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					                                                                                     Wednesday, October 26, 2011/Dhul-Qaada 28, 1432 AH                                                                   

            On His Majesty’s directive

Major projects
for Musandam
The new projects              ordered to be implemented           governorate, the Council
                              in Musandam are: a                  of Ministers has assigned
are in addition to            referral hospital with the          the respective authorities to
those that have               development of other health         study the technical aspects
been approved                 facilities; two fishing ports       and financial requirements,
                              in the wilayats of Khasab           taking into consideration the
during the Eighth             and Diba; housing projects          topography of the region.
Five-Year Plan                and related facilities; a youth     The best alternatives for
                              complex in Khasab and               each stage will then be
MUSCAT — His Majesty          Diba Sports Club; ground            selected.
Sultan Qaboos has directed    water recharge dam in                   His Highness Sayyid
the government to start       Ghamdha in the Wilayat of           Fahd bin Mahmood al Said,
implementing major projects Bukha; a vocational training          Deputy Prime Minister for
in the Governorate of         centre; a cultural centre; and      the Council of Ministers,
Musandam as part of the       modernisation of Khasab             pointed out that the
Royal initiative to enhance   airport.                            government is studying the
development to cover various      The said projects are in        requirements of all Regions
parts of the Sultanate and to addition to the projects that       as per a comprehensive
meet the basic requirements   have been approved during           plan that takes into
of all regions resulting from the 8th five-year plan for the      consideration the priorities
the population expansion.     Governorate of Musandam.            of implementation. — ONA                               THE Royal Army of Oman has announced the formation of a national women free fall team.                   Details on page 4
    The new projects              For road projects in the              Picture on page 4

to Saudi king
                                Prepaid metres soon
                                                                  nications Specialist, MEDC,
                                                                  said, for the first time in
                                                                                                    Oman A1 stable rating gets boost
RIYADH — His Highness           MUSCAT — Muscat Elec-             Oman MEDC is launching                                             resolve to implement substan-      ate’s credit outlook to the re-      The credit ratings agency      troduced in 2000, followed
Sayyid Asaad bin Tareq al       tricity Distribution Com-         its prepaid digital metres,                                        tial reforms, combined with its    cent Royal Decree vesting the     noted the role accorded to the    by universal suffrage in 2003.
Said has conveyed the con-      pany (MEDC) announced             adding that, this is an impor-    MUSCAT — International           ability to afford added social     Majlis Ash’shura with greater     Majlis Ash’shura in the des-      However, until now, approval
dolences of His Majesty Sul-    that it is about to start the     tant new development as it        credit ratings agency Moody’s    welfare expenditures, would        legislative and audit powers in   ignation of a successor to the    from the Majlis Ash’shura had
tan Qaboos, the government      experimental stage of the         means customers can have          has described the recent meas-   have positive impacts.             fulfillment of a pledge made      throne, as set out in the Royal   remained optional in the legis-
and the Omani people to         first ever prepaid digital me-    no doubt about the exact          ures by His Majesty the Sultan       “Reforms that enhance po-      earlier in the year.              Decree 99/2011.                   lative process.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz     ters service in Oman, with        quantity of electricity they      to empower the legislature and   litical voice and government          The decree, it further stat-      “This is the last step in a        On October 15, elections
al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the    500 meters on offer to new        are consuming — on oc-            strengthen government ac-        accountability are a credit        ed, came close on the heels       gradual introduction of direct    to Oman’s Majlis Ash’shura
Al Saud family, the gov-        customers, in an exclusive        casion customers feel they        countability as a plus for the   positive development for           of the successful conclusion      representation, slowly sup-       garnered 76 per cent voter par-
ernment and the brotherly       interview with the Observer       are being overcharged for         Sultanate’s credit outlook.      Oman (A1 stable),” the ratings     of elections to the 7th Maj-      planting the existing tribal      ticipation compared with 68
Saudi people on the death of    here yesterday.                   electrical consumption; with          In a statement issued on     agency stated.                     lis Ash’shura that garnered       networks. While the Majlis        per cent in the 2007 elections,
Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz         Zahran bin Zaher al Ru-       prepaid metres there are no       Monday, Moody’s voiced op-           Moody’s attributed its posi-   “heightened voter participa-      Ash’shura was created in 1991,    while there were twice as many
al Saud. Details on P2          qeishi, Corporate Commu-          doubts. Details on page 3         timism that the government’s     tive assessment of the Sultan-     tion”.                            direct elections were first in-   candidates,” To page 2

Cruise ship on
visit to Salalah
                                Abalone in abundance
                                SADAH — Shaikh Abdul-             amounted to 30 tonnes; equal
                                                                                                    Vocational training for 496                                                                             Registration extended
                                                                                                                                                                                                           MUSCAT — The Higher              of Higher Education Ad-
SALALAH — The cruise            salam bin Mohammed al             to one full year’s before a ban   MUSCAT — Twenty-six              ter, and officials of colleges,    of the Royal directives of His     Education Admission Centre       mission Centre, said that as
ship, MSC Lirica with 1,998     Rowas, Wali of Sadah, said        was introduced. He hailed         agreements were signed yes-      training centres and institutes    Majesty Sultan Qaboos to de-       has extended until November      many as 1,705 students have
passengers onboard, includ-     yesterday that abalone pro-       the efforts of the government,    terday to train and employ 496   in the Sultanate.                  velop human resources and          30 the period for online post-   made use of the e-admission
ing 1,315 tourists yesterday    duction in the wilayat has wit-   represented by the Agriculture    Omanis in vocational special-        Dr Muna bint Salim al          attract youths to work in the      graduate admission registra-     system, including 297 who
visited Salalah. The tourists   nessed remarkable increase        and Fisheries Ministry and        ties.                            Jardaniya, Under-Secretary         private sector.                    tion for scholarships granted    downloaded the required
visited important archaeo-      this year.                        the Office of the Minister of         The agreements, worth        of the Manpower Ministry               She pointed out that the       on His Majesty the Sultan’s      document. A total of 1,000
logical and historic land-          Al Rowas told Oman            State and Governor of Dhofar,     RO1.5 million, were signed       for Technical Education and        training covers all economic       orders.                          scholarships are on offer for
marks in the Governorate of     News Agency that the catch        which led to the three-year ban   by Shaikh Abdullah bin Nass-     Vocational Training, said that     sectors including technical           Zamzam bint Saif al           PhD and masters degrees.
Dhofar. Picture on P3           on the first day of the season    2008/2010. To page 2              er al Bakri, Manpower Minis-     the agreements come in light       fields. Picture on page 3          Lamkiya, Director-General                          To page 3

                                       Prayer timing              Fajr    Dhuhr       Asr      Magrib    Isha           Weather Muscat Nizwa Sohar Al Buraimi Sur Khasab Salalah
                                                                                                                        W       Muscc                                                                                    EXCHANGE RATES                       GOLD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dollar per Omani Rial                PRICE
                                               Muscat           04:53 am 11:56 pm 03:12 pm 05:38 pm 06:49 pm               ax
                                                                                                                          Max     32     34   32       34      33   35     30
                                                                                                                          Min     26     19   22       24      25   26     22                                   Buying   0.382 Selling 0.388             $1,656.80
                                                                                                              OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                         WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

                                                                                           HM greetings to Austria                                                                                  First group of Omani Haj
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mission heads for Mecca
                                                                                           MUSCAT —His Majesty                 of his country's National           wishes of good health and
                                                                                           Sultan Qaboos has sent              Day.                                happiness to the president,      AL MADINAH — The first              health and guidance services
                                                                                           a cable of greetings to                His Majesty the Sultan           wishing the friendly people      group of the Omani Haj Mis-         and supervise on Haj contrac-
                                                                                           President Dr Heinz Fischer          expressed his sincere greet-        of Austria further progress.     sion left Al Madinah al Muna-       tors. The mission continues
                                                                                           of Austria on the occasion          ings along with his best            — ONA                            warah yesterday heading for         rendering its health and guid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mecca al Mukaramah.                 ance services, as well as de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The group, which includes        livering religious lectures, in

                                                                                           Oman A1 stable rating gets boost                                                                         44 people representing the reli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    gious guidance, administrative
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and financial, Haj contractors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        addition to following up the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        headquarters of the Omani Haj
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        contractors in Al Madinah.
                                                                                           From page 1                         pact of enhanced social wel-           “Although we expect the       supervision, medical, Royal             The group was seen off
                                                                                                                               fare programmes announced           breakeven oil price to in-       Oman Police and scouting del-       by Dr Mohammed bin Said al
                                                                                              Moody’s said. The in-            by the government earlier           crease from $59 to around        egations, will oversee the resi-    Maamari, Head of the Omani
                                                                                           crease in both registered           this year, Moody’s said: “The       $75 per barrel, the budget is    dence of the mission in Mecca       Haj Mission, Shaikh Nassir
                                                                                           voters and turnout reflect          effect of higher government         likely to record a surplus on    al Mukaramah and camps of the       bin Mohammed al Kharousi,
                                                                                           greater social inclusion, it        spending would only put a           the order of 10 per cent of      Omani pilgrims in the sacred        Deputy Head of the Omani Haj
                                                                                           noted.                              dent in its finances given ris-     the country’s gross domestic     places in Mina and Arafat.          Mission, and a number of heads
                                                                                              Commenting on the im-            ing oil revenue.                    product this year.”                 It will also provide the         of the delegations. — ONA

                                                                                            Abalone production in abundance                                                                                                            OBSERVER is offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       an opportunity for
                                                                                           From page 1                         53 licences for the purchase        vided at diving sites in the
                                                                                                                               and selling of abalone have         wilayat, such as Hadbeen,                                           its young readers to
                                                                                              He pointed out that the          been issued.                        Foshi and the Niyabat of                                            explore their talent by
                                                                                           ban ensured sustainability of          The wali visited the divers      Hasik.                                                              participating in an essay
                                                                                           production in the future. He        to ensure that they abide by            This year’s harvest season                                      writing contest and win
  ASSIGNED by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, His Highness Sayyid Asaad bin Tareq al            noted that as many as 5600          the rules and regulations,          is from October 20 to No-                                           fabulous prizes.
    Said conveyed the condolences of His Majesty the Sultan, the government and            divers are involved in aba-         besides identifying their           vember 20. Abalone is found
   the Omani people to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin             lone harvest, including 1600        needs. He added that some           in the northern parts of Dho-                                          See page 12
       Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government and the Saudi               from the wilayat. As many as        basic services will be pro-         far Governorate. — ONA
    brotherly people on the death of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud. — ONA

HM condolences to                                                                          Sultanate takes part in
                                                                                            broadband summit
Saudi king conveyed                                                                        GENEVA — Deliberations
                                                                                           of the Broadband Leadership
                                                                                           Summit and International Tel-
                                                                                           ecommunications Conference
                                                                                                                               was allocated for topics related
                                                                                                                               to financing the projects of tel-
                                                                                                                               ecommunications and knowl-
                                                                                                                               edge technologies industry in
RIYADH — His Highness         Defence and Aviation and      the Royal Family members,      2011 was opened in Geneva           light of the challenges. Delib-
Sayyid Asaad bin Tareq        Inspector General.            leaders and representatives    yesterday with participation        erations of the conference will
al Said has conveyed             The king expressed his     of Islamic countries.          of a number of heads of states      last till October 27th.
the condolences of His        appreciation and thanks          HH Sayyid Asaad and         and governments, ministers              The conference will also
Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the    to His Majesty the Sultan     his delegation were received   concerned, world industries         discuss international and re-
government and the Omani      for his condolences and       and seen off upon their        officials, representatives of the   gional issues of concerned to
people to King Abdullah       sympathy, praying to Allah    arrival and departure at       international organisations and     the telecommunications sec-
bin Abdulaziz al Saud of      the Almighty to protect His   Riyadh Air Base by Prince      businessmen.                        tor and the vital role that can
Saudi Arabia, the Al Saud     Majesty and the Omani         Sattam bin Abdulaziz,              The Sultanate's delegation      be played by the broadband
family, the government and    people against all harms.     Acting Emir of Riyadh          to the conference is led by         internet and digital cities tech-
the brotherly Saudi people       HH Sayyid Asaad and        Region, Dr Abdulrahman al      Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al            nologies to face the future
on the death of Prince        his delegation took part in   Shalhoub, Deputy Head of       Futaisi, Minister of Transport      urban challenges, in addition
Sultan bin Abdulaziz al       the funeral prayers at Imam   Royal Protocols, and civil     and Communications.                 to the innovated methods to
Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy    Turki bin Abdullah Mosque     and military officials.            Dr Al Futaisi took part in      finance the national broadband
Prime Minister, Minister of   in Riyadh with the king,      — ONA                          the panel discussion which          projects.

                                                                                                                                Oman attends
                                                                                                                                intl archives
                                                                                                                                meet in Spain
                                                                                                                                MUSCAT — Dr Hamad bin
                                                                                                                                Mohammed al Dhowyani,
                                                                                                                                Chairman of the National
                                                                                                                                Records & Archive Author-
                                                                                                                                ity (NRAA), and his accom-
                                                                                                                                panying delegation left here
                                                                                                                                yesterday heading for Spain
                                                                                                                                to attend the meetings of the
                                                                                                                                International Council of Ar-
                                                                                                                                chives, due to be held there
                                                                                                                                and lasts for five days.
                                                                                                                                    The meetings will dis-
                                                                                                                                cuss challenges facing the
                                                                                                                                archives in the 21st century,
                                                                                                                                various forms of e-storage,
                                                                                                                                methods of restoration and
                                                                                                                                the preservation of archives,
                                                                                                                                planning and training.
                                                                                                                                    They will also review
                                                                                                                                experiences of the partici-
                                                                                                                                pant countries and discuss
                                                                                                                                matters relevant to archive
                                                                                                                                institutions and the role of
                                                                                                                                records in the world, in ad-
                                                                                                                                dition to international stand-
                                                                                                                                ards and specifications. The
                                                                                                                                programme will also include
                                                                                                                                visits to records institutions
                                                                                                                                in Spain and other institu-
                                                                                                                                tions as well as famous land-
                                                                                                                                marks in Spain.
                                                                                                                                    Dr Al Dhowyani is ac-
                                                                                                                                companied by Abdulmuhsin
                                                                                                                                bin Said al Hinai, Director-
                                                                                                                                General of Documents Man-
                                                                                                                                agement, Malik bin Sulaim-
                                                                                                                                an al Amri, Senior Director
                                                                                                                                of Documents Collection
                                                                                                                                and Classification and a
                                                                                                                                number of NRAA special-
                                                                                                                                ists. — ONA

                                                                                                                                Police meet
                                                                                                                                 to tackle
                                                                                                                                drugs issue
                                                                                                                                MUSCAT — The Royal
                                                                                                                                Oman Police (ROP) will
                                                                                                                                take part in the 25th Arab
                                                                                                                                conference for Chiefs of
                                                                                                                                Drugs Combating Depart-
                                                                                                                                ments which will com-
                                                                                                                                mence its deliberations to-
                                                                                                                                day in Tunisia.
                                                                                                                                   The two-day conference
                                                                                                                                will discuss outcomes of
                                                                                                                                enforcing     recommenda-
                                                                                                                                tions made at the previ-
                                                                                                                                ous conference and latest
                                                                                                                                developments in drugs,
                                                                                                                                such as production cen-
                                                                                                                                tres, consumption patterns
                                                                                                                                and methods of combating
                                                                                                                                smuggling. — ONA
                                                                                                                                 OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

                                                                                                                                                 SFZ to back development of global logistics hub
                                                                                                                                                    By A Staff Reporter                 tegic location and will decrease   sea-air cargo corridor with         international airport, combined
                                                                                                                                                                                        handling charges by approxi-       Oman Air and the Port of Sala-      with Salalah Free Zone's estab-
                                                                                                                                                 MUSCAT — Salalah Free Zone             mately 20 per cent, or $0.15       lah. We are focused on creating     lished infrastructure and cus-
                                                                                                                                                 (SFZ) has announced plans to           cents per kilo, when compared      opportunities that promote in-      tomer-focused value proposi-
                                                                                                                                                 collaborate with flagship car-         to comparative products avail-     ternational business growth and     tion will provide the favourable
                                                                                                                                                 rier Oman Air and the Port of          able in the market today.          enhance trade routes by provid-     elements to attract industrial,
                                                                                                                                                 Salalah in the development and             Commenting on the de-          ing competitive connectivity        trade and logistics activities."
                                                                                                                                                 implementation of the Indian           velopment, Salalah Free Zone       and efficient flow of goods and         Salalah Free Zone and
                                                                                                                                                 Ocean's first multi-modal logis-       chief executive, Awadh Salim       services. This is an important      Oman Air jointly launched the
                                                                                                                                                 tics hub located on the East to        al Shanfari noted that collabo-    step in supporting the Oman         new Sea-Air-Free Zone Sala-
                                                                                                                                                 West shipping line.                    ration between the three enti-     government's policy of eco-         lah Hub at Thailand's Global
                                                                                                                                                     Linking air, sea and land,         ties will enhance the economic     nomic growth and diversifica-       Logistics Network conference
                                                                                                                                                 and in the future rail to facilitate   competitiveness of the Sultan-     tion, and in realising our vision   held last month in Bangkok,
                                                                                                                                                 increased and more efficient           ate and position Salalah as a      of becoming a global logistics      presenting the concept to 300
                                                                                                                                                 trade flows through Oman, the          global logistics hub of excel-     hub," Al Shanfari added.            international logistics and sup-
                                                                                                                                                 proposed collaboration is set          lence.                                 Ali Tabouk, Salalah Free        ply chain specialists focusing
                                                                                                                                                 to reduce transit times between            "Salalah Free Zone is de-      Zone's chief commercial of-         on their combined logistical
                                                                                                                                                 Asia and Europe by as much as          lighted to pledge our support      ficer, said, "The ongoing ex-       and operational synergetic of-
        THE cruise ship MSC LIRICA with 1,998 passengers on board visited the Salalah Port yesterday. — ONA                                      48 hours due to Salalah's stra-        to the development of the new      pansion at the Salalah port and     fering.

Credentials copy of                                                       Regional debut of American Ballet Theatre today
Japan envoy received                                                             By A Staff Reporter                Royal Opera House Muscat on Octo-
                                                                                                                    ber 26, 27 and 28 at 8 pm. The New
                                                                                                                                                               of communication that demonstrates
                                                                                                                                                               cultural ambassadorship through the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Opera House Muscat. Opening a new
                                                                                                                                                                                                            opera house is a solemn moment for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       company cherished by audiences
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       around the world — in its regional
MUSCAT — Yousuf bin                ments and the bilateral re-            MUSCAT — American Ballet The-             York City-based troupe is accompa-         highest level of human achievement:          any musician. It is a new home for a       debut. ABT — which boasts a com-
Alawi bin Abdallah, Minis-         lations between the two                atre (ABT), which sets the world          nied by the State Hermitage Orches-        art that is ephemeral and uses only          lot of good music, wonderful artists       pany of exquisite dancers whose
ter Responsible for Foreign        friendly countries continu-            standard for ballet that loosely fol-     tra from St Petersburg, Russia.            the body as an instrument for spiritual      and music lovers from all over the         technique, detail, and artistry are un-
Affairs, received in his of-       ous progress in all fields to          lows a story line, or “ballet theatre”,       Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Direc-        and physical expression.”                    world. I feel like we are playing here     rivalled — arrives this week with a
fice here yesterday a copy         achieve joint interests.               makes its regional debut with the         tor of American Ballet Theatre said:           The dynamic State Hermitage              for the future.”                           lighthearted, exhilarating Don Quix-
of the credentials of Goji H,          Later in the evening, Bin          lighthearted Don Quixote, staged          “What an unbelievable honour it is         Orchestra’s principal Concertmaster,             Brett Egan, Interim CEO of the         ote. This timeless story has been in-
Ambassador of Japan.               Alawi left for Doha to lead            by Artistic Director Kevin McKen-         for us to be one of the first western      Sandra Shinder commented on the              Royal Opera House Muscat adds,             terpreted by the most important dance
   Bin Alawi welcomed              the Sultanate’s delegation to          zie and Susan Jones.                      performing Arts institutions to appear     historical occasion: “I am happy and         “The Royal Opera House takes an-           makers in history, including Nureyev
the ambassador and wished          the Ministerial Committee’s               Three shows of this mesmerising        in Oman. The magic of this particular      honoured to be here and to partici-          other giant leap forward in present-       and Balanchine, Baryshnikov, Petipa
him success in his assign-         meeting. — ONA                         ballet performance will be held at the    art form — Ballet — holds a power          pate in the opening festival of Royal        ing the American Ballet Theatre — a        and Didelot.

                                                                                                             Auto show tomorrow
                                                                                                             MUSCAT — The Second                   The 2nd Sports and Lux-
                                                                                                             Sports and Luxury Auto            ury Auto Show 2011 will
                                                                                                             Show will take place tomor-       provide a platform for exclu-
                                                                                                             row and Friday from 4 pm-11       sive brands to present their
                                                                                                             pm at the Palm Garden of The      luxurious automobiles to their
                                                                                                             Intercontinental Hotel.           target clients. Building on its
                                                                                                                 The Sports and Luxury         first highly successful edi-
                                                                                                             Auto industry in the Sultan-      tions in, this year’s event will
                                                                                                             ate is presently experiencing a   once again feature all leading
                                                                                                             rapid growth as people are get-   luxury auto dealers in Oman.
                                                                                                             ting the sense of living by the       Bank Muscat is the official
                                                                                                             last and latest lifestyle where   partner, Sata LLC, Shanfari
                                                                                                             having a luxurious auto is        Group, Fairtrade Auto, Zubair
                                                                                                             part of. As more business op-     Automotive, Aston Martin
                                                                                                             portunities become available,     Oman, Yamaha, BRP, Audi,
                                                                                                             competition in the market is      Bentley, and Volkswagen
    TRAINING agreements worth RO 1,506,530 were signed yesterday to train and                                growing by leaps and brands       are the participants this year               SAYYID Badr bin Hamad al Busaidy, Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry
rehabilitate 496 trainees of the national manpower in various vocational specialties. The                    with the recent introduction of   with the latest models of their                received in his office here yesterday Dr Hussein A Gezairy, Regional Director
agreements were signed by Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, Minister of Manpower,                         new models, the entry of new      sports and luxurious cars,                      of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Eastern Mediterranean.
  and officials at the colleges, training centres and institutes in the Sultanate. — ONA                     technologies and techniques.      bikes, and quads.                            They discussed enhancing co-operation between the Sultanate and WHO. — ONA

First ‘prepaid metres’ launched
     By Ali Ahmed al Riyami                                                                                                            from the power selling outlets at Seeb,
                                                                                                                                       Bausher, and the reporting centre at
MUSCAT — Muscat Electricity Distri-                                                                                                    the head office of the company. The
bution Company (MEDC) announced                                                                                                        customer should bring their account
that it is about to start the experimental                                                                                             number. Once the customer pays the
stage of the first ever prepaid digital                                                                                                value of the purchased power, they
meters service in Oman, with 500 me-                                                                                                   shall receive a payment receipt along
ters on offer to new customers, in an                                                                                                  with a 20-digit secret code.
exclusive interview with the Observer                                                                                                      3. The customer shall feed the se-
here yesterday.                                                                                                                        cret code into the prepaid meter using
    Zahran bin Zaher al Ruqeishi, Cor-                                                                                                 the meter buttons.
porate Communications Specialist,                                                                                                          4. This shall charge the meter with
MEDC, said, for the first time in Oman                                                                                                 the power amount to be consumed by
MEDC is launching its prepaid digital                                                                                                  the customer.
metres, adding that, this is an important                                                                                                  The customer shall be provided with
new development as it means custom-                                                                                                    an illustrative manual that explains in

                                                                                                                                                                                        Lectures on GCC laws
ers can have no doubt about the exact                                                                                                  detail how to use the meter and how to
quantity of electricity they are con-                                                                                                  check the remaining balance. The com-
suming — on occasion customers feel                                                                                                    petent officers at MEDC shall explain
they are being overcharged for electri-                                                                                                this to the customer upon the installa-
cal consumption; with prepaid metres                                                                                                   tion of the meter.                               MUSCAT — Deliberations of          ered yesterday. The first lec-         The third lecture titled
there are no doubts.                                                                                                                       The MEDC information pamphlet                the 2nd meeting for represent-     ture touched on ‘GCC Unified        ‘Mechanisms of Restructur-
    He added, this service gives com-                                                                                                  gives details for Alarm Settings:                atives of the GCC Legislation      Customs Law,’ was delivered         ing Commercial Companies as
plete control to the customer, who                                                                                                         If the balance in the meter becomes          Departments were concluded         by an expert from the World         part of GCC traditional bank-
can read their consumption rate that                                                                                                   very low, the Freedom Keypad Unit                at City Seasons Hotel in Al        Customs Organization.               ruptcy procedures.’
is clearly shown on these new prepaid                                                                                                  will sound a ‘LOW CREDIT’ alarm,                 Khuwair yesterday under the            The second lecture ‘Laws           At the concluding ceremo-
metres. The offer is an optional one                                                                                                   Press any key on the keypad acknowl-             auspices of Dr Yahya bin Nass-     of Commercial Companies             ny, the chief guest distributed
and customers can choose to go for                                                                                                     edge and disable this alarm. If you              er al Khusaibi, Legal Affairs      and Rules of Corporate Gov-         certificates to participants in
traditional postpaid analogue metres or                                                                                                have not keyed a button to switch off            Ministry's Under-Secretary.        ernance,’ addressed a number        lectures and workshops of the
the new digital prepaid metres.                                                                                                        the low credit alarm, your supply will               Three lectures were deliv-     of legal topics relevant to it.     2nd meeting. — ONA
    For real estate agents, this new of-                                                                                               go off alter your balance in the meter
fering is very welcome news, noted                                                                                                     is exhausted. For your convenience the
Zahran, as the issue of non-payment of
electricity bills by tenants will not arise
once these prepaid metres are installed.
                                                                                                                                       alarm will not sound at night between
                                                                                                                                       9 pm and 7 am.
                                                                                                                                           In the event electricity being con-
                                                                                                                                                                                        Registration for scholarship extended
It is especially difficult for them to             The following are among the most            The following shows the method          sumed exceeds a high level, an alarm             From page 1                            She also pointed out that       cialties.
recover non-paid bills once the tenant         important features of the prepaid me-       for availing this service:                  will sound and the Freedom Unit will                They will be granted over a     the scholarships are for the           She noted that the Omani
has vacated the premises, he added.            ters:                                           1. MEDC shall provide the prepaid       display ‘LOAD HIGH’. Should elec-                period of five years from this     following specialties — ad-         Board of Medical Specialties
    An evaluation period will be put in              To control electricity consump-       meter to the customer. If the property      tricity being consumed actually exceed           year at a rate of 200 scholar-     ministration, commerce, eco-        will nominate doctors inter-
place for the first 500 prepaid metres         tion expenses. The customer purchases       is old, MEDC shall replace the cur-         the maximum threshold, an alarm will             ships annually with 150 for        nomics, engineering, renew-         ested in health and medical
installed. This is so that MEDC can ac-        the amount of power they like to con-       rent meter with a prepaid one provided      sound, your supply will go off and the           masters and 50 for PhD stu-        able energy and environment,        sciences as per the country’s
cess the feedback, demand and desir-           sume during a specific period. In this      that the consumption of the old meter       Freedom Unit will display ‘OVER-                 dents.                             besides other academic spe-         needs. — ONA
ability of them, he noted.                     stage, there shall be three power selling   is settled by the customer. If the prop-    LOAD'. While disconnected from the
    Electrical consumption and amount          outlets in each of the MEDC’s custom-       erty is new, the customer should have       supply the metre will repeatedly at-
of credit is shown on a screen that can
be programmed and is compatible
                                               er service offices in Seeb and Bausher,
                                               and at the reporting centre at the head
                                                                                           a contractor to connect the service to
                                                                                           the property according to the system
                                                                                                                                       tempt to reconnect at regular intervals
                                                                                                                                       until the meter has determined the               AMNAS starts second ISO 9001:2008 term
with new technology. Customers will            office of the company.                      applicable to the new connections pro-      electricity being consumed has fallen            MUSCAT — Following a               for the period 2011 – 2014.         mally presented to Shamis
be able to purchase credit from any of               To avoid the accumulation of un-      vided that MEDC provides the prepaid        below the maximum threshold.                     successful    re-certification     It recognises the company’s         bin Salim al Dhahli, the AM-
MEDC’s outlets, whereupon they will            paid bills, especially at rented proper-    meter.                                          Emergency Credit of RO 2 is avail-           audit, Arabian Maritime and        success in maintaining high         NAS Management Repre-
be given a receipt with a number code          ties.                                           2. After the installation of the pre-   able in the metre from installation,             Navigation Aids Services           standards in all its operations     sentative, at a ceremony held
for the desired quantity that they then              To rationalise power consump-         paid meter, the customer shall purchase     which will be deducted from the next             LLC (AMNAS) was awarded            over the last three years.          at the AMNAS Head Office
enter into the metre, Zahran explained.        tion.                                       the power they would like to consume        purchase.                                        the ISO 9001:2008 Certificate         The Certificate was for-         recently.

