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THURSDAY December 1, 2016 1 Rabi Al Awal 1438 AH

  

FROM THE WORDS OF HIS MAJESTY THE SULTAN

To sheikhs and dignitaries of Dhofar at the conclusion of His Majesty’s Meet-thePeople Tour of the country, 1995

‘His Majesty’s Wisdom’ The citizen serves himself first and by doing so, he serves his country. If he is an active, productive member of his society, he benefits himself and his society. And if he is unproductive and unemployed, he harms himself and his society. Moreover, he will become a burden on the community and will depend on others

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THUMBS UP FOR NOC COMPROMISE

ROMANIA

HM sends greetings

Suggestions were made at Tanfeedh exhibition to retain the NOC system

MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has sent a cable of congratulations to President Klaus Iohannis of Romania on the occasion of his country’s National Day. In his cable, His Majesty the Sultan has expressed his sincere congratulations along with his best wishes of good health and happiness to President Iohannis and the people of Romania further progress and prosperity. -ONA

but with advice to make it fairer to workers

‘Give NOC after end of contract’ Times News Service “This is logic(al), if an employee completes his contract with the company, he should be free from No Objection Certificate (NOC), and if the employee’s let go by a company, he would also not require a NOC.... Hope for the best.”

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6m pills seized, 10 arrested Times News Service

Praveen Raj

MUSCAT: At least 10 men are being been held by the Royal Oman Police for allegedly attempting to smuggle six million psychotropic tablets into Oman. The ROP found the drugs stored inside pipes used in the construction industry. Captagon tablets, containing a psychotropic substance, were found inside the pipes. >A6

MORNING MINUTE

a series of ‘labs’ where experts from the public and private sectors brainstormed for six weeks to come up with solutions for the Sultanate’s economy. The programme came up with 121 proposals and the labour lab, headed by Shahswar Al Balushi, proposed changes to the NOC.

REJIMON K

reji@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: A call for a fairer deal on the No Objection Certificate (NOC) rule has been given a resounding thumbs-up by bosses, workers, government bodies and Times of Oman readers. Labour lab members at the Tanfeedh national programme have managed to please both employers and employees in Oman with their suggestions to retain the NOC but to make it fairer to workers. One happy reader said: “It’s a win-win!” Tanfeedh, the government think tank charting the economic future of Oman, held

Two-year visa In 2014, Omani authorities implemented a two-year visa change ban for expatriates which means they require a NOC from current employers should they wish to join another company in Oman. Without the NOC, they have to leave the country and cannot re-

DECEMBER LIST

Fuel price dip brings cheers REJIMON K

reji@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: A dip of four to six per cent in fuel prices announced for December has been received by the public with cheers. In December, M91 fuel will cost 165 baisas a litre. In November it was 173 baisas a litre. The dip is around 4.8 per cent. Meanwhile, the price of Super Grade is 176 and in November it was 183 baisas. The Super Grade’s new price is around 4 per cent lower. The new price of diesel is 177. It was 187 baisas in November, which is 5.6 per cent higher than the new price. >A6

2016 FUEL PRICES Baisas per litre

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TOP THREE INSIDE STORIES

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Banks report most suspicious transactions

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Super Regular (M90) Diesel

Oman’s beauty fascinates Irish actor

MARKET

Trump to leave empire Oil jumps 8 per cent

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Oil prices jumped more than 8 per cent on Wednesday. >B1 REJIMON K

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Campaign winners receive prizes

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MUSCAT: “I am astonished to see the diverse beauty of Oman. We need such places as locations for films,” said Liam Cunningham, the Irish award-winning actor and Game of Thrones star, after jetting into Oman yesterday. Cunningham, who is in Oman for location scouting, noted, “My plan is to get international film makers to come here. I have seen it with my own eyes. Being here has enabled me to get a real feel of what Oman has to offer the international film-making community, which is looking for new locations and production partners. Now is the time for Oman to be involved. Fortune favours the brave.” >A6

turn for a period of two years. According to government officials, the rule was implemented to stop expatriates switching jobs and joining competing firms. Al Balushi said the labour lab had drawn up proposals that the NOC regulation should remain in place but be fairer to both employer and employee. Where an employee has completed a contract, he or she should be free to move. Only in cases where an employee is breaching a contract or leaving one job for another should the NOC be required, Al Balushi proposed, adding that the Royal Oman Police would have to assess proposals. >A8

“If the employee finishes the contract let him/her go freely. If the company is good, giving nice salaries and benefits, they would stay, so companies should think also.” Rashid bin Ismayil

“In my opinion, it is a win-win situation, as the employer has to spend a lot on bringing the employee and it’s the primary obligation of the employee to complete the initial contract set by the employer. By this move no one will be at loss.”

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THE BRIEFING Region

Mosul faces acute food, water shortage

WORLD

Turkish dormitory fire kills 11 schoolgirls

The United Nations issued a fresh warning on Wednesday about the humanitarian situation in eastern Mosul where the US-backed Iraqi army is locked in heavy fighting with IS militants. “The situation in eastern Mosul city close to the front lines remains fraught with danger for civilians. Mortar and gunfire continue to claim lives,” the UN humanitarian coordinator’s office said. >A9

INDIA

National anthem must be played before screening of films: SC

Police in southern Turkey detained 12 people on Wednesday and sought two others over a fire in a dormitory that killed 11 schoolgirls and one other person, an official at the prosecutor’s office handling the investigation said. Flames swept through the mostly wooden interior of the two-storey dormitory in the town of Aladag late on Tuesday, causing the roof to collapse. >A12

New sanctions imposed on North Korea

Al Baleed Resort-Salalah opening to boost tourism Coinciding with the Sultanate’s celebrations of the 46th Glorious National Day, Al Baleed Resort–Salalah was opened yesterday in the Governorate of Dhofar under the auspices of Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al Rowas, Advisor to HM the Sultan for Cultural Affairs. The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, Dr. Rasheed bin Al Safi Al Huraibi, Chairman of the Tender Board and a number of local officials. >A8

A brief summary of the top inside stories of different sections of the Times of Oman.

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PAKISTAN

China deflects queries over deployments at Gwadar

Mwasalat transports 3.6m in first year

Fahd hails progress during Renaissance The ROHM Higher Committee held a meeting under the chair of His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers.>A8

The United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea that aim to cut the Asian country’s annual export revenue by more than a quarter in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test in September. The council unanimously adopted a resolution to slash North Korea’s biggest export, coal, by about 60 per cent with an annual sales cap of $400.9 million or 7.5 million metric tonnes, whichever is lower. >A12

SPORTS

OHA chief to work with and for expats

The new chief of Oman hockey, whose plans include facilitating the involvement of expats in the development of hockey across the country, met the representatives of various expatriate communities to discuss the future development plans. >C1

SPORTS

Zubair Corporation fetes freestyle footballer Al Nofli, who has been entertaining fans in Oman and across the region with his incredible skills in freestyle football, was honoured by The Zubair Corporation at a special event. >C4

BUSINESS

Central bank to issue OMR150m bonds Oman’s banking regulator plans to raise OMR150 million through a government development bond isssue. The Central Bank of Oman said that the maturity period of bonds will be 10 years and will carry a coupon rate of 5.5 per cent per annum. Interest on the new bonds will be paid semiannually on June 27 and December 27, every year until maturity date on December 27, 2026. The issue will be open for subscription on December 11 until December 18. >B1

LIFESTYLE

The dos and don’ts of disciplining children

Mwasalat transported nearly 3.6m passengers since its launch on November 22, 2015, officials said on Wednesday. The RuwiMabela route was used by 1,500,000 passengers while 3,320,236 used routes of Muscat governorate. >A7

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In a bid to “instill committed patriotism and nationalism”, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered cinema halls across the nation to mandatorily play the National Anthem before screening of a movie and the audience must stand and show respect. >A10

Sohar Refinery Improvement Project Commercial operations of Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP) are expected by the early part of the second quarter of 2017. The expanded capacity will be stabilised for sustained operations by the end of the same quarter, according to a senior official of Orpic, which owns the two refineries. >B1

WORLD OMAN

BUSINESS

The Chinese military on Wednesday parried questions over assertions by a Pakistani naval official that PLA will deploy its naval ships, submarines and troops to guard the Gwadar port and the $46 billion CPEC, saying that the two militaries have strategic cooperative partnership. A11

Whatever a child’s age, it’s vitally important for parents to be consistent in their approach to discipline. Discipline should come with the intend to teach and guide, not to punish, something all us parents could use reminding of next time our son or daughter blatantly flouts a rule or throws a tantrum. This week Family section contributor, Farzeen, explores the most important dos and don’ts of discipline to help parents navigate their way through this minefield. >A14


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All outstanding dues of Nizwa University paid, says ministry MUSCAT: The Ministry of Higher Education has issued a statement stating it has now paid all outstanding dues to Nizwa University, whose staff members had not been paid their salaries. The Ministry reacted to news about the delay at the university’s in the payment of its employees’ salaries for October and November 2016. As for the difficulties facing Nizwa University due to delayed cash flows, which resulted in delaying the payment of employees’ salaries, the Ministry of Higher Education pointed out that it has paid all the outstanding payments for the University. It added that the only pending payment for the D E L I B E R AT I O N S

Sultanate takes part in meeting of Arab-European security panel CAIRO: Deliberations of the 5th meeting of the Joint ArabEuropean Political and Security Committee began at the Arab League headquarters yesterday. The Sultanate is represented in the meeting by Salim bin Said Al Rowas, Chargé d’affaires of the Sultanate’s Embassy in Egypt. The meeting involves participation of the permanent delegates to the Arab League, Walter Stevens, Chairman of the Political and Security Committee in the European Union (EU) Council, the EU ambassadors to Egypt and the EU Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs. -ONA

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University is the payment for students enrolled at the University for the current semester (autumn semester from September to the end of December). The Ministry usually makes the payment for autumn semester before the end of the semester. This means that the pending amount for the University is immediate and not outstanding. The Ministry expressed its keenness to communicate and coordinate with all higher education institutions to help them achieve their objectives and overcome the challenges facing them. To this end, it is keen on making due payments for the students studying at the different education in-

stitutions inside and outside the Sultanate, as per the financial expenditure allocated for this purpose. The Ministry follows certain financial measures before making any payments from the Ministry to these organizations, such as auditing and reviewing the amounts to be paid. Further, the Ministry pointed out that it follows the same approach with the other higher education institutions. This refutes the allegations about delayed payments by the Ministry. The amounts referred to will be paid soon after completing the required audit and review of the relevant invoices and documents. -ONA

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Suspicious transactions mostly through banks Of the 551 suspicious transaction reports received over the last two years by the National Centre of Financial Information 286 were in 2015 and the rest in 2014

TARIQ ZIAD AL HAREMI

tariqh@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: Within the last two years, more than 500 suspicious transaction reports (STRs) were received by the National Centre of Financial Information (NCFI). Previously known as the Financial Investigation Unit, the NCFI is responsible for combating money laundering and terrorism funding, in which 551 suspicious transaction reports were reported

in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, there were 286 suspicious transaction reports received by the NCFI, most of which were reported from banks. Banks reported 216 suspicious transaction reports, followed by exchange firms with 66, while financing companies and real estate agencies reported 2 each. Asked why most reports came from the banks, a senior official at the NCFI said, “Most people do their transactions through banks,

36 cases were referred to the public prosecution for violating the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism funding law in 2015

and sometimes there are those whose transactions are suspicious. “In a lot of cases, the suspicious transactions are basically tax evasions. The person does all his commercial activities through his personal account, and not the company account, to avoid paying taxes to the state,” the official said. Of the 286 suspicious transaction reports, 36 were referred to the public prosecution for violating the anti-money laundering and

SOHAR

Drug Free Nation event held SOHAR: Dr. Abdul Mon’em bin Mansour Al Hassani, Minister of Information yesterday patronised over an awareness operetta about the danger of drugs in the community under the title of “Drug Free Nation,” as well as the launch of Community Competition logo to curb drugs and psychotropic substances in the

Wilayat of Sohar. The event was held in the presence of Sheikh Muhana bin Saif Al Lamki, Governor of North Al Batinah, Sheikh Ali bin Ahmed Al Shamsi, Wali of Sohar and some members of the Majlis A’Shura. At the beginning of the operetta, Dr. Ibrahim bin Fadhil Al Shezawi, Rapporteur of the

Health Committee in the Wilayat of Sohar reviewed the implications of drugs on health, family and the society. Awareness The Operetta “Drug Free Nation” included five poetic and song performances, on protecting the society from dangers of drugs. -ONA

counter-terrorism funding law. Other reports were referred to the public prosecution for violating the Oman Penal Code, Banking Law, Labour Law, Commerce and Commercial Registration Law and the Civil Associations Law. The NCFI only deals with STRs regarding money laundering and terrorism funding, as other violations are referred to specific units within the Royal Oman Police. Although not all suspicious transaction reports are referred to the public prosecution, the official explained, “The reports are sent to the public prosecution after careful analysis and discovering a violation of the law, or if it is connected to a crime that occurred. “Then there are some reports that are in violation of administrative laws, so we refer those reports to the responsible authority. The STRs that cannot be determined to have violated a crime will be closely monitored,” added the official.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016 This initiative comes in the context of the TRA’s keenness to cover all parts of the Sultanate with telecommunication services, and to ensure that all members of the society enjoy these services Dr. Hamed Al Rawahi, Executive president of TRA

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Hamood Ahmed Al Yahyai, member of the Shura Council representing Wilayat Dank, said that the TRA’s actions are based on the Shura’s proposal to provide coverage to villages and make life easier for villagers

phases

TARIQ ZIAD AL HAREMI

tariqh@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: Villagers’ lives are set to become easier as the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) is installing telecom stations which are expected to be complete by 2017. The TRA is building 312 mobile telecom stations in two phases in various governorates of the Sultanate to cover 410 villages which lack telecommunication services. Phase 1 outlines the installation of 200 mobile telecom stations of which 138 are already operational while the remaining 62 will be complete by the first quarter of 2017. Phase 2 concerns building 200 mobile telecom stations once the sites are approved and the required construction permits are obtained.

This phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Speaking about the positive impact of providing telecommunication coverage in rural areas, Hamood Ahmed Al Yahyai, member of the Shura Council representing Wilayat Dank, said that the TRA’s actions are based on the Shura’s proposal to provide coverage to villages and make life easier for villagers. “The villagers had to seek out other locations with telecom coverage to get a decent signal, but now that there are stations it would be economically efficient for them,” Al Yahyai said. “Now, they can save time, and instead of travelling, they can stay connected with the rest of the nation from the comfort of their homes,” he added. He also asked the TRA to expedite the development of the telecom stations, since the move to

provide coverage was supposed to have been thought of previously, instead of implementing it so late through all these years. When asked how it would benefit the villagers in terms of starting businesses and enhancing trade and commerce, Al Yahyai said, “Everything is online now. They could register their businesses and invest online without having to go to the authorities concerned. By having these stations installed, the villagers’ lives will change positively.” Al Yahyai extended his gratitude to the TRA for its efforts to provide the necessary telecom coverage in these areas. So far, in Phase 2 of the project, Al Dhahira, North Al Batinah, Buraimi, Musandam and Muscat Governorates, have been approved for the implementation of the stations at select villages after determining the optimal sites, while other locations will soon follow. ROP

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Budget talks to focus on private-public partnerships REJIMON K CHIEF REPORTER

reji@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: In the coming budget, private-public partnerships (PPP) will be discussed to boost the Oman economy, according to a Majlis Al Shura member who attended the 2017 budget session. “We are considering more PPP models to fuel the economy, as proposed by Tanfeedh labs. We will seriously consider this to lessen the budget burden,” Ahmed bin Saif Al Barwani, Majlis Al Shura member, told Times of Oman. PPP models have been proposed by the Finance Labs of Tanfeedh. According to Tanfeedh, OMR252m PPP in projects are being weighed for 2017. Further, in 2018, projects worth OMR504m are being considered. Tanfeedh wants the value of projects to be increased to OMR756m in 2019 and to OMR1,080m by 2020. “OMR1b worth of PPP projects will be made available for bidding between 2017 and 2020,” Tanfeedh reported. Tanfeedh says that Ministries and government bodies will use a new method to identify their needs, while the Supreme Council of Planning will evaluate and rank projects before they are begun. While welcoming the move, Shahswar Al Balushi, CEO of Oman Society of Contractors (OSC), said that the PPP model depends on the projects’ criteria. “All projects cannot be carried out as PPP models. It all depends. However, in certain cases it is a good model and it can help the

PLANS: “We are consider-

ing more PPP models to fuel the economy, as proposed by Tanfeedh labs. We will seriously consider this to lessen the budget burden,” Ahmed bin Saif al Barwani, Majlis Al Shura member, told Times of Oman.

economy,” Shahswar said. Government statistics reveal that Oman’s budget deficit inched up to OMR4.42bn at the end of September, from OMR4.37bn one month earlier. The government’s budget gap for the January-September period of 2016 was 51 per cent higher than the OMR2.93bn deficit recorded in the same period in 2015, mainly due to the large decline in oil revenues. Meanwhile, Dr Anchan CK, an investment advisor in Oman, said the government will look to the private sector as another source of funding. “With the current financial crisis, the government will increasingly turn to the private sector as an alternative additional source of funding to meet the funding gap, while recent attention has

been focused on fiscal risk,” the investment advisor said. “Policymakers are finding that public–private partnerships (PPPs) can become catalysts for economic growth. This means policymakers must craft a strategy for infrastructure development and then ensure their actions—governed by established policies,” he added. According to the advisor, the opportunity to drive economic growth with infrastructure PPPs is particularly rich in Oman. “PPPs can also free up government resources for other public priorities. Evidence suggests that the more PPP projects are launched in a nation, the higher the rate of GDP growth. Although the short term boost to economic growth is relatively small, it has a significant cumulative effect over time,” he added. Tanfeedh has proposed that the Ministry of Housing modify the existing legislation associated with allowing property developers to own multiple properties, and instead form a property management corporation. Tanfeedh also proposed that the Capital Market Authority (CMA) introduce regulations and legislation to allow for the creation of Real Estate Investment Trusts. This year, as part of the expense controls, the Ministry of Finance issued a series of circulars aimed at controlling and managing spending, including levies on government officials’ cars and travel. Earlier this year, petrol and diesel subsidies were also reduced, and similar cuts are planned for electricity and liquid petroleum gas.

BRITISH COUNCIL AND HSBC

Drugs

A1 seizure Officers from the Directorate General of Narcotics Control discovered the tablets, which they said had come to Oman from three neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the ROP declined to specify the number of men who have been detained, but confirmed that it was over 10. Commenting on the arrests, Colonel Abdulrahim Al Farsi, Director General of Narcotics Control, said, “According to the information, gang members hid more than six million Captagon tablets inside pipes used in a digging machine. “After the pipes arrived at the location, the gang extracted the pills and stashed them in an apartment, until they were ready to be smuggled from the Sultanate to another country,” added Col. Al Farsi. He noted that the gang had been closely monitored for weeks and police waited for the right opportunity to arrest them. When all gang members had gathered in one place, officers moved in.

Royal Hospital hosts book reading initiative for children

SYED HAITHAM HASAN

Haitham@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: Royal Hospital hosted a book reading programme launched by the British Council and HSBC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The programme will be carried out in six government hospitals in Oman,

where dedicated rooms have been set aside for children to receive books. The rooms will have 53 books, both in English and Arabic, for children up to 13 years. HSBC volunteers will visit the facility once a month to engage

DECEMBER PRICE

children and read stories to them. Paul Hilder, Director of the British Council in Oman, said this combined programme focuses on education for children who are unable to go to school due to illness. IRISH ACTOR

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cut in oil prices

The new fuel M91 was announced in November replacing M90. “The dip could be because the global oil prices were going down last month due to the uncertainty surrounding the talks between Oil producing and exporting countries (Opec) and non-Opec states,” Rajeev KR, senior official at Siraj Al Jazeera Projects, a fuel sales company in Oman, told the Times of Oman. “The market was worried whether the talks would happen or not. This worry had led to a dip in fuel prices,” Rajeev added. Globally, the prices were hovering around $46 per barrel last week. On Tuesday, Oman crude was traded at $45.31 per barrel. However, on Wednesday, oil prices jumped more than 7 per cent as some of the world’s largest oil producers gathered in Vienna to agree on a production cut that could be bigger than expected. Brent crude futures were up $3.33 at $49.71 per barrel, on course for their biggest one-day

move in nine months. “This dip is not going to make a huge difference. However, happy to see that it has not gone up,” Kabeer CV, a wholesale vegetable seller, said. “I have to travel between markets and hypermarkets numerous times a day. The increased fuel cost was draining my pocket,” Kabeer added. In four hours, the fuel price story posted on the Times of Oman’s Facebook page, reached 73, 633 readers, received 800 likes and 142 shares. Readers thanked the government with smileys and thumbs up for announcing the slashed fuel prices on our Facebook page. Following the dip in global oil prices, Oman had deregulated its oil prices in January this year as part of austerity measures aimed at plugging the budget deficit. Before deregulation in January, the cost of super grade petrol was 160 baisas a litre, regular grade petrol was 140 baisas a litre and for diesel it was 160 baisas a litre.

Cunningham has appeared in films, such as Clash of the Titans, Hunger, First Knight and Jude, and television series, including Outcasts, Camelot and Northanger Abbey. In Game of Thrones, Cunningham played the role of Davos Seaworth. He became a starring cast member for the second through sixth seasons. Meanwhile, officials from Brand Infiniti, a production company which has arranged Liam’s visit, said that they are working to introduce Oman to the international film industry. “Oman has it all. We have the most fantastic locations in the Middle East. Soon, we will be able to introduce international film making in Oman,” Khalid Said Salem Al Wahaibi, from Brand Infiniti, said. Brand added that Omanis will have opportunities to be part of the international film industry in Oman. “We are going to open a new world of opportunities. If international movie makers will come to Oman, it will not only bring in revenue, but also opportunities,” said Khalid.


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is the average number of passengers transported by Mwasalat on Fridays while on weekdays the number is 10,000

‘I Love the Sultan’ campaign winners receive prizes SCAN THIS QR CODE FOR MORE PHOTOS

A hundred prizes, including a brand new Nissan Xtrail, were given away SYED HAITHAM HASAN

haitham@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: Happy winners of the ‘I Love the Sultan’ campaign gathered at the scenic Rumba Lattina restaurant at The Cave complex in Muscat yesterday in the midst of cheers and celebrations. Out of the total registered names, a hundred people won prizes. Prizes included a brand new Nissan Xtrail, diamonds, several

iPhone7s, iWatches, a luxury family holiday and other gifts, thanks to the major sponsorship partners, including Suhail Bahwan automobiles, Malabar Gold & Diamonds and Sheraton Oman hotel. Eleven-year-old Fahad Ahmed,

a student of Grade 6 at the Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir was the winner of the Nissan Xtrail. He said, “I am really happy to have won, I want to thank the Times of Oman newspaper and my school for giving me this great opportu-

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Mwasalat transports nearly 3.6m people in first year of operation Times News Service MUSCAT: Mwasalat has transported nearly 3.6 million passengers since the company was launched on November 22, 2015, it was reported on Wednesday. Officials said 1,500,000 passengers travelled on Ruwi-Mabela route, while 800,000 travelled on the Ruwi-Wadi Kabir route, and the Ruwi-Muttrah- Qasr Al Alam route carried more than 300,000 passengers. Altogether 3,320,236 passengers travelled on domestic routes within Muscat governorate. DINING

Seafood night at Sheraton Times News Service MUSCAT: Seafood lovers are in for a treat as the Sheraton Oman Hotel brings back its famous seafood night. “Every Wednesday, November 30th onwards, we welcome you to Courtyard at the Sheraton Oman Hotel to indulge in the most exquisite selection of seafood that is sure to please the most refined palates,” a Sheraton Oman spokesman said. The official also said: “Join us and indulge in the freshest catch of the day - oysters, mussels, crayfish, lobster, Alaskan king crabs and a variety of seafood.”

Additionally, the company transported 272,905 passengers in the last year on the intercity lines within various governorates of the Sultanate. Waiting station plans Regarding these figures, Ahmed bin Ali Al Balushi, Chief Executive Officer of Mwasalat, said, “The company has completed a whole year since the start of operations under its new identity, and currently we are transporting more than 10,000 passengers per weekday and more than 16,000 passengers on Fridays.”

The company’s CEO indicated that Mwasalat, in collaboration with Muscat Municipality, will also provide well-equipped, comfortable waiting stations for its customers in all locations. “Some of them will be ready before the end of this winter. Then the company is working to provide free Wi-Fi service and activate visible screens on buses,” he said. In strengthening the partnership between the company and all public and private institutions, Mwasalat has started advertising aboard buses to enhance income and reduce government support.

nity to take part in the campaign through which I can show my love to the Sultan, indeed I love him. I will give the car to my father, because I cannot drive it.” Of the 80,000 names registered, 65 per cent were males, and 35 per cent females. More than 70 per cent of the participants are residents of Muscat, and the majority of respondents are between the ages of 26 and 35. More than 40 per cent of the winners were children. Richard Pakenham, chief sales and Marketing Officer at the Muscat Media Group gave away the prizes to the excited winners and said, “As everyone now knows, the ‘I Love the Sultan’ campaign was

an overwhelming success, and with more than 80,000 registered names the portrait looks magnificent. For those fortunate enough to have their names pulled from the draw which we conducted last week, they are gathered here today with some of the sponsors, so it is a happy occasion. “Of the total registered, we had more than 15,000 Omanis which is wonderful and we had almost 20,000 students registered, the schools really got behind the project,” he added. “We were not expecting to win at all. This is the first time we have won a prize in Oman. We are so excited,” said an excited Jiji, father of Edwin, who won a holiday package. Elizabeth, the winner of an Apple iWatch said that she was happy to win the watch, “I am really happy to have won the watch and will start wearing it right away.”

“We were expecting to win something small, but a car was something we never thought of. We have not decided what to do with it yet, but we are absolutely delighted,” said Mohammed Yunus father of Fahad who won the Nissan Xtrail. More than five different nationalities participated in the campaign, including citizens from Pakistan, Philippines and Bangladesh. “I Love the Sultan” campaign was started by the Muscat Media Group to celebrate the 46th National Day with a poster carrying names of everyone who registered. Everyone who registered also entered into the biggest-ever prize draw from Muscat Media Group (MMG) with prizes worth OMR25,000. The portrait was published on National Day in the Times of Oman and Al Shabiba newspapers, their social media platforms and websites.


