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                                                                                        Thursday, September 22, 2011/Shawwal 23, 1432 AH                                                                    

                             Europe to face heat on euro 7                                                             14                                                             20 Hidayat out, Saina advances
                     EUROPE will come under heavy pressure this week to                                                                                                                      ATHENS Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat
                     stem its deepening debt crisis but talks among the self-                                                                                                                became the first major casualty at the Japan Open
                      proclaimed guardians of global finance are unlikely to                                                                                                                 badminton championships when he crashed out to
                       yield bold action. Spreading fears about a Greek debt                                                                                                                 Taiwan’s Chou Tien-Chen in the opening round. In
                       default and contagion to larger economies in the euro                                                                                                                 women’s singles, Tine Baun of Denmark, China’s Wang
                                zone have raised alarm in the US and among                                                                                                                   Xin and Liu Xin, Indian star Saina Nehwal and Juliane
                                             emerging market heavyweights.                                                                                                                   Schenk of Germany advanced.

                                                                                                                                               Reflects depth of ties                                                      Obama grateful

                                                                                                                                      Oman thanks Iran as
                                                                                                                                      US citizens released
                                                                                                                                      Sultanate’s efforts                willingness and welcome to
                                                                                                                                                                         receive the two US citizens,
                                                                                                                                      under His Majesty’s                hoping that this initiative will
                                                                                                                                      guidance has                       be followed by other positive
                                                                                                                                      resulted in the                    initiatives towards the
                                                                                                                                                                         realisation of rapprochement
                                                                                                                                      release of US citizens             between the Iranian and
                                                                                                                                                                         American sides in serving
                                                                                                                                      MUSCAT — An official               their interests and achieving
                                                                                                                                      at the Ministry of Foreign         stability in the region.
                                                                                                                                      Affairs has said that the              President Barack Obama
                                                                                                                                      government of the Sultanate        yesterday hailed the release
                                                                                                                                      expressed thanks to the            of the two US hikers, calling
                                                                                                                                      Iranian Supreme Leader             it “wonderful news”. He said
                                                                                                                                      Ayatollah Ali Khāmene’i for        Washington was “deeply
                                                                                                                                      co-operation on humanitarian       grateful” to His Majesty
                                                                                                                                      grounds and in response            Sultan Qaboos who had              he said.                              The families of American
                                                                                                                                      to the efforts made by the         worked to facilitate the              In a separate statement,       citizens were ecstatic about
                                                                                                                                      government of the Sultanate,       release. He also thanked US        US Secretary of State Hillary     “the best day of our lives” af-
                                                                                                                                      under the directives of His        regional partners for helping      Clinton welcomed the Iranian      ter two men held for over two
                                                                                                                                      Majesty Sultan Qaboos,             to free them.                      decision to free Bauer and        years were freed yesterday.
                                                                                                                                      towards the release of US              “We are thrilled. I could      Fattal after more than two            “Today can only be
                                                                                                                                      citizens Shane Bauer and Josh      not feel better for their fami-    years in jail.                    described as the best day of
                                                                                                                                      Fattal, who had been held by       lies and (for) those moms who         Shane Bauer and Josh           our lives. We have waited
                                                                                                                                      Iran.                              we have been in close contact      Fattal, both 29, were driven      for nearly 26 months for this
                                                                                                                                          In a statement issued here     with, it’s a wonderful day         to Tehran’s Mehrabad airport      moment,” said a statement
                                                                                                                                      yesterday, the official pointed    for them and for us,” Obama        earlier yesterday after their     from the families of Shane
                                                                                                                                      out that the gesture reflected     told reporters in New York,        release from the capital’s Evin   Bauer and Josh Fattal. Their
                                                                                                                                      the depth of the Omani-            where he was attending the         prison, and flew to Muscat        families thanked Oman “for
(FROM left) American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal speak to journalists upon their arrival in Muscat yesterday.                  Iranian relations.                 annual UN General Assembly         to be reunited with their         working to make today a
                     — Pictures by Mohammed Mahjoub and Conrad Prabhu See also page 3                                                     The Sultanate expressed        meet. “It’s wonderful news,”       families.                         reality.” — ONA/Agencies

News Briefing
                                 New power plants
                                 MUSCAT — The Tender               Ain road in the Al Dhahirah
                                                                                                     Oman, Asia
                                                                                                     ties in focus
                                                                                                                                      Water, electricity production up                                         As for as water production     grew by 13.1 per cent during
                                                                                                                                                                             The production of electric-
                                 Board yesterday awarded           Region (RO 14,257,806);           NEW YORK — GCC for-                                                 ity in Muscat declined by 5.3      in the Sultanate is concerned,    the same period.
                                 tenders worth RO 42.4 mil-        Provision of technical consul-    eign ministers held their an-                                       per cent and 21.3 in Dakhili-      newly released statistical data
                                                                                                                                      MUSCAT — The gross pro-                                                                                    The production of water in
                                 lion, included the construc-      tancy services for supervis-      nual meeting on the sidelines                                       yah Region, while it increased     shows that it also grew by 14
                                                                                                                                      duction of electricity in Oman                                                                          Muscat grew by 11.2 per cent,
                                 tion of the National Centre       ing the implementation of the     of the 66th session of the                                          by 9.9 per cent in Dhofar,         per cent to 45,217 million gal-
                                 for Vocational Guidance at        power plant project in Barka                                       has increased by 14 per cent to                                                                         in Dhofar by 8.9 per cent, and
                                                                                                     UN General Assembly here.                                           39.6 per cent in Al Batinah        lons during January-December
                                 the Airport Heights in the        (third stage) and the power       Oman’s delegation was led        3, 607.2 GWh during the first      and Dhahirah, 15.6 per cent        2010 from 39,656 million gal-     other regions by 23 per cent,
                                 Wilayat of Bausher in Muscat      plant project in Sohar — sec-     by Yusuf bin Alawi bin Ab-       three months of 2011 from          in Sharqiyah, 27.7 per cent in     lons during the same period in    according to Authority for
 Nuclear talks                   Governorate (RO 2,985,100);       ond stage (RO 673,874).           dallah, Minister Responsible     3,164 GWh for the same pe-         Al Wusta and 3.2 per cent in       2009.                             Electricity Regulation of the
 THE chief nuclear               Construction of Al Muri/Al                Full report on page 3     for Foreign Affairs. See P2      riod in 2010.                      Musandam.                             The distribution of water      country.
 envoys for North and
 South Korea met in
 Beijing to try to revive
 nuclear disarmament
 talks. — P3
                                 Health Summit set                                                   Oil prices rise
                                                                                                     above $112
                                                                   Microsoft is the only player
                                                                   with health ICT solutions         LONDON — World oil pric-
                                 MUSCAT — Microsoft has            spanning from the patient to      es rose yesterday as official
                                 confirmed its participation       the enterprise to the doctor,     data revealed a far sharper-
                                 at the Oman Health Summit         empowering every participant      than-expected drop in US
                                 which takes place on Septem-      in the health ecosystem.          crude inventories, caused
                                 ber 26–27 at the InterConti-          The company’s keynote         in part by a drop in imports
                                 nental Hotel in Muscat.           presentation will emphasise       rather than a surge in energy
                                    The two-day platform is        the importance of informa-        demand, analysts said.
                                 hosted by the Ministry of         tion technology (IT) in the          Brent North Sea oil
 US stance                                                         advancement of healthcare
                                 Health, and leading French                                          for delivery in November
 US President Barack             business information group        delivery. Mohammed A              jumped $1.56 to $112.10 a
 Obama called on the             Naseba.                           Saleh, Director, Health In-       barrel in late London deals.
 Palestinians to return to                                         dustry Market Development,
                                    Microsoft will address                                           New York's main contract,
 talks with Israel rather
                                 up to 100 healthcare leaders      World Wide Public Sector          light sweet crude for Novem-
 than seek statehood
                                 from the Middle East at this      from Microsoft will address       ber, gain 62 cents to $87.54 a
 through the UN. — P4
                                 landmark healthcare event.        attendees.          To page 2     barrel. — Reuters

                                 MSM index up at 5,741
                                 MUSCAT — Muscat Securi-           1,122 transactions. Out of the
                                                                                                     Nato extends
                                                                                                     Libya mission
                                                                                                                                      End of expensive air travel                                                                              Mideast peace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               map proposed
                                 ties Market (MSM) general         46 companies, which shares        BRUSSELS — Nato yester-                                                The move, announced             by airlines serving the Indian     UN — French President
                                 index closed yesterday record-    changed hands, 24 compa-          day agreed to extend its air-                                       by IndiGo’s top boss Aditya        sub-continent.                     Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday
                                 ing a rise of 5 points to close   nies rose and 5 companies         and-sea campaign in Libya        MUSCAT — IndiGo, India’s           Ghosh at a press briefing yes-        IndiGo, which has invested      proposed that the United Na-
                                 at 5,741 points supported by      declined. The major gainers       for up to 90 days.               second largest budget airline      terday, promises to come as        tens of billions of dollars in     tions give the Palestinians
 Victory in Sabha                indices of all main sectors,      were Oman United Insurance           The agreement to extend       and one of the world’s fastest     cheery news to many among          one of the world’s most mod-       status as a UN observer state
 LIBYA’S new rulers              particularly the financial and    Company, Galfar Engineer-         the UN-mandated mission          growing airlines, is offering      the estimated 800,000-strong       ern fleets, will launch opera-     while setting out a roadmap
 yesterday declared              industrial sectors.               ing and Majan College. Ma-        to protect civilians, of which   an affordable alternative to the   Indian expatriate community        tions from the Sultanate next      for peace within one year.
 victory in the battle for           More than 6.610 million       jor losers were Renaissance       Nato took full command on        often exorbitant fares charged     in the Sultanate, who have         month, initially with a service        Sarkozy warned any veto
 the key southern city of        shares worth about RO 2 mil-      Services Company, NBO and         March 31, came at a meeting      by full-service airlines operat-   long complained of dispropor-      from Muscat to Mumbai com-         against Palestinian efforts to
 Sabha, one of the last          lion changed hands through        Oman International Bank.          of ambassadors.                  ing to Indian destinations.        tionately steep tariffs imposed    mencing on          To page 3      seek full statehood.
 bastions. — P5

                                   Sur wins HM Cup
                                   MUSCAT — His Highness Sayyid Ali bin Saif bin Hamoud
                                   al Said, Secretary-General at the Diwan of the Minister of
                                   Royal Court, presided over a ceremony at Al Bustan Palace
                                   Hotel for the distribution of His Majesty the Sultan’s Cups for
                                   Municipalities and Water Resources Month.
 Rescue on                            The competition, in its 26th round, was organised under
 RESCUE workers                    the theme of “Continuous Efforts for Sustainable Develop-
 searched through rubble           ment”. The Wilayat of Sur won first place and merited His
 yesterday for more                Majesty’s Cup. The Wilayat of Al Khabourah won second
 earthquake survivors              place, followed by the Wilayat of Ibra, the Wilayat of Al Rus-
 in a remote Himalayan             taq and the Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid. They all bagged His
 region. — P15                     Majesty’s Cup.                                      To page 2

                                         Prayer timing             Fajr    Dhuhr       Asr     Magrib      Isha           Weather Muscat Nizwa Sohar Al Buraimi Sur Khasab Salalah
                                                                                                                                  M                                                                                         EXCHANGE RATES                      GOLD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dollar per Omani Rial               PRICE
                                                 Muscat        04:40 am 12:05 pm 03:31 pm 06:09 pm 07:20 pm                M
                                                                                                                           Max      34     40   38       41      38   40     29
                                                                                                                           Min      27     26   28       27      29   30     25                                   Buying    0.382 Selling 0.388            $1,808.00
                                                                                                                          OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                     THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

                                                                                                         Oman, Asia
                                                                                                         ties in focus
                                                                                                        NEW YORK — GCC foreign
                                                                                                        ministers held their annual
                                                                                                        co-ordination meeting on the
                                                                                                        sidelines of the 66th session
                                                                                                        of the UN General Assembly
                                                                                                        here on Tuesday.
                                                                                                            The Sultanate's delegation
                                                                                                        was led by Yusuf bin Alawi
                                                                                                        bin Abdallah, Minister Re-
                                                                                                        sponsible for Foreign Affairs.
                                                                                                        The meeting discussed the
                                                                                                        GCC stance on the agenda
                                                                                                        of the UN session, as well
                                                                                                        as the latest developments in
                                                                                                        the regional and international
                                                                                                            Alawi also took part in

   Ties with UK discussed                                                                               the ministerial meeting of
                                                                                                        the Asia Co-operation Dia-
                                                                                                        logue (ACD). The meeting
                                                                                                        was headed by Kuwait, which
MUSCAT — Sayyid Badr at Muaskar Bait al Falaj here                    existing co-operation between     chairs the ACD’s 10th Minis-
bin Saud al Busaidy, Minis- yesterday James Bowden, UK                the two friendly countries        terial Council.
ter Responsible for Defence Ambassador to the Sultanate.              and matters of common con-            Also on the sidelines of
Affairs received in his office  The meeting discussed the              cern. — ONA                       the UN session, Alawi met                YUSUF bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, at the annual co-ordination meeting
                                                                                                        with Enver Hoxhaj, Foreign                       of the GCC Foreign Ministers at the GCC delegation’s headquarters on the sidelines of the
                                                                                                        Affairs Minister of Kosovo.                             UN General Assembly’s 66th Session Meetings in New York. — ONA pictures

Microsoft sponsors Health Summit                                                                        The meeting discussed means
                                                                                                        of promoting relations be-
                                                                                                        tween the two countries and
From page 1                         Microsoft Bahrain & Oman.         Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed             matters of common concern.
    According to Dr Qamra           “One of the biggest hurdles       al Saeedi is inaugurating the     The meetings were attended
Said al Sariri, Director of         to improving the quality of       conference and giving the         by Lyutha bint Sultan al
Planning, Directorate-Gen-          care is the lack of accessible    opening address.                  Mughiriyah, the Sultanate's
eral Health Services Muscat,        health-related     information        “The Middle East has made     Permanent Representative to
“While Oman has made signif-        when and where people need        significant investments in the     the United Nations, and the
icant progress in developing        it. Microsoft is improving        healthcare sector in the past     official delegation accompa-
healthcare over the last few        access to information with of-    decade. The Omani health-         nying Alawi. — ONA
years, there is still a scope for   ferings that connect different    care system is one of the most
improving the quality of care
at the healthcare facilities and
                                    systems, processes and people
                                    across the entire health eco-
                                                                      advanced in the world as well
                                                                      as across the GCC region, and        Rains in
encouraging more participa-         system. We look forward to        the Ministry of Health wants
tion from the private sector.
    We welcome Microsoft’s
                                    sharing our experience across
                                    global healthcare systems to
                                                                      to maintain their high stand-
                                                                      ards. They plan to open more
involvement and look forward        move towards a more patient       than 15 hospitals and clinics     AL KAMIL W’AL WAFI —
to benefiting from their exper-      centric and dynamic health-       throughout the Sultanate in       Heavy showers fell yesterday
tise and insights to support the    care system in the Sultanate.”    the next four years, and have     on the Wilayat of Al Kamil
Ministry of Health’s vision             The summit will host re-      allocated $700 million for        W’al Wafi and scattered rains
and reform strategy.”               gional healthcare profession-     healthcare expansion. We are      on the western villages in the
    “Information technology         als as well as product and        pleased that Microsoft rec-       same wilayat. Moderate rains
is a pivotal aspect of progress     service providers from around     ognise this potential and are     fell on the Wilayat of Jaalan
in healthcare, and Microsoft is     the globe. Attendees will share   supporting this initiative,”      Bani Bu Hassan while some
proud to support this pioneer-      ideas, and examine and recom-     commented Naseba Health-          villages at Wilayat of Jaalan
ing event,” said Tareq Hijazi,      mend potential innovations in     care Series Director, Fabien      Bani Bu Ali also witnessed
Regional Country Manager,           the sector. Minister of Health,   Faure.                            light rains. — ONA

Sur wins His Majesty Cup for municipalities

From page 1                         in recognition for its efforts    of entrances of wilayats and     event. The competition aims
    The Ministry’s cups, along      in the field of public aware-      roundabouts, the construction    to encourage proper plan-
with cash prizes went to the        ness and the Wilayat of Al        of sunshades and rest houses,    ning and implementation for
wilayats of awards Al Burai-        Sinainah in appreciation for      the construction of public       projects.
mi, Nizwa, Mad’ha, Ibri and         its efforts in water resources    parking areas, the renovation        The minister added that
Shinas, which ranked 6th-10-        protection.                       of houses belonging to low-      work is under way to prepare
th.                                     Ahmed bin Abdullah al         income families, the develop-    plans and programmes to de-
    Also among the top rank-        Shuhi, Minister of Munici-        ment of craft industries, the    velop the competition in co-
ers were the wilayats of            palities and Water Resources,     establishment of marketing       ordination with the respective
Barka, Al Hamra, Duqum,             said that the competition’s       outlets for craftsmen and the    departments and individuals.
Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan,              activities benefited various       maintenance of aflaj.                 Meanwhile, Shaikh Ali
which ranked 11th-14th and          sectors of society.                  Al Shuhi pointed out that     bin Ahmed al Shamsi, Wali
were awarded the Minis-                 They included the paving      the Municipalities and Water     of Sur, said that his wilayat’s
try's shields, along with cash      of internal roads, the instal-    Resources Month Competi-         victory for the second suc-
prizes.                             lation of street lights, devel-   tion received the attention of   cessive year is not a coinci-
    The Ministry also hon-          opment of public parks and        His Majesty Sultan Qaboos,       dence, but rather the outcome
oured the Wilayat of Bidiyah        markets, the beautification        who blesses the two-yearly       of joint efforts. — ONA

Oman, India seek ways to promote economic relations
MUSCAT — The Oman
Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (OCCI), acting in col-
laboration with the Indian em-
bassy and Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and
Industry (FICCI), organised
here yesterday a seminar dur-
ing which they sought ways to
boost economic relations with
a view to realising the expec-
tations of their peoples, taking
into consideration that India is
a major economic market.
    The meeting was presided
over by OCCI Chairman Kha-
lil bin Abdullah al Khonji, in
the presence of Anil Wadhwa,
the Indian Ambassador to the
Sultanate, and the FICCI Inter-
national Relations Director.
    During the seminar, Pankaj      which furnishes a suitable en-    markable growth in recent        development and RO 10 bil-         Sohar Port Industrial Estate      a company that is specialised    in finalising the shipping and     on identifying the facilities and
Khimji, head of the Omani side      vironment for economic and        years.                           lion for tourism development,      that provides huge capabilities   in shipbuilding and transport.   handling operations in accord-    opportunities provided by each
in the Oman-India Business          investment enterprises.              He added that the coming      in addition to other infrastruc-   for investment that would help        The presentation was pre-    ance with the latest certified     business sector, as well as dis-
Council, spoke about the geo-          Khimji added that most of      stage will witness continuous    ture projects.                     in developing the trade ties      sented by the company man-       standards in this field.           cussing the ways of holding
graphical and demographical         Oman’s industrial and eco-        economic growth as the Sul-         Khimji also indicated to the    with India.                       ager who gave a brief speech        Bilateral meetings were        the bilateral agreements and
nature of the Sultanate, as well    nomic sectors, topped by the      tanate intends to assign RO      significance of the Sultanate’s        The seminar also included a    about the shipbuilding latest    held between the businessmen      entering into new investments
as the developed infrastructure     oil sector, have achieved re-     943 million for oil production   industrial estates, particularly   presentation about Shipyards,     technology and the flexibility    from the two sides that focused   in the two countries. — ONA
                                                                                                                      OMAN/ASIA   3
                                                                                                                           OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                      THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

                                                                                                         19 projects worth RO 42.4 million awarded
                                                                                                        MUSCAT — The Tender Board yes-               pervising the implementation of the          maintenance services for Oman Gas         provision of safety and security serv-
                                                                                                        terday held its 24th meeting of the          power plant project in Barka (third          Company (RO 7,239,082); Addi-             ices for the installation of Oman Elec-
                                                                                                        year during which it awarded develop-        stage) and the power plant project in        tional works for the rehabilitation of    tricity Transmission Company (RO
                                                                                                        ment projects covering a wide range          Sohar — second stage (RO 673,874);           Nizwa / Thumrait road ( fourth stage,     354,200); Additional works for the
                                                                                                        of services and facilities. The meeting      Expansion of the water desalination          third part) (RO 1,377,974); Additional    provision of the consultancy services
                                                                                                        was presided over by Dr Rasheed bin          plant in Al Lakbi in the Wilayat of          works for the construction of fishing     for the construction of two transform-
                                                                                                        al Safi al Huraibi, Chairman of the          Al Jazir in the Al Wusta Region (RO          harbour in the Wilayat of Al Suwaiq in    er station, Airport Heights and Athaiba
                                                                                                        Tender Board.                                962,500); Construction of feeder (33         the Al Batinah Region (RO 533,509);       coast and the works for the associated
                                                                                                           The tenders, worth RO 42.4 mil-           KV) from Bahla main transformer              Additional works for the provision of     transmission lines (RO 63,000); Addi-
                                                                                                        lion (42,444,195 Omani rials), includ-       station to Tanuf transformer station         the consultancy services for the de-      tional works for the provision of the
                                                                                                        ed the construction of the National          in the wilayat of Nizwa in the Al Da-        sign and supervision of Ibri-Al Draiz-    consultancy services for the design
                                                                                                        Centre for Vocational Guidance at            khiliyah Region (RO 265,874) Design          Maskan dual carriageway project, Al       and supervision of the implementa-
                                                                                                        the Airport Heights in the Wilayat of        and construction of flyovers on the          Draiz/Yanqul dual carriageway project     tion of the sanitary drainage project
                                                                                                        Bausher in Muscat Governorate (RO            Al Batinah dual carriageway (second          and Ibri-Al Draiz ring road dual car-     in Seeb in Muscat Governorate (RO
                                                                                                        2,985,100); Construction of Al Muri/         stage) in Al Bidayah , Sur Al Shiyadi        riageway project (RO 146,520); Addi-      47,229); Additional works for water
                                                                                                        Al Ain road in the Al Dhahirah Re-           and Mijaz Al Sughra (RO 8,699,007);          tional works for the supply of trainers   meter readings, the sanitary drainage
                                                                                                        gion (RO 14,257,806); Improvement            Supply, installation and operation of        for Al Seeb and Sur Vocational Train-     fees at (4.49 per cent 1.95 per cent
                                                                                                        of Al Shaibah-Al Suwaiq and Saham            medical equipment for Jaalan Bani Bu         ing Centres (RO 691,800); Additional      and 1.3 per cent) for the expansion of
                                                                                                        roundabouts on the Al Batinah High-          Hassan hospital in the A’Sharqiyah           works for the dual carriageway of         the sanitary drainage water treatment
                                                                                                        way (RO 788,802); Provision of the           Region (RO 102,033); Supply of rice          Um Al Ghawarif road in Salalah (RO        plant in Raysut (second stage ) (RO
                                                                                                        technical consultancy services for su-       commodity (RO 1,907,898); General            377,590); Additional works for the        559,869). — ONA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PSM holds annual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oath-taking ceremony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MUSCAT — The annual oath-taking ceremony of Student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Body 2011 took place at the Dr A Q Khan Hall of Pakistan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    School Muscat this week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Student Body is normally comprised of girls and boys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    students who have to perform their duties to maintain disci-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pline inside the school before, during and after the assembly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and sportsmanship during the sports competitions. Moreover,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    they also guide and help the other students in following the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rules and regulations of PSM.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The junior students also participated and were appointed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    as proctors. They were very happy and excited throughout the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ceremony. They have to be responsible for their own section.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The ceremony began with the recitation of verses from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Holy Quran by Safa Mehmood. After that, the Deputy Head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Proctors and Head Proctors students were on stage to don their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    respective sashes and badges. Saad Munir of Class A 2 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habiba Sohail of Class XII- C were appointed as Head Boy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Head Girl respectively of the Student Body, 2011.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nawabzada Ameenullah Khan Raisani, the Ambassador of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pakistan to Sultanate of Oman was the chief guest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       K K Ehsaan Wagan, Deputy Head of Mission, Pakistan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Embassy, Oman was the Guest of Honour.

                          SHANE Bauer and Josh Fattal (centre) with Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti in Tehran's Mehrabad airport before leaving for Oman.
                                           RIGHT: Iranian lawyer Masoud Shafiee with an Omani official in Tehran yesterday. — Reuters

 Broadcaster ‘to revamp
   news programmes’
                                                                    IndiGo promises to end era of
BEIJING — State broadcaster China Central Television will
radically revamp its flagship news programmes from next
year, media said yesterday, as authorities try to lure viewers
away from racier shows.
                                                                     expensive air travel to India
    China Central Television (CCTV), the government’s               From page 1                                                                                                 hassle free for our customers
broadcast mouthpiece, announced the changes to its news                                                                                                                         and provide them high quality
programmes News Network and Focus late on Tuesday, Sina                 October 10. IndiGo is of-                                                                               travel experience at the best
News said on its website.                                           fering four flights a week at                                                                               yet affordable prices.”
    News Network, CCTV’s main daily news show, “will be             an inaugural return fare of RO                                                                                  IndiGo is India's second
completely revamped, with changes to its title, studio and oth-     88, along with free checked                                                                                 largest airline with a market
er aspects of its packaging,” Sina said.                            baggage of 30 kg and 8 kg of                                                                                share of 19.6 per cent in June
    Focus, a daily current affairs show highlighting social         cabin luggage.                                                                                              2011, as well as the country's
problems, will “increase its reporting of public opinion”, it           Outlining the airline’s                                                                                 largest low fare carrier. IndiGo
said. A spokeswoman for CCTV said she was not aware of the          strategy for growth in Oman,                                                                                is the fastest growing low cost
changes when contacted by AFP.                                      Ghosh said services to Cochin,                                                                              carrier in the world (source:
    The facelift signals that authorities are trying to increase    Trivandrum and Chennai will                                                                                 CAPA). The carrier has many
the appeal of CCTV to a younger audience more attracted to          be launched within the next                                                                                 firsts and distinctions to its
fluffier but vastly more popular provincial content.                three months, while Delhi will      FROM left: Sanjay Kumar — Chief Commercial Officer,                     credit: Its On-Time Perform-
    The government has previously tried to strong-arm view-         be added sometime thereafter.       IndiGo; Aditya Ghosh — President, IndiGo; and Gautam                    ance is one of the best in India,
ers into watching their shows by ordering problematic pro-          Depending upon the uptake of             Broota — CEO, Muscat International Services                        while its Technical Dispatch
grammes to be taken off the air.                                    its services, more routes on the    able to replicate its domestic      Oman can experience IndiGo          Reliability is 99.91 per cent,
                                                                    Indian sector will be added to                                                                                                                      They were accompanied by Zia-ul-Haq Siddiqui, Chairman
    The latest casualty was Super Girl — China’s answer to US                                           success in the international        product offerings. IndiGo is        making it the airline with the
smash hit American Idol — which had hundreds of millions            the network.                                                                                                least number of cancellations       Board of Directors Pakistan Schools Oman and Muhammad
                                                                                                        market as well. The carrier’s       committed towards providing
of viewers before authorities pulled the plug on it, the official       Significantly, Muscat is the                                                                            in India.                           Zakariya Babur, Principal Pakistan School Muscat. The dig-
                                                                                                        expansion in the international      affordable fares to the grow-
Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.                                fourth overseas destination to                                                                                  With its fleet of 44 new Air-   nitaries did the honours of conferring the sashes and badges
                                                                                                        skies will further consolidate      ing market of frequent trave-
    Instead, “programmes that promote moral ethics, pub-            be added to IndiGo’s interna-       its position as the fastest grow-   lers in Oman and likewise,          bus A320 aircraft, the airline      among the Student Body and the captains and vice-captains of
lic safety and provide practical information for housework”         tional network as the airline       ing low fare airline,” IndiGo       offer increased daily flights in    offers 265 daily flights con-       all the houses.
would be broadcast in its place.                                    continues to press ahead with       said in a statement.                future. We are diligently work-     necting 29 destinations - Agar-         Shoaib Zameer, Counsellor, Embassy of Pakistan; Shahid
                                                                    its strategy to expand far be-          Speaking on this achieve-       ing with the authorities to get     tala, Ahmedabad, Bangkok,           Javaid, Community Welfare Attache, Maqbool Ahmed sheikh,
Deputy minister accused of                                          yond Indian airspace. The low
                                                                    fare carrier recently launched
                                                                                                        ment, Aditya Ghosh, Presi-
                                                                                                        dent IndiGo said, “We wish to
                                                                                                                                            additional rights to cater to the
                                                                                                                                            growing India-Oman traffic.”
                                                                                                                                                                                Bengaluru,       Bhubaneshwar,
                                                                                                                                                                                Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Member Board of Directors; Vice President, PSC; and other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    members were also present on the occasion.
exaggerating qualifications                                         its international services with
                                                                    daily and direct flights from
                                                                                                        thank our customers for their
                                                                                                        enduring trust and support and
                                                                                                                                                Ghosh further added, “We
                                                                                                                                            hope to create the same magic
                                                                                                                                                                                Dibrugarh, Dubai, Goa, Gu-
                                                                                                                                                                                wahati, Hyderabad, Imphal,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Muhammad Zakariya Babur administered the oath to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Students Body.
                                                                    Delhi to Dubai, Bangkok and         are extremely excited about         and success in the internation-     Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi,           They pledged to work with courtesy and devotion and en-
HANOI — A deputy minister is under scrutiny following al-
                                                                    Singapore.                          the upcoming international          al market and look forward to       Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai,           deavour to promote discipline, sportsmanship and good hab-
legations that he lied about having a doctorate and had racked
                                                                        “The initial response of the    launch. Muscat is a key mar-        a great experience with our         Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur,        its in the school. They promised never to discriminate against
up huge debts, a Vietnamese official said yesterday.
                                                                    flights has been good so far and    ket for us and large Indian         customers. It is our consistent     Singapore, Srinagar, Trivan-        anyone on any account and obey the teachers and school rules
    “The Ministry of Health has organised a meeting and asked
                                                                    the carrier hopes that it will be   population which is based in        endeavor to make the journey        drum and Vadodara.                  whole-heartedly.
Deputy Minister Cao Minh Quang to give a written explana-
tion to the ministry about that allegation,” said Tran Duc Long,
chief of the ministry’s legal department.
    “Competent authorities will deal with it to get answers.”
Quang has been accused by local media of presenting a cer-
tificate he gained from a university in Sweden as equivalent to
                                                                    Korean envoys hold N-talks in Beijing                                                                                                                China to restart
a doctorate in pharmacy. An investigation by the Ministry of
Public Security revealed the certificate was a requirement for
                                                                    BEIJING — The chief nuclear
                                                                    envoys for North and South
                                                                                                                                                                                   Now all sides say they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        N-projects in 2012
candidates who want to pursue a doctorate, but no proof of a
                                                                    Korea met in Beijing yester-                                                                                want to start talking again,        BEIJING — China will start approving new nuclear power
completed programme.
                                                                    day to try to revive interna-                                                                               especially after Pyongyang’s        projects next year after suspending them in the wake of
    Quang, who is in charge of granting licences for pharma-
                                                                    tional nuclear disarmament                                                                                  disclosure last November of         the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima atomic plant, state media
ceutical companies, is also accused of asking Ngo Chi Dung,
                                                                    talks, with little hope of any                                                                              a uranium enrichment pro-           said yesterday.
former general director of BV Pharma JSC, to lend him $96,000
                                                                    early breakthroughs.                                                                                        gramme which could give it             China ordered safety inspections of its nuclear
and ordering an inspection of the company when the debt was
                                                                        The one-day meeting at                                                                                  a second way to make atomic         plants and suspended approval of new projects after the
due. In an interview with Tuoi Tre newspaper, Quang said the
                                                                    a private members’ club in                                                                                  weapons.                            March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan
accusations of unpaid debts were defamatory and insisted that
                                                                    the centre of the Chinese                                                                                      But while the North wants        sparked the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl
he had fully repaid the loan with interest.
                                                                    capital is the second round of                                                                              six-party talks without pre-        25 years ago.
Train crash probe delayed                                           talks between the South’s Wi
                                                                    Sung-Lac and his North Ko-
                                                                                                                                                                                conditions, South Korea and
                                                                                                                                                                                the United States say it must
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The China Securities Journal, a business daily, said the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    inspections were completed at the end of August and the
                                                                    rean counterpart Ri Yong-Ho                                                                                 show seriousness about giv-
  for technical reasons                                             in two months.
                                                                        They aim to pave the
                                                                                                                                                                                ing up its nuclear arsenal in
                                                                                                                                                                                return for economic, diplo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    results would soon be made public.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       China’s aim to increase its nuclear power capacity to
                                                                    way for a resumption of full                                                                                matic and security benefits.        40 gigawatts by 2015 from 10.8 gigawatts in 2010 is unaf-
BEIJING — The results of an investigation into a train crash
in July which killed 40 people in eastern China have been de-       six-party negotiations on the                                                                                  South Korea’s Wi, who            fected by the review, the report said. But it may have to
layed due to technical issues, state media said yesterday, hav-     North’s nuclear disarmament,                                                                                has said in the past it was         revise downwards a goal to reach 80 gigawatts by 2020, it
ing originally been promised for the middle of September.           a process which began back                                                                                  “too ambitious” to expect the       said, citing experts.
    The government has struggled to address public fury over        in 2003 and groups the two                                                                                  talks to restart this autumn,          China, the world’s second largest economy, has said it
the accident near the booming coastal city of Wenzhou, when         Koreas, China, the United                                                                                   said yesterday’s discussions        aims to get 15 per cent of its power from renewable sources
one high-speed train apparently rammed into another one             States, Japan and Russia.                                                                                   would include the precondi-         by 2020, compared to just over one per cent now.
stranded on the track after being hit by lightening.                    North Korea formally                                                                                    tions the North must meet.             It currently has 14 nuclear reactors and is building more
    The official Xinhua news agency said the investigation into     abandoned the six-nation fo-                                                                                   “I will discuss a wide           than two dozen others — estimated at 40 per cent of all
the crash needed more time, despite more than 200 meetings          rum in April 2009, a month                                                                                  range of issues concerning          reactors being built worldwide.
and the collating of more than 1,300 documents to date.             before staging a second nu-                                                                                 denuclearisation, including            More are on the drawing board as China struggles to
    “Recently, much basic work has been done and important          clear test which brought             SOUTH Korea’s top nuclear envoy Wi Sung-Lac (R) and                    the pre-steps,” he said during      meet soaring energy demand to feed its booming economy.
basic data and test materials have been obtained,” it cited the     worldwide condemnation and            his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-Ho before their                  a midday break in the talks.        Despite the Japanese calamity, Beijing has insisted that
investigation team as saying. — Agencies                            fresh United Nations sanc-                   meeting in Beijing yesterday. — Reuters                        — AFP                               atomic energy will remain a key part of its energy mix.
                                                                                                                      THE WORLD    4
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                                                                                                                       THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

