Kanika Kapoor to Weave Baby Doll Magic in Kuwait on the April 20th


Singer Kanika Kapoor, who crooned her way into the hearts of millions of music lovers with the popular song Baby Doll will be performing in Kuwait for the 10th Anniversary of the Dancing Divas Academy on the 20th April 2018 at the American International School, Maidan Hawally. Presented by the Creative Indian's Association, Kanika Kapoor Live in Concert will feature some of Kanika's most popular numbers as well as other all time favorites.

The gorgeous singer has made a name for herself with peppy chartbusters like Lovely from Happy New Year and Chittiyan Kalaiyaan from Roy that are ever popular on playlists and dance floors around the world. After Kanika's Baby Doll song went viral, she also won a Filmfare award.

She also most recently hit the news for her performance at the Buckingham Palace in London where she performed for Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Kanika entered the world of professional singing in January 2012 with her first song Jugni. A classically trained singer, Kanika also holds a Master’s in Music.

A powerful performer, Kanika promises to be a treat for music lovers in Kuwait. Mixed with feet stomping performances by the Dancing Divas academy, Kuwait's popular dance school. Kanika Kapoor Live in Concert is just the right show to kick off the hot summers in Kuwait.

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Min. of Foreign Affiars to investigate Indian and Philippines nationals employed in Kuwaiti Embassies

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MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has formed a committee tasked with investigating a number of employees at the Kuwaiti embassies in India and the Philippines.

He pointed out the Ministry of Interior must coordinate and open counters at the Citizens Service Centers to facilitate the hiring of domestic workers without the intervention of mediators. He called KD 990 fees for hiring a domestic worker is extravagant because hiring a maid without mediators cost just KD 350.

MP Mubarak Al-Herias said any institution that is proved to be hand in gloves with what he called domestic mafia must be held accountable by the concerned minister. He added members of the mafia gang often travel to countries which supply domestic helpers in broad daylight to chalk out agreements and accomplish their plans, but the government remains largely silent. MP Muhammad Al-Dallal called the Commerce Ministry decision ‘good’ in defining the maximum cost of hiring domestic workers. He said the price limit is a temporary one expecting it to be reduced later.

Source: Arab Times 

Kuwait parliament to debate remittance tax bill on April 17

Government remains opposed to controversial bill which it says would do more harm than good

Kuwait’s parliament will debate a controversial draft law which aims to tax remittances of expatriates in the country on April 17. If the draft is approved, it will be referred to the government and in case the cabinet accepts it, it becomes law.

Kuwait would then become the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to impose such taxes.The government has already expressed its opposition to such a move. On Wednesday it listed several reasons to support its stance.

The government believes that imposing taxes would also harm financial stability in the country, the source said, Al Anba reported on Wednesday.

A tax on remittances would generate a black market in the financial market that would be difficult to control. The government would also face problems trying to control remittances outside the banking system, the source added.

“The sixth reason of concern for the government is the direct impact of suh taxes on the processes of attracting foreign investment,” the source said.

“The government has also cited the absence of a clear mechanism for the application of the remittance tax and of a system within the banks for the deduction during money transfers.”

The financial committee in the parliament on Sunday voted four to one in favour of a bill that calls for introducing the tax and make expatriates pay fees for sending money home.

The support clashed with an earlier decision by the parliamentary legislative committee to dismiss the bill on the grounds that it was not constitutional.

The government and the central bank have also voiced their objection to the bill and expressed concern about its ramifications, especially that the northern Arabian Gulf country is planning to acquire and boost its status as a regional financial centre.

Ministerial sources told Kuwaiti daily Al Anba that the government was worried that the bill, if passed, would constitute a risk to Kuwait’s international reputation and weaken its ability to combat money laundering.

The central bank has also voiced their objection to the bill and expressed concern about its ramifications, especially that the northern Arabian Gulf country is planning to acquire and boost its status as a regional financial centre.


