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

Fan frenzy in Oman adds spice to Fifa World Cup Brazil 2014 blockbuster

by Rejimon K
Friends and foes watched the Germany-Brazil encounter at thickly packed cafés to witness the drama

Religious 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
Budget registers surplus of Omani Rial 551m by May-end
by Times News Service

Over the same period, net oil revenue declined to OMR4.3b, compared to OMR4.5b over the same period in 2013 representing a decline of 2.6 per cent

World
Israel hits more than 300 Hamas targets in Gaza: army
by AFP

The Israeli air force overnight hit more than 300 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from the besieged Palestinian territory, an army spokesman said Thursday.

Technology
New mobile phone app has James Bond features to thwart surveillance
by AFP

Silent Circle is introducing on Thursday a secrecy-cloaking phone service that lets customers make and receive private phone calls for as little as $12.95 a month.

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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

Round Up
Pure Gold Jewellers opens 22kt flagship store in Ruwi
by Times News Service

To meet the growing demand for gold jewellery in Oman, award winning jewellery retailer Pure Gold Jewellers has opened a flagship store in Ruwi, Muscat

Health
MERS unlikely to spread in Asia: WHO expert
by AFP

Asian countries should keep their guard against the deadly Middle East respiratory virus, although it is unlikely to spread to the region, a World Health Organization expert said Thursday.

Entertainment
I am in awe of Salman Khan: Nargis Fakhri
by PTI

After matching steps with Salman Khan in a special song from the upcoming film 'Kick', model-actress Nargis Fakhri says she was bowled over by the superstar's personality and energy.