India in world's top five nations in solar power capacity

solar-powerDubai: India is among the world's top five nations in concentrated solar power (CSP) technology capacity rankings topped by the US, according to a new report.

India is placed fourth, ahead of China, in the rankings recently released in a report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21 Century (Ren21), an international multi-policy stakeholder network that promotes rapid global transition to renewable energy.

The report said although the US and Spain were the market leaders in CSP, investment in the technology was growing most rapidly in regions that receive high amounts of daily sunshine.

Emirates Group reports 26th year of consecutive profit

Emirates Group reports 26th year of consecutive profitDubai, May 8 : The Emirates Group, which owns the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) flagship carrier Emirates, Thursday announced its 26th consecutive year of profit and company-wide growth.

The financial year ending March 31, 2014, also marked an unprecedented level of investment across the group, continued expansion of its global footprint, and the achievement of new capacity milestones, it said.

India drop two places to No.5 in Test rankings

indian-test-cricket--teamDubai, May 1 : India have dropped two places to No. 5 in the latest Test rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday.

This is the biggest change in the rankings table with India dropping 10 points, currently sitting on 102.

India's 2010-11 victories against Australia, New Zealand and West Indies (away) as well as a drawn series against South Africa no longer count in the rankings. Similarly, their 2011-12 victory against the West Indies and 2012-13 victories against New Zealand and Australia are now weighted at 50 percent.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan among UNHWI investors to secure UAE property

Aishwarya-Rai-BachchanDubai, April 23 : Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one of many ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UNHWI) who are securing property in Dubai, it has been revealed.

Reports are that about 26 percent of the private wealth of the UHNWI's is spent on properties in the Middle East, and which includes film stars from India like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, Gulf News reported.

Dubai faces 500,000 construction workers' shortage

Dubai faces 500,000 construction workers' shortageDubai, April 20 - With the real estate sector in the Gulf Arab emirate Dubai showing no let-up in expanding, the construction sector here is all set to witness a shortage of 500,000 workers by 2015, a media report said here Saturday.

Dhoni named captain of World T20 Team of Tournament

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniDubai, April 7 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday announced the men’s Team of the Tournament for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its captain.

The team includes four players from India, two each from South Africa and the West Indies, and one each from Australia, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.

Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was aimed at being suited for Bangladeshi conditions, on the basis of performances at the just-concluded World T20 tournament. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections.

Dubai organisation donates $4.6 mn for Pakistani children

Dubai organisation donates $4.6 mn for Pakistani childrenDubai, March 26 - Dubai Cares announced here Tuesday a learning programme worth about $4.6 million for Pakistani school children.

The three-year programme, which aligns with and supports the UN secretary general's five-year global education initiative, will promote education transitions from pre-primary to primary school for children, especially girls and vulnerable groups, Xinhua reported.

The programme will benefit 385,800 school children in Pakistan's Sindh and Punjab regions as well as two regions in Baluchistan province.

Meet 'genius' 5-year-old Indian boy who has same IQ as Albert Einstein

Kautilya PanditDubai, March 15 - At the age when kids are just starting to learn their alphabets, a five-year-old boy, based in Haryana, India, has left psychologists stunned with his high IQ of 150 points that is similar to renowned scientist Albert Einstein.

According to Gulf News, Kautilya Pandit has extraordinary grasping skills and can recall random information about some 213 countries.

Pandit is also aware about domestic and international affairs, space, geographical borders, natural resources and such at his tender age.

World T20 set to break broadcast records: ICC

World T20 set to break broadcast records: ICCDubai, March 14 : Television coverage of the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh is set to break all previous International Cricket Council (ICC) events' broadcast records, the sport's world governing body claimed Friday.

That coverage, produced and distributed by the ICC's global media rights partner and host broadcaster, Star Sports, will have a potential reach of more than 1.8 billion viewers with live pictures shown by 29 broadcasters - both figures the highest ever for an ICC event, the world body said in a statement.

Smith signs off in 16th position in ICC Test Rankings

Graeme-SmithDubai, March 6 : South African captain Graeme Smith signed off on his impressive cricket Test career in 16th place in the ICC Rankings for batsmen announced Thursday.

Smith reached a career high of second position after his match-winning century against England in Johannesburg in January 2010. That was also when he achieved a best-ever 843 ratings points.

He ends his ODI career in 42nd position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen. Smith spent 57 matches and 160 days as the top-ranked batsman in ODI cricket between March and August 2008. He achieved a best-ever ratings points of 784 in November 2005.

China advance in Asian Cup despite loss

China advance in Asian Cup despite lossDubai, March 6 - Iraq beat China 3-1 in a dynamic and fair encounter of a group C game of the Asian Cup group stage, but both teams advance to the next round the Asian Cup 2015 in Australia, Xinhua reported.

Iraq took a 2-0 lead before the break and continued the tread on the Chinese in the early second half. Younis Mahmoud scored twice in the 23rd and 43rd minutes for the lead.

Ali Adnan managed to make it 3-0 in the 59th minute to push China to the verge of the cliff.

