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KUWAIT: Fire department received a call at 2:50 am that a GMC car was on fire. The vehicle collided with a high voltage tower at Kabd area and some persons were trapped inside the car. Kabd firemen rushed to the scene headed by Captain Mohammad Al-Kandari and Lt. Ahmad Al-Rashidi.

As they arrived they found that the car was carrying a family, Kuwaitis and GCC nationals. Five of them were already dead and another 11 persons were severely injured. They were transported to the hospital by medical emergency team, while the bodies of the dead were handed over for criminal investigation. Investigation is going on to find reasons behind the accident.

By Hanan Al-Saadoun Kuwait Times

KUWAIT CITY: New civil IDs will be issued for expatriates with visa 20, the document issued for domestic helpers and maids, said the Director General of the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) Musaad Al-Asousi here Tuesday. The new civil IDs will replace those that have already expired, said Al-Asousi in a press statement, adding that there was no need to renew the cards if they were still valid.

Al-Asousi said that the new card will not include an electronic chip, indicating that to obtain the new civil ID, expatriates with visa 20 need to bring the same required documents in addition to a new photograph.
 

In regards to the working hours at PACI during Ramadan, the Director General said that work during daytime will be extended till 5:30 pm, noting that evening work hours will be from 9 pm till 12 am. Citizens and expatriates are advised to collect their civil IDs on time and as soon as possible to lessen load on the machines issuing the cards and facilitate procedures on PACI employees and clients, said Al-Asousi.

KUWAIT: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kuwait Syed Abrar Hussain on (22-JUL-13) visited Kuwait’s House for National Works and went through different Parts of the museum. The museum staff briefed the visiting envoy on significant aspects of the facility and the history of Kuwait especially the war of liberation against the Iraqi invasion.

  

The Ambassador, during his visit, also met the President of the museum Youssef Al-Amiri and held discussion on issues of mutual interest. Amiri apprised the Ambassador about new projects related to the Museum especially the plans to move it to a new location. He emphasized upon the need for greater cooperation in matters related to cultural exchanges between the two countries.

  

The Ambassador thanked the president for arranging the visit. He said that Pakistan and Kuwait enjoyed long time brotherly relations. He said that the two countries always stood by each other in difficult times and in this regards referred to the section of the museum reserved for Pakistan which he said reflected the acknowledgement of the sacrifices of the Pakistani soldiers for their Kuwaiti brothers during the war of liberation. He also assured the president of Embassy’s continued support for museum’s future endeavors.

KUWAIT: Ambassador of Pakistan Syed Abrar Hussain Called on Major General Abdul Fattah Al Ali, Assistant under secretary for traffic affairs in the ministry of interior on 15 July 2013 to discuss issues related to traffic violations and problems faced by Pakistani nationals in the regards. General Ali assured the Ambassador that no innocent Pakistan would be arrested and the traffic violators were caught after 4 to 5 traffic violations. He informed that all traffic in Kuwait was closely monitored through cameras. He asked Pakistani community through Ambassador to observe traffic rules.

KUWAIT: A meeting was held at the Indian Embassy yesterday in the presence of India’s Ambassador to Kuwait Satish Mehta, Assistant Director General of the Immigration Department Brig Talal Maarafi, Assistant Director General for Immigration Detectives Col Najeeb Al-Shatti, Director of Public Relations and Moral Guidance, Acting Director of Information Security Col Adel Al-Hashash and some Indian expats. Items of the iqama law and how to avoid violating them were discussed. All questions asked by those present were answered.

The officials acknowledged the importance of the awareness role the information security department is playing through its awareness leaflets and media messages. Col Maarafi said a violator can correct his status and get a legal iqama in the country. He said the immigration general directorate supports every person who seeks to correct his iqama, adding that immigration officers have an open-door policy for anyone who has a complaint.

Col Al-Shatti said immigration detectives receive all complaints regarding iqama violations. He said when one changes his residence, he must change it on the civil ID too so that arrests on suspicion can be avoided. Col Hashash spoke about the efforts to educate expats and the measures taken to deliver awareness messages to all. He spoke about the continued cooperation with the immigration directorate to inform expats on any new developments immediately.

The Indian ambassador appealed to policemen to present their own IDs when they check the papers of expats. He also asked them to show the warrant when they raid any residential complex, to assure residents that they are actually police officers.

