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WEDNESDAY            FEBRUARY 24, 2010             RABI AL-AWWAL 10, 1431                                                                                                                                                 VOL. 4 NO. 1269                    QR 2

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                                                                                                                                                      Drop in input cost fails
                                                                                                                                                      to spur constructions
                                                                                                                                                      RAJESH MISHRA                                        from QR3 per piece to QR2.50 a piece.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              According to sources, there are several
                                                                                                                                                      DOHA Prices of building materials in Qatar           reasons for the slowdown of private con-
                                                                                                                                                      might have gone down by 10 to 50 percent             struction activity. Lack of vacant spaces in
                                                                                                                                                      in recent times but private construction             residential areas and delay in payment to
                                                                                                                                                      activities continue to be at a low ebb,              contractors by clients because of slump in
                                                                                                                                                      thanks to the recession from which the               demand for houses are the major factors
                                                                                                                                                      world is yet to recover.                             inhibiting building activities in the coun-
 Production begins at AKG-2                                                                                                                              According to sources in the construc-             try, the sources said.
 Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil                                                                                                                      tion industry, barring concrete, prices of              “That apartments go a begging for ten-
 said on Tuesday the Al Khaleej Gas-                                                                                                                  most of the building materials including             ants or buyers these days is borne out by
 Phase 2 (AKG-2) project started up                                                                                                                   cement, sand, steel ready mix material               the fact that a large number of houses in
 with 1.25 billion cubic feet per day                                                                                                                 and blocks have fallen sharply in the last           Doha have “For Rent” signs displayed at
 (bcfd) of sales gas capacity aimed at                                                                                                                four months, but this has failed to acceler-         the entrance or written on their walls,” the
 meeting demand from local industry.                                                                                                                  ate private constructions                                           source pointed out.
 “We consider the AKG project as one                                                                                                                  in the country.                                                       “Despite a remarkable
 of the strategic development projects      The Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani during the signing of Darfur accord, in Doha,        For example, steel and                                           decline in the prices of
 of the North Field as it supplies gas to   on Tuesday. Also seen are Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Ahmed al Bashir (centre row left) and PM          cement, which cost about                                            building materials, con-
 various power and desalination             and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani. (MANEESH BAKSHI)           QR4,000 per tonne just a few months ago,             struction activity has not been able to gain
 plants,” HE Abdulla bin Hamad al                                                                                                                     costs QR3,000 today. And, even though                momentum,” a source in Al Alia Trading
 Attiyah, Deputy Premier and Min-
 ister of Energy and Industry. Pg 25
                                            Darfur accord signed                                                                                      there has been no change in the govern-
                                                                                                                                                      ment price of cement, which continues to
                                                                                                                                                      be QR15 per bag, its rate on the black mar-
                                                                                                                                                      ket has gone down from QR40 to QR20 per
                                                                                                                                                      bag in the past four months, a drop of
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and Contracting told Qatar Tribune.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              A real estate agent in Al Mansoura
                                                                                                                                                                                                           remarked on condition of anonymity,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           “The real estate developers are reluctant
                                                                                                                                                                                                           to borrow from banks to carry out con-
                                            Qatar to set up $2 bn development bank for reconstruction                                                 almost 50 percent.
                                                                                                                                                         Similarly, sand, which cost QR80 per
                                                                                                                                                                                                           structions outside Doha due to low
                                                                                                                                                                                                           demand.” According to him, the construc-
                                            IHSAN YOUSSEF                      President Idriss Deby of Chad,      HH the Emir said that Qatar        tonne on the black market just a few                 tion activity, which is suddenly visible in
                                                                               President Isaias Afworki of         wanted to establish a develop-     months ago, is now available for QR50 per            the country, is because of the acceleration
                                            DOHA The framework agree-          Eritrea and Justice and Equality    ment bank in Darfur with a cap-    tonne. The price of ‘ready mix’ material,            of government and government-support-
                                            ment to resolve the conflict in    Movement leader Khalil              ital of $2 billion.                which was above QR400 per cubic metre,               ed infrastructural projects this year and
                                            Darfur region between the          Ibrahim.                               He stressed that Qatar dealt    has also gone down to QR360 per cubic                private construction activity is still very
                                            Government of Sudan and the          Others attending the event        with all parties to the Darfur     metre while that of block has declined               sluggish in the country.
 QFCRA, DFSA sign MoU                       Justice and Equality Movement      were the Prime Minister and         crisis with an open mind and
 The QFC Regulatory Authority               (JEM), the main rebel group,       Minister of Foreign Affairs HE      heart.                                                             COMPARATIVE MATERIAL RATES
 (QFCRA) and the Dubai Financial            was signed in the presence of      Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin            HH the Emir expressed his        Material                            Rate in 2007   Rate in 2008        Rate in 2009   Existing Rate
 Services Authority (DFSA) entered          the Emir His Highness Sheikh       Jabor al Thani, representatives     warm feelings for the presidents
                                                                                                                                                       Cement (In black market) per bag    QR 20-QR 25    QR 20               QR 40-QR 50    QR 20
 into a memorandum of understand-           Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani at      of the Arab and international       of Sudan, Chad and Eritrea
 ing (MoU) to share supervisory infor-      the Doha Sheraton Hotel on         organisations as well as a num-     while praising the sincere          Ready Mix (Per cubic metre)         QR 370         QR 385- QR 460      QR 440         QR 400
 mation with respect to financial           Tuesday evening. The accord        ber of representatives of Darfur.   efforts of the Sudanese presi-      Sand (In black market) per tonne    QR 45          120                 QR 80          QR 50
 firms authorised to operate in the         would take effect at midnight in     Speaking on the occasion,         dent and his Chadian counter-       Steel per tonne                     QR 3,000       QR 4,500-QR 6,000   QR 4,000       QR 3,000
 Qatar Financial Centre and the             Darfur (2100 GMT).                 HH the Emir urged other Darfur      part which helped achieve their     Blocks per piece                    QR 3           Unchanged           Unchanged      QR 2.50
 Dubai International Financial                Also present at the ceremony     groups to join the peace process    common goal of stability in         Aggregate (pebbles) per tonne       QR 97          Unchanged           QR 48          QR 48
 Centre.                        Pg 25       were Sudan’s President Omar        for a comprehensive, just and       Sudan as well
                                            Hassan Ahmed al Bashir,            lasting solution to the conflict.              Continued on page 16
2           Wednesday, February 24, 2010                                                                United States

                                      Fast growth led to
                                      lax safety: Toyoda
                                      Toyota chief to face US House today
Alan Greenspan

Recovery                              WASHINGTON         Toyota Motor Corp
extremely                             President Akio Toyoda said he was
                                      “deeply sorry” for accidents caused by

unbalanced,                           safety problems with Toyota vehicles and
                                      detailed a set of reforms that would shift
                                      control of recall decisions away from the
says Greenspan                        automaker’s Japan headquarters.
                                         Toyoda said in testimony prepared for
REUTERS                               his highly anticipated Wednesday
                                      appearance before the US House
WASHINGTON Former Federal             Committee         on      Oversight     and
Reserve        chairman        Alan   Government Reform that a period of
Greenspan said on Tuesday the         explosive growth may have weakened the
US economic recovery was              automaker’s internal controls.
“extremely unbalanced,” driven           “We pursued growth over the speed at
largely by high earners benefit-      which we were able to develop our peo-
ing from recovering stock mar-        ple and our organization, and we should
kets and large corporations.          sincerely be mindful of that,” Toyoda said
   Small businesses and the job-      in his written testimony.
less are still suffering from the        “I regret that this has resulted in the
aftermath of a credit crunch that     safety issues described in the recalls we
was “by far the greatest financial    face today, and I am deeply sorry for any
crisis, globally, ever” — including   accidents that Toyota drivers have expe-
the 1930s Great Depression, said      rienced,” he said.                             Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda
Greenspan in an address to a             Two days of congressional hearings on
Credit        Union        National   Toyota’s safety crisis got under way on        sonally committed to making changes
Association conference.               Tuesday. Toyota’s recall of more than 6        that would ensure Toyota maintained
   “It’s really an extraordinarily    million vehicles in the US market in           higher standards of quality.
unbalanced system because             recent months was prompted in part by a          “My name is on every car,” he said. “You
we’re dealing with small busi-        fatal crash in a Lexus in August that killed   have my personal commitment that
nesses who are doing badly,           an off-duty California Highway Patrol          Toyota will work vigorously and unceas-
small banks in trouble, and of        officer and three members of his family.       ingly to restore the trust of our cus-
course there is an extraordinar-         Toyoda apologised personally to the         tomers.”
ily large proportion of the           surviving family of Mark Saylor. “I would        Toyoda also detailed steps that would
unemployed in this country            like to extend my condolences to the           shift control on future recall decisions
who have been out of work for         members of the Saylor family, for the          away from an engineering group at the
more than six months and              accident in San Diego,” he said. “I would      automaker’s headquarters.
many more than a year,” said          like to send my prayers again, and I will        Critics have charged that the centrali-
Greenspan, who headed the Fed         do everything in my power to ensure that       sation of control by engineers at the
from 1987 to 2006. With both          such a tragedy never happens again.”           automaker’s “customer quality engineer-
housing starts and auto sales            The remarks marked the most person-         ing” team in Japan contributed to its slow
“dead in the water,” he said he       al and direct apology from Toyoda, who         response to the crisis.
thought it would be difficult to      has appeared uncomfortable with the              Toyoda said the automaker would
make the case that the econo-         media spotlight and had initially resisted     appoint a new product safety executive in
my is poised for a strong             calls to testify before congressional inves-   North America and bring in outside
rebound. Greenspan did see            tigators.                                      experts to ensure that customer com-
signs pointing toward a modest           Toyoda, whose grandfather founded           plaints were reflected more quickly and
recovery in job creation.             the Japanese automaker, said he was per-       fully in safety decisions.
                                                                                                          United States                                                                                             Wednesday, February 24, 2010                  3

Democrats accept Obama health plan, cautiously
AP                                      In the end Obama may have           Senator Tom Carper.                                                                                                                                   likely won’t be productive.
                                     to settle for much less than              Obama’s plan does not include                                                                                                                         If Obama can’t achieve
WASHINGTON        Congressional      what he proposed Monday — or           the government insurance                                                                                                                              agreement with Republicans,
Democrats              cautiously    nothing at all. But many               option sought by liberals and it                                                                                                                      White House officials made
embraced President Barack            Democrats said that despite all        dramatically scales back a tax on                                                                                                                     clear Monday they’re pre-
Obama’s new health care plan         the bad-news polls and the loss        high-value insurance plans from                                                                                                                       pared to attempt to push the
as their last hope for enacting a    of their filibuster-proof Senate       the Senate bill that was opposed                                                                                                                      legislation through the Senate
comprehensive           overhaul.    supermajority in a special-elec-       in the House. It eliminates a con-                                                                                                                    under controversial rules
Republicans trashed it, dim-         tion upset, it would still be bet-     troversial Medicaid deal for                                                                                                                          allowing a simple majority
ming prospects for any deal at       ter to pass a sweeping bill than       Nebraska, offers all states more                                                                                                                      vote rather than the 60-vote
the bipartisan health care sum-      make small changes or none at          help with Medicaid funding, and                                                                                                                       supermajority Democrats no
mit that Obama has scheduled         all.                                   beefs up subsidies to help lower-                                                                                                                     longer control.
for Thursday to try to jump-            If Obama fails on a compre-         income people buy care, all                                                                                                                              “The president expects and
start the debate.                    hensive health care overhaul           changes that won praise from                                                                                                                          believes the American people
   A year after calling on           where Bill Clinton and other           House Democrats. It also closes                                                                                                                       deserve an up or down vote on
Congress to act to reform the        presidents failed before him, the      the so-called “doughnut hole” in                                                                                                                      health reform,” said White
nation’s costly and inefficient      chance won’t come around               Medicare’s prescription drug                                                                                                                          House          Communications
health care system, Obama            again anytime soon.                    coverage.                                                                                                                                             Director Dan Pfeiffer. “And our
finally produced a plan of his          “This is the last time out,” said      Individuals and small busi-                                                                                                                        proposal is designed to give our-
own on Monday. It used legisla-      House Ways and Means                   nesses would shop for insur-                                                                                                                          selves maximum flexibility to
tion already passed by the           Committee Chairman Charles             ance in regulated state-based                                                                                                                         ensure that we can get an up or
Senate as its starting point,        Rangel, “So this is it. This is it.”   marketplaces called exchanges.                                                                                                                        down vote if the opposition
making changes designed to              The whole endeavor will now            Obama tried to avoid the mis-                                                                                                                      decides that they need the
appeal to House Democrats.           rise or fall on Obama’s ability to     takes Clinton made in deliver-                                                                                                                        extraordinary step of filibuster-
   Even after months in which        sell his plan at the summit            ing a health care proposal to                                                                                                                         ing health reform.”
health care gradually turned         Thursday, and the reaction from        Capitol Hill and telling                                                                                                                                 Under that approach, the
from Obama’s top domestic pri-       lawmakers and the public in the        Congress to pass it, but many                                                                                                                         House would have to pass the
ority into a political albatross,    days ahead. Congressional              now believe he erred in the                                                                                                                           bill already passed by the
Obama opted for one last             Democrats got their first look at      opposite direction.                                                                                                                                   Senate, and both chambers
attempt at full-scale legislation.   the proposal Monday morning.              Republican leaders made no                                                                                                                         would then pass the package of
It costs around $1 trillion over a   Reflecting the uncertain future        secret of their contempt.                                                                                                                             changes released on Monday by
decade, requires nearly every-       of the health overhaul effort,            “Democrats in Washington          back-room bill that slashes           Republican whip, assailed the       Senate health care bill,” and he       Obama. But it’s not at all clear
one to be insured or pay a fine,     many focused as much on the            either aren’t listening, or are      Medicare for our seniors, raises      proposal on Tuesday as a            suggested that Obama will be           that Democratic leaders com-
and puts new requirements on         fact that Obama finally stepped        completely ignoring what             a half-trillion dollars in new        “repackaged” version of Senate-     able to rely only on Democrats         mand the votes they need to
insurance companies, including       in with a detailed plan of his         Americans across the country         taxes, fines them if they don’t       passed legislation that the         to push the bill through to final      pull it off in either chamber. If
— in a new twist responding to       own as on the policy details.          have been saying,” said Senate       buy the right insurance and fur-      American people already have        congressional passage. He              Obama chooses to go that route
recent rate hikes — giving the          “The president needs to say         Minority       Leader       Mitch    ther expands the role of govern-      rejected.                           called it a “nonstarter” and said      he’ll have to work hard to bring
federal government authority to      ‘This is what I’m for’, and it         McConnell, “Our constituents         ment.”                                  Cantor, R-Va, said “the           the health care summit Obama           balky Democrats along with
block big premium increases.         sounds like he’s done that,” said      don’t want yet another partisan,       Rep Eric Cantor, the House          American people do not like the     has scheduled later this week          him.

Gates flays Europe’s demilitarisation                                                                                                                   California                         Cheney hospitalised
AP                                                                                                               steroids. It is a military alliance    solar project                      with chest pains
WASHINGTON Europeans’ aver-
                                                                                                                 with real-world obligations that
                                                                                                                 have life-or-death conse-              gets Obama’s
sion to military force is limiting
NATO’s ability to fight wars
                                                                                                                    A group of experts led by for-      nod for loan                       AFP