Source: Gulf News

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Kuwait parliament's committee approves fees on expat remittances

Parliament's Finance Committee approves fees on expatriates' remittances

KUWAIT: Kuwait Parliament's financial and economic affairs committee approved bills on Sunday stipulating fees on expatriates' financial remittances to parties outside the country.Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) quoted MP Salah Khorshed, the committee chairperson, as saying in a statement that the commission approved the bills with consent of two-thirds of the members — provided that the taxes to be imposed on money transfers of low-income expatriates must be low.

He forecast proceeds amounting to KD70 million ($233 million) out of the fees on these remittances, estimated at KD19 billion ($63 billion per year).The committee rapporteur, Saleh Ashour, stated that the panel discussed the issue extensively in consultation with legal experts.

According to proposed laws, the fees to be imposed on the KD90 dinar salary category would be at 1 per cent; the KD100-KD200 segment 2 per cent, the KD300 segment 3 percent and the KD500-KD1,664 segment 5 percent.

Two Kuwaitis sentenced to death by hanging

The Criminal Court recently sentenced two Kuwaitis to death by hanging for kidnapping and sexually molesting a female compatriot, reports Al- Anba daily. The men were also ordered to pay KD 5,001 each as temporary compensation.
According to case papers, the incident took place in 2016 in Salmiya when the victim was on her way home.
The suspects reportedly swerved at her several times in an attempt to hit her car. Three curious youths who witnessed the incident, followed the suspects and the woman until she pulled up after reaching her home. One of the two suspects then got out of the car, gagged the mouth of the woman, and carried her to his car and both men with the woman drove to an open ground.
The suspects reportedly pushed the woman on the back seat, beat her and tore her clothes and before they could do anything the three youths who had followed the woman, attempted to rescue her and were also involved in a fight with the two kidnappers. The daily did not give more details.

100,000 people hold fake Kuwaiti citizenship


MP Ahmad Nabil Al-Fadel said there are more than 100,000 people with fake citizenship and the State does not know their origins; indicating the names of these people are in Kuwaiti files.

He claimed these people, who hold citizenship in two countries — Kuwait and their countries of origin, have committed crimes but they cannot be identified because they hold travel documents issued by another country.

He went on to say that the records of the Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR) show there are about 7,000 people eligible for naturalization but many of them have been deprived of citizenship and other rights. He urged the concerned authorities to refrain from enacting a nationality law that might undermine national identity.

He pointed out that in 2005, a large number of people were naturalized based on their exemplary service for the nation and it caused uproar as hundreds were naturalized then.

He alleged some people have been trying to tie the government’s hands in terms of expanding the scope of naturalization since 1984.

Meanwhile, MP Khaled Al- Otaibi has forwarded questions to Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al- Sabeeh on merging the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) and Public Authority for Manpower (PAM).

He disclosed that after transferring supervision of MGRP and Executive Agency of the State from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to PAM, there have been many problems like the delayed payment of manpower support allowance.

He asserted this negates the idea of establishing an institution to lessen the burden of the State in the appointment of citizens through a single channel — the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and formation of another channel in charge of finding employment opportunities for citizens.

He asked the minister to provide details such as the justification for transferring supervision of MGRP and Executive Agency of the State to PAM, evaluation results since the transfer, reasons behind the delayed payment of manpower support allowance, measures taken to prevent the recurrence of this problem and other relevant information.

Source: Arab Times




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39 Indian hostages held by ISIS in Iraq have been killed: Sushma Swaraj


NEW DELHI: The 39 Indian citizens kidnapped in 2014 by ISIS in Iraq were killed, confirmed external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today.

The minister said in the Rajya Sabha that a deep penetration radar has confirmed the death of the hostages who had been taken from Mosul. Their mortal remains were exhumed and sent to Iraq's capital Baghdad for DNA sample verification ."Yesterday, we got information that DNA samples of 38 people have matched and DNA of the 39th person has matched 70 percent," she said.

