In Tuesday's Middle East papers
13 October 2009 05:00 [Source: ICIS news]
His Majesty begins Royal Tour
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said on Monday started his annual tour of different regions and wilayats of the Sultanate.
Traditional sports to begin in Sohar
To implement the Royal Directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Saih Al Makarim in the Wilayat of Sohar will host competitions in Omani traditional sports and games.
Suhail Bahwan Group inks deal with Royal Wagenborg
Suhail Bahwan Group and Royal Wagenborg Group of The Netherlands have entered into an alliance to provide solutions for heavy transport and lifting in Oman.
Oman revives refinery, petchem plant plans
Oman is reviving its plans to build a refinery and a petrochemical plant after the projects were shelved last year due to a slowdown in the global economy, a senior official said on Monday.
National Train Service to start by end of 2013
The first train service on the UAE’s national rail network will commence from the capital by the end of 2013 or early 2014.
Security of Pakistan nuclear weapons questioned
An audacious weekend assault by Islamic militants on Pakistan’s army headquarters is again raising fears of an insurgent attack on the country’s nuclear weapons installation.
Air Arabia to open third hub by March
Air Arabia, the largest budget carrier based in the Middle East, plans to open its new operating hub in Alexandria, Egypt, during the first quarter of 2010, the carrier’s chief executive said.
Conmex Middle East begins in Sharjah
Conmex Middle East – trade event for construction machinery, equipment and vehicles – got under way at the Expo Centre Sharjah on Monday.
Kingdom, Egypt sign a host of cooperation agreements
Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif held talks here on Monday with President Hosni Mubarak on major regional and international issues.
Law of Gulf anti-drug centre approved
The Council of Ministers approved on Monday the basic law of the Gulf Center for Criminal Intelligence set by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as part of the six-member group’s efforts to combat drug trafficking.
Minerals yield SR5.4bn profit to investors: Naimi
Investors in the Kingdom’s mineral resources have made a profit of SR5.4bn from their investments worth SR50bn, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
Cooper Industries opens Dammam plant
US-based Cooper Industries opened its first manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia on Saturday at the Dammam Second Industrial City.
Iran inks €1.2bn gas
deal with South Korean company
Iran’s Pars Oil and Gas Company signed a deal worth 1.24bn euros ($1.83bn) with a South Korean company in Tehran on Monday.
Tehran Vocal Ensemble grabs one more golden award in Italy
The Tehran Vocal Ensemble won a Golden Diploma in Italy’s 8th International Choir Competition and Festival of Jazz, Gospel, Pop and Secular and Sacred Music.
South Korean economy will be better next year: finance minister
South Korea’s economy will be stronger next year, helped by a recovery in global demand, Finance Minister Yoon Jeung Hyun said.
Singapore economy surges for second straight quarter
Singapore’s economy surged for a second straight quarter, and the government boosted its 2009 growth forecast, as manufacturing cemented the city-state’s emergence from recession.
Scores die in Pakistan convoy blast
More than 40 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in an attack on the Pakistani military.
Clinton to press Russia on Iran
The US secretary of state has arrived in Moscow to press for Russian support to curtail Iran’s nuclear programme.
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THE DAILY STAR
Armenia leader to visit Turkey for ‘soccer diplomacy’
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian is to visit Turkey on Wednesday to attend a soccer match, days after the two countries signed an historic accord to normalise relations.
Netanyahu stands by his hardline terms on peace
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave no ground on peace with the Palestinians in a speech on Monday, reasserting they must recognise Israel as a Jewish state if they wanted a deal for a state of their own.
UK faces wide labour unrest as workers frustrated over pay-curb prospects
Britain faces widening labour unrest in the year ahead, with workers across the economy frustrated by the prospect of pay curbs and unsettled by the likelihood of a new Conservative government.
Lebanese ministers keen on enforcing IPR
Culture Minister Tammam Salam emphasised on Monday the need to enforce Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Lebanon in order to contribute to the improvement in the performance of various Lebanese sectors.
GULF DAILY NEWS
A cultural landmark
The Premier yesterday backed a culture of peace promoting values of tolerance and rapprochement to serve common interests of humanity.
41 killed in Pakistan blast
A devastating suicide bomb hit northwest Pakistan killing 41 people and injuring 45 yesterday, as the military geared up for an assault on Taliban rebels blamed for increasingly bloody and brazen attacks.
Noga-Ahli United in $120m finance deal
The Oil & Gas Holding Company, owned by the National Oil and Gas Authority (Noga), and Ahli United Bank (AUB) yesterday signed a $120m agreement to finance its stake in the new $430m Lubricant Base Oil manufacturing plant in Bahrain.
First Bahrain launches warehousing subsidiary
First Bahrain yesterday announced the launch of its new subsidiary Majaal Warehouse.
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