‘Dunes School has become a beacon of knowledge’

Updated 29 January 2013
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‘Dunes School has become a beacon of knowledge’

Dunes International School celebrated its 2nd Annual Day with Mohammad Azharuddin, member of the Indian Parliament and former Indian cricket captain as the chief guest.
The event, organized by the students, teaching and non-teaching staff and fully supported by school management, was the talk of the town because of the presence of the legendary cricketer.
Among the other distinguished guests of the evening were Chairman Dr. Ibrahim Al-Quayaid, Managing Director Nadeem Tarin and Directors Amjad Khan and Dr. Saleem-ur-Rahman.
Principal D. Manon highlighted the achievements of Dunes and its students in academics as well as in the fields of sports and co-curricular activities.
He explained how, in just two years, Dunes has grown into an outstanding and established beckon of knowledge.
In his address, Tarin thanked all the parents for keeping faith in the school. He appreciated the leadership qualities of Principal Manon and other members of the staff and the students “who are our tomorrow — our future.”
Azharuddin awarded outstanding performers in academics, extra-curricular activities and sports with certificates, medals and trophies.
The school management felicitated five outstanding teachers for their dedicated service and commitment towards school.
Educationist Tarin was praised for investing in the education of Eastern Province expatriate communities. “I am very happy to see his excellent contribution in the field of education,” said Azharuddin. “I came all the way from India just for him and Dunes school.”
Azharuddin praised the efforts of the teachers and students in putting up a wonderful event. He congratulated all the prizewinners and hoped that the school would attain greater heights of glory in the times to come. He encouraged the students to excel in every field of life and to respect and trust their teachers.
Around 180 toddlers from the KG section participated in the colorful programs, which included seasons fusion and Arabic dance sequels.
Tiny tots of Grade I and Grade II regaled the audience with their antics, and a charming performance of dance items like Mix Medley, Aerobics and Senorita.
Grade III to VIII children presented a variety of entertainment programs. The Drama Club presented meaningful school skits and enacted a celebrated play by William Shakespeare.
The young and energetic participants did not leave any stone unturned when they danced adroitly at the fusion of international and semi-classical songs, a Bollywood number and even a fusion of filmy qawwalis.
The function came to an end with a patriotic dance performed by the Boys Section students.
According to Amjad Khan, the school director, the school will soon be starting a Talent Hunt Program and will offer scholarships to outstanding students.


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

Updated 20 June 2018
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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.