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Shaikh Khalid uses Twitter to catch traffic violator
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aking up the cudgel for social
responsibility, Foreign Affairs
Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed
Al Khalifa reported a violating bus
driver while driving on the streets of
Manama yesterday afternoon.
Posting on his personal Twitter
page, the minister, who has been
recently awarded as the Best Arab
Political Figure on social media,
shared the picture of a bus that was
driven on the pedestrian’s sidewalk
on Al Fardah Avenue, opposite
Bahrain Financial Harbour. “A
moral issue,” Shaikh Khalid
commented on the violation.
The tweet by Shaikh Khalid
instantly generated huge response
from enthusiastic social media
geeks. The Interior Ministry too
chipped in with its plaudits.
The Ministry posted on its
official page: “The General
Directorate of Traffic thanks His
Excellency Foreign Affairs Minister
for detecting a traffic violation in
Manama today.”
The General Traffic Directorate
also confirmed taking the violator
to task by initiating legal procedures
for his misdemeanour.
The Minister, meanwhile, thanked
the Directorate for its prompt reply
and suggested that it could launch a
hashtag allowing citizens to report
traffic violations that occur before
him/her.
The suggestion was welcomed
by many social media users, who
recommended using social media
channels like WhatsApp for the
purpose.
Shaikh Khalid, interestingly, was
presented the award of the Best Arab
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wait!
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Shaikh Khalid receives the Best Arab Political Figure on Social Media Award (file pic). (right) The picture posted
by the Minister shows the bus being driven on the pedestrians’ sidewalk in Manama
The tweet by Shaikh Khalid instantly generated huge
response from enthusiastic social media geeks. The
Interior Ministry too chipped in with its plaudits. The
General Traffic Directorate also confirmed taking the
violator to task by initiating legal procedures for his
misdemeanour
Political Figure on Social Media by
the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Vice President, Prime Minister and
Dubai Ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum at a function
held in Dubai on March 17.
Receiving the award, Shaikh
Khalid had then remarked: “Social
networking sites have become an
important feature of an era in which
borders have faded and restrictions
removed. It must play a stronger
role in the overall development
process...”
True to his words, Shaikh Khalid,
who came up with a timely tweet
yesterday, has proved that he’s one
minister who would go to any length
to walk the talk!
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Premier to Patronise
arab Forum in bahrain
Monday, April 6, 2015
IS blows up historic church
in Syria
Damascus
The Islamic State (IS) militant
group blew up an 80-year-old
church in Syria on Sunday, as
the Christian minority was
observing Easter, state-run
news agency SANA reported.
The IS booby-trapped and
blew up the Virgin Mary
Church in Tal Nasra town in
the western countryside of
Hasaka province, the report
said.
Christians make up about 10
percent of Syria’s population.
The Easter celebrations this
year were limited to prayers
due to the tough circumstances in the conflict-torn
country. Virgin Mary was one
of three major churches in
Tal Nasra. It was originally
built in 1934 and then renovated and opened in 2005.
In February, the IS burned
down the historic church of
Tal Hurmoz.
Kingdom of Bahrain to host the event from May 5 to 7
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nder the patronage of
HRH Prime Minister
Prince Khalifa bin Salman
Al Khalifa, Bahrain will host
from May 5 to 7 the high-level
Arab Forum on Sustainable
Development. The event is
organised by the Economic
and Social Commission for
Western Asia (ESCWA)
and the United Nations
Environment Programme, in
cooperation with the League
of Arab States.
About 200 Arab ministers,
senior government officials
involved in sustainable
development, representatives
of organisations, UN agencies
and Arab Development
Banks, League of Arab State
and concerned civil society
organisations will attend the
forum.
This
was
announced
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during a press conference
by Minister of Social
Development Faeqa bint Said
Al Saleh, United Nations
Resident Coordinator and
United Nations Development
Programme in the Kingdom of
Bahrain Peter Grohman and
the United Nations Regional
Director and Representative
of Environment Programme
in West Asia programme Dr.
Iyad Abumoghli yesterday.
The Minister of Social
Development
informed
that the selection of the
Kingdom of Bahrain to
host the event was due to
its history of international
achievements on sustainable
development level, most
notably the conferring of the
Millennium Development
Goals Award by the United
Nations in 2010 on HRH
Premier.
“This
award
was
HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
in
recognition
of
his
contributions
in
achieving the Millennium
Development Goals, as HRH
Premier pays great interest
in this area, she said.
In 2007, HRH Premier
decided to launch the
“Khalifa bin Salman Award
for Human Settlements”.
It was aimed at enabling
the United Nations Human
Settlements Programme to
implement its sustainable
and urban development
agenda,
especially
in
developing countries.
“The award was meant
to reflect the constructive
role played by the Kingdom
of Bahrain in support of
the United Nations urban
development efforts around
the world,” the Minister of
Social Development added
on the occasion.
Interior Minister, MPs
discuss security situations
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s part of negotiation
and coordination with
the legislative authority, the
Chairman of the Council
of representatives, Ahmed
bin Ibrahim Al Mulla met
Interior Minister Lt-General
Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah
Al Khalifa yesterday.
During the meeting, the
Chairman said that the region
was facing transformative
conflicts and challenges,
and added that the Interior
Ministry was capable of
protecting the country’s
security.
Interior Minister stated
that the last parliamentary
and municipal elections were
one of the most important
achievements of HM the
King’s reform project.
“We worked hard for these
successful national elections,
and this goal was achieved,” he
said. He stated that Bahrain
was beginning to see political
and social recovery, even
while the region continues to
endure uncertain times.
However, he said that those
on the front lines should
be kept strong and should
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We worked hard for these
successful national elections,
and this goal was achieved.
Bahrain is beginning to see
political and social recovery,
even while the region continues to endure uncertain
times
- Lt-General
Shaikh Rashid bin
Abdullah Al Khalifa
proactively take steps to face
future challenges.
“It is
time for unity and bonding,
there is no chance to spread
disunity and sedition.”
Interior Minister said
that priority must be given
to legislation that promoted
security and stability and the
protection of a free political
life.
The Minister then gave
an overview of the security
situation, including the
precautionary measures that
are being taken as part of the
Operation Decisive Storm .
The discussion included
statistics from 2012 to 2014
that indicated an increase in
general order and a reduction
in political unrest.
He briefed the parliament
on a number of cases, in
which most of the suspects
were arrested as result of
on-going
coordination
between security authorities.
He also noted that additional
fugitives are being pursued
in cooperation with Interpol.
The Minister also stressed
the importance of a police
and community partnership
and outlined the Ministry’s
2015-2016 strategic goals.
Members of the Council’s
Foreign Affairs, Defence
and National Security
Committee, MPs, the Chief
of Public Security, MajorGeneral Tariq Al Hassan,
the General Inspector,
Major-General
Ibrahim
Habib Ghaith and the
Assistant Undersecretary of
Legal Affairs Major-General
Mohammed Buhamood also
attended.
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Monday, April 6, 2015
Panel to Pull uP firm
over exPired meat issue
Parliamentary Committee fret over finding of expired meat in market
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he seizure of a huge
quantity of expired meat
a few days ago has raised
serious concerns about the
meat import system in the
Kingdom.
Speaking on the issue,
parliamentarian and head of
the parliamentary committee
investigating the rotten meat
scandal, Jamal Bu Hasan
stated that the meat had been
imported from Pakistan.
Meanwhile, he added that the
municipality authorities had
detected the consignment and
prevented it from entering the
Bahraini market. “The matter
is being investigated by our
committee,” the MP said.
“The committee summoned
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Picture for representation purpose only
the representative of the turn up before the committee,”
company responsible for the he said.
import of the meat yesterday.
“The committee is deeply
But the representative did not upset with the meat importing
China helps to evacuate
Sri Lankans from Yemen
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he Chinese Government
helped to evacuate 39 Sri
Lankan nationals, who were
caught in the crossfire in
Yemen, to the Kingdom of
Bahrain.
The Sri Lankans will be
provided accommodation
and food by the Bahrain
Government until air passage
is arranged for them to return
home, an official from the
Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs
Ministry confirmed.
“With the assistance of the
Chinese government 39 Sri
Lankans trapped in Yemen
have been evacuated and they
will reach Bahrain today.” a
Sri Lankan newspaper had
reported on Saturday.
According to the Foreign
Affairs Ministry the Sri
Lankan nationals were mainly
from the Yemeni capital
Sana’a, where the fierce battle
is raging. A Foreign Affairs
Ministry official said that
about 89 Sri Lankans were
reportedly trapped in Yemen
violence. But he claimed that
the figure could increase.
“The Bahrain Government
has informed Colombo that
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Children near a destroyed building in Yemen
The Sri Lankans will be provided
accommodation and food by the
Bahrain Govt until air passage is
arranged for them to return home,
an official said
they will assist in sending back
these Sri Lankan citizens. We
are closely in touch with the
Chinese Embassy and also
the Bahrain government in
safely getting our citizens
back home,” the official
added.
company as they have ignored
our summons. We will
summon them again. If they
fail to cooperate again, we will
take action against them,” Bu
Hasan added.
A year ago, Ministry of
Municipalities and Urban
Planning had given green
signal to the same company
to import livestock from
Australia after a ban for oneand-a-half years, in the wake
of rotten meat scandal.
The import licence of the
company was temporarily
suspended again last January
after health officials seized
imported frozen meat unfit
for human consumption.
The committee was formed
later to identify the weakness
in the meat import system and
suggest ways to avoid such
The committee summoned the representative
of the company responsible for the import of the
meat yesterday. But the
representative did not
turn up before the committee. The committee
is deeply upset with the
meat importing company
as they have ignored our
summons
- Jamal Bu Hasan
incidents in future.
Last month, the committee
received a delegation from
the Customs Affairs to review
the procedures taken by
the authorities to monitor
imported meat shipments.
During the meeting, the
committee had decided to
follow up on the matter with
customs affairs and make a
field visit at the earliest.
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EXCITING FINALE IN STORE AT BIC
Monday, April 6, 2015
The Vamps and talented Swedish DJ Otto Knows to perform
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he stage is set for a
thrilling
climax
to
Bahrain
International
Circuit’s (BIC) Race Fever
campaign, with back-to-back
international concerts and a
grand raffle taking place on
Saturday in Sakhir.
The second of four major
Race Fever events took place
over this past weekend with a
spectacular display of freestyle
motocross stunts featuring
the Red Bull X-Fighters Jams.
Now the attention turns
to the BIC stage for British
pop sensations The Vamps
and talented Swedish DJ
Otto Knows, who will be
performing live to the delight
of their fans.
The Vamps will occupy
the stage at 7.30pm and
followed by Otto Knows.
The gates will be opening
for fans at 6pm. The live
shows by The Vamps and
Otto Knows are part of Race
Fever, BIC’s nation-wide
campaign aiming to “Light
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DJ Otto Knows
Up Your Nights” and build
interest and excitement for
the upcoming Formula One
Gulf Air Bahrain Grand
Prix.
Apart from the live concerts
in the final day, there will be
a raffle draw for a chance
to win a brand new Jaguar
F-Type Coupe. All those
who have already purchased
their tickets for Formula One
Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
from April 17 to 19 will be
able to attend the Race Fever
concerts.
Those who purchased their
tickets during BIC’s Early
HIDD, Kingdom of Bahrain
Fax :+973-17464844,
E-mail : [email protected]
The Vamps
Bird Promotion period held
earlier this year will have
twice the chance to win, per
ticket. Those who purchased
their tickets afterwards and
up until Saturday will have
only a single chance, per
ticket. The draw will be made
electronically in the presence
of BIC executives and
officials from the Ministry of
Commerce and the winner
will be informed by telephone
or e-mail, and their name
posted on BIC’s official
website, www.bahraingp.com.
Tickets to the 2015 Formula
One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand
Prix can be purchased at the
BIC sales outlets in Bahrain
City Centre and Seef
Mall, online at www.
bahraingp.com or by calling
the BIC hotline on +973-17450000.
The Bahrain Grand Prix
is the fourth round of this
year’s FIA Formula One
World Championship and
the big night race will be
complemented by two other
top international racing
series taking place during the
weekend, along with plenty
of fun family entertainment
off the track.
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Monday, April 6, 2015
Bahrain woman accuses
indian huBBy of extortion
He runs prostitution racket, abuses family, says wife in plaint
Mohammed Zafran/DTNN
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Manama
A
Bahraini woman has
accused her Indian
husband of stealing money,
operating a prostitution
racket and blackmailing the
family for money.
A Gudaibiya-based
Bahraini woman, in her early
twenties, lodged a complaint
against her husband in
Hoora Police station. In
her compliant, the woman
claimed that the man had
stolen BD 500 from her and
abused their five-year-old
Woman claimed that the husband inflicted cigarette burns in the hands of the boy
child as well as the family on
many occasions.
Speaking to DT News, she
said, “Even he had inflicted
cigarette burns on my son’s
body. Many times, he had
verbally abused me and my
mother.”
She also said that the man
used to blackmail the family
for money. She claimed that
the family had spent over
BD 6,000 for his needs and
accused him of being “in love
with money”.
Explaining about her
marriage, she said, “I met
him when I visited India with
my mother in 2008. We got
married after he convinced
me that he would take care
of me. But after marriage,
he changed a lot. He did not
go to work and lead a life of
luxury. He frittered away the
money my mother had sent
to us. Only later, I realised
that he did not love me,
rather, he loved my money.”
“He was operating a
prostitution racket in India
with the help of his relatives.
The prostitution racket, in
which he is still a part of,
is now being managed by
his relatives in India,” she
alleged and added that she
was filing for a divorce.
Premier holds talk with Kuwaiti leadership
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RH
Prime Minister
Prince Khalifa bin Salman
Al Khalifa held a telephone call
with the Kuwaiti Amir Shaikh
Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al
Sabah, and reviewed with him
the solid Bahraini-Kuwaiti
H
relations.
HRH Premier expressed
pride in the outstanding
fraternal relations bonding
the two countries’ leaderships
and people, which, he
said, consolidated bilateral
cooperation and made joint
ties a role model.
He wished Kuwait further
success and prosperity, under
its leadership.
HRH Premier held another
phone call with the Kuwaiti
Crown Prince Shaikh Nawaf
Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah,
and reviewed with him the
progress of bilateral relations,
HRH Premier expressed pride in the
outstanding fraternal relations bonding the two countries’ leaderships
and people
in light of the constant
Explosive seizure from ship in
Kuwait false, says Interior Ministry
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he
reports
of
confiscation
of
explosives in Kuwait from
a Bahrain-bound Iranian
ship are false, informed t he
General Director of Port
Security yesterday.
Interior Ministry also
denied the recent media
reports on the alleged
confiscation of explosives.
The statement came one
day after a video was
widely circulated on social
networks showing a Kuwaiti
customs officer, stating
that “a barrel containing
chemical substances that
are highly flammable and
explosive was detected on
Saturday while it was being
transported from Iran to
Bahrain.”
The General Director
said that he had been in
contact with the concerned
A video was
widely circulated on social
media showing a
Kuwaiti customs
officer, stating
that “a barrel
containing chemical substances
that are highly
flammable seized
on April 4
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A screen shot of the video, showing the alleged Kuwaiti
official pointing at the confiscated barrel
authorities in Kuwait. “The
ship was carrying chemical
products for cleaning
purposes and that were
not dangerous. Kuwaiti
authorities has informed
that the ship was not heading
to Bahrain,” he added.
support of the two brotherly
countries’ leaderships and
governments.
Kuwaiti Amir and Crown
Prince expressed sincere
thanks and appreciation to
HRH Premier for his constant
keenness to support and
strengthen Bahraini-Kuwaiti
relations in all fields.
