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Qatar to launch major labour reform for migrant workers DOHA: Qatar on Tuesday officially launches one of its most "significant" labour reforms to guarantee migrant workers' wages, but rights groups are concerned over implementation of the new regulations.The Wage Protection System (WPS) aims to ensure that migrant labourers, many working on 2022 World Cup-related projects, will finally receive their pay on time.Under the new system, workers will be paid either twice a month or monthly, and the wages electronically transferred direct to their bank accounts.Failure to pay salaries on time, especially for blue collar workers, has been one of the biggest complaints voiced by rights groups against companies in the energy-rich Gulf state.A 2013 academic study, "Portrait of Low-Income Migrants in Contemporary Qatar," found that around a fifth of migrant workers were "sometimes, rarely or never" paid on time.On August 18, a six-month grace period for businesses to ready for the electronic payment system expires.From that date, companies which ...

Iraq parliament meets to discuss anti-corruption reforms BAGHDAD: Iraq's parliament met Tuesday to discuss Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's reform programme aimed at curbing corruption and reducing government waste that has sparked widespread anger and weeks of protests.The session opened with 297 of 328 MPs in attendance, according to parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi.Abadi on Sunday proposed a series of measures aimed at curbing corruption, streamlining the government and improving services after protests and a call from Iraq's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali ...
Iraqi PM bids to cancel posts of deputy PM and vice president BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on Sunday for the multiple positions of vice president and deputy prime minister to be cancelled, as part of an initiative to improve state finances and reduce corruption.The measure, announced in an online statement, follows weeks of protests in Baghdad and southern cities demanding better government and a call on Friday by Iraq's leading Shi'ite cleric for Abadi to do more.Iraq's system of sharing out government posts along ...
Jordan condemns arson killing of Palestinian child AMMAN: Jordan on Friday condemned as an "ugly crime" an arson attack by suspected Jewish settlers that killed a Palestinian toddler in the occupied West Bank and wounded four family members."This ugly crime could have been avoided if the Israeli government had not ignored the rights of the Palestinian people and turned its back on peace... in the region," government spokesman Mohammed Momani said.Momani, who is also minister of state for media affairs, said Jordan ...
Israel PM approves 300 settler homes in occupied West Bank JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday approved the "immediate" construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups."After consultations in the prime minister's office, the immediate construction of 300 homes in Beit El has been authorised," a statement from Netanyahu's office said, adding that planning for another 504 homes in annexed East Jerusalem had also been approved.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Two Bahrain police killed in 'terror' blast DUBAI: An explosion has killed two policemen and wounded six others in Sitra island area of Bahrain, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, describing it as a "terror" attack.The blast in Sitra island, the scene of frequent clashes between security forces and demonstrators, comes days after announced it had foiled an attempt to smuggle weapons from rival Iran.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Iraq forces retake university on edge of Ramadi BAGHDAD: Iraqi government forces recaptured a university campus Sunday on the outskirts of Ramadi from the Islamic State group, seizing a key position for any offensive to retake the city, officials said.Iraqi forces had recaptured parts of Anbar University in May, shortly after losing the provincial capital to the jihadists, but later pulled back.The university was retaken by elite forces from Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), known as the "Golden Brigade"."The Golden Brigade managed to ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln