Bahrain

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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Conflict, Gender and Climate Change in the Arab Region
Sep 29

Conflict, Gender and Climate Change in the Arab Region

Gender equality, or the lack of it, is not a stand-alone issue. Social, economic and environmental factors all affect the degree of balance between men and women. That is especially so in the Arab region, ravaged by war and wracked by climate change. The question is: how do those factors interact with gender...

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Join hands to promote China-Bahrain ties
Sep 22

Join hands to promote China-Bahrain ties

I am honoured to have all of you with us to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. This year also marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Under the firm leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and great support of the...

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Low salary is No. 1 stress factor in Bahrain
Sep 20

Low salary is No. 1 stress factor in Bahrain

Manama: Low salary is the main contributing factor to stress at workplace, according to a survey poll conducted by Bayt.com, one of the largest job sites in the region.The study, which was participated by residents in Bahrain, the UAE, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Qatar, Saudi...

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More efforts urged to boost tourism
Sep 16

More efforts urged to boost tourism

Manama : High occupancy rates at Bahraini hotels during Eid are a good sign, but more efforts are needed to boost tourism for the rest of the year, an expert opined. The high inflow of tourists to Bahrain during Eid shows the true potential of Bahrain as a tourist destination, Four Star Hotel committee Chairman...

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‘Explore the Teacher in You’
Sep 09

‘Explore the Teacher in You’

“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.” ― Joyce Meyer. 5th. September marked as the Teacher’s Day set me think awhile. Are teachers earmarked? Most people would agree that teachers and education should be about teaching for understanding, but fewer would say...

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G20 Summit Will Advance Global Economic Cooperation and Development
Aug 24

G20 Summit Will Advance Global Economic Cooperation and Development

On 4-5 September, Chinese President Xi Jinping will be joined by leaders from other G20 members, guest countries and international organisations in Hangzhou to discuss ways to advance global economic cooperation and development. So far, the G20 has held 10 summits. This year, it is China’s turn to play host....

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Message on World Humanitarian Day
Aug 19

Message on World Humanitarian Day

A record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive.  Grouped together, these people in need would comprise the tenth most populous nation on Earth.  These figures are truly staggering, yet they tell only a fraction of the story.  Hidden behind the statistics are...

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Technical error occurred in Bahrain 999 emergency line
Aug 13

Technical error occurred in Bahrain 999 emergency line

Manama : Interior Ministry announced that a technical error has occurred in the emergency line 999. The ministry requested the public to contact 80008008, 17277607 and 17253183 in case of any emergencies, while the error is fixed.

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Ban Ki-moon's Message on International Youth Day
Aug 12

Ban Ki-moon's Message on International Youth Day

The world’s young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future. Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject...

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Message on World Population Day
Jul 11

Message on World Population Day

The international community has committed to a new sustainable development agenda built on the principles of equity and human rights.  A central objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to leave no one behind. Despite significant gains made in reducing poverty and improving opportunity and well-being...

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Time and Passion VS energy and curiosity, the golden combination
Jul 06

Time and Passion VS energy and curiosity, the golden combination

I read a book titled , recently of a Swedish author, who travels the world seeking factors influencing development of nations. Book’s name: .  The author Fredrik Haren comes to a conclusion that energy and curiosity are the main drive, both for those nations developing today and those who will thrive...

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The Balancing Act: Holding on to moderation
Jul 05

The Balancing Act: Holding on to moderation

In a world where the wealthy keep getting wealthier, and the impoverished keep sinking deeper into financial disintegration, the middle class ceases to exist. We now live in a world, where the importance of job stability has become a necessity. Regardless of social stature, most households around the world have...

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Why don't we stand with Turkey, like we did with Paris and Orlando?
Jul 01

Why don't we stand with Turkey, like we did with Paris and Orlando?

Night was coming on as I arrived in Heathrow airport on Tuesday. In a waiting lounge at the airport’s central bus station, the urgent and meretricious tones of the television news could be heard. A gang of homicidal thugs had massacred 41 innocent people and injured 239...

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The silent collapse of literary expression
Jun 28

The silent collapse of literary expression

As I type away, ironically, my thoughts rapidly transferring onto the computer screen, instead of quietly bleeding through onto paper, I cannot help but wonder how times have changed, and how fruitlessly convenient expressing ourselves has become.  Before the turn of the century, perhaps even earlier, literature...

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A view from Anglesey on the EU referendum - Part 2
Jun 27

A view from Anglesey on the EU referendum - Part 2

(Continued from yesterday) As far as the vote went, the vast majority of England and Wales, excepting the cities of London, Manchester, Liverpool and the Welsh Capital Cardiff voted to leave, whilst Scotland’s 32 areas all voted to Remain, which will likely trigger a second “Independence Referendum’...

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A view from Anglesey on the EU referendum - Part 1
Jun 26

A view from Anglesey on the EU referendum - Part 1

It is just unbelievable that the United Kingdom (against the predictions) has voted by a majority of 51.9 per cent and a high turnout of 72pc to leave the 28-nation European Union (EU) after more than 40 years of membership of essentially a bureaucratic nightmare. The build-up to the referendum here on both sides has...

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Currency gyrations intensify ahead of UK referendum
Jun 23

Currency gyrations intensify ahead of UK referendum

The roller coaster ride into the UK referendum on EU membership added new violent twists and turns over the last couple of weeks on two huge apparent momentum shifts in the voting. The last shift has been an apparent shift in favor of Remain after the tragic murder of Jo Cox, the pro-Remain Labour MP. Over the last...

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Could debt forgiveness be interim solution for world’s economic malaise?
Jun 21

Could debt forgiveness be interim solution for world’s economic malaise?

There is a growing perception that monetary policy is losing its power to solve the world’s economic problems. This may be misleading. What is probably true is that incremental policy easing is experiencing diminishing – and, possibly, negative - returns. Therefore, central banks – and governments -...

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Is Trump a New Kind of Fascist?
Jun 20

Is Trump a New Kind of Fascist?

Donald Trump’s obscene demagoguery; his contemptuous regard for the first amendment, his desire to expand the authorities of the presidency (the awesome power of which has never been equal to what it is now), his belligerent and threatening attitude towards the judiciary, his shameless blurring of private and...

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Currency traders’ many  unbearable waits
Jun 17

Currency traders’ many unbearable waits

The ticking of the clock ahead of the June 23rd UK referendum on EU membership has become a deafening drumbeat after a recent spate of polls seem to show a drift in favour of EU rejection, most dramatically in the 10 point margin of the Leave over Remain responses in Friday’s ORB poll results. The market for...

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