Bahrain

Iran clerics’ call for armed resistance condemned
Feb 22

Iran clerics’ call for armed resistance condemned

Manama : Calls for initiating “armed resistance” against the Bahraini government made by some Iran-based clerics were condemned by a scholar here. MP Dr. Majeed Al Asfoor yesterday blamed the Iranian government for such malicious calls being made from Iran. Addressing the weekly session of the House...

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Military courts to get more powers
Feb 22

Military courts to get more powers

Manama : Bahrain parliamentarians yesterday approved an urgent proposal to amend the constitution, allowing military courts to prosecute civilians involved in certain cases. 31 legislators out of the 36 attending the session voted for the amendment, which was initially referred to the Cabinet by a Royal Decree...

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Bahrain, Russia for greater business ties
Feb 21

Bahrain, Russia for greater business ties

Manama : The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) hosted yesterday a Russian business delegation and mulled business opportunities with the local business owners and investors.  The delegation was spearheaded by Vladimir Dmitriev, the head of the Russian side of the Bahraini-Russian Joint...

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Countries must unite against cross-border crimes : Minister
Feb 20

Countries must unite against cross-border crimes : Minister

Manama : Minister of Interior Lt General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa called for an international coordination among countries to fight cross-border crimes, as he participated in the International Defence  Exhibition and Conference “IDEX 2017” in Abu Dhabi yesterday. “With the...

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Applications invited for Fellowship Programme
Feb 19

Applications invited for Fellowship Programme

Manama : The Office of the First Deputy Prime Minister (OFDPM) announced the opening of the application process for the year-long FDPM Fellowship Programme yesterday.  The third year of the prestigious programme aims to provide an opportunity for newly-selected public sector applicants to benefit from a...

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Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation to visit Bahrain
Feb 17

Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation to visit Bahrain

Manama : A delegation from Kuwait National Assembly, led by Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, will visit Bahrain on February 19 at an invitation by Representatives Council Speaker Ahmed bin Ibrahim Al Mulla.Both sides will hold official discussions on regional and international developments and issues of common interest....

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Capital Governor condemns Sitra terror attack
Feb 15

Capital Governor condemns Sitra terror attack

Manama : Capital Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa has strongly condemned the terrorist bombing that took place in Sitra yesterday, injuring a married couple passing by the targeted scene.  The governor stressed the violence and vandalism that target intimidating people will not derail the...

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Bahrain condemns Lahore terrorist attack
Feb 15

Bahrain condemns Lahore terrorist attack

Manama : Bahrain has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Lahore that claimed dozens of innocent lives and wounded many others. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, the government of Pakistan and its peoples, wishing speedy recovery to the...

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MPs demand Salmabad-Isa Town intersection to be shut
Feb 15

MPs demand Salmabad-Isa Town intersection to be shut

Manama : MPs passed an urgent proposal to the Government yesterday to shut the Salmabad-Isa Town intersection on Shiakh Salman Highway during rush hours. If the proposal is granted one of the busiest intersections on the island will be closed during rush hours to ensure smooth traffic flow on the main...

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Apollo Hospitals to open branch in Bahrain
Feb 14

Apollo Hospitals to open branch in Bahrain

Manama : Health Minister Faeqa bint Saeed Al-Saleh yesterday received businesswoman Ahlam Janahi and a number of investors from Indian Apollo Hospitals, and discussed health cooperation. She welcomed the delegation's keenness on opening an Apollo Hospitals branch in Bahrain. The minister was briefed on the...

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Turkish President's wife visits tourist attractions
Feb 14

Turkish President's wife visits tourist attractions

Manama : Turkish President's wife Amina Erdogan and the accompanying delegation conducted a number of visits to tourist attractions and projects on the sidelines of her visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Turkish President's wife visited Abdullah bin Yusuf Fakhro Social Center, Isa Town, and was briefed on the...

