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 Egypt to use aircraft, tanks
 against Sinai militants
                                                                                                                                                                                   November meet
 EGYPT is preparing to use aircraft                                                                                                                                                         ASIF IQBAL            around the world.
 and tanks in Sinai for the first time                                                                                                                                                           DOHA                Qatalum noted that the
 since the 1973 war with Israel in                                                                                                                                                                                recycling industry maintains
 its offensive against militants in                                                                                                                                                QATAR, the host of the 16th an intertwined relationship
 the border area, security sources                                                                                                                                                 Arab International Alum- with the output of all types of
 said on Monday. The plans to step                                                                                                                                                 inium International Con- industrial sectors and a pro-
 up the operation were being                                                                                                                                                       ference (Arabal) slated to portional relationship in
 finalised by Egypt’s newly                                                                                                                                                         begin on November 20, will terms of the diversity of out-
 appointed Defence Minister                                                                                                                                                        include a discussion panel puts, uses of industrial prod-
 General Abdel Fattah al Sisi as he                                                                                                                                                on aluminium recycling in ucts and the increasing need
 made his first visit to Sinai on                                                                                                                                                   the conference agenda, to recycle and reuse.
 Monday. (PG 3)                                                                                                                                                                    Qatar                Aluminium   There is an urgent need to
                                                                                                                                                                                   (Qatalum) has said.            have rapid and on-going
                                                                                                                                                                                      According to Qatalum, development of methods of
 Top Gun director                                                                                                                                                                  recycling is becoming one of aluminium output recycling
 commits suicide                                                                                                                                                                   the increasingly                           that are able to
                                                                                                                                                                                   important indus- Recycling is              cope with the
 PROMINENT Hollywood film                                   Spectators watch fireworks during Eid festivities at Katara, in Doha, on Monday. (HANSON K JOSEPH)                       tries in terms of becoming                 general mind-set
 director Tony Scott, whose signa-                                                                                                                                                 global interest one of the                 and culture of
 ture works included Top Gun,                                                                                                                                                      and size and type increasingly             this    industry,
 jumped to his death from a bridge                                                                                                                                                 of      investment, important              which is based on
 in San Pedro, California, city offi-                                                                                                                                               which targets the industries in            efficiency     in

                                                        UN observers end
 cials announced late on Sunday.                                                                                                                                                   e n v i r o n m e n t , terms of glob- operation, pro-
 Police and US Coast Guard offi-                                                                                                                                                    community, and al interest                 duction, energy
 cials pulled Scott’s body out of the                                                                                                                                              the industry itself. and size.             consumption,
 water near the Vincent Thomas                                                                                                                                                        “The evolution and diversi- saving the environment, and
 Bridge, which is built over Los                                                                                                                                                   ty of industry, the rising optimising the use of natural
 Angeles Harbor. (PG 8)                                                                                                                                                            income, and type of con- resources, as the recycling

                                                        Syria mission
                                                                                                                                                                                   sumption are all important process does not affect the
                                                                                                                                                                                   factors to be taken into con- metal itself, therefore it is
 Euro, stocks slip after ECB                                                                                                                                                       sideration when developing possible to have continuous
 downplays bond report                                                                                                                                                             the solid waste recycling recycling and use of outputs
                                                                                                                                                                                   industry,” Qatalum said in a in more new products, the
 GLOBAL shares and the euro                                                                                                                                                        statement.                     statement said.
 slipped on Monday after the                                         REUTERS                     with no clear front lines.              chance for a political settlement to         Arabal began in 1983 with     Aluminium recycling is con-
 European Central Bank sought to                                       BEIRUT                      “Our mission failed because the       the bloodshed ever emerges.               Kuwait               Aluminium nected with several sources,
 squash speculation about potential                                                              two sides did not abide by their          Battling a 17-month-old uprising        Company bringing together including the transport sector,
 market intervention to contain the                     UN MILITARY observers departed           commitments,” said one uniformed        against his family’s 42-year rule,        the leading figures in Middle wire manufacturing, and
 eurozone debt crisis, dashing                          Damascus on Monday after a four-         observer, who declined to be            President Bashar al Assad has used        East aluminium industry to many more products which
 recent investor enthusiasm for risk.                   month mission in which they                                                      fighter jets and helicopter gunships       strengthen ties and discuss are made from aluminium
 German magazine Der Spiegel                            became helpless spectators of                                                    to pound rebel strongholds.               the issues of the day to pro- and composed of strong and
 said that the ECB might buy debt                       Syria’s conflict, and activists said        The unarmed monitors                  Insurgents have stepped up their          vide an overview. Over the lightweight materials. The
 issued by eurozone countries if                        government forces launched air             suspended                             own attacks, hitting tanks, military      past 29 years, Arabal, has recycling process is based on
 interest rates rose too high. (PG 24)                  strikes near the capital that killed       operations in June                    convoys and security buildings.           grown and now attracts reusing scrap aluminium to
                                                        two dozen people.                          after coming under                      The mandate of the monitoring           heads of industry from produce new products.
                                                          Helicopter gunships attacked             fire and most have                    mission, known as UNSMIS,
 Xilai’s wife gets suspended                            Mouadamiya and Daraya, suburbs             already departed,                     expired on Sunday. The last moni-
 death sentence for murder                              south of Damascus, activists and           leaving a small liaison               tors are due to leave by Friday.
                                                        residents said, giving casualty tolls      office in the Syrian                    After a brief lull, violence intensi-
 A CHINESE court on Monday                              that could not be independently            capital.                              fied during the monitors’ presence
 handed the wife of disgraced polit-                    verified.                                                                         in Syria and at least 9,000 people
 ical leader Bo Xilai a suspended                         “It seems they suspected that                                                  have been killed since they arrived
 death sentence for murder in a                         there were rebels in the area,” said     named, before seven United              to oversee a ceasefire declared on
 case that has rocked the                               an activist in Daraya, speaking on       Nations cars left a Damascus hotel      April 12 by outgoing UN-Arab
 Communist party ahead of a 10-                         condition of anonymity. Gunships         carrying some of the last members       League mediator Kofi Annan.
 yearly power handover. Gu Kailai                       also appeared to hit targets in the      of a mission once 300 strong.             The truce never took hold. At
 was found guilty of murdering                          western Damascus district of Kfar          The unarmed monitors suspend-         least 18,000 people have now been
 British businessman Neil                               Souseh, a housewife said by phone.       ed operations in June after coming      killed in Syria since the anti-Assad
 Heywood, a crime she had con-                            Control of Mouadamiya has              under fire and most have already         revolt began. At least 170,000 have
 fessed to. (PG 9)                                      changed hands several times, as          departed, leaving a small liaison       fled the country, according to the
                                                        have many other places in a war          office in the Syrian capital in case a   United Nations.                           An employee of Qatar Aluminium at the factory, in Doha, recently.

 New Indian envoy to                                                         First Crowne Plaza in Qatar opens its doors
 join on Wednesday                                                              CATHERINE W GICHUKI
                                                                                                                                                                                      “I’m delighted to be the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Expressing happiness at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       being given the responsibility
   SANTHOSH CHANDRAN                                                                                                                                                               first guest at Crowne Plaza          of opening the first Crown
              DOHA                                                           CROWNE Plaza Doha – The                                                                               Doha – The Business Park.           Plaza hotel in Qatar, he said,
                                                                             Business Park was inaugurat-                                                                          Our vision was to develop a         “My plan is to offer the best
 SANJIV Arora will take                                                      ed by HE Sheikh Mohammed                                                                              hotel that would offer unpar-       service and facilities to our
 over as the new Indian                                                      bin Hamad bin Abdullah al                                                                             alleled meeting and confer-         guests.”
 Ambassador to Qatar on                                                      Thani on Monday.                                                                                      ence facilities and exciting          IHG’s India, Middle East
 August 22.                                                                    The       Trans      Orient                                                                         new restaurants for the             and Africa Chief Operating
   Before the new appoint-                                                   Establishment            and                                                                          booming Doha market. This           Officer Pascal Gauvin said
 ment, Arora was consul-                 Sanjiv Arora                        InterContinental       Hotels                                                                         hotel does exactly that and         that the hotel was “a fantastic
 general of India in                                                         Group (IHG) celebrated the                                                                            under IHG’s management we           example of the Crowne Plaza
 Houston, the United States.             Egypt where began his               hotel’s opening by welcoming                                                                          are certain it will be a suc-       brand” and added, “We now
   Arora, who hails from                 career as second secretary          Sheikh Mohammad.                                                                                      cess,” he said.                     look forward to welcoming
 Indian state of Punjab,                 in the Indian consulate in            Later, he checked into the                                                                             Speaking      to      Qatar      many more guests to their
 joined the Foreign Service              Cairo in 1985.                      hotel to become its first                                                                             Tribune, the hotel’s General        new home in Doha.”
 in 1984 after his Master’s                Later, Arora was appoint-         guest after the welcome cer-                                                                          Manager Savino Leone said             Located in the heart of
 degree     in    Business               ed as second secretary in           emony attended by the                                                                                 that the hotel has all the facil-   Doha’s banking district just
 Administration (MBA).                   Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in            hotel’s employees and repre-       HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Abdullah al Thani (centre)        ities for corporates including      two kilometres from Doha
   His first posting was in               1988.                               sentatives of the owning           with officials at the inauguration of the Crowne Plaza hotel, in    meeting rooms, restaurants
                                                                             company and construction           Doha, on Monday. (JALAL PATHIYOOR)                                 and an events centre.                  CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
02         Tuesday, August 21, 2012
                                                            GULF / MIDDLE EAST

       Inside Gulf/ME                                                UN ends mission in Syria, 32
                                                                     killed as fighting intensifies

                                                                     DEADLY fighting rocked the
                                                                     Syrian city at the heart of the
                                                                     uprising on Monday as rebels
                                                                     doggedly resisted a regime
                                                                     onslaught launched in key
  Libya makes arrests over Tripoli car bomb attack                   northern hub of Aleppo a
  TRIPOLI Libyan security services on Monday announced               month ago, activists said.
  the arrests of a number of people suspected to be                     At least 32 people were
  behind a double car bomb attack in the capital the pre-            killed, including two chil-
  vious day which left two dead.                                     dren in shelling in Daraa, the
    “Several individuals were arrested in Tripoli, some of           birthplace of the revolution,
  whom acknowledged having direct or indirect links with             a watchdog said, as the
  the blasts,” said Issam al Naass, a spokesman for the              United Nations brought an
  High Security Commission which is part of the ministry             end to its troubled observer
  of interior. He was unable to specify the number of                mission in the country.
  arrests, saying the figure varied depending on the                     New international envoy
  “progress of the investigation.” The arrests could not be          Lakhdar Brahimi, who has
  confirmed from other sources.                                       said he is not confident of
    The High Security Commission, formed by former                   being able to restore peace,
  rebels who helped topple Libyan strongman Moamer                   warned on Sunday that it was
  Qadhafi last year, had taken over security in Libya after           now a matter of ending rather
  the fall of the dictator’s regime, before being made part          than avoiding a civil war after
  of the interior ministry. (AFP)                                    17 months of bloodshed.
                                                                        The Syrian Observatory for
                                                                     Human Rights reported con-
  409 killed, 975 hurt in Iraq during Ramadan                        tinued fighting on Monday on
                                                                     the second day of Eid al Fitr,
  BAGHDAD Bombings and shootings in Iraq killed at least             the holiday celebrated by
  409 people and wounded 975 during the holy Muslim                  Muslims around the world to
  fasting month of Ramadan, according to an AFP tally                mark the end of the holy            United Nations observers arrive at a hotel in Damascus from Homs, as they prepare to depart Syria, on Monday.    (AP)
  based on security and medical officials.                            month of Ramadan.
     The month saw a number of deadly days, including July              It said clashes erupted          and medicines run out.            military operations against        their rage at President Bashar      the escalating violence and a
  23, when 113 people were killed and 259 wounded in a               between rebels and govern-            Fighting also broke out in      the rebels have been focused.      al Assad’s rule, as he made a       failure by world powers to
  wave of attacks across the country, and August 16, when            ment troops in the southern         several southern parts of the       The commercial capital           rare public appearance with         agree on how to respond to
  82 were killed and 270 wounded.                                    city of Daraa after several areas   capital Damascus as the           has emerged as the key bat-        top officials for Eid prayers at a   Assad’s crackdown and bring
     Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food,              were shelled, killing 15 people,    regime battles persistent pock-   tleground of the conflict          Damascus mosque.                    peace to the strategic Middle
  drink, smoking and sex during the day, began on July 21            including two children.             ets of rebel resistance, and in   since rebels seized large            “Eid is here, Eid is here, God    East state.
  and ended for Iraqi Sunnis and some Shiites after sundown             Government forces using          Aleppo province on the border     swathes of the city in an          curse you, O Bashar,” protest-        Created by a UN Security
  on August 18, and the rest the next night. But violence often      combat helicopters, tanks and       with Turkey.                      offensive launched on July         ers in Qudsaya in Damascus          Council resolution adopted in
  rises during the holy month in Iraq because, “radicalised ter-     heavy artillery have also been        The Observatory said            20. Government officials           province sang to the tune of        April, the team of some 300
  rorists are often more intent on conducting these (suicide         carrying out “savage” attacks       troops backed by helicopters      have said it will be the           Jingle Bells, according to ama-     unarmed observers was pro-
  attacks) during the holy month of Ramadan because it is a          on Herak, the opposition            pounded several areas of          “mother of all battles.”           teur video posted on YouTube.       gressively deployed into Syria
  period associated with martyrdom and self-sacrifice,” said          Syrian National Council said,       Aleppo city, including the          Demonstrators had taken to         UN observers wound up             as part of then UN-Arab
  John Drake, a security analyst with AKE Group. (AFP)               warning of a humanitarian           Salaheddin neighbourhood          the streets of the capital and     their troubled mission at mid-      League envoy Kofi Annan’s six-
                                                                     catastrophe as supplies of food     where much of the regime’s        other cities on Sunday to vent     night on Sunday in the face of      point plan to end the conflict.

Brahimi’s ‘civil war’ remark Israel holds four Palestinians
contradicts reality, says Syria over ‘kidnap plot’
                                                                                                                                                        AFP                   sion of weapons before a mil-       Palestinian prison in the
                                                                                                                                                       TEL AVIV               itary court, which remanded         West Bank town of Jericho
             AFP                                                                                         Human Rights. The United                                             them in custody until trial.        where he was being held
          DAMASCUS                                                                                       Nations puts the death toll       ISRAEL has been holding               The Shin Bet statement           under British and US super-
                                                                                                         at 17,000.                        four Palestinian militants         said that Saadat was jailed in      vision.
SYRIA lashed out on                                                                                        Brahimi said that “change       since May on suspicion of          Israel for his “involvement in        Then Palestinian leader
Monday at comments by                                                                                    is inevitable” in Syria,          plotting to kidnap Israelis for    several terrorist attacks,          Yasser Arafat had detained
new international peace                                                                                  adding that it must be far-       use as bargaining chips for        notably the murder of               him in January 2002 as one
envoy Lakhdar Brahimi                                                                                    reaching.                         their jailed leader, the securi-   (Tourism)             Minister      of Israel’s conditions for lift-
describing the increasingly                                                                                “The aspirations of the         ty service said on Monday.         Rehavam Zeevi.”                     ing a siege on his West Bank
brutal 17-month conflict as a                                                                             Syrian people must be satis-        The Shin Bet statement                                               headquarters in Ramallah.
civil war.                                                                                               fied,” he said, without saying     ended a protracted media             The Shin Bet state-                 His detention came after
   “To speak of civil war in                                                                             whether            embattled      blackout on the arrest of the        ment said that                    the PFLP claimed the killing
Syria contradicts reality and                                                                            President Bashar al Assad         four members of the leftist          Saadat was jailed                 of Zeevi, an ultra rightwinger
is found only in the head of                                                                             must step down from power.        Popular Front for the                in Israel for his                 who supported the ideology
conspirators,” the foreign                                                                                 Brahimi, appointed by the       Liberation of Palestine.             “involvement in                   of “transfer,” which would
ministry said in a statement                                                                             UN Security Council to              “In May, Shin Bet agents,          several terrorist                 see all Palestinians in the
published by the official                                                                                replace Kofi Annan, has           backed by the army and               attacks                           West Bank and Gaza Strip
SANA news agency.                                                                                        been welcomed by the West         police, arrested an armed            In fact, Israeli prosecutors      expelled to neighbouring
   Brahimi said on Sunday                                                                                and by Assad’s traditional        PFLP cell that was preparing       dropped charges against the         Arab countries.
that it is no longer a ques-                                                                             allies Russia and China,          to kidnap Israelis for use as      PFLP leader of involvement            While in prison, Saadat
tion of “preventing civil war”                                                                           although the White House          bargaining chips to secure         in the October 2001 murder          was      elected      to    the
in Syria but rather stopping      Former Algerian foreign affairs minister and new Syria envoy           said it would seek clarifica-      the release of Palestinian         in annexed Arab east                Palestinian parliament in
it as the country is already in   Lakhdar Brahimi, in Paris, on Sunday. (AP)                             tions on the terms of his         prisoners,” the statement          Jerusalem of the far-right          January 2006.
the throes of the “cruellest”                                                                            mandate.                          said.                              Zeevi.                                The PFLP leader was
conflict.                          evision.                           going to be easy,” said the           Damascus insists it is            It said the four were sus-         A military court in               among several high-profile
   “A civil war, it is the cru-     “There are a lot of people       Algerian diplomat.                  fighting an insurgency by         pected of plotting to seize        December 2008 sentenced             Palestinian prisoners who
ellest kind of conflict, when      who say that we must avoid           Syria’s popular uprising,         “armed terrorist groups”          “soldiers or settlers” with the    Saadat to 30 years in prison        were excluded from an
a neighbour kills his neigh-      civil war in Syria, me I           which began in March 2011,          backed by the West, Gulf          aim of securing the release of     for heading a “terrorist            exchange last year in which
bour and sometimes his            believe that we are already        has spiralled into an armed         states and Turkey, a blanket      jailed PFLP leader Ahmed           organisation.”                      hundreds were freed in
brother, it is the worst of       there for some time now.           conflict with more than             term used to describe rebel       Saadat.                              Saadat had been seized by         return for the release by
conflicts,” Brahimi said in an     What’s necessary is to stop        23,000 deaths, according to         fighters    and     peaceful        It said the four were            Israeli forces in a controver-      Gaza militants of Israeli sol-
interview with France 24 tel-     the civil war and that is not      the Syrian Observatory for          demonstrators alike.              charged with illegal posses-       sial 2006 raid on a                 dier Gilad Shalit.