effectively, Defence Secretary                                                                                   mer Secretary of State                 AP                                 WASHINGTON Former US vice
Robert Gates said on Tuesday.                                                                                    Madeleine Albright is working                                             president Dick Cheney faced
   In remarks to a forum on                                                                                      to update NATO’s strategic con-        LOS ANGELES The Obama              emergency medical tests on
rewriting the basic mission plan                                                                                 cept. It was last revised in 1999,     administration gave prelimi-       Tuesday, after the 69-year-old
for the NATO alliance, Gates                                                                                     before the alliance began sub-         nary approval for $1.4 billion     — who has had four heart
called for far-reaching reforms                                                                                  stantial military operations           in federal loan guarantees         attacks — was admitted to hos-
in an organisation that was cre-                                                                                 beyond its borders — most              for a sprawling solar-energy       pital suffering from chest pains.
ated 61 years ago as a political                                                                                 notably in Afghanistan.                project in California’s Mojave        The controversial Republican
and military bulwark against                                                                                        Gates’ speech kicked off a          Desert.                            politician, who has been on the
the former Soviet Union and its                                                                                  daylong seminar at the National           The offer from the US           offensive against President
Red Army.                                                                                                        defence University to wrap up          Energy Department for              Barack Obama’s administration          Former vice president
   The early successes of NATO                                                                                   preliminary thinking on how to         Oakland-based BrightSource         for months, was “resting com-          Dick Cheney
in averting post-World War II                                                                                    revise the strategic concept.          Energy would support the           fortably” at George Washington
eruptions of European conflict                                                                                   The final product is expected to       construction of three solar-       University Hospital in the US          is going to be a great year for
have led to a new set of con-                                                                                    be formally adopted at an              energy plants capable of           capital his office said in a state-    Republicans,” with Democrats
cerns, Gates said.                                                                                               alliance summit in November in         powering 140,000 homes.            ment Monday.                           bracing for losses during crucial
   “The demilitarisation of                                                                                      Lisbon, Portugal. NATO nations         The project must clear state          Hospital doctors told NBC           mid-term         elections        in
Europe — where large swaths of                                                                                   had a major falling out over the       and federal environmental          News that the former vice presi-       November.
the general public and political                                                                                 Iraq war in 2003, with several,        reviews, and BrightSource          dent was stable and may receive           Cheney, who has had four
class are averse to military force                                                                               including France, Germany and          must meet other financial          additional treatment on Tuesday.       heart attacks since 1978 and
and the risks that go with it —                                                                                  Belgium, opposing it and block-        requirements before the loan          The television network said         had a pacemaker fitted in 2001,
has gone from a blessing in the                                                                                  ing alliance participation.            deal can close, the depart-        Cheney apparently underwent            was scheduled to meet with
20th century to an impediment                                                                                       In remarks Monday night on          ment said on Monday.               an angiogram test so that doc-         Bush and other staffers from
to achieving real security and                                                                                   the same subject, Secretary of            “This is an investment in       tors could look into his coro-         the Bush administration in
lasting peace in the 21st,” he       Secretary of Defence Robert Gates during a seminar on NATO’s New            State Hillary Rodham Clinton           American jobs and the clean,       nary arteries, and that the            Washington on Friday for the
told an audience filled with uni-    Strategic Concept at Fort McNair, in Washington, on Tuesday. (AFP)          said NATO’s basic purpose has          renewable energy our econ-         results showed he may need             first time since they left office in
formed military officers from                                                                                    changed little since its birth in      omy       needs,”       Energy     more treatment.                        January 2009.
many of NATO’s 28 member             forces, while also praising their      effort by NATO to revise and         1949.                                  Secretary Steven Chu said in          “We don’t know what the                During his third heart attack,
countries.                           commitment to fighting along-          update what it calls its “strate-       “I believe that the original        a statement. “We’re not            plan is,” one physician told NBC       Cheney underwent quadruple
   The danger, he added, is that     side the United States in              gic concept,” or its basic mission   tenets of NATO’s mission —             going to sit on the sidelines      News.                                  bypass surgery. His fourth and
potential future adversaries         Afghanistan.                           document. He stressed that it        defending         our     nations,     while other countries cap-            As recently as February 14,         most recent came in 2000, when
may view NATO as a paper tiger.         “For many years, for example,       must be more than a paper            strengthening trans-Atlantic           ture the jobs of the future —      the hawkish architect of for-          he and Bush were elected to the
   “Not only can real or perceived   we have been aware that NATO           exercise, given the real world       ties, and fostering European           we’re committed to becom-          mer president George W.                White House.
weakness be a temptation to mis-     needs more cargo aircraft and          conflicts NATO is fighting today     integration — still hold,” she         ing the global leader in the       Bush’s “war on terror” said he            The battery for Cheney’s
calculation and aggression, but,     more helicopters of all types,         — with about 120,000 troops,         said. What needs to change is          clean energy economy.”             still supported waterboarding          pacemaker was replaced in
on a more basic level, the result-   and yet we still don’t have these      including US forces, in              how the alliance pursues its           It is the sixth conditional        and suggested it could have            2007 and the entire device was
ing funding and capability short-    capabilities,” he said. “And their     Afghanistan, and the prospect        goals, she added.                      loan guarantee issued by the       been used on Nigerian jet              later replaced. He has under-
falls make it difficult to operate   absence is directly impacting          of staying there in some num-           “As any good soldier knows,         department for renewable           bomb suspect Umar Farouk               gone two artery-clearing angio-
and fight together to confront       operations in Afghanistan.             bers for years to come.              success in a protracted struggle       energy development, and            Abdulmutallab.                         plasties and been treated twice
shared threats,” Gates said.         Similarly, NATO requires more             “Most are living in austere       is not simply a matter of having       the largest so far for solar.         And in a surprise appearance        with electrical shocks for atrial
   In his more than three years      aerial refuelling tankers and          conditions, and many are facing      more troops or better equip-              With credit markets tight,      at a meeting of the Conservative       fibrillation, an abnormal heart
as Pentagon chief, Gates has         intelligence, surveillance, and        enemy fire on a daily basis,” he     ment. It’s also a function of how      the federal loan guarantees        Political Action Conference last       rhythm that places him at risk
repeatedly urged European            reconnaissance platforms for           said. “That is a stark reminder      effectively you adapt to new cir-      have become an increasingly        Thursday, Cheney boldly                of a stroke if not treated.
members of NATO to boost             immediate use on the battle-           that NATO is not now, nor            cumstances,” she said. “You            important part of financing        declared that Obama would be              In 2005, he underwent sur-
their defence budgets and to         field.”                                should it ever be, a talk-shop or    don’t win by fighting the last         for energy development.            a “one-term president.”                gery for an arterial aneurysm on
find ways to modernise their            Gates welcomed the in-depth         a Renaissance weekend on             war.”                                                                        He also predicted that “2010        the back of each of his knees.

                                                                                                                 School faces FBI probe for wire-tap
                                                                                                                 AP                                    world of cyberspace with that of    were systematic violations or          vacy experts agree that GPS, “call
                                                                                                                                                       physical space. Our focus will      whether this is an isolated            home” and other location track-
                                                                                                                 PHILADELPHIA      School officials    only be on whether anyone com-      instance,” according to their          ing software offer better results
                                                                                                                 in Pennsylvania who admit             mitted any crimes,” US Attorney     lawyer, Mark Haltzman.                 without raising privacy concerns.
                                                                                                                 remotely activating student           Michael Levy said on Monday,           The district activated the             “There are less intrusive ways
                                                                                                                 webcams to locate missing lap-        taking the unusual step of con-     webcams after 42 laptops disap-        to track stolen laptops, no ques-
                                                                                                                 tops could have used far less         firming the FBI and Justice         peared in the past 14 months.          tion about it,” said Marc
                                                                                                                 intrusive methods such as GPS         Department investigation.           Eighteen were located, district        Rotenberg, a Georgetown
                                                                                                                 tracking devices, technology             While pledging to cooperate      spokesman Doug Young said              University law professor who
                                                                                                                 and privacy experts say.              with any criminal probe, lawyers    Monday. He did not immediate-          serves as president of the
                                                                                                                    The Lower Merion School            for the district also appeared in   ly know whether any were               Electronic Privacy Information
                                                                                                                 District instead finds itself         court for the first time Monday     found — after webcam pictures          Center in Washington.
                                                                                                                 defending a potential class-          in the civil case, negotiating an   were taken — in student homes.            The company that owns the
                                                                                                                 action lawsuit after a student        agreement aimed at preserving          Young has declined to discuss       LANrev remote-activation soft-
                                                                                                                 complained of being pho-              computer evidence. The district     whether Blake Robbins’ laptop          ware allegedly used by Lower
                                                                                                                 tographed inside his home and         agreed not to destroy any evi-      was reported missing, because          Merion no longer promotes its
                                                                                                                 accused of selling drugs.             dence that might be found on its    of the litigation, but said the dis-   use for anti-theft purposes.
                                                                                                                    The FBI is investigating the       servers or on the nearly 2,300      trict did not violate its policy to       “Webcam pictures are not use-
                                                                                                                 school district for possible wire-    laptops issued to students at its   activate webcams only for that         ful in tracking down the culprit,”
                                                                                                                 tap and computer-use violations.      two high schools.                   purpose. Yet Robbins insists in        said Stephen Midgely, vice presi-
     Singer Shakira and World Bank President Robert Zoellick sign the Early Childhood Initiative at                 “The issues raised by these           Harriton High School student     court filings that it was never        dent of global marketing for
     the World Bank, in Washington. on Monday. (REUTERS)                                                         allegations are wide-ranging and      Blake Robbins and his family        reported missing.                      Absolute Software, which recently
                                                                                                                 involve the meeting of the new        hope to learn “whether there           Either way, technology and pri-     bought the LANrev software.
4           Wednesday, February 24, 2010                                                                           Europe

Turkey generals grilled over coup plot Spain braces for

ISTANBUL    Turkey’s military held
a top-level meeting on Tuesday
                                                                                                                “Operation Sledgehammer”
                                                                                                             was exposed in January by the
                                                                                                             liberal Taraf newspaper which
                                                                                                             said the plan was discussed at a
                                                                                                                                                   back seven years.
                                                                                                                                                      “This is obviously a process of
                                                                                                                                                   political score-settling,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                      Nationalist opposition leader
                                                                                                                                                                                           protests against
to assess what it termed a “seri-
ous” situation as investigators
grilled dozens of senior defence
figures who were arrested over
                                                                                                             seminar in March 2003 and pub-
                                                                                                             lished transcripts of audio tapes
                                                                                                             that appeared to confirm some
                                                                                                             kind of anti-government action
                                                                                                                                                   Devlet Bahceli said the govern-
                                                                                                                                                   ment was acting with “hatred”
                                                                                                                                                   and “feelings of revenge” and
                                                                                                                                                   called for early elections.
                                                                                                                                                                                           pension plan
an alleged coup plot.                                                                                        was considered at the gathering.         Hugh Pope, a specialist on           AFP                                 aging population. But a
   “All the generals and admirals                                                                               The general staff — which          Turkey at the International                                                 recent opinion poll published
of the Turkish military met in                                                                               has recently complained of a          Crisis Group think tank,                MADRID Spain’s debt-laden           in the newspaper El Pais
the headquarters of the chief of                                                                             “psychological smear cam-             expressed doubt there was a             Socialist government on             showed that about 84 percent
army staff to evaluate the seri-                                                                             paign” — has said the seminar         “witch hunt” against the army.          Tuesday faced the first mass        of people oppose to the move.
ous situation,” a statement said,                                                                            involved the discussion of war-          The judiciary “would certain-        protests by unions in its six          The Spanish economy, the
without elaborating.                                                                                         time contingency plans and            ly not have taken so many high-         years in power as anger over a      fifth largest in Europe, has
   In the most dramatic move to                                                                              denied any coup plot.                 profile people into custody             plan to raise the retirement        been mired in recession since
date against the armed forces,                                                                                  Turkey’s staunchly secularist      unless they had an absolute cer-        age was set to spill into the       the end of 2008 as the global
police detained more than 40                                                                                 army has traditionally wielded        tainty in their mind that this is a     streets. The country’s two          financial crisis hastened a cor-
suspects on Monday over a pur-                                                                               heavy political influence and         real case,” he said.                    largest unions, the UGT and         rection that was already
ported plan codenamed                                                                                        unseated four governments since          Retired and active-duty sol-         the CCOO, called the demon-         underway in its once-buoyant
“Operation Sledgehammer” to                                                                                  1960, the last time in 1997 when it   diers are already among dozens          strations in several major          property sector. Zapatero ear-
topple the Islamist-rooted                                                                                   forced Islamist prime minister        of defendants on trial over the so-     cities, including Madrid,           lier this month also unveiled a
Justice and Development Party                                                                                Necmettin Erbakan to resign.          called Ergenekon network, which         Barcelona and Valencia, for         plan to reform the country’s
(AKP) administration, dating                                                                                    The AKP, which opponents           allegedly plotted to foment             Tuesday evening.                    rigid labour market rules in a
back to 2003. The suspects                                                                                   accuse of secret ambitions to         unrest to prompt a military coup.          Further protests are planned     bid to tackle the country’s
allegedly planned to bomb                                                                                    overthrow the secular system,            The investigation, underway          in the rest of the country up       soaring unemployment, which
mosques and escalate tensions                                                                                was formed by moderates from          since 2007, was initially hailed        until March 6 against the plan      is now close to 20 percent.
with Greece in a bid to force the                                                                            Erbakan’s now-banned party.           as a success, but its credibility       announced last month by the            And last month the govern-
downing of a Turkish jet, thus       Retired Admiral Ozer Karabulut arrives at a courthouse, in                 Turkey’s two largest opposi-       waned with the arrest of aca-           government of Prime Minister        ment announced a pro-
discrediting the government          Istanbul, on Tuesday. (AP)                                              tion parties slammed the gov-         demics, journalists and writers         Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero        gramme to save 50 billion
and forcing its downfall.                                                                                    ernment on Tuesday over the           known as AKP critics.                   to raise the legal retirement age   euros over three years in a bid
   Seventeen retired generals        Istanbul, reports said.             spearheading the plot.              latest arrests.                          As suspects began accusing           from 65 to 67.                      to slash its public deficit by
and four active-duty admirals           Among them are the ex-air          The generals were expected           Main opposition leader Deniz       police of fabricating evidence,            The measure, which is to be      2013 from an estimated 11.4
were among those detained on         force chief Ibrahim Firtina, for-   to be questioned by prosecutors     Baykal questioned why such an         critics said the probe had              introduced in stages over sev-      percent of GDP this year to
charges of “attempting to            mer navy chief Ozden Ornek          on Wednesday before being           operation was mounted against         become an instrument to bully           eral years, aims to ensure that     within the 3.0-percent limit
remove        the    government      and the former head of the          brought before a judge to face      retired generals “watching TV         the opposition and discredit the        the social security system          set by the EU for eurozone
through force and violence” and      Istanbul-based First Army,          possible charges, the Anatolia      at home in pyjamas and slip-          military, seen as the strongest         remains viable amid a rapidly       members.
brought for questioning in           Cetin Dogan, who is accused of      news agency reported.               pers” over allegations dating         bulwark of the secular system.

 Netherlands to go                                                       Danish PM reshuffles cabinet                                                                                                                          Man held for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               throwing shoe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               at Turkish PM
 to polls on June 9

                                                                         COPENHAGEN       Danish Prime                                                                                                                         AFP
                                                                         Minister        Lars       Lokke
  REUTERS                            to declare controversial. The       Rasmussen, whose ratings are                                                                                                                          MADRID      A Syrian man of
                                     caretaker government will           slipping, reshuffled his centre-                                                                                                                      Kurdish origin has been arrest-
  AMSTERDAM Queen Beatrix of         not be able to act on those         right coalition government on                                                                                                                         ed in southern Spain for throw-
  the Netherlands on Tuesday         issues during its tenure.           Tuesday after the defence min-                                                                                                                        ing a shoe at visiting Turkish
  ordered an early general elec-        “At this stage I will listen     ister quit.                                                                                                                                           Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
  tion on June 9 after the ruling    carefully,” Balkenende said,           Rasmussen had been widely                                                                                                                          Erdogan, police said on
  coalition fell apart over          declining to give any details       expected to reshape the cabinet                                                                                                                       Tuesday. The 27-year-old man
  whether to extend the              on what issues he would like        he inherited when he took office                                                                                                                      failed to hit the Turkish leader
  Netherland’s military mission      to be declared off-limits.          last year. He reassigned both the                                                                                                                     in the incident late on Monday
  in Afghanistan.                       Among the topics that            foreign and economics portfo-                                                                                                                         in the city of Seville.
     The queen said a caretaker      might be ruled out of bounds        lios but left Finance Minister                                                                                                                           Images shown on CNNTurk
  government would remain in         are stimulus measures for the       Claus Hjort Frederiksen, his                                                                                                                          and carried by Spanish televi-
  power until the election.          construction sector, a rise in      right hand man, in his post.                                                                                                                          sion showed the incident
     The monarch appointed a         the retirement age and auster-         Rasmussen said he aimed to                                                                                                                         occurred as Erdogan, who is on
  number of new ministers,           ity measures to cut the deficit.    ensure growth and restore opti-                                                                                                                       an official visit to Spain, was
  including Jan Kees de Jager as        Those budget challenges          mism among Danes after the                                                                                                                            about to get into his car after
  finance minister in succession     and others will fall to De Jager,   economic crisis of 2008-2009.                                                                                                                         leaving Seville city hall.
  to Labour Party (PvdA) leader      41, a Christian Democrat who           “I believe that the time has                                                                                                                          A police spokesman said the
  Wouter Bos.                        led the government’s crack-         come to make a new team that                                                                                                                          man was a Syrian of Kurdish
     He triggered the political      down on international tax           can match the new times,” he        Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen (centre) presents revamped cabinet to the media, in                    origin. The outlawed Kurdistan
  crisis on Saturday by with-        evaders as the deputy finance       told reporters, standing next to    Copenhagen, on Tuesday. (EPA)                                                                                     Workers’ Party is conducting a
  drawing Labour from the rul-       minister. A former IT execu-        Conservative Party leader Lene                                                                                                                        25-year insurgency for self-rule
  ing three-party coalition over     tive, he is an avid user of         Espersen, who becomes foreign       recent opinion polls indicate         holding together until then.          est recession in more than four       in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish
  the Afghan question, prompt-       Twitter and other social            minister. Defence Minister          that his coalition could be              An opinion poll by the             decades, which has also               southeast.
  ing two days of talks between      media services and had              Soren Gade resigned on              unseated by a challenge from          Ramboll agency this month indi-       plunged state finances into              In December 2008, an Iraqi
  the queen, her advisers and        already been tipped as a            Monday, saying he was attract-      the left led by the Social            cated that support for the coali-     deficit after several years of        journalist threw his shoes at
  political leaders.                 potential finance minister.         ing too much media attention        Democrats.                            tion parties fell to 33.4 percent     healthy surpluses up to 2008.         then president George W Bush
     Caretaker Prime Minister           Within a 45 minutes his          due to an investigation into a         Some political analysts            from 34.7 percent last month.           Rasmussen has said he aims          at a press conference during the
  Jan Peter Balkenende told          predecessor’s picture had           leak of information in 2007         expect him to call an election        The parties won a combined            to tighten fiscal policy from         US leader’s final visit to Iraq,
  reporters he would discuss         already been removed from           about Danish troops in Iraq.        earlier next year, but the coali-     36.6 percent in the 2007 election.    2011, and is due present a new        protesting the six-year-old
  with parliament which issues       the Finance Ministry website .         Rasmussen must hold elec-        tion of Conservatives and                Denmark’s export-dependent         long-term plan this week to           occupation with a cry of: “This
                                                                         tions by November 2011, and         Rasmussen’s Liberals is seen          economy has suffered its deep-        restore health to public finances.    is the farewell kiss you dog.”

                                                                                                             Sarkozy asks Total not to shut refineries
                                                                                                             AFP                                   down with unions to seek a way        sixth biggest oil company in the      Margerie on Tuesday.
                                                                                                                                                   out of an open-ended strike by        world by sales, to safeguard jobs       “That’s what the president
                                                                                                             PARIS President Nicolas Sarkozy       refinery workers that has caused      at its refineries even as oil         demanded and that’s what they
                                                                                                             ordered French oil giant Total        fuel pumps in France to run dry.      majors are seeking to shift away      talked about,” he said, after
                                                                                                             not to shut its refineries on            Sarkozy’s government has           from costly and polluting refin-      Sarkozy briefed ministers on his
                                                                                                             Tuesday, intervening weeks            previously vaunted his plans to       ing operations.                       meeting. The French economic
                                                                                                             ahead of regional elections,          take the lead in European                “The government wants Total        daily La Tribune on Tuesday said
                                                                                                             despite his own efforts to            efforts to cut harmful gas emis-      to make commitments not to            the government was pressuring
                                                                                                             reduce fuel consumption.              sions, by introducing a “carbon       close its refining operations in      the company to safeguard refin-
                                                                                                               Sarkozy summoned Total’s            tax” that would reward use of         the coming years,” government         ery jobs ahead of the elections
                                                                                                             chief executive Christophe de         cleaner fuels. But it has also        spokesman Luc Chatel told             despite encouraging people to
                                                                                                             Margerie as the company sat           pressured Total, ranked as the        reporters after Sarkozy met           reduce their fuel consumption.

