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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2011
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                                                                                                                   Health ministry under fire

Actor ‘Al-Deerah’ really battling cancer: Al-Rashed
                                                                                                           KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: The poor health           recovery depends on the patient’s psy-      istration were discussed. In the course       expense. He also complained about the
                                                                                                           of Kuwaiti actor Khaled Al-A’agrooga,         chological state; hence, it is natural to   of the meeting, Al-Rashed called the          attitude of Kuwait’s embassy in Thailand
                                                                                                           nicknamed Wild Al-Deerah, is real and         see the actor going out to cafés and        actor — who is currently in Thailand          and the stance adopted by the Higher
                                                                                                           not exaggerated as claimed by some of         leading a normal life. He criticized        for treatment — and announced that the        Committee for Overseas Treatment in
                                                                                                           the media, film director Khaled Al-           recent reports that said the actor is       crown prince of Abu Dhabi emirate             that regard. He reiterated that his treat-
                                                                                                           Rashed was quoted by Al-Seyassah              feigning illness and he is only suffering   Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed will                ment was suspended for 18 days in April
                                                                                                           daily as saying.                              from swollen feet.                          bear the actor’s medical expenses.            due to the embassy’s delay in processing
                                                                                                              According to Al-Rashed, the actor is          Al-Rashed revealed this during a            Meanwhile, Al-A’agrooga condemned          an extension request he submitted, which
                                                                                                           battling neck and intestinal cancer. He       gathering at the “Fan 1” center, where      a decision by Kuwaiti Ministry of Health      contributed to his deteriorating health
                                                                                                           pointed out that the major aspect of          the flaws of overseas treatment admin-      refusing his request to be treated at its     condition.

                                                                                                           210 cases of money laundering
                                                                                                           detected in Kuwait: IMF report
                                                                                                                                                       Twenty nine of the suspected ‘convicted’
                                                                                                           KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7:
                           Sheikh Mohammed receiving the doctorate                                         The        International
                                                                                                           Monitory Fund (IMF)
                                                                                                           has disclosed that 210
                                                                                                           cases of money launder-
                                                                                                           ing were detected in
                                                                                                           Kuwait. The report said
                                                                                                           all cases were referred to
                                                                                                           the Public Prosecution
                                                                                                           and 29 of the suspects
                                                                                                           have been convicted of
                                                                                                           wrong doing, 15 have
                                                                                                           been acquitted while the
                                                                                                           cases of others are being
                                                                                                           investigated, reports Al-
                                                                                                           Shahed daily.
                                                                                                              The report issued by the
                                                                                                           IMF says the size of the
                                                                                                           deposits is not important,
                                                                                                           irrespective whether they
                                                                                                           were millions or not, but the
                                                                                                           important thing is the
                                                                                                           source of this money and
                                                                                                           whether these accusations
                                                                                                           are true or false.
                                                                                            KUNA photos       The report stresses the need
                          Kuwait’s foreign minister touring an exhibition                                  to comply with international
                                                                                                           treaties related to ‘political’
                                                                                                           since Kuwait is a signatory of
                 ‘Obligation to search for the truth’                                                      these treaties. It is also impor-
                                                                                                           tant to issue correct superviso-
                                                                                                           ry reports periodically.
                                                                                                              The report noted this issue
Perugia honors Kuwait FM                                                                                   needs to be addressed serious-
                                                                                                           ly, because in Kuwait, until
                                                                                                           2002 there was no law to pun-
PERUGIA, Italy, Oct 7, (KUNA): The                     the Kuwaiti minister, adding that Kuwait had        ish money laundering accused.
University for Foreigners of Perugia granted           played a crucial role in the Commission of the         The source pointed out that
Friday the honorary doctorate to Kuwait                Brandt line, proposed by German Chancellor          Kuwait’s image is at stake due
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign          Willy Brandt in the 1980s, a north-south divide     to the deposits issues. The
Affairs Dr Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem              socio-economic and political division that          source added the case is of
Al-Sabah in recognition of his leading diplo-          exists between the wealthy developed coun-          grave seriousness and will
matic role in the regional and international           tries, known collectively as “the north,” and the   damage Kuwait’s image over-
affairs.                                               poorer developing countries (least developed        seas in addition to repercus-
   The University’s Rector, Professor Stefania         countries), or “the south.” Kuwait, affirmed        sions that will follow in the
Giannini, lauded during the annual inaugura-           Sheikh Mohammad, was keen on narrowing              regional and global level.
