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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-
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
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
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011
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
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
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
supplement our narrow
bodied aircraft flying
within the Gulf region.
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.
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
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
part in World
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
of Museums (ICOM) in
10 archaeological expeditions under way The ICOM's Advisory
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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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
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
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
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
“We want her to be
repatriated with her five
children — three daughters
and two sons,” said
“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-
Nazarbayev, who has ruled
police station in the country’s
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
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.
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-
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
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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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
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-
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
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.
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 EXPN.com, 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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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
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EU seeks to ease China’s
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euro zone fears
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a speech at the Central Party said Van Rompuy, who repre- tries enjoy a disproportionately WY624 ATR42 Al-Ain 2305
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School in northwest Beijing, sents EU governments. high attention of international WY656 B737-8 Bahrain 2305
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leaders. fend and develop these assets, only 6 per cent of the euro
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strengthening of banking
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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: www.salalahport.com
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
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.
OMAN DAILY Observer
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011
NEWS IN BRIEF
Gogoi to be sworn-in Asom
BJP appeals to
‘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
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
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
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
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
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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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011
Licka jeopardises Lyon’s CL hopes Ferguson
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
Hughton likely to succeed Grant Woods expects to make Rangers
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-
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
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
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
DHARAMSHALA — Adam
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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