KUWAIT: The parliamentary Environment Affairs Committee on Monday discussed the need to test all imported and local food products to ensure they are free from harmful substances. The meeting is in line with the directive of the National Assembly for the committee to investigate the rising pollution rate in the country. Representatives of the Health Ministry, Public Authority for Food and Nutrition (PAFN), Kuwait Municipality, Environment Public Authority (EPA), and Kuwait General Administration for Customs (KGAC) attended the meeting. Committee Chairman MP Hamad Al-Matar disclosed that the food products entering the country are not subject to comprehensive laboratory tests. He said PAFN cannot carry out the task alone, so other tests are conducted by the Ministry of Health.
He also wondered why PAFN reduced its budget request for the development of its laboratories from KD12 million to only KD2 million. He added the authority informed the committee that the technicians assigned in its laboratories are not qualified. Al-Matar said a large number of food products – whether imported or manufactured locally – are not tested to make sure they are free from harmful substances; hence, the rising number of cancer patients in the country. He called on Minister of Health Dr Khalid Al-Saeed to shoulder the responsibility of executing the Cabinet’s decision regarding the release of imported items from customs. He asked why the authority did not hire Kuwaitis who specialized in Chemistry and Biology. He added the number of Kuwaitis employed in the laboratories of PAFN is only four out of 30 workers.
Meanwhile, MP Farz Al-Daihani forwarded queries to Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Ali Al-Mousa about the frequent overfl owing of drainage water in some parts of Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh. He wants to know the steps taken to solve the problem. He requested for a detailed report on the maintenance works and date of the last pavement works on the roads in the area.
Al-Daihani also asked Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil, Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Muhammad Al-Fares about the electricity and water violations uncovered in the area. He inquired about the action taken against those proven to have stolen electricity and water, number of power transmission stations in the area, if the consumption of electricity and water is higher than the regular consumers, reason behind the frequent fire incidents in power transmission stations, and number of cases in which the ministry decided to cut electricity. He forwarded queries to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Mansour about the number of police stations, officers and civilians working in the area; number of security campaigns since 2017 till date; number of crimes committed by unknown individuals; number of murder, attempted murder, suicide, suicide attempts, possession of weapons and prostitution cases recorded since 2017 till date; number of Residency Law violations and absconding cases; and if the ministry is capable of handling collapse of security system in case it happens in the area. He asked His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al- Khalid about the decision of the Council of Ministers to specify prices of the plots in the area in preparation for purchasing them from the current owners. He demanded for a copy of the Cabinet decision to allocate a budget for this purpose.
He wants to know the strategy of the government in addressing the problem and target date of implementation. He requested for copies of researches and studies conducted by the Cabinet since 2010 till date to determine causes of the problem and suggested solutions. He asked Minister of Health Dr Khalid Al-Saeed about the number of clinics in the area, number of its residents who underwent treatment at Farwaniya Hospital in 2020 and 2021, if the area is considered infested in theory and practice, if its population density burdens the health care system, suggested solutions to the problem, and way of dealing with children born out of wedlock and whose parents are unknown. He asked Minister of State for Municipality, Communications and Information Technology Affairs Rana Al-Fares about the contracts for the provision of cleaning services in the area since 2017 till date, number of violations regarding abandoned vehicles since 2019 till date, if the restaurants and garages in the area are monitored by Kuwait Municipality, number of licenses that the Municipality granted to shops in the area, number of international telephone call crimes recorded by the Ministry of Communications, and annual cost of such crimes
KUWAIT : The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) is allegedly in the process of breaking the deadlock and has prepared a new draft decision regarding the renewal of work permits for non-graduate 60-year-old expatriates working in the country’s private sector, reports Al-Qabas daily. The daily quoting sources said according to the new draft decision the fee of 250 dinars has been proposed for the renewal of the work permit for non-graduate expats (60 years and above), in addition to health insurance. The new decision will be presented to the upcoming meeting of the Public Authority for Manpower Board of Directors headed by Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Integrity Promotion Jamal Al- Jalawi.
The sources pointed out the above-mentioned fee is less than what was agreed upon by the Board of Directors at its last meeting headed by former Minister of Commerce Abdullah Al-Salman which was set at 500 dinars for permission to work other than private health insurance. The sourced also stated that the draft of the new decision will be presented to the members of the Board of Directors for a vote before taking a decision. The sources stressed the information systems at PAM are ready to implement any new version of the decision immediately.
