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queen puts forward son as next head of commonwealth

welcomes leaders from the 53 commonwealth nations — mostly former colonies — to buckingham palace for two days of talkscommonwealth leaders pose with britain’s queen elizabeth during the formal opening of the commonwealth heads of government meeting at buckingham palace in london.london: queen elizabeth ii, the head of the commonwealth, opened the commonwealth summit for what may be the last time on thursday voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role.queen elizabeth, who turns 92 on saturday, welcomed leaders from the 53 commonwealth nations — mostly former colonies — to buckingham palace for two days of talks that will include discussions on trade, marine protection and tackling cyber crime.in her opening speech, queen elizabeth spoke of her own “extraordi...





‘new look’ groceries in dubai improves shopping experience

several changes being made in grocery stores to sport new look and feel in dubaidubai: grocery owners in dubai who have renovated their shops to sport a new look based on new regulations have reported positive feedback in the form of sales and customer experience.the new criteria for licensing groceries in the emirate were announced by the business registration and licensing (brl) sector in the department of economic development in 2016. they have urged all grocery stores in dubai to integrate the new standards before the end of 2018. the initiative aims to have a uniform identity for all grocery stores in line with international standards.the same scheme was implemented in abu dhabi under the “baqala” (corner store) system nearly five years ago.the new criteria stipulates new shop ext...





battle against obesity in uae starts with slashing sugar in food products

front-of-pack labelling for pre-packaged foods is another measure being considered to reduce obesityabu dhabi: to curb the spread of obesity in the uae, health regulators are currently discussing the implementation of front-of-pack labelling for pre-packaged foods, as well as a 20 per cent decrease in the sugar content of food products.the initiatives are part of a 12-point strategy developed by the abu dhabi department of health (doh) to combat childhood obesity, and the hope is that the measures will be adopted across the country, dr jamal al mutawa, manager for community health and surveillance at the department, told gulf news in the capital on thursday.“our records showed a concerning increase in childhood obesity in the emirate of abu dhabi between 2010 and 2015. in fact, the propo...





health and safety at expo 2020 dubai site discussed

dubai: expo 2020 dubai gathered leading experts on thursday for the first of a series of health, safety, quality and environment (hsqe) leadership events.the session included contractors, sub-contractors, project managers, regulators and partners, along with expo 2020’s construction and health and safety team leaders. regulators from dubai municipality and the ministry of human resources and emiratisation (mohre) were also present.the session covered a wide selection of hsqe subjects related to the first world expo to be held in the middle east, africa and south asia (measa) region.ahmad al khateeb, expo 2020 dubai’s senior vice-president for real estate and delivery, said the health and safety of all workers on the site — who now number 15,000 — was a joint responsibility.“this ...





sc dismisses pleas seeking probe into death of judge loya

lawyer prashant bhushan, one of the petitioners, addresses journalists after the supreme court dismissed the please seeking a probe into judge b.h. loya’s death.new delhi: a three-judge bench headed by chief justice of india (cji) dipak misra on thursday dismissed a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into circumstances leading to death of judge bh loya in 2014 while he was hearing the high profile sohrabuddin shaikh encounter.holding that there was absolutely no merit in the pleas, the bench comprising justice a m khanwilkar and justice d y chandrachud, said that judge loya had met a “natural death”.justice chandrachud observed that there was no reason to doubt the statement given by the four judges, who were with loya on the last day of his life and had termed his death “...





dubai municipality celebrates world heritage day

dubai: the architectural heritage department of dubai municipality has joined the world heritage day celebrations of unesco, observed on april 18 every year.the municipality, which has extended the activities until friday, april 20, has organised various heritage events at the mercato mall as part of its annual programme to promote heritage awareness and preserve the popular heritage of the uae, according to a press release.the events, with the slogan, “heritage for generations,” include a series of exhibitions such as a photo exhibition of the shaikhs of the uae by al nahda women’s association, an exhibition of the photographs of the architectural heritage society, an exhibition of arabic calligraphy and stamp collections, and a gallery of heritage collections in cooperation with za...





