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baseball\nPage 14\nTHE FIRST ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAILY IN FREE KUWAIT\nEstablished in 1977 /\nTUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022 / ZHU AL-QA’DAH 8, 1443 AH emergency number 112 NO. 18006 16 PAGES 150 FILS India struggles to contain fallout amid Muslim outrage\nmarkets\nPage 6\nA Palestinian flag is removed from a building by Is- raeli authorities after being put up by an advocacy group that promotes coexistence between Palestin- ians and Israelis, in Ramat Gan, Israel, Wednesday, June 1, 2022. In recent weeks, Israeli authorities have gone out of their way to challenge the hoisting of the Palestinian flag. Palestinian citizens of Israel see the campaign against the flag as another affront to their national identity and their rights as a minority in the majority Jewish state. (AP)\nOpinion\n‘Ruptured’ ... Sew itupandthenfixit\nVIENNA, June 6, (AP): The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog urged Iran on Monday to cooperate with his inspectors amid a standoff over its atomic program and a threat by Western nations to censure Tehran over its noncooperation.\n“We have to recognize that we have not been able to get the results we were expecting,” Rafael Mari- ano Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Vienna.\n“This will be a reminder for Iran, and for us, and for everybody, that we really need to get down to work and clarify these issues that have been outstanding for too long,” Grossi added.\nGrossi spoke during the first day of the IAEA board of directors meeting in Vienna, which runs until Friday. The meeting comes at a tense time for the future of the ne- gotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Iran has limited the IAEA’s monitoring activities for more than a year, and has failed to provide what Grossi called “credible information”\nabout discovered nuclear material at three of Iran’s sites. Additionally, talks between senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia to discuss bringing Tehran back into compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action stalled earlier this year. The pact eased sanctions on Iran in return for curbs\non its nuclear program.\nThe United States pulled out of the accord under for-\nmer President Donald Trump and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to resume its uranium enrichment.\nContinued on Page 3\nFlag flap hints at Israeli fear\nJERUSALEM, June 6, (AP): It’s not a bomb or a gun or a rocket. The latest threat identified by Is- rael is the Palestinian flag.\nRecent weeks have seen a fu- ror by nationalists over the wav- ing of the red, white, green and black flag by Palestinians in Is- rael and in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.\nYet the fracas over the flag tells a broader story about how much hopes for peace with the Palestinians have diminished and about the stature of the fifth of Israelis who are Palestinian. They for long have been viewed as a fifth column because of their solidarity with the Palestinian cause.\nPalestinian citizens of Israel see the campaign against the flag as another affront to their na- tional identity and their rights as a minority in the majority Jewish state.\n“The Palestinian flag reminds Israelis that there is another na- tion here and some people don’t want to see another nation here,” said Jafar Farah, who heads Mos- sawa, an advocacy group pro- moting greater rights for Pales- tinian citizens of Israel.\nIn recent weeks, Israeli au- thorities have gone out of their way to challenge the hoisting of the Palestinian flag. Police at a funeral in east Jerusalem last month for the well-known Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh snatched Palestinian flags from mourners, reportedly following an order from a district police chief to make sure the Palestinian colors don’t fly at the politically- charged event.\nSlammed\nTwo Israeli universities were slammed by nationalists for al- lowing Palestinian flags to be waved at campus events. Is- rael Katz, a senior opposition lawmaker, urged flag-waving Palestinian-Israeli students to remember the war leading to Israel’s establishment in 1948, saying Jews “know how to pro- tect themselves and the concept of the Jewish state.”\nA group promoting coexis- tence between Palestinians and Israelis raised the Palestinian flag alongside the Israeli one on a high-rise outside Tel Aviv, only to have authorities remove the Palestinian flag hours later.\nThose events culminated in a push by opposition legisla- tors to ban the waving of the Palestinian flag at institutions that receive state funding, which would include universities and hospitals, among others. The bill passed overwhelmingly in its first reading on Wednesday, 63-16, although several parties in the governing coalition were absent and the coalition may seek to block the bill from mov- ing forward.\n“In the state of Israel there is room for one flag: the Israeli flag, this flag,” Eli Cohen, the legisla- tor who sponsored the bill, said from the dais of Israel’s parlia- ment, the Knesset, as he pointed to an Israeli flag hung behind him. “This is the only flag there will be here,” he said to applause from some legislators.\nAccording to Adalah, a legal rights group for Palestinian Israe- lis, waving the flag is not a crime under Israeli law. A police or- dinance grants officers the right to confiscate a flag if “it results in disruption of public order or breach of peace.”\nIsrael’s Palestinian citizens make up 20% of the population and they’ve had a turbulent rela- tionship with the state since its creation in 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced to flee in the events surrounding the establish- ment of the state.\nDay by Day\nIT is beyond one’s imagina- tion to think what might pre- vent any ruler from walking in the footsteps of the rulers of neighboring countries -- coun- tries that have tasted success and prospered -- or for that matter any country whose rul- er has succeeded in making his citizens happy.\nClosing the door of the ruler in the face of the general pub- lic will only aggravate the situ- ation and distance him from his subjects and not know truth about the affairs of his country.\nSuch rulers become victims of those around him – the hyp- ocrite, the ignorant and those seeking personal benefits.\n... Y et, tomorrow is another\nN-eyes at impasse with Tehran: Grossi\nThree sites focus of concern\nCalls for boycott\nNEW DELHI, June 6, (Agen- cies): India is facing major diplo- matic outrage from Muslim-ma- jority countries after top officials in the governing Hindu national- ist party made derogatory refer- ences to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), drawing accusations of blasphemy across some Arab nations that have left New Delhi struggling to contain the damaging fallout.\nAt least five Arab nations have lodged official protests against India, and Pakistan and Afghani- stan also reacted strongly Monday to the comments made by two prominent spokespeople from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ s Bharatiya Janata Party. Anger has poured out on social media, and calls for a boycott of Indian goods have surfaced in some Arab na- tions. At home, it has led to pro- tests against Modi’ s party in some parts of the country.\nThe controversial remarks fol- low increasing violence targeting India’s Muslim minority carried out by Hindu nationalists who have been emboldened by Mo- di’s regular silence about such attacks since he was first elected in 2014.\nTargeted\nOver the years, Indian Mus- lims have often been targeted for everything from their food and clothing style to inter-religious marriages. Rights groups such as Human Rights Watch and Am- nesty International have warned that attacks could escalate. They have also accused Modi’s gov- erning party of looking the other way and sometimes enabling hate speech against Muslims, who comprise 14% of India’s 1.4 bil- lion people but are still numerous enough to be the second-largest Muslim population of any nation.\nModi’s party denies the accu- sations, but India’s Muslims say attacks against them and their faith have increased sharply.\nThe anger has been growing since last week after the two spokespeople, Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, made specu- lative remarks that were seen as insulting Islam’s Prophet Proph- et Muhammad (PBUH) and his wife Aisha.