Kuwait Local News

Amir leaves for Bahrain to attend GCC summit

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will leave for Bahrain today leading a Kuwaiti official delegation to attend the 37th Summit of the GCC Supreme Council and GCC leaders’ meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The summit is held amid quite significant regional challenges, affirmed Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the GCC Secretary General. These political, security and economic challenges warrant solidarity and cooperation among all the GCC member states and relentless action to attain merger among them, Zayani said in an interview broadcast by the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) yesterday.

He indicated that agenda of the GCC summit, due on Tuesday, includes various files related to political, economic, security and social cooperation, as well as examining reports filed by the Ministerial Council, committees and the General Secretariat.

Current economic conditions constitute some of the major challenges facing the GCC states, he said. The GCC countries had already taken steps at this level, endorsing the joint economic treaty, setting up the common market and the customs union.
Elaborating, Zayani re-affirmed the GCC states’ resolve to face security threats. “They will not hesitate to take all necessary measures to safeguard their security, stability and defend their sovereignty and interests,” he stressed.

The GCC countries have taken an unwavering approach for upgrading their security and military potentials for defense purposes and safeguarding achievements that have been made throughout the years, Al-Zayani added.
He rejected, anew, foreign intervention in the regional countries’ affairs for such meddling contradicts with international laws and threatens the Gulf security and stability, noting the UN prime role in this regard.

On the Syrian refugees’ plight, he underscored the GCC countries’ efforts at the public and private levels to help them, noting that the GCC states along with other countries had pledged more than $7 billion to aid the Syrians. Kuwait had hosted three international conferences grouping countries pledging support for the Syrians affected by the war. A fourth one was held in London.

Regarding Yemen, Al-Zayani said the GCC countries had given substantial financial support for the legitimate government to help it deliver relief supplies to those in need in the war-stricken nation. For its part, Saudi Arabia had established King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid to coordinate humanitarian operations in Yemen, with a special budget estimated at one billion Saudi riyals.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah yesterday expressed confidence that the summit will come up with resolutions to promote the pan-GCC integration, and joint action. These will be topped with carrying on with implementation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s ‘Vision 2030’ for accelerating the pace of cooperation among the member states, and enhancing the bloc’s joint action, Sheikh Khalid Al Khalifah said in a press statement.

He noted that the GCC Ministerial Council in 2016 approved measures for the completion of the Monarch’s wise vision, and the leaders endorsed the formation of a joint commission to reactivate economic and development.

The Bahraini chief diplomat pointed to the pivotal role the GCC member states play on the regional and international scenes. The 37th Summit will be a good chance to consolidate this role, and further boost security and stability in the region, to maintain unity, development, and prosperity in the region.

Concluding the statement, Sheikh Khalid Al Khalifah praised the Saudi King’s presidency of the 36th Summit held in Riyadh in December 2015, which has helped achieve remarkable steps for the GCC march, to continue with strong resolute in the Manama summit till the bloc realizes the aspired integration and unity.

In the meantime, MPs of the Bahraini Council of Representatives have affirmed the importance of the upcoming GCC Summit in facing the rising political, security and economic tension in the region. The MPs agreed in various statements that the current unstable conditions in the Arab World, mainly the escalation of terrorism and the economic situation in the Gulf countries due to the drop in oil prices, require the GCC states to unite.

Creating unity between the GCC countries will prevent any outer intervention in the Gulf’s own issues, said MP Nasser Al-Qaseer. The Gulf states have the ability to become one of the top economic powers, as they possess huge financial abilities, strong infrastructure and opportunities for attracting foreign investments, he added.

MP Mohammad Al-Amadi said meanwhile that the GCC citizens are looking forward for the outcome of the 37th summit, hoping the leaders would take measures to create a Gulf union to face the growing challenges and threats in the region. Sharing one language is a key factor to create a strong economic union, he said.

On this matter, he mentioned the successful experience of the European Union (EU), despite countries of different languages and backgrounds. Meanwhile, MP Jamal Dawoud noted the importance of discussing means of resolving the unemployment issues among youth through executing joint-GCC economic projects.

