Bahrain

Bahrain-US  ties reviewed
Apr 28

Bahrain-US ties reviewed

Manama : Advisor of HM the King for Economic Affairs, Dr. Hassan Abdullah Fakhro, received US Ambassador to Bahrain, William V. Roebuck yesterday. Welcoming the US ambassador, the King’s economic affairs advisor praised the amicable relationship between both countries and peoples.  The ambassador...

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China pips UAE, US as top exporter to Bahrain
Apr 28

China pips UAE, US as top exporter to Bahrain

Manama : China with exports to the Kingdom valued at around BD135 million pipped the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America as the top trading partner of Bahrain in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) report...

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Implement ‘Zakat’ in private sector: MP
Apr 27

Implement ‘Zakat’ in private sector: MP

Manama : A lawmaker yesterday called for implementing the ‘Zakat’ rule in the Kingdom, demanding private establishments to pay a percentage of their annual net profits to the government. MP Mohammed Al Ahmed yesterday presented a bill to implement the Zakat system, which is the third pillar of...

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Kingdom plans new law to  regulate real estate sector
Apr 26

Kingdom plans new law to regulate real estate sector

Manama : A new law is on the anvil to regulate and stabilise the growth of the real estate sector in Bahrain, announced  Deputy Prime Minister HH Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa yesterday.  “The move will enhance the stability of the sector,” said Shaikh Khalid while opening the...

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Cops to turn counsellors  to tackle illegal workers
Apr 26

Cops to turn counsellors to tackle illegal workers

Manama : Muharraq police have come up with a novel approach to tackle illegal ‘free visa’ workers in the governorate through counselling and guiding. Discussions are underway with the authorities in Muharraq to implement new measures to tackle the illegal workers in a more humane way.  Muharraq...

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Embassies training individuals to take part in elections: MPs
Apr 26

Embassies training individuals to take part in elections: MPs

Manama : Some foreign embassies in the Kingdom are supporting and training individuals who seek to enter the electoral race in 2018, several MPs told the House of Representatives yesterday. In their regular meeting held at the House of Representatives in Gudaibiya, the parliamentarians strongly criticised foreign...

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SCW, Legislative Authority hold meeting
Apr 25

SCW, Legislative Authority hold meeting

Manama : The Supreme Council for Women (SCW) and the Legislative Authority held a meeting yesterday to highlight the significance of cooperation between both the bodies. The meeting held at the Gulf Convention Centre in Gulf Hotel was attended by SCW Undersecretary Dr. Hala Al Ansari, House of Representatives...

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PM hails Bahraini-Thai relations
Apr 25

PM hails Bahraini-Thai relations

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa yesterday received his Thai counterpart General Prayut Chan-o-cha, along with the accompanying delegation, on his arrival in Bahrain.

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Ban haircare products: MP
Apr 23

Ban haircare products: MP

Manama : A parliamentarian has called for banning the import of certain shampoos and haircare products as recent studies proved that some of them cause birth defects. MP Khalifa Al Ghanim submitted the proposal to Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Health ministries to ban some of the hair colour shampoos...

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Heated debate over traffic fines in House
Apr 19

Heated debate over traffic fines in House

Timers a must at junctions, say MPs Manama : Overburdened with traffic fines, Bahrainis are selling even their furniture to pay up the accumulating traffic dues, MP Jamal Dawood told the House of Representatives during a discussion yesterday. “People are selling their furniture to pay for their traffic...

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Development of Manama hit  by cash crunch: Al Umran
Apr 18

Development of Manama hit by cash crunch: Al Umran

Manama : Budget restrictions on Manama Municipal council has delayed the development of Manama, Deputy Chairman Mazen Ahmed Al Umran has said. Financial limitations hindered the council’s plan to further develop the capital city, Al Umran told DT News. A number of key projects have been stalled due to lack...

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Career training course launched
Apr 17

Career training course launched

Manama : Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza received Jack Mezel, Executive Director of the British International Institute, yesterday. Mezel announced the launch of the British Institute of Advanced Programmes in Marketing and Sales in co-operation with British and American...

