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HM issues Royal Decree MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Sunday issued a Royal Decree reading as follows: Royal Decree No. 20/2016 on ratifying the agreement between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany about mutual exemption from visa requirements for holders of official biometric passports in accordance with international criteria of the Civil Aviation Organisation, signed in Muscat on March 8, 2016. Article (1) ratifies the abovementioned agreement as per the version attached to this decree. Article (2) states that this decree shall be published in the Official Gazette and enforced on its date of issue. Issued on April 10, 2016. — ONA PRESIDENT OF DJIBOUTI

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Call for higher fares by airport drivers Muscat already tops the Gulf Cooperation Council region in airport taxi fares, with the base fare being OMR6

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fahadnews@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has sent a cable of congratulations to President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti on the occasion of him being re-elected as president of the republic for the fourth five-year presidential term. >A6

MUSCAT: Passengers using airport taxis may face higher fares as drivers are once again demanding a hike in their tariffs. Salim Al Ghammari, a Muscat Municipal Council member, told Times of Oman that following the

demands of the airport taxi drivers, he has suggested to the council to raise the tariff again. He said he was approached after Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) agreed to increase the amount it takes from drivers from OMR48 every two years to 700 baisas per trip, in order to raise income like many oth-

er state-owned organisations this year. “This time it should be slight and reasonable,” said Al Ghammari, adding, however, that this suggestion is yet to be discussed at the Municipal Council. The tariff hike demand comes as OAMC has started charging 700 baisas for every trip from the airport taxi drivers. Abdullah Al Shibli, an airport taxi driver, said that many of the drivers are not happy with the move. “They feel that 700 baisa is too much and it should be decreased,” said Al Shibli. He added that taxi drivers have raised this issue with the Muscat Municipal Council and the Ministry of Transport and Communication. This demand for a higher

BALADIYETI

erik@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: Residents and citizens living in Muscat will not have to waste their time anymore in settling permits and violations with the Muscat Municipality as the Municipality on Sunday launched a new app to deal with such tasks. The app called ‘Baladiyeti’ will enable them to access a range of services online, including renewal

There are around 300 airport taxis registered with the OAMC. “While most of them are metered, there are around 30 taxis functioning without the meter system,” the official said, adding that they are in the process of installing meters in all taxis. The OAMC official, however, stressed that there has been no change in fares, which begins from OMR6. “The fares are still the same and the taxis that don’t have metres too still follow the same fares,” the official added. Justifying the high fares, an airport taxi driver, said Oman’s airport taxis provide luxurious service with latest cars of premium brands. “That is one of the reasons we charge more,” he said.

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New app for a range of services launched ERIK PRINS

tariff comes at a time when the Omani capital, Muscat already tops the GCC region in airport taxi fares, where the rates begin from OMR6. That’s more than twice as high as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, where the taxi fares begin from OMR2.5. When contacted, an official from OAMC said the company had given two choices to the taxi drivers: “Either they had to pay 700 baisas per trip or pay OMR250 per year. They have chosen 700 baisas and now it’s not fair to pay less than what they have already agreed for.” The official added that this agreement had been arrived at a long time ago and would be implemented soon.

baisas per trip is the total increased amount that drivers have agreed with Oman Airports Management Company to pay instead of OMR48 every two years that they were so far paying

of rental contracts, renewal of municipal licences (for companies), renewal of construction permits, reservation of parking spaces, payment of parking fines, applications for job vacancies, in addition to other electronic services. Citizens and residents of Muscat would not have to visit any office anymore to settle their contracts or pay fines for violations, the Muscat Municipality official further said. >A6

Tobacco advertising banned in Sultanate HASAN SHABAN AL LAWATI

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USEFUL APP: The app is called ‘Baladiyeti’. – Supplied picture

MUSCAT: Advertising for tobacco products now stands banned in Oman, according to a new law passed by the Ministry of Information. All radio stations, TV channels, newspapers and online publishing houses in Oman are now prohibited from advertising any form of tobacco products.

The circular, issued on April 5, 2016, was released as per the press and publications law issued by the Royal Decree No.49/84 and the Royal Decree No.20/2005 on agreeing to join the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. An official at the Ministry said this decision is a part of the national campaign to curb the negative physical and mental effects of tobacco on smokers. >A6

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A hospital group in Oman has offered Rs50,000 (approx OMR 290) ex-gratia for the next of kin of those killed in the firework disaster, which has so far claimed 110 lives and left 383 injured at a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala, a top official from the hospital group said. >A3

Dubai’s Emaar Properties plans to build a new tower in the emirate to surpass the Burj Khalifa, Chairman Mohamed Alabbar told reporters on Sunday. The new project comes as Dubai developers continue to announce new schemes despite a softening real estate sector. >A13

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However, despite the fact that the cave is very beautiful, it is very important to mention that a cave is a highly vulnerable environment that needs to be protected Matthias López Correa, lecturer, Department of Applied Geosciences, GUtech

Reviving art of palm-weaving

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Geologists who discovered new Jebel Al Akhdar caves call for their protection Times News Service

Using palm trees

MUSCAT: A group of geologists based in Oman and Germany, recently discovered two new caves in the Jebel Al Akhdar mountains, with the help of villagers. The caves are around 40 metres below the ground. The German geoscientist and lecturer at the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech, Matthias López Correa, was part of the team. This was the first cave discovery he undertook in Oman along with his Omani colleagues, among them Dr. Mohammed al Kindi, the former president of the Geological Society of Oman (GSO). Last weekend, the entrance to the new cave named “Khislat Hayl al Diyar” was closed as per the orders of the ministry officials to protect its pristine and beautiful formations. In an interview, Matthias López Correa pointed out his concerns about the protection of this fragile environment inside our Earth. “I think this is one of the many caves that still remain to be discovered in the area.” “However, despite the fact that the cave is very beautiful, it is very important to mention that a cave is a highly vulnerable environment that needs to be protected,” he said, adding that only experts who have the right equipment should access the cave and not the general public.

loofahs and fronds to make a variety of products, Hussain Al Darushi encourages Omanis who missed the opportunity to achieve higher education, to start their own businesses

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hassan@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: Hussain Al Darushi, 32, has successfully made his way to money and fame through palm-weaving, an ancient Omani handicraft which is now back in the reckoning, thanks to this creative designer and the support of the Public Authority for Craft Industries (PACI). Having achieved expertise in making a variety of products from palm-tree loofahs and fronds, Al Darushi now encourages Omanis who missed the opportunity to achieve higher education, to start their own businesses. “It was my hobby since childhood to craft traditional Omani products using fronds,” said Al Darushi, who has also bagged the Mastery of Craft Award, conferred by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in 2013. He is now supervising 18 trainees in the Craft Village Centre in Wadi Bani Khalid. The young Omani told the Times of Oman that he is currently working on crafting the traditional Omani cane, locally known as ‘Khayzuran,” using fronds and sheets of silver. In demand Al Darushi said he has been flooded with calls from buyers who are excited to be the first to lay their hands on the new product. Hussain has represented the

Delicate dripstones The delicate dripstones and crystals inside the caves have been formed over 1,000 or 10,000 years and, hence, need to be protected from too many visitors, who could destroy them very quickly. Thus he believes that public awareness and geological education is important. He follows the motto: “What you know and value, can be protected.” According to the researcher, caves are fascinating features that host important archives about our climate and can help understand past climate change. “They explain a lot about the history of the landscape and the uplifting of mountains,” he said.

The dripstones were formed by rain water from rain fall on the plateau, which disappeared through faults and cracks inside the stones and dissolved the limestone on the way. This dissolved calcium carbonate formed beautiful crystals or other formations. Usually, small insects and other animals like bats nest inside caves as well. Matthias López Correa has been involved in cave research since his childhood in the south of Germany. Later on, during his university studies and over the years, he has been involved in international cave research including the survey of the Ghar Alisadr in Iran, a 13 km long cave.

COMMERCE OF ART: Hussain Al Darushi is currently working on crafting the traditional Omani cane, locally known as ‘Khayzuran,” using fronds and sheets of silver. – Supplied photos

Sultanate in many international events in different countries, including the United Kingdom, Morocco and Turkey, to proudly showcase the surviving local handicrafts. For OMR6, Hussain will be selling his unique wallets using

his accounts on social media. “This would not have happened without the support of the PACI, which provided me with all the equipment and a location to start my business, which is now thriving, all thanks to them,” Al Darushi concluded.

EXPLORERS: The group of Geoscientists in Jebel Al Akhdar with Dr. Mohammed Al Kindi and Matthias López Correa (third from right). -Supplied photo

PAT I E N T S A F E T Y

Ministry launches new health initiative

Times News Service MUSCAT: A Patient Safety Friendly Hospital (PSFH) initiative has been launched by the Ministry of Health, represented by the Quality Assurance Centre, launched on Thursday at the Khawla Hospital. The initiative aims at implementing a programme to ensure patient safety in hospitals through using scientific standards that allow the hospitals to evaluate the services delivered to the patients. In addition, it will also enable enhancing the capacities of all staff members working in patient safety. Define the level It is worth mentioning that the PSFH is a mechanism developed to assess patient safety in hospitals. It offers a way to define the level of patient safety. The PSFH initiative is one of the World Health Organization’s initiatives, aimed at assisting the health institutions to start implementing a programme on patient safety. Earlier, the same initiative was launched at Nizwa, Rustaq and Starecare Hospitals.


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Oman hospital group offers help to victims of India fire disaster Shifa Al Jazeera Hospital and Polyclinics group has offered to pay Rs50,000 to next of kin of those killed in the disaster besides jobs to the victims’ family members in the group’s hospitals in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries

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jured at a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala, a top official from the hospital group said. “It’s painful to learn that hundreds have been killed and many others are battling for their life following the fireworks accident. Our group will give INR 50,000 (approx OMR290) ex-gratia to the

next of kin of those killed in the firework disaster and jobs to the victims’ family members in our hospitals in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries,” Dr KT Mohammed Rabeeh Rabiullah, chairman of Shifa Al Jazeera Hospital and Polyclinics group, told the Times of Oman. The group is setting up three medical facilities comprising both premium class and access hospitals in Al Khuwair, Ruwi and Al Khoudh followed by 10 polyclinics in Oman. In March, the group had announced that it will invest around OMR50 million in Oman’s health sector in the next five years. In one of the worst tragedies to have hit Kerala, 110 people were killed and 383 were injured in the major fire that engulfed the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex in Kollam district in Kerala during a display of fireworks. See also page >9

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It’s painful to learn that hundreds have been killed and many others are battling for their life following the fireworks accident Dr KT Mohammed Rabeeh Rabiullah Chairman of Shifa Al Jazeera Hospital and Polyclinics group

NEW SERVICES

Health Minister discusses Almouj Marina launches new non-communicable diseases boat maintenance facility Times News Service

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MUSCAT: Non communicabledisease-related situation, and the risk factors in the sultanate and beyond were discussed when Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Health, received in his office on Sunday the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), currently visiting the Sultanate. The UN Task Force comprises 24 members, chaired by Dr. Oleg Chestnov, WHO’s Assistant Director General for NCDs and Mental Health, and has 13 experts from various UN agencies. This visit was aimed at following up on the implementation of the Political Declaration on NCDs, issued in September 2011, where the member states (including the Sultanate) had made commitments to tackle the risk of NCDs through multi-sectoral cooperation. It provides technical support to the Sultanate’s government to tackle the NCDs through a high national multi-sectoral level response, in line with the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020. During the meeting, the UNIATF briefed Minister of Health on the mission’s objectives and intended outcomes. Afterwards,

MUSCAT: Almouj Marina has announced the launch of its new boat maintenance facility. New services include a wide range of expert exterior, interior, mechanical and electrical repair, maintenance and refurbishment, as well as a host of specialized boatservices, including crewing, delivery, and valuation. The facility is managed and operated by marine industry veteran United Engineering Services (UES). “Representing an important stage in Almouj Marina’s development plans, this significant-

MEETING: Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Health, received in his office on Sunday the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. – Supplied

the minister discussed with them the NCD-related situation, and the risk factors in the country and globally. Prevention and control Afterwards, an extended meeting was held at the MOH conference hall, chaired by the Health Minister, where the Task Force discussed various approaches to offer even stronger national multi-sectoral actions to prevent and control the NCDs. Furthermore, as part of its three-day visit, the UNIATF will meet a number of Omani officials to discuss various aspects

of NCDs in Oman and around the globe, as well as the international efforts being exerted to control them. They will additionally review the health sector plans and those of other authorities, the progress being made to prevent NCDs and plans to keep these under check. They will also work on ways to identify possible areas for joint efforts. Based on the recommendations of the high-level UN meeting, held in 2011, the task force would focus on four NCDs specifically — cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.

new addition to Almouj Marina’s standard-setting facilities brings a new level of convenience to our exceptional boating community.Without leaving their home berth, they will be able to availthe highest standards of workmanship, technical expertise and expert advice at all times, delivered withthe upmost professionalism, a dedication to excellence in customer service, and respect for the environment,” said Khalil AbuJaber, Marina Manager of Almouj Marina. Commenting of the role his company’s plays in the maintenance facility, Andrew Wagner, Deputy General Manager of UES

noted, “Our goal at Almouj Marina is to deliver outstanding and reliable service, as we do for the Royal Navy of Oman, the Royal Army of Oman and other clients at home and overseas, by employing our in-house specialized skill sets and our strong belief in excellence in customer service.” Positioned at the heart of Al Mouj Muscat, Almouj Marina is a premier marina facility and the nation’s largest yachting destination. Designed and operated by Mourjan Marinas, its Master Plan boasts 400 berths for yachts from 10 to 40 meters, and features the world’s longest breakwater.


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STUDENTS MATCH WITS AS TIMES ANNUAL QUIZ KICKS OFF More than 650 students matched wits in the much-awaited Times of Oman Inter School Quiz (TOOISQC) contest that kicked off at the jampacked auditorium of the Indian School, Darsait

Times News Service MUSCAT: As the quiz master hurled a volley of questions, the battle of acumen grew stronger. On Sunday more than 650 students matched wits in the muchawaited Times of Oman Inter School Quiz (TOOISQC) contest that kicked off at the jam-packed auditorium of the Indian School, Darsait. Hosting the quiz Lloyd Saldanha fired audio, video and verbal posers at the participants. Around 39 teams stormed into the mega preliminary round with ISD Master Brains (juniors) and Team Destiny Quizzers (seniors) leading their groups. It was a scene of excitement and rumbles as students showcased their knowledge while facing questions related to geography, culture, personalities, sports, food and science. Prayag Premdevas and Aaron Varghese, both Class 8 studentsfelt lucky. “Last year we couldn’t move beyond the qualifying (or preliminary) round. We were sad. But we are well-prepared this time around. We are hopeful that this year will be different,” the excited

duo told Times of Oman (TOO). They represent ISD Master Brains-II (juniors) who are among the other qualifiers looking forward to make it to the finals this year. Teams participating from 20 schools will vie in the mega preliminary quiz on April 19. The top 12 schools will clash in the final on April 21 at City Amphitheatre for the Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali Rolling Trophy - an iconic

award for the children across schools in the Sultanate. “This event is always big for us. Our participation has grown three times since last year,” Shalini Mohanan, HoD Social Science told TOO. “The exercise will surely improve the confidence and general knowledge of our students.” Schools participating in the quiz include the American British Academy, Bangladesh School Muscat, Bangladesh School Sohar, Beacon House School, Indian School Darsait, Indian School Ghubrah, Indian School Ibra, Indian School Maabela, Indian School Muscat, Indian School Seeb, Indian School Sohar, Indian School Salalah, Indian School Rustaq, Indian School Wadi Kabir, Modern International School, Pakistan School Muscat and Pakistan School Sohar. The second qualifying round will take place at Indian School Muscat today (April 11).


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Voting right is a fundamental right. Only this can provide the migrant workers the right to demand better welfare Dr Hemesiri Kotagama, Lankan academician at SQU

Sri Lanka forms panel to enable voting rights for its migrants

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Signed by 23 parliamentarians, the motion said the right to exercise franchise is a fundamental right of Sri Lankans

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reji@timesofoman.com MUSCAT: Sri Lankan migrant workers may soon have a say in the elections happening back in their home country as the Lankan parliament unanimously approved last Wednesday the appointment of a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to formulate a mechanism to enable them to vote. According to the official orders uploaded on Lankan parliament’s

website, parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti moved the motion seeking the approval of parliament for the appointment of the PSC. The motion was passed by the house unanimously. Signed by 23 parliamentarians, the motion said the right to exercise franchise is a fundamental right of Sri Lankans. Lankans who are employed overseas have not had the opportunity to exercise their franchise in local elections till now. According to the official order

of the parliament, the committee shall present its report to parliament within a period of six months from the first meeting of the committee or within such further period as Parliament may grant. Dr Hemesiri Kotagama, a Lankan academician at the Sultan Qaboos University, said the government has taken a step forward to enable voting rights for migrants. “Voting right is a fundamental right. Only this can provide the migrant workers the right to demand better welfare,” the academician, who has been canvassing for the same for the last 10 years, said. “It’s a welcome move. Let the committee soon find the mechanism and provide us the opportunity to have a say in our home country elections,” Deepal Pallegangoda, country manager of Mihin Lanka in Muscat, said.

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Abdullah Al Saway, Senior Internet Specialist at the Muscat Municipality, said to the Times of Oman that, “You can do all your transactions online through the app, so there is no need any more to visit any of the Muscat Municipality offices,” he said. Al Saway said the unique feature of Baladiyati is that it gives a personalised overview of all requested services. “The good thing in this application is that it has a dashboard, which gives information about all the services that you receive, such as rental contract, tickets etc. It will tell you the status of these services,” he said. In addition to paying parking violations through the app, users can buy a parking ticket in paidparking areas. “There is no need to use coins anymore as you can use this application to receive your parking ticket,” he said. Al Saway explained that payment can be made through the app just as it is done for other online transactions. “There is no need to create a new account with us. You can use either your debit card or credit card,” he said. He added that ‘Baladiyeti’ is a new version of an earlier app ‘IMuscat’, which contained fewer services and was not connected to the PKI. After installing the app from one of the app stores, the first thing new users should do is to register their mobile number in the app. That will enable one to find all the necessary information. “It will help the user identify himself, and will thus make it possible for us to give him access to his rental contract, building permits, parking violations and parking permits,” he said. Another feature of the app is “Jobs,” where Omani jobseekers can view available jobs in the Muscat Municipality as well as in other authorities registered with the Ministry of Manpower. “It will help them see if the job is suitable for them or not. We will take their ID card and will verify their qualifications. If it is the kind of human resource we want, we will accept the request,” he said. Al Saway assured that the app is safe to use. “Before launching the app, we sent it to ITA [Information Technology Authority], which has a special team that checks all apps, and they gave us the green light. “As everywhere in IT, there is no guarantee, but we try to minimise the risk.” The app was cautiously welcomed by the public, as the Times of Oman found out.

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You can do all your transactions online through the app, so there is no need any more to visit any of the Muscat Municipality offices. The unique feature of Baladiyati is that it gives a personalised overview of all requested services. Abdullah Al Saway Senior Internet Specialist at the Muscat Municipality

Adil Rashid from Pakistan said it will be especially useful for paying parking violations. “I faced such a situation before and I think it’s a very good initiative. “Apart from that, it will be useful for permits that I need for my company. It’s an excellent app,” he said. Saud Mohammed from Oman said “This is a very good development. God willing, I’ll download it and use it,” he said. Some said the app will be especially useful for business people. Alex Rego from India said the app will save him a lot of time. “It’s much easier to pay tickets online instead of having to go to some office. “This app is very good for us. It will save us much time, and we will not have to leave office,” he said. Mini R. from India said she is looking forward to using the app. “It’ll be very easy, comfortable and fast. No need to waste our time,” she said. Others were more cautious. Johnny Ilyas, a Pakistani national, said he will “definitely” download the app, but was not very convinced about its usefulness. “I’ll first have to start using it before I make up my mind about that,” he said.

Educational symposium held in Salalah SALALAH: The Ministry of Education organised at the Directorate-General for Heritage and Culture Theatre in Salalah on Sunday the National Symposium “Community Partnership .... Safe Childhood” under the patronage of Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar in the presence of Dr Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shaibaniyah, Minister of Education, honourable members of the State Council and Majlis Al Shura and a number of officials. Working papers were presented at the symposium and discussed child and adolescent psychology, methods of positive engagement to reduce some student behaviors, food and health effect on the behavior of the child, along with the child law, family upbringing and its impact on children’s behaviour, the school’s role in caring for the behaviour of students, as well as social media and its impact on child and youth behaviour and family protection “My Childhood is a Responsibility.” The symposium confirmed at its conclusion many themes, including the strengthening of the partnership with the community institutions to achieve its objectives in improving youngsters, and making a good citizen, in addition to the development of educational programs and their implementation in the school and the surrounding community to promote awareness of child rights and to consider the parent councils as a bridge for community communication in this aspect. — ONA

Correction In Page A6 of Times of Oman dated April 10, the title of report on SAI -Times of Oman contest reads ‘2000 children from 200 schools take part’. Para 1 of the report mentions ‘more than 100 schools’ which is correct and not 200 schools. The typo in the title is regretted.


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MUSCAT: Hundreds of Twitter users in Oman have been promoting tourism in their country through the hashtag #Oman_ scenery, which has been trending for the past two days. Following heavy rainfall in many parts of the Sultanate, social media users started sharing their clicks of flooded wadis, waterfalls, dark clouds, and wet roads. Others shared photographs of traditional Omani customs and foods. @WeatherOman, a Twitter account dedicated to news coverage of weather forecast, participated in the most trending hashtag by uploading images of Omani children enjoying the rain shower. @alsawsan21 clicked a nice photo of local honey and bread, with a flooded wadi in the background.

programmes, as well as in its religious speech

GENEVA: For more than two decades the Sultanate has been implementing the United Nations Secretary General’s plan to combat violence related to terrorism. Affirmed This was affirmed by the Sultanate at a senior level session at the international conference on terrorism related violence which was held in Geneva. Ambassador Abdullah bin Nasser Al Rahbi, the Sultanate’s Permanent Delegate to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, who chaired the Sultanate’s delegation to the conference said that the Sultanate has sounded alarming bells for the growth of terrorism

phenomenon and its hazards. Promulgated legislations It has also realised the causes behind this phenomenon and therefore has developed plans and promulgated legislations that promote equality among citizens regardless of origin, religion and ethnic group and provided them with all forms of protection. The Sultanate also affirmed the importance of the UN General Assembly Resolution # 70/245 dated February 12, 2016 while taking into consideration the remarks of the different countries of the world. He added that the Sultanate hails the efforts made to combat this phenomenon, which threat-

ens human stability, security and cultural heritage. He added that the Sultanate has promoted tolerance values in its education and cultural programmes, as well as in its religious speech. It warned against involving youths in armed conflicts and developed plans to combat terrorism many years ago. These plans were developed by academicians and specialists who represent the different sectors of the state with special focus on development aspects. Committed to tolerance He affirmed that the Sultanate is committed to tolerance culture, the wise vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in solving disputes through peaceful means, His Majesty the Sultan’s repeated calls for promoting tolerance, peaceful coexistence, non-interference in others affairs and establishing specialised centers, such as Sultan Qaboos Higher Center for Culture and Science to prepare leaders who can cope with modern developments. -ONA

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Arab meet to discuss challenges CAIRO: Parliamentary role in facing risks and current challenges at the region will be among the issues discussed at the two-day 23rd Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) that kicked off at the Arab League headquarters on Sunday. The Sultanate is taking part in the two-day conference by a delegation headed by Khalid bin Hilal Al Ma’awali, Chairman of Majlis Al Shura. The conference discusses the parliamentary role in facing risks and current challenges at the region, as well as the joint cooperation among the parliaments to upgrade the legislative aspects in the Arab countries to meet aspirations of their peoples, in addition to supporting relations of Arab cooperation particularly in parliamentary fields. The conference also discusses the AIPU action plan and its draft budget for 2016, as well as discussing reports of the AIPU committees. -ONA 43RD SESSION

Sultanate takes part in Arab Labour Conference

CAIRO: Oman on Sunday took part in the 43rd Session of the Arab Labour Conference, which lasts until April 17th in the Egyptian Capital, Cairo. The Sultanate’s delegation was led by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri, Minister of Manpower. Agenda The conference discusses a range of topics listed on the agenda, such as the report of the Director General of the Arab Labour Office, besides following up decisions made at the previous Arab Labour Conference and discussing the application of agreements and recommendations of the Arab Labour Organization (ALO). -ONA

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State Council panel discusses tourism MUSCAT: A study on “The Reality of Tourism in the Sultanate” was discussed by the Committee on Culture, Information and Tourism in the State Council on Sunday when it held its 6th meeting of the 1st annual sitting of the 6th term at the State Council’s building. Final version The committee completed the preparation of the final version of the study on “Civil Society Institutions from Legislative and Regulatory Perspective,” and submitted it to the Office of the Council, in preparation for submission to the

Council at its next regular session. Decisions The committee, headed by Honorable Dr. Ahmed bin Ali Al Mashaykhi, adopted the minutes of the previous meeting and reviewed the arising topics on its agenda and took appropriate decisions in their regard. -ONA

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Ash Carter visits on a mission to draw militaries closer GOA(India): US Defence Secretary Ash Carter began a three-day visit to India on Sunday, seeking to advance a relatively new defence relationship with a country Washington sees as a counterweight to the growing power of China. In a sign of the importance Carter places on improving defence ties with India, the visit is his second in less than a year, and it kicks off in Goa, the west coast home state of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. For India, closer US defence ties would bring greater access to American technology, and it too has been alarmed by China’s naval forays in the Indian Ocean. But India has been historically wary of drawing too near to any one country. Reluctant “India’s very reluctant to be seen as too close to the United States, but the Pentagon is very bullish on this relationship,” said Shane Mason, a research associate at the Stimson Centre in Washington. It is also a

favoured initiative of Carter, who established a special cell within the Pentagon last year to promote cooperation with India. “There’s no question about where the United States-India relationship is going,” Carter said on Friday, at a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. “We can control and influence the pace, and I want to do that.” The US military has made clear it would like to do more with India, especially in countering China’s moves. Last month, Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command, said the United States wanted to expand the naval exercises it held with India each year into joint operations across the Asia-Pacific. But India, which has never carried out joint patrols with another country, said there were no such plans. “The Indians are being careful because it’s their neighbourhood,” said a US congressional source familiar with US-India military

discussions. “It’s been a longstanding Indian policy to deal with China on a bilateral basis.” US defence manufacturers hope closer ties will boost their own prospects in India, which is one of the world’s biggest defence spenders but still has major gaps in its military capabilities. India has been looking to rebuild its ageing air force and last week Lockheed Martin and Boeing pitched their fighter planes to its defence ministry. In a statement, Boeing said it was in talks with India about the possibility of making F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft in India. A Lockheed spokesman said the company also took part in talks last week between India and the United States on fighter jet production opportunities. Separately, the two countries are negotiating India’s request for 40 Predator surveillance drones, officials said, a possible first step towards acquiring the armed version of the unmanned aircraft.

