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Observer 18 May 2011

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									                                                                                        Wednesday, May 18, 2011/Jumada al Thania 14, 1432 AH                                                                              

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                       Outlines investment prospects                                                                                                                                                     Gilchrist smashes century
                        ATTRACTING foreign investors is top of the agenda                                                                                                                                ADAM Gilchrist smashed a rapid-fire 106 and Shaun
                            for the Public Authority for Investment, Promotion                                                                                                                           Marsh a 49-ball 79 not out to set up Kings XI Punjab’s
                        and Export Development which will participate in the                                                                                                                             111-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the
                         upcoming Korean Overseas Investment Fair (KOIF),                                                                                                                                IPL yesterday. The Australians put on a record 206 off
                      set for May 19-20 in Seoul. It is organised by the Korea                                                                                                                           just 16 overs for the second wicket in a superb display of
                      Trade-Investment Promotion Agency and hosted by the                                                                                                                                power-hitting as Punjab scored 232-2 before dismissing
                                     Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy.                                                                                                                               Bangalore for 121 to keep alive their hopes.

       His Majesty’s attention to needy citizens lauded                                                                                                                              MoH institutions deftly
Land fees cut, prices eased                                                                                                                                                          treating ENT disorders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with all aspects of ENT prob-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lems at all MoH institutions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              age of 99.5 per cent of the tar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              get students.
                                                                                                                                                                                     MUSCAT — The Ministry of             and strengthened the ongoing            MoH institutions have ef-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Health has a strong ENT (Ear,        school screening activities.        ficient primary healthcare fa-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Nose and Throat) programme              The ministry introduced          cilities for early detection of
                                                                                                                                                                                     in place, which has put up good      screening for neonatal hearing      serious ear conditions. At these
                                                                                                                                                                                     results in recent times.             disability using Cochlear Emis-     institutions Acute Otitis Media
                                                                                                                                                                                         The hearing loss, identified     sions in 2002. The number of        (AOM) constituted 33.5 per
                                                                                                                                                                                     as a priority health problem in      neonatal hearing screening          cent of new outpatient cases in
                                                                                                                                                                                     fifth and sixth five year plans,     stood at 52,047 in 2009 (93         2009, followed by diseases of
                                                                                                                                                                                     necessitated a survey in 1996-       per cent) of 55,950 newborn in      external ear (19 per cent) and
                                                                                                                                                                                     1997.                                MoH institutions. Of this, 121      wax in the ear (13.1 per cent).
                                                                                                                                                                                         The “National Survey for         (0.2 per cent) were suspected           There were 57,772 ear dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Deafness and Common Ear              with hearing impairment and         eases representing 38 per cent
                                                                                                                                                                                     Diseases in Oman” showed             referred to rehabilitation units.   of cases of which 22, 915 (15
                                                                                                                                                                                     that the prevalence of hear-            The MoH institutions have        per cent) cases were of mid-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ing loss was 5.5 per cent and        always been active in seeking       dle ear diseases. There were
                                                                                                                                                                                     a large portion of it was either     feedback from patients, in-         581 cases that were operated to
                                                                                                                                                                                     curable or preventable, accord-      volving the public in develop-      treat hearing impairment. The
                                                                                                                                                                                     ing to the Annual Health Re-         ing and monitoring services.        surgical coverage with overall
                                                                                                                                                                                     port of the ministry.                   The total number of school       goal (to operate attico-antral
                                                                                                                                                                                         In 1999, the MoH intro-          children (Grade One) screened       diseases and tubo-tympanic
                                                                                                                                                                                     duced preventive, curative and       for ear healthcare in 2009          diseases) could attain 11.8 per
                                                                                                                                                                                     rehabilitative initiatives to deal   stood at 34, 550 with a cover-      cent of the target. To P3

                                                                                                                                                                                     Four pedestrians die in accidents
MUSCAT — Within the context of the          down land fees and the prices of land       two years have elapsed from the date          case their income is more than RO 300
continuous keenness of His Majesty          extension for other groups.                 of obtaining the title deeds.                 per month.
Sultan Qaboos to ensure the prosperity         Article 1 stipulates that all citizens       Article 3 exempts the disabled, as           Article 5 stipulates that the prices of
of Omani citizens, His Highness Sayy-       whose income is not more than RO 300        it is the case with Social Insurance          extension of land plots for residential-
id Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy         per month will be exempted from the         Scheme families, from all the fees due        cum-commercial and residential-cum-            MUSCAT — A 4-year-old                of Samayil as they negotiated       by Wali of Bausher Shaikh
Prime Minister for the Council of           fees of the residential lands granted to    on government lands as indicated in           commercial-industrial and agricultural         child and a man were knocked         the highway riding bicycles.        Ibrahim bin Yahya al Rawahi.
Ministers, issued a decision facilitating   them.                                       Ministerial Decision No 15/99 of the          purposes as specified in Ministerial           down by speeding vehicles,               Meanwhile, the Road Safe-          The wali explained that a
the ownership of land plots for needy          Article 2 invalidates Paragraph 2        Housing Ministry.                             Decision No 61/2006 of the Housing             in separate accidents, as they       ty Competition’s panel, at its      committee was formed in re-
citizens.                                   of Article No 2 of Royal Decree No              Article 4 states that the fees for gov-   Ministry in proportion to the prices           tried to cross the highway in        first meeting in the Wilayat        sponse to the recommendations
    The decision writes off land fees       88/2005 which bans carrying out any         ernmental land plots granted to retired       of governmental land granting. With            Saham yesterday.                     of Bausher, discussed mecha-        of the Traffic Safety Sympo-
for the disabled and the low-income         transactions on land, either through        personnel of the public and private sec-      reference to the fees stipulated in the            Two expatriates died in a        nisms to limit road accidents.      sium that was ordered by His
group, while at the same time cutting       sale or donation or mortgage, before        tors shall be reduced by 50 per cent in       above-mentioned decision, To P3                similar accident in the Wilayat          The meeting was chaired         Majesty the Sultan. To P3

New regulations to                                                                                                                                                                                                        Expansion targets
boost fishing sector                                                                                                                                                                                                      for Sohar Refinery
MUSCAT — Agriculture and          tems, sonar and global posi-                                                                                                                                                            MUSCAT — Authorities over-          the expansion is slated to be
Fisheries Minister Dr Fuaad       tioning systems, among other                                                                                                                                                            seeing the planned revamp and       completed by the end of 2015.
bin Jaafar al Sajwani has is-     equipment.                                                                                                                                                                              expansion of the Sultanate’s            Sohar Industrial Port Com-
sued a ministerial decision ap-       The regulation also cov-                                                                                                                                                            flagship refinery at Sohar are      pany, the landlord-operator of
proving a new regulation for      ers subsidies for coastal fish-                                                                                                                                                         targeting a four-and-a-half-        the Sohar Port, has earmarked
supporting the fishery sector.    ing related to purchasing and                                                                                                                                                           year timeline for the engineer-     a substantial plot of land ad-
    The regulation includes       possessing fishing equipment,                                                                                                                                                           ing design and execution of         joining the existing refinery
subsidies to the professional     quality control devices, the                                                                                                                                                            the ambitious project.              complex for the expansion.
fishing sector on the purchas-    processing of fish by drying,                                                                                                                                                               Allowing for 12 months for          A portion of the plot al-
ing of fishing boats, engines,    salting, smoking and storing.                                                                                                                                                           the completion of the Front-        located to the now-shelved
instruments, equipment and            The regulation included                                                                                                                                                             End Engineering Design              Oman Petrochemical Indus-
accessories of fishing ships,     the fish transportation and                                                                                                                                                             (FEED) and roughly three-           tries Co venture, has now been
long fishing threads, electric    marketing subsidy covering                                                                                                                                                              and-a-half years thereafter for     set aside for the refinery ex-
cranes, depth measuring sys-      cooling equipment To P3                                                                                                                                                                 the execution of the upgrade,       pansion project. See page 9

More ships visit Salalah
SALALAH — Twenty cruise ships with 14,982 tourists on
                                                                         Women’s role in Majlis polls hailed Oil prices slide to $109
board visited Salalah Port since the beginning of this year.             MUSCAT — The Majlis                   Dr Mohammed bin Ahmed           Committee, which met yes-           Interior Ministry shortly.             NEW YORK — World stocks fell to a one-month low yesterday
   Last year, the port witnessed the visit of 23 cruise ships            Ash’shura hosted at the Majlis     al Ansari, Adviser at the Of-      terday under the chairman-              The committee reviewed             as data spurred a new wave of doubts over the global economic
with 31,281 tourists on board. The number of ships visiting              premises yesterday a number        fice of the Majlis Ash’shura’s     ship of Shaikh Abdullah bin         the progress made till date and        recovery and on worries about debt-laden euro-zone nations,
Salalah Port in 2009 stood at 29 with 20,766 on board while              of women candidates wishing        Chairman, briefed the can-         Shuwain al Hosni, Under-            the work to be implemented             while oil tumbled on the economic outlook and a firmer dollar.
the number of cruise ships in 2008 stood at 39 with 25,055 on            to contest the forthcoming         didates about the role of the      Secretary of the Information        in future. It also reviewed the            US stocks fell as the weak data added to concerns the recov-
board.                                                                   elections.                         Majlis, its powers and the         Ministry, discussed the me-         procedural and legal aspects           ery is taking longer than expected. Oil prices slid more than 2
   Choosing Salalah Port as a tourist destination comes as a                The meeting, organised          parliamentary member’s role        dia plan for the forthcoming        that ensure citizens their elec-       per cent on demand worries and as the dollar rose. July Brent
result of the distinguished location overlooking the Arabian             in co-operation with the           in activating and exercising       Majlis Ash’shura election and       toral right.                           crude was down 1.7 per cent at $108.92 a barrel, while US crude
Sea and the Indian Ocean, in addition to tourist potential and           Omani Women’s Association          these powers.                      its media and awareness pro-            The committee approved             for June delivery was down 1.7 per cent at $95.72.
facilities offered by Salalah Port Service Company, the Royal            in Muscat, was aimed at en-           He also spoke about the         grammes.                            some TV and radio pro-                     “Dollar strength and the poor economic data are pressuring
Oman Police (ROP) and the Tourism Ministry, as well as the               hancing the Omani women’s          process whereby the Majlis             The committee also dis-         grammes including panel                prices,” said John Kilduff, partner at the hedge fund Again Capi-
services of ships and tourist agencies in the Sultanate.                 participation in the Majlis’s      hosts ministers to listen to       cussed guidelines for the elec-     discussions, newspaper sup-            tal LLC in New York.
   Meanwhile, the Tourism Ministry yesterday began organis-              elections and, eventually, the     their statements and related       tion campaigns. The details of      plements, news coverage of                 Investors also face the end of the US Federal Reserve’s $600
ing workshops in Paris, Rome and Milano with participation of            parliamentary consultation         deliberations.                     these plans will be unveiled        events and awareness messag-           billion asset-purchase programme next month.
23 Omani tourism institutions and more than 300 companies                institution’s membership.             Meanwhile, the Media            once they are approved by the       es on radio and TV. — ONA                  The euro seesawed against the dollar, driven by concerns
from the European cities. See also page 3                                                                                                                                                                                 that Greece might restructure its massive debt. — Reuters

                                                                       Pan-GCC trucking services                                                                                     Italian premier
                                                                                                                                                                                     dealt big blow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Abbas urges world
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          help for Palestinians
                                                                       to develop export market                                                                                      ROME — Prime Minister
                                                                                                                                                                                     Silvio Berlusconi was “sur-
                                                                                                                                                                                     prised and saddened” after           TEL AVIV — Palestin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ian President Mahmud Abbas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              political theatre,” he wrote, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              an article.
                                                                                                                                                                                     his centre-right bloc lost
                                                                                                          Saudi Arabia — King Fahad            well as to selected airports in                                            urged the international com-            “We call on all friendly,
                                                                                                          Abdul Aziz Ad-Dammam —               the GCC.                              ground in local elections and
                                                                                                                                                                                     was forced to trail in a run-        munity yesterday to recog-          peace-loving nations to join
                                                                       MUSCAT — Oman Air                  King Khalid Riyadh and King              The trucking services of                                               nise a Palestinian state at the     us in realising our national
                                                                       Cargo unveiled its Pan-GCC         Abdul Aziz Jeddah airports —         Oman’s national carrier will          off in his powerbase, finan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          United Nations in September         aspirations by recognising the
                                                                       customs-bonded truck serv-         Kuwait — Bahrain and Qatar.          be operated by its business           cial capital Milan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and support its admission to        State of Palestine on the 1967
                                                                       ices connecting Muscat with            The domestic markets that        partner M/s Able Logistics                Milan’s centre-right may-        the world body.                     border and by supporting its
                                                                       Salalah and other GCC coun-        will be covered under this           Group (Oman) LLC, providing           or Letizia Moratti won 41.6              In an opinion piece in The      admission to the United Na-
                                                                       tries to develop export and im-    service are Salalah and Sohar,       airport-to-airport connectivity       per cent of the vote in elec-        New York Times, Abbas said          tions,” Abbas said.
                                                                       port growth in the country.        followed soon by Adam,               which is expected to play a           tions on May 15-16 against           US political pressure had               The US has been cool to
                                                                           Announcing this yesterday      Nizwa, Duqm and Sur. This            major role in improving export        48 per cent for her rival            failed to stop Israel's settle-     the idea of UN recognition
                                                                       Abdulrazaq al Raisi, Chief         service will be effective from       and import growth in the coun-        Giuliano Pisapia, giving the         ment programme in the occu-         and has urged the Palestinians
                                                                       Commercial Officer, Oman           June 1.                              try by adding faster and more         left a chance to win for the         pied West Bank and Palestini-       and Israel not to take unilater-
                                                                       Air, at the inaugural ceremony         It is the first time in Oman’s   efficient connections.                first time in nearly 20 years        ans “cannot wait indefinitely”      al steps that could jeopardise
                                                                       at Golden Tulip Hotel, said        freight history that a sched-            Able Logistics Group              in a run-off in two weeks.           for a state of their own.           a final peace settlement.
                                                                       that Oman Air will link from       uled customs-bonded trucking         (Oman) LLC is an Omani                    But Berlusconi was the               “Our quest for recognition          US-hosted peace talks
                                                                       and to its cargo hubs in Mus-      service is being introduced          registered company with es-           main loser, failing to con-          as a state should not be seen       stalled shortly after they re-
          OMAN, a land of geological                                   cat and Salalah to United Arab     for customers’ use, connect-         tablished transport and freight       vince voters to deal him an          as a stunt; too many of our         sumed in Washington eight
                                                                       Emirates — Dubai, Sharjah                                                                                     outright victory in his home
            wonders — Weekend                                          and Abu Dhabi airports —
                                                                                                          ing cargo from one airport to
                                                                                                          another both domestically as
                                                                                                                                               forwarding roots in the Sul-
                                                                                                                                               tanate. To page 3                     town Milan. — AFP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          men and women have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lost for us to engage in such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              months ago in a dispute over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              new settlements. — Reuters

                                            Prayer timing             Fajr    Dhuhr        Asr      Magrib        Isha            Weather Muscat Nizwa Sohar Al Buraimi Sur Khasab Salalah
                                                                                                                                          M                                                                                           EXCHANGE RATES                         GOLD PRICE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dollar per Omani Rial
                                                    Muscat          04:00 am 12:08 pm 03:31 pm 06:48 pm 08:06 pm                   Max
                                                                                                                                   M        42     41   40       42      45   43     32
                                                                                                                                   Min      32     27   31       30      31   35     26                                      Buying 0.382 Selling 0.388                  $1,494.00
 OMAN DAILY Observer

             Oman-Bahrain panel discusses co-operation, investments
             MUSCAT — The Oman-Bahrain Joint                 ran al Raisi, Head of the Economic Affairs         The joint committee is discussing
             Committee began a two-day meeting at            Sector at the Foreign Ministry, and Bah-       fields of bilateral co-operation, particu-
             senior officials' level at the Diplomatic In-   rain’s Ahmed Hamad Abdulaziz al Amir,          larly economy, trade and investment and
             stitute at the Foreign Ministry yesterday.      Under-Secretary of the Foreign Ministry        means of enhancing them, besides the
                 The sessions are led by Talib bin Mi-       for Regional and GCC Affairs.                  committee’s achievements. — ONA

             Sultanate’s achievements in e-govt to be highlighted
             CAIRO — The 11th annual meeting of the          of the Arab Administrative Development         in e-government and its implications on the
             Arab Administrative Development Author-         Organisation, said that the meeting will re-   services.
             ities' Chairmen began here yesterday. The       view a working paper on Oman’s achieve-            He also noted that the meeting will re-
             Sultanate's delegation to the meeting is led    ments in e-government and their implica-       view the achievements of Jordan and Mo-
             by Dr Hammad bin Hamad al Ghafri, Ad-           tion on the services and the achievements      rocco in e-government and the role of the e-
             viser of the Civil Service Ministry.            of the Egyptian government in promoting        government in administrative development
                 Dr Rafat al Faouri, Director-General        government services and the Saudi efforts      in Sudan. — ONA
                                                                                                                         OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                       WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

bids farewell
                                 Land fees written Pan-GCC trucking services to develop export
MUSCAT — Yusuf bin Ala-
wi bin Abdallah, Minister
Responsible for Foreign Af-
                                  off, prices eased                                                   From page 1

                                                                                                         It is specialised in
                                                                                                                                        said that they are proud
                                                                                                                                        to be partnered with the
                                                                                                                                        national carrier of Oman in
fairs, received in his office    From page 1                           HH Sayyid Fahd pointed         transporting customs              bringing its service to an
yesterday Robert Kevin Ma-          Article 6 cuts down by 80      out that His Majesty the Sul-      bonded cargo from airport         ever wider customer base.
gee, Non-Resident Ambas-         per cent the fees due on ex-      tan accords his utmost atten-      to airport and non-bonded             Able Logistics is
sador of Australia to the Sul-   cess areas and properties in      tion to citizens’ welfare. The     cargoes throughout the            committed to offering
tanate, to bid him farewell at   agricultural lands that did not   Royal gesture also reflects        GCC and Middle East               transportation solutions
the end of his tour of duty in   maturate to the target period.    His Majesty the Sultan’s deep      region.                           throughout the region to
the Sultanate.                      Article 7 requires the         love and his appreciation             Oman Air will                  its customers with reliable,
    Alawi wished the ambas-      Minister of Housing to issue      for the Omani people’s feats       complete its present online       efficient and cost-effective
sador success in his future      the mechanisms and the pro-       achieved over the ages, said       destinations network with         transportation services by
assignments and the bilat-       cedures that regularise this      HH Sayyid Fahd, stressing          additional new offline            eliminating costly delays,
eral relations between the       decision without prejudice to     that this is a pride for every     destinations adding ground        by reducing transit times
Sultanate and Australia fur-     any privileges prescribed be-     person who belongs to this         transport services along          and above all maintaining
ther progress.                   forehand.                         benign land with its people’s      with its flight programmes.       product integrity by
    The meeting was attended        The decision took effect       well-established values.              “We are happy to join          delivering cargoes safely to
by Ali bin Ahmed al Issa'ei,     yesterday.                            The Royal attention also                                         their final destinations.
                                                                                                      hands with Able Logistics
Head of the Minister's Of-          HH Sayyid Fahd said in         aims at enabling the citizens
                                                                                                      to provide Pan-GCC
fice Department, Riyad bin       a statement to Oman News          to tackle the challenges of
                                                                                                      trucking services. We are
Yousef al Ra'eesi, Head of       Agency that the Royal di-         modern life and to work hard-
the East Asia Department,        rectives seek to achieve the      er for a prosperous future for
                                                                                                      confident that the local
and senior officials at the      facilitation of measures and      all, HH Sayyid Fahd added.         importers and exporters
Foreign Ministry. — ONA          procedures for citizens.          — ONA                              will welcome our Road
                                                                                                      Feeder product and turn
                                                                                                      this into their advantage to
                                                                                                      grow their businesses," Al
                                                                                                      Raisi added.
                                                                                                         The Road Feeder
                                                                                                      Services (RFS) will be
                                                                                                      offered as scheduled
                                                                                                      services while keeping
                                                                                                      open the option of ad hoc
                                                                                                         We are sure that
                                                                                                      this new service will
                                                                                                      complement and
                                                                                                      supplement our narrow
                                                                                                      bodied aircraft flying
                                                                                                      within the Gulf region.
                                                                                                         Mohammed Noor
                                                                                                      Mohammed, Chairman of
                                                                                                      Able Logistics LLC, Oman,

THE Majlis Ash’shura Election Media Committee met yesterday under the chairmanship
    of Shaikh Abdullah bin Shuwain al Hosni, Under-Secretary of the Information
 Ministry, and discussed the media plan for the forthcoming Majlis Ash’shura election.                 20 cruise liners call at Salalah port                                                            Regulations to boost fishing sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                        From page 1                      departments of the governo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and containers, in addition to   rates and regions for studying

Focus on role of the media in                                                                                                                                                                           boosting fish farming.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sub-committees will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                        formed in the directorates and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the applications of citizens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and determining eligible ones.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         — ONA

  covering Majlis elections                                                                                                                                                                             4 pedestrians die in accidents
                                                                                                                                                                                                        From page 1                      establishments to contribute
MUSCAT — Tawasul Inter-          the media in raising aware-          The       seminar     dealt                                                                                                          This committee will raise     to training road users and re-
national Centre held a semi-     ness in the society by getting    with themes represented                                                                                                              public awareness among all       lated traffic projects, includ-
nar on forum of partnership      involved in public life and       by aspects related to the                                                                                                            categories of the society.       ing studies and research in the
with the society under the       facilitating partnership be-      Majlis authorities, tools                                                                                                               He urged local and private    field.
title of "Majlis Ash’shura,      tween the media, the society      for participation in elections
Media and Society" at Grand
Hyatt Muscat Hotel.
    The seminar was aimed
                                 and Majlis Ash’shura to en-
                                 sure institutionalisation and
                                 enhance the participation of
                                                                   and development plans and
                                                                   the role of the media in cov-
                                                                   ering the Majlis elections.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Treating ENT disorders
at highlighting the role of      citizens.                         — ONA                                                                                                                                From page 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                           As for ENT morbidity reported at secondary and terti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ary care level in MoH, there were a total of 151,455 cases,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of which the women accounted for 71,684 cases and men for
‘Save Energy Oman’ wins                                                                                        TWENTY cruise ships with 14,982 tourists on board visited Salalah Port
                                                                                                                                                                                                        79,771 cases.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Young or old, regular annual ENT check-ups are impor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tant in assessing the general state of ENT health. Many serious

 prestigious award in UK                                                                                         since the beginning of this year. Last year, the port witnessed the
                                                                                                                   visit of 23 cruise ships with 31,281 tourists on board. — ONA
                                                                                                                                                                                                        health threats can be detected early during routine screening
                                                                                                                                                                                                        procedures, say experts.

   By A Staff Reporter                                             theme is delivered by ‘Noor’;

MUSCAT — The ‘Save Ener-
                                                                   a cartoon character of the
                                                                   white Arabian Oryx that is
                                                                                                      Kuwait delegation                                                                                                                   Tourism workshops
gy Oman’ campaign launched                                         unique to Oman that actually          visits Rusayl                                                                                                                     in European cities
in 2010 by the Electricity                                         lowers its metabolic rate dur-
Holding Company was de-                                            ing the summer to conserve          Industrial Estate                                                                                                                  MUSCAT — The Tourism
clared one of the winners of                                       energy. This made her the                                                                                                                                              Ministry is organising work-
the annual ‘Drum Marketing                                         perfect ambassador for the         MUSCAT — A delegation                                                                                                               shops in Paris, Rome and
Award’ in the United King-                                         campaign. The campaign fo-         from Mubarak al Abdullah                                                                                                            Milan with participation of
dom at an award ceremony         ity Company, Majan Electric-      cused on energy conservation       Joint Command and Staff                                                                                                             23 Omani organisations.
held in Manchester recently.     ity Company, Dhofar Power         tips and was keenly supported      College (MAJCSC) in Ku-                                                                                                                The ministry will also
   ‘Save Energy Oman’ won        Company and the Rural Ar-         by government departments,         wait yesterday visited Rusayl                                                                                                       take part in the IMEX Inter-
the award for the best ‘Cause    eas Electricity Company. The      large businesses and residents     Industrial Estate affiliated to                                                                                                     national Exhibition due to be
related marketing campaign’      campaign was launched in          alike as they all pledged their    the Public Establishment for                                                                                                        held in Frankfurt from May
and was submitted by NavyB-      April 2010 with an awareness      support.                           Industrial Estates (PEIE).                                                                                                          24 to 26. The exhibition is
lue the campaign designers.      programme on ways to con-             The     campaign      team         The delegation familiar-                                                                                                        one of the most important
   Participating with the        serve energy especially dur-      thanked the supporters and         ised itself with facilities and                                                                                                     exhibitions specialised in
Electricity Holding Company      ing the peak summer months        reminded the consumers to          services rendered by PEIE                                                                                                           conference organisation and
in the campaign were Mus-        when electricity demand al-       heed to the message and con-       for investors in the industrial                                                                                                     international incentives.
cat Electricity Distribution     most doubles.                     tinue to conserve energy for       estates and Knowledge Oa-                                                                                                              Salim bin Udai al
Company, Mazoon Electric-            The campaign’s central        the benefit of the country.        sis Muscat. — ONA
                                                                                                                                        SQUH seminar on medical malpractice                                                               Maamari, Director-General
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Tourism Promotion at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tourism Ministry, said the
                                                                                                                                        MUSCAT — The Sultan Qaboos University            Representatives of departments at SQUH,          number of tourists coming
                                                                                                                                        Hospital, represented by the Training and Ca- health institutions under the Health Ministry,      from France stood at 32,532,
                                                                                                                                        reer Development Department, yesterday held the Diwan of the Royal Court and Royal Oman           from Italy 13,310 and 49,112
                                                                                                                                        a panel discussion on ‘medical malpractice’.  Police participated in the discussion. — ONA        from Germany. — ONA

                                                                                                                                        Sultanate takes
                                                                                                                                        part in World
                                                                                                                                        Museums Day
                                                                                                                                        MUSCAT — The Sultan-
                                                                                                                                        ate will join the rest of
                                                                                                                                        the world in marking
                                                                                                                                        the World Museums Day
                                                                                                                                        today. This day is an ini-
                                                                                                                                        tiative launched by the
                                                                                                                                        International Council
                                                                                                                                        of Museums (ICOM) in

10 archaeological expeditions under way                                                                                                    The ICOM's Advisory
                                                                                                                                        Committee celebrates
                                                                                                                                        the day this year under
                                                                                                                                        the theme Museum and
MUSCAT — A meeting of            restoration and maintenance       expedition in Bat and Wadi            It is worth mentioning         Memory.
heads of archaeological mis-     of non-movable and movable        al Ain in Ibri, French expe-      that the Sultanate is one of          Yasin bin Abdul-
sions operating in the Sultan-   cultural property.                dition in Qalhat, another US      the pioneering countries in        Redha Ali, Museums
ate kicked off at the Heritage       Salim bin Mohammed al         expedition in Thumrait and        the region that promulgated        Department Director at
and Culture Ministry yester-     Mahrouqi, Under-Secretary         the Niyabat of Mudhi in Dho-      legislations and laws — the        Heritage and Culture
day.                             of the Heritage and Culture       far Governorate, another US       National Heritage Protection       Ministry, said that there
    The meeting discusses        Ministry, said that 10 archaeo-   team in the Wilayat of Yanqul     Law issued by Royal Decree         would be celebration
plans and procedures in ar-      logical expeditions are work-     and Dhank, a French expedi-       No 6/80 — to protect mate-         today at the Children's
chaeology through a five-        ing in the Sultanate under the    tion in the wilayats of Sur and   rial and non-material cultural     Museum to mark the
year plan that meets the cur-    supervision of the ministry.      Jaalan Bani Bu Ali, a British     heritage. A number of ar-          day.
rent and future demands in           Italian and French expe-      expedition in Bisya and Salut     chaeological sites have been          The six-day celebra-
initial survey, documentation,   ditions are working in Ras        areas, a expedition in the        discovered, followed by their      tion will display a large
archaeological plants and        al Hadd and Ras al Jinz, US       Stone Age sites in Dhofar and     studies and documentation.         number of rare photo-
animal sciences, excavation,     expedition in Bat, German         a Swiss team in Duqm.             — ONA                              graphs. — ONA
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                                                                                                                            OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

                                                                                                         IAEA to send experts to probe
                                                                                                           crippled Fukushima plant
                                                                                                         VIENNA — The UN atomic
                                                                                                         agency will send a fact-finding
                                                                                                         mission to Japan's crippled
                                                                                                         Fukushima power plant next
                                                                                                         week, as part of efforts to help
                                                                                                         boost global safety standards
                                                                                                         after the worst nuclear disaster
                                                                                                         in 25 years.
                                                                                                             Nearly 20 experts from a
                                                                                                         dozen countries will take part

Oman participates in WSIS forum                                                                          in the May 24-June 2 visit to
                                                                                                         Japan to make a preliminary
                                                                                                         assessment of safety issues
   By A Staff Reporter              ment’ community, including         Yahya Salim al Wahaibi, Am-       linked to the Fukushima acci-
                                    UN agencies, governments,          bassador and Permanent Rep-       dent, the International Atomic
MUSCAT — The Information            and civil society and ICT in-      resentative of the Sultanate      Energy Agency (IAEA) said
Technology Authority (ITA)          dustry representatives.            Oman to the United Nations        yesterday.
represented Oman at the                 ITA conducted a country        and World Trade Organisa-             The mission, headed by a
World Summit on the Infor-          workshop, in which there was       tion; Shariffa al Meskary, Di-    senior British official, will then
mation Society (WSIS) 2011          a presentation on ITA activi-      rector of International Rela-     submit a report to a ministerial
in Geneva on May 16 and 17.         ties which was moderated by        tions and Information at ITA;     conference in Vienna on June
    Hosted by the Internation-      Talal al Rahbi, Deputy CEO                                           20-24, which the IAEA says
                                                                       and other representatives of
al Telecommunications Union         of Operations at ITA.                                                will launch work on strength-
                                                                       ITA, the Ministry of Health
(ITU), the ITA participated in          Following this presenta-                                         ening international safety relat-
a number of activities at the       tion, the ITA facilitated two      and the Ministry of Civil         ed to operating nuclear power
2011 WSIS Forum, which was          thematic workshops: present-       Services.                         plants.
conducted at the Conference         ed by the Ministry of Health          Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed              The move underlined the
Centre of the International         (MoH), and by the Ministry of      al Saeedi, Minister of Health,    ambition of the IAEA, which
Labour Organisation (ILO).          Civil Services (MoCS).             already in Geneva attending       was criticised for being slow
    WSIS 2011 is the world’s            In addition to Al Rahbi,       a World Health Organisation       in its early response when the
largest annual gathering of         the Oman delegation attend-        meeting, attended the MoH         massive earthquake and tsu-
the world’s ‘ICT for develop-       ing this year’s event included     thematic workshop.                nami struck in March, to take a
                                                                                                         more active role to help ensure
                                                                                                         there is no repeat of the Fuku-                 A CONCRETE pumping vehicle sprays water to the spent fuel pool of No 4 reactor at Tokyo Electric
                                                                                                         shima crisis.                                      Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Fukushima prefecture. — Reuters
                                                                                                             More than two months after
                                                                                                         a magnitude 9 earthquake and            Although vested with pow-       home for its handling of the        meeting, it said.                  151 member states on whether
                                                                                                         a deadly tsunami knocked out         ers to curb the proliferation of   crisis, as has the plant's opera-       Earlier on Tuesday, Japan      to make safety rules mandatory
                                                                                                         its power and cooling systems,       atomic weapons, the UN body        tor.                                unveiled new plans to contain      and whether to give the agency
                                                                                                         causing fuel rods to melt, en-       does not have the ability to en-       "The mission will conduct       the crisis at the nuclear plant    more powers in implementing
                                                                                                         gineers are still trying to gain     force any of its recommenda-       fact-finding activities at To-      after admitting it faced greater   them.
                                                                                                         control of the plant and bring       tions on the safety of nuclear     kyo Electric Power Company's        challenges than first disclosed,      Such issues are now mainly
                                                                                                         its reactors to a cold shut-         plants.                            Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear           but kept its goal of bringing      the responsibility of national
                                                                                                         down.                                   Mike Weightman, Chief           Power Station site and in other     the reactors under control by      authorities, and that is expect-
                                                                                                             Japan's nuclear emergen-         Inspector of Nuclear Installa-     locations," the IAEA statement      January.                           ed to largely remain the case.
                                                                                                         cy — the most serious since          tions of the United Kingdom,       said.                                   Diplomats expect next             "That is a big divide," one
                                                                                                         Chernobyl in 1986 — has put          will lead the expert mission to        The experts' report will        month's ministerial meeting,       diplomat said. "There will be
                                                                                                         the spotlight on how the Vien-       Japan.                             be "an important input in the       to be hosted by the IAEA, to       a plan of action — to look at,
                                                                                                         na-based agency is equipped to          It will include IAEA and        process of reviewing and            adopt an action plan on nuclear    analyse and strengthen the in-
                                                                                                         deal with an accident that has       other experts under an agree-      strengthening the global nu-        safety.                            ternational safety regime. But
                                                                                                         implications for other member        ment with Japan's government,      clear safety framework that             But they say there are disa-   they won't make it mandatory."
                                                                                                         states.                              which has been under fire at       will be launched" by the June       greements among the IAEA's         — Reuters

   THE MB Holding group of companies held its 4th annual blood donation campaign
       within the premises of its group company United Engineering Services
                                                                                                         Japan to review strategies US envoy discusses
         in Ghala. The campaign was held with the support of the Ministry
            of Health, represented by the Department of Blood Services.                                    for energy, economy       N Korea food aid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SEOUL — US envoy Stephen              Washington has said it

International lawmakers urge                                                                             TOKYO — Japan is to
                                                                                                         launch a review of economic
                                                                                                         and energy policies in the
                                                                                                                                              ister Naoto Kan's govern-
                                                                                                                                              ment said it "will re-examine
                                                                                                                                              the strategy for overseas
                                                                                                                                                                                 comprehensively when to
                                                                                                                                                                                 make a decision" on whether
                                                                                                                                                                                 to enter talks on joining the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bosworth held talks yesterday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in South Korea about North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Korea's request for food aid,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        would closely consult Seoul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        before any decision to resume
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        US assistance. South Korea

  transition in Madagascar                                                                               wake of the country's March
                                                                                                         11 natural disaster and the
                                                                                                         ongoing nuclear crisis it
                                                                                                                                              development of packaged
                                                                                                                                              infrastructure systems," an
                                                                                                                                              official statement said.

