ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012
Minister asks ministry to initiate new projects to boost revenue
MoC denies rumors of increasing charges on Facebook, Twitter
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24: Sources added the ministry although the charges were not to boost the annual revenue,
Officials from the Ministry of seeks to increase the annual much compared to the rates given that the ministry yield-
Communications deny revenue of state treasury but other transport ministries ed more than 100 million in
rumors spread at the social has no intention to burden the charge in some countries. proceeds last year.
networking sites-Facebook citizens and residents with Sources disclosed the Al-Utheina was quoted as
and Twitter, saying the min- additional charges for servic- Minister of Communications saying he does not require
istry would increase charges es. Salem Al-Utheina is asking additional levies for services
on landline, public transport He noted the recent officials of the ministry to and only wants the officials to
and postal services, reports increase on levies for services initiate new projects and initiate new projects to attract
Alam Al-Yawm. incited angry reaction, improve on existing services consumers in future.
Public Prosecutor refers case file
of Juwaihel to the Criminal Court
Photo by Meshal Naif
The National Council against Drugs on Wednesday launched the first edition of ‘Giras’, a ‘Wrong to refer Al-Teraiji to Public Prosecution’
local magazine on combating drugs. Speaking to the press during the launching of the
magazine at the Kuwait Journalists Association (KJA) headquarters, Dr Ahmad Al-
Samdan, the magazine’s supervisor, revealed the contents of the publication include the KUWAIT CITY, Aug
council’s experience in its fight against drugs and ways of curbing the spread of drug 24: The Public
abuse through public awareness campaigns and health development, particularly amongst Prosecutor Dirar Al-
the youth adults. Also present at the launch were council member Dr Badr Al-Sheibani and
Dr Ahmad Al-Shatti — Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Giras’. Asousi has referred
the case file of for-
Pentagon weighs rebel fighter calling himself Abu Haidar. mer lawmaker
Both the government and opposition forces Mohammed Al-
say attacks on Aleppo province are aimed at cut-
Continued from Page 1 ting arms supply routes to the rebels in Syria’s Juwaihel to the
battered second city. Criminal Court,
plan to secure chemical weapons, though a larg- Rebels claimed earlier this week to control 60
er conventional force could be required to pro- percent of Aleppo but the regime has dismissed
reports Al-Rai daily.
vide enough manpower to safeguard the sites, the the claims and said Thursday the army had
The Prosecution has
official added. “It’s possible it would not be SOF, recaptured three Christian neighbourhoods, accused Al-Juwaihel of
depending on what the situation is.” where residents are largely pro-Assad. misusing the media to
As the United States monitors the chemical French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian insult the Al-Mutair tribe
arsenal with the help of spy satellites, officials said on France 24 television on Thursday that an via the social networking
have to take into account “whether the regime “international coalition” of Western nations and website and possessing an
intends to use it, whether it falls into the wrong allies could consider setting up a limited no-fly unlicensed gun in his
hands and whether there’s a collapse of security zone over part of Syria without such a mandate.
around the sites,” according to the official. home.
“The scenario mentioned by (US Secretary of However, for his part, Al-
Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, which State) Hillary Clinton of a particular zone where
dates back to the 1970s, is the biggest in the Juwaihel has denied the
there could be a banned area is something that accusations. He added more
Middle East, but its precise scope remains needs to be studied,” said Le Drian, the first sen-
unclear, according to analysts. than one time he has said
ior French official to air the possibility of action
Refugees by an “international coalition,” rather than the that the Twitter account does
United Nations. not belong to him.
The number of refugees fleeing civil war in Meanwhile, when the
Syria has surged to over 200,000, the UN said on On Tuesday, Russia warned the West against
Friday, as fighter jets and tanks reportedly taking any unilateral action in Syria, after General Department for
unleashed deadly new raids in hotspots across President Barack Obama threatened “enormous Investigation referred
the country. consequences” if Assad used Syria’s chemical or Juwaihel to the Prosecution
The new international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi biological weapons. the Sentences Renewal
held talks with UN leaders Friday, pledging: “We Producer Judge ordered his release on
will not spare any effort” but saying he was KD 100 bail provided he
Prominent independent Syrian film producer
“scared” about the scale of the task confronting Orwa Nyrabia has gone missing after trying to was not jailed in another
him. head to Cairo, an activist group said on Friday, case.
