Kuwait turns Silk Road into a massive causeway

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Kuwait is building one of the world's longest causeways to its remote north where it will pump billions into 'Silk City', aiming to revive the ancient Silk Road trade route. The  emirate is eager to inject life into the uninhabited Subbiya region on its northern tip that has been chosen as the location for Silk City.

The plan is to reinvigorate the ancient Silk Road trade route by establishing a major free trade zone linking the Gulf to central Asia and Europe. The 36-kilometre bridge, three-quarters of it over water, will cut the driving time between Kuwait City and Subbiya to 20-25 minutes from 90 minutes now. Investment in the Silk City project is expected to top $100 billion, and a 5,000-megawatt power plant has already been built in Subbiya.

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At a cost of 904 million dinars, the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway, named after the emir who died in January 2006, is one of the largest infrastructure ventures in the region.

It is already nearly three-quarters completed. A large container port is also under construction on nearby Bubiyan, Kuwait's largest island. The causeway project consists of the main bridge north to Subbiya and a 12.4km bridge running west, dubbed the Doha Link. The two bridges start from the same point at Shuwaikh Port, the country's main commercial port.

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GCC Traffic Week kicks off next week

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Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major General Fahad Al-Shuwaie said the GCC Traffic Week to be launched next week under the slogan shows solidarity and integration between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries and proves that traffic cooperation between them had gone a long way. The week, held under the slogan ‘life is precious,’ starts next Sunday with a ceremony to raise GCC states’ flags at the Police Officers Club. Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah gave instructions to ensure the success of this week, Shuwaie said.

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Pakistan, India inch closer to technology-enabled initiatives

Parliamentarians of Pakistan and India have agreed that tremendous opportunities exist between the two countries for exchange and sharing of information on a variety of technology-enabled initiatives.They were speaking during a dialogue titled “Technology for Better Governance in Pakistan and India” in Dubai on Tuesday, They underscored that technology has immense potential to improve governance in Pakistan and India.

They said that exchange of good practices in this area will enable the two countries to address the challenges of digital divide in both countries. MNAs Talal Chaudhry and Arif Alvi led the Pakistani side while Union Minister of India Mani Shankar Aiyar and Dushyant Chautala led Indian side in the dialogue.

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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called on Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the Amiri Diwan in Kuwait

Kuwait: Today, During the course of their meet warm and cordial exchanges, the two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest and reiterated to strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Kuwait. The PM emphasized that Pakistan attached highest importance to its relations with Kuwait and desired to further strengthen them through enhancing cooperation in diverse fields. The PM apprised the Amir of Kuwait of his fruitful meetings with the Prime Minister of Kuwait and the Speaker of National Parliament of Kuwait and with the Kuwaiti businessmen and investors.

The Prime Minister thanked the Amir of Kuwait for extending warm welcome to him and his delegation in Kuwait. The PM underlined the need for enhancing economic cooperation between Pakistan and Kuwait in industrial, agriculture, energy and defence sectors. PM urged the Kuwaiti investors to take advantage of the immense economic opportunities available at Pakistan.

The Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tariq Fatemi, Chairman BOI Mr. Miftah Ismaeel and Pakistan Ambassador to Kuwait Mr. Ghulam Dastagir were also present during the call on.


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Heart warming, Kuwaiti employer eat together with her nannies

Heart warming,, Kuwaiti employer eat together with her nannies,,@ dip&dip Arabia mall.god bless you madam..,nakakataba sa puso makita yung ganto, maraming Hindi maganda karanasan un ibang kababayan naten dto sa kuwait pero meron padin mga Kuwaiti na tinatrato ng maayos yung mga kababayan naten kasambahay.,may Allah bless this Kuwaiti lady,.?????

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Outlook is DOWN ? Thousands of frustrated users are left unable to access emails after a huge Microsoft outage

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Microsoft Outlook is suffering a mammoth outage causing havoc for thousands of email users. There have been widespread problems reported for users trying to access the email client. Thousands of Outlook users have been hit with the error page since the issue was first reported at around 12:00 GMT (7am ET).

Skype users are also having trouble logging in to the chat service and many Xbox players can't access their Xbox Live accounts.

Independent website Down Detector, which provides realtime overview of issues and outages with all kinds of services, had received over 3,600 reports about issues with Outlook 

Independent website Down Detector, which provides realtime overview of issues and outages with all kinds of services, had received over 3,600 reports about issues with Outlook 

 

Both are run by Microsoft, however, problems with these services aren't as widespread.  

Independent website Down Detector, which provides real-time overview of issues and outages with all kinds of services, had received over 3,600 reports this afternoon. 

Issues have been reported throughout Europe and the US.  

