EXPATRIATES PREVENTED FROM LEAVING THE COUNTRY

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EXPATRIATES PREVENTED FROM LEAVING THE COUNTRY IF THEIR RESIDENCY INFO DO NOT MATCH

Ministry of Interior prevented some expatriates from leaving the country because the information recorded in their passports do not match that in the ministry’s system.

According to report, Director-General of Kuwait Airport Security Major General Walid Al-Saleh said airport security officers discovered that the data recorded in some passports of expatriates differ from the data stored in the database of Ministry of Interior.

The expatriates, in such cases, are required to check with the General Department for Residency Affairs to amend their data so that they can travel.

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Saudi Arabia announces 16-day Eid Al Adha holiday

October 6 as Regular Holiday for Eidul Adha or Eid al Adha Observance as the Feast of Sacrifice

 

RIYADH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has declared a 16-day holiday for the festival of Eid ul Azha.

This year’s Eid ul Azha is likely to fall on Friday, September 1, 2017.

The holiday period will begin on the end of Thursday, Dhu Al Hijjah 2, 1438. Work will resume on Dhu Al Hijjah 19, 1438.

This year’s Eid-ul-Azha is likely to fall on Friday, September 1, 2017, or Dhu Al Hijjah 10, 1438.

According to details available on Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department of the Government of Dubai, the festival will be observed on September 1, subject to moon sighting.

Eid Al Azha celebrations come after the Haj — the important annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah, the holy city in Saudi Arabia.

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Malaysia holds off on Filipino’s execution: Manila

Ejah Jaafar’s case was referred back to the pardons board after an appeal by the Philippine mission in Kuala Lumpur

Manila: Malaysia has granted a last-minute stay of execution to a convicted Filipino murderer following an appeal by Manila, Philippine officials said Saturday.

Ejah Jaafar, whose age was not given, was scheduled to hang on Friday after being found guilty of murder in Malaysia in 2006.

But following an appeal by the Philippine mission in Kuala Lumpur, Jaafar’s case was referred back to the pardons board in Sabah state according to a Philippines foreign department statement on Saturday.

The government said its ambassador to Kuala Lumpur has since 2015 been requesting that the Malaysian authorities spare Jaafar’s life and commute his sentence.

“We would like to thank the governor of Sabah for responding to the repeated appeals of the Philippine government on behalf of the family of Mr Jaafar,” Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in the statement.

Jaafar was sentenced to death in 2009, a ruling that was later upheld by an appellate court and Malaysia’s federal court, the statement added.

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos live in the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo island, many having been displaced by war and violence in the nearby southern Philippine region of Mindanao - home to long-running Muslim rebellions.

Philippine foreign department spokesman Robespierre Bolivar told AFP that Jaafar and his family have lived in Sabah “for a long time”, but gave no other details.

The Philippines has also appealed to Malaysia to commute the death sentences of nine of its nationals who were convicted of taking part in a 2013 attack on the Sabah district of Lahad Datu, which left scores of people dead.

Bomb blast in Darjeeling, no injuries

Shops damaged and none injured as the place was empty at the time of the blast

Darjeeling: A bomb ripped through the heart of West Bengal’s hill town of Darjeeling damaging a few shops early on Sunday, police said.

No injuries were reported in the incident that caused panic among locals.

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“There was a bomb blast in Darjeeling’s motor stand area post midnight. No one got injured as the place was empty at the time of the blast. We are investigating the incident,” Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Kumar Chaturvedi told IANS.

The blast took place on the 69th day of the indefinite shutdown called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which has demand a separate Gorkhaland state be carved out of the north Bengal hills.

According to sources, a number of shops and the road in front of the motor stand area have been damaged.

Fire tenders, police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel rushed to the spot after the blast. The police have been deployed in the area.

No individual or organisation has so far taken responsibility of the blast.

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In the video troops can be seen exchanging blows and engaging in stone pelting..

