Kuwait: 116 stranded medical staff return from India

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: 116 stranded medical staff return from India 116 nurses have arrived in Kuwait after being stranded in India since the beginning of the pandemic. A source within the Ministry of Health said, that the group of nurses are part of the 400 nurses that were granted permission to enter Kuwait by the ministry. While they were part of the first batch, more are to follow. Read| Kuwaiti Education Ministry premises shut All of the arriving nurses, which landed on Friday, were required to conduct a swab test at the airport before being transferred to their residence for mandatory 14-day quarantine. Various Ministries have non-Kuwaiti employees that are stuck abroad, unable to return due to the travel ban imposed on 34 countries, including India, Egypt, Philippines and Bangladesh. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwaiti Education Ministry premises shut Next articleKuwait: Direct charter flight are allowed from 32 countries Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: Indian Embassy request people to provide valid contact details

Kuwait: Indian Embassy request people to provide valid contact details The Indian Embassy in Kuwait requests people to include their complete contact details while contacting the Embassy for various purpose. The Embassy has been regularly receiving a large number of email messages from the Indian community on various issues of interest and concern for them. While appreciating the community for sending such emails and letters, which are aimed to bring the issues of concern and interest to the Indian community, Embassy urges the public to include full contact details in all correspondence. Read| Kuwait: Registration for Emergency Certificate continues The sender must include their full name as in their passports, passport numbers, Civil ID details and contact telephone numbers and address in all their correspondences with the Embassy. This will help the Embassy to forward such emails to the concerned authorities in India and in the State of Kuwait as appropriate, Embassy informed. People sending emails and letters on behalf of any group or associations may also share, as much as possible, the contact details and address of the persons on whose behalf such issues are raised. This would help the Mission to get in touch with those affected directly, Embassy said. Indians who are applying for Indian Community Welfare Fund( ICWF) also must provide their correct contact numbers in the applications, in order for their applications to be processed expeditiously. The Embassy stated that a three-member Committee of Officers in the Mission headed by Deputy Chief of Mission is reviewing all applications and it is found that many of them don’t have proper contact details in the application and unable to contact the applicant.

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Kuwait: 400 expat ministry employees to be sacked

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: 400 expat ministry employees to be sacked Kuwait’s Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Housing Affairs, Dr. Rana Al Fares, will terminate the service of 400 expat employees in a number of different sectors of the ministry, after earlier the services of 150 employees were terminated in the first batch. The names included in the list are expats working in administrative and legal positions, in addition to some technical professions. The minister intends to terminate the services of all expatriate employees to replace them with Kuwaiti nationals as part of the Kuwaitization policy. Read| Kuwait: Indian Embassy request people to provide valid contact details She stated that it was planned to end the services of 550 expat employees in batches in the Ministry of Works and the Public Authority for Roads. The last batch is expected to be completed before the end of the current years, however the Minister decided to issue termination letters to all expatriate employees from now. The percentage of all expat employees in the MPW and the Public Roads Authority does not exceed 5 per cent of the total employees of the ministry, and Minister Al Fares seeks to train Kuwaitis to occupy the positions and take responsibility in the coming years WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: Indian Embassy request people to provide valid contact details Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: Real estate sector warns about the negative effect of demographic law

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: Real estate sector warns about the negative effect of demographic law The real estate sector has warned against enacting laws that would negatively affect the real estate sector, which includes laws related to the restructuring of demographics and ending residence of expats above 60 yrs of age. These types of decisions will seriously damage the economy, the sector warned. It noted that many of those over the age of sixty years are either merchants, who occupy commercial or investment properties. Read| DGCA to reopen restaurants & prayer rooms at Kuwait International Airport The real estate sector plays an integral part of the economy in all countries and any decision to implement such decisions without complete study will hamper countries development and will significantly affect the economy in general. The investment sector depends on its performance on the expatriate segment. Any damage to the real estate sector will harm many other sectors, especially the financial sector, as it constitutes a large part of bank loans. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous article95% of government jobs now held by Kuwaitis Next articleKuwait Municipality cancels spring camping season Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: 30,000 expats face fines for expired residency permits

