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om Tuesday, March 8, 2011/Rabee al Thani 3, 1432 AH
Ready t o t ake up
any challenge
MUSCAT — Omani workforce is
ready to take up any challenge and
this is proved with the hard work of
an entrepreneur who established his
own oil and gas company by dint of
hard work and clear vision. Oilfield
services company Midwest is the re-
sult of the concerted effort of a young
Omani.
The company does not only meet
international standards, it has the cred-
it of being the only Omani company in
the sector when started in 2001.
In such companies the Omani
workers get training and qualify to
join the international job market.
Since the workers have exposure to
international standards while working
in Oman, they have a chance to get the
best possible training in the sector.
— Features
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MUSCAT — In the wake of the recent
announcements inviting Omani youths to
enrol their names for jobs in the govern-
ment sector, the Office of the Diwan of
the Royal Court in Al Khuwair received a
large number of applications yesterday.
As many as 500 to 1,000 Omani
youngsters have registered at the Diwan
office in the past two days, according to
an official.
These candidates will be assigned to
various jobs across various sectors under
the Diwan.
Musab bin Salem al Mukhbali, an as-
pirant teenager from the Sidab village,
said that it was a great move for young-
sters like him. “I’m so excited that I stand
better chances to get a government job if
I register with the Office of the Diwan.
A number of my friends are also in the
queue to register their names for such
jobs”
Meanwhile, a number of other private
companies and public entities have come
forward with plans to absorb more Omani
staff.
The Association of Contractors has an-
nounced that it will increase the number
of Omani employees to 100,000 in the
next two years. The minimum wages of
RO 200 has been implemented in the
company since last week, according to
company officials.
Mashhoor Dawood al Osfour, Vice-
President of the Board of Directors of
Contractors Association of Oman, said
that it played a crucial role in responding
to citizens’ requests. „ To page 4
Large turnout of job seekers
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MUSCAT — The decision by
the Fisheries Ministry ban-
ning export of five kinds of
fish: sirius, grouper, kingfish,
sal and sahwa,went into effect
on March 1.
Dr Hamad bin Said al
Aufi, Fisheries Under-Secre-
tary at the Ministry of Agri-
culture and Fisheries, said the
decision regulates the export
of some kinds of fish that are
on high demand in the local
market.
In an interview with Oman
Arabic daily, Al Aufi pointed
out that the studies conducted
over the last two years showed
a surge in the prices of fish in
the local market „ To page 4
Fish demand to be met
MUSCAT — The race for a licence to build a huge Independent
Power Project (IPP) at Sur, on the Sultanate’s Sharqiyah coast,
has whittled down to five bidders. AES Oasis Energy, one of
six energy firms prequalified to bid for the licence, opted out of
the contest, leaving fellow contenders Marubeni Corporation
(Japan), Siemens LLC, Sembcorp Utilities, Enka (Turkey) and
Mitsui & Co in the fray. „ Details on page 21
5 bidders for Sur IPP
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MUSCAT — The Oman
Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (OCCI), signed an
agreement with the National
US Arab Chamber of Com-
merce to establish the Oman-
American Joint Business
Council.
The council will pay regu-
lar attention for strengthening
co-operation and partnership
in trade, industry and ex-
changing experts and modern
technologies.
The signing agreement
took place during the inaugu-
ration ceremony of the open-
ing of the Oman-US Econom-
ic Forum which was presided
over by Darwish bin Ismaeel
al Balushi, Minister Respon-
sible for Financial Affairs.
The forum aims at devel-
oping trade relations introduc-
ing investment opportunities
in the Sultanate and opening
new market for Omani ex-
ports.
Khalil bin Abdullah al
Khonji, Chairman of OCCI,
said in his speech that the fo-
rum which is being held here
in co-operation with the local
and American partners, aims
at developing the trade and
investment relations through
private sector contributions
and to strengthen joint invest-
ments under the legal environ-
ment provided by the bilateral
trade agreements.
"Several opportunities are
available that are given priori-
ties „ To page 2
Oman-US Business
Council established
Ramadhan qui z wi nners’ l i st on P3
MUSCAT — The Tender
Board yesterday awarded
tenders worth RO 12 mil-
lion. The new projects are:
technical preparations for
radio transmission stations
in Barka, Bidiya and Bahla
(RO 6,160,597); power sup-
ply to Najd, Baheer villages in
Bahla, Al Shaar in Adam, Jabal
al Sarah in Ibri and Al Saleel,
Maaresh and Marjabah in Izki
(RO 1,210,000); power supply
to Al Jarwalah in Ibra, Al Re-
hab, Al Eisi, Al Saleel, Khab
al Khais, Al Qaleet, Alka, We-
sal, Al Jar, Hail Braik and Al
Jabatian in Dima Wal Taeyyin
in the Sharqiyah Region (RO
1,053,360); power supply
Wadi al Lubaidaa in Ja'alan
Bani Bu Ali (RO 965,402);
power supply to Al Qalea, Al
Haliyah, Wadi al Khashkhash,
Jaiba, Dima, Faqarah and Al
Zabai villages in Ja'alan Bani
Bu Ali (RO 578,600); power
supply to Al Saifani, Mati,
Al Jamha, Qaran, Dhoha, Al
Jailah, Al Theqab villages
in Sur (RO 524,607); ad-
ditional works for the provi-
sion of consultancy services
for preparing technical speci-
fications for express ferries
and coast guard boats (RO
522,060); supply of surgical
materials for Royal Hospital
(RO 446,713); power supply
to Hail al Hlabi, Haloot, Al
Walaja, Al Jareef, Al Areesa
villages in Sur (RO 392,920);
supply, installation, integra-
tion, testing and operating of
control and external warning
system „ To page 2
Many villages to get
supply of electricity
Queen Beatrix arrives today
QUEEN Beatrix of the Netherlands will arrive in the Sultanate
today on a two-day private visit during which she will meet
with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. „ Details on page 2
Employment access points
THE Ministry of Manpower has set up points of access to re-
ceive citizens who wish to apply for new jobs or update their
data at the ministry’s register. „ Details on page 2
MUSCAT — His Majesty Sultan Qaboos has
issued eight Royal Decrees.
Royal Decree No 31/ 2011 restructures the
Council of Ministers.
Article 1 states that the Council of Minis-
ters shall be restructured under the Chairman-
ship of His Majesty the Sultan as follows:
His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al
Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council
of Ministers; His Highness Sayyid Haitham
bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and
Culture; Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal bin Saud al
Busaidy, Minister of the Diwan of the Royal
Court; Lt Gen Sultan bin Mohammed al Num-
ani, Minister of the Royal Office; Sayyid Badr
bin Saud bin Hareb al Busaidy, Minister Re-
sponsible for Defence Affairs; Sayyid Hamoud
bin Faisal bin Said al Busaidy, Minister of
Interior; Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Min-
ister Responsible for Foreign Affairs; Shaikh
Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Zaher al Hinai,
Minister of Justice; Darwish bin Ismaeel bin
Ali al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Finan-
cial Affairs; Shaikh Abdullah bin Mohammed
bin Abdullah al Salmy, Minister of Awqaf and
Religious Affairs; Dr Mohammed bin Hamad
bin Saif al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas;
Hamad bin Mohammed bin Mohsin al Rashdi,
Minister of Information; Dr Rawya bint Saud
bin Ahmed al Busaidiya, Minister of Higher
Education; Ali bin Masoud bin Ali al Sunaidy,
Minister of Sports Affairs; Shaikh Moham-
med bin Marhoon bin Ali al Maamari, State
Minister and Governor of Dhofar; Shaikh Saif
bin Mohammed bin Saif al Shabibi, Minister
of Housing; Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin
Abdullah al Bakri, Minister of Manpower; Dr
Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Saeedi,
Minister of Health; Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed
bin Nassir al Shibaniyah, Minister of Educa-
tion; Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed al
Shuhi, Minister of Regional Municipalities
and Water Resources; Dr Ahmed bin Moham-
med bin Salim al Futaisi, Minister of Transport
and Communications; Shaikh Khalid bin Omar
bin Said al Marhoon, Minister of Civil Serv-
ice; Shaikh Saad bin Mohammed bin Said al
Mardhouf al Saadi, Minister of Commerce and
Industry; Sayyid Saud bin Hilal bin Hamad al
Busaidy, State Minister and Governor of Mus-
cat; Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Said al
Saeedi, Minister of Legal Affairs; Shaikh Ab-
dulmalik bin Abdullah bin Ali al Khalili, Min-
ister of Tourism; Dr Fuad bin Jaafar bin Mo-
hammed al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture
and Fisheries; Mohammed bin Salim bin Said
al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate
Affairs; Shaikh Mohammed bin Said bin Saif
al Kalbani, Minister of Social Development;
Royal Decree No 32/ 2011 appoints Shaikh
Al Fadhl bin Mohammed bin Ahmed al Harthy
as Secretary-General of the Council of Minis-
ters.
Royal Decree No 33/ 2011 appoints Shaikh
Nassir bin Hilal bin Nassir al Maawali as
Chairman of the State Audit and Administra-
tive Institution with the rank of minister.
Royal Decree No 34/2011 appoints Dr
Rasheed bin al Safi bin Khamis al Huraibi as
Chairman of the Tender Board with rank of
minister.
Royal Decree No 35/2011 appoints Mohsen
bin Mohammed bin Ali al Shaikh as Adviser at
the Diwan of the Royal Court with the rank of
minister.
Royal Decree No 36/2011 appoints Dr Ab-
dulmalik bin Abdullah bin Zahir al Hinai as
Adviser at the Finance Ministry with his exist-
ing rank and financial allocations.
Royal Decree No 37/2011 appoints under-
secretaries for the Ministry of Agriculture and
Fisheries.
Article 1 appoints Dr Hamad bin Said bin
Sulaiman al Aufi as Under-Secretary of the Min-
istry of Agriculture and Fisheries for Fisheries.
Article 2 appoints Dr Ishaq bin Ahmed bin
Mohammed al Ruqaishi as Under-Secretary of
the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for
Agriculture.
Royal Decree No 38/2011 cancels the Min-
istry of National Economy and states that a
committee shall be formed by the Council of
Ministers to manage the distribution of its pre-
rogatives, allocations, assets and employees.
The decrees took effect yesterday. — ONA
„ See also page 2
His Majesty issues eight Royal Decrees
MAJOR CABI NET
RESTRUCTURE
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OMAN DAILYObser ver
2 OMAN
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
MUSCAT — Ahmed bin Has-
san al Dheeb, Commerce and
Industry Ministry's Under-
Secretary for Commerce and
Industry, and Dr Sidi Ould
Bebaha, Economic Affairs
and Development Minister
and Governor of the Islamic
Development Bank of Mau-
ritania, yesterday discussed
enhancing trade relations and
economic co-operation.
They also reviewed
projects to develop small and
medium enterprises and fa-
miliarised with mechanisms
and needs to develop such
enterprises. — ONA
Oman, Mauritania seek
to boost trade relations
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for Omantel (340,112);
and additional works for
the construction of ex-
ternal exhibitions for
2008, 2009 and 2010 (RO
175,966).
The board also opened
bids for the following ten-
ders: Tender No 281/2010
for construction of a pow-
er plant in Sur; Tender No
353,2010 for construction
of stores for the Public
Authority for Stores and
Food Reserves in Al Ka-
mil Wal Wafi; Tender No
367/2010 for construction
of stores for the Public
Authority for Stores and
Food Reserves in Barka;
Tender No 368/2010 for
SCADA project in South-
ern Al Batinah, Dakhiliyah
and Sharqiyah Regions
(second stage); Tender No
378/2010 for provision of
consultancy services for
Nizwa/Thumrait (Adam-
Thumrait) dual carriage-
way projects; Tender No
7/2011 for assessment of
mineral and mining sector;
Tender No 9/2011 for op-
eration and maintenance
of water transport system
in Southern Al Batinah
and its associated works;
Tender No 25/2011
for washing of insula-
tors for power lines and
plants (220 and 132 KV)
for Oman Electricity
Transmission company;
Tender No 26/2011 for
annual mainte-
nance of roads in the
Northern Sharqiyah
Region; Tender No 29/2011
for annual maintenance
of roads in the Southern
Batinah Region. — ONA
Power supply
to villages
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in the developmental plans of both countries,"
Al Khonji added.
The gathering concentrates on the signifi-
cane of making appropriate environment for
investment and promoting Oman as a wealthy
destination of successful investment opportuni-
ties. The discussions will also cover the impor-
tance of exchanging information on economic
sectors to attract more American investors and
to increase the volume of trade exchanges.
The necessity of further activating the
roles of Chambers and Federations of Com-
merce and Industry will also come up for dis-
cussion, he noted.
Oman-US Economic Forum established
MUSCAT — Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will arrive in
the Sultanate today on a two-day private visit during which she
will meet with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
The queen will be received upon her arrival by His High-
ness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minis-
ter for the Council of Ministers, His Highness Sayyid Haitham
bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, Dr Omar
bin Abdulmunim al Zawawi, Special Adviser to His Majesty
the Sultan for External Liaison, and Dr Rawya bint Saud al
Busaidiya, Minister of Higher Education.
Queen Beatrix will be accompanied during the visit by a
delegation comprising Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange,
other high-ranking personnel and the Dutch ambassador to the
Sultanate. — ONA
Queen Beatrix visits
Sultanate today
MUSCAT — The Ministry
of Manpower has set up
points of access to receive
citizens who wish to ap-
ply for new jobs or update
their data at the ministry’s
register.
Said bin Salim al Mzei-
di, Adviser of the Minister
of Manpower for Legal
Affairs, said that four of
the centres are in Sohar,
namely at the premises of
the Omani Women’s As-
sociation, Al Turaif and Al
Multaqa.
There are also other
points of access in the Ba-
tinah region located at the
ministry’s departments in
Barka, Al Suwaiq, the of-
fice of the Wali of Al Kha-
bourah and Shinas Voca-
tional Training Centre.
Other points of access
for the reception of job-
seekers are set up in differ-
ent parts of the Sultanate,
said Al Mzeidi, adding that
the centres will continue to
operate in day and evening
shifts and that the min-
istry is willing to provide
the staff with computers to
process the applications the
soonest. — ONA
Ministry of Manpower opens
employment access points
ABU DHABI — Foreign Ministers of GCC
states held their 118th session here yesterday
under the chairmanship of Shaikh Abdullah
bin Zayed al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the
United Arab Emirates.
The Sultanate’s delegation was headed by
Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Re-
sponsible for Foreign Affairs.
The ministers, in a closed-door session, dis-
cussed ways to enhance the joint GCC march
and issues of common concern in political,
legal, humanitarian, environmental and eco-
nomic spheres.
The meeting also touched on ‘strategic dia-
logue’ between GCC states and other econom-
ic blocks, as well as the latest developments
in the regional and international arenas.
— ONA
GCC foreign ministers review
regional, global developments
YUSUF bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, addresses
journalists before a meeting of the GCC Foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
MUSCAT — Dr Ahmed bin
Mohammed al Saeedi, Min-
ister of Health, was the chief
guest at the final stage of the
Annual Light Arms Shooting
Competition 2011 held here
yesterday. The event was at-
tended by Lt Gen Ahmed bin
Harith al Nabhani, Chief of
Staff of the Sultan’s Armed
Forces and Chairman of the
Omani Shooting Association.
The top winners were:
Second Lieutenant Salim bin
Hamad al Hinai of the Royal
Oman Police (the Sultan’s
Medal for Best Gun Marks-
man); Second Warrant Of-
ficer Ahmed bin Abdullah al
Ghaisani from Royal Army
of Oman (the Sultan Qaboos
medal for Best Pistol Shoot-
er); Warrant Officer Ahmed
bin Abdullah al Ghassani
from Royal Army of Oman
(individual gun shooting com-
petition named “Progress”);
Staff sergeant Mohammed bin
Abdullah al Khatri from Royal
Army of Oman ( the individu-
al gun shooting event named
“Retreat”); Second Warrant
Officer Ahmed bin Abdullah
al Ghassani from Royal Army
of Oman (individual pistol
shooting); Captain Mussalam
bin Abdullah al Subhi from
the Royal Army of Oman
(gun shooting at the level of
lieutenants) and Corporal Sal-
mah bint Said al Miqbaliyah
(female pistol shooting).
For the team gun shooting
competition for progress and
retreat, the team of the Royal
Army of Oman came first
while the team of the Royal
Guard of Oman (RGO) came
second.
For the team pistol shoot-
ing competition on the level
of individuals, the team of
the Royal Army of Oman
came first while the team of
the Royal Air Force of Oman
came second.
For the pistol shooting
competition on the level of
lieutenants, the team of the
Royal Army of Oman came
first while the team of the Roy-
al Oman Police came second.
Shooting contest winners
SOME OF THE NEW MINISTERS: Shaikh Abdulmalik bin Abdullah al Khalili, Minister of Tourism; Dr Fuad bin Jaafar al Sajwani,
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries; Mohammed bin Salim al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs and
Shaikh Mohammed bin Said al Kalbani, Minister of Social Development.
OMAN DAILYObser ver
3 OMAN
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
By Kabeer Yousuf
MUSCAT — Omar al Hashmi
Legal Consultancy Bureau
signed a mutual agreement
with the representatives of
UK’s Quist Solicitors yester-
day.
Under this agreement, any
Omani legal suit against any
British citizen or entity in the
United Kingdom’s jurisdiction
can be taken care by Omar al
Hashmi and vice versa.
Until such an arrangement
came into force, the options in
front of a plaintiff was either to
approach the department con-
cerned at the British embassy
in Muscat or to be present in
the UK in person.
With this arrangement, a
lot of time, energy and money
can be saved, according to
Omar Salim al Hashmi, law-
yer and legal adviser at the
first party’s office.
“This is our second ar-
rangement after the one which
we made with a French legal
firm. With such an arrange-
ment, Omani nationals who
have a legal suit against any
British firm or citizen in their
jurisdiction can be put up
through us and any British
person or company who has
a legal transaction with an
Omani company or individual
can be approached through
us. This service will be for all
in the GCC and London and
Wales,” Omar Salim said.
“This is a partnership
arrangement and we have
pooled in our respective re-
sources in such a way that
we bring in our vast experi-
ence from England and Wales
to the Sultanate. Together,
we can offer our service to
companies and individuals
throughout the Middle East,”
said Akhtar Raja, Principal,
Quist Solicitors, Oman.
Prof Dr Sulaiman Badry al
Nassry, legal adviser/private
law, Abbas Mahamood Jas-
sim, legal adviser, and Osama
al Hashmi, General Manager
from the Omar al Hashmi
were also present at the sign-
ing ceremony.
Omar al Hashmi signs
pact with UK’s Quist
MUSCAT — Dr Ali bin Saud al Bimani, Vice Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University,
yesterday received Tadatsuna Koda, Adviser of Japan Petroleum Exploration Compa-
ny, JAPEX, and former ambassador of Japan to the Sultanate of Oman.
They discussed the possibilities of further strengthening research collaboration be-
tween SQU and Japanese organisations in water desalination, water treatment, solar
energy and fisheries.
SQU seeks research ties with Japan
MUSCAT — The opening ceremony of the Inter-
national Workshop on Fire Safety Engineering and
Management, organised by the Civil and Archi-
tectural Engineering Department in the College of
Engineering at SQU, in collaboration with the Civ-
il Defence Unit of Royal Oman Police, was held
yesterday under the auspices of Ahmed bin Sulei-
man al Maimani, Under-Secretary for Administra-
tive and Financial Affairs and Regional Affairs at
the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Dr Ali bin Salem al Harthy, Dean of the Col-
lege of Engineering, said that the value of fire
safety engineering is growing and it is consid-
ered as separate discipline in academic institu-
tions as protection of people and their environ-
ments from the destructive effects of fire and
smoke is an matter of high importance.
He hoped that the workshop would pave
way for more interaction among policy mak-
ers, practising engineers, faculty members and
students about the latest developments in fire
safety engineering and management. The au-
dience, later listened to the address of Dougal
Drysdale from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety
Engineering at the School of Engineering, the
University of Edinburgh.
Workshop reviews trends in fire
safety engineering, management
By A Staff Reporter
MUSCAT — Telecommuni-
cations professionals from the
across the Middle East and
North Africa met in Muscat
yesterday to discuss the future
of Broadband at a Summit
organised by the SAMENA
Telecommunications Coun-
cil under the auspices of Dr
Mohammad Ali al Wohaibi,
Under-Secretary for Commu-
nications at the Ministry of
Transport and Communica-
tions.
Delegates at the summit
were addressed by Omantel
Chief Executive Dr Amer al
Rawas, SAMENA Telecom-
munications Council Chief
Executive Thomas Wilson and
by Stewart White, the MESA
Head of Telecoms at KPMG.
Omantel was the Diamond
Sponsor of the event, assum-
ing a key role to ensure it suc-
cess.
The keynote speeches and
debates covered a broad spec-
trum of issues including the
demand for Broadband, alter-
native technologies for Broad-
band Access, the need for
investments in the fixed and
mobile areas, the critical role
of regulations to stimulate in-
vestments and the importance
of building effective Public
Private Partnerships for broad-
band growth.
In his opening speech,
Dr Mohammed al Wohaibi
highlighted the importance
of developing public private
partnership to build the next
generation national broadband
networks as these networks
are recognised to be a prereq-
uisite for economic and social
development. Dr Al Wohaibi
further commented that for
many countries building a next
generation national broadband
networks constitute the single
largest infrastructure invest-
ment.
Dr Amer Awadh al Rawas
highlighted in his speech the
opportunities and challenges
faced by the operators across
the region due to the arrival
of the over the top providers
(OTTP) and what may in the
future constitute opportunities
for these to take part in fund-
ing investments.
The one-day summit held
at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah
Resort and Spa attracted pro-
fessionals from the private and
public telecommunications
sector from across South Asia,
the Middle East and North Af-
rica.
Commenting on the sum-
mit, SAMENA Telecom-
munications Council Chief
Executive Thomas said: “We
are delighted to be organising
such a major event in Oman
which is increasingly becom-
ing a major regional hub for
the telecommunications in-
dustry thanks to its excellent
geographic position and the
leadership role played by Om-
antel in introducing modern
and highly sophisticated tel-
ecommunications technology
to the nation.
“Broadband technology —
both fixed and mobile — is
one of the fastest growing in
the region and we have seen
extremely rapid growth across
the SAMENA region in recent
years. That is why our con-
ference is timely to discuss
and debate key issues that af-
fect its development so that
we can share knowledge and
best practice to help ensure
the continued healthy growth
and expansion of broadband
technology to individuals and
the corporate and Government
sectors.”
The summit represented
an excellent opportunity for
companies to exchange infor-
mation and experience in the
area of broadband technology
that is becoming increasingly
important both to individuals
and the business sector in the
Sultanate and the wider SA-
MENA region.
As a diamond sponsor of
the summit, Omantel recog-
nises the crucial importance
of broadband access — both
fixed and mobile — to the fu-
ture prosperity of Oman and
the well being of individuals
and businesses.
Muscat Broadband Summit debates strategies for future
MUSCAT — The first alumni meet of the Col-
lege of Nursing at Sultan Qaboos University was
held at Grand Hyatt Muscat yesterday. The event
was historical as it is the first formal meeting ex-
clusively planned for the graduates of College of
Nursing.
Prof Bazdawi Mohammed Said al Riyami,
Dean, College of Nursing welcomed the gathering.
He gave an overview of the significance of alumni
association and emphasised that alumni associa-
tion is a means of connecting the college with the
graduates of different generations as their experi-
ences are valuable in building up the curriculum.
Dr Raghda Shukri, Expert, College of Nursing
spoke about the history of Nursing Programme
and the origin of alumni association, way back
in 2007. Dr Raghda led the audience to walk
through the memory lane of the initiation of bac-
calaureate nursing education, graduation of the
first batch in 2007 and other significant events.
She encouraged the students to be in touch with
the alma mater always.
The highlight of the event was the presenta-
tion on Empowerment of Nursing Alumni by Prof
Marianne Hattar-Pollara, Consultant from USA
for International accreditation of the College of
Nursing. She appreciated the efforts put in for
establishing the foundation for alumni associa-
tion. She said that alumni association is a critical
building block for the future of nursing in Oman.
She threaded the important aspects of an alumni
association such as purpose, requirement, leader-
ship, types of meetings, significance of follow up
meetings and calendar of events of projected ac-
tivities. Another salient feature of the day’s event
was the launching of the Nursing Alumni web
link on the College of Nursing official website.
Suleiman al Sabei, alumnus from cohort 2004,
was the mastermind behind the website with sup-
port from others. The day’s activity culminated
by the election of new president and board mem-
bers. Dr Judith Angelitta Noronha, Assistant
Dean for Training and Community Services, who
is officially responsible for alumni association
acknowledged the significant contribution of all
those involved and extended vote of thanks. The
event was attended by around 50 graduates and
20 faculty members.
SQU College of Nursing holds first alumni meet
MUSCAT — BankMuscat was
honoured as the Best Bank in
Oman, for the third year run-
ning, and the Best Asset Man-
ager and Broker in Oman, for
the second year running, at the
recent Emeafinance Middle
East Banking awards ceremo-
ny. The awards highlighted
BankMuscat’s performance
excellence and strategic initia-
tives.
Ali Said Ali, AGM – As-
set Management and Private
Banking, who received the
Best Bank award on behalf of
the bank, said: “BankMuscat is
focused on strategic initiatives
that help sustain its growth
trajectory. We are delighted to
note that all our efforts are be-
ing noticed and acknowledged
as well with the bank receiv-
ing almost all the prestigious
foreign, regional and local
awards and accolades. Con-
sistently winning prestigious
global awards helps Bank-
Muscat to further raise the bar
on performance. Year on year,
the bank adopts new initiatives
to stretch its operational excel-
lence.”
The Emeafinance award
in recognition of excellence
in banking across the Middle
East region was presented at
a ceremony in Dubai attended
by senior bankers.
Ali Mustafa, Deputy
Head — Brokerage, who re-
ceived the Best Asset Man-
ager and Broker in Oman
award, said: “BankMuscat
enjoys proven expertise in
asset management and stock
broking services. The bank’s
performance has been lauded
by the global banking com-
munity for several years and
we are delighted to receive
yet another endorsement from
Emeafinance. A keen percep-
tion of customer requirements
enables the bank to remain fo-
cused on developing products
and services in line with the
current and emerging needs.”
BankMuscat Asset Man-
agement Department (AMD)
is one of the largest fund man-
agers in the region. With a
track record of 15 years and
approximately $906 million
assets under management,
BankMuscat AMD enjoys a
dominant position in the as-
set management business in
Oman.
BankMuscat Asset Man-
agement manages mutual
funds investing in Oman
(BankMuscat Muscat Fund,
with returns of 7.44 per cent in
2010), Kuwait (BankMuscat
MSCI® Kuwait Fund, with
returns of 26.42 per cent in
2010), and India (BankMus-
cat India Growth Fund, with
returns of 22.40 per cent in
2010), as well as structured
products, hedge funds, private
equity funds and a real estate
fund investing in Oman. The
division offers discretionary
portfolio management service
to suit varied clients, including
pension funds, global funds,
high net worth individuals,
corporations and other enti-
ties.
BankMuscat gets Emeafinance award
Dr Mohammed al Wohaibi and Dr Amer al Rawas
1st Prize Abdullah Ibrahim Hussain
RO 350 Cash; RO 200 Coupons - Best Gulf; RO 200 Coupons - Al Amana;
RO 100 Coupons - Lulu; RO 100 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 100
Coupons - McDonald; Air Conditioner - Muscat Electronics; Dehumidifier-
Muscat Electronics
2nd Prize Hamed Mahmood
RO 200 Cash; RO 200 Coupons - Best Gulf; RO 200 Coupons - Al Amana;
RO 100 Coupons - Lulu; RO 100 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 100
Coupons - McDonald; Air Conditioner - Muscat Electronics; Dehumidifier-
Muscat Electronics
3rd Prize Fiyadh Abdullah al Raisi
RO 200 Coupons - Best Gulf; RO 150 Cash; RO 100 Coupons - Lulu;
RO 100 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 100 Coupons - McDonald;
Dehumidifier- Muscat Electronics; Air Conditioner - Muscat Electronics
4th Prize Parah Ibrahim Mahrab
RO 200 Coupons - Al Amana; RO 100 Coupons - Lulu; RO 100 Coupons -
Khimji Mega Store; RO 50 Coupons - McDonald; Air Conditioner - Muscat
Electronics
5th Prize Irfan Meo
RO 200 Coupons - Best Gulf; RO 100 Coupons - Lulu; RO 100 Coupons -
Khimji Mega Store; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald; Dehumidifier - Muscat
Electronics
6th Prize Hani Hamed Said
RO 200 Coupons - Al Amana; RO 100 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons -
Khimji Mega Store; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald; RO 50 Coupons - Muscat
Electronics
7th Prize Mossa Mohsin Mossa
RO 200 Coupons - Al Amana; RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons -
Khimji Mega Store; RO 50 Coupons - Muscat Electronics; RO 25 Coupons-
McDonald
8th Prize Mahmood Salim al Sulimi
RO 200 Coupons - Best Gulf; RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons -
Khimji Mega Store; RO 50 Coupons - Muscat Electronics; RO 25 Coupons-
McDonald
9th Prize Fatma Mustafa
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 50
Coupons - Muscat Electronics; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
10th Prize Nafiz Jamal
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 50
Coupons - Muscat Electronics; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
11th Prize Mishal S al Mayani
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 50
Coupons - Muscat Electronics; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
12th Prize Jiyad T
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 50
Coupons - Muscat Electronics; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
13th Prize Sam Said Salim
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 50
Coupons - Muscat Electronics; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
14th Prize Maryam al Balushi
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 50
Coupons - Muscat Electronics; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
15th Prize Zubaida al Habsi
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store; RO 50
Coupons - Muscat Electronics; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
16th Prize Desly Douza
RO 100 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store
17th Prize Fatma al Barwani
RO 100 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store
18th Prize Zubaida Moosa al Raisi
RO 100 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store
19th Prize Amor Hassan
RO 100 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store
20th Prize Shinu Zubair
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 50 Coupons - Khimji Mega Store
21st Prize Sameer Said
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
22nd Prize Badar Abdullah Mohammed
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
23rd Prize Marwa Mahmood
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
24th Prize Jameela al Balushi
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
25th Prize Rosanna Mehdonsa
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
26th Prize Allan Anthony Mathias
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
27th Prize Nooh Jahad al Baushi
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
28th Prize Abdul Rashid A K M
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
29th Prize S P N Meera
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
30th Prize Master Anirudh
RO 50 Coupons - Lulu; RO 25 Coupons - McDonald
Ramadhan Quiz winners, prizes
BARKA — The first stage of a four-day round of annual camel races, organised by Oman
Camel Racing Association, began here yesterday under the auspices of Shaikh Ali bin
Sultan al Mubaihsi, Deputy Chairman of Oman Camel Racing Association. Camel riders
from all over the Sultanate took part in the first day’s 15 races. — ONA
OMAN DAILYObser ver
4 OMAN/THE WORLD
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
TALLINN — Estonia’s prime minis-
ter said he aimed to re-form his cur-
rent centre-right coalition after win-
ning an election, taking the credit for
a successful launch of the euro and
pulling the Baltic state out of reces-
sion.
The Reform Party of Prime Min-
ister Andrus Ansip won 33 seats in
Sunday’s election while current jun-
ior coalition partner, Pro Patria and
Res Republica Union, won 23, fig-
ures on the website of the election
commission showed.
That gave a total of 56 seats in the
101-seat house, six more than the par-
ties together won in the last election.
“I prefer to continue with the same
coalition,” Ansip said after the vote.
“Our co-operation was really
fruitful during all those good years,
but also during the difficult times,”
he added.
“...but we all know that coalition
negotiations are always very compli-
cated,” he said.
Ansip said he aimed to keep Esto-
nia on a path of fiscal restraint in the
debt-ridden single currency zone.
Keeping a tight rein on finances
allowed the nation of 1.3 million to
become the 17th euro zone member
in January.
Newspaper Eesti Paeveleht said
in an editorial after the vote it want-
ed “first and foremost real action to
combat unemployment and revitalise
the Estonian economy”.
The Reform Party campaigned
under a slogan of “You can be sure”
and touted its credentials as a good
economic manager.
Estonia has the lowest debt bur-
den in the European Union and one
of the lowest fiscal deficits.
The Centre Party, the main oppo-
sition group, was hit by allegations it
asked for funding from Russia, Esto-
nia’s neighbour which is traditionally
regarded with distrust. The party de-
nied the allegations. It came second
with 26 seats.
Russia has often criticised Esto-
nia for failing to properly integrate
its large Russian-speaking minority,
many of whom do not have citizen-
ship and cannot vote in national elec-
tions. Estonia has rejected such criti-
cism.
The centre-left Social Democrats
came fourth with 19 seats.
Estonia’s economic output
dropped 14 per cent during the 2009
recession, the third worst in the EU
after fellow Baltic states Latvia and
Lithuania.
The government had to cut spend-
ing to keep its budget deficit within
euro zone limits to adopt the cur-
rency.
Estonia remains one of the poor-
est countries in the EU, which it en-
tered in 2004, the same year it joined
Nato.
Its fiscal situation is sound — the
European Commission has forecast a
total public sector budget deficit of
1.6 per cent of output for 2011, in line
with the euro area average.
State debt, forecast at 9.5 per
cent of output for this year, will be
by far the lowest in the euro zone
and well below the average 86.5 per
cent of gross domestic product. The
government has pledged to get the
budget back in balance by 2014.
— Reuters
Winning Estonia PM to keep centre-right coalition
VIENNA — Austria will not
extradite to Serbia a former
Bosnian army general arrested
last week on a Serbian warrant
demanding he face war crimes
charges, the foreign ministry
said yesterday.
Austrian police arrested
Jovan Divjak at Vienna airport
on Thursday, triggering pro-
tests in Sarajevo and Vienna at
the weekend.
“According to our inter-
national law experts, an ex-
tradition to Serbia is incon-
ceivable,” Foreign Minister
Michael Spindelegger told the
Kurier newspaper.
A ministry spokesman con-
firmed the comments, which
he described as “a signal to-
wards the people of Bosnia”.
He said extradition requests
had to take into account Aus-
tria’s foreign policy interests,
international law and other
factors.
Spindelegger cancelled a
planned trip to Sarajevo yester-
day due to illness but hoped to
meet his Bosnian counterpart
within days either there or in
Vienna, the spokesman added.
Still popular in Bosnia,
Divjak is one of a group of 19
Bosnian officials charged by
Serbia over an attack on a Yu-
goslav army column in Sara-
jevo early in the 1992-95 war.
Serb prosecutors say 42
Yugoslav soldiers were killed
and 73 wounded in May 1992
when the Bosnian army at-
tacked the convoy after it had
been offered safe passage and
was being escorted out of the
city by UN troops.
Yugoslav army General
Milutin Kukanjac, who had
ordered the withdrawal of
his forces from Sarajevo, has
said that only six people were
killed that day.
The United Nations war
crimes tribunal in The Hague
has dropped the case due to
lack of evidence.
A British court, which last
year arrested Bosnia’s wartime
presidency member Ejup Gan-
ic on the same warrant from
Serbia, released him, saying
the charges were unfounded.
Divjak, an ethnic Serb
who defected from the former
Yugoslav Peoples Army after
it bombed Sarajevo in April
1992 and joined Bosnian
forces, is seen as a hero in
Sarajevo, which Bosnian
Serb forces besieged for 43
months. — Reuters
Austria won’t send Bosnia
army general to Serbia
ABIDJAN — People were fleeing yesterday
from a town captured by forces allied with Alas-
sane Ouattara in western Ivory Coast as fresh
clashes in Abidjan reportedly killed three peo-
ple in an escalation of a dispute over the presi-
dency.
Fighters took control of the town of Toulep-
leu in clashes on Sunday with forces of Laurent
Gbagbo, who refuses to hand the presidency to
Alassane Ouattara after losing November elec-
tions in a conflict threatening civil war.
Locals feared Gbagbo’s forces would
launch a counter-assault and the pro-Ouattara
fighters, from a former rebel army called the
New Forces (FN), were looting houses, resi-
dents said by telephone.
“The town is controlled by the FN and has
been emptied of its residents after heavy fight-
ing,” one local said.
“The people have fled the town to hide in
the forest,” he said, adding some had gone to
surrounding villages. “Some have taken the di-
rection for Liberia,” he said.
“Our houses have been sacked,” a teacher
said. Toulepleu is a large town near the bor-
der with Liberia and was on the frontline of
fighting in 2002 and 2003 between Gbagbo’s
fighters and rebel forces after a failed uprising
against his rule.
The uprising left the country split between
the FN in the north and Gbagbo in the south, a
divide it had been hoped would be healed by
the November election.
But fighting resumed in the region in late
February, with Gbagbo’s forces backed by lo-
cal militia lined up against the FN, sending tens
of thousands of people fleeing into Liberia.
One local said the capture of Toulepleu was
part of an FN strategy to reach the southwest-
ern port of San Pedro, a main export point for
the Ivory Coast’s vital trade in cocoa, of which
it is the world’s top producer.
The FN “have in their sites the town of Blole-
kin after Toulepleu, so they can go down towards
San Pedro,” he said on condition of anonymity.
Residents also feared that FDS forces loyal
to Gbagbo planned a counter-offensive, one
said. — AFP
People flee captured I Coast town
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due to rise in demand and
slump of supply owing to
competition in regional and
international markets.
He added that the home
market is open to competi-
tion and free trade. Produc-
ers and transporters choose
the market with the highest
profitability. In the past few
months the market saw some
changes that necessitated the
intervention of the ministry to
add new measures regularis-
ing the fish market in order
to orientate part of the fish
production towards the local
market.
“The decision came as
a result of a study lasted for
more than a year conducted
by experts from the Fisheries
Ministry as well as econo-
mists. The participants stud-
ied a number of choices of
which the most suitable was a
ban on export of five kinds of
fish that became effective on
March 1,” Al Aufi said.
Speaking about the deci-
sion, Al Aufi pointed out that
the interests of fishermen and
transporters were taken into
account. Companies with
large production lines which
employ Omani manpower
were also considered to avoid
job loss.
He expected that the deci-
sion will contribute largely to
the provision of these kinds
in the local market especially
in months of scarcity such as
March, April and May. It will
also reduce fish prices. How-
ever, he said the desired tar-
get will not be achieved soon,
because the market needs one
or two weeks to regain equi-
librium.
Al Aufi added: “The min-
istry is currently co-ordinat-
ing with all border centres to
implement the decision. We
have placed supervisors to
monitor the fish shipment.
“The ban excludes treated
fish. Value-added fish and
canned fish are not meant for
local consumers. For instance,
the Dhofar Company for Fish
Industries and the Omani
Fisheries Company own fac-
tories in Al Buraimi for the
production of value added
fish. Shutting these factories
will negatively affect the na-
tional economy”.
Al Aufi said the exporting
companies are being scruti-
nised to ensure that they don’t
put the fishermen under their
mercy. The fish production
should be treated in certain
methods approved by the min-
istry. Exporting certificates
are also issued by the ministry
to avoid any manipulation by
the companies.
He pointed out that the
ministry will set up a directo-
rate-general for fish market-
ing to oversee marketing op-
erations across the Sultanate.
He added that the ministry
has placed employees in local
markets to monitor the proc-
ess of sale and purchase of
fish. A ministerial teamwork
was set up to manage and co-
ordinate the network of fish
markets.
The under-secretary fi-
nally expected co-operation
from fishermen, saying the
decision will be efficient in
case of co-operation between
transporters and companies,
pointing out that fishermen
and the ministry are partners
in providing the required
quantities of fish. The minis-
try, on its turn, provides the
appropriate infrastructure and
equipment. The next period
will see increasing finance,
and the decision will prove
useful to the fishermen.
— Translated by Khalid
al Kush
Regulations target fish availability
MILAN/ROME — Climate change bringing floods and drought,
growing biofuel demand and national policies to protect domes-
tic markets could drive up global food prices and threaten long-
term food security, the United Nations said.
High and volatile food prices are a growing global concern.
Periods of price volatility are not new to agriculture, but re-
cent price shocks triggered by extreme weather and increasing
use of grains to produce energy have caused great concern, the
UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said.
“There are fears that price volatility may be increasing,” the
FAO said in its State of Food and Agriculture report.
The growing influence of commodities markets and “coun-
ter-productive ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ policy responses (to high
prices)...may exacerbate international market volatility and
jeopardise global food security,” it said.
The Rome-based FAO has already warned food-producing
countries against introducing export curbs to protect local mar-
kets as world food prices push further above the levels that trig-
gered deadly riots in 2007/2008.
A declining stock to utilisation ratio for major grain stocks
like wheat and maize is a concern, said Kostas Stamoulis, direc-
tor of Agricultural Development at FAO’s economics unit.
“We worry about this,” Stamoulis said on the sidelines of the
presentation of the report.
“As prices increase, governments and others are trying to re-
duce their stocks to soften the impact of decreased supplies. This
is one of the factors causing high prices ... If there is another sup-
ply shock very soon, like in China for example, then the shock
will happen amidst low stocks.”
Global food prices hit a record high in February, and the FAO
said last week that further oil price spikes and stockpiling by im-
porters keen to head off unrest would hit already volatile cereal
markets.
Food prices are projected to rise over the next decade and
stay at levels on average above those of the past decade, the
agency said yesterday.
Urgent co-ordinated international action was needed to en-
sure security of food supplies, including improvement of market
regulation and transparency as well as of statistics on food com-
modity markets, establishment of emergency stocks and provi-
sion of safety nets, the FAO said.
The number of undernourished people in the world has fallen
to 925 million people last year from an estimated 2009 peak of
1.023 billion, but it remained unacceptably high, the FAO said.
In 2010, 16 per cent of developing countries’ populations
were undernourished, down from 18 per cent in 2009 but still
well above the UN’s Millennium Development Goal to halve
to 10 per cent the share of the hungry between 1990 and 2015,
it said.
The number of hungry people could fall by 100-150 million
people if women farmers were given the same access to produc-
tion and financial resources as men, the agency said. — Reuters
Climate change and biofuels threaten food security: FAO
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“We always respect the
laws of the land and this
move will benefit the citi-
zens in addition to their sal-
ary and will stimulate other
sectors while improving the
ratio of Omanisation”.
He pointed out that the
construction sector employs
half a million workers and
the percentage of Omanis
employed in this sector so far
amounted to 12 per cent and
it is required to increase this
percentage to 30 per cent.
Al Osfour pointed that
Minister of Manpower has
set up a joint committee be-
tween the ministry and the
association, which follows
the absorption of citizens
in the construction sector
and this is one of the most
important goals of the joint
committee.
Huge turnout
of job seekers
By A Staff Reporter
MUSCAT — In observation
of the World Kidney Day, the
Ministry of Health’s (MoH)
Renal Dialysis Centre will
conduct the 7th ‘Think Kid-
ney’ symposium at the Insti-
tute of Health Sciences today.
The symposium will dis-
cuss the trends in diabetes
over the years and the preven-
tive strategies of this ailment
as well as shed light on cardio-
vascular diseases and chronic
diseases of the kidneys.
Discussion will also focus
on the role of iron in chronic
kidney diseases and the cur-
rent trends in treatment and
management of renal dialysis
using different methods of
treatment as well as the role
of hypertension in relation to
chronic kidney ailments.
Symposium
on kidney
care today
NAIROBI — Kenya’s tour-
ism earnings hit a record in
2010, driven by more high-
end visitors and the country
forecast it would rake in
even more this year by in-
creasing marketing and tak-
ing advantage of unrest in
North Africa.
Tourism Minister Na-
jib Balala said the country
would need to spend more
on marketing to promote
its beaches and game safa-
ris, but would also need to
reduce political infighting,
which was souring Kenya’s
image.
The state-run tourist
board has been positioning
Kenya to appeal to high-
spending tourists since 2009
and the industry is among
the top foreign currency
earners for east Africa’s big-
gest economy alongside hor-
ticulture and tea exports.
“We need to market ag-
gressively. If we have the
resources, we shall have 1.4
million passengers by end of
year.”
The sector earned 73.68
billion shillings ($887.1 mil-
lion) in 2010, up 18 per cent
from 62.46 billion shillings
a year earlier, but failed to
hit a 100 billion target.
Last year’s earnings rose
beyond the previous peak of
65.4 billion shillings reached
in 2007, the best year in
the sector’s history, before
post-election violence and a
global economic downturn
dented revenues in 2008.
Balala said that with the
right resources, it was pos-
sible to surpass 2010’s ar-
rival figures. Tourist arrivals
stood at 1.1 million visitors,
short of a 1.2 million target
for the year but up from
952,481 arrivals in 2009.
“Our traditional markets
are down, the markets that
did well are India and Italy,”
Balala said. Traditional mar-
kets for Kenya include the
United Kingdom, Germany
and North America — all
fell due to the lingering ef-
fects of the global financial
crisis.
Piracy by Somalia ban-
dits saw cruise arrivals fall
to 558 last year from 12,096
a year before, as holiday-
makers responded to a rise
in cases of kidnappings. The
World Bank has said Kenya
should revamp its tourism to
diversify beyond the wildlife
safari and beach tourism,
and suggested that facilities
at the coast be renovated.
However, in many cases
the cost of repairs exceeded
the value of the facilities,
thus making it unfeasible to
undertake.
“The main product that is
tired is the beach destination.
We are lacking good quality
products in terms of hotels,”
Balala said. “In terms of the
safari circuit, it is doing very
well. People have invested
in boutique lodges and bou-
tique hotels (mainly catering
for wealthy tourists).”
— Reuters
Kenya’s tourism
earnings up
A LOOTED house of a member of Ivorian pro-Ouattara Rally of Houphouetists
for Democracy and Peace in Abidjan yesterday. — AFP
OMAN DAILYObser ver
5 ASIA
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
BANGKOK — Two decades of Western
sanctions against Myanmar have failed to
achieve their goal and need to be urgently
overhauled, an influential international
think tank said yesterday.
Myanmar’s first election in 20 years
and move to a new political system, albeit
one dominated by the military, have pro-
vided a rare chance to encourage greater
openness and reform, according to the In-
ternational Crisis Group.
“But this opportunity can only be
seized if the West changes its failed
policies of sanctions and isolation,” the
Brussels-based group said in a report, de-
scribing the punitive measures as “highly
counterproductive”.
“Myanmar is in dire need of social,
economic and political reforms,” it said.
A new approach could also signal to
Myanmar’s authoritarian leaders that bet-
ter relations with the West are possible if
they pursue political reform, the ICG add-
ed. It called for a boost to aid money for
the impoverished country along with an
end to broad economic sanctions — such
as a US ban on imports from Myanmar
— as well as restrictions on development
assistance.
The release of democracy icon Aung
San Suu Kyi from house arrest in Novem-
ber after the elections has reignited debate
over the sanctions, enforced notably by
the United States and the EU in response
to human rights abuses.
Suu Kyi’s party in February appealed
for talks with the West about sanctions,
but suggested the steps were not hurting
the economy and said any changes should
be linked to an improvement in human
rights.
Her party has no voice in a newly
opened parliament dominated by the
military and its proxies. It was disbanded
for opting to boycott the November vote
because the rules seemed designed to bar
Suu Kyi from participating.
Supporters of the trade and financial
sanctions say they are the only way to
pressure the military rulers of Myanmar,
where there are about 2,200 political pris-
oners behind bars.
Despite the restrictions on Western
businesses, Asian companies, especially
from China, India, Thailand and South
Korea, have overlooked the political situ-
ation and human rights abuses to invest in
resource-rich Myanmar.
These projects “will transform the
economic landscape in Myanmar, and
will give its neighbours a major stake in
the country’s political stability”, the ICG
said.
“But they will likely do so at signifi-
cant social and environmental cost; and
by further unbalancing external relations,
they could place serious constraints on
how Myanmar can position itself diplo-
matically in the future.” — AFP
Think tank urges overhaul of Myanmar sanctions
BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister
Yang Jiechi yesterday denied that his
government had tightened its rules for
foreign media despite recent restrictions
on reporting anti-government “strolling”
protests.
“China is a country under the rule of
law, and we abide by the law,” Yang told
reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing
annual session of the National People’s
Congress, China’s nominal parliament.
“We have always followed relevant
laws and regulations in managing the
affairs related to foreign journalists in
China,” he said.
He said there were “no such issues”
like assaults on foreign journalists despite
reports that a Bloomberg reporter was at-
tacked while trying to film a protest site
on February 27 on Beijing’s Wangfujing
shopping street.
Yang did not explain his comment
on the Bloomberg reporter, who was as-
saulted by several men in plain clothes
who appeared to be co-operating with the
police.
He urged foreign media not to “make
something out of thin air” when reporting
in China.
Yang’s comments followed the brief
detention of at least 15 foreign journalists
who were trying to report a protest Sun-
day in Shanghai and growing reports of
harassment of reporters.
Public security and Foreign Ministry
officials have summoned dozens of jour-
nalists in the past week in a bid to impose
tough new reporting rules on them.
Some foreign journalists said they
were threatened with punishment, includ-
ing revocation of visas, if they continued
to work in public areas without express
permission.
Others have reported visits from the
police or tailing by plain-clothed offic-
ers.
“At least eight journalists or their
landlords have had phone calls from po-
lice in the past few days, checking their
paperwork and reminding them to fol-
low reporting regulations,” the Foreign
Correspondents’ Club of China said on
Sunday.
Several journalists also reported unau-
thorised access to their e-mail accounts in
recent days, the club said.
Li Honghai, a Beijing municipal for-
eign affairs official, on Sunday said for-
eign reporters must “submit applications
first before reporting in certain downtown
areas” of the city.
Rights groups and officials from Ger-
many, the United States and other nations
have expressed concern over China’s re-
cent treatment of foreign journalists.
— dpa
China’s foreign minister denies
shift in reporting rules for media
TOKYO — Japan’s unpopu-
lar Prime Minister Naoto
Kan refused yesterday to step
down after the resignation of
his foreign minister over a
political funding scandal that
has added to pressure on him
to quit or call a snap election.
But it is far from clear how
Kan, if he does manage to
cling to office, will be able to
resolve the political stalemate
that has left the government
struggling to implement poli-
cies to cut into a huge public
debt and win approval from a
divided parliament to enact a
new budget from April.
“Carrying out the admin-
istration’s duty for the four-
year term and then letting
the people decide at the bal-
lot box is best for the people
themselves,” he told a parlia-
mentary session.
“I intend to firmly fulfil my
duty until that time comes.”
But some analysts warned
that Kan’s government may
well collapse sooner rather
than later. He is Japan’s fifth
leader since 2006 and has no
clear successor in sight.
The resignation of Seiji
Maehara, a security hawk
and critic of China’s military
buildup, removes a strong
contender to replace Kan and
has deepened the impression
of a government in disarray,
unable to resolve fundamental
problems facing the world’s
third largest economy.
The stalemate is blocking
passage of bills to implement
a $1 trillion budget for the
year from April and keeping
the government from tackling
tax reforms to curb massive
public debt, already twice the
size of the $5 trillion econo-
my.
Kan has made fiscal re-
forms including a rise in the 5
per cent sales tax a priority as
a way to fund the social costs
of a fast ageing society. But
he has failed to get opposition
parties to join in talks on the
topic. — Reuters
Japan’s PM hangs on but outlook grim
CHINA’S Foreign Minister Yang
Jiechi at a news conference during
the ongoing annual session of China’s
parliament, the National People’s
Congress in Beijing yesterday.
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BULGARIA’S President Georgi Parvanov (R) is
welcomed by Austrian President Heinz Fischer
for an official visit yesterday in Vienna. — AFP
FRENCH minister of Employment and health and
counterpart Austrian Rudolf Hundstorfer (LtR)
yesterday prior to an Employment, Social Policy,
Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council at
the EU headquarters in Brussels where the
Council was to hold a policy debate on the joint
employment report before it is adopted. — AFP
SPAIN’S King Juan Carlos waits for the arrival of
Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera at El Pardo
palace outside Madrid yesterday. — Reuters
A PALESTINIAN activist holds News Israeli Shekels’
bills marked with stickers reading ‘Free Palestine’
yesterday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, as part
of a campaign aimed to peacefully express opposition
to Israel’s occupation. Young Palestinian activists have
found a new medium to protest Israeli occupation:
scrawling anti-occupation slogans on the currency
they share with the Jewish state. — AFP
A MEMBER of small nationalist Pentru Patrie party
holds flags during a protest against Romania’s deal
with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in
front of the government headquarters in Bucharest
yesterday. In February, the IMF had agreed to a new
deal with Romania, under which it would draw on
the 5 billion euro funds only if needed, to replace the
current 20 billion euro bailout. — Reuters
PARIS — France’s Finance Ministry confirmed yesterday that
its information system, which includes sensitive files on the
country’s Group of 20 (G20) presidency, had been attacked
by hackers. Budget Minister Francois Baroin said hackers had
mounted a “spectacular” attack on the ministry’s IT system in
December.
“What was targeted was the organisation of the G20,” he
told Europe 1 radio. The dossiers of individual French taxpay-
ers had not been targeted, he assured.
Although it was not yet clear whether files had been cop-
ied, Baroin said it was very likely the hackers had stolen in-
formation. French authorities had unconfirmed “leads” on the
origin of the attacks, which “probably” came from “outside,”
he said.
Paris Match magazine, which broke the story on its website
yesterday, said the hackers tapped into 150 computers between
December and last week, and copied several documents relat-
ing to the G20.
The ministry took 12,000 computers offline at the weekend
in an effort to secure the system.
The G20 is made up of the world’s leading developed and
emerging economies.
Last month, G20 finance ministers held talks in France to
discuss global economic imbalances. — dpa
ROME — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was oper-
ated on his face for four hours yesterday under general anaes-
thetic to restore his jaw after an attack by a deranged man in
2009, the government said.
Berlusconi “underwent a maxillofacial operation with bone
transplant and implant under general anaesthetic,” his personal
doctor Alberto Zangrillo was quoted as saying in a statement
released by the government’s press office.
The prime minister’s operation has forced him to cancel a
scheduled meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lie-
berman planned for today.
The doctor said Berlusconi, 74, was now recovering at his
villa outside Milan and could be back at work for a key cabinet
meeting on Thursday. — AFP
LONDON — A mother admitted yesterday that she killed her
three children in Edinburgh last year during a custody battle
with her estranged husband.
American Theresa Riggi stabbed her eight-year-old twins
Austin and Luke and their five-year-old sister Cecilia at their
home. Their bodies were discovered following a suspected gas
explosion at the house.
At Edinburgh’s High Court, Riggi, 47, entered a plea of
guilty to the culpable homicide of her three children on the
grounds of diminished responsibility, the Press Association re-
ported. She had originally been charged with murder.
Prosecutors had alleged that Cecilia and the twins, who
were also known as Augustino and Gianluca, were repeatedly
struck on the body with a knife or knives between August 2
and 4 last year. The family had moved to the city from Skene,
Aberdeenshire, following the breakdown of her marriage to
the children’s father, Pasquale Riggi.
Emergency services were called to the modern townhouse
following an explosion on August 4. Riggi was found badly in-
jured after apparently falling from a second-floor balcony and
the children’s bodies were discovered inside. — Reuters
TASHKENT — An Uzbek court has sentenced six people to
between seven and 10 years in prison for selling dozens of
newborn babies, a pro-government website said yesterday.
The suspects, who initially included 10 women and two
men, were arrested in 2009 on suspicion of organising the
sale of a four-month-old baby for $3,000, gorizont.uz website
said.
The court hearing “confirmed 70 cases of unlawful child
fostering, including four cases in which the babies were taken
out of the country,” said the website, which is close to the Uz-
bek law enforcement authorities.
The report said that six other defendants received suspend-
ed sentences.
The group was headed by Ikbarkhon Hamidova, 63, who
worked as a lawyer at several maternity hospitals, the report
said. — AFP
Hackers break into French
government G20 files
Berlusconi operated on his
face for 2009 attack
UK mother admits killing
her three children
Uzbekistan jails six for
trafficking babies
ROME — The UN’s Food
and Agriculture Organisation
(FAO) called for gender equal-
ity in agriculture yesterday to
increase farm production and
reduce the world’s hungry by
at least 100 million.
“If women in rural areas
had the same access to land,
technology, financial services,
education and markets as men,
agricultural production could
be increased,” FAO said in its
2010-11 State of Food and Ag-
riculture report.
“The number of hungry
people could be reduced by
100-150 million,” it said.
FAO Director-General
Jacques Diouf told a confer-
ence in Rome that “gender
equality is not just a lofty
ideal, it is also crucial for agri-
cultural development and food
security.”
“We must promote gender
equality and empower women
in agriculture to win, sustain-
ably, the fight against hunger
and extreme poverty,” Diouf
said on the eve of International
Women’s Day.
Women across the world
do not have the same access
to land or farming resources
as men. For those developing
countries for which data are
available, between three and
20 per cent of all landholders
are women, the report said.
“Women farmers typi-
cally achieve lower yields than
men, not because they are less
skilled, but because they oper-
ate smaller farms and use fewer
inputs like fertilisers, improved
seeds and tools,” said Terri
Raney, the report’s editor.
Ann Tutwiller, the FAO’s
deputy director-general, called
on governments, international
organisations and develop-
ment agencies to work on gen-
der equality.
“Agriculture policy has to
be one of gender equality be-
cause women are present in
every agriculture sector,” she
told reporters.
Bina Agarwal, head of the
Institute of Economic Growth
in New Delhi, said there was
“a growing concern” world-
wide about the disparity be-
tween men and women in ag-
riculture and called for action
to ensure women have access
to land.
On average, women make
up 43 per cent of the agricul-
tural labour force in develop-
ing countries, ranging from 20
per cent in Latin America to
almost 50 per cent in Asia and
sub-Saharan Africa, according
to the report.
“Just giving women the
same access as men to agricul-
tural resources could increase
production on women’s farms
in developing countries by 20
to 30 per cent,” it said.
Women on farms tend to
be lower paid than their male
counterparts. They are also
more likely to be employed in
seasonal or part-time jobs.
“We must eliminate all
forms of discrimination
against women, ensure that ac-
cess to resources is more equal
and that agricultural policies
and programmes are gender-
aware,” said Diouf.
“We must... make women’s
voices heard in decision-mak-
ing at all levels. Women must
be seen as equal partners in
sustainable development,” he
added. — AFP
Gender equality on farms and food output
GENEVA — The world as-
sociation of parliaments said
yesterday that the number of
women in parliaments was
at a record high, but said that
gender parity was still out of
reach in many countries.
At the end of 2010, wom-
en made up a fifth of parlia-
mentarians worldwide, up
from 16.3 per cent in 2005.
“It is a small but signifi-
cant gain,” said the Inter-
Parliamentary Union in a
statement. In 2010, some 43
chambers of parliaments met
the UN target of including at
least 30 per cent of women
MPs.
However, 62 chambers
remained below the 10 per
cent mark and 10 chambers
included no women at all.
Arab states remained at
the bottom of the table, with
an average of 11.7 per cent
in female representation in
parliaments.
Nevertheless, this marked
progress from 4.3 per cent in
1995, thanks to the introduc-
tion of a quota system in
some countries. — AFP
Number of
women MPs
on the rise
VIENNA — Iran and Syria
found themselves in the spot-
light yesterday as the UN
nuclear watchdog convened
for its traditional week-long
spring meeting.
The International Atomic
Energy Agengy’s 35-member
board of governors was set to
discuss two new reports show-
ing little or no progress in the
watchdog’s long-running in-
vestigations into Iran’s atomic
programme and allegations of
illicit nuclear activity on the
part of Syria.
IAEA director general
Yukiya Amano was scheduled
to give the opening address to
the closed-door session.
Just 10 days ago, Amano
circulated to the agency’s
member states updated reports
which said that inspectors had
received ‘new information’
about possible military dimen-
sions to Tehran’s programme,
but made scant progress in
their probe against Damascus.
In the run-up to this week’s
meeting, diplomats had sug-
gested that some member
states might seek to table reso-
lutions against both Iran and
Syria, as a way of turning up
the pressure on the two gov-
ernments.
But with countries unde-
cided about how much pres-
sure to apply, diplomats said
any possible action against
Tehran and Syria would now
probably be set back until the
next board meeting in June.
The IAEA has been inves-
tigating Iran’s nuclear pro-
gramme for eight years now,
but has so far been unable to
establish that it is not entirely
peaceful as Iran insists.
Iran is continuing to defy
UN orders to halt uranium en-
richment, the most controver-
sial part of its nuclear drive,
because enriched uranium can
be used both to make nuclear
fuel, as also the fissile mate-
rial for a bomb.
In fact, the IAEA said Iran’s
stockpile of low-enriched ura-
nium in the main branch of its
Natanz uranium enrichment
plant had now reached 3,606
kilogrammes.
Among the many unre-
solved issues about Iran’s
atomic drive are allegations
that Iran was involved in
weaponisation studies —
work which included uranium
conversion, high explosives
testing and the adaptation of
a ballistic missile cone — at
least until 2003.
Iran has dismissed the evi-
dence as “fabricated” and re-
fused to discuss the “alleged
studies” any further.
Nevertheless, “additional
information... has come to the
(agency’s) attention since Au-
gust 2008, including new in-
formation recently received”
that prompted “further con-
cerns,” Amano wrote in his
latest 12-page report.
In his separate report on
Syria, Amano said that Da-
mascus was refusing to coop-
erate on allegations that it had
been building an undeclared
nuclear reactor at a remote
desert site called Dair Alzour
until it was destroyed by Israe-
li planes in September 2007.
Syria granted UN inspec-
tors one-off access to the site
in June 2008.
Amano sent a letter to
Syria’s foreign ministry on
November 18 asking the gov-
ernment to provide the IAEA
with prompt access to relevant
information and locations”
connected to Dair Alzour.
UN atomic body meet
discusses Iran, Syria
BERLIN — Frankfurt airport
yesterday denied a media
report that security cameras
malfunctioned in last week’s
attack on US troops that killed
two airmen.
“The cameras here
worked, and the footage re-
corded has been given to the
investigators,” Thomas Uber,
a spokesman for airport oper-
ator Fraport, said, in response
to a report in the Die Welt
daily that they had failed.
Kosovan Arid U, 21, on
Wednesday shot dead the two
airmen and seriously injured
two others after boarding
their military bus, according
to German federal prosecu-
tors.
He then allegedly put his
handgun to a fifth serviceman
but it jammed. Pursued by
this serviceman, he fled into
the terminal building where
he was overpowered and ar-
rested.
Prosecutors said on Friday
that he told investigators the
attack was to avenge what he
saw as atrocities by US troops
in Afghanistan.
There are however no
indications that the alleged
gunman had links to any “in-
ternational terrorist groups,”
prosecutors believe.
Late on Thursday, the US
Air Force identified the dead
servicemen as Senior Airman
Nicholas Alden, 25, of Wil-
liamston, South Carolina, and
Airman First Class Zachary
Cuddeback, 21, of Stanards-
ville, Virginia.
Meanwhile, the head of the
German Police Union, Rainer
Wendt, has called for 2,000
additional staff to monitor
websites.
A month ago German au-
thorities had announced that
additional security meas-
ures imposed late last year
in response to indications of
an imminent “terrorist” at-
tack were set to be gradually
scaled back.
The newspaper earlier said
security cameras at Frankfurt
airport malfunctioned in the
deadly attack.
Investigators therefore
have no footage to assist them
in their probe into the attack
at one of Europe’s busiest
airports, the Die Welt daily
quoted an unnamed security
source as saying. — AFP
Germany denies
cameras failed in
recent attack
BASEL, Switzerland —
Emerging economies are fac-
ing clear signs of inflationary
threat, European Central Bank
chief Jean-Claude Trichet said
yesterday after a meeting with
fellow central bankers.
“We see clearly that there
are inflationary threats that
are particularly visible in the
emerging economy area,” said
Trichet, following the meeting
at the Bank for International
Settlements.
The EU central banker said
his counterparts are “all very
keen on anchoring inflation-
ary expectations. “There is a
sense of unity of purpose” on
this issue, he stressed.
Many robust emerging
economies have escaped the
2008 global financial cri-
sis largely unscathed, unlike
their Western counterparts,
but they now face a danger of
overheating due to low inter-
est rates and inflows of capi-
tal from depressed Western
economies.
On Saturday, Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao said that
reining in prices is China’s top
priority in 2011, with food and
other commodities all rising
sharply.
Unrest in crucial areas
has pushed oil prices stead-
ily higher and back to levels
last seen before the bust in
2008.
On Monday, oil prices
struck 2.5-year highs.
Trichet noted that in the
medium- to long-term, it is
necessary to reduce global
imbalances in order to cut the
risk of inflation.
“It is very very important
that ... we could have a pro-
gressive reduction of imbal-
ances, which is certainly one
of the conditions for the global
economy to be as sustainable
in the sense of being non-
inflationary and being bal-
anced,” Trichet said. — AFP
Inflation threat real: Trichet
PARIS — A Paris judge said
he would rule today whether
to refer the corruption trial
of France’s former president
Jacques Chirac to constitution-
al authorities, which could en-
tail a delay of several months.
Presiding judge Dominique
Pauthe adjourned the first day of
hearings in the case — the first
ever trial of a French former
president — while he consid-
ers a constitutional request by
defendants in the case.
A lawyer representing one
of Chirac’s co-defendants had
asked the judge to refer to
France’s constitutional court
for a ruling on whether the
statute of limitations had ex-
pired on some of the charges
in the case.
Pauthe said the hearings
would resume at 1:30 pm
(1230 GMT) today when he
would rule on the request. If
he agrees this could delay the
trial for several months.
Chirac yesterday became
the first former French presi-
dent to go on trial as the court
heard charges he embezzled
public funds while he was
mayor of Paris in the 1990s.
The 78-year-old, one of
France’s most popular po-
litical figures, was not present
for the opening of the trial
that will examine whether he
misused public money to pay
people working for his politi-
cal party.
Chirac enjoyed immunity
from prosecution as president
from 1995 to 2007, but the
case, which has already seen
current Foreign Minister Alain
Juppe convicted, has finally
caught up with him.
The first day of hearings
got under way in a packed
court in central Paris. The first
day was given to procedural
matters.
The case could however
promptly grind to a halt if a
lawyer working for one of
Chirac’s co-defendants suc-
ceeds in getting a procedural
matter referred upwards to
France’s constitutional court.
Chirac, best known inter-
nationally for his opposition
to the 2003 US-led invasion
of Iraq, has denied any knowl-
edge of corrupt payments and
his lawyers accuse magistrates
of harbouring a hidden politi-
cal agenda.
He has been linked to a
series of corruption scandals
but never convicted. If found
guilty, he faces up to 10 years
in jail and a fine of 150,000
euros ($210,000) on charges
including embezzlement and
breach of trust.
The hearings in Paris are
the result of the merging of
two separate cases — one be-
gun by magistrates in the Paris
suburb of Nanterre in 1995,
and another in the capital itself
dating to 1998.
The case involves seven
alleged ghost jobs for which
Chirac is charged with con-
flict of interest and 21 other
jobs for which he is accused
of embezzlement and abuse
of trust.
Nine other people are go-
ing on trial alongside Chirac,
accused either of having ghost
jobs or benefiting from those
of town hall employees.
Judge to rule today on
delaying Chirac trial
JERUSALEM — Top Israeli
ministers yesterday urged
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu to swiftly make
public details of his new
diplomatic initiative in a bid
to end the Jewish state’s in-
creasing isolation.
Over the past week, the
Israeli press has been filled
with reports about Netan-
yahu’s new plan to establish
a Palestinian state within
provisional borders as part
of ‘a long-term interim
agreement’ — details of
which were expected to be
announced during a trip to
Washington in May.
Defence Minister Ehud
Barak yesterday urged
Netanyahu to move faster
“to move Israel out of its
isolation.”
“Such a decision must be
taken in the coming weeks,
not the coming months. A
declaration before the Con-
gress in May would be too
late,” he told public radio.
“The world will not ac-
cept that we continue to rule
over another people after 43
years,” he said in reference
to Israel’s occupation of land
it captured in 1967. — AFP
Israel PM
told to bare
peace plan
PARIS — The French gov-
ernment and major mobile
operators signed yesterday
an agreement to introduce
service plans affordable to
low-income customers that
would shave around 20 per
cent off call charges.
The plans should offer at
least 40 minutes of call time
plus 40 text messages per
month for no more than 10
euros ($14), according to the
ministry of industry.
The plans, which should
be introduced within six
months, was set in order to
be affordable to those re-
ceiving social benefits.
Low-income
mobile call
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WASHINGTON — A US
lawmaker said on Sunday he
would testify at controversial
hearings on radicalisation as
religious leaders blasted the
congressional inquiry.
In the run-up to the hear-
ings, US authorities have
sought to stress their grow-
ing partnerships with Muslim
communities, with a senior
White House official saying
people that ‘being religious is
never un-American.’
In New York's Times
Square, several hundred peo-
ple turned out under heavy
rain to protest the planned
inquiries. “I am a Muslim but
I love this country as much
as any Christian or Jew loves
his country,” Imam Shamsi
Ali, head of the New York Is-
lamic Cultural Center, told the
crowd from a stage draped in a
huge Stars and Stripes.
Participants waved flags
and placards decrying what
protesters said amounted to a
collective attack on Muslims.
“No to Anti-Muslim Bigotry
and War!” one placard read.
Representative Keith El-
lison, the first Muslim elected
to the US Congress, has said
he would appear before the
House of Representatives
Homeland Security Commit-
tee.
Ellison welcomed a con-
gressional investigation into
radicalisation, but said that
focusing on a group was like
looking into organised crime
and talking only about the
Russian community or focus-
ing only on Irish gangs.
“I just think it doesn't make
sense to narrow in on a group
that has been the target of dis-
crimination,” he said. — AFP
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — A 20-year-old female student
who became the police chief in one of Mexico’s most danger-
ous drug war towns was fired by the mayor yesterday for not
showing up to work after Mexican media reported she received
death threats.
Marisol Valles, a criminology student in Mexico's violent
city of Ciudad Juarez, took charge of the police force in the
neighbouring municipality of Praxedis G Guerrero near El
Paso, Texas, in October, sparking intense media attention after
few candidates dared to apply for the dangerous job.
Valles, the mother of an infant son, was due back at her post
this week after taking leave on March 2 to attend to personal
matters but Ciudad Juarez daily El Diario reported she had
fled Mexico after being threatened by gangs.
Officials in Praxedis last week denied she had sought asy-
lum in the United States and said they had received no reports
of death threats. In a statement, the Praxedis mayor's office
said she had failed to return to work yesterday without giving
any notice, grounds for her firing. — Reuters
US lawmaker to testify at
hearings on radicalisation
Mayor fires 20-yr-old
Mexican police chief
WASHINGTON — The US
Supreme Court yesterday
made it easier for convicted
death row inmates to seek new
DNA testing, ruling for a Texas
man who argued the forensic
evidence could help clear him
of a triple murder.
The top court ruled by a 6-3
vote that Texas inmate Henry
Skinner can use a federal civil
rights law to seek access to
DNA evidence, rather than a
more difficult legal process
that requires him to prove he
had been wrongly convicted.
Skinner argued that Texas
authorities violated his rights
under the civil rights law by
refusing to grant DNA testing
of the evidence after his con-
viction.
In a narrow ruling, Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg said for
the majority that federal courts
have jurisdiction to hear Skin-
ner's lawsuit seeking DNA
testing of crime-scene evi-
dence.
She said success in the law-
suit would only gain the pris-
oner access to DNA evidence,
which may turn out to help
prove innocence, guilt or be
inconclusive.
The court in its ruling ex-
pressed no opinion on the ul-
timate disposition of Skinner's
lawsuit, Ginsburg said.
Skinner was convicted
and sentenced to death for the
1993 bludgeoning and stran-
gling of his girlfriend, Twila
Busby, and the stabbing of her
two adult sons in the Pampa,
Texas, home they all shared.
Skinner claimed he was in-
capacitated by drink and could
not have clubbed Busby 14
times with an axe handle and
stabbed her sons.
He said the murders could
have been committed by Bus-
by's late uncle.
US top court: death row
inmate can seek DNA tests
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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
MANAMA — Activists protested at the US Embassy in Bah-
rain yesterday, calling for Washington to press the authorities
for reform after weeks of demonstrations.
Dozens of activists gathered at a fence set up in front of the
embassy, chanting slogans in English.
US Embassy political officer Ludovic Hood brought a box
of doughnuts for the demonstrators as they gathered down the
street from the embassy ahead of the protest rally.
“These sweets are a good gesture, but we hope it is translat-
ed into practical actions,” Mohammed Hassan, 35, who wore
the white turban of a cleric, told Hood.
Hood told the demonstrators who clustered around him that
the United States had a “strategic relationship” with the gov-
ernment of Bahrain which included dialogue on human rights.
“We’ve had a US Navy presence here accepted by the great
majority of people for many decades,” he said.
“But part of our ongoing engagement with the government
is discussions on human rights and universal rights.”
He reiterated US support for an initiative from the govern-
ment for national dialogue, saying that “we continue to think
that engaging in some kind of talks is the right way forward.”
Demonstrators at the embassy expressed doubts that dia-
logue would produce any concrete results, with one protester
asking who would guarantee that promises were kept.
A letter given to Hood by 27-year-old activist Zainab al
Khawaja called for “the American administration (to) refrain
from taking negative positions that contribute to the oppres-
sion and abuse of the people” of Bahrain.
Anti-government protests in the country entered their 22nd
day yesterday.
Protesters continued to keep vigil in hundreds of tents in
Pearl Square, which has become the epicentre of anti-govern-
ment demonstrations. — AFP
UN calls for $160m to help
Libya conflict victims
GENEVA — The United Nations called yesterday for $160
million to cover the needs of those who have fled Libya as
well as others who remained trapped in the strife-torn north
African country.
The appeal is expected to cover relief support including
shelter, food, transportation, water and sanitation for up to one
million people for the next three months.
“This appeal is based on planning a scenario projecting up
to 400,000 people leaving Libya — including the 200,000 who
have left to date — and another 600,000 people inside Libya
expected to need humanitarian aid to varying degrees,” said
Valerie Amos, UN aid chief.
“I hope that this appeal receives a favourable response
from donors, which will enable us to continue to support
those in need,” added the United Nations under-secretary-
general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-or-
dinator.
The appeal will be revised in two weeks, said the UN.
Tens of thousands of mostly migrant workers have been
streaming out to bordering countries, including Tunisia and
Egypt, in a bid to escape violence in Libya.
An estimated 100,000 mainly foreign migrants have ar-
rived in Tunisia alone since February 20. Thousands remain in
temporary camps facing growing problems of hygiene.
Aid agencies are also increasingly concerned about the situ-
ation of people who are trapped in Libya, where battle is ongo-
ing between supporters of strongman Muammar Gaddafi and
dissidents.
UN chief Ban Ki-Moon managed on Sunday to persuade
Gaddafi’s foreign minister to allow in a humanitarian assess-
ment team to Tripoli.
Former Jordanian foreign minister Abdelilah al Khatib will
undertake “urgent consultations” with Gaddafi’s government
and work on the humanitarian crisis it has caused, UN spokes-
man Martin Nesirky said.
It is not immediately known where the team would be al-
lowed to visit in Tripoli and whether they would be taken to
other cities. — AFP
Tunisia-bound French warship
leaves empty-handed
ZARZIS, Tunisia — A French warship sent to evacuate nearly
a thousand Egyptian refugees fleeing Libya arrived yesterday
at Tunisia’s Zarzis port only to find they had already left, a
naval officer said.
The hi-tech Mistral helicopter-carrier had left on Satur-
day from the southern port of Toulon to repatriate around 900
Egyptians who had crossed into Tunisia from Libya and bring
them to the Egyptian port of Alexandria.
Soon after the ship dropped anchor however, spokesman
for the French navy Lieutenant Thierry Delorme announced
that it would “not be taking” refugees and would be leaving
on the same day.
Most of the Egyptians had already left by plane, impatient
to reach their homeland in just three hours as opposed to a boat
ride that would take them three days, he added.
US military planes repatriated 640 Egyptians over the
weekend, as part of an international effort to deliver refugees
from unrest in Libya
European countries and the United States on Thursday be-
gan airlifting more than 40,000 Egyptians who had fled Libya
for Tunisia, to avoid chaos and epidemics spreading at make-
shift camps on the border.
The French ship was equipped with 28 doctors as well as
69 beds, according to chief doctor Loic Lemesle. It was also
loaded with medical supplies, food and water to help the UN
refugee agency and the Red Crescent. — AFP
Jordan ex-minister named
UN envoy for Libya
AMMAN — Former Jordanian foreign minister Abdul Ilah
Khatib, named on Sunday as UN special envoy for humani-
tarian affairs in Libya, will meet all sides in the conflict, an
associate said yesterday.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky, announcing Khatib’s ap-
pointment, said he would have “urgent consultations” with
Muammar Gaddafi’s government on the growing battle with
dissident forces and work on the humanitarian crisis it has
caused.
His associate in Amman said, “He will co-ordinate humani-
tarian aid and means to find a solution to the crisis in Libya.”
Khatib, 56, will leave for New York “in the next few days
before travelling to Libya, where he should meet with all par-
ties involved in the conflict,” the source added. — Reuters
Bahrainis take
protests to
US embassy
LIBYAN dissident fighters take cover as a bomb dropped by an air force fighter jet explodes near a checkpoint on the outskirts of the oil town of Ras Lanuf yesterday. — AFP
RAS LANUF, Libya — Government
forces struck at dissidents in Libya’s
east and were reported attacking a
town near Tripoli yesterday as con-
cern grew over civilian suffering and
a growing refugee exodus.
The United Nations said more than
one million people fleeing Libya and
inside the country needed humanitar-
ian aid, and conditions in dissident-
held Misrata town were particularly
worrying following attacks on it by
forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
Offering a potential olive branch
to dissidents seeking to end Gadd-
afi’s long rule, one of his associates
appealed to opposition chiefs for dia-
logue, in a sign he may be ready to
compromise with the revolt.
The offer, rapidly dismissed by
dissidents, coincided with warnings
by Gaddafi that if he fell thousands
of refugees from Libya would “in-
vade Europe”.
Swiss-based exile group Libyan
Human Rights Solidarity said forces
loyal to Gaddafi had launched a new
attempt to capture Zawiyah, a dis-
sident-held town 50 km west of the
capital.
It was impossible to verify the
report because residents in the town
who had been speaking to journalists
by telephone were no longer reach-
able.
In the east, a warplane launched
an air strike on the outskirts of the
dissident-held oil terminal town of
Ras Lanuf, 600 km east of the capital
Tripoli, witnesses said.
“There was an aircraft, it fired
two rockets, there were no deaths,”
Mokhtar Dobrug, a dissident fighter
who witnessed the strike, said.
The attack fitted the pattern of
much of the fighting, which has been
erratic, with small groups engaging
each other, guerrilla-style, in hit and
run raids. Air attacks have been fitful
and the bombing often inaccurate.
In some areas, advantage on the
ground has swung back and forth
without conclusive result.
But the resilience of Gaddafi’s
troops in the face of protests which
started in mid-February and their
ability to launch a counter-attack has
raised the prospect that the country is
heading for prolonged bloodshed.
“It’s clear the government feels a
sense of momentum on its side,” said
military analyst Shashank Joshi, an
associate fellow at Britain’s Royal
United Services Institute.
“Government forces have more
mobility than the dissidents thanks
to airlift and a decent amount of road
transport.
“That’s blunted by the fact that
we are seeing extremely poor fight-
ing skills by government forces, and
reasonably competent fighting by the
dissidents.”
In Geneva, UN aid co-ordinator
Valerie Amos said more than a mil-
lion people fleeing Libya and inside
the country need humanitarian aid.
The dissidents have called for
UN-backed air strikes against what
they say are African soldiers-for-hire
used by Gaddafi to crush the uprising
against his 41-year-old rule.
The government says it is fighting
against Al Qaeda terrorists and main-
tains that its security forces have tar-
geted only armed individuals attack-
ing state institutions and depots.
Witnesses said government forc-
es advanced on dissident-held Ras
Lanuf in a counter-attack that forced
residents to flee and dissidents to hide
their weapons in the desert.
In Ras Lanuf, one angry man told
dissidents to go home, arguing that
they were bringing fighting closer to
oil terminals.
Another complained of the dis-
sidents’ inexperience, as one opposi-
tion fighter lay on his back and fired
an automatic weapon at a government
warplane flying overhead.
“I believe these youths are ready
to die, but they won’t make a dif-
ference,” he said. “Look at the way
they’re firing at the plane. They have
no experience, no leadership and no
strategy.”
The army was moving down the
Mediterranean coastal road east of
the recaptured town of Bin Jawad,
heading towards Ras Lanuf which is
about 60 km away, witnesses said.
Residents of Ras Lanuf, fearing
assault by the army, were leaving in
cars laden with belongings yesterday
and dissidents said they had moved
weapons into the desert for safekeep-
ing.
As the rival combatants prepared
to resume battle, the authorities
launched an appeal to the dissidents
in the east for dialogue, in the clearest
overture yet to their opponents.
Jadallah Azous al Talhi, a Libyan
prime minister in the 1980s who is
originally from eastern Libya, ap-
peared on state television reading an
address to elders in Benghazi.
He asked them to “give a chance
to national dialogue to resolve this
crisis, to help stop the bloodshed,
and not give a chance to foreign-
ers to come and capture our country
again.”
Ahmed Jabreel, an aide to dissi-
dent leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said:
“Any negotiations must be on the ba-
sis that Gaddafi will step down. There
can be no other compromise.”
In an interview with the France 24
television station, Gaddafi said Libya
was an important partner for the West
in containing Al Qaeda and illegal
migrants trying to reach Europe,
“There are millions of blacks who
could come to the Mediterranean to
cross to France and Italy, and Libya
plays a role in security in the Medi-
terranean,” he said.
In the West, after what residents
said was fierce fighting on Sunday
with artillery, rockets and mortar
bombs, dissident forces announced
they had fought off Gaddafi’s forces
in the towns of Zawiyah, to the im-
mediate west of Tripoli, and Misrata
to the east. — Reuters
Libya plane hits town, over 1m need aid
z Warplane strikes
outskirts of oil town