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Sayyid Fahd hails progress Arab League Secretary General during Renaissance period praises His Majesty’s leadership MUSCAT: The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) Higher Committee held a meeting yesterday at the Opera headquarters under the chair of His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers. Achievements At the beginning of the meeting, Sayyid Fahd pointed out the comprehensive Renaissance achievements witnessed by the Sultanate over the past decades; thanks to the wise vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Sayyid Fahd added that the ROHM is one of the evidences of His Majesty’s keenness to promote all fields, especially culture and arts. The meeting included a visual presentation on completing the basic facilities of the ROHM so that it can carry out its mission perfectly. Sayyid Fahd hailed the cooperation of the citizens and their

HIGH-LEVEL MEETING: The Royal Opera House Muscat Higher Committee held a meeting at its headquarters. -Mohamed Al Rashdi

role in supporting all the efforts made to ensure the “progress and prosperity of our dear country.” On the other hand, the meeting highlighted the distinguished level of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, as well as all military music troupes that stage elite performances. Sayyid Fahd stressed that

ROHM is now known on the world level as a hub for elite arts. The ROHM will also play an effective role in encouraging the Omani arts and producing some programmes that have cultural and historical dimensions. The meeting included a detailed explanation on the future trends of the ROHM. -ONA

MUSCAT: Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs received yesterday Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League. The two leaders discussed Arab issues, particularly situations in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as matters related to the Arab League’s meeting scheduled in Amman on March 29, 2017. In a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA), Aboul Gheit hailed the progress being witnessed by the Sultanate during the prosperous reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, as well as the Sultanate’s efforts to promote peace in the region and the whole world. He said that his visit to the Sultanate comes as part of a series of visits to the Arab League’s member states. He added that he listened to several viewpoints on various issues of concern to the Arab region. He praised the Sultanate’s vision that seeks to unite the Arab world and provide a framework for

Al Baleed Resort-Salalah opening to boost tourism Anantara International is located near Frankincense Land and World Heritage List inscribed Al Baleed Archaeological Park. It overlooks the sea from the south and is easily accessible from the main road network in Salalah. The resort, which is the first luxury villas resort, is designed in a way that are consistent with the cultural and social aspects of the local community.

The resort, managed by Anantara International, is located near Frankincense Land and World Heritage List inscribed Al Baleed Archaeological Park

SALALAH: Coinciding with the Sultanate’s celebrations of the 46th Glorious National Day, Al Baleed Resort–Salalah was opened yesterday in the Governorate of Dhofar under the auspices of Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al Rowas, Advisor to HM the Sultan for Cultural Affairs. The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, Dr.

TOURISM RESORT: The resort managed by Anantara International is located near Frankincense Land and World Heritage List inscribed Al Baleed Archaeological Park. – ONA

Rasheed bin Al Safi Al Huraibi, Chairman of the Tender Board and a number of local officials. Opening ceremony The opening ceremony included a visual presentation on the facilities of the resort and the construction stages for the project. After the presentation, HM the Sultan Advisor for Cultural Affairs and Chief Guest accom-

panied by the guests toured the resort which includes 96 villas of different sizes in addition to 88 private swimming pools and 40 hotel rooms, 30 of which with sea premier view. The resort also includes sports, health and recreational facilities, in addition to retail shops, Al Hisn Ballroom, three international restaurants and spaces for leisure activities. The resort, managed by

Omani architectural The design also reflects the Omani architectural design features and meet the environmental quality requirements, such as benefit of all resort facilities from solar energy, shade and fresh air. It should be noted that Al Baleed Resort in Salalah is a 50/50 joint venture between Omran, the government investment arm in tourism sector and Mustier Real Estate, the local partner; one of MB Holding Group. The project, which is a valuable addition to the tourism sector, will contribute to developing the hotel services provided to Salalah visitors. Infrastructure Omran also seeks to develop the necessary infrastructure to develop tourism sector in the Sultanate and maximize the sector’s contribution to the growth of national economy by ensuring optimum utilization of the Sultanate’s abundant tourism resources and the Omani rich culture and heritage. -ONA

ARAB ISSUES DISCUSSED: Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs with Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League. – ONA

an acceptable settlement to all disputes. He affirmed the Sultanate’s participation in the meeting of the Arab foreign ministers and their European counterparts scheduled in Cairo on December 20. Aboul Gheit also stressed the

importance of the Sultanate’s contribution in all economic, social and cultural activities being carried out by the Arab League. He added that the Arab League observes the effective participation of Omani delegations in meetings.

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The NOC should stay but with certain conditions attached, Ahmed Saif Ahmed Al Barwani, a member of Majlis Al Shura, said. Ahmed, deputy chairman of youth and human resources in the Shura, and a member of the labour lab at Tanfeedh, said it should stay but those who have completed their two-year contracts should be given a NOC. “Those who have been told to leave if the company breaks down, then they should also get the NOC. However, those who are breaking the two-year job contract should not be given a NOC,” the Shura member added. Ahmed Al Hooti, a member of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the NOC should stay but with certain clauses. “If we scrap it totally, workers will jump from one company to another, posing a threat to his previous company. He can even start a business and become a threat to his previous employers. So, NOC should stay,” the OCCI member said. “However, if somebody has put forward a genuine reason to move to a new company, after completing his two-year job contract, he should be given the NOC. He should not be held back and placed in trouble,” the OCCI member added. Mohammed Kahldi, a trade unionist, said that it should stay but with certain conditions. “NOC should stay. However, those who complete the two-year job contract successfully should

not be stopped in changing companies only because they don’t have a NOC. In addition to that, it should not be used as an exploitative tool by the employers,” the trade unionist added. A legal advisor in Muscat said that currently whether to give a NOC or not is up to the discretion of employer. “It’s at the sole discretion of the employer,” Deepa Sudhir, legal advisor in Muscat, said. Some abuses of the NOC have recently come to light, prompting calls for it to be scrapped or amended. “The NOC should be relaxed a little bit so that it gives equal chance for employees and employers,” Devaki Khimji, Executive Director at Al Turki Enterprises, said. “I think the rule should be relaxed completely for blue collar workers as they find it difficult to approach the management for an NOC,” she said, adding that they give NOC to their employees unless they are found adversely affecting the company during their working tenure. Mohammed Kabir Ahmed, managing director of United Dreams, said that the rule should be relaxed if an employee completes a contract. “It has got a plus and a minus side. In one way it is good that our employees can’t leave us and in another way it is bad as we can’t hire good expat staff in Oman,” the managing director said, adding that it should be relaxed.

KING OF DRIFT’

Drifters unveiled for Red Bull Car Park Drift Final 2016 Times News Service MUSCAT: With the official announcement of the competitors and judges, the Red Bull Car Park Drift Final 2016 is about to rev into action. The drifters, representing 11 countries from across the Middle East and Africa will go head-tohead at the biggest drifting competition ever seen in the Sultanate. The drifters will battle it out for the prestigious ‘King of Drift’ title in front of adoring fans and spectators. The long-awaited event will be held in association with the Oman Automobile Association at Port Sultan Qaboos on December 9. The Red Bull Car Park Drift series is a key fixture in the annual regional motorsports calendar. The unique event challenges the skills of the drifters and the capabilities of their cars. Throughout the year, local Qualifier events have taken place across the region, with winners selected to progress to the season Final.

ADVENTURE SPORT: The region’s best drifters will battle it out in a smoky showdown in Port Sultan Qaboos. – Supplied picture

Confirmed drifters The confirmed drifters so far include Abdelrahman Fakhroo (Qatar), Mesyar Abu Shaibah (Kuwait), Maged Abo Selim (Egypt), Emmanuel d‘Hotman de Villiers (Mauritius),Mohamed Khalil Kharrat (Tunisia), Ahmad Karaki (Lebanon), Zaki Lafreky

(Morocco), Rafat Haron (Jordan), Salman Mohammed (Bahrain), Ali Al Balushi (Oman), Haitham Al Hadidi (Oman), and Tariq Al Shaihani (Oman). Commenting on the upcoming event, Hassan Mikail, Chief e-Commerce Officer at Aramex, said, “We

have been partners of the Red Bull Car Park Drift for the past couple of years. It is a contest fuelled by excitement and high adrenaline rush, and we have seen how big it has become year after year. We would like to thank the hardworking and dedicated drift community for the

trust they put in our Shop & Ship service when ordering auto parts from all over the world, to compete and maintain that winning edge. Red Bull Car Park Drift is all about the riders and fans. Aramex Shop & Ship is committed to this great community”.

The competition will be judged by a panel of professional motorsports athletes including Dai Yoshihara, Aleksandr Grinchuk, Kenshiro Gushi and Khalid Al Manji. Official partners for the event include one of the world’s leading

motor companies Nissan, global oil and gas company Total, online shipping delivery service Shop and Ship, ultra high performance tyres Falken Tyres GoPro, MBC Action, Ministry of Tourism, Hi FM, Hala FM, Times of Oman, Al Shabiba, Bank Muscat and Omran.


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Saudi prince calls for ban on women drivers to be lifted LONDON: Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said it is time for Saudi women to get behind the wheel, calling a ban on female drivers in the kingdom an infringement of women’s rights. Saudi Arabia is the only country to bar women from driving and requires them to have a male “guardian” who can stop them travelling, marrying, working or having some medical procedures. “Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,” said the business magnate in a statement.

IMPORTANT MEETING: A general view of the beginning of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday. – Reuters

OPEC deal on first oil output cut since 2008 OPEC to cut production to 32.5 million bpd; Iraq agrees to cut out put to 4.351 million bpd

NEW YORK: Some of the world’s largest oil producers on Wednesday agreed to curb oil output for the first time since 2008 in a lastditch bid to support prices. Crude prices, however, are unlikely to skyrocket in reaction to the deal, but will instead take measured steps higher, traders and analysts said. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OEC) agreed to cut production to 32.5 million barrels per day, Kuwait’s

oil minister said. The cuts include Iraq reducing output by 200,000 bpd to 4.351 million bpd beginning in January. The country had previously resisted cuts, providing a hurdle to an agreement. The cut was at the low end of production of a preliminary agreement struck in Algiers in September, and reduces production from a current 33.64 million bpd. Non-OPEC member Russia has agreed to cut output by 300,000 bpd. OPEC will meet with nonOPEC producers on December 9. US West Texas Intermediate crude futures for January delivery rose $3.93 to $49.16 a barrel, a 8.7 per cent gain at 12:09pm Eastern [1709 GMT]. The move was the largest oneday gain since February. Brent crude futures for January delivery rose $3.73 to $50.11 a barrel, a 8.0 per cent gain. That contract expires on Wednesday. Brent futures for February rose 8.8 per cent, or $4.16 to $51.48 a barrel.

“It’s going to take time to see whose going to abide by those rules,” said Oliver Sloup, director of managed futures at IITrader. com. In the past, not all producers have complied with agreements on supply cuts, Sloup said. As a result, there is skepticism about how closely the production caps will be adhered to. Kuwait, Venezuela and Algeria have agreed to monitor compliance with the OPEC agreement. The market will grow in a measured way because traders with short positions have already exited crude futures, according to Dominic Chirichella, senior partner at the Energy Management Institute. “There’s going to be an air of cautiousness and rightfully so,” he said. “I think the market is going to move to the upside, but in a metered, cautious manner over a period of time.” The oil rally ricocheted through the market, with stocks and bond prices reaction to the move.

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Mosul faces acute shortages MOSUL/BAGHDAD: The United Nations issued a fresh warning on Wednesday about the humanitarian situation in eastern Mosul where the US-backed Iraqi army is locked in heavy fighting with IS militants. More than six weeks into the offensive against IS’s last major city stronghold in Iraq, the army is trying to dislodge militants dug in among civilians in the eastern districts, the only side Iraqi troops

have been able to breach. “The situation in eastern Mosul city close to the front lines remains fraught with danger for civilians. Mortar and gunfire continue to claim lives,” the UN humanitarian coordinator’s office said. “The limited supplies of food and water are running out, amid concerning reports of food insecurity emerging from the city.” Water was cut to 650,000 people - or 40 per cent of total

residents in the city - when a pipeline was hit during fighting, a local official said on Tuesday. With winter setting in, aid workers say a full siege is developing around the city and poor families are struggling to feed themselves as prices rise sharply. The longer the conflict drags on, the more civilians will suffer as they are also exposed to violence from the militants bent on crushing any opposition to their rule. — Reuters

US-listed oil companies including Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and Schlumberger saw shares rise as crude prices climbed. Some US producers saw shares spike more than 10 per cent, including Pioneer Natural Resources, Hess Corp and Anadarko Petroleum. Deferred spreads for US and Brent crude futures also rallied on the OPEC deal. The WTI Dec 2017 to Dec 2018 spread rallied to as much as negative 39 cents from negative $1.26 a barrel on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Brent Dec 2017 to Dec 2018 spread rallied to as much as negative $1.04 a barrel from negative $1.87 a barrel on Tuesday. A weekly government report on US crude oil stockpiles had little sway in the market, which remained focused on the OPEC deal. US crude stockpiles unexpectedly fell 884,000 barrels in the week, compared with forecasts of a 636,000-barrel increase. — Reuters See also >B1

Unjust “They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion,” Prince Alwaleed said. The prince, who is chairman of

Kingdom Holdings and has holdings in a number of international companies, including Twitter and Citigroup, said the driving ban was not just a rights issue, but also an economic one. In a country where more than 1.5 million women need a safe means of transport to get to work every day, allowing them to drive would reduce costs like hiring taxis or foreign drivers, he said. “Public transport is not, at least at present, a fully viable means for them, for even Saudi men do not as a whole use it,” said Prince Alwaleed. “The proper solution is to allow them to drive.” To “allow for an element of moderation”, certain restrictions for female drivers should be put in place, such as requiring them to carry smartphones in case of an emergency and banning them from driving outside city limits, the prince said. — Thomson Reuters Foundation


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016 Chain IEDs are mainly used to blow up rail tracks and hit running trains. The five bottles of liquid explosive contained trinitroglycerin. It is used to cause explosion and trigger fire D. K. Uphadayaya, IG BSF Jammu Frontier

INDIA SUPREME COURT ORDER

‘National anthem must be played before screening of films’ NEW DELHI: In a bid to “instill committed patriotism and nationalism”, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered cinema halls across the nation to mandatorily play the National Anthem before screening of a movie and the audience must stand and show respect. The apex court said that “love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag”. “A time has come when citizens of the country must realise that they live in a nation and are dutybound to show respect to the National Anthem which is the symbol of constitutional patriotism and inherent national quality,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said. Passing a slew of directions, the bench said fundamental duties as in the Constitution “do not allow any different notion or the perception of individual rights that have individual thought, have no space. The idea is constitutionally impermissible”. “The directions are issued, for love and respect for the mother-

land is reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag. That apart, it would instill the feeling within one a sense committed patriotism and nationalism.” The bench cited fundamental duties mentioned in the Constitution and said that it is “clear as crystal that it is the sacred obligation of every citizen to abide by the ideals engrafted in the Constitution”. “All the cinema halls in India shall play the National Anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the National Anthem,” the bench said, adding that when the anthem is played the National Flag shall be shown on the screen. The bench later added one more direction to the slew of directions passed on Wednesday morning and said, “Prior to the National Anthem being played or sung in the cinema hall, the entry and exit doors shall remain closed so that no one can create any kind of disturbance which will amount to disrespect to the National Anthem.”

further said that there shall not be any”dramatisation of the National Anthem” and it should not be included as a part of any variety show.

SACRED OBLIGATION: The Supreme Court said that there shall not be any “dramatisation of the National Anthem” and it should not be included as a part of any variety show. -PTI file

It said that after the National Anthem is played or sung, the doors of cinema halls can be opened. The bench further directed that no “commercial exploitation” of

the National Anthem is allowed and no person involved with it either “directly or indirectly shall have any commercial benefit or any other benefit”. The apex court

National identity “It is because when the National Anthem is sung or played it is imperative on the part of everyone present to show due respect and honour. To think of a dramatised exhibition of the National Anthem is absolutely inconceivable,” it said. The court barred printing of the anthem or a part of it on any object and displaying it in such a manner at places which may be “disgraceful to its status and tantamount to disrespect”. “It is because when the National Anthem is sung, the concept of protocol associated with it has its inherent roots in national identity, national integrity and constitutional patriotism,” it said. The court also barred playing or displaying an “abridged version” of the National Anthem by anyone for whatever reason and directed that its order be given effect in next ten days.

Mamata dubbed note ban drive as ‘super Emergency’ Displaying two new notes of Rs500 denomination having some dissimilar features, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged it smacked of a ‘big scam’ MAKING A POINT: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee talks to media at the Patna airport

PATNA: Stepping up her attack on the Centre over demonetisation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday dubbed the drive as “super Emergency” and vowed to agitate against it till a rollback of the decision. “The government has taken away the freedom from the people that they have been enjoying for the past 69 years. The government has snatched ‘Roti, Kapda aur Makan’ from the people... A people’s movement was started during the Emergency days... Today, the situation is even worse than Emergency, it can be termed as super Emergency,” the Trinamool Congress supremo said. “People are facing difficulties and inconveniences. They (NDA Government) have sold the country. It is the duty of political parties to raise their voice for the people and we will continue with our agitation till the government takes a decision to roll back the demonetisation move,” she said. Mamata was addressing a gathering here in the course of her party’s nationwide campaign against demonetisation. Raising the issue of funding of Prime

on Tuesday. - PTI

‘Demonetisation despotic action, undermines trust’ NEW DELHI: Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has called Modi government’s demonetisation move “despotic action that has struck at the root of economy based on trust”. “It (demonetisation) undermines notes, it undermines bank accounts, it undermines the entire economy of trust. That is the sense in which it is despotic,” Sen told NDTV. He further said his immediate point of view on demonetisation is on its economic

Minister Narendra Modi’s public meetings in foreign countries, she asked “From where do they get money to hold such mega public meetings in foreign countries like the US?”. She also raised issue of

aspect. “It’s (demonetisation) a disaster on economy of trust. In the last 20 years, the country has been growing very fast. But it is all based on acceptance of each other’s word. By taking despotic action and saying we had promised but won’t fulfil our promise, you hit at the root of this,” Sen, also a Bharat Ratna awardee, said. Noting that capitalism has many successes that have come from having trust in businesses, he said if a govern-

registration of land by BJP in Bihar for opening offices in districts and displaying deed numbers of land purchased by the BJP, questioned the PM’s intentions as to how could BJP buy huge chunks

ment promises in promissory note and breaks such promise, then it is a despotic act. “I am not a great admirer of capitalism. On the other hand, capitalism has many successes... It’s despotic in the sense that if a government promises in promissory note that when given, we will give you this amount of compensation for it and to break such a promise is a despotic action,” Sen, who is currently Professor at Harvard University, said.

of land in the month of September, a few weeks before the announcement of demonetisation on November 8. Without naming anyone, Mamata said, “If someone comes

with us, then it is good. But, it certainly pains us if someone is not with us in the struggle for common people. This is people’s cause. People will not forgive ‘gaddars’ (betrayers).” Mamata, who arrived in the state capital on Tuesday, also met RJD chief Lalu Prasad at the latter’s residence. The ruling Janata Dal(United) has already made it clear that it would not be present at Mamata’s agitation programme in the light of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s support to demonetisation. Questioning Modi’s poll promise of depositing Rs 150,000 to every individual’s bank account from money stashed away illegally, Mamata said, “What happened to the promise? Not a single paise came to anyone’s account nor any single paise was brought from the Swiss bank.” Lalu Prasad and his RJD have also been from time and again questioning the fate of this promise. “Entire industry sector and economy are witnessing a slowdown due to demonetisation as a result of which people, mostly from Bihar who have migrated everywhere in search of jobs, are not getting their payments, especially in the jute industry and tea gardens in Bengal,” Mamata said. Displaying two new notes of Rs 500 denomination having some dissimilar features, she alleged it smacked of a “big scam”. “The prime minister painted everyone as having black money, even those who file IT returns and pay taxes,” she said adding “The PM also disrespected the ‘stree shakti’ (women power) and ‘stree-dhan’ (women wealth).” In order to buttress her point that majority of people still rely on cash transactions in the absence of banking facilities, the Trinamool chief gave figures of availability of bank branches saying, of the 8,400 gram panchayats in Bihar, 5,000 panchayats do not have branches of any bank. - PTI

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appearing for the Centre said that the anthem has to be respected and assured the bench that the order of the court will be circulated to the chief secretaries of all the states and Union territories. He said that the order will be shown in the electronic media and published in the print media so that everyone knows that such an order has been passed and follow the same in letter and spirit. The bench posted the matter for further hearing on February 14 next year. The court’s directions came on a PIL filed by one Shyam Narayan Chouksey seeking directions that the National Anthem should be played in cinema halls across the country before a film begins and proper norms and protocol be fixed regarding its playing and singing at official functions and programmes where those holding constitutional office are present. The apex court had last month issued notice to the Centre asking it to specify what would constitute disrespect to the National Anthem. - PTI CARRYING EXPLOSIVES

Infiltrating militants planned to blow up trains in J&K: BSF JAMMU: The three heavily-armed militants killed by Border Security Force in Samba district had infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir to carry out a chain of terror attacks by blowing up running trains and tracks with chained IEDs and hard to detect liquid explosives, a top force official said on Wednesday. A day after the three infiltrators were killed by the BSF, top officials said the trio was carrying five bottles of liquid explosive trinitroglycerin. “Militants had infiltrated to carry out big incidents. Their design was to blow up rail tracks and trains here as we have recovered chained IEDs and liquid explosives”, Additional Director General (ADG) BSF and Special DG (Western Command) Arun Kumar said. They were out to carry out a chain of big impact terror incidents including blowing up of “running trains” and causing fire in trains as chain IEDs and liquid explosive are meant to blow up tracks and cause fire, he said. “Had our troops not successfully contained and eliminated these heavily armed terrorists with huge stores of explosive material, they could have caused massive damage in the mainland”, Kumar said. “It was only because of BSF’s multi-tier security cover that this calamity was averted,” the force said. Apart from arms, ammunition and explosive stores, BSF recovered 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) including five liquid type IEDs and three IED waist belts, five chain IEDs from three slain militants along IB in Chambiliyal belt of Ramgarh sector in Samba district on Tuesday. “Chain IEDs are mainly used to blow up rail tracks and hit running trains. The five bottles of liquid explosive contained trinitroglycerin. It is used to cause explosion and trigger fire”, IG BSF Jammu Frontier D. K. Uphadayaya said. -PTI


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CABINET COMMITTEE MEETING

Energy needs: Transmission, distribution lines projects ‘on track’ ISLAMABAD: The cabinet committee on energy, which met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair on Tuesday, discussed at length the status of work on setting up new transmission lines and to streamline the power distribution system. The meeting reviewed all ongoing power projects in terms of timelines, including clean energy projects, coal-fired, hydel and LNG power plants that will add significant electricity to the national grid during 2017 and before March 2018, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister House. “Besides, the meeting also deliberated on the future power genera-

tion projects to cater for the everincreasing energy requirements of the country in the wake of increased economic activities, massive infrastructure and industrial development across the length and breadth of the country.” The meeting was informed that bottlenecks are being removed in the distribution system to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to consumers. The prime minister appreciated the good work done by officials of the Ministry of Water and Power and said by the end of his government’s tenure reliance on costly fuel for power generation will be reduced to a great deal.

“Our holistic reforms in the energy sector and efforts for generating additional power through diversifying the energy mix will help in meeting the future energy requirements of the country,” said the prime minister. He added that the present government has unprecedented edge to execute power generation projects, having capacity of more than the power generation initiatives taken during the last twenty years. The water and power secretary briefed the meeting that circular debt has been capped; recoveries are satisfactory and line losses have been minimised. The meeting was informed that

transmission and distribution lines projects are on track. The prime minister said the focus of the present government right from the first day was to resolve the energy crisis in the country and add sufficient energy to the national grid.“Besides, we are determined to provide cheaper electricity to our people,” the prime minister added. “We will keep exploring new power generation projects on micro as well as mega levels to ensure sustained and uninterrupted electricity for our future generations, a duty that previous governments were unable to fulfil,” the prime minister said. - Express Tribune

ENERGY CRISIS: The sun sets behind a power transmission line in Rawalpindi, October 3, 2016. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the focus of the present government right from the first day was to resolve the energy crisis in the country and add sufficient energy to the national grid. - Reuters file photo

Apex court questions money trail of Sharif’s London flats A treasure trove of classified documents leaked from a Panamabased law firm Mossack Fonseca in April revealed that three scions of the Sharif family were among dozens of powerful people who owned offshore businesses across international tax havens

The Supreme Court was hearing a case pertaining to the alleged offshore wealth of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family in London

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the money trail of the Sharif’s London flats. During the hearing, Justice Asif Khosa observed that there was no bank record of money being transferred from Pakistan to a foreign country. The Supreme Court was hearing a case pertaining to the alleged offshore wealth of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family in London. Earlier, Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s counsel Naeem Bukhari submitted a two-page summary of a transaction questioning the Sharif family’s investment of 12 million dirhams in Qatar in 1980 despite owing the Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) 14 million dirhams. Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh remarked that the Sharifs had failed to explain how they had cleared the aforementioned dues in 1980. He also observed that the Sharifs had also failed to explain how they had financed the construction of Jeddah Steel Mills.

TRANSACTIONS: In his reply Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he had declared all his assets in 2013, hence was not liable for disqualification under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. - AFP file

The bench also observed that there was no similarity between the signatures of premier Nawaz Sharif’s cousin Tariq Shafi on an affidavit and a contract presented before the court. Bukhari also contended that the Sharifs had failed to produce a single document showing how money had been transferred from Pakistan to Dubai, Doha, Jeddah and London. Separately, PTI chief Imran Khan said the apex court had done the right thing by questioning the absence of a money trail as the Sharifs did not have the money they claimed to possess. “Today’s proceedings in the

apex court have exposed the discrepancy in the family’s documents and statements,” Khan told journalists. “Though the case is ongoing, it technically stands dissolved courtesy the aforementioned discrepancy,” he added. Offshore wealth PTI chairman Khan has been pleading his case against the Sharif’s offshore wealth and to defend himself before a different bench of the apex court for allegedly concealing his sources of income. The party claims to have come up with fresh evidence this week to press its stance that Sharif’s

London properties had been purchased in the 1990s rather than the ruling family’s claim of buying them in 2006. On Monday, during the hearing, the PTI contended that the Sharif family owned both Nelson and Nescol companies in 1999. According to party sources, the new ‘evidence’ was brought from London. On November 15, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz submitted ‘documentary evidence’ on the legitimacy of their assets before the top court, claiming a Qatari prince paid for their London apartment.

