The council of ministers imposed a 12-hour nightly curfew from 5:00 pm to 5:00 am for one month starting on March 7 as the number of coronavirus cases has increased sharply with the health ministry recording a record high number yesterday.
At an extraordinary meeting yesterday, the council of ministers also extended a ban on the entry of foreigners into Kuwait “until a further notice,” government spokesman Tareq Al-Mazrem said yesterday.
The council of ministers meanwhile allowed salons and health clubs to reopen during the day after a one-month closure but kept restaurants and cafes closed except for drive-through and delivery services. The cabinet also ordered all parks and public gardens closed in addition to shutting all public seating places. It allowed taxis to carry only two passengers.
During the curfew period, the cabinet allowed people to go to Fajr, Maghreb and Isha prayers at mosques only by walking. During the curfew hours, pharmacies, medical stores, cooperative societies and supermarkets to continue operation only through delivery services.
The health ministry yesterday reported 1,716 new coronavirus cases, the largest daily haul so far, in addition to eight deaths. Kuwait reported 7,949 cases in December, which rose to 14,673 cases in January and jumped to 25,595 cases in February, according to official figures. The ministry of health reported as many as 5,645 new cases just in the first four days of March. In the past week, the number of cases rose by 30 percent to 8,473 cases over the previous month.
Mazrem called on the public to comply more firmly with health conditions and said that during the day, people should leave homes only when necessary. The cabinet statement said that the partial lockdown will be evaluated at the end of the one month period, hinting at a possible extension.
Asked if the sharp increase in the number of cases was because of the discovery of a new strain, Mazrem said that health authorities have reported a new strain but did not explain. The council of ministers asked the interior ministry to implement the curfew and assigned the national guard forces to assist.-K.T.
The routine consular services at the Embassy will continue to remain suspended till 11 March 2021 as part of precautionary health measures related to COVID-19, based on advice by concerned health authorities in Kuwait. However, emergency consular services, including death case registrations and ICWF assistance requests, will continue to be rendered by the Mission on a priority basis.
Requests for emergency consular services may kindly be sent to email@example.com.
Passport Services at all the three out sourced passport centers in Abbasiya, Fahaheel and Sharq, will continue to function normally.
Ambassador met H.E. Sheikh Yousuf Abdullah Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah, Director General, Kuwait Ports Authority on 04 Mar & discussed, inter-alia, bilateral relations, ways of strengthening cooperation especially in trade and investments domain including in the maritime sector & diaspora matters.
Ambassador met H.E. Ali Sulaiman Al-Saeed, Assistant Foreign Minister, Asia Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kuwait (03 Mar) & discussed, inter-alia, bilateral relations, ways and means for enhancing cooperation in various fields & diaspora matters.
The Embassy of India, Kuwait is organizing ‘Virtual Ayurveda Conclave’on 03rd March 2021 (Wednesday) from 14:00 hrs (16:30 hrs IST).
Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary (AYUSH) will virtually inaugurate ‘AYUSH Information Cell’ at the Embassy of India, Kuwait.
All Indian nationals and friends of India in Kuwait are cordially invited to join the event virtually.
The virtual link for the conclave is as follows:
Meeting ID: 995 4009 8918 Passcode: 815707
The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) PSLV-C51 blasted off the agency's launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharkota, today, a little before 10.30 am, carrying 19 payloads and ringing in its schedule for 2021 in all glory.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle took off exactly as planned, carrying Brazil's 637-kg Amazonia-1, an optical earth observation satellite, as its primary passenger. The 18 'co-passengers' include four of IN- SPACe and 14 of ISRO's commercial arm, NewSpace India (NSIL).
The IN-SPACe satellites include three UNITYsats from a consortium of Indian academic institutes and one Satish Dhawan unit from Space Kidz India, which will study space radiation, among other things. It also includes an engraved picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi symbolising his Atmanirbhar initiative and Space privatisation.
An e-copy of the Bhagavad Gita, saved on an SD-card, is also part of the package, Space Kidz has said, according to a PTI report.