In July last year, Swaraj firmly said in Parliament that she would not declare the 39 Indians dead without concrete proof or evidence."It is a sin to declare a person dead without concrete evidence. I will not do this sin," Swaraj said in a statement in the Lok Sabha in 2017.

Now, with the deaths confirmed, Swaraj said the Indians' mortal remains will be brought back to India by Union minister of state for external affairs, VK Singh."General VK Singh will go to Iraq to bring back mortal remains of Indians killed in Iraq. The plane carrying mortal remains will first go to Amritsar, then to Patna and then to Kolkata," the minister added.

Most of the 39 killed were from Punjab and were working on projects near Mosul when they were kidnapped during their evacuation.Swaraj today also informed the House that the story of Harjit Masih, who managed to escape from ISIS, was a lie. Harjit had claimed the Indians were shot dead soon after they were abducted, but that was not how it happened, said the minister.What happened was that Harjit escaped with some Bangladeshi prisoners who were kidnapped along with the Indians. He had earlier falsely claimed that he was shot in the leg and pretended to be dead.


Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince In His Own Words

Mohammed bin Salman implemented some reforms on women's rights, loosening clothing restrictions, participation in workforce and lifting ban on driving

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince In His Own Words

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday.

Mutual rival Iran will be high on the agenda, but the 32-year-old strongman prince will also be looking to showcase his sweeping changes to Saudi society and an increasingly assertive foreign policy that includes the war in Yemen and an ongoing diplomatic feud with Qatar.

The following are quotations from an interview he gave to CBS News on Sunday.

The Role Of Women

Prince Mohammed has implemented some reforms on women's rights, loosening clothing restrictions, pushing for greater participation in the workforce, and, significantly, lifting a ban on women driving.

But guardianship laws, which require women to seek the permission of male relatives for a host of activities, remain in place.

"We have extremists who forbid mixing between the two sexes and are unable to differentiate between a man and a woman alone together and their being together in a work place. Many of those ideas contradict the way of life during the time of the Prophet," he said.

"We are all human beings and there is no difference."


Roots Of Saudi Extremism

The prince acknowledged Saudi society was dominated by particularly harsh strain of conservative Islam, which he traces back to 1979, the year of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the seizure by extremists of the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

"We were victims, especially my generation that suffered from this a great deal," he said.

"This is not the real Saudi Arabia. I would ask your viewers to use their smart phones to find out. And they can google Saudi Arabia in the 70s and 60s, and they will see the real Saudi Arabia easily in the pictures.

"We were living a very normal life like the rest of the Gulf countries. Women were driving cars. There were movie theaters in Saudi Arabia. Women worked everywhere. We were just normal people developing like any other country in the world until the events of 1979."

The Purge

He defended at length his anti-corruption purge which saw many of the kingdom's princes and tycoons detained for several weeks inside Riyadh's luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel widely seen as an attempt to cement his grip on power.

"What we did in Saudi Arabia was extremely necessary" and legal, he said.

He said he was able to recover more than "$100 billion" of ill-gotten wealth from the detainees, but added: "The idea is not to get money, but to punish the corrupt and send a clear signal that whoever engages in corrupt deals will face the law."

His Personal Wealth

The prince has been accused of hypocrisy over his opulent lifestyle at a time his government is preaching greater austerity of its citizens and has imposed new taxes.

He was recently revealed as the owner of a French chateau described as the world's most expensive home, according to a report in the New York Times.

But he insisted his wealth was a private matter. "As far as my private expenses, I'm a rich person and not a poor person. I'm not Gandhi or Mandela.

He added: "But what I do as a person is to spend part of my personal income on charity. I spend at least 51 percent on people and 49 on myself."

Ascent To The Throne

As heir to the throne after his father King Salman dies, the young prince could be set to rule the kingdom for the next half century or more.



Asked what could stop him, he replied: "Only death."

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