    Hacking: cops see flaws
LONDON — London's police force admitted yesterday it was
wrong to invoke a harsh secrecy law to force The Guardian
newspaper to reveal the source for its reports on the British
                                                                       Palestinians urged                                                                                           New theory
                                                                                                                                                                                   on towers fall
                                                                                                                                                                                  PARIS — A mix of sprin-
phone hacking scandal.
    The Metropolitan Police Service announced on Tuesday
that it had dropped an application for a court order against The
Guardian, which broke the story of hacking at Rupert Mur-
doch's now-closed News of the World.
                                                                        to return to talks
                                                                      NEW YORK — US Presi-               cy to bring the sides together     Palestinians should resume
                                                                                                                                                                                  kling system water and
                                                                                                                                                                                  melted aluminium from air-
                                                                                                                                                                                  craft hulls likely triggered
                                                                                                                                                                                  the explosions that felled
                                                                                                                                                                                  New York's Twin Towers on
    "The view I came to when I looked at the matter was that          dent Barack Obama yesterday        and prevent a Security Coun-       peace talks within one month          September 11, 2001, a mate-
the Official Secrets Act was not an appropriate element of the        called on the Palestinians to      cil vote. He met directly after    with the aim of reaching a de-
                                                                                                                                                                                  rials expert told a technology
application, and that was the basis of the decision to withdraw       return to the negotiating table    his speech with Israeli Prime      finitive agreement within one
                                                                                                                                                                                  conference yesterday.
the application at this time," Deputy Assistant Commissioner          with Israel rather than seek       Minister Benjamin Netanyahu        year.
                                                                                                                                                                                      "If my theory is correct,
Mark Simmons told the BBC.                                            statehood through the United       and was to meet with Abbas             "Let's have one month
                                                                                                                                                                                  tonnes of aluminium ran
    Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger welcomed the decision to          Nations.                           at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel       to resume discussions, six
                                                                                                                                                                                  down through the towers,
drop the application, but criticised police for saying that they          "I am convinced that there     later.                             months to find an agreement
                                                                                                                                                                                  where the smelt came into
would still pursue the investigation into the alleged leaks by        is no short cut to the end of a        "The bonds between the         on borders and security and
                                                                      conflict that has endured for      US and Israel are unbreak-         one year to reach a definite          contact with a few hundred
police staff. "They should just stop that," Rusbridger told the                                                                                                                   litres of water," explained
BBC.                                                                  decades. Peace is hard work.       able," Obama said alongside        agreement," Sarkozy pro-
                                                                      Peace will not come through        Netanyahu. "Peace cannot be        posed. The status of observer         Christian Simensen, a sci-
    "These are reporters who are just doing their ordinary busi-                                                                                                                  entist at SINTEF, an inde-
ness. If you are going to criminalise reporters who talk to pub-      statements and resolutions at      imposed on the parties. It's go-   state would be less than full
                                                                      the UN — if it were that easy,     ing to have to be negotiated...    UN membership.                        pendent technology research
lic officials on an unauthorised basis, you would be locking up                                                                                                                   institute based in Norway.
most journalists in Britain."                                         it would have been accom-          The ultimate goal of all of us         In the West Bank, mean-
                                                                      plished by now," he said.          is two states side by side liv-    while, thousands of people                Given the quantities of
    The left-leaning Guardian revealed in July that the voicemail
                                                                          "Ultimately, it is Israelis    ing in peace."                     rallied in support of the Pales-      the molten metal involved,
of Milly Dowler, a teenage murder victim, had been hacked into
                                                                      and Palestinians who must              The US has vowed to veto       tinian UN bid.                        these blasts would have been
by the News of the World, a Sunday tabloid owned by the Aus-
                                                                      live side by side. Ultimately,     the Palestinian bid in the Secu-       The rally kicked off in           powerful enough to blow               LIBERAL Democrat leader and Deputy Prime
tralian-born Murdoch's News International. — AFP
                                                                      it is Israelis and Palestinians    rity Council, but such a move      Ramallah's Yasser Arafat              out an entire section of each        Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez
                                                                                                                                                                                  building, he said in a state-
   Power cut over bill delay                                          — not us — who must reach
                                                                      agreement on the issues that
                                                                                                         risks alienating Washington
                                                                                                         from the Arab world during a
                                                                                                                                            square, dominated by a huge
                                                                                                                                            sign with the words "UN 194"          ment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Durantez arrive for his closing speech at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         conference in Birmingham yesterday. — AFP
                                                                      divide them: on borders and        critical time in the region.       on it, in reference to the Pal-           This, in turn, would lead
MADRID — A Spanish city that failed to pay its electricity bill
                                                                      security; on refugees and Je-          And Obama's attempt to         estinian attempt to become the        to the top section of each
got a shock when the lights went out at many city buildings
                                                                      rusalem."                          walk the diplomatic tightrope      194th member of the United            tower to fall down on the
including a pool being used by swimmers. Albacete, a city of
175,000 people in central Spain, has racked up unpaid bills of            Palestinians, Israelis and     in New York did not go down        Nations.                              sections below. "The sheer
more than one million euros ($1.4 million) with electricity gi-       the United States have been        well among Palestinians.               Many of the estimated             weight of the top floors
ant Iberdrola, city and company officials said yesterday.             scrambling to line up support          "We have had 20 years of       20,000 crowd waved large              would be enough to crush
    Among the buildings that plunged into the dark on Tuesday         in the UN Security Council         negotiations and still Obama       Palestinian flags, or carried         the lower part of the build-
were a library, a sporting centre — and a swimming pool. "A           before President Mahmud Ab-        wants to take more time. This      banners either in support of          ing," he said.
lot people were swimming when they cut the power," the city's         bas is scheduled to apply for      just does not make sense,"         UN membership, or con-                    The      aluminium-water
chief of staff Irene Soriano said.                                    UN membership and deliver          said Mustafa Barghouti, head       demning a likely US veto. The         scenario would account for
    "These are the first cuts we have had but we fear more."          an address to the General As-      of the Palestinian National        UN General Assembly began             explosions from within the
Iberdrola had warned in advance of the cuts in non-essential          sembly tomorrow.                   Initiative.                        yesterday its 66th annual ses-        buildings just prior to their
government services, she said. "They were the ones who de-                Obama, who described               As a way of a compromise,      sion attended by all UN mem-          collapse that have fuelled
cided which services were not essential," Soriano said.               himself as "frustrated" with       French President Nicolas           bers and world organisations,         conspiracy theories suggest-
    Albacete's mayor Carmen Bayod, of the conservative Pop-           the stalemate between the Is-      Sarkozy proposed that the UN       whose representatives in suc-         ing that the structures had
ular Party, managed to pursuade Iberdrola at the last minute          raelis and Palestinians, was in-   grant the Palestinians observer    cession will address the body         been booby-trapped. — AFP
to leave on the power at a nursery school, she added. An Iber-        volved in last minute diploma-     state status, while Israelis and   until mid-next week. — dpa
drola spokeswoman, Elena Gonzalez, confirmed the power cut
but declined further comment.
    Albacete has debts of more than 15 million euros with other
                                                                                                                                                                                    GPS use for
suppliers and is in debt repayment discussions with various
banks, Soriano said. Many Spanish cities and regions, hit by
                                                                                                                                                                                   tracking kids
the global financial crisis and the 2008 property bubble col-                                                                                                                     STOCKHOLM — A day-
lapse, are in financial trouble and running far behind on bill                                                                                                                    care centre in the southern          TURKISH President Abdullah Gul holds a speech
payments. — AFP                                                                                                                                                                                                          next to state premier of Baden-Wuerttemberg
                                                                                                                                                                                  Swedish city of Malmoe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and member of German Green party Winfried
                                                                                                                                                                                  said yesterday it planned to
Threat to indigenous rights                                                                                                                                                       test GPS devices for track-
                                                                                                                                                                                  ing children when they are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kretschmann in Stuttgart yesterday. — Reuters

GENEVA— Drug traffickers and irregular armed groups pose                                                                                                                          out on excursions.
the greatest threat to indigenous groups in parts of Latin Amer-                                                                                                                      "We will test this system
ica, a UN expert on native rights told reporters yesterday.                                                                                                                       on 10 children for a week in
    "In the case of drug traffickers or narcotraffickers and irreg-                                                                                                               October. We will have 10
ular or paramilitary forces, in many places those are the major                                                                                                                   GPS transmitters attached
threat to indigenous peoples," The UN Special Rapporteur on                                                                                                                       to their reflective vests when
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya said.                                                                                                                                we're outside the nursery
    "Of course this has been a problem in Colombia, with not                                                                                                                      school," explained Karin
just the drug cartels but also the irregular forces that exist in                                                                                                                 Werholt, who runs the Kron-
that country," he said.                                                                                                                                                           prinsen (Crown Prince) cen-
    "The constitutional court itself has declared that because of                                                                                                                 tre that cares for 36 children
these forces on the ground, despite protection under Colom-                                                                                                                       between the ages of one and
bian law, and protections in the Colombian constitution, there                                                                                                                    six.
are numerous indigenous peoples that are in threat of extinc-                                                                                                                         "We will test if the trans-
tion," Anaya said.                                                                                                                                                                mitters are robust, if they
    The UN expert added that similar patterns were also being                                                                                                                     work well and if they affect
observed in parts of Central America, Peru and Mexico.                                                                                                                            the children's playing in any
    He also gave the example of Brazil, where according to                                                                                                                        way," she said, adding that
Anaya, large scale farmers use private security forces to re-
                                                                                                                                                                                  the centre did not have any
move indigenous people "who are reoccupying their tradition-
                                                                                                                                                                                  problem keeping track of
al territories that are now within... areas titled to the farmer."
    "The real threat there is from these kinds of irregular forces
                                                                                                                                                                                      According to the Mal-              FORMER St Petersburg governor Valentina
in the midst of a vacuum of effective government power."It is
                                                                                                                                                                                  moe company Purple Scout            Matviyenko talks to journalists after being elected as
a very serious situation," he added.
                                                                                                                                                                                  that provides the system, the          the new speaker of the Federation Council of
Splurge on conference food                                                                                                                                                        GPS transmitters all report
                                                                                                                                                                                  the positions of the chil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Russia in Moscow yesterday. — Reuters

WASHINGTON — Sixteen-dollar muffins, eight-dollar cups                                                                                                                            dren to one mobile phone,
of coffee and seven-dollar Beef Wellington hors d'oeuvres —                                                                                                                       which sounds an alert if a
all part of the lavish spreads found at US Justice Department                                                                                                                     transmitter moves beyond
conferences, an audit has found.                                      A PALESTINIAN woman chants slogans during a demonstration in support of Mahmud                              a certain distance from the
    The audit released on Tuesday by the department's Office              Abbas' bid for statehood recognition at the UN yesterday in Gaza City. — AFP                            phone. — AFP
of the Inspector General found that Justice Department agen-
cies spent far too much on conference catering in 2008 and
2009, when the economic crisis was in full swing.
    The report will likely provide fodder for small-government
                                                                       35 criminals’                      Megacities could save the world
critics of US President Barack Obama, who have accused his
administration of runaway spending and of failing to revive the
                                                                       bodies found                      NEW YORK — A global                and Shanghai growing expo-               "Cities are very important
economy or provide jobs.                                              XALAPA, Mexico — The               explosion of urban growth          nentially.                           for generating more GDP and
    The audit found that one conference served $16 muffins,           bodies of at least 35 mem-         and the rise of the megacity           Mexican telecoms tycoon          to uplift the whole society," he
while another offered Beef Wellington hors d'oeuvres costing          bers of "a criminal organi-        could help resolve some of         Carlos Slim, named by Forbes         said. "One percentage increase
$7.32 per serving. It said coffee and tea at the events cost up to    sation" have been found in         the world's deepest problems,      as the world's richest person,       in urban population will mean
$1.03 an ounce, meaning an eight-ounce cup would have cost            two trucks in Veracruz, east-      from overpopulation to envi-       said that bringing people into       a lot jobs, a lot of consumption
more than eight dollars.                                              ern Mexico, justice officials      ronmental devastation.             urban areas is the only way for      and a lot of investment."
    The audit said $4.4 million was spent on 10 events between        said, adding that most of the          In an upbeat assessment,       countries to cope with already           It "will make a lot of prob-
October 2007 and September 2009, some of which "featured              dead were convicts.                senior international business      inevitable population growth.        lems as well, for instance:
costly meals, refreshments, and themed breaks that we believe             Veracruz state prosecu-        and political figures told a fo-       "If there were not big cities    population pressure, environ-
were indicative of wasteful or extravagant spending."                 tor Reynaldo Escobar told a        rum in New York that along         the service will not be afford-      mental degradation and lack
    "We concluded that DOJ components hosting conferences                                                with the obvious challenges,       able for the population," Slim       of social amenities," Yang
                                                                      news conference the cadav-
in (fiscal year) 2008 and (fiscal year) 2009 did not adequately                                          they saw huge opportunities        told the panel at the annual         said.
                                                                      ers were located on Tuesday
attempt to minimise conference costs as required by federal                                              in the rush to urbanisation.       meeting of the Clinton Global            California's        lieutenant
                                                                      inside trucks at an underpass
and DOJ guidelines," the audit said. — AFP                                                                   In 1800, just three per cent   Initiative group.                    governor, Gavin Newsom,                  SPAIN’S Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez
                                                                      and that those so far identi-
                                                                                                         of the world lived in urban            China's Foreign Minister         described the "remarkable              Zapatero (L) talks to Spanish Economy Minister
                                                                      fied had criminal records
   US drone bases in Africa                                           for murder, kidnapping and
                                                                                                         areas. Today that figure has
                                                                                                         passed 50 per cent and by
                                                                                                                                            Yang Jiechi said his country
                                                                                                                                            is embracing the urban model
                                                                                                                                                                                 challenge to deal with ethnic,
                                                                                                                                                                                 racial, religious diversity," and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Elena Salgado during his last weekly question time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       parliament session in Madrid yesterday. — Reuters
WASHINGTON — The United States is building a ring of                                                     2050 it will likely reach 70       with about 120 cities of more        said what matters is "the hu-
                                                                          A source in the pros-
secret drone bases in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Pe-                                             per cent, with cities like New     than a million people already        man capital equation, not just
                                                                      ecutor's office said the dead
ninsula as part of an aggressive campaign against Al Qaeda af-                                           York, Mexico City, Moscow          on the map.                          the infrastructure." — AFP
                                                                      were 23 men and 12 wom-
filiates in Somalia and Yemen, The Washington Post reported           en.
yesterday, citing US officials.                                           "At this time we have 35
    One base for the unmanned aircraft is being established in
Ethiopia and another base has been installed in the Seychelles
in the Indian Ocean, the newspaper reported. A small fleet of
                                                                      bodies confirmed dead," said
                                                                      the source from Xalapa, the
                                                                                                          Russia orbits military satellite
                                                                      state capital, as local televi-
"hunter-killer" drones resumed operations in the islands this                                            MOSCOW — Russia placed             lowing an August 24 crash of a       moving personnel from Earth
                                                                      sion showed some corpses
month after an experimental mission demonstrated that the un-         dumped on the street and           a military satellite in orbit      Soyuz rocket, which destroyed        to the space station. The last
manned drones could effectively patrol Somalia from there,            others in the trucks covered       yesterday in a badly-needed        a supply payload for the Inter-      US space shuttle, which also
the report said.                                                      with blue plastic sheeting.        success for its troubled space     national Space Station.              could bring crew to the ISS,
    The US military also has flown drones over Somalia and                The bodies were discov-        programme.                             That accident was pre-           was retired in July.
Yemen from bases in the African nation of Djibouti and the            ered one day after at least            A Proton-M fired from          ceded by an August 18 launch             The next Soyuz is to fly to
CIA is building a secret airstrip in the Arabian Peninsula to         32 prisoners escaped from          Kazakhstan's Baikonur space        of a Proton-M rocket, which          the ISS with three astronauts
deploy drones over Yemen, the article said.                           three correctional facilities      centre appeared to function        caused the total loss of a $400      in November, following an
    The White House declined comment on the report. The               in Veracruz, 14 of whom            normally and it set its secret     million European communica-          unmanned flight of the Soyuz
United States and Seychellois officials have previously ac-           were recaptured, according         payload into a proper orbit,       tions satellite by placing it in a   rocket planned for October 1.
knowledged the drones' presence in the island but have said           to authorities. Escobar how-       Kremlin officials told the In-     useless orbit.                           Nasa officials have said
that their primary mission was to track pirates.                      ever told local media that         terfax news agency.                    The twin August failures         that if no new crew is brought
    But classified US diplomatic cables show that the unmanned        the bodies were not those of           "It was a normal launch,"      had raised questions over Rus-       to the ISS by late November,
aircraft have also conducted counter-terrorism missions over          the prison escapees.               said colonel Aleksei Zol-          sia's ability to put payloads        the station might have to be
                                                                                                         tukhin. "It went according to      into space reliably and, espe-       evacuated. Russia's national         US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu (C) chats with US
Somalia, about 1,287 km to the northwest, the Post reported.              The victims were all part
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ambassador to China Gary Locke as they arrive for a
The newspaper said the cables, obtained by WikiLeaks, reveal          of the same criminal organi-       plan." The successful mission      cially, to deliver new crew to       space agency Roskozmos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang at the
that US officials asked leaders in the Seychelles to keep the         zation, Escobar said without       was Russia's first attempt to      the ISS. The Soyuz rocket is         has vowed the ISS will stay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Zhongnanhai in Beijing yesterday. — Reuters
counter-terrorism missions secret. —Agencies                          elaborating. — AFP                 launch a rocket into space fol-    the only vehicle capable of          manned. — dpa
                                                                                                                           OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                     THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

                                                                                                                                            NTC claims victory in Sabha;
                                                                                                                                             new cabinet within 10 days
                                                                                                                                            TRIPOLI/NORTH OF BANI                been quickly reversed.              heavy rocket fire yesterday.        the current council failed to
                                                                                                                                            WALID — Libya's interim                  Despite the apparent suc-           Fighters making their way       agree.
                                                                                                                                            rulers said yesterday they had       cess at Sabha, chaos prevailed      back from the front line said           The NTC has its roots in
                                                                                                                                            captured most of one of Mua-         among fighters besieging            they were meeting fierce re-        the eastern city of Benghazi,
                                                                                                                                            mmar Gaddafi's last strong-          Gaddafi's other two hold-out        sistance at Khamseen, 50 km         although most of the fight-
                                                                                                                                            holds.                               towns. Several attempts by          east of Sirte and were un-          ers who captured Tripoli last
                                                                                                                                                Sabha — deep in the Sa-          NTC fighters to overrun Bani        able to respond because they        month come from the west.
                                                                                                                                            hara desert — had been hold-         Walid and Sirte in the past         lacked the firepower. Others        The NTC says it aims to form
                                                                                                                                            ing out along with Bani Walid        week have ended in disarray         said the ferocity of the fight-     a new interim administration
                                                                                                                                            and Gaddafi's hometown Sirte         and panicked retreat.               ing from the Gaddafi loyalists      that is more inclusive.
                                                                                                                                            since the fall of the capital            Fighting at Bani Walid has      had shocked them.                       Libya will now prob-
                                                                                                                                            Tripoli a month ago.                 been chaotic and scattershot            "I'm 100 per cent sure that     ably name a new government
                                                                                                                                                "We control most of Sabha        with different brigades argu-       there is someone important in       within 10 days, interim Prime
                                                                                                                                            apart from the Al Manshiya           ing among themselves, fight-        Sirte, either Gaddafi himself       Minister Mahmoud Jibril said
                                                                                                                                            district. This is still resisting,   ers from other areas not get-       or one of his sons, because his     in New York yesterday, where
                                                                                                                                            but it will fall," ruling Nation-    ting along with local fighters,     forces have become suicidal         he is attending the UN General
                                                                                                                                            al Transitional Council (NTC)        and talk of traitors infiltrating   in the Khamseen area," NTC          Assembly.
                                                                                                                                            military spokesman Ahmed             the ranks and sabotaging the        fighter Hamed al Hachy, said.           Libya's de facto rulers won
                                                                                                                                            Bani said.                           assault.                            "And they are trying to buy         expressions of support from
                                                                                                                                                CNN, citing a correspond-            Outside Sirte yesterday,        him time until he's able to flee    Washington, the African Un-
                                                                                                                                            ent in Sabha, reported that          NTC forces came under fire          Libya."                             ion and South Africa on Tues-
                                                                                                                                            NTC fighters had occupied            from Gaddafi loyalists on               Efforts to take control of      day and its new green, red and
                                                                                                                                            the centre of the desert outpost     fronts east and west of the city.   all of Libya's territory are tak-   black flag flew for the first
                                                                                                                                            yesterday after taking the air-      Fighting on the west of the         ing place alongside attempts        time at the United Nations.
                                                                                                                                            port and a fort the day before.      town was sporadic. East of the      to appoint an interim cabinet,          "I expect the government to
                                                                                                                                                It was not immediately           city, an NTC advance has been       though that has also proven         be announced in the next week
                                                                                                                                            clear whether fighters would         held back for days by Gaddafi       more difficult than expected.       to 10 days maximum," Jibril
                                                                                                                                            be able to hold their gains.         loyalists. Reuters reporters            A plan to announce a new        said after a G8 conference on
      ANTI-GADDAFI fighters celebrate the arrival of tanks at a checkpoint north of Muammar Gaddafi's bastion                               Throughout seven months of           travelling with the column said     interim government this week        aiding Arab countries' transi-
    of Bani Walid as part of preparations for an expected advance into the town by NTC forces yesterday. — Reuters                          fighting, advances have often        it came under sustained and         collapsed after members of          tion to democracy. — Reuters

                                                                         Al Qaeda
 Fresh fighting; truce                                                  owns attacks                     Syrian forces kill 6; EU bans oil investments
 on brink of collapse                                                  BAGHDAD — Al Qaeda's
                                                                       front group in Iraq yesterday
                                                                                                        AMMAN — Syrian forces killed at
                                                                                                        least six civilians in military operations
                                                                                                        in central and northwestern regions
                                                                                                                                                     in April.
                                                                                                                                                         The killings occurred in Jabal al
                                                                                                                                                     Zawiya, rugged terrain near Turkey,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  bodies were found shot with their arms
                                                                                                                                                                                                  tied behind their back since last week,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  when forces loyal to Assad mounted an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Barack Obama on the sidelines of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               UN General Assembly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   European Union governments,
                                                                       claimed much of a spate of
SANAA — Three civilians             without giving further details.                                     yesterday, residents said, following an      where defectors have taken refuge in         operation in pursuit of defectors.           which have imposed an embargo on
                                                                       nationwide violence a month
were killed in crossfire during         An initial toll was put at                                      increase in attacks on the army by de-       hideouts, and in the province of Homs,           Residents and activists said Jabal al    Syrian oil imports, banned yesterday
                                                                       ago that left 74 people dead
clashes between rival military      three civilians killed in the                                       fectors sheltering in rural areas.           where army buses and checkpoints             Zawiya has been a route for deserters        European firms from making new in-
                                                                       in the country's bloodiest
units that rocked Yemen's           crossfire but there was no im-                                          Neighbouring Turkey said it had          have been attacked more regularly,           trying to flee to Turkey from the plains     vestments in its oil industry and added
                                                                       day in more than a year.
capital for a fourth straight       mediate indication of casual-                                       suspended talks with Syria and may           residents and activists said.                in the provinces of Homs and Hama            several new entities and two individu-
                                                                           The statement from the
day yesterday, medics said, as      ties among the soldiers.           Islamic State of Iraq (ISI)      impose sanctions on Damascus, after              "Jabal al Zawiya has become a hub        to the south. Turkish Prime Minister         als to a sanctions list.
a day-old truce lay in tatters.         "Three civilians were          was posted on the Honein         failing to persuade it to stop a mili-       for army defectors and we have re-           Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in               The sanctions, which will take ef-
    The violence came as tens       killed and 25 were wounded,"       jihadist forum, claiming a       tary crackdown on protests demand-           ceived numerous eyewitness accounts          New York that "we do not have any            fect on Saturday if formally approved
of thousands of protesters          a medical official at a field      series of attacks on August      ing President Bashar al Assad step           of defectors and villagers who shelter       confidence in the current (Syrian) gov-      in writing by the 27 EU states, also
flooded the streets of Sanaa        hospital in Sanaa's Change         15. Violence on that day in      down.                                        them found killed summary execution          ernment".                                    include a ban on delivery of Syrian
for the funerals of 30 of the       Square, epicentre of the pro-      Iraq took place in 18 cities         The International Monetary Fund          style," said Rami Adelrahman, Direc-             "I halted talks with the Syrian gov-     banknotes and coins produced in the
76 people killed in the bloodi-     tests, said.                       and also wounded more than       forecast that Syria's economy will           tor of the British-based Syrian Observ-      ernment. I did not want to come to           European Union.
est days since mass anti-gov-           Medics had earlier said at     300 people.                      shrink this year by 2 per cent — a           atory for Human Rights.                      this point. But the Syrian government            The United Nations says 2,700 peo-
ernment protests erupted in         least 76 people, mostly un-            The group took respon-       sharp downward revision from 3 per               A farmer from the region who gave        forced us to make such a decision," Er-      ple have been killed in the crackdown,
January.                            armed protesters, died and         sibility for dual bombings       cent growth which the fund predicted         his name as Khaled said several more         dogan said after meeting US President        including 100 children. — Reuters
    Witnesses said the rival        hundreds were wounded in           in the southern city of Kut
forces traded artillery rounds      Sanaa between Sunday and           which left 40 people dead,
and bursts of automatic gun-        Tuesday in clashes between
fire yesterday morning in
Eshrin street, opposite the
                                    dissident troops and those
                                    loyal to Saleh, during which
                                                                       as well as attacks against
                                                                       two police stations in and
                                                                       around the cities of Karbala
                                                                                                         Fund for
residence of Vice-President         security forces also used live
Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, and
the nearby Hael street.
                                    fire to disperse crowds.
                                        Republican Guard troops
                                                                       and Najaf.
                                                                           It also said it was behind
                                                                       the assassination of seven
    The gunfire gained inten-       commanded by Ahmed had                                              DUBAI — Bahrain has an-
                                                                       anti-Qaeda militiamen in the     nounced it is forming a fund
sity after it began sporadical-     in the earlier skirmishes been     town of Yusifiyah, and two
ly, while shells smashed into       shelling posts held by troops                                       to compensate victims of
                                                                       other attacks against Iraqi      popular unrest earlier this
buildings where snipers had         of the First Armoured Brigade      security forces.
taken up positions, according       loyal to dissident General Ali                                      year.
                                                                           The surge of violence
to the witnesses.                   Mohsen al Ahmar around                                                  The National Victims'
                                                                       led to the highest single-day
    "Nobody can help the vic-       Change Square, witnesses                                            Compensation Fund is de-
                                                                       death toll in Iraq since May
tims due to the intensity of the    said.                                                               signed to pay anyone who
                                                                       2010, and later in August, the
fighting," a resident there said,       Most of the casualties,        ISI threatened a campaign of     was "materially, morally or
adding that only soldiers and       however occurred when              100 attacks to avenge the        physically harmed" by secu-
armed men were to be seen on        Saleh's forces fired on tens       death of Osama bin Laden         rity forces or public officials
the streets.                        of thousands of protesters         in a US special forces raid in   during protests this year,
    Residents remained holed        as they moved from Change          Pakistan nearly four months      state news agency BNA re-
up in their homes while busi-       Square, where they have been       ago.                             ported.
nesses and banks in the neigh-      camped since February, fur-            Also in the Honein state-        Families of victims and
bourhood were shut, witnesses       ther into the heart of the capi-   ment yesterday, the ISI          people injured while help-
said. The clashes later spread      tal, according to witnesses        claimed responsibility for a     ing victims will qualify for
towards Kentaky crossroad           and medics.                        car bomb against a mosque        compensation, according to
near the office of President Ali        The fighting had receded       in the southern port city of     the decree issued by King
Abdullah Saleh's son Ahmed,         on Tuesday night after the de-     Basra as worshippers were        Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa.
where much of the fighting in       fence ministry said Hadi had       leaving on August 25.            BNA said the compensation
the past three days has been        given "strict orders for a rapid       Violence is down across      fund would be independent
focused.                            ceasefire in the capital and       Iraq from its peak in 2006       and follow guidelines from
    Witnesses said several          that government forces were        and 2007, but attacks remain     the United Nations on repa-
explosions rocked the area,         obeying." — AFP                    common. — AFP                    rations. — Reuters

                                                                                                          law valid
                                                                                                         until 2012
                                                                                                        CAIRO — Egypt's mili-
                                                                                                        tary said yesterday that the
                                                                                                        country's decades-old emer-
                                                                                                        gency law is designed to be
                                                                                                        in place until June 2012 as
                                                                                                        decreed by law, but left the
                                                                                                        door open to having it lifted
                                                                                                        or amended.
                                                                                                            "The emergency law is
                                                                                                        ongoing and valid until June
                                                                                                        2012, according to the law,"
                                                                                                        said General Adel Mursi, the
                                                                                                        head of military justice.
                                                                                                            "However, it can be lifted
                                                                                                        or amended" according to
                                                                                                        a 2010 presidential decree
                                                                                                        issued when parliament —
                                                                                                        which is now dissolved —
                                                                                                        voted to extend the law for
                                                                                                        two years. The controversial
                                                                                                        law — which has been con-
                                                                                                        tinuously in place since the
                                                                                                        assassination of president
                                                                                                        Anwar Sadat in 1981 — has
                                                                                                        been regularly extended un-
                                                                                                        der the rule of ousted presi-
                                                                                                        dent Hosni Mubarak.
                                                                                                            The ruling Supreme
                                                                                                        Council of the Armed Forc-
                                                                                                        es (SCAF) recently widened
                                                                                                        the scope of the law — re-
                                                                                                        stricted in 2010 to narcotics
                                                                                                        and terrorism — to include
                                                                                                        labour strikes, traffic disrup-
                                                                                                        tion and the spread of false
                                                                                                        information. — AFP
                                                                                      THE PHILIPPINES/SUBCONTINENT                     6
                                                                                                                                 OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                           THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

