Par­lia­ment calls for in­ves­ti­gat­ing int’l sus­pen­sion of Kuwaiti Foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties

Farming lands re­moved in Wafra for GCC rail­way

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: The Na­tional As­sem­bly ap­proved dur­ing its reg­u­lar ses­sion yes­ter­day a num­ber of pro­pos­als ask­ing for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ter­na­tional de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the sta­tus quo of the lo­cal sports scene as well as the ban on Kuwait’s foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pro­pos­als by a num­ber of MPs called for an im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­gard­ing the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) and FIFA’s sus­pen­sion of the Kuwaiti foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties. They called for re­lay­ing their pro­pos­als to the par­lia­men­tary sports and youth af­fairs com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the rea­sons be­hind the ban and find a so­lu­tion to this cri­sis.

The MPs also called on the For­eign Min­istry and the Min­istry of Youth Af­fairs to work with re­gional and in­ter­na­tional part­ners “to face this ir­re­spon­si­ble de­ci­sion that was against in­ter­na­tional laws gov­ern­ing sports.”

The MPs de­nied that lo­cal sports reg­u­la­tions were in con­tra­dic­tion to in­ter­na­tional laws, af­firm­ing that the sus­pen­sion was “tan­ta­mount to med­dling with the State’s author­ity.” They called for for­ma­tion of a 30mem­ber ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of sports and le­gal ex­perts in ad­di­tion to for­mer ath­letes to look into the prob­lems fac­ing the Kuwaiti sports.

GCC rail­way

Mean­while, Min­is­ter of State for As­sem­bly Af­fairs and Min­is­ter of Oil Dr Ali Al-Omair an­nounced that Kuwait will re­move 29 farming lands in the north­ern Al-Wafra re­gion as they are lo­cated on the path of the planned GCC rail­way.

The Pub­lic Author­ity of Agri­cul­ture Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources (PAAAFR) will com­pen­sate own­ers of those lands, Omair said dur­ing the ses­sion. He noted that PAAAFR is us­ing border lands to cre­ate a veg­e­ta­tion to pro­vide green cover and de­velop food se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

Ed­u­ca­tion costs

Separately, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Bader AlEssa said that the costs be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion are sub­ject to a num­ber of as­pects, in­clud­ing teach­ing cadres. Cost com­par­i­son be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion are sub­ject to a num­ber of as­pects, also in­clud­ing size of the land, lo­ca­tion of the school and ser­vices pro­vided by the schools, Essa said in re­sponse to a ques­tion dur­ing the ses­sion. Ser­vices pro­vided in pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion are vary­ing, where the stu­dent cost goes up when­ever the level of the cost of ser­vices rise and vice a versa, he added.

In the mean­time, law­mak­ers agreed to give the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on ed­u­ca­tion more time to look into any ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the grant­ing of schol­ar­ships to stu­dents at­tend­ing Kuwait Univer­sity and Pub­lic Author­ity for Ap­plied Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing.

MPs’ im­mu­nity

Ear­lier, the Na­tional As­sem­bly re­fused the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion’s re­quest of lifting par­lia­men­tary im­mu­nity from MP Nabeel Al-Fad­hel in re­la­tion to a felony case and MP Ab­d­u­al­lah Al-Ma’youf for a ‘press of­fense.’

Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Ali Al-Ghanem opened the ses­sion with a eu­logy to for­mer MPs Yousef Khaled AlMekhled Al-Mu­tairi and Dr Nasser Sarkhou, ex­press­ing his deep­est con­do­lences and sor­row for their death and prais­ing their traits and ser­vices for Kuwait. “The Kuwaiti peo­ple are griev­ing over the death of the MP Al Mekhled who was a mem­ber of the con­stituent as­sem­bly and con­trib­uted to a en­act­ing the Na­tions Con­sti­tu­tion (in 1962),” he said. On the late MP Sarkhou, he said that such a key po­lit­i­cal fig­ure in Kuwait has had ac­com­plish­ments that “still shine on the na­tional arena.”

In the same ses­sion, Omair ex­pressed the gov­ern­ment con­do­lences for the demise of the vet­eran MPs, hail­ing Mekhled’s con­tri­bu­tion to the es­tab­lish­ment of the found­ing coun­cil and en­act­ment of the Con­sti­tu­tion. On MP Srakhou, he de­scribed the late law­maker as a wise politi­cian and de­cent par­lia­men­tar­ian who was keen on Kuwait’s sta­bil­ity.

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: MPs sur­round Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Bader Al-Essa dur­ing yes­ter­day’s par­lia­ment ses­sion.

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