Bahrain

BCCI CEO: Private sector key  to knowledge-based economy
Feb 19

BCCI CEO: Private sector key to knowledge-based economy

Manama : Private sector will be at the heart of the efforts to transform Bahrain into a knowledge-based economy, said CEO of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Dr. Khalid Al Ruwaihi. Bahrain’s progression to a knowledge-based economy will rely heavily on the private sector, Al Ruwaihi said. He...

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Social Responsibility Award for Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry
Feb 17

Social Responsibility Award for Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry

Manama : The Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry received the Social Responsibility Award for MYS Locator project. The award was granted at Meet ICT Conference and the Bahrain International Technology Exhibition (BITEX). Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs Hisham bin Mohammed Al Jowder received the award in a...

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Kingdom, UNIDO join hands to promote renewable energy
Feb 17

Kingdom, UNIDO join hands to promote renewable energy

Manama : Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulrahman Mirza yesterday received United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) head of the Investment Promotion Programme Dr. Hashim Hussein and several officials. The two sides discussed means of enhancing bilateral cooperation between UNIDO...

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$30bn pledged to rebuild Iraq
Feb 15

$30bn pledged to rebuild Iraq

Kuwait City : A total of $30 billion in pledges were made yesterday at a donor conference for Iraq’s reconstruction after the country’s devastating war with the Islamic State group, falling well short of the $88.2 billion Baghdad is seeking. The biggest pledge at the gathering in Kuwait...

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Minister of Foreign Affairs receives ICT Personality of the Year Award
Feb 14

Minister of Foreign Affairs receives ICT Personality of the Year Award

Manama : The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, received the ICT Personality of the Year Public Sector Award from the ICT Conference and the Bahrain International Technology exhibition (BITEX) in its eighth edition. The exhibition was held under the patronage of...

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Bahrain puts spotlight on ‘Digital Transformation’
Feb 14

Bahrain puts spotlight on ‘Digital Transformation’

Manama : ‘Digital Transformation’ was the topic of discussion as top experts from all around the region converged on Bahrain yesterday for the Bahrain International Technology Exhibition “BITEX” and ‘Meet ICT’. Meet ICT, a technology conference, and BITEX, an exhibition focused on...

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NAC is Bahrain’s  guiding force: HM
Feb 14

NAC is Bahrain’s guiding force: HM

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday called on all to “adhere to the essence and principles” of the National Action Charter “to preserve what has been achieved and continue the sincere work to build on our gains and achievements.” “On this cherished...

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Economic Development Board beats targets
Feb 12

Economic Development Board beats targets

Manama : Bahrain’s private sector continues to remain as the “primary engine of growth”, thanks to the efforts of the Economic Development Board (EDB) in diversifying Kingdom’s economy.  According to the latest report, EDB has surpassed its 2017 targets in terms of new projects...

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Houses to go solar soon
Feb 11

Houses to go solar soon

Manama : In a bid to popularise the production of solar energy for domestic purposes, solar panels have been installed at a house in a government housing project on an experimental basis. The project, completed at a cost of BD3,500, would annually produce 12,500 kWh, providing one-third of the electricity...

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Fight terror, nations urged
Feb 09

Fight terror, nations urged

Manama : Participants  at the National Action Charter (NAC) Conference and Exhibition held here yesterday rejected all forms of foreign interference in the domestic affairs of Bahrain and countries in the region. Calling on the international community to fight terror and its financing,  the conference...

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Housing put on fast track
Feb 07

Housing put on fast track

Manama : Housing Minister, Bassim Al-Hamar, yesterday announced plans to increase private sector contribution to expedite housing reforms in the Kingdom.  The move follows the directives of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy...

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Drug addicts costing exchequer BD35m: MP
Feb 07

Drug addicts costing exchequer BD35m: MP

Manama : Drug addicts numbering 30,000 in the Kingdom are costing the exchequer over BD35 million a month in treatment expenses and other services, MP Jalal Kadhim told the Council of Representatives yesterday. He said this while revealing the latest data on drug addiction as seen by the Bahraini courts during...