\nModi’s party took no action against them until Sunday, when a sudden chorus of diplomatic outrage began with Qatar and Kuwait summoning their Indian ambassadors to protest. The BJP suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal and issued a rare statement saying it “strongly denounces insult of any religious personali- ties,” a move that was welcomed by Qatar and Kuwait.\nLater, Saudi Arabia and Iran also lodged complaints with In- dia, and the Jeddha-based Or- ganization of Islamic Coopera- tion said the remarks came in a “context of intensifying hatred and abuse toward Islam in India and systematic practices against Muslims.”\nIndia’ s Foreign Ministry on Monday rejected the comments by the OIC as “unwarranted” and “narrow-minded.” On Sunday, India’ s embassies in Qatar and Kuwait released a statement say- ing the views expressed about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Islam were not those of the Indian government and were made by “fringe elements.” The statement said that strong action had already been taken against those who made the derogatory remarks.\nThe criticism from Muslim countries, however, was severe, indicating that insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a red line.\nApology\nQatar’s Foreign Ministry said it expected a public apology from the Indian government, and Ku- wait warned that if the comments go unpunished, India would see “an increase of extremism and hatred.” The Grand Mufti of Oman described the “obscene rudeness” of Modi’s party toward Islam as a form of “war.” Riyadh said the comments were insulting and called for “respect for be- liefs and religions.” And Egypt’s Al-Azhar Mosque, the Sunni world’s foremost institution of religious learning, described the remarks as “real terrorism (that) can plunge the entire world into severe crises and deadly wars.”\nThe remarks made by Sharma during a TV program in India and Jindal in a tweet risk damaging India’s ties with Arab nations.\nSecretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Al-Hajraf Sunday con- demned and denounced the in- sulting remarks issued by mem- bers of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against Proph- et Muhammad (PBUH).\nIn a statement, Al-Hajraf ex- pressed a strong rejection to in- sulting prophets and messengers as well as religious dignitaries.\nBy Ahmed Al-Jarallah\nEditor-in-Chief, the Arab Times\nKUWAIT is not a poor country both in terms of money and capabilities. However, it lacks the will of men and the decision, which makes it appear in a pathetic manner to friends and provokes the greed of those prying for it.\nTrue are the words of those who said - “Kuwait is not well”. These words should transform into a daily alarm that rings in the ears of all officials, so that they will come out of their slumber and look at where we have reached, and so that one day they don’t wake up in a painful reality that they created with their own hands, and for which they should only blame themselves.\nHow can a country remain without a govern- ment for months? Even if a government is formed, it becomes detached due to the lack of determina- tion to work, which leads to the disruption of insti- tutions. On the other hand, its legislative authority is also disrupted as a result of absurd bickering among MPs over minor matters.\nThere is no doubt that these two matters have led to the day-to-day movements that criticize this paralysis, and demand the activation of rights and laws that were dormant for years, especially with regard to the economic aspect. It seems that our officials have not yet realized the effects of the global crisis on the country, and the consequences that it has begun to endure.\nThe current degradation has affected social se- curity, and is raising public fear. However, the concerned officials are dedicated to silencing every critic of the situation the country has reached. One cannot help but wonder if it is even possible to talk about a prosperous future under this situation!\nAlmighty Allah says in the Quran - “And re- mind, for indeed the reminder benefits the believ- ers”.\nTherefore, it is useful to refer to the biography of the eighth caliph of the Umayyad Dynasty - Omar bin Abdulaziz. This leader lived an ascetic life to such an extent that he wasn’t eager to assume the role of a Caliph which was imposed on him.\nDuring his reign, the first thing he did was re- turn everything to the state treasury, including his wife’s jewelry. In fact, he would not even light a candle that came to him from the state’s money except if he worked for it. But when he is in his own business, he lights a candle that he bought from his money.\nOmar did not appoint any of his children, and he denied the Umayyads all the privileges granted to them by those who preceded him in power. He redressed grievances to the people, worked to hold the officials accountable, and dismissed the corrupt among them.\nAs a result, security prevailed throughout the dynasty, and the incomes of the treasury increased to such an extent that there was no poor person to receive charity. It is said that he had ordered the scat- tering of grains from the tops of the mountains so that no one would say that birds and animals starved during the era of Caliph Omar bin Abdulaziz.\nPerhaps there is some exaggeration in the last point, but there is no doubt that he provided jus- tice and security to the community. Because of him, the Umayyad state lived two years, five months and four days in prosperity and stability.\nIn fact, when he learned that his cook received a bribe of a thousand dinars from some of the Umayyad’s princes to put poison in his food, he asked the cook to send the bribe amount to the state treasury, and then he pardoned him.\nThis lesson must be present in the mind of any official if he seeks to serve his country to the full- est and with honesty. This is because Kuwait will be fine only if that happens, and not as is the case today.\nWe ask - Given that there is a rupture in the country, aren’t there any needles and threads to stitch and fix this rupture? Why do ministers close their doors in front of the people? One of their ears has become of clay and the other of dough, while the country is in constant decline, and has become the subject of laughter for all the brothers in the region. Is this not considered as deliberately para- lyzing the country?\nEmail: [email protected] Follow me on:\[email protected]\nday\nZahed Matar\n‘Torture’ draws Speaker bedside\nBy Saeed Mahmoud Saleh\nArab Times Staff\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6: National As- sembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, who was accompanied by Kuwait Sports Club President Khalid Ali Al-Ghanim, visited a citizen -- Abdullah Fahd Tami -- at the hospital to personally look into his health condition and ensure that he is recovering well.\nEarlier, it was reported that Tami was rushed to the hospital after he was allegedly tortured during investigations at the Crimi- nal Investigations General Department.\nIn a relevant development, MP Fayez Al-Jomhour praised the decision of Inte- rior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al- Ahmad to open investigations into the case of Tami; indicating he forwarded queries to the minister about the issue. He asked if the interrogation rooms at the investigation departments in the Minis- try of Interior -- Criminal Investigations General Department, police stations, State Security and others -- are equipped with surveillance cameras to ensure the investigations are conducted fairly and transparently. He demanded for clarifi- cation about the alleged torture, physical and verbal humiliation that Tami expe- rienced during investigations. If this is true, he wants to know the steps taken to punish those behind the incident and to prevent its recurrence.\nMeanwhile, MP Abdulkareem Al-Kan- dari asked His Highness the Prime Min- ister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid about the reasons behind the non-issuance of the executive regulations for Demographic Imbalance Law No. 74/2020 until now although the law was enacted more than one year ago.\nMP Khalid Al-Obaidi forwarded que- ries to Minister of Commerce and Indus- try Fahd Al-Shrean about the information he obtained that vehicle insurance com- panies are planning to increase the insur- ance fee from KD45 to KD100.