Co­moros ‘will­ing’ to nat­u­ral­ize bedoons

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

Am­bas­sador of the Co­moros to Kuwait AlAref Saied Has­san said that his coun­try is ready to give its na­tion­al­ity to bedoons (state­less) in Kuwait, and even wel­come them to its lands, should the two Arab states reach an agree­ment on that re­gard. The envoy de­nied how­ever that any agree­ment has been signed to nat­u­ral­ize bedoons, but con­firmed that “the idea is there.” —An­na­har

Driver’s li­censes

The newly-es­tab­lished Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Roads Trans­porta­tion will soon take over the du­ties of is­su­ing and re­new­ing driver’s li­censes, as well as car regis­tra­tions, li­cense plates and in­spec­tion. Co­or­di­na­tion is cur­rently on­go­ing with the In­te­rior Min­istry’s Traf­fic Gen­eral De­part­ment to com­plete the tran­si­tion as soon as pos­si­ble, an of­fi­cial at the au­thor­ity said. —Al-An­baa

Ex­pats run SMEs

Around 98 per­cent of small and medium en­ter­prises in Kuwait are man­aged by ex­pa­tri­ates who are hired by Kuwaiti own­ers who re­ceive sub­stan­tial sup­port from the gov­ern­ment to run their busi­nesses, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic an­a­lyst Fawaz Al-Shaibani said, adding that his con­clu­sions were based on sta­tis­tics ob­tained from the Man­power and Gov­ern­ment Re­struc­tur­ing Pro­gram (MGRP). —Al-Qabas

Seis­mic sur­veys

Small tremors felt by res­i­dents near ar­eas where seis­mic sur­veys for oil ex­plo­ration are car­ried out near Kuwait Bay and Kuwait City have no im­pact on res­i­den­tial build­ings, said Ja­mal Jaa­far, CEO of Kuwait Oil Com­pany (KOC). Home­own­ers will be no­ti­fied be­fore­hand with the sur­veys’ times, Jaa­far said, adding that works will be sched­uled away from evening and dawn to pre­vent in­con­ve­nience. —Al-Rai

La­bor vi­o­la­tions

The Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Man­power re­ferred 1,058 em­ploy­ers’ files for in­ves­ti­ga­tions this year on la­bor-related vi­o­la­tions, Act­ing Direc­tor Ab­dul­lah AlMutaw­tah said. Those in­clude 78 files sus­pended per­ma­nently, 264 files for oc­cu­pa­tional safety and 368 files for com­pa­nies with vi­o­la­tions de­tected dur­ing la­bor in­spec­tions, Mutaw­tah ex­plained. —Al-An­baa

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