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Bahrain Foreign Exchange Rates
Jul 23

Bahrain Foreign Exchange Rates

Currency NameCodeBank Transfer  UAE Dirham AED 9.70309  Australian Dollars AUD 3.24633  Bangladeshi Taka BDT 211.41649  Canadian Dollars CAD 3.25150  Swiss Francs CHF 2.46142  Egyptian...

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GCC Gold Rates
Jul 23

GCC Gold Rates

Country (22kt/gm) (24kt/gm) United Arab Emirates 142.75 AED 152.00 AED Qatar 145.50 QAR 155.50 QAR Bahrain 14.60 BHD 15.60 BHD Kuwait 12.05 KWD 12.55 KWD Oman 15.40 OMR 16.05 OMR Saudi...

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Erdogan heads to Gulf in hope of easing Qatar crisis
Jul 23

Erdogan heads to Gulf in hope of easing Qatar crisis

Istanbul : President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday embarked on a key visit to the Gulf region aimed at defusing the standoff around Turkey's ally Qatar, saying no-one had an interest in prolonging the crisis. Erdogan will first meet the Saudi leadership in Jeddah before moving on to Kuwait and then visiting Qatar on...

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Eight people found dead in tractor trailer in Texas parking lot
Jul 23

Eight people found dead in tractor trailer in Texas parking lot

Washington : Eight people were found dead Sunday in a truck in a parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, in an apparent people trafficking case, authorities said. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus and Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters that in addition to the dead, there were 28 injured -- 20 of them...

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Art of Living leads Bahrain IDY 2017 celebrations
Jul 23

Art of Living leads Bahrain IDY 2017 celebrations

Manama  : This year, the Art of Living Foundation has led from the front in supporting the Embassy of India’s International Day of Yoga 2017 (IDY2017) celebrations, from conducting yoga sessions for the embassy team and family to putting Bahrain on the global yoga chain. For over one week, the AOL...

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BHB lists BD200m government bond
Jul 23

BHB lists BD200m government bond

Manama : Bahrain Bourse announced the listing of the Government Development Bond – Issue No. 14 that has been issued by the CBB on behalf of the Government of Bahrain through registered brokers at Bahrain Bourse.  The bond will be traded under the symbol GDEV14.BND today.  The BD200 million Bonds...

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UN talks on Mideast clashes tomorrow
Jul 23

UN talks on Mideast clashes tomorrow

United Nations : The UN Security Council will hold closed-door talks on Monday about deadly Israeli-Palestinian unrest over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, diplomats said. The meeting -- requested by Sweden, France and Egypt -- would be to "urgently discuss how calls for...

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Shura Council  condemns  closure of  Al Aqsa Mosque
Jul 23

Shura Council condemns closure of Al Aqsa Mosque

Manama : The Shura Council strongly condemned Israel’s closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the desecration of the holy sites and the killing of Palestinians. It voiced deep concerns over the blatant Israeli violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque and continuous assaults on the Palestinian people. In a statement issued...

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Venezuelan police break up anti-government rally with tear gas
Jul 23

Venezuelan police break up anti-government rally with tear gas

Caracas : Police on motorcycles fired tear gas Saturday to break up an opposition march on the Venezuelan Supreme Court to press demands that President Nicolas Maduro leave office, as months of sometimes deadly anti-government demonstrations showed no signs of abating. The rally was also meant as a show of...

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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor
Jul 23

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Tokyo : Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of...

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De Gea 'guaranteed' to stay at United - Mourinho
Jul 23

De Gea 'guaranteed' to stay at United - Mourinho

Santa Clara : Jose Mourinho has given a "guarantee" that David De Gea will stay at Manchester United this season, despite the long-running saga over a potential move to Real Madrid. Transfer speculation over De Gea returning to hometown club Real has stretched on for the last two years, ever since the goalkeeper...

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Raj urges India to 'keep it simple' in Women's World Cup final
Jul 23

Raj urges India to 'keep it simple' in Women's World Cup final

London : India captain Mithali Raj has urged her side to embrace the challenge of playing hosts England in the World Cup final at a sold-out Lord's on Sunday. Raj's side won through to the final with a stunning 36-run win over reigning champions Australia, with Harmanpreet Kaur making a stunning 171 not out. India...