\nHe wants to know the total number of these insurance companies at present; number of companies that the ministry closed in the last three years; reasons be- hind the previous decision of the ministry to set the vehicle insurance fee at KD19\nContinued on Page 3\nNewswatch\nKUWAIT CITY: The head of the Presidential Leadership Council in Yemen, Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi and his accompanying delegation arrived in Kuwait, Monday, on an official visit.\nHis Highness the Prime Min- ister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and sen- ior state officials received Al- Alimi.\nAdvisor at His Highness the Prime Minister’s Diwan Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah heads the honorary delegation.\nAl-Aimi is accompanied by a delegation of senior Yemeni of- ficials. (KUNA)\n❑❑❑\nKUWAIT CITY: The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced health guidelines for Hajj and the con- ditions required for this year, the first of which is that the age group should be less than age 65, with at least two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Saudi MoH.\nThe ministry said in a state- ment Monday that among the conditions is submitting a nega- tive test result for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours before the date of departure to Saudi Ara- bia. (KUNA)\n❑❑❑\nROME: Italy’s state-owned ITA Airways and Kuwait’s na- tional carrier agreed on Monday to code-share on domestic and international routes, further ex- panding an agreement signed be- tween the two airlines.\nThe deal aims to improve the in-flight experience for passen- gers on board aircrafts operated by IT A and Kuwait Airways, the Italian state carrier said in a statement, highlighting the pact as a measure to “boost bilateral trade and touristic relations.”\nAs per the code-sharing deal, ITA will now insert Kuwait Air- ways’ code on its domestic flights to a host of Italian cities, includ- ing Torino, Napoli and Bologna, added the statement, while the pair will also code-share on two- way flights between the coun- tries. (KUNA)\nUK missiles for Ukraine\nKYIV, Ukraine, June 6, (AP): The British government said Monday that the multiple-launch rocket systems it is offering to Ukraine will bring “a significant boost in capability” for the coun- try’s efforts to resist Russia’s invasion, which loomed large over D-Day commemorations in northern France.\n“If the international commu- nity continues its support, I be- lieve Ukraine can win” its war against Russia, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement.\nThe statement came after com- ments Sunday by Russian Presi- dent Vladimir Putin, who warned the West against sending longer- range rocket systems to Ukraine, where the war was in its 103rd day.\nThe British government de- scribed the M270 weapon system as a “cutting edge” military asset which can strike targets up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) away “with pinpoint accuracy.” The sys- tem is manned by three gunners and is mounted on an armored launcher with tracks.\nThe United Kingdom pledged last week to send the weapons. It gave no details about delivery dates.\nThe U.S. last week announced plans to deliver $700 million of security assistance for Ukraine, including four precision-guided, medium-range rocket systems, as well as helicopters, Javelin anti- tank systems, radars, tactical ve- hicles and more.\nWashington and London hope the deliveries will help Ukraine turn the tide of the war in its east- ern Donbas region which Russia appears minded to capture en- tirely.\nThey are unlikely to have an immediate impact, however. The Pentagon said last week that it will take at least three weeks to get the U.S. weapons onto the battlefield. Russia-backed sepa- ratists have fought the Ukrainian government since 2014 in the Donbas.\nIn this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, (left), listens to servicemen report close to the front line in Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 5, 2022. (AP)\n

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LOCAL\nARAB TIMES, TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022\ndiwaniya\n3\nSponsors of ‘truant’ visitors likely to face penalties: MoI\n‘Around 150,000 illegals in country’\nA DIGEST OF PUBLIC OPINION\n‘Higher education, establishment of higher institutes and varsities vital’\n“FROM time to time, labels are given to some diseases and epidemics, such as bird flu, swine flu, seasonal flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome, periodic flu, and now monkeypox, and the origin is an object or a place. Dis- ease or epidemic disappears, but stigma and discrimi- nation remains, which may be passed on to later gen- erations,” columnist Dr Hind Al-Shoumer wrote for Al-Anba daily.\n“For example, when a patient dies due to one of these diseases, it may be difficult for his relatives to erase this from the death records, and if they\nare erased, this affects the accuracy\nof statistics, information and plans for dealing with any pandemic or epidemic, as naming names on some diseases may open the door wide to stigma and discrimination.\n“While attending many scien-\ntific discussions when I was doing\nadvisory assignments at the World\nHealth Organization, I felt the sen-\nsitivity and interest of international\norganizations in addressing stigma\nand discrimination when develop-\ning plans and strategies to address diseases, because this hinders the implementation of plans, regardless of the possibilities and opportunities available.\n“I wonder, how would we behave if the monkeys protested about the description of monkeypox, which is repeated in all languages daily, linked to the scenario of violent measures that the world has known and the im- plementation of plans to address any virus, as were the measures to address the corona virus, which the global economy is still suffering from its repercussions? There- fore, giving names to pandemics and diseases must be wise, without haste, by specialists in medicine, health, social and behavioral sciences, and with a scientific con- sensus to stop the expected monkey protests.\n“And when the monkeys protest, water cannons, black pepper spray, obedience, or the conversion to electronic crimes may not work, because the monkeys’ protest may not find supporters from animal and human rights activists, but who understands the feelings and language of the monkeys when they protest and who will use the slogan ‘I don’t see, don’t I listen and do not speak’ to escape responsibility and who will supply the protesting monkeys with their needs of bananas and peanuts and support their stand without understanding their language?\n“There is an old monkey with the protesting monkeys who almost wonders about the logic and wisdom in naming monkeypox without the participation of mon- keys in the committees and work teams that decided to use the name without permission from the stakeholders or seeking their opinions in a democratic atmosphere.\n“Another monkey arranges for a press conference announcing a peaceful protest against the naming and the consequent moral and material damage to the mon- keys. Therefore, the choice of labels must be taken into account, away from stigma and discrimination, so that we can implement plans and strategies to address their causes.”\nAlso:\n“There is a great reluctance on the part of the parents to enroll their children in government schools, and to the contrary there is a great demand for private schools, and it is also noted that graduates of private schools are the most superior and privileged, and this is one of the reasons that directed the Parliamentary Committee for Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs to demand the need to provide an adequate budget for education,” col- umnist Abdulmohsin Muhammad Al-Husseini wrote for Al-Anba daily.\n“The committee demanded that the budget of the Ministry of Defense and the army be reduced and the need to pay attention to the education of children. There is no doubt that it is a real directive and is in the interest of future generations, who bear the responsibility for the future development and construction and well-being of their country. I do not think that Kuwait needs to buy huge quantities of weapons because we are not on the verge of war and there is no threat to our borders.