TuesDAY, april 17, 2012
MP Dashti warns against amending Article 79 of Constitution Abbas Dashti Staff Writer
KUWAIT: Member of Parliament (MP) Abdulhamid Dashti warned against the behavior of the majority MPs for the policies they have been adopting, which he claims only serves their interests and is favorable to their constituency. He accused the majority MPs of trying to transform Kuwait into a religious country by proposing to amend Article 79 as well as the Second Article in the Constitution. “They are unaware that Kuwait was a
religious state since its establishment by its founder Sheikh Sabah the First. It was also a civil state with Constitutional philosophy safeguarding democracy and freedom,” he said. Speaking to Al Watan, MP Dashti expressed his surprise at the lawmakers who on one hand had sworn to preserve the Constitution and yet they are working on amending it with the aim of doing away with the Constitution into a theocratic system. He added that the majority of the state departments are penetrated by those who seek to activate their agenda. Dashti called on His
Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah to stand firmly against them, while calling on maintaining democracy and keeping internal strife and sectarianism at bay. MP Dashti called on the Kuwaiti people and the rest of the lawmakers to resist such proposal. He also wondered why the MPs are keen to amend certain items in the Constitution when they have been accepted for many years by the people of Kuwait. Meanwhile, Member of the Justice Bloc MP Mohammad Al-Hatlani asserted that the amendment of Article 79 of the Constitution
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does not overrule demands to amend Article 2, since it is considered to be the first step towards achieving this great goal. He added that the amendment of Article 79 of the Constitution is an Islamic objective set by the majority of the MPs. However, he mentioned that the approval of this amendment requires more efforts and the maintaining of the synergy among the parliamentary majority. He added that people developed a misconception to the Islamizing of laws and the implementation of Islamic Shariah, since they believe that Islamic Shariah is limited to beheading and chopping off
hands. He explained that Islamic Shariah is a comprehensive system that has solutions to all problems found in the society, whether in the fields of economy, politics, or society. He said that the West have discovered the advantages of Shariah during the recent global economy crisis and began to depict aspects of the Shariah to the economy, such as the banning of interest. He stressed that now is the time to follow Islamic Shariah that has been limited to certain laws; especially that Shariah guarantees and protects the rights of all people from all sects and religions.
MP Al-Ghanim: Amending projects law to enable overcoming obstacles KUWAIT: The Head of Financial and Economic Affairs Committee, lawmaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, said in a statement on Sunday that the committee has discussed items concerning the law of minor and intermediate projects, indicating that the law includes 33 items. The lawmaker said that the meeting was attended by different relevant gov-
ernment authorities, such as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Industrial Bank and other institutions. “The notices of the different authorities were registered and taken into consideration during the meeting and the committee will hold another meeting very soon in order to send its final report on the law to the National As-
sembly before the next session,” said Al-Ghanim. He unveiled that amending the law will enable the owners of minor projects to overcome the obstacles that they face and it will contribute effectively in transferring manpower from the public sector into the private one as well as decreasing unemployment.
Al-Duwaisan: Majority Bloc attempts to exclude minority members FILE- Room view photo of a recent Parliament session. (Al Watan) CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
“If Al-Shamali has any objection to the recommendation made by the Public Funds Protection Committee regarding the suspension of the Chairman of Kuwait Investment Company, then he should tell us. On the other hand, if he believes that the chairman is right then let him face the interpellation for clarification,” the outspoken opposition MP was quoted as saying. In reaction, Minister Al-Shamali asserted that the said committee, being a parliamentary investigation panel, is not entitled to suspend Badr Al-Subaie or even to make such a recommendation. He added that KIA’s decision to renew the tenure of Al-Subaie was in December 2011 and was approved in January. The minister stressed that all the statements that are out of step with the parameters of a Constitutional and legal investigation should cease, noting that such remarks have a negative impact on the company’s image in a competitive market to the detriment of public funds. For his part, MP Nayef Al-Merdas described the minister’s interpellation as deserved, adding that he
will back the motion during a meeting by the Majority Bloc.Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Interior and Defense Committee on Monday met under the chairmanship of Al-Merdas and discussed the issue of the Kuwaiti Guantanamo detainees, the issue of Bedoun (the Stateless Arabs) and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Mohammad Al-Maimouni and AlBannay, both of whom are Kuwaiti nationals. In another development, parliamentary sources have wondered about a decision by the parliamentary committee probing alleged financial transfers abroad to summon the Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad AlHumoud Al-Sabah to appear before the panel today. The sources revealed that the committee chairman MP Dr. Faisal Al-Mislem invited the First Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department and the Head of the Security Department in addition to Sadeq Ma’arafi, who serves as an advisor at the Amiri Diwan. Additionally, MP Salem Al-Namlan addressed a question to His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah asking whether individual ministers have set out their agendas.
KUWAIT: Lawmaker Faisal Al-Duwaisan said on Monday that resignation is one of the MPs rights and that they are free to take the decision when they feel that the political circumstances will not help them to achieve their goals. Al-Duwaisan’s statement came after MP Hussein Al-Qallaf said that he might resign from the National Assembly as a result of certain parliamentary practices. Al-Duwaisan added that he resigned from the Legislative Affairs Parliamentary Committee to allow MP Abdulhameed Dashti to join the very committee, since he
is specialized in law. However, he said that the ‘Majority’ Bloc did not react well to the move, although they did not violate the parliament bylaw. The lawmaker said that the Majority Bloc doesn’t prefer working with the minority, therefore attempts to exclude the minority members. Al-Duwaisan affirmed that the majority bloc will never benefit from such policy as it interrupts work progress, adding that the minority members still can do different things like filing interpellation motions.
