Comex 2007

OMAN'S much-anticipated IT and telecom show next month, Comex 2007, will feature more than 100 local, regional and international exhibitors, providing customers a splendid opportunity to hunt for bargain offers on the latest models of computers, mobile phones and a host of other high-tech gadgets and accessories, and businessmen to strike deals.

Now in its 17th year, the annual event has over the years become the country's biggest IT fair, attracting thousands of visitors. And, as in the past, this time also the show, at the Oman International Exhibition Centre in Seeb from March 26 to 30, will be divided into two sections 'Comex Shopper' and 'Comex Business'.

Muscat played host to a towering visitor recently. Mohammed Nawaz Mazari from Islamabad, one of the tallest men in the world, was in the city briefly to preside over an inauguration ceremony. The 7-feet-10-inch giant, who weights 200 kgs, stayed in a double room at the Radisson SAS Hotel Muscat, and apparently fully enjoyed the special treatment he received.

Kamika Jha excelled with her poignant portrayal of Anastasia, while Akshay Goplan gave a sterling performance as Dimitri and Arun Bharadwaj in his role as Vladimir. Karamanya Ahuja brought the evil Rasputin to life. Also performing commendably were Gayatri Santosh Kumar as Marie, the Empress, Erwin Nath as Bartok, the albino bat, and the other members of the cast, the dancers and the choir. The chief guest was Shaikh Salim Said Hamed Al Fannah Al Araimi, Chairman of the Galfar Group of companies and the guest of honour Professor M A Khader, Head of Curriculum Department, NCERT, New Delhi.

The Principal, G Thangadurai, read out the annual report, highlighting the school's and its students' academic and extra-curricular achievements. Also on the occasion, a farewell was given to B S Bhatnagar, former Principal of the school. Glowing tributes were paid to him by Dr P Mohammed Ali, founder of the school, and the audience, comprising several dignitaries, teachers, parents and well-wishers, gave him a standing ovation.

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