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NEWS WRAP: Eid airport alert

Bahrain News
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
GDN Online Desk

MANAMA: Passengers planning to travel abroad have been urged to arrive at Bahrain International Airport three hours before take-off to avert delays due to the Eid Al Fitr rush. Bahrain Airport Company requested passengers to use parking behind Movenpick Hotel and parking spaces, which can accommodate 4,000 cars in Galali, in addition to parking lots in front of the passenger terminal. 

A bus service is available free to transport passengers between the parking A and the passenger building every 30 minutes. Passengers have been urged to park their cars in the allotted areas and avoid leaving their vehicles the roadside. For queries or assistance call +973-36022075.


New law hailed
Bahrain’s new law banning dissolved political societies from contesting election, due to be held later this year, has been praised by an Egyptian newspaper. Al Yawm Al Sabae also praised Bahrain’s developed democratic process and pioneering reforms initiated by His Majesty King Hamad. The kingdom is among the oldest democracies in the region, it pointed out. The newspaper also praised Bahrain’s rich human rights record. 
Since as early as the start of the 20th century, citizens in Bahrain have enjoyed many rights such as free education and health care, housing, job opportunities and religious freedoms.
The democratic experience, started by the King, continues despite continuous Iran bid to interfere in the kingdom’s affairs, the report said.
The amended law on “The Exercise of Political Rights” ratified by His Majesty also bans anyone “convicted of a felony, even if they have been granted amnesty”.

Moon panel to meet
The moon-sighting panel will meet tomorrow to gather news and testimonies confirming the start of the month of Shawal and the advent of Eid Al Fitr. 
The Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs urged the public to report any sighting of the Shawal crescent to the panel which will convene at its premises.
Shura committee changes pension rules
The Shura Council’s services committee amended the new controversial pension rules yesterday. It removed the power from the Pension Fund Authority’s board and handed it to the Cabinet should there be a reduction in benefits. Shura Council members will vote on the pensions restructure at an extraordinary session today.

Philippines ties hailed
His Majesty yesterday received a written message from Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on strengthening bilateral relations.
The King with Dr Aguiluz
The Philippine President’s Special Envoy to the GCC, Dr Amable R Aguiluz delivered the message when he was received by His Majesty.
His Majesty took pride in the advanced levels of bilateral ties and hailed contributions of the Philippine community to Bahrain’s growth.

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