                                                                                                                                                 China should be ‘reasonable’
                                                                                                                                                 NEW YORK — Philippine President                 deal with the disputes individually with          But bitter experience of endemic cor-
                                                                                                                                                 Benigno Aquino said that he expected            each nation.                                  ruption, legal inconsistency, violence and
                                                                                                                                                 China to be “reasonable” over tense terri-          Tensions spiked this year when the        stifling bureaucracy have made foreign
                                                                                                                                                 torial disputes so long as Beijing is given     Philippines and Vietnam accused China of      business wary and seen the country fall
                                                                                                                                                 a way to save face.                             aggressive harassment of fishermen in the     behind its neighbours.
                                                                                                                                                     Aquino, who recently visited Beijing        South China Sea, where Brunei, Malaysia           “It’s about red tape, and about the
                                                                                                                                                 in a bid to ease high tensions over the         and Taiwan also have claims.                  weakness of institutions, infrastructure,
                                                                                                                                                 resource-rich South China Sea, said it was          While reaching out to China, Aquino       and about electricity and traffic jams. It’s
                                                                                                                                                 crucial to try to understand the other side’s   has allocated 11 billion pesos ($252 mil-     nothing secret,” said Toshinao Urabe, Ja-
                                                                                                                                                 position and identify areas of agreement.       lion) to upgrade the Philippine navy,         pan’s Ambassador to the Philippines.
                                                                                                                                                     “In their particular case, the concept of   whose flagship ship dates from World              “We are attracted by the potential of
                                                                                                                                                 saving face is (so) important,” Aquino said     War II. The United States has offered as-     the Philippine economy. You have a huge
                                                                                                                                                 at the Asia Society in New York, which he       sistance in arming the Philippines.           population, you have the resources,”
                                                                                                                                                 is visiting to take part in the annual UN           Tensions also rose between Manila and     Urabe said, but then noted that foreing
                                                                                                                                                 General Assembly.                               Beijing when China in March executed          direct investment had lagged behind its
                                                                                                                                                     “We think they will be reasonable, but      three Filipinos on drug charges in defi-      neighbours.
                                                                                                                                                 they also need to have some means that          ance of repeated appeals.                         The Philippines attracted just $1.7 bil-
                                                                                                                                                 their face is preserved,” Aquino said.              Aquino also said the Philippines is       lion, or 2.3 per cent of the $75.6 billion of
                                                                                                                                                     But Aquino stood by his position that       once again open for business. Trouble is,     foreign direct investment that flowed into
                                                                                                                                                 China should reach an agreement with the        most investors want to window shop.           the Asean countries in 2010, trailing Sin-
                                                                                                                                                 full 10-member Association of Southeast             Aquino will be visiting Japan next        gapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and
                                                                                                                                                 Asian Nations on a code of conduct in the       week to press investment opportunities        Thailand, data from Asean shows.
                                                                                                                                                 South China Sea.                                and spread the word to investors in major         The business-process outsourcing sec-
                                                                                                                                                     “If we do it on a bilateral basis then      trading partners that things are changing.    tor is growing, and there is potential in
                                                                                                                                                 we will just be exaggerating and exacer-            It’s not that anyone doubts the poten-    sectors such as mining and tourism, which
                                                                                                                                                 bating the problem of competing claims,”        tial of the Philippines. Massive untapped     have attracted foreign interest.
                                                                                                                                                 Aquino said.                                    mineral wealth, a prime position between          The country has mineral reserves, in-
                                                                                                                                                     Asean and China agreed in 2002 to           Southeast and North Asia, a large, grow-      cluding massive gold and copper deposits,
                                                                                                                                                 work on a code of conduct for the sea but       ing and English-speaking population, and      estimated to be worth around $1 trillion,
                                                                                                                                                 there has been little follow-up, with dip-      more than 7,100 islands offer the scope       but policy bottlenecks are hampering in-
             US President Barack Obama greets his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino in New York. — Reuters                                   lomats saying that a rising China wants to      for every type of tourist activity.           vestments. — Agencies

            Delay in strong anti-terrorism laws                                                                                                   No move to
                                                                                                                                                  topple govt
                                                                                                                                                                                     US tells Islamabad to cut
 Pakistan govt blames oppn                                                                                                                       ISLAMABAD — Pakistan
                                                                                                                                                 Army Chief Gen Ashfaq
                                                                                                                                                                                     ties with Haqqani group
                                                                                                                                                 Parvez Kayani is said to
                                                                                                                                                 have snubbed a few partici-         WASHINGTON — The Unit-             targets in Kabul.                        “The Haqqanis are the
ISLAMABAD — The Pakistan             the federal cabinet and after its   discussed in the meeting,” she     their lives and property worth       pants of the last Corps Com-        ed States has accused Paki-            “In the past, they have          product of the Soviet Union
People’s Party-led government        approval it is forwarded to the     said.                              billions of rupees destroyed in      manders’ meeting who had            stan’s intelligence agency of      been saying that Pakistan is         and Afghan war, and we were
has blamed the Pakistan Mus-         parliament for legislation.             When contacted, PML-N          hundreds of suicide attacks in       argued that the army takeo-         using the Haqqani Network          looking the other way with           partners and they are sons of
lim League-Nawaz (PML-N)                 Sources in the government       spokesman       Mushahidullah      the country.                         ver had become inevitable           to wage a “proxy war”, hard-       the Haqqanis, but this term          the soil,” Interior Minister
for the inordinate delay in the      said Interior Minister Rehman       denied the claim of the infor-         Ironically, the government       in the prevailing situation         ening its criticism of Islama-     — using them as proxies for          Rehman Malik told reporters
passage of National Counter-         Malik had been proposed to be       mation minister and said his       is following the Anti-Terror-        as the country was fast de-         bad’s ties with Taliban-allied     Pakistani interests — that is        after a meeting with US Fed-
Terrorism Authority (Nacta)          the chairman of the authority       party had not received any         ism Act of 1997, which has           scending into chaos because         factions fighting Nato and Af-     something new,” said Ra-             eral Bureau of Investigation
Bill.                                according to the draft of Nacta     such document from the gov-        virtually become obsolete and        of the failure of the political     ghan troops in Afghanistan.        himullah Yusufzai, editor of         (FBI) Director Robert Muel-
    Whatever is the actual rea-      bill prepared by the Ministry       ernment.                           outdated and requires amend-         leadership.                            Admiral Mike Mullen,            the Peshawar edition of the          ler in Islamabad yesterday.
son behind its non-adoption,         of Interior.                            “The present government        ments to cope with the new               The discussion on this          Chairman of the Joint Chiefs       News daily and an expert on              “But I assured him (Muel-
the bill initiated in 2009 to set        However, some members           always tells lies and I think it   challenges.                          aspect is believed to have          of Staff, said that in a discus-   Afghanistan.                         ler) they are not on the Paki-
up a supreme anti-terrorism          of the cabinet have raised ob-      is again making false claims,”         Former FIA director-gener-       taken place in the Corps            sion with Pakistan’s army              The Haqqani network is           stani side, but if there is any
body is still lying idle. On the     jections and demanded that the      he remarked.                       al Malik Javed Iqbal, who was        Commanders’ meeting held            chief that lasted about four       perhaps the most divisive is-        intelligence which is provided
other hand, the spate of terror-     authority should work under             He said the PML-N had          recently indicted in a contempt      on September 8 and signifi-         hours, he had pressed Paki-        sue between Pakistan and the         by the US, we will definitely
ist attacks has intensified in       direct supervision of Prime         given 10-point recommenda-         of court case, has been named        cantly the ISPR issued no           stan to break its links with the   United States. Washington has        take action.”
the country making everybody         Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.         tions to the government for the    as the new head of Nacta. The        press release at the end of         group.                             repeatedly pressed Pakistan to           The Washington Post re-
unsafe.                                  They were of the view that      new accountability law to re-      Supreme Court questioned             the meeting.                           “We covered ... the need        go after the network, which it       ported that US officials had
    “We have provided the draft      Nacta would become a subor-         place the present one promul-      his role in investigating the            However, a senior offi-         for the Haqqani Network to         believes enjoys sanctuaries in       delivered an ultimatum to Is-
of the bill to PML-N to have         dinate department of the Inte-      gated by former president Per-     National Insurance Company           cial denied the reports say-        disengage, specifically the        Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun trib-      lamabad in recent days, warn-
a consensus document before          rior Ministry instead of a na-      vez Musharraf but no action is     scam.                                ing they are not true.              need for the ISI to disconnect     al region of North Waziristan        ing that if it did not cut ties
it is laid before parliament,”       tional body if interior minister    being taken in this regard by          Gilani had stressed the need         According to informed           from Haqqani and from this         on the Afghan border.                with the Haqqani Network
Information Minister Firdous         was made its chairman.              the government side.               for making National Counter          sources, quite a few partici-       proxy war that they’re fight-          The group’s patriarch,           and help eliminate its leaders
Ashiq Awan said yesterday.               The information minister            The nation is facing worst     Terrorism Authority an effec-        pants of the meeting thought        ing,” he said in a speech to       Jalaluddin Haqqani, gained           then “the United States will
    She said the document was        said the bill was still pending     kind of terrorism for the last     tive organisation to counter ter-    a military takeover was the         the Carnegie Endowment for         notoriety as an anti-Soviet          act unilaterally”.
still with the federal cabinet and   and there was no sign that it       one decade but the present and     rorism, saying serious efforts       only way to steer the coun-         International Peace.               Mujahideen commander in                  “Look at the language, it’s
would not be sent to the parlia-     would be put on the agenda          last governments could not         were required for countering         try out of the multiple crisis,        Washington blames the           Afghanistan in the 1980s. His        clear the Americans are very
ment unless it is approved by        of the cabinet meeting in near      update the anti-terrorism laws     extremism through psycho-            as the political leadership         Haqqani Network, one of the        bravery and ability to organ-        frustrated with the Pakista-
the opposition party.                future.                             and establish an authority at      logical warfare which needs          has failed the masses.              most feared Taliban-linked         ise fighters won him funding         nis. I think they are preparing
    According to normal prac-            “The federal cabinet is         the national level. More than      proper research and analysis             But Gen Kayani, togeth-         groups fighting in Afghani-        and weapons.                         the ground for more action
tice, the government first sends     meeting on Wednesday and I          35,000 people, including 5,000     of the minds of extremists and       er with some others, urged          stan, for last week’s attack           Pakistan denies that it still    against the Haqqanis,” Yusuf-
any important national issue to      don’t think the mater will be       security personnel, have lost      militants. — Internews               restraint and patience.             on the US Embassy and other        has ties to the Haqqanis.            zai said. — Reuters

5 dead in karoke                                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘Decade’ to clear
attack in La Paz                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sri Lanka mines
MANILA — Five people                     Based on the suspect’s                                                                                                                                                         MANNAR, Sri Lanka —                  clearance rates, there are per-
were killed and seven others         apparent suicide note, inves-                                                                                                                                                      Post-war Sri Lanka will need         haps half a million landmines
wounded when a grenade was           tigators believe the boy shot                                                                                                                                                      another decade to clear the          that need to be cleared,” said
thrown into a busy karaoke           his 16-year-old friend in a                                                                                                                                                        half million landmines which         Nigel Robinson, country head
bar in the Philippines, police       fit of jealousy, said Superin-                                                                                                                                                     lie buried under swathes of ag-      of the Swiss Foundation for
said yesterday.                      tendent Wilson Santos, police                                                                                                                                                      ricultural and forest land and       Mine Action (FSD), which
   Two attackers on a mo-            chief of Mexico town where                                                                                                                                                         around villages in the north of      has cleared 60,000 mines
torcycle rode up to the bar          the incident occurred.                                                                                                                                                             the island nation, the head of a     since 2002.
on Tuesday night in La Paz,              The two were both shot in                                                                                                                                                      demining group said.                     “So it’ll perhaps take 10
a small farming town about           the head with a small-calibre                                                                                                                                                          The country is in its third      years for Sri Lanka to become
two hours’ drive north of Ma-        handgun that the suspect had                                                                                                                                                       year of peace after govern-          fully mine-impact free, assum-
nila, and one of them hurled         smuggled into the mall, lo-                                                                                                                                                        ment forces defeated the sepa-       ing the current capacity of de-
the grenade, police said.            cated north of Manila, Santos                                                                                                                                                      ratist Tamil Tigers in a civil       miners can be maintained,” he
   The motive for the attack         added.                                                                                                                                                                             war which lasted a quarter of        said from a clearing in a mine-
was not known, and no arrests            “We’re looking at a love-                                                                                                                                                      a century, killing and injuring      field in the northwest district
have been made, said Robert          triangle angle here, a crime of                                                                                                                                                    tens of thousands of people.         of Mannar.
Calacal, a police investigator       passion,” Santos said, adding                                                                                                                                                          But as people who fled the           The FSD has 750 deminers
in La Paz, which has about           the boy suspected his friend                                                                                                                                                       fighting return home to re-          clearing the mines, aided by
50,000 residents.                    of maintaining a parallel re-                                                                                                                                                      build their lives, they still face   other specialist groups. There
   Meanwhile, a 13-year-old          lationship. “We recovered a                                                                                                                                                        the threat of anti-personnel         are no official figures on ex-
shot his boyfriend then him-         note from the 13-year-old.                                                                                                                                                         mines and unexploded ord-            actly how many mines and
self in a Philippine shopping        It’s quite long, but the gist is,                                                                                                                                                  nance (UXOs) like bombs,             UXOs were used during the
mall, leaving them both brain        he is angry at the (18-year-                                                                                                                                                       rockets and hand grenades left       war, although some reports
dead, officials said in a case       old), he used cuss words and                                                                                                                                                       behind by the Tamil Tigers           suggest more than a million
that renewed concerns about          vowed that the other friend is                                                                                                                                                     and Sri Lankan army.                 mines were planted during the
the country’s gun culture.           his alone.” — AFP                                                                                                                                                                      “Based on our current            25 years. — Reuters
                                                                                  A PROTESTER during a rally to commemorate the anniversary of martial law in Manila yesterday. — Reuters

Pak copter under fire
ISLAMABAD — A top Pakistani military commander was
                                                                           Martial law documents out                                                                                                                      7 sentenced to death
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani court has sentenced seven peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ple to death for lynching two teenage brothers last year in a
shot in the thigh yesterday when his helicopter came under
                                                                          MANILA — The Philippine military               democracy and to safeguard our invalu-         work with the national archives and other       case that shocked the country, prosecutor Shakeel Thakur said.
fire near the Swat valley where troops fought off a Taliban
                                                                          yesterday released classified documents        able rights as citizens of a free country.”    government agencies in studying, storing            Mistaken for robbers, Mughees Butt, 17, and Muneeb Butt,
two years ago.                                                            related to nine years of martial law under         “We have suffered too much from            and preserving the documents, which             15, were beaten with sticks and rods before being strung up
    Major General Javed Iqbal, one of Pakistan’s top com-                 late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in hopes        the abuses of the dictatorship and as          could help the public better understand         on metal poles in broad daylight as a large crowd and several
manders in the northwest, was airborne when gunfire from                  the records could help those still seeking     freedom-loving people, we should never         what happened during martial law.               policemen looked on.
the ground hit his helicopter in the mountainous village of               justice for abuses suffered 39 years ago.      commit the same mistake again and be-              At least 10,000 victims of human                The bloodshed was captured on a video and broadcast on
Nusrat Darra in the district of Upper Dir. Security officials                 Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin          come victims of human folly,” he added.        rights abuses under martial law have            television news channels. The images reinforced the wide-
had initially said the helicopter was hit in Swat.                        led the turnover of the documents to the           Commission on Human Rights chair-          filed a class suit against Marcos after the     spread view that Pakistan’s police and courts can’t deliver
    Upper Dir is part of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pa-               Commimssion on Human Rights on the             woman Loretta Ann Rosales, who was             dictator was toppled in a four-day people       justice. As well as the seven people sentenced to death, six
khtunkhwa province and borders Swat, where the military                   anniversary of the declaration of martial      herself a victim of torture and arbitrary      power revolt in February 1986.                  people were given life sentences. Five people were acquitted.
waged a major offensive to put down a local Taliban insur-                law on September 21, 1972.                     arrest during martial law, said she hoped          Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in               Thakur said the prosecution was satisfied with the verdict
gency in 2009. Officials said the general was taking an aerial                Gazmin said he hoped the documents,        that the documents could also help iden-       1989. His body has been kept in a re-           but would appeal the life sentences.
view of troop deployment.                                                 which include reports on activities of se-     tify missing victims of human rights           frigerated glass crypt in his hometown of           “We want those sentences enhanced to the death penalty,”
    “The helicopter is safe. The commander was slightly in-               curity forces from 1972-81, newspaper          abuses.                                        Batac in the northern province of Ilocos        he said.
jured. There was no loss of life,” a senior security official             clippings and dossiers on anti-govern-             “They probably have a list of victims      Norte since 1993.                                   Ten policemen were sentenced to three years imprison-
said. Another senior security official in Swat said two bullets           ment personalities, could lead to “clo-        there,” she said. “But the important thing         In 1995, a Hawaii court awarded             ment for failing to perform their duty as the brothers were
hit the helicopter but that it landed safely.                             sure” for many victims of martial law.         here is that the military opened up and        the human rights victims nearly $2 bil-         beaten to death. The police are often despised as corrupt and
    A third security official said that a bullet hit the gener-               “Thirty-nine years ago today, our na-      this is part of the paradigm shift that they   lion in compensation, but the claimants         ineffective. At times, they are accused of taking part in or en-
al’s right thigh and that was taken to a military hospital in             tion was shackled by the edict of martial      want to implement changes in the armed         only began receiving payments this year         couraging extra-judicial killings.
Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad. There was no claim                law,” he said. “Today, we once more ded-       forces.”                                       following a settlement with a Marcos                Many Pakistanis say the courts are riddled with graft, ago-
of responsibility for yesterday’s incident. — AFP                         icate ourselves to the tenets and ideals of        Rosales said the commission would          crony in the United States. — dpa               nisingly slow and let too many criminals go. — Reuters
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Airbus aims
to dominate                         Europe to face G20 heat on euro crisis response
China market
BEIJING — Airbus aims to              US, IMF both pressing for bolder action Germany to push fiscal consolidation
have more than half of the
lucrative Chinese aviation        WASHINGTON — Europe                look slim.                                                                                                                                       reporters in Ottawa.                could slip back into recession,
market by the end of 2015,        will come under heavy pressure         "The G20, all it can do is to                                                                                                                     He said Canada had fiscal      concerns over the immediate
a senior executive said           this week to stem its deepening    provide some peer pressure on                                                                                                                    room to manoeuvre, but would        outlook for the global economy
yesterday, as the European        debt crisis but talks among the    the Europeans, to sensitise the                                                                                                                  open its coffers for new stimu-     are likely to take precedence
giant seeks to close in on        self-proclaimed guardians of       Europeans to the huge scope                                                                                                                      lus only if hit by an external      over longer-term goals on re-
rival Boeing.                     global finance are unlikely to     for spillover that the euro cri-                                                                                                                 shock. Ministers will have          ducing trade imbalances.
     The plane maker              yield bold action.                 sis is already having," said                                                                                                                     little time at the G20 meet-            The IMF on Tuesday
currently holds 46 per cent           Spreading fears about a        Domenico Lombardi, a former                                                                                                                      ing to make their points as         warned Europe it needed to
of the booming Chinese            Greek debt default and con-        IMF official and a senior fel-                                                                                                                   the agenda is largely devoted       move fast.
sector — a smaller share          tagion to larger economies         low at the Brookings Institu-                                                                                                                    to development issues, with             "There is a wide perception
than Boeing — but Senior          in the euro zone have raised       tion in Washington.                                                                                                                              just a dinner today earmarked       that policymakers are one step
Vice-President Eric Chen          alarm in the United States             "We should not expect any                                                                                                                    for discussion of threats to the    behind markets," IMF chief
said it was on target to          and among emerging market          type of international response                                                                                                                   global economy.                     economist Olivier Blanchard
overtake its American             heavyweights about the risk of     along the lines we saw at the                                                                                                                         The only G20 statement is      told reporters. "Europe must
competitor.                       a potentially major shock to an    height of the financial crisis."                                                                                                                 expected to come on Friday          get its act together," he added.
     "If you look at the          ailing global economy.                 The meeting is the third                                                                                                                     after a meeting on climate              Some investors are anx-
number of firm orders for             At talks among the Group       gathering of finance chiefs in                                                                                                                   change, sustainable agriculture     ious to see signs of fresh ac-
planes, I am more than            of 20 major economies and          three weeks, after G7 and EU                                                                                                                     and infrastructure financing in     tion by policymakers. "I think
confident we will soon            at the International Monetary      ministers made little headway                                                                                                                    developing economies.               it's going to necessitate some
reach more than 50 per cent,      Fund in Washington, the Unit-      in tackling the crisis during        OLIVIER Blanchard (left), chief economist for the IMF listens as Jorge Decressin speaks on                       "It would be unjust to say     sort of action by the G20 this
it's our target... before the     ed States and big emerging         each of the last two weekends.           the world economic outlook report at IMF headquarters in Washington. — AFP                              that the G20 did not reach          weekend," said Kathy Lien,
end of 2015," Chen said           economies such as China, Bra-          Underscoring the gravity                                                                                                                     agreement on the euro zone          director of currency research
at the China International        zil and India are likely to join   of the situation, US Treasury           European ministers contin-      deficits, according to a docu-       slow pace in dealing with the       crisis at this meeting, because     at GFT, shortly after Italy's
Aviation Expo.                    the IMF and call on Europe to      Secretary Timothy Geithner          ue to say that belt-tightening      ment obtained by Reuters.            crisis and called on officials to   that is not the point," said a      downgrade.
     China recorded 267           be more decisive.                  attended both. He was received      remains their priority. German         This would help rebalance         ensure European banks are ad-       source from G20 host France.            The talks in Washington of-
million air passenger trips in        But with US political lead-    coolly by EU officials meeting      officials on Tuesday said they      global growth, the EU said —         equately capitalised.                    Talks about the euro crisis    fer a forum to emerging mar-
2010, up 15.8 per cent from       ers divided on how to fix their    in Poland, when, according to       will stress the need to cut defi-   a key agenda item for the G20            "There's risk and there's       are expected to spill over into     kets to weigh in on the debate.
the previous year.                own economic problems and          participants, he urged wealth-      cits at this week's talks.          since it emerged as the premier      increased risk the longer this      the weekend's meetings of the           The so called BRICS group
     According to figures         no sign of consensus among         ier states — in particular Ger-         The EU intends to shift the     economic policy forum during         matter is delayed. We've been       IMF and the World Bank.             — Brazil, Russia, India, China
published by the state-           the so-called BRICS emerging       many — to do more to support        spotlight elsewhere. It will call   the 2007-2009 financial crisis.      talking about Greece since               With Italy slapped with a      and South Africa — will meet
owned aeronautics giant           economies on how to help, the      growth and suggested leverag-       on China to boost domestic             Canadian Finance Minister         January 2010 and the euro zone      debt downgrade on Monday            separately today to discuss
China Aviation Industry           chances of a new approach to       ing euro zone bailout funds to      demand and the United States        Jim Flaherty yesterday ex-           has not yet brought the matter      and the IMF warning that            possible options to limit fallout
Corporation (AVIC)                righting the global economy        give them more clout.               and Japan to tackle their public    pressed frustration at Europe's      to a conclusion," Flaherty told     Europe and the United States        from the euro-zone crisis.
yesterday, Chinese airlines
will add 4,583 passenger
aircraft to their fleets
by 2030 — a boon for
planemakers worldwide.
     The number of air
                                   Greece pledges ‘painful’ Japan records huge trade deficit
passengers in China has
grown on average 15.3 per
cent annually over the past
decade — around three
                                     austerity measures                                                                                       TOKYO — Japan logged a huge August
                                                                                                                                              trade deficit, data showed yesterday, as
                                                                                                                                              utility firms imported fuel to meet elec-
                                                                                                                                              tricity demand with many nuclear reac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    But imports grew by a much faster
                                                                                                                                                                                                19.2 per cent to 6.13 trillion yen due to
                                                                                                                                                                                                rises in oil prices and record purchases of
                                                                                                                                                                                                liquefied natural gas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tive contributor (to the Japanese trade ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               count) along with higher oil prices," he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Exports rose 2.8 per cent on August
times the world average for       ATHENS — Greece pledged                                                                                     tors still offline amid post-Fukushima                Utility firms have stepped up imports      2010 to 5.36 trillion yen on higher ship-
the same period, it said.         to bring forward painful aus-                                                                               disquiet.                                         of fossil fuel for thermal power genera-       ments of automobiles, machinery and
                                  terity measures yesterday, con-                                                                                 The country's trade deficit reached           tion as many nuclear reactors that auto-
Swiss bank                        vincing international lenders                                                                               775.3 billion yen ($10 billion), the big-         matically shut down in the disaster or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ships, posting the first year-on-year rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in six months.
                                  to return to Athens early next
faces probe for                   week for talks that it hopes
                                                                                                                                              gest red-ink figure for August since the
                                                                                                                                              finance ministry began gathering data in
                                                                                                                                                                                                went offline for regular check-ups remain
                                                                                                                                                                                                suspended amid local opposition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The growth was smaller than econo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               mists had expected, with shipments of
                                  will secure the aid it needs to
tax evasion                       avert bankruptcy.
                                                                                                                                                  It reversed the year-before surplus of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anti-nuclear sentiment has flared
                                                                                                                                                                                                since the stricken Fukushima plant began
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               electronics parts falling 16.4 per cent due
GENEVA — Swiss bank                   Having          consistently                                                                            63.8 billion yen and was much bigger              spewing radiation into the air, soil and       to slowing IT business.
Zuercher Kantonalbank             watched Greece miss its tar-                                                                                than deficits of less than 300 billion yen        sea, forcing tens of thousands of people           "A slowdown in demand for personal
said yesterday that it is         gets, the International Mon-                                                                                projected by economists.                          to flee their homes.                           computers and LCD displays has resulted
being investigated by US          etary Fund and European                                                                                         However, exports posted their first               LNG imports jumped 55.7 per cent           in lower demand for Japanese semicon-
justice for helping American      Union made clear last week                                                                                  growth since the March earthquake and             from a year earlier as "its demand rose        ductors," Osanai said.
citizens to evade taxes, local    that their patience was run-                                                                                tsunami disrupted supply chains while             as alternative fuel", noted Satoshi Osa-           "Exports have recovered from the
media reported.                   ning thin, and warned Athens                                                                                triggering the world's worst nuclear ac-          nai, economist at Daiwa Institute of Re-       disaster but it could come to a standstill
                                                                      GREEK Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos attends a
    The bank told Swiss           to stop dithering or risk seeing                                                                            cident since Chernobyl at the Fukushima           search.                                        largely because of a slowdown in over-
                                                                        parliament session in Athens yesterday. — Reuters
news wire ATS that it had         its 110 billion euro ($150 bil-                                                                             plant on the northeast Pacific coast.                 "This will likely continue to be a nega-   seas economies," he said. —AFP
been informed by regulator        lion) loan deal cut-off.           meeting of the International        tration is growing again as the
FINMA that it was the                 A Finance Ministry offi-       Monetary Fund," the Finance         crisis worsens.
target of investigations.         cial said Greece had agreed to     Ministry said.The ministry of-          "They have crippled us,"
    Just two weeks ago,
Joerg Mueller-Ganz, a
new member of the bank's
                                  bring forward measures from
                                  the so-called "mid-term plan"
                                  in which it has committed to
                                                                     ficial said he was personally
                                                                     confident Greece would clinch
                                                                     the release of the 8 billion euro
                                                                                                         said 44-year-old public sector
                                                                                                         employee Niki Playannakou,
                                                                                                         a single mother.
                                                                                                                                               Lloyd’s of London sinks to $1bn loss
board, said he was confident      slash its budget deficit through   ($11 billion) aid tranche that it       "We accepted the cuts last       LONDON — The Lloyd's of London in-                said.                                          first six months alone, according to Swiss
that the bank would not be        2014 and sell some 50 billion      needs by next month to avoid        year, we put up with some            surance market crashed to a first-half loss           The outcome for 2011 as a whole will       Re , the world's No 2 reinsurer.
targetted by the US justice       euros in state assets.             running out of cash.                things for the sake of the           of £697 million ($1 billion), hit by an un-       depend on whether the June-to-November             The industry had hoped that the ca-
department.                           "Some measures will be             Greece is heading into a        country. But as time goes by         precedented string of natural disasters led       US hurricane season inflicts further losses    tastrophe hit would force some players to
    But Swiss daily Tages-        brought forward. The main          fourth year of recession, youth     we don't see things improv-          by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.           on the industry, and on how Lloyd's invest-    retrench, easing competitive pressure and
Anzeiger said that the bank       targets (deficit and debt) will    unemployment is 40 per cent         ing. How much can a family
                                  not change," a ministry official                                                                                The loss compares with a profit of £628       ment portfolio performs as the euro zone       reversing a four-year decline in prices.
was one of several Swiss                                             and the economy is stagger-         take?"
                                  said after the teleconference,                                                                              million a year earlier, and reflects a total of   sovereign debt crisis continues to unsettle        However, insurers now expect prices to
institutions targeted by                                             ing under a debt expected to            The IMF has told Athens to
US tax authorities. Others        on condition of anonymity.         exceed 165 per cent of annual       cut the public workforce and         £6.7 billion in claims absorbed during the        financial markets, Savage said.                be broadly flat, barring an increase of up
include Credit Suisse, which          The IMF/EU mission's           output this year.                   payroll, shut inefficient state      first half, making it the costliest six-month         This year's hurricane season has been      to 15 per cent for catastrophe-related busi-
has already confirmed that        plan to return to Athens closes        Anger among Greece's 10         entities, fight tax evasion and      period in Lloyd's 323-year history.               the most active on record, but with the ex-    ness, when customers renew their polices
it was being probed, as well      a tense chapter from earlier       million people is high, but so      sell billions of euros of state          That included £2.7 billion in catastro-       ception of Hurricane Irene, no major wind-     in January.
as Bank Wegelin and Julius        this month when inspectors         is the bailout fatigue among        property to plug the budget          phe-related claims, more than 10 times            storm has hit the US mainland.                     Lloyd's, which traces its origins back to
Baer. The United States           abruptly left Greece in a disa-    north European creditor coun-       gap                                  Lloyd's average disaster loss for the first           Many European and US insurers have         a 17th century London coffee house where
has been putting pressure         greement over the extent of its    tries, especially Germany,              The government has al-           half of the year.                                 reported steep losses because of a run of      merchants met to insure ships, had invest-
on Switzerland to ease its        budget slippage and what Ath-      Finland and the Netherlands,        ready introduced painful new             Lloyd's said it remained financially          natural disasters between January and          ment income of £548 million in the first
bank secrecy laws which           ens needed do to make good         which are taking the toughest       taxes on wages and property          strong enough to cope with a potential            May, which also included an earthquake in      half, down for £597 million a year earlier.
Washington claims help to         on its pledges.                    line on strict conditions for       and cut public sector pay and        further spate of big claims, with capital re-     New Zealand, heavy flooding in Australia,          The market, made up of about 80 com-
shield tax cheats.                    "The talks will continue       more money. Public protests         pensions, but until Tuesday          serves of £2.47 billion at the end of June,       and tornadoes in the United States.            peting insurance and reinsurance syndi-
    In an offensive against       this coming weekend in Wash-       against the cuts have dwin-         had baulked at sacking more          up 10 per cent from a year earlier.                   This year already ranks as the second      cates, has 57 billion in assets allocated
Switzerland's biggest bank        ington DC, where Finance           dled since early this year,         civil servants, a key compo-             "We go forwards into the second half          most destructive on record for catastrophe     equally between cash, government and
UBS in 2008 and 2009, US          Minister Evangelos Venizelos       when police fought rioters on       nent of the governing Socialist      of the year as strong as we've ever been,"        losses after 2005, with the insurance indus-   high-rated corporate bonds, Savage said.
tax authorities managed to        is going to attend the annual      the streets of Athens, but frus-    party's electorate. — Reuters        Lloyd's Finance Director Luke Savage              try absorbing $70 billion in claims in the     — Reuters
pry 300 client names and a
fine of $780 million (569
million euros) from the
Appeal court
                                     BoE flags readiness to pump more money into UK economy
                                  LONDON — The Bank of England             asset purchase programme at a sub-         icy if needed, the minutes showed,        rowing for previous months was re-        revisions and accrued income tax          Archer, of IHS Global Insight.
gives reprieve                    stands ready to pump more money          sequent meeting."                          including changing the maturity of
                                                                                                                      the portfolio of assets held in the As-
                                                                                                                                                                vise d lower, official figures showed     receipts. Borrowing for the year to           “Barring a marked improvement
                                  into the faltering British economy,          The minutes said that those vot-                                                 yesterday.                                date stands at £51.482 billion.           in the economy over the next few
to Saab                           minutes to the BoE's September 7-8       ing for an unchanged policy in             set Purchase Facility and lowering           The Office for National Statistics          Britain's coalition government of    weeks (which is currently hard to
STOCKHOLM — An                    meeting showed yesterday, flagging       September had seen some merit in           the Bank rate below 0.5 per cent.         said public sector net borrowing ex-      Conservatives and Liberal Demo-           see), we expect the MPC to approve
appeal court in Sweden            the chance of more asset purchases       waiting to see how actions taken by           However, none of these options         cluding financial interventions rose      crats has launched a tough austerity      a further £50 billion in quantitative
yesterday granted ailing          as soon as October.                      overseas authorities would develop.        appeared to be preferable to further      to £15.934 billion in August from         programme, including plans to cut         easing during the fourth quarter,” he
carmaker Saab permission              At the meeting, Adam Posen               Since the September meeting, a         asset purchases at the moment.            £14.003 billion a year ago, above         public spending, in order to elimi-       added. “A move as soon as October
to reorganise its business as     remained the only one to vote for        slew of bad news from the economy,            The MPC noted that the current         analysts' forecasts for a reading         nate the country's budget deficit by      is entirely possible, but we suspect
it seeks additional funding.      an additional £50 billion in asset       the ongoing euro zone debt crisis          weakness of demand growth was             of £13.2 billion. Including finan-        2015. Since the September meeting,        November is more likely.”
    The ruling gives the          purchases. But the minutes showed        and rising tensions in financial mar-      likely to persist for longer than ex-     cial interventions, public sector net     a slew of bad news from the econ-             The bank will publish its latest
carmaker a reprieve since         that most members of the Monetary        kets have stoked fears that Britain        pected in the Bank's August fore-         borrowing also rose last month to         omy, the ongoing euro zone debt           quarterly inflation report in No-
three unions and several          Policy Committee thought it was          could slip into recession again.                                                     £13.161 billion from £11.852 billion      crisis and rising tensions in financial   vember and changes to policy often
suppliers have already made       increasingly likely that more asset          On Tuesday the International                                                     in August 2010, above economists'         markets have stoked fears that Brit-      come in the same month as these re-
bankruptcy filings.               purchases would become warranted         Monetary Fund slashed its growth                    BOTTOMLINE                       average forecast in a Reuters poll of     ain could slip into recession again.      ports are produced.
    One of the four appeal        at some point.                           forecast for Britain to 1.1 per cent for                                             £11.25 billion.                                Business Secretary Vince Cable,          On Tuesday the International
court judges opposed the              “For most members, the deci-         2011 and 1.6 per cent for next year.                                                    However, public borrowing ex-          a member of the Liberal Democrat          Monetary Fund slashed its growth
ruling, and wanted to uphold      sion of whether to embark on further     External member Martin Weale,              casts. Risks for inflation had shifted    cluding financial interventions in        junior coalition partner, has backed      forecast for Britain to 1.1 per cent for
the lower court's rejection of    monetary easing at this meeting was      who just dropped his call for higher       further to the downside, although it      the 2010/11 fiscal year was also re-      calls for more quantitative easing to     2011 and 1.6 per cent for next year.
Saab's application.               finely balanced since the weakness       rates in August, and deputy gover-         was still set to rise above 5 per cent    vised down to £136.7 billion, mainly      help the economy. Economists said         External member Martin Weale,
    Production at Saab's          and stresses of the past month had       nor Charles Bean have acknowl-             before the end of the year.               due to revisions to local government      it was now a question of when, not        who only dropped his call for higher
main plant in Trollhattan,        significantly strengthened the case      edged the worsening outlook, and               BoE voted 9-0 in favour of keep-      data, the ONS said.                       if, the bank would move.                  rates in August, and deputy governor
western Sweden, has been          for an immediate resumption of as-       the government has left little doubt       ing rates at the record-low of 0.5 per       The downward revisions were                 “The minutes of the September        Charles Bean have acknowledged the
at a virtual standstill since     set purchases," the minutes said.        that it would like to see more QE. In      cent the meeting.                         due to a recalculation of local gov-      MPC meeting are appreciably more          worsening outlook, and the govern-
April and wage payments               “For some members, a continua-       addition, central banks have moved             At the same time, higher govern-      ernment data, the ONS said.               dovish, opening the door wide to          ment has left little doubt that it would
have been late for three          tion of the conditions seen over the     into action again globally.                ment spending drove Britain's public         Figures for April-July this year       more quantitative easing by the Bank      like to see more QE. In addition, cen-
months in a row                   past month would probably be suf-            The BoE policymakers also dis-         sector net borrowing to a record high     were revised down by £4.6 bil-            of England and very possibly soon-        tral banks have moved into action
— Agencies.                       ficient to justify an expansion of the   cussed other options to loosen pol-        for a month of August, although bor-      lion, also due to local government        er rather than later,” said Howard        again globally. — Agencies
OMAN/THE WORLD                                                   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

