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Oman Denounces Israeli Occupation Forces’ Aggression Against Gaza Strip

Oman Denounces Israeli Occupation Forces’ Aggression Against Gaza StripMuscat, 7 Aug (ONA) --- Through a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, the Sultanate of Oman today expressed its condemnation and denunciation of the attacks staged by Israeli occupation forces against Gaza Strip.Oman urged the international community to shoulder its responsibilities, halt the escalation and support the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights by ending the occupation and establishing fair and comprehensive peace. --- Ends/Bishara/Anas ...

Liver Surgery Registry Launched by Sultan Qaboos Centre for Cancer Research

Liver Surgery Registry Launched by Sultan Qaboos Centre for Cancer ResearchMuscat, 4 Aug (ONA) --- The Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Centre (SQCCCRC) has launched Liver Surgery (LIVES) Registry.Being the first of its kind in Oman, Liver Surgery (LIVES) Registry comprises a number of local and GCC medical centres.Dr. Abdullah Yahya Al Far’ee, Surgery Consultant, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Tumors at the SQCCCRC, said, “The centre seeks to collect patient data in an advanced, integrated and regularized manner to help build a database that can be utilized ...

Honorary Consul of Mexico Appointed to Oman

Honorary Consul of Mexico Appointed to Oman Muscat, 4 Aug (ONA) --- Dr. Khalid Said Al Jaradi, Head of Protocols Department at the Foreign Ministry handed over the consular patent to Sheikh Khalid Yaqoub Al Harthy, appointing him as an honorary consul of the United Mexican States to the Sultanate of Oman. --- Ends/Anas/Bishara ...

Oman Chairs Arab Conference of Nationality, Civil Status Chiefs

Oman Chairs Arab Conference of Nationality, Civil Status ChiefsTunis, 4 Aug (ONA) --- Represented by the Royal Oman Police (ROP), the Sultanate of Oman has chaired the 7th Arab Conference of Heads of Nationality and Civil Status Departments.The conference, held at the headquarters of the Secretariat General of the Arab Council of Interior Ministers, discussed various topics related to citizenship and civil status and explored the experiences of member states in this regard.The ROP’s delegation was led by Lt. Col. Ibrahim Saif Al Shandoodi, Director of Civil Registry Administration at ...

SAI Chairman Receives INTOSAI Development Initiative Representative

SAI Chairman Receives INTOSAI Development Initiative RepresentativeMuscat, 4 Aug (ONA) --- Sheikh Ghosn Hilal Al Alawi, Chairman of the State Audit Institution (SAI) received at his office today Abdelhakim Ben Lazreg, Representative of the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI). The initiative is an affiliate of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).The meeting reviewed several topics related to financial auditing and Accounting. It also touched on the importance of exchanging expertise among audit institutions and expanding technical interaction with regional ...

Oman Participates in UN Geospatial Information Management Meet

Oman Participates in UN Geospatial Information Management MeetNew York, 4 Aug (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman is taking part in the 12th meeting of UN Committee on Experts on Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).The three-day meeting looks into a variety of topics related to geospatial information and ways of enhancing global arrangements to manage them.Oman was represented at the meeting by the Acting Chairman of the National Survey Authority at the Defence Ministry. ---Ends/Bishara/Anas ...

Oman Joins Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia

Oman Joins Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia Muscat, 3 Aug (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman today signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) in a bid to consolidate common cooperation and boost strategic partnership. The agreement was signed by Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Diplomatic Affairs. The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting of foreign ministers, currently held in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh. The treaty, ...

SAF Sustains Efforts on Alleviating Impacts of Climatic Condition

  SAF Sustains Efforts on Alleviating Impacts of Climatic Condition Muscat, 3 Aug (ONA) --- The Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), represented by the Royal Army of Oman (RAO), Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) and the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) is maintaining technical efforts and backup operations to support local communities that got the brunt of the recent heavy rains. The RAO provided technical, humanitarian and social support to impacted areas in a number of wilayats in the Governorate of South Al Batinah Governorate. Meanwhile, the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) conducted ...

