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  SATURDAY            OCTOBER 1, 2011                     DHU AL-QA’DA 3, 1432                I Newsline I Nationline I Businessline I Lifeline I Sportsline                                                                VOL. 6 NO. 1853            QR 2

DOW JONES 11,103          QE              8,393

                                                              Debt syndication for Barzan project ready
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                                HOT                                        REUTERS                  problems in raising dollar fund-      tain $4 billion of commercial            billion from commercial banks          Barclays Capital, Citigroup,
          WEATHER             0           0
                      HIGH: 40 C | LOW: 27 C                                LONDON                  ing as the eurozone crisis has        debt and Islamic facilities plus         but this will have to be cut back to   Commercial Bank of Qatar, DnB
                                                                                                    intensified.                           $2.6 billion of export credit            $4 billion and possibly more if a      Nor, Doha Bank, International
                                                              THE syndication of the debt and         The Barzan loan, a long term 16                                              bond issue is placed.                  Bank of Qatar, JP Morgan Chase,
     Newsline                                                 Islamic facilities backing the
                                                              $10bn Barzan gas project in
                                                              Qatar has been completed with
                                                                                                    year deal, is denominated in dol-
                                                                                                    lars. European banks have fund-
                                                                                                    ed one-third of the international
                                                                                                                                            European banks, up
                                                                                                                                            until now the
                                                                                                                                            mainstay of the
                                                                                                                                                                                     The bond issue is either
                                                                                                                                                                                   planned for later this year or
                                                                                                                                                                                   early next year, depending on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HSBC, KfW Ipex, Mizuho,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          National Bank of Abu Dhabi,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Qatar National Bank, Riyad
                                                              the group containing a mix of         project market loans in the first        global project                         market conditions. A potential         Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland,
 Jordanians hold rally, slam                                  Gulf, international, Japanese and     half of this year, with the French      finance market, were                   role in the bond issue, plus           Samba, Siemens Financial
 govt for protecting corrupts                                 American banks.                       banks leading the way, and would        largely absent from                    Exxon’s 7 percent stake in the         Services, Standard Chartered,
                                                                European banks, up until now        have been keen takers of the            the deal.                              scheme, encouraged American            SMBC, UNB Qatar plus Barwa
                   AROUND 4,000                               the mainstay of the global project    Barzan deal in the past.              linked debt from Japan’s                 banks into the deal.                   Bank, Masraf Al Rayan, Qatar
                   Jordanians                                 finance market, were largely, but        The Qatar Petroleum spon-           JBIC/Nexi, South Korea’s                   The bank group is - Al Khalij        International Islamic Bank,
                   demonstrated on                            not totally, absent from the deal.    sored deal, when it reaches finan-     Kexim/K Sure and Italy’s Sace.           Commercial Bank, Apicorp,              Qatar Islamic Bank on the
                   Friday in central                          The Europeans have been hit by        cial close in November, will con-        The syndication raised $5.5           ANZ, Bank of America, BTMU,            Islamic side.
                   Amman to con-
 demn the government and parlia-
 ment for ‘protecting corruption’
 and calling for their downfall. “A
                                                                                                           UP IN ARMS
 government that is protecting
 corruption cannot be trusted, and
 a parliament of corruption does
                                                                                                                                                                                               QA’s CEO to resolve
 not represent the people,” chant-
 ed the protesters. (PG 12)                                                                                                                                                                    row over Boeing’s
 Blow to Qaeda, cleric Awlaki
 killed in drone strike
                                                                                                                                                                                               747 jet delivery
 IN a significant new blow to Al                                                                                                                                                                          REUTERS                   “It is important to get the
 Qaeda, US airstrikes in Yemen on                                                                                                                                                                         SEATTLE                747-8 delivered as much as
 Friday killed Anwar al Awlaki, an                                                                                                                                                                                               the 787. It has been delayed
 American militant cleric who                                                                                                                                                                  A DISPUTE that has held up        for two years and they need
 became a prominent figure in the                                                                                                                                                               Boeing Co’s first delivery of a    to get the airplane out and
 terror network’s most dangerous                                                                                                                                                               stretched model of its 747        get cash coming in to the
 branch, using his fluent English to                                                                                                                                                            jumbo jet could be resolved       company,” Hamilton said.
 draw recruits for attacks in the                                                                                                                                                              when the Qatar Airways              Boeing declined to com-
 United States. The strike was the                                                                                                                                                             CEO Akbar al Baker visits         ment on the likelihood of a
 biggest US success since the May                                                                                                                                                              Boeing’s turf on Friday.          deal.
 killing of Osama bin Laden. (PG 12)                                                                                                                                                              The delivery, scheduled to       “We continue to talk and
                                                                                                                                                                                               take place 10 days ago, had       continue to be optimistic
                                                                                                                                                                                               to be scrapped at the last        and look forward to deliver-
 Sean Penn joins Egyptian                                                                                                                                                                      minute when the customer,         ing the airplane,” Boeing
 protesters at Tahrir Square                                                                                                                                                                   Luxembourg-based freight          spokesman Jim Proulx said.
                                                                                                                                                                                               carrier Cargolux Airlines
                 US actor Sean                                                                                                                                                                 International SA, refused to       Qatar Airways is in
                 Penn joined thou-                                                                                                                                                             accept delivery.                   simultaneous talks
                 sands of Egyptian                         Syrian women hold the national flag and protest in front of the Syrian embassy condemning the killing and torturing of                  The surprise move came          to double its order
                 activists who                             women by Bashar al Assad’s regime, in Amman, Jordan, on Friday. (AP)                                                                immediately after Qatar            for Airbus A380
                 packed downtown                                                                                                                                                               Airways finalised the pur-          superjumbos to 10

                                                           24 protesters killed
                 Cairo on Friday                                                                                                                                                               chase of a 35 percent stake in     in a deal worth just
 demanding that military rulers                                                                                                                                                                Cargolux, triggering specu-        under $2 billion at
 speed up the transfer of power to                                                                                                                                                             lation the jumbo 747-8             list prices.
 civilians and end emergency laws.                                                                                                                                                             Freighter had become a bar-
 Local media said Penn, holding an                                                                                                                                                             gaining chip in negotiations        Boeing had to scrap plans

                                                           in Syrian crackdown
 Egyptian flag, walked with                                                                                                                                                                     over delays affecting another     for a loud musical bash last
 Egyptian actor Khaled el-Nabawi                                                                                                                                                               plane, the 787 Dreamliner.        week to mark the inaugural
 in Tahrir Square. (PG 3)                                                                                                                                                                         Baker is scheduled to trav-    delivery of the first stretched
                                                                                                                                                                                               el to Seattle on Friday to take   jumbo after the European
                                                                                                                                                                                               delivery of a Boeing 777-         company refused to take
 World stocks fall even as                                                                                                                                                                     2000LR, the longest-range         delivery, in an unusual snub
 gloomy third quarter ends                                                  DPA
                                                                                                     dent Bashar al Assad have been bat-       others were wounded in Friday’s                 jetliner.                         for the hand-over of a new
                                                                                                     tling army defectors in the town of Al    protests.                                          Any deal over 747-8 delays     aircraft.
 STOCKS opened lower on Friday,                                                                      Rastan for the past three days, in the      “In the city of Hama eight people             would need al Baker’s               The 787 Dreamliner
 the last day of a tumultuous third                        SYRIAN security forces on Friday          first such confrontation since             were killed when security forces fired           approval.                         reached its first customer,
 quarter for the stock market. The                         shot dead twenty four pro-democra-        protests erupted against the Syrian       at a protest after Friday prayer, while            Seattle-based aerospace        All Nippon Airways Co Ltd,
 Dow Jones industrial average fell                         cy protesters and injured scores oth-     regime six months ago.                    four were killed in Daraa,” activists           analyst Scott Hamilton, who       earlier this week, but the
 130 points in the first half-hour of                       ers calling for the toppling of              Activists based in Lebanon said        said. They added that “most of the              closely follows the two           flagship 787 and revamped
 trading. The Dow, S&P 500 and                             President Bashar al Assad.                that Syrian warplanes were used to        injured are dying from their wounds             Boeing programmes, said           747 are both two to three
 Nasdaq have all lost more than                              Heavy clashes continued between         bombard areas of Talbisa and Al           in their houses because they know if            Cargolux and Boeing had           years behind schedule.
 10 percent this quarter, the first                         insurgents and loyalist forces in the     Rastan.                                   they are transferred to a government            reached the outlines of a deal    Qatar has ordered 30
 time that’s happened since the                            central flashpoint province of Homs,          The activists, anonymous for fear      hospital in their province security             on compensation payments          Dreamliners.
 financial crisis crested at the end                        killing ten army soldiers and wound-      of reprisals, quoted medical sources      forces will come and kill them.”                for 747-8 delays, allowing          Having been forced to
 of 2008. (PG 21)                                          ing 32.                                   in the province of Homs as saying                                                         delivery to proceed next
                                                             Army troops loyal to Syrian presi-      that 12 people were killed and 30                           SEE ALSO PAGE 3               month.                              CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

Qatari Diar to start work on $80mn Tunisian project soon                                                                                                                                                          Qatar is safest investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bet in MENA region
           ASIF IQBAL                              suites, restaurants and a mall, in                                          ists, politicians and prominent           The resort will have 60 luxury
                DOHA                               addition to an Arab-style tent. ”                                           personalities visit throughout the     suites, health and spa facilities, a                TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
                                                     “The execution of project            Tozeur has one of the                year.                                  tennis court, restaurants, com-                                DOHA
QATARI Diar, the real estate                       shows growing co-operation             world’s most beauti-                    After the signing of agreement,     mercial stores, conference facili-
investment arm of Qatar                            between the two Arab countries.        ful oases with 200                   Qatari Diar had said that it           ties, an amphitheatre and an                QATAR is the safest investment destina-
Investment Authority, has decid-                   The construction work at the           natural springs and                  reflected our “efforts to pursue        Arab-style tent.                            tion in the Middle East and North Africa
ed to begin work on $80 million                    Saharan tourist complex will           more than 1 million                  additional opportunities for co-          Keldari said the Tunisian gov-           (MENA) region, according to the
five-star tourist complex at                        begin soon,” Keldari said.             palm trees spread                    operation in the Middle East and       ernment would provide basic                 Euromoney’s country risk (ECR) survey.
Tozeur in Tunisia soon.                              In October 2010, Qatari Diar         over an area of 1,000                North Africa region.”                  infrastructure, including drink-               The country has been ranked 20th in
  Addressing a press conference                    had signed an agreement with           hectares.                               Keldari said, “The five-star com-    ing water, electricity and commu-           the MENA region on political, economic
in Tunis on Thursday, Regional                     the Tunisian government to                                                  plex will attract both Arab and for-   nications facilities.                       and structural risk criteria by the survey.
Director of Projects Walid                         develop a 5-star desert resort in                                           eign tourists. It will generate jobs      The project, adopted in 2010                Qatar ranks even higher than Belgium,
Mohamed Keldari said the 40-                       the Tozeur governorate.              The governorate of Tozeur, which       opportunities in the engineering,      by the chamber of deputies (dis-            Japan and Malaysia. Economists also
hectare project has been                             Tozeur has one of the world’s      the Romans called the ‘city of         construction and tourism sectors.      solved after the January 14,                judged the Gulf state to be less risky com-
designed after taking into                         most beautiful oases with 200        dreams’ and ‘heart of the desert’,     Millions of tourists visit Tunisia     2011), is located between the               pared to Kuwait and the UAE.
account the region’s rich archi-                   natural springs and more than 1      is considered a tourist paradise       every year to have a glimpse of its    cities of Nefta and Tozeur.
tectural heritage and aesthetic                    million palm trees spread over an    where famous movie directors,          archaeological sites and stunning         This is the first project of Qatari                      CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
values. It will include luxurious                  area     of    1,000    hectares.    foreign and Arab artists, journal-     natural beauty.”                       Diar in Tunisia.
02   Saturday, October 1, 2011
                                              QT SPOTLIGHT ON DEMOCRACY IN THE ARAB WORLD                                                                                                            Saturday, October 1, 2011

NTC doubts reports of capture                                                                                                                                                                                   UN rights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                group slams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                sentences of
of Mussa Ibrahim, Qadhafi’s aide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                medics in
                                                                                                                                                                                 “Mussa Ibrahim has not
            SIRTE                                                                                                                                                             been captured,” the website of                GENEVA
                                                                                                                                                                              the former state television
THERE were growing doubts                                                                                                                                                     channel Allibiya said.             THE UN human rights
Friday that the vocal                                                                                                                                                            “This is a mendacious           office on Friday questioned
spokesman for fugitive                                                                                                                                                        rumour aimed at distracting        the fairness of a Bahrain
Libyan strongman Moamer                                                                                                                                                       attention from the rebels’...      court that sentenced an
Qadhafi had been captured                                                                                                                                                      defeat at the hands of the         anti-government protester
after reports he had been                                                                                                                                                     heroic forces in Sirte.”           to death and gave lengthy
seized while disguised as a                                                                                                                                                      Since NTC fighters overran       prison sentences to med-
woman, complete with veil.                                                                                                                                                    Tripoli on August 23, Ibrahim      ical staff who treated the
   Libya’s new rulers were                                                                                                                                                    has continued to issue state-      injured during the coun-
probing the whereabouts of                                                                                                                                                    ments through Syrian-based         try’s uprising.
Mussa Ibrahim, the public                                                                                                                                                     Arrai television from an              Bahrain’s military-run
voice of Qadhafi’s fallen                                                                                                                                                      unknown location, although         National Safety Court
regime, as one television                                                                                                                                                     not so frequently in recent        reportedly gave defendants
channel said it would air                                                                                                                                                     days.                              and their lawyers little time
footage of him being detained                                                                                                                                                    Late last week, he appealed     to prepare, failed to inves-
in women’s clothing.                                                                                                                                                          for resolve against “agents        tigate allegations of torture
   National      Transitional                                                                                                                                                 and traitors,” denounced           and conducted some trials
Council (NTC) commanders                                                                                                                                                      what he called “genocide” by       in just 10 minutes, a
said they had received                                                                                                                                                        NATO and its “Libyan               spokesman for the UN
reports from fighters on the                                                                                                                                                   agents,” and criticised the        High Commissioner for
ground that Ibrahim had                                                                                                                                                       world community for “inac-         Human Rights said.
been       seized     outside                                                                                                                                                 tion.”                                The court sentenced one
Qadhafi’s hometown of Sirte,                                                                                                                                                      NTC efforts to secure the       protester to death for
where his loyalists have been                                                                                                                                                 extradition of fugitive mem-       killing a policeman, and
under siege for the past                                                                                                                                                      bers of Qadhafi’s family and        gave 20 doctors and nurses
week.                                                                                                                                                                         inner circle, meanwhile, took a    prison sentences ranging
   But the fighters’ high com-                                                                                                                                                 blow with a rebuff from neigh-     from five to 15 years. At
mand in Libya’s third-largest                                                                                                                                                 bouring Niger to an arrest         least 33 protesters among
city Misrata said it was                                                                                                                                                      notice issued by global police     them union leaders and
unable to confirm the capture                                                                                                                                                  agency Interpol for the toppled    professional athletes also
of Ibrahim, who has kept up a                                                                                                                                                 strongman’s playboy son            received sentences of three
steady stream of pro-Qadhafi       Libyan National Transitional Council fighters check their ammunition in Sirte, on Friday.   (AFP)                                            Saadi.                             years or more.
broadcasts from unknown                                                                                                                                                          Niger Prime Minister Brigi         “For such harsh sen-
locations while on the run.         Another      commander,          television said it would             However, a spokesman for        Wafa, who was in the opera-         Rafini said his government          tences to be handed down
   “Misrata fighters contacted     Mohammed al Marimi, said:          broadcast      footage     of      the Misrata military council,     tions room until 4:00 am            had no plans for the time          to civilians in a military
us and gave us the informa-       “Mussa Ibrahim was cap-            Ibrahim’s capture, adding          Adel Ibrahim, told AFP: “If       (0200 GMT), said: “I have           being to hand over Saadi, 38,      court with serious due
tion that Mussa Ibrahim has       tured while driving outside        that the images showed him         the Misrata fighters had cap-      heard nothing about this.”          who has been under house           process irregularities raises
been captured,” said Mustafa      Sirte by fighters from              being detained in the back of      tured him, they would have          And a pro-Qadhafi website          arrest in the capital Niamey       severe concerns,” Rupert
bin Dardef of the NTC’s           Misrata.”                          a car outside Sirte wearing a      told us.”                         also denied his long-time           since fleeing across the desert     Colville, told reporters in
Zintan Brigade.                     Libya’s Al Hurra Misrata         veil.                                Council member Juma bin         spokesman had been taken.           border on September 11.            Geneva.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “We understand accord-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing to our sources that we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 trust that defendants have

  Syrian security                                                    Demonstrators en masse take                                                                                                                 had limited access to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lawyers, and in most cases
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lawyers definitely did not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 have enough time to pre-

  forces kill                                                        to streets, ask Saleh to resign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pare their clients’ defence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The UN human rights

  11 protesters                                                                    AFP
                                                                                                        activists had called for
                                                                                                        protests on Friday under the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 office called on the govern-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ment to ensure that those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 detained were charged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with “a recognisable crimi-
              AP                  ered their faces with                                                 slogan “victory for Syria, vic-                                                                          nal offense.”
             BEIRUT               scarves or masks to hide           TENS of thousands of anti-         tory for Yemen.”                                                                                            Colville said some of the
                                  their identities.                  government protesters called         Also in Sanaa, thousands of                                                                            defendants appeared to
  SYRIAN security forces            The Syrian government            on Yemeni President Ali            pro-Saleh activists voiced                                                                               have been found guilty of
  opened fire on protesters        has banned foreign jour-           Abdullah Saleh to quit, in a       their support for the presi-                                                                             nothing more than exercis-
  on Friday killing at least 11   nalists and placed heavy           mass protest after Friday          dent.                                                                                                    ing their right to free speech.
  people as thousands rallied     restrictions on local media        prayers a day after the embat-       The rival protests came just                                                                              Hundreds of activists
  across the country to call      coverage, making it diffi-          tled leader said he will not       a day after Saleh told Time                                                                              have been imprisoned since
  for the downfall of             cult to independently verify       step down.                         and The Washington Post                                                                                  March when Bahrain’s
  President Bashar Assad’s        events on the ground.                 The          demonstrators      that he will not step down if                                                                            rulers imposed martial law
  regime, activists said.           The UN says some 2,700           marched along a main avenue        his rivals are allowed to com-                                                                           to deal with protests by the
  Troops also clashed with        people have already died in        in the capital, chanting “victo-   pete in future elections.                                                                                country’s Shiite majority
  armed anti-regime forces        the government crackdown           ry for our Yemen and our             He was referring specifical-                                                                            demanding greater rights
  in central regions for a        against the uprising that          Syria” in a statement of sup-      ly to dissident General Ali                                                                              and freedoms.
  third straight day.             began in mid-March.                port for Syrian pro-democracy      Mohsen al Ahmar who                                                                                         The trial of the medical
     The       London-based         The protests on Friday           activists calling for the ouster   defected earlier this year in     Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration, in Sanaa, on          staff has been closely
  Syrian Observatory for          followed the week’s main           of President Bashar al Assad.      support of anti-government        Friday. (AP)                                                           watched by rights groups,
  Human Rights said one           Muslim prayer services and            “Oh God, give victory to        protesters, and powerful trib-                                                                           which have criticised
  person was killed in the        were similar to demonstra-         Syria and Yemen, Oh God...         al chief Sheikh Sadiq al-         interview since returning           ers in Yemen and Syria have        Bahrain’s use of the special
  central city of Hama and at     tions held across Syria            let Saleh and Bashar fall,”        Ahmar.                            home a week ago from Saudi          for months been calling for        court whose military and
  least seven people were         every Friday for the past six      they chanted as they emerged         “If we transfer power and       Arabia to recover from              their respective leaders to        civilian judges are appoint-
  wounded in another cen-         months since the uprising          in their tens of thousands         they are there, this will mean    wounds suffered in a June           resign. Both governments           ed by the commander of
  tral area, Homs.                against Assad erupted in           from Friday prayers.               that we have given in to a        attack on his palace.               have responded with deadly         Bahrain’s defence force.
     The protests spread from     the country’s south.                  In Syria pro-democracy          coup,” Saleh said in his first       Anti-government protest-          crackdowns.
  the capital, Damascus, and        A military official said on
  its suburbs to the southern     Friday that two days of
  province of Daraa, the north-   clashes between Syrian
  western province of Idlib as
  well as Hama and Homs.

