Zain do­nates 3,000 cam­eras for mosques

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: The Min­istry of Awqaf and Is­lamic Af­fairs is pre­par­ing a ten­der to sup­ply, in­stall and main­tain sur­veil­lance cam­eras in mosques, Qu­ran houses and ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ings, said as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for mosques af­fairs Da­wood Al-As­sousi, not­ing that the ten­der will cover over 1,500 of the min­istry’s fa­cil­i­ties. As­sousi said that around 750 out of the to­tal of 3,000 cam­eras do­nated by Zain had been in­stalled in mosques and that the re­main­ing will be in­stalled within two months. Be­doon stu­dents

MP Nasser Al-Dous­sary said that Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Mo­ham­mad Al-Fares in­formed him that he will stop trans­fer­ring be­doon stu­dents to schools in Mubarak Al-Kabeer and Ah­madi, and that he will meet with his un­der­sec­re­tary and the as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion to set an im­me­di­ate plan to have them reg­is­tered in schools close to their houses. Fares has also promised to solve the prob­lem of over­crowded classes in Sabah Al-Ahmed by open­ing new classes. Agree­ments

The Na­tional As­sem­bly’s of­fice yes­ter­day re­ferred a num­ber of draft laws con­cern­ing agree­ments and mem­o­ran­dums of un­der­stand­ing that the govern­ment had pre­sented to the par­lia­men­tary for­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee

for dis­cus­sion pend­ing vot­ing on pass­ing them, said in­formed sources. The pro­pos­als in­clude eco­nomic ones for GCC states and a pro­to­col on amend­ing an agree­ment with In­dia to pre­vent dou­ble tax­a­tion, the sources added. The pro­pos­als also in­clude le­gal and ju­di­cial agree­ments with Egypt and se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion with Iraq. Ex­penses

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Anas Al-Saleh said that the for­eign af­fairs, de­fense, higher ed­u­ca­tion and health min­istries spent a to­tal of KD 2.21 bil­lion on their ex­penses abroad up to March 2017. Re­spond­ing to a par­lia­men­tary in­quiry, Saleh ex­plained that the for­eign min­istry spent KD 654 mil­lion on Kuwaiti em­bassies abroad, de­fense min­istry spent KD 217 mil­lion on its mil­i­tary of­fices abroad, min­istry of higher ed­u­ca­tion spent KD 259 mil­lion on schol­ar­ships abroad while the health min­istry spent KD 1.8 bil­lion on over­seas treat­ment. Mean­while, Saleh said that the Kuwait Author­ity for Part­ner­ship Projects (KAPP) was fac­ing var­i­ous im­ped­i­ments caus­ing de­lay in some pub­lic-pri­vate-part­ner­ship projects. Saleh ex­plained that the ob­sta­cles in­clude de­lay in re­ceiv­ing ap­provals from mon­i­tor­ing ap­pa­ra­tuses such as the fatwa and leg­is­la­tion depart­ment and the au­dit bu­reau, es­pe­cially since spe­cial ad­vi­sors were ap­pointed for each project. He added that an­other rea­son was the de­lay in ap­prov­ing some projects’ fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies.

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