Ramadan is not only a time to fast and meditate. It is also the time for various fun activities which strengthen one’s body and mind. Since Ramadan falls in summer this year, there are many more activities you can avail of. Both adults and children alike can make their Ramadan very fulfilling through Ramadan camps. Two of these are organized by the British Academy of Sports (BAS) and the Philippine Catsclaw Martial Arts Association-Kuwait.

“Though it’s basically a full-month schedule, you can enroll according to your availability. We know parents take their kids outside Kuwait during the summer, so we are flexible and design programs to accommodate everyone. So you can attend and pay only for one week or even two sessions,” said Lucian Aurelian Anisia, BAS Academy Director.

BAS organizes sports activities ranging from swimming to karate to gymnastics in the morning. “In the afternoon, a selection of bowling and ice skating will be included and we have lots and lots of fun activities,” Anisia told Kuwait Times. Free T-shirts will be distributed for those registering for the whole month. They will also receive training kits and other stuff needed for the month-long training. “This is the first time we are holding such a Ramadan camp, so we are equally excited and very much dedicated to making this event successful,” he said.

After completing the course, participants will receive a certificate and CDs with their photographs. “Sports activities are very important to everyone. It enhances physical and life quality,” Anisia opined. BAS’ mission is to make sport and physical activity fun and accessible to an increasing number of children and to increase the quality and variety of sport options for children and young people in Kuwait.

BAS takes pride in its excellent facilities and professionally qualified instructors who are mostly Europeans. BAS offers regular sporting activities from football to basketball, volleyball swimming, gymnastics, karate, tennis, Thai boxing, Zumba, roller skating, aerobics and cricket. It also organizes international sport trips, kids camps and sports competitions. “You are all welcome to our academy,” Anisia said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Catsclaw Martial Arts Association-Kuwait, a non-affiliated, non-profit and non-political association helps individuals build self-confidence, physical fitness and mental alertness through martial arts. Master Mario Adones, the head of the Catsclaw group, said that it was founded to educate individuals on the importance of martial arts, especially in life-threatening circumstances. “We did not form this group for anything else but to motivate discipline and self-control. The association does not differentiate between members over their dialects, regions or religions. We are here to promote unity, equality and camaraderie among members,” Adones said.

The Philippine Catsclaw Martial Arts Association holds their regular activities every Friday at Al-Nasser Sporting Club from 8 am-12 noon. The group teaches various forms of self-defense techniques including Filipino modern arts – Arnis (considered as the national martial arts of the Philippines), Mano-mano (hand to hand, which incorporates punches, elbows, knees, head butts, finger strikes, locks, blocks and boxing), Sikaran (all types of Filipino martial arts kicks) and Dumog (Filipino style of grappling, trapping and joint locking).

“Filipino martial arts teaches techniques in self defense even if the opponent or enemies are holding deadly weapons. We also teach our members how to turn ordinary household items into lethal weapons to defend themselves or others,” he added. Many other organizations are also holding Ramadan camps in Kuwait – from schools to religious centers to small groups of individuals and associations.

By Ben Garcia, Staff Writer

KUWAIT: Interior Ministry Assistant Undersecretary Maj Gen Abdulfattah Al-Ali has ordered a halt on the issuance of new driving licenses to all expatriates until further notice. The only exceptions will be for household drivers on Article 20 visas.

The freeze will be in place until changes are made to current regulations for expats to obtain new driving licenses, Ali added.   Since his appointment a few months ago, Ali has led a campaign in which hundreds of expatriates have been deported without a court order for committing “grave” traffic offences such as driving without a license and jumping red lights.

Kuwaiti citizens who commit similar traffic offences can have their vehicles impounded, but only under a court order. The Interior Ministry is also revoking driving licenses of foreign students who have graduated and working housewives, tightening already strict rules for expats.  Ali has stressed that all traffic violation-related deportations are in accordance with the law. “We have filed over 70,000 traffic citations including 43,000 serious ones such as running red lights, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on the wrong side of the road and many others,” he told reporters earlier this month.

Ali also warned last week that travel bans may be slapped against violators to force them to pay their traffic fines, especially since the amount of all fines has reached KD 24 million.

For nearly a decade, Kuwait has imposed strict conditions on the eligibility of its 2.6 million expats to drive. Most foreigners are required to hold a university degree, earn KD 400 a month and have lived legally in the country for at least two years before being able to drive legally.

 

 By Hanan Al-Saadoun

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