But deeper security cooperation has been tricky, because India has for more than 10 years demurred at signing three “foundational” defence agreements that would streamline military interactions. Concerned India is concerned that the pacts, including the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) that allows the two militaries to access each other’s bases, could draw it into an undeclared military alliance with the United States. Ahead of Carter’s trip, an Indian defence source said both sides were eager to conclude the negotiations on the LSA. “They’re actually quite prosaic agreements,” said Benjamin Schwartz, until last year the India country director at the Pentagon. Nonetheless, signing them “would indicate that the Indian government is more willing to work with the US, even if it means that they’re going to take some political heat,” said Schwartz. -PTI

WARM WELCOME: US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter is welcomed by India’s Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar as he arrives at India’s Ministry of Defence in New Delhi, India, June 3, 2015. - AFP file photo

‘Congress won’t be celebrating when Panama details are out’ Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asserted that the probe is being done in a ‘very impartial’ way and rejected demands from Congress and Aam Aadmi Party that he should ‘recuse’ himself from the matter

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with BJP candidate Sanjay Singh for Central Howrah constituency during an election campaign in Howrah district of West Bengal on Sunday. -PTI

KOLKATA: As a multi-agency probe continues into leaked ‘Panama Papers’ showing alleged offshore tax haven holdings of Indians, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said “Congress will not have many reasons to celebrate” when the details come out in this case. He also asserted that the probe is being done in a “very impartial” way and rejected demands from

Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that he should “recuse” himself from the matter. “I have not understood their argument,” Jaitley said in reply to a question on the opposition demand that he should recuse himself for being “close” to a person named in the leaked documents. He was talking to reporters at a media interaction organised by state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Press Club here.

On a question on impartiality on the probe, the union minister said, “It is very impartial, and a multi-agency probe is going on. When the details will come out, Congress will not have many reasons to celebrate.” Congress and AAP have targeted Jaitley on the Panama Papers issue and have demanded a judicial probe into the allegations about some Indians setting up offshore entities in a tax haven and

asking him to “recuse” from dealing with the matter, saying a fair probe was otherwise not possible as Jaitley was ‘close’ to a person named in the leaks. Meanwhile, refusing to relent on excise duty levy on non-silver jewellery goods, Jaitley on Sunday said a “luxury item” cannot remain out of tax ambit when taxes need to be paid on many essentials. A large section of jewellers and bullion traders have been

on strike for over a month seeking withdrawal of one per cent excise duty on non-silver jewellery items. They are also opposing mandatory quoting of PAN by customers for transactions of Rs200,000 and above. “How can a luxury item remain out of tax when essential items like cement, cloth and many others have to pay manufacturing tax. If we do not bring GST on gold, taxation on other items will have to be increased,” Jaitley said at a media interaction at the Press Club here. He said there was no reason why luxury items should be exempted when the country was moving toward Goods and Services Tax. Jaitley said the Centre has given a benefit that excise would be similar to VAT on gold and has tried to allay fears that ‘karigars’ would be affected from the new taxation. The union finance minister in his Budget proposals on February 29 had announced levy of one per cent excise duty on nonsilver jewellery. The government had last month constituted a panel under former Chief Economic Advisor Ashok Lahiri to look into the demands of jewellers and the panel has been asked to submit its report within 60 days. - PTI

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e-eye may soon keep track of tigers NEW DELHI: An ambitious eeye surveillance system being implemented by the Centre may soon be expanded to keep track of tigers in wildlife sanctuaries and to prevent poaching and animal-human conflict. The surveillance system has already been installed in Jim Corbett national park in Uttarakhand, Kaziranga tiger reserve in Assam and Ratapani wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh with financial assistance from National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Group of officers The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change recently constituted a group of officers to undertake a performance audit of e-eye system, according to documents accessed by wildlife activist Ajay Dubey. The group was asked “to assess overall impression and suggest ways for prospective extension of e-surveillance to the other tiger reserves”. It was also asked to visit all states and tiger reserves for the purpose. Forest officials said that the electronic surveillance system is bringing good results and it may be expanded to other tiger reserves across in the country. The e-eye is a software-based system where high resolution thermal and infrared cameras capture all activities. - PTI


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ELATED: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and newly elected JD(U) National President being greeted by outgoing party president Sharad Yadav in New Delhi on Sunday. - PTI

The tragedy struck around 3.30am during display of fireworks at the

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temple complex, which is around 70km from the state capital TRAGEDY: A view of a damaged building after a massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in Paravoor north of Thiruvanan-

thapuram, in Kerala on Sunday, right, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the site of tragedy in Paravoor Puttingal temple. - PTI

KOLLAM: In one of the worst tragedies to hit south Indian state of Kerala, at least 110 people were killed and 383 injured in a devastating fire that engulfed the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex near here during an unauthorised display of fireworks early on Sunday. A late night statement issued by the chief minister’s office said 110 people had lost their lives in the incident that left 383 others with injuries. A judicial probe by a retired High Court Judge was ordered by the state government along with an investigation by Crime Branch into the tragedy, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced after an emergency Cabinet meeting over the tragedy. No permission The tragedy struck around 3:30am during display of fireworks at the temple complex, which is around 70 km from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The fireworks, for which no permission

had been granted by Revenue and police officials, had started at midnight as part of an annual festival and thousands of people had gathered to witness it. The mishap occurred as sparks of the fireworks fell on the store room ‘Kambapura’ and the fire crackers kept there exploded with a deafening noise, police said. The blaze spread quickly trapping the devotees within the complex. Charred bodies and human remains were strewn around the temple complex after the fire tragedy.”It was complete chaos,” eyewitnesses said. The explosions also ripped chunks of concrete and plaster from the temple and nearby buildings which fell on people killing some on the spot and wounding many others. The official statement said 75 bodies have been identified and 84 post-mortems had been conducted. Scientific examination

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would be done to identify bodies which have not yet been claimed, Chandy said. Chandy also announced exgratia relief of Rs1 million to kin of each of those killed in fire tragedy, Rs200,000 for seriously injured and Rs50,000 for those with minor injuries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who termed the incident as “heart-rending” and “shocking”, announced Rs200,000 each as compensation for the next of the kin of the dead and Rs50,000 each for the injured. He later flew in here and took stock of the situation and see the injured people. The sound of the explosion could be heard over a radius of one kilometre and the whole area

plunged into darkness as the power supply went off and people ran helter-skelter, eyewitnesses said. The chief minister said the District Collector of Kollam had not given permission to conduct the fireworks. District Collector A. Shainamol said “no permission for any kind of fireworks” was given. She said the temple authorities had asked for permission to conduct competitive fireworks which was denied. For normal fireworks, no permission was sought and hence there was no question of granting it, the DC said. Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said, “Actually, it is not a police failure,” on being asked why police had not stopped the fireworks since it was not permitted.

“When lakhs of people are assembled here, if there is police action, it will have another problem. So, we have to consider all these aspects” he said. Police sources said a case has been registered against temple authorities and explosive licencees under section 307 (Attempt to murder), and 308 (Attempt to commit culpable homicide) of IPC and under section 4 of Explosives Substances Act. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, who rushed here, appreciated the “swift and decisive” response of the Kerala government to the incident. “We have, sort of, taken care of the people who are injured and hurt. I came here to see with my own eyes what had happened. I visited some of the patients...It is a time of tragedy and a very sad time for the state and for the country. We are with the people of Kerala,” he said. - PTI

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar was on Sunday elected as Janata Dal (United) JD(U) president, a move that would put him in complete command of the party as its seeks to expand beyond the state and prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. His unanimous election to the top post at the party’s National Executive meeting brought an end to the decade-old tenure of Sharad Yadav, who had ruled himself out for a fourth term. It is for the first time that Kumar, JD(U)’s face in Bihar, has been elected president of the state-centric party. Its two previous presidents — George Fernandes and Sharad Yadav — were from outside Bihar, the state they virtually made their political home. Kumar’s name was proposed by Yadav and seconded by the party’s secretary general K. C. Tyagi, general secretary Javed Raza, among others, party leaders said following the meeting. “Humbled by party’s trust in me. Will try my best to carry Sharad Yadav’s legacy forward and I accept the new role as president of JD(U),” Kumar tweeted after his election. - PTI

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William, Kate arrive in Mumbai, pay tributes to 26/11 victims MUMBAI: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived here on Sunday on their first visit to India and paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The royal couple, who landed in Mumbai shortly before noon, visited the 26/11 memorial at the Taj Palace Hotel here. They laid a wreath at the memorial and also spoke to the hotel staff who were present when the iconic hotel was attacked in November 2008. The hotel overlooks the Gateway of India, built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai in 1911.

The royal couple arrived here on a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, aimed at building up strong bonds with the two countries. They later headed to the Oval Maidan to watch and take part in a cricket match between beneficiaries and representatives of three charities based in Mumbai - Magic Bus, Doorstep, and India’s Childline. They will go to Delhi on Monday and begin their tour there by paying respects to India’s military contributions and honour the memory of Mahatma Gandhi. The royal couple will visit the Taj Mahal which Prince William’s mother late Princess Diana visited

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24 years ago. “Twenty four years on from her visit to the Taj, The Duke and The Duchess are looking forward to seeing this beautiful place for themselves and creating some new memories as they say thank you to the people of India at the conclusion of their tour,” a release said. The couple will also visit Kaziranga National Park in Assam where they will find out more

about the role of conservation in the lives of rural people there. The royal couple are interested in seeing how communities manage the conflicts that arise when humans and wild animals live in close proximity. They will also meet park rangers inside Kaziranga to discuss how they protect the animal population from poachers, as demand for rhino horns continues to rise in other parts of Asia. In the visitor’s book at the Taj hotel, the royal couple wrote: “In memory of those who lost their lives and those injured in the senseless atrocities at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel”. - PTI

FOR A CAUSE: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge flanked by Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Dilip Vengsarkar during a charity programme at Oval Maidan in Mumbai on Sunday. - PTI


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Charges against ISI based on assumptions: Inquiry ISLAMABAD: An inquiry commission, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali, has ruled out the involvement of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the attack on veteran journalist Hamid Mir two years ago. In a 41-page report, the threejudge commission, which also includes justices Ejaz Afzal Khan and Iqbal Hameedur Rehman, observed that allegations the country’s premier intelligence agency possible involvement in the attack were based on ‘suspicions, assumptions or apprehensions’. Mir was critically injured on

Hamid Mir

April 19, 2014, when unknown suspects opened fire on his car. The attack took place right after he had arrived at Karachi airport. At that time, Geo TV — for

HAUTE COUTURE Models present creations by Pakistani designer Shameel Ansari on the final day of the Fashion Pakistan Week in Karachi on Saturday. — AFP

whom Mir worked as an anchor — launched a propaganda campaign against the ISI. After investigating the incident for nine months, the inquiry commission drafted a report which stated that, prima facie, there was a tug of war among some journalists and the ISI, because some media persons had told the commission that the spy agency was unhappy with their reporting. The commission report also observed that there was a complete failure on the part of law enforcement agencies to investigate the attack. — Express Tribune

Tax exemptions to be withdrawn Plan largely relies on taking back certain withholding tax exemptions that will increase prices of petroleum products and other imported goods

ISLAMABAD: The government unveiled a plan on Saturday to withdraw about Rs88 billion worth of income tax exemptions, bringing the total amount it aims to collect in the upcoming fiscal year to Rs168 billion. The plan largely relies on taking back certain withholding tax exemptions that will increase prices of petroleum products and other imported goods. It also includes withdrawing concessions on perquisite and benefits available to judges of the

Supreme Court and high courts. However, it is uncertain whether the government will actually touch this area, finance ministry sources said. Indirect in nature Most of Rs88 billion worth of exemptions that are proposed to be withdrawn are indirect in nature and will not have any adverse implications on the incomes of the companies, Federal Board of Revenue sources (FBR) said. In cases where individuals will be

affected, the government again appeared reluctant. For instance, tax exemptions on perquisites and benefits availed by corps commanders are not part of the plan, they said. Even in case of judges, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar did not give his consent, asking the FBR to hold meetings with the stakeholders, sources added. Similarly, bureaucrats are paying only 5 per cent tax on the up to Rs98,000 car allowance that they are availing, unlike other taxpayers whose vehicular expenses are treated as part of income. FBR Chairman Nisar Mohammad Khan gave a briefing to Finance Minister Dar about the final phase of the plan for withdrawal of concessionary regime under the head of income tax, which will be withdrawn from July this year. Dar did not approve the plan and another meeting will be held on his return from the United States. — Express Tribune


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G7 foreign ministers in Hiroshima to discuss nuclear, maritime issues Japan kicked off a gathering of foreign ministers from the G7 advanced economies with a call to end nuclear weapons

HIROSHIMA(Japan): In a city obliterated by a US atom bomb more than 70 years ago, Japan kicked off a gathering of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven

(G7) advanced economies with a call to end nuclear weapons. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who presides over the two-day annual meeting this year,

said on Sunday that ministers will also discuss anti-terrorism steps, maritime security and issues related to North Korea, Ukraine and the Middle East. US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to join his counterparts from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on Monday to visit an atomic bomb museum and lay flowers at a cenotaph for nuclear bomb victims, becoming the first in his post to do so. The move could possibly pave the way for a never-before visit to Hiroshima by a US president when

CONFLICT

Philippine troops clash with rebels; 23 killed, 73 injured MANILA: Philippine soldiers battled a group of about 120 rebels linked to IS in a ten-hour assault on a southern island that killed 23 people, an army spokesman said on Sunday. Major Filemon Tan said the military attacked a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf rebels on the island of Basilan led by Isnilon Hapilon, an insurgent for whom the US State Department has offered a bounty of up to $5 million. “I can confirm 18 soldiers were killed and 53 were wounded,” Tan said, adding that five militants, including a Moroccan, Mohammad Khattab, and Ubaida, a son of Hapilon, were killed in Saturday’s incident, which wounded 20 rebels. There was no immediate statement from the small but violent Abu Sayyaf group, which is known for extortion, kidnappings, beheadings and bombings, and is one of the brutal rebel factions in the south.

RECUPERATING: Philippines Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, second right, and military chief General Hernando Iriberri, right, visit one of the 53 wounded soldiers at a military hospital in Zamboanga on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday a day after soldiers clashed with the Abu Sayyaf. -AFP

Army offensive The group has posted videos on social media sites pledging allegiance to IS militants in Iraq and Syria, which have attracted foreign fighters from Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa to the troubled Philippine south. The army has stepped up its offensive against the rebels since November, Tan said, when Presi-

dent Benigno Aquino ordered it to hunt down Abu Sayyaf over the kidnapping and execution of foreign nationals. On the nearby island of Jolo, the rebels on Friday released an Italian man from six months of captivity. Troops were also on alert as another Abu Sayyaf faction threatened to execute two Canadians

BANGLADESH

Protesters against power plant give two weeks for demands to be met DHAKA: Protesters opposing the construction of a Chinesebacked, coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh agreed on Sunday to halt their activities for 15 days, defusing tensions after four demonstrators were killed last week. Villagers for and against the $2.4 billion power plant in the coastal district of Chittagong clashed last week before riot police fired their weapons after coming under attack. Four protesters died in the violence. S Alam Group, a Bangladeshi conglomerate which signed a deal on April 4 with China’s SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corp to build the 1,320 megawatt plant, suspended work because of safety concerns, a company official said last week. Liakot Ali, the leader of the demonstrators, said they had made a number of demands to the authorities. He said a leader of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League had asked for two weeks to settle the issues. “We have demanded the release of all 17 people who have been arrested, the withdrawal of cases against villagers who demonstrated against this plant...and the treatment of those injured during the demonstration,” he said. Abdullah Kabir Liton, a senior Awami League official in Chittagong district said he had met with local people to try to convince them to stop their movement. “We need a few days to breathe,” Liton said. The plant, located 265 km (165 miles) southeast of the capital

Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, an adviser to the prime minister responsible for power and energy said the project would use modern technology and would not harmful for environment

Dhaka, is a major source of foreign investment into Bangladesh, and one of a series of plans Beijing is pushing to cultivate closer ties with Dhaka. Environmental damage The protesters say villagers around the plant will lose their homes, it will disturb the graveyards of relatives and cause environmental damage. “They started works without the approval from the ministry of environment,” Liakot said. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, an adviser to the prime minister responsible for power and energy told Reuters the project would use modern technology and would not harmful for environment. - Reuters

and a Norwegian tourists after a ransom deadline expired. In March 2014, the government signed a peace deal with the largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, promising to grant autonomy in the south and ending a 45-year conflict that killed 120,000 people and displaced 2 million. - Reuters

Barack Obama attends the annual meeting of G7 leaders in Japan next month. During World War II, a US warplane dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, reducing the city to ashes and killing 140,000 people by the end of that year. Three days later, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered six days later. Maritime security is also on the cards after China rattled nerves in the region with its controversial reclamation work in the South

China Sea. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday called for the participating ministers not to “hype up” the South China Sea issue. Wang’s comment was followed by a scathing article by China’s official Xinhua News Agency on Sunday on the prospects of the G7 meeting discussing the South China Sea matter. “(Kishida) has purportedly coordinated to outline a joint communique regarding the sovereignty disputes over the South China Sea, despite the fact that neither

Japan nor any G7 member is a relevant party to the disputes,” the article said. “Long uncomfortable with China’s rising influence in the region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration have never passed up an opportunity to trip up and contain China,” it said. Kishida is scheduled to hold a final news conference as chair of the G7 meeting of foreign ministers on Monday afternoon, and will announce several G7 statements on issues including nuclear disarmament and maritime security. - Reuters


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echnological innovation and the emergence of the millennial generation are closely entwined. Few superlatives can accurately sum up the sheer extent to which technology has fundamentally altered the way we live and work, both as consumers and businesses. What we can say is that millennials (those born in the 1980s or 90s and ‘came of age’ in the new millennium according to Pew Research) have been exposed to modern technology for most of their lives and are accustomed to a mostly digital world. Their career aspirations, attitudes to work, and knowledge of tools, apps and services increasingly define 21st century workplace culture, and thus have a knockon effect on how HR and recruitment departments engage with millennials currently in (or entering) the workforce. Enterprises in UAE need to understand that implementing the right technologies are key to attracting the right corporate talent! It should be no surprise that the most successful companies in attracting talented millennials (like Google, Apple and Facebook) are technology innovators. While they may not specifically be targeting a millennial workforce, their culture, technological reputation and management give them their pick of the best young talent. Fellow enterprises must learn that, regardless of their industry, nobody is exempt from needing to deploy the latest technology as the opportunity presented by millennials is too significant. By 2020, millennials will form 50 per cent of the global workforce, according to PWC. The new age millennial workforce is the first generation to enter the workplace with a more comprehensive grasp of digital tools than any other. The way that we attract, engage and manage them must align to these skills. In the modern day, all businesses must be digital. Today’s new technologies are creating new industries and replacing old business models. Every enterprise in the world, regardless of industry, should already be (or on the verge of ) becoming a truly digital business. Digital business blurs the lines between the digital and physical world, where the digital part of the business becomes a true, competitive advantage. While this will naturally benefit the enterprise’s end customers – who want to be able to do business, make purchases or anything else at any time, from any device and wherever they are – millenni-

als also perceive that their digital expectations will translate to the workplace. According to PWC, 41 per cent of millennials would rather communicate electronically than face-to-face or over the telephone. It is also a generation that has specific expectations about how technology is used in the workplace. 59 per cent said that an employer providing state-of-the art technology was important to them when considering a job, but that they habitually use workplace technology alongside their own. 78 per cent suggested that accessing technology and devices that they are familiar with makes them more effective at work, indicating a clear need for considering a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy that is underpinned by flexibility. As such, using cloudbased services together with the company’s onpremises solutions, will be critical. While different cloud providers are available, it is always-on, constantly available data that is central to branching the millennial digital divide. Appeal to the future, even before you know who they are. According to Capita’s Workforce Horizons study, 94 per cent of HR professionals believe that it is critical to engage with the very best talent even before a new position becomes available. Being open and transparent about the expectations of candidates is important, particularly through job specifications and recruitment pages – before a prospective employee is identified. In the modern era, technology is of sufficient importance that flexible working and BYOD policies need to be outlined from the outset. The old adage of ‘candidates are also customers’ rings true here. Technology is a central component of forming this early reputation. According to Gartner research, the Internet of Things is set to soar by 30 per cent this year, rising to 6.4 billion devices in use globally. Due to this connectivity explosion, customers and employees alike expect to engage with an organisation irrespective of time and location. For large, well-known enterprises, it is critical that the future workforce can engage positively before they are an employee – whether that means shopping through a mobile app or website, accessing resources, or applying for a role via a microsite. — Exclusive to Times of Oman

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016 The tower, designed by Spanish-Swiss neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, is slated to have a rooftop courtyard, residential units and a link to a retail plaza. The building is expected to be completed for the Dubai Expo trade fair in 2020.

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BATTLEGROUND: Yemeni fighters loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi stand near empty shells in the Sirwah area, in Marib province, on Sunday. – AFP

Clashes kill scores in Yemen Fighting broke out in Al Maton, a town north of Sanaa

CAIRO: Fighting broke out north of Yemen’s capital and in the centre of the country on Sunday, killing more than 20 people. Heavy battles flared between forces loyal to Yemen’s President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi fighters in Al Maton, a town north of the capital Sanaa, killing and wounding several fighters, local residents said, without giving precise figures. In the central Bayda province, bat-

tles between the rival forces in Al Sawadiya and Al Zaher killed more than 20 people, officials and residents said, and fighting continued in the city of Taiz. Hadi, whose forces are backed by a Saudi-led Arab military coalition which has been carrying out airstrikes on Yemen for the past year, met his advisers in Riyadh on Sunday to discuss the impending halt in fighting, Yemeni officials said. They said the Houthis had not yet informed the United Nations about their latest position on the agreement to stop fighting. A spokesman for the Houthis could not immediately be reached for comment. The UN’s Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has urged parties to the war to “engage constructively” in the new round of peace talks in Kuwait. — Reuters

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THE FUTURISTIC TOWER: Visitors look at a to-scale model of a new tower Dubai Emaar Properties plans to build on Sunday. – AFP

Emaar seeks to surpass world’s tallest tower with new landmark DUBAI: Dubai’s Emaar Properties plans to build a new tower in the emirate to surpass the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, Chairman Mohamed Alabbar told reporters on Sunday. The new project comes as Dubai developers continue to announce new schemes despite a softening real estate sector, with the Emaar-built Burj Khalifa expected to be usurped by a tower currently under construction in Saudi Arabia. Alabbar would not confirm the height of the proposed new tower, saying only that it would be “a notch” taller than the Burj Khalifa, which stands at more than 828 metres. Supported by a matrix of ca-

bles, the futuristic tower will anchor the redevelopment of the Dubai Creek, the heart of old Dubai where traditional dhow boats continue to ferry goods. The tower, designed by Spanish-Swiss neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, is slated to have a rooftop courtyard, residential units and a link to a retail plaza. The building is expected to be completed for the Dubai Expo trade fair in 2020. Funding for the $1 billion project will be 50 per cent equity and 50 per cent debt, Alabbar said, undeterred by a residential property market that consultancy Cluttons says has softened for at least five quarters. — Reuters

BENGHAZI: Staff have been evacuated from three oil fields in eastern Libya because of fears of attacks by IS group militants, but production has not been affected because the fields are shut, oil and security officials said on Sunday. IS militants have launched frequent attacks on Libyan oil fields

and terminals in recent months, damaging facilities but not taking control of them. Unlike in Syria and Iraq, militants have never controlled oil fields in Libya, but officials worry this could happen in the future, along with existing material and human damage.

Mohamed Al Manfi, an oil official based in eastern Libya, said the Wafa field had been completely evacuated and the Tibesti and Bayda fields were partially evacuated after security forces warned of possible planned attacks. A security source said told Reuters that militants loyal to IS had

been mobilising in Nawfiliyah, a town between the extremist group’s Libyan stronghold of Sirte and the oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf. Earlier this month five members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard were killed in an attack by suspected IS militants near Bayda field. — Reuters


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Macedonia fires teargas on migrants at Greek border Greece terms action at Idomeni ‘deplorable’ as more than 10,000 migrants stranded at border

IDOMENI (GREECE): Greece on Sunday condemned as “dangerous and deplorable” the use of teargas by the Macedonian police against crowds of migrants gathered on the Greek side of the border at Idomeni, an outpost where thousands are waiting for shuttered borders to reopen. Earlier attempts by a large group to cross the border fence prompted skirmishes with police, a Macedonian official said. Aid organisations at the camp said some migrants were wounded and police in Skopje said three officers were also hurt. More than 10,000 migrants and refugees have been stranded at Idomeni since February after a cascade of border shutdowns throughout the Balkans

CLASHES: A family with toothpaste smeared over their faces as a protection against teargas, moves to safety as refugees and migrants clash with Macedonian police during a protest to reopen the border near their makeshift camp in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni, on Sunday. – AFP

closed off their route to central and western Europe. Greece said police on the Macedonian side of their joint frontier used teargas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to push back the migrants. Macedonian authorities would only confirm they used teargas. More than a million people fleeing conflict poured into Europe mainly through Greece in the past year. The European Union

is implementing an accord under which all new arrivals to Greece will be sent back to Turkey if they do not meet asylum criteria. Stormed A Macedonian official who asked to remain anonymous said that a large group of migrants left Idomeni camp on Sunday morning and stormed towards the fence. “They threw rocks at the Mac-

edonian police. The police fired tear gas in response,” the official said. “The migrants were pushing against the fence but standing on the Greek side of the border. The fence is still there, they have not broken through.” Reuters witnesses said a small group of migrants attempted to talk to Macedonian border guards, asking for them to open the border. After given a negative response, they and other migrants started walking towards the fence. Macedonian police fired teargas, and some migrants hurled back some gas cannisters and rocks, they said. In an unusually strong statement, George Kyritsis, a spokesman for migration coordinators in the Greek government, said the use of force was unacceptable. “The indiscriminate use of chemicals, rubber bullets and stun grenades against vulnerable populations, and particularly without reasons for such force, is a dangerous and deplorable act,” Kyritsis said. More than 50,000 refugees and migrants have been stranded in Greece as a result of the border shutdowns. By Sunday morning, there were more than 11,200 people at Idomeni. “We urge the authorities of FYROM to compre-

hend the potential risks the use of violence against refugees and migrants entails,” said Kyritsis, referring to the official title of the neighbouring country, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Athens has long refused to accept its neighbour as just ‘Macedonia’. Some Greeks fear accepting ‘Macedonia’ could provide a basis for territorial claims by that country on a northern Greek province of the same name. In Skopje, a police spokesman said only tear gas was used after migrants stormed towards a border fence on Sunday. Three police officers were wounded. “We used teargas but I haven’t heard anything about rubber bullets,” a Macedonian police spokesman said. The situation at the border was under control but still tense, he added. Aid organisations said they were treating people for tear gas exposure. “We have injuries and are extremely busy,” a senior official for medical charity MSF told Reuters. Another aid organisation also confirmed some migrants were wounded. Greek authorities have been trying to convince the population to move to reception camps, but migrants have been refusing to move. — Reuters

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Quake shakes buildings across South Asia KABUL: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck South Asia on Sunday, shaking buildings in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, witnesses and the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, and injuring several people in at least one Pakistani city. The USGS said the quake was centred about 40km west of Ashkasham in remote northeastern Afghanistan. Residents left their homes in Kabul and Islamabad when the quake struck, with buildings swaying for more than a minute in both capitals. Similar reports were received from across northern and central Pakistan. In Pakistan’s northwestern frontier city of Peshawar, three people were treated for “multiple injuries”. People in Lahore in Pakistan’s east, 630km from the epicentre, also reported they had felt the tremors. In Kabul, Omar Mohammadi, a spokesman for the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, said no reports of casualties or damage had been received so far. Tremors were also felt in the Indian capital and in Kashmir, witnesses said, with some people working in high-rise buildings rushing into the streets. — Reuters

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IN TROUBLED WATERS: Prime Minister, and leader of the Conservatives, David Cameron addresses delegates during the Conservative party Spring Forum in central London on Saturday. – AFP