Jordan protests against Syrian shelling on border village
              AP                  north      during      clashes     ment summoned Syrian                presence of thousands in a
           AMMAN                  between the Syrian military        Ambassador               Bahjat     squalid desert tent camp
                                  and rebel forces on the            Suleiman to hand him the            near the border is seen as an
JORDAN         has    sharply     Syrian side, wounding a 4-         letter of protest late Sunday.      embarrassment to Syrian
protested to Syria for            year-old girl. She was               Foreign Minister Nasser           President Bashar Assad,
artillery    shelling    that     reported in fair condition on      Judeh said on his Twitter           illustrating that people are
wounded a girl in a border        Monday. Four others were           account late Sunday that the        fleeing      his     military’s
village and panicked other        treated briefly after suffering     ambassador declined to              onslaught against his own
civilians,       Information      panic attacks, Maaytah said.       report for the meeting, claim-      people.
Minister Sameeh Maaytah             Maaytah said Jordan              ing he was busy. Judeh said a          Jordan tries to avoid
said on Monday.                   denounced the incident and         “stern warning” was given to        angering its more powerful
  The Syrian ambassador to        “will ensure this does not         his deputy. The text of the let-    neighbour, but tensions are a
Jordan rebuffed a summons         happen again.” He did not          ter was not made public.            constant in the relationship.
to the Foreign Ministry to        say how.                             The affair underlines grow-          Syria opposes Jordan’s
receive a written protest,          Last month, Syrian troops        ing tensions between the two        alliance with the United
sending his deputy instead,       killed a 6-year-old Syrian boy     neighbours against the back-        States and its 1994 peace
officials said.                    fleeing to Jordan with his          ground of Syria’s civil war.        treaty with Israel. Jordan is a
  Late on Sunday, four            family.                              More than 150,000 Syrian          critic of Iran, Syria’s main      A relative of Tala Husam Qerba’a, who was wounded by Syrian artillery shells that fell near her family
shells landed in Jordan’s           Maaytah said the govern-         refugees are in Jordan. The         ally in the region.               house, checks her wounds in Turra, Jordan, on Monday. (AP)
                                                                                             GULF / MIDDLE EAST                                                                                                Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Iraq denies helping Iran avoid sanctions
             AFP                   that the international sanc-        “This is a big lie.”
           BAGHDAD                 tions on Iran do not apply to          But he added that some oil
                                   Iraq for many reasons.”             was being smuggled through
IRAQ insisted on Monday               The New York Times               Iraq’s autonomous northern
that its trade with neighbour-     reported on Sunday that             Kurdistan region, which he
ing Iran was above board, and      Iraq was carrying out an            said was not only breaking
denied reports that it was         array of tasks within a net-        sanctions, but also infringing
helping the Islamic republic       work of financial institutions       on Iraq’s sovereignty.
skirt sanctions by smuggling       and oil-smuggling opera-               “We have warned about this
oil and secretly moving cash.      tions that have helped fun-         from the beginning,” Mussawi
   Ali Mussawi, spokesman for                                          said. “It (oil smuggling via
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-        Iran and Iraq,                    Kurdistan) is not only break-
Maliki, said that Baghdad’s          which fought a                    ing sanctions, but Iraqi oil is
trade and dealings with              1980-1988 war that                being smuggled out of the
Tehran were below “the per-          was one of the                    country, and not through
mitted level” for neighbouring       bloodiest conflicts               Iraq’s main pipelines.”
countries, and dismissed             of the past centu-                   Iran and Iraq, which fought
claims Iraq was selling oil on       ry, killing an esti-              a 1980-1988 war that was one
Iran’s behalf as a “big lie”.        mated one million                 of the bloodiest conflicts of the
   “We are dealing with Iran in      people, have                      past century, killing an esti-
a public and transparent fash-       drawn closer since                mated one million people,
ion, we have not done any                                              have drawn closer since the
secret deals,” Mussawi said.                                           US-led invasion of 2003.
   “We feel that we have dealt     nel cash to Iran as sanctions          The US sanctions, and oth-
with Iran less than the permit-    choke its economy.                  ers imposed by the European
ted level.”                          Mussawi, however, insist-         Union, aim to pressure
   He said of enforcing sanc-      ed that Iraq’s central bank         Tehran to roll back its nuclear
tions against Iran: “There is      was an independent institu-         activities, which the West
always a permitted level for       tion and was not subject to         fears are geared to developing
neighbouring countries.            Maliki’s orders, and said of        atomic weapons. Iran denies
   “International officials and     the Times’s claims Iraq was         its programme is anything but
Americans always emphasise         selling oil on Iran’s behalf:       peaceful.                          Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (right) with Saeed Jalili, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, in Baghdad, recently.   (AP)

                   COMFORTING THE BEREAVED                                                                                                                                                                                Month-old
    Yemen’s Interior Minister Abdul Qader Qahtan (right) comforts the son of a police trooper,
    killed in Saturday’s attack on an intelligence service headquarters, during a funeral in Sanaa,
                                                                                                          Somali parliament delays                                                                                        baby reunited
    on Monday. (REUTERS)

                                                                                                          presidential election                                                                                           with family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          after UAE
                                                                                                                     MOGADISHU                                                                                            car theft
                                                                                                          THE election of a new Somali                                                                                                   AFP
                                                                                                          president will not take place on                                                                                               DUBAI
                                                                                                          Monday as scheduled, newly
                                                                                                          appointed lawmakers said, but                                                                                   A BABY girl, who was in the
                                                                                                          added they expected to con-                                                                                     back of a car stolen from out-
                                                                                                          vene the parliament for the                                                                                     side a shop in the United
                                                                                                          first time later in the day.                                                                                     Arab Emirates, was reunited
                                                                                                             “The presidential elections                                                                                  with her parents after a fran-
                                                                                                          will not be held today,” said                                                                                   tic seven-hour search, The
                                                                                                          lawmaker Aweys Qarni. “The                                                                                      National newspaper report-
                                                                                                          election committee must still                                                                                   ed on Monday.
                                                                                                          be convened.... There is still                                                                                     The month-old girl, Lailas,
                                                                                                          work to go before the presi-         Supporters of former Somali prime minister Mohamed Abdullah                was in a white Toyota Prado
                                                                                                          dential elections.”                  Farmajo during an election rally, in Mogadishu, recently. (AFP)            when it was stolen in the
                                                                                                             War-torn            Somalia’s                                                                                Santsaiya 6 area of Sharjah,
                                                                                                          Western-backed transitional          er, and they will organise the        little but a reshuffling of          not far from commercial hub
                                                                                                          government ends its mandate          election committee for the new        positions. The names of              Dubai, on Saturday, after her
                                                                                                          on Monday after eight years of       president,” he said, adding that      more than 200 new lawmak-            parents left the car’s engine
                                                                                                          political infighting and ram-         it was expected the eldest            ers chosen by a “technical           running while they nipped
                                                                                                          pant corruption.                     member would chair the meet-          selection committee” from a
                                                                                                             It is being replaced by new       ing until elections were held.        list prepared by clan elders            Within hours,
                                                                                                          lawmakers selected by a                 Despite delays in the process      were published on Friday.               Ahmed Ibrahim al
                                                                                                          group of 135 traditional eld-        of forming a new government,             The remaining 75 names               Shamsi, an Emi-
                                                                                                          ers in a United Nations-             it was hailed as an “unprece-         were still pending at the               rati from Sharjah,
                                                                                                          backed process, the latest bid       dented opportunity for greater        weekend “because of inter-              contacted police
                                                                                                          to bring stability to the Horn       peace and stability” in a joint       clan argument and other rea-            on Twitter to say
                                                                                                          of Africa country.                   statement from the African            sons related to a lack of fulfil-        he had spotted
                                                                                                             Somalia has not had a stable      Union, European Union, US             ment of the conditions,”                the stolen car, the
                                                                                                          central government since the         and UN issuedon Sunday.               according to committee co-              newspaper said.
                                                                                                          1991 ouster of dictator                 “The conclusion of the tran-       chair Halimo Yarey.
                                                                                                          Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991,          sition should mark the begin-            Some 70 nominees were
                                                                                                          which unleashed a bloody civil       ning of more representative           rejected because they did not
                                                                                                          war and two decades of chaos.        government in Somalia,”               meet the requirements to             into the shop, the report said.
                                                                                                             “We are preparing for the         added the statement, also             serve      in     parliament.           Within minutes, car and
                                                                                                          first gathering of the new par-       signed by Norway, Turkey and          Lawmakers must be Somali             baby were gone.
                                                                                                          liament today,” said Abinasir        East Africa’s main diplomatic         citizens of sound mind, have            After the alert was raised,
                                                                                                          Garale, a lawmaker newly re-         body IGAD, among others.              a high school diploma and be         police rapidly put out a
                                                                                                          elected to parliament.                  Analysts have posed a far          free of ties to warlords or          Twitter alert, which was
                                                                                                             “In coming days the new           gloomier outlook on the               links to atrocities committed        quickly retweeted by more
                                                                                                          parliament will select a speak-      process, suggesting it offers         during the civil war.                than 1,700 people, includ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ing     Foreign      Minister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and hundreds of Sharjah

Egypt to use aircraft, tanks against Sinai militants                                                                                                                                                                      residents, in both Arabic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and English.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Within hours, Ahmed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ibrahim al Shamsi, an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Emirati from Sharjah, con-
          REUTERS                  to strike terrorist elements                                                                                                                      army-police operation that           tacted police on Twitter to
           ISMAILIA                using aircraft and mobile                                                                                                                         has raided militant hideouts,        say he had spotted the stolen
                                   rocket launchers for the first                                                                                                                     arrested their members and           car, the newspaper said.
EGYPT is preparing to use          time since the beginning of                                                                                                                       seized weapons.                         And at 5:00 am on Sunday
aircraft and tanks in Sinai for    the operation,” an Egyptian                                                                                                                         Israeli officials, who say          it was found in Muwailah, a
the first time since the 1973       security source said.                                                                                                                             they are in regular contact          few kilometres (couple of
war with Israel in its offen-        Another security source said                                                                                                                    with Cairo, have encouraged          miles) from where it was
sive against militants in the      the army was planning to                                                                                                                          Egypt to take tough action           stolen, with Lailas safe
border area, security sources      attack and besiege al Halal                                                                                                                       against the gunmen responsi-         inside, the report said.
said on Monday.                                                                                                                                                                      ble for the assault and have            “The baby was taken
  The plans to step up the           Egypt blamed the                                                                                                                                previously allowed the use of        immediately to Al Qassimi
operation were being finalised        attack on Islamist                                                                                                                              helicopters in the operation.        hospital where she was
by Egypt’s newly appointed           militants and the                                                                                                                                 No one has claimed                 found to be in good health,”
Defence Minister General             conflict is an early                                                                                                                            responsibility for the killing       it quoted Sharjah police
Abdel Fattah al Sisi as he made      test for President                                                                                                                              of the border guards but a           spokesman                Major
his first visit to Sinai on           Mohamed Morsi -                                                                                                                                 Sinai-based Islamist mili-           Mohammed al Shihi as say-
Monday following the killing of      elected in June                                                                                                                                 tant organisation, the Salafi         ing.
16 border guards on August 5.      mountain in central Sinai,                                                                                                                        Jihadi Group, warned the                It was the biggest response
  Egypt blamed the attack          using weapons including                                                                                                                           Egyptian army last week              Sharjah police had received
on Islamist militants and the      tanks, where militants were                                                                                                                       that the crackdown would             to an online alert.
conflict is an early test for       suspected to be hiding.                                                                                                                           force it to fight back.                  “We received a lot of calls,
President Mohamed Morsi -            Disorder has spread in            People cross the Egyptian border with Hamas-ruled Gaza, which was opened for three days ahead of                Al Sisi was appointed              of people thinking they saw
elected in June following the      North Sinai, a region with          EId al Fitr, in Rafah, recently. (AP)                                                                         defence minister last week           the car, people who wanted
overthrow last year of Hosni       many guns that has felt neg-                                                                                                                      in a surprise shake-up by            to help, we had a lot of help,”
Mubarak - to prove he can          lected by the central govern-       Israel to keep the region          between both countries limit-        forces there to stem weapons          Morsi, replacing Field               Shihi said.
rein in militants on the bor-      ment, since the overthrow of        under control and Islamist         ed military presence in the          smuggling by Palestinian gun-         Marshal Hussein                         “So many people cared this
der with Israel.                   Mubarak in a popular upris-         President Morsi has prom-          desert peninsula though in           men and other crimes.                   Tantawi who served as              time, more than before,
  “Al Sisi will supervise the      ing. Mubarak’s government           ised to restore stability.         recent years, Israel agreed to         After the border attack this        Mubarak’s defence minister           because yes it is just a car,
putting together of final plans     had worked closely with               The 1979 peace treaty            allow Egypt to deploy more           month, Egypt launched a joint         for 20 years.                        but a baby was in it,” he said.
04          Tuesday, August 21, 2012
                                                         PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA

Search for missing Filipino minister continues
              AFP                      The plane carrying Robredo,
            MANILA                  an aide and two pilots went
                                    down about a kilometre (0.6
PHILIPPINE            rescuers      miles) from Masbate on
stepped up the search for an        Saturday. So far only the aide
influential Philippine politi-       has been rescued.
cian on Monday, two days               Helicopters       are    now
after he went missing in an         searching a wide area of sea
airplane crash at sea.              and surrounding islands
   Military helicopters were        while special equipment has
expanding the areas they            arrived in Masbate to allow
were surveying while special        divers to reach a depth of 300
divers arrived in the central       feet (91 metres) where the
island of Masbate to help           plane might lie, Roxas said.
locate the plane of Interior           “We are hoping we might
Secretary Jesse Robredo that        spot something on an isolated
crashed on Saturday.                coast somewhere,” he said.
                                       Some wreckage from the
  Helicopters are                   plane and even the flight
  now searching a                   manifest have been recovered
  wide area of sea                  from the water but the sea
  and surrounding                   bed is so deep that ordinary
  islands while spe-                scuba divers cannot reach it.
  cial equipment has                   Despite the dimming hopes,
  arrived in Masbate                the Aquino government is still
  to allow divers to                holding a vigil at a Roman
  reach a depth of                  Catholic chapel for Robredo
  300 feet where the                who was an early supporter of
  plane might lie.                  the president and a key leader
   President Benigno Aquino         in the government’s reformist
had spent the night on the cen-     programme.
tral island of Masbate to mon-         As interior secretary,
itor the search for Robredo         Robredo was in control of the
who is both a key aide and a        country’s      143,000-strong
close personal friend.              national police force which has
   However             Transport    long been dogged by accusa-
Secretary Mar Roxas, who is         tions of corruption and abuse.
also monitoring the search,         He also oversaw local govern-
conceded, “there has been no        ment officials including some
positive news”.                     politicians who use private
   “This is still search and res-   armies to enforce their will.
cue. The president has been            In recent months, he had
here all night and he moni-         been cracking down on finan-
tored the search to make sure       cial irregularities in the police
all agencies of government are      and working to dismantle the
doing everything they can,” he      private armies ahead of
told ABS-CBN television.            national elections in 2013.         Divers conduct search operation at an estimated airplane crash site in the waters off Masbate City, Philippines, on Monday.   (EPA)

