Bahrain

Advancing your career with the right degree
Mar 22

Advancing your career with the right degree

Many of us eagerly try to pursue higher levels of education and degrees with the hopes such an achievement will help to climb higher on the career ladder or possibly obtain better jobs. While these reasons might be logical and valid for pursuing an advanced degree, the critical question is that, is this the best...

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In the 21st century we finally need to tackle the gender gap in drug policy
Mar 17

In the 21st century we finally need to tackle the gender gap in drug policy

I will never forget the visit I made to the women’s outpatient treatment service at Pereira Rossell Hospital, in Montevideo, Uruguay, in November 2015. I was in the country in my capacity as President of the International Narcotics Control Board and had the chance to participate in a group therapy session with...

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Chief information officers serving corporate boards
Mar 15

Chief information officers serving corporate boards

Many have mixed and somehow conflicting understanding of the role that Chief Information Officers play in the board. The initial thought will be to align the IT objectives and provide IT services according to the ever-changing business needs. As any organization, the business requirements are dynamic and change...

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Amazing women
Mar 09

Amazing women

With the reality that at any cost we still belong to the ‘patriarchal society’, with the same prejudices, ‘gossipy/ incompetent/ feeble/ sensitive’, I was in a search to find women in real. I must admit that I am surprised at their dispositions, the ways they suppress an ocean of strength; I...

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Battle for Safeguarding Using Technology in Businesses
Mar 08

Battle for Safeguarding Using Technology in Businesses

It is unthinkable not to have computers in all organizations and companies, all types of transactions and processing is being carried on computers. However, even though the use of computers has a great potential, it also puts businesses at risk due to cybercrime and business of hacking, which created the need for...

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Women’s rights are human rights
Mar 08

Women’s rights are human rights

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.  Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full...

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No woman should die to give birth
Mar 06

No woman should die to give birth

Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth. For International Women’s Day 2017, Médecins Sans Frontières is putting the spotlight on pregnancy and childbirth in Afghanistan. March 8 has always been a special day for me and my family – not only is it...

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How power transition in US can change Middle East policy
Mar 03

How power transition in US can change Middle East policy

Donald Trump came to power as the president of the United States at a difficult time, for his predecessor Barak Obama had left him with nothing more than a big bunch of troubles with Middle East in its epicentre among others.  During Obama’s time, cardinal changes took place in the Arab world, with regimes...

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Ensuring the integrity of medical services
Mar 01

Ensuring the integrity of medical services

We all hang our lives and wellbeing on doctors and hospitals, even sometimes with blind faith. However, there are a lot of events that indicate that some hospitals or doctors may abuse or exploit this trust, in order to increase their income. We undoubtedly recognize that hospitals and clinics are investing a lot in...

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 ITIL: A framework for IT excellency
Feb 22

ITIL: A framework for IT excellency

Many wonder about the best way to run an organisation, deliver a service or build a product, this is an endless question that has puzzled many entrepreneurs, founders and executives as they pursued a market-lasting product or service while substantial amounts of money were given to consultants and professionals to aid...

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Respect to the Kingdom’s Flag
Feb 22

Respect to the Kingdom’s Flag

As it is known, every Country has its own flag that represents its entity. The flag’s design and colours reflect the Country’s history and vision and its essence. For the dear readers’ information, the Republic of Tunisia has the oldest flag (1831), while the Republic of Iraq has the relatively...

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GCC corporates face multiple VAT challenges
Feb 17

GCC corporates face multiple VAT challenges

The plan to introduce value-added tax in Gulf Cooperation Council member states could create operational risks for companies and put pressure on EBITDA and cash flows in some industries as markets adjust, Fitch Ratings says. Collecting and remitting VAT to the government will have notable set-up and compliance costs....

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The dangers of virtual private etworks
Feb 15

The dangers of virtual private etworks

With the heavy reliance in the Internet, endless threats have come to life; many of them are very serious that can have serious financial implications to companies and governments, not to mention the impact on national security. As a result, many countries have started enforcing laws to ensure cyber security and...

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Sometimes it’s best to avoid “Cupid’s” arrow
Feb 13

Sometimes it’s best to avoid “Cupid’s” arrow

Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching and the story goes that if Cupid hits you with his golden arrow you’ll fall madly in love. And who doesn’t want to fall madly in love? But there are other actors taking aim at you on Valentine’s Day whose arrows you need to avoid as the outcomes aren’t...

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Definition of humanity
Feb 10

Definition of humanity

I could not believe the beautiful and heartwarming scene before my eyes! The scene was filled with feelings of love, care and loyalty. I hope that I will be able to convey the story with all meanings of appreciation and value.  One evening, on a weekend, I was out with my family in the neighborhood, when I...

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Corporate culture’s role in Bahrain
Feb 07

Corporate culture’s role in Bahrain

In our current time, most companies will have employees of a mix of all nationalities and backgrounds.  The international mixture of employees helps to create a strong and healthy organizations benefiting from the strength of the cosmopolitan environment.  However, as a result these companies create a unique...

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A continent of hope
Feb 06

A continent of hope

Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems.  When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential.   I am committed to building on those strengths and establishing a higher platform of cooperation between the United Nations and the leaders and people of...