Cameron releases tax records in bid to calm Panama Papers storm LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron took the unusual step on Sunday of publishing his tax records to try to end days of questions about his personal wealth caused by the mention of his late father’s offshore fund in the Panama Papers. Cameron’s initial reluctance to admit that he had benefited from the fund caused a furore, compounding his problems at a tough time for his Conservative government. His party is badly split ahead of a June 23 referendum over whether Britain should stay in the European Union, and the government has been forced to backtrack on welfare cuts and is facing accusations of failing to protect the steel industry. After saying on Saturday that he could have handled the fallout from the Panama disclosures better, Cameron released normally confidential details of his tax records for the past six years. But any hope that this would draw a line under the issue was short-lived, as the main Sunday newspapers zeroed in on a gift of £200,000 ($282,500) Cameron received from his mother in 2011, suggesting it may be a way of avoiding inheritance tax. A source at Cameron’s Downing Street office said the suggestion was inaccurate, the gift had been declared and this was about a mother making a gift to her son in the same legal way that hundreds of thousands of Britons do every year. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused Cameron of misleading the public by issuing what he described as four “weasel-worded” statements in as many days before finally admitting that he had benefited from his father’s fund. After the tax records were disclosed, Corbyn told the BBC the prime minister still had questions to answer about what

profits he had made from the offshore investment prior to 2010, when he sold a share worth about £30,000. Cameron is not accused of having done anything illegal, and the fact that he is a wealthy man who enjoyed a very privileged upbringing is nothing new. But the past week has been damaging because the drip-drip of carefully worded statements before the fuller disclosure created the impression he may have had something to hide. In addition, Cameron stands accused of hypocrisy after portraying his government as being in the forefront of global efforts to crack down on offshore tax havens. A comment he made in 2012 about a famous comedian’s legal tax avoidance scheme being “morally wrong” has been widely quoted by media. Scores of politicians and business figures have been implicated in the Panama Papers, including the prime minister of Iceland who has since stepped down. The 11.5 million documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca detail the creation of more than 200,000 companies in offshore tax havens. Cameron said on Thursday his father’s investment trust was not set up to avoid tax but to invest in dollar-denominated shares. He said he had paid all taxes due on his own investment. The documents disclosed by Downing Street on Sunday, from RNS Chartered Accountants, show Cameron paid tax of £75,898 on income of £200,307 in the 2014-2015 financial year, the most recent one included. Seeking to further regain the initiative, Cameron also announced on Sunday a new task force, jointly led by Britain’s tax authority and National Crime Agency, to build on the work Britain has done to tackle money laundering and tax evasion. — Reuters


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Attackers struck closer to home after arrests were made as investigations into the attacks in Paris, showed that many of the perpetrators lived in Belgium who managed to evade police for more than four months

BRUSSELS: The militant cell behind bombings in Brussels had been plotting to hit France again after carrying out the Paris attacks in November, but was forced to strike closer to home as police closed in, Belgian prosecutors said on Sunday. Investigations into the IS militant group attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people, showed that many of the perpetrators lived in Belgium, including surviving suspects who managed to evade police for more than four months. Prime suspect Salah Abdeslam was arrested on March 18 in the Belgian capital. Four days later, suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels airport and a rushhour metro train. “Numerous elements in the investigation have shown that the terrorist group initially had the intention to strike in France again,” Belgium’s federal prosecutor said in a statement. “Surprised by the speed of progress in the investigation, they took the decision to strike

THE SUSPECT: Mohamed Abrini, left, and a suspect of the morning’s attacks at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, pushing a trolly with suitcases. Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini confessed on Sunday to being “the man in the hat” caught on video with suicide bombers at Brussels airport last month, images that had sparked a massive manhunt. – AFP/Belgian Federal Police

in Brussels.” Belgian intelligence and security forces had been criticised abroad for not doing more to dismantle the militant cell, because of its links to the Paris attacks. As of Friday, all publicly identified suspects were either in detention or dead, but Belgium remains on its second highest threat level, and Prime Minister Charles Michel said his government would remain alert. His comments were echoed by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who said France would not be lowering its guard. “This is a further sign of the very serious threat facing Europe as a whole and of course France in particular,” Valls told a news conference in Algiers. Abdeslam, born and raised in Belgium to Moroccan-born parents, told a magistrate he had planned to blow himself up at a sports stadium in Paris in November, but backed out at the last

minute. His brother Brahim blew himself up at a Paris cafe. Another man linked to the Paris attacks, Mohamed Abrini, was arrested in Brussels on Friday and admitted to being the “man in the hat” captured on video walking into Brussels airport alongside two suicide bombers. Abrini was tracked down the day after police released new images of “the man in the hat” pushing a laden baggage trolley similar to those of the two suicide bombers alongside him. Abrini, 31, has been charged with terrorist murders, prosecutors said. Abrini was well known to police as a petty criminal and drug dealer who was a regular at the bar run by the Abdeslam brothers in the Molenbeek district of Brussels which is home to many other Moroccan immigrant families. Another main suspect who was seen alongside the suicide bomber in the Brussels metro, identified

by prosecutors as Osama K, was also arrested on Friday in the Belgian capital. Osama K, 28, widely named by media as Swedish national Osama Krayem, was filmed buying the bags used to carry the Brussels bombs. While pleased with the performance of Belgium’s hitherto much criticised security services, Prime Minister Charles Michel warned that further threats to Europe were still live: “We are positive about the recent developments in the investigation,” he told a news conference. “But we know we have to stay alert.” The arrests have crowned a month of success and dramatic failure for Belgian security services, which have been under huge pressure at home and abroad since it became clear that the Paris attacks were organised from Brussels by local men, mostly known to police, who appear to have orders and funds from Syria. — Reuters

BERLIN: IS militant group wants to carry out attacks in Germany and the security situation is “very serious”, the head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV) told a Sunday newspaper, adding that he knew of no concrete plot to strike. The militant group released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further attacks in the West after the Brussels bombings and Paris attacks, naming London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets. Hans-Georg Maassen told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag the group wanted to carry out attacks against Germany and German interests, but added: “At the moment we don’t have any knowledge of any concrete terrorist attack plans in Germany.” He said IS propaganda was aimed at encouraging supporters to take the initiative to stage attacks in Germany. Maassen said there were several cases linking Germans returning from Syria to attack plans and warned that the danger posed by militants from Germany remained “virulent”. The newspaper cited a response from the German government to an inquiry from the opposition Greens as saying arrest warrants had been issued for 76 suspected hardliners believed to be prepared to use violence. Of the more than 800 peo-

ple security authorities know have travelled to Syria and northern Iraq from Germany in recent years, around 130 have died, it said. Around a third of the people who have travelled to the region since 2012 are now back in Germany and about 70 of the returnees actively took part in fighting or completed military training, it added. Maassen said Germany had avoided a big attack so far thanks to the successful work of security agencies and luck such as a bomb detonator not working properly on one or two occasions. In 2014, a German man described as a radical was charged with planting a pipe bomb -- which never exploded -- at Bonn train station in 2012. In 2006, two suitcase bombs left by militants on trains in Cologne failed to explode. Asked how many hardliners in Germany were considered highly dangerous, Maassen said there were about 1,100 hardliners who were seen as a potential terrorism risk. Maassen said his agency was aware of about 300 attempts by radicals to recruit refugees. “I’m particularly concerned about the many unaccompanied minors -- this group is being deliberately targeted,” he said, adding that he saw a “huge radicalisation potential” in these attempts to recruit people. — Reuters


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Oman, 14 others to attend Doha oil producers’ meeting Times News Service MUSCAT: Oman and 14 other oil producing countries have officially confirmed to attend a meeting in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on April 17, for negotiations on a deal to freeze crude oil output at January levels in a bid to stabilise oil prices. Qatar has invited all Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) members and other major producers from outside the exporting group to attend the meeting. This follows an initial

deal in February between Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Venezuela and nonOpec member Russia. “The need has become an urgent matter to bring back balance to the market and recovery to the global economy,” Qatar’s ministry said in the invitation letter. So far, 15 oilproducing countries have officially confirmed that they will attend the meeting in Doha. Oman earlier said that the country is willing to cut production by 5 to 10 per cent, if other major producers agree for an output reduc-

tion. The Sultanate, if needed, can manage a reduction in crude oil production by cutting the output of majority state-owned Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Participating nations Apart from Oman, the countries that have agreed to attend the meeting include Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Russia, and Bahrain. Mexico said it was participating as an observer

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Al Madina Logistics to provide storage facilities for Oman Oil Times News Service MUSCAT: To provide logistics support in storage and distribution, Al Madina Logistics has entered into a contract to provide storage and supply management services for Oman Oil Marketing Company (Oman Oil). The contract signing ceremony took place at the Oman Oil head office. Mahmood Sakhi Al Bulushi, chief executive officer of Al Madina Logistics, and Eng. Omar Ahmed Salim Qotton, chief executive officer of Oman Oil and other senior officials were present at the function. As per the terms of the contract, Al Madina Logistics will provide outsourced storage services for the petroleum derivatives and engine oil. “We are proud and grateful for our selection by Oman Oil

Marketing Company, a leader in oil service marketing in Oman, to provide integrated logistics solutions and services that contribute in supporting and developing Oman Oil’s basic services, thus improving its competiveness and reduce cost,” said Mahmood Sakhi Al Bulushi, chief executive officer of Al Madina Logistics.

“At Al Madina Logistics, we provide integrated logistics services to our client through storage, inventory management and distribution services. Thanks to the experience, technology and comprehensive infrastructure, Al Madina Logistics achieved a leading position is providing outsourced logistics services in Oman at the highest international standards,” he added. “This cooperation aims to increase the efficiency of logistics support for our products and provide excellent service to our clients. Oman Oil will be providing the Al Madina Logistics fleet of vehicles and equipment with fuel through its network of petrol stations throughout the country,” said Eng. Omar Ahmed Salim Qotton, chief executive officer of Oman Oil.

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Lulu to invest Rs50b in India NEW DELHI: United Arab Emirates-based Lulu Group, which runs a retail chain of over 120 hypermarkets in Oman and the Middle East countries, has decided to invest Rs50 billion in India over the next 4 years, largely for setting up shopping malls. The group, promoted by Indian businessman Yusuff Ali M. A., has already zeroed in on constructing mega shopping complexes in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram, the southern parts of India. “We are planning to invest Rs50 billion in India over the next four years,” said Yusuff Ali, who is also managing director of the group which has operations in over 30 countries. Yusuff Ali, who hails from the southern state of Kerala, also said

his company has decided to open 12 hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia at an investment of Rs27 billion in the next few years. The Lulu group currently owns 14 hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia. The Lulu group has major businesses in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, THE UAE, Egypt and Yemen. 124 shopping malls Lulu group currently has 124 shopping malls. Globally, it employs more than 35,000 people. Lulu hypermarkets and department stores have a 32 per cent share of the retail market in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. About investment in India, the promoter of the company with an annual turnover of 5.5 billion globally, said he was enthused by

Indian government’s decision to consider non-repatriable investments by Non-Indian Residents (NRIs) as domestic investment. The business environment in India has improved significantly. A lot of restrictions are removed to facilitate investment. The best thing the new government has done to treat all NRI investment as domestic investment,” Yusuff Ali said. He said the decision will help India get investment from the NRI community. Aiming to attract overseas funds, government recently decided that non-repatriable investments by NRIs, Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), and Persons of Indian origin (PIOs) will be treated as domestic investments and not be subject to foreign direct investment caps. - PTI

to share information. While producers including Saudi Arabia, Opec’s biggest member, and Russia are due to meet in Doha, Iran is determined to regain market share lost over the past few years due to sanctions over its nuclear programme. The sanctions were lifted recently To pry away customers relishing oil that is cheaper than mid-2014 levels by more than 50 per cent, the state is expected to focus on pricing and boosting supply. – With inputs from Reuters

GCC economic growth to stay weak in 2016 In 2016, growth rate in GCC is forecast at 2.5% and in 2017, the growth rate is estimated to recover at 2.6% backed by an increase in international crude oil prices, says a report

Times News Service MUSCAT: Economic growth of Gulf Cooperation Council states is forecast at 2.5 per cent in 2016, reflecting mainly the developments in the global oil market and the impact of fiscal corrective measures. In 2017, the growth rate of this group is estimated to recover to 2.6 per cent supported by the likely increase in international crude oil prices, according to a report on Arab economic outlook released by Arab Monetary Fund. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries resorted to maintaining public spending at levels supportive of economic growth with a focus on achieving fiscal sustainability. Other Arab oil-exporting countries are projected to grow by 3.8 per cent in 2016 and 6.7 per cent in 2017, provided that a relative improvement in internal conditions is achieved over the concerned period. Needless to say that expected high growth rates of this group reflect the lower base of growth in the previous years. The research note said that the uneven performance is still to remain between different groups of Arab countries.

3.8% Is the projected growth of other Arab oilexporting countries in 2016 and 6.7% in 2017, provided that a relative improvement in internal conditions is achieved over the period

“Arab oil-exporting countries are expected to record low pace of economic growth in 2016 and 2017 compared to Arab-oil importing countries which are expected to grow at a faster pace,” noted the report. International trade The macroeconomic performance of Arab countries has been affected in 2015 by the persisting sluggish recovery of the world economy and international trade, as well as lower commodity prices, notably oil, whose prices in 2015 was 49 per cent lower than that recorded in the previous year. Economic growth rate of the Arab

economies as a group is estimated to reach 3.2 per cent in 2015. The Arab Economic Outlook report expects the growth rate of Arab oil-exporting countries to reach 2.6 per cent in 2016, and to recover to 3.1 per cent in 2017. On the other hand, Arab oil-importing economies are expected to grow at a high pace of 3.8 per cent in 2016 and 4.3 per cent in 2017, in line with expectations of gradual improvement in domestic conditions and the recovery of key economic sectors due to anticipated better performance of global economy and international trade. Furthermore, these countries will also benefit from the implementation of economic reforms aiming at increasing productivity and enhancing competitiveness. Fiscal reforms In 2016, the growth rate of Arab countries is expected to be affected by global economic environment and the internal conditions in some Arab countries, as well as the impact of fiscal reforms. However, the rapid pace of growth of Arab oil-importing countries will relatively alleviate part of the negative consequences of the aforementioned factors on the growth of Arab countries as group which is expected to reach 2.8 per cent in 2016, before recovering to 3.1 per cent in 2017, amid expectations of partial recovery of oil prices and global economy.

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

MARKET MSM index ends higher

OMAN STOCKS

MUSCAT SECURITIES MARKET

INDICES Index .................................................High .................Low..................... Value ............... Prev . Value.......... Diff ...............Diff % MSM30 Index ........................................5,652.01 ...............5,612.05 ....................5,652.01 ................... 5,609.70..................42.31 ................... 0.75 Financial Index ..................................... 7,258.11 ................7,177.69 .................... 7,258.11 ....................7,158.65................. 99.46 ................... 1.39 Industrial Index ....................................6,818.02 ...............6,773.48 ................... 6,818.02 ................... 6,773.48................. 44.54 ................... 0.66 Services Index ....................................... 3,150.74 ...............3,138.08 ....................3,142.18 ....................3,137.25....................4.93 ................... 0.16 MSM SHARIAH INDEX.......................854.98 .................. 851.63 ...................... 854.98 .......................851.64....................3.34 ...................0.39 Trading Summary Volume ................Turnover ..........Trades .............. Market Cap............. Up............Down ............. Equal .........Sec. Traded 37,230,185.................. 7,284,062 ..................1,831 ............... 16,652,110,644 ................27 ........................4 .................... 18 .........................49

As many as 1,831 trades were executed on Sunday, generating a turnover of OMR7.2m

SHARE PRICE BULLETIN FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 10

with 37.2m shares changing hands. 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: Muscat bourse remained buoyant with the MSM 30 Index gaining 0.75 per cent to close at 5,652.01 points, its highest level since November 2015. The MSM Sharia Index ended at 854.98 points, up by 0.39 per cent. Al Anwar Holding was the most active in terms of volume as well as turnover. Packaging Company was the day’s top gainer, up by 9.66 per cent, while Al Maha Petroleum was the top loser, with loss of 2.94 per cent. As many as 1,831 trades were executed on Sunday, generating turnover of OMR7.2 million with 37.2 million shares changing hands. Out of 49 traded securities, 27 advanced, four declined and 18 remained unchanged. Omani investors were net buyers for OMR1.01 million while foreign investors were net sellers for OMR936,000 followed by GCC and Arab investors for OMR82,000 worth of shares. Financial Index rallied impressively by 1.39 per cent to end at 7,258.11 points. Gulf Investment Services, Oman & Emirates, Oman United Insurance, Global Financial Investment and Al Sharqia Investment gained by 7.69 per cent, 5.93 per cent, 4.33 per cent, 3.97 per cent and 2.70 per cent, respectively. Industrial Index closed positively at 6,818.02 points, up by 0.66 per cent. Packaging Company, Galfar Engineering, Al Jazeera Steel, Construction Materials and Al Maha Ceramics increased by 9.66 per cent, 3.57 per cent, 3.33 per cent, 2.94 per cent and 2.05 per cent, respectively. Oman Textiles, down by 0.62 per cent, was the only sector loser. Services Index gained by 0.16 per cent to finish at 3,142.18 points. OIFC, Phoenix Power, Oman Telecommunications Company, Renaissance Services and Port Services gained by 2.39 per cent, 2.01 per cent, 1.91 per

cent, 1.57 per cent and 1.37 per cent, respectively. Al Maha Petroleum, Sembcorp Salalah and Al Jazeera Services declined by 2.94 per cent, 0.75 per cent and 0.74 per cent, respectively.

REGULAR MARKET ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... OM0000002846 ...........GULF INV. SER. PREF SHARES ..............................10,000 ............... 1,140........................1 ............0.114 ........... 0.114............0.114 ............0.114 .............0.104 ............0.010 ............. 9.615.................0.114 .............. 0.110...................0.000 .................. 10,418,549 .........0.100 OM0000002820 ...........GULF INVESTMENT SERVICES ......................... 3,826,994......482,072..................... 84 ............0.122 ........... 0.128 ...........0.122........... 0.126 ............. 0.117 ............ 0.009............. 7.692 ................0.128 ..............0.128...................0.000 ................... 7,414,245 ..........0.100 OM0000001681 ............OMAN AND EMIRATES INV. HOLDING........... 4,310,782 .......539,181...................104 ............0.124 ........... 0.129 ...........0.124............0.125 ............. 0.118............ 0.007............. 5.932 ................0.129 ..............0.128...................0.129...................15,234,375 .........0.100 OM0000001087............OMAN UNITED INSURANCE ............................... 680,710..........180,270..................... 28 ........... 0.254 ...........0.267 ...........0.254........... 0.265 .............0.254 ............0.011 ............. 4.331 ................0.265..............0.265...................0.267...................26,500,000 ........0.100 OM0000003125 ............GLOBAL FINANCIAL INVESTMENT ................ 113,802............ 14,949......................14 ............0.138 ........... 0.138 ...........0.131 ............0.131 .............0.126............ 0.005............. 3.968 ................0.132 ..............0.130...................0.135 .................. 26,200,000 ........0.100 OM0000003521 ............GALFAR ENGINEERING AND CON. .................. 3,543,702 ......309,596................... 143 ........... 0.086 ...........0.089 ...........0.084........... 0.087 .............0.084 ........... 0.003............. 3.571 ................0.088..............0.087...................0.088...................25,228,315 .........0.100 OM0000002176 ............AL JAZEERA STEEL PRODUCTS ........................ 659,482 .........102,408.....................40 ............0.155 ........... 0.157 ...........0.155 ............0.155 .............0.150............ 0.005............. 3.333 ................0.156 .............. 0.156...................0.157 ................... 19,359,184 .........0.100

Dubai stocks surge Gulf stocks climbed after oil, the region’s main source of income, rebounded to the highest level this year. Dubai’s DFM General Index led the advance, rising 1.4 per cent to the strongest finish since November. The gauge breached its 50 per cent level, which shows what percentage of a loss a security has recovered from a low to a high, a sign the rally may continue. The Bloomberg GCC 200 Index, which tracks the biggest and most liquid stocks in the sixnation Gulf Cooperation Council, increased 0.7 per cent at in Riyadh, gaining for a third day. Investor confidence in the region has been building after oil, which funds the bulk of government spending, recovered from the lowest in more than a decade. While countries including Saudi Arabia are seeking to diversify their economies away from crude, growth remains largely driven by energy income. The Kingdom, which halted payments to contractors as it slashed spending amid oil’s slump, said it will pay almost all of its outstanding dues. “The Saudi government’s announcement that it’s settling some debts to construction contractors should benefit Emirati companies operating in the Kingdom,” said Nabil Farhat, an Abu Dhabi-based partner at Al Fajr Securities. That, along with oil’s bounce, is driving the rally, he said. Brent crude, a benchmark for half the world’s oil, surged 6.4 per cent on Friday to $41.94 per barrel as US crude production slid.

OM0000002440 ...........AL SHARQIA INVESTMENT HOLDING ........... 2,484,781 ......283,643................... 112 ............0.112 ........... 0.116............0.112 ............0.114 ............. 0.111 ............ 0.003............. 2.703 ................0.114 .............. 0.112................... 0.114 ...................10,260,000.........0.100 OM0000003398 ...........BANK SOHAR................................................................ 1,744,198.......285,620..................... 43 ............0.159 ........... 0.166 ...........0.159 ........... 0.164 .............0.160 ........... 0.004.............2.500 ................0.166 ..............0.166...................0.167..................260,035,776........0.100 OM0000001525 ............OMAN INVESTMENT AND FINANCE.............. 778,252 ......... 166,305..................... 66 ............0.210 ........... 0.217 ...........0.210........... 0.214 .............0.209 ........... 0.005.............2.392 ................0.217 .............. 0.215...................0.217.................. 42,800,000 ........0.100 OM0000005005 ...........ALMAHA CERAMICS .................................................. 33,541 .............13,329......................18 ........... 0.390 ...........0.400 ...........0.390........... 0.398 .............0.390 ........... 0.008............. 2.051 ................0.400............. 0.400...................0.402 ..................20,895,000.........0.100 OM0000002549 ...........BANK DHOFAR ............................................................ 161,518 .............41,187........................9 ........... 0.255 ........... 0.255 ...........0.255........... 0.255 .............0.250 ........... 0.005.............2.000 ................0.255..............0.255...................0.258..................433,296,357........0.100 OM0000003026 ...........OMAN TELECOMMUNICATION ........................ 296,252 .........473,363.....................42 ............1.570 ........... 1.600 ...........1.570 ........... 1.600 ............. 1.570............ 0.030..............1.911.................1.595 .............. 1.565...................1.595 ................1,200,000,000......0.100 OM0000001707 ............OMAN CABLES INDUSTRY..................................... 25,000 ............42,000........................1 ............1.680 ........... 1.680 ...........1.680 ........... 1.680 ............. 1.650............ 0.030..............1.818.................1.680 .............. 1.650................... 1.750 ..................150,696,000........0.100 OM0000003224 ...........RENAISSANCE SERVICES ..................................... 419,034 ............81,133.....................20 ............0.194 ........... 0.195 ...........0.191 ........... 0.194 ............. 0.191 ............ 0.003..............1.571.................0.195 .............. 0.193...................0.195 ...................56,386,298.........0.100 OM0000001962............AL MADINA INVESTMENT ................................... 1,312,800 .........86,775..................... 48 ........... 0.065 ...........0.067 ...........0.065........... 0.066 .............0.065 ............0.001 ............. 1.538 ................0.066..............0.066...................0.067................... 13,671,991 .........0.100 OM0000001145 ............PORT SERVICES CORPORATION ....................... 406,000........... 90,266..................... 29 ........... 0.222...........0.225 ...........0.218........... 0.222 .............0.219............ 0.003............. 1.370 ................0.220 ............ 0.220...................0.222 ..................21,098,880 .........0.100 OM0000004768 ...........AL MADINA TAKAFUL...............................................93,728 ...............6,906......................11 ........... 0.073 ........... 0.075 ...........0.073........... 0.074 .............0.073 ............0.001 ............. 1.370 ................0.074..............0.073...................0.075...................12,950,000.........0.100 OM0000001772 ............AL ANWAR HOLDING............................................... 8,471,512....1,914,890................... 391 ............0.231 ...........0.232 ...........0.221........... 0.226 .............0.223 ........... 0.003............. 1.345 ................0.221..............0.221...................0.222 ..................33,916,950 .........0.100 OM0000002366 ...........AL BATINAH DEV. INV. HOLDING ...................... 327,537............ 26,858..................... 32 ............0.081 ...........0.084 ...........0.081 ........... 0.082 ............. 0.081.............0.001 ............. 1.235 ................0.082..............0.082...................0.083....................2,460,000..........0.100 OM0000001483............NATIONAL BANK OF OMAN ...................................41,950 .............11,003........................6 ........... 0.262 ...........0.263 ...........0.262........... 0.262 .............0.260 ........... 0.002............. 0.769 ................0.263..............0.263...................0.268 .................386,392,694 .......0.100 OM0000002028 ...........GULF INTERNATIONAL CHEMICALS ............ 224,988 ........... 59,823..................... 76 ........... 0.270 ...........0.270 ...........0.264 .......... 0.266 .............0.264 ........... 0.002............. 0.758 ................0.264..............0.264...................0.265....................5,586,000 ..........0.100 OM0000003968 ...........OOREDOO........................................................................ 34,200 ............24,824........................4 ............0.720 ........... 0.728 ...........0.720........... 0.724 .............0.720 ........... 0.004............. 0.556 ................0.728 ..............0.728...................0.732..................471,283,623........0.100 OM0000001418 ............RAYSUT CEMENT ..........................................................3,500 ...............3,430........................2 ........... 0.980 ...........0.980 ...........0.980........... 0.972 .............0.972 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.980..............0.984...................1.030................. 194,400,000 .......0.100 OM0000001509............DHOFAR INT.DEV.AND INV. HOLD............................ 112 .....................43........................1 ........... 0.388 ...........0.388 ...........0.388........... 0.388 .............0.388 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.388..............0.380...................0.400 ..................95,603,200.........0.100 OM0000001749 ............OMAN CEMENT .............................................................. 1,000 ..................470........................1 ........... 0.470 ...........0.470 ...........0.470........... 0.470 .............0.470 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.470..............0.470...................0.480 ................. 155,510,174 ........0.100 OM0000002168............AL ANWAR CERAMIC TILES ................................ 20,000 ...............5,640........................3 ........... 0.282 ...........0.282 ...........0.282........... 0.282 .............0.282 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.282..............0.282...................0.285...................83,532,258.........0.100 OM0000002200 ...........AHLI BANK .................................................................... 311,024............ 54,429......................13 ............0.175 ........... 0.175............0.175 ............0.175 ............. 0.175............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.175 .............. 0.175...................0.178 ..................249,381,325........0.100 OM0000002572 ...........OMAN OIL MARKETING ............................................ 9,500 .............18,050........................2 ........... 1.900 ........... 1.900 ...........1.900........... 1.900 .............1.900 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................1.900..............1.900...................1.950..................116,422,500........0.100 OM0000002648 ...........NATIONAL FINANCE ................................................ 32,600 ............... 4,531........................3 ............0.139 ........... 0.139 ...........0.139 ............0.139 ............. 0.139............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.139 ..............0.130...................0.139...................37,686,426 .........0.100 OM0000002796 ...........BANK MUSCAT ............................................................ 3,472,138 ... 1,357,059...................276 ........... 0.390 ...........0.396 ...........0.388........... 0.390 .............0.390 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.396..............0.394...................0.396..................973,537,601 ........0.100 OM0000003661 ............VOLTAMP ENERGY .......................................................3,400 ...............1,482........................1 ........... 0.436 ........... 0.436 ...........0.436........... 0.438 .............0.438 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.436............. 0.400...................0.434 ..................26,499,000.........0.100 OM0000004925 ...........AL BATINAH POWER..................................................35,722 ...............7,394........................3 ........... 0.207 ...........0.207 ...........0.207........... 0.207 .............0.207 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.207............. 0.000...................0.207 ................. 139,701,698 ........0.100 OM0000004933 ...........AL SUWADI POWER .................................................. 392,500 ........... 82,425........................5 ............0.210 ........... 0.210 ...........0.210........... 0.210 .............0.210 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.210..............0.210...................0.216..................150,025,331 ........0.100 OM0000002226 ...........AL JAZEERA SERVICES ............................................76,325 ............ 20,396......................14 ........... 0.269 ...........0.270 ...........0.265........... 0.267 .............0.269 ...........-0.002 ........... -0.743................0.265..............0.265...................0.268 .................. 16,341,541 .........0.100 OM0000004735 ...........SEMBCORP SALALAH.............................................. 334,100 ........... 88,609......................14 ........... 0.265 ...........0.266 ...........0.265........... 0.265 .............0.267 ...........-0.002 ........... -0.749 ...............0.265..............0.264...................0.266 .................252,961,567........0.100 OM0000003000 ...........ALMAHA PETROLEUM PRODUCTS MAR. .......50,100 ............ 82,665........................3 ............1.650 ........... 1.650 ...........1.650 ............1.650 ............. 1.700............-0.050 ........... -2.941 ...............1.650 ..............1.600...................1.650..................113,850,000 ........0.100 .............................................SUM: .................................................................................. 34,742,784.......6,964,164..........1,663 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................................... TRADED SEC. ......37........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

