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					02       Tuesday, May 29, 2012                                                         GULF / MIDDLE EAST

Hamas permits
election committee
                                                                  36 killed across Syria                                                                                                                              5 Yemeni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      killed in US
to work in Gaza
          GAZA CITY
                                 er cabinet are two of the
                                 main issues which have
                                                                  as clashes rage                                                                                                                                     drone strike
                                 been holding up imple-                        AFP
GAZA’S Hamas rulers on           mentation of a reconcilia-                   BEIRUT                                                                                                                                  A US drone strike on Monday
Monday gave the green light      tion deal between the rival                                                                                                                                                          aiming for an Al Qaeda leader
to the Palestinian Central       Hamas and Fatah factions         VIOLENCE raged on Monday                                                                                                                            has killed five militants in the
Election Commission to           which was inked on April         across Syria, where at least 36                                                                                                                     country’s south as part of a
begin updating voter lists       27, 2011.                        people, most of them regime                                                                                                                         Yemeni offensive against the
throughout the coastal strip,       Speaking at the same          forces, were reported killed as                                                                                                                     Islamist group, Yemeni offi-
a top CEC official said.          news conference, Haniya’s        clashes erupted in several                                                                                                                          cials said.
   “Hamas has agreed to let      deputy Mohammed Awad             restive provinces, monitors                                                                                                                           They said the airstrike tar-
the CEC start working            said he hoped the commis-        said.                                                                                                                                               geted Qaid al Dahab, a local
throughout Gaza,” said           sion’s work would prove to          The deadly violence came                                                                                                                         leader of Al Qaeda, in a con-
CEC president Hanna              the people that the stalled      even as UN-Arab League                                                                                                                              voy of three cars near the
Nasser at a news confer-         unity deal was really start-     envoy Kofi Annan arrived in                                                                                                                          town of Radda, 160 kilome-
ence in Gaza City, in a key      ing to be implemented.           Damascus to try to salvage a                                                                                                                        ters (100 miles) south of the
step to paving the way for          “I hope that this will be     battered ceasefire, a day after                                                                                                                      capital, Sanaa. Four militants
elections.                       the foundation for ending        monitors reported 90 people                                                                                                                         were wounded. The officials
   “The commission has           the Palestinian division,        killed in Syria, more than a                                                                                                                        said al-Dahab’s fate was not
started its operations now       and that Palestinian citi-       third of them in the central                                                                                                                        yet known.
with five offices in the five       zens will really feel that the   city of Hama.                                                                                                                                         Dahab’s sister was the wife
governorates,” he said after     reconciliation has begun in         The Syrian Observatory for                                                                                                                       of Anwar al Awlaki, the US-
meeting Hamas prime min-         light of (plans to form) the     Human Rights said clashes                                                                                                                           born radical militant cleric
ister Ismail Haniya to dis-      new government and the           raged in several provinces on                                                                                                                       killed by a US drone strike
cuss starting work to update     resolution of all outstand-      Monday, including Idlib in                                                                                                                          last fall.
Gaza’s electoral register for    ing issues,” he said.            the northwest and Daraa in                                                                                                                            There was no immediate
the first time since 2006.           He also expressed hope        the south, where the uprising                                                                                                                       word from Washington on
   “We hope to begin work-       that the CEC’s work “would       against the regime first erupt-                                                                                                                      the latest strike.
ing immediately to prepare       take place everywhere,           ed more than 14 months ago.                                                                                                                           On Sunday, US Defence
for the process of updating      including in Jerusalem,”            Five civilians were among      A Syrian holds a portrait of his relative, whom he said was killed by pro-Assad forces, during a visit by         Secretary Leon Panetta
voter lists,” Nasser said,       referring to the annexed         those killed on Monday,           UN observers, in Kafr Takharim, near Idlib, on Sunday. (REUTERS)                                                  defended drone strikes in
thanking Haniya for allow-       eastern sector of the city       including a 14-year-old boy                                                                                                                         Yemen as a measure “to
ing the CEC to start its         where Palestinians hope to       who was shot dead by a sniper       Eight troops died in clashes                  Also on Monday regime           by an unidentified activist in     defend and protect the United
long-overdue work.               one day have the capital of      in Hama’s Al-Faria neigh-         in Damascus province while                   forces deployed heavily on the     Hama showed a house               States of America.” He was
   “We hope that within six      their future state.              bourhood, the Britain-based       seven others were killed else-               outskirts of Houla, central        destroyed by what the man         interviewed by the American
weeks, the voter lists will be      Israeli authorities con-      Observatory said.                 where in the province when                   Syria, where at least 108 civil-   described as “arbitrary”          ABC TV network.
complete in Gaza as they         trolling the movement of            Another two civilians,         their vehicle was targeted                   ians were massacred on Friday      shelling, with massive holes        Al Qaeda’s branch in
are in Ramallah.”                goods and people into Gaza       including an old man, were        near Tal Mneen, site of a mass               and Saturday, the Observatory      in the wall, electricity cables   Yemen, known as Al Qaeda in
   At a meeting in Cairo on      stopped two CEC members          shot dead inside their home       funeral for a civilian killed on             said, adding that “the sound of    hanging from the ceiling, and     the Arabian Peninsula, is one
May 20, senior Fatah and         in Nasser’s delegation from      in Nawa, in southern Daraa,       Sunday.                                      gunfire was heard.”                 charred furniture.                of the movement’s most dan-
Hamas officials agreed that       crossing into the territory.     by regime forces, the watch-        Three other soldiers were                     Regime troops also raided a       “Where are Bashar’s             gerous offshoots. The US con-
the CEC would start work            In response to a written      dog added.                        killed when their vehicle                    neighbourhood of Hama, site        reforms, O Arabs?” cried the      siders the impoverished
in Gaza by the end of the        request for information,            Three rebel fighters and a      was hit by a blast on the                    of intense clashes and             man in the video, referring to    country as a key battleground
month, and that both fac-        the relevant department of       member of the pro-regime          road to Aleppo airport road,                 shelling on Sunday evening.        a reform process announced        in the war against Al Qaeda.
tions would at the same          Israel’s defence ministry        shabiha militia were also         the     Observatory        said.                Violence killed nearly 90       by President Bashar al-Assad        The terror network has had
time begin consultations on      said that one was prevent-       killed by gunfire on Monday.       Another three were killed in                 people on Sunday, 34 of them       last year.                        a presence in Yemen for
forming an interim “gov-         ed under rules barring              But the military had the       Dael, in Daraa.                              in random shelling of Hama           “O Muslims, we are getting      years, but expanded its influ-
ernment of independents.”        Israeli citizens and holders     heaviest death toll with at         In eastern Deir Ezzor, four                city by troops retaliating for     killed, and you are silent. Our   ence during last year’s politi-
   Holding elections and         of Israeli IDs from entering     least 21 regular army soldiers    civilians were shot dead by                  losses suffered in clashes with    children are getting shot in      cal upheaval when millions of
putting together a caretak-      the strip.                       killed in separate fighting, the   regime forces, the watchdog                  rebels, the watchdog said.         the chest ... God curse you,      Yemenis rallied across the
                                                                  Observatory said.                 added.                                          A video posted on YouTube       Bashar.”                          country demanding the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ouster of their longtime ruler,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ali Abdullah Saleh. The mili-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tant group seized control of

                                                                                                                    Ahmadinejad critic                                                                                several towns in the south
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      during the turmoil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Earlier this year, al-Dahab’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      brother, Tariq, led militants

                                                                                                                    re-elected new speaker                                                                            who stormed and briefly occu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pied Radda, They pulled out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      after authorities released 15 of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      his men from jail. Tariq was
                                                                                                                                                 AFP                      Gholam Ali Hadad Adel, a 67-year-old        later killed in a family feud.
                                                                                                                                                TEHRAN                    former speaker who advocated a more           Yemen’s army is pushing
                                                                                                                                                                          moderate approach to Ahmadinejad’s          an offensive to uproot Al
                                                                                                                    ONE of the fiercest critics of Iranian                 government. Both Larijani and Hadad         Qaeda-linked militants from
                                                                                                                    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad                         Adel are seen as close to Iran’s supreme    their strongholds in the
                                                                                                                    was voted back in by lawmakers on                     leader, Ali Khamenei, who has in recent     south. The US is aiding the
                                                                                                                    Monday as speaker of Iran’s new par-                  years curbed Ahmadinejad’s authority.       operations. Panetta said its
                                                                                                                    liament formed from elections held in                   Larijani       faithfully       echoed    activities “don’t necessarily
                                                                                                                    March and May.                                        Khamenei’s stances while heading up         involve boots on the ground,”
                                                                                                                       Ali Larijani, a loquacious 55-year-old             the last parliament over the past four      according to a transcript of
                                                                                                                    regime insider whose brothers also hold               years, and was a rival to Ahmadinejad       the interview on the ABC
                                                                                                                    key posts, fought off a challenge from                for the presidency in 2005.                 website.
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                                                                                              GULF / MIDDLE EAST                                                                                               Tuesday, May 29, 2012
  Sudan bombs
  South Sudan
  on eve of
                                    Egypt set for Mursi-Shafiq run-off
  peace talks                                    CAIRO

              AFP                   EGYPT’S landmark presiden-
              JUBA                  tial election on Monday nar-
                                    rowed to a contest pitting a
  SOUTH Sudan said on               Muslim Brotherhood candi-
  Monday Sudanese war               date against a Mubarak-era
  planes and artillery had          prime minister, the country’s
  bombarded its territory           electoral commission said.
  on the eve of peace talks,           Announcing the results,
  as Southern officials set          commission chief Faruq
  off to attend African             Sultan said: “No candidate
  Union-led negotiations            won an outright majority, so
  in Ethiopia.                      according to Article 40 of the
     “They are bombing              presidential election law,
  South Sudan, attacking            there will be a run-off
  South Sudan, and contin-          between Mohammed Mursi
  uing to send armed groups         and Ahmed Shafiq.”
  to destabilise South Sudan           The results confirmed pre-
  these are not the signs of        liminary figures announced
  peace,” South Sudan’s top         by the Muslim Brotherhood,
  negotiator Pagan Amum             polarising a nation now
  told reporters.                   forced to choose between a
     However, Amum said             conservative Islamist and a
  he was still “optimistic”         symbol of ousted president
  that the talks due to start       Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
  on Tuesday in Addis                  Egyptians went to the polls
  Ababa would go ahead              on May 23 and 24 in the
  and produce results.              country’s first free presiden-
     The former civil war           tial election, made possible by
  foes fought heavily in            the 2011 uprising led by pro-
  contested border regions          democracy activists.
  last month, the worst                Sultan said Mursi had won
  fighting since the South           5,764,952 votes, slightly ahead
  won independence last             of Shafiq with 5,505,327.
  July and sparking inter-             Nasserist         candidate      Judge Farouk Sultan, chairman of Egypt’s election committee (left), announces the result of the presidential election, in Cairo, on Monday. (AP)
  national concerns of a            Hamdeen Sabbahi came third
  return to all-out war.            with more than 4.8 million          filed by candidates on May 26         to become more inclusive.          ference after the meeting that        “I reach out to all the part-    the very freedoms they fought
     International pressure         votes, ahead of moderate            and 27 citing electoral irregu-        It has so far gained the sup-    his party would be prepared to     ners and I pledge that we           for.
  has pushed both sides to          Islamist Abdel Moneim Abul          larities that “did not affect the    port of the ultra-conservative     include aspects of other par-      would all work together for           Both Mursi and Shafiq had
  return to the long-run-           Fotouh with 4.05 million.           outcome of the vote.”                Salafist Al Nur party, which        ties’ programmes in its plat-      the good of Egypt,” he told a       been written off as long shots
  ning talks stalled by the            Former foreign minister             Both Mursi and Shafiq, who         had supported Abul Fotouh          form, but fell short of reassur-   news conference.                    just weeks before the vote.
  fighting in April, when            Amr Mussa was fifth, trailing        represent polar opposites in         in the first round.                 ing critics who say the group         Addressing young people            The presidential poll has
  Southern troops seized an         with 2.58 million votes,            the country’s fragmented pol-          “The High Committee of           wants to monopolise power.         who spearheaded the 2011            followed a tumultuous mili-
  oil field from Khartoum’s          Sultan said.                        itics after last year’s uprising,    the Al-Nur party supports Dr          “As president, I will be the    revolt, he said: “Your revolu-      tary-led transition from auto-
  troops for ten days as               The commission put the           are now trying to court the          Mohammed Mursi for presi-          president for all Egyptians.       tion has been hijacked and I        cratic rule marked by political
  Sudan launched repeated           official turnout in the vote —       support of the losing candi-         dent of the republic in the        (My relationship) with the         am committed to bringing (it)       upheaval and bloodshed, but
  air strikes.                      the first since the 2011 upris-      dates and their voters.              run-off,” the party said late on   Brotherhood will be the same       back.”                              which also witnessed free
     Southern            army       ing that ousted Mubarak — at           The Brotherhood, which            Sunday on its official Twitter      as all Egyptians,” he said.           The contest presents a diffi-     parliamentary elections.
  spokesman Philip Aguer            46 percent of the 50 million        alienated many other political       account.                              Shafiq also called on            cult choice for activists who         The Supreme Council of the
  said that Khartoum’s              Egyptians who were eligible         parties after its domination of        Mursi called a meeting of        Saturday for broad support         led the revolt against              Armed Forces, in power since
  army, the Sudan Armed             to cast a ballot in the historic    parliamentary elections last         candidates on Saturday that        from former rivals, calling on     Mubarak. For them, choosing         Mubarak’s downfall, has
  Forces (SAF), had                 election.                           winter, has warned that the          was ignored by both Sabbahi        his competitors by name to join    Shafiq would be to admit the         pledged to restore Egypt to
  launched bombing raids               Sultan said the commission       nation would be in danger if         and Abul Fotouh.                   him and promising there would      revolution had failed, but a        civilian rule by the end of
  by warplanes as well as           had rejected seven appeals          Shafiq wins and has pledged             He promised at a news con-       be no return to the old regime.    vote for Mursi could threaten       June.
  firing shells across their
  contested border.
     “For the last three days
  SAF has been bombing
  Northern        Bahr
  Ghazal... this has also
  involved long range
                                    Bahraini activist to
                                    end hunger strike
  artillery,” Aguer said. “We
  remain on high alert for a
  possible ground attack.”
     Sudan has repeatedly
  denied it has launched
  air strikes on the South,                              AP                       wide-ranging powers of the ruling
  and it was not possible to                         MANAMA                       Sunni dynasty. At least 50 people have
  independently verify the                                                        been killed in the unrest in the strate-
  reports of the attacks.           BAHRAINI hunger striker Abdulhadi             gic island nation, which is home to the
     A United Nations               al Khawaja plans to end his strike on         US Navy’s 5th Fleet.
  Security Council earlier          Monday, 110 days after he began refus-          Bahrain’s monarchy has made con-
  this month ordered both           ing food, according to his lawyer.            cessions, but not enough to satisfy
  sides cease fighting and              Attorney Mohamed al Jishi said that        demands of protesters. Clashes
  return to talks or face           al Khawaja decided to begin eating again      between police and protesters happen
  possible sanctions.               because his strike succeeded in bringing      nearly every day — with al Khawaja
     “We are returning to           attention to the cause of Bahraini pro-       emerging recently as a powerful rally-
  the talks ready to negoti-        testers agitating for political change. The   ing point for demonstrators.
  ate with the Government           51-year-old activist remains in prison.         Bahrain rejected Denmark’s request
  of Sudan to discuss all              “The Bahraini cause has been raised        in March to take custody of al
  the outstanding issues,”          clearly and comprehensively around            Khawaja, who is also a Danish citizen.
  Amum added.                       the world,” al Jishi said in explaining         Khawaja appeared at a court hearing
     “We are actually more          his client’s decision. He said Khawaja        using a wheelchair last week. He has
  optimistic than any time          sought to highlight the detention of          been receiving fluids intravenously and
  before, as today we have          what he calls political prisoners and         drinking juice occasionally but has so
  the UN Security Council           limits on freedom of expression in the        far not begun eating, his lawyer said.
  resolution giving a time-         tiny Gulf nation. Khawaja began his             He and seven other activists were sen-
  frame to achieve resolu-          hunger strike on February 8.                  tenced to life in prison last year by a mili-
  tion within three months.            Bahrain’s majority Shiites, embold-        tary-run court as part of government
  It is good there is interna-      ened by Arab Spring protests else-            crackdowns on the protests. They are
  tional backing.”                  where, launched an uprising more              among a 21-member group whose cases
                                    than 15 months ago seeking to limit the       are being re-examined by a civilian court.

Palestinian Airlines resumes flights
           MARKA AIRBASE                   Palestinians appeared on the verge        Egyptian coastal resort about 60
                                           of a statehood deal with Israel,          kilometers from Gaza.
PALESTINIAN Airlines is back in            Palestinian Airlines operated from           Seven years ago, the airline
the skies after being grounded for         Gaza International Airport, flew           stopped flying altogether after its
seven years by the deepening enmi-         tens of thousands of passengers a         reservoir of passengers dried up. It
ties of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   year to Middle Eastern destinations       had mainly served Gazans who,
   Once hailed as a symbol of              and planned to expand to Europe.          starting in 2005, could no longer
Palestinian statehood dreams, the car-                                               reach El-Arish because of increas-
rier is a tiny operation, with just two      Seven years ago, the                    ingly frequent Israeli closures of
48-seat turboprop planes, two weekly         airline stopped flying                  Gaza’s borders.
flights and a borrowed hub in Egypt.          altogether after its                       The closures accompanied an
   But Palestinians say just being on        reservoir of passen-                    Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza
the map again is what matters.               gers dried up.                          in 2005 and intensified with the
   “My hands were shaking when I                                                     capture of an Israeli soldier by Gaza
bought the ticket .and it said the           Those ambitions were crushed by         militants a year later and the violent
name of the carrier is Palestinian         the outbreak of a Palestinian upris-      takeover of Gaza by the Islamic mil-
Airlines,” said recent passenger           ing against Israeli occupation in         itant Hamas in 2007.
Zuhair Mohammed, a 38-year-old             September 2000, following the col-           Until last year, the vast majority
teacher from Gaza.                         lapse of US-led peace talks. Over         of Gaza’s 1.7 million residents were
   The 15-year-old airline’s fortunes      the next year, Israeli troops             locked inside the territory, in part
have been closely tied to the quest        destroyed the Gaza airport, and           because Egypt went along with
for a Palestinian state.                   Palestinian Airlines was forced to        Israel and largely kept its Rafah
   In the late 1990s, when                 move its base to El-Arish, an             border terminal with Gaza closed.
04         Tuesday, May 29, 2012

  Cardinal involved
  in Vatileaks
                                                                      Spanish PM insists banks
  scandal, says                                                       won’t need EU rescue
  Italian media                                                                     AP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  government debt into Bankia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  accounts. The bank could then
               AFP                 book, have shed light on                                                                                                                                                       turn to the European Central
              ROME                 many Vatican secrets,              CONSERVATIVE Spanish                                                                                                                        Bank and use those bonds as
                                   including the Church’s tax         Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy                                                                                                                collateral to receive cash for the
  AN UNNAMED cardinal is           problems, child sex scandals       insisted on Monday that                                                                                                                     recapitalisation.
  suspected of being a leading     and negotiations with hard-        Spain’s banking sector would                                                                                                                   Analysts said that such a
  mole behind 20 or so             line traditionalist rebels.        not need an international res-                                                                                                              technique would only prove to
  whistleblowers orchestrat-          Although they do not            cue as concern over the bailout                                                                                                             investors that the country is
  ing a series of embarrassing     reveal any great surprises,        of nationalised lender Bankia                                                                                                               having difficulties raising
  leaks of confidential papal       the secret papers have lifted      sent its stock price plummet-                                                                                                               money on the international
  documents, Italian media         the lid on deep-seated             ing while Spain’s borrowing                                                                                                                 debt markets and would there-
  said on Monday.                  venom among rival figures           costs soared.                                                                                                                               fore make them even more
     “A cardinal led the crow,”    in the Vatican.                       “There will be no rescue of                                                                                                              reluctant to buy Spanish debt.
  read the headline in Il                                             the Spanish banking sector,”                                                                                                                   “It sends a signal of a lack of
  Messaggero, referring to
                                     Several media                    Rajoy told a press conference.                                                                                                              confidence,” said Mark Miller
  Pope Benedict XVI’s person-
                                     outlets on Mon-                     However, he added that the                                                                                                               of Capital Economics in
  al butler Paolo Gabriele, who
                                     day were quoting                 government had no choice but                                                                                                                London.
  was arrested last week in the
                                     sources who said                 to bail out Bankia which has                                                                                                                   Oscar Moreno of Madrid
  “Vatileaks” scandal after
                                     Gabriele was just                been crippled by Spain’s real                                                                                                               brokerage Renta4 said the gov-
  secret papers were found in
                                     one of around 20                 estate collapse.                                                                                                                            ernment has little choice:
  his home.
                                     whistleblowers                      “We took the bull by the                                                                                                                 either use this uncommon
     “The real brains are the        Gabriele’s arrest was            horns because the alternative                                                                                                               technique or simply ask the
  cardinals. Then there are the    greeted with disbelief as the      was collapse,” said Rajoy,                                                                                                                  European Union for money to
  monsignors, secretaries and      46-year-old was known for          stressing that Bankia clients’                                                                                                              bail out the banking sector
  smaller fry,” according to       his devotion and loyalty to        savings were now safer than                                                                                                                 which Rajoy has vehemently
  one source quoted by La          the pope and there has been        ever.                                                                                                                                       ruled out as unnecessary.
  Repubblica who refused to        speculation he was a simply           Bankia, Spain’s fourth-                                                                                                                     Moreno said Bankia’s share
  be named but admitted to         a pawn in a game of intrigue       largest bank, is estimated to       Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addresses a press conference, in Madrid, on Monday.   (AFP)        price and the rising bond yield
  having leaked documents.         and struggle for power             have €32 billion in toxic assets                                                                                                            showed investors the Spanish
     Gabriele, who has worked      inside the Holy See.               and was effectively nation-         cent down at €1.36, had closed        Among the chief concerns       dismissed suggestions it had       banking sector’s woes are get-
  at the Vatican since 2006          According to the Vatican         alised earlier this month when      at €1.57 before trading was sus-   surrounding Bankia’s request      anything to do with Bankia.        ting worse. Only last week, for
  and was one of a select few      correspondent for La               the government converted            pended Friday.                     for state aid the largest in         A rate of 7 percent is con-     instance, Economy Minister
  with access to the pope’s pri-   Stampa newspaper, Marco            €4.5 billion in rescue funds it        Bank of Spain estimates         Spanish history is just how       sidered unsustainable over         Luis de Guindos said the gov-
  vate quarters, was arrested a    Tosatti, Gabriele “was a           gave last June into shares.         show Spain’s lenders are sitting   Spain plans to fund it. The       the long term and there is         ernment would inject about €9
  month after the pope set up      simple person, who would              The lender’s shares fell 28      on some €180 billion ($233         country’s borrowing costs have    concern that Spain might           billion into Bankia.
  a special commission of car-     not have had either the            per cent on opening in Madrid       billion) in assets that could      risen sharply over the past few   soon be pushed join the ranks         “Basically, what the investor
  dinals to probe the leaks.       desire or the means” to            on Monday Bankia’s first day         cause them losses. The govern-     weeks.                            of Greece, Ireland and             sees is that, with what has
     Several media outlets on      organise a whistle-blowing         back on the stock exchange fol-     ment fears the cost of rescuing       On Monday, Spain’s inter-      Portugal and seek an interna-      emerged with Bankia, more
  Monday were quoting              operation of this size.            lowing its announcement             the country’s vulnerable banks     est rate, or yield, for 10-year   tional bailout.                    money is going to be needed
  sources who said Gabriele          “There must have been            Friday that it would need the       could overwhelm its own            bonds on the secondary mar-          The Prime Minister said that    than what was originally stat-
  was just one of around 20        someone important behind           €19 billion ($23.8 billion) in      finances, which are already         ket a key indicator of market     the government had not yet         ed” than in two government
  whistleblowers who had           him” who would “have made          state aid to shore itself up        strained by a double-dip reces-    confidence was up 13 basis         decided how it would proceed       decrees ordering banks to put
  been leaking information.        him believe that he would be       against its bad loans, a far big-   sion and an unemployment           points by midday to 6.42 per-     in funding the Bankia bailout.     aside a total of some €80 bil-
     The documents, splashed       helping Benedict” by leaking       ger bailout than expected. The      rate of nearly 25 percent, and     cent. However, Rajoy said this       However, the Economy            lion in provisions to cushion
  in the Italian press and a       the documents, he said.            shares, which recovered slight-     force it to seek a rescue by the   had more to do with Europe        Ministry said earlier Monday       against losses from real estate,
                                                                      ly by midday to trade 13 per-       rest of Europe.                    and worries over Greece and       that it is considering injecting   Moreno added.

