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Needy students fund dept changes ministries: report MoE seeks more money

KUWAIT CITY, July 20: The Cabinet recently issued a decision to transfer the Needy Students Fund Department from the Awqaf Ministry to its education counterpart effective immediately, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources. On the Ministry of Education’s request for additional budget to cover the shortage after the enrollment of Syrian students, sources confirmed there has been coordination with the Ministry of Education to present the required documents to endorse a budget of KD 682,000 indicating the current budget is KD 5.3 million.

Moreover, legal sources close to the Cabinet revealed the Ministerial Council has rejected the Private-Public Partnership Bill endorsed by the Parliament in June to pave the way for rectification of mistakes found in the bill. According to sources, the errors were found in articles four and five on the appointment of the director general of the Private-Public Partnership Projects Authority.  Sources explained the current version of the bill states the director general will be appointed by the Cabinet while the deputies will be appointed through a decree.  The Cabinet argued this is against the law; hence, the need to revise the bill.

About some pending issues, the Ministerial Council will meet this week, before the start of Eid holiday, to tackle the executive bylaws of the Anti-Corruption Bill.  It will also look into proposals regarding the small, medium and specialized projects, as well as the transportation authority.

KUWAIT CITY: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Sunday sent a congratulatory cable to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on returning home following a recent medical treatment trip. His Highness the Amir wished the Iraqi leader good health and Iraq everlasting security and stability. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent the Iraqi leader similar congratulatory cables.

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