                                                                                                                                                                                    There is no reference to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      amid a report that Washing-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ton would send a team to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pyongyang next week to as-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        halted its own annual ship-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ments of 400,000 tonnes of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rice to its neighbour in 2008.
BUDAPEST — International            tion."                                He has so far failed to mus-   spawned, the cabinet said                It will also start "studying   a specific timing in the new         sess its needs.                       Samaritan's Purse, one of
lawmakers yesterday urged               "The election under these      ter the domestic and foreign      yesterday.                           innovative energy and envi-        guideline, according to a                Bosworth, the US special      five US groups that visited
Madagascar to install tran-         conditions ... will mark the       backing necessary to set up          The government agreed             ronmental strategies which         trade ministry official.             envoy for North Korea, said       North Korea in February, said
sitional leadership ahead of        return to constitutional order     an internationally recognised     new guidelines on policy-            will meet the needs for safe-         Gemba told reporters that         he and his Seoul hosts have       a harsh winter had reduced
planned elections, indicating       and institutional normality,"      transitional government.          setting that will mean a reas-       ty, stable supply, efficiency      strengthening agricultural           "largely reached a common         crop yield by up to half and
it could restart aid flows to       Louis Michel and David Ma-            The European Union sus-        sessment of a growth strat-          and environment," the state-       exports would be difficult           view" on possible US aid, but     some people were already eat-
a country mired in political        tongo, co-presidents of the        pended aid last year over         egy that has relied heavily on       ment said.                         near-term.                           did not elaborate.                ing grass, leaves and tree bark
crisis.                             EU-ACP assembly said.              Madagascar's political dead-      the export of large-scale in-            After the cabinet meet-           Kan has pushed for the                The communist state has       to survive.
    The joint assembly of law-          A credible election that       lock.                             frastructure systems, includ-        ing, Koichiro Genba, a state       country to join the pact de-         asked the US and other coun-          UN agencies said six mil-
makers from the European            allows all parties to partici-        The ACP-EU declaration         ing nuclear power plants and         minister for national policy,      spite vehement opposition            tries for help to feed its peo-   lion people — a quarter of the
Union, Africa, the Caribbean        pate "freely and uncondi-          came ahead of a special sum-      high speed rail.                     said that the government           from farmers fearing cheaper         ple. Private aid groups and       population — need urgent aid.
and the Pacific group of na-        tionally" could allow coun-        mit by the 15-nation South-          Before the earthquake and         "will focus on new energy          imports, saying his govern-          UN organisations say millions     A famine in the 1990s killed
tions (ACP), meeting in Bu-         tries to "resume mutually          ern African Development           tsunami crippled a nuclear           sources and energy saving          ment aimed to make a final           face severe shortages.            hundreds of thousands.
dapest, noted in a statement        fruitful co-operation with         Community, dedicated to           power plant and triggered a          technologies," according to        decision around June.                    Some Seoul officials are          Yonhap said King's team
that "the country is still ruled    Madagascar," according to          kick-start an election process    nuclear emergency, Japan —           the Mainichi Shimbun.                 For now the TPP has just          sceptical about the need, sus-    could arrive as early as Mon-
by an unelected regime."            the statement.                     in Madagascar.                    battling to revive its economy           Japan also said it was de-     four signed-up countries —           pecting the regime wants to       day.
    The statement, issued by            Madagascar has been in            The self-declared presi-       — was hoping to sell a range         laying a decision on whether       Brunei, Chile, Singapore             stockpile supplies before the         "The purpose of this trip
the assembly's two co-chiefs,       political limbo since opposi-      dent Rajoelina, who is drum-      of high-tech goods abroad,           or not to join negotiations        and New Zealand — but five           100th anniversary next year       will be confined to discussing
said a solution to the island       tion leader Andry Rajoelina        ming up support for his own       from atomic technology and           for a US-backed trans-Pacif-       others are in talks to join the      of the birth of founding leader   the issue of food assistance
nation's long-running politi-       toppled president Marc Rav-        plan, said elections were to      renewable energy systems to          ic free trade pact.                group: the United States,            Kim Il-Sung.                      and it will have no political
cal crisis "requires the prior      alomanana with the army's          be held between May and           bullet trains.                           The new policy guidelines      Australia, Malaysia, Peru                The South's Yonhap news       connotations," it quoted a
establishment of a transi-          backing on March 17, 2009.         November this year. — AFP            But yesterday Prime Min-          included a plan to "consider       and Vietnam. — AFP                   agency said Robert King,          South Korean government
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the US special envoy on the       source as saying.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      North's human rights, would           Inter-Korean       relations

Rwanda ex-army chief jailed                                                                               Burkina lifts curfew imposed after unrest                                                                   lead a delegation to the North
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      next week to assess the extent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of food shortages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        have been icy for over a year,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and are complicating efforts to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        restart long-stalled six-nation
                                                                                                         OUAGADOUGOU — Au-                    on April 16 after late-night       dead.                                    "We will be making a deci-    talks on the North's nuclear
 for 30 years over genocide                                                                              thorities in Burkina Faso
                                                                                                         yesterday lifted a month-old
                                                                                                         curfew imposed on the capital
                                                                                                                                              rampages by mutinous sol-
                                                                                                                                              diers and attacks on public
                                                                                                                                              buildings by angry shopkeep-
                                                                                                                                                                                     In a bid to quell the un-
                                                                                                                                                                                 rest, he fired army and po-
                                                                                                                                                                                 lice chiefs and formed a new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sion on that (the visit) in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      next few days and it will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      announced from Washington,"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The nuclear issue assumed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        greater urgency last Novem-
ARUSHA — The UN court                                                      The court did not find Nd-    Ouagadougou after mutinous           ers.                               government, naming him-              Bosworth told reporters after     ber when the North disclosed
for Rwanda handed the gen-                                             indiliyimana guilty of commit-    soldiers went on a rampage.             Burkina Faso President          self defence minister, while         talks with the South's chief      a uranium enrichment plant
eral who was army chief for                                            ting any crimes himself and           In a statement, Security         Blaise Compaore, who took          promising subsidies on basic         nuclear envoy Wi Sung-Lac.        which could give it a second
most of the 1994 genocide a                                            said he only "limited control"    Minister Jerome Bougouma             power in a coup in 1987, has       commodities and other urgent             The United States in 2008     way to make nuclear weap-
30-year jail term for his role                                         over his men and was opposed      said "the curfew imposed             been facing unprecedented          measures.                            pledged 500,000 tonnes of         ons.
in the mass killing, including                                         to the killing. Ndindiliyimana    in the commune of Ouaga-             demonstrations over the past           A total of 12 people have        rice but shipments         were       Bosworth made no com-
calling for the murder of eth-                                         was arrested in January 2000.     dougou has been definitively         two months, including an           been killed since the protests       stopped the following year        ment on efforts spearheaded
nic Tutsis.                                                                The tribunal sentenced        lifted."                             army mutiny and student riots      began, some during a crack-          amid questions over distribu-     by China to revive the six-
    It also jailed two senior of-                                      two other senior officers to          The curfew was imposed           against police that left several   down by security personnel.          tion transparency.                party talks. — AFP
ficers for ordering their men                                          20 years in jail for war crimes
to assassinate the prime min-                                          and crimes against human-
ister at the start of the weeks-
long rampage, when they also
killed 10 Belgian UN troops
                                     RWANDAN former army
                                     chief Augustin Bizimungu
                                                                       ity for ordering the murder of
                                                                       prime minister Agathe Uwil-
                                                                                                         Court orders elderly K Rouge suspect stays locked up
protecting her.                        appearing before the                The judges found the of-      PHNOM PENH — Cambodia's UN-backed war                          The decision was widely expected because the re-        2007.
    The International Criminal      tribunal in Arusha. — AFP          ficers instructed an armoured     crimes court yesterday said it had rejected a request       lease of the high-profile suspect would have caused            Their highly-anticipated trial, the tribunal's sec-
Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)                                             unit to kill Uwilingiyimana       to free ailing former Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary          an outcry in Cambodia.                                     ond, is expected to be long and complex with all four
convicted the head of the par-         The court found that Biz-       and made no attempt to pun-       from custody ahead of his genocide trial.                      Ieng Sary's defence lawyers argued earlier this         disputing the charges against them.
amilitary police at the time,       imungu had complete control        ish the soldiers who killed the       Judges said the continued detention of the 85-          month that their client's detention was illegal because        Aged between 79 and 85, the former regime lead-
Augustin Ndindiliyimana, of         over the men he commanded,         Belgian UN Blue Helmets           year-old, who was a foreign minister during the re-         his case had not been heard before the end of a court      ers suffer from various health ailments, fuelling con-
genocide crimes but ordered         who were involved in the mas-      protecting her. The killing       gime's "Killing Fields" era, was necessary to prevent       "deadline".                                                cerns that not all of them will live to see a verdict.
his release as he had already       sacres that started in the night   of the Belgians triggered the     him from fleeing.                                              But judges dismissed the argument using a differ-           Ieng Sary has been hospitalised several times for
spent 11 years in jail.             of April 6, 1994.                  withdrawal of the UN force            One of the few public faces of the secretive move-      ent interpretation of the timeline.                        a heart condition.
    Ex-army chief Augustin             It also found Bizimungu         stationed in Rwanda.              ment, Ieng Sary faces charges of war crimes, crimes            Ieng Sary's trial — alongside his wife and ex-              In its landmark first case the court in July sen-
Bizimungu and Ndindiliyi-           guilty of making a speech on           The officers are Major        against humanity and genocide, in relation to two           social affairs minister Ieng Thirith, "Brother Number      tenced the notorious former prison chief Kaing Guek
mana are among the most sen-        April 7, 1994, several days be-    Francois-Xavier       Nzuwon-     million deaths from starvation, overwork and execu-         Two" Nuon Chea and former head of state Khieu              Eav, better known as Duch, to 30 years in prison. The
ior figures to be tried by the      fore he was made army chief,       emeye, the commander of the       tions between 1975-1979.                                    Samphan — will begin on June 27 with an initial            case is now under appeal.
Tanzania-based tribunal for         in the northern district of        reconnaissance battalion, and         "The Trial Chamber rejects the accused's request        hearing, the court said.                                       Led by "Brother Number One" Pol Pot, who died
the genocide in which 800,000       Mukingo, calling for the kill-     captain Innocent Sagahutu, a      for release," a statement from the court said, adding          All four have now unsuccessfully sought release         in 1998, the Marxist Khmer Rouge regime emptied
people, mostly minority Tut-        ing of Tutsis. He was arrested     squadron commander in the         that "he shall remain in detention until the Chamber's      from custody. They have been held at a purpose-built       cities and abolished money and schools in a bid to
sis, were killed.                   in Angola in 2002.                 same unit.                        judgement is handed down".                                  detention facility near the court since their arrests in   make an agrarian utopia. — AFP
                                                                                                                              OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                             WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

 Wife freed, Mubarak                                                                                                                                                                                                Tanks storm
 appeals for amnesty                                                                                                                                                                                                 Syrian city
CAIRO — The wife of former                                            ble projects in a bid to serve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AMMAN — Villagers near Syria’s southern city of Deraa
Egyptian president Hosni Mu-            The justice                   the Egyptian people.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    have found two separate graves containing up to 26 bodies,
barak was released yesterday                                              The former president, 83,
after handing over her assets        ministry’s Illicit               is also being questioned about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    residents said yesterday, and tanks stormed a city in the region,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cradle of the uprising.
to the state, as her husband         Gains Authority,                 allegations that he ordered the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Syria denied the existence of any mass grave near Deraa,
pledged to do the same in a                                           shooting of protesters during
bid to secure an amnesty.              which ordered                  the uprising that toppled him
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    saying such reports were part of “campaign of incitement”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    against authorities tackling a two-month wave of protests
    Suzanne Mubarak had been         Mrs Mubarak’s                    in February.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    against President Bashar al Assad.
held on corruption charges in a                                           He has been in custody at
hospital in the Red Sea resort    detention on Friday,                the same Sharm el Sheikh hos-                                                                                                                     But state television quoted an Interior Ministry source as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    saying five bodies had been found near Deraa, the city where
of Sharm el Sheikh hospital,          “has decided to                 pital since April 13 when he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    unrest first erupted in March and which troops and tanks
along with her husband, who                                           too reportedly suffered a heart
is also being investigated for     release her after she              attack during questioning.                                                                                                                    stormed last month. It said officials were investigating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Four residents said that villagers had contacted the local
possibly ordering the shooting      handed over to the                    Plans to move him to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    civil defence after noticing two mounds of earth in wheat
of anti-regime protesters.                                            prison hospital have been an-
    The justice ministry’s Il-     state money held in                nounced several times but                                                                                                                     fields just outside Deraa’s old city district. Under the mounds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    were 22 to 26 decomposed corpses, they said.
licit Gains Authority, which        two bank accounts                 never implemented, and prep-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Their reports could not be verified because authorities have
ordered Mrs Mubarak’s deten-                                          arations for Mrs Mubarak’s
tion on Friday, “has decided to   in Egypt, amounting                 move to prison were under                                                                                                                     barred most international media from operating in Syria.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since Assad sent tanks into Deraa three weeks ago against
release her after she handed          to £24 million,”                way before she suffered heart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dissent, the army has moved into several other protest centres
over to the state money held in                                       problems.
two bank accounts in Egypt,        (around $4 million)                    Al Shorouk said the am-                  AN Italian married to a Moroccan stands outside the Sale prison near Rabat                       in the south of the country, around the capital Damascus and
amounting to £24 million,”                                            nesty request would extend to                        where prisoners protest against detention conditions. — AFP                              on the Mediterranean coast.
(around $4 million), a state-     tion passed on to him by his        the Mubarak sons, Alaa and                                                                                                                        Tanks moved overnight into a southern city in the Hauran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plain yesterday after encircling it for three weeks, activists
ment said.
    On Monday, the former
first lady gave three powers of
                                  advisers,” Al Shorouk said,
                                  citing Egyptian and Arab of-
                                      Mubarak and his wife are
                                                                      Gamal, who are being held in
                                                                      Cairo’s Tora prison on fraud
                                                                      charges, but sources told the
                                                                                                            Clashes over jail conditions                                                                            said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Soldiers fired machine-guns in the air as tanks and armoured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    personnel carriers entered Nawa, a city of 80,000 people 60
attorney to Assem al Gohari,                                          paper it was unlikely it would
the head of the illicit gains
department, authorising him
to withdraw the cash from
                                  in hospital after both report-
                                  edly suffered heart attacks
                                  during questioning in a graft
                                                                      be granted to the brothers.
                                                                          Also being held in Tora
                                                                      prison are dozens of officials
                                                                                                             shake Moroccan prison                                                                                  km to the north of Deraa, said activists from the region.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The troops are now combing neighbourhoods in Nawa and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    arresting scores of men,” one activist said.
accounts in two banks and to      probe.                              and businessmen associated            SALE, Morocco — Clashes           calmed down”.                      and the clashes were unusually         Syrian rights groups say at least 700 civilians have been
sell a luxury villa she owns in       “The president’s letter and     with the former regime, which         between security forces and           “Tear gas grenades and         violent,” said a senior official   killed by security forces. The government blames most of
Cairo.                            his relinquishing of assets         housed political dissidents           prisoners yesterday rocked a      rubber bullets were used this      in the Ministry of the Interior.   the violence on armed groups backed by radicals and outside
    Meanwhile, Mubarak, 83,       are aimed at getting the (rul-      during the Mubarak era.               jail in Sale, close to the Mo-    morning by police forces who           According to a family          powers, saying they have killed more than 120 soldiers and
is said to be preparing to hand   ing) Supreme Council of the             The Mubaraks’ fall from           roccan capital Rabat, officials   confronted the detainees in-       member of one prisoner, “the       police.
over his assets and apologise     Armed Forces to look into an        grace came on February 11,            said.                             side the prison and even on the    prison authorities wanted to           Soldiers moved on Saturday into the town of Tel Kelakh,
to the Egyptian people in re-     amnesty,” the report said.          after 18 straight days of na-             “The situation was brought    roof,” a witness said.             lay their hands on a detainee      close to Lebanon’s northern border.
turn for an amnesty from the          A military source told the      tionwide protests against the         under control at the end of the       “There is a climate of total   suspected of having recently           Human rights campaigners said scores of people had been
military rulers who took pow-     paper “many parties, some           president’s three-decade rule.        morning. One policeman was        anarchy in this prison, which      broadcast a video on YouTube       arrested since Monday and that Syrian forces were firing at
er when he was overthrown on      Egyptian and some Arab, have            The half-Welsh Suzanne            wounded and taken to hospi-       houses more than 200 detain-       in which you see the prison-       several neighbourhoods in the city of 30,000 people.
February 11.                      been mediating on this matter,      was seen as the driving force         tal. His life is not in danger.   ees,” according to Abderrahim      ers protest, inside the prison,        Citing witnesses, the Local Co-ordination Committees, an
    The former president is       to take place within an accept-     behind plans to have her son          About 34 prisoners surren-        Mouhtad, the head of the An-       about their detention condi-       activists’ group, said several people were killed in yesterday’s
said to be drafting a letter      able legal framework.”              Gamal take over the presi-            dered at the end of the morn-     nassir association, which de-      tions.”                            offensive, adding to 12 civilians already killed by army shell-
which will be broadcast on            In the letter, Mubarak will     dency from his father, a highly       ing,” a security official said.   fends the prisoners’ rights.           Citing eyewitnesses, the       ing, shooting and sniper fire in the last three days.
Egyptian and Arabic chan-         argue that he “was once a           unpopular prospect in Egypt               Security forces intervened        “Clearly the prison admin-     MAP official news agency               A Reuters correspondent on the Lebanese side of the border
nels “apologising on behalf of    fighting soldier in the armed       that sparked repeated angry           on Monday afternoon to break      istration intends to take back     said on Monday that the secu-      heard shooting and could see smoke rising from the village of
himself and his family for any    forces, defending the nation        protests.                             up a rally by prisoners who       control of the situation and       rity forces “intervened to es-     Arida, which lies between Tel Kelakh and the border.
offence caused to the people,”    with no ambition to become              Mubarak, his wife, his two        sought to protest about their     adopt firmer tactics than be-      tablish order”, and added that         State news agency SANA said security forces clashed with
independent daily Al Shorouk      president, but tried to carry the   sons and their wives were             conditions of detention and       fore,” Mouhtad said.               “eight members of the secu-        “wanted armed terrorist members” in Tel Kelakh on Monday,
said.                             responsibility and the burden       banned from travel and their          clashes broke out. The fight-         “These detainees seques-       rity forces and prison warders     killing several and capturing others, and seizing weapons,
    He is also to apologise       of the position.”                   assets ordered frozen shortly         ing went on overnight, but        tered prison warders yester-       were slightly wounded during       ammunition and military uniform. Fifteen members of the
“for any acts which may have          He will say that his wife       after he was overthrown.              authorities said yesterday that   day and today. They took on        the course of this interven-       security forces were wounded, it quoted a military source as
stemmed from false informa-       Suzanne “worked on charita-         — AFP                                 the situation “seems to have      the security forces with stones    tion”. — AFP                       saying. — Reuters

                                                                        Pressure piles
                                                                         on Gaddafi
                                                                       TRIPOLI — Pressure piled            that erupted in mid-February.
                                                                       on Libyan leader Muammar                Former foreign minister
                                                                       Gaddafi yesterday as his oil        Mussa Kussa defected to Brit-
                                                                       minister appeared to have           ain in March.
                                                                       defected, Moscow issued a               In Moscow, meanwhile,
                                                                       rebuke, Nato jets pounded           Russian Foreign Minister Ser-
                                                                       Tripoli and a leading prosecu-      gei Lavrov said he held talks
                                                                       tor sought his arrest                        yesterday with Gadd-
                                                                       for crimes against hu-                       afi’s envoys and had
                                                                       manity.                                      told Tripoli to obey
                                                                           A Tunisian govern-                       the terms of UN reso-
                                                                       ment source said that                        lutions on Libya.
                                                                       Oil Minister Shukri                              The visit to Mos-
                                                                       Ghanem (pictured),                           cow by Muhammad
                                                                       a veteran of Gadd-                           Ahmed al Sharif,
                                                                       afi’s regime, has left                       general secretary of
                                                                       his country and is in                        the World Islamic
                                                                       neighbouring Tunisia.                        Call Society, the
                                                                           Ghanem, also the chair-         Libya-based group founded
                                                                       man of Libya’s powerful na-         by Gaddafi, comes as Russia
                                                                       tional oil company, crossed         is also preparing to hold talks
                                                                       the border by car on Satur-         with dissidents.
                                                                       day and is staying in a hotel           Overnight, air strikes by
                                                                       in the southern tourist island      Nato set fire to two buildings
                                                                       of Djerba, the official said on     near Gaddafi’s compound in
                                                                       condition of anonymity.             the Libyan capital, according
                                                                           If it is confirmed the minis-   to an AFP reporter who along
                                                                       ter has left his post, he would     with other journalists was tak-
                                                                       be among the most senior of-        en by the Libyan authorities
                                                                       ficials to abandon Gaddafi’s        to the site, where firefighters
                                                                       government amid an uprising         battled the flames. — AFP

                                                                                                            Family seeks
                                                                                                            SANAA — The Yemeni
                                                                                                            family of the youngest
                                                                                                            widow of Al Qaeda chief
                                                                                                            Osama bin Laden demanded
                                                                                                            yesterday that she be
                                                                                                            repatriated along with her
                                                                                                            five children from Pakistan
                                                                                                            where she is being detained.
                                                                                                                The brother of Amal
                                                                                                            Abdulfattah said he had
                                                                                                            received assurances from
                                                                                                            the Yemeni ambassador
                                                                                                            in Islamabad that she is
                                                                                                            “in good health” despite
                                                                                                            sustaining a gunshot wound
                                                                                                            to the leg during the US
                                                                                                            commando raid that killed
                                                                                                            Bin Laden.
                                                                                                                “We want her to be
                                                                                                            repatriated with her five
                                                                                                            children — three daughters
                                                                                                            and two sons,” said
                                                                                                            Zakariya Abdulfattah.
                                                                                                                “The eldest among them
                                                                                                            is (a daughter) Safiya who is
                                                                                                            less than 10 years old,”
                                                                                                            he added. — AFP
                                                                                                                      THE WORLD    6
                                                                                                                            OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

  Frustrated graduates                                                  Sarkozy to
                                                                      campaign with                      Bomber attacks security
looking abroad for work                                              baby on the way
LONDON — Nearly two-thirds of recent graduates have
failed to find degree-level employment and many have consid-
                                                                     PARIS — The worst kept
                                                                     secret in French politics was
                                                                                                          police in Kazakh city
ered working abroad due to the lack of jobs in Britain, accord-      finally revealed yesterday:        ASTANA, Kazakhstan — A               the bomber detonated the de-      sus region and other republics
ing to a poll yesterday.                                             President Nicolas Sarkozy          bomber wounded two by-               vice at the regional headquar-    of Central Asia.
    Among 1,000 graduates surveyed, the poll suggests many           will run for re-election           standers in the Kazakh city of       ters of the National Security         Fighters from Aktobe have
are beginning to question the value of a degree, especially now      alongside a pregnant Carla         Aktobe when he blew himself          Committee, Kazakhstan’s se-       been detained or killed in re-
tuition fees are about to rise threefold to £9,000 a year.           Bruni.                             up inside the offices of the         curity police.                    cent months in Dagestan, a
    Given the choice of going to university again, eight per cent        While the Elysee Palace        state security services yes-             Reinforced police units had   southern Russian republic
would have chosen an apprenticeship instead and one in four          is still refusing to comment       terday, a spokesman for the          cordoned off the area, he said.   where activists want to estab-
said they would have gone straight into work.                        on the First Couple’s private      prosecutor-general said.                 Regional imams were           lish a state, local media have
    “The UK is failing its graduates,” said Sean Howard, vice        life, the president’s father Pal       The spokesman, Zhandos           meeting in Aktobe’s central       reported.
president of talent management firm SHL that conducted the           Sarkozy spilled the beans to       Umiraliyev, said the explo-          mosque to discuss the incident,       Analysts have also warned         FRANCE’S President Nicolas Sarkozy during a
poll. SHL surveyed graduates from the past three years, and          Germany’s mass market              sion was not linked to terror-       said Baurzhan Yesmakhanov,        that Central Asian fighters, af-     round table focused on the employment of elderly
found over a third have been job-hunting for up to a year.           daily Bild.                        ism. He identified the bomber        chief imam for Aktobe region.     ter years fighting in Afghani-     persons in the eastern city of Nancy yesterday. — AFP
    Although one in eight applied for more than 50 jobs, 60 per          “I’m glad to be having a       as a 25-year-old member of a         He said that Makatov was not      stan and Pakistan, are filtering
cent of those questioned had failed to get graduate employ-          grandchild,” the 82-year-old       criminal group in the north-         known at the religious place of   back across the region’s po-
ment. According to the poll, many graduates are now open to          reportedly said, adding that       western Kazakh city who was          worship.                          rous borders to their home-
looking abroad for better job opportunities and salaries — Eu-       neither the president nor his      already under suspicion for              “We have simply gathered      lands.
rope, North America and Australia are among the most popular         wife “want to know the sex         other crimes.                        imams to study what hap-              Tajikistan’s army has been
destinations.                                                        of the child, but I’m sure it’s        “(Rakhimzhan) Makatov            pened. We don’t know what         fighting insurgents in the
    A quarter said they would be willing to work unpaid for          a girl who’ll be as beautiful      used a self-activated, low-          this is connected to,” he said    country’s mountainous east
more than three months to gain career experience. “Not only          as Carla.”                         powered explosive device,”           by telephone.                     since an attack on a military
has the cost of going to university risen, but UK employment             When contacted, the            Umiraliyev told a news                   Umiraliyev said the pros-     convoy killed 28 troops last
options look bleak,” said Howard.                                    Hungarian-born painter re-         briefing. “As a result of the        ecutor’s office had opened a      September, shortly after sui-
                                                                     fused to comment or confirm        explosion, Makatov died at           criminal case.                    cide car bombers attacked a
  Russia arrests man who ate                                         his statement, but in any case
                                                                     Bruni’s pregnancy has be-
                                                                                                        the scene. Two people in the
                                                                                                        vicinity received minor inju-
                                                                                                                                                 President        Nursultan
                                                                                                                                             Nazarbayev, who has ruled
                                                                                                                                                                               police station in the country’s
                                                                                                                                                                               second city.
  human liver with potatoes                                          come an open secret.
                                                                         When the 43-year-old
                                                                                                            The explosion was the
                                                                                                                                             Kazakhstan for 20 years, was
                                                                                                                                             re-elected by a landslide in
                                                                                                                                                                                   Several radical groups
                                                                                                                                                                               have stated their objective of
MOSCOW — Russian police said yesterday they had detained             singer appeared on televi-         first known bombing in Kaza-         April on a platform of eco-       creating a caliphate incorpo-
a man who was caught eating an acquaintance’s liver.                 sion on Monday to promote          khstan. Central Asia’s biggest       nomic growth and stability.       rating large swathes of Central
    Police tracked down the suspect after a trail of severed body    her adult literacy charity her     economy, where 70 per cent of            He prides himself on last-    Asia, a region twice the size of
parts including limbs and a head were found across Moscow.           interviewer said: “I know          the 16.4 million population are      ing peace among the 140           Saudi Arabia.
    “When the police came to arrest the suspect, he was eating       you don’t like people talking      Muslim, has to date avoided          ethnic groups that call Kaza-         “Not a single country in the
a human liver with potatoes,” a police spokeswoman for the           about your private life, but       the violence that has occurred       khstan home.                      region is immune,” said Lilit
Moscow’s western district said by telephone.                         I just want to congratulate        in its ex-Soviet neighbours.             But media reports in re-      Gevorgyan, analyst at IHS
    The rest of the human liver was found in a refrigerator in       you.”                                  A photographer said by           cent months have identified       Global Insight.                       ITALIAN Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (L)
the suspect’s flat. The police spokeswoman said the cause of             Bruni giggled playfully        telephone from Aktobe, an            several Kazakhstani citizens          “Secular governments are            welcomes UN General Assembly President
the acquaintance’s death was not clear. The suspect “admit-          and replied: “I congratulate       industrial city 100 kilometres       among radical groups operat-      their number one enemy.”                   Joseph Deiss yesterday before their
ted his crime and that he had eaten part of his acquaintance’s       you too.” — Reuters                from the Russian border, that        ing in Russia’s North Cauca-          — Reuters                          meeting at Palazzo Chigi in Rome. — Reuters
liver,” the prosecutor general’s main investigative unit said in
a statement.
                                                                                                                                                                                British Queen
      World’s oldest panda,                                                                                                                                                     lays wreath at
       34, dies in China                                                                                                                                                         memorial of
BEIJING — Ming Ming, the world’s oldest panda, has died of
old age, Chinese state media reported yesterday. She was 34.
                                                                                                                                                                                Irish freedom
   Ming Ming was rescued in Pingwu country in the southwest                                                                                                                     DUBLIN — Britain’s Queen
province Sichuan in 1977 and had resided in Xiangjiang Wild                                                                                                                     Elizabeth yesterday visited
Animal World, a safari park in southern Guangdong province                                                                                                                      Dublin's Garden of Remem-
since 1998, the Global Times reported.                                                                                                                                          brance, dedicated to “those
   She had lived much longer than most pandas. Wild pandas                                                                                                                      who died in the cause of
normally only live for 15 years and those in captivity live for                                                                                                                 Irish freedom,” on the first
22 years on average, the report said.                                                                                                                                           day of her historic four-day
   The China Panda Protection Centre in Sichuan confirmed                                                                                                                       visit to Ireland.
in a statement that Ming Ming died on May 7, but the death                                                                                                                          In a symbolic gesture,
was only reported by media yesterday. Blood was found in                                                                                                                        the British monarch laid a
Ming Ming’s urine on May 2 and medical experts determined                                                                                                                       wreath to commemorate the
her kidney had failed due to old age, the report said.                                                                                                                          dead of successive uprisings
                                                                                                                                                                                against British rule, leading        RUSSIA’S Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R)
 North Korea refugees get                                                                                                                                                       to the establishment of an
                                                                                                                                                                                independent Irish state in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   exchanges documents with Brazil’s Vice-President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michel Temer during their meeting in Moscow.

    help with English                                                                                                                                                           1922.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The wreath-laying cer-
                                                                                                                                                                                emony at the garden was
SEOUL — The British embassy in Seoul launched a pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                followed by a minute of si-
gramme yesterday to teach English to North Korean refugees
so they can compete better in South Korean society.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The visit, the first by a
    The project provides one year of English-language educa-
                                                                                                                                                                                British monarch since Irish
tion at the British Council for 47 people, and a one-year schol-
                                                                                                                                                                                independence, has sparked
arship for postgraduate study in Britain for one refugee.
                                                                                                                                                                                the biggest security op-
    Nine refugees have been offered a three-month internship
                                                                                                                                                                                eration in the history of the
with leading employers under the programme, sponsored by
South Korean and overseas organisations or companies.                                                                                                                           state.
    “English-language ability can be a real barrier for new set-                                                                                                                    At least 1,000 police of-
tlers from North Korea who strive to access the good jobs and                                                                                                                   ficers were present in the
higher education opportunities that South Korea has to offer,”                                                                                                                  surrounding streets to secure
ambassador Martin Uden told reporters.                                                                                                                                          the Garden of Remembrance
    More than 21,000 North Koreans have fled poverty, hunger                                                                                                                    visit.
or repression to come to South Korea since the end of the 1950-                                                                                                                     Irish media reported that
53 war. But many of them trail their South Korean counterparts                                                                                                                  there were at least 100 pro-
in work experience and education, including English skills.                                                                                                                     testers in the central Dublin
                                                                      BRITAIN’S Queen Elizabeth is introduced to Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny (L)
    A survey last August showed the jobless rate for refugees                                                                                                                   area while the queen visited
                                                                       by President Mary McAleese at Aras An Uachtarain in Dublin yesterday. — Reuters
was 8.8 per cent compared to 3.3 per cent nationally at the                                                                                                                     the memorial garden.
time. Half of them earned less than one million won ($924) a                                                                                                                        A police spokesman said
                                                                                                                                                                                that five people had been
month, less than one third of the national average.

