Qatar

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Qatar: Tiny Arab Emirate and Oil Rich Country

Qatar was ruled by Bahraini sheikhs till 1871 when they were overthrown by the Qatari people and later on the British installed the al-Thani family in charge of Qatar’s affairs who have continued to lord over Qatar till today. Qatar was previously an impoverished Arab state and a pearl fishing village but the discovery of large reserves of oil in the 1940’s changed its fortunes and today the country is one of the leading oil producers and has 15% of the global proved gas reserves. This oil wealth has bestowed a highly affluent lifestyle upon the Qatari people. Emir Hamid bin Khalifa also introduced certain liberal reforms like press freedom, voting rights for women and framing a new constitution in 2005 that ushered in democratic parliamentary government in Qatar. The country has a liberal press and the Al-Jazeera channel is one of the leading media houses in all of Arab world.

Qatar Facts and Figures

    · National Name: State of Qatar
    · Capital: Doha
    · Total area: 11,437 sq km
    · Population: 855,000 (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Riyal
    · Languages: Arabic (official); English a common second language
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Arab 40%, Pakistani 18%, Indian 18%, Iranian 10%, other 14%
    · Religion: Religion Muslim 77.5%, Christian 8.5%, other 14% (2004 census)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $87,600 (CIA Factbook)
    · Life Expectancy: 75 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)
    · Literacy: 89% (2004 census)

Qatar Geography and Climate:
The Qatari peninsula borders the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia to its south and is located strategically amidst vast petroleum deposits. Qatari landscape is mostly flat and rocky with some limestone formations along the coasts. Halul is the most important of Qatar’s island and is major oil storage and loading terminal to the surrounding areas.

Qatari people have to experience a long and intensely hot summer that lasts from May to September with temperatures exceeding 55°C while winters are mild with temperatures touching 17°C. Water is scarce and rainfall is minimal although sudden cloud bursts may take place sometimes.

Qatar Culture and Tradition:
Qatari culture bears a close resemblance to other cultures in the region. Qatar’s governance is explicitly based on Sunni law with the majority of its population followers of Hanbali Madhhab, one of the four Sunni schools prevalent in Qatar. Shia’s comprise 10% of the population, but owing to large-scale immigration comprising of foreign professionals and labourers, foreigners have outnumbered the local Qatari population.

Qatari Economy:
Prior to the discovery of its vast oil reserves in the 1940’s Qatar was a largely agrarian country dependent on fishing and pearling. Today Qatari people enjoy one of the highest per capita incomes in the world fuelled by its vast energy resources. Nearly 85% of Qatar’s exports are oil based and the country has recently taken steps to widen its economic based and set up a Qatar Science and Technology Park and Qatar Financial Centre in Doha apart from other measures.

Qatar Tourist Attractions:
Like all Arab countries Qatar offers its own brand of fun that consists of sun and sand. You can go four wheeling i.e. drive on the golden sandy deserts or prefer camel rides in the majestic deserts. Local shops called ‘souks’ are a great place to shop till you drop. The Doha City Center Mall offers great shopping experience and is one of the biggest malls in the Middle East.

Other Qatari Places to See include:

    · Palm Tree Island
    · Gold Souq
    · Aladdin’s Kingdom
    · Qatar Beaches

Israel arrests Palestinian footballer for aiding Hamas

June 12, 2014 at 4:47 AM

Jerusalem, June 12 (IANS) A Palestinian soccer player has been arrested on charges of meeting a Hamas militant in Qatar in April and helping with delivering money to the group's operatives in the West Bank, Israeli authorities said Wednesday.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

June 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Vienna, June 10 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.72 a barrel Monday, compared to $105.38 last Friday, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations.

FIFA Congress to be aired Live on web

June 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Sao Paulo, June 10 (IANS) The 64th FIFA Congress gets under way here Tuesday and football fans can watch the opening ceremony live on FIFA.com, according to the official website of the International Football Federation.

Ecuador calls up last-minute replacement

June 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Quito, June 10 (IANS) Ecuador called up a last-minute replacement to their 2014 World Cup squad after Segundo Castillo got injured in a warm-up match ten days ago.

