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Third Open House Session at Indian Embassy to focus on Indian Engineers in Kuwait

The next Open House meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 02, 2020. Open Houses will continue to be held every Wednesday at 3:30 P.M. at the Embassy premises. Ambassador/Deputy Chief of Mission/Heads of Community Welfare, Consular and Labour Wings and other concerned officers of the Mission will be present at the Open House meetings. These open house sessions will be in addition to the daily open house meetings currently being held by the Consular officer. The Focus of this upcoming Open House will be “Indian Engineers in Kuwait”. The Open House sessions will be held in complete adherence to all the COVID-19 related health and safety guidelines, including on social distancing, set by the concerned authorities of the State of Kuwait. In view of the prevailing situation due to COVID-1...

No E-Pass Needed: Unlock 4 Opens Inter-State Travel For All People, Goods

Unlock 4: All restrictions on inter-state or inter-district movement of people and goods have been removed under the new guidelines meant to start more activities outside containment zones amid the coronavirus pandemic. New Delhi: Starting September 1, people will no longer need to get e-passes or register their details on government websites to travel anywhere within the country, rules issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs as part of Unlock 4 state. As per the new guidelines, meant to start more activities outside containment zones amid the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no restriction on inter-state or inter-district movement of people and goods. Unlock 4 rules, however, do not say anything about the quarantine policy which state governments have been altering in keeping with...

Sinovac’s coronavirus vaccine candidate approved for emergency use in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s coronavirus vaccine candidate CoronaVac was approved for emergency use as part of a programme in China to vaccinate high-risk groups such as medical staff, a person familiar with the matter said. China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a unit of state-owned pharmaceutical giant China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm), also said it had obtained emergency use approval for a coronavirus vaccine candidate in social media platform WeChat last Sunday. CNBG, which has two vaccine candidates in phase 3 clinical trials, did not say which of its vaccines had been cleared for emergency use

Embassy set up committee to handle Community Welfare Fund

Indian Embassy had set up a three-member committee headed by Deputy Chief of Mission to examine all request for Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF). “We have opened ICWF Application boxes at the Embassy and also at the three passport offices to make the fund accessible to the Indians in distress”, Ambassador Sri Sibi George said in his second Weekly Open house meeting held at the Embassy auditorium. This week Open house was to focus on ICW Fund. The embassy will upload the ICWF assistance form on Embassy website, Ambassador said. “Our endeavour is to get a decision on each of the requests on the same day itself”, Ambassador said. Ambassador also informed that the appointment system is discontinued at the passport centres. He had also instructed that all application...

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.

New law for transfer of residence from one sponsor to another

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24: The Director General of the Public Authority for Manpower, Ahmed Al-Mousa, announced new requirements related to the transfer of workers from one employer to another. As per the new instructions was issued by the Minister of Social Affairs and the Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Maryam Al-Aqeel, and to have control on the labor market and the keeping control on demographics, the authority has set new requirements related to the transfer of work permit of employees, as per resolution No. 529 of 2020 which was issued for the amendment of resolution No. 842 of 2015 regarding requirements for the transfer of employees from one sponsor to another. The decision is related to the transfer of employees from the private sector to the sector Government sector, taking int...

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

WHO clarifies mask guidance for children, citing psycho-social and developmental reasons

World’s tallest Ferris wheel ‘Ain Dubai’ gets first passenger pod

The world’s tallest observation wheel that is nearing completion has got its first passenger pod. A spokesperson for Ain Dubai said the attraction is “shaping up well” and the first capsule was installed on to it last weekend. “Over the coming period, the remaining 47 capsules are scheduled for gradual installation,” the spokesperson added. The Ferris wheel towers 250 metres over the Bluewaters island, giving 360-degree views of Dubai’s famed skyline. In January, the Government of Dubai Media Office had said that the attraction would be completed later this year. The structure will be over 200 per cent taller than the first ever Ferris wheel. It will eclipse the 167-metre High Roller in Las Vegas and the 190-metre New York Wheel planned for Staten Island...

Child residency can transfer to Mothers sponsorship

General Administration of Residency Affairs has reversed its earlier decision to stop transferring child residency to their mothers in the event that the father leaves the country permanently or his residency expires while outside the country, or even in the event of his death. As per the new instructions, given to the residency affairs departments, the residency of a child can be transferred to the sponsorship of their mothers residing in the country. However, the mother should meet the conditions for the rules of joining the family, the most important of which is the salary requirement of 500 dinars. However, the female teachers working in the Ministry of Education, nursing staff in the Ministry of Health, and female doctors working in the General Directorate of Criminal Evidence are ent...

Indian Ambassador made a surprise visit to the Passport outsourcing centres at Jleeb

Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sri Sibi George made a surprise visit to the Passport outsourcing centres at Jleeb. Ambassador interacted with the community members and enquired their issues and problems faced mainly in terms of various facilities and service while renewing the Passport and related services. Earlier in the last week open house meeting, community associations had brought the issue of various difficulties faced on Passport related services. Ambassador had personally promised to look into those issues. The surprise visit to the outsourcing centres is believed to be his positive steps towards solving the problems faced by the community members. It is learned that he had instructed the outsourcing centres to complete the processing of each application on the same day itself and to ...