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									                                                                                           Wednesday, May 11, 2011/Jumada al Thania 7, 1432 AH                                                                        

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             Kuwait Emir thanks HM                                                                                                                                                                                     First medical expo opens
         HIS Majesty Sultan Qaboos has received a cable of                                                                                                                                                         MEDCON-2011, an international medical exhibition, was
         thanks from Shaikh Sabah al Ahmed al Jabir al Sabah,                                                                                                                                                      inaugurated yesterday at Oman International Exhibition
         Emir of Kuwait, in reply to His Majesty’s condolences                                                                                                                                                     Centre. The exhibition is the first of its kind to be held
         cable on the death of Shaikh Khalid al Ahmed al Jabir                                                                                                                                                     in the Sultanate. The expo is the most comprehensive
         al Sabah. Al Sabah expressed his appreciation for His                                                                                                                                                     medical event in the Sultanate with its focus on three
         Majesty’s sincere sentiments. — ONA                                                                                                                                                                       major healthcare areas. Details on page 4

          His Majesty issues two Royal Decrees
 Adviser named, grades granted
MUSCAT — His Majesty               Diwan of the Royal Court and        of Agriculture and Fisheries,
Sultan Qaboos has issued two       grants him the Special Grade.       and Abdullah bin Salim bin
Royal Decrees.                        Royal Decree No 62/2011          Mubarak al Makhini, Secre-
   Royal Decree No 61/2011         grants the Special Grade to         tary of the Real Estate Registry
appoints His Highness Sayyid       Sayyid Hilal bin Mussalam           at the Ministry of Housing.
Taloot bin Said bin Moham-         bin Ali al Busaidy, Adviser             The decrees took effect
med al Said as Adviser at the      at the Office of the Minister       yesterday. — ONA

Focus on Sanad and status of students
MUSCAT — The Work Team             the team’s report.                     It reviewed letters sent by
of the Economic Committee              Meanwhile, the Work             the team to the Majlis about
at the Majlis Ash’shura yes-       Team of the Education Com-          the Work Team’s plan which
terday reviewed the draft re-      mittee at the Majlis yesterday      includes field visit to the cul-
port on ‘Evaluation of Sanad       continued discussing “Status        tural attaches abroad, meeting
Programme’ and economic is-        of Omani students abroad and        students at their places in these
sues and how to devise solu-       the role of the cultural attaches   countries and asking them
tions and proposals through        in caring for them”.                about the services. — ONA
                                                                                                                 On behalf of HM Fahd attends meet                                                                 Regional situation reviewed
Strong surveillance on RVF
                                   py outcome is partly the result     1977-78. Serious outbreaks
                                                                                                           GCC discusses co-operation march
                                   of an early detection system,       have also occurred in Kenya,        RIYADH — GCC leaders held their               the aspirations of the people.            saying that the GCC march has been              “The unity of GCC states in adopt-
MUSCAT — A robust surveil-         effective quarantine measures,      Somalia and Tanzania during         13th Consultative Summit at Al Diri-             The leaders reviewed the latest de-    nurtured by the GCC leaders to help          ing clear policies will help them avoid
lance system is at the heart       and other safeguards that are       1997-98.                            yah Palace here yesterday under the           velopments at Arab, regional and in-      achieve the aspirations of the GCC peo-      any repercussions that may negatively
of the Health Ministry’s con-      currently in place, according           In the Arabian Gulf, RVF        chairmanship of King Abdullah bin             ternational spheres. In a communiqué      ples for comprehensive progress and          impact their societies and cultural val-
tinuing success in staving off a   to the study.                       was first reported in Saudi         Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia.            issued at the conclusion of the summit,   prosperity.                                  ues,” said HH Sayyid Fahd.
potential emergence of deadly          A zoonotic viral disease,       Arabia’s Jizan region and               The Sultanate’s delegation was led,       they welcomed requests by Jordan and         HH Sayyid Fahd said, “As the rapid           HH Sayyid Fahd reiterated the Sul-
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in the     RVF primarily affects animals       Yemen’s Al Hudaidah prov-           on behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos,       Morocco to join the GCC and assigned      developments in the regional and inter-      tanate’s full support to the GCC and its
Sultanate, says a newly re-        but also spreads to humans.         ince in 2000, marking the           by His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mah-          the ministerial council to finalise the   national arenas have their impact on the     welfare march and appreciates Saudi
leased study.                      The disease is fairly wide-         first outbreak of the lethal        mood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister           negotiations.                             Gulf region, we should evaluate these        Arabia’s efforts and constructive role in
   Oman remains free from          spread in countries of sub-Sa-      disease outside of the African      for the Council of Ministers.                    Upon his arrival, Sayyid Fahd was      developments, follow up their implica-       serving issues of the region.
RVF despite its geographical       haran and North Africa. In one      continent. The disease has              The leaders reviewed the march of         received by King Abdullah and Prince      tions and reach a unified vision to safe-       Later, HH Sayyid Fahd received in
proximity and close links with     of the worst outbreaks, RVF         since become endemic in             the GCC joint action in political, eco-       Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Gover-      guard the stability and security of this     his residence at Dir’iya Palace in Riya-
countries where the dreaded        killed thousands and infect-        these areas of the Arabian Pe-      nomic, security, military, social and cul-    nor of Riyadh Region. HH Sayyid Fahd      region and avoid being involved in any-      dh Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani,
scourge is endemic. That hap-      ed millions in Egypt during         ninsula.            To page 3       tural spheres with a view to achieving        gave a press statement upon his arrival   thing that might clash with its interests.   Emir of Qatar.                To page 3

Spotlight on jobs                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Solar power is in
MUSCAT — Microsoft Oman hosted a semi-                                                                                                                                                                                                  MUSCAT — The Faculty of Engineering of
nar to discuss the role of Civil Society to ad-                                                                                                                                                                                         Sohar University is holding the ‘Oman Solar
dress youth employability in the Sultanate by                                                                                                                                                                                           Energy Symposium-2011’ at Crowne Plaza
leveraging technology in partnership with the                                                                                                                                                                                           Sohar on May 21.
public and private sector.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The aim of the symposium is to increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the demands for renewable and safe energy
   According to Shaikh Saif al Hosni, Public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        due to the depletion of traditional fuel re-
and Education Sector Manager of Microsoft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sources, which are being consumed at a pro-
Oman, “Microsoft is actively working to sup-                                                                                                                                                                                            digious and unsustainable rate.
port the government’s plans to generate jobs,                                                                                                                                                                                              Delegates will explore methods for sup-
enhance innovations and equip Omani youth                                                                                                                                                                                               porting workforce development in future
with appropriate skills to build a secure future                                                                                                                                                                                        energy solutions to incorporate new and
in knowledge-based economy.                                                                                                                                                                                                             emerging energy technology directly into the
   “In this context, innovation, entrepreneur-                                                                                                                                                                                          curriculum.
ship and technology skills are essential for en-                                                                                                                                                                                           The symposium aims to bring together
suring better opportunities for young Omanis.                                                                                                                                                                                           professionals and students for deliberations
Microsoft is committed to partnering with all                                                                                                                                                                                           on current trends and issues in renewable and
in promoting such skills.”                                                                                                                                                                                                              sustainable energy in Oman.
   The seminar also featured two panel dis-                                                                                                                                                                                                The event has been organised in line with
cussions focused on discussing the skills                                                                                                                                                                                               the Engineering Faculty’s efforts to deliver a
needed for the employment of youth in the                                                                                                                                                                                               high standard of education services through
Sultanate.                   Details on page 4           Assigned by HM, ministerial committee visits governorate                                                                                                                       such practical activities.         Details, P4

ROP official honoured
DUBAI — On the sidelines the 8th Inter-
national Police Applications Forum held in
                                                      Vital projects planned for Musandam                                                                                                                                               World class trade fair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MUSCAT — Professionals from Oman’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        trade fair industry consisting of Union Foires
the emirate of Dubai, Lt Gen Dhahi Khlfan             KHASAB — As assigned by His                  the Royal keenness to give priority to    projects in various sectors such as          ferent regions of the Sultanate.              International (UFI) members gathered yester-
Tameem, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai                   Majesty Sultan Qaboos, a Ministerial         establishment of vital projects in the    roads, ports, health and education.             On their turn, the citizens of the         day at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and
Police, conferred the Security Co-operation           Committee visited the Governorate of         governorate.                                  The members of the committee ex-         wilayats of Khasab and Bukha ex-              Industry to share information and ideas on the
Medal (1st Class) on Oman’s Brigadier Su-             Musandam yesterday. The commit-                 Sayyid Hamoud reiterated the deter-    pressed their aspiration to share devel-     pressed their gratitude to His Majesty        strategies to build a world class trade fair in-
hail bin Amor Bait Fadhil.                            tee conducted meetings with mem-             mination to enhance the blessed Ren-      opment efforts in the area, starting with    the Sultan and reiterated their allegiance    dustry in the Sultanate.
   The laureate was awarded due to Brig               bers of the Majlis Addawla and Majlis        aissance march which, over the past       the operation of Khasab Port and the         to him. They valued the directives of             Organised by Oman International Trade
Bait Fadhil’s role in supporting co-operation         Ash’shura, shaikhs and dignitaries of        four decades, focused on the welfare of   Khasab-Bukha road, besides support           His Majesty to send the committee to          and Exhibitions (OITE) and the Global Asso-
between the Sultanate and the UAE and his             the wilayats of Khasab and Bukha.            Omani citizens, considering them the      for fishermen and livestock breeders.        study the demands of the citizens in the      ciation of the Exhibition Industry, UFI under
contribution to stability and security.                   During the meeting, Sayyid               means and target of development.              In the health sector, the ministerial    Governorate of Musandam.                      the auspices of Mohsin Khamis al Balushi,
   Brig Bait Fadhil was also honoured by Dr           Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidy, Minis-            He pointed out that the current pe-    committee members vowed to upgrade              The shaikhs and dignitaries raised         Adviser at the Ministry of Commerce and
Roland Noble, Secretary-General of the Inter-         ter of Interior, who led the committee,      riod requires a new push for domestic     Khasab Hospital into a referral hospi-       the demands about the needs of the            Industry, a seminar titled ‘Building a world
pol, on the sidelines of the Interpol’s 7th con-      reaffirmed the attention accorded by         development. He announced to the citi-    tal. They also considered proposals to       wilayats of Khasab and Bukha and the          class trade fair industry in Oman’ was held to
ference held in Lyon, France, and attended by         His Majesty the Sultan to development        zens of the Governorate of Musandam       establish a high-status college that will    rest of the Governorate of Musandam           offer industry professionals updated concepts
delegates from 188 countries.       See page 2        in the Governorate of Musandam and           that the government will set up vital     cater to the needs of students from dif-     with the committee.            To page 3      and effective tips.     Full report on page 4

Oil prices jump on                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UN for better nuke
reinforced demand                                                                                                                                                                                                                       safety standards
NEW YORK — Stocks rose yesterday as                                                                                                                                                                                                     GENEVA — Countries using nuclear energy
unexpectedly strong Chinese trade data rein-                                                                                                                                                                                            must ensure their reactors are built to with-
forced optimism about the global economy,                                                                                                                                                                                               stand multiple disasters after Japan’s accident
while oil rose on concerns US flooding could                                                                                                                                                                                            revealed gaps in safety standards, UN Secre-
hit Gulf Coast refinery operations.                                                                                                                                                                                                     tary-General Ban Ki-Moon said yesterday.
    Crude oil prices traded higher as investors                                                                                                                                                                                            Stronger partnerships must also be forged
resumed a reversal from last week's abrupt                                                                                                                                                                                              with the atomic industry to boost safety, he
slide. While no refineries had been forced                                                                                                                                                                                              said, noting that nuclear technology can also
to cut operations yet, rising waters along the                                                                                                                                                                                          be harnessed for medical use, improving ag-
Mississippi threatened to disrupt plants in                                                                                                                                                                                             ricultural production and promoting sustain-
Louisiana in the next two weeks.                                                                                                                                                                                                        able development.
    Brent crude jumped $1.73 to $117.63, re-                                                                                                                                                                                               “Those countries with advanced nuclear
covering from a low of $113.58 earlier in the                                                                                                                                                                                           energy technology must ensure that nuclear
session. US crude settled up $1.33 at $103.88                                                                                                                                                                                           reactors can withstand multiple hazards —
a barrel in volatile action. — Reuters                                                                                                                                                                                                  various combinations of an earthquake, tsu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nami, flood and fire,” he said.
                                                           GLOBAL ACTION: In a historical occasion, the Sultanate will join other countries around the world to launch the first global Decade of Action                                   No country is immune to disaster, he said.
   TODAY’S edition includes a four-page
 supplement on Netherlands National Day.                 for Road Safety (2011-2020) at an event to be held at the Traffic Safety Institute today. The Royal Oman Police will pioneer the move. See also P3                             “By our actions we can either compound dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        asters or diminish them.” — Reuters

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                                            OMAN DAILY Observer
                                           WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

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                           DUBAI — On the sidelines the 8th Inter-           Roland Noble, Secretary-General of the Inter-
                           national Police Applications Forum held in        pol, on the sidelines of the Interpol’s 7th con-
                           the emirate of Dubai, Lt Gen Dhahi Khlfan         ference held in Lyon, France, and attended by
                           Tameem, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Po-           delegates from 188 countries.
                           lice, conferred the Security Co-operation Med-        Brig Bait Fadhil was also awarded the In-
                           al (1st Class) on Oman’s Brigadier Suhail bin
                                                                             terpol Distinguished International Police Med-
                           Amor Bait Fadhil.
                               The laureate was awarded for Brig Bait Fa-    al for his role as ex-chief of Interpol Muscat, a
                           dhil’s role in supporting co-operation between    unit which gained global acclaim for enhanc-
                           the Sultanate and the United Arab Emirates        ing the international organisation’s capabilities
                           and his contribution to stability and security.   in crime control and repatriation of criminals.
                               Brig Bait Fadhil was also honoured by Dr                    — Courtesy: Royal Oman Police

                           Evaluation panel completes Buraimi work
                           BURAIMI — Deliberations of the Evalua-          The committee listened to eight competitors
                           tion Committee of the 21st edition of Sultan in four levels — two competitors in the 2nd
                           Qaboos Competition for Memorisation of the and 3rd levels, 3 competitors in the 4th level
                           Holy Quran concluded here yesterday.         and a competitor in the 5th level. — ONA
                                                                                                                      OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                    WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                          GCC states discuss
                                                                                                                                                                                                          co-operation march
                                                                                                                                                                                                         From page 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                         The meeting discussed relations between the two brotherly
                                                                                                                                                                                                      countries and matters of common concern.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         HH Sayyid Fahd was accompanied by an official delegation that
                                                                                                                                                                                                      comprises Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Saif bin Mohammed al Shabibi, Hous-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing Minister, Shaikh Sa'ad bin Mohammed al Sa'adi, Commerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                      and Industry Minister, and Sayyid Ahmed bin Hilal al Busaidy, Sul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      tanate's ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         The GCC yesterday welcomed bids by the kingdoms of Jordan
                                                                                                                                                                                                      and Morocco to join the six-nation grouping of Gulf Arab monar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      chies, its secretary general Abdullatif al Zayani said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         "Leaders of the GCC welcomed the request of the Hashemite
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kingdom of Jordan to join the council and instructed the foreign
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ministers to enter into negotiations to complete the procedures,"
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Zayani told reporters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         He said the same procedure would be followed with Morocco.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Meanwhile, the GCC urged all sides in Yemen to sign up to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                      deal brokered by the Council aimed at ending months of anti-gov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ernment unrest in the nation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         “The council urged the all parties in Yemen to sign the agreement
                                                                                                                                                                                                      which is the best way out of the crisis and spare the country further
    HIS Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said being received upon arrival by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah in Riyadh. Right: HH Fahd with Qatari Emir Shaik Hamad                                   political division and deterioration of security,” the bloc’s leaders
                                                    bin Khalifa al Thani yesterday. — Pictures by Mohamed al Rashdi                                                                                   said in a joint statement after the summit. — ONA , Agencies

Qatar message for Majlis chief                                                                        Panel to tour Wilayats of Madha, Diba today
MUSCAT — Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed               the Sultanate.
al Issai, Chairman of Majlis Ash’shura, has         They also reviewed bilateral relations and         From page 1                             ister of Interior, and it included Dr    istry of Commerce and Industry for        hana al Hinai, Wali of Bukha and heads
received a written message from Mohammed         means of strengthening them in various fields,         They said that Musandam enjoys         Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saeedi,            Commerce and Industry, Dr Abdullah        of governmental institutions in the
bin Mubarak al Khlaifi, Chairman of Qatar’s      besides co-operation and co-ordination be-         natural resources and a strategic loca-    Minister of Health, Dr Ahmed bin Mo-     bin Mohammed al Sarmi, Under-Sec-         Governorate of Musandam.
Ash’shura Council on bilateral relations.        tween the two councils in various areas and        tion that enables it to be a commercial,   hammed al Futaisi, Minister of Trans-    retary of the Ministry of Higher Edu-         The Committee also visited Khas-
   The message was delivered by Abdullah bin     regional and global issues of common con-          economic and tourist hub and that it       port and Communications, Dr Fuaad        cation, and Shaikh Said bin Moham-        sab Port and toured part of the Khasab-
Mohammed al Khatir, Ambassador of Qatar to       cern. — ONA                                        could contribute to the national income    bin Jaafar Sajwani, Minister of Agri-    med al Braiki, Adviser at the Interior    Bukha road for which studies are being
                                                                                                    of the country and benefit its own resi-   culture and Fisheries, Sayyid Khalifa    Ministry.                                 conducted to resolve the problem of
                                                                                                    dents.                                     bin al Murdas al Busaidy, Governor           The meeting was attended by           falling rocks that obstruct traffic.
                                                                                                        The Committee was led by Sayyid        of Musandam, Ahmed bin Hassan al         Shaikh Ali bin Mansoor al Busaidy,            The committee will today tour the
                                                                                                    Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidy, Min-         Dheeb, Under-Secretary of the Min-       Wali of Khasab, Shaikh Saif bin Mu-       Wilayats of Madha and Diba. — ONA

   BP celebrates gas delivery from
             Khazzan, Makarim fields
MUSCAT — The British Petroleum (BP) has recently celebrated delivery of gas from its Ex-
tended Well Test project to the government-owned plant at Saih Rawl in a ceremony held in the
presence of Bob Dudley, BP Chief Executive.
    Dudley met BP Oman staff to congratulate them and join them in celebrating this accomplish-
ment. “With the commitment and hard work of all BP Oman staff, we were able to deliver our
first gas exports safely and sustainably to the government of the Sultanate”.
    Darwish bin Ismaeel al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs, and Dr Moham-
med bin Hamad al Rumhy, Oil and Gas Minister, have separately received Dudley during his
visit to the Sultanate. During the meetings, future plans for BP’s Khazzan-Makarim tight gas
project were discussed.
                                                                                                     Efforts on to strengthen animal surveillance
    Meanwhile, BP Oman is sponsoring the British Museum exhibition “Adornment & Identity:              From page 1                    single viraemic sheep or goat        While the virus is typically   the establishment of an active   in the Sultanate, has adopted
Jewellery and Costume from Oman” to mark the 40th anniversary of the National Day.                     Following RVF’s emer-          can be a potential source of      spread through the bite of in-    animal health surveillance       a number of strategies cen-
    The exhibition continues till September 11. — ONA                                               gence on the Peninsula,           infection for the local vectors   fected mosquitoes, the female     system is the key to alerting    tring on efforts to strengthen
                                                                                                    health and animal authorities     and may trigger an outbreak       mosquito can also pass on the     authorities to the potential     animal surveillance.
Workshop focuses on health development                                                              in the Sultanate have since
                                                                                                    raised their collective guard
                                                                                                                                      in the Dhofar Governorate,”
                                                                                                                                      according to the findings of
                                                                                                                                                                        virus to her larvae, thereby
                                                                                                                                                                        spawning new generations of
                                                                                                                                                                                                          emergence of the disease in
                                                                                                                                                                                                          livestock before it can likely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In addition to effective
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           quarantine measures, the pan-
HAIMA — The Health Services Department in the Al Wusta Region held a workshop for rap-              against the possible spread       the study.                        infected carriers.                spread to humans. RVF out-       el also decided to establish an
porteurs of the 7th and 8th five-year plans.                                                        of the disease into Oman.            Given the presence of the         Worse, larval eggs can sur-    breaks typically occur in ani-   early warning system through
   The workshop was aimed at enhancing the concepts of objectives and strategies during plan-       Concerns largely stem from        main vector — the Aedes           vive for long periods in dry      mals first before cases emerge   effective communications.
ning and preparing the executive five-year plan in the region.                                      the continuing movement           mosquito — in parts of the        conditions.                       among humans.                        The strategy also places
   Working papers were presented on strategic planning process, fields of development and Om-       of livestock, primarily goats     governorate, an effective            In rainy conditions, these        In light of this pattern of   emphasis on raising aware-
anisation. A presentation was also given on primary healthcare, pharmaceutical care, laboratories   and sheep, from Somalia and       surveillance system covering      virus-laden eggs hatch and        transmission of RVF, the Na-     ness among healthcare work-
and their roles. — ONA                                                                              Yemen, where the disease is       both animal and human forms       continue the cycle of RVF         tional Zoonotic Committee        ers and moots the establish-
                                                                                                    endemic.                          of the disease lies at the crux   transmission.                     which monitors, among other      ment of RVF lab testing
                                                                                                       “The introduction of a         of efforts to keep RVF at bay.       According to the study,        things, animal disease trends    facilities.

                                                                                                      Dutch floral splendour
                                                                                                         on show today
                                                                                                       By A Staff Reporter            flowers.
                                                                                                                                          The first seminar will
                                                                                                                                      begin at 11 am for invited
                                                                                                     MUSCAT — To demon-               members of the diplomatic
                                                                                                     strate Holland’s premier         community and local busi-
                                                                                                     status as the world’s leading    nesspersons.
                                                                                                     producer of fresh flowers,           It will be followed by
                                                                                                     the Netherlands Embassy          another session at 1 pm for
                                                                                                     is hosting two flower semi-      invited owners of local flo-
                                                                                                     nars at the Majan Ballroom       rists, flower importers, and
  MAJOR General Salim bin Musallam bin Ali Qatan, Assistant Inspector-General of                     of Al Bustan Palace Hotel        representatives from the ho-
     Police and Customs, went on an inspection tour of the Sultan Qaboos Academy                     today.                           tel industry.
       for Police Sciences in Nizwa yesterday. He also listened to a briefing about                      Top flower arranger Tim          The Netherlands is re-
   the academy’s training programmes. He also inspected the new buildings set up to                  van Leipsig has been flown       garded as the Wall Street of
accommodate new batches of recruits being trained before employment at the ROP units.                in from the Netherlands to       global ornamental horticul-
                                                                                                     present his techniques and       tural trade.
                                                                                                     to showcase new varieties            Its favourable climate
                                                                                                     of flowers never seen before     and important logistical hubs
                                                                                                     in Oman.                         such as main port Schiphol,
                                                                                                         Aside from his luggage,      plus the development of
                                                                                                     van Leipsig is also bring-       high-quality      production
                                                                                                     ing along 700 kilos of fresh     methods, have enabled the
                                                                                                     flowers.                         Dutch horticulture cluster to
                                                                                                         No less than 60 varieties    become particularly strong.
                                                                                                     of fresh cut flowers ranging         The Netherlands is also
                                                                                                     from different types of tu-      the largest exporter and
                                                                                                     lips, lilies and roses are be-   importer of cut flowers and
                                                                                                     ing flown in for this unique     potted plants, and they are
                                                                                                     event.                           the world’s main auction
                                                                                                         Representatives of top       centre for both.
                                                                                                     hotels and flower shops              In 2010, exports of
                                                                                                     have been invited to partici-    flowers and related items
                                                                                                     pate in this event at Al Bus-    amounted to no less than
                                                                                                     tan Palace Hotel.                euro 5.5 billion.
                                                                                                         Undoubtedly they will            The famous Keukenhof
       SCHOOLCHILDREN being briefed about road safety at the Traffic Safety                          be dazzled by the vast ar-       flower fields yearly attract
                Institute in Seeb, Royal Oman Police (ROP).                                          ray of colours and variety of    millions of visitors.
                                                                                                                           OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                          WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

                                                                      Experts share ideas on building                                                                                                             Sohar University to host
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  solar energy symposium
                                                                      world class trade fair industry                                                                                                             MUSCAT — The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Faculty of Engineer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ing of Sohar Univer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sity is holding the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Oman Solar Energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Symposium 2011’ at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Crowne Plaza Sohar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  on May 21.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The aim of the symposium is to increase the demands for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  renewable and safe energy due to the depletion of traditional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fuel resources, which are being consumed at a prodigious and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  unsustainable rate. Delegates will explore methods for sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  porting workforce development in future energy solutions to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  incorporate new and emerging energy technology directly into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the curriculum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oman Solar Energy Symposium aims to bring together