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China cashing out as mobile payment soars
Jul 23

China cashing out as mobile payment soars

Beijing : Yang Qianqian holds out her smartphone to scan a barcode on the mobile of a vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables at a bustling outdoor market in Beijing. The dance student is part of an explosion in the use of mobile payment platforms in China as consumers increasingly take out phones instead of cash...

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Pedal power sways Muscovites despite perils
Jul 23

Pedal power sways Muscovites despite perils

Moscow : Two years ago, Luiza Nesterova would never have dreamt of cycling to work in Russia's capital. But now she bikes everywhere, undeterred by busy roads that are still a battleground for cyclists. In the city of 12 million, biking round snarled streets seems to make perfect sense, but Moscow "isn't an easy...

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Shoot drug traffickers if resist arrest: Indonesia President
Jul 23

Shoot drug traffickers if resist arrest: Indonesia President

Jakarta : Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has ordered the police to shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest in the latest effort to eradicate drug use in the country. In a speech to one of Indonesia's political parties late Friday, Widodo urged law enforcers to crackdown on drug dealers in Indonesia.  "Be...

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23 min to port a mobile number
Jul 23

23 min to port a mobile number

Manama : Over a quarter of a million numbers were ported since the start of mobile number portability in July 2011, according to latest statistics.  In total, 251,173 numbers were ported since the start of Number Portability in July 2011, and the average time to port mobile numbers in June 2017 was 23...

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Today's weather in Bahrain
Jul 23

Today's weather in Bahrain

Manama : The Meteorological Directorate forecasts a hot weather today but humid at times by evening.Wind: Variable 5 to 10 knots but mainly northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.Temperature: Maximum 43 degrees Celsius and minimum 31 degrees Celsius.Humidity: Maximum 80% and minimum relative humidity...

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Chefs must wear gloves
Jul 23

Chefs must wear gloves

Manama : In an effort to curtail food borne illnesses, a Bahraini MP has proposed a new bill to ban barehanded contact when handling food that will be plated for customers in restaurants.  The bill proposed by MP Nabeel Al Balooshi calls for making gloves mandatory for staff who are in direct contact with food...

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Truck turns turtle near Ma’ameer
Jul 23

Truck turns turtle near Ma’ameer

Manama : An Asian driver lost control of his vehicle (mini-van) on Shaikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah Highway near Ma’ameer in the Capital Governorate yesterday. The driver escaped unhurt but caused a heavy traffic jam that lasted for an hour, before the traffic police wrecker removed the vehicle and policemen...

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Minister makes surprise visits to inspect work ban compliance
Jul 23

Minister makes surprise visits to inspect work ban compliance

Manama : Labour and Social Development Minister, Jameel Humaidan, has made an unannounced field tour to several construction sites across the Kingdom’s governorates to understand closely the commitment of the construction establishments to the summer afternoon work ban from July 1 to August 31. The...

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Expat dies in Bahrain
Jul 23

Expat dies in Bahrain

Manama : A Bahrain resident died while on vacation in India. Abdul Latheef, 45, died yesterday after failing to recover from injuries he sustained from a fall. He recently fell from the rooftop of his own house, sustaining serious injuries. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. Latheef worked at a...

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Sewage spill continues  on Shaikh Hamad Road
Jul 23

Sewage spill continues on Shaikh Hamad Road

Manama : Residents on Shaikh Hamad Road in the capital are an unhappy lot as sewage spill continues unabated in the area even after registering complaints to the officials.  The drainage system in front of their houses is still overflowing, with the stench getting unbearable day-by-day, residents...

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48 preachers sacked  for violating norms
Jul 23

48 preachers sacked for violating norms

Manama : As many as 48 preachers have been sacked by Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry citing “inefficiency” and violation of guidelines. This was confirmed yesterday in a statement issued by the ministry on the conditions of preachers in the Kingdom and the preaching and guidance...

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Ambassador to US presents credentials
Jul 23

Ambassador to US presents credentials

 Washington : Bahrain’s Ambassador to the US, Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, has conveyed greetings from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown...

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Crown Prince attends Military Base opening
Jul 23

Crown Prince attends Military Base opening

Manama : His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday attended the opening of the Mohammad Najeeb Military Base in Alexandria and a ceremony for graduating cadets. The graduating cadets are from Egypt and GCC...

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LMRA to launch  flexible  permit today
Jul 23

LMRA to launch flexible permit today

Manama : Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) will launch the ‘flexible work permit’ in a ceremony at its Sitra branch today. Bahrain without a sponsor. He/she can work in any company, part time or full time. “You can work on contract basis with anyone you want based on your occupation....

