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Unified Gulf law to protect ozone layer approved

A unified Gulf law to protect the ozone layer has been approved by Bahrain's Shura Council.   The new bill, which will be referred to His Majesty King Hamad, states GCC countries must replace harmful substanc

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Bahrain approves amendments to pension board

Urgent amendments to the Pension Fund Authority's board set up were approved by the Shura Council in Bahrain.   The General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) will no longer be the only unionist body

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Two-day weekend stays in Saudi

Saudi Arabia's Shura Council has rejected a move to change its earlier decision backing a two-day weekend for the private sector in the kingdom, said a report. The move to amend the earlier decision was brought forward by 16 m

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Saudi’s Nitaqat ‘fails to achieve results’

Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council members said the Labour Ministry’s Nitaqat programme has failed to achieve the desired results, according to a report. “Companies manipulate the system to give the impression that the

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Tougher traffic penalties set for debate

A controversial traffic law in Bahrain that includes tough new penalties moved a step closer towards implementation yesterday (January 27). Shura Council members spent four-and-a-half hours discussing the 64-article bill, which co

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Bahrain shelves bill to protect official secrets

A proposal that protects classified government information has been shelved for two weeks following disagreements between Shura Council members on its contents. During yesterday's five-hour discussion, council members agreed t

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MPs approve BD300 minimum wage for Bahrainis

Bahrain’s MPs have approved a bill that effectively guarantees a BD300 ($792) minimum wage for Bahraini employees and pensioners in the private sector. They defied the government and voted in favour of setting up a fund that

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Bahrain to tighten copyright laws

People who breach copyright laws in Bahrain could soon have to pay out of court settlements of up to BD9,000 ($23,781) to intellectual property owners, a report said. Shura Council members could not reach agreement last month abou

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Saudi may switch to Friday-Saturday weekend

Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, which advises the government on new laws, has recommended changing the country's official weekend to Friday and Saturday to boost the economy, local media reported on Monday. Some local busine

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Bahrain Shura rejects property curbs on GCC citizens

Bahrain’s Shura Council has rejected a new law that would restrict GCC citizens' ownership of commercial residential property in the kingdom. "GCC nationals are treated equally as Bahrainis and putting restrictions

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