12 Gulf Daily News Monday, 2nd February 2015 Email: email@example.com n His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa yesterday received at Gudaibiya Palace Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry board, led by chairman Khalid Almoayed. He stressed the need to boost partnership between public and private sectors and underlined the government’s keenness to continuously review issues pertaining to the commercial field. n HRH the Premier yesterday received newly-appointed UAE Ambassador Abdul Redha Abdullah Khouri. He lauded strong historic ties and growing co-operation in various fields. He also pointed out Bahrain’s keenness to maintain co-ordination and co-operation at all levels. He pledged every support to the UAE ambassador by government bodies, wishing him success in bolstering historical fraternal relations between both countries. n HRH the Prime Minister received a letter from His Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi including an invitation to attend Expo 2015 to be hosted by Italy in May. This came as he yesterday received Italian Ambassador Alberto Vecchi who lauded the Premier’s wise policy in steering government work and earning Bahrain leading status in political and economic fields. The Prime Minister praised outstanding bilateral relations and growing co-operation between both countries. n King issues three decrees HIS Majesty King Hamad yesterday issued three decrees. One appointed Lieutenant General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa president of the Supreme Council for Health until the end of the council’s current mandate. The expression “State Minister for Defence Affairs” shall be annulled from paragraph one of article 2 of decree number 5 for 2013 regarding the establishment of the Supreme Council for Health. Under the second decree, the Municipalities and Urban Planning Ministry will be the competent authority in charge of real estate development. The minister responsible shall take charge of carrying out the provisions of law 28 for 2014 regarding real estate development. Another decree affiliated the human rights affairs with the Foreign Ministry. n Deputy King His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday received Mr Khouri at Riffa Palace. He praised historic links between Bahrain and the UAE. He highlighted ongoing efforts by Bahrain and the UAE to support a stronger GCC and a more stable and secure region for all its citizens. Panel endorses action plan n Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa affirmed Bahrain’s keenness to benefit from its outstanding relations with Australia as he received outgoing non-resident Australian Ambassador Neil Hawkins. He lauded the advanced level of relations which date back to the early 1970s. The Australian Ambassador expressed thanks to the Deputy Premier for the support of the Bahraini leadership and government, pointing out that Bahrain is one of the most important countries to Australia on the economic and commercial levels. THE parliamentary committee in charge of studying the Government Action Plan 2015-2018 has recommended approving the plan. The committee held 18 meetings, including three with government representatives. The panel met yesterday under the chairmanship of MP Ali Abdulla Al Aradi and endorsed the plan and amendments made to it, and decided to submit its final report to parliament tomorrow. Mr Al Aradi thanked His Majesty King Hamad for his initiative to launch the reform project and the democratic march in the kingdom, and constitutional amendments under which parliament was granted wide powers, including participation in the decision making process. He also thanked His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa for his support, and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, for his constant follow-up. Twelve MPs approved the revised action plan, four abstained and one voted against. The revised plan includes mainly amendments to the law on insurance against unemployment and pension law to ensure women’s right to voluntary and early retirement, periodical review of salaries and pensions, construction of 25,000 housing units within four years, increasing pensioners’ monthly allowance, continuation of the anti-inflation allowance and revising government’s fees to attract investments. n Pakistan ties boost DEPUTY Premier Jawad Al Arrayedh yesterday received Pakistani Ambassador Mohammed Saeed Khan and discussed relations. n Sickle cell death A 21-YEAR-OLD Bahraini died at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) yesterday from sickle cell complications. The Dair resident, Hussain Ali Al Shoala, suffered chest pain and was moved by family at first to the King Hamad University Hospital and later to SMC. A female pilgrim, Layla Nemea, died in Iraq on Saturday night also from sickle cell n Mr Al Shoala complications. This brings the number of deaths this year up to four. Forty-six deaths of sickle cell patients were registered last year. n School targeted THUGS broke into Al Diraz Intermediate School for Boys and stole a fire extinguisher from the e-classroom. The ministry has so far reported 401 attacks on schools. n BDF Commander-in-Chief Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa yesterday received Japanese Ambassador Kiyoshi Asako and discussed growing relations. Marshal Shaikh Khalifa separately met new Bangladeshi Ambassador Mominur Rahman and discussed bilateral relations. n His Majesty King Hamad received an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to take part in Egypt Economic Development Conference: “Egypt, the future” to be held in Sharm El Sheikh from March 13 to 15. The invitation was received by Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa from Egyptian Ambassador Esam Saleh Wad. The minister affirmed the importance of this timely conference which aims to push forward the wheels of economic development in the brotherly Arab country and attract investments from all over the world. n Interior Minister Lieutenant General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa yesterday received US Ambassador William Roebuck and discussed bilateral relations. Public Security chief Major General Tariq Al Hassan attended. n Industry and Commerce Minister Zayed Al Zayani yesterday received the US Ambassador and stressed the positive impact of the Free Trade Agreement. The minister separately received Korean Ambassador Joonha Yu and discussed ways of bolstering co-operation in industrial and commercial sectors.
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