Serbian rivals agree to bury                                                                                                                 Bosnian couple arrested for
                                                                                                                                             holding German woman captive
the hatchet, form govt                                                                                                                                    AFP
              AP                                                                                          forward so that its citizens can
                                    New president on May 31                                               live better,” the president told
                                                                                                          reporters. “I think that you
                                                                                                                                             A YOUNG German woman
                                                                                                                                             police say was held captive
SERBIA’S new nationalist                         AFP                  defeated incumbent pro-             can view Serbia’s political sta-   and abused for years by a
president and the liberal rival               BELGRADE                West president Boris Tadic          bility in the future with much     Bosnian couple was found
likely to be the next prime                                           in the May 20 run-off, will         more optimism.”                    hiding in the woods, covered
minister assured the country        SERBIA’S newly elected            take his oath of office on              Prior to losing to Nikolic in   in fresh bruises and old scars,
on Monday that they could           president Tomislav Nikolic        Thursday, Beta news                 the May 20 election, Tadic         prosecutors said on Monday.
overcome deep differences           said on Monday that he            agency quoted him saying            served as president for eight         Police arrested a Roma cou-
and create a stable, pro-           would be sworn in before          after a meeting with speak-         years. Tadic said he would not     ple, Milenko and Slavojka
European Union government.          parliament on May 31.             er of parliament Slavica            include Nikolic’s nationalists     Marinkovic, at their home in
   Tomislav Nikolic defeated        Nikolic, who surprisingly         Djukic Dejanovic.                   in his new government, fur-        the northeast Bosnian hamlet
his predecessor Boris Tadic in                                                                            ther diminishing Nikolic’s         of Karavlasi after getting a      Christine Siegner at the house of Milenko and Slavojka Marinkovic,
the presidential election earli-      The position of prime min-      real power.                         role. The Progressive Party        tip-off on May 17 that they       in Karavlasi, on Sunday. (AFP)
er this month, and Nikolic’s       ister is stronger than that of       “We had very good talks,”         said that a future Serbian gov-    were keeping a young woman
nationalist Progressive Party      the president, a largely cere-     Tadic said. “This was a meet-       ernment that excludes them         locked up and had forced her      family members as 19-year-           Local media reported that
won the largest number of          monial role that cannot draft      ing not only about the transfer     “will have a problem with          to eat pig feed and pull them     old German Bettina Siegner,        the woman arrived in Bosnia
seats in the 250-member par-       laws.                              of power ... but about what         legitimacy.” Tadic has said his    on a horse-cart.                  in a safe house, where she         from Germany with her
liament. But because Tadic’s          The two bitter political foes   Serbia’s institutions should        goals include improving living        The “young woman was           underwent medical exami-           mother in 2004 and that her
Democrats gained enough            met on Monday, a day after         look like in the future.”           standards for the impover-         found in the woods near the       nations.                           mother may have entered
allies to form the next Cabinet,   Tadic announced the start of         Nikolic also sounded an           ished population and fighting       Marinkovic’s property,” local       Prosecutors are trying to        into a sham marriage with
Nikolic is expected to be          negotiations on the formation      optimistic note.                    unemployment and corrup-           prosecution         spokesman     confirm the girl’s name in          Milenko Marinkovic to allow
forced to name Tadic as pre-       of a new government that             “We have one common goal          tion problems that con-            Admir Arnautovic said.            both Bosnia and Germany as         him to obtain a German resi-
mier-designate.                    would leave Nikolic without        and that is for Serbia to move      tributed to his loss to Nikolic.      “She was really disoriented,   she had no identity docu-          dency permit.
                                                                                                                                             scared, with visible injuries     ments, Arnautovic said.              The mother, Christine
                                                                                                                                             on her body. She had a lot old      She was exposed to physical      Siegner, who lived between
                                                                                                                                             scars but also a lot of fresh     abuse but no evidence was          Karavlasi and Germany for
                                                                                                                                             bruises on her legs, arms and     found of sexual abuse, he          several years and was in the
                                                                                                                                             head,” he said.                   said, adding that police esti-     village at the time of the
                                                                                                                                                The Bosnian authorities        mated the maltreatment had         arrests, has been questioned
                                                                                                                                             put the woman, identified by       gone on for about eight years.     as a witness.

                                                                                                                                             German pilot proud of Red
                                                                                                                                             Square flight 25 years on
                                                                                                                                                          AFP                  because he wanted the Cold         part in perestroika and was
                                                                                                                                                        MOSCOW                 War to be over.                    hoping Gorbachev would make
                                                                                                                                                                                 “I wanted to leave a mes-        me part of this movement,”
                                                                                                                                             A GERMAN aviator who              sage for humankind which I         Rust said, referring to the
                                                                                                                                             stunned the Kremlin in May        did,” he said.                     reform process launched by
                                                                                                                                             1987 by landing near Red            Keen to meet Soviet leader       the last Soviet leader.
                                                                                                                                             Square said he helped bring       Mikhail Gorbachev, the then          “And I believe I speeded up
                                                                                                                                             about change in the Soviet        teenaged pilot from West           perestroika a little bit.”
                                                                                                                                             Union, in an interview pub-       Germany landed his rented            “For me the most important
                                                                                                                                             lished on Monday on the 25th      Cessna near St Basil’s             thing was to fly to Moscow and
                                                                                                                                             anniversary of his flight.         Cathedral on May 28, 1987.         give the world my message.
                                                                                                                                                Mathias Rust, 43, told           He was sentenced to four         Looking back I still think I won
                                                                                                                                             Russian      mass-circulation     years in prison but was            because I did what no-one
                                                                                                                                             newspaper Komsomolskaya           released after serving a little    expected,” he said, adding that
                                                                                                                                             Pravda he flew to Moscow           over a year.                       he was lucky the Soviet forces
                                                                                                                                             across the Iron Curtain             “I wanted to take an active      did not shoot him down.
                                                                                                UNITED KINGDOM                                                                                             Tuesday, May 29, 2012
 Blair admits
 being too                         New expenses row
 close to
 Murdoch                           adds to Cameron’s
                                   many woes

 FORMER British prime
 minister Tony Blair told a
 press ethics inquiry on
 Monday that he got too                       REUTERS                  Lords business in 2008 when        into such a mess,” said the
 close to Rupert Murdoch’s                     LONDON                  she was in fact staying for free   popular Sun newspaper in a
 media empire, in evidence                                             with a party colleague.            Monday editorial.
 disrupted by a protester          BRITAIN’S first Muslim                 “I take these allegations           The Warsi expenses row
 calling him a ‘war criminal’.     woman to hold a cabinet post        very seriously,” Warsi said on     comes at a terrible time for
    A middle-aged man              fought back on Monday               Monday in Malaysia, where          Cameron, whose reputation
 burst into the courtroom          against allegations she had         she was on an official visit.       has been battered over the
 where       the     Leveson       made improper expense               “It’s why I said right at the      past two months by an
 Inquiry is held and shout-        claims, the latest in a series of   outset that I would fully coop-    unpopular tax cut for high
 ed “this man should be            public relations disasters to       erate with any investigation,”     earners, a scandal over big
 arrested for war crimes”          hit her political patron, Prime     she told the television chan-      party donors gaining access
 while Blair was speaking,         Minister David Cameron.             nel ITV, denying that she had      to him and endless embar-
 before being hustled out.            Sayeeda Warsi, a lawyer of       done anything wrong.               rassing details about his
    The reference was to           South Asian origin who                                                 party’s courting of Rupert
 Blair’s decision to take          describes herself as a                 It stretches                    Murdoch’s media empire.
 Britain to war in Iraq and        “Northern,       working-class         credulity that                     Warsi has referred the alle-
 Afghanistan during his            roots, urban, working mum”,            after all the                   gations against her to the
 time in office from 1997           cuts an unusual figure in               expenses scan-                  House of Lords commission-
 until 2007.                       Cameron’s         Conservative         dals, and all the               er for standards, who will
    Judge Brian Leveson,           Party, whose leadership is             transparency                    consider whether an investi-
 who is heading the inquiry,       dominated by privileged white          pledges by David                gation is necessary.
 apologised to Blair and           men from the affluent south.            Cameron, some-                     The man making the allega-
 immediately ordered an               Cameron elevated Warsi in           one so senior                   tions, medical doctor Wafik
 investigation into how the        2007 to the House of Lords,            should get into                 Moustafa, was reported by
 man had gained access to a        giving her the title of                such a mess.                    several newspapers to have a
 ‘secure corridor’ into the        Baroness, and when he took                                             grievance       against     the
 courtroom.                        office in 2010 he made her             The slightest whiff of scan-     Conservatives. The papers
    In his evidence, Blair,        party chairman and gave her         dal related to expenses is         said he was angry over the
 who is godfather to one of        a seat at the cabinet table.        political poison in Britain        party’s refusal to recognise a
 Rupert Murdoch’s chil-               Her rise was widely inter-       since a huge scandal over hun-     group he had founded, the
 dren, was asked about his         preted as part of Cameron’s         dreds of dubious claims filed       Conservative Arab Network.
 close relationship with the       drive to rebrand the                by lawmakers from both main           Whether or not Warsi is
 media baron whose                 Conservatives and broaden           parties dominated the news         eventually vindicated, she is
 tabloid The Sun —                 their appeal. But the strategy      agenda for much of 2009.           likely to be lastingly damaged
 Britain’s top-selling news-       risked backfiring after Warsi          “It stretches credulity that     by the bad publicity. Warsi has
 paper — gave Blair its            was accused on Sunday of            after all the expenses scan-       ruffled many feathers during
 backing.                          claiming taxpayers’ money           dals, and all the transparency     her career, repeatedly causing
    Blair said he had made a       for overnight stays in London       pledges by David Cameron,          controversy with comments
 strategic decision not to         during visits on House of           someone so senior should get       on religious and racial topics.   Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the European Union summit, in Brussels, recently.    (EPA)
 take on the power of the
 press during his time in
 office, despite calls for
 tougher media regulation
 following the death of
 Diana, princess of Wales
 in 1997.
                                   Odds lengthen on Osborne’s gamble                                                                                                                                               No plans to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   offer mobile
    He said he had taken
 care to court the press                      REUTERS
                                                                                                                                            bet and reinflate.                   EU measure of borrowing - is       access: Sky
 because if media groups                                                                                                                       Even the International           forecast by the European
 had turned against him, it                                                                                                                 Monetary Fund (IMF) has told        Commission to reach 6.5 per-                 REUTERS
 would have been a “huge           IN George Osborne’s office, a                                                                             Britain and the Bank of             cent of GDP in 2013, higher                    LONDON
 and sustained attack”.            framed       cartoon     shows                                                                           England to do more to stimu-        than any other EU state
    Asked whether he had           Britain’s Chancellor being                                                                               late demand, though bond            barGreece with 8.4 percent         BRITISH satellite broadcaster
 got too close to Murdoch’s        crushed by an elephant                                                                                   investors say reducing the          and Ireland at 7.5 percent.        BSkyB has no current plans to
 News International, he            labelled debt.                                                                                           deficit remains essential to pre-       Osborne was just 38 when        add mobile phone services to its
 replied: “Yes.”                      The irony may be choking                                                                              serving government credibility.     he took the job in 2010,           television, broadband and land-
    But he added, “I don’t         for Osborne: his bet on                                                                                     “Those that argue for a lot      becoming the youngest              line offerings, a spokesman said
 know a policy that we             Britain growing out of its debt                                                                          of government spending              Chancellor of the Exchequer        on Monday, after the Sunday
 changed as a result of            addiction is in doubt and the                                                                            underestimate the need to be        since the appointment in           Times reported it had held talks
 Rupert Murdoch. Part of           $2.5 trillion (1.59 trillion                                                                             able to sell your bonds to          1886 of Winston Churchill’s        about buying mobile spectrum.
 my job was to manage this         pounds) economy is bracing                                                                               bond markets,” said Jamie           father Randolph. But when             Mobile operator Everything
 situation so that we didn’t       for what Prime Minister                                                                                  Stuttard, fixed-income port-         he arrived at the offices of the    Everywhere has been forced to
 get into a position where         David Cameron has warned                                                                                 folio manager at Fidelity,          Treasury, his deputy had           sell some of its spectrum after
 we were changing policy.”         could be the breakup of the                                                                              which manages $231.6 billion        been left a note by departing      becoming Britain’s biggest car-
    The biggest problem in         eurozone.                           Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (left) arrives for a      in assets.                          Labour treasury chief secre-       rier through the merger of
 the British press, he said,          On inheriting Britain’s          cabinet meeting at Downing Street, in London, recently. (REUTERS)       “In this government bond         tary Liam Byrne saying: “I’m       Deutsche Telekom’s and
 was blurred lines between         biggest peacetime deficit,                                                                                market that is bifurcating into     afraid there’s no money left”.     France Telecom’s         British
 news and comment in               Osborne gambled he could            worked, he can do the budget                                         the haves and have-nots, the           Osborne faced a budget          operations that created it.
 some papers, where                charm bond investors by slash-      and say ... ‘Here is a thank-you      Osborne faced a                UK is still in the haves. But it    deficit of 11 percent and the          The Sunday Times said
 reporting becomes an              ing spending, but that growth       budget for four years of aus-         budget deficit of              is important for policy mak-        UK gilt market was, in the         BSkyB had spoken to
 ‘instrument of political          rates of between 2.0 and 3.0        terity’,” Mark Garnier, who           11 percent and                 ers to continue to retain cred-     words of Pimco’s Bill Gross,       Everything Everywhere about
 power’.                           percent would kick in from          sits on parliament’s Treasury         the UK gilt market             ibility in terms of keeping         the manager of the world’s         buying some of the spectrum.
    Blair, now a Middle East       2013 to lift the mood of voters     Select Committee and is like          was, in the words              inflation low and a conserva-        biggest bond fund, ‘resting on        The BSkyB spokesman said:
 peace envoy, identified The        ahead of the 2015 election.         Osborne a member of the               of Pimco’s Bill                tive approach on the fiscal          a bed of nitroglycerine’           “As you might expect we regu-
 Sun and the right-wing               Britain has however slipped      Conservative Party, said.             Gross, the manag-              side,” Stuttard said.               because debt was far too           larly meet with a wide range of
 Daily Mail, owned by              back into recession, making            “I am now convinced that           er of the world’s                 Since the coalition came to      high.                              companies to explore and
 Associated Newspapers, as         the task of reducing borrow-        won’t happen,” Garnier, who           biggest bond fund,             power, the bond market has             Initially dismissed by some     understand potential opportu-
 Britain’s most powerful           ing much harder, while              said external factors such as         ‘resting on a bed              been distorted by the Bank of       - including Bank of England        nities. While we continue to
 newspapers.                       spending cuts have upset mil-       the euro crisis and high oil          of nitroglycer-                England’s 325 billion pound         Governor Mervyn King - as          extend our leadership in
    “Once they are against         lions of voters.                    prices were to blame, said.           ine’because debt               bond purchase facility, push-       too wet behind the ears to         mobile content, we currently
 you, that’s it. It’s full            “I thought, you know what,       “It’s the worst possible out-         was far too high.              ing down the yield on the           cope with the situation,           have no plans to offer mobile
 frontal, day in, day out;         I am convinced that George          come.”                                                               benchmark 10-year gilt to a         Osborne went for the jugular       access beyond our existing
 basically a lifetime com-         Osborne is cutting as deep as          Cameron, who staked the         government on reducing            record low of 1.74 percent.         and silenced many doubters         public WiFi network,” he said
 mitment,” he said.                he can now so that when we          reputation          of       the   Britain’s debts, is now under        But Britain’s Maastricht         with an ambitious emergency        in a statement emailed to
                                   come to 2014 and it has             Conservative-led coalition         pressure to close Osborne’s       Treaty deficit - the standard        budget.                            Reuters.

                                                                       Ireland’s islanders kick off EU treaty vote
                                                                                    AFP                   and Galway traditionally vote     showed many voters were still          The Sinn Fein party, the          It had to vote twice before it
                                                                                   DUBLIN                 early, in case bad weather        undecided.                          pact’s main critics, say it        passed two founding EU
                                                                                                          delays getting the ballot boxes                                       would ‘write austerity into the    treaties, the Nice and Lisbon
                                                                       THE FIRST votes in Ireland’s       back to count centres on the         If Irish voters                  constitution’ of Ireland,          accords. If Irish voters reject
                                                                       referendum on the EU fiscal         mainland.                            reject the fiscal                which was forced to seek an        the fiscal pact, however, it will
                                                                       pact were cast on Monday on           The Irish environment             pact it will only                85-billion-euro ($106-billion)     only affect Ireland and its
                                                                       five remote islands off the         ministry, which administers          affect Ireland and               bailout from the EU and            access to EU funds — it will
                                                                       northwest coast ahead of           referendums, said 765 people         its access to EU                 International Monetary Fund        not hold back other member
                                                                       Thursday’s ballot on the main-     living on five islands off            funds — it will not              in 2010. Under the fiscal pact,     states.
                                                                       land, the government said.         Donegal would be able to cast        hold back other                  any country that fails to ratify     The pact, drawn up in
                                                                          Ireland’s referendum is         their votes on Monday, fol-          member states.                   will not be allowed access to      response to the eurozone cri-
                                                                       expected to be the only            lowed by 194 on three islands                                         the European Stability             sis, forces countries to
                                                                       plebiscite in the European         off Mayo on Tuesday.                In a national televised           Mechanism, the permanent           enshrine in national law a so-
                                                                       Union on the pact, which is           Some 1,164 voters on five       address on Sunday Prime             EU bailout fund that comes         called ‘golden rule’ to balance
                                                                       designed to strengthen the         islands off Galway can vote on    Minister Enda Kenny called          into force in July.                budgets or face automatic
                                                                       euro currency through tighter      Wednesday.                        for a ‘strong’ vote in favour of       The Irish vote will be          sanctions.
                                                                       oversight of public finances.          Four opinion polls at the      the treaty to ‘create the cer-      watched closely as the repub-        Polling day on the Irish
                                                                          People living on Irish          weekend put the ‘yes’ camp        tainty and the stability’ Ireland   lic has previously sent shock-     mainland will be on Thursday
A huge banner for a ‘no’ vote to the European Union’s fiscal treaty     islands in the Atlantic Ocean      ahead by between 57 percent       needs to continue on the road       waves through Europe on            when some 3.1 million people
in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday. (AP)                                    off Counties Donegal, Mayo         and 60 percent but they also      to economic recovery.               treaty plans.                      will be eligible to vote.
06         Tuesday, May 29, 2012
                                                        PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA

                                                                  JUDGEMENT DAY
                                                                                                                                                                                   Inside East Asia
                                                                                                                                                                                Malaysian ‘WWW1’                  3 dead, 5 injured in
                                                                                                                                                                                licence plate sells               Indonesia football
                                                                                                                                                                                for $165,600                      match
                                                                                                                                                                                KUALA LUMPUR The                  JAKARTA Three people
                                                                                                                                                                                World Wide Web has                were killed and five badly
                                                                                                                                                                                inspired a bidding war in         injured when fans pelted
                                                                                                                                                                                Malaysia on licence plates.       each other with rocks and
                                                                                                                                                                                   When the prefix                 bricks in a violent clash at
                                                                                                                                                                                “WWW” became available            a football match in
                                                                                                                                                                                on this Southeast Asian           Indonesia, police said on
                                                                                                                                                                                country’s plates, more            on Monday.
                                                                                                                                                                                than 18,000 people sub-              Fighting broke out on
                                                                                                                                                                                mitted bids. The Road             Sunday night at the Gelora
                                                                                                                                                                                Transport Department said         Bung Karno Stadium in
                                                                                                                                                                                on Monday that the most           Jakarta, where the home
                                                                                                                                                                                coveted plate, “WWW1,”            team Persija Jakarta were
                                                                                                                                                                                sold for a record 520,000         playing rivals Persib
                                                                                                                                                                                ringgit ($165,600) to             Bandung in front of a
                                                                                                                                                                                Malaysian royal state             packed house of 80,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                leader Sultan Ibrahim                It is the same venue
                                                                                                                                                                                Ismail.                           where two people were
                                                                                                                                                                                   The constitutional leader      killed in a stampede during
                                                                                                                                                                                of Malaysia’s southern            a Southeast Asian Games
                                                                                                                                                                                Johor state is reputedly a        match last year.
                                                                                                                                                                                car enthusiast.                      “Three people died after
                                                                                                                                                                                   Officials estimate the          a fight broke out among the
                                                                                                                                                                                successful WWW bids will          crowd at a football match
                                                                                                                                                                                earn the transport depart-        on Sunday night,” National
                                                                                                                                                                                ment 11.3 million ringgit         police spokesman Saud
                                                                                                                                                                                ($3.6 million).                   Usman Nasution said.
                                                                                                                                                                                   The previous highest              Jakarta police
                                                                                                                                                                                sum paid for a license            spokesman Rikwanto said
                                                                                                                                                                                plate in Malaysia was             they would tighten restric-
                                                                                                                                                                                300,100 ringgit                   tions on issuing of football
                                                                                                                                                                                ($95,600) in 2010 for             match permits. Smaller
                                                                                                                                                                                MCA1, the acronym for a           stadiums might be used in
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile at the conclusion of the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona (inset), in Manila, on Monday.   (REUTERS)           national political party. (AP)    the future, he said. (AFP)

Manila top judge’s impeachment
trial winds up, verdict likely today
             AFP                  the limits of his salary and           Corona had declared a           while separately being tried         His lawyer Eduardo de los
            MANILA                which he failed to declare as       2010 net worth of 22.9 mil-        for vote-rigging.                  Angeles stressed that Corona
                                  required by the constitution.       lion pesos (about $533,000).          Amid accusations Aquino         did not commit any ‘high
THE PHILIPPINES’ top                 Chief prosecutor Niel               The trial has been closely      may have violated constitu-        crime’, as cited by the consti-
judge will learn his fate on      Tupas called on the Senate,         watched because it is seen as      tional provisions in his zeal to   tution, such as treason,
Tuesday after prosecutors         sitting as a special tribunal, to   a major part of Aquino’s           remove Corona, the president       bribery, or corruption, so he
accused him of ‘deception of      find the 63-year-old guilty          determination to stamp out         is confident that the top judge     should not be removed.
the highest order’ and called     and hand him the stiffest           corruption in an impover-          will be removed from office,          Corona’s failure to declare       UK woman held for smuggling drugs into Indonesia
for his sacking, as his his-      penalty possible — a guilty         ished country where graft is       his spokeswoman Abigail            his dollar savings was covered      DENPASAR A British woman was arrested for allegedly
toric    four-month      trial    verdict on any of the three         endemic. Fed up of it, the         Valte told reporters.              under the country’s bank-           smuggling cocaine into the Indonesian island of Bali, an
reached a climax.                 charges will see him ousted.        public largely supports his           “The most important thing       confidentiality laws, and at         official said on Monday, and may face the death penalty
   The     first    Philippine        It can also impose the less-     drive.                             is his own admission,” Valte       most was a minor breach of          under stiff anti-drug laws.
Supreme Court justice to          er penalties of censure, repri-        Aquino was elected to the       said of Corona, who testified       another law requiring officials         Customs officials detained the woman, identified as
stand trial, Renato Corona is     mand, fine or a suspension.          presidency in 2010 on a            last week that he did not          to declare all their assets, de     Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, on May 19 with almost five
accused of hiding millions of        “His lies in the statement       platform to end corruption,        declare his deposits because       los Angeles added.                  kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine after arriving at the air-
dollars’ worth of assets and      of assets, liabilities and net      which he claimed reached           of a law that guaranteed             “Certainly a high govern-         port in Denpasar on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok.
other graft, claims he says       worth run into the hundreds         pervasive levels during his        absolute bank secrecy.             ment official should not be             “We arrested the suspect after we found 4,791 grams of
were cooked up by President       of millions of pesos and can-       predecessor Gloria Arroyo’s           Sixteen votes are required      impeached nor removed from          cocaine in her suitcase. She hid it in the lining of her suit-
Benigno Aquino to have him        not be ignored,” Tupas said         term.                              to unseat Corona. The 23 sen-      office for any minor breach of       case,” Denpasar airport customs chief I Made Wijaya told
removed.                          in his closing argument,               Aquino accused Arroyo of        ators, only four of them mem-      the law,” the lawyer said.          reporters.
   Prosecutors say Corona         after four months of at-            illegally appointing Corona as     bers of Aquino’s party, have         Last week, an emotional              “We conducted an X-ray scan on the luggage, found a
blocked graft-tainted ex-pres-    times emotional scenes.             chief justice just before she      been tight-lipped about how        Corona appeared as the final         suspicious substance in it and then examined it,” he said.
ident Gloria Arroyo’s prose-         “It is lying, it is dishon-      stepped down, allegedly to         they intended to vote. Corona      witness in his defence and             The cocaine has a street value of more than 23 billion
cution and amassed $2.4 mil-      esty, it is deception of the        protect her from prosecution.      has been backed by his peers       accused Aquino of a conspira-       rupiah ($2.5 million). (AFP)
lion in savings — way above       highest order.”                     Arroyo is now in detention         in the judiciary.                  cy to oust him.

                                        ROADSIDE BOMB BLAST
     Thai security personnel inspect the site of a roadside bomb blast, in Pattani province, Thailand, on Monday. Four Thai gov-
     ernment security volunteers were killed and three others were wounded when their vehicle was targeted as they were on
                                                                                                                                            Malaysia’s Anwar seeks to
     patrol in Kapho district, police said. (REUTERS)
                                                                                                                                            strike out protest charges
                                                                                                                                                         AFP                                                     tees of freedom of assembly,
                                                                                                                                                    KUALA LUMPUR                                                 while the court order ban-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ning protesters from a cen-
                                                                                                                                            MALAYSIAN          opposition                                        tral square did not specifical-
                                                                                                                                            leader Anwar Ibrahim                                                 ly name Anwar, he said
                                                                                                                                            applied on Monday to strike                                             Anwar, who has pleaded
                                                                                                                                            out criminal charges that he                                         not guilty and vowed to fight
                                                                                                                                            took part in an illegal politi-                                      the charges, could be fined
                                                                                                                                            cal rally last month and that                                        up to 10,000 ringgit
                                                                                                                                            could bar him standing in                                            ($3,100) for the charge
                                                                                                                                            elections.                                                           under the assembly law.
                                                                                                                                              Anwar and two opposition                                              In Malaysia, anyone fined
                                                                                                                                            party      colleagues    were                                        more than 2,000 ringgit for a
                                                                                                                                            charged last week with                                               crime is barred from contest-
                                                                                                                                            breaking a controversial new                                         ing elections for five years
                                                                                                                                            law outlawing street marches                                         although they can run while
                                                                                                                                            and violating a court order                                          any guilty verdict is on
                                                                                                                                            specifically banning the rally                                        appeal.
                                                                                                                                            from the centre of the capital                                          In January, Anwar, 64,
                                                                                                                                            Kuala Lumpur.                     Anwar Ibrahim                      was acquitted of sodomy in a
                                                                                                                                              Tens of thousands gath-                                            long-running trial that he
                                                                                                                                            ered on April 28 to demand         Anwar has dis-                    claimed was engineered by
                                                                                                                                            reform of an electoral system      missed the                        the government of Prime
                                                                                                                                            that critics say is biased         charges as a ploy                 Minister Najib Razak after
                                                                                                                                            toward the coalition that has      to remove him                     the opposition coalition
                                                                                                                                            ruled Malaysia since inde-         from politics                     made          unprecedented
                                                                                                                                            pendence in 1957.                  ahead of elections                inroads during elections in
37 Chinese,                                     DPA
                                                                      on Sunday during raids on
                                                                      two houses in the Manila sub-
                                                                                                         timising nationals in China
                                                                                                         since 2007 and moved opera-
                                                                                                                                              Some protesters breached
                                                                                                                                            a security barricade and were
                                                                                                                                                                               that must be called
                                                                                                                                                                               by early next year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anwar, a former deputy

Taiwanese                         THIRTY-SEVEN Chinese and
                                  Taiwanese suspects were
                                                                      urb of Paranaque, said
                                                                      Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr,
                                                                      chief of the Philippine police’s
                                                                                                         tions from the mainland after
                                                                                                         a crackdown in 2010.
                                                                                                            He said the suspects posed
                                                                                                                                            met with tear gas and water
                                                                                                                                            cannon, touching off clashes
                                                                                                                                            with police that saw more
                                                                                                                                                                                His legal team filed appli-
                                                                                                                                                                              cations on Monday at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 prime minister, was previ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ously imprisoned for corrup-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tion and sodomy after he fell
arrested in                       arrested in the Philippines for
                                  allegedly running a fraud syn-
                                                                      investigation unit.
                                                                        Pagdilao said Chinese
                                                                                                         as police officers when they
                                                                                                         call their victims and tell
                                                                                                                                            than 500 people arrested.
                                                                                                                                              Anwar has dismissed the
                                                                                                                                                                              Kuala Lumpur court to strike
                                                                                                                                                                              out the charges, lawyer Ram
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 out with his then boss, for-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mer premier Mahathir
Philippines                       dicate targeting victims in
                                  China, police said on
                                                                      police officers sought the help
                                                                      of their local counterparts in
                                                                                                         them that their bank accounts
                                                                                                         were being used for money
                                                                                                                                            charges as a ploy to remove
                                                                                                                                            him from politics ahead of
                                                                                                                                                                              Karpal said.
                                                                                                                                                                                They argue that the assem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mohamad, in 1998. He was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 released from jail in 2004
for fraud                         Monday.
                                     The suspects were arrested
                                                                      tracking down the syndicate,
                                                                      which allegedly had been vic-
                                                                                                         laundering and funding ter-
                                                                                                         rorist activities.
                                                                                                                                            elections that must be called
                                                                                                                                            by early next year.
                                                                                                                                                                              bly law is unconstitutional
                                                                                                                                                                              because it violates guaran-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 after the sodomy conviction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 was overturned.
                                                                                                          SOUTH ASIA                                                                                        Tuesday, May 29, 2012

  Nepal’s president concerned over power vacuum
               AFP                  Sunday that the country’s           country and unite its more         secular, democratic republic       has no mandate and no              The Nepali Congress rep-           been replaced by a growing
            KATHMANDU               parliament, elected in 2008         than 100 ethnic minorities.        following the abolition of         chamber in place to pass laws    resentatives in the coalition        sense of anger which analysts
                                    to write the constitution after       “The unexpected dissolu-         Nepal’s centuries-old Hindu        and rubber-stamp decisions.      had already resigned last            warned could lead to vio-
  NEPAL’S president voiced          a decade of civil war, would        tion of the Constituent            monarchy after Maoist rebels          Bhattarai formed a nation-    week and the United                  lence.
  concern on Monday as the          be disbanded ahead of               Assembly constituted after a       gave up arms and won the           al unity government two          Democratic Madhesi Front               Political instability has sti-
  country faced a six-month         November elections.                 big struggle and sacrifice is a     2008 elections.                    weeks ago, but his decision to   joined growing calls on              fled economic growth, forc-
  power vacuum and fresh              Lawmakers failed again to         matter of serious concern            An estimated 16,000 peo-         call elections led to resigna-   Monday for the prime minis-          ing many people to seek
  elections after parliament        break years of deadlock on          and regret for all of us,”         ple died in the 1996-2006          tions on Monday from the         ter to step down. The wide-          work overseas, and thou-
  missed a midnight deadline        the nation’s new federal            President Ram Baran Yadav          civil war. The move to dis-        Unified Marxist Leninist          spread hope in Nepal that            sands of Nepalese have taken
  to agree a new constitution.      structure which is intended         said in a public address on        solve parliament leaves the        (UML) members over claims        followed the end of the civil        to the streets in recent weeks
    Prime Minister Baburam          to bring stability to the           Monday. The constitution           nation with a deeply-divided       the early polls would be         war and the abolition of the         to protest at the lack of
  Bhattarai announced on            impoverished Himalayan              was intended to create a new       caretaker government which         unconstitutional.                unpopular monarchy has               progress in their country.

Doubts cast over ‘attacks’                                                                                                                                                     India binds ties
                                                                                                                                                                               with Myanmar
on Afghan schoolgirls                                                                                                                                                          during PM’s visit
             AFP                                                                                                                                                                             AFP                     icy on Myanmar in an
            KABUL                                                                                                                                                                         NAYPYIDAW                  attempt to become its neigh-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     bour’s trading partner of
ALLEGED poisonings of                                                                                                                                                          INDIA’S prime minister                choice.
Afghan schoolgirls by Taliban                                                                                                                                                  signed a raft of deals with              “India is trying not to miss
insurgents regularly make                                                                                                                                                      Myanmar on Monday in a                the bus in Myanmar as it
headlines, but there are signs                                                                                                                                                 historic visit aimed at boost-        opens to the world,” he told.
the incidents could be cases of                                                                                                                                                ing trade and energy links            But he said the “obstacles are
mass hysteria, say specialists                                                                                                                                                 and contesting the influence           always the same for India”,
in the field.                                                                                                                                                                   of regional rival China.              including delays to its infra-
   In a widely-reported                                                                                                                                                           Manmohan Singh, the first           structure projects and a lack
‘attack’ last week, more than                                                                                                                                                  Indian premier to visit in a          of     political    confidence
120 girls from a school in                                                                                                                                                     quarter of a century, met             between the two countries.
northern Takhar province                                                                                                                                                       President Thein Sein in the           Indian trade with Myanmar
were rushed to hospital after                                                                                                                                                  capital Naypyidaw as energy-          stood at $1.2 billion in 2010,
scores fainted and others                                                                                                                                                      hungry New Delhi woos                 far short of the $4.4 billion
complained of feeling ill.                                                                                                                                                     Myanmar after dramatic                between         China      and
   Local officials accused the                                                                                                                                                  reforms ended its interna-            Myanmar.
Taliban who banned school-                                                                                                                                                     tional isolation.                        According to data from IHS
ing for girls while in power                                                                                                                                                      The neighbours signed 12           Global Insight, China led the
from 1996 to 2001 of con-                                                                                                                                                      agreements covering an array          ranking in investments in
taminating the air with an                                                                                                                                                     of issues including security,         Myanmar last year, pledging
unidentified ‘toxic powder’.                                                                                                                                                    development of border areas,          $8.3 billion, with India trail-
   In two other cases this year                                                                                                                                                a trade and investment pact           ing in 13th place, with $189
alone a ‘gas attack’ and ‘poi-                                                                                                                                                 and transport links between           million pledged.
soned water’ have been                                                                                                                                                         the two countries.
blamed for mass fainting                                                                                                                                                          Singh will travel to the
episodes in other schools.                                                                                                                                                     main city of Yangon for talks            He is seen as
   The children are always                                                                                                                                                     with opposition leader Aung              looking to expand
taken to hospital and usually                                                                                                                                                  San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, in a             India’s influence
released shortly afterwards,                                                                                                                                                   move seen as a sign that India           after half a
with authorities vowing to                                                                                                                                                     also wants to repair links with          century of military
submit samples taken from                                                                                                                                                      the veteran activist.                    rule left Myanmar
the girls for analysis.                                                                                                                                                           New Delhi was once a                  heavily reliant on
   Usually, nothing more is                                                                                                                                                    staunch supporter of the                 Chinese
heard. But enquiries have                                                                                                                                                      democracy icon, but changed              investment and
found that neither the gov-        An Afghan schoolgirl suffering from suspected poisoning walks with her father, at a hospital, in Kabul, recently.   (AFP)                   tack in the mid-1990s as it              political support.
ernment nor NATO’s military                                                                                                                                                    sought closer ties with
in Afghanistan have discov-        Assistance Force said that at         “Further tests continue, but     he had collected more than          the presence of a strange        Myanmar, and drew interna-               “India does seem to have
ered proof of poisoning.           Kabul’s request it had collect-    at this point it is unlikely that   600 cases of mass hysteria in       odour; and anxiety generated     tional criticism for its engage-      been rather slothful in its
Instead an international           ed samples after 200 students      any foreign substance caused        schools dating back to 1566 in      from a wartime backdrop.”        ment with the former junta.           response to Myanmar’s
expert said the cases had “all     were recently reported ill at a    the reported symptoms.”             Europe, “and the Afghan               He noted there was a histo-    India has since pointed to            reforms compared to the
the earmarks” of mass hyste-       high school in the eastern            With no physical cause           episode certainly fits the pat-      ry of similar cases in combat    recent dramatic reforms               enthusiasm shown by many
ria. “So far no evidence or any    province of Khost.                 established,             Robert     tern”. “The tell-tale signs of      zones, listing examples from     under a new quasi-civilian            other world leaders,” said
traces of any kind of poison or       “Initial laboratory tests of    Bartholomew, a sociologist          psychogenic illness in these        the Palestinian territories in   regime, including Suu Kyi’s           Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific
gas have been found” in gov-       multiple air, water and mate-      and author, told the poison-        Afghan outbreaks include the        1983 to Soviet Georgia in        election to parliament in April       chief economist at IHS.
ernment tests, interior min-       rial samples were negative for     ing scares had “all the ear-        preponderance of schoolgirls;       1989 and Kosovo in 1990.         by-elections, as a validation of         He said Myanmar was in
istry spokesman Sayed              any organic compounds like         marks of mass psychogenic           the conspicuous absence of a          The Afghan incidents came      its stance.                           the grip of a “gold rush”, and
Edayat Hafiz said. A                poisons or other toxic materi-     illness, also known as mass         toxic agent; transient, benign      “within a larger social panic       Singh is the latest in a series    that oil and gas were an area
spokesman for NATO’s               al,” said Lieutenant Colonel       hysteria”. Bartholomew, who         symptoms; rapid onset and           involving the fear of Taliban    of top-level visitors to              of “considerable opportunity”
International           Security   Jimmie Cummings.                   is based in New Zealand, said       recovery; plausible rumours;        insurgents”, he added.           Myanmar as the international          for investors.
                                                                                                                                                                               community begins easing                  Singh, who is travelling
                                                                                                                                                                               sanctions, raising hopes that         with a top-level business dele-
                                                                                                                                                                               the impoverished nation               gation, stressed the countries’

2 NATO soldiers                                                       Lanka busts
                                                                                                          Bangladesh indicts                                                   could be the next big frontier
                                                                                                                                                                               market. He is seen as looking
                                                                                                                                                                               to expand India’s influence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “shared history and culture”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in a statement ahead of the

killed in Afghan                                                      trafficking                         Islamic leaders for                                                  after half a century of military
                                                                                                                                                                               rule left Myanmar heavily
                                                                                                                                                                               reliant on Chinese investment
                                                                                                                                                                               and political support.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Myanmar, formerly known
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     as Burma, was administered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     as a province of India during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     British colonial rule and the

copter crash                                                          ring, 113 held
                                                                                                          war crimes                                                              Indian-backed infrastruc-
                                                                                                                                                                               ture projects in the country
                                                                                                                                                                               include a port at Sittwe on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     two countries have religious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     links dating back to the early
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     spread of Buddhism more
                                                                                  COLOMBO                                AP                   ence from Pakistan in 1971       Bay of Bengal but New Delhi’s         than 2,000 years ago.
             AFP                   “following an insurgent                                                              DHAKA                 after a nine-month war.          presence lags well behind that           India sees Myanmar as the
            KABUL                  attack,” the alliance said. On     SRI Lankan police said on                                               Bangladesh says Pakistani        of Beijing, which is behind a         springboard to a closer con-
                                   Sunday, three troops were          Monday they had busted a            THE chief of Bangladesh’s           soldiers, aided by local col-    host of major energy develop-         nection with the Association
TWO NATO soldiers died             killed, while on Saturday four     people-smuggling ring and           largest Islamic party and           laborators, killed some 3        ments.                                of Southeast Asian Nations
when their helicopter crashed      died in separate bomb blasts       arrested 113 men who were           one of his deputies were            million people, raped about         Renaud Egreteau, of the            (ASEAN) as well as a key
in eastern Afghanistan on          in the south.                      preparing to board a trawler        indicted on Monday for              200,000 women and forced         Institute for the Humanities          partner in counter-insur-
Monday, the military said,           The latest deaths take the       heading for Australia.              alleged crimes against              millions to flee their homes      and Social Sciences at the            gency and economic develop-
taking the NATO death toll to      toll among NATO troops in            The Sri Lankans were              humanity committed during           during the war.                  University of Hong Kong, said         ment drives in its northeast
10 in three days.                  Afghanistan this year to 175       arrested as they were being         the 1971 independence war             Jamaat-e-Islami openly         India was “realigning” its pol-       border areas.
   “The cause of the crash is      and the total in 10 years of       transported in seven vans and       against Pakistan.                   campaigned against break-
under investigation, however       war to 3,022, according to an      a truck to board the boat for         A special tribunal set up         ing away from Pakistan dur-
initial reporting indicates        AFP count based on records         an illegal and dangerous jour-      by the government to deal           ing the war, and several
there was no enemy activity        kept by           ney that cost them an esti-         with charges of crimes              party leaders now stand
in the area at the time of the       NATO has some 130,000            mated $2,000 each, police           against humanity indicted           accused of collaborating
crash,” the International          troops in Afghanistan but          said.                               Matiur Rahman Nizami, the           with the Pakistani army in
Security Assistance Force          they will withdraw by the end        Six people operating the          chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami        committing atrocities.
(ISAF) said. ISAF did not          of 2014, leaving the fight          racket were arrested during         party, on 16 charges, includ-         Nizami and Molla, who
reveal the nationalities of the    against Taliban insurgents to      the raid in the capital             ing genocide and murder.            have been in jail since last
victims.                           Afghan forces.                     Colombo on Monday morn-               Another tribunal indicted         year, are among five top
   Another NATO aircraft             The Taliban have stepped         ing, which came after a tip-off     Abdul Quader Molla, a               Jamaat-e-Islami leaders
crashed during routine opera-      up their attacks across the        from an informer.                   deputy of Nizami, for his           and one former party chief
tions in eastern Afghanistan       country since announcing the         “Our information is that          alleged involvement in              accused of crimes against
on Monday with no fatalities,      start of their spring offensive    over 150 people had signed          crimes against humanity.            humanity.
the military said separately.      at the beginning of May.           up for this particular jour-          Nizami’s trial will begin           The former party chief,
   Taliban insurgents claimed        But NATO deaths so far this      ney,” police fraud bureau           on July 1, while Molla’s            Ghulam Azam, also is in jail
in text messages to journalists    year are down compared to          director J K Mark told.             starts on June 20. If con-          awaiting his trial, which
that they had shot down two        the same period last year.           “They were to go in a boat        victed, they could face the         begins on June 5. Two other
NATO helicopters.                    In April 2011, for example,      meant to carry only seven           death penalty.                      people, including a current
   In the south, an ISAF sol-      51 NATO soldiers were killed       people and spend a couple of          Bangladesh‚ with help             member of Parliament, face       Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (left) with Myanmar
dier also died on Monday           compared to 39 in April 2012.      weeks at sea.”                      from India‚ won independ-           similar charges.                 President Thein Sein, in Naypyidaw, on Monday. (AFP)
08          Tuesday, May 29, 2012