PARALLEL MARKET ................................................................................................................................................................................. OM0000001046............PACKAGING CO. LTD ....................................................2,030 ...............1,060........................2 ........... 0.522 ...........0.522 ...........0.522........... 0.522 .............0.476 ........... 0.046............. 9.664 ................0.522..............0.522...................0.000 ................... 1,566,000 ..........1.000 OM0000001368 ............CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS IND. ................... 26,000 .................. 910........................3 ........... 0.035 ........... 0.035 ...........0.035........... 0.035 .............0.034 ............0.001 ............. 2.941 ................0.035..............0.034...................0.035....................2,975,000 ..........0.100 OM0000005963 ...........PHOENIX POWER ...................................................... 913,925.......... 138,546..................... 75 ............0.148 ........... 0.153 ...........0.148 ............0.152 .............0.149............ 0.003............. 2.013 ................0.152 ...............0.151...................0.152..................222,315,422........0.100 OM0000002564 ...........AL HASSAN ENGINEERING...................................177,137 .............14,756.....................22 ........... 0.082 ...........0.084 ...........0.082........... 0.083 .............0.082 ............0.001 ............. 1.220 ................0.083..............0.083...................0.084 ...................6,242,264..........0.100 OM0000001152 ............OMAN NATIONAL ENGINE. INVT. .........................7,174 ...............1,334........................3 ............0.186 ........... 0.186 ...........0.186 ........... 0.186 ............. 0.186............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.186 ..............0.182...................0.190...................18,600,000.........0.100 OM0000001426............OMAN REFRESHMENT ........................................... 32,230 .............72,518........................4 ........... 2.250 ...........2.250 ...........2.250........... 2.250 .............2.250 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................2.250.............. 2.185...................2.250 .................112,500,000........0.100 OM0000001566 ............OMAN FISHERIES ..................................................... 313,196 ............. 18,181......................18 ........... 0.058 ...........0.059 ...........0.058........... 0.058 .............0.058 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.059..............0.058...................0.059....................7,250,000 ..........0.100 OM0000001723 ............OMAN ORIX LEASING .............................................. 50,000 ...............5,900........................1 ............0.118 ........... 0.118............0.118 ............0.118 ............. 0.118............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.118 .............. 0.116................... 0.118 ...................29,622,649.........0.100 OM0000004420 ...........BANK NIZWA ................................................................ 275,402 ............20,919......................19 ........... 0.076 ........... 0.076 ...........0.075........... 0.076 .............0.076 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.076..............0.075...................0.076..................114,000,000........0.100 OM0000004511 ............ALIZZ ISLAMIC BANK.............................................. 672,324 ........... 41,205......................19 ............0.061 ...........0.062 ...........0.061 ........... 0.061 ............. 0.061............ 0.000.............0.000 ................0.061 ..............0.061...................0.062 ..................61,000,000.........0.100 OM0000001053 ............OMAN TEXTILE HOLDING ..................................... 12,785 ...............4,091........................1 ........... 0.320 ...........0.320 ...........0.320........... 0.320 .............0.322 ...........-0.002 ........... -0.621................0.320..............0.320...................0.330 ...................1,920,000 ..........1.000 .............................................SUM: .................................................................................. 2,482,203 ..... 319,420................... 167 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................................... TRADED SEC. ...... 11........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

BONDS AND SUKUK MARKET ...................................................................................................................................................................... OM0000005971 ............B.MUSCAT COMPL. CONVR. B.B.3.5 ........................5,198 .................. 478........................1 ........... 0.092 ...........0.092 ...........0.092........... 0.092 .............0.092 ........... 0.000.............0.000 ................0.092..............0.093...................0.099...................29,822,868.........0.100 .............................................SUM: .......................................................................................5,198 .................. 478........................1 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................................... TRADED SEC. .........1........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

- United Securities/Bloomberg News

ENERGY MARKET

YOUR BIGGEST ROAD HAZARD IS IN YOUR HAND

Saudi Arabia moves to phase two of its ‘great oil gambit’

A TIMES OF OMAN HANDS-FREE DRIVING INITIATIVE

There are too few new projects being sanctioned by non-state oil companies to offset the inevitable decline in output from existing fields and to meet additional demand. This is expected to increase by 1.2m barrels a day each year for rest of the decade

RIYADH: There is an oil supply crunch looming and Saudi Arabia and its local allies are positioning themselves to take advantage. In what would be the second phase of the Kingdom’s strategy to defend its market share against rival producers (most visibly US shale), Gulf states are planning to raise output capacity to fill the hole left by the lack of investment in new projects elsewhere. It may seem odd talking about an oil shortage when the world seems awash with the stuff and storage tanks are brimming, but listed oil firms are slashing spending for the second year running, leading the International Energy Agency’s Neil Atkinson to warn of possible oil-security surprises in the ‘not too distant’ future. There are too few new projects being sanctioned by non-state oil companies to offset the inevitable decline in output from existing fields and to meet additional demand. This is expected to increase by 1.2 million barrels a day each year for the rest of the decade. New fields due to start producing this year and next are the result of investment decisions taken when oil was about $100 and expected to stay there. The collapse in company

spending is illustrated perfectly by the level of drilling activity. After all, if you don’t drill, you can’t get the oil out of the ground. Baker Hughes updated its monthly international drilling statistics last week. Unsurprisingly, they showed another steep drop in rigs drilling for oil, a 12 per cent decline between February and March. There were 1,551 rigs active last month in the countries covered by Baker Hughes, the least since September 1999 and down nearly 60 per cent in little more than a year. Drilling picks up But one part of the world is bucking the trend and drilling furiously to add the capacity needed when demand once again exceeds supply. Three countries on the Arabian Peninsula — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates — are seeing near-record drilling rates. All three saw drilling reach at least 20-year records in 2015 and activity remains close to that peak. An expansion at Saudi Arabia’s Shaybah field should add 250,000 barrels a day as early as June, while the Khurais field could contribute another 300,000 barrels by the end of 2017. State-

owned Saudi Aramco says this will let it ease pumping from older fields yet maintain a production capacity of more than 12 million barrels per day, 2 million barrels above its current rate. For Kuwait and the UAE, the goals are even higher. Kuwait plans to raise production capacity by 5 per cent from 3 million barrels a day by the third quarter, and to reach 4 million barrels by 2020. Abu Dhabi means to lift production capacity to 3.5 million barrels a day by 2017 from about 3 million. For Saudi Arabia the expansion is as much about gas as oil. The number of rigs drilling for gas there has jumped from about 20 in early 2013 to 60 last month, as the country tries to develop its own resources to support a growing petrochemicals industry and free up oil for export. The first part of Saudi’s ‘market share’ strategy saw it refuse to continue cutting output to prop up high-cost producers elsewhere. - Bloomberg News

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

B3

MARKET BANKING

Italy to discuss with banks to tackle bad loan ROME: Italian Treasury and central bank officials will meet executives of major banks, including UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo, on Monday to discuss the creation of a fund that would buy shares in bank recapitalisations and help the institutions tackle non-performing loans, according to people with knowledge of the talks. The Rome meeting will try to finalize discussions held last week to set up a vehicle financed by banks and privately held institutions with a small share to be held by the state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti to help the cooperative lenders in sales of shares and bad debt, two people said. They asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Terms of the deal are still under review and a final agreement may be reached as soon as next week, the people said. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is seeking to modernise the industry, reduce an estimated €360 billion ($410 billion) in soured loans and bolster a recovery from recession in the euro-area’s third-largest economy. To help clean up the financial system, the government earlier struck an agreement with the European Commission, allowing banks to bundle their bad loans into securities for sale. - Bloomberg News

Salalah port handles biggest vessel to call in the Sultanate The previous record was MSC London of the Mediterranean Shipping, which also was called Salalah

Times News Service SALALAH: Port of Salalah, a major regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, has achieved yet another maritime milestone by being the first and only port in Oman to handle a container vessel over 18,000 twenty equivalent units (TEUs). Mayview Maersk, which was delivered to Maersk Line in 2014, has a length of 399 metres and a capacity of 18,270 TEUs. The vessel berthed at Port of Salalah on April 10. The previous record was MSC London of the Mediterranean Shipping, which also was called Salalah. With the continued increase in the overall size of the

MILESTONE: Mayview Maersk, which was delivered to Maersk Line in 2014, has a length of 399 metres and a capacity of 18,270 TEUs. The vessel berthed at Port of Salalah on April 10. – Supplied picture

vessels, such vessels are expected to be regular callers in main line hub ports. “We are delighted to earn the trust of the shipping lines to be able to handle these sizes of vessels. The call is a testament not only the infrastructure of the terminal but more importantly the confidence of the shipping lines on our employees’ ability to handle them in a safe and efficient manner,” said David Gledhill, chief executive officer of the Port of Salalah. In order to maximise trade coverage of these calls and to allow

the Omani businesses to be able to leverage these main line connectivity, the Port of Salalah team has been successful in developing new feeder connections for other ports in the region and will continue to expand the same.“ Logistics and supply chain “We are excited to see an increasing number of services calling Salalah. Main line connectivity like these forms a critical backbone of an efficient and cost effective logistics and supply chain solution for the customers,” said

Ahmed Akaak, deputy chief executive officer of the Port of Salalah. “We continue to pursue opportunities with various Omani businesses that are keen to leverage the superior and geographically diverse connectivity offered at Salalah to expand their markets and support the national effort to diversify the non-oil trade of the country,” he added. The Port of Salalah, which is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and in which APM Terminals holds a 30 per

cent share, handled 2.6 million TEUs in 2015, along with 12.5 million tonnes of bulk cargo. The port of Salalah has recently undergone an expansion, which doubled the quay length, and increase dry bulk capacity to 20 million tonnes, and liquid bulk capacity to 6 million tonnes annually.

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Omani products’ exhibition to start in Ethiopia today Times News Service MUSCAT: More than 100 Omani firms representing various industries are set to participate in Omani Products Exhibition (Opex) 2016, which starts on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event will be inaugurated under the patronage of Yakob Yala, Ethiopian minister of state for trade, and will take place from April 11 to 14, at Millennium Hall. Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidi, Oman’s minister of commerce and industry, in addition to officials from related government bodies will be attending the event. The participating firms represent various industries including natural resources, minerals, wood prod-

ucts, manufacturing products, furniture, food, medical and pharmaceuticals, fertilisers, plastic and metal equipment, perfume, leather, and logistics. Prior to the event, Fahmy Al Hinai, honorary consul of Ethiopia in Oman and vice-chairman of Opex Organising Committee said that preparations are in full swing at the Millennium Hall to showcase the Omani products in an exceptional way that goes in line with this significant event. “On the first day of the event, speeches will be delivered by Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidi, minister of commerce and industry; Yakob Yala, Ethiopian minister of state for trade; and Solomon Afework, president of Ethiopian

signifies a key step forward to promote Omani products in the African continent.

Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA). The event will also witness business to business meetings between Omani companies and their Ethiopian counterparts, with partnerships signed between these companies,”

Al Hinai said. Ethiopia’s capital was selected to be this year’s destination of Opex due to its promising and stimulating market where significant opportunities are available for the investors. Opex 2016

Bilateral trade Opex Organising Committee, which comprises Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa), and Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), aspires to witness positive outcomes from this exhibition through playing a pivotal role in stimulating trade exchange between the Sultanate and Ethiopia, which shall develop and expand trade activities of the local companies to the various markets worldwide.

It should be noted that trade cooperation between the Sultanate and Ethiopia has witnessed a remarkable growth during the past few years, as the total volume of trade exchange between the two countries rose from $2.6 million in 2004 to $24.5 million in 2014. Besides, Omani investors have received licenses for three projects in Ethiopia between 1992 and 2014 with a capital of $3.2 million. Omani investors have also partnered with a number of Ethiopian and Sudanese investors with a capital of $840,000. A number of Omani companies are active in Africa in various industries including food, energy, infrastructure, tourism, agriculture and manufacturing industries.


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hina’s recently finalised 13th five-year plan maps out its economic strategy and ambition for the 20162020 period. Among its objectives are a doubling of gross domestic product (GDP) and average rural and urban household incomes relative to their 2010 levels. These targets would require China’s economy to grow at an average annual rate of at least 6.5 per cent during the next five years. While this pace would be significantly slower than the 9.7 per cent growth the country has averaged since 1979, it is undeniably fast by international standards. And, given that China’s growth has decelerated every quarter since the beginning of 2010, some have questioned whether it is achievable. Economic growth results from increases in labour productivity caused by technological advance and industrial upgrading. High-income countries, already on the cutting edge of productivity, must earn their increases through technological and organisational breakthroughs; as a result, their typical growth rate is about 3 per cent. Developing countries, however, could potentially accelerate productivity growth, and thus GDP growth, by borrowing technology from advanced countries — that is, tapping the latecomers’ advantage, as China has done. The question for China, after 36 years of catching up, is how much longer it can continue to benefit from this process. Some scholars believe it has reached its limits. Using historical data compiled by the economic historian Angus Maddison, they show how other East Asian countries experienced a deceleration of economic growth after their per capita GDP reached about $11,000 in purchasing-power-parity terms relative to constant 1990 US dollar prices, or $17,000 in constant 2005 US dollar prices.

For example, in the five years after Japan reached that level, its economy grew at an average annual rate of 3.6 per cent. In South Korea, growth fell to 4.8 per cent. In Hong Kong, it slowed to 5.8 per cent. Given that China is projected to cross the same threshold sometime this year, many believe its average annual growth over the next five years will fall well below 7 per cent. It is not agreeable. What this analysis fails to take into account is the fact that advanced countries are not sitting by idly; they are growing and making technological breakthroughs. And that creates opportunities for developing countries to continue to learn. Those who predict a slowdown in China are correct to look at its per capita GDP, which is a reflection of a country’s average labour productivity and thus the level of its technical and industrial advancement. But the best indicator of China’s growth potential is not its per capita GDP relative to some arbitrary threshold; it is the difference in per capita GDP between China and the United States, the world’s most advanced economy. And on this measure, China has plenty of room for expansion. When Japan crossed the $11,000 threshold in 1972, its per capita GDP was 72 per cent of the US level. When Taiwan crossed it in 1992, its per capita GDP was 48 per centof America’s. The comparable figure for China today is only about 30 per cent. In 2008 — the last year for which Maddison provided figures before he died in 2010 — China’s per capita GDP was 21 per centof the US level. By examining how other East Asian economies performed when they were at a similar point compared to the US, we can estimate China’s potential for growth. Japan’s per capita GDP was 21 per cent of America’s in 1951, and in the following 20 years it grew at an average rate of 9.2 per cent. In the two decades after Singapore hit that level in 1967, it grew at an average of 8.6 per cent. And the sto-

ry is similar in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea; in the 20 years after their per capita GDP were 21 per centof the US level, they grew at around 8%. There is no reason not to believe that China has the potential to do the same until 2018. The Chinese economy’s current slowdown is the result of external and cyclical factors, not some natural limit. China has been suffering from the aftereffects of the 2008 financial crisis and plummeting export demand. From 1979 to 2013, annual export growth averaged 16.8 per cent. In 2014, it dropped to 6.1 per cent; in 2015, it dropped further, to — 1.8 per cent. This external drag is likely to continue, as politics in developed countries impedes efforts to implement the structural reforms — such as reducing wages, lowering social benefits, financial deleveraging, and consolidating budget deficits — needed to revive economic growth. Indeed, like Japan beginning in 1991, much of the developed world risks lost decades. To achieve its growth targets, China will have to rely on domestic demand, including investment and consumption. Thankfully, it has strong prospects in both areas. Unlike developed countries, which often struggle to find productive investment opportunities, China can pursue improvements in infrastructure, urbanisation efforts, environmental management, and high-tech industries. And, unlike many of its developingcountry rivals, China has ample fiscal space, household savings, and foreignexchange reserves for such investments. The investments will generate jobs, household income, and consumption. As a result, even if external conditions do not improve, achieving 6.5 per cent and above annual growth is well within China’s reach. In that case, the country will continue to be the world’s primary economic engine, contributing about 30 per centof global growth until at least 2020. — Project Syndicate


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GOOGLE CANNOT DUCK INVESTIGATION Google can not duck an investigation by the Mississippi attorney general into objectionable search engine content that the company calls a threat to Internet freedom. A United States appeals court has said that a judge was wrong to block state Attorney General Jim Hood’s sweeping demand for information from the company after concluding in March 2015 that it looked like a ‘fishing expedition’. - Blomberg News

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Selfies just got a boost with the Galaxy S7 launch

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD: With competitors including Amazon, International Business Machines, Oracle and Adobe Systems, Twiggle can not expect a smooth road to success. But the company, and its investors, are confident. – Bloomberg News

Amazon braces for competition from Yahoo-backed startup Twiggle plans to partner with Naspers companies and license its technology to other large e-commerce platforms. It is coming to market at a time global online sales continue to climb. Twiggle will use the $12.5 million in funding to expand globally

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mazon.com’s proprietary e-commerce search engine, A9, may soon have a new competitor in the form of Yahoo Japan-backed startup Twiggle. The web- and mobile-based service has lined up a funding round led by Naspers, the Cape Town, South Africa-based group known for its early investment in Chinese e-commerce site Tencent Holdings. Twiggle is aiming to license its software to leading online retailing companies around the world and will use the $12.5 million in funding to expand globally.

“About 25 years ago when Amazon started, they did something amazing — they gave everyone the possibility to shop from home,” chief executive officer and co-founder Amir Konigsberg said in an interview. “But what they took away is the salesperson expertise.” Amazon wasn’t immediately available to comment. Twiggle plans to partner with Naspers’ companies and license its technology to other large e-commerce platforms and is coming to market as global online sales continue to climb. Consulting firm A.T. Kearney forecast in a recent report that sales would reach nearly $1 tril-

lion in 2015, growing to $1.5 trillion by 2018. Using machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language processing coupled with a deep knowledge of e-commerce, Twiggle says it has brought sales consultancy to the virtual shopping experience. Search for the best laptop and Twiggle will try to understand what ‘best’ means — highest screen resolution, most memory, or longest battery life, among other features. Investors confident Konigsberg met his co-founder AdiAvidor at Google, where they both worked 11 years ago — Konigsberg in emerging markets operations, Avidor as a lead engineer working on products such as Google Now. “I have been passionate about search for a long, long time,” Konigsberg said. With more and more people using a variety of devices and employing concierge services like Magic and Operator to make purchases, time is ripe for a new kind of search engine, he added. Paul Solomon, a spokesman in Israel for Mountain View, Californiabased Google, declined to comment. With competitors including not only Amazon, but also Interna-

tional Business Machines, Oracle and Adobe Systems, Twiggle can’t expect a smooth road to success. But the company, and its investors, are confident. Funding “The elephant in the room is always going to be Google and Amazon,” said Konigsberg. “I get asked, are you really going to build a technology that competes with them, and the answer is yes. Not with their whole business, but something very specific which we know how to do very well.” Other investors involved in the funding round include Yahoo Japan, State of Mind Ventures and Sir Ronald Cohen. “Twiggle is setting a new industry standard for e-commerce search and discovery, redefining the sector with a search platform that will bring unparalleled precision and accuracy,” Larry Illg, chief executive officer at Naspers Ventures, said. – Bloomberg News

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SELFIES ARE ubiquitous, you can bet that almost everybody in your friends and family circles has taken one, and no gathering or getaway is complete without one. In fact, the average millennial* could take up to about 25,700 selfies in his or her lifetime. Ninety-five percent of youngg adults take at least one self-portrait in their lives. Samsung, a true pioneer in selfie technology, has been leading the development of front-facing handset cameras since 2002. Introduced earlier this year, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature increased pixel resolution, support wide-angle photography and introduce brighter lenses. The brighter F1.7 lens and larger 1.4m pixels on the image sensor capture so much more light that your photos come out sharp and detailed, even in dark, low-light conditions. The Selfie flash feature enables the user to use the 5.1 inch AMOLED display of the phone as a camera flash when taking selfies in a low light environment (lower than 20Lux).The dual pixel image sensor, usually employed in high-end DSLR cameras, splits every single pixel into two photodiodes for on-chip phase detection, promising vastly improved autofocus performance. This means that the professional-grade sensor can focus as quickly and as accurately as you would with your own eyes. The camera flash has a greater but softer light-emitting surface than that of its LED flash. This results in a much softer surface lighting effect and better color expression. The new phones feature a wider Panorama mode; the Motion Panorama Shot is a seamless, stitched sequence of the clearest frames that lets users record the movements of the subject being photographed in the Panorama Shot mode. The Panorama Shot mode was first introduced in the Galaxy S in 2010, while the Wide Selfie mode on the front-facing camera introduced in the Galaxy S5 in 2014 allows for a wide-angle selfie of up to 120 degrees. The Beauty Face Shot mode adds a 3D lighting effect to deliver brighter and clearer selfies. You can also use a spotlight that can be adjusted for different effects. Additionally, the real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature allows for images with even richer colors. Motion photo captures the three crucial seconds preceding you pressing the shutter. This way you can choose which moment you want to preserve as the still photo. - Times News Service

Phone cracking software drives firm to 25% growth MICRO SYSTEMATION AB (MSAB) says its 25 per cent sales jump last year is just the beginning, as police and governments increasingly use software that cracks mobile devices in the wake of recent terrorist attacks and shootings. “I expect the pace of growth to stay or increase at this level over the long term,” chief executive officer Joel Bolloe said in an interview in Stockholm, declining to comment specifically on growth expectations for 2016. With almost 1.5 billion smartphones shipped last year and people increasingly depending on them for everything from Internet access and messaging to payments – mobile devices store a wealth of knowledge and background on their users. As authorities increasingly need quick access to suspects’ private data to solve and prevent crimes such as terrorist attacks, sales of products such as MSAB’s forensic software are likely to increase. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this year tapped a third-party to gain access to an iPhone used in a shooting last year in San Bernardino, California, after Apple refused. It’s said to have worked with Israel’s Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization to crack the phone. Recent terrorist attacks in countries including Belgium, France and Turkey are also likely to increase the use of software such as MSAB’s. “We’ve seen a trend in the past years where organizations realiSe they need to reallocate budget into technology because they know the Internet, on smartphones, computers, this is where you secure the evidence. .” MSAB’s revenue has climbed for 11 consecutive years, benefiting from increased security measures taken globally in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US in 2001. Sales jumped to 227 million kronor ($28 million) last year from 181 million kronor in 2014, while its earnings before interest and taxes as a percentage of sales rose to 25 per cent. The mobile phone is the most important piece of evidence you’ll find at a crime scene today, with criminals now using those devices as their No. 1 tool when planning or committing crimes, according to Bolloe. – Bloomberg News


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CHEVROLET OWNERS ENJOY ULTIMATE ADVENTURE-PACKED DESERT DRIVE Z71 Performance Package on the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Silverado stood out during the thrilling day-long event held on the daunting dunes of Sharqiya Sands in Al Wasil

MUSCAT: Oman Trading Establishment (OTE Group) recently hosted an exciting day-long event at the Sharqiya Sands in Al Wasil, where over a hundred enthusiasts participated in the ‘Chevy Way - Desert Drive Experience’ from across retail and corporate segments. The event showcased the offroad capabilities of the Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 and the new MY 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Z71. The lively weather over the weekend also boosted the spirit of the participants, says a press release. Speaking at the event, Anil Dua, managing director of OTE Group, said: “We have been fortunate to get a good day to showcase the capabilities of these two performance vehicles. The dunes around the camp are challenging even in the best of weather and today we have really pushed the vehicles to

the limit. It is a delight to see our customers conquer the mighty dunes with the Tahoe Z71 and the Silverado Z71.” The Z71 Performance Package serves to extend the already phenomenal off-roading capabilities of both Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Silverado. Both are equipped with creature comforts like navigation, apple car play, MyLink infotainment systems, cool box, wireless mobile charging mat and a host of advanced safety features. The Chevrolet Tahoe is the winner of the ‘Best Large SUV’ category at the 2015 Middle East Car of the Year Awards (MECOTY). Chevrolet Tahoe, one of the region’s most popular full-size SUVs, offers great functionality and refinement. The powertrain on the Chevrolet Tahoe is the 5.3-litre EcoTec3

V8 with state-of-the-art technologies including direct injection active fuel management and continuously variable valve timing for optimum power, torque and efficiency across various operating conditions. The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic sixspeed automatic transmission, featuring TapShift control, Tow/ Haul mode and Auto Grade Braking. Tahoe is available in LS, LT and LTZ trims. The Z71 package brings-in further robustness to the sophisticated beast. It adds a front skid plate, off-road tyres mounted on 18-inch wheels, a unique grille, specific side steps and “Z71” identification badges inside and out. The new Z71 package complements a chassis and suspension system engineered to deliver a

quieter, more-controlled ride. It all starts on a stronger, fully boxed, perimeter frame, which supports payload and trailering capability that regular body-frame-integral crossovers and SUVs can’t match. All Z71 models feature an updated coil-over-shock independent front suspension design. At the rear is a five-link coil-spring suspension design, which enables optimal ride and handling through more precise tuning. Further chassis and suspension features include a wider rear track, shear-style body mounts, new electric variable assist power steering, new Duralife brake rotors and automatic locking rear differential for greater traction. Chevrolet Silverado, packed with its usual goodness adds-in the utility of a huge payload bay

and the ruggedness of the bestengineered pick-up truck in the segment. It similarly features the 5.3-litre EcoTec3 V8 engine, 355 Hp with active fuel management mated to the Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission. Silverados are available as regular cab, double cab and crew cab versions and in LS, LT & LTZ trims. LTZ trims are also available with 6.2L EcoTec3 V8, 420 Hp mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission. The new MY 2016 Chevrolet Silverado also features a smart pickup platform that is strong and durable and has a two-tier loading design. It is also available with the EZ Liftand-Lower tailgate that makes it easier to access the load bay. Participants speak “It was indeed a terrific experience

to move around the sand dunes in these mighty beasts,” said Ahmed Al Balushi. “Had I not been inside the car, I could not have imagined the ease with which the Tahoe climbed the steep slopes. What sort of power is this?” said Mohammed Salah Saleh. “Driving my Silverado on the demanding Sharqiya Sands has reinforced my conviction about the robustness and off-road capability of this great vehicle. It is a proud moment for me especially since I am a Chevrolet fan,” said Abdullah Naseer Al Saadi. OTE Group is the exclusive dealer for Chevrolet in Oman with 11 showrooms spread across the Sultanate and offering excellent after-sales service support at par with global standards, with a nationwide service network.