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Monday, April 6, 2015
for a unique experience
Amal Al Saffar prepares for another epic journey to the Arctic
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he first Bahraini woman
to visit Antarctica is
preparing for another epic
journey. This time to the
Arctic, the polar region located
at the northernmost part of the
Earth. The young adventurer
Amal Al Saffar told DT News
that she is dedicating her
Arctic mission to the spirit of
“Humanity and giving others”.
Her Arctic expedition will
begin from August 4 to August
15, 2015.
“For every adventure I do,
I always like to have a valid
message or theme which I
strongly believe in. It usually
gives my initiative more
creditability. I think if one
has been blessed with certain
opportunities in life, he
or she must always let their
experiences reflect positively
on others by sharing, helping
and giving what has been
learnt,” she commented. “I
have spoken with Bahrain
Cancer Society and I intend to
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raise a banner when I reach
the Arctic as a gesture of
support to
female
c a n c e r
patients in
Bahrain.
Also,
I
w o u l d
like
to
contribute
w i t h
a
small
donation
upon
my
return.”
Explaining
her travel plans,
Al Saffar said:
“I will have to
fly from Bahrain
to Bergen, Norway
and from their
to
Svalbard
Archipelago in the heart
of the Arctic circle up
north, particularly the
city of Longyearbyen (the
capital), from where the
expedition will begin.”
Longyearbyen is
the
world’s
northernmost
town and the
adm i ni strati v e
centre
of
Svalbard
with
an approximate
population of 2,000
people.
“I am handling this on
my own as a young Bahraini
female adventurer. Visiting
the Antarctic before and
trekking up Kilimanjaro have
added a valuable experience for
me to face challenges,” she said
exuding confidence.
During the conversation,
Amal Al Saffar revealed that
she strictly followed a healthy
lifestyle. Activities like cardio,
running and yoga help her for
better breathing and adaptation
to the cold environment.
Excerpts:
With the team members in Antarctica
What
was
the
most ability to acclimatize with the
rewarding experience in the higher points where there is
expeditions to Antarctica and lack of oxygen.
Could you tells us about
Kilimanjaro? What were the
your academic background,
challenges?
The most rewarding value family and role models?
I have a Bachelor degree
from both experiences is
very simple, but important, in international logistics and
“People”. In my path I always management. I had involved in
chanced upon good people two international programmes
regardless the place where I set in the UK and US before. I live
with my parents and I have
foot in.
The cold and seasickness younger brother and sister.
The role model can be
were definitely the challenges
in the Antarctic. Kilimanjaro anyone as long as he/she
was much more challenging in has sincerity and passion for
terms of physical strength and what they are doing. I can be
inspired by a smile of a child,
a piece of classical music, a
piece of art or even a smell of
authentic food.
What you would like to
convey to others?
I always tend to be unique in
my adventures. I select places
that people, especially in our
region, are unaware of. It is part
of raising awareness on special
spots on earth. I have chosen
Svalbard as it has an unusual
environment combining the
Arctic wilderness (3000 polar
bears) while being a unique
populated settlement.
Media training vital,
says Information Min
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nformation Affairs Minister
Isa bin Abdulrahman Al
Hammadi has stressed the
importance of implementing
advanced programmes to
groom national media figures
and hone the youngsters’
professional and creativity
skills in order to upgrade the
media and communications
sector and keep it abreast of
advanced technologies.
He was speaking as he visited
the University of Bahrain (UoB)
where he met its President Dr.
Ibrahim Mohammed Janahi,
teachers and students.
The minister reviewed
ways of boosting cooperation
between the ministry and
UoB to develop training and
academic media programmes,
organise joint functions and
promote the role of the youth
in serving the community and
upgrading the media sector.
The minister discussed
with the UoB president
enhancing cooperation in
training and developing
human resources, compiling
studies
and
researches,
boosting performance of
media production in the radio,
I
Information Affairs Minister Isa bin Abdulrahman Al Hammadi
during the visit to University of Bahrain
television and journalism fields,
organising joint forums and
conferences and exchanging
experiences. He underlined
keenness to avail of the youth’s
vision on developing the media
work and boost their role in
preparing and presenting
various programmes.
The UoB president thanked
the minister for visiting the
university and his keenness
in bolstering cooperation to
provide practical training
to students and update
them on the media work at
the Information Affairs
Authority.
Monday, April 6, 2015
THREE BUY DRUGS WITH
STOLEN PRESCRIPTION
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The primary accused is a university student and had served at the hospital for a year
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hree men stole a doctor’s
stamp and prescription
forms to issue prescription
drugs for themselves, the
Lower Criminal Court heard.
The pharmacist reportedly
became suspicious when they
handed him the prescription
in which, names of the
issued drugs were written
in full forms rather than in
abbreviations, which is the
common practice among
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medical doctors.
“I
examined
the
prescription
and
the
handwriting was strange
to me. Not to mention the
prescribed drugs were written
in a style different from the
one used by practitioners,”
the pharmacist said in his
statement.
Nevertheless, he issued
them the drugs, but
immediately rang the hospital
registered on the form.
“They (the hospital) told
me my suspicions were valid,
because one of the doctors’
stamp and prescription was
stolen.”
The identity of the first
accused, 22, came to light
after his image was caught on
the hospital’s CCTV cameras
stealing the stamp and the
forms.
Court files show the
accused is a student at a
private university and had
served at the hospital for a
year.
The pharmacist became suspicious
when they handed him the prescription in which, names of the
issued drugs were written in full
forms rather than in abbreviations,
which is the common practice
among medical doctors
After he was arrested
police discovered he had two
A lift to prison for Asian national
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n Asian national was
jailed for a month for
providing
transportation
to a Gulf national from the
Bahrain International Airport.
Prosecutors claimed the
accused offered to give the
visitor a lift to Manama at
a fare of BD 5 after they
encountered each other at the
airport.
However, the accused
alleged it was the Gulf National
who requested him for a lift to
Manama in his car in return
for money.
“I drove my travelling friend
to the airport, and while I was
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The accused acquainted with
the Gulf national at the airport
and offered to give a lift to
Manama for BD 5. He has been
accused of
providing public transport service without license
about to leave, I saw the man
(the Gulf national).
He requested me to take
him to Manama in my car for
BD 5,” the accused pointed out
in his statement.
However, the accused was
arrested at the airport’s exit
He lost citizenship;
But won’t pay fine
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lawyer whose Bahraini
citizenship was stripped,
was yesterday put behind
bars for failing to settle a BD
100 fine imposed on him for
illegally staying back in the
Kingdom.
Taimoor Karimi was
among the 31 people whose
Bahraini citizenship was
revoked in 2012 for breaching
the state security, according
to a statement issued at
that time by the Ministry of
Interior.
He was also ordered to
be deported by the Lower
Criminal Court after losing
his nationality.
He appealed the court
ruling, but failed to settle the
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He was among
the 31 people whose
citizenship was
revoked in 2012
for breaching
security. He was
also ordered
to be deported
after losing his
nationality
fine. His case is now being
heard at the High Criminal
Appeals Court, which has
yesterday booked May 6
for the closing arguments
ahead of announcing the
appeal verdict. He, however,
yesterday refused to pay
the fine after prosecutors
requested him to do so in
order to avoid police custody.
He also maintained his
refusal when he appeared
before a judge concerned
with executing verdicts,
prompting prosecutors to
send him behind bars.
Interior Ministry, it may
be recalled, said in 2012,
citizenship of 31 Bahrainis
had been revoked – under
Clause (C) of Article (10)
of the Citizenship Law. The
clause permits the revocation
of nationality when a holder
of Bahraini citizenship
undermines state security.
while he was en route to
Bahrain’s capital.
He was convicted before the
Lower Criminal Court, which
deals with cases related to
traffic violations, on grounds
of providing public transport
service without a license.
Judges have also fined him
BD 500 for his offence and
ordered for his immediate
deportation once he completes
his jail time.
The court ruling also
included a three-year re-entry
ban to Bahrain against him.
It’s worth to note it was the
first time a Bahraini court
issued a verdict for such a road
violation.
Saudi ambassador calls for
enhancing ties
Manama
Saudi Ambassador to Bahrain
Dr. Abdul Malik Al-Sheikh
has called for the need to
enhance interaction, solidarity
and social relations between
Bahraini and Saudi peoples.
The ambassador said Saudi
Embassy’s Diwaniya event is
not held for political reasons,
but for cultural ones.
accomplices who abetted
the crime. The first accused
already made his first
appearance before the Lower
Criminal Court, where he
pleaded not guilty in fraud
and forgery charges.
But a remand judge
ordered him to be held in
custody.
His two co-accused are also
in police custody, and are yet
to appear before the court.
It’s said the three accused
were drug addicts and sought
to get drugs that could be
used to get high.
Drug smuggling into jail:
Court upholds sentence
DT News Network
Manama
wo brothers implicated
in connection with
smuggling drugs into a
prison had their sentences
upheld before the High
Criminal Appeals Court.
The first accused, aged 19,
was earlier sentenced to 5
years on charge of smuggling
illicit drugs into prison for
his imprisoned brother,
who received only one year
behind bars for accepting
them.
The 19-year-old was
arrested after police found
a sachet of hashish with the
inmate. The latter, 21, was
already serving a three year
jail term in Jaw Prison for
robbery.
The
drug
exchange
reportedly took place during
a family visit to the inmate,
who requested his brother
to bring him the illicit drug.
The drug was reportedly
stashed in his wardrobe.
According to court files,
the 21-year-old was a drug
T
The accused
smuggled
illicit drugs to
his brother,
who is in prison, during a
jail visit
addict but he had quit it three
years ago.
The first accused said
during questioning he saw
the hashish unattended on a
road in Hamad Town.
However, his brother
revealed a different version of
events, saying “I stashed the
hashish in my wardrobe, after
my brother gave it to me when
he visited me,” he said.
The High Criminal Court
had earlier also fined the
first accused BD3000 and the
second defendant BD500.
Three cops face trial for torturing inmate
DT News Network
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hree cops, including a
first lieutenant stood
on trial over accusation of
torturing two inmates to
extract confessions.
This
was
announced
yesterday in a statement issued
by the Special Investigation
Unit, which revealed the trio is
already in police custody. The
unit chief Nawaf Abdullah
Hamza said in the statement
T
the cops were charged with
torture to obtain confessions
from inmates.
The victims are in police
custody for being implicated
in connection with a drug
abuse case, according to the
statement. They are expected
to make their first court
appearance on May 5.
In other context, Hamza
revealed the unit had received
a total of 30 complaints,
ranging between torture,
mistreatment and use of
excessive force by security
officials.
“And all these complaints
were investigated directly.
Seventy seven witnesses were
heard, and 68 accused and
29 suspects from the security
forces were interrogated,” he
added.
Hamza revealed an officer
was sentenced to one month
in jail for assault by the Lower
Criminal Court.
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Deputy premier inspects
new public bus service
Monday, April 6, 2015
“Efforts to be exerted to promote public transport as a community culture”
DT News Network
Manama
eputy Premier, Head
of
the
Ministerial
Committee for Reconstruction
and Infrastructure, Shaikh
Khalid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa,
yesterday inspected the new
public transport network,
which was officially launched
on April 2.
The
Deputy
Premier
took a trip around Bahrain
on one of the newly
inaugurated
community
buses,
accompanied
by
D
commissioned to operate the
new collective service.
He
described
the
inauguration of the new
collective bus network as one of
the strategic priorities featuring
in the Government’s Action
Plan (2015-2018), which aims
at upgrading the necessary
infrastructure for sustainable
economic development.
“Starting August, the modern
network will further expand to
cover a total of 32 routes being
serviced by 141 buses operating
on a daily basis across”, he said,
The Deputy Premier took a trip
around Bahrain on one of the
newly inaugurated community
buses, accompanied by ministers, senior officials and representatives of the Bahrain Public
Transport Company
ministers, senior officials
and representatives of the
Bahrain Public Transport
Company (BPTC), which was
Mishaps
DT News Network
Manama
GMC van caught fire
due to a short-circuit
yesterday in Hamad Town’s
fifth roundabout. Meanwhile,
the driver escaped unhurt.
According to the driver, the
vehicle suddenly went up in
flames while it was parked on
sidewalk.
“I tried to extinguish the
fire, but all went in vain. I
later decided to call the Civil
Defence who arrived to the
scene within minutes,” the
driver said. But the fire caused
huge damage to the body as
well as the interior of the van.
“After inspecting the car
the Civil Defence personnel
told me that the blaze erupted
owing a short-circuit,” he
concluded.
In a separate road mishap,
a Bahraini driver suffered
injuries after his Toyota
Cressida car rammed another
vehicle on Sitra Causway.
Eyewitnesses said that the
driver crashed his car into
announcing the bylaws and
edicts regulating the issuance
of all land transport licences
would be ready in the second
HE Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah embarks on the bus journey
half of this year.
He said that more efforts
would be exerted to promote
public
transport
as
a
community culture, upgrade
the network infrastructure and
meet future needs resulting
from the planned residential
towns.
“The ministerial committee
will conduct feasibility studies
into the viability of other
collective transport projects,
including tramway, monorail
and the metro”, he said,
describing investment on the
sector of public transport as a
necessity due to the expanding
urbanisation and increasing
demographic density.
The Deputy Premier pointed
out the new public transport
network will have the capacity
to serve around 50,000
passengers daily, compared to
16,000 previously.
Transportation
and
Telecommunications Minister
Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed
briefed the Deputy Premier
on the features of the new
buses. Some key features of
the new buses include special
conveniences for passengers
with disability and special
needs, surveillance cameras
(CCTV), on-bus infotainment,
priority seating for women,
families and elderly, digital
destination displays in multiple
languages and free WiFi.
The
Ministry
is
simultaneously
working
to upgrade the supporting
infrastructure and facilities. It
is collaborating with leading
UK-based
engineering
company Trueform on the
reconstruction of over 400
bus shelters in the new areas
to be covered by the network.
Deputy Premier Shaikh Khalid
bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa also
inspected the bus warehouse,
which is located in Isa Town.
Parked GMC van catches fire
A
The Toyota Cressida after the accident
In a separate road mishap, a Bahraini driver
suffered injuries after his Toyota Cressida
car rammed another vehicle
The GMC vehicle gutted in the fire accident
another vehicle parked on the
emergency stopping lane in
the causeway when he tried to
evade hitting another car that
suddenly shifted to his lane.
He was admitted to hospital.
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Monday, April 6, 2015
MINISTRY DENIES MICEINFESTED MARKET VIDEO
Footage on web not related to local meat markets, say Health official
DT News Network
[email protected]
Manama
enying the reports that
Bahraini meat markets
were mice-infested, Health
authorities assured the
public that “Bahraini central
markets are hygienic and
constantly monitored by the
concerned departments.”
The statement came as
a response to a video on
the Internet showing mice
crawling out of a slaughtered
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“There are nonstop inspection campaigns conducted at
the Kingdom’s local markets to
detect any health violations. The
Ministry’s specialists are constantly observing central markets”
lamb at a central meat
market in Bahrain.
Health Ministry’s Local
Foodstuff Safety and Permits
Department Head Faisal Al
Sari denied that the footage
was shot in Bahrain, saying:
“It’s not at all related to our
local markets.”
“There are nonstop
inspection
campaigns
conducted at the local
markets to detect any health
violations. The Ministry’s
specialists are constantly
observing central markets,”
Al Sari said.