Opal awards 30 free seats on defensive driving courses
       By A Staff Reporter                    Second Oman Traffic Safety Expo.         participation in the Traffic Safety Ex-   ance during the ROP Road Safety              their employees, but also the whole
                                                  Over the three days of the exhi-     hibition is to encourage safer behav-     Exhibition, we also had success with         community. Briefing on the ini-
MUSCAT — Oman Society for Pe-                 bition, OPAL organised raffle draws      iour to reduce the number of people       awarding 30 free seats on defensive          tiative of holding Defensive Driving
troleum Services (OPAL) has always            distributing free Defensive Driv-        killed and injured on our roads every     driving courses. The successful can-         Courses, Moatasim al Bulushi, Com-
been on the lookout for innovative            ing Courses to 30 visitors. With this    year," said Mohamed al Harthy, CEO        didates have been notified, we hope          munications Executive Manager, said
and effective solutions in relation           initiative, OPAL attempts to priori-     of OPAL.                                  to complete their free training course       "Defensive Driving Light Vehicle
to traffic safety issues in the Sultan-       tise and promote traffic safety in the       Speaking about OPAL's success-        by the end of 2011. Then we will look        Blacktop is the cornerstone of the
ate. In showing its commitment to-            workplace in order to contribute in      ful participation at the Traffic Safety   ahead for phase 2 of our approach to         safe drive suite of defensive driving
wards achieving road safety culture           attaining safety and security among      Expo 2011, Simon Davies, HSE Ex-          training the future in 2012."                courses. The course teaches delegates
all throughout the Sultanate, OPAL            the company’s employees.                 ecutive Manager, OPAL pointed out:            OPAL actively promotes traffic           appropriate attitudes and develops
participated at the recently concluded            "The strategic objective of OPAL’s   "OPAL stall had successful attend-        safety awareness targeting not only          driving skills.”
                                                                                                                            OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                       WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

Omani women free Draft budget
 fall team formed discussed                                                                                 MUSCAT — The Finan-             estimates were based on.
                                                                                                            cial Affairs and Energy             As levels of general ex-
                                                                                                            Resources Council yester-       penditure require meeting
                                                                                                            day held its 2nd meeting        financial, social and devel-
                                                                                                            this year under the chair of    opmental commitments and
                                                                                                            Darwish bin Ismaeel al Bal-     maintaining an appropriate
                                                                                                            ushi, Minister Responsible      rate of economy in terms
                                                                                                            for Financial Affairs and       of deficit, oil price was ac-
                                                                                                            Deputy Chairman of the Fi-      counted for ($75) in esti-
                                                                                                            nancial Affairs and Energy      mates of the general budget
                                                                                                            Resources Council.              for 2012.
                                                                                                                During the meeting, the         The Council also dis-
                                                                                                            Council discussed the draft     cussed reports pertaining
                                                                                                            of the State General Budget     to activities of the State
                                                                                                            for the fiscal year 2012,       General Reserve Fund and
                                                                                                            which includes the general      revenues of its investments,
                                                                                                            framework for the budget        in addition to other topics
                                                                                                            estimates, details of reve-     related to oil and gas sec-           LT Gen Ahmed bin Harith al Nabhani, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces,
                                                                                                            nues, expenditure and defi-     tor upon which the Council                  received in his office at Mu’askar al Murtafa’ah in Muscat yesterday
                                                                                                            cit, as well as basis and as-   took appropriate decisions.               Lt Gen David L Goldfein, Commander, US Air Forces Central Command,
                                                                                                            sumptions upon which the        — ONA                                        currently visiting the Sultanate. Al Nabhani welcomed the US guest.
                                                                                                                                                                                   The meeting exchanged views and discussed matters of common concern. — ONA

                                                                                                          Oman-France trade co-operation discussed Royal Cavalry wins medals
                                                                                                         MUSCAT — Shaikh Saad bin              The meeting was con-            projects planned at Al Duqm,        PARIS — The filly 'Maraya'        the Deauville coastal City
                                                                                                         Mohammed al Mardhouf al            cerned with bolstering Om-         Salalah Port, Mazyoona Free         of the Royal Cavalry bagged       of Normandy Province in
                                                                                                         Saadi, Minister of Commerce        ani-French co-operation and        Zone and industrial estates.        the silver medal in the fillies   France.
                                                                                                         and Industry, received yester-     fostering French investments.         CEO, Omani Oil Company           aged three years competition         The horse ‘Lady Bisaiki'
                                                                                                         day a delegation representing         The two sides discussed         (OOC) highlighted participa-        after coming second at the        bagged the bronze medal in
                                                                                                         French companies operating         possible joint ventures and        tion of French companies in         Ladoire International Cup         the horses aged 8 years and
                                                                                                         in different sectors.              presentations were made on         joint ventures with OOC.            finals which concluded in         above competition. — ONA

MUSCAT — Royal Army of Oman (RAO)                  with men; a role held Oman’s head high among
announced the formation of a national women
free fall team, during a ceremony held at the
Royal of Oman parachutes grounds yesterday.
                                                   nations. Performances by the women parachut-
                                                   ists displayed a variety of free fall skills.
                                                       The event was held under the auspices of Maj
                                                                                                         Bids opened for Salalah civic, tourism projects
   The team is the first in the GCC region and     Gen Said bin Nasser al Salmi, RAO Command-
second in the Arab world.                          er. Maj Gen Salim bin Musallam Qatan, Assist-         SALALAH — Salalah Tender               The Committee reviewed         tender No 28/2011 related to       ternal tenders and discussed a         The committee also re-
   The team formation underlines the belief in     ant Inspector General of Police and Customs for       Board yesterday held a meet-       the memorandum from the            the annual maintenance of the      number of topics listed on the     viewed completing the proce-
the big role the Omani women play side by side     Operations, was also present at the ceremony.         ing under the chairmanship of      Supervisor General of the Ten-     dust roads in the mountainous      agenda, approved the agenda        dures to award the tender No
                                                                                                         Shaikh Abdul Khaliq bin Amer       der Department related to the      areas in Dhofar Governorate        of the previous meeting No         28/2011 related to the supply
                                                                                                         bin Mansoor al Rowas, Acting       tender No 8/2007 regarding         to the Directorate-General of      18/2011, the internal memo-        of commodity supplies for the
                                                                                                         Deputy Governor of Dhofar.         the construction of 20 hous-       Roads and Land Transporta-         randum, the letter from the Di-    Directorate-General of Water,
                                                                                                             The meeting opened bids        ing units in Kuboot area in the    tion for study and analysis and    rector of Project Accounts and     tender No 29/2011 related to
                                                                                                         for the tender No 31/2011          Wilayat of Shaleem and Ha-         then raise a technical report to   development budget related         the installation of cameras for
                                                                                                         related to the operation and       laniyat Islands in Dhofar Gov-     the committee to take the suit-    to renewing the contract with      the main buildings at the Of-
                                                                                                         maintenance of Keebot water        ernorate, the two letters from     able decision towards them,        engineers.                         fice of the Minister of State
                                                                                                         plan and presented the incom-      the Chairman of the Rural Are-     tender No 29/2011 related to           It also reviewed the com-      and Governor of Dhofar, in ad-
                                                                                                         ing letter form the Under-         as Electricity Company on the      the annual maintenance of the      pleted works and referred the      dition to sending a letter to the
                                                                                                         Secretary of Sports Affairs        tender No 12/2011 related to       asphalt roads in Dhofar Gov-       bids for tender No 24/2011 re-     Directorate-General of water
                                                                                                         related to the technical report    the construction of 33kv pow-      ernorate to the Directorate-       lated to the electromechanical     approving negotiation with Dr
                                                                                                         No 15/2011 regarding the           er line from the power plant in    General of Roads and Land          and civil works to four water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ahmed Abdul Warith & Co of-
                                                                                                         maintenance and operation of       Saih al Khairat to the Niyabat     Transportation for study and       wells to the Directorate-Gen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fice to conduct a study to reha-
                                                                                                         Al Sa'adah Sports Complex.         of Baithnah and tender No          analysis and then raise a tech-    eral for Water and then raise a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     bilitate the existing water net-
                                                                                                             It reviewed the two letters    13/2011 related to connecting      nical report to the committee      technical report to the commit-
                                                                                                         for the CEO of Salalah Free        the electric current to the so-    to take the suitable decision,     tee to take the suitable deci-     work, provide proposals and
                                                                                                         Zone Company related to the        cial houses in Al Hashman in       in addition to completing the      sion towards them, the tender      designs for the operation of
                                                                                                         tender No 10/2009 regarding        the Wilayat of Thumrait.           award procedures for the ten-      No 26/2011 related to the con-     the water distribution network
                                                                                                         developing Adhan site (first           The committee referred the     der No 22/2011 related to the      struction of two mechanical        at the optimum efficiency and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the letter of the Directorate-
Mobile banking facility for ODC employees                                                                stage) in Salalah Free Zone,
                                                                                                         and tender No 28/2011 related
                                                                                                                                            bids for the tender No 27/2011
                                                                                                                                            related to the annual mainte-
                                                                                                                                                                               supply of service vehicles for
                                                                                                                                                                               the Minister of State and Gov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  workshops for the transporta-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tion department at the office      General for Water approving
MUSCAT — Oman Drydock              allow employees to withdraw        vehicle at the employee ac-        to the consultancy services        nance of the dust roads in the     ernor of Dhofar for a number       of the Minister of State and       negotiation with major projects
Company (ODC) took a pio-          money from their sites and ac-     commodation. ODC always            for the revision of the gen-       desert areas in Dhofar Gov-        of companies and tender No         Governor of Dhofar to the Di-      company to reduce the supply
neering step to ensure con-        commodation.                       seeks to provide its employee      eral layout for Salalah Free       ernorate to the Directorate-       33/2011 related to the pur-        rectorate-General for Admin-       prices for the water desalina-
venience to all its employees.         “The initiative is another     with services that meet their      Zone Company and preparing         General of Roads and Land          chase of vehicles and equip-       istrative and Financial Affairs    tion plant in Rakhyut.
In collaboration with Bank-        evidence of the care provided      current and future needs and       the designs and supervision        Transportation for study and       ment for Dhofar Municipality       for study and analysis and then        The meeting also discussed
Muscat the ODC availed a           by the company to all its staff    provide them with the healthy      for the implementation of the      analysis and then raise a tech-    for a number of companies.         raise a technical report to the    the completed works upon
special vehicle for the bank-      members. The company has           milieu to ensure better pro-       infrastructure for Adhan site      nical report to the committee to      The committee also re-          committee to take the suitable     which appropriate decisions
ing services. This vehicle will    material plans to start another    ductivity,” ODC said.              (first stage).                     take the suitable decision, the    viewed the works of the in-        decision towards them.             were taken. — ONA

Cancer awareness walkathon held
   By Maryam Khalfan               programmes and to express          sister Arabic daily, Oman,        walk is able to alert someone
                                   solidarity with patients, sur-     is the media sponsors of this     to be courageous enough to
MUSCAT — In observation            vivors and families of cancer      month-long campaign. Other        get a check-up or if it pro-
of this year’s World Breast        victims in the society and the     sponsors included Oman Qa-        vides a few hours of comfort
Cancer awareness month,            world over.                        tar Insurance Company, Pe-        for those living with cancer
which is annually marked               The event was graced by        troleum Development Oman          (either as a patient or a family
through the month of Octo-         Mohammed bin Salim al Too-         (PDO), Bank Sohar, Avon           member) then it has accom-
ber, an awareness campaign         bi, Minister of Environment        Cosmetics, Eye Candy.             plished its goal, and that is the
attracted crowds of people,        and Climate Affairs.                   The walkathon is signifi-     success of the initiative.”
which kicked off from the              Speaking at the event,         cantly important given the            Likewise, as part of this
Ministry of Justice to the min-    Yuthar bint Mohammed al            fact that it unites families,     month long campaign, an ex-
isterial enclave roundabout        Rawahiya, Founder & Chair-         survivors, activists and just     hibition held under the slogan
yesterday.                         person of NACA, and a sur-         anybody who can have a            ‘The power is in your hands’
    The three-kilometre walk-      vivor of breast cancer, said:      fun-time while sending out        played host to a variety of ac-
athon, which was held under        The concept of this event is       a positive message to the         tivities including the tales of
the theme ‘Say You Care, Be        double faceted. First to raise     world. The concept has come       some survivors and series of
Aware’ walk is designed at         awareness about cancer and         a long way since its inception    lectures and clinical counsel-
enhancing awareness about          to re-enforce the message          in 2005, when only as many        ling sessions on the benefits
the significance of regular self   and secondly in respect of         as 50 people turned up to         of regular medical check-ups,
examination of the breasts         those who have lost the bat-       support the cause, noted Al       self-examination and early
and early diagnosis of breast      tle against cancer and to those    Rawahiya.                         detection of the disease.
cancer, which if treated at an     who are still fighting it brave-       “Last year we had over            The idea of an exhibition
early stage can prolong the        ly and also for a future where     4,000 participants and it is      came about after NACA real-
survival rate of sufferers.        cancer can no longer take our      obvious that the walk has         ised that lot of people wanted
    The walk is also aimed at      loved ones from us.”               been successful in serving its    us to host an event where they
raising awareness about the            Oman Establishment for         purpose. ‘However’, the suc-      can really find out about all
common types of cancers that       Press Publication and Ad-          cess of such an occasion is not   the initiatives and learn how         HIS Majesty Sultan Qaboos has directed the government to start implementing major projects in the Governorate of
afflict both men and women         vertising (OEPPA), publish-        merely based on the numbers       to be more pro-active, she               Musandam as part of the Royal initiative to enhance development to cover various parts of the Sultanate and
through      community-based       ers of the Observer and its        of people who join; but, if the   said.                                               to meet the basic requirements of all regions resulting from the population expansion.

                                                                                                                                             240 students from 25 countries to participate in MYS
                                                                                                                                                By A Staff Reporter                                                                                  broadcasters, architects, aca-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     demics, journalists, photogra-
                                                                                                                                             MUSCAT — They might come                                                                                phers, social media specialists
                                                                                                                                             at the end of the alphabet, but                                                                         and leading business people.
                                                                                                                                             this year’s Muscat Youth Sum-                                                                           It’s an outstanding learning
                                                                                                                                             mit participants will soon be                                                                           and networking event,” said
                                                                                                                                             tackling some of the most                                                                               Sayyid Faisal.
                                                                                                                                             complex problems our world                                                                                  The four-day residential
                                                                                                                                             has ever faced.                                                                                         summit will host 240 students,
                                                                                                                                                 That is Generation Z, born                                                                          26 presenters and run 18 work-
                                                                                                                                             from 1995 onwards, young                                                                                shops on social entrepreneur-
                                                                                                                                             people that have never known                                                                            ship, urban development, so-
                                                                                                                                             life without computers, mobile    the lives of 15-24-year-olds       the Millennium Resort in Al        cial media, art and culture. It
                                                                                                                                             phones or the Internet.           are being shaped by technol-       Musannah, December 4-7 this        is supported by the Diwan of
                                                                                                                                                 “This is a generation that    ogy and social networks,” says     year’s MYS has attracted par-      the Royal Court — the Sul-
                                                                                                                                             will be more educated, more       Sayyid Faisal al Said, COO,        ticipants from across Oman         tan Qaboos Centre for Islamic
                                                                                                                                             socially aware and more tech-     Brand Oman Management              and over 25 countries.             Culture; Oman’s Ministry of
                                                                                                                                             nically savvy than any previ-     Unit (BOMU) and organiser of           “MYS provides 15-24-           Education, the National Com-
                                                                                                                                             ous generation. And as we’re      the annual Muscat Youth Sum-       year-olds with an extraordi-       mission for Education, Culture
                                                                                                                                             discovering through our re-       mit (MYS).                         nary opportunity to interact       and Science; and the Ministry
                                                                                                                                             cently launched Youth Survey         Scheduled to be held at         with entrepreneurs, artists,       of Foreign Affairs.
                                                                                                                      THAILAND   5
                                                                                                                          OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                     WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                            BANGKOK — Thailand’s             GMT) due to flooding in its
                                                                                                                                                                                                            worst floods in five decades     district that was making ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            are bearing down on the cap-     cess difficult for passengers
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ital just as the high season     and employees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            for tourism gets under way,         It said it expected to reo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            putting this year’s official     pen on November 1 although
                                                                                                                                                                                                            target of 19 million visitors    it wasn’t clear why the situ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            in doubt, government and         ation would be any better by
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tourist officials said yester-   then.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            day.                                The government has its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Even before Bangkok’s        flood crisis headquarters
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don Muang airport said it        at the airport and ministers
                                                                                                                                                                                                            would have to close tem-         discussed yesterday whether
                                                                                                                                                                                                            porarily, Tourism Minister       they ought to relocate, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chumphol Silpa-archa said        they decided to stay put for
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tourist arrivals could be        now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            500,000 to 1 million below          Bangkok’s main interna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            target.                          tional airport, Suvarnabhu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “We have to assess the       mi, was operating as normal
                                                                                                                                                                                                            situation again, after the       inside a reinforced earthen
                                                                                                                                                                                                            floods recede,” Chumphol         dike three metres high.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            said. “Some foreign tourists        International airlines such
                                                                                                                                                                                                            still want to travel to desti-   as Japan’s All Nippon Air-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            nations outside Bangkok.         ways Co Ltd and Australia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Some can fly directly from       Qantas Airways Ltd are still
                                                                                                                                                                                                            their country.”                  flying to Bangkok through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                While Bangkok is braced      Suvarnabhumi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            for the worst, Phuket, Pat-         Even so, tour operators
                                                                                                                                                                                                            taya and Samui, Thailand’s       fear the worst.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            biggest draw cards for tour-        “There have been fewer
                                       PEOPLE are transported on a truck through the flooded streets at Bang Phlat district in Bangkok. — Reuters                                                           ists, have escaped the deluge    new bookings,” Sisdivachr
                                                                                                                                                                                                            that has swamped central         Cheewarattanporn, president

Cabinet calls five-day holiday                                                                                                                                                Honda halts                   and northern provinces, in-      of the Association of Thai
                                                                                                                                                                                                            cluding the ancient city of      Travel Agents (ATTA) said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ayutthaya.                          “We had a good number
                                                                                                                                                                              production                        Tourism is a vital part of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thailand’s economy, South-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of bookings earlier this year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             but from this point on, if the
                                                                                                                                                                              in Malaysia                   east Asia’s second-biggest,      floods get worse, we expect

 to allow escape from floods                                                                                                                                                  KUALA LUMPUR —
                                                                                                                                                                              Japanese auto giant Honda
                                                                                                                                                                              halted production at its
                                                                                                                                                                                                            employing about 15 per cent
                                                                                                                                                                                                            of the workforce and con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tributing about 6 per cent of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Following peaceful elec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a drop of at least 20 per cent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             There have already been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cancellations in some mar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             kets, like Taiwan,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “India, Russia and main-
BANGKOK — Thailand an-
nounced a five-day holiday
                                 push the economy forward,”
                                 Finance Minister Thirachai        Thai Airways                       khumbhand Paribatra issued
                                                                                                      a new flood warning late on
                                                                                                                                          evacuated over the weekend
                                                                                                                                          as water in Lak Si and Don
                                                                                                                                                                              Malaysian plant yesterday
                                                                                                                                                                              due to disruption to its
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tions this year, the sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                            had been looking forward to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             land China are still coming.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             But Europe less and less.”
yesterday to give people the     Phuvanatnaranubala said of                                           Monday for Bang Phlad dis-          Muang reached levels as
chance to escape floods clos-    the businesses.                    says it may                       trict, west of the Chao Phraya      high as two metres, spilling
                                                                                                                                                                              supply chain caused by
                                                                                                                                                                              devastating floods in
                                                                                                                                                                                                            a fresh start after six years
                                                                                                                                                                                                            of political unrest, includ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Despite the unrest, Thai-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             land attracted 15.8 million
ing in on Bangkok as author-         The floods have killed at                                        river and closer to Bangkok’s       out of swollen canals and                                         ing bloody protests that shut    tourists in 2010, generating
ities ordered the evacuation     least 366 people since mid-       reduce flights                     commercial heart.                   rivers. Several crocodiles
                                                                                                                                                                              neighbouring Thailand.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Honda Malaysia said       down parts of central Bang-      585 billion baht ($18.9 bil-
of a housing estate on the       July and disrupted the lives                                             Bang Phlad is home to de-       have been killed or captured                                      kok for two months in 2010       lion) in revenue, according
outskirts of the city after a    of nearly 2.5 million, with          because                         partment stores, universities       in swamped residential areas
                                                                                                                                                                              in a statement that the
                                                                                                                                                                              flooding had caused Honda     before the army moved in.        to government data.
protective wall gave way.        more than 113,000 living                                             and hospitals. Siriraj Hospi-       of Ayutthaya.                                                         Most of Bangkok’s tour-         “The 19 million target
    The cabinet declared
October 27-31 a holiday in
                                 in temporary shelters and
                                 720,000 seeking medical at-
                                                                     of staffing                      tal, where Thailand’s revered
                                                                                                      king has been for more than
                                                                                                                                             A Bank of Thailand offi-
                                                                                                                                          cial said no decision had yet
                                                                                                                                                                              Automobile Thailand and
                                                                                                                                                                              other major suppliers to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ist attractions and shopping     this year is now impossible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            areas have not been affected     At best we can probably do
Bangkok and 20 provinces
affected by the country’s
                                     Although authorities are
                                                                     concerns                         two years, is nearby.
                                                                                                          Government spokeswom-
                                                                                                                                          been taken on whether com-
                                                                                                                                          mercial banks and financial
                                                                                                                                                                              close, leading to a parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                            by flooding but the Chao
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phraya river that winds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             18 million,” Sisdivachr said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ronnachit       Mahattana-
worst flooding in 50 years       scrambling to pump out wa-        cause of staffing concerns.        an Thitima Chaisang said the        markets would be closed                 Honda Malaysia CEO        through the city is high and     preut, senior vice-president
as weekend high tides in the     ter from the Bangkok region,         Parts of Don Muang, Lak         holiday had been called due         for the holiday. The central        Yoichiro Ueno said the        canals have burst their banks    for finance at Central Plaza
Gulf of Thailand could com-      record-high water levels in       Si and Sai Mai districts in        to the high tides and to give       bank’s headquarters is by the       company would do all it       in some northern districts.      Hotel, said his group was
plicate efforts to divert wa-    the Chao Phraya river that        northern Bangkok have been         residents the option of leav-       Chao Phraya river but it has        could to get production           Don Muang airport, used      starting to see some impact.
ter away from the low-lying      winds through the city raise      under water since Saturday         ing Bangkok. Sukhumbhand            high walls and there were no        back up and running “as       by budget airlines for do-          Average occupancy at its
capital.                         the risk of floods in central     and the flood crisis centre in     said the holiday would allow        signs of flooding there yes-        soon as possible”.            mestic flights and by pri-       hotels in the fourth quarter
    The floods have forced       Bangkok, especially if heavy      Don Muang may have to re-          authorities to handle the cri-      terday.                                 The company said          vate planes, said yesterday      was now expected to be flat
the closure of seven indus-      rain returns when the tide is     locate.                            sis better.                            At least 227 bank branch-        in the statement it was       it would temporarily halt        on the 60-65 per cent seen in
trial estates in Ayutthaya,      high.                                The centre instructed               Authorities opened most         es have been forced to close        looking into sourcing parts   operations from 5 pm (1000       2010. — Reuters
Nonthaburi and Pathum                Don Muang Airport,            residents of the Muang Ake         canal gates in Bangkok late         by floods, most of them in the      from other countries until
Thani provinces bordering        Bangkok’s second biggest,         housing estate in northern         last week, a high-risk opera-       provinces north of Bangkok.         supplies in Thailand return
Bangkok, causing billions of     said it would temporarily         Bangkok to evacuate yester-        tion to take pressure off de-          The central banks of             to normal.
dollars of damage, disrupting    close at 5 pm (1000 GMT)          day after a flood protection       fensive walls in the north and      Japan and Thailand said                 A Honda Malaysia
supply chains for industry       yesterday as passengers and       wall in nearby Pathum Thani        divert water around the east        yesterday they were look-           spokesman said four
and putting about 650,000        staff might have problems         province was breached, add-        and west of the capital into        ing at a mechanism to offer
                                                                                                                                                                              Honda models — the
people temporarily out of        reaching the terminal because     ing to tension in the capital,     the sea but raised the chance       funds in baht backed by Jap-
                                                                   where residents have forti-                                                                                Civic, City, Accord
work.                            of the flooding. It expected to                                      of inner-city flooding.             anese government bonds to
    The cabinet announced a      reopen on November 1.             fied their homes and hoarded           At least eight million          help affected Japanese firms.       and CR-V — would
325 billion baht ($10.6 bil-         Airports of Thailand said     food and water.                    cubic metres of water is be-        The Bank of Thailand also           be affected but it was
lion) budget yesterday to help   the main Suvarnabhumi Air-           The Commerce Ministry           ing pumped out daily. The           said it was discussing similar      still unclear how long
rebuild the country, mostly      port was not affected because     said yesterday it would relax      Meteorological Department           plans with other countries.         deliveries would be
for small and medium-sized       it was on higher ground.          import tariffs and regulation      has forecast scattered show-           Big Japanese firms such          delayed.
enterprises (SMEs), small        However, Thai Airways In-         on food, water and some con-       ers in the capital yesterday        as Toyota Motor Corp, Sony              At full capacity, the
vendors and individuals.         ternational Pcl, which oper-      sumer goods in short supply        and today after three dry           Corp and Nikon Corp have            Honda Malaysia plant can
    “If they get back to nor-    ates out of Suvarnabhumi,         as a result of hoarding.           days.                               had to close down operations        produce up to 40,000 units
mal quickly, it will help        said it may reduce flights be-       Bangkok Governor Su-                Hundreds of people were         in Thailand. — Reuters              per year. — AFP

                                                                     Tokyo announces plan
                                                                     to help Japanese firms
                                                                   TOKYO — Japan yesterday            gency liquidity in Thai baht to     tion to Vietnam.
                                                                   announced plans to help its        affected companies.                     Sony has said it will post-
                                                                   companies hit by Thailand’s            “One aim of this measure        pone the launch of new head-
                                                                   worst flooding in decades, as      is to facilitate the funding of     phone and camera products
                                                                   supply disruptions force firms     financial institutions operat-      after the flooding halted pro-
                                                                   to close plants and production     ing in Thailand including Jap-      duction at its manufacturing
                                                                   at home is hit.                    anese banks, which provide          base in Ayutthaya and its con-
                                                                       As concerns rise about         financial services to firms, in-    tracted plants and parts suppli-
                                                                   the impact of the flooding on      cluding Japanese firms operat-      ers in the country.
                                                                   companies’ recovery from           ing in the flood-affected areas         Toyota, which has tempo-
                                                                   Japan’s March earthquake —         of Thailand,” the BoJ said.         rarily shut its Thailand plants
                                                                   already complicated by a soar-         It added that details would     because of supply constraints,
                                                                   ing yen and a slowing global       be made public “in due              said yesterday it was also feel-
                                                                   economy — Tokyo unveiled           course”.                            ing the impact at home and
                                                                   programmes to aid flood-hit            While the two central banks     has reduced domestic produc-
                                                                   firms.                             have yet to finalise the details,   tion by about 10 per cent due
                                                                       The steps will focus on pro-   Bank of Thailand Governor           to a lack of supplies.
                                                                   viding short-term funding to       Prasarn Trairatvorakul told             Toyota has stopped over-
                                                                   Japanese companies and their       Dow Jones Newswires that            time work at all of its factories
                                                                   Thai affiliates amid concerns      the programme is expected to        in Japan for at least for five
                                                                   over the disruption caused by      take effect in a week or two.       days through Friday, which
                                                                   the disasters.                         Thailand is a hub for Japa-     will cut its domestic output
                                                                       The trade and industry min-    nese manufacturers using rela-      by about 6,000 units, or 1,200
                                                                   istry said yesterday it would      tively cheap labour to assem-       per day, spokeswoman Shiori
                                                                   expand loan guarantees and         ble products aimed at markets       Hashimoto said in Tokyo.
                                                                   trade insurance programmes         such as China and India.                Honda Motor also said it
                                                                   to help Japanese firms deal            Supply disruptions and di-      had suspended production of
                                                                   with the impact of production      rect flood damage have hit the      motorcycles in Bangkok’s
                                                                   problems caused by floods          production of Japan’s biggest       Ladkrabang area from yester-
                                                                   that have left hundreds dead       companies.                          day until at least Saturday.
                                                                   and dealt a heavy blow to              Canon yesterday cited the           “The factory producing
                                                                   Thailand’s economy.                impact of the floods as it low-     motorcycles remains intact
                                                                       The Bank of Japan (BoJ)        ered its annual profit forecast     from the flood, but parts sup-
                                                                   also said yesterday it will        from an earlier estimate, with      plies have been disrupted,”
                                                                   collaborate with the Bank of       the company forced to shift         said Honda spokeswoman To-
                                                                   Thailand in providing emer-        some ink jet printer produc-        moko Takemori. — AFP
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                                                                                                                       WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