  Seven dead, five injured in
                                                                      Strauss-Kahn in jail, French,                                                                             arrested during the day, add-
                                                                                                                                                                                ing that special public order
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MICROSOFT founder Bill Gates shows vaccine
                                                                                                                                                                                units were keeping protests
   Moscow apartment fire                                                  IMF seek new faces                                                                                    under control.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The majority of the
                                                                                                                                                                                protesters were reported
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  during a press conference following his speech at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   World Health Assembly to make a push for vaccine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   programmes yesterday in Geneva. Gates has called
MOSCOW — A fire in a dilapidated apartment building                  NEW YORK/PARIS —                   ity, combativity, these are the      case, participants said.                                             on African countries to work harder to get life-saving
                                                                                                                                                                                to be from the breakaway
in one of Moscow’s wealthiest districts claimed seven lives          France’s Socialists and the        three words which came up                The Socialists agreed they                                             vaccines to children, as their sluggishness
                                                                                                                                                                                Republican group Eirigi,
yesterday and left five people hospitalised, the Interfax news       international financial com-       the most this morning,” So-          would not change the selec-                                               could derail efforts to save millions of lives
                                                                                                                                                                                which is opposed to pow-
agency reported.                                                     munity grappled for a future       cialist party leader Martine         tion timetable, which calls for                                             and stamp out deadly diseases. — AFP
                                                                                                                                                                                er-sharing in Northern Ire-
    Investigators said the fire was probably an accident, caused     without Dominique Strauss-         Aubry told reporters after the       candidates to register by July     land and demands a united
by the improper use of an appliance or an open flame. Smoke          Kahn yesterday after the IMF       session.                             13 for a primary election to be    Ireland.
inhalation caused all of the deaths and injuries, they said.         chief was remanded in a New            “There was emotion, of           held in October.                       The queen dressed in
    The blaze occurred in a residential building just off Ar-        York prison on attempted           course, and the shock we all             French politicians and         green, arrived at Dublin’s
bat Street, a major Moscow shopping avenue, a government             abuse charges.                     feel, but it is our responsibility   some commentators voiced           Baldonnel military airport at
spokesman said. Three of the injured were children.                      Many Socialist leaders         to be up to the task,” she said.     shock and anger at the judge’s     noon amid tight security.
    News reports described the three-story building as a poorly      voiced outrage at the way              “I say to the French people:     decision to refuse Strauss-            She was welcomed by
maintained structure that contrasted sharply with almost all the     the head of the International      we will be ready in 2012.”           Kahn bail.                         Deputy Prime Minister Ea-
other buildings in the area, which is one of Moscow priciest         Monetary Fund, a frontrunner           Strauss-Kahn has neither             Former Culture Minister        mon Gilmore and the respec-
districts. A Moscow government spokesman told Interfax that          for the French presidency, had     resigned from the Washington-        Jack Lang described the treat-     tive British and Irish ambas-
the building’s residents had been on a waiting list for more         been paraded handcuffed and        based IMF nor dropped out of         ment as a “lynching” that had      sadors.
than eight years to move to new government-provided hous-            unshaven by US police before       the French race so far, but he       “provoked horror and aroused           An eight-year-old girl
ing. The building was slated for eventual demolition, he said.       he has a chance to defend him-     seems bound to be sidelined          disgust”.                          from a North Dublin school
    Most apartments in the Russian capital are private property,     self in court.                     by a prolonged legal case.               The US justice system, he      presented a bouquet to the
but a few are owned by the city. Residents of such apartments            Strauss-Kahn was arrested          Sarkozy, whose approval          said, was “politicised” and        queen, who was immediate-
are typically pensioners or people on low wages entitled to          aboard an Air France plane on      ratings had slumped to a             the judge appeared to have         ly escorted to the president's
state housing.                                                       Saturday and charged with a        record low of 20 per cent,           been determined to “make a         official residence, Aras An
                                                                     sexual assault on a chamber-       received another campaign            Frenchman pay”. Other senior       Uachtarain, in Dublin’s
     Australian flood costs                                          maid at a luxury Manhattan
                                                                     hotel. He denies the accusa-
                                                                                                        boost with news that his wife,
                                                                                                        singer and former model Carla
                                                                                                                                             Socialists said that displaying
                                                                                                                                             the IMF chief in handcuffs es-
                                                                                                                                                                                Phoenix Park for a ceremo-
                                                                                                                                                                                nial welcome.
        top $6 billion                                               tions.
                                                                         A judge denied him bail
                                                                                                        Bruni, is expecting a child lat-
                                                                                                        er this year.
                                                                                                                                             corted by burly policemen vi-
                                                                                                                                             olated his right to be presumed
                                                                                                                                                                                    She planted an Irish oak
                                                                                                                                                                                to mark the visit and had
SYDNEY — Massive floods and a monster cyclone that swept             on Monday, remanding him               The president’s father           innocent until found guilty by     lunch with President Mary
through northeastern Australia over the summer will cost more        to the city’s grim Rikers Is-      confirmed the widespread ru-         a court.                           McAleese.
than Aus$6 billion ($6.3 billion), Queensland Treasurer An-          land jail, where he spent the      mours to German newspaper                Strauss-Kahn denies the            Her final public engage-
drew Fraser said yesterday.                                          night.                             Bild and a visibly pregnant          charges and his legal team has     ment for the day was a visit
    The figure is above the first estimate of $5.8 billion for the       An emergency Socialist         Bruni appeared in public yes-        denied police accounts that he     to Ireland’s oldest univer-
damage caused by the deadly floods that swamped thousands            leadership meeting in Paris        terday, although Sarkozy’s           fled the hotel. He is next due     sity, Trinity College Dub-
of homes and paralysed the state capital Brisbane and were           staged a rare show of unity        office declined comment on           to appear in court on Friday.      lin, which was founded in
followed within days by Cyclone Yasi. “I expect the cost of our      amid consternation over the        a matter it said concerned his           In an apparent hint at the     1592.
natural disasters to be above that initial forecast, and exceed      probable loss of the centre-       private life.                        defence’s strategy, his lawyer         Here she viewed the
the Aus$6 billion figure,” Fraser told an economic forum.            left’s most popular contender          Sarkozy urged centre-right       Benjamin Brafman told his          ninth-century Celtic manu-         FRENCH Prime Minister Francois Fillon addresses
    Australia suffered historic floods in December and January       to unseat conservative Presi-      lawmakers at a closed-door           arraignment hearing: “The          script, the Book of Kells, and       the deputies yesterday at the French National
that swamped coal mines, ruined roads and other infrastructure       dent Nicolas Sarkozy in next       breakfast to show ‘restraint         evidence we believe will not       was entertained by harpists           Assembly in Paris, during the weekly session
and destroyed crops and farmland in Queensland and are set to        April’s election.                  and dignity’ and refrain from        be consistent with a forcible      and welcomed by students                of questions to the government. — AFP
impact on national growth. — Agencies                                    “Unity,        responsibil-    comment on the Strauss-Kahn          encounter.” — AFP                  and academics. — dpa
                                                                                                                          AMERICAS  7
                                                                                                                             OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                            WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

 Schwarzenegger admits                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cuba expands
   fathering lovechild                                                                                                                                                                                                                             rights to hire
LOS ANGELES — Movie                     The Times did not give the     of marriage to take time to                                                                                                                                                 HAVANA — Cuba yester-
megastar and former US gov-         name of the woman or her           “work on the future” of their                                                                                                                                               day pressed forward with
ernor Arnold Schwarzenegger         child to protect their privacy,    relationship. The couple, who                                                                                                                                               the piecemeal reform of
said yesterday his wife Maria       but said she retired in January    met in 1977 and married in                                                                                                                                                  its sagging economy, an-
Shriver separated from him          of this year after working for     1986, have four children, aged                                                                                                                                              nouncing that it will now
after he admitted to fathering      the couple for 20 years and        between 14 and 21.                                                                                                                                                          permit would-be employers
a child with a member of the        left on good terms.                    Their marriage had come                                                                                                                                                 to independently hire their
household staff.                        It said the 55-year-old        under the spotlight over the                                                                                                                                                workers.
    “After leaving the gov-         Shriver, a daughter of the         years, notably amid reports of                                                                                                                                                  The state-run media said
ernor’s office I told my wife       storied Kennedy clan, moved        his history of groping women                                                                                                                                                that going forward, all indi-
about this event, which oc-         out of the couple’s Brentwood      during campaigning for the                                                                                                                                                  vidual workers will be able
curred over a decade ago,”          mansion earlier this year after    2003 recall election which                                                                                                                                                  to contract their labour in-
Schwarzenegger, 63, said in a       Schwarzenegger admitted pa-        Schwarzenegger won, the LA                                                                                                                                                  dependently and negotiate
statement to the Los Angeles        ternity.                           Times reported.                                                                                                                                                             the terms of their salary —
Times.                                  It quoted an unnamed               Shriver, a former TV jour-                                                                                                                                              a right which until now had
    “I understand and deserve       source as saying that              nalist, defended him at the                                                                                                                                                 been restricted to specified
the feelings of anger and           Schwarzenegger had taken           time, and has stood by his                                                                                                                                                  professions.
disappointment among my             financial responsibility from      side during his seven years at                                                                                                                                                  An article in the state-
friends and family. There are       the start and was still support-   the helm of the Golden State,                                                                                                                                               run newspaper Granma an-
no excuses and I take full re-      ing the child.                     a term that ended when Jerry                                                                                                                                                nounced the change, stating
sponsibility for the hurt I have        The former California          Brown succeeded him four                                                                                                                                                    that “the council of minis-
caused. “I have apologised to       governor and Shriver said          months ago.                                                                                                                                                                 ters agreed to extend to all
Maria, my children and my           earlier this month that they           Austrian-born        former                                                                                                                                             non-state activities authori-
family. I am truly sorry.”          were separating after 25 years     bodybuilder      Schwarzeneg-                                                                                                                                               sation to contract workers
                                                                       ger, star of the Terminator                   SPACE Shuttle Atlantis is seen during the shuttle rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building yesterday at                      and continue the process
                                                                       blockbusters, had started to                        the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Atlantis is scheduled for a July launch and will be                                of making more flexible
                                                                       return to show business since                                   the last shuttle to fly before the programme is shut down. — AFP                                            regulations on self employ-
                                                                       he stepped down as governor,                                                                                                                                                ment.”
                                                                       with plans for a Governator                                                                                                                                                     Last year, the Commu-
                                                                       comic book and animated TV
                                                                       show. The LA Times said nei-
                                                                       ther Shriver nor the household
                                                                                                             Relief extended for undocumented Haitians                                                                                             nist government allowed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   some types of family busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   nesses to hire skilled work-
                                                                       staffer would comment on            WASHINGTON — Undocu-              (TPS) to thousands of Haitians       An immigrant granted TPS      by this tragedy by using tools     ers, and Havana last month
                                                                       Schwarzenegger’s statement.         mented Haitians who arrived       living in the United States      can stay legally in the United    available under the law,” said     formally approved more
                                                                       None of the three could be          in the United States in the       without proper immigration       States through January 22,        Napolitano.                        than 300 reforms, including
                                                                       reached immediately.                aftermath of the devastating      documents.                       2013 without fear of deporta-         “Providing a temporary         various free-market meas-
                                                                           In      his      statement,     January 2010 earthquake in            Homeland Security chief      tion, and following a review of   refuge for Haitian nationals       ures like allowing Cubans
                                                                       Schwarzenegger again called         their country will be allowed     Janet Napolitano said yester-    their case, can obtain a tempo-   who are currently in the Unit-     to buy and sell homes and
                                                                       for privacy, asking the media       to apply for a special asylum     day that immigrants who were     rary work permit.                 ed States and whose personal       cars.
                                                                       to “respect my wife and chil-       programme, US officials said      in the United States illegally       “In the extended aftermath    safety would be endangered             The reform measures
                                                                       dren through this extremely         yesterday.                        before the quake struck, and     of the devastating earthquakes    by returning to Haiti is part of   aim at keeping the centrally
                                                                       difficult time.” “While I de-          In the days after the earth-   up to one year after the quake   in Haiti, the United States has   this administration’s continu-     planned system from col-
                                                                       serve your attention and criti-     quake, President Barack           — as of January 12, 2011 —       remained fully committed to       ing efforts to support Haiti’s     lapsing, but the moves fall
    FILE photo of California governor Schwarzenegger                   cism, my family does not,” he       Obama’s administration gave       will also be able to obtain      upholding our responsibility      recovery,” she said in a state-    short of embracing a mar-
       and family at a film premiere in Los Angeles.                   said. — AFP                         Temporary Protected Status        TPS.                             to assist individuals affected    ment. — AFP                        ket-led economy. — AFP

US state riled up over ‘relaxation’ brownie
CONWAY — Two towns in               plement rather than a drug,        face.                              only.
the state of Massachusetts are      melatonin is not regulated by         New      Bedford      Mayor         “We encourage stores to
moving to ban sales of a “re-       the Food and Drug Adminis-         Scott Lang said he supports        place these products along-
laxation” brownie named Lazy        tration. Doctors say an adult      a statewide ban, at least until    side the energy shots or with
Cakes, laced with melatonin         dosage could be dangerous to       such products are federally        other dietary supplements that
and sold in food markets, af-       a child, effectively acting as     regulated.                         are also produced for adults,”
ter children who ate them re-       a strong drug akin to Valium          “It’s clear to me that a        Chief Executive Terry Harris
quired hospitalisation.             that can cause extreme drow-       young child would find it at-      said.
    The mellowing chocolate         siness.                            tractive and tasty, and it’s got       Lazy Cakes are the latest
treats, which sell for $3 to            There have been reports of     chemicals in it that aren’t ap-    snacks marketed as an anti-
$5 at food stores and some          youngsters who sampled Lazy        propriate for kids,” Lang said.    dote to energy-boosting prod-
night clubs, are legal but con-     Cakes being rushed to hospital        National poison control         ucts and everyday stress. An-
tain nearly 8 milligrams of         emergency rooms. In Arizona,       centres receive more calls re-     other is DRANK, a carbonated
the supplemental sleep aid,         a two-year-old boy given a         garding melatonin than for         beverage made with “natural
which is about 25 times the         few bites of a relative’s treat    any other herbal supplement        calming agents including me-
usual amount prescribed for         was hospitalised after becom-      — about 5,000 calls in 2009,       latonin, rose hips and valerian
adults.                             ing withdrawn and falling          William Flanagan, mayor of         root.”
    Melatonin is a hormone          deeply asleep.                     Fall River, Massachusetts, told        The FDA sent DRANK’s
produced naturally by the               In the Massachusetts cities    a press conference last week       manufacturer, Houston-based
body. Standard doses in the         of New Bedford and nearby          about his ordinance to ban         Innovative Beverage Group, a
Unites States, where it is avail-   Fall River, efforts are under      Lazy Cakes in the city.            warning letter citing concerns
able over the counter, and in       way to ban their sales, largely       Baked World/HBB, the            that melatonin can cause a
Europe, where a prescription        because of their appeal to chil-   Memphis-based maker of             drop in blood pressure or have
is typically required, range        dren. Purple packaging fea-        Lazy Cakes, says it clearly la-    hormonal effects on women
from 0.3 mg to 3 mg.                tures Lazy Larry, a cartoonish     bels each brownie to show it       who are pregnant or trying to
    Considered a dietary sup-       brownie with a big grin on its     advises consumption by adults      conceive. — Reuters

    SWEDEN’S Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff offer an official statement
     following their meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia yesterday. Reinfeldt is on a one-day visit to Brazil. — AFP

 Global cyberspace strategy unveiled
WASHINGTON             — The            “It provides the context       politano, Attorney General         hinges on seven key policy
White House unveiled a set of       for our partners at home and       Eric Holder and Commerce           priorities including promot-
policy proposals on Monday          abroad to understand our pri-      Secretary Gary Locke.              ing Internet freedom and eco-
for international co-operation      orities and how we can come           White House cyber-security      nomic engagement to encour-
in ensuring an open and secure      together to preserve the char-     co-ordinator Howard Schmidt,       age innovation and trade while
Internet.                           acter of cyberspace and reduce     Deputy Defence Secretary           safeguarding intellectual prop-
    “Together, we can work          the threats we face,” he wrote.    William Lynn and Obama’s           erty.
together to build a future for          The policy document is         counter-terrorism chief, John          “We want to do more to-
cyberspace that is open, inter-     short on specifics but provides    Brennan, also addressed the        gether to protect privacy and
operable, secure, and reliable,”    goals and a framework for          gathering, attended by dip-        secure fundamental freedoms
US President Barack Obama           international co-operation in      lomats and leaders of private      of expression, assembly, and
wrote in an introduction to the     promoting the US vision for        industry.                          association, online as we do
25-page “International Strat-       cyberspace in what it called          Schmidt said the document       offline,” she said.
egy for Cyberspace.”                seven priority areas.              explains “what the US stands           Other priorities include
    Obama, who has made                 Obama did not person-          for internationally in cyber-      enhancing the ability of law
cybersecurity a top priority        ally attend the unveiling of the   space, and how we plan to          enforcement to respond to
along with diplomatic engage-       document but the event drew        build prosperity, enhance se-      cybercrime and military co-
ment, wrote that the document       top members of his cabinet         curity, and safeguard openness     operation to “help our alli-
“outlines not only a vision for     including Secretary of State       in our increasingly networked      ances do more together to
the future of cyberspace but an     Hillary Clinton, Homeland          world.”                            confront cyber threats,” Clin-
agenda for realising it.            Security Secretary Janet Na-          Clinton said the strategy       ton said. — AFP
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                                                                                                                          OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                         WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

 NEWS IN BRIEF                                    Pakistan PM hails China
Sri Lanka intercepts Tamil
Tiger propaganda                                  ties amid strains with US
SRI Lankan authorities yesterday                BEIJING — Pakistan’s prime          who was to arrive in Shanghai      ghanistan wounded two Paki-
detained a Canada-bound container with          minister declared China his         later yesterday, according to      stani soldiers in a cross-border
a cargo of propaganda material for the          country’s best friend in an ap-     Pakistani officials.               attack yesterday, triggering a
island’s Tamil Tiger activists, a police        parent dig at Washington as he          His comments appeared          “strong protest” from Islama-
official said.                                  began a visit to China yester-      to underscore tensions with        bad.
    Police were asked to investigate the        day with US ties tested over        Washington following the               Gilani had no engagements
consignment of promotional material             Osama bin Laden’s killing.          May 2 US raid on a compound        in China until a speech today
for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam            Yusuf Raza Gilani’s trip        where Bin Laden was living         at a cultural forum in the east-
(LTTE), on its way to Canada from the           follows the killing of the Al       in northern Pakistan, which        ern city of Suzhou, Pakistani
south Indian port of Chennai via Sri            Qaeda leader by US special          left the country’s civilian and    officials said.
Lankan capital Colombo.                         forces on Pakistani soil this       military leaders angry and em-         He was then to travel to Be-
    “There were 45 cartons of LTTE              month in a raid that has cast a     barrassed.                         ijing to meet Chinese leaders
books to an address in Canada,” said            pall over US-Pakistan ties and          On Monday, US Senator          including President Hu Jintao
the police official, who asked not to be        was seen potentially pushing        John Kerry demanded Paki-          and Premier Wen Jiabao.
named. The Tamil Tigers were militarily         Islamabad closer to Beijing.        stan make progress against             The two sides are expected
defeated by Sri Lankan security forces              “We appreciate that in all      terrorism through “actions,        to sign a series of co-operation
two years ago, ending 37 years of               difficult circumstances, China      not by words” in a visit to the    agreements and discuss how
ethnic bloodshed. The Tigers remain             stood with Pakistan. Therefore      country.                           they can better combat ex-
a proscribed organisation in Sri Lanka          we call China a true friend and         The fact that the terrorist    tremism.
as well as in neighbouring India and in         a time-tested and all-weather       mastermind had been hiding             China is the main arms
Canada.                                         friend,” Gilani told China’s        out in Pakistan, possibly for      supplier to Pakistan, which
                                                official Xinhua news agency         years, has raised accusations      sees Beijing as an important
Pakistan troops foil                            in an interview.                    the country’s powerful secu-       counter-balance to Pakistan’s
                                                    “We are proud to have Chi-      rity establishment was either      traditional rival India. New
attack, kill five                               na as our best and most trusted     incompetent or complicit in        Delhi has recently improved
PAKISTANI security forces yesterday             friend, and China will always       Bin Laden finding a haven.         its ties with the United States,           A BOY is held up by his mother as hundreds of devotees dance and pray for children in an annual
foiled a major suicide attack when              find Pakistan standing beside           Further raising tensions,      causing worry in Islamabad.                  fertility procession in Obando, north of Manila, yesterday. Thousands of people took part in a
they killed five fighters equipped with         it at all times,” added Gilani,     Nato helicopters from Af-              — AFP                                procession to honour saints whom Filipinos pray to for children, partners and good fortune. — Reuters
suicide vests, three of them women, in a
firefight, officials said.
    The incident took place near a
security post outside the southwestern
city of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan
province. “The fighters armed with
                                                 Pakistan’s upcoming budget Lawmaker’s bill seeking ban
guns and bombs were travelling in a car,
police intercepted them but they tried            to focus on consolidation  on dual nationality lapses
to flee, triggering an exchange of fire.
All five attackers have been killed,” city                                                                                                                                    ISLAMABAD — A private             multiple movers, the responsi-        Similarly, while appearing
police chief Daud Junejo said.                  KARACHI — The up-                  This budget will have       new coalition at the cen-       port, any change in the pe-    member’s bill seeking to bar      bility for asserting the private   in a TV talk show a few days
    The group threw hand grenades at            coming federal budget          ‘neutral’ implications for      tre can get much needed         troleum levy would have        Pakistanis holding dual na-       member’s bill could be shifted     before the PML-Q joined the
the checkpost in Quetta’s Kharotabad            2011-12 of Pakistan is         the stock market, it said.      support for tax measures,       no implications on the oil     tionalities and foreign prop-     to other lawmakers. However,       government, he had pledged
neighbourhood and opened fire on the            likely to favour consoli-      However, the market             a prerequisite for IMF          marketing companies and        erties from becoming mem-         in case of Hiraj, he was the       that he would resign from the
troops inside, he said, adding that it was      dation of economy as the       will welcome any move           funding.                        refineries as it is a pass     bers of parliament, provincial    sole author.                       house if his party after joining
not their planned target and they had           risk of a slowdown in for-     to levy a tax on transac-           “Investors’      biggest    through item.                  assemblies besides taking             Nasim Akhtar of the PPP,       the government didn’t support
been travelling on the airport road.            eign inflows looms large       tion in lieu of Capital         concern remains low                 However, this upward       public office has lapsed since    Chairperson of the National        his bill.
    “The troops retaliated and killed all of    after the Abottabad inci-      Gains Tax (CGT), pro-           volumes.” After the im-         revision in the petroleum      its mover joined the federal      Assembly standing committee           National Assembly sources
them,” he said. “No security official was       dent, a pre-budget report      vided it remains between        position of CGT, KSE’s          levy collection target         cabinet.                          on law and justice to whom         also confirmed the destiny of
hurt, it’s all ok, it’s over now.”              said yesterday.                0.01-0.02 per cent of           average      volume       has   might increase the levy on         Mohammad Raza Hayat           the bill had been referred after   the bill as lapsed. However,
                                                    “The overall theme         share sale value, the re-       come down to 99 million         per litre of petrol by 25-     Hiraj of the Pakistan Muslim      presentation before the house,     they said if Hiraj was seri-
                                                of the budget will be to       port added.                     shares per day, 42 per cent     30 per cent. As of May 1       League-Q (PML-Q) has be-          also confirmed that it had lost    ously interested in pursuing
Nepal gives peace award                         reduce fiscal deficit by           “This will give the nec-    down compared to fiscal         pricing formula, Rs 8.16       come state minister for hous-     its legal ground as a private      his bill it can be re-introduced
to Japanese mayors                              eliminating subsidies and      essary impetus to volumes       2009/10. That is why the        is levied on per litre of      ing and works after his party     member’s bill.                     as a government bill.
                                                withdrawing tax exemp-         which are currently at          quantum of foreign flows        premium motor gasoline,        joined the PPP coalition gov-         However, Hiraj contended          The Constitution (Amend-
NEPAL gave the first Gautam Buddha
                                                tions to pave the way          record lows,” it said. Top-     is also being affected, the     which might reach approx-      ernment in the centre.            that it was wrong interpreta-      ment) Act 2011 sought inser-
International Peace Award to two
                                                for the IMF’s remaining        line analysts said that an      report said.                    imately Rs 10 per litre.           “A private member means       tion as at the time of presen-     tion of Article 63B, whereby a
Japanese mayors yesterday, the
                                                tranches of $3.2 billion,”     improvement in volumes              The report said that the        As per other revenue       a member of the house other       tation of the bill he wasn’t a     person stood disqualified for
anniversary of Buddha’s birth.
    Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue,               said the report issued by      can result in better tax col-   government is likely to set     measures projected by the      than the sitting minister;        state minister. Moreover, he       service of Pakistan or holding
55, and former mayor of Hiroshima,              brokerage Topline Securi-      lection. That will help the     a target of Rs 100 billion      report, deemed duty for        therefore, the bill lapsed the    argued, state minister wasn’t      any office in any organisa-
Tadatoshi Akiba, 69, won the prize.             ties.                          FBR collect taxes far bet-      ($1.18 billion) in the com-     refineries is likely to re-    moment Hiraj took oath as         full member of the cabinet.        tion, including armed forces
    President Ram Baran Yadav presented             The brokerage predicts     ter than what is estimated      ing federal budget to be        main intact at 7.5 per cent,   member of the federal cabi-           On the eve of presentation     and judiciary, whether wholly
the award at a function in Lumbini in           that the total budget outlay   to be collected from CGT,       collected under the head        while the government           net,” said Mian Raza Rabbani      of the bill in the third week of   or partly owned or controlled
Nepal’s southern plains, the birthplace         of the next fiscal year will   it said.                        of petroleum levy for the       would delay deregulation       of the PPP.                       April this year, Hiraj had made    by the federal or provincial
of Gautam Buddha, as Nepal celebrated           hover at Rs 3.5 to Rs 3.7          Though        Pakistan’s    fiscal year, starting July      of the petroleum prices            Rabbani, who resigned         an emotional speech, arguing       government; or being elected
the 2,555th anniversary of the birth of the     trillion, which will be 6 to   relation with the outside       1, against the target of Rs     by keeping IFEM (Inland        as federal minister in protest    country’s fate couldn’t be giv-    or chosen as a member of
religion’s founder.                             12 per cent higher from        world will remain fragile       70 billion in the last fiscal   Freight Equalisation) ele-     against his party’s decision to   en in the hands of those who       parliament or provincial as-
    The prize worth $50,000 is being            the ongoing fiscal year’s      after Abottabad debacle,        year.                           ment intact in the pricing     join hands with the PML-Q,        had taken oaths of allegiance      sembly or local government.
shared by the two mayors for their              budget outlay.                 the report says that the            According to the re-        mechanism. — Internews         to a question said in case of     to other countries.                — Internews
contribution to peace and humanity
in the aftermath of World War II.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were
destroyed in 1945 by atom bombs that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   India urged to open
killed 200,000 people.
    The Nepalese government set up the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   doors to Pakistan’s
award to honour people working for
peace and human rights. It will be given                                                                                                                                                                                              IT companies
away every five years.                                                                                                                                                                                                            KARACHI — Pakistan wants to co-operate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  with India in the field of information technol-
900-year-old manuscript                                                                                                                                                                                                           ogy, but New Delhi must reciprocate by open-
of Holy Quran found                                                                                                                                                                                                               ing doors to Pakistani businesses, a senior of-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ficial said yesterday.
A PAKISTANI archaeologist Ghulam                                                                                                                                                                                                      While no Pakistani law bars cross-border
Akbar Malik found a valuable                                                                                                                                                                                                      investment by private companies, procedural
manuscript of the Holy Quran dating                                                                                                                                                                                               problems exist because of years of hostilities
back to the 12th century while on an                                                                                                                                                                                              between the two states, said Saleem Mandvi-
excavation trip in Jhelum district over                                                                                                                                                                                           walla, Chairman Board of Investment (BoI)
100 kilometres in Southeast from capital                                                                                                                                                                                          here yesterday.
Islamabad.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “We are not discouraging Indians, but
    The salt range and its adjacent                                                                                                                                                                                               if they want to do business here, they
territory have been home to many                                                                                                                                                                                                  must reciprocate by letting Pakistani firms
archaeological discoveries and Malik                                                                                                                                                                                              operate on their soil,” he told a delegation
incidentally came across this valuable                                                                                                                                                                                            of leading IT industry officials of Paki-
scripture there. Malik was taking a break                                                                                                                                                                                         stan.
after the day’s work to recite the holy                                                                                                                                                                                               Members of IT Committee met him to
book when an old man gave him this                                                                                                                                                                                                highlight the benefit of business ties be-
historic manuscript to read.” An old man                                                                                                                                                                                          tween the IT industries of the two coun-
gave this to me as a gift at a shelter in the                                                                                                                                                                                     tries. The meeting followed a year of de-
hills,” said Malik.                                                                                                                                                                                                               liberations between Pakistani and Indian
    “He told me that they had had this                                                                                                                                                                                            IT officials for finding a mutual path to
scripture in the family for centuries and                                                                                                                                                                                         prosperity.
their ancestors used to recite from it.”                                                                                                                                                                                              Mandviwalla said that he will take the
    This 900-year-old manuscript is                                                                                                                                                                                               security establishment into confidence about
written on Papyrus, which was first                                                                                                                                                                                               the initiative. “I will also take the president’s
invented and used by the Chinese before                                                                                                                                                                                           approval on the subject and involve officials
the invention of modern paper. According                                                                                                                                                                                          of IT and commerce ministries to ensure that
to the archaeologist this ancient script of                                                                                                                                                                                       pending issues are settled.”
the Quran has been written by Sirajuddin                                                                                                                                                                                              He said that Pakistan should not be seen
abu Tahir Muhammad bin Abdur                                                                                                                                                                                                      as an obstacle in the way of any Indian com-
Rasheed during the 12th century.                                                                                                                                                                                                  pany. “On the contrary, we have done our part
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of the deal,” he said giving example of the
Dissidents of govt may                             NEPALESE Buddhists offer prayers at Swayambhunath during Buddha Purnima, which marks the Buddha’s birthday, in Kathmandu yesterday.                                            PIA, which operates flights to New Delhi and
not get opposition seats                                Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, some 200 kms southwest of Kathmandu valley. Buddhists commemorate the birth of Buddha,                                                 Mumbai, but no Indian airline flies to Paki-
                                                                  his attaining enlightenment and his passing away on the full moon day of May which was yesterday. — AFP                                                         stan. — Internews
SEVERAL dissident lawmakers of
Pakistan Muslim League-Q, who have

                                                 Ghosts of war haunt Sri Lanka in peacetime
turned themselves into virtual turncoats,
cannot get opposition seats in parliament
under the Constitution and can even face
disqualification if they vote against the
party line, according to constitutional and
legal experts.                                  COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s gov-                  Back in the areas of northern     war crimes, in the final days of       retary-General Ban Ki-Moon in-       the main Tamil party in Parlia-       cils in the country, but the former
    The dissidents, both in Senate and          ernment put down a 26-year sep-         Sri Lanka that were once held by      the war against Tamil Tiger activ-     formed about what transpired,”       ment for being slow to address        proxies of the LTTE known as the
National Assembly, have made a formal           aratist rebellion two years ago but     Tamil activists, civilians who fled   ists.                                  Rajapakse said last week.            minority issues and devolve pow-      Tamil National Alliance (TNA),
request to be allowed to retain their           finds itself struggling in peace-       during the fighting are gradually         Its investigative panel found          Rajapakse disagreed with         ers to Sri Lanka.                     which has been negotiating with
seats on opposition benches although            time to address issues lingering        returning to their homes, mines       a number of credible sources that      the UN report and rejected any           An all-party conference held      the government, were sceptical of
their party joined the PPP-led coalition        from the war.                           are being cleared and freedom of      estimated there could have been        claims that civilians were delib-    to find a solution to ethnic issues   the proposal.
government.                                         President Mahinda Rajapakse’s       movement has increased.               as many as 40,000 civilian deaths      erately killed in the final stages   ended without a result, and in-           “We are not satisfied with the
    The forthcoming budget session              administration is grappling to re-          But the United Nations said       in the final stages of the conflict,   of the conflict, which ended after   stead, a fresh round of talks were    progress,” said Suresh Premach-
will be a test for the National                 spond to UN allegations of war          last month that an investigation      prompting Rajapakse’s govern-          Prabhakaran, the leader of the       initiated with Tamil parties.         andran, a TNA parliamentarian.
Assembly Speaker when the house                 crimes and facing pressure to of-       it conducted supported “credible”     ment to carry out a fresh cam-         LTTE, was killed by the army.            Last week, the government             Meanwhile, about 5,000 sus-
will be required to vote on the finance         fer a political solution to the Tamil   allegations that the Sri Lankan       paign to defend itself and deny            “We had a policy of zero casu-   proposed to establish a second        pected former Tamil activists are
bill in line with directives of their           ethnic minority as well as local        government had engaged in a           the war crimes charges.                alties,” Rajapakse said. “We nev-    chamber, or senate, in the unicam-    undergoing rehabilitation while
parliamentary parties. — Agencies               campaigns to investigate disap-         wide range of serious violations          “We will go on to clear our        er killed civilians deliberately.”   eral Parliament made up mostly        an unknown number is still in de-
                                                pearances during the conflict.          of international law, including       names by keeping the UN Sec-           Rajapakse has been blamed by         of elected members to local coun-     tention. — dpa
                                     New Mercedes-Benz CLS launched                                                                                                             HSBC supplies energy saving bulbs
                                       ZAWAWI Trading Company, the authorised general distributor                                                                               MORE than 1,000 energy saving light bulbs were recently dis-
                                         of Mercedes-Benz in the Sultanate of Oman, launched a new                                                                              tributed to students enrolled in Wadi Kabeer School for Girls and
                                     season for the iconic Mercedes-Benz CLS in suitably spectacular                                                                            Hassan bin Thabit School for Boys by HSBC Oman volunteers in
                                      fashion recently, hosting a stunning event aboard a luxury mega                                                                           efforts to raise awareness and educate students on the importance
                                                                 yacht in the Gulf of Oman. ● Page 11                                                                           of energy consumption and environment preservation. ● Page 10