This is the first dedicated PSLV commercial mission for NSIL, which is undertaking it under a commercial arrangement with Seattle-based firm Spaceflight.
The mission will continue for the next 1.5 hours with PS4 to be restarted twice for the rocket to reach a lower orbit to inject the remaining 18 satellites.
Kuwait’s Embassy in New Delhi celebrated the 60th National Day and the 30th Liberation Day late Friday.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the participation was limited to few officials from the Indian External Affairs Ministry led by Secretary Sanjay Bhattacharyya and several ambassadors from Arab Muslim and other countries in New Delhi. Kuwaiti Ambassador to India Jassem Al-Najim extended his heartfelt greetings to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti government and people. Najim added that the current year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kuwait and India, and that the relations between the two friendly countries are progressing at a good pace in political, economic and cultural fields.
He also recalled efforts made to eradicate the pandemic and Indian support to Kuwait by sending medical teams in order to combat the coronavirus. The Ambassador added that the embassy received several congratulatory messages from various Indian government agencies and members of the diplomatic corps in New Delhi on the occasion. President of India Ram Nath Kovind had sent a cable of congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Nawaf on the occasion of the National Day, and the Indian Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar, also sent a similar message to Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah.— KUNA
External Affairs Minister of India Dr S Jaishankar congratulated Kuwait on its National day.
"Deeply value our historical ties and dynamic relationship," Minister Dr S Jaishankar tweeted.
We are pleased to invite you to "National Science Day Celebration" to be held on 02 March 2021 (Tuesday) at 11:30 am Kuwait Time (02:00 pm IST), organized by the Embassy of India, Kuwait.
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, eminent scientist and former DG, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research will deliver the inaugural Dr. C V Raman Annual Lecture. He will speak on the theme ‘Indian Science, Technology and Innovation: the Changing Landscape’.
Her Excellency Dr. Samira Omar, DG, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research will be the Chief Guest of the event.
The event will be in a hybrid format with limited in-person participation, clubbed with virtual participation from a large number of scientists and community members in Kuwait and India.
The link and login details for the virtual event are below:
Embassy of India, Kuwait is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: National Science Day Celebration
Time: Mar 2, 2021 11:30 AM Kuwait
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 938 2804 7126
We look forward to welcoming you for the event.
Indian national and wife of Chairman of Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association KKMA Sageer Thrikkarippu, Smt Sauda Sageer passed away in Kuwait after infected with Covid-19. She was admitted to the hospital after infected with Covid-19 for the past few days. She was 53 years old.
Her husband Sageer Thrikkaippur is also admitted to Jaber hospital for the past few days and his condition remains critical. Sageer Thrikkarippur is the Chairman of Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association KKMA and is an active figure in the community circle in Kuwait, hailing from Kasargod in Kerala.
Haripad Pravasi Association and Blood Donors Kerala Kuwait Chapter is jointly holding a Blood Donation Drive to commemorate Kuwait’s 60th Liberation Day on Friday, 26 February 2021; from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM; at Cooperative Centre for Blood Transfusion, Al Adan, Kuwait to show our pride and respect to the nation where we live.
Location Map. https://goo.gl/maps/E3cGDVUSWytuySJd7
Event will be conducted strictly adhering COVID-19 protocols set by MOH Kuwait under the supervision of Kuwait Central Blood Bank.
We request all our members, supporters, and well-wishers to join us to get through the difficult situation by giving your special gift for the needy.
For ONLINE Registration, please visit our website: https://www.bdkkuwait.org/event-registration/
Transportation will be arranged from selected locations.
For offline Registration & details please click any of the below links;
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Indian Ambassador Sri Sibi George held separate meetings with Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Services Affairs and Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces on Wednesday 23rd February.
Ambassador called-on H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdul-Samad Marafie, Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Services Affairs and discussed, inter-alia, bilateral ties, ways and means of enhancing bilateral cooperation, and matters related to Indian diaspora.
Ambassador also called-on His Excellency Lieutenant General Sheikh Khaled Al-Saleh Al-Sabah, Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces, State of Kuwait;and discussed ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields especially in the domains of defense and security, and other matters of mutual interest.