\n“The Ministry of Defense wants a huge budget to spend on bonuses and salary increases without any emergency calling for it. Kuwait is safe and secure, and there is no fear of threats to overstep our borders, and what is happening is provoking chaos and instability, which means mere media statements that do not go be-\nyond escalation and creating confusion.\n“Let us think better and support higher education and\nbuild universities and specialized colleges to provide the specialists that the country needs, and there is no need to allocate a huge budget to parties whose responsibilities do not go beyond the limits of their ministry. The state is interested in higher education and the establishment of higher institutes and universities to produce qualified graduates for various specializations that are considered among the urgent needs in the field of public services.\n“On the other hand, the Minister of Public Works formed a working group to take charge of agriculture and afforestation. Through my work, I find that the Pub- lic Authority for Agriculture Affairs pays attention to the issue of agriculture and beautification, as it is con- cerned with trees and planting roses, but people com- plain constantly about the issue of digging in the streets of Kuwait, especially within residential areas.\n“We have previously submitted several complaints according to what people suffer, as their cars were dam- aged, and we demanded the necessity of repairing the roads and laying new asphalt for various roads, and they always answered those complaints by saying they were working on infrastructure, and these complaints were more than three years old, and after the rains I hope that His Excellency the Minister of Works will be interested in repairing roads and streets in various regions, because people always complain about the potholes scattered all over our roads and the streets.\nThen we ask: Where is the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport? What is the authority doing about the potholes which have ruined the streets of Kuwait? This is the role of the authority. The Ministry of Works and the Roads Authority must pay attention to these ob- stacles that people complain about every day.”\n❑❑❑\n“Everything in our life needs to be followed up -- whether personal or general matters. The absence of follow-up leads to wastage of many opportunities and could even result in losses, as follow-up is an impetus to completing tasks as needed in a timely manner,” colum- nist Hind Al-Choumar wrote for Al-Anba daily.\n“In the house, if a woman follows up all the affairs in her house, she achieves everything she wants and makes the house a paradise for everyone who lives in it.\n“At work, when the specialized authorities plan for any project, the plan includes a timetable for follow-up with follow-up indicators. If the project is important to society, transparency entails publishing the follow- up plan, indicators of achievement, and progress of the project as planned.\n“Some officials prefer field follow-up, because it gives a rosy picture of their activities, while they could be unfamiliar with the project before the field follow- up. This type of follow-up is a marketing strategy for the officials to appear on media. On the other hand, the purposeful follow-up must be a model of commitment in departments where officials took an oath to serve in the interest of the people. They must familiarize themselves with the projects to measure the level of their achieve- ments.”\n❑❑❑\n“Decision-making requires wisdom -- a phrase that has been repeated a lot ... Yes, taking a decision requires wisdom, but it is also wise to take decisions at the right time. Delaying the decision and not making the decision at the required speed could spoil things,” columnist Dr Waleed Al-Nisf wrote for Al-Rai daily.\n“In medical matters, particularly in the emergency room, any delay in making a decision may affect the patient’s life. The results of delaying a decision in the medical emergency room could be catastrophic. A skilled doctor has the ability to make decisions quickly and accurately.\n“In commercial deals, any delay in making a decision may lead to loss of a deal. Decision-making in com- mercial deals requires speed which, in turn, requires experience and practice. Just as speed is required to win the deal, experience is also important in order to avoid failed deals.\n“Decision making in all aspects of life requires wis- dom ... It is wise to make a decision with the required speed, because the delay in taking any decision could have a high cost and could make this decision lose its value.”\n— Compiled by Zaki Taleb\nDr Al-Shoumer\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6: The Ministry of Interior is planning to impose penalties on some foreign sponsors because the people they brought into the country on visit visas\nhave not left, reports Al-Anba daily.\nThe daily added, as a punishment, these sponsors will not be issued any kind of visas, including family visas for a period of two years.\nA source stated that these procedures are being studied by the Ministry of Interior based on instruc- tions from the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minis- ter of Interior Lieutenant-General (Retd) Sheikh Ah- mad Al-Nawaf.\nThis came after reports were submitted to him by the Residence Affairs Sector, headed by Brigadier General Walid Al-Tarawa, which disclosed that 14,653 expatri- ates entered on visit visas during the past three years until the first of May 2022 and did not leave.\nThe sources stated that the ministry is considering giv- ing the residence law violators who numbered 149,195 until the first of May a new deadline to leave the country without paying the fines, with the possibility of returning to the country with new visas.\nThe sources added, their names will not be blacklisted if they avail the opportunity and leave the country vol- untarily.\nThe sources said that this deadline may be the last, and after the deadline expires, the ministry will launch ex- tensive campaigns and take additional measures against those who shelter them.\n❑❑❑\nTorture probe ordered: The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf has or- dered the opening of an investigation into the case of the torture of citizen Abdullah Tami, reports Al-Qabas daily.\nThe sources told the daily, “The results of the inves- tigation will be on Minister Al-Nawaf’s table within 48 hours.”\n❑❑❑\nWoman bares in public: Personnel from the Public Se- curity Sector have arrested an unidentified woman who removed her clothes and threw on a public road while being arrested, reports Al-Rai daily.\nThe daily said this happened when the securitymen went to check of a report about immoral act in a public place.\nThe woman has been charged with immorality and in- decency in public. She has been referred to concerned authorities.\n❑❑❑\n‘Med seizure old clip’: The Ministry of Health clarified that the video clip circulating in the social media showing seizure of medicines in the suburb of Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh is an old incident dating back to September 2021, reports Al-Rai daily.\nThe security sources stated the seizure was done in co- ordination with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Interior and other relevant authorities and all legal mea- sures were taken against the suspect who is believed to be an Asian and the suspect and the seizures were referred to the competent authorities.\nThe stressed, before publishing such reports it is neces- sary to double check with the concerned authorities the authenticity of the incidents.\n‘Expansive role’\n‘Kuwait is active in ILO’\nGENEVA, June 6, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Nazaha (Integrity) Enhancement Justice Jamal Al-Jalawai said on Mon- day that Kuwait’s delegation contributes positively to enriching all discussions taking place in the work of the International Labor Conference since its incep- tion.\nIn a statement to KUNA, the minister added that Ku- wait is active in the International Labor Organization (ILO) and enjoys a well-established role in the interna- tional and Arab labor market, which was evident in the delegation’s participation in the activities of the Arab Group, on the sidelines of the ongoing conference since last May 30 until June 11.