Workers protest: Indian Embassy officials visited Kharafi Camp

Indian embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Sri Shubhashish Goldar visited the workers camp of National Kharafi group at Shuaiba on Thursday and took a note of the issues faced by large number of Indian workers at the camp.

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Last Wednesday, large number of Indians working for National Kharafi group had protested in front of Indian Embassy for the inhuman living condition at the camp and unpaid salaries of the workers. The workers were not been paid their salary for the past 6 months despite several promise from the company. For the last three weeks, the workers are also facing issues of water and electricity at their camp no 2 and 3 at Shuaiba. Later the Indian embassy had called up the Company officials and the officials promised that the pending due will be cleared by end of this month.

“The condition of our workers at these camps is very sad and the embassy is taking all efforts to solve the issue”, DCM Mr Subhashish Goldar told IndiansinKuwait.com. "Indian Ambassador will be meeting the chairman of Kharafi group very shortly to find a solution to the agonies of our workers," Mr Goldar told. Earlier also the Indian embassy had taken up the issues of non-payment of salary of Kharafi group employees to the official’s authorities. Despite the repeated promises, the company has not yet taken any action to settle the issues permanently.
Many of the workers have already resigned from job and want to go back to India however their dues are not yet paid by the company.

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No, seriously. The Nokia 3310 is coming back

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HMD Global Oy, the Finnish manufacturer with exclusive rights to market phones under the storied Nokia brand, is planning to announce four such handsets at Mobile World Congress later this month, according to a person briefed on the company’s plans.

Besides the already revealed Nokia 6 — launched in China but not yet elsewhere — HMD is poised to unveil another pair of downmarket Android 7.0 Nougat-powered devices, the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3. So whereas the 6 features a full HD, 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 430 system-on-chip, 4GB of RAM, and 16-megapixel primary camera, the other two will ratchet down the specs to hit lower price points.

The Nokia 5, for instance, is rumored to maintain its larger sibling’s chipset, but reduce the display to 5.2 inches at 720p, halve the RAM to 2GB, and decrease the main image sensor to 12 megapixels. That will translate into a €50 difference between the two models, with Nokia 6 retailing for €249 and Nokia 5 for €199, according to the briefed individual. (One euro [€] = 1.06 dollars [$]. )

Nokia 3, the entry level Android, will initially go for €149.

But perhaps the most interesting of these devices, at least from the perspective of mobile enthusiasts, is not a smartphone at all, but a modern version of a classic workhorse of a feature phone, the Nokia 3310. Known primarily for its plentiful battery life and nearly indestructible build, the 3310 was released at the turn of the millennium as a replacement to the also-popular 3210.

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At just €59, this new incarnation seems priced competitively enough to win over nostalgic former owners for use as a second phone. HMD is holding its launch event on February 26 in Barcelona. It’s explicitly targeting the European marketplace, while distribution plans for other regions — namely North America — weren’t immediately known.

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Twitter's time out: Site's new tool BLOCKS users for 12 hours for abusive behaviour

Some users have had their account is limited for 12 hours after using language that the California firm deems inappropriate. Only people who follow them can see their tweets during the time out.

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WHAT DOES TWITTER ALLOW? 

Twitter says it 'prohibits the promotion of hate content, sensitive topics, and violence globally.'

But this policy does not apply to news and information that calls attention to hate, sensitive topics, or violence, but does not advocate for it.

And it also doesn't apply to commentary about products, services, companies, or brands.

The site has been criticised for failing to tackle some high-profile cases. For instance, it has allowed Donald Trump to use it as a platform for what many believe is hate speech. 

The filter also doesn't appear to be hugely effective yet. MailOnline investigated some of the words not blocked by Twitter found in recent tweets and account names and bios. 

Racial slurs, homophobic language, 'ablest' slurs, and sexist language have all slipped through Twitter's new censorship feature. These included p**fter, m**g, p**y, p**sy and f**got. 

'Woke up with puffiest eyes and it's made me look more ch**ky than ever', one user wrote. 

Another tweeted: 'Can't walk through town without a p***y selling you a lucky charm.'

Visitors health insurance fee based on the age

Ministry of Interior will determine the health insurance fee for foreigners visiting the country and the same will be included in the bylaws once the decision is issued.

According to local Arabic newspaper Al-Shahed daily, the health insurance fee will be based on the age of visitors. If the visitor is more than 60 years old, the insurance fee will be higher, daily reported. The daily also reported that the concerned authorities are looking into the possibility of setting up a health center at the airport, in coordination with ministry, to conduct express medical check-ups for visitors in order to identify the diseases they are suffering if any.

No family visa to work visa transfer for expatriate women

General Department for Residency Affairs has issued a decision to prohibit residency transfer from article No. 22 (family visa) to article No. 18 (private sector work visa) for expatriate women. The decision also stipulates cancellation of residency of expatriate women in case of divorce, after which they should exit the country.

Approval required for transfering license for medical professionals

Expatriate working as medicine, dental and other applied medical professions and Doctors will be required to obtain approval of concerned bodies before transferring their licenses to another employer.