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Bahrain Sharia Court judge dies
Feb 13

Bahrain Sharia Court judge dies

Manama : High Sharia Sunni Court of Appeal President Judge Shaikh Ibrahim bin Abdullatif Al Sa'ad passed away today and his body will be laid to rest following Dhuhr prayers (midday) at Manama Graveyard.  The deceased comes from a family of imams and khateebs and his father presided over the sharia juidiciary...

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Key reforms being made in business sector: Minister
Feb 12

Key reforms being made in business sector: Minister

Manama : Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, in his speech at the Bahrain-Kerala Business Investment Forum stressed on the various developments witnessed by the economy of the Kingdom. “Bahrain’s economy witnessed several developments in terms of economic...

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King issues two decrees
Feb 12

King issues two decrees

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa issued a decree ratifying the agreement establishing the Bahraini-Russian Governmental Committee for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, as per the deal signed in Moscow on September 6, 2016.HM the King issued a decree assigning the Minister of...

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‘Kingdom well suited for Indian investors’
Feb 12

‘Kingdom well suited for Indian investors’

Manama : Indian investors were asked to take advantage of the ample investment opportunities and joint projects in the Kingdom in order to enhance their presence in the region, top leaders said yesterday. The growing bilateral ties between the two nations were discussed at the Bahrain-Kerala Business Investment...

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Indian expatriate’s role vital in progress: HM King
Feb 12

Indian expatriate’s role vital in progress: HM King

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa commended the contribution of the Indian expatriate community and businessmen from the State of Kerala to Bahrain’s development, progress and prosperity. “The decades-long outstanding relations have always been based on mutual respect, cooperation...

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Shura supports security steps
Feb 11

Shura supports security steps

Manama : The Shura Council has supported the measures taken to boost security and confront terrorist acts, in line with the leadership’s vision which renounces all forms of terrorism. The council lauded the operation carried out by the joint security team from the Interior Ministry and the National...

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Bahrain, Russia to boost ties
Feb 10

Bahrain, Russia to boost ties

Manama : Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Vice President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, received Ambassador of the Russian Federation Republic to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Vagif Garaev, yesterday. Shaikh Abdulrahman praised the constantly-growing and evolving bilateral ties in...

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Bahrain attends Yemen aid meet
Feb 10

Bahrain attends Yemen aid meet

Geneva : Permanent delegation of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Geneva, headed by Permanent Representative Ambassador Dr. Yousef Abdul Karim Bucheeri, and other international organisations took part in the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2017 meeting organised by the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian...

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Shaikh Khalid, Kerala CM open BKS 70th anniversary
Feb 10

Shaikh Khalid, Kerala CM open BKS 70th anniversary

Manama : Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa along with Chief Minister of Indian state, Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the year-long platinum jubilee celebrations of the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS) yesterday. Lighting the ceremonial lamp, the Kerala Chief Minister said,...

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Bahrain condemns ‘Settlement Law’
Feb 09

Bahrain condemns ‘Settlement Law’

Manama : Bahrain has condemned the so-called ‘Settlement Regularization’ recently passed by the Israeli Knesset in a bid to legitimise the confiscation of the Palestinian lands and expand construction of more settler homes. “The law is a flagrant breach of international legitimacy as well as it...

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Kerala Chief Minister arrives in Bahrain
Feb 09

Kerala Chief Minister arrives in Bahrain

Manama : Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan being received by President of  the Crown Prince’s  Court Shaikh Khalifa bin Daij Al Khalifa, Indian Ambassador Alok Kumar Sinha and other community leaders at the Bahrain International Airport in early morning today. Vijayan who is on a three-day...

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Kingdom most favourable for  entrepreneurs: Minister
Feb 08

Kingdom most favourable for entrepreneurs: Minister

Manama : Costs to operate businesses in Bahrain is lower by 34 per cent when compared to Doha and Dubai, stated Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani yesterday.  The minister made the statements while speaking at the “Indian Business Partnership Summit” organised...

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Government’s focus on more jobs: PM
Feb 08

Government’s focus on more jobs: PM

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa opened the Gulf Industry Fair (GIF-2017) at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC), yesterday.  On the occasion HRH the Prime Minister underscored the government’s unwavering support to...