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China deflects queries over naval deployments at Gwadar BEIJING: The Chinese military on Wednesday parried questions over assertions by a Pakistani naval official that PLA will deploy its naval ships, submarines and troops to guard the Gwadar port and the $46 billion CPEC, saying that the two militaries have strategic cooperative partnership. “About the Gwadar port not long ago the operational ceremony was held at the port and operation of the port will contribute to the regional economic development,” Chinese military spokesman Colonel Yang Yujun said here referring to its recent launch in which goods brought by lorries from China through Karakoram highway were shipped from the port renovated and managed by China. “As per the details you may ask the competent authorities about the port cooperation,” he said when asked about reports quoting a Pakistani naval official claiming that China would deploy its naval ships along with Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under CPEC. Pakistan media reports quoted a naval official as saying that the role of maritime forces has increased since the country has made the Gwadar port operational and increased economic activities under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Close ties “China would also deploy its naval ships in coordination with Pakistan Navy to safeguard the port and trade under the CPEC,” the unnamed official claimed. While fending off a response, Yang however said Chinese and Pakistan militaries had close relations for long. - PTI

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Mayor announces plan to revamp Karachi KARACHI: In a bid to clean the city of garbage and repair the roads, Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar announced on Tuesday a 100-day cleanliness plan that will be initiated from Thursday (December 1). Addressing a press conference at the old Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) building, Akhtar, along with Sindh Assembly Opposition Leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan, said that they have limited resources but an unlimited will to serve the city. He said that from December 1, along with cleaning the city of garbage, they will pay special attention to repair and carpeting of the city’s main streets, which will be separate from the daily chores of District Municipal Corporations (DMCs). In the 100-day plan, the mayor said, people from all walks of life will help them to make it successful. For this purpose, they have chosen three DMCs, which include East, Korangi and Central districts in the first phase of their plan. According to him, they will construct a hospital, school and a park in few of the union committees in these districts.“The KMC will help all these districts,” he said. The mayor requested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to announce a special package for the city. He added that the provincial and federal governments should

On November 3, the premier denied holding offshore companies in a written response to the Supreme Court on Panamagate petitions. In his reply, the prime ministersaid he had declared all his assets in 2013, hence was not liable for disqualification under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. A treasure trove of classified documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca in April revealed that three scions of the Sharif family were among dozens of powerful people who owned offshore businesses across international tax havens. - Express Tribune

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INITIATIVE: A view of the city skyline is pictured in Karachi September 3, 2013. Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar said that from December 1, along with cleaning the city of garbage, they will pay special attention to repair and carpeting of the city’s main streets. - Reuters file photo

provide as much resources to Karachi as possible so that the needs of the city can be fulfilled. The residents of Karachi are expecting the government to work for a neat and clean city with wellconstructed roads, said the mayor. “They are not demanding jobs or loans (from the government),” he said, adding that residents have seen that the government has done nothing for Karachi in the last eight years.

Referring to the funds that will be used in the 100-day plan, the mayor said they will utilise whatever limited resources they have. He claimed that by checking corruption in the KMC, they have saved some money, which will be spent on the welfare of the city. Talking about the South and East DMCs agreements with a Chinese company to lift garbage in their districts, the mayor claimed that the Sindh govern-

ment did not take them on board before signing the agreement. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Hassan said that Karachi is deprived of many basic necessities and invited all the political parties to help them in their 100day cleanliness plan to make it successful. Referring to the matter of mayor’s powers, he said that the issue has been raised in the Sindh Assembly. - Express Tribune

Kinnow exports expected to fetch Pakistan $200m KARACHI: The export of kinnow is going to start from December 1 and it is expected to fetch about $200 million for Pakistan this year. The production of kinnow is likely to fall 15 per cent this season, but it will be largely offset by an improvement in fruit quality. A quantity of 350,000 tons is estimated to be exported in the season. “The quality of kinnow is projected to be better this year due to efforts made by the fruit association and Ministry of National Food Security and Research, thus the likely decline in production may not affect the targeted revenue,” Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA) Patron-inChief Waheed Ahmed said. Proposals According to a press release, he said the revenue through the export of citrus fruits could easily be enhanced to $1 billion provided the government implemented the proposals shared by the association. The Citrus Development Board, established by the government, was part of the proposals made by the association for the improvement in production and exports. Ahmed said Pakistan’s exporters would be facing stiff competition from kinnow exporters of

Turkey and Morocco, where the production cost and price of the fruit was lower, posing a challenge for Islamabad in various traditional markets like the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Canada, the UK and Middle Eastern states. “We are trying our best to not only protect existing traditional markets, but also explore new destinations for the fruit,” he said, adding the approval of various facilitation centres and export firms by Chinese quarantine experts was part of the drive initiated by the association to tap new markets. China could be a lucrative market for Pakistani kinnow keeping in view the expected cut in cost of exports under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.“The PFVA will try to start exports to China this year,” he said. A challenge for the exporters is to tap the world’s largest market in Russia where higher duties are imposed on Pakistani kinnows due to application of additional valuation. Under the present valuation mechanism, Pakistan may hardly compete with other countries paying comparatively lower duty in Russia.“The association and ministries of finance and commerce are trying to resolve the issue at the diplomatic level,” Ahmed said. - Express Tribune


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The tremor hit the Rudna copper mine in southwestern Poland at 2009 GMT on Tuesday, KGHM said, causing extensive damage.

Trump will leave business to focus on US presidency US President-elect Donald Trump

I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON: US President-elect Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to step back from running his business empire to avoid conflicts of interest, while turning to Wall Street for nominees for two key economic leadership posts who promised tax reform and a tougher approach to China. Trump sent out a series of early morning tweets saying he will hold a news conference in New York on December 15 with his children on how he will separate himself “in total” from his worldwide business holdings. Steve Mnuchin, a private equity investor, hedge fund manager and Hollywood financier, and billionaire Wilbur Ross, who heads FOUR MISSING

Four miners dead after tremor hits Polish mine WARSAW: Rescuers were searching for four missing miners in southwestern Poland on Wednesday after an earth tremor caused rockfalls deep underground in a copper mine, killing four, the mine’s operator KGHM said. The tremor hit the Rudna copper mine at 2009 GMT on Tuesday, KGHM said, causing extensive damage. Sections of tunnels hundreds of metres below the surface were blocked by rocks, preventing access to the missing miners, company officials said. “Unfortunately, I don’t have good news. Rescuers have reached the fourth miner, he is dead,” director of the mine, Pawel Markowski, told a news conference. “We are continuing the operation, trying to locate the next miners,” he said. “They are a dozen or so metres away.” Markowski said the fourth victim was a young mechanic who had worked for KGHM for 15 months. — Reuters

a private equity firm, appeared on CNBC and confirmed their nominations to be Treasury secretary and Commerce secretary, respectively. The Trump transition team announced the nominations on Wednesday morning. Transition sources also said Trump had chosen Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts as deputy commerce secretary. Mnuchin and Ross laid out Trump’s economic objectives, including a tax reform plan that would, among other things, cut corporate tax rates to 15 per cent. “We think by cutting corporate taxes we’ll create huge economic growth and we’ll have huge personal income,” Mnuchin said on CNBC. Mnuchin and Ross said lower tax rates would be offset by reductions in the number of in-

come tax deductions. They said trade reform would be a top agenda item. Both men criticised regional trade pacts, saying they favor bilateral agreements with trade partners. “We’ve been doing a lot of dumb trade,” Ross said. Mnuchin said the Treasury and Commerce departments have trade enforcement capabilities. With regard to China’s foreign exchange policy, he said, “If we determine we need to label them as a currency manipulator that’s something the Treasury would do.” Trump also is working to fill out his foreign policy team, with a major focus this week on who his secretary of state should be. He dined with a former rival, 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, at a French restaurant

near Central Park on Tuesday night. Romney, held in suspicion by Trump supporters because of his harsh criticism of Trump, made an impassioned statement in support of Trump after their meal.| Trump was to meet on Wednesday with another potential secretary of state pick, retired Marine General John Kelly. He also is considering former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, US Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee and former CIA Director David Petraeus for the job.Trump also had meetings planed with Linda McMahon, a former Senate candidate in Connecticut, former Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue and US Senator Dan Coats of Indiana. A variety of critics have raised questions about how Trump would avoid a conflict of inter-

est between the presidency and a real estate empire with properties around the world. “I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump said. Trump said he is not required by law to alter his relationship with his business, but added: “I feel it is visually important, as president, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses.” “Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!” Three days after Trump won the presidential election on November 8 the Trump Organization said it was looking at business structures aimed at transferring management control to Trump’s three oldest children. Clearly reluctant to give up a business that made him a brand name around the world, Trump also had previously argued that he had no need to separate himself from the Trump Organization. But criticism has mounted. An analysis by the New York Times, published last Saturday, said Trump’s companies have business operations in at least 20 countries. The Wall Street Journal said in a November 17 editorial that Trump should liquidate his assets in order to avoid any appearance of a conflict. — Reuters

NUCLEAR TEST

UNSC imposes new sanctions on North Korea UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday that aim to cut the Asian country’s annual export revenue by more than a quarter in response to Pyongyang’s fifth and largest nuclear test in September. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution to slash North Korea’s biggest export, coal, by about 60 per cent with an annual sales cap of $400.9 million or 7.5 million metric tonnes, whichever is lower. The resolution also bans copper, nickel, silver and zinc exports and the sale of statues by Pyongyang. North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and missile tests. It conducted its latest nuclear test on September 9, and the United States and China, a North Korea ally, spent more than two months negotiating new sanctions before recently sharing the proposal with the rest of the council. “Sanctions are only as effective as their implementation,” UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council after the vote. “It is incumbent on all member states of the United Nations to make every effort to ensure that these sanctions are fully implemented.” China, believed to be the only country that buys North Korean coal, would slash its imports by some $700 million compared with 2015 sales under the new sanctions, diplomats said. Over the first 10 months of 2016, China imported 18.6 million tonnes of coal from North Korea, up almost 13 per cent from a year earlier. — Reuters

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12 held after Turkish dormitory fire kills schoolgirls ISTANBUL/ANKARA: Police in southern Turkey detained 12 people on Wednesday and sought two others over a fire in a dormitory that killed 11 schoolgirls and one other person, an official at the prosecutor’s office handling the investigation said. Flames swept through the mostly wooden interior of the two-storey dormitory in the town of Aladag late on Tuesday, causing the roof to collapse. Images from the scene showed shattered windows as pupils tried to escape by jumping out. Prosecutors in the nearby district of Kozan issued arrest warrants for 14 people including the staff of the dormitory and executives from the foundation that runs it, they said in a statement. Twelve have been arrested, the official said. One of the people detained was the dormitory manager, the staterun Anadolu agency said. Twentyfour people, many of them schoolgirls, were injured. European Affairs Minister Omer Celik, a ruling AK Party lawmaker who represents the surrounding province in the national

BLAZE: Flames are seen as firefighters try to control a fire at a school in Adana, southern Turkey, late

Tuesday. – AFP/Dogan News Agency

parliament, said the suspected cause was an electrical fault. But the opposition complained of lax regulation and criticised an education policy that has seen a

growing number of such dormitories set up to house poor students from villages where there are no state schools. Local media said the dormitory

was run by one of the several religious movements in Turkey that operate such facilities. “As part of the investigation launched into this grave incident,

three prosecutors have been assigned to identify if there is any negligence with regards to the fire and to bring those responsible to justice,” the prosecutors’ statement said. Dozens of people tried to gather outside the Education Ministry in Ankara to protest after the fire, but police detained many of them before the demonstration began, a Reuters witness said. Elif Dogan Turkmen, a lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party, said she had unsuccessfully tabled several proposals in parliament to improve the inspection and supervision of such buildings. “The AKP has abandoned all state authority on education to religious movements and cults,” Turkmen told Reuters. “They throw children from poor families into the lap of cults by not building dormitories themselves.” Local mayor Huseyin Sozlu was quoted by the Hurriyet newspaper as saying the door to a fire escape was shut, trapping some of the victims inside. But Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak denied that was the case. — Reuters

AL QAEDA IN ISLAMIC MAGHREB

North Mali airports attacked with truck bomb, rockets GAO (MALI): Militants have struck two airports in northern Mali with an explosives-laden truck and rockets, residents and a security source said on Wednesday, in attacks that caused no victims but pointed to desert militants intensifying their insurgency. In Gao, the offices of the UN peacekeeping mission located next to the airport terminal were razed by Tuesday evening’s truckbomb explosion which forced the airport to close. French soldiers stationed in Gao took forensic evidence from among a tangle of papers, corrugated iron sheets and fragments of the attacker’s flesh and bones strewn out next to the runway. Al Mourabitoun, a group closely linked to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), claimed the attack on social media. Gao -- seized by militants in 2012 before French forces drove them out a year later -- is considered the best secured town in northern Mali with multiple UN, French and Malian army check-

DEADLY ATTACK: Debris at the airport of Gao a suicide bombing and rocket attacks. – AFP

points along main roads. A UN security source said that the attackers had passed through the regular checkpoints by using vehicles with a UN label. A spokesman for the 13,000-strong UN mission could not immediately confirm the information. “Yesterday at about 18:00 (GMT) a vehicle with explosives destroyed our pre-fabricated installations of MINUSMA at the Gao airport,” said Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the peacekeeping

mission, adding that another vehicle was being examined. There were no fatalities beyond the attackers whose number has not yet been confirmed. The UN security source said two people on site were injured. In the second incident, residents in Timbuktu said that rockets were fired overnight at the airport there but landed outside the perimeter, without causing damage. — Reuters


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iscipline has to do with civilising your child so they can live in society,” says psychiatrist Michael Brody, MD. However, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word ‘discipline’ is punishment. The word ‘discipline’ comes from the Latin term ‘disciplina’ that actually means ‘teaching’. And there is nothing negative about it. Teaching after all is considered one of the noblest professions on earth. So why the frowns when we think about discipline? As parents the first thing we need to get right is to know what to do. When we say that we need to discipline a child it should mean we intend to teach and guide him and not punish him. So let’s keep that in mind the next time our son or daughter blatantly flouts a rule or throws a tantrum. Here are some dos and don’ts that can help parents steer their way through this minefield.

Communication: Make sure you communicate calmly first before you dole out the advise. Ensure your child understands where exactly he or she has gone wrong and also make it a point to tell them the correct behaviour expected. Often we are quick to yell, ‘No. Don’t do that’ to children. Rather than that we could just tell them in a calm voice what behaviour we expect from them. For example, we could say, “Throwing food around is not good. The next time you do that you won’t get any candy as a treat.”

Clear rules and boundaries: Be crystal clear about how you want them to behave, both at school and at home. Children always look for excuses to have things their way. Make them understand your expectations and also let them know the consequences they have to face if they flaunt the rules. Make a list of consequences that matter to the children. It could be taking away their mobile for 24 hours or asking them to forgo their TV time for the day. or giving them an extra chore.

Mistakes are an opportunity: All parents want their children to be perfect but that’s not realistic, is it? Children will make mistakes and that’s how they learn the ropes. We need to use mistakes as an opportunity to teach them the right behaviours and values. While disciplining your child take a moment to understand what exactly you want your child to learn from the consequence of breaking your rules.

Empathy: Being kind and firm while handling a tough or disappointing situation is not easy. But then again, no one said parenting is a piece of cake. If your child is misbehaving in school or continues to break your rules you need to find the root cause of the problem. Fix the real problem and not just the symptoms. Get them to talk to you and empathise with them even if you don’t agree with them completely. Kids have a lot of pressure to perform academically and socially in school and elsewhere.

Problem-solving conversations: Try to engage in conversations where both you and your child can discuss the problem and come up with reasonable solutions. Engage your child’s self-interest. Ask them how they can modify their behaviour so that they don’t find themselves in hot water again.

Don’t get sucked into arguments: This happens especially with strong-willed children or teenagers who are on the threshold of adulthood. There may be a hundred explanations and excuses for a mistake but stick to your guns and don’t argue with them. Let them know what consequence they have to face and walk out of the room keeping your temper intact.

Keep it simple: Especially with smaller children keep rules and consequences uncomplicated. For example you could say, “If you beat your younger sister then you won’t be given ice-cream today when everyone else is having a treat.” Lay out consequences that matter to them. They need to be age-appropriate.

Be balanced: Don’t be too harsh or too lenient when you are trying to teach them something from their mistake. Use things or activities they like as leverage. This could be the mobile or cartoon time or computer time. The consequences must fit the crime. Don’t go overboard.

Never show disgust or disdain: Don’t let your emotions run away with you no matter what the scenario. Your children need your guidance and appreciation always. Use your words wisely. Don’t focus on hurting their feelings by using sarcasm or hurtful remarks or abusive language. Remember no child is bad, it’s her behaviour that needs work. As Jim Rohn said, “We must all suffer one of two things: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” —lifestyle@timesofoman.com

Don’t get emotional: Neither should you get emotional nor should you appeal to their emotions irrespective of their age. Take a few minutes to calm yourself and then speak to them as logically as possible pointing out their mistake and correcting the behaviour.


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LOOMS RUBBER BANDS colours but if you are not, you can choose more colours. You have to take one colour and use it to twist it on the fingers by the use of 8 for the infinity sign. Then you should take a band from another colour and put over the one which is twisted in an 8 but do not twist it. You should then add a third colour. You should then pull out the sides of the purple, then use the top band and repeat on the new side. You should pull the purple band in slow motions. You should repeat the same process until you have finished with the bracelet. If the bracelet of colour loom rub-

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ber bands has been finished, you should use the c-clip and s-clip for the loop bands. You can add a charm on the bracelet in order to customise the bracelet to your own looks. If you are just a beginner, you can learn about basic rubber bands loom pattern that you can start with. With the right bands, you will be able to make your finger moving while being able to revel up the imaginations. You have to remember that you should have fun while using them to build your bracelet and you can use them to show off the personality you have.

If you are new to using the looms rubber bands, you do not have to worry since if you are able to make the basic patterns, you will be a professional in no time. These patterns are single chain bracelet, spiral bracelet, triangle bracelet, fishtail bracelet, honeycomb bracelet, Rhombus bracelet, double, triple with single bracelet, and bead ladder bracelet. The reason behind the loom rubber band popularity is that they help the people especially the children to be inventive and creative since they help the user to make wonderful and unique things. With the rainbow loom bands, there is no end of possibility for the designs and things to do. The kids face lights up whenever they see a new creative design. The children can use their own designs or they can learn from others. –Artipot


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ART FOR THE AGES Children up to the age of 16 who would like to have their art considered for inclusion in “Art for the Ages” can e-mail their drawings or paintings (in jpeg or tiff format) to lifestyle@timesofoman.com

Alex Roy, Grade 10, Indian School Wadi Kabir

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Aryan Akhil B., Grade 7, Indian School Wadi Kabir

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OMAN CRUDE PRICE Oman Crude (January delivery) declined by 24 cents to $45.07 per barrel, said Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME). The average price of Oman Crude (October delivery) stabilised at $49.18 per barrel, $5.78 higher than September delivery. – ONA

Muscat 5,487.68 + 6.38 + 0.12%

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Dubai 3,360.91 + 27.18 + 0.82%

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6,988.94 + 92.11 + 1.34%

Bahrain 1,177.30 + 0.16 + 0.01%

Qatar 9,692.10 + 55.70 + 0.58%

CRUDE OIL PRICE

CURRENCY RATES*

DRAFT RATES (OMR1)*

GOLD PRICES*

Type ............................Delivery...........Price

Forex rates vs OMR1* US Dollar ................................. 2.58 Euro ............................................. 2.41 Pound ..........................................2.06 Indian Rs .............................178.00 Pakistan Rs ........................ 267.81 Bangla Taka......................203.29

Indian Rs ................................... 177.50 Pakistan Rs ............................. 271.90 Sri Lanka Rs .................................. N/A Bangla Taka........................... 204.25 Phil Peso ....................................128.75

Muscat 24ct per gm (OMR) .......15.25

Oman Crude............. (Spot) ........$46.09 Dubai Crude ............. (Spot) ........ $45.67 Murban Crude ........ (Spot) .........$47.93 Arabian Light ......... (Spot) ........ $45.43 N.Sea Brent............... (Spot) ........$50.38 West Texas Int ....... (Spot) ........$49.04

* Rates are as of November 30 Source: Bank Muscat

* Rates as of November 30 Source: Oman UAE Exchange

Muscat 22ct per gm (OMR) .......14.65 Dubai 24ct per gm (Dh) ........... 144.00 Dubai 22ct per gm (Dh) .............135.50 * Rates as of November 30 Source: Malabar Gold & Diamonds

Oil jumps 8% to five-week high Brent crude futures for delivery in January were up $3.83, or 8.3%, at $50.21 a barrel by 1236GMT, recovering from a drop of nearly four per cent on Tuesday and on course for their biggest one-day move in nine months.

VITAL RESOURCE: US West Texas Intermediate crude futures were $3.63 higher at $48.86 a barrel, a one-week high. - Bloomberg file picture

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Capacity expansion at Sohar Refinery to be operational by second quarter of 2017 A E JAMES

businesseditor@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: Commercial operations of Sohar Refinery Improvement Project are expected by the early part of the second quarter of 2017. The expanded capacity will be stabilised for sustained operations by the end of the same quarter, according to a senior official of Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic), which owns the Sultanate’s two refineries. Construction activities “Construction activities are in the advanced stage of completion for major units and likely to be completed by end of 2016. Commissioning activities have already been started for utilities facilities,” said Christiaan van der Wouden, chief operating officer of Orpic. Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP) is one of the three strategic growth projects undertaken by Orpic and is being delivered in response to the need to upgrade Orpic’s refining capabil-

ity to further maximise the value of Omani crude oil. “Once SRIP becomes fully operational, crude processing capacity of Sohar Refinery will increase by around 70 per cent and production of major high value products will increase from 34 per cent to 159 per cent,” he added. After completing the project, crude refining capacity will surge ahead by 72 per cent to 28,222 metric tonnes per day, while production of gasoline (petrol) and gasoil (diesel) will grow by 43 per cent and 141 per cent, respectively. Also, production of liquified petroleum gas (LPG), naphtha, kerosene and propylene will increase by 93 per cent, 159 per cent, 98 per cent and 56 per cent. Sohar Refinery Improvement Project is one among three major projects undertaken by Orpic to achieve its vision of building an Omani integrated refining and petrochemical business. The other two major projects, which are currently under implementation, are Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC) and Muscat-Sohar Product Pipeline.

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Central Bank of Oman to issue OMR150m bonds MUSCAT: Oman’s banking regulator plans to raise OMR150 million through a government development bond isssue. The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) said that the maturity period of bonds will be 10 years and will carry a coupon rate of 5.5 per cent per annum. The issue will be open for subscription on December 11 until December 18, 2016. The auction will be held on December 21, 2016 with the settlement date on December 27, 2016. Interest rate Interest on the new bonds will be paid semiannually on June 27 and December 27, every year until maturity date on December 27, 2026. Investors may apply for these bonds through the competitive bidding process only and can submit bids through commercial licenced banks operating in the Sultanate. Investors with applications of OMR1 million and above can submit their bids directly to CBO

after getting them endorsed from their banks. Prospectus and application forms can be obtained from any commercial licenced bank operating in the Sultanate. The bonds are direct and unconditional obligations of the Government of Sultanate of Oman and can be used as collateral to obtain loans from any local commercial licensed bank. Listing on MSM The bonds can also be traded at prevailing market rates through the Muscat Securities Market and the details of the bonds allotted will be recorded in the register maintained by Muscat Clearing & Depositary Company. Investors must provide the same bank account details registered with MCD in order to ensure the smooth processing of their bids and the receipt of the coupon payments and principal amount on their scheduled dates. The SP GDB issue is offered to all investors, residents and nonresidents (irrespective of their nationality). — ONA

LONDON: Oil prices jumped more than 8 per cent on Wednesday to a five-week high as some of the world’s largest oil producers gathered in Vienna for a pro-

duction cut that could be bigger than expected. Brent crude futures for delivery in January were up $3.83, or 8.3 per cent, at $50.21 a barrel by

1236GMT, recovering from a drop of nearly 4 per cent on Tuesday and on course for their biggest one-day move in nine months. Brent crude for delivery in February was up $3.76 at $51.08 a barrel. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were $3.63 higher at $48.86 a barrel, a oneweek high. Preliminary agreement A preliminary agreement struck by Opec in Algiers in September set an output cap at around 32.5-33 million barrels per day compared with the current 33.64 million bpd. “It does rather look as though Opec is going to come to an agreement,” said Colin Smith, director

of oil and gas research at Panmure Gordon in London. Heading into the meeting, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, Khalid Al Falih, said the market’s fundamentals were moving in the right direction, but he believed the group was “getting close to a deal”. “The extent of the (price) move shows no one wants to miss the boat. There must be a general consensus that there will be a cut, whether it’s going to be bullish, I don’t know, but it’s the domino effect,” PVM Oil Associates analyst Tamas Varga said. Traders said markets were jittery and prices could swing sharply in either direction depending on developments in Vienna. - Reuters


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MARKET MSM index ends higher

OMAN STOCKS

MUSCAT SECURITIES MARKET

INDICES Index .................................................High .................Low..................... Value ............... Prev . Value.......... Diff ...............Diff % MSM30 Index ........................................5,489.83 .............. 5,476.22 ....................5,487.68 ................... 5,481.30....................6.38 ................... 0.12 Financial Index .....................................7,202.61 ............... 7,171.98 ....................7,202.61 .................... 7,177.91................. 24.70 ...................0.34 Industrial Index .................................... 7,192.74 ............... 7,183.14 .................... 7,183.14 ....................7,192.74.................. -9.60 .................. -0.13 Services Index ...................................... 2,995.32 ...............2,991.38 ................... 2,991.38 ...................2,995.14...................-3.76 .................. -0.13 MSM SHARIAH INDEX....................... 845.61 ..................843.86 ...................... 843.90 .......................845.61................... -1.71 .................. -0.20 Trading Summary Volume ................Turnover ..........Trades .............. Market Cap............. Up............Down ............. Equal .........Sec. Traded 67,283,608 ................ 19,716,192 .....................628 ................ 17,125,621,201 ................ 10 ......................12 .................... 27 .........................49

BankDhofar, up by 1.85 per cent, was the top gainer, while Al Hassan Engineering was the

SHARE PRICE BULLETIN FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

top loser, down by 3.39 per cent. ISIN ......................................SECURITY NAME ..................................................................VOLUME..... TURNOVER............TRADES ......OPEN PRICE......HIGH ............. LOW ........ CLOSE PR. ...PREV. CLOSE...DIFF (RO).........DIFF % .............LAST PR.....LAST BID .............LAST OFFER ........MARKET CAP.PAR VALUE

MUSCAT: Trading volumes on the Muscat bourse were driven by special deals on Wednesday. However, the MSM30 Index remained stable at 5,487.68 points, up by 0.12 per cent. The MSM Sharia Index closed at 843.90 points, down by 0.20 per cent. Bank Sohar was the most active in terms of volume while Oman Telecommunications Company led in terms of turnover. Bank Dhofar, up by 1.85 per cent, was the top gainer, while Al Hassan Engineering was the top loser, down by 3.39 per cent. As many as 628 trades were executed on Wednesday, generating a turnover of OMR19.7 million with 67.2 million shares changing hands. Out of 49 traded securities, 10 advanced, 12 declined and 27 remained unchanged. Omani investors remained net buyers for OMR3.45 million while foreign investors were net sellers for OMR3.44 million followed by GCC and Arab investors of OMR7,000 worth of shares. Financial Index advanced by 0.34 per cent to close at 7,202.61 points. BankDhofar, Gulf Investment Services, National Bank of Oman, Ominvest and Oman United Insurance increased by 1.85 per cent, 0.91 per cent, 0.87 per cent, 0.83 per cent and 0.65 per cent, respectively. Al Madina Investments and Al Sharqia Investment declined by 1.85 per cent and 0.78 per cent, respectively. Industrial Index declined by 0.13 per cent to end at 7,183.14 points. Al Anwar Ceramics, up by 1.21 per cent, was the sole gainer. Al Hassan Engineering, Construction Materials, Oman Chlorine, Oman Cables and Raysut Cement declined by 3.39 per cent, 3.13 per cent, 1.21 per cent, 0.66 per cent and 0.65 per cent, respectively. Services Index ended at 2,991.38 points, down by 0.13

per cent. OIFC and Port Services gained 0.53 per cent and 0.43 per cent, respectively. Ooredoo Oman, Phoenix Power, Al Batinah Power and National Gas declined by 1.29 per cent, 0.72 per cent, 0.53 per cent and 0.33 per cent, respectively.

