KUWAIT CITY, Oct 6: The Ministry of Interior has introduced tougher penalties for motorists who commit serious traffic violations, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The daily quoting senior Interior Ministry officials said the ministry will strictly apply the points system on Kuwaitis and expatriates without discrimination and those who exceed the maximum number of points will be put behind bars and in some cases the expatriates will be deported from the country.
The security sources told the daily the Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic and Operations Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, Major-General Jamal Al-Sayegh has issued a circular to the Traffic Violations Department on the need to activate the system of points, especially when an accident leads to loss of life or property or obstruct traffic.
The circular has called for immediate deportation of expatriates in 4 cases — driving under the influence of alcohol, without a license, exceeding the number of points related to crossing the red traffic light or speeding.
Earlier the Ministry of Interior had given a summary which was taken from the Official Gazette.
The points table shows 14 points
— withdrawal of driving licence for 1 month for 1st time violators; 12 points
— second time violation, 6 months withdrawal of driving licence; 10 points
— third time violation, 9 months withdrawal of driving licence; 8 points
— one year withdrawal of driving permit for 4th time violators; 6 points
— permanent withdrawal of driving license for 5th time violators.
The points will be automatically deleted under the following 2 conditions
— if the driving licence is not withdrawn and non-repetition of any other violation within one year of the last violation. Point System in traffic Violations
— crossing the red signal, four points; crossing the maximum speed; four points; driving against the flow of traffic on highways and ring roads, four points; driving a heavy duty vehicle on the strength on light driving licence, 3 points; driving a vehicle with a prior suspended license; 3 points; reckless driving, three points; committing a disgraceful behavior inside the vehicle or allowing it to be happened, four points; driving unlicensed vehicle, 3 points; driving without a numbers plate, three points.
This is in addition to driving a vehicle whose metal plate was delivered by the Traffic Dept. but its numbers were changed partly or wholly; or whose metal plate was not delivered by the Traffic Dept. and the original numbers were either written or changed, three points; giving false information in order to obtain unlawfully some documents like vehicle license, driving license, learning licence, three points; using the private car to transport passenger, 3 points, hindering or obstructing the traffic flow on purpose, 2 points, driving a vehicle with faulty brakes, 2 points; if the vehicle owner permits his car to be driven by a driver who has no appropriate license or no license at all, two points.
Driving a vehicle whose metal plates numbers are not clear or unreadable, 2 points; driving a vehicle with one metal plate; or whose color and shape has changed or placed in the wrong place of the car, 1 point; driving a vehicle without permission, or with expired permission, or in violation of a given permission, 1 point; decline to show vehicle license or driver’s driving license to the police, 1 point; exceeding the allowed cargo for transport vehicles, 1 point; transporting vehicles violations in terms of the dimensions, length, width, height and weight, 1 point; driving a vehicle with disturbing sounds, 1 point; driving a ‘smoking’ vehicle emitting foul smell from the vehicle, 1 point; driving a vehicle with volatile or combustible cargo that may violate health and road safety standards; driving a vehicle with materials dropping on the highway that can be dangerous, 1 point; driving a defected vehicle or defective tires which may influence its balance, 1 point.
The following violations carry a penalty of one point each — using lamps, magnifying sound or warning instrument not allowed by the law, causing damage to traffic signs, light signs, control equipment; or changing their features, places, directions, or covering it by stickers, if the driver doesn’t drive according to road lines or traffic signs, driving over roads abutment, turning around or entering in the opposite direction of the traffic, driving a vehicle without a valid insurance policy and replacement of a major part of the vehicle.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 2: Police are looking for an unidentified hacker for stealing the money of a woman from her bank account, reports Al- Rai daily.
According to the complaint filed by the victim with the police station in Ahmadi, an unidentified person claiming to be a bank employee called the victim and told her that her ATM card had been blocked because she has not updated her data.
The woman fell for the trap and gave the suspect all details of her ATM card. After a few minutes she received a message on her phone that money had been withdrawn from her bank account.
In total disbelief she contacted the bank and was told that the money from her account had been transferred to another account via the Internet.
The case has been handed over to the Cybercrimes Department of the Criminal Investigations Department. It should be noted that the Cybercrimes Department has time and again warned people not to disclose such details to anyone even bank officials over the phone.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 2: An Arab woman is said to have cheated a European woman to the tune of KD 10,200 to help her deport her son from Kuwait and to do business with her, reports Al-Rai daily.
The victim added the money was handed to the suspect at one of the major shopping malls in Ahmadi. She added, even after paying the money the Arab woman failed to keep her promises. The security source said the victim has provided the security men details of the accused and her phone numbers.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: The number of expatriates working in the private sector has slowed from around 7 percent in 2016 to 5.7 percent in 2017, and to only 2 percent in 2018 and 2019, according to official statistics, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The statistics sent by the Ministry of State for Economic Affairs to the National Assembly showed that in 2016, the increase was about 100,000, falling in 2017 to 86,000, and the increase in 2018 amounted to 33,000, and in 2019 only about 24,000.
The total is currently 1.66 million workers in the private sector. Follow-up sources confirmed that this has several reasons, most notably the decline in economic activity in the past two years after the boom that prevailed earlier, especially when the oil prices hit record levels in 2013-2014, and the decline in economic growth are related to the reasons to increased fees on services that hit some expatriates who earned modest salaries, and as a result there has been a partial or total departure of families who have left the country entirely or the breadwinner has stayed behind while the family has left to ease the burden.
