Drive to save lives to begin in Oman's classrooms

by FAHAD AL MUKRASHI
The plan is to enhance traffic safety awareness among youth as they are most vulnerable to road accidents

Haji Baba ‘caps’ his art with business success in Oman

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

Building law evokes mixed reactions in Oman

by Fahad Al Ghadani
Construction companies in Oman have reacted in different ways to the latest legislation as per which building firms must be managed by a citizen and not an expatriate

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

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

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.
Oman
Royal Oman Police seeks people’s help to curb begging
by STAFF REPORTER

As beggars become an ubiquitous presence all over the Sultanate, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) has urged people to help combat this menace effectively since it has “negative social implications.”

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
Israel carnage pushes Gaza death toll to 149, includes mostly civilians
by Reuters

Israeli naval commandos clashed with Hamas militants in a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, in what appeared to be the first ground assault of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory

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'.

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.