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: 30,000 expats face fines for expired residency permits Around 30,000 expatriates in Kuwait are becoming illegals and face accumulated fines after their residency permits expired earlier this month. Those migrants are not covered by a recent decree by Kuwaiti Interior Minister Anis Al Saleh providing automatic extension of expired residency permits and visit visas for three more months. The decree applies to those whose residency permits expired before August 31, not after. “Expatriates who have failed to readjust their residency status under the impression their stay is still valid until November 30 are now illegal and fines will accumulate on them,”  Read| Kuwait Municipality cancels spring camping season They are facing a two-dinar penalty per day. The Residence Affairs Department in Kuwait’s six governorates have registered the expiry of residency permits of thousands of expatriates since September 1, noting that their sponsors or employers have not applied for readjusting their status including obtaining temporary residency or new work permits, the sources said. Every expat whose residency permit expired at the end of August is now a violator of Kuwait’s residency law and consequently will be fined two dinars daily, they warned. Foreigners account for nearly 3.4 million of Kuwait’s 4.8 million population. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait Municipality cancels spring camping season Next articlePakistan to send 100,000 skilled workers to Kuwait Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Pakistan to send 100,000 skilled workers to Kuwait

Pakistan to send 100,000 skilled workers to Kuwait In an effort to increase remittances, the Pakistani Minister of Expatriates and Human Resources announced that Pakistan is planning on sending 100,000 skilled workers to Kuwait. According to the Associated Press of Pakistan, a Pakistani news portal, a senior officer in the ministry said, “a formal request to this effect has been forwarded to the authorities concerned in Kuwait and reply is still awaited.” The officer went on to say Pakistan has a willing and strong workforce that is capable of working in various fields, therefore increasing remittance will allow for job creation in different countries. Read| Kuwait: 30,000 expats face fines for expired residency permits In addition, he said that the government has boosted efforts to sign a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Kuwait and Pakistan, in hopes of ramping up the number of Pakistani workers to Kuwait. The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on OP&HRD, Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, pointed out that although a MOU would streamline a state-to-state workforce, Pakistanis could enter Kuwait for employment under employer-employee agreement. While the MOU has not been finalized, Kuwait has agreed to recruit 444 Pakistani’s to work in the medical field as doctors, paramedic and nurses.

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Kuwait: Authorities reiterated KD 2 fine per day for expired residency

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: Authorities reiterated KD 2 fine per day for expired residency The sources at residency affairs stated that sponsors of thousands of expatriates have not yet submitted requests to amend the status of residency or to obtain a temporary residence for those whose residency expired after September 1st. Read| Kuwait National Assembly finalising demographic imbalance bill Those expats whose residency has expired after August and have not amended the status will have to pay KD 2 per day. MOI has called upon sponsors, heads of families to rectify the status and pay the fine. Earlier, the ministry had announced that due to COVID-19 lockdown, for those whose residency expired till August 31st will get an automatic extension of their residency till November 30th. However, for those whose residency expired from September 1st will not get this benefit and they will have to pay KD 2 per day. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait National Assembly finalising demographic imbalance bill Next articleDGCA to reopen restaurants & prayer rooms at Kuwait International Airport Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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DGCA to reopen restaurants & prayer rooms at Kuwait International Airport

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber DGCA to reopen restaurants & prayer rooms at Kuwait International Airport The Executive Committee for the restarting of Commercial operation at Kuwait International Airport has decided to restart the service of restaurants and cafes inside the airport to the public in accordance with health and preventive requirements, and to open prayer rooms to perform prayers only without sitting. Read| Kuwait: Authorities reiterated KD 2 fine per day for expired residency The decisions came after recommendations were submitted by civil aviation that had the approval of the health authorities. The Deputy Director General for Kuwait Airport Affairs, Saleh Al-Fadaghi, said that travel requirements are subject to continuous review. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: Authorities reiterated KD 2 fine per day for expired residency Next article95% of government jobs now held by Kuwaitis Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait’s COVID-19 cases pass 100,000 mark

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait’s COVID-19 cases pass 100,000 mark Kuwait’s overall new coronavirus infections Tuesday surpassed the 100,000 mark. The Health Ministry confirmed 719 new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s infection tally to 100,683. Three more deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded, raising Kuwait’s fatality tally due to the disease to 588, the Health Ministry’s spokesman Dr Abdullah Al Sanad said in an update. There are 99 patients receiving intensive care treatment, he added. Read| Computer dealers cracked down for hiking laptops prices in Kuwait Kuwait’s total virus tests have reached 715,887 after 4,651 tests have been done over the past 24 hours. The ministry said that the overall recoveries in Kuwait have risen to 91,612 after 682 more patients have recovered from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleComputer dealers cracked down for hiking laptops prices in Kuwait Next articleKuwait National Assembly finalising demographic imbalance bill Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Computer dealers cracked down for hiking laptops prices in Kuwait

