Doha: The Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi on the victims after a train derailed in South Cairo on Monday night. The Heir Apparent H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani, also sent cables of condolences to the Egyptian president.
Cairo allows Qatari building materials into Gaza
Gaza: Egyptian authorities allowed the passage of 45 trucks carrying Qatari construction materials into Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing.
The trucks passed to Gaza on Monday and were carrying 1,100 cubic metres of gravel that will be used for construction work and building roads. Palestinian sources said that the Egyptian authorities had allowed the passage of 477 Qatari trucks into Gaza in the past two weeks. The trucks carried 11,395 cubic metres of gravel according to Palestinian sources.
Meanwhile, security sources said that Qatari construction materials will pass daily through the Rafah crossing into Gaza for the next two years.
725 submit applications to volunteer on Sports Day
DOHA: Over 725 people already submitted their online applications to become volunteers for the upcoming National Sports Day (NSD), just a few days after the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) had opened the programme.
QOC had worked in past events with volunteers, such as at the first edition of the National Sport Day in 2012 and the Arab Games.
The QOC started receiving applications on January 9 to create a group of individuals committed to supporting QOC’s contribution to the NSD by improving the community through sports and who take pride in assisting friends and neighbours.
With the availability of positions ranging from marketing and survey support, to special events, media operations and other NSD-related activities, the volunteer programme offers everyone the opportunity to put their skills in use, enhance their knowledge, gain significant experience, make long-lasting friendships with people from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the success of the NSD, while witnessing first-hand the activities of the day.
The NSD is celebrated every second Tuesday of February and is an initiative adopted by HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Heir Apparent.
More information about the event can be had from www.sportday.qa.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy and Finance announced the formation of a committee for NSD. It said that the committee will prepare a programme for organising and conducting the ministry’s sports events on the day.
One million use Vodafone network
Doha: Vodafone Qatar said yesterday that more than one million customers are now using its network. This marks a significant milestone in the growth of the company in Qatar.
Vodafone Qatar’s CEO Richard Daly said: “We are very proud that in just three years of operations over one million customers have chosen to become Vodafone customers. To have 55 percent of the population using our services is a great achievement for our shareholders, staff and partners.”