                                       ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER   3, 2006

                                                                          ADEL ALI BIN ALI
                                                                          MANAGING DIRECTOR
                                                                                                                     Invest To Fight Malaria
          DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI                                   AJIT KUMAR JHA
          EDITOR -IN-CHIEF                                               EDITOR                                   Half of 650,000 cases of malaria occur in predominantly Muslim countries
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                                                                                                                            ESPITE best efforts and                      PRINCESS ASTRID OF BELGIUM                              Forum, an initiative that harnesses the
                                                                                                                            tremendous progress, malaria                                                                         unique skills of various sectors to sup-
                                                                                                                            continues to infect an estimated                                                                     port the malaria-control strategy of the
                                      Westside                                                                              216 million people around the
                                                                                                                            world each year. Nearly half of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ministry of Health. I also had wonderful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 meetings with political leaders and gov-
                                                                                                                  these cases occur in predominantly                                                                             ernment officials, during which I was

                Bain Capital’s Lesson
                                                                                                                  Muslim countries.                                                                                              encouraged by Indonesia’s commit-
                                                                                                                     Malaria kills more than 650,000 peo-                                                                        ment to national investment and
                                                                                                                  ple each year, of which approximately                                                                          regional leadership to ensure appropri-
                                                                                                                  560,000 are children under the age of                                                                          ate scale-up and coordinated effort
Romney’s campaign is reaping generous Wall Street contributions                                                   five. In the time it takes you to read this
                                                                                                                  article, roughly 3 more children will lose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 against malaria. I am convinced that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 this spirit of partnership and diplomat-
                                                                                                                  their lives to this preventable and treat-                                                                     ic leadership will be crucial as we work

M   ITT Romney’s campaign claims to be
    outraged that President Barack
Obama would dare criticise its candidate’s
                                                        Capital bought their company and later
                                                        sent it into bankruptcy proceedings. “We
                                                        view Mitt Romney as a job destroyer,” one
                                                                                                                  able disease.
                                                                                                                     These are precious lives lost for lack
                                                                                                                  of a $1 course of antimalarial treatment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to advance the malaria agenda globally.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Investments in malaria prevention
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and control have been among the best
experience of running Bain Capital, a pri-              of them said. The president explained                     or a $7 long-lasting insecticide-treated                                                                       investments in global health, resulting
vate-equity firm. Some Democratic politi-               later that Romney’s principal goals in the                net.                                                                                                           in a dramatic decrease in malaria
cians have also said the president went too             private equity field are not what the pres-                  Malaria disrupts communities and                                                                            deaths and illness. We know that when
far in tarring an important driver of eco-              idency is about.                                          wrecks lives.                                                                                                  we invest in malaria, the return is high
nomic growth. The financial price has                     At Bain Capital, Romney made busi-                         It keeps children out of school and                                                                         and the cost is low. In the case of Africa,
been high: Romney’s campaign is reaping                 nesses more efficient, but often at a high                parents out of work.                                                                                           for example, a US $3.2 billion invest-
unusually generous Wall Street contribu-                human cost. His embrace of Republican                        It costs governments and societies                                                                          ment now stands to not only save an
tions, while Obama’s campaign is raising                budgets that would benefit the wealthy                    billions of dollars in healthcare costs                                                                        estimated 3 million lives through 2015,
far less from the financial sector than it              while hurting the poor and the middle                     and lost productivity. In Africa alone,                                                                        but it could also avert US $36 billion in
did four years ago.                                                        class.                                 malaria costs an estimated minimum of                                                                          lost productivity over the next three
   The Obama cam-                                                             Private equity, rarely              US $12 billion in lost productivity each                                                                       years.
paign, however, is right                                                   by design, has created                 year.                                                                                                             Beyond being morally compelling,
to make an issue of                                                        many jobs. But the prac-                  But there is a glimmer of hope.                                                                             investing in malaria is a solid eco-
Romney’s tenure at                                                         tice of leveraged buy-                    In 2008, the United Nations                                                                                 nomic investment.
Bain. Romney argues                                                        outs, in which Bain was                Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon,                                                                                   Health is the building block of all
that his experience in                                                     a big player, has also                 appointed his Special Envoy for                ments increased by 170 million between                          development, and when we invest in
the private sector makes                                                   contributed significant-               Malaria, Mr. Ray Chambers, and called          2005 and 2010.                                                  malaria, we invest in communities.
him the best choice to                                                     ly to the growth of the                on us to end deaths from malaria by               In members of the Organisation of                            Recognised as one of the UN
revive the economy, and                                                    income gap, moving                     ensuring universal access to malaria           Islamic Countries (OIC), strong political                       Millennium Development Goals, we
voters need to under-                                                      wealth from the middle                 prevention and treatment by 2010. The          leadership and support from the Global                          know that investment in malaria also
stand the precise nature                                                   class to the top end. The              world responded tremendously, result-          Fund has resulted in more than 55 mil-                          accelerates progress in other health
of that experience.                                                        president is helping to                ing in an increase in access to life-saving    lion insecticide-treated nets being dis-                        and development areas by reducing
   Two weeks ago, the                                                      remind voters of the                   tools and products that have driven a          tributed to communities and more than                           school absenteeism, fighting poverty,
Obama          campaign                                                    direct line between                    decrease in malaria cases in recent            75 million cases of malaria being treat-                        and improving maternal and child
released an ad showing                                                     Romney’s previous pri-                 years.                                         ed in accordance with effective national                        health.
a few of the 750 Kansas                                                    orities and the ones he                   Under the strong coordination of the        guidelines.                                                        Recently, the UN Secretary-
City steelworkers who                                                      intends to pursue in                   Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership,              It is clear that we have the proven and                      General announced that malaria was
were laid off after Bain                                                   office.                                we’ve seen malaria deaths decline by           cost-effective tools to prevent, treat and                      among his top priorities for his sec-
                                                                                                                  more than 25% since 2000. In that              diagnose malaria. We also have a global                         ond mandate. This announcement
                                                                                                                  same period, 43 malaria endemic coun-          plan – the Global Malaria Action Plan                           shows his clear commitment and
                                                                                                                  tries worldwide reported declines in           (GMAP) – and a solid coordinating                               determination to defeat this leading
                                       Eastside                                                                   malaria cases by 50% or more, and
                                                                                                                  many have seen decreases in all-cause
                                                                                                                                                                 mechanism in the Roll Back Malaria
                                                                                                                                                                 Partnership, which together provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 killer. I only hope we will respond as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 enthusiastically as we did in 2008
                                                                                                                  child mortality.                               both a roadmap for success and evi-                             and make malaria one of our priori-

                                No To MPs
                                                                                                                     Thanks to bold leadership and               dence that our goals are feasible given                         ties as well. To be honest, we can’t
                                                                                                                  increased funding, global malaria pre-         the right resources and commitment.                             afford not to.
                                                                                                                  vention and control efforts have been             But we are at a critical juncture.                              As Special Representative to the
                                                                                                                  scaled up, with notable progress in sub-          While global funding for malaria                             Roll Back Malaria Partnership, I urge
        Sonia is trying to rejuvenate the Congress in states                                                      Saharan Africa, where approximately
                                                                                                                  90 percent of malaria cases occur.
                                                                                                                                                                 reached unprecedented levels in 2010,
                                                                                                                                                                 challenging economic times have left an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 donor countries and political leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 around the world – including mem-
                                                                                                                  Between 2004 and 2010, the number of           estimated US $3.2 billion funding gap                           bers of key groups like the GCC, OIC

N   EW DELHI has witnessed some con-
    tradictory traffic signals of late. On the
occasion of UPA-II’s third anniversary of
                                                        ly see red. Increasingly known for a cre-
                                                        ative imagination which can conjure a
                                                        conspiracy against her from the most
                                                                                                                  long-lasting insecticidal nets delivered
                                                                                                                  to malaria-endemic countries in sub-
                                                                                                                  Saharan Africa increased from 5.6 mil-
                                                                                                                                                                 in Africa through 2015 that places our
                                                                                                                                                                 progress in great jeopardy.
                                                                                                                                                                    Additionally, we face the very real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and G20 – to make smart invest-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ments and help fill the US $3.2 bil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lion funding gap in Africa. Every bit
assuming office, Congress chief Sonia                   improbable of ingredients.                                lion to 145 million. Programs to spray         threat of resistance to ACTs that stands                        of support – regardless how small or
Gandhi gave her partymen the green sig-                   Given the coalitional imperative to keep                the interiors of buildings with insecti-       to unravel the hard-won gains achieved                          large – has the potential to make
nal to go full speed ahead before the 2014              Mamata mollified at all costs, Sonia’s veto               cides were also expanded, with the             in recent years.                                                enormous impact.
elections, in an effort to win back the elec-           of red lights on MPs’ cars suggests that                  number of people protected rising by 71           Our programs and policies are work-                             The road ahead will be difficult, but if
torate’s waning confidence in the govern-               discretion can be the better part of flashy               million between 2005 and 2010.                 ing, but if we don’t continue to invest in                      we are able to maintain our commit-
ment.                                                   valour. Moreover, red is also the colour of                  Investments in diagnostics and treat-       them, we will lose the fragile advances                         ment, the reward will be substantial. As
   Arguing that as MLAs are entitled to                 the wrong, or debit, side of the financial                ment have also been fruitful. The avail-       we’ve made and millions will continue                           we work to defeat malaria, let us do so
this benefit, the MPs had demanded that                 ledger, and lights of that hue might be                   ability of rapid diagnostic tests has          to suffer. Now more than ever, we must                          with bold conviction and collaboration,
the same perk be accorded to them. Sonia,               interpreted as a taunt to a bankrupt                      made it possible to improve and expand         find creative ways to work together to                          working together to identify creative
however, put paid to the proposal on the                Bengal seeking aid from the Centre.                       accurate diagnostic testing for malaria        maximize the effectiveness of our                               solutions to overcome the challenges
grounds that such symbols of privilege                     Considering that red represents the                    to some of the most remote areas of the        efforts and identify alternative sources                        threatening the progress we’ve made so
would further discredit the scam-tainted                STOP sign on traffic signals, lights of that              world. For example, the rate of testing        of funding so we can sustain our                                we can help communities around the
political class in the eyes of the common               colour displayed on their vehicles might                  in the public sector in Africa rose from       progress and continue saving lives.                             world to thrive.
citizenry.                                              be an appropriate way of identifying those                less than 5% in 2000 to 45% in 2010.           Never before has diplomacy and part-
   Politically, the shade is associated with            who are collectively responsible for the                  And the number of artemisinin-based            nership been so important.                                                 HRH Princess Astrid of
communism, an ideology which makes                      policy paralysis that has brought the                     combination therapies (ACTs) – the                Just recently I was in Indonesia,                                        Belgium is the Special
the UPA’s combative ally, Mamata                        country to a grinding halt, just as it was                most effective antimalarials available –       where I participated in the launch of the                           Representative to the Roll Back
Banerjee, both metaphorically and literal-              getting onto the fast track of progress.                  procured by government health depart-          country’s national RBM Partnership                                           Malaria Partnership
                                                (NYT/ TOI)

                                                                  School’s Unkindest Cut
                                                Countries with the top-performing schools emphasise equity in school financing

           N most states, top-ranked high                      rooms, with 72 percent slated for the               BILLY EASTON | NYT NEWS SERVICE          to get more money. A new statewide                          compete with one another for
           school seniors are shoo-ins to                      neediest schools, whether in urban,                                                          cap on how high local revenues can be                       resources. These so-called reforms may
           attend their local state universities.              rural or suburban communities. This               The problem grew                           raised is further exacerbating educa-                       be cheaper, but they are no substitute
           But that’s not how it goes in New                   commitment, similar to those made in                                                         tional inequities. The cap limits proper-                   for the proven programs that are being
           York these days. In one recent, glar-               other states, came after 13 years of liti-       worse from 2010,                            ty tax hikes to 2 percent, which may                        cut.
      ing case, the valedictorian of a rural                   gation by the Campaign for Fiscal               when Albany made                             sound fair but actually contributes to                         Around the world, countries with the
      school district outside Rochester was                    Equity, based on the state                                                                   school inequality: The permitted tax                        top-performing schools, like Finland,
      rejected by a nearby State University of                 Constitution’s guarantee of a “sound,           $2.7 billion in school                       increase raises a lot more revenue from                     Singapore and Canada, all emphasise
      New York campus because her high                         basic education” for all students.              aid cuts, resulting in                       million-dollar homes for wealthy                            equity in school financing to provide
      school didn’t offer the courses needed                   Unfortunately, that progressive com-                                                         schools than it raises on $100,000                          added resources for schools in poorer
      to compete for college admission.                        mitment was abandoned as the state               the loss of 30,000                          homes for poorer schools. And a newly                       communities. These international lead-
         Such stories are becoming increas-                    faced fiscal hard times.                              educators.                             implemented cap on increases in state                       ers also emphasise ensuring that all stu-
      ingly common across New York State.                        New York started cutting education                                                         education aid means that even with a                        dents have access to a high-quality cur-
      Poor school districts are being forced to                resources in 2009. The federal govern-        two to three times larger per pupil than       slight restoration of state aid this year,                  riculum and providing all teachers with
      cut electives, remedial tutoring, foreign                ment stepped in that year with stimulus       those imposed on wealthy schools.              schools are still forced to make cuts.                      support to continuously improve their
      languages and other programs and                         money directed at schools, which tem-           For example, Poughkeepsie, with a               Gov Andrew M Cuomo has been the                          skills.
      services to balance budgets. Many                        porarily cushioned the blow, but was          student poverty rate of 80 percent, has        most vocal proponent both of cutting                           Cuomo has promoted himself as a
      schools in less prosperous areas face                    not enough to stop the onset of class-        cut its full-day kindergarten to a half        and capping state school aid and of cap-                    leader in education policy. His mastery
      what the state commissioner of educa-                    room cuts.                                    day, while wealthy Jericho offers high         ping local revenues. He has dismissed                       of Albany’s famously dysfunctional pol-
      tion calls “educational insolvency.”                       The problem grew worse in 2010 and          school classes in fashion design and           the impact that cuts and caps would                         itics has made him one of the nation’s
         The obvious losers are students, who                  2011, when Albany made $2.7 billion in        civil engineering Scarsdale offers 22          have on schools – a position that                           rising political stars. But the results in
      will be less prepared for graduation,                    school aid cuts, resulting in the loss of     Advanced Placement courses, while              becomes harder to maintain as district                      the classroom do not match his rhetoric
      college and their careers. But ultimate-                 30,000 educators and increased class          poor and rural Massena, in New York’s          after district reports dire circum-                         – and unless our state government
      ly, all New Yorkers will suffer as the lack              sizes at two-thirds of the state’s schools.   North Country, offers only two, even           stances.                                                    changes course on education funding
      of skilled workers becomes a long-term                     The program cuts ranged from sum-           though many colleges now give AP                  Simultaneously, Cuomo has been a                         policy, they never will.
      drain on economic activity across the                    mer school to Advanced Placement              courses greater weight than SAT scores         proponent of trendy “market reforms,”
      state.                                                   courses, but the cuts have been harsh-        in admissions.                                 like increasing the role of standardised                                 The author is the executive
         Only five years ago, the state commit-                est in poor communities. Over all, cuts         On top of the multiyear cuts, the state      tests in evaluating teachers and using                                   director of the Alliance for
      ted to pumping $5.5 billion into class-                  to poor and middle-class schools were         has made it harder for school districts        the same tests to make school districts                                         Quality Education.

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                                                                                                   ANALYSIS                                                                                Tuesday, May 29, 2012
                                                                                                   Romney announced that
     Health is                                                                                     “if every one of our small
                                                                                                   businesses added just two
                                                                                                   employees, Americans could
     Wealth                                            Amazing America
                                                                                                   pay more mortgages and buy
                                                                                                   more groceries and fill their
                                                                                                   gas tanks.”
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Can You Hear                                                                                                                                                                     A Hedge Fund
Me Now?
E  XPOSURE to loud music at a rock con-
                                                             MITT-SPEAK                                                                                                          Manager Outsmarted

                                                             ON SCHOOLS                                                                                                          B
   cert often results in temporary hearing                                                                                                                                           OAZ Weinstein didn’t know it, but he had
loss for teenagers, researchers say.                                                                                                                                                 just hooked the London Whale.
  A small study by the House Research                                                                                                                                               It was last November, and Weinstein, a
Institute revealed that 72 percent of teens                                                                                                                                      wunderkind of the New York hedge fund
reported reduced hearing after attending a                                                                                                                                       world, had spied something strange across
three-hour show. This type of hearing loss                                                                                                                                       the Atlantic. In an obscure corner of the
typically disappears within 48 hours, but if                                                                                                                                     financial markets, prices seemed out of
it occurs repeatedly, permanent hearing             Romney’s attack on Obama for education crisis lacks credibility                                                              whack. It didn’t make sense.
loss can develop, the study authors noted.                                                                                                                                          Weinstein pounced.
  “Teenagers need to understand a single                                                                                                                                            As the financial world now knows, what