    The UN says
                                  troops and anti-Assad
                                  forces in Rastan killed seven
                                  soldiers and policemen.
                                    The official said 32 Syrian
                                                                     US actor Sean Penn joins Tahrir Square protest
                                  troops were also wounded                      REUTERS                                                                                                                            The military council has
    some 2,700 peo-                                                               CAIRO
    ple have already              in the fighting as govern-                                                                                                                                                     announced that parliamen-
    died in the gov-              ment forces conducted a                                                                                                                                                       tary elections will start on
    ernment crack-                “qualitative” operation on         US ACTOR Sean Penn joined                                                                                                                  Nov. 28 with a mixed system
    down against the              Thursday and Friday in an          thousands of Egyptian                                                                                                                      of proportional representa-
    uprising that                 effort to crush “gunmen”           activists who packed down-                                                                                                                 tion and individual lists. Most
    began in mid-                 holed up inside the town.          town Cairo on Friday                                                                                                                       political groups fear the sys-
    March.                          The           government         demanding that military                                                                                                                    tem will allow Mubarak sup-
                                  describes its armed oppo-          rulers speed up the transfer of                                                                                                            porters to return to office.
     Many of the protesters       nents there as “terrorist          power to civilians and end                                                                                                                    “This week is different
  expressed solidarity with       armed groups,” not army            emergency laws once used by                                                                                                                because we feel that our revo-
  residents of the rebellious     defectors.                         Hosni Mubarak against his                                                                                                                  lution has been stolen from
  town of Rastan just north         The official said the gun-        opponents.                                                                                                                                 us,” said Yasser Fouad, an
  of Homs, where fighting          men had terrorised citizens,          Local media said Penn,                                                                                                                  unemployed 38-year-old, his
  has been raging for three       blocked roads and set up           holding an Egyptian flag,                                                                                                                   voice drowned out by loud-
  days between troops and         barriers and explosives, and       walked with Egyptian actor                                                                                                                 speakers urging people to
  army defectors.                 were responsible for the           Khaled el-Nabawi in Tahrir                                                                                                                 ensure the protest remained
     Amateur videos posted        deaths of the seven troops.        Square, where Egyptians                                                                                                                    peaceful.
  online by activists showed      The comments by the                demonstrated in what they                                                                                                                     “None of our demands have
  thousands of people shout-      unidentified official were           dubbed as “Reclaiming the                                                                                                                  been achieved. We want them
  ing in support of the rebel-    carried by state-run news          Revolution” day amid grow-                                                                                                                 to hand over power immedi-
  lion in Rastan, where fight-     agency, SANA, on Friday.           ing discontent over the way                                                                                                                ately through elections,”
  ing continued Friday.             Rastan has witnessed             military rulers had managed        US actor and director Sean Penn shakes hands with activists during a demonstration, in Cairo, on        Fouad said.
     “Rastan will overthrow       some of the fiercest fighting        the transitional period.           Friday. (REUTERS)                                                                                          Mahmoud Sayyid Saif, 58,
  the regime,” read one ban-      in the six-month uprising             “The world is inspired by the                                                                                                           who works at the Health
  ner waved by protesters in      against Assad, pitting the         call for freedom by the coura-        “Clearly that is not a com-    power from the military to the      demonstrate that Egypt was a      Ministry, said Egyptians
  the Damascus neighbour-         military against hundreds          geous revolution of Egypt for      pletion overnight, there are      people,” he added.                  safe place to visit despite the   would no longer put up with
  hood of Qadam. Many of          of army defectors, accord-         its freedom,” Penn said in         still struggles forward, there      Nabawi said he had invited        uprising. “We want to show        inaction. “It has been seven
  the protesters there cov-       ing to activists.                  remarks carried by Al-Ahram        are constitutional issues,        the Oscar-winning Penn to           that Egypt is safe,” Nabawi       months, and nothing has
                                                                     newspaper’s online page.           there is ...a transition of       visit Egypt as part of efforts to   said.                             been achieved,” he said.
04         Saturday, October 1, 2011
                                                          PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA

                                                                                               MONSTER TYPHOON

                                                                                                                                                                             Vietnam, China
                                                                                                                                                                             lashed by
                                                                                                                                                                             tropical storm
                                                                                                                                                                                          AFP                    (38-55 miles per hour), the
                                                                                                                                                                                          HANOI                  weather bureau said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    More than 70,000 resi-
                                                                                                                                                                             THOUSANDS of people in              dents in the port city of
                                                                                                                                                                             Vietnam sheltered from a            Haiphong and 7,000 others
                                                                                                                                                                             powerful tropical storm that        in coastal Nam Dinh
                                                                                                                                                                             lashed its northern coast on        province sheltered in more
                                                                                                                                                                             Friday after slamming into          secure locations, state televi-
                                                                                                                                                                             southeast China and killing         sion reported.
                                                                                                                                                                             43 people in the Philippines.          “Some of the families
                                                                                                                                                                                Schools were shut and            moved to safer areas within
                                                                                                                                                                             flights cancelled ahead of           their house compounds, or
                                                                                                                                                                             the storm, which weakened           moved completely to other
                                                                                                                                                                             from a typhoon after devas-         places. They have made
                                                                                                                                                                             tating the Philippines’ main        good preparations and we
                                                                                                                                                                             island of Luzon earlier in          are not worried about
                                                                                                                                                                             the week.                           them,” Deputy Prime
                                                                                                                                                                                Beijing, which had issued        Minister Hoang Trung Hai
                                                                                                                                                                             its first red typhoon alert of       said during an inspection of
                                                                                                                                                                             the year, downgraded Nesat          storm preparations in the
  Residents wade through floodwaters in Tarlac province, Philippines, on Thursday. (AP)                                                                                       to a ‘strong tropical storm’        city.
                                                                                                                                                                             which slowed at sea after              “So far, according to initial

  Philippines braces for
                                                                                                                                                                             forcing 300,000 people to           information from local
                                                                                                                                                                             evacuate on the tourist             authorities, there are no
                                                                                                                                                                             island of Hainan. Gale force        reports of victims,” said
                                                                                                                                                                             winds and torrential rain           Pham Dinh Hoa, director of
                                                                                                                                                                             continued to lash China’s           the flood and storm depart-
                                                                                                                                                                             southern coast on Friday.           ment in Quang Ninh
                                                                                                                                                                                High winds buffeted              province adjacent to China.

  second typhoon today
                                                                                                                                                                             Hanoi and surrounding                  “The material losses are
                                                                                                                                                                             northeastern      provinces,        not significant. We have
                                                                                                                                                                             where Nesat made landfall           recorded 122 damaged
                                                                                                                                                                             in the afternoon at speeds of       houses and more than 400
                                                                                                                                                                             62-88 kilometres an hour            trees down.”

                                    much rain as Nesat over the
                                    same areas this weekend.
                                                                         About 160,000 flood vic-
                                                                      tims were already in state-
                                                                                                       drive north of Manila, also
                                                                                                       told they had little choice
                                                                                                                                          danger zones to seek shelter
                                                                                                                                          before the typhoon struck.           Thai troops deployed
                                       “You must help us warn         run evacuation camps due to      but to remain in their flood-         “Let me emphasise, we
  PHILIPPINE authorities
  warned on Friday that at
                                    these people to move to
                                    higher ground,” National
                                                                      Nesat, with at least one mil-
                                                                      lion people across Luzon
                                                                                                       ed homes as they could not
                                                                                                       afford to go elsewhere.
                                                                                                                                          need to move all those in
                                                                                                                                          danger,” Aquino said.
                                                                                                                                                                               in flood-hit areas
  least a million people living     Disaster Risk Reduction and       affected, he said.                  “We won’t be fleeing to            “In particular, let us help                    AFP                   so please support the sol-
  in flooded villages and farm-      Management chief Benito              But many of those affected    another town because that          each other persuade fisher-                     BANGKOK                 diers,” General Prayut
  land were set to be pounded       Ramos told.                       people remained in the           costs a lot of money, which        folks and residents of                                                 Chan-O-Cha told reporters
  by more devastating rain             “The problem is, the flood-     flooded areas, choosing a         we do not have,” said Eddie        coastal, low-lying and               THAILAND            deployed      before leaving Bangkok to
  from a second typhoon.            waters from Nesat have not        soaked existence in their        Martin, a truck driver who         mountainous areas to be on           about 10,000 soldiers on          inspect one of the 23 water-
    Typhoon Nesat pum-              ebbed. Water-soaked soil is       homes with their families        has not been paid in a week        alert and be extra cautious.”        Friday to help victims of         logged provinces.
  melled the main island of         prone to landslides and flash      and friends over crowded,        because his vehicle could            Coast guard commandant             floods that have killed 188          He said that army had
  Luzon on Tuesday, killing at      floods.”                           poorly equipped evacuation       not pass through the flood-         Admiral Ramon Liwag said             people and left vast swathes      also dispatched 12 medical
  least 43 people and leaving          The second typhoon,            centres.                         ed roads. The Philippines          that rescue teams had stayed         of the country under water.       teams to offer first-aid and
  30 others missing as it           named Nalgae, was due to             The Philippines is hit by     has one of the worst poverty       in place near where they had           Backed by 500 military          psychological treatment.
  dumped the biggest single-        hit Luzon, home to 48 mil-        an average of 20 major           rates in Asia, with about a        pulled people from rooftops          vehicles and more than 100          The deployment came
  day volume of rain on the         lion people, on Saturday          storms a year and those liv-     quarter of the population          earlier this week in case they       boats equipped with loud          after Prime Minister
  disaster-weary country this       with peak winds of 140 kilo-      ing in the flat, farming          living on a dollar a day or        were needed again.                   speakers and flashlights,          Yingluck        Shinawatra,
  year.                             metres (80 miles) an hour,        plains of Luzon are used to      less, according to govern-           “We have teams in place            the troops will patrol flood-      whose older brother
    Large areas remain flood-        the state weather service         dealing with floods each          ment figures.                       and we will be monitoring            stricken areas to ensure          Thaksin was ousted from
  ed with some villages endur-      said.                             year as torrents of water run       President Benigno Aquino        the situation closely over           people’s safety, the army         office by royalist generals in
  ing water nearly two storeys         Ramos said churches,           down from the mountains.         issued a statement praising        the next few hours,” Liwag           chief said.                       2006, ordered the military
  high, and the government          schools and gymnasiums               Residents of Candaba, a       the preparation efforts, but       told, stressing there were             “The military is ready to       to take action to assist flood
  said another typhoon was          were being prepared for peo-      farming town in central          said more needed to be done        no rescue operations on              ease the plight of the people     victims.
  expected to dump just as          ple to seek refuge.               Luzon about two hours’           to convince people living in       Friday.

Rescuers struggle to                                                 Foreign maids win landmark                                                                                                                   US suspends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  aid for search
reach Indonesian                                                                                                                                                                                                  of Vietnamese
plane crash survivors                                                residency case in Hong Kong                                                                                                                  troops’ remains
                                                                                   AFP                                                                                       of citizens who work abroad,                       AFP
             AFP                  mountainous Bohorok area                      HONG KONG                                                                                    with Jakarta saying it was “a                      HANOI
      MEDAN (INDONESIA)           about 70 kilometres (40                                                                                                                    benchmark” for other coun-
                                  miles) northwest of Medan.         A HONG Kong court ruled on                                                                              tries to follow.                     THE UNITED states has sus-
THE mother of a passenger            Three search-and-rescue         Friday that a law banning for-                                                                             But critics said it could open    pended a programme to help
aboard a plane that crashed in    teams left Medan on                eign maids from permanent                                                                               the floodgates to new immi-           Vietnam recover the remains of
a remote area of Indonesia        Thursday night but two had         residency is unconstitutional                                                                           grants in an already over-           missing soldiers until Hanoi
said on Friday her daughter       turned back because of the         in a landmark case that could                                                                           crowded and expensive city.          promises that non-commu-
had called her as rescuers        difficult mountainous jungle        pave the way for a flood of                                                                              About 117,000 foreign maids          nist troops are included, a US
struggled to reach the moun-      terrain and bad weather on         applications.                                                                                           are entitled to apply for per-       senator said on Friday.
tainous site to search for sur-   Friday.                               The legal action brought by                                                                          manent residency following              The US embassy in Hanoi
vivors.                              Hopes for survivors were        Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a                                                                            the ruling.                          announced in January that
   Search and rescue teams        raised on Friday morning           domestic helper from the                                                                                   Outside the High Court,           the two sides had signed a $1
had been unable to reach the      when rescue team members           Philippines who has lived in                                                                            maid supporters duelled with         million, two-year agreement
accident site on Sumatra          reported that a door on the        the city since 1986, has cast a                                                                         groups opposing their residen-       “to provide technical assis-
island by Friday afternoon,       plane had visibly been opened      spotlight on the treatment of                                                                           cy rights, in an angry protest       tance to help Vietnam recover
more than 30 hours after the      since initial observation on       Hong Kong’s armsy of              Eman C Villanueva (second right), secretary-general of the United     involving several dozen peo-         its own MIAs.”
plane carrying 18 people          Thursday.                          292,000 domestic workers.         Filipinos in Hong Kong, with his supporters outside the High Court,   ple.                                    It said the collaboration
crashed.                             “The rescue teams left             The High Court ruled that      in Hong Kong, on Friday. (AP)                                            “We are sad, angry and dis-       would involve training, infor-
   Rosmawati, the mother of       Medan last night by truck and      immigration laws barring                                                                                appointed. A huge number of          mation exchanges, provision
passenger Samsidar Yusni,         got as close to the site as pos-   domestic workers — mostly         excluded.                          would appeal the ruling.           the domestic workers are             of equipment and the transfer
27, said her daughter had         sible and then set out on foot.    from the Philippines and            Vallejos, a 59-year-old             The government said it          going to migrate to the city and     of technology.
called her on Thursday night.     They slept in the jungle last      Indonesia — from settling per-    mother of five, challenged the      planned to ask the court’s per-    it will strain our resources,”          But a statement from
   “At 10:00 pm, my daughter      night. It’s at least a six-hour    manently violated Hong            restriction, saying it was         mission to not process any for-    said Jeff Lam, spokesman for         Senator Jim Webb, chairman
telephoned me. She just cried.    journey,” head of national         Kong’s      mini-constitution,    unconstitutional and discrimi-     eign maid’s residency applica-     Hong Kong Social Concern             of the Senate’s East Asian and
Her words were so unclear.        search-and-rescue Laksa-           known as the Basic Law.           natory, but the government         tion until the appeal was fin-      Group.                               Pacific Affairs Subcommittee,
After that the line was lost      mana Daryatmo told.                   “The mere maintenance of       argued it was “appropriate”        ished.                                Friday’s ruling could have        said that no funds would be
and the telephone discon-            The plane was caught by         link with her country of origin   and it was empowered to               Vallejos’s lawyer Mark Daly     implications for other Asian         spent “until we have firm
nected,” Rosmawati said.          the forest canopy, where it        does not mean that (a maid) is    define who is eligible for resi-    lauded the High Court’s deci-      economies that rely on cheap         assurances that the pro-
   The Casa 212 turboprop         remains largely intact.            not ordinarily resident in        dency.                             sion as “a good win for the rule   imported labour for cooking,         gramme will apply equally to
plane, carrying 14 passengers        Transport ministry aviation     Hong Kong,” Judge Johnson           Foreign maids — like other       of law” and said that Vallejos     cleaning and care of the young       those who fought on all
including four children, and      head Herry Bakti said no one       Lam wrote in a 78-page judge-     expats — must still fulfill other   “thanks God and all the people     and elderly, allowing the local      sides.”
four crew, went down on           had ever tried to reach that       ment, the first case of its kind   criteria before gaining residen-   who have helped her, includ-       women to join the workforce.            It said Hanoi had indicated
Thursday after departing          part of Bohorok, so it was         in Asia.                          cy rights, including proving       ing her employer and her              Foreign maids in Hong             during negotiations that
Medan city, in Sumatra, for       unclear how long the journey          Foreigners can apply to set-   they planned to make Hong          lawyers.”                          Kong are entitled to better          those who fought for South
the nearby province of Aceh.      would take.                        tle in Hong Kong after seven      Kong their permanent home.            “She is busy working so she     working conditions than in           Vietnam “would not be
   But the commercial flight          “There are no roads, just       years of uninterrupted resi-        “I am disappointed, but we       has no time to be here today,”     other parts of Asia — they are       included in the programme.”
run by Nusantara Buana Air        cliffs and mountains. It is a      dency, gaining access to voting   are fully prepared for any         he added. The Philippines and      guaranteed one day off a                Webb said the State
sent a distress signal soon       very difficult place to reach,”     rights and the right to live in   court ruling,” Hong Kong’s         Indonesia applauded the deci-      week, paid sick leave, and a         Department had informed
after and crashed at 1,100        he said. “I am hopeful they        the city without a work visa.     chief executive Donald Tsang       sion as a welcome recognition      minimum wage of HK3,740              Vietnam about the suspen-
metres (3,600 feet) in the        can make it today.”                Maids were specifically            said as the government said it     of the contribution of millions    ($480) a month.                      sion.
                                                                                  UNITED KINGDOM / EUROPE                                                                                                    Saturday, October 1, 2011

