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
Officers from the Residency Affairs General Department at the Interior Ministry arrested 27 individuals of various nationalities for violating the Residency Law. In a press statement, the Public Relations and Security Media Department said the arrest happened after its investigation counterpart received information that a house in Riqqa is being used as shelter for domestic workers (Article 20 visa) who escaped from their sponsors. During interrogation, the arrested individuals admitted they are working for other sponsors while some of them were found to be involved in other cases. They were referred to the Public Prosecution. Meanwhile, the Residency Affairs General Department received information from Farwaniya Residency Affairs Department about the discovery of falsified dependent visas. A thorough investigation ensued, leading to the arrest of the suspects who were referred to the Public Prosecution which charged them with falsification of official documents.
A total of 78 undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait were repatriated on Tuesday to the Philippines on board the Gulf Air as part of the ongoing mass repatriation of overstaying Filipinos under the Assisted Voluntary Repatriation Program (AVRP) by the Kuwait government in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.
The Assisted Voluntary Repatriation Program, a mutual agreement signed between the Kuwait government and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait seeks to address the rising number of illegal expatriates in Kuwait.
Of the 78, six were males while the rest were females. “We’d like to thank the Kuwaiti government, in particular the CID Immigration and all the other Kuwaiti government agencies involved in this particular repatriation.
This is actually the resumption of the assisted voluntary repatriation. Thank you for this continuing program and for helping the embassy in implementing this Assisted Voluntary Repatriation Program successfully,” stated Head of the Assistance to Nationals Unit at the Philippine Embassy Vice Consul Charleson Hermosura who was at the Kuwait International Airport together with Kuwait Immigration officials to assist the repatriates at the airport check-in counter.
Philippine Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa was also at the airport along with other embassy staff to ensure that all the travel documents and luggage of the repatriates were in order. Most of the undocumented OFWs worked as Household Service Workers (HSWs) who left their employers after experiencing various forms of maltreatment such as physical, verbal or sexual abuse, non-payment of salaries, lack of food and overwork.
The repatriates thanked the Kuwait government and the Philippine Embassy for processing all their travel documents. “Thank you very much to the Philippine Embassy and the Kuwaiti government for helping us go home. We’re very happy,” stated Janet, not her real name. “I don’t have iqama for five years. It’s very difficult. You’re always on the lookout and it’s traumatic every time you see some police. You’re afraid that they might catch you and detain you,” shared Aida, not her real name.
Some of the repatriates told the Bureau that they will try to apply for work again overseas while others have decided to stay in the Philippines upon their return and be with their family. “I’m just happy to be with my kids. I still don’t know if I’ll work abroad again, my kids need me more,” stated Ella, a single mother who expressed excitement to see her three kids in the Philippines.
The repatriation with no detention under the AVRP continues, hence, the Philippine Embassy urged all undocumented OFWs in Kuwait to take advantage of this and go home to the Philippines. “All those who want to go home may enlist at the embassy shelter in Al Siddeeq area for the processing of their travel documents and clearance and we will do all our best to help them,” stated Hermosura.
Chairman of the Federation of Kuwait Trade Unions (FKTU) Engineer Salem Al-Ajmi affirmed the federation is considered a full representation of all trade unions. In other words, it represents all Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti workers within the Kuwaiti territories whether they are parts of the syndicates or not.
Engineer Al-Ajmi made this known Monday morning at a press conference organized by the federation to launch a pamphlet titled “Your Rights at Work” in collaboration with the American Center for International Labor Solidarity. He added the federation protects rights of workers and strives hard to fulfill their demands and stand up for their social and economic interests in all perspectives. He declared that expatriate workers who constitute the majority of workers in the society are deprived of organized unions to protect their rights as enshrined in the labor law.
He stated the subject matter is regarded as extremely significant, because the pamphlet serves as the guide for workers in Kuwait. He observed that expatriate workers are oblivious of their rights due to language and educational reasons or inability to lay hands on laws for easy and clear perusal.
“This is why many workers to a large extent are deprived of certain services and rights granted them constitutionally. He declared the federation established an office for expatriate workers since 1994, which has always been up and doing in fulfilling the anticipated roles. He indicated the federation coordinates with relevant Arab and international authorities in that regard, citing the Arab Labor Organization, International Labor Organization, Union of Arab Workers, Confederation of International Trade Unions, and a host of others
Consultant for the Higher Committee on Projects Dr Jassem Al-Fahad has said the idea of reducing the number of expatriates should be in line with relevant economic study. He added advanced countries are making use of expatriates to establish economic cities.
