Ver­bal fir­ing il­le­gal

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

An em­ployer or com­pany has no right to ver­bally ter­mi­nate any em­ployee for any rea­son, Act­ing Di­rec­tor of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Man­power Ab­dul­lah Al-Mutaw­tah said. The la­bor law in the pri­vate sec­tor stip­u­lates that ter­mi­na­tion should be done through an of­fi­cial let­ter signed by the em­ployer and has a spec­i­fied date, while an em­ployee is given the le­gal 90 days’ ter­mi­na­tion pe­riod, he ex­plained. “Ver­bal ter­mi­na­tion is a vi­o­la­tion to the la­bor law, and such prac­tice is sub­ject to pun­ish­ment ac­cord­ing the law,” he ex­plained. — Al-An­baa

Nat­u­ral re­serves

Kuwait plans to carry out the ‘largest en­vi­ron­men­tal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project in the world’ by cre­at­ing five ma­jor nat­u­ral re­serves over a to­tal area of 1,600 square kilo­me­ters, said a source at the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources. The $470 mil­lion project is ex­pected to fin­ish in 2022, he added. — Al-An­baa

Ed­u­ca­tion’s bud­get

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is re­quest­ing a KD 1.6 bil­lion bud­get to cover its ex­penses for the 2017/2018 fis­cal year, As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Fi­nan­cial Af­fairs Yousuf Al-Na­j­jar said. The bud­get was re­cently pre­pared and sub­mit­ted to the Fi­nance Min­istry for ap­proval, he added. — Al-Rai

Ge­netic records

Kuwait is study­ing a project to col­lect genome data for Kuwaiti cit­i­zens in or­der to cre­ate a ge­netic record for each in­di­vid­ual that can be used to pre­vent ge­netic dis­eases and help cut spend­ing on medicine, said Dr Laila Bas­taki, Head of the Kuwait Med­i­cal Ge­net­ics Cen­ter. The project can be ap­plied on all Kuwaitis or cer­tain fam­i­lies, she added. —Al-Rai

En­vi­ron­men­tal re­ports

The En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Au­thor­ity (EPA) made a re­quest to the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try to com­pel com­pa­nies work­ing in Kuwait to present pe­ri­odic en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing re­ports for de­vel­op­men­tal and in­dus­trial projects, sources said. This con­di­tion should also cover projects that re­quire en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pact stud­ies be­fore be­ing ex­e­cuted, they added. — Al-Qabas

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