Hon’ble President of Kuwait Medical Association Dr. Ahmad Al Enizi, President of Indian Doctors’ Forum Dr. Amir Ahmed, Senior Doctors who are in our panel today, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Good evening to you all. Welcome to Embassy of India.
I begin by conveying my hearty greetings to our friends in Kuwait on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of their national day and 30th anniversary of their liberation day. We Indians in India and Indian community in Kuwait join them in celebrating this important anniversary. For Indians in Kuwait, it is a special occasion as this year we also celebrate the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. It is also the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. Altogether a great year of anniversaries to celebrate. Unfortunately we cannot celebrate it with a lot of festivities, but we propose to celebrate these anniversaries within the parameters of the Covid 19 guidelines and protocol set by the Ministry of Health.
I thank His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait and His Highness Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait for hosting the large Indian community in Kuwait and for the care and support the Government and the people of Kuwait extend to the Indian community during the Covid 19 pandemic.
I acknowledge the presence of Hon’ble President of Kuwait Medical Association Dr. Ahmad Al Enizi who has joined us and agreed to address us today. I recall my meeting him at the Kuwaiti Medical Association where we discussed the ways and means to strengthen our partnership in healthcare. In fact, cooperation in medical sector is a key element in our multifaceted bilateral relationship. I thank him for accepting my invitation and look forward to his address on this important topic; ‘Combating Covid 19: India –Kuwait Partnership’.
I also thank Indian Doctors’ Forum, its President Dr. Amir Ahmed and senior doctors who have joined us today as panelists and experts. The IDF team is our partners is always in the forefront of the efforts of the Embassy in ensuring the welfare of the Indian community in Kuwait. I thank IDF for its humanitarian efforts and its many endeavors in supporting the Indian community in its efforts to fight the pandemic.
These are difficult times for all. The Covid 19 crisis has become a global challenge of a magnitude that humanity has not experienced in recent memory. It is throwing up new challenges to every country, every society and every family including in India and here in Kuwait. I thank our doctors, nurses and other medical personnel all over the world who work day in and day out to save lives, in our fight against this pandemic.
Coming to our topic today, Combating Covid 19 pandemic, let me quote from the remarks by UN Secretary General António Guterres on January 28. He said and I quote: “I would like to say how much we count on India. I mean, India has one of the most advanced pharmaceutical industries. India played a very important role in the production of generics for use that was outside... a very important element of democratisation of access to medicines all over the world. ….And we strongly hope that India will have all the instruments that are necessary to play a major role in making sure that a global vaccination campaign becomes possible…..I think that the production capacity of India is one of the best assets the world has today, and I hope the world understands that it must be fully used. Unquote.
Let me quote from a recent address this week by the Foreign Secretary of India which aptly summarize India’s efforts in combating the pandemic and its engagement with the world in this crucial hour of crisis for the humanity. He said, “The COVID pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on the geo-political and geo-economic landscape. It is the greatest shock to the international system since the Second World War. We were also confronted with the most severe economic slowdown in living history. The human cost of the pandemic has been substantial. Lives and livelihoods both have been lost. Every facet of our national life has been affected by complexities and difficulties. Indian diplomacy and our external policies are no exception.” Unquote
As an Indian diplomat one is happy to note that India has acted with resolve during this unprecedented crisis. In India, the rate of spread of infections, the number of fatalities and the number of cases requiring hospitalisation and critical care have all shown a consistent decline in recent weeks. It being a large population, 1.3 billion people, 1/6th of the total population, the number of cases always appears big. India’s recovery rate is over 97%, compared to much lower recovery rate across the world. Active cases is only 2.7%. India’s fatality rate is 1.4 % which is much below the world average.
When we started the COVID crisis, India was a net importer of many items including masks, PPE test kits. Today it has not only become self-sufficient, but is exporting across the globe. It is a success story of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The period of lockdown was effectively used for capacity building. What we followed was an ‘all India effort’ involving Central Government, State Governments and District and Village authorities with people’s participation. Prime Minister regularly addressed the State Governments and the people directly launching various programs aimed at taking this ‘all India effort’ forward. In October Prime Minister launched a Jan Andolan (people’s movement) to ensure cooperative responsibility. I am happy to note that India is doing well in dealing with the pandemic today.
