King Hamad pardons 305 prisoners

Pardoned inmates 
given an opportunity 
to integrate with the 
society anew

By Suad Hamada (Bahrain Beat)

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Published: Sun 19 Aug 2012, 10:02 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:55 PM

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa issued last week a royal decree pardoning 305 prisoners convicted in various cases after serving part of their jail terms. 
 The royal gesture which marks the advent of Eid Al Fitr, reflects the King’s keenness on providing the pardoned inmates the opportunity to integrate with the society anew and participate in country’s construction and development march.

Gulf Air to resume flights 
to Iran and Iraq

Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, will resume its services to Iran and Iraq from September 2 following the government’s approval.

Flights to Baghdad, Erbil, Najaf and Basra in Iraq and Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan in Iran will begin between September 20 and October 28 subject to final approvals by the civil aviation authorities of the respective countries.

Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Samer Majali has said: “We are glad to be resuming our operations to Iran and Iraq. I am sure this will be welcoming news for thousands of Iranians and Iraqis living and working in Bahrain and the GCC countries as well as the business community for whom the direct flights will be a great advantage ”.

Sickle cell clinic set up at Salmaniya Medical Complex

A round-the-clock sickle cell clinic was opened recently at the Emergency Department of the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) to provide appropriate and timely services for patients.

Two emergency doctors and a blood disorder specialist will be available for patients at the centre. Similar sickle cell clinics will be opened in other areas soon, the health ministry announced.

Pre-appointment system for housing applicants

Assistant undersecretary of the ministry of housing for policies and housing services, engineer Khalid Yagoub Al ’Amer, has said that the ministry intends to introduce a system of pre-arranged booking in order for applicants to obtain new housing units to be offered by the ministry from October 1.

Al ’Amer said that the ministry’s initiative aims at saving citizens’ time and efforts and reduction of backlog at the customer service centre.

He urged applicants to comply with the pre-arranged procedure. Interested citizens are advised to call Toll-Free number: 80008001.

regarding submission of applications to the ministry for new housing units.

Programme for detection of rheumatoid disease

The King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) chief, Major-General Dr Shaikh Salman bin Attiyatallah Al Khalifa, has announced the introduction of ENHANCE programme for an early detection and diagnostics of rheumatoid disease at the hospital.

Shaikh Salman said that the system will go a long way in alleviating the complications of patients by detecting the disease at an early stage.

Bahrain to offer aid worth 
$2m for Syrian refugees

The Cabinet has decided last week to provide humanitarian and relief aid worth $2 million to the Syrian refugees who fled their country because of the on-going situation there.

The sum will be paid from the account of the Bahrain Committee for Humanitarian Aid and the Royal Charity Organisation will be in charge of delivering aid to the Syrian refugees.

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