Al Sari added: “Foodstuff
monitoring
teams
are
periodically
monitoring
meat markets to ensure
their compliance with the
health requirements and
conditions. The teams
frequently send reports
and coordinate with the
concerned official bodies
of the market, including
Works,
Municipalities
Affairs and Urban Planning
Ministry.”
The Ministry has earlier
called upon the public not to
consider any circulating news
related to healthcare without
official confirmation.
The video grab shows a mouse
crawling out of the lamb meat
Hidd Sport Club Five-day First Responder
congratulated training course begins
DT News Network
Manama
is Majesty King Hamad
bin Isa Al-Khalifa sent
a cable of congratulations to
Hidd Sport Club Chairman,
board members, players and
fans on winning the HM the
King’s Football Cup in the
final with Busaiteen Sport
Club, which was held yesterday
evening at Bahrain National
Stadium.
HM the King described
the victory as the fruit of
cooperation between the
technical and administrative
staff
and
hailed
the
performance of the club,
wishing everyone success to
ensure further achievements
and honour the Kingdom in
all sport arenas.
HM the King hailed
Bahrainis’
landmark
achievements in collective
and individual sports.
HM the King also sent a
cable of thanks to Busaiteen
Sport Club Chairman and
H
HM the King
described the victory as the fruit
of cooperation
between the technical and administrative staff and
hailed the performance of the club,
wishing everyone
success to ensure
further achievements and honour
the Kingdom in all
sport arenas
board members on their
outstanding participation.
He
extended
his
appreciation to Bahraini fans
for attending the final and
contributing to its success.
DT News Network
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training
course
on
First Responder Initial
Response to trans boundary
border radioactive accidents
started yesterday in Bahrain.
The Royal Academy of Police
(RAP) and the Supreme
Council for the Environment
(SCE) are coordinating the
five-day training programme,
in cooperation with the
International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA).
The course aims at
enhancing the preparedness of
Bahraini First Responder Initial
Response teams to deal with
potential nuclear emergencies
and protect people and the
environment from radioactive
pollutants.
The five-day training
course, which is based on the
IAEA First Responder Initial
Response Guide, features
theoretical
lectures
and
practical drills.
A
RCO delegation attends
Orphan Day in Egypt
Cairo
A delegation representing
the Royal Charity organization (RCO) attended the festivities, which marked the
Arab Orphan Day in Egypt.
Dar Alorman Charity Society
organised the event, which
was attended by Arab League
Deputy
Secretary-General
Ahmed bin Hilli, ministers,
media figures, artists and delegations representing Saudi
Arabia, Lebanon and Kuwait,
said a press release.
Asian School postpones
reopening
View of a session at the five-day training programme which
started yesterday
The General Directorate
of Civil Defence, the Bahrain
Defence Force (BDF) Antichemical Unit, National
Committee for Disaster
Management
(NCDM),
the Ministry of Health and
the Supreme Council for
the Environment are taking
part.
Manama
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the reopening of the
Asian School at the new campus at Tubli has been postponed to April 12th for Std. 6
to 10, April 13th for Std. 1 to
5 and April 15th for LKG and
HKG. This was announced by
Asian School Bahrain Principal
Molly Treasa Mammen yesterday.
Detained Indian national at airport released
Muhamed Thasleem/ DTNN
Manama
he Indian national, who
had been detained at
Bahrain International Airport
(BIA) owing to a fingerprint
mismatch, was released
yesterday.
Kabir
Varamangalam,
a former expat in Bahrain,
landed in trouble when he
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The sponsor of
Varamangalam,
Hisham Abdulrazaq
informed that the issue
had been sorted out
yesterday
reached the Kingdom on a
new visa after two-and-ahalf years.
After landing in Bahrain
on
Friday
evening,
Varamangalam was detained
by the immigration officials
at the airport.
Initially, the officials told
him that there was some
problem with his passport.
But Indian Embassy First
Secretary Ram Singh said
that the issue was not
regarding the passport.
Meanwhile, the sponsor
of Varamangalam, Hisham
Abdulrazaq informed that
the issue had been sorted
out yesterday.
“There
were
some
problems with the CPR
number. I came to know
that there were two CPR
numbers in his name. It’s
purely a technical issue,” he
added.
Varamangalam had gone
to India after cancelling his
visa in 2012. “I had travelled
to India three times between
2006 and 2012,” he said,
adding that his passport
had been renewed from the
Indian Embassy in Bahrain
in 2009.
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Monday, April 6, 2015
Arabian Mechanical Electrical &
Plumbing (MEP) 2015 – Bahrain
Edition
Date: Today till April 8
Venue: Bahrain International Exhibition
& Convention Centre
Arabian MEP gives exposure to the
latest products, service, opportunities and
recent trends in the market. The Exhibition
is open to the public, while seminars
& workshops can only be attended by
company representatives (members of the
trade) and members of the press. For more
info visit www.arabianmep.com
Big Shot Mum
Major attraction
Out& abOut
Winning in Business And
PersonAl life seminAr
Date: Today, 8am to 4.30pm.
Venue: Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Seef
Under the patronage of Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First
Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports,
Medpoint Design and Events management presents Winning
In Business And Personal Life Seminar by the International
motivational Speaker Penny Mallory with simultaneous
interpretation and Arabic traslation facility by bi-lingual
translators throughout seminar. For details 33570680.
Date: April 7 (7PM-9PM)
Venue: Talk.Play.Grow – 20th Floor
Business Bay Building, Juffair
The Success Workshop for Working
Mothers is about learning about
empowering behaviours (at a neutral
pathway level) to gain a happy family, whilst
succeeding as a working mother. This is a two
hour workshop led by Coach and Cognitive
Behavioural Therapist, Kelly Armatage. The
workshop costs BD22, payment in advance.
For more info call 38292331.
trends in the Holy Land and in the US
that are helping or hindering efforts
toward true peace and justice in the
region. For details, contact 17230123.
The Margins
Car Boot Sale
Date: April 7-21 (Opening at 7PM)
Venue: Albareh Art Gallery, Adliya
The Margins brings together four artists
offering unique and compelling approaches
to abstraction. A traditional understanding
of abstraction implies a rejection of realist
representation. The artists present viewers
with a collective renunciation of the
concept of perspective and an attempt to
manipulate their ‘realities’ by a variety of
means. The removal of mundane visual
references from everyday life is a constant
in the works of all four artists who all
developed creatively in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia and are a part of the culture and
the artistic fabric of the city. For details, call
17717707.
YMF WildFire 2015
Date: April 9 (6:30PM onwards)
Venue: Baan Saeng Thai, Adliya
The YMF WildFire 2015 is an event hosted
by The YMF Crew and DreamWalkers in
Bahrain every year. This event is aimed at
the youth community, featuring DJs, bands
and dance performances by local artists
from the music community in Bahrain.
It is going to be a night to remember. For
more information or tickets contact Chic
Da Cruz at 34014231 or Hamood Yousif at
33358773. To register to perform contact
[email protected] and include
the group name and CPR numbers of
members.
Fast Times in Palestine:
Pamela J. Olson
Date: April 9 (6PM)
Venue: La Fontaine Centre of
Contemporary Art
Pamela J. Olson brings to life stories from
her award-winning memoir Fast Times in
Palestine. The book introduces readers to
the incredible people Oslon met during
her stay in Palestine, providing an on-theground look at life in the stranglehold of
a military occupation as well as the latest
Date: April 10 (9AM-Midday)
Venue: Bahrain Rugby Club, Saar
First come, first served is the policy at
the Car Boot Sale to be held at Bahrain
Rugby Club on April 10. No registration
needed, just turn up early on the day
(8AM) for a spot and pay the BD5
per car fee. All proceeds will go to the
“Tony the Dogfather” charity (www.
thedogfatherbahrain.com).
Joss Stone
Date: Friday April 10 at 8.30pm
Venue: Arad Fort
Grammy Award Winner, UK soul
singer-song writer and actress, Joscelyn
Eve Stoker, better known by her stage
name Joss Stone’s powerful bluesy and
soulful voice pulls down the curtains
for the 10th anniversary celebration at
Arad. Joss shot to her fame in 2003
with a multi-platinum debut album
entitled “The Soul Sessions” and has
since released six high charting albumsthe last entitled “Soul Session Volume
2”, the 10th year anniversary follow up
to her debut. She has sold 14 million
albums world-wide and in 2015 is set
to release “Water For Your Soul”, her
seventh studio album. Tickets on sale
now. For details, contact 39900630.
Sean Paul Live
Afro-Caribbean Festival and
Family Brunch
Date: Friday April 10 (12pm-7pm)
Venue: Block 338 Restaurant, Adliya
The Afro-Caribbean Festival will
include an ethnic brunch menu with
live entertainment music and dance
performances throughout the day. Live
performances will include an African
dance team, drummers and musicians,
along with al DJ playing tunes from Africa
and the Caribbean. The Afro-Caribbean
Festival will have a youth activity area to
encourage family attendance, including
hair braiding, balloon twisting, and face
painting. Raffles will be held all day along
with prizes for the best ethnic dress from
Africa and the Caribbean. Handicrafts,
art, and jewelry from Africa and the
Caribbean will also be sold at the all day
event. Brunch will take place from 12
pm – 4 pm, and the festivities and music
will continue until 7pm. For information
and tickets contact [email protected] or
3652-2413. Tickets BD21 for earlybirds and
BD25 at the door. Kids under eight free.
Vantage
Date: April 12 (Opening at 7PM),
April 13-May 7
(Daily, 10AM-10PM)
Venue: Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya
‘Vantage’ is a reflection of 8 female
artists’ perspectives on their connections
with Islam. The work is exhibited through
a range of styles and mediums, including
video installation and photomontage.
Upcoming event
Date:April 17
Venue:Klub 360- Elite Crystal
Hotel, Juffair
The international singing sensation
Sean Paul is performing live in the
happening club of Bahrain. His
performance marks th e beginning of
Grand Prix special weekend. The show
begins from 10pm. Limited tickets
available so hurry and contact on +973
33360300 or [email protected]
How to reach us
‘Out & About’ page gives
up-to-date information
on a daily basis (except
on Wednesday and
Thursday) on the events
and programmes taking
place in clubs, associations,
churches, temples, mosques,
universities, colleges,
schools, and Bahrain
Exhibition Centre. To be
included, you may share
your events’ information
well in advance on our
whatsapp group ‘Bahrain
Events’ (39817819) or
email: [email protected]
or call 38444688.
Ongoing events
The Glaucoma Event
Penny Mallory
The program includes weekly talks
with the artists about their artwork and
personal experiences. For details, contact
17717441.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Date : April 22 & 23 - 10:30am
Venue: Cultural Hall Bahrain
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and
her mummy are sitting down to tea.
Who could it possibly be? What they
certainly don’t expect to see at the door is
a big, stripy tiger!
Following a smash-hit West End
season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on
the road in this delightful family show;
packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long
songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning
stage adaptation of the classic tale of
teatime mayhem.
Suitable for ages 3+! Stay tuned for
more details!
Bahrain Google Summit
Date: April 24-25
Venue: Al Hekma International School
The Bahrain Google Summit is a twoday high intensity event that focuses on
deploying, integrating, and using Google
Apps for Education and other Google
tools to promote student learning in K-12
and higher education, featuring Google
Certified Teachers, Google Education
Trainers, international speakers and
other experts in the education field.
The Bahrain Google Summit is two full
days of informative breakouts, cuttingedge demonstrations, and hands-on
workshops led by experienced and
knowledgeable professional developers.
For more info about the event and
registration visit http://bh.gafesummit.
com or call 17551662.
Pinoy festival
Date: April 24
Venue: Lost Paradise
Pinoy festival with special guests
Angeline Quinto and Daniel
Matsunaga, part of the proceeds will be
donated to Pinoy charity projects. For
tickets please call 33934790, 33336826,
33488499.
Date: Today till April 7, 10am to
3pm
Venue: Gulf Diabetes specialist
centre
Gulf Diabetes Specialist Centre’s
Department of Ophthalmology
hosts The Glaucoma Event to create
an awareness on Glaucoma: The
silent thief that steals one’s vision.
The event facilitates learning about
glaucoma, free measurements of
eye pressure, free blood sugar &
blood pressure tests. For details,
contact 17239171/33540976
Spanish Festival
Date: Ongoing till April 10
Venue: Sofitel Hotel
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa
Sea & Spa brings a Spanish
Gastronomic & Cultural festival starting on the 2nd - 10th
April in Tapas Restaurant.
This is the time for gourmands
to experience the diversity of
Mediterranean rich culinary heritage while enjoying entertainment GRUPO FLAMENCO “LAS
DUQUELAS””; International
Group who will entertain guests
with songs and dance throughout
the festival. For details, contact
17636342.
Berber Women of Morocco
Date : Ongoing till April 15
Venue : Bahrain National
Museum – Hall 1
An invitation to travel into
the heart of Morocco and Berber
culture, The Berber (Amazigh)
identity developed thousands
of years ago on a vast territory
that stretches from Morocco’s
Atlantic coast to the borders of
the eastern Maghreb. For details,
contact 39900630.
Qal’at Al Bahrain
through the Ages
Date: Ongoing till April 24
From 8:00am- 8:00pm
Venue : Qal’t Al Bahrain Site
Qal’at Al Bahrain through
the Ages is an interactive art
installation project, conceived
by French artist Marie-Françoise
Rouy and French composer and
sound designer Luc Martinez,
with Guest Japanese artist
Chiharu Shiota.
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others
11
Monday, April 6, 2015
Trust Re
premium
up 13.7pc
DT News Network
Manama
rust Re achieved gross
written premium of
US$ 452.6 million during
the financial year 2014,
representing growth of 13.7
per cent, compared to the
previous reporting period
(2013: US$ 398m).
The Group’s profit
remained resilient at US$
15.4m. This represents a
fall of 14.4pc year-on-year,
driven primarily by an
increase in the frequency of
large claims from the Asian
region and unfavourable
FOREX movements of the
Euro versus the US dollar.
Total investments and
finance income grew to US$
14.1m (2013: US$ 7.4m) and
total shareholders’ equity rose
year-on-year to reach US$
385.2m, compared with US$
298.4m recorded in 2013.
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We are in a situation
where monetary policy
has substituted for
budgetary policy as the
governments don’t have
any more budgetary
margin to manoeuvre
- Saxo Banque economist
Christopher Dembik
I am not in the ‘currency war’ camp, but the
world’s leading central
bankers are now making
it explicitly clear they
run monetary policy for
their own country only
- UniCredit chief economist,
Erik Nielsen
GPIC Posts 4 Per Cent
rIse In ProDUCtIon
In the first quarter
DT News Network
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he Gulf Petrochemical
Industries
Company
(GPIC) has registered a 4 per
cent increase in production in
the first quarter of this year, it
has been revealed.
Company President Dr.
Abdulrahman Jawahery said
this was in spite of the fact
that, since the beginning of
2015, Ammonia, Methanol
and Urea markets continued
to be influenced by the decline
in oil and gas prices, adding to
the absence of actual demand
for these products.
He said there was also a
significant
improvement
in the overall supply level,
which led to a marked fall
in prices, thus presenting a
challenge for producers to
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The challenges have
not discouraged the
company from moving towards achieving
objectives it had set
for itself and its commitment to the highest
quality to meet all its
obligations
- Dr. Abdulrahman
Jawahery
Aerial view of GPIC
maintain their share in the
global market.
Dr.
Jawahery
said
the challenges have not
discouraged the company
from
moving
towards
achieving objectives it had set
for itself and its commitment
to the highest quality to meet
all its obligations.
He said GPIC has always
put customers first and had
restructured its operations to
meet their demands in line
with the changed conditions.
