Bahrain

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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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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 Shrimping season to start on August 1
Jul 19

Shrimping season to start on August 1

Manama : The six-month shrimping season will open on August and run until the 1st of February. His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa had issued an order readjusting the date for lifting the annual moratorium. Agriculture and Marine Resources, an affiliate of the...

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Bill to shed expats above 50 rejected
Jul 19

Bill to shed expats above 50 rejected

Manama : The House of Representatives yesterday rejected a controversial bill that proposed to cease recruitment of expatriates above the age of 50 and to dismiss those who have already exceeded the age limit. The rejection came as the majority of MPs voted against the bill after a heated debate in the House.

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Cabinet condemns ban on  prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Jul 18

Cabinet condemns ban on prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Manama : The weekly Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa at Gudaibiya Palace yesterday condemned the banning of prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli Occupation Forces, describing the closure as a provocative act, a dangerous escalation and a...

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Tighten  public spending : PM
Jul 18

Tighten public spending : PM

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has issued directives to all ministries and state departments to tighten control on public money, rationalise and prioritise government expenditure by eliminating bad spending habits, preventing squandering of public funds and...

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Bahrain condemns terrororist attacks in Pakistan, Egypt
Jul 17

Bahrain condemns terrororist attacks in Pakistan, Egypt

Manama : Bahrain has strongly condemned the suicide attack which targeted a police vehicle in Peshawar, killing two security officials and wounding several others. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery, vowing...

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PM praises royal keenness  to develop judicial system
Jul 17

PM praises royal keenness to develop judicial system

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has praised the good reputation of the Bahraini judiciary and its impartiality at the GCC, Arab and international level.  HRH Prime Minister said ensuring justice and sovereignty of the law is the goal in Bahrain under the...

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TRA issues regulation on critical  telecom infrastructure risks
Jul 17

TRA issues regulation on critical telecom infrastructure risks

Manama : Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a new regulation on critical telecommunications infrastructure (CTI) risk management. The new regulation follows a preliminary study conducted in 2015 where it assessed the security risks posed on CTI, highlighting the extent of the potential...

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Leaders capable of  safeguarding  security  of region : PM
Jul 17

Leaders capable of safeguarding security of region : PM

Manama : Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has expressed full confidence in the ability of the leaders of the countries of the region to safeguard its security and stability, and to address the challenges it is facing, as well as terrorism which is aimed at subverting the security and...

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Shura Council passes State Budget bill
Jul 17

Shura Council passes State Budget bill

Manama : Shura Council members yesterday passed the draft-law, attached to Decree 36/2017, on the general state budget for the two fiscal years 2017 and 2018. The majority of council members voted for a report issued by the Economic and Financial Affairs Committee. In consistence with the decision of the House...

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PM orders to implement infra projects
Jul 17

PM orders to implement infra projects

Manama : Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has ordered to implement a series of infrastructure projects including construction of a new flyover between the two main highways in the country. The directives came while the Premier received Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning...

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Minister meets Hamad Town MPs
Jul 16

Minister meets Hamad Town MPs

Manama : Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf held a meeting with MPs representing Hamad Town yesterday. The session, which was attended by other officials, focused on a project which will be carried out at bloc 1212, in cooperation with Eskan Bank. The minister said work on...

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Shura to discuss  budget bill
Jul 16

Shura to discuss budget bill

Manama : The Shura Council will tomorrow hold its 37th meeting during which it will discuss the report of the Financial and Economic Committee on the draft-law on approving the general state budget for the two fiscal years, 2017 and 2017, which is attached to Decree 36/2017.The same committee’s report on...

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Panel rejects proposal to raise age of juveniles from 15 to 18
Jul 15

Panel rejects proposal to raise age of juveniles from 15 to 18

Manama : A proposal to amend the Juvenile Law by raising the age of juveniles from 15 to 18 was rejected by a legislative panel, recently.The Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Committee in the House of Representatives did not agree to the proposal stating that it contradicts the purpose of the...

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Bahrain, US for greater security ties
Jul 14

Bahrain, US for greater security ties

Manama : The Interior Minister, Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, this week conducted an official visit to the United States, during which he met a number of officials from the US’ executive and legislative authorities. The Minister of Interior provided briefings on the...

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Media plays a big role in shaping  awareness: Minister
Jul 14

Media plays a big role in shaping awareness: Minister

Cairo : “No one can negate Egypt’s merits except someone who is a denier, ignorant about history or unable to read the future,” said Information Affairs Minister Ali bin Mohammed Al Rumaihi yesterday.  The Minister was meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi along with Arab...

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BTEA inaugurates office in Russia
Jul 14

BTEA inaugurates office in Russia

Russia : The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) inaugurated its representative office in the Russian Federation in the presence of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Russia, Ahmed Al Saati. The launch is in line...

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Budget focus on welfare schemes
Jul 13

Budget focus on welfare schemes

Manama : Labour and Social Development Minister, Jameel Humaidan, yesterday said that the General State Budget for the two fiscal years 2017 and 2018 has earmarked BD19.8 million and BD21.5 million for the social insurance schemes of 2017 and 2018, respectively. The minister also revealed that the number of...