It is noteworthy that this has coincided with calls for increasing Kuwaitization and substitution, but this did not appear in the private sector as it appeared relatively in the public sector, because the number of citizens in the private sector did not rise, but fell from 72,549 in 2018 to 71,013 in 2019, i.e. 1,500 citizens left work in the sector in just one year.
There are also several reasons, most notably the continuation of the public service in competing with the private sector in several factors, most notably financial advantages and practical flexibility.
The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) is in the process of issuing more regulatory decisions on the assessment of the need and signing of contracts for employment of workers on government contracts and has already begun to work on the estimated request of the contracting ministries, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The sources said that the assessment of the needs through PAM is a step to fight the visa traffickers who have taken the advantage of loopholes to hire workers in bulk much more than the actual requirement on a number of government projects and contracts.
PAM has taken measures after it was found that many contractors are not committed to providing employment within the projects for workers brought from abroad thus violating the terms and conditions of the contract. On the other hand, PAM announced Friday the temporary suspension of work at the Al-Saddiq Center which is dedicated to receiving entrepreneurs from Oct 6 for 30 days due to malfunction in air-conditioning units
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 25: Police are looking for four unidentified persons for abducting a Bangladeshi from a street in Sabah Al-Ahmad, taking him to an apartment in Fahaheel, beating him and forcing him to sign a document, reports Al-Rai daily.
The daily added, the men then took the victim to their car, drove him to a dirt road in Sabhan and kicked him out of the car. A complaint has been filed with the Fahaheel Police Station
Source: Arab times
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 25: In its quest to eliminate the documentary cycle, reduce congestion and save time the government of Kuwait said more than 3 million expatriates working in the private sector will soon be able to renew their residence permits electronically from next October, reports Al-Qabas daily.
In this regard the IT Sector of the Ministry of Interior is in the midst of launching the project which will facilitate the renewal of Article 18 residence permits which will greatly help reduce congestion in the services ministries.
The service will be launched by the Ministry of Interior on its website. In addition to facilitating the renewal of residence permit of Article 18 visa holders, expatriates will also be able to renew the residence permits of wife and children without going to the residence affairs departments in their respective governorates.
This e-project from the technical point of view is the biggest and most important in the run-up to the new vision of Kuwait and automated transactions. Security sources told the daily that with the support of the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers the linking of the government institutions and the technical systems have been completed most notably the renewal of the residence permits of the expatriates, their wives, children and domestic workers, if any.
The source added another important aspect of the service which will be introduced later is the possibility of applying for a visit visa for parents, wife or children if they are not residing in the country.
These services come after the completion of the automated linking process between the Ministry of Interior and several related institutions, most notably the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) as it is the body that has the data on the residence of expatriates and their relatives, and the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) which is the storehouse of correct names of expatriates in Arabic and Latin and the Ministry of Health thus facilitating the collection of fees automatically.
The residence fees shall be automatically collected through the website of the Ministry of Interior website through the Knet Company. However, in the case of application for a new residence permit the process will have to be completed through the residence affairs departments in the country. According to the sources, this project has been introduced following the successful application of renewal of residence permits of domestic workers, which was approved a few months ago.
A well-informed source told the daily 2020 will see the start of issuing visit visas for relatives of mother and father through the Ministry of Interior website and this will be followed by other types of residences which fall under the Articles (19) (24) and (22) to complete the cycle of automatic transaction process.
The Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers has played a major role in realizing the e-Residence Renewal Project which facilitates the following.
■ Payment of health insurance fees to the Ministry of Health (which is done via the Knet).
■ Residence sticker and mistakes in Arabic and Latin names (resolved by canceling the sticker and printing the correct name in the Civil ID).
■ Collection of fines owed to the Ministry of Interior (traffic, residence affairs) with the use of Knet Linking with the courts on the issue of cases and judgments and the implementation of judgments.
■ Renewal of residence permits for workers in the private sector, his wife and children, and his maid. A committee has been formed to prepare a modern vision on tourist visa issuance in line with the 2035 Kuwait Vision, which will change the face of the country and place it on the map of preferred tourist destinations in the Gulf region and the Middle East, reports Annahar daily.
The committee members are from the ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and Information as well as the Immigration General Department. The committee will work on reducing the conditions for obtaining a tourist visa while widening the range of beneficiaries.
The most significant outcome of the tourism development plan, which ends in 2020, was the increase in the number of passengers at Kuwait International Airport to more than 16 million in 2018. This is in accordance with the country’s plan to develop and expand its transportation infrastructure.
Source: Arab Times
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24, (KUNA): Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim called on Asia and Europe to focus on the common concerns of their nations, stressing the need to address hate speech and work hard to resolve the most critical world issues, especially the Palestinian issue.
Al-Ghanim made his remarks on Tuesday in a speech during the fourth meeting of Speakers of the Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments, in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan.
He pointed out to the worrying rise of hate speech that incites hatred, urging the European and Asian nations to focus on the vital issues of unemployment, energy and water problems, and development dilemmas in both continents. He confirmed centrality of the Palestinian cause, saying that Palestinians are still mourning the loss of their lands, homes, identity, and country 71 years ago.
Al-Ghanim called to put pressure on Israel and stand by Palestinian people in defending their just cause by activating “the mechanisms of political, human rights and moral deterrence”.
Al-Ghanim and a parliamentary delegation arrived in Kazakhstan on Sunday to partake in the fourth meeting of the Speakers of the Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments, which kicked off yesterday and will last until this evening.
Source: Arab Times