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RBI reduces repo rate as countdown to IPF begins International Property Fest - India Pavilion at Hotel Holiday Muscat is all set to give the prospective home buyers an opportunity to meet India’s leading builders under one roof offering a wide array of properties

MUSCAT: With just a few days left for the much awaited International Property Fest (IPF) - India Pavilion on April 15 and 16 at the Hotel Holiday Muscat, there is good news in store for NRIs as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to reduce repo rate by 25 bps, (an over-five-year low) a move that may help ease home loan rates. This RBI move certainly has the potential to reduce overall burden for home buyers back in India. Happy times are expected to continue for borrowers (both new and existing) as home loans would get cheaper by at least half a percentage point in the coming months, says a press release.

The immediate and the most visible impact of a fall in rate is on the EMIs. According to experts, “If you have a loan of Rs5 million at 9.5% for 20 years, a 25 basis point cut will reduce the EMI by Rs812 per month. The actual impact is visible in the longer term especially in terms of total interest paid. Secondly, the rate cut has come well in time for the upcoming festive season – Akshaya Trithiya, which is considered an auspicious time for making new purchases and would also bring some respite to customers with home loans.” Indeed this is the appropriate time when International Property Fest- India Pavilion at the Hotel

Holiday Muscat is all set to give the prospective home buyers an opportunity to meet India’s leading builders under one roof offering a wide array of properties. On one hand there are lucrative projects on display and on the other the slash in the interest rate would help stimulate home buyers’ interest and spur home-buying decisions. Leading banks, SBI and ICICI have already cut their

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home loan rates following RBI’s new mandate and all other banks will soon follow suit which implies home loans will become much affordable now. This is a must visit show for every Indian as it offers a wonderful opportunity to own one’s dream home in India. Speaking on this occasion, Pradeep Pinto, organiser of the International Property Fest - India Pavilion, said: “Time and again we strive to provide a platform for enthusiastic property seekers to come face to face with developers across India, explore recent trends and opportunities in the real estate markets and make their right investment decision. This time around our initiative has been further complemented by the recent decision of the RBI. The rate cut may improve homebuyers’ affordability if home loan rates, which are currently around 9.5 percent, move below 9 percent. Such a period of lower interest rate is a good time to build a long term investment portfolio.” The expo conceptualised and organised by Adsync Advertising in association with Lynx is loaded with a variety of options where one can enquire, compare and make informed decisions without any tribulation.

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New bariatric surgeon joins Kims hospital MUSCAT: Kims Oman Hospital welcomed Dr Sibasis Bisoi, MS, MMAS, specialist – general and bariatric surgeon, as a professional addition to Kims Oman’s highly skilled medical team. Dr Sibasis Bisoi, completed his MBBS from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mangalore, India, and gained his Master’s degree specialising in surgery from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. Later, Dr Bisoi earned another Master’s Degree in Science Minimal Access Surgery, from World Laparoscopy Hospital Gurgaon, TGO University, India, says a press release. Dr Bisoi comes with wide experience in the area of general and bariatric surgery through his previous practice at various high esteemed hospitals. His expertise lies in the field of advanced laparoscopic surgery especially for gastro-intestinal ailments. Kims Oman Hospital takes pride in having highly advanced laparoscopic instruments like a high definition state of the art camera system. Laparoscopic surgery (also known as minimally invasive surgery or key hole surgery) has revolutionised the surgical approach to almost all the surgical problems.

Dr Sibasis Bisoi comes to Kims Oman Hospital with wide experience in the area of general and bariatric surgery It also has revolutionised the treatment of obesity. Kims Oman Hospital also provide advanced laparoscopic surgical facilities for a wide range of surgical and gynaecological problems which include common problems like gall bladder stones, appendicitis, hernias that include inguinal (groin), umblical, incissional, diaphragmatic, lumbar and recurrent hernias of all kinds, and diagnostic laparoscopy and lymph node biopsies from the mesentery as well as retroperitoneum. “We are very delighted to welcome Dr Sibasis Bisoi in KOH’s expert medical team and wish him all the best in serving the Omani community by his distinctive experience along with his high levels of education using the hospital’s cutting-edge facilities,” said Dr Hussam Akoum, chief operating officer of KOH.

9TH ANNIVERSARY

PROMOTING LITERARY COMMUNITY

Bank Sohar Twitter contest to offer OMR900 in cash prizes

Z-Corp to buy books written by Omani authors for Iqra libraries MUSCAT: To celebrate and promote Oman’s literary community, The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp) has called on local authors to submit their books which will be displayed at the libraries established under the ‘Iqra’ initiative. Local authors of all genres can reach out to the Z-Corp’s ‘Iqra’ initiative representatives who will buy the books from them, says a press release. The ‘Iqra’ initiative is part of ZCorp’s corporate social responsibility programme started by its Social Advisory Committee. Under the ‘Iqra’ initiative, three libraries have been opened in Nizwa Hospital and another four in Royal Hospital in Muscat. Recently three libraries were also opened in Rustaq and Ibra Hospital. Around 150 titles were picked up for the Iqra initiative last year and at present more than 2,500 books are stocked in public areas of the hospitals where the libraries are situated. Encouraged by the positive response to the ‘Iqra’ initiative, Z-Corp plans to open more libraries across the country. Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al Salmi, social communication manager of The Zubair Corporation said:

“At our group we have realised the need to embed a culture of sustainability firmly into our core corporate strategy. ‘Iqra’ which is an initiative started by Z-Corp’s Social Advisory Committee consisting of a group of committed Omanis who are active in community-based work has been undertaking such social responsibility projects to serve the Omani society in a meaningful manner. The success of Iqra libraries can be credited to the vision of our committee. With their dedication, plans to expand the initiative throughout Oman will be realised over the years.” He also said: “Creative talent is everywhere, including in our own country. It is important to get the works of Omani writers into the hands of local readers and ‘Iqra’ initiative’s gesture to buy their books for its libraries is a significant one.” Urging writers to send their books to be stocked in the libraries, Yaqoob Al Khanbashi, member of the social advisory committee in Z-Corp said: “This is an opportunity for writers to connect with readers. It is a platform for them to display their work

and that way the public will know more about Omani writers and their publications. We are proud of this wonderful community initiative which has had a positive impact on society.” “We will strive to create more sustainable initiatives based on the needs and priorities of the community,” he added. The ‘Iqra’ initiative aims to develop reading habits by establishing libraries across different governorates in the Sultanate in locations frequented by people. This initiative comes as part of Z-Corp’s strategy and vision to support the Omani society with sustainable programmes. People in society must be encouraged to develop a reading culture in order to give them a chance to open their minds and make them creative and innovative is the among objective of the ‘Iqra’ Initiative. The libraries established under ‘Iqra’ provide a uniquely creative and accessible environment for the authors and readers to connect. The libraries not only promote the works of local authors, but in many ways encourage future authors.

MUSCAT: On the occasion of Bank Sohar completing nine years of banking excellence and with the objective of sharing this joyous occasion with its social media fans, Bank Sohar has launched a competition on its twitter page offering OMR900 in cash prizes. As part of the contest, which started yesterday and continues till April 14, all social media followers are invited to log into their Twitter accounts and visit Bank Sohar’s Twitter page (www.twitter.com/Banksohar_Excel). Once the page had been ‘Followed’ participants can submit their 9th Anniversary congratulatory message with the hashtag#Bank Sohar_9,

says a press release. Participants can also submit multiple messages to increase their chances of being selected as one of the top three winners. All entries will then be evaluated and filtered by a set panel comprising the executive management of the bank; who will then pick the top three entries. The top congratulatory message will receive OMR400. The messages placed second and third will receive OMR300 and OMR200 respectively. Commenting on the launch of the contest Mazin Mahmood Al Raisi, Senior AGM of Marketing and Customer Experience at Bank Sohar said, “Bank Sohar has come

a long way in the past nine years, experiencing success across all fronts and even growing into one of the most prominent banks in the country. The success we have enjoyed is also reflected in our social media channels, through which we have built strong and lasting relationship with our fans over the past three years. We launched this competition in order to share the joy and celebration of our 9th Anniversary with our fans and followers on one of our most popular social media channels – Twitter. As such, we encourage everyone to make the most of this competition and we look forward to reading all the entries.”


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Meethaq Hafawa elevates Islamic relationship banking to new level Built on the strong foundations of Meethaq Islamic Banking, Hafawa characterises the Islamic values and principles espoused by the flagship Islamic banking services provider in the Sultanate

MUSCAT: Meethaq, the pioneer of Islamic banking in Oman from Bank Muscat, has redefined exclusive and relationship based Islamic banking experience with Hafawa Priority Banking service for high saving Meethaq customers. Built on the strong foundations of Meethaq Islamic Banking, Hafawa characterises the Islamic values and principles espoused by the flagship Islamic banking services provider in the Sultanate, says a press release. The Hafawa Priority Banking

elevates personal and relationship banking to a new level as high saving Meethaq customers are served by dedicated Relationship Managers (RM) at exclusive Hafawa centres in Meethaq branches across the Sultanate. Leveraging its unmatched nation-wide branch presence, Meethaq offers Hafawa Priority Banking services across all regions through the network of Hafawa Centres. Meethaq strives to fulfil the needs of customers with innovative Sharia based products and

Hafawa Priority Banking reflects the commitment and dedication to meet high saving customer expectations for Islamic banking. Presently, the Hafawa network includes eight centres in Meethaq branches in Qurum, Al Khoud, Seeb, Al Ghubra, Al Kuwair, Saham, Ibra, Nizwa, Buraimi and Sur. Meethaq plans to further expand the Hafawa network across Oman. The Hafawa relationship platform draws its strength from proximity to customers, commitment to delivering outstanding

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service and dedication of relationship managers trained to deliver the right solutions. The bank has placed its relationship manager talent pool at the very heart of Hafawa strategy. The Hafawa benefits include exclusive Hafawa Signature debit card with higher daily withdrawal and spend limits and wide choice of exclusive deals and benefits. Providing a distinct identity, the card also facilitates global airport lounge access, travel benefits and global concierge services.

With Hafawa, customers need not worry about unforeseen events like lost or delayed baggage, missed or delayed flights as they are offered protection through a complimentary one year Travel Takaful package designed with the bank’s partner. Hafawa customers get better returns on deposits with Meethaq Hafawa savings account. Moreover, the account also serves as the smart money manager by automatically transferring funds from current account to savings account, thereby providing better returns on deposits. To secure the wellbeing of family, a complimentary life takaful cover is also provided along with the savings account. The takaful cover will be equivalent to the average quarterly balance in Meethaq Hafawa savings account. Hafawa customers can enjoy preferential pricing and waivers on basic banking services. The merchant alliances programme facilitates unique benefits tailored to the lifestyle needs of

Hafawa customers whether it be travel, dining, lifestyle or shopping. The exclusive Hafawa phone banking helpline on 24656665 ensures direct access to phone banking officers. Meethaq offers a full suite of Islamic banking products and services, including savings account, current account, home finance, auto finance, credit card, mobile banking and internet banking. Presently, Meethaq has 18 branches across the Sultanate and plans to expand the network as well as launch new products and services to complement the unique Islamic banking experience. Meethaq has adopted the best practices in Islamic banking and finance worldwide to combine a robust model which protects customers and complements the Islamic banking industry. Every Meethaq product goes through the process of Sharia compliance certification by the Sharia Supervisory Board and is created in line with the guidelines of the Central Bank of Oman.

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Alargan Towell appoints new CEO Grand Wedding Fair at Crowne MUSCAT: The Board of Directors of Alargan Towell Investment Company has announced the appointment of Hisham Moussa in the capacity of chief executive officer. The newly appointed CEO will lead the operations of the company to achieve its overall goal of creating communities that impact and elevate the real estate landscape in Oman, which has witnessed great growth in recent years, says a press release. Welcoming Hisham Moussa as the new CEO, Hussain Jawad, chairman of Alargan Towell, stated: “Hisham comes with extensive experience in the real estate development, construction and tourism sectors. He will play a pivotal role in translating the vision and strategy of Alargan Towell into a reality for Oman, in line with the direction of the company to develop integrated residential and tourism projects in Oman. “Alargan Towell has played an important role in the past in providing high-quality, affordable homes for the people of Oman. The company is looking ahead toward continuing on its path in helping people achieve their dreams to own top-rate housing at affordable pricing. The appointment of Hisham, who has experience in the regional real estate market, will help us execute our future plans, and

therefore achieve the desired company goals for the coming years. We are confident that his experience will contribute to the development of the real estate sector in Oman,” he added. Expressing his pleasure on joining the Alargan Towell executive management team, Moussa commented: “I would like to thank the Board of Directors of Alargan Towell for their confidence in me. I will spare no effort towards developing the business, weighing in the experience I have gained over my years in the real estate development, construction and tourism sectors.

With the Alargan Towell team, I aspire to achieve the visions and goals of the company, which are primarily focused on providing quality homes for the people of Oman at affordable pricing. “The real estate market in Oman is moving towards achieving a qualitative leap in the coming period, and Alargan Towell is poised to be among the country’s top real estate developers in carrying the sector into this next phase. “This leap in quality is already being witnessed and clearly reflected in the Sultanate’s significant urban growth, especially in areas near Muscat.” Hisham has over 28 years of professional experience in real estate development, construction and project management, as well as architectural and interior design management. Before joining Alargan Towell, Hisham was the development director of Emaar Misr, the Egyptian subsidiary of the UAE based Emaar PJSC. Prior to Emaar, Hisham was the Senior Head of Engineering of Contrack International Incorporated, a multinational contracting company and a subsidiary of Orascom Construction Industries, the Egyptian based construction conglomerate, undertaking large scale construction projects in Egypt and the region.

Plaza Sohar on April 15 and 16 SOHAR: Crowne Plaza Sohar will welcome local brides-to-be to its first Wedding Fair being held on April 15 and 16. The event, in association with Logistics for International Expos, will feature exhibitors offering the finest local wedding services, including wedding kosha, florists, photographers, cars, bridal wear and entertainers. It will also feature beautiful bridal fashion shows and other offerings which will make it a day out to remember, says a press release. A special feature will also be the presence of two prominent wedding destinations - Muscat and Salalah as the exhibitors. InterContinental Muscat and Crowne Plaza Salalah, which are sister properties of Crowne Plaza Sohar, will also be featuring their venues and services to the guests during the expo giving them much more options. Crowne Plaza Sohar Wedding Fair aims at delivering a unique experience, with an abundance of ideas to help you plan your perfect day. The very best of wedding suppliers and artisans available in Sohar, are exhibiting for those individuals who want the best day of their lives to be a cut

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Mistal moves to a posh new address in IMC building MUSCAT: Created, conceptualised and designed under the patronage of Ajit Khimji Group, Mistal has been the icon of luxury and lifestyle with its designer boutique which houses some of the most exclusive brands of jewellery, timepieces and writing instruments. Keeping in mind the interests of their elite clientele, Mistal relocated from their Darsait address to the posh neighbourhood of Shatti Al Qurum. The new showroom, located in the magnificent IMC building, adjacent to the popular Bareeq Al Shatti mall, was inaugurated in a classy ceremony recently, says a press release. A grand ribbon cutting ceremony held under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Tariq bin Shabib Al Said, was conducted pomp-

above the rest. “A beautiful and perfect wedding need not necessarily be expensive and hence we have exhibitors who deliver the very best in their services and offer the aspiring brides and grooms-to-be a lot of choices for either a traditional or modern wedding ceremony. All that you need to make a perfect wedding, will be under one roof during this expo,” said Anuradha, director of Sales and Marketing, Crowne Plaza Sohar. The Crowne Plaza Sohar Ballroom where the show is being hosted and as a venue in itself decided to host its very own and very first wedding exhibition because it provides a first-class, stunning and stylish environment for exhibitors, visitors, and brides-to-be. Charles Saliba, general manager, Crowne Plaza Sohar said, “The

key highlight of this wedding fair is the mega raffle draw called the Wedding-is-on-Us. Any wedding bookings between April 1 until December 31 are eligible to enter the raffle draw and the winner gets a chance to win the a 100 per cent cash back of their wedding. This promotion has already received an enthusiastic response from local brides-to-be, building an air of excitement.” Every bride-to-be entering the fair will receive a goody bag with free ‘Starting Together’ kit containing useful tips and guidance for planning the perfect wedding. For any visitors yet to find their perfect wedding venue, the Crowne Plaza Sohar events team will also be on hand throughout the day to show couples around the hotel and discuss their special day in more detail. A visit to the Grand Wedding Expo is a must for all those planning the best day of their lives - the perfect wedding. After all, it is a once-in-alifetime experience. The Crowne Plaza Hotel’s wedding expo will run from 4pm to 10pm on Friday, April 15 and from 9am onwards on Saturday, April 16. Entry to the fair and parking at the hotel are free.

ously as the doors to this exquisite showroom were opened in a warm welcome to its esteemed guests, with invitees being the crème de la crème of the society. “More than just objects of admiration, the Mistal showrooms have upheld its stature of being a

timeless icon of splendour. The showrooms house the very best in brands; those finer things that appeal to and are desired by the elite and quality conscious,” said Dharmesh A. Khimji, managing director of Mistal. “The new location of our show-

room has been a welcome move for many of our clients. We have recreated the same ambience, if not better, that we have been much revered for,” he added. Nestled at the heart of the Muscat city, the new Mistal showroom is strategically located to be easily accessible with ample and dedicated parking space. The new showroom redefines the luxury and retail design, showcasing the most aristocratic brands the world has known. Over the years, Mistal has gained immense popularity among genuine jewellery and watch enthusiasts. Doing their bit to society, Mistal has also organised charity programmes, extended sponsorships and supported various local as well as international causes.

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Newest innovation from Pizza Hut: The Big Dipper Pizza MUSCAT: Pizzas across the Sultanate are getting a big upgrade thanks to the newest innovation from Pizza Hut: The Big Dipper Pizza. Designed for dipping, the allnew Big Dipper is a rectangular pizza that’s divided into 24 dipping strips, and is served with four delectable new dipping sauces – Fiery Peri, Garlic & Mint, Creamy Ranch, and Chipotle BBQ making the pizza eating experience interactive and fun, says a press release. Ideal for a family or group of five-six persons, the Big Dipper is available on dine-in, delivery and take-away at most of the Pizza Hut outlets across the Sultanate until May 31. Customers who are dining-in can order the Big Dipper with their favourite toppings and four dipping sauces, for just OMR6.300 (taxes as applicable). Delivery or take-away customers can order the Big Dipper Pizza with their favourite toppings, four dipping sauces, and a 2.25 litre bottle of Pepsi for just OMR6.600 (taxes as applicable). That’s not all, for the benefit of those that might want to indulge themselves a little more; the four new dipping sauces are also available a-la-carte for 100 baisas each. “We remain committed to of-

fering the most flavourful, innovative and exciting pizzas available in the Sultanate,” said Sachin Malhotra, COO, Khimji Ramdas Lifestyle Group. “The Big Dipper Pizza is one more way to enjoy Pizza Hut’s lip-smacking pizzas with more flavour than ever before; enabling the ultimate flavour customisation for today’s consumer.” Through the Big Dipper, that comes in fun “pull me out and put me together” packaging, Pizza Hut is giving pizza fans yet another new and amusing way to enjoy pizza with their friends and families. “Pizza Hut prides itself on being the best-tasting and most innovative pizza restaurant company in the world, and the Big Dipper Pizza is a shining example of that,” said Yogesh Shah, general manager, Khimji Restaurant Division. “The Big Dipper is another creative way for pizza lovers to get a big, appealing product, packed with flavour and loaded with fun.”


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Garner hits out at Caricom move to dissolve Windies board BRIDGETOWN: Bridgetown: Barbados Cricket Association President Joel Garner has hit out at the Caricom-commissioned governance panel’s controversial recommendation that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) be dissolved. Garner, the legendary former West Indies fast bowler and a current WICB director, questioned the practicality of the proposed move, contending that all the boards which comprised the regional governing body were legitimate legal entities and, therefore, they could not be simply struck down, reports CMC. “My questions are: Is the BCA which was constituted by an act of Parliament in 1933, an illegal entity and my selection as president of the BCA an illegal act?” Garner said, while speaking at the BCA’s quarterly meeting here on Saturday. “So I have to ask the question: Is the GCB (Guyana Cricket Board) an illegal entity? Is the Jamaica Cricket (Association) an illegal entity? Is the Leeward Islands Cricket Association an illegal entity? Is the Windward Islands Cricket Board an illegal entity? Is the TTCB (Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board) an illegal entity?” He continued: “If they are so, they have all been established in countries in which the prime ministers are making noise and they have to tell the public of the region if these entities are illegal, how they were able to remain vibrant for so long.” In proposing the dissolution of the WICB, the governance panel also recommended the appointment of an interim board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”. And while Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom) heads have embraced the recommendation and resolved to ensure its implementation, the WICB, headed by President Dave Cameron, has rejected it as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”. The board also slammed the report as “limited in scope”, arguing that the panel’s investigations had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts”. “The dissolution of the board is simply not a viable legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB told Caricom in a written response earlier this year. Last month, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley said Caricom was soliciting legal advice on the “legal position” of the West Indies cricket. - IANS

CELEBRATION: Kolkata Knight Riders players celebrate the wicket of Sanju Samson of Delhi Daredevils during Match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2016. – BCCI

Kolkata overwhelm Delhi Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir remained unconquered with a 41-ball 38 alongside Manish Pandey who gathered 15 off 12 balls, while Robin Uthappa contributed 35 runs

KOLKATA: A stupendous bowling effort backed up by steady batting helped two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) overwhelm Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) opener at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir remained unconquered with a 41-ball 38 alongside Manish Pandey who gathered 15 off 12 balls, while Robin Uthappa contributed 35 runs. Earlier after KKR elected to field, Chinaman bowler Brad Hogg (3/19) and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell (3/24) helped to skittle out Delhi for 98 on a strip that had some purchase for the bowlers. Chasing Delhi’s 98 - the lowest IPL total at the venue, the Knights had a breezy start with Uthappa and Gambhir keen on making a mockery of Delhi’s low score. The duo plundered 16 runs of the second over and then followed it up with 9 and 7 of the next two.

They continued the onslaught and by the end of the 6th over the home side were cruising at 47/0, with Uthappa unleashing his trademark arrow-like straight drives much to the delight of the 30,000 odd crowd. Uthappa then tried a big hit and was out caught at deep but after 10 overs, the men in purple had posted 69/1 on the board. Pandey, along with Gambhir, then struck a few blows to the ropes to help their side get over the line. In the first innings, the Daredevils got off to a flying start with 23 runs coming off the first two overs. However, in the third over, Russell struck a double blow for the hosts by picking up Quinton de Kock and Shreyas Iyer. By the end of the powerplay, Delhi had lost two more wickets in the form of Mayank Agarwal (9) and Karun Nair (3) with the score reading 35/4. With the top-order back in the dugout, the Delhi innings moved forward at a snail’s pace. Pawan Negi after a brief partnership of 20 with Sanju Samson got stumped trying to push the accelerator. The West Indies’ World T20 star Carlos Brathwaite too departed a little later after a monstrous six, foxed by a Piyush Chawla googly. After 13 overs, the visitors were left struggling at 84/7 with their hopes pinned on Samson. But he departed in the very next over edging one to the wicketkeeper. Thereafter, it was only a matter of time before the Daredevils were bowled out and the inevitable happened in the 18th over. Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 98 all out (Quinton De Kock 17; Brad Hogg 3/19, Andre Russell 3/24)vs Kolkata Knight Riders 99/1 (Gautam Gambhir not out 38, Robin Uthappa 35). - IANS

MATCH HERO: Man of the match Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders, right, celebrates claiming one of his three wickets on Sunday in the match against Delhi Daredevils. – BCCI

ZAKARIYA GRABS OVER 90KG GOLD AS CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON OMAN BODY-BUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS Zakariya Bin Ali grabbed gold in the over 90kg competition as the curtains came down on the 13th Oman Body-building Championships at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Saturday night. His Highness Malik bin Shihab bin Tareq Al Said presided the prize-giving ceremony and handed over the trophies. Results: Over 90kg: 1. Zakariya Bin Ali, 2. Khalid Al Balushi, 3. Hamza Bait Habrass. 90kg: 1. Mohammed Al Ajmi, 2. Yousuf Al Hinai, 3. Ibrahim Al Balushi. 85kg: 1. Haitham Al Zadjali, 2. Juma Al Shuaibi, 3. Yousuf Al Balushi. 80kg: 1. Omar Al Maskari, 2. Moosa Al Saadi, 3. Abdullah Al Maamari. 75kg: 1. Waleed Al Alawi, 2. Abdullah Al Riyami, 3. Said Al Jabri. 70kg: 1. Fairuz Al Alawi, 2. Ahmed Al Balushi, 3. Ammar Al Wahaibi. 65kg: 1. Kamil Al Makhaimi, 2. Haitham Al Zadjali, 3. Nasser Al Jamahi. 60kg: 1. Mou’ad Al Yahye’e, 2. Nadir Al Salami, 3. Abdullatif Al Balushi. — JUN ESTRADA/Times of Oman


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MUMBAI: Seeking to bury any perceived differences with his spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s limited over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed the off-spinner stating that he has “bailed” the team out on numerous occasions. “As I have said, Ashwin has bailed me out in a lot of situations — whether bowling in first six or in the slog phase. He is a bowler who can come in and do well at any time,” Dhoni said, trying to clear the air about under-bowling the Tamil Nadu bowler, right from the start of the World T20. He was answering a question in reference to the premier offie was brought on as late as the 16th over to bowl for the first time and then taken off in the IPL’s seasonopening game yesterday between his new team — Rising Pune Supergiants — and defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. “It’s a subject, like revealing strategy. Ashwin is a matured bowler. He can bowl at any point of time. I knew the moment they (Mumbai Indians) lost a few wickets there was pressure on their middle or lower middle order,” Dhoni said at a media conference, where he was announced as brand ambassador of mobile handset brand, Lava. The Ranchi super star also ex-

