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RI PT IO N BS C SU THE LEADING INDEPENDENT DAILY IN THE ARABIAN GULF 40 PAGES THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010 Embassy hostage taker a ‘former Israeli informer’ Beijing lashes out at Pentagon military report PAGE 10 PAGE 14 ramadan kareem ‘A tear’ in Ramadan I shed ‘a tear’ in Ramadan on those who don’t consider the sacredness of the month, and his virtues and merits, not only they meet it- as the other months- by sins and violations, but also they became farer from God -the Almighty- also they invented different types of sins and abominations, to deprive themselves and others from the heavy rain of rewards, they make the preparations to fight the God of the heavens and earth, and the Prophet (pbuh) was truthful in explaining the difference between people in preparing for Ramadan as the Prophet (PBUH) said: “There is no month which passed by the Muslims better than Ramadan, and that because of the strength that they prepare for worship, and what the hypocrites prepare of people’s inattention and roughness, it is a blessing for the believer and a curse on the disbeliever” [Narrated by Ahmad - Al Baihaky and corrected by Ahmad Shaker] A tear in Ramadan on those who waste the obligated prayers, as they sleep at the time of prayers at some time, delay it other time, and leave it sometime. A tear in Ramadan on those who disgrace Fasting sacredness, by their obscenity and bad morals, as they insult, curse, steal, backbite, and lie on people. And if you advised someone he argues that this is because of the Fasting!! As if Fasting is the reason behind these disadvantages, and they are unaware about the opinion of Fasting, its benefits, and its great rewards, and the most important benefits are: Devotion occurrence as God says: “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” [Al Baqara 2:183] And does the devotion call for insulting, cursing, injustice and aggression? For that Allah’s Apostle said: “Whoever doesn’t give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting)” [Narrated by Bukhari], so may God have mercy on you know the reality of Fasting. A tear in Ramadan on the women, who go out to pray Al Taraweh prayer while they are adorned, incensed, scented, showily, and wearing their most beautiful dresses, and the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Don’t prevent the female servants of Allah from visiting the mosques of Allah, but they may go out (to the mosque) having no perfumed themselves.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood and AlAlabany said the hadith is Hasan Sahih] And the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever (woman) fumigates herself with perfume shouldn’t join us in the ‘Isha prayer” [Narrated by Muslim] A tear in Ramadan on those who waste the month on watching the channels of satellite TV, and no satellite TV which spread debauchery, nakedness, and buffoonery, and their madness, debauchery and buffoonery increase in that precious month to fight the virtues and violate the nation’s constants and sanctities. UAE president in Switzerland for check-up DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates’ President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan received medical treatment in Switzerland for undisclosed reasons after undergoing checks, the UAE state news agency said yesterday. Sheikh Khalifa, who is in his early 60s, is the ruler of the wealthy oil-exporting Gulf Arab emirate of Abu Dhabi and the president of the US-allied United Arab Emirates. “President HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed AlNahayan has undergone comprehensive medical check-ups in Switzerland,” state news agency WAM said. “President HH Sheikh Khalifa then received the necessary medical treatment, which culminated in a complete success,” it added, without saying what he was treated for. It said Sheikh Khalifa was to return to the UAE after a “period of convalescence”. The UAE is a federation that unites Abu Dhabi and six other emirates including regional business hub and tourism magnet Dubai. Abu Dhabi is the seat of the federal union. — Reuters Emsak: Fajer: Shoruk: Dohr: Asr: Maghreb: Eshaa: RAMADAN 9, 1431 AH 03:44 03:54 05:18 11:52 15:27 18:25 19:47 NO: 14825 Teenagers urged to turn down iPods as hearing loss rises 150 FILS Race is on to see who is next Bolt PAGE 30 PAGE 17 Local banks get major role in ‘mega projects’ Govt strikes deal; Deqbasi questions passage of radioactive materials By B Izzak KUWAIT: The government has finally reached a compromise deal to resolve the controversy over the funding of ‘mega projects’ under the four-year development plan. The deal, struck in a special meeting chaired by the prime minister, gives local banks a major role in providing loans but also approved long-term government funding for the proposed public shareholding companies to be provided through local banks. The meeting asked the finance minister and the governor of the central bank to work out details of the mechanism for providing government funding for certain projects. The controversy raged during the past few weeks between two groups, one insisting that only local banks should be entrusted with the funding while the other calling for a special multi-billiondinar government fund to finance the projects. The first group insisted that the establishment of the government fund will undermine the status of local banks and could harm their future while the second group insisted that funding the mega Continued on Page 14 MOGADISHU: A Somali boy carries a sword fish on his head to take to the market in Mogadishu. Somali businessmen say food prices in the Somali capital have increased by up to 50 percent since Ramadan began. — AP KPC to replace its CEO KUWAIT: Kuwait Petroleum Corp, the State’s national oil conglomerate, is to replace its chief executive Saad Al-Shuwayeb after declining to offer him a new contract, a newspaper reported yesterday. “Shuwayeb has been verbally informed that he will not get a new term and that he will be sent into retirement,” a local daily reported, citing well-informed government sources. Shuwayeb was appointed to the key post in the oil-rich Gulf state in 2007, and his term expires next month. He has been in the oil sector for the past three decades, mostly in the petrochemicals segment. Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Sabah will nominate a number of candidates to replace Shuwayeb but the new KPC chief will be selected by the Supreme Petroleum Council, the highest oil decision-making body, headed by the prime minister. KPC was established in the early 1980s to oversee the State’s oil industry inside and outside Kuwait. Along with its several subsidiaries it controls close to 100 billion barrels of crude reserves. The fourth largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel, Kuwait currently pumps around 2.3 million barrels per day. Oil income accounts for about 94 percent of the country’s total revenues. — AFP Kuwait to post surplus KUWAIT: Kuwait is expected to post a budget surplus of up to $19.6 billion in the current fiscal year despite boosting spending by 33 percent, a report said yesterday. The National Bank of Kuwait, the State’s largest lender, said in the report that the size of the surplus would depend on the price of oil, which contributes more than 94 percent of the Gulf state’s revenues. The budget surplus for the 2010-2011 fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) is forecast to range between “3.2 billion dollars and 19.6 billion dollars depending on oil price scenario,” NBK said. The budget, passed by parliament in June, projects a deficit of 22.7 billion dollars at the assumption of an oil price of 43 dollars a barrel while actual price has so far been between 7080 dollars a barrel. Revenues are estimated at 33.5 billion dollars while spending is estimated at 56.2 billion dollars. NBK expected the price of Kuwaiti oil throughout the fiscal year to range between 67 dollars a barrel and around 80 dollars. Kuwait, OPEC’s fifth largest producer with 2.3 million barrels per day, has projected a deficit in each of the past 11 fiscal years but ended up with a healthy surplus each year, accumulating more than 140 billion dollars. — AFP 41 die in Philippines Bus crashes off mountain highway MANILA: A packed passenger bus negotiating a downhill curve plunged off a Philippine mountain highway into a 100foot ravine yesterday, killing 41 people, police said. Nine people, including a 10-yearold boy, survived and eight were taken to hospitals, said police chief Wilben Mayor of Benguet province north of Manila. Mayor said most of the victims were pinned to death while others were thrown out as the bus tumbled down. Working into the night, emergency workers recovered the last of the 41 bodies from the twisted wreckage, said regional disaster agency director Olivia MercadoLuces. Twenty-six have been identified so far, including four members of a FilipinoAmerican family who were on their way back to the US after visiting relatives in the northern Philippines. An Indian national living in the Philippines also died. The victims’ remains, including a toddler’s, were put in body bags on the highway and Continued on Page 14 DUBAI: A woman uses her BlackBerry at the Emirates terminal in Dubai International Airport. — AP BlackBerry users eye alternatives DUBAI: Udoay Ghosh sat sipping coffee before an early morning flight from Dubai International Airport, looking with affection at his two - yes, two - BlackBerry smart phones laid out in front of him. As an executive for electronics company G-Hanzs, the Dubaibased businessman travels about 300 days a year and uses the gadgets to keep up with more than 100 e-mails a day. So it’s understandable he’s worried about government threats to ban the service. “This is my laptop, my office and my home,” he said of the devices. “People nowadays don’t wait. In today’s world, time is money and if you lose time, you lose business.” Like hordes of other onthe-go professionals, Ghosh sees the BlackBerry as an Continued on Page 14 Bahrain arrests four more Shiite activists TUBA: Rescuers and paramedics pull out passenger victims from the wreckage after a passenger bus negotiating a downhill curve crashed yesterday. — AP MANAMA: Bahraini authorities have detained four more Shiite activists on security grounds, raising the stakes in the run-up to parliamentary elections after earlier arrests were criticized by rights groups. The detentions bring to eight the number of activists and clerics arrested over the past week. The detainees include Mohammed Saeed, a board member of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights whose operations were formally suspended in 2004 but which continues to operate, Bahrain’s state news agency said. “The organization’s network aimed at compromising national security and harming the stability of the country,” the news agency said late on Tuesday, citing a security source. It said the group had funded violent protests in different parts of Bahrain. Continued on Page 14

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