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   Egypt celebrates, army takes over

(Left) Protesters erupt with joy inside Tahrir Square and (right) an Egyptian boy kisses a soldier outside the presidential palace after the announcement of the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (centre), in Cairo, on Friday. (REUTERS/AFP)

 I Jubilations in Tahrir Square & across Egypt I Protesters hope for democracy I 5 killed in El-Arish clashes
                  REUTERS                                                                                                                                           into the streets of Cairo and
                                                                Military chief salutes cheering crowds                                                              Alexandria, Egypt’s second city.
                                                                                                                                                                    Drivers honked car horns and waved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE MAN AT THE HELM
EGYPTIAN cities erupted in celebra-                    THE top figure in Egypt’s new mili-                     announced he was stepping down,                       flags from their windows.                                                          EGYPT’S Defence Minister
tion when President Hosni Mubarak                      tary regime, Defence Minister Field                    the foreign ministry said.                               In Tahrir Square, they chanted: “God                                           Mohamed Hussein Tantawi is
stood down on Friday and the crowds                    Marshal Mohammed Hussein                               Stocks rise, oil falls, gold gains                    is Greatest”. The square, which takes its                                         the head of the Higher Military
who had protested against him claimed                  Tantawi, drove past Hosni                                 World stocks rallied and oil prices                name from the Arabic word for                                                     Council that took control of
a victory over their ‘Pharaoh’ that they               Mubarak’s former palace on Friday                      fell on Friday after Mubarak stepped                  ‘Liberation’, turned into a sea of red,                                           Egypt after Hosni Mubarak
hardly dare to believe.                                and saluted the cheering crowds.                       down. Prices of gold and US                           white and black Egyptian flags.                                                    resigned his post as president on
   Mubarak handed power to the army,                   Switzerland orders freeze on                           Treasury bonds partly erased early                       Outside Egypt’s state television                                               Friday.
ending his three decades at the helm of                Mubarak assets                                         gains as Mubarak’s departure par-                     building, protesters shook hands with                                              Tantawi’s resume:
the Arab world’s largest nation. Vice                    The Swiss government on Friday                       tially revived investors’ appetite for                soldiers who had been stationed there                                             G Born on October 31, 1935
President Omar Suleiman said a mili-                   ordered a freeze on any assets                         risk. The US dollar briefly pared                      to protect the building. Some jumped                                              and joined the armed forces in
tary council would run the affairs of the              belonging to Hosni Mubarak and his                     gains, but remained strong against a                  up on to their tanks.                                                             1956.
nation. Mubarak, 82, had flown with                     entourage shortly after it was                         basket of major currencies.                              “I can’t believe I am going to see                                             G Tantawi holds the rank of Field
his family from Cairo to the Red Sea                                                                                                                                another president in my lifetime!” said                                           Marshal and has served in the
resort of Sharm el-Sheikh earlier on                                                                                                                                Sherif el-Husseiny, a 33-year old                                                 government of Egypt as minister
Friday, a ruling party official said.                  the hopes of our great people.”                            “We have done something unprece-                   lawyer.                                                 of defence and military production since 1991 and a gen-
   Egypt’s higher military council said                 Hundreds of thousands packed into                     dented in 7,000 years, we have brought                   Five people died and 42 were                         eral commander for the armed forces since 1995.
it would announce measures for a                      Tahrir Square, the heart of protests                    down the Pharaoh. Egypt is free, it will              wounded in clashes between Egyptian                   G Served in three wars against Israel, starting with the
transitional phase. In a statement,                   that toppled Mubarak in a show of peo-                  never go back to what it was, we won’t                protesters and police in the north                      1956 Suez Crisis and both the 1967 and 1973 Middle
titled ‘Communique No. 3’, it praised                 ple power unprecedented in Egypt’s                      let it,” said Tareq Saad, a 51-year-old               Sinai town of El-Arish on Friday, wit-                  East wars.
Mubarak for stepping down “in the                     modern history. “We have brought                        carpenter in the square.                              nesses said.                                          G He was appointed deputy prime minister, in addition to
interests of the nation” and said it                  down the regime, we have brought                           Some declared an end to injustice.                    Three of those who died were police-                 his post as defence minister, after Mubarak sacked his
“salutes the martyrs” who lost their                  down the regime,” they chanted.                         Others said they finally saw hope for the              men. Police evacuated the building,                     cabinet in a failed attempt to calm mass protests on
lives in the unrest. “We know the                       They waved flags, cried, cheered and                   future in a country which they feel has               which was partly destroyed by fire, and                  January 29.
extent of the gravity and seriousness of              embraced when the news reached                          lost its place as the political, cultural             prisoners managed to escape. Five                     G His military background and seniority had led to specula-
this issue and the demands of the peo-                them through a public address system.                   and economic heart of the Arab world.                 police vehicles were set on fire.                        tion he could be a possible runner for presidency, though
ple to initiate radical changes,” the                 Fireworks burst over Tahrir Square as                   Most were just proud to be Egyptian on                                                                        some analysts said he had limited support among the
statement said. “The higher military                  Egyptians wept in joy and disbelief at a                a day when history was made.                                    SEE QT SPOTLIGHT: PAGE 2                      armed forces’ rank and file.
council is studying this issue to achieve             day they never thought would come.                         When the news broke, cars poured                                    SEE ALSO PAGE 16

                                                                                                        World leaders react as Mubarak is ousted
                        he transition of                          rance pays hom-        sitional period of co-sharing of power                             e are all wit-   and in particular there really must be                      look forward to the        t is important now that the dialogue
                    T                                           F                                                                                     W                                                                                 I                         I

                        power in Egypt to                        age to this             between the army and the people.                                   ness to a his-   a move to civilian and democratic                           future to build a          is accelerated leading to a broad-
                     the Supreme Military                      courageous and            — Mohamed ElBaradei                                           toric change. We      rule as part of this important transi-                    national consensus         based government which will respect
                     Council is a positive                     necessary decision                                                                      expect the future     tion to an open, democratic and free                      in the coming period.      the aspirations of, and deliver stability
  and important step towards achieving
  the aspirations of the Egyptian people
  for democracy, reform, and a decent
  life. Qatar hopes Egypt will regain its
  leading role in the Arab and Muslim

     gyptians have inspired us and
                                             ue their march towards liberty.
                                             — French President Nicolas Sarkozy

                                             V  been heard.
                                                               and calls on all
                                                               Egyptians to contin-

                                                oice of the Egyptian people has

                                             — UN chief Ban Ki-moon

                                                                                             e salute the great people of Egypt
                                                                                             in their battle. We salute the army,
                                                                                         which kept its promises.
                                                                                         —Essam el-Erian, a senior leader of
                                                                                         Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

                                                                                            ongratulations to the Egyptian peo-
                                                                                            ple. And we hope that a system
                                                                                         meeting the expectations of the
                                                                                                                                                       Egyptian govern-
                                                                                                                                                       ment to continue to
                                                                                                                                    keep the peace in the Middle East, in
                                                                                                                                    that the agreements made with Israel
                                                                                                                                    are respected and Israel’s security is
                                                                                                                                    — German Chancellor Angela Merkel

                                                                                                                                        hat has happened today should
                                                                                                                                                                             — British Prime Minister
                                                                                                                                                                             David Cameron

                                                                                                                                                                             I t’s too early to foresee how (the
                                                                                                                                                                               resignation) will affect things. We
                                                                                                                                                                             hope that the change to democracy in
                                                                                                                                                                             Egypt will happen without violence
                                                                                                                                                                             and that the peace accord will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      League Amr Moussa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       There is a big chance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       now and a window
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      has opened after this white revolution.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      — Secretary-General of the Arab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         he conquest by the will of the great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Egyptian nation over the resistance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and persistence of officials who were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for the Egyptian people. The future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rightly remains in the hands of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Egyptian people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  — European Union foreign affairs chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Catherine Ashton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A  rab regimes should learn a lesson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     from what happened. All Arab peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ples suffer from the cor-
  E  made it clear that nothing less than
  genuine democracy will carry the day.      W    e all look forward to working with
                                                  the military to prepare for free and
                                                                                         Egyptian people will emerge.
                                                                                         —Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet
                                                                                                                                    W   only be the first step. Those who
                                                                                                                                    now run Egypt have a duty to reflect
                                                                                                                                                                             — An Israeli official
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dependent on the world powers is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      great victory.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ruption of their regimes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  — Jordan’s Muslim
  — US President Barack Obama                fair elections. I look forward to a tran-   Davutoglu                                  the wishes of the Egyptian people                                                 —Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman          Brotherhood spokesman
02       Saturday, February 12, 2011
         www.qatar-tribune.com                                    QT SPOTLIGHT ON EGYPTIAN CRISIS

       Inside M/E
V-P names military council to run country’s affairs
                                                                  The making of Egypt and
CAIRO Egyptian
President Hosni
Mubarak has stepped
down and the vice-
president has named a
                                                                  the unmaking of Mubarak
military council to run                                                        AFP
the country’s affairs,                                                        CAIRO
state television said on
Friday after 18 days of                                           EGYPTIAN protesters who
mass protests against                                             have been camping out for 18
his rule.                                                         days in central Cairo’s Tahrir
   A ruling party official                                         Square said they will go home
said earlier that                                                 after the celebrations follow-
Mubarak and his fami- Egypt’s vice-president                      ing the resignation of
ly had left Cairo for the Omar Suleiman                           President Hosni Mubarak on
glitzy Red Sea resort of                                          Friday.
Sharm el-Sheikh where there is a presidential residence.             “We can finally go home!”
He added that this proved Mubarak had handed powers to            cried Mohammed Ibrahim,
deputy Omar Suleiman.                                             38, a protest organiser. “We
   In the morning, Egypt’s powerful military gave guaran-         have been here for 18 days
tees that promised democratic reforms would be carried            waiting for him to leave, and
out but angry protesters intensified an uprising against           we did it.”
Mubarak by marching on the presidential palace and mob-              The protesters who took
bing the state television hub.                                    over the square have no cen-
   The army’s gesture was an effort to defuse an 18-day-          tral organisation to direct
old revolt unprecedented in modern Egypt but, in ignoring         them, but several who spoke
the key demand of protesters for Mubarak’s ouster now, it         to AFP said they would spend
failed to stop turmoil disrupting the economy and rattling        the night there to celebrate
the Middle East.                                                  their victory before packing
   Mubarak had promised only that he would not for re-            up and heading home.
election in September and that he would preside over                 “Who would have thought
reforms until then.                                               we could finish the job in such
   This was not enough for the many hundreds of thou-             a short time?” shouted Ahmed
sands of mistrustful protesters who rallied in cities across      Zahran, as he joined hundreds
the Arab world’s most populous and influential country on          of thousands who packed into       FESTIVE MOOD Anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s
Friday, fed up with high unemployment, a corrupt elite and        Tahrir Square to celebrate         resignation, in Cairo, on Friday. (REUTERS)
police repression.                                                Mubarak’s overthrow.
   The escalating confrontation has raised fear of uncon-            “We had been so depressed       who called for demonstra-         to the authorities.                   Around       23     million       “We will be celebrating all
trolled violence in the most populous Arab nation, a key          and so unsure. This is the         tions on January 25, inspired        But on January 28, Egypt’s       Egyptians have either regular     night. It’s been a long difficult
US ally in an oil-rich region where the chance of chaos           happiest moment of my life,”       by the uprising in Tunisia that   four main Internet service          or occasional access to the       two weeks, but we did it,” said
spreading to other long stable but repressive states troubles     added Zahran, a protest            forced veteran strongman          providers cut off access to their   Internet, according to official    Ihab Omar, a protester who
the West. (REUTERS)                                               organiser and cyber activist.      Zine El Abidine Ben Ali out of    customers in a bid to break the     figures, more than a quarter       has been demonstrating there
                                                                  “This is the happiest day for      power after 23 years.             momentum of the demonstra-          of the population.                since January 25.
                                                                  everyone in Tahrir Square             The protest movement in        tions.                                “We are the Internet youth,       “I have hardly seen my wife
                                                                  and in Egypt.”                     Egypt had mobilised the              It was restored five days         we are the freedom youth”, a      and children in over two
                                                                     Zahran was one of an army       crowds using the Internet and     later after the ban attracted       group chanted, dancing and        weeks, I can’t wait to go home
                                                                  of tech-savvy young activists      social networks in a challenge    global condemnation.                hugging in Tahrir Square.         and start our new life.”

                                                                          CALENDAR OF HOSNI
                                                                         MUBARAK’S 30-YEAR RULE
                                                                  OCTOBER 6, 1981 - Vice-President                                                       to install his son Gamal in his place.
                                                                  Hosni Mubarak is thrust into office                                                     Days before, police say they detained       NOVEMBER 19, 2006 - Mubarak says he
                                                                  when Islamists gun down President                                                      about 200 members and supporters            will retain his responsibilities for the
                                                                  Anwar Sadat at a military parade. He                                                   of the Muslim Brotherhood.                  rest of his life.
                                                                  is approved as president in a referen-
                                                                  dum in November and re-elected in                                                      MAY 11, 2005 - Parliament votes to          JUNE 4, 2009 - US President Barack
                                                                  October 1987 and October 1993.                                                         change the constitution to allow con-       Obama in a speech in Cairo calls for a
Mohamed Hussein Tantawi spoke with Gates                                                                                                                 tested presidential elections, dismiss-     “new beginning” in ties between
WASHINGTON US officials see the head of Egypt’s military           JUNE 26, 1995 - Gunmen attack                                                          ing opposition complaints that strict       Washington and the Islamic world.
council as an ally committed to avoiding another war with         Mubarak’s car as he arrives at an                                                      rules would prevent genuine competi-
Israel but have in the past criticised him privately as being     Organization of African Unity summit                                                   tion. A referendum later in May over-       MARCH 26, 2010 - Former UN nuclear
resistant to political and economic reform.                       in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. He                                                  whelmingly confirms the constitu-            chief Mohamed ElBaradei makes first
   Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Higher                is unhurt and returns to Egypt.                                                        tional change.                              public appearance after his return to
Military Council that took control of Egypt on Friday after       Mubarak later blames a Sudanese                                                                                                    Egypt in February. ElBaradei has said
President Hosni Mubarak was swept from power, has spo-            man for the attempt.                                                                   SEPTEMBER 27, 2005 - Mubarak is             he would consider a presidential bid if
ken with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates by phone five                                                                                                  sworn in for a fifth consecutive term        demands are met, including constitu-
times since the crisis began, including as late as on             NOVEMBER 17, 1997 - Egypt’s biggest                                                    after winning the first contested presi-     tional changes to limit power.
Thursday evening.                                                 Islamic militant group, al-Gama’a al-                                                  dential election on September 7. Rival
   The ties are long-standing and important to Washington,        Islamiya (Islamic Group) kill 58                                                       Ayman Nour is the only member of            MARCH 27, 2010 - Mubarak returns to
which provides about $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt        tourists and four Egyptians at an          DECEMBER 22, 1999 - Egypt agrees to         parliament to remain seated during          Egypt to reassure presidential powers
each year.                                                        ancient temple near the southern town      sell its natural gas through what           the ceremony, apparently to show his        after three weeks recovering from
   Pentagon officials have been tight-lipped about the talks       of Luxor. Six gunmen and three police      Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s         refusal to accept the official vote count.   gallbladder surgery in Germany.
between Tantawi and Gates but the US defense chief has            also die. The state crushed groups         office dubs a “Pipeline of Peace.” After
publicly praised Egypt’s military for being a stabilising force   including al-Gama’a al-Islamiya and        years of negotiations alongside the         DECEMBER 8, 2005 - The Muslim               NOVEMBER 29, 2010 - The Muslim
during the unrest. On Tuesday, Gates said Egypt’s military        Islamic Jihad, which targeted tourists,    strains of Middle East peacemaking,         Brotherhood increase their seats in         Brotherhood says a rigged election
had “made a contribution to the evolution of democracy.”          Christians, ministers in a 1990s cam-      Barak’s office says gas will be piped        parliament after an election marred         has all but wiped out its presence in
   But in private, US officials have characterised Tantawi as      paign for an Islamic state and has kept    from El-Arish in Egypt to Israel and        by violence, but Mubarak’s party            parliament, virtually eliminating
someone “reluctant to change” and uncomfortable with the          a tight lid on such groups since.          the Palestinian Authority, and later to     retains a big majority. Eight people        opposition to Mubarak’s ruling party
US focus on fighting terrorism, according to a 2008 State                                                     Turkey, Syria and Lebanon                   were killed on the last day of voting on    before a 2011 presidential vote. The
Department cable released by the WikiLeaks website.               OCTOBER 5, 1999 - Mubarak is sworn in                                                  December        7.     The      Muslim      group skirts a ban on religious parties
   Tantawi, 75, has served in three conflicts with Israel,         as president for his fourth term and       MARCH 2005 - Street protests by the         Brotherhood says it has won 12 seats,       by running independents.
starting with the 1956 Suez Crisis and in both the 1967           names Atef Obeid as prime minister         Kefaya (Enough) Movement draw               expanding its parliamentary bloc to
and 1973 Middle East wars. (REUTERS)                              after the government led by Kamal          hundreds across Egypt to oppose a           88, nearly a fifth of the seats and its      FEBRUARY 11, 2011 President Hosni
                                                                  Ganzouri resigns.                          fifth term for Mubarak or any attempt        strongest showing ever.                     Mubarak resigns.

Milestones of the democratic upsurge in the Arab world
       EGYPT        — Vice         President Zine al-Abidine       overhaul the network of           ernment opponents who             which was expected to start         appealed to the opposition       Bakhit, a conservative for-
President Omar Suleiman            Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia     police, security forces and       demanded the emergency            this week, had been delayed         to call off protests.            mer prime minister to
said on Friday a military          last month after 23 years in    spies built up by Ben Ali         powers be scrapped.               so that it could consult with            Saleh promised direct       head a new government
council would run the affairs      charge of a police state.       over two decades. Interim              Several Algerian towns       opposition figures outside           election of provincial gover-    after accepting the resig-
of the Arab world’s most                Mohamed Ghannouchi,        head of state Fouad               including the capital experi-     the Arabian Peninsula               nors and also agreed to re-      nation of Samir Rifai. He
populous nation following          prime minister under Ben        Mebazza has promised the          enced days of rioting and         country, a US ally in the           open voter registration for      asked the new government
the resignation of Mubarak.        Ali since 1999, now heads       start of a national dialogue      protests last month, pro-         fight against al Qaeda.              elections due in April after     to take speedy and tangible
     An army statement ear-        an interim government. He       to try to address citizens’       voked by a jump in food                 Yemeni President Ali          opposition complaints that       steps to launch political
lier on Friday noted that          appointed opposition fig-       demands.                          prices. Two people died and       Abdullah Saleh said on              around 1.5 million Yemenis       reform.
Mubarak had handed pow-            ures to a national unity             ALGERIA — Algeria’s          hundreds were injured, offi-       February 3, he would not            were unable to sign up.               Jordan has announced
ers to govern the country of       coalition and later, after      state of emergency, in force      cials said. To calm the situa-    seek to extend his presiden-               JORDAN — King             a $225 million package of
80 million people to his           more violent protests,          for the past 19 years, is to be   tion, Algeria cut the cost of     cy, in a move that would            Abdullah of Jordan, a close      cuts in the prices of some
deputy the previous day. It        purged the new cabinet of       lifted soon, official media        some basic foodstuffs and         end his three-decade rule           U.S. ally, replaced his prime    types of fuel and staples
further promised to guaran-        most of the remnants of Ben     quoted President Abdelaziz        increased wheat supplies to       when his current term               minister on Tuesday after        including sugar and rice.
tee free and fair elections        Ali’s regime.                   Bouteflika as saying on           markets.                          expires in 2013.                    protests, but the Islamist       Rifai had also announced
and other concessions made              Tunisia’s interior min-    Thursday.                               YEMEN — Yemen’s                  Saleh also vowed not to        opposition dismissed the         wage increases to civil ser-
by Mubarak.                        istry also replaced 34 sen-          The announcement fol-        opposition        said      on    pass on the reins of govern-        move as insufficient.             vants and the military in an
     TUNISIA — Tunisia’s           ior security officials, to      lowed pressure from gov-          Wednesday a dialogue,             ment to his son. He                      The king asked Marouf       attempt to restore calm.
                                                                                         GULF / MIDDLE EAST                                                                                 Saturday, February 12, 2011
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Iran marks 32nd anniversary of 1979
                                                                                                            REUTERS                   President          Mahmoud       in a speech at Tehran’s Azadi     the Zionist regime as it has
                                                                                                              TEHRAN                Ahmadinejad reiterated the         (Liberty) square, to chants of    been imposed ... by you.”
                                                                                                                                    authorities’ view — challenged     “Mubarak, congratulations on         People in the square waved
                                                                                                  HUNDREDS of thousands             by their political opponents —     the Egyptians’ uprising.”         flags and carried pictures of the
                                                                                                  turned out on Friday to mark      that the uprisings in Tunisia        Ahmadinejad also predicted      late leader of Iran’s revolution,
                                                                                                  the 32nd anniversary of Iran’s    and against Egypt’s President      the fall of the “arrogant pow-    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,
                                                                                                  Islamic Revolution in a rally     Hosni Mubarak are an               ers” and called on them to        and his successor Supreme
                                                                                                  the clerical establishment        “Islamic awakening” similar        “dismantle the Zionist regime     Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
                                                                                                  billed as a chance to show sol-   to Iran’s revolution.              (Israel) which is the main           State television said “tens of
                                                                                                  idarity with “Islamic” protest-     Most opposition groups in        cause of all crimes.” Iran does   millions of people” rallied to
                                                                                                  ers in Egypt.                     Egypt, including the banned        not recognize Israel.             support the revolution across
                                                                                                     “Death to America,” and        Muslim Brotherhood, have             “Soon a new Middle East         the country.
                                                                                                  “Death to Israel,” shouted        stressed the secular nature of     will be created ... a Middle         A dispute over the presiden-
                                                                                                  demonstrators, repeating the      their protests.                    East in which there is no place   tial election in 2009 provoked
                                                                                                  ritual chant of the revolution      “Victory is imminent ... arro-   for     arrogant      powers,”    the worst unrest in three
                                                                                                  which toppled the US-backed       gant powers are close to hitting   Ahmadinejad said, his speech      decades in Iran itself, and also
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (centre)) waves to supporters during a rally, on Tehran’s   Shah in 1979 and swept the        the end ... Our nation supports    broadcast live on state televi-   led to a deepening rift among
Azadi Square, on Friday. (AFP)                                                                    Shiite Muslim clergy to power.    your choice,” he told the crowd    sion. “You have to dismantle      the ruling elite.