REGULAR MARKET ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... OM0000002168............AL ANWAR CERAMIC TILES ............................... 505,990 ........... 84,463..................... 23 ............0.165 ........... 0.170 ...........0.165 ............0.167 ............. 0.165............ 0.002............. 1.212 ................0.169 ..............0.169...................0.170...................49,467,685 .........0.100 OM0000002820 ...........GULF INVESTMENT SERVICES ......................... 270,103 ........... 29,848......................17 ............0.111 ............0.111 ............0.110 ............0.111.............. 0.110.............0.001 .............0.909 ................ 0.111 .............. 0.110................... 0.111 .................... 6,531,597 ..........0.100 OM0000001483............NATIONAL BANK OF OMAN ................................. 155,400 ............ 36,119......................12 ............0.231 ........... 0.235 ...........0.231 ........... 0.232 .............0.230 ........... 0.002............. 0.870 ................0.235..............0.231...................0.235..................342,149,256........0.100 OM0000001533 ............OMINVEST .................................................................... 6,272,981 .. 3,048,669......................19 ........... 0.486 ...........0.486 ...........0.486........... 0.486 .............0.482 ........... 0.004.............0.830 ................0.486..............0.486...................0.504 ................ 308,994,372 .......0.100 OM0000001087............OMAN UNITED INSURANCE ................................. 11,227 ...............3,455........................2 ........... 0.306 ...........0.308 ...........0.306........... 0.308 .............0.306 ........... 0.002............. 0.654 ................0.308..............0.306...................0.316...................30,800,000 ........0.100 OM0000001525 ............OMAN INVESTMENT AND FINANCE.............. 821,015 ...........156,749......................18 ............0.190 ........... 0.191............0.190............0.191 .............0.190 ............0.001 ............. 0.526 ................0.191 .............. 0.191...................0.195 ...................38,200,000 ........0.100 OM0000001145 ............PORT SERVICES CORPORATION ....................... 204,610 ........... 48,078......................13 ........... 0.234 ........... 0.235 ...........0.234........... 0.235 .............0.234 ............0.001 ............. 0.427 ................0.235..............0.232...................0.235...................22,334,400 ........0.100 OM0000001749 ............OMAN CEMENT .......................................................... 120,500 ........... 53,943..................... 10 ........... 0.448 ...........0.448 ...........0.446........... 0.448 .............0.448 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.446..............0.444...................0.446 .................148,230,974........0.100

Emerging markets The MSCI Emerging Markets Index rose for the third time in four days, building on last week’s gain. Russia’s rouble and Mexico’s peso advanced as Opec ministers expressed optimism that a deal to cut output could still be salvaged. Investors lowered the risk premium they demand to own developing-nation bonds for the first time in five days. The turnaround in emerging-market assets comes after Trump’s election as the next U.S. president sparked a rout in global markets on expectations his spending policies would spur inflation and more frequent interest-rate increases. Some investors are now betting that the pessimism may have been overdone and the Fed’s next rate move has already been factored into asset prices. “The worst of the selloff is over,” said Julian Mayo, who helps oversee $2 billion as cochief investment officer at Charlemagne Capital Ltd. “People are now reassessing what Trump’s presidency could really mean. They are taking the view that the pragmatic businessman in Trump would be a guide to what happens in the next four years and not the one who spoke in dogmatic rhetoric during the campaign.” The MSCI gauge rose 0.5 per cent to 862.84. The index is trading above its 200-day moving average for a seventh successive day, suggesting that it is deriving technical support from that level.

OM0000001772 ............AL ANWAR HOLDING............................................... 385,342 ............ 65,741..................... 35 ............0.170 ........... 0.172 ...........0.170 ............0.171 ............. 0.171 ............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.172 .............. 0.172...................0.173 ...................29,925,420.........0.100 OM0000002226 ...........AL JAZEERA SERVICES ........................................... 46,500 ...............8,696........................2 ............0.187 ........... 0.187 ...........0.187 ............0.187 ............. 0.187............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.187 ..............0.190...................0.195 ................... 11,445,199 .........0.100 OM0000002796 ...........BANK MUSCAT ............................................................ 1,407,213....... 591,237......................31 ........... 0.422 ...........0.422 ...........0.420........... 0.420 .............0.420 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.422..............0.420...................0.422 ............... 1,048,425,108 ......0.100 OM0000003026 ...........OMAN TELECOMMUNICATION ........................ 5,022,629...7,333,888.....................22 ............1.470 ........... 1.470 ...........1.460............1.465 ............. 1.465............ 0.000.............0.000 ................1.465 .............. 1.465...................1.485 ................1,098,750,000 ......0.100 OM0000003398 ...........BANK SOHAR................................................................ 33,834,9034,905,669..................... 34 ............0.144 ........... 0.146 ...........0.144............0.145 ............. 0.145............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.144..............0.144...................0.148................. 232,652,404 .......0.100 OM0000004768 ...........AL MADINA TAKAFUL...............................................95,000 ............... 6,745......................11 ............0.071 ........... 0.071 ...........0.071 ............0.071 ............. 0.071............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.071 ..............0.070...................0.071...................12,425,000.........0.100 OM0000001160 ............NATIONAL GAS ............................................................ 25,200 .............15,070........................1 ........... 0.598 ........... 0.598 ...........0.598........... 0.598 .............0.600 ...........-0.002 ........... -0.333 ...............0.598..............0.560...................0.600 ..................32,890,000.........0.100 OM0000002176 ............AL JAZEERA STEEL PRODUCTS ........................ 123,658............ 27,205........................5 ........... 0.220...........0.220 ...........0.220 .......... 0.220 .............0.221 ...........-0.001 ........... -0.452 ...............0.220 .............0.218...................0.222 .................. 27,477,551 .........0.100 OM0000004925 ...........AL BATINAH POWER................................................ 121,788 .............22,774........................1 ............0.187 ........... 0.187 ...........0.187 ............0.187 ............. 0.188............-0.001 ........... -0.532 ...............0.187 ..............0.186...................0.187..................126,203,949 .......0.100 OM0000001418 ............RAYSUT CEMENT ........................................................84,391 .......... 128,841......................12 ............1.530 ........... 1.530 ...........1.505 ............1.525 ............. 1.535............-0.010 ............-0.651................1.505 .............. 1.505...................1.525 ................. 305,000,000 .......0.100 OM0000001707 ............OMAN CABLES INDUSTRY..................................... 44,450 ............ 66,453........................1 ............1.495 ........... 1.495 ...........1.495 ............1.495 ............. 1.505............-0.010 ........... -0.664 ...............1.495 ..............1.450...................1.495 ..................134,101,500 ........0.100 OM0000005963 ...........PHOENIX POWER ...................................................... 279,717 ............ 38,624......................13 ............0.139 ........... 0.139 ...........0.138 ............0.138 ............. 0.139............-0.001 ............-0.719................0.138 .............. 0.138...................0.139..................201,839,001........0.100 OM0000003968 ...........OOREDOO....................................................................... 574,295 .........352,269..................... 30 ............0.616 ...........0.620 ...........0.612 ............0.612 .............0.620 ...........-0.008 ........... -1.290 ...............0.620.............. 0.612...................0.620 .................398,377,869........0.100 OM0000001962............AL MADINA INVESTMENT ................................... 772,227 ...........40,994..................... 29 ........... 0.053 ...........0.054 ...........0.053........... 0.053 .............0.054 ...........-0.001 ........... -1.852................0.054..............0.053...................0.054 ..................10,979,023 .........0.100 .............................................SUM: .................................................................................. 51,179,13917,065,530...................341 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................................... TRADED SEC. ......22........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

PARALLEL MARKET ................................................................................................................................................................................. OM0000002549 ...........BANK DHOFAR ............................................................ 806,010 ..........177,372..................... 36 ............0.218 ...........0.225 ...........0.218........... 0.220 .............0.216............ 0.004............. 1.852 ................0.225..............0.218...................0.225 .................417,824,308........0.100 OM0000002200 ...........AHLI BANK .................................................................... 1,000,930.......181,186.....................22 ............0.180 ........... 0.185 ...........0.180............0.181 .............0.180 ............0.001 ............. 0.556 ................0.185 ..............0.180...................0.185..................257,931,542 ........0.100 OM0000001228............OMAN HOTELS AND TOURISM ............................83,820 .............33,193........................1 ........... 0.396 ...........0.396 ...........0.396........... 0.396 .............0.396 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.396............. 0.000...................0.000 ..................27,660,600 .........0.100 OM0000001319 ............NATIONAL ALUMINIUM PRODUCTS ...............30,168 ............... 5,732........................4 ............0.190 ........... 0.190 ...........0.190........... 0.190 .............0.190 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.190.............. 0.185...................0.193.................... 6,378,576 ..........0.100 OM0000001400 ...........OMAN FLOUR MILLS ..................................................51,137 ............36,000........................6 ........... 0.704 ........... 0.704 ...........0.704........... 0.704 .............0.704 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.704..............0.680...................0.704..................110,880,000........0.100 OM0000001517 ............HSBC BANK OMAN .................................................... 2,238,300 ..... 255,166..................... 27 ............0.114 ........... 0.114............0.114 ............0.114 ............. 0.114............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.114 ...............0.113................... 0.114 ..................228,035,658........0.100 OM0000001566 ............OMAN FISHERIES ..................................................... 342,039 ........... 20,522......................17 ........... 0.060 ...........0.060 ...........0.060........... 0.060 .............0.060 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.060..............0.060...................0.061....................7,500,000 ..........0.100 OM0000001681 ............OMAN AND EMIRATES INV. HOLDING........... 117,089 .............14,051......................16 ............0.120 ........... 0.120 ...........0.120........... 0.120 .............0.120 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.120..............0.120...................0.125...................14,625,000 .........0.100 OM0000002275 ...........SHELL OMAN MARKETING .....................................4,900 ...............9,604........................1 ............1.960 ........... 1.960 ...........1.960........... 1.960 .............1.960 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................1.960..............1.900...................1.960................. 186,200,000 .......0.100 OM0000002366 ...........AL BATINAH DEV. INV. HOLDING ........................48,445 ............... 4,118........................9 ........... 0.085 ...........0.085 ...........0.085........... 0.085 .............0.085 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.085..............0.085...................0.086....................2,550,000 ..........0.100 OM0000002572 ...........OMAN OIL MARKETING ........................................ 278,425 .........522,047........................1 ............1.875 ........... 1.875............1.875 ............1.875 ............. 1.875............ 0.000.............0.000 ................1.875 ............. 0.000...................1.860..................114,890,625 ........0.100 OM0000002648 ...........NATIONAL FINANCE ............................................... 5,354,269......701,409........................1 ............0.131 ........... 0.131............0.131 ............0.131 ............. 0.131 ............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.131 .............. 0.121................... 0.131 ................... 35,517,423 .........0.100 OM0000003000 ...........ALMAHA PETROLEUM PRODUCTS MAR. .......32,372 ............ 46,667........................4 ............1.445 ........... 1.445 ...........1.440........... 1.440 .............1.440 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................1.440..............1.440...................1.490...................99,360,000.........0.100 OM0000003125 ............GLOBAL FINANCIAL INVESTMENT ................ 836,036 .........144,634........................2 ............0.173 ........... 0.173 ...........0.173 ............0.173 ............. 0.173............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.173 ............. 0.000...................0.175 ...................34,600,000 ........0.100 OM0000003141 ............ACWA POWER BARKA .............................................. 42,600 ............ 29,820........................1 ........... 0.700 ........... 0.700 ...........0.700........... 0.700 .............0.700 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.700............. 0.000...................0.720..................112,000,000........0.100 OM0000003281............TAAGEER FINANCE .....................................................4,500 .................. 522........................3 ............0.116 ........... 0.116............0.116 ............0.116 ............. 0.116 ............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.116 .............. 0.116................... 0.117 ...................29,416,440 .........0.100 OM0000003521 ............GALFAR ENGINEERING AND CON. .................. 689,719 ............ 62,039..................... 30 ........... 0.090 ........... 0.091 ...........0.089........... 0.090 .............0.090 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.090..............0.089...................0.090 ..................26,098,257.........0.100 OM0000004420 ...........BANK NIZWA ................................................................ 2,991,665 ......239,309......................71 ........... 0.080 ...........0.080 ...........0.079........... 0.080 .............0.080 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.080..............0.080...................0.081................. 120,000,000 .......0.100 OM0000004511 ............ALIZZ ISLAMIC BANK.............................................. 535,383 ............35,871......................13 ........... 0.067 ...........0.067 ...........0.067........... 0.067 .............0.067 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.067..............0.067...................0.068...................67,000,000.........0.100 OM0000004735 ...........SEMBCORP SALALAH..................................................6,000 ...............1,404........................1 ........... 0.234 ...........0.234 ...........0.234........... 0.234 .............0.234 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.234..............0.234...................0.240 .................223,369,836........0.100 OM0000004776 ...........TAKAFUL OMAN INSURANCE ................................... 450 .....................81........................1 ............0.181 ........... 0.181............0.181 ............0.181 ............. 0.181............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.181 ............. 0.000...................0.185...................18,100,000 .........0.100 OM0000004933 ...........AL SUWADI POWER .................................................. 123,982 ........... 23,309........................1 ............0.188 ........... 0.188 ...........0.188 ........... 0.188 ............. 0.188............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.188 ..............0.188...................0.192..................134,308,392........0.100 OM0000002440 ...........AL SHARQIA INVESTMENT HOLDING .............36,500 ...............4,672..................... 10 ............0.128 ........... 0.128 ...........0.128........... 0.128 .............0.129............-0.001 ............-0.775................0.128 .............. 0.127...................0.128...................11,520,000 .........0.100 OM0000002341............OMAN CHLORINE...................................................... 189,109 ............92,284........................2 ........... 0.488 ...........0.488 ...........0.480........... 0.488 .............0.494 ...........-0.006 ............-1.215................0.480..............0.460...................0.480 ..................33,234,586.........0.100 .............................................SUM: .................................................................................. 15,843,848 2,641,013...................280 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Oman Chlorine’s subsidiary plans calcium chloride plant in Qatar Times News Service MUSCAT: Gulf Chlorine (which is 51 per cent owned by Oman Chlorine) and KLJ Organics Qatar have signed the articles of incorporation for setting up a plant to produce calcium chloride on November 27.

The name of the new company is United Chemicals, which will come up in Mesaieed Industrial City- Qatar. Joint venture The shareholding of the new joint venture will be 50 per cent each, according to a disclosure state-

ment posted on MSM website. The proposed plant will produce 60,000 tonnes per year of calcium chloride in addition to market the hydrochloric acid produced locally by the shareholders. Total investment cost of United Chemicals will be around $13.7 million.

US economy grows faster than an initial estimate WASHINGTON: The US economy grew faster than initially estimated in the third quarter, notching its best performance in two years, buoyed by strong consumer spending and a surge in soybean exports. In a separate report, US home prices rose 5.5 per cent in the year to September, meaning house prices overall have now fully recovered from their plunge during the 2008 financial crisis. A third report showed US consumer confidence rebounded in November to its highest level in nine years despite uncertainty surrounding the policies of President-elect Trump. Stocks edge higher US stock prices edged higher on Tuesday after the data, with the benchmark S&P 500 index now up about 6.0 per cent since the Nov. 8 elections. US Treasury yields ended slightly lower on Tuesday but the benchmark ten

year note yield has risen about 0.5 percent in the past two weeks, helping to push the US dollar up to its highest levels in more than a decade against major currencies.

national trade contributed 0.87 percentage point to GDP growth and not 0.83 percentage point as reported last month. Economy recovers

US GDP rises US gross domestic product (GDP) increased at a 3.2 per cent annual rate instead of the previously reported 2.9 per cent pace, the Commerce Department said in its second GDP estimate on Tuesday. Economists had forecast third-quarter GDP growth being revised up to a 3.0 per cent rate. Growth was the strongest since the third quarter of 2014 and followed the second quarter’s anemic 1.4 per cent pace. Output was lifted by upward revisions to business investment and home building. Exports grew at their quickest pace since the fourth quarter of 2013, driven by a surge in soybean exports after a poor soya harvest in Argentina and Brazil. Inter-

Data ranging from housing to retail sales and manufacturing output also suggest the economy retained its momentum early in the fourth quarter even as exports appear to be faltering amid a reversal of the boost to growth provided by soybean exports in the third quarter. The Atlanta Fed is currently forecasting GDP rising at a 3.6 per cent rate in the fourth quarter, supporting market expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month. Economic growth could also be supported next year if Presidentelect Donald Trump succeeds in pushing through Congress a fiscal stimulus plan that includes massive infrastructure spending and tax cuts, analysts said. — Reuters


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Middle East tech start-up plans $100m share sale DUBAI: Middle East technology investor iMENA Holdings is planning an initial public offering (IPO) on an international exchange and possible second listing in the Middle East as early as next year. The company, which invests in online businesses in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), may raise more than $100 million from the sale, founder and managing director Khaldoon Tabaza said on Wednesday in a TV interview with Bloomberg Markets Middle East. A pre-IPO fundraising will start early next year, with the main share sale planned for late 2017 or early 2018, Tabaza said. The primary listing could be in the US or London, he said. “The IPO size will have to be significant to attract investors in international markets, so we are thinking a little bit more than $100 million,” Tabaza said, declining to comment on the size of the stake that would be offered. iMENA, whose early investors include Abu Dhabi government controlled telecom operator Etisalat Telecommunications Group Co, is among companies seeking to benefit from rising smartphone and Internet usage in the Middle East. The company operates online marketplaces, taxi booking and restaurant reservations businesses including SellAnyCar.com and opensouq.com. Tabaza previously founded Riyada Ventures, a Jordan-based venture capital firm in 2005, which was sold to Abraaj Group in 2009. He established iMENA in 2013. — Bloomberg News EGYPT’S CENTRAL BANK

Egypt allows banks to sell US dollar CAIRO: Egypt’s central bank allowed lenders to sell dollars to clients seeking to repatriate profits, further easing currency restrictions in an effort to bring back foreign investors and revive the economy. Stocks surged. Banks were given the green light to sell 50 per cent of excess foreign currency after meeting the needs of priority importers, according to seven bankers who said they received verbal instructions from the central bank. Central bank officials weren’t available for comment when contacted by Bloomberg. Lenders were instructed to sell the remaining 50 per cent in the interbank market, according to the bankers, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t allowed to disclose the information publicly. Guidelines also allow banks to refinance temporary overdrafts, the bankers said. Foreign investors have cited difficulties in profit repatriation as a major reason they have avoided North Africa’s biggest economy since the 2011 uprising that ousted longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. They have started coming back since authorities floated the pound on Nov. 3. Foreign holdings in government debt grew to between $700 million and $900 million over the past few weeks from $50 million in July, officials have said. The EGX 30 Index climbed the most among more than 90 gauges tracked by Bloomberg, adding 2.6 per cent as of 10:40am in Cairo. Since the pound was floated, the gauge has rallied 34 percent — compared with a 3.4 per cent decline for the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. — Bloomberg News

Saudi Arabia boosts wealth fund with $27 billion injection Public Investment Fund is receiving a $27b transfer from official reserves, increasing existing assets by about 17 per cent. The injection will help the fund diversify investments and revenues.

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is boosting the firepower of its sovereign wealth fund (SWF) to accelerate dealmaking and lessen the country’s dependence on oil. The Public Investment Fund is receiving a 100 billion-riyal ($27 billion) transfer from official reserves, according to a statement on Wednesday on the SPA official news agency, increasing existing assets by about 17 per cent. The injection will help the fund diversify investments and revenues, it said. The fund’s dealmaking has quickened this year as it seeks to increase the proportion of foreign investments to 50 per cent by 2020 from 5 per cent. It acquired a $3.5 billion stake in taxi-hailing app Uber Technologies in June and plans to put as much as $45 billion into a $100 billion global technology fund formed by Japan’s SoftBank Group. Eventually, the Kingdom wants the PIF, as it’s known, to become the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. “The government is aggressively pursuing its investment diversification plan,” John Sfakianakis, director of economic research at

STANDING TALL: Saudi Arabia is planning to transform the PIF from a domestically focused investment firm into a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund as the Opec member seeks to boost non-oil income. — Bloomberg News

the Gulf Research Center, said by phone. “It also sends a powerful message that the local economy is seen as a tremendous opportunity and will boost private sector confidence after a series of government spending cuts.” During the coming period, the PIF will focus on both domestic and international deals, including “expected high yield opportunities in the local market that support private sector investments and promote economic growth and local contents,” according to the statement. World’s biggest The PIF, which is led by ex-Saudi Fransi Capital banker Yasir Alru-

mayyan and has assets of about 600 billion riyals, most recently said that it’s taking a 50 per cent stake in Dubai-based businessman Mohamed Alabbar’s investment vehicle Adeptio. It’s also contributing $500 million to Alabbar’s plan to create e-commerce firm Noon. Saudi Arabia’s plans also include transferring to the sovereign wealth fund the ownership of oil giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co. and proceeds from that company’s initial public offering. Once it takes ownership of the government’s stake in Saudi Aramco the PIF will become the world’s biggest sovereign fund with assets of over $2 trillion, according to Deputy

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The fund currently holds about $100 billion of shares in listed local companies, including Saudi Basic Industries Corp. and Saudi Telecom Co. In March last year, the PIF was transferred under a committee controlled by Prince Mohammed. In his role as head of of Economic and Development Affairs Council, the Prince chairs the board of the fund. It had previously been managed by the Ministry of Finance. Reserves drop Saudi Arabia, hurt by low oil prices, has drawn down foreign reserves and cut spending while it funds a budget deficit that reached

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Omani jobseekers to get training Times News Service MUSCAT: BP Oman’s Social Investment Programme has renewed ties with SAS Centre for Virtual Reality (VR) to deliver a specialist digital training initiative for 40 Omani jobseekers qualified in the field of information technology. The three month project is focused on boosting participants’ competencies in digital media, an area of expertise that continues to see increased demand for quality output across the local job market. By developing greater specialism, participants will also have the option to start their own business. “As the demand for technological integration continues its widespread trajectory across almost every modernised industry, the skills required of employees and businesses are becoming more digitally focused. By boosting the skill sets of Omanis in the area of information technology we are raising their potential of gaining future employment, both locally and internationally. We have run this programme for several years and have seen tangible results for the participants,” said Shabib Al Mamari, Communications and External Affairs Manager,BP Oman.

about 15 per cent of gross domestic product last year. Foreign reserves held by the central bank have fallen $200 billion since August last year, to $536 billion at the end of October, according to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency. The movement of funds to the PIF from SAMA, as the central bank is known, indicates that the role of the central bank could be gradually shifting, Mohamad Al Hajj, Dubai-based equity strategist for the Middle East and North Africa at EFG-Hermes UAE said. SAMA’s role may be moving away from managing the country’s foreign reserves to focusing on currency liquidity and regulation, he said. — Bloomberg News

MAKING A POINT: The three month project is focused on boosting participants’ competencies in digital media. - Supplied picture

SAS VR’s project-based training scheme brings relevant experience to the table, featuring a diverse pool of qualifications in graphic design and animation software. Subject Matter Experts from the Ministry of Education will support the training initiative as they explore new digital opportunities to enhance education through eLearning with participants. Elias Tang, Director of the SAS Center for Virtual Reality

and Managing Director at ASM Technologies, commented, “The emphasis on real world projects that are deployed and implemented to real customers is what differentiates this training programme from others. This creates a more credible portfolio for our participants in terms of their future job applications and thus works towards supporting the drive for the capacity building of local professionals within a global industry.”

Furthering the development of Oman’s digital specialism, SAS Centre for Virtual Reality, part of the Information Technology Authority, has trained more than 400 Omanis in VR applications and online media. The centre has extended the scope of BP Oman’s Social Investment Programme and its ‘Implementing Partner’ INJAZ Oman have delivered for two consecutive years training 90 jobseekers in virtual reality technologies.

UK housing market outlook ‘highly uncertain’ LONDON: The outlook for the UK housing market is “highly uncertain” after the vote to leave the European Union (EU) caused transactions to slow, the Bank of England (BOE) said. Record-low benchmark rates have sent property prices surging across the UK as homeowners borrow more to buy properties or refinance their loans. Mortgage lending to UK households rose 3.2 per cent in the 12 months to September, the highest level since 2008, the central bank said in a financial stability report on Wednesday. The UK’s housing market may be at a turning point following the country’s vote to leave the EU and indebted households are particularly vulnerable to economic shocks such as higher unemployment, the European Systemic Risk Board said on Monday. From a year earlier, house price growth in the three months through October was 2.8 per cent compared with 9 per cent in the three months through February, the BOE said. “The housing market has softened in recent months, though it has performed more strongly than some indicators had suggested in July and August,” the BOE said. — Bloomberg News


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n China, money flow is tightly controlled and capital markets are relatively underdeveloped, meaning the economy works like squeezing a balloon. You press it in one place, and it bulges in another. Policy-maker moves to cool one expansion only serve to inflate another. Now that “gyration of bubbles,” according to Societe Generale’s chief China economist Wei Yao, has been heating up the commodities market again. Earlier this month, thermal and coking coal futures hit a record high since their debut in 2013 while zinc soared to the highest since 2011. Steel rebar, nickel, tin, iron ore and rubber futures also climbed to multi-year highs. It is also interesting that buyers are piling in to get their hands on more obscure commodities such as glass, which is traded on the nation’s futures exchanges, and

garlic. Data compiled by the Commerce Ministry in Beijing shows the price of the bulbs soared to record high or 14 yuan per kg, a rise of more than 80 per cent from a year-ago. Glass futures in Zhengzhou ran up to the highest in more than two years on November 11 amid heavy trading. Fundamental issues of declining supply and rising demand are partly to blame, but market watchers reckon that an uptick in trading volumes smacks of speculation, likely nudged by tightening measures in property markets. “It is possible that some of the money is coming out of housing markets, especially from the first- and second-tier cities where tightening measures have been imposed to curb the property bubble,” said Aidan Yao, senior emerging Asia economist at AXA Investment Managers, in an interview. Despite slowing wider eco-

Earlier this month, thermal and coking coal futures hit a record high since their debut in 2013 while zinc soared to the highest since 2011. Steel rebar, nickel, tin, iron ore and rubber futures also climbed to multiyear highs. The price of the bulbs soared to record high or 14 yuan per kg, an year-onyear rise of 80%.

nomic growth, real-estate prices of China’s top-tier cities have climbed very quickly in the last few years. Shenzhen, for example, saw home prices skyrocketing as much as 60 per cent just in the past year. In an attempt to cool the rally, Beijing rolled out new measures in October to more than 20 — mostly top-tier — cities where property prices have disproportionately rallied. “Garlic could be one of the target markets for speculators because there has not been a supply-anddemand change dramatic enough to warrant such a big price spike,” said AXA Investment’s Yao. The country’s ball of hot money has also been making its way back to bonds markets, less than a year after the home-buying frenzy almost drove the bond “bubble” to a collapse. “Despite no substantial monetary easing, bond yields have been falling until recently, which

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is a clear sign that a lot of the money has gone into fixed income markets as well,” said Yao at AXA Investment. He added that the recent development is a “mirror image” of post-equities meltdown over the summer last year. “When the stocks market collapsed, the housing market became the magnet for capital and now commodities is a popular destination,” he said. SocGen’s Yao agrees, saying that “the wall of liquidity and the dynamics are still there.” But this time around, she cautiously raises a red flag on such a rapid price rally in the commodities. “These are the signs that Chinese policy makers should take note of because this indicates that inflation pressure at some point in the financial system or in the housing market will spill over into the real economy,” she said. A persistently rising CPI will

be a “straitjacket” on the People’s Bank of China next year, giving a serious conundrum to the central bank in terms of its policy direction next year. “Although that’s our risk scenario, if that happens, it becomes a very tricky question for PBOC whether they should ease or tighten their monetary policy,” said SocGen’s Yao. To the senior economist at AXA Investment, it’s not yet “alarming” for overall price levels due to “problems of overcapacity” in sectors where inflationary fears are high. “Fast commodities price rally, to the extent that it is driven partly by speculation, does bring some financial risks. But for inflation, unless it is driven by a structural demand-supply imbalance, it should not pose an alarming risk,” he said. “The support for a persistent price run-up is still very weak at the moment.” — NARAE KIM/Bloomberg News


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L&T ELECTROMECH CELEBRATES 46TH NATIONAL DAY OF OMAN L&T Electromech celebrated 46th Oman National Day at Muscat head office recently. The event was chaired by Nabhan Al Battashi, chairman of General Federation Of Trade Union. The event highlighted the achievements and progress made by the country under the able leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. — Supplied picture

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BAIC introductory offer valid until January 8 BAIC Oman has now come up with an introductory offer in line with the spirit of ‘Drive For More’

N AT I O N A L D AY

Celebrations at BEC MUSCAT: Bahwan Engineering Company (BEC) organised a special celebration at its headquarters in Ghubra to commemorate the 46th National Day of the Oman. The event was attended by the employees and management of BEC who paid tributes and prayed for good health and long life of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, says a press release. The celebrations kicked off with the national anthem. Assad Al Duhani in his speech highlighted the successful journey of

His Majesty and the development of the nation. During the celebration, Yaqeen Al Baadri recited Kasida a short poem praising His Majesty and the nation. The event witnessed a highly appreciated Arabic skit performed by a group of BEC employees named Saahim Team. The celebrations were concluded with traditional Omani songs and cultural performance by a folk band from Al Batinah region followed by distribution of sweets and refreshments.

