record and retain information related to the use or abandonment of unexploded ordnance. He said the Foreign Affairs Office provides all necessary information and assistance in locating mines, booby traps and other Iraqi explosives, as well as weapons, chemical and biological materials in Kuwait and parts of Iraq where forces of member-States are cooperating with Kuwait pursuant to Resolution 678/1990 and in neighboring waters, as well as following up the implementation of provisions of this resolution in coordination with the Ministry of Defense which is the concerned authority in the State.
On another issue, MP Dr Mohamed Al-Huwailah has presented a proposal to establish an advanced prostheses center and allocate special wards for amputees in medical centers and hospitals. He pointed out the Artificial Limbs Center in the country is not fully equipped for amputees, starting from the building up to the lack of technicians and specialists in installing prosthetics.
He added that giving attention to people with special needs is the characteristic of civilized nations and such behavior is measured by the level of society’s awareness of the issue and human rights. He stressed that around 1,500 to 2,000 amputees in the country are facing a lot of problems including the lack of an integrated rehabilitation center to help amputees psychologically and socially.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff and Agencies
Source: Arab Times
Burning coal to smoke shisha KD 50 fine
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 1: A recent meeting of the Environment Public Authority (EPA), Environment Police, and Kuwait Municipality agreed on forming a tripartite committee authorized by the judicial police to follow up violations committed on the beaches, public parks and camps.
Informed sources said the committee will launch campaigns targeting beaches, parks and campsites to deal with serious violations such as filth and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and barbecuing that attract fines ranging from KD 5,000 to KD 10,000, while burning coal to smoke shisha attracts KD 50 fine.
As regards smoking in public places, the source pointed out that the judicial police have since issued violations against 30 individuals at different official institutes. He reiterated environment law bans smoking in public places, commercial complexes and official bodies.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim
Arab Times Staff and Agencies
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 1: The Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, Major-General Fahd Al-Shuwea has submitted a proposal to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah according to which any expatriate who commits five serious violations within five years will be deported from the country, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a senior security source.
The daily added, when a person commits the fifth violation, the computer system will automatically prevent the person from renewing his residence permit. The man will be arrested and deported. The source pointed out the proposal includes a clause which calls for dropping violations if they are less than five within five years and continue the count anew.
The source enumerated the serious violations as not fastening the seat belt, use of mobile phone while driving, parking on pavement and blocking pedestrian passageway and obstructing traffic.
The source added the new proposal is still under study by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and subjected to legal studies by specialists.
The source pointed out this proposal was submitted after the traffic sector noticed great deal of indifference on the part of the expatriates to the extent some of them committed at least five serious traffic violations each year which means they do not respect the law and therefore deterrent measures must be taken against them.
The sources confirmed once the decision is taken by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, the violations will be linked to the General Department of Residence Affairs so that no person commits 5 serious violations within 5 years and remains in the country.
The sources pointed out the proposal, when approved, will apply to all expatriates without discrimination. The violator will be deported even if he/she is acquitted by the judiciary. The source added the only authority which can do away with the violation is the investigation department after finding the violation was registered against the expatriate by mistake or if it was a clear case of abuse of authority.
The source said in this case, once the decision is issued, those who commit 5 serious violations within five years shall be deported, unless he/she is wanted in other cases that prevent the departure from the country.
Soruce: Arab Times
Debate over rise begins as evaluation date awaited
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 28: Member of the Health Committee of the National Assembly, MP Khalid Al-Otaibi has said the committee plans to request to reduce some of the recently approved health fees for expatriates.
He called on the concerned body to take into consideration some of the health fees announced by the Ministry of Health, especially the cost of some costly surgeries and fixing of prostheses. Al-Otaibi said: “We support the increase in health fees for expatriates to keep pace with the increasing price of medical devices and equipment, but at the same time we demand that the humanitarian side must be taken into consideration, especially that there are expatriates with very low salaries, therefore we must consider their circumstances if they need surgeries.”
Al-Otaibi revealed the reduction of some health fees will be on the agenda of the committee in preparation for discussion and prepare a report in this regard, especially as there is a demand to review some of them.
He noted, the fees of some services announced by the ministry in part exceed the prices applicable in some neighboring countries, which necessitates reconsideration.
Meanwhile, the decision to increase fees for health services offered to expatriates remains a controversial issue between those who are for and against it, as everyone waits for the outcome of the Ministry of Health’s evaluation three months after the implementation of the new fees.
Commenting on the issue, Deputy Chairman of Constituent Council of the Constitution Dr Ahmad Al-Khateeb asserted the decision contravenes humane principles on treatment; as well as the customs and traditions. “At a time Kuwait offers financial aid to other countries, it breaks our principles through a decision to increase health fees for expatriates,” he added. He went on to say, “The doctor is obligated to be impartial in the treatment of patients, because he is sworn to treat any patient even if the latter is an enemy and so are those who cannot afford the treatment cost?”
