Ministry of Interior gathering info on social media accounts

Juveniles under 13 targeted

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 14: A security source disclosed the Interior Ministry is investigating and collecting information about ‘social media accounts’ used by juveniles — under 13 years of age — who publish contents that do not comply with the regulations approved by the Prosecution, pointing out that no cases have been filed in this regard since the law was activated, reports Al-Anba daily.

The source said the first step after collecting the info and investigation is done is to call the parents and oblige them to sign a pledge not to put pictures and related material about their children that include torture or verbal and physical abuse and refer them to the judiciary if they repeat the same.

The source also stressed the need to hold to account those who exploit their children for commercial purposes such as fame for material gains or fail to send them to school.

As for the prevalence of videos documenting torture of children by their parents, the source said doctors at all centers and specialists must report any abuse, verbal or physical or any negligence to the Child Protection Team on Telephone No.147 which operates around-the-clock.

The competent authority in the Interior Ministry shall be notified by the team to take necessary measures in accordance with the Child Protection Act, which was approved in 2015, adding that the task of the protection team is to monitor and follow-up cases of abuse and neglect that are reported.

The source confirmed the process of reporting is conducted with strict confidentiality without causing any harm to the person who reported the incident, and the competent authorities shall investigate to verify the truth of the incident and take necessary action.

The source pointed out that the Interior Ministry has received more than 4,000 cases, and dealt with nearly 400, mostly related to negligence, and sexual and physical assault.

Most notable incident was of a negligent mother who did not care for her children, while the father was serving a jail term at the Central Prison. The incident was reported by neighbors. The mother was summoned and the children were referred to the Juvenile Home Care until a shelter was provided for them and sent to their grandmother.

HH the Amir of Kuwait express condolences on Kerala flood

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Thursday sent a cable of condolences to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, expressing sincere grief towards the victims of floods and landslides due to the monsoon rains on the state of Kerala in southwestern India.

His Highness the Amir wished the injured a quick recovery and officials in the friendly country to overcome the effects of this natural disaster.

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables to the Indian President.

National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim also sent two cables on Thursday to Speaker of the Indian House of the People Sumitra Mahajan and Chairman of the Council of State Venkaiah Naidu to express condolences over the victims of floods and landslides that hit the southern state of Kerala recently.

Kuwaiti humanitarian aid gives new meaning to philanthropy

The humanitarian aid provided by Kuwait has helped save lives across large swathes of the globe, with the recipients being people from different walks of life, irrespective of religion, creed or language.
 
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The world celebrates tomorrow (Sunday) "World Humanitarian Day," an initiative launched by the United Nations (UN) to pay homage to aid workers who risk life and limb in humanitarian service, while also to rally support for people affected by crises all over the world.
 
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Given the copious amounts of aid Kuwait has given those in need, the UN has named the Gulf state a "Humanitarian Center", and its leader, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, was deservingly christened "Humanitarian Leader." By virtue of His Highness the Amir's penchant for altruism, Kuwait has transformed into a huge benefactor of foreign aid, delivering much needed assistance to countries torn apart by conflict, particularly in the wider Arab region.
Case in point, Kuwait hosted a trio of major donor conferences for Syrian refugees, where it pledged a sum of USD 500 million in aid to the war-torn nation on two separate occasions, in January of 2014 and March of 2015, respectively.
Meanwhile, the plight of Palestinians has also been a core concern for Kuwait, as evident by His Highness the Amir's promulgation of an aid package worth USD 34 million back in 2009 to support the mission of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
 
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In March of the same year, Kuwait donated an amount of USD 200 million to fund reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip, while it sent a convoy of trucks laden with humanitarian aid to the densely populated territory in 2014.
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Kuwait-based charities also leapt into action when war broke out in impoverished Yemen, launching a myriad of aid campaigns as military operations and the ensuing violence there led to dismal humanitarian conditions.
The comprehensive aid Kuwait has provided Yemen through the works of its charities, such as the venerable Kuwait Red Crescent Society, and civilian organizations, runs the gamut from healthcare and educational assistance to infrastructure repair.
War-ravaged Iraq has not been left out as well, having received humanitarian aid from its smaller neighbor on numerous occasions, including an aid package worth USD 176 million Kuwait pledged back in 2016.
 
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More recently, Kuwait hosted an international conference over reconstruction in Iraq last February, a generous initiative that yielded a staggering USD 30 billion worth of loans and grants to help the country emerge from years of devastating war.
Countries prone to natural disasters have also been the beneficiaries of Kuwaiti aid, chief among them is Bangladesh, which was decimated by Cyclone Sidr in 2007.
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As a result, Kuwait delivered urgent aid through a donation worth USD 10 million to the victims of one of the world's worst natural disasters, in addition to another sum of USD 250,000 four years later when calamity struck again in Japan in the form of a tsunami.
Similarly, when an Ebola outbreak morphed into a global epidemic in 2014, Kuwait donated an amount of USD five million to help the World Health Organization deal with the disaster.