At the same time, India also focused on our diaspora and also on our immediate neighbors, extended neighbors including in the Gulf, friends and partners across the globe. The Vande Bharat Mission that India launched returned several million Indians back to their home country. This involved cooperation with many countries including State of Kuwait. Look at the scale, the largest operation in the world, which is still continuing.
Vasudaiva Kutumbakam, meaning the world is one, is central to India’s civilisational ethos. Vaccine Maitri, the global health diplomacy operation in which we have supplied vaccines - made in India - to nations across the world is a practical demonstration of our belief and our behavior in international relations. We have so far supplied about 230 lakh (23 million) doses of vaccines to friends and partners across the world. Indian vaccine capacities will generate another 1.1 billion doses for the WHO-led COVAX scheme that distributes them to developing countries across the world. In his address to the UN General Assembly in September last year Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi had assured the global community that India will use its production and delivery capacity to help all humanity in fighting the virus. This is exactly what we have done.
India has extended medical and other assistance to more than 150 countries in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic when the global crisis has severely tested the resilience of all nations. India has sent essential drugs, testing kits and other medical assistance. India has established its credentials as the pharmacy to the world during the crisis. Medications made in India were shipped to destinations across the world in daunting logistical circumstances imposed by lockdowns. Indian rapid response teams were deployed in 8 countries. Indian naval vessels and air force airplanes delivered supplies along a wide arc to friends and partners.
It is a matter of great pride to each one of us to see how India has not only developed its own indigenous vaccines but also supplied made in India vaccines to several countries including most countries in our neighborhood, extended neighborhood and in countries as far as Brazil. This is also reflective of the economic and scientific transformation that India witnessed in recent years. It is pertinent to mention that India has announced a gift of 200 thousand doses of Covid 19 vaccines to the United Nations peace keepers across the world.
I have seen reports that in addition to made in India Covishield vaccine, the made in India Covaxin by Bharat Biotech already covered over 9 million health workers and aims to cover 300 million people by August. India is also in the process of exporting this to various countries. Bharat biotech has been approached by several countries across the world for the procurement of Covaxin and supplies are expected to take place shortly to these countries.
As Ambassador of India to Kuwait, I am particularly happy to see the excellent cooperation between our two countries in the fight against Covid 19. Our doctors, nurses and other medical professionals through their hard work and sacrifice brings respect and admiration to our country. In April 2020, Government of India sent to Kuwait a 15-member rapid response team to combat the coronavirus pandemic. 200 thousand doses of Made in India vaccine Covishield reached Kuwait on February 1. We are exploring ways and means to further strengthen our cooperation and engagement in combating the pandemic.
Over the years, India has become an important destination for medical travel from all across the world including from Kuwait. There are several factors contributing to that: world class hospitals, finest doctors, medical infrastructure, personalised service and least expensive. Let me reiterate, India has become a pharmacy of the world. Indian pharma sector supplies over 60% of global demand for various vaccines, over 50% of generic demand in the US and 25% of all medicine in the UK. India largest producer of generic medicine in the world. I look forward to a day in coming months we will have the Indian generic medicine available in Kuwait as it is currently available in other parts of the world.
I once again thank you all for joining us. I urge all present here to share the link to others who could not join us today. We need to reach the valuable discussions of our panelists and experts on Combating Covid 19 pandemic to every Indian and friends of India in Kuwait.
I look forward to a very fruitful discussions today.
Thank you and Good Evening.
Feeling Proud!!! No Scary!!
- Hari Lakshmanan
As a "Frontliner" Health Worker, yesterday I am immunized with Made in India Vaccine COVISHIELD in Farwaniya Hospital in Kuwait during ongoing nationwide vaccine programme along with my colleagues. Meanwhile many Doctors, Staff Nurses and other health worker also got the shots.