\nKuwait’s delegation prepared its integrated vision in a preparatory framework to enrich the decisions and recommendations that would be reached during this conference, along with the positive effects it would have on the labor market during the coming period, he explained.\nThe delegation of Kuwait participated in sessions connected to discussing the report of the Director General of ILO Guy Ryder, entitled, “The least devel- oped countries: Crisis, structural transformation and the future of work,” as well as a report on the situ- ation of workers in the occupied Arab territories, he pointed out.\nThe agenda of the conference this year included many vital topics, specifically the follow-up to the ILO Decla- ration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, as well as with regard to safe working conditions with basic prin- ciples and rights, the minister said.\nNaming parks after martyrs\nKUW AIT CITY , June 6: Director General of the Martyrs Office Salah Al- Ofan revealed that the nam- ing of public parks after the martyrs is now in its final stages, reports Al-Jarida daily.\nAl-Ofan explained the public parks in each gover- norate will be named after the martyrs who resided in the governorate.\nHe made the announce- ment at the Al-Duha Tea event organized by the office with the theme, “After Ab- sence”, for the families of the martyrs.\nThis is part of the pro- grams and activities lined up for the families of the martyrs to strengthen fam- ily and social ties. It is the first of such event after the office suspended activities for two years due to the Corona pandemic. Social activist Zainab Bushehri at- tended the event.\nOther Voices\n‘Best services & not higher cash profits’\nBy Ahmad alsarraf\nThe cooperative societies play a vital role in providing foodstuffs, but there is no effective control over their activities because the responsi- bility for supervision is shared between ministries of Commerce and Industry and Social Affairs, and as a result more often than not there is a conflict of competency.\nAlthough such coops are the largest agency in storing and selling foodstuffs, and despite the fact that their founding philosophy lies in pro-\nalsarraf\nviding the best service to the people of the region, most of them compete for seats of the National Assembly, for personal benefit, and to em- ploy relatives and affiliates from their sect or tribe, and to work to achieve maximum profits and brag about it.\nThere is no doubt that global inflationary pressures have finally appeared faster than expected, and that the journey\nof the product from the country of manufacture to the display shelf includes port expenses, customs duties, customs clearance, transportation and the already high cost of storage, which many demand to raise more higher level which ultimately reflects in the price of each item that the consumer needs, and much more.\nThe Ministry of Commerce has no choice but to recommend the immediate or gradual liberal- ization of prices, while fixing the prices of lim- ited commodities, otherwise, we are faced with two options, either raising prices or cutting off commodities.\nDespite what the ministries of Commerce and Social Affairs sometimes show in terms of ap- parent toughness with cooperative societies, their role in raising prices is clear and significant, and is due in a dangerous part to the corruption of many of their boards of directors, the low level of some members’ academic and moral standards, and the modest capabilities of many of their higher ad- ministrations, and the good evidence for this is the successive ministerial decisions that did not stop for a year, since half a century ago, to dissolve the boards of dozens of cooperatives, some every two or three years, and then opt for parachute ap- pointments to members of the boards of some of them, and treat them like ‘shops’ especially for the officials.\nMany people know that coops contribute to high prices, because the boards of directors of the vast majority of them work to achieve profits, whether to prove their efficiency or for political or social purposes, and thus the success of a cooperative in achieving huge profits is not evidence of the quality of management, but rather the opposite, it may be that these profits are a result of some or all of the following, which all contribute to raising prices:\n1 - Insisting on requesting free items from the supplier.\n2 - Insisting on obtaining large discounts on goods supplied for the first time.\n3 - The supplier shall bear the cost of the mate- rials that are damaged inside stores as a result of negligence.\n4 - The unjustified delay in the payment of the supplier’s dues, and this includes almost all coop- eratives, and this prompts some major suppliers to resort to financing companies that purchase their bills with a high support rate, to collect them from the coops by their own methods.\n5 - Increasing the fees and rents of the associa- tion’s branches, and the demand for large non-re- fundable money in advance which accompanies the sharing of this money by some members of the Board and many know the truth of this matter.\nAnd since the supplier is not a charity society, he often places all these unjustified costs on his goods, because he is not willing to sell at a loss, and thus the prices of many goods and materials inflate as a result of the coop’s corruption and its desire to achieve the highest profits, and this is not one of its tasks or the purposes of its establishment.\nThe ideal cooperative is the one that provides the best services to the community, not the one that achieves the highest financial surpluses.\n❑❑❑\ne-mail: [email protected]\nN-eyes at\nContinued from Page 1\nGrossi said he was neither for nor against a possible vote to censure Iran during this week’s meeting, stressing the importance of continued coopera- tion with Iran despite recent tensions.\n“I believe that it’s in no one’s inter- est that the cooperation between the agency and Iran diminishes even fur- ther,” he said.\nStill, without adequate cooperation on Iran’s part, there is an “impasse” between the agency and Iran’s leader- ship, Grossi said. “These issues will not go away - they are not solved, they are not clarified.”\nGrossi repeated his warnings that Iran is nearing the amount of nuclear material necessary to create a bomb, saying Monday they are “very, very close” to acquiring a “significant quan- tity” of this material.\nHe said Iran could reach this amount in a matter of weeks. Still, he stressed that having enough material for a bomb and building a bomb are two dif- ferent things.\nAs of Feb. 19, the IAEA says Iran’s stockpile of all enriched uranium was nearly 3,200 kilograms (7,055 pounds). Some has been enriched up to 60% purity - a short technical step from weapons-grade levels of 90%. Meanwhile, Iran has stopped the IAEA from accessing its surveillance camera footage.\nWhile Iran insists its program is peaceful, the IAEA and Western gov- ernments say Iran had an organized military nuclear program up until 2003.\n‘Torture’ draws Continued from Page 1\nand punish companies which charge lower than KD19; measures taken against the officials of vehicle insurance\ncompanies who claimed that the current insurance fee is not fair; details about the potential categorization of vehicle insurance based on certain factors like the vehicle’ s brand, driver’ s age and his traffic record; and if the Consumer Protection Society and other concerned entities were consulted in this regard.\nMP Ahmed Al-Hamad asked Min- ister of Health Dr Khalid Al-Saeed if there are monkeypox cases in the coun- try, measures adopted by the Health Ministry to discover such cases, and how the ministry deals with travelers coming from countries with monkeypox cases. He demanded for a clear emer- gency plan in case of monkeypox out- break in the country.\nMP Hamdan Al-Azmi forwarded queries to Minister of State for Mu- nicipal, Communications and Informa- tion Technology Affairs Rana Al-Fares about the authorities granted to the deputy director general for Administra- tive, Legal and Financial Affairs at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) who is now serving as acting director of DGCA. He wants to know if the latter is authorized to sign checks and approve financial contracts. He requested for a copy of the curriculum vitae of the acting director, as well as therelevantinformationlikethedate when he started serving as acting direc- tor and if the appointment is in line with the Civil Services Commission’ s (CSC) regulations in this regard.