South Sudan
clashes toll
reach 105

A SPATE of attacks by rebels
against the south Sudanese
army in the region’s troubled
Jonglei state killed 105 people,
39 of them civilians, an army
spokesman said on Friday,
leaving a hard-won truce in
   “On the side of the military
that includes the SPLA, the
police and the prison services,
20 were killed in Fangak town,
while 30 of Athor’s men were
killed,” Philip Aguer told AFP.
   He was referring to rene-
gade southern general George
Athor whose supporters
attacked troops of the south’s
Sudan People’s Liberation
Army on Wednesday evening
shattering a “permanent
ceasefire” they signed just last

  The number of
  casualties is high
  because the
  attacks were a sur-
  prise. This is some-
  thing we were not
  expecting because
  we trusted the
  ceasefire that was

   “Sadly, there were 39 civil-
ians killed, including women
and children, and 65 others
wounded,” as well as 30
wounded SPLA troops, Aguer
said, adding that the fighting
had now halted.
   The latest reported deaths
from clashes in Fangak town
on Wednesday evening and
Thursday morning represent
a dramatic jump from an ear-
lier toll of 16 people killed in
fighting between southern
troops and the rebels in the
Door area of Fangak county.
   “The number of casualties is
high because the attacks were
a surprise. This is something
we were not expecting because
we trusted the ceasefire that
was signed,” Aguer said.
   There was no immediate
response from Athor when
AFP tried to contact him by
phone, but speaking to the
independent Sudan Radio
Service on Thursday he
accused the SPLA of starting
the attacks.
   Medics at Malakal hospital,
in neighbouring Upper Nile
state, said that several people
wounded in the fighting had
already arrived and they were
expecting to receive more.
   “We are preparing ourselves
to be ready for any help we
can give to those who may
come,” said Tut Gony, the
hospital’s medical director.
   Athor launched his rebellion
last year after claiming he was
cheated in an election for the
governorship of Jonglei state,
the south’s most populous.
   Athor’s men signed the
January ceasefire with the
southern army just days
before a landmark referen-
dum on independence for the
south but he himself stayed
away from the signing cere-
mony in the regional capital
04          Saturday, February 12, 2011
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   Inside                          Italy on alert as                                                                                                                 MADE FOR EACH OTHER
                                                                                                                                                Claude Chirac (right), daughter of former French president Jacques Chirac, and husband
                                                                                                                                                Frederic Salat-Baroux outside the town hall after their civil wedding ceremony, in Paris, on

   Europe                                                                                                                                       Friday. (REUTERS)

  Facebook set to
  launch mobile phone
                                   boatloads arrive
                                   from Tunisia
  LONDON After reaching
  heights of success,
  Facebook is now out with
  its phone for millions of
  users. A mobile phone
  manufacturer is set to
  launch the first Facebook
  phone.                                        AFP                     “They all said they were           the island of Favignana.
     INQ Mobile on Friday                    LAMPEDUSA                from       Tunisia,”        the         “The problem is that the
  revealed two new Android                                            spokesman said.                      bilateral agreement that we
  smartphones for the UK           ITALY on Friday warned of a          The latest boat, carrying 181      have with Tunisia and which
  market that are designed         looming immigration ‘emer-         people including 16 minors,          allowed up until now for an
  expressly for 18/28-year-        gency’ and appealed for            was found early on Friday in         efficient management of ille-
  old Facebook users — the         European Union assistance,         Italian waters and taken to          gal immigration is not being
  INQ Cloud Touch and the          as coast guards intercepted        Lampedusa by coast guards.           implemented because of the
  INQ Cloud Q.                     six boats carrying hundreds                                             crisis situation,” Maroni said.
     Working closely with          of immigrants from Tunisia.                                                Foreign Minister Franco
  the team behind                    “There is a risk of a real         Italy needs Euro-                  Frattini said: “We are faced
  Facebook, London-based           humanitarian emergency,”             pean help and                      with a real immigration emer-
  INQ has given the home           Interior Minister Roberto            made a request for                 gency and we cannot conceive
  screen a visual feed that        Maroni said. The uprisings in        the EU’s justice                   that Italy should be the place
  lets users quickly access        Egypt and Tunisia are leading        and home affairs                   where everyone arrives and
  updates, pictures, videos,       to a “mass flight” to Italian         council later this                 everyone stays. We had an
  and other Facebook con-          shores by undocumented               month to discuss                   excellent collaboration with
  tent, the Daily Mail             immigrants, Maroni said.             the crisis in North                Tunisia.”
  reports.                           Maroni said Italy needed           Africa and its                        Frattini said Tunisian
     The phones provide            European help and had made           effects on immi-                   Foreign Minister Ahmed
  quick links to all the pop-      a request for the EU’s justice       gration and inter-                 Abderraouf Ounais will visit
  ular Facebook features,          and home affairs council later       nal security in                    Italy next week “to re-confirm
  including chat, messages,        this month to discuss “the cri-      Europe.                            the cooperation agreements.”
  wall postings and notifica-       sis in North Africa and its          INTERIOR MINISTER ROBERTO MARONI
                                                                                                           The Italian foreign ministry
  tions. Facebook messages         effects on immigration and                                              website said the visit was
  and instant online chat          internal security in Europe.”                                           expected next Thursday.
  facilities are what today’s        The next justice and home          They will undergo health              Giuseppe Lumia, a senator
  generation now uses for          affairs council meeting is set     checks and will then be taken        from the opposition centre-
  communication.                   for February 24-25.                to immigrant detention cen-          left Democratic Party, criti-
     Facebook Events                 Meanwhile, a spokesman           tres ahead of eventual repatri-      cised the government for fail-
  replaces the traditional         for Italy’s coast guard in         ation, he added.                     ing to prepare for the immi-
  diary and lets people            Lampedusa, a tiny island             ANSA news agency also              gration flux.
  schedule events and sync         between Sicily and Tunisia’s       quoted officials at the Sicilian         “There is a real immigration
  these with Google                shores, said that a total of 641   port of Trapani saying that          emergency... The situation
  Calendar, and instead of         undocumented immigrants            coast guards had rescued nine        risks exploding any moment
  an address book there is         had been intercepted by coast      Tunisian immigrants from a           and the government is com-
  simply a ‘friend list’. (IANS)   guards since late on Thursday.     sinking boat on Friday near          pletely unprepared,” he said.

  Search for 9 Turkish
  coal field workers on
  ANKARA Rescuers on
  Friday struggled to save
  nine workers unaccounted
                                   Swedish PM makes Assange Father ‘killed’
                                   enemy No. 1, says lawyer girls: Police
  for after a large cave-in at
  a coal field in southern
  Turkey, Anatolia news
  agency quoted officials as
     Dozens of rescuers,                                                                                                                                                                      AFP                   Mediterranean island of
  aided by sniffer dogs,                        AFP                                                                                          of Reinfeldt’s comments.                        GENEVA                 Corsica on February 1.
  were working at the site                     LONDON                                                                                           The hearing, which had ini-                                            “In all likelihood they are in
  of Thursday’s accident at                                                                                                                  tially been scheduled to last      THE father of missing Swiss         Corsica,” said Sauterel, as
  the privately-run facility in    A LAWYER for Julian                                                                                       two days, was expected to end      six-year-old twins wrote to         dozens of French police
  Kahramanmaras province.          Assange argued on Friday                                                                                  later Friday but the judge is      their mother to say he had          combed various parts of the
     One person was killed         that Sweden’s prime minister                                                                              likely to defer his decision on    “killed” the girls, shortly         island but focusing on the
  and seven others injured         had ruined the WikiLeaks                                                                                  whether the extradition can        before he committed suicide         northwest, where Schepp had
  in the accident. (AFP)           founder’s chances of a fair                                                                               take place until later this        in southeastern Italy, Swiss        visited on holidays and for his
                                   trial over rape claims as he                                                                              month. If the decision goes        police revealed on Friday.          work in recent years.
  EU lawyers studying              attempted to stall his extradi-                                                                           against Assange, he can appeal.      Police,       who       have         Police in Switzerland,
                                   tion from Britain.                                                                                           Assange was in the dock,        described Matthias Schepp           France and Italy have been
  Hungarian response                  In closing arguments in                                                                                after arriving at the court in     as a “desperate person” dur-        engaged in an increasingly
  BRUSSELS Hungary is              Assange’s extradition case,                                                                               south London flanked by his         ing his three-country dash,         gloomy hunt for clues about
  making every effort to           lawyer Geoffrey Robertson                                                                                 lawyers and WikiLeaks              said that the letter was post-      the fate and whereabouts of
  ensure its controversial         attacked Prime Minister                                                                                   spokesman              Kristinn    marked February 3, the day          the fair-haired girls after
  media law complies with          Fredrik Reinfeldt’s comments                                                                              Hrafnsson.                         he threw himself under a            Schepp failed to return them
  EU rules but it is too early     which indicated that the                                                                                     The former computer hack-       train.                              to his estranged wife in
  to say if proposed amend-        whistleblowing       website’s                                                                            er was arrested in London in         “The last envelope dated          Switzerland on January 30.
  ments meet all EU con-           chief had taken women’s            WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (left) with his lawyer Jennifer       December on a European             February 3 contained a letter          Schepp killed himself in
  cerns, the European              rights “lightly”.                  Robinson (centre) at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court, in London, on        warrant issued by Sweden           in which the father said he         Cerignola four days later, in
  Commission said on Friday.          Robertson told Belmarsh         Friday. (REUTERS)                                                      and spent a week in                killed the two girls, saying he     apparent desperation at his
  The EU executive said it         Magistrates Court that                                                                                    Wandsworth Prison before           was in Cerignola (southern          separation from his wife Irina
  received a letter from the       Assange was “enemy number          case but his attempt to have         stems from WikiLeaks’             being released on bail.            Italy) where he was about to        Lucidi and a custody dispute
  Hungarian government on          one as a result of the prime       the case adjourned as a result       release of thousands of classi-      Assange’s supporters say        kill himself,” Vaud regional        over the daughters.
  Thursday detailing pro-          minister’s statement”.             was turned down.                     fied US cables.                    they fear that extradition to      police spokesman Jean-                 Investigators revealed late
  posed amendments.                   “In a small country it has        Sweden wants to extradite            Clare Montgomery, the           Sweden will lead to him even-      Christophe Sauterel told jour-      Thursday after examining his
  Lawyers would have to            created a toxic atmosphere,”       Assange to face questioning          British lawyer acting for         tually being delivered to the      nalists.                            computer that Schepp had
  determine if the changes         he said. “Media is reporting it    over allegations he raped and        Sweden,             dismissed     United States, where some            “I can confirm that in his         consulted websites on sui-
  would bring Hungary into         and using it as a basis for        sexually     assaulted     two       Robertson’s argument as           politicians have called for him    letter he also said that they       cide, poisoning and firearms
  full and complete compli-        comment.”                          women, although he has not           “hyperbole” and district judge    to face the death penalty for      did not suffer and were rest-       as well as travel to Corsica
  ance with EU law, its               The lawyer asked to be          been charged.                        Howard Riddle, who is hear-       leaking state secrets.             ing in peace,” he added, as the     before his turn for custody of
  spokesman Jonathan Todd          allowed to bring extra evi-          But      the    39-year-old        ing the extradition case alone,      His lawyers have attacked       12-day search for the children      the girls.
  said. (REUTERS)                  dence about how the com-           Australian insists the attempt       rejected the attempt to have      the Swedish justice system in      homed in on one of Schepp’s            However, no guns have
                                   ments could have affected the      is politically motivated and         the case adjourned as a result    the extradition hearing.           last stops on the French            been found.

Berlusconi accuses magistrates of plotting political coup
              REUTERS                   everyone, am a sinner but the type        Berlusconi, who is clinging to           dancer Karima El Mahroug.
                ROME                    of moralistic justice being waged         power after a split in the ruling          The deposition also alleges that
                                        against me is ... simply scandalous,”     PDL party last year.                     he later exerted improper pressure
PRIME Minister Silvio Berlusconi        he said in the interview with Il             In his latest broadside against the   on officials to have El Mahroug,
on Friday acknowledged he               Foglio’s editor Giuliano Ferrara, a       magistrates, who the prime minister      known by her stage name Ruby,
“sometimes is a sinner” but             former Berlusconi minister.               says are politically motivated,          released from a Milan police sta-
accused magistrates who want               Prosecutors accuse the prime           Berlusconi said their investigation      tion after she was detained on
him to stand trial over a sex scan-     minister of paying for sex with a         was “farcical and worthy of the espi-    unrelated theft allegations.
dal of using Soviet-style spying to     nightclub dancer when she was             onage hunting expeditions on other         He has acknowledged making a
oust him in a political coup.           under 18, which is against the law        people’s lives that were carried out     call to police on El Mahroug’s
  The embattled prime minister          in Italy. They also accuse him of         in communist (East) Germany.”            behalf, saying he had been told she
used an interview in Il Foglio, an      abusing the powers of his office by           He said he was the target of those    was Egyptian President Hosni
influential opinion daily, to raise      pressuring police to have her             who wanted to carry out a political      Mubarak’s niece. He says he was
the stakes in his war of nerves with    released from custody over sepa-          “coup by moralists”.                     only trying to avoid a potential
Milan magistrates ahead of a            rate theft allegations.                      The prosecutors’ request for a        diplomatic embarrassment.
judge’s decision next week on              Their request for an immediate         trial had hundreds of pages of evi-        Both Berlusconi and El Mahroug
whether he should stand trial on        trial, indicating that they believe       dence alleging Berlusconi paid for       denied that they had sex but she has
charges of paying for sex with a        they have enough evidence to skip         sex with a “significant number” of        acknowledged she received 7,000
minor and later abusing his power       a preliminary hearing, adds to the        young women, including then-17-          euros after attending a party with
to help her. “I, sometimes, like        considerable         pressure     on      year-old Moroccan nightclub              other young women at his villa.
                                                                                        PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA                                                                                           Saturday, February 12, 2011
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Seven suspected Somali pirates                                                                                                                                                       Man who filmed
to be put on trial in Malaysia                                                                                                                                                       Indonesia
                                                                                                                                                                                     mob attack
A MALAYSIAN court on
Friday charged seven suspect-
ed Somali pirates for firing at
                                                                                                                                                                                     goes into hiding
Malaysian forces during a
Gulf of Aden raid to free a                                                                                                                                                                       AFP                  West Java province, and
hijacked tanker, under laws                                                                                                                                                                     JAKARTA                others seen in the video were
that carry the death penalty.                                                                                                                                                                                          being hunted down.
   Malaysia became the first                                                                                                                                                          AN INDONESIAN man who                More than 1,000 extrem-
nation in Asia to lay charges                                                                                                                                                        risked his life to film a mob      ist Muslims took part in the
against suspected Somali                                                                                                                                                             brutally lynching members         assault,      armed       with
pirates, as part of growing                                                                                                                                                          of his minority Islamic sect is   machetes, sticks and stones,
legal moves around the world                                                                                                                                                         in grave danger and has           and wearing blue ribbons to
to deal with the piracy crisis                                                                                                                                                       gone into hiding, rights          identify themselves from
off lawless Somalia, which has                                                                                                                                                       activists said on Friday.         their targets.
surged in recent years.                                                                                                                                                                 The harrowing video of            Arif filmed them entering
   Three of the accused                                                                                                                                                              Sunday’s attack shocked the       the front yard and pushing
brought to Malaysian court on                                                                                                                                                        mainly Muslim nation and          police aside with shouts of
Friday are just 15 years old                                                                                                                                                         graphically illustrated rising    “infidel” and “burn the
and if found guilty would not                                                                                                                                                        levels of intolerance and vio-    Ahmadiyah.”A small group of
face the possibility of execu-                                                                                                                                                       lence directed at religious       Ahmadiyah inside responded
tion, a penalty that is carried                                                                                                                                                      minorities such as the            with rocks and punches but
out by hanging in Malaysia.                                                                                                                                                          Ahmadiyah sect.                   were quickly overwhelmed.
   Looking calm, the young                                                                                                                                                              It showed police running          Apparently mistaken for a
men dressed in orange jump                                                                                                                                                           away as hundreds of Muslim        journalist by the mob, Arif
suits with their hands cuffed                                                                                                                                                        thugs screaming “Allahu           kept filming as the attackers
behind their backs were                                                                                                                                                              akbar” attacked a house           began destroying the house
brought under heavy security                                                                                                                                                         belonging to an Ahmadiyah         and hunting down any
into a packed courtroom.            Detained Somali pirates escorted by police as they leave a courthouse, in Kuala Lumpur, on Friday. (REUTERS)                                     leader. Three sect members        defenders who had tried to
   They were charged with fir-                                                                                                                                                        were stabbed, clubbed and         flee.
ing at members of the                 Malaysia became                   ty of Malaysia” and “against the    sion to prosecute the pirates.        Somali pirates last month          stoned to death. “There was          One half-naked man was
Malaysian armed forces while          the first nation in               citizens of Malaysia,” he said.     The Somali pirates must            also hijacked a South Korean          a warning from the national       filmed being clubbed and
committing a robbery, with            Asia to lay charges                  “By virtue of this, we have      realise that the world is seri-    chemical tanker in the Arabian        police detective that if the      stoned to death in the yard,
the intention to cause death          against suspected                 jurisdiction to try them,”          ous about eradicating the          Sea, but the ship and its crew        man appears in public, his        while the bodies of two oth-
or injury, in the January 20          Somali pirates, as                Abazafree said, adding that         menace and will not hesitate       were rescued by South Korean          life could be in danger,”         ers were filmed being
raid. They did not enter a            part of growing                   the prosecution was confident        to capture and charge them         naval commandos in a dramat-          National Human Rights             clubbed, stoned and other-
plea.                                 legal moves                       that it had a strong case.          accordingly.”                      ic raid six days later.               Commission deputy chair-          wise defiled as onlookers
   The seven have been held           around the world                     Noel Choong, head of the           The MT Bunga Laurel was             Five captured Somalis              man Joseph Adi Prasetyo           laughed and took photo-
on remand in Malaysia since           to deal with the                  International         Maritime      bound for Singapore with a         were later taken to the south-        told reporters. “Based on         graphs. Police knew of the
January 31, when they arrived         piracy crisis off                 Bureau        (IMB)       Piracy    cargo of lubricating oil worth     ern port of Busan and for-            information from the police       attack but failed to intervene
on board the tanker MT                lawless Somalia,                  Reporting Centre, hailed the        more than $10 million when         mally arrested for suspected          intelligence unit, the situa-     to protect the Ahmadiyah.
Bunga Laurel, which was               which has surged                  decision to prosecute the           raiders armed with AK-47           maritime robbery, attempted           tion was very dangerous and       The footage shows police
seized by pirates along with its      in recent years.                  seven as a bold move.               assault rifles boarded and          murder and ship hijacking.            could lead to his death.”         fleeing the initial clash and
crew of 23 on January 20.                                                  “In our view, this is exactly    took control of the ship.             The case has been handed              The commission can-            milling around in the mob
   On the historic decision to      threatened the security of          what should be done and if            Malaysian naval comman-          over to South Korean state            celled a press conference         passively observing the
charge the pirates, prosecutor      Malaysians.                         this kind of action is taken,       dos from a vessel protecting       prosecutors,         who   are        with the man, identified           mayhem.
Mohamad              Abazafree        The attorney-general, the         then we would see a reduction       shipping in the Gulf of Aden,      responsible for bringing for-         only as a civil servant called       A police spokesman said
Mohamad         Abbas        said   government’s top lawyer, was        in the scale and violence of the    along with a navy attack heli-     mal charges. Attempted                Arif, due to the unspecified       that provincial police chief
Malaysia had the jurisdiction       empowered to lay charges            attacks,” he told AFP.              copter, responded to a distress    murder can be punishable              threats. Arif was seen being      Agus Kusnadi, who super-
to put the pirates on trial since   under Malaysian laws against           “We       commend          the   call and captured the pirates      by life imprisonment in               led away to secure location       vised the area, had been
the their alleged actions had       anyone that “affects the securi-    Malaysian government’s deci-        after a brief firefight.             South Korea.                          wearing dark sunglasses.          demoted. “The demotion
                                                                                                                                                                                        National             police    was caused by the interest
                                                                                                                                                                                     spokesman Boy Rafli Amar           of the organisation. There
                                                                                                                                                                                     confirmed that Arif, a mem-        was a system that did not

Indonesia arrests 13 men Philippine govt,ceasefire
                         agree on 7-day
                                          Maoists                                                                                                                                    ber of the Ahmadiyah com-
                                                                                                                                                                                     munity, which numbers in
                                                                                                                                                                                     the hundreds of thousands
                                                                                                                                                                                     in Indonesia, was under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       run well,” police spokesman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Anton Bachrul Alam said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Similar attacks in the past
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       have been attributed to

over religious violence                                                                                               REUTERS
                                                                                                                                               Alexander Padilla, the head of
                                                                                                                                               the government’s five-mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                     police protection.
                                                                                                                                                                                        “Arif is being questioned
                                                                                                                                                                                     as a witness related to the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Cikeusik incident,” he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ahmadiyah “provocations”,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and while some Muslim lead-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ers have tried to blame the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       victims again this week the
              AFP                                                       lar abuse and persecution                                              ber peace panel, told                 added. The Ahmadiyah dif-         film speaks for itself.
            JAKARTA                                                     since their sect was slapped        Philippine government and          reporters.                            fer from orthodox Muslims            Two days later another
                                                                        with restrictions at the urging     Maoist guerrillas have agreed         Active in 69 of 80 provinces       in that they do not believe       mob of enraged Muslims
INDONESIAN police said on                                               of mainstream Muslims in            to observe a seven-day cease-      across the country, mostly in         Mohammed (PUBH) was               rampaged through the
Friday they had arrested 13                                             2008.                               fire as formal peace negotia-       poor but resource-rich rural          the last prophet. Under pres-     streets of Temanggung,
men over two incidents of                                                 Two days later another mob        tions resume next week in          areas, the 4,000-member               sure from hardliners in           Central Java, and set fire to
religious mob violence which                                            of enraged Muslims ram-             Oslo to end an insurgency          New People’s Army, armed              2008, the government              churches after a Christian
left three people dead and                                              paged through the streets of        that began in the 1960s.           wing of the Communist Party           issued a decree restricting       man was jailed for insulting
churches in flames.                                                      Temanggung, Central Java,              Since 1986, there have been     of the Philippines, has been          their religious freedoms.         Islam. The crowd wanted
  Five people have been                                                 and set fire to churches after a     stop-start talks to find a polit-   fighting to overthrow the                 Police earlier five people      him executed. Police said
detained over the brutal                                                Christian man was jailed for        ical solution to one of the        national government.                  had been arrested over the        eight people had been arrest-
lynching of three members of                                            insulting Islam. The crowd          world’s       longest-running         The conflict has killed             lynching in Cikeusik village,     ed over the incident.
a minority Islamic sect in                                              wanted him executed.                Communist insurgencies.            40,000 people and discour-
West Java on Sunday, after          President Susilo Bambang              Police said eight people             The talks, brokered by          aged investment in resource-
graphic footage of the inci-        Yudhoyono                           had been arrested over the          Norway, had been stalled           rich rural areas due to rebel
dent was released on the                                                incident.                           since 2004 after the Maoists       attacks and extortion. The
Internet, police said.              searching for them,” he said.         President Susilo Bambang          were placed on terrorist           Maoists want to ban mining
  “A total of five people              More than 1,000 extremist         Yudhoyono has ordered the           blacklists by Washington and       activity, distribute agricultural
involved in the attack against      Muslims assaulted a house           police to go “all-out” against      some Western European              land to farmers and nationalise
Ahmadiyah followers have            belonging to a leader of the        any extremist groups behind         states. There was a also           industries. Manila is unlikely to
been arrested. More will be         Ahmadiyah sect, screaming           the unrest, although none has       ceasefire over Christmas.           accede to rebels’ demand, but it
arrested as they have been          “Allahu Akbar” (God is great-       claimed responsibility.                “Our most optimistic pro-       wants to pursue talks to pre-
identified      through     the      est) as they beat and stoned          Human rights activists say        jection is that this process can   vent violence. Manila has been
YouTube video,” Banten              three sect members to death.        the ex-general has repeatedly       be completed in 18 months,         negotiating separately with the
province police spokesman             Police knew of the attack         failed to tackle the sources of     and peace achievable in three      main Muslim separatist group
Gunawan Setiadi told AFP.           but failed to intervene to pro-     intolerance in the country of       years if both sides are focused    to end four decades of sepa-          Video footage shows villagers attacking people of minority
  “At least five people are still    tect the Ahmadiyah, who             240 million people, 80 per-         and sincere in finally ending       ratist rebellion that has killed      Ahmadiyah sect, in Pandeglang, on Sunday. (AFP)
at large and our team is still      have been subjected to regu-        cent of whom are Muslims.           senseless             violence,”   120,000 people.