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Computer dealers cracked down for hiking laptops prices in Kuwait The Ministry of Commerce has cracked down on computer dealers who stacked up to 150 laptops in a warehouse with the intention to monopolize the sets and raise prices. The ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the warehouse was shut down, following two rounds of inspections by the department personnel of stores selling computers, chips and various electronic parts in the district of Hawally. Having recorded an unjustified and unreasonable hike of sets’ prices, the department has referred the case to competent authorities for further legal action. Read| Kuwait: Panel approves law to reduce expatriate The ministry warned traders that it would not be slack or complacent with respect of any bids by dealers to make customers sustain heavy prices for electronic devices namely computers. It also urged citizens and expatriates to report any “illogical” hike of commodities’ prices via the hotline 135, stressing that companies and commercial stores must adhere to the set trading rules. The crackdown coincided with reports that computer sets and parts, namely laptops, have become in great demand due to adoption of online learning by schools and colleges. The e-learning has been warranted by the coronavirus crisis. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: Registration for Emergency Certificate continues Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait’s total infections nearing 100,000

Kuwait’s total infections nearing 100,000 Kuwait today confirmed 385 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, a decrease of 136 cases compared to the tally reported the day before, taking the country’s overall infections to 99,434. Three more deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded, raising Kuwait’s fatality tally due to the disease to 584, the Health Ministry’s spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al Sanad said in an update. There are 98 patients receiving intensive care treatment. Also, Twenty-six judges in Kuwait have contracted the coronavirus. The infections come days after 10 Kuwaiti lawmakers reportedly caught the virus. Some of the infected judges caught the virus after coming in touch with other patients. “These infections will not hamper court hearings, but may delay them because the judge delegated to offset the shortage has other sessions and needs longer time to hold two sessions in the same day.” Health Ministry to conduct virus-detecting swabs on other judges to get reassured about their well-being. Kuwait’s total virus tests have reached 707,292 after 2,263 tests have been done over the past 24 hours. The ministry said that the overall recoveries in Kuwait have risen to 90,168 after 670 more patients have recovered from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

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Kuwait: DGCA proposes to reduce quarantine period to 7 days

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: DGCA proposes to reduce quarantine period to 7 days The Directorate General of Civil Aviation known as on to reduce the quarantine in Kuwait for all arrivals to 7 days as a substitute of 14 days which is at present applied. In a letter addressed to the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Kuwait International Airport restarting committee propose to reduce the quarantine in Kuwait for arrivals to 7 days instead of 14 days that is currently applied with Maintaining health requirements. All arrival passengers must carry a PCR negative certificate. Read| Kuwait: KD 5000 fine and 3 months jail for violating home quarantine rule Previously, The Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced that, based on the updates of the health authorities, passengers arriving at Kuwait International Airport who are under the age of 6 years are exempted from the PCR examination for COVID-19. Adult passengers should carry PCR test for COVID-19 proving that they are free from corona virus, the certificate should not exceed 72 hours between the test date and arriving date to Kuwait. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: Stray Dogs Invade Residential Areas Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: Stray Dogs Invade Residential Areas

