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Panel approves law to reduce expatriates. Domestic workers and Mega projects exempted

National Assembly panel passed a draft law to reduce the number of expatriates in the country over the next five years, but did not impose specific caps or percentages. Head of the human resources development committee MP Khalil Al-Saleh said the panel framed the bill after studying eight proposals. The law will be sent to the Assembly for debate. The draft law gives the government six months to determine the number of expatriates needed by the country and stipulates that a certain percentage of expatriates will be determined with regards to the number of citizens. It also stipulates setting specific percentages of various expatriates communities. The bill excludes a number of categories from the cap on expatriates .This include Gulf citizens, domestic helpers, judges, diplomatic corps, av...

Kuwait Airport to be fully operational when COVID vaccine available

Sep 20: The Executive Committee for the restarting of Commercial Flights decided to exempt the aircraft and technical crews from the 14-day home quarantine period, as per the procedures by the Ministry of Health to examine them continuously during specific periods. This was as per what was stated by the Deputy Director General for Kuwait Airport Affairs, Saleh Al-Fadaghi, as currently all arrivals there have been no new procedures about reducing home quarantine or allowing them to be institutionalized. Al-Fadaghi stated, said in his statement that the committee  has decided to restart service in restaurants and cafes to the public in accordance with health and preventive requirements, and to open prayer rooms to perform prayers only without sitting, the decisions issued came after recommen...

Visa expiry extended till November 30th for those inside Kuwait

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh, today, Wednesday, issued a ministerial decision No. “59/2020” to provide a 3-month automatic extension of the residence and visit visa, which will expire at the end of this August. The extension will be from September, 1st and will expire on November 30th. This decision applies to all stranded residents who are inside Kuwait only. Expatriates, who are inside Kuwait with an expired residency, or those in all kinds of visa, which is expired can benefit from this. Authorities call on all sponsors and employers to amend the conditions of their sponsored expats, and complete the renewal of residencies at the earliest. This can be done either through the online system or from the depa...

Kuwait MoE approves remote learning for all stages in coming semester

Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Saud Al-Harbi on Tuesday approved a decision to leverage the remote learning system across all educational .stages in the coming semester The decision allies to all public and private-run main schools, and religious and thematic schools, according to a press release from the Ministry. It is subject to revision in November in the light of the public health conditions, the statement added. KUNA

97,612 Expats Above 60 Yrs Of Age Will Not Be Able To Renew Their Residence

Statistics issued by the Public Authority for Civil Information show there are 97,612 expatiates who have reached the age of 60 and above and renewal of their residence as of permits will not be possible because they hold only higher secondary certificates, lower education or no education at all, reports Al-Seyassah daily. This coincides with the law which is expected to be enforced from Jan 1, 2021. The statistics also show there are 15,502 expatriate who are 60 years and above have university degrees. It also shows the total number of bedoun who hold Diploma Certificate is 99,720 and those holding higher secondary certificate are 279,045 person.

WHO: Kids aged 5 and under should not wear face masks

The World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified its mask-wearing guidance for children for the first time, stating that, in general, children aged five years and under should not be required to wear masks. However, it says children aged 12 and over should wear masks to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic under the same conditions as adults, while children between six and 11 should wear them on a risk-based approach. a Children aged 12 and over should particularly wear a mask when a one-metre distance from others cannot be guaranteed and there is widespread transmission in the area, the WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) said in a document on the WHO website dated August 21. What should be considered when making children wear masks? Whether children between six and 11...

UK officially in recession for first time in 11 years

The UK economy suffered its biggest slump on record between April and June as coronavirus lockdown measures pushed the country officially into recession. The economy shrank 20.4% compared with the first three months of the year. Household spending plunged as shops were ordered to close, while factory and construction output also fell. This pushed the UK into its first technical recession – defined as two straight quarters of economic decline – since 2009. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the economy bounced back in June as government restrictions on movement started to ease. It said the hospitality sector was the hardest hit. Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician for economic statistics, said: “The economy began to bounce back in June with shops reopen...

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