z Government
reported renewing
assault on
Zawiyah town
z UN says more
than one
million need aid
z Benghazi
dissidents release
British special
forces
THOUSANDS of auxiliary police march near the Parliament in Algiers yesterday to demand a pay raise. — AFP
ALGIERS — Thousands of auxiliary
police marched across Algeria yesterday
to demand a pay raise, breaking through
heavy security to reach parliament in a
rare mass show of dissent in the tightly
controlled country.
The protesters, estimated by organisers
to number around 20,000 and 10,000 by
reporters, braved a ban on demonstrations
in the capital and pushed through several
police cordons to move from Martyrs
Square to the National Assembly.
They were quickly surrounded by
regular police dispatched to the scene of
the protest.
Algeria’s auxiliary police, a force
numbering about 94,000 men, operate
in the country’s villages as part of a pro-
gramme set up in 1994 when the govern-
ment was battling dissident groups.
Wearing their uniforms, the protesters
called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
to bring their salaries and conditions in
line with those of other security services,
chanting: “Bouteflika is the solution.”
“We demand a rise in salaries and
service indemnities along the lines of all
the other security units,” said Cherif Ab-
delkader, an auxiliary policeman.
The protesters want the raise to be
backdated to 1994, Abdelkader said. “We
only have the right to 21 days of leave
a year. We take part in security sweeps
without helmets or bullet-proof jackets,”
another protester said.
Another said that radicals who were
released from prison under Bouteflika
after a ceasefire with the militants “have
more rights than us. We want the presi-
dent to rapidly announce concrete meas-
ures in our favour.”
The demonstrators decided to march
on the National Assembly after a delega-
tion of around a dozen of their representa-
tives returned empty-handed from a meet-
ing with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia,
some of them said.
“We suggested to the delegation that
they have a meeting with Interior Minis-
ter Dahou Oukld Kablia but his team re-
fused,” one said.
The deputy speaker of parliament,
Seddik Chihab, urged the demonstra-
tors to select representatives to meet the
speaker, Abdelaziz Ziari, to discuss their
complaints. A team of 11 was chosen, or-
ganisers said. — AFP
1000s of Algeria police march for higher pay
SANAA — Yemen’s opposi-
tion coalition vowed yester-
day to escalate protests that
have swept the country de-
manding the resignation of
President Ali Abdullah Saleh,
after he rejected a plan that
would have him step down in
2011.
Tens of thousands of pro-
testers are camped out in
major Yemeni cities, stay-
ing awake through the night
to hear speeches and sing
national songs, as their tone
against Saleh hardens.
Saleh rejected a plan pro-
posed by an opposition coali-
tion last week, which would
have implemented political
and electoral reforms while
paving the way for his resig-
nation within the year.
“Recent events have prov-
en that the regime is incapable
of answering the demands of
the people, and for that reason
it needs to go,” said the coa-
lition’s spokesman, Moham-
med al Sabry.
“The protesters are study-
ing several options for an es-
calation, including organising
a day when all Yemenis will
take to the streets, a ‘Friday of
No Return’ protest, and other
options,” he said.
Yemen was teetering on
the brink of failed statehood
even before recent protests.
Saleh has struggled to cement
a truce with dissidents in the
north and curb secessionist
rebellion in the south.
The growing Yemeni pro-
tests, and a series of defec-
tions from Saleh’s allies, have
added to pressure on Saleh to
end his three-decade rule in
the state. But neither side ap-
pears willing to compromise
to end the deadlock.
Saleh rejected the op-
position plan, which would
have also required him to re-
move family members from
key posts, and reiterated his
pledge to resign when his
term is set to expire in 2013.
He also adopted a proposal by
religious leaders for revamp-
ing elections, parliament and
the judicial system.
Protesters are frustrated
with corruption and soaring
unemployment in Yemen,
where 40 per cent of its 23
million people live on $2 a
day or less and a third face
chronic hunger.
Half of Yemen’s popula-
tion is armed, and experts
worry that as protests con-
tinue, sporadic clashes be-
tween pro-government and
anti-government demonstra-
tors could evolve into greater
violence.
The United States and
Britain have warned citizens
against travel in Yemen due to
recent unrest. — Reuters
Yemenis vow to
escalate protest
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9 REGION
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
CAIRO — Veteran diplo-
mat Amr Moussa (pictured),
talked economics and social
justice when he hit the cam-
paign trail for the Egyptian
presidency with a string of
interviews that flagged him as
the front runner for the job.
Arab League secretary-
general for the last decade,
Moussa, 74, is the most prom-
inent figure yet to declare his
candidacy for the position
from which Hosni Mubarak
stepped down on February 11
after three decades in power.
The military, which took
power after Mubarak went,
plans to hold a parliamentary
vote in June to be followed
by a presidential election six
weeks later.
In a country where years
of oppression have crushed
political life, Moussa’s high
profile, oratory skills and cha-
risma have given him a natural
head start.
An online poll on the Web
site of Al Ahram newspaper
on Thursday showed him with
a big lead over Mohammed
ElBaradei, the Nobel prize-
winning former head of the
International Atomic Energy
Agency. ElBaradei, a leading
figure in the reform move-
ment, has yet to say whether
he will run on not. He is wide-
ly expected to.
“The Egyptian economy
must move on two wheels:
the free market and social
justice,” Moussa said in an
interview with the Al Masry
Al Youm newspaper, one of at
least three he gave this week.
The economic policies of
the last decade had resulted
in “overwhelming poverty
for the majority and obscene
wealth for the minority”, said
Moussa, adding that growth
had not benefited a large pro-
portion of the population.
His move into economics
marked a step away from the
diplomacy that has defined his
career. He was Egypt’s for-
eign minister for 10 years un-
til 2001, before being moved
to the Arab League position
which he will relinquish soon.
As foreign minister, Mous-
sa was an outspoken advocate
for Palestinian rights as Cairo
played a leading role in the
Middle East peace process.
His popularity was widely
assumed to be the reason Mu-
barak removed him from the
foreign ministry in 2001. To
some, the final straw for Mu-
barak seemed to be the release
of the 2001 Egyptian pop
hit, “I hate Israel, I love Amr
Moussa”.
Asked in the Al Masry Al
Youm interview whether he
was a part of the former ad-
ministration, Moussa said: “I
was not merely an employee
who would be ordered and
obey.”
Moussa said he had ex-
pressed “the pulse” of the
Egyptians. He declined to go
into the details on his differ-
ences with the former presi-
dent. — Reuters
Moussa hits campaign trail
in Egypt presidency race
LONDON — The British
government was left red-faced
yesterday after a botched at-
tempt by special forces to
make contact with opposi-
tion forces in Libya ended in
the team being seized by
fighters.
The team, reportedly made
up of six soldiers from the
elite SAS and two diplomats,
flew into Libya by helicopter
and made their way to the
opposition-held city of Beng-
hazi. But they were rounded
up by lightly armed fighters
soon after they arrived, re-
ports said.
The diplomats are be-
lieved to have been officers
from Britain’s MI6 foreign
intelligence service whose
mission was to contact rebel
leaders and open the way for
a delegation.
But they succeeded only
in angering Libyan opposi-
tion leaders who denied they
had asked for any help and by
late on Sunday they had been
packed off to Malta on a Brit-
ish naval ship.
British Foreign Secretary
William Hague was to make
a statement to lawmakers on
the operation later yesterday.
After the government ini-
tially kept silent on the affair,
Hague confirmed on Sunday
that “a small diplomatic team
has been in Benghazi” and
said their intention had been
“to initiate contacts with the
opposition”.
“They experienced dif-
ficulties, which have now
been satisfactorily resolved.
They have now left Libya,”
he added.
However, Hague insisted
that Britain intended to send
“a further team to strengthen
our dialogue in due course” al-
though he stressed this would
be done in co-operation with
the Libyan opposition.
In Benghazi itself, an op-
position spokesman said the
fighters had refused to talk to
the delegation because they
had entered the country with-
out prior permission.
“We do not know the na-
ture of their mission. We
refused to discuss anything
with them due to the way
they entered the country,”
spokesman Abdul Hafiz
Ghoqa told reporters in the
rebel stronghold. The Britons
left Benghazi for Malta on
board the Royal Navy frigate
HMS Cumberland, reports
said.
The bungled operation
raised eyebrows because Brit-
ain prides itself on the com-
petence of the SAS, which is
believed to play a major role
in the conflict in Afghanistan
as well as in past wars in Iraq
and the Falklands.
The Times asked why the
SAS had felt it necessary to
carry out such a cloak-and-
dagger operation when it
would have been possible for
the team to simply drive into
Benghazi.
“Nabbed while escorting a
junior diplomat in a city that
would have welcomed them...
this was not their finest hour,”
the newspaper said. — AFP
Britain scrambles to
explain SAS’s ‘blunder’
EGYPTIAN protesters confront army soldiers in front of the state
security headquarters in downtown Cairo. — Reuters
LAMPEDUSA — More than 1,000 illegal im-
migrants escaping political turmoil in North
Africa arrived on this southern Italian island in
the Mediterranean during the night.
Taking advantage of good weather, the im-
migrants, most of them from Tunisia, arrived
in more than 10 boats.
Some of the boats made it to the shores of
this tiny island on their own, others were in-
tercepted by the coastguard and their passen-
gers taken off. So far, none of the immigrants
were believed to have left from Libya itself but
Italian officials fear an exodus from its former
colony if the situation worsens.
From Lampedusa, immigrants are sent by
plane to holding centres on the mainland but
the backlog was beginning to grow.
Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said last
week an aid mission to Tunisia to provide food
and medical help was aimed at handling the
refugee situation in North Africa, but it was
already preparing for a potential surge of im-
migrants to Italy.
More than 7,000 migrants from Tunisia
have arrived in Italy since the overthrow of
President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali in mid-Jan-
uary.
Tens of thousands have fled violence in Lib-
ya and crossed the border to Tunisia since an
uprising against Muammar Gaddafi prompted
a violent crackdown by security forces.
In 2009, Rome and Tripoli signed a deal al-
lowing Italy’s coastguard to return boatloads of
illegal immigrants back to Libya. — AFP
New wave of immigrants
arrives in southern Italy
TUNIS — The following is
a list of ministers in the Tu-
nisian transition government
announced yesterday after
the resignation of prime min-
ister Mohamed Ghannouchi
and four ministers.
It has 22 members, in-
cluding the prime minister,
of whom 17 have been re-
appointed from the previ-
ous transition government
formed on January 17 and
five are newcomers.
- Prime Minister: Beji
Caid Essebsi
- Justice: Lazhar Karoui
Chebbi (reappointed)
- National Defence: Ab-
delkrim Zbidi (reappointed)
- Interior: Farhat Rajhi
(reappointed)
- Foreign Affairs:
Mouldfi Keffi (newcomer)
- Social Affairs: Moham-
ed Ennacneur (reappointed)
- Finance: Jalloul Ayed
(reappointed)
- Religious Affairs: La-
roussi Mizouri (reappointed)
- Education: Taieb Bac-
couche (reappointed)
- Culture: Ezzeddine
Bach Chaouch (reappointed)
- Higher Education: Ri-
faat Chaabouni (newcomer)
- Health: Habiba Zahi
Ben Romdhane (reappoint-
ed)
- Commerce and Tour-
ism: Mehdi Houas (reap-
pointed)
- Agriculture: Mokhtar
Jalleli (reappointed)
- Women’s Affairs: Lilia
Laabidi (reappointed)
- Transport and Equip-
ment: Yassine Brahim (re-
appointed)
- Labour and Profes-
sional Training: Said Aydi
(newcomer)
- Youth and Sports:
Mohamed Aloulou (reap-
pointed)
- Planning and Interna-
tional Co-operation: Ab-
delhamid Triki (newcomer)
- Industry and Technol-
ogy: Abdellaziz Rassaa (re-
appointed)
- State Property: Ahmed
Adhoum (reappointed)
- Regional Develop-
ment: Abderrazak Zouari
(newcomer).
Meanwhile, Tunisia is
moving to dismantle the ves-
tiges of toppled leader Zine
al Abidine Ben Ali’s era.
The interim president
last week called a July 24
election to choose a na-
tional constituent assembly
tasked with rewriting a con-
stitution which he said “no
longer reflects the aspira-
tions of the people after the
revolution”. — Agencies
Tunisia’s new
transitional
government
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10 INDIA
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
Pranab Mukherjee’s son to
join Congress on Friday
CONGRESS stalwart and Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s son Avijit
will officially join the party on March 11
and contest the state assembly polls from
Nalhati constituency in Birbhum district,
an official said yesterday.
“Avijit Mukherjee will be officially
joining Congress on March 11. We will
make the announcement on that day. He
has left his public sector job a few days
back, so now he can join the party and
contest in the elections,” Birbhum district
Congress president Asit Mal said.
“We will announce it officially on
March 11 at the West Bengal Pradesh
Congress Committee office in Kolkata,”
he said.
According to Mal, Avijit Mukherjee,
52, an engineering graduate from
Jadavpur University, will contest the
polls from Nalhati constituency.
Speaker wants women’s
quota bill introduced
LOK Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar
yesterday said she wants the women’s
reservation bill to be introduced in the
lower house in the current session, but all
the political parties have yet to arrive at a
consensus on it.
“I would want this bill to be
introduced (in current session of
parliament), but all the parties have to
arrive at a consensus. That is the whole
reason this (the bill) has been held up,”
Meira Kumar told women journalists
during an interaction on the eve of
International Women’s Day (March 8).
The women’s reservation bill, passed
by the Rajya Sabha on March 9 last
year, seeks to reserve 33 per cent seats
for women in Lok Sabha and the state
assemblies. It has yet to be moved in the
Lok Sabha.
Shops in malls down
shutters against tax
FOUR major retail chains and other
shops downed shutters at popular malls
in south Delhi yesterday to protest
against the 10 per cent excise duty
proposed on branded apparel.
“We protest on behalf of our
customers, suppliers and employees. We
demand that the government rolls back
the 10 per cent excise on garments and
made-ups in full support of Clothing
Manufacturers’ Association of India
(CMAI) and Retailers Association of
India (RAI),” read a common poster
pasted at the shuttered outlets.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
proposed the tax while presenting
his budget for fiscal in parliament on
February 28.
Mulayam in parliament
after ‘house arrest’
SAMAJWADI Party (SP) chief Mulayam
Singh Yadav attended parliament in
Delhi yesterday and claimed that he and
his son Akhilesh were put under house
arrest in the Uttar Pradesh capital earlier
in the day.
“There were dozens of policemen
and they had barricaded my house (in
Lucknow),” Mulayam Singh said outside
parliament after attending the Lok Sabha.
He claimed that the Mayawati
government had put restrictions on his
and his son’s movements to thwart their
anti-government rally in the state that
began yesterday.
He claimed the restrictions
were removed only after he faxed a
letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira
Kumar, mentioning that under such
circumstances he would not be able to
attend parliament.
Bengal to release 37
Bangladeshi prisoners
THE West Bengal government will today
release 37 Bangladeshi nationals who
were arrested for infiltrating into Indian
territory, police said yesterday.
“We will release at least 37
Bangladeshi nationals who have served
their terms in Raiganj correctional home
(in North Dinajpur district) for entering
Indian territory without any valid
documents,” Additional Director General
of Police (correctional services) B D
Sharma said.
“They will be handed over to Border
Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel at
Changrabandha immigration checkpost
in Cooch Behar,” Sharma said
Zero-deficit Kashmir
budget promises jobs
ANNOUNCING job-generation
schemes, Jammu and Kashmir Finance
Minister Abdul Rahim Rather yesterday
presented a zero-deficit budget for fiscal
2011-12 in the state assembly.
It was the 11th occasion when
Rather has presented the state’s budget
as finance minister. Rather announced a
number of schemes to help unemployed
youth get jobs. The budget provided
Rs 3,100 million for skill development
mission which would enable youth start
self-employment ventures. The finance
minister also provided Rs 400 million
under the employment and welfare pro-
grammes for the youth.
NEWS I N BRI EF
By Ashraf Padanna
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — Women from the
lower strata of society are more vulnerable to physi-
cal assaults in cities than those from the upper class,
according to a study supported by Unifem, the UN
entity for gender equality and empowerment of
women, in Kozhikode.
Women who commute by bus face different
vulnerabilities than those who own a car and liv-
ing in a slum area poses different challenges to safe
movement than living in a middle class residential
area, the study conducted by the city-based Sakhi
Women’s Resource Centre and Anweshi Women’s
Counselling Centre in Kozhikode.
The findings are similar to the survey conducted
by Sakhi in Thiruvananthapuram which found the
public spaces are increasingly unsafe for women.
As many as 99 per cent of the respondents iden-
tified harassment as the main safety problem fol-
lowed by robbery. The respondents shared their ex-
periences of robbery by young men in bikes wearing
helmets and snatching away ornaments, which also
sometimes lead to harassment.
Lack of lighting, toilets and safe transportation
leaves women more vulnerable to gender-based
violence. The basic factors, which contribute to this
feeling of being unsafe as pointed out by women
and common witness are crowded public transport
and bus stops. Another main factor is the nuisances
of drunkards in public spaces.
Gender-based violence includes physical, psy-
chological and economic abuse. Women are vul-
nerable to various forms of violence for several
reasons. When 74 per cent of women feel there is
disrespect for women only 28 common witnesses
share this perception. The ‘problem spots’ include
Puthiya bus stand, Palayam area, railway station
and surrounding areas, Mananchira, SM Street and
Vellayil beach area.
Some 69 per cent of the women reported harass-
ment while using public transport. Roadsides, cin-
emas and parks are other unsafe areas.
“The bus conductor instead of asking her to
move back, he physically pushed her,” the report
quotes one respondent as saying. A student shares
the abusive language used by the conductor while
another reported they are allowed to enter the bus
only after everybody gets in.
A student said while travelling in a bus, her dress
was torn with a blade from top to bottom by some-
one from behind. Another respondent was pulled
into a jeep while waiting for bus.
The report also points to a widely reported inci-
dent of the robbery, physical assault and murder of
23-year-old Soumya at a time when the volunteers
were taking samples for the survey. While returning
from work in a local train, a man tried to snatch her
bag. When she resisted she was pushed out from the
running train and physically assaulted by the same
person. She succumbed to her injuries a couple of
days later.
Sakhi has started a campaign to make public
places safe for women by holding meetings with of-
ficials and collaborating in training for bus conduc-
tors with the Kerala State Road Transport Corpora-
tion (KSRTC).
Over 12,143 bus conductors were trained in
10 regions of the state in 2009. Sakhi produced
a sticker with the message ‘Behave decently with
women; ‘Safe journey is the right of women’ and
the women help line number (1091) and the traffic
help line number (1099) have been depicted into it
to enable the victims to seek immediate assistance
from authorities.
The project was part of the Unifem’s (United
Nations Development Fund for Women) initiative
for gender equality. The pilot study began with
the state capital and was completed by September
2010. The Kozhikode study started from October
and the survey was conducted from November to
January 2011. The sample population belonged to
categories like students, workers, homemakers,
unorganised workers, commuters, drivers, conduc-
tors etc and spread across public places such as
roadsides, bus stops, markets, beaches, buses, hos-
pital compounds, hangouts, knowledge centres and
theatres.
Unifem study says women feel unsafe in Kerala city
NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court ruled yes-
terday that life support can be legally removed for
some terminally ill patients in a landmark ruling that
will allow “passive euthanasia” for the first time.
The judgement came during a hearing into the
case of former nurse Aruna Shanbaug (pictured),
who has been in a vegetative state in a Mumbai hos-
pital since being physically assaulted and strangled
with a chain while at work 37 years ago.
A plea by journalist and friend Pinki Virani to
stop her being force-fed was rejected by the Su-
preme Court on the grounds that Virani was not eli-
gible to make the demand on Shanbaug’s behalf.
But withdrawing life support could be allowed
under exceptional circumstances, provided the re-
quest was from family and supervised by doctors
and the courts, a two-judge bench in the Supreme
Court said.
“We agree ... that passive euthanasia should be
permitted in our country in certain situations,” the
court said in its ruling, adding that “we are laying
down the law... until parliament makes a law on the
subject”.
The ruling gives some legal clarity in an area
that has posed legislators and judges all over the
world with moral dilemmas thrown up by modern
medicine which can keep alive severely injured or
handicapped people.
In the case of a person in a permanent vegeta-
tive state and unable to speak for themselves, such
as Shanbaug, a request to withdraw life support
should come from family or a spouse, the court in
New Delhi ruled.
The request should then be reviewed by the lo-
cal high court, which would rely on the opinion of
a court-appointed panel of three doctors who would
examine the patient and speak to hospital staff.
The supervision was required to prevent “un-
scrupulous” family members attempting to kill off
wealthy relatives, the Supreme Court said.
“The commercialisation of our society has
crossed all limits,” it said. “Hence we have to guard
against the potential of misuse.”
Virani filed the case in the Supreme Court in
1999 asking for Shanbaug to be allowed to die with
dignity. Both of her parents have died and other
family members have not maintained contact with
her, according to the petition.
Shanbaug, who is bed-ridden, blind and in a
vegetative state, has spent three-and-a-half decades
being fed mashed food and cared for by a team of
doctors and nurses.
Her attacker, a ward boy at the hospital, was
freed after a seven-year jail sentence.
Lawyer T R Andhyarujina, who was an adviser
to the Supreme Court in the case, said it was the
first time there had been a ruling on euthanasia by
the top court.
“The court has accepted the withdrawal of a life
support system, but has not given the permission to
inject any lethal substance,” he said.
Laws on euthanasia or assisted suicide, in which
patients are helped by doctors to end their own
lives, vary across the world.
In Europe, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and
Belgium have legalised it under strict conditions,
while in Switzerland a doctor can provide a patient
who wants to die with lethal medication that the pa-
tient takes by him or herself.
In 1994, the US state of Oregon became the first
in the country to legalise euthanasia for certain ter-
minally ill patients. The state of Montana has also
legalised it and the east coast state of Vermont is
considering a law.
The Supreme Court ruled that the nurses who
have cared for Shanbaug, who is now 60, at Mum-
bai’s KEM Hospital were the only ones who could
ask for feeding to be stopped.
In the absence of any family, they were
Shanbaug’s “next friend” in the eye of the law,
rather than Pinki Virani, and they were in favour of
keeping her alive.
“We consider it as a duty to look after her. The
court has recognised our efforts,” Bhanuprita, a
nurse at the hospital, was quoted as saying by the
Press Trust of India.
Indian laws do not permit euthanasia or self-
starvation to the point of death, although fasting is
a part of Indian culture, made famous by independ-
ence leader Mahatma Gandhi.
The only exception to the law on self-starvation
is the religious practice of “santhara,” which sees
elderly believers from the Jain religion give up food
and water until death. — AFP
Supreme Court allows ‘passive euthanasia’
WIDOWS and relatives of Sikhs who were killed in the 1984 riots demonstrate in New Delhi yesterday.
The protesters were demanding homes, jobs and compensation from the government. — AFP
HYDERABAD — The Telan-
gana Joint Action Committee
(JAC) yesterday declared that
it would go ahead with its mil-
lion march to Hyderabad on
March 10 to press the demand
for separate statehood to Tel-
angana while police have im-
posed ban orders and warned
action against violators.
JAC convenor M Kodan-
daram told reporters after a
meeting of the steering com-
mittee that the march would
begin in the afternoon instead
of morning so that students
appearing for intermediate ex-
aminations on that day face no
hurdles.
JAC, comprising Telan-
gana Rashtra Samithi (TRS),
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
and other groups fighting for
a separate state, met here yes-
terday to discuss any possible
postponement of the march in
view of the appeals made by
parents of the students appear-
ing for examinations.
The meeting decided to go
ahead with the planned march
but changed its timings to ena-
ble students of Class 11 and 12
standards to reach the exami-
nation centres in Hyderabad
and Ranga Reddy districts.
The million march will
be held at Tank Bund on the
banks of Hussain Sagar Lake,
which divides the twin cities
of Hyderabad and Secundera-
bad.
The march will demand
that the central government
introduce a bill in parliament
for carving out a separate Te-
langana state.
JAC convenor Kodan-
daram said people from two
to three points will come in a
procession to Tank Bund and
stage a sit-in there. “There will
be no speeches but artistes will
sing and dance to highlight the
demand for a separate state,”
he said.
However, Kodandaram ad-
mitted that the march would
not be on the scale on which
it was originally planned. The
JAC had earlier planned to
bring the city to halt by block-
ing all the roads. “There will
be more protests on a much
larger scale,” he said.
The march is expected to
further intensify the move-
ment for separate statehood to
Telangana, which comprises
10 districts including Hydera-
bad.
Meanwhile, police made
it clear that the march had no
permission. Police commis-
sioners of Hyderabad and Cy-
berabad yesterday announced
prohibitory orders to prevent
any gathering.
Hyderabad Police Com-
missioner A K Khan said there
was no permission to hold ral-
lies, meetings and processions
in the twin cities. He warned
that police would deal firmly
with those violating ban or-
ders.
Prohibitory orders ban-
ning the assembly of four or
more people have also been
imposed in Cyberabad police
commissionerate, which cov-
ers outskirts of the city includ-
ing the IT hub.
Cyberabad Police Com-
missioner Tirumala Rao said
the police would prevent peo-
ple from gathering. He urged
the protesters not to disturb
the IT sector. — IANS
Telangana million march on,
ban orders in Hyderabad
NEW DELHI — India will
host foreign ministers from
Brazil and South Africa for
talks on UN reforms, offi-
cials said yesterday.
The ministers’ meeting is
scheduled for this evening in
New Delhi, officials in the
External Affairs Ministry
said.
“One of the focus areas
is on intensifying efforts for
expanding the permanent
and non-permanent mem-
bership of the UN Security
Council,” a ministry official
said. ‘‘Other areas include
enhancing trade, co-opera-
tion in energy and closer co-
ordination on global issues.”
Foreign Minister S M
Krishna also planned sepa-
rate talks with his South
African and Brazilian coun-
terparts Nkoana Mashabane
and Antonio Patriota. Brazil
and India along with Ger-
many and Japan have been
seeking a status on par with
the UN Security Council’s
five permanent members.
India to host
Brazil, S Africa
meeting on
UN reforms
NEW DELHI — Facing the wrath of
environmentalists, the central gov-
ernment yesterday withdrew its new
guidelines for declaring lands as criti-
cal wildlife habitats and relocating
people from such areas. New guide-
lines would be put in place soon.
The environment ministry’s deci-
sion came after the Congress chief
Sonia Gandhi-headed National Advi-
sory Council said that rights of forest
dwellers should not be diluted in any
way.
“Members of some civil society
organisations made representations
to the ministry about some technical,
scientific, social and ecological issues
that related to the process of identifi-
cation and notification of the critical
wildlife habitats and relocation of peo-
ple from such areas,” said a statement
issued by the ministry here.
“Taking note of their concerns, the
ministry has decided to withdraw the
guidelines issued on February 7, 2011,
and has initiated the process for hav-
ing new guidelines in place,” it said.
The ministry organised a meet-
ing of civil society groups on March
4 after they sought fine tuning of the
guidelines to make it compliant with
the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes
and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers
Act, 2006.
The biggest concern against the
guidelines was lack of a democratic
process to determine the critical habi-
tats which, once identified, will give
powers to the government to relocate
people from there.
The environmental groups also
claimed that the new guidelines con-
tradicted the recommendations of a
joint committee of environment and
tribal affairs ministries.
According to environmental
groups, the guidelines aimed at doing
away with the consultation process
before notifying a critically wildlife
habitat.
There was no clarity on the process
for identification of areas for declaring
them as critical wildlife habitats under
the guidelines. — IANS
New norms for shifting
forest people withdrawn
NEW DELHI — The Delhi High Court
yesterday sought a clarification from
the Supreme Court whether it should
take up a spectrum scam-related plea
filed by Swan Telecom promoter Sha-
hid Usman Balwa. He has questioned
allegations by investigators about his
links with don Dawood Ibrahim.
Justice S Muralidhar said: “As
the Supreme Court is monitoring the
2G (second generation) scam-related
matter, therefore, it’s better for me to
take clarification from there whether I
should take up the 2G-related matter
or not.”
The matter will now be taken up on
March 24.
Balwa was arrested in Mumbai
February 7 and is now in judicial cus-
tody in Delhi.
In his petition, Balwa contended
that the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS)
of the Mumbai police and the Intelli-
gence Bureau (IB) had not found any
evidence against him to support their
allegations that he was linked to the
underworld don.
On Balwa’s plea, the high court
earlier asked the home ministry to file
an affidavit. The central government is
yet to do so.
“On Thursday, 2G-related matter is
listed in the Supreme court, therefore,
I will take up this matter after it,” said
Justice Muralidhar.
On December 3 last year, Balwa,
vice chairman of Etisalat DB Telecom
India Pvt, approached the high court
with a copy of an official note from
the union home ministry.
In the note, the ministry recom-
mended to the Foreign Investment
Promotion Board to deny permission
to Etisalat to invest in a Chennai-
based firm.
The ministry said he shouldn’t be
associated with the company either as
a director or in other capacity as he
had links with the underworld.
The central government claimed
that it had sufficient inputs in this re-
gard from the Mumbai ATS and the
IB.
The IB alleged that Dawood in-
vested large sums of money in Balwa’s
firm, which was used by him to finance
many of his business deals.
The central government was to file
its reply on the plea of Balwa yester-
day but Additional Solicitor General
A S Chandiok informed the court that
the Supreme Court was hearing a re-
lated matter.
He said details of the Balwa’s
plea were also presented before the
apex court which has restrained
all other courts from passing any or-
ders. — IANS
Clarification sought from
apex court on Balwa’s plea
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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
PANDEMONIUM broke out at the venue
of the West Bengal Youth Congress
committee elections yesterday as the
supporters of a losing candidate broke
furniture, upturned tables and chased
people with rods and flag poles.
The election at the Nazrul Mancha
in south Kolkata saw Congress MP
Mousam Benazir Noor becoming the
new state Youth Congress chief after
defeating Arindam Bhattacharya who had
the backing of Deepa Dasmunshi, wife
of ailing Congress leader Priya Ranjan
Dasmunshi.
Soon after the results were
announced, Youth Congress activists
owing allegiance to the losing candidate
forced their way onto the dais and went
on a rampage. They broke chairs, tore up
cloth used to decorate the stage and beat
up some of the Congress workers with
rods and flag poles.
Sandeep Wadhwa held in
CWG overlays scam
THE Central Bureau of Investigation
(CBI) yesterday arrested Sandeep
Wadhwa, director of the India operations
of a Swiss-based company, in connection
with the Commonwealth Games (CWG)
overlays scam.
Wadhwa was called for questioning in
the afternoon and arrested in the evening,
a CBI official said.
“Wadhwa was held in connection
with alleged irregularities in the award of
overlays contracts for over Rs 6 billion,”
said the official.
Wadhwa is Managing Director of
Comfort Net Traders India Pvt Ltd, the
company which was part of Switzerland-
based Nussli India Consortium. Nussli
India was given a contract of nearly
Rs 140 crore for supplying tents, portable
cabins, containers and other items for six
venues.
Quashing of Doordarshan
staff appointment stayed
THE Delhi High Court yesterday
restrained a Central Administrative
Tribunal (CAT) order quashing
appointment of 25 anchors and reporters
in Doordarshan (DD) News channel in
2010.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the
central government, public broadcaster
Prasar Bharati and asked them to file
their replies by May 10.
The court was hearing a petition filed
by DD’s anchors and reporters who
challenged the CAT’s September 2010
order annulling their recruitment.
AIIMS questioned for
disobeying court order
THE Delhi High Court yesterday
issued notices for contempt of court to
the additional director-general, health
and the All India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS) for denying an MBBS
doctor admission in a masters course
despite the court’s order last week.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Sanjeev Khanna said: “Why have you
not allowed the child to take admission
even after this court has directed on
March 4 to allot a seat? You have
committed contempt of this court order.”
“Issue notice to additional director-
general, health, central government and
AIIMS. They will have to file their reply
by March 15, with a clarification on
which ground he was denied admission
twice,” said the court.
Woman killed while
resisting robbery
THE Delhi Police have arrested a
man for allegedly killing a 58-year-
old woman at her residence when she
resisted a robbery attempt by a three-man
gang, police said yesterday.
Ranjit was arrested from Harsh Vihar
in north Delhi for murdering Kiran Soni,
wife of Shiv Charan Soni, a goldsmith,
when she refused to part with her jewel-
lery and cash on Sunday, police said.
The woman was alone in her Harsh Vi-
har home when the men broke in. Ranjit
had worked for the family for two months
in the past. The two accomplices are ab-
sconding.
Ensure safety of Sikhs
abroad, PM told
PUNJAB Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir
Singh Badal yesterday asked Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to take all
possible diplomatic steps to ensure the
security of Sikhs working in the US and
in other countries, following the killing
of a Sikh in California.
Surinder Singh, 68, was killed and
Gurmej Singh Atwal, 71, was critically
injured in Sacramento after unidentified
assailants opened fire at them.
“We are very shocked over this
incident of attack on Sikhs at California.
It is a suspected case of hate crime. This
was the second such incident during
last four months in the same US city
and it has triggered panic among the
Sikhs, who have a sizeable population in
California,” Badal said. — IANS
NEWS I N BRI EF
Violence mars Bengal
Youth Congress polls
MUMBAI — The Enforce-
ment Directorate (ED) yes-
terday raided the home of
Hasan Ali Khan and quizzed
him on the allegations of
money laundering including
the alleged $8 billion stashed
away abroad, officials said
here.
ED teams raided Khan’s
Pune home and detained him
for questioning. He was like-
ly to be brought to Mumbai
last night for further ques-
tioning in the matter.
The ED and other agen-
cies investigating the money
laundering racket are also
likely to open some bank
lockers in his presence in
Mumbai, the official said.
However, the official de-
clined to reveal the outcome
of the raids or of Khan’s pre-
liminary questioning.
This is the second time
that Khan has been raided,
the previous one being in
January 2007.
Among other things,
Khan is suspected to have
stashed away around US$8
billion in Swiss bank ac-
counts, transferring cash
and assets out of the country
through dubious means and
evading taxes on income
with a suspected liability of
over Rs 40,000 crore.
Recently, the ED issued
summons to him to appear
before it on March 10 while
he was quizzed by the In-
come Tax Department last
month in connection with
notices served to him in De-
cember 2008. — IANS
Tax evader
q uestioned
By Ashraf Padanna
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — The
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is plan-
ning a high-voltage campaign to open
its account in the state assembly with
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj
camping here leading the campaign.
The party which could so far get
its candidates elected to the local self-
governments only had come second
in at least two constituencies (Kasara-
god and Manjeshwaram bordering the
BJP-ruled Karnataka) in 2006 elec-
tions raising hopes of the party.
This time the BJP has fielded sen-
ior leader O Rajagopal (pictured), the
81-year-old former federal minister,
from Nemam constituency to make
the last push for the breakthrough and
the entire focus is on his candidature
for the party that wants to establish its
presence in the state’s bipolar politics.
Rajagopal had unsuccessfully con-
tested from here in the 2004 parlia-
mentary elections though he came first
in three assembly segments, including
Nemam. The BJP just banks on his
popularity in the constituency rather
than its political strength.
BJP leader in charge of Kerala,
Muralidhra Rao, said besides Swaraj
the entire top brass of the party will
soon be in Kerala campaigning for
Rajagopal who had already started so-
liciting votes.
“The top BJP leadership has taken
the electoral battle in Kerala very seri-
ously and the party will open its ac-
count in Kerala Assembly,” Rao told
reporters here yesterday. “The first list
of the candidates will be released in
Delhi on Thursday after the formal ap-
proval by the core committee and the
election committee of the party”.
The BJP is going it alone in all the
140 constituencies, long dominated
by the rival United Democratic Front
(UDF) and Left Democratic Front
(LDF) alternately.
“The BJP will play a major role
in the electoral politics of Kerala this
time and the party will emerge as a
strong and creative opposition party
in the state as it has been doing at the
national-level,” he said.
To a question on alleged distribu-
tion of sarees to women by a prospec-
tive BJP candidate in Palakkad, he said
the Left parties, which don’t have self
confidence to fight the BJP on ideo-
logical level, was promoting violence
and raising baseless allegations.
“The party has no role in organis-
ing the function and there is no need
for BJP to canvass votes by extending
gifts like clothes,” he said.
BJP hopes to open
account in Kerala
in coming elections
NEW DELHI — A key mem-
ber of the Congress-led coali-
tion put off its plan to resign
ministerial posts until today,
offering respite to a govern-
ment fighting to win back
public trust after a raft of cor-
ruption scandals.
The Dravida Munnetra Ka-
zhagam, which gives Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh’s
coalition vital support in par-
liament, had said its six min-
isters would quit the coalition
yesterday because of a row
over seat to be contested in a
local election next month.
But a leader of the south-
ern party said the two sides
were holding talks to resolve
the dispute that has underlined
the shaky nature of the federal
coalition.
“The resignations are on
hold,” DMK leader M K Stalin
told reporters.
The announcement by the
regional group that it was
leaving the cabinet was the lat-
est in a series of problems that
Singh has faced, ranging from
corruption scandals to an ina-
bility to push through reforms
in parliament.
The coalition was not in
danger of collapse even if the
DMK ministers left because
the party said it would contin-
ue to give conditional support
to the government.
The Congress Party could
also seek support from other
regional groups to boost its
numbers in parliament, as
few want to face an election
more than three years ahead of
schedule.
But the cracks in the rul-
ing alliance have reinforced
the image of an administra-
tion adrift, unable to tackle a
culture of corruption or curb
inflation that has stoked public
anger.
Analysts said it looked
increasingly likely that the
Congress and the DMK would
patch things up, as each was
weaker without the other.
“I expect a compromise.
They need each other. Howev-
er bad the Congress is with the
DMK, they are worse without
it,” said Mahesh Rangarajan
of the University of Delhi.
The DMK, which has been
implicated in a massive tel-
ecoms scandal, has six min-
isterial posts in the council of
ministers, which represents
the full range of the federal
government.
It holds two positions —
minister of textiles and minis-
ter of chemicals and fertilisers
— in the 34-member cabinet.
Singh’s coalition has a ma-
jority of one, with 273 mem-
bers in the 545-seat Lower
House of Parliament.
A political party based in
the north has said it would
consider supporting the coali-
tion if it was approached.
Shares dropped 1.4 per
cent yesterday, with rate sen-
sitive sectors contributing the
most to losses, hit by political
worries and surging crude oil
prices.
“DMK’s pullout will add
to the already weak investor
sentiment,” said Arun Kejri-
wal, director of research firm
KRIS.
“The uncertainty over the
political scene will lead to a
volatile market.”
Ties between the Con-
gress and the DMK have been
strained since former telecoms
minister A Raja, a DMK mem-
ber, was fired from and de-
tained for selling 2G telecom
licences at low prices which
an audit said had cost the gov-
ernment $39 billion loss.
The scandal, said to be the
country’s biggest, has deeply
embarrassed Singh who has
seen his reputation dashed to
the ground.
In February, he bowed to
demands for a parliamentary
investigation into the scandal
after months of protests by the
opposition stalled the assem-
bly’s last session.
Yesterday, Singh appeared
before parliament, accepting
responsibility for naming a
civil servant to the country’s
top anti-graft watchdog even
though the officer was himself
facing allegations of wrong-
doing. He made similar com-
ments on Friday.
“There has been an error
of judgement and I accept full
responsibility,” he said fol-
lowing the Supreme Court’s
decision last week cancelling
the appointment of the tainted
officer. — Reuters
DMK puts off decision to
quit UPA, holds talks
ACTIVISTS of National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), the women’s wing of the Communist Party of India, during a rally
in Hyderabad yesterday on the eve of International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International
Working Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8, this year marking 100 years since its creation. — AFP
LUCKNOW — An Indi-
an court yesterday fined a
former lawmaker more than
$100,000 for falsely accus-
ing rising political star Rahul
Gandhi of rape.
The High Court in the
northern city of Lucknow
ordered Kishore Samrite to
pay Rs 5 million for smearing
40-year-old Gandhi, widely
seen as a prime minister-in-
waiting.
Samrite had accused Ra-
hul, the latest member of the
Nehru-Gandhi political dy-
nasty to be tipped for high
office, and five of his friends
of gang-raping 24-year-old
Sukanya Singh during a De-
cember 2006 trip to his home
constituency of Amethi.
Samrite said he read about
the alleged attack on an un-
named website and tried to
contact the supposed victim,
but turned to the courts after
failing to track her down. At
no point has Singh filed a
complaint.
“The court also considers
it necessary that an inquiry is
carried out by an independ-
ent agency to find out if there
was a political design behind
the move,” judges Uma Nath
Singh and Satish Chandra
said in their ruling.
Samrite is a former legis-
lator of regional opposition
Samajwadi (Socialist) Party
in the central Indian state
of Madhya Pradesh and de-
scribes himself as a social
activist.
Singh appeared in the
court and said she had not
been attacked by Rahul, who
has sought to establish him-
self as a champion of the poor
by sleeping in the houses of
low-caste Hindus.
Two million rupees should
be given to Rahul, state pros-
ecutor Devendra Upadhaya
said, adding that Singh, a
daughter of a Congress activ-
ist, would receive Rs 2.5 mil-
lion. The remainder will go to
the police.
Rahul is the great grand-
son of independence prime
minister Jawaharlal Nehru
and son of Italian-born Sonia
Gandhi, who currently heads
the ruling Congress party.
— AFP
Court clears Rahul
Gandhi over smear
NEW DELHI — With a special char-
tered flight bringing 155 people from
Libya yesterday morning, over two-
third of nearly 18,000 Indian nation-
als have been evacuated from the vio-
lence-torn north African country.
A chartered Fly Dubai flight with
the last batch of 155 people who had
crossed over from Libya to Dzerba in
Tunisia returned to India early yester-
day morning.
In all, 1,120 Indians had crossed
over to Tunisia, all of whom have
since returned home safely.
Another 67 Indians who had
crossed over to Salloum in Egypt
reached Mumbai yesterday morning
by a Gulf Air flight.
Giving an update on Operation
Safe Homecoming, the multi-pronged
operation to evacuate Indians from
Libya, the External Affairs Ministry
said over 12,000 Indian nationals,
have been evacuated so far.
Chartered ship MV Red Star One
returned to Malta from Misurata in
Libya on Sunday morning with 301
Indians and 29 foreign nationals on
board. The passengers returned to In-
dia on Sunday night, on special Jet Air
and Kingfisher flights.
“All our nationals have thus been
brought back from Malta,” the min-
istry said. MV Red Star One would
now set sail for Sirte in Libya today
and reach its destination in 24 hours.
It is expected to evacuate 600 people
to Malta.
Presently, there are 1,600 Indians
in Sirte, many of who may be heading
for Tripoli by road, for being airlifted
from there, the ministry said.
MV Scotia Prince is on its way
back to Alexandria with 972 people
from Benghazi in Libya on board.
The ministry, however, added that
the ship’s arrival has been delayed due
to some engine trouble and it is now
expected to reach today. All passen-
gers will be flown back to India on
three Egypt Air and one IL 76 flight
on March 9.
Naval vessels INS Jalashwa and
INS Mysore are headed for Tripoli and
expected to reach on March 10, the
last day for evacuating the remaining
Indian nationals in Tripoli.
India launched Operation Safe
Homecoming on February 26 to bring
back its nationals — the biggest such
exercise mounted since the August
1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait that
forced thousands of Indians to flee to
Jordan from where they were flown
home. — IANS
Over 12,000 citizens
evacuated from
strife-torn Libya
NEW DELHI — The Lok
Sabha yesterday passed Rail-
way Minister Mamata Ban-
erjee’s (pictured) budget,
but not without the expected
acrimonious scenes between
her and her political rival Left
MPs. Replying to a nearly
half-day debate on the Febru-
ary 25 railway budget, Baner-
jee said the work of the rail-
ways should go on unhindered
irrespective of whether she
was the minister or not.
This was seen as an indi-
cation of her future moves in
case her party, the Trinamool
Congress, wins the West Ben-
gal assembly elections.
Touted to become the state
chief minister if the Trinamool
Congress ousts the Left par-
ties in the state, Banerjee said:
“I may remain tomorrow or
not (as the railway minister).
Somebody else may come and
take over... but there has to be
some system for proper rail
services. We have to do it.”
Combative as ever, Baner-
jee also countered the attacks
of her detractors that she was
announcing railway projects
for West Bengal that had no
Planning Commission ap-
proval.
“I have not done anything
without the approval of Plan-
ning Commission. I will do it
within the norms and not out-
side the norms of the Planning
Commission and constitution.
Anybody can have differences
of opinion with me on my pol-
icies, but they should not play
politics with development,”
she said. Banerjee said rail-
ways was one field in which
India could do better and help
the economy to grow faster.
She also objected to the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
attacking her on what it termed
as her Bengal-centric railway
budget. “It is not correct. I do
not agree with this,” she said.
The minister said she had
“the heart to give more” rail
lines, train services and stop-
pages as per the request of the
MPs, but there was no scope
for more when the available
resources were looked at.
The house witnessed a
minor clash between the law-
makers of her party and Left
MPs over an alleged suicide
attempt by a youth outside
Banerjee’s residence in Kolk-
ata because he was denied
a job in railways after being
promised one.
Trinamool MPs strongly
objected to CP03/07/11M
member Ramchandra Dome’s
allegation. Senior Trinamool
leader Sudip Bandopadhyay
said the Left MP was anti-
Bengal. Reacting to the alle-
gation, the minister denied the
incident took place.
“This is absolutely con-
cocted and false. He can speak
anything about the railways
but this allegation is totally
wrong,” an angry Banerjee
shouted.
Earlier in the pre-lunch ses-
sion, the house witnessed two
adjournments after Samajwadi
Party members forced disrup-
tion during the question hour
over the alleged “house arrest”
of their leader Mulayam Singh
Yadav and his son Akhilesh in
Lucknow ahead of their agita-
tion against Uttar Pradesh’s
ruling Bahujan Samaj Party.
Soon after the house paid
homage in the morning to
Congress leader Arjun Singh,
who died on Friday, Sama-
jwadi Party members rushed
towards the chair and raised
slogans demanding the dis-
missal of the Uttar Pradesh
government.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira
Kumar’s requests to the pro-
testing members to return to
their seats went unheeded,
forcing her to adjourn the
house twice.
Rajya Sabha also mourned
the death of Arjun Singh who
was a sitting member, with
chairman Hamid Ansari say-
ing the country had lost “an
eminent administrator and a
distinguished parliamentar-
ian.” The upper house ad-
journed for the day soon after
as a mark of respect for the
departed leader. — IANS
Lok Sabha gives nod to
Mamata’s rail budget
By Laura Villena
G
O through your wallet some
day and you might see a
surprise. Along with Queen
Elizabeth on a British pound, George
Washington on the US dollar or Jew-
ish leaders on the Israeli shekel, you
might see something new.
It could be “Free Palestine” en-
grained across those familiar images.
The new message is the product of a
new non-violent resistance campaign
by Palestinian protesters against Is-
rael’s occupation.
With the help of Facebook, its
organisers said they hope to turn
it into a worldwide movement,
and it is one of many attempts by
Palestinian groups to use the social-
networking site to get out their mes-
sage.
The most recent campaign was
launched on Saturday with one 50-
shekel ($13.80) note across which
appeared the handwritten slogan in
big black letters. Before long, organ-
isers said, they hope “Free Palestine”
will show up on paper currency eve-
rywhere.
Israeli shekels are used in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip, but the
initiative, defined as an “everywhere
campaign,” has quickly spread
around the world.
“No matter what country you are
from, no matter what currency you
use, every time you get any note,
write on it in pen or permanent mark-
er ‘Free Palestine,’” the Facebook
page said.
“This message must be spread
far and wide.” One day after being
launched, another Facebook page
showed photos of Indonesian rupi-
ahs, euros and US dollars stamped
with the message.
Queen Elizabeth II seems to be
shouting the slogan on a £20 note
while a note of 20 Canadian dollars
also demands “Stop the Gaza block-
ade.” The three organisers said they
have a “firm belief in non-violent
national resistance.” “This is a sim-
ple, non-violent, innovative way to
resist” Israeli occupation, they said.
Success, recognition
“This is an ingenious way of
sending a vital message to so many
people,” a statement said on the
Facebook page. “Just ‘Free Pales-
tine’ will sit in people’s heads. Some
will look into it more.
Some won’t. This vital message
will reach people on something that
is handled in every part of the globe
each and every day.” Previous efforts
have met with varying degrees of
success and recognition.
“Gaza Youth Breaks Out” was
the name of an initial group formed
in January to protest all sides in the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Five students from the Gaza Strip,
who didn’t provide their identities,
published a furious manifesto on the
site railing against Israel, the Gaza
Strip ruler Hamas, the Fatah admin-
istration in the West Bank and the
international community.
The page, which has now turned
into a plea by the authors for the
end of Palestinian internal division,
has received 20,645 “like” clicks. It
continues to get messages of support
from all over the world.
Despite that push, Hamas has
continued to block all street demon-
strations in recent weeks. On Feb-
ruary 28, Hamas security forces in
Gaza City stormed a rally for politi-
cal freedom and the end of Palestin-
ian division.
Even Palestinian officials have
tried to make greater use of Facebook
as shown by a message sent in ad-
vance of anticipated parliamentary
elections.
“In your opinion, in light of the
ongoing discussion to form a govern-
ment, who is the person you believe
is trustworthy and has leadership and
distinguished scientific skills that
could be relied on to be given a min-
isterial portfolio?”
Palestinian acting Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad asked on his personal
Facebook page. “Name the place and
the person.”
By Rupam Jain Nair
S
OON after he exposed
how bricks were
bought for six times
their value for roads that
were never built in the
northern Indian state of Uttar
Pradesh, Amarnath Pandey
was shot near his home.
The bullet, which he
believes was fired by con-
tractors who were benefiting
from the brick scam, clipped
his ear and grazed his skull,
leaving him in hospital for
weeks.
Pandey, 56, a doctor from
Robertsganj, a sleepy city
640 kilometres from New
Delhi, has been fighting
for better civic amenities in
the area for more than two
decades.
He used India’s new
Right to Information (RTI)
Act, passed in 2005, to find
out why roads were not be-
ing constructed despite funds
allocated by the government
— and the facts he discov-
ered nearly cost him his life.
Pandey refuses to be put
off and is determined to un-
earth other corruption scams
using RTI, a law introduced
to promote accountabil-
ity and good government
through giving open access
to official data.
It was hailed as a major
breakthrough for India’s
bureaucratic and graft-ridden
public service culture, but
few people foresaw the vio-
lence that the RTI Act would
unleash.
At least 11 people were
killed, or died in unexplained
circumstances, last year
after exposing corruption in
public utilities, mining, food
distribution and unauthor-
ised water and electricity
hookups, according to RTI
activist groups in New Delhi.
In July 2010, environment
activist Amit Jethwa, from
the western state of Gujarat,
was shot dead by two men on
a motorbike outside a court.
Jethwa, 35, had been us-
ing the RTI act for two years
to fight against illegal mines
operating inside the Gir lion
sanctuary, the only natural
habitat of the endangered
Asiatic lions.
Hundreds of other
whistleblowers have been
attacked, threatened or
harassed for pursuing similar
crusades, said Manish Siso-
dia of Kabir, a voluntary
organisation who has been
spreading awareness about
RTI to encourage its use.
The organisation has initi-
ated a “RTI-brotherhood”
campaign to provide safety
to whistleblowers.
In the latest case, the
daughter-in-law of a man
who exposed a pension scam
in Haryana state was alleg-
edly murdered by a village
council head whose role
in the corruption had been
exposed.
Last September, Justice
Minister Veerappa Moily
called murdered RTI activists
“martyrs” and said action
was needed to protect those
who exposed wrong-doing.
The government now
plans to propose the new law
in the current parliamentary
session, but RTI activists
say delays in the police’s
response would still provide
ample opportunity for any
“vested interest” to plot their
revenge.
The Bihar Human Rights
Commission, a government
body working in the eastern
state of Bihar released a
report last year on harass-
ment of people who made
RTI requests and asked the
government to suspend 54
guilty officers.
Sumankant Raichaudhari,
a teacher in Bihar’s capital
city, Patna, says he has filed
150 applications to find out
more about money budgeted
for government schools and
whether it was all being used
on students.
The authorities reacted
by trying to bribe him and,
when that failed, they threat-
ened to kidnap his teenage
daughter, he said.
Mumbai-based Sumaira
Abdulali, who founded the
Movement against Intimida-
tion, Threats and Revenge
against Activists, has been
attacked twice for expos-
ing a multi-million-dollar
sand mining scam allegedly
involving politicians, civil
servants and police.
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12 ANALYSIS/OPINION
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
By Simon Akam
T
HE slopes of Leicester Peak,
a protected rainforest on a hill
above Sierra Leone’s capi-
tal, are a jumble of haphazard de-
velopment and half-finished villas.
Concrete buildings cluster against a
tangle of trees and vines — a con-
struction site in a forest reserve that
supplies the city of Freetown with its
water and where building is meant to
be banned.
It highlights a common problem
across Africa, where efforts to halt
forest loss are routinely flouted, often
with the consent of a cash-strapped
government or corrupt officials.
“There is a huge encroachment,”
said Jochen Moninger, who works
for the German NGO Welthunger-
hilfe on a project to preserve the for-
est. “By the law of Sierra Leone no
settlement, no activity is supposed to
happen in these areas.”
And house building is the least of
the worries facing Sierra Leone’s for-
ests — which like many neighbours
in Africa’s humid, forested belt are
being plundered for logs and char-
coal or cleared for rice fields to feed
one of Africa’s poorest nations.
According to a United Nations
report in 2008, the African continent
is losing forest at a rate of more than
4 million hectares per year — twice
the world average.
Data from the Food and Agricul-
ture Organisation (FAO) shows Sierra
Leone lost 19,000 ha or 0.7 per cent
per year of forest from 2000 to 2005,
as it emerged from a brutal civil war.
Freetown, a rundown, palm-
fringed capital with a population of
just over a million, has a water defi-
cit of 12 million gallons (55 million
litres) per day. Sierra Leone is one of
a number of African countries where
deforestation is impacting water sup-
ply.
Although the house building on
Leicester Peak is outside the main
water catchment area of Freetown’s
main dam, officials worry it sets a
precedent that protected forest can
be cut.
“Our efforts have not yielded
much fruit,” said Samuel Serry, Sierra
Leone Forests and Agriculture Minis-
try spokesman. “There is a serious
problem enforcing the regulations.”
Dependence on water
In Moseh, a village on a penin-
sula south of Freetown, village chief
Foday Koroma said water supplies
were getting more irregular and lo-
cal people were carrying water in
jerrycans.
On a continent where rain often
buckets down then dries up, trees
help moderate the cycle, by slowing
run-off and soaking up precipitation
to be released later.
“When you take forest off, all
(the water) comes off in the wet sea-
son,” said Richard Harding, of the
UK-based Centre for Ecology and
Hydrology. “It will all be lost ... out
to sea.”
Only 40 per cent of a protected
forest of 17,482 hectares on a penin-
sula south of Freetown is left, yet a
fifth of the nation’s six million peo-
ple depend on it for water.
Government regulation is weak,
and illegal farming, building wood-
cutting and stone mining have all re-
duced the forested area.
Scott Bode, a resource specialist
in a US-funded programme fears se-
vere water shortages if the peninsula
loses its trees.
“It’s crazy that there could be wa-
ter shortages in a country that gets
3,000 mm rain per year,” he said.
Environmentalists say Africa
could cash in on carbon credits under
a UN scheme recognising the role
of trees in fighting climate change
by storing carbon, but few countries
plan to.
Gabon began working on a plan
last year to conserve 80 per cent of
its forests on the UN scheme to re-
duce emissions from deforestation or
degradation (REDD).
The African Development Bank
has formed a huge programme for
the Congo basin, the world’s second-
biggest forest.
In Sierra Leone, with much forest
already razed, some environmental
charities like Welthungerhilfeare
(WHH) are seeking to make new,
downsized protected areas that can
be more easily protected.
A tender is out for projects to
attract REDD money, but they are
a long way off working out the de-
tails.
“Sierra Leone has not yet devel-
oped a national strategy, how to do
this REDD,” said WHH official Jo-
chen Moninger.
Forest loss threatens S Leone water resources
It’s dangerous
to fight graft
Palestinians using cash, Facebook for freedom
By Stuart Williams
R
UMBLINGS of protest and increased criticism of the
authorities on the Internet present a new test for the
Russian ruling elite led by Vladimir Putin one year be-
fore presidential polls, analysts said. But while Russia has in
the last months seen unusual protests on issues ranging from
sirens used by officials to a highway through a forest and time
zones, they do not — for now — pose the risk of an Egypt-
style turnaround.
The last presidential elections held on March 2, 2008, de-
livered Dmitry Medvedev to the Kremlin for a four-year man-
date, taking over from Putin who had served a maximum two
terms and instead became a powerful prime minister. Putin,
still seen as Russia’s de-facto leader, now has the right to
stand again as president. He and Medvedev have made two
things clear — they will not compete against each other and
they will decide who will stand nearer the time.
A crucial indicator will be parliamentary elections at the
end of 2011 which will test the dominance of the ruling party
United Russia in regions which have seen the biggest protests
against authorities. These include Moscow and Saint Peters-
burg as well as further-flung regions with a tradition of liberal
thinking and a string of local gripes against the Kremlin like
the western Kaliningrad exclave and the Far East.
In one bizarre incident in the Far East Kamchatka region,
the authorities tried to ban a production of Cinderella when
audiences cheered wildly at what they saw as a subliminal
protest against a Kremlin-imposed time zone change. “The
mood has changed and there are reasons to be worried,” pro-
Kremlin analyst Sergei Markov, a United Russia MP in the
State Duma parliament, said.
“The ratings for the authorities remain very high but the
protest mood is growing in the country,” he added. “This
pre-election year promises to be more stormy than the last.”
The Internet — finally now penetrating deep into Russia —
has allowed activists like whistleblowing shareholder Alexei
Navalny to expose abuses at state firms or bloggers to claim
Putin is building a lavish new dacha on the Black Sea.
Forums like Live Journal and social networking sites have
given critical Russians a chance to spread their views, be it
criticising the authorities on their response to terror attacks or
mocking the mascots for the 2014 Olympics. According to the
Renaissance Capital brokerage, Russia’s Internet penetration
rate is still only 45 per cent, compared with 84 per cent in Brit-
ain, but broadband Internet access is now expanding fast.
“Opposition supporters are particularly speaking out on
the Internet,” said Markov. “For the moment this protest has
no defined political expression but if it gets one, it could
change the election campaign.” And there is much fodder for
complaint. Corruption remains endemic and events like the
murder of 12 people in a farmer’s house in south Russia in
November by a known criminal group expose how anarchy
has been allowed to rage unchecked in some places.
“There is dissatisfaction and for the State Duma elections
United Russia will see a drop in its support,” liberal political
analyst Dmitry Oreshkin said. “But the situation has not yet
reached a crisis.” Russia remains in suspense over which of
the ruling duo will choose to stand and win an almost certain
victory on the back of continued popularity and slavish state
media support.
Test for Putin
By Takehiko Kambayashi
T
HE resignation of Ja-
pan’s foreign minister
is adding to the troubles
of embattled Prime Minister
Naoto Kan’s government.
Seiji Maehara, once seen
as a possible successor to
Kan, stepped down after tak-
ing responsibility for receiv-
ing campaign donations from
a foreign national in violation
of Japanese law.
Kan, facing protracted
economic troubles and mount-
ing public debt, has struggled
to get key budget measures
through a divided parliament
before the April 1 start of the
fiscal year.
His popularity ratings have
fallen to around 20 per cent,
and opposition parties em-
boldened by the resignation
of Maehara are pressing the
premier to step down.
Maehara’s resignation
demonstrated that Kan’s cabi-
net “lacks governing ability,”
said Kenji Kosaka, an upper
house lawmaker of the main
opposition Liberal Democrat-
ic Party (LDP).
“The only ways to break
through this situation are for
the entire cabinet to resign or
to dissolve the lower house
as soon as possible” to hold a
snap election, Kosaka said.
Kan, the fifth prime minis-
ter since 2006, has also been
criticised by fellow members
of his Democratic Party of Ja-
pan (DPJ).
DPJ lower house member
Yuko Sato offered to resign
from the party as she ques-
tioned Kan’s political leader-
ship, but party secretary-gen-
eral Katsuya Okada did not
accept the resignation.
Sato’s move followed a re-
volt within the ruling party in
mid-February when a group
of 16 DPJ lawmakers said
they would openly challenge
initiatives by Kan.
The 16 members and Sato
were particularly opposed to
Kan’s plan to raise the na-
tion’s 5 per cent consump-
tion tax. They argued the hike
would violate DPJ campaign
pledges before the 2009 gen-
eral elections, in which the
party won a historic landslide
victory, ending more than a
half-century of almost unbro-
ken LDP rule.
Last week, the 16 law-
makers skipped the vote on
the budget plan although it
cleared the powerful lower
house. Critics said Kan is
entrenched in internal feuds
and has surrounded himself
with opponents of former DPJ
leader Ichiro Ozawa despite
his repeated insistence on
party unity.
Maehara was one of those
who had harshly criticised
Ozawa, who was indicted in
January in a political funding
case. Kan decided yesterday
to ask chief cabinet secretary
Yukio Edano, another critic
of Ozawa, to serve as interim
foreign minister.
Edano, who lacks a dip-
lomatic background, called
China a “vicious neighbour”
last year amid mounting ten-
sions between the neighbour-
ing countries after a collision
between a Chinese fishing
boat and Japan Coast Guard
vessels near a disputed group
of islets.
Edano said he expected the
premier to pick a new foreign
minister before a meeting of
the Group of Eight major in-
dustrialised countries in mid-
March.
Kan told a parliamentary
session yesterday that “for-
eign policy is extremely im-
portant” and that he would try
to name a permanent minister
soon.
Japan has been plagued
by diplomatic troubles, espe-
cially since Kan took office,
while facing nuclear and mis-
sile threats from North Korea.
Japan’s relations with
Russia have been especially
tense since Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev travelled
in November to Russian-con-
trolled islands that Japan also
claims.
Kan called the visit an “un-
forgivable outrage.” Analysts
said his comments further ag-
gravated diplomatic tensions.
More troubles for premier
By Raymond Colitt
B
RAZILIAN President Dilma Rousseff is backing away
from a reform agenda that the business community, the
IMF and others say is needed to spur investment and
sustained growth in Latin America’s largest economy. Despite
commanding a large majority in Brazil’s Congress, Rous-
seff’s centre-left coalition government has been spooked by
concerns about its spending, inflation and uncertainties in the
global economy, according to its leaders.
That has led it to water down or delay legislation that
would, among other things, simplify the unwieldy tax system,
reform the oil royalty structure and tighten oversight of the
country’s massive mining industry. Business leaders have said
those changes would make it easier to operate in Brazil, where
manufacturers and other companies frequently complain that
the strong real currency, onerous red tape and high tax burden
make it hard to compete.
“At this juncture, even with political stability, you could
make financial instability” by attempting to pass the reforms,
Candido Vaccarezza, government leader in the lower Chamber
of Deputies, said. “You undertake such changes when things
are calm, not during an international economic crisis.”
Rousseff, an economist who defeated a centrist challenger
in a 2010 election, oversaw austerity measures opposed by
unions and other key supporters of her Workers’ Party (PT),
raising hopes among business leaders of more reforms to
come. But she began distancing herself from the reform agen-
da before taking over from her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva, putting the brakes on overhauling costly pension
benefits and rigid labour laws.
Now the government has watered down the planned tax
overhaul, which Rousseff had highlighted as one of her top
economic priorities, to a few targeted payroll and capital in-
vestment tax breaks. The big task of harmonising state taxes
will be postponed.
Industry leaders have long complained that the current
system favoured imports over exports and penalised adding
value to goods. States competing to offer the lowest tax for
foreign goods, boost imports and hurt local industries, they
say. Rousseff’s defenders, once again, cite timing as the main
reason for the move.
“It’s not worth tackling that because it requires agreement
we don’t have,” Humberto Costa, Senate leader for Rousseff’s
ruling Workers’ Party, said. “There are a lot of interests in-
volved. It’s not so easy.” A bill that would define the distribu-
tion of oil royalties between Brazil’s states also is unlikely to
be discussed until the second half of the year, preventing the
government from auctioning rights to explore vast, offshore
oil reserves.
Investors were eagerly awaiting the legislation, especially
as the recent rise in global oil prices had made Brazil’s off-
shore oil deposits more attractive to multinationals seeking
to boost their reserves. “We don’t know how to deal with that
issue yet. I don’t see us voting on it for at least three to four
months,” Vaccarezza said.
Framework legislation that would heighten government
control and tighten concession rights in the mining industry, a
mainstay of the booming economy, may be sent to Congress
by mid-year. But debate over a possible mining royalty hike
is held up and will continue to generate uncertainty for inves-
tors.
“The government’s attitude is worrying, this could be a
lost opportunity,” said Rogerio Cesar de Souza with Iedi, an
industry-financed think tank in Sao Paulo. Pressure on Rous-
seff’s government is likely to increase, as Brazil’s economy
slows following breakneck expansion in 2010.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Mon-
etary Fund, joined the chorus of voices calling for the country
to keep to its reform agenda on a visit to Brazil on Thursday,
saying it would help ensure sustainable economic growth.
Reform hurdles
This is a simple, non-violent, innovative
way to resist Israeli occupation,
according to the organisers
JAPAN’S Prime Minister Naoto Kan (R) speaks with Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara at the start of a regular
parliament session in the lower house of parliament in Tokyo in a file photo. — Reuters
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13 THE PHILIPPINES/SUBCONTINENT
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
THREE policemen were killed and five
wounded in an attack by suspected com-
munist fighters in the southern Philip-
pines, police and army spokesmen said
yesterday.
The ambush occurred late on Sunday
in Malaybalay town in Bukidnon
province, 870 kilometres south of
Manila, said national police spokesman
Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz.
The police officers were aboard
two vehicles en route to the village of
Magsaysay to investigate a report of a
killing when the guerrillas ambushed
them, Cruz added.
Regional army spokesman Major
Julio Eugenio Osias said three policemen
died in the ambush while five were
wounded.
“We have sent more soldiers to the
area to help conduct pursuit operations
against the fighters,” he added.
Government and rebel negotiators
resumed formal peace talks last month
after the talks were stalled for more than
six years. They agreed to complete the
negotiations in 18 months.
Govt orders oil firms to
boost inventories
THE Philippine government yesterday
ordered oil firms to ramp up imports
and stocks amid growing concern about
potential supply disruption due to unrest
in the Middle East and North Africa.
The energy ministry said in a
statement it had ordered oil companies to
step up imports and maintain a minimum
inventory sufficient for 15 days.
“The Philippines needs to be resilient
in light of these events,” Energy Minister
Jose Rene Almendras said in the
statement. He said the oil-poor country’s
main concern was supply security.
Ministry spokesman Joel Gaviola
said the government had not previously
imposed a minimum inventory
requirement.
The energy ministry puts the
country’s daily fuel consumption at about
300,000 barrels or 48 million litres.
Inflation surged to 4.3 per cent last
month, its highest level in nearly a year,
from 3.6 per cent in January, as bloody
protests spread from Tunisia and Egypt
to Libya and beyond.
Sri Lanka’s remittances
rise by 23.6 per cent
SRI Lankans employed abroad sent
home a record $4.11 billion in 2010, up
by nearly a quarter from the previous
year, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said
yesterday.
Over 1.5 million Sri Lankans are
employed abroad, mainly as labourers or
housemaids in Gulf states. They are the
biggest single source of foreign exchange
for the South Asian nation which has a
population of 20 million.
“During 2010, workers’ remittances
increased by 23.6 per cent to $4.11
billion over that of 2009,” the bank said
in a statement.
It said Sri Lanka’s exports also hit
a record $8.3 billion in calendar 2011,
up 17.3 per cent compared with 2009,
but the overall trade deficit grew to $5.2
billion, an expansion of 66.7 per cent on
the previous year.
Import costs were sharply higher,
mainly because of surging oil prices and
a flood of vehicles and consumer goods
following a reduction in import duties,
the bank said.
Better prices for Sri Lankan tea, the
main export commodity, and clothing
helped to partially offset these factors,
the bank said. The country’s economy
grew 8 per cent in 2010, up from
3.5 per cent a year earlier. Sri Lanka
expects to maintain 7 to 8 per cent
growth in 2011.
Philippines to tender $1bn
worth of rail, toll roads
PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino
yesterday invited investors to help his
cash-strapped government build more
than a billion dollars’ worth of road and
rail projects.
Aquino said he wanted the private
sector to build this year a road linking
Manila’s North Luzon and South Luzon
toll highways, as well as a toll road to
unclog traffic around Manila airport, and
a new access route to the South Luzon
tollway.
The government also plans to sell
Manila’s Light Rail Transit and Metro
Rail Transit systems to improve service,
he added.
“And with an estimated investment
of more than a billion dollars lined up
for bidding, these projects give us more
reason to be optimistic,” Aquino said in a
speech to an investor conference.
Presidential spokesman Edwin
Lacierda told reporters formal bid
invitations for the first project would be
sent out at the end of the month, and the
second project in early April.
To attract investors, the government
earlier offered assurances about the
Philippines’ notoriously poor and
corrupt business environment, which
has seen governments not honour
contracts and investors lose millions of
dollars. — Agencies
NEWS I N BRI EF
Three police killed in
Philippines attack
MANILA — The Philippine Navy said yester-
day it had bought a large Hamilton-class patrol
craft from the United States to help it guard its
waters, amid tensions over territorial claims,
notably with China.
The announcement was made by the new
Philippine military chief of staff, Air Force
Lieutenant-General Eduardo Oban, as he as-
sumed his post.
“As I speak, Philippine Navy officers are
now in the United States... preparing to sail our
first Hamilton class navy (vessel) to the Philip-
pines,” he said in a speech to troops. “We shall
sustain efforts to modernise our armed forces,”
he added.
Details of the acquisition were not dis-
closed, but the navy said in January that ac-
quiring the refurbished, 380-foot vessel was
aimed at boosting its border patrol capability.
Yesterday’s announcement came amid fresh
tensions between Manila and China over alle-
gations that Beijing’s patrol vessels harassed a
Philippine oil exploration boat in disputed wa-
ters in the South China Sea last week.
After lodging a formal protest, President
Benigno Aquino ordered coast guard escorts
for the oil exploration vessel, which was con-
ducting a seismic survey in the Reed Bank,
which is close to the disputed Spratly Islands.
China has brushed the protest aside, reas-
serting that the Spratlys, which it calls the Nan-
sha islands, and adjacent waters have always
been part of its territory.
The new ship will replace the Philippine na-
vy’s flagship, Raja Humabon, a Cannon-class
destroyer escort, which is probably one of the
world’s oldest warships, the navy has said.
Equipped with a retractable hangar, a heli-
copter flight deck and powered by a dual en-
gine or gas turbines, the Hamilton is described
as a high endurance cutter with close-in weap-
ons systems.
Washington considers the Philippines a ma-
jor non-Nato military ally and the two countries
are bound by a 1951 mutual defence treaty.
Meanwhile, a high-profile name-and-shame
campaign against tax cheats helped the Philip-
pines keep its 2010 budget deficit from spin-
ning out of control, Finance Minister Cesar
Purisima said yesterday.
The government said last year’s funding
gap was limited to P314.4 billion ($7.25 bil-
lion), due to improved customs and income tax
collection.
“Collections in both (customs and in-
ternal revenue) agencies have benefited
from the vigorous implementation of the
Run After Tax Evaders and Run After The
Smugglers programmes,” Purisima said in a
statement. — AFP
Philippine Navy gets patrol
craft to guard its borders
ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Prime
Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani yesterday
sought scholars’ help in curbing ex-
tremism and urged the country’s youth
to follow teachings of tolerance and
peace.
Gilani’s appeal came after sus-
pected fighters gunned down his lone
Catholic minister Shahbaz Bhatti
in broad daylight in Islamabad last
week.
Minorities Affairs Minister Bhatti,
42, who was an outspoken campaign-
er against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws,
died in a hail of bullets as he left his
mother’s home on Wednesday.
Bhatti’s murder came months after
Punjab provincial governor Salman
Taseer, a liberal politician and oppo-
nent of the blasphemy law, was shot
dead by one of his police bodyguards,
who was hailed as a hero by religious
groups.
The minister’s assassination last
week rekindled international fears
about violence in Pakistan, a crucial
ally in the US-led war in Afghanistan.
“The country’s present situation
demands that we follow the life of
the Prophet Mohammad, who taught
us tolerance and brotherhood,” Gilani
told a conference of scholars.
Some 300 scholars from Pakistan
and abroad are attending the privately
arranged three-day conference aimed
at hammering out a strategy to end ex-
tremism in the country.
“Today we need to follow the true
message of tolerance and understand-
ing preached and practised by the Holy
Prophet,” Gilani told the participants.
He said the murderers of Shah-
baz Bhatti tried to create a “wedge”
between two groups. But, he said, “I
warn such elements they will never
succeed in their objective.” Gilani said
that Islam and the Pakistani constitu-
tion ensure rights and freedom for mi-
norities.
In their speeches, scholars vowed
opposition to bombings, extrem-
ism and terrorism, saying that they
were struggling to spread message of
peace. Pakistan has been wracked by
violence, mostly targeting security of-
ficials.
Some 4,000 people have been
killed in bomb blasts, suicide and gun
attacks blamed on home-grown Tali-
ban and Al Qaeda linked fighters since
Pakistan troops stormed fighters in Is-
lamabad in July 2007.
“Extremism, terrorism and attacks
are heinous acts and have nothing
to do with Islam. Such acts violate
what Islam stands for,” senior scholar
Mufti Abu Huraira Mohiuddin told the
gathering. — AFP
Pakistan prime minister
urges peace, tolerance
KABUL — US Defence Sec-
retary Robert Gates arrived
in Afghanistan yesterday at
a time of increased strain be-
tween Kabul and its Western
backers and with important
security transition milestones
looming.
Gates, whose visit was not
announced in advance, will
meet President Hamid Karzai,
who complained angrily last
week after nine Afghan chil-
dren were mistakenly killed
by helicopters from the Nato-
led International Security As-
sistance Force (ISAF).
Karzai will soon unveil
a timetable for the start of a
handover of security respon-
sibility from foreign forces
to Afghans. The process is to
begin in July and be complete
by 2014. US officials said it
would be the focus of Gates’s
trip.
Gates is expected to visit
parts of southern and eastern
Afghanistan where Nato com-
manders say they have weak-
ened the Taliban and created
“bubbles” of security they
hope to link up.
But civilian casualties have
clouded the relationship and
diverted attention from transi-
tion plans, with blunt exchang-
es between Karzai and US
leaders after a string of recent
accidental killings, mainly in
remote eastern provinces .
Karzai has said a rare
and candid apology by ISAF
Commander General David
Petraeus was “not enough”.
The boys were killed while
collecting firewood in a vola-
tile eastern province.
US President Barack
Obama has also expressed his
“deep regret” but Karzai told
a meeting of security advisers
on Sunday, which Petraeus at-
tended, that civilian casualties
caused by foreign troops were
“no longer acceptable”.
Petraeus again apologised
for the killings, saying they
were a “great mistake”, ac-
cording to a statement released
by the presidential palace.
Karzai in turn said such
casualties were the main cause
of strained relations between
the United States and Afghan-
istan, the statement said.
Gates visited a military
hospital at the vast Bagram
base north of Kabul soon after
arriving but had no immediate
comment on civilian casual-
ties.
“You’ve had a tough
winter and it’s going to be a
tougher spring and summer,
but you’ve made a lot of head-
way and I think you’ve proven
with your Afghan partners that
this thing is going to work,” he
told troops at the base.
Major-General John Camp-
bell, commander of Nato-led
forces in eastern Afghanistan,
said 90 per cent of civilian
casualties in his area were
caused by insurgents. Of the
rest, most came during “esca-
lation of force” incidents such
as when a car failed to slow
down as instructed at a check-
point, he told reporters.
He said an ISAF base had
come under attack in the area
where the boys were killed
and his forces had responded.
Hundreds of Afghans
chanting “Death to America”
gathered in the capital on Sun-
day in protest. — Internews
Casualties take focus from
Gates’s Afghan trip
DHAKA — A court hear-
ing into whether Bangladeshi
Nobel laureate Muhammad
Yunus was illegally sacked
from his microfinance bank
adjourned yesterday after his
lawyers expressed doubts he
would get a fair trial.
Yunus, 70, who won the
Nobel Peace Prize in 2006
for his pioneering concept
of small cash loans to tackle
poverty, was removed from
Grameen Bank last week in
what his supporters say was
part of a political vendetta
against him.
He has defied the central
bank’s dismissal order, re-
turning to work at Grameen’s
headquarters in Dhaka and
lodging the high court case
contesting his firing.
“The world is watching
this courtroom and what it
will decide. My client is very
apprehensive of whether he
will receive a fair hearing,”
Yunus’s lawyer Rokonuddin
Mahmud told the court.
Mahmud said the central
bank’s charges against Yu-
nus were baseless and that he
had personally encountered
“problems” as a result of rep-
resenting his client against the
government. The central bank
claims Yunus has been in his
position illegally since he did
not seek its approval when he
was reappointed to the post of
Grameen Bank managing di-
rector in 2000.
Yunus founded Grameen
in 1983, and its microfinance
work offering credit to mil-
lions of villagers and farmers
who do not have access to
mainstream banking has since
been copied in developing
countries around the world.
His lawyers have argued
that the Bangladesh bank gave
“implied consent” by not rais-
ing the issue of his reappoint-
ment for 12 years, and that
they were also not the compe-
tent authority to fire him.
“During the 12 years you
say he held the post illegally,
Yunus received the Nobel
Prize — does this mean the
award is illegitimate? Does
this mean the Nobel Prize was
given to a usurper, a pretender
to the throne?” Mahmud said.
Supporters say Yunus’s
troubles stem from 2007 when
he floated the idea of form-
ing a political party, earning
the wrath of Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina, who has pub-
licly disparaged his work.
In December, following
the release of a Norwegian
TV documentary critical of
Yunus, Hasina accused him of
“sucking blood from the poor”
and pulling a financial “trick”
to avoid paying tax.
Yunus has since been vili-
fied in the Bangladeshi press,
summoned to court three times
in cases nominally connected
to Grameen, and seen his bank
become the target of a govern-
ment probe. — AFP
Yunus ‘apprehensive’ over fair trial
ISLAMABAD — Tajik President Emomali
Rahmon arrived in Islamabad yesterday to
discuss bilateral relations and economic co-
operation, an official of Pakistan’s Foreign
Ministry said.
Rahmon is expected to meet President
Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf
Raza Gilani during his three-day visit. He
also plans to visit the main commercial city
and southern port of Karachi.
The ministry said Rahmon is accompanied
by several Tajik lawmakers and a delegation
of businessmen who will discuss agreements
in the fields of hydropower, investment,
healthcare, trade, sports and agriculture.
“The project is still in the phase of plan-
ning and we are not expecting an agreement
right now but its vital for Pakistan since it
will help us to meet our electricity needs in
future,” said the Pakistani official who spoke
on condition of anonymity.
New special envoy
in Islamabad to ease
diplomatic tensions
ISLAMABAD — The new US special envoy
for Afghanistan and Pakistan met yesterday
with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in
Islamabad to ease growing tensions over the
arrest of a US national for killing two people.
On his first trip to the region, Marc Gross-
man held talks with Foreign Secretary Sal-
man Bashir before meeting Gilani.
The visit came as the relations between two
countries are strained because of the arrest of
Raymond David, a CIA contractor, who shot
and killed two Pakistanis in the eastern city of
Lahore on January 28.
The US had claimed that Davis was a US
Embassy official and therefore enjoyed dip-
lomatic immunity, but a local court on Thurs-
day said that no evidence had been produced
about his diplomatic status.
An official privy to the talks between the
US envoy and Gilani yesterday said the prime
minister told Grossman that the issue would
be handled “in a responsible way and in the
light of the court verdict.” — Agencies
Tajik president
arrives in Pakistan
on three-day visit
SOLDIERS stand atop a vehicle during an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) parade and change of
command ceremony inside the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in metro Manila. — Reuters
DHAKA — Bangladesh will create a $700 million mutual
fund, the country’s biggest ever, in a bid to stabilise the highly
volatile Dhaka Stock Exchange, the head of a state-owned in-
vestment bank said yesterday.
The plan is part of the government’s drive to restore calm to
the market, after sharp falls triggered angry protests by inves-
tors in the capital Dhaka and across the country.
Eight state-run financial institutions will invest cash to
create the planned 50 billion taka ($700 million) Bangladesh
Fund, said M Fayequzzaman, Chief Executive Officer of the
Investment Corp of Bangladesh.
“It is the largest ever mutual fund in the country’s history. It
is aimed at stabilising the country’s stock exchange and boost-
ing liquidity in the crisis-hit market,” Fayequzzaman said.
The Dhaka Stock Exchange has shed more than 40 per cent
in the past three months, wiping over $16 billion off the share
market’s capitalisation since its benchmark index hit a record
high of 8,918.51 points on December 5.
The benchmark DGEN index was trading up 2.90 per cent, or
160 points, at 5,697 points in morning trade on the back of Sunday’s
announcement of the fund’s creation. The fund is in addition to a re-
form package that includes tighter regulation and other measures an-
nounced by the government to prop up the market and boost investor
confidence.
Saudi team visits projects
in calamity-hit areas