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Bahraini embassy's new building in Kuwait inaugurated
Apr 17

Bahraini embassy's new building in Kuwait inaugurated

Kuwait City : The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, and Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, inaugurated, in the presence of Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah and Shaikh Faisal Al Saud Al Sabah,...

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Al Zayani new Gulf Air chairman
Apr 17

Al Zayani new Gulf Air chairman

Manama : Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayid bin Rashid Al Zayani has been appointed as the new chairman of Gulf Air Board with effect from April 10, 2017, DT News has learnt. Sources confirmed that Al Zayani will hold the position for the next three years, in replacement of Deputy Prime Minister...

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Scrap travel ban for owing  paltry sums to firms: MP
Apr 17

Scrap travel ban for owing paltry sums to firms: MP

Manama : A parliamentarian has called for abolishing travel ban on citizens and residents who owe small sums to banks and companies. “It’s not right to restrict someone’s freedom of mobility because he or she owes money as low as BD15,” Public Utilities and Environment Committee Head...

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Eviction leaves hundreds of workers on pavements
Apr 17

Eviction leaves hundreds of workers on pavements

Manama : Hundreds of people were left out in the scorching summer heat without a place to go as they were asked by the authorities to vacate their apartments. The situation arose after tenants at a building in Manama had to vacate their apartments yesterday, because of the government crackdown on dilapidated and...

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MPs to vote on citizenship to  children of Bahraini women
Apr 16

MPs to vote on citizenship to children of Bahraini women

Manama : MPs will vote on a proposal to grant citizenship to the children of Bahraini women at their regular meeting this Tuesday. The proposal, submitted by a group of MPs, proposes to amend an article in the existing Bahraini Citizenship Act. Section A of Article 4 of the Bahraini Citizenship Act of 1963...

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Bahrain to invest in Philippine farms
Apr 15

Bahrain to invest in Philippine farms

Manama : On the occasion of the state visit of President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte to the Kingdom, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in relation to investing in agricultural lands was signed here yesterday. The MoU was signed between AMA Group Holdings Corporation, represented by Amable R. Aguiluz V,...

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Timers at traffic signals impractical: Government
Apr 15

Timers at traffic signals impractical: Government

Manama : Bahrain will not install timers on traffic signals as it was considered “impractical” by the Government, it was announced here yesterday. This came in the government’s reply to a parliamentary proposal, which demanded experimenting the effectiveness of traffic signals’ timers by...

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Proposal to compensate local butchers rejected
Apr 15

Proposal to compensate local butchers rejected

Manama : The Government yesterday rejected a parliamentary proposal to compensate local butchers for the losses borne after implementing the meat subsidy redirection decision at the end of 2015. Following intense discussions among MPs during the past year, the proposal was urgently passed to the government in a...

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Ministry rubbishes  rumours of spying
Apr 13

Ministry rubbishes rumours of spying

Manama : Bahrain’s Government confirmed yesterday that it was not spying on citizens and residents as alleged by posts circulating on social media, DT News has learnt. A spokesperson in the Anti-Cybercrime Directorate in Interior Ministry confirmed to DT News yesterday that “the circulated news is...

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Ban on shrimping will be  strictly enforced: Governor
Apr 12

Ban on shrimping will be strictly enforced: Governor

Manama : The authorities will coordinate more to ensure that the ban on shrimping is not breached. This was announced yesterday while Capital Governorate Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa received Bahrain Fishermen’s Society (BFS) President Waheed Al Dossary and representatives of local...

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Measures to counter terror proposed
Apr 12

Measures to counter terror proposed

Manama : The House of Representatives discussed several urgent proposals to counter terrorism at its regular session yesterday, besides passing a proposal that bans Bahrainis, especially the youth, from travelling to countries considered “exporters of terrorism”. Without mentioning the names of the...

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LMRA action against agency for human trafficking attempt
Apr 12

LMRA action against agency for human trafficking attempt

Manama : The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has taken a series of measures against an employment agency after it committed offenses classified as suspicious human trafficking. LMRA said that immediate measures, including suspending the license of the concerned employment agency were taken as soon as it...