After taking the dose, I am fine with mild fever, no headache, no vomit and no other adverse effects. I have to take Second dose after three months.
It brings me great pride that India's COVISHIELD is part of this Kuwait saving lives historic effort, and to endorse its safety and efficacy. It is a proud moment for the nation and a great milestone in India's scientific capability, a kickstart to the innovation ecosystem in India".
India's first COVID-19 approved COVISHIELD vaccine is a safest, good efficacy and cost effective, Which is stored and transported at a refrigeration temperature of 2-8 degree Celsius is made by taking a common cold virus called an adenovirus from chimpanzees and deleting about 20 per cent of the virus's instructions. It also follows the genetic instructions programmed into it by its developers to successfully provoke a strong immune response.
I would like to appeal to everyone, The vaccine is totally safe, effective, and we can defeat coronavirus only when all of us get vaccinated.
The Embassy of India, Kuwait is organizing a.symposium on ‘Combating COVID-19: India-Kuwait Partnership’ in association with Indian Doctors Forum(IDF), Kuwait on 23rd February 2021 (Tuesday) from 17:00hrs. (Kuwait Time)
All Indian nationals and friends of India in Kuwait are cordially invited to join the event virtually.
The virtual link for the symposium is as follows:
Meeting ID: 932 6638 5005
A chance encounter
Over the years, meeting VIPs, although infrequent, is definitely not a novel experience to me.
Indian Frontliners Founder – my dear friend Writer NC.Mohandoss with family went to bid adieu to H.E. Shri. Sibi George, Indian Ambassador to Kuwait. I got the opportunity to accompany them upon NCM’s invitation.
The whole Indian community including Mr.NCM has only admirable words for His Excellency. Everybody praised his tireless efforts and services to the community ever since he assumed duty. I wasn't exactly prepared as to how to interact with a man of his stature.
Upon entering the embassy premises, the thematic library at the entrance that was inaugurated by the ambassador caught my attention with its enthralling collection of books.
As we walked out of the elevator on the second floor of the building, I sensed the initial sense of flutter that precedes any exciting event. Although I have read more about detailed His excellency's experience and expertise in diplomatic service, a sudden sense of wonder took over me and the imminent interaction with the diplomat tingled my nerves.
When we were ushered into his office, I was pleasantly surprised by his warm and friendly nature. My anxiety was put to rest and the brief interaction that ensued was a sweet memorable one. Mrs & Mr.Mohandoss conveyed their gratitude to the ambassador for felicitating them with a farewell at the Indian Embassy.
When asked about his experience in Kuwait Shri. George said "At a time when the whole world is facing a tough crisis, the Indian diaspora in Kuwait is teaming up to help the needy. Also, the Kuwaiti officials hold the Indian community in high esteem and how they speak volumes about the hard work and work ethics of Indians".
H.E describes his wife Joyce and three children as his pillars of support. He recollected the tough situations that his kids had to face due to the ever-shifting nature of his job. On the contrary, he acknowledged the global exposure that his kids have had. Both his daughters are pursuing higher studies in the U.S and Canada. His son is currently attending the American school.
In the course of our conversation, his simplicity and openness impressed me. He enquired me regarding my family, job and my stay in Kuwait. At that instant, I realised how effortlessly he was connecting to an ordinary person such as me. I would describe him as a "People's Ambassador".
NCM honoured him with a silk shawl which the ambassador gracefully acknowledged.
Later, the ambassador mentioned about his meet with the Health minister earlier in the morning and also about a web meeting that he was to attend after our meeting. Despite his busy schedule, he radiated relaxed vibes.
When asked about how he handles stress, he replied with a question, "What do you mean?". He continued, "See, if one enjoys what one does, there is no question of stress or de-stress."
This, to me, was the moment of truth and gave me an insight into his personality. The sense of hope and optimism that emanates from him is remarkable. We thanked him and departed after clicking a few memorable pictures together.
I feel so grateful for this chance encounter and for the opportunity given by NCM to meet such a charming person and wish him only the best in his tenure.