SRINAGAR, India: A video purportedly showing the violent confrontation and stone pelting between Chinese and Indian forces has emerged on social media.In the video troops can be seen exchanging blows and engaging in stone pelting though there was no use of any firearms. The Indian side had confirmed the incident. However, it is yet to issue any statement on the video.

The incident occurred on August 15 at Pangong.

Indian and Chinese soldiers yelled and hurled stones at one another high in the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Kashmir, escalating tensions between two nations already engaged in a lengthy border standoff elsewhere.The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near Pangong Lake but were confronted by Indian soldiers, said a top police officer. The officer said Indian soldiers retaliated but neither side used guns.

China did not comment directly on the reported incident, but called on India to comply with earlier agreements and help maintain peace and stability along the border.

An Indian intelligence officer said the confrontation occurred after Indian soldiers intercepted a Chinese patrol that veered into Indian-held territory after apparently it lost its way due to bad weather.

The officer said that soon the soldiers began shouting at each other and later threw stones. He said some soldiers from both sides received minor injuries.After nearly 30 minutes of facing off, the two sides retreated to their positions, he said. An Indian military officer said the skirmish was brief but violent and for the first time stones were used. All the officers spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Security measures tightened at Kuwait International Airport

Director General of Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) Yousef Al-Fawzan stressed the need to enhance security regulations at Kuwait International Airport for the protection of travelers and to provide added security for them in light of the tense regional and international circumstances.

Al-Fawzan explained that DGCA will not allow passengers to enter the plane one hour before take-off. The passengers, planes and luggage will be inspected thoroughly and security plans will be implemented by the security personnel of Ministry of Interior for protecting the airport. He urged all citizens and residents to cooperate, “because what we do is in favor of you and your families, and for facilitating your travel in comfort and safety”.

Male expats outnumber female expatriates in the country

Male expatriates in the country is five times more that that of femal expatriates, a report published by local news paper indicated. Males constitute 68.32 percent of the total expat population and females constitute 13.33 percent. The number of male expatriates reached 1,843,576 while the females totaled 853,619. 

A total nuber of 2,697,195 residency permits granted in 2016, which is an increase of 465,840 in the last six years and by 104,097 last year. 68 percent of residency permits granted in 2016 were for male expatriates. The total number of expatriates reached 2,697,195 in 2016

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New electricity charges from August 22nd

Ministry of Electricity and Water Undersecretary Eng Muhammad Bo Shehri affirmed that the implementation of the new electricity fees for the investment sector will start from Aug 22, 2017. The new price will be five fils per kilowatt.

Undersecretary also said that the new electricity charges for the public sector will take effect on Nov 22, 2017 and February 2018 for other sectors such as chalets, farms and animal pens. 

Consumers can pay their bills through MEW smart phone application. Ministry offers a service allowing consumers to send photos of their water and electricity meters through the App during official working hours and receipts will be sent to consumers through the app as well. 

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Cockfighting banned in Philippine region hit by bird flu

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At least 300 soldiers sent in to assist in the culling of chicken, quail and ducks in Pampanga

Manila: Authorities have banned cockfighting for two weeks in the central Philippine province of Luzon, where 37,000 birds have been killed by the avian flu virus on 36 farms since May.

“All cockfighting stadiums were ordered closed in five villages in three towns of Mexico, San Luis and Santa Ana — which were identified within a seven-kilometre quarantine zone in Pampanga,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol told Gulf News.

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“H5 avian influenza initially hit farms only in San Carlos and Sta Rita villages of San Luis town, a ground zero located within one-kilometre quarantine zone of Pampanga,” he added.

The move was necessary to stop the spread of H5 virus in central and northern Luzon, Piñol said on Thursday.

He noted that Filipinos are avid cockfighting bettors.

“The agriculture department has also asked the Philippine army to assist in culling 600,000 birds within Pampanga’s seven-kilometre controlled area, higher than the estimated 200,000 birds found in ground zero,” said Piñol, adding, “It’s a no mean job.”

“Some 36 farms owners within the seven-kilometre quarantine zone have surrendered their fowls for depopulation process. At the same time, some owners whose farms are a kilometre outside of the seven-kilometre controlled area have also offered their farms for depopulation process to stop the spread of bird flu. I view this as a patriotic act,” said Piñol.