                                                                                                                                                                                         EU ministers to explore
                                                                                                                                                                                         common defence plan
                                                                                                                                                                                         AFP                                   European Union at the investi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ture ceremony of the new
                                                                                                                                                                                         BRUSSELS   EU defence ministers       Ukrainian president, her
                                                                                                                                                                                         will consider increased military      spokesman said. Some partici-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ties when they meet in Majorca,       pants at the Palma meet had
                                                                                                                                                                                         Spain from Wednesday, their           been hoping to hear Ashton’s
                                                                                                                                                                                         first chance to discuss the issue     intentions as the first holder of
                                                                                                                                                                                         enshrined in the bloc’s new           the key foreign and defence job.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Lisbon Treaty of reforms.                “Especially as, thanks to the
                                                                                                                                                                                            However the two-day meeting        treaty, the opportunity is there
                                                                                                                                                                                         will not be the baptism of fire       to reinforce Europe’s defence, to
                                                                                                                                                                                         which some had been predicting        give it more visibility,” as one
                                                                                                                                                                                         for Catherine Ashton, the EU’s        European diplomat put it.
                                                                                                                                                                                         High Representative for foreign          Spain, which holds the EU’s
                                                                                                                                                                                         affairs and security policy — a       rotating presidency for the first
                                                                                                                                                                                         post also created by the treaty.      half of the year, had made the
                                                                                                                                                                                            She has cancelled her partici-     relaunch of a European defence
                                                                                                                                                                                         pation in the defence talks, and      strategy one of the “fundamental”
                                                                                                                                                                                         will instead represent the            objectives of its six-month tenure.
                                                                                                  United Kingdom                                                                                                  Wednesday, February 24, 2010                5

‘N Ireland peace process on track’                                                                                                                                                        UK-Argentina row

           Political leaders on
                                                                                                                                                                                          may escalate over
                                                                                                                                                                                          Falklands drilling
Tuesday insisted that Northern
Ireland’s peace process would
not be derailed after a huge car
bombing, just weeks after a deal
was clinched on devolving sen-                                                                                                                                                            AP                                   ed by the prospect that
sitive policing powers.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Argentina could lose out on
   Police said it was a “sheer                                                                                                                                                            LONDON     A British oil explo-      mineral wealth discovered off-
miracle” that no-one was killed                                                                                                                                                           ration company said on               shore. As the drilling platform
or hurt by the bomb, which                                                                                                                                                                Monday it began drilling near        made its way to the islands,
weighed up to 800 pounds (360                                                                                                                                                             the Falkland Islands, a develop-     Argentine President Cristina
kilogrammes) near a court-                                                                                                                                                                ment that could worsen ten-          Fernandez decreed that any
house in Newry, south of Belfast.                                                                                                                                                         sions between Britain and            ship travelling to or from the
   The blast, which was heard                                                                                                                                                             Argentina, which fought a war        islands must get prior permis-
up to 17 miles (27 kilometres)                                                                                                                                                            over the disputed islands nearly     sion from her country - a
away, happened around 10:30                                                                                                                                                               three decades ago.                   requirement Britain told cap-
pm (2230 GMT) on Monday as                                                                                                                                                                   Desire Petroleum PLC said it      tains to ignore.
officers were evacuating the                                                                                                                                                              started drilling for oil about 60       The Latin American nation is
area after two coded warnings.                                                                                                                                                            miles (100 kilometres) north of      taking the diplomatic offensive,
   “It is only by sheer miracle                                                                                                                                                           the disputed Falkland Islands,       lobbying countries at the Rio
that nobody was killed or                                                                                                                                                                 despite strong opposition from       Group summit of 32 Latin
injured,” said the Police Service                                                                                                                                                         Argentina. The country claims        American and Caribbean
of Northern Ireland’s area com-                                                                                                                                                           the south Atlantic islands as its    nations in Playa del Carmen,
mander Sam Cordiner.                                                                                                                                                                      own and calls them Las               Mexico.
   Officers say the bomb sug-                                                                                                                                                             Malvinas. “The well is being            The summit later backed
gests dissidents are escalating                                                                                                                                                           drilled to an estimated target       Argentina’s position. Argentine
their attacks, three weeks after                                                                                                                                                          depth of circa 3,500 meters          officials late Monday quoted a
Northern Ireland’s leaders                                                                                                                                                                (11,500 feet),” the company said     statement from Mexican
sealed a hard-fought accord to                                                                                                                                                            in a statement. “Drilling opera-     President Felipe Calderon as
transfer sensitive policing and                                                                                                                                                           tions are expected to take           saying “the heads of state repre-
justice powers from London to         Forensic officers examine the remains of an exploded car bomb, in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday.          (REUTERS)                           approximately 30 days.”              sented here reaffirm their sup-
Belfast.                                                                                                                                                                                     Argentina lost a seven-week       port for the legitimate rights of
   But British Prime Minister         Micheal Martin added that                                                 concerned for some time that          ger than the one which explod-      war over the islands to Britain      the republic of Argentina in the
Gordon Brown has insisted the
latest incident will not derail
what is the final big step in the
                                      political leaders would not be
                                      distracted     from      making
                                      progress “by a small criminal
                                                                            Policing and justice
                                                                            powers are due to
                                                                                                                the threats posed by republican
                                                                                                                dissidents have been viewed
                                                                                                                with a certain amount of com-
                                                                                                                                                      ed in Omagh, west of Belfast, in
                                                                                                                                                      1998, killing 29 people. That was
                                                                                                                                                      the biggest single death toll of
                                                                                                                                                                                          in 1982 and the two countries
                                                                                                                                                                                          have since pledged to resolve
                                                                                                                                                                                          their differences peacefully. But
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sovereignty dispute with Great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At the summit, Fernandez
process of devolution.                minority who seek to drag             transfer from London                placency,” he said.                   The Troubles.                       moves to begin exploiting what       condemned what she called
   “Such action is, we believe,       Northern Ireland into the mire        to Belfast on April 12                 “We now face a deteriorating          It came three days after a       could be lucrative reserves of oil   Britain’s “unilateral and illegal”
entirely unrepresentative of the      of hatred and violence.”              and the Northern                    security situation, particularly      mortar bomb abandoned out-          and gas around the islands have      exploration in the islands and
views of the vast majority of            Policing and justice powers                                            in border constituencies, such        side a police station in a nearby   sent tensions soaring.               urged Britain to sit down for
people in Northern Ireland,” his      are due to transfer from London
                                                                            Ireland Assembly is to              as my own in Newry and                village failed to detonate.            The dispute over the              sovereignty talks.
official spokesman said.              to Belfast on April 12 and the        vote on the deal on                 Armagh.” Northern Ireland’s              A Catholic police officer        Falklands dates back to the 19th        Fernandez accused Britain of
   “Northern Ireland’s politi-        Northern Ireland Assembly is to       March 9.                            three decades of violence             was seriously injured after a       century, when the islands were       ignoring international law, but
cians have been working               vote on the deal on March 9.                                              known as “The Troubles”, in           car bomb attack last month          seized by the British.               ruled out a military response.
incredibly hard to deliver a suc-        The negotiations between          tions of financial impropriety       which more than 3,500 people          while in September, army               Argentina has sought their        She said that “we do not believe
cessful conclusion to the peace       coalition government partners        linked to his wife’s affair with a   died, was largely ended by a          experts defused a massive           return ever since, invading in       in methods like blockades” to
process and they will not allow       the pro-British Democratic           19-year-old.                         1998 peace deal which paved           roadside bomb near the bor-         April 1982 and holding them          keep the British boats or rigs
a tiny minority to turn the clock     Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn           Robinson was cleared and is       the way for devolution of power       der with the Irish Republic in      until June, when British forces      out.
back.                                 Fein, which wants a united           now back in office. No group         from politicians in London to         South Armagh.                       retook the territory.                   “I thank you all for the sup-
   “The prime minister contin-        Ireland, on the issue were           has claimed responsibility for       Belfast.                                 Last March, republicans shot        Full diplomatic relations were    port that we have received in
ues to support a peaceful, pros-      painful and drawn out.               the Newry attack but Danny              But there are still splinter       dead two soldiers at an army        restored in 1990 and both sides      this forum for the legitimate
perous and secure Northern               The situation was complicat-      Kennedy, deputy leader of            groups opposed to the peace           barracks in County Antrim and       have since largely agreed to dis-    rights over Las Malvinas and to
Ireland with power in the hands       ed when First Minister Peter         Ulster Unionist party, blamed        process. Monday’s car bomb,           two days later gunned down a        agree on the issue of sovereign-     appeal to Britain to come to the
of the people.”                       Robinson of the DUP temporar-        dissident republicans.               which was reversed up to the          police constable as he answered     ty. But anger over the issue still   negotiating table,” she told her
   Irish     Foreign    Minister      ily stepped aside to fight allega-      “I and my party have been         courtroom gates, was even big-        a call for help.                    lingers and has been exacerbat-      fellow leaders.

Cost of raising
a child rises to
                                      Govt faces challenge                                                      Brown hits back over bullying row
£2,00,000, says                       over interrogation                                                        AFP

                                                                                                                          British Prime Minister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “(Gus O’Donnell) would like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to make clear that he has never
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               raised concerns with the Prime
survey                                AFP                                  prompted Jonathan Evans,
                                                                           director-general of domestic
                                                                                                                Gordon Brown has hit back
                                                                                                                over allegations he bullied his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Minister about him acting in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               bullying or intimidatory man-
REUTERS                               LONDON   A British human rights      spy service MI5, to make a rare      staff, in a row that has heaped                                                                                ner in relation to (Downing
                                      group was launching legal            public intervention this month.      pressure on the government                                                                                     Street) staff, let alone giving him
LONDON The cost of raising a          action on Tuesday against the           He admitted British intelli-      months before elections.                                                                                       any sort of verbal warning,” said
child in Britain has surpassed        government over guidelines for       gence was “slow to detect” US           In his first direct response to                                                                             the premier’s spokesman.
£200,000 for the first time, an       secret agents on how to interro-     mistreatment of detainees after      accusations that his fiery tem-                                                                                   But Rawnsley attacked the
annual survey has found, with         gate prisoners held overseas.        the September 11 attacks.            per horrified his staff, Brown                                                                                 official responses, saying they
state education and childcare            Reprieve, which represents           But he added: “We in the          dismissed the story that the                                                                                   were not straightforward
posing the biggest headaches.         former Guantanamo Bay                (British) agencies did not prac-     country’s top civil servant had                                                                                denials of the allegations in his
   Figures published by insur-        detainees, says unpublished          tise mistreatment or torture         been compelled to give him a                                                                                   book. “One person’s idea of a
ance group LV= reveal the aver-       guidance from 2002 and 2004 is       then and do not do so now, nor       verbal warning about his behav-                                                                                verbal warning could be anoth-
age parent is likely to have          unlawful because it condones         do we collude or encourage oth-      iour.                                                                                                          er person’s private word,” he
shelled out £201,809 per child        complicity in torture.               ers to torture on our behalf.”          Gus O’Donnell “has made it                                                                                  told BBC television, insisting on
by the time it reaches the age of        The challenge comes amid             Reprieve’s judicial review        clear that he’s had no inquiries,                                                                              the truth of his accounts and
21. That’s an increase of 4 per-      mounting pressure on ministers       application alleges there is         there’s been no reprimand,                                                                                     the reliability of his sources.
cent over the past year and 43        and officials over the role of MI5   “compelling evidence” that           there’s been no private message                                                                                   The strong government
percent since the survey was          and MI6 in the alleged mistreat-     since at least 2002, “UK intelli-    to me... (The) story is complete-                                                                              denials mark a fresh push to
launched in 2003.                     ment of prisoners. Britain’s         gence personnel have been            ly wrong,” Brown told the Econ-       Prime Minister Gordon Brown: Time to go on offensive.                    draw a line under the furore as
   The rise in costs comes            human rights watchdog called         engaged in activities amounting      omist magazine on Monday.                                                                                      unofficial campaigning gathers
despite three in four struggling      Saturday for an urgent inde-         to complicity in torture and that       Brown’s comments came              book extracts in a Sunday news-     published in the Observer,           pace for a general election
parents (77 percent) reporting        pendent probe into claims the        the inevitable inference is that     hours after his spokesman             paper.                              claimed that Brown subjected         which must be held by June,
they had cut back on spending         security services were complicit     such activities have been in con-    issued a robust denial on behalf        Extracts from the book writ-      staff to verbal tirades and once     which Brown’s Labour party is
because of the recession.             in the torture of over 20 people     formity with unlawful promul-        of the civil servant over the alle-   ten by political commentator        grabbed an advisor by the            tipped to lose to the opposition
   The first year of a child’s life   suspected of terrorism offences.     gated policies and guidance”.        gation which was published in         Andrew Rawnsley, which were         lapels.                              Conservatives.
drained the family purse by              That came the day after it           A judge must now decide
£9,152 pounds, the report said.       emerged that police were inves-      whether to grant permission for
   Childcare, nursery fees, after-    tigating claims the security         a hearing to go ahead on the
school and holiday clubs              services were complicit in the       basis of the application. If this
accounted for the biggest slice       abuse of Shaker Aamer, Britain’s     happens, there could be a court
of the overall total, coming in at    last remaining Guantanamo            hearing within three to six
£54,696.      Education-related       detainee. The growing row            months.
costs were the next biggest
drain at £52,881. The survey did
not include private education.
   The research found the costs
peak during the university years
(age 18-21), following the intro-
duction of tuition fees, when
parents typically fork out
£13,677 a year. “For the first time
since this report began, the cost
of raising just one child has
topped £200,000,” said LV=
Group Chief Executive Mike
Rogers. “Every parent will know
how expensive it can be to raise
a little one and, as parents, we
know we don’t begrudge a single
penny of it.” The study, carried
out by the Centre for Economics
and Business Research, using a
sample of 3,950 adults, found
costs for raising a child were
highest in outer London at
£220,796 pounds.
   Yorkshire and Humberside,
at £177,706, came in at the
6           Wednesday, February 24, 2010                                                          Gulf/Middle East

Iran writes to IAEA, says ready to buy reactor fuel
AFP                                  fresh fuel.                                                                                                                                                                                 (low-enriched uranium) materi-
                                        Under the IAEA’s previous                                                                                                                                                                al produced at Natanz, simulta-
VIENNA  Iran is ready to buy fuel    director general, Mohamed                                                                                                                                                                   neously in one package or sev-
for a nuclear reactor or swap its    ElBaradei, the watchdog drew                                                                                                                                                                eral packages in the territory of
own stockpile of low-enriched        up a plan whereby Iran would                                                                                                                                                                the Islamic Republic of Iran,” it
uranium for the fuel, but on its     hand over its stockpile of low-                                                                                                                                                             stated.
own territory, it said in a letter   enriched uranium (LEU) to                                                                                                                                                                      Earlier this month, Iran start-
to the UN atomic watchdog            Russia for enrichment to the                                                                                                                                                                ed enriching its stockpile of LEU
obtained by AFP on Tuesday.          required level of 20 percent.                                                                                                                                                               to the 20-percent level required
  “I would like to inform the           The material would then be                                                                                                                                                               to fuel the research reactor.
agency, on behalf of my govern-      processed by France into the                                                                                                                                                                   In its latest report on Iran, cir-
ment, that the Islamic Republic      necessary fuel rods for the reac-                                                                                                                                                           culated to member states last
of Iran is still seeking to pur-     tor.                                                                                                                                                                                        week, the IAEA confirmed the
chase the required fuel in cash,”       The plan’s main advantage,                                                                                                                                                               process had started.
Tehran’s enovy to the                from the point of view of the                                                                                                                                                                  The bluntly worded report,
International Atomic Energy          international community, was                                                                                                                                                                the first under Amano who took
Agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh,        that Iran’s stockpile of uranium                                                                                                                                                            over as IAEA director general on
wrote in a letter dated February     — built up in defiance of UN                                                                                                                                                                December 1, also expressed
18 to IAEA chief Yukiya Amano.       sanctions — would be taken out                                                                                                                                                              concern that Iran might be
  It is the first time that the      of Tehran’s hands. And that                                                                                                                                                                 seeking to develop a nuclear
IAEA has received a written          meant it could not be covertly                                                                                                                                                              warhead.
response from Iran to an inter-      made into an atomic bomb, as                                                                                                                                                                   “The information available to
national plan hammered out           many countries feared.                                                                                                                                                                      the agency... raises concerns
under the agency’s auspices last        Nevertheless, the Islamic                                                                                                                                                                about the possible existence in
October to supply fuel for a         republic has consistently balked                                                                                                                                                            Iran of past or current undis-
nuclear research reactor in          at the idea, seeing it a ruse, pri-                                                                                                                                                         closed activities related to the
Tehran that makes radioiso-          marily by the United States, to       Iran’s IAEA ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh at a board of governors meeting at the UN headquarters, in Vienna, recently.           (REUTERS)          development of a nuclear pay-
topes for medical purposes           deprive it of its LEU. And it has                                                                                                                                                           load for a missile,” stated the
such as the treatment of cancer.     demanded that the material be         been firmly rejected in turn by       offered only verbal responses,         In Soltanieh’s letter, which the     “If the agency is not able to       report, which is to be discussed
  The reactor’s fuel is running      swapped simultaneously on its         France, Russia and the United         sometimes seemingly contra-          IAEA has since passed on to the      fulfill its duty ... then Iran is     at the traditional spring meet-
low and Iran had asked the           territory instead.                    States, as well as by the IAEA.       dictory, but steered away from a     countries involved, Iran reiter-     ready to exchange the required        ing of the IAEA’s 35-member
IAEA to find ways of securing           But such an arrangement has          So far, Iranian officials have      formal written response.             ated its previous demands.           fuel assemblies with the LEU          board of governors next week.

