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Moments before the sunset near the Souk Sharq. (Noura Dhabiya – KUNA)

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: Kuwait Meteorological Department has announced that the country will witness a significant decrease in the minimum temperatures to less than 3 degrees Celsius, resulting in frost formation in agricultural and desert areas, reports Al-Rai daily. In this regard, a number of weather experts said they are expecting the continuation of the cold wave this week, and that some areas are likely to witness light rain tomorrow due to the cold wave causing the European high air pressure to be concentrated in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula.

They urged people of the mainland to wear heavy winter clothes for protection from the bitter cold, warning against the danger of igniting black coal inside closed tents which could cause suffocation. A weather forecaster in Kuwait Meteorological Department Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi said he expects the continuation of the cold wave, which led to a temperature drop below 3°C in the evenings until Tuesday. He attributed the decrease in temperature in the last two days to the control of the European high air pressure in the north of the Arabian Peninsula and Kuwait, accompanied by active northwest winds of speeds up to 45km per hour.

Al-Qarawi indicated that there is a slight chance of light rain on Tuesday in some areas of northern Kuwait. Meanwhile, meteorologist Mohammad Karam explained that he too is expecting the cold wave to continue until the end of the week, due to decrease in the maximum temperature in the last two days to between 17 and 18, and the minimum temperature to 6 degrees Celsius. This is in addition to the concentration of the European air pressure in the north of the Arabian Peninsula, accompanied by northwesterly winds.

There is a possibility for cloud formations on Monday evening, which could increase the chances of light rains in some areas of Kuwait on Tuesday. The flat nature of Kuwait differs from the topography of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and some countries of the Levant and Egypt where there are heights.

The snowfall in those areas during the past days was on the mountainous areas. On the other hand, the temperature in Kuwait did not reach below zero due to which there was no snow. However, cold waves during the season of quadrangle (winter square) can be expected, through “it will be intermittent, as seen in the current wave.” In the same context, astronomer and historian Adel Al-Saadoun said that the weather on Monday was cold during the day with northwesterly winds of speed fluctuating from light to moderate, and in the evening, it became cold with winds of variable direction.

He stressed that the cold wave in Kuwait during the current period is the result of the control of the European and Siberian depression over the regions of the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula, highlighting that the temperature at night could sink to 5 degrees Celsius on land.

Al-Saadoun advised people of desert to wear heavy winter clothes to avoid the bitter cold wave, warning them against burning black coal inside their tents to avoid suffocating without realizing. Regarding snow, he indicated that it is very rare in Kuwait, recalling that the last time snow fell on Kuwait was in the year 1930.

Al-Saadoun said that the Levant and Egypt share Mediterranean climatic conditions whereby temperatures sometimes fall during the winter to below zero. In response a question about the possibility of the end of Kuwait’s winter without a severe cold, Al-Saadoun replied, “The specialists’ expectations of climate phenomena cannot extend for more than three days.”

Source: Arab Times

 

Embassy ground not our jurisdiction: local police

 

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 13: An unidentified Asian expatriate woman, identified only as KK, has filed a case against the ambassador of her country in her home country, a copy of which has been obtained by the daily, reports Al-Rai.

The plaintiff in her lawsuit claims the incident happened back in mid-November 2018 when the ambassador tried to rape her inside his office after she had allegedly turned down several indirect approaches over a long period of time.

The woman claims in her lawsuit, she is a social worker and often visited the embassy premises and had face to face contacts with the ambassador since 2005 but was unaware that the envoy could go to such an extent. She went on to say the ambassador, presumably under the influence of alcohol would call her in the middle of the night and talk to her lustfully but she disregarded because she knew he was under the influence of alcohol. The night previous to the incident, she says in her lawsuit, the ambassador telephoned her past midnight and said he wanted to see her in office the following morning saying he has something important to discuss which could not be done on phone.

However, when she arrived at the embassy premises at the appointed time, she discovered the ambassador had cancelled all appointments and in a few minutes after she arrived, the ambassador’s secretary left. She went on to say, “The ambassador then got up from his seat and bolted the office door from inside and started verbally abusing me and accused me for not giving in to his wishes. He then grabbed me and pulled me towards him and put his hands on my body and when I threatened to scream, he let me go.”