Thai constitution amendments for early elections
              AFP                   based members of parliament                                                                                                                    end of this year, when his          tions, have held a series of
           BANGKOK                  and 125 from party lists.                                                                                                                      term finishes.                       peaceful one-day rallies in the
                                       Prime Minister Abhisit                                                                                                                        Mass protests in April and        capital in recent weeks.
THAILAND’S parliament on            Vejjajiva has said the amend-                                                                                                                  May of last year by the “Red           Rival “Yellow Shirt” nation-
Friday approved constitution-       ments to the charter — intro-                                                                                                                  Shirt” movement, which is           alist activists meanwhile have
al amendments that the prime        duced following a 2006 coup                                                                                                                    broadly loyal to fugitive for-      been         rallying     near
minister had set as a condition     and approved in a referendum                                                                                                                   mer     premier      Thaksin        Government House calling for
for early elections, as protest-    the following year — are neces-                                                                                                                                                    Abhisit to step down over his
ers gathered in Bangkok to          sary before parliament can be                                                                                                                    Abhisit said on                   handling of a deadly border
demand his resignation.             dissolved for snap polls.                                                                                                                        Wednesday he                      dispute with Cambodia.
   The legislation, approved by        Abhisit said on Wednesday                                                                                                                     would call a vote in                 Several thousand Yellows
347 to 37 votes, includes a         he would call a vote in the first                                                                                                                 the first half of                 gathered in Bangkok on
switch to a single-seat con-        half of this year if there was no                                                                                                                this year if there                Friday, easily outnumbered
stituency system from multi-        fresh political violence.                                                                                                                        was no fresh                      by police officers, according to
ple seats, and an increase in          The British-born, Oxford-                                                                                                                     political violence.               an AFP photographer.
the number of lawmakers             educated head of the estab-                                                                                                                    Shinawatra, left 90 people             The cabinet on Tuesday
elected through party-list pro-     lishment Democrat Party,                                                                                                                       dead in street clashes between      agreed to invoke the Internal
portional representation.           who came to power in 2008                                                                                                                      demonstrators and the army.         Security Act in Bangkok to
   Under the new system,            through a parliamentary vote,       Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva during a parliamentary session at the Parliament, in             The Reds, who where cam-          cope with renewed political
there will be 375 constituency-     must call an election by the        Bangkok, on Friday. (REUTERS)                                                                              paigning for immediate elec-        rallies in the capital.
06          Saturday, February 12, 2011
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PM presents Jnanpith Award to O N V Kurup                                                                                                                                                                                  Congress
                                       The 79-year-old poet was
                                    named for the award for the
                                                                                                                                                 besides being a hugely popu-
                                                                                                                                                 lar lyricist, was also named
                                                                                                                                                 for the Padma Shri in 1998
                                                                                                                                                                                    am honoured that this has
                                                                                                                                                                                    come through me.î
                                                                                                                                                                                      Earlier, Chief Minister V S
PRIME Minister Manmohan
Singh on Friday handed over
                                    year 2007.
                                       O N V, as he is popularly
                                                                                                                                                 and Padma Vibhushan in
                                                                                                                                                                                    Achuthanandan said the
                                                                                                                                                                                    award once again brought
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           claim on
the prestigious Jnanpith
Award to O N V Kurup.
   “This award has estab-
                                    known in Kerala and literary
                                    circles, is the fifth Malayalee
                                    writer and the second poet
                                                                                                                                                   O N V Kurup is the
                                                                                                                                                   fifth Malayalee
                                                                                                                                                                                    Malayalam language to the
                                                                                                                                                                                      The chief minister also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2G scam
lished itself as the most           from Kerala after late G                                                                                       writer to be named               referred to Kurup’s strong                       IANS
prestigious literary award.         Sankara Kurup to be named                                                                                                                       stand against excluding                        NEW DELHI
                                                                                                                                                   for Jnanpith.
The works of great authors          for Jnanpith.                                                                                                                                   Malayalam from the status
from all languages in our              The other awardees from                                                                                     Speaking at the function,        of classic languages.                  THE Congress on
country should be made              Kerala were S K Pottekad,                                                                                    the poet said: “Anyone who           He urged the prime minis-            Friday described as
available to all through            Thakazhi Siva Sankara Pillai                                                                                 writes in any Indian lan-          ter to help make study of the          “baseless and irrespon-
translations,” Manmohan             and M T Vasudevan Nair.                                                                                      guage is an Indian poet and I      language compulsory in all             sible” former commu-
Singh said in his address at           O N V, among the great                                                                                    am more happy that my lan-         schools in the state following         nications        minister
the Government Women’s              living poets of the country         Malayalee writer O N V Kurup.                                            guage has got this award. I        any curriculum.                        Arun Shourie’s state-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ment that he had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           apprised           Prime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Minister Manmohan
Resumption                                                                                   MUMBAI’S DABBAWALLAHS                                                                                                         Singh of the 2G spec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           trum scam two years
of talks with                           US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (centre) poses with ‘dabbawallahs’ - Mumbai’s famous army of lunchbox delivery men, in Mumbai, on Friday. Locke spent six
                                        days in India accompanied by leaders of 24 US companies, including major players in defence and nuclear power. (AFP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ago but there was no

Pakistan a                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the    routine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           spokesperson Manu
conscious                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Abhishek Singhvi said:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “It is a baseless and
decision: Govt                                                                                                                                                                                                             irresponsible state-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ment about the prime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           minister       and     his
             IANS                                                                                                                                                                                                          office.”
           NEW YORK                                                                                                                                                                                                           “It is aimed at divert-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ing the attention from
INDIA on Friday said its                                                                                                                                                                                                   the acts of the National
move to resume talks with                                                                                                                                                                                                  Democratic Alliance
Pakistan on all outstanding                                                                                                                                                                                                (NDA) government, in
issues was a “conscious deci-                                                                                                                                                                                              which Shourie was a
sion” but made it clear that it                                                                                                                                                                                            member,” the Congress
expected Islamabad to take                                                                                                                                                                                                 leader added.
steps to bring to justice the                                                                                                                                                                                                 Shourie, talking to
perpetrators of the 26/11                                                                                                                                                                                                  journalists of the
Mumbai carnage.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Indian Express group
   “It is a conscious decision                                                                                                                                                                                             on Thursday, said he
that was made,” Krishna, who                                                                                                                                                                                               had             “apprised
touched down on Thursday                                                                                                                                                                                                   Manmohan Singh and
on a two-day visit, said.                                                                                                                                                                                                  subsequently alerted
   “We will have to sort out all                                                                                                                                                                                           the Central Bureau of
the      outstanding      issues                                                                                                                                                                                           Investigation (CBI)”
between our two countries,”                                                                                                                                                                                                about the 2G spectrum
said Krishna, who has come                                                                                                                                                                                                 corruption under min-
here on his first visit to the                                                                                                                                                                                              ister Andimuthu Raja
United Nations after India                                                                                                                                                                                                 in        the      United
became a non-permanent                                                                                                                                                                                                     Progressive Alliance
member for a two-year term                                                                                                                                                                                                 (UPA) government.
Jan 1, 2011.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shourie also claimed
   “We are hopeful the talks                                                                                                                                                                                               that he even intro-
between the foreign secre-                                                                                                                                                                                                 duced a whistleblower
taries will go in a direction                                                                                                                                                                                              to the CBI.
that is positive and pave the                                                                                                                                                                                                 Shourie said he “had
way for a bigger meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                   asked the PM in 2009

                                    Himachal govt gives clean
(between the foreign minis-                                                                                                                                                                                                if he could meet his
ters) whenever that will be,”                                                                                                                                                                                              principal secretary T K
he stressed.                                                                                                                                                                                                               A Nair to give the
   “Nothing is static in rela-                                                                                                                                                                                             details”. But there was
tionships between countries,”                                                                                                                                                                                              no response from the
Krishna replied when asked                                                                                                                                                                                                 PMO, he added.

                                    chit to Karmapa Lama
what made India agree to                                                                                                                                                                                                      Singhvi wondered
talks at this stage amid wide-                                                                                                                                                                                             why Shourie was com-
spread perception in India                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing out with the state-
that Pakistan has not done                                                                                                                                                                                                 ment two years after he
enough to punish the perpe-                                                                                                                                                                                                claims to have apprised
trators of the Mumbai                                                                                                                                                                                                      the prime minister.
attacks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The           Congress
   “India      expects      that                                                                                           IANS                  Gyuto Tantric University and          “Police are questioning the         spokesman pointed out
Pakistan will continue to take                                                                                            SHIMLA                 monastery near Dharamsala,         monastery functionaries and            that Shourie has spo-
steps to bring to justice all the                                                                                                                where the the Dalai Lama is        the law will take its own              ken after the Justice
perpetrators of the Mumbai                                                                                    THE Himachal Pradesh gov-          heading his government-in-         course,” she said.                     Shivraj              Patil
attacks,” he said.                                                                                            ernment on Friday gave a           exile. Sandhu said: “The              Seven people, including the         Commission         report
   “Having taken that position                                                                                clean chit to the 17th Karmapa     Karmapa is a religious head        Karmapa’s         aide      Rubgi      made critical observa-
it is necessary for our two                                                                                   Ogyen Trinley Dorje in any         and has followers across the       Chosang, also known as Shakti          tions about the way
countries to engage on vari-                                                                                  financial irregularities, and       world. We respect their reli-      Lama, are in police custody.           Shourie and the NDA
ous other issues where we will                                                                                categorically ruled out the pos-   gious activities. We don’t            On recommending to the              government tackled
be able to come to reasonable                                                                                 sibility of any action against                                        central government to deport           the 2G spectrum issue.
agreements, which will be                                                                                     him.                                 Police on January                the Karmapa from India, the               “Why was he keeping
beneficial to the people of                                                                                       “There is no involvement of       28 recovered near-               chief secretary said: “There is        mum all this time?,”
both the countries,” he added.                                                                                the Karmapa (in any financial         ly Rs 70 million                 no question at all.”                   Singhvi asked. The 2G
   India      on     Thursday                                                                                 irregularities). We have rea-        worth of unac-                      She also clarified that there        spectrum allotment in
announced that it was ready                                                                                   sons to believe that some            counted foreign                  was no communication from              2008 under minister A
to resume discussions with                                                                                    donations came for the               and Indian curren-               the central government to go           Raja, now in CBI cus-
Pakistan on all issues after                                                                                  monastery and the Karmapa            cy from the                      slow on the Karmapa issue.             tody, has raised a
wide-ranging talks between                                                                                    has nothing to do with that.         Karmapa Lama’s                      Police still believe the seized     major controversy.
foreign secretaries of the two                                                                                Monastery functionaries were         monastery,                       money was meant for some                  The       Comptroller
countries in the Bhutanese                                                                                    managing the affairs (financial                                        “illegal” land deal in                 and Auditor General
capital Sunday. While agree-                                                                                  transactions),” Chief Secretary    interfere in any religious         Dharamsala with the involve-           of India, in its report
ing to resume talks, New                                                                                      Rajwant        Sandhu       told   affairs.”                          ment of the Karmapa’s aide             submitted to parlia-
Delhi, however, refrained                                                                                     reporters.                           She said police are still        Shakti Lama.                           ment in November,
from mentioning the compos-                                                                                      Police on January 28 recov-     investigating where the seized        However, Sandhu said: “The          put the notional loss
ite dialogue that covered                                                                                     ered nearly Rs 70 million          currency, the bulk of it Chinese   government is conducting the           to the public excheq-
structured talks on eight                                                                                     worth of unaccounted foreign       yuans, as also $600,000,           survey to know the ‘benami’            uer at as high as Rs
issues of interest between the                                                                                and Indian currency from the       came from, its origin and for      properties acquired by the             1.76 lakh crore.
two countries.                      The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in Dharamshala, recently.   (AFP)   Karmapa Lama’s monastery,          what purposed it was kept for.     exiles across the state.”

Supreme Court seeks status of Afzal Guru’s mercy plea
             IANS                   and Delhi governments on a                                                                                   er, senior counsel V C             to the petition.                     Kashmir Valley, Guru was
           NEW DELHI                                                                                            A resident of
                                    petition by Guru seeking his                                                Sopore in Kashmir                Mahajan told the court that          Mahajan told the court             found guilty of plotting the
                                    transfer from Tihar Jail to a                                               Valley, Guru was                 under the rules, a convict         that the family members of           Deccember 13, 2001 par-
THE Supreme Court on                prison in Srinagar.                                                         found guilty of                  should be lodged in a jail at      Guru incur expenses when-            liament attack and sen-
Friday enquired about the             The court, at the outset,                                                 plotting the Dec-                the place of his residence.        ever they come to Delhi to           tenced to death in 2002.
status of the mercy petition        enquired about the status of                                                cember 13, 2001                  He told the court that Afzal       meet him.                            The Delhi High Court con-
of Afzal Guru, on death row         the mercy petition. The                                                     parliament attack                Guru’s 90-year old mother,           He sought the court’s              firmed the death penalty
for his role in the 2001 par-       court was told that it was                                                  and sentenced to                 11-year-old son and his wife       direction to the government          in 2003.
liament attack.                     pending. At this, the court                                                 death in 2002.                   have to travel repeatedly          to reimburse their board-              The Supreme Court also
   The apex court bench of          enquired if Afzal Guru or his                                                                                from Srinagar to Delhi to          ing-lodging expenses during          upheld the capital punish-
Justice Aftab Alam and              family has got any intima-                                                apex court was told that           meet him. Mahajan pleaded          their visits to Delhi to meet        ment. Guru’s wife filed a
Justice R M Lodha also              tion from the government            Parliament attack accused             there was no intimation.           that the court ask the cen-        Guru.                                mercy petition to the
issued notice to the central        on his mercy petition. The          Afzal Guru.                           Appearing for the petition-        tral government to respond           A resident of Sopore in            President of India.
                                                                                                                  INDIA                                                                             Saturday, February 12, 2011
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PM opens mega container terminal
             IANS                   longer have to rely on ports like
             KOCHI                  Colombo,        Dubai       and
                                    Singapore. Thanks to the ter-
PRIME Minister Manmohan             minal, the cost of freight of a
Singh on Friday dedicated to        container is expected to come
the nation the International        down by $300 and the trans-
Container        Transshipment      shipment time by almost 10
Terminal (ICTT) in Kerala. It’s     days.
the largest single-operator con-      The total number of contain-
tainer terminal in the country.     ers handled in the first phase
  Manmohan Singh, launch-           would be one million and
ing the Rs 3,250 crore first         would touch four million con-
phase of the project in             tainers annually when fully
Vallarpadam off the Kochi           operational.
coast, said it is a symbol of the     The terminal has been devel-
government’s commitment to          oped on a build-operate-trans-
Kerala’s development.               fer (BOT) basis by the Dubai
  “This is also a symbol of the     Port World (DPW), which won
how private public partnership      a global tender after quoting a
can be a commitment to the          gross revenue share of 33.3
public good. Also this is a sym-    percent to the Cochin Port
bol of cooperation with our         Trust (CPT). Rs 1,650 crore has
West Asian neighbours,” said        come from the central govern-
Singh.                              ment while the DPW invested
  He said it would will give a      Rs 1,600 crore. The BOT is for
major boost to reducing the         30 years.
cost of exports and imports.          Manmohan Singh had laid
  “Through this Kochi is all set    the foundation stone for the
become as an attractive invest-     project in February 2005.
ment area not only for Kerala         Chief Minister V S
but for the country and also        Achuthanandan on Friday
this could well be the start of     used his speech to demand
more investment from UAE            more from the central govern-
where a large number of our         ment. “
diaspora         work,”      said     Deputy Chairman of Dubai
Manmohan Singh.                     Executive Council Sheikh
  The new terminal is expect-       Ahmed bin Saeed Al
ed to become a transhipment         Maktoum was also present on
hub that and country will no        the occasion.                       Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressing a meeting, in New Delhi, recently.   (AP)

  Kerala ministers
  feel left out of
                                                                        Vallarpadam evictees                                                                                                                      Budget gives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rs 722 crore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  more for Kerala
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  higher education
  PM’s function
                                                                        awaiting rehabilitation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  THE higher education sector
                                    from the Congress-led                                                 tained that the rehabilitation    for permission to construct       Kalathunkal.                        has cornered Rs 722.78 crore
              KOCHI                 United Democratic Front                         KOCHI                 package has already been          houses at the land allotted to       In a related development,        more in the State budget for
                                    government - were not                                                 implemented. “Except for          them.                             Union Minister of State for         2011-12 over the previous one.
  KERALA Fisheries Minis-           only invited but were given         EVEN as Prime Minister            the provision for providing         The evictees were given the     Food and Agriculture K V            The four arts and science uni-
  ter S Sharma and Trans-           seats on the dais. We have          Manmohan Singh commis-            jobs to the evictees, which is    option to rent houses till the    Thomas visited the tempo-           versities in the State would get
  port      Minister      Jose      no problem in not being             sions the Vallarpadam             not in the purview of the dis-    construction is over or stay in   rary shacks in which those          Rs 15 crore each and would
  Thettayil Friday expressed        invited to the dais, but this       International        Container    trict administration, every       FACT quarters. However,           evicted from Moolampilly            share a Plan outlay of Rs
  displeasure at state minis-       ‘untouchability’ is not             Transhipment Terminal on          other aspect of the package       some of them chose to stay in     had been staying. The state         144.75 crore.
  ters not being invited to         good,” said Sharma.                 Friday, the stalemate between     has been implemented,”            temporary shacks, she said.       government should initiate             The Sree Sankaracharya
  join the prime minister on                                            district administration and       Beena said.                                                         steps to implement the reha-        University of Sanskrit, Kalady,
  the dais during the inaugu-         “Union govern-                    those displaced for the project     The      special    package       The evictees were               bilitation package that it had      would get Rs 10 crore and the
  ration of the International         ment played poli-                 is continuing.                    announced was actually a            given the option to             notified and the Union gov-          Cochin University of Science
  Container Transhipment              tics over the pro-                   District Collector M Beena     step ahead of the announced         rent houses till the            ernment was willing to              and Technology (CUSAT), Rs
  Terminal.                           gramme by leav-                   had announced special hous-       package, she said, citing that      construction is                 extend all support, he said.        12 crore. The Plan aid to
    Prime            Minister         ing out the Left                  ing scheme for the evictees at    the original package men-           over or stay in                    Senior Congress leader V M       Kerala Agricultural University
  Manmohan Singh earlier              Front ministers                   a meeting held with represen-     tioned only that evictees           FACT quarters.                  Sudheeran had visited the           would be Rs 45 crore.
  in the day dedicated the            from the func-                    tatives of evictees recently.     should be given priority in         However, some of                area and said that the delay in        The inter-university cen-
  largest single operator con-        tion.”                               The coordination commit-       allotting water and power           them chose to stay              the implementation of the           tre for study and research in
  tainer terminal in India to                                           tee for those displaced by        connection as they complete         in temporary                    rehabilitation package for          Malayalam, to be estab-
  the nation.                          Only the federal cabinet         development projects has          the houses. In place of this,       shacks.                         Vallarpadam International           lished in the University of
    Expressing their dis-           ministers and a union min-          rejected this. “All we request    the special scheme envisages                                        Container        Transhipment       Kerala, had been given a
  pleasure, Sharma and              ister of state were on the          is a time-bound implementa-       to use Rs 34 lakh Goshree            On their part, the             Terminal was a major failure        seed money of Rs 10 crore.
  Thettayil told reporters          dais while state ministers          tion of the rehabilitation        Island          Development       Coordination      Committee       on the part of the govern-          While the Budget allocates
  after the function that the       and Leader of Opposition            package already notified by        Authority (GIDA) fund to          alleged that a similar special    ment. Rehabilitation is as          Rs 3 crore for the K N Raj
  union government played           in the state assembly               the State government and          provide water and power con-      package was announced             important as the project itself     Centre for Public Finance
  politics over the pro-            Oommen Chandy, who was              signed by Nivedita P Haran,       nection to the plots identified    when the Chief Minister dis-      and it should be implemented        and Planning to be set up in
  gramme by leaving out the         the chief minister when the         Revenue Principal Secretary,”     for      rehabilitation     in    tributed title deeds in           in a convincing manner, he          the     Mahatma         Gandhi
  Left Front ministers from         foundation stone was laid,          said Francis Kalathunkal,         Kadamakudy.                       February 2009. The district       had said. The Coordination          University, Rs 5 crore had
  the function.                     were seated among the               general convenor of the com-        The title deeds to all dis-     administration did not make       Committee is hoping to bring        been set apart as matching
    “When the foundation            audience. The ministers             mittee.                           placed families have been         a commitment for time-            in more social and political        grant for the proposed
  stone was laid for this proj-     also referred to the adver-            At the same time, the dis-     handed over. But many of          bound implementation of           leaders to the site and high-       Mundassery Centre for Mass
  ect in 2005 by Manmohan           tisements about the termi-          trict administration main-        them have not even applied        package then also, said           light the issue.                    Communication.
  Singh, the then state minis-      nal’s inauguration that did
  ters Dominic Presentation         not carry Chief Minister V S
  and Ibrahim Kunju - both          Achuthanandan’s photo.

                                                                        AeroIndia breaks record with 1.7 lakh footfalls
Maudany’s bail                                                                                                                                                                             IANS

                                                                                                                                                                              THE eighth AeroIndia air show
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  five-day airshow, which opened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  on Wednesday at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yelahanka air base, were all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  about business.