Iran arrests Sunni rebel ElBaradei ready to face Mubarak in polls
accused of links with West                                                                                       AFP

                                                                                                                 CAIRO    Former UN atomic
                                                                                                                 watchdog chief Mohammed
                                                                                                                                                                                             ElBaradei, who returned to
                                                                                                                                                                                           Cairo on Friday to a rapturous
                                                                                                                                                                                           welcome from hundreds of sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                           porters, has repeatedly called
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 councils, all bodies dominated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by       Mubarak’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Democratic Party.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “For someone like myself to
REUTERS                                                                                                          ElBaradei has said he is pre-                                             for democratic change in Egypt        be unable to run for president,
                                                                                                                 pared to run for president of                                             since stepping down as                this is a disaster. How can a con-
TEHRAN     Iran seized a Sunni                                                                                   Egypt even against veteran                                                International Atomic Energy           stitution bar 99 percent of the
Muslim rebel leader on Tuesday                                                                                   incumbent Hosni Mubarak,                                                  Agency head at the end of last        people from running?” he said
behind a bombing which killed                                                                                    newspapers reported on                                                    year.                                 on Dream television.
dozens of people last year, and                                                                                  Tuesday.                                                                    The constitution as it stands          State-owned dailies and NDP
who Tehran says has links to al                                                                                    ElBaradei said he was “pre-                                             bars an ElBaradei candidacy. It       members have lashed out at
Qaeda and support from                                                                                           pared to run for president, if the                                        requires candidates to have           ElBaradei, accusing him of
Pakistan, Britain and the United                                                                                 people ask me to, no matter who                                           been a leading member of a            being out of touch.
States.                                                                                                          will run against me in elections,”                                        party for at least one year and          “Stability is good and what we
   There were contradictory                                                                                      he told Dream TV, in excerpts of                                          for the party to have existed for     know is better than what we
reports about how Iranian securi-                                                                                an interview carried by inde-        Mohammed ElBaradei                   at least five years.                  don’t know,” Al Masry Al Youm
ty forces detained Jundollah                                                                                     pendent daily Al Masry Al Youm.                                             As an independent, he would         quoted senior NDP member
leader Abdolmalek Rigi, whose                                                                                      He said Mubarak, head of           and poverty in Egypt, saying all     have to secure the backing of at      Mustafa al-Fekki as saying,
group had claimed the October                                                                                    state since 1981, would not nec-     Egyptians should have access to      least 250 elected officials from      echoing the regime’s position
18 bombing that killed more than                                                                                 essarily win a free election and     medical services and a good          parliament’s upper and lower          that any change in direction
40 Iranians, including 15 from the   Iran’s top Sunni militant Abdolmalek Rigi (centre) in Tehran, on            went on to criticise corruption      education.                           houses and from municipal             could destabilise Egypt.
elite Revolutionary Guards.          Tuesday. (AFP)
   Intelligence Minister Heydar
Moslehi said Rigi had been in a
US military base 24 hours
before his arrest, was carrying
an Afghan passport supplied by
                                     nied by four masked men.
                                       “We have clear documents
                                     proving that Rigi was in cooper-
                                     ation with American, Israeli and
                                                                           warplanes might have inter-
                                                                           cepted Rigi’s aircraft and forced
                                                                           it to land in Iran.
                                                                              Rigi’s arrest may heighten
                                                                                                                 Haniya urges Palestinians to                                                                                    Rift emerges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in Somali Sufi
the United States and had earli-
er visited European countries,
state-run Press TV reported.
                                     British intelligence services,”
                                     Press TV quoted the intelli-
                                     gence minister as saying.
                                                                           tension in the southeast, where
                                                                           ethnic Baluch insurgents have
                                                                           waged a violent campaign for
                                                                                                                 oppose Israel’s holy sites plan                                                                                 group over
   Rigi’s capture comes as major
powers push for further United
                                       “Dubai has a smeared hand in
                                     this scandal that shows the
                                                                           several years against the Shi’ite-
                                                                           dominated Tehran government.
                                                                                                                 AFP                                  and to break every shackle in
                                                                                                                                                      confronting it,” Haniya told
                                                                                                                                                                                             The site has often been the
                                                                                                                                                                                           scene of tensions between
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pact with govt
Nations sanctions against Iran       Zionist regime wants to turn             The October 18 bombing that        GAZA CITY Hamas prime minis-         reporters.                           Palestinians and a few hundred        AFP
over its refusal to halt uranium     the region into a safe haven for      targeted the Revolutionary            ter Ismail Haniya on Tuesday            “(The project) aims to erase      hardline settlers who live there
enrichment, which the West           terrorists with the help of           Guards was the deadliest in the       called on Palestinians in the        our identity, alter our Islamic      under heavy military protection       MOGADISHU Senior leaders from
suspects could be aimed at mak-      America and Europe,” Moslehi          Islamic Republic since the 1980s.     West Bank to “rise up” against       monuments and steal our histo-       and have converted part of the        Somalia’s main Sufi group
ing nuclear bombs. Tehran says       declared, according to the offi-         Iranian officials say Rigi was     Israel over a plan to restore two    ry,” he added.                       mosque into a synagogue.              Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa on
its nuclear program is peaceful.     cial IRNA news agency.                briefly detained on September         contested holy sites in the terri-      Hamas has in the past made          Meanwhile in Bethlehem              Tuesday denounced a deal
   The United States, Britain          Earlier the semi-official Fars      26 in Pakistan’s Baluchistan          tory.                                similar calls for uprisings in the   shops and schools were closed         struck last week by some of its
and Pakistan all deny backing        news agency quoted Interior           province. They say Iran asked            Israeli    Prime      Minister    occupied West Bank, where the        in a day-long general strike and      members with the govern-
Jundollah, which operates in         Minister Mostafa Mohammad-            Pakistan to hand him over, but        Benjamin Netanyahu sparked           Western-backed Palestinian           youth set tyres on fire in some       ment during a meeting in
Iran’s southeastern province of      Najjar as saying Rigi had been        he was freed before the October       outrage on Sunday when he            Authority has been confined          areas, an AFP correspondent           Addis Ababa.
Sistan-Baluchistan, bordering        arrested abroad with three other      attack.                               said he hoped to include             since the Islamist group seized      said.                                    The Ethiopian foreign min-
Pakistan and Afghanistan.            rebels and transferred to Iran.          The Revolutionary Guards,          Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem           Gaza in June 2007.                     The final list of the sites to be   istry had issued a statement on
   Moslehi said Rigi had been          “The arrest of Rigi by our          seen as fiercely loyal to Supreme     and the Tomb of the Patriarchs          In Hebron there was sporadic      included in the 100-million-dol-      Saturday announcing an
arrested on board a plane flying     security and intelligence forces      Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,        in Hebron in a national heritage     stone       throwing         from    lar restoration project is still      agreement between the
between Kyrgyzstan in Central        indicates Iran’s intelligence pre-    handle security in border areas.      plan.                                Palestinian youths near the          under       discussion,         but   embattled       internationally-
Asia and the Gulf Arab emirate       dominance over the region,” he        Their power and resources have           “The decision requires a real     Ibrahimi mosque above the            Netanyahu’s remarks drew              backed transitional federal
of Dubai. Television pictures        said, without saying where the        increased since the election of       response in the West Bank and        Tomb of the Patriarchs but           protests from the Palestinians,       government and the Sufi group
showed him being taken off a         rebel leader had been snatched.       hard-line President Mahmoud           for the people to rise up in the     there were no reports of anyone      the United Nations, Jordan and        to combat the country’s
plane in handcuffs, accompa-           Some lawmakers said Iranian         Ahmadinejad in 2005.                  face of the Israeli occupation       being wounded.                       Egypt.                                Islamist insurgency.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But some of the Sufi move-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ment’s top figures argued that

Iran’s reeling reformers find ally in Khomeini family                                                                                                                                                                            those who reached the deal in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Addis were not representative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of the group and not authorised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to set policy.
AP                                   election. He’s given nods to the                                                                                                                      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is a             “The so-called agreement
                                     opposition yet avoided streets                                                                                                                        prominent adviser to pro-             reached and discussions that
DUBAI Inside the shrine to the       protests     or     using     the                                                                                                                     reform      groups.      Former       took place in Addis Ababa were
founder of Iran’s Islamic            unmatched power of his family                                                                                                                         President Hashemi Rafsanjani          misleading and created a rift
Revolution, the grandson of the      name on their behalf.                                                                                                                                 is a vehement critic of               within Ahlu Sunna followers,”
late      Ayatollah     Ruhollah        But pressures could build for                                                                                                                      Ahmadinejad.                          Sheikh Omar Sheikh Mohamed
Khomeini performed his duty          Khomeini to take a more cen-                                                                                                                            The Assembly of Experts led         Farah, a top Ahlu Sunna leader,
as its caretaker — politely greet-   tral role.                                                                                                                                            by Rafsanjani is the only group       told AFP in Mogadishu.
ing President Mahmoud                   Opposition forces were left                                                                                                                        with the authority to dismiss            He argued that “the Addis
Ahmadinejad and security force       disillusioned February 11 after                                                                                                                       the supreme leader, and sup-          deal does the Shebab and other
chiefs during an official memo-      police and hard-line militiamen                                                                                                                       porters of the ruling system          anti-peace groups a favour by
rial.                                snuffed out protest marches to                                                                                                                        appear in firm control. It’s clear,   promoting some individuals
   Later, Hassan Khomeini qui-       coincide with the anniversary of                                                                                                                      however, that Hassan Khomeini         over others and undermining a
etly slipped away from the cere-     Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revo-                                                                                                                       has the potential to make them        planned Ahlu Sunna general
mony earlier this month to visit     lution. Many opposition blogs                                                                                                                         nervous.                              assembly to be held soon.”
the family of one of the impris-     and Web sites are increasingly                                                                                                                          Iran’s hard-line Kayhan                Abdulkadir           Mohamed
oned allies of opposition leader     questioning whether Mousavi                                                                                                                           newspaper has denounced               Somow, another leader, said
Mir Hossein Mousavi.                 or other pro-reform leaders                                                                                                                           Khomeini for his “suspicious          that one faction with Ahlu
   This is the unique niche occu-    have run their course.                                                                                                                                support” of opposition figures        Sunna had “hijacked the
pied by the 37-year-old cleric          Hassan Khomeini’s name has                                                                                                                         and hinted he was no longer fit       process” by dealing directly with
with an easy smile and ginger-       begun to percolate — perhaps                                                                                                                          to oversee the shrine to his          the federal government in the
colored beard: respected by the      out of opposition frustration —                                                                                                                       grandfather or the institute          organisation’s name.
ruling system for his family line-   as a possible guiding light as                                                                                                                        dedicated to the ayatollah’s             He suggested the government
age, but regarded with suspi-        Iran’s internal turmoil moves         Hassan Khomeini (right) grandson of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini (in the           writings and speeches.                was deliberately trying to sow
cion for his sympathies toward       toward its one-year mark in           background), with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tehran, recently. (AP)                                The      state-run     Islamic      division. “The Somali govern-
their foes.                          June.                                                                                                                                                 Republic News Agency has              ment should take Ahlu Sunna
   So far, Khomeini has stayed in       “Hassan Khomeini’s story is        Studies in London. “There is          at the heart of the theocracy        and the bloodshed and outrage        accused Khomeini of encourag-         seriously and make no unilateral
the wings during Iran’s political    not finished,” speculated Alireza     more to come.”                        have been left divided — or at       that followed.                       ing forces that seek to topple        deal with some members who are
tempests that have followed last     Nourizadeh, chief researcher at         It’s another example of the         odds with the leadership —             Hadi Khamenei, the younger         the system his grandfather            not elected leaders, disregarding
year’s disputed presidential         the Center for Arab-Iranian           extent of Iran’s fissures. Families   after June’s disputed election       brother of Supreme Leader            founded.                              the vast majority,” he said.
                                                                                                  Gulf/Middle East                                                                                                    Wednesday, February 24, 2010                7

Truce may pave way for Darfur peace 63% of Iraqis

CAIRO   A truce to be signed on
                                                                                                                                                                                             likely to vote in
                                                                                                                                                                                             March 7 polls
Tuesday by Sudan’s government
and the most powerful rebel
group in Darfur has raised
hopes that seven years of devas-
tating war will finally come to
an end.                                                                                                                                                                                      AFP                                   ed the candidates. Others gave no
   Dramatically improved ties                                                                                                                                                                                                      reason for casting their ballot.
between Sudan and Chad gave a                                                                                                                                                                BAGHDAD    Fewer Iraqis will cast        The election, the second par-
major boost to the accord                                                                                                                                                                    their ballots in the March 7 gen-     liamentary ballot since Saddam
because the two countries had                                                                                                                                                                eral elections, specifically about    was toppled, is seen as a test of
once accused each other of sup-                                                                                                                                                              two thirds of those who voted in      reconciliation between the pop-
porting the other’s rebels.                                                                                                                                                                  the last polls five years ago,        ulation’s Sunni minority and the
   And Sudanese President                                                                                                                                                                    according to a pro-government         Shiite majority now represented
Omar al Bashir faces war crimes                                                                                                                                                              poll on Tuesday.                      by Maliki’s government.
accusations abroad and an elec-                                                                                                                                                                 The survey carried out by the         Around 19 million people
tion in April, making him eager                                                                                                                                                              National Media Centre linked to       have the right to vote, including
for some kind of breakthrough                                                                                                                                                                Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki         1.4 million citizens living in 16
to improve his image abroad                                                                                                                                                                  indicated that 63 percent of reg-     countries abroad, according to
and at home.                                                                                                                                                                                 istered voters will go the polls      election organisers.
   The government and the rebel                                                                                                                                                              compared to 79.63 percent who
Justice and Equality Movement                                                                                                                                                                voted in 2005.
are to sign the truce agreement
in Doha, Qatar, after a year of
                                                                                                                                                                                                The poll was conducted in
                                                                                                                                                                                             the first two weeks of February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    180,000 Iraqis
negotiations. The signing is to
be attended by the US, the UN
                                                                                                                                                                                             among a cross-section of 5,000
                                                                                                                                                                                             Iraqis in the country’s 18             in Jordan
and Arab representatives as well
as the president of Chad.
                                                                                                                                                                                             provinces, with 53 percent men
                                                                                                                                                                                             interviewed and 47 percent             may vote
   State             Department                                                                                                                                                              women.
spokesman P J Crowley said on                                                                                                                                                                   According to the survey, more       AFP
Monday that the temporary                                                                                                                                                                    voters will go to the polls in the
cease-fire agreement is an                                                                                                                                                                   Kurdish and Shiite areas than in       AMMAN Around 180,000 eligi-
important step toward reduc-                                                                                                                                                                 Sunni Muslim regions. An over-         ble Iraqi voters are expected
ing violence in Darfur.                                                                                                                                                                      all 83 percent is expected in the      to cast their ballots in Jordan
   Although violence has ebbed                                                                                                                                                               Kurdish province of Dohuk, 73          as part of global out-of-coun-
in the past year, the UN esti-       Sudanese women take part in a military exercise in village of Gallap, West of the Darfur town of Al Fasher, Sudan, recently.          (AP)              percent in the Shiite province of      try voting in the March 7
mates that some 300,000 people                                                                                                                                                               Dhi Qar and 46.6 percent in the        poll, Iraq’s electoral commis-
have died and 2.7 million have       tions between the two countries       groups to unify their demands        JEM as an “important break-               A settlement in Darfur would       Sunni province of Anbar.               sion said on Tuesday.
been displaced since ethnic          will help,” Tahir al Faki, a senior   and negotiating position in the      through.” JEM, whose leader,            defuse criticism abroad and             Less than one percent of vot-          “About 180,000 Iraqis in
African tribesman in the vast        rebel member of JEM, said in a        year-old negotations in Doha.        Khalil Ibrahim, was a govern-           boost his legitimacy at home         ers cast their ballot in Anbar at      Jordan are expected to vote
arid western Darfur region took      telephone interview before            They were irked by the separate      ment minister before he joined          ahead of the elections.              the last election because of a         on March 5, 6 and 7 at 16
up arms against the Arab-domi-       heading to Doha for the signing.      cease-fire with JEM.                 the Darfur rebellion, is already          Skirmishes in Darfur between       Sunni boycott.                         polling stations,” Nehad
nated central government.               The deal provides for a tempo-        The Sudanese government,          pressing the government to post-        JEM and government forces fol-          Eighteen percent of those           Abbas, head of Iraq’s
Various cease-fires and peace        rary cease-fire that is to lead to    however, was quick to assure         pone elections so it can take part.     lowed the announcement               interviewed said they did not          Independent High Electoral
deals have been reached, but         political negotiations by March       the rebels of its continuing com-       Sudanese            government       Saturday that a truce deal was       want to take part in the vote          Commission (IHEC) in
none has held.                       15 on wealth sharing, compensa-       mitment to a comprehensive           spokesman Rabie Abdel Attie             to be signed. Al Faki of JEM said    because of concern over a lack         Jordan, told a news confer-
   The end of the long-running       tion and political representation.    agreement.                           said delaying elections was cur-        his troops repelled a govern-        of transparency in the election,       ence.
animosity between Sudan and             JEM is the most powerful              “We believe that Darfur can’t     rently not on the table.                ment attack over the weekend         while 16 percent said they had            “Eleven stations will open
Chad — which sponsored the           rebel group, but not the only         be solved bilaterally. We hope we       Al Bashir, meanwhile, faces a        in western Darfur and seized         no faith in the candidates.            in Amman, two in Zarqa,
truce only days after declaring      one. The splintering of the           can negotiate with the other         tough international challenge.          government vehicles.                    Of those who said they will         two in Irbid and one in
the end to its long proxy war        rebels into dozens of factions        groups to reach a final and com-     He is the first sitting head of state     “On the political side we are      vote, 17 percent insisted it was a     Madaba,” he added, and
with Sudan — could be the            threatens to undermine any            prehensive agreement,” said          to be wanted by the Hague-based         negotiating. On the military         national duty while 11 percent         urged Iraqis in Jordan to
deciding factor in this agree-       peace on the ground.                  Amin Hassan Omar, the official       International Criminal Court,           side, we are not laying down our     expected their ballot will influ-      vote “even if they were living
ment’s longevity.                       The dozens of rebel factions       leading the year-old negotia-        where he stands accused of war          arms and we are very vigilant,”      ence the future of the country.        there illegally.”
   “I can’t deny that normal rela-   have coalesced into two main          tions. He hailed the truce with      crimes committed in Darfur.             he said.                                Only 10 percent said they trust-