Economy to                                                                                                                                  GUARD OF HONOUR
                                                                           Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) with his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Gruevski review a guard of honour at Alexander the Great Airport, near
                                                                           Skopje, on Thursday. Erdogan is on a two-day official visit to Macedonia. (AFP)

Tory party
conference   AFP                   Conservative         lawmakers
            LONDON                 believe the economic difficul-
                                   ties at home and the debt crisis
PRIME Minister David               engulfing the eurozone are a
Cameron’s        Conservatives     chance to return some powers
gather for their annual confer-    from the European Union to
ence on Sunday buoyed by the       Britain.
polls but under pressure over         A newly formed group of
the stuttering economy and an      120 MPs want Cameron to set
upsurge of eurosceptic feeling.    out a clear plan for pulling
   Sixteen months after form-      back from Brussels, in a move
ing a coalition with the smaller   that threatens to reopen a
Liberal Democrats, the centre-     deeply divisive issue for the
right Tories have managed to       party.
keep their support steady,            The prime minister has
unlike their junior partners       resisted such calls so far, say-
who have seen their poll rat-      ing Britain must work with the
ings halve.                        EU and support the eurozone
   Cameron’s party has held        where it can, because although
onto its support despite the       Britain has not adopted the
government’s controversial         single currency its economic

                                                                       EU slams Belarus for
plan to eliminate the budget       fortunes are linked to
deficit by the 2015 elections
through major cuts to public
                                      Foreign Secretary William                                                                                                                                                         UK to raise
spending.                          Hague has made clear he
   The Conservatives strongly
back the plan, but as the econ-
                                   would like a transfer of pow-
                                   ers, but admitted that any such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        speed limit
                                                                       poor rights record
omy falters, finance minister       move would be impossible
                                   while the Tories are in power
                                   with the pro-Europe Lib
                                      This is a cause of frustration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to boost
                                   for those Tories who believe
                                   that cutting European red tape
                                   is a key element of boosting                       AP                                                                                            with the opposition and
                                   growth.                                         WARSAW                                                                                           releases all political prisoners.              AFP
                                      “Some of the things which                                                                                                                     There is no pressure for                      LONDON
                                   are necessary and appropriate       EUROPEAN Union leaders                                                                                       Lukashenko to step down.
                                   from an economic point of           say they “acknowledge the                                                                                      German Chancellor Angela          BRITAIN’S government is
  Support intact                   view are also things that the
                                   Liberal Democrats are very
                                                                       European aspirations” of
                                                                       some countries on the bloc’s
                                                                                                                                                                                    Merkel met with Belarusian
                                                                                                                                                                                    human rights activists on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        set to raise its motorway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        speed limit from 70mph to
  PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON     keen that we shouldn’t do,”         eastern periphery, keeping                                                                                   Thursday evening, and was           80mph        (112kmh      to
                                   one senior Tory said on condi-      alive the prospect of further                                                                                disturbed by descriptions she       128kmh), saying the first
  Tories have held                 tion of anonymity.                  enlargement for those who                                                                                    heard of Belarusian activists,      change of its kind in almost
  onto their support                  Other economic issues are        embrace democracy.                                                                                           “who are under considerable         half a century would benefit
  despite the                      causing friction in the coali-         EU leaders also issued a                                                                                  pressure of persecution after       the economy.
  government’s                     tion, notably the top 50 per-       declaration on Friday at a                                                                                   falsified elections” for the            Transport      Secretary
  controversial plan               cent tax rate on incomes over       summit in Warsaw condemn-                                                                                    presidency last December.           Philip Hammond said on
  to eliminate the                 £150,000 ($235,000, 170,000         ing Belarus for its “deteriorat-                                                                               The summit is focusing pri-       Friday that the current
  budget deficit by                euros), which is currently sub-     ing” record on human rights                                                                                  marily on Ukraine, a country        limit was “out of date” and
  the 2015 elections               ject to a review by the             and rule of law.                                                                                             of 46 million to Poland’s east      that a consultation would
  through major cuts               Treasury.                              The summit is devoted to           German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left), Finland’s Prime Minister       that has been negotiating free      be launched later this year
  to public spending.                 When the Lib Dems held           the Eastern Partnership, an           Jyrki Katainen (second left), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko           trade agreements with the EU        with a view to introducing
                                   their party conference earlier      initiative launched aimed at          Borisov (centre standing) and Romanian President Traian Basescu        that would increase European        the new limit in 2013.
George Osborne is coming           this month, several senior fig-      deepening the 27-nation EU’s          (right) at a summit, in Warsaw, on Friday. (REUTERS)                   investments in that country            “Now it is time to put
under pressure to do more to       ures launched attacks on their      ties with Ukraine, Belarus,                                                                                  and deepen trade ties.              Britain back in the fast
boost growth.                      Conservative partners for           Georgia, Moldova, Armenia             bloc’s pointed decision not to      mit. He expressed hope               Those deals would be land-        lane of global economies
  “There are obviously big         being too right-wing, in partic-    and Azerbaijan and to spur            invite the country’s autocratic     Minsk would one day join           marks for the ex-Soviet state       and look again at the
worries about the economy          ular over their response to the     them into embracing the EU’s          leader.                             “the family of European            which could help pull it closer     motorway speed limit
and people know that we are        August riots in England.            political and economic stan-            The Belarusian Embassy in         states.”                           to the West. Because of             which is nearly 50 years
into grim times,” said Tim            The Lib Dems also took           dards.                                Poland said the failure to            Polish news agency PAP           Ukraine’s size and key strate-      old, and out of date thanks
Montgomerie, editor of             pains to highlight the parties’        Belarus on Friday boy-             invite Lukashenko was a case        reported on Friday that Tusk       gic position — between the          to huge advances in safety
ConservativeHome, a leading        differences, with an eye            cotted the summit, protesting         of “unprecedented discrimi-         had proposed a modernisa-          EU and Russia — the deals           and motoring technolo-
Tory website.                      already on the next election in     its pointed decision to               nation” against Belarus and         tion fund to aid Belarus,          could also mobilise Ukraine’s       gy,” Hammond said.
  “What people are looking for     2015, when they will campaign       exclude the country’s auto-           boycotted the meeting.              which is going through a           neighbours to embrace               “Increasing the motorway
from the party leadership is a     separately. Many of the Tories      cratic leader, Alexander                Polish Prime Minister             severe financial crisis. The        greater reforms. Poland and         speed limit to 80mph
strong sense that they know        gathering in Manchester,            Lukashenko.                           Donald Tusk noted the               money could be made avail-         other advocates hope that           would generate economic
where they’re going. There’s       northwest England, this week-          Belarus     boycotted       a      absence of the delegation           able through European              could turn a region plagued         benefits of hundreds of
an expectation that something      end will want to see some           Warsaw summit at which EU             from Belarus as he opened           banks, on condition that           by corruption and political         millions      of    pounds
needs to be accelerated in eco-    return fire and to set out their     leaders were urging demo-             discussions Friday, the sec-        Belarus holds free parliamen-      abuse into one of greater           through shorter journey
nomic policy.” Eurosceptic         own distinct agenda.                cratic reforms, protesting the        ond day of the two-day sum-         tary elections, opens talks        prosperity and stability.           times. So we will consult
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        later this year on raising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the limit to get Britain

Italian prosecutor slams Knox as verdict looms                                                                                                                                                                             Britain’s Conservative-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Liberal Democrat coali-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tion government is des-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        perately seeking to boost
             AFP                   the one who has been cruci-                                                                                   smashed from the outside           same charges and is serving         economic growth after
           PERUGIA                 fied by the media?” Mignini                                                                                    because the wooden blinds          out a 16-year sentence after        bringing in tough austerity
                                   said, picking up on a phrase                                                                                  were closed.                       exhausting all his appeals.         measures to tackle a
AN      Italian     prosecutor     used by Knox’s defence                                                                                          Knox told police during ini-       Knox was sentenced to 26          record national deficit.
accused Amanda Knox on             lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova on                                                                                  tial questioning without a         years in prison and Sollecito          Hammond added in an
Friday of trying to pin all the    Thursday.                                                                                                     lawyer present that she was in     got 25 years in 2009.               interview with The Times
blame for a horrific murder           “If anyone’s been crucified                                                                                  the house but did not take           Another           prosecutor,     newspaper on Friday that
on “the black guy” and urged       by the media, it’s Patrizia                                                                                   part in the killing. She now       Manuela Comodi, said: “They         with many drivers in
jurors not to absolve her as a     Stefanoni” — the police foren-                                                                                insists that she was at her        killed, they killed for nothing.    Britain routinely driving at
verdict loomed in her appeal.      sic scientist whose work has                                                                                  boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito’s     Yes they’re young, but so was       80mph the current law
  Giuliano Mignini issued a        been at the centre of the                                                                                     house that night.                  Meredith.”                          was undermining the
scathing personal attack on        appeal and who was heavily                                                                                      Referring to Sollecito, who        Prosecutors have asked for        notion of policing by con-
Knox as tension rose at the        criticised in an independent                                                                                  was also convicted of murder       Knox and Sollecito’s sen-           sent. “If 50 percent of the
appeal trial in Perugia, the       review of the DNA evidence.                                                                                   and sexual assault and is          tences to be increased to life      population are routinely
medieval university town             Stefanoni has said she                                                                                      appealing with Knox, Mignini       in prison because the crime         breaking the law it’s actu-
where Knox’s British house-        plans to sue after experts          Amanda Knox, the US student convicted of murdering her flatmate,           said the two had coordinated       was motiveless.                     ally the law that needs
mate Meredith Kercher was          commissioned by the court           arrives at the court during her trial, in Perugia, on Friday. (REUTERS)   their defence.                       Mignini added: “Do you            looking at,” he said.
murdered in November 2007.         cast doubt on two crucial                                                                                       “You wanted to make a pact       know what will happen if you           The current limit was
  “Have you ever seen a            pieces that helped convict          November 2010, is expected            corpse with my own eyes,”           of steel and blame it all on the   absolve? She will run away          set in 1965.
defendant who hires a big PR       Knox and Sollecito — a              Monday.                               Mignini said, adding that           black guy,” he said, apparent-     abroad and we won’t be able            “Increasing the motor-
agency?” Mignini, who has          kitchen knife that is the pre-        Kercher was found on                when pictures of the body           ly alluding to Rudy Guede —        to do anything about it.”           way speed limit to 80mph
been a key player in the four-     sumed murder weapon and             November 2 in her bedroom             were shown in court:                the third person convicted of        Prosecutors have said they        would not help the econo-
year legal saga from the start,    Kercher’s bra clasp.                in the house she shared with          “Amanda never looked at             the murder that prosecutors        will appeal if the verdict is       my and would increase
told jurors as Knox, her fami-       Traces of Kercher’s DNA on        Knox and two other Italian            them.”                              say was the result of a drug-      overturned but Knox would           costs for drivers. It would
ly and several supporters in       the knife blade were found to       girls. Her body was almost              The prosecutor also argued        fuelled sexual assault.            be free to leave the country so     also add to pollution and
the courtroom shook their          be inconclusive and traces of       completely naked and cov-             that an apparent break-in at          “They covered their tracks       any hypothetical appeal             increase road casualties,”
heads.                             Sollecito on the bra clasp          ered in bruises and knife             the house where the murder          well. The poor black guy will      would likely take place in          said Stephen Joseph, chief
  “She has a publicity cam-        were also all but discounted.       wound, in a pool of blood. She        took place had clearly been         pay for everyone,” he added.       absentia. If the verdict is         executive of Campaign for
paign behind her that cost up        A verdict in the Knox’s           was 21.                               staged and that a broken win-       Guede has been tried sepa-         upheld, she has one more            Better Transport.
to a million dollars. And she’s    appeal, which began in                “I saw that brutalised              dow could not have been             rately and convicted on the        chance to appeal.
06         Saturday, October 1, 2011

                                       ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER   3, 2006

                                                                          ADEL ALI BIN ALI
                                                                          MANAGING DIRECTOR
                                                                                                                        Eurozone Rescue Plan
          DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI                                   AJIT KUMAR JHA
          EDITOR -IN-CHIEF                                               EDITOR                                   European leaders know the enormity of the problem, but it’s time to act
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                                                                                                                           OR months now, I have been                                              GORDON BROWN | IHT-NYT SYNDICATE
                                                                                                                           arguing that Europe is exhaust-
                                                                                                                           ing its energies waging the last
                                      Westside                                                                             war when the next is already
                                                                                                                           upon us. A major hurdle was
                                                                                                                  cleared on Thursday when German law-

                  Looming Recession
                                                                                                                  makers voted overwhelmingly to
                                                                                                                  expand the size and scope of the 440-
                                                                                                                  billion-euro ($590 billion) European
                                                                                                                  Financial Stability Facility (EFSF).
By slashing spending, world leaders are compounding debt crisis                                                      It has been clear for some time that
                                                                                                                  the crisis has moved far beyond the
                                                                                                                  flawed Greek programme; that the euro

T  HE world has barely dug out of reces-
   sion, and the global economy is again
slowing dangerously. Most leaders seem
                                                        grow by 1.5 percent this year and 1.9 per-
                                                        cent in 2012. But that assumes Congress
                                                        will continue payroll tax cuts and extend-
                                                                                                                  cannot survive in its present form; that
                                                                                                                  many of our banks are close to insolven-
                                                                                                                  cy; and that a far larger rescue fund –
eager to make things even worse. Instead                ed unemployment insurance, as                             €2 trillion, perhaps €3 trillion – is
of looking for ways to reignite growth,                 President Barack Obama has called for.                    needed to stabilise the euro zone.
Europe’s leaders – and Republicans on                   Mark Zandi of Moody’s                            That European leaders are finally
Capitol Hill – are determined to slash                  warns that if Congress fails to do so, the                recognising the urgent need to act may
public spending. Europe’s fixation on aus-              country will probably slip into recession.                in itself be a dramatic turn of events.
terity is also compounding its debt crisis,               Europe is in even worse shape. Rich                     But they have yet to come to terms with
bringing the continent even closer to the               nations that could afford to spend more                   the sheer enormity of the operation that
brink. Meanwhile, China’s government,                   to increase growth, like Germany and                      has to be mounted. Two trillion euros
which is struggling to contain inflation                Britain, are instead slashing spending.                   are needed just to recapitalise banks
without letting its currency rise, has been             Germany and its rich neighbours are also                  and finance the borrowing needs of
trying to slow domestic demand, allowing                insisting that Greece, Portugal and other                 Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and
its trade surplus to balloon.                           debtor countries accept even stiffer doses                Italy until 2014.                              than, say, directly to Italy.                                   unemployment threatens to be around
   Each of these policies is wrong. In                  of austerity to regain the confidence of                     This is without parallel in world eco-         Of course, emergency intervention                            10 percent for years to come.
combination, they are                                                    investors. Sending these                 nomic history, amounting to about 3            by the ECB and the IMF is not an alter-                            Inside the euro zone, member states
likely to tip the world                                                  economies into near col-                 percent of world GDP. That would               native to structural reform across                              cannot devalue their currencies, set
into a deep recession.                                                   lapse means that they                    dwarf previous Latin American and              Europe, but a bulwark to it. Indeed the                         their own interest rates, print their own
The         International                                                will never be able to dig                Asian bailouts and dramatically exceed         only conditionality that has actually                           money or run higher deficits – and they
Monetary Fund has cut                                                    out or pay off their cred-               the Group of 20’s trillion-dollar under-       worked in Europe is IMF conditionali-                           have failed to compensate for this by
its forecast for global                                                  itors. While the German                  pinning of the International Monetary          ty, and the fund should give European                           copying what America has done.
growth this year to 4                                                    Parliament approved a                    Fund in 2009.                                  leaders a 12-month deadline to agree                               The US has labour mobility, wage
percent, from the 4.3                                                    new $600 billion bailout                    The European leaders should also            and implement a long-term alternative                           flexibility, capital and product market
percent it had forecast                                                  fund on Thursday, many                   know by now that many of the rescue            to short-term ECB/IMF financing in                              liberalisation, and the government
in April. It expects rich                                                European          leaders                plans currently in vogue simply will not       the form of fiscal coordination, euro                           offers help when regions are most in
countries to grow by                                                     admitted that it is too                  work. The €440 billion European                bonds and fiscal transfers.                                     need. Today it also has much lower
only 1.6 percent. That                                                   small to deal with tur-                  Finance and Stability Facility (EFSF),            Could European leaders ever agree                            interest rates and now a jobs and infra-
may be too optimistic.                                                   moil that now also                       on which the Germans passed on                 on such a radical course? More pre-                             structure programme – all measures
The IMF forecasts that                                                   threatens Spain and                      Thursday, is far too small. Moves to           cisely, can they move beyond their                              which should be replicated in Europe
the United States will                                                   Italy.                                   extend it will be resisted, and in any         flawed diagnosis of the problem?                                without diluting our commitments to
                                                                                                                  case will require months of validation            A faulty analysis – an unwillingness                         debt reduction.
                                                                                                                  by the 17 euro zone parliaments. There         to admit that there is a banking and                               So can Europe lead the markets, sur-
                                                                                                                  is, of course, a bigger and bolder future      competitiveness crisis as well as a fis-                        prising them by agreeing to a compre-
                                       Eastside                                                                   replacement for the EFSF, the
                                                                                                                  European Stability Mechanism, but the
                                                                                                                                                                 cal crisis – has brought three years of
                                                                                                                                                                 faulty decisions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hensive programme that combines fis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cal, banking and supply-side reform?
                                                                                                                  political will does not exist to bring it         At the first-ever euro leaders meet-                         We know from history that politicians