exposure to loud noise either from a con-                   ODAY, we’re going to talk         here? So far, W’s presidential            and standards and tests. Romney is       was out of whack was JPMorgan Chase & Co.
cert or personal listening device can lead to               about Mitt Romney’s educa-        endorsement has consisted of say-         definitely way over in camp two.         One its traders, Bruno Iksil, the man later
hearing loss,” study lead author Dr M                       tion speech. Whoa! Calm           ing: “I’m for Mitt Romney” as an             Also, Mitt is going for “bold poli-   nicknamed the London Whale for his outsize
Jennifer Derebery, physician at the House                   down. Of course, it’s exciting    elevator door closed between him          cy changes.” He said “bold” almost       trades, was about to blow a multibillion-dol-
Clinic, said in an institute news release.                  – policy, Mitt Romney, edu-       and a persistent reporter. Do you         as many times as “education crisis,”     lar hole in the mighty House of Morgan.
  For the study, researchers offered 29             cation, speeches. That’s why I            think there’s a connection?               even though the Romney verbiage             But the resulting uproar, in Washington
teenagers free tickets to a rock concert. All       brought it up at the start of a long                                                was un-bold in the extreme. Did he       and on Wall Street, has largely obscured a
of the seats were about 15 to 18 rows away          weekend, so there would be plenty                                                   want vouchers so kids could use          simple truth of the marketplace. Yes, Morgan
from the stage.                                     of pondering time.                                                                  public money for private school          lost big – but, as Mitt Romney has pointed
  Using a calibrated sound pressure meter,             This was Romney’s first foray
                                                                                               Remember No Child                        tuition? The one brief mention in        out, someone else won. And that someone or,
researchers seated with the teens found             into education since he became the          Left Behind, George                     the prepared text of “private school     rather, those someones, turn out to be Boaz
that sound decibel levels (dBA) ranged              presumptive nominee, but it had a          W Bush’s enormous                        where permitted” vanished in Mitt-       Weinstein and a wolf pack of like-minded
from 82 to 110 dBA and averaged 98.5 dBA.           quality of mushiness seldom seen                                                    speak.                                   hedge fund managers.
The average was greater than 100 dBA for            outside of a 6-week-old pumpkin.           education reform law                        Here, in total, were his thoughts        In the London Whale, these traders saw a
10 of the 26 songs played.                          At one point, in a tribute to                 that became the                       on the terrible problem of college       rich opportunity, and they seized it with both
  Derebery and colleagues noted that these          American entrepreneurs, Romney             domestic hallmark of                     costs: “We got to stop fueling sky-      hands. That, after all, is the way hedge funds
levels exceeded the workplace safety stan-          announced that “if every one of our                                                 rocketing tuition prices that put        roll. His cool calculus has made Weinstein a
dards of the US Occupational Safety and             small businesses added just two            his administration, if                   education out of the reach of way        very rich man: He is in talks to buy the Fifth
Health Administration, which sets time              employees, Americans could pay                 you want to be                       too many of our kids and leave oth-      Avenue co-op of a reclusive heiress, Huguette
limits on exposure to sound levels of 85 dB         more mortgages and buy more gro-             generous and not                       ers with crushing debt. Now, these       Clark, for $24 million.
or greater.                                         ceries and fill their gas tanks.”                                                   are bold initiatives. ...”                  It might seem remarkable that someone like
  Following the concert, most of the teens             Or, you know, if they each added          count the deficits?                       But about school reform. Three        Weinstein, a man virtually unknown outside
had a significant reduction in the                  one. Or if the guys in the third row                                                big ideas: First, Romney is going to     of financial circles, could deal such a stinging
Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions            each hired 46.                                                                      make the states provide “ample           blow to one of the world’s largest, most
test, which checks the function of cells in            But about the schools. Romney             The Tea Party folk hatehatehate        school choice.” Unless we’re talk-       respected banks. Jamie Dimon, the chairman
the inner ear.                                      laced into President Barack Obama         No Child Left Behind as a federal         ing, mushily, about vouchers, this       and chief executive of JPMorgan and a face of
  These cells are critical to normal hearing        for failing to resolve the nation’s       intrusion on states’ rights to screw      one sounded exactly like the Bush        the banking establishment, is struggling to
and most vulnerable to damage from pro-             “education crisis,” after he took         up their schools in whatever way          law that allows parents whose chil-      contain the damage from what he has called a
longed noise exposure.                              over. “Wouldn’t it be great if we         they see fit. Romney vaguely              dren are in failing schools to move      “terrible, egregious mistake.” The loss –
  Specifically, 53.6 percent of the teens           could look back on the last four          referred to it as not being “without      them elsewhere. It hasn’t really         JPMorgan put it at $2 billion, but it may turn
said they were not hearing as well as they          years with confidence that the crisis     some weaknesses,” then promised           worked well. It turns out the par-       out to be $3 billion or more – has renewed
did before the concert, and 25 percent              had been confronted and we’d              to end “that political logjam that        ents wanted their local school to be     calls for stronger financial regulation.
reported tinnitus, which is ringing in the          turned the corner toward a brighter       has prevented successful reform of        better, not to ship their children out      Given the secretive nature of the business,
ears.                                               future?” he asked.                        that law.” Are you with me so far? I      of the neighborhood. The magic of        few on Wall Street, including Weinstein,
  Although these cells usually recover, the            Now this was interesting.              kind of like the logjam. I am seeing      the marketplace works great for          were willing to speak publicly about how the
researchers cautioned that repeated expo-           Remember No Child Left Behind,            Mitt, in lumberjack garb, in the          iPods, but not apparently for            hedge funds harpooned the London Whale.
sure to loud noise could permanently dam-           George W Bush’s enormous educa-           middle of a river full of downed          fourth-graders.                          But interviews with more than a dozen hedge
age hearing.                                        tion reform law that became the           trees and the occasional commit-             Second, Romney wants the              fund managers, investors and traders pull
  The authors said more research is needed          domestic hallmark of his adminis-         tee chairman. Perhaps the Romney          schools to have “report cards” on        back the curtain on the ways of this band of
to determine if teenage ears are more sen-          tration, if you want to be generous       boys are along, singing family            student performance so parents           traders and on what really happened.
sitive than adult ears.                             and not count the deficits? Bush          songs. Maybe the dog is strapped to       can make good decisions about               One thing is sure: Weinstein, 38, played a
  “It also means we definitely need to be           spent eight years rolling it out,         a fallen sycamore.                        choice. The only problems with this      central role in this, one of the biggest trading
doing more to ensure the sound levels at            tweaking it and cheerleading for it.         If there’s an education crisis, it’s   plan are: A) The parents don’t want      blowups since the financial crisis of 2008.
concerts are not so loud as to cause hearing        Also underfunding it, but you can’t       one of at least 50 years duration. By     that kind of choice; and B) the          Iksil and his colleagues in the chief invest-
loss and neurological damage in teenagers,          say the attention wasn’t there.           the best national assessment we           schools already have report cards.       ment office at JPMorgan may have lighted
as well as adults,” said Derebery.                     The result, apparently, was an         have available, it appears that the          Finally, he vowed to encourage        the fire, but Weinstein and his cohorts
  The researchers pointed out that                  “education crisis” that Romney put        math skills of American fourth- and       teacher evaluation and accounta-         fanned the flames. In the hedge fund game,
teenagers should take advantage of sound            right up there with the “jobs crisis”     eighth-graders have been going up         bility. This is something the Obama      a business in which ruthlessness is prized
meter “apps” available for smartphones,             and “spending crisis” – all of which      slowly but steadily for decades.          administration has been doing            and money is the ultimate measure,
which provide an estimate of surrounding            he said Obama inherited and then          Reading scores are also a tad better,     through its Race to the Top initia-      Weinstein is what is known as a “monster” –
noise level, and use ear protection when            failed to solve. The president often      although pretty flat. We need to do       tives, much to the dismay of some        an aggressive trader with a preternatural
appropriate.                                        complains about the mess Bush left        much better, and the fight over           teachers’ unions.                        appetite for risk and a take-no-prisoners
  The study, recently presented at an               for him to clean up, but you don’t        what to do next is mainly between            Romney then concluded with a          style. He is a chess master, as well as a high-
American Otologic Society meeting, will be          often hear Republicans singing this       people who think the big problem is       long attack on Obama for being in        roller on the velvet-topped tables of Las
published in a future issue of Otology &            song.                                     a lack of resources and those who         the pocket of teachers’ unions.          Vegas. He has been banned from the
Neurotology.                                           What do you think’s going on           think it’s all about accountability          Happy Memorial Day.                   Bellagio for counting cards.
                                                                                                                                                                                    From offices on the 58th floor of the
                                                                                                                                                                                 Chrysler Building in midtown Manhattan,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Weinstein runs a $5.5 billion hedge fund
                                                                                                                                                                                 firm called Saba Capital Management.
                                                                                                                                                                                 (“Saba” is Hebrew for “grandfatherly wis-
                                                                                                                                                                                 dom,” a nod to his Israeli roots.) It was there,

      Have                                                                                                                                                                       last autumn, that he noticed an aberration in
                                                                                                                                                                                 the market for credit derivatives. He knew
                                                                                                                                                                                 from experience what it was like to lose a lot

     your say                                        Help to Bangladesh
                                                THIS is with reference to the
                                                story ‘Rota-CNAQ team visits
                                                                                                 Fight cervical cancer
                                                                                             THIS refers to the article ‘AMC
                                                                                             to hold campaign on cancer
                                                                                                                                        “Congratulations to Al Arabi
                                                                                                                                         for the HA Volleyball Cup”
                                                                                                                                                     G EORGE P.
                                                                                                                                                                                 of money at a big bank. Before starting Saba,
                                                                                                                                                                                 he was responsible for a team that lost near-
                                                                                                                                                                                 ly $2 billion, in the depths of the financial
                                                                                                                                                                                 crisis, at Deutsche Bank. Others lost even
                                                                                                                                                                                 more. Last November, however, he saw that a
                                                Bangladesh’ published in Qatar               today’ published in Qatar                                 D OHA                     certain index seemed to be trading out of line
                                                Tribune on May 27.                           Tribune on May 27.                                                                  with the market it was supposed to track. He
     Is there an issue you feel                   A team of 30 students and fac-               Aster Medical Centre organ-                                                       and his team pored through reams of data,
     strongly about, or an article              ulty volunteers from the College
                                                of the North Atlantic Qatar,
                                                                                             ised an open event to raise
                                                                                             awareness levels on cervical can-
                                                                                                                                                                                 trying to make sense of it.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Finally, as Iksil, the London Whale, kept
     you want to comment on? QT                 organised by Reach Out To Asia,              cer among Doha residents.                                                           selling, Weinstein began buying.
                                                recently undertook a nine-day                  The programme provided a                                                             At the time, traders in London had no real
     will carry your voice to the               trip to visit a ROTA project in              platform to educate people on                                                       idea that JPMorgan was behind the trades
     public and to places where it              Bangladesh.
                                                  The volunteers visited the Cox’s
                                                                                             cervical cancer and also guide
                                                                                             women towards preventive care.
                                                                                                                                                                                 that were skewing the market in credit deriv-
                                                                                                                                                                                 atives. In fact, they weren’t even sure that it
     matters. Write to us at                    Bazaar region of southeastern                  Cervical cancer is the third                                                      was a single bank or trader. But soon the city
                                                Bangladesh to participate in a               most commonly diagnosed can-                                                        of London, Europe’s financial hub, was
                                                programme of teaching activities             cer and the fourth leading cause                                                    buzzing. Whoever the mysterious trader was,
                                                in non-formal education centres,             of cancer death among women                                                         he or she kept selling derivatives intended to
                                                hands on construction of two                 worldwide.                                                                          rise in value in the event that certain corpo-
                    ADDRESS                     centres and faculty-led teacher                That is the reason why women                                                      rate bonds became riskier. The volume of
           PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar
                                                training workshops in two sub-
                                                                                             the world over need to be made
                                                                                             aware about the disease, its
                                                                                                                                           “Women are heroes!!”                  trades was off the charts. Who could possibly
                                                                                                                                                                                 sell so much? And, what if the trade reversed,
                   TELEPHONE                      This is a great initiative                 prevalence and possible preven-                        A LICIA K EYS                as it inevitably would?
              +974.44422077                     because organisations with                   tions.                                                                                 And so the battle lines were drawn. On one
                                                enough funds can help people                   Consciousness campaigns like                                                      side was JPMorgan, the U.S. banking giant
                                                who really need it. It’s not only            the one launched by Aster                                                           that had weathered the financial crisis far
              +974.44416790                     the fact of giving money to them.            Medical Center will go a long                                                       better than so many of its peers. On the other
                     EMAIL                      Helping with our own hands is                way in highlighting symptons as                                                     were hedge fund managers, including              the best way to empower people               also the modes of treatment                                                         Weinstein at Saba.
                                                and improve their lives.                     involved.
                                                                        SONYA JHONSON                                VANESSA FRITH
                                                                                DOHA                                         DOHA                                                                           To Be Continued
10         Tuesday, May 29, 2012

  President Zardari orders crackdown in Sindh
            AGENCIES                  Federal               Ministers                                         and firing incident in                  more than 450 rescuers. The
             KARACHI                  Makhdoom Amin Fahim,
                                                                             President Zardari                Nawabshah.                             total of bodies retrieved now
                                      Syed Khurshid Shah, Syed
                                                                             showed concern                     Meanwhile, in a separate             stands at three after the first
  PRESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari          Naveed Qamar and Maula
                                                                             over increasing                  development, Pakistani res-            recovery of a body on
  on Monday directed to form a        Bux Chandio attended the
                                                                             weapon prolifera-                cuers have recovered two               Saturday.
  joint task force of intelligence    meeting which set up a com-
                                                                             tion in the city.                morebodies of 138 soldiers                “One of the bodies has
  and law-enforcement agen-           mittee to look into matters of
                                                                             He was chairing a                and civilians buried alive in          been identified as of a soldier
  cies. He ordered to launch a        law and order in the
                                                                             meeting at                       an avalanche in the country’s          and the process to identify
  crackdown operation against         province. Senior officials of
                                                                             Bilawal House.                   northern Himalayan region,             the other one is going on,”
  the criminal elements in            Police, Rangers and intelli-        ation of the city is still the      an army spokesman said on              the spokesman said on con-
  Sindh, Dawn News reported.          gence agencies also attended        worst. Chief Minister Sindh,        Monday.                                dition of anonymity.
    The president was chairing        the meeting.                        Director General (DG)                 A wall of snow crashed on               India and Pakistan have
  a high level meeting at                President Zardari showed         Rangers, Inspector General          a camp of the Northern Light           deployed troops since 1984
  Bilawal House to discuss the        concern over increasing             (IG) Sindh and officials of the      Infantry in the Gayari sector          on the SiachenGlacier, which
  law and order situation of the      weapon proliferation in the         intelligence agency gave sepa-      of Siachen on April 7, trap-           is located at a height of more
  province with special focus         city. He inquired the police        rate briefings in the meeting.       ping 127 soldiers and 11civil-         than 7,000 metres.
  on recent incidents of firing        officials about the routes              The president issued direc-      ians. They are believed to be             The two sides fought a war
  and killings in the capital city    through which weapons in            tions to the police and the         dead.                                  on what is believed to be the
  of Karachi.                         such large quantity are com-        rangers specifically for the           A spokesman for the army             world’shighest battlefield, in
    Governor Sindh              Dr    ing in the city. He said despite    investigations of Lyari opera-      said that two more bodies              sub-zero temperatures, until
  Ishratul Ebad, Chief Minister       availability of all the             tion, firing incident on Sindh       have been recovered after              a ceasefire was announced in
  Sindh Qaim Ali Shah and             resources, law and order situ-      Muhabbat rally in Karachi           weeks of work involving                November 2003.                 President Asif Ali Zardari at a meeting, in Karachi, recently.

Family of doctor in bin                                                                                                                              Gilani supports
                                                                                                                                                     dual citizenship
                                                                                                                                                     for expatriates
                                                                                                                                                                                         US drones kill
Laden hunt slams trial
                                                                                                                                                                ISLAMABAD                8 militants
                                                                                                                                                                                         in Miranshah
                                                                                                                                                     DAYS after the Supreme Court
                                                                                                                                                     suspended a member of parlia-
                                                                                                                                                     ment over her dual citizenship,
              AP                                                                                                                                     Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
          PESHAWAR                                                                                                                                   Gilani has said he was in favour
                                                                                                                                                     of expatriate Pakistanis getting
THE family of the Pakistani                                                                                                                          right to vote and becoming                        AFP                    bin Laden on May 2, and lastly
doctor sentenced to 33 years                                                                                                                         parliamentarians.                              MIRANSHAH                 over US air strikes that killed
in prison for helping the                                                                                                                               There was no restriction on                                           24 Pakistani soldiers in
United States track down                                                                                                                             dual citizenship in the constitu-   A US DRONE attack early on           November. After the air strikes,
Osama bin Laden said on                                                                                                                              tion, Gilani said. He pointed       Monday killed at least eight         Pakistan shut its Afghan bor-
Monday the man is innocent                                                                                                                           out that over 300 councillors,      militants in a volatile north-       der to NATO supplies and
and dismissed his trial as “a                                                                                                                        mayors and members of the           western Pakistan tribal region       ordered US staff out of an air
sham.”                                                                                                                                               House of Commons and                near the Afghan border, secu-        base reportedly used as a hub
   The conviction of Shakil                                                                                                                          House of Lords in Britain were      rity officials said.                  for drones.
Afridi last week added anoth-                                                                                                                        Pakistanis, Daily Times report-        The attack took place in             In March, parliament agreed
er pressure point in                                                                                                                                 ed. The Pakistani apex court        Hassokhel town, 25 kilome-           to reset US relations but on
Pakistan’s already fractured                                                                                                                         last week suspended Farahnaz        tres east of Miranshah, the          condition that Washington
relationship with the US                                                                                                                             Ispahani from the member-           main town of North                   apologise for the soldiers’
Senior American officials                                                                                                                             ship of the National Assembly       Waziristan, which is a known         deaths and end drone attacks
have urged Pakistan to                                                                                                                               over her dual citizenship as she    stronghold of Taliban and Al         on its soil.
release the doctor, and                                                                                                                              also hold the US passport.          Qaeda linked militants.                 But this was the third drone
regard him as a hero who                                                                                                                             Ispahani is the wife of former         It was the third such attack      attack in North Waziristan
worked to stop the terrorist                                                                                                                         Pakistani ambassador to the         in the area since Thursday.          since Thursday when security
leader. Islamabad views                                                                                                                              US Husain Haqqani and was           “The US drones targeting a           officials said eight militants
Afridi as a traitor who collud-                                                                                                                      elected on a Pakistan Peoples       militant compound and a              were killed in Hassokhel. That
ed with a foreign intelligence                                                                                                                       Party (PPP) ticket.                 vehicle fired four missiles           strike was followed by an
agency in an illegal operation                                                                                                                                                           killing five rebels,” a Pakistani     attack on Saturday which secu-
on Pakistani soil.                                                                                                                                                                       security official said.               rity officials said killed at least
   Afridi ran a vaccination                                                                                                                                                                 The compound came under           four militants.
campaign on behalf of the                                                                                                                                                                attack for a second time after          Pakistan       has       been
CIA to collect blood samples         Elder brother of jailed Pakistani surgeon Shakeel Afridi Jamil Afridi (left), in Peshawar, on Monday.   (AFP)                                       some 20 minutes, with US             incensed by Washington’s
of bin Laden’s family at a                                                                                                                                                               drones firing four more mis-          refusal to apologise for the
compound in Abbottabad                 “This was a one-                  and didn’t leave the country.        tencing, calling it “disturbing.”                                          siles, he said.                      November air strikes and US
where US commandos killed              sided decision,”                     “Had he been guilty, he              US-Pakistani         relations                                             Another security official con-     officials have so far rejected
the Al Qaeda leader in May             said Jamil. “All                  would have escaped,” Jamil           plummeted to new lows in                                                   firmed the attack and casual-         Pakistani proposals to
2011. The samples were                 allegations against               Afridi said. He did not com-         November, when American                                                    ties, saying the identities of       charge several thousand dol-
intended to help the US                my brother are                    ment on whether he thought           airstrikes inadvertently killed        PM Yousuf Raza Gilani               those killed was not known but       lars for each alliance truck
match the family’s DNA to              false. He didn’t do               his brother should have helped       24      Pakistani       soldiers,                                          the area “was known for har-         crossing the border.
verify his presence in the gar-        anything against                  the US. The case puts the fam-       prompting Islamabad to                    The court said Ispahani did      bouring Uzbek, Arab and other           US President Barack Obama
rison city.                            the country.”                     ily in a delicate situation. Anti-   block US and NATO supply               not inform the election com-        foreign militants”.                  snubbed Pakistan at a NATO
   Afridi’s older brother Jamil      handled by a government             American sentiment is wide-          lines into Afghanistan.                mission about her dual citizen-        Washington          considers     summit this week, only seeing
and two lawyers representing         official in consultation with a      spread in Pakistan, and people          Pakistan has demanded an            ship, according to Geo TV.          Pakistan’s semi-autonomous           President Asif Ali Zardari in
the doctor said at a news con-       council of elders, instead of by    who are viewed as supporting         apology over the raid and an           “There should be a debate on        northwestern tribal belt the         passing and voicing frustration
ference in the frontier city of      a judge.                            the US or working for                end to drone strikes against           the issue of dual citizenship       main hub of Taliban and Al           with Islamabad.
Peshawar that they will                 The raid by American com-        Washington are sometimes             militants along the Afghan             and parliament should decide        Qaeda militants plotting                Islamabad, which is under-
appeal the verdict, which was        mandos infuriated Pakistani         targeted by militants, especial-     border as a precursor to               on the issue and legislate as the   attacks on the West and in           stood to have given its tacit
handed down last week in a           officials who were not told          ly in the tribal areas.              reopening the supply lines.            world has changed,” Gilani told     Afghanistan.                         approval for the attacks on Al-
tribal court whose proceed-          ahead of time or of the CIA            In his first comments on              The US has shown no sign            a private TV channel.                  North Waziristan is a             Qaeda and Taliban targets in
ings were never made public.         operation in their country to       Afridi’s conviction, Pakistani       of stopping the covert CIA               He said on Sunday the expa-       stronghold of the Haqqani            the past, has become increas-
   “This was a one-sided deci-       track him down. Afridi was          Prime Minister Yousuf Raza           attacks, which have picked up          triate Pakistanis should not be     network — Afghan insurgents          ingly vocal about its opposition
sion,” said Jamil. “All allega-      arrested in the weeks after         Gilani called Afridi’s actions       pace this week after a lull for        deprived of their right to          blamed for a series of spectac-      to the perceived violation of
tions against him are false.         the raid. He was convicted          “wrong” but said he had the          most of the year. The latest           become members of parlia-           ular attacks on Western tar-         national sovereignty.
He didn’t do anything against        and sentenced last week for         right to a fair trial. “He should    attack came late on Sunday             ment and voters in Pakistan.        gets in Kabul — and Pakistani           According to an AFP tally,
the national interest.”              conspiring against the state.       be given a right to justice,”        and killed five suspected               The prime minister said             Taliban chief Hakimullah             45 US missile strikes were
   Afridi was tried under the           The lawyers said authori-        Gilani said in an interview to       Islamist militants in North            nowhere in the constitution         Mehsud.                              reported in Pakistan’s tribal
Frontier Crimes Regulations,         ties have not given them doc-       Geo TV to be broadcast on            Waziristan region, Pakistani           was it written that Pakistanis         But Islamabad has been            belt in 2009, the year Obama
the set of laws that govern          uments related to the case,         Monday night. Asked how              officials said on Monday. The           could not hold dual citizenship     resisting US pressure to             took office, 101 in 2010 and
Pakistan’s semiautonomous            including a copy of the ver-        would he could get justice,          identities of the dead were not        and could not become legisla-       launch a sweeping offensive          64 in 2011.
tribal region. The FCR doesn’t       dict. Afridi’s brother said the     Gilani said, “through the nor-       known, but the region is               tors and bureaucrats.               against militants in the area.          The       New        America
allow suspects to have legal         doctor had an American visa         mal courts.” US Defence              home to Al Qaeda militants                “I am in favour of it that          Pakistani-US relations went       Foundation think-tank in
representation, present mate-        and pointed out that he             Secretary Leon Panetta on            fighting in Afghanistan and             Pakistanis should have right to     into free fall last year, starting   Washington says drone strikes
rial evidence or cross-exam-         stayed in Pakistan after the        Sunday criticized Pakistan over      Pakistan. The attack was the           vote and become members of          when a CIA contractor shot           have killed between 1,715 and
ine witnesses. Verdicts are          bin Laden raid for 20 days,         Afridi’s conviction and sen-         fourth in less than a week.            parliament,” he said.               dead two Pakistanis, then over       2,680 people in Pakistan in the
                                                                                                                                                                                         the American raid that killed        past eight years.

