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Health Ministry to review fees of healthcare services for expats

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A special panel is formed to review the fees of health services provided to expats in the country's state hospitals, the Health Ministry announced Wednesday.
The panel will study increasing the prices of some types of drugs prescribed to expats, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Abdulhadi, Assistant Undersecretary for legal affairs at the health ministry, said in a press conference.

The ministry will announce the updated prices next February after publishing them on the official Gazette, Al-Abdulhadi noted, affirming that the new prices is meant to cope with the rising cost of the ministry's services such as sonar scan, laboratories, nuclear medicine, etc.

The new prices will also be 60 percent lesser than the health services provided in any private hospital, clinic, and center, he said, affirming the ministry's keenness to provide high-quality health services to the expats with affordable prices.

He noted that the costly services such as bone scan, which costs the ministry KD 90, could be provided to expat patients for KD 40, cancer screening, which costs KD 480, could be provided for KD 250, and adrenal gland examination, which costs KD 270, could be provided for KD 70.
Moreover, the fees of 3D and 4D pregnancy ultrasound scans are projected to increase to from KD 10 to KD 25, he said.

On the new health insurance system for the expats, the health official said that the projects in currently in its final stage at the Audit Bureau, adding that the ministry has made preparations for the new system.

As soon as the ministry receives the Audit Bureau's approval, the health ministry will sign an agreement with the Dhaman-Health Assurance Hospitals Company to start the construction of three hospitals and 15 health centers across the country to provide health services for expats, he noted.

Al-Abdulhadi also affirmed that the new insurance system will be mandatory to all expats, except for workers at state bodies, servants and maids

Pope Francis commends HH Amir’s peace efforts

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VATICAN CITY, Rome, Jan 11, (KUNA): Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City lauded His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah’s and the state of Kuwait’s efforts in solving disputes and encouraging peace, open dialogue and humanitarian cohabitation.

The Pope made this remark at his annual New Year celebration with ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions to the Vatican, including Kuwaiti Ambassador to Switzerland and non-resident ambassador to the Vatican Bader Al-Taneeb. Al-Taneeb told KUNA, Wednesday, that Pope Francis relayed his New Year greetings to His Highness the Amir, wishing world peace and posperity on all.

The Pope also praised efforts exerted by His Highness the Amir in solving disputes, promoting peace and co-habitation despite differences. Al-Taneeb said that Pope Francis’ New Year message at the event focused on bringing people from different cultures and backgrounds together. “That is how one builds peace, saying ‘no’ to hatred and violence — with action — and ‘yes’ to fraternity and reconciliation,” the Pope said in his message. His message also affirmed the good ties between the Vatican and the Arab nations, reiterating his solid position of recognizing the State of Palestine’s sovereignty under international law.

NBK introduces new fingerprint feature

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National Bank of Kuwait is committed to providing its customers with the best and most up-to-date banking e-services that enable them to conveniently and securely access their accounts on their smartphones and meet their banking demands at anytime and anywhere in the world.

Driven by this commitment, NBK added the new Touch ID login feature to its enhanced Mobile Banking App for iOS and Android devices, which enables customers to login to the App safely and quickly with one touch by selecting the fingerprint option from the settings menu instead of using the username or password; given that the smartphone supports the fingerprint feature.

This pioneering step plays an integral role in saving customers’ time and effort, as well as enabling them to bank more quickly and easily. It also translates NBK’s leadership in providing efficient e-services in the market that satisfy the growing financial needs of its customers conveniently and securely.

NBK customers can login into the NBK Mobile Banking with one step and benefit from the various new innovative services and features, such as: choosing the favored language, viewing NBK Rewards Program participating outlets, using augmented reality to locate the new CDMs, in addition to ATM and branches locater and official working hours. Customers can also complete their banking transactions conveniently and securely, including: Checking account and credit card balance, transferring funds locally and internationally, requesting checkbooks and printed account statement, credit card and phone bill payments in addition to the “Travel Tips” for customer to view and benefit for their safety while travelling.

The NBK Mobile Banking App is available for Android, and Apple devices. NBK customers can download the NBK 

Mobile Banking free from nbk.com or by logging into NBK Online Banking. For more information, customers can visit any of NBK’s branches or call NBK Call Center at 1801801 or 0096522248361 from outside Kuwait

Sri Lankan gets death in ‘planned’ murder of wife

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The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Waleed Al-Kandari has sentenced a Sri Lankan to death by hanging for the premeditated murder of his wife, reports Al-Anba daily. According to case papers, the suspect and the victim were involved in disputes and the former decided to get rid of her. He reportedly punched a hole in the hose of the cooking gas cylinder and the gas leaked to the entire kitchen and subsequent explosion killed the wife and another woman. The suspect then reportedly inflicted burns on his body to hide the crime. It has also been reported the suspect doused kerosene on his wife, and he admitted this during interrogations.

The Kuwait Cabinet decided to exchange e-passport without the need to examine the DNA of any category

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The Kuwait Cabinet decided to exchange e-passport without the need to examine the DNA of any category, and was to begin shortly after the National Day holiday. An opinion

 

 

Kuwait Ministry of Interior start installing CCTV Cameras on streetlight

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Ministry of Interior started installing new CCTV cameras on streetlight posts in public places. The law for installation of security cameras in public places was endorsed by the National Assembly about two years ago.
According to sources, these CCTV cameras will be used to mainly monitor traffic violators such as those who use mobile phones while driving and those who do not wear seatbelts inside their vehicles, etc.

The cameras are able to record visually at high definition quality based on its limited scope and the ministry has installed the devices by ensuring all areas are covered.

Juvenile age moved back to 18 years

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Ministry of Interior changed the juvenile law according to which a suspect is considered ‘juvenile’ until he/she is 18 years old, although there was a demand since 2015 to reduce the age to 16 because of the large number of crimes committed by juveniles when they reach this age, local media reported.


According to report, authorities informed their dissatisfaction with the new law that had reduced the age from 18 to 16.

Kuwait deports nearly 80 expats a day

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Violations to residence and labour laws cited as reason for deportations as Indians, Egyptians and Filipinos top the list

Kuwaiti security agencies deported 29,000 foreigners last year, an average of 80 a day. “The reasons for the deportations were related to the violation of the residence and labour laws and implications in illegal actions, dealing mainly with traffic irregularities and crimes,” a security source told Kuwaiti daily Al Qabas.

The deportation process was much quicker than it used to be and deportees were flown out of the country within a week of their detention, the source added. “Anyone who was remanded in the deportation facility spent just one week there, the time [needed] to book his or her ticket and completing the paperwork process. The tickets are often booked in an agency located within the detention facility in order to ease the process, and the travel often occurred within a maximum of three days after the booking. There were sponsors who cooperated smoothly with the authorities.” The deportees who stayed one or two months in the detention centre needed to regularise their situation following financial lawsuits filed against them and their stay depended on the schedule of the court sessions.

Indians topped the list of the people who were deported from Kuwait last year, representing 26 per cent of the total. Egyptians were second with 22 per cent, followed by Filipinos and Ethiopians with 13 per cent each. Sri Lankans were fifth with 6 per cent, ahead of Bangladeshis with 5 per cent of the total number of deportees. The other nationalities represented one fifth of the total number of people who were sent back home. Kuwait follows a strict policy regarding deportation and communities are often warned to abide by the rules to avoid being deported. Under the rules, any foreigner involved in a street brawl or in a serious violation of the traffic rules represents a risk to public order and safety, and is deported.

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