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New EDB board members named
Feb 06

New EDB board members named

Manama : His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, and Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB) yesterday named new board of directors for the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB} for the term 2018 - 2021. The new board of directors, under...

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‘Power of determination’
Feb 06

‘Power of determination’

Manama : Forces from Saudi Arabia and the UAE marched together with Bahrain yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of Bahrain Defence Force.  Dubbed “Power of Determination”, the joint mobilisation drill was patronised by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander of...

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PM lauds Bahrain Defence Force role
Feb 06

PM lauds Bahrain Defence Force role

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has lauded the role played by the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.  Chairing the regular weekly Cabinet session at the Gudaibiya Palace yesterday, HRH Premier congratulated His Majesty King...

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Rich Rajasthani royal culture showcased
Feb 05

Rich Rajasthani royal culture showcased

Sakhir : Rajasthani royal culture, art, food, music and dance were showcased at the ‘Padharo Mhare Des 2018’ event organized by Rajasthanis in Bahrain (RIB) in cooperation with the Indian Embassy on February 2. Indian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Alok Kumar Sinha, was the chief guest at the...

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Souvenir, stamps issued
Feb 05

Souvenir, stamps issued

Manama : Bahrain Post has brought out a set of four commemorative stamps and one souvenir sheet crowned with the portrait of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Bahrain Defence Force.  The stamps are available in all Bahrain Post...

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BDF celebrates 50th anniversary
Feb 05

BDF celebrates 50th anniversary

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday issued a royal decree promoting 718 officers of Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) of different military ranks. The promotion marked the Kingdom’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of BDF. 

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Bahrain supports all efforts  to fight terrorism: Al Doseri
Feb 01

Bahrain supports all efforts to fight terrorism: Al Doseri

Manama : Assistant Foreign Minister, Abdulla bin Faisal bin Jabur Al Doseri yesterday affirmed Bahrain’s full support to all regional and international efforts to fight terrorism, which threatens the safety and stability of the region.  This came as he held a meeting with Head of the EU Delegation...

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Council clears walkway,  garden project in Al Naim
Feb 01

Council clears walkway, garden project in Al Naim

Manama : The Capital Municipal Council has approved its plan to build a new walkway and a garden in Al Naim, Manama area. The walkway and garden will be built near Al Naim area, in Manama.  “The area has three vacant unused plots. As these plots are privately owned, the council will buy out the land...

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Scottish ties hailed
Feb 01

Scottish ties hailed

Manama : Scottish community’s contribution to Bahrain’s economy and development were hailed yesterday by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.  “The Kingdom of Bahrain has always had an immense respect for the achievements of the United Kingdom,” said His Majesty the King during...

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Quartet rejects OHCHR report
Jan 31

Quartet rejects OHCHR report

Manama : The Arab Quartet - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt - yesterday rejected a report by the UN Technical Mission of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Qatar crisis. The Quartet denounced the report submitted by the UN body for baseless allegations and...

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Premier hails Muharraq’s status  as capital of  Islamic culture
Jan 29

Premier hails Muharraq’s status as capital of Islamic culture

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday welcomed the designation of the city of Muharraq as the Capital of Islamic Culture for the year 2018 by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO). HRH the Prime Minister hailed His Majesty...

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HM King condoles with UAE President
Jan 29

HM King condoles with UAE President

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa sent a cable of condolences on the death of Shaikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan, mother of UAE President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In the cable, His Majesty expressed his deep sympathy, supplicating for Allah’s mercy and bliss upon the deceased...

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School fee hike shelved
Jan 29

School fee hike shelved

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has directed to drop the increase in private school fees in the Kingdom, a BNA release quoting Education Minister Dr Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi said.  The Royal directive comes against the backdrop of an earlier decision by the Education Ministry allowing...

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House to discuss penalties for flouting tourism rules
Jan 28

House to discuss penalties for flouting tourism rules

Manama : The House of Representatives on Tuesday will discuss and vote on a bill that toughens punishments for violations committed in the tourism sector by 10,000 per cent, DT News has learnt. The House of Representatives in its weekly meeting will review the bill introduced by a number of MPs and vote on...

