Number of Indians in Kuwait increased by 9.2% in one year

Kuwaitis represent 18.1 per cent of the total labour force in the country

India’s labour force in Kuwait has increased by more than 46,000 in one year, recent figures indicate.

According to Kuwait Central Statistical Bureau, 544,945 Indians were employed in Kuwait in March 2017, up from 498,906 in March last year, an increase of 9.2 per cent.

Egypt had the second-highest number of foreign employees with 449,590, a one per cent increase over March last year.

The quarterly figures showed that the total manpower in Kuwait, excluding domestic helpers, was 1,955,479 in March, an increase of 53,078 (2.8 per cent) over the same month last year.


The number of Non-Kuwaitis increased from 1,553,357 last year to 1,601,875 in March, a 3.1 per cent increase.

Non-Arab Asians constituted more than half of the labour community whereas Arabs represented 30 per cent.

The number of Kuwaitis went up from 349,044 in 2016 to 353,604 in 2017, marking a 1.3 per cent increase.

According to the figures, Kuwaitis represented 18.1 per cent of the total labour force in the country.

Israel bombs Gaza after rocket fire

No casualties after Israel targets at least three areas in the Hamas-run territory, according to Palestinian officials. The Israeli army has bombed targets in the Gaza Strip overnight after a rocket was fired from the blockaded Palestinian territory.
Israeli attacks were recorded in at least three locations in Hamas-governed Gaza, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said, with Hamas bases struck near the southern city of Rafah and Gaza City, as well as an empty area in the centre of Gaza.
The interior ministry in Gaza said in a statement the attack from Israel caused damage but it did not provide specifics.Ashraf al-Qidra, Palestinian health ministry spokesman, said no casualities were recorded as a result of the attacks.Ovijaa Odraei, Israeli army spokesperson, said the strikes were in "response to projectile fire" launched from Gaza.
The rocket was claimed by a previously unheard-of Salafist group, but Odraei said on Facebook that Hamas was responsible for any attack on Israel because Gaza was under Hamas rule. In a statement, Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman, accused Israel of fabricating false claims of rocket fire in order to justify strikes in Gaza.
He said Israel is playing what he called "a dangerous and transparent game".
Hamas leaders earlier this month said they were not interested in escalating tensions, even as electricity cuts requested by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and facilitated by Israel, threatened to lead to new violence.
This was echoed by Avidgor Lieberman, Israel's defence minister, on Monday, who said Israel has "no intention of launching a military operation" against Gaza.
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Ministry of interior allays fears on ‘black’ traffic cameras

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Fifty black cameras which have been installed by the General Traffic Department along ring roads and some expressways have aroused the concern of motorists.

The motorists are of the opinion that these cameras may be taking pictures of the man behind the wheel if he/she is using cell phones while driving, reckless driving and not wearing the seatbelt. However, a traffic source has poured cold water over such rumors.

The source said the black cameras record three violations — exceeding the speed limit in both directions, driving on the shoulders of the road during unspecified hours and taking pictures of the trucks which do not comply with the speed limit and driving during non-specified hours.

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle prepared for liftoff

Ready for its 40th launch, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is set to carry 31 satellites into orbit Friday, and these photos chronicle the rocket’s launch preparations.

The 144-foot-tall (44-meter) rocket is set for liftoff at 0359 GMT Friday (11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India’s east coast. It will carry Cartosat 2E, an Indian Earth-imaging satellite, and 30 secondary payloads for universities, governments and companies from 15 nations.

These photos show preparations of the Cartosat 2E satellite, stacking of the four-stage PSLV on its launch pad, encapsulation of the satellites inside the payload fairing, and rollback of the launch pad’s mobile service gantry before liftoff.

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At least 153 people are burned alive when overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan

At least 153 people were killed and around 140 injured in a fire that broke out after an oil tanker overturned in central Pakistan and crowds rushed to collect fuel.

The tragedy came one day before Pakistan was due to begin Eid ul-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, with many roads crowded as people travel home for the holidays.

Images of the crash showed rising flames and a thick plume of smoke, along with charred vehicles. The crash occurred near the town of Ahmedpur East, 416 miles south of the capital Islamabad.Some 140 people were wounded, including 40 in critical condition, said Mohammad Baqar, an official with local rescue services, adding that the toll was expected to rise.  

Horrific: More than 120 people have been killed when an overturned oil tanker exploded in Pakistan. Dozens more have suffered severe burns
Pictured: A map showing the location of the devastating crash near Ahmedpur East in Pakistan 
Charred: Nearby villagers ran toward the overturned tanker with jerrycans to take the leaking fuel, according to officials

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief and directed the government of Punjab province, run by his brother Shabhaz Sharif, to provide 'full medical assistance'.

The tanker flipped over on the national highway about 60 miles southwest of Multan. It was driving from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital, when the driver lost control and crashed.Nearby villagers ran toward the overturned tanker with jerrycans and utensils to take the leaking fuel, Rizwan Naseer, the head of the Punjab province's rescue services, said. It is thought some of them were smoking cigarettes, which caused the blaze.

Burned beyond recognition: Eyewitnesses said about 30 motorcycles that had carried villagers to the accident site lay in charred ruins nearby

Police tried to cordon off the area but were overwhelmed by the villagers who pushed through to reach the truck.

Eyewitnesses said about 30 motorcycles that had carried villagers to the accident site lay in charred ruins nearby. Eight other vehicles were destroyed, they said.Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, said Naseer, and will require DNA tests to be identified. Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Senior local official Rana Mohammad Saleem Afzal said at least 123 people were killed and at least 100 injured. Pictured: The flames burning during the tragedy 

At least 62 people including women and children were killed in southern Pakistan in 2015 when their bus collided with an oil tanker, starting a fierce blaze that left victims burnt beyond recognition. The country has also long struggled to contain a chronic energy crisis, with regular blackouts suffocating industry and exacerbating anger against the government.