$4.7 mn more
aid for Yemen
                                     Allawi defends tour                                                                                                                                                                           Iraq to sue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   British firm
AFP                                  of Arab states                                                                                                                                                                                for faulty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   bomb detector
GENEVA   The UN refugee agency       AFP                                   with King Abdullah the “grow-
said on Tuesday that it would                                              ing danger” posed by Al-Qaeda                                                                                                                           AFP
draw a 4.7 million dollar loan       BAGHDAD     Former Iraqi prime        in the region.
from its reserves to sustain its     minister Iyad Allawi on Tuesday          He also visited and held                                                                                                                             BAGHDAD    Iraq plans to sue the
relief operation in Yemen, which     defended his two-week tour of         meetings with senior officials in                                                                                                                       British company that sold it
is threatened by a shortage of       Arab states and denied it was         Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and                                                                                                                                bomb detectors widely panned
funds from donor nations.            linked to next month’s general        Lebanon.                                                                                                                                                as ineffective after they failed to
   “This step is an alternative to   election in which he leads a sec-        “Some people have tried to                                                                                                                           prevent a series of massive
scaling down or suspending           ular coalition.                       link my trip to the March elec-                                                                                                                         bombings in Baghdad, a
UNHCR’s protection and assis-           “Some of those in power            tion and in my view these                                                                                                                               spokesman said on Tuesday.
tance programmes which               wanted to cause a stir over my        deluded minds want to isolate                                                                                                                              Government spokesman Ali
would have an adverse and            trip to certain Arab countries        Iraq from its Arab environ-                                                                                                                             al Dabbagh told AFP that
irreversible impact on a civilian    and some deluded minds have           ment,” Allawi said.                                                                                                                                     Baghdad wanted financial com-
population forcibly displaced        linked it to the upcoming elec-          He was responding to criti-                                                                                                                          pensation for the devices, which
by seven months of conflict          tion,” said Allawi, who heads the     cism notably from Prime                                                                                                                                 are used at checkpoints across
between the government and           broad Al-Iraqiya secular              Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s State of                                                                                                                      the country to detect explo-
Al Houti movement in north-          alliance of candidates contest-       Law coalition, which has                                                                                                                                sives.
ern Yemen,” said Andrej              ing the March 7 poll.                 accused him of seeking funds                                                                                                                               “More than 50 percent are
Mahecic, spokesman for the              The Shiite politician said at a    and political support for his                                                                                                                           good, and the rest we will
UN High Commisioner for              press conference that he had          own coalition from the oil-rich      Iraq’s former prime minister and head of Iraqi National Movement Iyad Allawi (centre) during a news                change,” he said, referring to
Refugees.                            visited Saudi Arabia to discuss       Arab states of the Gulf.             conference, in Baghdad, on Tuesday. (EPA)                                                                          the proportion of the detec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tors found to be defective
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   after an investigation ordered
                                                                                                                Saleh in Riyadh
                                                                                                                ahead of key
                                                                                                                                                        28 killed, 35 hurt in                                                      by Prime Minister Nuri al
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “We will sue the British com-

                                                                                                                aid meeting                             south Sudan clashes                                                        pany that sold them to us to get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   our money back,” he added, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   declined to name the specific
                                                                                                                AFP                                     AFP                                     “It is a worrying matter that      company in question or provide
                                                                                                                                                                                             civilians should try to break into    any further details.
                                                                                                                RIYADH   Yemeni President Ali           JUBA At least 28 people have         a military store,” said Kuol. “The       British firm ATSC manufac-
                                                                                                                Abdullah Saleh arrived in Saudi         been killed in the latest out-       people are wanting the guns,          tured and sold the device, the
                                                                                                                Arabia on Tuesday for talks,            break of clashes in south            but this is an action of anarchy.”    ADE651, to Iraq.
                                                                                                                ahead of a crucial meeting this         Sudan’s Lakes state, a military         The situation in Lakes state          Its director Jim McCormick
                                                                                                                weekend on aiding his embattled         spokesman said on Tuesday.           was mostly calm on Tuesday,           was arrested by British police
                                                                                                                government, SPA news agency                More than 35 civilians and sol-   Kuol added. “The area is under        on suspicion of fraud by misrep-
                                                                                                                reported. Saleh was expected to         diers were wounded in the clash-     control, and a high-level delega-     resentation earlier this year. He
                                                                                                                meet with The Custodian of the          es between tribes and which also     tion from the military and the        was bailed pending further
                                                                                                                Two Holy Mosques King                   pitted tribes against the military   state authorities have gone to        investigation.
                                                                                                                Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud ,       since Thursday in the state’s        resolve matters there.”                  In January, Britain banned
                                                                                                                whose government has long               Cueibet area, Major General             Clashes between rival ethnic       the export of the ADE651
                                                                                                                been Yemen’s main financial sup-        Kuol Diem Kuol told AFP.             groups in south Sudan are com-        device after tests showed it
                                                                                                                porter and will play a key role in         “On the side of the civilians,    mon, often sparked by cattle          was not suitable for bomb
                                                                                                                organising international and            there were more than 21 killed       rustling and disputes over natu-      detection.
                                                                                                                Gulf support for Saana.                 in the clashes and more than 30      ral resources. Others are in             The ADE651 is a hand-held,
                                                                                                                   On Saturday, the Riyadh-based        are wounded,” said Kuol of the       retaliation for previous attacks.     pistol-shaped piece of equip-
                                                                                                                Gulf Cooperative Council will           southern Sudan Peoples                  However, a string of recent        ment which uses a series of
                                                                                                                launch a two-day meeting togeth-        Liberation Army (SPLA).              raids has shocked many, with          interchangeable credit card
                                                                                                                er with delegates from the United          “There are seven SPLA killed,     an apparent sharp increase in         size paper cards said to be
                                                                                                                States, Europe and other coun-          including two officers, and seven    the number of attacks on              able to detect explosives such
                                                                                                                tries to weigh how to best help         wounded in action,” he added.        women and children, as well as        as C4 and TNT, as well as
                                                                                                                Yemen, the region’s poorest                Fighting began after the Gok      the targeting of homesteads.          weapons.
                                                                                                                nation. The meeting is a follow-        Dinka people were attacked by           In 2009, about 2,500 people           It was reputedly sold for
                                                                                                                up to January’s London confer-          rival Rek Dinka, with the Gok        were killed in southern Sudan —       between 16,500 and 60,000 dol-
                                                                                                                ence on Yemen, when major pow-          Dinka then trying to break into      a higher death toll than in the       lars per unit, and has become
                                                                                                                ers gathered to address the finan-      a weapons store in Cueibet to        troubled western region of Darfur     ubiquitous in Iraq, having been
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud (right) with Yemeni                  cial and development issues             retrieve guns collected in a dis-    last year — and more than             bought in large numbers by
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Riyadh, on Tuesday. (REUTERS)                                                  underpinning Yemen’s troubles.          armament campaign, he said.          350,000 people fled their homes.      local security forces.
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                  HAMAD BIN SUHAIM AL THANI
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                                                                 3, 2006

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                                                                                                                            ARACK Obama came to Washington                    DAVID BROOKS | NYT NEWS SERVICE                            was now in the water. Everyone smelled
                                                                                                                            with the nation’s hope for change rid-                                                                       weakness. If the White House hopes to pass

                        New Health Plan                                                                                     ing on his shoulders. He promised to
                                                                                                                            reform the health care system. He
                                                                                                                   hired many of the country’s top experts who
                                                                                                                   had written brilliantly about how to do
                                                                                                                                                                       benefits is one of the two most effective ways
                                                                                                                                                                       to bring down health care costs. Plus, it
                                                                                                                                                                       brings in a ton of revenue. According to the
                                                                                                                                                                       Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         something in this atmosphere, it needs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         every Democratic vote it can get. It needs to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cater to every special-interest plea. Right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         now, the White House has no leverage.
  Obama’s proposal would provide coverage to 30 mn uninsured people                                                reform. He immediately moved away from              the excise tax in the Senate bill would bring                         Efforts to kill the tax mounted. On
                                                                                                                   some of their ideas. This was understand-           in $957 billion between 2020 and 2029. This                       January 27, Nancy Pelosi told a group of jour-
                                                                                                                   able. America isn’t Plato’s Republic. It’s not a    is what pays for expanding coverage. This is                      nalists, “The excise tax has no support, very

PERHAPSorifthe Senator
    Edward Kennedy had
lived longer,   election
                                                                               premiums rise relentlessly.
                                                                                  Obama took an impor-
                                                                               tant step on Monday by
                                                                                                                   nation governed by experts. It’s a democra-
                                                                                                                   cy. To get things passed, you’ve got to allow
                                                                                                                   for political reality.
                                                                                                                                                                       why the president could promise to veto any
                                                                                                                                                                       bill that adds a dime to the deficit. But, alas,
                                                                                                                                                                       this is Washington, 2010. The muck rises.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         little support, in our caucus.” The pollsters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         said it was a loser. That was a sign the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Congressional leadership wanted it dead.
to choose his successor                                                        issuing, at long last, his             So President Obama promised to keep              The compromises never stop.                                           On Monday, the White House made
had turned out differently,                                                    own detailed proposals for          health insurance the same for most                     As the year went on, health care reform                        another compromise. On the surface, it
President Obama’s deci-                                                        reform.                             Americans. This meant it was going to be            grew more unpopular. If you average the last                      seems mundane. The imposition of the
sion to have Congress take                                                        The most basic facts to          harder to bring down costs. This meant it           10 polls, 38 percent of voters support the                        excise tax will be delayed until 2018, and the
the lead on health care                                                        keep in mind are that               wouldn’t be possible to replace the fraying         reform plans and 53 percent oppose.                               threshold at which the tax kicks in will be
reform would have looked                                                       Obama’s plan, which                 employer-based insurance system. But                Obama’s reform is more unpopular than Bill                        raised. In reality, the delay turns the tax into
like a political master-                                                       builds on a sound bill              these compromises could be justified.               Clinton’s was as it died.                                         another Washington gimmick. Lord, give
stroke. It didn’t turn out                                                     already passed by the                  Then the Congress began its deal-making.            As the political costs rose, members of                        me virtue, but not yet.
that way. It is a relief to see                                                Senate, would provide cov-          There were special favours put in for certain       Congress squealed louder. Congress is not a                           The odds are high that the excise tax will
Obama fully engaged.                                                           erage to more than 30 mil-          senators. There were special arrangements           bastion of courage in the best of circum-                         never actually happen. There is no reason to
   The president was right to invite Republican           lion uninsured people while reducing future              made for big Democratic donors, like the            stances. When it is asked to actually pay for                     think that the Congress of 2018 will be any
leaders to a health care summit this week. He             deficits and beginning to rein in medical costs.         trial lawyers. These were compromises, too.         its expenditures, it verges on hysteria.                          braver than the Congress of today. It will
should hear them out but also challenge them                 Obama’s plan also adds important new fea-             They were ugly, and they soiled everybody              Some Republicans campaigned against                            probably get around the pay-go rules or
— directly — to come up with credible ideas               tures that should make it more attractive to             involved. But, again, they could be justified       the excise tax. John McCain had made the                          whatever else might apply and it’ll postpone
that would both expand coverage for tens of               House Democrats and to the general public.               for reasons of political expediency. The bill       excise tax a centerpiece of his reform plan.                      the tax again. The excise tax will turn into
millions of uninsured Americans and begin to                 His boldest new idea is to give the federal           that emerged from the Senate was not to             But Scott Brown of Massachusetts and oth-                         another “doc fix.” This is a mythical provi-
rein in out-of-control medical costs. For too             government powers, in conjunction with state             everybody’s liking. It wouldn’t reduce the          ers ran against it. Unions went next. They                        sion in which doctors are always about to
long they have been allowed to obstruct and               insurance regulators, to reject excessive premi-         nation’s overall health care spending.              demanded a special deal so their members                          get their reimbursements cut. But somehow
demagogue.                                                um increases. Anyone who read in horror, as                 But at least the Senate bill had some            would be exempt from the tax. The                                 they never do because the cuts are always
   And Obama will need to keep pushing in the             we did last week, about rate increases of up to          integrity. It would cover 30 million people         Democrats caved and gave it to them. Blood                        pushed back, year after year.
days that follow and stiffen the spines of any            39 percent for some California clients of                without adding to the deficit. It did this in                                                                             So we’ve sunk another level in our tawdry
wavering Democrats. Most important, Obama                 Anthem Blue Cross should find that idea a par-           real ways. It included real Medicare cuts.                                                                            tale. The White House, to its enormous cred-
needs to clearly explain the stakes to the                ticular relief.                                          Most importantly, it included an excise tax                                                                           it, has tried to think about the long term. But
American people. Reform is essential for                     For low- and moderate-income people wor-              on luxury insurance plans. The excise tax is                                                                          it has been dragged ever lower into the mire
Americans who have no health insurance.                   ried that they will be forced to buy insurance           one of those ideas health care economists of                                                                          by Congressional special interests that are
   But it is just as crucial to the millions more         they can’t afford, a proposal of his would beef          all stripes love. Currently, we have a perverse                                                                       parochial in the extreme. This bill may be
who are just one layoff away from losing their            up tax subsidies to help them buy policies and           tax system that taxes salaries but not health                                                                         deficit-neutral on paper. But it has just
coverage, and many millions more who watch                make the penalties for ignoring the mandate              benefits. This exclusion favours the rich over                                                                        become a fiscal time bomb. The revenue will
with fear as the cost of care and their insurance         somewhat less onerous.                                   the middle class. It encourages extravagant                                                                           never come. Compromises have to be made
                                                                                                                   health spending. According to the                                                                                     to keep it (barely) alive. But responsibility
                                                                                                                   Congressional Budget Office, taxing health                                                                            ebbs. Politics wins.

                 Terrorism & US Court
      Draw the line between banning aid to terrorists & free speech
    ONGRESS has made it illegal to provide
    “material support” to foreign terrorist
                                                          the law argue that it reasonably seeks to put
                                                          groups like Al Qaeda and Hamas off-limits and
                                                                                                                                                  Realities Of HIV
groups — a sensible means of combating ter-               to prohibit people from working with them.                       Antiretrovirals have almost eliminated AIDS in the West but for this reason they will fail in Africa
rorism but one that carries the risk of being                There needs to be strong protection for a
applied in ways that infringe on Americans’               core area of protected speech and advocacy.

freedom of expression. The Supreme Court has              Americans should be able to make arguments                    T’S been a bad few months for HIV pre-           ELIZABETH PISANI | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE                        you’re the taxpayer picking up the tab for it or
a chance to draw the line where it should be              to a court on the behalf of terrorist groups.                 vention. We’ve learned that our best can-                                                                        the epidemiologist worrying that drug-
between banning aid to terrorists and under-              That is crucial for the legal system to work and              didates for vaccines and virus-killing         sex partners. That’s a good thing, obviously,                     resistant strains of HIV will reignite AIDS.
mining civil liberties.                                   for the constitutionality of laws of this kind to             microbicides don’t work. Now we’re             but it also means that people who have HIV                           On top of that, many people assume that if
   On Tuesday, the court hears arguments in               be tested. They should be able to print the              clutching at another straw: maybe we can            are going to have more chances to pass it on                      the person they’re having sex with is infected,
Holder vs Humanitarian Law Project. The                   views of these groups for journalistic purposes,         treat our way out of the HIV epidemic.              during those times when their viral load is                       they’ll be on meds and so not very infectious.
Humanitarian Law Project and its president,               either to report the news or to convey a range              At an HIV research meeting this week,            spiky.                                                            Which may be true if they’re not in that early
Ralph Fertig, a retired US administrative law             of opinions. People also need to be free to              boffins from the World Health Organisation             There’s more. In countries like the UK                         peak of infectiousness, have taken all their
judge, want to provide training in peaceful dis-          speak independently about these groups.                  revived a mathematical model that shows             where treatment has been available for over                       pills diligently, and don’t have another STI.
pute resolution to the Kurdistan Workers’                    These rights need to be made clear in                 that if we test everyone in Africa for HIV once     a decade, AIDS has virtually disappeared.                         Though since condom use is dropping
Party, which has waged a separatist guerrilla             advance. It is not enough for the government             a year and give everyone who tests positive         HIV, unfortunately, has not. A few years after                    across the board, other STI rates are soaring.
campaign against the Turkish government,                  simply to say it will not prosecute in these             expensive drugs right away and for the rest of      antiretrovirals became widely available, new                      In short, more people living with HIV, com-
and to advise the group on how to petition the            cases. At the same time, Congress has a right to         their lives, we’ll wipe out new HIV infections      infections among gay men in the UK began                          bined with more unprotected sex, is out-
United Nations and other international organ-             ban people from directly assisting these                 within seven years.                                 to rise. We’ve seen the same thing in                             weighing the effects of lower viral load in
isations for relief.                                      groups, even if that assistance is delivered in             That’s because HIV is passed on most             Australia, the United States and practically                      places where the population is well
   Other plaintiffs want to engage in similar             the form of spoken words. Many crimes are                easily when there’s lots of virus in the            everywhere else we have data. One reason                          informed, HIV testing is actively promoted,
kinds of efforts in support of the LTTE which             committed through words. There is no right to            infected person’s blood and body fluids.            for that is that they use condoms less now                        and treatment has been free and universally
waged a secessionist campaign in the name of              act as a spokesman for a terrorist group.                Antiretroviral medicines cut the “viral             than they did when HIV = AIDS = a horrible                        available. But in Africa it will be different.
the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka. It evolved into             Giving advice to a terrorist group, even if it is     load” (the amount of virus in the body), so         death. Now, though, HIV = a pill every day.                          Our computer model assumes every
one of the longest-running armed conflicts.               not about violent activities, is not the same as         they make it more difficult to pass on HIV.         Boring, but not the end of the world, unless                      African will get tested for HIV every year,
   The Kurdish group, sometimes called the                getting on a soapbox and speaking about poli-            Ergo, more treatment means fewer new                                                                                  everyone who tests positive will start taking
PKK, and the LTTE are designated as foreign               tics. It is not necessarily innocent.                    infections.                                                                                                           antiretrovirals immediately and 98 out of 100
terrorist organisations by the US, and the                   The Supreme Court should go modestly in                  Sadly, it’s not that simple. For one thing,                                                                        will never miss a dose. On top of that, though
plaintiffs fear they could be prosecuted under            fine-tuning the statute.                                 HIV is most infectious in the few months                                                                              gay men in rich countries use condoms far
the federal material sup-                                                          It should affirm that           after a person is first infected. Even if every-                                                                      less now than they did before we had anti-
port law and sentenced to                                                       Congress has broad leeway          one got tested annually, we’d miss most of                                                                            retrovirals, we assume that heterosexuals in
as much as 15 years in                                                          in limiting assistance to          these new infections. Second, people’s viral                                                                          Africa are going to use them more once the
prison. The law prohibits                                                       terrorist groups, and in           load spikes upwards if they get another sexu-                                                                         most visible and frightening face of AIDS dis-
giving not only weapons                                                         making these groups                ally transmitted infection (STI), or if they stop                                                                     appears.
and money, but also less                                                        anathema, while at the             taking their medicine because the clinic runs                                                                            On the strength of this model, which bears
concrete support, like                                                          same time ensuring that            out of stock, the meds make them feel sick, or                                                                        as much relation to reality as a British MP’s
advice and “service.”                                                           the most fundamental               they went on a three-day bender and forgot                                                                            expense claim, we are going to hail expand-
   The plaintiffs argue that                                                    speech rights are protect-         their pills. Interrupting treatment also allows                                                                       ed HIV treatment in Africa as the new
these prohibitions go too                                                       ed, including advocacy in          the virus to develop resistance to drugs, and                                                                         answer to prevention. A triumph of opti-
far, infringing on their                                                        court, journalism, and             that leads to more spikes in viral load. Most                                                                         mism over common sense.
rights to free speech and                                                       speech that is truly inde-         importantly, antiretrovirals keep you alive                                                                              (Elizabeth Pisani is a consultant epi-
association. Supporters of                                                      pendent of these groups.           and well enough to be out there meeting new                                                                           demiologist specialising in HIV prevention)
                                                                  (NYT Editorials)