Meanwhile, the Health Assurance Hospitals Company said efforts are being exerted by the hospital’s Board of Directors to complete and equip the first ‘Daman’ hospital which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, reports Al-Rai daily. The sources said “once the hospital begins operations, the Ministry of the Interior will be requested to raise the value of the health insurance fee for expatriates to 130 dinars when the residence permit is due for renewal beginning from 2023, according to the fees specified in the tender documents. The sources noted that “Daman will not charge anything outside what is mentioned in the tender documents unless it has space to use its facilities for commercial purposes.”
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health said Kuwait will receive the first shipments of the “Moderna” vaccine in March, one of the vaccines that is approved by the ministry. The other approved vaccines are “Pfizer”, “AstraZeneca – Oxford” and “Johnson” & Johnson, reports Al-Rai daily. Health sources told the daily, the contract between the Ministry of Health and the manufacturer direct without any intermidiary, based on the recommendation of the Vaccine Selection Committee after obtaining the approvals of the regulatory authorities.
As for the reason for the delay in the arrival of this vaccine, the sources explained that this is due to the ministry’s consideration of the temporal coordination factor for the arrival of doses during specific periods, which prevents the accumulation of vaccines that may go waste due to expiry of date. The contract includes the replacement clause in case of expiry and the postponement of payments, according to the dates specified by the Ministry, and that the price of the dose includes the cost of delivery to the stores. The sources confirmed that the contract price is similar to the price of the company’s contracts with many countries.
KUWAIT: The concerned state authorities are currently working to address the issue of Internet and working to look for alternatives to avoid what happened recently when ‘interruptions’ happened in the two international marine cables heading from Muscat to Dubai and Iran – interruptions caused by a fishing trawler, explaining that the Internet during the interruption was not affected between the Gulf countries, but it did have effect on the countries of the world, reports Al-Qabas daily. Responsible sources explained the first outage that occurred in the international marine cable, was in the cable heading from Muscat to Dubai, the second going from Muscat to Iran, and the third next to one of the stations in Yemen.
The sources indicated that the repair of submarine cables may take approximately 4 to 5 weeks, indicating that the Communications and Information Technology Commission has transferred international circuits to parallel cables based on the requests of internet providers and companies in the country, explaining that Kuwait has 3 land cables and two marine cables. The sources stated the Internet service did not witness an interruption, but rather a weakness in the movement and by converting the circuits to auxiliary cables, about 85% of the Internet traffic was restored to those affected by the companies, and Internet providers in the country.
The sources added, “Within 12 to 24 hours at the least, all the capacity of the Internet via the cut cable will be transferred to the redundant cables, so that the Internet traffic returns as it was,” pointing out that there are requests submitted to add a new submarine cable, as well as a land cable, all of which serve the Internet traffic in the country and contribute signifi- cantly to facilitating and speeding the movement between Kuwait and the countries of the world.
Claims Regarding the claims for financial compensation because of the interruption, the sources said, “The interruption in marine sectors always occurs, and it is natural and common.” The Communications and Information Technology Commission had announced that the international submarine cable “Falcon” of the “GCX” company had been cut outside Kuwaiti territorial waters, which led to the disruption and weakness of some international departments working on the cable and used by companies, providers and Internet service providers in the country. The authority stated on its Twitter account on the evening of the incident that it is following up with the “GCX” company on a regular basis to find out what measures are being taken by the company to repair the parts and the time required to complete these procedures.
Meanwhile, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use index in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries for the Year 2021, said the percentage of Internet users in the GCC countries, which occupied a leading position at the regional and global levels, exceeded 98 percent, and that the percentage of mobile phone subscribers reached 137.66 percent of the total population during 2021, reports Al-Rai daily. The report issued by “Orient Planet Research”, the independent unit of the “Orient Planet” group, showed that the Gulf countries were able to achieve a major leap in the use of information and communication technologies during the past two decades that made a difference in the services provided to users through the development of digital infrastructure. The UAE topped the ICT use index for the Gulf countries for the year 2021, which measures the rate of Internet penetration and communication services, achieving 5.43 points, while Kuwait came second with 3.74 points, followed by Saudi Arabia third with 3.64 points, Qatar fourth with 3.62 points, Oman was fifth with 3.49 points and Bahrain sixth with 3.38 points.
KUWAIT CITY : The head of the emergency team of the Capital Governorate Municipality Branch, Zaid Al-Enezi, revealed that more than 12,000 bachelors have been evacuated from Bneid Al-Qar area during 16 months, (an average of 750 bachelors during one month and 25 bachelors on a daily basis), from September 2020 until January 2022, reports Al-Rai daily.