                                                                                         Wednesday, May 18, 2011

 Sohar Refinery expansion project PAIPED helps improve
  slated for 2015-end completion    Oman’s economy
                                                                                                                                                                                       By A Staff Reporter                                               to 15 years ago, the re-location
        By Conrad Prabhu                                                                                                            42,400 bpd Solvent De-Asphalting                                                                                     decision was driven by the
                                                                                                                                    Unit, sulphur recovery unit, sour wa-           MUSCAT — Attracting for-                                             price of property. Now we’re
MUSCAT — Authorities overseeing                                                                                                     ter stripper units, amine regeneration          eign investors is top of the                                         seeing a much more sophisti-
the planned revamp and expansion of                                                                                                 unit, and isomerisation unit, among             agenda for the Public Author-                                        cated approach to the business
the Sultanate’s flagship refinery at So-                                                                                            other systems. Utility generation and           ity for Investment, Promo-                                           plan. For example, firms are
har are targeting a four-and-a-half-year                                                                                            off-site storage facilities will be aug-        tion and Export Development                                          thinking about access to local
timeline for the engineering design and                                                                                             mented as well.                                 (PAIPED) who will participate                                        talent, R&D, connectivity and
execution of the ambitious project.                                                                                                     One major objective of the upgrade          at the upcoming Korean Over-                                         life-style issues. Cheap loca-
    Allowing for 12 months for the                                                                                                  is to improve the feed quality of the           seas Investment Fair (KOIF),                                         tions might look good on a
completion of the Front-End Engineer-                                                                                               Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracking                                                                                    company’s spreadsheet but if
                                                                                                                                                                                    set for May 19-20, 2011 in
                                                                                                                                    (RFCC) unit to achieve design on-                                                                                    the domestic skill-set is lack-
ing Design (FEED) and roughly three-                                                                                                                                                Seoul.
                                                                                                                                    stream factor for better capacity utili-                                                                             ing, recruitment costs can be
and-a-half years thereafter for the ex-                                                                                                                                                 Organised by Korea Trade-
                                                                                                                                    sation of the refinery.                                                                                              very high.”
ecution of the upgrade, the expansion                                                                                                                                               Investment Promotion Agency
                                                                                                                                        As part of its brief, CB&I Lum-                                              our exhibition stand, provid-           Nisreen went on to add:
is slated to be completed by the end of                                                                                                                                             and hosted by the Korean Min-
                                                                                                                                    mus will be required to, among other                                             ing potential investors with        “It's crucial that we continue
2015.                                                                                                                                                                               istry of Knowledge Economy,
                                                                                                                                    things, review the Basic Engineering                                             an insight into the Sultanate’s     to attract and retain inward
    Sohar Industrial Port Company                                                                                                                                                   “KOIF is a unique event that                                         investment to Oman, to create
(SIPC), the landlord-operator of the                                                                                                Design Package (BEDP) for all the li-           offers PAIPED an outstand-       economy and show them how
                                                                                                                                    censed units, prepare the BEDP for the                                           to make the best of what we         jobs and support businesses.
Port of Sohar, has earmarked a substan-                                                                                                                                             ing opportunity to interact                                          Indeed, there’s no room for
tial plot of land adjoining the existing                                                                                            unlicensed units, utilities and off-site        with more than 200 Korean        have to offer. In particular,
                                                                                                                                    facilities, and prepare the FEED for the                                         we’ll be focusing on the Sul-       complacency. There are many
refinery complex for the expansion. A                                                                                                                                               companies with interests in                                          challenges ahead, not least the
significant portion of the plot original-                                                                                           total facilities.                               making overseas investment.      tanate’s growing and strategi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cally located industrial estates,   ongoing global financial tur-
ly allocated to the now-shelved Oman                                                                                                    In addition, the consultant will sup-       In simple terms, it gives us a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     free zones and ports and the        bulence.
Petrochemical Industries Co (OPIC)                                                                                                  port the client during the tendering            platform to present the very
                                            undertaking the engineering, procure-      commitments to Aromatics Oman and                                                                                                                                     However, Oman, with its
venture, has now been set aside for the                                                                                             phase leading to the selection of an En-        best investment opportunities    domestic and international
                                            ment, fabrication and construction of      Oman Polypropylene at the down-                                                                                                                                   open and supportive invest-
refinery expansion project.                                                                                                         gineering-Procurement-Construction              Oman has to offer,” says Nis-    businesses that are thriving on
                                            upstream and downstream process            stream end of the refinery.                                                                                                                                       ment environment, strategic
    Work on the upgrade is expected to                                                                                              or Lump-sum Turnkey Contractor for              reen Ahmed Jaffer (pictured),    these sites.”
                                            facilities for the oil and gas industry,       Importantly, the expansion will con-                                                                                                                          location, global connections,
commence in earnest with the signing                                                                                                the execution of the project.                   PAIPED’s Director-General of         PAIPED has an excellent         access to capital markets and
                                            including petrochemical plants, LNG        tribute to a 60 per cent enhancement in
today of a key contract for the FEED                                                                                                    CB&I Lummus will also be re-                Investment Promotion.            track record of providing busi-     a world-class skills and tech-
                                            liquefaction trains, regasification ter-   the refinery’s design capacity from the
and Project Management Consultancy                                                     present 116,400 barrels per stream day       quired to explore any further synergy               KOIF provides its 1,500      ness support and advice to in-      nology base, is well placed
Services package. Leading interna-          minals, refinery process units and syn-                                                 possible between the existing refinery          attendees from over 700          ternational as well as domestic
                                                                                       (bpsd) to 187,774 bpsd.                                                                                                                                           to take advantage of future
tional technology firm CB&I Lummus          thesis gas plants.                                                                      complex and the new expansion refin-            companies and 29 exhibiting      firms. “We help foreign com-
                                                                                           For the first time, bitumen will be                                                                                                                           opportunities. We work in
won the prestigious contract, valued at         As the FEED and Project Manage-                                                     ery and Aromatics Oman.                         countries with information       panies set-up and flourish in
                                                                                       added to the refinery’s portfolio of                                                                                                                              partnership with a number of
RO 19.192 million, in a keenly con-         ment Consultant, CB&I Lummus will          refined petroleum products and by-               The consultant shall address gaps,          and practical advice on to-      Oman and support domestic           key government departments
tested international tender.                oversee the expansion and modernisa-       products. In tandem with the upgrade,        if any, in meeting the product quality          day's global marketplace and     businesses to take advantage        to bring more inward invest-
    Texas USA-headquartered CB&I            tion of Sohar Refinery into a world-       several new units will be added and          norms by suitably designing the ex-             inward investment matters.       of huge export opportuni-           ment to Oman and it’s through
Lummus is a member of the multi-            scale facility. The upgrade will not       integrated into the existing refinery        pansion units instead of revamping the              “The aim of our participa-   ties,” remarks Nisreen. The         international trade events like
national engineering and construc-          only ramp up the plant’s output of re-     complex. They include a 71,500 bpd           existing facilities. The blended final          tion at KOIF is to promote       PAIPED        Director-General      KOIF that we can showcase
tion conglomerate Chicago Bridge &          fined petroleum fuels for the domestic     Crude Distillation Unit, 96,800 bpd          products from both the refineries (ex-          Oman through presentations       clearly understands that estab-     the Sultanate, attract inward
Iron Company (known commonly as             and export markets, but also augment       Vacuum Distillation Unit, 66,400 bpd         isting plus expansion) shall conform to         at the seminar programme         lishing what companies want         investment and expand our in-
CB&I. The company specialises in            its ability to meet feedstock supply       Once-Through Hydrocracker Unit,              Euro IV environmental norms.                    and one-on-one meetings at       from a location is crucial. “Ten    ternational trading ties.”

BP’s Arctic oil deal Salalah firm expands export footprint Taageer business
 with Rosneft falls By A Staff Reporter                    up in Q1 results                              on its medical guidewire de-
                                                                                                         vices giving supply access to
                                                                                                                                             the four member countries of
                                                                                                                                             the European Free Trade As-
                                                                                                                                                                                  manufacture and supply a safe
                                                                                                                                                                                  and effective device. We have
MOSCOW/LONDON—                     search note.                       MUSCAT — A Salalah-based           the 27 countries that make up       sociation (EFTA).                    been swift to secure business
BP's plan to gain a foothold           The collapse of the deal       manufacturer of medical            the European Economic Area.            This follows a bumper year        in USA, Turkey, Poland, India,         By A Staff Reporter             taken. Also the company has
in Russia's offshore Arctic        marks a personal setback for                                              Guidewires are small di-        of certifications in 2010, when      Egypt and the UK.                                                      ramped up its corporate mar-
                                                                      guidewires is set to supply the
oilfields through a deal with      Russia's Deputy Prime Minis-                                          ameter spring coils that facili-    the company was awarded the              “There is great interest       MUSCAT — Taageer has                keting team to tap the oppor-
state-controlled Rosneft has       ter Igor Sechin. He has mas-       heavily regulated markets of
                                                                                                         tate the guided placement of        USA’s FDA 510K, as well as           in the OBL product, which          achieved a profit of RO 1,110K      tunities under SME segment.
collapsed, opening the way         terminded Rosneft's growth         the United States of America                                                                                                                                                       The geographical presence
                                                                                                         catheters and other medical         two significant ISO standards        makes excellent use of our on-     for the first quarter ending
for other oil groups to try to     and development since it ac-       (USA) and the European Un-         devices used in the diagnosis       — ISO 9001 and ISO 13485.            site sterilisation facilities.”                                        of the company’s operations
                                                                      ion (EU) following its fourth                                                                                                                  March 31, 2011 as against RO
fill its place.                    quired the assets of bankrupt                                         and treatment of numerous              According to Ciaran Hood,             Hood confirmed that the        782K in March 2010 before           at five locations is helping to
    The tie-up unravelled be-      oil firm Yukos and went on to      regulatory endorsement in two      medical conditions.                 SMDM’s President and CEO,            Salalah facility, which opened                                         serve the ever increasing cus-
                                                                      years.                                                                                                                                         provision for doubtful debts
cause BP failed to mollify the     open an eastern pipeline ex-                                              The CE Mark indicates           the company’s own brand la-          in 2008 as the first medical       and taxation. After making          tomer requirement. The new
partners in its existing Rus-      port route for Russian crude          The Salalah Medical De-         alignment with strict EU di-        bel (OBL) has been fast to           device manufacturer in the                                             business during the first quar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     provision of RO 331K towards
sian venture TNK-BP who            to the Asia-Pacific.               vice Manufacturing Company         rectives in product safety, a       spike interest accounting for        Middle East, is geared up to                                           ter of 2011 registered a growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     doubtful debts and RO 132K
claim the British company has          Sechin and his boss, Prime     (SMDM) has the green light to      must before a product can be        one third of sales.                  provide a turnkey service from                                         of 49 per cent as compared to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for taxation, the net profit for
no right to strike a new deal in   Minister Vladimir Putin, have      use the coveted Certificate of     used by the EU member states.          “The portfolio of certifica-      product design through to                                              the Q1, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the first quarter 2011 stood
the country without them.          become accustomed to being         Conformity Europe (CE Mark)        The mark is also endorsed by        tions indicates our ability to       packaging.                                                                 In order to comply with
    BP chief executive Bob         able to dictate terms in stra-                                                                                                                                                    at RO 647K, an increase of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Central Bank of Oman
Dudley had trumpeted the           tegic oil deals. Sources say                                                                                                                                                      25 per cent over March 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         guidelines on capital enhance-
Arctic exploration pact and        Sechin has a good personal                                                                                                                                                        (RO 514K). The earnings per
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ment to RO 20 million by June
share swap with Rosneft,
which was signed in January,
                                   relationship with Dudley and
                                   views the share swap compo-
                                                                       UK inflation jumps in April, deepens BoE dilemma                                                                                              share on a paid-up equity of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     RO 12.667 million translates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2012, the company has offered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         RO 4 million equity shares
as a signal that BP could still    nent of the BP deal as particu-                                                                                                                                                   to 20 baiza.                        at par to the shareholders on
                                                                      LONDON — British annual inflation hit           items such as food and fuel. This rose to       Capital Economics.                                 The net investment in leases
offer growth after its disas-      larly attractive, but Rosneft                                                                                                                                                                                         rights basis. The ACEO was of
                                                                      a 2½-year high last month and core prices       3.7 per cent, the highest annual rate on            “Indeed, although inflation will rise      and working capital finance as
trous Gulf of Mexico oil spill     does have other options in the                                                                                                                                                                                        the view that the issue which
                                                                      rose at a record pace, deepening the poli-      record.                                         further over the coming months as past         of March 2011 is RO 80.925
last year.                         Arctic.                                                                                                                                                                                                               closed on May 15, 2011 would
    While some said BP was             BP's partners in TNK-BP        cy dilemma for the Bank of England as it            Sterling jumped and gilt futures ex-        rises in energy and agricultural prices        million against RO 73.703 as        have an active participation of
better off not pursuing the        — four Russian billionaires        keeps interest rates low to support a slug-     tended losses after the figures fuelled         feed through, we still expect it to fall       on March 2010 translating to        the shareholders.
deal, failure to see it through    represented by the Alfa-Ac-        gish economy.                                   speculation that the central bank would         sharply next year.                             a growth of 9.70 per cent on a          Taageer has constantly en-
has been seen as an embar-         cess-Renova (AAR) consorti-            Consumer prices rose a bigger-than-         raise interest rates from a record low of           Every three months that inflation is       year to year basis. The compa-      deavoured to serve the society
rassment for Dudley, who           um — objected to the Rosneft       expected 4.5 per cent year-on-year, the         0.5 per cent by the year-end.                   more than one percentage point away            ny continues its policy of mak-     through industry and complet-
said yesterday talks aimed at      tie-up, saying BP was obliged      fastest pace on increase since October              But consumer price inflation has been       from its target, BoE Governor Mervyn           ing prudent provisions taking       ed 10 years of successful op-
resolving the problem with         to pursue all its Russian ven-     2008, propelled by soaring travel costs         above the bank’s 2 per cent target since        King is required to write an open letter       the cumulative provision for        erations in May 2011. During
TNK-BP partners had not            tures through TNK-BP.              around Easter and higher duty on alcohol        December 2009, and the central bank             to the government explaining why infla-        bad and doubtful debts to RO        the last 5 years, the operations
reached agreement.                     The tycoons successfully       and tobacco.                                    warned in its inflation report last week        tion has deviated and what action is being     5.325 million including volun-      in the company’s portfolio has
    "This is putting a brave       took court action to block it,         Prices also rose 1 per cent month-on-       that it may rise to 5 per cent this year.       taken to remedy it.                            tary reserve.                       grown at a CAGR of 40 per
face on a disappointing epi-       leading to a last-ditch effort     month, a rise of a magnitude seen only              Analysts also said the figures fitted           The statistics office blamed the unu-          The company’s Acting            cent and is optimistic of a good
sode. While the market may         to push the deal through on        once before, the Office for National Sta-       that narrative.                                 sually late timing of Easter this year for     Chief Executive Officer was         performance during the second
see this as disappointing we       Monday with BP and Rosneft         tistics data showed. Analysts had expect-           “There’s no need to panic — especial-       the jump in travel costs which added 0.36      of the view that the lending op-    decade of its operations espe-
believe it is better to walk       making a cash and stock offer      ed the annual rate to tick up to 4.2 per cent   ly given that evidence of second-round          percentage points to the change in the         portunities has opened up for       cially considering the develop-
away than have a bad deal,"        to buy out AAR, in an attempt      after a surprise dip to 4 in March.             effects of the recent high rates of inflation   annual rate between March and April. It        the company considering the         mental plans, the government
Evolution Securities analyst       to find a compromise with              Particularly worrying was a jump in         on wage growth remains conspicuous              noted that in previous years, some of that     new infrastructural projects        has announced to meet its ob-
Richard Griffith said in a re-     BP's partners. — Reuters           “core” inflation, which strips out volatile     by its absence,” said Vicky Redwood of          was reversed in the following month.           the government has under-           jective of Vision 2020.
OMAN                                                                  WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

       Oman Air adopts SITA
         airfare solution
          By A Staff Reporter                                                      Hani El Assaad, SITA Re-
                                                                               gional Vice-President Mid-
       MUSCAT — Oman Air be-                                                   dle East and North Africa,
       comes the fifth major carrier                                           said: "Independent research
       in the Middle East to adopt                                             has shown that if prices are
       SITA’s breakthrough software                                            not competitive, a company
       solution for fares manage-                                              loses 3 per cent to 10 per cent
       ment, Airfare Insight, in a sev-                                        of revenue. Some of our cus-
       en-year contract announced                                              tomers have been able to pay
       yesterday.                                                              for the entire Airfare Insight
          The new system analyses                                              project within a month due
       fares and manages the work-                                             to the scale of revenue re-
       flow across multiple depart-                                            capture. Airfare Insight is a
       ments — revenue manage-                                                 cutting-edge software tool and
       ment, sales and outsourced                                              it will be configured precisely
       pricing distribution — to en-                                           to meet Oman Air’s needs."
       sure the right fares are distrib-                                           Almost 100 million fares
       uted at the right time, to the      nel.”                               are published worldwide at
       right customer.                         Specifically, Oman Air ex-      any one time, and an airline
          Peter Hill (pictured),           pects increased revenue due         will typically update fares
       Oman Air CEO, said: “Oman           to improved process flows           throughout its distribution net-
       Air always wants its custom-        and better response times to        work of GDSs, travel agencies
       ers to have the best value air      market information; increased       and websites, several times a
       fares and with the Airfare In-      revenue recovery due to cen-        day.
       sight solution we will be able      tralisation of all fares data           SITA, the air transport IT
       to optimise our fare offerings      and better ticket auditing; in-     specialist, developed Airfare
       within the same selling day.        creased speed to market due to      Insight as part of its Hori-
       We will have an informed            consolidation of all fare work-     zon passenger management
       view on what our competitors        flow; and increased accuracy        and distribution portfolio, to
       are doing and be able to make       of fares data due to implemen-      provide airlines with the in-
       real-time decisions on pric-        tation of an automated feed         tegrated capability to manage
       ing and adjust our offerings to     and fare upload, eliminating        and control the complexity of
       make the best fares available       manual entries and the possi-       end-to-end fares management
       through any distribution chan-      bility of costly errors.            and distribution processes.

         HSBC distributes 9,000
          energy saving bulbs
          By A Staff Reporter
       MUSCAT — More than
       1,000 energy saving light
       bulbs were recently distrib-
       uted to students enrolled in
       Wadi Kabeer School for Girls
       and Hassan bin Thabit School
       for Boys by HSBC Oman
       volunteers in efforts to raise
       awareness and educate stu-
       dents on the importance of
       energy consumption and envi-
       ronment preservation.
           Earlier, in March, 8,000        Head of the bank’s Oman             bank to proactively adopt
       compact fluorescent lights          Green Team.                         carbon reduction measures in
       were also distributed to staff          “Parents and teachers alike     the Sultanate. Electricity con-
       members and customers at all        play an imperative role in          sumption was reduced by 7.5
       branches that save up to 80 per     shaping      eco-consciousness      per cent across all offices in
       cent energy and last up to 8        and our campaign aimed to           the first year alone and since
       times longer than convention-       enrich environmental values         then, the bank has continued
       al incandescent light bulbs.        through education which we          to dedicate time and resources
           HSBC Oman’s ‘Energy             hope will be reinforced in their    to significantly lower its car-
       Saving Campaign’ is part of         homes and by the schools.”          bon footprint.
       the bank’s sustainable busi-            Later this month, the bank          Following the ‘Save En-
       ness approach which con-            will also replace all tube lights   ergy Oman’ campaign held
       tinuously benchmarks its op-        at both schools with energy         last summer in collaboration
       erational, environmental and        saving lighting with the sup-       with numerous private and
       social footprint.                   port of Mustafa Sultan Elec-        public organisations, the re-
           “Instilling a green mindset     tronics LLC and Philips Elec-       cently concluded grass-root
       at a young age is a pathway         tronics.                            level programme is a clear ex-
       towards shaping both environ-           In 2005, HSBC was the           ample of how HSBC manages
       mental attitudes and behav-         first bank and FTSE100 com-         indirect environmental impact
       iours in adulthood,” said Mu-       pany to become carbon neu-          through working closely with
       nish Sahrawat, HSBC Oman’s          tral and in 2007 HSBC Oman          customers and members of the
       Chief Operating Officer and         followed suit as the first ever     community.

         Renault’s active and passive
         safety levels across the range
       MUSCAT — With 12 ve-
       hicles earning top five-star
       ratings in Euro NCAP crash
       tests, Renault boasts a line-up
       that can indisputably claim to
       deliver the highest standards
       of safety. “For more than 50
       years, Renault’s concern for
       the issue of road safety has
       led it to research and develop
       technologies that improve
       vehicle safety. It has built its
       approach and expertise on           accidents. The issue, there-        international levels as part of
       findings from research into         fore, is to identify risks, warn    its effort to improve the be-
       accidents that have actually        drivers, help them take eva-        haviour of all road-users.
       happened,” a company press          sive action, and, if necessary,         Because the dangers of the
       release said.                       correct their errors.               road are such a major issue
           Renault has drawn on re-           “Renault is working tire-        worldwide, Renault has sus-
       search by the Laboratory for        lessly on new safety systems        tained its safety commitment
       Accident Research, Biome-           for avoiding accidents and          with vehicle technologies that
       chanics and Study of Human          protecting front and back-seat      improve drivers’ awareness of
       Behaviour (LAB) and on its          occupants. It has chosen to         the road environment, warn
       own engineering know-how            build its safety approach on        them of any risk, and enable
       to design equipment that pro-       greater prevention and greater      them to anticipate the response
       vides the most effective so-        anticipation while leaving the      of safety systems.
       lutions to real-world driving       driver in control,” the release         To check the number of ac-
       situations.                         said.                               cidents, the company experts
           Although optimal protec-           Technology, however, is          suggest ways like: Prevent,
       tion in the event of an impact      not the be-all and end-all. As a    Correct, Protect, Educate and
       is critical, the absolute prior-    socially responsible company,       Euro NCAP: passive safety
       ity is accident prevention.         Renault is also involved in         and claims to have its vehi-
       Research reveals that human         awareness-raising and educa-        cles are equipped with all the
       error is behind 80 per cent of      tional schemes at national and      above safety checks.
                                                                                                                              OMAN                                                                                                            WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

   Fashionable new CLS makes a splash on the Sea of Oman
      Flawless features: a new design language
      for the second generation
       Stunning style: LED high performance
       Refined performance: three-engine
      versions available in Middle East
       Deft agility: lightweight construction;
      electro-mechanical direct-steer system
       Confident presence: Active blind spot
      assist and active lane keeping assist
       Efficient thirst: up to 25 per cent lower
       fuel consumption
MUSCAT — Zawawi Trading            mega yacht moored in Port
Company, the authorised gen-       Sultan Qaboos, before enjoy-
eral distributor of Mercedes-      ing sumptuous drinks, canapés
Benz in the Sultanate of Oman,     and a sunset cruise of Muscat’s
launched a new season for the      majestic coastline in the Gulf
iconic Mercedes-Benz CLS in        of Oman. The new CLS was
suitably spectacular fashion re-   dramatically unveiled by the       dynamism of a coupé with the          The new CLS continues the       towards the rear. This novel        CLS 350 also comes with the        stainless-steel sports pedals,     of individualisation options.
cently, hosting a stunning event   event host Waleed bin Omar         comfort and functionality of      pioneering role of its predeces-    design feature, called the drop-    option of an AMG Sports pack-      and additional ‘M’ transmis-       Five interior colours, five trim
aboard a luxury mega yacht in      Zawawi.                            a saloon, delighted customers     sor and at the same time shows      ping line by designers, repre-      age.                               sion mode for manual gear-         designs and also three quali-
the Sea of Oman.                       Guests were then treated to    and stunned the German auto-      itself to be a brand-new star on    sents a new interpretation of           The CLS 500 with GCC           shifts.                            ties of leather are available to
    The CLS four-door coupé        a luxurious slice of ceremonial    motive manufacturer’s com-        the scene. What immediately         a formal design element hark-       specification comes standard           The interior of the CLS is     choose from.
made fashionable jaws drop         cake to celebrate the new CLS,     petition. For many years since    strikes the eye is the innovative   ing back to the uniquely rich       with an AMG Sports package,        also distinguished by a time-          The CLS lives up to its role
when it first debuted in 2003,     and the one and a quarter cen-     2003, the CLS endured as the      front design, which is remi-        wealth of forms present in his-     including AMG front and rear       less design which combines         as a design icon through the
and quickly established itself     tury birthday of the German        only four-door coupé in its       niscent of the Mercedes-Benz        toric Mercedes sports cars.         aprons, single-wing radiator       straightforward elegance with      innovative material finishes
as the ultimate must-have style    luxury automotive manufac-         class, and has been the chariot   SLS AMG. Extending well for-            A distinctive and muscular      grill with a chrome/silver lou-    innovative details and hand-       used. An example of this is the
statement for drivers across       turer.                             of choice for 170,000 owners      ward, the upright radiator grille   sports car-like shoulder line       ver, and 18-inch 5-spoke AMG       crafted perfection. An eye-        exciting interplay of satin-fin-
Oman and the Middle East.              The charismatic CLS will       worldwide.                        highlights the long, sporty bon-    above the rear axle highlights      light alloy wheels with mixed      catching feature is the wrap-      ish and shiny metallic surfaces.
The glittering new CLS launch      be easily recognised when it          "Customers across Oman         net even further. The grille is     the athletic character of the       tyre sizes, optionally available   around effect of the cockpit: a    The CLS also exudes refined
event, which also celebrated       hits roads across the Sultanate    have rewarded Zawawi for our      dominated by the large central      new CLS. The flared wheel           as 19-inch.                        high line sweeps from the driv-    sportiness with its lavish and
the 125 years of innovation        this month. With distinctive       courage in launching a com-       star, which underlines the car's    arches resemble the powerful            The AMG Sports pack-           er's door over the instrument      high-class trim elements which
for Mercedes-Benz, was at-         design elements inspired by        pletely new vehicle concept       relationship to the other coupés    thighs of a feline predator wait-   age includes 3-spoke sports        panel support and across to the    can be found on the instrument
tended by up to 150 VIP guests     the breakthrough SLS AMG           onto the market," explained a     of the brand and strengthens        ing to pounce.                      multifunction steering wheel       front passenger door. The cen-     panel support, the centre con-
including senior Zawawi and        super sports car, the CLS sports   delighted Craig Hardie, CEO       the brand identity.                     The GCC specification CLS       in nappa leather with a flat-      tral display has also been inte-   sole and parts of the door trim.
Mercedes-Benz        representa-   a new scowl courtesy of LED        — Automotive, Zawawi Trad-            The typical CLS outline,        350 will come with an exte-         tened lower section; match-        grated harmoniously into the       Customers can choose between
tives, government officials,       High Performance headlamps,        ing Company. "And with its        with its elegantly long pro-        rior sport package as standard,     ing black upholstery, seats,       upper part of the instrument       three exclusive wood types:
customers and local business       and will be available to the im-   exciting design and refined       portions, is the dominating at-     featuring chromed twin-pipe         head restraints, door armrests     panel. At the same time, the       high-gloss brown burr walnut,
leaders.                           age elite as a V6 CLS 350, a V8    sportiness, the new edition of    tribute of the new model. The       exhaust system with rectangu-       and centre console with bright     downward sweeping side line        high-gloss black ash and satin-
    Guests were welcomed by        CLS 500, or a supercharged bi-     the CLS also benefits from        effect of the dynamic, athletic     lar tailpipes, 5-spoke 18-inch      contrasting stitching. In keep-    on the doors continues the dy-     finish light-brown poplar. The
regally clad Arabian horses        turbo V8 CLS 63 AMG.               the fact that Mercedes-Benz       form has been enhanced with a       light-alloy wheels with a 19-       ing with the sporty styling of     namic dropping line of the ex-     interior is given an even more
and riders as they boarded the         Mercedes-Benz creation in      is a whole generation ahead       new interplay of lines and ar-      inch option, rear bumper with       the AMG Sports package, the        terior. As a design trendsetter,   progressive look with the addi-
MV Loaloat Al Behar — or           2003 of a new category that        of the competition with its       eas. The front edge of the struc-   matt black painted cover, and       package also features ‘AMG’        the CLS sets new standards in      tion of piano lacquer or AMG
‘Pearl of the Seas’ — luxury       combined the elegance and          four-door Coupé."                 ture above the wings slopes off     sporty suspension set-up. The       lettering floor mats, brushed      interiors with its wide variety    carbon fibre trim elements.

                                                                                                                    BUSINESS ALERT
  Toyota FJ Cruiser — rugged yet urbane                                                     members unanimously elected Hani M al Zubair as Chairman and Said Salim al Sahib
                                                                                            as Vice-Chairman of the board. Subsequently the board nominated members to the                        OIB organises basic training course
                                                                                            Board Credit Committee, which looks after the investment proposals of the fund.
                                                                                               The Board Credit Committee (BCC) is comprised of four members namely Said bin
                                                                                            Salim al Sahib, as Chairman; Rashad Jaffar al Shaikh, Member; Nasser bin Salim al
                                                                                            Rashdi, Member and Qais Mahmood al Khonji.
                                                                                               Fund for the Development of Youth Projects also known as Sharakah provides eq-
                                                                                            uity and other means of financial support to Small and Medium Enterprises owned
                                                                                            by young Omani entrepreneurs. The fund provides financing services to investment
                                                                                            projects, raising the business awareness and offering guidance for the proposed projects
                                                                                            presented by citizens.

                                                                                                           Kia sponsors X Games Asia
                                                                                            THE Kia X Games Asia
                                                                                            is the most prestigious                                                                        OMAN International Bank (OIB) recently concluded basic training course on bank-
                                                                                            multi-event, action sports                                                                     ing operations. The course, attended by 29 employees of the various departments and
                                                                                            competition in Asia, and                                                                       branches of the bank, was conducted at the Staff Training Centre in Ruwi, in collabora-
                                                                                            will showcase 200 of the                                                                       tion with the College of Banking and Financial Studies.
                                                                                            best action sport athletes                                                                        The course included topics like awareness of the labour law of banking sector, OIB
                                                                                            from over 20 countries                                                                         regulations and by-laws, products, varied accounts opening process, customers’ rela-
                                                                                            and five continents as                                                                         tions, legal procedures to be followed, duties and responsibilities towards the custom-
                                                                                            they compete in BMX                                                                            ers and the bank.
MUSCAT — Rugged yet urbane, the FJ Cruiser is a full-scale 4WD with sedan-like              freestyle, aggressive in-                                                                         The aim of these training courses is to initiate the primary stage to prepare the
comforts. It has a unique exterior design, and a sporty form that closely resembles a       line skating, skateboard-                                                                      Omani working staff and acquaint them with their job duties and responsibilities to en-
2-door coupe. The front windshield is equipped with a unique set of 3 wipers to cover       ing and sport climbing                                                                         able them understand the banking market policies and demands in Oman and seeking
a larger cleaning area. The rear swing out door with mounted spare wheel and a flip         and Moto X Step Up                                                                             excellence of the services extended to the bank’s customers.
type rear glass provide a sturdy and stylish look along with ease of cargo storage and      competition by some of                                                                            OIB is running seven training centres for its employees in Salalah, Ibra, Barka, So-
entry and exit of occupants.                                                                the world’s best riders.                                                                       har, Nizwa, Sur and Al Buraimi. The training centre in Ruwi takes up the supervisory
    Leading automotive scribes have described it as 'Toyota's most versatile retro-styled       For several years, Kia                                                                     role over these training centres to monitor and develop the staff capabilities through the
SUV to date'. It has created a wave of admiration wherever it has been launched. And its    has been a major spon-                                                                         annual training and plans to cover all banking and administrative activities of OIB.
burgeoning fan-following shows no signs of letting up... As in the world, so in Oman.       sor of the X Games Asia.
Here too, Toyota FJ Cruiser is one of the most sought-after sports utility vehicles.
    Its stylish interiors carry a silver finish on the steering wheel and the inner rear
                                                                                            Kia Motors has used this
                                                                                            unique sponsorship to                                                                               OAB supports businesswomen forum
view mirror is provided with 'liquid crystal display'. The snug interior is ergonomic as    continue building its as-
well. Steering mounted controls, accessory meters with multi-information display, put       sociation with the local
everything within easy reach and ready to read at a glance.                                 community and enhance
    Toyota FJ Cruiser is equipped with the world’s first headliner speakers, which pro-     awareness of its brand
vide a ‘Sound Shower’ effect. Overall, the 9-speaker audio system with a 6 CD/MP3           values in the Asian mar-
Changer including the rear box woofer complete the music powerhouse.                        ket and beyond.
    Rugged and weather resistant, the all-weather seat upholstery is waterproof as well         The first Asian X Games was held in 1998 in Phuket, Thailand and continued to
as water repellent, and offers excellent ventilation characteristics. The rubber-like ma-
                                                                                            draw enthusiastic crowds until 2001. From 2002-2004, the capital city of Malaysia,
terial for the floor mats is easy to maintain.
    The FJ Cruiser is equipped with a powerful and muscular 4-litre V6 petrol engine        Kuala Lumpur was home to the Asian X Games. In 2005, the event was hosted in
with dual VVTi and ETCS-i (electronic throttle control system-intelligent), which           Seoul, Korea before returning to Kuala Lumpur again in 2006. The Kia X Games Asia
whips up a massive 268 HP. Optimally matched with the drive train is the superior           has been held in Shanghai, China since 2007.
sporty 5-speed, super ECT (automatic) transmission, designed to deliver excellent               ESPN first developed its X Games franchise in 1995. As part of ESPN Content
performance, smooth gear shifting and lower noise levels. The FJ Cruiser has a host         Development, the X Games, Winter X Games and All Access are just some of the
of high-end safety features, which include 'vehicle stability control (VSC)', 'active-      original action sports programming currently shown on ESPN. In addition to the two
traction control (A-TRC)'; 'anti-lock brake system (ABS)' with 'brake assist (BA)' and      US-based events, ESPN has held X Games competitions and demonstration events
'electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)'.                                                around the world, including Dubai, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Malaysia, China
    The passive safety features include the 'high energy absorbing, high rigidity body      and Spain. The global franchise has also expanded its reach to, the de-
structure'. All round occupant safety is enhanced with curtain shield airbags along with    finitive site for action sports fans, and to consumer products such as X Games bikes,
driver and front passenger airbags.                                                         protective gear, skateboards and DVDs.
    This outstanding performer comes from Toyota, Oman's most coveted brand. Toy-                                                                                                          THE Muscat Forum Hub for Businesswomen was organised recently under the aus-
                                                                                                The Kia X Games Asia will have something for everybody. Fans can see action on
ota offers enduring quality and nothing comes close to it in terms of value-retention. It                                                                                                  pices of Oman Arab Bank (OAB). An exhibition and events titled ‘Holding hands
is no surprise, therefore, that Toyota soars far above the rest, with a dominant market     the vertical ramp, back flips on the MotoX big air jump, the hottest singers of China          together to protect Oman’s potentials and heritage’ were the highlights of the event.
share and ever-expanding customer base.                                                     perform on the main stage, Kia's latest line-up of vehicles, or sponsors' games and            Additionally the forum witnessed the inauguration of the ‘First insurance exhibition’
    The unmatched, nationwide parts and service support of Saud Bahwan Group                activities all at one event. The KIA Asian X Games also enjoys high-level sponsorship          and the ‘Second creative Omani woman exhibition’ where a wide array of designs and
makes Toyota's pride of place a reality. Toyota customers in Oman enjoy 6-year unlim-       and organisational support in China. Additional support comes from local organiser/            attires were showcased.
ited mileage protection, over 98 per cent parts availability and round-the-clock care,      broadcaster SMG (Shanghai Media Group) and ESPN Asia. X Games is promoted                          The inauguration was attended by a group of intellectuals, men of letters, and spe-
among many other exclusive privileges from the Group.                                       and organised in Asia by ESPN International and with the co-operation of ESPN Srat             cialists at both the public and the private sectors, in addition to a number of business-
                                                                                            Sports.                                                                                        men and businesswomen, university students, and employees at the public and private
           Sharakah Board elects officials                                                      Reliable International Automotive, the distributor for Kia in Oman provides a re-
                                                                                            warding ownership experience for customers. Excellent product attributes and an un-
                                                                                                                                                                                           sector organisations. The forum was attended by more than 1,000 participants.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Patron of the ceremony was Shaikh Nasser bin Hilal al Maawali, President of the
THE newly re-elected members of the Board of Fund for Development of Youth Projects         matched after sales support of 18 sales outlets, 19 service centres and easily accessible      State Finance and Administration. Mohammed al Ajmi, head of government relations
met on May 8, 2011 and elected the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board. The             28 parts outlets ensure their absolute satisfaction, every mile of the way.                    and private institutions received the award on behalf of OAB.
                                                                                              OMAN/INTERNATIONAL                12                                                                                                                             WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