AMF to convene sixth session
Kuwait
he Council of Arab Finance
Ministers will convene its
sixth Ordinary Session chaired
by Saudi Finance Minister,
Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz
Al-Assaf, on Tuesday.
The meeting will be attended
by the Arab League, the Arab
Fund for Economic and Social
Development (AFESD), Arab
executive directors in the
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and the World Bank as
observers.
The meetings will discuss
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Vice President of Damani Group Silvia Damiani was declared 2015 Entrepreneur of
the Year by the Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales (FCEM) at its 63rd Annual World
Business Women’s Congress held recently in the Kingdom. The award was given in the
association’s Pioneers Award category.
Auto-care
various key topics, including
the report of Dr. Abdulrahman
bin Abdullah Al Hamidi,
the Director General and
Board Chairman of the Arab
Monetary Fund (AMF).
The meeting will also discuss
follow up reports of the United
Arab Emirates (UAE) initiative
to support economic stability in
the Arab world and the exchange
of expertise and experiences
between Arab countries in the
area of tax reform.
The Egyptian Finance
Minister Hany Kadry Dimian
will present an outline of his
country’s experience on tax
reform.
Ziebart hosts workshop with renowned car detailer
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iebart Bahrain, the market
leader
in
automotive
protection
and
detailing
solutions, has organized a
special one-week workshop with
Richard Tipper, a renowned
car detailer from UK, for its
employees.
Richard Tipper is considered
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The meeting
will discuss the
exchange of
expertise between
Arab countries
in the area of tax
reform
Britain’s
most
prolific
professional car detailer after
tending to more than 25,000
supercars.
He has now ‘detailed’
everything, from standard family
cars to vintage vehicles made
way back in 1905.
During the training, Richard
Tipper explained to the staff the
whole cleaning process, giving
extra attention to the preparation
and polishing stages.
To correct the paint and
restore the vehicle to its original
look, it takes a 3-tage polishing
process.
After every stage the technician
needs to measure the paint
and clear coat depths to ensure
the ultimate finish is achieved
without damaging the paint.
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BUSINESS
Monday, April 6, 2015
BCCI urges members to attend General Assembly
DT News Network
Manama
EO of Bahrain Chamber
of Commerce and
Industry (BCCI) Nabeel
Al Mahmood has called
its members to attend the
Ordinary General Assembly
Meeting (GAM) scheduled
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assign the External Auditor
for this year.
Al Mahmood stressed,
“The meeting will be valid
with the presence of 200
members or 10 per cent of
the number of registered
members, whichever is less,”
adding, “If the attendance
on April 12 at 10 a.m. in
Kingdom Hall on the Ground
Floor of Bait Al Tijjar.
The meeting will discuss
topics listed in the agenda,
and approve the annual
report and the External
Auditor’s report for the fiscal
year 2014. It would also Nabeel Al Mahmood
is lower than that, a second
meeting will be organized,
which will be valid with any
number of members”.
He stated all the registered
members who paid their
annual participation fee, will
be entitled to enter the hall
and exercise their right to
vote.
The members should apply
for entry card, which would
be issued by the Chamber
on the day of the meeting. It
is important for members to
bring their membership cards
along with an original ID
document when they come.
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DT News Network
Manama
espite the downwardtrend in aluminium LME
prices, Aluminium Bahrain
B.S.C (Alba) was able to
increase its overall sales and
throughput.
For the first quarter of 2015,
sales reached 228,307 metric
tonnes (mt), an increase of
1,835 mt, versus 226,472 mt in
Q1 2014. Production jumped
by 2.4 per cent to 237,774 mt
versus 232,298 mt for the same
period in 2014.
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market conditions, we
are pleased to announce
the higher overall
figures for production
and sales, which top the
company’s own forecast
for the period, thanks
to strong management
performance
- Tim Murray
Android apps now on Mac/Win
Washington
oogle has now made Android
applications available on
Windows / Linux PC, Mac, or
Chromebook with the company’s
convergence of Chrome and
Android.
Users can download Android
application package (APK) on
existing Android app to launch it.
According to Verge, users simply
need to download the ARC Welder
app and obtain APKs from Google’s
Play Store.
However, only one app can be
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Country
In addition, Alba closed the
first quarter with its valueadded sales averaging 64 pc of
total shipments versus 66 pc
last year.
Commenting on Alba’s sales
and production for Q1, Chief
Executive Officer Tim Murray
said, “Despite challenging
market conditions, we are
pleased to announce the higher
overall figures for production
and sales, which top the
company’s own forecast for
the period, thanks to strong
management performance.”
loaded at a time and users need to
select landscape or portrait layout
and whether they need to run it in
phone- or tablet-style.
Multiple apps can be loaded by
selecting download ZIP option in
Arc Welder and extracting it, and
then enabling extension developer
mode to load the folder of the
extracted APK.
Developers will need to optimise
their apps for ARC. Some Google
Play Services are also supported
right now, making that process a
lot easier.
BUSINESS
Monday, April 6, 2015
BAHRAIN ASSOCIATION
OF BANKS HOLDS AGM
Activities in 2014 outlined
DT News Network
Manama
he Bahrain Association
of Banks (BAB) held its
Annual General Meeting
(AGM) at the Rotana Hall,
Ritz-Carlton Hotel on March
30. BAB Chairman Abdul
Razak Al Qassim presented its
Annual Report and Audited
Financial Statements for
2014, which outlined all of its
activities over the past year and
its vision for the future.
“Last year proved to be
relatively better for the retail
banking sector with most
banks reporting good results.
Furthermore, the consolidation
of banks through mergers and
acquisitions continued, which
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(left to right) : Hassan Jarrar, Board Member (Standard Chartered), Dr. Farid Al Mulla, Deputy
Chairman (Oasis Capital), Adbul Razak Al Qassim, Chairman (NBB), Khalil Nooradin, Treasurer
(Capital Knowledge).
should result in stronger and
better capitalized financial
institutions in the Kingdom,”
said Al Qassim.
BAB’s strategic plans to
enhance its role and realise
the vision of enabling member
banks to engage effectively
with the relevant governmental
bodies were reviewed.
Members requested the
association to play a greater
role - on behalf of the
conventional and Islamic
banks and others - when
negotiating and coordinating
with the regulatory authorities
to alleviate the consequences of
laws and regulations imposed
on the sector.
The Board and AGM
members
unanimously
accepted and adopted the
financial report by the external
auditor KPMG Fakhro and
confirmed its appointment for
the coming year.
The General Assembly also
elected the Board of Directors
for the next two years.
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Alibaba
eyes Indian
e-com
companies
New Delhi
hinese e-commerce giant
Alibaba is looking at
acquisition of Indian e-tailers
that have large customer
base and a robust network of
merchants.
It is also looking at firms that
can help improve customer
experience and expand its
range of products and services.
“Alibaba Group’s investment
strategy focuses on three aspects
of our business: increasing user
acquisition and engagement,
improving customer experience
and expanding our products
and services,” an Alibaba
spokesperson said.
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In Abu Dhabi, insurance
determines medical costs
Abu Dhabi
he cost of surgeries at
Abu Dhabi hospitals is
determined by a number of
parties.
The first factor that comes
into play is the fact that all
residents and visitors are
covered by health insurance,
mandated by the emirate’s
health sector regulator, the
Health Authority Abu Dhabi
(HAAD).
Each employer must offer
at least the basic insurance
package to employees, which
offers outpatient treatment
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Capital Club launches
Happometer
Manama
The Capital Club, the
Kingdom’s Premier Private City
Club, managed by Signature
Clubs International, recently
launched Happometer - a
cloud platform to optimise
members’ feedback on-thespot, and facilitating best-inclass services and experience.
Signature Clubs first launched
the new technology in its
Dubai Club, before rolling it
out to the clubs in Bahrain
and Nairobi. Being among the
world’s most exclusive clubs,
it continuously refines its
methods of connecting with
its members, while engaging
staff, who are at the heart of
delivering Club services.
up to a set amount each year,
and in-patient and emergency
medical care.
“The cost of surgeries for
basic insurance holders is
determined by the HAAD, and
communicated to all hospitals.
These costs cannot be
tampered with,” said Dr Ali Al
Ali, director at VPS Healthcare.
Most residents, however,
have access to healthcare
insurance over and above
the basic package, known
as enhanced packages for
expats and Thiqa insurance
for Emiratis. While Thiqa is
offered by the National Health
Insurance Company (Daman),
39
licensed
insurance
companies currently operate
in the emirate providing
enhanced insurance packages.
Certain types of medical
care, including dental care,
psychiatric treatment and
cosmetic procedures are,
however, not covered by most
health insurance packages
offered to expatriates.
In these cases, many
residents say they prefer to go
home to their countries and
seek medical help.
BIBF Deputy Director Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh recently met CEO of Securities & Investment
Company (SICO) Najla Al Shirawi to discuss opportunities of joint cooperation
between the two organisations. Dr. Ahmed also showcased BIBF’s Dealing Room,
the first educational facility of its kind in the region, to support the vocational and
academic learning opportunities in the financial sector. BIBF’s Dealing Room powers
technology-enabled experiential learning, allowing students to learn about trading in
a real market environment.
Wonder sight
Taj Mahal gets record holiday crowd
DT News Network
Agra
xtended weekend saw a
record crowd at the Taj
Mahal on Saturday.
Sources
in
the
Archaeological
Survey
of India (ASI), which
maintains the 17th century
monument, said 45,408
tickets were sold on
Saturday.
The figure does not
include children below the
age of 15, for whom entry
is free.
All three gates leading
to Taj saw long queues of
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visitors.
A guide, Ved Gautam,
said total number of visitors
to Taj on Saturday must
have been around 75,000
excluding children.
Meanwhile, plans are
being drawn up to regulate
the number of visitors.
The ASI is mulling over a
suggestion to allow a visitor
only two hours in the Taj, an
informed source said.
“This will help more
people to see the Taj and also
help regulate traffic which is
seen as a polluting factor,”
the source said.
US tax refunds for many
take hit from health law
Washington
As the April 15 tax deadline
nears, people who got help
paying for health insurance under President Barack
Obama’s law are seeing the
direct effect on their refunds hundreds of dollars, for better
or worse.
The law offers tax credits so
people without access to jobbased health insurance can
buy private coverage. Because
these subsidies are tied to
income, consumers must accurately estimate what they will
make for the coming year.
Some experts caution that
such complications could discourage uninsured people
from getting covered.
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BUSINESS
Monday, April 6, 2015
QATAR NETS
6.2PC GROWTH
IN ECONOMY
In 2014
the figures.
Doha
Qatar has made efforts to
atar’s economy grew by
diversify its economy away from
more than six per cent in
A key driver of
oil and gas.
2014, official figures showed,
growth last year
A key driver of growth last year
driven by spending on huge
construction projects ahead of was the construc- was the construction sector, which
expanded 18pc, QNB noted.
the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar has embarked on a
Shrugging off any fears tion sector, which
regarding the oil price slump,
expanded 18pc, huge $200-billion (190bn-euro)
infrastructure spending splurge
the energy-rich Gulf economy
QNB noted
ahead of hosting football’s premier
expanded by 6.2pc last year,
competition in seven years’ time.
according to the ministry of
Among the major projects
development planning and
Qatar has approved are plans to
statistics.
The strong performance is evidence of “the develop the country’s railway network, including
resilience of the Qatari economy and its ability the construction of a metro system for the capital
to withstand the decline in oil prices thanks to its Doha and surrounding areas, developing the city
strong macroeconomic fundamentals,” the Qatar that will host the World Cup final, Lusail, and the
National Bank (QNB) said in a commentary on building of a new port.
Q
Leading telecommunications provider Zain Bahrain participated in Applied Science
University’s Annual Job Fair in efforts to inspire community, which has always been a
core value and focus of its CSR strategy, with a specific concentration on youth development and empowerment.
US wage hikes: A publicity stunt?
Washington
by Jeremy Tordjman
A
fter turning a deaf ear to pressure
for years, US businesses are
digging into their pockets to improve
the lot of the lowest-paid workers, but
also their own images. Faced with a mounting campaign
to address a growing gap between the
rich and the poor, and complaints
that low wages leave workers
dependent on state handouts, some
of the largest US employers have
announced sweeping wage increases
in recent weeks.
After department store Walmart
and clothing chain The Gap said they
would raise worker pay, this week fast
food giant McDonald’s announced a
hike for 90,000 of its workers.
The wave of companies showing
a greater appreciation for their
workforce has even spread to the
tech industry. Microsoft announced
it would require its contractors to
extend paid leave to thousands of
people that regularly work for the
company but are not Microsoft staff.
The companies have made sure
the public takes note. McDonald’s
took a full-page advertisement out
in the New York Times heralding its
generosity.
“We’re announcing a first step in
rewarding the team members who
work so hard for our brand every
day,” it said.
WalMart Stores chief executive
Doug McMillon told workers that
the world’s largest retailer would
“continue to provide the ladder that
any of you can climb.”
Political and market pressure But the moves, which sought to
raise hourly wages above the official
minimums -- McDonald’s promised
it would pay an average
$10 an hour by the end
of 2016 -- still fell
short of a national
campaign calling
for a $15 an hour
standard.
That raised
questions about
whether
the
moves are simply
a publicity effort for
the firms.
The US labour union
federation, the AFL-CIO, which
has been fighting for higher wages
for retail and food chain workers,
dismissed the question.
A debate has
mounted over why
only the wealthiest Americans have
seen income gains
while wages and
salaries for the
lowest 80 per cent
have stagnated or
declined.
“It’s not essential to figure
out whether or not they did
it for good reasons. The
key issue here is that
it rewards months
of mobilization,”
deputy
policy
director Kelly Ross
said.
The companies
could
also
be
responding
to
fundamental economics.
The US economy has been
growing steadily and companies have
added some 3.4 million jobs in the
past year alone, tightening the jobs
market somewhat.
At the same time, a debate has
mounted over why only the wealthiest
Americans have seen income gains
while wages and salaries for the
lowest 80 per cent have stagnated or
declined.
Worker groups want the
government to address it by forcing
up the official minimum wage.
But the political gridlock in
Washington leaves the focus on
companies. For several years
President Barack Obama has pressed
Congress without success to increase
the federal minimum wage, stuck at
$7.25 an hour since 2009.
Some analysts express worry of the
risk that the large firms raising wages
will make business harder for small
companies with less financial power.
The playing field, it seems, is
uneven.
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Monday, April 6, 2015
ewing may like a form of
voluntary and obsolete
drudgery. But even the least
domesticated among us can
master this ancient craft thanks
to a new breed of fully automated
sewing machines that can help
the ‘needle-and-thread-averse’
mend a torn pocket or sew on
a loose button—and get the job
done and in far less time than it
would take to bring the garment
to a professional.
Mend your heart
Amazingly Automated Sewing and Embroidery Machines
The Dream Weaver | Bernina 880
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his machine costs just a bit less than a Ford Fiesta, but its powers of needlecraft will blow you
away. Its iPad mini-like screen offers dummy-proof reminders, like when to change thread or
swap out the presser foot. Plus, you can test out different colour combinations of thread
on-screen before committing them to fabric and design your own stitches by drawing
directly on the screen. Or just have the machine embroider your digital images.
The machine also makes it easy to cut out shapes from all sorts of fabric, including
leather, using a special tool that replaces the needle. Specify your desired
shape, and the machine does the rest.
Baby
thoughts
Element of surprise
helps infants learn
Coolest Spring Fashion Trends
S
pring is here! It’s time to update our wardrobes and make
way for the season’s new trends.