ISLAMABAD — The three-member Saudi high echelon engi-
neering delegation has undertaken inspection of the projects in
different parts of the country, which are under completion and
funded by Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Development Fund (SDF) delegation, headed by
chief engineer Abdullah al Shoaibi had an important meeting
with Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan, Abdul Aziz Ibrahim bin
Saleh al Ghadeer, and discussed with him about the plans to
help the people living in calamity-hit areas.
Yaser al Bakri and Muhammad al Masood are the other
members of the visiting delegation. The SDF has initiated a
number of projects in the 2005 earthquake and 2010 flood-
affected areas for the rehabilitation of the people of the areas.
King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia dispatched
huge assistance on both the occasions for relief and rescue pur-
pose and subsequently a number of projects were started under
the auspices of Saudi organisation for the rehabilitation of the
affectees.
According to Saudi embassy in Islamabad, the site project
of King Abdullah University was handed over to the project
contractors to initiate the execution at an estimate costing $60
million in Muzaffarabad on the occasion of the visit of the del-
egation to the project site. — AFP/Internews
B’desh sets up $700m
fund to prop up stocks
MICROFINANCE pioneer Muhammad Yunus emerges from the high court building to
contest the decision to remove him from his post in Grameen Bank in Dhaka. — AFP
HAFIZABAD — The gov-
ernment of Pakistani prov-
ince of Punjab launched a
revolutionary step “Kitchen
Garden Project” to increase
vegetables’ production as
well as provision of cheap
vegetables to the consumers,
officials said yesterday.
Punjab Kitchen Garden
Project Director Asghar
Khan, addressing a semi-
nar, said the objective of in-
troducing this project was
not only to create a new
trend of growing vegetables
at domestic level but also to
provide cheap vegetables to
the people of the province.
At least 100 kitchen gar-
dens would be established
at district level in Punjab;
he said, adding that experts
in the Agriculture Depart-
ment would provide as-
sistance to the people who
would establish the kitchen
gardens.
Hafizabad District Co-
ordination officer Muham-
mad Asif said the kitchen
gardens would increase
environmental beauty and
income of the growers.
Kitchen
Garden Project
launched
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RUWI: 24785668
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Adjacent to Dhofar
Building
Sulaiman Awlad
Thani:95181747
Ali al Maashari:
99639264
Saada:
95919344
About 500 sqm space to
be used as godown cum
repair shop in
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INDUSTRIAL AREA
for long lease or purchase.
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AVAILABLE industrial/
commercial land in
Ghala, Wattayah, Al
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in Sohar. For rental/
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Front road facility
available. 92997705.
INDUSTRIAL land for
investment extended
for (14 years) in Jufnin
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96554668.
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commercial land at Al
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Quriyat. 95113217,
95490842, 99323957,
24453352.
CLASSIFIED SECTION
RUWI:
24785668
URGENTLY required an
experienced light vehicle
driver. Fax your CV to
24701278, 24701282/
24701842.
WANTED Lecturers in
Engineering/Business/
Information Technology
for a reputed institute.
Suitable candidate should
have 5 years of college
teaching experience after
obtaining masters degree
and should be able to
join immediately. Very
good salary offered.
Send your CV to:
lecturerjobsoman@
gmail.com
ARCHITECTURE
Engineer required with
10 years experience.
99015624.
FEMALE Staff Nurse is
required for a medical
centre in Suwaiq.
Contact: 92228656.
MANAGER for travel
agency office, 5 years
experience in this
business. E-mail:
birdymaan@hotmail.com
Fax: 24494847.
REQUIRED an Indian
male, Civil Engineer
with driving licence.
99888378.
A HEALTHCARE
company requires
storekeeper with 5 years
experience. Mail CV to
admin@medservllc.com
MARKETING
Executive vacancy.
24561010/ 24565646
Fax: 24562168.
E-mail: june_nrg@yahoo.
com
REQUIRED an Indian
male, fluent in English
language, with driving
licence and has an
experience of heavy
equipments leasing.
Contact: 99888378.
WANTED Defensive
Driving Instructor
— Omani (male or
female) with an excellent
command of English to
IELTS Level 6 or above
required. Applicants
not holding the IELTS
qualification should
have sufficient ability
to pass this examination
before employment.
Send your CV to:
defensivedrivingoman @
gmail.com
REPUTED IT company
looking for part-time
Marketing Executives.
92394206.
Telephone: 24595951, 95306257.
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High quality maintenance and repairing for
all kinds of light and heavy vehicles
(A certified workshop from ROP, Grade A)
FOR NRIs. 6
Residential plots in
high class residential
area at Neyatinkara,
Trivandrum. Contact:
98096644.
NEW &
REFURBISHED
PORTA-CABINS.
Srinivas - 99460340.
OR SALE
FOR NRIs. 6
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OR SALE F
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RECRUITMENT/
Manpower supply
agency for all job
categories, skilled,
semi skilled, unskilled
and domestic
helpers. FRIENDS
ENTERPRISE
SERVICES LLC.
24561010/ 24565646
Fax: 24562168. E-mail:
june_nrg@yahoo.com.
FRIENDS MANPOWER:
Filipino housemaids
and all kinds of
workers.
24489268,
Tel/Fax: 24478153.
Luxury Cars
BMW 750il Mercedes 430SL
on hourly & daily basis
with chauffeur.
Contact:
Contact: 99337159/99359628
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ITUATION WANTED SITUATION WANTED ITUATIO S
26 YEARS old female on
family visa, B Com, PG in
Marketing and Financial
Services with Canadian
experience in Banking
operations. 93363358.
jeanramacha@gmail.com
INDIAN male office
secretary/ administrator,
20 years experience in
Oman, looking for suitable
job. 92118648.
INDIAN male, 7 years
experience, holding valid
Omani D/L, seeks job in
sales & marketing field
99529327, 98258515
ACCOUNTANT, Indian
male 25, having 3 years
Oman experience in
accounts on Oracle
((ERP), seeks better
placement. Contact:
96143708.
INDIAN male, 24 years,
DCE diploma civil
engineer, 4 years India
experience in building
construction, now on
visit, seeks placement
95564971.
30 MAX with AutoCAD,
seeks good job vacancy.
92046437.

