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Daelim-led group wins US$2.1 bln order from Oman

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- Daelim Industrial Co., one of South Korea's leading builders, said Tuesday that it has teamed up with a British company to obtain an order worth US$2.1 billion from the Omani government to expand a refinery plant. Daelim and its British partner, Petrofac Ltd., one of the world's leading oilfield service companies, will complete the expansion of a refinery and the construction of a new refinery in 36 months once work commences. Daelim, however, did not reveal when it will break ground on them.

Football: Uzbeks, Oman into Asian Cup, China held

Uzbekistan and Oman grabbed dramatic late victories to fire into the 2015 Asian Cup Tuesday but China's fate was left hanging in the balance after a 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia. Oman left it until the first minute of injury time to secure their 1-0 win over Syria, while Uzbekistan scored twice in the last six minutes to beat Hong Kong 2-0. The results mean Oman and Uzbekistan, who were semi-finalists in 2011, become the eighth and ninth teams to reach the 2015 tournament in Australia.

Oman to begin building first rail network in 2014

Oman will next year begin building its first railway network at a cost of up to $15.5 billion, the Gulf sultanate's Transport Minister Ahmed al-Futaisi said on Sunday. Construction is to be launched in the last quarter of 2014, Futaisi told AFP, and trains are to start running at the beginning of 2018. The 2,244-kilometre (1,394-mile) railway is part of a regional rail network expected to link the six Gulf Cooperation Council monarchies -- based on a 2004 agreement.

Oman's government sues newspaper over story about gays

MUSCAT (Reuters) - The government of Oman is suing the editor of a weekly tabloid, state news agency ONA said on Thursday, after suspending it from publication for running a story about gays in the Gulf Arab state. Homosexuality is punishable by law in a number of majority Muslim countries, including Oman. But activists say it is generally more tolerant than states like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen where those charged with being gay face the death penalty.

Oman to quiz 2 journalists over homosexuality article

Oman's information ministry has referred the editor of a local weekly and a journalist to public prosecution for questioning over an article on homosexuality in the sultanate, a statement said Thursday. The ministry of information "does not allow harming the fundamentals, principles, and values of the society or undermining its moral and religious values," it said in the statement carried by the official ONA news agency. The top media authority said it decided to refer the editor-in-chief and the author of the article to the public prosecution "to launch a lawsuit."

Sultan of Oman pardons people jailed for 2011 protests

DUBAI (Reuters) - Oman's Sultan Qaboos has pardoned activists jailed for taking part in anti-government protests two years ago, media reported, his latest gesture to citizens worried about unemployment and inadequate pay. Demonstrations erupted in parts of Oman in early 2011, following the outbreak of popular revolts in other Arab states. But unlike in Tunisia, Egypt and Bahrain, the protests were focused on jobs and alleged corruption, rather than changing the government.

OTA to organise mini-tennis meet

The Oman Tennis Association (OTA), which launched its mini-tennis programme last year in two clubs - Quriyat and Dhofar - will organise a mini-tennis meet at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on May 15Salman al Balushi, the OTA's executive manager, said, “We will introduce the mini-tennis programme in other clubs and also in schools later this year. We have invited Muscat-based schools and clubs to participate in next month's mini-tennis competition.“It will help us plan things.

Oman seeks security assurance from ITF

Oman and six other Arab nations - UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen - have expressed security concerns to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) ahead of the 2013 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group III and Group IV tournaments in Myanmar from April 29-May 5.Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday to announce Oman's squad, Siddiq al Hashmi, the team's non-playing captain and Oman Tennis Association (OTA) treasurer, said, “The recent sectarian unrest in Myanmar has been a worry and we have sought security assurance from the ITF for our team.

Omantel offers Wi-Fi facility at 12 Bank muscat branches

Omantel, in collaboration with bank muscat, announced that Omantel’s free Wi-Fi service is now available at 12 bank muscat branches. The Wi-Fi service will complement the value added services provided by bank muscat to its customers and visitors.The Wi-Fi service provided by Omantel is the preferred choice of corporate subscribers in the sultanate, as shown by the growing demand for the service since its launch in the sultanate several years ago.

Marriages becoming a financial burden for men

AKK (full name withheld) from Muscat will be tying the knot on May 1. It's a happy occasion and a turning point in his life, but AKK is feeling burdened - financially.He has taken a bank loan of RO10,000 to cover his wedding expenses. He is among the many men in Oman who are finding it difficult to meet the costs of marriage which are increasing with every passing year.It's wedding season in the sultanate, but the steep costs have deterred some from getting married.
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