Xavi to decide future after World Cup

June 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Barcelona, June 7 (IANS/EFE) Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez will wait until after 2014 World Cup to decide whether to move to Qatar, where he received an attractive offer, or stay at the Catalan club.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

June 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Vienna, June 6 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.73 a barrel Thursday, compared to $105.56 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price again closes lower

June 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Vienna, June 4 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.14 a barrel Tuesday, compared to $105.960 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

June 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Vienna, June 2 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.91 a barrel Friday, against $106.45 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Kuwaiti Emir visits Iran to mend troubled ties

June 2, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Tehran, June 2 (IANS) Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah arrived here Sunday for a landmark visit to mend bilateral ties that were troubled by Iran's alleged intervention of internal affairs of some Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Mahindra's Oliveira misses podium, finishes 4th

June 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Mugello (Italy), June 1 (IANS) Mahindra Racing's Miguel Oliveira displayed all his skills to claim a resounding fourth place in an extremely close Moto3 Italian Grand Prix at the Mugello Circuit here Sunday.

For one US soldier, five Taliban leaders freed

June 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Washington/Kabul, June 1 (IANS) A US soldier seized by the Taliban nearly five years ago in Afghanistan has been released after five Taliban leaders held in Guantanamo Bay were let off, US and Taliban officials said.

US soldier freed by Taliban in Afghanistan

June 1, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Washington, June 1 (IANS) A US soldier held by the Taliban in their custody for nearly five years in Afghanistan was released Saturday in a deal which included freeing five Afghan detainees in exchange, authorities here said.

OPEC daily basket price closes slightly lower

May 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Vienna, May 30 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $106.45 a barrel Thursday, against $106.79 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes tad higher

May 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Vienna, May 28 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $106.79 a barrel Tuesday, against $106.73 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes slightly lower

May 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Vienna, May 27 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $106.73 a barrel Monday, against $106.92 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes tad lower

May 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Vienna, May 26 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $106.92 a barrel Friday, against $107.00 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

SpiceJet says not selling slots to Qatar Airways

May 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Friday refuted reports that it was in talks with Qatar Airways for selling its overseas slots. The company, however, reiterated that it is in discussion with an external entity for getting funds.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher again

May 23, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Vienna, May 23 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $107.00 a barrel Thursday, against $106.82 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Fatah, Hamas choose PM of Palestine unity government

May 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Gaza, May 22 (IANS) Officials from the Islamic Hamas movement and the Fatah Party have tapped the premier of the Palestinian National Authority, Rami Hamdallah, for the role of prime minister in the Palestinian unity government, an official said Thursday.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

May 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Vienna, May 22 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $106.82 a barrel Wednesday, against $106.18 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

May 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Vienna, May 21 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $106.18 a barrel Tuesday, against $106.43 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

May 20, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Vienna, May 20 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $106.43 a barrel Monday, against $105.95 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

India to take part in key regional summit in Shanghai

May 19, 2014 at 9:18 PM

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) An Indian delegation headed by Dinkar Khullar, secretary in the external affairs ministry, will attend a key regional conference in Shanghai on cooperation and security.

Modi win spells hope for Indians in Gulf

May 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Dubai, May 17 (IANS) There have been mixed reactions among expatriate Indians living in the Gulf countries following the landslide victory of the BJP, led by Narendra Modi, in the Indian general elections. While some expressed hope and enthusiasm, for others, there was disappointment.

Qatar PM wishes Modi

May 17, 2014 at 8:02 PM

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani Saturday congratulated BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on his success in the general election.