Western powers are focused on tightening the voicing fears that he had been arrested by the Meanwhile, Mohammad
screws on al-Assad while the 17-month conflict authorities. Al-Dalal, MP of the nulli-
grinds on with neither government forces nor Nyrabia, 34, was at Damascus international fied 2012 parliament, said
rebels able to claim decisive gains on the battle- airport on Thursday for a flight to Cairo when his the government by referring
field. Dr Abdullah Al-Teraiji to
Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Muqdad family lost contact with him, the Local
said Thursday that Damascus was ready to work Coordination Committees said, citing his family. the Public Prosecution
with Brahimi and voiced hope he could pave the The LCC, which has a large network of because he called for con-
way for “national dialogue, after another minis- activists on the ground, said that according to trolling violations and mis-
ter said this week the regime was “ready to dis- EgyptAir, “he did not board the plane which indi- takes that have been com-
cuss” Assad’s departure as part of any negotiated cates that he had been arrested by the Syrian mitted at the Kuwait Stock
solution. authorities.” Exchange, has committed a
Syria’s only regional ally Iran said it will sub- It was not possible to confirm the report. big mistake, reports Al-
mit a proposal for ending the conflict at a Non- Nyrabia is an independent film and documen-
tary producer who co-founded his own produc- Anba daily.
Aligned Movement summit next week, saying it On his social networking
included “all parties” but giving no further tion company Proaction Film, and is a director of
a documentary festival in Syria known as DOX website Twitter he said, the
details. government has committed
World powers are divided over how to end a BOX, according to the company’s website.
He has also acted, taking the lead role in “The a grave mistake by referring
conflict that is also heightening tensions in Al-Teraiji to the Public
neighbouring nations, and Syrian demonstrators Door to the Sun” which made the Cannes
who took to the streets after weekly Muslim Official Selection in 2004, it said. Prosecution.
prayers protested at the lack of international Nyrabia, who studied film production at the He indicated it is a nation-
action. Sorbonne in France, has frequently served as a al duty to stop all kinds of
“The world disgusts us,” chanted protesters in panellist and jury member in festivals in the corruption and bring in
Daraa, birthplace of the revolt that began with Middle East and Europe. reforms. He added the gov-
peaceful protests against the regime in March “Orwa is one of Syria’s real young, sharp ernment by doing so has
2011. minds in the film industry,” fellow independent violated Articles No 99, 108
film maker Wael Omar told AFP from Cairo. and 110 of the Constitution
Pressure This year’s documentary festival was due to
The West is nevertheless ramping up the pres- take place in March but was cancelled in protest which gives a lawmaker the
sure, with Washington and London threatening at the continuing bloodshed in Syria. right to practice his powers
possible action if Damascus uses its chemical “We are outraged, disheartened and anguished and use his constitutional
weapons although Moscow has told them not to at the silence of the world as it has witnessed the tools.
meddle in Syria’s internal affairs. massacre of our people,” the festival website Moreover, a lawmaker
France also said it backed a partial no-fly zone said. has the right to express
over Syria, where the regime is intensifying its Omar, an Egyptian, said the last time he saw his/her opinions and ideas
attacks from the air as it battles to stamp out rebel Nyrabia was at a documentary festival in through the Parliament and
strongholds in Aleppo and pockets of resistance Amsterdam in November. its committees because
in the capital Damascus. “I was telling him how I couldn’t believe he he/she represents the entire
France and Germany said they are pushing for hadn’t been arrested yet,” Omar said. “He told nation.
Security Council action on the humanitarian cri- me: ‘I don’t think the authorities look at me and For his part, MP Waleed
sis gripping much of the country, where the UN say... that’s a threat we need to take seriously.’” Al-Tabtabaei said the gov-
says over one million are homeless and 2.5 mil- Priest
lion in need of help. ernment has violated the
The UN refugee agency said the flow of Christians must do everything they can to Constitution by pursuing Al-
refugees fleeing the fighting had jumped, with avoid the destruction of Syria’s religious plural- Teraiji just because he had
202,500 people registering in neighbouring ism, a Catholic priest forced to leave after spend- submitted a query during his
countries. ing 30 years in a monastery north of Damascus duty in the National
Lebanon was rattled again by new fighting said this week. Assembly. He stressed now
between rival pro-and anti-Assad communities Father Paolo Dall’Oglio speaks with emotion it is the duty of the Public
in the northern city of Tripoli, with 14 people about a country that he says enshrines “the ideal Prosecution to shelve the
killed since Monday, stoking fears of a spillover of Arab ecumenism” and the lifetime he spent lawsuit.
of the Syria conflict. building bridges between Christians and
Warplanes and artillery again pounded the Muslims in his mountaintop church in Mar
northern hub of Aleppo and several other areas
across the country, a watchdog said.