Kuwait: Stray Dogs Invade Residential Areas At a time when citizens and expatriates that need to trek in the open alleyways have been forced to stay in their homes for a long period due to the spread of coronavirus, the places of exercise in the residential areas are no longer safe, as stray dogs threaten the safety of people. On a tour of several areas pointed to the prevalence of stray dogs, especially in the walkways and open squares, which raises more than one question about the role played by concerned government agencies, citing the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources team, as campaigns carried out by the teams are semi-seasonal. It stressed that the campaigns are not intense looking at the recent increase in the number of stray dogs. Several citizens lamented the campaigns do not cover all residential areas and complained more than once about stray dogs that overwhelm the streets and alleyways, threatening the safety of those who are doing exercise, without any response by concerned authorities. They pointed out that the animals hinder the exercise of walking and pose danger to adults, children and pedestrians in general. After the spread of this phenomenon, there is more than one question circulating about how to deal with stray dogs and the plans set for them, especially as some cases the teams dealt with had some kind of cruelty to animals, which sparked a wave of condemnation against the way they were handled before killing them with anesthesia and poison. They’re alleged to have allowed the circulation and sale of toxic substances painted with food and placed near garbage containers or places where they’re collected. Although officials of the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources announced the launch of campaign about a year ago to castrate male dogs whose number exceeds more than 20,000 to limit their breeding, citizens have not seen the results of this campaign on the ground, which was not announced in the media or even the announcement of its results. Stray dogs are now in the residential areas and other places such as Abdali, Wafra, Kabad, and Sulaibiya farms. It is surprising that no major shelter has been provided by the authority to accommodate stray dogs being hunted by concerned teams while providing food and veterinary services to them, and cooperating with volunteer dog fanciers instead of castrating or poisoning them. In a related context, informed sources said the authority is working to eradicate the phenomenon of stray dogs, as the authority receives 20 to 30 reports daily regarding its presence. They added that some individuals shelter some types of dogs imported from abroad, then neglect them after a while, indicating some dogs run away and frolic in the streets to disturb residents of the regions, besides posing a threat to the health and safety of citizens, especially when they’re mad and not receiving the appropriate vaccination. The tour included Yarmouk, Khaldiya, Shamiya, Keifan, Jaber Al-Ahmad and new northwest Sulaibikhat areas. The correspondents spotted herds of stray dogs that roam the streets at night while citizens confirmed that they pose a serious danger to walkers, in addition to the cooperative societies and their branches. Citizens pointed to the scene of dogs chasing children and adults repeated daily, especially in the inner streets, besides chasing vehicles – as many of the animals do not fear humans but have a desire to attack, indicating they may be suffering from rabies despite the frequent incidents of biting and snapping. Citizens living in the city of Jaber Al- Ahmad indicated a stray dog recently bit a child and he almost died without divine providence, while a resident of the area intervened to remove him from the attacking dogs. He was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery. He is fine now but the scars remain on his head. Walkers confirmed that stray dogs move a lot at night as the weather has improved, depriving them of the pleasure of running in the open spaces – pointing to the recurrent attacks by dogs attacking the young and the elderly. Citizens asked: Where shall we walk if ferocious animals keep spreading in the walkways? Citizens emphasized that outdoor gardens for homes, especially in the new areas or construction areas or under construction sites, cannot sit in them or leave children alone, given the frequent incidents of dog attacks on youngsters. Leaving stray dogs in residential areas without taking sanitary measures with them, whether sterilizing them or transferring them to specialized shelters, is one of the greatest threats to the safety of people. This is what citizens in Yarmouk area confirmed, indicating they have submitted complaints to concerned authorities about the horrific spread of dogs without any real action from the specialized control teams.

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Expats with expired visa faces daily fines in Kuwait

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Expats with expired visa faces daily fines in Kuwait Expats in Kuwait whose residency permits expired on September 1 2020 will have to pay the usual fine of KD 2 per day to renew their visas, as the extension deadline granted until November 30 2020 is not applicable to them as per instructions from the concerned authority. Earlier, the Ministry of Interior allowed a grace extension period for visa renewals to be extended until November 30 2020. Expats with residency permit that expired from March until end of August 2020 can benefit from the November 30 deadline. If an expat’s residency permit has expired from the beginning of September, they will have to pay a two dinar fine for each day they are staying in the country illegally, unless they renew their visas at the Residence Affairs Department. Read| Kuwait: Digital Civil ID can be used as a travel document There is no valid reason for those with expired residency permit after September 1 2020 to fail to renew their visa especially as the Residence Affairs Departments began processing applications from the end of June 2020. Expats whose residency permits and visit visas expired before the end of August received an automatic extension until the end of November 2020. The daily said, quoting sources, these new instructions indicate no possibility for giving visitors and residency visa law violators a new deadline after the current deadline expires at the end of November 30. Meanwhile, expats stranded in countries on the 34 country ban list will be allowed to remain outside Kuwait for an additional period of 6 months given the circumstances, provided they hold a valid residence permit or their residence permit has been renewed online by their sponsor. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: Ministry of Education announces public school schedule Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: Trump awards ‘prestigious’ decoration to HH Amir

Kuwait: Trump awards ‘prestigious’ decoration to HH Amir US President Donald Trump awarded the US Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the White House said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was the first time the honour has been given since 1991. The Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander was accepted, on behalf of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, at a private ceremony in the Oval Office by Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, according to Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah. Read| Kuwait: Digital Civil ID can be used as a travel document It comes in recognition of His Highness the Amir’s tireless efforts and significant leadership role in the region and the world, and as a culmination of the historic and distinguished partnership between Kuwait and the US spanning decades. The award also coincides with the upcoming 60th anniversary of the establishment of relations between both nations. On Monday, Kuwait’s prime minister told the Kuwaiti cabinet of the improvement of the emir’s health. In July, Kuwait’s cabinet tweeted that the emir arrived at Rochester airport in the United States, without specifying which US city of that name. The main campus of the Mayo Clinic, among the top US medical centres, is in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Kuwait: Digital Civil ID can be used as a travel document