MUSCAT: Gulf Great Sands, the distributor of Beijing Automobile Industry Corporation (BAIC) had recently launched its key models A115 – sedan, X65 – crossover and TUV pickups in Oman. BAIC Oman has now come up with an introductory offer in line with the spirit of ‘Drive For More’ of BAIC range of vehicle and this offer will go on till January 8, 2017, says a press release. BAIC introductory offer has various benefits for customers purchasing its models. •Assured cash gift upto OMR1,500. (Varies model to model.) The cash gift can be adjusted in the down payment of the car if customer opts for it. •Free registration for one year •Free two years or 30,000km periodic maintenance service. Apart from the above offers, the BAIC passenger vehicles A115 and X65 crossovers are eligible for manufacturer’s warranty five years /100,000 kilometres whichever is earlier while the commercial vehicles range (G3 & TUV Pickup’s) get three years / 100,000 kilometres manufacturer’s warranty.

A spokesperson from Gulf Great Sands said, "BAIC models have given us confidence on the product quality and safety standards and we are quite optimistic that customers of Oman will find it easy to own these models due to our introductory offer." European engineering BAIC acquired SAAB (SvenskaAeroplanAktiebolaget) which is a North European brand from Sweden. At the end of 2009, BAIC Motor took over the SAAB’s core assets, including its 9-5/9-3 vehicle platform, Turbo engine transmission, R&D, manufacturing and supplier systems. The SAAB unique Front wheel drive and steering technology was also inherited by BAIC. Innovation and capability BAIC absorbs SAAB’s core technologies intelligently, and with this knowledge has developed the auto platform — the M-Trix platform. The M-Trix platform provides BAIC with the upper hand when it comes to competing internationally, and gives it a leading edge with regards to research and development, production, workmanship and quality management.

X65: Urban explorer As the first crossover based on SAAB technologies, X65 combines space of a MPV and comfort of a sedan. BAIC X65 ensures excellent performance with 2.0L 174 Hp turbo engine, new generation AISIN 6 speed automatic transmission with smart paddle shift. X65 comfort has smart equipment like machine cut alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, leather seats, power driver seat, rear view camera, smart key and push button start all of which provide customer with enjoyable driving experience. A115: Fashionable sedan A115 is a fashionable and stylish compact sedan from BAIC which exemplifies dynamism and subtle power. The standard dual airbag, ABS, cage-type body structure & doors made from integrated stamping technology contribute to its superior safety. A115 is equipped with 1.5L - 113hp Engine, 4-speed AT. Micro USB, glove box with cooler, power windows and mirror, keyless entry, 6/4 split rear seats make every day drive comfortable for all passengers. Alloy wheel, rear LED lights, Hawkeye headlamps, a wide central mesh, flying wing-shaped front bumper

give the dynamic and signature look of a luxury segment sedan. It has artistically crafted and robust grille and backwards-extending fog lamps. Additionally, 22 storage compartments meet all of your storage requirements. Grand Tiger - TUV Grand Tiger TUV is perfectly embodies the combination of style, space and safety like a lifestyle pickup and is available in both 2WD and 4WD options. It’s 2.4 litre engine with 5 speed manual transmission provides a refined performance, overall length of 5310 mm and width of 1812mm make it the most spacious pickup in its class. Gulf Great Sands is setting up a state of art service centre in Ghala, Muscat spread over more than 2,000 square metres to provide aftersales services to BAIC customers. GGS has already tied up for Periodic Maintenance Services in many cities including Salalah, Sohar, Sur, Nizwa, Ibra and Barka etc. BAIC offers 5 years or 100,000km manufacturer warranty on all passenger vehicles and 3 years/100,000km manufacturer warranty on commercial vehicles in Oman.

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Jaguar XF wins Golden Steering Reward campaign from Bridgestone Wheel award for best saloon car MUSCAT: Jaguar has won Germany’s top car award, the Golden Steering Wheel. The Jaguar XF was voted ‘Best Saloon’ in the Mid-Full-size category, ahead of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo S90. Jaguar had further reason to celebrate in the Large SUV category, with the FPACE taking second place, says a press release. The Jaguar XF defines the segment with unrivalled design, luxury, technology and efficiency, underpinned by class-leading driving dynamics and refinement. With the recent addition of allwheel drive, the XF offers greater confidence in its all-weather traction and has exceptional total cost of ownership, with class-leading residual values and running costs. Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, accepted the Golden Steering Wheel for the Jaguar XF and commented: “Winning this prestigious Golden Steering Wheel award in the most demanding automotive market and the

MUSCAT: Bridgestone Tyres & Towell Auto Centre (TAC) have announced an exciting reward campaign for passenger, pick up, light truck & 4WD customers. Every customer buying 4 tyres of 4WD tyres will get free fuel card worth of OMR15 on cash purchase. Every customer buying 4 tyres of passenger, pick up or light truck tyres will get a 7” kids tab free on cash purchase. This offer period is valid until January 15, 2017, says a press release. Light Truck Tyres are up to

well-received by the customers. This offer has provided a great impetus to customers to buy Bridgestone tyres. “We wanted to reward our customers with something they could actually make the most of. Fuel and electronics are two essentials of life today. Whether getting advantage of some free fuel for the next drive or gift for the younger ones, we’ve had our customers appreciating us with this deal,” said Oommen John, business head - Bridgestone Tyre Division, TAC.

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toughest premium segment in the world, means a lot to Jaguar Land Rover. The Golden Steering wheel confirms all the efforts of the Jaguar Land Rover team in delivering special, solid products with distinct character that excite the senses. I want to thank the experienced readers and seasoned expert jury for their appraisal – and especially the JLR team.”

Jaguar’s first performance SUV, the F-PACE, took a strong second place in the large SUV category. It is designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement Jaguar is renowned for together with everyday usability that delivers the ultimate practical sports car. The F-PACE has been fantastically received and is Jaguar’s fastest-selling vehicle ever.

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Eastbound to represent MMPRC in Middle East DUBAI: Eastbound has been appointed as the Middle East representative office of the Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). The representation agency has been appointed to undertake the marketing and PR & media activities for MMPRC across the Middle East region, says a press release. Republic of the Maldives is a

750R16 size and this offer is exclusively at TAC Tyre Care Plus outlets & First Stop stores. This attractive offer is devised considering the customer preference for fuel card offers and kids tab is to connecting Bridgestone Brand to school going young champions. Customers having Bank Muscat Credit cards can enjoy this offer along with our existing 0% Interest with 12 months Easy Payment Plan option at Tyre Care plus outlets & First Stop stores. This valuable scheme has been

sovereign archipelagic nation positioned in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives comprises 26 natural atolls consisting of dual island chains. Known as a famous honeymoon destination, Maldives has various options to offer when it comes to accommodation starting from resorts to guest houses. Not only honeymoon, Maldives

is also one of the best destinations if you are an adventure lover, scuba diving, surfing, snorkelling, are a few activities to start with. Connectivity to Maldives from the Middle East region is not at all a problem, as there are direct flights via Emirates, Fly Dubai, Qatar Airways, Saudi Airlines and Etihad Airways to Maldives. Maldives also offers free visa on arrival.

Modern Exchange marks National Day MUSCAT: Modern Exchange Company took part in the momentous occasion of 46th National Day of Oman by creating an internal decoration competition for all its branches in the Sultanate under the theme 'My Beautiful Oman', says a press release. All the branches that participated in this occasion put up a grand performance showcasing their creative skills and talent. The event was attended by all employees and key officials from Modern Exchange Company. Philip Koshy, general manager, said, “Our employees are the most important and essential part of our organisation. They have played a significant role in contributing to the success of Modern Exchange. Here’s another occasion to express our happiness and pride on this great occasion, where we all came together as one to celebrate 46th National Day. Fostering a sense of camaraderie,

team spirit, cultural integration and understanding of the true Omani culture.” Prizes were awarded to the best

branch Mabelah (Inside Saniya Market) by Asaad Khalifa Al Aamri, AGM - Human Resource, Administration & Legal.


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ROUND-UP Offer on Land Cruiser The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser model carries forward the vehicle’s legacy of phenomenal all-terrain performance and reliability

MUSCAT: Toyota Land Cruiser continues to be totally unchallenged at the pinnacle of 4WD performance and this is the best time to own one. “Customers purchasing a 2016/2017 YM Land Cruiser are entitled for a cash gift that can be up to OMR2,800,” the spokesperson said, “This will be available only until January 7, 2017, hence

those who are thinking of owning one, may rush and make the most of the opportunity.” The iconic Toyota Land Cruiser rose to prominence more than 50 years ago. In the words of Sadayoshi Koyari, its chief engineer, “The Land Cruiser is a true go-anywhere, all-terrain four-wheel drive SUV that has always exceeded expectations all around the globe.” “In recent years, the Land Cruiser has morphed into a 4-door luxury SUV with a pampering am-

bience,” wrote a prominent automotive site, “It’s empowering to know that this vehicle can handle virtually any terrain in the world, and the Land Cruiser has the added appeal of being quiet, comfortable and surprisingly swift on the pavement. Throw in standard 3-row seating and tastefully restrained styling and it’s easy to see why the modern Land Cruiser is as impressive in its own way as those legendary Land Cruisers of yore,” it add-

ed. The 2017 land Cruiser model carries forward the vehicle’s legacy of phenomenal all-terrain performance and reliability. Indeed, it is one of the most technically advanced four-wheel drive vehicles ever produced and is equipped with a series of advanced dynamic and handling features. These have been further extended in the new model with the world-first turn assist, which works in conjunction with the crawl control function, multi-terrain monitor. The heart of the new Land Cruiser’s capability is its 5.7-litre with dual VVT-i V8 engine, which produces 362 horsepower and 54 Kg-m of torque. The Land Cruiser is the first large SUV segment model with genuine off-road capabilities to offer a smooth and quiet 8-speed Automatic Transmission. This indomitable 4WD is popularly available in the 4.0 and 4.6 litre variants as well. In Oman, the nationwide parts and service network of Saud Bahwan Automotive supports Toyota’s outstanding product quality.

RECOGNITION

Common Wealth University confers honorary doctorate on MD of Takaful tated exchange of ideas and opinions about practical leadership challenges and benchmarked good practices.

MUSCAT: At a forum held in Dubai, the Common Wealth University in association with the London Graduate School honoured distinguished professionals from various walks of life for their achievements in leadership and pursuit of excellence.

28 years experience Sayyida Rawan has over 28 years of experience in finance and investment field, both in public and private sectors. Prior to joining Takaful Oman, she was the managing director and group CEO of ONIC Holding Group. Previously, she also held the position of Deputy CEO at State General Reserve Fund of Oman. She is also on the board of several reputed companies and financial institutions.

Award for excellence In this regard, Sayyida Rawan Ahmed Al Said, the vice chairperson and managing director of Takaful Oman was awarded an honorary doctorate for her excellence in the world of business, says a press release. The event served as a platform to inspire future leaders, facili-

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Geely’s design head Horbury transforms 2nd generation cars MUSCAT: Responding to the changing needs of automobilists around the world, Geely’s designers led by Peter Horbury – a well-known car designer are now building intelligent, attractive next-generation Geely cars that make driving easier, smoother and more fun. A team of 100 European and Chinese designers at Geely Group’s R&D Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden is continuously adapting their design strategies and creating exquisite, highquality vehicles that boast of Sino-European aesthetics and state of art features. The latest Geely Emgrand X7 Sport is a case in point. The next-generation Geely car - the Geely Emgrand X7 Sport is ahead of its times and has elements of both a modern car and its Chinese roots. It is an elegant, slightly luxurious and modern design with traditional connotations. The streamlined exterior design is inspired by a running cheetah and looks energetic, dynamic and eye-catching. The advanced integrated centre console looks like the line of a traditional Chinese arch bridge and provides a wide and easy sight. The console layout is a combination of hi-

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tech fascia and high-end soft materials in a luxurious and grand layout, says a press release. Other design elements of SinoEuropean integration can also be seen in the latest Geely cars that provide not just more convenience but greater safety as well. A spokesperson from Towell Auto Centre (TAC), sole distributor of Geely cars in Oman, said: “Over the past decade, Geely has become a leading Chinese automotive manufacturer with a strong global presence because of its entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to innovation and manufacturing efficiency. The Geely designers are now building cars that are economical, environment friendly and energy efficient. They keep adjusting their strategies to respond efficiently to the changing needs and requirements of their customers. Such qualities make Geely compete effectively with its industry peers as it continues to grow domestically and internationally. Not only does it consolidate Geely’s global footprint, it also assists in the Chinese automaker’s efforts to continually deliver world-class products, technologies and attributes.” TAC brings Geely range to Oman. HONING SKILLS

Orpic participates in annual GPCA forum ISD organises workshop on photography MUSCAT: Orpic recently participated in the 11th edition of the annual Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) forum, which was held in Dubai. The key industry event, across the global chemical industry agenda, is a crucial knowledge sharing and networking platform for regional and global stakeholders. Musab Al Mahruqi, CEO, Orpic made a presentation at the event

on Orpic’s successful integration under the title ‘Building a company that we are proud of’. The forum’s theme this year was, ‘Competitiveness, Riding New Waves’, and joining the forum were other global business leaders in sharing insights on how to ride new market conditions to competitive advantage, says a press release. Musab Al Mahruqi, CEO,

Orpic, said, “Over the last decade, the GPCA forum has developed a reputation of gathering the most influential people in the regional and global energy industry, to discuss and debate the most relevant topics that impact the sector today, and insights on how it will develop tomorrow. We are happy to be members of GPCA and hope that this fruitful partnership will continue in the future.”

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Al Hayat marks National Day MUSCAT: Al Hayat International Hospital commemorated the 46th National Day of Oman by holding a celebratory event on the hospital premises. Fun activities The event was open to people of all ages and nationalities, employees and senior management in a function that truly imitated the

essence of Omani culture and tradition. Deepa Raman, vice chairman - Al Hayat International Hospital, and Dr Betty Raman, inaugurated and the function began with a recitation of the Omani National Anthem, followed by a host of fulfilled activities and games that kept the audience engaged throughout the day, says a press release.

MUSCAT: ISD organised a workshop on photography for the students of photography club. The resource person was Chitra Shergill, a Dubai based professional associated with Nikon. The workshop was organised to provide a platform for the young, enthusiastic amateur photographers to horn their photographic skills, says a press release. Dr Sridevi P. Thashnath, the principal, introduced and welcomed Shergill. The 112 participants were taught the basic operation of a DSLR Camera. The techniques of manually operating a DSLR Camera inorder to obtain an excellent photograph were explained with illustrations and examples. Techniques involving manually setting the aperture, shutter speed, ISO and rules like balancing, negative space, rule of the third were dealt with in detail. The session concluded with hands on experience wherein students were given opportunity to click pictures using manual operations.


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Danube Group director presents tips to host perfect get-together MUSCAT: Adel Sajan, director of Danube Group, presents tips and guidelines to help you organise a sophisticated soiree. Plan a theme for your dinner: The theme could be a ‘traditional’ one, where guests can be requested to come dressed in clothes that are typical of their culture. This is particularly interesting when your guest list has an interesting mix of people from different nationalities; it could help people start conversations and discover more about each other. The theme could extend to the décor you could have Oriental curtains, Turkish lamps, ornate candle stands, bric-a-brac, comfortable floor cushions and carpets with Arabic motifs. Warm colours are particularly recommended. You can also pick your music list to represent the theme. Focus on your table setting: The table setting can make all the difference, especially when you are hosting a buffet-style dinner. A pretty centrepiece can add to the atmosphere - you could choose something that matches the room or goes with a theme that fits the occasion; you could decorate the table with a pretty tablecloth, fresh flowers in a

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beautiful vase, and a bowl of fresh fruits or even an elaborate sculpture or objet d’art. Planning a table in advance will also help you anticipate the requirements of your guests, as well as the meal itself by laying out the proper flatware, silverware, crystal ware and condiments in advance. Remember, an interesting setting will not only impress your guests, it will also express your creativity. A great spread: Food can make or break a good dinner party; make sure you plan in advance. A mix of light as well as heavy dishes, such as traditional salads and soups, along with rice, meat and vegetable preparations that are more elaborate, are ideal. Ensure that you have a variety of precooked snacks such as samosas or kebabs in case you are short on time or don’t have help to prepare the entire meal.

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MUSCAT: The third generation Kia Sorento 7-seater SUV is a unique blend of style, confidence and practical technology. Its smoother, swept-back profile and deeply sculpted surfaces introduce a greater level of sophistication. The 7-seater AWD also has class leading space bigger than its competitors do. At the given time, the Sorento is available with a cash gift of OMR1,500 and 0% to 3.95% interest on EMI. If not this, then the customer has the option of choosing 1 year comprehensive Insurance and 30,000km/2 years’ service and a

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cash gift of OMR750. They can also avail 0% interest & 3.95% interest rate, says a press release. The offer makes the tempting Kia Sorento truly irresistible! (The campaign lasts until January 5, 2017. Terms and conditions apply. Please visit nearest Kia showroom for details). A best-seller, the Sorento has notched up sales of more than 100,000 units in each of the past five years, and offers a long list of features. Kia’s Sorento has earned the prestigious 5-star overall safety rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA). The core of the Sorento is its significantly enhanced platform. Liberal application of industrial strength adhesives, the use of dual-seal lip joints as well as large

diameter and laser welding techniques combine to make the 2016 model the most robust and durable Sorento ever. “The 7-seater SUV has a lot of popular attributes. For example, its cabin has a ‘Premium’ feel with space for up to seven occupants and numerous innovative features,” remarked an official, “extensive use of advanced high strength steel makes it stiffer and more durable than ever. The styling of the cabin follows a ‘modern and wide’ theme. This is evident through the horizontal layout of the instrument cluster, interior trim and the wrap-around dashboard, which extends into the door trims. A higher proportion of soft-touch materials and leather creates a modern luxury feel to the

cabin and gives the new Sorento the ambience of a genuinely premium interior space.” One of the most distinctive interior styling features is the Swiss watch inspired user interface, which incorporates Kia’s latest HMI (human-machine interface) technologies, surrounded by a new silver-look frame. The Smart Power Tailgate automatically opens when the key is ‘sensed’ in close proximity to the trunk, so owners can load their shopping bags or heavy objects straight into the vehicle. The rear tailgate opens automatically when the Smart Key is detected nearby for 3 seconds or more and closes with a simple push of a button. A new 7-inch colour TFT LCD screen, with an electro-luminescent instrument cluster and digital speedometer, further improves the modern form and function of the interior while displaying all relevant journey information, which the driver can select from the multi-function steering wheel. The driver, for better localisation, can choose Arabic language interface in the supervision cluster. Reliable International Automotive (RIA), the distributor for Kia in Oman provides a rewarding ownership experience for customers.

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3-day Indian real estate Five of Engie Stomo’s plants awarded at RoSPA 2016 roadshow begins today MUSCAT: Pan-Eastern T & E Worldwide in association with HDFC Home Loans brings its 55th Indian Real Estate Roadshow to Sohar and Muscat. The roadshow showcases India’s best real estate brands today at Sohar Beach Hotel, Sohar, tomorrow and the day after at Al Falaj Hotel, Muscat. The media partner is Times of Oman and advertising partner is Express Advertising, says a press release. The roadshow in Sohar will be held from 2-10pm and at Al Falaj Hotel from 10:30am to 9pm. The show features exclusive and selected developers from various parts of India such as Gurgaon, Noida, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Ooty, Mysore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Alappuzha, Kochi, Kannur, Kollam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum and more. The projects on display include various options like developed plots, land, apartments, penthouses, row-houses, villas, villaments and more. “Every year we strive to upgrade the standard of our property events by bringing in bigger and

Sayyali Chawla, MD, PanEastern Trade and Exhibitors Worldwide. – Supplied picture

reputed players to Oman. This way we fulfil our promise to get the best real estate projects from India with wider choices to the NRIS living in Oman to fulfil their dreams of buying a home back in India and investing in property deals assuring them high returns. “We understand that NRIs have time constraints when they visit India on vacations and this event becomes their only means to explore opportunities in real estate investment hence it is our mission

to bring in only the best of Indian property and only those who have a proven track record and are approved by major financial institutions,” added Sayyali Chawla, MD, Pan-Eastern Trade and Exhibitors Worldwide. Meanwhile Godrej Properties said that it has sold villas worth over Rs300 crore on the first day of the launch of 100-acre township in Greater Noida, bucking the existing slowdown in the NCR property market. Godrej Properties is the real estate arm of the Godrej group. This is the company’s first project in Noida-Greater Noida market. The township ‘Godrej Golf Links’ is being developed as a joint venture with ACE Group, a local developer in NCR. “We consider Noida a critical growth opportunity for our company and hope to have many more successful launches in the city,” Godrej Properties MD & CEO Pirojsha Godrej said. “We will do everything possible to ensure we deliver our Godrej Golf Links customers an outstanding and innovative project,” he added.

MUSCAT: Engie Stomo, a subsidiary of Engie, has been awarded for five of its power plants based in Manah, Sohar, Rusail and Barka in Oman. All of them have been recognised for their high standards of occupational health & safety management systems, safety culture and outstanding control of risk by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), headquartered in the United Kingdom, says a press release. The Manah Power Plant, Rusail Power Station, Barka 3 Power Plant and Sohar 2 Power Plant representing a total of 381 employees have been awarded the much coveted RoSPA Gold award and the Sohar 1 Power & Desalination Plant has obtained the prestigious Silver award. Speaking about the achievement, Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said, “To win an award at such a highlyregarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for our winners. It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to. We offer

To win an award at such a highly-regarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for our winners. It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to. We offer them our congratulations Julia Small RoSPA’s head of awards and events

them our congratulations.” Congratulating the staff and all stakeholders, Ian Agnew, head of Safety at Engie Stomo, said, “I fully appreciate the efforts taken by the management, staff and all stakeholders for upholding safety

at all times; especially when it comes to operating facilities of this scale and complexity. I feel ‘safety’ is now fully embedded as part of our culture and I wish our teams all the success in creating new benchmarks for the future.”

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MoH partners with Towell Knowledge Institute MUSCAT: Five consecutive days of private healthcare training was delivered to over 350 delegates last week in the WJ Towell bespoke Training Institute in Rumais. The project was deemed to be a glorious success. The number of clinics represented were 76 and around 350 participants took part in the training, says a press release. Towell Knowledge Institute (TKI) was approached by the DGPHE (Directorate General of Private Healthcare Establishments namely Dr Mazin and Gerald Strong in early 2016 to conduct a

series of training courses to support a series of new Ministry of Health mandatory standards for private healthcare providers. These standards must be fulfilled in order for the private hospitals to retain their legal licence to operate. The standards are audited every three to six months in each hospital. They will be mandatory for each healthcare establishment by January 2017. In August 2015 TKI started serious discussions with the DGPHE on rolling out the training and was asked to run two half day courses

covering infection control and fire health and safety. This training would be offered to all private healthcare providers in the Muscat area and will be rolled out to other regions within 2017. The training was commissioned by DGPHE and staff from the audit teams who attended the training. It was delivered in TKI on five consecutive days recently by Navaid Syed, National Health Service UK - TKI and Donna Rush from Target Training under the leadership and guidance of Ali Shaban, general manager of operations W J Towell Company.

DGPHE was pleased with the Fire Health and Safety training and has received some very good feedback on the course from the private healthcare providers. The major participators were: Muscat Private Hospital, Al Hayat International Hospital, Saud Bahwan Group Polyclinic, Aster Al Rifaa Hospital, Medident, Al Amal Medical Center, Aria Iranian Medical Center, Bombay Diagnostic Center, Al Sagar Polyclinic, Finland Eye center, International Eye and Ear Center, Al Qurum Medical Center, Finland Osteopathy clinic.


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Bank Muscat hosts management meeting in step with Tanfeedh The management team led by AbdulRazak Ali Issa, chief executive, visited the Tanfeedh exhibition and reviewed projects covering manufacturing, logistics and tourism sectors showcased at the event

MUSCAT: Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in step with its ‘Let’s Do More’ vision and commitment to partnership in national development initiatives, marked a unique initiative hosting its strategic management meeting on the sidelines of Tanfeedh - the national programme for enhancing economic

diversification at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. The management team led by AbdulRazak Ali Issa, chief executive, visited the Tanfeedh exhibition and reviewed projects covering manufacturing, logistics and tourism sectors showcased at the event, says a press release. The capital contribution to these projects is projected at OMR16 billion, including OMR14 billion by the private sector, creating 30,000 jobs by 2020. The management team also reviewed SME projects highlighted at the exhibition. AbdulRazak Ali Issa said: “Doing more is the forte of Bank Muscat - more for the economy, more for the community and more for the nation. The bank’s leadership is focused on achieving its strategic objectives, closely aligned

with the government’s economic diversification programme.” Committed AbdulRazak Ali Issa added: “In step with the dynamic ‘Let’s Do More’ vision, the focus of Bank Muscat is clear – create a sustainable financial platform for society and business and thereby contribute to the Sultanate’s economic growth. Committed to supporting economic growth and sustainable development, the bank utilises every opportunity to reiterate partnership in building the nation by creating opportunities for individuals and businesses to grow and prosper.” As a forward looking financial institution, Bank Muscat is committed to the development and progress of Oman vis-à-vis its op-

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erations. Over the years, the bank has accomplished this in many ways by partnering with the government and industry in projects of national importance. Alongside participation in large-scale projects, the bank has also taken strategic steps to strengthen the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector in Oman. The bank actively participated in the series of Tanfeedh workshops in which the government and the private sector representatives focused on the country’s economy in light of the 9th Five Year Plan (2016-2020). The bank’s management team members made valuable contributions at the Tanfeedh workshops. Tanfeedh’s mandate is to implement the 9th Five-Year Plan, which calls for the hydrocarbon

sector’s contribution to GDP to decrease to nine per cent by 2020 compared to the present 34 per cent. To achieve this objective, the government has identified five potential sectors - manufacturing, transport and logistics, tourism, fisheries and mining. Tanfeedh is also focused on two other sectors which play a supplementary role finance and labour market. The results of Tanfeedh workshops have been used for creating a roadmap to implement the Five Year Plan. The 9th Plan is characterised by innovative financing strategy, targeting to reduce reliance on traditional funding through the government, thereby giving bigger role to the private sector in the development process covering integrated infrastructure projects in the Sultanate.

