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‘Pay power bills or face law’

KUWAIT CITY : Assistant Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs at the Ministry of Electricity and Water Engineer Jassem Al-Lenqawi says the ministry has decided to take legal actions against defaulting consumers after several means to collect outstanding power bills have proved futile, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
Engineer Al-Lenqawi urges the consumers concerned to quickly pay their outstanding power bills to avoid the wrath of law. He said the ministry has already issued several warning letters without attaining adequate response. He stressed it’s about to implement legal action.
He stated that he is ready to personally cooperate with consumers who find it difficult to pay their debts once, such that he would device a means to ease the payment. “The ministry has commenced the procedure, which will affect citizens and expatriates alike,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Engineer Al-Lenqawi Monday paid an inspection visit to Jleb Al-Shoyoukh and Hasawi where he discovered that some property owners tapped electricity connection to houses they rent out to bachelors without meters. He stated that the connections were badly done and it is dangerous to human lives within the premises, so he ordered for immediate disconnection. He also distributed last warning letters to certain defaulting residences. “We are more determined to collect all outstanding power bills and deliberate actions to avoid payment will meet stiff actions from the ministry,” the astute engineer warned.

Visa cheats edit; Names of 20,000 expats ‘deleted’

KUWAIT CITY, April 28: Names of 20,000 expatriates have been deliberately deleted from the data base of the computer of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, reports Al-Shahid daily quoting sources in the ministry. The daily added the persons whose names have been deleted have valid residence permits and they could have trouble when they renew or transfer their residence permits.
The daily added employees in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor are hand in gloves with the employers and help the employers delete the names of employees under their sponsorship so that they can sponsor new laborers.

No proof of Indian role in Pak terror: Holbrooke

Islamabad: Pakistan should focus on militancy within its borders instead of worrying about India's presence in Afghanistan as there is no evidence to suggest that New Delhi is backing the extremists, US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke has said.
"Pakistan does not have to worry about India in Afghanistan. They need to worry about the miscreants in western Pakistan," Holbrooke said in an interview with Geo News channel at the US State Department in Washington.
"Now if the Indians were supporting those miscreants, that would be extraordinarily bad (and) really dangerous. But they're not. There is no evidence at all that the Indians are supporting the miscreants in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas or North West Frontier Province or Waziristan. None," he said.
Holbrooke was responding to a question on Pakistan's concerns about India's presence in Afghanistan. He noted that India has been playing a key role in the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country.
"India has given Afghanistan about $1 billion in assistance. They're rebuilding the parliament building, they've built a very useful road in the southwestern part of the country leading down towards Iran. They're training agricultural experts, they're giving scholarships. The Indians have published a pamphlet on what they're doing. I don't think that should be cause of concern for Pakistan."

Aamir, Shah Rukh lead IIFA lists

Two of Bollywood's biggest names, Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan are
leading this year's International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards

The 10th IIFA festival, which begins from May 11 to 13, will be
held in Macau, in China.
"2009 celebrates a decade of IIFA magic and promises to be yet

another enthralling experience to be held at the Venetian Macao,
" said Amitabh Bachchan, the IIFA brand ambassador while announcing
the nominees here.

Shah Rukh Khan has been nominated for his portrayal of the simpleton
Surinder Sahni in 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' while Aamir got the nod for
his acting in the gory revenge drama 'Ghajini'.
Other nominees in the category are

Naseeruddin Shah: 'A Wednesday',
Abhishek Bachchan : 'Dostana',
Hrithik Roshan :Jodhaa Akbar.
Interestingly, Abhishek Bachchan has two other nominations this year.

Best Actor and Best Comic Actor for: 'Dostana'
along with Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'Sarkaar Raj'.

'Ghajini' and 'Jodha Akbar' have gathered the most
nominations with a nod in all the prominent categories including,
Best Picture
Best Actor (Male)
Best Actor (Female) and
Best Music

Other films which have got multiple nominations are:
'A Wednesday', "Rock on', 'Fashion' and 'Race'.

Kuwait to revamp public transport network

Kuwaiti Minister of Public Works and State Minister for Municipal Affairs Fadhil Safar has signed a contract for developing the country's public transport network at a cost of KD 1.6 million.
The signing ceremony was attended by Kuwait Municipality Director-General Ahmad al-Subeeh and several other municipal officials.
Emerging from the event, the minister told reporters that the project would take 15 months to complete, and include an integrated study and plan.
The idea of public transport and new cities is the practical way to end traffic congestion in Kuwait, he said.
He laid it bare that the Kuwait Municipality would sign three new contracts soon for developing the capital city.
The transport network development project provides for identifying public transport problems, developing means of transport, finding solutions to traffic problems until 2030 and inventing various alternatives, the minister added.

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