The woman said she went to the local police station and attempted to file a complaint but the police did not entertain her saying the ambassador has the immunity and moreover, the embassy ground is beyond the jurisdiction of the Kuwaiti security.

 

‘Government working to stabilize prices of goods’

 

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 9: Kuwait has started expanding its import of strategic goods – as part of the strategic stock of necessary goods introduced in support of public stocks, in anticipation of contingencies or other developments in the region, reports Annahar daily.

The daily quoting government sources added the steps taken by government do not necessarily mean ‘anticipation of war’, noting it started preparations since the Strait of Hormuz crisis began, due to which the authorities adopted a precautionary policy to increase the strategic stockpile for a year or more – instead of six months.

They stated that Kuwait over the past one year has opened new markets to its institutions in support of capabilities to overcome crises, whether commercial, political or security – especially as wars and crisis in the world are no longer military but commercial and financial. They noted the best evidence for the aforementioned observation is the commercial crisis that happened between the United States and China whose repercussions affected the rest of the world. They stressed the strategic stock of necessary commodities is able to meet the country’s needs for about 10 months instead of the previous six-month period, which means Kuwait has raised its strategic stock by an additional 4 months.

“In parallel with stability of the size of the food stock, the government is working to stabilize prices of goods so that consumers and citizens do not feel the existence of crisis resulting from the decline in stock”.

They noted “the step taken by government is consistent with what is used internationally in securing strategic stock of necessary commodities”, pointing out that a complete market survey was carried out in cooperation with the Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies, the ministries and relevant authorities, showing the strategic stock of Kuwait is in a very reassuring situation.

They reiterated that Kuwait recently expanded its commercial map, in addition to its dependence on alternative plans in the event of the suspension of oil exports in the usual ways. Kuwait also raised the level of its stock of gasoline, natural gas and other major petroleum products to face any emergency the oil market may witness in future against the background of long-lasting political and security tensions.

Source: Arab Times

 

 

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 7: The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has denied rumors that new IDs must be issued to expatriates who still have residence stickers on their passports, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In response to the news circulating in this regard, the sources stated “the residence permit is valid as long it is printed on the passport however those who have stamped the residence after the decision was issued to do away with the sticker and have renewed the residence must have the civil ID to enable them to travel.” PACI have warned residents against applying for the civil ID which should be done within 30 days so as not to pay the fines.

 

 

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2: About 500,000 Pakistani workers who moved to the GCC countries in 2019 account for 95 percent of emigrant workers. However, Kuwait has 116 of those workers, representing less than 0.5 percent, which is the least among its peers in the region, reports Al-Rai daily.

According to Media report, the Arabian Gulf is the most preferred destination of Pakistani workers where they are involved in various sectors of employment.

Last year, Saudi Arabia attracted the largest number of Pakistani workers with 290,000, followed by the UAE with 195,000, Oman with 26,000, Qatar with 17,000 and then Bahrain with 7,000.

The website revealed that the rate of Pakistani workers outside the country increased by 47 percent in 2019 compared to 2018. It indicated that Pakistan has been searching for new markets where its qualified and skillful workers can be exported. For this, European countries are the best alternatives with Romania and the United Kingdom in the forefront

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 30: A security source said the Ministry of Interior has put in place a security plan for the New Year celebrations which involves most sectors of the Ministry of Interior, especially in the field of rescue, traffic, and public security alongside the Criminal Investigation and State Security departments, reports Al-Anba daily.

The source said that the New Year’s plan mainly depends on providing security and safety measures and the deployment of securitymen at places which are celebration centers such as commercial complexes and churches.

The source stated the surroundings of some facilities will be closed for security reasons, pointing out that the instructions have been issued to deal strictly with the violators of the law. The source called on all citizens and residents to abide by the law and cooperate with the security men who work for their safety and security

Source: Arab Times

 

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 30: Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) is currently planning to open an office to issue instant civil ID cards to expatriates, especially as the service is already available for citizens, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The daily quoting reliable sources pointed out that the intended service will allow the applicant to pay fees and insert telephone number, the Latin name and blood type, in addition to civil ID renewal.

In a recent tour of the PACI Headquarters, the daily noticed that crowds normally witnessed at the Civil ID delivery machines have reduced drastically and the situation is back to normal

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