  Vietnam                           Indonesian quake                                                       Flashfloods,
                                                                                                           landslides in
                                                                                                                                                                            NEW OWL SPECIES
                                                                                                                                                  This photo released on Monday by the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Programme shows
  typhoon                                                                                                                                         a new species of owl (Ninox Philiippensis Camiguin Sur) found in Camiguin island. Scientists

  toll rises                        toll increases to 6                                                    Philippines as
                                                                                                           Tembin strikes
                                                                                                                                                  and birdwatchers have discovered 10 new owl species in the Philippines, using advanced
                                                                                                                                                  recording equipment that can distinguish between their hoots. (AFP)

  to 27                                           AP
                                                                          He said the earthquake
                                                                        damaged hundreds of houses
                                                                        and buildings in Parigi
              DPA                   THE death toll rose to six on       Mountong and Sigie, the
             HANOI                  Monday from a powerful              closest districts to the epi-      TYPHOON Tembin brought
                                    weekend earthquake in               centre, and several roads and      heavy rains to the northern
  AT LEAST 27 people                Indonesia as rescuers reached       bridges were destroyed in          Phillipines on Monday, trig-
  were killed and two miss-         mountainous villages that           the area.                          gering landslides and flash-
  ing after Tropical Storm          had been cut off by landslides,                                        floods just weeks after a series
  Kai-tak hit northern              officials said.                                                         of deadly storms and monsoon
  Vietnam, authorities said            At least 43 others were            Six people includ-               rains, the government said.
  on Monday.                        injured, including eight in           ing a 9-year-old                    The storm, which was
     Most victims were              critical condition. The mag-          boy, were killed by              upgraded from a tropical
  killed by floods and land-         nitude-6.3 quake struck on            falling debris and               storm, was moving slowly
  slides on Saturday and            Saturday evening near Palu            tonnes of mud and                northwards off the northern
  Sunday, the National              city on Sulawesi Island as            the death toll was               tip of the main Philippine
  Committee for Search              residents were ending their           likely to rise fur-              island of Luzon while batter-
  and Rescue said.                  fast on the final day of the           ther in coming                   ing the mountainous region
     The storm lashed the           Muslim holy month of                  days.                            with powerful downpours.
  northern provinces from           Ramadan.                                                                  The heavy rain caused
  Friday, damaging about               Sutopo Purwo Nugroho                                                landslides that damaged
  12,000 houses and flood-           of Indonesia’s Disaster                The epicentre was located       eight major highways, the
  ing 23,000 hectares of            Management Agency said              61 kilometres south of the         National Disaster Risk
  rice and other crops, the         rescuers with heavy equip-          provincial capital of Central      Reduction and Management
  Hydro-Meteorological              ment and bulldozers were            Sulawesi Palu, at a depth of 10    Council said in a statement.
  Forecasting Centre said.          clearing the roads to at            kilometres.                        There were no immediate
     The storm had weak-            least 14 villages in Sigie dis-        Indonesia is prone to           reports of casualties.
  ened and was dissipat-            trict that were blocked by          seismic upheaval due to its           Tembin, packing maximum
  ing, but heavy rains              landslides.                         location on the Pacific            winds of 130 kilometres per
  would continue for sev-              Nugroho said six people          ‘Ring of Fire’, an arc of vol-     hour with gusts of up to 160
  eral days, it said.               including a 9-year-old boy,         canoes and fault lines in          kph, was expected to remain
     Up to 300 millimetres          were killed by falling debris       the Pacific Basin.                  off the northern tip of Luzon
  of rain had fallen on             and tonnes of mud and the              A giant quake off the coun-     for more than a day, the coun-
  mountainous northern              death toll was likely to rise       try on December 26, 2004,          cil added.
  regions since Friday.             further in coming days.             triggered a tsunami in the            Local communities were
  Authorities issued threat            One of the most affected         Indian Ocean that killed           warned to monitor the levels
  warnings. Many roads              villages was still unreachable      230,000 people, half of them       of rivers and streams in their
  were blocked by land-             by car because of a landslide       in Indonesia’s westernmost         area and prepare for evacua-
  slides and fallen trees.          caused by the tremor.               province of Aceh.                  tions in case they begin to rise.
     In Hanoi, a taxi driver
  was killed when a tree
  fell on his cab, causing
  heavy congestion for sev-
  eral hours late on Friday,
  city police said.
     A policeman was
                                    Filipinos urged to pray today for peace with China
  swept away and killed                                                                                              AGENCIES                  Rockwell Tent in Makati City      political and business leaders     Justice and Peace… but I will
  while trying to rescue                                                                                        LAGUNA (PHILIPPINES)           was organised by the New          were expected to attend.           join in praying and more,” he
  people, the National                                                                                                                         York-based US Pinoys for             “We don’t want anything         said in a phone interview.
  Committee for Search                                                                                     ACTIVIST priest Father              Good Governance.                  that is aggressive for now.          In an e-mailed message on
  and Rescue said. The                                                                                     Robert Reyes has urged the                                            This is all conciliatory as I’m    Sunday, Reyes asked those
  Committee estimated                                                                                      public and Filipinos around                                           reaching out already to the        who could not go to Makati
  the cost of damage at 2                                                                                  the world to join a 24-hour          We don’t want any-               next leaders in China,” Lewis      City to join at least a part of
  million dollars.                                                                                         prayer and fasting for the           thing that is                    said in a phone interview.         the 24-hour prayer and fast-
     Disasters from the                                                                                    peaceful resolution of the           aggressive for                      China is set to hold its next   ing that will begin at 12 noon
  annual heavy rains have                                                                                  conflict      between       the       now. This is all con-            elections in October, she said.    of August 21.
  killed an average of 750                                                                                 Philippines and China over           ciliatory as I’m                    Reyes, also known as the          “We shall fast and pray for
  people in each of the                                                                                    the Scarborough Shoal.               reaching out                     ‘running priest’, was invited      justice and peace, most of all
  past 10 years and                                                                                          Even in the comfort of their       already to the next              by the group to the pro-           because we love our mother-
  incurred costs equiva-                                                                                   homes, Filipinos can join the        leaders in China.                gramme but he said he could        land,” he said.
  lent to 1.5 per cent of                                                                                  Global Day of Prayer for             LOIDA NICOLAS LEWIS              not join as he was now in a          The territorial dispute
  gross domestic product                                                                                   Peace in the Scarborough                                              special programme of a             between the Philippines and
  per year, according to                                                                                   Shoal as a means of easing the        Loida Nicolas Lewis, the        Franciscan order based in          China erupted after Chinese
  the       Ministry       of                                                                              tension between the two             national chair of US Pinoys       Laguna province.                   commercial and military ves-
  Agriculture and Rural                                                                                    countries, Reyes said.              for Good Governance, said            “I and many cannot be           sels were spotted in the
  Development.                      Chairman of US Filipinos for Good Governance Loida Nicolas               The Global Day of Prayer to       300 to 500 members of civil       physically present for the         Scarborough Shoal in the West
                                    Lewis, in Makati, Philippines, on Monday. (REUTERS)                    be held on August 21 at the         society groups and church,        Global Day of Prayer for           Philippine (South China) Sea.
                                                                                                     UK / EUROPE                                                                                      Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  Crisis-hit Italians                                               Greek, German ministers
  sell jewellery to
  make ends meet
           REUTERS                fabrics. “It’s sad because
                                                                    kick off euro diplomacy
             ROME                 this shop has been going                      BERLIN
                                  for eighty years.”
  TIMES are now so tough             Former prime minister          GREECE’S foreign minister
  that Valerio Novelli, a tick-   Silvio Berlusconi, who was        meets his German counter-
  et inspector on Rome’s          brought down by an esca-          part on Monday at the start
  buses, is planning to sell      lating debt crisis in             of a new high-stakes round
  his old gold teeth.             November, liked to claim          of financial diplomacy that
     “I can’t get to the end of   that with restaurants still       could help determine the
  the month without running       full and Italians buying as       future of the 17 countries
  up debts,” said Novelli, 56,    many electronic gadgets as        that use the euro.
  who has to support an ex-       ever, there was little con-          Germany’s            Guido
  wife and daughter. “I know      crete evidence of economic        Westerwelle is hosting
  I won’t get much, but I         downturn in Italy.                Greece’s             Dimitris
  need the money.”                   But the proliferation of       Avramopoulos ahead of a
    In a country suffering        pawn shops, with an esti-         meeting in Berlin on Friday
  from economic crisis, buy-      mated annual turnover of 7        between their countries’
  ing gold off desperate peo-     billion euros, is a very visi-    leaders, Chancellor Angela
  ple has become one of the       ble sign that for millions of     Merkel and new Prime
  few boom industries.            Italians life has changed for     Minister Antonis Samaras.
                                  the worse.                        Both Merkel and Samaras
                                     The euro zone’s third          also meet this week with
    In a country                  largest economy has been          French President Francois
    suffering from                in recession for a year and       Hollande, the leader of
    economic crisis,              shrank at an annual rate of       Europe’s      second-biggest
    buying gold off               2.5 percent in the second         economy after Germany.
    desperate people              quarter.                              The 17-country eurozone
    has become one                   There are an estimated         is awaiting a report next
    of the few boom               28,000 “cash for gold” out-       month on Greece’s progress
    industries.                   lets in Italy, according to       in implementing reforms
                                  Gianni Mancuso, one of six        and austerity measures
     City centres are being       centre-right lawmakers            demanded in exchange for
  transformed as traditional      who last month presented          two massive bailout pack-
  shops go out of business,       a request in parliament for       ages. The report is being
  their signs replaced by         the government to regulate        compiled by the so-called
  ones      that     announce     the sector more strictly.         “troika”, representatives of
  “Compro Oro”, or “I Buy            Several recent shootings       the      European      Union,
  Gold”.                          in Rome have involved             European Central Bank and
     The Eurispes thinktank       owners of Cash for Gold           International       Monetary       German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (right) with his Greek counterpart from Greece Dimitris Avramopulos, in Berlin, on Monday. (AP)
  estimates the number of         outlets. Parliament has dis-      Fund.
  “Compro Oro” shops has          cussed evidence that the             Signs of that Greece might      they have no appetite for          leader of Merkel’s conserva-       criticized. In an interview          “I am always astonished
  quadrupled in the last two      sector is being taken over        be slipping on its commit-         granting Greece more time          tive bloc, Volker Kauder, has      published     Monday        by     about the flippancy with
  years. The growth of the        by mafia groups.                   ments have fueled impa-            to comply with the terms of        insisted that there is no room     Germany’s Berliner Zeitung         which some speculate about
  industry is “a very good           “They are all crooks, they     tience with Athens in              its rescue packages or other       for giving Greece more time        and Frankfurter Rundschau          a withdrawal and the con-
  indicator of the level of       shouldn’t exist,” said            Germany and other prosper-         concessions.                       and says he sees little chance     newspapers, top European           tempt with which inhabi-
  hardship in the country,”       Valeria Arcidiacono, a 46         ous nations ,as well as specu-        The German weekly Der           of Germany’s governing             Central Bank official Joerg         tants of the common
  said Gian Maria Fara, the       year-old single mother            lation about a possible Greek      Spiegel reported this week-        coalition supporting a third       Asmussen said that he wants        European house are spoken
  think tank’s president.         whose teenage son took            exit from the 17-nation euro.      end that an initial assess-        rescue package.                    Greece to remain in the euro-      about,” he added.
     “Business is very good,      and sold her gold and pearl          Should the report find that      ment by debt inspectors sug-          Germany’s         Economy       zone and that “securing that          The ECB has said that it
  you can really feel the cri-    earrings at the local pawn        Greece has not been meeting        gests Greece may need to           Minister Philipp Roesler,          is in the hands of Greece.”        may buy government bonds
  sis,” said 30 year-old Alexia   shop.                             its bailout commitments, the       cover a financing shortfall of      said recently the idea of             “A withdrawal by Greece         to drive high borrowing rates
  Messi, who works in Oro            “They were worth 1,000         country could face the             up to €14 billion over the         Greece leaving the euro has        would be manageable,”              down if countries first ask for
  Change on Via Medaglie          euros and they gave him 42        prospect of having its fund-       next two years, rather than        “lost its horror.” A regional      Asmussen, a German, was            help from Europe’s bailout
  D’Oro in northern Rome. It      euros for them, with no           ing cut off. This would force      the €11.5 billion Athens has       official with one of the coun-      quoted as saying. But “a           funds, a move that would
  opened its first branch five      receipt or anything,” she         the country into a chaotic         identified. It did not cite         try’s governing parties,           withdrawal would not be as         benefit countries such as
  years ago and now has           said.                             default on its debts and           sources. Finance Minister          Bavarian state finance minis-       orderly as some imagine. It        Spain and Italy.
  seven outlets in Rome.             Ranieri Razzante, head         eventually out of the euro-        Wolfgang Schaeuble said on         ter Markus Soeder, has             would be connected with               Asmussen said that pro-
     “People are never happy      of Italy’s anti-money laun-       zone, a move that would fur-       Saturday: “I have always said      called for Greece to leave the     lower growth and higher            gram “will be better con-
  to sell, but now they come      dering watchdog AIRA,             ther destabilize the currency      that we can help the Greeks,       currency this year and             unemployment, and very             ceived” than the ECB’s previ-
  in with anything - gold, sil-   said pawnbrokers had “vir-        bloc.                              but we cannot responsibly          argued that “an example            expensive. In Greece, in the       ous     bond-buying      pro-
  ver, old stuff, new stuff. I    tually taken over from               German officials and law-        throw money into a bottom-         must be made of Athens” ó          whole of Europe and in             gramme launched in 2010
  would say we have twice as      banks” as a form of financ-        makers are making clear            less pit.” The parliamentary       comments Westerwelle has           Germany too.”                      but long dormant.
  many customers a day as         ing for Italian families, as
  we did a year ago.”             crisis-hit lenders are
     Meanwhile, the toll of       increasingly reluctant to
  the crisis is being felt by
  traditional retailers. In
  central Rome, Massimo
  Della Rocca, 57, who has
                                  offer credit.
                                     Bank loans to house-
                                  holds were down at an
                                  annual rate of 0.6 percent
                                                                    Hollande returns, faces tray full of problems
  run the men’s’ clothes shop     in June, despite inflation of                   AFP                   old Socialist leader looking         Easier said than done,           spending savings over the          from the far left, which took
  EDEL since inheriting it        more than 3 percent.                           PARIS                 tanned and relaxed on his          analysts suggest.                  coming year to meet deficit-        one in six of the first round
  from his grandfather 30            Some 8.5 percent of                                               return to the capital.               With the Eurozone crisis         reduction targets seen as          votes in May’s presidential
  years ago, is planning to       Italians sold items at a          FRENCH              President        But few expect the holiday       unresolved, the economy            crucial to the health of the       election.
  sell up.                        pawnshop in 2011, accord-         Francois Hollande got back         glow to last as Hollande           flat-lining and unemploy-          ailing euro.                         On Monday, Hollande had
     “Things have been get-       ing to an Eurispes survey.        to the office on Monday to          grapples with a string of          ment spiralling, Hollande            That will be a politically       a taste of the kind of attacks
  ting worse for years but           Some operators are             be confronted with an in-          thorny economic, political         knew before he set off for         delicate task for an adminis-      he can expect from now on
  now it’s becoming impossi-      active for just a few weeks       tray brimming with prob-           and social issues threaten-        his Riviera retreat that this      tration elected on a promise       from Jean-Luc Melenchon,
  ble. Sales this summer are      before selling on their           lems that have only got            ing to derail his presidency.      autumn would be challeng-          to boost jobs and growth           the Left Front leader who
  down 25 percent from last       licences, making it difficult      worse in his time away from          “There is plenty of work         ing. Commitments made at           with a strong base of support      has returned to the political
  year,” said Della Rocca,        to counter their activities of    the Elysee Palace.                 awaiting us,” he acknowl-          a European Union summit            among voters employed in           fray revitalised after a post-
  whose garments are all          money laundering and                A summer break with his          edged. “It’s back to business      in June mean the govern-           the public sector. On these        election break in Venezuela
  made in Italy from local        receipt of stolen goods.          journalist girlfriend Valerie      now. The French want their         ment must find 33 billion           fronts, Hollande is seen as        as a guest of President Hugo
                                                                    Trierweiler left the 53-year-      problems resolved.”                euros’ worth of public             being vulnerable to criticism      Chavez.

More forest fires break out across Greece                                                                                                                                                                       Review drug nod,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                WHO urged
             AP                       Chios is famous for the                                                                                                                brush fires broke out Monday                    LONDON
           ATHENS                 production of mastic, a gum-                                                                                                               across Greece, while crews
                                  like resin with a distinctive                                                                                                              were fighting another six           THE        World       Health
HUNDREDS of firefighters            flavor produced only by trees                                                                                                               blazes burning since Sunday        Organisation (WHO) should
were battling a major forest      on certain parts of the island.                                                                                                            in other parts of the country.     review its approval of a drug
fire on Greece’s eastern           It is used widely in confec-                                                                                                                 One of those was on the          used to prevent life-threaten-
Aegean island of Chios on                                                                                                                                                    central Aegean island of           ing bleeding in women in
Monday, as it ravaged forests,                                                                                                                                               Andros, where two French           childbirth because there is
agricultural land and the           Gale-force winds                                                                                                                         tourists, a 32-year-old man        not enough evidence that it is
island’s famed mastic trees         were hampering                                                                                                                           and a 29-year-old woman,           effective, a study published
for the third day.                  efforts by about                                                                                                                         were arrested on suspicion of      on Monday said.
   Gale-force winds were            360 firefighters,                                                                                                                        starting Sunday’s fire. The fire       Research published in the
hampering efforts by about          soldiers and volun-                                                                                                                      department did not specify         Journal of the Royal Society
360 firefighters, soldiers and        teers, as well as                                                                                                                        how the blaze started.             of Medicine said the evidence
volunteers, as well as fire-         firefighting planes,                                                                                                                       Forest fires are common in        to support the use of miso-
fighting planes, helicopters         helicopters and 50                                                                                                                       Greece during the typically        prostol is “at best inconclu-
and 50 vehicles.                    vehicles.                                                                                                                                long, hot summers, and the         sive”, yet it is increasingly
   Residents of nine villages                                                                                                                                                country has seen a series of       used in poorer countries to
and hamlets evacuated their                                                                                                                                                  blazes in recent weeks after       prevent postpartum haemor-
homes over the weekend as a       tionery, cooking and cosmet-                                                                                                               going through a heat wave. By      rhage (PPH).
precaution. The blaze broke       ics and a major source of                                                                                                                  far the worst spate of fires         “Developed countries would
out shortly after 2 am on         income. Local authorities said                                                                                                             came in 2007, when more            not dream of giving women
Saturday morning and              many of the trees had been                                                                                                                 than 60 people died as flames       misoprostol during labour on
authorities said that by          burned, while the island’s                                                                                                                 swept across hundreds of           the basis of the current evi-
Monday it had destroyed           beekeepers had also lost 60                                                                                                                kilometers through villages        dence, yet industry and
about 7,000 hectares (16,000      percent of their hives.                                                                                                                    and across mountains in the        health practitioners are push-
acres) of forest and farmland.       Another five forest and         Firemen battle against blazes raging on Chios island, in Greece, on Monday. (EPA)                        Peloponnese.                       ing it hard,”it said.
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                                                                                                                Are Drones Immoral?
          EDITOR -IN-CHIEF                                               EDITOR                             The answer lies in knowing whether drones have reduced terrorists’ threat
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                                                                                                                   HREE years ago, I came across                                     PETER BEAUMONT | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE
                                                                                                                   the victims of a drone strike
                                                                                                                   about an hour after it occurred. It
                                       Eastside                                                                    was in Gaza - although the loca-
                                                                                                                   tion for the purposes of this piece
                                                                                                           does not matter; only the fact of the