                                           My Times in Black and White
                                         The posthumous memoir of the first black managing editor of The Times are interesting

              ERALD M Boyd’s memoir, My Times                    St Louis Post-Dispatch on Sundays. Years         ROBERT S BOYNTON | NYT NEWS SERVICE             ten. Did you write them yourself, or did                      Pulitzer Prize: “I wanted them to under-
              in Black and White: Race and Power                 later, the paper awarded him a full scholar-                                                     someone write them for you?” On his third                     stand why blacks think about race so often.
              at The New York Times, opens with                  ship to the University of Missouri, and hired                                                    day he was asked whether he was “ready”                       Whether they are discriminated against or
              the author waking from a dream.                    him upon graduation. Boyd thrived at The           Much of the book is                           for an assignment. “I wondered how many                       ignored or feared, they know the reaction is
      Heart racing, he reflects on a life — a                    Post-Dispatch, first as a local reporter and                                                     new white reporters heard their first assign-                 probably triggered by race.”
      remarkable Horatio Alger-like rise from “sti-              then as a Washington correspondent. Along         devoted to the racial                          ment preceded by that question,” he says.                        Like many smart, ambitious African-
      fling poverty” to a senior post among the                  the way, he helped found the Greater St           slights Boyd suffered                             Much of the book is devoted to the racial                  Americans in the post-Brown v. Board of
      newspaper’s “succession of greats,” ending                 Louis Association of Black Journalists and       during his 20 years at                          slights Boyd suffered during his 20 years at                  Education era, Boyd was often the “first”
      with a swift fall — whose meaning eludes                   was a Nieman fellow at Harvard.                                                                  the paper. White subordinates bridled at                      black person to hold various jobs and
      him. This book, published posthumously, is                    Boyd was hired by The Times in 1983.              the paper. White                            taking orders from him; white superiors                       receive certain honors. At The Post-
      an attempt to come to terms with that life,                “Second only to my family, The Times             subordinates bridled at                         alternately patronised and betrayed him.                      Dispatch, he was the first to be elected
      and particularly with the role race played in              defined me; I was addicted to the paper and                                                      “The Times was a place where blacks felt                      “journalist of the year.” At The Times, he was
      it. Boyd, born in St Louis in 1950, was three              all it represented, cloaking myself in its
                                                                                                                 taking orders from him;                          they had to convince their white peers that                   the first black White House correspondent
      when his mother died. His alcoholic father                 power and prestige,” he writes.                       white superiors                            they were good enough to be there,” he                        and the first black managing editor, the
      abandoned the family when he was 11, and                      From the beginning of the relationship,        alternately patronised                         writes. He felt he could speak openly about                   paper’s second-highest editorial position.
      an extraordinary grandmother raised Boyd                   race was a factor. After accepting the job,                                                      the subject with his white colleagues only                       (Robert S Boynton is director of the
      and his brother. Journalism was his salva-                 Boyd was welcomed by a top editor: “I real-         and betrayed him                             rarely — for example, while editing a series                  Carter Journalism Institute at New York
      tion. At the age of 7, Boyd was hawking The                ly enjoyed your clips — they’re so well writ-                                                    on race in America that would win a                           University)

                                                                                                                                                                                           THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY.
                                                                                                                    Analysis                                                                                                   Wednesday, February 24, 2010                 9

                                                                                                      Ghost of Dubai Killing
                                                                                               If Mossad is responsible for the killing, Netanyahu has some sweating to do in the next few weeks

                                                                                                   HAME “you are not filming                                           JEREMY BOWEN | BBC-NYT SYNDICATE                                 Hussein demanded that Israel gave
                                                                                                   on a Friday,” said a local resi-                                                                                                     his doctors the formula for the poi-
                                                                                                   dent. Jimmy, the BBC cam-                                                                                                            son and the antidote.
                                                                                                   eraman, was trying to get                                                                                                               To get their two captured agents
                                                                                                   some decent pictures of the                                                                                                          back, the Israelis were forced to
                                                                                          Dubai skyline, but there was a haze                                                                                                           release dozens of Jordanian and
                                                                                          that was not helping.                                                                                                                         Palestinian prisoners. They included
                                                                                             “Why Friday?” we asked.                                                                                                                    the spiritual leader of Hamas sheikh
                                                                                             “Well, there is less building on a                                                                                                         Ahmed Yassin. He was a thorn in

           Salt Intake
                                                                                          Friday,” he said, “so the air is not so                                                                                                       Israel’s side until he too was assassi-
                                                                                          dusty.” Even with Dubai’s well-adver-                                                                                                         nated in an air strike in Gaza in 2003
                                                                                          tised economic problems there is                                                                                                                 Khaled Meshaal survived and is
                                                                                          still a lot of construction going on,                                                                                                         now the most senior political figure
                                                                                          by the standards of most places.                                                                                                              in Hamas, living behind heavy secu-

           & Your BP
                                                                                             This is my first proper trip to
                                                                                          Dubai since the late 90s and it is
                                                                                          unrecognisable. Back in the 1960s,
                                                                                          according to my uncle who was here
                                                                                          with the British army, the runway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rity in Damascus. “Sg!it was not a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        good time for Netanyahu. King
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hussein refused to see him when he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        went to Amman to apologise and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the then head of Mossad was forced
                                                                                          lights at Dubai airport were barrels                                                                                                          to resign. Israelis viewed the affair as

         MERICANS eat way too much      committee member who, at the time                 of burning tar.                                                                                                                               a costly fiasco. It was one of the fac-
         salt and cutting down on that  the report was being prepared, was                   When I was here first, on my way                                                                                                           tors that contributed to a compre-
         consumption should be a cor-   executive vice president for pro-                 to Afghanistan in the late 80s, a fair-         could tame the Middle East too,                 Assassination has been one of its             hensive defeat of Netanyahu in an
         nerstone of new public health  gramme and policy at the                          ly compact city was surrounded by a             though minds that could conceive                specialities since the time that Israel       election two years later. But there is
efforts to curb hypertension.           Partnership for Prevention. She is                sweep of open desert, which just is             the Burj Khalifa are not short of               was killing Nazis in the 1950s.               one very significant difference
    That’s one of the key messages of   now senior medical advisor at the US              not there any more. They must have              ambition. But if not tame it, they                 If Israel was behind the assassina-        between then and now. In Amman
an Institute of Medicine (IOM)          Food and Drug Administration’s                    poured tens of millions of tonnes of            were hoping to insulate this place              tion, then its Prime Minister                 in 1997 the would-be assassins were
report, commissioned by the US          Center for Tobacco Products.                      concrete to build this sprawling city           from its dark, violent ways.                    Benjamin Netanyahu might well be              captured, along with their false
Centers for Disease Control and            The report outlines several priori-            state. As I write, I can see a burnt               The assassination of the Hamas               troubled by the ghosts of assassina-          Canadian papers.
Prevention and released on Monday,      ties. The first would ...(Continued on            orange sun setting behind the Burj              official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh                     tions past. In 1997, during his first            This time round the alleged assas-
that calls hypertension — or high       next page) be to cut Americans’ salt              Khalifa, the new skyscraper that is             proves that was one unobtainable                stint as prime minister, he autho-            sins’ faces have been published,
blood pressure — a “neglected dis-      intake — 80 percent of Americans                  the world’s highest building. It is             dream. The long war, the century or             rised a Mossad hit on an up-and-              along with their assumed names.
ease,” one that has fallen off the pub- currently eat more than the recom-                extraordinarily tall.                           so of conflict between Arabs and                coming man in Hamas, a Palestinian               If they are Israeli agents, or free-
lic health radar and needs to be put    mended amount and that number is                     Acres of gardens and golf courses            Jews, cannot be defeated by proper-             called Khaled Meshaal.                        lance killers, then their identities
back on.                                growing. But given that 70 percent of             in Dubai are green and lush, in a               ty developers.                                     Two Mossad agents approached               have been blown. But they are not in
    “High blood pressure and its con-   Americans’ sodium comes from                      place with almost no rain, thanks to               Its capacity to generate and                 Meshaal as he was walking down a              custody and that makes it much
sequences are too important to          packaged foods and restaurants —                  hugely expensive desalination                   export violence is unparalleled in              street in Amman, the Jordanian cap-           harder to prove that Israel did it.
remain a neglected disease,” Dr         not from the family salt shaker — the             plants. The climate is wonderful                today’s world. Was Mabhouh killed               ital. They sprayed poison into his               If Israel had nothing to do with
David Fleming, chairman of the          food industry needs to play a role                right now, but in the summer it is              by Mossad, the Israeli secret service?          ear. But they bungled their escape            the killing, or with the theft of iden-
committee that produced the report,     here, Fleming said. “These efforts                appallingly hot and humid.                         I do not know for certain. But               and they were captured. They were             tities from its own citizens for the
said during a morning news confer-      should be focused on making it easi-                 Never mind, everywhere is air-               there is circumstantial evidence                carrying false Canadian passports.            alleged assassins’ passports, then
ence. “It’s time to give our complete   er for people to eat less salt,” he said.         conditioned, especially the indoor              that he was. And he was an enemy                   King Hussein, who had not long             Netanyahu, now in his second term,
attention to take full advantage of        Experts also need to better under-             ski slope, where they make real                 of Israel, according to the press               since signed a peace treaty with              has nothing to worry about.
known and prom-                                            stand why many                 indoor snow and have a black run                there, involved with arms shipments             Israel, was outraged. For him, it was            But if Mossad is responsible – and
ising interven-                                            health-care                    for experts. Love it or hate it, they           into Gaza. In the kind of phrase                not just a breach of trust.                   that is the assumption in Israel as
tions, and take High blood pressure                        providers fail to              have tamed nature to build an                   Israelis use, he had Jewish blood on               Rumours started that he was                well as here in Dubai – then he has
concerted actions                                          adhere to current              incredible city.                                his hands. Hamas gave him a hero’s              somehow complicit in the attack.              some sweating to do in the next few
necessary          to     has no symptoms: treatment guide-                                  Perhaps they never thought they              funeral. Mossad has form.                       With Meshaal close to death, King             weeks.
achieve preven-           You can have it for lines, despite
tion and control
of hypertension.”        years without know- knowing what the
                                                           stakes are.

                                                                                                       Tougher IAEA Line On Iran
    The       public- ing it, even though it                   Some people
health initiatives                                         don’t even know
described by the            can damage the                 they have high
report would refo- heart, blood vessels                    blood pressure,
cus efforts from                                           likely a failure of
                                and kidneys
individual actions                                         their doctor or                   HE latest report on Iran by the U.N.’s nuclear                            PAUL REYNOLDS | BBC-IHT SYNDICATE               involving high-precision detonators; studies on
to so-called envi-                                         other provider.                   watchdog, International Atomic Energy                                                                                     the initiation of high explosives and missile re-
ronmental considerations, such as       “We are alarmed at the extent to                     Agency (IAEA), reflects a tougher approach by                   to be clarified to exclude the existence of possible     entry body engineering; a project for the conver-
stocking fresh produce in urban gro-    which Americans have undiagnosed                 the agency under its new director-general.                          military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme.”        sion of UO2 (uranium dioxide) to UF4 (uranium
cery stores, making streets safe to     hypertension, equally the millions                  But while the language is stronger, it is less clear                Where ElBaradei avoids the word “current” and         tetrafluoride), known as the ‘green salt project’; and
walk on, and enlisting the help of      who have been diagnosed and are                  that the evidence is. There are still more questions                is reluctant to link his “concerns” to “possible mili-   various procurement activities”.
industry in manufacturing foods         under the care of a provider but                 than answers. The effect, though, is that the head-                 tary dimensions”, Amano does just that.                     Some of the “broadly consistent and credible”
with lower salt content.                whose hypertension isn’t controlled,”            lines taken from this report are more dramatic and                     Where his predecessor delicately sought Iranian       evidence on which this is based came from a laptop
    “Congress must give priority to     Fleming said. Only one-third of peo-             the arguments for sanctions are more pronounced.                    answers in order to “exclude” the existence of “pos-     produced by the US and said to be from an Iranian
adequate resources to implement a       ple with the diagnosis have it under                What has happened with this report is that the                   sible military dimensions”, Amano comes out and          source. Iran has refused to give detailed replies to
broad sweep of policy-based             control.                                         new IAEA chief, Yukiya Amano, a Japanese lawyer                     says there is “credible” evidence behind those con-      these allegations because it says the information
approaches at the state, local and         The third area involves breaking              and diplomat, is more open in saying that Iran’s                    cerns. The difference might not appear large, but in     was forged. The IAEA has known about these alle-
federal levels,” said Fleming, who is   down economic barriers that pre-                 activities do raise concerns, not just about its past               the language of nuclear diplomacy it is significant.     gations for some time.
director of public health for           vent patients from taking their med-             programmes but about its present.                                   So what are these concerns based on?                        What it is now more open about saying is that all
Seattle/King County, Washington.        ication. The committee recom-                       The key new word here is “current”.                                 First, it is worth noting that they are not wholly    these alleged activities (plus others like the devel-
    According to the report, nearly     mended that the CDC work with the                   “The information available to the agency... is                   about uranium enrichment. That gets most of the          opment of a heavy-water reactor to which the IAEA
one-third of US adults have high        Centers for Medicare & Medicaid                  extensive... and broadly consistent and credible in                 headlines. The IAEA is monitoring Iranian enrich-        has been denied access) form the basis for the “con-
blood pressure, and it accounts for     Services, pharmaceutical companies               terms of the technical detail... (and) raises con-                  ment and continues to confirm that declared              cerns about possible military dimensions.”
about one in six adult deaths annual-   and businesses to help get medica-               cerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or               material has not been diverted (to nuclear                  In plain language, it means that there are fears
ly, a 25 percent increase from 1995 to  tion to those who need it.                       current undisclosed activities related to the devel-                weapons use), though this time the statement is          that Iran has studied elements of bomb-making in
2005. High blood pressure usually          The committee also recommend-                 opment of a nuclear payload for a missile,” Amano                   not unqualified as it usually is. A caveat has been      the past and – the new point – it cannot be ruled
has no symptoms: You can have it for    ed that procedures be set up to                  says. “Iran needs to co-operate in clarifying out-                  added saying that Iran has not given enough infor-       out that they are still doing so.
years without knowing it, even          measure performance in controlling               standing issues which give rise to concerns about                   mation to allow the IAEA to “confirm that all               This does not mean that they are. The Iranians
though it can damage the heart,         hypertension and how much salt is                possible military dimensions,” he adds. You can see                 nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities”.     deny it and their Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali
blood vessels, kidneys and other        actually being consumed. “There is               the difference by looking at the more cautious                         The concerns are also to do with other activities,    Khamenei, has just repeated that Iran does not
parts of the body, according to the     really inadequate national data on               approach under the previous director-general,                       about which Iran remains largely unresponsive.           intend to make a nuclear bomb.
US National Institutes of Health.       trends,” said Dr Walter Willett, chair-          Mohamed ElBaradei.                                                     The latest report lists them – notably whether           However, the IAEA report will probably strength-
    “If you live long enough, you are   man of nutrition and epidemiology                   In his last report in November 2009, this was the                Iran developed a “spherical implosion system” for a      en the hand of those wanting to increase sanctions
almost guaranteed to get hyperten-      at the Harvard School of Public                  phrasing: “There remain a number of outstanding                     nuclear warhead; whether designs for a missile           on Iran, discussions about which are currently
sion,” said Dr Corinne Husten, a        Health.                                          issues which give rise to concerns, and which need                  payload were for a nuclear device; plus “activities      going on in the UN Security Council.