                 Oman: A competitive edge
                      MAN’S economy has
                      become more com-
                      petitive in the past 12                          OBG COLUMN
             months, according to a recent
             report, and is steadily making                                        By Olver Cornock
             the transition from having an                                          Regional Editior
             efficiency-driven economic
             base to an innovation-powered
             one, a process that will gain      en key economic elements,           uring the ratio of women to
             further momentum thanks to         while also investing in pro-        men in the labour force. Hav-
             increased government budget        grammes aimed at boosting           ing scored 135th overall in
             outlays.                           employment. On September            this category, Oman’s more
                 In its latest Global Com-      6, the Finance Minister, Dar-       pro-active policies encourag-
             petitiveness Report, issued on     wish al Balushi, announced          ing women’s participation
             September 7, the World Eco-        that government expenditure         in the workforce should pay
             nomic Forum (WEF) ranked           would come close to $24bn           dividends in the next WEF
             Oman 32nd out of the 142           this year, up from the $21bn        profile.
             countries covered in the an-       originally projected in De-             A good portion of in-
             nual study, an improvement of      cember, which in turn was a         creased government spend-
             two places from last year, and     13.2 per cent increase on the       ing is directed towards infra-
             well up on its 41st placing in     2010 total.                         structure development, with
             2009.                                  “In response to His Maj-        transport, logistics and power
                 The annual report, which       esty’s keenness to improve the      projects given high priority.
             assesses strengths and weak-       standard of living of Omani         This, combined with further
             nesses of world economies          citizens, speed the pace of
                                                                                    investments in education and
             based on 12 criteria, ranked       social development and cre-
                                                                                    training, should help boost
             Oman highly in several cate-       ate more employment for
                                                Omani youth, His Majesty            Oman’s WEF ratings in the
             gories and praised its excellent                                       years to come.
             macroeconomic environment,         issued in March 2011 many
                                                directives in this regard,” Al          Another measure of na-
             high-quality infrastructure and                                        tional competitiveness came
             liberal tax regime.                Balushi told OBG.
                                                                                    in mid-August, with Finance
                 One area where the Sul-                                            Ministry figures showing real
             tanate’s performance was as-                                           GDP had expanded by 3.6 per
             sessed as below its overall
                                                                                    cent in the first six months
             average was higher educa-
                                                                                    of the year, fuelled in part by
             tion, with the study under-
                                                                                    strong oil prices, but also by
             scoring the need to improve
                                                                                    increased state investments.
             research and training services
                                                                                        Liz Martin, a senior Mid-
             availability and provide more
                                                    “(These are) mainly tar-        dle East and North Africa
             places for students in the sys-
                                                geted at employing 40,714           economist at HSBC Middle
             tem. Both measures are seen
             as vital if Oman is to develop     Omanis in the defence, se-          East, believes that, despite the
             a more diverse and innovative      curity and civil ministries;        threat of easing global growth
             economy. It seems though that      allocating additional allow-        rates, the Omani economy will
             the authorities are well aware     ances amounting to RO 150           continue to expand this year,
             of this, with a royal decree       ($390) per month for each set       in part due to targeted state
             earlier this year mandating the    of 50,000 unemployed peo-           spending.
             creation and funding of 8,500      ple; increasing the monthly             “The second half of the year
             scholarships for higher educa-     pensions of Social Security         may be more challenging as
             tion students.                     households by 100 per cent;         the global economy softens,”
                                                increasing monthly pensions         she told the Muscat Daily on
                 Though some other areas
                                                for all retired civilians and       August 21. “We think Oman’s
             for improvement were noted
                                                military personnel; paying          fiscal policy will continue to
             by the WEF, such as a lack         cost of living allowances for
             of scientists and engineers                                            support growth.”
                                                all government employees;               By continuing to invest in
             and the country’s relatively       and increasing allocations for
             low broadband Internet sub-                                            economic enhancers such as
                                                students in government col-         infrastructure and education,
             scription rate, overall Oman’s     leges and institutes.”
             performance stacked up well,                                           while also backing the private
                                                    This higher spending has
             especially when compared to                                            sector to increase its econom-
                                                had an effect, with 55,000
             some regional neighbours.          new positions created in the        ic role, Oman is on the right
                 Most notable was the           first seven months of the year,     track to bolster competitive-
             retreat of the UAE, which          according to data from the          ness even further.
             slipped two rungs, coming in       Ministry of Manpower in late               Oxford Business Group
             at 27th globally, having peak-     August. Significantly, 32,000       (OBG) is a global publishing,
             ed at 23rd in 2009 before eas-     of these jobs came from the         research and consultancy rm,
             ing to 25th in the 2010 report.    private sector, suggesting a        which publishes economic and
             Middle Eastern states such         strengthening of demand and         political intelligence on the
             as Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain          activity in the economy’s non-      markets of the Middle East,
             and Tunisia all saw their rat-     state segment.                      Africa and Asia. Through its
             ings drop as social unrest and         Importantly for Oman’s          range of print and online prod-
             weakened economic circum-          rankings in next year’s WEF         ucts, OBG offers comprehen-
             stances reduced their overall      competitiveness report, some        sive and accurate analysis of
             growth.                            6,500 women obtained work           political, macroeconomic and
                 To reinforce its own com-      in the private sector from Jan-     sectoral developments, includ-
             petitiveness, the Omani gov-       uary to July, a result that will    ing banking, capital markets,
             ernment has been increasing        likely improve the Sultanate’s      insurance, energy, transport,
             budgetary outlays to strength-     position in the category meas-      industry and telecoms.

                 Tesco shows overseas value
                  with Thai property fund
             LONDON — Tesco, the
             world's third-biggest retailer,
             plans to float property assets
             in Thailand, seeking to high-
             light the value of overseas
             businesses as it battles tough
             trading conditions in its main
             British market.
                 The supermarket group an-
             nounced the initial public of-
             fering yesterday as speculation
             mounted it is about to launch a
             major campaign to boost its
             British operations, and news
             emerged it is slowing down its
             expansion into banking.
                 Tesco makes about two-
             thirds of its sales and profits    the fund, continue to lease all     was weighing on the shares
             in Britain, where shoppers are     15 hypermarkets from it, and        of British supermarkets, amid
             cutting back spending amid         use proceeds to fund invest-        fears of a price war that could
             rising prices, subdued wage        ment.                               hit profit margins.
             growth and government aus-             Retailers have been look-           Tesco shares were down
             terity measures.                   ing for years to extract more       0.8 per cent at 367.85 pence,
                 It has suffered more than      value from their property as-       while Morrison's were off 1.1
             rivals such as J Sainsbury and     sets, which they believe are        per cent and Sainsbury's down
             Wm Morrison, mainly be-            often under-appreciated by          0.6 per cent, within a STOXX
             cause it sells more discretion-    investors.                          600 European retail index off
             ary non-food items including           Tesco's property assets,        0.7 per cent.
             clothing and electricals.          for example, are worth an               However, Black thought a
                 Unlike those competitors,      estimated £36 billion ($57          price war was unlikely, noting
             Tesco has an international         billion), compared with its         Tesco's target to improve re-
             business which is enjoying         market capitalisation of about      turns to 14.6 per cent by fiscal
             particularly strong growth in      £29.5 billion.                      2014-15 from 12.9 per cent in
             Asia. The group moved yes-             But the process is not al-      2010-11.
             teday to highlight the value       ways straightforward and                Separately, people familiar
             of that business, with plans to    some investors are reluctant        with the matter said Tesco was
             float a Thai property fund with    to see chains losing too much       slowing down its expansion
             an appraised value of some 14      control of their buildings.         into financial services after
             billion Thai baht ($460 mil-           This year, Carrefour pulled     glitches with systems over the
             lion).                             plans to demerge a much larg-       summer.
                 The fund will initially        er chunk of its property assets         While the group may still
             comprise 15 shopping malls         following opposition from           launch a mortgage product
             anchored by a Tesco Lotus hy-      some investors and managers.        this year, it would not be ac-
             permarket.                             News of Tesco's plans in        companied by a big marketing
                 Finance Director Laurie        Thailand, where it runs more        drive.
             McIlwee said the move was          than 800 stores ranging from            It was more important for
             consistent with the group's an-    convenience stores to hyper-        Tesco to get financial prod-
             nouncement in April it wanted      markets, came as speculation        ucts right than to launch them
             a proportion of future property    mounted it is about to launch       quickly, one person said,
             profits to come from overseas      a major campaign aimed at           pointing to the time likely
             businesses.                        boosting its British business.      needed to implement banking
                 Tesco, third in annual sales       Tesco declined to com-          reforms announced last week
             behind France's Carrefour and      ment.                               that could encourage more
             US industry leader Wal-Mart,           Shore Capital analyst Clive     competition in the industry.
             will keep a one-third stake in     Black said the speculation          — Reuters
                                                                                                                               OMAN   9                                                                                              THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 2011

Toyota Zelas exhilarates everyone                                                             leather. Added comfort is offered by thicker seats with firmer seat bolsters, while the
                                                                                              driver seat is six-way adjustable. Entry and exit for rear passengers is made easy with a
                                                                                                                                                                                              Speaking at the event which took place at BankDhofar Head Office, Abdul Ha-
                                                                                                                                                                                           keem Omar al Ojaily, General Manager Corporate Services at BankDhofar stated, “We
                                                                                              walk-in lever located at shoulder level on the front seats. For added comfort and utility,   boast a strong team here at our Bank, an extremely creative and committed team, each
                                                                                              the rear seats are 60:40 split and recline up to 10 degrees.                                 member of which contributes hugely to our success. Today, we have rewarded staff
                                                                                                  This outstanding performer comes from Toyota, Oman's most coveted brand.                 members from many of our branches for the initiative they have shown and we look
                                                                                                  The unmatched, nationwide parts and service support of Saud Bahwan Group                 forward to sharing these new products with our customers.”
                                                                                              makes Toyota's pride of place a reality. Toyota customers in Oman enjoy 6-year unlim-           BankDhofar employees honoured at the ceremony were Zakiya Rashid al Amri,
                                                                                              ited mileage protection, over 98 per cent parts availability and round-the-clock care,       Izki Branch, Naeima Rabeea al Busaidi, Shinas Branch, Yusriya Omar al Balushi, Cor-
                                                                                              amongst many other exclusive privileges from the group.                                      porate Communications and Marketing department, Hamoud Khalfan al Qasmi, MBD
                                                                                                                                                                                           Branch and Yunis Issa al Habsi, Samad Al Shan Branch.
                                                                                                       NBO sponsors launch of Al Amel
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bank Sohar joins Onam celebation
                                                                                                                                                                                           BANK Sohar was one of the spon-
                                                                                                                                                                                           sors for the Onam Celebration 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                           event organised by the Malayalam
                                                                                                                                                                                           Wing of the Indian Social Club. The
                                                                                                                                                                                           three-day event brought together
                                                                                                                                                                                           high net worth customers and large
                                                                                                                                                                                           numbers of the Malayalam commu-
                                                                                                                                                                                           nity in the Sultanate.
                                                                                                                                                                                              The festival commenced with
MUSCAT — Since the launch of the brand new Zelas in Oman, sports coupe buy-                                                                                                                competitions for both children and
ers have been truly exhilarated. The brand new Zelas is indeed unparalleled in many                                                                                                        adults in the fields of culture, lit-
ways.                                                                                                                                                                                      erature and the performing arts and
    “The sleek new interior is functional and contemporary, while the plush seats along                                                                                                    culminated in a grand festive func-
with responsive steering and gear shift enhance driving comfort to a whole new level.                                                                                                      tion. The festival was inaugurated
The suspension can take on the bends and curves with confidence. Personally, I get            NATIONAL Bank of Oman (NBO) recently sponsored the inaugural launch of “Al-                  by Anil Wadhwa, the out-going In-
the feeling that Toyota's highly trained and quality conscious team has worked hard to        Amel’’ (Worker) Magazine, held under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Kamil bin           dian Ambassador to the Sultanate
ensure that the classic brand values of quality, dependability and reliability have been      Fahd Al Said, at the Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel                                  along with K C Venugopal, Minister
further enhanced in the brand new Zelas sports coupe, ” says an owner.                            Organised by Decent Work Press, Publishing and Advertising, the inaugural cer-           of State for Power, Government of
    Zelas is powered by a 178 horsepower, 2.5-litre four-cylinder DVVT-i (dual vari-          emony was well attended by ministers, leading business men and other high profile            India. The concluding Celebration was conducted under the auspices of Venugopal.
able valve timing with intelligence) engine. This power-plant is equipped with Roller         guests. Al Amel is a new publication in the Sultanate that will focus on ‘workers’ con-         “For Bank Sohar, the Onam celebrations provided a great opportunity to present the
Rocker Arms and a Variable-induction Intake Manifold System that supply greater               cerns and aspirations. The Magazine will provide a clear understanding of the relations      Bank’s portfolio of products and services all of which are of interest to this segment of
torque ‘on demand’, thereby enhancing performance...belting-out a commanding per-             between workers and their organisations.                                                     the expatriate community,” said Khalfan Rashid al Tal’ey, DGM Retail Banking- Bank
formance. Its road-holding characteristics are amazing, making the ride feel sure and             Speaking on the occasion, Nasser al Hajri, NBO’s Acting Chief Human Resource             Sohar. ”Of special significance was the Saving Scheme 2011 with the daily prize
stable. Premium styling and top-class features further add to its appeal.                     Officer, said: “At National Bank of Oman we give great importance to community               draws, the forthcoming September jackpot prize draw under the same Scheme, the
    The Zelas' six-speed automatic transmission boasts of sequential shifting, providing      related events. The ‘workers’ industry is a very important segment of our society, par-      Bank’s choice of credit cards and the Ek DoTeen NRI Remittance service.”
an additional fun-to-drive element. As a result, the Zelas has quicker acceleration and       ticularly since our youth form a major part of this sector. We are very happy to support
highest fuel economy in its segment.                                                          a publication which will highlight the needs and achievements of all ‘workers’ and                        Jaguar XF — Car of Decade
    Zelas offers electric power-steering system that contributes to increased fuel ef-        enable to encourage transparency in the field.”
ficiency. Riding on an enhanced McPherson strut front-suspension and a double-
wishbone rear-suspension, it offers the driver a sporty ride that is both nimble and           BankDhofar rewards staff for innovation
    Giving Zelas a broader stance and elevated handling characteristics are the 17-inch
aluminium-alloy wheels wrapped in wider tyres. Disc brakes on all corners are stand-
    Inspired by the design of the famous racing helmet called ‘Calty’, Zelas has a bold,
aggressive stance. One of its unique design features is the sleek cabin shape – the wrap-
around window graphics adding to its sporty profile.
    The sleek front grille, aero bumper spoiler and projector type headlamps are com-
plemented by protruding fender flares, which amplify its wider, lower stance. The front
interlocks with the dynamic, muscular rear fenders. The shape of the rear taillights
flows cleanly into the overall shape of the trunk with a wing type rear spoiler, finalising
the iconic and purposeful nature of the design.                                                                                                                                            THE Jaguar XF has been announced as Auto Express Driver Power ‘Car of the Dec-
    The sporty design of the new Zelas carries over to the interior with a look and feel                                                                                                   ade’. Over a period of 10 years readers of Auto Express have been invited to partici-
that is sophisticated, sporty and functional. The front cabin design provides a driver-                                                                                                    pate in the Driver Power survey and evaluate the car they own. The detailed survey
centred cockpit with spaciousness and freedom for the front passenger.                                                                                                                     encompassed many aspects of vehicle ownership - from reliability to dealer perform-
    A tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel features a unique flat bottom ‘D’ shape that                                                                                                      ance, to design, handling and ease of use.
provides additional thigh room. Dual illuminated combination metres for the speed-                                                                                                            In that time over 300,000 readers participated with hundreds of individual cars be-
ometer and tachometer have a three-dimensional appearance with large meters and                                                                                                            ing tested. The Jaguar XF emerged as Number One.
                                                                                              BANKDHOFAR rewarded its staff under its staff recognition scheme. This scheme
needle indicators for good visibility. The trip meters also includes gauges for outside       enables employees to take an active part in the enhancement and development of the              Acting Editor of Auto Express, Graham Hope, presented Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of
temperature, average fuel economy, and an ECO-drive indicator — helping maxim-                BankDhofar brand, its products and services. Staff have been working on devising             Jaguar Land Rover and Andrew Whyman, Chief Programme Engineer, XF, with the
ise fuel efficiency. Among the many interior comfort features are the driver and front        innovative names for the extensive suite of products to be offered by the Bank. These        Award in front of staff at the Castle Bromwich Factory. Jaguar XF is available at
passenger bucket seats and rear passenger seats, which are upholstered with premium           products will soon be launched to the public.                                                Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC, the sole Jaguar importers in Oman.

    Volvo Cars Heritage Show

ON November 11-13, the Footman James Classic Motor Show
will take place at the NEC in Birmingham and Volvo Cars Her-
itage will be there again, after a two year absence. The stand
will also house the Volvo Owners Club (UK) during the show.
This will be the last of the Volvo P1800 50th anniversary ac-
tivities and the Grand Finale of the hectic 2011 Volvo Cars
Heritage event season.
    The collection of P1800 cars was impressive at the Techno-
Classica show in Essen in April, but it may probably be even
more impressive at the Birmingham show. The top attraction
will be the P1800 from 1961 with an original 2.5 litre DOHC
four-cylinder Aston Martin prototype engine which was fitted
to the car at the Aston factory for test purposes. Although this
project was never realized, the car has survived and is today
proudly owned and run by Beat Roos of Roos Engineering in
Switzerland. Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC is the sole importer
of Volvo Cars in Oman.

                SFO new COO
SANTOSH Kasture has been appoint-
ed as the Chief Operations Officer of
Sharikah Fanniyah Omaniyah (Mus-
cat) LLC. Santosh is a Mechanical En-
gineer with a Masters in management
science in operations and supply chain
management from India. Santosh has
extensive professional experience
with leading multinational companies
in different functions like corporate
strategy and planning, profitability,
manufacturing and supply chain management, branding, sales
and marketing in India, USA and other Asian countries.
                                                                                            OMAN/INTERNATIONAL                  10                                                                                                    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

  World stocks at one-year low before Fed meet                                                                                                                                                                         Russian shareholders
— World stocks held broadly
                                   ny's DAX and France's CAC-
                                   40 also fell, while financial
                                                                                                                                                                               probably be more accentuated
                                                                                                                                                                               in Asia than in other parts of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       up BP claim to $5bn
steady above this months' one-     spreadbetters in London called                                                                                                              the world."                           MOSCOW — A small team of minority shareholders in BP's
year low yesterday, while gov-     the FTSE 100 to open down as                                                                                                                   S&P 500 index futures              Russian joint venture yesterday raised their damages claim
ernment bonds also stabilised,     much as 0.5 per cent.                                                                                                                       traded in Asia rose 0.3 per           against the British giant to $5 billion, on the first day of a con-
as investors looked to the Fed-       "The market will be glued                                                                                                                cent, pointing to a slightly          troversial court case.
eral Reserve to announce steps     to Europe. The question is                                                                                                                  firmer start on Wall Street af-           The judge at the Tyumen district court in Siberia accepted
to guide long-term US interest     whether Europe is going to                                                                                                                  ter stocks drifted marginally         the petition and adjourned the next hearing on request from BP
rates lower to help a faltering    have a safety net ready for                                                                                                                 lower on Tuesday, when Euro-          until October 13, Russian news agencies reported.
economy.                           banks," said Hideyuki Ishig-                                                                                                                pean shares had risen around 2            The TNK-BP Holding shareholders' suit is being heard in
    The dollar fell close to       uro, assistant manager of in-                                                                                                               per cent.                             the wake of this year's failed bid by BP to strike an unprec-
record lows against the yen        vestment strategy at Okasan                                                                                                                    European debt worries were         edented share swap and joint Arctic oil exploration agreement
ahead of Japan's fiscal half-      Securities in Tokyo. "If Span-                                                                                                              tempered, to some extent, after       with the Russian state-held company Rosneft.
year end, which encouraged         ish and Italian bonds fall fur-                                                                                                             Greece promised further cuts              The deal fell apart after the Russian half of TNK-BP argued
some investors to unwind their     ther, banks could suffer mas-                                                                                                               to its public sector before a         that it had first rights to the Rosneft tie-up and then refused the
US fixed income assets and re-     sive losses."                                                                                                                               second conference call with in-       terms of a buyout offer from BP.
patriate gains.                       Asian markets had mostly                                                                                                                 ternational lenders that Athens           The group of shareholders, who are believed to have a
    The euro held above its        opened weaker for the third                                                                                                                 must persuade to give it more         tiny stake in the holding, initially claimed 87.1 billion roubles
seven-month low against the        time this week, but later re-                                                                                                               loans to avoid bankruptcy next        (some $3 billion) in damages from TNK-BP's unrealised share
dollar after Greece and inter-     versed course.                                                                                                                              month.                                swap with Rosneft. But their lawyer Dmitry Chepurenko said
national lenders showed signs         "Markets fluctuate so much                                                                                                                  That relief helped the be-         that claim is now being valued at 154.3 billion roubles ($4.9
of progress in negotiations key    during the day these days it's          AN investor reacts in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a                   leaguered euro recover fol-           billion), based on recent changes in Rosneft's share price.
to give Athens more loans to       very hard to pick a trend," said                   brokerage house in Huaibei, China yesterday. — Reuters                                   lowing a downgrade of Italy's             The suit has raised pressure on BP's Chief Executive Bob
avoid default.                     David Spry, analyst at FW          book value — the net asset        MSCI index for Asia returning          "And we think one of the        credit rating. The euro traded        Dudley over his decision to pursue the Rosneft deal, despite
    The Fed is expected to an-     Holst in Melbourne. "Anyone        value of the entire company.      to plumb a new 14-month low        reasons why that is happening       around $1.37, up more than a          the damage it might cause to the British firm's most profitable
nounce plans to rebalance its      who thinks the market's just           MSCI's broadest index of      last week.                         is not only because the dollar      cent from a low of $1.3591 on         foreign ventures.
portfolio in favour of longer-     going to recover quickly is go-    Asia Pacific shares exclud-           "What is very interesting is   has been a bit stronger, but        Tuesday.                                  TNK-BP provides BP with about a quarter of its annual
dated bonds and so push long-      ing to be misplaced."              ing Japan gained 0.4 per cent.    that since August 9, the S&P       also because Asian clients in          "(The euro) was a bit over-        production and 10 per cent of its profits. The company last
term interest rates — already         Japan's Nikkei share aver-      The index remains about 21        futures are up something like      general don't really understand     sold and there was a paring in        week also aired plans to invest $49 billion over 10 years in
near historic lows — even          age closed up 0.2 per cent, with   per cent below its 2011 high      11 per cent since the low and      or follow very closely what is      those positions. No one wants         foreign field development. Yesterday's hearing was preceded
lower in a move known as Op-       some bargain-hunting support-      in April.                         over that period the MSCI Asia     going on in Europe, and in that     to be over-committed ahead            by a series of raids on BP offices in Moscow by bailiffs acting
eration Twist.                     ing the market. Analysts said          Asian markets have un-        Pacific ex-Japan is actually       environment they are just de-       of the FOMC (Fed meeting),"           on request of the presiding judge.
    Euro STOXX 50 index fu-        market falls of recent weeks       derperformed US equities —        flat," Mohammed Apabhai,           risking," he said.                  said Rob Ryan, foreign ex-                BP's protest were picked up in Moscow last week by vis-
tures futures fell 0.8 per cent,   had made valuations attrac-        which struck their low for the    head of Asia Pacific trading           "So if the risk comes back      change and interest rate strate-      iting British Prime Minister David Cameron during his talks
despite modest gains on Asian      tive, with two-thirds of Tokyo     year after a steep global sell-   strategies at Citi, said Insider   on again, there is a potential of   gist at BNP Paribas in Singa-         with both his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Presi-
exchanges. Futures for Germa-      stocks now trading below their     off in early August — with the    TV in Hong Kong.                   a benchmark chase which will        pore. — Reuters                       dent Dmitry Medvedev. — Reuters