Asian shares steady; HK UK’s Aviva lets life sales drop to improve profit
 clings to key support                                                                                   LONDON — British insurer
                                                                                                         Aviva reported a 14 per cent
                                                                                                         drop in first-quarter life insur-
                                                                                                         ance sales as it withdrew from
                                                                                                                                             itable business in the United
                                                                                                                                             States and Italy, with Italian
                                                                                                                                             sales also hurt by comparison
                                                                                                                                             with a one-off surge a year ago,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     that IRRs are up in all regions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     demonstrating that Aviva's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     strategic shift to focus on core
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     regions is bearing fruit," Es-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          European markets are going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to be an attractive engine for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          growth for us over the next
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          few years," he told reporters
HONG KONG — Asia-Pa-                                                                                     less lucrative segments of the      fuelled by tax concessions.                                             pirito Santo analyst Joy Fer-                        on a conference call.
cific stock markets witnessed                                                                            market, enhancing its profit-           Aviva, which operates in                                            neyhough wrote in a research                            "These are markets where,
steady trading yesterday.                                                                                ability.                            about 30 countries, has been                                            note. Aviva Chief Executive                          despite the near-term eco-
Hong Kong shares hovered                                                                                    Aviva, Britain's second-         trying to boost profit and cash                                         Andrew Moss said he was                              nomic challenges, people have
near a key chart support level                                                                           biggest insurer, had first-quar-    generation by concentrating                                             confident the company would                          money, they save money, and
while China shares rose on                                                                               ter life sales of £8.8 billion      on 12 markets where it makes       Aviva's profitability, the insur-    prosper in its key mainland                          they need to save more of it."
coal plays although light trad-                                                                          ($14.3 billion), in line with       most money, and has said it        er said, with the internal rate      European markets despite con-                           Moss said further sales
ing volumes suggested market                                                                             guidance last month for a fall      will "de-emphasise" the less       of return (IRR) on new life          cerns about the region's eco-                        of Aviva's holdings in Dutch
players see benchmark indices                                                                            of 10 to 15 per cent.               promising territories.             business rising to 13.1 per cent     nomic prospects amid the euro                        insurer Delta Lloyd were
staying within recent trading                                                                               The fall came after Aviva            Trimming sales in the          from 11.3 per cent a year ago.       zone sovereign debt crisis.                          not a priority for the rest of
ranges in the near-term.                                                                                 walked away from less prof-         United States and Italy lifted        "The pleasing thing here is           "We absolutely believe that                      2011. — Reuters
    The benchmark Hang Seng
Index closed down 0.3 per
cent at 22,901.1 by the mid-
day trading break, close to its                                                                                                                                                                                                      FLIGHT SCHEDULE
200-day moving average that
has provided support over the                                                                                                                                                                                                       RRIVALS
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past two sessions and from                                                                                                                                                                                            Flight No   Aircraft   From / Via            STA     Flight No   Aircraft   To / Via              STD
where the index bounced to-                                                                                                                                                                                           WY258       B737-8     Madras                0005    BA072       B777       Abu Dhabi/London-
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wards a 2011 peak following                                                                                                                                                                                           WY716       B737-8     Zanzibar/                     AI986       A319       Bombay/Ahmedabad      0005
the Japan earthquake.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dar-es-Salaam         0015    WY113       A330-200   Frankfurt             0035
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    Hong Kong’s key index                                                                                                                                                                                             WY682       B737-8     Riyadh                0015
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has been trading in a range                                                                                                                                                                                           WY826       A330-200   Kuala Lumpur          0100    WY713       B737-8     Dar-es-Salaam         0115
since the first quarter, partly                                                                                                                                                                                       IX141       B737-8     Amritsar              0130
                                        “All eyes are now on com-     biggest drag on MSCI’s index                                                                                                                    PK225       B737-3     Karachi               0200
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because of similar sluggish                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WY223       B737-8     Cochin                0120
                                    modities,” said Takashi Ohba,     of Asia Pacific shares outside                                                                                                                  QR170       A320       Doha                  0315
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performance by HSBC and             a senior strategist at Okasan     Japan. The index fell in the                                                                                                                    EY384       A320       Abu Dhabi             0350
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China Mobile Ltd, which con-        Securities. “Normally falls in    morning and was up 0.17 per                                                                                                                     GF560       E190       Bahrain               0425    9W529       B737-8     Trivandrum            0130
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tribute about 25 per cent to the    commodities would be con-         cent at 0600 GMT. Samsung                                                                                                                       WY652       B737-8     Bahrain/Doha          0700
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Hang Seng’s moves. Japanese         sidered positive for the econo-   dropped more than 1 per cent.                                                                                                                   WY914       B737-8     Salalah               0800    WY123       A330-200   Munich/Malpensa       0200
stocks held steady after early                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             WY313       B737-8     Chittagong            0200
                                    my, but these days that market       Some Asian markets, in-                                                                                                                      WY202       B737-8     Bombay                0800
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY602       B737-8     Dubai/Abu Dhabi       0800
losses on signs of a slowdown       has become a barometer for        cluding Singapore, were                                                                                                                         WY274       B737-8     Jaipur                0840    IX816       B737-8     Abu Dhabi/Mangalore   0220
in the US economic recovery         risk-taking — commodities         closed for a holiday.                                                                                                                           WY238       B737-8     Hyderabad             0850    WY325       B737-7     Islamabad             0220
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY326       B737-7     Islamabad             0900    WY823       A330-300   Kuala Lumpur          0230
and oil fell for a second ses-      are lower, so everyone is in a       On currency markets at 3                                                                                                                     WY102       A330-300   London-Heathrow       0900    WY133       A330-200   Paris                 0230
sion as the dollar edged higher     ‘risk-off’ mood.”                 pm (0600 GMT), the dollar                                                                                                                       WY262       B737-8     Lucknow               0920    PK226       B737-3     Karachi               0300
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on euro debt concerns.                  Seoul shares ended flat,      traded at 81.40-44 yen, up                                                                                                                      WY218       B737-8     Trivandrum            0925    EY385       A320       Abu Dhabi             0525
    The benchmark Nikkei            overcoming some early pres-       from Monday’s 5 pm quote of                                                                                                                     EK862       A330       Dubai                 0930    QR171       A320       Doha                  0550
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      QR166       A321       Doha                  0950
225 Stock Average gained            sure from foreign investor        80.94-95 yen.                                                                                                                                   G9113       A320       Sharjah               0955
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           GF561       E190       Bahrain               0700
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WY603       E175AR     Dubai                 0800
8.72 points, or 0.09 per cent,      selling and declines in tech-        The euro traded at $1.4180-                                                                                                                  EY382       A320       Abu Dhabi             1000    WY915       E175AR     Salalah               0800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9W530       B737-8     Trivandrum            1045
to close at 9,567.02. The           nology issues such as Sam-        4181, up from $1.4143-4144                                                                                                                      WY604       E175AR     Dubai                 1100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WY3301      ATR42      Mukhaizna             0800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FZ044       B737-8     Dubai                 0820
broader-based Topix index           sung Electronics.                 on Monday, and at 115.42-43                                                                                                                     IX543       B737-8     Trivandrum/Cochin     1130
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WY243       B737-7     Delhi                 1000
was down 0.7 points, or 0.08                                                                                                                                                                                          WY916       E175AR     Salalah               1200
                                        Tech shares fell overnight    yen, up from 114.48-52 yen.                                                                                                                     WY314       B737-8     Chittagong            1210
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WY297       B737-8     Calicut               1005
per cent, at 828.85.                on Wall Street and were the       — Agencies                                                                                                                                      WY3302      ATR42      Mukhaizna             1230    WY257       B737-8     Madras                1005
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GF562       E190       Bahrain               1235    WY329       B737-8     Lahore                1020
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      IX337       B737-8     Calicut               1255    WY323       B737-8     Karachi               1020
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           EY605       B737-8     Dubai                 1030

EU seeks to ease China’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY714       B737-8     Dar-es-Salaam         1300
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY918       ATR42      Khasab                1315    WY917       ATR42      Khasab                1030
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY606       B737-8     Dubai                 1330    G9114       A320       Sharjah               1035
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY324       B737-8     Karachi               1440    WY926       B737-8     Salalah               1035
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY924       B737-8     Salalah               1440    WY203       B737-8     Bombay                1040
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SV530       MD90       Jeddah                1550    EK863       A330       Dubai                 1045

    euro zone fears
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY3304      ATR42      Mukhaizna             1630    EY383       A320       Abu Dhabi             1050
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ED450       A319       Lahore                1630    QR167       A321       Doha                  1055
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY204       B737-8     Bombay                1655    9W533       B737-8     Cochin                1145
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY638       ATR42      Abu Dhabi             1655    IX542       B737-8     Trivandrum            1220
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY330       B737-7     Lahore                1710    WY3303      ATR42      Mukhaizna             1300
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY244       B737-7     Delhi                 1710    WY423       B737-8     Beirut/Amman          1310
BEIJING — Europe will                                                                                                                                                                                                 WY654       E175AR     Bahrain               1715    WY405       B737-8     Cairo                 1310
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY824       A330-300   Kuala Lumpur          1730
not let the euro fail and Eu-                                                                                                                                                                                         QR164       A321       Doha                  1735
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WY653       E175AR     Bahrain               1315
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           GF563       E190       Bahrain               1315
ropean Union countries are                                                                                                                                                                                            WY608       B737-8     Dubai                 1740
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WY663       E175AR     Doha                  1330
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WY298       B737-8     Calicut               1750
committed to cutting deficits,                                                                                                                                                                                        WY664       E175AR     Doha                  1800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WY637       ATR42      Abu Dhabi             1345
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           IX350       B737-8     Calicut               1355
the president of the European                                                                                                                                                                                         WY258       B737-8     Madras                1805
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WY929       B737-8     Salalah               1400
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GF564       A319       Bahrain               1810
Council told Chinese officials                                                                                                                                                                                        G9117       A320       Sharjah               1905    WY101       A330-300   London-Heathrow       1400
yesterday, seeking to ease                                                                                                                                                                                            WY926       B737-8     Salalah               1945    WY607       B737-8     Dubai                 1440
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FZ047       B737-8     Dubai                 2020    WY671       A330-300   Jeddah                1540
fears that the euro zone crisis                                                                                                                                                                                       AI977       A319       Bangalore/Hyderabad   2025    WY925       B737-8     Salalah               1540
could imperil China’s invest-                                                                                                                                                                                         WY134       A330-200   Paris                 2045    SV531       MD90       Medina/Jeddah         1650
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KL449       A330       Amsterdam/Abu Dhabi   2045    ED451       A319       Lahore                1730
ments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                WY124       A330-200   Malpensa/Munich       2100    WY615       B737-8     Dubai                 1805
    “All EU countries are                                                                                                                                                                                             AI973       A320       Delhi                 2125    QR165       A321       Doha                  1840
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BA073       B777       London-Heathrow/              GF565       A319       Bahrain               1855
bringing down public deficits.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Abu Dhabi             2130    WY647       B737-8     Kuwait                1905
The most vulnerable countries                                                                                                                                                                                         WY616       B737-8     Dubai                 2145    WY927       E175AR     Salalah               1905
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AI907       A319       Madras                2200    WY685       B737-8     Dammam                1905
are undertaking determined                                                                                                                                                                                            WY406       B737-8     Cairo                 2215    WY681       B737-8     Riyadh                1910
action to come out of the cri-                                                                                                                                                                                        LH618       A330       Frankfurt/Abu Dhabi   2225    WY667       B737-7     Doha                  1910
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EY388       A320       Abu Dhabi             2235
sis,” President Herman Van          even too strong, compared, for        “And allow me to remind                                                                                                                     QR168       A320       Doha                  2235
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           G9118       A320       Sharjah               1945
Rompuy (pictured) said in           instance, to your currency,”      you that although these coun-                                                                                                                   LX242       A330       Zurich/Dubai          2235    WY635       E175AR     Abu Dhabi             2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GF566       B737-7     Bahrain               2250
a speech at the Central Party       said Van Rompuy, who repre-       tries enjoy a disproportionately                                                                                                                WY624       ATR42      Al-Ain                2305
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WY623       ATR42      Al-Ain                2015
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School in northwest Beijing,        sents EU governments.             high attention of international                                                                                                                 WY656       B737-8     Bahrain               2305
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which trains rising Chinese             “We are determined to de-     press, together they represent                                                                                                                  AI985       A319       Ahmedabad/Bombay      2310
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           KL450       A330       Abu Dhabi/Amsterdam   2200
leaders.                            fend and develop these assets,    only 6 per cent of the euro
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           AI908       A319       Madras                2300
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    His four-day China visit has    to the benefit of our citizens    zone’s GDP,” he said.                                                                                                                           WY672       A330-300   Jeddah                2315    AI974       A320       Delhi                 2310
coincided with a deterioration      and in a dialogue with part-                                                                                                                                                      WY686       B737-8     Dammam                2320    EY381       A320       Abu Dhabi             2325
                                                                          Van Rompuy noted the                                                                                                                        WY423       B737-8     Beirut/Amman          2325    QR169       A320       Doha                  2335
in Europe’s 18-month sover-         ners.                                                                                                                                                                             9W534       B737-8     Cochin                2330    LX243       A330       Dubai/Zurich          2335
                                                                      strengthening of banking
eign debt crisis, with growing          “I want to acknowledge                                                                                                                                                        WY930       B737-8     Salalah               2340    WY673       B737-8     Jeddah                2340
                                                                      regulation and EU’s economic                                                                                                                    9W540       B737-8     Bombay                2340    GF567       B737-7     Bahrain               2345
concerns that Greece could be       the confidence that China                                                                                                                                                         KQ318       B737-8     Nairobi/Dubai         2350    LH619       A330       Abu Dhabi/Frankfurt   2350
forced to restructure its debts                                       recovery, with expectations
                                    has demonstrated towards
and Ireland and Portugal also                                         of 1.8 per cent growth in the
                                    Europe in those difficult mo-
coming under pressure.                                                EU this year, and 2 per cent
                                    ments. A stable euro zone is
    China signalled last month      in our common interest,” Van      growth in 2012.
that it was ready to buy more       Rompuy said in remarks to of-         “From the European side,
debt from the euro zone’s           ficials studying at the sprawl-   our main contribution to sta-                                                                                                                 TEL: 24601003, 24600586 • FAX: 24600736
weaker states. There are no         ing school. Van Rompuy            bility for the world economy                                                                                                                       • WEBSITE:
precise figures, but China has      said that Greece and Ireland      is first of all to put our house
said it has bought billions of      had received financial assist-    in order, stronger governance
euros of debt.                      ance attached to strict policy    of the euro zone, and tackling
    “The euro is the world’s        measures and that an agree-       the problems of weak econo-
second reserve currency and a       ment with Portugal had been       mies and weak budgets,” he
strong and stable currency —        reached.                          said. — Reuters

Babcock profit boosted
  by VT acquisition
LONDON — British defence
services group Babcock Inter-
national said its acquisition of
rival VT Group drove a 57 per
cent rise in annual profit and it
expects outsourcing contracts
to power growth this year.
    Babcock, which maintains
Royal Navy submarines, yes-
terday reported an underlying
pretax profit of £228.2 million
($370 million) for the year to
the end of March, driven by
strong growth at its support
services and international          the area which has seen the       alisation (DTR) is going out
businesses.                         greatest impact from the ac-      later this year and we’ll be
    “Clearly the major effect is    quisition,” Rogers said.          bidding for that,” Rogers said.
the acquisition of VT Group,”          Babcock’s shares, which            Babcock, which raised the
Babcock’s Chief Executive           have risen 15 per cent in 2011,   full-year dividend by 10 per
Peter Rogers (pictured) said        were 6.2 per cent higher at       cent to 19.4 pence, said its
in an interview.                    691.5 pence by 0843 GMT,          order book had grown by 50
    Babcock acquired rival          valuing the company at around     per cent to £12 billion over the
VT Group for $2.1 billion last      £2.6 billion.                     last year.
year to boost its support serv-        Britain slashed its defence        “The first-half slowdown
ices business.                      budget by 8 per cent last year    in contract opportunities com-
    The deal helped cement          to help lower a huge budget       ing to tender continues to re-
Babcock’s position in UK            deficit, which slowed down        verse, with the pipeline now
defence outsourcing, adding         contract awards.                  at £8.5 billion — up from £5
some important Royal Air               But Babcock, which has         billion at the half year,” said
Force maintenance contracts         recently won training and sup-    Espirito Santo analyst David
to its existing naval and army      port contracts for Britain’s      Brockton, who holds a ‘buy’
portfolio.                          royal engineers and navy, is      rating on the group.
    “The old Babcock business       confident of winning more             “The group remains on
had around 5 per cent organic       contracts as they come up for     track to double its pipe-
profit growth so the difference     tender this year.                 line by the forthcoming
in VT and support services is          “Defence Training Ration-      interims.” — Reuters
                                                                                                          ANALYSIS/OPINION 13
                                                                                                                           OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                          WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

Why the focus?                                                       Little relief as UK coalition completes a year
By Chris Buckley
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ative policies but to make the most       general election in May 2010.

       AKISTANI Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is on                 NEWSLETTER By Andy Jalil, Foreign Correspondent
       a visit to China, after last week opening his country’s                                                                                                                                        of their opportunity and power by             Now one year into government,
       second Chinese-made nuclear power reactor at the                                                                                                                                               injecting their party’s principles into   some believe that he should call an

                                                                               N the surface there may          dropping of identity cards and other
Chashma complex. China’s role in Pakistan’s nuclear sector                                                                                                                                            their partner’s policies.                 election after the summer break of
                                                                               seem some calm in the coa-       intrusions on civil liberties; the in-
has raised some concerns.                                                      lition after the referendum      crease in capital gains tax and tough-                                                    They intend to show that they         parliament to capitalise on the ham-
   Chashma is the site of a Pakistani nuclear power complex          and regional elections but strong un-      er bank regulation.                                                                   have been arguing for, and achieving      mering the Lib Dems took in the ref-
built using Chinese expertise and designs. One 300 mega-             der currents remain.                           Senior Lib Dems have drawn up                                                     substantial changes to Conservative       erendum and the local elections this
watt pressurised water reactor began commercial operation in             There was little relief for the Lib-   a list of key policy areas where they                                                 legislation. Pushing through such         month.
2000, and Chinese companies recently completed another unit          eral Democrats (Lib Dems) in the           are uneasy and will demand change.                                                    changes, which overturns a key prin-          It would also allow him to cash in
of similar size that was opened on May 12.                           recent votes. The humiliating defeat           Top of their agenda are the Na-                                                   ciple of the Tory reform plan, would      on what could be seen as weakness
   Chinese nuclear companies plan to build two more reac-            left their leader, Deputy Prime Min-       tional Health Service reforms. On                                                     please Lib Dem activists and be an        of Ed Milliband, the Labour opposi-
tors at Chashma. They have not issued detailed information           ister Nick Clegg, badly in need of a       that they have set out non-negotiable                                                 important measure to rebuild trust at     tion leader, whose party gained 800
about when they will start, but contracts have been signed and       trophy to show for having signed up        amendments.                                                                           the top of the coalition after a col-     seats but did not do well in places
financing is being secured.                                          his party to the coalition.                    The deputy prime minister has in-                                                 lapse in confidence.                      that mattered most, including south-
   Converging foreign policy and commercial motives appear               For that he has to show he is be-      sisted he would block these reforms                                                       On the other hand, Cameron’s          ern England and Scotland which
to be driving China’s decision. Pakistan is a long-standing          ing more assertive after his soft ap-      unless there were substantial chang-                                                  standing in his own party has im-         used to be their stronghold.
partner of China.                                                    proach — during the first year — to        es. If he gets his way, which seems                                                   proved greatly, with members of par-          What is imperative, however, is
   It is also wary of the US sway across south Asia, and             the Conservatives, the senior part-        likely, it will be some consolation for                                               liament talking about him rediscov-       that the coalition must stop squab-
Washington signed a nuclear energy deal with India in 2008           ners in the coalition. Clegg now has       his party’s recent drubbing.                                                          ering his “inner Tory” and showing        bling and focus on growth.
that China and other countries found questionable.                   to ensure his party’s views are being          The Lib Dems were so conscious        to change. Arguments on policies            some “steel” to the Lib Dems.                 The prime minister says: “We are
   Pakistan faces acute power shortages, and demand is likely        taken into account in the reforms the      of the fact that the country and the      and differences of opinions will                The fact that the Tories made net     committed to a coalition government
to keep growing as its population expands, although nuclear          Tory’s have outlined.                      bond markets expected the coalition       come into the open.                         gains in the recent local elections —     because it is the right thing to do. I
reactors will take many years to go on line.                             The Lib Dems had put forward           to fall apart that they had taken a          As a minority party in the govern-       mainly at the expense of their part-      said I wanted it to last for five years
   There’s also a commercial pull. Chinese nuclear compa-            a number of issues that they wanted        decision to keep any disagreements        ment the Lib Dems are never going           ners — further reassured Cameron’s        and I meant it. That is the only thing
nies want to win foreign markets, and for now Pakistan is the        for legislation. Among them is the         with their partners private.              to be in a position to put their agenda     critics in the Tory party who were        I am focused on. We have a very
only springboard they have to hone their skills abroad in the        removable of income tax for anyone             They now see that has not worked      through unchanged. They went into           still somewhat resentful that he could    strong coalition programme and I am
hope that they will later attract foreign customers elsewhere.       earning less than £10,000 a year; the      well for them and their tactics have      coalition not just to support Conserv-      not achieve an outright victory in the    just going to get on with it.”
   In theory, Pakistan could at some later date take spent fuel
from Chashma to reprocess it for plutonium that could be used
for nuclear weapons.
   In practice, however, the International Atomic Energy                                                                                                                                                                   IN FRIEND’S MEMORY
Agency keeps safeguards at Chashma to stop that happening,
said Mark Hibbs, an expert on atomic policy at the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace.
   The IAEA agreed in March to Pakistan’s request that it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     No happy ending
safeguard the two new reactors planned for Chashma.
   The more broadly shared concern is that, however se-
cure Chashma may be, expanding the nuclear complex there
could be a fresh blow to the integrity of international nuclear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for the refugees
non-proliferation rules.                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Jung Ha-Won

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ORTH Korean refugee
Ghosts haunt                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jeon Seung-Chul, bat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tling terminal stom-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ach cancer in South Korea in
By Anthony David                                                                                                                                                                                                     2008, had a final request for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a film student friend: make a

        RI Lanka’s government put down a 26-year separatist                                                                                                                                                          movie about my life even if I
        rebellion two years ago but finds itself struggling in                                                                                                                                                       never get to see it.
        peacetime to address issues lingering from the war.                                                                                                                                                              Park Jung-Bum (pictured)
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration is grappling                                                                                                                                                        has done just that with The
to respond to UN allegations of war crimes and facing pres-                                                                                                                                                          Journals of Musan, a raw
sure to offer a political solution to the Tamil ethnic minority as                                                                                                                                                   and gritty look at a refugee’s
well as local campaigns to investigate disappearances during                                                                                                                                                         struggle to survive in the new
the conflict.                                                                                                                                                                                                        world of South Korea.
    Back in the areas of northern Sri Lanka that were once                                                                                                                                                               “This is like my letter for    suspicion, many defectors la-
held by Tamil rebels, civilians who fled during the fighting are                                                                                                                                                     Jeon Seung-Chul,” said Park,       ment that they are treated like
gradually returning to their homes, mines are being cleared                                                                                                                                                          whose former college room-         second-class citizens in their
and freedom of movement has increased.                                                                                                                                                                               mate died later in 2008 at the     new-found home.
                                                                                   ANTI-government protester setting fire to a commercial building in Bangkok last year. — AFP
    But the United Nations said last month that an investiga-                                                                                                                                                        age of just 30.                        Many also complain of dif-
tion it conducted supported “credible” allegations that the                                                                                                                                                              “Seung-Chul went through       ficulties finding decent jobs
Lankan government had engaged in a wide range of serious
violations of international law, including war crimes, in the
final days of the war against Tamil Tigers.
    Its investigative panel found a number of credible sources
that estimated there could have been as many as 40,000 civil-
                                                                     Thais split as polls loom                                                                                                                       so many hardships to come
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to the South... only to die so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     young. I felt I had to do some-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     thing for his memory.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Journals of Musan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and some allege discrimina-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tion in the workplace.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The jobless rate for refu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gees last August was 8.8 per
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cent compared to 3.3 per cent
ian deaths in the final stages of the conflict, prompting Ra-                                                       million people remains deeply divided by       elected leader of the elite after he came         a film school graduation           nationally at the time. Half of
                                                                            By Apilaporn Vechakij                                                                                                                                                       them earned less than 1 mil-
japaksa’s government to carry out a fresh campaign to defend                                                        the bloodshed.                                 to power in 2008 through a parliamentary          project which Park made with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lion won ($924) a month last

itself and deny the war crimes charges.                                          HEN Kamonkate Akkahad                  “It is clear that both sides still have    vote and with army support.                       $74,000 and 12 staff mem-
    “We will go on to clear our names by keeping the UN                          volunteered to help the victims    very raw feelings about what happened              With the election they wanted finally         bers, has brought him unex-        year, less than one third of the
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon informed about what tran-                          of Thailand’s bloody street        last year... The campaign period is going      approaching in a matter of weeks, the             pected fame. After premiering      national average.
spired,” Rajapaksa said last week.                                   clashes a year ago, the Bangkok temple         to exacerbate this problem,” said Brad         largely rural and working-class Reds              last October, it won awards at         The movie captures the
    Rajapaksa disagreed with the UN report and rejected any          where she set to work was declared a safe      Adams, Asia director of Human Rights           could finally see the government they de-         home and abroad and went on        sense of isolation, loneliness
claims that civilians were deliberately killed in the final stages   zone by both sides.                            Watch (HRW), earlier this month.               test out of office. But the battle will be a      general release last month to      and disillusionment which
of the conflict, which ended on May 19, 2009, after Velupil-             Yet it turned out not to be so safe af-        He was launching a HRW report on the       tough one, and potentially ugly.                  rave reviews.                      refugees feel in what was once
lai Prabhakaran, the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil        ter all. Tomorrow, the day of the army’s       violence, titled Descent into Chaos, which         The main contenders are Abhisit’s                 The film focuses on the        the country of their dreams.
Eelam (LTTE), was killed by the army.                                crackdown to disperse the opposition           accused Thai soldiers of “cold-blooded         Democrat Party and allies of Reds’ hero           problems which refugees face           When Jeon heads to a job
    “We had a policy of zero casualties,” Rajapaksa said.            “Red Shirts”, the 25-year-old was shot         acts of murder”.                               Thaksin, who was ousted in 2006 and               crossing the gulf between the      interview at a trading firm,
“We never killed civilians deliberately.” Rajapaksa has been         dead while giving medical help to an in-           It said troops fired “repeatedly and in-   lives abroad to avoid a jail term for graft,      communist rule and a wealthy       his guardian — a local po-
blamed by the main Tamil party in Parliament for being slow          jured protester.                               discriminately” into the Pathum Wanaram        but is seen as the de facto leader of the         but sometimes uncaring capi-       liceman assigned to monitor
to address minority issues and devolve powers to Tamil-dom-              “I saw the pictures on TV. That’s how      temple — the supposedly safe zone where        opposition Puea Thai party.                       talist democracy.                  him — urges him repeatedly:
inated northern Sri Lanka.                                           I saw that my daughter was shot, ly-           Kate and others were killed — from a               On Monday, Thaksin’s sister Yingluck              Park, 35, directed the film,   “Never, ever say you’re from
    An all-party conference held to find a solution to ethnic is-    ing there, one of six bodies,” her mother      vantage point on the tracks of Bangkok’s       Shinawatra was named as the Puea Thai             wrote the script and plays the     the North.”
sues ended without a result, and instead, a fresh round of talks     Phayaw Akkahad said.                           Skytrain network.                              candidate for the top government job, a           main character named after his         At the interview Jeon says
were initiated with Tamil parties.                                       Phayaw still has no answers about              The HRW report slammed government          political novice who is viewed as her big         late friend, who came to the       as little as possible — perhaps
    Last week, the government proposed to establish a second         the death of her daughter, now known as        efforts to establish the circumstances of      brother’s proxy.                                  South via China in 2002 after      also to hide his distinctive
chamber in the unicameral Parliament.                                “Nurse Kate” — and neither do the fami-        the deaths, with a Truth and Reconcilia-           “A difference of just four to five seats      leaving the North’s northeast-     North Korean accent — but
                                                                     lies of the other victims of the violence.     tion Commission set up to analyse what         will dictate the direction in which our           ern border city of Musan.          still doesn’t get the job.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The boss immediately no-
Tourism on hold
                                                                         More than 90 people were killed and        happened not expected to report for at         country moves forward,” Abhisit said.                 The movie’s protagonist,
                                                                     nearly 1,900 were injured during the two       least another six months.                          Pracha Prasopdee, a Puea Thai law-            like some 20,000 others in the     tices his unusual social secu-
                                                                     months of rallies, which drew 100,000              “The government has arrested a lot of      maker who is close to Thaksin, was shot           past half-century or so, fled      rity number showing he was
                                                                     red-clad demonstrators at their peak, call-    Red Shirts. They’ve arrested hundreds,         last week in an attack the government said        chronic hunger or repression       from the North (in reality, the
By Rory Mulholland                                                   ing for immediate elections.                   including the leadership. They’ve charged      appeared to be politically motivated, rais-       in the North. But life in the      rule was revised in 2009 so
                                                                         On the day of the army’s final assault,    them with serious crimes. And some of          ing fears for the safety of candidates and        South, which was separated         that refugees could get new

        HE spectacular ruins of the ancient Greek city Cyrene        Bangkok was brought to its knees: dozens       them should be charged,” Adams said.           of renewed unrest.                                from the North just 63 years       numbers which did not iden-
        survived Libya’s bloody revolution intact, but the up-       of buildings — including a major shop-             “But they’ve arrested no one on the            “I think this is the beginning of the re-     ago, hardly offers a happy         tify their origin).
        rising has killed off tourism in a country that only re-     ping mall — were torched, and images           government side, charged no one on the         turn of political violence because there are      ending in many cases.                  Jeon, like many defector
cently opened up to outsiders.                                       of the prosperous capital ablaze shocked       government side.”                              a lot of stakes involved and these stakes             With most of their knowl-      colleagues in the movie, ends
    Three cows wandering about the agora were on Sunday the          viewers around the world.                          The Reds, mostly supporters of fugi-       are not compromised between the two               edge and skills deemed out-        up doing dead-end odd jobs
only visitors to the breathtaking site on a hill-top where much          A year later, as Thailand gears up for     tive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, say        groups,” said Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a           dated or irrelevant and south-     — nightclub flyers and work-
still remains of a city founded in the 7th century BC and was        national polls on July 3, the country of 65    Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is un-        Thai political analyst.                           erners viewing them with           ing as a karaoke clerk.
once known as the “Athens of Africa.”
    Last year, 10,000 tourists from countries like Japan, Ger-
many or Britain came to visit Cyrene, but not a single one
has appeared since February when Libyans began their revolt,
said tour guide Mohamed Bucharit.
    Bucharit wandered nostalgically through the UN World
Heritage site overlooking the Mediterranean, pointing out the
                                                                     Drought puts European farmers in a great fix
statues of Hercules and Hermes, the running track, the amphi-                By Daniel Fineren                  in the three biggest wheat growing ar-    cross-commodity sell off in late April      many and Britain has revived drought      director of commodities research at
theatre and the Bacchus temple.                                                                                 eas of the EU, and prompting France       on the dry weather.                         fears after a dry summer in 2010 rav-     Deutsche Bank said.