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plained how, with MI reeling at 30 for 4 inside five overs, he thought it was the ideal time to bring on debutant leg spinner Murugan Ashwin to bowl his full four-over quota and remove signs of nervousness from the youngster’s mind. “It was a very good platform for leg spinner Ashwin (1 for 16) to come in. Since you watched the game, you would have seen he is not someone who bowls a lot of short deliveries, but he was feeling the pressure. “I thought it was more important for me to give him those four overs as in the longer run I need him as a wicket taking option, and I felt at that point of time if I can give him the four overs it will give him the confidence to come back probably in the second and third game,” he said. “It was a process of giving him confidence, but at the same time we were attacking from the other end, Rajat Bhatia was bowling well using

the conditions, that was the reason. (Ravi) Ashwin bowled one over and after that I thought going with fast bowlers was a better option. Dhoni’s under-utilisation of the offie in the WT20 semifinal against the West Indies on March 31 here and yesterday fuelled speculations that differences have cropped up between the two players. To add fuel to the fire was Ashwin’s answer in the pre-IPL game media conference here on April 7, when he said he did not bowl when the dew had come in to play a significant role in the lost semi-final against eventual World T20 champions, the West Indies. Dhoni, after the loss to the Windies, had said that he did not call on Ashwin to bowl again after giving him two overs initially, in which he went for 20 runs and also bowled a no-ball off which Man-of-theMatch Lendl Simmons was caught and then recalled to the crease, as he felt dew was making the ball

wet and making things difficult for the spinners to grip. Emotional moment He said not playing for suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, which he had captained for the last 8 years since the T20 league inception in 2008 was an “emotional moment”. “As I said it was, I knew I would play for the Pune team but the actual moment comes when you start walking with the team-sheet in your hand till that point of time its only practise and everything. “It was a very emotional moment...since I have started playing T20 cricket represented the Indian cricket team, Jharkhand team in few tournaments and CSK for eight years, so it was a emotional moment not to see myself in yellow,” he quipped. “But at the same time as professionals, we have to move ahead and also not to prove to anyone but

to prove a point to myself that I am making sure whatever I gave in for CSK, I am not leaving any inch that I am not giving for the Pune team,” he said. “So emotion set aside as professional, we had or I had to make sure that I am there how I was for CSK,” he said. “So it was a very emotional movement but at the same time I think...the faith that the franchise has shown not only in me but some of the other players also, we need to justify that,” he said. Dhoni, in fact, started answering questions at the promotional event with a preamble that if he is asked good questions today the number of questions he will be willing to answer to the media would go up next time and if not it will come down back to nil. “Depending on the quality of questions you ask it may go up to six in the next (such press conference) or come back to zero,” he said before answering questions - PTI

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Rahane says can’t answer on why Ashwin was underbowled MUMBAI: The Wankhede track on which IPL debutants Rising Pune Supergiants outplayed Mumbai Indians in the season-opener was a slightly seamer-friendly wicket and that might have been the reason why premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was given just one over, said Ajinkya Rahane after his side’s win. Ashwin was given just one over, the 16th of Mumbai Indians innings, by Pune and India limited over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Rahane said the track’s nature, different from the batsmen-friendly pitches of recent vintage, must have prompted the move though he added he really cannot answer it for certain. “I don’t know (the reason), the captain must be knowing that. This was a different wicket as compared to the wickets we played on against the West Indies (in the WT20 semifinals on March 31) or even the ODI (5th and final in October) against South Africa,” said Rahane after the Pune side thrashed defending champions Mumbai by nine wickets last night. “This was a slightly seamerfriendly wicket. Ashwin is an experienced bowler, a quality bowler.(But) today I felt our fast bowlers were bowling really well. It was important to take the wickets and not give many runs,” said Rahane. Ashwin got the wicket of Ambati Rayudu with his first ball and then gave away seven runs after being belatedly introduced by skipper Dhoni in the lone over he bowled. The same bowler had been given a two-over spell in the WT20 semifinal against the West Indies at the same venue and not asked to bowl again by Dhoni during the latter stages of the successful run-chase by the eventual champions Caribbeans. Rahane’s classy, unbeaten 66 in 42 balls, and opening stand of 78 with South African Faf du Plessis (34) guided the Pune team past the modest target of 122 with 32 balls to spare. — PTI

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Punjab seek positive start against newbies Gujarat MOHALI: They endured a disastrous run the last time around to finish at the bottom of the heap and Kings XI Punjab would be aiming to make amends this season when they begin their campaign against newbies Gujarat Lions in their IPL opener here on Monday. Kings XI Punjab did not make any big buys this year and have a new captain in South African David Miller in place of Australian George Bailey who was released after leading the side to the last place in the previous season. Virender Sehwag has also retired and he will only be the team mentor this season. The Preity Zinta-owned side continues to lack the team balance as it has not added any significant player, only snapping the likes of all-rounders Farhaan Behardien and Marcus Stoinis, seamer Mohit Sharma and left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh. Last season, their batsmen lacked consistency and whenever they did well, the bowlers let the

side down. On the other hand, debutants Gujarat Lions have a balanced side with top-class performers in both batting and bowling. They have explosive batsmen in Brendon McCullum, captain Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and a plenty of top-notch all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner. These T20 specialists can be dispersed through the order and some of them like Raina and Bravo can anchor or attack. Bravo, along with Faulkner, is a high-quality, death-overs bowler as well. But the weak link for the Gujarat side could be the pace-bowling department as they don’t have any big name — Indian or overseas — except for South African Dale Steyn. The side’s pace department are made up most of by medium pacers. It will also have to be seen whether Steyn will make the final eleven tomorrow, considering his poor form in the T20 format recently.

Besides, only four overseas players are allowed in the line-up. For Kings XI Punjab, a big responsibility would lie on the shoulders of the likes of Miller, Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Murali Vijay and Mitchell Johnson. Miller has very little captaincy experience — he has led a side only thrice in domestic cricket — and he will also have to do the heavy lifting in the batting line-up along with Maxwell. Manan Vohra looks set to open with Vijay, despite their poor run last year. Kings XI also have the option of Shaun Marsh. The spin department will have Axar Patel and Maxwell, who has often been considered a frontline option by Australia. Gurkeerat Singh, Swapnil Singh and KC Cariappa can provide the back up. Johnson, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Kyle Abbott will be the main pace bowlers but they need to start afresh in the gruelling IPL. — IPL


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Sports Editor MUSCAT: Assarain has once again proven that they are a dominant force in Oman Cricket as they have been confirmed the champions of the Premier Division T20 League. The confirmation of coronation came when Muscat CT defeated Enhance CT in the last weekend encounter, which meant Assarain enjoyed an unassailable lead in the league. With 15 points to their credit, Assarain are sitting pretty on the top and though they have to play one more match next week, none can break the apple-cart at this stage now. To be recalled Assarain had won the A Division title the previous two seasons and with a whiff of change

coming in the cricket scenario in the Sultanate, the new format of Premier Division was introduced. The top teams of A Division last year had to face off in the new-look league which was played in two formats — the 50-overs and T20. With new infrastructure taking shape at Al Amerat, the Premier Division matches were played under floodlights and especially after Oman qualifying for the World T20, there was renewed interest, which made the top flight division highly competitive and attractive.

Speaking to Times Sport on Sunday, Assarain team manager Vinu Mathew said: “We actually aimed at winning both the titles in Premier Division, but we are immensely glad to have one of them.” “I must say the T20 tournament held big significance, especially with Oman making the World T20 for the first time ever and with that making the future of the game in the country more bright and purposeful,” said Vinu, while praising his team for the achievement. Also hailing and praising the

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Muscat CT defeat Enhance CT MUSCAT: Muscat defeated Enhance CT by 13 runs in a Muscat Pharmacy and Stores-sponsored Premier Division match at the Ministry of Sports Affairs ground during the evening session on Saturday. Batting first, Muscat CT put on 137 for eight in 20 overs. Swapnil Khade top scored with 32. Ahmed Butt and Nester Wilson and Ananyo Sen claimed two scalps apiece for Enhance CT. In reply, Enhance CT were restricted to 124 for seven in 20 overs. Badal Singh and Ashish Odedara claimed two wickets each for Muscat CT. Brief scores: Muscat CT 137/8 in 20 overs (Swapnil Khade 32; Ahmed Fayaz Butt 2/14) bt Enhance CT 124/7 in 20 overs (Badal Singh 2/12). Points: Muscat CT - 2, Enhance CT – 0.

Raha CT beat OCT Muscat A In another Premier Division match, Raha CT defeated OCT Muscat A by five wickets. Batting first, OCT Muscat A put on 175 for nine in 26 overs. Rafiq Mohammed top scored with 31. Mohammed Adnan was the pick of the

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Raha bowlers with four wickets. In reply, Raha scored 176 for five in 24 overs with Zeshan Siddique top scoring with an unbeaten 82. Mohammed Aslam claimed two wickets for OCT Muscat A. Brief scores: OCT Muscat A 175/9 in 26 overs (Rafiq Mohammed 31; Mohammed Adnan 4/39) lost to Muscat CT 176/5 in 24 overs (Zeeshan Siddique 82 n.o.; Mohammed Aslam 2/36). Points: Raha – 2, OCT Muscat A – 0.

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Doosan defeated Al Hail B by 49 runs. Batting first, Trust Doosan scored 169 for eight in 20 overs with Saji Puthiyakunnath top scoring with 72. In reply, Al Hail B were restricted to 120 for eight in 20 overs. Dilshad J. and Adeel Latif claimed two wickets each for Trust Doosan. Brief scores: Trust Doosan 169/8 in 20 overs (Saji Puthiyakunnath 72) bt Al Hail B 120/8 in 20 overs (Adeel Latif 3/18). Points: Al Hail B – 0, Trust Doosan - 3.

team was Ibrahim Al Wahaibi, the managing director of Assarain Group. “I congratulate the team for winning the third consecutive title in the Oman Cricket League and I am looking forward to further success in the coming years.” Assarain Group officials have always supported their sports outfits, especially the cricket teams, and similarly had awarded the team with a Sri Lankan sojourn after they became the A Division champions. This season, ably managed by Vinu, Assarain overcame stiff

competition and the highlight of success was the great camaraderie and team spirit. Assarain also had a new captain this season with young and talented Sindo Michael, a player of repute from south Indian state of Kerala, taking over from Arif Hussain, who according to Vinu relinquished his captaincy to concentrate more on his playing abilities. For Sindo, who was a stand-bye in the World T20 squad, this was his first major win. “We played well and this title is

fruit of our team effort. It would have been good had we won the 50over format too,” said Sindo. “We have a talented and hardworking team with some members like Zeeshan Maqsood needing no special introduction.” Players like Zeeshan Maqsood, Mohammed Nadeem, Arun Poulose are in the probables list selected for the World Cricket League Division 5. The victorious members of the Assarain team are Hafiz Irfan, Ramkumar, Harikrishna, Dikshanshu Negi, Zeeshan Maqsood, Mohammed Nadeem, Arif Hussain, Ahmad Raza, Kaleemullah, Suraj Sampath, Naseem Khushi, Arun Poulose, Vinu Kumar, Sindo Michael, Fiaz-ul Hassan, Vibin Vilayil and Vinu Mathew.


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SPORTS Leicester close in on title, Spurs defeat Man United On a day when Tottenham Hotspur destroyed Manchester United in a 3-0 victory, Jamie Vardy put Leicester ahead in the 66th minute and he added his second — and 21st of the season —in added time

ANOTHER GOAL: Leicester’s Jamie Vardy celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Sunderland during their Premier League match at Stadium of Light on Sunday. – Reuters

LONDON: Premier League leaders Leicester City moved even closer to the title by winning 2-0 at relegation-threatened Sunderland on Sunday. On a day when Tottenham Hotspur destroyed Manchester United in a 3-0 victory, England international Jamie Vardy put Leicester ahead in the 66th minute and he added his second — and 21st of the season — in added time. With five games left, Claudio Ranieri’s unfashionable side need a maximum of nine more points to become English champions for the first time. Sunderland remain in the bottom three, four points behind Norwich City, who they play next Saturday.

“It was tough, we knew it would be, but we ground it out,” Vardy told Sky Sports. “We know it’s a step closer but you never know what can happen. The main thing now is we’ve got to take it into the next week.” Since beating Sunderland 4-2 in his first match in charge last August, Ranieri has stayed true to his beliefs — taking nothing for granted. Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was disappointed with the way his team conceded two goals to Vardy, after warning his defenders of precisely that outcome. “We switched off once and allowed Jamie Vardy to do what we said was his main strength,” he told Sky. That was the moment midway through the second half when

experienced defender Younes Kaboul failed to deal with Danny Drinkwater’s long ball. Vardy latched onto it and went on to beat goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Substitute Jack Rodwell then missed Sunderland’s best chance to equalise and despite being thwarted once by Mannone, Vardy went round him to seal victory in stoppage time. In a quiet first half each team had a strong penalty appeal dismissed and Kasper Schmeichel’s save from Sunderland striker Fabio Borini was the only one of note by either goalkeeper. Tottenham destroyed a lacklustre United with a three-goal salvo in six second-half minutes to keep alive their title quest.

Starting the match 10 points adrift of leaders Leicester, Tottenham shaved the gap to seven with goals from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela earning them a first home league win over United since 2001. After a flat first half in which Lamela missed an open goal, Spurs broke the deadlock after 70 minutes when Alli fired home Christian Eriksen’s low cross. Alderweireld rose to head in Lamela’s free-kick four minutes later and Lamela swept in a third for a rampant home side who remain the only possible threat to Leicester City’s march towards the title. Fifth-placed United managed only one shot on target as their hopes of a Champions League spot suffered a severe blow. Meanwhile, Liverpool romped to an easy 4-0 victory over Stoke City despite manager Juergen Klopp resting a number of players ahead of Thursday’s second leg of the Europa League quarterfinal against his former club Borussia Dortmund. Klopp made seven changes from the side that had drawn 1-1 in Germany, giving first Premier League starts to youngsters Kevin Stewart and Sheyi Ojo. Ojo set up the second goal for Daniel Sturridge with a fine cross and when he was substituted at halftime, replacement Divock Origi scored twice. Earlier Alberto Moreno had put the home side in front before Bojan Krkic equalised. The victory sent liverpool above Stoke into eighth position, one point ahead of them but nine short of the Champions League places. - Reuters

HOCKEY

India prevail over Canada IPOH: India squandered numerous scoring chances before two late goals sealed their 3-1 victory over Canada in the 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Sunday. Failing to exert pressure despite taking an early lead, India hung on grimly against several threatening Canadian raids to clinch their second victory in three outings.

Chandana Thimmaiah opened India’s account in the third minute, but Keegan Pereira equalised for Canada in the 23rd minute. Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner in the 41st minute and Talwinder Singh capitalised on a Sardar Singh cross into the circle in the 67th to seal the fate of the match. With six points from three out-

ings, India are now third in the round-robin league standings. On top of the table are Australia with nine points from three successive wins, followed by New Zealand on eight from four outings. Earlier in the day, Australia outplayed Pakistan 4-0, while New Zealand defeated Japan 4-1. India’s defence came under a lot of pressure on Sunday against

Canada, who like India are drawn in Group B of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Goalkeeper Harjot Singh made a blunder of conceding the first penalty corner, but made a few good saves before he was replaced by Akash Chikte in the second quarter. Both the goalkeepers saved four good cracks at the Indian citadel from the Canadian strikers. - PTI

JATINDER SINGH TIES THE KNOT Jatinder Singh, the newly appointed vice-captain of Oman national cricket team, tied the knot in India on Sunday. The Sultanate’s premier batsman got married to Ramandeep Kaur in his hometown of Ludhiana in the north Indian state of Punjab.

BOXING

Pacquiao beats Bradley LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in the rubber match between the fighters on Saturday, prevailing in what the Filipino has said is the final fight of his career. Pacquiao, who bounced back from a controversial split-decision defeat to Bradley in 2012 with a decisive win two years later, delivered the final blow in their welterweight clash in Las Vegas as all three judges scored it 116-110 in his favour. With fans chanting ‘Manny’ at the conclusion, Pacquiao (58-6-2) maintained that he is heading into retirement and continuing his political career in the Philippines. “I have a commitment to my family that I’m going to retire after this and we don’t know,” Pacquiao told ringside reporters. “If you ask me about if I’m coming back, maybe I enjoy by being retired and serving and helping the people.” After a slow start narrowly controlled by Bradley, the 37-year-old Pacquiao seized the momentum in the middle portion following a furious fifth round. Pacquiao then caught an off balance Bradley with a right hand to the ear to drop him in the seventh, but the American surprisingly bounced back to hurt Pacquiao during the eighth.

From there Pacquiao wrested back control, highlighted by a right uppercut that dropped Bradley in the ninth. At the strong urging of his trainer Teddy Atlas, Bradley (332-1) continued to hang in for the latter rounds though he appeared in trouble at the final bell. “Every round (I was) looking for a KO but Bradley is a very good boxer,” Pacquiao said of the performance, which may go some way to helping cement his legacy after a disappointing fight against Floyd Mayweather last May. Mayweather easily won the fight that lacked much action to retire undefeated, though Pacquiao’s support team said afterwards he had suffered a shoulder injury in training beforehand and later needed surgery. - Reuters FOOTBALL

‘Buffon still the best goalkeeper’ MILAN: Italian giants Juventus’ star midfielder Paul Pogba has said goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is still the world’s best after his side’s Serie A triumph over AC Milan. Pogba scored the winner for his team as Juventus notched a 2-1 victory over AC Milan at the San Siro stadium here on Saturday. However, it was some stunning glovework from the 38-year-old custodian which saved the day for Juventus. Buffon made two stunning double saves in each half. “Gigi is simply number one,” Pogba was quoted as saying by goal.com on Sunday. “He’s the best in the business.” Juventus now are nine points clear at the top of the leader board, although second-placed Napoli have match in hand. Pogba however, insisted a lot of work is still to be done as they eye fifth-consecutive Serie A trophy. - IANS


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or reasons other than green, Kawasaki has always been my favourite: among the Jappo 4 and overall. They have the perfect recipe to make absolute ripper bikes. Yeah, Ducati could also make the same claim, but then their premium car like prices, and the eternal clutch problems (which they seem to be getting over of late). Coming back to Kawasaki, post the H2 R frenzy, this time they have spiced up their flagship literbike, the Ninja ZX10 R. Nay, they haven’t just spiced it, they have rather marinated it with all the right juices. The entire essence has changed; from aesthetics, to performance, to ride control. The very first look of the amazing sportbike gave me goosebumps. The flat jackal like look is gone. The new 2016 has got more sexy curves to it. The front is broader and looks sturdy with a tight fixed windscreen, with a wider RAM induction nose. The rear has gone up a bit, with well defined triangular dimensions, opposed to the previous gen’s flat squarish features. The seating position too is sportier, with closer handle bars and lower seating position. Kawasaki claims they made the new ZX10 ‘Easier to ride fast’. And to make their claim sound true, they have loaded the bike with all the electronics available out there and then added some more. This includes a completely revamped Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC), newly added engine-brake control, a launch-control mode, quick shifter, and smarter KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Braking

Engine 998cc four-cylinder four-stroke

System) cornering ABS. Firing up the ZX, the first thing that catches your attention is the deep growl escaping the stock pipe: much louder than all the other stock literbikes. This being in total contrast to the fact that the 2016 ZX10 R is the first open-class superbike to meet ever-growing stricter Euro 4 emissions standards. Kawasaki achieved this cleverly by employing a titanium-alloy header having pipe diameters and length very similar to race-use headers. I wonder what aural ecstasy this devil would create once it wears the aftermarket slip-on. Shift into first, give it a healthy dose of gas, and the bike instantly launches into a speed vortex. Though the engine specs are almost identical to the previous gen on paper, still the bike feels considerably faster. Perhaps the tweaked air intake has got to do with this phenomenon; the new Ninja employing a 25% larger, 10-litreRAM airbox incorporated to a less restrictive air filter, offering 1.6 times the surface area than its predecessor. The race-developed lighter crankshaft, also contributes to quicker acceleration while enhancing the chassis agility. Handling is awesome, and as promised, the 2016 ZX-10R is supremely easy to ride. The balance of stability, and positive feedback lends loads of confidence while negotiating the fast and flowing lanes in speed. The engine sits higher and more forward in the frame, and the rider sits lower. The steering head is 7.5mm closer to the rider for more weight on the front, resulting in increased stability. The raised cen-

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tre of gravity in combination with the reduced inertia, gives the bike highly intuitive, light feeling, and very precise handling. If the bike’s insane craving for speed proves too much for you, it could be curbed by engaging the three power modes. Throttle pickup in High Power Mode (Med provides 80-per cent and Low 60per cent) is quite edgy. However I wished the bike had more midrange. The increased 4 kilo weight (due to heavier exhaust and added electronics) has played down the bike a bit on this quarter. However, once beyond 9,000rpm, I was grateful for S-KTRC’s traction/wheelie control safety net. The way the Ninja’s revvy engine is tamed by the advanced, race-developed traction control system is just awesome. The new system combines Bosch’s sensor unit with Kawasaki’s own software, gives even more refined control as the rear tyre approaches the limit of adhesion while exiting corners at extreme angles, and also prevents excessive front-wheel lift under hard acceleration. The wheelie buffs might not come to love the new traction system though as it works towards cancelling the front wheel lift as well. The ZX also features a racerfriendly cassette-style gearbox allowing quicker smoother shifts, and back-torque limiting clutch. The factory installed quick-shifter further makes shifting an easy game. Chassis changes include castaluminium twin-spar frame is said to be lighter, using fewer welds and less complexity in its construction,

resulting in improved front grip and feel, more consistent feedback and handling agility. The most visual of chassis updates are the 43mm Showa Balance Free Fork (a production sportbike first) derived from the similar design found on Kawasaki’s factory WSBK machine. The new fork provides exceptional support and feel under hard braking and an overall degree of ride compliance and feel, allowing you to push harder. Braking on the bike is exceptional too with top-spec stainless Brembo M50 cast monobloc calipers, same as those on the H2R. The intelligent Öhlins electronic steering damper (uses the rearwheel-speed sensor) securely keeps the tank-slap and other evils at bay, even when the front wheel is lofted while still leaned over. Another clever detail taken directly from the WSBK (Superbike World Championship) team is the cooling system. Water is used to cool the oil cooler; the water then passes to the radiator instead of returning to the water pump. The only thing that you would find common in the new ZX10 R and the previous one is the LED instrument panel, although it has added functions on display including the techno-aids and a better positioned shift indicator. With two WSBK titles to its credit in the past three seasons, Team Green seems keen on keeping the momentum going. With the latest hurricane Jonathan Rea must be looking to extend the gap between him and the pack big time. Could be my next buy. My three Ninjas in three years, say so at least. — faisal@timesofoman.com


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MOTORBIKE DIY: INSTALLING AFTERMARKET EXHAUST Story Faisal Mohammed Naim

The aftermarket pipes really spruce up the looks of your ride, whether it is a cruiser or a sports bike. Here’s how to do it on your own.

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he moment we buy a two-wheeled ride, we start dreaming of ways to make it look more attractive and appealing. And the first thing that comes to our mind is the exhaust system. After all, half the money in a bike is the sound, and all those tighter emission and sound norms have forced the manufacturers to reduce the lion’s roar to a mere meow. The better the aftermarket pipes you install, the more respect you earn as a biker on the street. Switching the exhaust differs from bike to bike. How you are going to install the exhaust depends quite a lot on the type of bike you ride and also on the type of exhaust system you are planning to install. Cruisers often ask for full exhaust system swap, while the sporty and off-road rides easily settle for the slip-ons. Most of the riders love to install the pipes on their own and here is how to install them. Performing the Check While unpacking your new pipes take extra few minutes to inspect the exhaust system right after it gets out of the package to make sure there are no scratches, dents, or blemishes. Also make sure it is exactly the same spec that you ordered for. Wrong spec could mean all your efforts go waste, if after your hard work you discover that the new pipes aren’t fitting. Spare yourself the disappointment. Carefully read the instructions. It might sound boring but you’re about to handle some very expensive parts and it would be a bummer to mess up. Familiarise with them before trying your hands on setting them up. Also, do a thorough inspection of the parts that the instruction booklet tells you to remove prior to the installation. Removing the Stock Pipes Remove the extra parts in your exhaust system. Many bikes will require you to take off the floorboard or a fender first. If your bike has an oxygen sensor, you’ll need to detach any sensors that are plugged into the wiring harness and remove the cable ties to free it. Check your bike’s manual. Be careful not to mess up with any wiring. To remove the pipes, start with the two nuts holding the header in place. This is the piece attached

you removed to access your pipes such as foot pegs. Hold your breath and fire her up. Viola, the rumble. Keep the engine running for a good few minutes while you check for any leaks in the system. Be sure to check your bolts after the first few rides to make sure nothing comes loose.

directly to your engine. There should be two bolts holding it on. Remove these and set them aside carefully where you could pick them back from. Don’t just throw here and there in excitement. Then you’ll need to remove the two bolts (or nuts) that are holding your exhaust mounting brackets to the frame of your motorcycle. Some bikes may also have studs that will need to be removed. If you had to detach some oxygen sensors earlier, you’ll also want to remove them from the old pipes in order to reinstall them on the new ones. Some models may also have a bracket on the right side of the lower transmission cover. After you’ve removed this, you should be able to carefully slide the exhaust pipes from their ports and lift them off of your bike. Finally, use pliers to remove any snap rings or flanges from the pipes or your bike. It is better to replace them in any case, even if they look good (they

only cost a few pennies; nothing compared to the hefty investment you have already made). The Installation Here comes the main part. Be careful not to scratch the pipes or your bike paint during installation. Be careful to cover the painted bike parts near to the exhaust assembly with towels. Use new crush gaskets every time you switch the exhaust. The new gaskets will give you a great seal and ensure you won’t have any leaks in your exhaust system. If you had removed any oxygen sensors, reinstall them into the new pipes as well as any snap rings or flanges. Now slip the pipes up to the cylinder heads. Slowly and carefully place the pipes into their ports; make sure you do not damage the new gaskets. Tighten the bolts of the head pipe just enough to hold the exhaust pipes in place, and then start tightening the bolts from the back working your way up right to the head pipe. Fit back any parts

Slip-ons More common with the off-road and sport bike variety, putting on the slip-on is quite easy. Simply remove any mounting hardware, loosen the clamp, and slide the old exhaust system off. Slide the new slip-on and bolt down the hardware and clamp. You are ready to go out roaring loud. Word of Caution Aftermarket exhausts are semirestricted or fully unrestricted. It means your bike will be getting a lot more air through its intake. Retuning the fuel system is a must, to correct the fuel/air ratio accordingly. Incorrect air/fuel ratio may cause your bike to run lean, often resulting in severe engine damage, especially if you’re a speed lover. You will need a jet kit if your bike is carbureted or a fuel controller (like Power Commander), if its EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) governed. It is even better to get the bike dyno-tuned or installing additional module that automatically corrects the air/fuel ratio. Also, carefully store your stock pipes. You never know when you could need them back. Apply some anti rusting solution and store them, or much better hang them by the length in a cool dry place. Enjoy the new sound. Ride safe. -faisal@timesofoman.com

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Huawei launches phone with Leica cameras for enhanced photography Chinese information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei unveiled its two new flagship duallens smartphones — Huawei P9 and P9 Plus — in London “to give users the best smartphone photography experience”. The Huawei P9 is the first smartphone co-engineered with the Germany based Leica Camera AG. The P9’s dual-lens camera takes smartphone photography to the next level, allowing people to capture both vivid colours and black and white images, the company said in a statement. “Huawei is excited to give P9 users the best smartphone photography experience by leveraging the unrivalled capabilities of Leica, the leader in the world of imaging for more than 100 years,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group, at the launch event recently. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer is banking on the camera prowess of P9 and P9 Plus handsets to set them apart in the crowded premium handset market. “Consumers around the world use their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to user experience. P9 users can

now capture images with unmatched clarity, richness and authenticity,” Richard said. With a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the P9 is powered by the new Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64-bit ARMbased processor. The 3,000mAh battery offers P9 users longer battery life. The P9 Plus features a 5.5-inch Press Touch display and a larger 3,400mAh battery. The smartphones are priced at £599 and £749. They will be available in Europe from April 16. -IANS


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New building Wattayah main road, showroom & office space. #94300909

For Sale sophisticated office furniture used for 1 year. #90946764

Four bedroom two floors luxurious and spacious residential villa in Al Hail North, near to the sea and Oman oil. Each room has its own bathroom. It has splits A/C’s and shaded car park. OMR 750 monthly. Tel: 99333479 or 95215360 or 97509955 For rent and investment Land industrial shops in Rusayl. Contact: 99323957 / 95490842

Excavators 3nos (Hitachi 240/350, 2008/2013 model), Tipper 1 no. (Astra 2013 model). All are good condition, sell on the maximum offer.#98999503 / 99782930 / 98981112 Single colorful Bed and Sofa for Sale at Al Khuwair.#92881849 /What`s up No 97290565

FOR SALE Almost new beach/ garden lounge chairs /bar stools/ counter. Photos can be sent 95865457 400 sq mtrs Commercial/Residential land in Mabela Phase 5 Block 2. OMR 165 Thousand. CONTACT 99333479 or 95215360 or 97509955 A well running pharmacy for sale at prime location. Contact- 99627621, 93240949 Space for printing press available at wadikabir with or without machinery. Contact 99328430 Shop for sale near Oman House, Muttrah. Contact 99024362. Urgent sale of steel scrap only serious buyers kindly #+968 96725423 for viewing the items. HD Scaffoldings, Shuttering Jacks, Wooden Planks, Shuttering wood assorted, Tower hoist (lift), Concrete Mixer, Bending Machine, Steel Fabrication Machinery (Searing/Cutting, lathe & Welding) including tools for immediate sale: #99273774/ 99202278

LOST Mohmmed Saraj has lost Bangla-

deshi Passport No. AC 7906592. Finder please handover to ROP

WANTED IELTS Coaching (academic) required nearby wadi Kabir area. Please call on mobile or msg on Whats up. Mobile no: 92927880/99012165

AVAILABLE

DRIVING

Party & Wedding equipment rentals. Full line, from Tables, Linen & Skirting, Chairs & Chair covers, Cutlery, Crockery, Glassware, Chafing Dishes, Ice Sculptures, to Large Sound Systems and spectacular lighting. Call Andrea 9606 2222 for Catering and Croyden 9623 5555 for Sound & Light. ww.tunesoman. com, E-mail: info@tunesoman.com

BUYING

Furniture and other treatment items for Ayurvedic clinic. #97986525

2BHK Big Size Flat Behind Bank Mus-

cat, Wadi Kabir. Near ISWK. 97826454, 24815012.