MOI: Kuwait promises impenetrable security for Eid holiday

Ministry of Interior (MoI) Deputy Director General for Public Relations Brigadier General Tawheed Al-Kandari
 
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KUWAIT, Aug 18 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Ministry of Interior (MoI) has beefed up precautionary measures across all government bodies to ensure foolproof security and seamless traffic during the holy Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha.

The plan is a responsive and appropriate action to address an expected spike in traffic during the holidays, the ministry's Deputy Director General for Public Relations Brigadier General Tawheed Al-Kandari said in a statement on Saturday.
 
He pointed out that emergency help is available around the clock and is just a quick phone call away at hotline 112, saying that travelers are guaranteed equal security at the airport as well.
Al-Kandari urged drivers to abide by traffic rules to ensure their safety, going on to wish the Kuwaiti people and leadership a blissful Eid holiday.

Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, dies

'In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,' says Ghanaian diplomat's successor 

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, has died aged 80. 

The Ghanaian national was the first black African to be appointed as the world’s top diplomat and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work during his eight years in the role.

He died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His death was announced by his family and the Kofi Annan Foundation, which said he had “passed away peacefully” following a short illness.

Mr Annan’s second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days, they added.

In a statement, the foundation said: “Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world.

“Wherever there was suffering or need, he reached out and touched many people with his deep compassion and empathy. He selflessly placed others first, radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”

Mr Annan devoted virtually his entire career to the UN, where he served two terms as secretary-general between January 1997 and December 2006.

His tenure was capped by winning the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded jointly to Mr Annan and the UN in 2001 for “their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”.

“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” said current UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, who described his predecessor as “a guiding force for good”.

“It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing,” Mr Guterres added.

Tributes poured in from world leaders after news of Mr Annan’s death emerged.

Former British prime minister Tony Blair, with whom the UN chief clashed over the Iraq war, said Mr Annan was “a great diplomat, a true statesman and a wonderful colleague.

Theresa May lauded “a great leader and reformer of the UN” who “made a huge contribution to making the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into”.

Mr Annan faced one of the most turbulent periods in the UN’s history during his time as secretary-general. He took on the post six years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and presided over an era marked by the 9/11 attacks and dominated by the subsequent “war on terror”.

His relationship with the US tested him as a diplomatic leader amid deep global divisions over the Iraq war.

In 2013, he told Time magazine the UN’s inability to stop the Iraq war was his “darkest moment”.

“I worked very hard – I was working the phone, talking to leaders around the world,” he recalled. ”The US did not have the support in the Security Council. So they decided to go without the council. But I think the council was right in not sanctioning the war. Could you imagine if the UN had endorsed the war in Iraq, what our reputation would be like?

“At that point, President [George W] Bush said the UN was headed toward irrelevance, because we had not supported the war. But now we know better.”

Responding to Mr Annan’s death on Saturday, Mr Bush said: “Kofi was a gentle man and a tireless leader of the United Nations. His voice of experience will be missed around the world.”

Much of Mr Annan’s second term was spent at odds with the US, the UN’s biggest contributor, as he leaned on the nation to pay almost $2bn (£1.56bn) in arrears. 

He was not immune to criticism; as head of UN peacekeeping operations, Mr Annan came under fire for the world body’s failure to halt the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s.

 

Challenges from the outset forced him to spend much of his time as secretary-general struggling to restore the UN’s tarnished reputation.

His enduring moral prestige remained largely undented, however, and his cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide him an unprecedented uncontested second term as secretary-general.

When he departed the UN, he left behind a global organisation more aggressively engaged in peacekeeping and fighting poverty, setting the framework for the organisation’s 21st century response to mass atrocities and its emphasis on human rights and development.

 

“The UN can be improved, it is not perfect, but if it didn’t exist you would have to create it,” he told the BBC world news programme Hard Talk during an interview for his 80th birthday last April.

“I am a stubborn optimist, I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist,” Mr Annan said.

Kofi Annan, here with former American president George W Bush, was an outspoken critic of the US-led war on Iraq (AP)

Even after his tenure ended, Mr Annan never completely left the UN orbit. He returned in special roles, including as the UN-Arab League’s special envoy to Syria in 2012.

He remained a powerful advocate for global causes through his eponymous foundation.

UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, paid tribute to Annan as “humanity’s best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace”.

 Mr Zeid, who has criticised major powers during his four-year term, said that whenever he felt “isolated and alone politically” he would go for long walks with Mr Annan in Geneva.

He added: “When I told him once how everyone was grumbling about me, he looked at me – like a father would look at a son – and said sternly: ‘You’re doing the right thing, let them grumble.’”

Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown, who is currently the UN special envoy for global education, said Mr Annan was “a leader of leaders, a wonderful humanitarian and the most compassionate and caring of individuals”.

“Personally modest and always softly spoken, he was a titan amongst world statesman who saw wrong and righted it and who witnessed evil and always fought it,” he added.

“Even in his later years he fought against poverty, injustice and war with all the vigour of youth and I had the privilege of working with him in recent times.”

Kofi Annan walks by skulls at a memorial to the Rwandan genocide, which the UN faced criticism for failing to halt (AFP/Getty Images)

Former US president Barack Obama said Mr Annan “embodied the mission of the United Nations like few others”.

“His integrity, persistence, optimism, and sense of our common humanity always informed his outreach to the community of nations,” he added. ”Long after he had broken barriers, Kofi never stopped his pursuit of a better world, and made time to motivate and inspire the next generation of leaders.”

The Elders, an elite group of former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela and chaired by Mr Annan, said they were “shocked and deeply saddened” by his death.

In a statement, they described him as “a voice of great authority and wisdom in public and private”.

“His quiet advice on how best to defuse impending crises was in constant demand from all corners of the globe, in particular from Africa,” said deputy chair Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former Norwegian prime minister.

Vladimir Putin paid tribute to a “remarkable person and great politician”.

“I sincerely admired his wisdom and courage, his ability to make balanced decisions even in the most difficult, critical situations,” the Russian president added.

Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo said Mr Annan “brought considerable renown to our country by this position and through his conduct and comportment in the global arena”.

Source: independent

 

 

 

"THE WORLD'S POOREST PRESIDENT" REFUSES HIS PENSION

 
 
 

Former Uruguayan President Jose Mojica, known as the "world's poorest president" because of his modest lifestyle at his rural ranch, has refused to receive any pension for his term as a senator. 
Mukhagaya, who was entitled to hold his seat until 2020, said in a letter to the Senate that his resignation was personal, but he announced his resignation for the first time in 2016 but postponed it.

"He is tired after a long trip," said Mukhica, explaining his resignation.

"Nevertheless, because my mind is still working, I can not resign from solidarity and the battle of ideas," he said in a speech published in the Guardian newspaper.

While rumors suggest that Mojica has resigned to run for the second time in 2019, the former Uruguayan president has confirmed he will not run.

Mukhika, 83, who has been involved in guerrilla warfare for a long time, was jailed for long periods before becoming left-wing opposition.

During his presidency (2010-2015), his rhetorical rite, his austere lifestyle and his decisions to legalize marijuana and gay marriage contributed to his popularity abroad.

But critics say his administration has failed to deal with problems of education, security, environmental protection and many more.

In 2013, Mocica made an apology to Argentina's then president, Cristina Fernandez de Krchner, after describing her as "an old man." He also apologized to her husband and former president Nestor Kershner, who was weak in one eye after calling him "a convert."

His comments were recorded at a news conference without his knowledge that the microphone was open.

In 2016, he said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was "as crazy as a goat."

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Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies

Body is taken back to New Delhi residence

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at a New Delhi hospital on Thursday. He was 93 years old.

The Central Government has announced a seven-day mourning period throughout India. 

The former prime minister was admitted to the AIIMS hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at Smriti Sthal. A half-day holiday in all Central government offices and CPSUs across the country as well as Delhi government offices has been declared.

If his inimitable oratory, repartee and ready wit tugged at the hearts of the masses, his patience and width of vision influenced the minds of many a head of the state. Whether it was international affairs or matters of national interest, Vajpayee spoke with authority. And he spoke without mincing his words, especially where criticism was due. In recognition to his services to the country, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1992 and the Best Parliamentarian Award in 1994.

A bachelor, Vajpayee had during the India-Pakistan partition in 1947, taken a vow not to get married. And he said time and again that he never regretted the decision. Sensitive at heart, he was never attracted to the materialistic. His ambition was that people spoke well of him.

A skilled parliamentarian and statesman, he was born on December 25, 1925. Son of a poet and writer Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, his grandfather Shyam Lal Vajpayee was a Sanskrit scholar and poet. Vajpayee grew up in Gwalior and later moved to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, to do his Masters in political science from Kanpur University.

Interestingly, both Vajpayee and his father enrolled themselves together for law when the former decided to do law and the latter had retired from service. Young Vajpayee felt slightly uncomfortable and requested the professor to transfer him to another section.  The reason he gave was that he had to travel some distance to fetch milk and could not reach class in time. But the father-son duo stayed in the same hostel room for two years. In his nonchalant style, Vajpayee laughed and said, “People used to come from other villages to see us.”