Parties challenge Speaker’s ruling
         AGENCIES                    ister     to    the     Election                                         tempt charges, Mr Asif has             tion “as required under Article
          ISLAMABAD                  Commission of Pakistan, a                                                described him in the petition as       63(3)”. PTI’s petition, filed by
                                     month after the Supreme                                                  an MNA and not as the prime            party chairman Imran Khan,
THE opposition Pakistan              Court convicted Gilani of con-                                           minister. The PML-N MNA                similarly asks the apex court to
Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-            tempt. The petition by the                                               has requested the apex court to        restrain Gilani from further
N) and the Pakistan Tehrik-i-        PML-N was filed by Sialkot                                                declare the speaker’s ruling           acting as the PM, and to
Insaf (PTI) have filed two sepa-      MNA Khwaja Mohammad Asif                                                 “arbitrary, capricious and ille-       declare Speaker Fehmida
rate petitions in the Supreme        under Article 184(3) of the                                              gal” and ‘restrain’ Mr Gilani          Mirza’s ruling unlawful.
Court, challenging National          Constitution, arguing that the                                           “from continuing to act as a              Moreover, Khan’s petition
Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida          premier stands disqualified in                                            member of the National                 also requests the court to
Mirza’s ruling to save Prime         light of the apex court’s verdict                                        Assembly and from exercising           instruct       the      Election
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani          and that he should be barred        Speaker Fehmida Mirza                the powers of the prime minis-         Commision to decide on
from disqualification, Dawn           from performing further duties                                           ter, pending final adjudication         Gilani’s eligibility as premier.
News reported.                       as the prime minister.              law secretary as respondents.        of this petition”.                     On April 26, Gilani was convict-
  Both the petitions filed               In the petition, a copy of       Since the PML-N does not                He has also requested the           ed for contempt of court for not
Monday challenge NA Speaker          which is available with Dawn,       recognise Mr Gilani as legiti-       court to “direct the Election          writing a letter to the Swiss
Dr Fehmida Mirza’s decision          Khwaja Asif has made the            mate prime minister after his        Commission of Pakistan to              authorities for reopening
refusing to forward a disquali-      speaker, the prime minister         conviction last month by a           expeditiously decide” the ques-        money laundering cases against      People burn a mock US flag during a protest against continuing US
fication against the prime min-       and the federation through the      seven-judge bench on con-            tion of Mr Gilani’s disqualifica-       President Asif Ali Zardari.         drone attacks, in Multan, on Monday. (EPA)
                                                                                                                    INDIA                                                                                        Tuesday, May 29, 2012
No move to hike diesel, LPG prices: Govt                                                                                                                                                                                   Petrol to be
                                   ception, the EGoM will not
                                   meet any soon. Not at least this                                                                                                                                                        CNG costlier
                                   month,’’ he added.
PETROLEUM and Natural
Gas Minister, Jaipal Reddy on
                                     However, officials in the
                                   OMCs said that next review of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in Delhi
Monday said there was no pro-      the petrol prices will come up                                                                                                                                                                      IANS
posal at the moment before the     on June 1.                                                                                                                                                                                       NEW DELHI
Government to hike diesel,           The government is still try-
domestic LPG cylinder and          ing to cool tempers of its allies                                                                                                                                                       EYEING next year’s
kerosene price.                    who had protested against the                                                                                                                                                           assembly polls, Delhi’s
   He also said that no time-      petrol hike before biting the                                                                                                                                                           Congress government on
frame has been fixed for the        bullet on the diesel, LPG and                                                                                                                                                           Monday slashed petrol
meeting of the Empowered           kerosene issue.                                                                                                                                                                         prices, but increased the
Group of Ministers (EGoM) to         The government had on                                                                                                                                                                 cost of CNG and tobacco.
consider such a hike.              May 24 effected the steepest                                                                                                                                                               The petrol price was
   “We are not considering any     price hike of Rs 7.54 per litre                                                                                                                                                         slashed by Rs 1.26 from the
hike in prices of diesel, domes-   in the price of petrol drawing                                                                                                                                                          hiked rate of Rs 73.18 per
tic LPG and kerosene. It is out    protests from the opposition,                                                                                                                                                           litre. Now, petrol in Delhi
of question right now,’’ Reddy     UPA allies and within the                                                                                                                                                               will cost Rs 71.82.Making
told journalists after his meet-   Congress party.                                                                                                                                                                         the announcement while
ing with the Finance Minister                                                                                                                                                                                              presenting the budget for
Pranab Mukherjee to discuss
                                     “We are not con-                                                                                                                                                                      2012-13, Chief Minister
the impact of fuel price hike on
                                     sidering any hike                                                                                                                                                                     Sheila Dikshit said: “At
                                     in prices of diesel,                                                                                                                                                                  present the price of petrol
   Reddy also stressed the need
                                     domestic LPG and                                                                                                                                                                      in Delhi is the lowest
to convene a meeting of the
                                     kerosene. It is out                                                                                                                                                                   among all the metros and
EGoM at the earliest to tackle
                                     of question right                                                                                                                                                                     lower compared to the
the issue of heavy losses being
                                     now,’’ Reddy told                                                                                                                                                                     rates in the neighbouring
incurred by the oil marketing
                                     journalists after                                                                                                                                                                     states of Haryana and UP
companies (OMCs) on the sale
                                     his meeting with                                                                                                                                                                      (Uttar Pradesh) too.”
of diesel, LPG and kerosene at
                                     the Finance                                                                                                                                                                              “I propose to exempt the
a subsidised price.
                                     Minister Pranab                                                                                                                                                                       recently         announced
   The Chief Economic Adviser
                                     Mukherjee to                                                                                                                                                                          increase in the price of
Kaushik Basu was also present
                                     discuss the impact                                                                                                                                                                    petrol from the levy of 20
at the inter-ministerial group-
                                     of fuel price hike                                                                                                                                                                    percent VAT. This would
ing on inflation. The EGoM on
                                     on inflation.                                                                                                                                                                         cushion the impact of the
fuel prices, headed by               Meanwhile, in view of the                                                                                                                                                             increase to a considerable
Mukherjee, has not met since       widespread protests over                                                                                                                                                                extent,” said Dikshit, who
June last year.                    increase in price of petrol,                                                                                                                                                            also holds the finance port-
   Reddy said the meeting was      Mukherjee is expected to write                                                                                                                                                          folio. But, if petrol prices
not convened to discuss diesel,    to state chiefs to consider cut in   Activists burn an effigy of Petroleum Minister Jaipal Reddy to protest against the recent petrol price hike, in Amritsar, on Monday. (PTI)          have been slashed, com-
LPG and kerosene prices but to     sales tax on petrol to partly                                                                                                                                                           pressed natural gas (CNG),
discuss the inflationary impact.    neutralise the impact of price       ern Uttarakhand state and           consumers. Several states then      users.                               reaction from several quarters,       that powers auto-rick-
   “I was requested to come        hike on consumers.                   southern Kerala state have          had responded to this call and        The       Oil      Marketing       including allies of the ruling        shaws and buses and most
and offer my insights before         “We are awaiting inputs            already announced cut in VAT        reduced sales tax or Value          Companies (OMCs) last week           United Progressive Alliance.          taxis, was made costlier.
they finalise the inter-            from the Petroleum Ministry.         on petrol.                          Added Tax (VAT) on petrol.          had increased the price of             In this backdrop, the govern-          “I propose to levy at a
Ministerial group recommen-          Finance Minister will be ask-        Earlier too, the Centre had         Industry body Assocham has        petrol by over Rs 7.5 per litre in   ment has decided not to               moderate rate of 5 percent
dations. I focused on the price    ing the state Chief Ministers to     asked the states to sacrifice a      also demanded that the Centre       view of high crude oil prices        increase prices of diesel,            on CNG used in the trans-
of diesel and its impact on        lower duties,” an official said.      part of the revenue to reduce       and states should cut taxes to      and rupee depreciation.              kerosene and LPG (cooking             port sector. It is relevant to
inflation as a whole. In my per-      India’s capital Delhi, north-      the burden of price hike on         reduce the burden on auto             The decision evoked sharp          gas) for now.                         mention that the neigh-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           bouring states of Uttar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Pradesh and Haryana are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           already levying VAT of 12.5

Purchasing powers of                                                    Girls outshine boys in CBSE results                                                                                                                percent and 5 percent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           respectively on CNG.”She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           justified the move by say-
defence chiefs tripled                                                               IANS
                                                                                   NEW DELHI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ing that CNG rates in other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           states are much higher.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dikshit, who has been in
             IANS                                                                                                                                                                                                          power for the past 14 years,
          NEW DELHI                                                     GIRLS continued to outper-                                                                                                                         faces a litmus test in next
                                                                        form boys in the Central Board                                                                                                                     year’s assembly elections.
WITH criticism mounting over                                            of Secondary Education                                                                                                                                The Congress got a
delays in defence acquisitions,                                         (CBSE) class 12 results                                                                                                                            major drubbing in the
Defence Minister A K Antony                                             declared on Monday. Among                                                                                                                          recently held elections in to
on Monday hiked the financial                                            the eight CBSE regions,                                                                                                                            the      trifurcated      the
powers of the three armed                                               Chennai topped the perform-                                                                                                                        Municipal Corporation of
forces headquarters to allow                                            ance card with a pass percent-                                                                                                                     Delhi.The Delhi budget is
purchases worth Rs 150 crore                                            age of 90.59.                                                                                                                                      pegged at Rs 33,436 crore,
($30 million), a three-fold        Defence Minister A K Antony             Over 8 million students                                                                                                                         over last years’
increase from the existing Rs                                           appeared for the exam this                                                                                                                            Rs 27,067 crore.The
50 crore ($10 million) limit.      rent Rs 50 crore to Rs 50            year, an increase of 5.94 per-                                                                                                                     plan outlay will be
   The decision was taken at a     crore,” the spokesperson said.       cent over last year.”Girls’ pass                                                                                                                   Rs.15,000 crore and the
meeting Antony had with the          Navy chief Admiral Nirmal          percentage was 86.21 percent                                                                                                                       non-plan expenditure has
army, navy and air force chiefs    Verma, Army chief General VK         against the 75.80 percent for                                                                                                                      been pegged at Rs.18,268
here during which there was a      Singh, Air Force chief Air Chief     boys. Delhi recorded a total                                                                                                                       crore. “The budget will be
detailed review of the security    Marshal NAK Browne and               pass percentage of 85.40, a fall                                                                                                                   financed from 94 of our
situation, a defence ministry      Defence Secretary Shashikant         of 0.05 percent as compared to                                                                                                                     own resources and 6 per-
spokesperson said. Antony          Sharma were present during           last year,” a CBSE official said.                                                                                                                   cent as grant from centre,”
also had a one-on-one meeting      the meeting.                           The overall pass percentage       Students celebrate their success in CBSE XII examinations, in Moradabad, on Monday. (PTI)                      Dikshit said. A major
with General VK Singh for            The decision comes over two        witnessed a drop of 0.69 per-                                                                                                                      share - Rs.3,372 crore - has
about 15 minutes ahead of his      months after Gen Singh wrote         cent from the last year among       ing 98.2 percent. Over 8,000        but what I have got is like a        being distributed. There were,        been allocated to the trans-
meeting with the service chiefs.   to PM Manmohan Singh over            Ajmer, Panchkula, Delhi,            students appeared for CBSE          dream come true.” He has also        however, sad faces too.               port sector. Keen to pro-
    The meeting comes three        deficiencies in the defence pre-      Patna,          Bhubaneshwar,       exam from the Gulf region.At        bagged a good rank in IIT-JEE        Teachers could be seen consol-        vide a better health system,
days after the army chief gave     paredness of the army, and           Allahabad and Guwahati.             the capital’s schools, it was a     he said.                             ing the ones who fared badly.         she also allocated Rs 2,124
interviews to television chan-     that letter got leaked to the        Mohammad Ismat, a science           moments of smiles and tears           “I am pleasantly surprised as      While      science       students     crore for upgrading hospi-
nels where he targeted the gov-    media, causing a major uproar        student from Imphal, is the all     even as students celebrated the     I was expecting around 80 per-       embraced the tougher comple-          tals and building better
ernment for allegedly planting     in parliament. Antony also           India topper scoring 99 per-        year-long hard work with their      cent and got 90 percent. I am        tion for engineering and med-         healthcare infrastructure.
stories in the media against       directed the three service chiefs    cent, the official said. Central     parents and teachers.               planning to go for Bachelors in      ical entrance tests, commerce            “Our approach in the is
him. “To accelerate the process    to “explore more avenues” for        government schools Jawahar            For Delhi topper Kshitij Jain,    Business Management from             and humanities students dis-          to increase the bed avail-
of procurement for the armed       giving permanent commission          Navodaya Vidyalayas and             it was a dream come true. Jain,     Delhi University and then do         cussed how the results opened         ability to three beds to per
forces, Defence Minister           to women in the armed                Kendriya Vidyalayas contin-         a student of Delhi Public           MBA,” said an elated Ankita          doors to the cut-throat compe-        thousand population,” she
Antony today (Monday) gave         forces.”Antony also had one-         ued their fine performance           School , RK Puram, secured 98       Mehra, a student of Somerville       tition of making it to the Delhi      said. A total of 2,900 new
his in principle approval to a     on-one meeting with the army         compared to private schools.        percent in the science              School, Vasundhra Enclave.           University cut-off list.              hospital beds will be added
three-fold hike in the delega-     chief in the morning. The                 Anant Srinivasan from          streamBasking under the                Across these eight regions,         The number of cheating cases        with construction of new
tion of financial powers to serv-   meeting lasted 15 minutes,” the      Sharjah (UAE) became the            glory, the Delhi topper said : “I   the common sight in schools          remained the same as last year        hospitals.
ice headquarters from the cur-     release said.                        regional topper in Delhi scor-      expected about 94-95 percent,       was that of laughter and sweets      at 47.

Assam’s anti-dam activist ends fast, to continue struggle
                                                                                                                          PTI                   protest building of dams in          Gogoi not only to end fast but      expressed       apprehensions
                                                                                                                       NEW DELHI                the northeastern region.             also to spread awareness            against the construction of
                                                                                                                                                  “Anna ji asked me to end           against mega dams in the            mega dams in Assam and
                                                                                                            ASSAM’S farmer leader and           the fast, but this only means        entire northeast and in the         Arunachal Pradesh.
                                                                                                            anti-dam activist Akhil Gogoi       that we are going to launch          country, and create a nation-         Kejriwal also questioned
                                                                                                            ended his 10-day-old fast on        the movement against mega            wide mass movement against          the transparency in allotting
                                                                                                            Monday evening following an         dams in a more stronger              the mega dams. Anna ji has          the power projects to various
                                                                                                            appeal from Anna Hazare.            way,” Gogoi told the media           also asked Gogoi to fix a date       corporate houses.
                                                                                                            Extending his support to            after ending his fast by taking      on which a massive anti-dam           “There was no competitive
                                                                                                            Gogoi, social activist Hazare       juice.                               movement can be launched            bidding before allotting the
                                                                                                            urged him to end his fast and         Earlier, Kejriwal met Gogoi        across the country,” Kejriwal       projects and so it is a clear
                                                                                                            said his good health was            at the Gauhati Medical               told media persons.                 case of corruption...on the
                                                                                                            important to continue the           College      and      Hospital         “Anna ji will himself sit on      basis of that, the ongoing con-
                                                                                                            movement against the con-           (GMCH), where he was con-            an indefinite fast along with        struction of all mega dams
                                                                                                            struction of mega dams.             tinuing his fast after being         Akhil Gogoi,” he added.”Akhil       should bestopped.”
                                                                                                            Hazare spoke to Gogoi over          “forcibly” admitted by the           Gogoi is only demanding a             He, however, added: “We
                                                                                                            telephone after team Anna           government since May 25.             cumulative assessment of the        are not against dams. We
                                                                                                            member Arvind Kejriwal              He also addressed a public           mega dams. What is wrong in         want electricity too, but that
                                                                                                            arrived in Guwahati on              rally at the Lakhidhar Bora          this?” Kejriwal asked.              should not beat the cost of
                                                                                                            Monday.                             Khetra, where Gogoi had                He noted that earlier an          local people, environment
Assam’s anti-dam activist Akhil Gogoi being forcibly taken to hospital by policemen, in Guwahati,             Gogoi launched his fast-          started his fast.                    expert committee formed by          and ecology of the region,” he
recently. (PTI)                                                                                             unto-death on May 19 to               “Anna ji has asked Akhil           the     government        had       said.
12           Tuesday, May 29, 2012
                                                                              SOUTH INDIA

                                                                                                                                                                                     Kerala CPI-M
                                                                                                                                                                                     leader charged
                                                                                                                                                                                     with murder
                                                                                                                                                                                                    PTI                    party had physically eliminated
                                                                                                                                                                                                   IDUKKI                  enemies in the district in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1980s. Mani made the remarks
                                                                                                                                                                                     TWO days after a CPI-M leader         while addressing a public
                                                                                                                                                                                     in Kerala claimed his party had       meeting in Thodupuzha.
                                                                                                                                                                                     killed its foes, police on               “Now Mani has to come
                                                                                                                                                                                     Monday slapped three murder           clean on which all other leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                     and conspiracy cases against          of his party are aware of these
                                                                                                                                                                                     him. The cases were registered        cases and who all were
                                                                                                                                                                                     at Thodupuzha, 220 km from            involved in this dastardly act,”
                                                                                                                                                                                     the         state         capital     added Thankachan.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Thiruvananthapuram, against              The CPI-M is in the dock for
                                                                                                                                                                                     M M Mani, the Idukki district         two murders of political rivals
                                                                                                                                                                                     secretary of the Communist            that took place recently — for-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Part of India-Marxist.                mer party leader TP
                                                                                                                                                                                       Mani sent shock waves on            Chandrasekharan               in
YSR Congress chief and MP Jaganmohan Reddy (second left) being taken to Chanchalguda central prison, in Hyderabad, on Monday. (PTI)                                                  Friday night when he told a           Kozhikode and Muslim League
                                                                                                                                                                                     public rally that the CPI-M had       activist Abdul Shukoor in

Jagan sent to jail in assets case
                                                                                                                                                                                     resorted to killing political foes    Kannur — and a number of
                                                                                                                                                                                     and listed four such murders.         their lower and middle level
                                                                                                                                                                                       These murders reportedly            leaders are in custody for these
                                                                                                                                                                                     took place in Idukki in the           two cases.
                                                                                                                                                                                     1980s. Police said three of the          Thankachan also lashed out
                                                                                                                                                                                     four murders were dismissed           at the CPI-M for terrorising the
               PTI                    to Jagan, one of the richest        she would campaign for the         Andhra Pradesh High Court.          regard to the first charge sheet     for want of evidence and those        media who are doing their job
           HYDERABAD                  MPs in the country with             party in June 12 by-elections to      Earlier, during the hearing in   filed by CBI on March 30. The        arrested were let off.                in reporting the daily develop-
                                      declared assets of Rs 356 crore     one Lok Sabha and 18 assem-        the court the CBI alleged that      judge first took up this case for      “Since the cases have been          ments in the two murder cases.
MEMBER of Parliament Y S              last year. Judge A Pullaiah,        bly seats.                         Jagan became richer in a short      hearing and, barring Jagan,         registered under non-bailable         “It’s very surprising that the
Jaganmohan Reddy landed in            who heard arguments from              “I am confident that my son       span of time by looting the         granted bail to remaining 11        sections, Mani could be arrest-       CPI-M is behaving like this. I
Chanchalguda Central Jail on          both sides, pronounced his          will soon come out,” she said      public money. “Jagan enriched       accused.                            ed anytime,” a legal expert said.     am told that they are going to
Monday after a special court          order around 4.30 pm.               while accusing Congress of         himself by dubious mechanism           Meanwhile, a day-long shut-      Director General of Police T          approach the court to see that
remanded him to judicial cus-           Jagan’s entry into the jail in    political vendetta. She alleged    by sending the funds abroad         down called by YSR Party to         Asif Ali had said the cases           no news is given on these
tody for 14 days for illegally        the evening brought an end to       that the arrest was aimed at       and getting the same invested       protest Jagan’s arrest evoked       could be reopened in view of          cases,” he said.
amassing assets, dealing a big        the suspense which began on         preventing him from cam-           in his companies,” said senior      poor response. The shutdown         what Mani said. The Oommen
blow to YSR Congress Party            Friday with the agency sum-         paigning.Chief Minister N          CBI counsel Ashok Bhan,             call had no impact on normal        Chandy government said                  Mani sent shock
ahead of next month’s by-elec-        moning the 40-year-old for          Kiran Kumar Reddy con-             accusing Jagan of running a         life, except in Jagan’s native      Moni’s revelation was “a very           waves on Friday
tions.                                questioning. He was arrested        demned Vijayamma’s allega-         “hawala” racket.                    Kadapa district.Police arrested     serious issue”.                         night when he told
   Amid unprecedented securi-         on Sunday night.The son of                                                Jagan’s counsel menawhile        or kept under house arrest a          Mani had on Friday said               a public rally that
ty, police brought Jagan, as he       late chief minister YS                Jagan’s entry into               argued that the arrest was ille-    large number of YSR party           that his party activists had shot       the CPI-M had
is popularly known, from              Rajasekhara Reddy is accused          the jail brought an              gal and amounted to contempt        leaders and activists across the    dead one a political adversary,         resorted to killing
Nampally Court Complex to             of corruption, cheating, crimi-       end to the                       of court as he was arrested a       state to prevent them from          stabbed another death and               political foes and
the jail located in the old city of   nal conspiracy, criminal breach       suspense which                   few hours before he was sched-      enforcing the shutdown.             beaten to death a third, after          listed four such
Hyderabad.After spending the          of trust and falsification of          began on Friday                  uled to appear in the court in         Meanwhile, the BJP accused       which others fled the area.              murders.
entire day in court, a tired-         accounts. The CBI charges             with the CBI                     response to the court sum-          the Congress of using the CBI         He said the CPI-M always
looking Jagan greeted media           Jagan with having amassed             summoning him                    mons.The counsel wondered           against Jaganmohan Reddy            owned up the crimes it com-              Meanwhile, Congress dis-
persons and security personnel        huge wealth after his father          for questioning.                 why the CBI choose to question      while shielding other ministers     mits. Several CPI-M cadres            trict president Roy K Paulose
with folded hands before              became chief minister in 2004.      tions against Congress presi-      and arrest Jagan at this stage      in its government charged           have been arrested for the May        has also demanded that a
entering the jail.                    YSR, as he was popularly            dent Sonia Gandhi. He said the     when the investigations into        with corruption.           “The     4 murder of activist T P              proper inquiry should be con-
   The CBI court sent the YSR         known, died in a helicopter         Congress had nothing to do         the case were going on for the      Congress is using the CBI           Chandrasekharan, a former             ducted in to all political mur-
Congress Party leader to judi-        crash in 2009. Jagan’s mother       with Jagan’s arrest as the CBI     last nine months. Looking           against its opponents...we          CPI-M stalwart who quit to            ders in Idukki district in the
cial custody till June 11 while       Vijayamma, who sat on indefi-        was carrying out the investiga-    uncomfortable, Jagan was            would like to ask AP Chief          form his own party.                   wake of Mani’s revelation that
dismissing his bail petition.         nite fast in the morning at their   tions on the direction of the      seen dozing off in the court        Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy            Meanwhile, Kerala’s ruling          his party had prepared a list to
The court also dismissed CBI’s        residence to protest the arrest,    court.Jagan is the number one      hall. He appeared to have spent     why is he trying to shield six of   Congress-led UDF govern-              eliminate its opponents in the
petition seeking 14-day judicial      broke down after hearing news       accused in the case, the CBI       a sleepless night in the CBI cus-   his ministers facing charges of     ment on Monday said it will           district.
custody of the accused. It            of being sent to jail. She called   registered in August last year     tody. Jagan was scheduled to        corruption,” BJP spokesperson       approach the election commis-            Addressing media persons at
granted special category status       off her fast and announced that     following direction from the       appear in the CBI court with        Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.             sion to demand cancellation of        the Idukki Press Club in
                                                                                                                                                                                     the CPI-M registration follow-        Thodupuzha on Monday, he
                                                                                                                                                                                     ing revelations of its “politics of   said that the comment of the
                                                                                                                                                                                     murder”.                              CPI (M) district secretary

