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KUWAIT: The health insurance fees for expats will jump to KD 130 annually as new hospitals and clinics that will exclusively serve foreign residents are being built. The Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman) and Health Minister Dr Jamal Al-Harbi yesterday took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for such a hospital in Ahmadi governorate. Harbi told reporters the health insurance hospital is one of the main components of the healthcare system for expatriates, which is implemented and managed by Dhaman as a leading development model for public-private partnership within the government’s work program and development plan.

Dhaman CEO Dr Ahmed Al-Saleh said according to ministry decisions, health insurance for expats will cost KD 130 ($425) annually, covering primary and secondary healthcare. He noted that increasing the insurance fees from KD 50 to KD 130 came after thorough comparative studies of the systems followed in other GCC states and the development factors sought in Kuwait.

Harbi said over two million expats working for the private sector and that their families will benefit from the Dhaman health services in various governorates. Two additional hospitals will be built in Farwaniya and Jahra, in addition to 12 medical centers, which will reduce crowding at public hospitals and primary healthcare centers. Harbi added the Ahmadi hospital will open in 2020. It consists of four storeys and a basement spread over a total area of 36,793 sq m. The hospital has a capacity of 300 beds spread over various departments, including surgery and intensive care. It has more than 70 outpatient clinics of different medical specialties. “The health ministry looks forward to help Dhaman deliver these important hospital projects to serve and provide healthcare to residents of Kuwait,” Harbi said. The Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman) was established as a public-private partnership project as part of Kuwait’s national healthcare expansion plan. In response to a projected population growth of two million people by 2026, Dhaman plans to build secondary care hospitals and primary health clinics in various locations across Kuwait.

By Faten Omar and Agencies

Source: Kuwait Times

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 14, (KUNA): Ministry of Commerce and Industry inspectors have discovered fraud of 3.940 kgs of gold valued at KD 50,000 ($165,000) at a gold store in Al-Rai district. The case was later referred to prosecution.

The Ministry added in a statement Tuesday that the forged items were gold jewelry items of Indian precision. Cavities in the gold jewelry have been filled with cheap materials in order to increase their weight and sell them as pure gold.

The ministry will take all needed procedures against the forgers, who have already been referred to the competent authorities, the statement added. The ministry will increase inspection of gold and jewelry markets to verify validity and condition of scales and percentage of precious stones engraved with the items displayed for sale.

The Ministry is supervising all the precious metals and stones, whether those displayed at the stores or produced in factories locally or coming from abroad, it said. It will penalize counterfeiters to protect the consumers, the statement concluded.


‘Large number of expats in Kuwait at present’

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 13: A number of MPs have challenged the Interior Ministry’s idea of facilitating issuance of commercial and family visit visas for expatriates, and called for strict regulations to avoid demographic imbalance stimulation.

MP Al-Humaidi Al-Sebaie expressed outright rejection of opening the door for family visits, which he insisted, will have negative impact on the country’s demography. He is surprised the ministry is contemplating such measures amid the growing number of expatriates, noting the step contradicts the approach of Government and the National Assembly that seek to reduce the number of expatriates. He stressed he’s not against issuing visas to the expatriates only if they deserve it.

MP Khalid Al-Otaibi stated “this is not the right time to facilitate family visits due to the large number of expatriates in Kuwait at present”. He added the idea will only stimulate demographic imbalance and make it more difficult in finding a lasting solution to the problem. He asserted the Interior Ministry’s plan to facilitate family visits will encourage medical tourism, which is illogical. He wondered if Kuwait is among advanced like the US and countries in Europe where individuals embark on medical tourism.

For his own part, MP Abdullah Fahad praised the Ministry of Interior for amending foreigners’ residency law to facilitate family visits for different reasons, including education and medical treatment. He is proud that Kuwait became the destination of those seeking jobs, noting the new development will contribute in creating investment opportunities.

MP Dr Adel Al-Damkhi said it requires total cooperation among various official bodies to set a comprehensive plan in dealing with the demographic situation, while official decisions must be based on a unified strategy amid a clear plan that specifies the required number of expatriates in each profession.

By Munaif Nayef
Al-Seyassah / Arab Times Staff


KUWAIT CITY, Nov 12: Statistics issued by the General Traffic Department show the number of violations recorded from the beginning of the current year until the end of last October reached 2.437 million, reports Al-Jarida daily. The statistics show the violations include 970,000 direct violations and 1.467 million indirect recorded by the traffic monitoring cameras, which roughly works out to 8,333 violations per day. The statistics also show the money collected in the form of violations during this period was KD 50.107 million — the fruit of efforts exerted by the traffic sector, in cooperation with other security agencies, to control the traffic situation on public roads and enforcing the prestige of the law. The statistics revealed 147 expatriates were deported during this period for driving without license.