Dr Al-Fahad added the Kuwaiti economic plan entails the construction of new cities, which will be residential, investment and commercial in nature operating on a comprehensive investment system. This implies that the cities will be open to residential and investment opportunities the expatriates will be part of.
He hinted the anticipated open area, especially Northern Kuwait, will contribute to restructuring the population and reduce several administrative problems and legal violations to propel the country to achieve ultimate success.
He reaffirmed the country is in a dire need of new vision regarding the labor market. He observed that individuals and companies lack sources of revenue since the government is in control of economic resources, especially oil. He noted no legal mechanism is available for private sector involvement, because the country was not planned in advance for economic activities, while the ancient Kuwait depended on vocations and trade.
The Public Authority for Manpower authority issued its annual decision banning laborers from working in the open from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm, effective from the beginning of June till the end of August. Acting director Abdullah Al-Motoutah urged employers to observe these timings and conditions in order to avoid legal accountability.
A nine-month-old baby’s finger split into two in an apparent accident at her daycare centre in Gurgaon, last week.
9-month-old Ayana was dropped off in the morning at her daycare, Intellitots Creche, and Activity Centre in Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon on May 19 by her parents. Shortly after they left, they received a call saying that there had been an emergency and that they should rush back to the hospital.
Ayana’s mother, Bhawana Rastogi gives a detailed account of the horror they encountered in a Facebook post.
The accident took place around 10.30 am when Ayana was being carried out of the diaper room by the maid. Rastogi writes, that the maid shut the door without realizing that the baby’s hand was still on it.
“As I write this post, my baby lies beside me with her left arm immobilized and her left-hand ring finger amputated as the Intellitots maid apparently shut the door on my daughter while changing the diaper while her finger got caught between the door.
No one imagine (sic) what it was to see her screaming and all in blood with her finger piece separated.”
We had a major surgery on 19th May at Medanta and we don’t know what will happen. This will be repeated by another one this Thursday and this procedure will get repeated maybe twice every week for 6 weeks.”
Bhawna added that when the requested for a CCTV footage of the incident, the founders of Intellitot, Pooja Goyal and Shivani Kapoor allegedly told the parents that there was no footage available as the cameras had “accidentally” got unplugged at that very moment.
Bhawna added that “the maid who banged the door on my daughter had never shut the door before in the past and they don’t know how it could have happened.”
How criminal negligence , unsafe facility and untrained staff at Intellitots Daycare Centre at Fortis Memorial Institute…
While Bhawna says that they have taken the matter to the Police as well as the concerned authorities, Fortis in its official statement said, “This is regarding an unfortunate incident that caused injury to a 9-month-old child at Intellitots, located inside our Gurgaon facility. Intellitots is a day care facility, which has rented out a part of the FMRI facility to run a crèche. Fortis Healthcare has strict protocols and processes to deal with every sentinel event and this incident, even though it involves a third party, will be dealt with the same level of severity. We have started an enquiry into the matter and have served a show-cause notice to the vendor and apt punitive action will be taken.”
This is regarding an unfortunate incident that caused injury to a 9-month-old child at Intellitots, located inside our…
At least 21 pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district were killed and six others injured when their bus plunged in a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi on Tuesday, officials said.
The accident occurred at around 6.30 pm as they were returning to Rishikesh from the Gangotri when the vehicle fell into the 100-foot deep gorge after the driver lost control, said tehsildar DD Sharma.
The pilgrims were among 57 others from two areas of the district who had journeyed to the hill state, he added.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed his grief at the incident and announced compensation of 2 lakh each to the families of those killed and Rs. 50,000 each for the injured. He also ordered a team of state officials to proceed immediately to Uttarakhand for assistance of the survivors and the bereaved.
Bollywood’s renowned singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya is known for his controversial tweets. On Tuesday, micro-blogging site Twitter suspended his account after he posted a series of ‘offensive tweets’, especially against women, reports news agency PTI. On May 22, Abhijeet Bhattacharya reportedly abused some women Twitter users, including JNU student activist Shehla Rashid, after which a complaint was filed. “There is rumour she took money for two hours and didn’t satisfy the client… Big racket,” he tweeted about the JNU student. After the singer’s account was suspended by Twitter, Shehla Rashid thanked everyone for their support. She wrote: “Sincere thanks to everyone for the support. Abhijeet had to delete his tweet. His Twitter account has also been suspended.”
