DOHA: The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has come in for severe public criticism for its failure to name and shame on its website five outlets recently found violating health and safety rules. The law authorises the Consumer Protection Department to post the names of erring outlets on its website but the CPD has not done, local Arabic daily Al Raya said. People are critical of its failure to name the outlets and provide details of violations. The CPD said on Wednesday that a shop selling cakes and ice cream in Al Wakra, two supermarkets in Umm Salal and two beauty parlours in Al Shamal were temporarily shut for selling and using expired items. The CPD recently said it is naming and shaming erring outlets, the daily said.
DOHA: A criminal court here has fined a New Zealander QR3,000 ($824) for drinking and disturbing the peace of co-passengers while flying to Doha from Bangkok by Qatar Airways. A local Arabic daily yesterday said the man was tried in absentia and fined. The convict skipped the court despite having been summoned. It seems the man was caught drinking and disturbing passengers and had confessed to the crime during interrogation by Public Prosecution.