OPEC daily basket price closes over a dollar higher

May 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Vienna, May 15 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.62 a barrel Wednesday, against $104.50 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Tata Motors launches three new trucks in Qatar

May 14, 2014 at 6:58 PM

New Delhi/Doha, May 14 (IANS) Tata Motors Wednesday launched in Qatar three new heavy trucks from its 'Prima' range of commercial vehicles, along with its partners Al-Hamad Automobiles.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

May 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Vienna, May 14 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood a tad lower at $104.50 a barrel Tuesday, against $104.21 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes tad lower

May 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Vienna, May 13 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood a tad lower at $104.21 a barrel Monday, against $104.46 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

May 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Vienna, May 12 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.46 a barrel Friday, against $103.94 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Asian Games bid: IOA running out of time

May 12, 2014 at 7:14 PM

New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) India can bid for the 2019 Asian Games if the new union government taking office later this month takes a priority view and clears it to meet the July 1 deadline.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

May 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Vienna, May 9 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.94 a barrel Wednesday, against $103.69 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Fraser-Pryce favourite at IAAF Diamond League

May 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Doha, May 9 (IANS/CMC) All eyes will once again be on reigning World and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce when the lucrative IAAF Diamond League opens here with the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix.

OPEC daily basket price closes at same level

May 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Vienna, May 8 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.69 a barrel Wednesday, unchanged from Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Indian expatriate dies in Qatar road mishap

May 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Doha, May 7 (IANS) An Indian expatriate died in Qatar after the vehicle he was travelling in hit a trailer parked on a road, media reported Wednesday.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

May 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Vienna, May 7 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.69 a barrel Tuesday, against $104.35 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Mahindra Racing struggling in 2014 Moto3 season

May 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) After a strong 2013 Moto3 season, finishing third in the manufacturers' standings, Mahindra Racing is struggling in the ongoing 2014 season in the 250cc class of the World Motorcycle Racing Championship.

OPEC daily basket price closes tad higher

May 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Vienna, May 6 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.35 a barrel Monday, against $104.25 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes tad lower

May 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Vienna, May 5 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.25 a barrel Friday, against $103.77 lats Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Injured Rudisha to skip Doha Diamond League meet

May 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Nairobi, May 5 (IANS) Kenya's David Rudisha will not be returning to the track in Doha, Qatar May 9 for the first leg of the 2014 Diamond League series.

OPEC daily basket price closes tad lower

May 2, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Vienna, May 2 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.77 a barrel Thursday, against $103.95 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Saudi Arabia holds its biggest military exercise

May 2, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Dubai, May 2 (IANS) Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest arms importers, has held its biggest military exercise over two weeks in three theaters across the country reportedly involving some 100,000 personnel from its army, navy and air force.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

April 30, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Vienna, April 30 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.95 a barrel Tuesday, against $105.43 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes slightly higher

April 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Vienna, April 29 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.43 a barrel Monday, against $105.37 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

April 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Vienna, April 28 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.37 a barrel Friday, against $105.20 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Iraqi forces cast ballots ahead of parliamentary elections

April 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Baghdad, April 28 (IANS) Iraqi security personnel Monday cast their votes across the country ahead of parliamentary elections April 30 amid tight security.

Iraq's general elections scheduled for April 30

April 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Tehran, April 27 (IANS) Iraq is all set to go to polls April 30 amid threats from Al Qaeda linked militants to disrupt the elections, a media report said Sunday.

FIFA calls for Qatar World Cup probe results

April 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 26 (IANS) FIFA said that results of an investigation in to Qatar's choice as the 2022 World Cup host could be revealed within weeks.

FIFA upbeat about World Cup

April 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 26 (IANS) FIFA is upbeat about Brazil hosting the World Cup after months of heaping criticism on the country for delays in preparations.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

April 25, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Vienna, April 25 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.20 a barrel Thursday, against $104.99 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

L&T wins $740 mn contract from Qatar Railways

April 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Friday said its heavy civil infrastructure business unit has secured a $740 million (Rs.4,510 crore) order from Qatar Railways for designing and building the rail line for the Doha Metro project.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

April 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Vienna, April 24 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.99 a barrel Wednesday, against $105.19 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Deal with Hamas boosts two-state solution: Abbas

April 24, 2014 at 1:10 AM

Ramallah, April 24 (IANS) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the reconciliation deal reached with his rival Hamas movement will empower the principle of the two-state solution.