In the meantime, Bahraini Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Humoud bin Abdullah Al Khalifa said that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are heading towards a level of unity and further development. He further stressed the importance of the 37th GCC Summit to be held in Riyadh tomorrow, amidst the rising political, economic and security tension in the region. The ambassador hoped the summit will result in establishing the sought and the long-awaited Gulf union to face the challenges and threats and boost economy among the GCC states. – KUNA


David Beckham tattoos come to life for child abuse campaign

David Beckham’s tattoos have taken on a life of their own in a Unicef film highlighting physical and psychological abuse that can leave lasting marks.

In the one-minute film, scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on the former footballer’s body.

David Beckham, now a Unicef goodwill ambassador, said he had been shocked by children’s accounts of violence.

He is urging people to share the film on social media.

Beckham, 41, said his real tattoos represented happy or important memories, but the film was highlighting the fact millions of children bore marks they had not chosen – the long-lasting scars of violence and abuse.

The animations in the film depict forms of violence that children endure in places where they should be safe, such as their homes, schools, online and in their communities.

The father of four, said he was committed to doing “everything I can to make the world a safer place for children and to speak out on issues that are having a devastating impact on children’s lives”.

“One of those issues is violence,” he said.

“Every five minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from violence.

“Millions more are in danger of physical, emotional and sexual abuse that could destroy their childhoods forever.”

On a trip to Cambodia last year with Unicef, he heard children’s first-hand accounts of the violence they had suffered.

“I was shocked by what I heard, and I saw how violence can leave deep and lasting scars,” he said.

“No child should have to endure this.

“Yet in all corners of the world, in their homes, schools and on their streets, children are suffering similar violence.”

David Beckham

Two-thirds of 190,000 children and young people around the world who responded to a Unicef call for information via its online U-report tool, said they had personally experienced physical or verbal abuse or knew someone else who had.

The responses suggested the biggest perpetrators were:

  • police and other law enforcers (33%)
  • other children and young people (29%)
  • parents or care givers (28%)
  • teachers (9%)

The campaign promotes a series of strategies to end violence against children, including:

  • changing attitudes
  • enforcing laws
  • increasing family incomes to reduce poverty
  • strengthening social services


Junaid Jamshed among those feared dead in Pakistan Plane crash

Renowned singer-songwriter Junaid Jamshed is among those feared dead after Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 came down in the Abbottabad district, reports Mirror Online.

The Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed in a village near the town of Havelian, about 75 kilometres (45 miles) north west of the capital Islamabad, senior police officer Khurram Rasheed said.

There were no immediate details on casualties but Pakistan’s interior ministry dispatched a team with experts on identifying bodies through DNA tests.

Jamshed, 52, who was believed to be on board with his family, was a recording artist previously awarded a Medal of Excellence by the President of Pakistan.

Pakistani TV channels reported that the jet lost contact with ground control and was missing shortly after taking off from the northern city of Chitral on Wednesday.

Geo News, citing civil aviation sources, said the plane lost contact with civil aviation authority at around 4.30pm (11.30 GMT).

The plane is thought to be carrying 37 passengers plus crew.

Airline spokesman Danyal Gilani confirmed the plane had “disappeared.”

State-run Pakistan Television showed a huge fire rising from the site of the crash, while villagers were seen standing nearby.

Shortly before the crash was confirmed, airline spokesman Daniyal Gilani said the ATR-42 aircraft carrying around 40 passengers and crew had lost touch with the control tower.

A local police official, Khursheed Tanoli, told state-run TV that the plane went down in a village in the north west and that rescuers are trying to reach the site of the crash.

The army said it dispatched troops and helicopters to the location.

Resident Kashif Khan said he saw the debris of the crashed plane.

Birmingham born Adil Ray, who stars in the BBC One comedy Citizen Khan, which he created and co-writes, offered his condolences on Twitter.