More jobs after GM deal with union US challenges China poultry duties
DETROIT — A tentative con-                                                                              work that left this country         WASHINGTON — The United States                   cent of US chicken exports, said Farha         using the countervailing duty, anti-dump-
tract between General Motors                                                                            back into this country," King       said yesterday it was challenging steep          Aslam, an analyst with Stephens Inc Eq-        ing mechanism as a retaliatory tool...
Co and the United Auto Work-                                                                            said.                               Chinese duties on US poultry products            uity Research. However, US poultry ex-         When those mechanisms are misused, as
ers Union adds US factory jobs                                                                              Shares of GM fell 2.7           that Beijing imposed after Washington            ports to all countries have risen this year    has been the case unfortunately in China
and replaces traditional wage                                                                           per cent to $22.43 Tuesday.         raised barriers to imports of Chinese            and export data suggests "there has been       in these two instances, we will be aggres-
increases with profit-sharing,                                                                          Ford shares fell 1.1 per cent       chickens and tyres.                              some circumvention of the Chinese duties       sive in challenging them."
union officials said yesterday.                                                                         $10.42.                                 "Today's action pertains to what we          by shipping poultry to the mainland via            China sought to overturn Obama's tire
    The union, confident that                                                                               Entry-level workers would       believe is China's wrongful imposition of        Hong Kong," the analysis firm MF Glo-          tariffs at the WTO, but the world trade
rank-and-file UAW members                                                                               receive base wage increases         trade remedies against US chicken prod-          bal said.                                      body's appellate court ruled the United
will support the GM deal,                                                                               and improved health benefits,       ucts," US Trade Representative Ron Kirk              The National Chicken Council and the       States was justified in taking the action
plans to resume intensive                                                                               and all workers would receive       said.                                            USA Poultry & Egg Export Council wel-          under the terms of China's 2001 accession
negotiations with Chrysler                                                                              a $5,000 signing bonus and              "It's a case that has implications for       comed the USTR action and said in a joint      to the WTO.
Group LLC before GM work-                                                                               other lump-sum payments of          an estimated 300,000 American farmers            statement they hoped it would lead to a            Beijing also filed a case against the
ers complete a ratification vote                                                                        at least $6,500 over the life of    and workers throughout the US poultry            "timely and satisfactory resolution" of the    congressional ban on cooked chicken
expected by next Thursday,         cession. The proposed contract     day released highlights of the    the four-year contract.             supply chain," Kirk told reporters at a          case. Beijing accuses the US companies         from China. Beijing won that case and
people with direct knowledge       would not dent GM's profit-        agreement.                            But GM also made gains,         briefing to announce the start of action at      of selling in China at below market prices     Congress has let the provision expire, a
of the discussions said.           ability on that basis, a person        UAW President Bob King        analysts said. The contract         World Trade Organization.                        and receiving government subsidies.            USTR spokeswoman said.
    The GM four-year deal          familiar with the terms said.      said he would take the basic      does not saddle the company             The Chinese duties range from about              But the United States said Chinese of-         Kirk said on Tuesday the US poultry
covering 48,500 workers rep-           The talks in Detroit have      framework of the GM deal          with a recurring wage increase      54 to 65 per cent on US exporters Pil-           ficials did not follow WTO rules in their      case was an example of a larger effort to
resents the first new contract     played out at a time of in-        into talks with Chrysler and      for the veteran workers that        grim's Pride, Tyson Foods, Keystone              dumping and subsidy investigations.            ensure China "plays by the rules."
for American auto workers          creasing uncertainty about the     Ford.                             make up 95 per cent of its pay-     Foods and about 32 other producers.                  China failed to accurately calculate the       "From day one of the Obama admin-
since the Obama adminis-           strength of US auto sales and          King and UAW Vice-Pres-       roll.                                   Another group of companies that did          US cost of production, did not objectively     istration, we've been clear that when it
tration's bailout of GM and        the risk of another recession.     ident Joe Ashton said the big-        The proposed deal also          not co-operate in China's probe face du-         examine the evidence it received from US       comes to enforcement and China, we
Chrysler in 2009.                      "From the company's per-       gest win for the union was the    does not increase pension pay-      ties of more than 135 per cent. They have        industry and made other errors, an attor-      have one simple request of our Chinese
    The deal has something for     spective, they mostly kind of      pledge of new factory jobs at     outs, an important win for a        not been major suppliers to China though.        ney for the US trade office told reporters.    partners: 'live up to the promises you
both sides. It preserves or adds   held on and changed the game       GM, the top US automaker.         company where retired work-         US producers sold roughly $650 million               The Chinese duties, which became           made when you joined the WTO,'" Kirk
6,400 US union jobs, most at       from fixed increases to lump       The UAW aspires to exceed         ers outnumber the active pay-       of poultry to China in both 2008 and             final last year, were widely seen as retali-   said. WTO procedures require the two
lower wages. The profit-shar-      sums," said Art Schwartz, a        the 6,400 US jobs either re-      roll by 10 to one.                  2009, but shipments fell to about $136           ation for a congressional ban on imports       countries to first try to resolve the chicken
ing provisions also give GM        former GM labour official and      tained or created during the          "The union got two things       million in 2010 and totaled only $37 mil-        of cooked chicken from China as well as        trade dispute through consultations.
flexibility on labour costs it     now president of consultancy       life of the contract. Ashton      that they wanted, more money        lion in the first half of this year, an indus-   President Barack Obama's decision in               If there is no agreement within 60 days
has never had before.              Labour and Economic Associ-        said that the union aspires to    in their members' pockets and       try aide said.                                   September 2009 to slap an emergency 35         of starting talks, the United States can ask
    GM emerged from bank-          ates in Ann Arbor, Michigan.       have as many as 60,000 UAW-       more members," said Kristin             China was the US poultry industry's          per cent tariff on Chinese-made tyres.         for a WTO panel to hear the case. WTO
ruptcy saying it had cut costs         GM has reserved detailed       represented GM workers in         Dziczek, labour analyst at the      second largest customer in 2009, ac-                 Asked about that, the US trade lawyer      cases can take at least one or two years
to the point that it would break   comment on the pact until it       four years.                       Center for Automotive Re-           counting for 11 per cent of exports. But         did not draw a direct connection but not-      and even longer if the initial ruling is ap-
even at the trough of any re-      is ratified. The union on Tues-        "We're bringing a lot of      search. — Reuters                   currently it accounts for only about 2 per       ed: "China has said publicly that they are     pealed. — Reuters

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                                                                                                                                                                                 Oracle forecasts higher
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                                                                                                                                                                                 earnings on strong sales
                                                                                                                                                                                 WASHINTON — Oracle
                                                                                                                                                                                 Corp forecast earnings for the
                                                                                                                                                                                 current quarter that are higher
                                                                                                                                                                                 than expected, as well as ro-
                                                                                                                                                                                 bust software sales, offering
                                                                                                                                                                                 some reassurance to investors
                                                                                                                                                                                 hoping that global technology
                                                                                                                                                                                 spending is holding up.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Its shares rose 3 per cent
                                                                                                                                                                                 after it said new software
                                                                                                                                                                                 sales, a gauge of future profit
                                                                                                                                                                                 because they generate high-
                                                                                                                                                                                 margin long-term service con-
                                                                                                                                                                                 tracts, increased 17 per cent in
                                                                                                                                                                                 its first fiscal quarter, ended
                                                                                                                                                                                 on August 31. Analysts had
                                                                                                                                                                                 expected 15 per cent.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Oracle also forecast soft-
                                                                                                                                                                                 ware sales growth for the cur-
                                                                                                                                                                                 rent quarter in a range of 6
                                                                                                                                                                                 per cent to 16 per cent, which
                                                                                                                                                                                 was much higher than the flat          The outlook for worldwide       doing well," he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                 to 10 per cent estimated by        technology spending dark-               The company, which is run
                                                                                                                                                                                 ThinkEquity analyst Brian          ened after warnings by ma-          by flamboyant Silicon Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                 Schwartz.                          jor technology vendors from         billionaire Larry Ellison, on
                                                                                                                                                                                     Executives also said they      Dell Inc to Cisco Systems Inc.      Tuesday reported revenue of
                                                                                                                                                                                 are confident of market share      Governments are scaling back        $8.37 billion for the fiscal first
                                                                                                                                                                                 gains against rivals such as       purchases to reduce deficits        quarter. This is just a touch
                                                                                                                                                                                 SAP in Europe, a region that       while corporations are tight-       ahead of Wall Street's estimate
                                                                                                                                                                                 along with the Middle East         ening budgets to cope with an       of $8.35 billion and up 11.6
                                                                                                                                                                                 and Africa accounts for a          uncertain economic picture.         per cent from $7.50 billion in
                                                                                                                                                                                 third of its business but is           Oracle, which competes          the year-ago period.
                                                                                                                                                                                 grappling with a widening          with SAP in selling software to         "We just had a solid quar-
                                                                                                                                                                                 economic crisis.                   corporations and public agen-       ter in Europe," said President
                                                                                                                                                                                     "I'm certainly encour-         cies, reports results a month       Mark Hurd. "I would be cau-
                                                                                                                                                                                 aged by that licence revenue       before its rivals — giving          tious that this may not be
                                                                                                                                                                                 growth. In the near term that's    investors a first peek at July      macro but maybe more Ora-
                                                                                                                                                                                 a very positive indicator,"        and August this year — and is       cle-specific. We're hiring in
                                                                                                                                                                                 Schwartz said, even as he not-     watched for the latest insights     Europe."
                                                                                                                                                                                 ed that the company's overall      into industry trends.                   As well as software, Oracle
                                                                                                                                                                                 revenue forecast was lighter           A stronger-than-expected        sells server computers follow-
                                                                                                                                                                                 than expected.                     European performance —              ing its purchase of Sun Mi-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Oracle forecast a 4 per cent   partly credited by executives       crosystems last year. Overall
                                                                                                                                                                                 to 8 per cent gain in revenue      to market share gains against       hardware sales — a weak spot
                                                                                                                                                                                 this quarter, translating into     arch foe SAP — helped boost         in Oracle's otherwise robust
                                                                                                                                                                                 sales of $9 billion to $9.3 bil-   sales last quarter.                 numbers — slipped 1 per cent
                                                                                                                                                                                 lion, slightly lagging forecasts       However, Richard Davis,         to $1.67 billion, lighter than
                                                                                                                                                                                 of $9.36 billion.                  an analyst at Canaccord Genu-       expected as the company sacri-
                                                                                                                                                                                     It also forecast earnings      ity, noted that the European        ficed sales for profitability. The
                                                                                                                                                                                 before one-time items of 56        countries in most trouble —         company said it expects anoth-
                                                                                                                                                                                 cents to 58 cents per share for    Greece, Ireland and Spain —         er weak quarter for hardware
                                                                                                                                                                                 the current quarter, compared      were not key markets anyway.        and forecast sales in a range of
                                                                                                                                                                                 with the 56 cents expected by      "They're doing well in the          flat to down 5 per cent in the
                                                                                                                                                                                 Wall Street.                       markets where they should be        current quarter. — Reuters
                              Beyonce proud of her                                                                              Boring household                                                                       Bradley flirts with
                              baby bump                                                                                         not good                                                                               Scarlett Johansson
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                                                                        Just three burgers a week enough                                                            ‘Alzheimer’s patients require
                                                                        to bring on asthma                                                                          love, care, medicines’
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                                                                                           Fea ures
                                                                                            Thursday, September 22, 2011

By Kabeer Yousuf
                                               Sri Lanka is a small

        HE Sultanate of Oman and
        Sri Lanka share some com-             miracle partly due to
        monalities in the sense that         the compact physical
both have immense geographical
areas still not explored or are not          diversity of this pearl-
being tapped effectively albeit the
fact that both vary in size and in
                                             shaped island — but,
their core features. And the latest           as we shall see, this
buzz is that the bilateral relations           diversity extends to
between these two countries are
poised for greater heights since             virtually every aspect
the new diplomatic representative
assumed office last month with an               of life. Fringed by
ambitious growth plan and strat-                variously-shaped
egy to be implemented.
                                                sublime beaches,
                                             from straight expanse
                                                to rocky cove, the
                                                island possesses
                                                  a coastal plain
                                              containing a host of
                                             geographical features
                                                such as lagoons,
                                              wetlands, rivers and
                                                 various types of
                                               wildlife-rich jungle
        Asoka Girihagama
                                           to try the Kandyan dances, a pro-       plains, where the coast fades away      ly-shaped sublime beaches, from          guide, or indeed virtually anyone       tory last year, I’m confident that   century Dutch fort at Galle, the
    The core areas in focus would          cession of elephants or the masked      to reveal gorgeous rolling hills of-    straight expanse to rocky cove,          encountered, requests the pleasure      we can boost these figures given     best preserved in Asia. With 14
be, apart from enhancing the               devil dances. And if one prefers        ten carpeted with tea plantations.      the island possesses a coastal plain     of your company. And don’t de-          a proper strategy and implementa-    massive bastions, a grid system of
strong diplomatic relations, would         the pulsating reminiscences of the      The entire island is teeming with       containing a host of geographical        cline, as Sri Lankans take hospital-    tion to promote the attractions of   streets, and some original Dutch
be trade, tourism, hosting delega-         bygone era, then one can find the       bird life and exotics like elephants    features such as lagoons, wetlands,      ity very seriously
tions, conducting road shows and           ruins and enough ancient and in-        and leopards are not uncommon.          rivers and various types of wild-            Added to all these attractions
many more.                                 spiring architecture in the cities of   To top it all, the people are friend-   life-rich jungle.                        and other factors that tempt a visit
    Asoka Girihagama, Sri Lankan           Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to         ly, the food is delicious and costs         The plain ends in the central area   to this small island, the country’s
                                                                                                                           where the land starts to ascend into     cultural depth is recognised by the
                                                                                                                           mist-shrouded mountains, covered         Unesco, which has declared six ar-
                                                                                                                           in forests of wind-stunted trees (in     chaeological World Heritage Sites
                                                                                                                           fact there are seven different types     in the country which are the sacred
                                                                                                                           of forest in Sri Lanka), plains known    city of Anuradhapura, the ancient
                                                                                                                           as patanas, and rolling tea planta-      city of Polonnaruwa, the golden
                                                                                                                           tions. In addition, the hillsides are    temple of Dambulla, the ancient
                                                                                                                           invariably punctuated by dramatic        city of Sigiriya, the sacred city of
                                                                                                                           waterfalls. For its size Sri Lanka       Kandy, the old town of Galle and
                                                                                                                           has perhaps the largest number of        its fortifications, and the seventh
                                                                                                                           waterfalls of any country.               World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka
                                                                                                                               Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic,         is an ecological example, The Sin-
                                                                                                                           multi-religious and multi-cultural       haraja Forest Reserve.
                                                                                                                           society, a reflection of the island’s        From      enormous      dagobas
                                                                                                                           encounter with successive foreign        (dome-shaped structures) and re-
                                                                                                                           immigrants. But it all began with        mains of ancient buildings in the
                                                                                                                           indigenous people, the Veddahs,          ruined cities of Anuradhapura and
                                                                                                                           hunter-gatherers who exist today.        Polonnaruwa, to the awesome
                                                                                                                               The main ethnic groups are the       stairway to the temple at Dambulla      both countries is worked out for bungalows, the fort bustles with
                                                                                                                           Sinhalese and Tamils, both origi-        and the sensual frescoes of heav-       the bilateral benefit”, Asoka said. life just as it did when Galle was
                                                                                                                           nally from the Indian subconti-          enly maidens at the palace at the          In contrast, experience the co- the country’s main port. It’s simply
                                                                                                                           nent. Then there are Muslims, who        rock of Sigiriya, visitors can expe-
                                                                                                                           settled in the island from the time      rience these World Heritage Sites
Ambassador to the Sultanate                satisfy that inner archaeologist, as are low.                                   it became an ancient trading cen-        within a compact area called the
of Oman said bilateral tourism             is promised by the heterogeneous        Sri Lanka is a small miracle            tre. Similarly, Malays and Chinese       Cultural Triangle.
will be one among the few ar-              landscape of Sri Lanka.              partly due to the compact physi-           were also attracted to the island.           In the hill countryside lies the
eas to be substantially benefitted.                                                                                            The Portuguese and British
“Sri Lankan tourism is round the                                                                                                                                    former royal capital of Kandy,
                                                                                                                           brought with them people from            home to the Dalada Maligawa or
year and we would welcome the
                                                                                                                           Africa, and the Dutch an assort-         Sacred Temple of the Tooth, which
Omani people who seek to enjoy
                                                                                                                           ment of European traders, the            houses the sacred tooth relic of the
a cooler climate. We have a lot of
programmes to encourage tourism                                                                                            Burghers. There are other commu-         Buddha. With its distinctive archi-
between both countries by con-                                                                                             nities too, the Chetties from South      tecture, art and music, Kandy is a
ducting road shows and other pro-                                                                                          India for example... the list is ex-     bastion of traditional culture.
motional activities in Oman and in                                                                                         traordinary.                                 The Sri Lankan ambassador
Sri Lanka”.                                                                                                                    Whatever their situation in          says the number of visitors from
    Marco Polo considered Sri                                                                                              society, the people of Sri Lanka         Oman to Sri Lanka last year was
Lanka as the finest island of its                                                                                          possess a warm and friendly na-          not significantly large but had the
size in the entire world and one                                                                                           ture reflected in persistent smiling     various attractions of the country
will likely agree after exploring                                                                                          faces and eagerness to help those        been marketed effectively in the
the country's fabled delights. What                                                                                        unfamiliar with aspects of local         Sultanate on a reciprocal way, the
takes one’s fancy? If it is the beach-                                                                                     life. You’ll find that Sri Lankans       Sri Lankan tourism could ben-
es, then the coastal stretch south of          And then there's the natural        cal diversity of this pearl-shaped      are very hospitable and take pride       efit immensely from such a pro-
Colombo has palm-lined sandy ex-           wealth for which Sri Lanka is           island — but, as we shall see, this     in inviting people to their homes,       gramme.
panses as far as the eye can see in        rightly renowned. Head for the hill     diversity extends to virtually every    however modest they may be. So               “Although the figures of visitors   lonial heritage of the country by one of the most unique attractions
offer. If it is for culture then one has   stations to escape the heat of the      aspect of life. Fringed by various-     don’t be surprised if a driver or        to both countries were not satisfac-    heading south to the mid-17th in Sri Lanka.
                                                                                                          LETTERS/HEALTH       12                                                                                               THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

                                             Reckless disregard for others causes accidents                                                                                                                                                        WINDOW
                                                                                                                                                                  have the power to affect change act
                                                                                                                                                                  in ways that can bolster peace, love
                                                                                                                                                                  and friendship.
                                                                                                                                                                      Many still believe that we can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 By Fatima al Zadjaliya

       THINK we are all now very
       much aware about the dangers                                                                                                                               all live together harmoniously, even
       on the road and the menace of                                                                                                                              though the spate of recent turmoils
   reckless driving that has caused                                                                                                                               have made us more pessimistic in
   untold misery to many people, but                                                                                                                              believing that a brighter, happier to-
   I wonder if we are overdoing cover-
   age of this.
       The most recent article I saw
   in relation to this was on the high
                                                                                                                                                                  morrow is attainable.
                                                                                                                                                                      Still, we live in hope and, in this
                                                                                                                                                                  sense, the hope is for fighting to stop,
                                                                                                                                                                  troubles to cease and for people to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Term from life
   number of accidents occurring in the
   GCC in general. This has followed a
                                                                                                                                                                  come together in a spirit of accord,
                                                                                                                                                                  for a good future without violence            E    VERY language has its own dictionary which is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     source of all the words in the language and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                definition. Some dictionaries include words from their
   spate of similar reports on vehicular                                                                                                                          and unnecessary bloodshed.
   accidents casualties and fatalities                                                                                                                                                — Qais Maqbool            counterpart in other languages, and the description of the
   that have occurred in Oman.                                                                                                                                        Editor: All peace-loving people           phonology of the words, their source and uses.
       I think there is no doubt that un-                                                                                                                         pray for this.                                    There are some general dictionaries that include all
   necessary accidents do occur due to                                                                                                                                                                          words and there are some special dictionaries in a specific
   recklessness on our roads and high-                                                                                                                                Respect for the elderly                   science like the medical, economic, and legal dictionar-
   ways. Recently, there have been so                                                                                                                                                                           ies. There are also some dictionaries of accents and syno-
   many stories published on this may-
   be too excessive. I suppose if they
                                                                                                                                                                  I  N these fast changing times some
                                                                                                                                                                     things should never change.
                                                                                                                                                                      When we were young, we were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The language has evolved tremendously through the
   do save lives then they are definitely                    — B R Mohammed        from, can be remedied by simply         being. We all have to reaffirm and     always taught to pay special respects         ages and it is important to document the new languages
   worth it, otherwise numerous stories         Editor: We have to get the mes-    taking up exercise and following a      commit ourselves to following          to the elderly and to greet them with         to be considered as a legacy inherited from generations.
   on the same topic become ‘overkill’       sage across that lives are being lost good diet.                              healthier lifestyles.                  great reverence.                              The older languages carry different concepts and signals
   and have something of the opposite        due to people’s negligence while         Many people fork out lots of                                 — S Michael        This is as important today as             that enabled people to communicate with each other. The
   effect.                                   driving and the media is one of the   money on what they think are mira-          Editor: A little effort can go a   it was in yesteryear. The elderly             ways could be direct or indirect but the point is to con-
       There are so many positive as-        best tools for this.                  cle cures; the truth is there are no    long way in promoting a healthier      have served many more years                   clude a communication method using less words.
   pects about Oman and I don’t see                                                                                        lifestyle.                             on this Earth. They have seen so                  There are lots of synonyms, meanings or proverbs that
                                                                                   miracle cures, only good old fash-
   why we have to spend over-much                 Exercise and diet for                                                                                           many things come and go and have              come to the mind whenever we hear a specific word. In ad-
   attention on traffic accidents. The                                             ioned exercise and a balanced diet.          Hope for tomorrow
                                                     healthy lifestyle                In this sense it doesn’t take much                                          shared in joyful event and in heart-          dition to this, there are many lessons and sarcastic meaning
   best way is to educate youngsters                                                                                          As we are fast entering the close   breaks.                                       understood from some words.
                                                   ANY of the illnesses that we to get and stay healthy and the ef-
   is before they are old enough to get
   their driving licenses.                   M     read about, suffer from or have forts pay off in dividends, in terms
                                             close friends and relatives ailing of good health and improved well-
                                                                                                                           of this year and the start of a new
                                                                                                                           one, we pray and hope that those
                                                                                                                                                                      In their golden years they should
                                                                                                                                                                  not have to want for anything and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secrets are words exchanged between two people but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                can be used later as a weapon to destroy the person.
       A vehicle can be just as danger-                                                                                    holding high office and those who      should be treated with the grace and              Silence is the most favourable talk between friends.
   ous, if not more so, than a loaded                                                                                                                             dignity they deserve.                         Hypocrite is a person who praises you in noise but de-
   gun, if driven recklessly and with-                                                                                                                                                  — D G Haider            ceives you in silence.
   out due care. If we can get this mes-                                                                                                                              Editor: Without doubt, as we too              Honesty is a continent that is not discovered yet. It is a
   sage across to youngsters before                                                                                                                               will one day grow old and hope to             rare currency.
   they start driving then, hopefully,                                                                                                                            be treated in a respectful and good               Smile is the oldest and quickest way of communication
   our roads will become a lot safer.                                                                                                                             mannered way.                                 as it comes from heart to heart.

Peach, plum extracts kill breast cancer cells                                                                                                                                                                   Cleaning teeth twice a day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 can prevent heart attack
        REAST cancer cells,         the substance kills all cells, so                                                                   said.                              cial varieties, the “Rich Lady”
        even the most aggres-       it is really tough on the body,”                                                                        “And we chose breast can-      peach and the “Black Splen-
        sive type, died after       said David Byrne, TALR plant                                                                        cer as the target because it’s     dor” plum. “These extracts
treatments with peach and           breeder who studies stone                                                                           one of the cancers with highest    killed the cancer cells but not
plum extracts in lab tests.Tex-     fruit.                                                                                              incidence among women. So it       the normal cells,” Cisneros-
as AgriLife Research (TALR)             “Here, there is a five-fold                                                                     is of big concern.”                Zevallos said.
scientists say the results are      difference in the toxic inten-                                                                          According to the National          The two compounds are
deliciously promising. Not          sity. You can put it at a level                                                                     Cancer Institute, there were       very common in fruits, the
only did the cancerous cells        where it will kill the cancer                                                                       192,370 new cases of breast        researchers said, but the stone
keel over, but the normal cells     cells — the very aggressive                                                                         cancer in females and 1,910        fruits such as plums and peach-
were not harmed in the proc-        ones — and not the normal                                                                           cases in males in 2009.            es have especially high levels.
ess.                                ones,” said Byrne.                                                                                      That year, 40,170 women            “So this is very, very attrac-
    AgriLife Research scien-            Byrne and Luis Cisneros-                                                                        and 440 men died from breast       tive from the point of view of
tists say two phenolic com-         Zevallos originally studied the                                                                     cancer. The World Health Or-       being an alternative to typical
pounds are responsible for the      antioxidants and phytonutri-                                                                        ganisation reports that breast     chemotherapy which kills nor-
cancer cell deaths in the study.    ents in plums and found them                                                                        cancer accounts for 16 per cent    mal cells along with cancerous
    The phenols are organic         to match or exceed the blue-                                                                        of the cancer deaths of women      ones,” Byrne added.
compounds that occur in fruits.     berry which had been consid-                                                                        globally.                              The team said lab tests also
They are slightly acidic and        ered superior to other fruits in                                                                        Cisneros-Zevallos, TALR        confirmed that the compounds
may be associated with traits       those categories.                                                                                   food scientist, said the team      prevented cancer from grow-
such as aroma, taste or colour.         “The following step was                                                                         compared normal cells to two       ing in animals given the com-
    “It was a differential effect   to choose some of these high                                                                        types of breast cancer, includ-    pounds, said a TALR release.
which is what you’re looking        antioxidant commercial varie-                                                                       ing the most aggressive type.          These findings were pub-
for because in current cancer       ties and study their anticancer                                                                         The cells were treated with    lished in the Journal of Agri-
treatment with chemotherapy,        properties,” Cisneros-Zevallos                                                                      an extract from two commer-        culture and Food Chemistry.

Boring household not good for pregnant women
Boring household not good for pregnant women                                                                                                                                                                    B     RUSHING your teeth twice day can help protect

                                                     during pregnancy including housework.
                                                                                                          Just three burgers a week                                                                                   against heart attack, reveals a new study. According
                                                                                                                                                                                                                to scientists, those who fail to keep their teeth clean have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                a higher chance of suffering heart problems. The study
                                                                                                                                                                                                                found that those who never or rarely brush their teeth were
                                                         The findings showed that mentally unstimu-
                                                     lating work, including doing jobs around the
                                                     house day-in day-out, increased the chances of
                                                     giving birth at least three weeks early by up to
                                                                                                          enough to bring on asthma                                                                             70 per cent more likely to suffer heart disease.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    During the study, researchers from University College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                London analysed data for more than 11,000 people with an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                average age of 50 taking part in the Scottish Health Sur-
                                                     25 per cent.
                                                         Although it isn’t clear why, researchers think
                                                     it may be that boring tasks increase levels of
                                                                                                          C    HILDREN who love junk
                                                                                                               food and eat at least three
                                                                                                          burgers in a week are inviting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The findings revealed that 62 per cent visited their den-
                                                                                                          asthma, says a latest research.                                                                       tist every six months while 71 per cent said they brushed
                                                     stress hormones involved in triggering labour.
                                                                                                          The study which was conducted                                                                         their teeth twice a day.
                                                         The study, published in the journal Perinatal
                                                                                                          on 50,000 children across 20                                                                              Over the next eight years, there were 555 cases of seri-
                                                     Epidemiology, also threw up some other interest-
                                                                                                          countries revealed that the risk                                                                      ous heart problems, of which 170 were fatal. The experts
                                                     ing results. For instance, women who work night
                                                                                                          of asthma, because of improper                                                                        found that those who never or rarely brushed their teeth
                                                     shifts seem to have slightly heavier babies.
                                                                                                          diet, is highest of all in better-                                                                    were 70 per cent more likely to suffer heart disease than
                                                         Again it isn’t clear why, but may simply
                                                                                                          off countries,                                                                          those who brushed twice a day.
                                                     be that those who work through pregnancy are
                                                                                                          reports.                                                                                                  “Our results confirmed and further strengthened the
                                                     healthier in general.
                                                                                                              The findings showed                                                                               suggested association between oral hygiene and the risk of
                                                         The study also revealed that sedentary life-
                                                                                                          that youngsters who enjoy a                                                                           cardiovascular disease,” quoted researcher
                                                     styles raised the odds of having an underweight
                                                                                                          healthy diet rich in fruit, fish                                                                      Professor Richard Watt as saying.
                                                     baby, while light and appropriate workouts did
                                                                                                          and vegetables have the low-                                                                              Furthermore inflammatory markers were significantly
                                                     no harm to either mother or baby.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                associated with a very simple measure of poor oral health

        NEW research suggests that “boring and           “Pregnancy is not a disease. In fact, most       est risk to get affected by the
        repetitive” household chores raises the                                                           disease.                                                                                              behaviour.
                                                     women who are pregnant are healthy and most
        odds of giving birth prematurely. Exer-                                                               When compared between                                                                                 “Future experimental studies will be needed to con-
                                                     of them are being delivered of perfectly healthy                                                                                                           firm whether the observed association between oral health
cise, however, is good for both mother and un-       babies. Women who are healthy and do not have        rich and poor countries, it
born child.                                                                                               was found that a diet high in                                                                         behaviour and cardiovascular-disease is in fact causal or
                                                     pregnancy complications should not restrict their                                                                                                          merely a risk marker,” Watt added. reports that the study in-        activities in order to achieve a better pregnancy    fish protected children against vegetables guarded young- UK has advised children to
volved data collected from almost 12,000 new                                                              wheeze in well-off countries, sters in poor countries.                                                    The study was published online in the British Medical
                                                     outcome,” said researcher Hajo Wildschut, of                                                                      “eat a healthy, balanced diet
mothers about how much they had exercised                                                                 while a diet rich in cooked                                                                           Journal.
                                                     Erasmus University in Rotterdam.                                                        Elaine Vickers, of Asthma and get plenty of exercise”.

                                                                                                                                              High pollution levels ups
                                                                                                                                                heart attack chances
                                                                                                                                           E    XPOSURE to high pollution levels is not only
                                                                                                                                                harmful to overall health, it also increases your
                                                                                                                                           chances of a heart attack. But such risk fades after six
                                                                                                                                           hours. Studies suggest that high pollution levels are
                                                                                                                                           associated with premature death from heart disease, but
                                                                                                                                           the link to a heightened risk of cardiac attack may not
                                                                                                                                           be so obvious.
                                                                                                                                              Krishnan Bhaskaran, epidemiologist from the Lon-
                                                                                                                                           don School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and col-
                                                                                                                                           leagues reviewed 79,288 heart attack cases from 2003
                                                                                                                                           to 2006 and exposure, by the hour, to pollution levels,
                                                                                                                                           reports the journal
                                                                                                                                              The authors used the UK National Air Quality Ar-
                                                                                                                                           chive to investigate the levels of specific pollutants in the
                                                                                                                                           atmosphere. These included pollutant particles (PM10),
                                                                                                                                           carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur                                   Vaiga Viswanath
                                                                                                                                           dioxide (SO2) and ozone.
                                                                                                                                              Higher levels of PM10 and NO2 are well-known                          Oman Daily Observer would like to take the lead in
                                                                                                                                           markers of traffic related pollution, says Bhaskaran, ac-                 sharing the joy with its readers. Send us a colour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   photograph of your baby (below 10 years) along with
                                                                                                                                           cording to a London School statement.                                   name, date of birth, address, telephone number and
                                                                                                                                              The study authors conclude that “given other evi-                   parents’ names. Send in your baby’s picture and other
                                                                                                                                           dence that exposure to air pollution increases overall                 details to:; featuredesk@
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                                                                                                                                           stringent controls on pollutant levels remains strong”.
                                                                                                                              INFORMATION/LEISURE                        13                                                                                                                                    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