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Conduct certificate mandatory for foreign workers
Jul 12

Conduct certificate mandatory for foreign workers

Manama : Parliamentarians yesterday passed a proposal making certificates of good conduct mandatory for foreign employees entering the Kingdom. The majority of the MPs voted for the proposal saying “it will contribute to enhancing the country’s security”, even as the Services Committee in the...

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Cabinet condemns terror  attacks in Saudi, Egypt
Jul 11

Cabinet condemns terror attacks in Saudi, Egypt

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa extended deepest thanks and appreciation to the Representatives and Shura councils for their fruitful cooperation with the government in preparing the General State Budget 2017-2018. He also praised the consensus reached by the...

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LMRA launches flexible work permit
Jul 10

LMRA launches flexible work permit

Manama : In a groundbreaking move, the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) yesterday launched a ‘flexible work permit’ allowing workers who have overstayed in the Kingdom to work and reside in Bahrain without a sponsor.  Announcing the decision, LMRA, CEO, Ausamah Al Absi said:...

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Directives to ease concerns hailed
Jul 09

Directives to ease concerns hailed

Manama : A tribute was paid to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for issuing royal directives to heed the humanitarian plight of mixed Bahraini-Qatari families. “The royal gesture reflects HM the King’s keenness on the family kinship relations binding GCC nationals”, said National...

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Housing needs of Duraz to be met: Minister
Jul 09

Housing needs of Duraz to be met: Minister

Manama : Within the on-going efforts to implement His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa’s directives to identify the needs of Duraz and its neighbouring villages regarding services and facilities, Housing Minister, Bassim bin Yaqoob Al-Hamar received a delegation from those...

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Seminar on ‘safe summer’ held
Jul 09

Seminar on ‘safe summer’ held

Manama : The Ministry of Labour & Social Development organised a seminar on ‘safe summer’ for workers at the Bahrain Kerala Samajam (BKS) yesterday.  The seminar focussed on preventing accidents and diseases during the summer months.  A presentation was also made on safe work practices...

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Continue budgetary support for Gulf Air: MP
Jul 09

Continue budgetary support for Gulf Air: MP

Manama : An MP yesterday called for reconsidering the move to cut off financial support to the Kingdom’s national carrier. Commenting on reports indicating that no funds will be allocated to support Gulf Air in the State Budget, MP Khalid Al Shaer insisted on the importance of backing the airlines, especially...

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Saudi, allies vow more steps against Qatar
Jul 08

Saudi, allies vow more steps against Qatar

Manama : The four Arab states boycotting Qatar have said that its refusal to accept the demands to resolve the diplomatic crisis is proof of its links to terror groups and that they would enforce new measures against it. The four states - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain – said in...

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 Foreign Ministry’s “#Travel_Safe” awareness campaign launched
Jul 07

Foreign Ministry’s “#Travel_Safe” awareness campaign launched

Manama : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced it has launched a “Travel Safe” awareness campaign marking the beginning of the summer peak travel season in the Kingdom. The campaign aims to familiarise Bahraini citizens with steps that must be taken to enjoy...

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Ministry to hold awareness seminar on safe summer
Jul 07

Ministry to hold awareness seminar on safe summer

Manama : The Ministry of Labour & Social Development is organising an awareness seminar for the labourers in coordination with the Embassy of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Philipines and Bangladesh to Bahrain.  The awareness seminar is to be held under the patronage Undersecretary of Labour & Social...

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Six principles guide us in fighting terror: FM
Jul 07

Six principles guide us in fighting terror: FM

Manama : The six guiding principles read out by Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry at the end of the Cairo summit are the underlying position of the four Gulf Arab countries in confronting the terrorism of Daesh or Iran, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al...

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Bahrain condemns North Korean missile test
Jul 05

Bahrain condemns North Korean missile test

Manama : Bahrain yesterday strongly condemned the ballistic missile test, which was carried out by North Korea, in flagrant violation of the UN resolutions. The Foreign Ministry stressed the necessity of complying fully with the UN resolutions, which ban such military tests that fuel tensions in the world....

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Work on Zayed Town road  development underway
Jul 05

Work on Zayed Town road development underway

Manama : Work has commenced on constructing an entrance and exit points to Zayed Town from Shaikh Salman Highway at the Southern part of the Driving School, Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning   Essam   Khalaf has said. The project aims to alleviate traffic congestion along...

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Entry fee slapped for using park in Riffa
Jul 05

Entry fee slapped for using park in Riffa

Manama : New entry fees have been imposed on visitors of a public park in Riffa, in a bid to curb the chaos created by “gangs of youngsters” and protect its facilities. Beginning Friday, the visitors of Khalifa Al Kubra Garden in Riffa will have to pay 300 fils each to enter. Only women and children...