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Expats replacing Bahrainis in government jobs: MP
Jan 24

Expats replacing Bahrainis in government jobs: MP

Manama : All Bahraini retirees in the public sector were replaced by expats from 2013 to 2017, a Bahraini MP claimed. Speaking during a regular weekly session of the House of Representatives yesterday, Financial and Economic Affairs Committee Member MP Jalal Kadhim said: “A total of 4,250 Bahraini...

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Bahraini lawmakers  lash Qatari hostility
Jan 24

Bahraini lawmakers lash Qatari hostility

Manama : Parliamentarians yesterday strongly condemned the hostile acts of Qatari jets against civilian aircrafts in the region.  In a joint statement issued, the lawmakers said: “The House of Representatives strongly condemns the hostile behaviour of the State of Qatar against UAE civilian aircrafts,...

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New technology vital for oil industry: Minister
Jan 24

New technology vital for oil industry: Minister

Manama : Investing in and adopting new technology is vital for the growth of oil industry, said Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the Minister of Oil and Chairman of Noga holding, yesterday.  “Although oil prices have taken a tumble in recent years, leading to the subdued profitability...

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MPs pass proposal to STOP gasoline price hike
Jan 24

MPs pass proposal to STOP gasoline price hike

Manama : Parliamentarians yesterday passed an urgent proposal to stop the recent hike in gasoline prices and referred it to the government for approval. This came during yesterday’s regular weekly meeting of the House of Representatives, chaired by Speaker Ahmed bin Ibrahim Al Mulla. The legislators,...

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Economy on right track: Government
Jan 23

Economy on right track: Government

Manama : The weekly Cabinet meeting held yesterday reviewed the latest economic indicators, which showed that the national economy as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) is growing at a rate of 3.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.  Figures also indicated that non-oil exports had increased...

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MP demands retroactive  compensation to citizens
Jan 23

MP demands retroactive compensation to citizens

Manama : A Bahraini legislator has demanded the Government to compensate citizens retroactively for the increase in prices and fees during recent months. In a time when MPs seek legal alternatives for the ever-increasing taxes, fees and financial burdens on citizens, MP Abdulhameed Al Najjar called for...

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Egypt cornerstone of  Arab security: King
Jan 23

Egypt cornerstone of Arab security: King

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa yesterday hailed the historic role played by Egypt in the region as the “cornerstone of Arab security and stability”.  Speaking to an Egyptian delegation led by Egypt’s House of Representatives Speaker Dr Ali Abdel-Aal at Al-Sakhir Palace,...

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Halt fresh fees, taxes: PM tells ministries
Jan 23

Halt fresh fees, taxes: PM tells ministries

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday ordered all ministries and government departments to freeze further increase in fees or taxes that may affect the citizens until the joint executive-legislature committee reaches a consensus on the ongoing...

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Khalifa Town plan on track: Governor
Jan 22

Khalifa Town plan on track: Governor

Manama : His Highness Southern Governor Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa yesterday said that the Khalifa Town housing project is the largest of its kind in Bahrain and the project will go according to the plan set to meet the citizens’ housing needs of the villages of Askar, Jow and Al-Dour.  The...

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Houthi terror denounced
Jan 22

Houthi terror denounced

Manama : Information Affairs Minister Ali bin Mohammed Al Romaihi has denounced the recurrent Houthi attacks targeting cities in Saudi Arabia. “The Iran-made ballistic missile attacks are a dangerous escalation aimed at undermining the security of the Kingdom, the Gulf and the Arab countries,” the...

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Revealed: Youth lured, paid BD50 to kill cops
Jan 22

Revealed: Youth lured, paid BD50 to kill cops

Manama : Certain outfits paid BD50 as reward to entice Bahraini youth to kill policemen and commit acts of terror in the Kingdom, said Interior Minister Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa yesterday, reviewing the anti-terror operations in the Kingdom in 2017. Displaying envelopes to the...