He became a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and when the organisation decided to launch a monthly journal, he was asked to edit it. Simultaneously, he edited Panchjanya, the RSS mouthpiece and the daily Swadesh. As the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi witnessed a ban on RSS, Vajpayee went to Kashi and started editing a journal named Chetna. In 1953, he was posted to Delhi as the editor of a daily newspaper Veer Arjun.

As a journalist, he accompanied Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, founder of the RSS, to Kashmir, where Mukherjee offered satyagraha and was arrested and imprisoned. Vajpayee was told to go back to Delhi. He quit journalism and plunged headlong into politics.

Vajpayee was first elected to Parliament in 1957 from Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh. On the first day of the Parliament, although happy and apprehensive, he was given a back seat and denied the opportunity to speak due to the party’s strength in the House. Not one to let things pass, he made a suggestion by writing to the Speaker and the leader of the House, Jawaharlal Nehru. His request to pay homage to the martyrs of 1857 before the start of the proceedings was promptly accepted. Steadily, he made his way and excelled in foreign affairs. He was a Lok sabha MP from 1967-1984 and later a member of the Rajya Sabha.

His first stint as Prime Minister in 1977 lasted for 13 days. Subsequent elections saw him as Prime Minister again. This time the term lasted 13 months. The results of the 13th Lok Sabha elections in 1999, finally made him take oath of office for the third time.

Vajpayee was fond of poetry. He first wrote poetry when he was in Grade 9.  He had a few books in Hindi to his credit including Amar Aag Hai and Meri Ekavan Kavitayein.

Seeing technological revolutions and youngsters hands-on with the latest technology, in the early 2000s, Vajpayee had remarked, “I should have been younger at this stage. These are challenging times.”

He believed in changing with the times and felt modernisation was always for good. But a detached person as far as luxuries were concerned, he is known to have left the office immediately after his 13-month government fell. When an aide remarked, “What is the protocol?”, Vajpayee retorted, “What protocol? Let’s pack the bags and leave.”

INDIAN AIRPORT TEMPORARILY HALTS OPERATIONS

The Cochin International Airport in Kerala has suspended operations temporarily after the airport was inundated with water due to heavy rains and floods in Kerala, airport authorities announced.
 

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Officials said that the airport will remain shut till Saturday, August 18. According to the statement, authorities are in the process of draining out storm water, but water levels have been steadily rising and that could pose a challenge.

The Airport Authorities said, “Kochi Airport has temporarily suspended operations till 2 pm, Saturday, August 18, since the inflow of water is still rising. We are working hard on draining out the storm water. All are requested to co-operate.”

 
 Source: timesofoman

Qatari pilgrims arrive in Saudi

Riyadh – Groups of Qatari pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia via Kuwait to perform the Haj rituals. 

Saudi Minister of Haj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten confirmed the arrival of the Qatari pilgrims, welcoming all Qataris wishing to perform the Haj. 

He said that the Doha regime had blocked a website launched by the Saudi authorities for Qataris to register for Haj online. 

The minister said that the Qatari pilgrims have also the possibility to make the trip by air and land either at King Abdulaziz International Airport or Prince Mohammed Airport in the Medina, adding that they would be treated as internal pilgrims.

ENTERING TAIWAN VISA-FREE: PROCESS FOR FILIPINOS

Visa-free entry for Filipinos will continue until July 31, 2019, and will be reviewed for further extension, according to a statement by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), many of us jumped at the chance and started planning our trips to this less popular destination for Filipino travellers. I had my own adventure in Taiwan just this February 2018, and I’m so happy that I didn’t let the opportunity pass.

 

Some still hesitate though. “Visa-free for Filipino travellers? And it’s just a TRIAL? How would THAT work?!”

Well, let me tell you.

Airport documents to prepare for your flight to Taiwan

1. Your passport

Just make sure it’s not expired with at least 6 months validity.

2. Your ticket then boarding pass after checking-in your luggage in NAIA

This is pretty basic.

3. Departure card

Fill this up before you go through NAIA’s Immigration then give this, along with your passport and boarding pass, to the immigration officer. This process is just like any other when flying internationally.

What to do at the Taoyuan International Airport

1. Proceed to the Immigration counters

Get your passport out. Line up at the Foreign Passport lane and present it.

2. Do your biometrics and answer any questions asked of you

 

When I went through their immigration, I wasn’t even holding my itinerary or hotel booking documents. The officer just asked me for how long I was staying.

“Until Sunday.”

“Okay.”

And that was it. My passport was stamped and I had officially entered Taiwan visa-free. After that, my friend and I went on to collect our luggage and rode the car service to our hotel. Entering Taiwan wasn’t complicated at all.

So if I were you, I’d turn this visa-free trial for Filipinos into my advantage and put Taiwan on my bucket list before the trial expires. We don’t know if they’re going to give us another shot or not!

 
 Source: tripzilla