plea rejected                                                                                                                                                                 here has broken all records for
                                                                                                                                                                              the number of visitors, with
                                                                                                                                                                              over 1.75 lakh footfalls recorded
                                                                                                                                                                              till Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     But the show will be open for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the general public to visit the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flying and static display during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saturday and Sunday.
             IANS                                                                                                                                                                The focus of attention              A large number of aviators
          BANGALORE                                                                                                                                                           remained on the biggest tender      and enthusiasts have gathered
                                      Justice V Jagan-
                                      nathan accepted                                                                                                                         India has floated to buy 126         here to watch the spell-binding
THE Karnataka High Court              the state govern-                                                                                                                       medium multi-role combat air-       manoeuvres such as sharp
on Friday rejected the bail           ment’s plea that it                                                                                                                     craft (MMRCA).                      turns, rolls and spins by fighter
plea of Abdul Nasir Maudany,          was not safe to                                                                                                                            The contract is expected to be   jets from all major global man-
leader of the Kerala-based            grant bail to Mau-                                                                                                                      awarded to one of the six con-      ufacturers, including US
People’s Democractic Party            dany as he was                                                                                                                          tenders by September this year,     Lockheed Martin’s F-16s,
and an accused in the                 “involved in terror                                                                                                                     according to officials.              Boeing’s F/A-18s, Saab’s
Banglaore blasts case.                activities and most                                                                                                                        “The MMRCA is the primary        Gripen and the Dassault’s
  Maudany has been in a               witnesses in the                                                                                                                        focus. With the orders likely       Rafale. These are part of the 95
Bangalore jail since August 17        case are being                                                                                                                          soon, what will happen in the       military aircraft lined up in the
last year after his arrest in         threatened”.                                                                                                                            next edition in 2013, I wonder,”    static display area.
Kerala.                                                                                                                                                                       said Guy Douglas from BAE              AeroIndia also has a large
  Justice V Jagannathan                                                                                                                                                       Systems India.                      civilian aviation component
accepted the state govern-            The blasts in 2008 killed a                                                                                                                The increase in the number       with 54 percent aircraft on dis-
ment’s plea that it was not         woman and injured 15 peo-                                                                                                                 of aircraft manufacturers and       play from this sector.
safe to grant bail to Maudany       ple.                                                                                                                                      air forces participating in the        Russian Sukhoi, Brazilian
as he was “involved in terror         Justice Jagannathan said                                                                                                                show this year indicates the        Embraer and Ukranian
activities and most witnesses       Maudany was free to                                                                                                                       increasing       interest      in   Antonov are some of the pas-
in the case are being threat-       approach the Supreme Court          Indian Air Force Sukhoi SU-30MKI fighter aircraft fly in formation during the AeroIndia 2011 inaugu-    AeroIndia, he added.                senger plane manufacturers
ened”.                              with his bail application.          ration ceremony at the Yelahanka Air Force station, in Bangalore, on Thursday. (AFP)                     The first three days of the       who are participating.
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                                                                                                  01:35 Tom And Jerry                             20:45    Cow And Chicken                           16:00   Mega Engineering                         06:45 Handy Manny                         06:05 Ten Dollar Dinners
13:00 Friday Night Lights                                                                         02:00 Top Cat                                   21:10    The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack   16:55   Heart Of The Machine
14:00 Commander In Chief                                                                                                                                                                                                                              07:10 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse              06:30 Paula’s Best Dishes
                                                                                                  02:25 Yogi’s Treasure Hunt                      21:35    Courage The Cowardly Dog                  17:50   How It’s Made                            07:35 Fairly Odd Parents                  06:50 Paula’s Party
15:00 Karen Sisco                                                                                 02:50 Droopy: Master Detective                  22:00    The Powerpuff Girls                       18:15   Storm Chasers
16:00 Live Good Morning America                                                                                                                                                                                                                       08:00 Sonny With A Chance                 07:35 Barefoot Contessa- Back to Basics
                                                BBC LIFESTYLE                                     03:15 King Arthur’s Disasters                   22:25    Ed, Edd N Eddy                            19:10   Extreme Loggers                          08:25 Phineas And Ferb                    08:00 Chopped
17:00 The Philanthropist                        00:00 Come Dine With Me                           03:40 Scooby Doo Where Are You!                 22:50    Robotboy                                  20:05   Ultimate Survival
18:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show                                                                                                                                                                                                                        08:50 Have A Laugh                        08:50 Guys Big Bite
                                                01:40 Come Dine With Me                           04:05 The Flintstones                           23:00    Batman: The Brave And The Bold            21:00   River Monsters                           09:00 Viva High School Musical Mexico     09:15 Boy Meets Grill
19:00 Commander In Chief                        02:05 Come Dine With Me                           04:35 Hong Kong Phooey                          23:25    Skunk Fu!                                 21:55   Extreme Fishing
20:00 Glee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10:30 Hannah Montana                      09:40 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman
                                                02:30 Design Star                                 05:00 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo                    23:50    Ben 10                                    22:50   Shark Family                             10:55 Good Luck Charlie                   10:05 Ten Dollar Dinners
21:00 Psych                                     03:15 Fantasy Homes In The City                   05:25 The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop                                                               23:45   Aircrash Unsolved: The Mystery Of...
22:00 Supernatural                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11:15 Shake It Up                         10:30 Paula’s Best Dishes
                                                04:00 Antiques Roadshow                           05:50 Looney Tunes                                                                                                                                  11:40 Fish Hooks                          10:55 Barefoot Contessa- Back to Basics
23:00 Rescue Me                                 04:50 Come Dine With Me                           06:15 Popeye Classics                                                                                                                               12:00 Phineas And Ferb                    11:20 Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives
                                                05:40 Come Dine With Me                           06:45 Help! It’s The Hair Bear Bunch                                                                                                                12:25 Sonny With A Chance                 11:45 Throwdown With Bobby Flay
                                                06:30 Come Dine With Me                           07:10 Scooby-Doo And Scrappy-Doo                                                                                                                    12:50 Wizards Of Waverly Place            12:10 Unwrapped
                                                06:55 Antiques Roadshow                           07:35 Dastardly And Muttley                                                                                                                         13:14 Have A Laugh                        12:35 Paula’s Party
                                                07:45 The Naked Chef                              08:00 Droopy And Dripple                        CINEMA CITY                                                                                         13:15 Hannah Montana                      13:25 Good Eats
                                                08:15 Glamour Puds                                08:25 Looney Tunes                              00:30 The Hours                                    DISCOVERY HD SHOWCASE                            13:40 Fairly Odd Parents                  13:50 Paula’s Best Dishes
                                                09:05 Antiques Roadshow                           08:55 Pink Panther And Pals                     03:00 Le Nouveau Protocole                         00:40 Alaska: Surviving The Last Frontier        14:00 Sonny With A Chance                 14:15 Throwdown With Bobby Flay
ANIMAL PLANET                                   10:00 Antiques Roadshow                           09:20 The Scooby Doo Show                       05:00 Smart People                                 01:30 Ultimate Survival
00:50 Untamed And Uncut                                                                                                                                                                                                                               14:25 Replacements                        14:40 Ultimate Recipe Showdown
                                                11:40 Antiques Roadshow                           09:45 Tom And Jerry                             07:00 Igor                                         02:20 World’s Most Expensive Rides               14:47 Have A Laugh                        15:30 Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives
01:45 Amba The Russian Tiger                    12:30 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                    10:15 Paddington Bear                           09:00 Cutting Edge: Fire And Ice                   02:45 World’s Most Expensive Rides
02:40 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14:50 Phineas And Ferb                    15:55 Unwrapped
                                                13:15 Glamour Puds                                10:40 Duck Dodgers                              11:00 Michael Jackson’s This Is It                 03:10 City Chic                                  15:15 Jonas La                            16:20 Boy Meets Grill
03:35 Austin Stevens Adventures                 14:05 Glamour Puds                                11:05 The Garfield Show                         13:00 Mama I Want To Sing                          04:00 Way Of Life
04:30 Whale Wars                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15:35 Fairly Odd Parents                  16:45 Chopped
                                                15:20 Glamour Puds                                11:30 Tom And Jerry Hour                        15:00 Operating Instructions                       04:55 How Stuff’s Made                           16:00 Sonny With A Chance                 17:35 Paula’s Best Dishes
05:25 Buggin’ With Ruud                         16:05 Design Star                                 12:20 Wacky Races                               17:00 The Life Before Her Eyes                     05:25 Sunrise Earth International
06:20 Untamed And Uncut                                                                                                                                                                                                                               16:25 Hannah Montana                      18:00 Barefoot Contessa- Back to Basics
                                                16:50 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                    12:30 New Yogi Bear Show                        19:00 Cry Baby                                     06:20 Nextworld                                  16:45 Wizards Of Waverly Place            18:25 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman
07:10 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101                        17:35 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                    12:55 Popeye                                    21:00 Whip It                                      07:10 Mythbusters
08:00 Meerkat Manor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   17:10 Shake It Up                         18:50 Ten Dollar Dinners
                                                18:20 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                    13:30 Top Cat                                   23:00 Crossing Over                                08:00 Ultimate Journeys                          17:30 Fish Hooks                          19:15 Paula’s Party
08:25 The Crocodile Hunter Diaries              19:05 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                    14:00 Dastardly And Muttley                                                                        08:50 Discovery Atlas: Australia Revealed
09:15 Planet Wild                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     17:55 Have A Laugh                        20:05 Good Eats
                                                19:50 Cash In The Attic USA                       14:20 The Jetsons                                                                                  10:30 O’shea’s Big Adventure                     18:00 Hannah Montana                      20:30 Guys Big Bite
09:40 Breed All About It                        20:15 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                    14:45 Hong Kong Phooey                                                                             11:20 Predator Vs Prey
10:10 Pandamonium                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     18:20 Good Luck Charlie                   20:55 Throwdown With Bobby Flay
                                                21:00 Design Star                                 15:10 Looney Tunes                                                                                 12:10 Alaska’s Great Race                        18:45 Sonny With A Chance                 21:20 Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives
11:05 Cats 101                                  21:45 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                    15:30 The Flintstones                                                                              13:00 Prehistoric
12:00 Animal Precinct                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 19:10 Camp Rock 2 Rock-A-Long             22:10 Food Network Challenge
                                                22:30 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                    15:55 Help! It’s The Hair Bear Bunch                                                               13:50 Mythbusters                                20:40 Hannah Montana                      23:00 Chopped
12:55 Wildlife Sos                              23:20 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                    16:20 King Arthur’s Disasters                   CNN INTERNATIONAL                                  14:40 Da Vinci’s Machines
13:20 E-Vets: The Interns                                                                                                                                                                                                                             20:58 Have A Laugh                        23:50 Ultimate Recipe Showdown
                                                                                                  16:40 Dexter’s Laboratory                       00:00 Connect The World w/ Becky Anderson          15:30 Way Of Life                                21:00 Wizards Of Waverly Place
13:50 Animal Cops Houston                                                                         17:00 Johnny Bravo                              01:00 Backstory                                    16:20 Mighty Ships
14:45 Speed Of Life                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   21:25 Jonas La
                                                                                                  17:25 Tom And Jerry                             01:30 World Sport                                  17:10 How The Universe Works                     21:50 Good Luck Charlie
15:40 Great Ocean Adventures                                                                      17:50 Wacky Races                               02:00 World Report                                 18:00 Science Of The Movies
16:35 Great Ocean Adventures                                                                                                                                                                                                                          22:15 Sonny With A Chance
                                                                                                  18:20 Dastardly And Muttley                     03:00 World Report                                 18:50 Stunt Stars                                22:40 Wizards Of Waverly Place
17:30 Great Ocean Adventures                                                                      18:45 Top Cat                                   04:00 World Business Today                         19:40 Star Racer
18:25 Great Ocean Adventures                                                                                                                                                                                                                          23:05 Jonas
                                                BBC WORLD                                         19:10 The Scooby Doo Show                       04:45 CNN Marketplace Africa                       20:30 Man On Earth With Tony Robinson            23:30 Hannah Montana                      FOX SPORTS
19:20 Great Ocean Adventures                    00:00 BBC World News                              19:35 Tom And Jerry                             05:00 Piers Morgan Tonight                         21:20 Ultimate Survival
20:15 Great Ocean Adventures                                                                                                                                                                                                                          23:55 Kim Possible                        02:00 PAC-10 Men’s Basketball Oregon St at USC
                                                00:30 The Bottom Line                             20:00 Scooby Cinema                             06:00 Anderson Cooper 360                          22:10 How The Universe Works                                                               03:00 PAC-10 Men’s Basketball Oregon St at USC
21:10 Cats 101                                  01:00 Business Edition With Tanya Beckett         21:35 Tom And Jerry                             07:00 World Sport                                  23:00 Da Vinci’s Machines
22:05 Gorilla School                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            04:00 Sport Express
                                                01:30 Sport Today                                 22:00 The Jetsons                               07:30 Political Mann                               23:50 Mythbusters                                                                          04:30 NHL Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
22:30 Gorilla School                            01:40 Weekend World                               22:25 Droopy: Master Detective                  08:00 World Report
23:00 Pit Bulls And Parolees                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    07:00 NFL Game Day
                                                02:00 BBC World News                              22:50 The Flintstones                           08:30 Backstory                                                                                                                               07:30 Golf Central International
23:55 I’m Alive                                 02:30 Newsnight                                   23:15 Looney Tunes                              09:00 World Report                                                                                                                            08:00 Golf Channel- TBA
                                                03:00 BBC World News America                      23:40 Tom And Jerry Kids                        09:15 CNN Marketplace Africa                                                                                                                  09:00 Golf Channel- TBA
                                                04:00 BBC World News                                                                              09:30 CNNgo                                                                                         E! ENTERTAINMENT                          10:30 Inside The PGA Tour
                                                04:10 Explore                                                                                     09:45 Future Cities                                                                                 00:15 Kendra                              11:00 NFL Game Day
                                                05:00 BBC World News                                                                              10:00 World Report                                 DISCOVERY SCIENCE                                00:40 Behind The Scenes                   11:30 Sport Express
                                                05:30 One Square Mile                                                                             10:15 CNN Marketplace Middle East                  00:40 Under New York                             01:05 Behind The Scenes                   12:00 European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert
                                                06:00 BBC World News                                                                              10:30 Open Court                                   01:30 The Gadget Show                            01:30 THS                                        Classic Rd 3 Dubai, UAE
BBC ENTERTAINMENT                               06:30 Third Eye                                                                                   11:00 World Sport                                  01:55 Building The Future                        02:20 E! Es                               14:00 European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert
00:40 2 Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps   07:00 BBC World News                                                                              11:30 Business Traveller                           02:45 Sci-Fi Science                             03:15 Extreme Hollywood                          Classic Rd 3 Dubai, UAE
01:10 Lab Rats                                  07:30 Fast Track                                  CARTOON NETWORK                                 12:00 World View                                   03:10 Sci-Fi Science                             04:10 Sexiest                             16:00 US Figure Skating Championships
01:40 Ideal                                     08:00 BBC World News                              00:15 Bakugan Battle Brawlers                   12:30 African Voices                               03:35 LDRS (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships)        05:05 Battle Of The Hollywood Hotties            Skating Spectacular Greensboro, NC
02:10 The Weakest Link                          08:30 Middle East Business Report                 00:40 Chowder                                   13:00 Larry King Live                              04:25 Cool Stuff And How It Works                05:30 Streets Of Hollywood                18:30 NHL Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
03:10 Doctors                                   09:00 BBC World News                              01:05 Cow And Chicken                           14:00 World Report                                 04:50 Thunder Races                              06:00 THS                                 21:00 ACC Basketball North Carolina at Clemson
03:40 Last Of The Summer Wine                   09:30 Click                                       01:30 Cramp Twins                               14:30 World Sport                                  05:45 Brainiac                                   07:45 Behind The Scenes                   23:00 PGA Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach National
04:10 Last Of The Summer Wine                   10:00 BBC World News                              01:55 George Of The Jungle                      15:00 Inside Africa                                06:10 Brainiac                                   08:10 Behind The Scenes                          Pro-Am Rd 3 Pebble Beach, CA
04:40 Balamory                                  10:10 Weekend World                               02:20 Adventure Time                            15:30 CNNgo                                        06:40 Patent Bending                             08:35 E! News
05:00 Tweenies                                  10:30 Racing Green                                02:45 Eliot Kid                                 15:45 Future Cities                                07:10 Perfect Disaster                           09:25 Extreme Close-Up
05:20 Fimbles                                   11:00 BBC World News                              03:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy                            16:00 World’s Untold Stories                       07:30 Perfect Disaster                           09:50 Extreme Close-Up
05:40 The Large Family                          11:10 Weekend World                               03:35 Ben 10: Alien Force                       17:00 Business Traveller                           08:00 LDRS (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships)        10:15 Style Star
05:50 Spot’s Musical Adventures                 11:30 One Square Mile                             04:00 The Powerpuff Girls                       17:30 Talk Asia                                    08:55 Catch It Keep It                           10:40 Style Star
05:55 Charlie And Lola                          12:00 BBC World News                              04:15 Chowder                                   18:00 International Desk                           09:50 Brainiac                                   11:05 Kendra
06:10 Balamory                                  13:00 BBC World News                              04:40 The Secret Saturdays                      18:30 African Voices                               10:45 Fantastic Food Factories                   11:30 Kendra
06:30 Tweenies                                  13:10 World Features                              05:05 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey                 19:00 Open Court                                   11:40 Fantastic Food Factories                   12:00 E! News                             INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY
06:50 Fimbles                                   13:30 Our World                                   05:30 Ben 10: Alien Force                       19:30 World Sport                                  12:30 Kitchen Chemistry                          12:50 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane        00:40 Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases
07:10 The Large Family                          14:00 BBC World News                              05:55 Best Ed                                   20:00 World View                                   12:55 Kitchen Chemistry                          13:40 E! Es                               01:30 The Haunted
07:20 Spot’s Musical Adventures                 14:10 Weekend World                               06:20 Skunk Fu!                                 20:30 Inside Africa                                13:20 Kitchen Chemistry                          14:30 Married To Rock                     02:20 A Haunting
07:25 Charlie And Lola                          14:30 Newsnight                                   06:45 Cramp Twins                               21:00 International Desk                           13:45 Kitchen Chemistry                          14:55 Married To Rock                     03:10 FBI Case Files
07:40 Balamory                                  15:00 BBC World News                              07:10 Eliot Kid                                 21:30 Business Traveller                           14:15 Kitchen Chemistry                          15:25 Style Star                          04:00 Disappeared
08:00 Tweenies                                  15:30 Fast Track                                  07:35 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack   22:00 World Report                                 14:40 Kitchen Chemistry                          15:50 Style Star                          04:50 Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases
08:20 Fimbles                                   16:00 BBC World News                              08:00 Casper’s Scare School                     22:30 Talk Asia                                    15:05 Fantastic Food Factories                   16:15 Extreme Close-Up                    05:45 Ghosthunters
08:40 The Large Family                          16:15 Sport Today                                 08:25 Chop Socky Chooks                         23:00 World Report                                 15:55 Patent Bending                             17:10 Behind The Scenes                   06:15 The Haunted
08:50 Spot’s Musical Adventures                 16:30 BBC World News                              08:50 Chowder                                   23:30 CNNgo                                        16:20 The Gadget Show                            17:35 Fashion Police                      07:10 Mystery Diagnosis
08:55 Charlie And Lola                          17:00 BBC World News                              09:15 Ben 10: Alien Force                       23:45 Future Cities                                16:45 The Gadget Show                            18:00 E! News                             08:00 Forensic Detectives
09:10 Balamory                                  17:30 Dateline London                             09:40 Bakugan: New Vestroia                                                                        17:10 Space Pioneer                              18:50 Keeping Up With The Kardashians     08:50 Accident Investigator
09:30 Tweenies                                  18:00 BBC World News                              10:05 Batman: The Brave And The Bold                                                               17:30 Space Pioneer                              19:15 Keeping Up With The Kardashians     09:40 Mystery Diagnosis
09:50 Fimbles                                   18:10 Explore                                     10:30 The Secret Saturdays                                                                         18:00 Bad Universe                               19:40 Then And Now                        10:30 Real Emergency Calls
10:10 The Large Family                          19:00 BBC World News                              10:55 George Of The Jungle                                                                         18:50 How Stuff Works                            20:05 Then And Now                        10:55 Real Emergency Calls
10:20 Spot’s Musical Adventures                 19:30 Middle East Business Report                 11:20 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey                                                                    19:40 The Future Of...                           20:30 Fashion Police                      11:20 Disappeared
10:25 Charlie And Lola                          20:00 BBC World News                              11:30 Angelo Rules                                                                                 20:30 Sci-Fi Science                             20:55 The Soup                            12:10 FBI Files
10:40 Last Of The Summer Wine                   20:30 Final Score                                 11:55 Best Ed                                   DISCOVERY CHANNEL                                  20:55 Sci-Fi Science                             21:20 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane        13:00 On The Case With Paula Zahn
11:40 Doctor Who                                21:00 BBC World News                              12:20 Eliot Kid                                 00:40 Police Women Of Broward County               21:20 Engineered                                 22:10 E! News                             13:50 Royal Inquest
12:25 Doctor Who Confidential                   21:10 World Features                              12:45 Skunk Fu!                                 01:35 Dirty Jobs                                   22:10 Mighty Ships                               23:00 The Soup                            14:40 Mystery Diagnosis
12:40 New Tricks                                21:30 Third Eye                                   13:10 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes   02:30 Fifth Gear                                   23:00 The Colony                                 23:25 Chelsea Lately                      15:30 Real Emergency Calls
14:00 Eastenders                                22:00 BBC World News                              13:35 Bakugan: New Vestroia                     03:00 Fifth Gear                                   23:50 The Colony                                 23:50 Kendra                              15:55 Real Emergency Calls
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16:20   Disappeared                            02:00    Market Values                          21:00    The Daily Show With Jon Stewart   10:00   JoJo’s Circus                                                                                                                               16:45     Playlist
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18:00   Accident Investigator                  03:00    Graham’s World                         22:00    Saturday Night Live               10:35   Special Agent Oso                                                                                                                           18:00     Urban Hit 30
18:50   FBI Files                              03:30    Bondi Rescue                           23:00    South Park                        10:50   Little Einsteins                                                                                                                            20:00     Africa 10
19:40   Mystery Diagnosis                      04:00    Banged Up Abroad                       23:30    Melissa And Joey                  11:15   Handy Manny                                                                                                                                 20:45     Playlist
20:30   Real Emergency Calls                   05:00    By Any Means                                                                      11:40   Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                                                                                                                      21:00     Trace Video Mix
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21:20   On The Case With Paula Zahn            06:00    Market Values                                                                     12:30   Handy Manny                               00:00 No Ordinary Family
22:10   Ghost Lab                              06:30    Weird And Wonderful Hotels                                                        12:40   Handy Manny                                                                             07:30 Aaj Ka Laawaris                               23:00     Club 10
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23:00   The Haunted                            07:00    The Frankincense Trail                                                            12:55   Little Einsteins                          02:00 The Martha Stewart Show
23:50   Ghost Lab                              08:00    Market Values                                                                     13:20   Jungle Junction                                                                         15:00 Badal
                                                                                                                                                                                            03:00 Big Love                                19:00 Hiss
                                               08:30    Don’t Tell My Mother                                                              13:45   Imagination Movers                        04:00 The View
                                               09:00    Graham’s World                         OSN MOVIES HD                              14:10   Handy Manny                               05:00 Mercy
                                               09:30    Bondi Rescue                           01:00 Zombieland                           14:20   Higglytown Heroes                         06:00 What’s Good For You
                                               10:00    Exploring The Vine                     03:00 Star Trek 10: Nemesis                14:35   Timmy Time                                07:00 Big Love
                                               10:30    Weird And Wonderful Hotels             05:00 Fantastic Mr Fox                     14:45   JoJo’s Circus                             08:00 The Martha Stewart Show
                                               11:00    By Any Means                           07:00 Jonas Brothers Concert               15:10   Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                                                                                                                      TRAVEL CHANNEL
                                                                                                                                                                                            09:00 Mercy                                                                                       00:00 Globe Trekker
MBC ACTION                                     12:00    Banged Up Abroad                       09:00 Valkyrie                             15:35   Imagination Movers                        10:00 Big Love                                                                                    01:00 World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides
00:00 Prison Break- S4                         13:00    Departures                             11:00 Aliens In The Attic                  16:00   Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                                                                  SUPER MOVIES
                                                                                                                                                                                            11:00 The View                                01:00 Heaven On Earth                               02:00 Globe Trekker
01:00 Human Target                             14:00    Banged Up Abroad                       13:00 I Love You Beth Cooper               16:25   Little Einsteins                          12:00 What’s Good For You                                                                         03:00 Word Travels
03:30 The Wire                                 15:00    Bondi Rescue                           15:00 Con Air                              16:45   Handy Manny                                                                             03:00 The Ramen Girl
                                                                                                                                                                                            13:00 The Martha Stewart Show                 05:00 Largo Winch                                   03:30 Wild At Heart
04:30 American Gladiators                      15:30    David Rocco’s Dolce Vita               17:00 Valkyrie                             16:50   Handy Manny                               14:00 No Ordinary Family                                                                          04:00 The Thrillseekers Guide
05:15 The Mentalist                            16:00    Exploring The Vine                     19:00 Revolutionary Road                   17:10   Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                                                                  07:00 Heaven On Earth
                                                                                                                                                                                            15:00 CSI                                     09:00 The Ramen Girl                                04:30 Great Scenic Railways- 175 Years
06:00 The Wire                                 16:30    Weird And Wonderful Hotels             21:00 Easy Virtue                          18:00   JoJo’s Circus                             16:00 The Deep End                                                                                05:00 Globe Trekker
06:45 The Vampire Diaries                      17:00    By Any Means                           23:00 Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassin’s Ball      18:20   Little Einsteins                                                                        11:00 17 Again
                                                                                                                                                                                            17:00 The View                                13:00 Where The Wild Things Are                     06:00 World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides
07:30 Law & Order: Criminal Intent             18:00    Banged Up Abroad                                                                  18:45   Jungle Junction                           18:00 Emmerdale                                                                                   07:00 Panasia
08:15 The A-Team                               19:00    Departures                                                                        19:10   Lazytown                                                                                15:00 All About Steve
                                                                                                                                                                                            18:30 Coronation Street                       17:00 Paper Heart                                   07:30 Great Scenic Railways- US And Canada
09:00 The Mentalist                            20:00    Banged Up Abroad                                                                  19:30   Special Agent Oso                         19:00 Scoundrels                                                                                  08:00 Globe Trekker
09:45 Law & Order: Criminal Intent             21:00    Bondi Rescue                                                                      19:55   Handy Manny                                                                             18:30 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                            20:00 Damages                                 21:15 Whiteout                                      09:00 Globe Trekker
10:30 The A-Team                               21:30    David Rocco’s Dolce Vita                                                          20:00   Programmes Start At 8:00 am KSA           21:00 White Collar                                                                                10:00 Culinary Asia
11:15 American Gladiators                      22:00    Exploring The Vine                                                                                                                                                                23:00 Flashbacks Of A Fool
                                                                                                                                                                                            22:00 The View                                                                                    11:00 Planet Food
12:00 Friday Night Lights                      22:30    Weird And Wonderful Hotels             OSN SERIES HD                                                                                23:00 The Deep End                                                                                12:00 Inside Luxury Travel- Varun Sharma
13:00 The Vampire Diaries                      23:00    By Any Means                           00:00 30 Rock                                                                                                                                                                                  13:00 Globe Trekker
14:00 TapouT                                                                                   00:30 Two And A Half Men                                                                                                                                                                       14:00 Australia’s Great Wildlife Islands
15:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent                                                             01:00 The Pacific                                                                                                                                                                              15:00 Taste Takes Off
15:45 The Mentalist                                                                            02:00 The Philanthropist                                                                                                                                                                       16:00 Planet Food
16:30 The Vampire Diaries                                                                      03:00 The Philanthropist                   SHOW MOVIES                                                                                                                                         17:00 Globe Trekker
17:15 Friday Night Lights                                                                                                                 00:00 Long Weekend                                                                              TCM                                                 18:00 Tall Ship Explorers
                                                                                               04:00 The Pacific                                                                                                                          00:40      Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid
21:00 Human Target                                                                             05:00 30 Rock                              02:00 Paper Man                                                                                                                                     19:00 Short History Of Convict Australia
                                                                                                                                          04:00 The Princess And The Frog                   SHOW SPORTS 2                                 02:35      Home From The Hill                       20:00 Globe Trekker
                                                                                               05:30 How I Met Your Mother                                                                                                                05:00      Shaft In Africa
                                               NAT GEO WILD                                    06:30 The Ellen Degeneres Show             06:00 Hachiko: A Dog’s Story                      00:45 PGA European Tour                                                                           21:00 Globe Trekker
                                               00:00 Great Migrations                                                                     08:00 Everything’s Gone Green                     02:45 PGA European Tour                       06:40      Go West                                  22:00 Globe Trekker
                                                                                               07:30 Two And A Half Men                                                                                                                   08:00      Home From The Hill
                                               01:00 Caught In The Act                         08:00 How I Met Your Mother                10:00 By The People: The Election Of              04:45 PGA European Tour                                                                           23:00 World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides
                                               02:00 The Cute Report                                                                            Barack Obama                                05:00 Trans World Sport                       10:25      Captain Blood
                                                                                               09:00 No Ordinary Family                                                                                                                   12:25      The Champ
                                               03:00 Zoo Confidential                          10:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show             12:00 Paper Man                                   06:00 Extreme Sailing Series
                                               04:00 Hooked                                                                               14:00 Mr Troop Mom                                06:30 ICC Cricket World                       14:30      King Solomon’s Mines
                                                                                               11:00 30 Rock                                                                                                                              16:15      The Trouble With Girls
MBC 4                                          05:00 Predator CSI                              11:30 Two And A Half Men                   16:00 Everything’s Gone Green                     07:00 Brazil League Highlights
00:00   Grey’s Anatomy                         06:00 Deep Jungle                                                                          18:00 Four Last Songs                             07:30 Futbol Mundial                          17:55      Kismet
                                                                                               12:00 American Idol                                                                                                                        19:35      Show Boat
00:45   Forbidden Love                         07:00 California’s Wild Coast                   13:00 How I Met Your Mother                20:00 Easy Virtue                                 08:00 The All Sports Show
01:30   Fame                                   08:00 Shark Men                                                                            22:00 Couples Retreat                                                                           21:20      Easter Parade                            VH1
                                                                                               14:00 The Philanthropist                                                                     09:00 ICC Cricket World                                                                           00:00     VH1 Music
02:15   Wanted Men                             09:00 Wet And Wild                                                                                                                           09:30 European Tour Weekly                    23:00      The Carey Treatment
                                                                                               15:00 No Ordinary Family                                                                                                                                                                       03:00     Chill Out
03:00   The University of the Middle East      10:00 Predator Battleground                     16:00 The Simpsons                                                                           10:00 Total Rugby
04:00   Entertainment Tonight and Insider      11:00 Wild Rescue                                                                                                                                                                                                                              05:00     Smooth Wake Up
                                                                                               16:30 Coronation Street                                                                      10:30 Trans World Sport                                                                           07:00     Aerobic
04:15   The Insider                            12:00 In The Womb: Dogs                         17:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show                                                               11:45 Live NRL All Star Match
04:45   Late Show with David Letterman         13:00 Hooked                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   08:00     VH1 Hits
                                                                                               18:00 Law And Order                                                                          12:45 Live NRL All Star Match                                                                     09:00     Music For The Masses
05:30   Real Housewives Of NY                  14:00 Predator CSI                              19:00 CSI                                                                                    14:00 The All Sports Show
06:15   Hellcats                               15:00 Inside Nature’s Giant                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10:00     Top 10- Love Song
                                                                                               20:00 Glee                                                                                   15:00 Trans World Sport                                                                           11:00     Music For The Masses
07:00   Medium                                 16:00 Monkey Thieves                                                                       SHOW MOVIES ACTION                                16:00 Live Super League                       THE HISTORY CHANNEL
                                                                                               21:00 24                                   01:00 Blood River                                                                                                                                   12:00     Sexiest Male Singers Weekend
07:45   Entertainment Tonight and Insider      16:30 Monkey Thieves                            22:00 The Pacific                                                                            18:00 Live Super League                       00:40 The Universe
                                               17:00 Bite Me With Dr Mike Leahy                                                           03:00 Pride And Glory                                                                                                                               15:00     Final Countdown
08:00   The Insider                                                                            23:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show                                                               20:00 Live Super League                       01:30 Dead Men’s Secrets                            17:00     Guess The Year
08:15   Late Show with David Letterman         18:00 Dangerous Encounters With Brady Barr                                                 05:15 Halloween 2                                 22:00 Live Super League                       02:20 The Korean War
                                               19:00 Predator CSI                                                                         07:15 House Under Siege                                                                                                                             18:00     Beyonce Top 20 Pt1
09:00   Rules of Engagement                                                                                                                                                                                                               03:10 Clash Of The Gods                             20:00     Beyonce Top 20 Pt2
09:30   Medium                                 20:00 Inside Nature’s Giant                                                                09:00 The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor                                                     04:00 Decoding The Past
                                                                                                                                          11:00 The One                                                                                                                                       21:00     Saturday Night Fever
10:15   Days Of Our Lives                      21:00 Monkey Thieves                                                                                                                                                                       04:55 The Crusades                                  23:00     VH1 Music
11:00   The Doctors                            22:00 Bite Me With Dr Mike Leahy                                                           13:00 Serbian Scars                                                                             05:50 How The Earth Was Made
12:00   Home Shopping                          23:00 Dangerous Encounters With Brady Barr                                                 14:45 The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor                                                     06:40 The Universe
13:00   Forbidden Love                                                                                                                    16:45 A Knight’s Tale                                                                           07:30 Dead Men’s Secrets
                                                                                               OUTDOOR CHANNEL HD                         19:00 Timeline                                                                                  08:20 The Korean War
13:45   Fame                                                                                   00:15 Western Sport Fishing                                                                  SHOW SPORTS 3
14:30   Oprah                                                                                                                             21:00 X-Men Origins: Wolverine                                                                  09:10 Mega Disasters
                                                                                               01:30 Roll With It                                                                           00:00 The All Sports Show                     10:00 Decoding The Past
15:15   The Real Housewives of Orange County                                                                                              23:00 Alien Raiders                               01:00 Total Rugby
                                                                                               02:45 Duck Commander                                                                                                                       10:55 The Crusades
17:00   Wanted Men                                                                             03:10 Duck Commander                                                                         01:30 Aviva Premiership                                                                           ZEE TV
18:00   The Doctors                                                                                                                                                                                                                       11:50 How The Earth Was Made                        01:00     Yogic Healing By Swami Ramdev
                                                                                               04:00 Cowboys                                                                                03:30 The All Sports Show                     12:40 The Universe
19:00   Oprah                                  OSN COMEDY                                      05:15 Roll With It                                                                           04:30 European Tour Weekly                                                                        02:00     News Bulletin
                                               00:00 The Office                                                                                                                                                                           13:30 Dead Men’s Secrets
20:00   Grey’s Anatomy                                                                         06:30 Western Sport Fishing                                                                  05:00 PGA European Tour                       14:20 The Korean War                                02:30     Yoga 4 U
21:00   Forbidden Love                         00:30 Just Shoot Me                             07:20 Western Sport Fishing                                                                  09:30 Futbol Mundial                                                                              03:00     Gurbani
                                               01:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart                                                                                                                                                      15:10 Mega Disasters
22:00   Fame                                                                                   08:00 Tarpon Of Boca                                                                         10:00 Aviva Premiership                       16:00 Decoding The Past                             04:00     Bhakti Sutra
23:00   Wanted Men                             01:30 The Colbert Report                                                                   SHOW MOVIES COMEDY                                12:00 Live PGA European Tour                                                                      04:30     Narain Sewa Sansthan
                                                                                               09:15 Ultimate Match Fishing Pro           00:00 The Wedding Singer                                                                        16:55 The Crusades
                                               02:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon              09:40 Cast And Blast                                                                         16:00 NRL All Stars Match                     17:50 How The Earth Was Made                        05:00     Gurbani
                                               03:00 Nut Case                                                                             02:00 Marci X                                     16:30 Futbol Mundial                                                                              05:30     Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Ki Jo
                                                                                               10:30 Trev Gowdy’s Monster Fish            04:00 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs                                                         18:40 The Universe
                                               03:30 Weeds                                     11:45 Adventures In Hawaii                                                                   17:00 ICC Cricket World                       19:30 Dead Men’s Secrets                            08:00     Dance India Dance Doubles
                                               04:00 South Park                                                                           06:00 Man Of The House                            17:30 Total Rugby                             20:20 The Korean War                                09:30     The Great Chef's Of India
                                                                                               12:10 Savage Wild                          08:00 My Fake Fiance
                                               04:30 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno            13:25 Salmon, Trout And Steelheader                                                          18:00 PGA European Tour                       21:10 Mega Disasters                                10:00     Indian Bioscope Premier: Irsaal Karti
                                               05:30 Coach                                                                                10:00 Paul Blart Mall Cop                         22:30 Total Rugby                             22:00 Lost Worlds                                   11:00     Zee Movie Theatre: Jab We Met
                                                                                               14:15 Fisher’s ATV World                   12:00 Anger Management                                                                                                                              16:00     Jeena Isika Naam Hai
MGM                                            06:00 Yes, Dear                                 15:30 Adventures In Hawaii                                                                   23:00 Aviva Premiership                       22:55 Man Moment Machine
01:30   Stay Hungry                            06:30 The Drew Carey Show                                                                  14:00 Flirting Wth Flamenco                                                                     23:50 Tunnellers                                    17:00     Dance India Dance Doubles
                                                                                               15:55 Savage Wild                          16:00 The Wedding Singer                                                                                                                            18:30     News Bulletin
03:10   A Prayer For The Dying                 07:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon              16:20 Savage Wild
04:55   Ninja Vengeance                        08:00 Family Biz                                                                           18:00 Futurama: Bender’s Game                                                                                                                       19:00     Telesky
                                                                                               17:10 Salmon, Trout And Steelheader        20:00 The Sweetest Thing                                                                                                                            19:30     Pavitra Rishta
06:20   Criminal Law                           08:30 Coach                                     18:00 Fisher’s ATV World
08:10   Madhouse                               09:00 Yes, Dear                                                                            22:00 High Life                                                                                                                                     20:00     Apno Ke Liye Geeta Ka Dharmayudha
                                                                                               19:15 Adventures In Hawaii                                                                                                                                                                     20:30     Sanjog Se Bani Sangini
09:40   Breakheart Pass                        09:30 The Drew Carey Show                       19:40 Savage Wild
11:15   It Runs In The Family                  10:00 The New Adventures Of Old Christine                                                                                                                                                                                                      21:00     Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Ki Jo
                                                                                               20:55 Salmon, Trout And Steelheader                                                          SHOW SPORTS 4                                                                                     21:30     Yahan Mein Ghar Ghar Kheli
12:40   The Aviator                            10:30 Brothers                                  21:45 Fisher’s ATV World                                                                     01:00 WWE Smackdown                           TRACE
14:15   Walk Like A Man                        11:00 Coach                                                                                                                                                                                00:17      Playlist                                 22:00     Marathi Movie- Nakshatrache Dene
                                                                                               22:10 Fisher’s ATV World                                                                     03:00 WWE Bottom Line
15:40   Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo          11:30 Yes, Dear                                 23:00 Wingshooting The World                                                                 04:00 WWE NXT                                 01:00      New
17:15   Johnny Be Good                         12:00 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno                                                                                                         05:00 UFC Unleashed                           01:30      Playlist
18:40   Scorpio                                13:00 Family Biz                                                                           SHOW MOVIES KIDS                                  06:00 UFC Unleashed                           02:00      Urban Hit
20:35   Black Mama, White Mama                 13:30 Coach                                                                                00:00 Scooby-Doo Meets The Boo Brothers                                                         02:45      Playlist
                                                                                                                                                                                            07:00 WWE Bottom Line                         03:17      Playlist
22:00   Sheba, Baby                            14:00 Yes, Dear                                                                            01:00 Scooby-Doo Meets The Boo Brothers           08:00 WWE NXT
23:30   River’s Edge                           14:30 The Office                                                                           02:00 Scooby-Doo And The Reluctant Werewolf                                                     07:17      Playlist
                                                                                                                                                                                            09:00 WWE SmackDown                           08:00      Rnb 10
                                               15:00 Brothers                                                                             04:00 The Archies In Jugman                       11:00 WWE Vintage Collection                                                                      ZEE AFLAM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          08:45      Playlist                                 01:00 Risk
                                               15:30 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart                                                      06:00 The Tale Of Despereaux                      12:00 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge           09:17      Playlist
                                               16:00 The Colbert Report                        PLAYHOUSE DISNEY                           08:00 The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones            13:00 V8 Supercars Championship               11:00      Club 10                                  03:30 Khoobsurat
                                               16:30 The Drew Carey Show                       08:00 Imagination Movers                   10:00 The Thief Of Baghdad                        15:00 Total Rugby                             11:40      Playlist                                 06:00 Sheesha
                                               17:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon              08:10 Jungle Junction                      12:00 The Jungle Book II                          15:30 Live Aviva Premiership                  13:00      Urban Hit                                08:00 Risk
                                               18:00 Family Biz                                08:35 Higglytown Heroes                    14:00 The Archies In Jugman                       17:30 Live V8 Supercars Championship          13:45      Playlist                                 10:30 Aa Dekhen Zara
NAT GEO ADVENTURE                              18:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine       09:00 Timmy Time                           16:00 The Three Musketeers                        19:30 Full Throttle                           14:00      Focus                                    13:00 De Taali
00:00 Market Values                            19:00 Melissa And Joey                          09:10 Special Agent Oso                    18:00 Batman: Under The Red Hood                  20:00 WWE Vintage Collection                  15:00      Guest Star                               16:00 Badhaai Ho Badhaai
00:30 Weird And Wonderful Hotels               19:30 The Office                                09:25 Jungle Junction                      20:00 Blank Check                                 21:00 WWE SmackDown                           15:17      Playlist                                 19:00 Dil To Pagal Hai
01:00 The Frankincense Trail                   20:00 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno            09:45 Handy Manny                          22:00 The Jungle Book II                          23:00 V8 Supercars Championship               16:00      French Only                              22:00 Ru-Ba-Ru
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                                     ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER   3, 2006