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Minister warns against  attempts to target unity
Jan 17

Minister warns against attempts to target unity

Manama : Information Affairs Minister Ali bin Mohammed Al-Rumaihi yesterday warned that any attempt to spark strife and target national unity through social media websites will be deterred.  “We can use the penal law, the law on cybercrimes, the press law and the law on protecting state documents,...

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Citizens’ needs government’s  top most priority: PM
Jan 17

Citizens’ needs government’s top most priority: PM

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday affirmed government’s keenness in ensuring the welfare and safety of Bahrain’s  citizens.  The doors of the Kingdom are always “open to listening to citizens’ needs and aspirations,”...

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Focus on ‘neediest’
Jan 16

Focus on ‘neediest’

Manama : Restructuring of government subsidies should be through consensus between the Executive and the Legislative branches, said His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday.  Lauding the Royal Directives in this regard, HRH the Premier said that the move is aimed at...

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Bahrain condemns  Baghdad blasts
Jan 16

Bahrain condemns Baghdad blasts

Manama : Bahrain yesterday condemned the twin terrorist attacks in Baghdad, leaving dozens of people dead and injured. The Foreign Ministry expressed its deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the victims, wishing the injured speedy recovery, denouncing the terrorist acts, which are contrary to...

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Wali Al Ahad highway project 60% completed
Jan 15

Wali Al Ahad highway project 60% completed

Manama : Expansion works of Wali Al Ahad Highway in Riffa has attained 60 per cent completion.  The BD1,969,265 project expands the highway into three lanes in each direction as well as revamps all its intersections.  This was announced during a visit of Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs &...

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Call to boycott Iran
Jan 14

Call to boycott Iran

Manama : The Iranian regime has blood on its hands and the UK and the European Union should boycott the regime, Bahraini activist Faisal Fulad has said, in response to UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson’s recent meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Brussels, where...

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Bahrain-India ties lauded
Jan 11

Bahrain-India ties lauded

Manama : Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi praised the warm ties between Bahrain and India as he presented a memento to Shaikh Khalifa bin Duaij Al Khalifa at the finale of the GOPIO Convention. Gandhi praised the hospitality and harmony of Bahrain and said the Kingdom had much to teach the...

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India ready to host Bahrain sporting events, says Gandhi
Jan 11

India ready to host Bahrain sporting events, says Gandhi

Manama : India is open to hosting any sports championship or tournament by Bahrain on its territories, said Congress President Rahul Gandhi.  This, Rahul Gandhi said, will present an opportunity to develop the sports sector in both countries. The Congress President also praised the steps taken by Bahrain...

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No pay, 100 workers hit
Jan 11

No pay, 100 workers hit

Manama : Four major companies in the Kingdom have not paid salaries for several months, leaving scores of their employees in a difficult situation, according to General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU). The employees, both nationals and expatriates, in these companies have pending salaries for several...

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Saudi stances hailed
Jan 10

Saudi stances hailed

Manama : The supportive stances of Saudi Arabia greatly helped Bahrain in maintaining security and stability in the Kingdom, said Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa yesterday.  “We always value the genuine and supportive stands of Saudi Arabia to maintain...

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PM gives directive to study government subsidy programmes
Jan 09

PM gives directive to study government subsidy programmes

Manama : His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday gave directives to conduct a study on the subsidy programmes to low and medium income citizens to ensure that they continue to receive government aid and support, instructing ministries to follow up on the  matter. HRH Prime Minister...

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Congress President pledges to reinstate  Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
Jan 09

Congress President pledges to reinstate Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs

Manama : The President of Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi, yesterday said that Non-Resident Indians are vital to India and they “should not underestimate their power to cause a positive change in India”. Speaking during his first foreign visit after taking over as the president of Indian National...

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Boosting ties
Jan 09

Boosting ties

Manama  : His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday held talks with Rahul Gandhi, who is on his first foreign trip after becoming the chief of Indian National Congress party, on improving bilateral...

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