                         FLIGHT SCHEDULE                                                                                 PHARMACIES                                                                                                                                                  MUSEUMS            IN   OMAN                 R OYAL O MAN P OLICE
                 ARRIVALS — THURSDAY                                              DEPARTURES                               24-HOUR SERVICE                                                                                                                                          FAISAL BIN ALI AL SAID                                  EMERGENCY 9 9 9 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MUSEUM,                                   DG of Passports & Residency, 24569603
Flight No   Aircraft   From / Via                  STA    Flight No   Aircraft     To / Via                    STD
WY614       B737-8     Dubai                       0005   BA072       B777         Abu Dhabi-London Heathrow   0001
                                                                                                                      Al Hashar ph, Ruwi 24783334                                                                                                                                   Tel: 24641650                             DG of Customs, 24714626
WY648       B737-8     Kuwait                      0015   AI986       A321         Bombay-Ahmedabad            0005                                                                                                                                                                                                           Traffic offences, 24510227/228
WY682       B737-8     Riyadh                      0015   WY371       A330-200     Colombo-Male                0025    Muscat ph, Ruwi, 24702542                                                                                                                                    MUSEUM OF OMANI HERITAGE,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ROP Public Relations, 24569270
PK229       B737-3     Sialkot                     0030   9W539       B737-8       Bombay                      0045                                                                                                                                                                 Tel: 24600946
TK858       B737-8     Istanbul                    0130   KQ318       B737-8       Nairobi                     0050
                                                                                                                           Al Sarooj, 24695536                                                                                                                                                                                Consumer Complaints Cell, 24817013
BG021       DC10       Dacca-Chittagong            0130   WY601       B737-8       Dubai                       0115
                                                          WY253       B737-8       Madras                      0115                                                                                                                                                                 CHILDREN’S SCIENCE MUSEUM.
QR170       A320       Doha                        0315                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Muscat Governorate Headquarters, 24560021
EY384       A320       Abu Dhabi                   0350   WY217       B737-8       Trivandrum                  0115   Scientific ph, Qurum, 24566601                                                                                                                                Tel: 24605368
EK866       B777       Dubai                       0355   WY237       B737-8       Hyderabad                   0120                                                                                                                                                                                                           Muscat, 24736611
                                                          WY223       B737-8       Cochin                      0120                                                                                                                                                                 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM,
                                                          WY631       ATR42        Abu Dhabi                   0120           Ruwi, 24702850                                                                                                                                                                                  Wattayah, 24677990
                                                          WY825       A330-200     Kuala Lumpur                0125                                                                                                                                                                 Tel: 24641374
RJ600       A319       Amman                       0505   WY241       B737-8       Delhi                       0130                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ruwi, 24701099
WY652       E175AR     Bahrain                     0700   9W529       B737-8       Trivandrum                  0130                                                                                                                                                                 NATIONAL MUSEUM, Tel: 24701289
FZ043       B737-8     Dubai                       0740   PK230       B737-3       Sialkot                     0130              DAY DUTY                                                                                                                                                                                     Muttrah, 24712211
WY632       ATR42      Abu Dhabi                   0800   WY201       B737-8       Bombay                      0130                                                                                                                                                                 SULTAN’S ARMED FORCES                     Bausher, 24600099
NL771       B737-2     Peshawar                    0800   WY661       E175AR       Doha                        0130
WY202       B737-8     Bombay                      0800   WY285       B737-8       Bangalore                   0135   Muscat Muscat 24456344                                                                                                                                        MUSEUM, Tel: 24312646                     Al Amerat, 24875999
WY674       B737-8     Jeddah                      0800   WY651       E175AR       Bahrain                     0140
WY602       B737-8     Dubai                       0825   WY273       B737-8       Jaipur                      0205
                                                                                                                              Ibn Sina 24540137                                                                                                                                     CURRENCY MUSEUM,                          Qurayat, 24845555
WY274       B737-8     Jaipur                      0840   TK859       B737-8       Istanbul                    0220                                                                                                                                                                                                           A’Seeb, 24420099
NL768       B737-2     Lahore                      0845   WY335       B737-8       Kathmandu                   0235
                                                                                                                              Nahd 24592513                                                                                                                                         Tel: 24796102
WY238       B737-8     Hyderabad                   0850   BG022       DC10         Chittagong-Dacca            0300           Scientific 24877751                                                                                                                                   MUSCAT GATE MUSEUM,                       Al-Athaiba, 24521099
WY102       A330-300   London Heathrow             0900   EK867       B777         Dubai                       0500
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tel: 24739005.                            AI-Khodh, 24425012
                                                                                   Abu Dhabi
                                                                                                                      Sur     Al Safa 25542240
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Directorate of the University Security,
WY218       B737-8     Trivandrum                  0925   MS931       B737-8       Cairo                       0600   Buraimi Muscat 25652145                                                                                                                                       OMANI-FRENCH MUSEUM (Bait
WY224       B737-8     Cochin                      0925   GF561       E190         Bahrain                     0700                                                                                                                                                                                                           24513999
EK862       B777       Dubai                       0930   RJ601       A319         Amman                       0715   Ibri    Al Huda 25692604                                                                                                                                      Fransa), Tel: 24736613
                                                          WY915       E175AR       Salalah                     0800                                                                                                                                                                                                           Directorate of Traffic Muscat, 24567898
WY242       B737-8     Delhi                       0945
QR166       A321       Doha                        0950   WY603       E175AR       Dubai                       0800   Nizwa Basmat Nizwa                                                                                                                                            BAIT AL ZUBAIR, Tel: 24736688             Al Batinah Headquarters, 26840096
G9113       A320       Sharjah                     0955   FZ044       B737-8       Dubai                       0820
EY382       A320       Abu Dhabi                   1000   WY3301      ATR42        Mukhaizna                   0830           25431060                                                                                                                                              BAIT A’NAMAN, Tel: 24641300               Al Rustaq Division, 26875099
9W530       B737-8     Trivandrum                  1045   WY315       B737-8       Chittagong                  0900
                                                          NL772       B737-2       Peshawar                    0900   Salalah Abu Aldahab                                                                                                                                           SOHAR FORT MUSEUM.                        Al Dakhiliyah, 25425099
WY604       E175AR     Dubai                       1100
                                                          NL769       B737-2       Lahore                      0945                                                                                                                                                                                                           Nizwa Division, 25425099
PK233       B737-3     Karachi                     1110   WY717       B737-8       Zanzibar-Dar-es-Salaam      1000           23291303                                                                                                                                              Tel: 26844758
IX543       B737-8     Trivandrum-Cochin           1130
WY371       A330-200   Colombo-Male                1130
                                                          WY823       A330-300     Kuala Lumpur                1005
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NAHKAL FORT, Tel: 26781384                Samayil Division, 25350099
                                                          WY297       B737-8       Calicut                     1005
                                                          WY815       A330-300     Bangkok                     1010            NIGHT DUTY                                                                                                                                           BAIT AL MAKHAM. Tel: 24641300
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Al Sharqiyah Headquarters, 25545070
                                                          WY263       B737-8       Lucknow                     1010
WY818       A330-200   Bangkok                     1155   WY323       B737-8       Karachi                     1020                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ibra Division, 25570100
WY916       E175AR     Salalah                     1200   WY605       B737-8       Dubai                       1030   Muscat Al Tadawi 24450670                                                                                                                                     BAIT ADAM MUSEUM, QURUM,                  Al Dhahirah Headquarters, 25650099
WY3302      ATR42      Mukhaizna                   1230   WY918       ATR42        Khasab                      1030
GF562       E190       Bahrain                     1235   WY923       B737-8       Salalah                     1035           Muscat 24538953                                                                                                                                       Tel: 24605033, 24605013                   Al Buraimi Division, 25650199
IX337       B737-8     Calicut                     1255   G9114       A320         Sharjah                     1035
WY918       ATR42      Khasab                      1315   WY203       B737-8       Bombay                      1040           Muscat 24485740                                                                                                                                       OIL AND GAS EXHIBITION                    Ibri Division, 25689099
WY606       B737-7     Dubai                       1330   EK863       B777         Dubai                       1045                                                                                                                                                                 CENTRE AND PLANETARIUM,                   Al Wusta Headquarters, 23436099
IX815       B737-8     Mangalore                   1425   EY383       A320         Abu Dhabi                   1050           Muscat 24702542
WY324       B737-8     Karachi                     1440   QR167       A321         Doha                        1055                                                                                                                                                                 Tel: 24677834.                            Haima Division, 23436211
WY924       B737-8     Salalah                     1440   9W533       B737-8       Cochin                      1145   Sur     Al Jawi 25541188
FZ045       B737-8     Dubai                       1545   PK234       B737-3       Karachi                     1210                                                                                                                                                                 PLANETARIUM, Tel: 24675542.               Special Task Force, 24560088
WY664       E175AR     Doha                        1615   WY663       E175AR       Doha                        1215   Buraimi Zahrat Al Buraimi
WY826       A330-200   Kuala Lumpur                1635   IX542       B737-8       Trivandrum                  1220                                                                                                                                                                 AQUARIUM at the Marine Science            Coastguard Headquarters, 24714888
WY638       ATR42      Abu Dhabi                   1655   PK292       A310         Lahore-Islamabad            1240           050-693504                                                                                                                                            and Fisheries Centre (located next to     Dhofar Governorate Headquarters, 23234599
                                                          WY645       B737-7       Kuwait                      1255
                       Abu Dhabi
                                                   1655   WY425       B737-8       Amman-Beirut                1300   Ibri    Muscat 25689216                                                                                                                                       Marina Bandar Rowdha, Sidab).             Salalah Police Station, 23290099
                                                          WY405       B737-8       Cairo                       1310
WY662       E175AR     Doha                        1700
                                                          GF563       E190         Bahrain                     1315   Barka Barka 26882140                                                                                                                                          SALALAH MUSEUM, Tel: 23294549             Thamrait Division, 23279099
WY654       E175AR     Bahrain                     1715
                                                          WY653       E175AR       Bahrain                     1315
WY3304      ATR42      Mukhaizna                   1730
                                                          WY115       A330-200     Frankfurt                   1325   Rustaq Bader Al Jashmi                                                                                                                                        CULTURAL CENTRE,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Musandam Governorate Headquarters,
QR164       A321       Doha                        1735
WY608       B737-8     Dubai                       1740
                                                          WY3303      ATR42        Mukhaizna                   1330
                                                                                                                              26875798                                                                                                                                                                                        26730299
                                                          WY637       ATR42        Abu Dhabi                   1345                                                                                                                                                                 Tel: 23294549.
WY298       B737-8     Calicut                     1750   IX350       B737-8       Calicut                     1355                                                                                                                                                                                                           Khasab Division, 26731502
WY264       B737-8     Lucknow                     1755   WY101       A330-300     London Heathrow             1400
                                                                                                                      Samayil Balsm 25351064                                                                                                                                        SUR MARITIME MUSEUM,
WY646       B737-7     Kuwait                      1805                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ROP websites:, www.ropoman.
GF564       A319       Bahrain                     1810
                                                                                   Abu Dhabi-Amritsar
                                                                                                                      Nizwa Nizwa 25412323                                                                                                                                          Tel: 24541466.
TG507       A330       Bangkok-Karachi             1900                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          net and
G9117       A320       Sharjah                     1905
                                                                                                                      Salalah Al Mawasa 23294400                                                                                                                                    BAIT AL BARANDA, Tel: 24714262.                  e-mail:
WY316       B737-8     Chittagong                  1910   FZ046       B737-8       Dubai                       1630
WY926       B737-8     Salalah                     1945   WY619       E175AR       Dubai                       1715
FZ047       B737-8     Dubai                       2020   WY615       B737-8       Dubai                       1805
                       Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi
                                                                                                                        KHOULA HOSPITAL VISITING HOURS                                                             OTHER HOSPITALS
AI973       A320       Delhi                       2125   WY927       B737-8       Salalah                     1905
BA073       B777       London Heathrow-Abu Dhabi   2130   WY647       B737-8       Kuwait                      1905
                                                                                                                      Private & Other Wards                                              Hospital . . . .Board . . . . . Emer-       Sohar . . . . . .26840022 . .       26840099
UL205       A320       Colombo                     2140   WY685       B737-8       Dammam                      1905
                                                          WY667       B737-7       Doha                        1910                                                                      gency                                       Al Buraimi . . .25650855 . .        25652319
                                                   2200   WY681       B737-8       Riyadh                      1910   Working Days: 16:00-18:00. Weekends & Public                       Royal. . . . . . .24599000 . . 24590491     Sur . . . . . . . .25440244 . .     25461373
                                                          WY655       B737-7       Bahrain                     1915
                       Frankfurt-Abu Dhabi
                                                   2215   G9118       A320         Sharjah                     1945   Holidays: 10:-12:00, 16:00-18:00                                   Health Services Department                  Tanam. . . . . .25499011 . .        25499033
LX242       A330       Zurich-Dubai                2235   TG508       A330         Karachi-Bangkok             2005                                                                      Muttrah . . . . .24797602                   Masirah. . . . .25404018 . .        25404018
EY388       A320       Abu Dhabi                   2235   WY623
                                                                                   Al Ain
                                                                                   Abu Dhabi
                                                                                                                      ICU                                                                Quriyat . . . . .24845001 . . 24845003      Ibra . . . . . . . .25470533 . .    25470535
QR168       A320       Doha                        2235                                                                                                                                  SQH, Salalah 23211555 . . 23211151
GF566       B737-7     Bahrain                     2250
                                                                                   Al Ain
                                                                                                                      Working Days: 16:00-17:00. Weekends & Public                       Police . . . . . .24603988 . . 24603980
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Adam . . . . . .25434167 . .        25434055
WY656       B737-7     Bahrain                     2305                                                                                                                                                                              Bidiya . . . . . .25483535 . .      25483535
WY624       ATR42      Al Ain                      2305
                                                                                   Abu Dhabi-Amsterdam
                                                                                                               2200   Holidays: 16:00-17:00                                              Al Nahda. . . .24831255 . . 24837800
AI985       A321       Ahmedabad-Bombay            2310   UL206       A320         Colombo                     2240                                                                      Ibn Sina . . . .24876322 . . 24877361       Ibri. . . . . . . . .25491011 . .   25491990
WY668       B737-7     Doha                        2310
WY928       B737-8     Salalah                     2310
                                                                                                                      Special Care Baby Unit                                             Nizwa . . . . . .25439361 . . 25425033      Saham . . . . .26854427 . .         26855148
WY672       B737-8     Jeddah                      2315                                                                                                                                  Al Rustaq . . .26875055 . . 26877186        Khasab . . . . .26830187 . .        26830187
WY636       E175AR     Abu Dhabi                   2315
                                                                                   Abu Dhabi
                                                                                                                      Working Days: Parents may visit at any time.                                                                   Dibba . . . . . .26836443 . .       26836443
WY686       B737-8     Dammam                      2320                                                                                                                                  Sumayil. . . . .25350055 . . 25350022
WY425       B737-8     Amman-Beirut                2325
                                                                                                                      Weekends & Public Holidays: Parents may visit                      Izki . . . . . . . .25340033 . . 25340033   Burkha . . . . .26828397 . .        26828397
                                                                                   Abu Dhabi-Frankfurt
                                                                                                                      at any time                                                        Haima . . . . . .23436013 . . 23436055      Sinaw . . . . . .25474338

               QUOTATIONS FOR TODAY                                                                                     YOUR STARS
                                                                               IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY: You will have an opportunity in the coming year to make an extensive journey abroad,
 Anger is the enemy of non-violence                                           which will combine business with pleasure. While you are away try to learn as much as you can by observing and
 and pride is a monster that swallows                                        asking questions and if possible make one or two useful contacts with people who have been reliably recommended.
 it up.                                                                                   VIRGO                                      CAPRICORN                                TAURUS
                  — Mohandas Gandhi                                                       (August 22-Sept. 22)                       (December 22-                            (April 21-May 20)
                                                                                          If your partner is not in                  January 20)                              If you feel that a new                                                                                                                        Alzheimer’s affects nearly 60 per
                                                                                          the best of moods to-                      Don’t be too proud to                    acquaintance of yours
 Real generosity toward the future lies                                                                                                                                       is quite willing to ac-                                                                                                                       cent of them. The age-related disor-
                                                                            day, postpone the intended discus-          accept a gift worth much more than
 in giving all to the present.                                              sion of a serious subject until he is                                                cept you as you are don’t try to cre-                                                                                                                      der hampering memory and thinking
                                                                                                                        you will be able to afford when the
                                                                            in a better frame of mind.                  time comes to reciprocate.               ate the impression you are some-                                                                                                                           caused by loss in brain function is ex-
                         — Albert Camus                                                                                                                          thing quite different.                                                                                                                                     pected to double by 2020, according
                                                                                        LIBRA                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to a report.
                                                                                        (September 23-                              AQUARIUS                                 GEMINI
                                                                                                                                    (January 21-                             (May 21-                                                                                                                                           “Like tuberculosis and cancer,
                            CINEMA                                                      October 22)
                                                                                        Don’t presume too of-                       February 19)                             June 21)                                                                                                                                       Alzheimer’s also has an organic
                                                                            ten on your friend’s good nature                        Set an example to an                     A friendship with a                                                                                                                            origin. It needs diagnosis through
                                                                            by making too many special re-              ill-mannered colleague and put him       person of the opposite sex based                                                                                                                           memory clinics, where a team of
                FILM INFORMATION                                                                                        to shame by treating him always          on a number of similar interests
                                                                            quests. He cannot show favourit-                                                                                                                                                                                                                neurologists, psychiatrists and gen-
                                                                            ism when there are other people             with unfailing courtesy and consid-      will not necessarily develop into a
                       AL BAHJA CINEMA:                                                                                                                          romance.                                                                                                                                                   eral doctors attend on the patient.,”
                                                                            to consider.                                eration.
                 24540856, 24540855.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Even as research on the mode of
                                                                                                                                     PISCES                                  CANCER                                                                                                                                         treatment and awareness are in the
                   AL NASR CINEMA:                                                       SCORPIO
                                                                                                                                     (February 20-                           (June 22-July 21)                                                                                                                              offing, what is missing is love and
                                                                                         (October 23-Nov. 21)
             24831358, 24831809 (after 3pm)                                              If you are contemplat-                      March 20)                               A recent social occa-                                                                                                                          care from families of the elderly
                   AL SHATTI PLAZA:                                                      ing a drastic domestic                      Warn a careless young-                  sion will be followed                                                                                                                          patients. The nuclear family culture
             24607360, 24692656 (after 2pm)                                 change, make sure everybody is              ster that his negligence in certain      up by several invitations creating a
                                                                                                                                                                 social round that will be quite hec-                                                                                                                       makes the ride tougher for the eld-
                    STARS CINEMA:                                           aware of it and let the plan develop        aspects of his activities is liable to                                                By Madhulika Sonkar                                          where she had kept it,” said Narsim-             erly, making them easy prey to lone-
                                                                            without undue haste.                        be as detrimental as deliberate          tic. Go and enjoy yourself.                                                                               han’s daughter Rangashri Kishore as
                  24791641, 24792360                                                                                    damage.                                                                                                                                                                                             liness and dependence.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘                                                            she recalled her mother’s journey.

                                                                                         SAGITTARIUS                                                                          LEO                                      ICK laundry’, ‘Pay maid’                                                                                 “We need care in the form of day
                                                                                         (November 22-                              ARIES                                     (July 22-August 21)                      and notes relating to other                            “After some visits to the doctor,             care centres and chronic care facili-
                                                                                         December 21)                               (March 21-April 20)                       Although a new posi-                     daily chores greet you as                           I and my husband realised it was                 ties with trained staff available in re-
                  M AJLIS A’SHURA                                                        The rest of the fam-                       Your family ought to                      tion may mean working           you enter Padma Narsimhan’s room,                            Alzheimer’s. We prepared ourselves               mote regions as well,” said Manjari
                    A DDRESSES                                              ily would be right to resent the                        be discouraged from          longer hours you should certainly            where she sits in a corner listening to                      to be with her in the times when she
                                                                            intrusion if you ask an outsider to         criticising your friends. Unless         give the offer careful consideration,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tripathi, associate professor of neu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              morning ragas in her own voice.                              really needed us,” an emotional Ran-             rology at the All India Institute of
                                                                            comment on some purely domestic             they have a bad influence on you         in view of the security you would
Keep in touch with Majlis Ash’shura’s news.                                 affair.                                                                                                                               The notes are necessary as                               gashri said.                                     Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
                                                                                                                        your friends are your own affair.        have.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              75-year-old Narsimhan, has been                                 Though both her daughter and                      “Drugs for symptomatic relief
Log on to the Majlis’s website:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            son-in-law work — necessitating
                                                                                                                                                                                                              suffering from Alzheimer’s disease                                                                            are available after diagnosis. But im-                                                                                                          CARTOONS                                                                                for the last four years.                                     the notes — but a maid ensures that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Narsimhan is never left alone in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mense awareness is needed with risk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  She struggles to remember even                                                                            factors like age, blood pressure, dia-
and the Majlis’s                                                                 ADAM @ HOME                                                                                            by Brian Basset
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           house as she does not even know
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the most basic activities of her daily                                                                        betes, stress and head injuries.
e-mail:                                                                                                                                                                                         life. But her daughter ensures she is                        what is to be done when someone                      “Turmeric in food, salads and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              not subjected to the loneliness the                          knocks on the door.                              fruits can help the brain in learning
Or write to the Majlis’s postal address:                                                                                                                                                                      disease brings with it.                                         But her son-in-law, M C Kishore,              new activities in old age,” Tripathi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Life was going normal until                             said that despite the memory disor-              advised. “The family has to be very
P O Box 981                                                                                                                                                                                                   a family feud began stressing my                             der, the septuagenarian is clued in to           caring and not make the elderly feel
Postal Code 111, Muscat                                                                                                                                                                                       mother. She was active in working at                         current affairs and is the first one to          dependent, burden or miserable. We
                                                                                                                                                                                                              home but one day she forgot to switch                        read the newspapers and narrate the              need counselling for the families on
Tel: 24510344 / 24521427/                                                                                                                                                                                     off the cooking gas for hours. We                            stories of the day to her grandchil-             the care of elderly as they almost
Fax 24510560                                                                                                                                                                                                  used to give her money and tell her                          dren. With nearly 3.7 million people             need child-like care. It needs pa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              to keep it safe but she would forget                         suffering from dementia in 2010,                 tience.” — IANS
                                                                             CALVIN AND HOBBES                                                                                         by Bill Watterson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Canker sores painful but harmless
              M INISTRY WEBSITES
Oman TV:
Oman Radio:                                                                                                                                                                                                   A    T first there is a mild burning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sensation in the mouth, perhaps
                                                                                                                                                                                                              at the base of the gums or on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with blood,” explained Juergen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Becker, director of the Department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of Oral Surgery and Central Ad-                                                                                                                                                                                        inner surface of a cheek. A few                                                                               mittance at Dusseldorf University
Omani Centre for Traditional Music: www.                                                                                                                                                                      hours later, the spot starts to hurt                                                                          Hospital.                                                                                                                                                                                              badly. A look into the mouth reveals                                                                              An earlier recommended thera-
                                                                                 GARFIELD                                                                                                  by Jim Davis
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the torture’s source: a canker sore                                                                           py was silver nitrate drops, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                              — also known as an aphthous ulcer                                                                             Bengel discourages. “It only chemi-
                       OMAN RADIO                                                                                                                                                                             — a whitish, blister-like lesion                                                                              cally burns the nerve endings” and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              surrounded by an inflamed red area                                                                            often makes matters worse, he said.
6.00 Opening, Royal Anthem, The Holy Quran, Pre-                                                                                                                                                              on the mucous membrane of the                                                                                 Some dentists get rid of canker
view of Morning Programme, Weather Forecast and                                                                                                                                                               oral cavity.                                                                                                  sores with a laser.
Pharmacies on Duty, 6.15 Morning Tea; 7.00 News
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Though generally just the size                                                                                Many patients swear by regular
Bulletin; 7.10 Morning Tea; 9.00 News Headlines;
                                                                                                                                                                                                              of a pinhead, canker sores are a big                                                                          mouth rinses with camomile extract
9.02 Piano; 10.00 Instrumental Music; 11.00 Light
Classical Music; 12.00 News Headlines, 12.02 Coun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              annoyance. “Once I had six of them                                                                            or antibacterial solutions. Accord-
try Music; 1.00 Jazz Cafe (Suhail); 2.30 News Bulletin;                                                                                                                                                       at the same time, spread around                                                                               ing to Bengel, however, “There
2.40 In Biz — Laxmi, Repeat of Wednesday 3.00pm;                                                                                                                                                              the entire mouth,” said 16-year-old                                                                           have been no studies proving that
2.45 Radio Station Jingles and programmes; 2.55 Mix                          STONE SOUP                                                                                                     by Jan Eliot      Martin. “I could hardly eat or brush                                                                          these methods actually work. Real
Music; 3.00 Cybertalk (Tariq) — Repeat of 5.30 Wed;                                                                                                                                                           my teeth any more.” The painful                              ist on diseases of the oral mucosa.              canker sore patients can rinse with
4.00 News Headlines, 4.02 Thursday Afternoon Show                                                                                                                                                             lesions usually heal by themselves                           Contrary to widespread opinion, he               whatever they like — they’ll get no
Live; 5.30 Top 10 (Lakshmi) Repeat on Frinday 1.00;                                                                                                                                                           within a few days but sometimes                              said, it is now known that neither               relief.”
6.30 News Bulletin; 6.40 Women in Focus — Nisham                                                                                                                                                              can take as long as two weeks.                               viruses nor bacteria are responsible                 Along with patients with small,
Repeat of Tue 3.00 & Fri 6.40pm; 7.05 Omanesque                                                                                                                                                                   “The root cause of canker sores                          for canker sores, and that canker                occasional canker sores are those
— Laxmi Live (2 hours); 8.00 News Headlines; 8.02;                                                                                                                                                            can’t be treated because the cause                           sores are not contagious.                        who have constantly recurring sores
Omanesque — Laxmi Live (2 hours); 9.00 Best by the                                                                                                                                                            is unclear,” said Wolfgang Bengel,                               “Canker sores are an excessive               and are seldom pain-free. Some
Request; 10.00 News Bulletin; 10.10 Station Beats;                                                                                                                                                            vice-president of the German So-                             immune reaction in which tissue is               also have major canker sores up to
12.40 News Summary ; 12.45 The Holy Quran; 01.00                                                                                                                                                              ciety of Dental, Oral and Cranio-                            destroyed and the mucous mem-                    a centimetre in size. Becker urges
National Anthem, Close Down.                                                                                                                                                                                  mandibular Sciences and a special-                           brane over it is no longer supplied              these people to see a dentist.
                                                                                                            ENTERTAINMENT          14                                                                                                   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IN THE SPOTLIGHT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bradley flirts with Scarlett
By Antonella Ciancio                                                                                                                                                  this year, according to the Chamber of
                                                                                                                                                                      Fashion. This is only 4 per cent more

         ESIGNERS have prepared a                                                                                                                                     than last year after Italy’s fashion body
         marathon of catwalk shows                                                                                                                                    halved its initial forecast.
         and gala openings to wow                                                                                                                                                     Retail Spin
shoppers and woo their wallets at a                                                                                                                                       A whirlwind of around 70 catwalk
Milan fashion week which started                                                                                                                                      shows and 50 showroom presenta-
yesterday amid winds of recession.                                                                                                                                    tions will not be the only attraction for
    Top brands such as Gucci, Giorgio                                                                                                                                 thousands of buyers and fashion blog-
Armani, Prada and Salvatore Ferraga-                                                                                                                                  gers descending on Milan.
mo are betting on next summer, a key                                                                                                                                      Ferragamo launched its first jewel-
season for fashion sales, to lure cus-                                                                                                                                lery collection yesterday, as investors
tomers who are heading into a penny-                                                                                                                                  fleeing nervous financial markets turn
pinching European autumn.                                                                                                                                             to gold as a safer bet.
    Austerity measures, a wild stock                                                                                                                                      As retail remains a revenue-spinner
market and Italy’s downgrade by                                                                                                                                       for luxury makers, Gucci, LVMH’s
Standard & Poor’s are weighing on the                                                                                                                                 Louis Vuitton and Italian designer
mood of European consumers, even in                                                                                                                                   Anna Molinari will open sparkling
robust economies such as Germany.                                                                                                                                     new stores in the heart of Milan’s
    “This is our chance to react to the                                                                                                                               fashion district this week.
crisis,” Mario Boselli, chairman of                                                                                                                                       Tire maker Pirelli opened its first
Italy’s National Chamber of Fashion,                                                                                                                                  flagship store on Tuesday in the com-
said at the presentation of the Milan                                                                                                                                 pany of supermodel Naomi Camp-
week, running until Tuesday.                                                                                                                                          bell. The clothing collection features
    The luxury industry is traditionally                                                                                                                              customised rubber-soled shoes for
resilient to economic crises, as it ca-               Naomi Campbell (L) poses with Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera at the opening of                      340 euros.
ters to the wealthy. However, frills are                                     Pirelli flagship store downtown in Milan. — Reuters                                          Italian luxury will also flaunt its
not immune to downturns and groups                                                                                                                                    roots with Gucci opening a museum
such as Ferragamo have been reluc-           evident aspect of the current eco- Fashion said in a report on economic euro zone’s third largest economy. Ital- in Florence on Monday and Trussardi
tant to talk about growth.                   nomic situation is the total uncertainty trends.                                 ian brands are expected to generate to- celebrating its 100th anniversary.
    “As the autumn begins, the most          over the future,” Italy’s Chamber of         Fashion is a key contributor to the tal revenues of almost 63 billion euros — Reuters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A    CTOR Bradley Cooper was spotted flirting with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Scarlett Johansson at a night club.

 Beyonce proud of her Amitabh’s prank rings wrong bells in Punjab                                                                                                                                                             The actor, who was recently spotted with singer Jenifer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lopez, was seen getting close to Johansson when they par-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tied together at the city’s Provocateur night spot, reports

     baby bump        By Jaideep Sarin                                                                                                                                     Bansal is moving a court in the matter
                                                                                                                                                                       and has already slapped a legal notice on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Scarlett and Bradley arrived with a small group of

                                                                                  HEIR mobile phones are ringing                                                       Sony TV and Amitabh.                               friends, including model Cheyenne Tozzi, around 2 am,” a
                                                                                  thanks to Kaun Banega Crore-                                                             “People are calling from Australia,            source told
                                             INGER Beyonce
                                             Knowles, who is
                                                                                  pati (KBC), but the calls have                                                       Canada, the USA, London and every-
                                         expecting her first
                                         child with singer Jay
                                                                          nothing to do with millions of rupees. A
                                                                          prank by Bollywood superstar and show
                                                                                                                                                                       where else. I have not received so many
                                                                                                                                                                       calls in one year as I have received in               Watson likes natural look
                                         Z, says she is proud
                                         to show off her baby
                                                                          host Amitabh Bachchan has ushered in a
                                                                          nightmarish time for the users of 10 mo-
                                                                          bile phone numbers in Punjab.
                                                                                                                                                                       the last three-four days,” an exasperated
                                                                                                                                                                       Wahi said.
                                                                                                                                                                           Harassed by the constant calls and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               F   OR Emma Watson,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   her biggest beauty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              faux-pas is wearing
                                         bump.                                                                                                                                                                                                                too much make-up.
                                                                              In a recent episode, Bachchan had ran-                                                   streams of SMSs, Wahi has slapped a le-
                                             “I am having                                                                                                                                                                                                     She says she prefers
                                                                          domly given out a mobile number when a                                                       gal notice on Amitabh and Sony TV.
                                         so much fun, it has                                                                                                                                                                                                  the natural look.
                                                                          participant at the show pestered him for                                                         “I am at my wits’ end. I feel like com-
                                         been the most fun                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The funny thing
                                                                          his contact.                                                                                 mitting suicide. I will seek a compensa-
                                         time now that it has                                                                                                                                                                                                 about me is that I do
                                                                              “No sooner was the show aired on                                                         tion of at least Rs 50 lakh from the TV
                                         been      announced.                                                                                                                                                                                                 have a lot of prod-
                                                                          Sony TV channel than all hell broke loose                                                    channel and the host for this harassment
                                         It was really diffi-                                                                                                                                                                                                 ucts — I’ve always
                                                                          for me. I have received thousands of calls                                                   and constant mental agony,” Wahi said.
                                         cult to conceal. But                                                                                                                                                                                                 loved make-up and
                                                                          in the last few days. People are calling                                                         “People want me to connect to
                                         now I can be proud                                                                                                                                                                                                   its ability to transform
                                                                          24x7 — from northeast India to Gujarat,                                                      Amitabh Bachchan and don’t listen to
                                         and excited about it,                                                                                                                                                                                                you. But I don’t actu-
                                                                          Kashmir to Kanyakumari,” wedding plan-                                                       my arguments. From knowing about his
                                         I’m having so much                                                                                                                                                                                                   ally wear a lot of it, so
                                                                          ner Karan Wahi, one of those ‘seriously’                                                     health to when he is becoming a grandfa-
                                         fun shopping — it’s                                                                                                                                                                                                  there is an irony that I
                                                                          affected by Amitabh’s prank, said.                                                           ther, they ask everything 24 hours.
                                         great!” Beyonce told                                                                                                                                                                                                 own so much of it but
                                                                              Amitabh, popularly referred to as Big                                                        “They even want to talk to Aishwarya
                                         CNN.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wear so little,” fema-
                                                                          B, had given out nine digits of a mobile                                                     (Amitabh’s daughter-in-law and actress)
                                             The singer, who                                                                                                                                                                                         quoted
                                                                          number (987730000) during the show,                                                          and son Abhishek. Initially, we enjoyed
                                         launched House of                                                                                                                                                                                                    Watson as saying.
                                                                          leaving viewers to guess the last one. Ea-                                                   the calls but soon got fed up with these.
                                         Dereon fashion line                                                                                                                                                                                                      “But         wearing
                                                                          ger Amitabh fans did not take long to dial                                                   Even giving choicest Punjabi abuses has
                                         at London Fashion                                                                                                                                                                                                    too much make-up
                                                                          all digits — from 0 to 9 — in that mobile                                                    failed to ward off people,” Wahi said.
                                         Week, says her new                                                                                                                                                                                                   has been my biggest
                                                                          series.                                                                                          His business is suffering due to hun-
                                         range are fitting her                                                                                                                                                                                                beauty faux-pas. I
                                                                              Since the series belongs to mobile op-                                                   dreds of these calls, Wahi added.
                                         well, though it’s not                                                                                                                                                                                                truly, truly believe
                                                                          erators in Punjab, the mobile users with                                                         The affected people have now either
                                         a maternity wear, re-                                                                                                                                                                                                that beauty is some-
                                                                          these numbers became sitting ducks for                                                       switched off their numbers or have started
                                         ports contactmusic.                                                                                                                                                                                                  thing that comes from
                                         com.                             the fans who started calling.                   Puneet Bansal, a businessman from            diverting the calls.
                                                                              Sony, the TV channel which airs the      Punjab’s industrial town of Mandi Gob-              “My roaming bill has gone up by Rs                                                 within. You can only
                                             “What I’m wear-                                                                                                                                                                                                  really look beautiful if
                                         ing is part of the col-          show, remained unavailable for com-          indgarh, 60 km from here, is another vic-       10,000 in just the last few days. What is
                                                                          ment.                                        tim of Big B’s prank. Jalandhar resident        the use of buying VIP numbers if a small                                               you feel beautiful on
                                         lection — it’s not                                                                                                                                                               the inside. It shows through your face, the way you move
  supposed to be maternity wear, but it actually is really good               Wahi, who owns two of these mobile       Inder Preet, who has two numbers in the         joke can create so much chaos?” another
                                                                          numbers — ending with 1 and 5 — in this      series, is at the receiving end of constant     affected ‘victim’, not wishing to be iden-         and the way you hold yourself,” she said.
  for the maternity. We do have some things that I am still
                                                                          series, says his nightmare is unending.      harassment due to unwarranted calls.            tified, said. — IANS
  trying to rock!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Olivia Wilde’s secret date!
   Ranbir, Deepika to romance                                              People more likely to yawn in winters                                                                                                          A     C T R E S S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Olivia Wilde
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          has confirmed she
      again on big screen!                                                                                                                                                                                                is dating somebody,

 T   HEIR personal chemistry
     may have gone a bit sour
                                                                          P   EOPLE are more likely
                                                                              to yawn in winters as
                                                                          opposed to the summer when
                                                                                                                                                                                       They found that partici-
                                                                                                                                                                                    pants were more likely to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but is tight-lipped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          about the lucky
 after their break-up, but                                                the heat outdoors exceeds                                                                                 yawn in the winter, as opposed            The Cowboys &
 Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika                                                body temperature, which                                                                                   to the summer when ambient            Aliens star has been
 Padukone will romance on                                                 suggests that yawning could                                                                                                                     linked to several fa-
                                                                                                                                                                                    temperatures were equal to or
 the silver screen in Karan                                               be a method for regulating                                                                                                                      mous men, includ-
 Johar’s new production Yeh                                                                                                                                                         exceeding body temperature.
                                                                          brain temperature, scientists                                                                                Both the researchers docu-         ing Bradley Cooper
 Jawani Hai Deewani.                                                      say.                                                                                                                                            and Justin Timber-
    It will be directed by                                                                                                                                                          mented the yawning frequency
                                                                              The study led by Andrew                                                                                                                     lake, ever since she
 Ayan Mukherjee of Wake Up                                                                                                                                                          of 160 people in the winter and
                                                                          Gallup, post-doctoral research                                                                                                                  separated from hus-
 Sid fame.                                                                                                                                                                          summer in Tucson, Arizona,            band Tao Ruspoli
                                                                          associate in ecology at the
    “So hey... Ranbir and                                                                                                                                                           with 80 people for each sea-          in February, reports
                                                                          Princeton University, US, is
 Deepika will be in Ayan                                                  the first ever involving hu-                                                                              son, according to an Arizona
 Mukherjee’s next titled...                                               mans to show that yawning                                                                                 varsity statement.                        When        asked
 YEH JAWANI HAI DEE-                                                      frequency varies with season.                                                                                They      concluded      that      if she is currently
 WANI!!! The wake up sid                                                      Gallup and his co-author                                                                              warmer temperatures pro-              dating, she said:
 boys on the floors from                                                  Omar Eldakar, post-doctoral                                                                               vide no relief for overheated         “Yeah. I like it if
 Jan!!” Johar announced on micro-blogging site Twitter.                   fellow at the University of       temperature, the journal Fron-     Eldakar to conduct a field-          brains, which, according to           the guy possesses
    Deepika and Ranbir, who dated each other for over a                   Arizona, US, say that this        tiers in Evolutionary Neuro-       observational experiment that        the thermoregulatory theory of        creativity        and
 year before heading for splitsville in 2009, were last seen in           seasonal disparity indicates      science reports.                   explored the relationship be-        yawning, stay cool via a heat         doesn’t take me to
 Bachna Ae Haseeno in 2008, and their crackling chemistry                 that yawning could serve as           "To test this theory in hu-    tween ambient temperature            exchange with the air drawn in        a boring restaurant
 was there for all to see.                                                a method for regulating brain     mans, I worked with Omar           and yawning frequency," said         during a yawn.                        or a boring what-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ever but comes up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with an interesting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          location. I like to be surprised, for sure.”