pencil this in: a tamilian stationery marathon

rj nimmi receiving a 24-karat gold plated dhow as a memorabilia.dubai: the uae has witnessed many marathons and half-marathon, but this one is with a difference. uae-based rj nimmi wanted to celebrate his radio channel 89.4 tamil fm’s third anniversary on april 14 in a unique way: by staying live on radio for 89 hours and 40 minutes. and the proceeds of it went into collecting stationery for underprivileged children.beginning at 4pm on april 11, nimmi went on to complete his task at 9.40am on april 15.“the idea was sparked from venkat krishnamoorthy, popularly known as the pencilman for his charity work, and felt it is an opportunity to give something back to the country and perform for a noble cause and combined it with my company’s third anniversary,” nimmi said.narrating the eve...





committee formed to uplift facilities in dubai’s neighbourhoods

dubai: dawood al hajiri, director general of dubai municipality has issued an administrative decision to form a committee for the development of residential neighbourhoods in dubai, the civic body announced on thursday.the committee will look into the improvement of the level of municipal services in the residential neighbourhoods by enhancing the amenities, service locations, recreational, beautification and heritage sites, it said in a press release.the decision is in line with the directives of his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, to provide citizens with a decent living environment and to provide them with the right accommodation options that will meet their needs and ensure their families the comfort and s...





fire destroys umm al quwain tyre factory

umm al quwain: a fire broke out in a tyre factory in the umm al thuoob industrial area in umm al quwain on thursday afternoon.no one was injured in the blaze, which started at about 5.30pm, but the factory was destroyed, said a spokesman for civil defence.the building and surrounding areas were evacuated.firefighters are currently working to contain the blaze.





uk judge grants billionaire’s former wife ownership of $540m yacht impounded in dubai

but russian billionaire tells gulf news he will fight for ‘luna’ release from dubai impoundingdubai: a london high court judge handed down an “enforcement order” on thursday that the ownership of $540-million superyacht ‘luna’, now impounded in dubai, be immediately transferred to the name of the ex-wife of a russian billionaire who is fighting for release of the vessel amid what’s believed to be the united kingdom’s most expensive divorce.justice haddon-cave’s judgement, obtained by gulf news, is the latest in a string of court orders attempting to recover a $641-million divorce settlement two years ago awarded to ex-wife tatiana mikhavilovna akhmedova against oil and gas tycoon farkad akhmedov who is disputing the uk courts’ jurisdiction.in february, agents acting on ...





despite changes after 2012 horror, india’s rape victims denied speedy justice

the data was collated by reuters amid mounting public anger over crimes against womennew delhi: india launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty after a gruesome assault on a young woman shocked the country in 2012, but crime statistics indicate the situation has got worse, not better, since then.the data was collated by reuters amid mounting public anger over crimes against women after two horrific cases in recent months that has, once again, cast a harsh light on systemic problems plaguing the country’s police and courts.the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in kashmir state and the arrest of a ruling party legislator for the rape of a teenage mother in uttar pradesh province have sparked nationwide outrage, drawing nightmarish parall...





iraq carries out air strikes on daesh in syria

iraqi f-16 warplanes crossed into syria to carry out the strikes after coordination with al assada f16 fighter jet at un undisclosed location in iraq. the iraqi air force carried out a "deadly raid" against positions of daesh in neighbouring syria.baghdad: iraq on thursday carried out air strikes on daesh positions in syria a week after prime minister haider al abadi said his country would defend itself from militant threats across the border.iraqi f-16 warplanes crossed into syria to carry out the strikes after coordination with syrian president bashar al assad’s government, an iraqi military spokesman said.“carrying out air strikes on daesh gangs in syrian territories is because of the dangers posed by said gangs to iraqi territories and is proof of the improved capabilities of our...





taxi crashes into khor fakkan money exchange

an asian taxi driver escaped unharmed after his car rammed into uae exchange in khor fakkan.khor fakkan: an asian taxi driver escaped unharmed after his car rammed a money exchange branch in khor fakkan on wednesday.a police official told gulf news that the taxi ploughed into the uae exchange branch in sharjah central region in the morning after the driver accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes, sending the vehicle crashing into the glass door of the office.none of the uae exchange staff or customers was injured in the accident.the driver was busy and was not concentrating at the time of the incident, police said.sharjah police reminded motorists to be aware of their surroundings at all times and avoid distractions while driving.