tion of the 2011-12 academic year Sheikh               the void amongst the north and south by pro-           Referring Kuwaiti lawmak-
Mohammad’s long, illustrious political and             moting cooperation and mutual benefits, noting      ers to the prosecution for
diplomatic career in the Gulf region which             that Kuwait had hosted the commission’s meet-       accepting bribe money is a
focused the notions of peace and security in           ing in 1982 as part of such stride.                 serious issue which shows
one of the world’s most vital regions.                    The Iraqi invasion in 1990 has solidified        fighting corruption in Kuwait
   On his part, Italian Foreign Minister Franco        Kuwait’s stance with international laws and         has become necessary, the
Frattini praised the Kuwaiti official, saying that     resolutions, said Sheikh Mohammad, adding           report said. The report also
Sheikh Dr Mohammad played a commendable                that the dilemma helped to further shape            indicated that the absence of
role in cementing the friendship between Italy         Kuwait’s foreign policy with regard of a num-       assets and financial disclosure
and Kuwait, adding that he has personally              ber of international issues like the Mideast        law is leading to holding to
backed Sheikh Dr Mohammad’s nomination                 peace process and the Iranian nuclear file.         account the giver and taker of
for the doctorate (Lectio Doctoralis) in                  He also indicated that Kuwait had dealt with     the bribe money.
Communication Systems and International                the fall of the Iraqi “Saddami regime” in 2003         The report affirms there is
Relations.                                             with a new perspective towards regional peace       corruption in Kuwait and in           Chairperson of the Women Cultural and Social Society (WCSS) Sheikha Al-Nisf commended the Bayt Abdullah Children’s
   “We seek closer exchange of views with all          and co-existence.                                   other countries and this is nor-      Hospice (BACCH) for providing the best facilities and treatment for children suffering from chronic diseases during the
active players within the regional organizations          As a result, Kuwait became more active on a      mal practice, but when the rate                           society’s visit to the hospice recently. Top & above: some photos from the visit.
particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council              diplomatic level with number of foreign mis-        of corruption goes up sharply,
(GCC) such as the State of Kuwait which                sions increasing to 94 with around 12 new           then there must be a pause
showed a strong commitment to strengthening
the bilateral ties on all scales,” he said.
                                                       embassies opened last year, said Sheikh
                                                       Mohammad, noting that Kuwait was eager to
                                                                                                           because that will cause to
                                                                                                           Kuwait as a sovereign state
                                                                                                                                                 ‘Awqaf’ forms panel to work out pilgrimage leave
   In accordance with the University’s tradi-          boost relations with other countries and cited      regionally and internationally        KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: Ministry of                rites of the pilgrimage this year to             observing that many workers
tions, Sheikh Mohammad then addressed a lec-           the year 2006 as an example which saw the           and even on the internal front.
ture on international relations which focused          signing of 164 agreements and memos with 42                                               Awqaf and Islamic Affairs formed a             avoid the exploitation of leaves,                exploit the leave granted to pil-
                                                                                                              The source attributed the
on Kuwait’s role in mending fences amongst             friendly states.                                    millions of dinars deposit case       committee recently to work with the            reports Al-Rai daily quoting reli-               grims, besides the fact that figures
nations.                                                  Kuwait also opened around 12 new                 to a conflict among thieves,          concerned ministries and state insti-          able sources.                                    the accredited caravans have issued
   Speaking as a former university academic            embassies and foreign missions abroad,              which is the main cause for           tutions and provide the list of                   The same sources noted the min-               indicate the registration of about 95
and lecturer, Sheikh Mohammad said that as             increasing the number to 90, revealed the offi-     surfacing a number of previous        names of workers performing the                istry has taken this decision after              percent of pilgrims.
Kuwaitis and Arab-Muslims, it was an obliga-           cial.                                               and current scandals. The
tion to search for the truth and information              Sheikh Mohammad also touched on the              source stressed more scandals
where ever it was, adding that critical thinking       Kuwaiti leadership and people’s ambition to         will subsequently surface over                Union supports demands
and the thirst for knowledge were two impor-           turn Kuwait into a financial and commercial         the next days. The report con-
tant things for any world society.                     regional hub, via a development plan which          siders Kuwait a state of institu-
   “Ever since its independence in 1961,
Kuwait had adopted a neutral stance towards
                                                       goes into effect in 2014 and would carry on
                                                       till 2035 with an estimated budget of $120
                                                                                                           tions but they are institutions in
                                                                                                           appearance not real.
                                                                                                                                                 Municipality staff backed
issues concerning the East and the West,” said         billion.                                               The report added the suspi-        KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: Deputy Head of the Workers Union in
                                                                                                           cious deposits exited for long        Kuwait Municipality Mohammad Al-A’arada says the Arab
                                                                                                           time, it is not a new issue, but      Union of Municipalities and Tourism Workers support the
                                                                                                           the money involved was not
                       News in Brief                                                                       huge. The report asks who is
                                                                                                                                                 demands of Kuwait Municipality employees, reports Al-Anba
                                                                                                           responsible for disclosing the
                                                                                                           bank secrets and says man-               Al-A’arada who also heads the executive office of the Arab
                                                                                                           agers cannot absolve them-            union added that workers’ demands have been locked up in the
    4,500 apply for housing care: As                   Mulla. Qaisar Hijazin, Secretary General of         selves of the responsibility.         drawers of Civil Service Council and the Civil Service
    many as 4,500 Kuwaiti women, including             ABLCC, told Kuwait News Agency, KUNA,                                                     Commission, even as those demands are legitimate and fulfill all
    spinsters, widows and divorced women,              Friday that the aim of this visit is to get                                               necessary conditions approved by the concerned authorities.