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Australia's Doohan dies after short illness
Jul 22

Australia's Doohan dies after short illness

Sydney : Australian Peter Doohan, who famously upset Boris Becker at Wimbledon, has died at the age of 56, Tennis Australia said on Saturday. Doohan, dubbed the 'Becker Wrecker' after defeating two-time defending champion Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, passed away from motor neurone disease diagnosed just nine...

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'Walking Dead' sets stage for war... and an elderly Rick
Jul 22

'Walking Dead' sets stage for war... and an elderly Rick

San Diego : Hit zombie series "The Walking Dead" thrilled fans Friday with a preview of the all-out war to come between Rick's people and the malevolent Saviors in the hotly-anticipated eighth season. US network AMC debuted a five-minute trailer at San Diego Comic-Con showing Saviors leader Negan...

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Bahrain Foreign Exchange Rates
Jul 22

Bahrain Foreign Exchange Rates

Currency Name Code Bank Transfer  UAE Dirham AED 9.70309  Australian Dollars AUD 3.24633  Bangladeshi Taka BDT 211.41649  Canadian Dollars CAD 3.25150  Swiss...

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GCC Gold Rates
Jul 22

GCC Gold Rates

Country (22kt/gm) (24kt/gm) United Arab Emirates 142.75 AED 152.00 AED Qatar 145.50 QAR 155.50 QAR Bahrain 14.60 BHD 15.60 BHD Kuwait 12.05 KWD 12.55 KWD Oman 15.40 OMR 16.05 OMR Saudi...

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China road crash kills 11, injures 9
Jul 22

China road crash kills 11, injures 9

Beijing : Eleven people died and nine others were injured after a traffic collision in north China's Hebei province, a report said Saturday.  The crash, involving a bus carrying 19 people and a lorry, happened Friday on a national highway in the city of Zhangjiakou, the official Xinhua news...

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Riders finish on same time
Jul 22

Riders finish on same time

Manama : Bahrain’s Merida Pro Cycling Team rider, Japanese Yukiya Arashiro (five hours 18 minutes 36 seconds) was classified as 95th on the 19th stage yesterday of the 104th Tour de France from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence over 222.5km as the riders head to the finale of the race tomorrow in Paris. Arashiro was...

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Indian Club to organise soccer tournament
Jul 22

Indian Club to organise soccer tournament

Manama : The Indian Club is all set to organise the ever popular Indian Expatriate Soccer Tournament at the club premises in Gudaibiya. Entry is open for categories - Under-14, Under-18, Open and 40 years and above and run from August 10 to 31. A captains meeting will be held on August 5  and registration/entry...

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Solar eclipse offers millions a chance at citizen science
Jul 22

Solar eclipse offers millions a chance at citizen science

Miami : Millions of people, from students to rocket scientists, are poised to contribute to a massive scientific effort to study the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States August 21. The entire country will fall into shadow as the "Great American Eclipse" passes, though the darkest path, or...

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India’s Ambani to launch free smartphone
Jul 22

India’s Ambani to launch free smartphone

Mumbai : India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani said yesterday that his telecoms venture Jio would launch a free smartphone, escalating a price war that is shaking up the country’s ultra-competitive mobile market. The announcement, made at a boisterous Reliance Industries annual general meeting in Mumbai,...

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Today's weather in Bahrain
Jul 22

Today's weather in Bahrain

Manama : The Meteorological Directorate forecast a hot and humid weather at times.Wind: Variable 5 to 10 knots, turning to north-easterly and reaching 12 to 17 knots at times during the day.Temperature: Maximum 42 degrees Celsius and minimum 32 degrees Celsius. Humidity: Maximum 85% and minimum 30%.Sea waves: 1...

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16 Afghan police killed in US strike: officials
Jul 22

16 Afghan police killed in US strike: officials

Kandahar : A US airstrike killed 16 Afghan police and wounded two others in Helmand province, officials said Saturday.  The incident took place Friday 5 pm as Afghan security forces were clearing a village of Taliban elements, Salam Afghan, Helmand police spokesman, told AFP. "In the strike, 16 Afghan...