Minister of Health Dr Jamal Al- Harbi has amended the condition of transferring licenses after observing the one-year period upon leaving the first employer. According to report, the transfer of license is allowed in case the contract between the employer and the employee is expired. 
These measures are intended for stabilizing private medical sector and improving its performance to the desired level expected, reports said.

‘Large number of expat teachers planning to resign by mid-March’

Majority of teachers are Jordanians, Egyptians: sources

 

Ministry of Education has notified the Social Studies Inspection Unit at the Capital Educational Zone to terminate the services of two teachers who were appointed in 2013 such that their official last day on the job will be July 7, according to sources from the education sector.

This information seems to come as a confirmation of a recent report published in Al-Seyassah newspaper under the title “Ministry of Education Terminates Services of 600 Expatriates”. Relatively, the sources indicated that a large number of male and female expatriate teachers, majority of who are Jordanians and Egyptians, are planning for a mass resignation by mid-March.

They revealed that the Jordanian teachers are determined to resign since their current salaries are almost on par with what the Jordanian government pays the teachers. Regarding the Egyptian teachers, the sources said their complaint is concerning their difficult living standard in Kuwait especially in consideration of the reduced housing allowance, hike in rents and general increase in the prices of essential commodities as well as their families back home.

They warned the ministry about acute shortage of male and female teachers very soon, especially for science subjects. They wondered whether the ministry considered the impact on their standard of living before deciding to deduct housing allowance for teachers and whether it has put in place any plan to avoid shortage of teachers by next year.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohammad Al-Fares refuted claims that the ministry has referred for retirement teaching and administrative staff who have worked for over 30 years in kindergarten schools. He said a service period of 34 years is stipulated for retirement, based on directives from the Council of Ministers and the Civil Service Commission, due to which there is no exemption in that case.

In a related story, Assistant Undersecretary for Private and Qualitative Education at Ministry of Education Dr Abdulmohsen Al-Huwaila announced the start of registration for Bedoun Students Aid Charity Fund in private schools. He said the department has received an initial support of KD 200,000 from the Zakat House.

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Source: ArabTimes

Kuwaiti MP: We will be relentless in reducing foreigners in public sector

Al Kandari says he will use database to address ‘demographic imbalance’

Manama: A Kuwaiti lawmaker on Wednesday said that he would keep up pressure on ministers to ensure foreign consultants are not recruited and the contracts of current ones are not renewed.

“I have submitted my question about the number of expatriates employed in the public sector, but most of the ministers did not respond,” MP Abdul Kareem Al Kandari said. “Maybe there are attempts to hide some of the names from us, but I can assure you that we will get all the names from Kuwaitis who are hard-working, but are sidelined,” the lawmaker told the parliament session.

Al Kandari also warned against tampering with figures and names in order not to reveal the extent of the presence of expatriates in public offices, institutions or schools.“We are aware that 96,000 foreigners are employed by the Ministry of Education, and we would like to know the reasons for such a high figure. We would like also to know whether these people were hired from their home country or here in Kuwait,” he said.

The MP said that some ministers have terminated the contracts of foreigners in their offices.“I single out the justice minister for taking the step to end the contracts of some of the expatriates in his office, and I want to stress that Kuwaitis should be the first choice for recruitment, especially that we have competent people with high degrees and enough experience. However, if the ministers do not trust them, then we have a different situation.”

Several Kuwaiti lawmakers have been pushing for a discussion in the parliament of the demographic imbalance in the country and finding solutions. Two-thirds of the total population of more than four millions in Kuwait are foreigners, mainly unskilled workers and domestic helpers.

Source : GulfNews

New Facebook job-hunting features challenge LinkedIn

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Facebook on Wednesday began letting businesses in the US or Canada post jobs and take applications from jobseekers, posing a challenge to Microsoft-owned LinkedIn. The platform's users will be able to find help-wanted posts at business pages on Facebook or by looking in a new 'jobs' bookmark on the leading social network's mobile application. "Businesses and people already use Facebook to fill and find jobs, so we're rolling out new features that allow job posting and application directly on Facebook," the California-based internet giant said in an online message.

Job postings may appear in news feed streams if companies pay to promote them. Clicking on an "apply now" button will open an online form already filled out with relevant information from a person's Facebook profile, according to the social network.

Applicants will then be able to add, edit, and review forms before submitting them, according to Facebook. Company representatives managing business pages at Facebook will be able to examine applications and then contact potential candidates using the Messenger text communication service. nFacebook said it tested the new tools in the US and will be rolling them out more broadly here and in Canada in coming weeks.

Microsoft recently reported a rise in profits over the past quarter, showing gains in cloud computing and other new areas of focus as it absorbed the LinkedIn social network. The US tech giant, which is shifting away from dependence on software to a broader array of services, said the LinkedIn acquisition boosted its revenue in the last three months of the year but dragged on profit. Microsoft also owns a small piece of Facebook due to an investment in the social network about a decade ago.

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