Baby girl, mother saved from rubble
Death toll jumps to 432, many missing in Kurdish region                                                                                      Battle to find more survivors
                                                                                                                                                                                and food to the victims.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Electricity cuts have ham-
                                                                                                                                                                                pered rescue efforts, and there
                                                                                                                                                                                are worries about the weather
                                                                                                                                                                                with winter snows less than
                                                                                                                                                                                a month away. Quake rescue
                                                                                                                                                                                efforts focused on Ercis, a
                                                                                                                                                                                town of 100,000 that was
                                                                                                                                                                                worst hit, and Van, the provin-
                                                                                                                                                                                cial capital.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Emergency workers ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                tracted the infant girl alive
                                                                                                                                                                                from the wreckage two days
                                                                                                                                                                                after she was buried with her
                                                                                                                                                                                mother under an apartment
                                                                                                                                                                                block. The mother was clutch-
                                                                                                                                                                                ing the child to her chest when      SPANISH Foreign Minister Trinidad Jiminez talks
                                                                                                                                                                                they were reached by rescuers,          in Rabat yesterday in Rabat. Jiminez is on
                                                                                                                                                                                who then set about rescuing                 an official visit to Morocco. — AFP
                                                                                                                                                                                the mother and a grandmother
                                                                                                                                                                                who were also still alive.
                                                                                                                                                                                    "We're going to get them
                                                                                                                                                                                out soon," a rescuer assured
                                                                                                                                                                                the other grandmother, whose
                                                                                                                                                                                eyes brimmed with tears of joy
                                                                                                                                                                                at the survival of her grand-
                                                                                                                                                                                child, who was born prema-
                                                                                                                                                                                turely. Elsewhere, exhausted
                                                                                                                                                                                workers used machinery,
TWO-WEEK-OLD Azra Karaduman is carried by rescue workers and (right) rescuers take part in an operation to salvage people in Van yesterday. — AFP
                                                                                                                                                                                jackhammers, shovels, pick
ERCIS — Rescuers pulled a              "It's a miracle!", said Senol   afternoon to save Serhat Gul,     every passing hour as rescuers      near the Iranian border.           axes and bare hands to comb
two-week-old baby girl alive       Yigit, the uncle of the baby,       who was trapped in the debris,    pulled out more bodies.                 The centre of Van, a city of   through rubble.
from the wreckage of a col-        Azra, whose name means "pu-         NTV news channel said.                The death toll from the         one million, resembled a ghost         The Turkish Red Cres-
lapsed apartment block yes-        rity" or "untouched" in Arabic.         The child was immediately     7.2-magnitude quake rose to         town, and in the hard-hit town     cent has said it is preparing
terday as they battled to find     "I'm so happy. What can I say.      brought to an ambulance to        432, from an earlier 366, the       of Ercis thousands of people       temporary shelter for about
survivors from a earthquake        We have been waiting for two        take him to hospital for medi-    Disaster and Emergency Ad-          roamed the streets.                40,000 people, although there
in eastern Turkey that killed at   days. We had lost hope when         cal treatment, TV footage         ministration said. The final            In some distribution cen-      are no reliable figures for the
least 432 people and left thou-    we first saw the building," he      showed. Gul was in the rubble     count was likely to rise further    tres, fighting broke out among     homeless. Many residents
sands homeless.                    said sobbing.                       of a seven-storey building, his   as many people were still miss-     desperate victims to grab tents    spent the night outside fearing
    The baby's mother and a            Later yesterday, rescue         home, from where his brother      ing and 2,262 buildings had         from overwhelmed aid work-         any return to their damaged
grandmother were also brought      workers plucked out a 10-year-      and father were rescued ear-      collapsed. Thousands slept for      ers. The prime minister's Dis-     homes. Officials said 12,000
out alive on stretchers to jubi-   old boy from the wreckage of        lier, TV reports said.            a second night in crowded tents     aster and Emergency Admin-         more tents would reach Van
lant cries from onlookers who      his house in eastern Van prov-          However, hope of find-        or huddled around fires and in      istration said priority should                                         FRANCE’S Economy and Finance Minister Francois
                                                                                                                                                                                after complaints that entire        Baroin during the questions to the government session
followed the dramatic rescue       ince, TV reports said. Rescuers     ing more people alive under       cars across a region rattled by     be given to delivering tents,      families were cramming
under cold, pouring rain.          have been working since the         tonnes of rubble faded with       aftershocks in Van province,        blankets, sleeping bags, water                                          yesterday at the National Assembly in Paris. — AFP
                                                                                                                                                                                into tents. — Reuters

Call for urgent action on Vote to ban airline                                                                                                                                     Protesters
deeper cuts, climate cash compliance with EU                                                              WASHINGTON — US pas-                  "If we expect European
                                                                                                                                                                                  SAN FRANCISCO — Po-
                                                                                                                                                                                  lice cleared an anti-Wall
PERTH — African, Carib-            Maldives in the Indian Ocean        tion. China will not sign up       senger and cargo airlines          companies to comply with US          Street protest in Oakland,
bean and South Pacific states      and several Caribbean island        unless Washington does but         would be shielded from a           law then we have to respect          California, early yesterday,
yesterday said big greenhouse      states fear rising sea levels       has enacted carbon intensity       European law making carri-         their laws," said Representa-        breaking up a camp at a
gas emitters China and the         could wipe them off the map.        targets across the economy         ers worldwide pay for carbon       tive Henry Waxman of Cali-           plaza near city hall that has
United States were dragging            Australia, which is hosting     and other steps. The Com-          emissions under legislation        fornia, the top Democrat on          been the site of two weeks
their feet on tackling climate     CHOGM, said the very exist-         monwealth's poor African           approved by the House of           the House Energy and Com-            of demonstrations, a city
change and urged a Common-         ence of some small nations de-      members fear failed harvests       Representatives.                   merce Committee.                     spokeswoman said.
wealth leaders summit this         pended on the world avoiding        and mass displacement of peo-           Lawmakers sent a strong          There is no companion                 Oakland spokeswoman
week to call for urgent action     average global warming by           ple unless rich nations make       message to the European Un-        legislation in the Senate al-        Karen Boyd said she did not
at global climate talks in No-     two degrees Celsius.                deeper cuts in greenhouse gas      ion on its unilateral action,      though House passage was             yet know how many of the
vember.                                "If we fail to do so we can     emissions and stump up with        which is fiercely opposed by       likely to lead to a proposal.        protesters had been arrested
    "The scientific evidence       kiss goodbye to some small          more cash to help them adapt.      carriers, travel groups, labour    It was unclear, however, if          in what the city described
available to us says we ought to   island states," said Australian         Poorer     nations   want      and a number of countries,         the Democratic-led chamber           as an enforcement action at
act now," said Samoan Prime        Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.        wealthier states to pledge         including China. "We made          would support the House ac-          Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi          Samoa directly cited China      deeper emissions cuts as part      it clear that the United States    tion. Combined with Obama
                                                                                                                                                                                      "We have contained the
after a meeting of 48 small is-    and the United States for fail-     of a new global climate pact       would pursue the matter,"          administration      opposition,
                                                                                                                                                                                  plaza, we are in the process
land and developing nations        ing to act on climate change,       and to offer billions of dol-      House Transportation Com-          House approval alone sends
                                                                                                                                                                                  of mobilising the clean-up
in Perth. "This is the message     while Australia noted that          lars in long-term financing to     mittee Chairman John Mica          an important message to
                                                                                                                                                                                  phase," Boyd said.
that we want to tell the whole     while the 48 small states felt      pay for clean-energy technol-      told reporters. "They were not     Europe about sentiment in
                                                                                                                                                                                      The protest was the Oak-        SOCIAL Democratic re-elected Prime Minister of
world, that we are all one," he    the greatest impact from cli-       ogy and steps to help farmers      very happy campers."               Washington. The Obama ad-
                                                                                                                                                                                  land version of the move-           Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Erwin Sellering takes
told a news conference ahead       mate change they represented        become more resilient against           Mica discussed the matter     ministration has strong objec-
                                                                                                                                                                                  ment launched more than            the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony in
of the Commonwealth summit         less than one per cent of emis-     increasingly extreme weather.      with EU officials last week in     tions to inclusion of non-EU
                                                                                                                                                                                  a month ago as "Occupy                 Schwerin, Germany, yesterday. — Reuters
starting on Friday.                sions.                                  Samoa said the 48 small        Montreal, and called the initi-    carriers in the plan, and does
    Global warming is set to           "Two of the biggest coun-       states called for the speedy       ative "a taxing scheme" and a      not see the current legal proc-      Wall Street" in New York.
be a focus for the Common-         tries (China and the United         disbursement of funds prom-        violation of international law     ess in Europe addressing the         The protests focus on anger
wealth Heads of Government         States), which are almost re-       ised by developed nations.         and trade treaties. European       matter satisfactorily, the State     over government bailouts
Meeting (CHOGM), ahead of          sponsible for about 40 per cent         "Another major focus of        officials had no comment on        Department said in a state-          of big banks and persistent
a major UN climate change          of emissions, do not seem to        small states is the need to        developments in Congress.          ment.                                high unemployment, and
conference in South Africa         be forthcoming in their com-        ensure that the funds that              There was bipartisan sup-        Under the plan challenged         have sprung up across the
from November 28.                  mitments," said Malielegaoi.        have been mobilised need           port for action in the Republi-    in court but still due to take       United States and in other
    Many        Commonwealth           The Obama administration        to be released speedily to         can-led House, which swiftly       effect in January, airlines          countries.
members are developing na-         has shelved efforts to price        the most disadvantaged and         approved the measure with          will have to buy permits un-             Oakland said in a state-
tions that are vulnerable to a     carbon emissions because of         most affected countries,"          little debate.                     der the EU's emissions trad-         ment it had told protesters
predicted increase in more ex-     political and business opposi-      said Malielegaoi. "We would             But key Democrats on          ing scheme to help offset            last Thursday to cease over-
treme droughts, floods, rising     tion and will only agree to a       like to ensure countries that      environmental issues praised       greenhouse gas pollution             night camping and cooking
sea levels and spread of infec-    broader climate deal if all ma-     have promised funds to own         Europe's effort to "take cli-      from commercial jetliners            at the plaza. Daytime dem-
tious diseases. Low-lying Tu-      jor carbon emitters agree steps     up, to provide help to coun-       mate change seriously" and         operating in or to and from          onstrations will be permit-
valu in the South Pacific, the     to curb greenhouse gas pollu-       tries." — Reuters                  urged the bill's defeat.           Europe. — Reuters                    ted, the city said. — Reuters

                                                                                                           Cyberattack affects                                                     90 years for
                                                                                                                                                                                   stealing oil
                                                                                                            Japan parliament                                                      ABUJA — Seven Nigeri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     AUSTRIAN Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger
                                                                                                          TOKYO — Computers in               computers and a lower house          ans and two Ghanaians have         attends a news conference after the weekly cabinet
                                                                                                          Japan's lower house of parlia-     server contracted a "Trojan          each been sentenced to 90               meeting in Vienna yesterday. — Reuters
                                                                                                          ment were hit by cyberattacks      horse" virus containing a            years in prison for oil theft
                                                                                                          from a server based in China       programme that allowed a             and illegal refining, an or-
                                                                                                          that left information exposed      China-based server to steal          ganised underground indus-
                                                                                                          for at least a month, a report     passwords and other infor-           try that costs Africa's largest
                                                                                                          said yesterday.                    mation. It was not clear who         oil exporter hundreds of mil-
                                                                                                              Passwords and other in-        was behind the attack, it said,      lions of dollars a year.
                                                                                                          formation could have been          adding it was possible the               Nigeria's oil production
                                                                                                          compromised in the attacks,        China-based server could             capacity of more than 2 mil-
                                                                                                          which began in July but were       have been controlled from a          lion barrels per day is curbed
                                                                                                          not reported to security au-       third country.
                                                                                                                                                                                  by thieves, who tap pipelines
                                                                                                          thorities until the end of Au-         The cyberattack began
                                                                                                                                                                                  that pass through the thou-
                                                                                                          gust, the Asahi Shimbun said,      when a lower house politi-
                                                                                                                                                                                  sands of kilometres of wind-
                                                                                                          without citing sources.            cian opened an attachment
                                                                                                              The government's top           to an e-mail in late July, the       ing creeks and waterways in
                                                                                                          spokesman Osamu Fujimura,          newspaper said, adding that          the Niger Delta region.
                                                                                                          chief cabinet secretary and a      the unnamed lawmaker did                 The crude is often proc-
                                                                                                          lower house member, said he        not report the suspected virus       essed in makeshift refineries
                                                                                                          was not previously aware of        infection until late August.         in the creeks before being
                                                                                                          the reported attack but that the       Fujimura said the govern-        sold as oil products. Bun-
                                                                                                          government was investigating       ment was checking the facts of       kering — the theft of indus-
                                                                                                          the issue.                         the reported issue. The report       trial quantities of oil — is a
                                                                                                              However, the Asahi said        came as Japan probes a series        big business in Nigeria that
                                                                                                          that lower house officials told    of recent cyberattacks on de-        funds criminal gangs and fu-
                                                                                                          lawmakers and parliamentary        fence contractor Mitsubishi          els corruption.
                                                                                                          staff to change their network      Heavy, which the Asahi on                A judge in Delta state
                                                                                                          IDs and passwords, over            Monday said could have re-           sentenced each of the sus-          SWISS President and Minister of Foreign Affairs
                                                                                                          fears that security had been       sulted in the theft of informa-                                         Micheline Calmy-Rey (L) with Burundi's President
                                                                                                                                                                                  pects to 10 years in prison on
                                                                                                          breached.                          tion on military aircraft and                                          Pierre Nkurunziza in the village of Kehrsatz near the
BRAZILIAN President Dilma Rousseff reacts after a meeting with Ukraine’s President                                                                                                each of nine charges against
                                                                                                              The Asahi said politicians'    nuclear power plants. — AFP                                                 Swiss capital of Bern yesterday. — Reuters
     Viktor Yanukovych in Planalto Palace in Brasilia yesterday. — Reuters                                                                                                        them. — Reuters
                                                                                                                                 OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                            WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        World leaders in Saudi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        as crown prince buried
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RIYADH — World leaders poured into Riyadh to offer condo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lences on the death of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aziz who was buried yesterday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sultan’s body was wrapped in a brown cloth and laid on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mosque ground as the mourners prayed for him. It was then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        taken out of the mosque to be buried in a nearby cemetery.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             More than 100 world dignitaries have gathered in the capi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ali Akbar Salehi, Foreign Minister of Iran, attended funer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        al, the Saudi news agency SPA reported.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             From Egypt military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        flew in for the funeral, Saudi state television Al Ekhbariya re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             It is Tantawi’s first trip abroad since he took power in Feb-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ruary with the downfall of president Mubarak.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jordan’s King Abdullah, whose government declared a day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of mourning yesterday, also landed in Saudi Arabia, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al Bashir.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Gulf leaders Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani of Qatar,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah and Bahrain’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        King Hamad bin Issa al Khalifa were all present in Riyadh for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the funeral of Sultan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SPA reported that Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Arinc and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also joined
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the mourners in the Saudi capital.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Syrian Vice-President Faruq al Sharaa arrived in Riyadh as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Saudi news agency SPA reported that London-based Rifaat
            SAUDI King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud attends the funeral prayers of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud in Riyadh yesterday. Right: Riyadh Governor                                              al Assad, exiled uncle of Syria’s President Bashar al Assad,
                              Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud (centre L) and other family members carry the body of the Crown Prince. — Reuters                                                                     had flown in. — AFP

Ennahda claims win in Tunisia
TUNIS — Tunisia’s moderate          party officials claimed victory      former dissident whose secu-        a multi-stage election. A par-      he dresses in suits and open-      statement said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Egypt police storm govt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        building as 1000s strike
Ennahda party was preparing         late on Monday.                      larist Congress for the Repub-      ty which shares much of the         necked shirts while his wife           Ennahda’s win was a re-         CAIRO — Egyptian policemen yesterday stormed a security
to lead a coalition government          “No one can doubt this re-       lic was in second place accord-     same ideology as Ennahda is         and daughter wear the hijab.       markable turnaround for a par-      building, as thousands went on strike nationwide to demand
yesterday after its election win    sult. This result shows very         ing to unofficial results, said     predicted to perform strongly.          The party’s rise has been      ty which just 10 months ago         the “cleansing” of their institution and better pay, a security
sent a message to the region        clearly that the Tunisian peo-       he was ready to work with En-           Tunisia became the birth-       met with ambivalence by            had to operate underground          official said.
that once-banned party is chal-     ple are a people attached to its     nahda and with other parties.       place of the “Arab Spring”          some people in Tunisia. The        because of a government ban             Hundreds of policemen stormed the security headquarters
lenging for power after the         Islamic identity,” she said.             “I am for a coalition gov-      when Mohamed Bouazizi, a            country’s strong secularist        which had put hundreds of fol-      in the Red Sea city of Hurghada, forcing officials to smuggle
“Arab Spring”.                          Two days after an unprec-        ernment,” Marzouki, who             vegetable seller in a provincial    traditions go back to the first    lowers in prison.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the chief of Hurghada security out through a back door, the
    With election officials still   edented 90 per cent of voters        spent years in exile in France      town, set fire to himself in pro-   post-independence president,           In a slick and well-funded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        official said.
counting the ballot papers,         turned out for the election, of-     before Tunisia’s revolution in      test at poverty and government      Habiba Bourguiba, who called       campaign, the party tapped
the Ennahda party said its          ficials were still counting the      January, said in an interview.      repression.                         the hijab an “odious rag”.         into a desire among ordinary            Around 3,000 are protesting for a second day outside the
own, unofficial tally showed        ballot papers in some areas.         “We wish to have a national             His suicide in December             “I really feel a lot of fear   Tunisians to be able to express     interior ministry headquarters in Cairo and thousands more are
it had won Sunday’s vote, the           Sunday’s vote was for an         government as wide as possi-        provoked a wave of protests         and concern after this result,”    their faith freely after years of   staging pickets outside police stations around the country.
first since the uprisings which     assembly which will sit for          ble with all the parties.”          which forced president Zine         said Meriam Othmani, a 28-         aggressively enforced secular-          At least 30,000 low-ranking policemen across the country
began in Tunisia and spread         one year to draft a new consti-          “There are lots of challeng-    al Abidine Ben Ali to flee to       year-old journalist. “Women’s      ism.                                have declared an open-ended strike to demand better pay and
through the region.                 tution.                              es which await us, and the po-      Saudi Arabia.                       rights will be eroded,” she            Western diplomats say En-       to rid the interior ministry of remnants of ousted president
    Seeking to reassure secu-           It will also appoint a new       litical class should be worthy          The revolution in Tunisia,      said. “Also, you’ll see the re-    nahda is largely funded by          Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
larists in Tunisia and else-        interim president and govern-        of the Tunisian people, which       a former French colony, in          turn of dictatorship once En-      Tunisian businessmen, which             The policemen have vowed to continue protesting until
where who see a threat to their     ment to run the country until        has given an exceptional les-       turn inspired uprisings which       nahda achieves a majority in       they say means the party will       their demands are met, the official said. Egypt has around
liberal, modernist values, party    fresh elections late next year       son for the world.”                 forced out entrenched leaders       the constituent assembly.”         pursue pro-market economic          350,000 police.Police disappeared from the streets at the start
officials said they would bring     or early in 2013.                        Ennahda officials named         in Egypt and Libya, and con-            The highest-profile secular-   policies.                           of the uprising that toppled Mubarak, and have since made a
two secularist parties into a           The voting system has            Marzouki’s party, and the left-     vulsed Yemen and Syria — re-        ist challenger to Ennahda, the         It also sought to show it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        partial come back.
broad interim coalition that        built-in checks and balances         wing secularist Ettakatol party,    shaping the political landscape     Progressive Democratic Party       could represent all Tunisians.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Police abuse was a driving force behind the January revolt.
will govern the country.            which make it nearly impossi-        as favoured coalition partners.     of the Middle East.                 (PDP) conceded defeat. It had          Secularist opponents say
    “This is an historic mo-        ble for any one party to have a      Their presence in a coalition           Ennahda is led by Rachid        warned voters that modern,         they believe this is just a             The strike comes amid a wave of industrial action that has
ment,” said Zeinab Omri, a          majority, compelling Ennahda         government may help reassure        Ghannouchi, forced into exile       liberal values would be threat-    cleverly constructed front          crippled the country since Mubarak’s ouster in February.
young woman in a hijab, or          to seek alliances with secular-      Tunisia’s jittery secularists.      in Britain for 22 years because     ened if the party won.             that conceals more radical              Workers in public transport, factories and universities, air
head scarf, who was among           ist parties, which will dilute its       The election result is likely   of harassment by Ben Ali’s              “We congratulate the win-      views, especially among En-         freight and other sectors have staged pickets across the country
a cheering crowd outside the        influence.                           to resonate in Egypt, which         police.                             ner and we will be in the ranks    nahda’s rank and file in the        demanding better pay, and to purge sectors of top management
Ennahda headquarters when               Moncef Marzouki, the             starts voting in November in            A softly spoken scholar,        of the opposition,” a party        provinces. — Reuters                associated with the former regime. — AFP

Yemen calls                                                                                                                                                                                                              China to send envoy to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Syria, urges reforms
SANAA — Yemen’s govern-             sition fighters in the city of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BEIJING — China yesterday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pressed Syria to heed the “rea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sonable” demands of its peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ple and live up to promises of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chinese envoy Wu Sike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            would visit Syria, along with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Egypt, from October 26-30,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jiang added, without provid-
ment signed a ceasefire with a      Taiz yesterday, eight civilians,                                                                                                                                                    reform, ahead of a visit to Da-     ing details.
dissident general yesterday to      including a child, were killed                                                                                                                                                      mascus by Beijing’s special             China, along with Russia,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        envoy to the Middle East.           recently resisted a Western
try to end weeks of escalating      and more than 30 wounded,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            China has played a low-         push for a United Nations
bloodshed, but explosions and       an opposition source said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        key role in the turmoil that        Security Council resolution
gunfire could still be heard in     The government said three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        has swept the Middle East           condemning the Syrian gov-
the north of the capital.           members of its security forces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and North Africa, but it has        ernment’s crackdown on pro-
    A government official said      were killed there.                                                                                                                                                                  also moved swiftly to nor-          reform protests that began
the deal between President Ali          Under the ceasefire deal,                                                                                                                                                       malise ties with governments        over half a year ago.
Abdullah Saleh’s government         both sides agreed to disman-                                                                                                                                                        which have been overthrown              The United States said
and breakaway General Ali           tle armed checkpoints set up                                                                                                                                                        by popular revolts, such as in      on Monday it had pulled its
Mohsen would take effect at         across the capital and release                                                                                                                                                      Libya.                              ambassador out of Syria be-
3 pm (1200 GMT) yesterday,          all those kidnapped during                                                                                                                                                              “We hope that all sides in      cause of threats to his safety,
but residents of the Hasaba         months of anti-government                                                                                                                                                           Syria can put the interests of      prompting Syria to follow
and Sofan neighbourhoods in         protests.                                                                                                                                                                           the country and people first,       suit in a deterioration of ties
Sanaa said they heard explo-            Meanwhile, a Yemeni                                                                                                                                                             discard violence, avoid blood-      already battered over Presi-
sions after that time.              military plane crash-landed at                                                                                                                                                      shed and clashes, and resolve       dent Bashar al Assad’s action
    Earlier yesterday, security     an air base in Lahej province                                                                                                                                                       differences via dialogue in a       against protesters.
forces opened fire on a protest     in the south, killing nine pas-                                                                                                                                                     peaceful way,” said Foreign             The United States has
march in the capital Sanaa,         sengers, including eight Syr-                                                                                                                                                       Ministry spokeswoman Jiang          called for Assad to step down
killing two people, witnesses       ian engineers and one Yemeni                                                                                                                                                        Yu.                                 and, along with European al-
said. An opposition source          engineer, according to doctors                                                                                                                                                          “We believe that Syria’s        lies, has intensified sanctions
said a third person was killed      and army officials. A security                                                                                                                                                      government should proac-            on Syria, including against its
in shelling by Saleh’s troops       official said a technical fault                                                                                                                                                     tively fulfil its promises of re-   small but significant oil sec-
in the Sofan district.              was probably to blame for                                                                                                                                                           form, and answer the people’s       tor, a central source of foreign
    In separate fighting be-        the crash of the Russian-made                                                                                                                                                       reasonable demands,” she told       currency for the government.
tween state forces and oppo-        Antonov plane. — Reuters                          YEMENI dissident soldiers salute pro-reform protesters as they march in Sanaa yesterday. — AFP                                    a regular news briefing.            — Reuters

   US and Egypt discuss                                                   Libya gives Gaddafi secret burial                                                                                                                   Fuel depot blast in
   ways to expand trade                                                  TRIPOLI — Muammar Gaddafi and his               vestigate how Gaddafi and his son were         vowed to help his father crush his en-                  Sirte kills 100
                                                                         son Mo’tassim were buried in a secret           killed.                                        emies once the Libyan revolt began.
WASHINGTON — The Unit-              ment and to pursue actions to        desert location yesterday, five days after          Determined to prevent Gaddafi’s grave          An NTC official said Saif al Islam had      TRIPOLI — A fuel tank ex-           ple waited near the fuel tank
ed States is eager to expand        improve regional economic            the deposed Libyan leader was captured          from becoming a shrine for his support-        a false passport and was in the remote          ploded in Muammar Gadd-             to fill up their cars.
trade with Egypt to help the        integration,” Sapiro said.           and killed.                                     ers, the NTC wants to keep its location        southern desert near Niger and Algeria          afi’s hometown Sirte killing            “We are still unable to put
country complete its transi-            Eisa will visit Washington           “He (Gaddafi) has just been buried          secret, refusing custody to his tribe, many    and was set to flee Libya, with the NTC         more than 100 people less           out the fire,” said Mohammed,
tion to democracy, a top US         next month for further talks,        now in the desert along with his son,”          of whom live in Sirte.                         powerless to stop him.                          than a week after the deposed       adding that it had been caused
trade official has said.            said Sapiro, who has played          National Transitional Council (NTC)                 The prayers for the dead were attend-          He said Gaddafi’s former intelligence       despot was captured and             by a spark from a nearby elec-
    “The United States greatly      a key role in shaping the US         commander Abdel Majid Mlegta said by            ed by two of Gaddafi’s cousins, Mansour        chief Abdullah al Senussi who, like Saif        killed there, a military com-       tricity generator.
values its economic relation-       economic response to the             telephone.                                      Dhao Ibrahim, once leader of the feared        al Islam, is wanted by the International        mander said yesterday.                  Some of the victims had
ship with Egypt, which is a         events of the “Arab Spring.”             Gaddafi’s cleric, Khaled Tantoush,          People’s Guard, and Ahmed Ibrahim.             Criminal Court, was involved in the es-             “There was an enormous          returned to the town, the
key strategic partner,” Dep-            Two-way goods trade be-          who was captured with him, prayed over          Both were captured with him after a Nato       cape plan.                                      explosion and a huge fire.          last bastion of resistance by
uty US Trade Representative         tween the US and Egypt in-           the bodies before they were taken from          air strike hit a convoy of vehicles trying         “The region is very difficult to moni-      More than 100 people were           Gaddafi loyalists, which fell
Miriam Sapiro said in a state-      creased more than 30 per cent        the compound in the coastal city of Mis-        to break out of Sirte, the ousted leader’s     tor and encircle,” the official said of Saif    killed and 50 others wound-         on Thursday, to inspect the
ment after a meeting in Jor-        in 2010 to $9.1 billion, while       rata, where they had been on show, and          home town, just after it fell.                 al Islam’s purported whereabouts.               ed” in Monday night’s blast,        damage to their properties,
dan with Egyptian Minister of       US investment in Egypt rose          handed to two NTC loyalists for burial.             “The NTC officials were handed the             The UN human rights arm has joined          National Transitional Council       the NTC commander added.
Industry and Trade Mahmoud          28.4 per cent to $11.7 billion.          The NTC had disquieted many outsid-         body after the shaikh completed the early      the Gaddafi family in seeking an inquiry        commander Leith Moham-                  Human Rights Watch has
Eisa.                                   Trade has remained mostly        ers by displaying the corpses in a meat         morning ceremony and are taking him            into his killing. The NTC promised one          med said.                           raised concerns about the vast
    “With this first high-level     steady this year, totalling $6       locker in the anti-Gaddafi city of Misrata      somewhere very far away into the desert,”      on Monday, saying most Libyans had                  He said the scene was “a        stockpiles of unguarded weap-
meeting with Minister Eisa,         billion through the first eight      until their decay forced them on Monday         Mlegta said.                                   hoped to see Gaddafi on trial. Some Lib-        heart wrenching spectacle           ons in the area around the city,
we are advancing our work to-       months, despite mass protests        to call a halt.                                     One of Gaddafi’s sons, the enigmatic       yans are also uncomfortable at the way          with dozens of charred bod-         and called on the NTC to se-
gether to overcome obstacles        in Tahir Square in January and           Under pressure from Western allies,         Saif al Islam, remains on the run. Once        Gaddafi had been killed and his body            ies.” The accidental explosion      cure these sites to prevent fur-
to increased trade and invest-      February. — Reuters                  the NTC promised the same day to in-            viewed as a moderate reformer, Saif            treated. — Reuters                              happened as a crowd of peo-         ther looting. — AFP
                                                                                    THE PHILIPPINES/SUBCONTINENT                    8
                                                                                                                              OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                         WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