Officials Visit Rain-hit Areas in South Al Batinah Governorate

Officials Visit Rain-hit Areas in South Al Batinah GovernorateMuscat, 3 Aug (ONA) --- Nasser Khamis Al Jashmi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance, accompanied by a number of undersecretaries, went on a field visit of villages in South Al Batinah Governorate where the recent heavy rains caused damage to people’s homes and properties.The officials followed up efforts undertaken to restore basic services disrupted during the rains and wadi floods.The visit covered the villages of Wadi Bani Kharous in the Wilayat of Al Awabi and Wadi Bani Auf, Al Ghashab and Al Lateekha in the ...

Shabab Oman II Arrives in Aalborg Port of Denmark

Shabab Oman II Arrives in Aalborg Port of Denmark Copenhagen, 3 Aug (ONA) --- The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) vessel, Shabab Oman II, has arrived at the Port of Aalborg in the Kingdom of Denamrk as part of its sixth international voyage themed “Oman, Land of Peace”. For five days, Shabab Oman II, will welcome visitors to introduce them to the vessel’s message of friendship and fraternity between Oman and different countries of the world. While on the go, the vessel highlights Omani culture, maritime history and centuries-old heritage. --- Ends/Anas ...

Efforts Underway to Tackle Rains Aftermath in Governorates of Oman

Efforts Underway to Tackle Rains Aftermath in Governorates of OmanMuscat, 2 Aug (ONA) --- The Royal Oman Police (ROP) is exerting extensive efforts to tackle the impacts of heavy rains that drenched many governorates of the Sultanate of Oman. The rains caused the overflowing of wadis in different wilayats as follows: Al Awabi and A’Rustaq (South Al Batinah Governorate), Ibri, Yanqul an Dhank (A’Dhahirah Governorate), Nizwa, Al Hamra and Bahla (A’Dakhiliyah Governorate). The floods impacted roads and houses in the vicinity of wadis. They drifted vehicles and stranded ...

No Deaths Reported on August 1 Heavy Rains: Civil Defence Authority

No Deaths Reported on August 1 Heavy Rains: Civil Defence AuthorityMuscat, 2 Aug (ONA) --- The Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (ACDA) has said that no human losses were registered yesterday, 1 August 2022, in the aftermath of heavy rains and overflowing of wadis. The ACDA warned that it would take legal action against people who take risks (by braving wadis) or endanger the lives of others.The ACDA’s teams in South Al Batinah Governorate are currently embarked on opening roads by removing debris and extending full support to citizens, residents and visitors of the ...

Agriculture Ministry, PDO Ink Cooperation MoU

Agriculture Ministry, PDO Ink Cooperation MoUMuscat, 2 Aug (ONA) --- The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in different areas towards the realization of a joint vision to achieve sustainable development.The MoU was signed by Dr. Saud Ahmed Al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, and Steve Phimister, PDO Managing Director.The agreement stipulates that the ministry taps the experiences of the company in implementing Lean methodology through a set ...

Oman Hosts Regional Workshop on Strategic Management

Oman Hosts Regional Workshop on Strategic Management Muscat, 1 Aug (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the State Audit Institution (SAI), is hosting a regional workshop in the field of strategic management. The five-day event sees the participation of 30 delegates from GCC states, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Libya. The workshop lays emphasis on the aspect of ‘execution and reporting’ and the initiative of measuring performance. It seeks to enhance the capabilities of participating institutions, notably through a review of operating plans, ...

Media Committee of Municipal Councils’ Elections Holds First Meeting

Media Committee of Municipal Councils’ Elections Holds First Meeting Muscat, 1 Aug (ONA) --- The Media Committee of the Municipal Councils Membership Elections held its first meeting today under the chairmanship of Mohammed Said Al Balushi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information, Chairman of the Committee. The meeting, which dealt with the Municipalities Councils third term, discussed a plan to cover the elections and highlight them in a manner that fits with their mission. It also covered preparations through radio, TV and electronic programmes. ---Ends/Bishara/Anas ...

