Back-breaking bags a bane for schoolchildren in Oman

by Rahul Das
Children risk spinal cord deformities, and long term health risks if they are forced to carry heavy backpacks every day, say doctors

Muscat Municipality bans sheesha smoking after midnight

by Fahad Al Ghadani
Smoking sheesha after midnight will not be allowed in cafes, according to a letter sent by the Muscat Municipality to sheesha cafes recently.

Majlis Al Shura plans affordable Haj, Umrah trips

by Fahad Al Ghadani
Dissatisfied with the trips of tour operators and many concerns raised by pilgrims recently, the Majlis Al Shura has been discussing and trying to devise a mechanism to regulate such trips.

Muscat's Shangri-La dazzles with Muscat’s largest Christmas tree

by Times News Service
The resort’s recreational team has created a special programme of daily festive activities to complete this holiday season

Oman Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries lifts ban on import of poultry from Vietnam, Nepal

by ONA
The decision was based on the recommendation of the competent veterinary authority

‘QuARTet’ show at Gallery Sarah in Muscat

by Times News Service
Gallery Sarah will be hosting the ‘QuARTet’ exhibition from Monday. The show will run until January 8 between 9.30am and 6pm
Sports
Oman Tennis Association honours players and officials
by Times News Service

The ceremony, which took place at City Seasons Hotel, also saw the OTA board members and Omani delegations as well as the OTA technical and administrative staff and players parents

World
Sony hack: Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea
by Reuters

Obama said the cyberattack caused a lot of damage to Sony but the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of "The Interview"

Technology
Apple co-founder not a fan of smartwatches
by AFP

Apple has entered the smartwatch market much later than players such as Sony, Samsung, and LG and Wozniak cautioned industry watchers not to expect the company to always lead way

Thursday
Oman golf: Get into the swing at Almouj
by Scott Armstrong

Running alongside a two-kilometre stretch of ocean, the 7,342-yard course of lush green grass is peppered with bunkers, water hazards and natural dunes.

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Columns
Has Cuba really won in the bargain? Well...
by Jorge G. Castaneda

Cuba seems to have given up very little in exchange. There are concessions, to be sure, but not large ones in view of what Cuba stands to gain with the resumption of diplomatic relations

Entertainment
Movie review: Lingaa
by Siddharth Akhouri

Superstar Rajni marks his return to live action cinema after a long 4 years of absence and his fans are nothing but ecstatic