 Qalhat LNG supports                                                                                                                                                                                              professionals and students for deliberations on current trends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and issues in renewable and sustainable energy in Oman. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  event has been organised in line with the Engineering Fac-
  hotline call centre                                                    By A Staff Reporter            tions.
                                                                                                            Speakers at the seminars
                                                                                                                                            man of the Exhibitions Com-
                                                                                                                                            mittee at the Oman Chamber
                                                                                                                                                                               UFI will continue to encour-
                                                                                                                                                                               age the trade fair industry in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ulty’s efforts to deliver a high standard of education services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  through such practical activities as laboratory experiments,
                                                                                                        imparted practical tips to be       of Commerce and Industry,          Oman to broaden its scopes.”       mini projects, scientific and innovation competitions, and
   By A Staff Reporter            hat LNG in supporting the           MUSCAT — Professionals            undertaken to build world           “Similar seminars are vital as         Based in Paris, UFI pro-       workshops training.
                                  community. This is an impor-        from Oman’s trade fair indus-     class trade fairs industry in the   it gathers exhibition profes-      motes, serves and represents           Dr Hussein A Kazem (symposium chairman) said: “The
MUSCAT — Qalhat LNG and           tant project that will bring the    try consisting of Union Foires    Sultanate. Mohsin expressed         sionals in Oman to share their     the trade fair industry world-     symposium will focus on basic renewable energy research,
the Ministry of Health have       population at large closer in       International (UFI) members       aspirations and the need to         innovative ideas and knowl-        wide. It aims to represent and     sustainable development and technologies and applications,
signed an agreement recently      communication with the min-         gathered yesterday at the         build a world class trade fair      edge on the industry.              serve the world’s exhibition       along with more than 15 projects developed by the students of
to sponsor the newly intro-       istry by applying latest tech-      Oman Chamber of Commerce          industry in the country.                The event will certainly       industry and sets standards by     final year demonstrating the new technologies and ideologies
duced Hotline Call Centre that    nology available” he added.         and Industry to attend a semi-        Ibrahim al Khaldi, the re-      benefit our exhibition industry    promoting and regulating the       that can be implemented in the present world for a better sus-
will be established at the min-       Al Kitani emphasised the        nar and to share information      gional manager of UFI high-         and enhance awareness on the       unique value of trade fairs;       tainable and renewable energised world of tomorrow.”
istry.                            role of Qalhat LNG in support-      and ideas on the strategies to    lighted how the UFI mandate         unique value of the exhibition     educating exhibition industry          Sponsored by Solar Aluminium, the event will be held
    The agreement was signed      ing sustainable social, educa-      build a world class trade fair    and being a member can el-          industry. This will be a great     professionals; offering exten-     under the auspices of Dr Abood al Sawafi, Sohar University
by Dr Darwish bin Saif al         tional, health and environment      industry in the Sultanate.        evate Oman’s trade fair indus-      forum to come together and         sive networking opportunities      Vice-Chancellor, and will feature the following speakers:
Maharbi, Under-Secretary for      initiatives through its ambi-           Organised by Oman In-         try to world class level.           work for a common mission.”        and enabling members to en-        Henk Pauw (CEO — Sohar Aluminium), Dr Hamza Idrees,
Administrative and Financial      tious Social Investment Pro-        ternational Trade and Exhibi-         Sadiq Ahmed Khan, Di-               He added, “Today, there        hance business growth.             Dr Hussein A Kazem, Dr Nitin Raute, Dr Reyah Abdulla and
Affairs, Ministry of Health,      gramme where one per cent of        tions (OITE) and the Global       rector — B2B Events and             are three trade fairs companies        Via its member organisa-       Professor Uzaldin S A (Shinas Technical College).
and Harib bin Abdullah al         the company’s annual income         Association of the Exhibition     Marketing at OITE shared on         and one centre being members       tions, including the world’s           A number of higher education institutions from Oman, the
Kitani, Qalhat LNG President      after tax has been allocated for    Industry, UFI under the aus-      the company’s experience as         of UFI in Oman, which is a         leading show organisers and        UAE, Saud Arabia, India and Pakistan have expressed their
and CEO.                          this purpose.                       pices of Mohsin Khamis al         a first UFI, member and how         remarkable progress for the        fairground operators, national     interest to participate in this symposium.
    Al Maharbi said: “Financ-         “We are pleased to be part      Balushi, Adviser at the Minis-    this can benefit in organising      country’s trade fair industry.     and international professional
ing this project by Qalhat LNG
will have good results in rais-
                                  of this unique project. As we
                                  appreciate the continuous co-
                                                                      try of Commerce and Industry,
                                                                      a seminar titled ‘Building a
                                                                                                        world class trade fairs like
                                                                                                        Comex and Ghedex.
                                                                                                                                            It is not an impossible task for
                                                                                                                                            the Sultanate to build a world
                                                                                                                                                                               associations and industry
                                                                                                                                                                               partners, UFI is present in 76     Microsoft hosts seminar
ing health awareness among        operation with the Ministry of      world class trade fair industry       According to Ahmed Saleh        class trade fair industry, which   countries on six continents.
all people in Oman.
    The agreement represents
                                  Health, we are fully committed
                                  to support this vital sector with
                                                                      in Oman’ was held to offer in-
                                                                      dustry professionals updated
                                                                                                        Baabood, First Vice-Chairman
                                                                                                        for the UFI, Middle East/Af-
                                                                                                                                            plays a significant role in
                                                                                                                                            highlighting the development
                                                                                                                                                                               UFI members are responsible
                                                                                                                                                                               for the management and oper-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to promote employment
the continuous co-operation       such sustainable projects in the    concepts and effective tips       rica Chapter and Executive          taking place in various sectors.   ation of over 4,500 exhibitions
between the ministry and Qal-     future” concluded Al Kitani.        covering a wide range of op-      Chairman of OITE and Chair-         The support and guidance of        around the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By A Staff Reporter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MUSCAT — Microsoft Oman hosted a seminar to discuss the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  role of Civil Society (NGOs) to address youth employability
Ambassador visits MCBS                                                  First medical exhibition opens                                                                                                            in the Sultanate by leveraging technology in partnership with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the public and private sector. The event was held under the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  auspices of Yahya bin Badr al Maawali, Under-Secretary, Min-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  istry of Social Development.
                                                                       By Abdulaziz al Jahdhami         doctors, nurses, medical tech-      in the market as well as the       tion (IMTA) and the Turkish            According to Shaikh Saif al Hosni, Public and Education Sec-
                                                                                                        nologists and pharmacists. It       full range of modern medical       Healthcare Tourism Develop-        tor Manager of Microsoft Oman, “Microsoft is actively working
                                                                      MUSCAT — Medcon 2011,             will be visited by healthcare       services available worldwide,      ment Council (THTDC). Ka-          to support the Oman Government’s plans to create jobs, enhance
                                                                      an international medical exhi-    professionals and enthusiasts       Medcon 2011 promotes the           noo Freight LLC is the event’s     innovations, and equip Omani youth with the appropriate skills
                                                                      bition, was inaugurated under     who want to be updated on the       continued development of           official logistics partner.        to build a secure future in knowledge based economy.
                                                                      the auspices of Dr Ali bin Tal-   range of new health products        healthcare in Oman for the            Commenting on organis-              “In this context, innovation, entrepreneurship and technolo-
                                                                      ib al Hinai, Under-Secretary      and the most advanced medi-         full benefit of both patients      ing this exhibition, Dr Ali al     gy skills are essential for ensuring better employment opportu-
                                                                      for Planning Affairs at the       cal equipment in the global         and health professionals”, Al      Hinai said: “The Ministry of       nities for young Omanis. Microsoft is committed to partnering
                                                                      Ministry of Health, yesterday     market.                             Hashmi added.                      Health encourages organis-         with government organisations and other private sector com-
                                                                      at Oman International Exhibi-         The international exhibi-           Among the countries par-       ing such events that serves as     panies to support the role of NGOs in promoting such skills
                                                                      tion Centre.                      tion will also welcome visitors     ticipating at Medcon 2011          a platform for health profes-      among the youth and enhancing their capabilities to participate
                                                                          The exhibition, organised     looking for the latest health in-   are China, France, Germany,        sionals and officials from both    in the development of the country.”
                                                                      by Al Nimr Expo, is the first     formation and techniques used       India, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait,       government and private health
                                                                      of its kind to be held in the     in the world. It is also intended   Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman,           institutions.
                   By A Staff Reporter                                Sultanate.                        for patients seeking the best       Singapore, Switzerland, Thai-         This international exhibi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oman Air cargo participates in
                                                                          Medcon 2011 is the most       available medical care locally      land, Turkey, the United Arab      tion offers an opportunity for
MUSCAT — Dr Badr Eldin A Ibrahim, Dean of Modern Col-                 comprehensive medical event       or in other parts of the world.     Emirate and the US.                public as well to familiarise
lege of Business & Science (MCBS), welcomed Dr Richard J              in the Sultanate with its focus       Salim bin Omer al Hashmi,           Medcon 2011 is supported       themselves of the medical           Transport Logistic, Munich
Eshmirer, the US Ambassador to Oman, during his visit to the          on three major healthcare ar-     CEO of Al Nimr Expo, point-         by the American Hospital Du-       equipment, health products
college at Bausher.                                                   eas: medical equipment and        ed out: “With the participation     bai and Sagar Hospitals Group      and medical services available        By A Staff Reporter
    The ambassador also met the college students and gave a           technology, medical tourism       of many exhibitors from all         as Platinum Sponsors.              in other parts of the world.
talk on the “Future of US Education System in the Gulf and            and treatment, and wellness       over the world, Medcon 2011             The Gold Sponsors of the          “As the biggest and most        MUSCAT — Oman Air
the Sultanate of Oman”. He encouraged the students to benefit         and fitness.                      will truly serve the growing        event are Advocate Health          important event for the Sultan-    Cargo is participating in the
from the information on American scholarships available in                It features more than 70      requirements of hospitals and       (USA), Bayer Healthcare,           ate’s vibrant health and medi-     Transport Logistic, Munich,
English Language, academic studies and summer scholarships.           participating companies from      clinics in their day-to-day op-     Fuji Film, Johns Hopkins Sin-      cal sector, Medcon 2011 will       which is a trade fair for Lo-
The ambassador visited the college library, the American Cor-         over 15 countries worldwide.      erations while also providing       gapore, Medical Network of         significantly contribute to the    gistics, Mobility, IT and Sup-
ner and met with some students and teachers who briefed him           The exhibition also showcases     the general public with infor-      Hessen (Germany), Medicare         continued growth of the in-        ply Chain Management. The
on the students’ activities in English Language and the contri-       a wide range of unique medi-      mation on the best medical          Tourism, Muscat Pharmacy,          dustry and it will also play a     event began yesterday will
bution of the faculty during academic and scientific meetings.        cal equipment, health prod-       services that they can avail of     Perfect Healthcare Solutions,      valuable role in increasing the    run till May 13 and is host-
    The US Ambassador praised the students and the efforts            ucts, medical supplies and        for safeguarding their health       Starcare Hospital and Swiss        public’s awareness of the vari-    ed by Munich International
exerted by the college in creating strong academic relations          medical tourism services.         and well-being.”                    Health.                            ous major health issues affect-    Trade Fairs.
and affiliation with American academic institutions. He also              During the three days, the        “By providing a platform            The exhibition also has the    ing the world today,” Melwin           The new Munich Trade Fair      that we spread the awareness
congratulated the authorities on the great efforts taken in pro-      exhibition is expected to at-     for displaying the most ad-         official backing of the Indian     D’Cunha, Director of Al Nimr       Centre, where the event is held,   of Oman Air Cargo Services
moting the college administratively and academically.                 tract hospital administrators,    vanced medical equipment            Medical Tourism Associa-           Expo remarked.                     expects more than 1,880 ex-        to customers at the destina-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hibitors from 59 countries, 44     tions that we already operate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  per cent of those coming from      into and also to the other des-
                                                                                                         Oman education arena to benefit from NLP                                                                 international markets. Together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  these exhibitors will cover the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tinations within the region as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     part of our expansion plans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  entire spectrum of global, in-     Participation in niche exhibi-
                                                                                                             By Kabeer Yousuf                   “Touted as a modern ap-        of Oman listen to their heart,     termodal movement of goods         tions such as this, that sees
                                                                                                                                            proach that helps people to        think and act accordingly”,        on the roads, rail, water and in   transport and logistics Op-
                                                                                                        MUSCAT — With mammoth               find ways to have better, fuller   Srini, who believes that the       the air. Also being held in con-   erators from around the world
                                                                                                        efforts in place to revive the      and richer lives, the NLP has      cutting edge difference be-        junction with transport logistic   congregate in one venue, is
                                                                                                        Sultanate’s education arena,        been steadily experimented         tween industry leaders and         is the 5th Air Cargo Europe        sure to bring in results”.
                                                                                                        the same is to greatly benefit      by some other countries in the     other organisations is the ‘peo-   Conference today.                      Sherief added: “Our unit
                                                                                                        from NLP (Neuro-Linguistic          region”, stated Srini, who is to   ple’, noted.                           Mohamed Sherief Padiy-         product has been very suc-
                                                                                                        Programme), a method widely         conduct a training session on         “This seminar is a part of      ath (pictured), General Man-       cessful and our Airport Han-
                                                                                                        acclaimed as an approach to         “Leadership through Emotion-       our endeavours to provide          ager Cargo, Oman Air says:         dling partners have witnessed
                                                                                                        psychotherapy and organi-           al Intelligence” at the CBFS at    Continuing Professional Edu-       “Oman Air Cargo has been           more business from Oman Air
                                                                                                        sational change based on a          6 pm today.                        cation (CPE) to our members        posting very positive results,     in the areas that we operate to
                                                                                                        model of interpersonal com-             “People with great IQ (In-     and we have a number of            and with the addition of new       than before, in fact almost
                                                                                                        munication.                         telligence Quotient) are not       honorary speakers of interna-      destinations, it is important      twice as many.”
                                                                                                            The NL Programme can            always successful and Emo-         tional repute who are willing
                                                                                                        help Omani students think           tional Quotient (EQ) in people     to deliver talks and seminars
                                                                                                        out of the box beyond their         can constantly be developed        on topics as varied as finance,
                                                                                                        academic framework and far
                                                                                                        beyond their routine lifestyle
                                                                                                                                            unlike the earlier”, Srini told
                                                                                                                                            the Observer, adding that is the
                                                                                                                                                                               HR, insurance, planning and
                                                                                                                                                                               growth, corporate govern-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Son of the desert walking
                                                                                                        to a wider horizon that con-
                                                                                                        ceptualises a better life while
                                                                                                                                            very reason why many school
                                                                                                                                            drop outs are successful in
                                                                                                                                                                               ance”, Avadh Kishore, Chair-
                                                                                                                                                                               man, ICAI Muscat Chapter,            to raise drug awareness
                                                                                                        becoming a responsible person       their lives.                       noted.
                                                                                                        in the society.                         “Nearly 25 per cent of the        P Chandrasekhr Group                                By A Staff Reporter
                                                                                                            This was said by Srinivasan     success is based on academic       General Manager, Jawad Sul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MUSCAT — Al Hayat Association is introducing and sup-
                                                                                                        Iyer, CEO and Lead Consultant       excellence but the rest 75 per     tan Group of Companies, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   porting Khamis al Hatali’s walk across the Governate of
                                                                                                        at the MPower Business Doc-         cent is based on emotional         Krithika,      Head-Corporate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Muscat to raise awareness about the dangers of drug use
                                                                                                        tors based in Mumbai, who is        competence and incorporat-         Learning Solutions were also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and drug abuse in Oman. Although Khamis is used to walk-
                                                                                                        in town on a short visit.           ing NLP can make children          present at the briefing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing over 1,000s of kilometres, he will on this occasion cover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   only 250 kilometres as this campaign is just for the Gover-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   norate of Muscat, said Ibtisam al Busaidy, Vice-President,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Al Hayat Association.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       For the very first time, Khamis will be accompanied by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Helmi al Kindy, a board member of Al Hayat Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Head of the Awareness Committee. The event will kick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   off on May 14 under the auspices of Al Sayyid Saud bin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hilal al Busaidy and will be attended by walis of the Gov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ernorate of Muscat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       His future plans include walking from Ibri to Salalah,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   walking across the GCC countries, as well as walking across
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   some Arab countries. Being very passionate and enthusias-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tic in his support for Al Hayat Association, he is determined
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to spread the word about the dangers of taking drugs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   raise awareness about the need for volunteers and financial
                                                                                                                    OMAN/ASIA  5
                                                                                                                         OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                       WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                         Chinese chickens fattened on minerals
                                                                                                                                                                         BEIJING — Chinese authori-         in the digestive tracts of live   and toxin scandals that have
                                                                                                                                                                         ties have seized more than         chickens, the official China      shaken consumer confidence.
                                                                                                                                                                         1,000 chickens which had           Daily reported.                   Numerous government crack-
                                                                                                                                                                         been force-fed with minerals          They stopped two trucks        downs have apparently had
                                                                                                                                                                         used for industrial and medi-      with nearly 1,000 chickens        little effect.
                                                                                                                                                                         cal purposes to make them ap-      on board and found they had            In 2008, at least six chil-
                                                                                                                                                                         pear plumper, state media said     been fed with barite pow-         dren died and nearly 300,000
                                                                                                                                                                         yesterday, in the country’s lat-   der, typically used to deflect    fell ill from powdered milk
                                                                                                                                                                         est food safety scandal.           X-rays and as a weighting         laced with melamine, an in-
                                                                                                                                                                             Police in the southwestern     agent when drilling for oil and   dustrial chemical added to low
                                                                                                                                                                         city of Chongqing acted af-        gas, the newspaper said.          quality or diluted milk to fool
                                                                                                                                                                         ter consumers complained of           China’s food sector has        inspectors checking for pro-
                                                                                                                                                                         finding “unknown substances”       been beset by poisonings          tein levels. — Reuters

BSM students feted with ‘mini Oscar’ awards
                                   and Drama Awards. These
 By Ali Ahmed al Riyami
                                   awards signify the achieve-
MUSCAT — The British               ments of the students and are
School Muscat (BSM) took on        a way of promoting dance and
a Hollywood air at its Oscars-     drama activities, as well as rec-
style MEDDIA (Media, Eng-          ognising student talent.
lish, Dance, Drama, Innova-           The performances were di-
tion Awards) ceremony held         rected by BSM’s senior school
at the Al Falaj Hotel in Ruwi      students under the tutelage of
yesterday.                         Maurice Moul, BSM’s Teacher
    Over 300 members were          of English and Media studies
entertained with urban-style       and the Originator, Producer
slam poetry recitals, dance rou-   and Organiser of the MEDDIA
tines and film clips performed     Awards.
and produced by the students          This was the second MED-
themselves.                        DIA Awards ceremony pre-
    BSM teachers presented 40      sented by BSM, in what is
students with their mini-Oscar     becoming an annual event, and
awards in four broad catego-       which was again sponsored
ries, namely the Dance Awards,     by City Cinemas and Al Falaj
Media Awards, English Awards       Hotel.

 S Korea to invite North to summit if conditions met
BERLIN — South Korean President Lee Myung-               extend the invitation,” he added, speaking through a    reans are willing to give up their nuclear weapon
Bak yesterday said he was ready to invite North Ko-      translator.                                             programme,” he added. “They see it as part of the
rea’s leader Kim Jong-Il to a security summit next          Security experts said the North was unlikely to      regime’s legitimacy as well as its ultimate security
year if Kim agreed to renounce nuclear weapons.          agree to renounce nuclear weapons, especially as        guarantee.”
    He said Kim’s word would be a precondition for       Pyongyang is focused on gaining recognition as a de        Momentum has been building towards a resump-
his invitation to the nuclear summit next March, a       facto nuclear weapons state.                            tion of talks aimed at encouraging North Korea to
follow-up meeting to one hosted by President Barack         “I don’t know what difference it would make if       give up nuclear weapons, after inter-Korean tension
Obama in the US last year.                               they were to make that statement,” said proliferation   spiked to the highest level in years in 2010 with the
    “North Korea should say clearly beforehand that      expert Shannon Kile of the Stockholm International      sinking of a South Korean warship and the shelling
it renounces nuclear weapons,” he told reporters after   Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). “They would al-       of a South Korean island.
meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Ber-          ways qualify it and they would have caveats.”              The so-called six-party talks include the two
lin. “Only when this pledge has been made will we           “I don’t see any evidence that the North Ko-         Koreas, the US, China, Japan and Russia. — Reuters
                                                                                                                        THE WORLD    6
                                                                                                                              OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                             WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

Queen Mary 2                                                                                                                                   Tube strikes called off
used in alleged                                                                                                                                LONDON — London Un-                we have avoided significant
                                                                                                                                               derground drivers have called      disruption for London,” said
smuggling case                                                                                                                                 off strikes set for next week      London Underground Man-
                                                                                                                                               and in June after their union      aging Director Mike Brown.
NEW YORK — A Malay-                                                                                                                            reached an agreement with              “We are pleased to have
sian man faces charges of                                                                                                                      employers in a dispute over        secured agreement from the
attempting to smuggle nine                                                                                                                     two sacked workers, operator       RMT leadership to jointly
Chinese illegal immigrants                                                                                                                     London Underground said.           engage in an independent re-
into the US as passengers                                                                                                                         The RMT union had               view of industrial disputes in
on board the luxury RMS                                                                                                                        threatened six days of strikes     London Underground.”
Queen Mary 2 ocean liner,                                                                                                                      over the dismissals of the two         Brown said London Un-
officials said.                                                                                                                                men who it said were fired be-     derground had agreed to re-
    The group, carrying                                                                                                                        cause of union activities.         instate one of the drivers in a
forged Japanese passports                                                                                                                         Millions of commuters           different position and to dis-
but speaking scarcely any                                                                                                                      would have been affected if        cuss further the other man’s
Japanese, was caught by im-                                                                                                                    the industrial action had gone     case. He said the operator was
migration officials after dis-                                                                                                                 ahead. “Following a meeting        responding to the findings of
embarking in New York City                                                                                                                     with the RMT leadership the        an employment tribunal, and
on April 26, said John Saleh,        SOLDIERS of a special forces unit carry out exercises during a visit of Spanish Crown                     RMT have withdrawn their           not to the threat of strike ac-
a US Customs and Border                Prince Felipe to the naval base of Algameca in Cartagena yesterday. — Reuters                           threat of industrial action, and   tion. — Reuters
Protection officer.
    Officials said it was unu-
sual for illegal immigrants to
arrive in such grand style.
    “We haven’t really seen
this in the past because of
                                    UK wants sponsors to fund university places                                                                                                                                        CECILE Duflot (L), head of Europe Ecologie-Les
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Verts Green Party, and Eva Joly, EU Parliament
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GreensEuropean Free Alliance political
course it is expensive. It’s        LONDON — The government             learn, not on ability to pay,”     sor students at university,” he        Earlier reports had sug-        nal plans.                                group member, demonstrate against the
quite an investment just            wants to encourage companies        Willetts told parliament after     added.                             gested some wealthy British             The University and College      exploitation of oil and gas shale in Paris. — Reuters
to get on this ship,” Saleh         and charities to sponsor more       Labour asked an urgent ques-           University funding is a        students could offer to pay         Union (UCU), which repre-
said.                               places for students at universi-    tion on the issue.                 contentious issue for the Con-     as much for their university        sents staff in higher education,
    “If they feel we’d be less      ty to get around caps imposed           “There is absolutely no        servative-led coalition after it   education as overseas students      had been scathing.
likely to suspect a high-end        by tight public spending con-       question of wealthy students       trebled tuition fees for English   — anything from £12,000 to              “It is hard to see how this
ship as opposed to one of           trols, Universities Minister        being able to buy their way into   universities to a maximum of       £28,000 per year — to secure        is anything other than the gov-
the fly-by-night cruise lin-        David Willetts said yesterday.      university,” he added, saying      £9,000 per year, provoking         places.                             ernment entrenching privilege
ers, they’d use that route,”            Willetts dismissed sugges-      plans for universities would be    huge and sometimes violent             Willetts, a Conservative,       for the wealthy in response to
he added.                           tions that he was giving the        set out in a forthcoming white     street protests.                   cited accountancy firm KPMG         its failing university fees poli-
    According to court pa-          rich the chance to buy univer-      paper — draft legislation.             The Liberal Democrats,         as an example of a company          cy,” said Sally Hunt, General
pers, Fatt Kwee Wong of             sity places after initial reports       “There are two options         the junior partner in coalition,   which ran a successful scheme       Secretary of the UCU.
Malaysia admitted to cus-           of his proposals sparked an         which we are considering.          have been criticised by many       to put prospective employees            “We risk turning the clock
toms officials he was paid          outcry from students and aca-       First, making it easier for em-    supporters for dropping their      through university.                 back to a time when breeding
$3,500 each to help the five        demics.                             ployers to sponsor students at     opposition to tuition fees after       Labour politicians accused      rather than brains were re-
women and four men sneak                “Access to a university         university. Secondly, making       they entered coalition a year      Willetts of retreating in the       quired to get on in life.”
into the US. — Reuters              must be based on ability to         it easier for charities to spon-   ago.                               face of opposition to his origi-        — Reuters