              President Putin Redux
                                                                                                                  into existence before 2013.                    ing in October 2008, my fellow                                  often fail to act even when the right poli-
                                                                                                                     A new variant floated in Washington         European leaders were surprised when                            cies are staring them in the face, and
                                                                                                                  last weekend would take the EFSF’s             I said that the crisis was not just                             respond only when new ideas converge
                                                                                                                  €440 billion and add European Central          Anglo-Saxon; they were discomfited                              with their national self-interest.
     Medvedev just failed to step out of Russian PM’s shadow                                                      Bank money to lever support up to
                                                                                                                  between €1 trillion and €2 trillion, with
                                                                                                                                                                 when I said European banks were
                                                                                                                                                                 more heavily leveraged than American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My proposals for the ECB and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 IMF offer a fast track to stability while
                                                                                                                  the EFSF taking the first losses.              banks, and incredulous when I warned                            the details of a new euro rescue plan is

R   USSIA’S next presidential election is
    not until next March but – barring an
unexpected turn – the winner is pretty
                                                        he is really the one in charge. Russia’s con-
                                                        stitution permits only two consecutive
                                                        presidential terms. If Putin wins a six-year
                                                                                                                     The ECB has income from its bank-
                                                                                                                  ing operations and can act quickly. But
                                                                                                                  the bank is already providing substan-
                                                                                                                                                                 that our banks were more at risk
                                                                                                                                                                 because of their toxic assets and their
                                                                                                                                                                 greater dependence upon short term
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hammered out. With its high levels of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 conditionality, the IMF is not a soft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 option, but it has the advantage of reas-
much decided. Prime Minister Vladimir                   presidential term, he could run again in                  tial liquidity and will not be persuaded       funding from the markets.                                       suring Germany that it is not alone in
Putin, a former president and Russia’s                  2018 and stay in power until 2024, a truly                to go beyond its narrow anti-inflation            Today the liabilities of Europe’s                            bearing the costs of rescue; of reassur-
main power player, announced last                       chilling prospect. Elections alone do not                 remit unless it has the support of the         banks are 350 percent of GDP (five                              ing France that its AAA credit rating has
Saturday that he would run for another                  make a democracy, and Putin, a former                     International Monetary Fund and the            times more than American banks), and                            at least a chance of surviving; and reas-
presidential term. President Dmitry                     KGB officer, has made clear his disdain                   world financial community.                     German banks, which are leveraged at                            suring the rest of the world a full-blood-
Medvedev, the protege Putin installed in                for democratic rights. His Russia is a place                 Eighty percent of current IMF lend-         31 times the size of their assets, are                          ed new recession can be averted.
2008, has agreed to lead the United                     where journalists and human rights                        ing already goes to Europe, and the            themselves in trouble and in need of                               But time is already running out on this
Russia party slate in the December parlia-              activists are murdered with impunity,                     Fund has only $385 billion in addition-        recapitalisation. (There is some truth                          option. If, in the next month, the down-
mentary elections and to take the lesser                political and business opponents are                      al lending capacity, a fraction of what is     in the argument that Germany will                               turn threatens to go global, the rest of
post of prime minister after the presiden-              thrown in jail, and media outlets are con-                needed. Moreover the IMF is not likely         only agree to become a bigger part of                           the world will back away from helping
tial vote.                                              trolled by or intimidated by the govern-                  to levy its members once more just to          the solution when faced with the evi-                           Europe, and a 1930s-style protectionism
   Medvedev, more liberal and Western-                  ment. Putin has ridden high on an oil-                    finance Europe.                                dence that it is also a big part of the                         may become the order of the day.
oriented, tried to step out of Putin’s shad-            fuelled economic boom. But production                        There may be a way through, howev-          problem.)                                                          (Gordon Brown, a Labour
ow with a push for judicial and political               levels are levelling off. The country needs               er. In the 1970s, when the IMF was                Only 7 percent of Europe’s exports go                        member            of    the       British
reforms that would break the Kremlin’s                  to expand its revenue base by reducing the                stretched, it borrowed from the oil            to the fast-rising emerging markets that                        Parliament, was Britain’s prime
iron grip. He never succeeded. Only a few               dependency on oil and gas, encouraging                    states. Today it could borrow from             account for 70 percent of the world’s                           minister from 2007 to 2010 and
months ago, he seemed eager to run again                business competition and increasing for-                  them and from China, which would               growth. The third element of the euro                           chancellor of the Exchequer from
for president, but Putin proved again that              eign investment.                                          undoubtedly prefer lending to the IMF          crisis is a growth rate so anaemic that                         1997 to 2007.)
                                                 (The NYT)

                                         Libya Threatens Algeria’s Stability
                        Bouteflika’s reconciliation policy towards Islamists & more direct US involvement may fuel discontent

             SHARP surge in terrorist attacks,                 northern Algerian branch of Aqim is a            SIMON TISDALL | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE       code.                                                       might exacerbate Islamist militancy and
             attributed to Al Qaeda in the                     direct descendant of the Salafist Group                                                        But these and other measures imple-                       internal tensions in Algeria and else-
             Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), is                        for Preaching and Combat of that period.      consequences if the violent trend contin-      mented since riots broke out in Algiers in                  where, he said. Nevertheless, given the
             threatening            pro-western                Government opponents have also                ues upwards, including growing friction        January cannot overcome some sys-                           growing threat, the US “needs to be pre-
             Algeria’s political stability even as             blamed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s       between the military and the Bouteflika        temic problems, according to the analyst                    pared to take more aggressive actions to
     it struggles to defuse popular discontent                 reconciliation policy for going soft on       administration, reviving suspicions that       Hamoud Salhi.                                               disrupt, degrade, and ultimately defeat
     sparked by the Arab Spring, according to                  terror.                                       the army may be somehow manipulating             “So far the policy of appeasement and                     Aqim and should clearly determine in
     a new study. The rising violence is partly                   But a connection between the surge in      the terrorist groups (as alleged during        concession has worked well for the                          advance what level of increased Aqim
     linked to the Nato-led war in next-door                   violence and the British and French-led       the civil war), and even a return of the       Algerian government. But for how long?                      activity would represent a direct threat to
     Libya, which appears to have fuelled                      intervention in Libya is the most persua-     feared eradicateurs - kill squads that         There are severe housing shortages in                       US national security interests”.
     jihadist sentiment and activity and                       sive explanation, the study suggests. It      ruthlessly exterminated the militants at       Algeria, accompanied by high consumer                          In a possible sign of a more activist
     increased the availability of weapons.                    notes Algerian and other African leaders      every opportunity. “Regardless of what         prices and low salaries. According to the                   approach, the US embassy in Algiers
        A study by Andrew Lebovich pub-                        have warned since March that chaos in         emerges from the infighting and tension        IMF, unemployment rates have reached                        issued a public terrorism alert earlier this
     lished by the Combating Terrorism                         Libya could destabilise Algeria by            in Algeria’s ruling classes, it seems likely   25 percent among 24-year-olds, widen-                       month, saying it had information that
     Centre at the West Point military acade-                  encouraging jihadist attacks and the          that Aqim’s violence will continue to          ing gaps between social classes,” Salhi                     Aqim was planning to attack planes
     my in the US charts a rise since April in                 movement of militants back and forth.         increase in the north,” Lebovich con-          wrote in a BBC analysis. “Algeria has not                   chartered by western oil companies
     Aqim outrages, including several suicide                  They also suggested “that Aqim could          cludes. The Aqim resurgence comes as           necessarily weathered the storm.”                           operating in the Algerian Maghreb.
     bombings, largely aimed at the Algerian                   gain possession of arms stolen from           Algeria’s rulers try to avoid an Arab            Other experts and the US government                       General Carter Ham, head of US Africa
     security forces. “The months of July and                  Libyan stocks”.                               spring-style popular insurgency.               have also got the jitters about a possibly                  Command, warned, meanwhile, that
     August witnessed at least 23 attacks,                        “Evidence has since emerged that sur-      Government efforts to date to buy off          violent spillover. “Aqim poses the great-                   there were “very worrying” indications
     including 13 IEDs [improvised explosive                   face-to-air missiles and other unspeci-       unrest, funded by oil and gas revenues,        est immediate threat of transnational                       that Aqim was increasingly co-operating
     devices], six gun attacks, and four sui-                  fied weapons have been looted from            include big salary increases for civil ser-    terrorism in north-west Africa and is                       with al-Shabaab in Somalia and Boko
     cide bombing attempts,” it says.                          Libyan stores, weapons that, according        vants, raised subsidies on basic food-         escalating its attacks against regional                     Haram in Nigeria. In a statement many
        A number of factors could explain the                  to European officials, have fallen into the   stuffs, and a lifting of the state of emer-    and western interests,” said Andre Le                       Algerians may view as a decidedly mixed
     escalation, including security force com-                 hands of Aqim” - most likely via Aqim         gency dating back to the civil war.            Sage, writing for the US National                           blessing at a time of domestic political
     placency symbolised by the dismantling                    criminal affiliates in the ungoverned         Bouteflika, whose health and staying           Defence University’s Institute for                          weakness and uncertainty, the US state
     of local militias, known as groupes de                    Sahel regions to the south, the study         power are in question, has also promised       National Strategic Studies.                                 department said Algeria continued to be
     legitimes defence, which fought Islamist                  says.                                         reforms including an amended constitu-           Policymakers were concerned that                          “one of our strongest partners” in the
     militants during the 1990s civil war. The                    Lebovich sees a number of possible         tion, new electoral laws, and a press          more direct American involvement                            fight against terrorism.

                                                                                                                                                                                   THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY.
                                                                                                      ANALYSIS                                                                                     Saturday, October 1, 2011
                                                                                                       No matter what industry you’re

     Health is                                                                                         working in, the skills you need as
                                                                                                       a manager are almost entirely inter-
                                                                                                       personal: to be able to treat your
     Wealth                                                                                            colleagues and employees with the
                                                                                                       same respect and understanding
                                                                                                       as you do your family and friends,
                                                                                                       no matter what the situation.
      JENIFER GOODWIN | HEALTHDAY                         RICHARD BRANSON | NYT NEWS SERVICE                                                                                                     RUBEN COHEN | HUFFINGTON POST

Even Slightly Above                                                                                                                                                                         How To Know If
Normal BP May
Raise Stroke Risk
                                                          THE ART OF BEING A                                                                                                                Wisdom Teeth
                                                                                                                                                                                            Need Removal
H   AVING blood pressure (BP) readings that
    are just slightly above normal — a condi-
tion known as prehypertension — appears to
raise the risk of stroke, new research finds.
                                                          MANAGER & LEADER                                                                                                                  T  HERE is ongoing debate regarding the need
                                                                                                                                                                                               to extract wisdom teeth. Numerous scientif-
                                                                                                                                                                                            ic publications have aimed to clarify when it is
                                                                                                                                                                                            medically appropriate to extract wisdom
   Normal blood pressure is a systolic blood                                                                                                                                                teeth, while many non-surgeons and patients
pressure (top number) below 120 mmHg and
a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number)
                                                         There is no substitute for time spent on the factory floor & at office                                                             have argued that there are too many unneces-
                                                                                                                                                                                            sary extractions. A recent article in The New
below 80 mmHg.                                                                                                                                                                              York Times again raised the question of the

   Prehypertension is slightly above that —                  love an adventure, so I have         ing for the startup and then leased      sider: Are you passionate about                  value of wisdom teeth extraction. The author
systolic blood pressure between 120 and 139                  always loved my job as an            a plane. As I proved that it could be    your venture? Would you carry out                provided no clinical information about her
mmHg or diastolic blood pressure between 80                  entrepreneur. Every day, the         done – that we could carry out the       your plan even if there was no                   daughter’s case but used it as an example of
and 89 mmHg.                                                 challenges are different: from       initial steps successfully and with      money to be made? Do you truly                   yet another patient who was misled into think-
   For this study, researchers reviewed 12 pre-              finding investors to setting up      style – I gradually won them over.       believe in what you do? If the                   ing that “her wisdom teeth had to come out,
vious studies about blood pressure and stroke          customer support, each problem                I repeated the trick with the         answer is yes to all three, you will             ASAP”. This kind of criticism is nothing new
involving more than half a million adults from         involves a new set of personalities        launch of Virgin Blue (now Virgin        very likely overcome any obstacles               to the medical community: Last year,
the United States, Japan, China and India.             and dilemmas, the resolution of            Australia), which all my senior col-     you encounter.                                   President Obama suggested that otolaryngol-
   The investigators found that people with            which requires every bit of creativi-      leagues had vetoed. Many of their          Q: How do I improve my                         ogists frivolously remove young people’s ton-
prehypertension and no prior history of car-           ty and insight you can muster.             concerns involved practical ques-        management skills? Are there                     sils. Obama quickly retracted his statement,
diovascular disease were 55 percent more like-            Especially during a business’s          tions: how we would compete with         any books I must read?                           but when critics perpetuate these unfortunate
ly to have a stroke than people with normal            early years, an entrepreneur must          two major domestic airlines, find         — Sraj                                          stereotypes, it makes the job of responsible
blood pressure, even after taking into account         be both manager and leader to suc-         the right staff, buy airplanes, and so     A: Management skills are honed                 and fair doctors that much harder.
factors such as age, gender, diabetes, obesity,        ceed. The readers of Entrepreneur          on. Once Brett Godfrey (who              on the job, not by sitting through a                Several factors need to be considered when
cholesterol and smoking.                               magazine in the United States                                                       course or reading a book. Books are              evaluating wisdom teeth: The health of the
   When the researchers split the people with          recently sent in some questions on                                                  useful for providing others’ per-                second molar, the presence of gum disease,
prehypertension into two groups — those at             these topics – let’s take a look at       The best way you can                      spectives on common challenges,                  the age of the patient and the risk of dental
the lower end of the prehypertensive range             some basic skills you can work on.          test your idea’s merit                  but there is no substitute for time              crowding. To minimise the possibility of nega-
and those at the upper end — they found those             Q: What are the biggest                                                          spent on the factory floor or at the             tive outcomes, the use of cone beam imaging
in the upper range (130 to 139 mmHg systolic           business roadblocks you have               is by trying to win the                  office.                                          will also be discussed.
and 85 to 89 mmHg diastolic) had a 79 per-             encountered?                                    support of your                       No matter what industry you’re                    The Health of the Second Molar:
cent increased risk of stroke.                            — Mike J.                                colleagues and board                    working in, the skills you need as a             Adults have 32 teeth in their mouth, which
   The risk of stroke was not shown to be sig-            A: I tend to be instinctive in my                                                manager are almost entirely inter-               includes the second molars, located immedi-
nificantly increased in the lower end of the           business decisions and choices,                 members. This                       personal: to be able to treat your               ately in front of the wisdom teeth. When eval-
prehypertensive group.                                 sometimes making moves counter                process is not just                   colleagues and employees with the                uating wisdom teeth, it is important to evalu-
   “The message for patients is that stroke is         to the standard advice of industry           about the nuts and                     same respect and understanding as                ate the health of the second molars to make
the fourth leading cause of death and a leading        experts and management gurus.                                                       you do your family and friends, no               sure they are not compromised by the position
cause of disability in the United States, and if       This has meant that over the years,            bolts and market                     matter what the situation. This is               of the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can grow
you do fall into [the prehypertensive] category        one of the biggest challenges (and          analysis: you have to                   not easy for everyone, but it is a key           in a variety of positions: Sometimes they erupt
you should take it very seriously and strongly         useful checks) I have faced is in try-                                              to success in business – and in life.            straight up like the rest of the teeth, but other
consider a change in lifestyle to try and reduce       ing to convince my colleagues to
                                                                                                   explain your creative                     Above all, remember the value of               times they will grow sideways or toward the
your risk of stroke,” said senior study author         pursue a new venture, especially if         vision in such a way                    praise, which is not limited to just             second molars, encroaching on their space.
Dr Bruce Ovbiagele, a professor of neuro-              we are considering entering an                that you convince                     making people feel good.                         Research has shown that the ligament sur-
sciences at University of California, San Diego.       industry in which we have no expe-                                                  Understanding what a person does                 rounding the second molars and its roots can
   Ovbiagele and his colleagues also found that        rience.                                    your entire team and,                    well and discussing it in detail will            be negatively affected by wisdom teeth, espe-
the impact of higher than normal blood pres-              The best way you can test your            eventually, everyone                   help you to get a clear sense of what            cially as one gets older.
sure on stroke was the most pronounced                 idea’s merit is by trying to win the          who will someday                      could be done to improve your                       When these conditions are already present,
among those under age 65. Their risk of stroke         support of your colleagues and                                                      business even further. Then act on               they improve with time after removal of the wis-
was nearly 80 percent higher than people in            board members. This process is             contribute to the proj-                  what you’ve learned. When people                 dom teeth, but it is important to note that the
that age bracket with normal blood pressure.           not just about the nuts and bolts           ect, from investors to                  know that they are valued, listened              outcome correlates with the age of the patient
   In people older than 65, researchers believe        and market analysis: you have to          front-line workers, that                  to, and recognised for their accom-              and the level of plaque present in the mouth.
other factors obscure the impact of prehyper-          explain your creative vision in                                                     plishments, they are more at ease                   Gum Disease and Wisdom Teeth:
tension. “Age is such a powerful factor putting        such a way that you convince your              success is within                    and more open to discussing what                 Another factor to evaluate is the pocket depth
people at risk of stroke that we think it over-        entire team and, eventually,                         reach.                         they’d like to do better and why.                measurement behind the second molars. A
whelms any added contribution from the                 everyone who will someday con-                                                      And in the larger picture, the ripple            pocket depth of 5mm or more can compro-
slightly higher blood pressure,” Ovbiagele             tribute to the project, from               became the airline’s founding CEO)       effect that a “thank you” call or a              mise the second molars. These pocket depths
said.                                                  investors to front-line workers,           got back to us with the answers, I       celebratory email to staff can have              have been shown to increase over time, and
   The study is published in the September 28          that success is within reach. It is a      backed his vision. Despite the           on morale is priceless.                          bacteria associated with gum disease have
online edition and the October 4 print issue of        difficult test of leadership, requir-      tribulations of the airline industry,      If you are really set on reading a             been found in these gum pockets, suggesting
the journal Neurology.                                 ing strong communication and               Virgin Atlantic is going strong 27       book about management, I’d rec-                  that impacted wisdom teeth can have a detri-
   Experts said it was premature to suggest            interpersonal skills, true com-            years later, and Virgin Australia is     ommend “Business Stripped Bare”                  mental effect on the health of the gums.
that everyone with slightly elevated blood             mand of detail, and creativity in          still expanding after more than a        – I have heard that the author is                Notably, the bacteria count around the molars
pressure be put on medications.                        problem solving.                           decade.                                  someone you can trust!                           has been shown to decrease after removal of
   Instead, current recommendations call for              When I took the idea of starting           If you run into roadblocks,             (Richard Branson is the                        wisdom teeth.
people with prehypertension to make changes            Virgin Atlantic to my colleagues at        review your ideas again with your        founder of the Virgin Group                         After extraction of wisdom teeth, some sur-
such as quitting smoking, exercising at least          Virgin Records, they thought I             trusted advisors. If, after they have    and companies such as Virgin                     geons have advocated bone grafting to
30 minutes daily, limiting alcohol, reducing           was crazy and the venture too              raised objections or pointed out         Atlantic, Virgin America,                        improve the outcome of the second molar.
salt intake, and maintaining a normal body             risky. I was sure it would work, so        weaknesses in your plan, you are         Virgin Mobile and Virgin                         This does appear to offer an advantage in pre-
mass index.                                            I stuck to my guns: I found financ-        not sure whether to proceed, con-        Active.)                                         venting a defect behind the second molar, but
                                                                                                                                                                                            only in adults 26 years of age or older with a
                                                                                                                                                                                            pre-existing attachment loss and an impacted
                                                                                                                                                                                            and mal-positioned wisdom tooth that is
                                                                                                                                                                                            severely compromising the second molar.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Age & Wisdom Teeth: Numerous stud-
                                                                                                                                                                                            ies have shown that older adults have a high-

