KUWAIT: Capital municipality emergency team inspected several cooperatives and food stores in Shuwaikh residential areas. Head of the emergency team Tariq Al-Qattan said the emergency teams work round the clock and during Eid days to inspect foods in restaurants and workers.
He said the team removed congratulatory ads that are abundant in Sulaibikhat, Rawdha, and Qairawan. Al-Qattan said complaints are received on the hotline 1855555 in case of any complaint related to food. He said the inspection campaign resulted in issuing 10 citations related to displaying food material outside the shop, selling expired material and lack of health certificates. He said that 60 kg of cheese, tahina sweet, mayonnaise, canned vegetables and mushroom were confiscated.
In Hawally, a campaign resulted in issuing one citation for a worker with expired health license and destruction of 7.5 kg of expired chocolate, 12 kg of industrial gelatine used in making cake and citations for employing workers without health license
KUWAIT: Criminal Investigation Department officers arrest- ed three people who were preparing to leave the country after stealing nearly KD 80,000 worth of jewelry. The arrest took place at the Kuwait International Airport on Friday in coordination with the Airport Security Department officials, and the detainees were referred to the Salhiya police station for further action. Investigations which led to the arrest began after a number of jewelry shops in Kuwait City reported similar incidents in which a man and two women stole jewelry by hiding them while the shopkeeper was distracted. Detectives were able to identify the Armenian suspects using CCTV tapes. They arrested the male suspect at a hotel in Kuwait City before a police unit rushed to the air- port to arrest the two women based on their accomplice’s testimonies. The three are currently cooling their heels behind bars.
KUWAIT: According to a recent report of the World Bank on the money transfers of migrants and expatriates, Kuwait ranked third in the Gulf with $8.5 billion sent abroad in 2012, while the expats in Saudi Arabia transferred $27.6 billion, and expats in United Arab Emirates remitted $20.3 billion. The United States ranked the first worldwide with migrant transfers of $123 billion.
The report also mentioned that remittance flows to developing countries are estimated to have totaled $401 billion in 2012, an increase of 5.3 percent over the previous year. Global remittance flows, including those to high-income countries, were an estimated $529 billion in 2012. The developing world is expected to receive $414 billion in migrant remittances in 2013, an increase of 6.3 percent over the previous year. Globally, the world’s 232 million inter- national migrants are expected to remit earnings worth $550 billion this year.
Samer, a 55-year-old sends about 60-70 per- cent of his salary to Jordan every month. “I’m transferring money to my children who live there with their mother. I transfer the money on a monthly basis for their expenses only, and I’m not saving any money,” he told the Kuwait Times. The majority of the Asian community are transferring money back home, and lean more towards savings and investment.
Paul, a 52- year-old is living in Kuwait with his wife only and the rest of his family and children are living in India. “I transfer about 20-30 percent of my salary to my family abroad, but a part of it goes into savings. When we finally leave Kuwait and head home, we should have some savings to depend on. I know many Arab expats don’t save any money and spend all their salary,” he pointed out.
Victor from Nigeria transfers about 50 per- cent of his salary to his family living in two countries. “About 45 percent of my salary goes into paying the house rent. I transfer about half of my salary to both UK and Nigeria, and I live off only 5 percent. I’m not saving as my income is not enough to save. My existence is one of hand to mouth. Over the past five years, my situation has been the same which was caused by the financial crisis, when all the fees were hiked. Even transferring money is expensive now because it was $7 for $100 earlier and now it’s $14 for the same amount. Before 2008, I used to save about 40 percent of my salary, which is now impossible,” he explained.
Ibtisam, a 37-year-old Syrian expat multiplied her money transfers after the bad situation in Syria since the last two years. “Two years ago, I was transferring about 5 percent of my salary and sending it to mom for her to use as pocket money. I used to spend all my salary on myself and wasn’t saving anything. Now after the bad situation in Syria, I’m sending my family about 80 percent of my salary to Egypt as they moved there after the war started in Syria. I hope this will change once the situation gets better,” she said.
