Dubai moves to stop ivory tusk smuggling

ivory-smugglingDubai, May 19 : An environment campaign to enhance international efforts to combat the smuggling of elephant ivory tusks is being undertaken by the Dubai Police General Command.

The new campaign is part of an ongoing bid by Dubai authorities to clamp down on the illegal shipment of elephant tusks from Africa to the Far East.

According to Gulf News daily, the police awareness campaign was launched in Dubai's International Airport and Transit lounges.

ICC announces umpires list for Champions Trophy

Champions-TrophyDubai, May 16 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday announced the names of the umpires and match referees for the June 6-23 Champions Trophy in England and Wales.

The match referees will be Chris Broad, Javagal Srinath and Andy Pycroft of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

The 12 Elite Panel of ICC Umpires are: Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Steve Davis, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Tony Hill, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Asad Rauf and Rod Tucker.

Appointments for the semifinals and the final will be announced later.(IANS)

Justin Bieber attacked on stage by fan

Justin Bieber attacked on stage by fanDubai, May 6 : Singer Justin Bieber was attacked by a fan at his show here but security guards intervened and prevented the incident from disrupting the event.

The incident took place Sunday night when the 19-year-old pop star was performing one of his last songs, "Believe".

"A man ran on stage during 'Believe' and tried to grab Bieber and knocked the piano over," a source close to the singer told usmagazine. com.

"He was a fan. Security detained the young man. All was fine and Bieber continued the show," he added.(IANS)

We will help Indian workers in Saudi Arabia: Vayalar Ravi

Vayalar-RaviDubai, May 1 : The government of India plans to hire three legal firms to help Indian workers in Saudi Arabia who are facing problems after that country's implementation of a new labour policy.

India's Minister for Overseas Indian affairs Vayalar Ravi told the media in Riyadh that the Indian embassy in the Saudi capital will engage three legal firms to help Indian workers in need of help.

"This is a work in progress and we will continue to enlarge this panel to include more legal firms and lawyers," he said.

60,000 Indians register at Indian missions in Saudi Arabia

Vayalar-RaviDubai, April 29 : Around 60,000 Indian workers have registered in the Indian embassy in Riyadh and the consulate general in Jeddah in the wake of the new Saudi labour policy, according to India's Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi.

These people have been rushing to take advantage of an amnesty scheme being offered by the country's ruler King Abdullah, the Saudi Gazette reported Monday.

The new policy, called Nitaqat, makes it mandatory for all Saudi companies to reserve 10 percent of jobs for Saudi nationals.

Bill Gates visits Dubai

Bill Gates visits DubaiDubai, April 24 : Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chairman of Microsoft Corporation, is on a visit to Dubai.

The UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid received gates at his palace.

During the meeting, the two discussed relations and partnership between Dubai Cares and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in charitable fields and securing health care, especially for children and school students in poor countries.

Flydubai makes maiden flight to South Sudan

Flydubai makes maiden flight to South SudanDubai, April 23 : Flydubai, Dubai's innovative low-cost airline, has made its maiden flight to Juba, capital of South Sudan.

The inaugural flight, FZ61, touched down at Juba Airport Sunday with Ghaith Al Ghaith, Flydubai's chief executive officer on board.

"We are delighted to have started flights to Juba, which is our 56th destination in operation across our route network," said Ghaith Al Ghaith.

Pujara 7th in Test batting rankings

Cheteshwar-PujaraDubai, March 27 : Consistent performances with the bat have helped India's Cheteshwar Pujara move into the top 10 of the ICC rankings for Test batsmen for the first-time in his career.

Pujara's unbeaten 82 helped India script a six-wicket win in the fourth Test against Australia in New Delhi, thereby registering a historic 4-0 series sweep. As a result, Pujara jumped five places, in the rankings released Wednesday, to a best seventh position with 777 ratings points.

South Africa's Hashim Amla continues to lead the batting table.

Another South African, Dale Steyn, leads the bowlers' table.

India gets $250,000 for finishing third in ICC Test rankings

indian-cricket-test-teamDubai, March 26 : The battle for second place in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings at the 1 April cut-off date resulted in a photo-finish between England and India Tuesday.

In the end, the draw at Auckland in the third and final Test against New Zealand handed England the No. 2 rank while India finished third. South Africa had already sealed their position as the No. 1 ranked Test side, meaning they not only retained the Test mace but are also assured of $450,000.

England will receive $350,000 for finishing second while India get $250,000 for third.

Arabic domain name .shabaka gets global approval

Arabic-domain.shabakaDubai, March 26 : The global regulator of web addresses, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has officially approved ".shabaka" or the Arabic translation of ".web" as a domain name.

Moving away from non-Arabic internet domain names such as .com, .net and .org, ".shabaka" beat around 1,900 other applicants globally.

The domain will be operational by the middle of this year.