                                                         H AV E Y O U R S AY                                                                                                                                      B L O G S P OT

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                                        In defence of Iran
                                           I am writing about the recent
                                                                                I thought the US had finished
                                                                              this game when we got rid of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Buddha to Obama
      strongly about, or an             story regarding how the 12th          former president George W                                                                                         HTTP// WWW.HUFFINGTONPOST.COM/ED & DEB SHAPRIO
                                        grader in Doha stumped Hilary         Bush and his deputy Dick
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                                        Clinton on America’s stance
                                        against Iran for possibly devel-
                                        oping nuclear weapons, but
                                                                                When Obama took over, I
                                                                              believed that this war monger-
                                                                                                                        “We have proof of the                            Adogbarker.because he is aa
                                                                                                                                                                               is not considered
                                                                                                                                                                           good dog
                                                                                                                                                                         good        A man is not
                                                                                                                                                                                                           connected. We need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           know what he is feeling. We
                                                                                                                                                                                                           need to believe that we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the name-calling is endless.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Apparently he is killing far
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              too many terrorists. They
   QT will carry your voice to          supporting Israel for having          ing rhetoric would stop. But the             agressive, violent,                           considered a good man             chosen a president who can         say with utter disbelief how
    the public and to places            them. She had no answer as to         Obama administration appears              heartless nature of the                          because he is a good talker.      carry through with what he         he wants us all to have
                                        why Israel has nuclear weapons,       to be as bad as the Bush govern-                                                                        --The Buddha         promised during the cam-           health care and to do it with
        where it matters.               and has proven, time and again,       ment. Why do they lie to the            Israeli state, but when did                           Why is there so much con-      paign, that he was in it for       bi-partisan support no less,
          Write to us at                that it will use any means to         American people?                           Iran attack any of its                          fusion about President            others and not for himself.        and now he is spending way
                                        destroy Palestinians? Why it’ll         Iran is no threat to them. It           neighbours, and which                            Obama? It is being said that      We need to know he will not        too more money to make
                                        kill innocent men, women and          minds its own business (good or                                                            he is dealing with a broken       compromise his truth.              jobs available. How awful is
                                        children in Lebanon, attack UN        bad) and only talks when the US          missile does it have that                         government. Perhaps what             All that we are is the result   that! It is extraordinary the
                 ADDRESS                peacekeepers and peace                or Israel threatens Iranians. And            can go all the way                            is most needed is for him to      of what we have thought. If a      low levels the GOP will go in
        PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar       activists? Yet the US chooses to      why does the US encourage the                   to the USA?”                               speak out more directly and       man speaks or acts with an         their attempt to render
                                        be Israel’s best friend!              Gulf states against their neigh-                                                           openly to the people. Writing     evil thought, pain follows         Obama ineffective and stop
                                           You are judged by the compa-       bour that they do not have any               C HARLOTTE O SBORNE A L H AIDER               this blog made us realize         him. If a man speaks or acts       him from making this coun-
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            +974.4416790                   We have proof of the agres-        chance to improve America’s                                                                are not in touch with what        ow that never leaves him.          nary is the amount of press
                                        sive, violent, heartless nature of    image in the world, and repair                                                             Obama thinks or genuinely         The Buddha                         coverage the media are giv-
                  EMAIL                 the Israeli state, but when did       some of the damage of the Bush                                                             feels. When he started his           In the eyes of his enemies,     ing them. As Obama
      letters@qatar-tribune.com         Iran attack any of its neigh-         era, but so far he has only disap-                                                         campaign we each felt that        of which there are many, it        attempts to put right what
                                        bours, and which missile does it      pointed us.                                                                                we were important to him          seems that President               Bush so carelessly threw
                                        have that can go all the way to             CHARLOTTE OSBORNE AL HAIDER                                                          and that he cared; now there      Obama can do no right.             away, we can only hope that,
                                        the USA?                                                  DETROIT/DOHA                                                           seems to be a distance            They twist and turn every-         in time, the Republicans
                                                                                                                                                                         between us and we are less        thing he says and does and         reap their own karma.
10          Wednesday, February 24, 2010                                                                      South Asia

8 Afghans killed in Lashkar Gah bomb blast                                                                                                                                                                                    Karzai takes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              control of poll
AFP                                                                                                                                                                                     Rights Commission, called for
                                                                                                                                                                                        a criminal investigation into         watchdog
KABUL A bomb strapped to a                                                                                                                                                              the incident.
bicycle exploded near a busy                                                                                                                                                               “What is now needed is fur-        AFP
bus terminal in Afghanistan,                                                                                                                                                            ther investigation into the inci-
killing eight people on Tuesday                                                                                                                                                         dent and compensation for             KABUL Afghanistan’s president
as the death toll of US troops in                                                                                                                                                       those affected,” he said.             has changed a law to take con-
the Afghan war surpassed the                                                                                                                                                               The Afghan government said         trol of an election watchdog
grim milestone of 1,000.                                                                                                                                                                four women and a child were           that threw out more than half a
   The attack took place in                                                                                                                                                             among the dead when three             million votes cast for him in last
Lashkar Gah, capital of                                                                                                                                                                 vehicles they were travelling in      year’s election, his spokesman
Helmand province where a                                                                                                                                                                were fired on by NATO helicop-        said on Tuesday.
massive US-led military offen-                                                                                                                                                          ters. McChrystal’s apology               The amendment, made last
sive against the Taliban entered                                                                                                                                                        came as the number of US              week to the electoral law, allows
a tenth day and US defence                                                                                                                                                              troops to die in the Afghan war       President Hamid Karzai to per-
chiefs said progress was slower                                                                                                                                                         hit 1,000, according to a tally       sonally appoint the five-member
than expected.                                                                                                                                                                          kept by the independent icasu-        panel of the Electoral
   Sixteen people were also                                                                                                                                                             alties.org website.                   Complaints Commission (ECC),
injured in the blast, the interior                                                                                                                                                         The tally appeared to miss         Siamak Herawi said. Under the
ministry said.                                                                                                                                                                          at least one US fatality, and         previous law, three of the five
   The Helmand assault by                                                                                                                                                               two ISAF deaths announced             ECC members were appointed
15,000 US troops, dubbed                                                                                                                                                                on Monday, bringing the total         by the United Nations Assistance
Operation Mushtarak —                                                                                                                                                                   number of foreign soldiers to         Mission in Afghanistan.
meaning “together” in the Dari                                                                                                                                                          die in the war since 2001 to             In the fraud-tainted presiden-
Persian dialect spoken in            Afghan policemen remove the remains of an auto-rickshaw used in an explosion near Jalalabad,                                                       1,661 according to an AFP             tial election held in August, the
Afghanistan — aims to push           Nangarhar province, on Tuesday. (AP)                                                                                                               count.                                ECC threw out around one
the Taliban out of the Marjah                                                                                                                       tive issue in Afghanistan, where       So far this year 58 foreign sol-   third, or half a million votes cast
and Nad Ali areas under their        resistance, often from bunkers      including US General Stanley         local Pashto language, NATO’s         President Hamid Karzai and his      diers have died in the war, with      for Karzai as fraudulent. The
control.                             or other fortified positions,”      McChrystal who commands the          International             Security    Western backers are trying to       ISAF spokesman Sergeant Jeff          move sparked a run-off that was
   But the chairman of the US        NATO said in an operational         121,000 US and NATO troops in        Assistance (ISAF) said, and           defeat an eight-year Taliban        Loftin       confirming        the    cancelled when his only rival,
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral       update.                             Afghanistan,        have     said    broadcast on private television       insurgency. The Kabul govern-       Mushtarak toll at 13.                 Abdullah Abdullah, pulled out,
Mike       Mullen,     said     in      IEDs, improvised explosive       Kandahar is in line for a major      stations. It was McChrystal’s         ment condemned the air strike          Romanian defence ministry          accusing the Independent
Washington progress against          devices, posed the main chal-       anti-insurgent offensive of its      second apology in a week for          as “unjustifiable”.                 officials said one of their sol-      Election Commission (IEC) also
Taliban fighters in the target       lenge, it said, adding “a new       own. McChrystal went on tele-        civilian deaths at the hands of          “People are very, very sad and   diers was killed and another          appointed by Karzai of bias.
areas was “steady if perhaps a       patrol base is operational” and     vision to apologise for a mistak-    foreign troops after a rocket         angry over this incident,” said     wounded Tuesday after their              “With foreigners in the com-
bit slower than anticipated”.        “a new police base is being built   en NATO air strike on Sunday         strike killed at least nine people    Sayed Daud Nasiri, a lawmaker       vehicle hit a mine on the high-       mission it was not a national
   Commanders have said it           in southeast Marjah”, referring     that killed 27 civilians.            during a major offensive against      from Daykundi’s Kijran district,    way linking Kandahar to Kabul.        body, nor it was an Afghan body.
could take another month to          to the main Marjah bazaar.            The apology was an effort to       the Taliban in southern               who said his cousin was among          Karzai condemned the               So to Afghanise the process, the
bring the areas under total con-        Helmand and neighbouring         quell rising public anger over       Afghanistan.                          the dead.                           attack, the bombing in Lashkar        president changed some arti-
trol, though civilian police have    Kandahar have been the main         civilian casualties after the           In the video he expresses             “We are trying to prevent any    Gah and another Monday that           cles of the law,” Herawi told AFP.
already been deployed.               focus of insurgent activity since   third mistaken bombing raid          “extreme sadness” and says for-       protest or disorder in the area     killed 14 people, including a            “Some articles of the law
   “Afghan and combined forces       the Taliban regime was over-        in a week.                           eign forces are in Afghanistan        now,” he said.                      tribal elder who had led mili-        were amended and the presi-
continue to encounter small          thrown in 2001.                       His one-minute video was           “to protect the Afghan people”.          Nader Naderi, spokesman for      tias during the 2001 US-led           dent signed and approved it,”
but determined pockets of               Senior military leaders,         dubbed into the Dari and the            Civilian casualties are a sensi-   the Independent Human               invasion.                             Herawi said.

  Troops deployed in Trial of Bangladesh border                                                                                                                                         Sri Lanka’s SC refuses
  Bangladesh town guards for mutiny begins                                                                                                                                              Fonseka release order
                                                                         IANS                                 on Tuesday on its website. Two        ing around 800 border guards.       AFP
  AP                                    The government has said it                                            probes ordered subsequently              They are looking to press
                                     will investigate the deaths as      DHAKA The trial of nearly 800        have either not touched upon          charges by Thursday, the first      COLOMBO    Sri Lanka’s Supreme
  DHAKA    Bangladeshi troops        well as a series of arsons that     troopers of Bangladesh rifles        this aspect or found nothing          anniversary of the killings, said   Court refused on Tuesday to
  were called in on Tuesday to       the tribal people blame on the      (BDR), the country’s border          conclusive.                           a CID official who would not go     order the release of detained
  stop ethnic clashes between        settlers.                           guard, began on Tuesday, nearly         The charge of “conspiracy by       on record.                          opposition leader and former
  Bangalee settlers and an              Ahmed said no arrests were       a year after a mutiny led to the     vested interests” and by “anti-          “We are working to turn in       army chief Sarath Fonseka as it
  indigenous tribe in a south-       made in Khagrachhari on             killing of 74 people, including 54   national quarters”, levelled in       the investigation report, if pos-   deliberates a petition challeng-
  eastern hill town that left        Tuesday and the situation           army officers.                       the wake of the mutiny by those       sible, on February 25,” he told     ing his arrest by the military.
  nearly a dozen people              there had calmed.                      The venue of the trial was the    in the government remains             The Daily Star.                        Fonseka, 59, has been held at
  injured.                              Ethnic tension in the region     Durbar Hall at Pilkhana, the         shrouded in mystery, political           Home Secretary Abdus             a naval detention centre since
     Troops and extra police         110 miles (176 kilometres)          BDR Headquarters, where              analysts said.                        Sobhan Sikder said: “The inves-     his arrest on February 8, spark-
  were patrolling the streets of     southeast of the capital,           February 25-26 last year, hun-          An estimated 8,000 troopers        tigation is almost complete. The    ing international condemna-
  Khagrachhari and all public        Dhaka,       is   not      new.     dreds of troopers had entered an     were present at the headquar-         chargesheet will be submitted       tion and violent protests two
  gathering were banned after        Authorities resettled landless      officers’ ongoing meeting and        ters, which was the main scene of     very soon.”                         weeks after he was trounced in        Sarath Fonseka
  several homes were set ablaze      Bangalees into the area in the      after a brief argument, gunned       the mutiny that spread to other          The newspaper said this is       presidential polls by President
  by the opposing groups, who        1980s in a bid to end a tribal      down many. Among those killed        centres, leaving Bangladesh’s         the largest number of people        Mahinda Rajapaksa.                    court makes a final ruling.
  are involved in a decades-old      insurgency that had troubled        in the first hail of fire was the    4,300 km border with India and        charged with a serious crime           “The request for interim relief      The government has yet to
  land dispute, said Ashraf          the region for nearly two           then BDR Director General,           300 km border with Myanmar            since the country became free       by way of his release was reject-     specify the charges Fonseka
  Ahmed, a police official.          decades.                            Major General Shakil Ahmed.          virtually unguarded for more          in 1971. Smaller trials have        ed but the court said immediate       will face, but Defence Secretary
     Tribal activists from the          Tribal groups say many of           Nearly a year on, his succes-     than two days.                        taken place at different centres.   family and lawyers can visit          Gotabhaya Rajapaksa — the
  United People’s Democratic         their people have lost their        sor, Major General Mohammed             Bangladesh amended its law            So far, 2,163 of them have       him,” a court official said.          president’s brother — said
  Front blocked roads and            land because of the settle-         Mainul Islam began proceed-          to strengthen provisions to           been arrested in connection            A further hearing has been         Fonseka had been plotting a
  waterways in the area to           ment and faced brutal repres-       ings at a special court, charging    cover serious offences after          with the carnage. Some died in      scheduled for April 26.               military coup.
  protest the deaths of two trib-    sion during years of military       the first batch of 80 detainees      efforts to try the rebels under       detention. The CID has also            Fonseka’s wife had filed a           The United States, the
  al people they say were killed     operations meant to quell the       with murder, looting, arson,         the military law were opposed         arrested 32 civilians including     petition challenging the legality     European Union and the
  last week by security officials    insurgency. The insurgents          hiding bodies of those killed in     by human rights bodies at             former opposition lawmaker          of his detention, and asking the      United Nations, among others,
  during clashes with the set-       signed a peace treaty with the      mass graves and desertion.           home and abroad.                      Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu,             court to order his immediate          have asked Colombo to ensure
  tlers, local police Chief Amir     government in 1997, but the            The charge of conspiracy,            The Criminal Investigation         Awami League leader Torab Ali       release pending a judgement.          due process is followed and
  Zafar said.                        tensions have remained.             however, remains unproven,           Department has prepared an            and BVangladesh Nationalist            Tuesday ruling means he will       that democracy is not under-
                                                                         The Daily Star newspaper said        8,000-page chargesheet accus-         Party leader Suraiya Begum.         remain in custody until the           mined.

Nepal pro-king party workers, cops clash China bars Nepalese                                                                                                                                                                  Nepalese plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to go on Hajj
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              on cycle

                                                                                                                                                     from monastery visit
                                                                         KATHMANDU    Thousands of sup-
                                                                         porters of Nepal’s deposed
                                                                         king blocked the main govern-
                                                                                                               The supporterswith
                                                                                                               briefly scuffled                       IANS                              luminaries      of    Tibetan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KATHMANDU       A 58-year-old
                                                                         ment offices in the capital city      police who were trying                                                   Buddhism and a leader of the          Muslim preacher from southern
                                                                         and clashed with police on            to remove them from                    KATHMANDU Though China            Nyingma sect, one of the old-         Nepal has embarked on a pil-
                                                                         Tuesday to demand a referen-
                                                                         dum on restoring the monar-
                                                                                                               the area where                         failed to prevent US President
                                                                                                                                                      Barack Obama from meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                        est major schools of Tibetan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              grimage to Mecca and Medina,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              two of the holiest Islamic
                                                                         chy and the country’s status as
                                                                                                               protests are banned                    exiled Tibetan leader the            Chinese troops reportedly          shrines located in Saudi Arabia -
                                                                         a Hindu state.                        by the government.                     Dalai Lama, it has succeeded      destroyed the monastery of            on a bicycle.
                                                                            Supporters of National                                                    in stopping top Nepalese offi-    the sect, the Shechen                    Wearing a garland of
                                                                         Democratic Party Nepal, the          al were injured in the scuffle          cials from attending the birth    Monastery in eastern Tibet,           marigold over an Islamic red-
                                                                         only group to openly support the     with police.                            centenary celebrations of a       and the monk went into exile          checked scarf, the white-beard-
                                                                         monarchy, gathered in the heart         The party had enforced a gen-        revered Tibetan monk.             in Nepal.                             ed Maulana Taslimuddin Shah
                                                                         of Kathmandu and blocked             eral strike in Katmandu on                 Nepal’s President Ram             In the 1980s, the exile            started out last week in a bid to
                                                                         roads leading to Singhadurbar,       Monday that shut down trans-            Baran Yadav, Foreign Minister     painstakingly built a new             pray at the two shrines for peace
                                                                         the complex that houses key          portation, schools and markets.         Sujata Koirala, who is also the   monastery in Kathmandu’s              in Nepal and the promulgation
                                                                         government offices including            It was the first time the royal-     deputy prime minister, and        Boudhanath area, the hub of           of a new constitution in the
                                                                         the prime minister’s office.         ist party has been able to organ-       Culture Minister Minendra         Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal,            country.
                                                                            The supporters briefly scuf-      ise a general strike. It has main-      Rijal have received invitations   engaging skilled craftsmen               Pedalling alone, Shah has a
                                                                         fled with police who were try-       tained a low profile since the          to attend the birth centenary     from Tibet so that the new            fund of 30,000 Nepali rupees to
                                                                         ing to remove them from the          centuries-old monarchy was              celebrations of the monk at a     monastery was an exact repli-         see him through his odyssey. He
                                                                         area where protests are              abolished in 2008 and the king          Tibetan      monastery       in   ca of the destroyed one.              is also carrying the unique flag
                                                                         banned by the government. No         dethroned. Nepal was also               Kathmandu.                           Today, there are Shechen           of Nepal with its emblems of the
                                                                         major injuries were reported         declared a secular state at the            However, the officials have    monasteries in India and              sun and the moon, and the
                                                                         in the scuffle.                      same time.                              distanced themselves from         Bhutan as well.                       green flag of Muslim organisa-
                                                                            Katmandu Police Chief                Pro-democracy protests in            the Tibetan monastery under          Though the monk died in            tion gave him the cycle.
                                                                         Ganesh Chetri said police have       2006       forced       then-King       pressure from China.              1991, his disciples in 1993              His first stop will be New
                                                                         detained a few protesters but        Gyanendra to give up his                   The Tibetan monastery is       hailed as his reincarnation a         Delhi. The Hajj cyclist hopes to
                                                                         did not give more details.           authoritarian rule and restore          celebrating the birth cente-      Tibetan boy born in Nepal,            cover about 10,000 km and
                                                                            Bharat      Rayamajhi,      a     democracy.                              nary celebrations of Dilgo        Khyentse Yangsi, acknowl-             reach his destination in nine
                                                                         spokesman for the party,                The king was stripped of             Khyentse, born in 1910 in         edged as the monk’s reincar-          months. From India, he will
Nepalese riot policemen stand guard in Kathmandu Street during a         claimed nearly 200 supporters        power and Nepal was declared a          Tibet, one of the best known      nation by the Dalai Lama.             have to travel through Pakistan,
protest, in Kathmandu, on Monday. (EPA)                                  have been detained and sever-        republic two years later.                                                                                       Iran, Iraq and Turkey.
                                                                                                        Pakistan                                                                                          Wednesday, February 24, 2010           11