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: Digital Civil ID can be used as a travel document Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced that the Digital Civil ID “Kuwait Mobile App” will be approved as a travel document in all ports to arrive and depart Kuwait. Read| PACI Kuwait Launches Kuwait Mobile ID App In a circular send to all Airlines operating at Kuwait Airport said that the based on the instructions of the Health authorities, it is approved to use Digital Civil ID at the ports, airlines, and airports of countries around the world to permit entry to the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has directed to circulate to its affiliated bodies such as foreign embassies in the country and Kuwaiti embassies abroad, as well as to the Ministry of Interior to allow expats to enter and exit into Kuwait by using my identity application. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: New drive-thru to open for COVID-19 PCR test Next articleKuwait: Stranded teachers to be considered as an official and will be paid Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: Stranded teachers to be considered as an official and will be paid

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: Stranded teachers to be considered as an official and will be paid The Acting Undersecretary of Kuwait’s Ministry of Education, Faisal Al Maqsid, issued a memo regarding the procedures as far non-Kuwaiti teachers and staff who are stuck abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic are concerned. Al Maqsid stated that according to the Cabinet of Ministers, all employees who left the country before March 12 and were unable to return due to the flight ban will be considered to be on official holiday. Therefore, they are entitled to their salaries. Read| Kuwait: Residencies of stranded expat teachers halted by MOE Given that the new academic year is set to begin on October 4, many teachers are still stuck abroad. A few days ago, Al Maqsid told Al Jarida that the number of these teachers does not exceed 1,000 and that their absence will not have a significant effect on the education system. In addition, he clarified that the decision on the return of the teachers stuck abroad is at the discretion of the health authorities. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: Digital Civil ID can be used as a travel document Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: New drive-thru to open for COVID-19 PCR test

Kuwait: New drive-thru to open for COVID-19 PCR test Kuwait’s Ministry of Health will open a drive-through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing station in Sabhan Area next Sunday, September 20, an MoH official said Thursday. The new station, to open upon instruction of Health Minister Sheikh Dr. Bassel Al-Sabah, will conduct swab tests and is part of the MoH’s efforts to conduct as many tests as possible to contribute to curbing spread of coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Fahad Al-Qemlas, Director of Public Health. The new station will start receiving people at 5:30 p.m. in its initial operation phase while an assessment of the service takes place, he said, before increasing working hours. People wishing to conduct swab tests could make an appointment through the ministry’s website: www.moh.gov.kw. This tool will start working with the operation of Sabhan testing facility. The objective of the appointment is to avoid crowds, he said. Read| Kuwait: 127000 expats will not be able to return back This is the third testing stations following the ones at Jaber Al-Ahmad Stadium and Jazeera’s Park ‘n Fly testing facility, he noted. Al-Qemlas said the previous two facilities were set up and operated by Kuwaiti employees who carried out over 2,700 swab tests per day. The new facility in Sabhan, in full compliance with health and safety measures, could test up to 1,000 people per day at its initial phase, he said. The drive-thru testing stations, he explained, primarily aimed at testing people who were in close contact with infected persons. Al-Qemlas called on people who take swab tests appointment to download “Shlonik” application on their smart phones which provided important information about the pandemic and how to deal with it

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Residents travelling with Etihad Airways will have to wear a tracking wristband

Residents travelling with Etihad Airways will have to wear a tracking wristband All passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi will now be required to wear a tracking wristband during their 14-day quarantine. The wristbands are part of Etihad’s latest measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and will be required to be worn by all residents and visitors travelling with the Abu Dhabi carrier. “On arrival into Abu Dhabi you must self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolation must take place at home and you will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration. The wristband will be provided by the authorities at Abu Dhabi Airport after you clear immigration,” said Etihad Airways in an updated post on its website. However, passengers holding a diplomatic passport, under the age of 18, over the age of 60, or suffering from a chronic disease, will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. If you are arriving from a country deemed high risk by the UAE authorities you may be subject to quarantine at a government facility. You may also have to complete a number of different forms when you reach your destination. A PCR test must be carried out within 96 hours prior to arrival in Abu Dhabi and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate from an approved clinic must be shown for approval to board, the airline said in a statement. According to travel regulations, permission to enter Abu Dhabi will only be granted for UAE nationals and residents with a valid visa. All other visa types, including tourist visas, are unable to enter. If you are a UAE resident, you no longer require approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to return to Abu Dhabi. Before you book your flight, you are encouraged to visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae. Please submit your passport number and Emirates ID number to receive instant verification of your UAE entry status, which will be based on your UAE residence visa validity. Passengers will be required to undergo thermal screening and COVID-19 PCR testing when you land at Abu Dhabi airport, which will take some time to complete. This applies to all guests, excluding children under 12. Authorities also recommended passengers to print their test results and keep them during the trip, which will be required to present your result for validation at check-in. You may also present your test result via the Al Hosn app if you are flying to Abu Dhabi.