resignation of nia court judge rejected

south zone dcp v satyanarayana along with other officials at the historic masjid in old city of hyderabad.hyderabad: the judge who on monday had submitted his resignation, hours after acquitting the accused in makkah masjid blast case, resumed duties on thursday.judge k. ravinder reddy had resigned after delivering the verdict, which found the prosecution had failed in proving charges against the five accused — who belonged to various hardline hindu groups.the resignation of the 4th metropolitan judge and judge of national investigating agency (nia) court was rejected by the acting chief justice of hyderabad high court, ramesh ranganathan, who also cancelled his leave.the acting chief justice directed the judge to return to work and he resumed duties at the nampally court complex on thur...





al assad moves to crush last besieged enclaves around damascus

daesh militants were given 48 hours to exit yarmouk camp while jaish al islam began evacuating town of dumayrrussian soldiers and syrian government forces overseeing the evacuation of rebel fighters from the army of islam and their families from dumayr, northeast of damascus.beirut: the syrian government on thursday stepped up its efforts to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another.president bashar al assad scored a major victory this month by retaking eastern ghouta, the biggest rebel stronghold near damascus, putting his forces in by far their strongest position since the early months of the seven-year-old civil war.on thursday rebels were continuing to surrender under deals that allow ...





children get to learn logical maths at reading festival

workshop at sharjah children’s reading festival helps children understand the value of numbers and tricks of calculationsharjah: youngsters at the sharjah children’s reading festival have been learning that mathematics is more than a numbers game, as they faced some tough problem-solving challenges in a ‘mathnasium’ workshop.the children, aged between six and ten years, were given a series of logical arithmetic papers to test their mental maths agility and some valuable advice on how to use it in their day-to-day lives.managing the workshop, earland perito from the uae-based mathnasium learning centre used matchsticks, magic squares and ‘kidoku’ to help the would-be einsteins understand the value of numbers and the tips and tricks of calculation.“mathematics is a subject whic...





surprise daesh attack kills 25 regime forces in east syria: monitor

mayadeen lies in the eastern province of deir al zor on the western bank of the euphrates riverbeirut: daesh launched a surprise attack near a town in eastern syria they had lost six months ago, killing at least 25 regime forces, a monitor said thursday.at least 13 daesh militants were also killed in the attack which was carried out near mayadeen on wednesday afternoon, the syrian observatory for human rights monitor said.mayadeen lies in the eastern province of deir al zor on the western bank of the euphrates river and is flanked by the vast badia desert to its west and south.a military source on thursday however denied any attack against positions of the syrian army along the western bank of the euphrates.but intermittent bombardment on army positions from its eastern bank had prompted r...





queen puts forward son as next head of commonwealth

welcomes leaders from the 53 commonwealth nations — mostly former colonies — to buckingham palace for two days of talkslondon: queen elizabeth ii, the head of the commonwealth, opened the commonwealth summit for what may be the last time on thursday voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role.queen elizabeth, who turns 92 on saturday, welcomed leaders from the 53 commonwealth nations — mostly former colonies — to buckingham palace for two days of talks that will include discussions on trade, marine protection and tackling cyber crime.in her opening speech, queen elizabeth spoke of her own “extraordinary journey” as head of the commonwealth, which started under her father king george vi with the london declaration of 1949.“it is my sincere wish that the com...





single-use plastics could be banned in england next year

consultation to start later this year as theresa may continues drive against plastic wastelondon: cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics could be banned from sale in england next year in the next phase of the campaign to try to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans.prime minister theresa may hopes to use the announcement to encourage the commonwealth heads of government to join the fight as the meeting opens formally on thursday. “the commonwealth is a unique organisation with a huge diversity of wildlife, and environments — so it is vital we act now,” the prime minister will say, urging all commonwealth countries to participate.cotton buds, often flushed down the lavatory, are one of the most serious sources of marine pollution. they are s...





uk could enjoy hottest april day in almost 70 years

temperature could reach 28c in south-east england as warm and sunny weather is forecast for most parts of britainlondon: parts of the uk could experience the warmest april day in almost 70 years with temperatures in the hottest spots possibly reaching 28c.the current balmy spell is set to peak in the south-east of england on thursday, where it is forecast to be hotter than spain and italy.temperatures are predicted to beat wednesday’s highs of 25c in both gravesend in kent and st james’s park in london — the warmest day of the year so far.sunny skies will push temperatures to the low 20s in most of england and wales, but in the south-east thermometers are expected to hit 26c, 27c or 28c. while they are not expected to challenge uk’s the warmest april day of 29.4c recorded in 1949, ...