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Sudan President to arrive today
Apr 12

Sudan President to arrive today

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa will receive Sudanese President Field Marshal Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, who will arrive today for an official visit to the Kingdom, the Royal Court announced in a statement. HM the King and the Sudanese leader will hold talks on historic and fraternal relations...

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Abbas lauds Bahrain’s support for Palestine
Apr 12

Abbas lauds Bahrain’s support for Palestine

Manama : The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to His Majesty King Hamad and the Kingdom of Bahrain, for their constant support to the Palestinian cause on all occasions and their keenness to reach a just solution to the issue.  Addressing a conference of...

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Top honour for Abbas
Apr 11

Top honour for Abbas

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday bestowed Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas with the ‘Order of Al-Khalifa’ in appreciation of his efforts defending Arab causes to achieve just and comprehensive peace in the region.  His Majesty also stressed Bahrain’s full...

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Tighten safety measures  at industrial areas: MP
Apr 11

Tighten safety measures at industrial areas: MP

Manama : Following the increasing fire incidents in industrial areas lately, a parliamentarian yesterday called for enhancing supervision on safety procedures at factories and industrial warehouses. MP Dr. Majeed Al Asfoor, who represents Sitra and the surrounding areas, demanded the Government to tighten its...

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Impose fine on slow drivers: MP
Apr 11

Impose fine on slow drivers: MP

Manama : A Bahraini parliamentarian yesterday called for imposing fine on “slow drivers” who he says disrupt the flow of traffic and confuse other drivers. MP Khalifa Al Ghanem submitted three proposals yesterday to amend the traffic law. The proposals included imposing fines on slow drivers,...

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Minister chairs meeting  on energy efficiency plan
Apr 11

Minister chairs meeting on energy efficiency plan

Manama : The second meeting of the National Committee to follow up the implementation of the energy efficiency and renewable energy plan was chaired by Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza. At the request of the Minister, each member of the committee presented a time plan and detailed...

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Cabinet reviews draft laws
Apr 11

Cabinet reviews draft laws

Manama : The Cabinet session held yesterday under the chairmanship of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa discussed three draft laws that are crucial to developing the mechanisms of criminal justice and fast-tracking adjudication procedures in the civil and commercial...

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 First-ever number plates auction on Thursday
Apr 10

First-ever number plates auction on Thursday

Manama : The first public auction on special new private vehicle number plates will be held on April 13.The date was announced by Mazad, a new company set up to hold the first-ever public auction in the Kingdom of Bahrain.“We hope to launch, with this auction, a new instrument for selling and buying in...

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Palestinian President to visit Kingdom
Apr 10

Palestinian President to visit Kingdom

Manama : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tomorrow will conduct a fraternal visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, during which he will hold talks with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on the close bilateral relations, as well as the latest on the Palestinian issue and regional and international...

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Sudden deaths on the rise
Apr 09

Sudden deaths on the rise

Manama : The Kingdom is witnessing an increase in sudden deaths at public places, raising the calls to spread first-aid culture among citizens and residents and make first-aid training compulsory. At least five people passed away in public this year, out of which three died on consecutive days last week. A GCC...

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Kingdom to host first big, fat Indian ‘Island wedding’
Apr 07

Kingdom to host first big, fat Indian ‘Island wedding’

Manama : Bahrain is all set to host its first Indian wedding as part of a move to position the Kingdom as a ‘Prime wedding destination.’ This was disclosed by  CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) Sheikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa, while addressing the...

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iGA project to cut government IT costs by 30pc
Apr 07

iGA project to cut government IT costs by 30pc

Manama : Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) has launched a new service called the National Private Cloud (NPC) which is expected to reduce the costs of IT operations of government entities by at least 30 per cent.  NPC migrates government emails to the ‘national cloud’, which is a...

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Fishermen get their freedom to unite with family
Apr 06

Fishermen get their freedom to unite with family

Manama : Fifteen fishermen who were detained in Iran last October finally got their freedom.  Ending months-long agony and suffering they all made it back to Bahrain on Monday via. Mina Salman Port.   They will be flying back to their home country today morning.  The fishermen from the Indian state...