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15 rescued from burning house
Jul 22

15 rescued from burning house

Manama : As many as fifteen people were rescued from a burning building in Manama yesterday.  “Civil Defence rescued 15 people from their burning residence in Manama and extinguished the fire,” Interior Ministry said.  The ministry said that investigations are continuing to determine the causes...

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BD1,000 insurance for  operating travel agencies
Jul 22

BD1,000 insurance for operating travel agencies

Manama : A new fee of BD1,000 to issue or renew permits to operate travel agencies has been introduced. According to the resolution issued by Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Kamal Ahmed, it is mandatory to pay BD1,000 to issue or renew permits of travel agencies as an insurance. The resolution was...

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Man in the dock for drug peddling
Jul 22

Man in the dock for drug peddling

Manama : An Asian man was arrested recently for selling marijuana worth BD4,000. The 30-year-old sold 2kg of marijuana to an undercover police officer in Juffair in May. The man stood trial before the Higher Criminal Court recently and the judge adjourned the case to August 20. Court files showed that the undercover...

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UAE lauds Saudi’s anti-terror efforts
Jul 22

UAE lauds Saudi’s anti-terror efforts

Abu Dhabi : United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lauded the efforts of Saudi Arabia to eliminate terrorism and dry up its sources while referring to the success of the Saudi national security authorities in killing three wanted suspects involved in terror operations, including the killing of security officials in...

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Qatar ready for talks to end crisis
Jul 22

Qatar ready for talks to end crisis

Doha : Qatar’s ruler said yesterday that the Gulf emirate is ready for dialogue to resolve a diplomatic crisis with the Saudi-led bloc so long as his country’s sovereignty is respected. “We are open to dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems,” so long as Qatar’s...

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Paying to preserve trees helps fight warming
Jul 22

Paying to preserve trees helps fight warming

Miami : Paying small amounts of cash to convince landowners not to cut down their trees is a highly effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions that drive climate change, researchers said Thursday. Trees are important because they absorb lots of carbon dioxide, which is a...

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US fines Exxon $2 mn over sanctions violations under Tillerson
Jul 22

US fines Exxon $2 mn over sanctions violations under Tillerson

Washington : The United States on Thursday hit oil giant ExxonMobil with a $2 million fine for violating Ukraine-related sanctions at a time when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was still in charge of the company. The Treasury Department said Exxon had business dealings with...

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Philippine MPs to vote on martial law extension bid
Jul 22

Philippine MPs to vote on martial law extension bid

Manila : The Philippine Congress opened a special session Saturday to vote on President Rodrigo Duterte's bid for an extension of martial law in the south to defeat Islamist gunmen. Duterte is widely expected to win approval for martial law in the region until the end of the year, with troops having...

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Pakistan arrests top official for forgery in Sharif graft case
Jul 22

Pakistan arrests top official for forgery in Sharif graft case

Islamabad : The chairman of Pakistan's financial regulator was arrested Friday, accused of forging documents in a corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that has gripped the country. Head of the Securities and Exchange Commission Zafar Hijazi was accused by investigators of...

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Daughter of murdered Nemtsov appeals trial verdict
Jul 22

Daughter of murdered Nemtsov appeals trial verdict

Moscow : The daughter of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has filed an appeal against the verdict in his murder trial, calling for the case to be reexamined, her lawyer said Friday. A court last week handed lengthy jail terms to five Chechens convicted of the...

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54 domestic violence cases reported so far
Jul 22

54 domestic violence cases reported so far

Manama : At least 54 cases of domestic violence have been reported this year so far, a recent official report unveiled. Labour and Social Development Ministry latest data showed that 67 cases were received by Dar Al Aman Home, a shelter for abused women and children that operates under the ministry’s Social...

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Skills Day celebrated
Jul 22

Skills Day celebrated

Manama : The Bahrain Society of Engineers hosted a ceremony for autistic and Down Syndrome people as part of World Youth Skills Day.  The United Nations (UN) Media Office for the GCC states organised the event marking the World Youth Skills Day which falls on July 15. The UN global event is being held this year...

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Utilize facilities at Knowledge  Resources Centres: Minister
Jul 22

Utilize facilities at Knowledge Resources Centres: Minister

Manama : Education Minister, Dr. Majid Al-Nuaimi, has given directives to take advantage of the Knowledge Resources Centres in the Kingdom. Equipment, written and audio-visual materials should be properly utilised to implement summer programmes for students to enable them to develop their skills, hobbies and talent,...

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