Sharp rise in crimes: On an average 60 various types of crimes — murder, murder attempts, armed robberies, fights, thefts, assaults, shooting and impersonation — have been committed in Kuwait on a daily basis for the first 10 months, which roughly works out to two-and-a-half crimes per hour, reports Al-Qabas daily. A security source said the statistics issued by the Center for Research, Studies and Statistics at the Ministry of Interior for the ten months ended October 2017, showed serious crimes violence and aggressive behavior have increased in the country. The source added to put an end to such crimes, security measures have to be tightened which means the Ministry of Interior has a big role to play in addition to other authorities. Also the concerned authorities have to study the motives for such crimes.

کویت میں آج 12-نومبر-2017 كو رات تقريباً 9:15 بجے زلزلے کے جھٹکے محسوس ہوئے, لوگ اپنے گھروں سے باہر نکل آئے. 

ماہرین کا کہنا ہے کہ یہ بڑے جھٹکوں سے پہلے ہونے والے چھوٹے جھٹکے بھی ہو، سکتے ہیں

 اللہ پاک سب کو اپنی حفظ و امان میں رکھےآمين

اَللَّھُمَّ لَا تَقْتُلْنَا بِغَضَبِكَ وَلَا تُهْلِکْنَا بِعَذَابِكَ وَعَافِنَا قَبْلَ ذَلِكَ.

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 11: A 45-year-old Kuwaiti was declared dead upon arrival at Jahra Hospital after his disowned 22-year-old son stabbed him with a knife in their house in Wafra. Securitymen from the Criminal Evidence General Department arrested the suspect in less than six hours from the time he fled from the crime scene.

According to a security source, the Operations Unit in the Interior Ministry received a call from the administration of Jahra Hospital, saying the 45-year-old Kuwaiti died upon arrival at the hospital with a stab wound in his abdomen.

Securitymen rushed to the hospital to investigate and this led to the arrest of the suspect in a vacant lot in Jahra. They said the murder weapon was found in a garbage container. During interrogation, the suspect confessed to stabbing his father three times in front of the entire family due to a domestic problem. He disclosed that he took a knife from the house and waited for his father in a closed place where he stabbed the latter.

Criminal Evidences Department officers lifted fingerprints and collected evidence from the house. Preliminary investigations revealed the suspect is involved in several other cases. He was referred to the Public Prosecution for questioning and other legal measures.


By Munaif Nayef, Mishal Al- Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff & Agencies

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 8: Acting Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Interior Ministry, Major-General Fahd Al-Shuwea has issued instructions to all traffic departments to apply Article 207 of the traffic law in the strictest sense, reports Al- Anba daily.

According to the directives, the impoundment of vehicles will not be limited to seat belt, jumping the red traffic light or talking on the cell phone, but all violations contained in Article 207 will be applicable.

In the meantime, the traffic sector has started mounting cameras in all traffic patrols to document the conversation between the patrolman and the violator of the traffic law.

According to a security source, this technology has been used to protect the rights of the policemen and the motorists. Any complaint received shall be investigated based on the recording of the conversation. The source said vehicles will be impounded for two months effective from Wednesday, Nov 8, if any of the following violations are committed; however, some sources said it will come into effect after publication in the official gazette Kuwait Al-Yawm:

1 — Driving a vehicle without the numbers plates (back and front) or if the plate is unreadable using plates other than those issued by the General Traffic Department.

2 — Driving vehicles after withdrawing its registration or plates.

3 — Driving a vehicle without registration or with expired insurance.

4 — Driving without obtaining a license or if the licence is withdrawn, or if the license is specified for other vehicles.

5 — Reckless driving that endangers the life of the driver, passenger or others.

6 — Driving without brakes or faulty brakes.

7 — Racing without permission or violating the permission

8 — Committing immoral act inside the car

9 — Deliberately blocking traffic

10 — Exceeding the speed limit (maximum 30 kms)

11 — Skipping the red traffic light

12 — Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or narcotics

13 — Using vehicles for other than the specified purposes

14 — Parking in ‘No Parking’ zones, blocking other vehicles, parking on pavements.

15 — Driving in opposite direction

16 — Driving a vehicle that is ‘smoking’ or carrying other materials that may negatively affect the road or safety of traffic users or damage their cars or causing disturbing sounds.

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