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ARAB TIMES, MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012 LOCAL 2 ‘Bloc’ deceived the ‘Holy See, Kuwait ties good’ Vatican dismisses ‘relocation’ reports youth groups – poll KUWAIT CITY, Aug 12, (KUNA): The Vatican Embassy in Kuwait Sunday dismissed reports that it was moving the seat of the local Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia to Manama, Bahrain, while relocating headquarters from Kuwait maintaining his residence in ‘Members unveiled their real intentions’ to Bahrain. Kuwait,” said the embassy. The Embassy of the Vatican “is not Messenger Camillo Ballin has transferring its present location in been in charge of Bahrain, Qatar and KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait to another within the Gulf Saudi Arabia since May 31, 2011. Aug 12: Members of region,” the embassy said in a state- The Embassy recalled the good the Majority Bloc in ment. ties and mutual relations that exist the annulled But for logistical and pastoral rea- between the Holy See and the State Parliament has sons, the Apostolic Vicar of Northern of Kuwait, the first country in the deceived the youth Arabia, Messenger Camillo Ballin, entire Arabian Gulf region to estab- groups just to the local Bishop in charge of the lish diplomatic relations with the Catholic Church in Kuwait “will be Holy See. achieve their per- sonal goals, say 66 percent of 500 respondents to an online poll conduct- ed recently by Al- Seyassah daily. On the other hand, 32 percent of the respondents believe the bloc members have fulfilled their promis- es to the youths and two percent had no comment on the issue. According to most of the respondents, the bloc has not only failed to realize the aspirations of the youths but it has also taken advan- tage of their movements to reach the Parliament. They pointed out the bloc mem- bers unveiled their real intentions after obtaining parliamentary seats without any regard for the welfare Al-Deehani with the Amir of the nation and its people, including the youths. Meanwhile, MP of the Amir honors Al-Deehani nullified 2012 Parliament Nayef Al-Mirdas said the His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- corrupt people whom the Jaber Al-Sabah received Kuwaiti Olympic bronze- government has chosen to medalist shooter Fehaid Al-Deehani at Seif Palace on ally with will soon face Sunday. confrontation from the His Highness decorated Al-Deehani with a high-level National Front representing medal in appreciation of his performance and his win- the population that is ning a bronze medal in the trap shooting competition in formed to fight against the the London 2012 Olympics. problems created by the The meeting was attended by Minister of government. Communications and Acting Minister of Social Affairs He added that they are and Labor Salem Al-Utheina, and Undersecretary of expecting a different reac- Information and President of Kuwait Shooting tion from the government Federation Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah. towards the statement since For his part, Al-Deehani said that he was very privi- it would contain certain leged and honored to have met the Amir and to have facts that will please neither been decorated with the high-level medal, which he the government nor its cor- considered as the highest honor bestowed upon him rupt allies. and one which is an honor for his family and Kuwaitis Furthermore, another MP all. (KUNA) of the nullified 2012 parlia- ment Osama Al-Munawer it desires without consider- duration because its forma- expressed concern about the ing the plight of the nation, tion complemented the gov- government, claiming that it stressing that the govern- ernment’s plans. However, is acting unwisely without ment, which approached after the 2012 parliamen- actual awareness of the cur- the Constitutional Court tary elections, the govern- rent situation of the country. He stressed that it was with the pretext that the five ment discovered that it lost specifically mentioned in electoral constituencies are its allies and it then project- the Constitution that the not legally distributed, is ed the illegitimacy of the electoral constituencies the same that fought to five-constituency system. should be distributed bring back the 2009 He indicated that the according to a law National Assembly to government is playing a approved by the National power. game to prevail whereby Assembly. He added that the gov- the five-constituency sys- MP Abdulrahman Al- ernment took efforts to tem is legal when its allies Anjeri stated that the gov- ensure the 2009 National win and not constitutional ernment is doing whatever Assembly completed its or legal otherwise. News in Brief Amir heads for S. Arabia: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will leave with an official delegation on Monday to Saudi Arabia to visit the Holy city of Medina and perform Umra in Makkah. His Highness will also head the delegation of Kuwait at the fourth special session of the Islamic Summit Conference, to be held in the city of Makkah during the period from 14th to 15th of this month. (KUNA) ❑ ❑ ❑ ‘Electronic money transfer up: Payments made through the electronic portal of Kuwait totaled KD 5,087,000 in the first half of this year and there are plans to further develop the e-government program to better serve the public, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting General Director of the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) Abdullatif Al-Saree. Al-Saree said the number of visitors to Kuwait’s elec- tronic portal totaled 1,483,079 this year; while the number of government services accessed through the website reached 480. He confirmed the agency will soon imple- ment the second phase of the e-government program to include the websites of different governmental authorities. He also cited international reports stating that the e-gov- ernment portal users worldwide increased by 20 percent; while the United Nations reported that the electronic trans- actions in Kuwait increased by 33 percent and it has been ranked 48th amongst other countries. ❑ ❑ ❑ ‘Ministry to help Kuwaiti students’: Head of Kuwaiti Cultural Office in Bahrain Dr Duaij Al-Mutairi has stressed the need to hold those behind the non-accreditation of academic certificates from Bahraini universities, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. Lauding the efforts exerted by Ministry of Higher Education Undersecretary Dr Khalid Al-Saad to help the Kuwaiti students affected by the non-accreditation of cer- tificates, Al-Mutairi said the undersecretary has opened his door to these students and listened to their grievances. He disclosed there are 212 Kuwaitis studying medicine in the Arabian Gulf University and 186 in other fields of specialization, in addition to 26 in GUST and 510 in differ- ent private universities. ❑ ❑ ❑ ‘Ministry preparing 2nd list’: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is currently preparing the second list of companies which did not submit their financial state- ments from 2008 to 2010, as well as those that have not renewed their licenses, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting sources. Sources revealed the list may include 170 to 175 compa- nies, including those removed from the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) due to failure to submit their financial statement for 2010, and the number might decrease upon completion of the assessment procedures. Sources said the ministry will issue a decision on the can- cellation of the licenses of companies on the second list imme- diately after taking a similar step for those on the first list.
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