The government has made significant investment in infrastructure development during the earlier plans, providing a conducive milieu for investment in roads, ports, airports and other projects. Collaboration between all institutions of the state and individuals has become the key for addressing the challenges in the face of tough times amid the current downturn. The supplementary role of finance is seen as important for enhancing the economic diversification programme in Oman. The dynamic ‘Let’s Do More’ vision roadmap reflects the readiness to face future challenges and sums up the bank’s confidence and determination to stretch the boundaries in banking excellence in light of the government’s economic diversification programme.

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Smile Hypermarket, Saham celebrates its 1st anniversary

Asia Express opens its 30th branch in Rustaq MUSCAT: Asia Express Exchange, the leading money exchange and remittance service provider in the Sultanate of Oman opened its 30th branch at Rustaq recently. The new branch was inaugurated by Dr Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed bin Senan Al Ghaithi, Naib Al Wali in the presence of Adeeb Ahamed, managing director, Asia Express Exchange, Sheikh Mohammed Hamed Ali Al Ghazali, director, Asia Express Exchange and other senior management and dignitaries, says a press release. “We are proud to open yet another branch in Oman. The opening in Rustaq is a part of our aim to enhance convenience for our customers and extend our service to maximum regions. We are delighted to serve such a wide network of branches across Oman and it has been a remarkable journey so far with the support and encouragement of our loyal cus-

tomers,” said Adeeb. Asia Express Exchange is well known for its customer centric approach and value-laden service. As a pioneer in the industry, Asia Express Exchange is the first and only financial organisation to introduce Happiness Guides at all its branches. The Happiness Guides, who can be recognised by the Happiness Guide badge on them, are the focal point of contact for customers visiting any branch and provide guidance as ambassadors of positivity and happiness. Asia Express Exchange is also dedicated towards incorporating innovation in all its areas of function. Services like instant credit to designated bank accounts in India and Bangladesh, is a testimony of the organisation’s commitment towards promoting innovation that delights customers. The organisation has strategic banking arrangements with lead-

ing banks around the world and has also tied up with the best financial institutions backed with technological proficiency with an aim to provide smoother, faster, and more reliable services to its customers. The exchange house has direct remittance arrangements with premier banks in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Indonesia. Apart from sending money, customers can also get their foreign currency exchanged with competitive exchange rates. Over the years, Asia Express Exchange has been successful in delivering the best of service excellence to its customers earning their complete satisfaction and trust, which has allowed it to become the most preferred exchange house providing top-quality worldwide remittance and foreign exchange services to expats and locals alike in Oman.

MUSCAT: Smile Hypermarkets, the fastest growing retail chain in the GCC region, celebrated 1st anniversary of its Saham branch, the first outlet in Oman. Ameer Chakarath, regional director - Smile Hypermarket and other management officials took part in the function. As part of the celebration, ‘Daily win prizes’ promotion was conducted, in which customers can win daily five prizes. There was OMR1 to 2 promotion for all supermarket and department store items. The promotion received an overwhelming response, says a press release. Management expressed its gratitude towards the customers for their support and helping to complete one year successfully.

“We expect more support in future. We are planning to launch many more similar promotions in the near future. Smile Hypermarket will continue to offer lowest

prices and best services to our customers. They can trust Smile Hypermarket while shopping for best value and best services,” the management added.

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Signature Luxury 100 awards set to be held on December 19 MUSCAT: The much awaited spectacular second edition of The Luxury 100, Signature magazine’s annual luxury list and awards, is all set to take place on December 19 at Al Bustan Palace, A RitzCarlton Hotel. ID Design, the Sultanate’s top luxury décor brand, will be reprising its role as the luxury partner for the event. Joining them this year is BMW also as a luxury partner. The other sponsors include Times of Oman and Al Shabiba as media partners, and Oman Printers & Stationers as print partner, says a press release. “The Luxury 100 book launch and awards concept, which debuted last year, ushered in a new era for the luxury market in Oman that has only grown leaps and bounds since then. In a year, The Luxury 100 has already become

The Luxury 100, a unique initiative will be held at Al Bustan Palace, A RitzCarlton Hotel the Sultanate’s most prominent luxury awards night, while The Luxury 100 limited edition coffee-table book is already being called a must-have by the most renowned purveyors and consumers of luxury. “The Luxury 100 brand highlights our commitment to create a unique platform for Oman’s luxury market to be recognised and honoured. We are thrilled with all the attention the property has received so far and we

are sure that our second edition will raise the bar even higher,” said Alpana Roy, executive vice president, United Media Services. The Luxury 100, a unique initiative that marks the country’s and the region’s only list of iconic luxury products of the year, is a superlative compilation or a consolidated “List of Lists” that embodies the spirit of luxury. Created after months of study and research, the editors of UMS, renowned luxury specialists, lifestyle journalists and a select mix of readers and industry experts weighed in to create this list and each featured product has proven its luxury credentials with its popularity. The categories, which include personal luxury goods, luxury cars and luxury hospitality, have been expanded this year to include bespoke banking and top-tier real estate.


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OHA chief to work with and for expats in hockey development The new chief of Oman hockey, whose plans include facilitating the involvement of expats in the development of hockey across the country, met the representatives of various expatriate communities to discuss the future development plans

T.K. MOHANDOSS sportseditor@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: “We have made a new beginning,” is how the Oman Hockey Association (OHA) chairman Talib Khamis Al Wahaibi described the outcome of his meeting with the hockey patrons and practitioners, organisers and aficionados from the expatriate communities. The newly-elected chairman of the Sultanate’s hockey governing body, whose plans include facilitating the involvement of expats in the development of hockey across the country, met the representatives of various expatriate communities at the Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) conference hall on Wednesday to discuss the future development plans. With positive vibes emitting from the meeting, the OHA chair-

FOCUS ON DEVELOPMENT: Oman Hockey Association chairman Talib Khamis Al Wahaibi, second from right, and general secretary Dr Khamis Al Rahbi, seond from left, with veteran hockey consultant S.A.S. Naqvi and OHA official Shakir Munir during the meeting with expatriate community at the Oman Olympic Committee conference hall on Wednesday. – JUN ESTRADA / Times of Oman

man said the ball has been set rolling and it is for all the stakeholders to take up the opportunity and push ahead with the task of developing hockey in the Sultanate further. Speaking to Times Sport right after the meeting, Talib Al Wahaibi said: “Our initiative received good response. We had a large attendance at the meeting. Everyone had their own opinions and we listened to them very carefully and I hope this will help us in laying a genuine road map for the development.” Al Wahaibi, who was highly impressed by the interest shown by the expat community to work with the OHA for a common goal — which is enhancing the reputation of the game in the Sultanate, revealed a plan to form a committee to look into the expatriates interests. “Yes, we will form a committee soon under my chairmanship and I personally will look into the affairs,” he said. “I will also visit all of the expatriate schools soon and look into their requirements to introduce the game,” said Talib Al Wahaibi, who said his idea of introducing children starting from fifth grade to ninth grade will be extended to expatriate schools as well. In his post-election comments,

OHA chairman had spelt out this idea for the Omani schools and now he is happy to take the scheme to expatriate schools as well. “My vision is to have OHA recognised tournaments for the schoolchildren — separate for Omani schools and expatriate schools and this will be a reality from next year,” he explained. “At the same time I will also like to have tournaments for private sector companies and with so many hockey playing clubs here it will be a grand success,” he added. “This will also be part of our 2017 programme. Through this I hope to bring in more spectators to witness the game and in turn popularise it,” he said. Muscat Festival hockey “On the agenda is the proposal to Muscat Municipality to organise a hockey tournament during the Muscat Festival, which will be open for all hockey lovers,” said Talib Al Wahaibi. “I have also set a condition to all private clubs to include Omani players in their teams, but a point to note is no registered Omani club players should be inducted. It is for the private clubs to lure in more Omani players so that they get a chance to play the game,” he opined.

“This will help in tapping more talents for the nation’s cause,” said Talib Al Wahaibi. Meanwhile on a request for expert guidance technically, the OHA boss requested the school representatives whether they are willing to gain technical expertise from hockey centres at Bausher Club, Seeb Club and Ahli-Sidab Club or also at Ministry of Sports Affairs’ centre at Buraimi. “OHA runs around 12 centres in the Sultanate,” he said. ‘Dream turning true’ Meanwhile, senior hockey consultant Saiyed Ali Sibtain Naqvi, who led the expatriate representation, said it was a dream gradually turning real. “My dream was to introduce hockey to the expatriate schools and I am happy that the OHA vision is also the same,” said Naqvi after the meeting. “Expatriate hockey has been alive and kicking for some time now, but the game has not really caught up at the schools. I hope that this initiative will make hockey in schools more vibrant,” said the hockey veteran. Naqvi also hailed the efforts of the OHA chairman and vowed full support to the cause. “I am sure we will have plethora of activities

in the future starting from next year and I am also happy that the chairman has assured support for the schools and other expatriate clubs,” Naqvi, whom Talib Al Wahaibi referred to as the God Father of Oman hockey, said. “The meeting was indeed successful and I am sure the new OHA board will bring the game back to life in Oman,” said Kuttappa Bellu of Team Coorg. Also present during the meeting was OHA General Secretary Dr. Khamis Al Rahbi. Representatives from Indian School Mabella, Indian School Al Ghubra, Pakistan Social Club, Pakistan School Muscat, Indian School Darsait, Indian School Muscat, Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir, Indian School Al Seeb, Team Coorg, United Thalassery Sports Club and Pak Falcons Hockey Club. Meanwhile, Muscat Arabian Foxes Club, who run hockey sessions at the British School under the guidance of a coach from the Netherlands, could not attend the meeting. In a letter to the OHA, the Muscat Foxes had assured to meet the OHA chairman on another day and also invited him to visit their training venue. Four-nation tourney Meanwhile, OHA official Shakir

We are in contact with Muscat Municipality for organising a hockey tournament during Muscat Festival 2017 Talib Khamis Al Wahaibi OHA Chairman

Munir revealed how Pakistan Social Club’s representative Aftab Gilani recalled the organisation of hockey match between PIA and Oman on Pakistan National Day and the club’s offer to organise a four-nation tournament involving teams from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Oman. The OHA chairman, according to Shakir, asked PSC to chalk out the proposals and assured all support. UTSC chairman Hashir Ponmanichi referring to the success of their Gulf Hockey Fiesta early this year, proposed an idea of organising a bigger event next year with the support from the OHA. “The chairman promised all support and also revealed that very soon OHA will be active on all social media platforms,” said Shakir.


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Boult set to return for ODI opener against Australia AUCKLAND: Trent Boult is expected to be fit for New Zealand’s opening One-day International (ODI) against Australia in Sydney on Sunday after the strike bowler missed the second Test win over Pakistan due to knee discomfort. Boult sustained a knee injury on New Zealand’s tour of India and he felt some discomfort when he slipped during the first Test against Pakistan in Christchurch earlier this month. He was ruled out of the second match in Hamilton, which New Zealand won by 138 runs to clinch their first series win over Pakistan since 1985. Coach Mike Hesson said Boult was tracking “very well” for Sunday’s opener in the Chap-

pell-Hadlee series having passed a fitness test. “He’s recovered. I think when you know you’ve only got to bowl 10 overs, it’s a lot easier than obviously the demands of the test match,” Hesson told reporters before the team left for Australia on Wednesday. Boult’s return would be a boost for Hesson’s side as they make the quick transition from test matches to one-day cricket, though captain Kane Williamson said the confidence from their victory over Pakistan would help. “One thing I do know is winning’s a lot better than losing, so I guess it’s nice coming away with a series win, having played very good cricket as a unit,” Williamson said.

“In saying that, the change in format, also the change in side, means that it is a separate challenge. It is important you bring yourself back to the challenges that are in front of you.” Hesson added that New Zealand could also take confidence from their consistent performances in the shorter versions of the game over the last two to three years. “We’re a reliable white-ball side,” he said. “A lot of these guys have never played in Australia. There’ll be some good crowds, I’m sure, over there, plenty of hostility, and for any New Zealand team going over there it’s an exciting time, so we’re looking forward to it.” — Reuters

FIT AGAIN: New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult will be back in action after missing the Hamilton Test.

Australia’s Cummins to make latest comeback in one-dayers The 23-year-old missed all of last season after yet another stress fracture in his lower back but returned with a vengeance in Australia’s domestic one-day competition last month, taking 15 wickets at 18.60

SYDNEY: Pat Cummins’ international career has had more than its fair share of false starts due to injuries but captain Steve Smith hopes the upcoming One-day International (ODI) series against New Zealand will prove a launchpad for the Australia fast bowler to kick on. The right armer, who made a dream Test debut against South Africa as a raw 18-year-old in 2011 with match figures of seven for 117, was recalled to the Austral-

BACK AGAIN: Pat Cummins who has been on and off in his career so far will be back in action for the ODIs against New Zealand.

ian side for the first time in more than a year for the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series. The 23-year-old missed all of last season after yet another stress fracture in his lower back but returned with a vengeance in Australia’s domestic one-day competition last month, taking

15 wickets at 18.60. Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said when the one-day squad was named last week that he was particularly pleased to see him back bowling with real pace. With Australia choosing not to rest test spearheads Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, Smith

had three genuinely quick bowlers at his disposal for the series against New Zealand that starts in Sydney on Sunday. “It looked like he bowled with some good pace so it’s nice to have the option of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins at our disposal,” Smith told Australian Associated Press in Sydney on Wednesday. “It’s very exciting.” Cummins, man of the match in his Test debut, has been blighted by injury since, suffering heel problems, a torn side muscle and stress fractures in his back. Such have been the extent of his injuries, he has played just eight first-class games since he made his debut for New South Wales against Tasmania in Hobart as a 17-year-old. His last first-class game was on last year’s Ashes tour of England. Smith, however, said that if he could prove his fitness through limited overs cricket then he could be in the frame for Australia’s tour of India next February. “Obviously he’s going to play these one-dayers. I dare say he’ll play the one-dayers at the back end of the summer as well and I think after Christmas he might be playing some Shield cricket,” Smith added. “India’s possible. He’s obviously got to play some Shield cricket first and see how he goes ... how his body holds up. So far he’s going pretty well.” - Reuters


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SPORTS Prolific lower order is big advantage for India Ashwin enhanced his batting

Guys never made me feel I am coming back after eight years, says Parthiv

reputation with a defiant 72, Jadeja threatened a maiden Test ton before falling 10 runs short and Jayant hit a first Test fifty to give India a 134-run first innings lead which effectively took the match away from England

MOHALI: A functional lower order had previously been resigned to the realm of wishful thinking for India but recent results, especially in the series against England, suggest skipper Virat Kohli has finally acquired one. Having reduced India to 204 for 6 in the third Test at Mohali over the weekend, England’s hopes of forging a crucial first innings lead were hardly unrealistic. What followed was a resolute rearguard action by the Indian tail with Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav supplying more than half of the 417 runs India finally amassed at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. Ashwin enhanced his batting reputation with a defiant 72, Jadeja threatened a maiden Test ton before falling 10 runs short and Jayant hit a first Test fifty to give India a 134-run first innings lead which effectively took the match away from England. It was the first time that India’s number seven, eight and nine batsmen had posted 50-plus scores in a match as the hosts moved 2-0 ahead in the five-Test series. Kohli knows how frusCRICKET

ICC clears Hafeez’s bowling action KARACHI: Experienced allrounder Mohammed Hafeez could be a late addition to Pakistan’s Test squad for Australia tour after the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday cleared his bowling action following remedial work. “It is great news for me and a big moment because I have always wanted to contribute to the team as a bowler and batsman,” Hafeez said in an interview. Hafeez underwent a reassessment test of his bowling action at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on November 17 where it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all his off-spin deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions. — PTI

NEW DELHI: A blazing 67 after a polished 42 earned Parthiv Patel plaudits from his skipper Virat Kohli and the comeback man is thankful to the whole team for making him feel wanted in the Indian Test team’s dressing room where he had stepped in after eight long years. “It was because of the kind of welcome and vibes I got in the dressing room, which was really important. Coming after eight years and wearing India whites, you are a bit nervous before the start of the Test match or while you are preparing for that moment to play for India. The guys welcomed me and it never felt like I was coming back to the dressing room after a huge gap,” Parthiv told BCCI.TV today. What was the icing on the cake was Parthiv hitting those winning runs. “It was a great moment for me. I have been a part of Test matches before but I had never ever hit the winning runs,” said the pint sized Gujarat stumper. “As a batsman, it feels great to finish off the

trating it is to be thwarted by the tailenders and is obviously happy that the tables have been turned. “As a side, when you get five-six wickets, you think the game is going to get over soon. Your batsmen go into that zone and then suddenly you have to field for 60-70 more overs,” Kohli said after India sealed an eight-wicket victory on Tuesday. Such a situation could confound any team, Kohli said, whether to focus on the field or think about their own batting. Confidence boost “We experienced that in the past when other teams have done it against us. So it’s great to see our guys stepping up and actually

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game. To get the winning runs after making a comeback is a proud moment for me. Virat was at the other end and he said he was very happy to see me getting runs. “Playing for your country is the biggest honour and making a comeback is even harder. He along with other teammates made me comfortable as and it was pleasing to get runs for the team.” Parthiv said consistent performances in domestic cricket also helped him a lot. “Having played domestic

making it count. In every game, on an average, they are scoring 80-85 runs,” Kohli added. Primarily selected for their prowess with the ball on turning pitches, Ashwin, who has scored four Test centuries, has hit a fifty in each of the three tests against England while Jadeja and Jayant have also proved they are no dud with the bat. Such obstinate resistance not only deflates the opposition but also boosts the confidence of the spin trio when they resume their main role. “It helps them, they’ve admitted. You see Ashwin, he is the number one all-rounder. He scores runs and when he comes out with the ball, he is more confident.”

cricket for long, I know my game well. I was always backing myself to get runs. I was in very good form in first-class cricket and I wanted to make this opportunity count. I wanted to continue that form into this Test match. It is the kind of energy you need to take while you are batting. The most important part is to get runs in the game and if you are getting them, you release a lot of pressure off yourself and from the partner who is batting with you at the other end.” The 42 runs in the first innings gave him a lot of confidence. “I played well in the first innings as well but it was necessary to show intent in the second innings, especially when you are chasing a low score. I am glad I could get a fifty in the second innings and stay there till the end for the team.” Parthiv said that his keeping though can improve as he plays more Tests. “I am happy with the way I kept wickets but I can always get better. Hopefully, I can come out better the next time I keep wickets.” - PTI

Batting coach Sanjay Bangar had played an important function in the turnaround, making small technical adjustments, Jayant said. “Batting comes naturally to me and I have been working on it in the nets this series,” the off-spinner, playing his first Test series, told the Indian cricket board website. “Me and Sanjay have been working on two things: one is getting my stance a bit wider so that I get more balance in the crease, and secondly, keeping my hands closer to my body so that I have better control over my hand. “These are small technical things that we are working on. Hopefully, I continue to build from here on,” the 26-year-old added. - PTI

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Zubair Corporation fetes freestyle footballer Al Nofli MUSCAT: With an objective to recognise unique talent, The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp) honoured Oman’s well known freestyle footballer Mohammed Al Nofli at an event organised at Mitsubishi showroom. Al Nofli, who has been amazing fans in Oman and across the region with his incredible skills in freestyle football, was honoured by Zubair M Al Zubair vice-chairman of The Zubair Corporation at the special event. With an ability to perform awe-inspiring athletic and acrobatic tricks with a football, Al Nofli has performed in several national and international competitions. It may be recalled

that Al Nofli had represented Oman at the Red Bull Street Style competition held in Italy in 2012. Supporting youth is an important segment of The Zubair Corporation’s strategy and social responsibility. As a private sector player, Z-Corp is keen on implementing a long-term strategy aimed at providing support for youth to invest their energies positively. Stressing that the group is committed to endorsing and cultivating special talent, Zubair M Al Zubair said: “Freestyle football has gained recognition all over the world in recent years and the increase in popularity has led many youngsters to turn towards this new sport. We

SUPPORTING YOUTH: Popular Omani freestyle footballer Mohammed Al Nofli, second left, being honoured by Zubair M Al Zubair vice-chairman of The Zubair Corporation. – Supplied photo

see this trend in Oman too and hope that role models such as Al Nofli will inspire more youngsters to take up this sport. “As a private sector player, we are proud to honour Al Nofli who has trained hard, created his own style and devoted himself to learning more to make a name for himself as an established freestyle footballer.” “Players such as Al Nofli set a positive example and serve as role models to younger generations. It is extremely inspiring to see the passion, determination and talent of Al Nofli who has gained worldwide recognition and fame.” Al Nofli displayed remarkable combination of technique, skill

and showmanship with his performance at the event. Thanking The Zubair Corporation, Al Nofli said: “I am extremely delighted that a well-respected private sector company Zubair has bestowed me this honour. It shows their commitment to encouraging the younger generation to excel in life. I truly wish more private sector companies come forward with such gestures as it really boosts the confidence of the youth. “This event also shines a light on the growing community of freestyle footballers in Oman. It is also encouraging that many freestyle footballers using their special skills go on to become fulltime footballers.”

Hamilton one of the best, but no friend: Rosberg

MEDAL WINNERS

The tense

Bank Muscat honours Oman athletic team

atmosphere between the childhood friends as they waited for Sunday’s

MUSCAT: Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in line with its ‘Let’s Do More’ vision and ‘Imprints’ social responsibility initiative, extended support to Oman national athletic team which recorded impressive results in the 5th Asian Beach Games held in Vietnam. Omani athletes took part in four disciplines and won two medals, a gold and a silver. The Oman athletic team was recently honoured under the patronage of Oman Athletic Association chief Younis bin Yacoub Al Siyabi, and in the presence of Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al

Zubair, Chairman of Oman Olympic Committee, and Abdullah bin Salim Al Rahbi, Head of Events and Sponsorship at Bank Muscat. As the nation’s leading financial institution, Bank Muscat supports participation of Omani youth in national and international sporting events as part of its commitment to partnership in promoting Oman as a sporting nation. By encouraging sporting activities, the bank seeks to set a fine example of promoting good health and healthy living and thereby motivate others to follow suit and provide the required support vital for developing a sporting nation.

podium ceremony spoke volumes

WIESBADEN: Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg hailed Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton as one of the greatest drivers of all time on Wednesday but ruled out forging any friendly ties with the Briton as long as they raced each other. Rosberg, who lost out to Hamilton in the previous two years, made it third time lucky when he clinched his maiden title with a second-place finish behind the triple world champion at the season finale in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The pair have been at loggerheads all season and their frosty relationship had been compared by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff as a volcano ready to erupt. Hamilton compounded matters further when he deliberately

THIRD TIME LUCKY: New Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg, left, poses for selfies with fans during a press event at his home town of Wiesbaden, western Germany, on Wednesday. – AFP

slowed the pace from the front in Abu Dhabi, hoping to back Rosberg into a position where rival drivers could overtake the German in a last-ditch effort to overhaul his 12-point deficit. ‘Virtually impossible’ “Lewis is one of the best of all time. He sets a high standard,” the 31-year-old Rosberg told reporters during a visit to his Wiesbaden birthplace in Germany. The tense atmosphere between the childhood friends as they wait-

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ed for Sunday’s podium ceremony spoke volumes, with Rosberg hoisting the sport’s 86-year-old commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone into the air but choosing to ignore Hamilton. There was minimal eye contact, let alone a handshake. “It will always be difficult between us. We are in the same team and race against each other for titles,” Rosberg said. “It is virtually impossible to have a good relationship. We used to be best friends when we were

young so at least we have this respect for each other. This helps somewhat,” he added. “I do not know how he feels at the moment but I know how I felt in 2014 and 2015.” Rosberg lost any hope of claiming the 2014 title with an engine problem at the final race of the season but he has been free of such reliability issues this year. “For me it was difficult to stomach. In 2015 I lost to him again. It will now take some time for him to process this,” Rosberg said. - Reuters

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EY Muscat lift EY MENA cricket title Mohan and Girish MUSCAT: Ernst & Young (EY) Muscat defeated EY Al Khobar to lift the title at the 5th EY MENA Cricket Tournament at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi recently. A total of eight EY teams from Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Khobar, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait and Bahrain took part in the T20 tournament. The teams were divided into two groups with the top two from each group advancing to the semifinals. EY Muscat, who were unbeaten in the group stage after victories over Jeddah, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, outplayed Dubai team in the semifinals. In their last four match against Dubai, EY Muscat batted first and scored 145 runs for the loss of six wickets. Omar Sarfaraz smashed 71 runs while Mohammed Nayaz contributed 43. Then they restricted EY Dubai to 109 for four with Pankaj Gupta, Mohammed Nayaz, Vishak Jayakumar and Alkesh Joshi claimed a wicket apiece. In the title match against EY

sneak into semis

Al Khobar, the Muscat team batted first and put on 183 for three with Saud Haroon scoring 62 and Vikram Verma making 55 runs. EY Muscat then restricted their opponents to 122 for six to seal

the match and the crown. Vishak claimed three wickets while Alkesh, Pankaj and Inayat Balsania took one wicket apiece. The EY Muscat team comprised Abbas Rizvi, Madhu Babu,

Alkesh Joshi (captain), Vishak Jayakumar, Vikram Verma, Omar Sarfaraz, Thiyagu Subramanian, Mohammed Nayaz, Pankaj Gupta, Arun Thopil, Saud Haroon and Inayat Balsania.

MUSCAT: The fancied doubles team of Mohan Kannan and KK Girish advanced to the semifinals of the men’s doubles at the at the Falcon Insurance Companysponsored Annual Tennis Tournament organised by the Indian Social Club (ISC) but not before surviving a scare. The third seeded duo of Mohan Kannan and KK Girish scraped into the last four stage after edging to a nervy 8-7 (7-1) victory over Percy and Ronnie Pereira in the quarterfinal. The Pereira brothers stunned the third seeds with brilliant teamwork and gradually raced to a 4-2 lead. Mohan and Girish rallied to 4-all and broke again for a 6-4 lead. The Pereira brothers fought back to six-games-all and broke for the crucial break and were serving for the match when Mohan and Girish held firm and saved two match points and broke to force the tie-breaker.