ICC doles out hefty grants to Scotland and Netherlands

ICC doles out hefty grants to Scotland and NetherlandsDubai, March 11 : Cricket Scotland and Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) have been awarded $1.5 million over the next three years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) under its Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) agreement.

The $1.5 million award will be provided through to 2015, and will be used to help Cricket Scotland with a number of initiatives aimed at continuing the substantial development work being carried out throughout Scotland, which has seen both the profile of the sport grow significantly.

Afghanistan stays on course for ICC World Cup

ICC-World-Cup-2015Dubai, March 9 : Afghanistan is on course for a place in the ICC World Cup 2015 after winning both its fifth round One-Day Internationals (ODI) in the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Championship against Scotland at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Afghanistan beat Scotland by seven wickets in the first ODI Wednesday and then made it two out of two Friday by winning the second ODI by five wickets. The double-win means that Afghanistan joins Scotland on 11 points and both sides now share second position on the WCL Championship table.

South Africa can become ODI No.1

South-Africa-Cricket-TeamDubai, March 8 : South Africa enters the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan at Bloemfontein Sunday with an opportunity to reclaim the No. 1 ranking in the ICC ODI Championship Table.

South Africa is currently at fourth but can leapfrog India, England and Australia if it wins all five matches of the series. If the Proteas achieve this series result, then the side will win the ODI Shield as well as $175,000 as the top three sides have no ODIs scheduled before the April 1 cut-off.

South Africa has previously won the ODI Shield twice in 2008 and 2009.

Biggest gain for Johnson Charles in ICC rankings

Johnson-CharlesDubai, Feb 26 : Opening batsman Johnson Charles has achieved the biggest gain for West Indian batsmen in the latest ICC ODI rankings.

Charles has climbed 30 places to number 63 after separate centuries for the West Indies in Australia and in the Caribbean earlier this month.

The St. Lucian batsman, who got to three figures in the final game of the five-match ODI series against Australia and again in the first ODI against Zimbabwe in Grenada last Friday, has now soared to 439 ratings points.

India maintain lead in ICC ODI rankings

indian-cricket-teamDubai, Feb 25 : India have taken an outright lead on top of the ICC ODI rankings with 119 ratings points.

With India and Australia not scheduled to play any ODIs before the April 1 cut-off date, fourth-placed South Africa are the only side that can push India and England down the order when they take on Pakistan in a five-ODI series from March 10.

I get disturbed by controversies, says Badshah Khan

Shahrukh-KhanDubai, Feb 13 : Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has revealed that though he is able to manage all the controversies surrounding him, publically, he does get disturbed by them on the personal front.

The 47-year-old said that publicly, the controversies don't bother him much but privately they are irritating and extremely hate-able, the Gulf News reported.

The `My Name Is Khan' star asserted that as an actor, the biggest boon and the biggest bane is that when you come out in front of public you have to act or just be happy.

Dubai International Airport opens new ‘concourse A’

Dubai International Airport opens new ‘concourse A’Dubai Airports of UAE has announced the successful completion of $3.2 billion Dubai International Airport concourse A, which is the first concourse specially built to handle Airbus A380aircrafts.

The new concourse A of the airport has 20 operational gates that are all capable of handling giant A380 aircrafts. The concourse has handled 2450 flights and more than 589,000 passengers since it was opened on 2 January,
2013. The opening of the concourse A has expanded the airport's overall passenger capacity from 60 to 75 million per year.

Raina breaks into top 10 for first time

Suresh-RainaDubai, Jan 28 : India batsman Suresh Raina has broken into the top-10 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career.

Raina has jumped 15 places to 10th in the latest rankings released Monday. Raina was named player of the series against England after he scored 277 runs in the five-match series at an average of 92.33. Raina's efforts also helped him achieve a career-best 669 ratings points.

Another batsman inside the top 10 to improve his ranking is England captain Alastair Cook, who has moved up one place to seventh.

Indian NRIs’ properties back home becoming targets of greedy relatives and dubious developers

PropertyDubai, Jan 17 : Greedy relatives and shady agents are unlawfully grabbing the properties of Indian expatriates living in Dubai.

Caught in this miserable scenario, many Indian expatriates in Dubai are seemingly fighting the unending legal battles back home.

According to Gulf News, and it is not easy to pay hassle-free frequent visits to India, and go through the notoriously lengthy legal process in the country.

Some cannot even put on combat gear as the enemy, in many cases, is there own parents or siblings.

Pakistan Super League has huge potential: Ex-ICC chief

Haroon-Lorgat.Dubai, Jan 16 : Former International Cricket Council boss, Haroon Lorgat, who is now a consultant for the Pakistan Cricket Board''s new Twenty20 league, has said the Pakistan Super League has huge potential and will attract top foreign players to participate in the event soon.

Lorgat said there are great talents within the country and that the response he has seen for the upcoming league has excited him, reports The Nation. Lorgat, who was the Chief Executive of ICC during a crucial phase, strongly believes that foreign players will return to play in Pakistan.

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