But along with the trendy pieces, it’s also a good time to
re-introduce a few basics into our closets. These pieces will help
you seamlessly transition into the warmer months, and will
prove useful year after year.
Here are the five absolute must-have spring clothes for 2015!
Shop now!
W
hen something surprises a baby, like an object
not behaving the way expected, the baby not
only focuses on that object but ultimately learns
more about it than from a similar yet predictable
object, finds a study.
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University
have found that infants have innate knowledge about
the world and when their expectations are defied,
they learn best.
For young learners, the world is an incredibly
complex place filled with dynamic stimuli. How
do learners know what to focus on and learn more
about, and what to ignore?
The research suggested that infants use what they
already know about the world to form predictions.
When the predictions are shown to be wrong, infants
use it as a special opportunity for learning.
When babies are surprised, they learn much better,
as though they are taking the occasion to try to figure
something out about their world.
Infants are not only equipped with core knowledge
about fundamental aspects of the world, but from
early in their lives, they harness this knowledge to
empower new learning, the authors noted in a paper
published in the journal Science.
A Jean Jacket
A Leather Jacket
A leather jacket is the
perfect staple for layering over
anything from a t-shirt and
jeans to a flirty dress.
Denim was a huge trend on
the spring runways this year,
so we’ll no doubt be seeing it
everywhere. Throw it on over
your white tee and black jeans
for a laid back look or dress
down a flirty frock by layering
it on over top.
A Great Pair Of Jeans
Breezy Button-Downs
A button-down shirt can be
worn virtually anywhere, which
makes it a wardrobe necessity.
A great pair of jeans is a
necessity all year round, but
for spring, we see them in so
many new colours and patterns
we can’t help but fall in love all
over again.
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Monday, April 6, 2015
Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa received the newly-appointed Algerian
Ambassador to Bahrain Kadri Al Sayeh at the Gudaibiya Palace yesterday. The Premier praised the
advanced level of the Bahraini-Algerian relations and the ever-progressing bilateral cooperation.
Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
received Shaikh Isa bin Mohammed bin Abdulla Al
Khalifa at the Gudaibiya Palace yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa received member of the Council of the
Representatives Mohammed Marafi. He hailed the key role of the Council in serving the nation
and citizens, boosting democracy and defending achievements, wishing its members success in
achieving all goals.
Minister for Follow-Up in the Bahrain Royal Court, HE Sheikh
Ahmed bin Ateyatalla Al Khalifa, was presented an award by
Colin McCallum, Executive Director of Advancement at the
University of Salford on March 16.
In line with BBK’s strategic initiatives for a brighter community, Dr. Jamal Hijris- General Manager- Support Group welcomed at the bank’s headquarters,
Members of the Indian Ladies Association to receive BBK’s contribution of BD 1,500 for their request.
A delegation representing the Royal Charity organization (RCO) attended the festivities, which marked the Arab Orphan Day in Egypt.
Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Comman
appointed Ambassador of the Russian Fed
Ambassador then reviewed a number of k
Energy Minister Dr. Abdulhussain M
Abd Al-Ghaffar and exchanged wit
President of the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) Ahmed
yesterday Education Minister Dr. Majid bin Ali Al
Ministry of Education’s programmes to improve
school management.
Drivers Training programme conducted
ferrying students of Indian School. Vario
Monday, April 6, 2015
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nder and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa met the newly
deration to the Kingdom of Bahrain at Riffa Palace Vagif Garaev on Sunday. Prince Salman and the
key regional and international issues.
Deputy Prime Minister HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa received the wife of the former US
Ambassador to Bahrain and its Honorary Consul-General in California Dr. Charles Hostler, the Dean of the
College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University in California.
Mirza received water expert and researcher Yousef Negad Al-Borai and researcher Abdul Hamid
th them ideas on rationalizing the use of water in Bahrain yesterday.
Minister for Information Affairs Isa bin Abdulrahman Al Hammadi stressed the importance of implementing
advanced programmes to groom national media figures and hone the youngsters’ professional and creativity
skills to upgrade the media and communications sector and keep it abreast of advanced technologies.
d bin Zayed Al Zayed received
l-Nuaimi, who highlighted the
e the quality of teaching and
Public Prosecutor Dr. Ali bin Fadhl Al-Buainain received his Russian counterpart Yury Chayka yesterday. Attorney General Abdulrahman Al-Sayyed and Judicial Inspection Chief
Hameed Habib welcomed the Russian Prosecutor General and the accompanying delegation.
at Indian school for 1st batch of 50 drivers who are
ous issues related to safe driving were discussed.
They belong to
same religion. But,
they’re at different
stages of their
religious journey each with her own
belief. Is there a
better form than
art to express such
a diversity? You will
find out more from
Vantage Exhibition
beginning April 12
at 7pm at Al Riwaq
Art Space in Adliya.
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Monday, April 6, 2015
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Los Angeles
ourtney Kardashian welcomed
her third child, Reign Aston
Disick, back in December 2014,
but we hadn’t seen any photos of
him, aside from one of his tiny
little hands. On Thursday, the
eldest Kardashian sister finally
shared a snapshot of her newest
addition, and he’s even cuter than
we imagined.
Kardashian and her longtime
boyfriend, Scott Disick, are also
the proud parents of son Mason, 5,
and daughter Penelope, 2.
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ctress Poonam Pandey, who ventured into tinsel town with the film Nasha, says she will
try to promote Helen in the best possible manner because she feels her debut film was not
marketed properly.
Poonam’s first film Nasha that released in 2013 did average business at the box office.
“I was quite upset because Nasha was not promoted well though the movie was good. This
time for my film Helen, I have spoken to the marketing team to spend a lot
on promotional
and marketing activity. I will try my best to promote this film in the best
possible way,”
Poonam told.
The 24-year-old previously clarified that the film is not a biopic on yesteryear’s
dancing diva
Helen. According to sources, there is a famous Helen dance number in Helen, and
Poonam
has been doing workshops for the same.
Monday, April 6, 2015
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George Clooney
American actor, writer, producer, director,
and activist who has
received three Golden
Globe Awards for his
work as an actor and
two Academy Awards,
one for acting and the
other for producing.
He is the only person
ever to be nominated
for Academy Awards
in six categories.
David Beckham revealed the latest addition to
his tattoo collection, with the new ink honouring
the latest addition to the Beckham brood, Harper
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LADY GAGA
Lady Gaga has her body inked extensively though she has
revealed that she will only get more tattoos on her right hand
side, at her dad’s request – “My father asked that I remain on one
side slightly normal. So I only have my tattoos on my left side,”
the singer revealed.
MEGAN FOX
Sultry Megan Fox poses while showing off a
couple of her intricate designs. One of the tatts
quotes Shakespeare and reads: ‘We will all laugh at
gilded butterflies’
NICOLE RICHIE
Nicole Richie revealed her angelic side
when she inked a set of angel wings onto
her back! The wings sit perfectly on her
well-defined shoulder blades.
Frida (2002)
MILEY CYRUS
She’s only 18 years old, but Miley Cyrus
has a growing collection of tattoos. Her
most loved one is a huge dreamcatcher
on right side.
WHO IT DEPICTED: Mexican
painter, Frida Kahlo
THE ISSUE: The film follows
her rise to prominence as one
of the world’s great surrealist
painters as she embarks on a
series of dysfunctional relationships.
Co-produced by Mexican
actress Salma Hayek who plays
the painter, the film allegedly
shows Frida Kahlo as a kind of
superwoman, a far cry from the
real artist who was a cripple.
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MIDDLE EAST
Monday, April 6, 2015
Taliban publishes omar’s bio
Kabul
he
Afghan
Taliban
published a descriptive
biography of their “charismatic”
supreme leader Mullah Omar
yesterday, in a surprise move
apparently aimed at countering
the creeping influence of the
Islamic State group within
insurgent ranks.
The Taliban have reportedly
seen defections to the Islamic
State in recent months, with
some insurgents expressing
their disaffection with the
one-eyed
warrior-cleric
who went into hiding since
the 2001 US-led invasion of
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Afghanistan.
The biography, posted just
after midnight on the Taliban’s
main website to commemorate
Omar’s 19th year as supreme
leader, described him as being
actively involved in “jihadi
activities”, dispelling the
speculation that he had died.
Despite being “regularly
tracked by the enemy, no major
change and disruption has
been observed in the routine
works of Omar in organizing
the jihadi activities as the leader
of the Islamic Emirate,” it says.
Lionizing the “charismatic
personality”, the biography also
Taliban leader Mullah Omar
contained several anecdotes of
battlefield valour and described
the RPG-7 grenade launcher as
Omar’s “preferred weapon of
choice”.
The withdrawn, remote
figure has not made a public
appearance since the 2001
invasion, and has hardly ever
been photographed. The US
State Department -- which
has a $10 million bounty on
his head -- only describes him
as a tall male with a shrapnel
wound to the right eye.
The Taliban’s surprise move
to release his richly detailed
biography, even describing his
The Taliban posted
omar’s bio for
several strategic
reasons. “The most
important of which
is to counter Daesh
influence in their
ranks”
personal and family life, took
security analysts by surprise.
“The Taliban have posted
Omar’s biography for several
strategic reasons -- the most
important of which is to
counter Daesh influence
in their ranks,” said Ahmad
Sayedi, an expert on the
Taliban, alluding to the Arabic
abbreviation for the Islamic
State group.
“This announcement is also
meant to show that Omar
is alive and well and still in
control as the supreme leader
of the Taliban.”
In the past 13 years, Omar
has stayed completely out of
the public eye amid growing
power struggles within the
Taliban and fears of the IS
group’s influence in their ranks
as an ideological rival.
Rebels make gains in aden
Houthi rebels capture provincial government headquarters
Aden
emeni rebels made new
gains in battleground
southern city Aden yesterday
as a Saudi-led coalition
trying to halt their advance
faced growing calls for a
humanitarian pause in air
strikes.
The Red Cross had appealed
for an immediate truce in the
fighting to allow families to
seek water, food and medical
assistance, describing the
situation as “dire”.
Russia presented a draft
resolution to the UN Security
Council on Saturday calling for
a humanitarian pause in the
Saudi-led air war against the
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empty villages to be razed
Riyadh
audi Arabia will raze
96 deserted border
villages to prevent their
use by infiltrators from
neighbouring Yemen, where
the kingdom is leading air
strikes on rebels, a report
said yesterday.
Ten villages have already
been demolished since the
military coalition began air
strikes on Shiite Houthi
S
Yemenis dig graves to bury the victims of a reported airstrike in
the village of Bani Matar, West of Sanaa yesterday.
Houthi Shiite rebels, started on
March 26.
rebels, as per reports.
It cited the border guard
chief in the area, Hassan
Aqili, saying that the move
was to prevent the empty
houses from turning into
“a safe haven for traffickers
and infiltrators”. The 15,000
inhabitants were resettled
following a 2009-2010
conflict when Houthi rebels
crossed into Saudi Arabia
from northern Yemen.
The coalition kept up its
night-time raids against rebel
abbas threatens to file iCC complaint
Ramallah
alestinian
president
Mahmoud Abbas has
threatened yesterday to turn
to the International Criminal
Court over Israel’s refusal
to fully release hundreds
of millions of dollars in tax
monies they owed to the
Palestinian Authority.
In early January, Israel froze
the monthly transfer of funds
it collects on behalf of the PA
as a punitive measure after the
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Regal, fallen
Palestinians moved to join the
ICC.
But on Friday, Israel
agreed to release the funds
after deducting debts due for
electricity, water and medical
services. Abbas confirmed
yesterday that two thirds of the
money had been transferred.
“Now we have a new file to
take to the ICC, first there was
the war in Gaza, then there
was the settlements and now
the Palestinian leadership is
military chief
hails n-deal
of around $127 million in
customs duties.
The move comes after heavy
international pressure on Israel
to release the monthly funds,
which account for two-thirds
of the Palestinians’ annual
budget, excluding foreign aid.
Blocking the money also
prevents the PA paying its
roughly 180,000 employees,
which costs almost $200
million (170 million euros) a
month.
Tehran
ran’s military chief has
hailed the success of his
country’s negotiators in
talks with world powers that
secured a framework for a deal
on its long-disputed nuclear
programme.
The remarks were made by
General Hassan Firouzabadi,
a close ally of supreme leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who
is yet to comment on the
agreement.
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Gaddafi palaces turns to dumpyards
Tripoli
he sprawling palace compounds
from which Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi ruled for four
decades have been reduced to garbage
dumps and pet markets by the 2011
revolution which toppled him.
In the heart of Tripoli, the once
feared but now humbled Bab
al-Aziziya compound resembles a
wasteland.
During his rule, Libyans would
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“We will not
take the money
until we get all
of it: either you
give us the full
amount or we go
to the iCC,”
abbas said
considering presenting this
issue to the court in due time.”
The Palestinians would not
accept anything but the full
amount, he said. “We will not
take the money until we get all
of it: either you give us the full
amount or we go to the ICC.”
When the announcement
was made on Friday, Israel
did not say how much
money would be transferred
or whether it would resume
the normal monthly payment
positions and arm depots,
particularly around the capital
Sanaa and Saada, the northern
stronghold of the Iran-backed
rebels.
In main southern city Aden,
the rebels advanced into the
central district of Mualla,
capturing the provincial
government headquarters, a
local official said.
They bombarded residential
areas, setting fire to several
buildings and damaging others,
witnesses said.
The rebel forces advanced to
near the port of Mualla, which
is defended by militiamen of
“popular committees” loyal to
President Hadi.
be nervous just walking
anywhere near the fortresslike seat of the Gaddafi regime.
“People were afraid even to
look at the walls, for fear of
being arrested,” said Hassan, a
Tripoli taxi driver.
All that remains of the
compound, which had been
hit in a 1986 US air strike Ruins and garbage dumped around the slain
before being pounded by Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s palace in
NATO four years ago, are a the eastern city of Benghazi
few ruined buildings, the green
flooring of Gaddafi’s home and a
dug-up network of underground
tunnels.
The monument of a goldcoloured fist clenching a US
fighter plane was vandalised and
sent off to Misrata, a rebel bastion
during the revolt, which ousted
and killed Gaddafi.
At a safe distance from his
people, Gaddafi lived behind
fortified walls with his wife, their
children, close advisers and guards.
Apart from the Bedouin tents
on which Gaddafi prided himself
and which accommodated him on
travels abroad, the compound once
showcased a zoo, an indoor pool,
countless murals and a fairground in
its gardens.
Another of Gaddafi’s homes in
Sabha in the south of the country has
suffered the same fate.
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Artistic cAmouflAge
Can you see the people in these pictures? Incredible body painter blends her subjects seamlessly into the landscapes around them
A
talented body painter is
travelling across America
merging members of the public
into beautiful backgrounds.
Natalie Fletcher’s 100 Bodies
Across America project sees
painted individuals blended into
the likes of tourist hotspots, forests
and ruins.
For each work Natalie travels to
a certain spot in the country before
selecting volunteers - not models who she then paints.
So far Natalie, 29, has created
works in front of the likes of
the Welcome to Las Vegas sign
and Superstition Mountains in
Arizona.
Each work takes her between
45 minutes and three hours to
complete, with her subjects
wearing only underwear whilst
being painted.
Creative Natalie, from Bend in
Oregon, USA, hopes to complete
the entire series by September this
year.
She said: ‘I have been preparing
for this for three years - it’s my
dream project. I’ve been on the
road for so long now I no longer
know the days of the week.
‘The people I have met, painted
and just hung out with have been
incredible. I want to put out a
positive message of ‘love your
body’ - it’s the only one you are
going to get.
The people I
have met, painted and just hung
out with have
been incredible.