Explaining the strategy, Piñol said, “Once we have depopulated birds within the seven kilometre controlled area, that means the periphery areas are clean, chances of the virus spreading will be reduced. That would serve as a buffer zone from our ground zero.”

He promised to ask President Rodrigo Duterte to release P52.8 million  to compensate affected farm owners.

Brigadier General Rodel Mairo Alarcon said that 300 soldiers were sent to assist in the culling of chicken, quail and ducks in Pampanga on Thursday.

To protect their health, they were given Oseltamivir (Tamiflu), said Health Undersecretary Eric Tayag.

Two farm workers who had flu-like symptoms turned negative for bird flu. No case of bird flu’s transmission to human has been recorded yet as of August 17, Tayag reported.

A total of 73,110 layered chickens, cocks, fighting cocks, and native chickens have been culled since last week. A poultry owner reported the death of at least 15,000 quail birds in San Carlos village in April and May. The disease has initially killed a total of 37.000 fowls since that time.

Bird flu viruses have spread in Europe and Africa in recent months. The H7N9 strain has led to transmission to human cases, including fatalities, in China.

Spain hit by second car rampage after first attack killed 13

Bomb plot foiled: Death toll seen rising as terror group claims 'mutiple planned attacks' in Spain

BARCELONA: Spain mounted a sweeping anti-terror operation on Friday after a suspected militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people before fleeing, in what police suspect was one of multiple planned attacks.

Daesh, the so-called Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the deadly rampage along the city's most famous avenue on Thursday, which was packed with tourists taking an afternoon stroll.

The death toll could rise, with more than 100 injured, authorities said.

As security forces hunted for the van's driver, who was seen escaping on foot, police said they had killed five attackers on Thursday night in Cambrils, a town south of Barcelona, to thwart a separate attack using explosive belts.

Six civilians and a police officer were injured in Cambrils when the attackers ran them over in a car, before police shot them dead and carried out controlled explosions.

'Two attacks linked'

Police said the Cambrils incident was linked to the van attack in Barcelona.

Before the van ploughed into the tree-lined walkway of Las Ramblas, one person was killed in an explosion in a house in a separate town southwest of Barcelona, police said.

Residents there were preparing explosives, a police source added.

Police said they had arrested two men, a Moroccan and a man from Spain's north African enclave of Melilla, though neither was the van driver.

They added that the situation in Cambrils was under control.

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It was still not clear how many people had been involved in the van attack and other incidents on Thursday.

Witnesses to the van attack said the white vehicle had zigzagged at high speed down Las Ramblas, ramming pedestrians and cyclists, sending some hurtling through the air and leaving bodies strewn in its wake.

The injured and dead came from 24 different countries, the Catalan government said on Friday in a statement — ranging from France and Germany to Pakistan and the Philippines.

Daesh group's Amaq news agency said: "The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the (Islamic State) and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states" — a reference to a US-led coalition against the militant group.

Spain has several hundred soldiers in Iraq providing training to local forces in the fight against Daesh, but they are not involved in ground operations.

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The Daesh claim could not immediately be verified.

If the involvement of Islamist militants is confirmed, it would be the latest in a string of attacks in the past 13 months in which they have used vehicles to bring carnage to the streets of European cities.

That modus operandi — crude, deadly and very hard to prevent — has killed well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.

A victim on the ground after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 and injuring several others, on the Rambla in Barcelona. Credit: AFP/Instagram carlos_tg_32_


British tourist Keith Welling, who arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday with his wife and 9-year-old daughter, said they saw the van drive past them down the avenue and took refuge in a restaurant when panic broke out and the crowd started running.

"People were shouting and we heard a bang and someone cried that it was a gunshot ... Me and my family ran into the restaurant along with around 40 other people.

"At first people were going crazy in there, lots of people crying, including a little girl around three years old."

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It was the deadliest attack in Spain since March 2004, when militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800.

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