       Have                                                                                                                                                                                 er risk of having a periodontal defect on the
                                                                                                                                                                                            second molar when wisdom teeth are present.
                                                                                                                                                                                            The incidence of cavities on wisdom teeth

      your say                                              Welcome step
                                                   REFER to the edit-page article “A
                                                   welcome decision” published on
                                                                                                      Kudos to ABA Group
                                                                                                APROPOS the front-page report
                                                                                                “ABA to play mentor to needy QF
                                                                                                                                             “With the recent hike in
                                                                                                                                                salaries, inflation
                                                                                                                                              was bound to come.”
                                                                                                                                                                                            also increases with age. As far as complica-
                                                                                                                                                                                            tions after surgery, the risks of post-op com-
                                                                                                                                                                                            plications and recovery time both increase
                                                                                                                                                                                            with age, especially in patients 25 years of age
                                                                                                                                                                                            and older.
                                                   Thursday.                                    talent” published on Thursday.                             S OHEB A HMED                       Wisdom Teeth and Dental Crowding:
                                                     I am grateful to the Custodian of            I salute the Ali Bin Ali Group for                                                        While patients and dentists are always quick to
     Is there an issue you feel                    the Two Holy Mosques Abdullah                sponsoring four economically
                                                                                                                                                               D OHA
                                                                                                                                                                                            blame wisdom teeth for dental crowding, a
     strongly about, or an article                 bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi
                                                   Arabia for his decision to give
                                                                                                backward but meritorious students
                                                                                                of Qatar Foundation every year.
                                                                                                                                                                                            definitive and clear correlation between wisdom
                                                                                                                                                                                            teeth and dental crowding is difficult to confirm
     you want to comment on? QT                    women the right to vote paving the             It demonstrates the strong com-                                                           or exclude. Dental crowding is caused by a vari-
                                                   way for their participation in the           mitment of one of the leading                                                               ety of conditions, and while wisdom teeth may
     will carry your voice to the                  electoral process. This is the first         Qatari business groups towards the                                                          play a significant role in some patients, a direct
     public and to places where it                 sign of liberalisation in Saudi
                                                   Arabia, but it is not enough.
                                                                                                education sector and for growth of
                                                                                                professionalism among the youth
                                                                                                                                                                                            effect has not been established.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Wisdom Teeth and CT Imaging:
     matters. Write to us at                         I can say that a small beginning           of this country.                                                                            Traditionally, wisdom teeth have been evalu-
                                                   has been made but the list of funda-           The biggest advantage for such                                                            ated by obtaining a panoramic x-ray, which
                                                   mental rights still denied to Saudi          students would be that they can                                                             gives an excellent preliminary evaluation of
                                                   women is long.                               gain valuable hands-on experience                                                           someone’s jaws to detect the presence of wis-
                                                     Saudi men control whether                  at the ABA Group itself.                                                                    dom teeth, their position and to evaluate for
                     ADDRESS                       women can travel, work, receive                But the students cannot take              “Thank God, the lashing of                      the presence of any cysts or other pathology.
            PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar
                                                   health care, attend school or start a        everything for granted, they have to       Sheima is cancelled. Thanks                      But panoramic x-rays give the clinician only a
                                                   business. They cannot even drive.            work hard and strive for excellence        to our beloved Saudi King.”                      limited view, thereby limiting the amount of
                    TELEPHONE                      Just a few days ago, a woman was             throughout the semesters, else                                                              specificity and detail available to properly plan
               +974.44422077                       penalised for driving but the Saudi          their scholarship would be with-                                                            and prepare for an actual surgery due to dis-
                                                   king intervened and waived off her           drawn after a certain level.                P RINCESS A MIRA AL T AWEEL , W IFE OF S AUDI   tortions present in the image. When planning
                                                   sentence.                                      If other companies operating in                                                           the removal of wisdom teeth, one important
               +974.44416790                         I think the Arab Spring is spread-         Qatar take a cue from the ABA
                                                                                                                                             B ILLIONAIRE P RINCE A LWALEED BIN T ALAL
                                                                                                                                                                                            consideration is the position of the mandibu-
                      EMAIL                        ing its roots across the Gulf region         Group’s move and offer similar                                                              lar nerve in relation to the roots of the wisdom                 and compelling leaders to initiate           scholarships, it would go a long way                                                        teeth. This nerve often runs in very close prox-
                                                   reforms.                                     towards achieving Vision 2030.                                                              imity to the wisdom teeth, and injury to that
                                                                           SOHEL AHMED                                 ASHISH ASTHANA                                                       nerve can cause temporary or permanent
                                                                                  DOHA                                          DOHA                                                        numbness of the chin or lower lip.
08         Saturday, October 1, 2011
                                                                  UNITED STATES

  Defence cuts 2012 referendum will be on Obama’s
  may blunt     handling of the US economy: Biden
  American edge                                                     THE

                                                                              US     election      in
                                                                    November 2012 will be a “ref-
           REUTERS                 market, he said.                 erendum” on the Obama
          WASHINGTON                 In today’s budget cli-         administration’s handling of
                                   mate, the health of the          the economy, Vice-President
  WHEN the British Royal           defence industrial base is       Joe Biden told a Florida radio
  Navy decided to build a          suddenly in the spotlight.       station on Thursday.
  new class of nuclear attack      But some are skeptical of          Biden said he understood
  submarines in 1997, it           the dire warnings, seeing        Americans are unhappy about
  wasted years before discov-      them as an excuse for spar-      high unemployment and the
  ering its shipbuilding           ing defence budgets that         sluggish economy nearly three
  industry no longer had the       have expanded enormously         years after Barack Obama was
  design and production            in the last decade.              elected president in the midst
  skills to finish the job.           “To my mind there’s just a     of the worst recession since
     Prime contractor BAE          fantastic amount of hyper-       the 1930s.
  Systems ultimately turned to     ventilating about this issue,”     “Even though 50-some per-
  the US Navy’s main subma-        said Gordon Adams, an            cent of the American people
  rine      builder,    General    American University profes-      think the economy tanked
  Dynamics Electric Boat, to       sor who oversaw defence          because of the last adminis-
  provide the expertise the        budgets at the White House       tration, that’s not relevant,”
  United Kingdom had lost          during the post-Cold War         Biden said.
  due to Cold War defence cuts     military build-down.               “Right now we are the ones
  and changing technologies.         “Every time, people come       in charge and it’s gotten bet-
     Some analysts see the         out of the woodwork and          ter but it hasn’t gotten good
  story of the HMS Astute,         start tearing their hair and     enough ... I don’t blame them
  which was formally commis-       rending their garments.          for being angry.”
  sioned one year ago, as a        And every time, at the end         Biden phoned in to WLRN, a
  cautionary tale about what       of a build-down we end up        public radio station in south
  could happen to the                                               Florida, to promote Obama’s
  Pentagon unless the US gov-        It is not an empty             $447 billion plan to create jobs.
  ernment protects critical ele-     concern. Even                    Much of the discussion with
  ments of the defence indus-        before President               the show’s host focused on
  try as it begins to cut hun-       Barack Obama                   the weak housing and job
  dreds of billions in spending      and Congress                   markets in Florida — a state        President Barack Obama (right) with Vice-President Joe Biden and others holds up a copy of his American Jobs Act during a statement,
  over the next decade.              agreed on a deal               Obama won in 2008 and is            at White House, in Washington, recently. (AP)
     “If we end up in this situ-     that could reduce              crucial to his re-election
  ation ... exactly who are we       defence spend-                 chances — but Biden said the        election. “It’s soon going to be     Obama, a Democrat, and           creation.                          dent will run on their record
  going to go to? The                ing by as much                 economy will dominate the           a choice,” he added, listing       his aides criticise Republicans      White House spokesman            of saving the American econ-
  Chinese? The Russians?”            as $1 trillion over            thinking of all American vot-       various aspects of Obama’s         for opposing his initiatives at    Jay Carney, asked about            omy      from     a     Great
  asked Barry Watts, a               10 years, the                  ers next year.                      jobs bill.                         nearly every turn, and he has      Biden’s “referendum” remark,       Depression,” Carney told
  defence analyst at the             United States                    “Understandably, totally            Obama, who pushed through        pointed the finger at the           agreed voters would be giving      reporters.
  Centre for Strategic and           already had lost               legitimately, this is a referen-    an $800 billion economic stim-     administration of President        a verdict on Obama’s econom-         Obama “fully expects” vot-
  Budgetary Assessments              some significant               dum on Obama and Biden,             ulus bill in 2009, has seen his    George W Bush for leaving          ic stewardship, but said “it’s     ers to be assessing not only
  think tank. “You don’t want        capabilities.                  the nature and the state of the     approval ratings take a hit over   the economy in crisis.             more than that.”                   his record but his vision for
  to end up here.”                                                  economy,” he said, echoing          worries about unemployment           Republicans counter that           “Every elected official who’s     the future and “comparing
     It is not an empty con-       with the world’s dominant        the views of many analysts          stuck above 9 percent and fears    Obama’s spending and regu-         running for office in 2012 will     that to whoever is the candi-
  cern. Even before President      military force and technol-      about which factor will most        the United States could sink       latory policies have under-        run on his or her record. And      date for the Republican
  Barack        Obama       and    ogy that is generations          influence the outcome of the         back into recession.               mined the recovery and job         this president and vice presi-     Party,” he said.
  Congress agreed on a deal        ahead of anybody else,” he
  that could reduce defence        said. “So it’s kind of like
  spending by as much as $1        crying wolf.”
  trillion over 10 years, the
  United States already had
  lost some significant capa-
                                      Adams said only the top
                                   six or seven US defence
                                   contractors, like Lockheed,
                                   Raytheon and Northrop
                                                                    Obama, Uzbek president discuss                                                                                                               Perry renews
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 criticism of
     Back in 2008, then-
  defence Secretary Robert
  Gates and his Energy
  Department counterpart,
                                   Grumman, are dependent
                                   on the US defence
                                   Department for 75 percent
                                   or more of their revenues.
                                                                    ways to supplement Kabul troops                                                                                                              Fed policy
  Samuel Bodman, said the          The second- and third-tier                   REUTERS                 Obama called Karimov on            been very helpful to us with       access       to    and     from              REUTERS
  United States could no           firms, he said, are well-                   WASHINGTON                Wednesday to congratulate          respect to the Northern            Afghanistan.                               WASHINGTON
  longer make nuclear bombs.       diversified between defence                                           the former Soviet republic on      Distribution       Network,”          US military aid to Uzbekistan
     “While the service lives of   and commercial work.             PRESIDENT Barack Obama              its 20th anniversary of inde-      Clinton said, referring to the     has been restricted since 2004     REPUBLICAN presidential
  existing warhead types are          Critical engineering and      and Uzbekistan’s President          pendence and that the leaders      supply route that goes             because of its human rights        candidate Rick Perry on
  being extended through           design skills would be fairly    Islam Karimov discussed             talked about shared interests      through the Central Asian          record. House appropriators        Thursday lashed out anew at
  refurbishment, at present        safe at smaller firms             expanding US use of the cen-        in a “secure and prosperous”       country to Afghanistan.            have dropped the restrictions      the Federal Reserve, accusing
  the United States does not       because they can switch          tral Asian country as a route       Afghanistan.                                                          from their bill funding foreign    the US central bank of pursu-
  have the ability to produce      from defence to commercial       to    supply       troops    in        Obama’s      outreach     to      US military aid to               aid next year, an aide said,       ing policies that could reduce
  new nuclear weapons,”            work in lean times, he said.     Afghanistan, a US official said      Karimov, whose has faced US          Uzbekistan has                   making it likely some version of   consumer spending power
  they wrote in a paper on the        “Anybody who says $1          on Thursday, amid growing           criticism over his human             been restricted                  the change will pass.              and fuel inflation.
  US nuclear deterrent.            trillion (in spending reduc-     concern about the viability of      rights record, came as the           since 2004                          An aide to Senator Patrick        In an interview with CNBC,
     The loss of that capacity     tions) is the end of Western     Pakistan as a transit route.        United States and Pakistan are       because of its                   Leahy said the Obama               the Texas Governor said that
  was one issue that drove         civilisation doesn’t under-         On a day when overtures to       locked in a diplomatic crisis        human rights                     administration had pushed          as president he would not
  Republican demands for           stand that $1 trillion is just   Uzbekistan seemed to stretch        over US accusations linking          record.                          for easing the restrictions on     reappoint Fed Chairman Ben
  more US nuclear moderni-         16 percent of (the defence       right across Washington,            Pakistan’s chief intelligence                                         military aid to Uzbekistan         Bernanke but instead find a
  sation funding during last       Department’s) projected          Secretary of State Hillary          agency to militant attacks on        She spoke after meeting          due to concerns about poten-       candidate “who actually
  December’s debate over the       resources,” Adams said.          Clinton met her Uzbek coun-         Americans in Afghanistan.          Uzbek Foreign Minister             tial limits to continuing coop-    believes that the private sec-
  New       START       nuclear    “Properly managed, it’s a        terpart and said both sides            Rising tension between          Elyor Ganiyev. Their dia-          eration from Pakistan with         tor is how you stimulate the
  weapons treaty with Russia.      cake walk.”                      want to deepen ties.                Washington and Islamabad, at       logue raised “our concerns         the US war effort in               economy, not by printing
     Other US capabilities are        So far Obama and                 And in Congress, changes         times awkward partners in the      about human rights and             Afghanistan.                       more money.”
  on the edge. Cutbacks at         Congress have approved           in US law were pending that         fight against Islamic militancy,    political freedoms,” Clinton          But rather than drop the          Perry appeared to tone
  NASA have put US produc-         $350 billion in reductions       would allow more military aid       have raised questions about        said, but added that there         longstanding restrictions,         down his criticism of the Fed
  tion of solid fuel rocket        to national security spend-      to Uzbekistan, despite its          Pakistan’s role as a major US      were “some signs” of               Leahy, who chairs the panel        after weathering widespread
  engines at risk, said Tom        ing. If a congressional          poor human rights record.           supply route for American          progress on that front.            that funds foreign aid, added      criticism in August for accus-
  Captain, head of the aero-       “super committee” fails to          Capitol Hill aides said the      forces fighting in Afghanistan.       The Senate Appropriations        the waiver that requires the       ing Bernanke of being
  space and defence unit           reach a deficit deal by year-     change was done partly at the          That has prompted US offi-       Committee       last    week       administration to assess           “almost treasonous” in his
  Deloitte LLP. The dwin-          end, automatic across-the-       urging of the Obama adminis-        cials to look harder at            approved a bill that would         Uzbekistan’s progress on           policy actions.
  dling number of military jet     board cuts could take            tration, which is shifting more     expanding alternatives to          allow the United States to         human rights, and a report on        “Statements          toward
  projects is threatening          another $600 billion from        military supply lines to the        lessen reliance on Pakistan.       waive restrictions on aid to       any diversion of US aid for        Chairman Bernanke need to
  competition in the engine        security spending.               Central Asian country.                 “We value our relationship      Uzbekistan if Clinton certifies     “corrupt” purposes, the aide       be very clear to him that
                                                                       The White House said             with Uzbekistan. They have         this is needed to obtain           said.                              making monetary policy to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cover up bad fiscal policy is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bad public policy,” Perry