Decide between peace with Hamas or Israel: Israeli PM to Abbas

April 23, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Jerusalem/Gaza, April 23 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Wednesday reports of growing communication between the rival Palestinian Hamas and Fatah movements, demanding that the Palestinian president choose between peace with Hamas or with Israel.

Palestinian rivals agree on government formation, elections

April 23, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Gaza, April 23 (IANS) The Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold general elections, a senior Palestinian official said.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

April 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Vienna, April 23 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.19 a barrel Tuesday, against $105.34 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes tad lower

April 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Vienna, April 22 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.34 a barrel Monday, against $105.53 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes slightly higher

April 16, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Vienna, April 16 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.21 a barrel Tuesday, compared to $104.81 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Indian among four charged for negligence in resturant blast

April 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Doha, April 15 (IANS) An Indian man was among four people charged with dereliction of duty that caused gas explosion in a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital and led to the death of 11 people, leaving 35 injured here, media reported Tuesday.

Mahindra's Oliveira bags a point in GP of Americas

April 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Austin (United States), April 14 (IANS) Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira showed fighting spirit at the Moto3 Grand Prix of the Americas to emerge from a multi-bike first corner melee -- that eliminated teammate Arthur Sissis -- to fightback from the back of the field to finish 15th and score the last championship point.

OPEC daily basket price closes slightly lower

April 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Vienna, April 14 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.07 a barrel Friday, compared to $104.33 Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes slightly higher

April 11, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Vienna, April 11 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.33 a barrel Thursday, compared to $104.22 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

April 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Vienna, April 10 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood higher at $104.22 Wednesday, compared to $103.16 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

April 9, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Vienna, April 9 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.16 Tuesday, compared to $102.16 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Kenya's Rudisha hopeful of competing in Commonwealth Games

April 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Nairobi, April 8 (IANS) Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha will return to action during the Doha Diamond League meeting in Qatar May 9 and said he hoped to take part in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

April 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Vienna, April 8 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $102.16 Monday, compared to $103.12 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price higher

April 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Vienna, April 7 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.12 Friday, compared to $101.57 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Only a few Indians in Gulf countries likely to vote (Election Special)

April 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Complicated procedures, high travel cost and trust deficit hold millions of Indian nationals in the Gulf countries back from casting their votes in India's general elections which will begin Monday.

OPEC daily basket price closes tad lower

April 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Vienna, April 4 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $101.57 a barrel Thursday, compared to $101.72 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

April 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Vienna, April 3 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $101.72 a barrel Wednesday, compared to $103.25 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes still lower

April 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Vienna, April 2 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.25 a barrel on Tuesday, compared to $104.08 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

EU, US to reduce Europe's energy dependence on Russia

April 2, 2014 at 3:01 AM

Brussels, April 2 (IANS/EFE) The European Union and US officials plan to meet this week to discuss ways of reducing Europe's energy dependence on Russia.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

April 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Vienna, April 1 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.08 a barrel Monday, compared to $104.27 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Qatar to hold tournament for migrants to deflate 'exploitation' accusations

March 31, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Dubai, Mar. 31 (ANI): Qatar is reportedly holding a competition just for the migrant workers, which have been employed by the nation to build facilities for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to deflate accusations that the foreign workers are being exploited there.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

March 31, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Vienna, March 31 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.27 a barrel Friday, compared to $103.79 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Qatar accused of working 1,200 migrants to death in building boom ahead of 2022 WC

March 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

London, Mar. 31 (ANI): Qatar has been reportedly accused of working 1,200 people to death after it was revealed that these migrant workers are forced to live in squalor, as the nation spends 39 billion-pound on its building bonanza for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Egypt accuses al-Jazeera editor of espionage involving deposed Morsi

March 31, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Islamabad, Mar. 31 (ANI): An editor of Al-Jazeera television has been accused of helping leak classified intelligence documents in an espionage case involving deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

March 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Vienna, March 28 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.79 a barrel Thursday, compared to $103.62 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

UEFA creates confusion among fans, media with ' League of Nations' announcement

March 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Washington, Mar 28 (ANI): European football governing body's latest plan to revolutionize international football with the new 'League of Nations' has reportedly created confusion after its announcement.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher again