INDIAN female graduate
having 9 years experience,
good computer &
communication skills,
seeks suitable placement in
Administration HR Dept.
99652943/9934422.

INDIAN female, 24, B
Com, experience in travel
agency accounts, seeks
placement as an accounts
assistant, preferably
close to Wadi Kabir.
92125848.
INDIAN male, having
driving licence,
looking for job in sales.
96447531/ 99651214.
SYSTEM/Network
Admin, Indian male 24, 1
year experience, MCTS
certified, diploma in
MCITP, CCNA, CCNP,
BTech (computer
science), seeks suitable
placement. Contact:
97744143/
92989197.
INDIAN, MBA, 38 years
worked in London and
UAE, experience in
office administration
and sales, seeks job.
93428084.
A 2007 model Sewage
vehicle 5,000 Gallon
capacity. 99283216
EHICLE SALE
d A 2007 mode
vehicle 5,000
it 99
EHICLE S V
FOR RENT
9000M² of secured
open land, with basic
office and labour
camp facilities in
GHALA. To be
leased for long and
short term lease.
Serious offers write
to 2275/112.
Tel : 24791485/
92137157
A qualified Nurse
required to care
for a 73 years old
European lady for
eight hours
per day.
CALL: 99333095
SITUATION
VACANT
INDIAN male, 34, with 12
years experience in
Accounts & Admin
(including 6 years in
Oman) working in a
reputed organisation, seeks
suitable placement.
92353285.
MBA (Mkt), LLB, Indian
female, 4 years experience
in customer care and
admin and also 1.5 years
experience in corporate
banking, seeks suitable
placement. 95420917.
INDIAN male, 24 years,
Fire & Safety engineering
with OSHA certification, 3
years experience as safety
officer, on visit, seeks
placement. 95392940.
EXPERIENCED
Mechanical Engineer, also
experience in plumbing
(steel fabrication).
95775221.
INDIAN female, BCom,
having 9 years experience
in Accounts (upto
finalisation) and office
administration. Good
knowledge in computers
— proficient in MS
Office, Tally and ERP,
seeks stuitable placement,
now at family visa.
98454766 or e-mail:
reshma_barnes@
rediffmail.com
INDIAN Engineer, B Tech
(Mech), MBA, PGDHRM
with 23 years experience
in production, QC, HR/
Admin, now working as a
plant manager in a large
Indian company, seeks
suitable position.
98081756.
EXPERIENCED project
manager, MBA
(Marketing), BE
(Telecom) projects,
portfolios, BCP, ATM,
SVS, CVS, CIF archival.
Has AIG also worked as
FA Engineer in Thailand.
E-mail: ammarirfan@
yahoo.com
INDIAN female, 30 years,
Bachelor of Homoeopathy
and Medical Sciences
(BHMS) one year diploma
in Diet and Nutrition,
pursuing PG diploma in
hospital administration, on
family visa, seeks suitable
job. 96431491, (R)
22024553.
CIVIL, postgraduate
diploma Engr, 32 yrs,
Indian male, More than 9
years Oman experience in
handling major
construction projects. Has
valid Oman D/L, seeks job
as project/ planning
engineer. 95565039.
MALE, 27 years, BA, 2
years Hotel Management,
MS Office, 5 years Oman
5-star hotel experience.
98806986, 99850227.
INDIAN male, BA, 3
years experience,
multimedia and animation,
3D visualiser, AutoCad,
MS, Coral draw,
Photoshop, seeks suitable
placement. 99421537,
98443288.
BE, MBA (HR), PGDBM,
Indian female, 3 years
experience in HR &
Admin, well versed with
Oman HR practice, Oman
labour laws, goozzd in
inter personal skills,
proficient in MS Office.
92474376.
GULF experienced 3D
Viewmaking, looking for
part-time. 95516807.
INDIAN male, graduate,
10 years experience in
Oman, in Import Export
documentation, Admn/HR
seeking suitable job.
Contact: 93364154.
GULF experienced
production engineer (BE)
knows AutoCad.
95775221.
INDIAN male having 9
years experience in
technical desktop & server
support, seeks a suitable
placement. 95857316
e-mail: thameemr@gmail.
com
INDIAN, BSc Electronics,
4 years experience in
Computer Hardware,
Networking and Tele
communication (optical
fibre networking for 1
year). Presently on visit
visa. 92454665.
ACCOUNTANT
professional MCom,
ACCA, 12 years UAE & 1
year Oman experience,
knowledge of Tally seeks
senior Accountant post.
Contact: mohammed_
shareef786@hotmail.com
CHARTERED Accountant,
Indian female, with 4 years
experience in finance,
audit, management,
accounts & reports,
financial statements,
budgeting, MIS, is looking
for a suitable placement.
99147922.
enjoylife138@gmail.com
ACCOUNTANT, 13 years
experience, 7 years
experience in transport co
Oman with knowledge of
Tally, seeks jobzzzzzzz.
Contact: 98075840.
ACCOUNTANT/Asst
Acct, BCom, on visit visa,
needs immediate
placement. Contact:
96093722. E-mail:
sheikcok@yahoo.zzzcom
ACCOUNTS Assistant/
clerical works, BCom on
visit visa, needs immediate
placement. Contact:
99100926.
INDIAN female, BCom,
PG in HR, 4 yrs
experience in India.
Looking for suitable
assignment in Admin/
sales/ co-ordination/
HR Asstt/ Back
office. Contact:
95248485.
E-mail: amrubhusari@
gmail.com
INDIAN male, BE
(Computer Science
Engineering) (CCNA,
CCNP, MCP), with 4 years
experience in networking/
hardware/ telecom, seeks
suitable placement.
Contact: 99342044/
99540876.
IT NETWORK
administrator/supporter,
with Oman driving
licence, 3 years experience
in IT, B.Com, CCNA,
MCSE, MCTS, ISA fire
Wall Hardware, seeks
placement. 98427610.

MALE, 26, Indian, BSc in
Information Technology
(IT), Oman, 2 years
experience in indoor sales,
3½ years working in sales
as a team leader with
Reliance and Tata USB —
Broadband.
Also worked in computer
hardware, seeks for
suitable position in
Muscat. Contact:
92983456.
E-mail: wilfsome@gmail.
com,
wilfsome_tall@yahoo.
co.in
AN experienced and
qualified sales executive
six years experience in
Oman local market and
interior with Omani
driving licence.
96416273.
INDIAN male Office
Secretary/ Administrator,
20 years experience in
Oman, looking for suitable
job. Contact: 92118648.
20 YEARS Oman
experienced male, who
could handle accounts
up to finalisation, L/C
operation, banking, budget,
having Omani driving
licence, seeking suitable
opening in a senior level.
97221993
INDIAN male BCom with
over 8 years experience in
Sales, Accounts,
Administration, Store-
keeper, seeks suitable
placement. On family
visit. 96458518,
92203891.
SOFTWARE Engg, BTech
with 3+ years experience
in Net, web design, OFC ,
knowledge in VBNet, Java
script, XHTML, XML,
HTML, ASP.Net. Looking
for suitable placement in
IT/Telecom.
92684002. E-mail:
mdkaleem1184@yahoo.
co.in
HR & Administration
Generalist with 14 years
experience in diversified
industries looking for a
challenging and exciting
career. Personally suitable
in Muscat till 10 March
2011.
93530687.
e-mail: Josephabraham@
rediffmail.com
INDIAN male, graduate,
holder of FIATA/DGR
foundation with 5 years
experience in shipping /
logistic operations, seeks
suitable placement
99284879.
saviorodrigues2002@
yahoo.com
CHARTERED Accountant,
Indian male with 8 years
experience (4 years in
Oman) in finance, audit,
accounts, consolidation
financial statements (CMA
&CBO requirements),
budgeting, MIS.
98441907. enjoylife@
gmail.com
ARCHITECT graduate
10 years experience with
driving licence seeks
suitable placement.
99590287.
AUTOMOBILE diploma
holder, 8 years experience
as service adviser in
auto mobile industry,
Indian, male, 28 years,
seeks suitable placement
95310423.
HOTEL Management and
catering tech, Indian male,
seeks suitable placement
for the position of Commis
— Continental, Indian and
various other cuisine.
99274639.
YOUNG dynamic male
with 12 years experience
in oilfield industry
in Oman (transport
& logistics sector) in
reputed organisations in
managerial positions, seeks
suitable placement. roced_
mas@rediffmail.com
M COM, MBA (finance),
completed Oracle
Financials 11i Module,
having 26 years experience
out of which 19 years in
Oman, having valid Omani
driving licence, can handle
finance and accounts
independently, up to
finalisation, seeks suitable
post. 98096644.
PROJECTS Co-ordinator,
experienced in execution
and co-ordination of
construction projects, over
14 years, Indian, MBA,
employed in Muscat,
Seeks suitable
placement. Contact
97528928.
INDIAN female, 27,
experienced MBA
professional looking for
a suitable assignment in
HR/admin/sales co-ord/
back office. 97920717.
chauhanchani@gmail.com
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Near Ministry of Information 24649 593, 594, 594, 595, 596, 597
& OEPPA Ruwi Office, Next to Dhofar Bldg, Behind Ruwi Police Station 24785668
26, MALE, Indian,
graduate seeks suitable
placement as Office
Administrator, Data
Entry, on visit visa,
seeks immediate
placement. Contact:
996248925. E-mail:
shrinivas.devang@
gmail.com
SOFTWARE Projects/
Products: Indian Male,
M Tech, Rich exp (10
yrs Oman exp), QMS/
Testing,
Implementation &
Support (including
Change, Config &
Incident Management).
Knowledge in QMS,
ITIL, SDLC, SRLC &
STLC Life Cycles.
Currently on visit &
seeks suitable
placement. Call
96274923/ 92398489 or
e-mail: garimellar@
gmail.com
TOKYO — Japan’s health ministry has suspend-
ed two widely-used vaccines made by Pfizer and
Sanofi-Aventis as it investigates whether they are
linked to the recent deaths of four infants.
The infants, aged from around six months to
under two years old, died over a three-day period
this month after receiving the vaccinations or in
combination with other drugs, the health ministry
said in a statement.
The two drugs — used to prevent forms of pneu-
monia and meningitis — are Prevenar made by New
York-based Pfizer and ActHIB, a drug made by the
Sanofi Pasteur wing of Paris-headquartered Sanofi-
Aventis.
Sanofi’s ActHIB is used in over 120 countries,
according to the company.
The two vaccines have been administered to an
estimated 1.5 million children in Japan, the ministry
said.
There have been no reports so far from the doc-
tors who treated the children that establish a causal
relationship between the vaccines and their deaths,
according to the Ministry of Health.
In Japan the precautionary suspension remain un-
til at least today pending the results of an investiga-
tion by a group of medical experts.
The ministry reported that three infants under the
age of two died within three days of receiving the
two vaccine shots, with two of the children also re-
ceiving DPT shots for diphtheria, whooping cough
and tetanus.
A one-year-old died a day after being adminis-
tered Prevenar and a DPT shot, the ministry said,
adding that some of the infants had underlying ill-
nesses.
Prevenar and ActHIB became available in Japan
around two years ago.
Authorities decided to suspend them after the
four deaths occurred between March 2-4, the min-
istry said.
“Sanofi Pasteur would like to express its sincere
condolences to the families affected by these loss-
es”, a spokesman said.
“An investigation is under way to which Sanofi
Pasteur intends to fully co-operate with health au-
thorities by providing all data available regarding
HIB.”
In a statement Pfizer said it was fully co-oper-
ating with the ministry’s suspension and was in the
process of gathering information. “Our company has
studied and assessed accumulated information, in-
cluding that on causal relationships, with regard to
the side effects of all products including Prevenar.”
The suspension follows the deaths of two infants
in southwest France in late February who had been
administered Prevenar.
Health authorities on Thursday said the deaths
were not linked to the drug.
In 2009, US firm Wyeth, which was later bought
by Pfizer, suspended distribution and quarantined a
batch of Prevenar in the Netherlands following re-
ports of the deaths of three infants around the time
of vaccination.
Dutch authorities and Wyeth in February 2010
determined there was no correlation between the
three deaths and the vaccine injections. — AFP
Japan suspends 2 vaccines after infant deaths
SEOUL — North Korea has
proposed Red Cross talks to
try to resolve a row over the
fate of 31 of its nationals in
South Korea, four of whom
have said they want to defect,
officials in the South said yes-
terday.
The South says the four,
on a fishing boat that drifted
into South Korean waters
last month, would be allowed
to stay, while the remainder
would be sent back home.
“The government’s official
position is that the will of in-
dividuals must be respected,”
a Foreign Ministry official
told a news briefing in Seoul.
The North has lashed out at
its neighbour, accusing Seoul
of forcing the North Koreans
to defect against their will.
North Korea’s Red Cross
requested working-level talks
tomorrow at the truce village
of Panmunjom on their heav-
ily fortified border to resolve
the issue, the South’s Red
Cross said in a statement.
North Korea said the four
who wished to defect should
be brought to the talks.
The Unification Ministry
in Seoul rejected the North’s
proposal, but an official said
the South was still willing to
hold discussions tomorrow
to “confirm the free will of
the four people”. The North
had yet to reply to Seoul’s re-
sponse, the official said.
The 27 returnees and the
vessel they sailed south off
the peninsula’s west coast
on February 5 in thick fog
were meant to be repatriated
through land and sea borders
on Friday, but the North re-
fused to allow their re-entry.
The boat was spotted drift-
ing near Yeonpyeong island,
which lies just 11 km from
the North’s soil and was bom-
barded in November by North
Korean artillery, killing four
people. — Reuters
North Korea proposes talks to
resolve row over defection
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DAY DUTY
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Al Hashar 24833115
Muscat 24421691
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Center 24479664
Sur Masirah 25544033
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Scientific ph, Qurum, 24566601
Ruwi, 24702850
PHARMACIES
6.00 Opening, Royal Anthem, The Holy Quran, Preview of
Morning Programme, Weather Forecast and Pharmacies
on Duty; 6.15 Good Morning Oman; 7.00 News Bulletin;
7.10 Good Morning Oman (Sat-Wed) with What the Paper
Says; 9.00 News Headlines; 9.02 Piano; 10.00
Instrumental Music; 11.00 Light Classical Music; 12.00
News Headlines, 12.02 Midday Edition (Live) Sat-Wed;
2.07 Around the World in 30 mins; 2:25 Jungle — On
Road with 90.4 — Sat-Wed; 2.30 News Bulletin; 2.40
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Except Thu & Fri; 3.00 Women in Focus — Nisham
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Jingles and Programmes; 3.25 Mix Music; 3.30 Health
Matters; 4.00 News Headlines; 4.02 Health Matters; 6.00
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Programmes; 6.30 News Bulletin; 6.40 Mix Music; 7.00
Football Lounge (Rumaitha); 8.00 News Headlines; 8.02
Night Express; 10.00 News Bulletin; 10.10 Flash Back;
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CRYPTIC PUZZLE
ACROSS
1 Something filling you can
get at the station (6)
7 Take shocking
precautions? (8)
8 The only one to lose out
(4)
10 Kicked a fellow with a
derisive cry (6)
11 Was he led far astray? (6)
14 Sound catty (3)
16 Not the full name? (5)
17 Changed in appearance as
the eddy swirled (4)
19 Partly undress and return
to bed at some stage (5)
21 Mark, the officer
commanding half London
(5)
22 Two letters relating to legs
(5)
23 A crew member with taste
(4)
26 Stuffed and framed (3,2)
28 The point of cannibalism
(3)
29 Something lower than a
work of art? (6)
30 Samuel’s servant? (6)
31 No longer an incomplete
concept (4)
32 Check what the reserves
do between matches (8)
33 Mid-summer, to ride
around recklessly is not so
bright! (6)
DOWN
1 Delved into a professional
plot (6)
2 In Detroit, endlessly,
caused great commotion
(6)
3 Told fibs to music? (4)
4 Sleeping in such a car was
a moving experience (7)
5 Youngster in the Inland
Revenue during
Prohibition (5)
6 Darling, she is, in Peter
Pan (5)
8 Thus, at half-time, there’s
evidently more to come (4)
9 He left contradictory
directions (3)
12 As blamed by a fathead for
scoring at the wrong end?
(3)
13 She’ll give a bit of discreet
help (5)
15 Unites meltingly (5)
18 Sing high in the Alps? (5)
19 He has a bit of fun at a
party (3)
20 A backward yob? (3)
21 Catch something and
there’s apt to be a remedy
going around (7)
22 Chelsea hair-style? (3)
23 Series based on familiar
shortcomings? (6)
24 Skilled in bale bundling?
(4)
25 Painter of what might be
true about the navy? (6)
26 It’s fun touring around, I
see, in the tropics (5)
27 Happy to give advice to a
Yankee (5)
28 Lady in a brown uniform
(3)
30 Fictional operative in
carbon dating (4)
EASY PUZZLE
ACROSS
1 Yarn (6)
7 Creator (8)
8 Stalk (4)
10 Stop working (6)
11 Royal residence (6)
14 Mineral (3)
16 Called (5)
17 Adhesive strip (4)
19 Sensational (5)
21 Italian city (5)
22 Dead language (5)
23 Injury (4)
26 Take unlawfully (5)
28 Brown (3)
29 Using plants (6)
30 Hark (6)
31 Performs (4)
32 Catered (8)
33 Over there (6)
DOWN
1 Tower (6)
2 Whole (6)
3 US coin (4)
4 Skin pigment (7)
5 Vapour (5)
6 Avarice (5)
8 Cease (4)
9 Before (3)
12 Boy (3)
13 Tree (5)
15 Flower (5)
18 Gemstone (5)
19 Illuminated (3)
20 Sprinted (3)
21 Infectious disease (7)
22 Scientist’s room (3)
23 Hurry (6)
24 Insects (4)
25 Trusted adviser (6)
26 Form (5)
27 Mistake (5)
28 Twitch (3)
30 Titled woman (4)
YESTERDAY’S CRYPTIC
SOLUTIONS
ACROSS: 1, Smash 6, Ea-
gle 9, Weeding 10, Chain
11, Ten-Ch. 12, Beard 13,
Discard 15, Bet 17, Arch 18,
Banana 19, Unlit 20, C-rusty
22, Bare 24, Ea.-t 25, Pop-u-
lar 26, Sedan 27, Abler 28,
Earth 29, We-stern 30, Stand
31, Read-y.
DOWN: 2, Mohair 3, SW-itch
4, Hen 5, Edged 6, En-treat 7,
Aged 8, Lichen 12, BR-in-y
13, Dance 14, Scout 15, Ban-
a-L 16, Taper 18, Bi-son 19,
Ut-ter-ed 21, Rabbit 22, But-
a-NE 23, Ran-Ted 25, Paste
26, SEWN 28, E-rr.
YESTERDAY’S EASY
SOLUTIONS
ACROSS: 1, Float 6, Circa 9,
Bighead 10, Pagan 11, Plead
12, Haste 13, Benefit 15, Bed
17, Arid 18, Divine 19, Pecan
20, Others 22, Tome 24, Nee
25, Learner 26, Cited 27,
Hades 28, Avian 29, Debacle
30, Steed 31, Plied.
DOWN: 2, Leader 3, Abated
4, Tin 5, Cheat 6, Captain 7,
Idle 8, Craven 12, Hives 13,
Baton 14, Niche 15, Bison
16, Defer 18, Dated 19,
Praised 21, Tenant 22, Travel
23, Menace 25, Legal 26,
Cede 28, Alp
CROSSWORD
ACROSS
2 Fruit (5)
7 Against (4)
8 Tool (6)
9 Thrust (5)
11 Aged (3)
13 Nourished (3)
15 Trudge (4)
16 Undergarment (3)
18 Travelled (4)
19 Bedroom (7)
20 Fake (4)
22 Look (4)
23 Swellings (7)
25 Consumed (4)
27 Headgear (3)
28 Strongbox (4)
30 Spoil (3)
31 Bundle (3)
33 Leader (5)
36 Cake (6)
37 Instrument (4)
38 Reverence (5)
DOWN
1 Toll (5)
2 Afflict (3)
3 Joke (3)
4 Sheep (3)
5 Black (3)
6 Suffered (5)
10 Teacher (4)
11 Marsupial (7)
12 Widow (7)
13 Predicted (7)
14 Ordered (7)
16 Branch (5)
17 Allow (5)
18 Tear (3)
21 Insane (3)
24 Fasten (4)
26 Stories (5)
29 Confidence (5)
32 Bench (3)
33 Prize (3)
34 Decorate (3)
35 Insect (3)
YESTERDAY’S
QUICK SOLUTION
ACROSS: 1, Strip 5,
Cosmos 8, Madly 10,
Topple 11, Ajar 14,
Novice 15, Biscuit 18,
Yet 19, Dog 21, Sell 23,
Merry 24, Axle 27, Duo
29, Oak 31, Sweater 32,
Lessee 34, Sign 35,
Nearly 38, Dogma 39,
Pearls 40, Urged.
DOWN: 2, Too 3, Im-
pact 4, Pal 5, Cyan 6,
Slaves 7, Squeal 9, De-
cided 12, Joy 13, Rite
16, Ibex 17, Torus 20,
Growing 22, Lope 24,
Asleep 25, Loss 26,
Easier 28, Bazaar 30,
Keg 33, Ends 36, Emu
37, Lie.
QUICK CROSSWORD
PISCES
(February 20-March 20)
An additional financial com-
mitment may put a heavy
strain on your resources just now so don’t
let anybody persuade you to sign any-
thing.
ARIES
(March 21-April 20)
If you bicker over every tri-
fle in your business dealings
you may overlook the more important
aspects and prejudice your advantage on
important issues.
TAURUS
(April 21-May 20)
Realise that you have neglect-
ed your correspondence very
badly and do something about it unless
you can afford to lose a number of useful
contacts.
GEMINI
(May 21-June 21)
Don’t allow yourself to
become too preoccupied
with worries about your health. If you
have any medical problems consult your
doctor straight away.
CANCER
(June 22-July 21)
You’ll find that your family
don’t seem to want to listen
to your exciting plans. You will either
have to keep them to yourself or wait un-
til someone asks about them.
LEO
(July 22-August 21)
Your friends will be just as
pleased to come to your
home over the Easter weekend if you
make them really welcome even if you
don’t indulge in extravagantly expensive
hospitality.
VIRGO
(August 22-
September 22)
A confidential discussion
will be more productive of results over
a luncheon table than in the businesslike
atmosphere of the office.
LIBRA
(September 23-Oct 22)
An urgent domestic ex-
penditure may be more than
you had anticipated and it may be nec-
essary to practise some economies for a
while.
SCORPIO
(October 23-
November 21)
If you have received an in-
vitation you are unable to accept try to
transfer it to a friend or relation who is
in need of a treat.
SAGITTARIUS
(November 22-
December 21)
You will be able to resolve
an emotional conflict in short order by
making a difficult decision without fur-
ther upset or delay.
CAPRICORN
(December 22-
January 20)
An important letter should
be written on Easter and it is essential for
you to be sincere and truthful in whatever
you have to say.
AQUARIUS
(January 21-Feb 19)
Information received in a
roundabout way may prove
most helpful in connection with a busi-
ness deal, which had been meeting ob-
stacles.
I was always ready to fight. But
I have reached the limits of my
strength.
— Germany’s popular defence minister
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
quits over accusations he
cheated on his doctorate.
QUOTATIONS FOR TODAY
FAISAL BIN ALI AL SAID MUSEUM,
Tel: 24641650
MUSEUM OF OMANI HERITAGE,
Tel: 24600946
CHILDREN’S SCIENCE MUSEUM.
Tel: 24605368
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM,
Tel: 24641374
NATIONAL MUSEUM, Tel: 24701289
SULTAN’S ARMED FORCES
MUSEUM, Tel: 24312646
CURRENCY MUSEUM,
Tel: 24796102
MUSCAT GATE MUSEUM,
Tel: 24739005.
OMANI-FRENCH MUSEUM (Bait
Fransa), Tel: 24736613
BAIT AL ZUBAIR, Tel: 24736688
BAIT A’NAMAN, Tel: 24641300
SOHAR FORT MUSEUM.
Tel: 26844758
NAHKAL FORT, Tel: 26781384
BAIT AL MAKHAM. Tel: 24641300
BAIT ADAM MUSEUM, QURUM,
Tel: 24605033, 24605013
OIL AND GAS EXHIBITION
CENTRE AND PLANE-TARIUM,
Tel: 24677834.
PLANETARIUM, Tel: 24675542.
AQUARIUM at the Marine Science
and Fisheries Centre (located next to
Marina Bandar Rowdha, Sidab).
SALALAH MUSEUM, Tel: 23294549
CULTURAL CENTRE, Tel: 23294549.
SUR MARITIME MUSEUM,
Tel: 24541466.
BAIT AL BARANDA, Tel: 24714262.
MUSEUMS I N OMAN
EMERGENCY 9 9 9 9
DG of Passports & Residency, 24569603
DG of Customs, 24714626
Traffic offences, 24510227/228
ROP Public Relations, 24569270
Consumer Complaints Cell, 24817013
Muscat Governorate Headquarters, 24560021
Muscat, 24736611
Wattayah, 24677990
Ruwi, 24701099
Muttrah, 24712211
Bausher, 24600099
Al Amerat, 24875999
Qurayat, 24845555
A’Seeb, 24420099
Al-Athaiba, 24521099
AI-Khodh, 24425012
Directorate of the University Security, 24513999
Directorate of Traffic Muscat, 24567898
Al Batinah Headquarters, 26840096
Al Rustaq Division, 26875099
Al Dakhiliyah, 25425099
Nizwa Division, 25425099
Samayil Division, 25350099
Al Sharqiyah Headquarters, 25545070
Ibra Division, 25570100
Al Dhahirah Headquarters, 25650099
Al Buraimi Division, 25650199
Ibri Division, 25689099
Al Wusta Headquarters, 23436099
Haima Division, 23436211
Special Task Force, 24560088
Coastguard Headquarters, 24714888
Dhofar Governorate Headquarters, 23234599
Salalah Police Station, 23290099
Thamrait Division, 23279099
Musandam Governorate Headquarters,
26730299
Khasab Division, 26731502
ROYAL OMAN POLI CE
ROP websites: www.rop.gov.om, www.ropoman.
net and
e-mail: ropnet@omantel.net.om
IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY: The first few weeks of the coming year will be quite uneventful and you will have
a good chance to attend to some chores which you feel have been neglected in the rush of the recent past.
Control your expenses carefully and don’t let anybody persuade you that their ways are best.
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17 SPORT
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
MUSCAT — NBO maintained
their unbeaten record in the Al
Ansari Group of Companies-
sponsored ‘C’ Division T20
tournament with a convincing
seven- wicket win against Dy-
namos cricket team in a morning
match played during the week-
end at the OACIII grounds.
Winning the toss and decid-
ing to bat, Dynamos with con-
tributions from opening bats-
man skipper M G Shankar 49
(47b, 4x4), his partner Anishad
K P 39 (27b, 1x6 and 7x4) and
Shameer K C 21 (15b, 3x4)
scored 163 for six wickets off
the 20 stipulated overs.
The bowling honours were
shared by Punit Mehta two for
24, skipper Anil Koshy two
for 28 and Abhishek Prafull
two for 36 off four overs each.
NBO in their turn lost both
openers with 18 runs on the
board but recovered through a
third wicket partnership of 125
between Khurram Bilal 93 not
out (43b, 3x6 and 13x4) and
opening batsman Nayaz Mo-
hammed 50 (44b, 4x4) to make
167 for three wickets off 18.1
overs. Anishad K P claimed all
three wickets to fall conceding
23 runs off four overs.
Brief score Dynamos CT 163
for three wickets off 20 overs (M
G Shankar 49, Anishad K P 39 and
Shameer K C 21; Punit Mehta 2/24,
Anil Koshy 2/28 and Abhishek Pra-
full 2/36) lost to NBO 167 for three
wickets off 18.1 overs (Khurram Bi-
lal 93 n.o and Mohammed Nayaz 50;
Anishad K P 3/23).
Points NBO 2 pts (6 games,
12 pts) and Dynamos 0 pt (7
games, 6 pts).
ENHANCE EAGLES WIN
Enhance Eagles registered
a thumping nine-wicket win
against Sarco OCT Hatat when
the teams met in a Raha Poly
Products-sponsored ‘D’ Divi-
sion T20 match played in the
afternoon at the same venue.
Electing to bat after win-
ning the toss, Sarco OCT
Hatat made 164 for six wick-
ets off the 20 allotted overs
with Nadil Yousuf making a
top- score of 52 (23b, 6x4).
The other batsman to make
major contributions were
opening batsman Sameer Me-
hrab 39 (25b. 4x4), Abdullah
Mohammed 21 (28b, 2x4) and
Mohammed Ali 20 (8b, 3x4).
Sharath Krishnamoorthy
and Ikram Nasir claimed two
wickets each conceding 25
and 38 runs respectively off
four overs each.
Enhance Eagles started off
briskly with opening batsmen
skipper Jaison Manjila strik-
ing an elegant unbeaten 76
(43b, 13x4) and his partner
Sharath Krishnamoorthy mak-
ing 29 the duo putting together
60 runs for the first wicket off
six overs. Deepak Nicholas
joined Jaison and remained
unbeaten on 50 (36b, 2x6 and
1x4) the pair were associated
in an unfinished partnership of
105 runs for the second wicket
taking the score to 165 for 1
wicket off 17.2 overs.
Brief scores Sarco OCT Hatat
164 for six wickets off 20 overs
(Nadil Yousuf 52, Sameer Mehrab
39, Abdullah Mohammed 21 and
Mohammed Ali 20; Sharath Krishna-
moorthy 2/25 and Ikram Nasir 2/38)
lost to Enhance Eagles 165 for 1
wicket off 17.2 overs (Jaison Man-
jila 76 n.o, Deepak Nicholas 50 n.o
and Sharath Krishnamoorthy 29).
Points Enhance Eagles 2 pts (5
games, 6 pts) and Sarco OCT Hatat
0 pt (7 games, 8 pts).
SHEHBAZ STARS
Opening batsman Shehbaz
Butt with a brilliant 54 (34b,
2x6 and 6x4) and a haul of two
for six off three overs helped
Al Hassan defeat Ceva Lo-
gistics by 42 runs in an Oman
Cricket-organised ‘E’ Division
T20 match played at the PDO
grounds during the weekend.
Batting first after winning
the toss, Al Hassan scored
177 for seven wickets off their
quota of 20 overs, thanks to
the contributions from open-
ing batsman Shehbaz Butt
and his partner Nasir Awan36
(28b, 5x4) and Ghulam Abbas
32 (22b, 5x4).
Praveen Lewis picked up
three wickets conceding 23
runs off four overs.
With a required run rate of
less than eight runs per over
Ceva Logistics fared disastrous-
ly and managed to reach 135 for
eight wickets at the end of 20
overs. The major contributors
were Daley Mathias 41 (48b,
1x4), Praveen Edatt 31 (13b, 2x6
and 1x4) and Nitin Cherukupalli
a run a ball 22 (2x4). Shehzad
two for 17 off three and Ghulam
Abbas two for 25 were amongst
the wickets.
Brief scores Al Hassan 177 for
seven wickets off 20 overs (Shehbaz
Butt 54, Nasir Awan 39 and Ghulam
Abbas 32; Praveen Lewis 3/23) bt
Ceva Logistics 135 for eight wick-
ets off 20 overs (Daley Mathias 41,
Praveen Edatt 31 and Nitin Cheruku-
palli 22; Shehbaz Butt 2/6, Shehzad
2/17 and Ghulam Abbas 2/25).
Points Al Hassan 2 pts (4
games, 6 pts) and Ceva Logistics 0
pt (5 games, 2 pts).
NBO maintain unbeaten record
ACTION during the BTT-Oman Cement match at the
OCCI basketball championship yesterday. BTT won
70-55. In the other match, FILCOSOC defeated
TAISM 106-61.
MADRID — Karim Benzema
scored twice as Real Madrid
survived without Cristiano
Ronaldo to win 3-1 at Racing
Santander and close the gap
on La Liga leaders Barcelona
to seven points on Sunday.
Ronaldo, who has netted 27
goals this season, missed his
first league game of the cam-
paign with a muscle strain, but
Benzema and Emmanuel Ade-
bayor led Jose Mourinho’s
side on to 67 points with 11
games left.
The leaders beat Real
Zaragoza 1-0 at home on Sat-
urday. Real made a flying start
at the Sardinero, hitting the
crossbar twice before Adebay-
or scored in the 23rd minute
following the type of move
more usually associated with
their arch-rivals Barca.
The outstanding Mesut Ozil
was at the centre of a series of
one-touch passes which sliced
Racing open and he finished
by squaring for Adebayor to
sidefoot into the empty net.
Three minutes later, the
Germany midfielder set up
Benzema to score the second.
Racing, who had not lost
under new coach Marcelino,
spurned a chance to hit back
when Pablo Pinillos’s weak
penalty was saved after the
break, but Kennedy Bakirci-
oglu threatened a comeback
when he scored from a fine
move in the 70th.
Benzema curled in his
second soon after following a
counter-attack and Adebayor
also missed a late penalty.
“We played very well,
very compact and control-
led the game,” Mourinho
told reporters.
Earlier, a Sevilla own-goal
and a late penalty from Ando-
ni Iraola gave Athletic Bilbao
a 2-0 home win which lifted
them to fifth. The Basque club
moved on to 41 points from
27 games, nine short of Vil-
larreal and the last Champions
League qualification slot. The
fourth-placed side lost 3-1 at
Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Sevilla’s Argentine defend-
er Federico Fazio knocked
a cross into his own net with
his knee after 66 minutes, in
a bruising encounter at San
Mames. Julien Escude brought
down Oscar de Marcos for a
penalty which Iraola, wearing
a head bandage after a colli-
sion with Sevilla’s Alvaro Ne-
gredo, converted in the 88th.
Almeria climbed two points
above Malaga into 19th with a
2-1 comeback win at Hercules,
who now occupy the last relega-
tion place in 18th on 26 points.
Sporting Gijon moved out of the
bottom three with a 2-0 home
win over Getafe. — Reuters
Benzema double helps Real outplay Racing
MEXICO CITY — Sev-
en-times world champion
Sebastien Loeb won the
Rally of Mexico for the
fifth year in a row on Sun-
day after overnight leader
Sebastien Ogier crashed
out on the first stage of
the final day.
Finns Mikko Hirvo-
nen, winner of the season-
opening race in Sweden
last month, and Jari-Matti
Latvala were second and
third respectively in the
race in the state of Guana-
juato.
Loeb moved up into
second place in the stand-
ings with 35 points, eight
behind Hirvonen.
“It was a very difficult
weekend, the fight with
Ogier was fierce,” Loeb,
who was one minute 38.40
seconds faster than Hirvo-
nen at the finish in Leon,
told reporters.
“We had an almost per-
fect weekend. I’m happy
with the new car, it’s very
fast,” added Loeb of the
brand new Citroen DS3
car’s first victory.
Ogier went off the
road 13 kms into the 20th
stage and broke his front
left wheel, handing the
lead to fellow-French-
man and Citroen team-
mate Loeb. — Reuters
Loeb wins
Rally of
Mexico
AL Hassan players pose for a photo.
SAN ANTONIO — The Los
Angeles Lakers brushed aside
NBA leaders San Antonio
Spurs 99-83 to record their
seventh consecutive win on
Sunday and bring the Spurs’
hot home streak to a halt.
The Pacific-division lead-
ing Lakers still trail the Spurs
by six and a half games in the
Western Conference but ended
San Antonio’s record home
winning streak at 22 games.
Kobe Bryant led the Lak-
ers with 26 points and Pau
Gasol scored 21. Tony Park-
er was the only Spurs starter
to score in double digits.
Results: Chicago Bulls bt Mi-
ami Heat 87-86, Detroit Pistons
bt Washington Wizards 113-102,
New Orleans Hornets bt Cleve-
land Cavs 96-81, Los Angeles
Lakers bt San Antonio Spurs 99-
83. — Reuters
Lakers brush
aside Spurs
NEW YORK — The New
Jersey Devils maintained
their recent sizzling form
with a 3-2 shoot-out victory
over the New York Islanders
on Sunday. Brian Rolston
scored the deciding goal in
the sixth round of the shoot-
out. The Devils continue to
make an improbable charge
towards a play-off position.
Results NY Rangers bt Phila-
delphia Flyers 7-0, Washington
Capitals bt Florida Panthers 3-2,
New Jersey Devils bt New York
Islanders 3-2. — Reuters
Devils maintain
sizzling form
PARIS — Kazakhstan
shocked the Czech Republic
3-2 in Ostrava in their Davis
Cup World Group first round
tie to enter the quarterfinals on
Sunday.
Andrey Golubev, ranked 43,
shocked Tomas Berdych 7-5,
5-7, 6-4, 6-2, in the day’s first
reverse singles as the world
No 7 showed the strain of
playing three days in a row.
Mikhail Kukushkin, ranked
63, was then feted as a hero by
dominating Jan Hajek 6-4, 6-7
(4/7), 7-6 (10/8), 6-0 to seal
the decisive point.
The Kazakhs next meet
Argentina after the South
Americans beat Romania 4-1
in Buenos Aires.
Eduardo Schwank eased
past Victor Crivoi 7-6 (7/3),
6-2 with Adrian Ungur getting
a point back for the visitors
with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win over
Juan Monaco. Last year’s
runners-up France, mean-
while, battled into the next
round with Jeremy Chardy
scoring the decisive point with
a 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-3 win
over Martin Fischer which sets
up a meeting with Germany in
July. “The important thing is
to advance. Next time maybe
it will be another who will get
two points,” said Chardy, who
was the hero of the weekend
as he also achieved their first
point by beating Jurgen Melz-
er in Friday’s opening match.
“We qualified with extraor-
dinary matches,” said France
captain Guy Forget. — AFP
Kazakhs shock Czech Republic,
France to face Germany
QUARTERFINALS DRAW
Sweden v Serbia
Kazakhstan v Argentina
United States v Spain
Germany v France
LONDON — Injury doubt
Robin van Persie has been
added to Arsenal’s squad
for the second leg of their
Champions League last-
16 clash in Barcelona to-
day night.
Van Persie had been ex-
pected to miss the tie after
injurying his knee during
Arsenal’s League Cup final
defeat against Birmingham
on February 27.
But his inclusion was an-
other boost to manager Ar-
sene Wenger. — AFP
Van Persie
in squad to
face Barca
QUARTERFINALS DRAW
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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka —
In-form Pakistan batsman
Misbah-ul Haq said his team
was ready for the double chal-
lenge of facing New Zealand
as well as a mystery World
Cup pitch today.
The Group ‘A’ rivals meet
at the newly-built Pallekele
Stadium in the first-ever one-
day match at the venue, a fac-
tor which vice-captain Misbah
believes will give both teams
plenty to think about.
“Of course, it adds to the
challenge because we don’t
know how the pitch will be-
have but that’s the same for
both teams, and as far as we
are concerned we are up to the
challenge,” Misbah said yes-
terday.
The 36-year-old has an-
chored the Pakistan team in
the World Cup with two half-
centuries against Kenya and Sri
Lanka and a hard-fought 37 in
the last match against Canada.
Pakistan sit top of Group
‘A’ with six points after three
matches, followed by co-hosts
Sri Lanka (five points in four)
and defending champions Aus-
tralia (five after three), with
New Zealand fourth with four
in three matches.
Misbah said Pakistan’s re-
cent one-day series win over
New Zealand will count for
nothing.
“We have done well against
them in World Cups and in the
recent series there but that win
will count for nothing as it’s a
new game at a new place,” said
Misbah, of Pakistan’s 3-2 win
in New Zealand last month.
Pakistan will bring in
paceman Shoaib Akhtar after
resting him in the last match
against Canada, while left-arm
spinner Abdur Rehman will
also be available after miss-
ing the last match due to a leg
muscle injury.
Led by skipper Shahid Af-
ridi’s leg-spin, which has gar-
nered a tournament-leading
14 wickets, Pakistan possess
variety in their bowling with
off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and
Mohammed Hafeez, coupled
with a strong new-ball attack
of Akhtar, Umar Gul and Wa-
hab Riaz.
“I think we know how good
their bowling can be,” said
New Zealand captain Daniel
Vettori. “They can probably
defend any score because of
the nature of their bowlers.
They bring a lot to the table.”
Pakistan successfully de-
fended a below-par 185-run
target against Canada and 278
against co-hosts Sri Lanka in
the two of their three matches.
New Zealand, who lost to
Australia by seven wickets but
eased past Kenya and Zim-
bawe by 10 wickets in each
game, have four points after
three matches.
“We know to win these big
games it needs complete team
performances and that’s what
we have done.
“It’s a matter of stepping up
against the harder teams,” said
Vettori, whose country has lost
six World Cup matches against
Pakistan since winning their
first in 1983.
Unlike the bowling head-
to-head, New Zealand hold
the upper hand in batting,
with openers Martin Guptill
(86) and Brendon McCullum
(76) chasing a 186-run target
against Zimbabwe without be-
ing separated.
“I’m not sure you could ask
for too much more, we wanted
complete performances out
of ourselves and that we gave
in the last match,” said Vet-
tori, whose team have made
the semifinals in the last three
World Cups.
The hill town of Kandy has
suffered from persistent rains
and the only international
match here, a Test between Sri
Lanka and the West Indies in
December, was drawn with-
out a single innings completed
in five days. The warm-up
matches before the World Cup
were also moved because of
bad weather. — AFP
Pak ready for Kiwis on mystery pitch
MUMBAI — Cricket’s
controversial Decision
Review System (DRS)
has improved correct
umpiring verdicts by
more than seven per
cent in the World Cup,
the game’s governing
body said yesterday.
For the first time
at a World Cup, each
team has the right to
question at least two de-
cisions which go against
it during an innings.
A third umpire uses
the available technology
to determine if the on-
field officials were cor-
rect. But it has not been
an easy debut for DRS
in the showpiece event.
The Indian Cricket
Board, infuriated by
Ian Bell’s apparent
let-off for lbw in the
tied India vs England
match, wrote an angry
letter to ICC chief ex-
ecutive Haroon Lorgat
pointing out the inad-
equacy it perceives in
the system.
The statistics will
calm the nerves a bit
for the ICC, which re-
vealed that correct deci-
sions in the World Cup
have risen from an av-
erage of 90.18 per cent
to 97.82 per cent due to
the DRS.
“It is a fact that the
number of (appealed)
decisions in this event
is way above the nor-
mal average for ODIs,”
ICC general manager
Dave Richardson said
in the statement. “This
is because of the type of
wickets that prevail in
the subcontinent where
the bounce is often
lower and where there
is a greater amount of
turn.” — Reuters
DRS has
improved
correct
decisions by
over 7 pct,
says ICC
CHITTAGONG — Bangla-
desh opener Tamim Iqbal has
called on fans to cool their
passions and be patient if the
World Cup co-hosts do not
meet their sky-high expecta-
tions.
Their supporters in Dhaka
reacted with fury on Friday
after the nine-wicket Group
‘B’ defeat by West Indies with
stones thrown at the visiting
team’s bus.
“I request the fans not to
do any silly things,” Tamim
told reporters in Chittagong
yesterday.
So far, Bangladesh have
won one of their three games,
losing also by 87 runs to co-
hosts India in the tournament
opener on February 19 but
beating Ireland in between
their defeats.
“We will win some days
and lose some days as that is
cricket and they need to sup-
port us through good times as
well as bad times,” said the
left-hander.
Bangladesh faced the
wrath of fans after a rampant
West Indies attack skittled
them out for their lowest ever
ODI total of 58 runs.
The fans booed the Bang-
ladesh team at the ground and
threw their shoes on to the
road in front of their bus on
their return to the team hotel,
a huge insult in the country.
The attack on the West In-
dies team bus was taken very
seriously by Bangladesh se-
curity forces and politicians,
leading to the tightening of
safety measures including the
introduction of armoured per-
sonnel carriers to accompany
team buses.
Bangladesh’s elite force
Rapid Action Battalion
(RAB) arrested at least 28 in
connection with the stoning
of the bus, though local media
said all of them were released
on bail.
Police said they also de-
tained a fan in Chittagong
on Sunday for showing his
thumbs to Bangladesh play-
ers, again a big insult in the
country.
“He (the fan) realised
his mistake and was also
repentant. We released him
following a request by the
players,” Deputy Police Com-
missioner of Chittagong told
reporters.
Vice-captain Tamim hoped
a good show against England
in their next match on Friday
in Chittagong would change
the perception of fans about
the Bangladesh team.
“I am sure one good
game will change the total
scenario and you will see a
different Bangladesh team,”
he said. — Reuters
Tamim urges emotional
Bangladesh fans
to calm down
CHENNAI — Whatever pretensions South
Africa had of having overcome their tendency
to crack under pressure in big tournaments lay
shattered after their demoralising six-run de-
feat by England in Sunday’s thriller.
The team did not put a foot wrong against
West Indies and the Netherlands but suddenly
came unstuck chasing a modest 172-run target.
Their brittle middle and
lower order batting was
exposed in the process
and the result threw open
Group ‘B’.
In the post-match press
conference, South African
captain Graeme Smith
was invariably posed the
question he is now tired of
answering — whether his
team choked yet again.
“I would not say so, we
have handled ourselves
well in a number of situ-
ations over the last couple
of years to be able to say
we can cope with pressure,” he said.
The match, however, suggested otherwise.
The team seemed to have inherited the big
stage fright that led to their World Cup semifi-
nal heart-breaks in 1992, 1999 and 2007.
Seeking a third successive win in the tour-
nament, South Africa’s batting frailties were
laid bare by England’s inspired bowling attack
on Sunday.
The pattern so far suggests South Africa’s
total depends on the start provided by Hash-
im Amla up front and then AB de Villiers at
number four.
The team owe their victories against West
Indies and the Netherlands to De Villiers’ back-
to-back centuries. The right-handed batsman,
battling a back problem, could not make much
of an impact on Sunday
and that effectively led to
South Africa’s downfall.
In fact, De Villiers’ rich
form glossed over some
of South Africa’s batting
vulnerability which the
English attack so cruelly
exposed.
As his scores of two,
four and 15 in the three
matches so far would sug-
gest, Jacques Kallis has
been woefully out of form
since joining the squad af-
ter an injury lay-off.
Also the comprehen-
sive victories in the first two matches meant
their lower middle order was not really tested.
So when the chips were down on Sunday,
JP Duminy or Morne van Wyk could not guide
them home.
“I think this is the first (outing) they had af-
ter a long time. But I think we need to show a
little more faith in the guys, it’s just one game,”
Smith assured. — Reuters
England expose S Africa’s
batting vulnerabilities
PAKISTAN’S Misbah-ul Haq (centre) and coach Waqar Younis (right) play football during a team training session at the Pallekele Stadium yesterday.
Pakistan are set to face New Zealand today. PICTURE RIGHT: New Zealand’s coach John Wright (left) and team captain Daniel Vettori
watch other players during a practice session at the Pallekele Stadium yesterday. — AFP
Group ‘A’
P W L T NR NRR Pts
Pakistan 3 3 0 0 0 1.747 6
Sri Lanka 4 2 1 0 1 2.663 5
Australia 3 2 0 0 1 1.813 5
New Zealand 3 2 1 0 0 1.584 4
Zimbabwe 3 1 2 0 0 -0.079 2
Canada 4 1 3 0 0 -2.083 2
Kenya 4 0 4 0 0 -3.403 0
Group ‘B’
P W L T NR NRR Pts
India 3 2 0 1 0 0.786 5
England 4 2 1 1 0 0.054 5
West Indies 3 2 1 0 0 2.667 4
South Africa 3 2 1 0 0 1.754 4
Ireland 3 1 2 0 0 -0.296 2
Bangladesh 3 1 2 0 0 -1.764 2
Netherlands 3 0 3 0 0 -3.058 0
(Played, won, lost, tied, no result, net run rate and points)
STANDINGS
CHENNAI — England’s
star batsman Kevin Pie-
tersen has been ruled out of
the World Cup with a hernia
condition and Eoin Morgan
will replace him.
Pietersen’s hernia prob-
lem surfaced during the
tournament, but England’s
medical team thought the
surgery could be postponed
till after the World Cup.
Pietersen was, however,
struggling in the match
against South Africa which
England won by six runs. A
re-look by the medical team
indicated that the surgery
need to be done immedi-
ately to avoid further com-
plications.
“I fly home tonight. Out
of the WC (World Cup)
and IPL (Indian Premier
League). Sad to leave India.
Love the people & the hos-
pitality. Absolutely devas-
tated!!” Pietersen posted on
Twitter.
International Cricket
Council granted England
the replacement.
“The Event Techni-
cal Committee of the ICC
Cricket World Cup has ap-
proved Eoin Morgan as a
replacement player for the
injured Kevin Pietersen in
the England squad,” an ICC
statement said.
Morgan, 24, is a middle-
order batsman and has
played in 38 ODIs for Eng-
land, scoring 1,160 runs at
an average of 40. He was in-
cluded in the original World
Cup squad but missed out
after breaking a finger in
the build-up to the tourna-
ment.
England team director
Andy Flower said the team
was losing an important
player in Pietersen, who
was promoted to open the
batting, where he was doing
a good job.
“He’s a world-class play-
er,” Sky Sports News quoted
Flower as saying.
“I thought he was form-
ing an interesting opening
partnership with Andrew
Strauss. In three of the
four games they’ve played
together they have looked
good up front and they
put on significant partner-
ships that have kicked off
good batting performanc-
es.”
“We’re moving on now
and Eoin Morgan is an ex-
citing cricketer. It’s good
to have him back,” said
Flower.
Flower said Pietersen
had been struggling with
the injury for some time but
remains hopeful that he will
return in time for a busy
summer.
“He’s got a problem and
I’ve seen the scan myself. It’s
a problem that he has been
dealing with for a number of
weeks now so he has got to go
and get that sorted out and
hopefully he will be ready
for the first Test against Sri
Lanka in the English sum-
mer.” — IANS
Kevin Pietersen out with injury, Morgan is replacement
BANGALORE — An un-
beaten run in the World Cup
is enough to paper over most
cracks and India so far have
managed to hide the lack of a
wicket-taking bowling line-up
by piling on the runs.
Throw a stone at India’s
15-man squad and you will
almost certainly hit a batsman
who can walk into any interna-
tional team. With a careful aim
and some luck, you might also
just find one such bowler.
Indian captain Mahendra
Singh Dhoni has categorically
said that his side will at all
times have seven batsmen and
four bowlers, with a couple
who can turn their arm over a
bit making up the fifth bowler.
On Sunday one of those
part-timers put in a sterling all-
round performance that saved
India’s blushes and covered up
the disturbing fact that India
simply do not have a front-line
bowler who can run through a
batting line-up.
Yuvraj Singh took a career-
best five for 31 with his slow
left-arm off spin to weave a
web around Ireland on a track
that was conducive to spin-
ners, while the regular tweak-
ers went wicketless.
The only other bowler
worth a mention in the match,
and indeed who has been In-
dia’s saviour more than once
with the ball this
tournament, was
speedster Zaheer
Khan.
It was Khan’s
impeccable bowl-
ing that tamed the
Bangladeshi fight
back, and his sen-
sational three-wicket burst that
halted England’s charge, and
again it was his two wickets at
the start of the innings to that
firmly pushed the Irish on the
back foot.
On all three occasions, the
lack of any genuine wicket-
taking bowler to partner Khan
and really nail the opposition
with a couple of more wickets
almost cost India the match.
While the Bangladeshi’s
fearless batting succumbed to
the chase rather than the bowl-
ing, England’s lower order
swatted the Indian bowlers to
eke out a draw and the Irish
milked the bowling until Yu-
vraj came into the attack.
Khan has picked up eight
wickets in the tournament so
far to lead India’s bowling
charts and no surprise then
that he has bowled most of the
overs (29) along
with off-spinner
Harbhajan Singh.
ECONONICAL
FIGURES
The next best
bowling figures
belong to fast
bowlers Munaf
Patel (seven wickets) followed
by Yuvraj (six wickets), but
with more economical figures.
That a part-timer has a bet-
ter analysis than the front-line
bowlers underlines the lack of
depth in India’s bowling.
In fact the part-timer spin-
ners, Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan,
have between them taken al-
most double the wickets than
full time spinners Harbhajan
and Piyush Chawla and they
have conceded fewer runs per
over.
That, though, is mostly be-
cause of Chawla, who prom-
ised much after a five-wicket
haul in a warm-up match
against Australia, but has de-
livered little — two wickets
and leaking over seven runs
per over.
Harbhajan has been the
most economical Indian bowl-
er but only has a modest two
wickets so far which is very
surprising. Not for nothing has
he been nicknamed the ‘turba-
nator’ over the years though
that sounds a misnomer right
now.
It is said that fast bowlers
hunt in pairs but that saying
has clearly fallen on deaf ears
in the Indian camp.
Khan’s choices to lead the
attack are:
Patel, who is leaking al-
most a run-a-ball and has at
no point looked even remotely
threatening; Sreesanth, who
runs his mouth at almost the
same rate he gives away runs
and Ashish Nehra, who is on a
well paid medical leave.
The lack of a Malinga,
Steyn or Tait to partner Khan
coupled with the lack of a Mu-
ralitharan, Swann or Tahir to
partner Harbhajan might come
back to haunt India. Sooner
rather than later. — Reuters
Yuvraj Singh’s bowling exploits
can’t hide attack weaknesses
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
NEW DELHI — Canada
overcame some early jitters
with the bat to eventually win
the battle of the associates by
beating Kenya by five wickets
and register their first win in
the World Cup yesterday at the
Ferozeshah Kotla.
Right-handed batsman
Jimmy Hansra (70) and cap-
tain Ashish Bagai (64 not
out) stitched together a 132-
run partnership for the fourth
wicket that sealed the Group
'A' match for the
North Ameri-
cans.
They sur-
passed Kenya's
total of 198
with 27 balls to
spare.
Hansra and
Bagai consoli-
dated hard after Canada were
reduced to 48 for three and bat-
ted intelligently thereafter to
wrest the control back in their
hands, helped in part by a few
dropped catches.
“I made sure I made them
pay after the dropped catch.
It was good to be positive at
the start,” a content looking
Hansra said.
“I hit the shots that I was
comfortable with, pushed the
field back and rotated the sin-
gles in the middle.”
Paceman Henry Osinde
took four wickets as Canada
shot out the Africans for a pal-
try 198 runs after they opted to
bat first on winning the toss.
The burly fast bowler got
the ball to move a bit at the
start to take three quick wick-
ets in his opening spell and re-
turned to add one more to his
tally off his last over.
Medium pacers Harvir
Baidwan and Rizwan Cheema
also chipped in with two wick-
ets apiece.
“The whole
World Cup our
bowlers have
done a fantas-
tic job and our
fielding too.
Our batting had
let us down so
I am happy that
we worked things out today,”
Hansra said.
Kenya had been bundled
out for scores of 69, 112 and
142 — amassing just 323 runs
in their last three outings be-
fore yesterday and they once
again got off to a sorry start
and tottered at 57 for five at
one stage.
But a patient 52-run partner-
ship between Tanmay Mishra
(51) and captain Kamande for
the sixth wicket weathered the
storm and ensured respectabil-
ity for the African nation.
Tanmay Mishra also added
57 runs with Thomas Odoyo
for the seventh wicket before
he fell while trying to up the
tempo.
Odoyo (51) looked the most
fluent Kenyan batsman on the
pitch and with five boundaries
and one six managed to take
Kenya close to the 200-run
mark.
SCOREBOARD
Kenya
M Ouma c Baidwan b Osinde ........0
S Waters b Osinde .........................2
C Obuya b Baidwan ....................31
D Obuya c Bagai b Osinde ............2
S Tikolo lbw Cheema ..................12
T Mishra c Surkari b Davison .....51
J Kamande c Bagai b Rao ...........22
T Odoyo b Baidwan ....................51
N Odhiambo b Osinde ..................4
E Otieno c Hansra b Cheema ........8
J Ngoche (not out) .........................1
Extras: (lb-4, w-10) ....................14
Total: (all out; 50 overs) ...........198
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-7, 3-21, 4-41,
5-57, 6-109, 7-166, 8-171, 9-193.
Bowling: Osinde 10-2-26-4 (w-3);
Baidwan 10-1-41-2 (w-2); Desai
3-0-20-0; Cheema 9-1-30-2; Hansra
3-0-15-0; Balaji Rao 10-0-36-1 (w-
5), Davison 5-0-26-1.
Canada
R Gunasekera st Ouma b Ngoche 18
R Cheema b Etieno .....................17
Z Surkari run out .........................10
ABagai (not out) .........................64
J Hansra c Ngoche b Odhiambo ..70
T Gordon b Odhiambo ..................3
J Davison (not out) ........................4
Extras: (b-1, w-11, nb-1) ............13
Total: (5 wkts; 45.3 overs) ........199
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-37, 3-48,
4-180, 5-186.
Bowling: Odoyo 5-1-18-0; Etieno
8.3-0-45-1 (nb-1, w-4); Odhiambo
10-0-45-2; Ngoche 10-2-26-1 (w-
1); Kamande 5-0-25-0 (w-1); Obuya
2-0-15-0 (w-1); Tikolo 5-1-24-0.
Canada down Kenya to win battle of associates
CANADA’S Henry Osinde (centre) celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Kenya’s Seren Waters during their match at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi yesterday. — AFP
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Tuesday, March 8, 2011
New transformer protector
EXPANDING on its top of the range safety and security product
portfolio in Oman, Amanco (National Factory for Security
and Safety Equipment) has earned sole representative status to
introduce SERGI — France’s Transformer Protector (TP) in the
Sultanate. Amanco has been operational since 1998. ● Page 23
Carillion Alawi office in Salalah
THE newly established regional office of Carillion Alawi in
Salalah was officially launched at an event in Hilton Salalah
Resort recently. The event was attended by government
officials, business partners and members of the local
community. ● Page 23
By Conrad Prabhu
MUSCAT — The race for a
licence to build a huge Inde-
pendent Power Project (IPP)
at Sur, on the Sultanate’s
Sharqiyah coast, has whittled
down to five bidders.
AES Oasis Energy, one of
six energy firms prequalified
to bid for the licence, opted
out of the contest, leaving
fellow contenders Marubeni
Corporation (Japan), Siemens
LLC, Sembcorp Utilities,
Enka (Turkey) and Mitsui &
Co in the fray.
Envelopes containing the
financial offers and final tech-
nical submissions from the lat-
ter five bidders were opened at
the Tender Board yesterday, as
the competition for the pres-
tigious licence now enters its
final phase.
The successful bidder
will secure a licence to build
the country’s largest green-
field power project with an
installed generation capacity
ranging from 1,500 to 2,000
megawatts (MW). Project
costs are estimated to range
from $1.6 billion to $1.8 bil-
lion on a 1,500MW project,
which could escalate to nearly
$2 billion at the higher capac-
ity limit.
Japanese conglomerate
Mitsui & Co has joined hands
with Oman Oil Company and
Taqa in bidding for the IPP
mandate. Siemens LLC heads
a consortium that includes
Saudi Oger and Korean East-
West Power. Japanese corpo-
ration Marubeni has teamed
up with Qatar Electricity and
Water, Chubu Electric and
Multitech in its bid.
The state-owned electric-
ity off-taker, Oman Power and
Water Procurement Company
(OPWP), is overseeing the
implementation of the IPP at
Sur in line with its mandate to
procure all new electricity and
related water capacity.
OPWP is eyeing a March
30 deadline to finalise a short-
list of bidders, who will then
be called for final negotiations
leading to the selection of a
preferred bidder by April 16.
The execution of project doc-
uments is slated for April 30,
paving the way for construc-
tion work on the IPP to begin
in earnest.
Underscoring efforts to
fast-track the implementation
of the project, OPWP has set
a Q1 2013 time frame for part
of the IPP’s output, equiva-
lent to roughly 400 MW of
generation capacity, to be
brought into operation ahead
of summer peak demand that
year. The IPP’s full capacity
of 1,500-2,000MW is slated
for full commissioning ahead
of peak summer demand in
2014.
The Sur IPP, as well as a
pair of recently awarded IPPs
(Barka 3 and Sohar 2) under
development in the Batinah
region, will go a long way in
meeting the galloping demand
for electricity within the Main
Interconnected System (MIS).
An estimated half a million
customers are served by the
MIS, an area encompassing
the Governorates of Muscat
and Buraimi, and most of the
South Batinah, Dakhiliyah,
Sharqiyah, North Batinah and
Dhahirah regions.
According to OPWP, elec-
tricity demand in the MIS is
projected to rise from 3,424
MW in 2009 to 6,043 MW by
2016, representing an average
increase of around 8.5 per cent
or 374 MW per year.
By A Staff Reporter
MUSCAT — General cargo volumes
handled at the Port of Salalah surged 68
per cent to over six million tonnes dur-
ing 2010, according to a top official of
Salalah Port Services Co SAOG, which
operates and manages Oman’s largest
container transshipment terminal on the
Sultanate’s southern coast.
Abdul Aziz bin Ali al Shanfari,
Chairman of Board of Directors, said
rising general cargo volumes were
fuelled by a hefty increase in commod-
ity exports.
“The General Cargo business has
been growing rapidly and the main fac-
tors driving the growth are commodi-
ties such as limestone and cement that
are exported from Oman to developing
economies surrounding Oman. The
growth of the Salalah Free Zone also
contributed to the excellent results,” Al
Shanfari stated in the Director’s Report
on the company’s performance during
the financial year ended December 31,
2010.
Container traffic on the hand re-
mained unchanged at 3.48 million
TEUs during 2010 when compared to
2009. “This continues to make Salalah
Oman’s largest port by over 10 times
compared to any other port. The lack
of volume change was a result of the
substantial growth being offset by a
strategy change implemented by one
customer from transshipment to direct
shipping. Despite this, revenue growth
was significant in 2010,” the Chairman
said.
Consolidated revenues rose 10.4 per
cent to RO 52.7 million last year, while
the consolidated net profit was record-
ed at RO 5.76 million, an impressive 27
per cent increase over 2009 results, Al
Shanfari stated.
“Though the volumes at the contain-
er terminal remained similar to previ-
ous year, the efforts undertaken by the
management in taking costs out, driv-
ing performance, and unparalleled per-
formance by the general cargo business
have made it possible to achieve the
record profitability in 2010,” he said.
Energetic efforts to boost productiv-
ity also resulted in improving the crane
moves per hour by over 11 per cent.
Improvements in efficiency were also
achieved through the sale of unused as-
sets, while further gains were made in
sustainable savings of financing costs
and the ability to turn rights for interest
in a small terminal in Jordan, the Chair-
man said.
The outlook for the company, Al
Shanfari said, was positive with the
management keen on pursuing strategic
initiatives that balance risk and reward,
creating a ‘Process Excellence’ culture
within the organisation, and exploring
newer markets and products.
Contest for Sur IPP down to five bidders
Strong growth in general cargo traffic at Salalah Port
23
OMAN TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
By A Staff Reporter
SALALAH — The newly
established regional office
of Carillion Alawi in Salalah
was officially launched at an
event in Hilton Salalah Re-
sort recently. The event was
attended by government of-
ficials, business partners and
members of the local com-
munity.
Company’s partner and
sponsor Alawi bin Qais al
Zawawi welcomed the guests
and briefed the gathering
on the history and progress
of Carillion Alawi in Oman
since 1965.
In his address, Regional
Managing Director of Caril-
lion Alawi, Andy Jones, men-
tioned in detail the plans of
the company for the Salalah
region. “The company, which
has a reputation for high
quality construction, safety
standards and quality, hopes
to better support construction
contracts in the Dhofar Gov-
ernorate,” he said.
Andy said Carillion Alawi
offers professional services
such as pre-construction
tasks with in-house design,
MEP services, joinery and
facilities management.
“With expertise in all ar-
eas of construction and glo-
bal procurement capabilities,
we can employ and move
key professionals quickly
to suit the needs of specific
projects,” he added.
Reiterating company’s
commitment to Oman, he
said, “Carillion Alawi is one
of the largest and most reput-
ed construction companies in
Oman. We have a portfolio of
prestigious landmark projects
for key clients in public and
private sectors like Grand
Mosque, Barr Al Jissah Re-
sort, The Royal Opera House
and Majlis Oman.”
Omanisation Manager of
Carillion Alawi Mohammed
al Ghafri, said the new Sala-
lah office of the company
has presently achieved 50
per cent Omanisation. “We
regularly provide training
to Omani nationals through
our training centres located
in various regions of the Sul-
tanate and we will replicate
the success in Dhofar region
too,” he added.
The launch event was fol-
lowed by dinner and later the
guests had an opportunity to
meet the senior management
team of Carillion Alawi.
The construction sector
in Oman is set to derive the
maximum benefit from the
8th Five-Year Plan as the
government is ramping up
spending on infrastructure
development. The Sultan-
ate’s construction industry
was valued at $3.7 billion in
2010 and is expected to grow
at an average annual rate of
5.8 per cent between 2010
and 2014.
By A Staff Reporter
MUSCAT — Expanding on its top of the range
safety and security product portfolio in Oman,
AMANCO (National Factory for Security and
Safety Equipment) has earned sole representa-
tive status to introduce SERGI — France’s
Transformer Protector (TP) in the Sultanate.
AMANCO has been operational since 1998
and enjoys the reputation of being the only
company in Oman manufacturing fire-fighting
equipment under all relevant licence catego-
ries. Over the years the company has supplied
to almost all major players in the country who
required fire-fighting equipment.
“Transformer Protector is a product that
addresses the need of the hour in fire-fighting
technology. The quality and innovative tech-
nology that drives this product makes it indis-
pensable in this market,” said Salman Rashid
al Fannah al Araimi, Chairman, AMANCO.
“It is a privilege that AMANCO has been
chosen to introduce this technology in Oman.
SERGI-France has always provided us with
top quality products which we have been privi-
leged to bring to the market here,” said G Mu-
rali Das, General Manager, AMANCO.
“We rarely find companies working togeth-
er with sincere consideration for each other's
needs. I believe that, this is what the winning
equation for SERGI — France and AMANCO
has been,” Das added
This partnership has been announced in
line with the arrival of Arnaud Magnier, CEO,
SERGI — France in Muscat to participate in
the International Workshop on Fire Safety En-
gineering and Management organised by Sul-
tan Qaboos University. Arnaud will be present-
ing the innovative technology of transformer
protection during this conference today, March
8, from 3:30-4:10 pm.
The Chairman adds, “We have strengthened
our top management team by positioning expe-
rienced professionals with varied skill sets and
exposure in different markets on board. We
have declared 2011 as Customer Satisfaction
Year to be more pro-active in addressing our
customers’ needs and issues.”
The product is set to face the home-run
challenges that are typical for any new item
in the market, but AMANCO is equipped to
move ahead through the challenges by ensur-
ing zero compromise on the quality of the
product which in turn assures people and en-
vironment safety.
Carillion Alawi office
launched in Salalah
Amanco introduces France’s
transformer protector
Wave of women-centric
films
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Witherspoon carries
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By Kaushalendra Singh
O
MANI workforce is ready
to take up any challenge
and this has been proved
by the hard work of an entrepre-
neur who established his own oil
and gas company. Oilfield services
company Midwest does not only
meet international standards, it has
the credit of being the only Omani
company in the sector when it start-
ed in 2001.
The company understands that
Omanis are prepared to take up any
job without caring for the difficul-
ties.
The employees at Midwest are
so qualified that none of them gets
less than RO 500 and all those who
were getting RO 300 are now get-
ting RO 500. The company has en-
sured a hike of 30 to 50 per cent to
all the employees.
The company has exhorted peo-
ple not to overreact and urged them
to try and address the needs of edu-
cation and training to get better po-
sition in companies.
The company has an Omanisation
level of 90 per cent and none of them
is inferior to anyone. The company
keeps them abreast with the latest in
the market and every six months the
company sponsors college and uni-
versity students for short-term on-
the-job training. During the time of
training the company identifies the
talent and offers them jobs as and
when vacancy arises.
The company is strict on not
compromising on quality while of-
fering jobs. The company’s policy is
a trained and educated Omani does
not carry any complex and he is as
good as a trained expatriate worker.
So the need of the hour is emphasis
on better training and education.
The company favours summer
camps for training and advises the
youth to chart out their proper ca-
reer plan.
The company responsibilities
do not end with earning money
and finding some jobs for youths to
meet the present crisis. It insists on
better training and education to en-
sure that Omanis can match anyone
in the job market and do not carry
the stigma of being inferior to any-
one.
The company has its own for-
mula for success: “Hard work and
only hard work,” can lead anyone
to success. “Luck may be one of the
factors, but it comes only when you
are prepared to do hard work.”
The company suggests that
young entrepreneurs work until
it hurts, as in its scheme of things
nothing comes easy.
Midwest Oilfield Services is the
first 100 per cent Omani owned lo-
cal company to specialise in per-
formance drilling services, turbine
drilling services, directional drill-
ing services and supervision.
Midwest is equipped with high-
ly experienced, competent and
dedicated staff. The company is
reputed in maintaining the highest
levels in business conduct, quality
and HSE.
The company knows that there
are Omani companies meeting in-
ternational standards that are still
facing hurdles. It has strong faith in
the capabilities of Omanis and sug-
gests the authorities to give them
proper education and training to
meet the requirements of the job
market.
It urges the big companies to un-
derstand their Corporate Social Re-
sponsibility. It also feels the need of
realising the human side of the job
issue with a “need to operate and
deliver in a controlled manner.”
Omani workforce ready for
any corporate challenge
Oilfield services company Oilfield services company
Midwest meets international Midwest meets international
standards. It has also the standards. It has also the
credit of being the only credit of being the only
Omani company in the Omani company in the
ssector when it started in 2001 ssector when it started in 2001
‘A trained and ‘A trained and
educated Omani educated Omani
does not carry does not carry
any complex and any complex and
he is as good he is as good
as a trained as a trained
expatriate expatriate
worker. So the worker. So the
need of the hour need of the hour
is emphasis on is emphasis on
better training better training
and education’ and education’
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SPOTLIGHT TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
By Maryam Khalfan
I
N observation of this great
day the Sultanate joins the
rest of the world in a spe-
cial programme held in the
Wilayat of Rustaq to mark
the significant progress that
has been achieved by Omani
women through determined
advocacy, practical action and
enlightened policy making.
The observation of the day
is indeed one of the fruitful
achievements in the education
of Omani women under the
guidance of His Majesty the
Sultan.
The empowerment in-
vested in women’s education
has not only enabled them to
be knowledgeable, self reli-
ant and reputable in their own
right, but it has significantly
enabled women to effectively
contribute to their social wel-
fare, development and pros-
perity of their nation in all
walks of life.
The access to gender equal-
ity in areas of education and
empowerment that women in
this country currently enjoy is
of no doubt the results of the
blessed Renaissance of His
Majesty the Sultan.
Omani women have gained
prominence and are benefiting
from the equal rights in educa-
tion, social and health services,
as well as from the employ-
ment opportunities facilitated
in all provinces and regions of
the Sultanate.
Since 1976, the Sultanate’s
strategies and development
plans has taken on board the
aspect of human resource de-
velopment as one of its basic
elements to accord special care
and rights to women in many
walks of life. Further, the 7th
Development Plan (2006-
2010) has given an important
place for the advancement of
Omani women.
Women’s rights
The Sultanate has taken
significant measures to en-
sure women’s rights in several
areas of the legislative field
and that of the State’s Basic
Statute, which emphasises the
principle of complete gender
equality in rights and duties in
public office, and in areas of
social development.
Omani women are also en-
titled to pension benefits and
comprehensive social secu-
rity system, which guarantees
them the right to pension and
compensation of the insured
upon death, the right of women
to receive early old age pen-
sion, the right of an unmarried
woman in the pension of the
pensioner, the deceased, re-
gardless of age.
Other women’s rights in-
clude the right to have ad-
ditional grants, rights to all
forms of social welfare for
women as applied in the prin-
ciple set forth in the Statute of
the State.
The Omani labour law
also offers Omani women the
right to work in the private
sector and many mechanisms
were also improved to expand
women’s participation in pri-
vate businesses and Small
and Medium Size Enterprises
(SMEs) with the support of
the Youth Development Fund,
Intilaqaah Projects which
works to encourage the Omani
youth (both male and female)
to engage in entrepreneurship
and ownership of small and
medium SMEs and the Sanad
projects among others.
A study for the development
of Omani women in entrepre-
neurship was also established
to upgrade Omani women’s
participation in private busi-
nesses and a committee was
formed to facilitate access for
loans and to facilitate training
and other kinds of material
support in addition to enhanc-
ing the role of Omani Wom-
en’s Association in wilayats
in regards to terms of raising
women’s awareness about the
procedures related to applica-
tion for a loan.
International Conven-
tions
In 1979 the UN agreement
was formed to Eliminate of
All Forms of Discrimination
Against Women (CEDAW)
— a Treaty for the Rights of
Women and the International
Bill of Rights for Women. The
treaty addresses the advance-
ment of women, describes the
meaning of equality and sets
forth guidelines on how to
achieve it.
The Sultanate Ratified the
CEDAW Convention in May
2005 up on the completion of
the first national report on the
legislative, judicial, admin-
istrative, and that comes as a
result of co-operation between
governmental and private in-
stitutions.
The Sultanate also formed
a special committee to follow-
up the implementation of the
CEDAW provisions, taking
advantage of available in-
ternational experience. The
committee was tasked to pre-
pare the first national report
to monitor the Sultanate’s im-
plementation of the provisions
of the Convention and other
periodic reports. The commit-
tee is also obliged to follow-up
implementation and effective-
ness of the provisions of the
Convention; promote aware-
ness among the public, and
the relevant authorities of the
rights, and provisions of the
Convention through appropri-
ate means of notification.
Since the Sultanate rati-
fied the Convention, the state
has played a significant role
to implement the international
agreements in accordance to
the Sultanate’s laws, which re-
sulted in the establishment of a
national committee to address
all sorts of human rights.
The committee compris-
ing of representatives from
concerned government es-
tablishments and the Non-
Governmental Organisations
was further expanded in three
teams comprising of the me-
dia, law and research and stud-
ies sections, which were far-
ther tasked to raise awareness
about the rights of the women.
The articles of the CEDAW
are not only restricted to ad-
dress women’s rights but also
involves a broad spectrum
of issues in addressing other
aspects related to health, edu-
cation, law, human rights,
agriculture and many other
aspects.
In fact, since the launch
of the UNFPA GCC office
in 2006, collaboration began
with the Ministry of Social
Development in all aspects of
concern to women’s issues and
gender.
The UN office also played a
significant role in assisting the
National CEDAW Committee
in preparation and drafting the
Sultanate’s first official report
of the treaty on the rights of
women.
T
HE Prophet Muhammed (Peace and Blessing Be Upon
Him) addressed a messenger of his who was beaten and
verbally abused, saying, “Had you been sent to the people
of Oman, you wouldn’t have been harmed”. This is the land
of Al Qubairaa, Oman, the land of the people who believed
in the prophet and his heavenly message right from the
beginning, about whom the prophet said, “May God bless
the people of Al Qubairaa who believed in my message
without seeing me”.
So this is the kind of ethics that distinguishes the people
of Oman. The Omani people are civilised, tolerant tightly
adherent to their land and to the nation they built over four
decades, we are utterly proud of the good reputation we
enjoy among the nations. We have developed throughout
history a remarkable ability to cope with the toughest of
conditions, and we have maintained our national unity in
an astonishing way.
The nation is not just geographical boundaries, it’s the
history of our forefathers, it is a set of cultural values that
lies deep in our collective mindset, we all belong to this
land, and we are firmly tied to the nation. A sound sense
of belonging to the country entails relentless efforts on the
part of the citizens to build the nation, and to maintain the
spirit of solidarity and national identity among themselves
under the banner of national unity.
Those who lived in Oman in the pre-Renaissance era are
the ones who feel the true value of the nation. The young-
sters who travel abroad feel nostalgic of Oman in the di-
asporas, that’s because they savoured the fruit of the land
and relished its water in the days of childhood.
As far as history is concerned, all civilisations were
built and made strong only by the faithful efforts of the
people, and by work that is based on tolerance and national
unity which is the most important pillar of nation building.
The genuine citizenship manifests itself when every in-
dividual stands firm in the face of attempts aiming to dwarf
the nation or hinder its progress. The good citizen should
have a great love of the country; he should not resort to
vandalism and destruction. The people have to be aware
that dialogue is the best way to achieve their demands.
Modern technology has turned the world into a small
global village, where we can easily make our voice heard.
What we need is to express our opinion in a responsible
way, and in such a manner that doesn’t affect the people’s
freedom or damage their properties. We are allowed to de-
liver whatever message we want on one condition, protect
the common interest.
These days the habit of emulation has prevailed in the
Arab world, the people tend to clone the events in other
countries, ignoring the fact that every nation has its special
conditions that are not necessarily similar to other nations’.
This has led many countries to fall in the trap of violence
and chaos.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos will remain the aspiring
leader of Oman, and the symbol of the nation. Oman will
be as stable and great as it is. The Omani people will never
derail from the track of civilisation. We will be strong in the
face of crises as we did when adverse weather conditions
hit us. We have to take a stop and rethink the events so as to
know what we did wrong.
Also we have got to know that the process of nation
building cannot be achieved overnight. Great missions can
be accomplished only when we come together. May God
safeguard the nation and protect His Majesty the Sultan,
architect of its blessed Renaissance, whose farsightedness
and wise leadership ushered in the stability and welfare of
Oman.
— Translated by Khalid al Kush
By Mirfat al Araimiya
mirfat@omandaily.om
T
ODAY is International Women’s Day (IWD). In
fact, it happens to be centenary year of the annual
observance that began in 1911. The Day reminds the world
of its responsibility towards the welfare of women. While
celebrating the economic, political and social achievements
of women all over, the Day reminds us of the disparities still
to be redressed.
No sphere of human endeavour is today beyond the
reach of women given the right opportunities. The concept
of male-only domains is fast vanishing. Sky is the limit for
those with a will to succeed.
All the same, we realise that despite the undisputed con-
tributions made by women, for centuries they were denied
equal rights and opportunities. They had to struggle hard
to win even the minimum rights. There are still parts of the
world where this demand for justice and equality remains a
distant dream. But wherever they have access to the right
kind of education they can hope to achieve economic inde-
pendence which in turn ensures equality.
IWD was originally called International Working Wom-
en’s Day. In1913 the observance was moved to March 8.
Today it is observed worldwide and is an official holiday in
several countries.
The UN has been playing a key role in the promotion
of the objectives of celebrating this day and had even des-
ignated 1975 as ‘International Women’s Year’. It comes up
with specific themes for each year to focus attention on dif-
ferent areas of women empowerment that demand urgent
attention. The theme for 2011 is: Equal access to education,
training and science and technology: Pathway to decent
work for women.
It is said that ‘Behind every successful man there is a
woman’. Well, it works the other way round as well. With
more and more women taking up challenging careers and
pursuits it is easier for a woman to become high achiever
and trail blazer if there is a supportive male — the spouse,
father or brother — backing her.
There are, of course, women who have created history
even when this was not so. But that called for greater de-
termination, struggle and strength of character on their part.
But if men are positively inclined towards the legitimate
needs and aspirations of women, the entire community
stands to gain.
A few of the outstanding examples of women of sub-
stance who overcame heavy odds and prejudices to make
this world a better place for all are Helen Keller, Marie Cu-
rie, Mother Teresa and Kiran Bedi, the Indian super cop.
In Oman women have been accorded dignity and equal
opportunities in crucial areas like education and healthcare
in the Renaissance era and the results are there for all to see.
The recognition of their importance was demonstrated last
year by the institution of October 17 as Omani Women’s
Day (OWD). This is in addition to Oman’s active participa-
tion in the annual global celebration on March 8.
Even where the status of women is fairly satisfactory,
disparities exist in salary structure and representation in vi-
tal spheres like business and politics. In many developing
and under-developed nations the degree of discrimination
and exploitation are far worse.
Changes are definitely taking place. It is a positive sign
that on this day, we are moving away from concentrating on
the negatives to a celebration of the positive achievements
by women. Yet, we ought not to ignore the implicit call to
think globally and act locally. We must do all we can to
help women realise their full potential to build a vibrant and
happy world.
Quotes:
• A woman is like a tea bag. She knows her strength
only when put in hot water. — Nancy Reagan
• Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it con-
sists principally in dealing with men. — Joseph Conrad
Dr Rajan Philips
rajanph@yahoo.co.uk
I
N a historical occasion
marking the 100th an-
niversary of the Interna-
tional Women’s Day (IWD),
today, the world unites to
observe this day under the
entitle: ‘Equal access to ed-
ucation, training and science
and technology: Pathway to
decent work for women’.
This year’s theme will re-
flect upon the role that en-
hanced access to these fields
for women and girls which
plays on the economic
growth of developing coun-
tries, especially the Least
Developed Countries. It
will also focus on the policy
mechanisms that need to be
put in place to make it hap-
pen.
Enhancing policy meas-
ures can ensure equal op-
portunities and treatment
for women and men when
it comes to jobs and work-
ing conditions through skills
development and training
policies. According to the
International Labour Organ-
ization (ILO), the economic
downturn has served to un-
derscore and aggravate pre-
existing inequality therefore
achieving gender equality
remains a major challenge;
as well as securing a sustain-
able and equitable recovery
and a fair globalisation de-
mand for gender-aware re-
sponses.
The 100th year com-
memoration comes at the
heels of the establishment
of ‘UN Women’, the United
Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empow-
erment of Women, in July
2010 by the United Nations
General Assembly. In doing
so, UN member states took
a historic step in accelerat-
ing the Organisation’s goals
on gender equality and the
empowerment of women.
The creation of UN Women
came about as part of the
UN reform agenda, bring-
ing together resources and
mandates for greater im-
pact. Significant Progress
has been made in advancing
gender equality, including
landmark agreements such
as the Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms
of Discrimination against
Women (CEDAW).
Remarking on the occa-
sion, Dr Laila Omar Gad,
Unicef Representative in
the Sultanate said: “Gen-
der equality is not only a
basic human right, but its
achievement has enormous
socio-economic ramifica-
tions. Empowering women
fuels thriving economies,
spurring productivity and
growth.”
The Government of
Oman has demonstrated
political commitment and
will, to promote the rights
of women and His Majesty
Sultan Qaboos is dedicated
to building the nation’s edu-
cation and empowerment
of women. In the past four
decades, women have paved
new paths on the socio-
economic front including
the right to vote, the right
to stand for the membership
of the Consultative Council,
State Council, the Board of
Oman Chamber of Com-
merce & Industry and other
bodies.
In an effort to promote
women to be part of the
country’s development
process, the government
also ratified the CEDAW
convention in 2005.
Major progress has been
achieved in education,
healthcare, as well as politi-
cal and economic participa-
tion of women; however
despite these achievements,
some challenges still re-
main.
The Omani Women’s
Symposium held in 2009
had set a platform for dis-
cussing and addressing the
issues and challenges faced
to further enhance the role
of national women and em-
power them in all spheres
of life, and mark October
17 of every year as Omani
Women’s Day.
Unicef has been working
in partnership with the Gov-
ernment of Oman since 1971
with the aim of improving
health, education and social
services for children and
women in the Sultanate.
Omani women have gained prominence and are benefiting Omani women have gained prominence and are benefiting
from the equal rights in education, social and health from the equal rights in education, social and health
services, as well as from the employment opportunities services, as well as from the employment opportunities
facilitated in all provinces and regions of the Sultanate facilitated in all provinces and regions of the Sultanate
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O One Killed Jessica,
Mirch, Turning 30 and
7 Khoon Maaf — all
women-centric films in the
last few months show the fe-
male leads in strong and pow-
erful roles. Film-makers and
actors hope this trend contin-
ues in future.
On the silver screen wom-
en are usually seen as a help-
less mother, submissive wife,
devoted girlfriend, overcaring
sister, daughter or a vamp, but
directors like Vishal Bharad-
waj and Alankrita Shrivastava
are trying to break the mould
and present women in a more
realistic, vibrant and uncon-
ventional way.
One-film-old Rajkumar
Gupta’s No One Killed Jessica
was an attempt to bring alive
the struggle of Sabrina Lall’s
fight with the Indian judici-
ary for years to get justice for
her murdered sister. Starring
Vidya Balan and Rani Muk-
erji, the movie created a buzz
as it was inspired by the 1999
murder of model Jessica Lall
and the director was never ap-
prehensive that his film won’t
do well without a strong male
character.
“The protagonists in my
movie were two leading la-
dies who were very powerful
in whatever they did. It’s not
easy to make a film on such
a theme, but times are chang-
ing and people are accepting it
with open arms,” Gupta said.
Director Vinay Shukla,
best known for his 1999, mul-
tiple National Award-winning
project Godmother, is confi-
dent there will be more suc-
cessful women-centric films
in the years to come.
“At the moment, the
number of women-centric
movies is less, but it will grow
with time because actresses
nowadays have got huge po-
tential to run a movie on their
shoulders much like their male
counterparts,” said Shukla,
whose latest film Mirch dealt
with four stories of women’s
emancipation. — IANS
Wave of women-centric films
O
NE of the dangers young
sports enthusiasts should
watch out for are blunt blows
to the chest region, according
to Germany’s Association of
Paediatricians. A collision
with another player, a ball
or a puck could induce
life-threatening heart
fibrillations.
“Fibrillation can lead to
death within minutes if it’s
not quickly treated by a med-
ical professional,” warns the
association’s Herman Josef
Kahl.
However, accidents
like these are very rare, ac-
cording to the cardiologist.
That’s because the blow
must occur at a certain point
on the chest, with a certain
degree of force and during a
specific 10 to 20 millisecond
phase of the heart’s electrical
activity.
In most people a heart-
beat lasts about 1,000 mil-
liseconds but during sport
it can speed up to 500 mil-
liseconds. A number of cir-
cumstances must coincide
before a heart can be thrown
off rhythm by a sudden im-
pact to the chest.
“Trainers should warn
children about the risks as-
sociated with a blow to the
chest region and advise
them not to fend off an op-
ponent, a ball or a puck with
their chests. They should
try another form of defence
instead,” says Kahl. Chest-
protectors available in stores
cannot guarantee that a blow
to the chest will not induce
fibrillation (Commotio
cordis).
A much thicker protector
must be used instead. Balls
with a lighter centre and
softer covering or a lighter
puck can also help protect
your child.
A study of data contained
on a register compiled by the
US Heart Institute Founda-
tion in Minneapolis showed
that young boys between
10 and 18 years old are at a
higher risk of experiencing
Commotio cordis.
A quarter of the record-
ed cases involved children
under the age of ten years.
Young adults aged 25 years
and above made up just nine
per cent of cases.
— dpa
Sudden impact to the chest
can prove fatal for children
A
CTRESS Isla Fisher was so frustrated with
the lack of good comedy scripts for actresses
that she wrote a script on her own. The Wedding
Crashers star, who is married to actor Sacha Baron
Cohen, felt the only way she could get a good role
was to pen Groupies, which she will co-star in with
Amy Poehler, reports contactmusic.com.
On how her script is developing, Isla replied: “Oh
you mean Groupies? After Wedding Crashers I was
just surprised as to the lack of comedic female mate-
rial there is. So I had to start working and getting
stuff out there for myself”. Groupies is pretty close
to being ready and I’ve got another movie called Life
Coach which I’ve been working on. Hopefully one
of them will go soon.
It’s more frustrating being in development than it is just to be cast in something. It’s a
lot of things involved. The movie talks about Isla’s and comedienne Amy’s rock groupie
characters, and they are also set to produce it. This isn’t Isla’s first foray into writing — the
35-year-old actress has also written two novels but has previously revealed she has no plans
to return to her old job.
Witherspoon carries her make-up kit
A
CTRESS Reese Witherspoon always carry her make-
up kit with her whenever she goes out. Witherspoon,
who is engaged to Hollywood agent Jim Toth, hates to
be caught without her favourite cosmetics, though she
insists she tries to limit what she takes with her, reports
femalefirst.co.uk “I have a bunch of different make-up
bags — one in my car, one in my handbag and one at
home. I try to keep them small, but I have about five
lipglosses, mascara, cover-up, lipstick and blush,” she
told Glamour magazine.
The actress also doesn’t forget to keep a white
eyeliner pencil, as she believes it keeps her looking re-
freshed. — IANS
Isla Fisher writes own comedy script
Gul Panag in
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GCC foreign ministers review regional, global developments