Federer rallies to beat Berdych for sixth Dubai title

Dubai, March 2 - Roger FedererRoger Federer has won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis championship for the sixth time, rallying from a set and a break down to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The 32-year-old Federer won his 78th Tour title Saturday night to leave John McEnroe behind and move into third in the all-time title leaders list, reports ATP Tour website. This is his first hard-court title since the 2012 Western & Southern Open and now trails only Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).

Somdev goes down to lower-ranked Jaziri

Somdev-DevvarmanDubai, Feb 26 : India's Somdev Devvarman lost to Tunisian Malek Jaziri in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships here Wednesday.

World No. 78 Devvarman went down 3-6, 5-7 against his 137-ranked opponent.

Monday, Devvarman had beaten world no. 5 Juan Martin del Potro who retired with a wrist injury after losing the first set.

The Indian entered the Dubai tournament high on confidence, winning the $100,000 ATP Challenger Delhi Open Sunday. Courtesy that win, he jumped 18 places to be 78 in the latest rankings.(IANS)

Dubai gold traders unhappy over India tightening customs rules

Dubai gold traders unhappy over India tightening customs rules Dubai, Feb 25 : Dubai's gold traders are reportedly unhappy with India's new customs rules that requires passengers flying into India to declare any gold jewellery exceeding Rs10,000 (Dh592).

Expat Indians will have to go through a layer of paperwork to take gold jewellery back to their home country.

Shamlal Ahmad, managing director of international operations at Malabar Gold and Diamonds said that whenever official try to add to the paperwork, it does crate a negative sentiment with the intended group.

Kohli rises to career-best 9th in ICC rankings

Virat-KohliDubai, Feb 19 : India's Virat Kohli has moved up two places to a career-best ninth position in the latest ICC Test batsmen rankings released Wednesday, breaking into the top-10 for the first time in his career.

His rise came following the knocks of 38 and 105 not out in the Wellington Test against New Zealand which ended Tuesday. Kohli joins seventh-ranked teammate Cheteshwar Pujara as the only two Indian batsmen inside the top-10. Pujara, however, has dropped a place after Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq overtook him in the charts.

Mumbai's Ajinkya Rahane also showed remarkable rise, leaping 15 places to 46th.

Johnson storms to 4th ICC bowlers rankings

Mitchell-JohnsonDubai, Feb 19 : Australia's Mitchell Johnson has continued to storm through the charts in the latest ICC Test bowlers rankings released Wednesday.

Johnson has jumped five places to fourth following his spectacular match-winning haul of 12/127 in the Centurion Test against South Africa. Named Player of the Match, Johnson has enjoyed a spectacular run this season and now has a total of 49 wickets from six successive Tests.

The left-arm pacer, who first entered the top-10 in November 2008, reached a career-best second in March 2009. The seamer remained a permanent fixture in the top-five until October 2010.

India retain second place in ICC ratings despite series loss

Indian-Cricket-TeamDubai, Feb 18 : India retained their second position in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings following the Wellington Test, which Tuesday ended in a draw to give New Zealand a 1-0 series win.

But the series result has made Australia's task of finishing ahead of India on the table before the April 1 cut-off date slightly easier.

Australia, who lead 1-0, need to draw the ongoing three-Test series with South Africa to leapfrog India.

India have slipped from 117 ratings points to 112 ratings points, and are ahead of Australia by just one ratings point.

Kangana Ranaut promotes film 'Queen' in Dubai

Kangana Ranaut promotes film 'Queen' in DubaiDubai, Feb. 16 : Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut along with director Vikas Bahl was in Dubai to promoter her upcoming film 'Queen' and to receive an award.

Hours before the actress was due to receive the Gr8! Women Award for distinction in cinema (acting), she said that she doesn't think she is a great woman and is yet to qualify for the adjective 'Great', Gulf News reported.

She said it felt great to receive an award in Dubai because it's an indication that people love your work outside your own country.

UAE's Emirates, Australia's Jetstar in new codeshare pact

Emirates-Jetstar-AirwaysDubai, Feb 13 : The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) national carrier Emirates airline and Australian low budget carrier Jetstar have announced an agreement which is set to open up new destinations for Emirates passengers across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Emirates' code will now be placed on a number of routes operated by Jetstar Airways in Australia and New Zealand and Jetstar Asia, giving passengers access to 27 new routes and six new destinations such as Bali in Indonesia, Byron Bay in Australia, Dunedin in New Zealand and Siem Reap in Cambodia (Subject to final regulatory approval).

Indian-origin CEO of Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre named

Gautam-SashittalDubai, Feb 3 : Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region's global gateway for commodity trade and enterprise, announced Monday that Gautam Sashittal, of Indian-origin, has been promoted and appointed as chief executive officer.

This follows the departure of Malcolm Wall Morris, who has resigned to follow a new career path.

Sashittal, who has been DMCC's chief operating officer since December 2009, has had more than 25 years of experience in the energy, resources and financial markets.

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