Camera does wonders today: Vyjayanthimala                                                                                                                                                                                     The 27-year-old had tied the knot with Italian-American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          film-maker Ruspoli in secret when she was just 19. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          split after almost eight years of marriage.

By Dibyojyoti Baksi                          filmdom with a bang thanks to the suc-                                             with humour that “in those times there            Chandralekha was reportedly made
                                             cess of her first Tamil film Vazhkai                                               used to be all Kumars and no Khans!”         on a budget of Rs 600,000 and was said               Mel B wants more kids
         ER stint with cinema is legen-
         dary. Vyjayanthimala, who has
         lived through the changes in
                                             in 1949, which was later remade in
                                             Telugu. And its Hindi remake, Bahaar,
                                             marked her entry into Hindi films in
                                                                                                                                    Some of her memorable perform-
                                                                                                                                ances were in Devdas (1955), New
                                                                                                                                Delhi (1956), Kathputli (1957), Mad-
                                                                                                                                                                             to have been the most expensive Tamil
                                                                                                                                                                             film of its time.
                                                                                                                                                                                  It was a conscious decision on her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               M      EL B wants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to have more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               children with husband
Bollywood — “from the Kumars to the          1951. As she hailed from the south, “I                                             humati (1958), Sangam (1964), Lead-          part to bid adieu to showbiz after she                                            Stephen        Belafonte
Khans” — affirms that film-making            had to adapt many things (to work in                                               er (1964), Amrapali (1966), Chhoti           married Dr Chamanlal Bali, personal                                               following the birth
has become easier due to technology          Hindi films).”                                                                     Si Mulaqat (1967) and Jewel Thief            physician of Raj Kapoor, and relocated                                            of their daughter
and the camera itself has become an              “It was different from the south. So                                           (1967).                                      to Chennai.                                                                       Madison.
artist.                                      I had to work hard for the characters.                                                 My maximum films were with Dilip              “I still relish those golden memo-                                               The former Spice
    “Indian cinema has undergone a           It’s not only the dialogues but also the                                           Kumar, said the actress. “We shared a        ries. I left the industry once I got mar-                                         Girls singer, who
huge change technically. I see a huge        mannerisms,” said the retired actress                                              certain comfort level and enjoyed the        ried to Dr Bali in 1968. Offers kept on                                           gave birth to her
Western influence in today’s films.          who ruled the Hindi film firmament in                                              company since Devdas.”                       pouring in, but we had decided that                                               third daughter earlier
Technically, they are so advanced that       the 1950s and the 1960s.                                                               It is believed that it was Vyjayanthi-   I wouldn’t work any more. Being a                                                 this month, wants to
I think the camera does wonders today.           She was loved and appreciated not                                              mala who paved the way for south In-         housewife is also a big profession and                                            expand their fam-
Our time was different. Now the cam-         only for her on-screen persona and                                                 dian actresses in the Hindi film indus-      it comes with a huge responsibility: so                                           ily further and is even
era itself is an artist,” the actress, who   performances but also for her flawless                                             try. “I am happy that I could pave the       is working in the industry. I preferred                                           considering adoption,
turned 75 on Sunday, said.                   dancing skills. She is grateful to have                                            way for other south Indian actresses,        not to mix them up,” said Vyjayanthi-                                             reports     femalefirst.
    “Be it dancing or fighting, it’s most-   got opportunities to work with the best                                            but the person who really opened the         mala, who now stays in Triplicane in                                    
ly handled by the camera. If you miss        in the industry.                                                                   doors was S S Vasan who made Chan-           Chennai.                                                                              “I want some more.
something, they can correct it techni-           “It has been a long journey, a very                                            dralekha (1948).                                  Vyjayanthimala still practises                                               I love kids. I say if you
cally. But, in my time, if any mistake       wonderful journey, I must say. What-           “I have worked with three super-        “When it released, it took the north     Bharatanatyam and says: “I am still a                                             can have kids, have
was made, the whole sequence had to          ever I have done in my films and after     stars — Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and      by storm because by then they haven’t        senior Bharatanatyam performing art-         them, and if not, adopt,” she said.
be re-shot. It’s much easier nowadays,”      having worked with such wonderful          Raj Kapoor. I have worked with all      seen that kind of lavish sets, costumes      ist. I take part in dance festivals. There      Belafonte, who has a seven-year-old daughter Giselle
added the actress, who is an accom-          people, great directors and very nice      the Kumars — Dilip Kumar, Kishor        and splendour. So Vasan was the per-         would be a number of shows happening         from a previous relationship, said: “Maybe we’ll adopt.
plished Bharatanatyam dancer.                co-stars and technicians, I couldn’t       Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Manoj Kumar         son who opened the door for Hindi            in the coming three months. I would be       Helping an underprivileged kid is a good thing.”
    A Tamil, Vyjayanthimala entered          have asked for anything more.              and Rajendra Kumar,” she said, adding   films in the south,” she said.               totally engaged with that.”— IANS
                                                                                                                             15   INDIA
                                                                                                                             OMAN DAILY Observer
                                                                                                                          THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

 Rahul visits
    quake                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NEWS IN BRIEF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Notice to UP govt over
  injured in                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘lynching’ of truck driver
    Sikkim                                                                                                                                                                                                                            THE National Human Rights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Commission (NHRC) yesterday said
GANGTOK — Congress                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a notice has been issued to the Uttar
general secretary Rahul                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pradesh government over a report that a
Gandhi visited Sikkim yes-                                                                                                                                                                                                            truck driver was beaten to death because
terday and met in a Gangtok                                                                                                                                                                                                           he refused to heed extortion demands of
hospital people injured in                                                                                                                                                                                                            its officials.
Sunday’s quake.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The commission took suo motu
    Congress sources said                                                                                                                                                                                                             cognizance of a media report alleging
Gandhi, who arrived here                                                                                                                                                                                                              that a woman transport officer and her
around 10.30 am, took stock                                                                                                                                                                                                           colleagues Sep 14 beat the truck driver to
of rescue and relief efforts                                                                                                                                                                                                          death when he declined to respond to her
and met officials to get a                                                                                                                                                                                                            extortion demands.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “The cleaner of the truck told police
first-hand account of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that their truck was stopped by the
extent of damage in the tem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uttar Pradesh transport staff at Runakta
blor which killed more than                                                                                                                                                                                                           checkpost in Agra district. The driver,
60 people in the tiny, moun-                                                                                                                                                                                                          T Ramarao, produced all relevant
tainous state.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        documents, but the assistant regional
    Accompanied by Sikkim                                                                                                                                                                                                             transport officer and her staff demanded
Chief Minister Pawan Ku-                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rs 4,000,” the statement said.
mar Chamling, Gandhi made                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “When Ramarao refused to pay
an aerial survey of quake-hit                                                                                                                                                                                                         the money, the officer and the staff
north Sikkim, besides visit-                                                                                                                                                                                                          reportedly badly assaulted him. The
ing an affected village and a                                                                                                                                                                                                         NHRC has issued a notice to the chief
hospital.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             secretary of the state, calling for a report
    He then flew to Shillong                                                                                                                                                                                                          within four weeks,” it added. — IANS
in Meghalaya to address
a Youth Congress rally.                                                                                                                                                                                                               India, Japan to continue
    — IANS                          RAHUL Gandhi (L) inspects houses damaged by Sunday’s 6.9 magnitude earthquake, in Lumsey village, north of the northeastern city of Gangtok yesterday. — Reuters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      robust defence ties

  Rescue workers search for                                                                                                                                                                                                           INDIA yesterday conveyed to Japan that

 survivors of Himalaya quake
                                                                                                             Delhi court blast: three                                                                                                 defence ties between the two countries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      will continue to be robust and that New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delhi attached great importance to its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      relations with Tokyo.

                                                                                                            arrested brought to Delhi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This was conveyed by Defence
GUWAHATI — Rescue work-            remain out of reach as rain        more were killed in Nepal.                                                                                                                                      Minister A K Antony to visiting former
ers with sensors and sniffer       washed away roads that are             Rescue workers are trying                                                                                                                                   Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
dogs searched through rub-         now being hastily rebuilt.         to airlift survivors out of the                                                                                                                                     “New Delhi will continue to promote
                                                                                                          New Delhi — Three people arrested        Indian Penal Code.                      ply by September 21, while hearing         defence ties with Japan,” Antony told
ble yesterday for more survi-          Supported by army troops,      worst affected areas and dis-       in Jammu and Kashmir after the               Meanwhile, the Delhi High           a plea of advocate Gaurav Kumar
vors of an earthquake that has     construction workers were us-      tribute food and medical sup-                                                                                                                                   Abe when the latter called on him.
                                                                                                          September 7 Delhi High Court blast       Court yesterday ordered the central     Bansal, seeking the court’s direction          Antony also stressed that India’s
killed at least 100 people in a    ing anything from bulldozers       plies in the country's least pop-
                                                                                                          on related charges were brought          and Delhi governments to pay with-      to the government to ensure social         bilateral defence interaction with Japan
remote Himalayan region and        to spades to their bare hands      ulous state of 600,000 people.
left many, including 400 for-                                                                             here yesterday by the National In-       in three weeks ex-gratia amount of      security for the victims and their         will continue to be pursued. Abe said
                                   to clear away rocks that tum-      Sikkim is poorly connected by
eigners, stranded in far-flung     bled down in landslides and        road and has no airport.            vestigation Agency (NIA), police         Rs 10 lakh to families of each of       relatives.                                 that co-operation between India and
areas.                             are still blocking the roads.          Electricity and water sup-      said.                                    those killed and permanently inca-          The court yesterday also asked         Japan was in the interest of both nations
    More than 3,000 people             About 700 homes collapsed      ply remain erratic in the state         Shariq Ahmed, Abid Hussain           pacitated in the blast.                 the central government to consider         and in the interest of regional peace and
have been rescued in the Indi-     in the tremors, according to       after the quake.                    and Amir Abbas Dev were brought              A division bench of Chief Jus-      providing education to the victims’        security, a defence ministry release said.
an state of Sikkim, the epicen-    a home ministry statement.             "In Gangtok, a few build-       here on transit remand by an NIA         tice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv     children and directed the Delhi gov-           Abe was accompanied by
tre of the 6.9 magnitude quake     There were also local media        ings have collapsed and larger      team led by Deputy Inspector Gen-        Khanna said the amount “should be       ernment to provide jobs to eligible        representatives of Japan’s National Diet
that jolted India, Nepal and Ti-   reports that an under construc-    buildings like the secretariat      eral Mukesh Singh, police officials      equally shared by the (two) govern-     children of victims.                       (parliament) and the Japan Institute of
bet and was felt about 800km       tion hydroelectric dam had         and some shopping malls             said.                                    ments”.                                     “It was a catastrophe that fell on     National Fundamentals.
to the west in New Delhi.          collapsed and killed workers,      have been sealed as they have           The three were produced in the           It also said that those who suf-    persons on the way to reach court to           During the meeting, both sides noted
    It has caused about $21 bil-   but this was denied by the Sik-    developed cracks," Deepak           Patiala house district. Jammu and        fered grievous injuries should be       get justice,” the bench said.              with satisfaction the enhanced bilateral
lion of damage, according to       kim government.                    Pradhan, a resident of the state    Kashmir police personnel accompa-        given compensation of Rs 3 lakh             Additional Solicitor General A         engagements between India and Japan in
Sikkim's chief minister Pawan          "The death toll is likely to   capital said by phone.              nied the three.                          each and those who sustained minor      S Chandhioke, appearing for the            all spheres, including the defence sector.
Kumar Chamling.                    go up," S K Pradhan, a senior          The      state's    economy         They have been booked under          injuries Rs 20,000 each.                central government, informed the               Issues relating to regional and global
    Rescue operations have         civil servant stationed in north   boomed in recent years as           Sections 120-B (criminal conspira-           “The situation in this case is      bench that an ex-gratia amount of          security were also discussed during the
been hampered by heavy rain,       Sikkim, said.                      it opened up to tourism and         cy), 153-A (promoting enmity be-         different as it has happened at the     Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minis-           meeting, the release added. — IANS
thick clouds and landslides            The quake, which was felt      trade with China.                   tween different groups on grounds        doorsteps of the temple of justice,”    ter’s National Relief Fund has al-
that cut off some of the worst     as far away as New Delhi and           Residents say landslides        of religion, race or language and do-    the bench observed.                     ready been released to the families        Nigerian poll officials
affected areas.                    Bangladesh, killed at least 86     are a threat to hastily built       ing acts prejudicial to maintenance          The bench had on September 14       of the deceased while Rs 1 lakh each
    Parts of north Sikkim, near    people in India alone. In Tibet    new buildings in its mountain       of harmony) and 134-A (attack on         issued notices to the two govern-       has been given to those permanently        in Delhi on tour
the state's border with Tibet,     at least seven died and seven      towns. — Reuters                    government servant on duty) of the       ments asking them to file their re-     incapacitated. — IANS                      A DELEGATION of Nigerian election
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      officials is set to tour Uttar Pradesh,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Punjab and Delhi to get ground-level

                                                                                                           Advani may not be PM candidate                                                                                             experience of the Indian electoral system,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      an official said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Welcoming the nine-member
                                                                                                          NAGPUR — Senior Bharatiya Ja-            was not in the running for the post         “These are issues the BJP de-          delegation from the Independent
                                                                                                          nata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani       of prime minister, Advani said:         cides,” RSS spokesperson Ram               National Electoral Commission of
                                                                                                          yesterday indicated for the first time   “There are reports.”                    Madhav said in Nagpur, where the           Nigeria yesterday, Chief Election
                                                                                                          he may not be a candidate for prime          That statement did not amuse        RSS has its headquarters.                  Commissioner S Y Quraishi pointed out
                                                                                                          minister’s job in the next general       the Congress, which said there was          Advani said: “I became a               that both Nigeria and India have large
                                                                                                          election.                                “upheaval in BJP” and that there        swayamsevak, then a member of              populations and also regional, religious,
                                                                                                              Already 83, the former deputy        were five to seven prime ministerial    Jan Sangh and then BJP.                    ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversities.
                                                                                                          prime minister made the comments         candidates in that party.                   “I feel what I have got from              “Both election commissions can learn
                                                                                                          after meeting Rashtriya Swayam-              In contrast, “there is no vacancy   these organisations, from my col-          from each other,” said Quraishi. — IANS
                                                                                                          sevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan            for the prime minister’s post” in       leagues, from the country, is much
                                                                                                          Bhagwat “to seek blessings” for          the Congress, spokesman Abhishek        more than (what) the post of prime         Chinese women’s
                                                                                                          his (Advani’s) proposed nationwide       Manu Singhvi said.                      minister (can give).”
                                                                                                          rath yatra on “clean politics and            Advani, one of the most expe-           Advani said Bhagwat has given          delegation meets Dikshit
                                                                                                          good governance”.                        rienced leaders in Indian politics,     his full support to his yatra, likely to   A CHINESE women’s delegation
                                                                                                              Advani, who was widely seen as       flew to Nagpur yesterday amid re-       start on October 11.                       yesterday called on Delhi Chief Minister
                                                                                                          the BJP’s unstated prime ministerial     ports that a section of the BJP was         Advani chose the occasion to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sheila Dikshit, a statement said.
                                                                                                          nominee in the 2009 Lok Sabha bat-       miffed at him for announcing the        denounce the Congress-led United
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The seven-member delegation, led
                                                                                                          tle, did not give a categorical “yes”    rath yatra next month.                  Progressive Alliance (UPA) govern-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      by All China Women Federation Vice-
                                                                                                          or “no” when he was asked if he              Some BJP leaders complained         ment for a string of corruption scan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      President Song Xiuyan, told Dikshit
                                                                                                          was eyeing the top executive post.       privately that he had not taken the     dals that have seen politicians and
                                                                                                              Instead, he gave a philosophi-       party into confidence and that it was   business executives go to jail.            they were deeply impressed by the new
                                                                                                          cal answer, saying he had got more       an attempt by him to portray himself        Terming the 2008 cash-for-vote         infrastructure in Delhi, said a Delhi
                                                                                                          from the BJP than anything he could      as the prime ministerial candidate.     episode in parliament as the “dirti-       government statement.
                                                                                                          have got from the post of prime              The RSS, however, clarified that    est scandal in the history of India”,          The visitors also appreciated the role
                                                                                                          minister.                                it had no role to play in shaping the   Advani said: “It has not only put a        of Indian women who are hard working
         A WOMAN carrying her child arrives in Mangan after she was evacuated                                 Pressed if the RSS wanted him        BJP’s choice of who a prime minis-      blot on the political system but on        and have been holding important
             from Lachung by Indian Army personnel yesterday. — AFP                                       to make it absolutely clear that he      ter should be.                          democracy.” — IANS                         positions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The members of the delegation said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      they have come to India to share their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      experiences and enhance understanding
Bird flu scare
                                    Alert in Chhattisgarh as Poverty begins below Rs 25 a day                                                                                                                                         and friendship between women of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      two countries. — IANS
                                                                                                                             NEW DELHI — The Plan-            son can feed and house him-            Prominent Indian social
  cull order                        Maoists mark anniversary                                                                 ning Commission has said
                                                                                                                             any villager earning Rs 25
                                                                                                                                                              self on Rs 32 in a city for a
                                                                                                                                                              day. This figure has no mean-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 activist Aruna Roy told the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 DNA newspaper that the level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Record power generation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      by Bhakra, Pong
NEW DELHI — The gov-               RAIPUR — Alert was sounded across           been intensified on key roads,” Dan-          (50 cents) a day is not poor     ing for the common man,”           reflected “the government’s
ernment has ordered imme-          Chhattisgarh yesterday and extra para-      tewada Superintendent of Police Ankit         and should not qualify for a     Anupama Datta, deputy head         lack of empathy for the poor”        THE Bhakra Beas Management Board
diate culling of chickens in       military troopers deployed in jungle        Garg said.                                    government ration card — a       of the National Slum Dwell-        and a “perspective complete-         (BBMB) yesterday said it had achieved
an eastern part of the coun-       areas as the outlawed Communist                 Maoist banners and posters recov-         figure condemned by experts      ers Federation, said.              ly divorced from reality.”           a record power generation of over 7,000
try in a bid to contain an out-    Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)          ered by police from forested areas            yesterday.                           The Planning Commis-               The Congress-led govern-         million units (MU) in the filling season
break of bird flu.                 began its week-long foundation anni-        of Dantewada read that the outfit —              Those with a daily income     sion, which says it has to         ment has been under huge             (April-September) of the reservoirs of its
    Outbreaks were con-            versary celebrations, police said.          founded on September 21, 2004, with           of Rs 25 (50 cents) in vil-      set the poverty line to make       pressure to reduce its massive       dams.
firmed in two villages in              “Attacks are feared in state’s jungle   merger of the Peoples’ War Group              lages and Rs 32 (65 cents)       optimal use of funds, filed        subsidy bill for the poor in or-         Cumulative power generation of the
West Bengal, a government          areas during the week-long celebra-         (PWG) and Maoist Communist Centre             in cities should be ineligible   the figures after the Supreme      der to reduce a gaping fiscal        year till date is not only the highest in
statement said late on Tues-       tions,” a top police official said.         (MCC) — will host a series of cultural        for subsidised food and other    Court requested the updating       deficit.                             the last decade but is also 23 per cent
day. Samples tested positive           “Forces have been relocated in          programmes at its hideouts in the jun-        supplies, the Planning Com-      of the cut-off point in the face       Around 37 per cent of In-        more than the target of 5,670 MUs set by
for the H5 strain of avian in-     areas vulnerable to attacks and civil-      gles of Bastar over next seven days.          mission told India’s Supreme     of India’s near double-digit       dia’s 1.2 billion population         the Central Electricity Authority (CEA),
fluenza, popularly known as        ians are cautioned while travelling on          Meanwhile, the Maoists opened fire        Court.                           inflation.                         are currently deemed to live         BBMB joint director V P Sharma said.
bird flu.                          roads filled with landmines in the in-      and injured two troopers of the Special          Anyone earning above              While India boasts a bur-      below the poverty line and               The BBMB manages the 225-metre-
    All chickens will be           teriors of Bastar, Raipur and Rajnand-      Task Force in an area of Raipur dis-          these levels would have          geoning class of urban rich        are being given subsidised           high Bhakra Dam and Pong Dam,
culled within a three kilome-      gaon districts,” he said. In Dantewada,     trict, some 150 km from here.                 enough funds for “food, edu-     thanks to a fast-growing           food and cooking fuel.               besides other hydro-electric projects in
tre radius of the focal point      considered one of India’s worst Left            They were rushed to a private hos-        cation and health”, the com-     economy, hundreds of mil-              Biraj Patnaik, adviser to        Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
of the infection, the state-       insurgency-hit districts, patrolling has    pital. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ra-        mission said in a submission     lions of people still face a       an official commission on                “During the year 2011-12 ie from
ment said. Eggs and chicken        been intensified.                           man Singh presided over a meeting of          to the court lodged on Tues-     lack of food, clean water and      the right to food, said “when        April 1 to September 20, which marks
feed will also be destroyed            East Coast Railway has cancelled        police and home department officials          day.                             proper housing.                    it comes to helping the poor,        the end of filling season for BBMB
to control the further spread      night train movement of goods trains        at state secretariat building on strate-         The proposed new bench-           “A kilogramme of rice          the government wants as few          reservoirs, besides filling Bhakra and
of the disease.                    in Waltair division till September 27       gies to tackle the Maoists.                   marks, which have already        costs 40 rupees which would        people as possible to get even       Pong reservoirs to the brim, record power
    The outbreak of flu fol-       between Dantewada’s Kirandul to                 Official sources said that the chief      been approved by Prime           last a family just one day,”       the minimum benefits” to re-         generation of 7,000 million units was
lows a warning three weeks         Bastar district headquarters Jagdalpur      minister advised officials posted at          Minister Manmohan Singh’s        said New Delhi housemaid           duce its expenditure.                achieved,” Sharma said.
ago by the UN Food and             after intelligence reports warned of        the police headquarters here to spend         office, were condemned by        Ambeka Muthuswami.                     The final poverty line cut-          The Gobind Sagar and Pong Dam
Agriculture       Organization     possible attacks on rakes.                  a few days in a month in the Maoist-          poverty experts as unrealistic       India’s proposed poverty       off figures will be set after a      reservoirs are among the biggest in the
that avian flu was on the rise         “Security has been put in top gear,     hit areas to experience the difficulties      — especially with the coun-      line cut-off is far below the      national survey to be carried        country, with respective capacities of
globally after a five-year de-     policemen have been placed in almost        being faced by policemen deployed             try’s soaring inflation.         World Bank’s figure of $1.25       out in 2011-12, the commis-          9,620 and 8,570 million cubic metres.
cline. — AFP                       all sensitive areas and patrolling has      there. — IANS                                    “There is no way one per-     a day.                             sion said. — AFP
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Tonga still alive after beating Japan                                                                                                                                                                                   Habana ready
AUCKLAND — Tonga beat
Japan 31-18 in a frenetic World
Cup clash yesterday in a fitting
                                                                                                                                                                               hopes of a place in the quarter-
                                                                                                                                                                               finals for the first time.
                                                                                                                                                                                   The Pacific islanders made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to end drought
end to a day that started with                                                                                                                                                 the most of their physical supe-
rugby heavyweights France
being accused of cynically de-
valuing the tournament.
                                                                                                                                                                               riority in the scrum and at the
                                                                                                                                                                               breakdown at Whangarei but it
                                                                                                                                                                               was 16 points from the boot of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      against Namibia
    The front page splash on                                                                                                                                                   Tonga flyhalf Kurt Morath that         DUNEDIN — Winger Bryan                 beating Samoa in their final
New Zealand's best-selling                                                                                                                                                     separated the two sides, who           Habana has a glorious chance           game on September 30.
Herald newspaper screamed                                                                                                                                                      both scored three tries.               to end his 15-month try                    That would bring a prob-
that the French had turned                                                                                                                                                         "The win will give us big          drought and become South               able quarter-final meeting
Saturday's highly-anticipated                                                                                                                                                  confidence to take them on             Africa's all-time leading try          with Australia following the
clash with the All Blacks into a                                                                                                                                               next week."                            scorer when the holders take           Wallabies' surprise defeat
"farce" by naming a "B Team"                                                                                                                                                       Japan coach John Kirwan            on neighbours Namibia in               by Ireland but Springboks
for the Eden Park match.                                                                                                                                                       bemoaned his side's error              the World Cup's only game in           assistant coach Gary Gold
    The allegation had added                                                                                                                                                   count as they ensured that, for        North Shore today.                     described as "preposterous"
piquancy because of conspir-                                                                                                                                                   all the good rugby they have               Habana, who was top try            suggestions they might delib-
acy theories swirling around                                                                                                                                                   played at the tournament, the          scorer at the last World Cup           erately try to finish second in
since Ireland's shock humbling                                                                                                                                                 "Brave Blossoms" would go              with a record-equalling eight,         the group to secure an easier
of Australia last weekend ex-                                                                                                                                                  home without the two wins              has been tied with former              route to the final.
ploded the presumptions of                                                                                                                                                     they craved.                           scrumhalf Joost van der                    "Every World Cup win-
who would play who in the                                                                                                                                                          Australia will be looking          Westhuizen on 38 since June            ner in the past has won every
quarterfinals.                                                                                                                                                                 for their second victory of the        2010.                                  game they have participated
    The thrust of the conspir-                                                                                                                                                 tournament in Wellington on                He played in the Spring-           in (in) the competition," Gold
acy theory is that France had                                                                                                                                                  Friday and they named their            boks' opening win over Wales           said. "That's a key significant
named a weakened side be-                                                                                                                                                      team to face the United States.        but failed to cross the line for       factor to winning. We realise
cause finishing second in Pool                                                                                                                                                     Scrumhalf Will Genia will          the 11th successive game,              that, that's why the Spring-
A would keep them away from                                                                                                                                                    captain the Wallabies for the          then missed the win over Fiji          boks over the last number of
the side of the draw likely to                                                                                                                                                 first time in the absence of           with a knee injury.                    World Cups have an 88 per
contain all three Tri-Nations                                                                                                                                                  lock James Horwill, who is                 Despite the South African          cent win record.
teams.                                                                                                                                                                         rested, but there was no place         camp talking up the improve-               "Under no circumstances
    France lock forward Pascal                                                                                                                                                 for flanker David Pocock, who          ment made by Namibia since             would it even be considered
Pape laughed off the accusa-        TONGA’S Fetu’umoana Vainikolo (centre) is congratulated after scoring against Japan in Whangerei yesterday. — AFP                          is still struggling with the back      they were hammered 105-13              that anything else but winning
tion as a desperate bid to sell                                                                                                                                                injury that ruled him out of the       by the Springboks four years           right to the end is what's going
newspapers but then warned            Winger Vincent Clerc was        us in a World Cup after those      lected was "really good" be-       test match, it's just not in our   Ireland defeat.                        ago in their only previous             to be required." — Reuters
that it might backfire on the      also amused and said it was        two defeats," he said. "I'm not    fore contemptuously dismiss-       psyche," he said.                      Today’s encounter pitch-           meeting, Habana and his
hosts.                             perhaps the result of France       upset, it makes me smile actu-     ing any suggestions that New           Tonga will be joining all of   es the defending champion              team mates will be licking
    "It is a lack of respect for   having knocked the All Blacks      ally."                             Zealand would ever be guilty       New Zealand in hoping for a        Springboks against Namibia,            their lips at the prospect of a          Today’s Fixture
the players chosen for Satur-      out of the 1999 and 2007               There was support too from     of such manoeuvring.               comprehensive victory for the      who shipped 105 points in              big score.
day," he said. "That motivates     World Cups.                        All Blacks assistant coach            "We'd get hung from the         All Blacks on Saturday after       their only previous meeting                Victory would keep them                        Pool ‘D’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               South Africa vs Namibia 12.00
us more than it demotivates us.       "They need to reassure          Steve Hansen, who said he          highest tree in New Zealand if     their win in the only match of     with their southern African            on course to top Pool D, with                    (Oman time)
It is extra motivation."           themselves if they are to beat     thought the French team se-        we go out and try not to win a     the day kept alive their slim      neighbours. — Reuters                  first place being secured by