    “We were very lucky that nothing was damaged. Fortu-                      ROUGHT in Europe looks            to impose limits on water use on fears        The stubborn high pressure sys-         aged Russian and Ukrainian wheat             Switzerland’s reservoir levels
nately they (Gaddafi’s forces) didn’t use tanks here, only                    set to continue with little re-   the drought will continue.                tems that tend to bring dry weather         harvests — driving a surge in food        dropped again in early May, further
guns,” he said, describing the fighting in the town of Shahat,                lief for parched farmland until       “Most of the really dry condi-        to continental Europe show little sign      prices around the world.                  delaying the usual spring turning
whose suburbs reach the edge of Cyrene.                              June at the earliest, forecasters say.     tions are expected to be across south-    of being pushed aside by typically-             Recent rains should help cereal       point when levels start going up as
    Shahat saw scenes that were repeated across eastern Libya,           Parts of central Europe saw less       ern France and Germany, with near         wetter lows, except in northern areas       growth in western Ukraine and south-      snow melts.
in which Gaddafi’s troops, sometimes backed by African mer-          than 40 per cent of their long-term        or slightly below normal rainfall in      where grain production is low, ac-          ern Russia. But drier weather over the       Swiss reserves are usually a key
cenaries, tried and failed to put down protesters who managed        average rainfall from February to          northern sections, where most of          cording to the European Centre for          next 7-10 days still appears likely for   summer source of clean electricity.
to storm military bases and seize army weapons.                      April, with even the wettest seeing        the wheat is,” Todd Crawford, chief       Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.             crop areas from the eastern Central       But with German nuclear power pro-
    The uprising has put the Libyan tourism industry on hold.        less than 80 per cent of the mean for      meteorologist at US-based Weather             “Looking at southern Britain            and Volga regions into the Newlands       duction hobbled by Berlin’s reaction
    The oil-rich north African state has long had immigrant          1951-2000, according to the Global         Services International, said.             as the main grain area I think rain-        region, Telvent said in its World Com-    to Japan’s nuclear crisis, a continued
workers from other African or Arab states and from Asia, but         Precipitation Climatology Centre.              “So, no drought-busting rains ex-     fall amounts are really uncertain,” a       modities Weather Spotlight.               drought could also drive up EU car-
it was off-limits to Western tourists.                                   At the start of May, some weather      pected for most of the rest of May.”      spokesman for Britain’s official fore-          “This favours spring wheat plant-     bon emissions prices as generators
    The decades of isolation came to an abrupt end in 2003           watchers saw some rainfall relief by           Telvent DTN, a US-based energy        caster, the Met Office, said.               ing but will reduce soil moisture for     are forced to burn more coal.
when Gaddafi told the world he was abandoning his nuclear            the end of the month from the long,        and commodities weather forecaster,           “There is more rain in the forecast.    winter crops,” the outlook said.             A long heatwave forced several
ambitions. Libyan authorities started issuing tourist visas, if      dry spell that has desiccated large        said it expected only a few scattered     However, I think the bulk of that rain          “This is the same area that was hit   German and French nuclear plants to
only through tour operators bringing in groups on fixed itiner-      parts of Europe since January.             light rain showers in the grain pro-      is likely to be in more northern parts...   by severe drought last season and thus    shut in summer 2003 because of river
aries that required the company of a Libyan guide.                       Patchy rain has moistened bits         ducing heartland of the EU, which         It remains stubbornly dry in eastern        this drying trend will bear watching.”    water cooling problems, and while
    Europeans, Americans and Asians started coming here in           of northern Britain, France and Ger-       it warned would not compensate for        and south eastern parts.”                       Unless low pressure in the North      temperatures so far have not been as
ever greater numbers to see the vast expanses of the Sahara          many over the last few days, raising       months of dry weather.                        The Met Office sees potential           Atlantic can push aside high pressure     extreme, low river levels are a grow-
desert, the forbidding mountain ranges, and the remains of           Rhine river levels and allowing some           “More rain is needed to support       thunder storms in southern England          systems, the drought could also put       ing concern. Spain, which also relies
ancient civilisations.                                               increase in trade.                         developing wheat in much of France        next week but because the earth is so       more pressure on energy markets.          on hydro power, has seen its reserves
    The west of the country, which is still controlled by the            But dry high pressure systems          and Germany,” Telvent said.               dry, rain could race off the rock-hard          “Recent high temperatures and low     shrink about 3 per cent from a year
leader, boasts two fine Roman cities, Leptis Magna and               have not made way for wetter lows              Benchmark European wheat fu-          agricultural land into rivers.              rainfall across Europe have resulted      ago but rainfall on western parts of
Sabratha, while sites in the opposition-held east retain count-      as had been expected, preventing sus-      tures have risen about 11.5 per cent          The unusually dry spring in top         in low hydro-electric reservoir levels    the Iberian Peninsula has not been as
less vestiges of the Greek world.                                    tained rain from soaking dusty fields      since May 5, bouncing back from a         EU wheat producers France, Ger-             across the continent,” Mark Lewis,        badly affected.
                                                                                                                        14   INDIA
                                                                                                                         OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                       WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

Gogoi to be sworn-in Asom
                                                 BJP appeals to
                                                  Patil against
                                                                                                      ‘Most wanted’ fugitive in Thane,
chief minister third time
TARUN Gogoi was set to be sworn in
as Asom's chief minister for the third
straight term after being unanimously
                                                 president’s rule
                                               NEW DELHI — A BJP delegation yesterday
                                                                                                        not abroad; probe ordered
chosen leader by the 77 newly elected          met President Pratibha Patil and appealed to          MUMBAI/NEW DELHI —                      In Maharashtra, the gov-       claimed in the list.                department and police officers       the other agencies involved in
legislators yesterday.                         her that Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj's            Wazhul Qamar Khan, one              ernment and police were at a           Khan, 42, a labour contrac-     in Mumbai were not available         preparing the list. They said
    "I am privileged indeed to be chosen       recommendation for president's rule in the            among the 50 "most wanted"          loss over how and why Khan         tor, lives in the middle-class      for comment.                         Khan's name was forwarded
leader of the Congress Legislature Party       state should not be implemented.                      fugitives named for terror          figured in the list handed over    locality along with his para-           Home        Minister         P   by the state government to the
(CLP), and take this opportunity to thank          The delegation led by party president Ni-         bombings in India, says he is       to Pakistan during the March       lysed mother Mobia Begum,           Chidambaram, who was in              union home ministry.
all the legislators and also the people of     tin Gadkari also included Sushma Swaraj,              actually living in Thane on bail    home secretary level talks in      wife Yasmin and their five          Agartala, played it down. "I             The opposition Bharatiya
Asom for reposing faith on us," Gogoi          Arun Jaitley, Karnataka Chief Minister B S            and not hiding in Pakistan as       Delhi.                             children.                           did not prepare the list. It was     Janata Party (BJP) lost no time
said. The 76-year-old Gogoi is to be           Yeddyurappa and 114 party MLAs..                      stated in the government's list         Khan's name was 41st in            He now fears that the           prepared months ago. Whether         to castigate the government
sworn in by Governor J B Patnaik today             "We have told president that the gover-           given to Islamabad. An embar-       the list of fugitives, who in-     goof-up may affect his job. "It     it is the same person or two         over the "monumental lapse
at 3 pm.                                       nor's decision was undemocratic and uncon-            rassed government has ordered       clude underworld don Dawood        will spell doom for my liveli-      persons of the same name, we         which has caused an embar-
    The CLP was attended by Finance            stitutional and president's rule should not be        a probe into the goof-up.           Ibrahim, his 20 aides, 2008        hood."                              have to see," he said.               rassment for the whole coun-
Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Congress         imposed on the state," Gadkari said after the             "Not only am I not a want-      Mumbai attack mastermind               Khan is accused of involve-         "I don't think we should         try".
general secretary and in-charge of party       meeting. He said the BJP-led government in            ed any longer, I am very much       and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder        ment in at least four terror        make a big issue of it. It is pos-       "The home ministry has
affairs for Asom Digvijay Singh.               the state has the support of 122 MLAs.                living in Thane city's Wagle        Hafiz Saeed and dreaded ter-       blasts and is now awaiting trial    sible there could be an error or     risen to the maximum level
    The incumbent chief minister                   With the Supreme Court on May 13 strik-           Estate locality. I am currently     rorist Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.       for his role as a foot soldier in   there could be two people with       of incompetency," BJP leader
admitted he is faced with problems of          ing down the disqualification of 11 BJP and           awaiting trial in several cases         He claimed that he has nev-    executing them. But he main-        the same name. I will go back        Arun Jaitley told reporters in
plenty with the Congress alone winning         five Independent legislators of Karnataka,            for which I was arrested last       er been to Pakistan.               tained he was being "framed         and check."                          Delhi.
78 and its ally, the Bodoland People's         Bhardwaj is reported to have recommended              year," Khan said in Thane in            Khan was released on bail      by the authorities".                    But home ministry sources            The Congress played down
Party (BPF), bagging 12 of the total 126       to the central government president's rule in         Maharashtra.                        last July after he was arrested        He is accused of transport-     in Delhi said they were seek-        the issue.
seats.                                         the state.                                                As the federal home minis-      in May for his alleged involve-    ing and planting the explosives     ing a report from the state po-           "There is an inquiry being
                                                   However, the 11 BJP legislators have ex-          try in Delhi went into a tizzy,     ment in the 2002 and 2003 ter-     at the targeted sites at Mumbai     lice and also the status of his      internally conducted by the
Girls outshine boys                            tended their unconditional support to the Yed-        the Maharashtra government          ror bombings in Mumbai and         Central railway station in De-      case and his current location.       home ministry. Let the facts
                                               dyurappa government, effectively taking the           was asked to look into the          its suburbs. He has been living    cember 2002 and in Vile Parle,          The sources said it ap-          emerge conclusively. And then
in ICSE results                                party's strength in the state assembly to 121.        process of how the list was         and working in Thane.              Mulund and Ghatkopar areas          peared that there was some           if there would be a reason to
GIRLS outshone boys in the Council                 The federal government and the Congress           prepared and who all were in-           Journalists lined up outside   in January, March and July, re-     "lack of co-ordination" be-          respond, we would definite-
for the Indian School Certificate              party are reportedly not very keen on impos-          volved in compiling the list of     his residence after a national     spectively, the following year.     tween the Anti-Terrorist Squad       ly respond to it," Congress
Examination (ICSE) Class 10 and Class          ing president's rule in Karnataka or dismiss-         50 most wanted terrorists al-       newspaper reported that Khan           Yesterday being a public        of the Maharashtra Police and        spokesperson Manish Tewari
12 results declared yesterday.                 ing the state government. — IANS                      legedly hiding in Pakistan.         was not hiding in Pakistan, as     holiday, Maharashtra home           the state home department and        said. — IANS
    "Girls have done better than boys
with a pass percentage of 99.15 per cent
in class 10, while boys have scored 98.19
per cent. The pass rate of girls stands at
98.40 per cent in Class 12 against 96.30
per cent of boys," an ICSE statement
                                                                                                                                                                                Govt calls on Sri Lanka
    The exams, held in March, had 57,487
candidates in Class 12, while 122,347
                                                                                                                                                                                 to probe rights record
students took the Class 10 exams.
                                                                                                                                                                             NEW DELHI — India broke                The strongly worded mes-         paign has since been dogged
Tax board to open eight                                                                                                                                                      with past practice yesterday       sage comes amid tensions             by war crimes allegations.
                                                                                                                                                                             and called on Sri Lanka to         over fishing rights in the sea           Peiris told reporters that
overseas offices                                                                                                                                                             investigate allegations of hu-     separating the two countries         Sri Lanka was "forging ahead
IN a bid to keep a tab on cross-border                                                                                                                                       man rights abuses during the       which have resulted in several       having left terrorism behind
money transactions and to curb cases                                                                                                                                         island's civil war, upping pres-   Indian fishermen being shot          us," adding that the mood on
of tax evasions, the Central Board of                                                                                                                                        sure on President Mahinda          dead by the Sri Lankan navy.         the island was one of "hope
Direct Taxes (CBDT) is all set to open                                                                                                                                       Rajapakse.                             As well as a rights' inves-      and aspiration for the future."
its offices in eight other countries, its                                                                                                                                        India has not joined recent    tigation, India also pushed for          "The need of the hour is a
chairman said yesterday.                                                                                                                                                     demands from the United Na-        speedy resettlement of ethnic        sense of oneness and solidar-
    Currently, the CBDT has overseas                                                                                                                                         tions and Western countries        Tamils displaced by fighting;        ity. The wounds of past should
units in Mauritius and Singapore.                                                                                                                                            for a probe into alleged war       "genuine reconciliation" with        be allowed to heal," he said.
    "Currently we have two overseas                                                                                                                                          crimes committed during the        the ethnic minority group and        "This is a time for rapproche-
units in Singapore and Mauritius, which                                                                                                                                      final stages of the conflict       the early end of emergency           ment, to leave behind the pain
are working for more than a year now.                                                                                                                                        which ended in May 2009.           laws. Sri Lanka is extremely         and anguish of the past."
We would open units in eight more                                                                                                                                                During a visit by Sri          sensitive about interference in          He defended the continu-
countries and we are in the process of                                                                                                                                       Lankan Foreign Minister G          its internal affairs and has vig-    ation of emergency rule two
hiring suitable candidates for these units.                                                                                                                                  L Peiris to New Delhi, India       orously resisted pressure for a      years after the end of the is-
They would start functioning in the                                                                                                                                          "urged the expeditious imple-      war crimes investigation, in-        land's civil war and said the
next one or two months," said CBDT                                                                                                                                           mentation of measures by the       sisting its own probe — con-         country's judicial system was
chairman Sudhir Chandra at a press                                                                                                                                           government of Sri Lanka, in-       demned by international hu-          robust enough to deal with
conference.                                                                                                                                                                  cluding... investigations into     man rights groups as a sham          rights abuses, if any were un-
                                                          DANCERS perform the yak dance in full costume during celebrations of the 2555th birth                              allegations of human rights        — is sufficient.                     earthed by an investigating
    The new overseas units will be
                                                                anniversary of the Buddha in Siliguri, West Bengal yesterday. — AFP                                          violations," a statement said.         The Lankan military cam-         commission. — AFP
opened in Germany, the US, Britain, the
Netherlands, Japan, Cyprus, France and
in the Middle East, he said.

Two people killed in Delhi                     Chandy to head seven-member cabinet, swearing in today
building collapse
                                                              By Ashraf Padanna                           Deputy Speaker and Parliamentary Affairs Minis-           of deputy speaker and parliamentary affairs minis-       his party and joined the IUML, following the foot-
TWO people were killed and one injured                                                                    ter, which is a key portfolio since the coalition had a   ter between them.                                        steps of his close relative K N A Khader, the CPI's
when an under-construction building                                                                       slender margin in the assembly (72-68).                       There would be a tribal minister in the state for    former Malappuram district secretary who joined
in east Delhi collapsed yesterday, a fire      THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — A seven-member
                                               cabinet headed by senior Congress party leader                 It is learnt that Kunhalikkutty will get the indus-   the first time in its history if the Congress High       the IUML some years back.
official said.                                                                                            try portfolio, K M Mani finance, Shibu Baby John          Command insists on 'gender justice'. Rahul Gan-              Rahmathullah, who alleged that the CPI was de-
    "The incident took place at 4.20           Oommen Chandy will take oath at 2 pm today at
                                               a simple ceremony to be held on the premises of            labour, T M Jacob food and civil supplies, K P Mo-        dhi's youth brigade member P K Jayalakshmi, 29,          nying the Muslims their due, was formally inducted
pm when a four-storey building which                                                                      hanan agriculture, K B Ganesh Kumar tourism and           the archery champion who represents the reserved         into the party by its state president Pannakkad Hy-
was under construction in Guru Nanak           Raj Bhavan, the gubernatorial bungalow. It will be
                                                                                                          P J Joseph (KC-J) water resources. The IUML is            tribal constituency of Mananthavady, is the only         derali Shihab Thangal. Reports said he was angry at
Enclave collapsed. Two people have been        expanded to 21 on May 23.
                                                                                                          likely to retain works, education, local self-govern-     women on the treasury benches.                           the party rejecting his claim for her wife to be made
killed and one injured," the official said.        "We have also reached at a consensus of the
                                                                                                          ments and some minor and allied portfolios.                   Chandy said the coalition had already decided        a member of the Public Service Commission and
    Two bodies were recovered from the         portfolios to be allocated to each minister. The chief
                                                                                                              "I'll be leaving for New Delhi immediately af-        on the allocation of the portfolios among the part-      supporting his choice in the just-held elections.
debris and the injured person, a woman,        minister will allocate the portfolios at the first meet-   ter the first cabinet meeting tomorrow to meet the        ners and it is now left to them to decide on their           He was also fearing disciplinary action by the
has been taken to a nearby hospital, the       ing of his cabinet after the swearing-in," said P P        Congress High Command and finalise other minis-           representatives in the cabinet. However, he was          party for the dismal performance of the party nomi-
officer said.                                  Thankachan, convenor of the seven-member ruling            ters from the party. The decision about the women's       non-committal on the woman minister.                     nee from the Eranad constituency. The CPI candi-
                                               coalition United Democratic Front (UDF).                   representation will also come from there," the chief          Dr M K Muneer, T A Ahmed Kabeer, K N A               date from Eranad had only secured 2,700 votes and
Capital registers hottest                          Besides the chief minister, there will be nine         minister-designate Oommen Chandy said.                    Khader, Abdussamad Samadani and Manjalam-                placed fourth and an independent candidate had
                                               members from the Congress party, four from the In-
day in five years                              dian Union Muslim League (IUML), two from the
                                                                                                              There are many names doing the rounds includ-         kuzhi Ali are the front runners from the IUML            come second against the IUML candidate allegedly
                                                                                                          ing old warhorses like Aryadan Mohammed, K C              which is to finalise its list in a couple of days.       with his backing.
DELHIITES sweltered yesterday as the           Kerala Congress-Mani and one each from Kerala              Joseph and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan as well            Muneer was elected from Kozhikode district while             CPI secretary C K Chandrappan who expelled
maximum temperature was recorded at            Congress-Jacob, Kerala Congress-Balakrishna Pil-           as the young bloods P C Vishnunath, V T Balram            Ahmed Kabeer who represents Mankada in Malap-            him from the party after he faxed his resignation
44.1 degrees Celsius, five notches above       lai, Revolutionary Socialist Party-Baby John and           and Hibi Eden. The party has to balance the caste,        puram district hails from central Kerala while all       letter, said his moves amounted to treachery and
average, making it the hottest day in the      Socialist Janata-Democratic.                               communal and regional equations as well.                  others belong to Malappuram which elected highest        warned of strong action against betrayers.
last five years.                                   Other ministers being sworn in today are P K               The front runners in the Congress include A P         number of UDF MLAs this time.                                Rahmathulla, who was CPI national councillor
    "The minimum temperature too was           Kunhalikkutty (IUML), K M Mani ((KC-M), K P                Anil Kumar, C N Balakrishnan, K Sivadasan Nair,               Meanwhile, the IUML got a shot in the arm            member, had contested the last Lok Sabha elections
four notches above normal (average)            Mohanan (SJD), Shibu Baby John (RSP-B), T M                Adoor Prakash, G Karthikeyan and K Muraleed-              when Communist Party of India's (CPI) national           in Wayanad and was defeated. He is also the Hous-
at 28.5 degrees," an official of India         Jacob (KC-J) and K B Ganesh Kumar (KC-B). The              haran. The post of speaker will go to the Congress        council member M Rahmathullah who was the                ing Board chairman and leader of CPI's Malabar
Meteorological Department (IMD) said.          UDF will meet again soon to decide on the Speaker,         while the IUML and KC-M will share the positions          CPI candidate against the IUML many times, quit          region.
    The scorching summer and hot dry
winds wreaked havoc on Delhiites, who
were forced to remain indoors. Those
who dared to venture out regretted their
                                                CPM kept us in dark on
    "It was so hot today, I felt I had
been stuffed in a chimney. I could feel
a burning sensation on my skin even
though I was covered from head to toe,"
                                                policy making: partner
said sales executive Arjun Lamba, who          KOLKATA — Accusing the Com-                 to the debacle. "The CPM, being the
commutes on a motorcycle.                      munist Party of India-Marxist (CPM)         Left Front major, never involved us
                                               of keeping other Left Front partners        in policy making, but we were always
Air India’s subsidiary                         in the dark on policy matters in West       held responsible for the implementa-
                                               Bengal, a former minister yesterday         tion of the policies. Often we would
starts pilot recruitment                       said the coalition should have gone for     be blamed for the faulty policies," said
NATIONAL carrier Air India's low-cost          early polls last year to avoid the dis-     Nanda. He also accused the commu-
subsidiary Alliance Air yesterday started      grace it is facing now.                     nists for the poor show in the assem-
a pilot recruitment campaign, intended             "After the poll debacle in the 2009     bly polls, and said the arrogance and
to help the airline to tide over any future    Lok Sabha and last year's civic polls, I    attitude of a section of the CPM cadres
strike called by the present pilots’ unions,   repeatedly urged the CPM to approach        contributed to the rout.
a senior official said.                        the Election Commission for holding             According to him, faulty industri-
    "We have started this requirement          early assembly polls," Socialist Party      alisation policy and land acquisition
campaign for our subsidiary airline            leader and outgoing fisheries minister      drive eroded the front's support base.
Alliance Air. Through this we hope to          Kiranmoy Nanda said.                            "The Left Front's mainstays were
have enough pilots with us to tide over            "Even if we had lost, our perform-      the peasants and working class and
any threat of strike coming from the           ance would have been much better            now they have turned their back," said
pilots’ unions," a senior official with the    then," he said.                             Nanda.
airline's operations arm said.                     The Left Front's 34-year reign in           Former PWD minister and Revo-
    According to the official, the             the state ended in the recent assembly      lutionary Socialist Party leader Kshiti
recruitment campaign is for a fixed            elections after it could win only 62 out    Goswami said: "The anti-incumbency
term on consultant basis for pilots and        of the toal 294 seats.                      factor coupled with the eroding rural
co-pilots, thereby assuring the airline of         The Trinamool Congress led alli-        vote bank contributed towards our de-
a smooth operational future, as under the      ance won a thumping victory by win-         feat. Moreover, the women voted in
contractual obligations the pilots will not    ning 227 seats.                             favour of Trinamool as they all were
be allowed to go on any strike. — IANS             Nanda held the CPM responsi-            more interested in having a woman                         A WOMAN and a boy carry their belongings on a bicycle as monsoon clouds cover the sky in Hyderabad
                                               ble for all policy decisions that led       chief minister in the state." — IANS                              yesterday. This year, the country has forecast a normal monsoon. — Reuters
                                                                                                                                15   INDIA
                                                                                                                                OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                               WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

Shun hostility, come for talks,                                                                                                                   Communications satellite                                                               NEWS IN BRIEF
                                                                                                                                                  to be launched on May 21                                                              Homeland security
Chidambaram tells separatists                                                                                                                    CHENNAI — All the preparatory              master control facility (MCF) at Has-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        discussed with US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A SENIOR US official called up
                                                                                                                                                 activities connected with the launch       an in Karnataka, about 180 km from          Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao
AGARTALA — Reiterating              Asom (Ulfa) in Asom, United         cialist Council of Nagaland             Asking the Tripura govern-       of advanced communication satellite        Bangalore, will take over its command       yesterday to discuss the forthcoming
his appeal to the separatist        Naga Council in Manipur and         (NSCN-IM) are progressing            ment to develop infrastructure,     GSAT-8 on board an Ariane-V rocket         and control.                                India-US homeland security dialogue,
outfits in the country’s north-     several other extremist outfits     smoothly,” he added.                 Chidambaram said expansion          on May 21 are progressing satisfacto-          The satellite will be gradually put     even as a trial on the November 2008
east to come to the negotiation     are keen to hold talks with the         Referring to the Bangla-         of infrastructure relating to       rily at Kourou in French Guiana, In-       in the 36,000 km geosynchronous or-         Mumbai terror attack has begun in the
table after abjuring violence,      government,” the home minis-        desh government’s crackdown          education, health, connectiv-       dia’s space agency said yesterday.         bit over the subsequent days and its        US.
Home Minister P Chidambar-          ter later told reporters.           against the northeast separa-        ity and industry besides cor-           The Indian Space Research Or-          antenna and solar panels will be de-           According to sources, US Deputy
am yesterday said the central           He said that following the      tists in its territory, Chidambar-   ruption-free governance are         ganisation (Isro) said the launch of       ployed. The MCF will also test and          Secretary for Homeland Security Jane
government must give more           central government’s request        am said: “Dhaka has extended         the need of the hour.               GSAT-8 is scheduled on May 21 at           monitor the health parameters of the        Holl Lute spoke to Rao around 2.30 pm.
attention to the region besides     to the pro-talk Ulfa faction led    splendid co-operation with              Appreciating the Tripu-          0208 am (IST) from the spaceport in        payloads by June 1. It will be available       Homeland Security Secretary Janet
merely providing funds.             by Arabinda Rajkhowa to pre-        New Delhi to improve internal        ra government’s efforts to          South America.                             for DTH services from next month.           Napolitano will be leading the US side
    “Peace would help the           pare a document highlighting        security of India. We are ex-        deal with the separatists,              “All the pre-launch activities are         Along with GSAT-8, the space            for the dialogue to be held in New Delhi
northeast to develop. We wel-       the issues to solve the vague       tremely grateful to them.”           Chidambaram said: “Centre           progressing satisfactorily,” said Isro.    agency is sending the global position       on May 27.
come all outfits to hold talks      problems, the outfit was now            “Earlier there were sanc-        and state government would              Originally the Ariane V rocket was     system (GPS) aided geo-augmented               The Indian side will be led by Home
either with centre or states, but   preparing the papers.               tuaries in Bangladesh, now           work together to flush out re-      scheduled to blast off on May 20 but       navigation (Gagan) to improve the ac-       Minister P Chidambaram.
after shunning violence. The            “Asom Chief Minister            the northeast separatists have       maining terrorism and develop       was postponed by a day to May 21.          curacy of the United States’ GPS.
government is ready to deal         Tarun Gogoi has already an-         very little scope to take shelter    the state.”                             According to Isro, the launch post-        Isro will also launch another com-      Maoists release Bihar
with the outfits decisively,” he    nounced to hold dialogue with       across the border.”                     Tripura Chief Minister           ponement was necessitated by certain       munication satellite GSAT-12 using
said after laying the foundation    the anti-talk Ulfa faction led by       Asking the Maoist guerril-       Manik Sarkar, Industries and        additional inspections by Arianespace.     the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        election officials
stone for the building of an In-    (the outfit’s elusive command-      las to read the writing on the       Commerce Minister Jitendra          The indigenously built 3.1-tonne           (PSLV) from Isros rocket port at Sri-       ALL seven election officials kidnapped
tegrated Check Post (ICP) at        er-in-chief) Paresh Barua,” he      wall, he said that more than         Chowdhury, senior state and         (3,100kg) GSAT-8 has 24 Ku-band            harikota in Andhra Pradesh.                 by Maoists were released safe and
the Akhaurah checkpost along        said, adding that preliminary       85 per cent of people in West        central government officials        transponders — automatic receivers             Weighing 1,425 kg, GSAT-12, with        sound yesterday, two days after they
the India-Bangladesh boder in       talks between Prime Minis-          Bengal rejected non-demo-            were also present at the foun-      and transmitters for communication         12 extended C band transponders, is         were abducted during the ninth round of
Tripura.                            ter Manmohan Singh and the          cratic forces and took part in       dation stone-laying ceremony.       and broadcast of signals — for direct-     expected to be launched some time in        village council polls, police said.
    “Central         government     Asom Chief Minister and pro-        the electoral process.                  Also present were In-            to-home (DTH) services by state-run        June/July. The satellite is expected to         Munger deputy inspector general of
should not just provide finan-      talk Ulfa faction had already           “We are deeply hopeful           dian High Commissioner in           and private broadcasters.                  serve the Very Small Aperture Termi-        police Anil Kishore Yadav said all seven
cial allocation to the northeast,   been held and the formal talks      that Maoist problems would           Bangladesh Rajeet Mitter and            Within 30 minutes after the launch,    nal (VSAT) sector. VSATs are used to        election officials were safe.
but give adequate attention         would resume soon.                  be curbed at the earliest. No        Bangladesh High Commis-             Ariane will deploy the heavy satellite     transmit data like point of sale trans-         The poll officials were abducted by
too,” he said.                          “Talks with Isak-Muivah         political parties are helping the    sioner in India Tariq A Karim.      in a elliptical geo-synchronous trans-     actions or to provide satellite Internet    Maoists after they triggered a landmine
    “United Liberation Front of     faction of the National So-         Maoists in Bengal.”                  — IANS                              fer orbit (GTO) and the space agency’s     access and others. — IANS                   blast in which one official was killed and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        two injured in Jamui on Sunday. Initially,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        police said the officials were missing

  BSP lawmaker gets life                                                                                                                                                                                                                after the blast, but later admitted they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        were abducted by Maoists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Police officials said the Maoists had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        demanded the release of two of their men
   in woman’s murder                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in exchange for the safe release of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        poll officials.
LUCKNOW — Ruling Bahujan Sa-                who switched several parties — from                                                                                                                                                         Mayawati issues full-page
maj Party (BSP) legislator and former       the CPI to the Samajwadi Party to the
Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Sen was        BSP.                                                                                                                                                                                        ads in 150 dailies
yesterday convicted and sentenced               About two weeks later, her body                                                                                                                                                         ON the occasion of Buddha Purnima
to life imprisonment for his involve-       was found floating in the Gomati                                                                                                                                                            yesterday, the Uttar Pradesh government
ment in the abduction and murder of a       River in Sultanpur. The highly de-                                                                                                                                                          has splashed in media Chief Minister
young woman in Faizabad over three          composed body could be identified                                                                                                                                                           Mayawati’s achievements in
years ago.                                  from the wrist watch she was wear-                                                                                                                                                          developing Buddhist pilgrimage sites
    Sen’s driver Vijay Sen and a close      ing. Shashi’s father identified the wrist                                                                                                                                                   and propagating the message of Lord
friend Seema Azad were also awarded         watch that was recovered much later                                                                                                                                                         Buddha.
life imprisonment for their involve-        from a boatman, who had pulled it out                                                                                                                                                           The Uttar Pradesh government has
ment in the woman’s murder.                 of the floating body.                                                                                                                                                                       released a full-page advertisement,
    The sentence was pronounced in an           While the body had floated down                                                                                                                                                         bearing the ruling Bahujan Samaj
open court by a special trial court pre-    the river, it was the boatman’s confes-                                                                                                                                                     Party’s characteristic blue hue, in 150
sided by Judge Matambar Singh.              sion and recovery of the wrist watch                                                                                                                                                        newspapers across the length and breadth
    Daughter of BSP worker Yogendra         that corroborated the girl’s identity.                                                                                                                                                      of the country, detailing whatever
Prasad, 24-year-old Shashi was ab-              Investigations revealed that Sen’s                                                                                                                                                      Mayawati has done during her tenure to
ducted on October 22, 2007, while she       driver took Shashi to the MLA’s room                                                                                                                                                        spread the message of Buddha.
was returning from the Saket Degree         in the Faizabad Circuit House, after                                                                                                                                                            “Uttar Pradesh: the cradle of
College, Faizabad, where she was a          which she was killed and the driver                                                                                                                                                         Buddhism, A glimpse of initiatives
third-year law student.                     carried the body and dumped it in the                                                                                                                                                       taken by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar
    Investigations revealed that she        Gomati River.                                                                                                                                                                               Pradesh Ms Mayawati Ji, during the
was last seen in the MLA’s car with             Anand Sen was handpicked by                                                                                                                                                             span of her rule so far to propagate the
the latter’s driver Vijay Sen on that       Mayawati to be sworn in as a minis-                                                                                                                                                         humanistic message of Tathagat Gautam
day after which she remained untrace-       ter in her government in 2007. Even at                                                                                                                                                      Buddha and develop and beautify the
able. Anand Sen is the son of a promi-      that time, there were several criminal                    SUPPORTERS of Janata Dal United (JDU) during a protest in New Delhi yesterday against corruption                                  Buddhist circuit and other important
nent political leader, Mitra Sen Yadav,     cases pending against him. — IANS                                               and the recent hike in petrol prices. — Reuters                                                             Buddhist historical places in the state”,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        goes the headline with the advertisement.