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Kuwait planning to develop $10.4bn projects under 2019-2020 plan

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait planning to develop $10.4bn projects under 2019-2020 plan Kuwait has announced that the total number of projects included in the annual 2019-2020 development plan is 135 compared to 132 ventures in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  The percentage of projects in the implementation phase for this year reached 50 per cent. Of these KD 3.2 billion ($10.4 billion) projects, around 40 percent are in line with the schedule, while 2 percent of the projects are ahead of schedule and 58 percent lag behind, stated Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (SCPD) Dr Khaled Mahdi.  Mahdi was speaking at press conference the General Secretariat of SCPD held recently to announce results of the annual plan follow-up report of 2019-2020 that ended on March 31. Read| Kuwait: 127000 expats will not be able to return back On the completion rate of ventures, Mahdi said 67 of these projects are 50 per cent done, while 51 of them are 38 per cent over, 10 of them 7 per cent complete, four at 3 per cent and  three projects at about two percent. He pointed out that the Clean Fuels project was nearly 98.8 percent completed, while Al-Zour Refinery project work stood at 95.4 percent, Shagaya Renewable Energy Park project at 95.2 percent and Al-Mutlaa City project with 58 percent.  On the other projects, the top Kuwaiti official said the work on Mubarak Al Kabeer Port project had reached 52.7 per cent completion, Kuwait International Airport Terminal 2 project 35.1 per cent, Sabah Al Salem University City 54.8 percent and Al Sabah Hospital project work nearly 73 percent done. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: 127000 expats will not be able to return back Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: 127000 expats will not be able to return back

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: 127000 expats will not be able to return back Residency of around 1,27,000 expatriates who are outside Kuwait is expired, and they won’t be able to enter the country without getting a new visa. Read| Kuwait: 800 expats exempted from flight ban According to sources, either the expatriated did not renew the residency, or their sponsor deliberately did not renew it for them. Some of the expatriates working for government agencies, including the Ministry of Education, also included in this, daily added. The Ministry of Interior had earlier announced all residents abroad to expedite the renewal of their residency online, but many of them did not benefit from those decisions. Kuwait registered 698 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours. The total number of cases increased to 96,999 and the death toll reaches 571 with 3 new fatality. In the last 24 hours, 968 cases were recovered making the total recovery to 87,187. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: PACI extends working hours till 8 pm Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Three more countries added to Kuwait’s travel ban list

Three more countries added to Kuwait’s travel ban list The Cabinet of Ministers has added three new countries to the list of countries that are barred from entering Kuwait. France, Argentina and Yemen are the latest countries to be added to the travel ban, bringing the total to 34 as Singapore was removed from the list. A source stated that the decision came as there is an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country. Read| Over 420,000 expats holding valid Kuwait residency stranded abroad The decision does not affect nationality, rather it is based on if a person traveled or visited a ‘high risk’ country. Nationals from the barred countries are able to enter Kuwait but are required to quarantine 14 days in a non-banned country before arriving in Kuwait. Upon arrival, all passengers, citizens and residents, are required to conduct a PCR test up to 96 hours prior to arriving in Kuwait. In addition, all travelers arriving in Kuwait need to quarantine for 14-days from the day of their arrival. On August 1, the he Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced that passengers arriving from 31 “high risk” countries are barred from entering Kuwait. The announcement was made hours after the Kuwait International Airport reopened at a 30 per cent capacity. Following the announcement, 10,000 air tickets were cancelled.

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Kuwait: 800 expats exempted from flight ban

Kuwait: 800 expats exempted from flight ban  Kuwait has agreed on the return of around 800 expatriates from countries from which flights are banned on health grounds, but they will be placed under institutional quarantine, Al Rai newspaper reported today. The government’s Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Emergency has approved exempting those 800 from the flight ban, but they will be quarantined at their expense or that of their employers. There is another group of 600 expatriates whose return has yet to be approved. Read| Three more countries added to Kuwait’s travel ban list The exempted categories include doctors, judges and experts in maintenance at the Kuwaiti ministries of oil and electricity. However, applying institutional quarantine to other expatriates from the banned countries is ruled out. “Allowing this means there is no need of the ban list, a matter that does not suit the current situation where some of those countries are experiencing an increase in infection rates or an unstable epidemiological scene in others. Health factors are still the prime criterion, given the rise in the number of infections due to non-compliance with preventive measures,” the source added. Last month, Kuwait announced banning entry of passengers from 32 “high-risk” countries until further notice on instructions from Kuwaiti health authorities due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The ban includes India, Pakistan, Egypt, and the Philippines that have large communities of expatriates in Kuwait.

