Messages of goodwill flood in for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said

by Times News Service
Times of Oman asked its facebook followers for their good wishes, we were inundated with hundreds of comments and more than 1,000 likes. Here is just a sample of the affection

Essential drugs prices set to plunge in GCC by 40 per cent

by STAFF REPORTER
Prices of nearly 2,884 drugs likely to come down by as much as 40 per cent across all the GCC countries in the near future, as efforts are on to bring uniformity in drug price structures in the Gulf

Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre to offer 18,000 jobs, boost economy

by REJIMON K
Once complete, the mega project will generate OMR295m in local spending and add OMR200-240m to the national economy by 2030

Electronic census for 2020 to help in formulating development plans in Oman

by STAFF REPORTER
The Supreme Council for Planning, in a meeting held on Wednesday, approved a proposal to conduct electronic census for 2020

Religion leaders for labelling halal food in Oman

by Saleh Al Shaibany
Supermarkets and restaurants across Oman must clearly label all halal meat and specify how animals have been slaughtered on their food packaging, religious leaders say

Ithraa meet focuses on boosting Oman’s investment climate

by Times News Service
Ithraa’s newly-created group comprising 13 representatives has been created to help enhance Oman’s investment climate
Oman
UK bans passengers travelling from Muscat to London from carrying uncharged tech aids
by Times News Service

Passengers from Muscat may be subjected to additional searches. British Airways has also advised passengers to make sure that their electronic devices are properly charged

Sports
Fifa World Cup Brazil 2014: Messi on target to match Maradona
by AFP

Messi confidently dispatched Argentina’s first spot-kick, but before that he offered little, his enthusiasm dulled by the man-marking he was subjected to for the first hour by Nigel de Jong.

Business
Emirates to buy 150 Boeing jets worth $56b
by Times News Service

Dubai airline Emirates finalised a $56 billion order to buy 150 Boeing 777X jets on Wednesday, firming up a commitment made last year, just weeks after scrapping an order with rival planemaker Airbus

World
Afghan war inflicting devastating toll on civilians :UN
by Reuters

Afghanistan's war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on the civilian population, with the number of casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year

Thursday
Oman's Fatma Al Bakry - A freelance photographer, stylist, a photo blogger and a student
by Mahran Shaukat Ali

A freelance photographer, stylist, a photo blogger and a student, Fatma Al Bakry turned her hobby into a business. Mahran Shaukat Ali reports

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Features
Malaysia still spinning a centuries-old tradition
by AFP

In one fluid motion, Amri Aziz flings his oversized spinning top into the air and with a whip-like crack of rope sends it whirling for the next two hours.That's when the tea is poured.

Columns
'Yes' vote will secure Scotland's prosperity
by Alex Salmond

Cameron is playing a game of European roulette with Scotland's future, and with the jobs of many thousands of people in Scotland whose livelihoods depend on our links with the EU

Travel
Fort Lauderdale
by Simon Calder/The Ind

From its beaches, arts, culture and events to gondola rides on the canals, this US state of Florida is a popular tourist destination

Health
Study exposes dangers of Chobani yogurt mold outbreak
by AFP

A mold outbreak last year in some US containers of Chobani yogurt may have been more dangerous than the company initially acknowledged, according to a scientific study out Tuesday.

Entertainment
I am very selfish as an actor: Vidya Balan
by PTI

In an industry which stereotypes actors easily, Vidya Balan, who has essayed a variety of roles, says she is very selfish as an actor and she only works for herself.