SOME OF THE NEW MINISTERS: Shaikh Abdulmalik bin Abdullah al Khalili, Minister of Tourism; Dr Fuad bin Jaafar al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries; Mohammed bin Salim al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs and Shaikh Mohammed bin Said al Kalbani, Minister of Social Development.

Queen Beatrix visits Sultanate today
MUSCAT — Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will arrive in the Sultanate today on a two-day private visit during which she will meet with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. The queen will be received upon her arrival by His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, Dr Omar bin Abdulmunim al Zawawi, Special Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for External Liaison, and Dr Rawya bint Saud al Busaidiya, Minister of Higher Education. Queen Beatrix will be accompanied during the visit by a delegation comprising Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, other high-ranking personnel and the Dutch ambassador to the Sultanate. — ONA

Ministry of Manpower opens employment access points
MUSCAT — The Ministry of Manpower has set up points of access to receive citizens who wish to apply for new jobs or update their data at the ministry’s register. Said bin Salim al Mzeidi, Adviser of the Minister of Manpower for Legal Affairs, said that four of the centres are in Sohar, namely at the premises of the Omani Women’s Association, Al Turaif and Al Multaqa. There are also other points of access in the Batinah region located at the ministry’s departments in Barka, Al Suwaiq, the office of the Wali of Al Khabourah and Shinas Vocational Training Centre. Other points of access for the reception of jobseekers are set up in different parts of the Sultanate, said Al Mzeidi, adding that the centres will continue to operate in day and evening shifts and that the ministry is willing to provide the staff with computers to process the applications the soonest. — ONA YUSUF bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, addresses journalists before a meeting of the GCC Foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi yesterday. ABU DHABI — Foreign Ministers of GCC states held their 118th session here yesterday under the chairmanship of Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates. The Sultanate’s delegation was headed by Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs. The ministers, in a closed-door session, discussed ways to enhance the joint GCC march and issues of common concern in political, legal, humanitarian, environmental and economic spheres. The meeting also touched on ‘strategic dialogue’ between GCC states and other economic blocks, as well as the latest developments in the regional and international arenas. — ONA

Shooting contest winners
MUSCAT — Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saeedi, Minister of Health, was the chief guest at the final stage of the Annual Light Arms Shooting Competition 2011 held here yesterday. The event was attended by Lt Gen Ahmed bin Harith al Nabhani, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces and Chairman of the Omani Shooting Association. The top winners were: Second Lieutenant Salim bin Hamad al Hinai of the Royal Oman Police (the Sultan’s Medal for Best Gun Marksman); Second Warrant Officer Ahmed bin Abdullah al Ghaisani from Royal Army of Oman (the Sultan Qaboos medal for Best Pistol Shooter); Warrant Officer Ahmed bin Abdullah al Ghassani from Royal Army of Oman (individual gun shooting competition named “Progress”); Staff sergeant Mohammed bin Abdullah al Khatri from Royal Army of Oman ( the individual gun shooting event named “Retreat”); Second Warrant Officer Ahmed bin Abdullah al Ghassani from Royal Army of Oman (individual pistol shooting); Captain Mussalam bin Abdullah al Subhi from the Royal Army of Oman (gun shooting at the level of lieutenants) and Corporal Salmah bint Said al Miqbaliyah (female pistol shooting). For the team gun shooting competition for progress and retreat, the team of the Royal Army of Oman came first while the team of the Royal Guard of Oman (RGO) came second. For the team pistol shooting competition on the level of individuals, the team of the Royal Army of Oman came first while the team of the Royal Air Force of Oman came second. For the pistol shooting competition on the level of lieutenants, the team of the Royal Army of Oman came first while the team of the Royal Oman Police came second.

Oman, Mauritania seek to boost trade relations
MUSCAT — Ahmed bin Hassan al Dheeb, Commerce and Industry Ministry's UnderSecretary for Commerce and Industry, and Dr Sidi Ould Bebaha, Economic Affairs and Development Minister and Governor of the Islamic Development Bank of Mauritania, yesterday discussed enhancing trade relations and economic co-operation. They also reviewed projects to develop small and medium enterprises and familiarised with mechanisms and needs to develop such enterprises. — ONA

Oman-US Economic Forum established
From page 1 in the developmental plans of both countries," Al Khonji added. The gathering concentrates on the significane of making appropriate environment for investment and promoting Oman as a wealthy destination of successful investment opportunities. The discussions will also cover the importance of exchanging information on economic sectors to attract more American investors and to increase the volume of trade exchanges. The necessity of further activating the roles of Chambers and Federations of Commerce and Industry will also come up for discussion, he noted.

Power supply to villages
From page 1 for Omantel (340,112); and additional works for the construction of external exhibitions for 2008, 2009 and 2010 (RO 175,966). The board also opened bids for the following tenders: Tender No 281/2010 for construction of a power plant in Sur; Tender No 353,2010 for construction of stores for the Public Authority for Stores and Food Reserves in Al Kamil Wal Wafi; Tender No 367/2010 for construction of stores for the Public Authority for Stores and Food Reserves in Barka; Tender No 368/2010 for SCADA project in Southern Al Batinah, Dakhiliyah and Sharqiyah Regions (second stage); Tender No 378/2010 for provision of consultancy services for Nizwa/Thumrait (AdamThumrait) dual carriageway projects; Tender No 7/2011 for assessment of mineral and mining sector; Tender No 9/2011 for operation and maintenance of water transport system in Southern Al Batinah and its associated works; Tender No 25/2011 for washing of insulators for power lines and plants (220 and 132 KV) for Oman Electricity Transmission company; Tender No 26/2011 for annual maintenance of roads in the Northern Sharqiyah Region; Tender No 29/2011 for annual maintenance of roads in the Southern Batinah Region. — ONA

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figures on the website of the election commission showed. We have placed supervisors to monitor the fish shipment. adding some had gone to surrounding villages. Newspaper Eesti Paeveleht said in an editorial after the vote it wanted “first and foremost real action to combat unemployment and revitalise the Estonian economy”. but also during the difficult times. State debt. One local said the capture of Toulepleu was part of an FN strategy to reach the southwestern port of San Pedro.” one local said. short of a 1. economic manager. Tourism Minister Najib Balala said the country would need to spend more on marketing to promote its beaches and game safaris. before post-election violence and a global economic downturn dented revenues in 2008. like in China for example.” Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger told the Kurier newspaper. It will also reduce fish prices. — Translated by Khalid al Kush Symposium on kidney care today By A Staff Reporter MUSCAT — In observation of the World Kidney Day. is seen as a hero in Sarajevo. Estonia remains one of the poorest countries in the EU. said Kostas Stamoulis.. Pro Patria and Res Republica Union. Yugoslav army General Milutin Kukanjac. director of Agricultural Development at FAO’s economics unit. as holidaymakers responded to a rise in cases of kidnappings. Toulepleu is a large town near the border with Liberia and was on the frontline of fighting in 2002 and 2003 between Gbagbo’s fighters and rebel forces after a failed uprising against his rule. of which it is the world’s top producer. If there is another supply shock very soon. The Reform Party campaigned Estonia has the lowest debt burunder a slogan of “You can be sure” and touted its credentials as a good den in the European Union and one of the lowest fiscal deficits. he said the desired target will not be achieved soon. Traditional markets for Kenya include the United Kingdom.” The sector earned 73.” Al Aufi said. but would also need to reduce political infighting. Last year’s earnings rose beyond the previous peak of 65. “The ban excludes treated fish. which was souring Kenya’s image. We are lacking good quality products in terms of hotels. pointing out that fishermen and the ministry are partners in providing the required quantities of fish. because the market needs one or two weeks to regain equilibrium. “We worry about this. Locals feared Gbagbo’s forces would launch a counter-assault and the pro-Ouattara fighters. the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Renal Dialysis Centre will conduct the 7th ‘Think Kidney’ symposium at the Institute of Health Sciences today. it is doing very well.” Stamoulis said on the sidelines of the presentation of the report. Al Aufi added: “The ministry is currently co-ordinating with all border centres to implement the decision. so they can go down towards San Pedro. which follows the absorption of citizens in the construction sector and this is one of the most important goals of the joint committee. was hit by allegations it asked for funding from Russia. the Dhofar Company for Fish Industries and the Omani Fisheries Company own factories in Al Buraimi for the production of value added fish. The United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague has dropped the case due to lack of evidence.. who had ordered the withdrawal of his forces from Sarajevo. A ministry spokesman confirmed the comments. Regulations target fish availability From page 1 due to rise in demand and slump of supply owing to competition in regional and international markets. — Reuters Kenya’s tourism Winning Estonia PM to keep centre-right coalition earnings up NAIROBI — Kenya’s tourism earnings hit a record in 2010. residents said by telephone. an extradition to Serbia is inconceivable. growing biofuel demand and national policies to protect domestic markets could drive up global food prices and threaten longterm food security.” he said on condition of anonymity.” Global food prices hit a record high in February. He expected that the decision will contribute largely to the provision of these kinds in the local market especially in months of scarcity such as March. Russia has often criticised Estonia for failing to properly integrate its large Russian-speaking minority. He pointed out that the construction sector employs half a million workers and the percentage of Omanis employed in this sector so far amounted to 12 per cent and it is required to increase this percentage to 30 per cent. taking the credit for a successful launch of the euro and pulling the Baltic state out of recession. international law and other factors.” the FAO said in its State of Food and Agriculture report. and the decision will prove useful to the fishermen. who refuses to hand the presidency to Alassane Ouattara after losing November elections in a conflict threatening civil war. The fish production should be treated in certain methods approved by the ministry. — Reuters People flee captured I Coast town ABIDJAN — People were fleeing yesterday from a town captured by forces allied with Alassane Ouattara in western Ivory Coast as fresh clashes in Abidjan reportedly killed three people in an escalation of a dispute over the presidency. thus making it unfeasible to undertake. triggering protests in Sarajevo and Vienna at the weekend. which he described as “a signal towards the people of Bosnia”. saying the charges were unfounded. an ethnic Serb who defected from the former Yugoslav Peoples Army after it bombed Sarajevo in April 1992 and joined Bosnian forces. but recent price shocks triggered by extreme weather and increasing use of grains to produce energy have caused great concern. governments and others are trying to reduce their stocks to soften the impact of decreased supplies. including improvement of market regulation and transparency as well as of statistics on food commodity markets. The next period will see increasing finance. 16 per cent of developing countries’ populations were undernourished. Periods of price volatility are not new to agriculture. The Reform Party of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip won 33 seats in Sunday’s election while current junior coalition partner.OMAN/THE WORLD OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY. The under-secretary finally expected co-operation from fishermen. the same year it joined Nato. the agency said yesterday.4 billion shillings reached in 2007. “. That gave a total of 56 seats in the 101-seat house.5 per cent of output for this year. the FAO said. Tourist arrivals stood at 1.1 million) in 2010. Residents also feared that FDS forces loyal to Gbagbo planned a counter-offensive.” a teacher said. the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said. “Our co-operation was really fruitful during all those good years. “In terms of the safari circuit. If we have the resources.4 million passengers by end of year.” Balala said. Urgent co-ordinated international action was needed to ensure security of food supplies. In the past few months the market saw some changes that necessitated the intervention of the ministry to add new measures regularising the fish market in order to orientate part of the fish production towards the local market. The number of hungry people could fall by 100-150 million people if women farmers were given the same access to production and financial resources as men. down from 18 per cent in 2009 but still well above the UN’s Millennium Development Goal to halve to 10 per cent the share of the hungry between 1990 and 2015. has said that only six people were killed that day. six more than the parties together won in the last election. the best year in the sector’s history. The centre-left Social Democrats came fourth with 19 seats. Keeping a tight rein on finances allowed the nation of 1. The growing influence of commodities markets and “counter-productive ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ policy responses (to high prices). April and May. Producers and transporters choose the market with the highest profitability. However. released him. Spindelegger cancelled a planned trip to Sarajevo yesterday due to illness but hoped to meet his Bosnian counterpart within days either there or in Vienna. up 18 per cent from 62.1 million visitors.” it said. the agency said.” he added. He said extradition requests had to take into account Austria’s foreign policy interests. which it entered in 2004. Serb prosecutors say 42 Yugoslav soldiers were killed and 73 wounded in May 1992 when the Bosnian army attacked the convoy after it had been offered safe passage and was being escorted out of the city by UN troops.3 million to become the 17th euro zone member in January.” he said. He added that the home market is open to competition and free trade. The party denied the allegations. A declining stock to utilisation ratio for major grain stocks like wheat and maize is a concern. “The main product that is tired is the beach destination. He added that the ministry has placed employees in local markets to monitor the process of sale and purchase of fish. MARCH 8. one said. Austria won’t send Bosnia army general to Serbia VIENNA — Austria will not extradite to Serbia a former Bosnian army general arrested last week on a Serbian warrant demanding he face war crimes charges. Al Aufi said the exporting companies are being scrutinised to ensure that they don’t put the fishermen under their mercy.but we all know that coalition negotiations are always very complicated. Shutting these factories will negatively affect the national economy”. and suggested that facilities at the coast be renovated. He pointed out that the ministry will set up a directorate-general for fish marketing to oversee marketing operations across the Sultanate. “Our traditional markets are down. Fighters took control of the town of Toulepleu in clashes on Sunday with forces of Laurent Gbagbo.023 billion. “The people have fled the town to hide in the forest...6 per cent of output for 2011. in many cases the cost of repairs exceeded the value of the facilities. The symposium will discuss the trends in diabetes over the years and the preventive strategies of this ailment as well as shed light on cardiovascular diseases and chronic diseases of the kidneys. Germany and North America — all fell due to the lingering effects of the global financial crisis. Piracy by Somalia bandits saw cruise arrivals fall to 558 last year from 12. the FAO said. we shall have 1. a main export point for the Ivory Coast’s vital trade in cocoa. — Reuters . were looting houses. The state-run tourist board has been positioning Kenya to appeal to highspending tourists since 2009 and the industry is among the top foreign currency earners for east Africa’s biggest economy alongside horticulture and tea exports. which last year arrested Bosnia’s wartime presidency member Ejup Ganic on the same warrant from Serbia. then the shock will happen amidst low stocks.” — Reuters TALLINN — Estonia’s prime minister said he aimed to re-form his current centre-right coalition after winning an election. which Bosnian Serb forces besieged for 43 months. The government had to cut spending to keep its budget deficit within euro zone limits to adopt the currency.” he said. High and volatile food prices are a growing global concern. the markets that did well are India and Italy. The uprising left the country split between the FN in the north and Gbagbo in the south. a divide it had been hoped would be healed by the November election. However. Discussion will also focus on the role of iron in chronic kidney diseases and the current trends in treatment and management of renal dialysis using different methods of treatment as well as the role of hypertension in relation to chronic kidney ailments. forecast at 9. Al Aufi pointed out that the interests of fishermen and transporters were taken into account.096 a year before. Speaking about the decision. — AFP A LOOTED house of a member of Ivorian pro-Ouattara Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace in Abidjan yesterday.481 arrivals in 2009. The Rome-based FAO has already warned food-producing countries against introducing export curbs to protect local markets as world food prices push further above the levels that triggered deadly riots in 2007/2008. Value-added fish and canned fish are not meant for local consumers. “I prefer to continue with the same coalition.may exacerbate international market volatility and jeopardise global food security. from a former rebel army called the New Forces (FN).” Ansip said after the vote. establishment of emergency stocks and provision of safety nets. but failed to hit a 100 billion target. on its turn.” he said. Its fiscal situation is sound — the European Commission has forecast a total public sector budget deficit of 1. Balala said that with the right resources. “The decision came as a result of a study lasted for more than a year conducted by experts from the Fisheries Ministry as well as economists. This is one of the factors causing high prices . The number of undernourished people in the world has fallen to 925 million people last year from an estimated 2009 peak of 1.2 million target for the year but up from 952. “There are fears that price volatility may be increasing. The FN “have in their sites the town of Blolekin after Toulepleu. — AFP Climate change and biofuels threaten food security: FAO MILAN/ROME — Climate change bringing floods and drought. saying the decision will be efficient in case of co-operation between transporters and companies. Divjak. many of whom do not have citizenship and cannot vote in national elections. Al Osfour pointed that Minister of Manpower has set up a joint committee between the ministry and the association. in line with the euro area average. But fighting resumed in the region in late February. Exporting certificates are also issued by the ministry to avoid any manipulation by the companies. Estonia has rejected such criticism. provides the appropriate infrastructure and equipment. A British court. Food prices are projected to rise over the next decade and stay at levels on average above those of the past decade.” Balala said.46 billion shillings a year earlier.68 billion shillings ($887. Companies with large production lines which employ Omani manpower were also considered to avoid job loss. The ministry. driven by more highend visitors and the country forecast it would rake in even more this year by increasing marketing and taking advantage of unrest in North Africa.. it said. “Some have taken the direction for Liberia. The government has pledged to get the budget back in balance by 2014. People have invested in boutique lodges and boutique hotels (mainly catering for wealthy tourists). it was possible to surpass 2010’s arrival figures. “As prices increase. the spokesman added. the main opposition group. Estonia’s neighbour which is traditionally regarded with distrust. the third worst in the EU after fellow Baltic states Latvia and Lithuania. with Gbagbo’s forces backed by local militia lined up against the FN. Ansip said he aimed to keep Estonia on a path of fiscal restraint in the debt-ridden single currency zone. won 23. Austrian police arrested Jovan Divjak at Vienna airport on Thursday. Divjak is one of a group of 19 Bosnian officials charged by Serbia over an attack on a Yugoslav army column in Sarajevo early in the 1992-95 war. A ministerial teamwork was set up to manage and coordinate the network of fish markets. The World Bank has said Kenya should revamp its tourism to diversify beyond the wildlife safari and beach tourism. the foreign ministry said yesterday. and the FAO said last week that further oil price spikes and stockpiling by importers keen to head off unrest would hit already volatile cereal markets. but it remained unacceptably high. In 2010. sending tens of thousands of people fleeing into Liberia. “The town is controlled by the FN and has been emptied of its residents after heavy fighting. The participants studied a number of choices of which the most suitable was a ban on export of five kinds of fish that became effective on March 1. Still popular in Bosnia. The Centre Party.. will be by far the lowest in the euro zone and well below the average 86. For instance. “Our houses have been sacked. “According to our international law experts. “We need to market aggressively. the United Nations said. Estonia’s economic output dropped 14 per cent during the 2009 recession. 2011 4 Huge turnout of job seekers From page 1 “We always respect the laws of the land and this move will benefit the citizens in addition to their salary and will stimulate other sectors while improving the ratio of Omanisation”. It came second with 26 seats.5 per cent of gross domestic product.