Steel Scrap materials for immediate sale # 99273774/ 99202278

Buying cars for cash.contact 90202090

Bobcat available for rent. contact 97623299

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DAILY GUIDE SITUATION SITUATION WANTED VACANT

URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR A LEADING DAIRY COMPANY Drivers Salesman Merchandiser

– Omani National – 2 years Oman experience in FMCG Dep. - 2 years Oman experience in FMCG Dep.

Mail your application to : omansales@alrawabi.ae For More clarification, please contact: 98414736 /94742484

URGENTLY REQUIRED LIGHT DRIVER Age between 25 to 35 years with a good comm and of English. Send CV to : driveroman4@gmail.com Contact 99261098

URGENTLY REQUIRED For a reputed Food Stuff whole seller and Catering Supplier.

1. SALES EXECUTIVE- 01 NO 2. ACCOUNTANT- 01 NO Minimum 3 years experience in same field. Salary negotiable, good communication skills, driving license is must for Sales Executive. Interested candidates may please forward their CV’s to:

nft49@yahoo.com

ACCOUNT. & FINANCE

ENGINEER/MECHANIC.

SALES / MARKETING

Required urgently an experienced Accountant having 2-3 years experience. Send your resume by e-mail : sasiram@seehsarya.com

Site Supervisor with knowledge (Civil/Elect Diploma) in reading Site Drawing for excavation. Call 91396893 Email CV excavation330@ gmail.com

Office furniture Sales Executive candidate should have experience in office furniture sales, should handle project wise furniture enquiry, tenders and retails. Candidates with GCC driving license & fluency in English & Arabic will be preferred. Interested can send your CV to info@smartvisionoman. com

Wanted a male Accountant with knowledge of finalization. Contact : 91067751, email - georgyjacob7@ gmail.com

AGRICULTURE Required certified Fumigator who can handle all types of fumigation services for a reputed trading company in Muscat. Should have relevant educational qualification, certificates exp. in fumigation service good coordination skills and having D/L. Send CV with copies of educational certificates & work experience within 10 day to: almarooj@omantel.net.om

BEAUTICIAN Very urgently required a Gulf experienced professional Hair dresser cum beautician (lady) for a reputed beauty salon. Immediate appointment visa available. Contact: 99816262 /98557585 Fax: 24796211 Email: skin.hair. makeup@gmail.com Required Pedicurist, Manicurist lady urgently, experience should not be less than two years. Salary: RO 170 + commission, location Muscat Grand Mall, Nationality : Filipina, Tickets : every 2 years, medical Transport & accommodation company provided. Applicant must be in Oman & can join immediately. Contact: 00968 99475599 / 00968 96447037

CATERING Wanted a Catering Supervisor with experience in Oman. Contact : 91067751, email georgyjacob7@gmail.com

DOMESTIC HELP HOUSEMAID for Indian family of 4 only. Visa and all other benefits will be provided as per the law. Contact 92725141.

MANAGER Carpentry Factory Manager - Candidate should handle the carpentry work shop independently, must have experience in interior fit out works, should have understand the AutoCAD drawing preparing cutting lists, prepare the material request. Time keeping for the carpenters etc. Interested can send your CV to info@ smartvisionoman.com

MEDICAL Wanted B-Pharmacist (lady) for Sohar. Contact 99767605 Urgently required MOH licensed Lab technician, Dietitian and Nurse for a reputed center at Azaiba. Please contact: 92724345 / 91960401 Urgently required Pharmacist & MOH licensed female Dentist for a reputed polyclinic. Send CV : manageribnalhaitham@yahoo.com or contact 96721709. Required Gynecologist, Lab technician, X Ray technician. #99030773 Email: kunoozghala@gmail.com Lab Technician, Omani Female PRO cum Receptionist, Male Receptionist cum Insurance Coordinator, Specialist Doctor Radiologist, General Practitioners, Cont.95220350, bmdcsg@yahoo.com Required gynecologist GEN: practitioner lady lab Technician and pharmacologist immediately for a clinic in Suwaiq.#95081010 Email: umchealthcare@gmail.com

GP doctor needed for reputed clinic. Preferably with MOH license or with Dataflow & Paramatics pass Contact: 95388934

SKILLED LABOUR

DRIVER Wanted driver. Contact : 91025698

EDUCATION English Medium Private school in Sinaw, urgently required well experienced Kindergraten & Primary Teachers with IELTS / TOEFL for English, Science, Mathematics & Arabic. Contact 968 98927055 / 91782709, Email : samintrnationalschoolsinaw@gmail. com

UPVC windows & doors factory operator with Gulf exp. Contact: 99010141 Email: mazin@alsahib.net Reputed contracting company requires following: Q.S swimming pool (auto cad exp), pool technician and pool cleaners. Minimum 5 years Gulf experience preferred. Contact: asdekamuscat@gmail.com Required A/C Technicians, Carpenters, Electricians, Plumbers, Painters, General Helpers. Contact 94147874 / 24504281. Email : globalaccessunited@gmail.com

MISCELLANEOUS Required candidates for following posts: Accountant, Storekeeper, Foreman Building Maintenance, Van-salesman (water), Helpers. Candidates with Omani driving license preferred. contact 99273774/99202278

ENGINEER/MECHANIC.

A leading management consulting firm in Muscat requires specialist in Qualitative & Quantitative Market / Consumer research to lead the division. Kindly send your resumes to advance@omantel.net.om or Fax us at +96824792175 Looking for Salesman with experience in vegetable and fruits sales, good conduct, fluent in English. Should have driving license. Email CV on: info@eigllcoman.com Contact - 96339339 A Leading company selling printing consumables looking for Sales Executive. Preferred candidate with experience in selling digital wide format printing consumables & offset printing consumables and with Omani driving license. Send CV to hrgmuscat@gmail.com Urgently required Sales Executives, Operations Executive import & export, for a reputed freight forwarding company in Muscat candidates with Oman D/L and minimum 2 yrs experience in similar field preferred. Interested candidates may send C.V to recruitment.oman@yahoo.com Required Sales and Marketing Manager must possess excellent communication skills. Fluent English speaking, Arabic speaking is preferred. Minimum of 2 years of professional experience. Candidates are requested to send their CVS to polyplas@omantel.net.om

SITUATION WANTSIT.WANTED ACCOUNT. & FINANCE 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 28/male/MBA - finance/B.Com Accountant with 4 years of Dubai/ India experience looking for a suitable placement. #90187483 shobinkarikkan1987@gmail.com Indian male, 24 yrs, Graduated with specialization in Accounting 2 years experienced C.A.CPT completed. #94628086 / 97315091 Indian female 25 looking for Accountant / Admin job having 5 years experience in Audit, Accounts and Admin departments presently on family visit visa. Contact : 95656455 Accountant 8Years Experience with D/L and NOC. Contact 97712084 Indian male well experience in accounts, Admin & ERP Tally 9 looking for a suitable vacancy NOC available. Contact: 92650835` Indian male 34 years MBA finance & marketing 7 years experience in Indian accounts / Administration currently in Muscat on family visa. #98104991 Email: sureshkr01@gmail. com

SALES / MARKETING Engineering firm in Ghala requires Graduate / Electrical Diploma or ITI as field & office support staff male/ female. Send CV to natcoed@gmail. com

CANADIAN CO.- FREE CONSULTANCY FOR LEGAL JOB

for a well established furniture manufacturing company. Minumum experience of 2/3 years required in the same field.

- For Hotel Staff, Construction Staff, Medical, Gas & Oil Staff. - Free recruitment - free tickets, accommodation, work visa, contract for 2 (two) years.

Intreseted candidates please mail CV to mds@zakoman.com or call 94250003 for appointment.

Contact : 93392630 Send CV on muslimatservices@gmail.com

WANTED LANDSCAPE MANAGER A highly reputable Landscaping Company in Oman has a vacancy for an experienced and technically sound Project Manager to oversee multiple landscaping and irrigation projects in Oman. The ideal candidate should be a Graduate Engineer in the relevant field with 15 years of experience out of which at least 5 years in Oman. Hands on experience in successfully bidding for projects is preferred. A valid Oman driving license is essential for this position. Suitable and interested candidates shall send their updated resume with a recent picture and copies of degree & experience to: mustafaw.hr@gmail.com within 10 days.

SITUATION WANTED SIT.WANTED ACCOUNT. & FINANCE Indian male 25, 4 years experience & Arabic speaking with D/L seeking suitable opportunity interested in Sales & Marketing also. Contact: 91266733 Email: safvank.k9@gmail. com MBA Finance Indian male, Fresher seeking opportunity in financial sector. Immediately available. Contact 93990638 sachu0318@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. #93953613 , Email allen.mathew83@ gmail.com SENIOR ACCOUNTANT, 5 yrs Oman, 12 Yrs UAE experience in Manufacturing & construction companies Valid D/L Immediately available. Email: Irfan_syed2000@hotmail.com, Call: 95389018 22 years B.Com with 1 year exp in accounting, auditing with good working knowledge in Tally ERP-9 looking for a suitable placement now on visit visa. Contact: 97189500 Omani college girl looking for Accountant work in Muscat, no experience. Contact: 98298722 Part time Accountant up to finalization. Contact: 91126314 Accountant available with NOC, 7 years experience ready to join immediately. Contact: 98263394

Fresher 24, ACCA Affiliate, Advanced diploma in Accounting and Business seeking suitable placement in Accounts, Finance or Audit with Oman driving license. #- 92430152 Email - raju.rd619@ gmail.com Indian male 24 yrs B.Com, TallyERP9 with one year exp seeking for suitable placement. Now on visit visa.Contact:94469269 Indian, Executive with 5+ years experience in HSBC etc, done with MBA, M.Com, DMM, M. Phil seeks a suitable position. Contact: 90369540 Email: abilashraji@gmail. com 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 Female recently pass out BBA+MBA (Dual degree) International Business and Finance, looking for suitable opportunities, presently in Muscat on family Visa. #+968-95907828. Email : stuti28sinha@gmail.com Accountant available with NOC, 7 years experience in Oman. Ready to join immediately. contact 98263394 10 yrs of Oman experience capable of handling large accounts, looking for suitable placement in senior sales / business development position. Contact : 98987654

ADMIN Wanted Staff Nurse for a dermatology clinic in Muscat . Must have MOH license and NOC. Attractive salary offered. Email: clinicvacancy2015@gmail.com

DESIGNER Graphic designer / Branding - required free lands graphic designer, should be able to do the profile designing, multimedia presentation & branding. Interested can send their previous works at our Email: info@ smartvisionoman.com

Expatriate Furniture Carpenters,

Urgently Required

Required indoor Salesman for building material shop with 3 years. Contact: 96374344 Email: sandeepvalapad@gmail.com

Indian male 26 years B.Com, having 4 years experience in Accounts with valid driving license & NOC available on visit visa looking for suitable job in Accounts. Contact 90311936

Male CA finalist B.Com having 5 years experience with big four audit firms looking for suitable job on visit. Contact: 92230543 Email: m.naveednaseer@gmail.com BBA finance 2 years experience Accountant looking for jobs accountant 2 years stay visa. Contact: 90291297 BBA finance experience 2 years Assistant accountant 24 years, 2 years stay visa. Contact: 93150918 Indian male: B.Com. with 4 years experience in Tally ERP Accounts, Ready to join immediately for Accounts, Store & Sales. Contact: 94813962, Email:rajeshkumawat166@gmail.com M. Com Accountant 3 years experience, 3 Star hotel Tamil Nadu Indian immediately available. Contact : 92831400 / 96051737

Indian male 3 years experience in IT as Linux Administrator at Wipro Technologies with handson experience in Amazon EC2 & Oracle Virtualization looking for a suitable placement. contact 92889678 Email: amalpathikal@gmail.com Indian, 20 years experience in Oman as personal assistant / office manager / administrator seeks change of job with release 99168054, mbkishore@hotmail.com HR Manager (Indian Male – 41 Yrs) PG in HR, working for MNC having 12 years of experience in Oman. Handling SAP-HR, Talent Acquisition, IR, Payroll, Visas & allied administration. Holding Valid Omani D/L & car. Seeks suitable placement. Contact 96792103

Chief Accountant well experienced with reputed group available for immediate joining. Contact : 98803439 / 97413784.

Indian female (MBA/CIPD), having more than 6 years of experience, working in Oman as HR Manager looking for job. Contact hrjoboman@ gmail.com 97288278.

Indian male M.Com with 3 yrs Oman exp with valid D/L and NOC on visit visa looking for suitable jobs in Accounts and sales. #94744575

UAE/UK/Oman Experienced Graduate Male33 seeking administration Job. Diplomas in IT & Finance too. Driving licenseTel:94496642

Jordanian Senior Accountant 15 yrs experience in Oman finance & accounts. Contact : 92881223

Omani National looking for a suitable placement in Sales or Administration. Contact: 94700691

CA finalist Indian with 7 years experience having D/L & NOC looking for Senior Accountant / Chief Accountant position. #98097009 Email: rameesnm@gmail.com

A young dynamic post graduate with 2 years work experience in business operations looking for suitable placement. Contact 98564880 or maccmuscat@gmail. com

SITUATION WANTSIT.WANTED ADMIN Indian male, 25, 4+ years of experience as an Office Administrator looking for a suitable placement. Contact: 92600859 Indian male, 31 yrs, 8 yrs experience in Oman as Admin Officer in a contracting firm with valid D/L seeks suitable placement. #97841805 MBA Graduate with 2 years experience in HR and general Admin seeking suitable placement. Contact: 98820248 Email: sm24blue@gmail.com Indian male 30 yrs, 6 yrs experience in Office Oman work at MBA (H.R & organizational behavior), BSc Food technology (food science & Quality control). Contact: 97632020 Teacher female 27 yrs, MCA 5 yrs experience in teaching in India currently on visit visa seeking for a suitable placement. Contact: 96709509 Email: viyannifd@gmail. com Filipino HRD especialist / material controller supervisor with 18 yrs experience looking for suitable job in Oman. Contact: (+968) 98037142 / (+968) 92659817 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 Young Omani male have experience 12 years as P.R.O, CLERK Helper Supervisor Admin Supervisor, H.R Manager have 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, MBA with 3 years GCC experience seeks job in Muscat. Posses Valid Oman D/L. Currently under visit visa and can join immediately. E mail : tssavad@gmail.com contact: 00968 98896847

ARCHITECT Architect exp.7 years, 4 years in

GCC Architectural design interior sites 3D Max AutoCAD, Photoshop. Contact: 93238813 Email: mohammedbardab@gmail.com

DESIGNER/DRAUGHTSMAN 3D & Multimedia Designer looking for job, currently using family visa. Contact : 95844940 Email: chrisrimas@yahoo.com

Seeking job 17 years Oman experienced MEP draftsman. Contact: 91110270 Electrical Draughtsman (Diploma), Indian Male having more than 8 years’ experience (4 years in Oman). NOC available. Contact 93957480, 96903942. Email : dennydavid007@gmail.com

CAD Technician Looking for Job Diploma holder. experience: 5.5,Oman,Total12 years. Mob:96534071 tayyab341@gmail. com Autocad, revit (arch) 3d, dip civil engg (cert attested) exp salary :250 OMR. Contact : 9227 9784

Revit autocad d/man , diploma cert attsd. exp salary 200-acco. ph: 9227 9784

Filipino Senior Revit/AutoCAD

ACCA member with 6 yrs of experience in Oman looking for a suitable job in finance. #99284193

Draftsman with 20 years professional experience is looking for suitable job in Oman. Please contact 96489798, (+974) 66653780. 2D autocad Drafting (free lancer / part time) arch, MEP, Shopdrawing. Contact : 97103168

Revit, Autocad D/man, expected B.Com 3 years business process outsourcing. Contact: 94657273

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DAILY GUIDE SITUATION WANTED Indian male, 25 yrs, Accountant, 2.5 yrs in Finance & Accounts, MBA Finance & HR, exposure in SAP, Tally, ERP 9 on visit visa. Contact 96715420 / 91265020, Email : jijosrgo@gmail.com, simonjosephjc@gmail.com

Sales & Marketing specialist with 16 yrs experience in Oman in MNC retails telecom lubes construction related industry handled various projects, holding valid Oman driving license, release available.

Contact 96960991

Indian male, MCA (Post Graduate) fresher

seeking suitable placement anywhere in Oman, now on visit visa. Contact 92319677, Email : ismabsc@gmail.com

An experienced Chartered Accountant

MISCELLANEOUS

HOSPITALITY

with over 25 years in varied industries, presently working with a reputed group in Muscat, looking out for a suitable change.

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

Indian male, 28 yrs B.Sc Hospitality Science with 5 yrs experience in Hospitality & banking Sectors in Oman & India seeks suitable placement, NOC available. #91383167

96491030

MEDICAL DRIVER Driver with Oman experience 11 yrs available. Contact: 92374955

Driver LMV driver with 3 years experience. Contact: 93143027

Pakistani looking for driving job with 3 yrs experience. Contact: 95776320

Light Duty Driver seeks job. Contact: 94182497

Bangladeshi male light driver exp 16 years need job. Contact: 99165961

Driver 3/6 years experience, I have 2 years experience out door sales man in led light, Pakistani, Oman experience 6 years. Contact: 94565993 / 92627855 Light Duty Driver with 2 yrs exp. in Muscat seeks placement. Contact: 91659265

ENGG. / TECH./MECH. Engineer with 4 years experience in Oman in telecom operations looking for a suitable opportunity have valid driving license interested in marketing also. Contact: 98513495 Civil Engineer, bachelor degree driving license & experience in Oman. Contact: 91102892 B.Tech Civil Engineer 7 yrs exp having valid Oman driving license need suitable replacement. #98052924 Email: imdadulsayor@gmail.com 25 yrs, male, B.Tech Electronic & Communication Electrical design Engineer, 2+ years in Multinational company industrial automation course + Electronic AutoCAD looking for suitable placement. #99586317 Email: info.anishantony@gmail.com Electrical Engineer, Indian male 24 years, BE (Electrical & Electronics) having 3 years of experience, seeking for suitable placement. #91917369

Family driver available. contact 92943094

Road Engineer 10 years experience in Oman. Contact: 91274706

B.Tech Mechanical Engineer, on visit visa looking for job, who has done certification courses in quality control, basic pipeline engineering, ASNT NDT Level II, also good knowledge in HVAC. Contact:94743373 Email:akasharavind1@gmail.com Electronic Security System Tech C.C.T.V telephone presently working in Oman with NOC. Contact: 99803912 Email: bijumonjk1@gmail. com B. Tech mechanical Engineer having 8+ years exp having Omani driving license seeking suitable placement. Contact: 97841963 In Oman since 2010 March, building site supervisor with Oman D/L looking for suitable placement. Contact: 91507828 B. Sc Civil Engineer 27 yrs, Oman experience as Project Manager, Structural Engineer looking for suitable placement. NOC / local transfer available. Contact : 99349578 Email: farooqatm@hotmail.com

Sudanese Mechanical Engineer 2 years experience, fire fighting HVAC on visiting visa. Contact : 95630047 Indian male (23), completed B.E Electrical and Electronics Engineering have no experience and studied MEP, E-CAD AutoCAD P6 now on family visa looking for a desirable job. Contact: 98209070 Email: panivinlal@gmail.com Sudanese Civil Engineer holding bachelor with 2 years of experience in Oman have valid driving license and residency with NOC looking for job. Contact: 94393880 Procurement Engineer (27 years single male with Oman Driving License) having 7 years experience (UAE 2, Oman 3) with expertise in MEP, Water, Electromechanical, Instrumentation seeking suitable placements. Contact 95852033, mail: hemal1988@gmail.com

Indian female dentist specialized Endodontist looking for a suitable placement, prometric completed. Contact: 96410448 Female Indian MOH licensed dentist looking out for job opportunities in Nizwa. Has 14 yrs experience as dentist after graduation. Can be contacted on 93329964 Indian female (MSC – Microbiologist) seeking suitable job. #96791162 / 90618567 Indian lady Dentist with MOH License and Gulf experience looking for a job. Contact: 96698073. Indian Bsc Female Nurse with 6.5 years exp, 4 years in KSA. Passed Oman Pro Metric with 69%, completed data flow. Presently in Muscat in visit visa looking for a suitable placement. #94744900, 94742834, jincyalphonese@gmail.com

SKILLED/ UNSKILLED LABOUR Electrical & electronics Engr, knows autocad & revit. PH:93837973

S.T.P Operator 20 years experience in Oman. Contact: 93089468

Looking for light driver. #99753474

EDUCATION/TRAINING Experienced teacher looking for job M.Com B.Ed. Contact 97948330 nubinafaizal@gmail.com Teaching or companies or training centers. chemical laboratory analysis acquired knowledge of laboratory and chemical safety Sudan university of science and technology. #90644755. rehammrwan04@gmail.com Female B. Ed English teacher, 7 yrs exp seeking suitable placement. Contact : 99739415 / 92091528 Math Teacher 30 years experience IGCSE, A& AS IB Bilingual. Contact: 98016336 Indian male 38 years B.Ed (English) MBA (HR), 8 years experience as English, Business Studies Teacher, currently in Oman on visit visa, #96982726, shiljujohn@gmail.com Indian female 29 yrs MSc, MED science on family visa 2 yrs experience in teaching field looking for a suitable placement. Contact : 93717403 Email: sharipanidcer08@ gmail.com

ENGG. / TECH./MECH. Civil Engineer 6 yrs experience with Omani driving license local release available. Contact: 91693008 Indian female 23 years Engineering Electronics and communications, well knowledge in C and JAVA, presently in Muscat seeking suitable placement. Contact: 90320846 Email: kavyahiremath499@gmail. com Electrical Engineer having 8 years experience in Gulf seeking suitable placement can join immediately, have knowledge all kind of MEP project. Contact: 96535204 Indian male 22, Chemical Engineer residing in Oman looking for suitable placement. Contact: 92379181 Civil Engineer, 6 yrs experience with Omani driving license, local release available. Contact: 91693008 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 HSE officer, Indian male 27, 1.5 years exp call: 90649152, 98205818 Indian Mechanical Engineer (B.tech)23. With qualification in Qa-QC,HVAC and Piping.1 year experience. Ready to join immediately. Contact: 92365040 Sudanese Civil Structure Engineer 3 years looking for job in reputable company AutoCAD, Etabs, Staad Pro Omani driving license available. Contact: 97906770

Civil Engineer 14 years of experience 8 years at GCC at Dar Al Handasah Consultant, Al Raghi Construction building & infrastructure culverts, bridges & road. Contact: 93068195 Email: hamadamans2007@yahoo.com Civil Engineer diploma, 4 yrsexp seeks suitable position ina reputed company. NOC available. #96789711 Civil Engineer 8 years experience in Oman as a project engineer for governmental & private projects. Contact – 90164912 Civil Engineer 8 years experience Structural buildings marine. Available NOC release. Contact: 92451323. Email: zubairali134@yahoo.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 92835952. E-mail: mohammedamair.bin@gmail.com 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 HSE Engineer (B.E Mech+Diploma Safety+NEBOSH+OSHA) over 10yrs. Exp, (Visa Release Letter (NOC) available), seeking suitable placement, Mob:97061817, Email:jayanammu1977@gmail.com Indian female Quantity Surveyor Civil 11 years experience, local release available NOC.#95719108 Email: jishashibunair@gmail.com Graduate civil Engineer having 19 years Gulf experience seeks immediate employment in reputed firms in Muscat, NOC available. Contact: 99446786 / 93251306 Engineer Civil & M. Arch (RED) Indian (F) 25 yrs, B.Tech (Civil), now pursuing M. Arch - RED (Real Estate Development final semester thesis) completing by June 2016, now available till 15th of April on visit visa seeks suitable placement in Oman. Contact: 968- 92743004 Email: tina. navya199ann@gmail.com Structural Engineer, ME, with 2 yrs exp proficient in ETABS, STAD, SAFE & Prokon, seeks job. Contact: 050-9984535 NDT / QA / QC Supervisor / Radiographer DAE Mechanical piping- vessel LPG Bozer Storage tank inspection experience 10 years. #96954202 Email: nasirarain86@ yahoo.com BE Mechanical Engineer, 6 years experience in piping & structural work release available. Contact: 96115463 Email: jijoraju085@ yahoo.com Diploma in civil M/ 32 Indian keralite 2 years experience as site Engineer at Muscat with D/L Seeking civil job. Contact: 97914623 Civil Engineer 6 years experience. Contact: 90183630

Indian male with 5 yrs experience in CCTV (AV Technician) & 4 years experience as Supervisor / Billing section on visit visa now. #93570126 Indian male B-tech 8 years experience as senior electrical project engineer / QC engineer on visit visa seeks suitable placement. contact 94094543 Email: anwar425@gmail.com DAE Civil engineering profession surveyor experience 3 years, 2 years in Pakistan, 1 year in Oman road experience. Contact: 94791214 DAE Civil engineering profession surveyor experience 5 years, 2 years in Oman 3 years in Pakistan road and building experience. #90334894 Electrical Engineer having 5 years experience in the field of managing , supervising , testing & commissioning of Electrical distribution & substation projects. Contact: 92322906/90377916 Email: mshameerbm@gmail.com

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. #96570891 Network Engineer CCNA-MCSA exp computer science with NOC. Contact : 92346191

IT INDIAN FEMALE, 23 years, BSCCS Diploma in IAD graphics, well knowledge in computer applications 6 months experience presently in Sohar seeking suitable placement. Contact: 96670907. Email: ammuch.4@gmail.com Indian male, B. Sc Computer Science, CCNA, MCP, 8 years exp. in system & networking now on visit visa, seeking suitable position. Contact: 91751472, rajeshr131@gmail.com