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Kuwait: PACI extends working hours till 8 pm

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: PACI extends working hours till 8 pm The Public Authority for Civil Information has extended working hours for those who want to receive civil id cards in the main building of South Surra until 8 pm. This step has been taken to reduce overcrowding of Kuwaiti citizens and expats who wish to receive renewed civil id cards. The new working hours are now from 6 am to 8 pm (14 hrs) working period. Previously, The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) also announced that they would now receive messages via WhatsApp. The number 97361287 can now be used to text them for all transaction-related queries. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: 800 expats exempted from flight ban Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Land borders between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait reopen

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Land borders between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait reopen The land borders between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have been reopened following a six-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Security forces stated that the General Administration of Border Ports and the Ministry of Interior are working together to ensure that passengers are complying to all procedures. افتتاح المنافذ الحدودية السعودية مع الكويت لجميع الخليجيين للمغادرة شرط ضرورة وجود ورقة الفحص وجواز السفر فقط. pic.twitter.com/NjzexsVG3n — المجلس (@Almajlliss) September 15, 2020 Similar to all travellers arriving into Kuwait, passengers arriving on the border are required to present a valid PCR test, conducted no longer than 96 hours ago. Photos on social media have illustrated the eagerness of both Kuwaitis and Saudis to visit their neighbouring country. There is one border crossing between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, which is located in the Southern area of Kuwait, known as Nuwaiseeb. The border on the Kuwaiti side is known as Nuwaiseeb Port. Saudi health authorities recorded 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435. The death toll rose by 35 to 2,984 Of the latest cases, 97 were in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: No extension for visa expired after 1st September Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: Second COVID-19 wave may have started

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: Second COVID-19 wave may have started The second wave of COVID-19 has started in Kuwait with the hike in the infection index. Commenting on infection of five MPs in one day, the source said that the MPs experienced symptoms and were tested individually, which were not the same tests usually conducted prior to the convening of the National Assembly sessions. Read| Kuwait: At least five MPs test positive for COVID-19 The rise in infection cases is expected in this time period due to daily activities and poor social distancing measures. He added that ICU units cases rose by five percent last week, calling on people to stick to health measures to avoid a second wave. He stressed on the importance of maintaining social distancing, wash hands regularly, wear a mask everywhere, while advising people with terminal diseases, pregnant women and elderly to avoid leaving the house unless it’s necessary. Based on the ministerial source, that the continued rise in cases is expected till mid-October, when it will peak in the upward curve, then decline again, and called for caution and adherence to health guidelines to combat the spread of the coronavirus. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait postpones moving to phase 5 Next articleKuwait: No extension for visa expired after 1st September Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait: No extension for visa expired after 1st September

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait: No extension for visa expired after 1st September Expatriates whose residencies expired on or after 1st September, 2020, are not eligible to get the grace extension period given till the end of November 2020. Read| Extension of residency and visits visas to be done automatically till 30th November Earlier, Kuwait government had given grace period till the end of November for those who couldn’t renew their residency from March till the end of August 2020 due to the closure of government offices as part of the corona lockdown. However, those whose visas expired starting September 1 would be fined KD 2 a day unless they apply at a residency affairs department to get extensions. According to sources, expats whose visas expired on September 1 have no excuse for not renewing them, especially since residency affairs departments had started receiving the public by the end of June. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: Second COVID-19 wave may have started Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Kuwait postpones moving to phase 5

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Kuwait postpones moving to phase 5 The official spokesperson of Kuwait government Tariq Al-Muzrim announced that moving to the 5th phase of return to normal life is postponed until further notice. The fifth phase was to witness the resumption of theatres and cinemas and to allow all social events to be held. Read| Deputy Emir of Kuwait: ‘Everybody equal in front of law’ Kuwait on Monday registered 708 new cases of Covid-19 in last 24 hours. The total number of cases increased to 95,472 and the death toll reaches 563 with 3 new fatality. In the last 24 hours, 506 cases were recovered making the total recovery to 85,501. Those currently receiving treatment at hospitals reached 9,408 patients. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleDeputy Emir of Kuwait: ‘Everybody equal in front of law’ Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Deputy Emir of Kuwait: ‘Everybody equal in front of law’