Al-Roumi: Preparations for hosting Asian summit ‘going well’ Wafa Qansour Staff Writer
KUWAIT: The Chairman of Asia Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Magren AlRoumi said that preparations for the Asian Summit, called for by His Highness the Amir, is “going well” and according to schedule. He indicated that the summit will take place in Kuwait in October, adding that a supreme joint committee was formed by the Amiri Diwan and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow up the preparations. He said in a statement to the press on the sidelines of a celebration held by the North Korean Embassy to commemorate the 100th birthday of the founder of the country’s regime Kim il Sung. Al-Roumi noted that the summit’s agenda has not been formed yet; however, he indicated that it is planned to on economic issues, ties amongst the Asian countries, and solving all disputes through peaceful means. Regarding the visit of the Iranian President to the
Island of Abu Musa, Al-Roumi disclosed that the Gulf Cooperation Council will hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the matter. He affirmed that Kuwait enjoys distinguished ties with the different countries of the world, adding that a number of countries will take a part in the next summit such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and many other countries. The Iranian ambassador to Kuwait Rouhullah Qahremani described the visit of the Iranian president to the Island Abu Musa as an ordinary visit, indicating that Iran abides by all international agreements with the United Arab Emirates. He said that negotiations with the UAE concerning the island are still in progress. In a similar field, Al-Roumi said that the joint Kuwaiti-Iranian committee will hold a meeting within a month where it will be headed by the foreign affairs ministers of both countries to discuss certain issues. The Korean Ambassador to Kuwait extolled the strong Kuwaiti-Korean ties and cooperation, hoping cooperation and ties to get stronger in the future.
Photo of family members, friends and fans carrying the deceased Kuwaiti football player Sameer Saeed during his burial service on Monday, April 16, 2012. Saeed passed away on Sunday due to injuries sustained from a car accident. (Al Watan)
PM urges Social Reform Society to maintain Kuwait’s reputation Nafel Al-Humaidan Staff Writer
KUWAIT: The Chairman of the Social Reform Society Humoud Al-Roumi affirmed on Monday that the society has always been keen on maintaining Kuwait’s reputation abroad. Following an audience with His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Al-Roumi told Al Watan that all the society representatives abroad make sure that an invitation is ex-
tended to the concerned Kuwaiti ambassador whenever a new project is commissioned who, in turn, submits a report to the Foreign Ministry about the project. Al-Roumi, who was accompanied by the board members of the society, described the meeting as cordial, adding that Al-Mubarak listened to the achievements registered by the society and that he was presented with some of its publications. He revealed that the prime minister has been invited to patronize and attend the inauguration of the Mubarak Al-Ka-
beer Quran Center which is due to be commissioned in few weeks time. Al-Roumi further stated that His Highness the Prime Minister had asked the society to maintain Kuwait’s reputation abroad, and that the latter was reassured that the society does not condone anything harmful to Kuwait, particularly that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad and the entire government render relentless support.
Thirteen mycosis fungoides’ patients in Kuwait per year
Dignitaries are seen in a group picture during a celebration held in the North Korean Embassy on Saturday, April 15, 2012 to mark the 100th birthday of the country’s founder. (Al Watan)
KUWAIT: Mycosis fungoides infects 12-13 residents of Kuwait per year and exists in the world at a rate of 2-5 percent of the global population annually, according to the skin specialist Dr. Mohammed Al-Otaibi.Dr. Al-Otaibi, in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), said mucosis fungoides is a lymphatic disease, one of the common disease, widely known in the world. Describing development of the disease, he said that lymphatic cells relocate to the skin layer where they transform into cancerous tissues, then they move again inward turning into lymphatic cancer, before spreading to various organs of the body in the form of cancerous tumors. Any organ of the human body may be contaminated with fungoides mycosis, however in most cases, it affects lower
part of the back, the chest and exposed parts and limbs such as hands and feet, said Dr. Al-Otaibi, a skin specialist at AlSabah Hospital. This disease affects mostly men in the age category of 5-50-60, he said, noting that most of the cases exist in the age above 60. Sixteen percent of the cases fall in the 20-year category. The disease starts appearing in the form of small dark spots that grow slowly, coupled with severe itching. In some cases, it spreads rapidly in the form of cancerous tumors, affecting various parts of the body. As to therapy, Dr. Al-Otaibi indicated that each patient receives different treatment considering extent of spread of the disease and its seriousness. If it is restricted to the skin, doctors apply chemicals creams, including mustard.
Common treatments include simple sunlight, ultraviolet light, topical steroids, topical and systemic chemotherapies, local superficial radiotherapy, the histone deacetylase inhibitor vorinostat, total skin electron beam radiation, photopheresis and systemic therapies (e.g. interferons, retinoids, rexinoids) or biological therapies. Treatments are often used in combination. Selection of treatments typically depends on patient preference and access to therapies, as well as recommendations by physicians, the stage of the disease, established resistance to prior therapies, allergies of the patient, clinical evidence of a positive benefit. Origins and causes of mycosis fungoides are unknown, but it is not believed to be hereditary or genetic in the vast majority of cases. It is not contagious. -KUNA
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