B.E Mechanical with Automotive & Industrial Maintenance specialization -11 yrs exp in Oman with Driving license. Seeks suitable job on release in Oman. Contact 92880593

Omani 26 (M) Seeks placement 6 yrs experience IT specialist. #99025044

Civil Engineer (B. Sc) Iraqi looking for job with 2 years experience in the practical field & design, professional use engineering programs fluent in English valid driving license. Contact : 90187915 Email: alhasan. kh@live.com

Female 24 yrs, 3 years in IT programmer now in Oman looking for suitable job. Contact: 96350234

Diploma in Civil Engineering 13 yrs exp with valid Oman D/L, NOC available. Contact : 99612163 Indian female, 25 yrs M.Tech Structural Engineer 3 yrs experienced in Analysis design & RCC structures seeking for suitable placement.# 97163040 / 96357196 Indian female Project Engineer 15 yrs experience in Project Management Quality database management data analytics marketing business development haying Omani driving license seeks suitable placement presently on family visa having Omani experience. Contact : 95783792 Site Supervisor, Diploma in Civil Engg (cert attested) knows autocad revit, salary exp: 250 ph : 9227 9784 Male QC inspector Mechanical, NDT 20 years experience valid Oman D/L , release available. #91001104 Indian female (M. Tech, Power system) having Gulf experience seeking suitable placement in Oman currently in family visa. Contact: 94306164 / 91001194 An Electrical engineer with 4+ yrs of experience in Electrical network (MT, LT) with professional computer skills seeking for work. Contact: 99841736 / 93955381/ +149922698343 Email: e.kmmh@hotmail.com Pakistani male Diploma Civil Engineer 4yrs exp in Oman bulling & mega projects, valid license Oman. contact:98921022

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

24 years Indian male B.SC (computes science) with 2 years of networking and IT help desk support experience with Cisco certification seeking a suitable placement. #96910605 Email: shaikzube@gmail.com Indian male B.Com Graduate seeks suitable position in Computer networking & IT support with 4 years of experience. Contact: 91282879 Email: ryazrh@gmail.com Sudanese Network Engineer holding IT Bachelor with 1 year experience CCNA, CCNP, MCSA certified have valid driving license. #92394485 INDIAN FEMALE COMPLETED M.C.A seeking for suitable jobs. Contact: 91409481 / 97308719

MANAGER Egyptian male 36 years Warehouse Manager, 7 years in Sultanate of Oman, 1 year in UAE, and 3 years in Egypt. Contact: +968 97200468 Email: ayman_mano1979@yahoo.com General/Divisional Manager MEP & Civil, MBA Operation, BE Electrical, 10 years experience in Oman & 10 years in India. Valid DL, release available. GSM. 92447102

SALES / MARKETING Indian male, 5 yrs exp in marketing & trading (Oman), dealt with International companies & product also having good knowledge in logistic and Admin with D/L & car, NOC available. Contact 93639385 Email: faizenqidwai@gmail.com 35 years male, Lebanese holding British passport, 10 years of experience in procurement, Omani Government tenders, setup marketing plans & strategies, importing, Organizing events, management, have car, NOC available. #94123939 Email: 002015r@gmail. com Male 13 yrs exp in Sales & Marketing looking for a post of Senior Sales Manager in Oman presently working in UAE in consumer appliances company, having D/L GCC. Interested can Contact: 00971 561096660 Email: saairavi@rediffmail.com Indian male 25 yrs B.Sc Computers Science, 3 yrs work experience in Computer hardware & networking & CCTV, security system looking for job (NOC) available. Contact: 93243372 Indian male 10 yrs experience in Sales, marketing manager field with D/L seeks suitable placement. Contact: 97205114 5 yrs experience in software and 2 yr in administration/accountant, looking for any part time or work from home official jobs contact no: 91711326 Sales Executive seeking suitable placement Oman driving license. Contact 93533786 Sudanese looking for a suitable job holds the safety and health of OSHA certificate and computer exp. in Sales & safety and health (HSE).#91318822 Young Indian male 24 yrs having 4 yrs marketing & sales experience in Oman looking for suitable placement holding valid driving license. Contac: 96913806 Email: shuhaibrajesh@ 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 40 yrs SSLC, PDC knows MS Office & Tally 1 year Oman experience in Accounts & 2 yrs marketing experience valid Oman D.L. NOC available seeks suitable placements in marketing. contact 92409891 Email: danomon@yahoo.co.in

SECRETARIAL & OFFICE MISCELLANEOUS 100% mason and building con-

struction work & 1 person helper need work & visa. #91139936 Indian male 40 yrs degree &

diploma in logistics 16 yrs experience (6 yrs GCC ) in storekeeping and inventory control with computer knowledge, seeking suitable placement NOC available. Contact 98966849 / 96186573

Indian Male more than 10 years gulf experience in Office / Sales Coordinator, Admin, Secretarial and purchase with good computer skills. Holding Oman Driving license. Looking for suitable placement. contact 99709336 Lady Secretary / Sales Co-coordinator 12 years experience in Oman in reputed companies, seek immediate Employment. Call: 95244761

Indian male B.H.M graduate 12 years exp in hospitality industry G.C.C license release available looking for suitable post in hospitality or F.M.C.G. #94525463

MISCELLANEOUS Indian Female on a visit visa having master degree seeking suitable placement in any field, 1 ,5 year experience in HR .#+968 91467576. Indian male physiotherapist with 3 years of experience, with (moh license and NOC available. seeking suitable placement. contact 99767528, 91317863 Electrical diploma Engineer Indian male 22 years, 2 years experience in control panel contact 93047707 adilm89@gmail.com Indian Male, 40 Years, B. Com, having 10 years experience in Oman, Tally &ERP- looking for suitable placement ( Local release and Oman driving license available. Tel- 92469789 Indian Male 42 year’s, MBA, Sr. Material controller having 12 years experience in Oman with reputed companies. Having Oman driving License, Seeks suitable replacement immediately. Available NOC. Cont. 00968-92944026, Email – charanjeet35@yahoo.co.in ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN Indian/male/24Yrs,Bsc.Electronics & Comm,1.7 Years experience as Service Engineer in India. On visit Visa, Looking For a suitable placement. Contact : 92794176 E-mail:prathyushkp9@gmail.com Indian male Executive Secretary having vast experience in admin, logistics & procurement well versed with computer seeks suitable placement. #99514286 ELECTRONICS ENGINEER Indian/ male/24Yrs,Bsc.Electronics & Communications,ITI,1.7 Years experience as Service Technician in India, on visit Visa, looking For a Suitable Placement. Contact :92794176 ,E-mail: prathyushkp9@ gmail.com IT System Administrator 6 yrs experience, male, Filipino Desktop, Laptop and printer Support, Backup administrator, Router and switch Network, Server Administrator. +968 94134295 Female dentist with MOH license and NOC ready to join 7 years experience 2 of them in Oman. Contact 97401243 Indian male 28 years B.com, MBA 4 yrs experience in accounts / finance currently in Oman on visit visa looking for suitable placement. Contact: 93460277 Email: shineraj786@gmail.com Having 10 years exp. in Admin & HR in reputed companies. Presently working in Muscat and seeking for suitable placement. Contact No.: 97693456. email : muralimahdav77@gmail.com Indian Male 42 year’s, MBA, Sr. Material controller having 12 years experience in Oman with reputed companies. Having Oman driving License, Seeks suitable replacement immediately. Available NOC. Cont. 00968-92944026, Email – charanjeet35@yahoo.co.in Indian male Physiotherapist with MOH license and NOC looking for suitable job. Contact: 92617235 NOC available, Indian Male - MBA (HR) and B.E (E.I.E) with total 9 years of experience in HR & Admin and Business Development (3 yrs of Gulf exp.) can join immediately - 91240251 / kvaradhan@hotmail.com M. Sc Computer Science – 2 year Experience – in India, looking suitable Placement. Email:-elvisgt6@ gmail.com, Mob:-+91 9497482305 (INDIA), Oman:-98291626. Indian, 30 years, B. Com with 2 years Oman experience in Tally ERP-9 available in Muscat seeking suitable positions. # on 95186652 Indian male B.Tceh (ECE) MBA (HR) 2 years experience CCNA, CCNP, MCSE looking for suitable job , presently on employment visa release available. #95584814 Email: syedllizarat7@gmail.com


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SITUATION WANTED SIT.WANTED MISCELLANEOUS Indian civil Engineer BE, with 16 years of Industry experience in design , Quantity surveying , billing looking for suitable job. #90302823 Email: prince.n@engineer.com ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN Indian/male/24Yrs,Bsc.Electronics & Comm, 1.7 Years experience as Service Engineer in India, On visit Visa, looking for a suitable placement. Contact : 92794176, Email:prathyushkp9@gmail.com B-tech Civil with honours, Civil Engineer (structures) Experience more than six years. #91431483. Email mohsinyousuf86@rediffmail.com HSE Engineer,Indian male, 4 Plus years experience in Oil & Gas .Working in Shclumberger NEBOSH, IOSH, & NDT Certified, M Tech in HSE. CONTACT-krish.569@gmail. com #+91 9867016808 Indian male Network cabling technician ( 19-years gulf experience) seeking for suitable placement. Contact : 0091-8089909265 (India), Email: mohithavp@gmail.com Indian Pediatric consultant, md with 20 years experience and wife gynecologist md with 15 years plus experience seeking opportunities with reputed hospitals in Muscat. deemaild@gmail.com 14 years experienced light driver with valid Oman license looking for suitable job. Contact 99442481 PROCUREMENT OFFICER, Indian-Male 34yrs,M.Com with 14 yrs work Exp.(8 yrs in Oman) working in Construction Co LLC( for ROAD,CIVIL,ELECTRO-MECHANICAL & Others Projects ) and having valid LT D/L, NOC available & ready to join within a month-M:94064650,Email: nagauae@gmail.com Indian male: 24 years, diploma in computer science and B.E(CSE) having experience in hardware and networking seeking for the suitable job. Contact: 91170912, Email id: sales2@witoman.com Filipino Male, 24 Years Old..looking for job, have experience in Cargo & Logistics/ Rent a Car/ Real Estate/ Finance & Accounts/customer service and as Travel Agent. Hard working and with good computer and communication skills having Omani driving license. GSM: 95370052 Indian male auto cad draughtsman (civil) 8 years experience, seeking for part time job. mobile no: 0096899070584. email: remluvp@gmail.com Civil Engineer (roads and structures) Education B. Tech Civil Engineering with honours experience more than six years. Contact no 91431483 ,Email mohsinyousuf86@rediffmail.com Indian male 6 years exp in different field, with valid Oman driving license. Languages known Hindi, English, looking for any job(Driver for executives). Contact 98696795 HSE Engineer,Indian male, 4 Plus years Experience in Oil & Gas .Working in Shclumberger. NEBOSH,IOSH, & NDT Certified, M Tech in HSE, #krish.569@gmail. com Mobile- +91 9867016808 Experienced B.Com graduate + IATA Diploma holder looking for Accounts/Admin/Travels related job. Mob. 91142997. NOC available.

Indian male B.A degree & diploma in hotel management with 16 years experience as restaurant & catering manager in Oman & Saudi with V/L Oman D/L seeks suitable placement. Contact : 92100141 MBA Graduate (Indian male 26 years) having 2 years experience in Qatar as admin assistant looking for suitable placement. #93041141 Email: mahinmehboob@gmail.com Indian female, MBA with 9 yrs of experience in finance & procurement currently on family visa looking for suitable position in finance & supply chain. Contact 95622568 Draughtsman, 15 years’ experience, Indian male currently in Oman looking for suitable position. Gsm – 95358115, 96977289, Email : pillairp41@gmail.com Chief Accountant 25 years experienced looking for part/ full time accountant job. Contact: 95598477 / 98803439 Indian Female living in Ghubra Muscat near Emirates Shopping Center. 20 years of experience in Teaching. Able to handle all subjects till grade 6. Need suitable job. Contact- 94406552 PART TIME ACCOUNTANT available, well experienced in accounting up to finalization. knowledge in tally also. contact. 92643875 MBA Marketing, 10 years in marketing, consulting strategy, corporate communications, content management, UX , Product launch, digital marketing. Indian female on visit. Contact : 95431357 Indian 32 years passed M.A. English , M.Sc Psychology and B.Ed in English having 4 years experience in teaching searching suitable job. Contact: 99869535 Email: sahadkeyi33@gmail.com Indian male,16 years Oil & Gas experience ( Down Hole Tools ), 3 years in Oman, Dip. Mechanical Engineer, Having D/L and NOC. Email – jajisuni@yahoo.com, Mob : 965 956 18. Bangladeshi Male, University MA, Working as Store In-charge cum Logistic Manager in Muscat; searching better job. Phone:91997605. email: mohamednazrulislam2@gmail.com 8 plus years of experience in Events /Marketing Communication /conferences / Trainings / Media representation. Having UAE D/L. seeking Suitable Placement: Contact: 95792820. suheal.ma@ outlook.com Indian Male,Kerala,B.COM & B.PE having 13Years of Physical Education Teacher experience. Currently on visit visa Looking for a suitable job. Contact:- 968 94106834. email:-akhilrajkj@gmail.com. Sudanese male, 5 years experience in warehouse management and logistics services contact 90644186 14 years experience in 5 star hotel as sales manager in UAE & INDIA on tourist visa looking for suitable opportunity please contact mobile contact 91305978 Physiotherapist with MOH license looking for suitable placement. Contact: 92617235

Admin Assistant. Having 5 years experience in admin department in reputed companies, presently working in Muscat (NOC Available). GSM. 00968-98404122, Email - panduru.jeevankumar@ gmail.com Indian Female on a visit visa having master degree seeking suitable placement in any field, 1 and half year experience in HR .Contact : +968 91467576 . Indian Female, 24 MA Eng. Litr with 2 yrs experience in teaching & 14 months in Administration cum Secretary, Currently on visit visa, seeks suitable job. Contact: 92613704/99260702, Email:rohinis2010@gmail.com Indian male, 8.5 yrs experience, B.Com Graduate with GCC exp & valid driving license looking for better job opening in Muscat. Contact: 92609935 / 94771365 2 years experienced male seeking job related to safety. M. Tech in HSE, MSc in Environmental Science and IOSH certified. #94653264 Sri Lankan Male 34 BSc. (Physics) 5 years experience as a site manager and administration supervisor in Oman with valid D/L looking for a suitable position. contact 99153061 or v.chandramohan@ yahoo.co.uk Female Junior Architect Graduated from School of Planning & Architecture, Vijayawada. Excellence in Autocad, Sketching & Modelling. Internship - KHAM Designs, Bangalore. Presently with Atulya Architects & Associates. Email saatvika.frozenmusic@gmail.com #00968-94057427. Indian male 37 YEARS, BSC COMPUTER SCIENCE having More than 8yrs of experience with well exposure in PDO, DALEEL & OXY as IT SUPPORT / DESKTOP SUPPORT ENGINEER. Seeking suitable placement. Contact rangaraj_vck@ yahoo.co.in / 968-99758320 Indian Female Electronics System Eng. UK Graduate. Programmer Micro Controller Robot, Eng. Analysis, Instrumentation & Control, Eng. Projects, Integrated Circuit Eng., Electrical and Fluid Drives, Analogue Electronics, Wireless Systems. Seeking suitable post. Contact: 97848075, s.dinesh1508@gmail.com 6 YEARS EXPERIENCE HR/Finance Indian female[29Years] MBA. On family visa, Seeking suitable placement-93908191, email:aswathi.wnd@gmail.com Indian/male (25)/ MBA/2 years experience in channel sales and distribution management. on visit visa. available for immediate joining. Contact: 96914068, E mail: mailanasap@gmail.com 32year Indian Male MSC,MBAHR having 8yrs Exp(HR / Payroll / Admin) with Oman valid DL. Seeking suitable opening in Human Resource, Payroll & Admin/ backend jobs. Contact:00968-99322978 Sr Material controller, having 13 years experience in material controlling in reputed companies. Presently working in Muscat (NOC Available). contact 00968-92944026, Email charanjeet35@yahoo.co.in

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SITUATION WANTSIT.WANTED MISCELLANEOUS Indian, BE Mechanical Engineering with 1 yr exp as service Engineer, looking for suitable positions. Contact-90637918, E mail: aquasharath@gmail.com Senior Accountant, 5 yrs Oman, 10 yrs UAE experience in manufacturing & construction valid D/L immediately available. Email: irfan_syed2000@hotmail.com, call: 95389018 Indian male with 1 yr exp looking for job in I.T as Web developer, presently in Muscat on visit visa. #92312978 Indian Male ,MBA Finance & Marketing 28 yrs,6+ Exp, with oman D/L & NOC, Hospital ,Pharma ,Herbal ,FMCG, F&B Markeing ,construction A/c & sales , 93379044 HSE Engineer, Indian male, 4 plus years experience in oil & gas, working in shclumberger Nebosh, ISOH & NDT certified, M. Tech in HSE. contact-krish.569@gmail. com mobile- +91 9867016808 BE Mechanical Engineering with one year experience now on visit visa, looking for suitable positions. contact 90637918 / 99335742,email: aquasharath@ gmail.com

ACC. AVAILABLE Room + bathroom furnished for Executives, Wadi Kabir. Contact: 99336206 Single room in Wadi Kabir. Contact: 92177850 Room with attached bathroom available in Ruwi for Executive bachelors. Contact 95527969 Single room non cooking bachelor, near Darsait round about. Contact: 92120626

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

ACC. AVAILABLE

MATRIMONIAL

Furnished bedroom with attached bathroom available for working ladies or small family at Mabela near Nesto. Contact: 92214060

Kerala Christian Marthoma boy from Adoor, working in Oman MBA graduate seeks suitable alliance. Contact: 99852167

Small old house for rent in Al Ghoubra. Contact : 97165972

Tamil Hindu Brahmin Iyer Boy. Parents invite proposal for their only son 25 yrs / 6.1 ht / B.Tech (NIT), MBA (IIM), EX- ISM student, employed MNC Bangalore Star Uttirathdhi seeks suitable alliance fom Iyer/Iyenger families. Parents in Oman #98288925 / 92264915

Sharing for Executive females at Mumtaz area. Contact: 97094797 2 bedrooms flat near Kuwait Masjid Wadi Kabir. contact 97608564 / 98498823 Room available for Executive bachelor at Al Hail. contact 96234708 Furnished apartment for rent, two rooms, majlis, hall, kitchen. Near Carrefour al-mawalah. #99336776 Room with attached bathroom for a family in Wadi Kabir. contact 97167857 Room for rent with furniture. Al Bustan village.contact 93687466 Furnished room attached bath for Indian bachelor, Al-Falaj Ruwi & lady Wadi Kabir near Mars hypermarket. CONTACT 96202458/96761960 Furnish bedroom with attach bathroom for executive bachelor. Contact: 97704794 Room with attached bathroom and sharing kitchen available for Executive bachelor or small family at wadikabir Contact 93049849 Room available in Mumtaz area 1 room, 1 Bathroom, Kitchen & 1 room, common bathroom. Interested pleasecontact 92680041 Mr. Altaf

NRI

Sharing Accommodation available for working ladies opposite Al Nadhah Hospital. Preferably Indians. Room with seperate toilet and sharing kitchen.RO.90. #96524717

Indian male Roman Catholic 40yrs divorcee working in Muscat. Seeks suitable alliance from widow/ divorcee/ single.contact 96059801.

GOOD NEWS Ayurvedic treatment for joint pain, backache, paralysis, massage, steambath, obesity, spondylitis. Ideal Care Ayurvedic Clinic, 18 November Street, Azaiba. Contact: 99639695 / 97397320 Ayurvedic treatment for backache, paralysis, arthritis etc & massage, All Season (Vaidyaratnam). Contact:24475280 / 95371664 / 92504980 www.siddhayur.com FREE INFORMATION ABOUT ISLAM. If you would like to know more about Islam, please call: 99425598, 99250777, 99353988, 99253818, 99341395, and 99379133. For ladies: 99415818, 99321360, 99730723 Orvisit:www.islamfact.com

Hiab truck, payload 10 ton, unloading boom 2 ton, available on monthly rent. Contact Mb. 94052819, Email: mmanjani8@ gmail.com

Available sharing accommodation, opposite Al Maya Wadi Kabir in 2 bedroom flat. #95470129

OMR-130.for family/ladies in Darsait room w/AC, toilet & S/ kichen.95323562

Malankara Catholic Male Nurse (28) from Thiruvalla working in Nizwa Private Co. Alliance invites parents/nurses working in Oman. #968 98267338, 0091 9287215726

FOR HIRE

Fully furnished bachelor sharing at Wadi Kabir. Contact: 99325387

Furnished room with separate bathroom for Indian family or Executive bachelor, near Honda Road (Walja). Contact 99016546

WEB, ERP and Business Intelligence (BI) creation and management at rock bottom price. Contact: http//webviewoman

Land sale in Kerala 1.65 acre land for sale at Ramapuram price 82 lakhs negotiable.# 91 9446822251 2.45 acre of land near 1 Km from MES College Erattupetta good for housing. Price 2.45CR negotiable. Contact: 91 9446212255 / 91 9995000609 1 B/R - 890 S.FT fully furnished flat at Best Western Quepem. contact 97094797

Grader, roller, bobcat, JCB 3CX, JCB 4CX with breaker & water tanker for rent. contact 93218705 / 24478450

NRI New flats in prime location near Pushpagiri Medical College Thiruvalla. #Abraham - Owner Tel 95919122.


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Dolphin Watch, Dhow Cruise with Buffet, & Land Tours Al- Ainain Marine Tours contact 98029602, 92808636 We arrange tours & accommodation at all the beautiful places in Oman. Contact 99839898

SITUATION WANTED BUSINESS Investment Required Minimum OMR 500,000 to transfer 5 Excavators big + 5 Tippers 2015 Astra, working on good profitable Excavation projects. Assured income 36 %.

98867530 / 99120532 engrfaheem@hotmail.com

RENT A CAR

RENT A CAR 25 - 50 seater bus with PDO & BP specification for monthly rent & small car with driver. #99839898

MV SALE GMC Sierra 4-Door Pick-up 2010 Model, 177,000 Kms - RO.8,000/-. Contact: 92564199 Honda CRV SUV 2008 model automatic, first registered in April 2009. Single owner, expat lady driven. 72.000 kms. agency maintained. Free service contract valid till October 2016. RO.4000/- negotiable. Serious buyers contactc 92737854.

TRANSPORTATION Pick and Drop Al Khuwair to Rusayl# 96733572 / 91287470 Picking and dropping any time. Contact: 97403088 Transportation. contact 99508282 Transportation. contact 92015894 Transportation available Ruwi to Al Khuwair, Ghubra & Azaiba. Contact: 91103909

Transportation. contact 94087276

MANPOWER

Rav4 Indian lady Doctor owned Pearl white May 2011 No. 2, 34,000 km under Toyota Service Contract till 2017, 4 nos. brand new tyres R.O 8000/- negotiable. #91001129 Peugeot 206, 2006 model for sale Reserve Price RO 400. contact 94052819, Email: mmanjani8@ gmail.com

ACC WANTED Looking for a villa in Amerat area. Contact : 95405033

RENT A CAR Best Rates for Saloon Contact: 97869042 / 95730550 sales@modernreem.com


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SERVICES We Provide Cleaners, Office boys, Cleaning Contracts, General cleaning etc. Al Mudakhir National Est. LLC Contact : 94277020

PEST CONTROL

AL TABA SERVICE LLC 100% Professional Aīordable Rate !!!

Ants, Rodent, & cleaning On monthly, Harmless & Odourless

CALL - 91464586 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

CATERING SERVICES We do industrial catering service, Canteen / mess, 3 times packed meals and all types of catering events.

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SITUATION WANTED SIT.WANTED

Engineering Drawing preparation Service for Civil Building, Interiors, Steel Structure, Steel Equipment etc at Genuine Rate. Contact Mb. 94052819, Email: mmanjani8@gmail.com

MISCELLANEOUS Indian/male (25)/ MBA /2 years experience in channel sales and distribution management. on visit visa. available for immediate joining. Contact: 96914068, email: mailanasap@gmail.com

Indian male BE Mechanical Engineer having 6 yrs exp in piping and structural construction work, looking suitable position, release available. #96115463-email: jijoraju085@yahoo.com

B.A. in Accounting, Experience: 5years of Business/Accounts tutoring and 2 years of Accounting License: 70914186. contact 96389047, Email: sharanizareen@ gmail.com

Indian male network cabling technician (19 years Gulf experience), seeking for suitable placement. Contact : 0091-8089909265 (India), Email: mohithavp@gmail.com

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, Indian Male, 24 years, B.Tech in computer science.3Years of experience in technical support, software development, troubleshooting and managing, seek suitable placement. Contact GSM98184170

Export Manager/DM Indian Male 38 Yrs B.Sc /CIPET 13 Yrs Experience in Business Development &Production with Oman D/L seeks suitable placement. Contact : 97221058 / 92058065, E-mail : ckabdulmajeed@gmail.com

Indian Male,B.Com & Diploma Logistics & supply chain management 2years experience looking for job in Accounts/logistics field. Presently on Visit Visa. Software knows MS office & Tally7.2 .#:93884951-Email:mehreenraiz@ gmail.com

HSE Engineer: 3.8 years experience in Oil & Gas. NEBOSH,IOSH, & NDT Certified, M Tech in HSE,B Tech in Mechanical Engg. CONTACT-krish.569@gmail.com, Mobile- +91 9867016808

Indian male, Kerala B.Com & B.PE, looking for suitable Job in Sales, Accounts, Admin etc. #93301023 email:- sajith3969@gmail.com B.Com Graduate with 4 year experience as an Accountant in Oman. Also have Oman Driving License. Best fluency in English, Arabic, Hindi& Malayalam. Looking for Job. Currently in Oman. #+968 93943448, murshid4u@gmail.com Commercial or Operation Manager 18 yrs in Oman – finance, purchase, sales, HR & Admin exp. contact 99044724. E mail: srjobsinoman@yahoo.com Indian male at a Managerial position having 12 yrs exp in sales & marketing, Property Management looking for a suitable position, MBA qualified with Oman driving license. NOC available. #98125226

Indian male 31 yrs with over 10 yrs sales & marketing exp seeking suitable placement NOC & Oman D/L available in audition have proficiency in Arabic language. Contact:95760969 Looking for QHSE – Manager / Asst. Manager job, Indian Male – 39.Yrs, With 17.Yrs Experience & NOC, NEBOSH – UK, MR – ISO 9001, 14001 & 18001, HSE Trainings, Audits, Pls Contact – haree. krishnan9944@gmail.com

B.Com Graduate with 4 year experience as an Accountant in Oman. Also have Oman Driving License. Best fluency in English, Arabic, Hindi & Malayalam, looking for Job. Currently in Oman. Cont: +968 93943448, murshid4u@ gmail.com Electronics service Technician , 4 Years experience as Electronics service engineer. Knowledge in all type of Electronics items. Looking for suitable placement. contact 99105043

Workshop in Muscat, Expertise in Aluminum Automatic Gates, Manual/Swing Gates, Security Grills, Louvers, Handrails, Contact Mb. 94052819, Email: mmanjani8@gmail.com Carpet Shampoo, marble & tile polishing, pest control & anti-termite treatment, general cleaning painting,Plumbing, Electrical, shifting. Contact Mundhir Al-Rizaiqi trading. L.L.C. Contact: 24810137, 99450130 Marble crystallization & grinding, Ocean center LLC #99344723

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