18,000 leave Kyber                                                                                           Bangladesh
                                                                                                            leader meets
 fearing onslaught                                                                                         BERLIN — Bangladeshi
                                                                                                           Prime Minister Sheikh Hasi-
PESHAWAR — At least               arrived in the Jalozai refu-       ministrative official of Khy-         na Wazed said yesterday that
18,000 people have fled their     gee camp and we are mak-           ber.                                  Germany Chancellor Angela
homes in Pakistan’s tribal        ing arrangements to facilitate        The United Nations said            Merkel had promised to con-
district of Khyber, fearing a     them,” Adnan Khan, spokes-         the numbers were being veri-          tinue aid to the country, after
fresh onslaught of fighting       man for the disaster manage-       fied, but warned that the fig-        the leaders met in Berlin.
between the army and armed        ment authority of Khyber Pa-       ure could be inflated by some             “We discussed the infra-
groups, officials said yester-    khtunkhwa province, said.          people taking advantage of            structure development,” said
day.                                 “We will provide them           the free food and shelter on          Sheikh Hasina.
   Families streamed out          food for 15 days initially and     offer.                                    “Germany is always very
of the district, a flashpoint     also non-food items, includ-          “The provincial disaster           co-operative. We talked to
for Taliban and other armed       ing tents and utensils,” he        management authority has              the chancellor and she prom-
groups on the Nato supply         said.                              registered 3,200 families and         ised that she will support
line into neighbouring Af-           An administration official      we are verifying this number,”        our development.” Merkel
ghanistan, after the army or-     in Khyber said that many           Dunya Aslam Khan, spokes-             confirmed they talked about
dered them to leave because       people were sheltering with        woman for the UN refugee              infrastructure in general
of military action going on in    relatives or in rented houses,     agency, said.                         terms. Hasina had arrived on
the area.                         rather than at the government         “The estimated numbers             Sunday on a three-day visit
   Three Pakistani soldiers       camp.                              of the displaced people are           to Germany.
and 34 gunmen were killed            “More than 20,000 people        likely to come down by 10                 Officials in Dhaka said
in Khyber last week shortly       have left the area, many of        per cent because normally             before the trip that the two
before US Secretary of State      them have gone to relatives’       people who are not affected           nations would sign agree-
Hillary Clinton arrived in Is-    homes in Peshawar and other        by the disasters also join the        ments to work together to
lamabad.                          peaceful cities while many         displaced families just to en-        counter the effects of global
   “Around 3,200 families,        others rented houses there,”       joy the benefits and compen-          warming and improve health-        GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as they review an honour guard
up to 18,000 people, have         said Mutahir Zeb, the top ad-      sation,” she said. — AFP              care in Bangladesh. — dpa                          during a welcoming ceremony at the chancellery in Berlin yesterday. — AFP

 Intl consortium to build                                                                                     Petrol prices
                                                                                                             likely to drop                    Govt to reduce running                                                                                  32,000 teachers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to be appointed
   786MW dam in NW                                                                                         ISLAMABAD — The price
                                                                                                           of petrol is expected to de-
                                                                                                           cline by Rs 4 per litre next
                                                                                                                                               expenses by 10 per cent                                                                                 LAHORE — The Punjab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       government is likely to re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cruit 32,218 educators for
ISLAMABAD — An interna-           government would ink a con-        khtunkhwa a handsome share            month and that of high speed       ISLAMABAD — A move is               The government may            penses. Such a move is made            four subjects including sci-
tional consortium would build     tract agreement with the con-      of the royalty would also be          diesel by up to 10 paisa in        on the cards to cut non-sala-   save up to $229.885 million       less likely by the current risk        ence, mathematics, compu-
786MW Suki Kanari hydro-          sortium in a couple of days.       given to the Balakot tehsil. An       Pakistan because of a reduc-       ried running expenses of the    in the initial exercise.          that some of the estimated             ter science and English to
power project in Kaghan val-          A high-level team of ex-       official on condition of ano-         tion in prices in the Arabian      Pakistani civilian govern-          During the current fiscal     revenue receipts may not               meet a shortage of human
ley of Mansehra district in Pa-   perts and provincial govern-       nymity said representatives of        Gulf market.                       ment by one-tenth as part of    year the government has ear-      materialise and the budget             resources in the school sys-
kistan’s north-western region,    ment officials recently visited    the consortium had recently               However, final estimates       austerity measures.             marked $2.356 billion for its     deficit may rise beyond the            tem, it was learnt.
it was learnt yesterday.          the proposed site and also met     visited the site of the dam.          will be firmed up later this          Sources in the finance       running expenses. The pro-        current projection of $9.77               The recruitments are to
    The provincial government     with the affected people and           The provincial government         month after the arrival of         ministry told that the gov-     posed exercise may reduce         billion.                               be made before the next gen-
has already finalised feasibil-   assured them of full compen-       had selected the site in late 2008    two ships of petroleum prod-       ernment is likely to enforce    the allocation to $2.126 bil-         On March 15, the govern-           eral elections on a contract
ity report of the $1.2 billion    sation and employment in the       for the dam, which according to       ucts and depending on the          cuts on petrol entitlements,    lion.                             ment slapped $609 million              basis for positions that have
dam, which would be built at      project.                           official figures, will affect di-     government’s decision to           purchase of stationery and          It was unclear whether        of new taxes in addition to            been vacant for a long time,
Kunhar River. Official sources        Sources also revealed          rectly or indirectly about 5,000      increase margins of dealers        travel allowances during the    the government would ask          introducing expenditure con-           said an official requesting
said yesterday the provincial     that beside the Khyber Pa-         families. — Internews                 and marketing companies.           ongoing fiscal year.            the military to reduce its ex-    trol measures. — Internews             anonymity. — Internews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Growth target
                                                                                                                                              Thousands flee Philippine                                                                                uncertain: WB
                                                                                                                                               army offensive in south                                                                                 DHAKA — The World Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       yesterday said Bangladesh’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       growth target of 7 per cent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       next year is uncertain due to
                                                                                                                                              MANILA — Thousands of              Four army commandos            group who burned farms                 increasing risks from domes-
                                                                                                                                              Filipinos fled their homes      and an estimated 40 gun-          and communities after the              tic factors and the global eco-
                                                                                                                                              as the army launched an         men were wounded, Burgos          Supreme Court threw out a              nomic slowdown. “Given the
                                                                                                                                              offensive against criminal      added.                            proposed deal.                         growing external and domes-
                                                                                                                                              gangs in the south, authori-       Heavy fighting had                 On Monday, Aquino                  tic risks, the growth outlook
                                                                                                                                              ties said yesterday, a day      forced more than 10,000           ordered attacks on criminal            in FY12 remains uncertain,”
                                                                                                                                              after President Benigno         people to flee their homes        gangs blamed for violence              the bank’s latest economic
                                                                                                                                              Aquino vowed justice for        from three farming towns,         in the south that led to the           update on Bangladesh said.
                                                                                                                                              soldiers killed in earlier      Adriano Fuego, head of            death of about 30 soldiers                 It identified a slowdown
                                                                                                                                              clashes.                        the regional civil defence        in a week, but he resisted             in remittances, high inflation,
                                                                                                                                                  Security forces launched    office, said, appealing for       popular calls to suspend               overshooting of monetary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       targets, financial sector weak-
                                                                                                                                              air strikes for the second      food, water and other sup-        peace talks with the MILF.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       nesses, growing external im-
                                                                                                                                              day on known armed group        plies.                                The government and the             balances and the increasing
                                                                                                                                              positions in Zamboanga             “We have monitored             MILF have been negotiat-               fiscal deficit and composition
                                                                                                                                              Sibugay province on the         streams of people moving          ing since 1997 to end more             of deficit financing as major
                                                                                                                                              southern island of Mindanao     to safer areas, away from         than four decades of con-              areas of concern.
                                                                                                                                              as troops hunted down about     the conflict zones,” Fuego        flict that has killed 120,000              “It will be vital for Bang-
                                                                                                                                              100 armed men blamed for        said, adding many of the          people, displaced 2 million            ladesh to ensure sound mac-
                                                                                                                                              kidnappings in the south.       displaced families were           and stunted growth in the              roeconomic        management,
                                                                                                                                                  “Our soldiers are en-       staying in schools and gov-       poor but resource-rich areas           since expansionary macr-
                                                                                                                                              countering heavy resistance     ernment buildings.                in the south.                          oeconomics policies could
                                                                                                                                              on the ground,” Colonel            In 2008, nearly 750,000            Talks, brokered by Ma-             increase risks on the current
                                                                                                                                              Arnulfo Burgos, army            people were displaced for         laysia, were stalled in August         account and make inflation
                                                                                                                                              spokesman, told reporters,      nearly a year when the army       when groups rejected Ma-               management more difficult,”
                                                                                                                                              adding eight people had         launched offensives against       nila’s autonomy offer and in-          said Lalita Moorty, senior
                                                                                                                                              died, including two soldiers,   rogue members of the              sisted on setting up a sub-state       economist for Bangladesh in
      PAKISTANI soldiers cordon off a street following a bomb blast in the district of Lower Dir yesterday. — AFP                             on Monday.                      Philippines’ largest armed        in the country. — Reuters              Washington.

Envoy meets Suu Kyi in Myanmar WB to boost Philippines                                                                                                                                                                                                 Leopard kills
YANGON — The new US                   “Daw Suu and Derek             ter a prisoner amnesty earlier       of change but must commit to                                                                                                                 KATHMANDU — A leop-
envoy to Myanmar held talks
with democracy campaigner
Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday
                               fight against corruption
                                  Mitchell met at the US resi-
                                  dence for about one-and-a-
                                  half hours,” said one NLD
                                                                     this month failed to free most
                                                                     key dissidents, disappoint-
                                                                     ing those who had hoped the
                                                                                                          deeper reforms and halt vio-
                                                                                                          lence against minorities if it
                                                                                                          wants sanctions eased.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ard dragged away and killed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       a four-year-old boy in west-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ern Nepal, police said yes-
during his second visit to the    source, asking not be named,       country would release all its            Hopes of change in Myan-         MANILA — World Bank             economy, taxes the poor          senior economic officials as           terday, the third victim from
country as Washington looks       without giving any details of      roughly 2,000 political de-          mar have increased recently,         president Robert Zoellick       and strangles opportu-           well as leaders of civil soci-
to engage with the isolated       the meeting.                       tainees amid apparent reform         with efforts to reach out to                                                                                                                 the same remote village in
                                                                                                                                               yesterday began a three-        nity,” Zoellick said. “I am      ety groups and the private             just four months.
nation.                               Mitchell met the opposi-       efforts.                             opponents and a government           day visit to the Philippines    looking forward to seeing        sector during his visit.
    Derek Mitchell, appointed     tion icon previously during            Mitchell, a veteran policy-      move to defy ally China by                                                                                                                       “A leopard took away
                                                                                                                                               to support efforts by Presi-    first hand and learning             He planned to visit a               a four-year-old boy from
as the first US co-ordinator      his first official trip to Myan-   maker on Asia, said this month       freezing work on an unpopu-          dent Benigno Aquino III         from some of the reforms         poor community in Manila
for policy on Myanmar in Au-      mar last month as part of a US     that the freeing of more than        lar dam.                                                                                                                                     his house on Sunday,” said
                                                                                                                                               to fight corruption and         President Aquino has put         to meet with recipients of
gust, met Suu Kyi in Yangon       strategy of engagement with        200 political prisoners as part          Mitchell met the foreign                                                                                                                 Surendra Prasad Mainali, the
                                                                                                                                               widespread poverty in the       in place to improve gov-         World      Bank-supported
as he concluded a two-day         the Southeast Asian country,       of the release was welcome.          affairs minister in the capital                                                                                                              deputy superintendent of po-
                                                                                                                                               country.                        ernance.”                        monthly cash payments
trip, according to members of     which is the subject of wide-          He said Myanmar’s nomi-          Naypyidaw on the first day of           “We know that cor-              Zoellick was scheduled        for school and medical                 lice for the district of Kavre,
her National League for De-       ranging US sanctions.              nally civilian government was        his trip on Monday, according        ruption is a drag on the        to meet with Aquino and          care. — dpa                            about 40 kilometres east of
mocracy (NLD) party.                  His latest visit comes af-     showing “encouraging signs”          to Myanmar officials. — AFP                                                                                                                  Kathmandu. — AFP

Australia presses Sri Lanka over war crimes claims
PERTH — Australian leader         allegations were a concern.         sibility to hold the Colombo        is coming to my country,           gations under international      are of a substantial and inter-   ny from citizens who say they        Lanka,” his spokesman Ban-
Julia Gillard yesterday urged         “Australia and like-minded      government to account.              Australia, and I want to make      law extending immunity to        national nature, such as war      were attacked by government          dula Jayasekera said.
Sri Lanka to address claims       countries have been urging              On Monday, a Sri Lankan         sure he is held accountable for    visiting heads of state.         crimes or crimes against hu-      forces in the war’s final days.         Director of Rajapakse’s
of human rights violations,       and will continue to urge Sri       man who says he is “living          the massacre of thousands of           “Those immunities include    manity, then effectively the          Jegatheeswaran, 63, an           Policy Research and Informa-
despite    her      government    Lanka to address the serious        testimony” to the massacre of       Tamils in 2009.”                   personal inviolability includ-   authority of being head of        ethnic Tamil, returned to his        tion Unit Lucien Rajakarunan-
quashing a war crimes case        allegations that have been          Tamils in the conflict filed a          But Attorney-General Rob-      ing from any form of arrest or   state doesn’t grant him im-       homeland in 2007 to volunteer        ayake said Sri Lanka expected
against President Mahinda         made of human rights viola-         war crimes case in Melbourne        ert McClelland said he would       detention and immunity from      munity from those things,” he     in Tamil hospitals, schools          Australia to extend full immu-
Rajapakse.                        tions,” she told Perth radio.       Magistrates Court against Ra-       not allow the case to proceed.     the criminal jurisdiction of     said.                             and camps for displaced per-         nity to the visiting president.
   Sri Lanka has persistently         Sri Lankan President Mahi-      japakse.                                “The Attorney-General has      the receiving state,” said the       “Certainly the ICJ (Inter-    sons, where he claims to have           “Sri Lanka has been a
denied that its troops commit-    nda Rajapakse is due in Perth           “I am a living testimony        refused to grant this consent,     spokesman.                       national Commission of Ju-        witnessed attacks by govern-         founder member of the Com-
ted atrocities while battling     this week to attend the Com-        of the massacre that hap-           as continuation of the pro-            Jegatheeswaran’s lawyer,     rists) in their submission have   ment forces.                         monwealth and enjoys warm
the Liberation Tigers of Tamil    monwealth Heads of Govern-          pened to the Tamil people in        ceedings would be in breach        Lucien Richter, had earlier      come to a simple conclusion           Rajapakse’s office said the      cordial relations with all
Eelam, who were crushed           ment Meeting (CHOGM) and            the final days of the war in        of domestic law and Austral-       said he did not believe diplo-   that immunity would not be a      attempt to lodge a case in Aus-      member countries. We expect
in an offensive that ended in     the issue is likely to be promi-    Sri Lanka,” said Arunachalam        ia’s obligations under inter-      matic immunity was an issue      barrier to this prosecution.”     tralia was “hilarious”.              diplomatic procedures will
May 2009, bringing the 26-        nent on the agenda.                 Jegatheeswaran, an Australian       national law,” his spokesman       in this case.                        Australian police are re-         “It’s hilarious to file charg-   take place as assured by Prime
year conflict to a close.             Rights groups say CHOGM         citizen.                            said.                                  “There is some authority     viewing a dossier submitted       es against a head of state who       Minister Gillard,” Rajakaru-
   However, Gillard said the      has a moral and legal respon-           “This alleged war suspect           He cited Australia’s obli-     to suggest that where crimes     by the ICJ containing testimo-    has defeated terrorism in Sri        nanayake said. — AFP
                                               BankMuscat Call Centre excels                                                                                                 NBO hosts carnival in Nizwa
                                     THE BankMuscat Call Centre is a beehive of activity with phone                                                                          NATIONAL Bank of Oman (NBO) recently organised its first
                                       bankers strapped with headphones answering phone calls that                                                                           carnival at the souq area in Nizwa. The NBO carnival activities
                                       stream in 24 x 7 on all days of the year. The largest call centre                                                                     attracted a large number of crowds — the venue was packed
                                        in the banking domain in the Sultanate of Oman can aptly be                                                                          with kids, accompanied by family. The exciting and interesting
                                                  termed the non-visible face of the bank. Page 10                                                                           evening was well attended by over two hundred guests. Page 11

                          HSBC Oman
                  participates in fund
                      managers meet
                                   Page 12
                                                                                           Wednesday, October 26, 2011

   Muscat Hills set to start Bank Sohar announces Q3
    Phase 2 development       net profit of RO 10.932m
                                                                                                                                                       By A Staff Reporter                                                                with an increase of 4.8 per cent compared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to December 31, 2010 with RO 999 mil-
                                                                                                                                              MUSCAT — Shaikh Salim Said al Fan-                                                          lion. The bank’s market share of private
                                                                                                                                              nah al Araimi, Chairman, Board of Direc-                                                    sector credit was 8.82 per cent while the
                                                                                                                                              tors — Bank Sohar has announced that                                                        private sector deposit share was 6.78 per
                                                                                                                                              the bank has achieved a net profit of RO                                                    cent as at end of September 2011.
                                                                                                                                              10.932 million at the close of the third                                                        The bank’s branch network has grown
                                                                                                                                              quarter ended September 30, 2011. In do-                                                    to 25 with three new branches in Ruwi, Al
                                                                                                                                              ing this the bank has chalked a growth of                                                   Aamerat and Al Khaboura. Staff strength
                                                                                                                                              32.3 per cent over the same period in the                                                   has kept pace with the growth and the
                                                                                                                                              previous year. The chairman emphasised                                                      bank currently has a headcount of 550 and
                                                                                                                                              that the bank is continuing with its efforts                                                an Omanisation ratio of 89.27 per cent.
                                                                                                                                              for achieving sustainable and profitable                                                        The Board of Director’s report con-
                                                                                                                                              growth.                                                                                     firms that the bank is developing the
                                                                                                                                                 Bank Sohar’s third quarter results                                                       framework required for the introduction
                                                                                                                                              show remarkable all round improvement.                                                      of Islamic banking products. This new
                                                                                                                                              The bank’s net interest income has moved                                                    area of business will introduce a variety
                                                                                                                                              up from RO 22.867 million for the period                                                    of products and services and bring with it
                                                                                                                                              ended September 30, 2010 to RO 25.638                                                       new challenges.
     HH Sayyid Rawy al Said (left) with Saleh al Habsi                       HH Sayyid Rawy al Said (right) with Ali Said Ali                 million.                                       increased by 8.8 per cent this year from         A highlight of the third quarter report
                                                                                                                                                 The operating income has increased          RO 920 million on December 31, 2010          is the bank’s Corporate Social Respon-
   By A Staff Reporter              the marquee Omani institu-          phase of this development, he      will bring in their 40 years’      by 21.3 per cent from RO 26.016 mil-           to RO 1,001 million for the period ended     sibility Programme that has been work-
                                    tions as its investors.             is optimistic that this partner-   rich experience of real estate     lion in the nine months of last year to RO     September 30, 2011. The net loans and        ing to improve the quality of life in the
MUSCAT — Oman’s pre-                    On this occasion, His           ship will offer both Omani         development to this unique         31.554 million in the nine months of the       advances grew by 8.75 per cent from RO       community. The bank has been able to
mium real estate developer,         Highness Sayyid Rawy al Said        nationals and expatriates the      project. WJ Towells & Co’s         current year.                                  903 million on December 31, 2010 to          sustain support for social and educational
Muscat Golf Course Project          stated, “I would like to carry      opportunity to own exclusive       reputation in the real estate         Operating costs are up from RO              reach RO 982 million as at September 30,     programmes that provide help and assist-
(MGCP) has announced a              on the dream of my late father,     residential properties in this     market is one of offering          13.945 million to RO 17.617 million dur-       2011. Customer deposits reached to RO        ance to disadvantaged people in the com-
strategic tie-up with Oman          His Highness Sayyid Kais al         up market project.                 its discerning clients with a      ing the same period. Gross loans have          1,047 million in the third quarter of 2011   munity.
Urban Development Co                Said of developing Oman’s               This ITC (Intergrated          choice of aesthetically de-
(OUDC) to develop the Phase         premier 18-hole green golf          Tourism Complex) develop-          signed exclusive villas, town-
2 of its Muscat Golf Course         course and the exclusive resi-      ment affords homeowners a          houses and apartments.
Project.                            dential homes within the heart      rare chance to enjoy spectacu-         OUDC undertakes niche
    OUDC, a $60 million real        of Muscat. A well capitalised       lar views of the first 18 hole     projects, including the one in
estate development company          company with its strong pro-        green golf course in Oman          Al Khoudh, across asset cate-
in Oman has been promoted by        moters and depth of develop-        and while living in low densi-     gories in the real estate space.
W J Towell Group and Oman           ment expertise, OUDC is the         ty housing planned residential         Muscat Hills will also soon
Integrated Tourism Property         right partner for us to realise     community.                         commence the construction of
Fund (OITPF). OITPF is the          the potential of this project.”         Ivor Braganza, CEO of          a luxurious hotel as an inte-
largest real estate fund in             HH Sayyid Rawy al Said          Towell Property, expressed         gral part of the overall master
Oman. OITPF is managed by           also mentioned that encour-         confidence in this new project     plan of this prestigious ITC
BankMuscat and has some of          aged by the success of the first    and added W J Towell Group         Project.

UBS salvages
Q3 profit with
                                    EU waits for Italy reforms
 one-off gain                        on eve of crucial summit
ZURICH — Swiss bank                 ROME/BRUSSELS — Italy’s
UBS AG overcame a 1.8               divided government kept Eu-
billion Swiss franc ($2 bil-        rope waiting yesterday for
lion) rogue trading loss to         long delayed economic re-
post a smaller than forecast        forms that are central to efforts
fall in third quarter net profit    to confront the euro zone’s
yesterday as its core wealth        worsening debt crisis.
management business per-               Just 24 hours before Eu-
formed well.                        ropean Union leaders are
    Managing money for              due to adopt a plan to reduce
wealthy clients held up well,       Greece’s debt burden, fortify
with strong inflows to the          European banks to withstand
bank’s Americas unit, de-           bond losses, and scale up the
spite tough economic condi-         euro zone rescue fund to pre-
tions and the bad publicity         vent market contagion, all
of the trading scandal, made        eyes were on Rome.                  a statement that no one could      ly elected governments, which
public two weeks before the            Prime Minister Silvio Ber-       teach Italy lessons.               have agreed on reinforcing
quarter ended.                      lusconi’s faction-ridden cabi-          The European Commission        surveillance and on having a
    Although net profit for the     net failed to agree at an emer-     said it was not about humiliat-    higher degree of co-ordination
third quarter fell by 39 per        gency session late on Monday        ing Italy, but about ensuring      of their economic policies. It
cent to 1.018 billion francs        on raising the retirement age,      that a member state meets          makes sense.
at UBS, it beat average ana-        one of the key economic re-         its commitments on budget              It’s one of the main lessons
lyst forecasts for 276 mil-         forms demanded by Italy’s           discipline and economic co-        of the crisis.”
lion, after big one-off items       EU partners as a condition for      ordination.                            With Berlusconi’s North-
flagged earlier this month          supporting its bonds.                   “It’s not about challenging    ern League coalition partners
had a more positive impact             Berlusconi responded defi-       sovereignty, it’s not about lec-   opposed to raising the retire-
than expected. Adjusted for         antly to public pressure from       turing, it’s not about humili-     ment age to 67 from 65, there
one-off items, pre-tax profit       French President Nicolas            ating,” said the Commission        was growing talk that a gov-
was 588 million francs, beat-       Sarkozy and German Chan-            spokesman on economic is-          ernment crisis could lead to
ing most forecasts, analysts        cellor Angela Merkel at an EU       sues, Amadeu Altafaj.              an early parliamentary elec-
said. — Reuters                     meeting on Sunday, saying in            “We have 27 democratical-      tion. — Reuters

Over $27 bn investment in Oman
 construction over next 3 years
         By A Staff Reporter                   see a steady growth.                                The Big 5 exhibition, taking place at
                                                  Andy White, event director of The Big        Dubai International Convention and Exhi-
MUSCAT — Spend on building con-                5 2011, has noted an increase in interest       bition Centre from November 21-24, will
struction in Oman is expected to reach         from Oman over the past few months,             see exhibitors from 75 countries across
more than $27 billion by 2014, according       with the event kicking off in Dubai next        the world showcasing products new to the
to research from Ventures, on behalf of        month.                                          region and sustainable solutions.
The Big 5 2011.                                   He said: “As Oman’s construction                 Middle East Concrete, PMV Live and
    Mixed use, airports and hotel build-       industry picks up pace, there is an in-         FM Expo are now operating under The
ing are the three most active sectors over     creasing demand to source products and          Big 5 portfolio of events and will run
the next three years in the Sultanate, with    services that deliver efficient construction    alongside The Big 5 in 2011 and beyond.
mixed use accounting for more than 30          practices to international standards.           Developed to cater to industry demand
per cent of total budgets. Following a dif-       “For us, the event’s reputation as a         they will provide dedicated zones for
ficult Q2 of 2011, significant infrastruc-     platform to source the right solutions          buyers, which will focus on those prod-
ture projects have boosted the industry        means that its importance in the current        ucts and services most relevant to each
and the upcoming years are expected to         market place has grown.”                        industry.
                                                                                                                                    OMAN                                                                                                   WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

   BankMuscat Call Centre excels in service beyond borders

   By A Staff Reporter              of the calls are answered with-
                                    in one second.
MUSCAT — The BankMus-                   The Call Centre has record-
cat Call Centre is a beehive        ed significant growth in the
of activity with phone bank-        last one year from a 50-seat fa-
ers strapped with head phones       cility to 150-staff facility. With
answering phone calls that          the Call Centre in place, cus-
stream in 24 x 7 on all days of     tomers are no longer required
the year. The largest call centre   to visit branches to obtain
in the banking domain in the        information on products and
Sultanate of Oman can aptly         services or lodge complaints.
be termed the non-visible face      The Call Centre has achieved
of the Bank.                        100 per cent Omanisation with
    Call them any time of the       a healthy 50:50 male, female
day or night from anywhere          ratio.
in the world and you are cour-          The Phone Bankers are pro-
teously greeted by the ‘May         fessionally trained in soft skills
I help you’ response before         development and customer
answering queries on card or        relations. The in-house train-                  Amina Qader al Balushi                                Wahida Rahman al Raisi                                   Nasir Awladthani                               Abdullah Yaqoub al Zadjali
bank transactions and requests      ing equips them in efficiently
for assistance on BankMuscat        handling requests for products       count balance and transaction                                                                                                                                                     best of services and thereby
products and services. You call     and process information. They        details, credit card transac-                                                                                                                                                     affirm the leading position of
from the comfort of your home       undergo a 40-day training pro-       tions, loan details, issue of                                                                                                                                                     BankMuscat.”
or office anytime and from an-      gramme before taking the Call        cheque book, fixed deposit in-                                                                                                                                                        The performance evalu-
ywhere on 24795555 and can          Centre floor.                        terest rates, currency exchange                                                                                                                                                   ation of Call Centre staff is
be assured of prompt response           Of late, the Call Centre is      rates etc. The Call Centre can                                                                                                                                                    done on a regular basis to en-
within seconds.                     witnessing increased penetra-        also be contacted to obtain ac-                                                                                                                                                   courage and motivate them to
    On average, the Call Centre     tion of the use of IVR calls.        count statements, credit card                                                                                                                                                     set benchmark standards in
receives 6500 calls a day with      Using the robust IVR system,         statements, stop payment of                                                                                                                                                       performance. The performance
the monthly average stand-          customers can help themselves        cheque, money transfer and                                                                                                                                                        management system helps in
ing at 170,000 calls. Of these,     to obtain all the information or     loan status.                                                                                                                                                                      objectively ranking the staff.
the integrated voice response       make requests for services and           The Call Centre assistance                                                                                                                                                        The centre has adopted a
(IVR) calls constitute 10 to        products. International cus-         becomes critical, especially                                                                                                                                                      forecasting model to project
12 per cent and the remaining       tomers can report card loss and      during non-banking hours to                                                                                                                                                       call volume, sales and new
calls are answered by phone         block their cards through the        report card loss or any other                                                                                                                                                     product launches, thereby
                                                                                                              tion and services.                  high risk vendors and PoS are      He started as a Phone Banker       Call Centre team has excellent
bankers. The language options       IVR system.                          urgent matter. Customers can                                                                                                                                                      planning a floor management
                                                                                                                  The Call Centre handles         always monitored.                  and rose to be a member of         co-operation and is focused on
for the IVR facility include            The Call Centre activities       use the IVR system to block                                                                                                                                                       model to improve service
                                                                                                              Internet and telephone bill            The peak time at the Call       the Solutions Team and now a       further improving customer re-
Arabic and English.                 are divided into three areas         their cards themselves.                                                                                                                                                           levels on a continuous basis.
                                                                                                              payments, water and electric-       Centre is from 10 am to 1 pm       Team Leader. He feels proud        lations.”
    The Call Centre services        — operations department, so-             To use the IVR facility, call-                                                                                                                                                The quality evaluation models
                                                                                                              ity bill payments, education        and 5 pm to 8 pm. To maintain      of the job, which makes him            Wahida Rahman al Raisi
are provided within the fast-       lutions department and fraud         ers are required to follow the                                                                                                                                                    helps in the expansion of the
                                                                                                              fee payment, fund transfer and      information security, all calls    feel that he is the voice of the   says the exposure she has re-
est processing time. Ninety per     monitoring unit.                     instructions after contacting                                                                                                                                                     Call Centre.
                                                                                                              remittance abroad. Account re-      are recorded, both voice as        Bank. He says that continuous      ceived in dealing with custom-
cent of the calls are answered          The Call Centre can be con-      the Call Centre. The instruc-                                                                                                                                                         The Call Centre is one of
                                                                                                              lated services require the man-     well as the online screens ac-     training is required for Call      ers from diverse nationalities
within 10 seconds. Despite the      tacted for hot-listing of cards,     tions to punch the relevant                                                                                                                                                       the most happening depart-
                                                                                                              datory use of a valid telephone     cessed by phone bankers for        Centre staff to excel in their     has been a great learning ex-
high call volume, the service       assistance in account opening        number facilitate the respec-                                                                                                                                                     ments of the Bank. It launched
                                                                                                              personal identification number      banking transactions requested     service and be courteous in        perience. “They all belong to
level is one of the best as most    formalities, enquiries on ac-        tive options to obtain informa-                                                                                                                                                   a programme called 2K11 to
                                                                                                              (TPIN). The amounts involved        by the callers. The call service   all actions. “We have to con-      BankMuscat family and we
                                                                                                              in the transaction are subject to   quality is also evaluated.         tinuously train ourselves to be    seek to ensure that they receive   involve the staff members in
                                                                                                              a pre-set limit. At the moment         The feedback management         calm. The greatest challenge       prompt service and assistance      fun activities.
       24 x 7 facility handles 6500 calls a day                                                               fund transfer facility is avail-
                                                                                                              able only within one’s own ac-
                                                                                                                                                  system (FMS) is utilised to
                                                                                                                                                  record all complaints which
                                                                                                                                                                                     for a Call Centre staff is to be
                                                                                                                                                                                     prompt in solving customer re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        from us.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nasser Awladthani is proud
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The staff organises charity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           programmes, football matches,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           trekking and camping expedi-
       90pc of calls answered within seconds                                                                  count. Multiple account fund
                                                                                                              transfer is in the pipeline.
                                                                                                                                                  are promptly referred to rel-
                                                                                                                                                  evant departments or branches
                                                                                                                                                                                         Amina Qader al Balushi is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to be a Call Centre staff. “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        work environment at times can      tions. The reward and recogni-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tion programme identifies the
       Constant vigil against fraud transactions                                                                  The Call Centre staff is on
                                                                                                              a constant vigil against fraud
                                                                                                                                                  of the Bank for necessary ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                     equally comfortable with her
                                                                                                                                                                                     job for the past four years. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        be challenging, especially dur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing peak hours when custom-        top 3 Call Centre staff mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           bers every quarter who excel
       100 per cent Omanisation                                                                               as the centre is equipped with
                                                                                                              tools to detect fraudulent card
                                                                                                                                                     Abdullah Yaqoub al Zadjali
                                                                                                                                                  has been working with the Call
                                                                                                                                                                                     says the training received at
                                                                                                                                                                                     the Bank has helped her to ef-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ers are in the queue to receive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        information or assistance, but     in services that stretch beyond
                                                                                                              transactions. Transactions at       Centre for the past five years.    ficiently handle her job. “The     we are trained to deliver the      borders.
OMAN                                                        WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

                                 BUSINESS ALERT
                Ford’s pioneering ‘intelligent vehicles’
       MUSCAT — “Ford con-
       tinues to accelerate deeper
       into Intelligent Vehicle
       Research,” informs a
       source, “By creating ‘talk-
       ing' or intelligent vehicles
       that wirelessly communi-
       cate with each other, warn-
       ing of potential dangers,
       flagging impending traffic
       congestion and generally
       helps in improving safety
       and the environment.
           Ford’s vehicle communications research technology allows vehicles to talk wirelessly with
       one another using advanced Wi-Fi signals, or dedicated short-range communications, on a se-
       cured channel allocated by the Federal Communications Commission. Unlike radar-based safety
       features, which identify hazards within a direct line of sight, the Wi-Fi-based radio system allows
       full-range, 360-degree detection of potentially dangerous situations, such as when a driver’s vi-
       sion is obstructed. For example, drivers could be alerted if their vehicle is on a path to collide
       with another vehicle at an intersection, when a vehicle ahead stops or slows suddenly or when
       a traffic pattern changes on a busy highway. The systems also could warn drivers if there is a
       risk of collision when changing lanes, approaching a stationary or parked vehicle, or if another
       driver loses control.
           According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, these intel-
       ligent vehicles could potentially help in 81 per cent of all police-reported light-vehicle crashes
       involving unimpaired drivers. Ford has also built the first-ever prototype intelligent vehicles that
       are touring the US and will provide additional prototypes for the US Department of Transporta-
       tion’s world-first research clinics expected to begin this summer
           In Oman, Ford vehicles are marketed by Arabian Car Marketing Co LLC, a part of the re-
       nowned Saud Bahwan Group. They come with 6 years unlimited mileage protection, service
       and parts network that stretches across the Sultanate, over 98 per cent parts availability and Ford
       Privilege Card which provides 24 hours on-road assistance from AAA.

