KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior’s assistant undersecretary for traffic affairs and the director of the traffic directorate, Maj Gen Abdul Fattah Al-Ali denied any plans to increase the fines levied for traffic violations. “What has been going around across social networks is absolutely untrue and no official decision has been made yet,” he stressed.
KUWAIT: Arlene, a Filipino runaway housemaid, and Jabr, a Palestinian plumber, have been in hiding since last month because of the ongoing intensive crackdown by the Kuwaiti government against illegal expatriates. Their prayers, especially on this Labor Day (tomorrow May 1), are for the government to give amnesty to expatriates instead of throwing them out disgracefully or deporting them.
KUWAIT: Police in Kuwait have arrested an expatriate for growing marijuana in a garden. According to reports in the capital, Kuwait City, the Bangladeshi suspect had planted the marijuana in the middle of similar-looking plants in the garden he was supposed to look after. The police arrested him after they acted on a tip about the man’s suspicious activities.
Manama: Kuwait has officially renamed the Fifth Ring Road as the Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Road. Abdul Aziz Al Ebrahim, the Kuwaiti minister of electricity and water and the minister of works, said all the signs have been fixed to indicate the new name of the vital ring road in the capital Kuwait City.
KUWAIT: A well-informed government source has revealed that the government may follow the UAE in increasing the fees collected for certain services provided to expatriates. “This can be done through the bill submitted to the parliament for discussion,” the source said, noting that a comprehensive reconsideration of all service fees has to be done.
According to some media sources here in Kuwait, the Ministry of Finance has started taking certain measures to implement a new taxation system for residents.
Car parking is already a nightmare during the daytime in Kuwait. But what about the night-time? The General Traffic Department of the Ministry of Interior had earlier reported that Kuwait’s roads have the capacity to accommodate 700,000 vehicles only, but almost 1.6 million vehicles ply the country’s roads and streets every day.
KUWAIT: In order to keep in touch with citizens and expats and make things easier, the traffic department, in cooperation with the department of data systems, launched a service to make appointments for driving licenses tests on trial basis. The service will start first at the capital governorate, then it will be generalized in all governorates. This service comes as a first stop in the field of developing the traffic services, to make them electronic and provide them over the internet, in order to reduce the crowds in concerned departments.
KUWAIT: Informed sources revealed that the Ministry of Health is currently examining the possibility of privatizing technical jobs, such as those of laboratorians, pharmacists and X-Ray technicians, in the same manner as nursing jobs. The ministry plans to do so by contracting with some companies to supply it with such employees. Sources said the aim of the privatization plan was to tackle labor shortage in hospitals and health centers, in addition to the expansion requirements of hospitals and new medical centers.
KUWAIT: Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) said yesterday that nine centers were battling the blaze, which broke out in three stores in Doha area at dawn yesterday. KFSD said in a statement that the wind speed and the 3,500 square meters fire area are hampering the firefighters from containing the fire quickly.
KUWAIT: Immigration detectives are questioning a citizen who forged entry visas for Asian workers and used to charge KD 1,200 per person. A security source said immigration officials were tipped off about a citizen who brought in foreign workers in the name of his company, but they did not actually work in it. Investigations revealed that the company was not registered at the Interior Ministry, and the citizen had used forged documents to bring in workers from abroad. The citizen was arrested and sent to the authorities concerned.
KUWAIT: Under the supervision and in the presence of General Director of Ahmadi Governorate Security, Lt General Ayadh Al-Otaibi, the operations department at the Ministry of Interior continued its surprise inspection campaign. A surprise inspection to check traffic violations in different areas of the governorate resulted in 22 vehicles being detained for reckless driving. All the vehicles were sent to the detention garage.
Once upon a time there was a young woman called Mona Chopra who wanted to become an actress. When she was cast in a minor role in the YRF production Dil Bole Hadippa, starring Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukherji, she thought her time had come. It was 2009 and Mona Darling would surely take it by storm! Until then, all she’d done was to appear in films with titles like Beeper and Naughty Boy (umm!!). So as Miss Chandigarh, Mona darling strutted around in minimal clothing and flaunted her long, long legs. But the film bombed at box office and Mona’s hopes of becoming the blockbuster girl were dashed.
KUWAIT: A photo depicting a dying tree with birds perched on its branches in the backdrop of a sunset won judges’ approval in the recently concluded 2013 Kuwait Times photography competition.The photo was taken by Riyas ‘Poyilli’ Moodadi, 33, a freelance photographer, for The Times (of India). At least it was how the people described his photograph as they examined it at the awards venue, Holiday Inn Salmiya, late on Sunday.
Kuwait: Several men were injured during a scuffle that broke out over a girl at the Kuwait International Airport. Security personnel at the airport were surprised with a number of young men exchanging blows while a girl stood near by. Some were injured in the scuffle and were taken to a hospital while the rest were taken to the Jleeb police station. A security source said interrogations revealed that eight young men competed with two others over the girl and this led to the fight.
KUWAIT: The Finance Ministry yesterday informed the National Assembly’s financial and economic affairs committee that proposed increases on public services will not include basic services like electricity, water and health, rapporteur of the committee MP Safa Al-Hashem said. Hashem said during the meeting attended by Finance Minister Mustafa Al-Shamali to discuss a government-proposed draft to law to increase charges on public services, the government provided extensive details about the bill.
Expat drivers violating traffic laws to be deported – 16 expats deported for driving without licence
KUWAIT: Due to various reasons, some people are driving without a license. Such drivers, if they are expats, will be deported. The new head of the traffic department of the Ministry of Interior, Major General Abdulfatah Al-Ali, recently announced some rules that will be strictly enforced. Read more…
Indian mathematical genius and astrologer Shakuntala Devi, who was dubbed “human computer” for her swift numerical calculation abilities, passed away in Bangalore Sunday after brief illness. She was 83 and is survived by a daughter.
KUWAIT: Traffic General Director Lt. General Abdul Fatteh Al-Ali said he has given instructions to deport any expat found driving a vehicle without possessing a proper driving license. Emphasizing that the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hmoud, and Undersecretary General Ghazi Al-Omar, have asked him to implement traffic laws strictly, Lt General Al-Ali said instructions laid special stress on seizing any vehicles whose owners commit grave violations. He said all these instructions will be adhered to and implemented by traffic directors across all governorates.
KUWAIT: A number of lawmakers have expressed their disapproval of the proposal to increase public service fees and stressed the need for alternative proposals that will not inconvenience the public.
KUWAIT: The Traffic Department carried a traffic campaign after receiving reports about reckless driving, driving without license and endangering others’ safety. The campaign resulted in 233 citations and seizing 122 vehicles in addition to arresting 12 people and referring them to police station, of which 11 are minors.
A five-member family living in Kuwait, whose total income is less than KD 1,000, is considered as living under the poverty line, according to the United Nations criteria based on the average per capita income of an individual living in Kuwait
KUWAIT CITY: Slight tremors were felt all over Kuwait a few minutes before 2:00 pm on Tuesday after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Iran. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake’s epicentre was 83 kms East of Khash, Iran . The quake reportedly sent slight tremors not only in Kuwait but also across the Gulf and were more felt by residents in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and in Saudi Arabia.
GRENOBLE, France: A bejewelled golden egg stolen four years ago in Geneva and worth an estimated one million euros ($1.3 million) has been recovered by French police near the Swiss border, police said yesterday. The egg, containing more than a kilogramme of gold and boasting hundreds of gems, was burgled in 2009 from a Kuwait import-export firm based in Geneva.