Esteemed Panel Speaker for the Event, Mr. Ravi Kumar, RSM Albazie,
Distinguished Businessmen from India and Kuwait,
Distinguished Guests from the Media Community in Kuwait,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good Afternoon to all of you,
It gives me a great pleasure to address you all today and welcome you all to today’s event ‘Seminar on Corporate Tax Laws in Kuwait’.
This event is part of a special series of business knowledge dissemination series being organized by the Embassy under the broader theme of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” for the benefit of the Indian Diaspora especially the Indian Business and Entrepreneurial Community.
India is a reservoir of entrepreneurial talent and potential. It is no wonder then that an International Agency monitoring global entrepreneurship trends had rated India as one of the two top entrepreneurial country in the world. It is a testimony to the enterprising ability of our people and the ingenuity of our businesses who have succeeded in all spheres of trade and commerce around the world.
On account of conducive business environment, entrepreneurial activity has picked up in India. In 2020, India was among the top 50 innovative economies. Today, India is the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world and is home to 21 unicorns valued at USD 73.2 billion.
A few days ago, another important policy reform was undertaken by the Government with the opening up of map and geo-spatial data. This is an important step in strengthening Tech Startup Ecosystem in India. In the broader context, this step propels us forward in the mission of realizing a self-reliant India. With the Government strongly committed to continuous policy reforms guided by the mantra “Minimum Government Maximum Governance”, it is an opportune time for our entrepreneurial talent to realize their full latent potential. Our young entrepreneurs, our startups, should take full liberty to take advantage of the new opportunities created in the world.
With no other market offering more growth opportunities than India over the next 20 years and the fact that the drivers of Indian growth are deeply structural and sustainable, there is no denying that the future of global economy will be led by the performance of the Indian economy. Many of you would be aware that the International Monetary Fund recently projected that India would grow by 11.5% in FY21-22. This makes India the only major economy that is poised to post a double digit growth amidst the ongoing pandemic.
The sharp V-shaped recovery is the result of the conducive reforms & facilitation measures introduced by the Government of India to encourage greater global involvement. Government policies since 2014 have been directed towards bringing necessary structural changes in the economy. Union Budget 2021-22 was another watershed moment for India. With an investment growth led budget we reaffirmed the arrival of “New India”, an India which is self-reliant and an India ready to assume its rightful place in the global economic order in partnership with our friendly countries like Kuwait.
The last decade or so has seen the emergence of ‘Brand India’ at the global stage. Embarking on the path of globalization, Indian businesses have established credible presence in markets around the globe. This evolution of Indian multinationals spans diverse sectors from pharmaceuticals to automotive to hotels to textiles to engineering goods and entertainment. Indian businesses, entrepreneurs and businessmen are expanding their global footprint, including in this friendly Gulf region which is part of our extended neighbourhood. Indian enterprises are becoming world-popular suppliers of cutting edge products and services.
Our diaspora around the world is at the centre of this spectacular rise of global Indian entrepreneurial activity. With regards to our diaspora, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi had stated and I quote, “There are over 30 million overseas Indians living abroad...their footprint are all over the world...Indians abroad are valued not for their strength in numbers ...they are respected for their contributions to India and societies where they live. In foreign lands and communities across the globe, the Indian diaspora represents for their values. They are hardworking, law abiding and peace loving, and are role models for other communities.” Unquote.
Specifically for the Indian Community in this region, Hon’ble Prime Minister had stated and I quote, “India is proud of our diaspora in the Gulf. Indians working in the Gulf should know that the full support of my Government is there to ensure their welfare.” Unquote.
Many Indian companies have reasonable presence in the State of Kuwait. Indian brands are well known and the exceptional quality of Indian products are well acknowledged not only in the Kuwaiti market but also across the globe. Indian entrepreneurs have run successful business ventures in this friendly State of Kuwait.
I am happy that in recent weeks our bilateral partnership in the important field of healthcare has further deepened with the arrival of Made in India vaccine Covishield in Kuwait. I am also happy to see the opening of new Indian business enterprises in recent weeks in Kuwait including in financial sector, food and healthcare sector.