I want to put out
a positive message of ‘love
your body’ - it’s
the only one you
are going to get
‘That is why I make people on
art: each canvas is unique and
beautiful.’
Natalie began her project in
March and plans to paint two
people in each state that she visits.
On her website the artist
encourages those that want to be
painted to get in touch with their
ideas.
Natalie has been making her
journey around the States in
a van. Describing the journey
so far on her blog she said:
‘I’ve always enjoyed travelling
but there’s always something
nice about going home and just
being lazy sometimes.
‘I’ve had to put that desire out
of my head. I no longer know days
of the week, or even what date it is.
‘I’m very disorganised, my van
is a wreck, my hair is becoming
dred-locked. Shaving my legs has
become a luxury. Home cooked
meals have never tasted better.
And yes, I’m pretty tired.’
But Natalie says that the models
that she has been working with
have kept her going even when
times have got tough.
She revealed: ‘But what keeps
me going? My models! They’re
so brave! Some have modelled
in 45-degree weather; some have
de-robed within 30 minutes of
meeting me.
‘Some have had to walk
through National monuments in
their undies painted
up. I have a love for
humanity more
than I ever have!
(Daily Mail)
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CAP the snAP
by John Graziano
hA hA...hee hee...ho ho...!
A dog thinks: ‘Hey, these people I live with feed me, love
me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me and
take good care of me … THEY MUST BE GODS!’
Head this challenge.
Can you think of an apt caption for
this?
something funny, intelligent and outof-the-box!
if you make a winning entry, your
photo along with the caption will be
featured in DT News.
so grab a pen, think hard, write to us
and see yourself in this space soon!
Don’t forget to attach your picture.
sent entries to: [email protected] with
subject as:
Caption Contest
best fRom the lot. You Could be next
A cat thinks: ‘Hey, these
people I live with feed me,
love me, provide me with a
nice warm, dry house, pet
me and take good care of
me … I MUST BE A GOD!’
I am an army man catch
me if u can
- Abhiruchi Pankaj Jain
Your Star todaY
Aries
20th March - 20th April
Your emotions could be quite
strong today.You may find it
difficult to act without having
intense feelings come into the picture.
Be careful about speaking without first
thinking how your words will affect
other people. It’s important for you to
be receptive to tune into the activity.
Leo
20th July - 20th Aug
Go deeper beneath the surface today, Leo. You may get
along just fine with the way
you now handle things. Keep in mind,
however, that you aren’t likely to progress down your path until you turn
up the intensity. If you don’t, you may
find that someone turns it up for you.
sAgittArius
20th Nov - 20th Dec
Just when you thought you
had love and romance all
worked out in your head, Sagittarius, something or someone steps in
to put your heart in a whirl once again.
More than likely, the intensely emotional drama of the day is a passing
phase, so try not to get too worked.
tAurus
20th April - 20th May
Other people may find it
difficult to deal with today’s
intensity, Taurus, but you will
be quite adept at fitting into whatever
situation comes your way. The waters
may get quite rough, especially when it
comes to love and romance, but know
that the boat you’re on is seaworthy.
Virgo
20th Aug - 20th sept
You may wonder why it is
that you can gain control of
so many parts of your life, but
nothing seems to go right when it
comes to romance? Dismiss the notion
that you’re unworthy of love. Don’t try
to portray yourself as someone you’re
not.
CApriCorN
20th Dec - 20th Jan
Be careful of letting your
heart get carried away today,
Capricorn. Extreme emotions
are likely, making you very aware of
your environment and what other people are thinking about you. You may
want to retreat to the forest and seek
council with the fairies and trolls.
geMiNi
20th May - 20th June
Issues of the heart may be a
bit difficult to deal with now,
Gemini. Try not to completely
shut off the channels of communication while you work on dealing with
these issues. It’s vital that you open the
channels wider and bring more of your
feelings to the surface.
LibrA
20th sep - 20th oct
Try to stay on the lighter side
today. This may be easier said
than done.You’re the bridge that
connects an island to the shore. The
water is rising and the island is about
to be completely submerged. People are
scrambling to reach you. Be careful that
the situation doesn’t become an issue.
AquArius
20th Jan - 20th Feb
Be prepared for an emotional
backlash that’s likely today
if you get too possessive about
your romantic partner.Issues about
freedom versus commitment could
arise whether you’re involved in a close
relationship or not. Perhaps these feelings are simply internal.
CanCer
20th June - 20th July
You may get frustrated today
when people don’t seem to act
rationally. To you, Cancer, the
issues may be perfectly cut and dried.
Keep in mind that not everyone sees
the world the way you do. There’s an
element of strong emotion that’s likely
to play into the picture.
sCorpio
20th oct - 20th Nov
You may be trying to deal
with things in a neat, orderly
manner today, Scorpio. Try not
to get too frustrated if things don’t
work out exactly the way you’d like.
Tension may occur when matters of
the heart come up for discussion. People may get rather emotional.
pisCes
20th Feb - 20th Mar
You may feel blocked on all
sides today. There’s a strong
set of forces acting in such a
way as to make you feel responsible for
some mess that has occurred in your
life. Remember that when it comes to
partnerships, it takes two to make or
break a situation.
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CrossworD
Across
1- Uncle Remus title; 5- Green-lights; 10- Arch type; 14Dominion; 15- “M*A*S*H*” name; 16- Vincent Lopez’s
theme song; 17- Molecular component; 18- Proprietor of
a bookstore; 20- Tribe ruler; 22- Barbell abbr.; 23- Warble;
24- Motion picture; 26- Song syllable; 27- Person that is
no longer popular; 30- Diminish; 34- Except if; 35- Scent;
36- Brit. lexicon; 37- Close; 38- Old sailors; 40- Black
bird; 41- Dernier ___; 42- Ward (off); 43- Falafel sauce;
45- Dexterously; 47- Sammy Davis Jr. autobiography; 48Young ___; 49- Calyx component; 50- March man; 53- Part
of TGIF; 54- Longed; 58- Causing irritation; 61- Aviation
prefix; 62- Actress Heche; 63- Titled; 64- Ladies of Sp.; 65Attendee; 66- Rise to one’s feet; 67- Rock clinging plant;
Yesterday’s solution
Down
1- Bric-a-___; 2- Batting Babe; 3- “The Time Machine”
people; 4- Recall; 5- Globe; 6- Fine white clay; 7- Maker of
Photoshop; 8- Tibetan oxen; 9- Grads-to-be; 10- Borrowed;
11- Olympian’s quest; 12- Gen. Robert ___; 13- James ____
Jones; 19- Monetary unit of Iceland; 21- Enemies; 25- Ships;
26- Texas dance; 27- Theory; 28- The end of ___; 29- Killed;
30- Banned insecticide; 31- Column style; 32- Hotelier
Helmsley; 33- Newsman Newman; 35- On in years; 39Some; 40- Millennialism; 42- Last; 44- PDQ; 46- Cloth for
cleaning horizontal surfaces; 47- Toadies; 49- Mouthlike
opening; 50- Hang-up; 51- Vintner’s prefix; 52- Magazine
founder Eric; 53- The wolf ___ the door; 55- Adopted son of
Claudius; 56- Periods; 57- Crash wherever convenient; 59Nav. officer; 60- Actor Byrnes;
life is like tHAt oNly
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Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column
down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.
Yesterday’s solution
Moose AND Molly
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Monday, April 6, 2015
‘douBle the mosques in france’
Le Bourget
ne of France’s top Muslim
leaders has called for the
number of mosques to double
over the next two years to
remedy a shortage of places
of worship for the country’s
millions of faithful.
Speaking at a weekend
gathering of French Islamic
organizations,
where
participants
asked
for
respect in the face of a rise
in anti-Muslim attacks, Dalil
Boubakeur said the 2,200
mosques in the country did not
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adequately represent Europe’s
largest Muslim community.
“We need to double the
number within two years,” the
head of the French Muslim
Council and rector of the Paris
mosque said in the town of Le
Bourget near the capital at a
Muslim gathering, billed as the
largest in the Western world.
This annual convention
of the Union of Islamic
Organizations of France
(UOIF), which groups together
more than 250 Muslim
associations, comes just
A woman walking past a display of the Holy Quran during the
32nd Annual Meeting of France’s Muslims, at Le Bourget
months after jihadist gunmen
killed 17 people in and near
Paris.
Since then, there has been a
marked rise in Islamophobia in
France, with 167 acts against
mosques or threats recorded in
January alone compared to just
14 in the same month last year.
France has long had a
difficult relationship with its
Muslim minority -- currently
estimated at between four and
five million -- that dates back to
bloody struggles in its former
North African colonies and the
legacy of immigrants trapped
in some of the country’s
poorest districts.
Apart from physical acts,
anti-Muslim sentiment in the
country varies from mayors
refusing to have mosques built
to resistance to halal meals
being served in prisons or
schools.
Participants at the gathering
organized by the UOIF, a group
close to the Islamist Muslim
Brotherhood,
denounced
violence committed in the
name of Islam.
It’s official, former teacher is mastermind
shebab gunman identified
Nairobi
uthorities in Kenya
said yesterday that they
have identified one of the
four dead Shebab gunmen
who massacred 148 people
at Garissa University as an
ethnic-Somali Kenyan national
and law graduate.
Interior ministry spokesman
Mwenda Njoka named one
of the attackers as Abdirahim
Abdullahi, saying he was “a
university of Nairobi law
graduate and described by a
person who knows him well as
a brilliant upcoming lawyer.”
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Italy rescues
1,500 migrants
Rome
Some 1,500 migrants trying
to cross the Mediterranean
to Italy in five different boats
were rescued in one day, Italian
coastguards said yesterday.
Four coastguard vessels and
an Italian navy ship intervened
Saturday to save three large
boats carrying migrants off the
Libyan coast after intercepting
distress calls from satellite
telephones.
The chaotic situation in Libya
has sparked a rise in migrant
boats setting out for Europe
from its unguarded ports from
the Middle East and Africa.
The
spokesman
said
Abdullahi’s father, a local
official in the northeastern
county of Mandera, had
“reported to the authorities
that his son had gone missing
and suspected the boy had
gone to Somalia”.
Abdullahi graduated in 2013
from Nairobi University law
school and worked for a bank
for two months before he went
missing.
Describing Abdullahi as a
high-flying A-grade student,
Njoka said it was “critical that
parents whose children go
Members of the Red Cross help a woman overcome with grief
after learning that a relative of her was killed in the attack
missing or show tendencies
of having been exposed to
violent extremism report to
authorities.”
Somalia’s
Al-Qaedaaffiliated Shebab militants
claimed responsibility for
Thursday’s massacre at Garissa
University, during which nonMuslim students were lined up
and executed.
The massacre, which was the
deadliest attack on Kenyan soil
since the 1998 bombing of the
US embassy.
The Kenyan government
has announced that a former
teacher Mohamed Mohamud,
also known by aliases
Dulyadin and Gamadhere, is
the mastermind of the attack,
according to a tweet from the
country’s Interior Ministry.
The ministry has posted
a “Most Wanted” notice for
Mohamud in connection with
the attack. It offers a reward of
20 million Kenyan shillings,.
“We appeal to anyone with
any info on #Gamadhere to
share with relevant authorities
and security agencies,” the
Interior Ministry posted on
twitter.
Pope urges end to ‘absurd violence’
Vatican City
ope Francis has appealed
yesterday for an end to
“absurd violence” in hotspots
around the world saying the
international community must
not stand by in the face of
the “immense humanitarian
tragedy” in Syria and Iraq.
In his traditional Easter
message, the 78-year-old
pontiff said he was praying for
those killed in armed conflicts,
including
the
students
massacred by Somali gunmen
at a university in Kenya.
Tens of thousands of
pilgrims huddled under a sea of
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umbrellas in a rain-soaked St
Peter’s Square to hear the pope
deliver his “Urbi et Orbi” (To
the City and World) blessing,
broadcast live to dozens of
countries.
In his third Easter message
since his election as pope in
2013, the head of the world’s
1.2 billion Catholics prayed
“for peace, above all, for Syria
and Iraq, that the roar of arms
may cease”.
He also prayed for the
victims of Thursday’s attack
in Kenya that left 148 people
dead, with survivors saying
the militants spared Muslim
students but taunted Christian
and Jewish students before
killing them.
Earlier Francis greeted
pilgrims personally as he rode
through the flower-bedecked
square aboard his open
Popemobile after presiding
over Easter mass.
Speaking from the balcony
of St Peter’s Basilica, Francis
also said the framework nuclear
accord reached Thursday
between Iran and six major
world powers inspired hope
for “a definitive step toward
a more secure and fraternal
world”.
Pope Francis greets the crowd from the central loggia of St
Peters’ basilica before the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing yesterday
Quest of Origin
Born of wartime rape, quest for parents
Gorazde
len Muhic, abandoned
at birth by his Muslim
mother who was raped by
a Serb soldier during the
Bosnian war of the 1990s, went
on a quest two decades later to
find his biological parents.
His painful and dramatic
search was captured in a
powerful documentary that has
made him the first “invisible
child”, as those born of rape in
wartime Bosnia are called, to
publicly reveal his story.
“I simply needed to learn
the truth, discover who they
are, why she abandoned me
and why he did what he did.
He committed a war crime,”
Muhic said after the recent
premiere of the film, “An
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Alen Muhic during a press
conference in Gorazde.
Invisible Child’s Trap”.
Muhic’s biological mother
fled to the United States after
his birth, while his father was
first tried and convicted of
the rape, but a year later was
acquitted of the crime.
These days the stocky,
green-eyed Muhic, 22, works
in the eastern Bosnian town of
Gorazde as a nurse in the same
hospital where he was born
and adopted in 1993.
“International
human
rights organizations label
children born of wartime rapes
‘invisible’,” he said. “I decided
to make a movie in which Alen
becomes visible.”
Muhic’s mother was living
in the village of Miljevina in
east Bosnia when she was
assaulted by a member of
Bosnian Serb forces who had
seized the area.
She gave birth in February
1993 and refused to even look
at the baby boy.
By then she and other
Muslims had been forced
out of their village as part of
the Serbs’ “ethnic cleansing”
operation.
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Emotional women are rational too!
Smartphone app to unlock doors
New York
he lock made by a
company called ‘August’
allows the user and anyone
the user register to open
their door with a smartphone
application. The ‘August’ lock
costs about $250 and another
$250 to install it. You can
open this lock with an app
installed in your smartphone.
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Toronto
ccording
to
an
international team of
researchers, although women
have a stronger emotional
aversion to causing harm
than men, both genders
engage in similar levels of
rational thinking about the
outcomes of harmful action.
The study agrees that women
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Your friends, family, or even
the plumber could download
the app, you could give them a
code, and they get in. You can
even have that code expire
Tech to reach Mars in just 39 days!
Washington
US-based
rocket
propulsion company is
developing an engine with
that could take humans
to the Red Planet in just
39 days with the help of a
plasma rocket using in-space
propulsion
technologies.
NASA has awarded a grant
of $10 million to the Ad
A
are more empathetic to the
feelings of other people than
men, but gender differences
in cognitive abilities tend to
be small or nonexistent.
Astra Rocket Company
from Webster to develop
the Vasimr engine that
uses plasma, an electrically
charged gas, as a propellant.
Around 200 injured
death toll hit 33 in storm
Dhaka
severe nor’wester has left
at least 33 people dead,
hundreds injured and a swathe
of destruction in a number of
Bangladesh districts, an official
said yesterday.
Hundreds of people have
reportedly been injured in
the affected districts due
to the nor’wester -- a local
thunderstorm that occurs in
India and Bangladesh from
March till monsoon establishes
over northeast India.