               Toyota ‘most trusted brand’ in Canada
       FUEL-EFFICIENT, well-built and value-priced models help
       make Toyota the No 1 selling passenger car brand in Canada.
       And that is the reason why Canadians have once again voted
       Toyota as one of their 2011 “Most Trusted Brands”, marking
       the third consecutive year that Toyota has been named Most
       Trusted Passenger Car Brand in the Reader’s Digest Trusted
       Brands awards programme.
           “We’re honoured that Canadian readers have once again
       placed their trust in Toyota and have recognised us with these
       awards,” said Stephen Beatty, Managing Director at Toyota
       Canada Inc. “We remain committed to providing Canadians
       with a vehicle that delivers the quality, safety, sustainability
       and retained value they demand and we value the endorse-
       ment that important awards like this represent.” The Reader’s Digest awards are the latest in a
       series of accolades that help explain why Toyota is the #1 selling passenger car brand in Canada.
       Offering fuel-efficient, well-built, value-priced vehicles, Toyota has been recognised as a leader
       in each of these areas. Canadians will learn more about these accolades via a new marketing
       campaign called “No 1 For A Reason”. With online, TV, radio and print components, this cam-
       paign highlights a few of the factors that help make this the best-selling passenger car brand in
       the country. Toyota is the most fuel-efficient passenger car fleet in Canada, based on the most
       recent Transport Canada Company Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) data and Toyota has sold
       more hybrid vehicles in Canada than all other manufacturers combined.
           Toyota-built models were recognised leaders in six segments in the 2011 Canadian Black
       Book Retained Value Awards — more than any other manufacturer. In addition, Toyota-built
       vehicles placed in the top three in five other segments. More than 80 per cent of Toyotas sold
       in Canada in the last 20 years are still on the road today, a strong indication of the longevity of
       Toyota vehicles. Other than the above, Toyota has bagged many awards and accolades in 2011
       few of them are as mentioned below.
           2011 AutoNerve Chinese-Canadian Consumers Car Choice Awards 2011; Insurance Institute
       for Highway Safety (IIHS) Safety Ratings — “Top Safety Pick” awards; Reader’s Digest Trusted
       Brand Awards 2011; J D Power and Associates 2011 US Vehicle Dependability Study; Consumer
       Report 2011 Auto Issue; 2011 Automakers Report Card:; Consumer Reports’ Top picks for 2011;
       Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards 2011; EcoENERGY for Vehicle Awards and
       the Most fuel-efficient midsize: for the 11th year in a row.
            Today, Toyota is Oman's most coveted brand. Toyota offers enduring quality. On the other,
       nothing comes close to it in terms of value-retention. It is no surprise; therefore, that Toyota soars
       far above the rest, with a dominant market share and ever-expanding customer base.
           The unmatched, nationwide parts and service support of Saud Bahwan Group makes Toyota's
       pride of place a reality. Toyota customers in Oman enjoy 6-year unlimited mileage protection,
       over 98 per cent parts availability and round-the-clock care, amongst many other exclusive privi-
       leges from the Group.

               NBO hosts fun-filled carnival in Nizwa
       NATIONAL Bank of
       Oman (NBO) recently
       organised its first carni-
       val at the Souq Area in
       Nizwa. The NBO Carni-
       val activities attracted a
       large number of crowds
       — the venue was packed
       with kids of all ages, ac-
       companied by family and
       friends. The exciting and
       interesting evening was
       well attended by over two
       hundred guests including
       NBO customers, NBO senior management members and staff. NBO organised a host of interest-
       ing and exciting activities which kept the crowds busy the entire evening. Furthermore, the main
       highlight of the evening was the Al Kanz September draw and the Al Kanz Eid al Adha special
       prize draw. Chief Guest Said bin Salim al Ismaili, NBO’s Sadara customer, conducted the draw,
       in the presence of the public. Names of two lucky winners were drawn for the Al Kanz draw for
       RO 40,000 each and the Al Kanz draw for five Lucky winners, for RO 5,000 each. The lucky
       NBO winners were from different branches and different regions.
           Speaking on the occasion, Abdul Qadir Ahmed, NBO’s Assistant General Manager and Head
       of Branch Sales, said: “NBO is delighted to conduct a carnival for the first time, in Nizwa. It is
       indeed rewarding to see children and families enjoying themselves. We look forward to provid-
       ing many more such opportunities for the community, in our future carnivals. Congratulations
       to our Al Kanz winners. Customers are invited to continue saving with NBO Al Kanz and avail
       the opportunity to win 2 monthly prizes of RO 40,000 each and our daily cash prizes up to the
       end of December 2011”.

          Omanoil’s ‘Shop & Fly’ promotion winners
       TWELVE lucky winners
       are revelling in excite-
       ment after the successful
       conclusion of omanoil’s
       four-month Ahlain ‘Shop
       & Fly’ travel sweepstakes
       that bestowed them with
       worldly adventures and a
       host of rewards.
          The       one-of-a-kind
       promotion was rolled out
       across 72 Ahlain conven-
       ience stores throughout the Sultanate and marks another first for the pioneering fuel and lubri-
       cants marketing company. “The promotion proved incredibly popular with a sizable increase in
       number of visitors, ingraining further in the mind of the customer the one-stop-shop experience
       and Ahlain philosophy where value for money does not follow the stereotype of products being
       of lesser quality, but of delivering the finest products and services,” said Hussain bin Jama al
       Ishaqi, omanoil Retail General Manager. “We will continue to live up to our reputation of intro-
       ducing memorable promotions that have become the highlight of our annual events calendar.”
          The jubilant winners received their prizes during a commemorative ceremony at omanoil’s
       Qurum Filling Station which was attended by senior company officials. Khalsa al Rawahy, will
       enjoy a four-night trip for two at Disneyland Paris and Saud Obeid al Hajery won the ultimate
       Safari experience with a four-night travel package, also for two to Kenya. For three nights of
       luxury and style, Hind and a guest will be whisked away to Atlantis Dubai and Ferrari World
       Abu Dhabi. The lucky three were joined by another three runners up. Alia Hussein al Wahaibi,
       Hani al Mahrooqi and Moosa were each presented with RO 50 worth of basmaCards to be used
       for purchases at ahlain convenience stores, fuel at omanoil filling stations or goods and services
       from more than sixteen basma merchants.
                                                                                           OMAN/INTERNATIONAL                  12                                                                                                          WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

  Deutsche                          BankMuscat SME workshop for                                                                                                               BP bounces                          HSBC Oman
Bank reports                                                                                                                                                                   back into                       participates in fund
fall in profits                      women evokes good response                                                                                                                  profit
FRANKFURT — Germany’s                                                                                                                     and Facilitator for Amideast/       LONDON — BP surged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 managers meet
top lender Deutsche Bank                                                                                                                  Oman’s Cisco Entrepreneur           back into profit in the first
announced yesterday a 37                                                                                                                  Institute, made a presentation,     nine months of 2011, and              By A Staff reporter
per cent drop in third quarter                                                                                                            drawing on her experiences as       has now reached a “clear
profits due to the financial                                                                                                              a business owner as well as         turning point” after last        MUSCAT — Acclaimed for
downturn but said it was con-                                                                                                             her training expertise in con-      year’s devastating Gulf of       its seasoned global experts
fident it could face the eco-                                                                                                             ducting Cisco Entrepreneur          Mexico oil disaster, it de-      in emerging markets, HSBC
nomic crisis without public                                                                                                               Institute’s courses for a varie-    clared yesterday.                Oman hosted Global Asset
capital.                                                                                                                                  ty of prospective and seasoned          The group added it will      Management Regional Head
    The euro zone debt crisis,                                                                                                            entrepreneurs in Oman.              sell another $15 billion of      for Latin America (LATAM),
market turmoil and fears of a                                                                                                                 Ahmed Kashob, CEO of            non-core assets by 2013,         Pedro Bastos, who spoke at a
global slowdown combined                                                                                                                  Global Trust Investments            expanding its divestment         special fund managers event
to create the worst financial                                                                                                             Company, Capital Market Au-         programme to $45 billion,        for the bank’s top thirty high
climate since the collapse of                                                                                                             thority Board Member & Fi-          as it seeks to recover oil       net-worth clients. Bastos pre-
Lehman Brothers in 2008,                                                                                                                  nance Management Consult-           spill-related costs and re-      sented portfolio management
bank chief Josef Ackermann                                                                                                                ant, contributed his expertise      invest in high-growth ac-        methods, underpinned by a
said in a statement. “The op-                                                                                                             in providing the tools needed       tivities.                        diverse knowledge of interna-
erational sphere in the third                                                                                                             to manage a result-oriented             Net profits struck $17.7     tional trends, in a bid to em-
quarter has not been as diffi-                                                                                                            business rather than a goal         billion in the nine months to    bolden investments in emerg-
cult since the end of 2008,” he                                                                                                           oriented business.                  September, helped by high        ing markets.                                       grade status.
said in a written statement.                                                                                                                  He highlighted the most         oil prices, BP said in a re-         “There are rich investment                         “Brazil and Mexico are
    The Frankfurt-based bank                                                                                                              important aspects to under-         sults statement. That com-       opportunities in emerging                          considered the key players and
said third-quarter profit had                                                                                                             stand in investments and fi-        pared with a loss of $9.3        markets such as Latin Amer-                        contribute an estimated 61 per
been hit by activities at the                                                                                                             nancing.                            billion in the same part of      ica that are undergoing rapid                      cent to Latin America’s GDP.
group’s investment bank.                                                                                                                      The workshop was de-            2010, when it was ravaged        economic growth and indus-                         Equities have outperformed
    At 777 million euros              By A Staff Reporter           — SME Credit and Market-           individual initiatives aimed at    signed to inspire and engage        by soaring costs linked to       trialisation, thereby playing                      emerging and developed mar-
($1.08 billion), the result                                         ing, BankMuscat, said: “The        self-employment.”                  the participating entrepre-         the spill catastrophe.           a key role in the foreseeable                      kets, mostly on the back of
was 64 per cent lower than         MUSCAT — BankMuscat              workshop evoked good re-              The workshop focused on         neurs, providing them with              Adjusted profits —           future. With a strong knowl-                       sovereign fundamentals, with
in the first quarter and 37 per    organised a workshop on ‘Fi-     sponse as it was aimed at en-      a variety of aspects relating to   relevant information to ad-         stripping out the impact of      edge base of global trends,                        robust earnings and a positive
cent lower than in the second      nancing SMEs: Challenges         couraging creativity and inno-     operational best practices in      dress the challenges facing         changes in the value of in-      we are transferring valuable                       outlook based on commodi-
quarter, highlighting the dete-    and Solutions’ in Salalah,       vation among people, thereby       managing businesses, includ-       business owners today and to        ventories — hit $15.9 bil-       information to our customers                       ties and internal consumption
riorating situation, it said.      attended by 80 women en-         contributing to national initia-   ing the development of a busi-     identify the skills and capa-       lion. That contrasted sharp-     to place an opportune world                        sectors,” he said.
    The bank said a year-on-       trepreneurs. Coinciding with     tives and economic develop-        ness plan, managing business       bilities necessary to overcome      ly with a loss of $9.5 billion   in their hands and empower                             LATAM showed its po-
year comparison made little        the Omani Women’s Day and        ment by facilitating an en-        finances, and evaluating the       them. In addition to presenta-      last time around.                them to unlock the full poten-                     tential, surviving and even
sense since the third quarter      aimed at reaching women en-      trepreneurial     environment      potential for business growth.     tions, the workshop featured            “The company has             tial of their investments,” said                   thriving during one of the
of 2010 had seen an excep-         trepreneurs in Dhofar region,    in Oman. BankMuscat is a              Sharifa al Barami, Entre-       open discussion and evalua-         steadied, turned round and       John E Stubbs, Head of Retail                      most difficult economic peri-
tional charge from the pur-        the interactive workshop was     strong supporter of the gov-       preneur Training Programmes        tion of a business case study.      now, this month, with high-      Banking and Wealth Manage-                         ods for the global economy.
chase of Postbank, which had       conducted by Amideast train-     ernment policy to encourage        Manager, Business Consultant       The workshop shed light on          margin assets returning on       ment at HSBC Oman.                                 As the world awaits the Fifa
resulted in a 1.2 billion euro     ers focusing on strategies for                                                                         the ingredients that are critical   stream, we have reached a            “At HSBC, we are grant-                        World Cup in Brazil, a coun-
net loss.                          securing business success                                                                              to SME success.                     clear turning point,” said       ing access to these fast-grow-                     try holding 9 of the 19 titles,
    Between July and Septem-       through implementing op-                                                                                   The workshop is the sec-        Chief Executive Bob Dud-         ing and dynamic markets by                         internal consumption is set to
ber, a weak performance by         erational and managerial best                                                                          ond forum organised by              ley.                             offering managed funds that                        increase, further fuelling re-
the group's investment bank        practices and overcoming                                                                               BankMuscat in association               The BP boss added that       can be used to avail invest-                       gional growth.
was partially compensated          challenges often encountered                                                                           with Amideast for SMEs in           the company had lived up to      ment opportunities in addition                         Brazil, Russia, India and
by higher results in its private   in managing business finance.                                                                          Oman. In April, a workshop          its commitments in the Gulf      to financial planning services                     China (BRIC) are setting the
banking division, asset man-       A number of Omani busi-                                                                                was conducted in Muscat enti-       and was putting “safety          that assess and best-match                         pace in emerging markets and
agement and retail banking,        nesswomen also attended the                                                                            tled ‘Successful entrepreneur-      and risk management at the       customers’ risks profile with                      are poised to lead the world.
for which the integration of       workshop.                                                                                              ship: A global perspective,’        absolute heart of our busi-      their appetite to secure their                     By 2050, it is expected that
Postbank helped. — AFP                 Ilham al Hamaid, Head                                                                              which was well-received.            ness”. — AFP                     future by building and safe-                       the BRIC countries will rep-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               guarding their wealth,” he                         resent four of the world’s five
                                                                                                                                                                                                               said.                                              largest economies. They rep-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bastos explained that Latin                    resent more than 40% of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                               America is a large and diverse                     world’s population, and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                               region that benefits from a                        2.8 billion consumers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               vast pool of natural resources                     burgeoning middle classes are
                                                                                                                                                                                                               and favourable demographic                         spurring massive economic
                                                                                                                                                                                                               conditions. Since the nine-                        growth. BRIC countries are
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ties, the region has adopted                       investing trillions of dollars
                                                                                                                                                                                                               consistent economic policies                       in infrastructure development
                                                                                                                                                                                                               with many of its countries                         and creating enormous invest-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               now promoted to investment                         ment opportunities.

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                                                                                                           ANALYSIS/OPINION  13
                                                                                                                             OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                         WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

Cultural conquest of Indian Ocean
        HE Indian Ocean contains       and the voyage of Sulaiman the          ducted it, but rather the presence of     hoods in coastal cities for the stor-     between the two maritime zones,              As the influence of the more         ties made inroads into the furthest
        within its rim the greatest    Merchant. As the shipbuilding in-       Muslim communities after the 8th          age of merchandise following its          or between the Mediterranean and         powerful Islamic countries waned,        reaches of India and China from
        diversity of race, religion    dustry advanced and knowledge of        century on the African and Asian          purchase and prior to shipment. In        the ocean.                               resistance grew among the small          trading outposts and way stations.
and living language in today’s         the ocean’s islands expanded, these     shores of the Indian Ocean and the        this way they progressed their in-            In the ocean, Muslim dominance       states and local communities and         Certainly upon to the beginning of
world as well as half of the civili-   could be sought out for refuge or       adjacent lands, including much of         teraction with Muslim authorities,        rested on the emergence of Islamic       persisted over the following two         20th century, the two third of the
sations which are existed accord-      as a temporary anchorage where          the territory along the Silk Road.        without the consequences ever             urban communities in coastal ar-         centuries, until the new era of im-      total Arabian population settled
ing to Huntington’s thesis. The        merchants could engage in the ex-       And so, historically, trade remained      leading to war, because Muslim            eas and ports, or the prevalence         perialism arrived on the two an-         along the Indian Ocean costal be-
countries that fringe its shorelines   change of goods until the storms        private and merchant fleets also re-      trade syndicates remained domi-           of peaceful or allied communities        cient continents and in the New          tween the straits of Humuz and Bab
together wield considerable, strate-   passed or the trade winds returned.     mained in private hands; civilian         nant and because the concept of           throughout the region, and this          World and resistance was forced          -Almindab.
gic weight in the global economy       Or they could await the arrival of      fleets maintained and overseen by         war fleets or warships was not yet        lasted up to the 16th century. In the    underground.                                 In this sense, that is to say with
and this influence is expected to      Indian and Chinese merchant ships       the traders themselves.                   known or familiar. Excepted were          Mediterranean, on the other hand,            On the high seas this defiance       the establishment of, in particular,
assume leading status in the 21st      to the islands for an exchange of           As such, it was the traders who       certain port-based security ves-          Muslims found they were obliged          was limited to acts of what would        a culture of exchange in the Indian
century.                               contact and goods.                      funded and invested in the develop-       sels, some of which Muslims and           to avail themselves of military          have been deemed piracy, or chal-        Ocean, we may speak of a cultural
    Geographically, the Indian             From the 10th century AD on-        ment of the shipbuilding industry         Europeans occasionally leased on          fleets to ward off hostile attacks       lenges to the merchant trading car-      imprint that prevailed in the ter-
Ocean divides the continents of        wards, the ocean was a medium           and in the advancement of marine          a temporary basis during certain          from Western Europe on the east-         tels established by the European         ritories influential among Muslim
Africa and Asia as far as Australa-    of peace, commerce and internal         knowledge, both in terms of techni-       seasons and in certain ports, es-         ern and southern Mediterranean           powers as they extended their reach      communities who inhabit the ports
sia, and although the account of a     exchange for small merchant ves-        cal innovation and the exploration        pecially during times of political        coasts.                                  across oceans and seas, in war and       or coastal areas of Asia and Africa
3rd century merchant, Al-Tawaf         sels plying the ports on both sides,    of ocean waters and islands.              upheaval and periods when secu-               There the islands were in a con-     in trade. The established pattern of     that overlook the Indian Ocean.
Hazel Al-Bahr Al-Eritri (A Tour        as well as large merchant ships             Because capital is risk averse,       rity was threatened, such as when         stant state of rebellion or in threat-   seaborne commerce, once strictly a           From this was derived, in the
of the Eritrean Sea), describes the    making the long crossing between        as we know, it followed that mer-         incidents of piracy were prevalent        ening mode, even after the capture       process of simple mutual exchange        20th century, the culture of a capi-
Indian Ocean as an African sea, we     Oman, Basra, the Sea of Oman            chants, as concerned as they were         in the northern Indian Ocean and          by the Muslims of Sicily and the         in which the state had little or no      talist market, to be replaced to-
understand that even at that time it   and the Arabian Sea and the ports       about protection on the high seas,        along the coast of Oman. It was           Iberian Peninsula (Spain).               input, was being transformed.            day by the networking culture of
was believed to be an internal body    of India and China. In this way,        were just as keen to maintain dom-        times such as these that forced               It is known that Muslims con-            European trade was a strategic       globalism. There were no Islamic
of water, albeit one that linked       the Indian Ocean had come to en-        inance over the ports through the         Imam Ghassan bin Abdullah                 tinued to collaborate with Italian       activity, one that had, since the 16th   military incursions into any of the
the coasts of Oman, Yemen and          compass, geographically, a vast         services of local authorities who         (reign 808-822) to establish a na-        merchants in order to protect sea-       century, pursued an orientation          territories bordering the Ocean. No
the Red Sea with the east coast of     continuum that depended on three        held sway by controlling commu-           val garrison to deal with piracy.         going commerce from hostilities,         in which the owners of seaborne          Muslim armies arrived to impose
Africa. As such it was an African/     principal advances: firstly, expan-     nication and co-ordination, and           Similar times were recorded dur-          but the Italians could not remain        goods aligned themselves with the        religious dogma or political control
Asian sea.                             sion in the knowledge of marine         through a ‘generation’ of support-        ing the Crusades and some periods         neutral during the Crusader wars         politics of the international capital-   in any territory between the Ara-
    A more detailed geographical       weather, of cyclones and astrono-       ive authorities, so to speak.             of political unrest in the port cities    and subsequently throughout the          ist world, especially with those of      bian Sea and India and China.
knowledge of the Indian Ocean was      my; secondly, progressive innova-           We also know, historically, that      of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and          European-Ottoman standoff. They          Dutch and British establishments,            Instead, many small colonies
established in the 8th century AD as   tions in the shipbuilding industry;     again and again crises broke out          Arabian Sea.                              leased their vessels for the transport   culminating in the foundation of         spread along the shores of the
awareness grew of the extent of its    and thirdly the success of Muslims      between Omani traders and Bui-                Even when Islamic shores on           of soldiers from Western Europe or       the Dutch and British East India
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ocean later developed into com-
reach, bounding in parallel the Silk   in prevailing over communities and      yds when they were controlling            the eastern extremities of the Indian     volunteered warship carriers in the      companies. In every case, the state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     munities that were ethnically and
Road, or long-distance overland        countries throughout the ocean and      Sohar, which in one case ignited          Ocean were visited in the 15th cen-       hope of earning trade concessions        was either a partner or a patron, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     religiously pure. There is no doubt
trade route from Far Eastern Asia      over its eastern, western and south-    a rebellion in Oman led by Rashid         tury by the Chinese war fleet under       in the wake of victory by the invad-     wielded strategic control in the ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     that this was not solely due to the
(Turkestan and China) to the east-     ern shores.                             bin Hafs to defeat the Buiyds, or         Admiral Cheng Ho, this was with           ers.                                     pansion of the European presence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     features of commercial exchange,
ern shores of the Mediterranean. It        History: Ibn Habib in his work      again between the Makarama trad-          the knowledge of the authorities              So the Europeans, from the days      throughout the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     interlocked as it was with the
was originally thought that the Silk   kitab al-Muhabar mentioned              ers and the new Mamluk authori-           and the fleet was loaded down with        of Byzantine control up to the 7th           Trade, Culture and Civilisa-
Road served for the transporting of    that the Chinese and Indian ships       ties following the occupation of          merchandise and gifts. No tension         century and the Crusader wars, then      tion: While it is true that power        spread of Islam, but to the similar
merchandise across countries that      reached Oman during 4th century         Aden. These latter were looking to        of a military nature occurred in as-      beyond to the Ottoman era, never         is not completely absent in the act      character of the inhabitants of these
did not benefit from sea or coast-     AD Arabia and their main port was       monopolise trade in certain com-          sociation with the visit and we do        permitted Muslims to establish           of exchange, it is not the dominant      areas in Africa and Asia to that of
line, or from long navigable rivers.   Diba in the Northern Oman; more-        modities or to raise unreasonably         not know, even today, what the real       dominance in the Mediterranean.          element of trade and it did not be-      Muslim traders who visited them.
Now, however, we know that this        over he adds that these ships paid      exhorbitant excise duties and tolls       objective of this visit was because       Neither did the code of peace and        come so before the eras of coloni-       The difference between the com-
land route was used for the carriage   taxation to the Julandanian kings of    on goods. It is a fact that the private   it was not repeated.                      collaboration ever come to prevail       alism and imperialism, both spear-       munities and colonies established
of soft commodities, while the sea     Oman. This is the only statement in     and peaceful nature of trade in the           Nevertheless, we do know that         in the Mediterranean Sea itself, or      headed, as we know, by Europeans.        by Muslim traders in coastal Africa
and ocean routes were reserved for     Arabic literature shows the fact of     Islamic era was not confined to the       historically the concept of war nev-      in its connected waterways or ports,     Nor was this a feature of the Indian     lies in their origin as small, rural,
the shipment of hard commodities       Arab-Indian-Chinese Maritimes           Indian Ocean but also included the        er tarnished the Indian Ocean or the      if we exclude the Italian merchants      Ocean alone; rather it was repeated      fishing and barter communities,
or substantial quantities of goods     trade pre-Islamic period. From the      Mediterranean Sea.                        maritime trade it facilitated until af-   who persevered in their efforts to       in every part of the world.              while Asian urban areas were rela-
and raw materials.                     8th century AD onwards, the ports           The situation in the Mediterra-       ter the arrival of the Portuguese in      maintain a climate of co-operation           Even Ibn Khaldun, when he            tively large.
    If it is the case that the Silk    of Sohar, Basra, Seraf and Aden         nean differed from that of the Indi-      the early years of the 16th century       and peace with the southern Medi-        wrote of power in the context of             Things are greatly changed to-
Road spread beyond local and           were known as the ‘Indian’ ports.       an Ocean, for in the latter Muslims       AD. After the successful rounding         terranean up to the beginning of the     trade, did not perceive it as an act     day, with capitalism struggling and
domestic traffic boundaries from           The Indian epithet was not an       were importers and exporters, while       of the Cape of Good Hope, fleets          18th century.                            of war but rather of artfulness, a       globalisation more or less shelved,
ancient times, as a consequence of     indicator that some Indian state had    in the Mediterranean they were ex-        of Portuguese warships appeared,              From the foregoing we can see        matter of intellectual skill where       but also because a major power has
peaceful accord and the amicable       attained control over these regions,    porters only, with the merchants of       escorting Portuguese, Spanish and         that in terms of strategic control,      the merchant’s superior hand in the      grown along the ocean seaboard,
conduct of goods trading activity,     but rather reflected the presence of    Italian cities being importers. The       Italian merchant vessels, and pro-        we have absolute dominance by            exchange relied for its success on       and because Asian religions, as
the Indian Ocean effectively broke     large colonies of sailors from In-      Italian cities merchants, who also        ceeded to confiscate non-European         Muslims in the Indian Ocean up           his knowledge of the merchandise         well as Islam, are alive and clear
through local and internal (concep-    dian territories and because of the     received delivery of Indian goods         trading vessels. They went further,       to the 16th century, and some rela-      and the marketplace. The culture of      and thriving. And so we watch
tual) boundaries from the 9th cen-     quantities of Indian merchandise        from the ports of the Levant and          constructing coastal way stations         tive prevalence of Muslims in the        exchange in the Indian Ocean pre-        with interest as the Indian Ocean
tury AD, when Muslims succeeded        available there. History also tells     Egypt, were not, indeed, in com-          protected by naval garrisons, even        Mediterranean up to the 18th cen-        served a special character, which        becomes, once again, into a signifi-
in navigating their merchant fleets    us that maritime trade conducted        munication with Islamic authorities       in ports south and east of the Ara-       tury. In the Indian Ocean, the col-      continued to prevail there even          cant arena for exchange and trade
between Basra, Sohar and Seraf         by Muslims remained in private          beyond the payment of taxes and           bian Peninsula and on the sea route       lapse of Islamic influence did not       after the emergence of Portuguese,       in the world today, with the princi-
in the Arabian Gulf to the coasts      hands, continuing to attract the in-    tolls. All other matters were dealt       to the Strait of Malacca and India.       occur all at once, with the defeats      Dutch, French and British competi-       pal commodity of exchange being
of India and the China Sea via the     vestment of leading merchants and       with on their behalf by Muslim                Strategy represents a third land-     suffered by the Mamluks and Ot-          tion.                                    the trade off between its diverse
Strait of Malacca.                     encountering no state intervention      traders, including issues related to      mark. From the 8th century AD,            tomans in their confrontations with          It was a culture established in      cultural milieux, as well as the ex-
    The ocean continued to in-         beyond the collection of taxes and      security and disputes, which were         the Indian Ocean, like the Mediter-       the Portuguese, and this was due to      the Indian Ocean region by Omanis        pansion of a simple human vision
stil fear because of its ferocious     tolls in major ports.                   conducted by proxy all the way to         ranean Sea and surrounding local          the presence of Islamic communi-         and other traders and seamen of the      of the 3rd century Sea of Eritrea
storms and cyclones, as recounted          Again, it was not the state that    arbitration.                              seas, became a zone of strategic          ties and territories on the eastern,     southern Arabian Peninsula. Islam        into the global ocean of peace and
in the stories of Sinbad, in Aja’ ib   ensured the protection of sea com-          The Italians subsequently es-         importance for the Islamic world.         western and southern, shores of the      itself rode the cresting wave of sea     cultural exchange that is the Indian
Al-Hind (The Wonders of India),        merce and the merchants who con-        tablished agencies and neighbour-         However, there were differences           ocean.                                   commerce, and Muslim communi-            Ocean today.