Ray wrote: “Very sad news of missing Pakistani flight. One of Pakistans most famous former pop stars on board. Huge loss. Thoughts with all families.”


US President-Elect Donald Trump Declared TIME Person Of The Year

WASHINGTON: Time magazine on Wednesday named President-elect Donald Trump its Person of the Year.

“It’s a great honor. It means a lot,” Trump said in a telephone interview on NBC’s “Today” show.

The magazine’s managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, said on the program that Democrat Hillary Clinton was the No. 2 finalist. Gibbs said the choice of Trump this year was “straightforward.”
The Manhattan real estate magnate went from fiery underdog in the race for the GOP presidential nomination to president-elect when he defeated Clinton in the November 8 election.

Trump won 306 electoral votes, easily enough to make him president when the electors meet on December 19. Clinton won the popular vote.

Trump has begun the process of preparing for his presidency and filling Cabinet posts.

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Pakistan plane with 47 passengers on board crashes

A Pakistani jet with 47 people on board has crashed, shortly after losing contact with ground control.

The Pakistan International Airlines ATR-42 aircraft vanished after taking off from the Northern Chitral region, the airline has stated.

The national carrier confirmed in a statement that Flight PK-661, from the city of Chitral to Islamabad, had lost contact with air traffic controllers.

More than 40 people are feared dead after the plane crashed on a flight to Islamabad

More than 40 people are feared dead after the plane crashed on a flight to Islamabad

Pictures posted online show what is believed to be the crash site after the plane went down after losing contact with air traffic control

Pictures posted online show what is believed to be the crash site after the plane went down after losing contact with air traffic control

Airline spokesman Danyal Gilani said 37 of those on board were passengers.

The aircraft was carrying ‘around 40 people’, the airline said in a statement, but the civil aviation authority said 47 people were on board.

It is not yet clear how many casualties there were. The airline said it has mobilised its emergency response centre.

Laiq Shah, a senior police official in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said the plane crashed in the province’s Havelian area.

‘Rescue teams are reaching the scene of the crash, and then we will know more,’ Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George told Reuters.

The crash happened near Havelian in the north of Pakistan as the Islamabad-bound plane lost contact with ground control

The crash happened near Havelian in the north of Pakistan as the Islamabad-bound plane lost contact with ground control

Smoke was seen rising from the site after Pakistan International Airlines ATR-42 aircraft crashed

Smoke was seen rising from the site after Pakistan International Airlines ATR-42 aircraft crashed

The national carrier confirmed in a statement that Flight PK-661 had lost contact with air traffic controllers

The national carrier confirmed in a statement that Flight PK-661 had lost contact with air traffic controllers


GCC News

More than 50 people missing after ship sinks off Yemen’s Socotra Island

More than 50 people are missing and just two have been rescued after a cargo vessel sank off Yemen’s Socotra island, authorities said on Wednesday.
The government has issued an SOS to merchant vessels and warships in the area to help search for any survivors from the ship that went missing on Friday, Fisheries Minister Fahd Kavieen said.
Those on board were returning from the mainland to the remote Indian Ocean island which is closer to the coast of Africa than it is to the Arabian Peninsula, Kavieen said.
The exact number on board was unclear but women and children were among them.
Two people were rescued by a passing Austrian vessel and an Australian ship, the government’s sabanew.com website said.
It did not specify whether the vessels were merchant ships or part of an international flotilla that has been fighting piracy off the Somali coast.
The Yemeni mainland has been ravaged by conflict for the past two years disrupting transport links to the archipelago.
The port of Mukalla, from which the freighter departed for the islands, was controlled by Al-Qaeda for a full year until April.
Air links to Socotra from elsewhere in Yemen have been virtually halted as the beleaguered government has battled rebels who still control the capital.
There are no regular passenger ferries either, forcing islanders to seek berths on the occasional cargo vessel.
Through the devastating conflict that has pitted forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against Shiite rebels and their allies, Socotra has remained loyal to his Saudi-backed government throughout and has been spared the fighting.
The Mukalla-based governor of Hadramawt province, Major General Ahmed bin Breik, said a call for help had been issued to the Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi’s government.
The ship sank northwest of Socotra, which has been hit by rare tropical cyclones in recent months.
The island has enormous tourism potential which has never been realized because of the repeated conflicts that have gripped Yemen.
The island’s isolation from the landmasses of both Africa and Asia has led to the evolution of unique plant life, much of it found nowhere else on earth.
Among the most renowned is the dragon’s blood tree, a bizarre umbrella-shaped species that earned its name from its blood-red sap which was much sought after as a dye in the ancient world.
The sea area around Socotra lies at the exit of a vital shipping lane from the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea into the Indian Ocean.
It was long plagued by pirates operating from the lawless coast of nearby Somalia but the deployment of warships by all of the world’s major powers has led to a sharp reduction in ship seizures in recent years.
The persistent unrest in the Horn of Africa has meant that the waters around Socotra see a steady flow of Ethiopian and Somali migrants ready to risk the perilous sea crossing in the hope of reaching Yemen’s energy-rich Gulf neighbors.
At least 79 people have perished while attempting to cross the Gulf of Aden this year, the UN refugee agency said.