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Deputy King inaugurates BDF facility
Feb 08

Deputy King inaugurates BDF facility

Manama : The Deputy King, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday inaugurated a new facility at the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Officers’ Club in Manama. During the inauguration ceremony, Prince Salman emphasised his continued commitment to supporting the advancement and success of...

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Don’t mix religion, politics : Minister
Feb 08

Don’t mix religion, politics : Minister

Manama : The Kingdom is keen on separating religion from politics, said Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, Minister for Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments in the House of Representatives yesterday.  “Employees in the Ministry are aware of their duties to separate religious activities from...

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Kerala Chief Minister to visit Bahrain
Feb 07

Kerala Chief Minister to visit Bahrain

Manama : Chief Minister of Indian state, Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan will be in Bahrain on a three-day visit starting Thursday.  On Thursday evening, Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate a year-long platinum jubilee celebrations of the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS) at the BKS Diamond Jubilee Hall in...

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Arab League leaders vow to protect women’s rights
Feb 07

Arab League leaders vow to protect women’s rights

Manama : Members of the League of Arab States yesterday stressed on the importance of empowering women of the region economically. This was stated here during the opening of the 36th session of Arab Women Committee of Arab League and the preparatory meeting for the 61st session of the United Nations Commission...

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Premier lauds Bahrain Defence Force
Feb 07

Premier lauds Bahrain Defence Force

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has extended his greetings to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, on the Bahrain Defence Force’s Day (BDF)....

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Cabinet approves plan to expand BIIP
Feb 07

Cabinet approves plan to expand BIIP

Manama : The Cabinet has endorsed a plan to expand the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP) to the eastern region of the Salman Industrial City at Al Hidd.  The plan was endorsed at the weekly Cabinet meeting chaired by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa at...

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School ordered to pay up BD49,000 for boy’s death
Feb 07

School ordered to pay up BD49,000 for boy’s death

Manama : A Bahraini court yesterday ordered a private school, in which a five-year-old student died after he was “forgotten” inside a school bus, to pay a compensation of BD49,000 to the victim’s family. As reported earlier, Al Rawabi School student Rashid Fadhel Buzuhaira, died after...

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Instil love for science in students : Premier
Feb 06

Instil love for science in students : Premier

Manama : Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has asserted that Bahrain is the home of science and knowledge, directing schools to instil love for science in students. “This makes us more proud,” he said, directing schools to instil love for science and knowledge in students. HRH...

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HM King opens Wadi Ali Camp
Feb 06

HM King opens Wadi Ali Camp

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, opened the Royal Guard Wadi Ali Camp, marking the 49th anniversary of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF). Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa attended the opening...

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Call to reopen Bahrain-Al Khobar sea route
Feb 04

Call to reopen Bahrain-Al Khobar sea route

Manama : In a bid to reduce heavy traffic on King Fahd causeway, calls were recently made to reopen the historic sea route that links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The route, which was used to connect both the Kingdoms for centuries, was closed simultaneously with the opening of the causeway by the mid 1980s. These...

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Bahrain to boost strategic ties with US
Feb 03

Bahrain to boost strategic ties with US

Manama : His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister received the US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, William Roebuck, at Gudaibiya Palace yesterday. During the meeting, His Royal Highness highlighted Bahrain’s continued...

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GCC VAT deal signed
Feb 02

GCC VAT deal signed

Manama : Bahrain will soon impose a five per cent tax on certain commodities as the Kingdom signed the unified GCC Value Added Tax (VAT) agreement and the GCC’s unified agreement on selective taxation yesterday. Signed by Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the taxation will not include...

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Edict issued appointing two directors
Feb 01

Edict issued appointing two directors

Manama : His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister has issued Edict 4/2017 appointing two directors in the Ministry of Interior. The edict stipulated the appointing of Lt-Colonel Mohammed Ali Khalil Al Binkhalil as director in one of the Interior Ministry’s vacant...