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Deputy Emir of Kuwait: ‘Everybody equal in front of law’ Kuwait’s Deputy Emir and Crown Prince, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, reiterated that nobody is ‘too big or too small before the law’ and that everybody is equal. Sheikh Nawaf conveyed this message to the Attorney General, Dharar Al Asousi, during a meeting on Saturday. Read| Kuwait: At least five MPs test positive for COVID-19 In a statement, Al Asousi confirmed that Sheikh Nawaf affirmed his continued support to enhance the role of the Public Prosecution in ensuring the law is applied to all. On Saturday the Deputy Emir also met with parliament speaker Marzouq Al Ghanim, the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Sabah, Minister of Interior Anas Al Saleh and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Ahmed Al Nasser Al Sabah. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: At least five MPs test positive for COVID-19 Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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Over 420,000 expats holding valid Kuwait residency stranded abroad

Major-General Anwar Al-Barjas Over 420,000 expats holding valid Kuwait residency stranded abroad Kuwait Ministry of Interior for Residency Affairs, Major General Anwar Al-Barjas said over 420,000 expats holding valid Kuwait residency stranded abroad. Major General Anwar Al-Barjas also said that the issuance of new entry visas of all kinds for all nationalities is stopped until further notice. The new visa will be issued only upon the instructions by the Kuwait Ministry of Health. An amendment to the residency law is currently underway and will be submitted to the concerned authorities in preparation for approval, he added. The Demographics Adjustment Committee is still in the process of preparing the final report before submitting it to the competent authorities for consideration for the approval of their proposals. Read: Around 1.5 million expats expected to leave Kuwait by 2020 end Major General also said that the residency violators, who have not left the country within the given deadline, will be punished and deported and will not be allowed to return to Kuwait. A security campaign will be launched soon immediately after the commercial flight operation become normal. Meanwhile, The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has begun registering nationals who do not possess valid travel documents and want to return to their country. The embassy said it has launched a ‘Registration Drive’ for Indian nationals in Kuwait who do not have a valid passport or valid emergency certificate. For those looking to register, the embassy has posed an online form on their official website. Read More: Indian Embassy in Kuwait begins registration for without valid documents for repatriation The Indian community is the largest foreign expatriate community in Kuwait, with around 1.45 million Indian nationals residing in Kuwait. With a population of four million, Indians make up 36 per cent of the entire population of Kuwait.

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Kuwait: Increase in number of COVID-19 tests

Kuwait: Increase in number of COVID-19 tests Kuwait’s Ministry of Health has increased the number of COVID-19 tests, thus reducing the percentage of confirmed cases to the number of tests conducted. On Thursday, the percentage of confirmed cases to number of tests was at 13.7 per cent a decrease from the past week, where the average was around 16 per cent, one day reaching 20 per cent. The Ministry of Health announced that on Thursday there were 740 new cases, bringing the total confirmed cases to 92,822. As for the number of tests, 5,384 tests were conducted, one of the highest number of tests conducted since the beginning of the pandemic. The total number of tests comes to 663,135. Read| Kuwait: PCR test exempted for kids below age 6 and quarantine plan for the Medical Sector Last Thursday, September 3, Kuwait registered 900 new cases, the highest of confirmed cases since May. In an effort to combat the spread of the virus, Kuwait has ramped up testing to reduce community spread. In addition, authorities are considering enforcing public wearing of masks and punishing violators up to three months in jail and a maximum fine of 5,000 Kuwait dinars.

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Three Kuwaiti men get sentenced to jail for assaulting an Iranian expat

WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Three Kuwaiti men get sentenced to jail for assaulting an Iranian expat Kuwait’s Criminal Court sentenced three Kuwaiti men to three years in prison for beating an Iranian expatriate man and injuring to him, local media has reported. The court convicted the three suspects after it found that they assaulted the Iranian man and caused multiple injuries to him, as described in the medical forensic report submitted to the court. Read| Kuwait: Increase in number of COVID-19 tests According to investigations and evidence, the three convicts assaulted the victim when he attempted to stop them from teasing and harassing his wife on the streets. The court papers say that one of the suspects first assaulted the victim and fled the scene. However, he returned shortly with the other two suspects and further assaulted the victim, who was left bleeding on the street. The incident was captured by a CCTV camera. The victim’s lawyer Zayd A Khabbaz said the trio assaulted his client with the intention of humiliating him and disregarding his dignity in front of his wife, causing emotional and physical pain, which is punishable by the Kuwaiti law. WhatsApp Telegram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email Viber Previous articleKuwait: Increase in number of COVID-19 tests Next articleKuwait: Indian embassy begins registering nationals willing to leave the country Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.

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