Others have reported visits from the police or tailing by plain-clothed officers.” it said. including revocation of visas. will be able to resolve the political stalemate that has left the government struggling to implement policies to cut into a huge public debt and win approval from a divided parliament to enact a new budget from April. “Carrying out the administration’s duty for the fouryear term and then letting the people decide at the ballot box is best for the people themselves. Congress in Beijing yesterday. if they continued to work in public areas without express permission. Thailand and South Korea. Public security and Foreign Ministry detention of at least 15 foreign journalists officials have summoned dozens of journalists in the past week in a bid to impose tough new reporting rules on them. Asian companies. the ICG added. have overlooked the political situation and human rights abuses to invest in resource-rich Myanmar. “We have always followed relevant laws and regulations in managing the affairs related to foreign journalists in China. according to the International Crisis Group. if he does manage to cling to office. Yang did not explain his comment CHINA’S Foreign Minister Yang on the Bloomberg reporter. — Reuters Think tank urges overhaul of Myanmar sanctions BANGKOK — Two decades of Western sanctions against Myanmar have failed to achieve their goal and need to be urgently overhauled. China’s nominal parliament. “China is a country under the rule of law. Several journalists also reported unauthorised access to their e-mail accounts in recent days. But it is far from clear how Kan. checking their paperwork and reminding them to follow reporting regulations. Despite the restrictions on Western businesses. “But this opportunity can only be seized if the West changes its failed policies of sanctions and isolation. and will give its neighbours a major stake in the country’s political stability”. The resignation of Seiji Maehara. The release of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in November after the elections has reignited debate over the sanctions.” But some analysts warned that Kan’s government may well collapse sooner rather than later. These projects “will transform the economic landscape in Myanmar. Some foreign journalists said they were threatened with punishment. describing the punitive measures as “highly counterproductive”. the United States and other nations have expressed concern over China’s recent treatment of foreign journalists. Kan has made fiscal reforms including a rise in the 5 per cent sales tax a priority as a way to fund the social costs of a fast ageing society. they could place serious constraints on how Myanmar can position itself diplomatically in the future. 2011 5 China’s foreign minister denies Japan’s PM hangs on but outlook grim shift in reporting rules for media BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi yesterday denied that his government had tightened its rules for foreign media despite recent restrictions on reporting anti-government “strolling” protests. It called for a boost to aid money for the impoverished country along with an end to broad economic sanctions — such as a US ban on imports from Myanmar — as well as restrictions on development assistance. The stalemate is blocking passage of bills to implement a $1 trillion budget for the year from April and keeping the government from tackling tax reforms to curb massive public debt. A new approach could also signal to Myanmar’s authoritarian leaders that better relations with the West are possible if they pursue political reform.200 political prisoners behind bars.” the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said on Sunday. “At least eight journalists or their landlords have had phone calls from police in the past few days.” he said. have provided a rare chance to encourage greater openness and reform. especially from China. Yang’s comments followed the brief harassment of reporters. Suu Kyi’s party in February appealed for talks with the West about sanctions. Myanmar’s first election in 20 years and move to a new political system. removes a strong contender to replace Kan and has deepened the impression of a government in disarray. and we abide by the law. already twice the size of the $5 trillion economy. Supporters of the trade and financial sanctions say they are the only way to pressure the military rulers of Myanmar. He urged foreign media not to “make something out of thin air” when reporting who were trying to report a protest Sunday in Shanghai and growing reports of in China.” he told a parliamentary session. enforced notably by the United States and the EU in response to human rights abuses. unable to resolve fundamental problems facing the world’s third largest economy.ASIA OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY.” the Brussels-based group said in a report. a security hawk and critic of China’s military buildup. MARCH 8. Rights groups and officials from Germany. a Beijing municipal foreign affairs official. albeit one dominated by the military. “Myanmar is in dire need of social. It was disbanded for opting to boycott the November vote because the rules seemed designed to bar Suu Kyi from participating. He is Japan’s fifth leader since 2006 and has no clear successor in sight. who was asJiechi at a news conference during saulted by several men in plain clothes the ongoing annual session of China’s who appeared to be co-operating with the parliament. where there are about 2.” Yang told reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing annual session of the National People’s Congress. the club said.” — AFP . but suggested the steps were not hurting the economy and said any changes should be linked to an improvement in human rights. on Sunday said foreign reporters must “submit applications first before reporting in certain downtown areas” of the city. “But they will likely do so at significant social and environmental cost. and by further unbalancing external relations. Her party has no voice in a newly opened parliament dominated by the military and its proxies. the National People’s police. economic and political reforms. Li Honghai. — dpa TOKYO — Japan’s unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan refused yesterday to step down after the resignation of his foreign minister over a political funding scandal that has added to pressure on him to quit or call a snap election. India. an influential international think tank said yesterday. But he has failed to get opposition parties to join in talks on the topic. He said there were “no such issues” like assaults on foreign journalists despite reports that a Bloomberg reporter was attacked while trying to film a protest site on February 27 on Beijing’s Wangfujing shopping street. the ICG said. “I intend to firmly fulfil my duty until that time comes.

Emergency services were called to the modern townhouse following an explosion on August 4. The IAEA has been investigating Iran’s nuclear programme for eight years now.” she told reporters. but made scant progress in their probe against Damascus. of Stanardsville. A month ago German authorities had announced that additional security measures imposed late last year in response to indications of an imminent “terrorist” attack were set to be gradually scaled back.. — AFP Berlusconi operated on his face for 2009 attack ROME — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was operated on his face for four hours yesterday under general anaesthetic to restore his jaw after an attack by a deranged man in 2009. — AFP Low-income mobile call PARIS — The French government and major mobile operators signed yesterday an agreement to introduce service plans affordable to low-income customers that would shave around 20 per cent off call charges. but said that gender parity was still out of reach in many countries.5-year highs.” it said. he assured. Amano said that Damascus was refusing to cooperate on allegations that it had been building an undeclared nuclear reactor at a remote desert site called Dair Alzour until it was destroyed by Israeli planes in September 2007. has come to the (agency’s) attention since August 2008. the report said. Pasquale Riggi. If found guilty.” he said in reference to Israel’s occupation of land it captured in 1967. international organisations and development agencies to work on gender equality.” FAO said in its 2010-11 State of Food and Agriculture report. on Wednesday shot dead the two airmen and seriously injured two others after boarding their military bus. However. but has so far been unable to establish that it is not entirely peaceful as Iran insists. the IAEA said Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium in the main branch of its Natanz uranium enrichment plant had now reached 3. “The cameras here worked. a pro-government website said yesterday. — AFP Inflation threat real: Trichet BASEL. was not present for the opening of the trial that will examine whether he misused public money to pay people working for his political party. Chirac. as also the fissile material for a bomb. Although it was not yet clear whether files had been copied. 2011 6 UN atomic body meet discusses Iran. Iran has dismissed the evidence as “fabricated” and refused to discuss the “alleged studies” any further. the Die Welt daily quoted an unnamed security source as saying. In fact. — AFP FRENCH minister of Employment and health and counterpart Austrian Rudolf Hundstorfer (LtR) yesterday prior to an Employment. 63. — AFP Germany denies cameras failed in recent attack BERLIN — Frankfurt airport yesterday denied a media report that security cameras malfunctioned in last week’s attack on US troops that killed two airmen. but they now face a danger of overheating due to low interest rates and inflows of capital from depressed Western economies. Among the many unresolved issues about Iran’s atomic drive are allegations that Iran was involved in weaponisation studies — work which included uranium conversion. Prosecutors had alleged that Cecilia and the twins. Nevertheless. Iran is continuing to defy UN orders to halt uranium enrichment. The group was headed by Ikbarkhon Hamidova. Riggi. as part of a campaign aimed to peacefully express opposition to Israel’s occupation. Switzerland — Emerging economies are facing clear signs of inflationary threat. On Monday. “If women in rural areas had the same access to land. The suspects. Berlusconi “underwent a maxillofacial operation with bone transplant and implant under general anaesthetic. In the run-up to this week’s meeting. “The number of hungry people could be reduced by 100-150 million. were arrested in 2009 on suspicion of organising the sale of a four-month-old baby for $3. diplomats said any possible action against Tehran and Syria would now probably be set back until the next board meeting in June. has denied any knowledge of corrupt payments and his lawyers accuse magistrates of harbouring a hidden political agenda. G20 finance ministers held talks in France to discuss global economic imbalances. head of the Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi. he stressed. best known internationally for his opposition to the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. education and markets as men. Arab states remained at the bottom of the table. “It is very very important that . Chirac yesterday became the first former French president to go on trial as the court heard charges he embezzled public funds while he was mayor of Paris in the 1990s. Paris Match magazine. had been attacked by hackers.” “We must promote gender equality and empower women in agriculture to win. following the breakdown of her marriage to the children’s father. Meanwhile. not the coming months. women make up 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force in developing countries. agricultural production could be increased.” said the InterParliamentary Union in a statement. who were also known as Augustino and Gianluca. and Airman First Class Zachary Cuddeback. The plans.” he told public radio. Over the past week. the report said. who initially included 10 women and two men. Pursued by this serviceman. the government said. Late on Thursday. diplomats had suggested that some member states might seek to table resolutions against both Iran and Syria. has called for 2. Israel PM told to bare peace plan JERUSALEM — Top Israeli ministers yesterday urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to swiftly make public details of his new diplomatic initiative in a bid to end the Jewish state’s increasing isolation. 21. Amano circulated to the agency’s member states updated reports which said that inspectors had received ‘new information’ about possible military dimensions to Tehran’s programme. “Agriculture policy has to be one of gender equality because women are present in every agriculture sector. which is certainly one of the conditions for the global economy to be as sustainable in the sense of being noninflationary and being balanced. has finally caught up with him. he fled into the terminal building where he was overpowered and arrested. oil prices struck 2. but the case. he faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine of 150. which includes sensitive files on the country’s Group of 20 (G20) presidency. Baroin said it was very likely the hackers had stolen information. Pauthe said the hearings would resume at 1:30 pm (1230 GMT) today when he would rule on the request. “What was targeted was the organisation of the G20. Nine other people are going on trial alongside Chirac.000) on charges including embezzlement and breach of trust. — AFP Hackers break into French government G20 files PARIS — France’s Finance Ministry confirmed yesterday that its information system. it is also crucial for agricultural development and food security. The International Atomic Energy Agengy’s 35-member board of governors was set to discuss two new reports showing little or no progress in the watchdog’s long-running investigations into Iran’s atomic programme and allegations of illicit nuclear activity on the part of Syria. and copied several documents relating to the G20. 21. The court hearing “confirmed 70 cases of unlawful child fostering. A PALESTINIAN activist holds News Israeli Shekels’ bills marked with stickers reading ‘Free Palestine’ yesterday in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “There is a sense of unity of purpose” on this issue. which could entail a delay of several months.” his personal doctor Alberto Zangrillo was quoted as saying in a statement released by the government’s press office. Aberdeenshire. At the end of 2010. He has been linked to a series of corruption scandals but never convicted. Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council at the EU headquarters in Brussels where the Council was to hold a policy debate on the joint employment report before it is adopted. The dossiers of individual French taxpayers had not been targeted. with food and other commodities all rising sharply. — Reuters Uzbekistan jails six for trafficking babies TASHKENT — An Uzbek court has sentenced six people to between seven and 10 years in prison for selling dozens of newborn babies. A declaration before the Congress in May would be too late.606 kilogrammes.000. between three and 20 per cent of all landholders are women. The case could however promptly grind to a halt if a lawyer working for one of Chirac’s co-defendants succeeds in getting a procedural matter referred upwards to France’s constitutional court. Nevertheless. The prime minister’s operation has forced him to cancel a scheduled meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman planned for today. the Press Association reported. unlike their Western counterparts. Budget Minister Francois Baroin said hackers had mounted a “spectacular” attack on the ministry’s IT system in December.. Bina Agarwal. to replace the current 20 billion euro bailout. — AFP Judge to rule today on delaying Chirac trial PARIS — A Paris judge said he would rule today whether to refer the corruption trial of France’s former president Jacques Chirac to constitutional authorities.uz website said. “We see clearly that there are inflationary threats that are particularly visible in the emerging economy area. Last month. The report said that six other defendants received suspended sentences. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that reining in prices is China’s top priority in 2011. high explosives testing and the adaptation of a ballistic missile cone — at least until 2003. He then allegedly put his handgun to a fifth serviceman but it jammed. The plans should offer at least 40 minutes of call time plus 40 text messages per month for no more than 10 euros ($14). The family had moved to the city from Skene. accused either of having ghost jobs or benefiting from those of town hall employees. Social Policy. On average. “The world will not accept that we continue to rule over another people after 43 years. “We must eliminate all forms of discrimination against women..” said Terri Raney. “It is a small but significant gain. MARCH 8. Women on farms tend to be lower paid than their male counterparts.” he added.” Amano wrote in his latest 12-page report. called on governments. which has already seen current Foreign Minister Alain Juppe convicted. but because they operate smaller farms and use fewer inputs like fertilisers. in response to a report in the Die Welt daily that they had failed. They are also more likely to be employed in seasonal or part-time jobs. including four cases in which the babies were taken out of the country. Women must be seen as equal partners in sustainable development. “We must.” said Diouf. according to the ministry of industry. Prosecutors said on Friday that he told investigators the attack was to avenge what he saw as atrocities by US troops in Afghanistan. The doctor said Berlusconi. said the hackers tapped into 150 computers between December and last week. Unrest in crucial areas has pushed oil prices steadily higher and back to levels last seen before the bust in 2008. South Carolina.” Trichet said. Investigators therefore have no footage to assist them in their probe into the attack at one of Europe’s busiest airports. improved seeds and tools.000 additional staff to monitor websites.to long-term. If he agrees this could delay the trial for several months. The ministry took 12. said. In his separate report on Syria. the Israeli press has been filled with reports about Netanyahu’s new plan to establish a Palestinian state within provisional borders as part of ‘a long-term interim agreement’ — details of which were expected to be announced during a trip to Washington in May. as a way of turning up the pressure on the two governments. one of France’s most popular political figures. Presiding judge Dominique Pauthe adjourned the first day of hearings in the case — the first ever trial of a French former president — while he considers a constitutional request by defendants in the case. of Williamston. which broke the story on its website yesterday. The newspaper earlier said security cameras at Frankfurt airport malfunctioned in the deadly attack.3 per cent in 1995. 25. The first day was given to procedural matters. Rainer Wendt. IAEA director general Yukiya Amano was scheduled to give the opening address to the closed-door session. 47. with an average of 11. the fight against hunger and extreme poverty.7 per cent in female representation in parliaments. which “probably” came from “outside. make women’s voices heard in decision-making at all levels. “Women farmers typically achieve lower yields than men. the US Air Force identified the dead servicemen as Senior Airman Nicholas Alden. including new information recently received” that prompted “further concerns. — Reuters .000 computers offline at the weekend in an effort to secure the system. the head of the German Police Union. The hearings in Paris are the result of the merging of two separate cases — one begun by magistrates in the Paris suburb of Nanterre in 1995. Kosovan Arid U. Ann Tutwiller.” he said. Virginia. the IMF had agreed to a new deal with Romania. A lawyer representing one of Chirac’s co-defendants had asked the judge to refer to France’s constitutional court for a ruling on whether the statute of limitations had expired on some of the charges in the case. and the footage recorded has been given to the investigators. was set in order to be affordable to those receiving social benefits. because enriched uranium can be used both to make nuclear fuel. thanks to the introduction of a quota system in some countries. The G20 is made up of the world’s leading developed and emerging economies. European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet said yesterday after a meeting with fellow central bankers. Syria VIENNA — Iran and Syria found themselves in the spotlight yesterday as the UN nuclear watchdog convened for its traditional week-long spring meeting. Young Palestinian activists have found a new medium to protest Israeli occupation: scrawling anti-occupation slogans on the currency they share with the Jewish state. not because they are less skilled. At Edinburgh’s High Court. The EU central banker said his counterparts are “all very keen on anchoring inflationary expectations. — AFP UK mother admits killing her three children LONDON — A mother admitted yesterday that she killed her three children in Edinburgh last year during a custody battle with her estranged husband. said there was “a growing concern” worldwide about the disparity between men and women in agriculture and called for action to ensure women have access to land.” Diouf said on the eve of International Women’s Day.” he told Europe 1 radio. up from 16. which should be introduced within six months. which is close to the Uzbek law enforcement authorities. who worked as a lawyer at several maternity hospitals. it is necessary to reduce global imbalances in order to cut the risk of inflation. 74. the FAO’s deputy director-general. For those developing countries for which data are available.. The case involves seven alleged ghost jobs for which Chirac is charged with conflict of interest and 21 other jobs for which he is accused of embezzlement and abuse of trust. entered a plea of guilty to the culpable homicide of her three children on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Just 10 days ago. In 2010. Riggi was found badly injured after apparently falling from a second-floor balcony and the children’s bodies were discovered inside. Trichet noted that in the medium. women made up a fifth of parliamentarians worldwide.. The 78-year-old.. following the meeting at the Bank for International Settlements. Many robust emerging economies have escaped the 2008 global financial crisis largely unscathed.3 per cent in 2005. sustainably. BULGARIA’S President Georgi Parvanov (R) is welcomed by Austrian President Heinz Fischer for an official visit yesterday in Vienna. The first day of hearings got under way in a packed court in central Paris. American Theresa Riggi stabbed her eight-year-old twins Austin and Luke and their five-year-old sister Cecilia at their home. She had originally been charged with murder. under which it would draw on the 5 billion euro funds only if needed. according to German federal prosecutors. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf told a conference in Rome that “gender equality is not just a lofty ideal.” said Trichet. “Just giving women the same access as men to agricultural resources could increase production on women’s farms in developing countries by 20 to 30 per cent. ranging from 20 per cent in Latin America to almost 50 per cent in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.” Thomas Uber. Defence Minister Ehud Barak yesterday urged Netanyahu to move faster “to move Israel out of its isolation. French authorities had unconfirmed “leads” on the origin of the attacks. But with countries undecided about how much pressure to apply. Syria granted UN inspectors one-off access to the site in June 2008. Amano sent a letter to Syria’s foreign ministry on November 18 asking the government to provide the IAEA with prompt access to relevant information and locations” connected to Dair Alzour. — dpa Number of women MPs on the rise GENEVA — The world association of parliaments said yesterday that the number of women in parliaments was at a record high. and another in the capital itself dating to 1998. was now recovering at his villa outside Milan and could be back at work for a key cabinet meeting on Thursday. — AFP SPAIN’S King Juan Carlos waits for the arrival of Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera at El Pardo palace outside Madrid yesterday. gorizont. — Reuters Gender equality on farms and food output ROME — The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) called for gender equality in agriculture yesterday to increase farm production and reduce the world’s hungry by at least 100 million. the most controversial part of its nuclear drive. technology. In February. according to the report. Chirac enjoyed immunity from prosecution as president from 1995 to 2007. the report’s editor. ensure that access to resources is more equal and that agricultural policies and programmes are genderaware. a spokesman for airport operator Fraport.” prosecutors believe.” it said.000 euros ($210. we could have a progressive reduction of imbalances. this marked progress from 4.” “Such a decision must be taken in the coming weeks. There are however no indications that the alleged gunman had links to any “international terrorist groups. financial services. were repeatedly struck on the body with a knife or knives between August 2 and 4 last year.” said the website. — AFP A MEMBER of small nationalist Pentru Patrie party holds flags during a protest against Romania’s deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in front of the government headquarters in Bucharest yesterday. 62 chambers remained below the 10 per cent mark and 10 chambers included no women at all. On Saturday. “additional information.THE WORLD OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY. Their bodies were discovered following a suspected gas explosion at the house. Women across the world do not have the same access to land or farming resources as men. some 43 chambers of parliaments met the UN target of including at least 30 per cent of women MPs.

Ellison welcomed a congressional investigation into radicalisation. Marisol Valles. Skinner was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1993 bludgeoning and strangling of his girlfriend. which may turn out to help prove innocence. the mother of an infant son. Participants waved flags and placards decrying what protesters said amounted to a collective attack on Muslims. a criminology student in Mexico's violent city of Ciudad Juarez.AMERICAS OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY. In a narrow ruling. has said he would appear before the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. “I just think it doesn't make sense to narrow in on a group that has been the target of discrimination. US authorities have sought to stress their growing partnerships with Muslim communities. but said that focusing on a group was like looking into organised crime and talking only about the Russian community or focusing only on Irish gangs. In the run-up to the hearings. Skinner argued that Texas authorities violated his rights under the civil rights law by refusing to grant DNA testing of the evidence after his conviction. Valles. was due back at her post this week after taking leave on March 2 to attend to personal matters but Ciudad Juarez daily El Diario reported she had fled Mexico after being threatened by gangs. Mexico — A 20-year-old female student who became the police chief in one of Mexico’s most dangerous drug war towns was fired by the mayor yesterday for not showing up to work after Mexican media reported she received death threats. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said for the majority that federal courts have jurisdiction to hear Skinner's lawsuit seeking DNA testing of crime-scene evidence. Representative Keith Ellison. with a senior White House official saying people that ‘being religious is never un-American. She said success in the lawsuit would only gain the prisoner access to DNA evidence. The top court ruled by a 6-3 vote that Texas inmate Henry Skinner can use a federal civil rights law to seek access to DNA evidence. grounds for her firing. 2011 7 US lawmaker to testify at hearings on radicalisation WASHINGTON — A US lawmaker said on Sunday he would testify at controversial hearings on radicalisation as religious leaders blasted the congressional inquiry. told the crowd from a stage draped in a huge Stars and Stripes. “I am a Muslim but I love this country as much as any Christian or Jew loves his country. Twila Busby.’ In New York's Times Square. . head of the New York Islamic Cultural Center. — Reuters US top court: death row inmate can seek DNA tests WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court yesterday made it easier for convicted death row inmates to seek new DNA testing. the first Muslim elected to the US Congress. Skinner claimed he was incapacitated by drink and could not have clubbed Busby 14 times with an axe handle and stabbed her sons. ruling for a Texas man who argued the forensic evidence could help clear him of a triple murder. took charge of the police force in the neighbouring municipality of Praxedis G Guerrero near El Paso. In a statement. He said the murders could have been committed by Busby's late uncle. and the stabbing of her two adult sons in the Pampa. MARCH 8. home they all shared. guilt or be inconclusive. — AFP Mayor fires 20-yr-old Mexican police chief CIUDAD JUAREZ.” Imam Shamsi Ali. The court in its ruling expressed no opinion on the ultimate disposition of Skinner's lawsuit. several hundred people turned out under heavy rain to protest the planned inquiries. Ginsburg said. Texas. sparking intense media attention after few candidates dared to apply for the dangerous job.” he said. Officials in Praxedis last week denied she had sought asylum in the United States and said they had received no reports of death threats. the Praxedis mayor's office said she had failed to return to work yesterday without giving any notice. rather than a more difficult legal process that requires him to prove he had been wrongly convicted. “No to Anti-Muslim Bigotry and War!” one placard read. in October. Texas.

Soon after the ship dropped anchor however. to help stop the bloodshed. 35. Gaddafi said Libya was an important partner for the West in containing Al Qaeda and illegal migrants trying to reach Europe.” Mokhtar Dobrug. chanting: “Bouteflika is the solution. Protesters continued to keep vigil in hundreds of tents in Pearl Square. They have no experience. The attack fitted the pattern of much of the fighting. and for that reason it needs to go. announcing Khatib’s appointment. US military planes repatriated 640 Egyptians over the weekend. a Libyan prime minister in the 1980s who is originally from eastern Libya. as part of an international effort to deliver refugees from unrest in Libya European countries and the United States on Thursday began airlifting more than 40. to discuss their complaints. In the West. rockets and mortar bombs. said the UN.” In Geneva. a naval officer said. It is not immediately known where the team would be allowed to visit in Tripoli and whether they would be taken to other cities. “That’s blunted by the fact that we are seeing extremely poor fighting skills by government forces. The government says it is fighting against Al Qaeda terrorists and maintains that its security forces have tar- geted only armed individuals attacking state institutions and depots. one of his associates appealed to opposition chiefs for dialogue. The dissidents have called for UN-backed air strikes against what they say are African soldiers-for-hire used by Gaddafi to crush the uprising against his 41-year-old rule. but we hope it is translated into practical actions. where 40 per cent of its 23 million people live on $2 a day or less and a third face chronic hunger. Yemen was teetering on the brink of failed statehood even before recent protests. and conditions in dissidentheld Misrata town were particularly worrying following attacks on it by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. where battle is ongoing between supporters of strongman Muammar Gaddafi and dissidents. will meet all sides in the conflict. in a sign he may be ready to compromise with the revolt. 600 km east of the capital Tripoli.” said the coalition’s spokesman. a dissident fighter who witnessed the strike. They were quickly surrounded by regular police dispatched to the scene of the protest. A team of 11 was chosen. braved a ban on demonstrations in the capital and pushed through several police cordons to move from Martyrs Square to the National Assembly. A letter given to Hood by 27-year-old activist Zainab al Khawaja called for “the American administration (to) refrain from taking negative positions that contribute to the oppression and abuse of the people” of Bahrain. appeared on state television reading an address to elders in Benghazi. a force numbering about 94. Abdelaziz Ziari. operate in the country’s villages as part of a programme set up in 1994 when the government was battling dissident groups. an associate fellow at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute. “There was an aircraft. Half of Yemen’s population is armed. and not give a chance to foreigners to come and capture our country again. The protesters want the raise to be backdated to 1994. The French ship was equipped with 28 doctors as well as 69 beds. — AFP Warplane strikes outskirts of oil town Government reported renewing assault on Zawiyah town UN says more than one million need aid Benghazi dissidents release British special forces dissidents. and experts worry that as protests continue. There can be no other compromise.000 and 10. The hi-tech Mistral helicopter-carrier had left on Saturday from the southern port of Toulon to repatriate around 900 Egyptians who had crossed into Tunisia from Libya and bring them to the Egyptian port of Alexandria. said he would have “urgent consultations” with Muammar Gaddafi’s government on the growing battle with dissident forces and work on the humanitarian crisis it has caused. Protesters are frustrated with corruption and soaring unemployment in Yemen. In Ras Lanuf. named on Sunday as UN special envoy for humanitarian affairs in Libya. He asked them to “give a chance to national dialogue to resolve this crisis. chanting slogans in English. spokesman for the French navy Lieutenant Thierry Delorme announced that it would “not be taking” refugees and would be leaving on the same day. have added to pressure on Saleh to end his three-decade rule in the state. It was also loaded with medical supplies. — AFP LIBYAN dissident fighters take cover as a bomb dropped by an air force fighter jet explodes near a checkpoint on the outskirts of the oil town of Ras Lanuf yesterday. An estimated 100. In some areas. Hood told the demonstrators who clustered around him that the United States had a “strategic relationship” with the government of Bahrain which included dialogue on human rights. “This appeal is based on planning a scenario projecting up to 400. Mohammed al Sabry. “There are millions of blacks who could come to the Mediterranean to cross to France and Italy. will leave for New York “in the next few days before travelling to Libya. 56. coincided with warnings by Gaddafi that if he fell thousands of refugees from Libya would “invade Europe”. sporadic clashes between pro-government and anti-government demonstrators could evolve into greater violence.000 men.” Khatib.000 mainly foreign migrants have arrived in Tunisia alone since February 20.” The demonstrators decided to march on the National Assembly after a delegation of around a dozen of their representatives returned empty-handed from a meeting with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia. Abdelkader said. over 1m need aid RAS LANUF. which would have implemented political and electoral reforms while paving the way for his resignation within the year. Saleh rejected a plan proposed by an opposition coalition last week. and reiterated his pledge to resign when his term is set to expire in 2013. Wearing their uniforms. told Hood.” Demonstrators at the embassy expressed doubts that dialogue would produce any concrete results. transportation.” “We demand a rise in salaries and service indemnities along the lines of all the other security units. witnesses said. breaking through heavy security to reach parliament in a rare mass show of dissent in the tightly controlled country.” he said.” he said. “These sweets are a good gesture.” said military analyst Shashank Joshi. Tunisia — A French warship sent to evacuate nearly a thousand Egyptian refugees fleeing Libya arrived yesterday at Tunisia’s Zarzis port only to find they had already left. and other options. “I believe these youths are ready to die. — AFP Jordan ex-minister named UN envoy for Libya AMMAN — Former Jordanian foreign minister Abdul Ilah Khatib. it fired two rockets.” Mohammed Hassan. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky. an associate said yesterday. water and sanitation for up to one million people for the next three months. where he should meet with all parties involved in the conflict. food and water to help the UN refugee agency and the Red Crescent.” said Cherif Abdelkader. saying that “we continue to think that engaging in some kind of talks is the right way forward. UN chief Ban Ki-Moon managed on Sunday to persuade Gaddafi’s foreign minister to allow in a humanitarian assessment team to Tripoli. an aide to dissident leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil. according to chief doctor Loic Lemesle. as their tone against Saleh hardens. some of them said. he added. food. Another said that radicals who were released from prison under Bouteflika after a ceasefire with the militants “have more rights than us. — AFP THOUSANDS of auxiliary police march near the Parliament in Algiers yesterday to demand a pay raise. — AFP Libya plane hits town. a dissident-held town 50 km west of the capital. It was impossible to verify the report because residents in the town who had been speaking to journalists by telephone were no longer reachable.” In an interview with the France 24 television station. Most of the Egyptians had already left by plane. staying awake through the night to hear speeches and sing national songs. The United Nations said more than one million people fleeing Libya and inside the country needed humanitarian aid. heading towards Ras Lanuf which is about 60 km away. urged the demonstrators to select representatives to meet the speaker. after what residents said was fierce fighting on Sunday with artillery. The appeal is expected to cover relief support including shelter. parliament and the judicial system. UN aid co-ordinator Valerie Amos said more than a million people fleeing Libya and inside the country need humanitarian aid. the protesters called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to bring their salaries and conditions in line with those of other security services.” he said. there were no deaths. He also adopted a proposal by religious leaders for revamping elections. But neither side appears willing to compromise to end the deadlock. “We only have the right to 21 days of leave a year.000 people inside Libya expected to need humanitarian aid to varying degrees. with small groups engaging each other. and reasonably competent fighting by the UN calls for $160m to help Libya conflict victims GENEVA — The United Nations called yesterday for $160 million to cover the needs of those who have fled Libya as well as others who remained trapped in the strife-torn north African country. But the resilience of Gaddafi’s troops in the face of protests which started in mid-February and their ability to launch a counter-attack has raised the prospect that the country is heading for prolonged bloodshed. We take part in security sweeps without helmets or bullet-proof jackets. Tens of thousands of protesters are camped out in major Yemeni cities. In the east. with one protester asking who would guarantee that promises were kept. including Tunisia and Egypt. which will enable us to continue to support those in need. who wore the white turban of a cleric. Swiss-based exile group Libyan Human Rights Solidarity said forces loyal to Gaddafi had launched a new attempt to capture Zawiyah. UN aid chief. We want the president to rapidly announce concrete measures in our favour. Saleh has struggled to cement a truce with dissidents in the north and curb secessionist rebellion in the south. as one opposition fighter lay on his back and fired an automatic weapon at a government warplane flying overhead. The growing Yemeni protests. impatient to reach their homeland in just three hours as opposed to a boat ride that would take them three days. Tens of thousands of mostly migrant workers have been streaming out to bordering countries. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said. including organising a day when all Yemenis will take to the streets. Dozens of activists gathered at a fence set up in front of the embassy. Libya — Government forces struck at dissidents in Libya’s east and were reported attacking a town near Tripoli yesterday as concern grew over civilian suffering and a growing refugee exodus. — Reuters Yemenis vow to escalate protest SANAA — Yemen’s opposition coalition vowed yesterday to escalate protests that have swept the country demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. “It’s clear the government feels a sense of momentum on its side. dissident forces announced they had fought off Gaddafi’s forces in the towns of Zawiyah.000 people leaving Libya — including the 200. were leaving in cars laden with belongings yesterday and dissidents said they had moved weapons into the desert for safekeeping.REGION OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY. “We suggested to the delegation that they have a meeting with Interior Minister Dahou Oukld Kablia but his team refused.” another protester said. advantage on the ground has swung back and forth without conclusive result. US Embassy political officer Ludovic Hood brought a box of doughnuts for the demonstrators as they gathered down the street from the embassy ahead of the protest rally. organisers said. and a series of defections from Saleh’s allies. a ‘Friday of No Return’ protest. in the clearest overture yet to their opponents. MARCH 8. but they won’t make a difference. “Recent events have proven that the regime is incapable of answering the demands of the people. guerrilla-style. “We’ve had a US Navy presence here accepted by the great majority of people for many decades. Seddik Chihab. calling for Washington to press the authorities for reform after weeks of demonstrations. “Look at the way they’re firing at the plane. which has been erratic.” the source added. Former Jordanian foreign minister Abdelilah al Khatib will undertake “urgent consultations” with Gaddafi’s government and work on the humanitarian crisis it has caused. one angry man told dissidents to go home. The United States and Britain have warned citizens against travel in Yemen due to recent unrest.000 Egyptians who had fled Libya for Tunisia. and Misrata to the east. “The protesters are studying several options for an escalation. to avoid chaos and epidemics spreading at makeshift camps on the border. Saleh rejected the opposition plan. which would have also required him to remove family members from key posts. Aid agencies are also increasingly concerned about the situation of people who are trapped in Libya. 2011 8 Bahrainis take protests to US embassy MANAMA — Activists protested at the US Embassy in Bahrain yesterday. As the rival combatants prepared to resume battle. the authorities launched an appeal to the dissidents in the east for dialogue.” Ahmed Jabreel.” He reiterated US support for an initiative from the government for national dialogue. rapidly dismissed by dissidents. and Libya plays a role in security in the Mediterranean. Offering a potential olive branch to dissidents seeking to end Gaddafi’s long rule.” The army was moving down the Mediterranean coastal road east of the recaptured town of Bin Jawad. fearing assault by the army. The deputy speaker of parliament.” he said. Algeria’s auxiliary police. “He will co-ordinate humanitarian aid and means to find a solution to the crisis in Libya. — Reuters . Thousands remain in temporary camps facing growing problems of hygiene. to the immediate west of Tripoli. Another complained of the dissidents’ inexperience. — AFP 1000s of Algeria police march for higher pay ALGIERS — Thousands of auxiliary police marched across Algeria yesterday to demand a pay raise. which has become the epicentre of anti-government demonstrations.000 who have left to date — and another 600. Air attacks have been fitful and the bombing often inaccurate. The appeal will be revised in two weeks. The protesters. witnesses said. Residents of Ras Lanuf. in hit and run raids.” one said.” added the United Nations under-secretarygeneral for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-ordinator.000 by reporters. said. arguing that they were bringing fighting closer to oil terminals.” said Valerie Amos. Jadallah Azous al Talhi. in a bid to escape violence in Libya. “But part of our ongoing engagement with the government is discussions on human rights and universal rights. after he rejected a plan that would have him step down in 2011. The offer. an auxiliary policeman. “Government forces have more mobility than the dissidents thanks to airlift and a decent amount of road transport. no leadership and no strategy. a warplane launched an air strike on the outskirts of the dissident-held oil terminal town of Ras Lanuf. His associate in Amman said. estimated by organisers to number around 20. Witnesses said government forces advanced on dissident-held Ras Lanuf in a counter-attack that forced residents to flee and dissidents to hide their weapons in the desert. “I hope that this appeal receives a favourable response from donors. — Reuters Tunisia-bound French warship leaves empty-handed ZARZIS. Anti-government protests in the country entered their 22nd day yesterday. said: “Any negotiations must be on the basis that Gaddafi will step down.

reports said.Transport and Equipment: Yassine Brahim (reappointed) . We refused to discuss anything with them due to the way they entered the country.” Moussa said he had expressed “the pulse” of the Egyptians. His popularity was widely assumed to be the reason Mubarak removed him from the foreign ministry in 2001. The economic policies of the last decade had resulted in “overwhelming poverty for the majority and obscene wealth for the minority”. the Nobel prizewinning former head of the International Atomic Energy His move into economics marked a step away from the diplomacy that has defined his career. reports said. To some. “Nabbed while escorting a junior diplomat in a city that would have welcomed them. talked economics and social justice when he hit the campaign trail for the Egyptian presidency with a string of interviews that flagged him as the front runner for the job. which is believed to play a major role in the conflict in Afghanistan as well as in past wars in Iraq and the Falklands.Labour and Professional Training: Said Aydi (newcomer) . After the government initially kept silent on the affair.Youth and Sports: Mohamed Aloulou (reappointed) ..Women’s Affairs: Lilia Laabidi (reappointed) . The bungled operation raised eyebrows because Britain prides itself on the competence of the SAS. The Times asked why the SAS had felt it necessary to carry out such a cloak-anddagger operation when it would have been possible for the team to simply drive into Benghazi. the final straw for Mubarak seemed to be the release of the 2001 Egyptian pop hit.Planning and International Co-operation: Abdelhamid Triki (newcomer) .Justice: Lazhar Karoui Chebbi (reappointed) .. said Moussa. arrived in more than 10 boats.Interior: Farhat Rajhi (reappointed) Foreign Affairs: Mouldfi Keffi (newcomer) . So far. an opposition spokesman said the fighters had refused to talk to the delegation because they had entered the country without prior permission.Religious Affairs: Laroussi Mizouri (reappointed) . Asked in the Al Masry Al Youm interview whether he was a part of the former administration.Industry and Technology: Abdellaziz Rassaa (reappointed) . Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said last week an aid mission to Tunisia to provide food and medical help was aimed at handling the refugee situation in North Africa.” Moussa said in an interview with the Al Masry Al Youm newspaper. Some of the boats made it to the shores of this tiny island on their own.Higher Education: Rifaat Chaabouni (newcomer) . but it was already preparing for a potential surge of immigrants to Italy. which have now been satisfactorily resolved.State Property: Ahmed Adhoum (reappointed) . plans to hold a parliamentary vote in June to be followed by a presidential election six weeks later. MARCH 8. — AFP Tunisia’s new transitional government TUNIS — The following is a list of ministers in the Tunisian transition government announced yesterday after the resignation of prime minister Mohamed Ghannouchi and four ministers. flew into Libya by helicopter and made their way to the opposition-held city of Benghazi. adding that growth had not benefited a large proportion of the population. He was Egypt’s foreign minister for 10 years until 2001.Social Affairs: Mohamed Ennacneur (reappointed) .Education: Taieb Baccouche (reappointed) . The interim president last week called a July 24 election to choose a national constituent assembly tasked with rewriting a constitution which he said “no longer reflects the aspirations of the people after the revolution”. ElBaradei.Commerce and Tourism: Mehdi Houas (reappointed) . including the prime minister. The team. reportedly made up of six soldiers from the elite SAS and two diplomats. “I hate Israel. — Reuters New wave of immigrants arrives in southern Italy LAMPEDUSA — More than 1. The Britons left Benghazi for Malta on board the Royal Navy frigate HMS Cumberland. They have now left Libya. of whom 17 have been reappointed from the previous transition government formed on January 17 and five are newcomers. which took power after Mubarak went. Moussa. Moussa was an outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights as Cairo played a leading role in the Middle East peace process. British Foreign Secretary William Hague was to make a statement to lawmakers on the operation later yesterday.000 migrants from Tunisia have arrived in Italy since the overthrow of President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali in mid-January. But they were rounded up by lightly armed fighters soon after they arrived. Rome and Tripoli signed a deal allowing Italy’s coastguard to return boatloads of illegal immigrants back to Libya. From Lampedusa.National Defence: Abdelkrim Zbidi (reappointed) .000 illegal immigrants escaping political turmoil in North Africa arrived on this southern Italian island in the Mediterranean during the night. — Reuters Britain scrambles to explain SAS’s ‘blunder’ LONDON — The British government was left red-faced yesterday after a botched attempt by special forces to make contact with opposition forces in Libya ended in the team being seized by fighters. He declined to go into the details on his differences with the former president. “We do not know the nature of their mission. most of them from Tunisia. — Agencies . Tunisia is moving to dismantle the vestiges of toppled leader Zine al Abidine Ben Ali’s era. . It has 22 members. one of at least three he gave this week.Finance: Jalloul Ayed (reappointed) . More than 7. He is widely expected to. has yet to say whether he will run on not. Hague insisted that Britain intended to send “a further team to strengthen our dialogue in due course” although he stressed this would be done in co-operation with the Libyan opposition. immigrants are sent by plane to holding centres on the mainland but the backlog was beginning to grow. Taking advantage of good weather.Culture: Ezzeddine Bach Chaouch (reappointed) . is the most prominent figure yet to declare his candidacy for the position from which Hosni Mubarak stepped down on February 11 after three decades in power. Meanwhile. Tens of thousands have fled violence in Libya and crossed the border to Tunisia since an uprising against Muammar Gaddafi prompted a violent crackdown by security forces. In 2009. Moussa said: “I was not merely an employee who would be ordered and obey. 2011 9 Moussa hits campaign trail in Egypt presidency race CAIRO — Veteran diplomat Amr Moussa (pictured). The military.” spokesman Abdul Hafiz Ghoqa told reporters in the rebel stronghold. oratory skills and charisma have given him a natural head start. But they succeeded only in angering Libyan opposition leaders who denied they had asked for any help and by late on Sunday they had been packed off to Malta on a British naval ship. However.” he added.Agriculture: Mokhtar Jalleli (reappointed) .Health: Habiba Zahi Ben Romdhane (reappointed) . In a country where years of oppression have crushed political life.REGION OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY.Regional Development: Abderrazak Zouari (newcomer). I love Amr Moussa”.Prime Minister: Beji Caid Essebsi . The diplomats are believed to have been officers from Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence service whose mission was to contact rebel leaders and open the way for a delegation. before being moved to the Arab League position which he will relinquish soon. 74. this was not their finest hour. “They experienced difficulties. In Benghazi itself. Arab League secretarygeneral for the last decade. An online poll on the Web site of Al Ahram newspaper on Thursday showed him with a big lead over Mohammed ElBaradei. As foreign minister. the immigrants. others were intercepted by the coastguard and their passengers taken off. Moussa’s high profile. “The Egyptian economy must move on two wheels: the free market and social justice. a leading figure in the reform movement. — AFP Agency. none of the immigrants were believed to have left from Libya itself but Italian officials fear an exodus from its former colony if the situation worsens. EGYPTIAN protesters confront army soldiers in front of the state security headquarters in downtown Cairo.” the newspaper said. Hague confirmed on Sunday that “a small diplomatic team has been in Benghazi” and said their intention had been “to initiate contacts with the opposition”.

approached the high court with a copy of an official note from the union home ministry. — AFP Mulayam in parliament after ‘house arrest’ SAMAJWADI Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav attended parliament in Delhi yesterday and claimed that he and his son Akhilesh were put under house arrest in the Uttar Pradesh capital earlier in the day. which contribute to this feeling of being unsafe as pointed out by women and common witness are crowded public transport and bus stops. hangouts. Rather announced a number of schemes to help unemployed youth get jobs. a nurse at the hospital. which divides the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. police made it clear that the march had no permission. The IB alleged that Dawood invested large sums of money in Balwa’s firm. The supervision was required to prevent “unscrupulous” family members attempting to kill off wealthy relatives. which comprises 10 districts including Hyderabad. In his petition. such cal high court. Supreme Court allows ‘passive euthanasia’ NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that life support can be legally removed for some terminally ill patients in a landmark ruling that will allow “passive euthanasia” for the first time. Clarification sought from apex court on Balwa’s plea NEW DELHI — The Delhi High Court yesterday sought a clarification from the Supreme Court whether it should take up a spectrum scam-related plea filed by Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa.” he said. The court has recognised our efforts. “One of the focus areas is on intensifying efforts for expanding the permanent and non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council. “I would want this bill to be introduced (in current session of parliament). homemakers.” the report quotes one respondent as saying. the court in handicapped people. “We will release at least 37 Bangladeshi nationals who have served their terms in Raiganj correctional home (in North Dinajpur district) for entering Indian territory without any valid documents. they were Shanbaug’s “next friend” in the eye of the law. — IANS India to host Brazil. the ministry has decided to withdraw the guidelines issued on February 7. In the case of a person in a permanent vegeta. the UN entity for gender equality and empowerment of women. The ministers’ meeting is scheduled for this evening in New Delhi.” Bhanuprita. commuters. We demand that the government rolls back the 10 per cent excise on garments and made-ups in full support of Clothing Manufacturers’ Association of India (CMAI) and Retailers Association of India (RAI). .. psychological and economic abuse. “We protest on behalf of our customers. according to a study supported by Unifem. A student said while travelling in a bus. Mananchira. the central government yesterday withdrew its new guidelines for declaring lands as critical wildlife habitats and relocating people from such areas. physical assault and murder of 23-year-old Soumya at a time when the volunteers were taking samples for the survey. “The bus conductor instead of asking her to move back.” it said.. The pilot study began with the state capital and was completed by September 2010. railway station and surrounding areas. The findings are similar to the survey conducted by Sakhi in Thiruvananthapuram which found the public spaces are increasingly unsafe for women. S Africa meeting on UN reforms NEW DELHI — India will host foreign ministers from Brazil and South Africa for talks on UN reforms. hospital compounds. In the absence of any family. The central government claimed that it had sufficient inputs in this regard from the Mumbai ATS and the IB. On Balwa’s plea. He warned that police would deal firmly with those violating ban orders.” Additional Director General of Police (correctional services) B D Sharma said.” Meira Kumar told women journalists during an interaction on the eve of International Women’s Day (March 8). has spent three-and-a-half decades being fed mashed food and cared for by a team of doctors and nurses. The ruling gives some legal clarity in an area that has posed legislators and judges all over the world with moral dilemmas thrown up by modern medicine which can keep alive severely injured or as Shanbaug. and they were in favour of keeping her alive. Meanwhile. “There will be more protests on a much larger scale. Brazil and India along with Germany and Japan have been seeking a status on par with the UN Security Council’s five permanent members. therefore. The basic factors. 2G-related matter is listed in the Supreme court. However. The biggest concern against the guidelines was lack of a democratic process to determine the critical habitats which. according to the petition. The environment ministry’s decision came after the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi-headed National Advisory Council said that rights of forest dwellers should not be diluted in any way. On December 3 last year. — IANS Bengal to release 37 Bangladeshi prisoners THE West Bengal government will today release 37 Bangladeshi nationals who were arrested for infiltrating into Indian territory. a ward boy at the hospital. at Mumbai’s KEM Hospital were the only ones who could ask for feeding to be stopped. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed the tax while presenting his budget for fiscal in parliament on February 28. rather than Pinki Virani. The budget provided Rs 3. In Europe.” Virani filed the case in the Supreme Court in 1999 asking for Shanbaug to be allowed to die with dignity. Gender-based violence includes physical. The sample population belonged to categories like students. — AFP Speaker wants women’s quota bill introduced LOK Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar yesterday said she wants the women’s reservation bill to be introduced in the lower house in the current session. blind and in a vegetative state. The ministry said he shouldn’t be associated with the company either as a director or in other capacity as he had links with the underworld. There was no clarity on the process for identification of areas for declaring them as critical wildlife habitats under the guidelines. the Netherlands and Belgium have legalised it under strict conditions. Prohibitory orders banning the assembly of four or more people have also been imposed in Cyberabad police commissionerate. 2006. The women’s reservation bill. 2011 NEWS IN BRIEF Pranab Mukherjee’s son to join Congress on Friday CONGRESS stalwart and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s son Avijit will officially join the party on March 11 and contest the state assembly polls from Nalhati constituency in Birbhum district. Women who commute by bus face different vulnerabilities than those who own a car and living in a slum area poses different challenges to safe movement than living in a middle class residential area. it’s better for me to take clarification from there whether I should take up the 2G-related matter or not. officials in the External Affairs Ministry said. Shanbaug. That is the whole reason this (the bill) has been held up. The judgement came during a hearing into the case of former nurse Aruna Shanbaug (pictured). workers. comprising Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). In the note.10 INDIA OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY. JAC convenor M Kodandaram told reporters after a meeting of the steering committee that the march would begin in the afternoon instead of morning so that students appearing for intermediate examinations on that day face no hurdles. The protesters were demanding homes. The request should then be reviewed by the lotive state and unable to speak for themselves. New norms for shifting forest people withdrawn NEW DELHI — Facing the wrath of environmentalists. mentioning that under such circumstances he would not be able to attend parliament.” he said. a man tried to snatch her bag.143 bus conductors were trained in 10 regions of the state in 2009. Police commissioners of Hyderabad and Cyberabad yesterday announced prohibitory orders to prevent any gathering. the high court earlier asked the home ministry to file an affidavit. 52. vary across the world. an official said yesterday. We will make the announcement on that day. He has questioned allegations by investigators about his links with don Dawood Ibrahim. until parliament makes a law on the subject”. “They will be handed over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel at Changrabandha immigration checkpost in Cooch Behar. “Members of some civil society organisations made representations to the ministry about some technical. Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan said there was no permission to hold rallies. her dress was torn with a blade from top to bottom by someone from behind. Cyberabad Police Commissioner Tirumala Rao said the police would prevent people from gathering. which was used by him to finance many of his business deals. Balwa was arrested in Mumbai February 7 and is now in judicial custody in Delhi. a two-judge bench in the Supreme Court said. According to environmental groups.” he said. police said yesterday. The million march will be held at Tank Bund on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake..” The matter will now be taken up on March 24. As many as 99 per cent of the respondents identified harassment as the main safety problem followed by robbery. “The court has accepted the withdrawal of a life support system. once identified. conductors etc and spread across public places such as roadsides. who is now 60. While returning from work in a local train. so now he can join the party and contest in the elections. social and ecological issues that related to the process of identification and notification of the critical wildlife habitats and relocation of people from such areas. bus stops. said it was the first time there had been a ruling on euthanasia by the top court. The project was part of the Unifem’s (United Nations Development Fund for Women) initiative for gender equality. Telangana million march on. he physically pushed her. “Avijit Mukherjee will be officially joining Congress on March 11. He claimed the restrictions were removed only after he faxed a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. that passive euthanasia should be permitted in our country in certain situations. toilets and safe transportation leaves women more vulnerable to gender-based violence. The ministry organised a meeting of civil society groups on March 4 after they sought fine tuning of the guidelines to make it compliant with the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act. The Kozhikode study started from October and the survey was conducted from November to January 2011. ban orders in Hyderabad HYDERABAD — The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) yesterday declared that it would go ahead with its million march to Hyderabad on March 10 to press the demand for separate statehood to Telangana while police have imposed ban orders and warned action against violators. a request to withdraw life support should come from family or a spouse. Kodandaram admitted that the march would not be on the scale on which it was originally planned. “We will announce it officially on March 11 at the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee office in Kolkata. Indian laws do not permit euthanasia or selfstarvation to the point of death. Sakhi produced a sticker with the message ‘Behave decently with women. The meeting decided to go ahead with the planned march but changed its timings to enable students of Class 11 and 12 standards to reach the examination centres in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. The Supreme Court ruled that the nurses who have cared for Shanbaug. But withdrawing life support could be allowed under exceptional circumstances. JAC. Justice S Muralidhar said: “As the Supreme Court is monitoring the 2G (second generation) scam-related matter. He urged the protesters not to disturb the IT sector. Over 12.. Another main factor is the nuisances of drunkards in public spaces. which also sometimes lead to harassment. ‘Safe journey is the right of women’ and the women help line number (1091) and the traffic help line number (1099) have been depicted into it to enable the victims to seek immediate assistance from authorities. an engineering graduate from Jadavpur University.” Birbhum district Congress president Asit Mal said. The march is expected to further intensify the movement for separate statehood to Telangana. When she resisted she was pushed out from the running train and physically assaulted by the same person. The JAC had earlier planned to bring the city to halt by blocking all the roads. scientific. will contest the polls from Nalhati constituency. met here yesterday to discuss any possible postponement of the march in view of the appeals made by parents of the students appearing for examinations. He has left his public sector job a few days back. seeks to reserve 33 per cent seats for women in Lok Sabha and the state assemblies. The only exception to the law on self-starvation is the religious practice of “santhara. Some 69 per cent of the women reported harassment while using public transport. Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather yesterday presented a zero-deficit budget for fiscal 2011-12 in the state assembly. adding that “we are laying down the law. — IANS Shops in malls down shutters against tax FOUR major retail chains and other shops downed shutters at popular malls in south Delhi yesterday to protest against the 10 per cent excise duty proposed on branded apparel.” he said. Another respondent was pulled into a jeep while waiting for bus. but all the political parties have yet to arrive at a consensus on it. provided the request was from family and supervised by doctors and the courts.” said Justice Muralidhar. who was an adviser to the Supreme Court in the case. According to Mal. 2011. The environmental groups also claimed that the new guidelines contradicted the recommendations of a joint committee of environment and tribal affairs ministries. in Kozhikode. Roadsides. She succumbed to her injuries a couple of days later. Zero-deficit Kashmir budget promises jobs ANNOUNCING job-generation schemes. but all the parties have to arrive at a consensus. suppliers and employees.” Mulayam Singh said outside parliament after attending the Lok Sabha. the ministry recommended to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to deny permission to Etisalat to invest in a Chennaibased firm. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other groups fighting for a separate state. A student shares the abusive language used by the conductor while another reported they are allowed to enter the bus only after everybody gets in. The state of Montana has also legalised it and the east coast state of Vermont is considering a law. He said details of the Balwa’s plea were also presented before the apex court which has restrained all other courts from passing any orders. Balwa contended that the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Mumbai police and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had not found any evidence against him to support their allegations that he was linked to the underworld don. Sakhi has started a campaign to make public places safe for women by holding meetings with officials and collaborating in training for bus conductors with the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). jobs and compensation from the government. “There were dozens of policemen and they had barricaded my house (in Lucknow). “There will be no speeches but artistes will sing and dance to highlight the demand for a separate state. ‘‘Other areas include enhancing trade. the study conducted by the city-based Sakhi Women’s Resource Centre and Anweshi Women’s Counselling Centre in Kozhikode. When 74 per cent of women feel there is disrespect for women only 28 common witnesses share this perception. made famous by independence leader Mahatma Gandhi. cinemas and parks are other unsafe areas. unorganised workers. I will take up this matter after it. who has been in a vegetative state in a Mumbai hospital since being physically assaulted and strangled with a chain while at work 37 years ago. Women are vulnerable to various forms of violence for several reasons.” the court said in its ruling. New guidelines would be put in place soon. while in Switzerland a doctor can provide a patient who wants to die with lethal medication that the patient takes by him or herself. It was the 11th occasion when Rather has presented the state’s budget as finance minister.” a ministry official said. “On Thursday. The report also points to a widely reported incident of the robbery. although fasting is a part of Indian culture.” read a common poster pasted at the shuttered outlets. WIDOWS and relatives of Sikhs who were killed in the 1984 riots demonstrate in New Delhi yesterday.” Sharma said Unifem study says women feel unsafe in Kerala city By Ashraf Padanna THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — Women from the lower strata of society are more vulnerable to physical assaults in cities than those from the upper class. but has not given the permission to inject any lethal substance.100 million for skill development mission which would enable youth start self-employment ventures.” Foreign Minister S M Krishna also planned separate talks with his South African and Brazilian counterparts Nkoana Mashabane and Antonio Patriota. the guidelines aimed at doing away with the consultation process before notifying a critically wildlife habitat. beaches. In 1994. The central government was to file its reply on the plea of Balwa yesterday but Additional Solicitor General A S Chandiok informed the court that the Supreme Court was hearing a related matter. It has yet to be moved in the Lok Sabha.” it said. “Hence we have to guard against the potential of misuse. markets. The finance minister also provided Rs 400 million under the employment and welfare programmes for the youth. Her attacker. drivers. officials said yesterday. “The commercialisation of our society has crossed all limits. vice chairman of Etisalat DB Telecom India Pvt. Palayam area. in which patients are helped by doctors to end their own lives. “Taking note of their concerns. therefore. meetings and processions in the twin cities. Both of her parents have died and other family members have not maintained contact with her.” said a statement issued by the ministry here. Balwa. “We consider it as a duty to look after her. He claimed that the Mayawati government had put restrictions on his and his son’s movements to thwart their anti-government rally in the state that began yesterday. was freed after a seven-year jail sentence. “We agree . which would rely on the opinion of a court-appointed panel of three doctors who would examine the patient and speak to hospital staff. Luxembourg. Avijit Mukherjee. The ‘problem spots’ include Puthiya bus stand. JAC convenor Kodandaram said people from two to three points will come in a procession to Tank Bund and stage a sit-in there. will give powers to the government to relocate people from there. was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.New Delhi ruled. MARCH 8. The central government is yet to do so. co-operation in energy and closer coordination on global issues. who is bed-ridden. The march will demand that the central government introduce a bill in parliament for carving out a separate Telangana state. SM Street and Vellayil beach area. and has initiated the process for having new guidelines in place. The respondents shared their experiences of robbery by young men in bikes wearing helmets and snatching away ornaments. A plea by journalist and friend Pinki Virani to stop her being force-fed was rejected by the Supreme Court on the grounds that Virani was not eligible to make the demand on Shanbaug’s behalf. buses. the US state of Oregon became the first in the country to legalise euthanasia for certain terminally ill patients. Lack of lighting. knowledge centres and theatres. which covers outskirts of the city including the IT hub. the Supreme Court said. passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 9 last year. Laws on euthanasia or assisted suicide. Lawyer T R Andhyarujina.” which sees elderly believers from the Jain religion give up food and water until death.

