THE International Monetary
Fund has been at the centre of
global financial stability since its
creation after World War II. In
the last year it has played a central
role in reducing the risk of a
European financial meltdown. At the
I HAD to catch a train in
Washington last week. The
paved street in the traffic circle
around Union Station was in
such poor condition that I felt as
though I was on a roller coaster. I
travelled on the Amtrak Acela, our
sorry excuse for a fast train, on ...
ALJAZEERA is and will remain the
voice of the oppressed, AlJazeera
Network Board of Directors
Chairman Sheikh Hamad bin
Thamer al Thani said on Thursday.
Speaking at the opening of the
8th AlJazeera International.
INDUSTRIES Qatar (IQ) on Thursday said net profit in the first quarter of 2012 reached QR1.9 billion, while revenues of the group increased 8.9 percent to QR4.4 billion. Commenting on the results Minister of...
QATARI rally superstar Nasser bin Saleh al Attiyah suffered a puncture and finished second to Saudi Arabian Yazeed al Rajhi in the rerun of the first special stage but still looked in control of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally on Thursday.
WELL, in the end it's a business. But so it is at the beginning, and in the middle. An ambient question about the three-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which ended recently - or did it? - was whether the knowledge...
PUBLIC Works Authority (Ashghal) held a direction-setting workshop on Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) on Wednesday. According to a press release issued by Ashghal, the workshop was within the framework of implementing consultancy services for ITS. Manager of Technical Department of NCC at Ministry of Interior Major Ali Mohammed al Mohannadi and Manager of ...
THE General Directorate of Civil Defence (GDCD) supervised a mock drill at Hyatt Plaza in coordination with security staff on Thursday. The mock drill began after the building´s operation room and Civil Defence received information of "smoke emanating from one of the offices in the mall". Firefighting and rescue team from Aziziya Civil Defence Centre moved to the site. They were accompanied by fire engines. A 32m tall mobile escalator was used in the ensuing rescue ...
MUSIC director Michalis Economou will lead the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) in Igor Stravinsky´s Firebird Suite and Haamed Naama´s Alnaham Voice at 7.30pm at Katara Opera House on Saturday. Dionysis Grammenos will perform a solo in Carl Nielsen´s Clarinet Concerto and Anneleen Lenaerts will perform Reinhold Gliere´s Harp Concerto. Mikhail Glinka´s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla will open the concert. Haamed Hussein Naama was ...
IRAQ´S oil ministry said on Thursday that the US oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp is not allowed to bid in the May energy auction because of its oil deals with the northern self-ruled Kurdish region in Iraq. The Texas-based Exxon signed six deals with the Kurds last October to search for oil in six areas, bypassing the Baghdad government, which maintains that it must ratify all deals. Some of the deals.
THE Rs.21,500 crore Guru Gobind Singh Refinery near Bathinda town - the largest investment in Punjab since independence - will be formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on April 28, Punjab officials said on Thursday. The refinery is located near Bathinda town in southwest Punjab, 250 km from here. A joint venture of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Mittal Energy, a...
LEADING lenders including ICICI Bank and Punjab National Bank on Thursday announced cut in both lending and deposit rates, just two days after the Reserve Bank of India lowered key policy rates. The move will make housing, auto and other loans cheaper. Punjab National Bank, the country´s second largest public sector lender, said it will cut the annual benchmark prime lending rate by 0.25 percent...
KEVIN Pietersen blasted a whirlwind 103 not out to help Delhi Daredevils score a superb five-wicket victory over Deccan Chargers on Thursday and take the top spot in the points table of the Indian Premier League. The England batsman smashed nine sixes and six fours off 64 balls in his maiden Twenty20 century as Delhi scored 162-5 in 19.1 overs after restricting Deccan to 157-8 at the Ferozeshah Kotla.
AL RAYYAN Club, the most dominant team in the Qatar basketball, will be looking for a sound strategy to avoid another slip-up in the Emir Cup Basketball Championship final on Friday. Rayyan boasts of 15 League crowns, seven Emir Cup titles in 11 finals and six Heir Apparent Cups. It got some measures of solace when it edged arch-rival Al Gharafa 3- 1 in the best of five semi-finals series, avenging two successive losses to Gharafa in the Emir Cup finals.
CHELSEA produced a performance of resilience and ruthlessness to hand Barcelona its first Champions League loss in 14 months on Wednesday, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to leave the semi-final delicately poised ahead of the second leg in Spain. The irrepressible Didier Drogba grabbed the winner in first-half injury time with Chelsea´s only shot on target in a match it spent almost entirely on the back-foot, leaving Barcelona to rue its failure to claim a crucial away goal...
ACTOR Prateik took time off from his busy schedule in V a r a n a s i (Benares) to fulfil his maternal grandmother Vidyatai Patil´s wish to visit sites in the temple town. The 25-year-old had an extensive shooting schedule for Issaq in Uttar Pradesh. Since the schedule lasted for over a month, he took his grandmother along for the shoot. He also escorted her for all the sightseeing, including a holy dip in the Ganga, said a source. "It was amazing shooting in Benares ...
BRITNEY Spears hasn´t lost her focus. The pop star, 30, recently filmed a commercial for Hasbro´s new game Twister Dance, and according to director Ray Kay, "the shoot went really smooth." "Britney always delivers, and we had a good time on set," said Kay, 33. "She brought Jason Trawick and the boys to set, and it was really great to see how her performance was stellar when the boys were watching the monitor. It´s like she turned up the performance...
DULQUAR Salman´s debut film Second Show did reasonable business at the box office, but it hasn´t stopped filmmakers from offering films to the youngster. The young actor, who is Malayalam superstar Mammootty´s son, is happy with his profession and the way his acting career is shaping up. Salman, who used to look after his father´s money matters before taking up acting, said his second film Ustad Hotel will be completed in a week and then he will move on to the next.
DOHA Industries Qatar on
Thursday said net profit in the first
quarter of 2012 reached QR1.9
billion, while revenues of the group
increased 8.9 percent to QR4.4
billion. Minister of Energy and
Industry and Chairman and MD of
IQ, His Excellency Mohammad bin
Saleh al Sada said the group has
followed-up its record-breaking
QATAR and Oman have been
ranked as the most optimistic
nations in the Middle East in a
global consumer confidence survey.
According to MasterCard
Worldwide Index of Consumer
Confidence, Qatar and Oman
topped the index with a remarkable
score (93.6); followed closely
by Egypt (88.3), Kuwait (88.3),
Saudi Arabia (83.9) and the UAE