Today’s event is an effort by the Embassy to deepen this economic engagement between India and Kuwait and also to disseminate technical information on the Tax system in Kuwait for the benefit of all the Indian businesses currently operating here and also for the benefit of budding entrepreneurs who wish to venture into commercial activities.
I will now leave it to our expert speaker of the day to delve more into details of the Tax system and help us understand the intricacies and nuances from the point of experts and practitioners. I am sure that we will benefit from this discussion.
Before I conclude, I would like to take this opportunity to announce the launch of “Indian Financial Bulletin”. This bulletin is part of Embassy’s business promotion and outreach efforts. It will provide a snapshot of the Indian financial markets, the latest developments in the economic, trade and investments domain and a compilation of relevant financial news from India.
The Minister of Health, Sheikh Dr. Basil Al-Sabah, held a meeting with Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sri Sibi George. Both discussed the measures taken in Kuwait to address and contain the Corona pandemic.
During the meeting, the Indian Ambassador briefed the Minister on the latest developments regarding the production and use of Corona vaccine in India.The Minister of Health thanked the Indian Ambassador and expressed his appreciation for his clear efforts to facilitate and accelerate the vaccine's arrival in the State of Kuwait.
In 2020, 334 Indians died due to COVID-19 out of 1,279 deaths of Indians registered in Kuwait, Indian Ambassador Sibi George told an open house at the Indian Embassy yesterday. Addressing community members, he said the embassy registered 572 more death cases in 2020 than the 707 cases in 2019.
Deaths due to natural causes also rose to 786 in 2020 from 551 in 2019, an increase of 235. “The situation is not looking very good this year. In January 2021, we had 101 deaths of Indians registered at the mission, against 55 deaths in January 2020 and 63 deaths in January 2019. At the same time, this number is smaller than the most difficult months of last year, when we lost 288 Indians in July and 172 in August,” the ambassador revealed, expressing condolences to the families of the deceased.
In the first week of February, the embassy issued an advisory to the community in view of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation. “We have seen that in recent weeks, there has been a spike in cases. I reiterate to all to adhere to and abide by the regulations and procedures announced by the government of Kuwait to combat and limit the spread of the coronavirus as part of our individual and collective responsibility to deal with the pandemic,” George said. He said the embassy is ready to provide assistance including meeting the medical expenses of all emergency medical cases on a “means tested basis”.
The ambassador held a meeting with the Indian Community Support Group (ICSG) on Tuesday, where he discussed the next steps in view of the emerging pandemic situation. He said the embassy will continue to provide air tickets to all deserving cases and make travel arrangements to those who need medical escort. As part of India’s evacuation mission ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, over 180,000 Indians have travelled back to India from Kuwait. The mission is still operational, he added.
On the issue of Indians who are stranded in India and in transit in Dubai and elsewhere, George said the embassy is in constant touch with authorities to facilitate their early return to Kuwait. “But we are not sure when they can come to Kuwait. Our missions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are extending all possible help to those stranded in Dubai. I am continuing my meetings with the Kuwaiti leadership to raise all issues of interest and concern of the community,” he added.-K.T.
India recently kicked out many of the popular Chinese apps including TikTok, PUBG Mobile, SheIn and more. This has encouraged many of the Indian app developers to come forward and create alternatives to foreign apps. In this bid towards an Atmanirbhar Bharat, Aprameya Radhakrishna and his team came up with Koo - an Indian alternative to Twitter.
What is Koo?
Koo is basically a microblogging website and an Indian alternative to Twitter. The app was developed by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka back in March 2020 and it has now come to light as many of the Indian officials have created their accounts on the new Indian app.
In order to attract the Indian audience, the app developers have added support for multiple Indian regional languages, including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Oriya and Assamese.
Just like Twitter, Koo users can share short posts that can include up to 400 characters. Further, users can also share, audio messages, videos, photos and links.
How to download Koo on Android and iPhone?
Koo is available on both Google Play Store as well as Apple App Store. Android and iOS users can head over to the respective app stores and download the Koo app.