                     Asia’s Roiling Sea
                                                                                                           weapons system. The drone had fired a
                                                                                                           missile at a militant commander.
                                                                                                           Standing close by at that moment was a
                                                                                                           group of children waiting for a lift to
US has to work with China to resolve S China sea dispute                                                   school, three of whom were wounded.
                                                                                                              All injury and death is horrible, that
                                                                                                           suffered by innocents doubly so. Having

T  HE South China Sea, one of the world’s
   most important waterways, has been
contested off and on for centuries. These
                                                        navy and commercial vessels to project
                                                        influence has changed the regional
                                                        dynamics and worried many of its smaller
                                                                                                           seen so much of the human conse-
                                                                                                           quences of war, I tend not to distinguish
                                                                                                           which weapon has been responsible but
days, with the sea bounded by some of                   neighbours. Beijing’s ambitions are large:         try to see the intent behind the attack
Asia’s most vibrant economies – China,                  the president of a Chinese research insti-         that caused the injury and death. In
Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan and                    tute, Wu Shicun, told The Times’ Jane              conflict, within the existing framework
Malaysia – the competition has become a                 Perlez that China wanted to control no less        of international humanitarian law,
virtual free-for-all. Confrontations over               than 80 percent of the sea.                        whether an attack is justifiable and legal
territorial control are alarmingly frequent               China would prefer to deal with territori-       is defined both by the nature of the tar-
and could get out of hand, with dangerous               al disputes bilaterally because it thinks it       get and proper consideration of               context, it does not assist in under-                          drawn up its “kill lists” and in its defini-
consequences.                                           can strong-arm its neighbours. The US has          whether there will be civilian casualties     standing whether the use of drones is                          tion of when civilian casualties are
  It is not hard to see why everyone wants              to take a neutral position on the claims but       and whether they are avoidable.               legitimate.                                                    acceptable and how those casualties are
a piece of the action. The sea is not only an           has proposed a fairer way of settling them            For this reason, I find the notion of         For many, the nature of drone war-                          counted. When Thomas Aquinas con-
important trade route but is also rich in oil,          – through negotiation and “without coer-           drone warfare no more horrible than a         fare itself has become central. The oper-                      doned killing in self-defence, he defined
natural gas, fishing and mineral resources.             cion, without intimidation, without threats        Tomahawk cruise missile fired from a          ators’ very remoteness, it is claimed,                         the moral “doctrine of double effect”, a
Nations are fighting over islands and even              and without the use of force.”                     distant ship or a bomb dropped indis-         leads to desensitisation. But throughout                       key concept in Just War theory from
specks of rocks to stake their claims.                    That makes it all the more important for         criminately on a village by a high-flying     the history of weapons, designers have                         Francisco de Vitoria in the 16th century
  Both China and its neighbours bear                    the administration to continue to invest           F-22 or MiG. What did bother me about         always sought to maximise lethality                            to Michael Walzer in the modern era.
responsibility for ratcheting up the ten-               more effort in the South China Sea dispute,        that drone strike three years ago - about     while reducing the vulnerability of                               In this context, it sets the killing of
sion. But there is no question that China’s             both working with China and strengthen-            all drone strikes that cause civilian         those using the weapons. And while it                          civilians, or the risk of killing them, as
economic power and its assertive use of its             ing alliances with its rivals.                     injuries and death - was the knowledge        has long been accepted that there is a                         “a bad effect” against what might be
                                                                                                           that, unlike a jet pilot or artilleryman      relationship between increased distance                        viewed as moral within the bounds of
                                                                                                           firing a shell on to co-ordinates where       from a target and the ability to kill with                     self-defence. For while there are very
                                                                                                           he cannot see who is nearby, this air-        reduced feelings of guilt, recent anec-                        few who would try to deny that a mili-
                                      Westside                                                             craft’s remote pilot must have been able
                                                                                                           to see the children who would be
                                                                                                                                                         dotal evidence suggests that some
                                                                                                                                                         drone operators, because they spend so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tant threat exists in areas where strikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        take place, the central issue comes
                                                                                                           injured.                                      long intimately observing their targets,                       down to how those combatants are

     Truth & Lies About Medicare
                                                                                                              The use of drones to conduct lethal        experience the same emotional damage                           identified and what efforts are being
                                                                                                           strikes, particularly by the US and often     as those who kill at close quarters.                           made to protect civilians.
                                                                                                           causing civilian casualties, has come to         What then of the issue of internation-                         One of the most shocking disclosures
                                                                                                           be one of the most deeply controversial       al legality? As Joshua Foust and Ashley                        about the details of Obama’s decision-
It is irresponsible for the Republicans to promise not to trim Medicare                                    moral issues in the development of
                                                                                                           modern conflict, driven by the fourfold
                                                                                                                                                         Boyle argue in a new paper, The
                                                                                                                                                         Strategic Context of Lethal Drones for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        making process is the use of the defini-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tion “militant” for all males of military
                                                                                                           escalation in the use of drones by            the American Security Project, this, too,                      age within a drone strike zone, regard-

R   EPUBLICAN attacks on President
    Barack Obama’s plans for Medicare are
growing more heated and inaccurate by
                                                        the savings in costs that the Congressional
                                                        Budget Office projects over the next
                                                        decade from wholly reasonable provisions
                                                                                                           President Barack Obama in the global
                                                                                                           “war on terror” from Pakistan and
                                                                                                           Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia.
                                                                                                                                                         is more complex than some have
                                                                                                                                                         assumed. The use of force against coun-
                                                                                                                                                         tries in peacetime, as they point out, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        less of whether they are combatants or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This definition is a deliberate evasion
the day. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan                 in the reform law.                                 The most recent incident occurred yes-        governed by Article 51 of the UN                               of the moral responsibility supposed to
made statements last week implying that                    The Republicans imply that the $716             terday (18AUG) in northern Pakistan -         Charter. This permits “the right of indi-                      be built into the targeting process.
the Affordable Care Act would eviscerate                billion in cuts will harm older Americans,         the first in over a month - when five         vidual or collective defence” across bor-                         Add to that the often wild vagaries of
Medicare when in fact the law should                    but almost none of the savings come from           alleged militants were killed in a drone      ders in peacetime if either one of two                         the US intelligence that nominates the
shore up the program’s finances.                        reducing the benefits available for people         strike on the compound of a local war-        requirements is satisfied: that the group                      list of those who pose an alleged threat,
  Both men have also twisted themselves                 already on Medicare. But if Romney and             lord. So controversial indeed is the sub-     or individuals being targeted poses a                          failures of which I witnessed on many
into knots to distance themselves from                  Ryan were able to repeal the reform law,           ject that last month Congress indicated       threat or if the country, where the strike                     occasions in Iraq, and it seems certain
previous positions, so that voters can no               as they have pledged to do, that would             it was seeking the internal White House       takes place, “consents”. While Pakistan                        that there have been strikes, perhaps
longer believe anything they say. Last                  drive up costs for many seniors – namely           memos used to authorise drone strikes         has complained that drone strikes                              many, which have been unjustifiable in
week, both insisted that they would save                those with high prescription drug costs,           where US citizens fighting with mili-         “infringe its sovereignty”, strong evi-                        their civilian death toll.
Medicare by pumping a huge amount of                    who are already receiving subsidies under          tants had been killed. The UK, too, has       dence exists that suggests it is heavily                          If there is a final compelling question
money into the program, a bizarre turn-                 the reform law, and those who are receiv-          been drawn in through a court case            involved in providing the intelligence                         to be asked over the future of drone
around for supposed fiscal conservatives                ing preventive services, like colono-              brought by a Pakistani student                and other participation for strikes.                           warfare, it is the one posed last week by
out to rein in federal spending.                        scopies, mammograms and immunisa-                  demanding to know whether this coun-             A case can be made too that drones                          Foust and Boyle who demanded
  The likelihood that they would stand by               tions, with no cost sharing.                       try has provided intelligence for a sus-      might be “more ethical” than other                             whether, as a military tool, drone war-
that irresponsible pledge after the election               Romney and Ryan said last week that             pected US drone strike that killed his        older systems because they can be more                         fare is actually effective; whether its use
is close to zero. And the likelihood that               they would restore the entire $716 billion         father.                                       discriminate, lingering over their target                      is justified when set against the political
they would be better able than Democrats                in cuts by repealing the law. The                     Despite genuine concerns over drone        for hours or returning for days to the                         fallout that the drone campaign has
to preserve Medicare for the future                     Congressional Budget Office concluded              warfare, much of what has been written        location, giving those authorising the                         produced and whether drones have
(through a risky voucher system that may                that repealing the law would raise the             on both sides of the debate on the sur-       operations the opportunity to minimise                         actually reduced the threat posed by
not work well for many beneficiaries) is                deficit by $109 billion over 10 years.             rounding moral and legal issues has           noncombatant casualties.                                       militants.
not much better.                                           Regardless of who wins the election,            been ill-informed and confused. In part,         Paradoxically, it is precisely because                         Without clarity on these issues - that
  A Republican attack ad says that the                  Medicare spending has to be reined in lest         this is because for some the issue has        of this potential for discrimination, in                       the drone campaign is operated within a
reform law has “cut” $716 billion from                  it squeeze out other priorities, like educa-       become conflated with broader geopo-          the context of the execution of the US                         real, clear and publicly defensible moral
Medicare, with the money used to expand                 tion. It is utterly irresponsible for the          litical concerns, not least a critique of     drone war, that their use has become                           framework and serves a quantifiable
coverage to low-income people who are                   Republicans to promise not to trim                 US military power. While how we               more morally problematic because it                            defence purpose - the questions about
currently uninsured. In reality, the $716               Medicare spending in their desperate bid           understand the use of military power by       brings us back to the subject of intent,                       drones will only get louder and more
billion is not a “cut” in benefits but rather           for votes.                                         a state should serve as an important          not least in the way in which the US has                       insistent.

                                                           How To Be More Productive
                                                                                  When there is less time to work, one wastes less time

           N the Midwest we’re all very                                                                      JASON FRIED | NYT NEWS SERVICE             The benefits of a six-month sched-                     work and to use the time to explore
           aware of seasons and seasonal                                                                                                             ule with three-day weekends are                           their own ideas.
           change. The cold, the warm, the                                                                The benefits of a                          obvious. But there’s one surprising                          People worked independently or
           wet, the dry, the hot – we have it                                                                                                        effect of the changed schedule: better                    joined up with other employees on
           all every year. Some seasons are                                                             six-month schedule                           work gets done in four days than in                       team projects. The only rule was:
      more welcome than others, but                                                                        with three-day                            five.                                                     explore, see if there are ways to make
      they’re all good about one thing:                                                                                                                 When there’s less time to work,                        our existing products better, or come
                                                                                                       weekends are obvious.                         you waste less time. When you have a                      up with a new product idea, create a
        Change is important. When we                                                                       But there’s one                           compressed workweek, you tend to                          new business model, or do whatever
      were growing up, we got summers off                                                              surprising effect of the                      focus      on    what’s    important.                     is of most interest.
      from school. Summer vacation was                                                                                                               Constraining time encourages quali-                          Then, in July, we asked each per-
      change. It was something to look for-                                                              changed schedule:                           ty time.                                                  son to share, with the rest of the
      ward to. A few months of something
      different really meant a lot.
                                                                                                       better work gets done                            At 37signals there’s another thing
                                                                                                                                                     we do to celebrate the seasons: we
                                                                                                                                                                                                               staff, whatever idea he or she came
                                                                                                                                                                                                               up with, on a day we set aside as
        We grow out of a lot as we grow up.                                                                 in four days                             cover the cost of a weekly communi-                       “Pitchday.”
      One of the most unfortunate things                                                                    than in five.                            ty-supported agriculture share for                           The June-on-your-own experiment
      we leave behind is a regular dose of                                                                                                           each employee. We enjoy this benefit                      led to the greatest burst of creativity
      change. Nowhere is this more evi-                                                                October, we switch to a four-day              year-round, but fresh fruit and pro-                      I’ve seen from our 34-member staff.
      dent than at work.                                                                               workweek. And not 40 hours                    duce really glisten in the summer                         It was fun, and it was a big morale
        Work in February is the same as                                                                crammed into four days, but 32                months. It’s a simple way to cele-                        booster. It was also ultraproductive.
      work in May. June’s the same as                                                                  hours comfortably fit into four days.         brate change.                                             So much so that we’ll likely start
      October. And it would be hard to tell                                                            We don’t work the same amount of                 In the spirit of continual change,                     repeating the month-off project a few
      August from April.                                         I wanted to do something about        time, we work less.                           this summer we tried something                            times a year.
        Yes, some businesses are more sea-                     this. So, at 37signals, the software      Most staff workers take Fridays off,        new. We decided to give everyone the                         Are you thinking of introducing
      sonal than others, but ultimately the                    company I’ve run for the past 13        but some choose a different day.              month of June to work on whatever                         change to your business or work life?
      stuff we do at work isn’t that much                      years, we take inspiration from the     Nearly all of us enjoy three-day              they wanted. It wasn’t vacation, but                      Try following the seasons. There are
      different – it’s just busier some times                  seasons and build change into our       weekends. Work ends Thursday, the             it was vacation from whatever work                        few things that are as regular and
      than others. That isn’t change, it’s                     work schedule.                          weekend starts Friday, and work               was already scheduled. We invited                         predictable, yet so fresh and differ-
      just more volume.                                          For example, from May through         starts back up on Monday.                     everyone to shelve their nonessential                     ent.

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                                                                                                        ANALYSIS                                                                          Tuesday, August 21, 2012
                                                                                                         Polls suggest average voters
      Health is                                                                                          have already decided who
                                                                                                         they’re going to support and,
                                                                                                         therefore, have no need
      Wealth                                                 Amazing America
                                                                                                         whatsoever to try to figure out
                                                                                                         which page the Romney-Ryan
                                                                                                         campaign is on.
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Health, Social Life
                                                                                                                                                                                   The Company
Improve After
Weight-Loss Surgery                                             POLITICAL PAGE                                                                                                     Outsmarting Big
                                                                                                                                                                                   Pharma in Africa
W    EIGHT-LOSS surgery to treat obesity not
     only improves people’s health, but also
benefits their relationships and social lives, a
new study finds.
   Researchers from Arizona State University
questioned more than 200 adults who under-
                                                             Both Romney & Ryan are in favour of more tax cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                   C   IPLA, an India-based producer of low cost
                                                                                                                                                                                       antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) is one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                   biggest success stories in the pharma industry.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Most of its sales are in the developing world
went weight-loss surgery about their surgical                                                                                                                                      (including 40% in Africa) — where it sells its
results as well as why they wanted the opera-                                                                                                                                      HIV drugs for about $350 per year per patient