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Kala(Art) Kuwait “NIRAM 2016” Prize Distribution Ceremony on 8th Dec

Kala(Art) Kuwait “NIRAM 2016” Prize Distribution Ceremony

will be held on Thursday, 8th December 2016 at Indian Community School, Khaitan

Kala(Art) Kuwait “NIRAM 2016” Children’s Day painting competition in Association with “AMERICAN TOURISTER prize distribution ceremony will take place at Indian Community School, Khaitan on Thursday, 8th December 2016 at 2:30 PM onwards.


Overall Champion Ship 1st Position to IES-Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Abbasiya, 2nd Position to United Indian School, Abbassiya, and 3rd Position Fahaheel Al Watanieh Indian Private School. It is noteworthy that a total of 2375 students from 21 Indian schools in Kuwait had entered the competition classified as 5 groups. Accordingly, 1st Prize to each group (5), 2nd Prize to 8, 3rd  prize to 9, Merit Prize to 63 and 181 consolation prizes (Total 266 Prizes) have been announced by the organizers on 1st December.

The Panel of Judges was Artist Sasikrishnan, Artist John Mavelikkara, Artist Shummy John, Artist Nikesh Karunakaran and Artist Sunil Kulanada. The winners full List available in the websites www.kalakuwait.net.

Kala(Art) Kuwait has congratulated all the Winners and also thanked all the participants and the School Managements, Parents, Art Teachers, Sponsors, all Indian Associations and Management of Indian Community School-Khaitan for their wholehearted unprecedented support to make the event as a great success and well supported by Kuwait’s English & Malayalam dailies and Web Portals.

According to ‘Kala(Art) Kuwait’ President Jaison Joseph, General Secretary Ragesh P. D and NIRAM-2016 General Convener Sunil Kumar, Kala(Art) Kuwait to extend their heartfelt and sincere gratitude with immense pleasure to invite all to the prize distribution ceremony on Thursday,  8th  December 2016 at 2:30pm.

Kuwait Local News

Starting a business in Kuwait

Starting a business can be one of the most rewarding things in life, especially social entrepreneurships, where you create a community that implements solutions for social, cultural and/or environmental issues. In Kuwait, we are blessed to have a multicultural and diverse community of talented individuals, and we see new business ideas and entrepreneurs becoming successful in Kuwait all the time.

Yet there is still this idea that starting a business in Kuwait is difficult. Is this true? If we compare Kuwait to other countries in the region like the UAE and Bahrain, or to other developed countries, then yes, the process in Kuwait is very difficult. Fortunately though, the government in Kuwait realized how important SMEs are to the economy and has now introduced new legislations to make the process easier.

Today I have taken the time to answer more business-related questions from my clients and readers. I hope they are of help.