US is a ‘committed partner’ of China: Clinton                                                                                                                                                                      “And that’s what we’re see-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing: a Fed that is getting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 involved in things that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 frankly it does not need to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 involved with,” he added.
             AFP                   China, because a thriving        tionship between the world’s        Taiwan’s F-16 fighter jets,                                                                                 “Printing more money
         WASHINGTON                China is good for America        two largest economies took its      prompting Beijing to warn                                                                                doesn’t do anything at this
                                   and a thriving America is                                            military ties would be affected.                                                                         particular juncture but to
THE United States is China’s       good for China,” she said                                              Chinese President Hu                                                                                   make the dollars in our pock-
“committed partner and             ahead of October 1, when           “On this 62nd                     Jintao made a state visit to                                                                             et worth less money. Plus it
friend,” Secretary of State        Beijing marks the founding of      anniversary of the                the United States in January,                                                                            also puts us in jeopardy for
Hillary Clinton said on            the People’s Republic.             founding of the                   following one to Beijing by US                                                                           greater inflation in the
Thursday as she sent greet-          Clinton added that by            People’s Republic                 President Barack Obama in                                                                                future,” he said.
ings to Beijing ahead of its       working together, the two          of China... know                  November 2009. US Vice                                                                                     Perry, a darling of the fis-
National Day celebrations.         countries can “find solutions       that the United                   President Joe Biden visited                                                                              cally conservative Tea Party
   “Together, our two coun-        to our most pressing global        States stands with                China in August.                                                                                         movement, joined the presi-
tries are seizing this moment      challenges.”                       you as a commit-                    China is the largest foreign                                                                           dential race late and initial-
in history and developing the        “On this 62nd anniversary        ted partner and                   holder of US debt, and in                                                                                ly surged to front-runner
positive, cooperative, and         of the founding of the             friend.”                          recent months had cautioned                                                                              status.
comprehensive relationship         People’s Republic of China...      HILLARY CLINTON                   Washington to get its financial                                                                             But doubts about his cam-
envisioned by our presidents,”     know that the United States                                          house in order, but Premier                                                                              paign have grown since a
Clinton said in a statement.       stands with you as a commit-                                         Wen Jiabao expressed confi-                                                                               September 22 Florida debate
   “The United States is com-      ted partner and friend.”         latest hit when Washington          dence in the US economy dur-       US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a press conference, in   in which Perry was seen to
mitted to the success of             The sometimes tense rela-      announced it would upgrade          ing Biden’s visit.                 Washington, on Thursday. (AFP)                                        struggle.
                                                                                                             WORLD                                                                                  Saturday, October 1, 2011

People, not me to decide Chinese officials dismiss
poll fate: Medvedev      child trafficking reports
                                                                                                                                                        AP                  their first is a girl. The rules    daughter was living in the
             AFP                  tion as a practice reminiscent                                                                                      BEIJING               were designed to curb explo-       United States, and he showed
           MOSCOW                 of Soviet times.                                                                                                                          sive population growth in the      a photo of a smiling girl in a
                                     Medvedev was seen as the                                                                             OFFICIALS in south China’s        world’s most populous nation,      blue silk dress holding a toy
PRESIDENT               Dmitry    more liberal force when he                                                                              Hunan province have dis-          but critics say it has spawned     stuffed panda. He said he was
Medvedev on Friday denied         came to power and spent                                                                                 missed claims that more than      terrible abuses, including         sent the photo in 2009 by
that the fate of Russia’s elec-   much of his presidency pro-                                                                             a dozen babies were seized        forced sterilisations and abor-    strangers who told him his
tions was predetermined by        moting a modernisation                                                                                  from parents who violated the     tions.                             daughter was “living a happy
his decision to step down in      agenda aimed at cutting                                                                                 country’s one-child policy and       Violators today routinely       life in the United States, and
favour of his political mentor    Russia’s dependence on oil                                                                              sold to orphanages who            lose their jobs and are forced     her adopted parents love her.”
Vladimir Putin.                   and gas revenues.                                                                                       arranged to have them adopt-      to pay steep fines. The original       The Shaoyang city state-
   “How can they be prede-           But polls showed that he                                                                             ed overseas.                      Caixin report said at least 16     ment said the cases of 14
termined,” a passionate           largely failed to connect with                                                                            A four-month investigation                                         infants were reviewed during
Medvedev said in a clip of a      the voters while Putin                                                                                  into the allegations, first          China has                        the investigation. Eight had
television interview to be        remained the country’s most                                                                             reported in May by the              enforced strict                  been abandoned by their par-
broadcast across the nation       popular politician by far.                                                                              Beijing-based Caixin Century        family planning                  ents and were later illegally
on Friday evening.                   The weeks preceding the                                                                              magazine, found no evidence         rules that limit                 adopted by local families, it
   “Let the people decide who     fateful ruling party congress                                                                           of baby trafficking in Hunan’s       urban families to                said, and one was sent to an
they vote for. Let them           saw Putin make a series of                                                                              Shaoyang city, said an official      one child and rural              orphanage by unmarried bio-
decide whether they support       campaign-style appearances                                                                              from the Hunan press office in       families to two if               logical parents. Five were in
a particular political force or   that dominated the news                                                                                 the provincial capital of           their first is a girl.           families that might have vio-
not.”                             while Medvedev stayed out                                                                               Changsha who would give                                              lated family planning rules
   Medvedev told a ruling         of the public limelight while                                                                           only his surname, Zuo.            children were seized by family     and cheated authorities by
party congress on September       vacationing on the Black Sea.                                                                             However, investigators did      planning officials in Shaoyang      saying the children were
24 that he would not be con-         Russian news agencies                                                                                uncover serious violations by     between 2000 and 2005, with        abandoned.
testing the March presiden-       said Medvedev also used the                                                                             12 Shaoyang officials, who         12 turned over to a local             It didn’t say whether the
tial election and had asked       interview to explain why he                                                                             have since been punished,         orphanage. It said “most”          children had been reunited
Putin — his current prime         decided to drop out of the                                                                              Zuo said on Friday. He            were subsequently adopted by       with their families or where
minister and predecessor as       race despite saying in June       Russian President Dmitry Medvedev                                     declined to elaborate or give     families outside China.            they are now. It said the inves-
head of state — to run in his     that “any leader who holds                                                                              details.                            Local residents told the         tigation found no evidence of
place.                            the post of president simply      party’s lists in December’s          he remained confident of            A Shaoyang city press           magazine that the orphanage        human trafficking and that
   The move assures the for-      must want to run” for re-         parliamentary polls raised           democracy’s future in Russia     release posted online on          paid family planning officials      overseas      adoptions       in
mer KGB agent’s return to a       election.                         eyebrows after his fierce crit-       and that no one was assured      Wednesday said the 12 were        1,000 yuan ($160) per child.       Shaoyang were carried out in
post that he filled from              But that segment was not       icism of the group earlier in        victory in either the parlia-    fired and dismissed from the         The magazine profiled a           line with relevant adoption
2000-2008 and could now           released to the media and         the year.                            mentary or presidential          Communist Party. It didn’t        father, Yang Libing, who said      regulations.
hold for up to two more six-      was apparently meant to be           He had earlier accused the        votes.                           say what sort of violations       his infant daughter was seized        Wang      Huaping,        the
year terms.                       aired for the first time when      party of “stagnation” and              “Any politicians can crash     they committed.                   by family planning officials in     spokesman for the Shaoyang
   Putin in turn announced        the three main channels           appeared to be aligning him-         in elections. These are not        For three decades, China        2005 after he failed to pay a      Communist Party, declined to
plans to name Medvedev as         broadcast the interview           self with more liberal forces        just empty words — that is       has enforced strict family        6,000 yuan ($940) fine for          respond to questions about
his prime minister in a job       simultaneously at 8:30 pm.        in parliament while promot-          absolutely     the    case,”     planning rules that limit         violating the one-child limit      the investigation and referred
swap that was condemned by           Medvedev’s decision to         ing pluralism and change.            Medvedev said. “No one is        urban families to one child       since he already had a son.        a reporter to the online news
Russia’s enfeebled opposi-        lead the ruling United Russia        Medvedev said on Friday           insured against anything.”       and rural families to two if        Yang said he believed his        release.

  5 held in
  China for
                                  Qantas staff strike                                                                                                        NOAH’S ARK
                                                                                                           An employee of Cosmo Power Co comes out from a spherical earthquake and tsunami shelter ‘Noah’ made of fibre enforced plas-
                                                                                                           tic, in Hiratsuka, Tokyo, on Friday. The company has developed a modern version of Noah’s Ark in case Japan is hit by another

  making fake                     hits passengers                                                          massive earthquake and tsunami. The first Noah made was 1.2 metres in diameter and can hold up to four adults inside. (AP)

  iPhones                                      AFP
                                                                    busiest days for air travel.
                                                                       It is the school holidays and
             AFP                                                    a three-day weekend in
          SHANGHAI                THOUSANDS of internation-         Australia, and the popular
                                  al and domestic passengers        Australian Rules and National
  POLICE in Shanghai              faced delays in Australia on      Rugby League football codes
  have arrested five people        Friday as Qantas baggage          are holding their grand finals,
  for making fake iPhones,        handlers and ground staff         the latter involving the New
  state media said on             staged their second strike just   Zealand Warriors team.
  Friday, just as Apple fans      over a week.                         “It’s obviously a very busy
  overseas wait with bated          The airline estimated some      weekend with the NRL and
  breath for the launch of        8,500 travellers would be hit     AFL grand finals and also
  the US giant’s newest           by the action with Transport      school holidays,” Wirth told
  model.                          Workers Union (TWU) mem-          reporters.
     The craze for all things     bers walking off the job for an      “As a result of the number
  Apple in China has trig-        hour from 8:00 am, on             of people travelling we’ve
  gered widespread cloning        Thursday, over stalled con-       minimised the cancellations
  of iPhones and iPads. In        tract talks.                      and will be running opera-
  July, an American blog-           The Qantas website showed       tions as best we can.
  ger even uncovered fake         two domestic cancellations           “We’ve done everything
  Apple stores in the south-      and delays to at least 23         possible to minimise the out-
  western city of Kunming.        flights, including services to     come but we do understand
     Police     said      the     Los Angeles, Hong Kong,           there’d be a lot of frustration -
  Shanghai gang scavenged         Shanghai and Johannesburg.        and why wouldn’t there be?”
  parts from discarded              It is the second major strike      Managers have been dis-
  iPhones and combined            to hit the embattled airline in   patched to catering and bag-
  them with counterfeit           as many weeks, and follows        gage handling roles.
  components to create the        separate stop work action by         Qantas is facing industrial
  fakes, which were then          government-employed bor-          revolt from all three of its staff
  sold, the official Xinhua        der security staff across         unions — the TWU and those
  news agency reported.           Australia on Tuesday, delay-      representing pilots and engi-
     The raid on the gang         ing international travellers.     neers — following the
  took place in July, and           Qantas media chief Olivia       announcement of an Asia-
  police seized more than         Wirth apologised for the dis-     focused restructure that will
  200 fake iPhones and            ruptions on one of the year’s     see 1,000 jobs axed.
  other parts valued at five
  million yuan ($780,000)
  from a workshop in a
  rented apartment, it said.
     It was unclear whether
  the gang members were
  arrested then or in
                                  Zambia probes into      Plutonium detected in soil
  September, and local
  police could not be
  reached for comment on
                                  telecom deal with Libya near Fukushima N-plant
     The bogus iPhones sold                    AFP                                                       Libyan company investing in                   AFP                  in an area within 80 kilome-       ing atmospheric nuclear tests,
  for more than 4,000                        LUSAKA                                                      African development, paid                    TOKYO                 tres (50 miles) from the           the ministry said.
  yuan each, close to the                                                                                $257 million (191 million                                          Fukushima Daiichi plant, the          The average density of plu-
  price for the genuine arti-     NEW ZAMBIAN President                                                  euros) in June last year for a   A LIMITED amount of pluto-        ministry said. Nuclear reac-       tonium, which was detected in
  cle, the Shanghai Daily         Michael Sata on Friday                                                 75 percent stake in a move       nium has been detected in soil    tors at the plant suffered melt-   soil samples between 1999 and
  newspaper reported.             launched an investigation into                                         that sparked public condem-      outside Japan’s troubled          downs after cooling systems        2008 in Japan, was 0.498 bec-
     The news comes as            the sale of public telecommu-                                          nation in Zambia.                Fukushima nuclear power           there were knocked out by the      querels, the ministry said.
  speculation mounts that         nications company Zamtel to                                              Sata defeated incumbent        plant which was crippled by       double disasters. Plutonium           The highest reading before
  Apple may unveil its next       a Libyan state firm.                                                    Rupiah Banda in last week’s      the March 11 quake-tsunami        has been already detected in       the Fukushima accident was
  generation iPhone as              Following up an election                                             presidential election. During    disaster, the government said     the plant’s compound, some         8.0 becquerels.
  early as October 4, after       campaign pledge, Sata said                                             his campaign, Sata had           on Friday.                        220 kilometres from Tokyo.            “The plutonium density,
  the US technology giant         authorities would look into                                            promised voters he would           It was the first time plutoni-     The highest density of plu-      which was detected this time,
  sent out invitations for        the Zamtel deal and the sale                                           reverse the sale of the compa-   um had been found in govern-      tonium-239 and 240 — 4.0           was within the range of past
  an unspecified event on          of Finance Bank to South          Zambian President Michael Sata       ny once elected.                 ment tests outside the plant,     becquerels per square metre        readings. So the dose of radia-
  that day.                       Africa’s First Rand Bank.                                                He swore in new cabinet        presumably due to the nuclear     — was registered in a town         tion is deemed very small,” the
     The launch is sure to          “We want to see whether         have to look into the sale of        ministers at a ceremony          accident, the worst since 1986    some 30 kilometres from the        ministry said.
  trigger huge excitement         the sale of Finance Bank was      Zamtel. The people of                attended by Zambia’s found-      Chernobyl, the education and      plant, the ministry said.             Plutonium is formed from
  in China, which has the         transparent or if it was fraud-   Zambia suffered to build             ing president Kenneth            science ministry said in a          In a village 45 kilometres       uranium in nuclear reactors
  world’s largest online          ulent,” he told new justice       these institutions and (they)        Kaunda.Finance Bank was          statement.                        away, the reading was 0.82         and generally stays in the body
  population with over 500        minister Sebastian Zulu at        can’t be given away just like        seized by the central bank         Plutonium was detected in       becquerels per square metre.       for decades, exposing organs
  million users.                  the swearing in of his new        that.”                               last year after breaking finan-   soil at six places in a survey      Plutonim has previously          and tissues to radiation and
                                  cabinet in Lusaka. “Also you        LAP Green, a state-owned           cial laws.                       which was conducted in June       been detected in Japan follow-     increasing the risk of cancer.
10          Saturday, October 1, 2011
                                                          PAKISTAN / SOUTH ASIA

  ISI not exporting                                                     US drone kills 3 suspected
  terror: Pasha

  PAKISTAN’S powerful spy
                                                                        Taliban fighters in Pakistan
                                                                                      AFP                                                                                                                               says it is too over-stretched
  agency ISI is not exporting                                                      PESHAWAR                                                                                                                             fighting local Taliban to
  terror, its chief General                                                                                                                                                                                             acquiesce to American
  Shuja Pasha has said.                                                 A US DRONE strike on                                                                                                                            demands to launch an offen-
     Pasha made the remark                                              Friday killed three Taliban                                                                                                                     sive against the Haqqanis, a
  Thursday during his brief-                                            fighters in Pakistan’s tribal                                                                                                                    battle that not all observers
  ing to the All Parties                                                badlands              bordering                                                                                                                 think the Pakistani military
  Conference (APC) that dis-                                            Afghanistan, blowing their                                                                                                                      would win.
  cussed the challenges the                                             vehicle into a ball of flames,                                                                                                                     Stepped up US drone
  country was facing, report-                                           local officials said.                                                                                                                            strikes is the most probable
  ed        Geo          News.                                             It was the first deadly mis-                                                                                                                  alternative American course
    The meeting of the politi-                                          sile strike in a week and comes                                                                                                                 of action, local analysts say.
  cal leaders was held here                                             as Washington appeared to                                                                                                                         The US does not publicly
  following deteriorating ties                                          ease pressure on Islamabad                                                                                                                      confirm the drone campaign,
  between Islamabad and              General Shuja Pasha                demanding action against the                                                                                                                    but are the only forces that
  Washington.                                                           Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani net-                                                                                                                    deploy      the     unmanned
     The US has accused the           Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami           work based in the North                                                                                                                         Predator aircraft in the
  Inter-Services Intelligence        Party chairman Mehmood             Waziristan tribal district. The                                                                                                                 region. Around 30 drone
  of supporting the Haqqani          Achakzai, while reacting to        militants were killed in                                                                                                                        strikes have been reported in
  network that was behind            the spy chief’s statement,         Baghar village of neighbour-                                                                                                                    Pakistan since elite US forces
  recent        attacks       in     said that if the ISI wanted,       ing South Waziristan, where                                                                                                                     killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama
  Afghanistan, including the         it could achieve peace in          the Pakistan military carried                                                                                                                   bin Laden near Pakistan’s
  September 11 truck bomb            Afghanistan within a               out a sweeping offensive                                                                                                                        main military academy in
  attack and the September           month.                             against homegrown militants                                                                                                                     Abbottabad, close to the capi-
  13 assault on the US                 Meanwhile, in a separate         in late 2009.                                                                                                                                   tal, on May 2.
  embassy        in      Kabul.      development. a police offi-            “A US drone fired two mis-                                                                                                                      The      raid     humiliated
    The ISI was not exporting        cial was killed when the           siles at a vehicle and at least                                                                                                                 Pakistan but is thought to
  terrorism and denied US            bomb he was attempting to          three militants were killed,” a                                                                                                                 have contributed to debate
  accusations of supporting          defuse blew up in                  senior Pakistani security offi-                                                                                                                  within the military about the
  the Haqqani network,               Pakistan’s      Balochistan        cial told AFP on condition of                                                                                                                   merits of traditional support
  sources quoted Pasha as            province, police said.             anonymity because he was not                                                                                                                    for jihadi groups.
  saying.                              The explosion took place         authorised to talk to media. At     Jamaat-e-Islami activists denounce the US during a rally, in Peshawar, on Friday. (AFP)                       On Thursday, US Secretary
    Pakistan Muslim League-          in Chaman town on                  least two other Pakistani intel-                                                                                                                of State Hillary Clinton said
  Nawaz (PML-N) president            Thursday. The bomb had             ligence officials confirmed the       deputy to Nazir, named               this month, with Washington        accused Pakistan of support-        Washington wants to work to
  Nawaz Sharif, however,             been planted in a NATO oil         drone strike and the death toll.    Haleem Ullah, was among the          demanding that Islamabad           ing attacks on US targets in        put its relationship with
  pointed out that there must        tanker parked outside a               The dead were identified as       dead. The official said he was        take action against the            Afghanistan.                        Pakistan on a stronger foot-
  be some reason that the            hotel, reported Dawn.              Pakistanis who fought under         among those militants who            Haqqani network and cut ties          Islamabad officially denies       ing. At a rare conference in
  world had levelled these              Manzoor Elahi, a bomb           a nebulous Taliban umbrella,        had escaped survived a drone         to the group.                      any support for Haqqani             the     capital    Islamabad,
  accusations           against      disposal squad official,            on behalf of Pakistani warlord      strike in South Waziristan             The outgoing top US mili-        activities, but has nurtured        Pakistan sought to deflect US
  Pakistan.                          reached the spot to defuse         Maulvi Nazir, whose fighters         three days ago by escaping.          tary officer Admiral Mike           Pashtun warlords for decades        pressure by gathering togeth-
    Sharif called for all issues     the bomb. But it went off          are allied to the Haqqanis and        The tense partnership              Mullen, called the Haqqani         as a way of influencing events       er more than 50 military
  to be presented before par-        even as he was working             active in the 10-year war in        between Pakistan and the             network a “veritable arm” of       across the border and offset-       commanders and politicians,
  liament.                           on it.                             Afghanistan.                        United States in the war on          Pakistan        Inter-Services     ting the might of arch-rival        and saying dialogue was the
                                                                           One Pakistani official said a     terror took a further battering      Intelligence (ISI) agency and      India. The Pakistani military       best way of easing tensions.