The thick-bearded 57-year-old fights back Kuwaiti injured
tears as he remembers the thousands of victims
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said August is already the deadliest single month of the conflict and accuses the international com- during quarrel
of the conflict with more than 4,000 people killed munity of “irresponsibility” which could pave
in barely three weeks, and an overall death toll of the way for the rise of Islamist groups. KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24: A
around 24,500. An energetic Italian Jesuit who has also lived Kuwaiti citizen in his 30s
In the day’s bloodiest single attack, 21 people in Lebanon, Dall’Oglio left Syria in June under sustained various injuries
including 12 women and a child were killed in an strong pressure from the Syrian regime and is in during a quarrel with four Photos by Rizk Taufiq
air and artillery strike in Mayadin that levelled at Rome for consultations on the crisis including others in Kabad. The Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait held a reception over the Eid Al Fitr holidays. Diplomats, Egyptian and Kuwaiti
least one residential building, Observatory head with the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. Eyewitnesses revealed that citizens graced the occasion.
Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. He calls himself the “chaplain of the revolu- gunshots were fired into the
Al-Ikhbariya, a government satellite channel, tion” and told AFP in the Thursday interview that air during the quarrel.
Syrians “have the right to defend themselves
said security forces were “engaged in combat
with an armed terrorist group in the Mayadin with arms” against an unjust regime.
When Operations Room
at Ministry of Interior
Fake KD 20 note cases increasing
region, killing dozens of terrorists”. During the interview, Dall’Oglio’s mobile
phone rings: a friend from Homs, the bombed- received information about
In all 129 people were killed nationwide,
according to the Observatory, which has a net-
work of activists, doctors and other sources on
out city that has become a symbol of the bloody
“A priest whose two brothers have been kid-
the quarrel, securitymen and
paramedics rushed to the
scene and discovered that
CBK to discuss methods to encounter
the ground but whose information cannot be
independently confirmed. napped. He thinks I have the right contacts but I the Kuwaiti citizen fractured KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24: The through the addition of a broad rently being studied, adding that
It also reported heavy shelling on several dis- no longer have any direct influence on the his left hand and injured his Central Bank of Kuwait will hold magnetic strip as well as security the concerned authorities have
tricts of Aleppo, scene of the fiercest fighting since ground,” Dall’Oglio said. head and back. They also a meeting next week with various indications to differentiate been looking into this matter for a
the conflict first entangled the commercial hub a He said the Christian minority in Syria is found a pistol with him.
month ago, as well as Daraa, the northwestern caught in a complex bind and is “in danger” even Paramedics provided first local banks to discuss about meth- between a fake and a genuine long time and the pending analy-
province of Idlib and Hama in the centre. though it is not expressly being targeted by aid at the site to the injured ods to counter the increasing note. sis is its suitability with ongoing
The opposition Syrian National Council rebels. citizen, after which he was cases of fake KD 20 notes being They explained that the propos- economic growth.
warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the Al-Assad’s government has used “a systemat- referred to Farwaniya used, reports Al-Shahid daily al will be reviewed from all They indicated that a high level
central city of Homs, saying it had been under ic strategy to force Christians to remain allied Hospital. The other suspects
siege for 80 days and was in desperate need of with it,” he said, adding that men and women of quoting reliable sources. aspects and will be endorsed of coordination exists between
the clergy were being coopted to keep Christians
escaped before the officials They said the local banks will immediately if it fulfils all techni- the Central Bank of Kuwait and
food and medical supplies.
on the regime’s side. arrived at the location.
Rebels said they were digging in for a war of
Securitymen are waiting present a proposal during the cal requirements and is approved other financial establishments to
attrition in Aleppo, where the regime had warned Syria “has the vocation to express the ideal of meeting to the Central Bank of by all concerned authorities. control any monetary infringe-
last month of “the mother of all battles”. Arab ecumenism where Muslims, Christians and for the revival of the vic-
“We don’t have enough weapons, they (the Jews have retained an ancient civilisation,” he tim’s health to proceed with Kuwait regarding changes to be They revealed that the proposal ment that could emerge in the
Syrian army) don’t have enough men,” said one said. the investigations. implemented on KD 20 note to introduce KD 50 notes is cur- markets.