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Kuwaitis in apartments to be exempted from paying higher power fees: Lawmaker

MP Faisal Al-Shaya
MP Faisal Al-Shaya

KUWAIT: Chairman of the parliamentary financial affairs committee MP Faisal Al-Shaya said that the committee would rephrase the new electricity consumption tariff law to add new amendments to exempt citizens living in investment residential buildings from the new prices as well. This step helps prevent a scenario where Kuwaitis living in apartments would challenge the constitutionality of the law based on the fact that it does not equal them with citizens living in houses, who were exempted from the law. The parliament passed the law in its first hearing last Wednesday.

Holiday delayed
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is expected to issue a directive within a few days to announce shifting the Esra and Miraj holiday from Wednesday, May 4 to Thursday, May 5.

Meds prices
Starting next week, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states will reduce the prices of 400 medicines by 10 to 60 percent, especially allergy medicines. This comes in implementation of the decisions made by the GCC committee formed by the executive office of the GCC health ministers.

Policeman questioned
An environment police officer is being interrogated for standing by and doing nothing while nine juveniles were fighting in a popular mall, said security sources, noting a video circulated over social media networks showing the officer standing by watching the fight like other civilians did.

Suspects arrested with contrabands
Narcotics detectives separately arrested two citizens and two expats for drug trafficking, said security, sources noting that the two citizens were arrested with 15 grams of heroin, an expat woman was arrested with four grams of marijuana and an expat man was arrested with 500 illicit pills. Meanwhile, an Asian man was arrested with 48 homebrewed liquor bottles, said security sources. Case papers indicate that a police patrol suspected three Asians standing by a vehicle in an open yard in Salmiya and on approaching them, they fled the scene on foot, except for one, who was arrested. On searching the vehicle, policemen found six imported whiskey bottles and 42 home-made liquor bottles.

By A Saleh

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