Cameron under pressure: split with Europe The rising use of water
By Anna Tomforde                                                                                                                                                                   By Deborah Zabarenko                 there's not a lot of fresh water   stress — which occurs when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to deal with in the world."        demand for water exceeds

                                                                                                                                                                                          IKE oil in the 20th cen-          Over a billion people lack     supply or when poor quality

         IFTS only go so far. In Brus-
         sels on Sunday, British Prime                                                                                                                                                    tury, water could well        access to clean drinking water,    restricts use — has already
         Minister David Cameron gave                                                                                                                                                      be the essential com-         and over 2 billion live without    hit water-intensive companies
French President Nicolas Sarkozy a                                                                                                                                                 modity on which the 21st cen-        adequate sanitation, leading to    and supply chains in Russia,
pink blanket for Sarkozy’s newborn                                                                                                                                                 tury will turn. Human beings         the deaths of 5 million people,    China and across the southern
girl.                                                                                                                                                                              have depended on access to           mostly children, each year         United States.
    But the pleasant present did little                                                                                                                                            water since the earliest days        from preventable waterborne            At the same time, extreme
to quell Sarkozy’s anger at Cameron’s                                                                                                                                              of civilization, but with 7 bil-     disease, Renner said.              floods have had severe eco-
meddling in the euro zone crisis.                                                                                                                                                  lion people on the planet as             Only 8 per cent of the plan-   nomic impacts in Australia,
    Sarkozy reportedly told Cameron:                                                                                                                                               of October 31, exponentially         et's fresh water supply goes to    Pakistan and the US Midwest,
“You have lost a good opportunity to                                                                                                                                               expanding urbanization and           domestic use and about 70          according to Ceres, a coali-
                                                                                                                                                                                   development are driving de-          per cent is used for irrigation    tion of large investors and
shut up. We are sick of you criticis-
                                                                                                                                                                                   mand like never before.              and 22 per cent in industry,       environmental groups that
ing us and telling us what to do. You
                                                                                                                                                                                       Water use has been grow-         Jenkinson said.                    targeted water risk as an issue
say you hate the euro and now you
                                                                                                                                                                                   ing at more than twice the               Droughts and insufficient      that 21st century businesses
want to interfere with our meetings,”
                                                                                                                                                                                   rate of population increase in       rainfall contribute to what's      will need to address.
the Guardian newspaper reported on
                                                                                                                                                                                   the last century, said Kirsty        known as water risk, along             "The centrality of fresh wa-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Jenkinson of the World Re-           with floods and contamina-         ter to our needs for food, for
    Sarkozy’s undiplomatic outburst
                                                                                                                                                                                   sources Institute, a Washing-        tion. Hot spots of water risk,     fuel, for fibre is taking centre
may, to an extent, have been a result
                                                                                                                                                                                   ton think tank.                      as reported in the World Re-       stage in what has become a
of the anxiety generated by the pro-                                                                                                                                                   Water use is predicted to
tracted crisis in the euro zone and the                                                                                                                                                                                 sources Institute's Aqueduct       crowded,       environmentally
                                                                                                                                                                                   increase by 50 per cent be-          online atlas at http://insights.   stressed world," said Ceres
inability — as perceived in London                                                                                                                                                 tween 2007 and 2025 in de-
— of its members to opt for “a bold                                                                                                                                                                           ,      in-   President Mindy Lubber.
                                                                                                                                                                                   veloping countries and 18 per        clude:                                 A Ceres database lets insti-
solution.” But, in French eyes, Cam-                                                                                                                                               cent in developed ones, with
eron’s repeated warnings that the cri-                                                                                                                                                                                      Australia's Murray-Darling     tutional investors know which
                                                                                                                                                                                   much of the increased use in         basin; the Colorado River ba-      companies are tackling water
sis was having a “chilling effect” on                                                                                                                                              the poorest countries with
the global economy, and was hurting                                                                                                                                                                                     sin in the US Southwest; the       risk. Nestle and Rio Tinto
                                                                                                                                                                                   more and more people mov-            Orange-Senqu basin, cover-         were seen as leading the way.
Britain’s economic recovery, was one                                                                                                                                               ing from rural areas to cities,      ing parts of South Africa, Bot-        Water risk is already af-
soundbite too many.                                                                                                                                                                Jenkinson said in a telephone        swana and Namibia and all of       fecting business at apparel
    Though Berlin has quietly grum-                                                                                                                                                interview.                           Lesotho; and the Yangtze and       maker The Gap, which cut its
bled about Britain’s “lecturing” on                                                                                                                                                    Factor in the expected           Yellow river basins in China.      profit forecast by 22 per cent
what should be done to solve the debt                                                                                                                                              impacts of climate change
                                           BRITAIN’S Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond (R) speak with a soldier from                                                                        What is required, Jenkin-      after drought cut into the cot-
crisis, Sarkozy lambasted the British                                                                                                                                              this century — more severe
                                            the Scots Guards during a visit to the Lockheed Martin armament plant in Bedfordshire yesterday. — Reuters                                                                  son said, is integrated water      ton crop in Texas.
leader in a meeting on Sunday.                                                                                                                                                     floods, droughts and shifts          resource management that               In East Africa, for exam-
    Britain says the euro zone crisis      day.                                        terms.                                      as a “liberal Conservative,” has man-           from past precipitation pat-         takes into account who needs       ple, a changing climate could
hampers British economic growth.               “Cameron is right to speak out,”           “The debate in Britain over its fu-      aged to keep a lid on the potentially           terns — that are likely to hit       what kind of water, as well as     bring changes in temperature
Both European and British commen-          added Tilford, in light of the “far-        ture in Europe is quite worrying,” said     explosive “European issue.” The topic           the poorest people first and         where and how to use it most       and precipitation that would
tators challenge this assertion.           reaching risks and ramifications” that      Tilford.                                    is explosive not only within his own            worst "and we have a signifi-        efficiently.                       shorten the growing season
    “Convenient though it may be to        the crisis could inflict on the euro-          While Cameron can defeat euro-           party, but also in the context of the           cant challenge on our hands,"            "Water is going to quickly     and cut yields of staple crops
point the finger at the Europeans, Brit-   zone.                                       sceptics’ rebellion in Monday’s vote,       Conservative-Liberal coalition he               Jenkinson said.                      become a limiting factor in        like maize and beans, hit-
ain’s problems are essentially home-           Tilford predicted the British prime     the ongoing crisis in the euro zone         leads.                                              Will there be enough wa-         our lifetimes," said Ralph         ting small farmers and herd-
grown,” the Guardian newspaper said        minister would not heed advice “to          provided critics with ample ammuni-             “On the European question, Cam-             ter for everyone, especially if      Eberts, executive vice presi-      ers hardest, according to an
on Monday.                                 shut up.” But there’s a price to not but-   tion to continue to argue for a “semi-      eron has so far done a fairly good job,”        population continues to rise,        dent of Black & Veatch, a $2.3     Oxfam report.
    Growth in Britain ceased long be-      toning it, Tilford said.                    detached” relationship with Europe.         said Tilford. But now that old wounds           as predicted, to 9 billion by        billion engineering business           A scientific analysis of 30
fore the euro zone crisis deepened, the        Sarkozy’s remarks, for one, have           “The longer the crisis goes on, the      had been reopened Cameron could, in             mid-century? "There's a lot of       that designs water systems         countries called the Challenge
Guardian and other media said. Yet         made Cameron’s life much more diffi-        easier it will be for eurosceptics to       the longer term, have to throw some             water on Earth, so we prob-          and operates in more than 100      Programme on Water and
some analysts believe that Cameron         cult at home, where the British leader      build momentum behind a referendum          concessions to his right wing.                  ably won't run out," said Rob        countries.                         Food offered hope. It found
was justified in voicing concern.          is currently facing a backlash against      call,” said Tilford.                            Even though Cameron would sur-              Renner, executive director of            He said he sees a "repri-      that major river basins in Af-
    “Sarkozy’s tone shows how deep-        his Europe policy.                             For Cameron, the coincidence of          vive on Monday’s vote, the issue was            the Colorado-based Water Re-         oritization" of resources to       rica, Asia and Latin America
ly rattled the French are about being          On Monday, for example, Cam-            his rebuke over “meddling” in Europe,       unlikely to go away.                            search Foundation.                   address the water challenges       could double food produc-
drawn in to the struggling camp as         eron faced the first major challenge to     and the parliamentary vote forced by            “The government cannot be con-                  "The problem is that 97.5        posed by changing climate          tion in the next few decades
they are forced to accept the German       his leadership in a parliamentary vote      backbenchers, means that he is now          fident that it will win such a referen-         per cent of it is salty and ... of   and growing urbanization.          if those upstream work with
strategy for solving the crisis,” Simon    aiming at determining whether or not        fighting on two fronts.                     dum,” Tilford predicted, especially if          the 2.5 per cent that's fresh,       Eberts' company is not alone.      those downstream to efficient-
Tilford of the London-based Centre         Britain should hold a referendum on            Since he came to power 18 months         it took place against the backdrop of a         two-thirds of that is frozen. So     Water scarcity and water           ly use the water they have.
for European Reform said on Mon-           its EU membership, or renegotiate its       ago, Cameron, who describes himself         crisis in the euro zone.
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                                                                                                                          OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                       WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

Pastel-shaded return                                                                                       President, PM greet
                                                                                                            nation on Diwali
 of traditional diyas                                                                                     NEW DELHI — President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President
                                                                                                          Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have
                                                                                                          greeted the nation on Diwali, wishing everyone joy and hap-
AGRA — It is not always                                                                                   piness.
about the bright flames that                                                                                  In her statement, Patil said: “On the festive occasion of
diyas appear to offer out                                                                                 Diwali, I express my greetings and best wishes to all my fel-
of cupped palms of baked                                                                                  low citizens.”
clay. Sometimes, especially                                                                                   “May the festival of lights dispel darkness and gloom and
these days here, the diyas
                                                                                                          bring joy, happiness and prosperity to the people of our coun-
themselves attract instant
                                                                                                          try,” she said.
    Designer diyas — beau-                                                                                    The country will celebrate Diwali today.
tifully crafted by skilled ar-                                                                                Ansari also greeted the people and offered his good wish-
tisans with special clay in                                                                               es.
pastel shades — have become                                                                                   The “festival of lights, signifies the victory of good over
quite an attraction this Diwali                                                                           evil and strengthens our resolve to follow true ethical values
and retain their decorative                                                                               in our lives.
value well after the flames                                                                                   “May the noble ideals of the festival usher in peace, pros-
have flickered down to wisps                                                                              perity and happiness in our lives,” he added.
of smoke.                                                                                                     The prime minister said the Diwali is a harbinger of peace,
    Rakhi, a young home-                                                                                  joy, and prosperity.
maker, who took to designing                                                                                  “It celebrates the victory of good over evil, and the spread-
special diyas a year-and-a-                                                                               ing of the light of learning,” Manmohan Singh added.
half ago, is excited by the re-                                                                               “It is a national festival in which all communities rejoice
sponse. “Most of my Diwali                                                                                in amity and friendship and celebrate the solidarity of the na-
diyas are being sold through                                                                              tion,” he added.
a retail outlet in Greater Kai-                                                                               May this festival “bring peace and prosperity to all the
lash in New Delhi.”                                                                                       people of our nation and to the world at large”, the prime min-
    The traditional diyas are                                                                             ister added.
used once and thrown away-
not these. The multi-coloured
lamps are not only costly, but
at two to four feet in height,
                                                                                                             8 die as fireworks
cannot be disposed of so eas-      becoming      eco-conscious.”      sle; it is messy and with oil
ily and end up as showpieces.
    The rate is the same as last
                                   Ram Lal, a potter of Nunihai,
                                   says “This year the demand
                                                                      becoming costlier, candles are
                                                                      good enough for our family.
                                                                                                            unit explodes in UP
year, according to Padmini, a      for his diyas seems to have        The Chinese rice lamps, ladi,
                                                                                                          LUCKNOW — At least eight people were killed yester-
home-maker who bought 500          picked up.”                        is cheaper and attractive.”
                                                                                                          day when a fireworks manufacturing unit exploded in Uttar
of them from the Belanganj            Regrettably, his children           Shruti Mittal, another
                                   are no longer interested in the    home-maker turned entrepre-         Pradesh’s Maharajganj district, police said.
market on Sunday evening.
They are usually on sale at        diya making profession.            neur, has through her online           The explosion in Rampura village “was so intense that a
various handicraft fairs, exhi-       “Raw materials have gone        outlet popularised sale of Sky      major portion of the unit collapsed”, Deputy Superintendent
bitions or galleries.              scarce and working costs up,       Lanterns.                           of Police N B Patel said in Maharajganj, 300 km from here
    “The candles had virtu-        amid constrution all around,           “These sky lanterns, more       yesterday.
ally ousted the diya from the      but we are still selling at last   popular in China but now               “While some people died of burns, others died after being
market, but this year we find      year’s rate: Rs 25 for 100.        finding market in India, are        buried under the debris,” he said. The dead and injured in-
people going back to the mitti     People are also using plastic      graceful, safer, attractive and     clude workers and customers.
ka diyas, lit with mustard oil,”   diyas. Chinese stuff is also       affordable,” Shruti said. “It          Seven people who were injured were warded in hospitals
Mumbai girl Rakhi now mar-         giving us some competition.”       is believed as the sky lantern      in Maharajganj and Gorakhpur districts.
ried and settled in Agra said.        Home-maker Lalita says:         floats, it takes with it all your      Police believe explosion took place after some firecrackers
    “Perhaps       they      are   “Diyas are too much of a has-      blues and worries.” — IANS          caught fire following an electric short-circuit. — IANS

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                                                                                                                    OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

 NEWS IN BRIEF                                                                                                                                                         Realty industry slams
27 die in Himachal
Pradesh bus accident
AT least 27 people were killed when a
bus fell into a 1,000 foot deep gorge in
                                                                                                                                                                       RBI’s repo rate hike
                                                                                                                                                                      MUMBAI — Top players                has been a 20-25 per cent de-       of land and even registration
Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur district,
officials said yesterday. The accident                                                                                                                                from the realty sector have         cline in registration in Mum-       policy for which CREDAI has
happened on Monday near Danoh, 150                                                                                                                                    reacted sharply to the fresh        bai alone,” Varma said.             been campaigning.
km from here. As many as 25 people                                                                                                                                    hike in repo rates announced            Varma added that the rise           Hoping that the rate hike
were injured.                                                                                                                                                         by the Reserve Bank of India        in interest rates increases the     cycle has peaked, Hemant Ka-
    A bus carrying passengers from                                                                                                                                    yesterday.                          cost of capital for the devel-      noria Chairman and Manag-
Bilaspur to Bandla had broken down.                                                                                                                                       The Maharashtra Cham-           oper and for the buyer, mak-        ing Director, Srei Infrastruc-
Another bus that was coming on the                                                                                                                                    ber of Housing Industry feels       ing it a double burden on the       ture Finance Limited, said the
same route stopped to pick up the                                                                                                                                     it will “cripple the real estate    end user as the developer also      industry is truly concerned
passengers of the bus.                                                                                                                                                industry” which serves as the       has to pass on the cost to the      about the policy rate hikes and
    “Because of the darkness, the bus                                                                                                                                 backbone of the economy by          end user.                           their adverse impact on the in-
driver couldn’t see the edge of the road.                                                                                                                             contributing to the survival of         “When transactions slow         vestment sentiments.
While the passengers were getting on to                                                                                                                               hundreds of other industries,       down and the cost of capital            Kanoria said India needs
the bus it rolled down the hill and fell                                                                                                                              said its president Paras Gun-       increases the developers also       huge investments in infra-
into a 1,000-foot deep gorge,” Deputy                                                                                                                                 decha.                              have no choice but to defer         structure and half of that is
Commissioner Ritesh Chauhan said.                                                                                                                                         “It is capital-intensive and    plans to launch new projects.       expected to come from the
    Superintendent of Police Santosh                                                                                                                                  an employment generator. But        As real-estate projects have a      private sector and it is difficult
Patial said most of the victims died                                                                                                                                  unfortunately the latest RBI        two to three years construc-        to mobilise resources from
on the spot. The rescue operation was                                                                                                                                 hike in repo rate will impact       tion cycle, the impact of such      domestic sources in such a
still on, he added. The government has                                                                                                                                negatively. As it is, the de-       policies have not just a short      scenario.
ordered an inquiry.                                                                                                                                                   mand in the sector is not en-       term but a long term impact on          “We expect this to be the
                                                                                                                                                                      couraging due to high cost of       the overall market scenario,”       final rate hike in this cycle.
UK bans nearly 1,900                                                                                                                                                  home loans. The genuine cus-        he explained.                       Keeping in mind how stressed
                                                                                                                                                                      tomer who is already burdened           The Confederation of Real       industry is, we sincerely hope
banks for student visa                                                                                                                                                with high rates of interest will    Estate Developers Associa-          that this is not the final straw
BRITAIN yesterday published a list of                                                                                                                                 be further discouraged,” Gun-       tions of India president Lalit      that broke the camel’s back,?
nearly 1,900 banks in India — most of                                                                                                                                 decha added.                        Kumar Jain termed the repo          Kanoria said.
them co-operative — whose financial                                                                                                                                       Echoing similar senti-          rate hike as “a dampener of the         Analysts, who widely ex-
statements will not be accepted for                                                                                                                                   ments, Babulal Varma, man-          Diwali festive spirit” and the      pected the latest hike, said the
student visa purposes, a move that is set                                                                                                                             aging director, Omkar Real-         frequent hikes would prove to       increase could mark the peak
to affect thousands of Indian students                                                                                                                                tors & Developers Pvt Ltd,          be counter-productive in infla-     of India’s rate cycle.
wanting to study there.                                                                                                                                               said that rising inflation, the     tion control measures.                  “We appear to be at the end
    The new list has just 85 banks                                                                                                                                    rise in interest rates and the          “The rates of interest are      of the tightening cycle,” said
operating in India whose statements will                                                                                                                              global economy slowdown             bound to zoom and this will         Shubhada Rao, chief econo-
be accepted for purposes of student visas.                                                                                                                            has already taken a toll on the     further weaken the sluggish         mist at private Yes Bank.
    As part of the application for student                                                                                                                            real-estate sector.                 demand in real estate sector,”          Economic indicators show
visas — Tier 4 under the points-based                                                                                                                                     “Any further rise in inter-     Jain pointed out.                   that India’s breakneck pace of
system — applicants have to show                                                                                                                                      est rate will further cripple the       He sought immediate steps       growth is slowing as borrow-
evidence of possessing the necessary                                                                                                                                  sector. As per urbanisation re-     for initiating reforms in real      ing costs rise, with the coun-
funds to pursue a course of study and live                                                                                                                            port, there is a major shortage     estate like transparency, quick     try’s industrial output rising
in the UK for the duration of the course.                                                                                                                             of apartments which are re-         clearances, single window sys-      just 3.3 per cent year-on-year
                                                            RESERVE Bank of India Governor Duvvuri Subbarao (L) during his meeting                                    quired in urban areas in India.     tem for clearing building per-      in July — the slowest in near-
                                                                with bankers at RBI headquarters in Mumbai yesterday. — AFP                                           Still one can notice that there     missions and rationalisation        ly two years. — IANS
US H-1B visas to Indians
increase by 24 pc
THE United States has increased H-1B
visas to Indians by 24 per cent between
2010 and 2011. The US government
                                             Ulfa-government set for ‘Disproportionate’ travel
yesterday said that it had increased H-1B
visas from 54,111 issued in 2010 to
67,195 in 2011.
    In September this year, India had        another round of talks      advisories flayed
brought America’s attention to the                                                                                                                                    NEW DELHI — India yes-              based on reports in the Indian      festival season.
estimates by Indian industry that the        GUWAHATI — A cru-             their natural resources,       tea and oil-rich region of    maintains Paresh Baruah       terday objected to advisories       media.                                  Minister of State for Tour-
uptake of H-1B visa this year had been       cial round of peace talks     revenue generation, par-       Asom, has fought for an       is not opposed to the peace   issued by the US and other              Mathai said that Tourism        ism Sultan Ahmed yesterday
less than half of the annual prescribed      between the outlawed          ticipation in the planning     independent homeland for      talks.                        countries that warned of            Minister Subodh Kant Sahay          said it was a routine advisory
limit, and the rejection rates had gone      United Liberation Front       process, ensuring a secure     the ethnic Asomese since          “We have not got any      heightened possibility of ter-      spoke to him about the travel       and would not impact the ar-
up. India had sought an early resolution     of Asom (Ulfa) and the        demographic       situation,   1979.                         direct      communication     ror attacks during the Diwali       advisories and expressed his        rival of foreign tourists to In-
to the problems being faced by the IT        central government began      besides accelerated and            At least 10,000 peo-      from Paresh Baruah re-        festival season, saying they        objections to them. The tour-       dia.
industry over H-1B visas in the US.          in New Delhi yesterday        balanced development.          ple, mostly civilians, have   jecting the peace process     were ‘disproportionate.’            ism minister informed him               “My department has taken
                                             with both sides expected          However, the Ulfa’s        died in Asom because of       and so we still believe he        “We have conveyed to            that there has been an increase     up the matter. These adviso-
Badal terms wheat                            to discuss the charter of     primary objective of a         fighting between govern-      is not averse to the talks    them that the language of these     in the number of tourists to        ries do not affect the flow of
MSP hike pathetic                            demands presented by the      ‘sovereign independent         ment forces and various       and would support us,”        advisories is disproportionate.     Jammu and Kashmir, he said.         foreign tourists to India be-
                                             rebels.                       Asom’ does not figure in       rebel groups during the       Rajkhowa said.                We will continue to impress             In an advisory last week,       cause they are issued every
PUNJAB Chief Minister Parkash Singh             “The talks would focus     the charter of demands.        past three decades.               Apart from Rajhkowa,      upon them that the language         the US Embassy in New Delhi         six to 10 months. You can call
Badal yesterday termed as “pathetic”         on our charter of demands         The charter of demands         The much-hyped talks,     the other Ulfa leaders        should be proportionate and         warned “of the continued            them routine,” Ahmed said.
the enhanced minimum support price           already submitted to the      apart, key issues like         however, hit a major road-    taking part in the talks      moderate,” Foreign Secretary        possibility of terrorist attacks        “Issuing of advisory from
(MSP) of Rs 1,285 per quintal for wheat      home ministry and we          ceasefire ground rules,        block with the elusive        include       vice-chairman   Ranjan Mathai told reporters        throughout India”. It urged         different countries is not new.
announced by the central government.         expect a positive response    surrender of weapons and       Ulfa commander-in-chief       Pradeep Gogoi, deputy         when asked about his reaction       “citizens to pay particular at-     In the past also they did this
    Calling it a “shocker of a Diwali gift   from the government,”         cadres being confined to       Paresh Baruah rejecting       commander-in-chief            to the travel advisories.           tention to their personal secu-     only to defame our country,”
to the beleaguered peasantry”, Badal said    Ulfa chairman Arabinda        designated camps are also      the initiative.               Raju Baruah, self-styled          Five countries — the US,        rity during the Indian holiday      Ahmed told a TV channel.
that the decision would not only deal a      Rajkhowa said.                expected to figure in the          Baruah, said to be hid-   foreign secretary Sasha       Britain, Canada, Australia and      season”.                                “This is a matter affecting
crushing blow to the farm sector but also       The talks between the      talks.                         ing in the Myanmar-China      Choudhury, finance sec-       New Zealand — have issued               “In the past, terrorists have   ministry of external affairs
seriously endanger the country’s food        six-member Ulfa delega-           Ulfa and the central       border area, in an e-mail     retary Chitraban Hazarika     advisories against travel to In-    targeted markets, public trans-     and home ministry also,” he
security.                                    tion headed by Rajkhowa       government entered into a      statement, said:              and also publicity chief      dia during the festive season.      portation such as trains and        said, adding that the matter
    Badal on Monday said that the            and senior home ministry      ceasefire earlier this year        “We cannot support        Mithinga Daimary.                 Mathai said that these          public buses, religious sites,      would be taken up with the
central government should raise the          officials are to begin at 3   after both the central and     the peace talks as the Ulfa       Political     ideologue   countries are obliged under         hotels, and restaurants,” it        ministries.
MSP of wheat to a minimum of Rs              pm.                           New Delhi facilitated the      leadership led by Ra-         Bhimkanta Buragohain,         their legal systems to issue        said.                                   An estimate said hotels
1,800 per quintal. Seeking a review of          The Ulfa charter of de-    release on bail of the top     jkhowa is under the influ-    80, and cultural secretary    such advisories warning their           In the past as well, these      feared cancellations of around
the central government’s decision on         mands includes constitu-      rebel leadership.              ence of our enemy (gov-       Pranati Deka are not tak-     citizens of the possibility of      countries have issued travel        10 to 15 per cent of bookings
                                             tional amendments to give         Ulfa, one of the big-      ernment).”                    ing part in the talks on      threats to their security. He       advisories citing the height-       if these advisories were not
the MSP, marking a hike of Rs 165 over
                                             Asom greater control over     gest rebel outfits in the          But the Ulfa chairman     health grounds. — IANS        added that the advisories were      ened terror threat during the       withdrawn. — IANS
the previous price, Badal said that the
price should be based on “the prevailing
market ground realities”.
    “The decision shows how insensitive
policy makers at the centre are to the
                                             Dengue kills three Sushma meets arrested
agony of the farmers who are already
reeling under the impact of back-             more in Andhra BJP colleagues in Tihar
breaking hikes in the prices of farm         HYDERABAD — Dengue has claimed three
inputs,” Badal said.                         lives in two districts of Andhra Pradesh yes-       NEW DELHI — Senior BJP             did, we are proud of it’. Un-
                                             terday, spreading panic, even as the govern-        leader Sushma Swaraj yester-       less the real culprits are pun-
Search for MiG-29                            ment claimed that the situation was under           day met two BJP colleagues         ished and the innocent are
wreckage continues                           control.                                            who are lodged in Tihar jail in    released, our struggle will
                                                 Two people died in Warangal and one per-        connection with the cash-for-      continue,” Sushma added.
INTENSIVE combing operations                 son died in Adilabad. According to unofficial       vote scandal.                          BJP has been upset as
continued yesterday in Himachal              reports, as many as 60 people have died of the          Swaraj, who is Leader of       former Samajwadi Party MP
Pradesh’s Lahaul Valley to locate the        vector-borne disease in the state since July.       Opposition in the Lok Sabha,       Amar Singh, who was ac-
wreckage of an Indian Air Force (IAF)            However, the government has put the toll        along with party general sec-      cused in the same case, got
MiG-29 combat jet that crashed a week        at a mere three.                                    retary Ravi Shankar Prasad         bail on Monday while the BJP
ago. The pilot’s fate is still not known.        Health Minister D L Ravindra Reddy told         met two former BJP MPs Fag-        members remain in jail.
   “Both ground and aerial recces            reporters that only three deaths were con-          gan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir             Prasad said that people
were conducted by the IAF and the            firmed. He said 41 positive cases were report-      Bhagora as well as Sudheen-        were angry over the jailing of
Indian Army as the sky remained clear        ed in Warangal and 35 in Adilabad.                  dra Kulkarni, media adviser        the BJP men.
throughout the day,” Lahaul and Spiti            The minister said all steps were being          to Atal Bihari Vajpayee when           “Those who gave the bribe
district’s Deputy Commissioner of Police     taken to control dengue. The government was         he was the prime minister.         have been granted bail. Those
Rajeev Shankar said.                         deputing a joint director in the health depart-         Talking to reporters later,    for whose benefit the bribe
   A statement issued by Chief Minister                                                          Sushma said they met the BJP       was given, their role is not                    KASHMIRI women cry after police detained a Kashmiri man for
                                             ment to each district to monitor the efforts be-
P K Dhumal directed the district                                                                 party leaders to wish them on      being investigated. And those                    questioning after a grenade blast in Srinagar yesterday. — AFP
                                             ing made to control the disease.
administration to intensify the search                                                           the occasion of Diwali and         who exposed the most shame-
                                                 The situation appears to be alarming in
for the plane’s pilot, Squadron Leader
B S Tomar. Tomar’s family has already
                                             Warangal and Adilabad districts in Telangana
                                             region, if one goes by the reports of a large
                                                                                                 show their support for them
                                                                                                 by calling them ‘innocent’.
                                                                                                     “Tomorrow is Deepawali,
                                                                                                                                    ful, sordid episode in the his-
                                                                                                                                    tory of India, unfortunately
                                                                                                                                    spend their Diwali in jail,”
                                                                                                                                                                       Constable hurt in Kashmir attack
reached Lahaul Valley from Indore            number of patients approaching hospitals
in Madhya Pradesh. The family has                                                                which is the biggest festival.     Prasad said.                      SRINAGAR — A police con-            ployed in disturbed areas to        the Valley by the separatists
                                             with dengue symptoms like high fever, severe        Three of our innocent friends          “The nation is watching       stable was injured in a separa-     curb terrorism, from certain        yesterday.
announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to           headache, muscle and joint pain.
anyone who provides conclusive clues.                                                            are celebrating this festival in   all this. With deep sense of      tist hit-and-run attack in south    areas of the state.                     Earlier, three CRPF troop-
                                                 Many patients from Adilabad were cross-         jail... They did no crime ex-      disgust and dismay. People        Kashmir’s Anantnag town                 A police officer said that      ers were injured in two sepa-
                                             ing over to neighbouring Maharashtra for            cept revealing other people’s      of this country are very, very    yesterday, police said. Three       separatist guerrillas fired at      ratist grenade attacks near city
Three troopers injured                       treatment as the state-run Rajiv Gandhi Insti-      crime,” Sushma said after          angry against twin menace of      paramilitary Central Reserve        a constable near the Sumo           centre Lal Chowk in Srinagar.
in Kashmir blast                             tute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in the town         meeting them.                      corruption and black money,”      Police Force (CRPF) troop-          taxi stand in Anantnag in the           A police officer said sepa-
                                             lacks basic facilities.                                 “Those who committed           he said.                          ers were injured in two gre-        evening.                            ratist guerrillas tossed a hand
THREE paramilitary Central Reserve               Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member          the crime are in government            On July 22, 2008, the         nade attacks here by separatist         The injured constable was       grenade which fell and ex-
Police Force (CRPF) troopers were            V Hanumantha Rao, who visited Adilabad,             and those who revealed the         three BJP MPs waved wads          guerrillas earlier in the day.      shifted to Srinagar for treat-      ploded inside the CRPF camp
injured in Jammu and Kashmir as a            voiced concern over the situation.                  crime are in jail,” she said.      of currency notes in the Lok          Yesterday’s attacks have        ment. The area around the in-       in busy Budshah Chowk area,
grenade exploded near Srinagar city              Districts like Khammam and Karimnagar               Sushma said the BJP will       Sabha ahead of a trust vote,      come ahead of the likely an-        cident site was cordoned off to     resulting in injuries to three
centre Lal Chowk yesterday, police said.     too have reported many dengue cases.                continue its ‘struggle’ unless     alleging they were given the      nouncement by the state gov-        carry out searches, he said.        jawans.
    Another grenade was lobbed at a              Health officials, however, are blaming pri-     the real culprits are punished.    money to vote in favour of the    ernment revoking the contro-            No separatist guerrilla out-        Another grenade lobbed
CRPF bunker in Batmaloo area of the
                                             vate hospitals for creating a scare. According          “One thing that is satisfac-   Manmohan Singh govern-            versial Armed Forces (Special       fit has so far owned responsi-      at a police picket in Batma-
city, about a km away from Lal
                                             to them, medical practitioners are wrongly          tory is that their own spirit is   ment. Another BJP MP,             Powers) Act (AFSPA), a strin-       bility for the acts, police said.   loo area of the city exploded
Chowk. No one was injured,
                                             diagnosing the condition without conducting         very high. They say ‘don’t         Ashok Argal, has not been         gent law that gives sweeping            The south Kashmir hit-and-      without causing any damage,
police said. — Agencies
                                             the ELISA test. — IANS                              worry about us but what we         arrested yet. — IANS              powers to security forces de-       run attack is the third attack in   police said. — IANS
                                                                                                                              17   INDIA
                                                                                                                              OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                          WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