Northwestern Bogra is the
worst affected district as 14
more people were found killed
there yesterday. The total death
toll in the district is now 19.
“At least 19 people were
killed and 85 others injured
when the storm devastated
parts of Bogra on Saturday
A
night for half an hour,” Md.
Shafiqur Rahman, the district’s
administration chief said.
Most of them were killed
after wall collapsed and tree
fell on them amid the storm,
Northwestern
Bogra is the worst
affected area as
the total death
toll hit 19
while some were electrocuted
by electrical wires from fallen
poles. Around 200 people were
also injured.
Shafiqur Reza Biswas,
deputy commissioner of Bogra,
confirmed the casualty.
District administration and
hospital sources said at least
63 injured were admitted to
different hospitals in the
district.
District
administration
sources said 91,894 families
were affected by the nor’wester,
and 147 cattle were killed. Four
people were reported killed
in Rajshahi and one each in
Dhaka, Naogaon, Natore,
Pabna and Sirajganj
The nor’wester lashed Dhaka,
Rajshahi, Bogra, Naogaon,
Natore, Pabna, Sirajganj,
Chapainawabganj, Gaibandha,
Sherpur, Manikganj and
Narsingdi districts.
Vehicular
movement
was disrupted in the areas.
Standing crops were damaged
and trees uprooted. Around
28, 667 houses were completely
damaged in the storm.
A school in the Sirajganj district in Northen Bangladesh that collapsed in the nor’wester thunderstorm yesterday
Khaleda Zia returns home after three months
Dhaka
angladesh’s former premier
and main opposition leader
Khaleda Zia left her office
yesterday for the first time in
three months in a sign of easing
tensions after deadly protests
had plunged the country into a
political crisis.
Zia was granted bail in two
graft cases yesterday after she
appeared before a special court.
Zia, 69, was taken by car to
a court where she surrendered
and secured bail in two graft
cases against her. Zia, who is
the leader of the Bangladesh
B
Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia waves as she
arrives for a court appearance in Dhaka yesterday
National Party (BNP), is
accused
of
embezzling
charitable funds.
Authorities had confined her
inside her office compound in
an upscale district of Dhaka on
January 3, after she threatened
to lead a massive antigovernment rally through the
capital on the first anniversary
of a disputed national election.
A judge issued an arrest
warrant against the former
prime minister in late February
after she repeatedly failed to
attend hearings in the graft
cases.
Zia was granted
bail in two graft
cases yesterday after she
appeared before
a special court
The BNP and a 20-party
opposition alliance that
she leads had boycotted the
election because it was not
held under a neutral caretaker
administration, as in the past.
Police padlocked her office’s
front gate, used pepper spray
on her as she tried to leave
the compound, and parked ten
trucks loaded with sand and
bricks outside the gate to block
the exit.
While confined to her office,
a defiant Zia urged supporters
to enforce a nationwide
transport blockade.
The stoppage was intended
to force her bitter rival, Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina, to
quit and pave the way for a
new general election under a
neutral administration.
Bloodmoney
Pakistani kills 10 in dowry dispute
Peshawar
man
in
northwest
Pakistan gunned down his
former fiancée and nine of her
relatives yesterday, police said,
six months after murdering his
own parents and two brothers
for refusing to pay his dowry.
The 25-year-old suspect,
whom police named as Mir
Ahmad Shah, was on the run
after carrying out the pre-dawn
attack with an AK-47 assault
rifle in the Charsadda district
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province.
“He stormed the house and
killed all ten family members
while they were asleep,”
district police chief Shafiullah
A
Khan said, adding that two
children and four women were
among the dead.
Khan said Shah was already
a fugitive wanted for the
murder of his parents and two
elder brothers last year. His
family had refused to accept
a demand by the father of his
then-fiancée for a residential
plot as a dowry settlement.
Gulzar Khan, another
police official, said that
after murdering members
of his own direct family,
Shah became enraged at his
prospective in-laws for making
the demand.
Shah was also the second
cousin of his former fiancée,
said Abdul Rashid, another
senior police officer.
Police said they had
launched an extensive search,
raiding three of his suspected
hideouts and tightening
security at entry points to the
neighbouring tribal region
where he may try to seek
shelter.
Marriages in Pakistan are
usually arranged, and often
take place between cousins.
Brides’ families sometimes
demand a hefty dowry as a
form of insurance in case the
marriage ends in divorce.
Contrary to other societies,
dowry in Islam is paid by the
groom to the bride.
26
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1redpepper,stalkremoved,deseeded,cutintoroughly
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3tbspmildoliveoilorsunfloweroil
1smallonion,thinlysliced
4garliccloves,thinlysliced
1tspgroundcoriander
1tspgroundcumin
400gtinchoppedtomatoes
1tbspharissapaste
2tbspclearhoney
100g/3½ozready-to-eatdriedapricots,halved
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saltandfreshlygroundblackpepper
handfulchoppedfreshcoriander,togarnish
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...................................................
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38865998.
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2,200. Contact 39156868.
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SPORTS
Monday, April 6, 2015
His Majesty The King’s Cup
AL HIDAD BEAT AL BUSAITEEN
Aidan Payne/ DTNN
[email protected]
l Hidad coached by Salman
Sharida for the first time
in its history clinched His
Majesty The King’s Cup with
a 2-0 victory over Al Busaiteen
coached by Khalifa Al Zayani
in the final, thanks to two
very late goals at the National
Stadium in Riffa.
The match was being played
under the patronage of His
Majesty King Hamad bin
Isa Al Khalifa and featured
two teams looking to lift the
trophy for the first time since
it was first played for back in
1952.
In first half action, there
were few chances for either
side as both sides played a
cautious game, for Al Hidad
the core of its players included
goalkeeper Abbas Ahmed
along with Abdulwahab Al
Malood, Leandson Dias Da An action from the match
Silva better known as ‘Rico’
from Brazil, Isa Al Musabah, Abdulaziz, Juliano, Cruz and
Mohammed Dawood, Ahmed Esra Amer.
The match went well into
Ibrahim, Akarandut Orok
from Nigeria, Mohammed the second half looked like
Sayed Adnan, Ibrahim Al ending in a stalemate until the
Obaidly and Ali Saeed, while 73rd minute when Al Maloud
for Al Busaiteen they included for Al Hidad beat Haram in
goalkeeper Hussain Haram, the Al Busaiteen goal only to
Sami Al Hussaini, Ahmed see his effort come back off the
Jalal, Hisham Mansoor, woodwork.
Going into the last minute
Mujtaba
Mohammed,
Yasser Hassan, Mohammed of normal time with extra-
A
Hassan Kamal
Hubaish leads
DT News Network
Manama
H
assan Kamal Hubaish
(707 pins) from Projects
team led the standing in
the first week of the Bapco
Interdepartmental Bowling
Masters Tournament with
handicap open to players who
played more than 24 games in
the regular league at the Bapco
Club in Awali.
Second place on the standings
was Yaseen Al Ansari of Tatweer
(700), while way down in third
was Ahmed Abdulla of the
Retirees team (627).
The first week of the
qualification was to determine
the 12 players who would play
in a round-robin tonight in the
round-robin system where each
player would receive 10 points
as a bonus for a win and a draw
each player would receive five
points each.
Tonight, the 12 players will
battle it out for qualification and
to the step ladder.
Hassan Kamal Hubaishi
Top 12: 1 Hassan Kamal
Hubaishi (Projects, 707), 2
Yaseen Al Ansari (Tatweer,
700), 3 Ahmed Abdulla
(Retirees, 627), 4 Abdulla Saleh
(Engineering, 610), 5
Felix
Grefaldia (Projects, 606), 6
Khalid Ebrahim (Refining, 603),
7 Jassim Ebrahim (Refining,
599), 8 Mahdi Hussain
(Marketing, 596), 9 Abdulla Al
Aaidi (Land, 588), 10) Ahmed
Al Qassab (Production, 588),
11 Lito Francisco (Projects,
578), 12 Abdulla Al Murbati
(Production, 575).
Al Hidad celebrate after victory
MOHAMMED THASLEEM
time looming, a cross from the
left was only half cleared by
the Al Busaiteen defence and
Brazilian Rico from 12 yards
smashed the ball into the roof
of the net. To the excitement
of the Al Hidad fans, their
Nigerian Orok cemented
victory with a second goal
in stoppage time to make
sure of its maiden triumph
just outside the box with a
powerful strike.
Al Hidad had progressed
to its first final after starting
with a 3-1 win over Al Malkiya
in the round of 16, followed
by a 4-0 win over Al Shabab
in the quarter finals and a
2-0 victory against Riffa in the
semi-finals.
Al Busaiteen losers in
the final on three previous
occasions in 2010, 2011, 2014
progressed after knocking out
defending champions East
Riffa in the last 16 in a penalty
shootout 4-3 after a 2-2 draw
and followed it up with a big
victory over second division
Al Najma 5-1 before defeating
record cup winners Muharraq
6-5 on penalties in the semifinal after the match finished
1-1.
The match was officiated by
Sayed Adnan Mohammed and
assisted by Ahmed Jaber and
Faisal Alawi and fourth referee
Ammar Mahfooth.
Bahrain
Football
Association gave away
46 prizes at the final,
including three Toyota
Football Legend Carragher set for Bahrian
DT News Network
Manama
HM the King
deputises National
Guard Commander
DT News Network
Manama
is Majesty King Hamad
bin Isa Al Khalifa
deputised today National
Guard Commander Lieutenant
General Shaikh Mohammed
bin Isa Al Khalifa to attend
the final match on HM the
King’s Football Cup which
pitted Hidd against Busaiteen
at Bahrain National Stadium.
The
National
Guard
Commander was welcomed
on arrival by Bahrain Football
Association (BFA) President
Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al
Khalifa, President of the General
Organisation for Youth and
Sports (GOYS) Hesham Al
Jowder and BFA members.
After the national anthem,
the two teams’ Presidents
presented the National Guard
Commander with bouquets of
flowers. The match ended in
2-0 for Hidd Club. Lt. General
Shaikh Mohammed presented
the trophy to the club
Board Chairman Ahmed Al
Musallam, the team’s captain
and coach.
H
S
ports Speaker MENA have
announced that another
evening of entertainment has
been lined-up with former
England
and
Liverpool
defender Jamie Carragher
coming to Bahrain on May
29 from 7.30pm for a sports
dinner evening at the Diplomat
Radisson Radisson Blu Hotel,
Residence and Spa.
Anyone who watches Sky
Sports will know what a great
evening of entertainment this
will be. Carragher is a character
and knows his football and talks
straight and true about football,
its stars and the trails and
tribulations of the modern game.
As well as being a pundit for
Sky Sports, he is also a columnist
for the Daily Mail and club
ambassador for Liverpool and
England.
Carragher was Liverpool’s
vice-captain for 10 years, and
hold’s the club’s second highest
appearance record with 737
matches under his belt in all
cars courtesy of Ebrahim
Khalil Company, 37 cash
prizes along with two
airline tickets to anywhere
in the world. The final was
attended by National Guard
Commander LieutenantGeneral Shaikh Mohammed
bin Isa Al Khalifa who
deputised for His Majesty
The King and presented
medals and trophies to the
finalists and match officials,
along with Bahrain Football
Association
President,
Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al
Khalifa and Asian Football
Confederation President,
Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim
Al Khalifa.
competitions and holds the
record for the most appearances
in European competition for
Liverpool at 150 and is the
second longest serving player at
the club of all-time.
He is also a European
Champions League winner
and part of the famous 2005
Liverpool team that triumphed
in Istanbul team and has also
won the UEFA Cup, European
Super Cup, FA Cup, League Cup
and Charity Shield.
On two occasions Carragher
made the Premier League team
of the year and was Liverpool
Player of the Season on three
and capped for England 38
times and played in three World
Cups and several European
Championships.
Currently, Carragher is a
pundit on Sky Sports alongside
Gary Neville, Thierry Henry,
Jamie Redknapp and Graeme
Souness. The evening includes a
gourmet dinner, UK comedian,
prize raffle and a sports
memorabilia auction, with more
details available at [email protected]
ssmena.com
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Defoe shines
Monday, April 6, 2015
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Sunderland win over Newcastle United
Sunderland
ermain Defoe eased
Sunderland’s Premier
League relegation worries
as his superb first-half strike
earned his side a record
fifth successive win over
their derby rivals Newcastle
United on Sunday.
De f o e l ash e d h o m e
a first-time volley on
the stroke of half-time
to secure a 1-0 victory
that lifted Sunderland
three points clear of the
relegation zone with
seven games remaining.
The win was Dick
Advocaat’s first success
since replacing Gus
Poyet as Sunderland
head coach last month
and
continued
a
remarkable
run
of
success over Newcastle.
John Carver’s side
recorded just one shot
on target all afternoon
as they slipped to a fifth
successive defeat at the
hands of Sunderland for
the first time in their
history.
With B urnle y’s 0-0
draw against Tottenham
Hotspur having pulled
the Black Cats to within
goal difference of the
bottom three at kickoff, there was a pressing
need for the home side
to start with positive
intent.
Their previous home
J
Grand Slam buzz
builds around Serena
Miami
erena Williams’ latest
landmark
achievement
-- an eighth Miami hardcourt
crown -- sends the US superstar
into the claycourt season
surrounded by talk of an even
greater feat -- the calendar
Grand Slam.
At 33, the world number one
is playing as well as ever. In
fact, she says she has a greater
understanding of the game
now, making her better able to
use her astonishing power and
array of shots to good effect.
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“I actually think that I read
the game better,” Williams
says. “Like when I’m playing
an opponent, after three games
I’m like, ‘OK, now I know what
you’re going to do ... or when
the coach comes out I really key
in on what they change their
games to.
“I don’t think I did that
before. I think that’s just
experience and age.”
Williams is 18-0 in 2015, a
perfect run that included her
19th Grand Slam title at the
Australian Open.
Maradona to play
A
Bogota
rgentina’s legendary ex-footballer Diego Maradona will play
in a “pro-peace match” in Bogota this month to support
Colombia’s ongoing peace process, officials said yesterday.
The game will take place on April 10 at Techo stadium in
Bogota, and will include other football greats whose names were
not immediately released, a statement from the mayor’s office
said.
The appearance by Maradona, 54, is a big show of support for
talks aimed at ending Latin America’s longest running civil war.
Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe (left) vies with Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez .
game against Aston Villa
had seen them trailing by
four goals at the interval,
but their first-half display
some three weeks on could
hardly have been more
different.
Brimming with pace
and purpose from the
off, Sunderland were the
Kristoff makes history
Oudenaarde
lexander Kristoff became
the first ever Norwegian
to win the prestigious Tour of
Flanders on Sunday as he beat
Dutchman Niki Terpstra in a
sprint finish.
Belgian
Greg
Van
Avermaet took third ahead
of Peter Sagan of Slovakia
in fourth.
But it was a breakaway
led by last year’s ParisRoubaix winner Terpstra
30km from home that
made the difference with
only 2014 Milan-San Remo
winner Kristoff able to
follow, winning his second
‘Monument’ race.
“I raced here a lot as a
young rider, I watched this
race a long time before I got
A
the chance to participate,”
said Kristoff, 27.
It was that break on the
Kruisberg climb, the third
last of 19 on a brutal day that
covered 264km, that made
the decisive split.
Terpstra
knew
that
Kristoff was the better
sprinter by far, although
both had shown great form
in the last month with the
Norwegian finishing second
to John Degenkolb in the
defence of his Milan-San
Remo title before winning
Three Days of De Panne last
week, having triumphed in
three of the four stages.
