Two MoH un­der­sec­re­taries re­ferred to re­tire­ment

Kuwait Times - - Local - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh

KUWAIT: The Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC) ap­proved re­fer­ring two as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­taries at the Min­istry of Health, namely Mah­moud Ab­dul Hadi and Omar Al-Sayyed to re­tire­ment ef­fec­tive Oc­to­ber 23, 2017.

TEC pro­jects

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Anas Al-Saleh said that the Touris­tic En­ter­prises Com­pany (TEC) failed to launch the Jahra Recre­ational Hall project as a law­suit con­cern­ing it is still be­ing heard in court. Saleh added that TEC is wait­ing for the fi­nal de­ci­sion on de­vel­op­ing Failaka is­land and to start work­ing on the site al­lo­cated for it within the is­land devel­op­ment plan. Com­ment­ing on the clo­sure of AlShaab Park and de­lay­ing its open­ing for vis­i­tors, Saleh stressed that the park was closed upon court or­ders which ter­mi­nated TEC’s con­tract and or­dered evic­tion within four months ef­fec­tive from Novem­ber 30, 2017. Saleh said that most TEC pro­jects were worn out as the com­pany had been es­tab­lished in the be­gin­ning of the 1970s but had not been de­vel­oped ever since, which made the com­pany pre­pare field stud­ies about de­vel­op­ing some of its pro­jects which were re­viewed by the cabi­net pending fund­ing plans.

Po­lit­i­cal is­sues

The Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Book Fair, a cul­tural event avoid­ing all po­lit­i­cal is­sues re­gion­ally preva­lent, opens to­day and lasts un­til Novem­ber 25, said Mo­hammed Saleh Al-As­soussi, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral for Cul­tural Af­fairs at the National Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL). He noted that in ad­di­tion to be­ing a book fair, the event is also ac­com­pa­nied by sev­eral cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties such as lec­tures, sem­i­nars and work­shops fo­cus­ing on books and read­ers’ other quo­tid­ian con­cerns. He added that around 482 pub­li­ca­tion houses from thirty Arab and for­eign coun­tries, in­clud­ing 423 pri­vate, 53 pub­lic and six Arab and In­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, will take part in the fair dis­play­ing over 160,000 books in­clud­ing 11,000 new 2017 publi­ca­tions. As­soussi said that the books in­clude over 7,400 Ara­bic, over 500 for­eign books in ad­di­tion to 1,080 Ara­bic and 1,385 for­eign books for chil­dren. The to­tal num­ber of fair vis­i­tors last year was 330,000 with a daily rate of 33,000, hop­ing that this year’s fair will at­tract as many vis­i­tors.

Court cases

The crim­i­nal court yes­ter­day ab­stained from pass­ing a ver­dict against a fe­male cit­i­zen ac­cused of join­ing the Is­lamic State (IS) in Si­nai. The de­fen­dant, who faces charges of join­ing the ter­ror­ist group said that she had left Kuwait af­ter re­ceiv­ing an in­vi­ta­tion from a per­son who iden­ti­fied her­self as a mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Af­ter be­ing asked to do things she did not ap­prove of, the woman made a failed at­tempt to es­cape, but was de­tained, and her fa­ther paid a ran­som of KD 5,000 for her re­lease. Separately, the crim­i­nal court sen­tenced a cit­i­zen and a num­ber of ex­pats to jail terms rang­ing be­tween five and 10 years over charges of smug­gling a con­tainer full of liquor bot­tles into Kuwait.

No earth­quake

Head of the Green Line en­vi­ron­men­tal group Khaled Al-Ha­jri has strongly de­nied ru­mors about a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake pre­dicted to hit Kuwait and other coun­tries in the re­gion soon, which was falsely at­trib­uted to the United States Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey Agency in some so­cial me­dia re­ports yes­ter­day.

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