                                                                        ADEL ALI BIN ALI
                                                                        MANAGING DIRECTOR
                                                                                                                 West’s Moral Debt to Egypt
          DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI                                 AJIT KUMAR JHA
          EDITOR -IN-CHIEF                                             EDITOR                                   After actively supporting Mubarak’s corrupt rule, the West has a duty to help end it
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                                                                                                                            HEN the Egyptian military                                        AHMED SALAH | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE
                                                                                                                            declared that it would not
                                                                                                                            turn on its own people early
                                    Westside                                                                                last week, Cairo’s opposition
                                                                                                                            groups breathed a sigh of
                                                                                                               relief. With the military taken out of the

              The Kilogram to Come
                                                                                                               equation, the path to peaceful regime
                                                                                                               change in Egypt seemed clear.
                                                                                                                  This week has seen the biggest protest
                                                                                                               in the history of Egypt. Millions have
The longstanding search for a new official kilogram has gained urgency                                         demonstrated in Cairo and other cities
                                                                                                               all over the country - north, south, east,
                                                                                                               and west. All had the same demands.

T  HE official kilogram, a cylinder of
   platinum and iridium maintained by
the International Bureau of Weights and
                                                      of the path travelled by light in a vacuum
                                                      during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of
                                                      a second.” Precise, if not an everyday
                                                                                                               The first, as the world knows now, is
                                                                                                               that the dictator Hosni Mubarak must
                                                                                                               step down.
Measures, is more than 130 years old. It              measuring stick.                                              We managed to lay siege to the par-
is stored under three glass domes in a                  The kilogram would be making the leap                  liament, the government, and the noto-
safe in a basement in Sèvres, France,                 from the 19th century to the present in a                rious ministry of interior, sites that have
and can be accessed only with three                   single jump, its only redefinition since                 witnessed the murder and injury of
independent keys.                                     1889 when the first meeting of the                       hundreds of Egyptians, and where I was
   Technically, the cylinder is not even              General Conference on Weights and                        hit by a sniper’s rubber bullet. This was
the official kilogram until it has been               Measures was held. The trouble is that                   proof that - contrary to the regime’s
cleaned in an authorised manner to                    metrologists — scientists of measurement                 belief that time is on their side, and that
remove contaminants.                                  — don’t agree on what the new standard                   the revolution will grow weaker as pro-
   It is the only remaining international             should be.                                               testers tire and lose momentum - the
standard in the metric system that is still             We reserve judgment, if only because                   revolution is actually getting stronger
a man-made object. Some scientists now                the two possibilities — one based on                     by the day.
believe the official kilogram may be los-             Planck’s constant, the other on the                         This revolution is not for bread as
ing      mass,     which                                                Avogadro constant, each                much as for freedom. It was made prin-
defeats its only pur-                                                   yielding a slightly differ-            cipally by the educated, rather than the
pose: constancy.                                                        ent mass — fall well out-              crushed poorer classes. And it is getting
   This     adds     new                                                side our competence.                   more and more popular as Egyptians
urgency to a longstand-                                                   The hope, in which we                balance values such as democracy, free-
ing search for a new offi-                                              heartily join, is that the             dom, justice, dignity and transparency
cial kilogram, based,                                                   kilogram will be rede-                 on one hand, and despotism, oppres-
like the meter, on one of                                               fined successfully in                  sion, injustice, humiliation and corrup-
nature’s fundamental                                                    2015, at the next meet-                tion on the other.
numbers, called con-                                                    ing of the General                        Understanding this, the regime has
stants.                                                                 Conference on Weights                  gone back to the language of threats. So,
   Over the years, the                                                  and Measures.                          the newly appointed vice-president, for-
official meter has been                                                   Until then, we will                  mer intelligence chief Omar Suleiman,
redefined several times                                                 just have to live with                 now warns that he won’t tolerate this
and is now “the length                                                  uncertainty.                           much longer and that Mubarak is not
                                                                                                               leaving any time soon. Meanwhile,                                                                             tions encompass all elements of society
                                                                                                               security forces are still kidnapping,         The western powers                                              and seek values aspired to by people
                                                                                                               interrogating and torturing activists,                                                                        around the world - the most important
                                     Eastside                                                                  even taking them from their homes.              must take a moral                                             of which is freedom. We were systemat-
                                                                                                               Some of them are still in unknown loca-
                                                                                                               tions. They do not understand that we,         stand in support of                                            ically punished for decades for a notion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             that only resides in the minds of west-

               New Spectrum Scam                                                                                                                              the people of Egypt
                                                                                                               the activists, no longer control the will                                                                     ern politicians and the lies of tyrants.
                                                                                                               of the people. The will of the people has                                                                     We lived in a police state, occupied by a
                                                                                                               its own impulse and power.                    and their demand for                                            two million-strong militarised police
                                                                                                                  But why is this regime clinging to                                                                         force. Given this, isn’t there now a
      The dizzying succession of scandals has shocked India                                                    power so hard? Why are they willing to         the right to be free.                                          moral responsibility that the west
                                                                                                               do whatever it takes to stay in control?
                                                                                                               They still murder protesters in parts of
                                                                                                                                                              This should not be                                             bears?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The western powers must take a

E  VERY well-informed schoolchild knows
   this is rising India’s Age of
                                                      enough is known about the 2G spectrum
                                                      allocation scam to place it at the top of the
                                                                                                               the country where they believe they can
                                                                                                               get away with it. On Tuesday, they shot
                                                                                                                                                                mere diplomatic                                              moral stand in support of the people of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Egypt and their demand for the right to
Uninterrupted Scams. No government                    list of independent India’s corruption scan-             dead two and injured scores more in the        words: real tangible                                           be free. This should not be mere diplo-
before the present United Progressive                 dals. But what is the essence of the S-band              city of Sohag, in the south. On Monday                                                                        matic words: real tangible support
Alliance regime has had to deal with such a           spectrum deal concluded in January 2005                  dozens were injured in the Oasis of              support should                                               should include measures to ensure
dizzying succession of exposés of corrup-
tion scandals — 2G spectrum, the
                                                      between ISRO’s commercial arm, Antrix
                                                      Corporation, and Devas Multimedia which
                                                                                                               Elkharga after live bullets were fired at
                                                                                                               them. The regime had done this only to
                                                                                                                                                             include measures to                                             power is passed to the people, and to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             put an end to the regime’s efforts to kill
Commonwealth Games, Adarsh Housing,                   was born of an incestuous relationship with              protect its loot. The wealth of Mubarak,         ensure power is                                              this revolution.
money laundering, and the rest that have              India’s space programme? The agreement                   in British and Swiss banks alone, is esti-                                                                       This is the least compensation our
come tumbling out. The latest in the series           relates to two customer-specific satellites,             mated at between $40bn and $70bn.             passed to the people                                            people deserve for the years of western
is the Indian Space Research                          GSat-6 and GSat 6-A, which ISRO is con-                  And what about his bank accounts in                                                                           support for these injustices. The money
Organisation’s deal — hatched in secret and           tractually committed to design, build, and               other countries, property and real            killing? The West has been complicit in                         looted from Egypt should be returned
sought to be covered up over a period of six          launch in order to make available to Devas               estate, gold and diamonds? He is not          all these crimes by providing support                           and a democratic government should
years — to launch two customer-specific               the S-band spectrum for commercialising a                alone, either. All members of his             and safe havens. It has mistakenly                              use it to resolve the huge problems this
satellites and give away 70 MHz of high-              range of broadband services across India.                regime, past and present, have huge for-      believed that democracy and freedom is                          regime has been creating for decades.
value S-band for unfettered commercial                   It is a matter of satisfaction that the deal          tunes in western banks that resulted          dangerous if implemented in the                                 Dare we hope that these calls for sup-
exploitation at a scandalously low price of           now seems to be heading for annulment —                  directly from obscene corruption.             Middle East, fearing that Islamists                             port won’t be ignored again?
just over Rs 1000 crore to a private compa-           but no thanks to due diligence and oversight                 Why has the West been silent about        would take power.                                                  (Ahmed Salah was a co-founder
ny, Devas Multimedia Private Limited.                 by a central government whose procrastina-               this corruption, about the terrible viola-       The world can see now, in both                               of the 6th April Youth Movement
   Despite Telecommunications Minister                tion, lack of transparency and delinquency               tions of human rights in Egypt and the        Tunisia and Egypt, how false this                               and of the Egyptian Movement
Kapil Sibal’s defence of the indefensible,            in this affair have shocked the nation.                  region, and about the torture and             assumption was. It is clear those revolu-                       For Change)
                                          (NYT/ The Hindu)

                     The Importance Of Tolerating Doubt
                                          Whether with science or religion, only by embracing doubt can we learn and grow

                   E live in an age intolerant                called the art of doubt too? For, in          MARK VERNON | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE                                                                    like Thomas Aquinas.
                   of doubt. Communicating                    truth, without doubt there is no explo-                                                                                                                 And the false gods we cling to must
                   uncertainty is well nigh                   ration, no creativity, no deepening of              The confusion is                                                                                 be exposed; the idols we erect must be
                   impossible across fields as                our humanity - which is why the indi-                                                                                                                smashed. It’s another negative
                   diverse as politics, religion              vidual who claims to know something                 understandable.                                                                                  process, known in religion as entering
       and science.
          There’s a fear of doubt abroad too.
                                                              beyond all doubt is a person to shun,
                                                              not emulate.
                                                                                                                Doubt is unsettling.                                                                               the “cloud of unknowing”. But finally,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   when an individual can no longer say
       It’s most palpable, at the moment,                        Stick to what you know and you’ll           It’s not for nothing that                                                                             no to the true God, they find what is
       whenever there’s news of economic                      find some security, but you’ll also find     old maps inscribed terra                                                                                known as faith.
       uncertainty. Waves of nervousness
       ripple through financial markets and
                                                              yourself stuck in a rut. Learn to wel-
                                                              come the unknown, to embrace its             incognita with the words                                                                                    There are differences between the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   two, of course. Science seeks evidence
       supermarkets alike. And yet, at the                    thrill, and new worlds might open up              “here be dragons”.                                                                                 to make its knowledge stand. Religion
       same time, few would deny that only                    before you.                                                                                                                                          must rely more on the fullness of
       the fool believes the future is certain.                  My old physics tutor, Carlos Frenk,       The tremendous success                                                                                  human experience: evidence can’t take
       And who doesn’t fear that most shad-                   is an excellent case in point. He is one        of science screens us                                                                                you very far because the divine is dark-
       owy figure of our times, the funda-                    of the world’s leading researchers on                                                                                                                er even than dark matter.
       mentalist - with their deadly, steadfast               dark matter - as is advertised by a large
                                                                                                                 from many of the                                                                                      But there are similarities, particu-
       convictions?                                           poster that hangs outside his office. It       troubling uncertainties                    Emily Dickinson                                            larly the need to tolerate doubt. The
          The confusion is understandable.                    is inscribed with five bold words:            that our ancestors must                                                                                lust for certainty leads to the death of
       Doubt is unsettling. It’s not for noth-                “Dark Matter - Does It Exist?” To put it                                                  in science, he tells me. Science is                        both. But embrace doubt and the
       ing that old maps inscribed terra                      another way, Professor Frenk has              have been so practised                      organised doubt. It’s only when scien-                     world grows. You gain the humanis-
       incognita with the words “here be
       dragons”. Further, the tremendous
                                                              forged a career out of navigating the
                                                              terra incognita of the cosmos. He
                                                                                                                    in handling                         tists can no longer say no to a thesis
                                                                                                                                                        that it stands.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing virtues of humility, curiosity and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   hope. And uncertainty’s promise is a
       success of science, and the transfor-                  believes there is dark matter. It makes      ative process by which they hope to             In religion, the parallel is called the                 glimpse of what Emily Dickinson cel-
       mation of our lives by technology,                     sense of the way visible matter in the       prove him wrong. That’s what you             via negativa, or negative way. It is as                    ebrated as “truth’s superb surprise”.
       screens us from many of the troubling                  universe hangs together. But there are       have to live with when your expertise        essential to theology as falsifiability is                    (Mark Vernon is the presenter
       uncertainties that our ancestors must                  no guarantees. Moreover, that’s a fact       is on what’s uncertain. And yet,             to science because of the nature of the-                   of the BBC Radio 4 series In
       have been so practised in handling.                    that his peers ache to exploit.              Professor Frenk remains persistently         ology’s subject matter: God. We can’t                      Doubt We Trust, which begins
           But are we losing what might be                       They seek to falsify his thesis, a neg-   sanguine. Falsity is the only certainty      understand God, observe theologians                        on 6 March)

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                                                                                                        To many Egyptians, the US is

      Health is                                                                                         conspiring with the regime to
                                                                                                        push only cosmetic reforms while
                                                                                                        keeping the basic structure in power.
                                                                                                        That’s creating profound ill will.
      Wealth                                                Wide Angle Lens
                                                                                                        I watched as young people
                                                                                                        predisposed to admire America
                                                                                                        expressed a growing sense
   STEVEN REINBERG | HEALTHDAY NEWS                         NICHOLAS D KRISTOF | NYT NEWS SERVICE       of betrayal.                                                                       ROBERT LANZA | HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

Wireless Device Can                                                                                                                                                                    Why Death May
Cut Heart-Related
                                                                    OBAMA AND                                                                                                          Not Be The End
                                                                                                                                                                                       Of Existence
R   ESEARCHERS report that a wireless
    implanted device monitors fluid build-up in
the lungs of heart failure patients and alerts
doctors when intervention is needed.
   As a result, the device reduces hospitaliza-
                                                                  EGYPT’S FUTURE                                                                                                       Y  OU’VE laughed and cried. And you may even
                                                                                                                                                                                          fall in love and grow old with someone, only
                                                                                                                                                                                       to be ripped apart in the end by death and dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ease. The universe leaves you dead or grieving
                                                                                                                                                                                       with a hole in you as big as infinity.
tions and improves quality of life for these                 The Facebook generation in Cairo has been betrayed by America                                                                Are we part of a depraved cosmic joke, the
patients, they added.                                                                                                                                                                  product of a vast and ruthless universe?