'Something went wrong :( The server can't sign you in right now. Please try again later', the error message on the page reads. 

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The first issues were reported shortly before 12:00 GMT today. 

Users said the error page read: 'Something went wrong :( The server can't sign you in right now. Please try again later'

Skype users are also having trouble logging in to the chat service and many Xbox players can't access their Xbox Live accounts. 

Microsoft is yet to comment on the issue.

Many users took to social media to express their outrage - yet Microsoft has still not acknowledged that they have an issue.

'Microsoft Outlook has stopped working. Does not recognise my email address and/or just takes me to an error page. What's going on?' wrote Twitter user Gareth Bell. 

'YO none of my microsoft, outlook, and hotmail accounts are working right now. I knew this would happen I knew it!!' wrote Twitter user Vumila.  

Users from all over the world have reported the issue. According to users the error message reads: 'Something went wrong :( The server can't sign you in right now. Please try again later'

Users from all over the world have reported the issue. According to users the error message reads: 'Something went wrong :( The server can't sign you in right now. Please try again later'

There have been complaints from all over the US to website Down Detector

There have been complaints from all over the US to website Down Detector

Lots of users in London and more generally across the UK have also experienced problems

Lots of users in London and more generally across the UK have also experienced problems

'It's asking me to re-enter my password and then telling me my email doesn't exsist. I've had this email address over 10 yrs!' wrote Linzi Horn on the Down Detector website.

'I cannot sign into my Hotmail account on my computer and my phone', wrote another user, Christine Pappas. 

The Redmond-based technology company's own service health website, which shows the status of its online services, currently shows no sign of Outlook going down, according to the Express

Source: Mail Online

Railway project mandatory for regional growth - GCC chief

A proposed project to build a railway system to connect Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member nations is necessary to ensure sustained development, GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said on Tuesday. In a speech to open the "Middle East Rail 2017" conference and exhibition, Al-Zayani said that closer ties and seamless transportation remain the GCC's primary goals.

Moreover, on the railway system project, he noted that recent GCC summits have yielded consensuses over the need to complete the project in a timely and efficient manner, adding that any impediments to the iconic project should be eliminated. He also underscored that the private sector is actively contributing to the project, saying that the sector possesses the aptness needed to undertake endeavors of such magnitude. Meanwhile, Emirati Minister of Public Works Dr. Abdullah Al-Nuami said that the conference is an opportunity to showcase bountiful investment opportunities the region's transport sector has to offer.
On the railway system project, he said that it tops the priority list for the government as it readies for the post-oil era, where a multi-dimensional economy is needed for growth.

Al-Nuami also spoke of an imminent project to build a local railway system to connect the country's seven emirates through trains operating at blazing speed, adding that the private sector is the catalyst for these major projects. Touted as the most influential rail event in the region, the two-day conference features 400 exhibitors expected to attract around 8,000 visitors to examine the prospect of a Middle East rail network.

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Kuwait is decorated with both the Kuwaiti and the Pakistani flags welcome's Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on his visit to Kuwait

Kuwait is decorated with both the Kuwaiti and the Pakistani flags welcome's Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on his visit to Kuwait .The flags reflect the importance of the visit on both the official and they also show the strong bond between both nations
 
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South India boycotts Pepsi & Coca-Cola to help local farmers

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Sales of Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been banned in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Two of the biggest trade associations in the region called for the boycott in favor of Indian products starting March 1.
The American soft drinks giants have been accused of taking too much water from rivers with local farmers left battling for proper irrigation of the land at the time of a severe drought.

The associations also called on supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels, urging them to join the boycott and help local businesses and farmers prosper. The boycott followed a wave of protests against the Supreme Court’s ban of a local bull-taming festival called jallikattu last month.

"Most traders stopped selling Pepsi and Coca-Cola products soon after the jallikattu protests. Now, more will join in," said Tha Vellaiyan, head of the Tamil Nadu Traders Federation. He added that the campaign against soft drinks had gained momentum after extending support to the pro-jallikattu movement. "Drinks like Pepsi and Coca-Cola are not good for your health because of their high sugar and chemical content. We are promoting Indian soft drinks, and will encourage better sales of fruit juices," Vellaiyan said.

At the same time, the organizers clarified that it’s not a ban, saying that they just asked the traders not to sell the goods produced by the corporations.

The Indian Beverage Association (IBA) said it was disappointed with the ban, saying it "was against the proven fundamentals of robust economic growth." "Coca-Cola and PepsiCo India together provide direct employment to 2,000 families in Tamil Nadu and more than 5,000 families indirectly. IBA hopes that good sense will prevail and that consumers will continue to have the right to exercise their choice in Tamil Nadu," it said as quoted by BBC.

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