Fire near radioactive Schwarzenegger, Shriver                                                                                                                                       Google unveils
                                                                                                                                                                                    music service                     UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Asha-Rose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Migiro, deputy secretary-general of the UN at
facility extinguished separating after 25 years                                                                                                                                     SAN FRANCISCO — Goog-
                                                                                                                                                                                    le yesterday launched an invi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the official opening of the ‘Global Platform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for Disaster Risk Reduction’ in Geneva. — AFP
MOSCOW — Russian authorities claimed to have put out a                                                                                                                              tation-only test version of an
large wildfire that raged for several days over an area of radio-                                                                                                                   online music service, which
                                                                        LOS ANGELES — Movie                we work on the future of our       under the spotlight over the          does not sell songs but allows
active contamination in Russia’s central Ural region.
                                                                        megastar turned politician         relationship.”                     years, notably amid reports of        users to store their collection
    A wildfire burned “during the (May 9) holidays in the zone
                                                                        Arnold Schwarzenegger and             The LA Times added that         his history of groping women          for use on various devices.
of nuclear contamination,” said the governor of Chelyabinsk
                                                                        his wife Maria Shriver an-         55-year-old Shriver, a daugh-      during campaigning for the                “When you add your mu-
region, where Mayak, Russia’s facility that treats nuclear
                                                                        nounced their separation on        ter of the storied Kennedy         2003 recall election which            sic to the new service, you
waste, is located.
                                                                        Monday, after 25 years of a        clan, had moved out of the         Schwarzenegger won, the LA            can listen to it on the Web
    “It was successfully stopped,” Governor Mikhail Yurevich
                                                                        high-profile personal as well      couple’s mansion in the up-        Times reported.                       on any compatible device,”
said, Interfax reported.
                                                                        as political marriage.             scale Brentwood neighbour-            Shriver, a former TV jour-         Google product manager
    The announcement came after Russian Greenpeace said on
                                                                            The Republican former          hood of Los Angeles.               nalist, defended him at the           Paul Joyce said in announc-
its forum yesterday that the fire over the contaminated area has
                                                                        California governor and Shriv-        Austrian-born         former    time, and has stood by his            ing the new service.
grown over two days, calling it “one of the most threatening
                                                                        er — a member of the Demo-         bodybuilder      Schwarzeneg-      side during his seven years at            Google was getting
current events connected with forest fires.”
                                                                        crat-leading Kennedy dynasty       ger, a liberal Republican, has     the helm of the Golden State,         around having to cut deals
    The site was contaminated during the so-called Kyshtym
                                                                        — have been living apart for a     started to return to show busi-    a term that ended when Jerry          with music labels by craft-
disaster in 1957 following an explosion at Mayak that broke a
                                                                        number of weeks, while they        ness since he stepped down         Brown succeeded him four              ing a service that lets people
container holding radioactive waste, which prompted evacua-
                                                                        “work on the future” of their      as governor, with plans for a      months ago.                           to store digital versions of
tion of nearly 13,000t people from the area.
                                                                        relationship, they said.           Governator comic book and             The political differences          songs they already own in an
    It is measured as a Level 6 disaster on the scale of the Inter-                                                                                                                                                   TAIWANESE Foreign Minister Timothy Yang shows
                                                                            “This has been a time of       animated TV show.                  were evident during the 2008          online ‘locker’ which they
national Atomic Energy Agency.                                                                                                                                                                                         World Health Organization documents, referring
                                                                        great personal and profession-        While Arnie seems set to        presidential race, when Shriv-        can access using gadgets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to Taiwan as a province of China, during a
Top Internet official resigns                                           al transition for each of us,”
                                                                        said a statement to the Los An-
                                                                                                           return to the big screen, he has
                                                                                                           vowed to pursue his political
                                                                                                                                              er backed Barack Obama and
                                                                                                                                              Schwarzenegger       supported
                                                                                                                                                                                    linked to the Internet.
                                                                                                                                                                                        As many as 20,000 songs         news conference in Taipei yesterday. — Reuters
                                                                        geles Times by the Governa-        passions — notably on the          Republican John McCain.               could be stored at Google
LONDON — Britain’s top official responsible for Internet                tor, who left office in January    environment — fuelling ru-            Since leaving office the           Music, Joyce said at the Inter-
Crime, State Secretary Pauline Neville-Jones, has resigned, a           after seven years as California    mours than he could even run       two have seemed to live sepa-         net giant's annual developers
government spokesman said.                                              governor, and his wife.            to be the next president of the    rate lives, the newspaper said,       conference in San Francisco.
    She cited private reasons, but indicated she would continue             “After a great deal of         European Union.                    adding that Shriver struggled             Google Music began roll-
to serve the government as a consultant in her field.                   thought, reflection, discus-          The couple, who married         with the death of her father,         ing out in the US and was by
    She expressed satisfaction that Internet security had risen to      sion and prayer, we came to        in 1977, have four children,       Peace Corps founder Sargent           invitation only. People could
a top priority of the government and that a long-term strategy          this decision together. At this    aged between 14 and 21.            Shriver, in January.                  request invitations online at
was being developed, she wrote in a letter.                             time, we are living apart while       Their marriage has come            — Reuters                 — AFP
    The experienced Tory politician, who spent many years as
a British diplomat, was named the top enforcer for cyber crime
after the May 2010 election victory of the Conservative Party.
    Her successor will be Angela Browning.                                                                                                                                          Guinea Bissau’s
Five headless bodies found                                                                                                                                                           debt cancelled
                                                                                                                                                                                    PARIS — The Paris Club
TORREON — Five decapitated bodies were found near                                                                                                                                   of creditors yesterday
the northern Mexican city of Durango, where soldiers have                                                                                                                           agreed to cancel $256 mil-        WESTERN Cape premier and Democratic Alliance,
now unearthed 168 bodies in a month-long search of hidden                                                                                                                           lion owed by Guinea Bis-          South African opposition party, leader Helen Zille
graves.                                                                                                                                                                             sau after the West African        and Cape Town mayoral candidate for DA Patricia
    Authorities found the five bodies, with their heads nearby,                                                                                                                     nation made progress in             De Lille (R) take questions during a meeting at
in the small town of Pueblo Nuevo, adjacent to Durango, said                                                                                                                        tackling poverty and boost-       the University of Cape Town yesterday, eight days
the state prosecutor’s office.                                                                                                                                                      ing growth, the group said.        before municipal elections in Cape Town. — AFP
    Ten male bodies and one female body were meanwhile                                                                                                                                  Its members also agreed
found buried underneath a building in Durango, the prosecu-                                                                                                                         to cancel a further $27 mil-
tor’s office said, adding that soldiers were continuing with ex-                                                                                                                    lion owed on a bilateral
cavations.                                                                                                                                                                          basis. The creditor group
    Authorities have not provided information on who may                                                                                                                            estimated that Guinea Bis-
have been behind those killings, which appear to be linked to                                                                                                                       sau owed its members $280
the massive spike in drug-related violence in the country over                                                                                                                      million at the end of last
the past four years.                                                                                                                                                                year.
    Last month, authorities recovered 183 bodies from 40 mass                                                                                                                           The country fulfilled
graves in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas on the US border,                                                                                                                    conditions last year to ben-
which has been gripped by drug violence in recent months.                                                                                                                           efit from debt relief requir-
                                                                                                                                                                                    ing the implementation of a
N Korea, China to develop island                                             WORKERS install a canvas on the glacier of Germany’s highest mountain, the                             poverty reduction strategy
                                                                              Zugspitze, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, yesterday. Every year from May to                             and laying the foundations
SEOUL — North Korea and China will start work on devel-                   September, the glacier is covered with a canvas to avoid the melting of the ice. — AFP                    for sustainable growth.
oping a river island on their border this month, a report said,
amid an international drive to coax Pyongyang back to nu-
clear disarmament talks.
   The two countries plan to hold a groundbreaking ceremony
on May 28 for development of the island on the Yalu River, the
                                                                        William, Kate honeymooning in Seychelles                                                                                                        LEADER of the French Socialist Party Martine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aubry attends the inauguration of an exhibition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        celebrating the election on May 10, 1981 of late
South’s Yonhap news agency said.                                        LONDON — Britain’s Prince William             paradise for wealthy people seeking pri-          Speculation has been raging in the              president Francois Mitterrand in Paris. — AFP
   Pyongyang has reportedly worked out a special law to set             and his new wife Kate have set off for        vacy, for a 10-day break.                      media and social Internet sites about
up a free trade zone on the island, which is separated by a nar-        a delayed honeymoon following their               Some British newspapers and Sey-           where the newlyweds would go for their
row waterway from the Chinese city of Dandong.                          April 29 wedding, St James’s Palace           chellois media also reported that the          honeymoon, with Kenya — where Wil-
   The North’s state media disclosed a deal last year to build          said yesterday.                               couple were honeymooning in the Sey-           liam proposed to Kate during a holiday
a new cross-border bridge on the Yalu River as part of a major              The couple flew out on Monday, a          chelles.                                       — and the Caribbean seen as possible
economic package announced by Beijing.                                  royal source said, but no details were            There was no official comment in the       destinations.
                                                                        given of their destination other than it      Seychelles.                                       Their wedding in London’s Westmin-
Mafia assets worth $858m seized                                         was outside Britain. William’s office             The Seychelles media usually do not        ster Abbey on April 29 attracted about a
                                                                        said the couple had asked that their pri-     report on the visits of prominent person-      million well-wishers onto the streets of
ROME — Italian police said they had seized assets worth                 vacy be respected.                            alities who have raised the country’s pro-     London and a global TV audience esti-
more than $858 million and arrested seven suspects in a major               A tourism source in the Seychelles        file as a haven for celebrities and other      mated by media to be as high as 2.4 bil-
sweep against a leading mafia clan in Rome and Naples.                  said the Duke and Duchess of Cam-             rich holiday makers.                           lion.
    The assets include “around 900 properties, 23 companies             bridge, as they are now officially known,         Tourism is the Indian Ocean archi-            The couple caused a stir the day after
and 200 bank accounts” allegedly belonging to the Mallardos,            were at a luxury villa in an exclusive re-    pelago’s key economic driver and source        their marriage when they said they were
a clan belonging to the Naples crime syndicate, the Camorra, a          sort in the Indian Ocean archipelago.         of foreign exchange.                           not leaving immediately on honeymoon.
police statement said.                                                      The source said that the couple ar-           William and Kate have previously              Instead William returned to work as a
    Among those arrested was Feliciano Mallardo, the sus-               rived early yesterday by a private jet        been to Desroches, a hideaway that is          Royal Air Force search and rescue heli-
pected clan boss. “The clan’s companies had seized control of           which landed in Mahe, the main island         3 miles long and 1 mile wide with im-          copter pilot. Kate was spotted pushing
entire economic sectors: from the production and distribution           in the Seychelles, then flew by helicop-      maculate white soft sandy beaches and          a shopping trolley in a supermarket car             TURKISH President Abdullah Gul welcomes
of coffee to betting shops to the wholesale trade in drinks and         ter to the smaller and secluded island of     crystal blue waters that would attract a       park near their home on the Welsh island             Albania’s President Bamir Topi. — Reuters
pharmacaeutical products,” the police said.                             Desroches, famous as a honeymooners’          snorkelling fan such as William.               of Anglesey. — Reuters
                                                                                                                          OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                         WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

 Bin Laden’s young neighbours vow revenge                                                                                                                                                                       More contraband found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                at Ben Ali palace: report
ABBOTTABAD — In a madrassa close to the           defeat his ideology,” he said.                       with last week’s operation has united many in           “If there’s no social uplift in Pakistan, if
house where Osama bin Laden lived and died,            Seminaries are an alternative to mainstream     anger against the United States, and worsened       there’s no education, there is no healthcare,        TUNIS — Drugs, jewellery, archaeological pieces and a gun
young Pakistani students are furious over the     education for several million children in Paki-      the widespread perception that the government       there’s no alleviation of poverty, then this mind-   were stashed at a palace in Carthage that belonged to the oust-
death of a militancy mastermind they consid-      stan, where only two per cent of GDP goes on         in Islamabad is servile to its superpower ally.     set can take place... With the killing of Osama      ed Tunisian president, the official TAP news agency reported
ered a religious hero.                            public schooling and where 31 per cent of men            Anti-American sentiment is already rampant      bin Laden, the problem has aggravated.”              yesterday.
    Venting their anger over a US raid a week     and 41 per cent of women aged 15 to 24 are           over of an ongoing covert US drone campaign             Children playing cricket in the street by the        The discovery was made by a national commission charged
ago in which commandos killed Bin Laden,          illiterate.                                          that has killed hundreds in the northwest.          heavily guarded compound do not conform to           with investigating corruption and embezzlement during the
reportedly in front of his family, at the villa        “I will myself become Osama and revenge             Billions of dollars in military and civilian    the stereotype of uneducated religious youth.        23-year presidency of Zine al Abidine Ben Ali, who was over-
that hid him from the world, metres from their    his death one day,” said 10-year-old Abbas           aid given by the United States to Pakistan fails        But despite hailing from middle-class fami-      thrown in January following a popular revolt.
school in Abbottabad they vow revenge.            Khan, sitting in the playground outside the          to assuage mass mistrust of the Western power.      lies and attending good schools in the area, this        The find, made three days ago, included 40 grams of a
    “This war is not over yet. There are so       seminary and metres away from the Al Qaeda               Parents in the garrison city of Abbottabad      week they are sharing in the anger at America        substance that is “probably narcotics,” jewellery stored in
many Mujahideen (fighters) who will continue      chief’s hideout.                                     say they fear Bin Laden’s death on their soil       and joining calls for revenge.                       169 envelopes, archaeological pieces of “important val-
Osama’s fight and will defeat America,” said           The young views reflect part of an ideologi-    will only worsen calls for revenge on the West.         “We will avenge Osama bin Laden’s death.         ue,” and an American made machine gun, according to a
Muhammad Tofail, a 15-year-old student at the     cal battle raging in Pakistan — a country at war         “Osama bin Laden has developed a psyche.        We are going to do jihad and we will win. We         commission statement. Investigators also found £11,060
biggest seminary in Bilal Town, the suburb that   with homegrown militants blamed for bomb at-         He has developed a mindset and younger gen-         will beat the Americans,” said one cricket-play-      ($18,000).
proved to have been Bin Laden’s home for up       tacks that have killed more than 4,200 people        erations are affected,” said Farzana Anis, who      ing boy, Bilal Umar.                                     On March 10, Tunisia’s justice minister announced the dis-
to five years.                                    nationwide in the past four years.                   took her daughter to see Bin Laden’s hideout,           His friend Abbas Khan concurred. “I will         covery of 2 kg of narcotics in the president’s private office in
    “There are many Osamas and the US can’t            But the perceived violation of sovereignty      speaking in English.                                grow up to be like Osama,” he said. — AFP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The corruption commission previously said it found $27
                                                                                                                                                                                                                million at a Ben Ali palace in Sidi Bou Said, in the posh sub-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                urbs north of Tunis.

EU adopts                                                                                                                                                                                                           The recent inspection of the Carthage palace was conducted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                in the presence of representatives from the ministry of culture,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the treasury, presidential security, anti-narcotics officials and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                jewellery experts, the statement said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi were in May charged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                with “plotting against the internal security of the state,” as well

Syria                                                                                                                                                                                                           as murder and graft.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meanwhile, Tunisia has set up an independent body crucial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                for a July election to help decide the country’s post-revolution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                future after suggestions the vote could be delayed because the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                timetable was too tight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The election, scheduled for July 24, will select an assembly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                to draw up a new constitution in the North African country
                                                                                                                                                                                                                after an uprising toppled ruler Zine al Abidine Ben Ali in Janu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ary. — Reuters
BRUSSELS/PARIS — The            repression and violations of
European Union listed
13 Syrian officials on its
                                human rights.”
                                    The sound of heavy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gaddafi’s nurse denied
sanctions list yesterday,
including a brother of
                                gunfire was heard yesterday
                                in the southwestern                                                                                                                                                               asylum by Norway
President Bashar al Assad, a    Damascus suburb of
first step aimed at             Mouadhamiya, where                                                                                                                                                              OSLO — Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s Ukrainian nurse
forcing Syria to end action     there had been intensifying                                                                                                                                                     has tentatively been refused asylum in Norway in a decision
against anti-government         demonstrations against                                                                                                                                                          that may be reviewed by high-ranking Ministry of Justice of-
protesters.                     Assad’s rule, a witness                                                                                                                                                         ficials, a local press report said yesterday.
    The measures, asset         said.                                                                                                                                                                               The immigration authority declined to comment on whether
freezes and travel bans,            “There is no consensus                                                                                                                                                      Galyna Kolotnytska, 38, was in Norway but under the coun-
were part of a package of                                                                                                                                                                                       try’s rules applicants rejected for asylum can be permitted to
                                within the EU on whether
sanctions, including an arms                                                                                                                                                                                    stay “in cases of national interest”.
                                to include Assad on the
embargo which took effect                                                                                                                                                                                           Newspaper VG said Kolotnytska arrived in Norway on
                                sanctions list,” said one
yesterday.                                                                                       ANTI-GOVERNMENT protesters rally in Sanaa yesterday. — AFP                                                     May 3, more than two months after fleeing from Libya to her
                                Western diplomat who
    EU governments decided                                                                                                                                                                                      Ukrainian hometown as the popular revolt against Gaddafi
                                declined to be identified.
not to include the president                                                                                                                                                                                    mounted. Western military strikes began on March 19.
                                    “France and Britain are
for now, in what diplomats
said was a move to introduce
punitive measures gradually.
Assad might face EU
                                on one side and others are
                                opposed to it because they
                                do not want to break contact
                                with the regime and push
                                                                    Mubarak detention extended,                                                                                                                     Kolotnytska was described in US diplomatic cables re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                leased by WikiLeaks as one of Gaddafi’s closest confidantes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                who possibly had a romantic relationship with him. The Nor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                wegian newspaper quoted neighbours in the nurse’s hometown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                outside Kiev as saying she felt hounded by the media there and
sanctions soon, they said.

   Divisions in EU
   Failure to put Assad
                                Assad into a corner.”
                                    Included in the sanctions
                                was Rami Makhlouf, a
                                cousin of Assad, who owns
                                                                     ex-tourism minister jailed                                                                                                                 dared not stay.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration declined to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                confirm that Kolotnytska had an asylum case pending.
                                                                    CAIRO — Egypt’s state pros-        ecutor’s office said that a deci-   the country’s new military         a decade, was convicted of            “We consider Ukraine a safe country so that applications
himself on the list             Syria’s largest mobile phone        ecutor yesterday renewed the       sion on whether or not to put       rulers.                            money-laundering and illicitly    by people coming from Ukraine are treated within 48 hours,”
underlined divisions in the     company, Syriatel, and              detention of former president      Mubarak on trial would be an-          Garranah was convicted of       enriching himself while in of-    directorate spokeswoman Kari Anne Kvarving said.
EU over the effectiveness       several large firms in the          Hosni Mubarak amid a probe         nounced in the coming days.         ordering the sale of 305 mil-      fice.                                 She said Norway has rejected all 17 asylum applications by
of an embargo in restraining    construction and oil sectors.       into corruption and the kill-          M e a n -                                        lion     square       He faces a second trial on    Ukrainians in 2010 and 2011.
his government’s actions.           The EU said in its              ing of protesters, as the former   while, former                                        metres of land    charges of ordering police to         Andreas Furuseth, a legal adviser at the Norwegian Organi-
EU sources said Germany         official journal that he            tourism minister was jailed for    tourism min-                                         — some of it      shoot protesters, and a third     zation for Asylum Seekers, said rejected Ukrainians are usually
and Spain opposed adding        “bankrolls (Assad’s) regime,        fraud.                             ister    Zuheir                                      oil-bearing —     alongside the former premier      deported before an appeal can be heard but that in “exceptional
the president.                  allowing violence against               Abdel Maguid Mahmud            Garranah                                             to business-      and finance minister over a       cases” an applicant can stay while appealing. — Reuters
   French Foreign Ministry      demonstrators”.                     “has ordered the preventive        (pictured)                                           men Hisham        deal with a German firm to
spokesman Bernard Valero            In 2008, the United             detention of former president      was sentenced                                        al Hazeq and      supply Egypt with licence         Egypt renews visa waiver for Libyans
said yesterday that Paris       States imposed sanctions            Hosni Mubarak for 15 days          to five years                                        Hussein Seg-      plates at allegedly inflated
would press for wider EU        against him because of              that will begin when his cur-      in prison on                                         wani for $1       prices.                           CAIRO — Egypt renewed a visa waiver for Libyans yesterday,
sanctions, including against    corruption allegations.             rent detention ends” on May        charges of corruption.              per square metre for tourism           Mubarak is currently under    airport security sources said, two days after it started requiring
Assad himself, saying the           The list also included the      12, the prosecutor’s office said       Garranah, who was sen-          projects.                          arrest in a hospital in Sharm     visas from citizens of its western neighbour without offering
EU risked being a “passive      president’s brother, Maher          in a statement.                    tenced along with two busi-            He was detained on Febru-       el Shaikh, while the military     any explanation.
and powerless witnesses” to     al Assad, who commands                  The decision came after        nessmen, was charged with           ary 17, less than a week after     mulls moving him to a prison         “Orders have arrived to waive visas for Libyans,” one
events.                         Syria’s Republican Guard            a team of investigators ques-      misuse of public funds total-       Mubarak stepped down and           hospital in Cairo.                source said, without elaborating.
   “The EU will continue        and is the second most              tioned Mubarak again in a          ling $51 million, after author-     handed power to the Supreme            Mubarak’s two sons Alaa          Egypt imposed the visa requirement on Sunday, sending
working on the expansion        powerful man in Syria.              hospital in the Red Sea resort     ising the sale of state-owned       Council of the Armed Forces.       and Gamal, along with doz-        many Libyans trying to flee the conflict in their homeland into
of sanctions, including at          Also affected were              of Sharm el Shaikh, where he       land for well below the market         Last Thursday, a court sen-     ens officials and businessmen     a panic.
the highest level, and we are   Ali Mamlouk, head of                is being held.                     price.                              tenced once feared Egyptian        associated with the former re-       “All Libyans wishing to enter Egypt must first obtain a visa
for expanding the sanctions     the General Intelligence                It is the second time Mu-          He is the second Mubarak-       interior minister Habib al Adly    gime are being detained in Cai-   from any Egyptian embassy,” the foreign ministry said at the
to President Assad,” Valero     Service, and Adulfattah             barak’s detention has been         era minister to be jailed for       to 12 years for corruption.        ro’s Tora prison which housed     time.
said. “We are continuing        Qudsiyeh, who runs military         extended.                          corruption, as part of a sweep-        Adly, who ran Mubarak’s         political dissidents during the      Officials at air, land and sea ports began implementing the
because we continue to see      intelligence. — Reuters                 Sources at the public pros-    ing probe into corruption by        security services for more than    Mubarak era. — AFP                directive immediately. — AFP

Nato bombs rock Tripoli,                                                                                        Lift travel warning:
                                                                                                                Bahrain businesses
 dissidents hail advance                                                                                       MANAMA — Local businessmen yesterday urged for-
                                                                                                               eign governments to revoke their travel advisories on
TRIPOLI — A Nato bombing                Asked whether Gaddafi           and civilians were wounded.            Bahrain, saying the country is now safe to visit follow-
blitz, which the alliance insist-   was still alive, the Italian gen-       Gabellini said Nato had            ing months of unrest.
ed was not aimed at Muammar         eral said: “We don’t have any       struck more than 30 military               “Some states imposed a travel ban on Bahrain for se-
Gaddafi, rocked Tripoli yester-     evidence. We don’t know what        targets in and around Misrata          curity reasons, but the situation is now stable and there
day, as dissidents in besieged      Gaddafi is doing right now.”        since May 2, including a doz-          are positive indications of a return to normalcy, which
Misrata claimed to be pushing           He added later: “To tell you    en main battle tanks, three            calls for the lifting of the ban,” the Bahrain Chamber of
back the Libyan strongman’s         the truth, we are not really in-    rocket-launcher systems, three         Commerce and Industry (BCCI) said in a statement.
forces.                             terested in what he’s doing. Our    self-propelled artillery pieces            Bahrain’s king declared a three-month-long state of
    The UN, meanwhile, said         mandate is to protect civilians     and 15 ammunition storage              emergency in March following an uprising. The vio-
the offensive launched by           from attacks or from the threats    sites.                                 lence and ensuring action by government forces left at
Gaddafi’s forces was paralys-       of attacks, so we are not looking       There has also been deadly         least 30 people dead, shaking investor confidence in
ing the nation and causing the      after individuals.”                 fighting in recent days on the         Bahrain.
population to suffer widespread         The dissidents said they had    frontline between the dissi-               A key financial hub, the country advertises itself as
shortages of goods.                 driven Gaddafi’s forces back        dent-held east and the mainly          business-friendly and well-regulated financial centre in
    Jets screamed in low over       from around Misrata, which          government-held west, medics           the Middle East.”
the capital in the early hours,     has been under loyalist siege       said.                                      According to Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News, the coun-
carrying out an unusually heavy     for some two months, and were           The head of the dissident          try’s retail sector lost nearly 80 per cent of its business
bombardment that lasted rough-      poised to make another thrust.      ambulance service, Doctor              during March and April, while the gold and jewellery
ly three hours.                         After heavy clashes, the dis-   Ahmed al Ignashi, said six op-         sector lost more than $1 million a day at the height of
    Witnesses said the latest       sidents controlled a stretch of     position fighters were killed          the unrest.
Nato-led air bombardment hit        coastal road west of Misrata,       and 10 wounded on Monday in                The violence also prompted organisers to cancel its
targets near Gaddafi’s com-         their last major stronghold in      heavy exchanges 30 km west of          Formula One race.
pound, but the mission’s chief      the west, prompting thousands       the strategic crossroads town of           The BCCI said that the planned lifting of the state of
operations officer, Brigadier       to flee.                            Ajdabiya.                              emergency, on June 1, “is a clear signal to the world that
General Claudio Gabellini, de-          An AFP correspondent said           “I assume there were heavy         the kingdom has regained its security and normalcy.”
nied that aim had been to take      the dissidents had forced gov-      losses on the Gaddafi side,” he            The group also called on the country’s Foreign Min-
out the Libyan leader.              ernment troops about 15 km          added, although he conceded            istry to have its embassies lobby abroad to encourage
    “All Nato targets are mili-     from Misrata, advancing to          that he could not confirm any          travel to Bahrain.
tary targets, which means that      Dafnia, and were readying to        casualties.                                The US State Department continues to urge its citi-
the targets we’ve been hitting,     move on Zliten, the next major          Meanwhile, the UN refugee          zens “to carefully consider their need to travel” to Bah-
and it happened also last night     town on the road to Tripoli.        agency appealed to all shipping        rain.
in Tripoli, are command and             Ahmad Hassan, a dissident       in the Mediterranean to treat              India, which has a community of well over 350,000
control bunkers,” Gabellini told    spokesman in Misrata, said the      all boats leaving Libya as be-         workers in Bahrain, called on its citizens to exercise
reporters.                          insurgents had also “liberated”     ing in need of assistance after        caution in Bahrain and also advised against all but es-
    “Nato is not targeting indi-    areas south and east of the city,   consistent reports that a vessel       sential travel.
viduals,” he said via videolink     killing many Gaddafi troops         carrying as many as 600 people             The BCCI and government officials have met with
from his headquarters in Na-        and seizing a large amount of       had capsized last week leaving         Indian ambassador in recent weeks to encourage travel
ples, Italy.                        weapons. Eighteen dissidents        many dead. — AFP                       again. — dpa
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                                                                                                                                 OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                               WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

US may get permission to
question Bin Laden wives
ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON — The                          But Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry             ing stability to Afghanistan and the US
United States was hoping yesterday to           spokeswoman said it had received no US          administration has been keen to contain
question the detained three wives of            request while other officials said no deci-     the fallout.
Osama bin Laden although Pakistani of-          sion had been taken.                                “We’re in high-level consultations
ficials played down the possibility of any          “It’s too early to even think about it,”    with Pakistani officials” about Bin Lad-
speedy access, saying no decision had           said a senior government official, adding       en’s wives and all other issues related to
been made.                                      that Pakistani investigators had yet to fin-    the raid, a senior US administration offi-
    US investigators, who have been             ish their own questioning.                      cial said. “We are committed to maintain-
sifting through a huge stash of material            Pakistan says the wives and their chil-     ing our co-operative relationship.”
seized on May 2 after US special forces         dren will be repatriated. Pakistan was              “We believe it is very important to main-
killed Bin Laden in his hideout, want to        making contacts with their countries but        tain a co-operative relationship with Paki-
question his wives as they seek to trace        they had yet to say they would take them,       stan, precisely because it’s in our national
his movements and his network.                  the Pakistani official said.                    security interests to do so,” White House
    A Pakistani decision to allow US in-            Bin Laden was shot dead in a top-secret     spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.
vestigators to question the women could         raid in the northern town of Abbottabad.            Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh
begin to stabilise relations between the            Pakistan said Bin Laden’s death was an      Rasmussen said Western governments had
allies that have been severely strained by      important step in the fight against armed       no alternative to co-operating with Paki-
the killing of the Al Qaeda leader.             groups but it was angered that it was not       stan in the fight against armed groups. “If
    A US official said in Washington on         informed about it and that US forces vio-       we are to assure long-term peace and sta-
Monday Pakistan appeared ready to grant         lated its sovereignty when they swooped         bility in Afghanistan and beyond, then we
access to the wives who were detained by        in on helicopters from Afghanistan.             need positive engagement with Pakistan,”
Pakistani authorities at Bin Laden’s com-           Pakistani co-operation is crucial to        Rasmussen told the World Affairs Coun-
pound after the raid.                           combating armed groups and to bring-            cil in Atlanta on Monday. — Reuters                    PAKISTANI police cadets show off their skills during the 25th passing out parade in Karachi yesterday. — AFP