   “It is the build-up of fluid pressure in the                 N Tahrir Square, I saw a                That raises a basic question:        instinctively repressive.                    Through the eyes of science, you’re a speck of
lungs that causes symptoms such a shortness                     young man holding a sign              Why does our national policy              On            my            blog,      junk spinning around the core of the Milky
of breath and leads to fluid leaking into the                   over his head. The sign urged         seem to be that democracy is good      nytimes.com/ontheground, I’ve             Way galaxy, which itself is whirling through the
lung, which is the major cause of hospitalisa-                  President Hosni Mubarak to            for Americans and Israelis, yet        linked to a video that appears to         unfathomable blackness of space. It’s all in the
tion in heart failure patients,” explained study                flee the country: “Hurry up!          dangerous for Egyptians?               show Egyptian forces shooting an          equations, you know. Nothing to get philo-
author Dr William T Abraham, director of the              My arms are tired.”                           One answer is simple. American       unarmed, unthreatening protest-           sophical about. Nobel physicist Steven
division of cardiovascular medicine at Ohio                  Lots of Egyptians seemed to feel         officials worry that Mubarak has       er in cold blood and to another           Weinberg summed it up best:
State University Medical Center in Columbus.              the same way. They said they’re             for decades stifled any secular        that apparently shows a govern-              The effort to understand the universe is one
   By monitoring the fluid pressure in the                sick of Mubarak and the entire              democratic opposition, so the          ment vehicle driving through a            of the very few things that lifts human life a lit-
lungs, the doctor can adjust the patient’s med-           regime — and are increasingly               only organised dissent comes           group of protesters, striking them        tle bit above the level of a farce and gives it
ication to bring the pressure levels down and             resentful that the Obama admin-             from the Muslim Brotherhood.           and hurtling on.                          some of the grace of a tragedy. Can life really be
keep the patient out of the hospital, he noted.           istration continues to seem more                                                      Those videos are heart-wrench-         reduced to the laws of physics? Or are we — as
   “This promises to revolutionise the way we
manage patients who have moderate or severe
                                                          comfortable with the regime than
                                                          with people power.
                                                                                                         Human Rights                        ing, and it is because of long expe-
                                                                                                                                             rience with the regime’s callous-
                                                                                                                                                                                       all the great spiritual leaders of the world have
                                                                                                                                                                                       intuited — part of something higher, which is
heart failure,” Abraham said. “Prior to this, the            My sense is that we’re not only               Watch has                         ness that ordinary Egyptians              more noble and triumphant?
tools that we could use to evaluate how heart             on the wrong side of history but               confirmed 302                       don’t trust people like Suleiman             The latter is hard for us to rationally compre-
failure patients were doing were not very                 that we’re also inadvertently                                                      one bit. They think he’s stalling in      hend, since we’ve had more years of scientific
revealing and so we have failed to keep patients          strengthening the anti-Western              deaths in the Egypt                    an effort to retain the system —          indoctrination than monks get in monasteries. In
out of the hospital.” The report is published in          elements that terrify us and drive           upheavals, based                      and they’re probably right.               Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land,”
the February 9 online edition of the Lancet.              our policy.                                                                           Human Rights Watch has con-            Jubal said we’re prisoners of our early indoctri-
   For the study, Abraham’s group randomly                   President Obama and his aides                 on visits to                      firmed 302 deaths in the Egypt            nations, “for it is hard, very nearly impossible, to
assigned 550 patients with moderately severe              were blindsided by the crisis from           hospitals in three                    upheavals, based on visits to hos-        shake off one’s earliest training.” We’ve been
heart failure to have the device implanted or             the beginning (as were we in the                                                   pitals in three cities, and says the      taught since grade school that life is an accidental
not, in addition to standard medical care.                news media), and I fear that they’ve
                                                                                                      cities, and says the                   real toll may be significantly high-      byproduct of the laws of physics, and that the
   The device is placed in the pulmonary artery           mishandled it since. When the                 real toll may be                     er. To put that in perspective, that      Universe is a dreary play of billiard balls.
in the lung using a catheter, so the procedure is
minimally invasive, Abraham added.
                                                          protests began, Secretary of State
                                                          Hillary Rodham Clinton described.
                                                                                                      significantly higher                   is several times the toll when Iran
                                                                                                                                             crushed its pro-democracy move-
                                                                                                                                                                                          True, science has brought us countless
                                                                                                                                                                                       insights that have transformed our lives. It’s
   During the first six months, 83 patients with          Mubarak’s government as “stable”                                                   ment in 2009. And it’s approach-          amazingly good at figuring out how the parts
devices were hospitalised for heart failure-relat-        and “looking for ways to respond to         The fear is that if elections come     ing the toll when the Chinese             work. The clock has been taken apart, and we
ed problems, compared with 120 patients who               the legitimate needs and interests          too soon, before secular groups        Army opened fire on pro-democ-            can accurately count the number of teeth in
did not have the device, the researchers found.           of the Egyptian people.”                    can organise, the Brotherhood          racy protesters in Beijing in 1989.       each wheel and gear. We know Mars rotates in
That’s a 30 percent reduction in hospitaliza-                Then our special envoy, Frank            will do well.                          Yet when it’s our ally that does the      24 hours, 37 minutes and 23 seconds. What
tions, they noted. Over the entire 15 months of           Wisner, called for Mubarak to                  That’s a legitimate concern, but    killing, we counsel stability, grad-      alludes us is the big picture, which unfortu-
follow-up, those with the device had a 39 per-            stay in power, saying: “President           it’s one that the Egyptian opposi-     ualism and order.                         nately encompasses all the bottom-line issues:
cent reduction in hospitalizations, compared              Mubarak’s continued leadership              tion is fully aware of and has a          These are Egypt’s problems to          What is the nature of this thing we call reality?
with those who didn’t, Abraham’s team found.              is critical.” The White House has           variety of mechanisms to address.      work out, not America’s. But                 Any honest summary of the current state of
   Data from the device is picked up by an                tried to backtrack, but it has been         And a new opinion survey shows         whatever message we’re trying to          explaining the universe as a whole: a swamp.
antenna outside the body that sends the infor-            backtracking from backtracks so             that the Muslim Brotherhood has        send, the one that is coming              And in this Everglade, the alligators of com-
mation to physicians and also keeps the device            much that on Egypt its symbol               only 15 percent approval and its       through is that we continue to            mon sense must be evaded at every turn.
powered, Abraham said. The device has not yet             might as well be a weather vane.            leaders get just 1 percent support     embrace the existing order, and              Some scientists insist a Theory of Everything
been approved by the US Food and Drug                        When well-known journalists              in a presidential straw poll (the      that could taint our future rela-         is just around the corner. But it hasn’t hap-
Administration, Abraham noted, but it is                  like Anderson Cooper of CNN                 candidate to watch: Amr Moussa,        tions with Egypt for many years to        pened and won’t happen until we understand a
undergoing the approval process now.                      were being beaten up in Tahrir              the chief of the Arab League).         come.                                     critical component of the cosmos — a compo-
   If approved, it is expected to cost about              Square, the White House found its              To many Egyptians, the US is           Many years ago, when I studied         nent that has been shunted out of the way
$15,000, Abraham said. “A single hospitalisa-             voice. But now that foreign                 conspiring with the regime to          Arabic intensively at the                 because science doesn’t know what to do with
tion for heart failure costs somewhere in the             reporters are no longer being rou-          push only cosmetic reforms while       American University in Cairo, I           it. “Consciousness” isn’t a small item; it’s an
neighbourhood of $12,000 to $14,000. So, just             tinely harassed, it has lost its sense      keeping the basic structure in         was bewildered initially because          utter mystery, which we think has somehow
avoiding one hospitalisation can make this cost-          of urgency. “Now” is no longer in           power. That’s creating profound        for the first couple of months I          arisen from molecules and goo.
effective,” he said. Moreover, patients seem to           the White House lexicon.                    ill will. In Tahrir Square, I          learned only the past tense. That’s          In short, the attempt to explain the nature of
like the device, Abraham noted: “One of our                  America seems to favour                  watched as young people predis-        the basic tense in Arabic, and so         the universe and what’s really going on requires
patients said it gives them a sense of connective-        reforms under Mubarak’s vice                posed to admire America — the          in any Arabic conversation I was          an understanding of how the observer — our
ness to the physician and a sense of security.”           president, Omar Suleiman, while             Facebook          generation     —     locked into the past.                     presence — plays a role. Our entire educationre-
     Dr Gregg Fonarow of the University of                perhaps throwing Mubarak him-               expressed a growing sense of              The Obama administration               volves around a mindset that assumes a separate
California, Los Angeles said that “this study rep-        self overboard. But Suleiman is             betrayal. In a country where half      seems equally caught in the past,         universe “out there.” It’s further assumed we
resents a major advance in the management of              every bit as much an autocrat as            the population is under 24, we         in ways that undermine the secu-          accurately perceive this external reality and play
patients with heart failure.” Heart failure results       Mubarak himself, and our                    are burning our bridges.               lar pro-Western forces that are           little or no role in its appearance.
in substantial health care expenditures, with             emphasis on stability, order and               Americans, perhaps, don’t fully     Egypt’s best hope. I hope the                However, starting in the ‘20s, experiments
more than 1 million hospitalizations for heart            gradualism suggests a profound              appreciate that the regime is          White House learns the future             have shown the opposite: The observer critical-
failure each year in the US alone, he said.               allergy to popular will.                    mind-bogglingly corrupt and            tense.                                    ly influences the outcome. The experiments
                                                                                                                                                                                       have been performed so many times, with so
                                                                                                                                                                                       many variations, it’s conclusively proven that a
                                                                                                                                                                                       particle’s behaviour dependents upon the very
                                                                                                                                                                                       act of observation. The results of these experi-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ments have befuddled scientists for decades.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Some of the greatest physicists have described

       Have                                                                                                                                                                            them as impossible to intuit.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Amazingly, if we accept a life-created reality,
                                                                                                                                                                                       it all becomes simple to understand, and you

      your say                                                   Never again
                                                      KINDLY refer to your recent cover-
                                                      age of the political crisis that
                                                                                                              Keep talking!
                                                                                                    THIS is with reference to your
                                                                                                    India-page story on Monday head-
                                                                                                                                             “I’m excited to know about
                                                                                                                                                the Doha Food Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                       can explain some of the biggest puzzles of sci-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ence. For instance, it becomes clear why space
                                                                                                                                                                                       and time — and even the properties of matter
                                                                                                                                                                                       itself — depend on the observer. Remember:
                                                                                                                                                                                       You can’t see through the bone surrounding
                                                      engulfed India’s parliamentary                lined “Rao, Bashir discuss Indo-
                                                                                                                                               which will be held from                 your brain. Space and time are simply the
                                                      democracy over the issue of the               Pak relations.”                          February 23 to 26, near the               mind’s tools for putting everything together.
     Is there an issue you feel                       Opposition’s demand for a JPC                    Going by the story, the talks          Exhibition Centre. Being a                  According to current scientific myth, all your
     strongly about, or an article                    probe into the 2G spectrum scam .
                                                        It appears that wisdom has at last
                                                                                                    between the Foreign Secretaries of
                                                                                                    India and Pakistan at Thimphu on
                                                                                                                                                   foodie,I’m again                    struggles and tears are ultimately in vain. After
                                                                                                                                                                                       you die and the human race is long gone, it’ll be
     you want to comment on? QT                       dawned on the UPA government,                 the resumption of bilateral dialogue            awaiting for it !                  as if nothing in your life ever existed.
                                                      after wasting the winter session of           appear to have gone off well. Since                                                   Not so, says biocentrism: Reality isn’t a
     will carry your voice to the                     Parliament by refusing to agree for           February 2010, attempts by the two
                                                                                                                                                            R UHI A KHLAQ
                                                                                                                                                                                       thing, it’s a process that involves our con-
                                                                                                                                                                D OHA
     public and to places where it                    a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum
                                                      scam. Besides the presumptive loss
                                                                                                    sides to restart the bilateral engage-
                                                                                                    ment that India broke off over the
                                                                                                                                                                                       sciousness. Life is a melody so vast and eternal
                                                                                                                                                                                       that human ears can’t appreciate the tonal
     matters. Write to us at                          of 1.76 lakh crore in the allocation          November 2008 Mumbai attacks                                                       range of the symphony. Time is the mind’s tool
                                                      of 2G spectrum, the government                have not made much headway.                                                        that animates the notes, the individual frames
                                                      ended up causing a further loss of            Despite initial promise, the July                                                  of the spatial world. “There’s no way to remove
                                                      about Rs 80 crore to the exchequer            2010 meeting between External                                                      the observer — us — from our perceptions of
                                                      by its intransigent attitude.                 Affairs Minister S M Krishna and                                                   the world,” said Stephen Hawking. “The past,
                      ADDRESS                           At last, I think, we can be opti-           Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah                                                     like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a
                                                      mistic that the budget session will           Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad                                                       spectrum of possibilities.” You, the observer,
            PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar                 proceed smoothly and meaningful               ended up in another impasse.                                                       collapse these possibilities, the cascade of
                     TELEPHONE                        debate will take place during the                Despite what cynics on both sides                                               events we call the universe.
               +974.44422077                          session. The government and the               say, engagement is the only way               “What we see we                         Our consciousness animates the universe like
                                                      Opposition now seem to have                   forward for India and Pakistan.             become. Choose your                    an old phonograph. Listening to it doesn’t alter
                                                      reached a broad consensus.                    Talking may not lead to an immedi-             seeing wisely.”                     the record, and depending on where the needle
               +974.44416790                             India is a poor country and we             ate resolution of all the problems                                                 is placed, you hear a certain piece of music. This
                       EMAIL                          can’t afford such a scenario time and         between the two countries but it                      D EEPAK C HOPRA              is what we call “now.” The songs before and
          letters@qatar-tribune.com                   again and hence both sides must               will certainly help diffuse the ten-         I NDIAN -A MERICAN S PIRITUAL G URU   after are the past and future. In like manner,
                                                      make sure that the show must go on.           sion between the neighbours.                                                       you, your loved ones and friends endure always.
                                                                              MASOOD ALAM                                SHRUTHI VERGHESE                                              The record doesn’t go away. All nows exist
                                                                                     DOHA                                           DOHA                                               simultaneously, although we can only listen to
                                                                                                                                                                                       the songs one by one. Time is On Demand.
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Nepal PM
                                                                                                                                                                                  first foreign
                                                                                                                                                                                  trip row
                                                                                                                                                                                                IANS                   hosted by Beijing, he now
                                                                                                                                                                                            KATHMANDU                  attributes the fall of his gov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ernment in 2009 due to
                                                                                                                                                                                  ADROITLY sidestepping the            India’s anger at being
                                                                                                                                                                                  row dogging the first foreign         bypassed.
                                                                                                                                                                                  trips of Nepal’s prime minis-          Prachanda was succeeded
                                                                                                                                                                                  ters, new premier Jhala Nath         by communist leader Madhav
                                                                                                                                                                                  Khanal said his first destina-        Kumar Nepal, who avoided
                                                                                                                                                                                  tion abroad would be neither         ruffling Beijing’s feathers by
                                                                                                                                                                                  India nor China.                     first heading for an unusual
                                                                                                                                                                                     The 61-year-old communist         destination - Cairo.
                                                                                                                                                                                  leader, who was sworn in               The 15th Summit of the
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sunday after winning the             Non-Aligned Movement in
                                                                                                                                                                                  prime ministerial election           the Egyptian capital in 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                  with the surprise backing of         gave Nepal the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                  the Maoist party, told the           sidestep the controversy.
                                                                                                                                                                                  media that his first trip               But a row is certain to fol-
Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani (right) with President Asif Ali Zardari, in Islamabad, recently.    (AFP)                                                              abroad would be to Cambodia          low Khanal even if he heads
                                                                                                                                                                                  on the invitation of the             for Cambodia.

Pakistan downsizes cabinet, swears                                                                                                                                                International Conference of
                                                                                                                                                                                  Asian       Political
                                                                                                                                                                                  (ICAPP), an organisation

                                                                                                                                                                                  with its secretariat in Seoul.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Nepal’s new prime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ministers used to

22 ministers in the first phase
                                                                                                                                                                                     This      week,       ICAPP
                                                                                                                                                                                  announced that it had sent a           visit India first with
                                                                                                                                                                                  three-member delegation to             the subcontinent
                                                                                                                                                                                  Nepal to invite the republic’s         being the
                                                                                                                                                                                  top political leaders to partic-       Himalayan repub-
              AFP                   swore in are members of his        constitution, which stipulates         implement a raft of reforms,      are disappointed. The 45-day      ipate in a “peace consultation         lic’s largest trade
          ISLAMABAD                 Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).     it should be no larger than 11         in order to head off any possi-   period will be over before the    on Nepal” to be held in                partner and the
                                    Eighteen were members of the       percent of parliament, which           ble threat of a call for early    end of the month but they         Phnom Penh.                            most influential
PAKISTAN’S president on             outgoing cabinet, which num-       would be a maximum of 49               elections from opposition         have done nothing tangible,”         It said the chiefs of Nepal’s       neighbour.
Friday swore 22 ministers into      bered more than 50 and             members. Government offi-               leader and former prime min-      said     party     spokesman      three major political parties
office in the first phase of a gov-   resigned on Wednesday.             cials said more cabinet minis-         ister Nawaz Sharif.               Siddiqul Farooq.                  had said they would be free to
ernment reshuffle designed to                                           ters would be sworn into                  Sharif in January gave the        Analysts have also dis-        attend the conference in the            Still unable to name a full
reduce the size of the cabinet        Government offi-                 office at a later date, including       government 45 days to imple-      missed the reshuffle as win-       fourth week of February.             cabinet and failing to even
and curb public spending.             cials said more                  members of other parties in            ment key reforms or risk hav-     dow dressing, which alone is         Traditionally, Nepal’s new        allocate portfolios to the three
   Struggling from unprece-           cabinet ministers                the fractious coalition.               ing the PPP kicked out of gov-    insufficient to satisfy the IMF    prime ministers used to visit        ministers in the mini cabinet,
dented flooding last year that         would be sworn                      Each minister swore to              ernment in Punjab province.       and international donors.         India first with the subconti-        Khanal may not be able to
caused damages of $9.7 bil-           into office at a                 undertake their duties “hon-              Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim          “The government will have      nent being the Himalayan             take time off for a junket any-
lion, the government is under         later date, includ-              estly” and “faithfully in accor-       League-N party said this week     to slash the number of min-       republic’s largest trade part-       time soon.
huge pressure to introduce            ing members of                   dance with the constitution”           that the government needs to      istries and surplus people in     ner and the most influential             The Maoists, his former
economic reforms and meet             other parties in the             and “always in the interest of         do far more to curb spending      order to ensure substantive       neighbour.                           allies, refused to join his gov-
International Monetary Fund           fractious coalition.             the sovereignty, integrity, sol-       than simply appointing a new      expenditure cuts. Merely             In 2008, when the former          ernment over a power-shar-
(IMF) targets agreed in a                                              idarity, well-being and pros-          cabinet.                          downsizing the cabinet cabi-      Maoist guerrillas came to            ing row and now have warned
2008 bailout package.                 A reduction in the size of       perity of Pakistan”.                      “We have demanded a 30-        net will not do any good,” eco-   power for the first time, their       that they could withdraw sup-
   Most of the 22 who               the cabinet is required under         The government is under             percent reduction in govern-      nomic analyst Salman Shah         chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal             port. Nor has the prime min-
President Asif Ali Zardari          the 18th amendment to the          huge domestic pressure to              ment expenditure... So far we     has said.                         Prachanda chose to break             ister been able to rope in any
                                                                                                                                                                                  away from the tradition by           other party in his cabinet.
                                                                                                                                                                                  making China, Nepal’s north-            He is also under acute pub-
                                                                                                                                                                                  ern neighbour, his first port of      lic disapproval for his oppor-

Qureshi dropped as Pakistan foreign minister                                                                                                                                      call.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Though Prachanda said it
                                                                                                                                                                                  was an informal visit mainly
                                                                                                                                                                                  to attend the conclusion of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tunistic alliance with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Maoists and his maiden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       address       to    parliament
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Thursday virtually went
             IANS                                                                                             the oath taking remained          Khurshid Shah.                    the 2008 Olympic Games               unnoticed.
           ISLAMABAD                                                                                          inconclusive.                       Four new faces —
                                                                                                                Qureshi had been at the         Shaukatullah,          Khuda
A DAY after India and                                                                                         forefront of Pakistan’s for-      Bakhsh Rajar, Changez
Pakistan decided to resume                                                                                    eign policy initiatives in the    Jamali and Umer Gorgej —
their stalled dialogue,                                                                                       last three years at crucial       were included in the cabinet.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister                                                                                   junctures.                          In the next phase, 17-18
Shah Mahmood Qureshi was                                                                                        He was also set to spear-       more ministers were likely
dropped from the new,                                                                                         head the long-awaited             to take oath as the overall
pruned 22-member cabinet                                                                                      resumption of bilateral talks     ministry size was likely to be
sworn in Friday by President                                                                                  with India by visiting New        cut to around 40 from the
Asif Ali Zardari.                                                                                             Delhi in July.                    previous 80.
  Qureshi was among the                                                                                         Qureshi was to travel to          Qureshi’s exit has also
ministers who were sup-                                                                                       Washington this month to          come at a time when
posed to take oath but he                                                                                     meet his US counterpart           Pakistan-US relations have
missed out at the last minute                                                                                 Hillary Clinton as part of an     touched a new low as
following differences over a                                                                                  ongoing strategic dialogue        Islamabad refused to free
change of his portfolio,                                                                                      between both countries.           American            diplomat
media reports said.                                                                                             Others who missed a berth       Raymond Davis after he shot
  “Qureshi      was     being                                                                                 in the cabinet included for-      dead two Pakistani men on a
offered the ministry of water                                                                                 mer information minister          Lahore street. On Friday
and power but he refused,                                                                                     Qamar      Zaman        Kaira,    Davis was charged with
considering it a demotion,”                                                                                   replaced by Firdous Ashiq         murder. The Pakistani cabi-
Geo TV said, adding a meet-         Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (left) with his          Awan, as well as Raja             net resigned Wednesday to
ing with Prime Minister             Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul at the foreign ministry, in             Pervaiz Ashraf, whose water       make way for a new smaller-       Jhalnath Khanal (centre) at the parliament after being elected as
Yousuf Raza Gilani before           Islamabad, recently. (REUTERS)                                            and power ministry went to        sized one.                        the Prime Minister, in Kathmandu, recently. (REUTERS)