Percy and Ronnie lost their way in the tie-breaker and the third seeds dominated to win it 7-1. In another men’s doubles quarterfinal match, the second seeded team of Suhail Khan and R. Murali progressed to the last four with a fine 8-4 victory over the team of Mohamed Azharuddin and Ajay Jhavar. The duo of J. Kaavya and Rohan Sebastian advanced to the quarterfinals of the junior doubles after surviving tense moments to overcome the team of Stuti Mathur and Madhu Mitra with a narrow 8-7 (7-5) victory in the tie-breaker. Kaavya and Rohan took the early 4-1 lead but lost momentum as Stuti and Madhu Mitra rallied to level the score. Kaavya and Rohan looked set for victory when Stuti and Madhu Mitra levelled to force the tie-breaker. Kaavya and Rohan struggled in the tiebreaker but hung in to win the tense battle.


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CHANGE OF NAME Dinesh Kumar Parshotam (holder of Indian Passport No. M 0507432) son of Parshotam having permanent residence in 41 Chitra Shantilal Modi Road, Kandivali West Mumbai 400067 (complete postal address in India) and presently residing in Sur Sultanate of Oman, Muscat (complete postal address in Oman) intend to change my name from Dinesh Kumar Parshotam (old name) to Dinesh Purshottam Kachrani (new name) for all practical purpose. Any objection towards my name change may please be communicated to Embassy of India, Muscat, Diplomatic Quarters, Al Khuwair, P. Box No. 1727, Postal Code 112, Ruwi, Sultanate of Oman.

NOTICE

TRANSPORTATION From Ruwi to Ghala. Contact: 99562527 Al Khuwair, Qurum, Ghubra & Azaiba. Contact: 95937789 / 94501264 Transportation. Contact: 4510847

Dihatsu Terrios Trend 4WD, 2012 Registration, dealer service registration up to August 2017. Contact No: 92812144

Chennai Saidapet flat for sale 636 sq ft, 200 meters from Railway Station Rs. 6800 sq ft. Contact: 968 95907025

Transportation. Contact 94510847 Transportation. Contact:94087276 Picking & drop (Ruwi to Rusayl). Contact: 98957524 Transportation. Contact 92015894

Projects Abu Hazaa Modren Trad ASSTD company which is recorded under the commercial register number 1220852 is going to change its legally shape from ASSTD company to L.L.C company And in accordance with Article 13 of the Commercial Companies Law No. 4/74 . And change its name to Al Ebdaat International for Cont. This is to inform any body who concerns until 2 months from the date of publishing this advertising.

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DAILY GUIDE SITUATION SITUATION WANTED VACANT JOB OPPORTUNITY Wanted 1No. Junior Civil Engineer With minimum 3 years experience in building construction. Currently available in Oman with NOC is highly appreciated. &

1No. IT and networking Technician With 5 years experience, good practical knowledge in networking, database management and good understanding of ERP/SAP software for a reputed construction company.

Contact: 95739143 Email: admin@omanihome.com

Excellent grade civil construction company required to fill the following Vacancies.

Excellent Grade Construction Company Requires the following:-

a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j) k)

Site Engineers (Civil), Senior MEP Engineer, MEP Engineers, QA/QC Civil, HSE Supervisor, Foreman (Civil), Foremen Electrical, Foremen Plumbing. Draft Man - Civil, Draft Man - Mechanical, Draft Man - Electrical, QS - Civil, QS - MEP, Experienced Purchaser, Store Keepers, Experienced person in Water Proofing Combo System.

HR/ADMIN MANAGER FINANCE MANAGER ACCOUNTS MANAGER PROJECTS MANAGER SAFETY OFFICER ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE QA/QC MEP ENGINEER MEP COORDINATOR MEP-SUPERVISOR TOWER CRANE OPERATOR

SITUATION VACANT

FOR CIVIL & MEP DIVISION 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9)

Project Engineer (D/L) Structural Engineer (D/L) Planning Engineer (D/L) HSE Inspector (D/L) Draftsman Inventory controller Accounts Assistant Office assistant Receptionist (Male/Female) 5 years GCC experience with good communication skills Send Your CV to

The above positions requires Oman Driving License. Email: hr@oasisgrace.com, rajesh@oasisgrace.com

Interested Candidates to send CV to below email.

ENGINEER

SKILLED LABOUR

SITUATION WANTED

Urgent requirement Civil Engineer, 10 yrs experience for Construction Supervision. Contact secons.engineers@gmail.com, 99244481

Required Experienced Auto Electrician and Automobile Mechanic for a reputed service station. Contact : 91232638 hashim@ramainvestment.com

ACCOUNTS

Email: info@durat.om

surcivilmep@surunited.com

Reputed mineral water company required the following HEAVY/LIGHT DUTY DRIVERS VAN SALESMAN with Omani driving license

SALES SUPERVISOR/SALES CO ORDINATOR with Omani driving license HELPERS Experience 3 to5 years

Contact - 90372638 ACCOUNTS A reputed interior and kitchen (domestic & commercial) company urgently required Accountant having minimum 2-3 years experience in accounts. Email: suresh@saharaintl.net An Omani Audit firm looking for Graduates in finance & accounting, Diploma in Accounting & high School passed Omani candidates with good communication skills in Arabic & English. Preferably having knowledge in Microsoft Excel & word. Email: muscataudit@gmail.com A construction company urgently requires Accounts Assistant. Send C.V to kabnair@gmail.com Contact: 99344279 Accountant 2-3 years experience. Candidate should be Indian, English speakers. NOC is a must. Email: mohammad.jwabreh@ bearingcitysc.com. Fax: 24509312

CATERING Excellent male cook w/ experience 200 Riyals salary + accommodation & food. Must be in Oman have own visa. Contact: Whatsapp: 95887572 Urgently required Lab Technician, Pharmacist on leave vacancy and Dental Technician for a reputed polyclinic. Send CV to carecare003@gmail. com or call 97706453.

DRIVER Required light duty driver. Send C.V to kabnair@gmail.com Contact: 99344279 Urgently required a gulf experienced heavy vehicle driver, currently available in Oman with NOC and valid GCC driving license. Contact: 94201258 Email: ho@ddtoman.com Wanted Driver for heavy (sewage vehicle) and light vehicle with valid Oman driving license. Contact: 97991654 / 97991652 Kindly send CV at Email: construction@remasalseeb.com / remaschandran2020@gmail.com

DESIGNER A reputed Interior Company urgently required interior designer having well experience for self design, AutoCAD, 3D max, Photoshop & V-ray. Email: suresh@saharaintl.net Required Graphic designer for a digital printing company in Al- Khoud. Candidate must have experience of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & CorelDraw. Experience in print machine operating preferable. Send CV to Email: magicfingerprint1@gmail.com, Contact: 94221420 / 94216866/ 94216836

DRAFTSMAN Required Autocad Draftsman preferably with experience in pipe line drawings. Send resume to email: 9waterpipe9@gmail.com or WHATSAPP in 98963963

DOMESTIC HELPER Full time Housemaid required for an Indian family. Contact: 92103688 Housemaid required for Keralite family in Ghubra. Malayalee maid preferred. Accommodation provided. Contact: 96139267

SURVEYOR /DRAFTSMAN ITI Surveyor with 2 years experience in Oman in OHL transmission lines with valid D/L and knowledge in drafting preferred Contact: 93339586 Email: hromancv@gmail.com Required Civil Engineers / Foreman. Contact 92481447, email: r.m.unnithna@outlook.com

MEDICAL Required Optometrist for a leading Optical group in Oman. Email : albasilopticals@gmail.com Contact 93822557 Wanted dentist for a leave vacancy for 3 weeks clinic at Ruwi. Contact: 92520054 Email: zayanmohd2375@gmail.com Fusion Medicare Polyclinic, Urgently required Pharmacists and Assistant Pharmacist for a reputed organization. Email: pharmadreams2016@gmail.com Muscat wants GP, staff Nurse holding MOH license & Receptionist (Omani) Contact 97698004 email: medicare@fusionlogicoman.com Physiotherapist (bachelor in Physiotherapist) experience 2 years in Oman, Nurse Experience 2 years. Fax: 24602206 Email: fayad.mohamed@gmail.com Wanted Pharmacist (with MOH license) & Nurse. Contact : 95042101 or send CV to Email : azad.a.asif@gmail.com Require well Exp Gynecologist (partnership basis) pediatrician lab technician, exp dentist Endo Dontist pedodontist, Ophtalmologist, lab Assistant for medical Centre in Mabela. Contact -Email amanammc@gmail.com Ph 95200180./ 24452070 Wanted female & Male Nurse with or without license (good salary, food & accommodation with other benefits. Contact 92989109, Email: medicoport@gmail.com

MISCELLANEOUS An excellent grade building Construction Company requires the following staff for their ongoing projects Operations Manager 10 yrs exp & Project Manager 7 yrs exp, Project Engineer 5 yrs exp, Site Engineer 3 yrs exp & Quantity Surveyor 5 yrs exp. Send CV to amad6859@gmail.com Urgent required : Store labors. Candidate should be Indian, English speakers. NOC is a must. Email: mohammad.jwabreh @bearingcitysc.com, Fax: 24509312 Candidates with the following should apply: Previous experience in a similar, working for a security company Proven experience of designing and estimating large integrated CCTV, Access Control, and Perimeter detection systems. Detailed technical knowledge of database and operating security systems associated with CCTV, access Control, with Oman license. Send CV by mail info@sahabit.com

A petroleum field (SAOC) company seeking for JCB operator with ROP license & having 2 years experience to work at PDO site. Contact: 24484045, Fax: 24485908, GSM : 98083550 Email: said.maqshan@gmail.com Construction company looking for foreman with Gulf experience. Contact : 95758004

SECRETARIAL / OFFICE Wanted Office clerk having two years experience. Contact: 92891888

SALES / MARKETING Required Part Time Sales Executive. Preferred experience in packaging industry. Must have Oman D/L. Contact: ahmed@soharpackaging.com Urgently required hard core Sales & marketing person for computer shop at Ruwi (IT knowledge) Oman driving license will be an advantage (preference for Kerala). Contact: 98048903 Email: info@smartpointcomputer.com Leading perfume & cosmetics company looking for Sales Executive with local market knowledge, fluent in English & D/L. Contact - 99669867, danatoman55@gmail.com A reputed interior & kitchen (domestic & commercial) company urgently required well experienced Sales & Marketing Executive having minimum 3 years of experience at the related job with valid Omani driving license. Send CV to suresh@saharaint.net Required sales and marketing executive for a 4-star hotel in muscat. candidate with excellent communication skills and having 3+ years experience need apply. driving license will be an advantage. email: hoteljobsmuscat@gmail.com Urgently required Sales executive for an electrical & building material co, in Muscat. Excellent communication skill and 2+ years experience with valid Oman D/L. Contact: 99886386/ 99881647 Email: thejacs2002@gmail.com Required Sales/Marketing Executive for a digital printing company in Al Khoud. Candidate (Indian or Philippine nationality preferred) must have valid Oman driving license. Send CV to Email: magicfingerprint1@gmail.com, Contact: 94221420/ 94216866/ 94216836 Required well experienced dynamic candidate in Real Estate Evaluation Field beside Building Management Techniques. Contact: 91246444, Email: rescooman@gmail.com Wanted Salesman (tyres wholesale) with driving license having 2 years experience & Accountant who knows the rules and regulations of Oman having 2 years experience. Contact: 92891888

Indian female, M.Com, having 4 yr’s experience in Accounts looking for Job in Accounts OR suitable placement. Contact: 98418533 / 99338639 Indian male MBA (finance) Accounts, Customer service, 2 yearsExperience.(Dubai Airport) Iran Airlines. GCC driving licensevalid till 2025. On Visit Visa (Till 20 Dec 2016).Looking for suitable job. Contact – 71093532. Emailmirzahassanbaig89@gmail.com Experienced Indian female 23 B.Com with computer application on visit looking for suitable position. Contact: 94964860 / 92436404 MBA Finance Indian 25 Male 2 years experience seeking opportunities in Finance sector. Immediately available.contact:92498840 sachu_0318@yahoo.com Indian male MBA finance 31 years working as Admin Manager in Muscat since 2012, total 8 years experience in administration and accounts valid Omani driving license. NOC is available. Contact : 94030054 Accountant (M. Com) having 7 years of exp with knowledge of Tally & Focus looking for a suitable job with valid D/L - (NOC/Release available). Contact: 93864278 Male MBA Finance, 10 Year experience in Accounting, Finance, Business Development, Administration & Banking (Import & Export). Proficient in Quickbook & Microsoft Suite. # 91462125, Valid Oman Driving License. Experienced Jordanian banker with 22 years of experience gained across top global banks and financial institutions in UAE, Jordan and Oman. Contact : 9290 9198 Accountant B.Com/ M.Com, Indian male 10 years exp seeks suitable job NOC available valid ROP driving license. Contact: 97375608 Email: vincentdsouza1979@gmail. com Indian male 22 years, B.Com Graduate with one yr experience in accounts, looking for suitable position. Contact: 91247507 MBA Finance having 6 years experience (4 years) in Oman as an Accountant, local release. NOC available can join immediately. Contact: 96742474 Accountant male holder of diploma Chartered Accountancy and student of CA institute inter CA, with 3 years experience in finance, available at Muscat ready to join immediately. Contact: 79049355 / 99220572 Email: ahamedfiham777@gmail.com ACCA qualified Chartered Accountant, 7 years experience & permanent resident of Oman looking for suitable placement. Contact: 94521899 Indian Male (26 years), M.com 4 years’ experience as an Accountant (3 years in Oman) looking for a suitable job, NOC available, Contact: 96004912/ nayaksushil2012@gmail.com Accounts Graduate (f) 2 yrs experience looking for suitable position. Contact: 90924337, Email: jobsk1617@gmail.com

Indian male with NOC , 12 yrs Oman experience in Operations, facility management banking project coordination with Oman D/L looking for suitable placement. Contact: 98183667 Indian chartered Accountant 17+ years experience in Accounts , Finance and Business management working in reputed group in Muscat looking for suitable change. Oman Driving Licence and NOC available 95562708 pandukp2016@gmail.com Indian male 30 yrs, B.Com 4 years experience in GCC, Sales / Accounts looking for suitable vacancy, currently on visit. Contact: 99727595 Email: samie61@gmail.com Indian male, B.Com, MBA in Finance, 4 yrs in Larsen & Tourbo, 26 yrs in Oman, English/ Arabic speaking with driving license. NOC available. Contact 95588565 Indian male 25 yrs, Graduate in commerce, overall 5 yrs exp in accounts/ finance field. On visit visa. Immediately available. Contact 92836216 / muhammad.tausif623@gmail.com BBA and MBA with 1 year experience as an Accountant/Executive Officer, looking for suitable job. Gsm-97076365 / 95160774 (available in Oman). Indian Senior Accountant, B.Com, having 8 yrs experience in Oman, up to finalization, Oman D/L, release available. Contact: 93484122 Indian male 24 yrs B.Com Graduated 3 years experience in Indian on trading company as an Accountant, looking suitable accounts job. Currently on one month visiting visa expired on 9th Dec. Contact: 91939830 Email: sinanch98@gmail.com Indian male MBA having 7 years experience in logistics field having valid GCC license, looking for a suitable job. Contact: 00968 79057265 Email: fariz.nazim@gmail.com Indian, Kerala, CMA-USA, ICWA, Mcom10+Years Experience Budgeting Planning MIS Accounts&finance.Cont.94064931shijupnarayanan@gmail.com Sudanese Accountant, Alexandria University Graduate bachelor of commerce Diploma of Marketing professional photographer worked in PR and social media for 2 years looking for a job in public relations media, social media or marketing. Contact: 96976240 Translator, 20 yrs in Oman seeking placement, exp includes banking, financial, economic, commercial, legal & journalistic, IT, publishing & newspaper articles. Contact: 92052591 Email: abbaskhalifa@gmail.com Female ACCA, Bachelors in Commerce 5+ years experience in finance management & analysis, currently available for immediate joining in Muscat. Contact: 90162949 Post Graduate M.Com (finance) having 20 years experience in Accounts in seeking suitable placement, NOC available. Contact: 96275019 Email Id: vjkmr9583@gmail.com

Qualified and experienced MBA post graduate with proven work exposure in Middle East & India, having more than 5.5 years of rich experience in accounts , project coordination and administration in (3.5 years UAE experience) oil and gas projects is currently looking for suitable job. Contact 93953613, Email-allen.mathew83@gmail.com Indian male age 26, Accountant one year experience in accounts looking for suitable job. Contact Email: anishkhan991867@gmail. com Mobile: +968 9565 9415 Indian female 28 yrs B.Com 4 yrs experience in MNC’s currently in Muscat seeking suitable placement in Finance / Admin. Contact :94743790 Accountant 8 Years Experience with D/L and NOC. Contact 97712084 ACCA member with 6 yrs of experience in Oman looking for a suitable job in finance. Contact 99284193 Indian male, Accountant looking for a suitable placement in Salalah. More than 20 yrs experience in Accounting job (upto the finalization of accounts), 8 yrs working experience in Middle East in Dubai, Muscat & Salalah. Contact 91325029 Accounts part time services available to handle all accounts up to finalization on monthly basis, finalization works. Contact: 96247295 Certified Public Accountant (Filipino, Male, 27-yrs-old) with four years experience, seeking suitable placement in accounting/ audit, currently on visit. Contact 94959606, email: czesar.42@gmail.com Syed Tousiff,B.Com,7 years Experience India, Currently in Oman seeking suitable job. Contact:+968 90846557. Email :syedtou23@gmail.com Accountant Sri Lankan National Inter CA 3 yrs exp in finance, ready to join immediately. Contact: 79049355 Email: ahamedfiham777@gmail.com Indian, Kerala Male B.COM & B.PE, Currently on Visit Visa. Looking for a suitable job in Accounts, Store Keeper, Sales etc. Ready to join as early as possible. Contact 96988923 email:- sajith3969@gmail.com Indian (m) MBA (F), more than 6 years of experience in accounts, proficiency in various A/C software SAP (F1/CO) seeking for suitable placement. Contact: 95920740 mail: abdulhameed1527@gmail.com 7 Years experience as Financial Analyst, MBA in finance. Responsibilities- research contributor, financial statement analysis, generating MIS & efficiency report, managing TAT, business & clients. On visit visa in Muscat. Contact 90191628 / 96175780 Indian female, 26 years,brought up in oman,M.COM(FINANCE) CA Foundation(CPT),CA , INTER (DOING) presently on family visa seeking for immediate and suitable placement. Contact -97174201/99663957 Email-anishasasi@gmail.com


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DAILY GUIDE SITUATION WANTED B.COM GRADUATE With 30 years Oman experience in various fields like Accounts, Administration, Operation, Credit control etc. worked in reputed companies as Manager with Oman driving license and knowledge of basic Arabic language.

Contact - 98185350

ACCOUNTS 8 yrs exp. in Admin & Accounts (3 yrs in Oman), MBA, exp. in Tally ERP 9, Indian (F) seeks placement. Contact 97243806

ADMIN

DRIVER

Indian male, MSC & PG diploma in Computers with 20 years of experience Office Administrator & IT Manager looking for suitable administration & IT manager looking for suitable administration related position in schools or reputed companies, on visit. Contact: 90104334

Light duty driver, 4 yrs. exp seeks placement. Contact: 93251872

Indian male 34 Yrs, Dual MBA Finance and marketing with IT skills, 7+ yrs of experience, Looking for suitable placement. Contact 94879615, Emailsajan_chacko1981@yahoo.com

8 years experience in administration and guest relations department in Oman With valid omani driving licence. Seeking suitable jobs. Ph: 98145825 email: getcb@rediffmail.com

28/male/MBA - finance/B.Com Accountant with 4 years of Dubai/ India experience looking for a suitable placement. Contact 90187483 shobinkarikkan1987@gmail.com

Omani, male, 26 yrs experience looking for job in reputed Companies as PR, having experience at airport / Emigration, Ministries/ Manpower with Oman D/L. Contact 95445779

Accountant B.com Indian male 12 yrs exp seeks suitable job.NOC available . Contact : 91212471 Email: rennyj6@gmail.com

Indian Male, 5 years’ experience as an Admin/HR/Project Secretary/Executive (1 year in Oman), looking for a suitable job, NOC available, Contact: 90154083/ d.kmr@outlook.com

Omani female Accountant, 32 years, having 10 years exp in admin/accounts seeks suitable placement. Contact: 93295953 Indian male 34 Yrs, Dual MBA Finance and marketing with IT skills, 7+ yrs of experience, Looking for suitable placement. Contact 94879615, Emailsajan_chacko1981@yahoo.com Indian (M), 31 yrs, M Com 9 yrs experience in Oman, looking for Manager or Executive position in Fin & Accounts, NOC Available. Contact 968 96166178/ +919768537435: mohammednajeem@yahoo.com Finance Manager, 17 + years Gulf exp. in Accounts, MIS, budgets, strategic planning, cost control, cash flow management, seeks job. Contact 99489784, E mail :- vijay.564@hotmail.com Indian male B.com, MBA, 12+ years experience in finalization looking for better opportunities. Contact: 95710936 Accountant available with NOC, 7 years experience in Oman. Ready to join immediately. Contact 98263394

ADMIN Sri Lankan female, 31 years 7 years experience in administration & secretarial currently in Muscat seeking suitable placement in finance / Admin / secretary. Contact: 94767990 Indian Male 15 years gulf experience in HR / Admin Assistant, Purchase, Office Coordinator with good computer skills seeking employment for suitable position. Holding valid Oman Driving license. Contact 99709336 MSW Postgraduate currently working in Muscat 5 years experience in office operations, administration, customer service & counseling, NOC available. Contact: 90652428 Young Omani male have experience 12 years as P.R.O, CLERK Helper Supervisor Admin Supervisor, H.R Manager have vocational M.B.A diploma in H.S.E, IT and P.D.O license, looking for H.R position or P.R.O part time or full time. Contact: 95933288

Indian male M.SW (HR) 2 years exp in India, 27 years age. Contact: 93353912 Egyptian woman resident, considerable experience in the Administration and Secretarial Executive for company. Contact : 97221126 Filipino HRD especialist / material controller supervisor with 18 yrs experience looking for suitable job in Oman. Contact: (+968) 98037142 / (+968) 92659817

ARCH./ INTERIOR DEC.

Driver with license looking for suitable job. Contact: 93502627 2 Yr experience in Oman, seeking job (D/L). Contact: 94338977 Indian light driver need job. Contact: 96693613 Looking for driving job. Contact: 97418036 Looking job for driving (with car). Contact: 92005311 Looking for job exp having driving license. Contact: 97363138 Driver looking for job. Contact: 95892363 Experienced driver available with 4WD willing to work fulltime / part-time, familiar with all tourist destinations in Oman. Contact: 24814231 / 91941545

ENGG. / TECH./MECH. Site Engg (Civil):B.Tech 6yrs Exp. Building Construction & Airport Project, seeks suitable job. NOC available. Contact 94682380, mathivananred@gmail.com Mechanical Engineer with 6 years gulf exp, having D/L & NOC, GSM: 92730137 Structural Engineer with NOC available for immediate joining. Salary RO.400 Call 71121392

Architect 3 years experience in consultant office proficient in 3D Max – Photoshop, AutoCAD. Contact: 98245746

HSE Engineer having 10+ years experience in both Construction and Oil & Gas (PDO). Looking for suitable position, NOC & valid driving license available. Contact: 97717468

Architect Engineer seeking for suitable job, 8 years experience. GSM : 96075000, Email : haytham_201046@yahoo.com

B.Tech Mechanical 23 yrs, Indian 1 year experience, on visit visa. Contact: 91484023 / 92035104

DESIGNER/ DRAUGHTSMAN Free lance Autocad works experienced (arch, struct, MEP, shop drw) rate a0/a1 sheet ( 10-17 OMR) ph : 97103168 Free lance / part time autocad works / make boq 2d /3d arch , structural, shop drawings interior drawings. Contact 97103168 mkgroupoman@gmail.com Revit, Autocad D/man, expected salary 200 OMR. PH : 92279784 Filipino Senior Revit/AutoCAD Draftsman with 20 years professional experience is looking for suitable job in Oman.Please Contact: 96489798, (+974) 66653780.

DRIVER Light driver require job with experience 7 years Dubai & Oman, speak: Arabic & Hindi. Contact: 98077904 Driver job wanted. Contact: 96393082 Crane Operator. Contact: 91317691 / 97489287 Looking for driving job. Contact: 94802988 / 94435912

Indian male B.Tech in Automobile Engineer with 2 years experience in service adviser, currently in Oman on visit visa, looking for a suitable placement. Contact: 97195645 Email: akram_75@gmail.com Chemical Engineer 2 years experience in petrochemical & polyethylene industry looking for valuable offer, NOC available. Contact: 91359260 Email: jibinjoseph484@gmail.com

Indian male, 33 yrs, M.Com, Having 7 yrs experience in Accounting with knowledge of Tally & focus ability of finalization of account, financial reports looking for a suitable job, with valid D/L, NOC available.

Experienced IT Professional

Contact - 93864278

Contact # 96654216 ENGG. / TECH./MECH.

Indian Male 22, BE Civil Engineer with few site and internship experiences looking for a suitable position in your firm. Got knowledge in (Primavera, Autocad, Staad pro). Currently In visit visa. 98327644 or shakib842@gmail.com Indian male 26 years Mechanical Engineer with 2 yrs exp in Oman. Looking for suitable placement. Contact - 91328079 Civil Engineer 8 years experience Structural buildings marine. Available NOC release. #92451323. Email: zubairali134@yahoo.com Indian male Civil Engineer 1.6 yrs exp, having Omani D/L, looking for suitable position. NOC available. Contact – 92157694 / mohammedamair.bin@gmail.com Diploma in Mechanical Engg, 10 years exp in steel fabrication site work with valid Oman driving license. Contact: 94696192 Indian (male) B. Tech. Mechanical/ HVAC Engineer, 4 years experience in design consultancy NOC available, holding valid Oman driving license seeking suitable placement. Contact 93965156 Mechanical Engineer with a bachelor degree honors seeking a suitable job in a good company. Contact: 94957250 Young Structural Design Engineer, 2 yrs well experienced with good knowledge on Etabs, Staad. PRO & AutoCAD, looking for suitable job (full time / part time). Contact : 96118135 Email: raju.alam50@gmail.com Civil Engineer, male, with driving license holding 10 years exp (4 years in Oman) in building projects Execution management preparing & running & final statement & contractual correspondence. Interested person can Contact: (+ 968) 91320917 Electronics and Communication Engineer (B.Tech) Indian specialized in industrial Engineering (M.Tech) from NIT 3 yrs experience looking for suitable placement. Contact: 92949350 HSE Engineer 8 year’s experience, having engineering degree, Nebosh, Oman driving license seeking good opportunity. NOC available. Contact: 968 99602415 / 91 9995348452 Email: syamjithalp@gmail.com

Sudanese Civil Engineer 2 years experience. Contact: 94028027

Mechanical Engineer with 2 years experience as quality engineer Contact 94538906

B. Eng Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineer with 2 years good working experience searching for suitable job in Oman, driving license on visit visa. Contact: 97705533 Email: engirfan91@gmail.com

BE MECH Engr, Indian male, 23 yrs having 2 yrs experience in Mechanical Engg on visit visa seeks suitable position. Contact: 98827544 Email: sibi.a.b.varghese@gmail.com

Electrical Engineer (B.Tech) male 12 years experience in MEP looking for job NOC available. Contact: 94743659

Keralite male (25 years) on visit visa, Instrumentation Engineer (BTECH) with 3 years experience in oil & gas industry seeks suitable placement immediately. Contact : 93363410 bibinbhaskar05@gmail.com

Mechanical Engineer 3 years of experience in oil & gas and heavy equipments, fluent in English language with valid driving license. Contact: 91366140

with over 20 years in Oman. Can manage ERP systems, Hardware, Network, Wi-Fi and Biometric Devices. NOC available.

