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Dozens of Indian workers stranded in Oman, not paid for months

Two dozen Indian workers, many of them without valid labour cards, remain stranded at a construction company in Oman and have not been paid for months, Times of Oman has reported. According to a worker, some of them haven’t been paid salary for as long as nine months. The workers have filed a case with the Ministry of Manpower and have also sought help from the Indian embassy in Oman. Meanwhile, an official from the company said they are trying to repatriate the workers as soon as they receive the funds. “Some of our bills were stuck. We will get them soon. We will be able to send workers back home in March. We will clear all the dues and send them back,” the company official added. Oman’s construction industry has contracted over the last year due to falling oil prices, resulting in hundreds of workers being laid off and sent back to their home…

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Oman government to monitor and probe expatriate remittances

A new wages database in Oman will monitor and stamp out “black market” money leaving the country, Times of Oman has reported citing the manpower minister. The project will keep tabs on how much a worker earns every month compared to how much they send back to their home countries. Cases where the  workers are sending home far higher amounts each month than they are legally entitled to earn will be probed. According to a Shura member, cross-border remittance of money earned in the black market is harming Oman’s economy. “The huge amount of money spent on overseas remittance is negatively affecting the Sultanate,” Nasser Al Khamisi said. “They are wasted investment opportunities for Oman. It absorbs the country’s wealth as it makes a big chunk of the Oman budget,” the Shura member said, describing overseas remittance as “hidden cancer to the economy.” There were 1,845,384 expatriate workers recorded in Oman…

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Emirates flight cancelled after snake found on plane

An Emirates flight from Muscat to Dubai was cancelled on Sunday morning after a snake was found on the plane. Emirates flight EK863 was cancelled before takeoff as the serpentine was discovered in the cargo hold by a staff member and removed from the aircraft. Confirming this, an Emirates spokesperson said: “Emirates can confirm that flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai on 8 January 2017, was cancelled due to a detection of a snake in the cargo hold prior to passengers boarding. ” Airline officials said that the flight was scheduled to leave Muscat at 10.50 am and arrive at Dubai at 11.55 am. However Flight Radar shows that the aircraft reached Dubai at 4.55 pm. According to officials, all passengers were booked in the best connecting airlines. “Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” the official added. It…

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Two hospitals belonging to Atlas Group being sold: Report

Two hospitals in Muscat belonging to NRI businessman Atlas Ramachandran are being sold, Times of Oman has reported citing staff members. According to the report, Atlas International for Commercial Enterprises is selling its health care divisions, Atlas Hospital and Pharmacy in Ghubrah and Ruwi in Oman. “We have around 300 people on our payroll, including a large number of doctors and nurses,” an official of Atlas Hospital told the daily. Staff members and doctors working in the hospital are anticipating a smooth transition to the new owners. “We expect that the handover will happen within the next two weeks,” a doctor said, adding that the hospitals will not be shut down during the transition and will continue to treat patients. More than 1,000 patients visit Atlas Hospital at the Ruwi and Ghubrah branches every day, which has some 100 beds, the report added. NRI businessman M.M. Ramachandran, who founded Atlas Group has…

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Indian boy dies in road accident in Oman

A 16-year-old Indian boy died in a road accident in Sohar on Wednesday night at around 9pm, Times of Oman has reported. “Muhammed Rash Ariyat, Class XI student at Indian School in Sohar, was hit by a car while crossing the road,” a social worker told the daily quoting relatives. The accident happened while he was returning after spending time at a park in Sohar. “He was wearing a cap. While crossing the road, the cap fell down. He turned back and kneeled down to pick the cap. Meanwhile, a vehicle came and hit him,” the social worker added. Government statistics reveal that in October this year, 349 accidents were registered, compared to 303 in September and 326 in August, the daily added. -Published on 29 December 2016

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Oman Air announces new baggage policy: Only one check-in baggage per person

Oman Air has announced a new baggage policy to be implemented from January, under which Economy passengers can carry only one checked-in bag weighing no more than 30kg. Passengers travelling in business and first class will be permitted one extra bag with a maximum weight of 20kg. This limit will be 30kg for passengers with valid Gold and Silver Sindbad cards. Passengers traveling in Economy with valid Gold and Silver Sindbad cards will be permitted one extra bag with a maximum weight of 20kg. For Economy passengers without Gold and Silver Sindbad cards, 30kg cannot be split into two or three pieces. #OmanAir is delighted to announce the introduction of a new baggage piece concept for launch in January 2017. pic.twitter.com/664nIRScOr — Oman Air (@omanair) December 21, 2016 Additional baggage policy Oman Air’s current pricing for additional baggage will be replaced with an ‘additional piece’ system whereby passengers will be able…

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Oman, India sign agreement to increase weekly airline seat quota

Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) has signed a bilateral air services agreement with its counterpart in India to increase 6,260 seats per week. Weekly seats increased to 27,405 In a notice uploaded on its official twitter account, the authority said that as per the agreement with India, the number of weekly seats were increased to 27,405 seats for both sides, compared with 21,145 seats a week earlier, an increase of 6,258 seats per week. With the additional capacity, Oman Air will most likely fly to new Indian destinations – mainly Kolkata and Ahmedabad. It is also expected to further increase its frequency to 11 destinations it is already flying to. The last bilateral agreement between Oman and India was signed in October 2015, where additional 5,131 seats were allotted for airlines of both the countries, a report on Muscat Daily said. Sunil V A, regional vice president, Oman Air,…

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Oman launches new version of ID, resident cards

Royal Oman Police’s (ROP) Directorate-General of Civil Status will introduce a new version of the ID card for Omanis and the resident card for residents from November 20. Expats and Omanis will be able to get the new modified version of residential and ID cards starting from Sunday. The new version of civil Cards will have high quality security specifications to ensure that it will be difficult to be forged or duplicated for illegal purposes. The modifications also included the smart card so it can be used for different new electronic applications. Its new design will include a new design that will have one more image of the cardholder along with a new chip with additional storage capacity for future e-services. Cardholders can continue to use the old cars until its expiration date. – Published on 19 November 2016

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Oman tightens tourist visa rules to curb prostitution

As part of a clampdown on prostitution, Oman will tighten restrictions on granting tourist visas for women from Southeast Asia from this month, Gulf News has reported. The decision comes after police found an increase in prostitution activities by these women who entered the country on tourist visas. Round-trip ticket and hotel booking required The immigration department at the Royal Oman Police (ROP) will now require a round-trip ticket and a booking reservation at a four-star hotel. The woman will then be granted a 10-day tourist visa. The current tourist visa is for 30 days. The woman will also have to leave the country for a month if she wants to reapply for another tourist visa. Prostitution on the rise Hundreds of Southeast Asian women have been arrested for prostitution of late, an official at the ROP told Gulf News on Wednesday. Photos and videos of these women on streets and in…

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Indian driver in Oman dies after cargo falls on him

An Indian truck driver has died in Oman after cargo off-loaded by a crane fell on his truck, Times of Oman has reported citing a company official. The victim has been identified as Francis Devassy (51) from the south Indian state of Kerala. Due to a technical glitch, the cargo fell on the cabin of the truck where Francis was sitting, a company official have reportedly told the daily. “He was rushed to hospital. However, they couldn’t save him,” the official added. The victim is survived with wife and two daughters . – Published on 7 November 2016

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