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court rules Gilani heads to China ‘Sri Lanka wants to clear its
non-party caretaker system illegal                     name of war crimes charges’
                                                                                                              ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s
                                                                                                              Prime Minister Yusuf Raza
                                                                                                              Gilani is to visit China next
DHAKA — Bangladesh’s Su-            litical parties.                    sitting in power too long and         week as Islamabad sinks
preme Court yesterday said the          In 2004, the High Court up-     failing to hold prompt elec-          deeper into a domestic and in-                                          COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s              to them as a government.” The      could have been as many as
system of holding general elec-     held the legality of the caretak-   tions, in particular the admin-       ternational crisis over the US                                          president said yesterday he        report released two weeks ago      40,000 civilian deaths.” Ra-
tions under a non-party care-       er government system, against       istration put in place in 2008,       killing of Osama bin Laden                                              would respond to what he           said a UN panel found cred-        japaksa said he was not in a
taker government was illegal.       a petition filed by several law-    which was backed by the mili-         on its territory.
                                                                                                                                                                                      called “false allegations” in      ible reports of war crimes         position to give any figures
    But the court said two          yers. The petitioners then ap-      tary and ruled for nearly two             Gilani will begin the four-
                                                                                                                                                                                      a UN report on alleged war         committed by both the gov-         on civilian casualties because
more national elections could       pealed to the Appellate Divi-       years.                                day visit on May 17 and hold
                                                                                                              talks with Chinese leaders on                                           crimes committed in the final      ernment and Tamil separatists      there were no proper figures
be held under caretaker gov-        sion of the Supreme Court.              The government has set
ernments, which have been               The idea came after the         up a special parliamentary            “important bilateral and re-                                            phases of Sri Lanka’s civil war,   in the final stages of the civil   about the number of civilians
accused of sitting in power too     1990 fall of Hussein Muham-         committee to review the con-          gion issues”, a Pakistani gov-                                          to clear the country’s name.       war two years ago.                 in the areas where the fighting
long, in the interests of stabil-   mad Ershad, when none of            stitution, and the timeframe it       ernment official said.                                                      President Mahinda Ra-              At the time, more than         took place.
                                                                                                                                                 other issues of common inter-
ity amid the country’s political    the political parties trusted       gives interim governments to              In Beijing, foreign min-                                            japaksa said during a meeting      300,000 civilians were con-            He reiterated his govern-
                                                                                                                                                 est,” she said.
reality.                            the others to hold a fair elec-     conduct elections.                    istry spokeswoman Jiang Yu             The spokeswoman de-              with newspaper editors that        fined to a narrow strip of land    ment’s position since 2009
    The non-party caretaker         tion, and amid criticism of the         Prime Minister Sheikh             confirmed Gilani will meet         scribed China and Pakistan           his government took the report     in north-eastern Sri Lanka as      that it had been engaged in a
government system was en-           1996 general elections, which       Hasina Wazed, of the currently        President Hu Jintao and Pre-       as “good neighbours, friends,        “seriously” and was preparing      the Liberation Tigers of Tamil     humanitarian operation to res-
shrined by the 13th constitu-       the then opposition Awami           ruling Awami League, said last        mier Wen Jiabao.                   partners and brothers”.              a response to UN Secretary-        Eelam (LTTE) fought the gov-       cue civilians from rebel-held
tional amendment in 1996,           League accused the Bangla-          month that power should be re-            “Leaders of the two coun-          “We are satisfied with the       General Ban Ki-Moon.               ernment forces from in their       areas and its forces had not in-
with the mandate to hold free       desh Nationalist Party (BNP)        stored to the previously elected      tries will exchange views on       status quo of our bilateral rela-        “We are not taking the al-     midst.                             tentionally targeted civilians.
and fair elections as soon as       of rigging.                         government if the provisional         bilateral relations and pro-       tions and we are full of confi-      legations lightly,” he said.           The UN panel said “a               The government defeated
possible, and beyond the in-            But the caretaker govern-       government failed to hold polls       mote practical co-operation        dence in the prospects of Chi-       “Since false allegations have      number of credible sources         the LTTE in May 2009, ending
fluence of the contending po-       ments have been criticised for      within 90 days. — dpa                 across the border as well as       na-Pakistan relations.” — AFP        been made, we need to respond      have estimated that there          a 26-year civil war. — dpa

 Three Turks                         Tropical storm leaves                                                                                                                                                                                                      Islamabad,
  missing in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Moscow to
 Afghanistan                         Philippines, 20 killed                                                                                                                                                                                                     sign 6 pacts
PULI ALAM — Three Turk-              MANILA — Tropical Storm            fence, said 16 of the fatalities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ISLAMABAD — Pakistan
ish nationals have gone miss-        Aere moved away yesterday          were from the eastern region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Russia are likely to sign
ing on a dangerous highway           from the Philippine mainland       of Bicol, two from the central
south of the Afghan capital                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  six Memoranda of Under-
                                     after leaving 20 people dead,      region of Visayas, one from
Kabul and may have been kid-         a government agency said.          Manila and one from Bulacan                                                                                                                                                          standing (MoUs) during the
napped, police said yesterday.           The Office of Civil De-        province in the north.                                                                                                                                                               forthcoming visit of Presi-
    The trio, believed to be         fence said Aere, which pum-            Most of them drowned in                                                                                                                                                          dent Asif Ali Zardari.
construction engineers, were         melled a large area of the         floods while others were bur-                                                                                                                                                            In this connection, Board
travelling from the eastern          Philippines for three days,        ied in landslides, were elec-                                                                                                                                                        of Investment Chairman Sal-
province of Paktia to Kabul          caused floods, landslides and      trocuted, died from a heart                                                                                                                                                          eem H Mandviwalla would
on Monday when they dis-             power outages but did little       attack or in an accident.                                                                                                                                                            be paying a brief visit to Rus-
appeared in Logar, the pro-          damage to agriculture.                 The weather bureau said                                                                                                                                                          sia to make advanced invest-
vincial police chief said.               Agriculture       Secretary    Aere was located yesterday                                                                                                                                                           ment deals, before the visit of
    Their car was found              Proceso Alcala said the storm      morning 50 kilometres east of                                                                                                                                                        the president, said a statement
abandoned near Puli Alam,            brought rain that was wel-         the northernmost province of                                                                                                                                                         issued by BoI yesterday.
the capital town of Logar,           comed by farmers who were          Batanes.                                                                                                                                                                                 An MoU between BoI
yesterday, Ghulam Sakhi              just starting to plant rice and        With maximum sustained                                                                                                                                                           and the Russian National In-
Roughliwanai said.                   other crops and lacked the         winds of up to 65 kilometres                                                                                                                                                         vestment Agency is expected
    “They were travelling            strong winds that could have       per hour and gusts of up to 80                                                                                                                                                       to be signed, along with five
along the Kabul-Gardez road.         destroyed their work.              kmph, Aere was moving to-                                                                                                                                                            MoUs with Russian private
In an area near Puli Alam they           Ronaldo Flores, an offi-       ward the general direction of                                                                                                                                                        and public companies.
have gone missing. We don’t          cial of the Office of Civil De-    Okinawa, Japan. — dpa                  AN aerial view of flooding brought by tropical storm Aere in Camarines Sur province, Philippines yesterday. — Reuters                             Mandviwalla said that
know where they are and we                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Russian investors would
don’t know if they have been                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 be informed about invest-
kidnapped,” he said.
    Mohammad Jan Abed,
criminal investigation police
                                     Pakistan plans to use an accidentally emerging Lake as a hatchery                                                                                                                                                       ment opportunities in certain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             projects including that of Pa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             kistan Steel Mills.
chief of Logar, said he be-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another project is related
lieved that the men had been         GILGIT — Authorities in Pakistan’s northern                The lake was formed on January 4, 2010              The government is planning to turn the ca-         vey of the lake and submit recommendations            to oil and gas exploration and
kidnapped.                           province of Gilgit-Baltistan are considering           after a massive landslide blocked the Hunza          lamity into an opportunity instead of letting         regarding its feasibility, the official added.        production, which includes
    Armed groups, which              converting the accidentally emerging Attabad           River. The lake expanded up to 23 kilometres         things be, said the official. “The idea is to breed       “Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly            supply of equipment/rigs,
is fighting an insurgency            lake into a hatchery for breeding a variety of         upstream, submerging four villages in Gojal          a variety of fish in the lake, including trout        Speaker Wazir Baig, himself a resident of Hun-        processing plants, technolo-
against the Kabul govern-            fish, sources in the directorate of fisheries said     Tehsil of Hunza-Nagar District.                      which is a premium breed,” he said.                   za, recently chaired a meeting with relevant de-      gy for revival of dead wells,
ment, has in the past kid-           yesterday.                                                 Despite repeated attempts, engineers of             If implemented, the hatchery will not only         partments in this connection,” the official said,     pipeline projects, advanced
napped foreigners. Criminal              “It is an option but let us see if the result of   the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) have           benefit the people of Hunza and Gojal but also        adding that the directorate of fisheries will have    technology for gas supplies,
gangs also kidnap wealthy            the feasibility study being conducted there are        failed to drain the lake since the debris blocking   the entire region.                                    the responsibility of supervising and running         LNG and LPG storage ter-
Afghans for ransom. — AFP            encouraging or not,” the official said.                the flow of water is too massive to be cleared.         A team has been deputed to conduct a sur-          the project. — Internews                              minals. — Internews

Pakistan airlines to                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cops find bodies in
acquire 12 aircraft                                                                                                                                                                                                        massacre province
KARACHI — Pakistan In-              hensive business restructuring                                                                                                                                                        MANILA — Philippine po-           charged with murder over the
ternational Airlines (PIA) has      and turnaround plan to set in                                                                                                                                                         lice have dug up two bodies       November 23, 2009 massa-
asked the government for its        place the right strategies and                                                                                                                                                        while investigating other al-     cre of 57 people, 32 of whom
sovereign guarantee to ac-          controls needed to bring it                                                                                                                                                           leged murders by members of       were journalists.
quire around 12 Airbus A-320        back on the path of profitable                                                                                                                                                        a powerful clan being tried for       The Ampatuans are alleged
aircraft to expand its fleet,       operations, the sources said.                                                                                                                                                         the country’s worst political     to have ordered their militia to
sources said yesterday.                The turnaround plan and                                                                                                                                                            massacre, the justice secretary   carry out the massacre to stop
    The national flag carrier       five-year financial model was                                                                                                                                                         said yesterday.                   a rival from challenging An-
would return back as many as        approved by the board of di-                                                                                                                                                              Leila de Lima said the        dal Ampatuan Jnr for the post
six A-310 airplanes, which the      rectors and the Ministry of                                                                                                                                                           bodies might be those of          of Maguindanao governor in
PIA had acquired from a mid-        Defence. The plan has also                                                                                                                                                            missing supporters of a rival     last year’s national elections.
dleman and acquire 12 A-320         been endorsed by the sub-                                                                                                                                                             politician, who vanished in       The rival was elected gover-
planes on dry lease from the        committee of the National As-                                                                                                                                                         2003 in Maguindanao, a poor       nor following the massacre.
French aircraft manufacturer,       sembly’s Standing Committee                                                                                                                                                           southern province that the            The Ampatuans are on trial
the sources said. PIA had al-       on Defence, which concurs                                                                                                                                                             clan controlled for a decade.     for 57 murders, but a further
ready gained the presidential       with the recommendations                                                                                                                                                                  “One of the skeletal re-      victim — a 33rd journalist —
nod in this regard, they said.      contained in the plan.                                                                                                                                                                mains was placed inside a         whose body remains missing
However, the financial con-            Furthermore,      presenta-                                                                                                                                                        sack and the body was appar-      is believed also to have been
sideration to be paid against       tions had been made in re-                                                                                                                                                            ently chopped, while the other    killed in the November 2009
the aircraft could not be           spect of the business plan                                                                                                                                                            one was outside the sack,” De     massacre.
known as the plan is in initial     in meetings with the repre-                                                                                                                                                           Lima told reporters.                  An informant led police to
stages.                             sentatives of the Ministry of             A LABOURER works at the construction site of the Southern Expressway, a 126 km-long highway running from                                        Clan patriarch Andal Am-      a secret gravesite where the
    The corporation’s man-          Finance, which were chaired               Colombo to Matara on the south coast, near Colombo yesterday. Sri Lanka has allocated about $6 billion to road,                             patuan Snr, his son and name-     two bodies were found on a
agement commenced work on           by Finance Minister Dr Abdul                  railway, port, airport and power generation projects that are either under way or in the pipeline, hoping                               sake, and four other rela-        Maguindanao hillock last week-
the development of a compre-        Hafeez Shaikh. — Internews                              to keep its $50 billion economy growing sustainably at 8 per cent or more. — Reuters                                          tives have been arrested and      end, De Lima said. — AFP
                                             Corporate Sustainability Forum                                                                                                      Al Mazyona excitement at Barka
                                       THE first Corporate Sustainability Forum will be held on May                                                                              BANKMUSCAT Barka Souq branch customers experienced
                                    18 and 19, at the City Seasons Hotel, Al Khuwair. During the two                                                                             the excitement of Al Mazyona savings scheme draw as Shaikh
                                      day event, Day 1 will include sessions on the evolution of CSR                                                                             Mohammed bin Rashid al Qanoby, member of Majlis Ash’shura,
                                      and Sustainability, the business case of CSR for corporates, and                                                                           picked the lucky 12 weekly winners covering all regions of
                                                                                workshops. ● Page 11                                                                             Oman who received RO 2,000 each. ● Page 12

                                                                                            Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Omani non-oil exports to India                                                                                                                    Australia to
                                                                                                                                                 cut budget by
                                                                                                                                                                                      Microsoft nears $8.5 bn
rise RO 323m in 2010: PAIPED                                                                                                                     $23.7 billion
                                                                                                                                               CANBERRA — Australia
                                                                                                                                               said yesterday it will cut
                                                                                                                                                                                      Skype buy in web shift
                                                                                                                                                                                    NEW YORK — Microsoft is close to buying
   By A Staff Reporter                                                making meetings in India. The       tering a compounded annual           spending by A$22 billion             Internet telephony network Skype in an $8.5
                                                                      Public Authority has received       growth rate of 36 per cent.          ($23.7 billion) to become            billion deal, a source familiar with the situation
MUSCAT — In line with its                                             confirmations from over 100         Analysis of the trade between        the first advanced economy           said, as it seeks to regain ground on growing
objective to increase non-oil                                         Indian businessmen to attend        the two countries showed that        to post a budget surplus post        rivals such as Google.
Omani origin exports, the                                             the event.                          urea dominates Omani exports         financial crisis, despite the            Buying the loss-making but popular Skype
Public Authority for Invest-                                             Faris al Farsi mentioned         to India.                            current huge deficit.                would underline Microsoft's need to gain new
                                                                      that the market study in In-            Within the remaining non-            Treasurer Wayne Swan             customers and platforms for its software as              The $8.5 billion mooted price tag, including
ment Promotion and Export
                                                                      dia found a huge potential for      urea segment, Omani exports          said deadly summer floods            smartphones and tablets explode in popularity.       debt, was a surprise. Although the sum would
Development (PAIPED) has
                                                                      Omani exports to India. The         are dominated by a handful of        in Queensland and the mas-               Skype, which allows people to make calls         not stretch cash-rich Microsoft, some said
been conducting market stud-                                                                                                                                                                                                             it was high for a company whose ownership
                                                                      relevant Indian market for the      products — aluminium ingots,         sive tropical cyclone that fol-      at no charge, would also give Microsoft a foot-
ies in target markets. India has                                                                                                                                                                                                         has changed several times during its relatively
                                                                      shortlisted 21 products is esti-    polypropylene,         methanol,     lowed had helped the deficit         hold in potentially the lucrative video-confer-
been identified as a target mar-                                                                                                               for the current financial year                                                            short life.
                                                                      mated at RO 9.62 billion. Flex-     dates and so on.                                                          encing market as global businesses seeking to
ket to increase non-oil Omani                                                                                                                  blow out from a projected                                                                     "In this atmosphere of Internet Bubble 2.0,
                                                                      ible packaging films, polypro-          Al Farsi further added that                                           reduce expenditure shift to lower-cost ways of
origin exports and based on                                           pylene, plastic pipes, edible oil                                        A$41.5 billion to A$49.4                                                                  picking up an unprofitable online company for
the market study conducted by                                                                             Oman with its strategic, geo-                                             communicating.
                                                                      and marble account for 55 per                                            billion.                                 Microsoft has already put more energy and        roughly 10 times sales probably seems down-
the Public Authority there is                                                                             graphic position and long his-           "We have imposed the                                                                  right cheap," Shanghai-based Michael Clend-
                                                                      cent of the relevant market for                                                                               resources into mobile and Internet technologies
enough scope to increase non-                                                                             tory of friendly relations with      strictest spending limits,                                                                enin, managing director of consulting firm
                                   lic Authority is organising a      21 shortlisted products.                                                                                      as the use of PCs, which underpin its Windows
oil Omani origin exports.          matchmaking meeting in New             The demand for most of          India can fulfil the requirement     delivering A$22 billion in                                                                RedTech Advisors, said.
                                                                                                                                                                                    and Office franchise, is under threat.
    Faris Nasser al Farsi (pic-    Delhi, India in co-ordination      the shortlisted products is         of a strong economic co-oper-        savings to make room for                                                                      "But if you consider (it) was just valued at
                                                                                                                                                                                        This change was starkly illustrated last year
tured), Acting Director-Gen-       with the Embassy of the Sul-       expected to grow at a Com-          ation with India. To further the     our key priorities, ensuring         when Apple's portfolio of coveted consumer           about $2.5 billion 18 months ago when a chunk
eral of Export Development,        tanate of Oman in India, the       pounded Annual Growth Rate          relations, Oman participated         our country lives within its         goods propelled it past Microsoft to become          was sold off, then $8.5 billion seems generous
informed that the Public Au-       Confederation of Indian In-        (CAGR) of 7 to 15 per cent          as the focus country in CII          means," Swan said.                   the world's most valuable technology compa-          and means Microsoft has a high wall to climb
thority conducted a seminar        dustry (CII) and Avalon Con-       being driven by large govern-       Partnership summit, held in              Swan added that the gov-         ny. The maker of iPhones and iPads has since         to prove to investors that Skype is a necessary
on Market Study in India on        sulting. The event is being        ment projects, increasing dis-      Mumbai earlier this year.            ernment, which will make             been named as the most valuable brand too,           linchpin for the company's online and mobile
December 14, 2010 in Mus-          held at Trident Hotel, Gurgaon     posable income and changing             Al Farsi hoped that through      savings in part by tightening        overtaking Google.                                   strategy," he added.
cat and this was later followed    near New Delhi, tomorrow,          demographics, in India.             such activities the non-oil          welfare and tinkering with               The Skype deal — which would be the big-             This was echoed by Ben Wood, head of re-
with a matchmaking meeting         May 12, 2011.                          Oman’s non-oil exports to       Omani origin exports to India        tax rebates, needed to bring         gest in the 36-year history of the world's larg-     search firm CCS Insight: "The big unanswered
held in Mumbai on January              An Omani delegation con-       India have grown rapidly from       will get a major boost and will      the budget back into the             est software company — is expected to be an-         question is how do Skype assets work for Mi-
25, 2011.                          sisting of 15 businessmen will     RO 70 million in 2005 to RO         also attract investment into the     black as the nation's lucrative      nounced soon, the source said. Microsoft and         crososft, they already have instant messaging,
    As a next step, the Pub-       be participating in the match-     323.4 million in 2010 regis-        Sultanate of Oman.                   mining boom gathers speed.           Luxembourg-based Skype declined comment.             IP do you justify the price?"

EU, IMF officials probe RO 140m in network-related capital expenditure
 Greek fiscal accounts Nawras lands second stage sea
ATHENS — Greece was again at the eye of a storm over debt
yesterday with rampant talk of a second rescue or restructur-
ing, and a warning that a Greek "disaster" would hit the entire
                                                                               cable in TGN-Gulf project
euro zone.                                                                By A Staff Reporter
    Experts from the European Union and International Mon-
etary Fund began an audit of finances and reforms in Greece to         MUSCAT — Nawras is re-
determine if it merits a critical new slice of rescue funding.         porting the recent successful
    This was just as a top official at the European Central Bank       landing of its second sea ca-
(ECB) warned that debt default or restructuring would hit the          ble, completing the Sultanate
entire euro zone.
                                                                       of Oman’s stage of this impor-
    A restructuring would put Greece's banking system "on its
                                                                       tant project with Tata Global
knees," Lorenzo Bini Smaghi told the Italian daily La Stampa.
                                                                       Network-Gulf (TGN-Gulf).
Smaghi, who sits on the ECB executive board, warned of “the
contagion that a Greek disaster would inflict on the rest of the           Chief Commercial Officer
euro zone.”                                                            Tore Solberg and Chief Tech-
    The bailout for Greece, put in place a year ago as the re-         nical Officer Peter Rubeck
sult of a deep rethink by EU policy makers and some U-turns            were on site to witness the
by the ECB, involves loans of 110 billion euros ($157 billion)         arrival of the MV Reliance
over three years.The audit, although routine, is followed with         cable ship and to observe the                      PETER Rubeck and Tore Solberg.
trepidation in Greece because each such probe leads to recom-          subsequent safe delivery of the     weather and shipping.            control over the quality stand-
mendations and conditions the next slice of aid.                       cable from ship to shore.               Nawras is proud to be ards for both voice and data
    Greece is struggling to meet its deficit-reduction targets             In a well-practised manoeu-     providing Oman’s submarine services sent through these sea
because of a deeper-than-expected recession, and the next 12           vre, the telecommunications         cable link to the Tata Global cables.
billion euro loan instalment is crucial to its finances.               cable was attached to approxi-      Network. By the second half          Nawras, a Qtel Group com-
    Smaghi issued his warning the day after credit rating agen-        mately 50 buoys and floated to      of 2011, the first of the two pany, is investing a total of RO
cy Standard & Poor's hit Greek debt with a severe two-notch            the shore where it was joined       telecommunications        cables 140 million in network-related
downgrade, saying there were strongly rising signs that Greece         to the Nawras network. The          will be taking traffic from the capital expenditure over 2010
could not escape a restructuring which would mean big losses           buoys were then detached            Nawras network in the direc- and 2011 including this signif-
for investors who had lent it money. Senior EU and Greek of-           one-by-one, enabling the cable      tion of Mumbai and onwards icant sea cable development.
ficials have denied that any restructuring is on the agenda, al-       to sink slowly to the seabed in     to the rest of the world.        Customers will reap the ben-
though euro zone officials have begun to admit that Greece is          a controlled manner under the           By virtue of being a part of efits of Nawras having end-
likely to need more aid in some form. "The process of (Greek)          direction of specialists. Divers    the Tata Communications sub- to-end quality control which
internal reforms has slowed down... and we find ourselves one          ensured that the cable is safely    marine cable network, Nawras will be contributing to adding
year on having to re-adjust the programme to have more guaran-         embedded in position and            will be able to have enhanced further improvements to its
tees," Smaghi acknowledged. — Reuters                                  protected from the elements,        capacity as well as complete customer experience.

 China trade surplus surges on record exports
BEIJING — China stormed back to                The trade account swung from a             the basic thing. Global demand is still    might contain a much more serious
post a hefty trade surplus in April as     small, rare trade deficit in the first quar-   pretty strong, a bit stronger than many    warning.
exports hit a record while                 ter, pushed by a stronger-than-antici-         people feared," said Tao Wang, econo-          "Concerns about a slowdown have
    imports eased more than expected,      pated 29.9 per cent rise in exports over       mist with UBS in Beijing.                  certainly intensified, and the risks of
weighed down by sustained monetary         a year earlier to a record $155.7 billion.         "On the import side, we think that     a worst-case scenario for the Chinese
tightening and high commodity prices.      Imports climbed 21.8 per cent, well            commodity exports had been very            economy, namely a relatively low
    The surplus of $11.4 billion, near-    short of estimates and analysts were           strongly up until February and there       growth rate and a high inflation, are on
ly four times greater than expected,       at loggerheads whether this should be          has been quite a bit of inventory build-   the rise," he said.
comes as China holds high-level eco-       read as a sign of surprising weakness in       up. So right now we think it's going           The median forecast of economists
nomic and strategic talks in Washing-      the world's fastest-growing economy            through some adjustment."                  polled by Reuters last week was for ex-
ton and could fuel US criticism that       or simply deferred purchases because               But Xu Biao, an economist with         ports to rise 29.4 per cent and imports
Beijing limits the yuan's appreciation     of soaring commodity bills.                    China Merchants Bank in Shenzhen,          to grow 28 per cent, resulting in a trade
to support its exports industry.               "Exports are much stronger, that's         said the lower-than-expected imports       surplus of $3 billion.
OMAN                                                                 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

         New Jaguar XJ offers superior
             agility and economy

          By A Staff Reporter              adjustment and massage func-       available at the showrooms of
                                           tions.                             Mohsin Haider Darwish.
       MUSCAT — The newly                     Technology is seamlessly            Mohsin Haider Darwish,
       launched Jaguar’s 3-litre V6        integrated throughout the          the sole importer of Jaguar
       XJ is pioneering lightweight        car and managed via an in-         cars in the Sultanate of Oman
       aluminium construction deliv-       novative dual-view central         launched the all new 3.0 Litre
       ers superior agility and econ-      Touch-screen. New execu-           V6 XJ at its showroom here
                                           tive package helps allow the       on Sunday. The automotive
       omy. It is bold, beautiful and
                                           long-wheelbase derivative to       division of MHD announced
       stylish that re-energises the
                                           function more effectively as a     the arrival of the new XJ into
       Jaguar design language.
                                           mobile business centre.            its showrooms.
           Its main features include,         The car has optional il-
       the existing range of powerful,                                            The announcement of the
                                           lumination package offers
       efficient power plants, which                                          launch of the Jaguar XJ was
                                           the ambient lighting effects
       is now supplemented by Jag-         previously only available on       made at a press conference
       uar’s 3.0-litre petrol V6 en-       the range-topping Supersport       addressed by Justin Weaving,
       gine and it is available in both    variant and new interior col-      Jaguar Sales Director, Johnny
       standard and long-wheelbase         our combinations have been         Amiouni-Regional Sales Man-
       versions, the latter providing      added by customer request.         ager from the Jaguar regional
       even more luxurious accom-             This new XJ offers all the      office and David Aziz, Direc-
       modation for passengers.            luxury and refinement expect-      tor Automotive, MHD.
           New rear seat comfort           ed of Jaguar’s flagship and is         The new model of the Jag-
       package is available on both        available in Luxury and Pre-       uar XJ will be available at a
       wheelbase variants and in-          mium Luxury trim levels ac-        price of RO 29,995 with a 5
       cludes electric recline, lumbar     cording to market and it is now    year/ 250,000 KM warranty.