Trinamool MPs strongly objected to CP03/07/11M member Ramchandra Dome’s allegation.” said the court. when she refused to part with her jewellery and cash on Sunday.” The upper house adjourned for the day soon after as a mark of respect for the departed leader. officials said here. in connection with the Commonwealth Games (CWG) overlays scam.. The High Court in the northern city of Lucknow ordered Kishore Samrite to pay Rs 5 million for smearing 40-year-old Gandhi. train services and stoppages as per the request of the MPs. The passengers returned to India on Sunday night.” he said. which represents the full range of the federal government. MV Red Star One would now set sail for Sirte in Libya today and reach its destination in 24 hours. Giving an update on Operation Safe Homecoming.000 Indian nationals have been evacuated from the violence-torn north African country. But the cracks in the ruling alliance have reinforced the image of an administration adrift. as few want to face an election more than three years ahead of schedule. “The court also considers it necessary that an inquiry is carried out by an independent agency to find out if there was a political design behind the move. including Nemam. 1. there are 1. with chairman Hamid Ansari saying the country had lost “an eminent administrator and a distinguished parliamentarian. I do not agree with this. the official said. This is the second time that Khan has been raided. Reacting to the allegation. Sandeep Wadhwa held in CWG overlays scam THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) yesterday arrested Sandeep Wadhwa. It is expected to evacuate 600 people to Malta. which has been implicated in a massive telecoms scandal. added that the ship’s arrival has been delayed due to some engine trouble and it is now expected to reach today. Samajwadi Party members rushed towards the chair and raised slogans demanding the dismissal of the Uttar Pradesh government. Rajagopal had unsuccessfully contested from here in the 2004 parliamentary elections though he came first in three assembly segments. ED teams raided Khan’s Pune home and detained him for questioning. Ranjit was arrested from Harsh Vihar in north Delhi for murdering Kiran Soni. have been evacuated so far. A political party based in the north has said it would consider supporting the coalition if it was approached.” Combative as ever. with 273 members in the 545-seat Lower House of Parliament. — AFP Quashing of Doordarshan staff appointment stayed THE Delhi High Court yesterday restrained a Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order quashing appointment of 25 anchors and reporters in Doordarshan (DD) News channel in 2010. “The uncertainty over the political scene will lead to a volatile market. The woman was alone in her Harsh Vihar home when the men broke in. Shares dropped 1. — IANS . All passengers will be flown back to India on three Egypt Air and one IL 76 flight on March 9.” said Arun Kejriwal. the company which was part of Switzerlandbased Nussli India Consortium. a CBI official said. However bad the Congress is with the DMK. she said. wife of Shiv Charan Soni. holds talks NEW DELHI — A key member of the Congress-led coalition put off its plan to resign ministerial posts until today. ACTIVISTS of National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW). the previous one being in January 2007. “I expect a compromise. central government and AIIMS. unable to tackle a culture of corruption or curb inflation that has stoked public anger. on special Jet Air and Kingfisher flights. Soon after the house paid homage in the morning to Congress leader Arjun Singh. over twothird of nearly 18. Chartered ship MV Red Star One returned to Malta from Misurata in Libya on Sunday morning with 301 Indians and 29 foreign nationals on board. She also objected to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacking her on what it termed as her Bengal-centric railway budget. The court was hearing a petition filed by DD’s anchors and reporters who challenged the CAT’s September 2010 order annulling their recruitment. Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna said: “Why have you not allowed the child to take admission even after this court has directed on March 4 to allot a seat? You have committed contempt of this court order. for being airlifted from there. “There has been an error of judgement and I accept full responsibility. long dominated by the rival United Democratic Front (UDF) and Left Democratic Front (LDF) alternately. Banerjee said: “I may remain tomorrow or not (as the railway minister)..” Rao told reporters here yesterday.” she said. who have a sizeable population in California. from Nemam constituency to make the last push for the breakthrough and the entire focus is on his candidature for the party that wants to establish its presence in the state’s bipolar politics. “The resignations are on hold. accepting responsibility for naming a civil servant to the country’s top anti-graft watchdog even though the officer was himself facing allegations of wrongdoing. Among other things. He can speak anything about the railways but this allegation is totally wrong. had said its six ministers would quit the coalition yesterday because of a row over seat to be contested in a local election next month. Ensure safety of Sikhs abroad.” “Issue notice to additional directorgeneral. Touted to become the state chief minister if the Trinamool Congress ousts the Left parties in the state. “Wadhwa was held in connection with alleged irregularities in the award of overlays contracts for over Rs 6 billion. a daughter of a Congress activist. the official declined to reveal the outcome of the raids or of Khan’s preliminary questioning. “This is absolutely concocted and false. state prosecutor Devendra Upadhaya said. director of the India operations of a Swiss-based company. the multi-pronged operation to evacuate Indians from Libya. Khan is suspected to have stashed away around US$8 billion in Swiss bank accounts. 71. 68. I will do it within the norms and not outside the norms of the Planning Commission and constitution. they are worse without it. upturned tables and chased people with rods and flag poles. director of research firm KRIS. Rahul is the great grandson of independence prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and son of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi. health.” Badal said.” said the official. who has sought to establish himself as a champion of the poor by sleeping in the houses of low-caste Hindus. Presently.4 per cent yesterday. “The party has no role in organising the function and there is no need for BJP to canvass votes by extending gifts like clothes. the last day for evacuating the remaining Indian nationals in Tripoli. but there has to be some system for proper rail services.” DMK leader M K Stalin told reporters. — Reuters Over 12. Earlier in the pre-lunch session. At no point has Singh filed a complaint. AIIMS questioned for disobeying court order THE Delhi High Court yesterday issued notices for contempt of court to the additional director-general. Analysts said it looked increasingly likely that the Congress and the DMK would patch things up. the 81-year-old former federal minister. Another 67 Indians who had crossed over to Salloum in Egypt reached Mumbai yesterday morning by a Gulf Air flight. ranging from corruption scandals to an inability to push through reforms in parliament. Samrite is a former legislator of regional opposition Samajwadi (Socialist) Party in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and describes himself as a social activist. The BJP is going it alone in all the 140 constituencies. Rajya Sabha also mourned the death of Arjun Singh who was a sitting member. In February. the ministry said. has deeply embarrassed Singh who has seen his reputation dashed to the ground. “I have not done anything without the approval of Planning Commission. he said the Left parties. The ministry. The two accomplices are absconding. Anybody can have differences of opinion with me on my policies.000 citizens evacuated from strife-torn Libya NEW DELHI — With a special chartered flight bringing 155 people from Libya yesterday morning. The party which could so far get its candidates elected to the local selfgovernments only had come second in at least two constituencies (Kasaragod and Manjeshwaram bordering the BJP-ruled Karnataka) in 2006 elections raising hopes of the party.” said Mahesh Rangarajan of the University of Delhi. The election at the Nazrul Mancha in south Kolkata saw Congress MP Mousam Benazir Noor becoming the new state Youth Congress chief after defeating Arindam Bhattacharya who had the backing of Deepa Dasmunshi. the house witnessed two adjournments after Samajwadi Party members forced disruption during the question hour over the alleged “house arrest” of their leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh in Lucknow ahead of their agitation against Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Bahujan Samaj Party. Muralidhra Rao. “The BJP will play a major role in the electoral politics of Kerala this time and the party will emerge as a strong and creative opposition party in the state as it has been doing at the national-level.” he said. portable cabins.5 million. but turned to the courts after failing to track her down. hit by political worries and surging crude oil prices. was promoting violence and raising baseless allegations. Ranjit had worked for the family for two months in the past. Singh’s coalition has a majority of one. They will have to file their reply by March 15. Two million rupees should be given to Rahul. This time the BJP has fielded senior leader O Rajagopal (pictured). was critically injured in Sacramento after unidentified assailants opened fire at them. offering respite to a government fighting to win back public trust after a raft of corruption scandals. “It is not correct. but there was no scope for more when the available resources were looked at. Singh appeared in the court and said she had not been attacked by Rahul. Naval vessels INS Jalashwa and INS Mysore are headed for Tripoli and expected to reach on March 10. They broke chairs. with a clarification on which ground he was denied admission twice. police said. He was likely to be brought to Mumbai last night for further questioning in the matter. Nussli India was given a contract of nearly Rs 140 crore for supplying tents. A chartered Fly Dubai flight with the last batch of 155 people who had crossed over from Libya to Dzerba in Tunisia returned to India early yesterday morning. he bowed to demands for a parliamentary investigation into the scandal after months of protests by the opposition stalled the assembly’s last session. Surinder Singh. The DMK. Samrite said he read about the alleged attack on an unnamed website and tried to contact the supposed victim. but they should not play politics with development. this year marking 100 years since its creation. The coalition was not in danger of collapse even if the DMK ministers left because the party said it would continue to give conditional support to the government.” Ties between the Congress and the DMK have been strained since former telecoms minister A Raja. public broadcaster Prasar Bharati and asked them to file their replies by May 10. Banerjee also countered the attacks of her detractors that she was announcing railway projects for West Bengal that had no Planning Commission approval. forcing her to adjourn the house twice. Samrite had accused Rahul. International Women’s Day (IWD). “All our nationals have thus been brought back from Malta. health and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for denying an MBBS doctor admission in a masters course despite the court’s order last week. However. tore up cloth used to decorate the stage and beat up some of the Congress workers with rods and flag poles. In all. following the killing of a Sikh in California. “DMK’s pullout will add to the already weak investor sentiment. The ED and other agencies investigating the money laundering racket are also likely to open some bank lockers in his presence in Mumbai. “We are very shocked over this incident of attack on Sikhs at California. — IANS BJP hopes to open account in Kerala in coming elections By Ashraf Padanna THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning a high-voltage campaign to open its account in the state assembly with Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj camping here leading the campaign. MV Scotia Prince is on its way back to Alexandria with 972 people from Benghazi in Libya on board. was fired from and detained for selling 2G telecom licences at low prices which an audit said had cost the government $39 billion loss. but not without the expected acrimonious scenes between her and her political rival Left MPs. Senior Trinamool leader Sudip Bandopadhyay said the Left MP was antiBengal. “The first list Woman killed while resisting robbery THE Delhi Police have arrested a man for allegedly killing a 58-yearold woman at her residence when she resisted a robbery attempt by a three-man gang. Wadhwa was called for questioning in the afternoon and arrested in the evening.” he said following the Supreme Court’s decision last week cancelling the appointment of the tainted officer. and five of his friends of gang-raping 24-year-old Sukanya Singh during a December 2006 trip to his home constituency of Amethi. however. which don’t have self confidence to fight the BJP on ideological level. Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the central government. The Congress Party could also seek support from other regional groups to boost its numbers in parliament.” incident took place. who currently heads the ruling Congress party. was killed and Gurmej Singh Atwal. The remainder will go to the police. police said yesterday. We have to do it. Soon after the results were announced. Wadhwa is Managing Director of Comfort Net Traders India Pvt Ltd. The house witnessed a minor clash between the lawmakers of her party and Left MPs over an alleged suicide attempt by a youth outside Banerjee’s residence in Kolkata because he was denied a job in railways after being promised one. But a leader of the southern party said the two sides were holding talks to resolve the dispute that has underlined the shaky nature of the federal coalition. Singh appeared before parliament. originally called International Working Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8. which gives Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition vital support in parliament. — IANS Tax evader questioned MUMBAI — The Enforcement Directorate (ED) yesterday raided the home of Hasan Ali Khan and quizzed him on the allegations of money laundering including the alleged $8 billion stashed away abroad. a DMK member. with rate sensitive sectors contributing the most to losses. 2011 11 INDIA DMK puts off decision to quit UPA. The BJP just banks on his popularity in the constituency rather than its political strength. Replying to a nearly half-day debate on the February 25 railway budget. has six ministerial posts in the council of ministers. Yesterday.” the ministry said. said to be the country’s biggest.OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY. containers and other items for six venues. the Trinamool Congress.000 for falsely accusing rising political star Rahul Gandhi of rape. It is a suspected case of hate crime. widely seen as a prime minister-inwaiting. said besides Swaraj the entire top brass of the party will soon be in Kerala campaigning for Rajagopal who had already started soliciting votes. The announcement by the regional group that it was leaving the cabinet was the latest in a series of problems that Singh has faced. — AFP Lok Sabha gives nod to Mamata’s rail budget NEW DELHI — The Lok Sabha yesterday passed Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s (pictured) budget. Banerjee said railways was one field in which India could do better and help the economy to grow faster. as each was weaker without the other. many of who may be heading for Tripoli by road. who died on Friday.” judges Uma Nath Singh and Satish Chandra said in their ruling.600 Indians in Sirte. a goldsmith. BJP leader in charge of Kerala. Recently. during a rally in Hyderabad yesterday on the eve of International Women’s Day. They need each other. wins the West Bengal assembly elections. He made similar comments on Friday. Somebody else may come and take over. adding that Singh. the ED issued summons to him to appear before it on March 10 while he was quizzed by the Income Tax Department last month in connection with notices served to him in December 2008. India launched Operation Safe Homecoming on February 26 to bring back its nationals — the biggest such exercise mounted since the August 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait that forced thousands of Indians to flee to Jordan from where they were flown home. the minister denied the of the candidates will be released in Delhi on Thursday after the formal approval by the core committee and the election committee of the party”. This was seen as an indication of her future moves in case her party. wife of ailing Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s requests to the protesting members to return to their seats went unheeded.120 Indians had crossed over to Tunisia. transferring cash and assets out of the country through dubious means and evading taxes on income with a suspected liability of over Rs 40. Youth Congress activists owing allegiance to the losing candidate forced their way onto the dais and went on a rampage. “The top BJP leadership has taken the electoral battle in Kerala very seriously and the party will open its account in Kerala Assembly. MARCH 8.000 Indian nationals. — IANS NEWS IN BRIEF Violence mars Bengal Youth Congress polls PANDEMONIUM broke out at the venue of the West Bengal Youth Congress committee elections yesterday as the supporters of a losing candidate broke furniture. Banerjee said the work of the railways should go on unhindered irrespective of whether she was the minister or not. the latest member of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty to be tipped for high office. The scandal. the women’s wing of the Communist Party of India. The minister said she had “the heart to give more” rail lines. would receive Rs 2. the External Affairs Ministry said over 12. all of whom have since returned home safely. This was the second such incident during last four months in the same US city and it has triggered panic among the Sikhs. Court clears Rahul Gandhi over smear LUCKNOW — An Indian court yesterday fined a former lawmaker more than $100. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. To a question on alleged distribution of sarees to women by a prospective BJP candidate in Palakkad.000 crore.” an angry Banerjee shouted. It holds two positions — minister of textiles and minister of chemicals and fertilisers — in the 34-member cabinet. PM told PUNJAB Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal yesterday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure the security of Sikhs working in the US and in other countries.

and it is one of many attempts by Palestinian groups to use the socialnetworking site to get out their message. simplify the unwieldy tax system. raising hopes among business leaders of more reforms to come. who was indicted in January in a political funding case. this could be a lost opportunity. “When you take forest off. Investors were eagerly awaiting the legislation. a law introduced revenge. Sato’s move followed a revolt within the ruling party in mid-February when a group of 16 DPJ lawmakers said they would openly challenge initiatives by Kan. “There are a lot of interests involved. with much forest already razed. Government regulation is weak. an economist who defeated a centrist challenger in a 2010 election. Hundreds of other whistleblowers have been OON after he exposed attacked. stepped down after taking responsibility for receiving campaign donations from a foreign national in violation of Japanese law.” Analysts said his comments further aggravated diplomatic tensions. analysts said. yet a fifth of the nation’s six million people depend on it for water. The most recent campaign was launched on Saturday with one 50shekel ($13. who lacks a diplomatic background. especially since Kan took office. the Fatah administration in the West Bank and the international community. A crucial indicator will be parliamentary elections at the end of 2011 which will test the dominance of the ruling party United Russia in regions which have seen the biggest protests against authorities.” he added. Rousseff’s defenders. state of Bihar released a It was hailed as a major report last year on harassbreakthrough for India’s ment of people who made bureaucratic and graft-ridden RTI requests and asked the public service culture. civil Asiatic lions. On a continent where rain often buckets down then dries up. they said. environment ened to kidnap his teenage activist Amit Jethwa.” Vaccarezza said. “Opposition supporters are particularly speaking out on the Internet. Last week. “By the law of Sierra Leone no settlement. which has now turned into a plea by the authors for the end of Palestinian internal division.” said Markov. an upper house lawmaker of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). the authorities tried to ban a production of Cinderella when audiences cheered wildly at what they saw as a subliminal protest against a Kremlin-imposed time zone change. the western state of Gujarat. in which the party won a historic landslide victory. defined as an “everywhere campaign. Industry leaders have long complained that the current system favoured imports over exports and penalised adding value to goods. Amarnath Pandey RTI to encourage its use. say delays in the police’s Pandey refuses to be put response would still provide off and is determined to unample opportunity for any earth other corruption scams “vested interest” to plot their using RTI. according to RTI by trying to bribe him and. DPJ lower house member Yuko Sato offered to resign from the party as she questioned Kan’s political leadership. a rundown. to serve as interim foreign minister. euros and US dollars stamped with the message. taking over from Putin who had served a maximum two terms and instead became a powerful prime minister. “At this juncture. Despite that push. But she began distancing herself from the reform agenda before taking over from her predecessor.7 per cent per year of forest from 2000 to 2005.’” the Facebook page said. the 16 lawmakers skipped the vote on the budget plan although it cleared the powerful lower house. to find who exposed wrong-doing. Critics said Kan is entrenched in internal feuds and has surrounded himself with opponents of former DPJ leader Ichiro Ozawa despite his repeated insistence on party unity. The page. who is the person you believe is trustworthy and has leadership and distinguished scientific skills that could be relied on to be given a ministerial portfolio?” Palestinian acting Prime Minister Salam Fayyad asked on his personal Facebook page.” Dependence on water In Moseh. Along with Queen Elizabeth on a British pound. organisers said. may be sent to Congress by mid-year. “You undertake such changes when things are calm. “This pre-election year promises to be more stormy than the last. now has the right to stand again as president. “It’s crazy that there could be water shortages in a country that gets 3. Before long. unleash. Freetown. had been ustion. some environmental charities like Welthungerhilfeare (WHH) are seeking to make new. Movement against IntimidaJethwa. — Reuters Test for Putin R By Stuart Williams More troubles for premier By Takehiko Kambayashi UMBLINGS of protest and increased criticism of the authorities on the Internet present a new test for the Russian ruling elite led by Vladimir Putin one year before presidential polls. have met with varying degrees of success and recognition. “There is dissatisfaction and for the State Duma elections United Russia will see a drop in its support. from daughter. “Name the place and the person.” Humberto Costa. it could change the election campaign. clipped In the latest case.” The three organisers said they have a “firm belief in non-violent national resistance. Hamas security forces in Gaza City stormed a rally for political freedom and the end of Palestinian division. out to sea. offshore oil reserves. but government to suspend 54 few people foresaw the vioguilty officers. even with political stability. but party secretary-general Katsuya Okada did not accept the resignation. In Sierra Leone.” he said.” It’s dangerous to fight graft S JAPAN’S Prime Minister Naoto Kan (R) speaks with Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara at the start of a regular parliament session in the lower house of parliament in Tokyo in a file photo. Hamas has continued to block all street demonstrations in recent weeks. Even Palestinian officials have tried to make greater use of Facebook as shown by a message sent in advance of anticipated parliamentary elections. “There is a serious problem enforcing the regulations. they threatIn July 2010. activist groups in New Delhi. Rousseff’s centre-left coalition government has been spooked by concerns about its spending. last year more about money budgeted after exposing corruption in for government schools and public utilities. who founded the a motorbike outside a court. officials worry it sets a precedent that protected forest can be cut. said.” Russia remains in suspense over which of the ruling duo will choose to stand and win an almost certain victory on the back of continued popularity and slavish state media support. It could be “Free Palestine” engrained across those familiar images. According to a United Nations report in 2008. The last presidential elections held on March 2. Putin. His popularity ratings have fallen to around 20 per cent. Kan. “This message must be spread far and wide. The 16 members and Sato were particularly opposed to Kan’s plan to raise the nation’s 5 per cent consumption tax. By Rupam Jain Nair Forest loss threatens S Leone water resources T By Simon Akam HE slopes of Leicester Peak. palmfringed capital with a population of just over a million. how to do this REDD. “Sierra Leone has not yet developed a national strategy. This vital message will reach people on something that is handled in every part of the globe each and every day. trees help moderate the cycle. still seen as Russia’s de-facto leader. daughter-in-law of a man leaving him in hospital for who exposed a pension scam weeks.” said WHH official Jochen Moninger. 56. Japan has been plagued by diplomatic troubles. a resource specialist in a US-funded programme fears severe water shortages if the peninsula loses its trees. forested belt are being plundered for logs and charcoal or cleared for rice fields to feed one of Africa’s poorest nations. but broadband Internet access is now expanding fast. has a water deficit of 12 million gallons (55 million litres) per day. Kan called the visit an “unforgivable outrage. Scott Bode. published a furious manifesto on the site railing against Israel. Sierra Leone Forests and Agriculture Ministry spokesman. every time you get any note. servants and police. recognition “This is an ingenious way of sending a vital message to so many people. “Our efforts have not yielded much fruit.000 ha or 0. Despite commanding a large majority in Brazil’s Congress. The new message is the product of a new non-violent resistance campaign by Palestinian protesters against Israel’s occupation. “For the moment this protest has no defined political expression but if it gets one. from the brick scam. Concrete buildings cluster against a tangle of trees and vines — a construction site in a forest reserve that supplies the city of Freetown with its water and where building is meant to be banned. they hope “Free Palestine” will show up on paper currency everywhere.” Previous efforts from all over the world. Threats and Revenge ing the RTI act for two years against Activists.” “This is a simple. innovative way to resist Israeli occupation. T HE resignation of Japan’s foreign minister is adding to the troubles of embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government. no activity is supposed to happen in these areas. in Haryana state was allegPandey. The big task of harmonising state taxes will be postponed. Kan. Queen Elizabeth II seems to be shouting the slogan on a £20 note while a note of 20 Canadian dollars This is a simple. are a jumble of haphazard development and half-finished villas. and illegal farming.” has quickly spread around the world. once again. the world’s secondbiggest forest. “We don’t know how to deal with that issue yet. or died in unexplained 150 applications to find out circumstances. threatened or how bricks were harassed for pursuing similar bought for six times crusades. “No matter what country you are from. Dominique Strauss-Kahn. I don’t see us voting on it for at least three to four months. not during an international economic crisis. while facing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.” Rousseff. putting the brakes on overhauling costly pension benefits and rigid labour laws. “Just ‘Free Palestine’ will sit in people’s heads. but they are a long way off working out the details. Russia’s Internet penetration rate is still only 45 per cent.” liberal political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin said. facing protracted economic troubles and mounting public debt. delivered Dmitry Medvedev to the Kremlin for a four-year mandate. where efforts to halt forest loss are routinely flouted. called murdered RTI activists He used India’s new “martyrs” and said action Right to Information (RTI) was needed to protect those Act. onerous red tape and high tax burden make it hard to compete. called China a “vicious neighbour” last year amid mounting tensions between the neighbouring countries after a collision between a Chinese fishing boat and Japan Coast Guard vessels near a disputed group of islets. be it criticising the authorities on their response to terror attacks or mocking the mascots for the 2014 Olympics. reform the oil royalty structure and tighten oversight of the country’s massive mining industry. mining. but the initiative. the fifth prime minister since 2006. It’s not so easy. was shot near his home. With the help of Facebook. said. Mumbai-based Sumaira was shot dead by two men on Abdulali. when that failed. Data from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows Sierra Leone lost 19. States competing to offer the lowest tax for foreign goods. Patna. has been fighting exposed. to a few targeted payroll and capital investment tax breaks. 2011 12 Reform hurdles B By Raymond Colitt Palestinians using cash. he said. Facebook for freedom By Laura Villena O through your wallet some day and you might see a surprise. lence that the RTI Act would Sumankant Raichaudhari. according to the organisers also demands “Stop the Gaza blockade. “It will all be lost . Edano said he expected the premier to pick a new foreign minister before a meeting of the Group of Eight major industrialised countries in midMarch. Corruption remains endemic and events like the murder of 12 people in a farmer’s house in south Russia in November by a known criminal group expose how anarchy has been allowed to rage unchecked in some places. according to its leaders. But debate over a possible mining royalty hike is held up and will continue to generate uncertainty for investors. the Gaza Strip ruler Hamas.” And there is much fodder for complaint.ANALYSIS/OPINION OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY. another Facebook page showed photos of Indonesian rupiahs. The African Development Bank has formed a huge programme for the Congo basin. who didn’t provide their identities. a protected rainforest on a hill above Sierra Leone’s capital. head of the International Monetary Fund. in light of the ongoing discussion to form a government. Kosaka said. “The mood has changed and there are reasons to be worried. a government through giving open access body working in the eastern to official data. “But the situation has not yet reached a crisis. Maehara’s resignation demonstrated that Kan’s cabinet “lacks governing ability. its organisers said they hope to turn it into a worldwide movement. which Rousseff had highlighted as one of her top economic priorities. Forums like Live Journal and social networking sites have given critical Russians a chance to spread their views.” a statement said on the Facebook page. the IMF and others say is needed to spur investment and sustained growth in Latin America’s largest economy. . Seiji Maehara. It highlights a common problem across Africa. out why roads were not beThe government now ing constructed despite funds plans to propose the new law allocated by the government in the current parliamentary — and the facts he discovsession. inflation and uncertainties in the global economy. has struggled to get key budget measures through a divided parliament before the April 1 start of the fiscal year. “The only ways to break through this situation are for the entire cabinet to resign or to dissolve the lower house as soon as possible” to hold a snap election. has been to fight against illegal mines attacked twice for exposoperating inside the Gir lion ing a multi-million-dollar sanctuary.” Only 40 per cent of a protected forest of 17. but RTI activists ered nearly cost him his life. especially as the recent rise in global oil prices had made Brazil’s offshore oil deposits more attractive to multinationals seeking to boost their reserves. Framework legislation that would heighten government control and tighten concession rights in the mining industry. downsized protected areas that can be more easily protected. Maehara was one of those who had harshly criticised Ozawa. Five students from the Gaza Strip. oversaw austerity measures opposed by unions and other key supporters of her Workers’ Party (PT).” proKremlin analyst Sergei Markov. a teacher in Bihar’s capital At least 11 people were city. the only natural sand mining scam allegedly habitat of the endangered involving politicians. village chief Foday Koroma said water supplies were getting more irregular and local people were carrying water in jerrycans. has also been criticised by fellow members of his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). the his ear and grazed his skull.” said Kenji Kosaka. Some will look into it more.” said Jochen Moninger. G appeared the handwritten slogan in big black letters. The organisation has initiThe bullet. joined the chorus of voices calling for the country to keep to its reform agenda on a visit to Brazil on Thursday.” And house building is the least of the worries facing Sierra Leone’s forests — which like many neighbours in Africa’s humid.” said Samuel Serry. a mainstay of the booming economy. “There is a huge encroachment. They argued the hike would violate DPJ campaign pledges before the 2009 general elections. According to the Renaissance Capital brokerage. another critic of Ozawa. but few countries plan to. Environmentalists say Africa could cash in on carbon credits under a UN scheme recognising the role of trees in fighting climate change by storing carbon. write on it in pen or permanent marker ‘Free Palestine. a voluntary were never built in the organisation who has been northern Indian state of Uttar spreading awareness about Pradesh. by slowing run-off and soaking up precipitation to be released later. Pressure on Rousseff’s government is likely to increase. cite timing as the main reason for the move. In one bizarre incident in the Far East Kamchatka region. MARCH 8. has received 20. the African continent is losing forest at a rate of more than 4 million hectares per year — twice the world average. says he has filed killed. no matter what currency you use. a United Russia MP in the State Duma parliament. where manufacturers and other companies frequently complain that the strong real currency. which he ated a “RTI-brotherhood” believes was fired by concampaign to provide safety tractors who were benefiting to whistleblowers. George Washington on the US dollar or Jewish leaders on the Israeli shekel. an industry-financed think tank in Sao Paulo. “It’s not worth tackling that because it requires agreement we don’t have. to promote accountabilThe Bihar Human Rights ity and good government Commission. said Manish Sisotheir value for roads that dia of Kabir. saying it would help ensure sustainable economic growth. “The ratings for the authorities remain very high but the protest mood is growing in the country.80) note across which RAZILIAN President Dilma Rousseff is backing away from a reform agenda that the business community. boost imports and hurt local industries. for better civic amenities in Last September. a doctor from edly murdered by a village Robertsganj. Israeli shekels are used in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. as it emerged from a brutal civil war. passed in 2005. a village on a peninsula south of Freetown.” One day after being launched.” The Internet — finally now penetrating deep into Russia — has allowed activists like whistleblowing shareholder Alexei Navalny to expose abuses at state firms or bloggers to claim Putin is building a lavish new dacha on the Black Sea. said. non-violent. you could make financial instability” by attempting to pass the reforms. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. among other things. they do not — for now — pose the risk of an Egyptstyle turnaround. a sleepy city council head whose role 640 kilometres from New in the corruption had been Delhi. innovative way to resist” Israeli occupation. That has led it to water down or delay legislation that would. Justice the area for more than two Minister Veerappa Moily decades. food whether it was all being used distribution and unauthoron students. “The government’s attitude is worrying.482 hectares on a peninsula south of Freetown is left. as Brazil’s economy slows following breakneck expansion in 2010. Sierra Leone is one of a number of African countries where deforestation is impacting water supply. they say.. once seen as a possible successor to Kan. who works for the German NGO Welthungerhilfe on a project to preserve the forest. you might see something new. Japan’s relations with Russia have been especially tense since Russian President Dmitry Medvedev travelled in November to Russian-controlled islands that Japan also claims. non-violent. Kan told a parliamentary session yesterday that “foreign policy is extremely important” and that he would try to name a permanent minister soon. A tender is out for projects to attract REDD money. government leader in the lower Chamber of Deputies. preventing the government from auctioning rights to explore vast. On February 28. “Gaza Youth Breaks Out” was the name of an initial group formed in January to protest all sides in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. ised water and electricity The authorities reacted hookups. 35. Senate leader for Rousseff’s ruling Workers’ Party.. often with the consent of a cash-strapped government or corrupt officials. 2008. Although the house building on Leicester Peak is outside the main water catchment area of Freetown’s main dam. of the UK-based Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.” said Rogerio Cesar de Souza with Iedi. Kan decided yesterday to ask chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano. Business leaders have said those changes would make it easier to operate in Brazil. building woodcutting and stone mining have all reduced the forested area. and opposition parties emboldened by the resignation of Maehara are pressing the premier to step down.000 mm rain per year. Edano. Now the government has watered down the planned tax overhaul. ending more than a half-century of almost unbroken LDP rule. all (the water) comes off in the wet season. “In your opinion. But while Russia has in the last months seen unusual protests on issues ranging from sirens used by officials to a highway through a forest and time zones. These include Moscow and Saint Petersburg as well as further-flung regions with a tradition of liberal thinking and a string of local gripes against the Kremlin like the western Kaliningrad exclave and the Far East. He and Medvedev have made two things clear — they will not compete against each other and they will decide who will stand nearer the time. Some won’t. compared with 84 per cent in Britain. Candido Vaccarezza.” A bill that would define the distribution of oil royalties between Brazil’s states also is unlikely to be discussed until the second half of the year.645 “like” clicks.” said Richard Harding. It continues to get messages of support Success. Gabon began working on a plan last year to conserve 80 per cent of its forests on the UN scheme to reduce emissions from deforestation or degradation (REDD).

Ministry spokesman Joel Gaviola said the government had not previously imposed a minimum inventory requirement. whose visit was not announced in advance. My client is very apprehensive of whether he will receive a fair hearing. he told reporters. But.51 points on December 5. up 17. “Collections in both (customs and internal revenue) agencies have benefited from the vigorous implementation of the Run After Tax Evaders and Run After The Smugglers programmes. he said. extremism and terrorism. will meet President Hamid Karzai. was shot dead by one of his police bodyguards. who shot and killed two Pakistanis in the eastern city of Lahore on January 28. “The country’s present situation demands that we follow the life of the Prophet Mohammad. Gates is expected to visit parts of southern and eastern Afghanistan where Nato commanders say they have weakened the Taliban and created “bubbles” of security they hope to link up. Major-General John Campbell. healthcare. Yunus received the Nobel Prize — does this mean the award is illegitimate? Does this mean the Nobel Prize was given to a usurper.THE PHILIPPINES/SUBCONTINENT OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY. The plan is part of the government’s drive to restore calm to the market. mainly because of surging oil prices and a flood of vehicles and consumer goods following a reduction in import duties. was removed from Grameen Bank last week in what his supporters say was part of a political vendetta against him. notably with China. an official of Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said. due to improved customs and income tax collection. investment. mainly in remote eastern provinces . It said Sri Lanka’s exports also hit a record $8.” said the Pakistani official who spoke on condition of anonymity. 2011 13 Philippine Navy gets patrol craft to guard its borders MANILA — The Philippine Navy said yesterday it had bought a large Hamilton-class patrol craft from the United States to help it guard its waters. “We shall sustain efforts to modernise our armed forces. “It is the largest ever mutual fund in the country’s history. Regional army spokesman Major Julio Eugenio Osias said three policemen died in the ambush while five were wounded. “I warn such elements they will never succeed in their objective.6 per cent SRI Lankans employed abroad sent home a record $4. The boys were killed while collecting firewood in a volatile eastern province. and adjacent waters have always been part of its territory.” he added. Abdul Aziz Ibrahim bin Saleh al Ghadeer.4 billion ($7. the Hamilton is described as a high endurance cutter with close-in weapons systems. a CIA contractor. — Agencies MICROFINANCE pioneer Muhammad Yunus emerges from the high court building to contest the decision to remove him from his post in Grameen Bank in Dhaka. Supporters say Yunus’s troubles stem from 2007 when he floated the idea of forming a political party. said 90 per cent of civilian casualties in his area were caused by insurgents. Finance Minister Cesar Purisima said yesterday. who has publicly disparaged his work. saying they were a “great mistake”. sports and agriculture. But civilian casualties have clouded the relationship and diverted attention from transition plans. He said the murderers of Shahbaz Bhatti tried to create a “wedge” between two groups. who was an outspoken campaigner against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. and seen his bank become the target of a government probe. 870 kilometres south of Manila. Yunus. the country’s biggest ever. Some 4. Over 1. The fund is in addition to a reform package that includes tighter regulation and other measures announced by the government to prop up the market and boost investor confidence. Gates visited a military hospital at the vast Bagram base north of Kabul soon after arriving but had no immediate comment on civilian casualties. addressing a seminar. Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Corp of Bangladesh.” he added. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters formal bid invitations for the first project would be sent out at the end of the month. “During 2010. “The Philippines needs to be resilient in light of these events. said the objective of introducing this project was not only to create a new trend of growing vegetables at domestic level but also to provide cheap vegetables to the people of the province. — AFP/Internews New special envoy in Islamabad to ease diplomatic tensions ISLAMABAD — The new US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan met yesterday with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad to ease growing tensions over the arrest of a US national for killing two people.” he said in a speech to troops.” the bank said in a statement. The benchmark DGEN index was trading up 2. Karzai in turn said such casualties were the main cause of strained relations between the United States and Afghanistan. who taught us tolerance and brotherhood. US President Barack Obama has also expressed his “deep regret” but Karzai told a meeting of security advisers on Sunday. China has brushed the protest aside. Raja Humabon.7 per cent on the previous year. and its microfinance work offering credit to millions of villagers and farmers who do not have access to mainstream banking has since been copied in developing countries around the world.” Aquino said in a speech to an investor conference. from 3. Minorities Affairs Minister Bhatti.697 points in morning trade on the back of Sunday’s announcement of the fund’s creation. MARCH 8. as he assumed his post. To attract investors. trade. The announcement was made by the new Philippine military chief of staff. in a bid to stabilise the highly volatile Dhaka Stock Exchange. which has seen governments not honour contracts and investors lose millions of dollars. after sharp falls triggered angry protests by investors in the capital Dhaka and across the country. The government also plans to sell Manila’s Light Rail Transit and Metro Rail Transit systems to improve service. Marc Grossman held talks with Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir before meeting Gilani. Philippine Navy officers are now in the United States.3 per cent last month. “And with an estimated investment of more than a billion dollars lined up for bidding. the head of a state-owned investment bank said yesterday. the government earlier offered assurances about the Philippines’ notoriously poor and corrupt business environment. who was hailed as a hero by religious groups. he added. headed by chief engineer Abdullah al Shoaibi had an important meeting with Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan. Yunus ‘apprehensive’ over fair trial Tajik president arrives in Pakistan on three-day visit ISLAMABAD — Tajik President Emomali Rahmon arrived in Islamabad yesterday to discuss bilateral relations and economic cooperation. and clothing helped to partially offset these factors. The energy ministry said in a statement it had ordered oil companies to step up imports and maintain a minimum inventory sufficient for 15 days. adding that experts in the Agriculture Department would provide assistance to the people who would establish the kitchen gardens.3 billion in calendar 2011. following the release of a Norwegian TV documentary critical of Yunus. — AFP Sri Lanka’s remittances rise by 23. “Extremism. “We have sent more soldiers to the area to help conduct pursuit operations against the fighters. Bhatti’s murder came months after Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer. Inflation surged to 4.. Gilani’s appeal came after suspected fighters gunned down his lone Catholic minister Shahbaz Bhatti in broad daylight in Islamabad last week. earning the wrath of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Hasina accused him of “sucking blood from the poor” and pulling a financial “trick” to avoid paying tax. — AFP NEWS IN BRIEF Three police killed in Philippines attack THREE policemen were killed and five wounded in an attack by suspected communist fighters in the southern Philippines. Cruz added. On his first trip to the region. The minister’s assassination last week rekindled international fears about violence in Pakistan. “The project is still in the phase of planning and we are not expecting an agreement right now but its vital for Pakistan since it will help us to meet our electricity needs in future.25 billion). He said the oil-poor country’s main concern was supply security. Hundreds of Afghans chanting “Death to America” gathered in the capital on Sunday in protest. “Today we need to follow the true message of tolerance and understanding preached and practised by the Holy Prophet. Aquino said he wanted the private sector to build this year a road linking Manila’s North Luzon and South Luzon toll highways. An official privy to the talks between the US envoy and Gilani yesterday said the prime minister told Grossman that the issue would be handled “in a responsible way and in the light of the court verdict. The government said last year’s funding gap was limited to P314. The Saudi Development Fund (SDF) delegation.” Yunus’s lawyer Rokonuddin Mahmud told the court. — Internews Pakistan prime minister urges peace. suicide and gun attacks blamed on home-grown Taliban and Al Qaeda linked fighters since Pakistan troops stormed fighters in Islamabad in July 2007. According to Saudi embassy in Islamabad. the navy has said. 380-foot vessel was aimed at boosting its border patrol capability. officials said yesterday. “As I speak. Of the rest. — AFP Saudi team visits projects in calamity-hit areas ISLAMABAD — The three-member Saudi high echelon engineering delegation has undertaken inspection of the projects in different parts of the country. the statement said. Such acts violate what Islam stands for. The ambush occurred late on Sunday in Malaybalay town in Bukidnon province. commander of Nato-led forces in eastern Afghanistan.6 per cent in January. Air Force Lieutenant-General Eduardo Oban. They agreed to complete the negotiations in 18 months. Sri Lanka expects to maintain 7 to 8 per cent growth in 2011.” he told troops at the base. In their speeches. he said. Government and rebel negotiators resumed formal peace talks last month after the talks were stalled for more than six years. which it calls the Nansha islands. Yesterday’s announcement came amid fresh tensions between Manila and China over allegations that Beijing’s patrol vessels harassed a Philippine oil exploration boat in disputed waters in the South China Sea last week. a Cannon-class destroyer escort. Rahmon is expected to meet President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani during his three-day visit.11 billion over that of 2009. Yunus has since been vilified in the Bangladeshi press. who complained angrily last week after nine Afghan children were mistakenly killed by helicopters from the Natoled International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Pakistan has been wracked by violence. 42. SOLDIERS stand atop a vehicle during an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) parade and change of command ceremony inside the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in metro Manila.” — Agencies . said M Fayequzzaman.918. but the navy said in January that acquiring the refurbished. In December. the bank said. at 5.5 per cent a year earlier. the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said yesterday. The ministry said Rahmon is accompanied by several Tajik lawmakers and a delegation of businessmen who will discuss agreements in the fields of hydropower. Mahmud said the central bank’s charges against Yunus were baseless and that he had personally encountered “problems” as a result of representing his client against the government. according to a statement released by the presidential palace. mainly as labourers or housemaids in Gulf states. with blunt exchanges between Karzai and US leaders after a string of recent accidental killings. but the overall trade deficit grew to $5. Karzai will soon unveil a timetable for the start of a handover of security responsibility from foreign forces to Afghans. returning to work at Grameen’s headquarters in Dhaka and lodging the high court case contesting his firing. He said an ISAF base had come under attack in the area where the boys were killed and his forces had responded. terrorism and attacks are heinous acts and have nothing to do with Islam. The energy ministry puts the country’s daily fuel consumption at about 300.. a high-profile name-and-shame campaign against tax cheats helped the Philippines keep its 2010 budget deficit from spinning out of control.” Fayequzzaman said. as bloody protests spread from Tunisia and Egypt to Libya and beyond. a pretender to the throne?” Mahmud said. The new ship will replace the Philippine navy’s flagship. The SDF has initiated a number of projects in the 2005 earthquake and 2010 floodaffected areas for the rehabilitation of the people of the areas.” Gilani told the participants. said national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz. Equipped with a retractable hangar. died in a hail of bullets as he left his mother’s home on Wednesday. The visit came as the relations between two countries are strained because of the arrest of Raymond David. wiping over $16 billion off the share market’s capitalisation since its benchmark index hit a record high of 8. and a new access route to the South Luzon tollway. that civilian casualties caused by foreign troops were “no longer acceptable”. His lawyers have argued that the Bangladesh bank gave “implied consent” by not raising the issue of his reappointment for 12 years. US officials said it would be the focus of Gates’s trip. the site project of King Abdullah University was handed over to the project contractors to initiate the execution at an estimate costing $60 million in Muzaffarabad on the occasion of the visit of the delegation to the project site. B’desh sets up $700m fund to prop up stocks DHAKA — Bangladesh will create a $700 million mutual fund. most came during “escalation of force” incidents such as when a car failed to slow down as instructed at a checkpoint. tolerance ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani yesterday sought scholars’ help in curbing extremism and urged the country’s youth to follow teachings of tolerance and peace. After lodging a formal protest. preparing to sail our first Hamilton class navy (vessel) to the Philippines. or 160 points. up by nearly a quarter from the previous year. “You’ve had a tough winter and it’s going to be a tougher spring and summer. which Petraeus attended. Eight state-run financial institutions will invest cash to create the planned 50 billion taka ($700 million) Bangladesh Fund. up from 3. They are the biggest single source of foreign exchange for the South Asian nation which has a population of 20 million. workers’ remittances increased by 23. Yunus founded Grameen in 1983. Yaser al Bakri and Muhammad al Masood are the other members of the visiting delegation. its highest level in nearly a year. He has defied the central bank’s dismissal order. Washington considers the Philippines a major non-Nato military ally and the two countries are bound by a 1951 mutual defence treaty. — Reuters Govt orders oil firms to boost inventories THE Philippine government yesterday ordered oil firms to ramp up imports and stocks amid growing concern about potential supply disruption due to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. Karzai has said a rare and candid apology by ISAF Commander General David Petraeus was “not enough”. but a local court on Thursday said that no evidence had been produced about his diplomatic status. police and army spokesmen said yesterday.5 million Sri Lankans are employed abroad. an expansion of 66. Kitchen Garden Project launched HAFIZABAD — The government of Pakistani province of Punjab launched a revolutionary step “Kitchen Garden Project” to increase vegetables’ production as well as provision of cheap vegetables to the consumers.” Purisima said in a statement. and that they were also not the competent authority to fire him.000 barrels or 48 million litres. amid tensions over territorial claims. Details of the acquisition were not disclosed.” senior scholar Mufti Abu Huraira Mohiuddin told the gathering. and discussed with him about the plans to help the people living in calamity-hit areas. President Benigno Aquino ordered coast guard escorts for the oil exploration vessel. At least 100 kitchen gardens would be established at district level in Punjab.2 billion.11 billion in 2010. The central bank claims Yunus has been in his position illegally since he did not seek its approval when he was reappointed to the post of Grameen Bank managing director in 2000. a crucial ally in the US-led war in Afghanistan. Casualties take focus from Gates’s Afghan trip KABUL — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan yesterday at a time of increased strain between Kabul and its Western backers and with important security transition milestones looming. Import costs were sharply higher.3 per cent compared with 2009. 70. The process is to begin in July and be complete by 2014. which are under completion and funded by Saudi Arabia.000 people have been killed in bomb blasts. Punjab Kitchen Garden Project Director Asghar Khan.” Gilani said that Islam and the Pakistani constitution ensure rights and freedom for minorities. as well as a toll road to unclog traffic around Manila airport. It is aimed at stabilising the country’s stock exchange and boosting liquidity in the crisis-hit market. but you’ve made a lot of headway and I think you’ve proven with your Afghan partners that this thing is going to work. a liberal politician and opponent of the blasphemy law. toll roads PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino yesterday invited investors to help his cash-strapped government build more than a billion dollars’ worth of road and rail projects. The US had claimed that Davis was a US Embassy official and therefore enjoyed diplomatic immunity. which is close to the disputed Spratly Islands. “During the 12 years you say he held the post illegally. “The world is watching this courtroom and what it will decide.90 per cent. The country’s economy grew 8 per cent in 2010. Petraeus again apologised for the killings. Philippines to tender $1bn worth of rail. scholars vowed opposition to bombings. which was conducting a seismic survey in the Reed Bank. saying that they were struggling to spread message of peace. He also plans to visit the main commercial city and southern port of Karachi.6 per cent to $4. The police officers were aboard two vehicles en route to the village of Magsaysay to investigate a report of a killing when the guerrillas ambushed them. which is probably one of the world’s oldest warships. a helicopter flight deck and powered by a dual engine or gas turbines. Hafizabad District Coordination officer Muhammad Asif said the kitchen gardens would increase environmental beauty and income of the growers. The Dhaka Stock Exchange has shed more than 40 per cent in the past three months. who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his pioneering concept of small cash loans to tackle poverty. — AFP DHAKA — A court hearing into whether Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus was illegally sacked from his microfinance bank adjourned yesterday after his lawyers expressed doubts he would get a fair trial. and the second project in early April. Meanwhile. King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia dispatched huge assistance on both the occasions for relief and rescue purpose and subsequently a number of projects were started under the auspices of Saudi organisation for the rehabilitation of the affectees. reasserting that the Spratlys. Gates. Some 300 scholars from Pakistan and abroad are attending the privately arranged three-day conference aimed at hammering out a strategy to end extremism in the country.” Energy Minister Jose Rene Almendras said in the statement.” Gilani told a conference of scholars. these projects give us more reason to be optimistic. the main export commodity. the bank said. summoned to court three times in cases nominally connected to Grameen. mostly targeting security officials. Better prices for Sri Lankan tea.