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2017 MENA retail insights: What’s in store for the sector?
Jan 30

2017 MENA retail insights: What’s in store for the sector?

An unstable global economy, fraught with geopolitical uncertainty, left many wondering if retailers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) would struggle to turn a profit in 2016. Yet, just as challenges have come to characterize the region’s business landscape, so too have a wealth of technological advances...

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Securing technology in enterprises
Jan 26

Securing technology in enterprises

Technology has revolutionized the entire business world. It has made the potential and imaginative possibilities a reality, up for grasp to anyone who deploys technologies in an innovative way.  It has empowered enterprises to provide unique services and products with the ability to satisfy the most difficult...

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The future of cloud computing in Bahrain
Jan 25

The future of cloud computing in Bahrain

Over the past 11 years, we have seen the explosive growth of cloud computing around the world. The technology has been embraced by everyone from fast-growing startup companies, like AirBnB, Rovio and Yelp, to Enterprise companies, like HSBC, Lamborghini and BMW, to government, educational and nonprofit institutions,...

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Dangers of the digital world
Jan 19

Dangers of the digital world

We have gone almost fully digital nowadays, in almost every aspect of our lives, the trivial part and the most complicated part. Our cars are computerized and programmed, trains and aircrafts are run by computers, and now unmanned air vehicles, which are also known as drones, are controlled remotely and flown without...

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Protected Cell Companies (‘PCC’)
Jan 19

Protected Cell Companies (‘PCC’)

A series of new laws have been implemented over the past 12 months with the principal aim of promoting business in Bahrain and encouraging investors to choose Bahrain as their destination of choice when doing business in the Middle East. The most recent of these changes include the introduction of protected cell...

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The future of migration governance
Dec 28

The future of migration governance

We live in a rapidly evolving, hyper-connected world, where goods, capital, and people are more mobile than ever before. But, whereas countries have shown a willingness to cooperate on exchanging goods and capital, the international community has shown little appetite for improving how it governs human...

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'Trump's ME visit must begin with Bahrain'
Dec 13

'Trump's ME visit must begin with Bahrain'

Manama : A meeting between US President – elect Donald Trump and His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa would send a warning to enemies in the Middle East (ME), according to an American daily. When Trump looks to the broader Middle East for allies he will find no leader more reliable and trustworthy...

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Demonetization in India- A Boon or Bane
Dec 10

Demonetization in India- A Boon or Bane

Demonetization is a move not new to the Indian scenario. Infact the wider scope of demonetization can be understood when the respective countries of European union (EU), were replaced by the Euro, but in its present state of demonetization the Indian government still retains its legality of the old notes. On 12th...

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Righting a wrong in Haiti
Dec 08

Righting a wrong in Haiti

Last week, I addressed the United Nations General Assembly to outline a new approach to tackle cholera in Haiti – a disease that has afflicted nearly 800,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000 Haitians over the last six years.   This tragedy has cast a shadow upon the relationship between the...

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The International Day For The Abolition Of Slavery
Dec 02

The International Day For The Abolition Of Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery calls upon us to remember victims around the world and to reflect on progress towards the elimination of all contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labour, the worst forms of child labour, forced and servile marriage, bonded labour and human...

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Striving for an AIDS-free world
Dec 01

Striving for an AIDS-free world

Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.  There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment....

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“Nearly 2 million Palestinians  struggling”
Nov 29

“Nearly 2 million Palestinians struggling”

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one of many conflicts in the region.  It is in many ways a long-standing, gaping wound that has fed tension and conflict throughout the Middle East. Israeli and Palestinian leaders still voice their support for the two-State solution. Recent years have witnessed two...

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“Development of the Palestinian people is our priority”
Nov 29

“Development of the Palestinian people is our priority”

The United Nations, and more specifically UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian people have always been in the forefront providing a lifeline to millions of Palestinians through humanitarian and development support.  UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People was established...

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To End Violence Against Women And Girls
Nov 25

To End Violence Against Women And Girls

At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response. Violence against...

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Fly my kite high
Nov 21

Fly my kite high

I love kites. I also love pizza, cycling and catching fireflies, but I love kites the most! I was 8 when I flew my first kite. We went to the beach to fly it (because inside my apartment the roof was too low and fan was too slow).Impatient as I was, I snatched the kite from my dad’s hand and I tried flying...

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Fitness Saga
Nov 16

Fitness Saga

“36” “How come it is 36 now?  Last time, you had said it was 34!”  Can you try with 34?” “No, 34 would be difficult, we have to go with 36.” “Alright, Narayan.  36 is OK then”. For the avoidance of doubt whatsoever, let me clarify that I was not...

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PET VET - Paracetamol toxicity in cats
Nov 16

PET VET - Paracetamol toxicity in cats

Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the simple over the counter medication used frequently by people, but did you know that the drug is highly toxic to cats, with just one tablet causing death in some cases? It is worth remembering to never give cats or dogs human medication as they can react very differently to you and...