Registration Open for National Scientific Research Award

Registration Open for National Scientific Research AwardMuscat, 1 Aug (ONA) --- The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation announced the opening of registration for the National Scientific Research Award.Registration for the 9th cycle of the competition lasts until 25 September 2022.The award is given out to two segments: the first is accorded to the best published research led by a PhD holder or equivalent degrees (Senior Specialist or higher in the medical field), and the second is awarded to the best published scholarly research made by researchers other than PhD ...

Efforts Underway to Restore Basic Services Impacted by Climatic Condition

Efforts Underway to Restore Basic Services Impacted by Climatic ConditionMuscat, 28 Jul (ONA) --- The Basic Services Sector affirmed that active efforts are being exerted across all governorates to open roads and remove debris obstructing traffic. The steps will facilitate the mission of field response teams looking after electrical services, communications, water supply, sewerage, fuel supply and waste recycling, among other services.The Basic Services Sector said in a statement that the road sector—represented by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology ...

Muharram Crescentn Not Sighted in Oman, New Hijri Year Saturday: Statement

Muharram Crescent Not Sighted in Oman, New Hijri Year Saturday: Statement Muscat, 28 Jul (ONA) --- The Crescent of the Hijri month of Muharram 1444 AH has not been sighted in the Sultanate of Oman, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs today.The statement further explained that tomorrow “Friday” will be the 30th of Dhul-Hijjah 1443 AH. Therefore, the first day of Muharram 1444 AH and the new Hijri year will be this Saturday, 30 July 2022. Ends/AH ...

Sultan Qaboos Cancer Care Centre Starts Receiving Patients for Radioiodine (I131) Therapy

Sultan Qaboos Cancer Care Centre Starts Receiving Patients for Radioiodine (I131) Therapy Muscat, 28 Jul (ONA) --- The Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Centre (SQCCCRC), has started receiving patients for Radioiodine (I131) Therapy, where 28 patients have received the therapy within two months. Dr. Khulood Al Riyami, Nuclear Medicine Consultant and Section Head said: “the use of Radioiodine (I131) Therapy in treating Thyroid Cancer patients has been used for decades with minimal side effects compared to other ...

Relief Sector Keeps Up Efforts in North Al Batinah, Musandam

Relief Sector Keeps Up Efforts in North Al Batinah, MusandamMadha, 28 Jul (ONA) --- Hamoud Mohammed Al Mantheri, Coordinator of the Rescue and Relief Sector at the National Committee for Emergency Management, has said that the overflowing of wadis stranded many citizens, GCC visitors and residents who were later shifted to more secure areas by the departments concerned. Al Mantheri added in a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA) that two relief centres were activated in the Wilayat of Madha and supplied with basic commodities. He said that the centres house 16 GCC visitors and 27 ...

Health Ministry Shuts Down 3 Private Health Establishments, Warns Others

Health Ministry Shuts Down 3 Private Health Establishments, Warns OthersMuscat, 27 Jul (ONA) --- The Ministry of Health has ordered the terminal closure of three private health establishments and the temporary suspension of 18 private health establishments due to the institutions’ failure to meet quality standards.The Ministry also withdrew clinical privileges from some medical staff, suspended two specialized health institutions and issued warnings to 66 private health establishments.The ministry also reprimanded 34 private health establishments for publishing advertisements ...

Arab Conference on Sustainable Cities Kicks Off in Dhofar

Arab Conference on Sustainable Cities Kicks Off in Dhofar Salalah, 27 Jul (ONA) --- Activities of the Arab Conference on Sustainable Cities, organized by the Environment Authority in cooperation with Dhofar Municipality and the Arab Towns Organization, kicked off here today. The two-day event was opened by HH Sayyid Marwan Turki Al Said, Governor of Dhofar Dr. Abdullah Ali Al Amri, Chairman of the Environment Authority, gave a speech on the occasion, saying that cities’ sustainability can only be achieved through the application of green economies. The conference, he explained, ...

Oman Participates in Arab League Media Meetings

Oman Participates in Arab League Media Meetings Amman, 26 Jul (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Information, is taking part in the media meetings (Media and Communications Sector), organized by the Arab League’s Secretariat General. The 3-day meetings, hosted by Jordan, are organized in cooperation and coordination with the Arab Commission for Satellite Broadcasting. The first session of the meetings included a seminar on the role of Arab media in combating extremism and terrorism. Working papers were presented during the session by ...

