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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Saudi prince buys $485 mn 'flying palace'

Monday - Dec 17, 2012, 11:48am (GMT+5.5)
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Dubai - Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will soon take delivery of the world's first customised A380 superjumbo, dubbed "the flying palace" for its luxury.

Alwaleed, estimated to be worth around $21.3 billion, has reportedly paid $485 million for the world's biggest private jet expected for delivery next year.

The A380 jumbo is believed to include four-poster beds, a Turkish bath, storage space for a Rolls-Royce, a boardroom, a concert hall, five suites with king-size beds, a prayer room featuring "computer generated prayer mats" which face Makkah and a lift between floors on all three levels.

Airbus Middle East president Habib Fekih confirmed on the sidelines of an aviation conference in Dubai that the aircraft would be delivered to the Saudi billionaire next year. "The A380 is planned for next year 2013," he said.

This is currently the only A380 luxury business jet on order but Fekih said he expected interest to grow.


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