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Message On World Diabetes Day
Nov 14

Message On World Diabetes Day

Diabetes is a leading cause of poor eyesight and blindness worldwide.  Because the changes are painless and gradual, people often only realize they have a problem when their eyesight finally begins to fail.  At that point, it can be too late to improve or restore vision.   It is therefore vital that...

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Market gyrates on Trump presidency prospect
Nov 11

Market gyrates on Trump presidency prospect

A majority of Americans has voted in favour of Trump. Now its up to markets to react. A few takeaways from this shocking turn of events, in which the entire world was taken by surprise. •  Polls were terribly, terribly wrong – watch the story in the coming days as to how this happened and we...

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Disabled differently abled and Proud
Nov 04

Disabled differently abled and Proud

This is an open letter to the amazing father at the mall, who corrected a bystander that his child is not disabled, but differently abled and proud. Sir, I have a smart little brother who loves to play the piano, he has been trying since over half a decade but he just can’t get Fur Elise by Beethoven to be...

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Omega 3 fatty acids for your dog
Nov 02

Omega 3 fatty acids for your dog

Fish oil is probably the most important supplement you can add to your dog’s diet, regardless of what type of diet you feed. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil. Liquid fish oil products made for humans often contain flavorings that dogs...

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Accept yourself with all your faults. Accept others with all their faults, for it is the true essence of happiness
Nov 01

Accept yourself with all your faults. Accept others with all their faults, for it is the true essence of happiness

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition. -Martha Washington Most of us are so used to critically analyzing each one of our decisions that we...

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Save your electricity bills
Oct 30

Save your electricity bills

In Bahrain, expansion in the areas of infrastructure, new cities, industrial and commercial projects is leading to increasing urbanization and development, thereby driving the demand for energy in the region. Thus Energy Efficiency has become a mandatory term used everywhere. Energy efficiency is “using less...

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What makes you what you are
Oct 28

What makes you what you are

“My mother says she cannot afford to live in this city anymore. We will be leaving to our village in UP. I don’t know if I will ever see you again”, cried my friend. It was the saddest day of our life. Let me take you back to my childhood 40 years ago, to that wonderful school in the suburbs of a...

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PET VET - Diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats
Oct 26

PET VET - Diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats

Diabetes mellitus is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism due to relative or absolute insulin deficiency leads to increase in blood glucose level. Normal fasting value for blood glucose in dogs and cats is 75–120 mg/dL. Most cases of diabetes occur in middle-aged dogs and middle-aged to older cats. In dogs,...

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The Mantra of Success
Oct 25

The Mantra of Success

Nothing succeeds like success they say, and to this can be added the corollary that nothing fails like failure. It is true- success or failure is really in your hands and what you choose determines what you will get. The fact of the matter is that every single human being that was ever born has been imbued with...

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What’s in a Name?
Oct 21

What’s in a Name?

Circa 2000!  It was just a week into my first abroad tenure in the Far East. Back home in India, I was happily staying with my father, wife and kid, enjoying my work as telecommunications’ software engineer in a company which was just a stone’s throw away from my home.   I was selected to work...

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The 5 Gs of Bahrain’s master plan
Oct 20

The 5 Gs of Bahrain’s master plan

Back in January, Bahrain’s Economic Development Board CEO, Khalid Al Rumaihi was standing on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the beautiful mountainous town of Davos, in the Swiss Alps. He was on a mission to help speed growth for his nation’s financial and technology sectors.  Surrounded...

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2016 Discover America Week-Bahrain
Oct 20

2016 Discover America Week-Bahrain

As we conclude our celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement’s entry into force, I am delighted to announce the kick-off of U.S. Embassy Manama’s second annual Discover America Week.  Discover America Week, which runs from October 18-26, is a celebration of...

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Tomorrow is a blank canvas and you are the artist
Oct 18

Tomorrow is a blank canvas and you are the artist

Most people who are unhappy can trace their discontent to the fact that they are prisoners of the past. Maybe they didn’t get the grades they wanted in school and college, perhaps their careers didn’t shape up the way they would have liked, or they rue the fact that they could not marry their first crush....

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Bahrain Supreme Council For Women plays important role in Sustainable Development
Oct 16

Bahrain Supreme Council For Women plays important role in Sustainable Development

Women are half of the society and their role is not less important than the role of men, however their role was undermined. Women remained working silently for many years with no rewards and violation of their rights legislated by Allah Almighty and the Almighty primarily and civil rights secondarily.  The...

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GCC and islamic nations at cross roads
Oct 10

GCC and islamic nations at cross roads

US Congress overwhelmingly rejected President Obama’s veto of JASTA? 9/11 Attack: Was it sponsored ‘by the Saudi Govt. or its Officials? ‘NO’. JASTA is an error of intention and not judgement. Today it is Saudi Arabia; tomorrow it can be any other GCC or Muslim nation.  The US Congress...

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Value Added Tax (VAT) in GCC countries
Oct 06

Value Added Tax (VAT) in GCC countries

Value Added Tax (VAT) has been the topic of discussion in the region of late, due to the proposal by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Governments to introduce this indirect tax law shortly in the region.  In December 2015, finance ministers of the GCC states agreed on key issues in implementing a VAT system in...

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