Saturday , April 21 2018

Kuwait

Most expats unhappy over hike in electricity charges – ‘Unfair … No option but to pay’

In this week’s Arab Times online poll, readers shared their reaction to the hike in electricity charges for expatriate housing. Last week, Kuwait’s Parliament passed a bill allowing the government to raise power and water charges on foreign residents and on businesses but exempted citizens. In light of the plunging …

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Indian govt revises fees for visa, passport services – All visas granted within 72 hours

KUWAIT CITY, April 20: The government of India has revised the fees for visa and passport services, says a press release issued by the Indian Embassy in Kuwait. The press release added, frequent Kuwaiti visitors to India from Kuwait, both Kuwaitis and expatriates residing in Kuwait are advised to take …

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Kuwait is first in GCC on press freedom index, drops globally – Indicators show worldwide deterioration: report

KUWAIT CITY, April 20, (Agencies): Kuwait ranked first in the GCC and 103rd internationally in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders — an advocacy group based in Paris. A total of 180 countries were ranked based on the following indicators: pluralism, media independence, environment …

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Panel discusses draft law on setting up Medical City

KUWAIT CITY, April 20: The parliamentary Health Affairs Committee discussed Wednesday the draft law on establishing the Medical City in Sabah Health District in the presence of a team from the Health Ministry. Committee Rapporteur MP Saadoun Hammad Al-Otaibi disclosed the team informed them that the number of beds in …

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AMIR HEADS TO RIYADH SUMMITRY – Gulf berets, navies sought

KUWAIT CITY, April 19, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, accompanied by an official delegation, will leave for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to lead Kuwait’s delegation to a meeting of GCC leaders and US President Barack Obama. The United States is seeking greater special forces and …

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Panel exempts ‘flat’ Kuwaitis – Power, water

KUWAIT CITY, April 19: The parliamentary Financial and Economic Affairs Committee agreed Tuesday to exempt citizens residing in investment residential buildings (apartments or flats) from the proposal to increase electricity and water charges. Committee Rapporteur MP Mohammad Al-Jabri disclosed the amended version of the bill states that Kuwaitis renting apartments …

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Oil union to continue strike … output 1.5mn bpd

KUWAIT CITY, April 19, (Agencies): The spokesman for thousands of striking Kuwaiti oil and gas workers said on Tuesday that their three-day-old strike would continue until planned public sector pay reforms are cancelled. “The strike is ongoing until the implementation of the demands of the workers,” Farhan al-Ajmi, head of …

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275 Filipinos not on Certified List of Voters, file ‘complaint’

KUWAIT CITY, April 19: Around 275 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait have filed a complaint at the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait after being disenfranchised and were not able to vote in the Philippine national elections via the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) that commenced on April 9 and will end …

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Violating public officials being probed – SAB launches disciplinary sessions

KUWAIT CITY, April 19: Almost one year after the National Assembly empowered the State Audit Bureau to take disciplinary measures against violating senior officials in the public sector, the disciplinary sessions were launched on the seventh floor of its headquarters. According to an informed source, an investigation panel has been …

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No tolerance on oil sector disruption – Price steadies

KUWAIT CITY, April 18, (Agencies): The Cabinet on Monday warned again that there would be no tolerance with those who deliberately disrupt work at vital facilities or cause damage or loss to state interests. The warning was made during the Cabinet’s weekly meeting held at Bayan Palace and chaired by …

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