\nHe asked if the acting director has been accused of misappropriating public funds. If yes, he demanded for copies of related correspondences and measures taken against the acting direc- tor. He asked if the Ministry of Finance corresponded with DGCA to stress the importance of questioning those proven to have committed such violations.\nHe inquired if there is conflict of in- terests in combining the Financial Af- fairs Department director post with the deputy director general for Administra- tive, Legal and Financial Affairs posi- tion; if the acting director was subjected for investigation according to the direc- tive of former ministers; if such inves-\ntigations were suspended and justifica- tions if the response is in the affirmative. MP Hassan Jawhar asked Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Ali Fahd Al-Mudaf when the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (P AAET) published the adver- tisement for the recruitment of lecturers and trainers; conditions for every posi- tion; date of submitting the applications; if the application was online or in per- son; number of applicants at the College of Basic Education; criteria adopted by every department to review the docu- ments attached to the applications; num- ber of meetings held by the Recruitment Committee; if all members of the Re- cruitment Committee at the Department of Social Studies in the College of Basic Education reviewed the applications; and if any of the members have resigned\nin objection to violation of regulations. Moreover, MP Khalil Al-Saleh urged the government to lay down short and long term plans for addressing the un- precedented price hike issue, in addi- tion to supporting Kuwaiti families by increasing the cost of living allowance and other measures. He pointed out the unprecedented price hike started during the Covid-19 crisis, which negatively affected the national food security. He stressedtheneedforthegovernmentto stop such unprecedented price hike and regulate the prices of commodities and\nservices.\nOn the other hand, the parliamentary\nBudgets and Final Accounts Commit- teeonMondaydiscussedthebudgetof Kuwait National Petroleum Corpora- tion (KNPC) for fiscal 2022/2023 with representatives of KNPC, Ministry of Finance, Financial Controllers Bureau (FCB) and State Audit Bureau (SAB).\nIn addition, MP Osama Al-Shaheen submitted a proposal to assign the Public Authority for Minors Affairs (P AMA), Public Authority for Social Affairs (P ASA) and Secretariat Gen- eral of Awqaf in cooperation with the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) and Kuwait Heritage Society, to reconstruct and manage the Mubarakiya Market.\n

LOCAL\nARAB TIMES, TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022\n4\nKUNA photo HH Crown Prince receives the CEO of Qatar Investment Authority.\nQatari team on official visit to Kuwait\nHH Crown Prince receives finmin, Qatar Investment Authority’s CEO\nKUW AIT CITY , June 6, (KUNA): His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received at Bayan Palace on Monday Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Abdulwahab Al- Reshaid.\nHis Highness the Crown Prince also received the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Investment Authority Mansoor Bin Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud and the ac- companying delegation, on the occa-\nsion of his official visit to the country. The audience was attended by Director-General of the Kuwait Di- rect Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) Sheikh Dr. Mishal Jaber Al- Ahmad Al-Sabah, Director General of Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) Ghanem Suleiman Al-Ghunaiman, For- eign Affairs Undersecretary in the Of- fice of His Highness the Crown Prince Mazen Al-Issa, and the Qatari Ambas- sador to Kuwait Ali Bin Abdullah Al-\nMahmoud.\nHH Crown Prince, PM send similar cables\nHH Amir congratulates Sweden on National Day\nKUW AIT CITY , June 6, (KUNA): HisHighnesstheAmirSheikhNawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Mon-\nday sent a cable of congratulations to His Highness the Crown Prince theKingofSwedenCarlXVIGustaf Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al- onhiscountry’sNationalDay. Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness\nthe Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah also sent similar cables.\nElectricity reads ‘red’, consumption\nreaches record levels at peak times\n‘Jahra records highest temp with 50 degrees Celsius in shade’\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6: Despite the high rate of energy consumption and the fact that it is close to breaking the barrier of 15,000 megawatts, for the first time this summer, as a result of the high tem- perature that ranges be- tween 48 and 50 degrees Celsius, the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy has a capacity to withstand the country’s needs, especial- ly during the peak time when the rate of con- sumption reaches record numbers, reports Al-Rai daily.\nMeanwhile, the daily quoting ministry sources said, prepara- tions are in the offing to hold a meeting with officials of the\nGulf Electricity Interconnection Authority, to discuss strength- ening the interconnection lines\nbetween Kuwait and Saudi Ara- bia, and to discuss the project to connect the Gulf electric- ity system with Iraq.\nIn a related Dr Dashti context, the meteorological department’s cli- mate observer, Dr. Hassan Dashti, said that the dust waves that we are witnessing during this June are fa- miliar in the region’s climate every year, as it is the month of the Al- Bawareh winds that also bring in\ndust during the month of July.\nClimate\nDashti added in an interview with KUNA that the desert climate of Kuwait is characterized by the length of the summer season, as it clearly begins with June, and the\nhigh air recedes, and the Indian sea- sonal depression advances as it ex- tends to Africa and continues until the end of September.\nHe pointed to the cessation of rain, the rise in temperatures and the increase in wind speeds, especially the Al-Bawareh winds, which start in late May and is known as “Al Bawareh Al Sagheer” and extends to mid-July with “Al Bawareh Al Ka- beer,” which increases dust storms and intensifies the northwestern winds with high temperatures.\nHe indicated that the wind speed may exceed 90 kilometers per hour, causing dust which causes a decrease in horizontal visibility, and stops the movement of navigation of all kinds, air, sea and land and added, in recent years, the region has witnessed an in- crease in the frequency of dust storms associated with the Al-Bawareh winds, due to the lack of rainfall, dry soil, lack of vegetation cover and soil fragmentation.\nMeanwhile, MEW withdrew 420 megawatts from the estimated daily reserve of 600 megawatts to meet the electricity needs of the public, as the daily consumption rate re-\ncently set a new record -- 15,040 megawatts; reaching the ‘yellow’ level with a big difference of 876 megawatts compared to the maxi- mum consumption on the previous day when the index recorded 14,164 megawatts, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources from the min- istry.\nConsumption\nSources clarified that despite the significant increase in consumption, it is still under the expected maxi- mum load of 16,800 megawatts for this summer out of 18,600 mega- watts -- the total operating capacity of all stations.\nAccording to the global tempera- ture index, Jahra recorded the high- est temperature with 50 degrees Celsius under the shade, followed by Wafra with 49.7 degrees Celsius.\nOn the other hand, Deputy Head of the Judicial Control Team at the ministry and a member of the Bach- elors Committee Ahmed Al-Sham- mari confirmed that the inspections campaigns are continuing in Far- waniya, Jahra and Capital Gover- norates.\nKIPIC extends contract with Amec Foster\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6: Ac- cording to reliable sources from the oil sector, the Ku- wait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) has decided to extend the contract of the Al-Zour Re- finery Consultant - Amec Foster Wheeler - until the full completion of the proj- ect’s work scheduled for December, reports Al-Anba daily.