          NBO partners with AIESEC Oman
          for Corporate Sustainability Forum

       MUSCAT — The first Corpo-           best to support the civil soci-    in several initiatives includ-
       rate Sustainability Forum will      ety in Oman, to enable it to       ing Ramadhan charity initia-
       be held on May 18 and 19,           contribute to the sustainable      tives, non-profit support both
       at the City Seasons Hotel, Al       development of the Sultanate.      through cash donations and
       Khuwair.                               National Bank of Oman           in-kind support.
           The Forum is being organ-       has supported Sustain Oman             Anjali Thakrar, President
       ised by the National Bank of        as a project, from the begin-      of AIESEC Oman highlight-
       Oman (NBO) in partnership           ning, in addition to the Cor-      ed the importance of CSR in
       with AIESEC Oman under the          porate Sustainability Forum        the modern world: "AIESEC
       umbrella of the first Corporate     through knowledge transfer         Oman is an organisation of
       Social Responsibility Project       and sponsorship.                   young, entrepreneurial, in-
       Sustain Oman.                          Speaking on the occasion,       novative students and recent
           It was launched in No-          Aisha bint Abdullah al Kha-        graduates, who are passionate
       vember 2010, during which a         rusi, NBO’s Head of Strat-         about leadership and manage-
       panel of high profile speakers      egy and CSR said: “Corporate       ment. AIESEC chose to facili-
       discussed and defined CSR in        Sustainability is no longer an     tate this conversation on cor-
       Oman. The Forum is expected         option but a necessity both lo-    porate sustainability amongst
       to result in a formal paper for     cally and globally. At NBO we      our members, as well as with
       the same to be released in July     are moving away from being         our dedicated corporate and
       2011.                               reactive and very much mov-        non-corporate supporters and
           The Corporate Sustainabil-      ing towards being proactive.       partners, to bring everyone
       ity Forum will also be a first of   Partnering with the world’s        into a common social dialogue
       its kind event to be organised      largest youth organisation         on sustainability for Oman”.
       by the youth to address the         AEISEC is beneficial to the            "We are grateful to NBO
       topic of sustainability.            bank in order to understand        for their support both finan-
           During the two-day event,       and share dialogue with the        cially and at an intellectual
       Day 1 will include sessions         future cornerstone of Oman.        capacity. Receiving the sup-
       on the evolution of CSR and         Our intentions are to transition   port from a leading Bank in
       Sustainability, the business        from a focus on organisational     the Sultanate makes us confi-
       case of CSR for corporates,         sustainability to product and      dent that this CSR project will
       and workshops around perti-         service sustainability.”           exceed expectation”, Aisha al
       nent topics on sustainability          NBO is a leader when it         Mahrami, AIESEC’s Director
       in Oman, while Day 2 will           comes to CSR and has also          of External Relations said.
       include panel discussions           received two CSR awards in             Walaa Hamdan, National
       around the challenges facing        2007 and 2008 from World           CSR Project Co-ordinator,
       sustainability in Oman, how         Finance UK. Additionally,          AIESEC in the Sultanate of
       stakeholders engage in solv-        ‘NBO’s Giving Back to Soci-        Oman was also present at the
       ing those challenges, and how       ety’ campaign has been active      announcement.
                                                                                                                                OMAN                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

BankMuscat’s Al Mazyona draw held Bank Sohar’s Sinaw branch opened
   By A Staff Reporter                                                                                    100 minimum balance for the             By A Staff Reporer                                                                                   ers across the country. A Bank
                                                                                                          weekly prize.                                                                                                                                Sohar customer is provided
MUSCAT — BankMuscat                                                                                           The monthly prize is an         MUSCAT — Bank Sohar for-                                                                                 with all the financial solutions
Barka Souq branch customers                                                                               exciting RO 20,000 each for         mally inaugurated its fourth                                                                             that he needs at the Branch.
experienced the excitement of                                                                             two winners. For eligibil-          branch in the Sharqiyah region                                                                           In addition to the comfort of
Al Mazyona savings scheme                                                                                 ity, customers are required to      in the Souq town of Sinaw                                                                                Branch banking, customers
draw as Shaikh Mohammed                                                                                   maintain RO 1,000 minimum           yesterday. Shaikh Moadhd                                                                                 will also be able to enjoy the
bin Rashid al Qanoby, member                                                                              balance for one month.              Abdullah al Yaqoobi, Wali of                                                                             ease and convenience of alter-
of Majlis Ash’shura, picked                                                                                   The quarterly prizes sig-       Wilayat Mudhaibi officiated                                                                              nate channels of banking. We
the lucky 12 weekly winners                                                                               nificantly raise the appeal of      as the chief guest presiding                                                                             offer world class banking.”
covering all regions of Oman                                                                              Al Mazyona. The big prizes          over the inaugural function                                                                                  “The new Savings Scheme
who received RO 2,000 each.                                                                               include RO 200,000 every            and formally declared the                                                                                is simple and easy to join and
    Marking 20 years of fulfill-                                                                          three months. The first quar-       branch open.                                                                                             bounteous in the rewards it
ing dreams, Al Mazyona, the                                                                               terly prize winner will be              Hussain Yousuf al Shal-                                                                              offers.” said Khalfan Rashid
Sultanate’s popular savings                                                                               picked in March followed by         wani, Director of Bank Sohar,                                                                            al Tal’ey, DGM Retail Bank-
scheme, was launched this                                                                                 another winner in September.        Khalfan Rashid al Tal’ey —                                                                               ing. ‘Time to Win,’ offers
year with a never-before offer     ous use of the theme of 20 and      for 20 years will get additional   For eligibility, customers are      DGM Retail Banking, Salim                                                                                customers daily reasons to
guaranteeing bigger and better     its multiples thereof, establish-   20 bonus chances.                  required to maintain RO 1,000       Khamis al Maskry — AGM             Sinaw branch. The Branch              “The opening of every           save. There are huge prizes on
winning chances for custom-        ing Al Mazyona’s status as the         Winning with Al Mazyona         minimum balance for three           Branches, Saad al Shidhani-        Manager then welcomed the          branch expands Bank Sohar’s        practically every working day
ers across the Sultanate. The      savings scheme for the nation.      has never been simpler as          months.                             Sinaw Branch Manager and           Chief Guest and the digni-         network and reaches us to          of the year and jackpot prizes
scheme offers attractive week-     For 20 years, Al Mazyona has        customers are not required to          The climax of Al Mazy-          several senior managers of the     taries appreciating that the       more and more customers,”          every quarter. We invite citi-
ly, monthly, quarterly and bi-     made dreams of innumerable          block their money for long and     ona is the grand prize of RO        bank were present at the inau-     bank was honoured with their       said Dr Mohamed Abdulaziz          zens of Sinaw to take a look at
annual grand prizes.               customers come true.”               no average balance is also re-     400,000 every six months.           guration.                          presence.                          Kalmoor. “We would like to         the opportunities being offered
    Nabhan Salim al Dhohly,            A notable attraction this       quired, which makes the sav-       The first grand prize winner            After the ceremonial rib-          During the formal opening      share with customers what is       and avail of the offer of daily
Branch Manager, said: “The         year is that the winning            ings scheme sensible.              will be picked in June and the      bon cutting, the Chief Guest       ceremonies, the Chief Guest        unique about a Bank Sohar          and quarterly prizes.”
all-new Al Mazyona offers an       chances get multiplied by the          The weekly prizes include       second winner will be picked        was then taken on a tour of the    conducted the Daily Prize          Branch. Every Branch of the            Before the close of the for-
exciting line-up of prizes for     number of years customers are       RO 2000 each for two guaran-       in December. For eligibil-          new branch premises. They          Draw under the ‘Time to Win,’      bank offers without compro-        malities, Khalfan Rashid al
different segments of savers at    associated with Al Mazyona          teed winners from all the Sul-     ity, customers are required to      explained to him the facili-       Savings 2011 Scheme and            mise, all the Retail and Whole-    Tal’ey thanked the Chief Guest
an unbeatable frequency. The       savings scheme. For example,        tanate’s regions. Customers        maintain RO 1,000 minimum           ties that would be offered and     the winner was announced           sale products and facilities       and presented him with a me-
underlying theme is the gener-     those who have been saving          are required to maintain RO        balance for three months.           available to customers at the      at the Branch.                     that are available to custom-      mento on behalf of the bank.

                                                                                                                      BUSINESS ALERT
        Ford announces free AC check-up                                                       routine AC check-up, but was quite surprised to see so many extra benefits come my
                                                                                              way, " said another. “Customer service has also been top class,” he added.
                                                                                                                                                                                               This new fourth generation machine boasts of many ‘first time technology’ like
                                                                                                                                                                                           multi-terrain select with multi-terrain monitor as a 'worlds' first' technology, crawl con-
MUSCAT — Ford has an-                                                                            Ford vehicles are brought to you in Oman from the renowned Saud Bahwan Group              trol, kinetic dynamic suspension system and dynamic radar cruise control as 'first-in
nounced a free AC check-up for                                                                — with the service back up of a nationwide service and parts network, providing 98 per       — class'. Many other safety features make the 2011 model year Land Cruiser Prado,
pre-2008 Ford models across                                                                   cent parts availability and world-class service.                                             the safest on any driving terrain.
Oman. Customers can avail a                                                                                                                                                                    The steering-wheel-mounted multi-terrain select switch allows easy selection of the
free diagnostic report and other
attractive benefits during the
                                                                                               Toyota Prado — totally unchallenged 4WD                                                     most appropriate mode to match the driving environment, with settings labelled ‘mud
                                                                                                                                                                                           and sand’, ‘loose rock’, ‘mogul’ and ‘rock’, adjusting the traction control to optimise
campaign period. This limited                                                                 A TEACHER of So-                                                                             vehicle drive power and braking.
period offer will go on only till                                                             cial Studies, Suliman                                                                            Driving in a challenging environment, Prado's multi-terrain monitor displays im-
May 31, 2011.                                                                                 Nasser al Jabri makes                                                                        ages from on board cameras located on four sides of the vehicle, so that the driver can
    Customers can look for-                                                                   a choice only after a                                                                        see ground conditions in six areas around the vehicle: the front and rear, and the front
ward to free AC gas top up and                                                                thorough analysis.                                                                           and rear left and right sides. In addition, the monitoring of the area in front is linked
attractive rates on labour and                                                                A proud owner of a                                                                           to the steering operation to display the distance from the front of the vehicle to a point
parts on AC repairs, as part of                                                               Toyota Prado, he has                                                                         along the projected tyre path, thus providing additional support to the driver.
this campaign. Above all you                                                                  never had any sec-                                                                               The electronically modulated kinetic dynamic suspension system (KDSS), a first-
can be assured that your AC                                                                   ond thoughts on his                                                                          in-class feature, uses hydraulics to optimally control the front and rear stabilisers to suit
is being attended to by Ford                                                                  choice, “Prado has                                                                           driving conditions. It provides a high level of roll rigidity for excellent vehicle stability
trained technicians.                                                                          been the right vehicle                                                                       during on-road driving and allows a large suspension stroke for outstanding off-road
    “This is part of Ford’s con-                                                              for me, at so many                                                                           performance on rough surfaces.
tinuing efforts to delight its                                                                levels. It is a good-                                                                            In Oman, Toyota is a household name, a part of people's lives. Toyota offers endur-
customers. Our customers are                                                                  looking SUV that                                                                             ing quality and nothing comes close to it in terms of value-retention. It is no surprise;
our ambassadors, and we wish                                                                  my entire family can                                                                         therefore, that Toyota soars far above the rest, with a dominant market share and ever-
to give them the best value for                                                               travel in — smoothly                                                                         expanding customer base.
the money they have invested                                                                  and       comfortably.                                                                           The unmatched, nationwide parts and service support of Saud Bahwan Group
into buying Ford vehicles,”                                                                   Exhilarating to drive,                                                                       makes Toyota's pride of place a reality. Toyota customers in Oman enjoy 6-year unlim-
says a Ford spokesman. This                                                                   it feels very luxurious, powerful and safe. Apart from that, it is far taller and wider than ited mileage protection, over 98 per cent parts availability and round-the-clock care,
is an indication of how much                                                                  the other SUVs in its class — providing more cabin and cargo space. Now, my family amongst many other exclusive privileges from the Group.
Ford cares for its customers.                                                                 and I go everywhere in it.”
    Ford customers can now avail these and many other benefits from Ford Service
centres at Muscat, Al Mawaleh, Al Kamil, Barka, Bidiya, Buraimi, Ibra, Ibri, Nizwa,
                                                                                                  Held in the highest esteem in more than 170 countries and regions around the world
                                                                                              the 2011 model year Land Cruiser Prado proudly continues in the 'totally unchallenged'
                                                                                                                                                                                            BreadTalk unveils spring/summer collection
Rustaq, Salalah, Sinaw, Sohar and Sur,                                                        niche of Toyota's 4WD range. The fourth generation of Prado maintains the outstand- WELCOMING the
    Customers who dropped in at Ford service centres were pleased by the free AC              ing drivability, reliability and basic functionality of the earlier generations — even season’s bright yel-
check-up. " Great ! This is one of those countless occasions when one feels truly de-         under the harshest driving conditions — while improving on the on -road and off-road lows and orange
lighted about being a Ford customer ", one of them remarked. " I had come to have a           performance.                                                                                 hues, BreadTalk re-
                                                                                                                                                                                           cently launched its
                                                                                                                                                                                           latest spring/summer
                                                                                                                                                                                           2011 collection at
                                                                                                                                                                                           the flagship store in
                                                                                                                                                                                           Bareeq Al Shatti. The
                                                                                                                 TEL: 24601003, 24600586 • FAX: 24600736                                   line consists of newly
                                                                                                                         • WEBSITE:                                    introduced buns and
                                                                                                                                                                                           cakes which allow
                                                                                                                                                                                           customers to savour
                                                                                                                                                                                           the sweet loving
                                                                                                                                                                                           summer feeling.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Inspired by the
                                                                                                                                                                                           latest fashion trends, the collection brings back pretty, vibrant and light products to the
                                                                                                                                                                                           multiple-award winning boutique bakery. The innovative recipes coupled with state-
                                                                                                                                                                                           of-the-art bakery equipment and dedicated chefs form the perfect mix of ingredients for
                                                                                                                                                                                           customers to experience how a delectable collection of dough can be transformed into
                                                                                                                                                                                           a tasteful masterpiece. “We constantly strive to challenge and revolutionise the bread
                                                                                                                                                                                           culture by always offering our customers something unique and novel. With summer
                                                                                                                                                                                           fast approaching, we wanted to ensure that BreadTalk customers enjoy the season with
                                                                                                                                                                                           us,” said Jannat Moosa, Marketing Director at Bin Mirza International.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Aqar to launch its residential project soon
                                                                                                                                                                                            ONE of Muscat’s longest established real es-
                                                                                                                                                                                            tate companies — Al Khonji Real Estate and
                                                                                                                                                                                            Development — has announced the creation
                                                                                                                                                                                            of a new name and identity for the business.
                                                                                                                                                                                            The company will now be known as Aqar —
                                                                                                                                                                                            which is the Arabic word for real estate — and
                                                                                                                                                                                            under the new identity the company will short-
                                                                                                                                                                                            ly announce plans for a major residential and
                                                                                                                                                                                            commercial project in the heart of Muscat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                As a new company Aqar will operate as a
                                                                                                                                                                                            new and specialised real estate developer that
                                                                                                                                                                                            is committed to the creation of exciting and
                                                                                                                                                                                            highly innovative residential and commercial
                                                                                                                                                                                            developments that are designed to meet the
                                                                                                                                                                                            modern lifestyle of today — especially among
                                                                                                                                                                                            younger professional Omanis. The team behind the new company has many years of
                                                                                                                                                                                            experience in property development, architecture and the implementation of other
                                                                                                                                                                                            projects in the Muscat area and will be led by current Al Khonji Real Estate and Devel-
                                                                                                                                                                                            opment Chairman Mohamed al Khonji. He will take on the joint role of Chairman and
                                                                                                                                                                                            Chief Executive Officer of Aqar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Mohamed and his brother Qaboos al Khonji have a long and well established his-
                                                                                                                                                                                            tory in the Muscat market and set up their business together 20 years ago in 1991.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Commenting on the creation of Aqar, Mohamed al Khonji said: “We are tremen-
                                                                                                                                                                                            dously excited to be launching a new brand name and identity for our company and
                                                                                                                                                                                            establishing what we believe will be a new era of quality and affordable residential
                                                                                                                                                                                            developments in Oman. The creation of Aqar brings together a very talented team of
                                                                                                                                                                                            professionals with many years of experience and expertise within the Omani market
                                                                                                                                                                                            and is a logical extension and growth of our existing real estate business.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Aqar will be headquartered at the current Al Khonji Real Estate and Development
                                                                                                                                                                                            offices in Qurum 29.
                                                                                                            ANALYSIS/OPINION  13
                                                                                                                               OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                             WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

Border-free area                                                       Booming LNG sector poses carbon conundrum
By Laurent Thomet                                                              By David Fogarty                       “LNG is cleaner but it’s not clean,”      in the reports of operating companies     would make their LNG exports less          ing free permits, cutting CO2 costs.
                                                                                                                  said John Connor, Chief Executive of          and stakeholders.                         competitive than gas from producers            A previous scheme which the

         UROPE’S cherished passport-free travel area faces

         a radical rethink tomorrow when interior ministers                     USTRALIA’S rising liquefied       the Climate Institute, an independent             The total is equivalent to more       paying no carbon cost.                     government failed to pass envisaged
         debate the return of border guards to stem a wave of                   natural gas (LNG) exports         climate change think-tank in Aus-             than ten per cent of Australia’s esti-        Canberra is expected to unveil an      LNG paying only 50 per cent of CO2
north African migrants.                                                         may make for bluer skies          tralia.                                       mated total 2010 greenhouse emis-         interim carbon price of between A$15       costs, and gave the industry other
    An Arab Spring has fanned fears of a deluge of immi-               over Chinese power plants, but back            “It’s got a role to play in the transi-   sions of 543 million tonnes. Total        and A$30 per tonne of emissions in         sweeteners.
grants looking for a European El Dorado, prompting calls               home LNG producers will pump out           tion to cleaner fuels. But the champi-        LNG emissions would be twice the          the next few months for a scheme that          Even a carbon price of $35 a tonne
for a shake-up of a borderless area allowing unfettered travel         more carbon emissions than the coal        ons of LNG are kidding themselves if          27 million tpy produced by the coal       would start in July next year.             would have only a marginal impact on
across 25 nations.                                                     sector.                                    they think they can wash their hands          sector — and Australia is the world’s         If producers have to pay the full      the sector’s profitability if firms were
    With Italy and Greece struggling to manage a stream of                Natural gas is the cleanest of the      of any responsibility for emissions.”         largest coal exporter. The jump in        carbon price per tonne of LNG, the         given 60 per cent of pollution permits
migrants landing on their shores, some neighbours like France          fossil fuels when it is burned, so en-         For LNG to be chilled and piped           emissions could undermine govern-         two projects already in production         for free, Macquarie Research said in a
fear illegal immigrants will march across the continent’s open         ergy-hungry Asian nations are snap-        onto ships, all but a fraction of the         ment efforts to cut the nation’s carbon   emitting 8.4 million tpy of CO2 per        note written in March.
borders.                                                               ping up stakes in LNG projects as          CO2 must be stripped out and is usu-          pollution by 2020.                        year could face an additional cost of          The Australian Petroleum Pro-
    The European Commission proposed last week to intro-               they look to guarantee fuel supplies       ally vented into the atmosphere.                  The latest government projec-         about A$125 million to A$250 mil-          duction and Exploration Association
duce a mechanism that would allow states to temporarily re-            to meet fast-growing energy needs              Australia is the world’s fastest-         tions show that Australia’s booming       lion.                                      (APPEA) says LNG projects should
instate checkpoints during sudden surges in migration or if an         while weaning economies off coal           growing LNG producer and has                  economy is on track to pump 24 per            Deutsche Bank estimates that           be exempt from any carbon price be-
EU country fails to control its frontier with non-EU nations.          and cutting emissions.                     nearly A$200 billion ($216 billion) of        cent more emissions in 2020 than it       Australia’s annual LNG exports are         cause it would penalise production of
    The Schengen agreement only allows states to reinstate                But pumping, processing and             projects under construction or in the         did in 2000, well above the target 5      currently worth around A$8.5 billion,      a fuel cleaner than coal.
border controls in case of security threats. While France and          chilling the gas for transport sends       pipeline, with global energy giants           per cent cut.                             so the $250 million cost would be 2.9          The association, the industry’s
Italy have pushed for reform, Germany has warned against               more CO2 per tonne into the atmos-         Chevron, Shell, Inpex and Woodside                For policymakers in Canberra,         per cent of LNG sales revenue.             main body, says it is an irony that
renegotiating Schengen.                                                phere in Australia than the country’s      Petroleum keen to cash in on the              LNG emissions pose an additional              But Australia’s boom in LNG            LNG’s emission-intensive production
    While Europeans debate how to deal with immigration,               coal production.                           growing appetite for energy in Asia,          headache as the government tries to       projects is helping fire economic          in Australia should be taxed, when
Arab and sub-Saharan Africans continue to flee upheav-                    If LNG project operators are            led by China. Australia is already            introduce a controversial carbon pric-    growth, so Canberra is unlikely to         the wider global benefits of displac-
als in Libya and Tunisia, undertaking perilous sea voyages             forced to pay for the full cost of those   China’s biggest LNG supplier.                 ing scheme.                               risk that through imposing the full        ing dirtier coal in Chinese or Indian
highlighted on Sunday by the rescue of more than 500 people            emissions under Australia’s proposed           Just nine of those projects would             Australia’s projects are already      carbon cost.                               power plants should be lauded.
whose ship hit rocks on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.          carbon pricing scheme, they could          add around 50 million tonnes per year         among the world’s most expensive per          Under the planned scheme, some             LNG is cleaner than coal over its
    European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstro-               face a CO2 bill equivalent to about 3      (tpy) of emissions to the 8.4 million         tonne of LNG produced and costs are       polluting firms that export their prod-    full life cycle — counting emissions
em said the rescue “points once again to the need for urgent           per cent of LNG sales revenues. That       tpy the sector already produces, ac-          soaring as more projects go ahead.        ucts would likely be compensated for       from producing, processing, trans-
action.”                                                               would eat into their profit margins.       cording to calculations based on data             Developers fear a carbon cost         any loss of competitiveness by receiv-     porting and burning.
    “The European Union must show solidarity towards the
most exposed member states and also towards north African
countries that bear the highest burden of the conflict in Lib-
ya,” Malmstroem said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A BITTER TWIST
    She called for “concerted action” to facilitate the reloca-
tion and resettlement of people in need of international pro-
tection. She said the issue would be discussed at tomorrow’s
ministerial meeting in Brussels.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Vote results expose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         coalition’s deep rifts
    But her hopes of kick-starting efforts for a common asylum
policy and negotiating the return of illegal migrants to Tunisia
are overshadowed by immediate security fears, analysts say.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               By Adrian Croft
Tackling the debt                                                                                                                                                                                                        L
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 OCAL elections ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 posed deep rifts in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Britain’s first coalition
By Tim Reid                                                                                                                                                                                                              since World War II but the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Conservatives and their junior

         GROUP of Republican and Democratic lawmakers, led                                                                                                                                                               Lib Dem partners know that
         by Vice-President Joe Biden, meet to try to hammer out                                                                                                                                                          despite the mismatch they are
         a deal to cut the United States’ long-term deficits, due                                                                                                                                                        stuck with each other.
to hit $1.4 trillion this year and stay in the trillion-dollar range                                                                                                                                                         In a bitter twist for the
for several more.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lib Dems, voters punished
    If a deal can be struck on how to cut the deficit, the White                                                                                                                                                         the left-leaning junior coali-
House hopes that will clear the path for Congress to act on a                                                                                                                                                            tion partner for endorsing the
far more pressing issue: raising the country’s $14.3 trillion debt                                                                                                                                                       government’s austerity poli-
limit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cies while leaving the Con-         Lib Dems’ interest to walk
    The government is expected to reach the statutory borrow-                                                                                                                                                            servatives who engineered           away from government, or in
ing cap in less than a week — on May 16 — and the US Treas-                                                                                                                                                              the spending cuts largely un-       the Conservatives’ interest to
ury says it must be raised by August 2, or the country will begin                                                                                                                                                        scathed.                            let them go.
to default on its obligations.                                                                                                                                                                                               The Conservatives, who               No matter what animosity
    A lengthy stand-off between Democrats and Republicans,                                                                                                                                                               mark their first year in coali-     the local elections exposed,
who are demanding drastic spending cuts in return for their                                                                                                                                                              tion today, had always made         the Conservatives are not in
support for raising the debt limit, could trigger a crisis in the                                                                                                                                                        clear they planned tough med-       a position to go it alone and
markets and a spike in interest rates.                                                                                                                                                                                   icine to rein in Britain’s record   both parties have pledged to
    After attending the first meeting of the seven-member Biden                             MEN atop a truck travel past an election campaign poster in Surin province. — Reuters                                        peacetime budget deficit.           govern together until 2015.
group last week, senior Democratic lawmaker James Clyburn                                                                                                                                                                    “Many of the people who              Projected nationally, the
said he hoped the meeting would “get down to nuts and bolts”.

                                                                       Set for high-stakes election
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         voted for the Conservatives         opposition Labour Party’s
    The two Republican and four Democratic lawmakers on the                                                                                                                                                              at the last election knew what      share of the vote last week
panel agree the long-term deficit must be brought under control                                                                                                                                                          they were going to get and          was 37 per cent, two points
but are far apart on how to achieve this.                                                                                                                                                                                basically that’s what they’ve       more than the Conservatives.
    Republicans insist that increasing revenues through higher                                                                                                                                                           got,” said Steven Fielding,         A snap national election would
taxes are “off the table”, and that the deficit can be reduced                     By Martin Petty                         Thailand has suffered five years of              But the military and judiciary have          Director of Nottingham Uni-         be risky for both the Conserv-
solely through drastic spending cuts. Democrats, including                                                             turbulence and sporadic street violence in       moved against those not aligned with the         versity’s Centre for British        atives and the Lib Dems.