Spanish firm bags $2 bn Trade, development on agenda of                                                                                                                                                                                 Punjab, Haryana make it a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wheat bumper crop season

Indian wind turbine deal PM’s visit to Ethiopia, Tanzania                                                                                                                                                                               PUNJAB and Haryana, major food grain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        states of the country, have made this a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wheat bumper crop season procuring
MADRID — Spanish wind turbine gi-           plying 150 MW of turbine capacity in                                                                                                                                                        more than 17.5 million tonnes of wheat
ant Gamesa said yesterday it had won        2012 alone.                                    NEW DELHI — Enhancing                   Then, from May 26 to 28,        this credit is committed to       active participants in develop-    so far, officials said yesterday.
a $2 billion (1.4-billion-euro) deal to        “The deal represents a turning              economic ties will be on top of     he will be in the East African      the development of the sugar      ing the process of South-South         Despite slow and delayed arrivals for
supply turbines in India, touting it as     point in the Indian wind energy mar-           the agenda when Prime Min-          nation of Tanzania, where he        industry in Ethiopia,” said       Cooperation for the benefit of     most part of April, both states, which
one of the largest contracts of its kind    ket and heralds further progress in the        ister Manmohan Singh makes          will be the first non-African       Vivek Katju, Secretary (West)     the developing world. India        contribute over 70 per cent of the total
in the world.                               industry’s rapid growth in India,” the         bilateral visits to Ethiopia and    head of government to visit         in the Ministry of External       and Tanzania are now engaged       food grain to the national kitty, have
    Gamesa signed an outline agree-         company said.                                  Tanzania next week.                 after the assumption of second      Affairs.                          in actively pursuing a mutual-     crossed the 17.5 million tonnes mark of
ment with Caparo Energy India Ltd to           Wind turbine capacity totalling                 The prime minister will be-     term of President Jakaya Kik-           An Indian-Ethiopian agree-    ly beneficial commercial and       wheat procurement till yesterday, they
deliver wind turbines with a combined       2,500 MW was installed in India in             gin his two-nation Africa tour      wete.                               ment on avoidance of double       economic partnership, as part      said.
capacity of 2,000 MW over the next          2010 and the country’s targets call for        on May 23 in the Ethiopian              This is also the first Indian   taxation is also expected to be   of a wide ranging relation-            While Punjab has accounted for
five years, it said in a statement.         the 5,000 MW a year through 2015, it           capital, Addis Ababa, where         high-level visit since Septem-      signed during the visit.          ship,” said Katju.                 over 10.8 million tonnes, Haryana has
    The agreement was one of the larg-      said.                                          he will first participate in the    ber 1997.                               In Tanzania, India with its       In their discussions, Singh    procured a record 6.7 million tonnes.
est wind turbine contracts signed in           The wind sector in India had been           second India-Africa summit.             In both these countries,        investment of $1.3 billion is     and Kikwete will explore
India and among the biggest in the          growing at 30-40 per cent annually in              The bilateral aspect of the     India has significant invest-       the second largest investor,      ways of taking their relation-     HIV-positive man dies,
world, Gamesa said. It was valued           the past five years and this was set to        visit will be on May 25-26,         ments, with about $4.5 billion      which is calculated to have       ship forward. “There will also     doctors biased: relatives
at $2 billion over the five years, a        accelerate, the company said.                  during which Singh will hold        in Ethiopia and another $1.3        created employment opportu-       be a focus on the two coun-
spokeswoman said.                              Gamesa announced earlier this               discussions with his Ethiopian      billion in Tanzania.                nities for 32,000 people.         tries’ partnership in the devel-   A MAN died in a Ranchi government
    The announcement pushed Gamesa          month that net profit rose 67 per cent         counterpart Meles Zenawi. He            “India is a partner in              Incidentally,     Tanzania    opment process in Tanzania         hospital after doctors refused to operate
shares up 1.99 per cent to 6.40 euros in    from a year earlier to 13 million eu-          will also address Ethiopian         Ethiopia’s development proc-        was the co-chair of the first     through education, capacity        upon him for a liver problem as he was
afternoon trade.                            ros ($18 million) in the first quarter of      parliament. This will be first      ess and has extended lines of       India-Africa Forum summit in      building and infrastructure        HIV-positive, his family members have
    Gamesa said it would produce the        2011, notably because of surging wind          ever visit to Ethiopia by an In-    credit amounting to around          Delhi.                            development,” said the senior      alleged.
turbines at its factories in India, sup-    turbine sales in India. — AFP                  dian head of government.            $700 million. A large part of           “The two countries were       Indian diplomat. — IANS                Arjun, a driver, was admitted in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        serious condition at the Rajendra Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of Medical Science (RIMS) last week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        According to reports, blood was oozing
                                                                                                                                                   New Delhi, Australia to                                                              from his liver and his operation was fixed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for May 12. It was postponed due to low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        blood pressure, doctors say.
                                                                                                                                                  co-fund research projects                                                                 But relatives allege that doctors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        started neglecting Arjun after they saw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the blood report on May 13. The blood
                                                                                                                                                 NEW DELHI — India and Australia            Institute, the Australian National Uni-     test confirmed that Arjun was HIV-
                                                                                                                                                 will co-fund 18 collaborative projects     versity, Melbourne University, the          positive. Arjun reportedly died in the
                                                                                                                                                 under a multimillion dollar pro-           University of Western Australia and         hospital on Monday in the absence of
                                                                                                                                                 gramme that could lead to better vac-      the University of Queensland.               surgery.
                                                                                                                                                 cines, more temperature tolerant crops         Grants have also been awarded               The RIMS administration has denied
                                                                                                                                                 and healthier food, the Australian High    to a total of 14 Indian collaborat-         that Arjun was denied an operation due
                                                                                                                                                 Commission said yesterday.                 ing partner institutions including the      to HIV.
                                                                                                                                                     A fund of five million Australian      Indian Institute of Technology —
                                                                                                                                                 dollars has been granted to joint scien-   Bombay, the Indian Institute of Sci-        Fire in Kanpur
                                                                                                                                                 tific ventures between India and Aus-      ence — Bangalore, Raman Research
                                                                                                                                                 tralia, an official statement said.        Institute and the International Centre      plastic scrapyard
                                                                                                                                                     A matching fund will be provided       for Genetic Engineering and Bio-            A MAJOR fire broke out in a plastic
                                                                                                                                                 by India for the project.                  technology.                                 scrapyard at Jajmau town near Kanpur
                                                                                                                                                     “This funding will enable leading          The key projects will include de-       yesterday, police said. No casualties were
                                                                                                                                                 Australian and Indian scientists to        velopment of new anti-cancer agents,        reported in the blaze which firefighters
                                                                                                                                                 combine their strengths and tackle big     design of malaria vaccines, develop-        managed to bring under control.
                                                                                                                                                 issues facing communities in Australia     ing methods for the production of               “It was a major fire. It could have
                                                                                                                                                 and India — such as growing healthy        omega-3 concentrates for functional         resulted in a major tragedy if the blaze
                                                                                                                                                 crops and protecting precious ground-      foods, pharmaceuticals and nutraceu-        had spread to other establishments in its
                                                                                                                                                 water environments,” Australian In-        ticals, improving high-temperature          vicinity,” police inspector S K Singh told
                                                                                                                                                 novation Minister Senator Kim Carr         tolerance in crop plants and predict-       reporters in Kanpur.
                                                                                                                                                 said.                                      ing plant distributions under changed           The fire engulfed the scrapyard that
                                                                                                                                                     Grants have been awarded to a to-      climates.                                   also housed a plastic recycling unit,
                                                                                                                                                 tal of 12 different Australian universi-       Other projects supported by the         following which six fire tenders were
  PEOPLE for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists, dressed as grim reapers, with fake animal carcasses                              ties and research institutions, includ-    fund are in nanotechnology, marine          pressed into service to fight the blaze, he
           during a protest in their campaign to raise awareness against the treatment of animals in the                                         ing James Cook University, CSIRO,          and earthsciences, biomedical devices       said. — IANS
                                 leather industry, in Hyderabad yesterday. — AFP                                                                 the Victor Chang Cardiac Research          and implants, and stem cells.— IANS
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        OMAN or ABROAD               treatment, Yoga                                                                                                                                                                                                           Presents
                                                                                                                                                                                    RO 12.500 only
                                     massage &                      SPECIAL Rates on                                                                                                                                                       1. Tourism journeys to all around
                                                                    New Cars & 4 WDs                                                                                                                                                           the Sultanate’s areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                HP F1050 3 in 1 Printer
                                     slimming. Contact                                                                                                                                                                                     2. Delivery service from/to Dubai.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           3. Delivery service from/to the airport.
                                                                                                                                                                                  RO 12.600 only
 RUWI: 24707074, QURUM: 24691110
                                     24475280/ 24698564.          Tours and Airport Transfer                                                                                                                                                    In association with Thrifty Rent-A-Car
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                                                                  No. EA-6899271. Finder             OR INVESTMENT
                                                                  handover to ROP.
                                                                                                                                  MRAH/HAJ                                                                                                   If you would like to
                                     Tel/Fax: 24478153.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              know more about
                                                                                                AVAILABLE industrial/          AL Hikmani for
                                                                                                commercial in Ghala,                                                                 COMPUTER SUPPLIES                                        Islam, please call:
                                                                                                                               HAJ and UMRAH                                                                                                     Tel : 99425598,
     O                                                                 FOR RENT                 Wattayah, Al Amerat,           — With a host of                                      Ruwi: 24 792-792
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              96050000, 99353988,
                                                                                                Al Masafah, Al Rumaiz,         services including                                    Sohar: 2684 2420                                         99253818, 99341395,
                                     TWO flats at Wadi Al
                                     SPACIOUS and                A FULLY equipped lath          Al Thraf in Sohar.             the following: Hiring
                                     Kabir, eachflat them        and fabrication factory is                                    luxurious coaches,                                 GOOD PRICE!!! GOOD PRICE!!!                                       99379133,
                                     wonderful of in Al                                         For Rental/Business
 excellent location at
                                     consists of 3 bedrooms,     for rent in Sohar. For         Investment. Front road         arranging weekly                                                                                               For ladies: 99415818,
 Ghala Industrial                    Khuwair (17/1) in quiet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              99321360, 99730723
 District, behind OIB
                                     3 toilets, a(3) bathrooms
                                     area with kitchen, with
                                     a store. Wanted price:
                                                                 information contacts:
                                                                     99883373, 92223354,
                                                                                                facility available.            trips, preparing
                                                                                                                               visas for expats at
                                                                                                                                                          S                ERVICES                          SERVICES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or visit:
 building and next to                    99209849.                                                 99612010.
                                     RO 260. Contact:            95042408.                                                     cost-effective price,                                                                                 
 Al Inshirah                                                                                                                                              HOOPOE Smartcard
                                     99334272/ 92111162.                                                                       including transport,                                               P.C.O. (PEST
 Restaurant. Contact:                                                                                                                                     Services near Gulf
                                                                                                AVAILABLE industrial/          housing, meals                                                     CONTROL OMAN                            LEARN car driving in
   96070808.                          4 BEDROOMS house
                                     VILLA at Bausher, Hayy                                                                                               Transport Co, Ruwi.
                                                                 LUXURIOUS villa                commercial land in             and visits to shrine                                               CO. LLC)                                Muscat. 93311716.
                                      at Al Hail. Contact:
                                     Al Baidha consists of       suitable for embassy/                                         locations. Land and        Typing of all Labour
                                                                                                Ghala, Wattayah, Al                                                                               Professionals who
                                     599201559. a hall, a
                                       bedrooms,                 headquarters or                                               air trips weekly.          Agreements for Omanis
                                                                                                Amerat, Al Masafah, Al                                                                            specialise in all types
                                     sitting room (suitable      major commercial                                              (99311310,                 & expatriates & all
 VILLLA for rent.                                                                               Rumaiz, Al Thraf in                                                                               of Pest Control
 10 villas, deluxe in                for a company).             establishments/hospital
                                                                 near Grand Hyatt Hotel.        Sohar. For Rental/
                                                                                                                               24566016,                  documents related to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Services & Snake                         F      OR SALE
 Al Hail South.                      99334272/92111162.                                                                        99361982,                  Ministry of Manpower,
                                         SAVILLS OMAN                24704994.                  Business investment.           99707248,                  Immigration & ROP.                      control and
   95054077/                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5,042 sq m arable land
                                      QUALITY homes for                                         Front road facility            99322124.                     24793331, Ruwi.                      Guaranteed Termite
 99219333.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (agriculture land) next
                                      rent throughout                                           available. 99612010                                       GSM: 95959838.                          Control. Also                           to Maabela's bridge.
                                     2 BEDROOMS + hall +
                                      Capital Area Muscat.       GOOD new flat, two                                                                                                               available Gel                           Contact 99362642.
                                      Contact: 24692151.
                                     sitting room in Al Hail     bedroom with hall, 2                                                                     Al Fahad Translation
                                                                                                                                                                                                  treatment for
1-2 bedroom flat Wadi                                                                                                                                     Services
Al Kabir near Sri Lankan
                                     South, RO 300 monthly.      bathroom, kitchen,
                                                                 marble flooring, RO 350         B   UYING CARS               S   IT VACANT               Near Gulf Transport
                                         99373300.                                                                                                                                                Suppliers of UK
School. 99319482.                                                at Ruwi, Al Khuwair and                                                                  Co, Ruwi, Translation                                                           SECONDHAND
                                                                 Darsait 99358589,                                                                                                                Pesticides Chemicals,
                                                                                                                               URGENTLY required          of all kinds of                                                                 clinical equipment for
                                                                 95570288.                       WE are buying cars                                                                               Snake Repellent,
                                                                                                                               Cook for a reputed         documents.                                                                      sale. Sonography,
                                     FLAT for rent in Ruwi                                       in cash. Contact                                                                                 Cockroach Gels and
                                                                                                                               Omani business                 24794286 Ruwi,                                                              Dental chair, hormone
FLAT, 6 bedrooms with                (Walja), 3 bedrooms, 2                                         95921203.                                                                                     Peripel treated
                                                                                                                               family experienced         GSM: 99231500                                                                   machine etc. Contact
4 bathrooms, kitchen/                bathrooms and a kitchen.    GOOD new flat, one                                                                                                               Mosquito Nets.
                                                                                                                               in Arabic, Indian,         Landrail Smartcard                                                                 99580327.
hall and hall behind City               99328939.                bedroom with sitting, 1                                       Continental and                                                       24787606,
                                                                 bathroom kitchen RO                                                                      Services
Center, Al Mawaleh, RO                                                                                                         Chinese dishes. Able                                               24787503,
                                                                                                                                                          Dohat Al Adab Street
520 monthly.                                                     240 at Ruwi and Wadi Al
                                                                 Kabir 99358589,
                                                                                                 A   NNOUNCEMENT               to read and speak          Near Used Car                           Fax: 24787607.                          INDUSTRIAL land
   92888994.                         EXECUTIVE office                                                                          English. Christians/                                                                                       1,400 sq m in Madam
                                                                 95570288.                      ALI Bin Hassan Bin                                        Showroom
                                     space with bathroom and                                                                   Muslims preferred.                                                                                         Al Roudha, Dubai.
                                                                                                                                                          Typing of all Labour
                                     pantry situated nearby                                     Mohammed Al Balushi            Good salary and other                                                                                         99323957,
                                                                                                                                                          Agreements for Omanis                   TRANSFER and
OFFICE for rent. Ruwi                Masjid Qaboos, just                                        & Partner for Trading          benefits. Contact:                                                                                         95490842.
                                                                 SHOP, showroom, office.                                                                  & Expatriates &                         installation of
Bus Stand.                           walking distance to CBD     Also flat, two or three        and Contracting joint              99330161/
                                                                                                                                                          All documents related                   furniture with
                                     area in Ruwi, opposite      bedroom with sitting at        venture registered at the      24526073.
   92107267.                                                                                                                                              to Ministry                             packaging.
                                     coming up commercial        Darsait 99358589,              commercial Registar                                                                                                                       JCB Breaker (only
                                                                                                                                                          of Manpower,                               92118538
                                     complex. Call landlord      95570288.                      Secretariat, Directorate-                                                                                                                 breaker) — 3 Nos.
                                                                                                                                                          Immigration, ROP etc
                                     directly 92447224.                                         General of Trade and                                                                                                                      4000IG Fuel tanker - 1
ONE room with toilet                                                                                                                                          24487759, Al
                                                                                                Industry. Al Batinah         REQUIRED a                                                                                                   No. 99310448.
and kitchen, opp Al                                                                                                                                       Khuwair, GSM:                          MARBLE
                                                                 A FLAT (second floor) at                                    maintenance cooling
Nahdha Hospital.                                                                                Region, under No                                          96777170
                                     TOTAL area of 770m at       Maabela south, Phase I.                                     devices technician                                                  CRYSTALLISATION,
                                                                 Contact 99550138,              3304710 has changed          (compressor) 10 tonnes       Landrail Trading &                     restore the original shine               NEW &
   95910384.                         Rusayl Industrial area.
                                                                 95570288.                      its present commercial       capacity with minimum        Services Co.                           of your marble                           REFURBISHED
                                       24701552, 99012434.
                                                                                                name into Al Shizawi &       10 years experience.         Near Gulf Transport                       24792998/99314807.                    PORTA-CABINS.
                                                                                                Al Balushi for Trading       Contact 92808636.            Co, Ruwi                                                                        Srinivas 99460340.
3 BEDROOMS flat with                                                                                                                                      Typing of all Labour
                                                                 FLAT in Wadi al Kabir (2       and Contracting — joint
split unit AC at Al                  2 BEDROOM and 1
                                                                 bedrooms, sitting room         venture. concerned,                                       Agreements for Omanis
Khuwair. Contact                     bedroom flat available in   and 3 bathrooms, balcony                                                                                                        MAINTENANCE:
                                                                                                                                                          & Expatriates & All
   99747714/ 92174963/               Wadi Kabir.                 with split and curtain.
                                                                                                please be informed the       LEADING hospitality
                                                                                                                             firm looking for             documents related to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 1. AC, fridge & washing                   C       ARGO
24706521                                99358995, 99243536.      RO 390 99324402.               same.                                                                                            machine servicing &
                                                                                                                             following staff:             Ministry of Manpower,
                                                                                                                             1. Chef,                                                            repairing. 2. Painting,                  CARGO for
                                                                                                                                                          Immigration, ROP etc.
                                                                                                                             2. Continental/Chinese                                              plumbing, electrical                     Zanzibar, Dar-Es-
                                                                                                                                cook,                                                            & carpentry works
 A    CCOM.AVAILABLE                  S   ITUATION WANTED                                                                    3. Restaurant manager,
                                                                                                                                                          Fax: 24780244
                                                                                                                                                                                                    97014234, 24504281
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Salaam & Mombasa.
                                                                                                 A   CCOM. WANTED            4 House keeping
                                                                                                                                                          GSM: 99231500                                                                   Maritime Shipping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agency. Contact
SPACIOUS room for                                                                                                                                         Website: www.
                                     ENGLISH Teacher, three      FREELANCE quantity                                          supervisor.
1 or 2 non-cooking                                                                                                                                        brightplanettrading.                                                              24834850/
                                     years experience in         surveyor, diploma in civil      SINGLE European             Minimum 3 years                                                     MARBLE polishing and
bachelors behind Shell
                                     Omani Pvt School for        engineering available for                                                                com, E-mail:                                                                    99323513.
                                                                                                 female wants own            experience.                                                         crystallisation building,
filling station, Al Ghubra                                                                                                                                bptland@gmail.
                                     grade one to four.          small scale projects                                        Contact 99314413,                                                   cleaning floor, floor
roundabout. Contact                                                                              room in ladies shared                                    com/salim@
                                     Contact: 92289080.          92956291.                                                   Fax: CV to 24420159 .                                               polishing, carpet, sofa
    98300157.                                                                                    apartment within                                         brightplanettrading.                                                            CARGO transfer with
                                                                                                 reach of SABCO.                                          com                                    shampooing, pest                         attractive price to all
                                                                                                                                                                                                 control, anti-termite,
                                     ACCOUNTANT, male,
                                                                 INDIAN male, 22 yrs,
                                                                                                    99078671.                 V   EHICLE SALE                                                    shifting, maintenance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          areas in the Sultanate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and outside of Oman
                                     Pakistani, BCom, 15
 D    RIVING SCHOOL                  years experience in         Bachelor of Engineering                                     MITSUBISHI 3 ton,            G                UEST HOUSE               99504275.                             (by truck). Contact:
                                                                 (BE) in Electronics &                                       30 seater bus Yanmar                                                                                             00968/99171758.
                                     Accounting/Finance upto
 MORNING STAR                        finalisation, 7 yrs in      Communications, 2 yrs          REQUIRED 1 bedroom           Generator, 16 KVA H/D        MURAHIB
                                     Oman, well versed with      Indian experience as           + hall flat, Wattayah /      rack set ceramic tiles,      HOTEL
 DRIVING SCHOOL                                                                                                                                                                                  CARPET, sofa
                                     Tally ERP9, currently       Network                                                     G-I-fittings bolt, nut....   APARTMENTS
 — Learn driving                                                                                Darsait area for family.                                                                         shampooing,
                                                                 Telecommunication &                                         Contact 99715865/            welcome our
                                     working. 95715195.                                            99258086.
 manual/ automatic                                                                                                           96609864.                    valuable GUESTS                        GUARANTEED
                                                                 Automation Engineer.
                                                                                                                                                          to our excellent                       CLEANING
 with professionally                                             Good knowledge on hand                                                                   location,                                                                               CLASSIFIED
 qualified male/ female                                          for MCSE, CCNA, CCNP                                                                                                              24793614/99314807
                                     IRAQI male, B.Sc                                                                                                     AL KHUWAIR,                                                                              SECTION
 trainees in brand new                                           & CISCO certified.                                                                       near AL ZAWAWI
 cars and flexible
                                     in civil engineering,
                                     12 years experience,        Seeking suitable placement         Philipino or Indonesian                               MOSQUE, a single                                                                              RUWI:
                                                                                                                                                          bedroom, a bedroom                                                                            24785668
 payments. Call:                     2 years in Oman as          as instrumentation BMS
                                                                 ELV Engineer or                   full-time maid is required                             & majlis, two                           F   OR RENT/SALE/INVT
    99043283,                        projects manager, very                                                                                               bedrooms & majlis                                                                    Sulaiman Awlad
 24478589, 24478505,                 good English, computer
                                     skills AutoCAD, Omani       Engineer. Presently on visit     for a family. Must be above                                24478087,
                                                                                                                                                          Fax: 24482454.
                                                                                                                                                                                                INDUSTRIAL and
                                                                                                                                                                                                commercial land at Al
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thani: 95181747
 www.chamberman.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ali al Maashari:
                                     driving licence, looking
                                     for suitable job. E-mail:
                                                                 visa. Contact:
                                                                    97113052. Email:                 30 years, clearance is                                                                     Maabela, Rusayl,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Barka, Al Amerat and                                  99639264
                                                                                                            available,                                    QURUM BEACH
                                                                                                                                                                                                Quriyat. 95113217,
                                                                                                                                                                                                95490842, 99323957,                                      Saada:
                                                                                                                                                          HOTEL. 24564070.                                                                              95919344
                                                                                                      Contact : 92236708                                                                        24453352.

                                                                                                                     Sulaiman Awlad Thani:         95181747                 DIRECT: 24649594 - FAX : 24649590                                      CLASSIFIEDS
                                          CLASSIFIED SECTION:                                                        Ali al Maashari:              99639264
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                                                                                                          OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                         WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

S    ITUATION WANTED                                               SITUATION WANTED                                                          SITUATION WANTED                                                     SITUATION WANTED
INDIAN male 27 yrs, 5         15 YEARS of experience         B TECH/MBA —                                               CHARTERED accountant,        INDIAN female,                LOGISTICS, Indian male       INDIAN male, 3 years
yrs exp in Oman, 24 yrs in    in sales and marketing         Marketing with 2 years       INDIAN Engineer,              Indian male with nine        computer Engineer             with 20 yrs experience       experience in AutoCad,
India, in Admin, IT support   management in UAE &            experience in Sales and      BE (Civil), working as        years of experience from     (BTech) looking for           (6 years in Oman), seeks     Civil Draughtsman, seeks
and marketing, experience     Oman looking for               Marketing, now working       Senior Manager, having        business sourcing to core    suitable job in IT, back      part-time any official job   for suitable job.
in Trading company            suitable placement.            as senior executive          20 years experience in        accounting & auditing.
                                                                                          Oman, seeks suitable                                       office, admin, HR, project    in Thumrait area. Contact:       96387042.
and Media sales and              95790059.                   manager in a leading                                       Contact: gvdsmehta@
Advertising, knowledge                                                                    placement. Contact:                                        co-ordination PHP                 95853146 (3 pm
                                                             MNC in India, on visit                           
of Oman market, seeks                                                                        98839709.                                               experience, 2 yrs             onwards).
                                                             visa, seeks suitable
placement.    95679586.       INDIAN female, BCom,                                                                                                   experience as Quality
                                                             placement.                                                                                                                                        INDIAN male, graduate,
                              Tally, diploma in finance,        95468038. E-mail:                                       INDIAN female, computer Analyst.                                                       holder of FIATA/DGR
                              account with Oman                                                                         Engg, looking for suitable       92597626, 99381420.
                                                                                                                                                         INDIAN female software foundation with 5 years
INDIAN male, 27 yrs 5         experience, seeks suitable                                  FEMALE graduate               job in admin, HR, IT, back
yrs exp in Oman in Sales                                                                  accountant, 6 years                                                                      engineer with S/W testing experience in shipping /
                              placement.                                                                                office, 2 yrs exp as quality
holding valid Omani                                                                       experience in Oman                                                                       knowledge and profi-        logistic operations, seeks
                                 98079300.                                                                              analyst. Contact:            OMANI seeks a position
driving licence, seeks                                       INDIAN male, 32 yrs B           92298263, 99367695                                                                    ciency in technical support suitable placement
                                                                                                                            92597626.                in a leading company.
suitable placement. Contact                                  Com, 5.5 yrs exp as an                                                                                                with IBM experience.            99284879
                                                                                                                                                     Admin/HR & other
   95692459.                INDIAN male, 25 having           accountant in Oman seeks                                                                                              Seeks suitable placement. saviorodrigues2002@
                                                             suitable placement,                                                                     experiences.
                            commerce background,                                                                        INDIAN male, BA                                            Contact 99814320            yahoocom.
                            passed IATA foundation           knowing Tally, ERP.9,         QUALIFIED Finance                                             96658377. asaleel@
                                                                                           Manager with almost          graduate, having 19 years                      e-mail: romy_reynold@
OMANI male 35 yrs exper and consultant, having               Tally 6.3 & Focus.
                                                                                           10 years experience          experience (3 years in                           
in real estate and other    computer skills seeks,           Contact:     92568253.        in manufacturing,            Oman) as commercial exe/                                                               INDIAN male, 27 years,
business fields worked      suitable placements.                                           contracting and trading      secretary/exp & import                                                                 having 5 years experience
as secretary, soldier,      Please contact                                                 companies, looking for       documentation/store-
                                                             INDIAN male 38 yrs, BA,                                                                 INDIAN male, MCom                                         in Oman in sales, holding
PRO and bodyguard.             98925587.                                                   an immediate placement.      keeper, seeks suitable                                     IRAQI Civil Engineer
Has got good manners                                         MBA, 15 yrs experience in     Contact:     96341326.                                    with 5 yrs experience as                                  valid Omani driving
                                                                                                                        position. Contact:           an Accountant (2 years        with 10 years experience
and communications                                           Logistics, Import, Export                                                                                                                         licence, seeks suitable
                                                                                                                            98178614.                                              (4 years in Oman) with
skills. Speaking Arabic     UK qualified young               and Supply chain,                                                                       in Oman), seeks suitable                                  placement. Contact:
and English. Contact        business management              13 yrs with leading                                                                     placement. Contact:           masters degree in civil     95692459.
                                                                                          BE, MBA (HR),
   95906207.                1st class graduate (Sri          automobile co in Oman,                                                                      92841209. e-mail:         engineering.
                                                                                          PGDBM, Indian female,         MCA, 9 years experience,
                            Lankan) with 4 years             with D/L.                                                                                  95612180.
                                                                                          3 yrs experience in HR &      Oracle 9i/10g, PL/SQL,
                            experience looking for              98962891.                 administration, well versed   Forms, Reports, Java,                                                                   INDIAN female secretary,
                            suitable placement. e-mail:                                   with Oman HR practice,        seeks suitable placement.                                                               graduate, having 6 yrs
YOUNG & dynamic                                                                            99564639.                                                                            experience in a reputed
                                                                                          Oman labour laws, good                                      PAKISTANI male, B Com,       MBA Finance, 11 years
female MBA (marketing & GSM + 94777411215.                   INDIAN female, M Phil
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                                                                                                                                 OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                               WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

  Africa has
 record entry
   for 2014
                                      Licka jeopardises Lyon’s CL hopes                                                                                                                                                                                       Ferguson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             over referee
                                      PARIS — A scorching half-                                                                                                                                                         scoring for Lyon in the 15th
  World Cup                           volley by Czech midfielder
                                      Mario Licka earned Brest a 1-1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        minute by glancing home a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        near-post header from Miralem
                                      draw at home to Lyon on Mon-                                                                                                                                                      Pjanic's left-wing corner.          LONDON — Manchester
JOHANNESBURG — Af-                    day that damaged the visitors'                                                                                                                                                        Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris     United manager Sir Alex
rica has a record entry for           hopes of securing Champions                                                                                                                                                       preserved his side's lead early     Ferguson escaped with a
the 2014 World Cup finals             League qualification.                                                                                                                                                             in the second period, denying       warning for his comments
and the qualification process              Third-placed Lyon, humili-                                                                                                                                                   Bruno Grougi with a sprawling       about referee Howard Webb
will begin before the end of          ated 4-0 by Auxerre in their                                                                                                                                                      save after the Brest midfielder     before their recent Premier
the year, the Confederation           previous outing, were bid-                                                                                                                                                        latched onto a knockdown in         League win over Chelsea.
of African Football said yes-         ding to pull four points clear                                                                                                                                                    the visitors' area.                     Ferguson       had      been
terday.                               of nearest rivals Paris Saint-                                                                                                                                                        Pjanic came close to ex-        charged by the Football As-
    Only Mauritania has               Germain.                                                                                                                                                                          tending his side's lead shortly     sociation for breaking the
failed to enter from Africa's              They were only able to ex-                                                                                                                                                   after the hour, with a deflected    rules in speaking publicly
53 member countries, who              tend their advantage by two                                                                                                                                                       drive from the edge of the box      about a referee before a
will battle for the five places       points, however, meaning that                                                                                                                                                     that skidded narrowly wide of       match.
reserved for the continent at         beaten French Cup finalists                                                                                                                                                       the left-hand post.                     But yesterday the United
the tournament in Brazil.             PSG can assume pole position                                                                                                                                                          Licka delivered his sucker-     manager was simply warned
    For the first time in more        in the race for a Champions                                                                                                                                                       punch in the 76th minute, the       over his future conduct after
than two decades, knock-              League place if they win at                                                                                                                                                       28-year-old adjusting himself       an FA regulatory commis-
out matches will be used to           Bordeaux today.                                                                                                                                                                   brilliantly to fire a magnificent   sion described his words
determine the five African                 Failure to secure third place                                                                                                                                                half-volley into the top-right      as "a minor breach" of the
finalists, adding a more dra-         would mean Claude Puel's side                                                                                                                                                     corner from 22 yards.               rules.
matic finish to the qualifying        miss out on a place in Europe's                                                                                                                                                       It could have been even             "This rule was brought
process towards the end of            premier cup competition after                                                                                                                                                     worse, but Lloris produced          in at the start of the 2009'10
2013.                                 12 successive participations.                                                                                                                                                     a full-stretch save to pre-         season and this was reiter-
    There will be three stages             "We dominated but rushed                                                                                                                                                     vent Cris putting through his       ated formally to all clubs
of preliminaries in the Af-           our final pass," said Puel.                                                                                                                                                       own goal with 10 minutes to         again on 21 October 2010,"
rican zone, CAF said after                 "It is a pity because we                                                                                                                                                     play.                               the chairman of the commis-
a meeting of its executive            needed that second goal to put                                                                                                                                                        Second-placed Marseille's       sion said in a statement.
committee in Cairo.                   us out of sight and then their                                                                                                                                                    2-2 draw at Lorient on Sunday           "This is a clear breach of
    The 24 bottom-ranked              goal came out of nowhere.                                                                                                                                                         means that Lille can effectively    the rule and it is the first time
teams will play off against                "It is punishing, but we need                                                                                                                                                secure victory in the title race    such a matter has been placed
each other in 12 two-legged                                              BREST’S forward Nolan Roux (centre) vies with Lyon’s defender Pape Diakhate (left) and Aly Cissoko during the French                                                               in front of a commission.
                                      to be more consistent, and now                                                                                                                                                    with a win at home to Sochaux
ties in November, immedi-                                                  L1 match on Monday at the Francis Le Ble Stadium in Brest, western France. INSET: Brest’s forward Mario Licka                                                                    "As a result of this charge,
                                      it is imperative we battle to the                                                                                                                                                 in today's other match.
ately reducing the number                                                                                  celebrates after scoring against Lyon. — AFP                                                                                                     the commission were aware
                                      end to secure this third place."                                                                                                                                                      A win would put Rudi Gar-
of teams in the preliminary           Brest, meanwhile, climb to egation zone with two matches and then at home to Toulouse             Brazilian attacking mid- his compatriot Michel Bastos                           cia's side six points clear with    of other occasions where
process.                              15th, two points above the rel- remaining — away at Auxerre on the season's final day.        fielder Ederson, preferred to in the starting XI, opened the                        two games remaining. — AFP          pre-match comments were
    The 40 remaining coun-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  made by other managers.
tries will then be divided into                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 "In this case, it was con-

                                        Africa adds to support for ‘unbeatable’ Blatter
10 groups for matches from                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sidered to be a minor breach
June 2012 to September                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and it should be taken as
2013. The 10 group winners                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a warning to all managers
go on to compete in the fi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in the future that any such
nal playoffs, five two-legged                                                                                                                                                                                                                               breach, even positive com-
                                      ZURICH — Africa became the                 expected, he won.                         tion, as the first possible occupant      sion. "Following a secret ballot, the     in the past.
ties which will determine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ments, are likely to result in
                                      fourth continent to back Fifa presi-          "I can't lose," Blatter, 75, was       of the new post. Each national asso-      CAF executive committee voted                 When Blatter was voted to pow-
who qualifies for Brazil.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a charge by the FA." United
    World Cup qualifying              dent Sepp Blatter's bid for re-elec-       quoted as saying. "I have confi-          ciation holding one vote at the Fifa      in the majority to support the in-        er in 1998, the CAF executive cam-           wrapped up their record 19th
gets under way in the Carib-          tion while the Swiss said that he          dence in myself and confidence also       Congress, which will choose the           cumbent," a brief statement from          paigned vigorously for his Swedish           league title at the weekend
bean on June 3, more than a           could not lose.                            that the associations will choose me      president in Zurich on June 1.            Cairo said.                               opponent Lennart Johansson but               but Ferguson's comments
month before the World Cup               Africa joined Europe, South             for another four years.                       Africa and Europe hold 53                However, voting is secretive           the majority of Africa went against          about Webb came when the
draw is conducted in Rio de           America and Oceania in backing                "Until now, it has been a macho        apiece, while South America has           and national associations are not         the regional body's wishes and               title was still up for grabs.
Janeiro on July 30.                   a fourth term for Blatter, who is          structure with 24 members," he            10 and Oceania 11, making a total         obliged to obey their regional con-       helped the Swiss sweep to victory.               "We are getting the best
    Asia has already held a           being challenged by Asian football         added "We should create a wom-            of 127 which would be more than           federation's orders, something                They also failed to give the             referee, there is no doubt
qualifying draw for the early         chief Mohamed Bin Hammam.                  en's quota and raise it 25 mem-           enough for what Blatter has already       which gives hope to Bin Hammam.           expected backing to their own                about that," Ferguson said at
stages of its preliminaries,             Blatter also announced plans            bers."                                    promised will be a final term.               African countries, especially,         president Issa Hayatou when he               the time. But (getting a bad
which get under way on June           to make sure a woman sat on the               He put forward Lydia Nsekera,              The Confederation of African          have been known to ignore their           challenged Blatter four years                decision) is definitely our
29. — Reuters                         Fifa executive committee if, as he         president of the Burundi federa-          Football (CAF) announced its deci-        confederation's recommendations           later.— Reuters                              big fear. — dpa