Kerala govt opposes bail plea of Italian marines                                                                                                                                       “We will now approach the
                                                                                                                                                                                     election commission to cancel
                                                                                                                                                                                     the registration of the CPI-M,
                                                                                                                                                                                     given the numerous episodes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           shocked the conscience of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           people of the State and what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           was demanded was a proper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           inquiry into the political mur-
               PTI                                                                                                                                   Meanwhile, in a separate        of murder that their party has        ders which have taken place in
              KOCHI                                                                                                                              development, Kerala’s Labour        undertaken to finish off politi-       the district.
                                                                                                                                                 Minister Shibu Baby John has        cal opponents,” UDF convenor             He said that the revelation of
THE government of Kerala on                                                                                                                      called upon police officers to       PP Thankachan said.                   the CPI (M) district secretary
Monday opposed the bail pleas                                                                                                                    ignore political affiliations          Thankachan’s comments               should not be considered as
of the two Italian marines who                                                                                                                   while dealing with quotation        came after Kerala Police on           mere remarks, but in its seri-
are accused of shooting dead                                                                                                                     gangs and thus serve the socie-     Monday registered a case              ousness, and an impartial
two Indian fishermen off the                                                                                                                      ty better.                          against Moni, following his           inquiry and strong steps need
Kerala coast on February 15.                                                                                                                       Inaugurating the district         revelation on Friday that his         to be taken against the culprits.
  Government            counsel                                                                                                                  conference of Kerala Police
informed the court that if the                                                                                                                   Officers Association at the
accused are released on bail at                                                                                                                  Town UPS on Sunday, the
this stage, their presence can-                                                                                                                  minister cautioned that if peo-
not be procured.                                                                                                                                 ple lose faith in police, it will
  The marines — Latore                                                                                                                           lead to a state of chaos.
Massimilliano and Salvatore                                                                                                                          “The criminal activities are
Girone - had contended that                                                                                                                      on the rise and quotation gangs
they had not committed any                                                                                                                       and sand mafia play a major
offence as alleged by police and                                                                                                                 role in spoiling youths.
that there was no justification        Italian marines outside a court, in Kollam, on Saturday.   (PTI)                                             They offer perks to teenagers
in continuing their custody.                                                                                                                     to commit criminal offences
  Earlier, their bail plea was        Balakrishnan of the Kerala          with murder of fishermen            central        prison        of     and turn them into anti-social
rejected by a lower court in          High Court on May 22 directed       Valentine Jalastine and Ajesh      Thiruvananthapuram since            elements. The trend is that
Kollam. The Union govern-             the petitioners to implead the      Binki, who put out to sea from     March 5, have been shifted to       even children from affluent
ment was impleaded in the             Centre. The naval guards were       Neendakara in Kollam.              Borstal school, which houses        families are being drawn to
case after Justice M K                arrested on Feb 19 and charged        The marines, lodged in the       juvenile delinquents, in kochi.     criminal activities,” he said.      Kerala CPI-M leader M M Mani

Kerala’s knowledge city may generate 20,000 jobs: Pitroda
                                                                                        PTI                  making Kerala take global             Knowledge city                    Kerala), genomics and syn-               Gopalakrishnan said that
                                                                              THIRUVANANTHAPURAM             leadership in creation of new                                           thetic biology related model-         Massachusetts Institute of
                                                                                                                                                   would be built on
                                                                                                             knowledge and excellence,             niche equity of                   ling, use of green energy based       Technology would be the
                                                                          THE knowledge city, pro-           continuing its tradition of           trans-disciplinary                on architectural systems and          global partner for the initia-
                                                                          posed as a cluster of knowl-       global leadership in equity           studies. It is aimed              study of Indian knowledge             tive, individually or in combi-
                                                                          edge institutions in the State,    and access.                           at making Kerala                  systems and contemporary              nation with Harvard. The city
                                                                          may employ about 20,000               Pitroda said that the              take global leader-               global thought.                       would require 300 acres and
                                                                          knowledge professionals and        Planning Commission had               ship in creation of                  Speaking on establishing           could      be    located     in
                                                                          provide indirect employment        been persuaded to set up a            new knowledge.                    knowledge city in Kerala, R           Kozhikode,        Kochi      or
                                                                          to at least 2 lakh people.         node for teraflop that helps                                             Gopalakrishnan, member sec-           Thiruvananthapuram. Early
                                                                            In his presentation to the       high speed computing. This          includes integrated medicine        retary, National Innovation           start up was possible if land is
                                                                          Chief Minister on Kerala           would leverage animation and        combining modern medicine           Council, said that a knowledge        available and acquired.
                                                                          Development on Monday,             gaming industry into Kerala         with Indian systems of medi-        city was essentially a knowl-            He suggested that the Chief
                                                                          Technology advisor to Prime        with tremendous job poten-          cine, World institute of math-      edge      economy       cluster.      Minister should have road
                                                                          Minister Sam Pitroda said          tial. It would also help location   ematics and its connections         Knowledge economy func-               shows in the United States
                                                                          that Kerala’s knowledge city       of institutions for weather         with contemporary knowl-            tioned by adding value                and Europe to canvas knowl-
                                                                          would be built on niche/           forecasting.                        edge, World institute of            through information and its           edge institutions to populate
Sam Pitroda, Technology advisor to the Prime Minister, in                 brand equity of trans-discipli-       The areas for trans-discipli-    archaeo-metallurgy (given           flows, education, research and         the city once location is
Thiruvananthapuram, on Monday. (PTI)                                      nary studies. It is aimed at       nary       studies     proposed     historical    traditions    in      development and services.             decided.
                                                                                                               WORLD                                                                                  Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blast rocks Nairobi, 30 wounded                                                                                                                                                                               1 dead as
                                                                                                                                                                                                              two Tibetans
                                                                                                                                                                            more with lesser injuries.
                                                                                                                                                                              The Kenyan Red Cross said       selves in Lhasa
                                                                                                                                                                            a disaster response team had
A LARGE blast that wounded                                                                                                                                                  been sent to the blast on the                  AFP
dozens of people in the centre                                                                                                                                              central Moi Avenue in the                     BEIJING
of the Kenyan capital was                                                                                                                                                   capital’s commercial heart.
likely caused by an electrical                                                                                                                                                “I was just passing by and      TWO Tibetan men have set
fault, Police Commissioner                                                                                                                                                  heard a loud I     themselves on fire outside a
Mathew Iteere told reporters                                                                                                                                                ran towards the other side I      temple in Lhasa and one has
on Monday.                                                                                                                                                                  was hit by broken glass,” said    died, reports said on
   “We are able to prove it was                                                                                                                                             George Maina, as he was           Monday, as a wave of self-
not a grenade attack or bomb                                                                                                                                                treated by first aid workers on    immolations in China’s
attack...from the preliminary                                                                                                                                               the street.                       Tibetan areas spread to the
conclusions we do think it                                                                                                                                                                                    heavily guarded city.
was an electrical fault,” Iteere                                                                                                                                                                                On Sunday’s incident
said, playing down fears it                                                                                                                                                   The blast, which                marked the first time such
had been an attack by                                                                                                                                                         ripped through a                protests have taken place in
Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked                                                                                                                                                     small shopping                  the Tibetan capital, which has
Shebab insurgents.                                                                                                                                                            complex on                      been under tight security
   The blast, which ripped                                                                                                                                                    Nairobi’s Moi                   since deadly anti-Chinese
through a small shopping                                                                                                                                                      Avenue in the early             government riots broke out
complex on Nairobi’s Moi                                                                                                                                                      afternoon, left                 there in 2008.
Avenue in the early after-                                                                                                                                                    around 30 people                  US-based       broadcaster
noon, left around 30 people                                                                                                                                                   wounded.                        Radio Free Asia said the men
wounded.                                                                                                                                                                                                      were monks who joined a
   An official at Kenyatta hos-                                                                                                                                                The pavement nearby was         protest against Chinese rule
pital said 27 people had been                                                                                                                                               spattered with blood as peo-      outside the Jokhang temple, a
admitted there alone, with                                                                                                                                                  ple were loaded into an           renowned centre for Buddhist
others ferried to other med-                                                                                                                                                ambulance. “I saw three           pilgrimage in the centre of
ical centres.                                                                                                                                                               women being pulled out in a       Lhasa, before setting fire to
   Kenya has been hit by a                                                                                                                                                  bad shape two of them were        themselves.
wave of grenade attacks in                                                                                                                                                  badly burnt,” said Jacob            China’s official Xinhua
recent months and the police                                                                                                                                                Mulwa, who runs a nearby          news agency said police put
have repeatedly blamed them                                                                                                                                                 shop.                             the flames out “in minutes”
on Shebab or its supporters.                                                                                                                                                  Kenya has suffered a series     and that one of the men,
   Minutes after the blast the                                                                                                                                              of attacks in the past several    named Dargye, survived
pro-Shebab Twitter site Al                                                                                                                                                  months.      Two     separate     and was in a stable condi-
Kataib reported a “huge            The explosion site on a busy road, in downtown Nairobi, on Monday.   (AP)                                                                grenade attacks on Saturday       tion.
explosion      in     Nairobi”                                                                                                                                              wounded at least eight people       Xinhua, which did not
although it did not specifical-       Officials from the electricity     Police pushed back thou-           Many of the wounded who          as ambulances rushed the         in northeastern Kenya, the        identify the men as monks,
ly claim any responsibility.       company were investigating        sands of onlookers who             ran or were carried away from      injured to hospital, but fire     restive region bordering war-     said Dargye was from Aba
   Last month the hardline         at the scene of the blast,        thronged the surrounding           the scene appeared to have         engines extinguished the         torn Somalia. Earlier this        county in southwest China’s
Shebab again warned Kenya          where rescue teams were           roads. The blast was powerful      cuts from broken glass or fly-      blaze soon after.                month attackers launched a        Sichuan province, where
of revenge attacks for sending     working to see if anyone          enough to rip the tin roof off     ing debris.                          An reporter at the site saw    deadly grenade assault on a       many of the recent self-
tanks and troops into Somalia      remained trapped in the           the building and smash win-          A large plume of black           at least ten badly wounded       restaurant in the port city of    immolations have taken
in October.                        caved-in building.                dows across the street.            smoke rose high into the air       people, and around a dozen       Mombasa.                          place.

  Russian girl
  arrested                         Russia distances itself from Australia denies
  over protest
  violence                         Assad, opposes regime change mishandling
                                                                     said at a joint news confer-
                                                                     ence with Hague. “What is
                                                                                                           Lavrov did not squarely
                                                                                                        blame the Assad regime for
                                                                                                                                           descent closer and closer to
                                                                                                                                           all-out civil war and col-
                                                                                                                                                                            soldiers’ bodies
                                                                     important is ending the vio-       the Houla massacre and said        lapse.”                                       AFP                  were used incorrectly during
  RUSSIAN authorities on           RUSSIA insisted on Monday         lence.”                            both the regime’s forces and         Their meeting came after                   SYDNEY                the initial part of the return
  Monday arrested an 18-           that it was not a supporter of      “We do not support the           the armed opposition were          The New York Times report-                                         journey from Afghanistan,”
  year-old girl for allegedly      Bashar Al Assad’s Syrian          Syrian government. We sup-         involved.                          ed the administration of US      AUSTRALIA’S defence chief         Hurley told a Senate hearing.
  using violence against           government but also told          port the plan of (UN-Arab             “Here we have a situation       President Barack Obama was       on Monday denied reports             “In two instances the orien-
  police in a mass protest         world powers to concentrate       League peace envoy) Kofi            where both sides clearly had       considering working with         that bodies of the country’s      tation of the caskets was cor-
  rally earlier this month         on ending spiralling violence     Annan.”                            a hand in the fact that peace-     Russia on a plan for Assad’s     soldiers killed in Afghanistan    rected when the remains were
  against Vladimir Putin,          rather than regime change.                                           ful citizens were killed,”         departure under a proposal       were mishandled during            transferred to mortuary facil-
  officials said.                      The comments from                                                 Russia’s top diplomat said.        modelled on the transition in    repatriation, or that the         ities in the Middle East.
    Alexandra Dukhanina,           Foreign Minister Sergei             Russia has been                     “The government bears the       Yemen.                           corpse of an Afghan insurgent        “And in the third case the
  18, the first protester           Lavrov during talks with            condemned for                    most responsibility what             The paper reported that        was mistreated.                   error was reverently correct-
  arrested in the criminal         British counterpart William         vetoing two rounds               happened, and we discussed         Obama intended to bring up          Australian Defence Force       ed before departing Al
  probe into the May 6             Hague came as Russia faced          of sanctions                     this. This is the case with any    the idea during his first         chief Lieutenant General          Minhad airbase in the UAE.”
  rally, has been detained         mounting pressure to join           against Assad’s                  government.”                       meeting with Vladimir Putin      David Hurley’s comments              Hurley said inquiries had
  on suspicion of “using           global calls for the Syrian         regime and contin-                  Russia and China have           since the Russian president’s    came after the Sydney Daily       shown the bodies were “treat-
  violence against police          strongman’s ouster after the        ues to supply arms               both questioned why some of        election to a third term in      Telegraph said soldiers’ bod-     ed with the utmost respect
  officers”,               the      horrific massacre in Houla.          to its Soviet-era                those killed appeared to have      March.                           ies were wrongly placed in        and dignity”.
  Investigative Committee             Lavrov said “both sides”         ally despite fears               died in close combat rather          The report added that the      coffin lids, with the main sec-       In 2006 defence personnel
  said in a statement.             were to blame for the killing       its weapons may                  than the shelling blamed an        option had gained so much        tion of the casket set on top     bungled the repatriation of
    The              website       spree while adding that like        be used to shell                 Assad’s troops.                    currency in Moscow it had        upside-down. The paper also       the body of Private Jake kept by one          any government hit by inter-        Syrian villages and                 Hague for his part put the      become known as the              said whistleblowers had high-     Kovco, who was shot in the
  of Russia’s radical oppo-        nal conflict the Assad regime        towns.                           feared death toll from more        “Yemensky (Yemeni) vari-         lighted an incident in which      head using his own pistol in
  sition movements said            should bear the brunt of the                                         than 14 months of bloodshed        ant” in US diplomatic circles.   an Afghan insurgent’s corpse      Baghdad, mistakenly trans-
  Dukhanina was taken by           responsibility.                     Western powers have been         at 15,000 and said Russia            Lavrov did not comment         was put in a taxi with its legs   porting the remains of anoth-
  plain-clothes officers on            Russia has been con-           watching closely whether last      needed to put more pressure        on the report directly but       hanging out of the window,        er man to Australia.
  Sunday evening on a              demned for vetoing two            week’s massacre in which at        on Assad to avoid even more        pointed out that the Annan       which had become known to            Hurley also denied the
  Moscow street, and that          rounds of sanctions against       least 108 people almost half       terrifying and uncontrollable      plan Moscow backed called        troops as the ‘Weekend at         reported whistleblowers’ alle-
  police     had     already       Assad’s regime and contin-        of them children were killed       loss.                              for direct negotiations          Bernie’s’ episode.                gations that an Afghan man’s
  attempted to search her          ues to supply arms to its         would finally force a marked           “It is not as if the alterna-   “between the Syrian govern-         The reference is to a 1989     body was sent out of their
  apartment.                       Soviet-era ally despite fears     change in Russia’s stance.         tives in Syria are the Annan       ment and the opposition”         Hollywood comedy in which         Uruzgan base in a taxi the
    A court will determine         its weapons may be used to          Moscow is believed to hold       plan or the Assad regime           rather than Assad himself.       two men pretend their             ‘Weekend and Bernie’s’ case.
  whether she will be for-         shell Syrian villages and         the most sway with Assad’s         retaking control of the coun-        “We are deeply worried         deceased boss is still alive.     “He was last seen going out
  mally arrested and put in        towns.                            regime among the global            try,” Hague said.                  that the Annan plan is being        “Defence      photographic     the gate with his legs hanging
  pre-trial detention during          “For us, who is in power in    powers and its support is             “The alternatives are the       implemented unsatisfactori-      records show that on three        out the taxi window,” one told
  the probe, investigators         Syria is far from the most        seen as imperative for any         Annan plan or ever increas-        ly. We are still far from our    occasions, once in 2008 and       the paper, which also claimed
  said. A charge of assault-       important thing,” Lavrov          lasting solution to work.          ing chaos in Syria and the         goals,” Lavrov said.             twice in 2011, the caskets        the body was never traced.
  ing officials is punishable
  by up to five years in jail.
    Dukhanina is the first
  person to be detained in
  the case of clashes near
              after     some
                                   Pro-nuclear mentality to blame for Fukushima: Kan
  60,000 people staged an                       AFP                  which operated as national                                                                               “They ousted experts,           after the tsunami struck.
  officially       permitted                    TOKYO                 policy,” Kan said.                                                                                     politicians and bureaucrats          Kan came in for intense
  march           protesting                                            “I believe the biggest por-                                                                         critical of nuclear energy from   criticism for creating a dis-
  Vladimir Putin’s regime          THE grip of the nuclear lobby     tion of blame lies with the                                                                            the mainstream. Many others       traction when he visited the
  on the eve of his inaugu-        in     Japan      before    the   state,” said the former pre-                                                                           they sidelined so that they       Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
  ration. Police have              Fukushima disaster was akin       mier, who has come out                                                                                 could maintain the status         plant the day after the waves
  blamed the protesters for        to that of the military in the    strongly against the technolo-                                                                         quo.” Kan, who stepped down       hit, as emergency workers
  inciting violence against        run up to World War II, the       gy since the Fukushima disas-                                                                          in September after just 15        were grappling with what
  their ranks, while the           prime minister at the time of     ter in March last year.                                                                                months in charge, said the        would become full-blown
  opposition said riot             last year’s catastrophe said on      But, he said, the “nuclear                                                                          only way to ensure that a dis-    meltdowns. His administra-
  troops had blocked pas-          Monday.                           village” a term critics often                                                                          aster like Fukushima did not      tion was also lambasted for
  sage to the square caus-            At a parliamentary inquiry     use to refer to the pro-atomic                                                                         happen again was for Japan        providing too little informa-
  ing panic in the crowd.          into the world’s worst atomic     lobby of academics and power                                                                           to abandon nuclear technolo-      tion to the public, apparently
    Several people threw           crisis in 25 years, Naoto Kan     companies had blinded the                                                                              gy.                               withholding computer mod-
  pieces of asphalt and            said the lion’s share of the      government in a way analo-         Former Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan (centre) at a                Kan’s appearance, like that     els that showed how radiation
  water bottles at the police      blame for the tsunami-trig-       gous to the rise of the power-     parliamentary commission, in Tokyo, on Monday. (AFP)                of many former ministers          from the venting reactors
  as officers beat the crowd        gered disaster lay with the       ful military elite that led                                                                            called to give evidence before    might spread.
  with       batons      and       state for its unquestioning       Japan into the vicious colo-       a grip on actual political         Companies of Japan) held         the panel, was an opportunity        Tens of thousands of people
  restrained       detainees       promotion of nuclear power.       nialism that precipitated          power... (Similarly, plant         sway over the nation’s nuclear   for the ex-premier to give a      were later evacuated from an
  against the pavement.               “The nuclear accident was      World War II. “Before the          operator) TEPCO and FEPC           administration over the past     detailed public account of his    area around the plant after it
                                   caused by a nuclear plant         war, the military came to have     (Federation of Electric Power      40 years,” Kan said.             actions in the days and weeks     began spewing radiation.
14         Tuesday, May 29, 2012
                                                                    UNITED STATES