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 26: The idea of providing shelter for women who are exposed to domestic violence is no longer a mere dream based on a recent announcement saying the first shelter will be inaugurated soon, reports Al- Qabas daily.
Chairperson of the Women Socio-cultural Society Lulua Al- Mulla said the society played a pivotal role in transforming the dream to a reality. She added the society coordinated with the Ministry of Planning and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to review laws related to women since 2012.
She stated the project titled “My Paper” came out with 18 recommendations and presented to the office of UNDP in the country to mark the World Women’s Day.
The recommendations included establishment of a shelter for women who are facing domestic violence — the first of its kind to be established in cooperation between a civil society organization and government departments. She noted the study revealed that Kuwait was about the only country without such a shelter for women.
She indicated cases of domestic violence against women are high in Kuwait, while some people have been assisting such victims based on individual voluntary basis. This is risky and life threatening for those rendering assistance, because such people are exposed to danger when the father, husband or brothers of the victims detect their hideouts.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 26: Most of the Kuwaitis who had registered to work in the cooperatives sectors reportedly don’t want to work in the jobs that have been offered to them, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting sources from the cooperative societies.
The sources said those Kuwaitis who are actually working in the cooperative societies sector are less than 35 out of the more than 82 persons registered and who had shown their interest in the cooperatives sector during interviews but a majority of them are not serious about working.
The Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) and the State Executive Apparatus have registered more than 1,100 citizens willing to work in cooperative societies, and are continuing to receive more applications. According to the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which showed 1,800 jobs available in cooperative societies, these vacancies did not suit most of the applicants. The sources pointed out the MoU between MGRP and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and signed with the Federation of Cooperative Societies, is flawed.
The same sources said the MoU will be reviewed due to lack of incentives for Kuwaiti workers in cooperative societies except for the labor support provided by the government. The sources said the nature of cooperative societies which are service institutions unlike the private sector companies and they cannot be forced to pay specific salaries to citizens who wish to work. They also announce job vacancies and make interviews according to their needs, the source added.
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has signed several contracts with local companies to supply deep drilling pipes worth up to 50 million dinars for three years, reports Al-Seyassah daily. KOC signed the contracts with more than one local company in September and October respectively to supply and manufacture deep drilling pipes for North Kuwait and Jurassic gas fields after they were qualified by the tender committee of the Petroleum Corporation and Central Tenders Committee.
It also received approval of the Central Agency for Tenders Tuesday for the joint venture company to execute additional works at the Jurassic Gas Project and related activities in Northern Kuwait at a cost of KD 4.1 million. Sources added Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) provided the company with details of the contract and additional items the company will implement so as to complete the rest of the work entrusted to it, noting the issuance of change orders for all projects in the company is strictly by terms and conditions.
Source: Arab times
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25, (KUNA): The administrative department in the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by a lawyer against the Ministry of Health (MOH) to overturn its decision to increase health care fees for foreigners.
The Fatwa and Legislation Department pleaded on behalf of the ministry of Health and demanded to dismiss the case and submitted a defense memorandum behind the ministry’s decision. The case was first heard by the court last August, and decided on Oct 4 to hold the case for the verdict until today.
Health ministry has issued a decision to increase fees on expatriates due to increase in costs for providing health care services such as surgeries, medical equipment, laboratories and medical supplies.
The decision came into force on Oct 1 with the exception of emergency and critical cases. Earlier, Kuwait Health Minister Jamal Al-Harbi announced the exemption of some categories of expatriates from paying the new healthcare fees.
These exemptions included non-Kuwaitis married to Kuwaiti women. The minister also issued several “explanatory decisions” regarding health insurance, fees pertaining to medical prescriptions and receiving intensive care at public hospitals for non-Kuwaitis, read a ministry statement.
Intensive care fees will be subject to a medical report approved by the doctor and after consultation from the head of the specialised ward, said the minister, adding that domestic workers will not be subject to these fees. He reiterated that the increase in the fees is due to the high expense burden of healthcare on the ministry.
Those exempt from the fees include children under the age of 12 of cancer patients, non-Kuwaiti women married to Kuwaitis, non-Kuwaiti mothers of Kuwaitis and the daughters of a Kuwaiti mother married to a non-Kuwaiti.
Others include people receiving care at welfare homes, Gulf Cooperation Council citizens, illegal residents, members of official delegations, transit travelers, non-Kuwaiti prisoners and students on a Kuwaiti-funded grant.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim
Arab Times Staff
Source: Arab Times / KUNA