Pankaj Advani settles for bronze at IBSF World Snooker C'ship

Pankaj Advani settles for bronze at IBSF World Snooker C'ship

Doha [Qatar], Nov.29 : Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani went down against Andrew Pagett of Wales in the semi-finals at the IBSF World Snooker Championship to settle for a bronze medal here in Doha.

Advani, the fifteen-time World Champion, suffered a 14-74, 8-71, 0-87, 78-64, 0-81, 70-37, 7-80, 37-68, 19-74 defeat against Pagett in a thrilling last-four contest.

Earlier this month, the 31-year-old Indian took his world title count to 15 by defeating his Chinese opponent Zhua Xintong in the final of the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Hurghada, Egypt.

Advani will now head to Bengaluru to switch to the 3-ball game in preparation for the World Billiards Championship, which starts from December 5.

Tata-SIA airline to lease 20 A-320 planes to launch flights

Airbus A 320s20Doha: Start-up carrier Tata-SIA Airlines, which is yet to get a flying permit, will acquire at least 20 Airbus aircraft on lease from a Singapore-based firm to launch their operations in India by this winter.

"Tata-SIA has placed orders for leasing of 20 Airbus A-320s from us," Claire Leow, Head of Investor Relations of BOC Aviation Private Limited, told PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing IATA annual general meeting here.

Qatar Airways wants stake in India's IndiGo: Chief

Qatar-AirwaysDoha: Qatar Airways is interested in buying into India`s budget airline IndiGo, the head of the fast-growing Gulf carrier said on Monday.

"We are very keen on investing in IndiGo if it`s available," Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said, praising the airline as "the most successful Indian carrier".

IndiGo is "the most efficient Indian carrier and the most progressive Indian carrier... We love to be associated to that success," he told a press briefing on the sidelines of an aviation conference in the Qatari capital.

Tata Motors launches three new trucks in Qatar

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

"The launch of the Tata Prima brand in Qatar is an important milestone in Tata Motors' continued expansion in the Qatar market and the GCC region," said Ravindra Pisharody, executive director, commercial vehicles business, Tata Motors.

Paddler Harmeet Desai in Qatar Open U-21 final

Harmeet-DesaiDoha, Feb 22 : Harmeet Desai entered the final of the under-21 men's singles final beating Brazilian Hugo Calderano 11-6, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 at the $3.5 million Qatar Open Super Series Table Tennis Championships here.

He will meet Frenchman Tristan Flore in the final Sunday. Flore defeated Benjamin Brossier in an all-French semifinal encounter 11-2, 11-9, 12-10, 11-3.

Desai's victory Friday night was even sweeter as he accounted for the Brazilian who defeated compatriot Soumyajit Ghosh, the No. 5 seed, 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-4 in the quarterfinals.

Nadal wins Qatar Open to take 61st career title

Rafael NadalDoha, Jan 5 - Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, ranked No. 1 in the world, took his first title of the season and the 61st of his career by downing France's Gael Monfils Saturday in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobile Open at Doha by 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 in a two-hour match.

The win had a taste of revenge about it for the Spaniard, who lost only twice in his career to Monfils but both times at Doha, where the Frenchman beat Nadal in the 2012 semifinals and the 2009 quarterfinals.

Qatar acquires 5% stake in Bharti Airtel

Qatar acquires 5% stake in Bharti AirtelThe investment arm of the sovereign of Qatar has acquired a 5 per cent stake in leading Indian telecoms firm Bharti Airtel for $1.26 billion.

The Qatar Foundation Endowment would invest in the Indian telecom service provider and there are indications that the Qatari organisation would be a regular investor in the company. Some suggest that the Qatar Foundation Endowment is aiming to get a seat at the board of the world’s fourth largest telecom service provider.

L&T's Malaysian unit bags order in Qatar

L&T's Malaysian unit bags order in QatarTamco Switchgear (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a Malaysia-based subsidiary of engineering and construction company Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T), has said that it has received its single larger order yet from the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corp worth $85 million.

The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corp or KAHRAMAA is the sole distributor of water and electricity in Qatar. Under the contract, Tamco Switchgear will manufacture and supply 11kV Vacuum Circuit Breakers (VCBs) during a period of two years to distribution stations across the middle-eastern country.

Sharapova reaches 3rd round at Qatar Open

Maria-SharapovaDoha, Feb 13 : Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova easily reached the third round of the Qatar Open, beating French qualifier Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.

The third-ranked Russian, who won the tournament in her two previous appearances, broke Garcia twice to go up 3-0 in the first set. Garcia won the next two games but Sharapova then broke for a third time, reports Xinhua.

The second set went with serve through the first five games until Sharapova broke to go up 4-2, and she clinched the victory when the Frenchwoman hit a forehand long. (IANS)

Qatar Petroleum keen to buy stake in Petronet LNG

Qatar Petroleum keen to buy stake in Petronet LNGEnergy giant Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) has expressed its interest to acquire a 5.2 per cent stake in India's importing firm Petronet LNG, from Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The new reports about the Persian Gulf country's state-run energy firm's interest in Petronet LNG followed Qatar's Minister of Energy & Industry Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada's November announcement in which he had confirmed that he had wrote to India's Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily acknowledging QPI's plans to buy a stake in Petronet LNG.