tion in the first place.                                          ET’S see if we can clear up         Ryan is the one who requested       Florida, a Republican primary            — yet it is as profitable as the pharma giants of
   The patients, who ranged in age from 26 to                     a few things. First of all,       stimulus money for his district,      uprising knocked out Cliff               Europe, North America, and Japan. It has dou-
73 years, were asked about their health and                       Paul Ryan and Mitt                but he is sorry. The stimulus was a   Stearns, a superconservative vet-        bled its market cap in the five years and sales
self-esteem, and any changes they experienced                     Romney are not the same           terrible thing, and Ryan had no       eran congressman who had cam-            reached almost $1.5 billion in the year ended
in their social lives, their work and their ability               person. They aren’t even          intention of trying to glom onto a    paigned on his efforts to kill off       March 2012, up close to ten times since 2000.
to be physically active after the surgery.                related! Stop spreading rumours!          chunk of it. He thought he was        federal funds for Planned                   What’s the reason for Cipla’s success and
   The researchers found a big reason the                 Although they do sort of look alike       just forwarding a constituent         Parenthood and embarrass the             should it worry the likes of Merck and Hoffman
patients decided to have the surgery was to               and enjoy spending time together.         request for some... constituent       Obama administration with an             La Roche?
lower their risk for health problems. They also           Perhaps Mitt regards Paul as the          thing. Or four.                       investigation into the Solyndra             You could argue that Cipla’s formula is sim-
wanted to look better and boost their self-con-           sixth son he never had.                     Romney is the one who hired         loans.                                   ply to piggyback on other companies’ products,
fidence. Many patients also said they wanted to              Ryan is the one who lives on the       undocumented workers to mow              That sort of bragging enraged         so it doesn’t have to pay for R&D. That may be
be able to be more physically active and avoid            same block where he grew up.              his lawn. Totally by mistake.         the faithful by reminding them           true, but then the firms that do carry out the
the stigma associated with being overweight.              Romney is the one who lives in              Ryan is the one who voted for a     that Stearns was a Washington            R&D are also dominant in their developed
   Following weight-loss surgery, the patients            four different states.                    massive      prescription      drug   insider, and he lost to a newcom-        domestic markets, where their margins can
lost an average of 95 pounds per person. As a                Ryan is the one who spent his          Medicare entitlement, the Bush        er named Ted Yoho.                       absorb the fixed costs of R&D and there’s noth-
result of this weight loss, the patients achieved         youth cooking hamburgers at               tax cuts and two wars without            Maybe Tea Party voters now            ing to stop them from competing on a cost
many of their surgery goals, including better             McDonald’s. Romney is the one             paying for any of them. He is even    only want to send people to              basis in Africa, particularly given the low pro-
health, the study revealed.                               who used to enjoy dressing up as a        sorrier about this than he is about   Washington who will lack the             duction costs of most drugs. What’s more,
   “We thought there would be more negative               police officer and playing fun            the stimulus.                         capacity to get anything done.           these are markets that traditional developed
reactions to the surgery, but the response was            pranks on his prep school friends.                                              Personally, I’m kind of OK with          market firms are increasingly targeting for
very positive,” study co-author Jennie Jacobs             Neither one of them worked as a                                                 that.                                    their own growth goals.
Kronenfeld, an Arizona State University School            Wienermobile driver. Really, I            Ryan and Romney are                      Also, I like the idea of having a        You could also argue that since Cipla pro-
of Social and Family Dynamics professor, said             don’t know where you get this                                                   congressman named Ted Yoho, as           duces many of its products in India, they pay
in a news release from the American                       stuff.
                                                                                                   on the same page when                  well as the fact that Yoho               less for labour and don’t have to worry about
Sociological Association. “Most people had                   Ryan is the one who likes to            it comes to Medicare,                describes himself as a “large ani-       quality. But firms from around the world are
improvements in chronic health problems.”                 catch catfish by sticking his fist       which is that it must be               mal veterinarian.” We don’t have         now using production facilities in India (where
   Specifically, the patients experienced                 into their burrows and dragging            saved from the $716                  many veterinarians in Congress,          costs are rising in any case) and Cipla’s facili-
improvements in diabetes, heart disease and               them out by the throat. Romney is                                               and you never can tell when a vis-       ties have received GMP (good manufacturing
sleep apnea. They also reduced their choles-              the one who drove to Canada with           billion in cuts Obama                iting heifer will come down with a       practice) approvals from regulatory authorities
terol levels.                                             his dog strapped to the car roof.        wants to make over the                 medical problem.                         in the US, Canada, Europe, Brazil, and many
   The study showed the participants were also               When it comes to the issues,          next 10 years. Although                   All right, a little more about the    other countries. So it’s hard to see that Cipla’s
able to be more active. The patients who want-            both men are on the same page.            the same $716 billion                 issues.                                  location in India provides it with a sustainable
ed to undergo weight-loss surgery to avoid neg-           Although the page does keep                                                        Romney has a plan to make             advantage.
ativity from their family and friends added that          turning, and you have to wonder          was in the budget plan                 Medicare solvent forever. We                A more plausible explanation for Cipla’s suc-
their relationships improved and they felt less           how average voters can cope with              that Ryan got the                 know this because he wrote               cess, we believe, is that it matches its business
depressed after their operation.                          all of the confusion.                    House to pass this year.               “Solvent” on the board at a press        model to the markets it want to grow in, rather
   “This provides evidence that overcoming the               Fortunately, polls suggest aver-                                             conference the other day.                than attempting to force a developed market
stigma of being overweight, as reflected by neg-          age voters have already decided                                                    Ryan used to have a plan to           business model on markets where it does not
ative reactions of others, can lead to greater            who they’re going to support and,            Romney is the one who passed       make Medicare solvent forever by         fit. Big pharma, by contrast, has historically
satisfaction among relationships with family              therefore, have no need whatsoev-         Obamacare        before     Barack    taking it away from everybody            done the reverse: it tries to fit emerging mar-
and friends, and in social life in general,”              er to try to figure out which page        Obama. But it wasn’t the same         under age 55 and giving them             kets to the model it uses successfully in devel-
explained study co-author Doris Palmer, a doc-            the Romney-Ryan campaign is               thing at all because it happened in   health       insurance      vouchers     oped ones. Needless to say, this approach has
toral student in the School of Social and Family          on.                                       a state.                              instead. But that was so 2011.           not worked in reaching lower and middle
Dynamics’ sociology program.                                 Practically the only person in            Both men want to make more            Now, Ryan and Romney are on           income segments of emerging markets that
   Although the participants were satisfied with          America who claims to have no             big tax cuts that will be paid for    the same page when it comes to           require price and marketing strategies that fit
their appearance, they didn’t feel as good about          idea who he’s going to vote for is        with the closing of tax loopholes.    Medicare, which is that it must be       both consumers’ ability to pay and the nature
how they looked as they did about other                   Senator Joseph Lieberman, I-              They are in total, complete con-      saved from the $716 billion in cuts      of the purchasing environment, which is often
improvements related to the surgery, the                  Conn., who recently declared              currence that the identity of these   Obama wants to make over the             more diffuse than in the US and other tradi-
researchers noted.                                        himself absolutely and totally            loopholes is not an appropriate       next 10 years. Although the same         tionally developed markets.
   “They may have hanging skin and those                  undecided. People, do you think           topic for a presidential campaign.    $716 billion was in the budget              This is where Cipla has found success, with a
kinds of issues to deal with,” Kronenfeld noted.          it’s possible that the entire presi-         Ryan is supposed to be the Tea     plan that Ryan got the House to          business model that suits high-growth markets
“It’s not clear if most insurance companies will          dential campaign is now being             Party hero and Romney is the one      pass this year.                          both in emerging economies like Brazil and
cover treatment of those issues since it may be           waged just for the benefit of             they hated so much they were             But it’s not like he expected it to   South Africa and in developing countries such
considered cosmetic.” Weight-loss surgery is              Joseph Lieberman? On the one              actually willing to contemplate a     happen. “We would never have             as Uganda. To access these markets profitably,
increasingly common in the United States as               hand, that’s a real waste of about        Newt Gingrich presidency to           done it,” he told campaign               Cipla offers a broad portfolio of products, so
legions of people struggle with obesity. The              $1 billion. On the other, it’s exact-     avoid him.                            reporters, desperate wretches            that it can achieve economies of scale in mar-
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric              ly what Joseph Lieberman has                 But I’m not entirely sure we can   condemned to roam the earth              keting and distribution, and carefully monitors
Surgery reported that roughly 220,000 proce-              been waiting for all his life.            trust the hard right to know what     with calculators, endlessly search-      overheads (its SG&A is 20% versus the tradi-
dures were performed in 2009.                                Anyhow, about the issues:              it wants any more. This week in       ing for the Ryan-Romney page.            tional big pharma 30%). But there’s an addi-
                                                                                                                                                                                   tional, perhaps less obvious contributor to
                                                                                                                                                                                   their success: Cipla has built up a portfolio of
                                                                                                                                                                                   skills and resources in a wide variety of highly
                                                                                                                                                                                   targeted ways. In addition to investing in its
                                                                                                                                                                                   own product development and marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                   capabilities internally, it has created a network

       Have                                                                                                                                                                        of alliances and licensing agreements with an
                                                                                                                                                                                   extraordinarily wide range of other organisa-
                                                                                                                                                                                   tions with complementary skills and resources.

      your say                                                 Human capital
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Upstream, it has an alliance with the Drugs
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                                                                                                                                                                                   develop and produce an improved first??line
                                                                                                                                                                                   antiretroviral combination therapy tailored for
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     Is there an issue you feel                       Seven million jobs have been creat-         Amadeus Mobile Traveller in                                                      facilities, pharmacies, and other distribution
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08         Tuesday, August 21, 2012
                                                                     UNITED STATES

  Planned Parenthood to launch new health initiative
            REUTERS                    The donations poured into        sies and other follow-up                                             this year as 77,000 sup-            reverse the change.                 cancer     screenings      at
           WASHINGTON                Planned Parenthood earlier         services. It will also pro-                                          porters rushed to protect             Komen insiders said later         Planned Parenthood,” the
                                     this year in response to the       vide new educational                                                 the group after the Komen           that the foundation had             organisation’s president,
  PLANNED Parenthood, a              decision by breast cancer          resources for women under                                            foundation said it would            acted under pressure from           Cecile Richards, said in a
  target of US conservatives         charity Susan G Komen for          age 40, an outreach pro-                                             cut off nearly all of its           anti-abortion       activists       statement.
  opposed to its abortion and        the Cure to cut off grant          gramme for Hispanic                                                  $700,000 in annual grant            opposed       to    Planned            “We’ve spent the last few
  birth control services, said on    money to the women’s health        women, and a new screen-                                             money used to fund breast           Parenthood.                         months developing an
  Monday it would use $3 mil-        network.                           ing tool for the network’s                                           cancer screenings.                    “We were overwhelmed              expanded programme that
  lion in donations to launch          The initiative will add to       doctors and nurses.                                                    Komen’s decision trig-            with support from people all        plays to our strengths while
  an initiative to fight breast       basic screenings at Planned          The $3 million flooded                                              gered an uproar among its           across the country who              addressing the biggest barri-
  cancer with expanded               Parenthood clinics by              Planned Parenthood’s cof-                                            own supporters that forced          wanted to be sure that              ers to care,” Richards, of
  screenings and education.          funding ultrasounds, biop-         fers in four days earlier Cecile Richards                            the breast cancer charity to        women could still get breast        Planned Parenthood, said.

Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’                                                                                                                                                         FBI to probe
                                                                                                                                                                                 GOP lawmaker’s
remark triggers uproar
                                                                                                                                                                                 Israel skin show
                                                                                                                                                                                            REUTERS                   without a swimsuit,” Yoder
         WASHINGTON                                                                                                                                                                       WASHINGTON                  said in the statement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “It is my greatest honour to
A REPUBLICAN senatorial                                                                                                                                                          A GROUP of Republican law-           represent the people of
candidate has triggered a                                                                                                                                                        makers and staff jumped into         Kansas in Congress and for
firestorm of criticism, includ-                                                                                                                                                   Israel’s Sea of Galilee last year    any embarrassment I have
ing a rebuff from Mitt                                                                                                                                                           after a night of dining and          caused for my colleagues and
Romney’s campaign, after he                                                                                                                                                      drinking, and one freshman           constituents, I apologise,” the
suggested that ‘legitimate                                                                                                                                                       Congressman swam naked,              statement read.
rape’ rarely causes pregnancy.                                                                                                                                                   Republican aides confirmed              The August 2011 trip was
  Explaining his complete                                                                                                                                                        late on Sunday.                      sponsored and paid for by the
opposition to abortions, even                                                                                                                                                      The incident, first report-         American Israel Educational
in the instance of rape,                                                                                                                                                         ed by Politico on Sunday,            Foundation, which is affiliat-
Representative Todd Akin                                                                                                                                                         was investigated by the FBI          ed with Aipac, an influential
said pregnancy from rape was                                                                                                                                                     and led Republican leaders in        pro-Israel advocacy group.
rare because of biological                                                                                                                                                       the House of Representatives           Representatives        Steve
reactions to ‘legitimate rape’.                                                                                                                                                  to reprimand the 30 law-             Southerland, Tom Reed,
                                                                                                                                                                                 makers on the privately
  Romney, the                                                                                                                                                                    funded trip.
  Republican White                                                                                                                                                                 Representative Kevin Yoder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is my greatest
  House hopeful, and                                                                                                                                                             stripped naked before jump-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        honour to repre-
  his running mate                                                                                                                                                               ing into the Sea of Galilee after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sent the people of
  Paul Ryan immedi-                                                                                                                                                              dining and drinking at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kansas in
  ately sought to dis-                                                                                                                                                           waterside restaurant in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Congress and for
  tance themselves                                                                                                                                                               town of Tiberias, Politico
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        any embarrass-
  from Akin’s com-                                                                                                                                                               reported, citing more than a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ment I have caused
  ments on one of                                                                                                                                                                dozen sources, including eye-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for my colleagues
  the most polarising                                                                                                                                                            witnesses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and constituents, I
  issues in American                                                                                                                                                               Other participants, includ-
  politics.                                                                                                                                                                      ing the daughter of another            REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN YODER

   “First of all, from what I                                                                                                                                                    congressman, swam fully
understand from doctors,                                                                                                                                                         clothed, while some lawmak-          Ben Quayle, Jeff Denham
pregnancy from rape is really                                                                                                                                                    ers partially disrobed, Politico     and Michael Grimm were
rare,” Akin told KTVI televi-                                                                                                                                                    reported.                            among the more than 20
sion in an interview widely         Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan (centre) with Missouri Representative Todd Akin (right), in Washington, recently.   (AP)        Two senior Republican            lawmakers and staff that
distributed by Democrats. “If                                                                                                                                                    aides who spoke on condition         jumped into the Sea of
it’s a legitimate rape, the           A 1996 study by the              was ‘stunned’ by the remarks       Romney-Ryan administra-            contribution “so we can             of anonymity confirmed the            Galilee, Politico said.
female body has ways to try to      American       Journal      of     and her reelection campaign        tion would not oppose abor-        ensure that Missouri is repre-      report’s accuracy.                     Senior aides to House
shut that whole thing down.”        Obstetrics and Gynaecology         using Akin’s interview to ask      tion in instances of rape,” a      sented by a senator who will          Yoder’s office was not              Majority Leader Eric Cantor
   Akin then said that if a         pointed out that an estimated      for donations.                     campaign statement read.           fight for women’s rights — not       immediately available for            and House Majority Whip
woman got pregnant after            32,101 pregnancies result            Romney, the Republican              In a statement later released   set them back 50 years.”            comment.                             Kevin McCarthy also went
being raped, there should be        from rape in the United States     White House hopeful, and his       by her office, McCaskill              Akin later said he misspoke,        Politico quoted Yoder as           swimming in the freshwater
consequences for the rapist,        each year. The journal said        running mate Paul Ryan             shunned the ‘offensive’ posi-      but stood by his opposition to      saying in a statement about          lake, which is where
but not the unborn fetus.           the average national rape-         immediately sought to dis-         tion advanced by her rival.        abortion. “In reviewing my off-     the incident that he and his         Christians believe that Jesus
   “Let’s assume that maybe         related pregnancy rate stood       tance themselves from Akin’s          “It is beyond comprehen-        the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that   wife, Brooke, joined some col-       walked on water.
that didn’t work or some-           at five percent among victims       comments on one of the most        sion that someone can be so        I misspoke in this interview        leagues for dinner.                    Politico quoted sources as
thing. I think there should be      aged between 12 to 45.             polarising issues in American      ignorant about the emotional       and it does not reflect the deep       “After dinner I followed           saying that neither Cantor
some punishment. But the              Democrats pounced on             politics.                          and physical trauma brought        empathy I hold for the thou-        some members of Congress in          nor McCarthy participated in
punishment ought to be on           Sunday, with incumbent               “Governor Romney and             on by rape,” she said.             sands of women who are              a spontaneous and very brief         the late-night dip and Cantor
the rapist and not attacking        Missouri Senator Claire            Congressman Ryan disagree             And her campaign website        raped and abused every year,”       dive into the sea and, regret-       later rebuked his Republican
the child,” he said.                McCaskill tweeting that she        with Akin’s statement, and a       urged supporters to make a         he said in a statement.             tably, I jumped into the water       colleagues over the incident.

Troops’ kids victims of Congress inaction Top Gun director

AMID all the hand-wringing
                                          commits suicide
                                    idling, at best,” said Billy
                                    Walker, superintendent of a
                                    school district 15 miles north-
                                    east of San Antonio, Texas.
                                                                                                                                             taxes - the local revenues that
                                                                                                                                             typically help finance educa-
                                                                                                                                             tion in the United States.
                                                                                                                                                The stressed school systems
in the US Congress over               Calling the looming US                                                                                 are one more instance of a                        AFP
January 2 spending cuts that        budget cuts ‘the elephant in                                                                             country struggling to keep up                LOS ANGELES
would wallop military and           the room’, Walker said that                                                                              with the needs of military fam-
domestic programmes, chil-          when the 1,200 students in                                                                               ilies, worn down by a decade of     PROMINENT Hollywood film
dren of American soldiers           Randolph Field schools start                                                                             war in Iraq and Afghanistan.        director Tony Scott, whose
already are feeling the pinch       classes on August 27 they will                                                                              The trouble began last year      signature works included Top
of a budget mess.                   have to contend with dwin-                                                                               when a Congress panicked by         Gun, jumped to his death
   Feuding Republicans and          dling staff and other cuts.                                                                              rising budget deficits and           from a bridge in San Pedro,
Democrats in the US                                                                                                                          influenced by the Tea Party          California, city officials
Congress may think that they          The stressed                                                                                           movement, a loose coalition         announced late on Sunday.
have about four months to             school systems                                                                                         of fiscal conservatives bent on         Police and US Coast Guard
find a smarter alternative to          are one more                                                                                           smaller government, enacted         officials pulled Scott’s body
the blunt trauma of $109 bil-         instance of a coun-                                                                                    severe       spending       cuts    out of the water near the            Tony Scott
lion in across-the-board              try struggling to                                                                                      designed to be so awful that        Vincent Thomas Bridge,
spending cuts in January and          keep up with the                                                                                       they would provoke a more           which is built over Los              Joseph Bale of the city coro-
$1.2 trillion over 10 years.          needs of military                                                                                      measured response.                  Angeles Harbor, the coroner’s        ner’s office.
   What many lawmakers                families, worn                                                                                            But that never happened,         office said, adding that he had         Authorities       summoned
may not realise is that               down by a decade                 Lieutenant Colonel Steven Vilpors with his wife and children at       largely because of an identical     jumped from the structure.           divers and a helicopter in a
because of their inability to         of war in Iraq and               Baltimore Washington Airport, in Maryland, recently. (REUTERS)        gamble on the part of                  Investigators found a sui-        bid to find Scott’s body in the
compromise on a replace-              Afghanistan.                                                                                           Republicans and Democrats.          cide note in his office, the Los      port’s murky waters. It was
ment for this budget axe - and                                         ing cuts. “I don’t have a lot of   cross-country running pro-         Each wagered that they will         Angeles Times reported. Its          recovered at approximately
because of a quirk in the way          Kids will have fewer read-      confidence our federal legisla-     grams, as well as positions        be in a better position to get      contents have not been               3:00 pm (2200 GMT), four
the US Department of                ing specialists and math,          tors will do anything to help      that went unfilled when some        their way after November’s          revealed. The newspaper ear-         hours after he jumped, and
Education allocates funds to        English and science instruc-       us,” Walker told Reuters.          staffers retired, Walker said.     presidential and congression-       lier reported a suicide note         turned over to coroner offi-
schools heavily populated by        tors, a smaller special educa-       The new cuts come atop             Districts like Walker’s, one     al elections.                       had been found in his car,           cials, Bale said.
military kids - the pain            tion staff and other spending      earlier belt-tightening that hit   of just seven public school dis-      Parents are having trouble       which was parked on one lane           The search has delayed a
already is palpable.                reductions          sprinkled      the schools serving Randolph       tricts in the United States        coping with the budget reali-       of the bridge linking the city       ferry linking the coast with
   And that has the adminis-        throughout his budget.             Air Force Base, Fort Sam           whose boundaries are identi-       ties, an added woe to the           suburb of San Pedro to               Santa Catalina island.
trators of schools serving             With Washington showing         Houston and Lackland Air           cal to the military bases they     already difficult job of school-     Terminal Island.                       Scott was the younger broth-
American bases reeling.             no signs of action, Walker         Force Base because of an           serve, are particularly hard-hit   ing kids amid frequent trans-          A witness saw Scott, 68,          er of fellow film director Ridley
   “My sense is the federal         said he simply had to bake         ongoing scale-back of federal      by budget cuts because they        fers to new military posts and      climb over a fence on the            Scott, the maker of Oscar-win-
government is pretty much           into this academic year’s          and state aid. Already gone        contain no private real estate     spouses shipped off to danger-      bridge and jump into the             ning movies like Gladiator and
parked in the garage. It’s          budget the January 2 spend-        are baseball, swimming and         upon which to draw property        ous places like Afghanistan.        water, according to Lieutenant       Black Hawk Down.
                                                                                                                WORLD                                                                                        Tuesday, August 21, 2012

