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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

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 30: The Interior Ministry has submitted a complaint to the Attorney General, accusing a number of employees in an oil company of rejecting measures taken by the military forces in charge of securing Burgan gate especially with regard to inspection of vehicles and persons, reports Al-Anba daily.

The ministry said in its complaint that the company workers gathered in front of the northern Burgan gate, rejecting the request of the soldier assigned by the Department of Protection of Vital Installations to park their vehicles outside the gate and enter through the pedestrian gate in light of instructions given to the military to tighten security at the gates of restricted areas.

The ministry said the union of employees of the company, whose members met to discuss discontent over implementation of security measures, issued a statement threatening to protest.

The ministry monitored hashtags on social media platforms, inciting the company’s employees not to comply with the security instructions of competent authorities, while mentioning the names of accounts and users who published these hashtags especially since some of them posted indecent phrases. Legal action will be taken against some Twitter users, the ministry said.


Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 30: In an audio clip, an activist accused some female teachers of kindergarten schools of stealing husbands from their wives. She alleged that the teachers call the husbands to report about their wards’ strange behaviors such as their strange drawings and so on, and then request those husbands to visit the school for discussions.

She urged women to stand firm and ring-fence teachers who request to meet parents in order to keep their husbands safe. She stressed the need for them to inform the school administration to contact the mother of the wards, not the father. This audio clip went viral on social media and was met with outrage.

During an interview, educationists expressed their anger over the audio clip, considering it as libel and slander against the female teachers of kindergarten schools.

They called for legal action to be taken against the activist who offended the teachers, especially since some lawyers have affirmed that she is subject to punishment for libel and slander over the audio clip. Some teachers explained that parents do not communicate at all with the female teachers in light of directives from the administrations of kindergarten schools.

If need arises, the students’ mothers are contacted only by the social workers and the administrations. They urged Ministry of Education and Kuwait Teachers Society to respond to the humiliation of female teachers and expedite in enacting the teachers-protection law as well as add in the law cyber-bullying of educational institutions in order to preserve the professional and moral rights of teachers.

It is worth mentioning that teachers and ministry officials have been calling for passing the teachers-protection law for more than six years due to the increase in verbal and physical abuse of teachers and administrative staff by students and parents.

Some positive steps were taken by the leadership of Kuwait Teachers Society and Ministry of Education to expedite the passing of the law after repetitive incidences of attacks on the administrative and teaching staff.

By Rana Salem Al-Seyassah Staff

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 30: The Safety Department of Mubarak Al- Kabeer Municipality conducted a field inspection of several companies in Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate during which the team issued citations worth KD 84,000, reports Al-Seyassah daily Director of the department Eng Maysa Boushahri explained in a press statement that the inspection team issued a citation to a company which had an expired license and had illegally utilized a state property of area 10,000 square meters as offices and storage areas for tools and machines.

The citations worth KD 84,000 were issued in accordance with the decision No. MB/84/11/148 issued by the Municipal Council. The department also issued warnings to the violating companies to avoid fines. After the warning expires, citations will be issued, and the law will take its course thereafter.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Department of Kuwait Municipality urged the public to call its hotline No. 139 or send a message to any of the Municipality’s social media accounts to report any complaints, affirming that instant responses will be taken concerning the complaints

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 30: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition, Director- General Issa Al-Kandari said since the transfer of power on food safety and security to the Authority there is a qualitative shift in the work done by its Food Control Department to ensure foodstuffs sold in the market is good for human consumption, reports Al-Rai daily.

Al-Kandari told the daily the central laboratory of the Authority is still with the Kuwait Municipality and is expected to be handed over to the Authority at the beginning of next year, citing to officials from the Kuwait Municipality. He pointed out the Authority has examined more than 252,000 food samples since October 2017, and collected a total of 112,345 samples of different food items during inspection rounds and examined them on the spot as a precautionary.

This was done since December 1, 2017 until July 1, 2018. He added, more than 260 tons of inedible food was destroyed during inspection tours in all provinces of Kuwait. He explained 1,400 kilos of foodstuffs unfit for human consumption is being destroyed almost on a daily basis.