Yahya, a 30-year-old from Egypt is transfer- ring about 25 percent of his salary every month to his family back home. “I’m living with my wife and children, and the rest of family lives in Egypt and I send them money for their needs, so I haven’t been able to save much. Sometimes, I send more money if they have an emergency and need money. In general, I can’t send more money as I haven’t got a raise in my salary over the past few years,” he stated
By Nawara Fattahova
KUWAIT: Annual dastarbandi / Completion for Huffaz ul Qurain held in Mosque Uthman on 4th October 2013. H.E. Syed Abrar Hussain was the chief guest. The ceremony was started after the prayer of Ish’a. Qari Saeed ur Rehman welcomed community’s representatives from Religious, Cultural, Educational, Doctors, Engineers, teachers societies/Associations who were present on the occasion
The first part of the program started with speeches from Kuwaiti and Pakistani community, In the second part prizes distributed among the students for their annual performance.
Reported : Tariq Iqbal
Edited by: Atif Siddiqui
Photography by: Shazad Khan
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KUWAIT: Coordination is in place between thirteen different state departments in order to outline the routes for the railroad and metro subway projects; two mega projects included in Kuwait’s development plan and aim to improve the country’s public transportation services. This confirmation was given by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Sheikh Salem Al-Abdul-Aziz Al-Sabah in response to inquisitions made on that regard by MP Adel Al- Khurafi. “These departments include the Ministry of Public Works, the Kuwait Oil Company, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Electricity and Water, the Kuwait Municipality, the Public Authority of Housing Welfare, the Customs General Department, and the Ministry of Planning and Development”, Minister Al-Sabah was quoted by Al-Jarida daily yesterday. The Finance Minister also indicated that a joint team between the Kuwait Municipality and Municipal Council is working on addressing any obstacles that could stand before the two projects.
He added on that regard that while his ministry did not receive any reservations regarding the metro project’s route, coordination was launched to address routes for the railway projects which go through allocated areas including farms in Al-Wafra. The two projects are being carried out by the Ministry of Communications with 2020 set as the tentative date for the start of operating. MP Al-Khurafi also asked about the latest updates regarding the Khairan Power Plant project, to which the minister responded by indicating that an alliance led by BNP Paribas was awarded a tender to serve as consultant for the mega project
KUWAIT: Kuwait is enlisting female police officers as detectives for the first time in 60 years since the Gulf state’s police force was established, a local daily reported yesterday quoting an Interior Ministry decision that took effect this month. The Interior Ministry hired the policewomen as detectives in order to improve the quality of performance and to inject new ideas in uncovering crimes. Announcing that five policewomen have been assigned to work at the Criminal Investigations Department, a local newspaper noted that the female detectives will work ‘undercover’ secret missions to hunt down suspects and fugitives. The decision is considered a significant step for Kuwait’s conservative society.
Sources further indicated that the Interior Ministry has also assigned two policewomen to the General Department of State Security; Four at the Airport Investigations Department, and two to the Sentences Implementation Investigations Department. “If you are ever approached by a woman who identifies herself as a detective and asks for your ID, do not take it as a joke. Cooperate with her or else you might find your self in trouble,” the sources advised. — Agencies
KUWAIT: A large number of Pakistani community visited yesterday to see PNS-Tariq at Shuwikh port. This is 3rd time the PNS Tariq is visiting to Kuwait.
A goodwill visit to Kuwait with Captain Abdul Rahman and providing a good opportunity to Pakistan Navy officials to interact with their Kuwaiti counterparts.
The event specially organized by the embassy for Pakistani community and families.
According to Mr. Aziz Solehiria around 500 visitors were registered their names to visit PNS Tariq. It was a happiest moment when Navy officials opened the gate of the place where the helicopter parked.
Pakistani families’ children were excited to see the helicopter near them, they felt proud, Navy officials have provided the full information to their loving visitors.
Most of the families told us that such visits help in further cementing the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Kuwait.
The event was captured by Local news papers, PIK and VOPIK.
Atif Siddiqui CE of PIK (www.pakistanisinkuwait.com) & Tariq iqbal and Shazad Khan of VOPIK (Voice of Overseas Pakistanis in Kuwait TV channel)’s team have captured the full event officially, assigned by the Embassy of Pakistan.
News briefing, Reception on board and community open day’s videos will be uploaded on www.vopik.tv very soon.
Reported: Tariq Iqbal
Edited by: Atif Siddiqui
Photography: Shahzad Khan