President Barack Obama, say that raising taxes for the wealthi-                 HAI Prime Minister Abhisit Vej-        a protracted crisis that pits the establish-     traditional power cliques that have domi-        Politics.                                Despite the Lib Dems’ hu-
est Americans — those earning more than $250,000 a year —                       jajiva hopes an early election will    ment elite and its military allies against       nated Thai politics for decades. Against             Particularly painful was        miliating defeat at the ballot
must be part of a deficit-reduction solution.                                   be a “new beginning” for his di-       “red shirt” protesters drawn mostly from         that background, rank-and-file activists         the crushing defeat in a refer-     box, there were no immediate
    In a move that raised hopes the parties may be edging closer       vided country, but the result could just as     the rural poor and urban working class.          may be in no mood to accept defeat.              endum on voting reform, a key       signs of a challenge to Nick
to a deal, top Republicans last week backed away from their            easily be more unrest and policy paralysis          Thaksin’s refusal to go quietly after            Any hint of interference by these forc-      plank of the Lib Dem platform       Clegg, the party’s leader and
plan to privatise Medicare, the government-run programme for           as neither faction is likely to accept defeat   the coup has fomented instability, mak-          es could spark a new round of violent red        that would have levelled the        deputy prime minister.
the elderly, as a way to help reduce the long-term deficit.            gracefully.                                     ing him a figurehead for the opposition to       shirt protests or a military coup framed as      playing field for smaller par-           Chris Huhne, the cabi-
    By putting the issue of Medicare on the back burner, Re-               Standing in his way is former premier       the “old money” elite. He commands the           a rescue mission to re-set a dysfunctional       ties, which feel they lose out      net minister seen as his most
publicans removed a major obstacle to a potential deal. Demo-          Thaksin Shinawatra, who commands a              devotion of the poor even though he is a         democracy, analysts say.                         in Britain’s first-past-the-post    likely challenger, said now
crats, and a majority of voters, oppose turning Medicare into a        powerful opposition movement from ex-           wealthy former telecoms tycoon.                      The royalist, nationalist “yellow shirts”    voting system.                      was not the time to change
privately-run voucher scheme, which was a centrepiece of the           ile and is determined to avenge his over-           The election will be a tight race be-        took to the streets to destabilise two gov-          Prime Minister David            the leadership. There will be
Republicans’ long-term budget plan released last month.                throw in a 2006 coup, a graft conviction        tween Abhisit’s Democrat Party and the           ernments led or backed by Thaksin in             Cameron’s (pictured) vigor-         changes in the relationship
    Both sides in Biden’s deficit talks also appear willing to put     and the confiscation of $1.4 billion of         pro-Thaksin Puea Thai Party.                     2006 and 2008, and many commentators             ous campaign against reform         between the two coalition
off negotiations on the divisive issues of healthcare and taxes        family assets.                                      Neither is likely to win a majority, so      believe that, despite a drop in their sup-       belied the picture of a com-        partners, however.
until a later date.                                                        “It’s a zero-sum game and this elec-        more behind-the-scenes deals are in pros-        port, they could strike again if Puea Thai       fortable alliance broadcast              The Lib Dems have made
                                                                       tion will only heighten the level of con-       pect to form a new coalition government          forms a government and seeks an amnesty          after he was forced into coali-     it clear they plan to be more
                                                                       frontation and polarisation,” said Somjai
Smuggling paths
                                                                                                                       with small parties more interested in pa-        for its de facto leader.                         tion with Lib Dem leader Nick       assertive, pledging a tougher
                                                                       Phagaphasvivat, a professor of politics         tronage than policies. Even before that, al-         “The yellow shirts might not like            Clegg by last year’s indecisive     line on health service reform
                                                                       and economics at Bangkok’s Thammasat            legations of vote-buying and contentious         Abhisit much, but they’re relying on             general election result.            and tax breaks for the poor
                                                                       University.                                     Electoral Commission rulings will ensure         him,” Somjai added. “I doubt they will al-           But no one should have          and pushing for reform of the
By Richard Valdmanis                                                       “Thaksin has promised he will return        a heated campaign.                               low Thaksin to make a comeback.”                 been surprised, some Lib            upper chamber of parliament,
                                                                       and his enemies are afraid he will want             Already, rumours swirl of an impend-             Some yellow shirts have turned against       Dems said.                          the House of Lords.

           ORE than two-thirds of Ghana’s increase in cocoa            revenge. They will try to stop him and al-      ing military coup or clandestine plots           the prime minister completely and are ad-            “Some of us never had                “There are a lot of things in
           output this season comes from a reversal of smug-           though the situation will be contained for      by “invisible hands” keen to derail the          vocating abstention in the polls, their ulti-    many illusions about the Con-       (the coalition agreement) that
           gling flows between it and Ivory Coast, casting doubt       now, after the election, another face-off is    election and preserve the status quo. The        mate goal being an appointed parliament.         servatives anyway,” Business        we haven’t yet realised, a fair-
on the No 2 grower’s agricultural success story.                       inevitable.”                                    country has had 18 military takeovers or         It is unclear what support they command          Secretary Vince Cable, a sen-       er tax system ... the banking
    The West African nation expects official output of around              Oxford-educated Abhisit sees the July       attempted putsches since 1932.                   but this is another wild card.                   ior Lib Dem, told the BBC on        system still isn’t functioning
920,000 tonnes during the 2010-11 crop, a surge from the               3 poll as a chance to finally win an unam-          Thaksin’s “red shirt” supporters, who            Pro-Thaksin Puea Thai remains popu-          Saturday. “They have emerged        ... and indeed the health serv-
632,000 tonnes posted last season that could ease the blow of          biguous mandate. It will mark Abhisit’s         paralysed Abhisit’s government last year         lar among the rural and urban working            as ruthless, calculating and        ice reforms went some way
export delays from crisis-stricken Ivory Coast.                        first test of popular support since he came     before the military quelled their 10-week        classes, but the Democrats are in good           thoroughly tribal.”                 beyond what had been in the
    While Ghanaian officials have attributed the increase to           to power in a 2008 parliamentary vote           protest at the cost of 91 lives, have prom-      shape and Abhisit is working overtime                Financial markets have so       coalition agreement and that
new farming techniques and good weather, analysts said a               tainted from the start by allegations the       ised to honour the result, as long as the        to convince Thais to put the past behind         far remained calm, largely be-      is going to be a major issue,”
reversal of smuggling flows with Ivory Coast could make up             military stitched together his coalition.       election is fair.                                them.                                            cause it is not seen as in the      Cable said.
about 200,000 tonnes of the year-on year change.
    That would damp projections for a broader regional cocoa
output boost driven by ideal weather. West Africa grows two-
thirds of the world’s cocoa, and disruptions in top grower Ivory
Coast drove prices to record highs.
    Some 100,000 tonnes of beans have been secreted from Ivo-
ry Coast into Ghana since a violent post-election power strug-
                                                                       Arctic nations eye future of world’s last frontier
gle froze exports for months, shippers and analysts said, a year               By Andrew Quinn                    senting indigenous inhabitants of the         Geological Survey estimates may               It will also debate guidelines for     council was moving to strengthen its
after the same volume was smuggled the other way.                                                                 Arctic most directly affected as ice          hold 25 per cent of the world’s undis-    admitting observer delegations to the      governance role that could allow it to

                                                                               EADERS of Arctic nations           and snow retreat.                             covered oil and natural gas reserves.     council, which could see non-Arctic        take action on weighty issues.
    “Normally you would see cocoa being smuggled from Gha-
                                                                               gather in Greenland this week          “It’s an important gathering, but             Among oil majors eyeing the Arc-      powers such as China get a seat at             “We all are realising that human
na to Ivory Coast, because of the price difference,” said Cole
                                                                               to chart future co-operation       also a symbol of some of the big              tic are Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Cono-      the table, and may discuss where the       and commercial activity are really go-
Martin of Business Monitor International. He said this year he
                                                                       as global warming sets off a race for      challenges that the Arctic faces,”            coPhillips, Exxon, Norway’s Statoil       Arctic Council should base its secre-      ing to significantly increase as polar
expected some 100,000 tonnes had crossed the other way.
    Two purchase directors for cocoa export companies —                oil, mineral, fishing and shipping op-     US Deputy Secretary of State James            and Russia’s state-controlled oil         tariat.                                    ice recedes. We don’t have sufficient
one based in Ivory Coast and the other in Ghana — said the             portunities in the world’s fragile final   Steinberg told a Washington think-            group Rosneft.                                US officials say they are also         infrastructure to keep up with this in-
Ghana-bound smuggling from Ivory Coast amounted to at least            frontier.                                  tank audience on Monday, noting that              Global shipping, too, is adapting     pushing for a broader initiative on oil    creasing activity,” she said.
100,000 tonnes this season.                                                US Secretary of State Hillary Clin-    US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar             to the new conditions. Previously         and gas activity in the region, includ-        Environmental activists say the
    “We are aware of the traffic, and we estimate between              ton will join foreign ministers from       would accompany Clinton to Nuuk.              icebound routes such as the North-        ing how to deal with potentially disas-    Arctic challenges require much more
100,000 and 150,000 tonnes of beans have crossed over so far,”         seven other Arctic states in Green-            “There are very core interests that       ern Sea Route past Russia and the         trous oil spills.                          aggressive action on everything from
said one of the exporters.                                             land’s tiny capital of Nuuk — popula-      are at stake in the Arctic, but it is an      Northwest Passage along Canada                “I think that there will be explicit   fishing quotas to international stand-
    Ghanaian officials have denied significant smuggling this          tion 15,000 — tomorrow for an Arctic       opportunity to find new patterns of           have become increasingly navigable        discussion in Nuuk with the Arctic         ards for oil and gas development in a
year, but have declined to give an estimate.                           Council meeting on the next steps for      co-operation,” he said.                       — cutting transport time but raising      Council nations about how to take the      pristine, delicate region.
    “We don’t have an official figure but all we know is that it       a region where warming temperatures            Evidence is mounting of climatic          questions about how the region will       next step and co-operatively address           “There’s a short window of op-
is very, very insignificant,” said Deputy Cocobod Chief Execu-         are bringing huge new challenges and       transformation in the Arctic, where           be managed.                               some of the important offshore oil         portunity to get out in front of it and
tive Yaw Adu-Ampomah of the smuggling. “We started imple-              unlocking untapped resources.              temperatures are already at their high-           The council will discuss a plan to    and gas issues,” Deputy US Interior        protect important and vulnerable
menting a new strategy to improved the crop more than three                The council includes the United        est levels than at any time in the past       divide search-and-rescue responsibil-     Secretary David Hayes told a news          ecosystems before industries get en-
years ago and now we are seeing the results. Fortunately, for us,      States, Canada, Russia, Norway, Fin-       2,000 years and are rising much faster        ity across the Arctic region, a step      briefing.                                  trenched,” said Lisa Speer, Director
the weather has also been very good,” he said.                         land, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark,         than elsewhere in the world.                  closely watched by shipping lines and         Heather Conley, an Arctic expert       of the Natural Resources Defence
    Cocoa shipments from Ivory Coast resumed over the week-            which handles foreign affairs for              Oil companies are alert to the po-        oil firms seeking to expand opera-        at the Center for Strategic and Inter-     Council’s international oceans pro-
end after they were frozen since late January.                         Greenland, as well as groups repre-        tential of the Arctic, which the US           tions.                                    national Studies think-tank, said the      gramme in New York.
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                                                                                                                         OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                        WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

 Floods along mighty Mississippi swamp farms, homes
MEMPHIS — The worst                about 4.8 km wide.               be a month before all of this      ready engulfed homes along        marks of Graceland and Sun       were closed to shipping and           Heavy rains last month          didn’t have back in 1937 and
floods to hit the central United      Daryl Hissong and his         goes down,” Hissong said as        the shoreline and on Monday       Studios on Beale Street have     the US Coast Guard opened         filled rivers and creeks already    they’re able to control the wa-
States in more than 70 years       three-year-old     son   were    he looked out over waters that     broke through a sandbag bar-      not been affected.               flood gates outside of New        swollen from the melting of a       ter a lot better so you don’t
have swallowed up homes,           among thousands of people        had swept up to the rooftops of    rier set up around a condo-          The US Army Corps of          Orleans to help protect the       thick winter snow pack, which       see the massive displacement
farms and roads after the Mis-     forced from their homes by the   neighbouring trailer homes.        minium on the other side of       Engineers has meanwhile de-      low-lying city as a flood wave    are now backing up because          of folks and literally washing
sissippi River swelled to six      muddy waters of record spring       Levees and natural bluffs       the road.                         ployed about 150 people to       makes its way slowly down to      the Mississippi is so swollen.      away of towns that you did in
times its normal width.            flooding.                        have protected most of Mem-            “We’re staying and riding     patrol the city’s levees day     the Gulf of Mexico.                   It’s the biggest flood in the   the old days,” he said.
   Army engineers yester-             They packed up on Sunday      phis from serious flooding,        it out, I guess,” resident Dawn   and night to check for prob-         “We’re looking at some        Mississippi Valley since 1937          But it will still take weeks
day patrolled stressed levees      and by Monday morning there      but those living in the affluent   Watkins said as workers rein-     lems, with a spokesman say-      pretty substantial flooding all   and the river is rising above       for the river levels to return
in waterlogged Memphis,            was almost two metres of         neighbourhood of Mud Island        forced the sandbags. “I didn’t    ing they were “very confident    the way from Memphis to Lou-      those records in some areas,        to normal and there are plenty
Tennessee, where the Missis-       water inside their home in a     were struggling to keep the        have any water until just a few   that the levee system is up to   isiana,” said Tom Bradshaw, a     Bradshaw said.                      of homes which could be lost,
sippi — normally about half        Memphis suburb.                  waters at bay.                     minutes ago.”                     the test.”                       meteorologist with the Nation-        “What’s helping us is that      particularly in the low-lying
a mile across — is currently          “They said it’ll probably        The flood water has al-             The Memphis music land-          Portions of the Mississippi   al Weather Service.               we have a lot of levees we          Mississippi Delta. — AFP

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                                                                                                                         WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

 NEWS IN BRIEF                                  Manmohan readies for Throw out corrupt subordinate
Govt to review policy for
acquiring mining land                            trip to Afghanistan  judges, says Supreme Court
THE government yesterday asked                 NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Man-                neighbours including India, Iran, Rus-
Coal India Limited (CIL) to review the         mohan Singh is all set to travel to Af-        sia, Central Asian countries, China
rehabilitation and resettlement policy         ghanistan.                                     and of course Pakistan,” said the of-       NEW DELHI — Subordinate             contemnor Archana Sinha,            to say that a certain section of    gible should be thrown out”.
for acquisition of land for coal mining            It will be the first trip to Kabul after   ficial. “We are certainly not looking to    court judges who indulge in         Additional District Judge, had      the subordinate judiciary in           In this case, the tenant M/s
so that aspirations of those who give up       August 2005 by a prime minister from           exclude Pakistan.”                          corruption should be “thrown        no business to pass the order       this country is bringing the        Udham Singh Jain Charitable
their land are met.                            India.                                             Pakistan is opposed to the four con-    out”, an irate Supreme Court        dated April 23, 2011. She has       whole judiciary of India into       Trust had to vacate the premis-
   “Adequate compensation and proper               Details of Manmohan Singh’s jour-          sulates India has in Afghanistan apart      said yesterday while criticis-      stayed the warrants of posses-      disrepute by passing orders on      es in Connaught Place within
employment should be provided to               ney are a closely guarded secret here.         from its embassy in Kabul. These in-        ing a woman additional dis-         sion, meaning thereby that she      extraneous considerations.”         six months from the date of
affected persons. The policy should meet           Officials say they are ignorant            clude two opened in Mazhar-e-Sharif         trict judge who superseded          has practically superseded our          It said: “We do not wish        dismissal of the petition.
the aspirations of land losers and should      about the travel dates and that this           and Herat after the Taliban’s ouster        an apex court order directing       order and overruled us.”            to comment on the various              The court said: “It is deeply
provide welfare measures for long term,”       would be known only 36 hours before            and two others reopened in Kandahar         a tenant to vacate premises. It         The Supreme Court also          allegations which are often         regrettable that in our country
said Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal.         Manmohan Singh takes off.                      and Jalalabad which had remained            also directed the Delhi High        directed the chief justice of the   made to us about what certain       often litigations between the
   Taking a review meeting of                      One reason for the secrecy — nor-          shut since 1979.                            Court to take disciplinary ac-      Delhi High Court to probe into      members of the subordinate          landlord and tenant are fought
government coal companies here,                mally the prime minister’s travel dates            Pakistan says these are used by In-     tion against her.                   the matter and “take such dis-      judiciary are doing, but we do      up to the stage of the Supreme
Jaiswal said delay in the acquisition of       are known weeks in advance — could             dia as “listening posts”.                       The apex court bench of         ciplinary action against Arch-      want to say that these kind of      Court and when the tenant los-
mining land is a major constraint in coal      be security concerns.                              Pakistan had been trying to claim a     Justice Markandey Katju and         ana Sinha, as the high court        malpractices have to be totally     es in this court then he starts
production.                                        But while not talking about the            large role in Afghanistan if and when       Justice Gyan Sudha Misra took       deems fit”.                         weeded out.                         a second innings” through an-
                                               prime minister’s impending visit, In-          the Americans withdraw. Knowing             umbrage to Additional District          The court also quashed the          “Such subordinate judici-       other round of litigation. The
Haryana pensions through                       dian officials insist it has no desire to      this, New Delhi is opposed to a total       Judge Archana Sinha passing         order passed by her. “In this       ary judges are bringing a bad       court said that this malpractice
                                               reduce Pakistan’s influence with poli-         US pullout from Afghanistan.                an order that frustrated the        case, the contemnor Archana         name to the whole institution       must now be stopped effec-
electronic transfer soon                       cy makers in Kabul.                                Indian experts think New Delhi          apex court’s October 6, 2010        Sinha had no business to pass       and must be thrown out of the       tively,
HARYANA will become the first state in             But Pakistan persuaded Ankara to           will now be better heard both in Kabul      order directing the vacation of     the order dated April 23, 2011      judiciary,” the order said.            The court also pulled up
the country to directly deposit all kinds      exclude India from a 2010 meeting              and by Washington.                          a premises in Connaught Place       and it is hereby quashed as to-         Justice Katju said that they    the senior counsel who ap-
of social pensions in the bank accounts of     Turkey hosted on reconciliation ef-                India spends $1.3 billion annu-         in the capital.                     tally void.”                        feel embarrassed over the con-      peared for the tenant, who
beneficiaries through electronic benefit       forts in Afghanistan.                          ally on Afghan projects ranging from            “It seems to us that in this        The apex court said a large     duct of the subordinate judici-     was supposed to vacate the
transfer (EBT) system by June this year,           India was incensed. “No one coun-          roads, rails, education and health sec-     country certain members of          section of the subordinate ju-      ary “when we are told that 80       premises, for not performing
a senior official said yesterday.              try can have veto over Afghanistan,”           tor. It is also building the new parlia-    the subordinate courts do not       diciary was engaging in activi-     per cent or 90 per cent of them     their duties as officers of the
    Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati said        an official here said.                         ment in Kabul.                              even care for orders of this        ties that were bringing a bad       are corrupt. The kind of things     court and tendering correct
the work of disbursement of pension                India wants a role commensurate                Hundreds of Indians are involved        court,” the court observed.         name and disrepute to the en-       we get to hear we can’t even        advice to their client to obey
under the EBT scheme had already               to the billions of dollars it has poured       in various projects, and at least five          It continued: “When this        tire judiciary.                     repeat in the court”.               the court’s order. The court
commenced in 16 out of Haryana’s 21            into rebuilding Afghanistan.                   have been abducted and killed by the        court passed an order dated             Giving vent to its concern          He said that “these kind of     said that “some of the learned
districts from April.                              “We are for a regional approach to         Taliban. The Indian embassy in Kabul        October 6, 2010 granting six        over the conduct of Sinha, the      malpractices should be weeded       counsel are hand in glove in
    Leading private banks have been            Afghanistan which will include all its         has been bombed twice. — IANS               months’ time to vacate, the         court said: “We are constrained     out and those who are incorri-      such activities”. — IANS
engaged for these districts, she said.
    “Representatives of banks concerned
would visit each village to open
bank account of the beneficiaries and
pensions would be paid directly in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Court allows exemption
beneficiaries’ bank accounts,” Gulati
                                                                                                                                                                                                  plea of Karim Morani
‘India-US trade to reach                                                                                                                                                                        NEW DELHI — A special Central
$100 bn in three years’                                                                                                                                                                         Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court
TRADE between India and the US                                                                                                                                                                  yesterday allowed Cineyug Film’s
is expected to grow to $100 billion                                                                                                                                                             Karim Morani, (pictured) accused in
within two to three years while Indian                                                                                                                                                          the 2G spectrum case, exemption from
companies are strengthening their                                                                                                                                                               personal appearance in court.
presence in the US across various                                                                                                                                                                   Judge O P Saini said: “Accused
sectors, a senior Indo-American                                                                                                                                                                 Morani’s exemption plea from person-
Chamber of Commerce (IACC) official                                                                                                                                                             al appearance is allowed. However, he
said yesterday.                                                                                                                                                                                 will have to appear before the court
    “I expect the trade between both the                                                                                                                                                        on May 12.” On May 6, Morani had
sides to reach around $100 billion within                                                                                                                                                       got exemption as he was admitted to
two-three years time,” IACC President                                                                                                                                                           Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.
Gautam Mahajan said, adding that the                                                                                                                                                                The defence counsel for Morani           promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, direc-
trade volumes would increase due to                                                                                                                                                             submitted that his client was still in       tor of Mumbai-based DB Realty Vinod
the growth of several sectors like food                                                                                                                                                         hospital so he might not be able to ap-      Goenka, managing director of Unitech
processing, education and infrastructure.                                                                                                                                                       pear before the court.                       Sanjay Chandra and three senior of-
    According to Mahajan, corporate                                                                                                                                                                 A similar application by DMK MP          ficials of the Anil Ambani group for
India, which is strengthening its presence                                                                                                                                                      Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV chief             conspiring to sell spectrum waves at
in the US, is also expected to invest                                                                                                                                                           Sharad Kumar for exemption from              rock bottom prices.
around $10 billion in the next five years                                                                                                                                                       personal appearance in the court was             The CBI filed the second
to start greenfield projects in sectors such                                                                                                                                                    rejected by a special court on May 7.        chargesheet on April 25. It named
as manufacturing and services.                                                                                                                                                                      The first chargesheet filed on April     DMK MP Kanimozhi, Swan Tel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                2 named former communications min-           ecom promoter Shahid Balwa, Sharad
                                                                                                                                                                                                ister A Raja, former telecom secreatry       Kumar, Karim Morani and Kuseg-
Manipur activist leader                                 ACTIVISTS of the Association of Parents of Disappeared People (APDP) during a demonstration in Srinagar                                 Siddharth Behura, Raja’s private Sec-        aon Realty director Rajiv Aggarwal.
arrested in Bangalore                                    yesterday. APDP has urged authorities to set up a commission to probe disappearances of people. — AFP                                  retary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom           — IANS
THE commander-in-chief of a banned
Manipur based militant outfit has been
arrested in Bangalore, police said
    Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP)
                                                  Villagers left out of rural                                                              ‘Ministers manipulated UPA
leader Malengba, 36, was caught on
                                                  power plan: Greenpeace
May 5 after police recieved information
about his hideout while following a drug
trafficking case, Deputy Commissioner
of Police Arun Kampani said.
                                               AZAMGARH, Uttar Pradesh —
                                               A large section of people in Uttar
                                                                                              Mehnagar blocks of Azamgarh in
                                                                                                                                             members on 2G report’
    The KCP was formed on April 14,            Pradesh’s Azamgarh district have been              The public hearing was attended         LUCKNOW — Senior BJP                for a parliamentary commit-                                             minister A Raja and indirectly
1980 by Ng Ibopishak Meitei. It has            left out of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen           by people from the villages where the       leader and Public Accounts          tee,” he added.                                                         criticised Prime Minister
been demanding secession of Manipur            Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), a                 survey was conducted, administration        Committee (PAC) Chief Murli             As PAC chief, he said, he                                           Manmohan Singh, among oth-
by uniting all ethnic Mangoloid groups         scheme to provide power connections            officials and local leaders.                Manohar Joshi (pictured)            would continue to track the                                             ers, for mishandling the spec-
belonging to the northeast.                    to homes, a study says.                            According to the report, the            yesterday accused four union        money spent from the govern-                                            trum allocation, causing losses
                                                   The findings of the social audit sur-      scheme is also riddled with the prob-       ministers, including Kapil          ment's exchequer.                                                       amounting to thousands of
Sonia Gandhi to visit Rae                      vey by Greenpeace, the international           lem of illegal connections, where           Sibal and P Chidambaram, of             “It's our prime job and we                                          crores of rupees to the national
Bareli constituency                            environment watchdog, was released             people just connect a wire onto a           influencing United Progres-         will make every effort to en-                                           exchequer.
                                               on Monday at the Jansunwai, a public           power line. This has impacted the           sive Alliance members to op-        sure whether the money was                                                  The report was blocked by
CONGRESS President Sonia Gandhi                platform for listing out grievances, in        quality of supply and infrastructure        pose the panel's report on the      spent on the projects for which                                         11 of the 21 members of the
will undertake a two-day tour of her           Shahpur village of Azamgarh.                   such as transformers.                       2G spectrum scam.                   it was earmarked,” said Joshi.                                          PAC belonging to the ruling
parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli              “In villages like Finihini and To-             Since the awareness about the                Sibal (human resource de-          He asked the SP and the                                             UPA constituents and support-
from today to review developmental             darpur, only 10 per cent BPL (below            scheme is low, it is also affected by       velopment),        Chidambaram      BSP to clarify their stand on                                           ing parties. Joshi has been reap-
projects, a party official said here           poverty line) families have been in-           corruption, the report said.                (home), P K Bansal (parlia-         dealing with corruption in the                                          pointed chief of the parliamen-
yesterday.                                     cluded in the scheme. Local people                 Above poverty line families have        mentary affairs) and V Naray-       country.                                                                tary panel for another year.
   “To know the ground realities of the                                                                                                                                                                               “It has been recommended
                                               informed that in many other villages           paid as much as Rs 5,000 to Rs 12,000       anasamy (Prime Minister's Of-           “The country wants to                                                   Hitting out at the BSP
developmental schemes being funded by                                                                                                                                                                             that CBI should report to parlia-
                                               that has not happened,” Akshay Gupta,          for a connection.                           fice) had “given directions to      know from them (SP and BSP)                                             government over the farmers-
the central government, Sonia Gandhi is        campaigner for Greenpeace India and                “The government has set up the          the Congress, Bahujan Samaj         whether they are with a party       ment after every six months...      police clash in Greater Noida,
expected to carry out surprise inspections     co-ordinator of the social audit in            scheme, but has not provided the sup-       Party (BSP) and Samajwadi           that fights against corruption,     It should tell how many cases       he said farmers' rights should
during which she could interact with the       Azamgarh, said.                                port villagers need. Many respondents       Party (SP) leaders on what do       or with one involved in it,”        were filed, status of its inves-    always be taken into account
public,” Akhilesh Pratap Singh, Congress           “In some villages the infrastructure       from Birpur and Kurhapar said they re-      on the PAC report”, Joshi told      said Joshi.                         tigations, the number of peo-       before any government un-
spokesperson in Uttar Pradesh, told            installed is only to cater to 10 per cent      ceive the bills every month even when       reporters at a press confer-            He said the PAC had also        ple against whom action was         dertakes a developmental
reporters.                                     population, so that the formality of           the connection has not been given,”         ence.                               made recommendations in             taken and other such things,”       projects.
   “On the first day of her tour, she will     declaring a village electrified is done        Lenin of Peoples’ Vigilance Commit-              “If union ministers are in-    order to bring transparency in      said Joshi.                             “Farmers should not be de-
also visit the Rae Bareli Rail Coach           with,” he added.                               tee on Human Rights (PVCHR), who            volved in such types of acts,       the functioning of the coun-            Joshi's draft report on the     nied their rights for providing
Factory (RCF) in Lalganj,” he added.               The social audit of the RGGVY              partnered with Greenpeace in the au-        it's really surprising and shock-   try's premier investigating         allocation of 2G spectrum in-       profits to some industrialists,”
                                               scheme was conducted in Tarwa and              dit. — IANS                                 ing... It shows their disregard     agency, CBI.                        dicted former communications        said Joshi. — IANS
Child’s head stuck in
pressure cooker, rescued
A THREE-YEAR-OLD child whose
head got stuck in a pressure cooker
                                                RLD chief meets PM over farmers’ stir Six new ministers inducted
was finally released after two hours
of painstaking effort by a team of 12
doctors in Delhi.
                                               NEW DELHI — Rashtriya
                                               Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit
                                                                                        The RLD leader said he
                                                                                                                            The RLD chief said the
                                                                                                                        farmers should have the right
                                                                                                                                                          support to the affected farm-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         into cabinet in Odisha
    Shivam, a resident of Rani Bagh            Singh, whose party has con-          urged the prime minister for        to decide whether to sell their      Former chief minister Ra-          BHUBANESHWAR — A day after                   of the Patnaik ministry to 22, includ-
in north Delhi, was playing with the           siderable influence in western       speedy passage of the Land          land or not. “That should be a    jnath Singh and several other         axing three ministers, Odisha Chief          ing the chief minister.
pressure cooker on Monday evening              Uttar Pradesh where a farm-          Acquisition Bill.                   basic right,” he said.            BJP leaders were arrested on          Minister Naveen Patnaik yesterday                Patnaik had on Monday asked
when his head got stuck.                       ers’ agitation is currently on,          “We want higher compen-             Ajit Singh’s RLD has con-     Monday in Greater Noida               inducted five new cabinet ministers          for the resignation of cabinet minis-
    “Shivam’s parents rushed him to a          met Prime Minister Manmo-            sation for the Noida farmers        siderable influence in Greater    while proceeding to the agita-        and also elevated a minister of state to     ters Damodar Rout and Bijay Ranjan
nearby clinic after his head was stuck,        han Singh here yesterday and         and farmers elsewhere,” he          Noida and other areas of the      tion spot.                            cabinet-rank.                                Singh Bariha and Minister of State
but they were not able to free his head.       sought enhanced compensa-            added.                              farmers’ stir. His meeting with      SP leader and former chief             The new ministers are former as-         Pravin Chandra Bhanjadeo.
So they approached Bhagwan Mahavir             tion for farmers whose land              Vehemently attacking Ut-        the prime minister is viewed      minister Mulayam Singh Ya-            sembly speaker Maheswar Mohanty,                 While Rout had confirmed the
Hospital in Pitampura,” one of the             was acquired by the govern-          tar Pradesh Chief Minister          as significant as the agitation   dav has also declared his par-        former deputy speaker Lalbihari Him-         development on Monday itself,
doctors who treated the child said. A          ment.                                Mayawati for “suppressing           has acquired considerable po-     ty’s support to the agitating         rika, Pradeep Moharathy, Usha Devi           Bhanjadeo and Bariha yesterday said
team of 12 doctors were finally able to            “I apprised the concerns         the farmers agitation” and the      litical dimensions.               farmers. Several SP leaders           and Niranjan Pujari, while Anjali            they have also resigned on the chief
free Shivam’s head. “We first pacified         of farmers to the prime min-         four deaths in clashes, Ajit            While Mayawati and her        have courted arrest in the past       Behera, currently holding charge of          minister's instruction.
the kid and soothed him as he was crying       ister. We are concerned about        Singh said that a thorough          Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)         four days.                            textiles and handloom department, has            Rout was holding charge of the de-
a lot. Then, we stuffed the sides of the       the plight of the farmers and        probe should be held into the       have criticised the agitation        Ajit Singh’s RLD, it is            been elevated to cabinet-rank.               partment of agriculture, co-operation,
cooker with cotton so that he doesn’t get      want the repression to end. An       incidents.                          as “based on mis-information      speculated, has been moving               Governor M C Bhandare admin-             fisheries and animal resources devel-
hurt. We used metal devices like screw         honourable solution should               “We also demand detailed        and politically motivated”,       closer to the Congress recently,      istered the oaths of office to the new       opment and Bariha was minister of
drivers to widen the cooker’s mouth and        be found,” Ajit Singh, whose         facts about the purpose of          opposition parties — the BJP,     though the party had contested        ministers at a function held at Rajbha-      scheduled castes and scheduled tribes
freed Shivam,” he added. — IANS                party has four Lok Sabha             land acquisition and the end        Samjawadi Party (SP) and the      the Lok Sabha polls in alliance       van here.                                    development as well as minorities and
                                               MPs, told reporters after the        use.”                               Congress — have extended          with the BJP. — IANS                      The new ministers take the strength      backward classes welfare. — IANS
                                                                                                                            17   INDIA
                                                                                                                            OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

