LESS than a year after South
Sudan declared its independence,
it appears headed for war
once again with its northern
neighbour, Sudan. At the same
time, marginalised northerners are
rebelling against the government of
Sudan's president, Omar...
TODAY, the story of the
Obama barely mentions
his New York years in his
autobiography, Dreams From
My Father. I have always wanted
to know more, ever since I
learned that in 1981, when he
was a student at
THE Heir Apparent His Highness
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani
opened the Qatar International Trade
Exhibition for Partners and Franchise
(ITE Qatar) on Sunday and patronised
the opening of the two-day International
THIRTY-TWO medical graduates, the largest ever graduating class from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMCQ), received their degrees at a colourful ceremony held at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) on Sunday.
QATAR'S three sharp shooters are busy fine-tuning themselves for the upcoming London Olympic Games. Nasser bin Saleh al Attiyah (skeet), Rashid al Athba (double trap) and Bahya Mansour al Hamad (10m air rifle) will be representing...
BENEDICT Cumberbatch's work requires him to keep locked away. There was not much he could say about his dual roles as a necromancer and a talking dragon in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit, and even less...
THE four-day Senyar Festival, Fishing and Diving Competition concluded with a gala song, dance and an award ceremony at the Katara beach on Saturday. The sailors, including 17 teams, which went on a mission to hunt for fish and oysters returned to the Katara beach amid the singing of traditional songs. They were welcomed by children and adults wearing traditional costumes. At the award ceremony, Abu al Haneen´s team was announced as the winning team...
QTEL and Nepal Telecom on Sunday announced the launch of a new multi-service Point of Presence (PoP) for Nepal Telecom in Qatar. Senior executives of both companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the hub at a ceremony at the Qtel headquarters. The hub links Nepal Telecom´s network to Qtel´s voice and global internet network, ensuring a better and faster connection for...
THE Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani patronised the opening of the two-day International Trade Conference at the Qatar National Convention Center, in Doha, on Sunday. The opening was attended by Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani, several sheikhs and ministers, and guests and ambassadors. HH the Heir Apparent
QATAR National Bank (QNB) registered the highest increase in net profit in the first quarter of 2012 among the eight listed banks in Qatar. QNB was followed by Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), a report by KPMG said on Sunday. QNB´s net profit in the first quarter of 2012 rose 22 percent to QR2,077 million compared to QR1,707 million in the period of 2011, while QIB followed closely with a 21 percent rise in net profit at QR388 million. Ahli Bank posted the lowest increase.
AIR India plans to deploy the Boeing-787 Dreamliner aircraft on domestic routes to save on fuel, train the crew and add flexibility to its operations by flying out to select overseas destinations. The first of the 27 Boeing 787 aircraft is expected to join the fleet at the end of the month. Air India is the third global airline after All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines to receive the fuel-efficient and eco-friendly...
WHATEVER its intentions in cracking down on abuse of tax havens, India has alienated overseas investors with the timing and communication of its measures when it can ill afford to do so. India´s move to target tax evaders through a general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR), along with a plan to retroactively tax the indirect transfer of assets, has spooked investors and added to an exodus of funds, battering the rupee. Starting on Monday, India´s parliament...
WEST Indian batsman Dwayne Smith smashed 14 runs off the last three balls to help Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by two wickets and AB de Villiers´ late assault lifted Royal Challengers Bangalore to a five-wicket win over Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Smith scored an unbeaten 24 off nine balls and hit Australia´s Ben Hilfenhaus for a straight six and two ...
WORLD MotoGP champion Casey Stoner won his second consecutive race of the season at the Portugal Grand Prix on Sunday to go top of the standings, one point ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. Stoner rode his Honda from pole position around the 4.2-kilometre (2.6-mile) Estoril circuit in 45 minutes, 37.513 seconds for his 35th career victory. After three races, the Australian pilot has 66 points, while Lorenzo trails with 65. "It was a fantastic race. Despite some ...
YAYA Toure was the hero as Manchester City won 2-0at Newcastle United on Sunday to all but assure them of the English football title in the stadium where they got the last one in 1968. Toure broke the deadlock with 20 minutes left with a curling shot from outside the area and wrapped up matters at St James´ Park from short range in the 89th. City is tied on 86 points points with holders Manchester United but take a superior goal difference of eight into their...
WHO says a sports car must hibernate when the roads are covered by snow and ice? Certainly not Porsche AG; the company has been running winter driving school experiences for several years now in Europe. Just so you know, Porsche sports cars with their rear- and mid-engine configurations are actually ideal vehicles for winter driving conditions. With more weight at the rear of the car ...
ACTRESS Angelina Jolie, who is set to tie the knot this summer with her partner of seven years, Brad Pitt, reportedly wants to gain ten pounds before her D-day. The slim and svelte actress wants some curves to fill out her dress, reports dailystar. co.uk. The couple has reportedly asked British chef Jamie Oliver to give her recipes for hearty yet healthy meals. "Angelina has decided she would like an hourglass figure when she weds Brad and is hoping to gain ten pounds. Brad ...
PAKISTANI actor-singer-composer Ali Zafar, who received the best new talent trophy at the 143rd Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards, says the support of his co-actors has made it easy for him to work in India. "Katrina Kaif (with whom he worked with in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan) is a good actress and friend. There are other friends who also supported and cared for me. Their love and support ...
KUWAIT’S current and former
prime ministers have
been questioned by parliamentary
and judiciary committees
probing graft allegations,
a leading MP and local
media said on Sunday.
Prime Minister Sheikh
Jaber Mubarak al Sabah, who
was appointed in December,
was questioned on Saturday...
A FIRE tore through a karaoke bar
in South Korea, killing nine people.
Police said on Sunday that the
victims were at the karaoke lounge
in the southeastern port city of
Busan, when the blaze broke out
on Saturday night. Police said they
believe three Sri Lankan men and
six other South Koreans have died
after inhaling toxic gases.