Sri Lankan president releases 1,800 former Tamil rebels
                                                                                       AP                   them. President Mahinda              them. “You are now free to go      to the army.                        war, the Tamil rebels were
                                                                                   COLOMBO                  Rajapaksa handed over the            anywhere and will be entitled         “I am delighted to go back to    accused of forcibly recruiting
                                                                                                            former rebels to their families      to all the rights enjoyed by the   my village and be with my           civilians, including children, to
                                                                        SRI LANKA’S government on           at a ceremony at an auditori-        fellow citizens,” he said.         family. I learned masonry at        their fighting units, as well as
                                                                        Friday released nearly 1,800        um in his office complex.                Rajapaksa said the govern-      the rehabilitation center and I     holding civilians as human
                                                                        former Tamil Tiger rebels who         “I am happy to get back my         ment would try to create job       am confident that I will be able     shields and shooting civilians
                                                                        had been held since the island      child, who is my only son,”          opportunities for them.            to find some job in my area,”        attempting to flee their grip.
                                                                        nation’s civil war ended more       said            Subramanium                                             said Nagarupan, who is from            Between 80,000 and
                                                                        than two years ago.                 Rasalingam, 60, the father of          Rajapaksa said                   Kilinochchi, the rebels’ former     100,000 people are believed to
                                                                          The former combatants ‚           Sudhakaran, 34, who was with           those who were                   de facto capital.                   have been killed in the 25-year
                                                                        among about 11,000 Tamil            the rebel group for more than          released had been                   Another rebel fighter, who        war. According to UN docu-
                                                                        Tigers who surrendered at the       a decade. “I can’t express my          rehabilitated                    declined to give his name, said     ments, at least 7,000 were
                                                                        end of the war in May 2009 ‚        happiness.”                            according to                     he was captured by soldiers         killed in the last five months of
                                                                        were held in military-run             Rajapaksa said those who             accepted interna-                during a fight in 2008. He also      the fighting.
                                                                        rehabilitation centers, where       were released had been reha-           tional norms and                 said that he had been forceful-        Sri Lanka has been under
                                                                        they underwent vocational           bilitated according to accepted        practices                        ly recruited by the rebels, and     increasing international pres-
                                                                        training. The military says         international norms and stan-          Kandasamy Nagarupan, 28,         that he tried to escape several     sure to allow for an independ-
                                                                        about 1,000 remain in centers.      dards, and that they had been        who fought with the Tamil          times. He said he was trained       ent investigation into alleged
                                                                          Sri Lanka has come under          trained in masonry, carpentry,       rebels for about one year, said    in agriculture at the rehabilita-   human rights violations by
                                                                        pressure from rights groups         tailoring and agriculture. “We       he was forcefully recruited by     tion center and plans to culti-     both troops and rebels, which
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a function, in            and other countries to either       have made you a person               the rebel group and that at the    vate his land.                      a UN experts panel said could
Colombo, on Friday. (AP)                                                charge the detainees or release     worthwhile to society,” he told      end of the war, he surrendered        During the last phase of the     amount to war crimes.

suspends                             Pakistan governance a failure: Fatima Bhutto
dam project                                       IANS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in Hindi and French. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        book was published in India
              AFP                                                                                                                                                                     “The aspirations of the peo-      and it is the Indian edition
            YANGON                   THE system of governance in                                                                                                                    ple of Pakistan are 100 per-        that sells in Pakistan,” Fatima
                                     Pakistan has been a failure                                                                                                                    cent democratic,” she said.         said. The writer attributed the
MYANMAR’S president on               but it is absurd to call the                                                                                                                    The Bhutto scion, who often        “high quality of contemporary
Friday ordered a halt to con-        country a failed state,                                                                                                                        clashed with aunt Benazir,          literature from Pakistan and
struction of a controversial         Karachi-based writer and                                                                                                                       when the latter was the prime       Afghanistan” to “the difficult
$3.6 billion mega dam follow-        columnist Fatima Bhutto said                                                                                                                   minister, said: “I have fond        conditions in my country”.
ing rare public opposition over      in Thiruvananthapuram on                                                                                                                       childhood memories before            “Arts thrive under difficulties
the             Chinese-backed       Friday.                                                                                                                                        she (Benazir) entered politics.     and we are proud of our writ-
hydropower project.                    Fatima, niece of the slain                                                                                                                                                       ers,” Fatima said.
   Resistance to the Myitsone        former Pakistan prime minis-                                                                                                                     “What is happen-                     Meanwhile, official data
Dam on the Irrawaddy River           ter Benazir Bhutto, is in India                                                                                                                  ing in Pakistan is                shows, Pakistan’s fiscal deficit
has been building as pro-            to take part in the Kovalam                                                                                                                      not democracy, it                 during 2010-11 stood at a
democracy and environmental          Literary     Festival      2011                                                                                                                  is mismanage-                     mind-boggling Rs.1.3 trillion.
activists test the limits of their   October 1-2. She will deliver                                                                                                                    ment. The system                     The finance ministry’s con-
freedom under the new nomi-          the sixth KC John Memorial                                                                                                                       of governance has                 solidated fiscal data reveals
nally civilian regime.               Lecture on “India and                                                                                                                            been a failure,”                  that after inclusion of one-
   President Thein Sein, whose       Pakistan: Road to Peace”.                                                                                                                        Fatima, said.                     time off-budget electricity
government has recently                “What is happening in                                                                                                                        She was a courageous                subsidy payments of Rs.142
shown signs of reaching out to       Pakistan is not democracy, it                                                                                                                  woman, who stood up for val-        billion to power companies,
its opponents, said in a mes-        is mismanagement. The sys-                                                                                                                     ues        and       beliefs.”      the overall deficit worked out
sage to parliament in the capi-      tem of governance has been a                                                                                                                    Since Benazir Bhutto’s assas-      to Rs.1.336 trillion or 6.6 per-
tal Naypyidaw that work on           failure. Pakistan is a country     Fatima Bhutto: ‘Pakistan needs better governance but it’s absurd to call it a failed state.’                sination in 2007, Fatima has        cent of GDP, reported Dawn.
the project in northern Kachin       that ought to have been rich                                                                                                                   struggled to make herself             The year before that in 2009-
state would be suspended.            in the last 30 years. It is a      year. “The government placed        three books, 8.50 am 8               military dictator Zia ul Haq in    heard in the country’s intel-       10, the fiscal deficit was Rs.929
   “We have to respect the will      young country and has              advertisements in the Wall          October, 2005”, “Whispers in         1979, father Murtaza Bhutto        lectual space as a columnist        billion. Revenue collection was
of the people as our govern-         tremendous scope,” Fatima,         Street Journal, which ran up        The Desert” and Songs of             was gunned down in 1996.           and a biographer despite            also      not       satisfactory.
ment is elected by the peo-          the most outspoken of the          to more than $3 million (per        Blood and Sword: A                   Aunt Benazir Bhutto was            attempts at gagging her free-        The total collection declined to
ple,” he said.                       Bhutto        clan,        said.   day) - that’s what I call mis-      Daughter’s Memoir, has been          assassinated in 2007 at an         dom       of      expression.       12.5 per cent of GDP against
   “We have a responsibility to           Fatima criticised the         management,” Fatima said.           in the thick of Pakistan’s           election rally. Fatima lives         “My book Songs of Blood           14.2 percent in 2009-10. Also,
solve the worries of the people      Pakistan government’s han-          She hinted the money could         socio-political upheavals that       with her mother and two            and Sword (a biography of           tax revenue dropped to 9.4
so we will stop construction of      dling of the flood which            have been used to provide           spilled much family blood.           brothers       in     Karachi.     the Bhutto clan) has not been       percent of GDP from 10 per-
the Myitsone Dam during our          affected 20 million people in      relief to the victims.                While grandfather Zulfiqar            “I always wanted to be a         translated into Urdu yet,           cent achieved in the previous
current government.”                 2010 and eight million this         Fatima, who has authored           Ali Bhutto was executed by           writer - and stay away from        though it has been translated       year, the media report said.
                                                                                                                INDIA                                                                                  Saturday, October 1, 2011
PM urged to address issue of mass graves in Kashmir
            IANS                  Minister Omar Abdullah.                                                                                   confirmed the presence of            address the issue, that          death of innocent persons. It
          NEW DELHI                 The letter, signed by 20                                                                                2,730 bodies in these graves.       includes fast and immediate      should be headed by a for-
                                  eminent persons, including                                                                                  The letter criticises the         identification of the bodies      mer justice of the Supreme
PRIME Minister Manmohan           veteran journalist Kuldip                                                                                 government for “apathy and          found in the mass graves. It     Court,” the letter says.
Singh has been urged to set a     Nayar, activist Anuradha                                                                                  indifference” which has cre-        asks the government to set         The think tank has sug-
time-frame for identifying        Roy, filmmaker Mahesh                                                                                     ated “tremendous anger and          up      an      independent      gested that all efforts be
the bodies found in mass          Bhatt and author Githa                                                                                    alienation amongst the peo-         Commission, as suggested         made to contact the kith and
graves in Jammu and               Hariharan, voices surprise                                                                                ple of Jammu and Kashmir,           by the state Human Rights        kin of those killed, whose
Kashmir and setting up an         at the “silence of the UPA                                                                                who are traumatised over            Commission, to enquire into      dignity should be respected
independent commission to         government” on the Jammu                                                                                  the denial of justice”.             the circumstances that led to    through the payment of
prosecute the guilty.             and Kashmir Human Rights                                                                                    Thousands of Kashmiris            the existence of the             compensation and rehabili-
  The demand was con-             Commission’s Report that                                                                                  have “disappeared” over the         unmarked mass graves.            tation.
tained in a letter sent by        has confirmed the existence                                                                                years, with most remaining          “The commission should be          The letter suggests the set-
think tank Centre for Policy      of mass graves in the state.                                                                              untraced till date. The letter      authorised to pinpoint           ting up of a commission to
Analysis. A copy has been           After a three-year investi-                                                                             asks the prime minister to          responsibility and prosecute     look into the wider issue of
marked to Kashmir Chief           gation, the commission has         Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.                                         take concrete steps to              those found guilty for the       enforced disappearances.

scam: Speaker
allows BJP MP ’s
                                  Modi’s absence, lack of PM                                                                                                                                                       N-capable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Agni II
          NEW DELHI

LOK Sabha Speaker Meira
Kumar on Friday has given
                                  candidate, cloud BJP meet
                                               IANS                                                                                                                             fielding questions over the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   INDIA on Friday suc-
sanction to Delhi Police to                 NEW DELHI                                                                                                                           arrest of IPS officer Sanjiv        cessfully test-fired the
prosecute BJP MP Ashok                                                                                                                                                          Bhatt by the Modi govern-          nuclear capable Agni-II
Argal in the 2008 cash-for-       NARENDRA Modi as a                                                                                                                            ment on Friday. Bhatt has          strategic ballistic mis-
votes scam, a police official      prime ministerial candidate?                                                                                                                  filed an affidavit in the            sile from a defence base
said on Friday.                   The issue saw differences                                                                                                                     Supreme Court alleging             in Orissa.
   “We have got permission        crop up in the Bharatiya                                                                                                                      Modi’s complicity in the 2002         This is the third
from the concerned authority.     Janata Party (BJP) at its two-                                                                                                                riots.                             Indian missile test this
Now, a chargesheet will be        day national executive meet-                                                                                                                    Other notable absentees          week, a hattrick of
filed,” Ashok Chand, Deputy        ing on Friday as the Gujarat                                                                                                                  from the BJP meet, which           sorts, after the success-
Commissioner of Delhi             chief minister kept away                                                                                                                      ends on Saturday, were for-        ful launches of Shourya
Police,     said. Earlier on      from the meet, as did two                                                                                                                     mer Karnataka chief minister       and Prithvi-II missiles
Friday, public prosecutor         former chief ministers.                                                                                                                       B S Yeddyurappa and former         on September 24 and
Rajiv Mohan submitted to the        The Congress hit out at the                                                                                                                 Uttarakhand chief minister         26, respectively.
court that though they have       BJP’s criticism of it over the                                                                                                                Ramesh Pokhriyal, both of             The surface-to-sur-
completed their investiga-        2G scam, saying the BJP                                                                                                                       whom were made to resign in        face missile, with a
tions in some aspects of the      should first sort out the issue                                                                                                                the wake of corruption             range of over 2,000
case, their overall probe into    of its prime ministerial candi-                                                                                                               charges.                           km, was test fired in
the scam is not yet complete.     date before commenting on                                                                                                                       Keeping up its attack on the     Bhadrak district, said S
   The Delhi Police had, in its   UPA ministers.                                                                                                                                government, Prasad told            P Dash, director of the
first chargesheet, accused           BJP chief spokesman Ravi                                                                                                                    media persons that Prime           Integrated Test Range
Samajwadi Party leader Amar       Shankar Prasad faced a volley      (From left) BJP senior leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and L K Advani with party President Nitin       Minister Manmohan Singh            at Wheeler’s Island.
Singh and LK Advani’s for-        of uncomfortable questions         Gadkari during party’s national executive meeting, in New Delhi, on Friday. (PTI)                          needs to answer questions in          “It was a perfect
mer      aide     Sudheendra      from mediapersons over                                                                                                                        relation to the 2G spectrum        launch,” Dash told
Kulkarni of “conspiring” and      Modi’s absence, but stoutly        potential as a prime ministe-        Katiyar, who has been asso-       mony earlier this month had         scandal.                           IANS. He added that
“masterminding” the cast-         denied any rift in the party.      rial candidate.                    ciated with Bajrang Dal, said       attracted headlines and many          Quoting party president          the missile was tested
for-votes scam to bribe some        The question of BJP’s              Party MP Balbir Punj, who        the party will think about a        saw in it Modi’s attempt to         Nitin Gadkari’s address at the     at about 9.30 am.
MPs ahead of a confidence          prime ministerial candidate        is party incharge of Gujarat,      further role for Modi after his     cast himself for a larger           meeting, Prasad accused the           The launch of the
vote in Lok Sabha in 2008.        in the next general elections,     was categorical about Modi’s       work in Gujarat.                    national role.                      United Progressive Alliance        missile was postponed
   It had also named two for-     however, kept cropping up in       capabilities as a future prime       Katiyar’s remarks are being         According to BJP sources,         (UPA) government of shield-        on August 29 due to a
mer BJP MPs Faggan Singh          media interactions of party        minister.                          interpreted in party circles as     Modi is apparently upset with       ing Home Minister P                technical snag.
Kulaste and Mahabir Singh         leaders in the wake of Modi’s        “Let me tell you, given a        view of those who are               veteran leader L K Advani           Chidambaram who was                   The Agni-II is part of
Bhagora along with Sanjeev        absence.                           chance he will prove to be one     opposed to Modi’s projection        choosing Bihar Chief Minister       finance minister in 2008            India’s       Integrated
Saxena, former aide of Amar         Prasad’s excuse to reporters     of the best prime ministers,”      as party’s candidate for the        Nitish Kumar to flag off his         when the controversial alloca-     Guided Missile Deve-
Singh and Suhail Hindustani,      was that the Gujarat chief         Punj told reporters.               top job in 2014 polls.              anti-corruption ‘Jan Chetna         tion of 2G spectrum took           lopment Programme.
alleged BJP activist, who are     minister was busy with the           However, party leader              Party          spokesperson       Yatra’ (national awakening          place.                                “The medium-range
in judicial custody. Kulaste,     ongoing Navratri festival.         Vinay Katiyar said Modi was        Shahnawaz Hussain said              campaign). The ‘yatra’ begins         Evidence against former          missile, already induct-
Bhagora along with Argal had        Party leaders spoke in dif-      doing good work in Gujarat         Modi’s absence could be             on October 11 from Bihar and        communications minister A.         ed and part of Strategic
brandished wads of notes in       ferent voices on the reasons       and there was more work to         because of work.                    will go to 18 states and two        Raja, now lodged in the Tihar      Forces arsenal for
the well of the Lok Sabha dur-    for the absence of Modi and        be done in the state to              Modi’s three-day ‘sadbha-         Union Territories.                  Jail, and Chidambaram was          nuclear      deterrence,
ing the trust vote in 2008.       appeared divided about his         improve the situation.             vana’ fast for peace and har-         The party also found itself       the same, Prasad said.             was launched as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   training exercise by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   armed       forces,”    a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Defence Research and
Fresh leads in
Delhi, Mumbai
blast cases
                                  Review law on property                                                                                                                        Gujarat top
                                                                                                                                                                                cop held for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Development Organ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   isation (DRDO) release
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The two-stage mis-

