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

Football: World Cup corruption report to be released, says Fifa president Blatter

by AFP
Fifa president Sepp Blatter said the Fifa executive had unanimously agreed to release a legally "appropriate version" of the report by top US lawyer Michael Garcia
Oman
‘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

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.

Quick Poll

Should the squabbling parties in Pakistan now unite to fight the Taliban?






Results
Columns
It is liberalism which would pass the test
by CHRIS PATTEN

Six years after the start of the global financial crisis, many are beginning to ask uncomfortable questions. How can liberal democracies remain globally competitive?

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