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MPs seek action against perpetrators of terror
Jan 31

MPs seek action against perpetrators of terror

Manama : The country’s lawmakers strongly condemned the murder of police officer First Lieutenant Hisham Al Hammadi, demanding the government to take more deterrent actions against the perpetrators of terror. The MPs expressed their concern over the increasing terror acts in Bahrain. They called on...

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HM King issues Royal Orders
Jan 31

HM King issues Royal Orders

Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued Royal Decree 6/2017 restructuring the board of trustees of Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies presided over by Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa. Dr. Ahmed Hashim Al Yosha, Dr. Waheeb Isa Al Nasser,...

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Allocate time for sports activities on Feb 7: PM
Jan 31

Allocate time for sports activities on Feb 7: PM

Manama : Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday directed ministries and government departments to allocate half of the working hours on February 7 for sports activities to mark the National Sports Day.  The Premier made the statements as he chaired the regular weekly Cabinet...

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Act tough on terror : Premier
Jan 31

Act tough on terror : Premier

Manama : His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has issued directives to crack down on terrorists by strictly enforcing the laws and government decisions, according to a statement by Cabinet Secretary-General Dr. Yaser bin Essa Al-Nasser. The directive issued at the weekly Cabinet...

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Kingdom vows stronger US ties
Jan 30

Kingdom vows stronger US ties

Manama : The Kingdom pays special attention to its strong ties with the United States of America and looks forward to a new phase marked by more progress and prosperity, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. The Minister expressed his faith that the ties between the Kingdom and the...

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Government to boost investment: HRH Premier
Jan 30

Government to boost investment: HRH Premier

Manama : Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday underlined the government’s keenness to put in place all the requirements for boosting investment and consolidating the Kingdom’s status as an ‘investment incubator’ in the region. “The government is focusing...

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Speaker condemns terrorist act
Jan 30

Speaker condemns terrorist act

Manama : Council of Representatives Speaker Ahmed bin Ibrahim Al-Mulla has strongly condemned the terrorist crime. “This heinous and cowardly terrorist act will not deter the state institutions from pursuing its resolve to strengthen the pillars of security and stability and protect the lives and...

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New eCommerce rule comes into force
Jan 29

New eCommerce rule comes into force

Manama : With an intention to help Bahraini entrepreneurs thrive in online business, expatriates have been ruled out from running the business in the Kingdom. This comes as a recently implemented ministerial decision which stipulated that Virtual Commercial Registrations (VCRs) would be strictly issued for...

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National Health Plan website launched
Jan 26

National Health Plan website launched

Manama : The National Health Plan and the Supreme Health Council Official website was launched yesterday under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa  and the Financial Affairs and Rationalising Expenditure Ministerial Committee Head Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa. The...

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Citizen’s welfare crucial for development: Premier
Jan 25

Citizen’s welfare crucial for development: Premier

Manama : Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has underlined the government’s keenness to adopt strategies that ensure optimal dealing with the requirements of the current phase and pave the way for a better future for Bahrain and its people. While receiving Royal family members and...

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Hot debate on subsidy for tomato sauce
Jan 25

Hot debate on subsidy for tomato sauce

Manama : A debate erupted among MPs yesterday on including tomato sauce in the subsidised foodstuff basket. The debate took place while the council discussed a law proposal submitted by Mohammed Milad MP to revise the subsidised products to citizens. Milad’s proposal instructed to include tomato...

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Tighter supervision of publications sought
Jan 25

Tighter supervision of publications sought

Manama : An MP has yesterday called for more supervision on “indecent” publications and other visual media materials entering Bahrain. MP Jamal Dawood warned of several publications and visual media that contained “sexual contents” that are being circulated in Bahrain. While addressing...

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New law to give NIHR wider jurisdiction
Jan 25

New law to give NIHR wider jurisdiction

Manama : The majority of Bahrain’s lawmakers yesterday agreed to grant wider powers and jurisdiction to the national human rights group in the Kingdom. This came as MPs passed a law decree to amend some of the provisions of Law 26 of 2014 in relation to establishing the National Institution for Human Rights...

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