Utilities’ ministry departments to be privatized: Minister
Minister of Housing and Minister of Utilities Yasser Abul received yesterday Hameed AlQattan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Utilities, formerly known as the Ministry of Communications. During the meeting which also included other ministry officials, Abul asked them to change the ministry’s name officially to the Ministry of Utilities in all official correspondences. He also gave Qattan full authority to run the ministry’s affairs, and reassured the assistant undersecretaries that they would not be reshuffled for the time being. Meanwhile, Abul stressed the importance of privatizing all of the ministry sectors, which include the post, long distance calls, landlines and transport department. Employees financial, administrative and vocational rights will be protected following the privatization process, Abul assured.
Officer accuses inmate of arson
A police man working at the central prison reported that someone had torched his vehicle, while the fire also damaged his brother’s vehicle. Both cars were parked outside his house in Abdullah Mubarak, he said. He noted that surveillance cameras showed the incinerator’s vehicle parked outside the house while the incident took place. The prison guard accused an inmate of committing the arson, saying that he had clearly threatened to torch his vehicle because he had refused to smuggle in some contrabands for him. A case was filed and further investigations are in progress.