KUWAIT CITY, July 16: Advertisements on converting loans to cash and assisting in banking transactions have been sweeping through social media lately, targeting citizens and expatriates who desire to obtain loans or reschedule debts. A reliable source said some managers of specific bank branches deal secretly with usurers to accomplish new transactions and to boost the sale of credit cards and loans.

Al-Seyassah daily interviewed a number of specialists to figure out the ensuing danger of such acts, and former Head of Kuwait Banks Association Mansour Ashour stated some banks are aware of the activities of employees but have declined to take any action against them until the issue is made public.

He pointed out that some banks overlook the issue so as to allow the employee achieve his target set by the bank. He stressed that an individual employee cannot accomplish the process of converting loans into cash without the help of top officials due to commitment of the banks to the sequence of jobs.

He called on the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to take relevant action to put an end to the widespread negative phenomenon. He added such acts encourage citizens to misuse public funds by inviting them to cash in on funds allotted for the national personnel employed in private sector by facilitating the approval of loans. He added some deceive clients to get their lifted names from black lists, including insolvent debtors facing legal action.

Converting
Economic expert Thamer Al- Naqib also stated the tsunami of converting loans into cash is sweeping through all local banks due to lack of monitoring of the employees having become mediators to receive commissions, regardless of the consequent losses.

He said the issue is too complicated. On one side, the client tries to get his problem solved by converting his loans into cash, and on the other hand, the bank tries to keep the loan system working to keep away from the circle of bad debts resulting from the withdrawals. Banking expert Musa Darweesh is of the view that some processes of converting loans into cash constitute money laundering, which is punishable according to Kuwaiti laws. He added the banks’ policy on providing loans is conventional due to the fear of new crises.

Also, chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Arabi Shareholding Group Hamed Al- Bassam pointed to the danger of converting loans into cash through advertisements pulled off by some bank employees in cooperation of usurers. He stated the importance of reviewing the appointment of new employees to ensure they have good reputation and relevant qualifications.

 

By Rabab Al-Jawhari Al-Seyassah Staff 

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, July 16: Amid warnings against wastage and the belt-tightening policy, several massive buildings that cost the government millions of dinars are deserted without internal or external activities. Those buildings are still waiting for employees and visitors to open their doors before they become dilapidated or a technical report declares them unfit for use, reports Al-Rai daily.

Al-Rai Newspaper moved around some government buildings and facilities at various locations in the country and found out that many of the buildings are lying fallow without use, regardless of the huge sums spent in constructing them.

Investigation revealed that the buildings have not been used following suspension of the handing over procedures for some reasons, while many of them have been deserted for several years in a way that exposes them to vandalism and looting. One of the buildings is a multi-storey car park constructed for employees of the Government and Manpower Restructuring Project.

The structure sitting on 8,295 square/meters area can conveniently accommodate 1,300 cars and serve 600 employees plus 300 visitors. The park is so expansive that it can serve a nearby school as well. Another building belonging to Farwaniya Residence Affairs Department next to the Government and Manpower Restructuring Project’s car park was constructed to serve the Ministry of Interior. The project was executed in 2016 but it remains under lock and key until now, while visitors are forced to carry out their transactions at Dhajeej where citizens and expatriates face a hard time conducting transactions due to congestion, in spite of the new building having been furnished and ready for use.

The third building, which was completed in 2013, belongs to the Food and Nutrition Department affiliated to the Ministry of Health at Sabah Health Region. The edifice, which cost KD 6 million, has yet to be connected to power. Untouched for five years, the building has lost its essence and remains secluded. One of the buildings within the premises of South Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Clinic was meant to serve pregnant women but officials declared it unsuitable for pregnant women after the furnishing, because it has staircase.

The structure, which cost the government over KD 3 million has since been abandoned and wearing down to the point of destruction. The abandoned structures include the General Customs Administration building that has been forsaken for 33 years and stands among other structures in Shuwaikh like a ghost.

The government decided to construct a separate building for the General Customs Administration in 1985 and contract was duly awarded in that regard. The administration took delivery of the project after execution, but a report submitted by Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research with affirmation by the Ministry of Public Works and Kuwait University declared it ‘unfit for use and prone to collapse’.

source: Arab Times

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