Two more expats commit suicide; Toll rises to 30

Bahrain News : TWO Indian nationals reportedly took their own lives in separate incidents yesterday, bringing the total number of suicides to 30 this year. Shamli Panthayil, a 27-year-old nurse, was found with a cloth around her neck in her apartment in Gudaibiya alongside a suicide note.

MOI urges visit visa holders to settle their issues, leave Kuwait

Kuwait's Interior Ministry called on Tuesday on residents whose visit visas are expired to settle their residency issues and leave the country to avoid legal measures.

The security information department of the Ministry of the Interior said in a press statement that this procedure prevents expatriates in general from being subjected to restrictions on the renewal of their residence, It said that violators will be prosecuted.

Music lessons fuel controversy in Kuwait

Kuwait City – A controversy erupted in Kuwait over a call to ban musical lessons at schools.

A group of Kuwaiti Twitter users launched hashtag urging the Ministry of Education to scrap music lessons.

The #Cancel_music_lessons, called on the ministry to replace the music with Quran recitation, describing music as being “contrary to Islamic Sharia precepts”.

Parents opposed the call, saying that music lessons entertain students and break what they call “school routine”.

Another group of Twitter users slammed the calls to scrap music lessons, describing such trends as being “extremist”. 

Kuwait ranked ‘worst for expats’

Kuwait City – Kuwait is the worst country to work in for an expat, according to a recent poll conducted by Expat Insider.

The survey takes into consideration factors such as quality of life, ease of settling in and overall general satisfaction.

Kuwait was ranked 68th, a position it held from 2014-2016, and came second last in 2017.

Kuwait is also in the bottom five of the Working Abroad and Family Life Indices, with a slightly better, albeit below-average, result for personal finance (50th).

Two factors that both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia had difficulty with were in the Friendliness and Finding Friends Indices coming dead last in both.

Almost two-thirds of respondents in Kuwait said that making friends was difficult, while 44% are not satisfied with the opportunities to make new friends in general. Respondents in Saudi Arabia faced similar such issues but fared slightly better in comparison.

In all the Gulf States, finances were among the most important factors to move there.

Kuwait performed better under these categories (coming in 50th). UAE ranked worst in the Gulf in the Personal Finance Index with many claiming their basic salary insufficient to sustain daily living. The gap between the better performing countries and the region’s poorest performers remains large.

There is clear dissatisfaction among expats in the Gulf States regarding their working life, though. Qatar (35th), Oman (39th), and the UAE (46th) all perform below average, with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia once more at the back of the pack in 64th and 66th place, respectively.

Over a third of respondents in Saudi Arabia (35%) are dissatisfied with their jobs while Kuwait (46%) also falls below the global average of 65%.

This year’s poll introduced a new Digital Life subcategory and the results among the Gulf countries vary even further here. Qatar and UAE are the most digitally connected countries in the region with Kuwait faring poorly for availability of administrative/government services online. Kuwait has the lowest availability of such services out of the GCC States, with 48% negative ratings.

Bahrain was ranked among the top countries for the second year running. Many respondents of the tiny Gulf nation gave their working hours, job security and overall job satisfaction the best possible rating. Bahrain has also maintained or improved its ranking across all other subcategories.

Safety and Security is undoubtedly the Gulf States’ strongest subcategory. The UAE (9th) and Oman (10th) both rank in the top 10 with an impressive 61% of expats in Oman give the political stability the best possible rating, while an almost unrivaled 94% of respondents attest to the peacefulness of the country.

These results stand out against the respective global averages of 30% and 78%. Similarly to Oman, expats in the UAE rate the political stability very highly (10th), but the UAE stands out particularly for personal safety, with 97% of expats feeling safe.

President Trump invited to visit Kuwait

Kuwait City –  US President Donald Trump has been invited to pay an official visit to the State of Kuwait.

The Amir of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah tendered the invitation in a cable of thanks addressed to President Trump at the end of his visit to Washington.

He hailed he had held with President Trump on bilateral relations, growing cooperation, regional and international developments.

He said he was looking forward to working with the US and contributing to regional and international peace.



Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah met on Monday with Philippine Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao and accompanying officials.
Discussions dealt with bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of promoting these ties.

The presidential advisor, accompanied by officials, is currently visiting the country.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Assistant for Consular Affairs, the Designated Minister Sami Al-Hamad, Deputy Assistant of the Foreign Minister for the Deputy Minister Bureau Affairs, Counsellor Talal Al-Shatti.
Later today, the deputy foreign minister held a meeting with the outgoing Russian Ambassador, Alexey Solomatin. It was attended by Counsellor Al-Shatti.


Local banks announces holiday for Islamic new year

Kuwait The local banks will be closed tomorrow Tuesday, September 11th for islamic new year, the banks will reopen on Wednesday, September 12th



Manila: The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will extend all possible assistance to a Filipina domestic helper in Kuwait being held by authorities there for allegedly stabbing her employer.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait is assisting the distressed household service worker from Maguindanao and is in touch with Kuwaiti authorities investigating her case.

“Our Embassy in Kuwait continues to look after our kababayan Ulambai Singgayan and is coordinating with authorities to ensure that her rights are protected,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said.

“Ulambai and her family here in the Philippines have our assurance that the DFA will provide her with legal and other assistance that she may require,” Undersecretary Arriola said.

The Undersecretary said that as soon as the Embassy learned about the incident, it dispatched a team to the hospital where Ulambai was being treated for injuries inflicted on her by members of her employer’s family.

According to the initial information gathered by the Embassy, Singgayan was beaten up after she allegedly stabbed her employer who had allegedly threatened to have her visa revoked and move her to another house where she would be killed.

Chargé d’Affaires Charleson C. Hermosura said Singgayan had visible bruises in her face, chest, and arms. An x-ray conducted in the hospital also showed internal bleeding in her abdomen

Chargé d’Affaires Hermosura said it was not immediately clear if Singgayan had been maltreated by her employer prior to the stabbing incident. He said Singgayan was deployed to Kuwait as a household service worker in February 2017.

Chargé d’Affaires Hermosura said Singgayan is facing felony charges and is currently under hospital arrest.


CSC announces holiday for Islamic New Year

Kuwait The Civil Service Commission CSC announced that Tuesday, September 11 will be a public holiday to mark the first day of the Islamic New Year 1440


Passenger Held For Possessing Hashish Cigarettes

Customs officers at Kuwait Airport have arrested a Citizen in possession of Hashish stuffed in a piece of cigarettes, the passenger who arrived from Spain was referred to the concerned authorities

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