      Heavy voting as Bengal polls end                                                                                                                                                                                               NEWS IN BRIEF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kanimozhi gets two-day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    court exemption
KOLKATA — Defying a Maoist                                                                                                                                                                    also on the roads.
boycott and braving the scorch-                                                                                                                                                                   “We had identified 1,049          A TRIAL court yesterday exempted
ing sun, over 83 per cent of the                                                                                                                                                              hamlets as vulnerable to threats      DMK Chief M Karunanidhi’s daughter
2.6 million-plus electorate voted                                                                                                                                                             of which 470 were in West Mid-        Kanimozhi and mananging director of
amid massive security deploy-                                                                                                                                                                 napore, 563 in Bankura and 16 in      Kalaignar TV Sharad Kumar, accused
ment in the sixth and final phase                                                                                                                                                             Purulia. Both civil officials and     in the 2G spectrum allotment case, from
of the West Bengal assembly                                                                                                                                                                   security personnel kept a close       personal appearance in court on May
elections yesterday. Voting was                                                                                                                                                               watch on the residents of these       12-13.
peaceful.                                                                                                                                                                                     hamlets,” said Gupta.                     Special CBI judge O P Saini allowed
    Voters, many of them tribals                                                                                                                                                                  Among the 97 candidates in        the applications filed by the two, who
living in the jungle areas, lined up                                                                                                                                                          the fray for the sixth phase were     said they have been summoned by the
in long queues in front of booths                                                                                                                                                             Minister for Western Region De-       Income Tax department in Chennai for
from 7 am when the polling                                                                                                                                                                    velopment Sushanta Ghosh (from        questioning on the two days and have to
started and by 3 pm, the sched-                                                                                                                                                               Garbeta in West Midnapore),           be present there. A trial court on May 7
uled time for the polls to get over,                                                                                                                                                          Law and Justice Minister Ra-          had rejected the exemption application of
83.48 per cent of votes were cast,                                                                                                                                                            bilal Moitra (Gopiballavpur, West     Kanimozhi and Kumar for May 9-10.
according to officials.                                                                                                                                                                       Midnapore) and Minister of State          In their pleas, the DMK
    Yesterday, polling was held in                                                                                                                                                            for Backward Class Welfare De-        parliamentarian and Kumar stated that
14 constituencies of three districts                                                                                                                                                          bolina Hembram (Ranibandh,            they wished to visit Chennai in order
— West Midnapore (7), Purulia                                                                                                                                                                 Bankura).                             to meet their auditors to prepare their
(4) and Bankura (3) — considered                                                                                                                                                                  Chhatradhar Mahato, jailed        replies to be filed before the ED.
the hotbed of Maoist activities.                                                                                                                                                              convener of pro-Maoist tribal out-        Kanimozhi appeared in the Patiala
    Yesterday’s polling brought                                                                                                                                                               fit People’s Committee Against        House district court on May 6 along with
to an end the staggered six-phase                                                                                                                                                             Police Atrocities (PCAPA), con-       Sharad Kumar.
election for the 294-member as-                                                                                                                                                               tested from Jhargram constitu-
sembly that began on April 18 and                                                                                                                                                             ency in West Midnapore district       Countdown begins for
covered around 70,000 polling                                                                                                                                                                 as an independent candidate.
booths spread across 19 districts                                                                                                                                                                 The outlawed Communist            India-Africa summit
over 88,752 sq km. The total elec-                                                                                                                                                            Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Mao-       AHEAD of the second summit between
torate was over 56 million.                                                                                                                                                                   ist) had, however, given a call for   India and the African continent, a two-
    Three helicopters provided                                                                                                                                                                vote boycott across the state.        day seminar begins in the Ethiopian
aerial surveillance and over                                                                                                                                                                      Of the 14 constituencies          capital today on how the India-Africa
100,000 security personnel, com-                                                                                                                                                              where polling was held yesterday,     partnership can be mutually beneficial to
prising central paramilitary troop-                                                                                                                                                           the Communist Party of India-         their growth and development.
ers, crack units of the state police                                                                                                                                                          Marxist (CPM) contested in 11            The second India-Africa Forum
and commandos were deployed                             A POLICEMAN stands guard as voters wait to cast their votes outside a polling station in Lalgarh village                              while its Left Front allies — the     Summit will be attended by Prime
in the region.                                                              in West Midnapore district in West Bengal yesterday. — Reuters                                                    Communist Party of India (CPI)        Minister Manmohan Singh and 15
    “Till 3 pm, polling percent-            “The voting was peaceful. A premises, said Additional Super- Jhargram, Nayagram, Binpur, anti-explosive devices.                                  and the Forward Bloc contested        representative African nations at the
age was 83.48 per cent. Polling         blast was heard near a forest in intendent of Police (headquarters) Joypur and Bandwan have wit-          High-frequency          satellite           in one and two constituencies, re-    African Union headquarters in Addis
in West Midnapore was 85.31 per         Gopiballavpur, but it turned out Sukesh Jain.                        nessed shootings and killings re- phones were being used at several              spectively.                           Ababa on May 24-25. The first summit
cent, Purulia 76.80 per cent and        to be part of the training of air      In Jhargram, five preventive lated to rebel violence during the polling booths as part of the mas-                 The Trinamool Congress            between the two rising powers was held
Bankura 84.50 per cent,” state          force personnel in Kalaikunda arrests were made, said Addition- past two years.                        sive security arrangements.                    contested in nine and its alliance    in New Delhi in 2008.
chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta     air base in the district,” said ad- al Police Superintendent (Opera-    Troopers of the Central Re-       The area resembled a battle-                partner, the Congress in four. The       The summit will be preceded a
told media persons.                     ditional chief electoral officer N tion) Mukesh Kumar.               serve Police Force’s anti-Maoist field with Kalashnikov-wielding                 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had      meeting of foreign ministers and trade
    Polling ended at 3 pm, two          K Sahana.                              Polling in the area had posed wing and Combat Battalion for security forces positioned in large                fielded candidates on all the 14      seminars and a India-Africa Media
hours earlier than the previous             A total of 13 people were ar- the biggest challenge for the se- Resolute Action (CoBRA) had number of bunkers and on the                          seats.                                Symposium.
rounds, to enable officials to leave    rested in West Midnapore for cre- curity forces and the election deployed in the jungles armed roofs of polling booths.                                   The counting of votes will take
the area before daylight fades.         ating nuisance in polling booth authorities. Places like Salboni, with modern gadgets, including          Anti-landmine vehicles were                 place on May 13. — IANS               Finance company office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    looted in New Delhi

 AI operates 210 domestic flights 10,000 teachers to be                                                                                                                                                                             A GANG of five robbers struck at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the office of a finance company here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yesterday, taking away Rs 350,000 in cash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and gold of an unspecified amount after
NEW DELHI — National car-
  rier Air India yesterday said
  it was operating 210 domes-
  tic flight and the number
                                   hired from Taiwan
                                    day. “The remaining flights
                                    would also be operational-
                                                                    India would give a 20 per
                                                                    cent discount on its tickets.
                                    ised very soon,” an Air India “After the scheme is over,
                                    official with the operations    we will offer fares 20 per
                                                                                                    published advertisements
                                                                                                    in various national dailies
                                                                                                    thanking passengers for
                                                                                                    bearing with it during the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    holding the staff at gunpoint, police said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “The robbers barged into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    premises of a Muthoot Finance office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in Pandav Nagar area (of east Delhi) at
  would eventually reach the        arm said.                       cent lower than the ones        strike and notified them of              TAIPEI — India plans to recruit up         gramme, she said.                           around 1.30 pm and forced the staff to
  designated daily schedule of According to the official, the       that were applicable a year     the new airfares on offer.               to 10,000 teachers from Taiwan to              India’s Education Ministry could        open up the lockers,” said a senior police
  225 flights, even as the air-     airline has managed to gar-     back,” the official added.    According to some aviation ex-             meet growing demand for Chinese            not be immediately reached for com-         officer.
  line registered 80 per cent       ner 80 per cent ticket book- The airline had earlier de-        perts, the lower fares would             language classes, Taiwan’s education       ment. Like most countries, India of-           “They decamped with lots of gold
  ticket bookings through its       ings through its reduced        ployed wide-bodied aircraft     not have any adverse effect              ministry said yesterday.                   ficially recognises Beijing over Taipei     jewellery and cash amounting Rs
  promotional scheme offer-         fares promotional scheme.       between the metros to offer     on private airlines, as they                 Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human         but maintains trade ties with the is-       350,000 from the counter,” said the
  ing reduced fares to make “Through this offer we have             more seats under its plan to    are already offering com-                Resources, made the proposal dur-          land.                                       officer adding police was trying to
  up for the crippling effects      got 80 per cent ticket book-    come out of the effects of      petitive fares to passengers.            ing a meeting with Taiwan’s Educa-             Chinese language classes are            ascertain the amount of gold looted.
  of a 10-day pilots strike it      ings. This offer provides       the pilots strike which cost “It is capacity induction that              tion Minister Wu Ching-ji in India         becoming increasingly popular as               A forensic team visited the office to
  has emerged from.                 passengers 50 per cent          the airline Rs 1.50 billion     should have been there from              last week, an education official said.     China’s political and economic clout        take samples while investigations are
Overall, the airline yesterday      reduced prices on our do-       and resulted in the cancella-   the beginning, but due to the                Sibal said there was a strong de-      grows.                                      under way, the officer added.
  operated 460 flights — the        mestic routes from that of      tion of 1,600 flights.          strike was lost out.                     mand for Chinese teachers as about             Chinese is also the official lan-
  balance on the international      an average day’s one,” the “Our plan is to increase ticket “Demand is still high and eve-                10,000 Indian high schools currently       guage in Taiwan, which split from
  sector, which was not af-         official said.                  sales revenue and make up       ryone will get a share out               offer Chinese classes, or plan to do       China in 1949 after a civil war.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Discovery Channel now in
  fected by the strike,           The airline further said that     for the lost time we had to     of it,” Ankur Bhatia, Ex-                so, the official added.                        Taiwan has previously sup-              Bangla language
“We are operating 210 flights to-   the scheme, which can be        endure during the peak sum-     ecutive Director of the Bird                 Taipei will set up a taskforce to      plied Chinese language teachers to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AFTER being available in Hindi, Tamil,
  day on our domestic routes,       availed till May 12, would      mer travel season,” the offi-   Group, a technology pro-                 train India-bound teachers and hold        France, the United Sates and Viet-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Telugu and English, Discovery Channel
  while on an average day our       be followed by another low-     cial said.                      vider to the travel industry,            more talks with New Delhi by the           nam, according to the education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    has now been launched in Bangla to cater
  schedule is 225 flights per       fare offer under which Air On Sunday, Air India had             said. — IANS.                            end of this year on the teaching pro-      ministry. — AFP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to audiences in West Bengal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “I am confident that the launch of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bangla feed will give viewers a deeper
 ‘Govt policies should                                                     Governors political, officials pressurised: BJP CMs                                                                                                      and more fulfilling viewing experience,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rahul Johri, senior vice-president and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    general manager, South Asia, Discovery
  address kids’ issues’                                                 NEW DELHI — Bharatiya Janata
                                                                        Party (BJP) chief ministers yester-
                                                                        day accused the United Progres-
                                                                                                              being told (by the central govern-
                                                                                                              ment) that if you have to progress
                                                                                                              in career, you have to listen to us,”
                                                                                                                                                          He said that in the session on
                                                                                                                                                      greater accountability and eradi-
                                                                                                                                                      cating corruption, party leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                             nity welfare.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Asked about the stance of Kar-
                                                                                                                                                                                             nataka Chief Minister B S Yed-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Networks Asia-Pacific, said in a press
NEW DELHI — Government              massively..”                        sive Alliance (UPA) government        alleged Nadda.                          talked about initiatives taken by      dyurappa and representative from           All the programmes and their airing
policies, especially in the             “As national planners are       of “compromising interests” of            He said that chief ministers        the National Democratic Alliance       Punjab on the issue of fighting        schedule will remain identical in all
fields of agriculture and envi-     beginning to think of the 12th      their states by putting pressure on   told the meeting that governors         (NDA) to bring transparency to         corruption, Nadda said both had        the language feeds, and viewers will be
ronment, should address chil-       Five-Year Plan, the initial         central cadre officers and com-       were acting as “political agents of     Rajya Sabha elections and stream-      participated in the deliberations      able to choose their preferred language
dren’s issues, like the effect of   working papers are again fail-      plained that the governors were       UPA”.                                   lining the size of ministries.         with full spirit and said corruption   through the remote control.
poisonous gases and pesticide       ing to recognise that invest-       acting as “political agents” of the       “Some legislations have been            Chouhan spoke about the Public     should be thoroughly eliminated.
use on children, said experts       ment in children and youth is       ruling coalition.                     pending with governors for long.        Service Guarantee Scheme being             While Yeddyurappa has faced        NCP leader, two officials
here yesterday.                     not a kindness but imperative           Briefing reporters about the      They are not giving assent,” Nadda      implemented in nine departments.       charges of nepotism, two BJP           booked in mining case
    Speaking at the ‘Child          for genuine national progress,”     conclave of party chief ministers,    said. He said Madhya Pradesh            If action is not taken on an appli-    ministers in Punjab had been sum-
Rights: In the National Inter-      a member of India Alliance for      BJP general secretary J P Nadda       Chief Minister Shivraj Singh            cation within 15 days, the official    moned by Central Bureau of In-         A SENIOR Nationalist Congress Party
est’ conference here, Mira          Child Rights said.                  said the chief ministers complained   Chouhan told the meeting that the       concerned has to pay Rs 250 per        vestigation in a graft case.           (NCP) leader and several top bureaucrats
Shiva of Initiative for Health          Shiva added: “Different         about pressure being exerted on       state wasn’t getting its coal quota.    day from his pocket for the delay.         The two-day meeting, that be-      were yesterday booked for allegedly
and Equity in Society (IHES),       ministries are handling differ-     central service officers working in       “Quota of one state is being            Bihar Deputy Chief Minister        gan on Monday, is being attended       being involved in permitting illegal
said: “Children get blind-          ent things and in that bargain a    states.                               given to the other. The objective is    Sushil Modi talked about the de-       by seven BJP chief ministers be-       mining of bauxite in the state.
spotted in government polic-        lot of important issues pertain-        “Pressure is being built on bu-   to see that Madhya Pradesh does         cision of the government to seize      sides the Bihar deputy chief minis-       The Crime Branch yesterday
es. The toxins of the Bhopal        ing to health and children get      reaucracy and interest of states      not get self-sufficient in power        property of officials facing corrup-   ter and a representative from Pun-     booked NCP national secretary Jitendra
Gas Tragedy affected children       ignored.” — IANS                    are being compromised. They are       production,” he claimed.                tion charges and use it for commu-     jab. — IANS                            Deshprabhu, Director Mines and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Geology Arvind Lolienkar and Chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Conservator of Forests Shashi Kumar for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    defrauding the state exchequer of Rs 500

   Exit polls predict very                                                                                                                                                                                                          million by allowing the illegal mining of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The first information report (FIR) also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    charges a son of a “senior minister” as

    close race in Kerala                                                                                                                                                                                                            one of the accused, but does not name

   By Ashraf Padanna                UDF 92 seats while the C-fore      swing in favour of the UDF                                                                                                                                   Tihar inmates allowed
                                    survey for Asianet predicted       and six per cent against the
T H I R U VA N A N -                the opposition front scraping      LDF which the BJP gained
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    phone calls to families
THAPURAM — It’s going               through with 72 to 82 seats,       with five per cent more votes                                                                                                                                IN a bid to bring down the stress levels
to be a neck-and-neck race for      in sharp contrast to the pre-      adding to its kitty (A total of                                                                                                                              among prisoners in Tihar Jail, effective
power in Kerala between the         poll surveys that gave up to 96    10 per cent of popular votes                                                                                                                                 Tuesday authorities allowed inmates to
two rival political fronts, ac-     seats for the UDF keeping the      and up to two seats in the as-                                                                                                                               call up their family and friends, if they
cording to two exit polls.          state’s tradition of alternating   sembly).                                                                                                                                                     so wish.
    While the The Week-Ma-          the rival fronts.                      Independent and others                                                                                                                                      “This is a reformative step and would
layala Manorma-CNN-IBN                  According to the CSDS, 45      cornered three per cent of                                                                                                                                   help the prisoners in remaining calm
poll conducted by leading           per cent voters preferred LDF      seats.                                                                                                                                                       and composed as regular interactions
psephologist Yogendra Ya-           while only 44 said they voted          Chief Minister V S                                                                                                                                       with their families will lower their stress
dav’s Centre for Study of           for the UDF and the rest for       Achuthanandan and Opposi-                                                                                                                                    levels,” Tihar Jail spokesman Sunil
Developing Societies (CSDS)         the Bharatiya Janata Party and     tion Leader Oommen Chandy                                                                                                                                    Gupta said.
predicted up to 79 seats for the    others.                            are in a close race for popu-                                                                                                                                   According to officials, the initiative
ruling Left Democratic Front            However, 17 per cent re-       larity with 40 and 37 per cent                                                                                                                               was launched in March 2010 but inmates
(LDF) in the 140-seat Assem-        fused to say whom they voted       respectively while Congress                                                                                                                                  booked under stringent laws like the
bly while two others saw the        for.                               party chief Ramesh Chennith-                                                                                                                                 Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime
Congress-led United Demo-               The C-fore survey also         ala stood third with 18 per cent                                                                                                                             Act (MCOCA), Prevention of Terrorism
cratic Front (UDF) smelling         predicted a one per cent differ-   and Home Minister Kodiyeri                                                                                                                                   Act (POTA) and Terrorist and Disruptive
power.                              ence in the vote share which       Balakrishnan ended up fourth           A TELEVISION camerman films the Tata Motors newly launched ‘Magic IRIS’ during the launch                             Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) were
    The MARG survey for the         favoured the UDF (44:43)           with five per cent preferring             function in Mumbai. Tata Magic IRIS, a four-wheeler 3-4 seater small passenger carrier is a                        not allowed the facility. — IANS
India Today group gives the         when there was a one per cent      him as the chief minister.                   substitute for passenger carrying three wheelers and is priced at Rs 195,000. — AFP
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                                                                                                                                  OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                                 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

 OFA hands over Oman Mobile League trophy to Suwaiq

OMAN Football Association (OFA) chief Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy hands over the Oman Mobile League winners trophy to Suwaiq Club Chairman His Highness Sayyid Fatik bin Fahr al Said and captain Mohsin Saleh during a ceremony at the Seeb
   Stadium yesterday. The ceremony was held after Suwaiq’s final AFC Cup group match against Al Wihdat of Jordan, which ended in a 1-1 draw, resulting in the Omani club’s exit from the tournament. — Pictures by Mohammed Mahjoub

Maxi hits another treble as Liverpool go fifth Schiavone puts out McHale
LONDON — Maxi Rodriguez                                                                                       Mark Schwarzer had much to          in the past month recorded two       ROME — French Open                 New Jersey qualifier's serve         6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-4; Feliciano
notched his second hat-trick                                                                                  answer for as the visitors went     3-0 wins and a 5-0 victory.          champion Francesca Schi-           midway through the first set         Lopez (ESP) bt Michael
in three matches as Liverpool                                                                                 three up in 16 minutes.                 "We have done fantastically      avone used her far greater         and never looked back, racing        Llodra (FRA) 7-6 (7/2), 6-1;
thumped Fulham 5-2 at Cra-                                                                                        Schwarzer kicked Suarez's       well since January, that's great     experience to defeat American      to victory in 71 minutes.            Marin Cilic (CRO) bt Ivo Kar-
ven Cottage on Monday to                                                                                      deflected cross into the path       credit to the players and ... the    upstart Christina McHale and           There was more Italian           lovic (CRO) 6-4, 1-0 retired;
boost their chances of qualify-                                                                               of Maxi for the opener and did      backroom staff," said Dalglish.      reach the third round of the       success in the first round when      Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) bt
ing for the Europa League.                                                                                    not cover his near post well        "We'll just keep going and see       Rome Masters yesterday.            wild-card Alberta Brianti beat       John Isner (USA) 6-4, 6-1;
    Maxi grabbed his first goal                                                                               enough for the second but his       what happens."                           Schiavone, 12 years older      China's Zheng Jie 6-4, 7-5           Sam Querrey (USA) bt Kevin
31 seconds into the Premier                                                                                   worst blunder was for the third         A miserable first half of the    than McHale who turns 19           and Sara Errani went through         Anderson (RSA) 7-6 (7/1),
League game before the Ar-                                                                                    goal when he let Kuyt's soft ef-    season had put them close to         today, breezed through 6-3,        against compatriot Roberta           1-0 retired; Nicolas Almagro
gentine struck again in the sev-                                                                              fort slip past him.                 the relegation zone and quali-       6-1 in sweltering conditions in    Vinci who retired injured after      (ESP x9) bt Simone Bolelli
enth minute. Dirk Kuyt then                                                                                       He could not do anything        fication for the Europa League       the Italian capital and said she   losing the first set 6-2.            (ITA) 6-0, 7-5; Ivan Ljubicic
made it 3-0 when he scored for                                                                                about Maxi's third, a stunning      would salvage something from         was pleased with her form as           Brianti will face Hungary's      (CRO) bt Flavio Cipolla (ITA)
the fifth successive match.                                                                                   strike from 25 metres, while at     the campaign and increase the        Roland Garros approaches.          Greta Arn, who defeated de-          6-2, 6-3. 2nd round: Richard
    Shell-shocked       Fulham                                                                                the other end Sidwell's conso-      already loud calls for Dalglish          "Everything went ac-           fending champion Maria Jose          Gasquet (FRA x16) bt Igor
pulled one back in the 57th                                                                                   lation goal into the top corner     to be offered a permanent con-       cording to plan today and it's     Martinez Sanchez on Monday,          Andreev (RUS) 6-1, 6-2; To-
minute      through     Moussa                                                                                was of a similar class.             tract.                               given me confidence," said         while Errani faces third seed        mas Berdych (CZE x7) bt Juan
Dembele but Maxi, who also                                                                                        Liverpool's win came the            The Scot was tight-lipped        Schiavone, who suffered a          Victoria Azarenka in the sec-        Monaco (ARG) 6-2, 6-2.
recorded a treble against Bir-      LIVERPOOL’S Maxi Rodriguez celebrates his third goal                      day after arch-rivals Manches-      over whether talks about his         third round loss to American       ond round.                              Women: 1st round: Lucie
mingham City on April 23,             against Fulham during their English Premier League                      ter United closed within one        future were ongoing, saying:         Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the           Australia's Anastasia Ro-        Safarova (CZE) bt Kimiko
slammed in a fantastic long-       match at Craven Cottage in London on Monday. — Reuters                     point of winning the league         "When we've got something to         Madrid Open last week.             dionova beat Kazakhstan's            Date Krumm (JPN) 7-5, 6-2;
range shot 13 minutes later                                                                                   to stand on the brink of break-     tell you, we'll tell you".               "It was nice and hot with      Yaroslava Shvedova 6-4, 6-4          Andrea Petkovic (GER x12)
and Luis Suarez added a fifth.     position before Spurs (56)         ing well of late, confidence is         ing the record they share with          While a Champions League         the court playing very fast        to set up a second round clash       bt Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
    Steve Sidwell scored late      travel to fourth-placed Man-       good, we are looking forward            the Anfield club of 18 English      place is still a mathematical        so your reactions have to be       against top seed Caroline            7-5, 6-1; Romina Oprandi
for Fulham but it did not          chester City (62).                 to games."                              top-flight titles.                  possibility, Liverpool would         sharp. It wasn't a great game      Wozniacki.                           (ITA) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST
change anything for Liver-            "It was just one of those           While Suarez's nippy runs               Since Kenny Dalglish took       need Spurs to win in Manches-        for the crowd to shout for             Other results (x denotes         x14) 7-5, 3-6, 6-1; Anastasia
pool (58 points) who climbed       days for us," Liverpool de-        and deft touches were at the            over the reins at his old club in   ter and for the results in the fi-   every point but the encourage-     seeding): Men: 1st round:            Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x16)
above Tottenham Hotspur into       fender Jamie Carragher told        heart of many Liverpool surg-           January, Liverpool have turned      nal two matches of the season        ment still helped a lot."          Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI              bt Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
the Europa League spot in fifth    Sky Sports. "We've been play-      es, Fulham's Australian keeper          their season around and have        to go their way. — Reuters               The second seed broke the      x14) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA)          6-3, 7-5. — Reuters

