EVERY nation has its bugbears.
Ukraine has two: the forced
famine orchestrated during
Stalin's rule, which killed
between four million and
seven million people; and the
Ukrainian language. Under the
Russian empire, it was frequently
banned: Catherine the Great put a
stop to the use of Ukrainian at universities...
IN a better America, Mitt
Romney would be running for
president on the strength of his
major achievement as governor
of Massachusetts: a health reform
that was identical in all important
respects to the health reform enacted
by President Barack Obama. By
the way, the Massachusetts...
THE landscape of Qatar may
not be strewn with fragrant
flowers but the air that we
breathe here is definitely
scented with their fragrances.
Strong, lasting aromas of
oud, saffron, jasmine, rose
besides a whole range of rare ...
SERVING as a springboard for the start of higher education journey, the third annual Georgetown Pre-College Summer (GPS) programme of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) is now underway ...
RHYS Ifans was a "Spider-Man" fan. Really. The British actor, best known for his performances in Notting Hill (1999) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010), simply didn't know it until he landed the role of Dr Curt Connors - and as ...
QATAR Airways (QA), the Middle East launch customer of the Boeing 787, will set an industry milestone at Farnborough International Air Show, which will start on July 9, when its first Dreamliner will take to the skies in a public display. The aircraft is scheduled to participate in a hallmark feature of the air show calendar – the afternoon flying programme. The seven-minute demonstration flights will showcase the sophisticated engineering and visual appeal of ...
QTEL has organised a series of workshops for volunteers of its Refaq programme, the ambitious initiative to improve living conditions for underprivileged households. Since the programme´s launch in June, more than 350 people have applied to be volunteers, hoping to join the team that will make major home improvements across the country. The first workshops brought together some of the 50 volunteers who have been selected for the programme ...
ASPIRE Zone Foundation has announced the signing of a strategic partnership with Mahindra Satyam, a consulting and IT services provider. The partnership will create end-to-end and innovative venue and event management systems (VEMS) for sporting and non-sporting events. The VMES platform is an integrated suite of applications that spans across various functional areas of venues and event management.
NORTH Korea´s moribund economy posted rare growth last year on robust harvests and a flurry of building activity in the capital Pyongyang, but it still remains one of the world´s poorest and least developed states, an official report by the South shows. The reclusive state´s economy expanded by a real 0.8 percent in 2011, estimates by South Korea´s central bank showed on Sunday. It was only the...
BOEING chief executive Jim McNerney expects the US planemaker to outsell Airbus for "a number of years" having trailed its European rival for nearly a decade, according to reports in the British press. "I think we will, in all likelihood, pull slightly ahead of them (Airbus), either this year or next... But, you know, over the years we´ve been ahead sometimes, they´ve been ahead recently. And I think ...
CHINA´S economy faces "huge pressure" to slow further despite stimulus measures, Premier Wen Jiabao said on Sunday, damping hopes for a quick recovery from the deepest slump since the 2008 global financial crisis. Companies and investors are closely watching the world´s second-largest economy for signs of a further slowdown which could have global repercussions by hurting Chinese demand for goods from the United States, Europe ...
MARK Webber claimed the ninth win of his career on Sunday when he swept to a dramatic and perfectlyjudged victory in an incident- filled British Grand Prix. In a race run in welcome, if rare, dry conditions, the 35- year-old Australian steered his Red Bull through 52 laps of complex tactical and strategic racing to overtake pole sitter nad lontime leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari close home. It was Webber´s second win this year, after triumphing at Monaco ...
FORMER European champions Russia and Lithuania have claimed two of the last three remaining berths in the men´s basketball tournament at the 2012 London Games following their victories in the semi-finals of the ongoing Olympic qualifying tournament. The Russians overcame a stiff challenge from Nigeria to beat the west African nation 85-77 while Lithuania blew away the Dominican Republic.
MANCHESTER United veteran Ryan Giggs was on Sunday named as captain of the British football team at the London Olympics. Giggs is one of three overage players in Stuart Pearce´s side at the 2012 Games. The winger told www.thefa.com: "Obviously I have experience and there are a lot of younger players in this squad, as captain hopefully I can pass that on to the younger players." Giggs has never played in a major international tournament with ...
IF one is inspired by a movie, its rights should be bought to make one´s own version, actor Ajay Devgn suggests, adding this is akin to paying a tribute to that work. Hrishikesh Mukherjee´s Gol Maal inspires his forthcoming film Bol Bachchan, which he has co-produced with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. "A lot of people told us that we didn´t need to buy the rights. But ideally, if a film ...
IF Vidya Balan gained 12 kg to play southern sex siren in The Dirty Picture, Pakistani actress Veena Malik claims she has put on 5 kg for the Kannada version of the film and that her dialogues have not been dubbed. "I had to put on five kg for the role because the script demanded so. Size zero does not exist´s in the south. I was 48 kgs, now I am 53 kg. Fourty per cent of the shooting has been completed,"...
PRACHI Desai is one of the few outsiders who have managed to make it big in filmdom. But the actress, who hopes to do 25 films in future, says it is not easy for outsiders to get a break in Bollywood. "I feel that the industry can be unfair sometimes. When you are an outsider, people don´t take you seriously. I personally think you need an extreme push for people to promote you and bring you to a certain level," the 23-year-old said. The young actress, who started ...
GULF OPEC members, including
Saudi Arabia, oppose an Iranian call
for an emergency meeting of the
Organisation of the Petroleum
Exporting Countries to discuss
prices, delegates said on Sunday.
“If we were to call for a meeting it
would be to discuss oil prices,
but...prices are rebounding and will
likely rise further due to the political
tensions with Iran and the economic
situation in Europe,” a Gulf OPEC
A LIBERAL alliance led by a former
Libyan rebel prime minister
said on Sunday the party’s unofficial
preliminary results put it in
the lead in the country’s landmark
parliamentary elections, the first
since the ouster of dictator
Moamer Qadhafi. Faisal Krekshi,
secretary general of the Alliance of
National Forces led by Mahmoud
Jibril, said the results were based
on reports by party representatives
at ballot counting centers.