Higher Education Ministry Approves Two New Bachelor Degree Programmes

Higher Education Ministry Approves Two New Bachelor Degree Programmes Muscat, 26 Jul (ONA) --- The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation approved two new Bachelor Degree programmes for high-performing students. The first is the Applied Sciences (STEM) programme, while the second is the Humanities (ESAM) programme. The move aims to diversity internal scholarship programmes for various levels. STEM is an acronym which refers to Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, while ESAM is an acronym that refers to Education, Sciences, Social, Art ...

Oman Participates in Arab Conference on Protection of Human Rights

Oman Participates in Arab Conference on Protection, Promotion of Human Rights Cairo, 26 Jul (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman, represented by a team from Oman Human Rights Commission (OHRC), took part in the 4th high-ranking Arab regional conference on the protection and promotion of human rights. The conference was held at the headquarters of the Arab League's Secretariat General in Egypt. The conference aimed to highlight the exerted efforts to reduce the economic and social repercussions of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, analyze existing challenges and benefiting from ...

ROP Warns Tough Action Against Anyone Who Braves Flooded Wadis

ROP Warns Tough Action Against Anyone Who Braves Flooded WadisMuscat, 26 Jul (ONA) --- The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has said that anyone who takes risks crossing flooded wadis or endangers the lives of others will be dealt with firmly.The ROP pointed out that most SOS calls sent out rescue teams turned out to be the outcome of negligence in the part of the victims who happened to have deliberately risked crossing flooded wadis.The ROP reiterated that its contingency management centres are open round the clock and that its emergency response teams will assess and address each case as ...

Civil Defence Authority Says its Ready to Tackle Low Pressure Impacts

Civil Defence Authority Says its Ready to Tackle Low Pressure ImpactsMuscat, 26 Jul (ONA) --- The Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance has affirmed the activation of its centres to handle the impacts of the current low pressure in the Sultanate of Oman.Since the announcement of the depression, the Authority devised plans and supplied its centres with specialised human resources and equipment to carry out tenant emergency evacuation and related search and rescue operations.The Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance has advised all not to take risks during rains, keep away from ...

Emergency Sub-Committees Brace for Wet Weather Impacts

Emergency Sub-Committees Brace for Wet Weather ImpactsMuscat, 26 Jul (ONA) --- Sub-committees for Emergency Management tasked with tackling impacts of low-pressure rains in Oman have affirmed their preparedness to handle the situation.The latest meteorological data indicate an impending influx of cumulonimbus (thunder rain clouds) over the coast in North Al Batinah, with chances of sporadic rains in the governorates of South A’Sharqiyah, Muscat, South Al Batinah and Musandam.Thunder rains were already reported in North A’Sharqiyah, with a persisting overcasting of northern ...

Emergency Sub-Committees Brace for Wet Weather Impacts

Emergency Sub-Committees Brace for Wet Weather ImpactsMuscat, 26 Jul (ONA) --- Sub-committees for Emergency Management tasked with tackling impacts of low-pressure rains in Oman have affirmed their preparedness to handle the situation.The latest meteorological data indicate an impending influx of cumulonimbus (thunder rain clouds) over the coast in North Al Batinah, with chances of sporadic rains in the governorates of South A’Sharqiyah, Muscat, South Al Batinah and Musandam.Thunder rains were already reported in North A’Sharqiyah, with a persisting overcasting of northern ...

Decision to Establish Marksmanship Clubs Affirms Royal Attention to Youth, Sports

Decision to Establish Marksmanship Clubs Affirms Royal Attention to Youth, SportsMuscat, 25 Jul (ONA) --- Basil Ahmed Al Rawas, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, said that His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik’s blessing of a decision to set up international Olympic shooting clubs for the Sultanate of Oman affirms the Royal attention accorded to the sector of youth and sports.He added, “The decision seeks to safeguard this sport, which is deep-rooted in Omani society’s civilisation and cultural heritage, while at the same time upgrades the sport to ...