 Juve see CL                        Canucks advance to Western finals Heat burn Celtics to take 3-1 lead                                                                                                                                                         Injured Del Potro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    doubtful for
hopes dwindle                      NASHVILLE, Tennessee —                                                                                           BOSTON — LeBron James                                                 24 seconds left in OT to give
                                   The Vancouver Canucks took                                                                                       muscled his way to a 35-point,                                        Miami a 95-90 lead.                      French Open
  after draw                       an early 2-0 lead and held on                                                                                    14-rebound performance as                                                 In a see-saw fourth quarter,
                                   to beat the Nashville Predators                                                                                  the Miami Heat pushed the                                             the Heat held the Celtics to          BUENOS AIRES — Former
MILAN — Juventus con-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           US Open champion Juan
ceded two goals in a minute        2-1 on Monday and advance                                                                                        Boston Celtics to the brink                                           just 13 points to force the extra
                                   to the NHL's Western Confer-                                                                                     of play-off elimination with                                          session as Paul Pierce missed         Martin del Potro has torn a
to see their outside hopes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hip muscle and looks almost
of reaching the Champions          ence finals.                                                                                                     a 98-90 overtime triumph on                                           a potential game-winner as the
                                       Mason Raymond and Dan-                                                                                       Monday.                                                               buzzer ended regulation time.         certain to miss the French
League all but end in a 2-2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Open, his coaching staff said
home draw with Chievo on           iel Sedin netted first-period                                                                                       Dwyane Wade added 28                                                   Miami scored the first six
                                   goals and Canucks goaltender                                                                                     points as the visiting Heat                                           points of overtime to put the         on Monday.
Monday. The seventh-placed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Del Potro, who won his
Turin side lie five points be-     Roberto Luongo made it stand                                                                                     moved closer to vanquishing                                           veteran Celtics on their heels.
                                   up as the Canucks clinched                                                                                       the defending Eastern Confer-                                             Pierce finished with 27           first Grand Slam title at the
hind Udinese, who are in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    US Open in 2009, pulled out
fourth and final Champions         the best-of-seven series 4-2                                                                                     ence champions by taking a                                            points and Ray Allen chipped
                                   to reach their first conference                                                                                  3-1 lead in the best-of-seven                                         in 17 for Boston.                     of the Madrid Masters last
League qualifying spot with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     week due to the injury and
two games left, and Juve are       final in 17 years.                                                                                               series.                                                                   In Memphis, the Grizzlies
                                       The victory enabled Van-                                                                                        Game Five is today in Mi-                                          trailed 92-82 with under five         the French Open starts in
not even assured of playing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     less than two weeks' time.
                                   couver, who had the best                                                                                         ami where the Heat will at-                                           minutes left in the fourth quar-
Europa League next term in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The 1.98-metre 22-year-
                                   record in the National Hockey                                                                                    tempt to finish off the Celtics.                                      ter but Mike Conley made a
their as yet unnamed new                                                 VANCOUVER Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (left)                                                                                                                                         old had tests in Buenos Aires
                                   League this season, to avoid                                                                                        Meanwhile, the Oklahoma                                            game-tying three-pointer with
stadium.                                                                is mobbed by team-mates after defeating the Nashville                                                             MIAMI Heat’s LeBron                                                   on Saturday that showed an
                                   another Game Seven.                                                                                              City Thunder prevailed in a                                           three seconds left to cap a
    The point means mid-                                              Predators to win Game Six of the NHL Western Conference                                                            James (right) dunks past                                               eight millimetre tear in a left
                                       The Canucks failed three                                                                                     marathon triple-overtime 133-                                         Memphis rally and force the
table Chievo are now safe                                                semifinal play-off in Nashville on Monday. — Reuters                                                             Boston Celtics’ Rajon                                                 hip muscle, his staff said in
                                   times to finish off their first-                                                                                 123 win over the Memphis                                              first extra session.
from relegation.                                                                                                                                                                        Rondo during Game Four                                                  a statement. "We still don't
                                   round series against the de-       when you have to roll up the            shots over the final 20 min-          Grizzlies to even their series                                            Memphis' Greivis Vasquez
    Once mighty Juve were                                                                                                                                                                  of their NBA Eastern                                                 know how long it will take
                                   fending Stanley Cup champi-        sleeves and go to work."                utes.                                 2-2.                                                                  drained a three-pointer in the
cruising after Alessandro                                                                                                                                                               Conference play-off series                                              for Del Potro to return to the
                                   ons Chicago Blackhawks after           David Legwand scored                   Ryan Kesler aided on the              Russell Westbrook scored                                           first OT to tie the game 109-
del Piero celebrated his new                                                                                                                                                           in Boston, Massachusetts on                                              circuit but it is most probable
                                   taking a 3-0 lead, before pre-     Nashville Predators' goal at            two Canucks goals to once             40 points and Kevin Durant                                            109 and force a second OT.
one-year contract with a 13th      vailing in the decider.                                                                                          added 35 and 13 rebounds                Monday. — Reuters                 Durant took over with six         that he won't get to play the
                                                                      3:31 in the second period, for          again show how vital he is to
minute penalty before strike           On Monday, Luongo fin-                                                                                       as the Thunder overcame an                                            points in the final overtime          second Slam of the season,
                                                                      his third score in two games,           the Vancouver offence, hav-                                              finding themselves overpow-
partner Alessandro Matri           ished with 23 saves in what        but the Predators came up               ing scored or assisted on 11          early 18-point deficit and now     ered by Miami's new partner-       to send the Thunder on their          Roland-Garros," they said.
exposed poor defending to          was a hard-fought defensive        short in what was their first           of his team's 14 goals over the       head home for Game Five to-        ship.                              way.                                      Del Potro was quoted on
make it 2-0 early in the sec-      series throughout with five of     trip to the conference semifi-          series.                               day in Oklahoma City.                  Chris Bosh, who signed             Zach Randolph recorded 34         the statement as saying: "I
ond half.                          the six games being decided        nals.                                      Vancouver will play the               In last season's play-offs,     with Miami along with James        points and 16 rebounds while          started rehabilitation today
    But such is the twice Eu-      by one-goal.                           Nashville out-shot Vancou-          winner of the other Western           Boston eliminated James and        in the summer to form a "Big       Marc Gasol put in 26 and 21           (Monday) and I will do all I
ropean champions' brittle              "They're all tough series,     ver 18-9 through two periods,           semis between San Jose and            the Cleveland Cavaliers, and       Three" with Wade to chal-          rebounds for the eighth-seed-         can to play in Paris. I want
confidence after two seasons       it's never going to be easy,"      but Vancouver went into full            the Detroit Red Wings, which          Wade and the Heat on their         lenge Boston's reign, added        ed Grizzlies who continue to          to take things calmly with-
of woe that few fans in the        Luongo told reporters. "When       clamp-down mode in the third            the Sharks lead 3-2 with Game         way to the NBA Finals.             20 points and 12 rebounds          make an improbable post-sea-          out hurrying my return to the
nervous Stadio Olimpico            things are looking down that's     and held Nashville to just six          Six in Detroit. — Reuters                This year, the Celtics are      including a crucial tip-in with    son run. — Reuters                    circuit." — Reuters
were surprised when the
visitors retaliated.
    Chievo pulled one back
on 68 minutes when Fern-
ando Uribe bundled the ball
                                   Cahill shines in A’s win                                                      Canada set up q-final against Russia                                                                        Assarain, Coastal win
home and they equalised            DALLAS — Trevor Cahill             hit with a one-game suspen-                                                                                                                          MUSCAT — Favourites                 overs (Zahid 18, Lathif 13 n.o.,
almost immediately when                                                                                          BRATISLAVA — Canadian captain Rick                  quarterfinal, because we'll face an even                                                  Asfand 2/7) lost to Asfandyar
                                   out-pitched opposing ace           sion earlier on Monday for                                                                                                                           Coastal CC, Assarain A and B
Gennaro Sardo calmly fin-                                                                                        Nash scored a late winner in his team's             better team than today," Russia's New                                                     47 for 5 in 6.2 overs (Murad 29
                                   C J Wilson yet again for his       making physical contact with                                                                                                                         teams scored comprehensive
ished from the edge of the                                                                                       3-2 win over Sweden on Monday to set the            Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk told                                                 n.o.) by 5 wkts.
                                   American Baseball League-          an umpire while arguing a                                                                                                                            victories in the first round of
area after Sergio Pellissier                                                                                     Olympic champions up for a quarterfinal             reporters. "We have to play our best hock-                                                    Eagles 48 for 4 in 8 overs
                                   best sixth win as the Oak-         strike call, but he decided to                                                                                                                       the Summer Cup MRI ball
had struck the post.                                                                                             against Russia at the world ice hockey              ey if we want to get through."                                                            (Jitu 17 n.o., Rajesh 14, Bad-
                                   land Athletics beat the Texas      appeal the ruling and was able                                                                                                                       cricket tournament, organised
                                                                                                                 championship.                                          Kevin Lotscher netted twice as Swit-                                                   shah 2/11) lost to Titans 54 for
    The Verona-based side,         Rangers 7-2 on Monday.             to suit up.                                                                                                                                          by Oman Indo-Pak Friends, at
                                                                                                                    Earlier, Norway joined Canada, hold-             zerland upset the United States 5-3 in Ko-                                                1 in 6.5 overs (Razak 19n.o.,
nicknamed the Flying Don-              Cahill, who also out-              Cahill and the A's applaud-                                                                                                                      Al Ghubra's GPP grounds last
                                                                                                                 ers Czech Republic, the United States,              sice and Marius Holtet's four goals lifted                                                Ahmed 15) by 9 wkts; Stars
keys, could easily have won        smarted Wilson in a 3-1 win        ed his decision, as Willingham                                                                                                                       Friday.
                                                                                                                 Sweden, Russia, Finland and Germany in              Norway to a crushing 5-2 win over France                  Brief scores: Coastal CC        Light 85 for 6 in 8 overs (Omar
in the closing stages after        10 days ago, struck out seven      added a two-run single in the              the quarterfinals which start today.                to secure the last available quarterfinal             93 for 4 in 8 overs (Praveen        43, Waqar 20, Akshat 2/4) beat
Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi          batters and walked one as he       eighth when Oakland put four                  "Our goal is to win the gold," John              slot.                                                 37 n.o., Roshan 22, Rauf 2/13)      Strike Force 59 for 9 in 8 overs
Buffon charged rashly out of       allowed one run in seven in-       runs on the board to chase                 Tavares, who scored Canada's second                    Hosts Slovakia managed a 4-1 win over              beat Asad XI 64 for 6 in 8 overs    (Tayyab 4/14, Shabaz 2/10) by
goal but the hosts also hit the    nings in the battle between        Wilson and put the game out                goal, told reporters.                               Denmark in a farewell game at the tourna-                                                 26 runs.
post through Luca Toni late        teams that entered the game                                                                                                                                                             (Sohail 34, Zafar 17 n.o., Jitesh
                                                                      of reach.                                     "We played them (Russia) last year,              ment for both teams.                                  2/16) by 29 runs; Alkhuair XI           Al-Faisal 100 for 4 in 8
on in an entertaining game.        tied for second place in the           Earlier, Detroit Tigers beat           we didn't do so well, hopefully we can do              "It is hard for me to talk. The fans gave                                              overs (Amir Ali 47, Awal Khan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           37 all out in 8 overs (Imran 3/7,
    Juve boss Luigi Del Neri,      AL West.                           Toronto Blue Jays 10-5.                    much better this year.                              us an amazing goodbye. I hope that our                                                    17) beat Friends XI 48 for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Zeeshan 2/9, Khurram 2/3) lost
who coached Chievo to great            Supplying the power for            Other results: Pittsburgh Pen-            "I feel that our team is in a better place       successors will pay them back in the fu-              to Assarain A 39 for 1 in 2.5       8 in 8 overs (Tahir 12, Irtaza
success in the previous dec-       the A's was outfielder Josh        guins bt LA Dodgers 4-1, Boston
                                                                                                                 and is playing much better than we did last         ture," Slovakia team captain Pavol Demi-              overs (Arif 23 n.o.) by 9 wkts;     4/8, Imran 2/17) by 52 runs;
ade, is fighting to keep his       Willingham, who drove in           Red Sox bt Minnesota Twins 2-1,                                                                                                                                                          Taiseer Electronics 100 for 5
                                                                      Philadelphia Phillies bt Florida Mar-      year at this stage of the tournament."              tra told reporters.                                   Assarain B 87 for 2 in 8 overs
job amid media speculation         five runs including a three-run                                                  The Russia-Finland game went to a                   Demitra, 36, who played for the NHL's              (Unni 40 n.o., Nishant 19, Ran-     in 8 overs (Javed 39, Khurram
                                                                      lins 6-4, Cincinnati Reds bt Houston
linking Italy's most success-      blast in the third inning that     Astros 6-1, Milwaukee Brewers bt           shootout before Finn Jarkko Immonen de-             Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild                  jit 15) beat Towel Tigers 47        30, Waseem 2/16, Babar 2/27)
ful domestic club with a host      staked Cahill to a 3-0 lead.       San Diego Padres 4-3, Colorado             livered the 3-2 game winner.                        among others, said the championship was               for 7 in 8 overs (Kenson 2/3,       beat Al-Khoudh CC 77 for 4 in
of managers including Na-              Willingham might have          Rockies bt NY Mets 2-1, Chicago               "We have to play better than this in the         his last for the national team. — Reuters             Raniz 2/4, Shamas 2/6) by 40        8 overs (Zeeshan 17, Matiullah
poli's Walter Mazzarri.            skipped the game after being       White Sox bt LA Angels 8-0.                                                                                                                          runs; Orients CC 45 for 4 in 8      14, Sayeed 2/9) by 23 runs.
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                                                                                                  OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                  WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

Kings XI thrash
Mumbai Indians
MOHALI — Table-toppers                Today’s match: Rajasthan
Mumbai Indians suffered a           Royals vs Royal Challengers
humiliating 76-run defeat af-       Bangalore.
ter they were shot out for just
87 runs by Kings XI Punjab in               SCOREBOARD
their Indian Premier League         Kings XI Punjab
(IPL) match here yesterday.         P Valthaty c Blizzard b Patel ...... 14
    Chasing a target of 164,        A Gilchrist c Rayudu b Malinga 28
                                    S Marsh c Pollard b Patel .......... 43
Mumbai Indians were bowled          D Karthik c Blizzard b Patel ...... 31
out for their second lowest         D Hussey c Blizzard b Patel ........ 0
total this season in just 12.5      Mandeep Singh run out ................ 8
overs. Despite the loss, Mum-       Bipul Sharma (not out) ................ 6
bai Indians stayed on top of        R Harris c Pollard b Patel ............ 6
the points table with 16 from       P Kumar b Malinga ...................... 2
                                    S Srivastava (not out) ................... 3
11 matches while Kings XI           Extras: (b-2, lb-13, w-7) ........... 22
are ninth with eight points         Total: (8 wkts, 20 overs) ......... 163
from 10 matches                     Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-92, 3-128,
    The famed Mumbai Indi-          4-129, 5-145, 6-148, 7-155, 8-157.
ans’ batting struggled against      Bowling:        Harbhajan          Singh
the spin of 21-year-old left-       3-0-20-0; Lasith Malinga 4-0-24-2;
                                    Munaf Patel 4-0-21-5; Dhaval
arm spinner Bharghav Bhatt,         Kulkarni 2-0-25-0; Rohit Sharma
who finished with figures of        2-0-24-0; Tirumalasetti Suman 3-0-
four for 22 and was also ad-        23-0; Kieron Pollard 2-0-11-0.
judged the man of the match.        Mumbai Indians
    Medium-pacer       Praveen      A Blizzard c Gilchrist b Kumar . 15
Kumar struck in his succes-         S Tendulkar c Marsh b Kumar ..... 6
                                    R Sharma st Gilchrist b Bipul ...... 5
sive overs to get rid of Sachin     A Symonds run out ...................... 8
Tendulkar (6) and Blizzard,         A Rayudu c Bipul b Srivastava .. 13
while a freak run out of An-        T Suman c Kumar b Harris .......... 4
drew Symonds (8) triggered          K Pollard c Marsh b Bhatt ......... 17
a collapse that saw Mumbai          Harbhajan b Bhatt ...................... 12
                                    D Kulkarni c&b Bhatt .................. 2
Indians losing seven wickets
                                    Lasith Malinga not out ................. 0
for just 43 runs.                   M Patel lbw Bhatt ........................ 0
    Earlier, a five-wicket haul     Extras: (b-1, w-4) ....................... 5
by Munaf Patel (five for 21)        Total: (all out, 12.5 overs) .......... 87
restricted Kings XI to 163          Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-27, 3-27,
for eight in 20 overs. Shaun        4-44, 5-54, 6-55, 7-69, 8-87, 9-87.
                                    Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-1-19-2;
Marsh was the top scorer for        Bhargav Bhatt 2.5-0-22-4; Bipul
the hosts with 43, while Di-        Sharma 2-0-15-1; Ryan Harris
nesh Karthik made 31. Adam          2-0-13-1;     Shalabh       Srivastava
Gilchrist made 28.                  2-0-17-1.

Marsh, Ganguly in
Warriors’ victory
HYDERABAD — Mitchell                Pune having secured eight
Marsh grabbed four wickets          points and Deccan six.
and Saurav Ganguly hit an
unbeaten 32 on comeback as                  SCOREBOARD
Pune Warriors beat Deccan           Deccan Chargers
Chargers by six wickets in the      S Dhawan c Ryder b Yuvraj ....... 24
                                    D Ravi Teja b Marsh .................. 30
Indian Premier League (IPL)         K Sangakkara lbw Sharma ........ 12
yesterday.                          J P Duminy c Sharma b Marsh .. 30
    Australian       paceman        D Christian lbw Yuvraj .............. 10
Marsh, 19, finished with            B Chipli (not out) ....................... 18
four for 25 as Pune restricted      S Sohal c Uthappa b Marsh ......... 0
                                    A Mishra c Kumar b Marsh ......... 0
Deccan to 136 runs for eight        D Steyn c Ferguson b Parnell .... 11
wickets before achieving            Ishant Sharma (not out) ............... 0
the target with 10 balls to         Extras: (w-1) ............................... 1
spare for their fourth win in       Total: (8 wkts, 20 overs) ......... 136
11 matches of the Twenty20          Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-56, 3-76,
                                    4-98, 5-119, 6-124, 7-124, 8-135.
tournament.                         Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
    Former India captain Gan-       3-0-24-0; Shrikant Wagh 1-0-8-0;
guly, who went unsold at the        Wayne Parnell 4-0-38-1; Rahul
player auction before being         Sharma 4-0-24-1; Yuvraj Singh
signed up by Pune as a re-          4-0-17-2; Mitchell Marsh 4-0-25-4.
placement for injured seamer        Pune Warriors
                                    J Ryder b Ojha ........................... 35
Ashish Nehra, looked impres-        M Pandey lbw Mishra ................ 49
sive during his 32-ball knock,      S Ganguly (not out) ................... 32
hitting one six and three           R Uthappa c Sangakkara
fours.                                         b Christian ................. 1
    Opener Manish Pandey            Yuvraj Singh b Christian .............. 2
                                    Callum Ferguson (not out) ......... 15
top-scored for Pune with 49,        Extras: (w-2, nb-1) ..................... 3
while New Zealander Jesse           Total: (4 wkts, 18.2 overs) ...... 137
Ryder smashed a 20-ball 35          Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-93, 3-96,
with the help of two sixes and      4-119.
five fours.                         Bowling: Dale Steyn 4-0-30-0;
                                    Ishant Sharma 3-0-25-0; Pragy-
    Both the teams are virtu-       an Ojha 3-0-13-1; J P Duminy
ally out of contention for a        2-0-22-0; Daniel Christian 3-0-
place in the semifinals, with       21-2; Amit Mishra 3.2-0-26-1.

                 P     W        L       T       N/R        NRR           Pts
 Mumbai         11     8        3       0        0        +0.314          16
 Chennai        11     7        4       0        0        +0.509          14
 Kolkata        11     7        4       0        0        +0.464          14
 Bangalore      10     6        3       0        1        +0.786          13
 Rajasthan      11     5        5       0        1        -0.504          11
 Kochi          11     5        6       0        0        -0.624          10
 Pune           11     4        7       0        0        -0.003           8
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                                                                                                                              WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

                 OJA sports awards gala on May 15                                                                                               Swimmers, athletes honoured
 Barakat is Sportsperson of Year
      By Our Sports Reporter                                                                Tareq al Said, Chairman of the second
                                                                                            Asian Beach Games Organising Commit-
MUSCAT — Sprint sensation Barakat al                                                        tee is selected as the best sports personal-
Harthy has been selected for the top prize                                                  ity of the year. Asian Beach Games sports
of the 2010 sports awards of the Oman                                                       committee chairman Ali bin Masoud al
Journalists Association (OJA).                                                              Sunaidy, the Minister of Sports Affairs, is
    The second edition of the prestigious                                                   also picked for the same award.
awards ceremony will be hosted at the                                                           The year's best club chairman is His
Grand Hyatt on May 15 under the aus-                                                        Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tareq al Said
pices of Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Bu-                                                    while his club, Seeb, bags the best club
saidy, the Minister of Interior.                                                            award for the second time in a row.
    The OJA have rightly chosen the                                                                       LIST OF AWARDEES
young Barakat as the Sportsperson of the                                                        Sports personalities of the year: His High-
Year. Barakat continues to bring laurels                                                    ness Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Ali bin
                                                                                            Masoud al Sunaidy. Best club chairman of the
from both the regional events as well as                                                    year: His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tareq al
the international meets.                             BARAKAT AL HARTHY                      Said. Best sportsperson of the year: Barakat al
    But it was in 2010 he came up with a           While Barakat has been chosen for the    Harthy (athletics). Most promising sportsperson
series of sterling performances in various                                                  of the year: Sultan al Touqi (equestrian). Best
                                               top prize, the OJA have picked another       sports association: Oman Equestrian Federation.
international meets, capping the season        deserving athlete for the most promising     Best sports committee: University sports com-
with a sensational run at the Guangzhou        sportsperson of the year award in show-      mittee. Best referee: Abdullah al Harrassi (foot-
Asian Games in China in November to            jumper Sultan al Touqi.                      ball). Best sports supporting institution: Oman-
clinch the 100m bronze medal, making               Sultan had won a team silver as part     tel and Bin Zayed International Group. Special
it a truly historic year for the Sultanate's                                                merit awards: Shaikh Soud al Rawahi, Shaikh
                                               of the Australasian squad at the inaugural   Salim al Araimi, Shaikh Ahmed al Rawas, Shaikh
sports. With that bronze-winning per-          Youth Olympics organised in Singapore        Saif al Maskari and Khamis al Anbouri. Best
formance, Barakat ended Oman’s two-            in August.                                   sports journalist: Nasser Darwish. Best sports
decade medal drought at the Asiad.                 His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin          journalist (TV and Radio): Khamis al Balushi.

                                                                                                                                                    THE Ministry of Sports Affairs yesterday honoured the national swimming and athletics teams who garnered
                                                                                                                                                glory in the recently organised GCC championships. The ceremony was held under the auspices of Rashad al Hinai,
                                                                                                                                                     the Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Sports Affairs, and was attended by the Oman Swimming Association
                                                                                                                                                  Chairman Taha al Kishry and other officials. The national swimming team were honoured for winning the overall
                                                                                                                                                title, including two gold and silver (5km and 10km) medals at the 11th GCC Open Water Swimming Championships
                                                                                                                                                       in Saudi Arabia while the athletes were feted for bringing home nine gold, eight silver and 12 bronze from
                                                                                                                                                            13th GCC senior championships and 6th junior championships. — Pictures by Faisal al Balushi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fatma enters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         second round
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of Delhi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         MUSCAT — Fatma al Na-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         bhani continued with her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         winning form to enter the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         second round of the singles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at $10,000 New Delhi 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         WTA tournament in the In-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         dian capital yesterday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             According to information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         received here, the Omani
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sensation eased past Indian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wildcard Megha Sehrawat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in straight sets to advance to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the second round.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A day after storming into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the doubles quarterfinals,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         top-seeded Fatma defeated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Megha Sehrawat 6-4, 6-2 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         set up a second round clash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with Manish Foster of Great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The British girl defeated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         India’s Nehel Sahni 6-0, 6-1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in her first round match.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             On Monday, Fatma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         teamed with India’s Rushmi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Chakravarti to defeat Indo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Chinese pair of Ambika
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Pande and Jiayun Xue in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         doubles first round.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             In the second round, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Indo-Oman duo will take on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Japanese Misa Kinoshita and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Estuko Kitazaki.

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