                                                                                                                                                                                testifying                         sile, equipped with an

          NEW DELHI

THERE are “promising leads”
                                  rights: Supreme Court                                                                                                                         against Modi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   advanced high-accura-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cy navigation system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and guided by a novel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   state-of-the-art com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   mand and control sys-
in the investigations into the                 IANS                  the general public as a dishon-    require adverse possession          nothing other than sitting on               GANDHINAGAR                tem, is powered by a
bomb blasts that rocked                      NEW DELHI               est way to obtain title to prop-   claimants to possess the prop-      their rights for the statutory                                         solid rocket propellant
Mumbai and Delhi in a span                                           erty,” the court said.             erty in question for a period of    period, while allowing the          SENIOR Indian Police               system.
of less than two months but       THE Supreme Court on Friday           “Property right advocates       30-50 years, rather than a          adverse possessor to remain         Service officer Sanjiv Bhatt,          “The missile reached
no one has been “confirmed”        said that parliament may con-      argue that mistakes by             mere 12 years, the court said       on property. The court was          in the eye of storm after he       an apogee (peak alti-
as accused yet, home minister     sider abolishing or amending a     landowners or negligence on          A longer statutory period         hearing a case in which             filed an affidavit in the          tude) of 220 km and hit
P Chidambaram said in New         law that enables a trespasser      their part should never trans-     would decrease the frequency        Haryana police had filed a civil     Supreme Court implicating          the target.
Delhi on Friday.                  take the title of a building or    fer their property rights to a     of adverse possession suits, the    suit seeking a declaration to       Gujarat Chief Minister                All the radar, teleme-
  Asked about a possible          land from the true owner in        wrongdoer, who never paid          court said. “If this law is to be   the effect that it had acquired     Narendra Modi in the 2002          try systems and ectopic
breakthrough in either of the     certain conditions.                valuable consideration for         retained, according to the wis-     the rights of ownership of          communal riots, was arrest-        system tracked and
two blast cases, the home           An apex court bench of           such an interest,” the court       dom of parliament, then at          some plots in Gurgaon district.     ed on Friday for allegedly         monitored all parame-
minister said, “Well that         Justice Dalveer Bhandari and       said.                              least the law must require             The Punjab and Haryana           threatening a policeman            ters throughout the
depends on what you call a        Justice Deepak Verma noted            Justice Bhandari said: “Such    those who adversely possess         High Court observed that the        and making him sign a false        missile’s trajectory.
breakthrough.                     that people were often aston-      a change would ensure that         land to compensate title own-       “welfare state which was            affidavit.                             Two ships located
  “If you are asking are there    ished to learn that a trespasser   only those who had estab-          ers according to the prevalent      responsible for the protection         Deputy Inspector General        near the target point
any promising leads, the          may take the title of a building   lished attachments to the land     market rate of the land or          of life and property of its citi-   of Gujarat Police Sanjiv Bhatt     tracked the missile in
answer is yes. If you are ask-    or land from the true owner in     through honest means would         property in question,” the          zens, was in the present case,      was arrested in connection         the final stage,” the
ing whether any one has been      certain conditions and such        be entitled to legal relief.”      judgment said. The court said       itself trying to grab the           with an FIR filed in June for       DRDO release said.
confirmed to be an accused,        theft was even authorised by          In case parliament decides      that this alternative would         land/property of the defen-         allegedly threatening a police        DRDO first tested the
the answer is no, not yet,”       law. “The theory of adverse        to retain the law of adverse       provide some semblance of           dants under the garb of the         constable and making him           Agni-II      in     1999.
Chdiambaram told reporters.       possession is also perceived by    possession, it might simply        justice to those who have done      plea of adverse possession”.        sign a false affidavit.             However, the Indian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Army’s Strategic Forces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Command which oper-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ates the missile, could

Telangana state struggle intensifies with strike call                                                                                                                                                              test it only on May 17,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2010 after two succes-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sive failures in 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The failed tests did
            IANS                    In an attempt to step up                                            18th day on Friday while the        loss of over Rs 300 crore and       reporters on Friday that           not meet the mission’s
                                                                       The strike by 70,000
                                  the ongoing strike in state-         employees of                     strike by employees of the          affected power generation in        employees would be paid            desired objectives as on
                                  owned Singareni Collieries,          Singareni Collieries             state-owned Road Transport          thermal power stations.             salaries on Saturday only for      both the occasions the
INTENSIFYING further              the JAC has called for indus-        has paralysed coal               Corporation (RTC) ensured             Meanwhile, the state gov-         the period they attended           missile lost speed and
the movement for separate         trial      shutdown        in        production in 50                 the state buses remained off        ernment has decided not to          their duties.                      deviated from its flight
Telangana      state,   the       Khammam,          Warangal,          mines in AP.                     the road for the 12th day.          pay salaries to the striking          Former state Congress            path.
Telangana Joint Action            Karimnagar and Adilabad                                                 The strike by about 70,000        employees for the period of         chief D Srinivas appealed to          “Friday’s successful
Committee       (JAC)    on       districts.                         that the “people’s strike”         employees of Singareni              their absence. Over 400,000         the government to be sympa-        launch once again
Friday called for indefinite        JAC       convenor       M       would continue.                    Collieries has paralysed coal       employees in Telangana are          thetic towards the employees       proved reliability of the
industrial shutdown in            Kodandaram told reporters            The strike by government         production in 50 mines              on strike since September 13.       and pay salaries for the           missile,” the DRDO
four of the region’s nine         after a meeting with leaders       employees and workers of           spread over four districts.           Finance Minister Anam             entire month to all in view of     said.
districts from October 3.         of various employees’ unions       Singareni continued for the        The strike has so far caused a      Ramnarayan Reddy told               Dassara festival.
12         Saturday, October 1, 2011
                                                                  THE LAST WORD

Protesters slam govt, MPs over corruption in Jordan
            AFP                  Thursday, the senate indefi-                                               jurisdiction of the military
           AMMAN                 nitely postponed a meeting            People have been                    state security court, accused
                                 to discuss a bill that would          protesting since                    by activists of being illegal, to
AROUND 4,000 Jordanians          criminalise corruption alle-          January to demand                   cases of high treason, espi-
demonstrated on Friday in        gations, following a public           sweeping                            onage and terrorism.
central Amman to condemn         outcry.                               economic and                          But the amendments have
the government and parlia-         The bill, which has drawn           political reform.                   failed to meet a key opposition
ment for “protecting corrup-     the ire of journalists, the                                               demand for an elected prime
tion” and calling for their      opposition and lawyers after        genuine reforms and laws              minister. “We do not want
downfall.                        the lower house approved it,        that do not protect the cor-          empty words. We demand
  “A government that is pro-     stipulates that those who           rupt,” read a banner carried          elected governments,” the
tecting corruption cannot be     publicly accuse others of           by the protesters.                    demonstrators chanted as they
trusted, and a parliament of     corruption without proof              On Friday, King Abdullah II         waved a large national flag.
corruption does not repre-       will be fined between               approved       constitutional         Hundreds of pro-reformists
sent the people,” chanted        30,000 and 60,000 dinars            amendments he announced               demonstrated in other parts of
the protesters, including        ($42,000-$85,000/31,800-            last month after parliament           Jordan on Friday.
Islamists, trade unionists       62,500 euros).                      endorsed them. They include             People have been protest-
and youths, as they marched        “The so-called constitu-          the creation of an independ-          ing since January to demand
from Al Husseini mosque to       tional amendments will not          ent commission to oversee             sweeping economic and
nearby city hall. On             deceive us. We demand               elections, and limiting the           political reform.                   A Jordanian activist during a protest in front of Al Husseini mosque, in Amman, on Friday. (AP)

                                                     A BIRD WATCHER’S DELIGHT
                                                                                                                                                                                  US air strikes in
                                                                                                                                                                                  Yemen kill
                                                                                                                                                                                  Qaeda’s Awlaki

                                                                                                                                                                                  IN a devastating double
                                                                                                                                                                                  blow to Al Qaeda’s most
                                                                                                                                                                                  dangerous franchise, US
                                                                                                                                                                                  counterterrorism        forces
                                                                                                                                                                                  killed two American citizens
                                                                                                                                                                                  who played major roles in
                                                                                                                                                                                  inspiring attacks against the
                                                                                                                                                                                  United States, US and
                                                                                                                                                                                  Yemeni officials said on
                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday.                             Anwar al Awlaki.
                                                                                                                                                                                    US-born cleric Anwar al
                                                                                                                                                                                  Awlaki and Samir Khan, who          launched the lethal strike on
                                                                                                                                                                                  edited a slick Jihadi internet      Friday. The strike killed four
                                                                                                                                                                                  magazine, were killed in an         operatives in all, officials
                                                                                                                                                                                  air strike on their convoy in       said. All officials spoke on
                                                                                                                                                                                  Yemen by a joint CIA-US             condition of anonymity to
                                                                                                                                                                                  military operation, according       discuss matters of intelli-
                                                                                                                                                                                  to counterterrorism officials.       gence.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Al-Awlaki was targeted in             Al Awlaki played a “signif-
                                                                                                                                                                                  the killing; Khan apparently        icant operational role” in
                                                                                                                                                                                  was not targeted directly.          plotting and inspiring
                                                                                                                                                                                    After three weeks of track-       attacks on the United States,
                                                                                                                                                                                  ing the targets, US armed           US officials said on Friday,
                                                                                                                                                                                  drones and fighter jets shad-        as they disclosed detailed
   Beauty of the Corniche gets enhanced with pigeons fluttering in the foreground of Sheraton hotel, in Doha. (JALAL PATHIYOOR)                                                    owed the Al Qaeda convoy,           intelligence to justify the
                                                                                                                                                                                  before      armed      drones       killing of a US citizen.

London 2017 bid appears to be sinking deeper into legal turmoil
 TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK            proposal, London Mayor              very good and final over from             “The club (Spurs) knows          ed regenerative development        London and Tottenham,               state subsidy that’s affecting
           LONDON                Boris Johnson and Sports            the Mayor.”                           there is no more money avail-       to Tottenham. But we can’t         Leyton Orient, the partner of       a resident business.”
                                 Minister Hugh Robertson               Also it has been made clear         able from the public purse and      be expected to do this single-     Spurs in the legal fight                Hearn believes that Orient
TOTTENHAM Hotspur and            wish to sign the deal with          to Spurs if it doesn’t accept         I sincerely hope that they          handedly,” a newspaper in          against the Hammers, is             would be forced out of busi-
its partner Leyton Orient are    Spurs and clear all doubts          offer, it would be withdrawn          accept the offer we have made.      London has quoted Levy as          determined to press ahead           ness if West Ham movea into
facing an intense pressure       about the future of the             soon. Another condition or            It is not just in the best inter-   saying.                            with the judicial review.           the Olympic Stadium, which
from a carrot and stick          Olympic Stadium after the           ‘veiled threat’ has been posed        est of the Tottenham Hotspur          “It would be wholly irre-           Orient Charman Barry             is visible from the club’s
approach adopted by London       2012 Games.                         by the sports ministry that if        and the fans of the great           sponsible for us to announce       Hearn called the offer of the       Brisbane Road ground.
in a bid to clear its 2017          On October 18, a hearing is      Spurs goes ahead with the             London club, but of the wider       we were proceeding with the        London Mayor a “bung,”              Hearn has expressed an
World Athletics Champ-           due in the High Court, in           legal battle and wins it, it will     North London community,”            scheme without the appro-          according to The Indep-             interest in moving Orient to
ionship bid from any legal       which the future of the             make a legal binding that the         added Johnson recently.             priate agreements and sup-         endent.                             the nearby Olympic hockey
hassles.                         Olympic Stadium may be              athletics track is retained, a           But Spurs Chariman               port firmly in place,” added           “Boris has made his move         stadium post-Games.
   Along with London, Doha       decided and the fate of the         decision that Spurs has been          Daniel Levy, despite being          Levy. UK Athletics Chairman        to try and placate Tottenham           David Lammy, the MP for
is the other bidder for the      London 2017 bid.                    opposing all along.                   under moral pressure lead           Ed Warner has declared the         and if I’m being cynical, it        Tottenham, said: “It’s deci-
flagship event of the                Johnson has offered Spurs          The Olympic Stadium has             the development of the area         dispute has been resolved.         looks like a bung just to get       sion time. The community in
International Association of     a ‘final’ package of $27 mil-        been granted to West Ham by           following last month’s riots,       “The Olympic Stadium has           him out of a court case. I          which the club belongs hangs
Athletics Federations (IAAF).    lion for redeveloping the           London authorities and                said that it would be ‘irre-        been the subject of much           come from the real world and        in the balance.”
The decision will be taken in    Northumberland Park area            Greater London Authority for          sponsible’to commit to North        debate and indeed uncertain-       I can recognise a bung when I          Whatever happens in the
Monaco on November 11            where the English Premier           the future use after the 2012         London without further              ty. But that is now behind us      see it,” Hearn told Talksport       legal bid remains to be seen.
about the winning host.          League club is expected to          Games. But Spurs challenged           guarantees.                         and we have full commit-           yesterday. “We’re in the High       But one thing is clear from
   With the International        move in and give up the fight        the decision after it was                “The proposed stadium            ment to track and athletics        Court in mid-October against        the fluid state surrounding
Association of Athletics         for the tenancy of the London       alleged that the Olympic Park         scheme and wider area devel-        legacy in the Olympic              Newham Borough Council              the London 2017 Bid, its rival
Federation’s       Evaluation    Olympic Stadium.                    Legacy Company director               opment have the potential to        Stadium.”                          and against the OPLC                Doha stands to gain from
Panel due to visit London on        Robertson said of the offer:     was on the pay roll of the            lever hundreds of millions of         Even if there is clandestine     (Olympic      Park     Legacy       each news of controversy that
October 1 for assessing its      “They (Spurs) have had a            Hammers.                              pounds worth of much need-          understanding         between      Committee) as well, to claim        is coming out of London.

Qatar is safest investment QA’s CEO to resolve row over Boeing’s 747 jet delivery
bet in MENA region                                                     CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                plane it is serious,” Hamilton
                                                                                                            said.Qatar bought its first
                                                                                                                                               ing many 787s that need fin-
                                                                                                                                               ishing      work,      turning
                                                                                                                                                                                  powering Qatar’s planned
                                                                                                                                                                                  superjumbo fleet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and a modified wing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Boeing          Commercial
                                                                       cancel a concert for workers         Boeing 707 in 1977, the same       Boeing’s site into a cramped          The Engine Alliance joint      Airplanes Chief Executive Jim
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1            reflected in the low borrowing         for the delivery of its first 747-    year that Cargolux ordered its     parking lot.                       venture competes with Rolls-      Albaugh told Reuters it would
                                 costs. Chile and Qatar’s status       8 last week, Boeing hopes to         first 747 jumbo.                       Brinkmanship over the 747-      Royce Holding Plc to sell         be ready to defend the 777’s
The survey points out that       is also reflected in the credit        inject some sparkle into the           A380 TALKS Boeing’s dis-         8 is just one piece of a larger    engines for the world’s largest   leadership of this lucrative
Saudi Arabia, the largest        default swap (CDS) market,            delivery of Qatar’s 100th            comfort deepened when              jigsaw affecting several sup-      passenger jet.                    market segment by around
economy in the region, ranks     where the cost of insuring            Boeing aircraft at a special         another customer, Atlas Air        pliers as Qatar expands its           While criticising Boeing       the time Airbus brings out its
39th, while Kuwait follows       Chilean and Qatari debt is now        ceremony at its Everett pro-         Worldwide Holdings Inc,            fleet. Qatar Airways is in          and Airbus over delays, Al        competing 350-seat A350-
Qatar at the 30th position.      within 55 basis points of the so-     duction plant, 30 miles (48          reduced its order for a dozen      simultaneous talks to double       Baker is likely to have some      1000 in 2017.
The United Arab Emirates         called ‘risk free’ US sovereign       km) north of Seattle.                747-8 freighters by cancelling     its order for Airbus A380          influence over design as the          “We will just see what hap-
(UAE) is ranked 36th, Oman       debt,” the ECR survey added.             But the aborted 747-8             three aircraft already built.      superjumbos to 10 in a deal        rival plane makers plan ahead     pens on the 1000 and we will
34th and Bahrain comes 61st         The survey noted that nei-         delivery has left some                 Each 747-8 is worth more         worth just under $2 billion at     for a market to replace           be in the market very soon
in the survey.                   ther the US nor the UK, or            bruised egos at the plant, as        than $300 million at list          list prices, industry sources      Boeing’s 777 mini-jumbo, one      after they are in the market, if
  Taiwan, Chile and Qatar        France have growth outlook            well as anxieties over the tim-      prices, although airlines and      said. Such a deal could be         of the most successful wide-      not before,” he said in an
ranked 17th, 19th and 20th       similar to these countries, par-      ing of revenues.                     cargo carriers typically get a     announced at the Dubai air         bodied aircraft.                  interview at the 777 assembly
respectively,     boast    of    ticularly Qatar, which the IMF           “It was hugely embarrass-         discount, especially for bulk      show in November along with           Boeing will likely update Al   line at Everett this week.
favourable macroeconomic         expects to grow by 20 percent         ing not only because of all the      orders.      Cargolux       has    a long-awaited engine choice       Baker on tentative designs           Al Baker has accused
fundamentals, a stable politi-   this year The survey titled           effort they put into the cere-       ordered 13.                        that could see a joint venture     for an upgraded 777 with          Airbus of failing to listen to
cal risk outlook and a strong    ‘Euromoney Country Risk Q3            monies and fun going around            The 747-8s are part of an        between General Electric Co        close to 400 seats called the     buyers’ concerns over the
policy track record.             Results Top 10 MENA,                  it, but when you have a launch       inventory of undelivered jets      and Pratt & Whitney, a unit of     777-8X or 777-9X, which           A350 and has threatened to
  “The creditworthiness of       September 2011,’ was released         customer refuse to take an air-      valued at $16 billion, includ-     United Technologies Corp,          would have new GE engines         buy more 777s.
Qatar, Chile and Taiwan is       on Friday.