                                                       acquainted on the economic development proj-
    besides those married to non-Kuwaiti men
    applied for housing care, Director of the          ects in Kuwait and to find ways to strengthen       ‘Hospital project                        He criticized the continuous unfairness suffered by supervi-
                                                                                                                                                 sors and workers in the municipality, as well as legal personnel
    Credit and Savings Bank (CSB) Salah Al-            economic and financial relations in various
    Modef told Al-Rai daily.                           fields between Kuwait and Belgium.                  as per schedule’                      working in different departments and administrations. He went
                                                                                                                                                 on to demand immediate approval of their pay scale and other
       Al-Modef said the applicants have been             He said the Belgian delegation will meet
    given specific dates to visit the CSB for fur-     with Kuwaiti Minister of Health, Dr. Hilal Al-      KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: The               financial increments.
    ther procedures. He mentioned that only 50         Sayer and the Minister of Trade and Industry,       administrator of Jaber Al-
    out of the original 1,700 fulfilled the condi-     Dr. Amani Buresli, while the Kuwait Chamber         Ahmad Hospital project
    tions and that the bank is studying the remain-    of Commerce will organize meetings with             Engineer Ali Nadoum has stat-                          ‘Sacrifices great’
    ing applications.                                  Kuwaiti businessmen. (KUNA)                         ed that the project will be com-
       He called on Kuwaiti women, who have                            ❑       ❑       ❑                   pleted on schedule, in the face
    houses or apartments and still desire to get
    housing care facilities that are granted as per    Sheikh Salman in GCC meet: Under-
                                                       secretary of Kuwait’s Ministry of Information
                                                                                                           of many challenges, such as
                                                                                                           shortage of technical laborers
                                                                                                                                                 Teachers earn praise
    the new law, to visit the bank and fill the                                                            to facilitate its completion,
    applications. He asked such candidates to          Sheikh Salman Al-Homoud Al-Sabah arrived                                                  KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7, (KUNA): Minister of Education and
                                                       in Dubai on Friday to participate in a meeting      reports Al-Seyassah daily.
    come with all the required documents.                                                                     Engineer Nadoum pointed            Minister of Higher Education Ahmad Al-Milaifi has called on
                                                       of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s ministers of                                            teachers to do their best in performing their tasks and educating
                    ❑       ❑       ❑                  information.                                        out that Kuwait has many mar-
                                                                                                           ginal workers without techni-         the youth, expressing deep admiration at their great role for the
    Belgian delegation to visit Kuwait: A                 The meeting, due at the level of GCC infor-                                            progress of the society of Kuwait.
    16-member trade delegation from Belgium,           mation undersecretaries, on Saturday, would         cal ability, but they could be
                                                       be preparatory for the 19th ministerial meet-       useful instead of wasting time           Speaking at a ceremony, held by the media committee of the
    representing various sectors of the economy,
    including engineering, construction, banking,      ing, scheduled on Sunday. Sheikh Salman Al-         and effort to bring in technical      Teacher’s Day, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Education,
    health, metal industries, and the transport sec-   Hamoud was received by Kuwaiti Consul               personnel from abroad.                the minister called for “generous honoring” of the teachers who
    tor is set to visit Kuwait next week.              General for Dubai and the northern Emirates,           He stressed that Jaber Al-         exert tremendous efforts for educating the young.
       The 3-day visit from Monday until               Tareq Al-Hamad. Speaking to KUNA, Sheikh            Ahmad project has enjoyed                “The efforts and sacrifices of the teachers are so great and
    Wednesday is organised by the Arab-Belgium-        Salman expressed satisfaction to be in the          privacy compared to previous          unlimited to the extent that we will never be able to pay them
    Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce (ABLCC)              UAE, and hoped that the preparatory meeting         projects the Ministry of Public       back what they deserve,” the minister said.
    in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce        “would contribute to highlighting the GCC           Works implemented, indicat-              Following the ceremony, the higher committee for celebrating
    and Industry of Kuwait and in coordination         media work.” He added, Kuwait would submit          ing state of the art facilities and   the Teacher’s Day held a meeting, under chairmanship of the
    with the Embassy of Kuwait in Brussels with        a paper concerning affairs of the Gulf media.       other modern techniques are           Assistant Undersecretary for Students’ Activities, Duaij Al-
    the full support of Ambassador Nabila Al-          (KUNA)                                              employed to speed up its com-         Duaij, discussing preparations for the upcoming major festival
                                                                                                           pletion.                              for honoring teachers.

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