KUWAIT: Education ministry security officers and policemen yesterday managed to prevent a bedoon from committing suicide by jumping from the first floor of MoE’s headquarters in South Surra. A number of ministry employees said the man threatened to kill himself unless his children were registered in schools, despite the expiry of his security card.

Fire at MoH office
The health ministry announced a minor fire had broken out at its health office in Washington without causing any casualties, and that work resumed shortly after the building was evacuated and automatic water sprinklers doused the flames.

Contractor gets more time
Well-informed sources said that the Public Authority for Housing Welfare plans to approve a request by the Chinese contractor in Mutlaa to grace him more time to complete a project despite falling behind schedule. The sources added that the housing authority believes that withdrawing the project at this time would lead to delaying the project until a new public tender is offered. “However, the Chinese contractor will be fined for the delay as per the contract signed between both parties,” the sources stressed.

New cleaning contracts
Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Fahd Al-Shola chaired yesterday the supreme planning committee’s meeting, during which he reviewed cleaning departments’ readiness to receive new equipment needed for the new cleaning contracts in various governorates. The meeting also discussed the municipality’s new structural organization and amended some municipal bylaws.

Fishing fuel woes
Chairman of Kuwait Fishermen Union Thaher Al-Suwayyan yesterday stressed that the problem of a lack of fuel fishermen had been suffering from is still affecting their productivity, as hundreds of fishing boats have been waiting to refuel at Fahaheel harbor. “One fuel pump station is not enough for Kuwait’s fishing fleet,” he stressed, warning that the immediate effect of the problem will be a shortage of fish and shrimp for sale in local markets.

By A Saleh and Meshaal Al-Enezi