Lawmaker to grill labor minister over trafficking – Maliya underpass scrapped over ‘immorality’ fears

Minister Hind Al-Subaih
Minister Hind Al-Subaih

KUWAIT: MP Mohammad Tana Al-Enezi announced intentions to file a new grilling motion against Minister of Social Affairs and labor, Minister of Planning and Development Hind Al-Subaih, inquiring about an interview she gave to Al-Majlis TV channel. Enezi added that his grilling motion would also focus on visa traffickers and demands to name and expose them before the entire Kuwaiti society.

He also said he demanded that the minister reveals the name of a lawmaker she claimed had asked her to approve a residency transaction. “The minister will take the podium soon and I dare her to expose the names of visa traffickers,” he underscored.

Last October, the parliament debated a grilling motion that Enezi filed against Subain on alleged violations in four sectors under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor – the public authority for the disabled, the public manpower authority, the cooperative societies sector and the social care homes sector. On a different concern, Enezi told reporters that the parliament’s foreign affairs committee had approved a bill on passing the amended agreement on Arab cooperation in relief aid operations. He added that the committee also approved a bill allowing Kuwait to join the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

Underpass scrapped
Kuwait Municipality cancelled a previous decision to build a pedestrian tunnel near the Sheraton roundabout at the end of Fahd Al-Salem Street and decided to build a pedestrian overpass in order to avoid the tunnel being used for immoral acts.

KOTC fleet
Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) announced that KOTC will complete the final phase of its five-year plan during which its fleet will have 35 tankers by 2020. Speaking in an interview with Robban Assafina magazine, a bimonthly Middle Eastern Arabic/English magazine specialized in maritime shipping, ships, offshore and marine technology, Sheikh Talal stressed that the construction of a giant crude oil tanker, three giant liquefied gas tankers and four medium range oil tankers was already in progress with the ultimate goal of developing Kuwait’s fleet of oil tankers and serve KPC’s regional and international strategic goals. Commenting on KOTC winning international awards in 2015, Sheikh Talal stressed that KOTC considers being nominated for awards as important as winning them, because this is only done according to tangible achievements. He also attributed winning the Naval Commander award more than once to the efforts exerted by his colleagues in KOTC as a whole team. Sheikh Talal also discussed the company’s scholarship programs through which many citizens were dispatched to study maritime majors in international academic institutions as a means to encourage more Kuwaiti young men to take up this profession. Environmentally speaking, Sheikh Talal noted that the new oil tankers had been equipped with the latest environment-friendly machinery and equipment that reduce both air and sea pollution rates.

By A Saleh

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