In a statement to Al-Rai, Al-Enezi explained that “all those who were evicted from the area were inhabiting it in an unorganized manner, and exploiting real estate in violation of the building regulations in force in the municipality.”
He added that the campaign that affected the region was led by the Governor of the Capital, Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled, and with the support of the Capital Municipality’s emergency team, and the Judicial Police team in the Ministry of Electricity and Water.
They were targeted within some areas of the governorate, whether they were private or investment housing, and 220 building violations were removed, a number equal to the number of evictions carried out in cooperation with their owners.
KUWAIT: The Health Assurance Company is on its way to complete setting up its first hospital, the construction of the system is currently underway and it is expected to complete at the end of this year.
Once the operation process is completed, the Ministry of Interior will announce and raise the health insurance for expats during residence renewal to KD 130, reports Al Rai. According to the fees specified through the bid from the beginning of 2023.
کویت : کویتی شہری کے ساتھ دھوکہ دہی سے 5ہزار دینار کا فراڈ ہو گیا، بینک ایڈیٹر میں دھوکہ دہی کا مقدمہ درج کر لیا گیا۔
فون کے ذریعے دھوکہ دہی کے واقعات ایک بار پھر ایسے گروہوں کے ذریعہ سامنے آئے ہیں جو کچھ شہریوں اور رہائشیوں کی سادگی سے فائدہ اٹھاتے ہوئے انہیں اپنا ڈیٹا اپڈیٹ کرنے کا کہتے ہیں۔ تفصیلات کے مطابق ایک کویتی شہری کو ان گروہوں نے دھوکہ دہی کا نشانہ بنایا جس سے اس کے بینک بیلنس سے 5ہزار دینار چرا لئے گئے۔
مبارک الکبیر گورنریٹ کے ایک تھانے میں درج مقدمے کے اعداد و شمار کے مطابق ایک ایسا شہری سامنے آیا جس نے بتایا کہ اسے ایک نامعلوم شخص کا فون آیا، فون کال میں بتایا گیا کہ بینک کی ضرورت کے پیش نظر اسے اپنا ڈیٹا اپڈیٹ کرنے کی ضرورت ہے ورنہ اس کا بینک کارڈ معطل کر دیا جائے گا۔
کال کرنے والے ہیکر نے متاثرہ شخص کو اس کا فون نمبر دینے کو کہا اور بتایا کہ اس کے موبائل فون پر ایک کوڈ آئے گا جو اسے واپس اس کو دینا ہو گا تاکہ اس کے بینک کھاتے کو اپڈیٹ کیا جا سکے۔ متاثرہ شخص نے ایسا ہی کیا لیکن جیسے ہی اس نے ایسا کیا وہ حیران رہ گیا کہ اس کے بینک بیلنس سے 5000 دینار کی رقم نکلوائی جا چکی ہے۔ بینک ایڈیٹر میںدھوکہ دہی کا مقدمہ درج کیا گیا اور اسے جرم قرار دیا گیا۔
قابل ذکر ہے کہ وزارت داخلہ نے متعدد بار کسی نامعلوم نمبر سے کوئی بھی لنک نہ کھولنے اور کسی بھی طرح سے پاس ورڈ نہ دینے کا مطالبہ کیا ہے۔ وزارت نے فرضی نمبر سے کال کرنے والوں کو جواب نہ دینے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا یہاں تک کہ اگر کال وصول کرنے والا جانتا ہو کہ وہ دھوکہ ہے یہ نوٹ کرتے ہوئے کہ کال کا وقت اس کے لیے متاثرہ کے اکاؤنٹ میں داخل ہونے کا راستہ ہے۔
یاد رہے کہ اے ٹی ایم کارڈ پر پابندی لگانے کا کہہ کر ہیکرز اپنے متاثرین کو ورغلاتے ہیں جبکہ ان میں سے کچھ کورونا وبائی بحران کا فائدہ اٹھاتے ہوئے کچھ بینکوں کی نقالی کرتے ہوئے ڈیٹا کو بغیر نظرثانی کے کارڈ کو اپڈیٹ کرنے کی درخواست کرتے ہیں جس سے متاثرہ شخص اپنا بینک ڈیٹا بھیجنے کے بعد اپنے بینک اکاؤنٹ سے رقم گنوا بیٹھتے ہیں۔