Male Civil Engineer B.Tech & 4 years U.A.E experience looking for suitable position Id transferable. Contact: 99635754

B.T.S microwave link installation & commissioning Engineer B.Sc (Hons), B.Tech Electronics & Communication Engineer ( 2.7 years exp) currently on visit visa. Contact: 96756964 Email: qayamzaidi8@gmail.com

Indian male 16 years experience (GCC) in construction (civil & electro, mechanical) purchasing seeking suitable placement having valid Oman driving license NOC available. Contact: 99109533

B.S.c Civil Engineer with 7 years experience in managing & supervising of construction & oil & gas fields (NOC) Available. Contact: 96086214 Email: engmohamedosaman@ outlook.com

Civil Engineer with 8 years experience performs multi- task job to structural work , building construction , infrastructure , planning , site development & architectural finishing works, NOC available valid Oman D/L. Contact:97474593 Email: a.baraka.om@gmail.com Civil Engineer diploma, 4 yrs exp seeks suitable position in a reputed company. NOC available. Contact 96789711 B.E Mechanical Engineer, age 24 with almost 1 year experience as Production Shift Engineer, has achieved training on HVAC Engineering design and has good hands on software like AutoCAD and HAP.Currently in Oman on a visit visa, looking for a suitable placement.Contact: 95065955 email: mjs.jazeb@gmail.com B. Tech Mechanical HVAC site Engineer 4 years experience, currently on visit. Contact 92837696 / mdabdulather@gmail.com An Iraqi civil with more than 30 years experience in (Iraq and G.C.C) looking for a job, (N.O.C) available. Contact: 96561306 Email: iq.bgd.mnsr@gmail.com Indian male, Mechanical Engineer having 1year experience, on visit visa looking for suitable job. Contact: 97416564, Email:jovinmathias@gmail.com Indian male 25 years Civil Engineer (B.Tech) 04 years experience in bridges / structures and buildings working in a reputable company in Oman since 1.6 years available to join with NOC. Contact: 95495797 Email: sarfarazahmad30@gmail.com Electrical Engineer, 24 yrs, Indian Male, Fresher, Training Undertaken in Electrical Draughtsman, Fire Alarm, Fire Fighting and Industrial Automation. Contact: 94989767, Email: Junaiz987@gmail.com Construction Machinery repairs Engineer, 5 years, driving license, Contact - 94001961

Indian Female, MBA-HR having 8+ experience in Administration/HR, Customer Support, Office Coordinator with good Computer skill, Now on Visit Visa, looking for suitable position.Contact 90196235 Indian female 33 years with 9.5 years experience (1 yr in Oman) as Executive Secretary, Administration, Sales Coordinator, and HR coordinator seeks suitable placement. Contact 97985059

Looking for driving job. Contact: 98219182 Looking for driving job Executive education speak good English and Arabic 5 years experience in G.C.C and 3 years in Oman. Contact 90981030 Looking for driving job. Contact: 95396905 Light duty driver, 1 yr exp seeks placement. Contact: 94397006 Pakistani driver seeks job, with 4 years experience. Contact: 94565993 Bangladeshi light driver 16 years exp, looking for job. Contact: 99165961

Indian female 24yrs, B tech Electronics and Communication Fresher looking for job in Salalah, Present visa status family. Email : sapnatpsapna@gmail.com 98403877,93597298 B.Tech Mechanical Engineer having 9 yrs exp with valid Omani driving license, seeking suitable placement. Contact : +968 97841963 Syrian Civil Engineer with 2 years experience in construction with driving license. Contact: 94799791

29 years male Civil Engineer (B.Tech) roads / highways and buildings 08 years experience in Oman only having valid GCC driving license Oman available to join immediately with NOC. Contact: 95994968 Email: engr.aamir04@gmail.com HSE Supervisor, Indian male, 2 yrs experience in relevant field with M.Sc Env Science, Industrial Safety, NEBOSH, ISOH, first Aid, IT, MS Word, Excel, PPt looking for suitable opportunity. Contact 97047859

Indian male Electrical Engineer, having 6 years gulf experience in designing, assembling, commissioning execution etc having valid GCC license too looking for a suitable. Contact: 00968-98052942 Email: azamjeelani78@gmail.com Civil Engineer (B.Tech), Indian male 24 years with 1+years Indian experience,(Certified in Staad Pro/ Quantity Survey/ Auto Cad).Looking for a Suitable position. Available In Sultanate of Oman (Muscat) on Visit Visa. Contact: 92157694. E-mail: mohammedamair.bin@gmail.com Indian male 24 ,B.E ( E.C.E ) graduate with 3 years of experience in the fields of BMS and Low current systems and has good knowledge about Electronic Security Systems, currently working in Oman, NOC Available. Contact: 94737033/ mohdmuhafez45@gmail.com Civil Engineer, young Indian having almost 2 years experience looking for a challenging position seeks suitable position in Oman/ GCC. Please contact 92718490, Email ID: uvais.pk82@gmail.com Electrical Engineer having 16 years experience in switchgear / Transformer / over head lines & trading for Sales / Procurement & Project Execution with valid Omani D/L, also available on contracts basis. Contact: 968 - 95994727 Email: qurm340@gmail.com Civil Engineer (Indian male) 5 years experience in Oman with valid Omani driving license & NOC looking for suitable opportunity. Contact: 93101283 Sr. Electrical Engineer with17+ yrs of exceptional exp in spear heading strategic planning and project management initiatives & executing various high rise residential & commercial building as well as roads and highway project with proficiency in installation, seeking a challenging position in a dynamic organization. Contact 96570891

32 years male senior land surveyor roads/ building / pipelines, PDO , 11 years experience in Oman / Dubai. Working in reputable company and available to join immediately with NOC. Contact: 97640625 Email: qasiryasir@gmail.com

Indian male, Structural Engineer looking for job in structural design field. Having 6 years of experience in design field. Residing in Muscat. Contact - 91176187 Email: syam036@gmail.com

Indian male site supervisor (Air conditioning) 25 years experience in Oman driving license seeking suitable placement. Contact 97498809, 93391910, Email-marysimon04@gmail.com

A computer aided Mechanical Engineer with a bachelor’s degree honors well trained in designing programs & mechanical manufacturing processes. Contact: 98003627

Mechanical Engineer Sudanese 6 years exp in Gulf HVAC fire protection plumbing with D/L. Contact: 90609377

Graduate Civil Engineer 20 yrs GCC experience with Omani D/L, seeking job NOC available. Contact: 98621645 Email: imtiazcv@gmail.com

Electrical & Electronics Engr, knows autocad & revit. PH: 93837973 Diploma in Civil Engineer having 8 years experience quantity surveyor civil in Oman locking for a job around 21 years experience in civil works. Contact: 97829710 Indian male, B.E Mechanical with 2 years experience as Maintenance Engineer in Cochin Refinery and 1 year experience in Chevrolet seeking job. Ph number: 97964862, Email:jossyabraham20@gmail.com

Light driver. Contact: 97020205 Indian male 28 MBA excellent communication vast multitasking with experience of 6 years in administrative, customer support operation, office coordinator good computer skills now on visit visa seeking suitable placement. Contact: 90493973 Email: varunsagar21@gmail.com

Civil Engineer 8 years experience in Oman as a project engineer for governmental & private projects. Contact – 90164912

Mechanical/ Piping Engineer (B.Tech.) on visit visa looking for suitable job. Contact 94703350 Email: nadeembcoolboy@gmail.com Indian male 25 B.Tech Electrical, 3 years experience in industrial automation & supervision. Contact: 97207570 / 90481773 Pakistani male Diploma Civil Engineer 4yrs exp in Oman bulling & mega projects, valid license Oman. Contact: 98921022 Civil Engineer seeks a suitable senior position, 9 years experience in projects management planning, coordination, quantity survey, structural design AutoCAD. (NOC Available). Contact : 79097475 Email: a-shaqfa@hotmail.com

Indian male, B.E Mechanical with 2 years experience as Maintenance Engineer in Cochin Refinery and 1 year experience in Chevrolet seeking job. Contact : 97964862, Email:jossyabraham20@gmail.com Mechanical Engineer, Indian, Male, 30yrs. Experienced in Steam turbines and Thermal Power house seek employment. Contact - +91 8130553668 or mohamedshah7@gmail.com Electrical Engineer: Indian male 30 years, having 5 years of experience in industrial automation and utility maintenance in India, holding valid Oman D/L. Contact: 92789995 Email:akhilabrahamlktr@gmail.com Site Supervisor, Diploma in Civil Engg (cert attested) knows autocad revit, salary exp: 250 Ph : 92279784

EDUCATION/TRAINING Female B. Ed English teacher, 7 yrs exp seeking suitable placement. # 99739415 / 92091528 Indian Female, Phd in Chemistry having 3.5 yrs of Experience in India. Staying here on Family Visa & seeking for a suitable placement. Contact – 99675828, Email anupam.tiwari67@gmail.com


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SITUATION WANTED

EDUCATION/TRAINING

MEDICAL

STOREKEEPER

SALES / MARKETING

Indian female 24. Masters in Computer science engineering, seeking job in colleges, schools and institutes. Having in good skill in teaching and advanced technologies. Contact : 93356858 Email id : annielino11@gmail.com

Indian male Nurse, with well experience in profession and working in Oman. Seeking for a suitable placement. (Preferring opportunity in as Rig Medic). Has BLS and ACLS. Contact : 97236545

Store keeper field more than 10 years experience in Gulf country looking for suitable job. #90198237

Experienced business development and investment consultant with 10 years experience in the financial management field. Holds a masters degree in finance and management from the UK. Tel: 90157073

Maths Teacher 30 years experience IGCSE bilingual I.B, A& AS levels. Contact: 98016336

HOSPITALITY Indian male having Diploma in Hotel Management with 16 years of experience in F x B Service at India, K.S.A & Oman, having valid Oman D/L, seeking for available placement. Contact: 92100141 / 92221956 Indian male 31yrs old with hotel management degree,03 yrs experience in F&B services at 5 star hotel Dubai, 05 yrs in American 06 star cruiseliner has butler. Has oman driving license. Contact No 99859150. Indian male, 24 yrs , Diploma in Hotel management, 2 years experience front office management in 4 star hotel Dubai, currently on visit visa. Contact: 97937504 Email: febinpalathingal01@gmail. com

IT IT Engineer male, 28 yrs, over 7 yrs experience with NOC, D/L available seeking placement in IT / Network / Telecom field. Contact 93563297 Email: monuzv24@gmail.com 26 years male FSC with C.A.T certification computer literate (MS Office) having 05 years experience in Sales & Customer services, looking for a suitable job. Contact: 95665914 Indian male, Post Graduate Diploma holder in IT, CCNA & MCSA Certified have 5 years experience in software & hardware technical support. Contact: 93988511 B.Tech (IT) graduate having 1 year experience in Search Engine Optimization, seeking a job in IT field. Contact :nazrinkhan.s@gmail. com, 96336292 CFA level 1 cleared (pursuing level 2) MBA operations research, female, 5 yrs experience as Analyst, have a valid Oman driving license, looking for related openings.Contact 95818892 Indian male 23 yrs B.Tech (IT) having 1 yr experience in computer operating, hardware, networking looking for IT sales office admin, store keeper or any suitable position, currently on visit visa. Contact: 91124306 Email Id: Irfanmd@gmail.com

Indian female nurse with 9 years experience dataflow prometric completed, MOH viva cleared, looking for a suitable placement in Muscat. Contact: 93896567 Indian Nurse with MOH viva prometric, dataflow completed looking for suitable job. Contact: 95984538 Indian No: +91 8606470884 Email: josephneethu2014@gmail.com Indian male with 5 years experience including 2 years Oman working experience, MOH license seeking suitable placement. Contact: 94116459 Email: sayedmabecl@yahoo.com Indian female dentist with 3 years of experience looking for a suitable placement well versed with tooth extraction and RCT, cleared Pro metric exam. Contact: 95981802 Email: jyotsnasandeepk@gmail.com Indian female assistant pharmacist 4 years experience in Oman seeking suitable placement in Muscat area. Contact 97498809/ 93391910. Email-ishitasimon12@gmail.com Pakistani male MBBS, 1 year exp. Contact: 0092345 4557131, Email: drluqman101@gmail.com Indian male, Nurse with more 7 years experience MOH license, P.D.O license, dataflow, NOC available looking for job in Oman. Contact: 93604827 Email: subinraj37@gmail.com

Indian Male, MCA Graduate, 15 yrs exp in ERP, CSM Certified, seeking suitable role.NOC Available. Contact : GSM : 90189284 Email: meetlibran@gmail.com

SALES / MARKETING Indian male 8 years experience as Sales Executive with Oman driving license NOC available. Contact: 92233068 Email: shipsnarayanan@gmail.con Omani female 6 years experience in management, fluent in English & French searching for new opportunity. Contact: 90998255 Omani national, fluent in English looking for suitable placement. Contact: 97173753 General Manager - Business Development, Advertising and Marketing, Brand Building, Facility Management, Operations, Client Servicing, +968 93031168. 12 years experienced Indian male in sales & service of construction equipment with Oman driving license. Contact: 94691005

Indian male 25, MBA (marketing, finance) seeking for a suitable job having 1 year experience, currently on visit visa. Contact: 95469149 Email: surajar.inbox@gmail.com

Purchase Manager / Officer Indian male 16 years GCC experience in construction Industry NOC available having Oman driving license looking suitable placement. Contact: 99109533

Indian male MBA 8+ years Oman experience valid D/L currently Marketing Manager advertising company seeks suitable placement, release available. Contact: 94402554

Indian female (25) MSc Microbiology 2 years experience prometric on visit visa seeking job urgently. Contact: 98008164 / 79017569.

Egyptian male experienced sales executive with 12 years sales experience in Egypt, KSA and Oman with leading FMCG companies. Holds Omani driving license. Tel: 96202040, Email: ahmedghoniem618@gmail.com

Plumping Supervisor (Indian male) 12 years experience in Oman with valid driving license having more than 8 years in India looking for a suitable job. Contact: 95154414

Engineering Graduate having 5+ years of exp as Marketing coordinator in advertisement company and 6 months as security system service engineer.Contact :79059197

Female, master in mass communication, B.Ed, experience in media channel and teaching PH : 99362024

Watch repair and service looking for job, 24 yrs experience. Contact: 99530405

General Manager Indian National With 20 yr Experience In managing Civil Construction Business Seek Opening in reputed Civil Company. Contact-97464650.

IT Support Engineer, Exp 3 years in Oman 2 years in India. Contact 94672759

Indian male 4 years experience in IT as Programmer / Web Support/ CCNA/ Network on visit visa seeking placement. Contact 93069694 Email: mrabrar14@gmail.com

Male 42 electricians & plumber, looking for job NOC available. Contact: 98081227

MANAGER / SUPERVISOR

Veterinary Doctor: Indian Female looking for a suitable placement. Contact: 96906534 /99014885, Email: monishmajeed@gmail.com

MISCELLANEOUS

Indian female M.Sc Computer Science seeking suitable placement in Muscat area. Contact 98660672

SKILLED LABOUR

India PG diploma in Business Administration, 24 year experiences (22 years in Oman) in diverse field handling office independently administration, Sales and Marketing, highly motivated, hard working skillful and willing to work in challenging environments seeks suitable placement. Having valid Omani driving license. Contact 99120500

27, Indian male: Software Developer having 5years+ experience in oracle forms & reports 10 g, BI publisher. Contact:91156571

Indian male 4 years experience in IT as Programmer / Web Support/ CCNA/ Network on visit visa seeking placement. Contact 93069694 Email: mrabrar14@gmail.com

Working as Senior Storekeeper in a reputed company since January 2008, looking for suitable opportunity. Contact:93865679

Omani male, 21 years graduate, (bachelor in management studies) seeks suitable placement. Contact: 97904200 21, Indian female B.com graduate on family visa looking for immediate and suitable placement. Holds valid Omani Driver’s license. Contact: 97208869 Indian male, 28, post graduate, 6+ yrs exp in Oman in sales (back office) & credit control with valid Oman D/L looking for suitable placements. NOC available. Contact: 92066 523 B.Com,IICL Certified Container Inspector(No.150850),Visit Visa, Six months experience, need placement. # 90880935, 99023279, Email solexyesudas@gmail.com

MEDICAL

Sudanese male bachelor geology and mining with 3 years experience in MUD logging and training in soil investigation. Contact 92956848

Filipino male Medical / Sales representative with 3 yrs experience is looking for suitable job in Oman. Contact: 92610394

BS in Electrical Engineering, Experience: 5 years(Power Plants). Contact: 92475206 Email: zahaibzafar007@gmail.com

Dr.Ayman Abduljalil Ali, E.N.T Specialist (Otolaryngologist), Yemeni-male, looking for job. Mobile: 00201096542706, Email: aymanjalilorl@gmail.com

9 year experienced industrial painter and sand blaster with Oman driving licence. NOC available. Seeks suitable placement. Contact ZakeerHussain 96681934.

Indian 38 yrs, male MBA marketing on visit. Building materials sales experience in Oman and India with reputed companies ready to join immediately. Contact: 91214958 BBA Bachelor of business administration exp in custom clearance procedure, also done international logistics management & Nimb National Institute business management (US) certification all documentation work related logistics. contact – 91949050 / akram.chaush001@gmail.com Sales Marketing Executive Indian male, with Gulf experience & G.C.C driving license. Contact: 0091 8527888597 Email: kchetan3@gmail.com Indian male 25, MBA in marketing 9 years of experience, looking for sales & marketing professional / BDM on visit visa. Contact: 94540209 Email: sadar.myle@gmail.com MCA Graduate with 1.6 years experience Indian female looking for any suitable job currently on visit visa. Contact 97993250 / 91447261 Indian male Sales experience in building material, 8 years in Gulf country looking for suitable job. Contact: 90110515 Marketing Executive with 10 years experience in Gulf on visit visa. Contact: 90116693 Indian female 29 years Post Graduate with computer Knowledge 2 years of Oman experience in coordinator & 5 years of experience in customer service, client relation officer with excellent communication skill seeks suitable placement. Contact: 95337665

Indian male Graduate with 18 years of Marketing experience presently in Oman on family visit visa, looking for best opportunity. Contact: 96168687 Email: dhibupaul@gmail.com Marketing Manager 29 years professional experience in GCC / Oman in marketing in building materials / High tech products. Contact: 92284066 / 98559317 Indian male around 7.5yrs technical product sales, new agency development experience in Oman B.E mechanical PGP.MKT , IB , Oman D/L urgent placement (m). # 91536968 Resident in Oman 18 years, 10 years experience in setup marketing plans and strategies, sales, import & logistics, procurement, Omani government tenders, organizing projects & events, import fireworks for festivals, NOC available, have car. Contact 94123939. Email: 002015r@gmail.com Indian Male, MBA marketing 5 yrs exp. in sales & 4 yrs in FMCG sector, looking for best opportunity. NOC available. Conatct 96001877 Sales professional (Graduate) additional qualification CCNA & MCSE having more 10 years experience in handling IT hardware, Networking & security products (project based) and experience in Education and training Industry in Oman, seeking employment in relevant IT companies. Contact: 99354209, Email: sandy6673@gmail.com

SECRETARIAL & OFFICE

MISCELLANEOUS

Secretarial & Office: Indian(F), MBA in Finance, 2 years experience as Associate in Branch Operations (Record Keeping, Desk job)on family visa. Ph: 93186865 ; email: ddthoppil@gmail.com

Indian/male (25)/ post Graduate/3 years experience in sales and marketing(Dubai), on visit visa. available for immediate joining. Contact: 93887916, email: shamji3851@gmail.com

Lady Secretary / Sales Co-coordinator 12 years experience in Oman in reputed companies, seek immediate Employment. # 95244761

Pakistani Male having 6 years experience working as a Store Incharge, looking for a suitable position. salary is negotiable. Email : usman.saleem84@yahoo.com, Mob: +96894611858 / 95480426

MISCELLANEOUS Indian male 29 years old on visit looking for a suitable position in air ticketing and tours, overall 10 years of experience, 6 years experience in gulf. On visit, ready to join immediately. Contact – 97189669/ info.awaiz2015@gmail.com Indian male Executive Secretary (To Top Management) having 10 years experience in Oman. Also well experience in HR Executive & Admin related jobs. Local release & Oman driving license available, seeking for immediate suitable placement. Contact 92215110; email: hellosajans@gmail.com Indian Male 23 years B.com graduate Holding a valid Oman driving License searching for a suitable placement, currently on visit visa. Contact : 94175848. Petrochemicals specialist, worked in oman oil company, octal petrochemicals, truckoman, MBA 18 yrs experience specialized in procurement /commercial/ purchase / logistics /production planning & sound knowledge of technical requirement with NOC available. Contact:97813849

Indian male, 29 yrs, Graduate, 6 years Experience as an Office Assistant with Good English communication skills, is looking for a job in Muscat. (In Visiting visa). Contact No:93271163 Indian male, 28 yrs old, B.A Graduate, 6 years Experience in Hospitality and Hotel Industry with Good English communication skills , is looking for a suitable job in Muscat, on Visiting visa. Contact : 90146616 Indian male, 29 yrs old, Graduate,6 years Experience as a Coordinator in Reputed Firm with Good English communication skills, is looking for a suitable job in Muscat.(In Visiting visa) # 93042492 Indian Female Nurse with MOH License, looking for suitable placement in Muscat. #95537685. Indian male, Engineer, Procurement Officer, Construction. 23 years experience in Automobile Supply Chain, Production Planning, IT - Delivery Management, Business Analysis and Operations set-up. Contact: 90215985.

SITUATION WANTED COMPUTER/WEB./ EDU./CLASSES

Indian Male, 26 M.Com with 4 yrs of Experience in Accounting & Administration in a Financial Company in India, seeks suitable job, Currently in India. +918907212253 Akhil:-93626288, Email: Sumeshpsmkr1989@gmail.com Oil & gas experienced Indian lady with 6 years in sales & marketing to PDO and having valid Omani driving license. Contact:96143430 / 99875919 Indian male 1 yr exp in sales automotive (TBL) looking for best opportunity , NOC available. Contact# 97793879 Email: shyampkn@gmail.com Indian male 37 years MBA graduate in marketing with 9yrs of experience in UAE in field of brand promotions & marketing with UAE D/L on a visit seeking suitable position. Conatct 95792820 Indian male 26 years of experience of sales & marketing in surgical and laboratory equipments. Looking for good replacement. Contact – 92015894 /95774854 Sales man, Office Staff, language English, Hindi, Arabic & Bengali. Contact: 71140846 Indian male age 24, B.Com. having 2 year experience and currently in visit visa. Looking for suitable placement in Sales, Marketing & finance. Contact: 90766307 Email: shhaazz.007@gmail.com Indian male MBA and Diploma in management from Australia. On visit visa, looking for a suitable job in sales & marketing. #71189884 Indian male with 6 years experience in sales in oman. NOC available, looking for suitable placement. Contact 95364128 Client Relations and Sales Professional with 8 years in the Business Process Outsourcing industry, looking for suitable opportunity in Muscat. Contact +96879050752

SECRETARIAL & OFFICE India PG diploma in Business Administration, 24 year experiences (22 years in Oman) in diverse field handling office administration independently, Sales and Marketing, highly motivated, hard working skillful and willing to work in hallenging environments seeks suitable placement. Having valid Omani driving license. #99120500 Looking for part time job Secretarial / Data Entry / Documentation available every day after 5:00 pm Friday / Saturday full day area preferred Ruwi/ CBD/ MBD / Al Khuwair. Contact: 90414827

Karate and self defense classes at Azaiba 18 Nov Street. RO 10 per month twice a week Monday and Tuesday 6. 30 TO 7. 30. PM. Contact: 98294551


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SITUATION WANTED SERVICES WE SERVE OMAN

Pest control & Building cleaning all kinds of pest control building. Cleaning tiles / Marble polishing monthly/ Yearly contracts available. Contact: 98814733 /98814740 Al Husn Cleaning L.L.C

SITUATION WANTGOOD NEWS ED Ayurvedic treatment for backache, paralysis, arthritis etc & massage, All Season (Vaidyaratnam). Contact 24475280 / 95371664 / 92504980 www.siddhayur.com Ayurvedic treatment for joint pain, backache, paralysis massage, steam bath, obesity, spondylitis, Ideal Care Ayurvedic clinic, 18th November Street Al Ghubra (North). Contact 99639695 / 97397320

DRIVING

Installation & maintenance for Modular Kitchen, UPVC Doors & Windows, Furniture, Electrical & Air-conditions Contact @ 92383882/91443786 Window unit & split unit A.C servicing & repairing Barka, Mabela , Ruwi area. Contact: 99557080

CONTD ON PG &

Specialist for road test drum and slope. Contact 94022250

*Classified Advertisement space booking with text, should be done till 12.00 noon for next day’s publication. * Subject to space availability

25 - 50 seater bus with PDO & BP specification for monthly rent & small car with driver. Contact 99839898


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SITUATION WANTED DINING DELIGHTS

SITUATION WANTED TOURS

SITUATION WANTSERVICES

SITUATION WANTED TOURS

Enjoy Camping in Wahiba desert & all over Oman & tour. Contact: 92226866

We arrange tours & accommodation at all the beautiful places in Oman. Contact 99839898

SITUATION WANTED SERVICES

SERVICES We Provide Cleaners, Office boys, Cleaning Contracts, General cleaning etc. Al Mudakhir National Est. LLC Contact : 94277020 General cleaning new villas cleaning Barka , Mabela, Hail area. Contact: 99557080 / 95323517

GUARANTEED CLEANING: Carpet & sofa shampooing, Contact 99314807/ 24792998

We undertake new construction & maintenance & gypsum works. Contact 92711506, ammarayyub@gmail.com Water proofing ABUQABASContact 99320217/24788722

A/C maintenance & Servicing, Fridge / Washing Machine / dish washer repairing, 2) Painting and cleaning service, Electrical & Plumbing. Contact 94147874 / 24504281, Email : globalaccessunited@gmail.com

House shifting with carpenter and transport. Contact: 96737158 Split unit & window unit A.C servicing & maintenance Barka, Mabela, Ruwi area. Contact: 96236476

Carpet Shampoo, marble & tile polishing, pest control & anti-termite treatment, general cleaning painting, Plumbing, Electrical, shifting. Contact Mundhir Al-Rizaiqi trading. L.L.C. # 24810137, 99450130


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