Business center
Question: I heard there is a new business center in Kuwait to establish companies. Is this true? Can I use it without a lawyer? What do you suggest? Do they speak English?
Fajer: Yes, there is a new center in Kuwait – it is called Kuwait Business Center (KBC). It is a new center, but I have been down there a few times for clients and I must say I am very impressed. There are many departments there and even a department of the KDIPA. The staff is friendly, professional and speaks English. They were extremely helpful.

It is always good for you to go to a lawyer in the early stages of your plan, so you can find out what type of company you want, what kind of commercial license you need and what kind of partnership would you like. Once you have agreed on these three points, you can try to establish the company yourself.

As a lawyer, it is more beneficial for me financially if you come in and ask me for advice before you go to the business center, but I would actually suggest that you go there first to establish the company, and then if you need assistance, you can always ask a lawyer to establish the company for you. I believe that I should share the information that I have with the public and I strongly believe that more people need to create sustainable jobs for themselves, and therefore I would like to see the SME market in Kuwait grow.

Question: I am a mother and wife and I do not have a job in Kuwait. I came in on my husband’s visa. I read before that some type of work is not considered commercial, but I am not sure if it applies to me. I am a photographer, but I am on a dependent visa. Can I still take photos of people without establishing a company or having a commercial license?
Fajer: Yes, not all types of businesses require a commercial license. There are certain jobs that are seen as skilled and therefore have a more lenient set of rules when it comes to providing these services for the public. Legal consultations, music recordings and photography are seen as skills. Therefore, you do not need a license to provide someone with photos for a monetary amount and neither do you need a visa for such an act.
For any legal questions or queries, email ask@fajerthelawyer.com

By Attorney Fajer Ahmed

Kuwait Local News

Saudi King will visit Kuwait this Thursday

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will arrive in Kuwait Thursday on an official visit where he will hold talks with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

The upcoming visit by Saudi King Salman bin Abdubaziz Al-Saud to Kuwait will be very important to coordinate efforts between the two countries, said Kuwaiti Ambassador to Riyadh Sheikh Thamer Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Wednesday.
Speaking to KUNA, the Ambassador said that King Salman’s meeting with His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will be of utmost significance, affirming that relations between the two nations went beyond the parameters of diplomatic and political ties.
Saudi Arabia had been standing in solidarity with the State of Kuwait since its independence in 1961, said the Kuwaiti Ambassador who also praised the Saudi strong opposition of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and also the Kingdom’s participation in the liberation of Kuwait in 1991.
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will continue to cooperate and develop ties in order to achieve the aspirations and dreams of people in both nations, said Sheikh Thamer


For Janardhana Reddy’s Big Wedding, 100CR Money Laundered, Claims Suicide Note

Mining baron and former minister Janardhana Reddy laundered 100 crores of untaxed money ahead of his daughter’s internationally-headlined wedding last month, a driver in Karnataka has alleged in a note left behind after he killed himself yesterday.

The driver, identified as KC Ramesh, worked for a government official, who, according to the suicide note, assisted Mr Reddy in his money-laundering for a 20 percent commission. Mr Gowda alleges that his life was in danger because he knew of the details of the conspiracy.
A police case has been filed against the official, Bheema Nayak, for abetment of suicide. Another driver working for the official has also been named in the case.

Mining baron Janardhan Reddy held lavish reception for daughter last month
Last month, Mr Reddy held a jaw-dropping reception for his daughter which was attended by top Congress and BJP leaders. Estimates of the costs for the function – which included replicas of famous temples and 50,000 guests – varied from 30 to 500 crores.

The event was raised in parliament by politicians who asked how Mr Reddy was able to make legitimate payments in the midst of the crippling cash crunch that has followed the government’s abrupt demonetisation drive.

Tax officials have asked Mr Reddy and vendors who he hired to explain the costs and payments.

Mr Reddy served as a minister in the BJP government of BS Yeddyurappa before being removed and arrested on corruption charges. He was granted bail in 2015.