Obama honours fallen troops on Memorial Day
             AP                   lies as well as they have           A poll released on Monday
         WASHINGTON               served us,” Obama said in        by Gallup found that 58 per-
                                  his weekly radio and             cent of veterans support
PRESIDENT Barack Obama            Internet address.                Romney and 34 percent back
was paying tribute to the            “By making sure that they     Obama.
nation’s fallen warriors on       get the health care and bene-       The results were based on
Memorial Day, attending a         fits they need; by caring for     a sample of 3,327 veterans
ceremony at Arlington             our wounded warriors and         who are registered voters
National Cemetery and hon-        supporting our military fam-     and had a margin of error of
ouring those who died dur-        ilies; and by giving veterans    2 percentage points.
ing the Vietnam War.              the chance to go to college,        Romney was scheduled to
  The president lay a wreath      find a good job and enjoy the     appear on Monday with
at the Tomb of the                freedom that they risked         McCain in San Diego.
Unknowns at Arlington             everything to protect.”          Romney has made the case
National Cemetery near                                             that too many veterans are
Washington before marking                                          returning home to poor job
the 50th anniversary of the         Before military                prospects, casting blame on
Vietnam War at the Vietnam          audiences and in               Obama’s economic policies.
Veterans Memorial.                  a campaign ad                     A Bureau of Labour
  Republican        challenger      released last                  Statistics report in March
Mitt Romney was scheduled           week, he credits               found that 12.1 percent of US
to appear in San Diego,             US servicemen                  Armed Forces veterans who
home to a large number of           who helped in the              served on active duty after
military personnel and veter-       raid that killed               September 2001 were unem-
ans.                                Osama bin Laden                ployed in 2011.
  In an election year, Obama        a year ago.                       The unemployment rate
has touted his work to bring                                       for all veterans was 8.3 per-
US combat troops home                                              cent. Several closely watched
from Iraq and wind down the         Veterans could play a sig-     states in the November elec-
conflict in Afghanistan.           nificant role in the 2012 elec-   tion have large numbers of
  Before military audiences       tion. Exit polls in 2008         military voters.
and in a campaign ad              showed that Obama was sup-          Florida, home to several
released last week, he credits    ported by about 44 percent       military installations, has
US servicemen who helped          of voters who said they          more than 1.6 million veter-
in the raid that killed Osama     served in the military, while    ans, according to the
bin Laden a year ago.             54 percent voted for             Veterans Administration.
  With so many troops             Republican John McCain, a           Pennsylvania has nearly 1
returning home, Obama             former Navy pilot who was a      million veterans, while
says the US needs to return       prisoner of war for more         Virginia and North Carolina
the favour. “We have to           than five years during the        each have about 800,000
serve them and their fami-        Vietnam War.                     veterans.                            President Barack Obama (left) lays a wreath, in Arlington, on Monday.    (REUTERS)

  Teachers up in                                                   Poll campaigns dig online                                                                                                                      Storm Beryl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hits Florida
  arms against
  Democrat hiring                                                  data to target voters                                                                                                                          town
                                                                                  AP                                                                                            geting to identify potential
           REUTERS                home developer Eli Broad                    NEW YORK                                                                                          supporters or donors using        TROPICAL Storm Beryl
            CHICAGO               and New York investment                                                                                                                       data gleaned from a range of      slammed into Florida on
                                  fund managers Whitney            VOTERS who click on                                                                                          sources, especially their         Monday, toppling trees and
  THE email did not mince         Tilson and John Petry,           President Barack Obama’s                                                                                     Internet browsing history. A      downing power lines in the
  words. It came from an          have found common cause          campaign website are likely to                                                                               digital profile of each person     coastal city of Jacksonville
  officer at a California teach-   with Republicans in a push       start seeing display ads pro-                                                                                is created, allowing the cam-     and forcing the cancella-
  ers union, and he was irate.    to apply principles of the       moting his re-election bid on                                                                                paigns to find them online         tion of Memorial Day com-
    President Barack Oba-         corporate world, including       their Facebook pages and                                                                                     and solicit them for money        memorations.
  ma’s re-election team had       free-market competition,         other sites they visit.                                                                                      and support.                        After coming ashore near
  just hired as a spokes-         to public education. With          Voters searching Google for                                                                                   By layering additional data    the Florida-Georgia state
  woman a veteran Dem-            teachers unions bitterly         information about Mitt                                                                                       about the person who clicks       line overnight, Beryl lost
  ocratic operative who had       opposed to such measures,        Romney may notice a 15-sec-                                                                                  on a campaign ad, such as         steam and winds fell below
  spent the last year at a non-   Democrats in the move-           ond ad promoting the                                                                                         gender or geographic loca-        40 miles (65 kilometers) per
  profit, pushing education        ment say they must break         Republican          presidential                                                                             tion, the campaign can tailor     hour, the Miami-based
  policies that the union did     their party’s ties to the        hopeful the next time they                                                                                   a specific message to get that     National Hurricane Center
  not like.                       unions if they’re ever to        watch a video online.                                                                                        person’s attention.               said.
    The union had endorsed        make progress.                     The 2012 election could be         Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.                               “Campaigns used to look at       The NHC predicted the
  Obama. But Jeffrey Freitas,        So they are offering an       decided by the campaign that                                                                                 search advertising only if they   storm would weaken further
  secretary of the California     alternative to the union         better      exploits       voters’   worked for years to target         recent Federal Election              could raise money off it or use   as it barrelled north into
  Federation of Teachers,         dollars, spending freely to      Internet data.                       subsets of voters using com-       Commission reports shows             it as a substitute for direct     Georgia.
  wanted to make clear this       back fellow Democrats              Strategists say the most           mercially available demo-          the Romney team spent near-          mail. We’re now seeing cam-         Beryl dumped heavy rains
  woman’s hiring threatened       willing to buck the unions       important campaign break-            graphic data, shopping pref-       ly $1 million on digital con-        paigns use search ads for per-    during the long Memorial
  that alliance. If Obama’s       and advance their agenda.        through this year is “micro-         erences and television view-       sulting in April. Obama spent        suasion and mobilisation,”        Day holiday weekend, when
  team thought teachers              “Education reform is          targeting,” which has been a         ing habits. But the growing        at least $300,000.                   said Rob Saliterman, a former     millions of Americans usual-
  would help the campaign         really a fight for the heart      staple of product marketing.         sophistication of data mining        The Obama campaign on              aide to President George W.       ly head for the beaches to
  after this hire, “then they     and soul of the Democratic       Now it’s facing the greatest         tools has given politicians an     Wednesday              unveiled      Bush who handles Google’s         celebrate the start of sum-
  are seriously wrong,” he        Party,”     said    Derrell      test yet of its political impact.    unparalleled ability to per-       Dashboard, a new tool for            advertising sales and out-        mer. The mayor of Florida’s
  wrote. As long as she was in    Bradford, who runs a polit-        “It’s easy to collect data and     sonalise messages for individ-     field organisers and volun-           reach efforts to Republican       largest city of Jacksonville,
  her post, he wrote, “we may     ical group in New Jersey         see what’s resonating and not        ual voters.                        teers to collect data about vot-     campaigns.                        Alvin Brown, signed an
  not be able to participate.”    that recently helped elect       resonating with voters,” said          Officials in both presiden-       ers both online and in person           Campaigns will place dis-      emergency order urging res-
    The threat, which the         two union-defying Demo-          Adam Berke, president of the         tial campaigns declined to         and deliver it to a centralised      play ads on websites targeting    idents to stay home as he
  Obama campaign would            crats to the state legisla-      digital retargeting company          discuss their digital strategy,    campaign database.                   a voter’s interests unrelated     cancelled         Monday’s
  not discuss, laid bare a sim-   ture.                            AdRoll. Campaigns have               but a review of their most           Campaigns use microtar-            to politics.                      Memorial Day events.
  mering tension within the          The reform movement’s
  Democratic Party.               goals include shutting
    While teachers unions         down low-performing pub-
  have long been among the
  Democratic Party’s most
  generous donors and the
  source of its most reliable
                                  lic schools; weakening or
                                  eliminating teacher tenure;
                                  and expanding charter
                                  schools, which are publicly
                                                                   Golden Gate Bridge marks 75th anniversary
  foot soldiers, their clout in   funded but often run by                     REUTERS                   ans. Kevin Starr, author of        Gate, at an estimated cost of
  some circles is waning.         private-sector managers,                 SAN FRANCISCO                ‘Golden Gate: The Life and         $1.2 billion in current dollars,
    Wealthy        Democrats,     some of them for-profit                                                Times of America’s Greatest        was a Herculean task. While
  including Los Angeles           companies.                       THE Golden Gate Bridge was           Bridge,’ said 2,000 related        the idea took hold in the pros-
                                                                   a larger than life engineering       court cases were filed over         perous 1920s, by the time
                                                                   project undertaken against           nearly a decade.                   ground was broken the
                                                                   dangerous odds and it opened            But Starr said litigation and   Depression had left many
                                                                   75 years ago on Sunday               regulatory scrutiny largely        people desperate for jobs.
                                                                   against vehement protest, at         concluded in the 1920s                “Launched midst a thou-
                                                                   the cost of 11 lives.                allowed builders to move           sand hopes and fears;
                                                                     One of the most astonish-          quickly once bank funding          Damned by a thousand hos-
                                                                   ing and admired man-made             was nailed down in 1932, in        tile sneers,” was how the head
                                                                   wonders of the world, gracing        an early form of public-pri-       engineer for the bridge,
                                                                   millions of postcards, fea-          vate cooperation.                  Joseph Strauss, described the
                                                                   tured in countless films, the            “President Obama talks          bridge in a poem he wrote to
                                                                   bridge was not at first wel-          about shovel-ready projects,”      mark its completion in 1937.
                                                                   comed with open arms.                Starr said in a phone inter-       He died less than a year later.
                                                                     Ferry operators and envi-          view. “This was shovel ready.”        Even the bridge’s arresting
                                                                   ronmentalists opposed it, and           The less than two decades       dark orange colour was an acci-
                                                                   many engineers doubted such          between conception and com-        dent, first used as a primer
                                                                   a daring leap over a treacher-       pletion means the Golden           while designers decided what to
                                                                   ous Pacific Ocean strait could        Gate compares well with the        paint it. The Navy had argued        A San Francisco Fire Department boat sprays water at the Golden
                                                                   be built. The military worried       new quake-proof second span        for black with yellow stripes, to    Gate Festival marking its 75th anniversary, in San Francisco, on
                                                                   a collapsed Golden Gate span         of the Bay Bridge a few miles      ensure it could be seen in a         Sunday. (EPA)
                                                                   could block access to the Bay        away, he said. That $6.2 bil-      strait hostile to mariners, with
                                                                   in war time.                         lion project is due to be done     dense fog, heavy winds and           International Orange - and        original styling, which was
                                                                     Some San Franciscans even          in 2013, 24 years after a dead-    strong ocean swells.                 stuck with it.                    likened to an “upside-down
  Thousands of Chicago Public School teachers during a             fought against it because they       ly earthquake literally jolted        In the end, bridge authori-         Starr speculated that some      rat trap”, before it was altered
  demonstration, in Chicago, recently. (REUTERS)                   thought a bridge might ruin          the authorities into action.       ties decided they liked the          early opposition from locals      to the sweeping suspension
                                                                   the view, according to histori-         Yet building the Golden         colour       -    known        as    may have been due to the          bridge design.
                                                                                                  US / AMERICAS                                                                                            Tuesday, May 29, 2012
  Six-year-old girl
  youngest ever in
                                                                    Obama’s hardball strategy
  Spelling Bee
                                                                    could tarnish his image
         MCLEAN, VIRGINIA         and we never push her                      WASHINGTON
                                  into anything and want
   THIS week, a precocious        her to make her own               BARACK Obama is anchoring
   6-year-old      will     be    choices.”                         his reelection campaign
   onstage with youngsters          Lori Anne was more              around sharp attacks on Mitt
   more than twice her age‚       than happy to let a               Romney’s business record,
   and twice her size‚ as one     reporter and photogra-            but the hardball strategy also
   of 278 students who have       pher tag along at a picnic        risks tarnishing the presi-
   qualified for the Scripps       with other gifted home-           dent’s own political brand.
   National Spelling Bee.         schooled children, but              In 2008, Obama ran for
     Lori Anne Madison has        she steered any ques-             office presenting himself as
   hit all her milestones         tions about spelling back         a different kind of politician,
   early. She was reading         toward the day’s pursuit          one who would seek to
   before she was 2. When         of snails, tadpoles and           bridge divides rather than
   her mother tried to enroll     other slimy things.               open new ones, and as a pur-
   her in a private school for      On all the attention            veyor of a style of politics
   the gifted, the headmas-       she’s getting: “I asked for       purged of Washington’s nor-
   ter said Lori Anne was         no interviews, but the            mal bitterness.
   too smart to accommo-          media seems to be dis-              His negative assault on
   date and needed to be          obeying me, and that’s            Romney is designed to dis-
   home-schooled.                 why we’re looking for             qualify the central premise of
                                  snails and water slugs            his rival’s campaign — that as
                                  right now.”                       a successful businessman, he
     Anne was more                  Asked to spell her              has the experience and
    than happy to let             favourite word, she raced         knowledge to fire up a slow
    a reporter and                through the letters of            economic recovery.
    photographer tag              “sprachgefuhl” like a               But analysts say, Obama
    along at a picnic             blur. Asked to spell it           may also in the process risk
    with other gifted             backward, she paused a            damaging his own standing
    home-schooled                 bit and had to take her           with voters, and put at risk
    children, but she             time, but she got it right.       the affection many voters still
    steered any                     “It’s even crazier back-        have for their president,
    questions about               wards than it is for-             despite frustration with the        President Barack Obama (right), in Newton, Iowa, recently.   (AFP)
    spelling back                 wards,” she said with a           plodding economy.
    toward the day’s              giggle. “Now let’s look for         “It’s a possibility that by his   Romney, the presumptive           multi-millionaire venture          on ailing firms and fired                  could decide the outcome of
    pursuit                       some slugs or snails.”            campaign being very negative        Republican nominee in             capitalist who had had to fight     workers for profit.                       the November 6 election in
                                    The spelling bee does-          on Romney, that could lead          November’s election, but also     some tough battles on the             The president has taken to            battleground states.
     “She’s like a teenager       n’t have a lower age limit,       some people to be less              suggest the president has lit-    road to capturing the              personally pointing out what                Senior Obama aides insist
   in a 6-year-old body,” her     but no one younger than           approving of him personally,”       tle margin for error as he        Republican nomination.             he sees as contradictions                that there is no danger that
   mother, Sorina, said.          8 had ever previously             said Robert Erikson, a politi-      shoots for a second term in          “In this particular election,   between Romney’s past                    Obama will hurt himself
   “Her brain, she under-         qualified for the nation-          cal scientist at Columbia           November.                         Obama faces the problem            career racking up huge profits            more than Romney with his
   stands things way ahead        als. Spellers can compete         University in New York.                A Washington Post/ABC          that just being liked is proba-    for people who are already               tough campaign strategy, and
   of her age.”                   until they’re 15, or until          But Obama will also be            News poll found that more         bly not enough to win the          wealthy and his aspirations to           say it is necessary to under-
     When       Lori    Anne      they’ve completed eighth          weighing whether his attacks        Americans disapprove (49          election for sure,” said Clyde     be president.                            mine the Republican’s case
   spelled “vaquero” to win       grade. “She doesn’t sit at        will harm Romney’s standing         percent) of how Obama is          Wilcox, a political science           “Investors walk off with big          for leadership.
   the regional bee in Prince     a table for hours to study        more than his own in a close        governing America than            professor at Georgetown            returns, and working folks get              The Wall Street Journal
   William           County,      anything. I mean, she’s           election.                           approve (47 percent) and 55       University.                        stuck holding the bag,” he               reported Saturday that
   Virginia, in March, she        6,” Sorina said with                “Maybe there’s a cost to the      percent of those asked did not       “It looks like a pretty close   said in Iowa on Thursday.                despite disquiet among some
   set a new standard for         laugh. “She’s still a 6-          campaign, you lose some-            like how the president was        election. So I think at this          “That may be the job of               moderate Democrats over the
   youth in the national          year-old, and we want to          thing personally but your           steering the economy.             point that his people have         somebody who’s engaged in                attacks on Romney, dis-
   bee’s 87-year history. “It     allow her to be a 6-year-         opponents lose even more if            On the other hand, 52 per-     pretty much decided ...            corporate buyouts. That’s                missed by foes as an assault
   was shocking,” Sorina          old.”                             you attack them,” Erikson           cent of those asked thought       Romney has pretty high nega-       fine. But that’s not the job of a         on capitalism itself, the
   said. “I didn’t expect all       But, at this pace, she’ll       said.                               Obama’s personality was bet-      tives and they want to make        president.                               Obama campaign will inten-
   the media attention.           be a spelling bee force for         “(But) if I were advising         ter suited to being president.    sure they stay there.”                “There may be value for               sify the strategy.
   We’re private people.          years to come.                    Obama, I don’t think I would        In      a     Wall      Street       Obama’s team seeks to           that kind of experience, but                And aides signal they will
   We’re regular people. It         Asked how she thinks            advise him to avoid being           Journal/NBC News poll, 49         compound Romney’s liabili-         it’s not in the White House.”            also start to expose Romney’s
   was intimidating. But          she’ll do this year, Lori         negative towards his oppo-          percent had a very or some-       ties with its attack on               Obama’s strategy is risky             governorship               of
   I’m happy for her. She         Anne simply answered,             nent. I don’t think that would      what positive view of Obama.      Romney’s stewardship of            because those most likely to             Massachusetts,        between
   loves it and she does it       “Great” and kept on               be the wise course.”                   Only 34 percent said the       Bain Capital, with advertise-      be repelled by a harsh, nega-            2003 and 2007, which the
   because it’s a passion,        hunting.                            Recent polls show Obama           same of Romney, a former          ments branding him a corpo-        tive campaign are the inde-              Republican downplays in his
                                                                    with a slight lead over             Massachusetts governor and        rate “vampire” who swooped         pendent swing voters who                 campaign strategy.

Inmates, corruption rule Honduras crowded prisons
             AP                   freely among food stalls and      nal security. They know if                                            at another Honduran prison         this month toured the prison             about the stalls selling Coca-
       SAN PEDRO SULA             in troughs of open sewage.        they cross the line, we can           It’s more like a                three months ago, little           in San Pedro Sula, where                 Cola, fruit, T-shirts, ham-
                                  But guards do not dare cross      shoot.”                               fenced-in town                  stands to change.                  2,137 inmates live in a space            mocks, shoes and rugs. Some
INSIDE one of Honduras            the painted, yellow “linea de       The unofficial division of           where raccoons,                   Just one month after the         built for 800. Journalists               30 people enter from outside
most dangerous and over-          la muerte” (line of death) into   power at the San Pedro Sula           chickens and pigs               fire at Comayagua prison,           gained access not through the            every day to work the market.
crowded prisons, inmates          the inner sanctum run by          Central Corrections Facility is       wander freely                   convicts at San Pedro Sula         prison director but with per-               The guards typically keep to
operate a free-market bazaar,     prisoners, and prisoners do       mimicked throughout the               among food stalls.              turned on their leader, killing    mission from the head                    an area between two sets of
selling everything from           not breach the perimeter con-     country, where a Lord-of-the-                                         14 people and taking over the      inmate, Noe Betancourt, who              locked doors.
iPhones to prostitutes.           trolled by guards.                Flies system allows inmates         prison needs.                     prison for three weeks before      provided a team of eight pris-              The first set is locked
  It’s more like a fenced-in         “The prisoners rule,” assis-   to run a business behind bars,        This culture virtually guar-    officials could get inside. Less    oners as security. No guards             against entry to the outside
town than a conventional          tant prison director Carlos       while officials turn a blind eye     antees that even in the glare     than two weeks ago another         went inside the bustling,                world. Between those doors,
prison, where raccoons,           Polanco told the Associated       in exchange for a cut of the        of international scrutiny over    inmate was killed and 11           autonomous town, where                   and the doors to prison cells,
chickens and pigs wander          Press. “We only handle exter-     profits they say is spent on         a fire that killed 361 prisoners   wounded in a brawl. The AP         women and children mill                  lies the yellow line.

Canada to force striking rail workers back to jobs
             AP                   sary. The railway and the         the right to collective bargain-
           TORONTO                union said talks broke off on     ing.
                                  Sunday with little hope of           Major points of contention
CANADA plans to introduce         resumption.                       in the latest strike are pen-
legislation to force striking        The back-to-work legisla-      sions, certain work rules and
Canadian Pacific Railway           tion would be introduced on       fatigue management.
workers back to their jobs        Monday, and the strikers             The strike has come amid
after talks stalled over the      could be ordered to work this     big changes at the railway.
weekend, the country’s labour     week.                             Earlier this month, Canadian
minister said on Monday,             Raitt noted that Canadian      Pacific appointed an interim
saying the freight service        Pacific Railway moves $50          chief executive after chief
shutdown at Canada’s second       billion worth of freight each     executive       Fred      Green
largest railway is hurting the    year, including more than         announced his departure,
economy.                          half of Canada’s potash,          ending a monthslong battle
  Locomotive engineers and        wheat and coal.                   that pitted New York activist
conductors went on strike            The Mining Association of      investor Bill Ackman against
Wednesday, shutting down          Canada has expressed “grave       a board of directors stocked
freight service along nearly      concern” about the strike’s       with Canadian business
14,900 miles (24,000 kilome-      impact. Prime Minister            titans. The railroad also elect-
ters) of track in Canada and      Stephen              Harper’s     ed a new board of 16 direc-
the US.                           Conservative government has       tors, including seven backed
  labour Minister Lisa Raitt      cited potential economic          by Ackman, whose Pershing
on Monday called Canadian         damage in the past for pre-       Square Capital Management
Pacific Railway the backbone       venting or ending strikes at      fund is Canadian Pacific’s
of the country’s economy, and     Air Canada and Canada Post.       largest shareholder with
she has said she would force         Opposition parties said the    about 14 percent of the com-
strikers back to work if neces-   government is undermining         pany’s stock.                       Canadian Pacific Railway staff during a demonstration, in Coquitlam, British Colombia, recently.   (REUTERS)
16     Tuesday, May 29, 2012                 QT PHOTO GALLERY ON VILLAGGIO MALL TRAGEDY


 Smoke billows above the Villaggio mall.    (EPA)                               A man runs through smoke in the Villaggio mall.   (AP)

 One of the survivors receives medical attention outside the Villaggio mall.         (AFP)                   Emergency personnel evacuate a person via helicopter.   (REUTERS)

 Security and firemen at the scene of fire at Villaggio mall, in Doha, on Monday.              (BRIAN CANDY)

                                                                                                             Grieving parents wait outside the Villaggio mall to get word about their children.   (AP / AFP)

 Family members of victims react in grief outside of the Villaggio mall.     (AP)

 The father of one of the children victims cries at the loss of his child.   (AFP)                           Firefighters and rescue teams work outside the Villaggio mall.   (AFP)