March 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Vienna, March 27 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.62 a barrel Wednesday, compared to $103.39 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Qatar seeks Indian investment in infrastructure

March 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Qatar needs Indian investment in infrastructure development and cooperation in its privatization process, Sultan bin Rashid Al Khatir, under secretary in Qatar's ministry of economy and commerce, said here Wednesday.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

March 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Vienna, March 26 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.39 a barrel Tuesday, compared to $103.13 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Qatari business seeks to step up economic engagement with India

March 26, 2014 at 1:34 PM

New Delhi, Mar.26 (ANI): Qatar is seeking to step up its economic engagement with India. This was highlighted at the India - Qatar Business forum organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry here today.

Kuwait concerned over rise in disputes in Arab world

March 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Kuwait, March 25 (IANS) Expressing concern over the increasing disputes between Arab countries, Kuwait Tuesday said the lingering Syrian crisis was threatening international security.

OPEC daily basket price closes a little lower

March 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Vienna, March 25 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.13 a barrel Monday, compared to $103.30 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Gas leak in pizza oven caused Doha blast, shows probe

March 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Dubai, March 25 (IANS) An explosion in Qatar's capital Doha in February which claimed 11 lives, including those of five Indians, was caused by gas leak in the pizza oven of a Turkish restaurant, the country's interior ministry announced.

OPEC daily basket price closes higher

March 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Vienna, March 24 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.30 a barrel Friday, compared to $102.37 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Russell Crowe expected controversy over upcoming film 'Noah'

March 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Washington, March 24 (ANI): Russell Crowe starrer 'Noah', which has been banned in like Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE, has been snubbed by various Islam-based countries, but the actor said he fully expected the controversy.

Blatter 'mum' over 'Qatar losing out on 2022 World Cup' report after new bribery allegations

March 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

London, Mar 22 (ANI): FIFA president Sepp Blatter is reportedly tight-lipped on whether Qatar could be stripped of the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup over a new round of bribery allegations, which have been referred to its ethics committee.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

March 21, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Vienna, March 21 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $102.37 a barrel Thursday, compared to $103.16 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Eight Mahindra Racing powered bikes for Moto3

March 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Mumbai, March 20 (IANS) Mahindra Racing, the only Indian constructor in Grand Prix motorcycle racing, will see a record eight teams using its engine at the season opening Qatar Grand Prix March 23.

OPEC daily basket price closes lower

March 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Vienna, March 19 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.29 a barrel Tuesday, compared to $103.85 Monday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes tad higher

March 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Vienna, March 18 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.85 a barrel Monday, compared to $103.83 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

OPEC daily basket price closes slightly higher

March 17, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Vienna, March 17 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.83 a barrel Friday, compared to $103.71 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

Qatar says 'factual errors' in report about mistreating 2012 FIFA WC venue construction workers

March 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Karachi, Mar. 17 (ANI): Qatar has said that an international labour union's report, which accused it of mistreating workers who are constructing venues for football's 2022 World Cup, was riddled with 'factual errors'.

Belmadi appointed coach for Qatar football team

March 16, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Doha, March 16 (IANS) Algeria's Djamel Belmadi has been appointed as the head coach of Qatar's national team, the country's football governing body said Sunday.

New India Assurance focuses on retail lines with new products

March 14, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Chennai, March 14 (IANS) Government-owned non-life insurer New India Assurance Company has decided to focus on retail lines of business to fuel its growth with new products and distribution points, a top company official said Friday.

OPEC crude basket closes tad lower

March 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Vienna, March 14 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.71 a barrel Thursday, compared to $103.75 Wednesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.

UAE summons Iraqi envoy

March 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Abu Dhabi, March (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has summoned Iraq's ambassador and lodged a protest against the Iraqi prime minister's statement that Saudi Arabia was funding terrorism.

OPEC crude basket closes lower

March 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Vienna, March 13 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $103.75 a barrel Wednesday, compared to $104.38 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.