His Majesty receives Renaissance Day greetings

by ONA
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has received a cable of greetings from Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi

His Majesty’s long-term vision spurred growth: MPPH chairman and editor-in-chief

by SARAH MACDONALD
Initially, the focus was on infrastructure but now the priority is investment in human resources, says MPPH chairman

Rail, port projects in Oman to boost income

by FAHAD AL MUKRASHI
Oman wants to develop railways to diversify sources of income and develop the Omani ports to make them competitive and contribute towards the gross domestic product

Oman Air connects Duqm

by Times News Service
Oman Air is set to start serving the new Omani regional airport at Duqm. The service will commence with the opening of the new airport on Wednesday

A captivating saga of reforms and amazing transformation in Oman

by Debasish Mitra
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has invested all his energy in restoring the Oman’s past glory. Today, Oman epitomises a unique blend of some of world’s finest and most advanced civilisatisations

Show of support for Gaza at Palestinian embassy in Muscat

by SARAH MACDONALD
About 300 people gathered at the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Muscat on Monday night to show their support for Gaza, following two weeks of Israeli attacks
Oman
Start early for airport, airlines tell passengers in Muscat
by FAIZUL HAQUE

Passengers have been advised to report at least two hours before the flight time. The authorities have urged travellers to take taxis to ease the rush caused by insufficient parking lots

Sports
Cricket: Cook remains captain as England call up Buttler
by AFP

Cook insisted on Monday he had no intention of standing down as captain despite the heavy loss representing England’s 10th successive Test without a win — their worst run in more than 20 years.

Business
HSBC Bank Oman posts net profit of OMR5.7 million
by Times News Service

Bank’s net profit fell by 38.7% in the first half of 2014 over the same period last year, when large recoveries and release of a portion of the general provision had helped jack up profits

World
Gaza rocket halts Israel flights as foes resist truce efforts
by AFP

Airlines blocked flights to Israel Wednesday after a Gaza rocket struck near airport runways, as the UN chief urged an end to a conflict that has killed 639 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.

Technology
Apple profit up as China sales surge
by AFP

Apple quarterly profit climbed with strong demand for iPhones, particularly in China where the California company's revenue surged.

Thursday
How to deal with difficulties of life
by Saleh Al Shaibany

Doing nothing never solves a problem but rather compounds it. You must confront people to stop them trampling all over you. If they don’t stop it, no matter who they are, just turn your back on them

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Features
India outsources chores as servant culture shifts
by AFP

"Get My Peon", one of the new Indian companies offering to do your chores and errands in a country traditionally reliant on full-time servants.

Columns
Who will stop these mad child killers?
by Aijaz Zaka Syed

More than 90 per cent of the victims of this genocidal campaign, apparently to save Palestinians from 'Hamas terrorism', have been civilians and an overwhelming number of them women and children

Travel
Faro: Gateway to Portugal's most popular holiday area
by Harriet O'Brien/The

More than just a gateway to the beaches of the Algarve, this compact city is also about to enter festival season. So get in the spirit

Round Up
Take care of your car to cut annual fuel costs
by Times News Service

Taking into account the growing number of vehicles on Oman’s roads, Bank Sohar’s monthly tip focuses on how regular servicing of your car can lead to significant savings on your annual fuel bill

Entertainment
‘Kick’ was a good opportunity: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
by PTI

‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ star Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has teamed up with Salman Khan in the upcoming ‘Kick’, says he plays a very thrilling role in the masala entertainer.