Bahrain Current Affairs - 2019
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The Ministry of Commerce and Industries has urged the Health Ministry to frame law banning manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country as in the absence of the domestic legislation, it would not be possible to put a blanket ban on its imports.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industries has stated that without banning domestic sale and manufacturing of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) through law, it will be an infringement of global trade norms to put an import ban.
Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are devices that do not burn or use tobacco leaves but instead vaporise a solution, which a user then inhales. The main constituents of the solution, in addition to nicotine, are propylene glycol.
Earlier, the Health Ministry had asked the commerce ministry to issue a notification banning the import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah. To put the ban into effect the Commerce Ministry has urged the Health Ministry to frame rules regarding the domestic sale and manufacturing so that the Ministry of Commerce and Industries can go ahead with imposing of the blanket ban on the imports.
As per the World Health Organization report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017, governments of 30 countries which includes Mauritius, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Bahrain, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have already banned the Electronic cigarettes.
Tags: Australia • Bahrain • Brazil • E cigarettes • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems • ENDs • Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017 • Health Ministry • Iran • Mauritius • Mexico • Ministry of Commerce and Industries • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • South Korea • Sri Lanka • Thailand • United Arab Emirates • Uruguay • World Health Organization
As per the report of the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief, India has retained its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances (money sent back home by its nationals working abroad) in 2018.
World Bank Report on Remittances
- Indian diaspora has sent $79 billion (approximately Rs 5.5 lakh crore) home.
- The Remittances grew by more than 14% in India.
- A flooding disaster in Kerala has likely boosted the financial help that migrants sent to families.
- India received $ 62.7 billion remittances in 2016 and it was $65.3 billion in 2017.
- India was followed by China ($67 billion), Mexico ($36 billion), the Philippines ($34 billion) and Egypt ($29 billion),
- Remittances to low-and-middle-income countries rose 9.6% from 2017 and touched a record high of $529 billion in 2018.
- Global remittances reached $689 billion in 2018, up from $633 billion in 2017.
- Remittances to South Asia grew 12% to $131 billion in 2018.
- The upsurge in remittances was driven by stronger economic conditions in the United States.
- The pick-up in oil prices had a positive impact on outward remittances from some GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries.
- Excluding China, remittances to low and middle-income countries ($462 billion) were significantly larger than foreign direct investment flows in 2018 ($344 billion).
Gulf Cooperation Council
Gulf Cooperation Council is s a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf except Iraq. Its member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Tags: Asia • Bahrain • China • Egypt • GCC • Gulf Cooperation Council • Indian Diaspora • Kerala • Kuwait • Mexico • Migration and Development Brief • Oman • Philippines • Qatar • Remittances • Saudi Arabia • UAE • United Arab Emirates • USA • World Bank