The crash came days after a series of militant attacks killed at least 57 people across the country Friday, unnerving many Pakistanis, with authorities ordering a security crackdown.On social media Sunday users posted messages of grief and solidarity with the victims of the oil tanker crash as well as Friday's attacks, as many prayed for a safe Eid.

His Highness the Amir heads to India on private visit

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, accompanied by Deputy Chief of Kuwait National Guard (KNG) Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, left the country Sunday, heading to India on a private visit.


His Highness the Amir was seen off at the international airport by His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Amiri Diwan Affairs Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh, as well as Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah

India to operate extra flights to Qatar for 'stranded' nationals

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Two airlines will start operating extra flights to Doha, the Qatar capital to help stranded Indians return home.

State-owned Indian Airlines and the private carrier Jet Airways will begin the extra flights from Thursday, a government statement said.

A number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region.

Indians are the largest group of migrants in Qatar.

The move came after India's Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathy Raju held talks with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and assured her that additional flights would be operated to allow Indians who had been unable to book tickets, to return home. The government statement said Air India would run extra flights between the southern city of Trivandrum and Doha from 25 June to 8 July while Jet Airways will operate Mumbai-Doha-Mumbai flights on 22 and 23 June.

One billion people will be added to the world's population by 2030 and India will overtake China

One billion people will be added to the world's population by 2030 and India will overtake China as most crowded country within SEVEN years, UN says

The world's population will grow by a billion people in the next 13 years and will be almost 10billion by the time we reach 2050, the United Nations predicts.The current population of 7.6billion is expected to balloon in the coming decade, driven largely by high birth rates in Africa, according to a new UN report.

India will surpass China as the most crowded inside the next seven years, while Nigeria will overtake the United States and become the world's third most populous country shortly before 2050, research suggests.

A United Nations report predicts that world population will grow by almost a billion people in the next 13 years and will reach almost 10billion by 2030
While the population is set to boom inside the next century, it will slow by 2100 and remain largely static in the decades thereafter, researchers predict 
An increasing challenge over the coming decades will be the ageing population, especially in Europe, where overall numbers are set to decline

John Wilmoth, director of the Population Division, said that the report includes information on the populations of 233 countries or areas of the world.'The population in Africa is notable for its rapid rate of growth, and it is anticipated that over half of global population growth between now and 2050 will take place in that region,' he said. 'At the other extreme, it is expected that the population of Europe will, in fact, decline somewhat in the coming decades.'

The U.N. agency forecasts that from now through 2050 half the world's population growth will be concentrated in just nine countries - India, Nigeria, Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, United States, Uganda and Indonesia. Those nations are listed in the order of their 'expected contribution to total growth,' the report said.During the same period, it added, the populations of 26 African countries are expected to at least double.

Nigeria, currently the world's seventh largest country, has the fastest growing population of the 10 most populous countries worldwide, and the report projects it will surpass the U.S. shortly before mid-century.

Just nine countries are set to produce almost half the population growth up to 2050, with India, Nigeria and Congo leading the list (file image)
India, which has the fastest growing population in the world, is set to overtake China as the most populous country within the next seven years

The report, titled 'The World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision,' said fertility has been declining in nearly all regions in recent years.Between 2010 and 2015, Wilmoth said, 'the world's women had 2 1/2 births per woman over a lifetime - but this number varies widely around the world.''Europe has the lowest fertility level, estimated at 1.6 births per woman in the most recent period, while Africa has the highest fertility, with around 4.7 births per woman,' he said.

The report said birth rates in the 47 least developed countries remain relatively high, with population growth around 2.4 percent a year. While this rate is expected to slow significantly in the coming decades, the U.N. said the combined population of the 47 countries is projected to increase by 33 percent from roughly 1 billion now to 1.9 billion in 2050.More and more countries now have fertility rates below the level of roughly 2.1 births per woman needed to replace the current generation, the report said. During the 2010-2015 period, fertility was below the replacement level in 83 countries comprising 46 percent of the world's population, it said.

The 10 most populous countries with low fertility levels are China, United States, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, Germany, Iran, Thailand and United Kingdom, the report said.In addition to slowing population growth, low fertility levels lead to an older population, the report noted. It forecasts that the number of people aged 60 or above will more than double from the current 962 million to 2.1 billion in 2050 and more than triple to 3.1 billion in 2100.

A quarter of Europe's population is already aged 60 or over, and that share is projected to reach 35 percent in 2050 then remain around that level for the rest of the century, the report said.

Sentenced an American and a Nepali nurse to 3 years in prison and fined 20,000 dinars

The US Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced an American and a Nepalese to three years in prison  and fined 20,000 dinars for violating the Environmental Protection Act, burying 80 dogs in the port of Mina Abdullah after being poisoned.

The incident dates back a year ago when the Department of Environmental Police at the Ministry of the Interior received reports from animal rights activists that an American-trained dog trainer and a Nepali nurse had stabbed 80 dogs with poisoned needles after leaving service and dumped them at Burin Mina Abdullah. .The prosecution assigned the coach and the nurse to charge the immoral disposal of the dogs of the impact, and put them on trial, and released them on the case.

In this regard, a security source told al-Rai that "the American trainer and nurse managed to escape and leave the country before a travel ban was issued, and their names are being circulated to INTERPOL's management to put them on the list of internationally wanted suspects

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His Highness the Amir congratulates Saudi Crown Prince on new post

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(KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable to Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Mohammad Bin Salman, congratulating him on new appointment.
In the cable, His Highness the Amir wished utmost prosperity to the Kingdom and Saudi people.
His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent cables of similar sentiment to Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

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