Poor early precipitation not a good sign for Afghanistan
           REUTERS                  cerned drought, which could        who sends the rain has noth-                                                                               warlords, mujahideen and             early rains had meant less win-
             KABUL                  be averted if rain and snow fall   ing to do with your politics,                                                                              Soviet invaders. Last year, con-     ter wheat, Afghanistan’s most
                                    heavily in coming weeks,           the Taliban can say the gov-                                                                               sultants Maplecroft listed           reliable, resilient cereal crop,
AFGHANISTAN could face a            could further destabilise          ernment is not providing for                                                                               Afghanistan as the world’s           had been planted and that ger-
serious drought in 2011 that        Afghanistan as Washington          (them),” he said.                                                                                          most food insecure country.          mination was low. Major food
would make millions of poor         races to prove it can turn back      Afghanistan’s population is                                                                              Two thirds of Afghans are con-       shortages can be avoided, the
go hungry and fuel instability      a tenacious Taliban before an      about 30 million. Afghanistan                                                                              sidered food insecure, meaning       report said, “if regional trade
as foreign troops seek to           initial withdrawal in July.        needs about 5.2 million                                                                                    they don’t have enough food,         flows function normally and
reverse surging violence in             “Many Afghans live right       tonnes of wheat, the staple                                                                                or the right kind of food, to eat,   higher than normal food assis-
the battle against the Taliban.     on the edge of starvation and      crop, a year. This year, the                                                                               or are teetering on the brink.       tance can be coordinated and
  Low rainfall early in the wet     without necessary water there      agriculture minister says the                                                                                 “A shock to the system like       implemented”.
season will likely threaten         will be communities that will      country will need to import,                                                                               drought, conflict displacement           That is a big if for a nation
Afghanistan’s irrigated har-        be on the move, seeking pas-       or receive donations, to cover                                                                             or natural disaster can push         now in its tenth year of conflict
vest, US forecasts show, which      ture and agricultural work in      about a fifth of that amount.                                                                               those people into food insecuri-     since the Taliban were ousted
with a surge in global grain        other areas,” a senior US            Once an important regional                                                                               ty,” said Challiss McDonough,        in 2001. Roads and other infra-
prices could be devastating for     defence official said on condi-     producer of raisins and other                                                                              spokeswoman for the United           structure needed to transport
a nation already ranked as          tion of anonymity.                 fruit, Afghanistan watched its                                                                             Nations        World        Food     crops and food, shattered by
having the world’s worst food          “That has potential to put      vineyards become minefields             An Afghan woman with her children begs on a roadside, in Herat,     Programme (WFP) in Kabul.            decades of conflict, are also
security. US officials are con-      pressure on society ... While      during years of war between            Afghanistan, on Thursday. (EPA)                                        The US forecast said poor         plagued by homemade bombs.
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3,000 protest on ‘Friday of rage’ in Yemen
          REUTERS                 tions in the south were the
             ADEN                 first by the separatists since
                                  the mass protests in Egypt
AROUND 3,000 people took          and Tunisia electrified the
to the streets across southern    Arab world.
Yemen in a “Friday of Rage”,         North and South Yemen
demanding secession from          united in a bumpy merger in
the north, but heavily            1990 that later devolved into
deployed security forces          civil war four years later.
quickly stamped out protests,     Saleh’s forces crushed the
residents said.                   secessionist south and reunit-
  The protests come in the        ed the country.
lull after a wave of anti-gov-       Saleh, eyeing the unrest
ernment rallies spread across     spreading in the Arab world,
Yemen over the past two           indicated last week he would
weeks, inspired by the revolts    leave office when his term
that ousted Tunisia’s former      ends in 2013. The president
president and the uprising in     had previously cut taxes and
Egypt       that     threatens    promised salary raises to civil
President Hosni Mubarak’s         servants and the military.
30-year rule.                        Such concessions could
  “Revolution, revolution for     tempt his political opposition
the South,” protesters chant-     into joining him in a unity
ed in the flashpoint cities of     government — they have yet
Aden, Dalea and Zinjibar.         to take an official stand. But
  Yemen experts say the real      southern separatists may not
danger to the three-decade        be satisfied.
rule of President Ali Abdullah       Many in the south, which
Saleh, a key US ally against Al   holds most of Yemen’s oil
Qaeda, is if protesters from      installations, complain that
his political opposition join     northerners usurp their
with rebel groups such as the     resources while denying them
separatists in the south and      their identity and political
the Shi’ite insurgents he has     rights.
made a shaky truce with in           Army tanks rolled into
the north.                        Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan,
  Though small compared to        where suspected Al Qaeda mil-
protests by Yemen’s political     itants have been active and
opposition that attracted tens    over a thousand protesters
of thousands, the demonstra-      gathered on Friday.               Anti-government protesters stage a demonstration in the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar, on Friday.   (REUTERS)

  Opposition blamed
  for violence in
                                                                    US takes two disputes                                                                                                                            Several feared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     dead in
               AP                 tions.
                                                                    with China to WTO                                                                                                                                plane crash

            HARARE                   Western nations argue                       AFP                                                                                            imports of the electrical steel,     SEVERAL people were
                                  not enough has been                        WASHINGTON                                                                                         used by the power-generating         killed when a plane
  THE party of Zimbabwe’s         done by Mugabe’s party                                                                                                                        industry in transformers,            crashed in western
  authoritarian president         in the coalition to hon-          THE United States said on                                                                                   reactors, and other large elec-      Switzerland on Friday,
  blamed their opponents’         our its pledges to restore        Friday it had taken trade dis-                                                                              tric machines.                       local police said.
  supporters for a recent         law and order, free up            putes with China over US steel                                                                                 China imposed duties on             “There were several
  spate of politically moti-      the media and guarantee           imports and electronic pay-                                                                                 specific steel imports in April       victims,” said Markus
  vated violence.                 democratic reforms and            ment services to the World                                                                                  2009, saying the American            Rieder, spokesman for
     Scores of families were      free expression.                  Trade Organisation.                                                                                         steel had been dumped — sold
  displaced from their               Tsvangirai’s party has            The US requested the                                                                                     at less than fair market value
  homes near the capital of       condemned the state               Geneva-based WTO to estab-                                                                                  — into its market and was               The bi-motor
  Harare when violence            broadcaster for “hate             lish two panels to settle the                                                                               subsidised.                             Beechcraft air-
  surged in January.              speech” and distortion of         disputes,        US      Trade                                                                                 The USTR said that China’s           plane crashed
     The nation’s sole broad-     events.                           Representative Ron Kirk said                                                                                antidumping and subsidy                 at around 1145
  caster, which is controlled        The state media said           in a statement.                                                                                             determinations in the case              GMT in the Val
  by loyalists of President       police agreed to a demon-            The WTO action marked an        US Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, in Washington,              appeared to violate numerous            d’Anniviers.
  Robert       Mugabe,      on    stration on Monday by             escalation in the long-running     recently. (REUTERS)                                                      WTO requirements, including
  Wednesday cited top             Mugabe loyalists. The pro-        list of trade disputes between                                                                              initiating the proceedings           the cantonal police of
  Mugabe officials who             testers opposed a recent          the world’s largest economy        US attempts to resolve the two     prise, to the exclusion of            “without sufficient evidence”         Valais. “Fewer than
  denied their supporters         decision        by       the      and its fast-growing Asian         disputes directly with China       American credit and debit             and failing to disclose “essen-      10.” The aircraft was
  started any violence. They      Tsvangirai-led city council       rival.                             had failed, the USTR said.         card companies.”                      tial facts” underlying its con-      presumed to have been
  said supporters of the for-     to award a car-parking               One case addresses China’s         “We are troubled by the           Kirk said that in each of           clusions. “We have watched           a private plane, he
  mer opposition leader,          contract in downtown              imposition of antidumping          procedures and decision-           those disputes, the “USTR will        with growing concern                 said.
  Prime Minister Morgan           Harare to a South African         duties and countervailing          making employed by China in        be pressing to ensure that we         China’s resort to additional           According to the
  Tsvangirai, are to blame.       firm that protesters said          duties on imports of grain-ori-    its trade remedy investiga-        obtain the trade benefits pro-         duties on US exports,” Kirk          Swiss newspaper Blick’s
     Police cited nine alleged    broke local laws that             ented flat-rolled electrical        tions, which have now led to       vided by the WTO agreement,           said.                                website, the bi-motor
  cases of violence by            require all businesses to         steel from the United States,      serious restrictions on exports    in particular the American               “It is important to ensure        Beechcraft     airplane
  Tsvangirai’s party since        be majority black-owned.          the statement said.                of American steel,” Kirk said.     jobs and economic growth at           that China is held to the WTO        crashed at around 1145
  January. 6.                        The state broadcaster             The other case challenges          “We also remain deeply          stake as a result of China’s          rules and so prevent any             GMT in the Val
     But witnesses have           reported the protest was          China’s allegedly discrimina-      concerned about China’s con-       actions.”                             unjustified duties from               d’Anniviers, some 110
  reported that Mugabe loy-       “hijacked” by unruly mobs         tory and restrictive treatment     tinuing efforts to reserve its       The US accuses China of             affecting hundreds of mil-           km (68 miles) east of
  alists in party regalia         and Tsvangirai supporters         of US suppliers of electronic      domestic payment card mar-         flouting WTO rules in apply-           lions of dollars of US steel         Geneva.
  chanted party slogans and       who stormed a flea market          payment services. Previous         ket for one state-owned enter-     ing additional duties on              exports to China,” he added.
  led looting of a flea market     and looted stalls.
  and other recent clashes.          State television showed
     In an intense campaign       two stall holders who said
  dominating radio and tele-
  vision       reports
  Wednesday, ZANU-PF
  chairman Simon Khaya
  Moyo, the fourth-ranked
                                  they were Mugabe party
                                  members who were vic-
                                  tims of the looting.
                                     Other witnesses told
                                  independent       reporters
                                                                    Russia, Japan crisis talks end in failure
  official in Mugabe’s party,      that shops owned by                                                                                                                                        AFP                   differences,” the Japanese
  told the broadcaster that       Nigerian and Congolese                                                                                                                                   MOSCOW                  foreign minister said flatly
  rivals in the nation’s two-     nationals were ransacked                                                                                                                                                         after talks that included a
  year power-sharing coali-       by Mugabe’s militants.                                                                                                                        CRISIS talks between Russia        brief but unscheduled one-
  tion aimed to create chaos         The state broadcaster                                                                                                                      and Japan over four Pacific         on-one meeting with Lavrov.
  ahead of a European             reported that some 700                                                                                                                        islands ended in acrimo-             The difficult talks opened
  Union summit that will          people took part in the flea                                                                                                                   nious failure on Friday when       with the two delegations star-
  discuss economic sanc-          market attack, and eight                                                                                                                      Tokyo reaffirmed its claim          ing coldly at each other from
  tions and Western policies      were arrested.                                                                                                                                on the chain and Moscow            opposite sides of a long table
  toward Zimbabwe.                   Tvangirai’s party said in                                                                                                                  accused its neighbour of           and Lavrov telling Maehara in
     He said some European        a statement about 100 of                                                                                                                      extreme behaviour.                 a stern voice that he found
  leaders favoured easing         its supporters took refuge                                                                                                                       The two-hour meeting            Japan’s recent actions unac-
  travel and financial bans        in a church western                                                                                                                           between Russian Foreign            ceptable.
  affecting Zimbabwe.             Harare Monday to flee vio-                                                                                                                     Minister Sergei Lavrov and           “To be honest, I expected to
     Britain, the former colo-    lence in the city and its                                                                                                                     his Japanese counterpart           receive you in Moscow
  nial power, the United          townships. Police later                                                                                                                       Seiji Maehara was marked by        against a better backdrop,” a
  States and the EU               raided the church and                                                                                                                         an icy atmosphere and indica-      stern-looking Lavrov said as
  imposed those bans tar-         took away some of the                                                                                                                         tions of an increasingly tense     he opened the talks.
  geting Mugabe and his           fugitives for questioning                                                                                                                     stalemate in the Kuril Islands       “Your visit comes against
  elite to protest abuse of       on their role in the vio-                                                                                                                     dispute.                           the background of a series of
  human and democratic            lence.                                                                                                                                           Japan slapped down a            completely      unacceptable
  rights in a decade of polit-       Human rights groups                                                                                                                        Russian proposal to form a         actions,” he added.
  ical and economic turmoil.      say political violence and                                                                                                                    joint commission to help             The meeting followed a
     The broadcaster said         intimidation has surged as                                                                                                                    resolve the crisis and the two     tense week in which the
  Khaya Moyo met with US          the government prepares                                                                                                                       diplomats notably failed to        Japanese prime minister
  embassy officials on             for national elections later                                                                                                                  discuss a mooted visit to          called Russian President
  Tuesday to demand the           this year, though no date                                                                                                                     Moscow by Japanese Prime           Dmitry            Medvedev’s
  lifting of Western sanc-        has been set.                     Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow, on          Minister Nato Kan.                 November visit to the islands
                                                                    Friday. (AP)                                                                                                   “We could not bridge our        an “unforgivable outrage”.
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Conservatives line up behind Republicans
          REUTERS                    Newt Gingrich, the former       “making Barack Obama a              crowd of the day and criticised    complaining the United States       So perhaps it was inevitable       from Palin for a television inter-
         WASHINGTON               speaker of the House of            one-term president.” The            Obama’s economic policies.         needs to get tougher with           that when he declared he           view in which he seemed to
                                  Representatives who is flirt-       party is on a roll after wrest-       Nobody knows whether             China over its currency policy      would decide by June               suggest Palin was skipping the
POTENTIAL US Republican           ing with a run next year,          ing control of the House from                                          and with OPEC nations for           whether to become a candi-         conference because she would
presidential candidates flocked    declared that Republican vic-      the Democrats in November’s           The gathering                    high oil prices.                    date, someone yelled from the      not be paid for appearing.
to a gathering of conservatives   tories in congressional elec-      elections and battling Obama          came as sniping                    “If I decide to run, I will not   crowd, “You’re hired.” The           “I will not call him the
on Thursday to road-test a        tions last year were only the      on spending cuts.                     broke out between                be raising taxes,” Trump said.      crowd also got an unexpected       knuckle-dragging
message that basically boiled     start. “2010 was the appetis-        But Obama may be hard to            two potential can-               “We will be taking hundreds         appearance from former Vice        Neanderthal. I’ll let his wife
down to this: Beat President      er, 2012 is the entree,” he told   beat. He appears to be enjoy-         didates — former                 of billions of dollars from         President Dick Cheney, who         call him that instead,” Palin
Barack Obama in 2012.             the Conservative Political         ing an improved standing              Alaska Governor                  other countries that are            introduced former Defence          told Fox News.
  Republicans have no obvi-       Action Conference.                 with Americans by making              Sarah Palin and                  screwing us.”                       Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.           The conference resumes on
ous heir-apparent for 2012,          Representative Michele          some centrist moves after his         former Senator                     Trump          is     perhaps       The gathering came as snip-      Friday and will include
leaving 11,000 conservatives      Bachmann, a Tea Party              Democrats were routed in the          Rick Santorum.                   America’s most famous busi-         ing broke out between two          speeches by possible 2012
at a conference to ponder a       champion often mentioned as        elections.                                                             nessman. He presided over           potential candidates — former      candidates Mitt Romney, a
crowded field fighting for          a potential 2012 contender,          Celebrity real estate tycoon      Trump is serious about run-        the popular NBC programme           Alaska Governor Sarah Palin        former Massachusetts gover-
attention 21 months before        told     the     group      that   Donald Trump, a surprise            ning for president. But he came    “The Apprentice” with the           and former Senator Rick            nor, and former Minnesota
the election.                     Republicans’ main goal was         speaker, drew the largest           with plenty of talking points,     signature line “You’re fired.”       Santorum. Santorum drew fire        Governor Tim Pawlenty.

           Inside US
  Lawmakers concerned              Priests charged with
                                                                     Obama budget to ignite
                                                                     simmering deficit debate
  by Huawei deal                   sexual abuse of boys
  WASHINGTON US law-               WASHINGTON Criminal
  makers expressed concern         charges were filed on
  on Thursday over the sale        Thursday in Philadelphia
  of US computer firm 3Leaf         against Roman Catholic
  Systems to Chinese tech-         priests accused of raping
  nology giant Huawei, say-        boys, as well as against                     REUTERS
  ing the deal could pose a        their supervisor for failing               WASHINGTON
  “serious risk” to US             to protect the children.
  national security.                  A grand jury in the city of    PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s
     In a letter to Commerce       Philadelphia, home to the         2012 budget plan will bring a
  Secretary Gary Locke and         sixth-largest Catholic dio-       simmering deficit debate to a
  Treasury Secretary Timothy       cese in the United States,        head when he sends it to
  Geithner, Democratic             investigated allegations of       Congress on Monday, but the
  Senator Jim Webb of              assault against two boys,         United States is still far from
  Virginia, Republican             and made the rare determi-        tackling its huge fiscal gap as
  Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona       nation that the supervisor        bond markets watch anxiously.
  and three other lawmakers        also should be charged.             With the deficit expected to
  accused Huawei of having            Monsignor William Lynn,        widen in 2011 and 2012 —
  “ties with the People’s          who as secretary of clergy        due largely to the December
  Liberation Army, the             for the Archdiocese of            extension of George W Bush-
  Taliban, and the Iranian         Philadelphia was responsi-        era tax cuts — there is a risk of
  Revolutionary Guard.”            ble for investigating sexual      a     damaging        stand-off
     They asked to be updat-       abuse claims, was charged         between Republicans and
  ed on the status of the          with two counts of endan-         Obama’s Democrats that pro-
  review of the 3Leaf acqui-       gering the welfare of a           duces little concrete action on
  sition by the Committee on       child.                            the deficit.
  Foreign Investment in the           “He had all the informa-         Election wins in November
  United States (CFIUS),           tion he needed to protect         by Republicans backed by the
  which reportedly began           them. Instead, he lied to         conservative Tea Party move-
  looking into the transaction     parishioners and went out         ment have brought new
  in December. Citing press        of his way to put known           members to the House of
  reports, they said Huawei        abusers into contact with         Representatives who cam-
  had bought 3Leaf’s intel-        adolescents,” Philadelphia        paigned aggressively for
  lectual property and hired       district attorney Seth            slashed spending and smaller        President Barack Obama at the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, on Thursday.        (EPA)
  a number of its employees        Williams said in a state-         government.
  in May 2010. (AFP)               ment. (AFP)                         Republicans control the           much and borrows too                 The White House sees the          we need to put our budget out        Republicans       balk     at
                                                                     House and Democrats have a          much,”       Boehner        told   budget as a starting point for      there and focus on near-term       Obama’s spending plans and
                                                                     majority in the Senate, which       reporters on Thursday.             the debate on spending and          deadlines,” Obama’s budget         say his cuts do not go nearly
                                                                     makes harder the process of           The current political land-      reducing the deficit, forecast       director Jack Lew told Reuters     far enough.
                                                                     finding a compromise on the          scape “reminds me an awful         to reach $1.48 trillion this fis-    last week.                           They are also critical of the
                                                                     budget proposal of Democrat         lot of winter of 1995-’96,” said   cal year, or 9.8 percent of US         Obama’s budget will include     White House’s likely refusal
                                                                     Obama.                              William Hoagland, a budget         GDP. This would be down             a five year freeze on non-secu-     to lay out a plan to tackle
                                                                       The top Republican, House         expert who used to advise          from 10.0 percent of GDP in         rity discretionary spending to     spending on entitlement pro-
                                                                     Speaker John Boehner,               Republican senators. Back          2010, but still very high for       lower the deficit by $400 bil-      grams — Social Security,
                                                                     already was attacking the           then,     the      government      the United States on a histor-      lion over the next 10 years. But   Medicare and Medicaid
                                                                     White House budget effort.          endured partial shutdowns          ical basis.                         it will back investment in edu-    retirement and healthcare
                                                                     “We’re concerned he’ll send         after a Democratic White             “There are a lot of different     cation, innovation and infra-      programs — that many say
                                                                     Congress a budget that              House and a Republican-led         ideas on Capitol Hill right now     structure, for example with $8     will drive the deficit and debt
                                                                     destroys jobs because it            House could not settle their       that have started to develop        billion earmarked for high         to unsustainable levels unless
                                                                     spends too much, taxes too          budget disputes.                   over the last 10 days. I think      speed trains.                      they are reformed.

  Arnold Schwarzenegger to be back in Hollywood
  LOS ANGELES Arnold Schwarzenegger is changing his
  famous catch-phrase to “I’m back” from “I’ll be back.” The         Astronaut tells tales of Rockets, doughnuts
  former governor of California said on Thursday that he was
  returning to his former role as a Hollywood action hero.
     “Exciting news,” he wrote on Twitter. “My friends at CAA
  (Creative Artists Agency, his talent firm) have been asking         space flight to children may face axe in US
  me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave
  them the green light today.” The 63-year-old actor’s two
  terms as governor of America’s most populous state ended
                                                                                                                                                                                budget cuts
  last month, leading to much speculation as to whether he                                                                                                                                   AFP                   held hearings on how to get rid
  would upgrade to national political office or return to the         WHEN NASA astronaut                                                                                                 WASHINGTON                of waste and fraud.
  silver screen.                                                     Leland Melvin thinks back on                                                                                                                     NSF is spending 500,000
     In between failed efforts to plug a state deficit now            his 12-year career, he esti-                                                                               HUNDREDS of millions of            dollars per year on refresh-
  pegged at about $25 billion, Schwarzenegger took time to           mates he must have read to a                                                                               US taxpayer dollars have           ments at meetings, even
  make a few movie cameos, most recently as a mercenary              half million children, some-                                                                               been wasted on everything          though attendees are already
  leader in pal Sylvester Stallone’s hit action thriller “The        times in classrooms, some-                                                                                 from doughnuts to rockets,         compensated for food and
  Expendables.” His movie career had been on the wane                times via videolink from space.                                                                            auditors told Congress on          other expenses, Inspector
  before he announced a surprise bid for the governorship in           But he showed no weari-                                                                                  Thursday as budget-minded          General Allison Lerner said.
  2003, running as a moderate Republican. (REUTERS)                  ness on a gray Tuesday                                                                                     lawmakers prepared to slash        Other problems include the
                                                                     afternoon when he strode                                                                                   science funding.                   way the agency spends half of
                                                                     into a public elementary                                                                                      For example, hundreds of        its budget for contracts on
  ‘Activists on Facebook need more protection’                       school in a downtrodden                                                                                    millions of dollars are being      pay-in-advance schemes in
  WASHINGTON Facebook has become an important tool for               section of the US capital                                                                                  spent each month on a NASA         which contractors get paid
  democracy and human rights activists and it needs to do            where crime is high and test                                                                               programme         to     return    ahead of time whether the
  more to protect them, including allowing the use of pseu-          scores are low.                                                                                            Americans to the moon, even        work is finished or not.
  donyms, a US senator said on Thursday.                               The      Ferrebee      Hope                                                                              though the US space agency,           “The risk of fraud, waste and
      “Recent events in Egypt and Tunisia have again high-           Elementary School, which            Leland Melvin, a former astronaut and NASA’s Associate                 Congress and President             abuse by NSF contractors will
  lighted the significant costs and benefits of social network-        teachers and students refer to      Administrator for Education, in Washington, recently. (AFP)            Barack Obama have agreed           continue to be high until NSF
  ing technology like Facebook to democracy and human                as “The Hope,” is surrounded                                                                               not to proceed with it. Old,       implements fully adequate
  rights activists,” Senator Dick Durbin said in a letter to         by a tall chainlink fence and       you can do anything you put        trated book that described a        rundown buildings are drain-       cost surveillance procedures,”
  Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.           encircled by brick apartment        your mind to, right?” Melvin       young girl who was inspired         ing 300 million dollars a year     she     told      the    House
      “I commend you for providing an important tool to              buildings, many with board-         asked the several dozen chil-      to become an astronaut.             from NASA in repair costs          Appropriations Subcommittee
  democracy and human-rights activists,” the Democrat from           ed-up windows.                      dren, aged eight to 11, who sat      He peppered the reading           alone, and at least one space      on Science, State, Justice and
  Illinois said.                                                       Inside the school library, a      on the floor in front of him. A     with tales of space travel.         telescope project has run bil-     Commerce. A recent audit of
      “However, as millions of people around the world use           group of children handpicked        handful responded weakly:            A video of him eating candy       lions over budget, more than       large construction projects
  Facebook to exercise their freedom of expression, I am con-        for good behaviour were             “Yes.”                             from a floating water bubble         four times initial estimates.      undertaken by NSF revealed
  cerned that the company does not have adequate safeguards          rewarded with an opportunity          “What?” Melvin shouted.          in space got plenty of laughs,         The National Science            more than 169 million dollars
  in place to protect human rights and avoid being exploited by      to see an astronaut up close,       “Yes!” the children shouted        and one mention of moving at        Foundation, a 6.9 billion dol-     in “unallowable contingency
  repressive governments,” Durbin said. “Facebook has facilitat-     look at space artifacts and         back. Melvin, one of 14            speeds of 25,000 miles per          lar federal agency that dispers-   costs,” because “no barriers
  ed efforts by activists to organise demonstrations and publi-      hear stories of a world far         African-American astronauts        hour drew astonished mut-           es grants to researchers, also     existed to prevent the funds
  cise human-rights abuses,” he said. (AFP)                          beyond their own.                   who have flown in space, read       ters of “Dang!” from a few of       came under the microscope as       from being drawn down in
                                                                       “As you get your education,       to the children from an illus-     the students.                       the House of Representatives       advance,” she said.
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                                                                                                        Arizona sues                                                                                                  Inside
                                                                                                        govt on Mexico
                                                                                                        border security
                                                                                                                   REUTERS                  enforced,” she added.               laws, and protect Arizona
                                                                                                                    PHOENIX                   The desert state straddles a      from “harms associated with          Mexican court
                                                                                                                                            furiously trafficked corridor        rampant illegal immigration.”        upholds French
                                                                                                        ARIZONA on Thursday filed            for human and drug smug-               Brewer locked horns with
                                                                                                        a lawsuit against the federal       glers from Mexico, and is the       the federal government last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     woman’s conviction
                                                                                                        government, alleging that           principal gateway for illegal       April, when she signed the           MEXICO CITY An appeals
                                                                                                        Washington has failed to            immigrants entering the             state’s controversial measure        court on Thursday upheld
                                                                                                        secure the state’s porous bor-      United States.                      cracking down on illegal             the conviction of a French
                                                                                                        der with Mexico.                      In Washington, a spokesman        immigrants into law.                 woman imprisoned in
                                                                                                          Governor Jan Brewer and           for the US Department of               It provoked protests in           Mexico for kidnapping, a
                                                                                                        state Attorney General Tom          Homeland Security dismissed         Arizona and around the coun-         case that has ignited pas-
                                                                                                        Horne, both Republicans,                                                try, although opinion polls          sions in both Mexico and
                                                                                                        told a news conference that           Arizona will not                  showed that a majority of            France and caused fric-
                                                                                                        they filed a counter suit              rest until our bor-               Americans supported the law,         tion between the two gov-
                                                                                                        against the government in             der is secured and                   At the heart of the state law     ernments.
                                                                                                        federal court in Phoenix.             federal immigra-                  is the requirement that police          France’s foreign minis-
                                                                                                          The suit is in response to a        tion laws are                     determine the immigration            ter reacted strongly, call-
                                                                                                        government lawsuit last year          enforced.                         status of a person they have         ing the decision
                                                                                                        blocking key parts of the             JAN BREWER
                                                                                                                                                                                detained and suspect of being        deplorable and saying it
                                                                                                        state’s tough law cracking                                              in the country illegally.            would affect relations
                                                                                                        down on illegal immigrants.         the suit as a “meritless court         But before it could take          with Mexico.
                                                                                                          “Because the federal gov-         claim” that “does nothing to        effect last July, US District           Mexico’s Foreign
                                                                                                        ernment has failed to protect       secure the border.”                 Court Judge Susan Bolton             Relations Department
                                                                                                        the citizens of Arizona, I am          “Smart strategies, dedicat-      blocked key parts of the state       rejected the charge that
                                                                                                        left with no other choice,”         ed law enforcement person-          law, arguing immigration             an injustice was done and
                                                                                                        Brewer told reporters at a          nel, and strategic partner-         matters are the federal gov-         said it regretted “pro-
                                                                                                        news conference in central          ships with state, local, and        ernment’s responsibility.            foundly” that France
                                                                                                        Phoenix, as several boisterous      tribal governments and agen-           In November, a three-judge        would allow relations to
                                                                                                        protesters attempted to shout       cies do,” spokesman Matt            panel of the US Court of             be harmed by the case.
                                                                                                        her down.                           Chandler said.                      Appeals for the Ninth Circuit           The court said in a state-
                                                                                                          “We did not want this fight.          The suit detailed five sepa-      heard arguments in the case.         ment that the conviction
                                                                                                        We did not start this fight.         rate counts, including allega-      It has yet to issue a ruling.        and 60-year-sentence of
                                                                                                        But, now that we are in it,         tions that the government              Brewer said the state would       Florence Cassez would
                                                                                                        Arizona will not rest until our     had failed to achieve “opera-       most likely have to pursue its       stand. The court said that
                                                                                                        border is secured and federal       tional control” over the bor-       claims all the way to the US         prosecutors had proved
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer during a programme at the Arizona Capitol, recently.   (AP)                 immigration       laws      are     der, enforce immigration            Supreme Court.                       Cassez’s guilt in three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2005 kidnappings and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     that irregularities alleged by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     her defence attorney did