China court gives Gu suspended                                                                                                                                                                                           Gunmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         attack Nigerian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         church, school,
death sentence for murder                                                                                                                                                                                                police station

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         GUNMEN in Nigeria’s
              AFP                                                                                                                                  Even before the hearing              He also flouted convention        troubled northeast blew up
         HEFEI (CHINA)                                                                                                                          began state news agency              by openly lobbying for a spot in    part of a primary school
                                                                                                                                                Xinhua had said the evidence         the party’s top decision-mak-       then attacked a Catholic
A CHINESE court on Monday                                                                                                                       against Gu was “irrefutable”,        ing body, the Politburo             church and police station
handed the wife of disgraced                                                                                                                    leading many analysts and            Standing Committee.                 before officers fought them
political leader Bo Xilai a sus-                                                                                                                media commentators to ques-             Wang Lijun, the former           off, police said on Monday.
pended death sentence for                                                                                                                       tion whether she would be            Chongqing police chief who             Separately, two gunmen
murder in a case that has                                                                                                                       given a fair trial.                  first raised questions over          riding on motorcycles
rocked the Communist party                                                                                                                         “We welcome the fact that         Heywood’s death, is also            opened fire on troops at a
ahead of a 10-yearly power                                                                                                                      the Chinese authorities have         expected to face trial, but it      military checkpoint in the
handover.                                                                                                                                       investigated the death of Neil       remains unclear whether Bo          northern city of Kano on
   Gu Kailai was found guilty of                                                                                                                Heywood, and tried those they        himself will be implicated.         Sunday, injuring a soldier,
murdering British business-                                                                                                                     identified as responsible,”              Sources who attended Gu’s        military spokesman Iweha
man Neil Heywood, a crime                                                                                                                       Britain’s embassy in Beijing         trial say that there was no ref-    Ikedichi said.
she had confessed to, and given                                                                                                                 said in a statement.                 erence to Bo. Xinhua said Gu           After the blast late
the death penalty with two                                                                                                                         “We consistently made clear       invited Heywood to Chongqing        Sunday at the school in the
years’ reprieve, court official                                                                                                                  to the Chinese authorities that      for a meeting last November,        Yobe state town of
Tang Yigan told reporters after                                                                                                                 we wanted to see the trials in       plied him with wine until he        Damagun, which destroyed
a brief hearing.                                                                                                                                this case conform to interna-        became drunk and then               part of the building, officers
   Zhang Xiaojun, an employee                                                                                                                   tional human rights standards        poured cyanide mixed with           deployed around the city,
of the Bo family charged with                                                                                                                   and for the death penalty not to     water into his mouth.               police spokesman Toyin
helping Gu to poison                                                                                                                            be applied.” Two British diplo-         The report said she acted        Gbadegesin said.
Heywood, was found guilty                                                                                                                       mats attended Gu’s trial — a         after Heywood threatened the           Police then intercepted
and sentenced to nine years in                                                                                                                  rare concession in China,            couple’s son Bo Guagua, 24.         the militants as they tried
jail while four police officers                                                                                                                  where trials involving high-            Chinese web users posted         to storm the church and the
were convicted of attempting                                                                                                                    profile political figures are          angry reactions to the suspend-     station early Monday, he
to cover up the murder.                                                                                                                         often held in secret. Analysts       ed death sentence, with many        added.
   Tang said the court had sus-     Gu Kailai (centre) facing the court during her sentencing, in Hefei, Anhui province, on Monday. (AP)        say leaders are eager to draw a      saying Gu was given special            It was not immediately
pended Gu’s death sentence                                                                                                                      line under the controversy,          treatment as the wife of a for-     clear who was responsible
because she suffered from psy-      experts say there have been        killing 41-year-old Heywood by      motion to the elite group of         although Monday’s verdict will       mer political leader.               for the attacks, but they
chological problems, and            cases where the courts have        pouring poison down his             party leaders that effectively       likely shift the spotlight back to      More than a million posts on     resembled those carried
because Heywood had threat-         ordered shorter sentences.         throat, saying that he had          rules China until the allega-        Bo, who has not been seen            Gu could be seen on Sina            out by Islamist group Boko
ened her son, but he gave no          Pictured on state television,    threatened her son after a busi-    tions against his wife burst into    since April and is thought to be     Weibo — a microblog similar         Haram, which is waging a
indication of how long she          her hair short and wearing a       ness deal went sour.                the open, and he is now under        under house arrest.                  to Twitter, which is banned in      deadly insurgency across
would serve. Suspended death        plain white shirt and black           The case brought down her        investigation for corruption.           Bo enjoyed strong public          China — after she was spared        northern and central
sentences are typically com-        jacket, Gu told the court she      husband Bo, a charismatic but          Britain said it welcomed          support during his tenure as         immediate execution.                Nigeria.
muted to life in prison in China,   accepted the outcome, which        divisive politician, and exposed    China’s move to investigate          party chief of the southwestern         “Bigwig gets death sentence         “At about 1:05 am (0005
although the amount of time         “reflects particular respect to     deep divisions in the ruling        Heywood’s         death       last   city of Chongqing for a tough        with reprieve for murder, while     GMT) attacks launched
served varies. The law states       the law, the truth and life”.      Communist party before a gen-       November, which was initially        anti-corruption drive, but his       common people get immediate         against Damagun police
that a death term for murder          Gu confessed during her trial    erational handover of power         attributed to a heart attack,        Maoist-style “red revival” cam-      execution. Where’s the jus-         division and Catholic
cannot be commuted to less          earlier this month in the east-    due to start later this year.       although it did not explicitly       paign alienated moderates in         tice?” posted one Sina Weibo        church were successfully
than 20 years in jail, but legal    ern Chinese city of Hefei to          Bo had been tipped for pro-      comment on the verdict.              the Communist party.                 user.                               repelled by the police, who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         were on full alert,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Gbadegesin said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He reported no casualties

  S Korean dictator’s ‘S African strikers to be sacked from today’                                                                                                                                                       from the three incidents.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Damagun is roughly 30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         kilometres (20 miles) from

  daughter to run                                                                    AFP
                                                                             MARIKANA (S AFRICA)
                                                                                                                                                                                     ed for the morning shift,
                                                                                                                                                                                     while unions said they were in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Yobe state capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Damaturu, a city hit hard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         by Boko Haram which last

  for presidency                                                       LONMIN, the world’s third-
                                                                       largest platinum miner, said
                                                                       workers on a wildcat strike
                                                                                                                                                                                     meetings to discuss the ulti-
                                                                                                                                                                                       The 11-day-old illegal strike
                                                                                                                                                                                     by about 3,000 rock drill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         week saw gun battles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         between officers and sus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         pected Islamists that left at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         least two people dead.
               AFP                     Park promised to make a         who fail to report for duty on                                                                                operators has closed produc-           Boko Haram, blamed for
               SEOUL                clean and transparent gov-         Tuesday could be fired.                                                                                        tion at the Marikana plat-          more than 1,400 deaths in
                                    ernment, eradicate corrup-           “By 7:00 am on Tuesday)                                                                                     inum mine, where 34 people          Nigeria since 2010, have
  SOUTH Korea’s ruling party        tion that has tarnished Lee’s      we expect workers to return                                                                                   were gunned down by police          repeatedly targeted both
  overwhelmingly voted for the      administration, and safe-          to work. After that Lonmin                                                                                    Thursday after 10 others were       the security services and
  daughter of an assassinated       guard the nation against           has the right to fire them,”                                                                                   killed in clashes between rival     churches as well as other
  dictator to be its presidential   external threats.                  Mark Munroe, Lonmin exec-                                                                                     unions.                             symbols of authority.
  candidate on Monday, the             “I, Park Geun-Hye, will not     utive vice president for min-                                                                                   As union leaders held meet-          Security has been tight-
  first time a major party has       tolerate any actions that          ing, said on Monday.                Relatives of killed miners wail at the Lonmin platinum mine, near         ings, about 1,000 workers           ened around the country
  chosen a woman to run for         threaten our people or dam-          He was speaking alongside         Rustenburg, S Africa, during a memorial service on Monday. (AP)           gathered near the mine said         for the Eid festivals, which
  the post. Veteran politician      age our sovereignty,” she said     officials from the powerful                                                                                    they would not return to the        mark the end of the
  Park Geun-hye — who also          in an acceptance speech. She       National       Union         of     said.                                down a crowd of armed work-          job, with several accusing          Muslim fasting month of
  lost her mother to a gunman       cited North Korea’s “provo-        Mineworkers (NUM), but                Lonmin chief financial offi-         ers, killing 34 in the bloodiest     Lonmin of insensitivity for         Ramadan.
  — secured a landslide 84 per-     cations and nuclear threats”       with no representative of the       cer Simon Scott said the com-        day of protest since apartheid.      expecting them to go back to           The Eid al Fitr celebra-
  cent of the vote to easily see    as well as territorial disputes    upstart     Association      of     pany had yet to receive any            Earlier, most workers              work while they are still in        tions began at the weekend,
  off four male challengers at      with other countries, an           Mineworkers                and      demands from the strikers            ignored an ultimatum to              mourning.                           but Monday and Tuesday
  the primary of the conserva-      apparent reference to the          Construction Union (AMCU)           and said the AMCU has not            return to the job on Monday            Monday was the first day of        have also been declared
  tive New Frontier Party.          row with Japan over owner-         — seen as the driving force         been part of the company’s           at Lonmin’s Marikana plat-           a week of national mourning         public holidays.
     Opinion polls show her as      ship of islands in the Sea of      behind the wildcat strike by        negotiations with workers.           inum mine, deepening the             declared by President Jacob            Nigeria, Africa’s most
  current favourite to win the      Japan (East Sea).                  3,000 rock drill operators.           Ten people died in clashes         standoff over a wildcat strike       Zuma, with a memorial serv-         populous nation and
  presidency in the December           “At this time of crisis, we       “Our priority is to return to     between NUM and AMCU                 that has left 44 dead and            ice planned for Thursday.           largest oil producer, is
  19 vote. Park, now 60, had        need a prepared leader,” she       normality. We are in consul-        supporters after the strike          shuttered operations.                  “They can fire us if they          divided between a mainly
  narrowly lost out to Lee          said, adding she would open        tations with the unions,            began on August 10, leading            The world’s third-largest          want, we are not going back to      Muslim north and predom-
  Myung-bak in the party’s          a new era of peace and coop-       NUM, which is the majority          to the standoff Thursday that        platinum producer said only          work. Zuma must shut down           inantly Christian south.
  2007 primary. Lee went on         eration in Northeast Asia.         union at the mine,” Munroe          ended with police gunning            27 percent of workers report-        that mine,” one worker said.
  to become president but the          Park is the daughter of
  country’s leaders are restrict-   Park Chung-Hee, who seized
  ed to a single five-year term.     power in a coup in 1961 and
     Beaming broadly, Park
  accepted a bouquet of flow-
  ers from party leaders and
  promised to secure the presi-
  dency and create a country
                                    was assassinated by his own
                                    spy chief in 1979.
                                       Her father won wide
                                    respect for transforming the
                                    poor war-ravaged nation into
                                                                       Russia hunts for other Pussy members
  “full of dreams and hope”.        an economic juggernaut, but                      AFP                                                                                                                                   Earlier Monday their lawyer
     She reiterated a commit-       is also reviled in some quar-                  MOSCOW                                                                                                                               said they would not seek
  ment to “economic democra-        ters for his human rights                                                                                                                                                           clemency from Putin, who was
  tisation”, in a country with a    abuses. Park Geun-Hye’s            INVESTIGATORS said on                                                                                                                            elected president for a third
  growing wealth gap and high       mother was also killed by a        Monday they had launched a                                                                                                                       term shortly after the cathedral
  youth unemployment, and           gunman, a pro-North                fresh criminal probe against                                                                                                                     stunt.
  said she would work to            Korean agent who shot the          members of punk band Pussy
  improve welfare schemes           first lady in 1974 while aim-       Riot who remained free after                                                                                                                       Five members of
  and create jobs.                  ing for the president.             an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in                                                                                                                    Pussy belted out
                                                                       Russia’s top church.                                                                                                                               an “anthem” in
                                                                         “The probe is currently                                                                                                                          Moscow’s church
                                                                       ongoing, search activities are                                                                                                                     on February 21
                                                                       being       conducted,”       a                                                                                                                    calling on the
                                                                       spokesman for Moscow police                                                                                                                        Virgin Mary to
                                                                       said, three days after three                                                                                                                       remove Putin.
                                                                       members of the all-female                                                                                                                          “Our clients will not ask for a
                                                                       band were jailed for two years                                                                                                                   pardon,” defence lawyer
                                                                       by a court. He declined to pro-                                                                                                                  Nikolai Polozov said, adding:
                                                                       vide further details.                                                                                                                            “Literally this is what they said:
                                                                         Five women in all pulled on       Cops control hooded women demonstrators during a protest in solidarity with the Russian punk band            ‘Let them go to hell with their
                                                                       brightly coloured balaclavas on     Pussy Riot, in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday. (AP)                                                          pardon’.” Polozov said howev-
                                                                       February 21 and belted out an                                                                                                                    er the defence team planned to
                                                                       “anthem” in Moscow’s Christ            During the trial, the prosec-     the fluid female collective.          Yekaterina Samutsevich were        appeal to a higher court as soon
                                                                       the Saviour Cathedral calling       tion referred to them as               Pyotr Verzilov, the husband        found guilty of “hooliganism       as they received a copy of the
                                                                       on the Virgin Mary to remove        “unidentified participants”.          of one of the jailed singers, told   motivated by religious hatred”     lengthy verdict.
                                                                       Russian strongman Putin.               It was not immediately clear      AFP earlierthey were leading         and handed two-year jail terms       Pussy Riot recently released
                                                                         The three put on trial were       whether the authorities’ search      “normal lives.”                      in a court ruling the West         a new song entitled “Putin is
  Park Guen-hye, in Goyang, South Korea, on Monday. (AP)               detained in March, while the        was limited to just these two          On Friday Maria Alyokhina,         decried as “disproportionate”      Lighting the Fires of the
                                                                       other two remained free.            women or other members of            Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and           punishment.                        Revolution.”
10         Tuesday, August 21, 2012
                                                       PAKISTAN / SOUTH ASIA

                                                                                                                                                                            Top US general in
                                                                                                                                                                            Kabul to try stem
                                                                                                                                                                            anti-NATO attacks
                                                                                                                                                                                          AP                    That raised the death toll to
                                                                                                                                                                                         KABUL                  10 US troops killed in such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                attacks in the space of just
                                                                                                                                                                            THE US military’s top gener-        two weeks.
                                                                                                                                                                            al met with senior officials in        Sunday’s attack happened
                                                                                                                                                                            Afghanistan on Monday to            in Kandahar’s Spin Boldak
                                                                                                                                                                            attempt to stop a recent wave       district near the border with
                                                                                                                                                                            of attacks by Afghan soldiers       Pakistan. One of the attackers
                                                                                                                                                                            and police against interna-         was killed when the troops
                                                                                                                                                                            tional forces in the country.       returned fire and the other
                                                                                                                                                                            Once an anomaly, attacks            escaped, Graybeal said.
                                                                                                                                                                            from inside the Afghan secu-           A US Defence Department
                                                                                                                                                                            rity forces have been climbing      official confirmed that the
                                                                                                                                                                            in recent months. There have        dead service member was
                                                                                                                                                                            been 30 such attacks so far         American. The official spoke
                                                                                                                                                                            this year, up from 11 in 2011.      anonymously because the
                                                                                                                                                                               Army General Martin              nationality of the deceased had
                                                                                                                                                                            Dempsey, the chairman of the        not been officially released.
                                                                                                                                                                            Joint Chiefs of Staff, landed at
                                                                                                                                                                            Bagram Air Field outside               The Taliban have
                                                                                                                                                                            Kabul earlier in the day.             been actively
                                                                                                                                                                            Dempsey and the command-              recruiting members
                                                                                                                                                                            er of US Central Command,             of the Afghan secu-
                                                                                                                                                                            Marine General James R                rity forces, saying
                                                                                                                                                                            Mattis, met with NATO and             in a statement last
                                                                                                                                                                            US Afghan commander                   week that they con-
                                                                                                                                                                            General John Allen in Kabul           sidered these turn-
                                                                                                                                                                            and discussed the progress of         coat attacks a
                                                                                                                                                                            the Afghanistan campaign, a           major part of their
Cleric Hafiz Mohammad Zubair (third right) with residents at a local mosque, in a suburb of Islamabad, on Monday.   (AP)                                                     statement issued by the coali-        strategy against
                                                                                                                                                                            tion said.                            international

