Video: Oman's top news stories of September 17

by Times News Service
Watch the digital roundup of today's top stories in 60 seconds

Drive to make taxis appeal to passengers in Oman

by Tariq Al Haremi
Under the new guidelines, taxis are to be fitted with GPS devices and meters while drivers have to carry an identification card

Undertake Haj with vaild documents, head of the Omani Haj delegation tells pilgrims

by Fahad Al Ghadani
Pilgrims undertaking Haj must have the necessary documents for entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Power, water sector targets total Omanisation by 2019

by FAIZUL HAQUE
As targeted, there are only Omani nationals at the level of managers of administrative affairs and finance in the electricity sector. At the engineer level, there were 75 per cent Omanis in equivalent

British School Muscat campus set for a facelift, work starts next year (video)

by Times News Service
Phase one of a major redevelopment plan of the British School Muscat campus will begin in April 2015.

Taiwanese students bring message of friendship to Oman

by ELHAM POURMOHAMMADI
People in Oman got an opportunity to enjoy Taiwanese culture along with the performances of ‘youth ambassadors’ who brought the message of friendship and cooperation
Oman
Bangladesh Social Club to open branches in Oman
by Times News Service

Ever since its inception, the club has been responding to various cultural needs of the Bangladeshi community, and is active in finding solutions to problems they are facing in Oman

Sports
Champions League: Chelsea, Costa set to heap more misery on Schalke
by Reuters

The bad news is that even without being fully fit he has scored seven goals in his opening four matches for his new club since his £32.0 million ($52.03 million) transfer from Atletico Madrid.

Business
Opec to cut oil production in 2015 as demand wanes
by Bloomberg News

Opec production target could fall 500,000 barrels a day to 29.5 million barrels a day next year, its secretary-general Abdalla El Badri El Badri said

World
Semblance of normalcy emerging in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir
by PTI

It will be a long, long haul for the people of Kashmir to resume their normal life but a semblance of normalcy is beginning to emerge with waters receding in various places and being pumped out

Thursday
Oman tourism - Man-made paradise at Alila Jabal Akhdar
by Scott Armstrong

Idyllic landscape, spectacular setting with luxurious accommodations, rejuvenating spa treatments and sumptuous cuisine, Alila Jabal Akhdar is the perfect place to visit, Scott Armstrong reports

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The modern enemies of the United States
by Ross Douthat

The ideals of democracy and human rights are ascendant in our age, but their advance still depends on agency, strategy and self-sacrifice, no matter what date the calendar displays

Travel
Avignon tourism - The provencal city offers a busy cultural calender in early autumn
by Paul Bloomfield/The

September represents Avignon's sweet spot: after the hectic weeks of the twin theatre and fringe festivals but the city is still blessed with balmy evenings, food festivals and other events

Health
Stroke less likely for older women who get more potassium
by Reuters

Postmenopausal women who get more potassium in their diets are less likely to have a stroke or die than those who don’t get as much, according to a new study.

Entertainment
I always knew I was a solo-hero material: Aditya Roy Kapur
by PTI

Aditya Roy Kapur‘s career took a 360 degree turn post the success of his solo-hero movie ‘Aashiqui 2' and the actor says he was always confident of getting his big break as a lead in Bollywood