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Trump administration better than Obama’s: Shaikh Khalid
Apr 05

Trump administration better than Obama’s: Shaikh Khalid

Manama : Donald Trump administration is better in dealing with Gulf issues than Obama’s, Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has stated. “US President Donald Trump understood the region and the threats posed by their common adversary Iran better than Barack Obama,” the...

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Bahrain condemns attack in Syria
Apr 06

Bahrain condemns attack in Syria

Manama : Bahrain has condemned the heinous attack that took place in the province of Idlib in Syria on Tuesday.  Making a statement at the international conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the Region’ yesterday in Brussels, Assistant Foreign Minister Abdulla bin Faisal bin Jabur Al...

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Stand united to fight terror: Shaikh Rashid
Apr 06

Stand united to fight terror: Shaikh Rashid

Manama : Bahrain has called upon Arab countries to stand united in combating the never-ending terror threats sponsored by Iran. “We have foiled many terror plots that were planned and backed by terrorists in Iran and Iraq. The Kingdom under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has...

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Khalifa bin Salman Press Awards on May 7
Apr 05

Khalifa bin Salman Press Awards on May 7

Manama : Information Affairs Minister, Ali bin Mohammed Al-Romaihi, has announced the launch of the second edition of the “Khalifa bin Salman Press Award” which will be presented during the Bahrain Press Day on May 7. The minister extended deepest thanks and appreciation to HRH the Prime Minister for...

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‘Hike won’t stop smoking’
Apr 05

‘Hike won’t stop smoking’

Manama : Small and medium businesses continue to suffer as Ministry of Health (MoH) takes a strong stand on its cigarette license fee hike. MoH’s hike in the fees for selling cigarettes from BD25 for small and BD50 for medium enterprises to BD300 and BD500 respectively has made cold stores and Sheesha...

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Meat subsidy deposited
Apr 05

Meat subsidy deposited

Manama : The Labour and Social Development Ministry has deposited BD6,436,953/500  into the bank accounts of 150,961 Bahraini families to compensate for the meat subsidy for April, May and June 2017. The money is defrayable quarterly, as per Cabinet Resolution dated May 18, 2015 regarding implementation of...

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RCO opens investment towers
Apr 05

RCO opens investment towers

Manama : The Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) yesterday opened two investment towers (Abraj Al Khair) as part of its move to diversify financial resources and support its affiliates.  The inauguration was held in the presence of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, HM the King’s...

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Crown Prince allocates 4,200 housing units
Apr 05

Crown Prince allocates 4,200 housing units

Manama : His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday instructed swift allocation of 4,200 housing units to nationals at various locations across the Kingdom.  HRH Crown Prince’s latest directive follows...

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UN report on human development launched
Apr 04

UN report on human development launched

Manama : The United Nations (UN) yesterday officially launched its report on  Global Human Development Report 2016 at an event held at its house premises here. Bahrain was ranked 47th in human development index (HDI) which was part of the report launched by the United Nations. Along with the other GCC...

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PM issues directive on speed limit on roads
Apr 04

PM issues directive on speed limit on roads

Manama : Speed limits on Bahrain roads will be readjusted as per the instructions of the Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday. The Premier’s instructions came while he chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Gudaibiya Palace yesterday, in the presence of the Crown Prince, Deputy...

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Enact new laws to promote real estate sector: Premier
Apr 04

Enact new laws to promote real estate sector: Premier

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday said that new legislations should encourage investment in the real estate sector, motivate developers and preserve the rights of investors and stakeholders. Chairing the regular weekly Cabinet session along with His Royal...

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Medical insurance for all soon
Apr 04

Medical insurance for all soon

Manama : A law will soon be implemented under which all individuals in the Kingdom, including expatriates, will be medically insured under the National Health Insurance Scheme, President of the Supreme Council for Health (SCH) Lieutenant General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa, told DT News...

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Bahrain cuts opposition chief's jail term
Apr 03

Bahrain cuts opposition chief's jail term

Manama : Bahrain's top court on Monday reduced the jail sentence of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, who has been in prison since 2014, a judicial source said.  Kingdom's cassation court reduced Salman's sentence from nine to four years, the source said on condition of anonymity.  No further details...

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