Railways offers special train                                                                                                                                                                                                        NEWS IN BRIEF
 for Bhutan royal couple                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kejriwal warns govt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of bigger agitation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TEAM Anna member Arvind Kejriwal
NEW DELHI — The rail-               the railways have provided a        have both lived in India dur-                                                                                                                               yesterday warned the government of
ways have extended the famed        small train with a saloon — a       ing their student days.                                                                                                                                     a much bigger agitation if it “kept
Indian hospitality to Bhutan’s      luxury coach with a bedroom,            Bhutan has no train net-                                                                                                                                targeting” the anti-corruption movement.
visiting royal couple by ar-        dining space and a pantry —         work and India is helping the                                                                                                                                   “If the government keeps targeting
ranging a special luxury train      besides a few air-conditioned       country build some rail links.                                                                                                                              us like this, next time around, the people
for their honeymoon trip to         bogies to accommodate the               Meanwhile, Research and                                                                                                                                 will deliver a movement that will be ten
Rajasthan.                          security personnel and staff        Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief                                                                                                                                  timess bigger than the one we saw in
    Bhutan’s King Jigme Khe-        accompanying the royal cou-         Sanjeev K Tripathi met the                                                                                                                                  August,” said Kejriwal.
sar Namgyel Wangchuck and           ple.                                visiting Bhutanese King Jigme                                                                                                                                   He defended Team Anna member
Queen Jetsun Pema, who mar-             “It will be a small train       Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck                                                                                                                                    Kiran Bedi, who is under attack for
ried on October 13, arrived in      pulled by a light engine. It will   in the capital yesterday.                                                                                                                                   inflating her travel bills, and said: “If
India on Sunday on a nine-day       be treated as a VIP movement            The R&AW chief had a                                                                                                                                    Kiran Bedi has committed a crime, hang
visit.                              on our tracks,” said a senior       two-hour “one-on-one” meet-                                                                                                                                 her. Send her to jail but talk about the
    The royal couple will hon-      railway official.                   ing with the Bhutanese King,                                                                                                                                Lokpal bill. Whatever mistake she has
eymoon in Rajasthan on the              The Indian Railway op-          where he briefed him on the                                                                                                                                 done, investigate and punish her but we
special train that will take        erates a special train on the       intelligence inputs gathered                                                                                                                                cannot decide it in a press conference
them to its forts and palaces       Rajasthan circuit called the        by the Indian agencies of late.                                                                                                                             whether the allegations are true or false.”
and its tiger sanctuaries.          Palace on Wheels, aimed at              While meetings with Home                                                                                                                                    “Dont forgive us. Give us twice the
    The Bhutan King had vis-        foreign tourists.                   Minister or Home Secretary is                                                                                                                               punishment given to common people.
ited the Ranthambhore tiger             The 31-year-old Oxford-         common, the meeting with the                                                                                                                                But bring the Lokpal and you will have
sanctuary last October and          educated monarch is a close         head of India’s external intel-                                                                                                                             to,” he said.
returned fascinated by the          friend of Congress general          ligence agency is quite unu-
state’s forts, forests and herit-   secretary Rahul Gandhi, who         sual.                                                                                                                                                       Tamil Nadu’s new civic
age hotels.                         was one of few guests from              The Bhutanese King also
    Sources said yesterday that     outside Bhutan at his marriage      had a meeting with Army                   BHUTAN’S Queen Jetsun Pema with Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi during a meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    body heads sworn in
following a request from the        reception.                          Chief V K Singh yesterday.                    in New Delhi yesterday. Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his                                  THE 10 newly-elected mayors in Tamil
ministry of external affairs,           Jigme Khesar and Jetsun         — IANS                                            newlywed queen Jetsun Pema are on a nine-day state visit to India. — AFP                                  Nadu, all from the ruling AIADMK, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    other heads of local bodies were sworn in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yesterday across the state.

 Khurshid: Don’t build rift Chidambaram, Antony need to                                                                                                                                                                                In the state capital Chennai, Saidai
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Duraisamy was sworn in as Mayor at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Ripon Buildings in the presence of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AIADMK general secretary and Chief
 between govt, civil society concur on AFSPA: minister                                                                                                                                                                              Minister J Jayalalitha and other ministers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Members of Legislative Assembly and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    other party leaders. He had defeated
NEW DELHI — A day after             measures.                              Another Team Anna mem-                                                                                                                                   DMK’s outgoing Mayor M Subramanian
veteran activist Anna Hazare            The Lokpal bill is now un-      ber, Arvind Kejriwal, has been      NEW DELHI — Differences in             within the next few days”.              Kashmir are to be revoked from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    by a margin of over 500,000 votes.
blamed the government for           der the consideration of the        accused of not giving an ac-        the central government over with-          Khurshid said the chief minister    some areas and when.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The 10 corporations bagged by
trying to defame his team           parliamentary standing com-         count of Rs 70-80 lakh dona-        drawing the special powers for         may have “compelling reasons”               Yesterday’s attacks came ahead
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AIADMK are: Chennai, Coimbatore,
members, Law Minister Sal-          mittee and it has sought views      tions collected at Hazare’s fast    the armed forces in Jammu and          to address the aspirations of the       of the expected announcement by          Erode, Madurai, Salem, Tuticorin,
man Khurshid yesterday cau-         on the bill from all sections of    in Ramlila ground in August.        Kashmir came out in the open yes-      people of the state for pushing for     the state government of lifting the      Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Tiruchirapalli and
tioned against creating a di-       society,” he said, assuring that       Another Hazare team              terday, with Law Minister Salman       the withdrawal of the special law,      controversial Armed Forces Special       Vellore. Heads of municipalities, town
vide between the government         the bill will come up before        member, Prashant Bhushan,           Khurshid saying Home Minister P        which has been in force in the state    Powers Act (AFSPA) from some             and village panchayats also assumed
and civil society.                  parliament in the next session.     recently came under attack          Chidambaram and Defence Minis-         for more than 21 years.                 parts of Jammu and Kashmir.              office across the state.
    “I don’t think we should            “The government is reach-       when he favoured a plebiscite       ter A K Antony needed to concur            Abdullah’s remarks, some quar-          AFSPA also gives sweeping               The ruling AIADMK swept the civic
talk through media. I will          ing out to everybody to have        in Kashmir.                         on the issue.                          ters feel, came after his discussions   powers to security forces deployed       polls in the state held on October 17 and
not say anything, I will only       an effective and robust anti-          Meanwhile, Team Anna                 He also said the Indian Army       with Chidambaram last week.             in disturbed areas to curb terrorism     19, bagging all the ten corporations and
say whosoever tries to create       corruption measures,” he            member Kiran Bedi’s travel          has to be taken on board before            Meanwhile, Minister of State        in the country.                          majority of other civic bodies.
a distance between the civil        added.                              agent Anil Bal left her NGO         any decision can be taken on the       for Defence M M Pallam Raju said            Official sources said the AF-
society and the government is           On Hazare’s charges that        India Vision Foundation             Armed Forces Special Powers Act        the government was examining the        SPA was likely to be lifted from
                                                                                                            (AFSPA), which gives the defence       demand for withdrawal of AFSPA          Srinagar and Badgam towns in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Odisha seeks help for
not doing any favour,” Khur-        there was an attempt to defame      (IVF) yesterday, saying his
shid said in reply to questions     his team members, Khurshid          reputation had suffered due         forces unfettered powers to deal       at the highest level.                   Kashmir Valley and from Jammu            stranded workers
on Hazare’s comment.                disagreed with the activist.        to charges that the former cop      with terrorism and which critics           However, Raju said he thought       and Samba towns in the Jammu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ODISHA Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
    Hazare, on his blog on              Key Team Anna members           had inflated her travel bills.      say results in rights violations.      the special law was “needed for         region.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    has asked the centre to ensure the safe
Monday, accused a “Gang             have been amidst controver-            Bal, proprietor of Flywell           “The home minister and the de-     the forces to function in some very,        Chief Minister Omar Abdullah         return of 11 workers from the state who
of Four” of trying to defame        sies recently. Former police        Travel and also a trustee of        fence minister should first concur     very difficult times.”                  has said the removal of AFSPA            are stranded in Uganda since June, an
Team Anna members, with-            officer Kiran Bedi has been ac-     Bedi’s NGO, used to manage          on the issue and the army should           “What the chief minister is         from some areas would be a small         official said yesterday.
out taking any names. Khur-         cused of giving inflated claims     her trips.                          be taken on board before a final       asking for is lifting AFSPA from        but a significant beginning to re-          Patnaik wrote a letter to the Minister
shid said: “Please don’t create     for her travel expenses.               “In view of what has hap-        decision can be taken (on AFSPA        some areas, where there are more        storing lasting peace.                   of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar
greater distance between the            In his latest post, Hazare,     pened, which unnecessar-            withdrawal),” Khurshid told re-        peaceful conditions. But I am sure          But the defence ministry re-         Ravi, he said. Kalinga Moulders, a
civil society and us.”              who has taken a vow of si-          ily tarnished my reputation,        porters here.                          the government and the (defence)        mains opposed to the idea, argu-         Bhubaneswar based organisation, sent
    Later, he told reporters that   lence for the past few days,        I have decided to resign as             His comments come in the wake      ministry will take a balanced view      ing that any relaxation in AFSPA         15 workers from the state to work as
he was not aware of who the         said that if the government felt    trustee of IVF with immediate       of Kashmir Chief Minister Omar         on that,” he added.                     would work to the advantage of           contract labourers for the World Metals
“Gang of Four” in the govern-       that Bedi had used the money        effect and have also requested      Abdullah’s comments last week              Highly placed official sources      separatists fighting to end rule over    Limited, a Ugandan company.
ment were.                          for personal gains, it should       IVF to engage another travel        that “with gradual improvement in      have said that Jammu and Kashmir        Jammu and Kashmir.                          The workers from the coastal district
    “The government is com-         probe the matter and “take          agent for their travel needs,”      the security situation and return of   Governor N N Vohra will have a              This is likely to have a bearing     of Puri had gone to work in the company
mitted to strengthening the         stringent action against her if     Bal said in a statement here.       peace, some laws like AFSPA are        final say in deciding whether spe-      in other terror-dominated areas of       which manufactures iron products.
anti-corruption laws and            found guilty”.                      — IANS                              being removed from some areas          cial powers to the armed forces in      the country. — IANS                         Four of the workers who have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    recently managed to return alleged that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the rest are being ill treated. They are
                                                                                                                                             India backs Palestine’s UN bid                                                         reportedly languishing, the chief minister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    said in the letter he sent on Monday.
                                                                                                                                             UNITED NATIONS — India yester-              lasting peace and security in the region   Recommendations of
                                                                                                                                             day voiced hope that the process to         can be achieved only through peace-
                                                                                                                                             grant the Palestinian request for UN        ful dialogue and not through use of        wage board cleared
                                                                                                                                             membership would be concluded ex-           force,” he added.                          THE government yesterday presented
                                                                                                                                             peditiously and stressed this should            Ahamed stressed that Palestine         a Diwali gift to journalists and
                                                                                                                                             not be made “conditional” upon a            fulfills all criteria mentioned in UN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    other employees of newspapers and
                                                                                                                                             peace agreement.                            Charter for membership and expressed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    news agencies by approving the
                                                                                                                                                 “We cannot make Palestine’s mem-        hope that the Palestinian application
                                                                                                                                             bership to the United Nations condi-        process will be “concluded expedi-         recommendations of their wage boards.
                                                                                                                                             tional upon a peace agreement for that      tiously”.                                      The decision, taken at a meeting
                                                                                                                                             will be legally untenable, even while           India was the first non-Arab coun-     of the union cabinet yesterday, will
                                                                                                                                             we support resumption of direct talks       try to recognise the state of Palestine    benefit more than 40,000 employees of
                                                                                                                                             to resolve the outstanding issues,”         in 1988, Ahamed said.                      newspapers and news agencies across the
                                                                                                                                             Minister of State for External Affairs          Palestine has been recognised by       country, an official release said.
                                                                                                                                             E Ahamed said at an ‘open debate’ in        more than two-thirds of the member-            Justice (Retd) G R Majithia headed
                                                                                                                                             the UN Security Council on the situa-       ship of the UN.                            both the wage boards — one for
                                                                                                                                             tion in the Middle East and Palestine.          “The issue of Palestine has taken      journalists and another for non-journalist
                                                                                                                                                 “The call of the international com-     a decisive turn in the history of the      employees — which were appointed in
                                                                                                                                             munity for democracy and respect of         Middle East conflict after President       May 2007. “The cabinet today approved
                                                                                                                                                                                         Mahmoud Abbas filed an application         the final recommendations alongwith
                                                                                                                                             fundamental rights will sound hollow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    certain corrections and rectifications
                                                                                                                                             if the present impasse continues and        with the Secretary General on Sep-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    carried out under the Working Journalists
                                                                                                                                             Palestinians are denied their aspira-       tember 23, 2011 for Palestine’s full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Other Newspaper Employees Act,
                                                                                                                                             tions,” he said.                            membership to the United Nations,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1955,” the release added.
  MINISTER of State for External Affairs E Ahamed during an ‘open debate’ at the UN Security Council in New York.                                “It is also our firm conviction that    he said. — IANS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The revised wages will be paid with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    retrospective effect from July 2010.

Heated debate, walkout in assembly CAG points to Kerala’s                                                                                                                                                                           Delhi post offices sold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3.5 kg gold on Dhanteras
   By Ashraf Padanna                his previous tenure had caused
                                    loss of at least Rs 1 billion to
                                                                        completing the project within
                                                                        12 months, including the
                                                                                                           and modernisation project to
                                                                                                           improve the firm’s produc-
                                                                                                                                              poor waste management                                                                 POST offices across the city sold 3.5 kg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of gold on the occasion of Dhanteras,
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM                  the exchequer.                      neutralisation plant, the acid     tivity and product diversifi-                                                                                            the ministry of communications
— Kerala Assembly yester-               Citing two letters he had       recovery and copper as recov-      cation. Work on the project,      THIRUVANANTHAPURAM                    —     hour was to estimate the current ca-       and IT said.
day witnessed a fierce debate       written to the Chairman of the      ery plants, civil and structural   including procurement of          The Comptroller and Auditor General         pacity for waste handling and ensure           “On the occasion of Dhanteras
over alleged corruption in the      Supreme Court Monitoring            works and erection of machin-      equipment and materials at a      (CAG) of India yesterday blamed the         capacity enhancement for handling          yesterday three-and-a-half kg gold
state-run Travancore Titanium       Committee G Thyagarajan in          ery, which was granted by the      cost of Rs 680 million began      Kerala State Pollution Control Board,       more quantities in future.                 was sold by selected 23 post offices in
Products Limited, the largest       April 2005 and January 2006         SC panel.                          during the Left government        the urban local bodies and state gov-           The sole approved agency for solid     Delhi circle,” the department said in a
producer of titanium dioxide        urging him for extension of            The project, conceived dur-     that succeeded.                   ernment officials for not doing their       waste management projects, Suchitwa        statement. The price of gold coins sold
pigment in India from ilman-        time to carry out necessary         ing the time of the 1996-2001          He claimed that his action    job in effectively managing the waste       Mission, also failed to monitor the ex-    ranged from Rs 1,716.71 for 0.5 gm to
ite-rich beach sands abundant-      pollution abatement measures        LDF government and modi-           “in ugly haste” was to save the   generated in the state.                     ecution of projects.                       Rs 146,255.90 for 50 gms.
ly found in the state.              in TTPL, the CPM member             fied during the time of the        factory from closure and layoff       Accountant-General Biju Jacob               Coming to the auditing part the
    During the zero hour, op-       said there was clear inten-         2001-2006 UDF government           of more than 1,000 employees
                                                                                                                                             told reporters here that these bodies       CAG found out that civic bodies has        Airtel launches 3G
position legislator V Sivankut-     tion of penury benefits in the      and abandoned during the                                             have failed to identify the health haz-     not effectively maintained asset reg-
ty demanded adjournment of          move.                               time of the 2006-2011 LDF
                                                                                                           as the panel had already closed
                                                                                                                                             ards as well as the environmental risks     isters.                                    services in Congo
                                                                                                           22 factories in Kochi citing
the regular business to discuss         In the letter, Chandy had       government, had always been                                          thrown up due to dumping of waste in            “There was no system to consoli-       TELECOM service provider Airtel
the media reports about Chief       raised concern regarding the        a subject of debate.               waste management system.          public places.                              date the finances besides the correct-
                                                                                                               The chief minister also                                                                                              yesterday said it has launched its third
Minister Oommen Chandy’s            order of the SC committee for          The project consultancy                                               “Despite having a law, penal ac-        ness of the figures in the database on     generation (3G) mobile telephony service
involvement in clearing Rs          closure of the plant within a       was awarded to the federally       engaged in heated exchanges       tion was hardly taken against those         finances was also doubtful,” said the      in Congo.
1.29 billion waste manage-          week. “On the part of the state     controlled firm Mecon, which       with leader of the opposition V   dumping waste in public. Likewise           CAG report.                                    “Today’s launch follows the
ment system in the plant. The       government, I assure you that a     in turn invited global tenders     S Achuthanandan and deputy        open dumping of waste will continue             Another important aspect that was      successful application and issuance
chief minister took the oppo-       system of close monitoring of       and selected a foreign com-        leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan      in the absence of waste processing and      observed by the CAG was that when          of a 3G licence by the Republic of
sition by surprise agreeing to      the project will be introduced      pany to supply the equipments      who frequently tried to disrupt   scientific land filling, triggering envi-   the share of the state government in       Congo. The issuance of the licence is
debate.                             specifically in this particular     and execute the project.           his speech.                       ronment and public health risks,” said      the total receipt of local self govern-    a significant move by the Congolese
    Former finance minister Dr      case to ensure that the slippag-       Replying to the allega-             They both demanded a          Jacob                                       ment bodies came down from 74 per          government and a milestone in a region
Thomas Isaac who opened the         es in the project schedule are      tions, the chief minister said     probe by CBI which the chief          This was revealed in the latest CAG     cent in 2005-06 to 67 per cent in 2009-    that is set to embrace first world mobile
televised debate demanded the       avoided,” the letter said.          his government redrew the          minister rejected saying the      report for the last fiscal which was ta-    10, the share of central government        platforms,” the company said in a
resignation of the chief min-           In the second letter he said    Rs 1.08 billion project con-       matter was now before the         bled in the assembly yesterday.             grant increased from seven per cent to     statement. — Agencies
ister saying the action during      the company was confident of        verting it into a expansion        court.                                The CAG noted that the need of the      16 per cent. — IANS
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 Sunny takes seven wickets in drawn Test                                                                                                                                                                                               Jaguars end skid
desh's Elias Sunny made a
memorable seven-wicket de-
                                                                                                                                                                                      Shakib also dismissed De-
                                                                                                                                                                                   vendra Bishoo for no score in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with win over
                                                                                                                                                                                   the same over.
but against the West Indies
in the rain-hit opening Test,
which ended in a draw on the
                                                                                                                                                                                   Bangladesh 1st innings 350-9 decl.
fifth and final day yesterday.                                                                                                                                                     West Indies 1st innings                          JACKSONVILLE, Florida              21 of 38 passes for 137 yards,
    The     left-arm     spinner                                                                                                                                                   (overnight 144-5):                               — Jacksonville's Maurice           one touchdown and one inter-
grabbed six for 94 in the first                                                                                                                                                    L Simmons c Raqibul b Shahadat 7                 Jones-Drew ran for 105 yards       ception.
                                                                                                                                                                                   K Brathwaite c Kayes b Sunny .. 33
innings and one for 34 in the                                                                                                                                                      K Edwards lbw Sunny ............... 17           against Baltimore's vaunted            If he was uninspiring,
second as the West Indies fin-                                                                                                                                                     D Bravo c Nafees b Sunny ........... 2           run defence on Monday as the       plenty of his team-mates were
ished at 100 for two after being                                                                                                                                                   S Chanderpaul c Nafees b Sunny 49                Jaguars snapped a five-game        downright inept.
set a 226-run target to win the                                                                                                                                                    M Samuels c Raqibul b Sunny ... 24               NFL losing streak with a 12-7          Baltimore Ravens running
match from 37 overs.                                                                                                                                                               C Baugh b Sunny ....................... 30       win over the Ravens.               back Ray Rice gained just 28
                                                                                                                                                                                   D Sammy b Shakib .................... 58
    Opener Lendl Simmons                                                                                                                                                           R Rampaul c Rahim b Shakib ...... 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Josh Scobee kicked four        yards on eight carries with one
made a 49-ball 44, while Kirk                                                                                                                                                      F Edwards (not out) ..................... 0      field goals for Jacksonville,      fumble. Boldin did not catch
Edwards (28 not out) and Dar-                                                                                                                                                      D Bishoo b Shakib ....................... 0      whose defence held the             a pass until late in the third
ren Bravo (24 not out) were                                                                                                                                                        Extras: (b-2, lb-2, nb-7, pen 5) .. 16           Ravens to a franchise-worst        quarter, while the Ravens'
the unbeaten batsmen when                                                                                                                                                          Total: (all out; 68 overs) .......... 244        16 yards in the first half and     offensive line allowed three
play was called off with 15                                                                                                                                                        Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-44, 3-52,               did not allow a first down un-     sacks and several other hits
                                                                                                                                                                                   4-114, 5-137, 6-152, 7-212, 8-229,
overs remaining.                                                                                                                                                                   9-244.                                           til almost 40 minutes into the     on Flacco.
    No play was possible due to                                                                                                                                                    Bowling:       Shahadat           5-1-19-1       contest.                               Penalties were costly for
rain on Saturday and Sunday.                                                                                                                                                       (nb-4); Rubel 15-2-52-0 (nb-3);                      Baltimore finally scored       the Ravens, including a penal-
    Man-of-the-match Sunny                                                                                                                                                         Shakib 18-2-53-3; Sunny 23-0-94-6;               with just over two minutes         ty for running into the kicker
became the third Bangladeshi                                                                                                                                                       Nasir 7-1-17-0.                                  remaining as quarterback Joe       in the first half and an unnec-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Bangladesh 2nd innings
to bag six wickets in an in-                                                                                                                                                                                                        Flacco capped a 90-yard drive      essary roughness penalty that
                                     BANGLADESH’S Elias Sunny (centre) acknowledges the crowd as his team-mates clap during the fifth day of the first                             Tamim Iqbal c Baugh b Sammy . 37
nings on debut in the morn-                                                                                                                                                        Imrul Kayes c Baugh b Rampaul 13                 with a five-yard touchdown         prolonged the Jaguars' first
                                                           Test against the West Indies in Chittagong yesterday. — AFP
ing session as the West Indies                                                                                                                                                     Shahriar Nafees b Samuels ........ 50            pass to Anquan Boldin.             drive of the second half.
were bowled out for 244 in         a moral victory. I hope the          took one wicket. "Bangladesh          The West Indies earlier         Samuels caught by Raqibul            Raqibul Hasan (not out) ............. 10             That allowed the Ravens            Baltimore        line-backer
their first innings in reply to    wicket in the next match will        played well throughout the        added 100 runs in 17 overs to       Hasan in the covers. Samuels         Mushfiqur Rahim (not out) .......... 2           to avoid their first shut-out      Brendon Ayanbadejo was
Bangladesh's 350 for nine de-                                                                                                                                                      Extras: (b-4, lb-2, nb-1) .............. 7       since 2002.                        ejected for striking Jaguars
                                   also help our spinners."             Test match. Their batsmen put     their overnight total of 144 for    could add just seven runs to his     Total: (3 wkts decl) .................. 119
clared.                                The hosts declared their         350 runs on the board and that    five, with Sammy smashing a         overnight score of 17.               Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-72, 3-116.                  But they then failed to        offensive tackle Guy Whim-
    "Sunny is a much better        second innings closed at their       gave them a chance to control     brisk 43-ball 58 with the help         Sammy and Carlton Baugh           Bowling: F Edwards 9-0-37-0                      recover an onside kick when        per in the helmet.
bowler than he showed in this      tea total of 119 for three, with     the game," said West Indies       of two sixes and eight fours for    (30) then counter-attacked to        (nb-1); Rampaul 11-1-26-1; Samu-                 the ball bounced short of the          Baltimore's         miscues
Test as I have played with him     left-handed Shahriar Nafees          skipper Sammy.                    his maiden Test half-century.       add 60 runs in just seven overs      els 16-3-41-1; Sammy 6-0-9-1.                    required 10 yards.                 opened the door for a Jaguars
in domestic tournaments. But       (50) scoring his sixth Test half-        "The Bangladeshi spinners         Sunny, 25, took two of          for the seventh wicket before        West Indies 2nd innings                              Scobee followed up with a      team whose offence ranks
                                                                                                                                                                                   L Simmons c Rubel b Shakib ..... 44
what he did here as a debu-        century with the help of eight       bowled well and we could          the five wickets to fall in the     Sunny broke the stand when           K Brathwaite lbw Sunny .............. 0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    51-yard field goal, his fourth     last in the National Football
tant is extraordinary," said       fours.                               not play them well. I think we    morning session while left-         he bowled Baugh for his sixth        K Edwards (not out) ................... 28       of the night and his third of      League.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur           Openers Imrul Kayes (13)         have to exercise a lot more pa-   arm spinner Shakib al Hasan         victim.                              D Bravo (not out) ....................... 24     more than 50 yards.                    Jacksonville's rookie quar-
Rahim.                             and Tamim Iqbal (37) were the        tience and spend more time at     took the last three wickets to         The West Indies captain           Extras: (lb-2, nb-2) ...................... 4        The Ravens had one last        terback Blaine Gabbert com-
    "We never declared an in-      other batsmen dismissed in the       the wicket. We hope to put in     finish with three for 53 off 18     completed his half-century           Total: (2 wkts) ......................... 100    possession, but Jaguars de-        pleted just nine of 20 passes
                                   second session.                      a much improved performance       overs.                              with a six off Sunny, but did        Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-58.
nings twice in a Test before                                                                                                                                                                                                        fender Drew Coleman inter-         for 93 yards, but Jones-Drew
                                                                                                                                                                                   Bowling: Sunny 6-0-34-1; Shahadat
and I think the West Indies will       Seamers Darren Sammy             in the second match."                 Sunny, who took four            not last long as he was bowled       4-0-21-0 (nb-2); Shakib 6-1-34-1;                cepted Flacco's final pass.        lifted the Jaguars offence with
be under pressure ahead of the     and Ravi Rampaul and spin-               The second and final Test     wickets on Monday, struck in        by Shakib after hitting the sec-     Rubel 2-0-3-0; Nasir 2-0-2-0; Naeem                  Flacco, under pressure         30 carries in his stand-out per-
second match as we've gained       ner Marlon Samuels each              starts in Dhaka on October 29.    his second over when he had         ond six of his innings.              2-0-4-0.                                         most of the night, completed       formance. — AFP