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Foreign  landowners  bill passed
Jul 05

Foreign landowners bill passed

Manama : MPs yesterday passed a new bill making it mandatory for foreign landowners, including GCC nationals, to construct buildings on their land within five years of purchase. This comes as the majority of MPs voted during their meeting yesterday for the bill, despite reservations by some quarters. The proposed...

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Citizens’ interests to be top priority in budget
Jul 04

Citizens’ interests to be top priority in budget

Manama : “Citizens’ interests are the top priority which will not be harmed in any way,” it was reaffirmed during a meeting held yesterday between Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and members of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee in the House of...

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PM asks ministries to  reach out to citizens
Jul 04

PM asks ministries to reach out to citizens

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has stressed the need to reach out to the citizens, be informed about their concerns and solve their problems regarding services provided to them as soon as possible. Chairing the regular weekly Cabinet session at the Gudaibiya...

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Qatar granted 48-hour extension to meet demands
Jul 03

Qatar granted 48-hour extension to meet demands

Manama : Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have agreed to grant Qatar a 48-hour extension to meet demands following a request by His Highness the Emir of Kuwait. “In response to the request by HH Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait, to extend the...

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FM receives call  from Tillerson
Jul 03

FM receives call from Tillerson

Manama : The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, received a phone call from the United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday.  Both exchanged views on ways to reach a settlement that guarantees security and peace in the region.  Shaikh Khalid...

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HH Shaikha Moza bint Hamad Medical Grant launched
Jul 02

HH Shaikha Moza bint Hamad Medical Grant launched

Manama : Al Mabarrah Al Khalifia Foundation (MKF) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) -  have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for ‘Her Highness Shaikha Moza bint Hamad Medical Grant’, which will be presented by Al Mabarrah...

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MPs to vote on workers’  deportation expenses
Jul 02

MPs to vote on workers’ deportation expenses

Manama : A committee in the House of Representatives recommended obliging foreign workers who ‘runaway’ from their employers to pay all of their deportation expenses. This was announced by Services Committee which recently approved a proposal to oblige expats, who violate the conditions...

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Interior Ministry slams ‘Waad’
Jul 02

Interior Ministry slams ‘Waad’

Manama : Security authorities yesterday slammed the allegations of a recently-closed political society that the police committed violations by closing its headquarters few weeks ago. In reply to the accusations of the members of the National Democratic Action Society, aka “Waad”, which was dissolved...

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 New entrance to Isa Town educational district opened
Jul 01

New entrance to Isa Town educational district opened

Manama : : In response to the directives of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister to reduce traffic congestion across the Kingdom, the Minister of Works, Municipality Affairs and Urban Planning Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf has...

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New land bill to come up for discussion on Tuesday
Jul 01

New land bill to come up for discussion on Tuesday

Manama : Non-Bahrainis who own lands in Bahrain should build on them within five years after purchase, a new parliamentary proposal says. The proposal received initial approval, as Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Committee in the House of Representatives passed it recently. It includes foreign...

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Hope for domestic workers
Jul 01

Hope for domestic workers

Manama : Recruitment of housemaids will be carried out by a government-owned company if a parliamentary proposal is passed.  The House of Representatives will put the proposal to vote on Tuesday which, if passed, will make the recruitment of domestic workers through a special government-owned company and...

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Unified stance needed to face challenges: PM
Jun 30

Unified stance needed to face challenges: PM

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has asserted that unified stance is strongly needed to face challenges and deal with them, citing the successful summits hosted recently by Saudi Arabia. The echo of the historic Riyadh summits will continue to be strong for their...

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US ambassador conveys wishes
Jun 25

US ambassador conveys wishes

Manama : The US Ambassador, William Roebuck, in a message on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, conveyed his warmest greeting to the leaders of the Kingdom and to all Bahrainis on behalf of the United States of America.  In the statement to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa...

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GCC envoys meet China’s Foreign Ministry official
Jun 24

GCC envoys meet China’s Foreign Ministry official

Manama : The Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain and Arab Republic of Egypt along with the UAE Charge’ D’affaires, met Ambassador Xiao Junzheng, the Deputy Director of the Department of West Asia and North Africa Affairs at the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of...

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Shaikh Abdullah is US envoy
Jun 24

Shaikh Abdullah is US envoy

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued decree No. 43 for 2017 appointing Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador for the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States.The Minister of Foreign Affairs will implement the decree that comes into...

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Minister holds meeting  with corporate heads
Jun 23

Minister holds meeting with corporate heads

Manama : Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza yesterday held a meeting with heads of companies operating in the oil, gas and petrochemical sector and explained the background on the establishment of the Sustainable Energy Unit.  He said the two main objectives of the unit are to...

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HRH Premier issues circular for Eid Al Fitr holiday
Jun 21

HRH Premier issues circular for Eid Al Fitr holiday

Manama : His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister issued a circular stipulating a three-day official holiday on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.The Kingdom's ministries, governmental directorates and institutions will close on the first day of Eid Al Fitr (1st Shawwal1438H) and the two...

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