Haji Baba ‘caps’ his art with business success

by REJIMON K
The veteran claims he came to Oman when he was 19 or 20 years old. He has weaved 13 colours in one cap, which was a big success. Those who bought these caps use it only for special occasions

Smokers can beat the ‘killer’ this Ramadan

by ELHAM POURMOHAMMADI
This is the right time to quit smoking. Around six per cent of smokers usually cannot tolerate the withdrawal symptoms. These people should seek counselling

Arab stock markets witness marginal changes in June

by ONA
While the average change in the indicators for June was 0.97 per cent, the average change in the market indicators for the year was 4.63 per cent

Fixed telephone lines in Oman increase 3 per cent

by ONA
Subscribers of the fixed phone service stood at 362,273 at the end of May 2014 against 351,411 at the end of December 2013

Both Sensex and Nifty crash post budget announcements

by PTI
This week saw the Sensex crossing 26,000-mark and Nifty registering 7,800 during intra-day trade for the first time in the history, but there was also this post-budget slide not seen since July 2009

Fifa World Cup Brazil 2014: Argentina a hotbed of talent — for Europe

by AFP
Few Argentines have ever seen the country’s best players in the struggling domestic Primera Division, which has turned exporting young talent into an industry.
Business
Analysts praise first half growth of Muscat Securities Market
by ONA

The general index achieved a positive growth of 150.84 points, or 2.54 per cent gain, while the market value grew by 5 per cent to OMR14.9b as a result of the new listings

World
Gaza toll 96 in Israeli bombing
by Reuters

Hamas’s armed wing said it would fire rockets at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion international airport and warned airlines not to fly to it

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
How many more will Israel kill in Gaza?
by Debasish Mitra

Repeated infliction of collective punishment on the Palestinians and growing existential angst among them are fast expanding 'into a wider war with unpredictable consequences'.

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.