White House says
no to emergency
                                                                     Cuba, Venezuela may face                                                                                                                        not hinder the case. (AP)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Gunmen kill eight in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mexico’s border city

AK-47 regulation                                                     instability: US intelligence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     CIUDAD JUAREZ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Gunmen barged into a bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the battered border city
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of Ciudad Juarez and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     opened fire late Thursday,
                                                                                                                                                                                become even more dependent           killing seven women and
              AP                  weapons and put them in the                 WASHINGTON                                                                                        on subsidised oil shipments          one man, authorities said.
           PHOENIX                bumper of your car and drive                                                                                                                  from Venezuela and earnings             Three other people
                                  them around or even down to        PRESIDENT Hugo Chavez                                                                                      from over 40,000 health              were wounded at the “Las
The US agency that monitors       the border,” said ATF              will face increasing protests                                                                              workers, teachers and advis-         Torres” bar and were in
gun sales has suffered a set-     spokesman Scot Thomasson.          as the Venezuelan economy                                                                                  ers in that country,” read the       critical condition, said
back in its effort to increase    “This would just allow us to       deteriorates and the opposi-                                                                               report.                              Arturo Sandoval,
scrutiny of the bulk sale of      put out an investigative lead      tion strengthens, while politi-                                                                               “We doubt that the Cuban          spokesman for Chihuahua
high-powered assault rifles in     at the time of the sale.”          cal instability is also possible                                                                           economy can quickly absorb           state prosecutors.
border state gun shops that          Twenty people were indict-      in Cuba, a US intelligence                                                                                 all the dismissed state work-           Sandoval said investiga-
are a chief source of weapons     ed on federal charges last         report said on Thursday.                                                                                   ers given the many bureau-           tors were still trying to
smuggling into Mexico.            month for allegedly partici-          The dire news for the two                                                                               cratic and structural hurdles        determine who was
  The Bureau of Alcohol,          pating in a ring that bought       leftist   Latin       American                                                                             to increased private sector          behind the attack. (AP)
Tobacco, Firearms and             more than 700 guns to be           regimes came in the annual                                                                                 employment.”
Explosives wants to require       smuggled into Mexico for use       Worldwide                Threat                                                                               Cuban President Raul              Toll from dengue
gun dealers in California,        by a drug cartel. In that case,    Assessment, a report issued                                                                                Castro has announced sweep-          mounts in Latin
Arizona, New Mexico and           individuals on several occa-       by the office of Director of                                                                                ing reforms that include
Texas to report the sales of      sions bought dozens of AK-         National Intelligence James                                                                                slashing half a million gov-
two or more rifles to the same     47s as well as 50-caliber high-    Clapper.                                                                                                   ernment jobs and making it           MONTEVIDEO An out-
customer within a five-day         powered rifles capable of              “Facing an energised oppo-                                                                              easier for private entrepre-         break of dengue fever
period, similar to a rule that    shooting down airplanes, even      sition in the coming year,                                                                                 neurs to work.                       across much of Latin
exists for handgun sales. The     after rifles they purchased ear-    Chavez may have to deal with                                                                                  The report noted that there       America has killed 31
goal of the plan is to crack      lier had been seized.              more popular protests over                                                                                 is “little organised opposition      people since the start of
                                     For example, police in          his continued push to imple-       Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addressing military personnel          to the Cuban government,             the year and is showing
                                  Douglas, Arizona, found nine       ment        21st        Century    at a military base, in Maracay, southwest of Caracas, recently. (AFP)   and Cuba’s security forces are       no sign of relenting.
                                  AK-47 rifles hidden in a car        Socialism,” read the report.                                                                               capable of suppressing                  There is no vaccine for
  Gun matters                     bumper in late 2009. The guns
                                  were tracked back to Sean
                                                                        Venezuela “currently suf-
                                                                     fers from nearly 30 percent
                                                                                                        however “remains secure,
                                                                                                        despite his party’s lacklustre
                                                                                                                                            tourism have decreased,
                                                                                                                                            resulting in a foreign currency
                                                                                                                                                                                localised public protests.”
                                                                                                                                                                                   However it warned that “a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     dengue, a mosquito-borne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     viral disease endemic to
                                  Christopher Steward, who had       inflation      and      negative    performance” in September           reserve drop that has “forced       heavy-handed Cuban put-              tropical regions across the
                                  bought them in a batch of 40       growth,” and Chavez will           2010 legislation elections. As      dramatic cuts to imports, espe-     down of protests could spark         world, including Asia and
  The goal of the                 AK-47 type rifles at Lone Wolf      “struggle to improve his           for Cuba, “the economic situ-       cially food imports, and we         wider        discontent     and      Africa. Since January 1,
  plan is to crack                Trading Co., in Glendale,          country’s poor economic per-       ation is dire,” the report said.    have seen increases in the price    increased violence which             nearly 46,600 confirmed
  down on problem                 Arizona, the day before.           formance.”                           Foreign revenue coming            of oil, food, and electricity.      could lead to a level of politi-     or suspected cases have
  gun dealers and                    Just five days after this           Chavez’s hold on power          from nickel exports and               “As a result, Havana has          cal instability.”                    been detected in the region,
  buyers at a time of             seizure, Steward bought 43                                                                                                                                                         according report. (AFP)
  heightened drug                 more AK-47 rifles and pistols,
  cartel violence                 according to court records.
  along the border.

down on problem gun dealers
and buyers at a time of
                                  Altogether, Steward bought at
                                  least 143 more weapons after
                                  the seizure, mostly AK-47s
                                  from Lone Wolf. Almost all of
                                                                     13 US states seek aid for execution drug
heightened drug cartel vio-       the hundreds of guns identi-                      AFP                 Justice            Department         “For those jurisdictions            “Therefore we solicit your       Texas and Ohio, still have
lence along the border.           fied in the indictment were                  WASHINGTON                spokesperson Alisa Finelli          that have the drug available,       assistance in either identify-     enough doses to carry out
  The agency asked the White      sold by the Lone Wolf Trading                                         told AFP.                           their supplies are very small       ing an appropriate source for      executions.
House for an emergency            Co., which was also identified      THE US Department of                  Sodium thiopental is part of     — measured in a handful of          sodium thiopental or making          Other states like Oklahoma
order that would allow ATF to     in a Washington Post inves-        Justice said on Thursday it        a three-drug cocktail normal-       doses. The result is many           supplies held by the federal       have modified their protocol
quickly impose the require-       tigative series last year as the   was reviewing a request from       ly that the US Supreme Court                                            government available to the        by substituting thiopental
ment without public review.       top seller of weapons found at     13 states asking for help in       has approved for use in exe-          The complaint                     states,” the letter read.          with pentobarbital, a drug
But the White House denied        Mexican crime scenes.              obtaining a drug used for exe-     cutions. It effectively puts the      requests that the                   The last doses of thiopental     normally used to euthanize
the request and told the             The shop is in a cookie cut-    cutions that is no longer man-     person to sleep, before a dose        FDA be held                       made in the United States will     animals.
agency that the proposal has      ter strip mall off a busy          ufactured in the United            of pancuronium bromide                responsible for not               reach expiration this spring,        Six death row prisoners
to undergo a standard three-      Phoenix area street that also      States.                            paralyses the muscles and             stopping states                   which will put the 35 US           claim in a lawsuit filed on
month review period that is       has a brake shop and a gro-           The only company autho-         potassium chloride stops res-         from importing                    states that practice the death     February 2 that the US gov-
open to public comment.           cery store. Target practice        rised by the US Food and           piration.                             thiopental from                   penalty at a crossroads.           ernment has allowed what
  The plan could still be         posters outlining the human        Drug Administration (FDA)             “Sodium thiopental is in           Europe last fall.                   The letter was signed by the     they argue is the illegal
implemented, but not on the       body hang on its windows fac-      to produce on US soil sodium       very short supply worldwide                                             attorneys general of Oregon,       importation of a drug used for
expedited timetable that the      ing outward.                       thiopental — an anaesthetic        and, for various reasons,           jurisdictions shortly will be       Alabama,              Colorado,    executions.
agency had wanted                    Dozens of assault rifles         used in lethal injection execu-    essentially unavailable on the      unable to perform executions        Delaware, Florida, Idaho,            The complaint requests
  “It’s not against the law,      blanket the walls behind the       tions — announced on               open market,” the states said       in cases where appeals have         Mississippi,          Missouri,    that the FDA be held respon-
and it’s not going to be          glass counter, and the hand-       January 21 that it permanent-      in a late January letter to the     been exhausted and gover-           Nevada, Tennessee, Utah,           sible for not stopping states
against the law, for you to buy   guns are displayed beneath         ly stopped production.             federal government, US              nors have signed death war-         Washington and Wyoming.            from importing thiopental
40, 50, even 100 of these         the glass.                            “We will review the letter,”    media reported.                     rants.                                Several states, including        from Europe last fall.
16       Saturday, February 12, 2011
         www.qatar-tribune.com                                                                THE LAST WORD

                                                                    Hosni Mubarak: a survivor
                                                                    for 30 years comes undone
                                                                                  AP                    from power was hard to con-       suggested that violence lay at    ocratic reform early in his       approved of the 2003 US
                                                                                 CAIRO                  ceive for most Egyptians just     the core of his system.           presidency but pulled back        invasion       that    toppled
                                                                                                        a short time ago. Year after        As he clung to power, the       toward the dictatorial style      Saddam Hussein of Iraq,
                                                                    HE survived assassination           year, as the president aged       status quo he personified          that eventually propelled the     which he believed was in
                                                                    attempts and wave after             and ailed, people watched         became increasingly loathed.      protests that began on            need of a “‘tough, strong
                                                                    wave of Middle East crises, a       his scripted appearances on       And as it turns out, beneath      January 25.                       military officer who is fair’”
                                                                    solid ally of the West whose        television — the suit and tie,    the stern facade of authority,      Assessments described           as leader.
                                                                    stable image reassured many         the wagging finger, the           the 82-year-old was a figure       Mubarak as a man deeply             “This telling observation,
                                                                    Egyptians. Hosni Mubarak            “father of the nation” aura.      in steep decline, unable to       suspicious of reform. A           we      believe,      describes
                                                                    ended his presidency on               After      protests     and     check boiling currents of         2009 cable from the US            Mubarak’s own view of him-
                                                                    Friday as a symbol of what          upheaval swept Egypt,             popular fury, or harness the      embassy in Cairo, released        self as someone who is tough
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak                             was wrong with Egypt: the           Mubarak sought to portray         history unfolding in his          by     the    secret-sharing      but fair, who ensures the
                                                                    repression, the corruption,         himself as the only obstacle      nation of 80 million — the        WikiLeaks website, called         basic needs of his people,”

The 18 days that                                                    the lost hopes of a swelling,
                                                                    impoverished class.
                                                                      Mubarak, in power for
                                                                    nearly three decades, was
                                                                                                        to chaos, as he had done suc-
                                                                                                        cessfully so many times in the
                                                                                                        past. Yet attacks by his sup-
                                                                                                        porters, who roamed down-
                                                                                                                                          largest in the Arab world.
                                                                                                                                            A former pilot and air
                                                                                                                                          force general with a combat-
                                                                                                                                          ive, stubborn streak, he took
                                                                                                                                                                            him “a tried and true realist,
                                                                                                                                                                            innately cautious and con-
                                                                                                                                                                            servative,” and with “little
                                                                                                                                                                            time for idealistic goals.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the      cable     said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mubarak’s mind, it is far

                                                                                                                                                                                                              better to let a few individuals
                                                                                                                                                                                                              suffer than risk chaos for

shook Egypt and                                                     such a fixture that his exit         town Cairo with impunity,         tentative steps toward dem-         It noted that Mubarak dis-      society as a whole.”

the Arab world
                                  political transition to start
                                                                      Qatar hails Egypt transition as people celebrate
                                  February 3 - Gunmen fire                           AFP
HERE is a timeline of the         on anti-government pro-                           DOHA
events in the uprising            testers in Cairo, where
against Egyptian President        about 10 are killed and more         THOUSANDS of people cel-
Hosni       Mubarak      who      than 830 injured in fighting.         ebrated in Qatar on Friday
stepped down on Friday, the       The UN estimates that 300            after the toppling of Egypt’s
18th day of protests.             people have died in the              president Hosni Mubarak as
January 25 - Thousands of         unrest.                              Doha described the transi-
Egyptians demand an end           February 4 - Thousands               tion of power there to the
to      President      Hosni      gather in Tahrir Square to           military as “positive and
Mubarak’s rule and clash          press again for an end to            important”.
with police in a “Day of          Mubarak’s rule in a “Day of             A palace statement said
Wrath” inspired by Ben Ali’s      Departure.”                          that the Emir His Highness
downfall.                         February 5 - Gamal                   Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al
January 26 - Police fight          Mubarak, son of the presi-           Thani “respects the will of
with thousands of Egyptians       dent, resigns from the lead-         the Egyptian people and
who defy a government ban         ership of Egypt’s ruling             their choices”, and that “the
to       protest      against     party.                               transfer of power to the
Mubarak’s rule.                   February 6 - Opposition              supreme council of the
January 27 - Mohamed              groups, including the                armed forces is an impor-
ElBaradei, reform cam-            banned                Muslim         tant, positive step toward
paigner and former head of        Brotherhood, hold talks              achieving the aspirations of
the International Atomic          with the government,                 the Egyptian people.”
Energy Agency, arrives in         chaired by the vice-presi-              Earlier, a statement car-
Cairo.                            dent.                                ried by state news agency
January 28 - At least 24          — Banks re-open after a              QNA called the transition in
people are killed and more        week-long closure.                   Egypt to military rule “a pos-
than 1,000 hurt in clashes        — Thousands gather in                itive and important step
throughout Egypt. Mubarak         Tahrir Square joining noon           towards achieving the aspi-        Egyptians go on a festival mood after the resignation of Hosni Mubarak at the Corniche, in Doha, on Friday. (JALAL PATHIYOOR)
extends a curfew to all cities.   prayers to honour “martyrs”          rations of the Egyptian peo-
   — Mubarak orders               killed in the bloodshed.             ple for democracy, reform,         added the QNA statement.             Revellers who gathered on    and ‘Egypt is free, the          dent Gamal Abdel Nasser,
troops and tanks into             February 7 - State news              and a decent life.”                  Thousands of Egyptians           the Corniche sang the          thieves are gone”.               who died in 1970. Cars
cities overnight to quell         agency MENA reports                     Qatar hopes “Egypt will         and other Arabs gathered in        Egyptian national anthem         Some carried Egyptian          adorned with Egyptian flags
demonstrations.                   Mubarak has set up two               regain its leading role in the     Doha on Friday to celebrate        ‘Biladi — My Country’ — and    flags, while others held por-     cruised past in a chorus of
Thousands cheer at the            committees to draw up                Arab and Muslim world,”            Mubarak’s departure.               chanted ‘Long live Egypt’      traits of Egypt’s late presi-    blaring horns.
news of the intervention of       changes to the constitution.
the army, which is seen as        — The stock market
neutral, unlike the police        remains closed, to reopen
who        are      regularly     on February 13.
deployed to stifle dissent.
January 29 - Mubarak
sacks his cabinet but refuses
                                  — Opposition figures report
                                  little progress in talks with
                                  the government.
                                                                    Sharm el Sheikh: Hosni                                                                                  People have
                                                                    Mubarak’s Red Sea bolt hole
to step down. Protesters          February 8 - Egyptians
stream back into Cairo’s          stage one of their biggest
central Tahrir Square in the
early hours after Mubarak’s
— Mubarak names intelli-
                                  — Vice President Suleiman
                                  says Egypt has a timetable
                                  for the peaceful transfer of
                                                                                                        hotels and casinos, diving
                                                                                                        resorts and golf courses
                                                                                                                                            The Israelis had begun
                                                                                                                                                                            spoken out in
                                                                                                                                                                            Egypt: Obama
gence chief Omar Suleiman         power. He promises no                                                 attracted about a quarter of      developing Sharm el Sheikh
as vice-president.                reprisals against the pro-        THE Red Sea resort of Sharm         12.5 million tourists to Egypt    as a resort, building a few
January 30 ElBaradei              testers.                          el Sheikh, bolt hole for presi-     in 2009.                          hotels there in the late 1980s.
joins protesters.                 February 9 - Four people          dent Hosni Mubarak who                Sharm el Sheikh, lavishly         Since then, it has grown
— Thousands of protesters         are killed and several            stepped down on Friday, is          advertised as the heart of the    into a major resort attracting
roam the streets after a cur-     wounded         in    clashes     both a popular tourist haunt        Red Sea riviera at the south-     Western and Arab investors                     AFP                  ible in the eyes of the
few starts. Egyptians form        between security forces and       and favoured place to show-         ern tip of the Sinai where the    and thousands of tourists,                 WASHINGTON               Egyptian people,” Obama
vigilante groups to guard         about 3,000 protesters in         case Egypt’s role as Middle         Suez and Aqaba gulfs meet, is     mostly scuba divers and                                             said, warning there could be
property against looters.         the western province of New       East peacebroker.                   also important for Egypt as a     snorkellers attracted by the      US PRESIDENT Barack               “difficult days ahead.”
January 31 - The army             Valley, south of Cairo.              Mubarak was known for            symbol       of    sovereignty    clear warm waters and shoals      Obama said on Friday the            “Over the last few weeks,
says it will not use force        — Pro-democracy protest-          showing off development in          regained in the Sinai.            of exotic fish.                    people of Egypt had spoken        the wheel of history turned
against Egyptians staging         ers consolidate a new             the area, where he has a holi-        Conquered by Israel during        Over the years, the arid vil-   after history moved at a          at a blinding pace, as the
protests. It says freedom of      encampment            around      day home, to foreign guests         the June 1967 war along with      lage of Sharm el Sheikh has       “blinding pace,” and called       Egyptian people demanded
expression is guaranteed to       Cairo’s parliament building       he invited there for political      the rest of the Sinai, Sharm el   spawned a town, its residents     on the now-ruling military        their universal rights,” he
all citizens using peaceful       as Tahrir Square remains          meetings and conferences.           Sheikh was restored to Egypt      a mix of tourists, hotel staff,   to ensure a transition            said.
means.                            crowded.                             Tucked between the moun-         under the 1979 peace accord       building workers, tourist         towards “genuine democra-           As well as praising
— Egypt swears in a new           February 10 - On the 17th         tains of the Sinai desert and       signed by late president          guides and taxi-drivers as        cy.”                              Egyptians, Obama also
government. Suleiman says         day of protests against his       waters of the Red Sea, the          Anwar el Sadat and Israeli        well as a slew of diving and        “The people of Egypt have       sought to make a wider
Mubarak has asked him to          rule, Mubarak says Egypt is       glitzy strip of golden beaches,     prime minister Menahem            water-sports instructors.         spoken — their voices have        point, apparently seeking to
start dialogue with all politi-   heading “day after day” to a                                                                                                              been heard and Egypt will         connect with Muslims else-
cal forces.                       peaceful transfer of power                                                                                                                never be the same,” Obama         where who felt marginalized
February 1 - Mubarak              and he was committed to                                                                                                                   said in his first public          and may be easy prey for
declares he will surrender        protect the constitution                                                                                                                  response to the earlier resig-    extremists.
power when his term ends          until that happens.                                                                                                                       nation of President Hosni           “Egyptians have inspired
in September, offering a          — He hands powers to his                                                                                                                  Mubarak after days of raging      us and they’ve done so by
mixture of concessions and        vice-president but spurned                                                                                                                protests.                         putting the lie to the idea that
defiance in a televised state-     protesters’ demands that he                                                                                                                 “By      stepping     down,     justice is best gained through
ment.                             quit office immediately. He                                                                                                                President Mubarak respond-        violence,” Obama said.
   Around one million             also expressed regret over                                                                                                                ed to the Egyptian peoples’         “For Egypt, it was the
Egyptians protest through-        protesters’ deaths.                                                                                                                       hunger for change,” Obama         moral force of non-violence,
out the country for Mubarak       February 11 - Mubarak                                                                                                                     said, in his only reference to    not terrorism, not mindless
to step down immediately.         steps down, handing over to                                                                                                               a deposed Arab strongman          killing, but non-violence,
February 2 - The army             the army and ending 30                                                                                                                    who had been a staunch US         moral force, that bent the
calls for protesters to leave     years of rule.                                                                                                                            ally for three decades.           arc of history towards justice
the streets and curfew hours      — Suleiman says a military                                                                                                                  “Egyptians have made it         one more.”
are eased.                        council will run the affairs of                                                                                                           clear that nothing less than        The president also drew
— Troops make no attempt          the Arab world’s most popu-                                                                                                               genuine democracy will            parallels to the “echoes of
to intervene as violence          lous nation.                                                                                                                              carry the day,” Obama said,       history”           mentioning
breaks out between pro-           — Thousands break down in                                                                                                                 praising the military for         Germans tearing down the
and anti-Mubarak groups in        tears, celebrate and hug                                                                                                                  serving responsibly to pre-       Berlin Wall, Indonesians
Tahrir Square.                    each other chanting: “The                                                                                                                 serve the state.                  revolting against the presi-
— The government rejects          people have brought down                                                                                                                    The armed forces would          dent Suharto, and Indian
US and European calls for         the regime.”                                                                                                                              now have to ensure a politi-      independence               icon
                                                                    A view of the beach at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik, in Egypt.   (EPA)                          cal transition that was “cred-    Mahatma Gandhi.

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