 Indians post
  big victory
                                       Hughton likely to succeed Grant                                                                                                               Woods expects to make                                                     Rangers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             skipper Weir
                                      LONDON — Chris Hughton,             from Upton Park, their home        squad and foster a strong team      Martin O'Neill, things may           a return at US Open                                                     to play on
KANSAS CITY, Missouri                 who spent two seasons at            for the last 107 years, to the     spirit."                            have turned out very differ-
— The Cleveland Indians               West Ham United towards the         Olympic Stadium after the              Sullivan tried to put a brave   ently.                             NEW YORK — Tiger Woods
posted their biggest offen-           end of his long playing ca-         London Games next year.            face on things.                         O'Neill is viewed as a bet-    said on Monday he did not suf-                                          GLASGOW — Veteran
sive explosion in over two                                                                                                                                                          fer any new damage to his left                                          Rangers skipper David Weir
                                      reer, emerged as favourite to           Whether West Ham are a             "It is not Armageddon but       ter tactician than Grant and
years by scoring 10 runs in                                                                                                                                                         knee at the Players Champion-                                           has said he intends to play on
                                      succeed Avram Grant as the          Premier League, Champion-          its a huge setback for the club     would probably have got more
the fourth inning of a 19-1                                                                                                                                                         ship and fully expects to com-                                          next season.
                                      troubled club's new manager         ship or League One (third divi-    and myself and David Gold as        from the players.
rout over Kansas City Roy-                                                                                                                                                          pete in next month's US Open,                                                The 41-year-old Scotland
                                      yesterday.                          sion) team by then is anyone's     supporters.                             O'Neill, who has not man-                                                                              defender captained Rangers
als on Monday.                                                                                                                                                                      the year's second major.
                                          Whether Hughton gets the        guess, but right now the club          "I confidently predict          aged since leaving Aston Villa                                                                             to a third straight Premier
    Michael Brantley blasted                                                                                                                                                            Woods limped off the TPC
                                      job or it goes to another "Brit-    are coping with stark realities.   that this time next year ... we     last year, is among the con-                                                                               League title on Sunday with
a three-run homer and Travis                                                                                                                                                        Sawgrass course in Ponte Ve-
                                      ish" manager as co-owner                Sullivan said on Tuesday       will be back in the Premier         tenders to be new manager          dra Beach, Florida last week                                            a 5-1 drubbing of Kilmar-
Hafner smashed a bases-               David Sullivan has implied it       that choosing Grant as man-        League."                            along with Hughton, the 2-1
loaded double in the 10-run                                                                                                                                                         after just nine holes because                                           nock and he immediately
                                      will, the new man faces a huge      ager last summer was a "bad            "The financial burden to us     favourite, former Blackburn        of mild strains to his left knee                                        faced questions about his
fourth inning for the Indians.        task in restoring the club's        selection" by the board.           and our families will rise, not     Rovers boss Sam Allardyce,         and left Achilles' tendon.                                              future in the game.
Vin Mazzaro made history              pride — as well as the Pre-             "Avram is a lovely person      the debts of the club. Some         Paul Lambert of Norwich City           "Aggravating my injury is                                                "I will definitely be play-
for all the wrong reasons as          mier League place it lost on        but the results sadly speak for    players will leave but hope-        and former Tottenham Hotspur       very disappointing," Woods                                              ing on somewhere," he told
he gave up 14 runs in the             Sunday.                             themselves that it was a bad       fully not as many as you might      manager Martin Jol.                said. "I'll do whatever is neces-                                       the Scottish Daily Express.
worst performance in fran-
                                          Dropping into the Champi-       selection by the board," Sul-      think."                                 They could well inherit a      sary to play in the US Open, and                                             "I have played something
chise history by a Kansas
                                      onship is little short of calami-   livan told The Sun.                    The season started poorly       side without Footballer of the     I'm hopeful I can be there."                                            like 50-odd games for Rang-
City pitcher.
    Other MLB results: Tampa          tous in sporting terms for the          "We all share some blame       when West Ham lost their            Year Scott Parker, England             The 14-times major win-                                             ers this season and I don't
Bay Rays bt NY Yankees 6-5,           club.                               for the results — the board, the   opening four matches and            goalkeeper Robert Green or         ner indicated there is no time-                                         think I could suddenly go
Toronto Blue Jays bt Detroit Ti-          As well as the trauma of        manager and the team. How-         only spent two weeks off the        England striker Carlton Cole       line for healing but said it is                                         from that to not playing at
gers 4-2, Washington Nationals        their third relegation from         ever, the team can only play       bottom of the table before          who are all likely to be sold      doubtful he will be at the June         TIGER Woods reacts              all.
bt Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2, St Louis                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "I will decide what I am
Cardinals bt Philadelphia Phillies
                                      the top flight in the last 20       the tactics and formation they     Christmas.                          while West Ham begin to re-        2-5 Memorial tournament as            during the first round of
3-1, Atlanta Braves bt Houston        seasons, West Ham's fans are        are asked to play.                     If the board had acted de-      build, a resurrection as much      he undergoes rehabilitation          the Players Championship           going to do over the next
Astros 3-2, Florida Marlins bt NY     facing the prospect of a not-           "We want a manager who         cisively in January by sacking      about a rebirth on the field as    and works on strengthening            in Ponte Vedra Beach in           week or two. I will keep my
Mets 2-1. — AFP                       altogether popular move away        will get the best out of the       Grant and replacing him with        off it. — Reuters                  his leg. — Reuters                   this file picture. — Reuters       options open.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 "I don't know what will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            happen now. I can't sit here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and say I definitely want to

 Porto face Braga in Europa League final today                                                                                                                                                                                                              stay at Rangers because cir-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cumstances at the club have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 "The club has a new own-
DUBLIN — Andre Villas-                                                                                                                                                             will get their man just yet.         beat Braga. Standing in Villas-     er and a new manager. They
Boas has a golden opportunity                                                                                                                                                          "My future, as you know, is      Boas's way at the Aviva Stadi-      might have different ideas.
to underline his reputation as                                                                                                                                                     completely linked to Porto," he      um is 42-year-old former Porto           "I will just have to wait
the new 'Special One' when his                                                                                                                                                     said recently. "I do not know of     player Domingos Paciencia,          and see what happens.
Porto team face Braga in an                                                                                                                                                        any official interest from other     who will be taking charge of his         "I want to go into coach-
all-Portuguese Europa League                                                                                                                                                       clubs."                              last game with Braga.               ing or management at some
final in Dublin today.                                                                                                                                                                 Although Villas-Boas never           Braga, whose only major         point but for the moment I
    Villas-Boas has only been in                                                                                                                                                   played for a professional club,      silverware was the 1966 Portu-      would prefer to concentrate
charge of Porto for a year and is                                                                                                                                                  he has been involved in the          guese Cup, finished a massive       on playing."
already regarded as the bright-                                                                                                                                                    game at the highest level since      36 points behind Porto in the            Celtic captain Scott
est young coach to emerge in                                                                                                                                                       he was a teenager after earn-        league and are playing in their     Brown, meanwhile, has said
Europe since Jose Mourinho                                                                                                                                                         ing a role on Bobby Robson's         first European final.               he wants Neil Lennon to be
earned his stripes at the same                                                                                                                                                     coaching staff at Porto in 1994.         Yet Villas-Boas refuses to      confirmed as next season's
club almost a decade ago. Com-                                                                                                                                                         Then just 16, Villas-Boas                                            manager at Parkhead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        write off a team who defeated
parisons between Villas-Boas                                                                                                                                                       wrote to Robson to protest                                                    The Hoops defeated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Arsenal in the Champions
and the Real Madrid coach                                                                                                                                                          about his decision to leave one                                          Motherwell 4-0 in their fi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        League group stages this sea-
have more substance than just                                                                                                                                                      of the club's strikers on the                                            nal league game on Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        son and beat Liverpool and
their early career path as the                                                                                                                                                     bench and his raft of statistics                                         but they still ended the cam-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Benfica in the Europa League.       paign one point behind their
33-year-old learned much from                                                                                                                                                      so impressed Robson that he
Mourinho during his time as the                                                                                                                                                    offered him a trainee position           "Being the first Portuguese     Old Firm rivals.
original Special One's opposi-                                                                                                                                                     coaching the youth team.             final it brings something spe-           It was a rocky season for
tion scout at Porto, Chelsea and                                                                                                                                                       Spells in charge of the Brit-    cial to the game. Both teams        Lennon which saw him tar-
Inter Milan.                                                                                                                                                                       ish Virgin Isles, aged 21, and       know each other very well but       geted with suspected parcel
    Villas-Boas — who has                                                                                                                                                          Academica sandwiched his             anything can happen in the          bombs, the subject of an al-
since fallen out with his mentor                                                                                                                                                   lengthy spell as Mourinho's          game," Villas-Boas said.            leged assault at Tynecastle
— could enjoy an even more                                                                                                                                                         scout before he took charge of           "I think it has nothing to      last week.
meteoric rise than Mourinho                                                                                                                                                        Porto in 2010.                       do with what happened in the             But Brown reiterated the
judging by the amount of cov-                                                                                                                                                          Villas-Boas has encour-          league and it's a challenge that    players' support for the Irish-
                                      THE Aviva stadium is pictured yesterday on the eve of the Europa League final match between Porto and Braga. — AFP                                                                is very difficult for us."
etous glances he has received                                                                                                                                                      aged his players to express                                              man and called for his long-
from some of the world's big-         domestic records for the most       campaign by winning the Eu-        the 2003 UEFA Cup final —           competition.                      themselves in a more attacking           Paciencia agrees that Braga     term future to be resolved.
gest clubs.                           consecutive wins and points in      ropa League.                       the Europa League's previous           However, just because the      system than the one employed         should not be underestimated             Brown wrote: "I think
    His team wrapped up the           a season in the process.               That could be the defining      guise — and Villas-Boas's           likes of Chelsea, Juventus and    by Mourinho, with the form of        and he added: "My side goes         everyone within the squad
league title without losing a             Porto also face Vitoria Gui-    moment for Villas-Boas.            stock would rise even higher if     Roma are eyeing a coach who       prolific strikers Hulk and Fal-      into every game determined to       wants the manager to stay
single league game — only             maraes in Portugal's Cup final         Mourinho burst onto the         he could emulate that achieve-      has a higher win percentage       cao — who has scored a record        succeed. "They simply do not        on and continue the good
the second club ever to do that       this weekend and are heavy fa-      global stage by inspiring Porto    ment and become the youngest        at Porto than even Mourinho       17 goals in the Europa League        give up and this has helped us      work we've achieved this
in Portugal — and established         vourites to finish a memorable      to a 3-2 victory over Celtic in    coach to win a major UEFA           managed, it doesn't mean they     this season — key to their bid to    go all the way to the final."       season. — AFP
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                                                                                                                          OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                         WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

 Said Hardan becomes second chess champ from Salalah
MUSCAT — The last ISC-                                                                                                                                                                                                                              surprised everyone with score
Markaz Al Bahja Open chess                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of 2.5 landing him the fourth
tournament attracted one of                                                                                                                                                                                                                         spot.
the biggest contingents of                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Under-8 being the group
chess players as exams were                                                                                                                                                                                                                         consisting of some of the very
to start in May followed by a                                                                                                                                                                                                                       grass-root beginners like Ksha-
long summer vacation. How-                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ma Sushil Kumar and Amogh
ever it was the seniors, made                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Prasad; hardly 6 years of age
up of 20 top players in Oman,                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and Guhan Balaji, Pratyusha
hogged the limelight with an-                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A and Faizah Shafeek who all
other sensation after Salem al                                                                                                                                                                                                                      managed to win fifty per cent
Mashikhi from Salalah, Said                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the games.
Hardan, emerging the new                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But coming to the line-up
champion with a score of 4-0                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of champions there were no
in his maiden tournament.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           surprises as Mezbaan Anwar
    Said faced many an anxious                                                                                                                                                                                                                      won his title again. Now apart
moments against the youngest                                                                                                                                                                                                                        from ISC organisers, even his
player Malhar Jajoo in a close-                                                                                                                                                                                                                     parents have lost the count of
ly fought two rooks and pawns                                                                                                                                                                                                                       it.
end-game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The rising star Sheryas
    He also handled Oman’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Raghavan easily came second
most experienced champion                                                                                                                                                                                                                           though like previous two meet-
Haragay and a bright star Je-                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ings with Mezbaan he could
sus Belarmino. Faraz Ahmed                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not defeat him and in absence
                                          MEN’S champion of ISC-Markaz Al Bahja Open chess tournament, Said Hardan (centre) with second and third finishers, Faraz Ahmed (right) and Egyptian Emad Hamdy.
played as well as in his first                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Alexander Hupje, Soham
                                                                 PICTURE RIGHT: Under-12 winner M Adithya (centre), runner-up Soham Parekh (left) and third-placed Rohan G.
tournament where he had                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Raniga had no difficulty in
shared the first prize with Sa-    cost of Salem al Mashiki and       the only girl playing alongside    chess tournaments.               Raghavan who also ended           fronted by arch-rival Dushy-           Kavin did pocket the title on    picking up his second runner-
lem al Mashiki.                    Hussian Ja Allah to finish be-     the men without giving a miss         The under-12 group pro-       with 3 points but lay behind on   anth M who had supposedly              account of better SB.            up position.
    However, this new Sala-        hind Faraz by a whisker.           to the Al Bahja events.            duced a sensational outcome      lower SB.                         played his last tournament at             Chubby Mokshit Naidu              In mothers category, Geetha,
lah toughie Hardan pushed              The under-14 category              She ended as second run-       as two debutants M Adithya           The     under-10     Kavin    Markaz Al Bahja in March               again ended in top three.        mother of Rohit Ram coming
him to second spot in spite of     adopted the round robin format     ner-up and along with her sib-     and Soham Parekh took first      Keerthivel, would gener-          to settle in Chennai. But he              Other surprises in this       all the way from Nizwa won
Faraz beating seasoned players     which was convincingly won         ling Chevez Raju and mother        and second place respectively.   ally not allow an opponent to     changed his move and de-               group were below par perform-    the first price followed by joint
like Larry Pagtama and Emad        by indefatigable Dhruv Rama-       Julie Raju was honoured with       While Rohan G took the third     change his move, on the chess     cided to return to Muscat and          ance by Ronak Bhatnagar and      second place Sandhiya Sri and
Hamdy. It was also a most          ni followed by equally consist-    a special award by Markaz Al       position. Other commendable      board that is. Perhaps feeling    also played this tournament,           Abhinav Siddarth with only       S Chandrika Devi.
memorable performance by           ent Rahul Rajan who was held       Bahja for their consistent pres-   performances came from Sa-       an easy run to win one more       again at his best forcing Kavin        2 points to their credit while       Next tournament is slated
Egyptian Emad Hamdy at the         to a thrilling draw by Tia Raju    ence at ISC-Markaz Al Bahja        wad Samsudeen and Sanjith        championship, he was con-         to agree for a draw. However           debutant Suraj Kukumanu          for Friday, May 27.

 Joes vs Petes cricket match in Muscat revived after 25 years                                                                                                                                                        Pakistan set to rule on
MUSCAT — The old boys of two                                                                                                feated the Joes by 28 runs in the       23b, 1x6, 2x4) and Suranga Perera                    Haider’s case
leading colleges in Colombo, Sri                                                                                            match played on Friday.                 (20: 14b, 1x6).
Lanka locked horns in a 15 overs a                                                                                              Winning the toss and electing to       The bowlers to cause the debacle             KARACHI — Pakistan said yesterday it will soon decide
side cricket match. Past students of St                                                                                     bat the Petes scored 134 for 5 at the   were Dilan Kurukulasuriya (3 for                whether former wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider, who left the
Joseph's College (Joes) and St Peter's                                                                                      end of their 15 overs with Roshan de    14), Desmond Berhardt (2 for 10) and            national team last year amid allegations of death threats, can
College (Petes) residing in Oman                                                                                            Silva making a top score of 51 (27b,    Nairoz Makoon (2 for 20).                       restart his international career. The 25-year-old fled from the
clashed at the Sri Lankan Community                                                                                         4x4). Other useful contributions            Brief scores: Petes 134 for 5 off 15        team hotel in Dubai for London in November saying he had
Social Club grounds at Seeb last Fri-                                                                                       came from Nairoz Makoon (19: 20b,       overs (Roshan de Silva 51, Nairos Mak-          received death threats from unknown people to fix a one-day
day. The men’s event was followed                                                                                           2x4), Dilan Kurukulasuriya (18 not      oon 19, Dilan Kurukulasuriya 18 n.o., Ravi      match in the series against South Africa.
                                                                                                                                                                    Dharmawardena 17, Jackson George 15 n.o.;           He applied for political asylum in UK and announced his
in a 5 overs a side match between                                                                                           out: 10b, 2x6), Ravi Dharmawardena      Manoj Dabare 2/17) beat Joes 106 all out off
the spouses of the past students and                                                                                        (17: 15b, 3x4) and Jackson George       13 overs (Nuwan Rodrigo 28, Hiran de Silva
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    retirement from international cricket. But after assurances from
guests who attended the event. Both                                                                                         (15 not out: 16b, 1x4).                 28, Suranga Perera 20; Dilan Kurukulasuriya     Pakistan government over his, and his family's, safety, Haider
events were won by the Petes.                                                                                                   Manoj Dabare picked up 2 wick-      3/14, Desmond Berhardt 2/10, Nairoz Mak-        returned home last month and reversed his retirement decision.
   In the inaugural match played                                                                                            ets conceding 17 runs off 3 overs one   oon 2/20).                                          The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday said it has re-
in 1985, Joes defeated Petes by one                                                                                         of which was a maiden over.                 Individual awards: Most number of           ceived Haider's reply to a letter it sent last year asking him to
                                                                                                                                                                    sixes: Dilan Kurukulasuriya (Petes — 2 six-
wicket in a 35-over a side match. In                                                                                            The Joes in reply were bowled out                                                   explain his actions.
                                                                                                                                                                    es); Best batsman: Roshan de Silva (Petes);
the 50 overs a side match played in mammoth 245 for one with opener Lazarus making 109. The Petes were                      for 106 off 13 overs. Major contribu-   Best bowler: Manoj Dabare (Joes); Best              The PCB has now formed a three-member disciplinary
1986 the Joes got the better of the Rohan Wijesinghe scoring an un- bowled out for 148 off 42.1 overs.                      tions came from Nuwan Rodrigo (28:      fielder: Hiran de Silva (Joes); Man of the      committee to deal with the case, the body said in a statement.
Petes by 97 runs. The Joes made a beaten 111 whilst his partner Clifford In the third edition the Petes de-                 15b, 1x6, 4x4), Hiran de Silva (28:     match: Dilan Kurukulasuriya (Petes).                The committee will start its proceedings early next month.

France to host 2018
   Ryder Cup
VIRGINIA WATER, England            is one of the best in the world
— The 2018 Ryder Cup will          for spectators and can accom-
be played on Le Golf National      modate 70,000 of them.
course in Versailles, near Par-        "Each of the countries
is after the French bid won a      matched or exceeded our key
five-way contest yesterday         requirements but the winning
to host the biennial match         bid stands out for a number of
against the United States.         reasons," Ryder Cup director
    European Tour officials        Richard Hills said.
made the announcement at             LASTING MEMORIES
their base in Wentworth, say-          "It has truly outstanding
ing one of the main draws had      spectator viewing and the
been the "outstanding specta-      promise of an exciting climax
tor viewing". France will be-      to the matches. Key also was
come only the second country       the plan to build 100 urban
in continental Europe to stage     golf courses and that strong
the Ryder Cup after Spain in       legacy will act as a catalyst to
1997.                              attract new players.
    "We always believed. The           "There is no doubt that the
world of French golf was           2018 Ryder Cup will be a dra-
united and that did not escape     matic and memorable one."
European Tour bosses," Pas-            Georges Barbaret, presi-
cal Grizot, chairman of the        dent of the French Golf Fed-
Ryder Cup Committee at the         eration, said he was already
French Golf Federation, said       looking forward to 2018.
in a statement. "This great            "We are envisaging a cul-
victory is for everyone in-        tural and sporting occasion,
volved in French golf."            which I am sure, will make
    The bid of the proposed        the Ryder Cup in France a
Tres Cantos course near Ma-        unique event and will leave
drid had gained momentum           lasting memories," he said in
following the recent death of      a statement. Director-general
Seve Ballesteros and an an-        of the federation, Christophe
nouncement will be made            Muniesa, said France was
shortly regarding a possible       working hard to build the ur-
change of the Tour's logo to in-   ban golf courses that would
clude an image of the Spanish      be "accessible to everyone".
five-time Major champion.              "We are confident that the
    The French and Dutch bids      Ryder Cup will be a fantastic
were the only two to have com-     catalyst for high-level sport
pleted courses and the French      and above all a powerful lever
one had huge support from the      for development," Muniesa
country's golfing public. More     added in a statement.
than 400,000 members of the            The 2012 Ryder Cup will
French golf federation agreed      be at the Medinah Country
to pay an annual 3 euro levy       Club in Illinois, Gleneagles
for 10 years towards a French      in Scotland will host 2014
Ryder Cup bid.                     and the 2016 event will be at
    Around 20 miles outside        Hazeltine National in Minne-
Paris, the spectacular course      sota. — Reuters
                      Licka jeopardises                                                                                                                                                                                                                       France awarded
                             Lyon’s CL                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2018 Ryder Cup
                                  push                                                                                                                                                                                                                        as Spain miss out

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                                                                                                                                           WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

 Gilchrist dazzles in Kings XI win Sehwag eyes comeback
Gilchrist smashed a rapid-fire
106 and Shaun Marsh a 49-
                                                                        Leg-spinner Piyush Chaw-
                                                                    la grabbed four wickets for 17
                                                                    runs, while Australian pace-
                                                                                                                  Extras: (b-7, lb-14, w-4, nb-2) ..27
                                                                                                                  Total: (2 wkts, 20 overs) ..........232
                                                                                                                  Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-231.
                                                                                                                  Bowling: J van der Wath 4-0-50-0;
                                                                                                                                                              Asad Pathan c Hussey b Valthaty .7
                                                                                                                                                              M Kaif st Gilchrist b Chawla .....15
                                                                                                                                                              B Arun Karthik b Chawla ............6
                                                                                                                                                              J van der Wath lbw Chawla ..........4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     before England tour
ball 79 not out to set up Kings                                     man Ryan Harris finished with                 C Langeveldt 4-0-48-2 (w-3);                A Mithun c Hussey b Harris .......10
XI Punjab's 111-run win over                                        3-28 to complete Punjab's easy                C Gayle 4-0-35-0; S Aravind                 C Langeveldt b Srivastava ...........8        NEW DELHI — India's in-                                               Lord's on July 21.
Royal Challengers Bangalore                                         victory.                                      4-0-36-0; A Mithun 3-0-29-0 (nb-2);         S Aravind (not out) .....................11   jured opener Virender Sehwag                                              Sehwag, 32, played 11
in the Indian Premier League                                            Bangalore suffered a twin                 V Kohli 1-0-13-0 (w-1).                     Extras: (b-4, lb-1, w-4) ...............9     is hopeful of recovering from                                         games during the current IPL
yesterday.                                                          blow when Harris dismissed                    Royal Challengers Bangalore                 Total: (all out, 17 overs) ..........121      injury in time for the high-pro-                                      season before pulling out of
    The Australians put on a                                        in-form Chris Gayle and skip-                 C Gayle c Gilchrist b Harris .........0     Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-17, 3-34,             file tour of England starting in                                      the Twenty20 competition
                                                                                                                  SS Tiwary c Hussey                          4-43, 5-72, 6-88, 7-89, 8-95, 9-103.
record 206 off just 16 overs                                        per Virat Kohli (11) in suc-                                                                                                            July, reports said yesterday.                                         following his side's defeat by
                                                                                                                             b Srivastava ................6   Bowling: P Kumar 3-1-11-0;
for the second wicket in a su-                                      cessive overs. West Indies                    V Kohli c Karthik b Harris .........11      R Harris 3-0-28-3 (w-4); SJ Srivas-               Sehwag, captain of the                                            Mumbai Indians.
perb display of power-hitting                                       opener Gayle, who has made                    AB de Villiers c Gilchrist                  tava 3-0-30-2; P Valthaty 4-0-30-1;           Delhi Daredevils franchise in                                             Delhi Daredevils are out
as Punjab scored 232-2 before                                       two centuries in the ongoing                              b Chawla .................34    P Chawla 4-0-17-4.                            the Indian Premier League,                                            of the reckoning for a place in
dismissing Bangalore for 121                                        tournament, failed to open his                                                                                                          underwent an operation on his                                         the semifinals, having suffered
to keep alive their hopes of
making it to the semifinals.
                                                                        South African AB de Vil-
                                                                                                                                        STANDINGS                                                           shoulder in London last week
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and has already been ruled out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nine defeats in 13 matches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The flamboyant batsman,
    Gilchrist hammered nine                                         liers top-scored with a 27-ball                                    P      W          L       T      N/R        NRR        Pts           of India's tour of West Indies                                        who has scored 7,694 Test
sixes, including three in an                                        34 in Bangalore's dismal bat-                                                                                                           beginning June 4.                                                     runs and another 7,760 in one-
                                                                    ting performance.                               Bangalore         13        8        4       0        1      +0.283         17
over off South African pace-                                                                                                                                                                                    "I think I will be able to                                        dayers, said he was looking to
man Charl Langeveldt, and                                               Today’s match: Chenni                       Chennai           12        8        4       0        0      +0.544         16          play the series in England,"                                          regain full fitness inside eight
                                   KINGS XI Punjab captain                                                          Mumbai            12        8        4       0        0      +0.245         16
eight fours in his 55-ball                                          Super Kings vs Kochi Tuskers                                                                                                            the prolific batsman was quot-                                        weeks.
                                   Adam Gilchrist celebrates                                                        Kolkata           12        7        5       0        0      +0.403         14
knock, while Marsh cracked                                          Kerala.                                                                                                                                 ed as saying by the Mid-Day                                               "I will return to London af-
                                  scoring a century during the                                                      Punjab            13        7        6       0        0      +0.271         14
five sixes and seven bounda-                                                                                                                                                                                tabloid.                                                              ter six weeks for a check-up,"
                                    IPL match against Royal                 SCOREBOARD                              Kochi             13        6        7       0        0      -0.186         12
ries.                                                                                                                                                                                                           "That's the reason why I                                          Sehwag said. "I should be fit
                                    Challengers Bangalore in
    Marsh's best came in the                                        Kings XI Punjab                                 Rajasthan         13        5        7       0        1      -0.969         11          stopped playing the Indian                                            in six to eight weeks.
                                     Dharamsala yesterday.          P Valthaty c Tiwary
15th over when he hit South                                                                                         Deccan            13        5        8       0        0      -0.080         10          Premier League for Delhi                                                  "Going by the rehabilita-
African seamer Johan van der      with a four off Langeveldt.                 b Langeveldt ...............20                                                                                                Daredevils and rushed to Lon-                                         tion programme designed for
                                                                    A Gilchrist c Gayle                             Pune              12        4        8       0        0      -0.033          8
Wath for 30 runs, including          Bangalore were already as-               b Langeveldt .............106         Delhi             13        4        9       0        0      -0.448          8          don to get my shoulder oper- Tests and five one-day inter-            me I should be okay. I am
three sixes. Gilchrist complet-   sured of a place in the semifi-   S Marsh (not out) .......................79                                                                                             ated."                           nationals in England, with           already feeling the difference
                                                                                                                      (Read as played, won, lost, tied, no result, net run rate, points)
ed his century in the last over   nals with 17 points.              D Hussey (not out) .......................0                                                                                                 India are set to play four the first Test beginning at            each day." — AFP

                                                                                                                                                                      Greig calls for end to India
                                                                                                                                                                         ‘domination’ of ICC
                                                                                                                                                                LONDON — Former Eng-                                                                                              Indian cricket, dating back
                                                                                                                                                                land captain Tony Greig has                                                                                       to his time as a player which
                                                                                                                                                                called for an end to India's                                                                                      included leading England to a
                                                                                                                                                                "domination" of the Interna-                                                                                      3-1 Test series win in India in
                                                                                                                                                                tional Cricket Council (ICC),                                                                                     1976/77.
                                                                                                                                                                saying it was the first thing                                                                                         "I took to India and the sub-
                                                                                                                                                                he'd change if in charge of the                                                                                   continent very much...I loved
                                                                                                                                                                governing body.                                                                                                   the place," he said while giv-
                                                                                                                                                                    "Number one, we have got                                                                                      ing an interview to coincide
                                                                                                                                                                to try and get the ICC right,"                                                                                    with the publication of a new
                                                                                                                                                                Greig told the BBC in an in-                                                                                      biography, 'Tony Greig: A Re-
                                                                                                                                                                terview. "We have a situation                                                                                     appraisal of English Cricket's
                                                                                                                                                                at the moment where the ICC                                                                                       Most Controversial Captain,'
                                                                                                                                                                is dominated by India.                                                                                            by David Tossell.
                                                                                                                                                                    "They tell Zimbabwe,                                                                                              "It was the first time I real-
                                                                                                                                                                Bangladesh and one or two                   open window?                      cricket," said the 64-year-old      ly felt as if we were entertain-
                                                                                                                                                                other countries what to do and                 "To give the IPL (Indian       former all-rounder, who settled     ing people, as the people there
                                                                                                                                                                they always get the vote.                   Premier League, a domestic        in Australia after his playing      loved the game so much — to
                                                                                                                                                                    "It's very hard, but some-              Twenty20 competition) an          days were over and has since        go to those stadiums and find
                                                                                                                                                                how we have got to change                   open window, and reduce by        enjoyed a long career as a tel-     them packed full," explained
                                                                                                                                                                things at that level."                      two months the time available     evision cricket commentator.        Greig, who made his name
                                                                                                                                                                    South Africa-born Greig                 for cricketers to play around         "It is laughable that (Chris)   in England with south coast
                                                                                                                                                                added: "We are playing too                  the world, in the current envi-   Gayle and (Kieron) Pollard are      county Sussex.
                                                                                                                                                                much cricket. I would be get-               ronment is just ridiculous.       playing in the IPL when the             "To this day (Kolkata's)
                                                                                                                                                                ting all the countries from the                "We have got to look very,     West Indies are playing Paki-       Eden Gardens remains one of
                                                                                                                                                                world and saying hey listen,                very closely and make sure        stan — that is just ridiculous."    my top three grounds, just be-
                                                                                                                                                                what is this nonsense of giv-               we do not destroy the corner-         Greig, though, stressed         cause of the incredible atmos-
                                                                                                                                                                ing Indian domestic cricket an              stone of the game which is Test   his longstanding affection for      phere." — AFP

                                                                                                                                                                 Pakistan give                                                                                                       Raza protests
                                                                                                                                                                 women central                               Bresnan set to miss                                                    innocence over
                                                                                                                                                                   contracts                                  Sri Lanka series                                                      betting charge
                                                                                                                                                                KARACHI — Nineteen                                                                                                 KARACHI — Former Paki-
                                                                                                                                                                Pakistan women cricket-                     LONDON — Ashes-winning            missed England's subsequent          stan off-spinner Akram Raza
                                                                                                                                                                ers have been awarded 12-                   England seamer Tim Bresnan        one-day series in Australia.         has protested his innocence
                                                                                                                                                                month central contracts for                 is "likely" to miss the upcom-        He returned home but             after being arrested during a
                                                                                                                                                                the first time as an acknowl-               ing Test series against Sri       recovered in time to play            raid on a bookmakers den.
                                                                                                                                                                edgment that their game is                  Lanka with a recurrence of a      throughout England's falter-             Raza, 46, was granted
                                                                                                                                                                now becoming professional.                  calf injury, the England and      ing World Cup campaign in            bail and will appear in court
                                                                                                                                                                    Last year the national                  Wales Cricket Board (ECB)         the subcontinent, which end-         next week after Pakistani
                                                                                                                                                                women's team won the                        said yesterday.                   ed with a quarterfinal thrash-       police in Gulberg, Lahore
                                                                                                                                                                Asian Games Twenty20 title                      "England medical staff        ing by Sri Lanka in March.           charged him and six other
                                                                                                                                                                and last month they finished                confirmed that England and            Bresnan's latest injury          people with running an il-
                                                                                                                                                                first in a four-nation tourna-              Yorkshire all-rounder Tim         happened during Yorkshire's          legal betting ring and taking
                                                                                                                                                                ment in Sri Lanka which in-                 Bresnan has sustained a torn      County fixture against Hamp-         bets on the IPL.
                                                                                                                                                                cluded the hosts, Ireland and               right calf muscle and is likely   shire last week and, before              "I am innocent. It was a
                                                                                                                                                                the Netherlands.                            to miss the three-match Test      England's announcement, he           set up. I have hired a law-
                                                                                                                                                                    "It now requires full time              series against Sri Lanka begin-   had already been ruled out           yer to fight these ridiculous
                                                                                                                                                                commitment and profession-                  ning in Cardiff on Thursday 26    of this week's 'Roses match'         charges against me," Raza
                                                                                                                                                                alism and there is a need to                May," an ECB statement said.      against Lancashire.                  said in Lahore yesterday.
                                                                                                                                                                compensate the players," Pa-                "This is a re-occurrence of an        His absence creates a                Police raided a plaza on
                                                                                                                                                                kistan Cricket Board spokes-                injury Bresnan first sustained    chance for fellow Yorkshire-         Saturday night, arresting
                                                                                                                                                                man Nadeem Sarwar said                      earlier in the year during the    man Ajmal Shahzad and Dur-           seven people for running the
                                                                                                                                                                yesterday.                                  ODI (one-day international)       ham's Graham Onions, him-            betting ring and recovering
                                                                                                                                                                    Pakistan captain Sana Mir               series against Australia.         self only recently returned          computers, mobile phones,
                                                                                                                                                                said the introduction of con-                   "A rehabilitation and re-     from long-term injury, to push       cash and telephone numbers.
                                                                                                                                                                tracts would encourage more                 covery programme will be es-      their Test claims when they              "I don't know who is be-
                                                                                                                                                                women to take up cricket.                   tablished in the coming days      play for the second-string           hind this and why but I will
                                                                                                                                                                    "It is a great achievement              following further medical as-     England Lions against Sri            prove my innocence. I will
                                                                                                                                                                for women cricketers in Paki-               sessment."                        Lanka in Derby this week.            also be writing to the Paki-
                                                                                                                                                                stan because in recent years                    Bresnan, 26, has been trou-       England are due to name          stan Cricket Board (PCB)
                                                                                                                                                                we have definitely shown                    bled by the injury since soon     their first Test squad to play       to inform them of my inno-
                                                                                                                                                                improvement," she said.                     after the end of the Ashes and    Sri Lanka on Sunday. — AFP           cence," Raza said.

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