Pakistan president seeks report                                                                                                                                                 Allen said in the statement
                                                                                                                                                                            that they discussed “how to
                                                                                                                                                                            maintain momentum against
                                                                                                                                                                            the insurgents,” adding that
                                                                                                                                                                            international forces contin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Taliban have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                actively recruiting members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of the Afghan security forces,

on girl’s arrest in blasphemy case                                                                                                                                          ued to support a push to train
                                                                                                                                                                            and equip Afghans in prepa-
                                                                                                                                                                            ration of the departure of
                                                                                                                                                                            most international combat
                                                                                                                                                                            forces at the end of 2014.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                saying in a statement last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                week that they considered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                these turncoat attacks a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                major part of their strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                against international forces.
             AFP                  neighbourhood of the capital        for refusing to reform the        neighbourhood of Mehrabad,       is normal,” Abbasi said.               “The campaign remains on            On Saturday, Defence
          ISLAMABAD               on Thursday and remanded            anti-blasphemy law, despite       20 minutes’ drive from              Rimsha’s house was locked       track,” Allen said in the state-    Secretary Leon Panetta called
                                  in custody for 14 days after        the assassinations of a leading   Western embassies.               on Monday and no one was at        ment. Dempsey and Mattis            Afghan President Hamid
PAKISTAN’S president on           furious Muslims demanded            politician and a Christian cab-      Police investigator Zabhi-    home, said a reporter. Local       also met with a number of           Karzai to encourage him to
Monday called on officials to      she be punished, police said.       inet minister who spoke out       ullah Abbasi said Rimsha had     police said the family had         senior Afghan and coalition         work with US commanders to
explain the arrest on blasphe-       Speaking on condition of         against the law in 2011.          been remanded until August       gone to relatives outside          leaders, the statement said.        ensure more rigorous vetting
my charges of a Christian girl    anonymity because of the sen-         Human rights activists say      25, when she will be charged     Islamabad.                            Ahead of the talks, a            of Afghan recruits. It was dis-
with Down’s Syndrome who          sitivity of the case, police said   the law is often used to settle   in court with blasphemy in          Hammad Malik, 22, who           spokesman for international         closed Friday that US troops
allegedly     burnt      pages    the girl was 16 years old.          petty disputes.                   Adiyala jail.                    lives next door, told AFP by       forces in Afghanistan said          have been ordered to carry
inscribed with verses from           Activists and neighbours           Some reports suggested the         The bodyguard killer of       telephone that he saw the girl     Dempsey would be bringing           loaded weapons at all times in
the Holy Quran.                   say she is between 10 and 13        girl had been burning papers      Punjab governor Salman           burning pages with Quranic         up the rising number of             Afghanistan, even when they
  There is a growing debate       years old.                          collected from a rubbish pile     Tasser, who was murdered in      verses on them.                    attacks by Afghan forces in         are on their bases. The order
about religious intolerance in       President Asif Ali Zardari       for cooking when someone          January 2011 for his opposi-        “I was sitting outside my       his discussions.                    was a precaution against such
Muslim-majority Pakistan,         took “serious note” of her          entered her house and             tion to the law, is being held   house and a few minutes before        “He’s certainly talking          insider attacks.
where strict anti-blasphemy       arrest and called on the inte-      accused the family of burning     in the same place.               iftar (the meal that breaks the    about a number of issues               Meanwhile, in the eastern
laws make defaming Islam or       rior ministry to submit a           pages inscribed with verses          Abbasi said Rimsha was        Ramadan fast) I saw her burn-      including progress with the         province of Paktia, three
desecrating the Holy Quran        report on the case, state           from the Holy Quran.              illiterate but denied she had    ing some booklets on the rub-      (military) campaign and the         Afghans from a politically
punishable by death.              media said.                           Muslim anger over the           Down’s Syndrome.                 bish heap. I noticed there were    like,” Jamie Graybeal said.         connected family were killed
  The girl, Rimsha, was              His government has been          alleged incident forced              “The girl is 16-year-old as   some pages on which Quranic        “He’s also obviously talking        when their car struck a road-
arrested in a low-income          heavily criticised in the West      Christians to flee the mixed       per the medical report and she   verses were printed,” he said.     about the insider attacks,” he      side bomb. Provincial police
                                                                                                                                                                            added, declining to provide         chief Zulmai Oryakhail said
                                                                                                                                                                            further details.                    one of the dead had two
                                                                                                                                                                               In the latest such attack on     brothers close to the govern-
  shuts mobile
  networks to
                                  83 Australia-bound refugees                                                                                                               Sunday, two Afghan police-
                                                                                                                                                                            men turned their weapons on
                                                                                                                                                                            US troops in Kandahar
                                                                                                                                                                            province, killing an American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ment ó one an adviser to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                President Hamid Karzai, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the other a former provincial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                governor and parliamentarian

                                  detained by Lanka govt
                                                                                                                                                                            service member, officials said.      who is now a tribal leader.

  foil attacks
          ISLAMABAD                             AFP                   24 kilometres off the coast,” a                                    record influx of boat people
                                             COLOMBO                  spokesman said. “The 83 peo-         The detection was             this year, many originally
  PAKISTAN shut down                                                  ple aboard have been handed          the first since Aus-          from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka,
  mobile phone networks           SRI LANKA’S navy on                 over to the police.”                 tralia’s parliament           Iran and Iraq who make their
  overnight in major cities       Monday         stopped   two           The detection was the first        last week decided             way to Australia via Asia.
  to prevent Taliban and Al       Australia-bound trawlers car-       since Australia’s parliament         to send asylum-                 Sri Lankan authorities say
  Qaeda attacks as celebra-       rying 83 would-be asylum            last week decided to send asy-       seekers arriving by           they have arrested nearly 900
  tions began for the             seekers in the first detection       lum-seekers arriving by boat         boat to holding               people who have tried to leave
  biggest Muslim festival         since Canberra tightened            to holding centres on Pacific         centres on Pacific            for Australia illegally this
  of the year.                    restrictions on boat people,        islands before considering           islands before con-           year.
     The draconian security       officials said.                      their application for refugee        sidering their                  Australia     hopes      the
  measure kicked in on              The navy said the two craft       status.                              application for               prospect of years in detention
  Sunday at 8:00 pm (1500         were found off the island’s            After months of political         refugee status.               on remote Pacific islands will
  GMT), at a time when            northeastern        port   of       wrangling, the Australian                                          deter asylum-seekers from
  millions ordinarily tele-       Trincomalee with two women          government won its battle to      processed.                       attempting the dangerous sea
  phone friends and rela-         and four children among             send boat people to Papua           Prime Minister Julia           voyage, which has cost hun-
  tives with greetings for        those on board.                     New Guinea and tiny Nauru         Gillard’s administration has     dreds of lives over the past       Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey
  Eid al Fitr. Networks             “The trawlers were detected       to have their refugee claims      struggled to cope with a         decade.                            (centre), at the ISAF headquarters, in Kabul, on Monday. (AFP)
  were working again on
  Monday mid-morning.
     Karachi and Lahore,
  Pakistan’s two largest
  cities, and the troubled city
  of Quetta, in the insur-
  gency-torn province of
  Baluchistan, were among
                                  Myanmar govt ends censorship of local media
  the places where networks                                                                                                                            AP                   journalists and even close          on Monday. The head of the
  were suspended.                                                                                                                                    YANGON                 publications deemed a threat        ministry’s Press Scrutiny and
     “We regret that it had to                                                                                                                                              to national security.               Registration Department,
  be suspended in some cities                                                                                                            MYANMAR’S government said            This Southeast Asian nation’s     Tint Swe, also conveyed the
  due to the risk of terrorist                                                                                                           on Monday it was abolishing the    reporters had long been regard-     news to a group of editors in
  attacks,” Interior Minister                                                                                                            harsh practice of directly cen-    ed as among the most restricted     the country’s main city
  Rehman Malik was quoted                                                                                                                soring the country’s media, the    in the world. But President         Yangon. The move had been
  as saying by state TV.                                                                                                                 most dramatic move yet toward      Thein Sein’s reformist govern-      expected for months but was
     “We regret inconven-                                                                                                                allowing freedom of expression     ment has significantly relaxed       repeatedly delayed.
  ience caused to youths                                                                                                                 in the long-repressed nation.      media controls over the last           Tint Swe had also previously
  and children.”                                                                                                                         Under the new rules, journalists   year, allowing reporters to print   said the censor board itself
     Terrorists were plotting                                                                                                            will no longer have to submit      material that would have been       would be abolished when cen-
  to target “a few areas of                                                                                                              their work to state censors        unthinkable during the era of       sorship ends. But Monday’s
  Punjab province”, of which                                                                                                             before publication as they for     absolute military rule ó like       announcement indicated the
  Lahore is the capital, the                                                                                                             almost half a century.             photographs of opposition           board will remain in place, and
  minister said. Sindh                                                                                                                      However, deep concerns          leader Aung San Suu Kyi.            it will retain the powers it has
  province, where Karachi is                                                                                                             remain about restrictive press       The Information Ministry,         always had to suspend publi-
  the capital, and Baluchistan                                                                                                           laws remaining on the books,       which has long controlled           cations or revoking publishing
  were also targets, he added.                                                                                                           which give the government          what can be printed, made the       licenses if they deem publish-
                                  Customers buy local journals at a roadside shop, in Yangon, on Monday.   (AP)                          great power to crack down on       announcement on its website         ing rules are violated.
                                                                                                                    INDIA                                                                                     Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SC to hear drug patents case on Wednesday
          REUTERS                  the company’s cancer drug           sion by the patent office in                                             international aid groups and          diseases in Africa and many         versions, meanwhile, cost
       MUMBAI/LONDON               Glivec on the grounds that it is    March to strip Germany’s                                                Indian generic drug manufac-          poor countries.                     about $2,500 a year.
                                                                                                              The case has rekin-
                                   not a new medicine but an           Bayer AG of its exclusive right        dled tensions                    turers - say a win for Novartis         Novartis’     drug       was         Indian generic companies
THE Supreme Court will hear        amended version of a known          to sell another costly cancer          between Big Phar-                would jeopardise the supply           approved in 2001 in the             can produce drugs at a frac-
final arguments starting this       compound.                           drug, Nexavar, because most            ma and India, fol-               of cheap medicine to hun-             United States, where it is sold     tion of the cost of originator
week in a landmark case over         A patent would recognise          Indians cannot afford it.              lowing a decision                dreds of millions of people in        under the trade name Gleevec        firms like Novartis or Bayer
drug patents that could            Novartis’ property rights, in a        The hearing involving               by the patent office             India and around the world,           and can cost $70,000 a year.        because their costs are lower
change the rules for the coun-     blow to generic drugmakers          Novartis         starts       on       in March to strip                since India is the world’s            Patients take one or two pills a    and they do not need to
try’s healthcare sector and        who supply medicine to 1.2          Wednesday. It is expected to           Germany’s Bayer                  biggest exporter of cheap             day, depending on the dosage.       plough money back into
potentially curb its global role   billion Indians and to poorer       last several weeks, with a ver-        AG of its exclusive              generic drugs.                          Discount       programmes         future research.
as a supplier of cut-price         nations across the world,           dict a month or two later.             right to sell another              “The stakes are very high           mean it is available for a lot         Menghaney fears a decision
generic medicines.                 although generic forms of              Western firms see huge               costly cancer drug,              on both sides,” said Leena            less in poor countries and in       by India’s top court to make it
  The Supreme Court hearing        Glivec launched before 2005         potential in India’s rapidly           Nexavar.                         Menghaney, a manager in               India more than 95 percent of       easier for drugmakers to win
pits Swiss drugmaker Novartis      would stay on the market.           growing economy but are wary                                            New Delhi for Medecins Sans           patients receive it free of         patents by giving way to
AG (NOVN.VX) against                 The case has rekindled ten-       of lax protection for intellectu-                                       Frontieres (MSF), which               charge under a company              Novartis would undermine
India’s patent office, which has    sions between Big Pharma            al property. They argue India        medical innovation.                relies on Indian-made generic         donation scheme, according          India’s position as “pharmacy
refused to grant a patent on       and India, following a deci-        is failing to recognise valuable      Their critics - who include       drugs to treat AIDS and other         to Novartis. Indian generic         to the developing world”.

Doctors’                                                                 68TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF RAJIV GANDHI                                                                                                            Maruti’s
                                       Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to former prime minister and her husband Rajiv Gandhi on his 68th birth anniversary at his memorial, in New                      Manesar
strike hits                            Delhi, on Monday. (AP).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           plant to
hospitals                                                                                                                                                                                                                  start today
in Kerala                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PTI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   NEW DELHI
     THIRUVANANTHAPURAM                                                                                                                                                                                                    MARUTI Suzuki India
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           will resume partial oper-
FUNCTIONING of govern-                                                                                                                                                                                                     ations in its Manesar
ment hospitals in southern                                                                                                                                                                                                 plant in northern Indian
Indian state of Kerala’s                                                                                                                                                                                                   state of Haryana on
Thiruvananthapuram           and                                                                                                                                                                                           Tuesday amid heavy
Kollam districts was partially                                                                                                                                                                                             security, over a month
affected on Monday following a                                                                                                                                                                                             after violence claimed
token strike by doctors protest-                                                                                                                                                                                           the life of a top official
ing action against six doctors                                                                                                                                                                                             and injured 100 others
over the death of Bihar youth                                                                                                                                                                                              while leaving a trail of
Satnam Singh in a mental hos-                                                                                                                                                                                              destruction.
pital Thiruvananthapuram on                                                                                                                                                                                                   Only 300 permanent
August 4.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  workers will resume
  The call for the strike was                                                                                                                                                                                              duty on Tuesday and the
given by Kerala Government                                                                                                                                                                                                 company will operate
Medical Officer’s Association                                                                                                                                                                                               single-shift till the time
(KGMOA). While out-patient                                                                                                                                                                                                 the management decides
sections in hospitals were                                                                                                                                                                                                 to ramp up output from
affected, doctors attended                                                                                                                                                                                                 the plant.
casualty duties and were avail-                                                                                                                                                                                               “We are reopening the
able for emergency surgeries.                                                                                                                                                                                              plant with 300 workers.
  Singh, who was arrested at                                                                                                                                                                                               With this workforce, we
Mata         Amritanandamayi                                                                                                                                                                                               will operate just a single
Ashram at Vallikavu in Kollam                                                                                                                                                                                              shift from 8 AM to 4:30
on August 1 after he tried to                                                                                                                                                                                              PM,” Maruti Suzuki India
barge onto the podium where                                                                                                                                                                                                (MSI) Chief Operating
she was giving a spiritual dis-                                                                                                                                                                                            Officer (Administration)
course, died at the mental hos-                                                                                                                                                                                            S Y Siddiqui said.
pital here allegedly due to tor-                                                                                                                                                                                              Commenting on the

                                   Eid celebrated with fervour
ture by jail and hospital staff.                                                                                                                                                                                           security arrangements at
  Five doctors were suspended                                                                                                                                                                                              the      plant,      Senior
and a doctor on contract duty                                                                                                                                                                                              Superintendent of Police
was dismissed on August 16                                                                                                                                                                                                 Yogender Nehra said 200
after an official enquiry by                                                                                                                                                                                                police personnel have
Additional Health Director Dr                                                                                                                                                                                              been deployed exclusive-
Ramani found lapses during                                                                                                PTI                  exchanged gifts and enjoyed           thousands of devotees flock-           ly for the facility.
the treatment as they failed to                                                                                       NEW DELHI                special dishes, particularly          ing to mosques, shrines and              Nehra, who is also the
properly report the wounds                                                                                                                     ‘sewayian’ made of vermicelli         prayer grounds in the Valley          in-charge of the battalion
found on Satnam Singh’s body.                                                                               A FESTIVE spirit reigned           and different varieties of            to offer special prayers.             that had been deployed at
  Two doctors at the mental                                                                                 across India as Muslims cele-      biryani (fried rice) and                The biggest gathering of the        IMT (Industrial Model
hospital, two at the taluk hos-                                                                             brated Eid on Monday with          kebabs (meat cutlets).                devotees was witnessed at             Township) Manesar fol-
pital in Karunagappally and                                                                                 mosques and idgahs overflow-           Elders gave ‘eidee’ (token         Tourist Reception Centre              lowing the July 18 vio-
another at the Kollam district                                                                              ing with the devout who            money) to children and visited        ground near Lal Chowk and             lence at the plant, said
hospital were suspended,                                                                                    offered special prayers, hand-     relatives and markets decked          Eidgah in the Old City, offi-          these personnel would be
while a doctor on contract                                                                                  ed out alms, took part in feasts   up for the festival which remain      cials said.                           supervised by a Deputy
duty at the mental hospital                                                                                 and exchanged gifts and greet-     crowded till the wee hours.             Large gatherings were also          Superintendent Police
was dismissed from service                                                                                  ings with friends and relatives.                                         witnessed at Jenab Sahib Soura,       (DSP) rank officer.
based on Dr Ramani’s report.                                                                                   In the capital, Prime             People dressed in                   Makhdoom Sahib, Sonawar,                 Haryana police have
  Satnam Singh was first                                                                                     Minister Manmohan Singh              their festive best                  Iqra Masjid, Jamia Masjid             also provided 40 person-
treated at Karunagappally                                                                                   and his wife Gursharan Kaur          offered prayers at                  Barzulla. In Eidgah area, a mob       al security officers
and Kollam hospitals as he                                                                                  drove to the residence of Vice       Jama Masjid,                        set ablaze a police vehicle and       (PSOs) for senior man-
appeared mentally disturbed,                                                                                President Hamid Ansari to            Fathepuri Masjid,                   beat up three policemen.              agement officials of MSI.
before being taken to the                                                                                   greet him on the festival            Hazrat Nizamuddin                     In violence-hit northeast-          The company has also
mental hospital.                                                                                            which marks the end of the           and other mosques                   ern state of Assam, celebra-          strengthened its own
  KGMOA president Dr                                                                                        fasting month of Ramzan.             in the city.                        tions passed off peacefully           security arrangements
Vasudevan said doctors were                                                                                    Singh, who expressed the                                              amid tight security.                  and has deployed 100
being made scapegoats to save                                                                               hope that the festival will           In northern Indian state of          “There are no fresh incidents       security guards. It had
the real culprits behind Singh’s                                                                            “further strengthen our cul-       Jammu and Kashmir, Chief              of violence.... Eid prayers have      declared an indefinite
murder. The enquiry report                                                                                  tural bonds”, also attended a      Minister Omar Abdullah and            passed off peacefully,” Assam         lock-out at the plant on
was trying to put the blame on                                                                              lunch hosted by Bharatiya          his father Union Minister for         Inspector General of Police           July 21. From Tuesday,
doctors for lapses on the part                                                                              Janata        Party      leader    New and Renewable Energy              (Law & Order) L R Bishnoi said.       initially about 150 cars
of administration, he said.                                                                                 Shahnawaz Hussain at the           Farooq Abdullah offered                 There are reports of Eid cele-      will be rolled out every
  While the ongoing Crime                                                                                   latter’s residence.                prayers at the Hazratbal              brations from districts, includ-      day instead of 1,500-
Branch probe into the inci-                                                                                    People dressed in their fes-    Shrine, where more than               ing Kokrajhar, Chirang and            1,700 units earlier.
dent was moving in the right                                                                                tive best offered prayers at       7,000 people had congregated.         Dhubri, which bore the brunt             MSI has decided to
direction, the report by                                                                                    Jama Masjid, Fathepuri                Barring protests at Eidgah         of the recent ethnic violence. In     sack 500 permanent
Additional Health Director                                                                                  Masjid, Hazrat Nizamuddin          grounds in Srinagar’s old city        Guwahati, Assam Chief                 workers, who were
which sought to put the blame                                                                               and other mosques in the city.     area, Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrat-       Minister Tarun Gogoi hoped            allegedly found to be
on doctors would only help         Muslims offer prayers during Eid al Fitr at the historic Taj Mahal, in      They hugged each other          ed across Kashmir with tradi-         that Eid will bring lasting peace     involved in the violence.
weaken the case, he said.          Agra, on Monday. (REUTERS)                                               and wished “Eid Mubarak”,          tional fervour and gaiety with        and amity in the state.

