Remittance tax on expats in Oman back in focus

by REJIMON K
Taxing expats and cutting defence expenditure are among the proposed steps to meet the deficit due to drop in oil prices

Will a working wife lose resident status if she stays out of the country beyond 180 days? Oman legal expert answers

by Times News Service
You can apply for family visa even without a no-objection letter from your wife’s employer as NOC is mandatory only for change of employment visas and not for other type of visas

Earthquake hits off Oman's Musandam peninsula coast

by Times News Service
The tremor had a depth of 10 kilometres

Iran nuclear talks likely to reconvene in Oman next month

by Reuters
Details about the adjournment and resumption of negotiations were still being worked out

Freeze on jobs considered: Oman finance minister

by Staff Reporter
On Sunday, the Majlis A Shura has approved a proposal to set oil price at $80 per barrel for the 2015 budget

VIDEO: Majlis Al Shura approves tax on expat remittances and other top stories

by Times News Service
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Sports
Cricket: Aaron, Vijay star for India in opening tour game
by AFP

India made a positive start to their innings in the two-day match with Vijay clipping four boundaries in his unbeaten knock of 32 off 50 balls as the tourists went to stumps at 55 for one.

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Features
India seeks to cash in on global demand for ancient remedies
by AFP

India claims to have natural remedies for everything from cancer to the common cold, but ministers say it has failed to capitalise on its traditions as the world has woken up to alternative medicine

Columns
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by Paul Vallely

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Travel
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Health
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by AFP

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Entertainment
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by AFP

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