India opposes targets for gas emissions from agriculture

India opposes targets for gas emissions from agricultureIndia, which is a major agricultural producer in the world, is strong opposing any move at the ongoing United Nations climate talks in Doha that would require developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural activities.

Ascott opens serviced apartments in Doha

Ascott opens serviced apartments in DohaThe Ascott Limited (Ascott), which is a Singapore-based luxury serviced residence company, has opened its new 229-unit serviced apartments in the capital city of Qatar, Doha.

The Ascott Doha has been opened to cater to the strong demand for serviced apartments in the city. The company said that the apartments are well to attract expatriates as well as travelers that arrive in the Middle Eastern country.

Doha talks – will nations show strength to take concrete steps against climate change?

Doha talks – will nations show strength to take concrete steps against climate change?Almost two hundred nations are meeting in Doha to make a decision on how to rein in escalating greenhouse gas emissions, but many worry that this meeting can too fail to produce the desired results.

Global temperatures could rise four degrees Celsius this century: report

Global temperatures could rise four degrees Celsius this century: reportThe World Bank has warned that global temperatures could rise by four degrees Celsius this century, causing sea levels to mount, extreme heat waves to hit frequently, crop yields to drop, unless greenhouse gas emissions are slashed significantly.

The report, titled Turn Down the Heat, said that all parts of the world will suffer devastating effects of the estimated rise in global temperatures. It warned that the poor would be most vulnerable to increase in global temperatures. The report emerged ahead of the UN climate summit in Qatar.

Lorenzo wins season-opening Qatar MotoGP Grand Prix

Lorenzo wins season-opening Qatar MotoGP Grand PrixJorge Lorenzo of Yamaha has won this weekend’s Qatar MotoGP Grand Prix, which is the first race in the season, and has taken the lead early over fiercely competitive rivals.

Lorenzo managed the win by overtaking world champion Casey Stoner at a time when there were just three laps to go in the race. Honda’s Stoner, who comes from Australia’s, was also overtaken by his teammate Dani Pedrosa in the closing stages. Stoner has won the night race four times in the last five years but managed a only third position.

Qatari shares in high demand

Rising expectations from the first quarter results pushed Qatari shares to their highest point in more than a month. Qatar National Bank, the country's biggest lender by market value, has shown robust performance by rising 0.9 per cent to hit 139.2 rials.

Masraf Al Rayan, the state's second-largest Islamic bank was also on rise with its stocks hitting to 24.2 rials reporting an increase of 6.4 per cent. Similarly, stocks of Qatar Islamic Bank ended at 83 rials.

This rise in shares of all banking stocks proved well for the Qatari index making it to register an increase of 1.1 per cent to close at the highest level since February 20. The index also took a positive note of central bank’s decision to slash interest rates by half percentage points.

London Harrods to be sold to Qatar Holdings for $2.2 billion

London Harrods to be sold to Qatar Holdings for $2.2 billionBusiness officials have said that the sale of the exclusive London department store Harrods for $2.2 billion to Qatar Holdings was finalized on Saturday.

The BBC has reported that Ken Costa, an adviser in the transaction, said owner Mohammed al-Fayed, was retiring "to spend more time with his children and grandchildren."

Harrods store sold to Qatar Holdings

Harrods Department Store has been sold to Qatar Holdings. The deal has been finalized with about 1.5 billion pound.  The Harrods owner Mr. Mohammed Al Fayed had declared that he has sold the store to Qatar Holdings.

They have signed such a deal both the firms had announced the fact officially. Mr. Al Fayed had purchased the Harrods in the year 1985 by paying 615 million pounds. Now he has been able to get a huge amount for the same from the Qatar Holdings.

However, he has denied commenting on why he has decided for this sale. Only thing he has revealed that he will remain a part of the company but will not involve in the management part.

Al Jazeera’s latest acquisition- Bosnian TV station Studio 99

Al Jazeera’s latest acquisition- Bosnian TV station Studio 99As the reports confirm, Al Jazeera has supposedly purchased Bosnian TV station Studio 99.

Al Jazeera, the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs TV channel wishes to set up a regional TV centre for the Balkan natives who are located in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

Sarajevo's mayor Alija Behmen further stated, "Al Jazeera will establish a regional office in Sarajevo which is expected to lead to the creation of new jobs".

PIL seeking withdrawal of cases against MF Husain suspended by SC

M-F-HussainM F Husain who is one of the most renowned Indian painters and moved to Qatar when he met with spate of cases over his controversial paintings of Hindu goddesses, recently accepted Qatari citizenship and gave up his Indian passport.

However, when Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party Chief Bhim Singh, filed a petition to Supreme Court urging the court to ask Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps to bring Husain back to India; SC declined to instruct the government to take steps to ensure his return to India. The court didn't withdraw any case against him too.

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