Assam riots may put pressure on Congress in 2014 polls
           REUTERS                 towns in the remote northeast       Assam violence.                      between Hindus and Muslims         Nehru University and former              The state and other parts of     violence is spreading. While
          NEW DELHI                after getting or hearing of sim-      Normally, there is little fall-    have often been exploited for      member of the National                the northeast are home to           parties across the political
                                   ilar messages.                      out in the rest of India from        electoral gain.                    Commission for Minorities.            hundreds of tribes and ethnic       spectrum have condemned
THE anonymous text message            Nearly 80 people have been       bouts of violence in Assam,             As India heads for national        “Right-wing nationalist par-       groups. Violence usually            the recent bloodshed in
on Bhumidhar Das’ mobile           killed and 400,000 displaced        which borders Bangladesh             elections in 2014 amid a           ties are cashing in on this by        stems from tribal rivalries,        Assam, divisive rhetoric has
phone was chilling: “Muslims       in fighting between Muslims          and is one of seven states con-      sharp slowdown in growth,          calling Assam’s Muslims ‘for-         anger against Muslim settlers       come from all sides.
will attack and kill our people    and mostly Hindu Bodo tribes-       nected to the main bulk of the       religious politics, along with a   eigners’ and ‘illegal Bangladeshi     from Bangladesh or from               In India’s financial capital,
after Ramadan. Return              men in northeastern Assam           country by a ‘chicken neck’ of       loss of jobs and wealth, could     migrants’ who threaten the fab-       insurgencies.                       Mumbai, massive protests by
home.” Within hours, Das, a        state in recent weeks. The mass     land. This time, however, the        be a key issue.                    ric of Indian society. They are            While religion-driven pol-     Muslims against events in
Hindu working at a car factory     flight was sparked by rumours        grisly scenes unfolding in the          “The conflict in Assam is        not going to let this go so easily,   itics has taken a backseat in       Assam turned violent earlier
in the city of Pune, joined tens   that Muslims, a big minority in     far-flung northeast may fan           getting communalised,” said        especially with elections coming      the last decade of India’s eco-     this month, killing two people
of thousands of fellow migrant     predominantly Hindu India,          communal politics in a coun-         Zoya Hasan, a political scien-     up and will try to make this a        nomic boom, there are signs         and wounding dozens. In
workers returning to home-         were seeking revenge for the        try where simmering tensions         tist at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal     Hindu-Muslim issue.”                  Muslim discontent over the          Pune, the city
12          Tuesday, August 21, 2012
                                                                    THE LAST WORD

8 killed, 50 hurt                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pakistani
in Turkey                                                                                                                                                                                                              warn attacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       on military
car bomb blast                                                                                                                                                                                                                       AFP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       THE Pakistani Taliban on
              AFP                   States and European Union.                                                                                                                                                         Monday warned the country’s
            ANKARA                  The group launched a sepa-                                                                                                                                                         military it had set up a “suicide
                                    ratist insurgency in the region                                                                                                                                                    bombers squad” to hit troops if
A CAR bomb exploded on              28 years ago.                                                                                                                                                                      an offensive is launched in a
Monday, killing eight people           Meanwhile,          Turkish                                                                                                                                                     restive tribal area bordering
and wounding 50 others in a         Foreign Minister Ahmet                                                                                                                                                             Afghanistan.
city in south-east Turkey, the      Davutoglu said on Monday                                                                                                                                                              In an email message sent to
mayor of Gaziantap, Asim            that Turkey can handle no                                                                                                                                                          media,        Tehreek-e-Taliban
Guezelbey, told local television.   more than 100,000 Syrian                                                                                                                                                           Pakistan, an umbrella militant
   The powerful blast went off      refugees and has proposed                                                                                                                                                          group, said it had received “an
close to a police station, set-     setting up a UN buffer zone                                                                                                                                                        exclusive intelligence report”
ting fire to several vehicles        inside Syria to shelter them.                                                                                                                                                      about the offensive in North
including a local city bus, the        “If the number of refugees                                                                                                                                                      Waziristan from its “sources”
mayor told NTV news chan-           increases to 100,000, we will                                                                                                                                                      in army headquarters.
nel which broadcast images of       not be able to shelter them in     US President Barack Obama addresses the media at the White House, in Washington, on Monday. (REUTERS)                                              TTP spokesman Ehsanullah
firefighters racing to put out        Turkey. We have to welcome                                                                                                                                                         Ehsan outlined details about

                                                                       Obama jabs Romney,
the flames.                          them in Syrian territory”                                                                                                                                                          the regiments and units and
   The explosion was caused by      under        UN       auspices,                                                                                                                                                    the possible commander for
a remote-controlled car bomb,       Davutoglu told the newspa-                                                                                                                                                         the campaign, said to be
Turkey’s Dogan news agency          per Hurriyet.                                                                                                                                                                      launched on August 26 for one
reported quoted Gaziantep’s            The chief Turkish diplomat                                                                                                                                                      month. “TTP has also prepared
governor Erdal Ata as saying.       urged the UN to set up                                                                                                                                                             itself for resistance, we have set

                                                                       defends poll tactics
Gaziantap, a main city in the       refugee camps “within the                                                                                                                                                          up a suicide bombers squad to
region, has so far been spared      borders of Syria” in order to                                                                                                                                                      welcome (the) army. We will
                                    contain the number of                                                                                                                                                              defeat our enemy, whom is
  The powerful blast                Syrians fleeing the conflict in                                                                                                                                                      defending secular, unIslamic
  went off close to                 their country.                                                                                                                                                                     system of Pakistan by punch-
  a police station,                    Davutoglu said Ankara                                                                                                                                                           ing them back hard InshaAllah
  setting fire to                   would take part in a ministe-                    AFP                   the candidates but we don’t go     refusal to release more tax          a “red line” that would change      (God willing),” Ehsan said.
  several vehicles                  rial meeting of the UN                       WASHINGTON                out of bounds,” Obama said,        returns.                             his perspective on how to              Military officials were not
  including a local                 Security Council on August                                             and then took on Romney over          Obama said he did not             respond to the conflict.             immediately available to com-
  city bus.                         30 to study the humanitarian       US PRESIDENT Barack                 an attack ad on his welfare pol-   believe that the death of the           Obama said he had not            ment on the claim.
from the violence wrought by        situation in Syria and neigh-      Obama warned Mitt Romney            icy that fact checking groups      wife of a steelworker, who lost      ordered US military interven-          On August 3, The Wall Street
rebels from the outlawed            bouring countries, hoping a        on Monday he could not just         have said is false.                his job and health insurance at      tion “at this point,” but           Journal reported Pakistani and
Kurdistan Workers’ Party            decision will be taken there.      “make stuff up” and defended          “Everybody who has looked        a time when the firm was being        warned that the United States       US officials were considering
(PKK) since they began their           But Russia and China,           his assault on his Republican       at this says that what             run by Bain Capital, which his       was “monitoring the situation       joint counter-terrorism cam-
battle for autonomy in              which have used their veto         foe’s record and character in a     Governor Romney is saying is       Republican foe founded, could        very carefully, and we have         paigns in Afghanistan and
Turkey’s Kurdish-majority           three times on Security            surprise news conference.           absolutely wrong,” Obama           be put down to Romney.               put together a range of con-        Pakistan against Haqqanis and
south-east in 1984.                 Council resolutions threaten-         Obama also demanded              said, complaining that                “But keep in mind, this is an     tingency plans.                     Taliban fighters.
  The conflict with the PKK,         ing      sanctions      against    Romney release more personal        Romney was being mislead-          ad that I didn’t approve, and I         Earlier, Romney, appearing          The report said the cam-
considered a terrorist organi-      President Bashar al Assad’s        tax returns, in a counter-offen-    ing by claiming he had             did not produce, and as far as I     at a town hall meeting in New       paigns would mark an upturn
sation by Turkey and much of        regime, may not attend.            sive after Romney earlier           removed a work requirement         can tell, has barely run,”           Hampshire with his running          in cooperation between the two
the international community,           In a statement on Monday,       bemoaned the president’s tac-       for benefit recipients.             Obama said.                          mate Paul Ryan, renewed his         countries after more than a
has claimed some 45,000 lives       Davutoglu said the Syrian cri-     tics and accused the                  “The contrast, I think it is        And the president demand-         attacks on Obama’s tactics —        year of rancorous relations,
over nearly three decades.          sis “constitutes a security risk   Democratic incumbent of not         pretty stark. That is, they can    ed Romney release more than          after last week accusing the        since the US raid that killed
  Turkey has opened a centre        for the neighbouring coun-         telling the truth.                  run the campaign they want,        the two years of tax returns         president of running a cam-         Osama bin Laden.
in Gaziantep to receive inter-      tries” (Turkey, Jordan,               His sudden appearance in         but the truth of the matter is     that he has already promised,        paign of “hate.”                       Pakistan later denied any
national aid for Syrian             Lebanon) that welcome              the White House briefing room        that you can’t make stuff up.      noting that most Americans,             “It seems that the first victim   agreement with Washington
refugees fleeing the uprising        Syrian refugees.                   reflected the growing intensity        “That is one thing that you      unlike Romney did not have           of an Obama campaign is the         for a joint operation in North
against President Bashar al-           He called on the UN to          of the race to November’s elec-     learn as president of the United   vast wealth and havens for it        truth,” Romney said. “It has        Waziristan, and said “rou-
Assad. Turkey is struggling to      “intervene, in accordance with     tion, as well as Romney’s           States, you will be called into    like Swiss bank accounts.            been sad and disappointing.”        tine” actions on each side of
cope with an influx of almost        its mission,” saying that other-   efforts to dent Obama’s             account. I feel very comfortable      “The American people have            “All we’ve heard so far is one   the border “should not be
70,000 Syrian refugees.             wise “the UN will lose credibil-   approval ratings by drawing         with ... the campaign we are       assumed that if you want to be       attack after the other. And         mistaken for joint operations.
    There was no immediate          ity and we will be entitled to     him into a political mud fight.      running.” The president also       president of the United States       frankly they’re typically not       Washington has long demand-
claim of responsibility but         question its mission,” the            Obama said his hard hitting      responded directly to two com-     that your life’s an open book        honest,” Romney said, denying       ed Pakistan take action against
southeastern Turkey has seen        Anatolia news agency report-       campaign ads and rhetoric rep-      plaints from Romney — over         when it comes to things like         Obama’s charges that he would       the Haqqanis, which attacked
frequent attacks by the             ed. The exodus of refugees to      resented a fair attempt to          an ad by a pro-Obama group         your finances.”                       cut taxes for the rich but raise    the US embassy in Kabul last
Kurdistan Workers Party             Turkey has intensified in the       examine Romney’s credentials.       that accused him of complicity         Obama also said that if          them for the middle class.          September and acting like the
(PKK), designated a terrorist       last week as a result of a            “You will see that we point      in the death of a woman from       Syria were to move or use its           “Mr President, stop saying       “veritable arm” of Pakistani
group by Turkey, the United         Syrian army offensive.             out sharp differences between       cancer and the Republican’s        chemical weapons it would be         something that’s not the truth.”    intelligence.

                                                         JOY OF EID
    Palestinian children enjoy a ride in a park on the second day of Eid al Fitr, marking the end of Islam’s fasting holy month of
    Ramadan, in Gaza City, on Monday. (AFP)
                                                                                                                                              S American nations back
                                                                                                                                              Ecuador in Assange row
                                                                                                                                                   GUAYAQUIL ( ECUADOR)

                                                                                                                                              SOUTH American nations
                                                                                                                                              expressed unanimous support
                                                                                                                                              for Ecuador in its row with
                                                                                                                                              Britain over WikiLeaks
                                                                                                                                              founder Julian Assange on
                                                                                                                                              Sunday. The foreign ministers
                                                                                                                                              of the continent’s twelve coun-
                                                                                                                                              tries urged both sides to resolve
                                                                                                                                              the dispute through negotia-
                                                                                                                                              tion and condemned the
                                                                                                                                              potential use of force against
                                                                                                                                              Ecuador’s mission in London.
                                                                                                                                                 “We reiterate the right of
                                                                                                                                              states to grant political and
                                                                                                                                              diplomatic asylum,” the for-
                                                                                                                                              eign ministers from the Union
                                                                                                                                              of South American Nations            Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa during the weekly change of the
                                                                                                                                              said in joint communique.            guard ceremony, in Quito, on Monday. (AP)
                                                                                                                                                 The bloc also rejected
                                                                                                                                              Britain’s claim that its own         ment. It also said Swedish          assertion that Washington was
                                                                                                                                              laws would allow it to violate       Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was     orchestrating a “witch-hunt”
                                                                                                                                              international treaties.         It   a longtime CIA informant.           for him, saying the WikiLeaks
                                                                                                                                              expressed “solidarity with and       Ecuador granted Assange asy-        founder was making “wild”
                                                                                                                                              support for the government of        lum on Thursday.                    claims to deflect attention.
                                                                                                                                              Ecuador in the face of threats         British authorities have             State Department spokes-
                                                                                                                                              against its embassy in Britain,”     vowed to prevent him from           woman Victoria Nuland said

First Crowne Plaza in Qatar opens its doors                                                                                                   where Assange has taken
                                                                                                                                              refuge since June to avoid
                                                                                                                                              extradition to Sweden on
                                                                                                                                                                                   leaving the country, and sug-
                                                                                                                                                                                   gested that they could forcibly
                                                                                                                                                                                   remove him from the embassy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       that the US had nothing to do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with attempts by Britain to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       extradite Assange, who is holed
                                                                                                                                              charges of alleged sexual            Assange read a short statement      up in Ecuador’s embassy in
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1               well-equipped       facilities     lively pool-side lounge; as         the versatile and stylish ball-    offences. Assange said he            from the embassy steps on           London and is wanted in
                                    designed to meet both busi-        well as the refined Crowne           rooms are set to become a top      feared that Britain and Sweden       Sunday accusing the US gov-         Sweden over sexual allega-
International Airport, the          ness and leisure travellers’       Plaza Club Lounge. There is         venue for weddings.                were colluding with the admin-       ernment of a “witch-hunt”           tions. “He is making all kinds
hotel has 378-rooms, includ-        every need.                        also a rooftop swimming               IHG has 390 Crowne Plaza         istration of US President            against the website. The            of wild assertions about us
ing 90 one or two bedroom             The hotel also has six food      pool, fitness centre and spa.        hotels across the globe with       Barack Obama to have him             Organisation of American            when in fact his issue with the
resident suites.                    and beverage outlets includ-          The hotel’s iconic glass-        22 in the Middle East and          extradited to the US after pub-      States, which includes the US,      government of the UK has to
  It has eight meeting rooms        ing     Rodizio,    Brazilian      domed meeting venue, The            Africa. Another 130 Crowne         lishing thousands of classified       has called an emergency ses-        do with whether he’s going to
and an executive boardroom          Churrascaria; Misturado, the       Event Centre, is situated in        Plaza hotels, of which seven       documents.                           sion for Friday to discuss the      face justice in Sweden for
all equipped with the latest in     Brazilian lounge; Aramede, a       the middle of the park com-         are in the region, are under          No formal charges have yet        matter.                             something that has nothing to
technologies for video con-         Mediterranean all-day dining       plex and contains two state-        development and due to open        been filed in the US, but               Meanwhile, in a related           do with WikiLeaks, it has to do
ferencing meetings to the           restaurant; Savour, an ele-        of-the-art ballrooms. Ideal         over the next three to five         WikiLeaks claims to have seen        development, the US on              with charges of sexual miscon-
event centre and a variety of       gant lounge; Liquidity, the        for large-scale conferences,        years.                             evidence of a sealed indict-         Monday denied Assange’s             duct,” Nuland told reporters.

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