Kuwait: The Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Residency Affairs Maj Gen Talal Maarafi yesterday announced the start of the implementation of ministerial decision for stopping the use of the residency sticker and substituting it with the civil ID, He said the first stage of the decision is being implemented for article 20 visa holders, the electronic renewal system will include residencies of articles 17, 18 and 22 and both public and private sectors in the second step.
The residence sticker has been canceled and replaced by the civil ID card for the residence permits which can be used for entry and exit that will match the passport data with the new Civil ID (passport number + Latin name + occupation), No one will be allowed to enter or leave without the civil ID card and for this the names on the passport and civil ID must match.
The Kuwaiti Army Chairmanship of Staff declared on Saturday conclusion of a probe into recent demise of non-commissioned officers Mubarak Al-Azmi and Faisal Al-Obaid.
The military noted in a statement that the criminal aspect of the case had been shifted to the public prosecution and the public directorate for investigations.
Therefore, the panel task is now confined to cross examining “the administrative responsibility” in the demise case, where “the responsibility has been restricted to four doctors,” In this regard, it noted that First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah had ordered instant suspension from work of any staff found responsible in the case.
Kuwait: The Ministry of Interior will start implementing the regulations governing expatriates’ residency on Sunday March 10.
Under the new regulations, the residency visa stickers on passports will be cancelled and replaced by expatriates’ civil ID cards, which will feature all necessary data.
Expatriates will then be allowed to enter Kuwait through all exits with their civil ID cards, provided that they have valid passports and ID cards, The smart card chip features all details about the expatriate’s judicial records, date of expiry of residency and other useful information, The renewal and the payment of the ID card fees will be processed online.
Director General of General Department for Residency Affairs Brigadier Abdulqader Al-Sha’aban stressed that an expatriate will not be allowed to enter or exit Kuwait without a valid passport and a valid civil ID card issued by Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI). He indicated that those with residence permit stickers in their passports prior to the enforcement of this decision will be exempted provided their residency and civil IDs are valid.
Meanwhile, Director General of PACI Musaed Al-Asousi explained that expatriates who need to renew their residence permits must visit the website of Ministry of Interior and register their data including their telephone number and health insurance details.
In case of any problems in the renewal of their residence permits, they will receive an SMS with the request to visit PACI office. In addition, Director General of Information Systems Department Brigadier Ismael Rashed Al-Yasin said sponsors who want to carry out transactions related to residence permits must visit the government website and select the page of Ministry of Health in order to buy health insurance for their employees. After buying the health insurance, they must move to page of Ministry of Interior for registering the data. They must check if they or their employees are required to pay for any traffic violations or are wanted for enforcement of judicial sentences.
Kuwait: The overall number of Kuwaiti nationals and expatriates who died of drug overdose increased by 90% cent in 2018.
According to latest figures, 115 died of drug overdose last year, 50 Kuwaitis and 65 of other nationalities, 6 women were among the dead from drug overdose, compared with 109 men. The list also includes 18 Bedoon addicts and 10 Egyptian expats.
Addicts aged 31 to 40 were the most affected followed by people from the 21-30 age category, Morphine was cited as the cause of most drug-related deaths, followed by fake drugs.
Kuwait: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has issued an Amiri decree pardoning dozens of prisoners on different charges, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.
The move comes on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of National Day and the 28th anniversary of Liberation Day, The decree No. 38/2019 included an immediate release of 161 prisoners as of February 25, it said, noting that it also involves the reduction of penalties for 545 others.
The order contains the lifting of judicial exportation against 97 prisoners (illegal residents) and the dropping of fines against 1,074 others, the statement pointed out, The Amiri decree comes after fruitful cooperation amongst the Amiri Diwan, the Public Prosecution and the MOI to accelerate ending the list of prisoners who are remitted, it made clear.
The aim of this order is to give a chance to those who are released to benefit society, according to the statement, The Amiri forgiveness is conditioned, MoI’s assistant undersecretary for implementing verdicts Maj. Gen. Farraj Al-Zokhbi was quoted by the statement as saying.
He explained that any one of the released commits a criminal case, he will be jailed again, He expressed his gratitude and appreciation to His Highness the Amir’s initiative.
Some 23 people have been injured or suffered suffocation at a building gutted with fire in Al-Mahboula area on Wednesday.
Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) said that it had received a notification about a fire flare-up at a laundry shop in the building.
Blazes spread to an annex residential facility, stranding more than 100 occupants.
Firemen have rushed to the scene, scurrying to save people stranded in the building upper floors.
The fire has also spread to a nearby store. Amid smoke billowing into the skies, the firemen whisked the injured to ambulances.