Gulf Daily News Monday, 2nd February 2015 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Shura puts off crunch debate on corruption A DEBATE over whether staff at government-owned companies should face the same penalties for bribery as civil servants has been postponed by the Shura Council. The move is opposed by the government, which says private sector companies cannot be considered public sector – even if the government owns more than a 50 per cent stake in them. Discussions on amendments to the Penal Code have now been postponed by the Shura Council’s foreign affairs, defence and national security committee. Meanwhile, members were also divided over an article in the Penal Code that includes jail sentences for those who insult parliament, the Shura Council, security forces and the public interest. Those opposed said the term “public interest” was vague and needed proper definition. Tougher punishments for manslaughter, which would intro- By MOHAMMED AL A’ALI duce three-year jail sentences for those convicted of the crime – or five years if there are multiple victims – were also up for debate. Chairman Ali Saleh Al Saleh asked for the penalties to be aligned with a new traffic law, which will be introduced next week. However, the Shura Council did approve an article on jail sentences and fines for those who leak information from parliament and the Shura Council’s secret meetings. It also approved a reply to His Majesty King Hamad’s address during the launch of the new legislative term – despite complaints that it was full of spelling mistakes and not worded properly. Mr Al Saleh was tasked to make the necessary changes. email@example.com Because you deserve more Live your life to the fullest with first-class benefits with our Visa Infinite and Platinum credit cards. • Access to airport lounges worldwide • Year-long dining and shopping offers • Redeem fabulous gifts through 360 Rewards • 1-for-1 offer at Cineco and on Costa Coffee Apply now. To find out more, call us at 17 531532. sc.com/bh Licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a Conventional Retail and a Wholesale bank. Terms and conditions apply. 15 Jeremih to perform on Valentine’s weekend CHART-TOPPING RnB artist Jeremih is set to perform at Ibrida in the Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa this Valentine’s weekend. Known for his hit songs Birthday Sex and Don’t Tell ‘Em (featuring Y G), which is currently in the UK Top 40 singles chart, Jeremih will appear at the popular Seef venue on February 12. He is touring throughout February to promote the launch of his new album Planes. For more information, call Ibrida on 17111999. n Amnesty plan A PLAN to hold a general amnesty for Bangladeshis living illegally in Bahrain was discussed at the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) yesterday. Bangladesh Ambassador K M Mominur Rahman gave a presentation to LMRA chief executive Ausamah Al Absi at the meeting, highlighting the more than 36,500 of his nationals, estimated to be residing in Bahrain without a valid visa. The diplomat told the GDN in November last year that as many as 80 per cent of the illegal workers in Bahrain were Bangladeshi. Yesterday’s meeting saw the two sides discuss ways to reduce the number of Bangladeshis living illegally, with Mr Al Absi stressing the need for action. n Jeremih n Women in focus INFORMATION Affairs Authority and Supreme Council for Women (SCW) met yesterday and discussed ways to implement the national strategy for empowering Bahraini women. Information Affairs Minister Isa Al Hammadi underlined the role of media in supporting national efforts to empower women, accentuate their achievements and consolidate efforts to work out an action plan to achieve the goals set by SCW. The meeting also discussed the progress made in the field of human rights.
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