 Bautista, Kemp win Aaron Award Rangers within one win of World Series title                                                                                                                                                                                            Strong field for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Singapore Open
     for offensive excellence                                                                              ARLINGTON, Texas — The
                                                                                                           Texas Rangers beat the mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   outside the strike zone and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   catcher Napoli gunned a throw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SINGAPORE — Former
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        world No 1 Ernie Els will be
ARLINGTON, Texas — Jose Bautista of the                                                                    firing St Louis Cardinals 4-2                                                                                           to second base for a strike out-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        joined by a host of other Ma-
Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp of the Los                                                                 on Monday to move within                                                                                                throw out double play.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jor winners in next month's
Angeles Dodgers were named winners on                                                                      one win of claiming their first                                                                                             The inning was kept alive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Singapore Open which has
Monday of the Hank Aaron Award as the out-                                                                 World Series baseball title                                                                                             when Feliz walked Matt Holli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        secured a strong field despite
standing offensive players in their respective                                                             since the franchise was born                                                                                            day but Lance Berkman struck
baseball leagues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       clashing with an Australian
                                                                                                           in 1961.                                                                                                                out to end it.
    Bautista led the majors leagues in home                                                                                                                                                                                                                             event headlined by Tiger
                                                                                                               The victory gave Texas a                                                                                                Reliever Darren Oliver was
runs (43), slugging percentage (.608) and                                                                  3-2 lead in the best-of-seven                                                                                           credited with the win and Feliz      Woods. The Asian Tour yes-
walks (132).                                                                                               series that shifts to St Louis                                                                                          registered a save. Dotel took        terday announced the South
    Kemp narrowly missed winning the Triple                                                                for Game Six today.                                                                                                     the loss.                            African duo of Els and Re-
Crown, leading the National League in home                                                                     "When we get the field                                                                                                  The Cardinals scored their       tief Goosen and Americans
runs (39) and runs batted in (126) while finish-                                                           again on Wednesday, we're                                                                                               runs in the second inning, tak-      Jim Furyk and Webb Simp-
ing third in batting average (.324).                                                                       just going to go out there                                                                                              ing advantage of loose pitch-        son would participate in the
    Bautista was the first American League                                                                 and try to play the best game                                                                                           ing and loose fielding, while        $6 million event in Singa-
                                                                                                                                                TEXAS Rangers’ Mike Napoli hits a two RBI double in                                                                     pore, also sanctioned by the
player since Babe Ruth in 1930 to record at                                                                we can," said Texas manager                                                                                             the Rangers used the long ball
                                                                                                                                               front of St Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during                                                                 European Tour.
least 40 home runs, 130 walks and nine stolen                                                              Ron Washington. "If it's good                                                                                           to come back. Mitch Moreland
                                                                                                                                               Game Five of their World Series baseball championship in                                                                     "With such an elite line
bases in the same year.                                                                                    enough Wednesday, we'll win.                                                                                            homered in the third and Adri-
                                                                                                                                                        Arlington, Texas, on Monday. — Reuters                                                                          up of players confirmed and
    The Blue Jays slugger also won the award                                                               If not, we'll play Thursday."                                                                                           an Beltre hit a solo blast off St
last year with a breakout 2010 season in which                                                                 A two-run double by             to the noise in raucous Rang-        ond base. "I'm glad I can help                 Louis starter Chris Carpenter        with other marquee names
he hammered 54 home runs and batted in 124,                                                                Mike Napoli in the bottom of        ers Ballpark.                        to contribute," he said. "We all               in the sixth.                        still to be announced it is
and was able to silence those who did not be-                                                              the eighth inning snapped a             Napoli's clutch hit came af-     do it together."                                   The Rangers' eighth-inning       clear that the Barclays Sin-
lieve he could follow it up.                                                                               2-2 tie to lift Texas over a St     ter a bad break for the Cards.           "He certainly knows how                    rally was fuelled by confu-          gapore Open will boast one
    "More satisfying to me was just to be able                                                             Louis team that squandered a            Left-handed reliever Marc        to play baseball, and he was                   sion. La Russa told reporters        of its strongest ever inter-
to get on the field and be out there with my                                                               multitude of chances, leaving       Rzepczynski, who came on             taught well," manager Wash-                    that twice he tried to have          national line up of competi-
team-mates and contribute on a daily basis to                                                              12 men on base while hitting        after Octavio Dotel gave up          ington said about Napoli, a                    Jason Motte readied to enter         tors," an official representing
try to help the team win games," he said.                                                                  1-for-12 with runners in scor-      a double to Michael Young,           former Los Angeles Angels                      the game. The first time, the        the title sponsors was quoted
    "It's not really my goal to prove anybody                                                              ing position.                       induced a comebacker from            player who joined the Rangers                  bullpen heard "Rzepczynski"          as saying in a statement.
wrong or to come out and show the critics                                                                      Not only did St Louis           David Murphy with men on             this season.                                   and didn't get Motte warmed              Major winners Phil Mick-
wrong."                                                                                                    waste scoring opportunities,        first and second and one out.            The Cardinals, who left the                up.                                  elson, Graeme McDowell,
    Despite Kemp's offensive fireworks, the                                                                they hurt themselves with stra-     But the potential double-play        bases loaded in the fifth and                      The manager called back          Padraig Harrington and Y E
Dodgers missed the play-offs after finishing                                                               tegic gaffes, including a series    grounder bounced off the             seventh innings and stranded                   again for Motte and instead,         Yang will also tee off in the
82-79.                                                                                                     of mistaken identities in the       pitcher for an infield single.       men on second and third in the                 the bullpen got Lance Lynn           November 10-13 tournament
                                                    JOSE Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays
    "Your goal is to make it to the play-offs and                                                          bullpen worthy of a bedroom             That loaded the bags for         sixth, threatened one last time                up, who La Russa said he had         at the Sentosa Golf Club.
                                                   holds the 2011 Hank Aaron Award for his
to get a chance to make it to the World Series,"                                                           farce.                              Napoli, the Rangers' hottest         in the ninth.                                  decided would not be avail-              Elsewhere in Sydney,
                                                     offensive performance in the American
said Kemp. "Unfortunately our team wasn't as                                                                   Manager Tony La Russa           hitter this series, and he came           PUJOLS FALTERS                            able for the game because of         Woods will be joined by
                                                    League at a ceremony during Game Five
good as some of these other teams that made                                                                said a sign was missed in an        through again with a line drive          Texas closer Neftali Feliz                 prior use.                           home favourites Adam Scott,
                                                   of World Series baseball championship in
the play-offs this year, but you want to show-                                                             ill-timed stolen base try in the    into the alley in right-centre to    hit Craig with a pitch leading                     Rzepczynski gave up the          Geoff Ogilvy, Jason Day and
                                                    Arlington, Texas, on Monday. — Reuters
case your talents.                                                                                         seventh, and that the wrong         make it 4-2, bringing his RBI        off the last frame bringing the                two-run double to Napoli.            Greg Norman at the Lakes
    "It was just one of those years that didn't bination of fan vote and a panel of Hall of Fam-           relief pitcher came into the        total to a series-leading nine.      dangerous Albert Pujols up.                        "It must be loud," explained     Golf Club for the Australian
happen. There's always next year."                ers, including Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn,               game twice due to a break-              Napoli also threw out Allen          With the count full, Pujols                a frustrated La Russa. "I give       Open, a PGA Tour of Aus-
    The winners were selected through a com- Paul Molitor and Aaron. — Reuters                             down in communications due          Craig twice trying to steal sec-     swung and missed a pitch well                  the fans credit." — Reuters          tralia event. — Reuters

Karthikeyan thrilled about maiden Indian GP Pronger takes stick to face as
                                                 Flyers top Maple Leafs
                                   attack the other new teams,"
                   Karun Chandhok’s dream dashed
                                   he said. "The circuit does not
                                   particularly suit our car but I
                                   will be giving my best, for the      NEW DELHI — Karun                                                     “For that reason we had to             PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers
                                   huge support alone. I am so          Chandhok's dreams of rac-                                         take the pragmatic decision to             overcame an ugly first-period injury to de-
                                   happy to be driving here. It's       ing in his country's maiden                                       put our faith in the experience            fenceman Chris Pronger to turn back the To-
                                   something I couldn't expect a        Formula One Grand Prix did                                        and pace we have in Jarno                  ronto Maple Leafs with a 4-2 home victory that
                                   couple of years ago."                not materialise as Team Lo-                                       and Heikki,” he added.                     ended their slump in the NHL on Monday.
                                       Karthikeyan, who became          tus yesterday decided to go                                           Narain Karthikeyan will                    Pronger was hit in the face with his own
                                   India's first F1 driver in 2005,     with their regular drivers for                                    now be the lone Indian driver              stick after fighting for a loose puck with To-
                                   said Formula One was gaining         this weekend's Indian Grand                                       competing in Sunday's race                 ronto's Mikhail Grabovski and immediately
                                   in popularity in India and the       Prix.                                                             for the struggling Spanish                 skated off the ice not to return.
                                   race at the newly-constructed           Team reserve Chandhok                                          team HRT.                                      "He's going to see the eye doctor every day
NEW DELHI — Indian driver          Buddh International Circuit          competed in Germany this                                              His role confined now to               for the next four days," Flyers General Man-
Narain Karthikeyan is look-        would be sold out.                   year to kindle hopes of racing                                    Friday morning practice ses-               ager Paul Holmgren told reporters.
ing forward to the highlight           "Everybody is really keen        in his home grand prix as well                                    sion, 27-year-old Chandhok                     "If everything goes OK and the swelling
of his career when Formula         to see how it will be. There         but owner Tony Fernandes                                          did not hide his feeling.                  goes down, we're hoping he could rejoin the
One makes its debut in India       are a lot of fans. I think it will   said Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli                “I'm obviously disappointed that I won't              team in 10 days to two weeks — skating-wise,
on Sunday.                         be pretty good," he said.            would be on Sunday duty to ensure the team         be on the grid for the first Indian Grand                 not necessarily playing."
   Karthikeyan said Sunday's           "To hold a race in India         consolidated their 10th position in the points     Prix,” he said.                                               The Flyers (5-2-1), who had lost three of
home race in New Delhi was         is something special for eve-        table.                                                 “Everyone knows the most important                    their last four games entering the night, recov-
"easily" the biggest moment        ryone. The people in India              “...while I am sure there will be fans in       and emotional race for any driver is their                ered from the loss of their team captain with
for him so far as a racer.         will see what an incredible          India who want to see Karun race for us on         home race and particularly in my case, I've               two goals each from Jaromir Jagr and Scott
   "This will be my greatest       amount of work and technol-          Sunday we had to make the best decision for        been involved with the project since the                  Hartnell.                                                         PHILADELPHIA Flyers defenceman and
day," said Karthikeyan, the        ogy goes into Formula One.           the future of the team,” Fernandes said in a       track was an empty piece of land.                             Jagr's goals were his first since his previous                captain Chris Pronger is helped from the
lone Indian driver competing       It will give them a completely       statement.                                             “I'm sure it's been a tough call for Tony             season in the NHL in 2008 before he left to                      ice by referee Brad Meier (left) after taking
in Sunday's race.                  new perspective.                        “While all the emotional reasons for            to make and on some level I think he's feel-              play in Russia for three years.                                    a stick in the face while playing against
   The 34-year-old, who rac-           "We Indian drivers hope          him driving were right we were conscious           ing some pain about it as we've always had                    With a strong offence in front of him, Phila-                    the Toronto Maple Leafs during the
es for the struggling Hispania     that this positive marketing         that the limited running he has had in the         a good personal relationship.                             delphia goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 24                           first period of their NHL game in
Racing Team, aims to enjoy         will help us in the next few         car this season... has not given him the best          “The team have opted to go for experi-                saves to stall the Maple Leafs (5-2-1).                              Philadelphia on Monday. — Reuters
the occasion although his race     years. India is a growing eco-       preparation for this race, so we have taken        ence at this time but I will go to the paddock                Toronto's Phil Kessel scored his NHL-lead-                  within a goal on a tip-in at 11:34 in the third
expectations are modest.           nomic power in the world and         the very difficult decision not to run him in      in Delhi with my head held high because I                 ing ninth goal of the season to give the visitors               before Jagr put the game away with his second
   "I want to finish the race,"    many companies want to be            the race this weekend.                             feel I did everything possible in and out of              a 1-0 edge, but Jagr answered in the first while                goal with 4:45 left in the game.
he said. "My first opponent        in this global market. Formula          “It is absolutely vital that we secure tenth    the car especially over the last three months             Hartnell netted in the second and third periods                    In other matches, Florida Panthers beat
will be my team-mate (Daniel       One could be a good platform         place in 2011 to give us the platform to keep      to show Tony that I can be in F1 in the long-             to put Philadelphia 3-1 up.                                     Montreal Canadiens 2-1 and New York Rang-
Ricciardo) and maybe we can        for them." — dpa                     growing.                                           er term.” — Reuters                                           David Steckel pulled the Maple Leafs back                   ers defeated Winnipeg Jets 2-1. — Reuters
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                                                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

OOC organises Olympic Day events amidst fanfare

  THE Oman Olympic Committee (OOC), in co-operaton with McDonald’s Oman, organised the annual Olympic Day celebrations amidst much fanfare at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex yesterday. The events were officially inaugurated by
   Nasser bin Khamis al Jashmi, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Oil and Gas, in the presence of Adviser at the Ministry of Sports Affairs Khalfan bin Saleh al Na’abi, OOC Secretary-General Hilal bin Ali al Sinani and other sports officials.
                                              The day’s proceedings included both traditional and modern sports events as well as various fun-filled activities. — Pictures by Mohammed Mahjoub

 India complete England sweep                                                                                                                                                                                                Roy Dias arrives to take over
KOLKATA — World champions India
brushed aside England by 95 runs in
                                                                                                                                                           M Tiwary c Kieswetter b Meaker ................24
                                                                                                                                                           S Raina run out ............................................38
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               as Oman cricket coach
                                                                                                                                                           M Dhoni (not out) ........................................75
the fifth and final one-day international                                                                                                                  R Jadeja c Bell b Patel .................................21
in Kolkata yesterday to sweep the se-                                                                                                                      R Ashwin c Bairstow b Patel .........................7
ries 5-0.                                                                                                                                                  P Kumar c Bairstow b Patel .........................16
    Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni                                                                                                                           V Kumar (not out) .........................................0
smashed an unbeaten 75 off 69 balls                                                                                                                        Extras: (b-2, w-8) .......................................10
to power India to 271 for eight after                                                                                                                      Total: (8 wkts, 50 overs) ...........................271
                                                                                                                                                           Fall of wickets: 1-80, 2-80, 3-80, 4-123,
the hosts were sent in to bat by Eng-                                                                                                                      5-162, 6-206, 7-215, 8-259.
land captain Alastair Cook at the Eden                                                                                                                     Bowling: Bresnan 9-0-36-1, Finn 10-2-47-2
Gardens.                                                                                                                                                   (w-1), Meaker 10-0-65-1 (w-7), Patel 9-0-
    Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja                                                                                                                       57-3, Swann 8-0-45-0, Bopara 4-1-19-0.
then grabbed four for 33 and off-                                                                                                                          England
spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed                                                                                                                        C Kieswetter lbw Jadeja ..............................63
                                                                                                                                                           A Cook b Aaron ...........................................60
three for 28 as England were shot out                                                                                                                      J Trott c Kohli b Jadeja ...................................5
for 176 in 37 overs after a promising                                                                                                                      I Bell c Dhoni b Ashwin ................................2
start in the day-night match.                                                                                                                              R Bopara b Raina ...........................................4
    The whitewash made partial amends                                                                                                                      J Bairstow c Rahane b Jadeja ........................2
for the disastrous tour of England in Ju-                                                                                                                  S Patel c Dhoni b Jadeja ..............................18
                                              INDIAN players celebrate with the trophy after their 5-0 ODI series win                                      T Bresnan c Raina b Tiwary ..........................0
ly-September, when India were routed            against England at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata yesterday. — AFP                                            G Swann (not out) ........................................10
4-0 in the Test series to lose the world                                                                                                                   S Meaker lbw Ashwin ....................................1
No 1 ranking and were blanked 3-0 in         saw India plunder 84 runs in the last      Twenty20 international before England                              S Finn c Dhoni b Ashwin................................2
the one-dayers.                              eight overs, including 39 off the final    return home.                                                       Extras: (b-4, w-5) .........................................9
    India were reduced to 123 for four       12 balls.                                                                                                     Total: (all out, 37 overs) ............................176
before Dhoni hit his way out of trouble,        Left-arm seamer Samit Patel                             SCOREBOARD                                         Fall of wickets: 1-129, 2-134, 3-137, 4-137,
                                                                                                                                                           5-141, 6-155, 7-156, 8-167, 9-174.
pounding four sixes and three bounda-        claimed three for 57, while fast bowler    India                                                              Bowling: Praveen 5-0-34-0 (w-1), Vinay
ries, to help the hosts put up a challeng-   Steven Finn took two for 47.               Rahane c Kieswetter b Bresnan ...................42                3-0-21-0, Ashwin 9-0-28-3, Tiwary 5-0-28-1
ing total on a sluggish wicket.                 The rivals will return to the Eden      G Gambhir b Finn ........................................38        (w-2), Jadeja 8-0-33-4, Aaron 3-0-19-1 (w-1),
    The late flourish led by the captain     Gardens on Saturday for a one-off          V Kohli b Finn ............................................... 0   Raina 4-0-9-1 (w-1).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE Sri Lankan cricket great Roy Dias arrived here late on Monday night to take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              over as the coach of Oman cricket team. He was received at the Muscat International
Kvitova starts                       Waller guides Zimbabwe to thrilling win                                                                                                                                                 Airport by Oman Cricket Club General Secretary Madhu Jesrani, board member Dad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mohammed al Balushi and OCC office manager Rex Berhardt.
   in style
                                    BULAWAYO — Malcolm                  Taylor following centuries in              the first miss and one off the                       -31-0 (w-2), M'shangwe 10-1-50-0,
ISTANBUL —Wimbledon
winner Petra Kvitova opened
play at the WTA Champion-
                                    Waller hit a single off the fifth
                                    ball of the last over to take
                                                                        the first two matches with 75
                                                                        off 65 balls as he and Ham-
                                                                                                                   second. Then Ray Price skied
                                                                                                                   a catch and was caught with
                                                                                                                                                                        Waller 6-0-30-1.
                                                                                                                                                                        V Sibanda c B McCullum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Saudi Arabia rout 10-man Oman
                                    Zimbabwe to a dramatic one-         ilton Masakadza (36) put on                the scores tied but the batsmen
ships with a 6-2, 6-4 victory
over Russia's Vera Zvonareva
in Red Group yesterday.
                                    wicket win in the third and
                                    final one-day international
                                                                        100 for the second wicket.
                                                                            Tatenda Taibu hit an ag-
                                                                                                                   crossed and Waller had the
                                                                                                                   strike and clinched the match.
                                                                                                                                                                                   b N McCullum .............0
                                                                                                                                                                        H Masakadza b Oram ..................36
                                                                                                                                                                        Taylor c N McCullum b McKay ..75
                                                                                                                                                                        T Taibu c B McCullum b McKay 53
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in AFC Under-19 qualifiers
                                    against New Zealand here yes-       gressive 53 but it was a swash-
   The Czech left-hander            terday.                             buckling sixth-wicket stand                          SCOREBOARD                                 F Mutizwa c N McCullum b Nicol 0                    MUSCAT — Saudi Arabia began their 2012             and the substitute conceded the first of four
was romping away until a                                                                                                                                                M Waller (not out) .......................99
                                       Waller finished on 99 not        of 112 off 85 balls between                New Zealand                                          E Chigumbura b Oram .................47             AFC Under-19 Championship qualifying cam-          goals two minutes from the break as Saudi
second-set lapse slowed her         out off 74 balls as Zimbabwe        Waller and Elton Chigumbura                R Nicol c Sibanda b Ncube ..........14                                                                   paign in style when they eased to a 4-0 win        striker Saleh al Shehri scored the first of his
                                                                                                                                                                        K Meth b Woodcock ......................0
progress. From 1-4 in the           chased down a New Zealand           that put victory within reach.             B Watling run out ...........................0       N M'shangwe b Woodcock ............7                over Oman in the Group ‘A’ curtain raiser here     brace.
second set Zvonareva rallied        total of 328 for five which             Waller and Chigumbura got              B McCullum c Mutizwa b Ncube 18                      R Price c B McCullum b Oram .....2                  yesterday.                                             Al Shehri’s second and Saudi Arabia’s third
to break the Kvitova serve                                                                                         R Taylor b Ncube .......................119          N Ncube (not out) ..........................0           According to the news posted on AFC            came with quarter-of-an-hour remaining, 11
                                    included centuries by captain       the target down to 34 off 36               J Ryder c&b Waller ......................53
twice and level at 4-4 only                                                                                                                                             Extras: (lb-5, nb-1 w-4) ..............10
                                    Ross Taylor (119) and Kane          balls when Chigumbura was                  K Williamson (not out) ............. 100             Total: (9 wkts, 49.5 overs) ....... 329
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            website, the Saudis were handed the numerical      minutes after Abdulrahman al Safari had made
to surrender her own serve          Williamson (100 not out).           bowled by Jacob Oram. In a                 N McCullum (not out) ...................1            Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-100, 3-159,                 advantage with 20 minutes of the first-half left   it 2-0, before Mustafa Al Bassas scored the
again immediately. Kvitova             It was Zimbabwe’s highest        nervy finish, three more wick-             Extras: (lb-6, nb-2, w-15) ...........23             4-164, 5-183, 6-295, 7-296, 8-307,                  to play when Iranian referee Yadollah Jahanba-     fourth on the stroke of full-time.
made no mistake as she              successful run chase and end-       ets fell and with four needed              Total: (5 wkts, 50 overs) .......... 328             9-328.                                              zi showed a straight red to goalkeeper Shawqi          In a later match, Md Masud Rana scored
served for the match, angling       ed a sequence of seven succes-      off the last over, Waller was              Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-25, 3-41,                    Bowling: N McCullum 7-0-62-1                        al Maawali.                                        two first-half goals as Group ‘A’ hosts Bangla-
                                                                                                                   4-124, 5-319.                                        (nb-1), Aldridge 9-0-53-0, Oram
away a volley on first match        sive defeats for the home side.     dropped twice by Ross Taylor                                                                                                                            Midfielder Khalid al Hamadani was the          desh defeated the Maldives 3-0.
                                                                                                                   Bowling: Meth 10-0-85-0 (w-2),                       9.5-0-44-3 (w-1), McKay 9-0-77-2
point to open her account in           Zimbabwe got off to a brisk      at midwicket.                              Ncube 8.5-1-69-3 (nb-2, w-3), Price                  (w-2), Woodcock 9-0-58-2 (w-1),                     player that had to make way to allow second            Oman play their next against Maldives to-
the round-robin format.             start with captain Brendan              Two runs were scored off               10-0-57-0 (w-2), Chigumbura 5.1-0-                   Nicol 6-0-30-1.                                     choice keeper Ahmed al Rawahi to come on           morrow.
              Sunny takes                                                                                                                                                      India complete
            seven wickets                                                                                                                                                      England
            in drawn Test                                                                                                                                                      whitewash

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                                                                                       WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                               Pakistan team
                                                                                                                                                                                                 shocked by
                                                                                                                                                                                                says Misbah
                                                                                                                                                                                               DUBAI — Captain Misbah-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ul Haq yesterday termed
                                                                                                                                                                                               former Twenty20 champions
                                                                                                                                                                                               Pakistan’s seventh place in
                                                                                                                                                                                               the inaugural world rankings
                                                                                                                                                                                               as ‘shocking’ for the team,
                                                                                                                                                                                               but said his players will aim
                                                                                                                                                                                               to improve in the most popu-
                                                                                                                                                                                               lar form of the game.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pakistan finished run-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ners-up to India in the inau-
                                                                                                                                                                                               gural Twenty20 World Cup
                                                                                                                                                                                               in 2007 before winning the
                                                                                                                                                                                               title in England in 2009 and
                                                                                                                                                                                               finished losing semifinalists
                                                                                                                                                                                               in the last event held in the
                                                                                                                                                                                               Caribbean in 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   But Pakistan’s 13 defeats
                                                                                                                                                                                               in their last 24 T20 matches
                                                                                                                                                                                               since August 2009 to August
                                                                                                                                                                                               this year — the period for
                                                                                                                                                                                               which the inaugural rank-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ings were devised and an-
                                                                                                                                                                                               nounced on Monday — left
                                                                                                                                                                                               them at the bottom of the ta-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ble topped by England.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   England won the third
                                                                                                                                                                                               World Twenty20 last year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “It was quite a shock to
                                                                                                                                                                                               the whole team,” said Mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                               bah when asked about Paki-
                                                                                                                                                                                               stan’s low rankings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “We felt it quite a lot, all
                                                                                                                                                                                               the players,” said Misbah
                                                                                                                                                                                               who featured in Pakistan’s
                                                                                                                                                                                               defeat in the final against In-
                                                                                                                                                                                               dia in 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Misbah said all his play-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ers were eager to improve
                                                                                                                                                                                               their ranking before next
                                                                                                                                                                                               year’s fourth Twenty20
                                                                                                                                                                                               World Cup to be held in Sri
                                                                                                                                                                                               Lanka next year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “We’ve spoken about it
                                                                                                                                                                                               as well. All the players have
                                                                                                                                                                                               quite a lot of concern about
                                                                                                                                                                                               it. All the players want to
                                                                                                                                                                                               do well. We’ve lost quite a
                                                                                                                                                                                               few of our last T20s, so all
                                                                                                                                                                                               the players felt it and their
                                                                                                                                                                                               thinking is that they need to
                                                                                                                                                                                               improve it now.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pakistan starts the second
                                                                                                                                                                                               Test against Sri Lanka here
                                                                                                                                                                                               today. The three-Test series
                                                                                                                                                                                               will be followed by five one-
                                                                                                                                                                                               day and a Twenty20, and
                                                                                                                                                                                               Misbah promised a changed
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Next time we play a
                                                                                                                                                                                               T20, our approach will be
                                                                                                                                                                                               that this is a format that we
                                                                                                                                                                                               have done really well in, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                               a format that we’ve played a
                                                                                                                                                                                               lot, and our performances in
                                                                                                                                                                                               the three World T20s, run-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ner-up, winner, then semis,
                                                                                                                                                                                               we want to bring that rank-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ing back,” said Misbah.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Misbah, leading Pakistan
                                                                                                                                                                                               in Tests since September
                                                                                                                                                                                               2010, was also appointed
                                                                                                                                                                                               captain for one-day and T20
                                                                                                                                                                                               formats of the game earlier
                                                                                                                                                                                               this year. — AFP

                                                                                                                                                                                                Markaz al Bahja
                                                                                                                                                                                                 chess tourney
                                                                                                                                                                                                   on Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                               MUSCAT — The latest edi-
                                                                                                                                                                                               tion of the monthly Markaz
                                                                                                                                                                                               Al Bahja chess tournament
                                                                                                                                                                                               will be organised in front
                                                                                                                                                                                               of Al Bahja Cineplex in the
                                                                                                                                                                                               shopping mall’s basement
                                                                                                                                                                                               on Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The registration of en-
                                                                                                                                                                                               tries in various categories,
                                                                                                                                                                                               juniors as well as open
                                                                                                                                                                                               competitions, will start at
                                                                                                                                                                                               2.00 pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The tournament will
                                                                                                                                                                                               start at 2.30 pm sharp.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The participants are
                                                                                                                                                                                               required to bring their
                                                                                                                                                                                               own standard sized chess
                                                                                                                                                                                               boards for the tourna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  For further details
                                                                                                                                                                                               contact the organisers at

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