\nThey explained that KIP- IC decided to extend the contract at a value of KD 4.9 million, equivalent to 3.37 percent of the value of the total contract concluded with Amec Foster Wheeler Group Ltd. This is the second ex- tension after the first change order issued by the company in 2020 with a value of KD 24.1 million.\nStudy to replace wooden awnings\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6: All the wooden awnings in Mubarakiya Market will be replaced with fire-resistant umbrellas, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting a source from Kuwait Municipality.\nAccording to the source, Finance Minister Dr Ab- dulwahab Mohammad Al- Rushaid, who heads the team tasked to deal with reper- cussions of the Mubarakiya Market fire, officially com- missioned the Municipal- ity on May 12 to rebuild the market.\nMoH’s ‘campaign’ to promote awareness on cervical cancer\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6: Based on the Min- istry of Health’s keenness to improve the prevention and control of chronic diseases, and in line with the global strategy in this regard, the ministry Saturday launched a cervical cancer awareness campaign in 15 health centers distributed in various health zones, reports Al-Qabas daily.\nOn this occasion, the Director of Pri- mary Health Care Department Dr. Dina Al-Dhubaib explained that the campaign stems from the ministry’s strategy to pro- mote awareness regarding the prevention and control of chronic diseases.\nThe campaign aims to introduce cancer disease, raise community awareness about the prevention methods, and achieve high- quality health services based on the latest scientific evidence.\nAlso, the Department of Primary Health Care and the Council of Women and Materni- ty Departments have been cooperating to carry out workshops and practical qualification for maternity and family physicians in primary health care, and provide early detection of cer- vical cancer and related medical procedures.\nDr. Al-Dhubaib highlighted the coor- dination for the launch of the campaign’s activities, which will continue this month in 15 health centers distributed in various health zones according to a specific sched- ule in this regard.\nShe said, “In the Capital Governorate, the campaign activities will be held in the health centers of Qurtoba, Al-Ahqafi, Ab- dul Rahman Al-Abd Al-Mughni, Al-Saqr, Sheikhan Al-Farsi, Badr Khaled Al-Nafisi, and Ali Thunayan Al-Ghanim.\nIn Hawally Governorate, the campaign activities will be held in the Mahmoud Haji\nCervical cancer awareness logo\nHaider and Sabah Al-Salem health centers. In Farwaniya Governorate, the campaign activities will be held in the Al-Firdous and Al-Osaimi centers. In Ahmadi Governor- ate, the campaign activities will be held in the centers of Riqqa, Adan, and Fintas. In Jahra Governorate, the campaign activities will be held in the Al-Oyoun Center. These activities are being held as part of the glob- al strategy for the prevention and control of chronic noncommunicable diseases and cancer, and for accelerating the eradication of cervical cancer.\nThe Ministry of Health has worked on strengthening the response to cervical cancer in primary health care, through the implementation of community awareness campaigns to introduce the disease, en- courage early detection of it among target groups, and promote prevention”.\nDr. Al-Dhubaib extended gratitude to all the staff teams that participated in the cam- paign, and contributed to its preparation.\nShe said she hopes the campaign will achieve its goal of raising awareness, and everyone will enjoy good health and safety.\n‘Air passenger movement may reach 6m’\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) expects that the number of passengers moving to and from Kuwait International Airport to reach 6,001,221 during the summer season of this year, with 2,994,786 departing and 3,006,435 arriving passengers, reports Al- Qabas daily.\nThe Deputy Director General for Plan- ning and Projects Affairs and the official spokesperson for DGCA Saad Al-Otai- bi affirmed to KUNA the readiness of DGCA in all operational sectors for this season in coordination with all govern-\nment agencies, airlines and ground ser- vice providers operating at Kuwait Inter- national Airport.\nHe said he expects about 43,156 flights to operate during the summer season between June 1 and September 30, with 21,578 de- parting and 21,578 incoming flights.\nAl-Otaibi stressed that DGCA urged all airlines and ground service companies to raise the level of readiness and increase the number of employees to improve the services provided to passengers and raise the operating efficiency during the sum- mer season.\n

LOCAL\nARAB TIMES, TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022\n5\nAmerican University of the Middle East inaugurates AI Center\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6, (KUNA): The American University of the Mid- dle East inaugurated on Sunday, the Artificial Intelligence Center, in coop- eration with the University of Califor- nia (Berkeley), with the aim of provid- ing an opportunity for young people to keep pace with global developments in the field of artificial intelligence.\nThe Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, Fahd Al-Othman, stressed in his speech on the occasion that this center is the first of its kind in Kuwait and the Middle East, indi- cating that one of its most important goals is to keep pace with the accel- erating artificial intelligence technol- ogy, which opens new horizons for the implementation of plans and projects that students aspire to put forward and implement.\nAl-Othman stated that the univer- sity’s mission is not to obtain a cer- tificate only, but is based on an edu- cational philosophy to implement and apply what has been learned in the classroom with a practical and cogni- tive application that qualifies the grad- uates to compete in the labor market and to overcome the obstacles they may face.\nFor his part, Dariush Zahidi, found- er and head of the Center for Entrepre- neurship and Development for Asia, the Middle East and North Africa at Berkeley, praised in a televised speech this “pioneering partnership” between the two universities.\nZahidi described this cooperation as a “bridge” that connects the students and researchers of the two universities, allowing to benefit from emerging de- velopments and technologies and cre- ating promising new career opportuni- ties for the next generation.\nDuring the inauguration ceremony, the robot Sophia, a human-like robot designed by Hanson Robotics, based in Hong Kong, was presented. Sophia was designed to learn and adapt to hu- man behavior and behavior. She was previously presented at several confer- ences and obtained Saudi citizenship in October 2017, thus being the first robot to obtain a nationality.\nKUNA photos Top & above: Photos taken during the inauguration ceremony of the Artificial Intelligence Center at the American University of the Middle East at the university’s headquarters.\nKRCS highlights ‘achievements’, thanks political leadership at general assembly\nUN official praises Kuwait’s continued global support\nOpportunity for young people to keep pace with global developments\nThe Guest Show poster\nTGS presents Indonesian envoy\nThis Thursday, The Guest Show (TGS) presents HE Lena Mary- ana, Ambassador of Indonesia. A popular and strong presence among the diplomatic corp in Kuwait, Ambassador Maryana is the first Indonesian woman to serve as ambassador in Kuwait and the GCC countries, and the first woman to serve as ASEAN Ambassador in Kuwait.\nCharismatic and always smiling, Ambassador Maryana represents a multi-cultural and multi-religious country that is also the world’s largest island country with over 17,000 is- lands. As Ambassador Maryana mentions, it takes seven hours\nto fly from one end of Indonesia to the other.\nAmbassador Maryana herself has been very active in public life. Elected several times as a member of the Indonesian House of Representatives, she is very active in the Indonesian Political Women’s Caucus and the Parliamentary Union of the OIC member states.\nHere on The Guest Show, she speaks to Chaitali B Roy about her life in public service, her transition from politics to diplo- macy, Indonesia and its ties to Kuwait, and the challenges and glass ceilings faced by Indone- sian women in public service.\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6, (KUNA): The Kuwait Red Crescent Society an- nounced in 2021 the soci- ety achieved a lot in terms of helping the poor and the needy and thanked the po- litical leadership for all the support and sponsorship which helped the KRCS in its mission around the world.\nIn a statement to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) after the society held its regular general as- sembly meeting for the year end- ing 2021, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) Board Chairman Dr Hilal Al-Sayer said the Soci- ety has implemented humanitarian projects in a number of countries, especially those that were affected by the natural or man-made ca- lamities.\nAl-Sayer added the association al- ways seeks to provide the best services to all the needy around the world, say- ing this coincides with the develop- ment of the society’s methods in the area of humanitarian missions.\nHe said the society continues in its nationwide efforts to reduce the after effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and disclosed KRCS volunteers were out in the field to support the efforts of the state in several areas, including the Al-Khairan quarantine facility, the Mishref health center and the Jaber Bridge Vaccination Center.\nHe added the society was also very active during the pandemic to distrib- ute food aid, consumables, cleaning materials, medical supplies and masks to needy families, marginal workers and state institutions, and sought to provide distinguished humanitarian services to meet the needs of those who were most vulnerable to get in-\nPart of the General Assembly of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society.\nHe disclosed the society participates in many conferences and workshops alongside international organizations with the aim of developing humanitar- ian relief work.\nMeanwhile, Head of Mission of the International Organization for Migra- tion Mazen Abul-Hassan praised the continuous efforts made by the State of Kuwait to support humanitarian and relief issues and United Nations or- ganizations by providing humanitarian aid to brotherly and friendly countries.\nIn a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Monday, after meeting with the accompanying del- egation, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society (KRCS), Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer, at the association’s headquarters, Abul- Hassan praised the efforts made by the association to implement many relief operations in different regions around the world, which contributed a lot to improving the lives of needy and the displaced for the better and to establish development and relief projects.\nHe said that IOM has worked closely with government agencies and partners to address migration-related issues at global, regional and local levels.\nHe stated that the humanitarian situation of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh needs to be addressed by boosting efforts to expand and provide basic services such as health, educa- tion, skills training and livelihood op- portunities.\nFor his part, Al-Sayer affirmed the State of Kuwait’s keenness to partici- pate and attend various international events and forums concerned with promoting global humanitarian work in support of refugees and the afflicted.\nAl-Sayer said that the association is keen on providing support to refugees all over the world, alleviating their suf- fering and improving their livelihoods through its direct assistance to them and its unlimited support to regional and international organizations that take care of their affairs and provide them with the necessary support.\nHe added that the association has moved towards the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh since the exacerbation of the crisis there, and was keen on the actual field presence through its suc- cessive delegations to provide humani- tarian and relief support and extend a helping hand to them to overcome their current plight.\nHe referred to the association’s continuous endeavor to build a good network of relations with bodies and organizations with common visions, indicating that its partnership with the International Organization for Migra- tion is a living proof of achieving com- mon goals.\nKUNA photos Part of the elections of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society, which took place\nafter the convening of the general assembly.\nfected with the virus.\nHe stated the society distributed aid\nlocally, as well as provided health care, supplied electrical appliances, distrib- uted aid to homes, food baskets, medi- cine for patients, helping people with special needs, supporting families suf- fering from difficult living conditions and improving their livelihoods by opening the door for donations through K-Net and other means through the as- sociation’s website.\nAl-Sayer indicated the society has completed its annual efforts in imple-\nmenting the Iftar project, supported needy families, distributed clothes during the Eid festival and even dis- tributed food coupons.\nHe explained the society paid spe- cial attention to orphans by sponsoring about 500 pupils, and explained the society continued its seasonal efforts, including during the winter.\nHe pointed out the society embodied the concept of comprehensive human- ity and unlimited giving to the needy, and it was evident in the continuation of aid to the afflicted peoples in Syria, Yemen, the Sudan, Pakistan, Afghani- stan, Ethiopia, Bosnia and Herzego- vina, Nepal, Bangladesh, Uganda and Somalia.\nHe stated the KRCS remains com- mitted to its humanitarian responsibility towards several countries affected by the repercussions of the Corona virus by providing respirators, medical supplies and protection equipment to confront the virus, including Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Bra- zil, Senegal, Nepal and Lebanon.\nAl-Sayer indicated the society continues its annual Ramadan pro- gram outside Kuwait, and disclosed 13 countries have benefited from the KRCS aid.\nDentistry scholarships to stop for the next five years\nScholarship rates increase for engineering majors\nUndersecretary of the Ministry Dr. Sobeeh Al-Mukhaizeem during the ac- tivities of the ‘Wajehni’ campaign.\nKUWAIT CITY, June 6, (KUNA): The Ministry of Higher Education confirmed on Sunday, that raising the scholarship rates for engineer- ing majors is a “deserved decision”, considering that it is one of the most prominent decisions taken by the ministry, in addition to the decision to stop scholarships for dentistry for the next five years, according to the Ministry of Health’s assessment to increase output from the labor mar- ket.\nMinistry Undersecretary Dr. So- beeh Al-Mukhaizeem told reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Wajehni’ campaign, which was launched by the ministry recently, that the cam- paign’s goal is to educate and guide foreign high school and high school graduates from inside and outside Kuwait and their parents about the conditions, requirements and mech- anism for applying in the foreign scholarship plan for the current year.\nAl-Mukhaizeem pointed out that the ministry works annually to de- velop the plan and its specializa-\ntions, noting that there are speciali- zations in the labor market for the next ten years in which the graduate will have a job opportunity on the second day of his graduation, most notably the supporting medical spe- cialties, including nursing and occu- pational therapy.\nHe said that the administrative and engineering sciences disciplines will have a share in the private sec- tor when it expands to accommodate them, indicating that hospitals need huge numbers of medicine gradu- ates, and “with the suspension of dental scholarships,” graduates will be directed to study human medi- cine.\nHe stated that the ‘Wajehni’ campaign is currently limited to scholarships abroad, to include in the coming years all higher educa- tion institutions inside Kuwait and internal missions, noting that last year 1,400 students were sent to en- gineering majors outside Kuwait, in addition to 3,500 internal scholar- ships.\nKUNA photo Head of the International Organization for Migration mission, Mazen Abul- Hassan with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Red\nCrescent Society, Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer and the accompanying delegation.\nPart of the activities of the ‘Wajehni’ campaign\nKUNA photos\n

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