Terpstra had also been in
good form having finished
second at Gent-Wevelgem
a week ago but although
he forced Kristoff into
leading for much of the
last 10km and leading out
the sprint, when he finally
made his attack, there was
no contest.
dominant side throughout
the opening period, and
while it took until the final
moments of the half before
they were able to make
their superiority count,
it was a lead they richly
deserved.
Billy Jones’s drive
across the face of goal
from Sebastian Larsson’s
seventh-minute corner
forced the recalled Jonas
Gutierrez into a stabbed
clearance over his own
crossbar, before another
set-piece ended with
Jack Colback nudging
Connor
Wickham’s
head er off the line.
Watson hails Augusta
National youth champs
Augusta
efending
Masters
champion
Bubba
Watson was among the past
green jacket winners to greet
youth players yesterday at the
second annual Drive, Chip
and Putt finals at Augusta
National.
South Africa’s Gary Player,
Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal
and American Mark O’Meara Bubba Watson with Morgan
were among the others who Goldstein winner of the Girls
watched eight children’s age- 12-13 division
group champions crowned on
the eve of the first official putts and chips brought a smile
practice for next week’s to the face of Watson, who
could join Jack Nicklaus as
Masters tournament.
More than 80,000 youth the only players to win three
from US and Canadian cities Masters in a four-season span
entered and advanced from with a victory next Sunday.
“When you look at these kids
local, sectional and regional
events to become among and see the excitement on their
the 80 who reached Augusta faces, it’s the same excitement I
National. Their first-pumping get knowing I’m going to play
excitement at sinking long this course,” Watson said.
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Monday, April 6, 2015
Mathieu saves
Barca
Madrid
efender Jeremy Mathieu
scored the only goal of
the game as Barcelona edged
out stubborn Celta Vigo to
restore their four-point lead
over Real Madrid in La Liga’s
title race.
The French centre-half
thundered a header past
Sergio Alvarez on 73 minutes
to break the hosts’ resistance
at Balaidos and maintain
their advantage over secondplaced Los Blancos.
Just one of two teams to
beat Barca at Camp Nou
this season, Celta reminded
the Catalans how dangerous
they can be when Joaquin
Larrivey saw his low drive
pushed away by Claudio
Bravo after 10 minutes.
Despite an abundance of
possession, the Primera Liga
leaders struggled in the final
third but did come close on
13 minutes, with Neymar
firing wide after Lionel
Messi’s curler was well saved
by Alvarez.
It was the hosts who
finished the half in the
ascendancy. First, Eduardo
Berizzo’s side had a goal
chalked off for offside, before
Larrivey inexplicably failed
to convert after being found
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by Fabian Orellana’s cross.
With four successive Liga
victories under their belt,
Luis Enrique’s side began
finding their rhythm in the
second half and Neymar’s
stunning effort was also
ruled out for offside
on 48 minutes.
Unperturbed,
Barcelona carried
on in the same
vein as Messi
perked up and
fired wide, before
Dani Alvesspurned
arguably the chance
of the game after 63
minutes and missed
the target from a fine
position.
It was not all oneway traffic, however, as
Celta found their firsthalf fluency at times and
Hugo Mallo curled just
wide on 71 minutes - a
warning that the visitors
finally acknowledged.
Mathieu scored in backto-back outings as he rose
highest to plant a fine
header past Alvarez
from Xavi’s free kick.
Things went from
bad to worse for Celta
in the dying stages as
Orellana was given his
appearing to throw a piece
of turf at Sergio Busquets’s
face as the clash ended on a
sour note.
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Chennai
ystery spinner Sunil
Narine was yesterday
cleared to play for defending
champions Kolkata Knight
Riders in the upcoming
Indian Premier League after
the BCCI’s review committee
dealing with suspect action
gave the West Indian clean
chit.
Narine was first called for
a suspect action last October
during a KKR match in the
Champions League T20.
The review committee,
comprising S Venkatraghavan,
Javagal Srinath and AV
Jayaprakash examined the
bowling action of Narine
after he had undergone a
biomechanical assessment at
the ICC-accredited SRMC
centre here.
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marching
orders for
C
Chen Long
final,
current
World
Champion Carolina got the
better of China's Olympic
champion Li Xuerui 19-21,
Houston
ith another crack at the Masters looming, rising US star
Jordan Spieth fired a five-under par 67 on Saturday to grab
a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Houston Open.
Spieth finished with six birdies and one bogey to build the
54-hole total of a 14-under 202 and was one stroke in front of
Americans Scott Piercy, Johnson Wagner and Austin Cook.
Piercy rebounded with a six-under par 66. Wagner also signed
for a 66 while Cook carded a two-under 70 to round out the group
on a 203.
Englishmen Kelvin Day and Paul Casey both shot 68s to head a
group on 205, where they were joined by Charles Howell (69) and
Russell Henley (68).
Phil Mickelson endured a tough day that included a double
bogey and four back-nine bogeys -- three in a row to end his
three-over 75.
Sunil Narine cleared
to bowl in IPL tourney
Chen Long, Carolina
win Malaysia Titles
Kuala Lumpur
hina's
Chen
Long
and Spain's Carolina
Marin clinched the men's
and women's singles titles,
respectively, in the $500,000
Malaysia
Open
Super
series Premier badminton
tournament at the Putra
Stadium yesterday.
Reigning World champion
Long overcame compatriot
and
five-time
World
champion Lin Dan 20-22,
21-13, 21-11 in an hour and
18 minutes.
The win helped World
No.1 Long improved his
head-to-head record to
2-7 against the two-time
Olympic champion Dan.
In the women's singles
Spieth
seizes lead in
Houston Open
SPORTS
Carolina Marin
21-19, 21-17 in an hour and
11 minutes.
World No.2 also improved
her career meetings record to
2-3 against the World No.3
Xuerui, who on Saturday
ended India's Saina Nehwal
campaign in the semi-final.
In the women's doubles
final, the Chinese pair of Luo
Ying and Luo Yu overwhelmed
South Koreans Chang Ye Na
and Jung Kyung Eun 21-18,
21-9 in 54 minutes.
The mixed doubles final
was an all-Chinese affair.
Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei
outplayed Xu Chen and
Ma Jin 21-16, 21-14 in 45
minutes.
The Indonesian men's
doubles pair of Mohammad
Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan
won 14-21, 21-15, 23-21 over
South Korea's Lee Yong Dae
and Yoo Yeon Seong.
Stoke City’s Charlie Adam
hails memorable goal
London
cottish midfielder Charlie
Adam’s wonder 65-yard
goal from his own half in
Stoke City’s 2-1 defeat by
Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
left football fans around the
world and his stunning strike
even left him stunned as he
claimed that it’s a goal he will
always remember.
Adam collected the ball in
his own half before unleashing
a shot from around 65 yards
which flew over Chelsea
goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois,
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who was caught off his line,
and into the net and his
powerful strike is likely to be
remembered longer than the
result of the game itself.
Adam’s strike prompted a
tirade of reactions from the
football community around
the globe, with comparisons
being drawn with other
memorable goals scored by
players from inside their own
half, the BBC reported. Adam
said that he never knew that
he had that much power to
beat a quality goalkeeper.
SPORTS
Monday, April 6, 2015
Trott likely to
open with Cook
Basseterre
ngland are hoping
their long search for an
opening batsman to replace
former captain Andrew
Strauss will end with the
possible return of Jonathan
Trott to their Test team for
the series against the West
Indies.
Trott is back in the
England set-up for the first
time since he left the 201314 Ashes tour after the
first Test in Brisbane with
what was later diagnosed as
situational anxiety.
England have struggled to
find a new opening partner
for captain Alastair Cook
since Strauss retired in
2012, with the likes of Nick
Compton, Michael Carberry
and Australian-born Sam
Robson all tried and discarded.
Cook’s
next
partner
appears to be one of Trott or
Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth, who
was the leading run-scorer
in the top division of English
county cricket last season.
“We’re lucky in one sense
that we’re choosing between
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Djokovic champion
Novak Djokovic beats Murray for fifth Miami Masters title
Miami
orld number one Novak
Djokovic defeated Andy
Murray 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-0
yesterday to win his fifth Miami
Masters title.
Serbia’s Djokovic pushed his
career record against the Scot
to 18-8, adding the triumph in
the championship match on the
hardcourts of Miami to victories
over Murray this year in the
Australian Open final and the
semi-finals of the Indian Wells
Masters.
Today, Djokovic will tie
Spain’s Rafael Nadal for the
sixth-most weeks spent at the
top of the rankings, sitting
atop the summit for the 141st
week in his career. Murray,
meanwhile, is poised to return
to number three in the world.
The Scot started strong in a bid
to end a six-match skid against
the Serb.
The two traded four breaks
of serve in the first eight games
of the tense first set.
Djokovic was quick to seize
the initiative in the tiebreaker,
racing to a 4-0 lead, and despite
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two very good players,” Cook
was quoted as saying by cricket.
com.au yesterday.
“Ever
since
Straussy
announced his retirement
we haven’t quite found
consistency in that position so
whoever gets that chance gets
the opportunity to try and nail
that down.
“But we haven’t discussed
that yet.”
Mumbai Indians
T
he Mumbai Indians are
one of the most consistent
teams of the IPL. After a poor
first couple of seasons, they
have made it to at least the
last four in every season. A
major reason behind this is
their ability to retain core
players like Lasith Malinga,
Harbhajan Singh, Rohit
Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and
Kieron Pollard.
Squad : Rohit Sharma,
Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu,
Corey Anderson, Harbhajan
Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh
Hazlewood, Keiron Pollard,
Lasith Malinga, Marchant de
Lange, Pawan Suyal, Shreyas
Gopal, Lendl Simmons,
Unmukt Chand, R Vinay
Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Aaron
Finch, Pragyan Ojha, Mitchell
McClenaghan,
Akshay
Wakhare, Aiden Blizzard,
Hardik Pandya, Siddhesh
Lad, J Suchith, Nitish Rana,
Abhimanyu Mithun
Strengths:
Just like CSK, Mumbai can
boast of some really quality
Indian players like Rohit
Sharma, Ambati Rayudu,
Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan
Ojha, R Vinay Kumar and
Parthiv Patel in their ranks.
With Ricky Ponting as the
coach, Anil Kumble as the
chief mentor and Jonty Rhodes
as the fielding coach, MI have
an excellent backroom staff,
all of whom were excellent
players during their time.
Mumbai have arguably
the best pace attack in the
IPL. Lasith Malinga, one of
the best pacers in limited
overs cricket, is at the helm
of it. The other members are
Mitchell McClenaghan, Josh
Hazlewood, Marchant de
Lange, Jasprit Bumrah and
Corey Anderson, all of whom
can bowl at a brisk pace and
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a double fault Djokovic had
quickly wrapped up the decider
7/3.
The second set went with
serve until Djokovic, looking
weary and frustrated, was
broken in the final game,
gifting Murray a double fault
for 0-30 before the Brit belted
two winners to force a third set.
But the Serb regrouped,
storming through the third set
for the win.
Murray had a glimmer of
hope of avoiding the undesired
“bagel” with a break chance
against Djokovic in the sixth
game. He couldn’t convert and
Djokovic gave himself a match
point with a cunning drop
shot-lob combination.
The Serb finished Murray off
on his first opportunity, pulling
him out wide with a serve then
stroking a winner into the open
court on match point.
“It was brutal,” Djokovic
said of another physical battle
between the two.
“I just managed to play
the third set the way I was
supposed to.”
Rajasthan Royals
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also swing the ball.
Weaknesses:
Mumbai have been guilty
of losing their form in the
dying stages of the IPL, when
it matters the most. Thrice
they have made it to the last
four and crashed out and also
lost one final.
Lack of depth in spin
department: Harbhajan Singh
almost single handedly mans
this department.
he Rajasthan Royals are
the dark horses of the IPL.
Though they haven’t tasted
any success after winning
the first season, they always
punch above their weight.
Being the talent warehouse of
the IPL, they have churned
out some really good players
like Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf
Pathan, Ajinkya Rahane and
James Faulkner over the years.
Squad: Shane Watson,
Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya
Rahane, Ankit Nagendra
Sharma, Ben Cutting, Deepak
Hooda, Dhawal Kulkarni,
Dishant Yagnik, James
Faulkner, Kane Richardson,
Karun Nair, Pravin Tambe,
Rahul Tewatia, Rajat Bhatia,
Sanju Samson, Steven
Smith, Stuart Binny, Tim
Southee, Vikramjeet Malik,
Chris Morris, Juan Theron,
Barinder Singh Saran,
Dinesh Salunkhe, Sagar
Trivedi, Pardeep Sahu.
Strengths:
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Rajasthan’s biggest
strength is that they do not
rely on a few players and it
is often a team effort that
yields them success; every
member of the team has a
well defined role that he has
to perform.
The
Jaipur-based
franchise always spring
a surprise or two. The
opponents can never really
know what to expect when
they are playing the Royals.
This keeps them honest
and allows Rajasthan to
dominate them.
Though Rajasthan have
an excellent pace attack,
their medium pacers are
a trump card for them.
Rajat
Bhatia,
Stuart
Binny, Abhishek Nayar and
Vikramjeet Malik are all wily
customers who can take pace
off the bowl and dry the
runs.
Weaknesses:
Captain’s lack of form:
Shane Watson, the captain
and a vital cog of Rajasthan’s
team, has been in indifferent
form of late. With both bat
and ball, he has been a pale
shadow of his former self.
Lack of depth in spin
department: A lot will
depend on Pravin Tambe,
the only experienced spinner
in the Rajasthan camp. An
injury to him would mean
that youngsters like Rahul
Tewatia and Ankit Sharma
will have to handle the svpin
department.
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Djokovic
P31 champion
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Monday, April 6, 2015
hats off
RonalDo
Cristiano Ronaldo hits five in
nine-goal Real Madrid rout
Madrid
ristiano Ronaldo’s first ever
five goal haul in the one
match saw Real Madrid move to
within a point of Barcelona at the
top of La Liga with a stunning 9-1
thrashing of Granada yesterday.
Gareth Bale continued his fine
form after bagging a brace for
Wales last weekend by opening
the scoring after 25 minutes.
Ronaldo then took over as
he scored three times in eight
minutes just after the half hour
mark.
Karim Benzema struck twice
either side of Ronaldo’s fourth as
Real added three more in a fourminute spell just after the break.
Robert Ibanez grabbed a
consolation for the visitors, but
Diego Mainz’s own goal made
it 8-1 before Ronaldo rounded
off the scoring with a towering
header.
Barca can restore
their
four-point
lead when they
visit Celta Vigo
later on Sunday.
Ronaldo’s
quintuple takes
him four clear of
Lionel Messi in the
race to be La Liga’s
top goalscorer.
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Madrid had only won one
of their last four La Liga games
before the international break,
but Ancelotti was able to welcome
back James Rodriguez for the
first time in two months after
recovering from a foot injury.
Chances soon began to flow
for Madrid and Bale was first
to capitalise when he latched
onto Toni Kroos’s through ball
to round Oier Olazabal and slot
home from a narrow angle.
Rodriguez then sealed his
comeback with a lovely assist
with the outside of his left foot to
allow Ronaldo to curl home his
first of the afternoon.
The Portuguese soon made it
3-0 by lashing home from close
range after Olazabal had spilled
a cross and he sealed an eightminute hat-trick with some more
help from the Granada ‘keeper as
he couldn’t keep out the World
Player of the Year’s drive from
20 yards.
Granada
offered
embarrassingly
little
resistance after the break
as Benzema was given
plenty of time to control a
corner from the left and fire
home to make it 5-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo (left) celebrates a goal
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