Sincere thanks to everyone for the support. Abhijit had to delete his tweet.
His Twitter account has also been suspended. 🙂
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) May 23, 2017
Abhijeet Bhattacharya told PTI that author Arundhati Roy and people supporting JNU were behind the suspension of his account. “”Yes, I just saw it. They are trying to block Paresh Rawal also. All Arundhati and JNU group behind this after Paresh Rawal and I tweeted against Arundhati for her anti-India stand,” he said.
On being questioned on whether if he would try to reinstate his Twitter account, Abhijeet told PTI, “I (don’t) care a damn… entire nation is with me.”
However, several Twitter users have extended their support for Abhijeet Bhattacharya and questioned the micro-blogging site for its biased behavior.#IStandWithAbhijeet is trending on Twitter.
#IStandWithAbhijeet He is True Indian..I proud of him…
— MANISH KAPADIYA (@manishkapadiya) May 23, 2017
#IStandWithAbhijeet…twitter india chief is biased…he should be sacked…he is anti india
— Chinmay Kulkarni (@kulks123) May 23, 2017
Abhijeet Bhattacharya began his Bollywood career in 1990 with the film Baaghi. He has voiced songs in over 18 languages including Bengali, Odia, Bhojpuri, Marathi and Gujarati. He has been the voice of actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar in the nineties. Abhijeet Bhattacharya has voiced songs for films like Om Shanti Om, Gangster and Dhoom.
Acting legend Sir Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond films, died in Switzerland on Tuesday, a statement from his family said. Sir Roger was 89 and had been battling cancer. A tweet posted on his official handle read, “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.” The appended statement was signed by Sir Roger’s three children – daughter Deborah and sons Geoffrey Robert and Christian Moore. In the statement, they said that the family will organise for a private funeral as per Sir Roger’s wishes. Read their statement below:
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017
Full contents of the statement
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. The love with which he was surrounded I his final days was so great that it cannot be quantified in words alone.
We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement.
The affection of our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to the last appearance in November 2016 on the stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building, just a short distance from where he was born.
Thank you pops, for being you, and for being so special for so many people.
Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral.”
Sir Roger Moore was the third actor to play James Bond, taking over from Sean Connery and George Lazenby. His first Bond film was Live And Let Die and A View To Kill was the last. Sir Roger’s work as 007 included the film Octopussy, set in India and co-starring Kabir Bedi. He played James Bond over 12 years and was the longest-serving actor in the role.
In a tweet, Kabir Bedi wrote, “Honoured to have fought your James Bond in Octopussy.”
— KABIR BEDI (@iKabirBedi) May 23, 2017
Before being cast as the British secret agent, Sir Roger Moore had also played Simon Templar in a TV adaptation of The Saint that ran for six seasons. His pre-Bond TV credits also included Ivanhoe and Maverick. Sir Roger Moore returned to TV work after his 007 films.
Sir Roger was became UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991.
Sir Roger Moore was married four times and is survived by his fourth wife Kristina Tholstrup and his children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.
This has got to be one of the most inspiring stories you have ever read. Six-year-old Bosnian, Ismail Zulfic was born without arms and with a foot deformity. But he overcame his fear of the water and ended up winning a gold medal.
Six-year-old Bosnian Ismail Zulfic was born without arms and with a foot deformity and overcame his fear of the water to win a gold medal at a regional swimming competition.
Ismail’s parents never dreamed their shy boy, who developed a fear of water after an incident in a rubber pool, would become a medal-winning swimmer.
He could barely be persuaded into the water for therapeutic treatment for his back, which Ismail bends constantly to eat, write, use a joystick or fit on his swimming goggles with his feet.
But then he met Kapo, who set up the ‘Spid swimming club’ more than a year ago after noticing that many disabled swimmers went to the pool without professional supervision. Kapo taught Ismail to swim.
“After a few months of practice Ismail was able to dive in and swim the length of the Olympic sized pool without any help,” Kapo said, explaining that the boy’s success was the result of mutual trust and Ismail’s determination.
A year later Ismail powered to the finish of the 50-metre back stroke, well ahead of rivals, some nearly twice his age, at the regional competition in Zagreb.
“I like to win,” a smiling Ismail told Reuters, adding he also holds a medal in skiing.
Kapo said his club sought only to give the children a taste of competition, but along with Ismail, five other Spid swimmers won gold medals and two won silver.