First win for Villarreal                                                                                  Inter’s misery continues
                                                                                                           with defeat vs Novara
                                                                                                                                                                                   Lille escape with draw
MADRID — Villarreal scored their first win                                                                                                                                       PARIS — French champions
in the Spanish league on Tuesday, 2-0 at home                                                             MILAN — Inter Milan's mis-                                             Lille missed the chance to go
to Mallorca. Guiseppe Rossi opened the scor-
ing for the yellows in the eighth minute with
                                                                                                          erable start to the season con-
                                                                                                          tinued with a shock 3-1 defeat
                                                                                                                                              Inter fire                         level on points with Ligue 1
                                                                                                                                                                                 leaders Lyon on Tuesday as
his trusty left foot, after a clever break master-                                                                                                                               they drew 1-1 away with out
minded by Jose Catala.
    Brazilian striker Nilmar made it 2-0 for Vil-
                                                                                                          at promoted Novara on Tues-
                                                                                                          day heaping the pressure on         Gasperini                          of form Bordeaux.
                                                                                                                                                                                     It could have been worse
                                                                                                          beleaguered coach Gian Piero        MILAN — Inter Milan
larreal seven minutes into the second half, after                                                                                                                                for Lille — who drew for the
                                                                                                          Gasperini.                          fired coach Gian Piero
being perfectly set up by Borja Valero. "We re-                                                                                                                                  third successive match — as
                                                                                                              Riccardo Meggiorini gave        Gasperini yesterday after
ally needed to win tonight," said Nilmar. "And                                                                                                                                   Bordeaux' Chieck Diabate
I always thought that we were going to do ex-                                                             Novara a first-half lead and        he managed only one draw           missed a penalty 12 minutes
actly that."                                                                                              Marco Rigoni scored twice           and four defeats in his first      from time.
    Mallorca never threatened to turn the match                                                           in the last five minutes as         five competitive games in              Lille — who had let leads
around. They have picked up just three points                                                             Novara won for the first time       charge.                            slip against both Sochaux in
from their four matches and are now sixth from                                                            since returning to Serie A af-                                         the league and CSKA Mos-
                                                                                                                                                   The final straw was the
bottom, with coach Michael Laudrup under in-                                                              ter a 55-year wait.                                                    cow in last week's opening
                                                                                                                                              dismal performance in a
creasing pressure.                                                                                            Esteban Cambiasso pulled                                           Champions League group
                                                                                                                                              3-1 defeat at Novara.
    Villarreal now have four points and are                                                               one back for Inter whose cap-                                          game — had gone behind
                                                                                                                                                   "The club thanks Gian
12th. Earlier on Tuesday, Sevilla held on to                                                              tain Javier Zanetti was mak-                                           to a Diabate penalty in the
                                                                                                          ing a club record 757th ap-         Piero Gasperini for his ef-
third place by battling out a 0-0 draw at Osasu-                                                                                              fort he showed in develop-         third minute only for their
                                                                                                          pearance.                                                                                                   BORDEAUX’ midfielder Landry Nguemo (left) fights for
na. Osasuna did most of the attacking, but were                                                                                                                                  Belgian star Eden Hazard to
                                                                                                              Inter have taken only           ing the role, and expresses                                             the ball with Lille’s forward Joe Cole during the French
kept at bay by Sevilla keeper Javi Varas, who                                                                                                                                    level in the 57th minute with
                                                                                                          one point from three Serie A        regret at the interruption of                                           L1 match against Lille in Bordeaux on Tuesday. — AFP
has finally taken over from veteran Andres Pal-                                                                                                                                  a fine goal. Lille lie fourth two
op after four years waiting in the wings.                                                                 games this season under new         the working relationship,"
                                                     VILLARREAL’S Borja Valero (right) and                                                                                       points adrift of Lyon, while        usual high standards.                   deaux 'keeper Kevin Olimpa
    Sevilla coach Marcelino Garcia said: "This                                                            coach Gasperini and also lost       Inter said in a statement on
                                                      Mallorca’s Ivan Ramis fight for the ball                                                                                   Bordeaux have only one win              "Still the second-half per-         came to their rescue.
was a fair result. We defended very well in-                                                              at home to Turkey's Trabzon-        their website (www.inter.          in their seven matches so far
                                                     during their Spanish first division match in                                                                                                                    formance pleased me, but I                  Hazard struck shortly be-
deed, with order and solidarity. We have drawn                                                            spor in the Champions League        it). — Reuters                     and are just three points above     wasn't happy atall with the             fore the hour mark finishing
                                                          Villarreal on Tuesday. — Reuters                last week having already been
both of our away matches, which is in line with                                                                                                                                  the relegation places.              first 30 minutes."                      off a neat move which began
our objectives for this season." Sevilla now                                                              beaten by AC Milan in the         defence to the coach's much-
                                                     a short pass from Carlos Vela and centred from                                                                                  Lille coach Rudi Garcia             The hosts had taken an              just inside the Bordeaux half
have eight points, which is one fewer than joint                                                          Italian Super Cup.                criticised three-man forma-
                                                     the right, but his cross inadvertently drifted                                                                              said: "An away point is always      early lead through Diabate's            and which saw English mid-
leaders Valencia and Betis.                          past Granada keeper Roberto Fernandez and                Gasperini has never man-      tion.                                a good point, particularly at       well-executed penalty after             fielder Joe Cole deliver him
    Meanwhile, Real Sociedad moved up to             into the net.                                        aged a top side before and his        Inter never looked confi-        Bordeaux."                          referee Tony Chapron ad-                the decisive pass.
joint fourth by beating Granada 1-0 at home.             Granada battled manfully for an equaliser        future is already the subject     dent, with Wesley Sneijder               "We deserved it from the        judged Florent Balmont to                   However, whilst Diabate sent
The only goal in San Sebastian came in the           but lacked penetration and craft in attack. Their    of speculation, with presi-       and Diego Forlan being sub-          way we played in the second-        have knocked over Diabate.              Landreau the wrong way his
64th minute, and had a large element of luck         third defeat in four games leaves them sixth         dent Massimo Moratti saying       stituted midway through the          half not for how we did in the          Lille pressed the hosts             penalty came back off the post
about it. Sociedad defender Dani Estrada took        from bottom. — dpa                                   he would prefer a four-man        second half. — Reuters               first. We didn't play up to our     throughout the half but Bor-            and bounced to safety. — AFP

Man U thrash Leeds,                                                       Braves post 4-0 victory over Marlins                                                                                                                                                   Spain lead
Arsenal survive scare                                                  NEW YORK — The Atlanta Braves
                                                                       rebounded from gut-wrenching defeat
                                                                                                                                                                                                          games up on the tumbling Boston Red
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sox who fell 7-5 to Baltimore but kept                Brazil reach
LONDON — Michael Owen              the left and struck a delight-      with a 4-0 shut-out victory over the                                                                                               their two-game Wild Card edge over
struck twice in his first game     ful shot with the outside of his    Florida Marlins on Tuesday to get back                                                                                             the Rays. The Red Sox (88-67) held a                  18-year low
of the season as Manchester        left foot to put the tie beyond     on track in the National League Wild                                                                                               5-4 lead in the eighth inning but closer
United thrashed bitter rivals      Leeds.                              Card race.                                                                                                                         Jonathan Papelbon allowed a devastat-               BERNE — Spain have re-
Leeds United 3-0 in their              Manchester United man-              The Braves responded with a strong                                                                                             ing three-run double to Robert Andino.              turned to the top of Fifa's
League Cup third-round tie at      ager Alex Ferguson made 11          pitching effort as Randall Delgado                                                                                                     "This game's on me," Papelbon                   world rankings only one
Elland Road on Tuesday.            changes from the side that          tossed five scoreless innings before the                                                                                           said. "I was put in the situation where             month after being knocked
    Arsenal had to come from       beat Chelsea in the Premier         bullpen held the Marlins hit-less in the                                                                                           the team needed me, I didn't come                   from first place but five-
behind to beat League Two          League on Sunday.                   final four. Martin Prado had three hits                                                                                            through. I take full responsibility."               times world champions Bra-
(fourth division) Shrewsbury           Arsenal's terrible start to     and Atlanta never looked back after                                                                                                    In Toronto, the Los Angeles Angels              zil have fallen to an 18-year
Town 3-1 at The Emirates           the domestic season looked          taking a 3-0 lead in the second inning.                                                                                            kept their slim playoff hopes alive with            low.
while Bolton Wanderers won         like continuing when they fell          "Today was a big game, there's no                                                                                              a 10-6 win over the Blue Jays that pulled               Spain returned to the
2-0 at fellow Premier League       behind to James Collins's 16th      doubt about it," Braves catcher Brian                                                                                              them within 3.5 games of the AL Wild                top with a 3-2 friendly win
side Aston Villa.                  minute header for Shrewsbury        McCann told reporters. "Randall set the                                                                                            Card lead. The Angels are five games                over Chile followed by a 6-0
    Former England striker         but Kieran Gibbs levelled in        tone and we swung the bats well. It was                                                                                            behind in the AL West, trailing Texas               thrashing of Liechtenstein in
Owen put Manchester Unit-          the 33rd.                           a good night for the team."                                                                                                        after the Rangers beat Oakland 7-2.                 a Euro 2012 qualifier.
ed ahead after 15 minutes              Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,            Atlanta (88-67), who held an 8.5-                                                                                                  Results: Washington Nationals bt Philadel-          They replaced the Neth-
at Championship (second            18, put last year's runners-up      game lead in the Wild Card race early                                                                                              phia Phillies 4-3, Cleveland Indians bt Chicago     erlands dropped to second.
division) side Leeds with a        ahead just before the hour and      this month, have since had their lead                                                                                              White Sox 4-3, NY Yankees bt Tampa Bay Rays             Germany stayed third and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          5-0, LA Angels bt Toronto Blue Jays 10-6, Bal-
scuffed shot that trickled in      Yossi Benayoun also got his         trimmed to 2.5 games over St Louis.                                                                                                timore bt Boston 7-5, Atlanta Braves bt Florida
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Uruguay climbed to fourth.
off the far post.                  first Arsenal goal to ease the      The Cardinals maintained the pressure           LOS Angeles Angels’ Vernon Wells celebrates with team-mate                         Marlins 4-0, Cincinnati Reds bt Houston Astros          Brazil are down to sev-
    Owen grabbed his second        pressure on manager Arsene          by beating the New York Mets 11-6.             Mark Trumbo (left) after winning against the Toronto Blue Jays                      6-4, Milwaukee Brewers bt Chicago Cubs 5-1,         enth after a 1-0 friendly win
goal in the 32nd minute with       Wenger.                                 Despite a 5-3 home loss to Pitts-            during their MLB game in Toronto on Tuesday. — Reuters                            Kansas City Royals bt Detroit Tigers 10-2, Seat-    over Ghana in London and
a superb right-foot strike from        In other ties, Wolverhamp-      burgh, the Arizona Diamondbacks                                                                                                    tle Mariners bt Minnesota Twins 5-4, St Louis       a 0-0 draw away to Argen-
                                                                                                                   In Chicago, the Milwaukee Brew- Yankees grabbed a stranglehold on the                  Cardinals bt NY Mets 11-6, San Diego Padres         tina. It is their lowest ranking
just inside the area.              ton Wanderers beat Champi-          maintained their 5.5-game advantage
                                                                                                                                                                                                          bt Colorado Rockies 2-1, Pittsburgh Pirates bt
    Ryan Giggs put United          onship team Millwall 5-0 and        in the NL West after the San Francisco ers beat the Cubs 5-1 to keep their 5.5- American League East with a 5-0 vic-               Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3, Texas Rangers bt          since August 1993 when they
three goals ahead just before      Blackburn Rovers battled past       Giants fell to the Los Angeles Dodg- game lead in the NL Central with just tory over the Tampa Bay Rays.                           Oakland Athletics 7-2, LA Dodgers bt San Fran-      dropped to eighth, their worst-
the break when he cut in from      Leyton Orient 3-2. — Reuters        ers 2-1.                                 seven games left, while the New York     The Yankees (93-60) are now six                  cisco Giants 2-1. — Reuters                         ever position. — Reuters
                               Lille escape                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tonga hopes still
                                with draw                                                                                                                                                                                                     alive after
                              in Bordeaux                                                                                                                                                                                                     beating Japan

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                                                                                                                          THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

 Oman go down fighting to South Korea                                                                                                                                                                                         Sri Lanka leave out
rea — Oman put up a spirited
                                       He turned provider in the
                                   second-half feeding Kim to
                                                                                                                                              additional goals," said Japan
                                                                                                                                              coach Sekizuka adding his
                                                                                                                                                                                      an inviting 59th minute cross
                                                                                                                                                                                      and steered a diving header
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Samaraweera for
fight but not quite adequately
as they went down to Asian
powerhouse South Korea 0-2
                                   seal the win.
                                       Another Asian giant Japan
                                   cantered to home win but Aus-
                                                                                                                                              side would need to be less prof-
                                                                                                                                              ligate against fellow Group 'C'
                                                                                                                                              teams Bahrain and Syria.
                                                                                                                                                                                      into the hands of UAE goal-
                                                                                                                                                                                      keeper Adel Mohamed ten
                                                                                                                                                                                      minutes later.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pakistan series
in the final round of qualifying   tralia fired blanks in a dour                                                                                  Australia struggled in a tur-           Australia, who routed              COLOMBO — Sri Lanka left             will not come into the reckon-
for the 2012 Olympics here         draw yesterday.                                                                                            gid encounter with the United           Yemen 7-0 over two legs to             out experienced middle-order         ing in our long term plans,"
yesterday.                             In front of an expectant                                                                               Arab Emirates in Adelaide               reach the group stages, will be        batsman Thilan Samaraweera           said chairman of selectors Du-
    In Group 'A', the mighty       home crowd in Tosu, Japan                                                                                  which ended 0-0.                        determined to raise their game         from a squad of 16 named             leep Mendis. "We intend giv-
South Koreans tamed the Om-        beat Malaysia 2-0, with a goal                                                                                 Going into the match as fa-         against other Group 'B' oppo-          yesterday for the three-match        ing youngsters an opportunity
anis striking once in each half    in either half breaking the visi-                                                                          vourites to win Group 'B', the          nents Iraq and Uzbekistan.             Test series against Pakistan in      while the seniors are around.
to collect the three points and    tors' doughty defence.                                                                                     Australians were outplayed by               The twelve teams jostling          the UAE next month.                  He might be considered on a
will take on Qatar in their next       Dominating the game                                                                                    the visitors for large periods of       for a berth at the London                  Samaraweera, who turns           short term basis."
group match on November 23.        throughout, Takashi Sekizuka's                                                                             the match.                              Games are divided into three           35 today and has a Test aver-           Sri Lanka play Pakistan in
Oman will now play the other       side opened the scoring in the                                                                                 UAE striker Ahmed Kha-              groups of four and play each           age of over 52 in 68 Tests, was      a series of three Tests in Abu
team in the group, Saudi Ara-      tenth minute after midfielder                                                                              lil menaced the Aussie goal             other home and away. The               dropped for the third and final      Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah
bia, the same day.                 Keigo Higashi latched onto a                                                                               throughout the first half, blast-       winners qualify for the Ol-            Test against Australia which         starting on October 18.
    Yesterday Oman matched         defence-splitting pass to slot                                                                             ing just wide from 25 yards             ympics automatically, while            ended in a draw on Tuesday to           Sri Lanka will name a new
South Korea evenly in the          the ball beyond the Malaysian                                                                              out after the half hour with            runners-up in each group play          make way for young opener            squad for the five-match ODI
beginning but a glorious 23rd      goalkeeper.                                                                                                goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne              a three-way round-robin.               Lahiru Thirimanne.                   series and one-off T20 at the
minute free-kick from Yoon             The home side frayed their                                                                             beaten.                                     The winners of that contest            Thirimanne          opened
Bitgaram and a nicely taken        supporters' nerves spurning                                                                                    Khalil nearly broke the             enter a play-off with a side                                                end of the Test series.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the batting with Tharanga                Sri Lanka Test squad: Tillaka-
second in the 74th minute by       several good chances and find-                                                                             deadlock three minutes later            from the African confedera-            Paranavitana after captain           ratne Dilshan (capt), Angelo Math-
Cerezo Osaka midfielder Kim        ing Malaysian keeper Khairul                                                                               after finding the net only to           tion to advance to next sum-           Tillakaratne Dilshan decided         ews (vice-capt), Tharanga Paranavi-
Bo-Kyung put paid to the aspi-     Fahmi Che Mat in top form.                                                                                 have the goal ruled offside.            mer's showpiece event.                 to drop down the order to try        tana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar
rations of the Sultanate boys.         But a 76th minute strike                                                                                   Australia had two golden                Men's football is played as        and regain form.                     Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene,
    Yoon, who won the foul         from substitute Ryohei Yama-                                                                               chances to turn the tide in the         an under-23 tournament at the              Dilshan made 83 batting          Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Di-
just outside the box, got up to    zaki secured the three points.                                                                             second half, both courtesy of           Olympics, although the rules                                                nesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath,
                                                                       SOUTH Korea’s Ko Moo-Yeol (left) fights for the ball with                                                                                             in Samaraweera's position at         Suraj Randiv, Chanaka Welagedara,
take the free-kick and angled          "We had the first goal early       Oman’s Amir al Shatri during their 2012 Olympic                     influential Brisbane Roar mid-          allow for three over-age play-         number five and later said that      Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga,
the ball into the top right of     on in the game. Our plan was            Games Asian qualifier in Changwon yesterday.                       fielder Mitch Nichols.                  ers. The group stage wraps up          he would prefer batting in that      Dammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep,
the net.                           to defend the lead and go for             South Korea won the match 2-0. — AFP                                 Nichols failed to latch on to       in March next year. — AFP              position in the future. "Thilan      Kaushal Silva. — Reuters

  Omantel renews sponsorship deal with OFA Hidayat out of Japan Open; Saina advances
MUSCAT — The Oman Foot-                                                                                                                        TOKYO — Athens Olympic                                                                                             17-21, 21-15, 21-16; Lin Dan (CHN
ball Association and Oman                                                                                                                      gold medallist Taufik Hidayat                                                                                      x2) bt Lee Hyun-Il (KOR) 21-16,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11-21, 21-12.
Telecommunications       Com-                                                                                                                  became the first major casu-                                                                                           Women's singles 1st rd: Wang
pany (Omantel) signed and                                                                                                                      alty at the Japan Open bad-                                                                                        Yihan (CHN x1) bt Yao Jie (NED)
renewed their Elite league ti-                                                                                                                 minton championships when                                                                                          21-14, 21-8; Sung Ji-Hyun (KOR)
tle partnership to be renamed                                                                                                                  he crashed out to Taiwan's                                                                                         bt Eriko Hirose (JPN) 20-22, 21-14,
as the “Omantel League” for                                                                                                                    Chou Tien-Chen in the open-                                                                                        21-17; Tine Baun (DEN x5) bt Tse
three seasons.                                                                                                                                 ing round yesterday.                                                                                               Ying-Suet (HKG) 19-21, 21-7, 21-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  17; Maria Febe Kusumastuti (INA)
    The agreement was signed                                                                                                                       The out-of-form fifth seed                                                                                     bt Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA)
in the presence of the Oman                                                                                                                    from Indonesia, who has yet                                                                                        13-21, 21-15, 21-18; Wang Xin
Football Association Chair-                                                                                                                    to win a title this season, strug-                                                                                 (CHN x3) bt Bae Youn-Joo (KOR)
man Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy                                                                                                                   gled throughout the 53-minute                                                                                      21-8, 21-9; Tai Tzu-Ying (TPE) bt
and Dr Amer bin Awadh al-                                                                                                                      match before losing 21-17, 12-                                                                                     Adriyanti Firdasari (INA) 21-13,
Rawas, CEO of Omantel. The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        21-18; Liu Xin (CHN x6) bt Yip Pui-
                                                                                                                                               21, 21-18.                                                                                                         Yin (HKG) 21-15, 21-17; Nozomi
signing ceremony was attend-                                                                                                                       In the women's singles,                                                                                        Okuhara (JPN) bt Lindaweni Fanetri
ed by a large number of media                                                                                                                  Chinese top two seeds Wang                                                                                         (INA) 21-14, 21-17; Gu Juan (SIN)
                                                                                                                                                                                           SAINA Nehwal of India in action against Inthanon
personnels.                                                                                                                                    Yihan and Wang Shixian ad-                                                                                         bt Petya Nedelcheva (BUL) 21-4,
                                                                                                                                                                                       Ratchaanok of Thailand during their women’s singles first
    Sayyid Khalid expressed                                                                                                                    vanced to the next round.                                                                                          13-21, 21-12; Sayaka Sato (JPN)
                                                                                                                                                                                       round match at the Japan Open badminton championships                      bt Cheng Shao-Chieh (TPE x7) 21-
his happiness over Omantel                                                                                                                         Also went through safely              in Tokyo yesterday. Nehwal won 21-17, 21-10. — AFP                       15, 11-4, retired; Fu Mingtian (SIN)
renewing the contract and said                                                                                                                 were Tine Baun of Denmark,
                                                                                                                                                                                       21-18; Kenichi Tago (JPN) bt Chan   21-19; Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka         bt Salakjit Ponsana (THA) 21-15,
that the endless support re-                                                                                                                   China's Wang Xin and Liu Xin,                                                                                      21-15; Saina Nehwal (IND x4) bt
ceived from Omantel towards                                                                                                                                                            Yan-Kit (HKG) 21-12, 21-13; Peter   (INA) bt Du Pengyu (CHN x8) 21-
                                                                                                                                               Indian star Saina Nehwal and            Gade (DEN x3) bt Marc Zwiebler      10, 21-16; Takuma Ueda (JPN) bt        Inthanon Ratchanok (THA) 21-17,
Omani football has always          partly allocated to the clubs       were delighted to renew their        velopment and progress of the      Juliane Schenk of Germany.              (GER) 21-15, 21-18; Shon Wan-Ho     Suppanyu Avihingsanon (THA) 21-        21-10; Aprilla Yuswandari (INA) bt
been highly appreciated. This      to assist them financially and      strategic partnership with the       game and we hope to see foot-          Results (x denotes seeds): Men's    (KOR) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus   18, 21-15; Chen Long (CHN x4)          Ayane Kurihara (JPN) 21-11, 21-19;
strategic partnership would        towards the organisation of         OFA for three seasons. "We           ball in Oman boom in the near      singles 1st rd: Lee Chong Wei (MAS      (DEN) 21-13, 21-11; Ajay Jayaram    bt Kazushi Yamada (JPN) 21-14,         Juliane Schenk (Ger x8) bt Ai Goto
assist OFA to streamline and                                                                                                                   x1) bt Rajiv Ouseph (ENG) 21-13,        (IND) bt Nguyen Tien Minh (VIE      22-20; Kashyap Parupalli (IND) bt      (JPN) 21-10, 21-8; Minatsu Mitani
                                   the Omantel League for each         look forward to reap the posi-       future, especially at the level
                                                                                                                                               21-13; Wang Zhengming (CHN) bt          x7) 21-18, 21-19; Simon Santoso     Viktor Axelsen (DEN) 19-21, 21-14,     (JPN) bt Porntip Buranaprasertsuk
achieve its long term objec-       season.                             tive results of our partnership      of clubs and local competi-                                                                                                                           (THA) 21-18, 12-21, 21-19; Wang
                                                                                                                                               Wong Wing-Ki (HKG) 23-21, 21-           (INA) bt Shu Wada (JPN) 21-14,      21-14; Chen Jin (CHN x6) bt Sho
tives. The funds received from        Dr Amer bin Awadh al-            with Oman football in the long       tions, including the national      13; Chou Tien-Chen (TPE) bt Tau-        21-14; Jan O Jorgensen (DEN) bt     Sasaki (JPN) 21-15, 21-12; Hu Yun      Shixian (CHN x2) bt Pi Hongyan
this sponsorship fee would be      Rawas reiterated that Omantel       term through the further de-         teams."                            fik Hidayat (INA x5) 21-17, 12-21,      Boonsak Ponsana (THA) 21-16,        (HKG) bt Tommy Sugiarto (INA)          (FRA) 21-9, 12-21, 21-11. — AFP

ICC set to take up India’s                                                England and India in same World T20 group                                                                                                                                                   NZ cricket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chief Vaughan
    UDRS rejection                                                      COLOMBO — Defending
                                                                        champions England and In-
                                                                                                             tember 26 to October 7 with
                                                                                                             the league matches in Galle,
                                                                                                                                              tions face each other for the
                                                                                                                                              most coveted title in the short-
                                                                                                                                                                                      cant the men's and women's
                                                                                                                                                                                      knock-out games will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Qualifier 1; Group ‘C’: Sri Lanka,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           South Africa, Zimbabwe; Group             to step down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ‘D’: Pakistan, New Zealand, Bang-
COLOMBO — ICC chief                    The UDRS was first used          dia have been placed in the          and the semifinals and final     est format of the game," Lor-           played on the same dates at          ladesh.
executive Haroon Lorgat            on a trial basis during India's      same preliminary group for           in Colombo on the same days      gat said.                               one venue.                               Schedule: Sept 18: Sri Lanka v       WELLINGTON — New
said yesterday cricket's world     Test series in Sri Lanka in          next year's World Twenty20           and at the same venue as the        "Nothing beats nation-ver-               "Those match days pro-           Zimbabwe, Hambantota; Sept 19:           Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief
governing body could discuss       2008, but the Indians wanted         tournament in Sri Lanka, the         men's knock-out matches.         sus-nation contests and when            vide a great setting for both        Australia v Q1, Colombo; India v         executive Justin Vaughan
India's opposition to the Um-      it abolished after numerous          sport's governing body said             ICC chief executive Ha-       these battles take place in the         the men’s and women’s game           Q2, Colombo; Sept 20: South Africa       announced yesterday that
                                                                                                             roon Lorgat was confident the    newest, sharpest and quickest           and we remain committed to           v Zimbabwe, Hambantota; Sept 21:
pire Decision Review System        decisions went against them.         yesterday.                                                                                                                                         New Zealand v Bangladesh, Palle-         he would step down at the
(UDRS) at a high-level meet-           Teams are allowed two tel-           A yet-to-be determined           tournament will be as success-   form of the game, you can feel          showcase women’s cricket in          kele; England v Q2, Colombo; Sept        end of November, after more
ing next month.                    evision reviews per innings if       qualifier will be the third team     ful as the three previous edi-   the excitement in fans.                 this way, which is unique in         22: Sri Lanka v South Africa, Ham-       than four years in the job.
    The hugely influential         they feel the on-field umpires       in Group 'A', the International      tions in South Africa (2007),       "Following the legacies              the world of team sports," he        bantota; Australia v West Indies,            Vaughan said the NZC
Board of Control for Cricket       have not given the correct de-       Cricket Council announced at         England (2009) and the West      and success of the World Cup,           said.                                Colombo; Sept 23: Pakistan v New         needed a chief executive
                                                                                                             Indies (2010).                   I am confident that Sri Lanka               Groups and schedule for the      Zealand, Pallekele; England v India,
in India (BCCI) this week          cision.                              the tournament launch in Co-                                                                                                                       Colombo; Sept 24: West Indies v          who could commit to re-
                                                                                                                "The ICC World Twenty20       will deliver another world-             2012 men’s World T20 tourna-
changed its stance on even           RULES OUT CHANGES                  lombo.                                                                                                        ment: Preliminary league: Group      Q1, Colombo; Sept 25: Pakistan v         maining in the position until
the partial use of the UDRS,         TO 50-OVER CRICKET                     Australia, West Indies and       is now a marquee event in        class event."                           ‘A’: England, India, Qualifier 2;    Bangladesh, Pallekele.                   the 2015 Cricket World Cup
saying the current technology          Lorgat has ruled out chang-      a qualifier are drawn in Group       Twenty20 cricket where na-          Lorgat said it was signifi-          Group ‘B’: Australia, West Indies,       Super-Eights: Group I: A1, B2,       and his young family meant
was not suitable.                  es to 50-over cricket despite a      'B', hosts Sri Lanka, South Af-                                                                                                                    C1, D2; Group II: A2, B1, C2, D1.        he was unable to do that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Schedule: Sept 27: C1 v D2,
    "Statistics show that the      proposal put forward by Indi-        rica and Zimbabwe in Group                                                                                                                         Pallekele; A1 v B2, Pallekele; Sept          He said the lead-up to the
accuracy of umpiring deci-         an great Sachin Tendulkar.           'C' and Pakistan, New Zealand                                                                                                                      28: D1 v C2, Colombo; B1 v A2, Co-       tournament, which will be
sions had improved consider-           Despite the success of the       and Bangladesh in Group 'D'.                                                                                                                       lombo; Sept 29: A1 v D2, Pallekele;      co-hosted by New Zealand
ably after the UDRS became         World Cup earlier this year              The top two teams from                                                                                                                         C1 v B2, Pallekele; Sept 30: B1 v        and Australia, would involve
operational," Lorgat told re-      Tendulkar wrote to Lorgat last       each group will qualify for the                                                                                                                    C2, Colombo; D1 v A2, Colombo;           intense travel and he felt it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Oct 1 B2 v D2, Pallekele; A1 v C1,
porters in Colombo.                month suggesting four 25-            Super Eights round, which will                                                                                                                     Pallekele; Oct 2: B1 v D1, Colombo;      was time to move on.
    The ICC's executive board      over innings rather than the         also be contested in two pools.                                                                                                                    A2 v C2, Colombo.                            "It’s been a hard decision
"could take up" India's stance     traditional 50-over format.          The first two in each pool will                                                                                                                        Semifinals: Oct 4: Group I           to make but I’m certain it’s
in October, he added.                  However, Lorgat said the         advance to the semifinals.                                                                                                                         winners v Group II runners-up, Co-       the right time for me to ex-
    "India is entitled to its      ICC saw no reason to change.             The two-yearly tournament                                                                                                                      lombo; Oct 5: Group I runners-up v       plore new opportunities," he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Group II winners, Colombo.
opinion. But in my view, the           "I was engaged with Sachin       in cricket's shortest format will                                                                                                                      Final: Oct 7: Colombo.               said.
full system should be used. A      a long time back on his think-       be played from September 18                                                                                                                            Groups and schedule for the              NZC chairman Chris
half-way house gets you no-        ing on the 50-over format,"          to October 7, with Hambantota                                                                                                                      2012 women’s World T20 tour-             Moller said that since his ap-
where."                            Lorgat said at the launch of         holding three matches, Palle-                                                                                                                      nament: Preliminary league (all          pointment in 2007, Vaughan
    The BCCI in July agreed        the ICC's T20 World Cup .            kele nine and capital Colombo                                                                                                                      matches in Galle): Group ‘A’:            had had overseen a 60 per
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Australia, India, England, Qualifier
to a compromise in which it            "I met with him during the       15.                                                                                                                                                1. Group ‘B’: New Zealand, West          cent increase in the organi-
accepted the use of the infra-     World Cup and he gave me                 The Premadasa Stadium in                                                                                                                       Indies, Sri Lanka, Qualifier 2.          sation's revenues and helped
red Hot Spot technology to         a written proposal which we          Colombo will hold the semi-                                                                                                                            Schedule: Sept 26: Sri Lanka         restructure the Black Caps.
determine edges, but rejected      took to the cricket committee        finals on October 4 and 5 and                                                                                                                      v Q2; New Zealand v West Indies;             Moller said changes in-
the ball-tracker for leg-before    in May. The cricket commit-          the final on October 7.                                                                                                                            Sept 27: England v Q1; Australia v       troduced by Vaughan in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           India; Sept 28: New Zealand v Q2;
decisions.                         tee considered the proposal.             The two qualifiers will be                                                                                                                     West Indies v Sri Lanka; Sept 29:        clude appointing former
    But the BCCI reverted to       But the view of the commit-          determined through a separate                                                                                                                      Australia v Q1; India v England;         Test batsman John Wright
its original opposition to the     tee which was supported by           competition between non-Test                                                                                                                       Sept 30: West Indies v Q2; Sri Lanka     as head coach and one-time
entire system after Hot Spot       the Board was that the 50-           nations to be held in the Unit-                                                                                                                    v New Zealand; Oct 1: India v Q1;        Australia coach John Bucha-
failed to accurately show edg-     over format was sound now            ed Arab Emirates from March           SRI Lanka T20 women’s cricket team captain Shashikala Siriwardena (second left) and                          Australia v England.                     nan as director of cricket.
                                                                                                              Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara (second right) hold the Twenty20 cricket 2012                              Semifinals: Oct 4: A1 v B2, Co-
es off the bat on several oc-      and there was no need for            13 to 24.                                                                                                                                          lombo; Oct 5: A2 v B1, Colombo.              "Justin can be proud
casions during India's recent      dramatic changes to make at              The eight-nation women's          trophies as ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat (right) and Sri Lankan cricket chairman                            Final: Oct 7: Winner A1-B2 v         of his achievements," he
disastrous tour of England.        this stage."                         tournament will run from Sep-                Upali Dharmadasa pose for photographers in Colombo yesterday. — AFP                                   Winner A2-B1, Colombo.                   said. — AFP

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