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Bison 16. Debacle 30. Ea. . . Ran-Ted 25. . Defer 18. . . hospitality. atmosphere of the office. .15 Good Morning Oman.gov. . Cited 27. .25652319 Sur .26855148 Khasab . Too 3. . . . Read-y. 24569603 DG of Customs. 2. 24567898 Al Batinah Headquarters. 12. Pearls 40. Asleep 25. Tel: 24541466.15 Radio Station Jingles and Programmes. . . .25434167 .24845001. Tel: 24677834. SW-itch 4. . Duo 29. .20 Radio Station Jingles and Programmes. You will either let anybody persuade you to sign any. 24513999 Directorate of Traffic Muscat. 24566601 Ruwi. . . DOWN: 2. Arid 18. . 24695536 Scientific ph. .40 Sports (Faiq) Daily except Thu & Fri. Pal 5. . 7. Discard 15. . . . Lie. . Mohair 3. . . . Divine 19. . CAPRICORN (December 22January 20) An important letter should be written on Easter and it is essential for you to be sincere and truthful in whatever you have to say. SEWN 28. . Paste 26. . Captain 7. . LEO ARIES (July 22-August 21) (March 21-April 20) Your friends will be just as If you bicker over every tripleased to come to your fle in your business dealings you may overlook the more important home over the Easter weekend if you aspects and prejudice your advantage on make them really welcome even if you don’t indulge in extravagantly expensive important issues. . Ruwi 24783334 Muscat ph.07 Around the World in 30 mins. MARCH 8. Weekends & Public Holidays: 16:00-17:00 Special Care Baby Unit Working Days: Parents may visit at any time. . — Germany’s popular defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg quits over accusations he cheated on his doctorate. . 24714626 Traffic offences. Tenant 22. . Benefit 15.25340033 . 25570100 Al Dhahirah Headquarters. . . . . . Bi-son 19. endlessly. Rite 16. .40 pm. 9. . Pop-ular 26.15 Mix Music. . Qurum. . Abated 4. . Tel: 24641300 BAIT ADAM MUSEUM. 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Abdullah Mohammed 21 (28b. who was one minute 38. 6-4.” Mourinho told reporters. 6-3 win over Martin Fischer which sets up a meeting with Germany in July. skipper Anil Koshy two for 28 and Abhishek Prafull two for 36 off four overs each.o.17 SPORT OMAN DAILY Observer TUESDAY. but Benzema and Emmanuel Adebayor led Jose Mourinho’s side on to 67 points with 11 games left. 12 pts) and Dynamos 0 pt (7 games. 5-7. — Reuters Devils maintain sizzling form NEW YORK — The New Jersey Devils maintained their recent sizzling form with a 3-2 shoot-out victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday. 5x4). 6-2. Abdullah Mohammed 21 and Mohammed Ali 20. 2x6 and 1x4) and Nitin Cherukupalli a run a ball 22 (2x4). The Devils continue to make an improbable charge towards a play-off position. Results: Chicago Bulls bt Miami Heat 87-86. QUARTERFINALS DRAW QUARTERFINALS DRAW Sweden v Serbia Kazakhstan v Argentina United States v Spain Germany v France The Kazakhs next meet Argentina after the South Americans beat Romania 4-1 in Buenos Aires. handing the lead to fellow-Frenchman and Citroen teammate Loeb. 6 pts) and Sarco OCT Hatat 0 pt (7 games. the Germany midfielder set up Benzema to score the second. battled into the next round with Jeremy Chardy scoring the decisive point with a 2-6. The major contributors were Daley Mathias 41 (48b. The leaders beat Real Zaragoza 1-0 at home on Saturday. in the day’s first reverse singles as the world No 7 showed the strain of playing three days in a row. but Kennedy Bakircioglu threatened a comeback when he scored from a fine move in the 70th. “We had an almost perfect weekend. — Reuters Loeb wins Rally of Mexico MEXICO CITY — Seven-times world champion Sebastien Loeb won the Rally of Mexico for the fifth year in a row on Sunday after overnight leader Sebastien Ogier crashed out on the first stage of the final day. very compact and controlled the game. 2x4) and Mohammed Ali 20 (8b. Shehzad two for 17 off three and Ghulam Abbas two for 25 were amongst the wickets. Batting first after winning the toss. winner of the seasonopening race in Sweden last month. mean- while. Anishad K P claimed all three wickets to fall conceding 23 runs off four overs. 1x4). thanks to the contributions from opening batsman Shehbaz Butt and his partner Nasir Awan36 (28b. a Sevilla own-goal and a late penalty from Andoni Iraola gave Athletic Bilbao a 2-0 home win which lifted them to fifth. 8 pts). 6 pts). Anishad K P 3/23). NBO in their turn lost both openers with 18 runs on the board but recovered through a third wicket partnership of 125 between Khurram Bilal 93 not out (43b. Nasir Awan 39 and Ghulam Abbas 32. Brief score Dynamos CT 163 for three wickets off 20 overs (M G Shankar 49. Shehbaz Butt 2/6. hitting the crossbar twice before Adebayor scored in the 23rd minute following the type of move more usually associated with their arch-rivals Barca. and Jari-Matti Latvala were second and third respectively in the race in the state of Guanajuato.score of 52 (23b. Tony Parker was the only Spurs starter to score in double digits. told reporters. The fourth-placed side lost 3-1 at Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Punit Mehta 2/24. France to face Germany PARIS — Kazakhstan shocked the Czech Republic 3-2 in Ostrava in their Davis Cup World Group first round tie to enter the quarterfinals on Sunday. Praveen Lewis 3/23) bt Ceva Logistics 135 for eight wickets off 20 overs (Daley Mathias 41. eight behind Hirvonen. Next time maybe it will be another who will get two points. AL Hassan players pose for a photo. Brief scores Sarco OCT Hatat 164 for six wickets off 20 overs (Nadil Yousuf 52.” Loeb.wicket win against Dynamos cricket team in a morning match played during the weekend at the OACIII grounds. Brian Rolston scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout. 7-6 (7/4). With a required run rate of less than eight runs per over Ceva Logistics fared disastrously and managed to reach 135 for eight wickets at the end of 20 overs. Mikhail Kukushkin.1 overs. 6-2 with Adrian Ungur getting a point back for the visitors with a 6-4. 3x4) scored 163 for six wickets off the 20 stipulated overs. Shehzad 2/17 and Ghulam Abbas 2/25). — Reuters Lakers brush aside Spurs SAN ANTONIO — The Los Angeles Lakers brushed aside NBA leaders San Antonio Spurs 99-83 to record their seventh consecutive win on Sunday and bring the Spurs’ hot home streak to a halt. Brief scores Al Hassan 177 for seven wickets off 20 overs (Shehbaz Butt 54. Sameer Mehrab 39. Enhance Eagles started off briskly with opening batsmen skipper Jaison Manjila striking an elegant unbeaten 76 (43b. Earlier. Sharath Krishnamoorthy 2/25 and Ikram Nasir 2/38) lost to Enhance Eagles 165 for 1 wicket off 17. ranked 43. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 26 points and Pau Gasol scored 21. his partner Anishad K P 39 (27b. Results NY Rangers bt Philadelphia Flyers 7-0. Praveen Lewis picked up three wickets conceding 23 runs off four overs. it’s very fast. 2x6 and 1x4) the pair were associated in an unfinished partnership of 105 runs for the second wicket taking the score to 165 for 1 wicket off 17. 13x4) and his partner Sharath Krishnamoorthy making 29 the duo putting together 60 runs for the first wicket off six overs.2 overs. converted in the 88th. 3x6 and 13x4) and opening batsman Nayaz Mohammed 50 (44b. Sarco OCT Hatat made 164 for six wickets off the 20 allotted overs with Nadil Yousuf making a top. Points Al Hassan 2 pts (4 games. New Orleans Hornets bt Cleveland Cavs 96-81. 2x6 and 6x4) and a haul of two for six off three overs helped Al Hassan defeat Ceva Logistics by 42 runs in an Oman Cricket-organised ‘E’ Division T20 match played at the PDO grounds during the weekend. 4x4) to make 167 for three wickets off 18. Almeria climbed two points above Malaga into 19th with a 2-1 comeback win at Hercules. 5x4) and Ghulam Abbas 32 (22b.” said France captain Guy Forget. 6-3 win over Juan Monaco. The outstanding Mesut Ozil was at the centre of a series of one-touch passes which sliced Racing open and he finished by squaring for Adebayor to sidefoot into the empty net. “The important thing is to advance. 7-6 (10/8). 6x4). 6-0 to seal the decisive point. Praveen Edatt 31 and Nitin Cherukupalli 22. BTT won 70-55. Winning the toss and deciding to bat. . in a bruising encounter at San Mames. Anishad K P 39 and Shameer K C 21. ranked 63. The bowling honours were shared by Punit Mehta two for 24. 6-7 (4/7). Praveen Edatt 31 (13b. FILCOSOC defeated TAISM 106-61.2 overs (Jaison Manjila 76 n. In the other match. Real made a flying start at the Sardinero. But his inclusion was another boost to manager Arsene Wenger. Andrey Golubev. Ronaldo.o and Sharath Krishnamoorthy 29). — Reuters ACTION during the BTT-Oman Cement match at the OCCI basketball championship yesterday. shocked Tomas Berdych 7-5. Dynamos with contributions from opening batsman skipper M G Shankar 49 (47b. 2 pts). who was the hero of the weekend as he also achieved their first point by beating Jurgen Melzer in Friday’s opening match. The Pacific-division leading Lakers still trail the Spurs by six and a half games in the Western Conference but ended San Antonio’s record home winning streak at 22 games. Deepak Nicholas 50 n. NBO maintain unbeaten record MUSCAT — NBO maintained their unbeaten record in the Al Ansari Group of Companiessponsored ‘C’ Division T20 tournament with a convincing seven. Los Angeles Lakers bt San Antonio Spurs 9983. Electing to bat after winning the toss. — AFP Van Persie in squad to face Barca LONDON — Injury doubt Robin van Persie has been added to Arsenal’s squad for the second leg of their Champions League last16 clash in Barcelona today night. Points Enhance Eagles 2 pts (5 games. The Basque club moved on to 41 points from 27 games. 1x6 and 7x4) and Shameer K C 21 (15b. Finns Mikko Hirvonen. MARCH 8. Washington Capitals bt Florida Panthers 3-2. Benzema curled in his second soon after following a counter-attack and Adebayor also missed a late penalty. “We played very well. 2011 Kazakhs shock Czech Republic. ENHANCE EAGLES WIN Enhance Eagles registered a thumping nine-wicket win against Sarco OCT Hatat when the teams met in a Raha Poly Products-sponsored ‘D’ Division T20 match played in the afternoon at the same venue. nine short of Villarreal and the last Champions League qualification slot. Racing. Loeb moved up into second place in the standings with 35 points. 2-6. New Jersey Devils bt New York Islanders 3-2. — AFP Benzema double helps Real outplay Racing MADRID — Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid survived without Cristiano Ronaldo to win 3-1 at Racing Santander and close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to seven points on Sunday. Last year’s runners-up France. Detroit Pistons bt Washington Wizards 113-102. wearing a head bandage after a collision with Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo. Julien Escude brought down Oscar de Marcos for a penalty which Iraola. 3x4). Sevilla’s Argentine defender Federico Fazio knocked a cross into his own net with his knee after 66 minutes. Deepak Nicholas joined Jaison and remained unbeaten on 50 (36b. Points NBO 2 pts (6 games. missed his first league game of the campaign with a muscle strain.” said Chardy. 4x4).1 overs (Khurram Bilal 93 n. The other batsman to make major contributions were opening batsman Sameer Mehrab 39 (25b.” added Loeb of the brand new Citroen DS3 car’s first victory. Three minutes later. who has netted 27 goals this season. “We qualified with extraordinary matches. “It was a very difficult weekend. Anil Koshy 2/28 and Abhishek Prafull 2/36) lost to NBO 167 for three wickets off 18. I’m happy with the new car. who now occupy the last relegation place in 18th on 26 points. Sharath Krishnamoorthy and Ikram Nasir claimed two wickets each conceding 25 and 38 runs respectively off four overs each. was then feted as a hero by dominating Jan Hajek 6-4. Sporting Gijon moved out of the bottom three with a 2-0 home win over Getafe. Ogier went off the road 13 kms into the 20th stage and broke his front left wheel. 6 pts) and Ceva Logistics 0 pt (5 games. spurned a chance to hit back when Pablo Pinillos’s weak penalty was saved after the break. Al Hassan scored 177 for seven wickets off their quota of 20 overs.

a Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in December. For the first time at a World Cup. Pakistan possess variety in their bowling with off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammed Hafeez. with openers Martin Guptill (86) and Brendon McCullum (76) chasing a 186-run target against Zimbabwe without being separated. “The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup has approved Eoin Morgan as a replacement player for the injured Kevin Pietersen in the England squad. Bangladesh’s elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested at least 28 in connection with the stoning of the bus. with New Zealand fourth with four in three matches. Pietersen was. New Zealand. The hill town of Kandy has suffered from persistent rains and the only international match here. losing also by 87 runs to cohosts India in the tournament opener on February 19 but beating Ireland in between their defeats. It’s a problem that he has been dealing with for a number of weeks now so he has got to go and get that sorted out and hopefully he will be ready for the first Test against Sri Lanka in the English summer. It is said that fast bowlers hunt in pairs but that saying has clearly fallen on deaf ears in the Indian camp. but England’s medical team thought the surgery could be postponed till after the World Cup. “I request the fans not to do any silly things. “I thought he was forming an interesting opening partnership with Andrew Strauss. and again it was his two wickets at the start of the innings to that firmly pushed the Irish on the back foot. Sooner rather than later. while the regular tweakers went wicketless. Morgan. Throw a stone at India’s 15-man squad and you will almost certainly hit a batsman who can walk into any international team. The only other bowler worth a mention in the match. suggested otherwise. Led by skipper Shahid Afridi’s leg-spin.” said the left-hander. Sri Lanka — In-form Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul Haq said his team was ready for the double challenge of facing New Zealand as well as a mystery World Cup pitch today.” said New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori.” he said. The match. — Reuters Kevin Pietersen out with injury. followed by co-hosts Sri Lanka (five points in four) and defending champions Australia (five after three). Out of the WC (World Cup) and IPL (Indian Premier League).” said Vettori.” an ICC statement said. Bangladesh have won one of their three games. The Indian Cricket Board. New Zealand hold the upper hand in batting. “I’m not sure you could ask for too much more. net run rate and points) . Vice-captain Tamim hoped a good show against England in their next match on Friday in Chittagong would change the perception of fans about the Bangladesh team. have between them taken almost double the wickets than full time spinners Harbhajan and Piyush Chawla and they have conceded fewer runs per over. coupled with a strong new-ball attack of Akhtar. but with more economical figures. whose country has lost six World Cup matches against Pakistan since winning their first in 1983. It’s good to have him back. no result. Love the people & the hospitality. the lack of any genuine wickettaking bowler to partner Khan and really nail the opposition with a couple of more wickets almost cost India the match. International Cricket Council granted England the replacement. won. is a middleorder batsman and has played in 38 ODIs for England. But it has not been an easy debut for DRS in the showpiece event. tied. Not for nothing has he been nicknamed the ‘turbanator’ over the years though that sounds a misnomer right now. “This is because of the type of wickets that prevail in the subcontinent where the bounce is often lower and where there is a greater amount of turn. — Reuters PAKISTAN’S Misbah-ul Haq (centre) and coach Waqar Younis (right) play football during a team training session at the Pallekele Stadium yesterday. Sreesanth. Harbhajan has been the most economical Indian bowler but only has a modest two wickets so far which is very surprising. The warm-up matches before the World Cup were also moved because of bad weather. “They can probably defend any score because of the nature of their bowlers. JP Duminy or Morne van Wyk could not guide them home.” said Tamim urges emotional Bangladesh fans to calm down CHITTAGONG — Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has called on fans to cool their passions and be patient if the World Cup co-hosts do not meet their sky-high expectations. We released him following a request by the players. Jacques Kallis has been woefully out of form since joining the squad after an injury lay-off. lost. 1999 and 2007.813 5 0 1.160 runs at an average of 40. however.” Deputy Police Commissioner of Chittagong told reporters. ECONONICAL FIGURES The next best bowling figures belong to fast bowlers Munaf Patel (seven wickets) followed by Yuvraj (six wickets). who was promoted to open the batting. Pakistan will bring in paceman Shoaib Akhtar after resting him in the last match against Canada.” Misbah said yesterday. On all three occasions. with a couple who can turn their arm over a bit making up the fifth bowler. They bring a lot to the table. was speedster Zaheer Khan. That a part-timer has a better analysis than the front-line bowlers underlines the lack of depth in India’s bowling. and as far as we are concerned we are up to the challenge. could not make much of an impact on Sunday and that effectively led to South Africa’s downfall.” — Reuters Yuvraj Singh’s bowling exploits England expose S Africa’s batting vulnerabilities can’t hide attack weaknesses BANGALORE — An unbeaten run in the World Cup is enough to paper over most cracks and India so far have managed to hide the lack of a wicket-taking bowling line-up by piling on the runs. The right-handed batsman. A third umpire uses the available technology to determine if the onfield officials were correct. Their brittle middle and lower order batting was exposed in the process and the result threw open Group ‘B’. you might also just find one such bowler.” — IANS STANDINGS Group ‘A’ Pakistan Sri Lanka Australia New Zealand Zimbabwe Canada Kenya P 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 W 3 2 2 2 1 1 0 L 0 1 0 1 2 3 4 T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NR NRR Pts 0 1.” “We’re moving on now and Eoin Morgan is an exciting cricketer.” he said. In fact the part-timer spinners.” Smith assured. The statistics will calm the nerves a bit for the ICC. it’s just one game.403 0 Group ‘B’ India England West Indies South Africa Ireland Bangladesh Netherlands P 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 W 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 L 0 1 1 1 2 2 3 T 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 NR NRR Pts 0 0. Seeking a third successive win in the tournament. De Villiers’ rich form glossed over some of South Africa’s batting vulnerability which the English attack so cruelly exposed. The fans booed the Bangladesh team at the ground and threw their shoes on to the road in front of their bus on their return to the team hotel. 2011 Pak ready for Kiwis on mystery pitch PALLEKELE. The attack on the West Indies team bus was taken very seriously by Bangladesh security forces and politicians.786 5 0 0. “It is a fact that the number of (appealed) decisions in this event is way above the normal average for ODIs. again a big insult in the country. The team seemed to have inherited the big stage fright that led to their World Cup semifinal heart-breaks in 1992. “I would not say so. Misbah said Pakistan’s recent one-day series win over New Zealand will count for nothing. But I think we need to show a little more faith in the guys. battling a back problem. but has delivered little — two wickets and leaking over seven runs per over. “I think this is the first (outing) they had after a long time. Yuvraj Singh took a careerbest five for 31 with his slow left-arm off spin to weave a web around Ireland on a track that was conducive to spinners. and his sensational three-wicket burst that halted England’s charge. however. — AFP DRS has improved correct decisions by over 7 pct. while left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman will also be available after missing the last match due to a leg muscle injury. Steyn or Tait to partner Khan coupled with the lack of a Muralitharan.663 5 1 1. is mostly because of Chawla. we wanted complete performances out of ourselves and that we gave in the last match.667 4 0 1. leading to the tightening of safety measures including the introduction of armoured personnel carriers to accompany team buses. The lack of a Malinga. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has categorically said that his side will at all times have seven batsmen and four bowlers.058 0 (Played. The team owe their victories against West Indies and the Netherlands to De Villiers’ backto-back centuries. In the post-match press conference.054 5 0 2.584 4 0 -0. “I think we know how good their bowling can be.18 per cent to 97. “Of course. of Pakistan’s 3-2 win in New Zealand last month. Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan. Unlike the bowling headto-head. who is leaking almost a run-a-ball and has at no point looked even remotely threatening.” ICC general manager Dave Richardson said in the statement.079 2 0 -2. — Reuters CHENNAI — Whatever pretensions South Africa had of having overcome their tendency to crack under pressure in big tournaments lay shattered after their demoralising six-run defeat by England in Sunday’s thriller. South African captain Graeme Smith was invariably posed the question he is now tired of answering — whether his team choked yet again. Pietersen’s hernia problem surfaced during the tournament. scoring 1. With a careful aim and some luck.083 2 0 -3. whose team have made the semifinals in the last three World Cups. and indeed who has been India’s saviour more than once with the ball this tournament. who promised much after a five-wicket haul in a warm-up match against Australia. The pattern so far suggests South Africa’s total depends on the start provided by Hashim Amla up front and then AB de Villiers at number four.296 2 0 -1. Police said they also detained a fan in Chittagong on Sunday for showing his thumbs to Bangladesh players.” Pakistan successfully defended a below-par 185-run target against Canada and 278 against co-hosts Sri Lanka in the two of their three matches. The 36-year-old has anchored the Pakistan team in the World Cup with two halfcenturies against Kenya and Sri Lanka and a hard-fought 37 in the last match against Canada. Pakistan are set to face New Zealand today. infuriated by Ian Bell’s apparent let-off for lbw in the tied India vs England match. The Group ‘A’ rivals meet at the newly-built Pallekele Stadium in the first-ever oneday match at the venue. Sad to leave India. Khan’s choices to lead the attack are: Patel. That. which revealed that correct decisions in the World Cup have risen from an average of 90. struggling in the match against South Africa which England won by six runs.18 18 TUESDAY. we have handled ourselves well in a number of situations over the last couple of years to be able to say we can cope with pressure. Khan has picked up eight wickets in the tournament so far to lead India’s bowling charts and no surprise then that he has bowled most of the overs (29) along with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Flower said Pietersen had been struggling with the injury for some time but remains hopeful that he will return in time for a busy summer.” said Flower.82 per cent due to the DRS. was drawn without a single innings completed in five days.747 6 1 2. “It’s a matter of stepping up against the harder teams. a huge insult in the country. a factor which vice-captain Misbah believes will give both teams plenty to think about. Swann or Tahir to partner Harbhajan might come back to haunt India.” Sky Sports News quoted Flower as saying. have four points after three matches. Also the comprehensive victories in the first two matches meant their lower middle order was not really tested. So when the chips were down on Sunday. four and 15 in the three matches so far would suggest. though. Bangladesh faced the wrath of fans after a rampant West Indies attack skittled them out for their lowest ever ODI total of 58 runs. the game’s governing body said yesterday. — AFP Misbah. Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz. “We know to win these big games it needs complete team performances and that’s what we have done. England’s lower order swatted the Indian bowlers to eke out a draw and the Irish milked the bowling until Yuvraj came into the attack.754 4 0 -0.” Tamim told reporters in Chittagong yesterday. South Africa’s batting frailties were laid bare by England’s inspired bowling attack on Sunday. While the Bangladeshi’s fearless batting succumbed to the chase rather than the bowling. Their supporters in Dhaka reacted with fury on Friday after the nine-wicket Group ‘B’ defeat by West Indies with stones thrown at the visiting team’s bus. In fact. “He’s got a problem and I’ve seen the scan myself. So far. “He’s a world-class player. it adds to the challenge because we don’t know how the pitch will behave but that’s the same for both teams. MARCH 8. wrote an angry letter to ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat pointing out the inadequacy it perceives in the system. who lost to Australia by seven wickets but eased past Kenya and Zimbawe by 10 wickets in each game. though local media said all of them were released on bail. As his scores of two. PICTURE RIGHT: New Zealand’s coach John Wright (left) and team captain Daniel Vettori watch other players during a practice session at the Pallekele Stadium yesterday. It was Khan’s impeccable bowling that tamed the Bangladeshi fight back. “We have done well against them in World Cups and in the recent series there but that win will count for nothing as it’s a new game at a new place. Absolutely devastated!!” Pietersen posted on Twitter. says ICC MUMBAI — Cricket’s controversial Decision Review System (DRS) has improved correct umpiring verdicts by more than seven per cent in the World Cup. 24. “We will win some days and lose some days as that is cricket and they need to support us through good times as well as bad times. Morgan is replacement CHENNAI — England’s star batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the World Cup with a hernia condition and Eoin Morgan will replace him. “He (the fan) realised his mistake and was also repentant. He was included in the original World Cup squad but missed out after breaking a finger in the build-up to the tournament. who runs his mouth at almost the same rate he gives away runs and Ashish Nehra.” said Vettori. who is on a well paid medical leave. which has garnered a tournament-leading 14 wickets. Pakistan sit top of Group ‘A’ with six points after three matches. England team director Andy Flower said the team was losing an important player in Pietersen. A re-look by the medical team indicated that the surgery need to be done immediately to avoid further complications. In three of the four games they’ve played together they have looked good up front and they put on significant partnerships that have kicked off good batting performances. “I am sure one good game will change the total scenario and you will see a different Bangladesh team.764 2 0 -3. “I fly home tonight. each team has the right to question at least two decisions which go against it during an innings. On Sunday one of those part-timers put in a sterling allround performance that saved India’s blushes and covered up the disturbing fact that India simply do not have a front-line bowler who can run through a batting line-up. The team did not put a foot wrong against West Indies and the Netherlands but suddenly came unstuck chasing a modest 172-run target. where he was doing a good job.

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. Hansra 3-0-15-0....2 S Tikolo lbw Cheema ........ 5-186.............. Our batting had let us down so I am happy that we worked things out today......... Medium pacers Harvir Baidwan and Rizwan Cheema also chipped in with two wickets apiece..31 D Obuya c Bagai b Osinde ..12 T Mishra c Surkari b Davison ...14 Total: (all out...... Desai 3-0-20-0. 2-37. w-4).. 5-57......... Tikolo 5-1-24-0...1 Extras: (lb-4.198 Fall of wickets: 1-0.. 4-41.. nb-1) ......... Kenya had been bundled out for scores of 69.... The burly fast bowler got the ball to move a bit at the start to take three quick wickets in his opening spell and returned to add one more to his tally off his last over. 2-7...8 J Ngoche (not out) .TUESDAY... Bowling: Odoyo 5-1-18-0. Odoyo (51) looked the most fluent Kenyan batsman on the pitch and with five boundaries and one six managed to take Kenya close to the 200-run mark.199 Fall of wickets: 1-19.....0 .................” Hansra said.” a content looking Hansra said... helped in part by a few dropped catches.......... MARCH 8.. Canada R Gunasekera st Ouma b Ngoche 18 R Cheema b Etieno ................ Kamande 5-0-25-0 (w-1)..... Obuya 2-0-15-0 (w-1)....... 112 and 142 — amassing just 323 runs in their last three outings before yesterday and they once again got off to a sorry start and tottered at 57 for five at one stage.................... 9-193... 4-180... pushed the field back and rotated the singles in the middle. 8-171..... 50 overs) .... Balaji Rao 10-0-36-1 (w5)....2 C Obuya b Baidwan ...4 Extras: (b-1........... Baidwan 10-1-41-2 (w-2).3 J Davison (not out) .. “The whole World Cup our bowlers have done a fantastic job and our fielding too.. 45.17 Z Surkari run out ..... S Waters b Osinde . Hansra and Bagai consolidated hard after Canada were reduced to 48 for three and batted intelligently thereafter to wrest the control back in their hands........51 J Kamande c Bagai b Rao ...51 N Odhiambo b Osinde ..3-0-45-1 (nb-1........ 2011 Canada down Kenya to win battle of associates NEW DELHI — Canada overcame some early jitters with the bat to eventually win the battle of the associates by beating Kenya by five wickets and register their first win in the World Cup yesterday at the Ferozeshah Kotla. But a patient 52-run partnership between Tanmay Mishra (51) and captain Kamande for the sixth wicket weathered the storm and ensured respectabil- CANADA’S Henry Osinde (centre) celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Kenya’s Seren Waters during their match at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi yesterday.................. w-10) ... It was good to be positive at the start..... SCOREBOARD Kenya M Ouma c Baidwan b Osinde . w-11..4 E Otieno c Hansra b Cheema ...........70 T Gordon b Odhiambo . 6-109.............. 3-21.64 J Hansra c Ngoche b Odhiambo ...... 7-166.....10 A Bagai (not out) ... Bowling: Osinde 10-2-26-4 (w-3)........22 T Odoyo b Baidwan .....” Paceman Henry Osinde took four wickets as Canada shot out the Africans for a paltry 198 runs after they opted to bat first on winning the toss.. They surpassed Kenya's total of 198 with 27 balls to spare.. “I hit the shots that I was comfortable with. “I made sure I made them pay after the dropped catch.. Right-handed batsman Jimmy Hansra (70) and captain Ashish Bagai (64 not out) stitched together a 132run partnership for the fourth wicket that sealed the Group 'A' match for the North Americans....... Cheema 9-1-30-2.......3 overs) ...... Etieno 8....13 Total: (5 wkts. Davison 5-0-26-1................ Ngoche 10-2-26-1 (w1).... 3-48....... Tanmay Mishra also added 57 runs with Thomas Odoyo for the seventh wicket before he fell while trying to up the tempo.. Odhiambo 10-0-45-2.... — AFP ity for the African nation..

opted out of the contest. Enka (Turkey) and Mitsui & Co in the fray. “This continues to make Salalah Oman’s largest port by over 10 times compared to any other port. the Chairman said. ranging from 1.500 to 2. an impressive 27 per cent increase over 2009 results. . North Batinah and Dhahirah regions. The state-owned electricity off-taker.4 per cent to RO 52. The execution of project documents is slated for April 30. revenue growth was significant in 2010. Amanco has been operational since 1998. is overseeing the implementation of the IPP at Sur in line with its mandate to procure all new electricity and related water capacity. business partners and members of the local community. The lack of volume change was a result of the substantial growth being offset by a strategy change implemented by one customer from transshipment to direct shipping. Despite this.7 million last year. will go a long way in meeting the galloping demand for electricity within the Main Interconnected System (MIS). Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP). ● Page 23 New transformer protector EXPANDING on its top of the range safety and security product portfolio in Oman. one of six energy firms prequalified to bid for the licence. while the consolidated net profit was recorded at RO 5.8 billion on a 1. The Sur IPP. said rising general cargo volumes were fuelled by a hefty increase in commodity exports. Siemens LLC heads a consortium that includes Saudi Oger and Korean EastWest Power.” he said. Japanese corpo- Strong growth in general cargo traffic at Salalah Port By A Staff Reporter MUSCAT — General cargo volumes handled at the Port of Salalah surged 68 per cent to over six million tonnes during 2010.000 megawatts (MW). representing an average increase of around 8.5 per cent or 374 MW per year. which operates and manages Oman’s largest container transshipment terminal on the Sultanate’s southern coast. The growth of the Salalah Free Zone also contributed to the excellent results. ● Page 23 Tuesday. leaving fellow contenders Marubeni Corporation (Japan). According to OPWP. Dakhiliyah. on the Sultanate’s Sharqiyah coast. according to a top official of Salalah Port Services Co SAOG.48 million TEUs during 2010 when compared to 2009. Chairman of Board of Directors. Underscoring efforts to fast-track the implementation of the project. equivalent to roughly 400 MW of generation capacity. Container traffic on the hand remained unchanged at 3. Consolidated revenues rose 10. who will then be called for final negotiations leading to the selection of a preferred bidder by April 16. Chubu Electric and Multitech in its bid. driving performance. has whittled down to five bidders. Abdul Aziz bin Ali al Shanfari.76 million. to be brought into operation ahead of summer peak demand that year. An estimated half a million customers are served by the MIS.424 MW in 2009 to 6. creating a ‘Process Excellence’ culture within the organisation. “Though the volumes at the container terminal remained similar to previous year. paving the way for construction work on the IPP to begin in earnest. and most of the South Batinah. an area encompassing the Governorates of Muscat and Buraimi. while further gains were made in sustainable savings of financing costs and the ability to turn rights for interest in a small terminal in Jordan. as well as a pair of recently awarded IPPs (Barka 3 and Sohar 2) under development in the Batinah region. The successful bidder will secure a licence to build the country’s largest greenfield power project with an installed generation capacity ration Marubeni has teamed up with Qatar Electricity and Water. Sharqiyah.043 MW by 2016.6 billion to $1. Al Shanfari stated. which could escalate to nearly $2 billion at the higher capacity limit. 2010. Improvements in efficiency were also achieved through the sale of unused assets. as the competition for the prestigious licence now enters its final phase. Amanco (National Factory for Security and Safety Equipment) has earned sole representative status to introduce SERGI — France’s Transformer Protector (TP) in the Sultanate. 2011 Contest for Sur IPP down to five bidders By Conrad Prabhu MUSCAT — The race for a licence to build a huge Independent Power Project (IPP) at Sur. The event was attended by government officials. Sembcorp Utilities. and unparalleled performance by the general cargo business have made it possible to achieve the record profitability in 2010. Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co has joined hands with Oman Oil Company and Taqa in bidding for the IPP mandate. and exploring newer markets and products.” Al Shanfari stated in the Director’s Report on the company’s performance during the financial year ended December 31. Al Shanfari said.Carillion Alawi office in Salalah THE newly established regional office of Carillion Alawi in Salalah was officially launched at an event in Hilton Salalah Resort recently.500-2. OPWP is eyeing a March 30 deadline to finalise a shortlist of bidders. was positive with the management keen on pursuing strategic initiatives that balance risk and reward. March 8. Project costs are estimated to range from $1.000MW is slated for full commissioning ahead of peak summer demand in 2014. electricity demand in the MIS is projected to rise from 3. OPWP has set a Q1 2013 time frame for part of the IPP’s output.” the Chairman said. Siemens LLC. “The General Cargo business has been growing rapidly and the main factors driving the growth are commodities such as limestone and cement that are exported from Oman to developing economies surrounding Oman. the efforts undertaken by the management in taking costs out. AES Oasis Energy. Energetic efforts to boost productivity also resulted in improving the crane moves per hour by over 11 per cent. The IPP’s full capacity of 1. Envelopes containing the financial offers and final technical submissions from the latter five bidders were opened at the Tender Board yesterday. The outlook for the company.500MW project.

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” The product is set to face the home-run challenges that are typical for any new item in the market. Over the years the company has supplied to almost all major players in the country who required fire-fighting equipment. Barr Al Jissah Resort. . MARCH 8. General Manager. “We regularly provide training to Omani nationals through our training centres located in various regions of the Sultanate and we will replicate the success in Dhofar region too. The launch event was followed by dinner and later the guests had an opportunity to meet the senior management team of Carillion Alawi. Andy Jones. Company’s partner and sponsor Alawi bin Qais al Zawawi welcomed the guests and briefed the gathering on the history and progress of Carillion Alawi in Oman since 1965. Chairman.” Das added This partnership has been announced in line with the arrival of Arnaud Magnier. which has a reputation for high quality construction.” he added. 2011 Carillion Alawi office launched in Salalah By A Staff Reporter SALALAH — The newly established regional office of Carillion Alawi in Salalah was officially launched at an event in Hilton Salalah Resort recently. We have declared 2011 as Customer Satisfaction Year to be more pro-active in addressing our customers’ needs and issues. this is what the winning equation for SERGI — France and AMANCO has been.” he added.8 per cent between 2010 and 2014. safety standards and quality. Andy said Carillion Alawi offers professional services such as pre-construction tasks with in-house design.” Omanisation Manager of Carillion Alawi Mohammed al Ghafri. AMANCO. “Carillion Alawi is one of the largest and most reputed construction companies in Oman.7 billion in 2010 and is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 5. he said. from 3:30-4:10 pm. joinery and facilities management. Amanco introduces France’s transformer protector By A Staff Reporter MUSCAT — Expanding on its top of the range safety and security product portfolio in Oman. “With expertise in all areas of construction and global procurement capabilities. AMANCO.OMAN 23 TUESDAY. SERGI — France in Muscat to participate in the International Workshop on Fire Safety Engineering and Management organised by Sultan Qaboos University. In his address. The Sultanate’s construction industry was valued at $3. MEP services. The event was attended by government officials. business partners and members of the local community. we can employ and move key professionals quickly to suit the needs of specific projects.” he said. SERGI-France has always provided us with top quality products which we have been privileged to bring to the market here. mentioned in detail the plans of the company for the Salalah region. “It is a privilege that AMANCO has been chosen to introduce this technology in Oman. CEO. hopes to better support construction contracts in the Dhofar Governorate. AMANCO (National Factory for Security and Safety Equipment) has earned sole representative status to introduce SERGI — France’s Transformer Protector (TP) in the Sultanate.” said Salman Rashid al Fannah al Araimi. The Chairman adds. The quality and innovative technology that drives this product makes it indispensable in this market. Reiterating company’s commitment to Oman. The construction sector in Oman is set to derive the maximum benefit from the 8th Five-Year Plan as the government is ramping up spending on infrastructure development. AMANCO has been operational since 1998 and enjoys the reputation of being the only company in Oman manufacturing fire-fighting equipment under all relevant licence categories. said the new Salalah office of the company has presently achieved 50 per cent Omanisation. Arnaud will be presenting the innovative technology of transformer protection during this conference today. “Transformer Protector is a product that addresses the need of the hour in fire-fighting technology. but AMANCO is equipped to move ahead through the challenges by ensuring zero compromise on the quality of the product which in turn assures people and environment safety. Regional Managing Director of Carillion Alawi. The Royal Opera House and Majlis Oman. I believe that. We have a portfolio of prestigious landmark projects for key clients in public and private sectors like Grand Mosque. “The company. “We rarely find companies working together with sincere consideration for each other's needs. “We have strengthened our top management team by positioning experienced professionals with varied skill sets and exposure in different markets on board. March 8.” said G Murali Das.

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‘A trained and educated Omani does not carry any complex and he is as good as a trained expatriate worker. quality and HSE. competent and dedicated staff. The company is strict on not The company has an Omanisation level of 90 per cent and none of them is inferior to anyone. The company knows that there are Omani companies meeting international standards that are still facing hurdles. as in its scheme of things issue with a “need to operate and versity students for short-term on. it has MANI workforce is ready the credit of being the only Omani to take up any challenge company in the sector when it startand this has been proved ed in 2001. The company’s policy is it hurts. The company keeps them abreast with the latest in The company understands that ting RO 500.a trained and educated Omani does nothing comes easy. The company responsibilities do not end with earning money and finding some jobs for youths to meet the present crisis. It has strong faith in the capabilities of Omanis and suggests the authorities to give them proper education and training to meet the requirements of the job market. Midwest is equipped with highly experienced. “Luck may be one of the factors.” The company suggests that Midwest Oilfield Services is the first 100 per cent Omani owned local company to specialise in performance drilling services. It urges the big companies to understand their Corporate Social Responsibility. the-job training. Oilfield services job without caring for the difficul. directional drilling services and supervision. The company is reputed in maintaining the highest levels in business conduct. turbine drilling services.the market and every six months the compromising on quality while of. So the need of the hour is emphasis on better training and education. The employees at Midwest are so qualified that none of them gets less than RO 500 and all those who were getting RO 300 are now get- The company has exhorted people not to overreact and urged them to try and address the needs of education and training to get better position in companies.Wave of women-centric films Page 28 Witherspoon carries her make-up kit Page 28 Sudden impact to kids’ chest can prove fatal Page 28 Isla Fisher writes own comedy script Page 28 100th year of International Women’s Day Page 27 Fea ures Tuesday. but it comes only when you are prepared to do hard work. The company has en. March 8.all the employees. ties.young entrepreneurs work until realising the human side of the job by the hard work of an entrepreneur who established his own oil Omanis are prepared to take up any sured a hike of 30 to 50 per cent to company sponsors college and uni.” and gas company. The company favours summer camps for training and advises the youth to chart out their proper career plan. The company has its own formula for success: “Hard work and only hard work. During the time of training the company identifies the talent and offers them jobs as and when vacancy arises. It also feels the need of By Kaushalendra Singh O company Midwest does not only meet international standards.fering jobs. So the need of the hour is emphasis on better training and education’ . deliver in a controlled manner.” can lead anyone to success. It insists on better training and education to ensure that Omanis can match anyone in the job market and do not carry the stigma of being inferior to anyone. 2011 Omani workforce ready for any corporate challenge Oilfield services company Midwest meets international standards. It has also the credit of being the only Omani company in the sector when it started in 2001 not carry any complex and he is as good as a trained expatriate worker.

and in such a manner that doesn’t affect the people’s freedom or damage their properties.SPOTLIGHT 27 TUESDAY. however despite these achievements. which were farther tasked to raise awareness about the rights of the women. These days the habit of emulation has prevailed in the Arab world. describes the meaning of equality and sets forth guidelines on how to achieve it. Oman will be as stable and great as it is. We must do all we can to help women realise their full potential to build a vibrant and happy world. law and research and studies sections. and mark October 17 of every year as Omani Women’s Day. social and health services. since the launch of the UNFPA GCC office in 2006. This has led many countries to fall in the trap of violence and chaos. Oman. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Majesty the Sultan. for centuries they were denied equal rights and opportunities. The Omani labour law nesses and a committee was formed to facilitate access for loans and to facilitate training and other kinds of material support in addition to enhancing the role of Omani Wom- en’s Association in wilayats in regards to terms of raising women’s awareness about the procedures related to applica- result of co-operation between governmental and private institutions. and in areas of social development. healthcare. Modern technology has turned the world into a small global village. . we ought not to ignore the implicit call to think globally and act locally. In fact. The committee was tasked to prepare the first national report to monitor the Sultanate’s implementation of the provisions of the Convention and other periodic reports. social and health services. The UN office also played a significant role in assisting the National CEDAW Committee in preparation and drafting the Sultanate’s first official report of the treaty on the rights of women. The empowerment invested in women’s education has not only enabled them to be knowledgeable. we are utterly proud of the good reputation we enjoy among the nations. The Sultanate Ratified the CEDAW Convention in May 2005 up on the completion of the first national report on the legislative. and the relevant authorities of the rights. The Day reminds the world of its responsibility towards the welfare of women. But wherever they have access to the right kind of education they can hope to achieve economic independence which in turn ensures equality. struggle and strength of character on their part. and provisions of the Convention through appropriate means of notification. the right of women to receive early old age pension. It comes up with specific themes for each year to focus attention on different areas of women empowerment that demand urgent attention. International Conventions In 1979 the UN agreement was formed to Eliminate of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — a Treaty for the Rights of Women and the International Bill of Rights for Women. The nation is not just geographical boundaries. it happens to be centenary year of the annual observance that began in 1911. Today it is observed worldwide and is an official holiday in several countries. Other women’s rights include the right to have additional grants. tolerant tightly adherent to their land and to the nation they built over four decades. the Indian super cop. Well. As far as history is concerned. Unicef Representative in the Sultanate said: “Gender equality is not only a basic human right. as well as political and economic participation of women. 2011 By Mirfat al Araimiya mirfat@omandaily. as well as securing a sustainable and equitable recovery and a fair globalisation demand for gender-aware responses. Further. the land of the people who believed in the prophet and his heavenly message right from the beginning. human rights. This year’s theme will reflect upon the role that enhanced access to these fields for women and girls which plays on the economic growth of developing countries. “May God bless the people of Al Qubairaa who believed in my message without seeing me”. education. Women’s rights The Sultanate has taken significant measures to ensure women’s rights in several areas of the legislative field and that of the State’s Basic Statute. administrative. In an effort to promote women to be part of the country’s development process. The 100th year commemoration comes at the I heels of the establishment of ‘UN Women’. Quotes: • A woman is like a tea bag. the 7th Development Plan (20062010) has given an important place for the advancement of Omani women. spurring productivity and growth. The Omani people will never derail from the track of civilisation. Marie Curie. The recognition of their importance was demonstrated last year by the institution of October 17 as Omani Women’s Day (OWD). collaboration began with the Ministry of Social Development in all aspects of concern to women’s issues and gender. judicial. we are moving away from concentrating on the negatives to a celebration of the positive achievements by women.om N a historical occasion marking the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day (IWD). whose farsightedness and wise leadership ushered in the stability and welfare of Oman. Also we have got to know that the process of nation building cannot be achieved overnight. In fact. the right to stand for the membership of the Consultative Council. in July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly. What we need is to express our opinion in a responsible way. training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women. The observation of the day is indeed one of the fruitful achievements in the education of Omani women under the guidance of His Majesty the Sultan. the government also ratified the CEDAW convention in 2005. and that comes as a By Maryam Khalfan N observation of this great day the Sultanate joins the rest of the world in a special programme held in the Wilayat of Rustaq to mark the significant progress that has been achieved by Omani women through determined advocacy. all civilisations were built and made strong only by the faithful efforts of the people. The concept of male-only domains is fast vanishing.uk I T ODAY is International Women’s Day (IWD). With more and more women taking up challenging careers and pursuits it is easier for a woman to become high achiever and trail blazer if there is a supportive male — the spouse. The treaty addresses the advancement of women. especially the Least Developed Countries. we all belong to this land. In the past four decades. This is in addition to Oman’s active participation in the annual global celebration on March 8. There are still parts of the world where this demand for justice and equality remains a distant dream. It is a positive sign that on this day. the right of an unmarried woman in the pension of the pensioner. the people tend to clone the events in other countries. women who have created history even when this was not so. So this is the kind of ethics that distinguishes the people of Oman. The theme for 2011 is: Equal access to education. The genuine citizenship manifests itself when every individual stands firm in the face of attempts aiming to dwarf the nation or hinder its progress. the economic downturn has served to underscore and aggravate preexisting inequality therefore achieving gender equality remains a major challenge. All the same. The access to gender equality in areas of education and empowerment that women in this country currently enjoy is women as applied in the prinof no doubt the results of the ciple set forth in the Statute of blessed Renaissance of His the State. women have paved new paths on the socioeconomic front including the right to vote. he should not resort to vandalism and destruction. the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. promote awareness among the public. Mother Teresa and Kiran Bedi. agriculture and many other aspects. the world unites to observe this day under the entitle: ‘Equal access to education. In1913 the observance was moved to March 8. but it has significantly enabled women to effectively contribute to their social welfare. the Board of Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry and other bodies. Enhancing policy measures can ensure equal opportunities and treatment for women and men when it comes to jobs and working conditions through skills development and training policies. training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women’. regardless of age. She knows her strength only when put in hot water. There are. The committee is also obliged to follow-up implementation and effectiveness of the provisions of the Convention. and the symbol of the nation. The Sultanate also formed a special committee to followup the implementation of the CEDAW provisions. Changes are definitely taking place. But that called for greater determination. In many developing and under-developed nations the degree of discrimination and exploitation are far worse. — Joseph Conrad HE Prophet Muhammed (Peace and Blessing Be Upon Him) addressed a messenger of his who was beaten and verbally abused. as well as from the employment opportunities facilitated in all provinces and regions of the Sultanate. The Omani people are civilised. Sky is the limit for those with a will to succeed. ignoring the fact that every nation has its special conditions that are not necessarily similar to other nations’. — Translated by Khalid al Kush enlightened policy making. We are allowed to deliver whatever message we want on one condition. where we can easily make our voice heard. the deceased.co. disparities exist in salary structure and representation in vital spheres like business and politics. Since the Sultanate ratified the Convention. the Sultanate’s strategies and development plans has taken on board the aspect of human resource development as one of its basic elements to accord special care and rights to women in many walks of life. The articles of the CEDAW are not only restricted to address women’s rights but also involves a broad spectrum of issues in addressing other aspects related to health. The people have to be aware that dialogue is the best way to achieve their demands. and we have maintained our national unity in an astonishing way. In Oman women have been accorded dignity and equal opportunities in crucial areas like education and healthcare in the Renaissance era and the results are there for all to see. bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. taking advantage of available international experience. Since 1976. The good citizen should have a great love of the country. In doing so. architect of its blessed Renaissance. but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. which resulted in the establishment of a national committee to address all sorts of human rights. Even where the status of women is fairly satisfactory. law. the entire community stands to gain.” The Government of Oman has demonstrated political commitment and will. which emphasises the principle of complete gender equality in rights and duties in public office. which guarantees them the right to pension and compensation of the insured upon death. and by work that is based on tolerance and national unity which is the most important pillar of nation building. some challenges still remain. protect the common interest. Unicef has been working in partnership with the Government of Oman since 1971 with the aim of improving health. MARCH 8. They had to struggle hard to win even the minimum rights. The Omani Women’s Symposium held in 2009 had set a platform for discussing and addressing the issues and challenges faced to further enhance the role of national women and empower them in all spheres of life. A few of the outstanding examples of women of substance who overcame heavy odds and prejudices to make this world a better place for all are Helen Keller. May God safeguard the nation and protect His Majesty the Sultan. education and social services for children and women in the Sultanate. that’s because they savoured the fruit of the land and relished its water in the days of childhood. political and social achievements of women all over. rights to all forms of social welfare for also offers Omani women the right to work in the private sector and many mechanisms were also improved to expand women’s participation in private businesses and Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) with the support of the Youth Development Fund. It is said that ‘Behind every successful man there is a woman’. Omani women are also entitled to pension benefits and comprehensive social security system. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda. you wouldn’t have been harmed”. We have to take a stop and rethink the events so as to know what we did wrong. Intilaqaah Projects which works to encourage the Omani youth (both male and female) to engage in entrepreneurship and ownership of small and medium SMEs and the Sanad projects among others. State Council. since it consists principally in dealing with men. Major progress has been achieved in education. The committee comprising of representatives from concerned government establishments and the NonGovernmental Organisations was further expanded in three teams comprising of the media. — Nancy Reagan • Being a woman is a terribly difficult task. as well as from the employment opportunities facilitated in all provinces and regions of the Sultanate Omani women have gained prominence and are benefiting from the equal rights in education. we realise that despite the undisputed contributions made by women. development and prosperity of their nation in all walks of life. Empowering women fuels thriving economies. The youngsters who travel abroad feel nostalgic of Oman in the diasporas. saying. IWD was originally called International Working Women’s Day. of course. Significant Progress has been made in advancing gender equality. The UN has been playing a key role in the promotion of the objectives of celebrating this day and had even designated 1975 as ‘International Women’s Year’. Remarking on the occasion. about whom the prophet said. father or brother — backing her. today. it is a set of cultural values that lies deep in our collective mindset. it works the other way round as well. We have developed throughout history a remarkable ability to cope with the toughest of conditions. But if men are positively inclined towards the legitimate needs and aspirations of women. Dr Laila Omar Gad. it’s the history of our forefathers. We will be strong in the face of crises as we did when adverse weather conditions hit us. While celebrating the economic. Great missions can be accomplished only when we come together. A study for the development of Omani women in entrepreneurship was also established to upgrade Omani women’s participation in private busition for a loan. No sphere of human endeavour is today beyond the reach of women given the right opportunities. including landmark agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). A sound sense of belonging to the country entails relentless efforts on the part of the citizens to build the nation. Those who lived in Oman in the pre-Renaissance era are the ones who feel the true value of the nation. to promote the rights of women and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos is dedicated to building the nation’s edu- cation and empowerment of women. the state has played a significant role to implement the international agreements in accordance to the Sultanate’s laws. T Omani women have gained prominence and are benefiting from the equal rights in education. UN member states took a historic step in accelerating the Organisation’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. and to maintain the spirit of solidarity and national identity among themselves under the banner of national unity. It will also focus on the policy mechanisms that need to be put in place to make it happen. “Had you been sent to the people of Oman. and we are firmly tied to the nation. self reliant and reputable in their own right. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos will remain the aspiring leader of Oman. This is the land of Al Qubairaa. Yet. the Day reminds us of the disparities still to be redressed. practical action and Dr Rajan Philips rajanph@yahoo.

best known for his 1999. . hates to be caught without her favourite cosmetics.uk “I have a bunch of different make-up bags — one in my car. whose latest film Mirch dealt with four stories of women’s emancipation. Young adults aged 25 years and above made up just nine per cent of cases. DIRECT: 24649430/24649437/24649401. I try to keep them small. The actress also doesn’t forget to keep a white eyeliner pencil.O. Isla replied: “Oh you mean Groupies? After Wedding Crashers I was just surprised as to the lack of comedic female material there is. but I have about five lipglosses.om Salalah Office: Tel: 23292633. P 100.” Gupta said. e-mail: editor@omanobserver. A much thicker protector must be used instead. Film-makers and actors hope this trend continues in future. The Wedding Crashers star. Witherspoon carries her make-up kit A CTRESS Reese Witherspoon always carry her makeup kit with her whenever she goes out. 2011 Wave of women-centric films Gul Panag in Turning 30 fight with the Indian judiciary for years to get justice for her murdered sister. — dpa Isla Fisher writes own comedy script A CTRESS Isla Fisher was so frustrated with the lack of good comedy scripts for actresses that she wrote a script on her own. and they are also set to produce it.O. a ball or a puck with their chests. This isn’t Isla’s first foray into writing — the 35-year-old actress has also written two novels but has previously revealed she has no plans to return to her old job.om . Postal Code 112. 24604563. Mirch. However. mascara. Director Vinay Shukla. PUBLICATION AND ADVERTISING Oman Establishment for Press. They should try another form of defence instead. “The protagonists in my movie were two leading ladies who were very powerful in whatever they did. Muscat. 24699437 Fax: 24699643 Website: omanobserver. is confident there will be more successful women-centric films in the years to come. .om . “Fibrillation can lead to death within minutes if it’s not quickly treated by a medical professional. cover-up. On how her script is developing. Publication and Advertising. vibrant and unconventional way. Sudden impact to the chest can prove fatal for children O “Trainers should warn children about the risks associated with a blow to the chest region and advise them not to fend off an opponent. A collision with another player. which she will co-star in with Amy Poehler. P 611 ADVERTISING: AL OMANEYA ADVERTISING & PUBLIC RELATIONS. Fax: 24649434 DISTRIBUTION AGENT: AL OMANEYA FOR DISTRIBUTION & MARKETING. one in my handbag and one at home. Postal Code 100. with a certain degree of force and during a specific 10 to 20 millisecond phase of the heart’s electrical activity. That’s because the blow must occur at a certain point on the chest. It’s not easy to make a film on such a theme. Chestprotectors available in stores cannot guarantee that a blow to the chest will not induce fibrillation (Commotio cordis). The movie talks about Isla’s and comedienne Amy’s rock groupie characters. A study of data contained on a register compiled by the US Heart Institute Foundation in Minneapolis showed that young boys between 10 and 18 years old are at a higher risk of experiencing Commotio cordis.C. On the silver screen women are usually seen as a helpless mother. Groupies is pretty close to being ready and I’ve got another movie called Life Coach which I’ve been working on.ENTERTAINMENT 28 TUESDAY. It’s a lot of things involved. P Box 3303.000 milliseconds but during sport it can speed up to 500 milliseconds. reports contactmusic. but times are changing and people are accepting it with open arms. 24649451. . a ball or a puck could induce life-threatening heart fibrillations. Tel: SWITCHBOARD: 24649444. It’s more frustrating being in development than it is just to be cast in something. multiple National Award-winning project Godmother. Balls with a lighter centre and softer covering or a lighter puck can also help protect your child. “At the moment. Sultanate of Oman. submissive wife. accidents like these are very rare. according to the cardiologist. P . Fax: 24649379.” she told Glamour magazine. So I had to start working and getting stuff out there for myself”. Editor-in-Chief FAHMY BIN KHALID AL HARTHY Printers and Publishers OMAN ESTABLISHMENT FOR PRESS. but directors like Vishal Bharadwaj and Alankrita Shrivastava are trying to break the mould and present women in a more realistic. who is married to actor Sacha Baron Cohen. felt the only way she could get a good role was to pen Groupies. though she insists she tries to limit what she takes with her. according to Germany’s Association of Paediatricians. Hopefully one of them will go soon. subscribe@omandaily. Witherspoon. overcaring sister.Box 974. One-film-old Rajkumar Gupta’s No One Killed Jessica was an attempt to bring alive the struggle of Sabrina Lall’s NE of the dangers young sports enthusiasts should watch out for are blunt blows to the chest region. daughter or a vamp. the movie created a buzz as it was inspired by the 1999 murder of model Jessica Lall and the director was never apprehensive that his film won’t do well without a strong male character. Sultanate of Oman. — IANS O One Killed Jessica. Muscat. Tel: 24649350/24649360. A quarter of the recorded cases involved children under the age of ten years.C. Tel: 24649444. Ruwi.O. lipstick and blush. 24649450.” said Shukla. but it will grow with time because actresses nowadays have got huge potential to run a movie on their shoulders much like their male counterparts. who is engaged to Hollywood agent Jim Toth. as she believes it keeps her looking refreshed. the number of women-centric movies is less.” warns the association’s Herman Josef Kahl.O. Turning 30 and 7 Khoon Maaf — all women-centric films in the last few months show the female leads in strong and powerful roles. In most people a heartbeat lasts about 1. . reports femalefirst. Fax: 23293909 Nizwa Office: Tel: 25411099. Starring Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji.” says Kahl.com. A number of circumstances must coincide before a heart can be thrown off rhythm by a sudden impact to the chest.co. MARCH 8. Sultanate of Oman. P Box 955. N devoted girlfriend. P Box 974. — IANS Chief Executive Officer ABDULLAH BIN NASSIR AL RAHBI.

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