Petraues, Kayani review strategic ties                                                                                                                                                                                   4 killed in
ISLAMABAD Top US general                                                                                                                                                                                                 DAWN ONLINE
David Petraeus held talks in
Pakistan on Monday to bol-                                                                                                                                                                                               KURRAM AGENCY Four
ster the relationship with a                                                                                                                                                                                             militants were killed and
key regional ally, as a suicide                                                                                                                                                                                          five others were injured
bombing claimed nine lives                                                                                                                                                                                               in a bomb blast in the Dar
in the country’s northwest.                                                                                                                                                                                              area of central Kurram,
   Petraeus, the head of US                                                                                                                                                                                              officials said.
forces in central Asia and the                                                                                                                                                                                              According to officials
Middle East, met premier                                                                                                                                                                                                 the militants had been
Yousuf Raza Gilani and army                                                                                                                                                                                              using a house in the
chief General Ashfaq Kayani                                                                                                                                                                                              Alisherzai Dar area of
shortly after his arrival, a                                                                                                                                                                                             central Kurram for a
statement from the prime                                                                                                                                                                                                 while, before leaving the
minister’s office said.                                                                                                                                                                                                  house they attempted to
   “General Petraeus appreci-                                                                                                                                                                                            destroy the house but the
ated the commitment and                                                                                                                                                                                                  bomb went off prema-
sacrifices made by the secu-                                                                                                                                                                                             turely, killing five mili-
rity forces, armed forces and                                                                                                                                                                                            tants and injuring four
the people of Pakistan in                                                                                                                                                                                                others.
eradicating militancy and                                                                                                                                                                                                   Officials reported that
terrorism,” it said.                                                                                                                                                                                                     the       residents      of
   The visit by the head of US                                                                                                                                                                                           Alisherzai Dar had
Central Command follows                                                                                                                                                                                                  already evacuated the
the capture last month of top                                                                                                                                                                                            area due to the militant
Taliban military commander                                                                                                                                                                                               activity and ongoing mili-
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar                                                                                                                                                                                               tary operation, reports
in Pakistan, in what the US                                                                                                                                                                                              DawnNews.
media said was a joint opera-                                                                                                                                                                                               The military has
tion by US and Pakistani                                                                                                                                                                                                 cleared most of the mili-
spies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tant infested areas in cen-
   The     involvement       of                                                                                                                                                                                          tral and lower kurram,
Pakistan — suspected by the                                                                                                                                                                                              but pockets still remain
West of supporting the                                                                                                                                                                                                   as hideouts for militants.
Taliban in Afghanistan —                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meanwhile, tribal eld-
was seen as a signal of a new                                                                                                                                                                                            ers in the Kurram Agency
era in US efforts to persuade                                                                                                                                                                                            on Sunday agreed to a
Islamabad to move aggres-                                                                                                                                                                                                ceasefire after two days of
sively against Islamist net-                                                                                                                                                                                             clashes between rival
works in both countries.                                                                                                                                                                                                 groups that left 12 people
   During       their    talks,                                                                                                                                                                                          dead and another 15
Petraeus assured Gilani of his    Pakistan’s Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani (right) with General David H Petraeus, Commander US Centcom, in Rawalpindi, on Tuesday.             (EPA)                                  injured.
support for “Pakistan’s                                                                                                                                                                                                     Official        sources
demand for early reimburse-       operations and reconstruc-        develop closer cooperation          success story in Pakistan’s         the “success” of their opera-          core Taliban leadership and           revealed that the political
ment of the Coalition             tion of the militancy affected    in all sectors,” the statement      fight against Taliban and Al        tions and noted their                  Al Qaeda-linked militants are         administration, with the
Support Fund,” the statement      areas needs to be plugged to      said.                               Qaeda-linked militants by           “tremendous sacrifices”.               holed up in the rugged                help of tribal elders, man-
said, referring to US cash for    develop the confidence of the       Petraeus’s      arrival   in      local and US officials, who           But despite the relative             mountain terrain.                     aged to broker the cease-
Pakistan’s participation in its   people in the process of con-     Pakistan also coincided with        praised the offensive for           calm, sporadic clashes and               More than 3,000 people              fire between the Dalasa
“war on terror.”                  solidation.”                      a suicide bombing on a mili-        apparently ending a two-year        suicide attacks have contin-           have been killed in suicide           and Bughdy tribes of
   The Pakistani premier            Gilani said that “the long-     tary convoy in the north-           local Taliban insurgency.           ued to rock the valley in the          and bomb attacks across               upper Kurram Agency.
stressed the need for closer      term strategic relations          western Swat valley where              US national security advis-      last seven months.                     Pakistan since July 2007 in a         The      fierce     clashes
ties between the United           between the US and Pakistan       nine     people      including      er General James Jones visit-         Pakistan’s military is now           deadly campaign blamed on             between the rivals had
States and Pakistan, it added.    needs to be made more             women and children were             ed Swat valley earlier this         engaged in fighting in the             Islamist militants opposed to         taken place over a land
   “Gilani said that the gap      meaningful to further bridge      killed.                             month and congratulated             northwest tribal belt along            the government’s alliance             dispute.
between culmination of            the trust deficit and help          Swat has been held up as a        Pakistani security forces on        the Afghan border, where the           with the United States.

Tarin quits, to focus on Murder accused executed in public
private business

                                                                                                        PESHAWAR          A Pakistani
                                                                                                        Islamist militia organised the
                                                                                                        public execution of a
REUTERS                                                             good grasp of the market and        tribesman after pronouncing
                                                                    understood investor con-            him guilty of double murder at
KARACHI     Pakistani Finance                                       cerns.                              a self-styled Islamic court,
Minister Shaukat Tarin said                                            Analysts said they were          tribesmen said on Tuesday.
on Tuesday he was stepping                                          worried about the 2010/11              The execution took place in
down, raising concern about                                         budget, due to be announced         the Tirah valley of the semi-
who would replace him ahead                                         before the end of the fiscal        autonomous tribal district of
of a tough budget for the                                           year on June 30.                    Khyber, which straddles a
2010/11 fiscal year.                                                   Inflation still poses a threat   main supply route for US and
   Tarin, a veteran banker who                                      and the country is grappling        NATO soldiers fighting the
negotiated an International                                         with a shortfall of external        Taliban in Afghanistan.
Monetary Fund loan in 2008,                                         flows and a chronic shortage           Members of the local militia
said he had resigned to focus                                       of domestic revenue.                Lashkar e Islam captured
on private business interests.                                         “The biggest worry right         tribesman Younas Khan in late
   There had been speculation                                       now for the markets is who          September, accusing him of
for weeks he was about to                                           will replace Tarin especially       killing two cousins in a family
step down. His departure is                                         since the upcoming budget           row.
not expected to destabilise                                         will be a tough one,” said             “Younas confessed to killing
the government, but interna-                                        Mohammed Sohail, chief              his two cousins,” a local           Army soldiers patrol the Khyber area, on Tuesday.     (PPI)
tional donors will be keen to                                       executive at Topline Securities     tribesman told AFP by tele-
see a respected minister          Shaukat Tarin.                    Ltd.                                phone from Bara.                    where a bomb attack killed 20          Lashkar e Islam on Monday,         centres and private jails.
appointed in his place.                                                The budget will also have to        “Yesterday, he was shot dead     people in a cattle market last         another tribal elder told AFP.       Islamic militants in Khyber
   “Pressure was on me not to                                       follow terms that Tarin has         according to Sharia law,” he        week.                                     Officials accuse Lashkar e      have launched a campaign
quit but I told them that I
want to go,” Tarin told Dunya
Television. “It is our duty, we
                                   T  here had been
                                   speculation for weeks
                                                                    hammered out with the IMF.
                                                                       Another government offi-
                                                                    cial said four candidates were
                                                                                                           Hundreds of tribesmen
                                                                                                        gathered to watch the execu-
                                                                                                                                               “He was killed according to
                                                                                                                                            the law of retaliation, blood for
                                                                                                                                            blood,” a tribal elder said.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Islam, which has been subject
                                                                                                                                                                                   to a Pakistani military offen-
                                                                                                                                                                                   sive in Khyber, of kidnapping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      against crime in the deeply
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      conservative region reminis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cent of Afghanistan’s Taliban
should not mix up our official     he was about to step             in the running to replace           tion, tribal elders said, which        A relative of the two mur-          for ransom in the northwest-       movement, which was in gov-
duties and personal business.”     down. His departure is           Tarin.                              took place in the same area         dered cousins shot dead the            ern city of Peshawar, harassing    ernment in Kabul from 1996-
An official in the office of       not expected to desta-              One was former central           under the control of militants      tribesman at the invitation of         locals and running torture         2001.
Prime Minister Yosuf Raza
Gilani said Tarin’s resignation
                                   bilise the government,           bank governor Ishrat Husain,
                                                                    although another official said
had been accepted.
                                   but international                he had declined the offer.
                                   donors will be keen to
   Government officials had
earlier said Tarin was step-
ping down to focus on his
                                   see a respected min-
                                   ister appointed in his
                                                                       Another candidate was
                                                                    Hafiz Pasha, an economist on
                                                                    a government panel, and a
                                                                                                          Row over Zaradari’s money laundering case
banking interests.                 place.                           third was Nasim Beg, the chief
   In March 2008, a consor-                                         executive of Arif Habib                IANS                                Law ministry sources told          ance on proceeding further,        money-laundering          case
tium        comprising      the   bank.                             Investment Ltd.                                                          Online news agency that the          sources said.                      against Zardari and released
International          Finance       Pakistani stocks fell on the      Minister for Planning and           ISLAMABAD  A tussle seems to      ministry, in its letter, says that     Musharraf had promulgat-         $60 million frozen in Swiss
Corporation, Bank Muscat,         news as well as on confirma-      Development          Makhdoom          be brewing within the             the NAB is not recognised by         ed the amnesty, in the form of     accounts.
Nomura and Sinthos Capital,       tion of a 10 percent capital      Shahabuddin was also in the            Pakistani establishment with      the Swiss government. In the         the National Reconciliation           The Pakistani Supreme
led by Tarin and another          gains tax that will soon be       running for the job, the first         the law ministry saying it        past as well, all correspon-         Ordinance (NRO), primarily         Court had in December 2009
Pakistani banker, Sadeq           applied to the purchase of        official said.                         alone could reopen a Swiss        dence with the Swiss govern-         to enable slain prime minis-       termed the NRO unconstitu-
Saeed, bought an 86.55 per-       shares, dealers said.                Tarin was appointed the             money laundering case             ment was by the government.          ter Benazir Bhutto and her         tional and ordered the
cent stake in Silk Bank for          “Tarin knows and under-        prime minister’s top adviser           against President Asif Ali          The attorney general him-          husband Zardari, who faced a       reopening of all the cases that
about $213 million.               stands the market well and        on economic affairs in                 Zardari and not anti-corrup-      self had moved the case in a         slew of corruption cases,          had been closed after its
   “He will be leaving soon,      there’s a bit of uncertainty      October 2008 and was later             tion watchdog National            Swiss court and had taken it         return home from self-             promulgation.
maybe as early as this week,”     about who will replace him,”      sworn in as finance minister.          Accountability Bureau (NAB).      back after then president            imposed exile. Some 250               Zardari and his aides have
said a government official,       said Sajid Bhanji, a dealer at       He negotiated an IMF emer-             Responding to a letter from    Pervez Musharraf had prom-           other politicians, retired         been blowing hot and cold on
who declined to be identified.    brokers Arif Habib Ltd.           gency loan package of $7.6 bil-        NAB chairman Naveed Ahsan         ulgated an amnesty against           army officers and bureau-          the issue since then, with the
“He said he needs to focus on        The      Karachi       Stock   lion in November 2008 to               on the manner in which the        graft, the letter says.              crats also benefited from the      president saying he was pre-
his business and that he can’t    Exchange (KSE) benchmark          avert a balance of payments            case could be reopened, the         The NAB chief would on             NRO.                               pared to face the courts. His
do both things at the same        100-share index ended 1.30        crisis and shore up reserves.          law ministry has said only the    Wednesday present a report             In August 2008, Swiss judi-      aides, however, insist he
time.” The News newspaper         percent, or 129.50 points,           The IMF, generally support-         government had the authori-       to the Supreme Court based           cial authorities, acting on the    enjoys presidential immunity,
said new investors in Tarin’s     lower at 9,823.57.                ive of the government’s                ty to write to the Swiss gov-     on the law ministry’s                request of the Pakistani gov-      at least as long as he is in
bank wanted him to step              Dealers said Tarin, being a    efforts, increased the loan to         ernment on this.                  response and seek its guid-          ernment, had closed the            office.
down and concentrate on the       former KSE chairman, had a        $11.3 billion in July.
12          Wednesday, February 24, 2010                                                       Philippines/SE Asia

Philippine SC allows Indonesia busts terror camp, 4 held
Arroyo to contest polls

                                                                                                                   BANDA ACEH    Indonesian police
                                                                                                                   said on Tuesday they had
                                                                                                                   arrested four people after a
AFP                                                                                                                major raid on a terrorist train-
                                                                                                                   ing camp in a remote region of
MANILA   The Philippines’ high-                                                                                    Aceh province and were pursu-
est court on Tuesday ruled                                                                                         ing dozens who escaped.
President Gloria Arroyo was                                                                                           Aceh police chief Aditya
allowed to run for a seat in                                                                                       Warman said some 50 militants
parliament in this year’s elec-                                                                                    were using the camp and
tions, disappointing critics                                                                                       “strongly suspected” of being
who said her move was                                                                                              part of regional terror group
unconstitutional.                                                                                                  Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), blamed
   The decision meant Arroyo                                                                                       for multiple attacks across
had cleared the final legal hurdle                                                                                 Indonesia.
in her bid to win a parliamen-                                                                                        More than 100 heavily armed
tary seat in the May elections.                                                                                    police took part in the raid just
   The Supreme Court dis-                                                                                          before midnight on Monday in a
missed a petition by an opposi-                                                                                    forested part of Aceh Besar dis-
tion legislator to bar Arroyo                                                                                      trict, about 70 kilometres (40
from running, saying an earlier                                                                                    miles) east of the provincial
ruling by the Commission on                                                                                        capital Banda Aceh.                  Policemen after a raid on a suspected terrorist training camp, in Jantho, Aceh province, Indonesia, on
Elections allowing her to run                                                                                         The militants were conduct-       Tuesday. (AP)
was valid.                                                                                                         ing military-style training
   “The court did not find any        Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (left) with Press               including the use of firearms.          Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah            (holy war), CDs on bombings in       “blend in” with locals.
grave abuse of authority on           Secretary Cerge Remonde, in Manila, recently. (EPA)                          Only three were caught in the        Islamiyah is blamed for that         Bali and other areas, Malaysian        “We’re very careful when
the Comelec’s part,” a                                                                                             raid and the rest escaped into       attack and many others over the      military uniforms. There’s a         dealing with this group so we
spokesman for the court clerk         House of Representatives               Hontiveros had argued in her          the jungle, the police chief said.   past decade. “We received infor-     jacket with the word ‘Jemaah’        must coordinate with national
told AFP, reading from the            rewrite the constitution and           petition to the Supreme Court            A police spokesman later          mation that there were training      (‘congregation’) on it, among        police,” Warman said.
court resolution.                     shift the nation’s form of gov-        and the Commission on                 updated the number arrested to       activities comprising 50 people      other things.”                         “We will continue to chase
   Critics believe that Arroyo,       ernment from presidential to           Elections that the constitution       four. Police found rifles,           from a group suspected to be            The police chief said opera-      them.” It is not the first time
who is running for a congres-         parliamentary.                         banned any sitting president          Malaysian military uniforms          related to Jemaah Islamiyah,”        tions were ongoing to track          remote areas of Aceh, the most
sional seat to be vacated by             She would then want to              from running for re-election in       and terrorist propaganda mate-       Warman said.                         down the remaining suspects.         conservative province of mainly
one of her sons, wants to enter       become prime minister, with            any capacity.                         rial including videos of the 2002       “The group keeps moving              “We’ve known about them           Muslim Indonesia, have been
parliament as a backdoor              the president relegated to a              But the Commission on              bombings on the Indonesian           around to avoid police detec-        since September but we could-        used by alleged terrorists to
route back to power.                  largely ceremonial role, accord-       Elections ruled that the consti-      resort island of Bali which killed   tion. They have moved over           n’t find them until now,” he said,   train and hide, but the region is
   They allege she intends to         ing to her critics.                    tution only barred her from run-      more than 200 people, mainly         four districts.                      adding that the group included       not known as a hotbed of
use her influence to have the            Opposition lawmaker Riza            ning again for president.             Western tourists.                       “We found books on jihad          foreigners who were able to          extremism.

Indonesian stands trial Five dead, dozens missing                                                                                                                                             97-year-old Vietnamese
over hotel bombings in Indonesia landslide                                                                                                                                                    wins $400,000 lottery
                                                                             AFP                                                                        Agency spokesman Priyadi              AFP                                 winnings at 7.6 billion dong, or
JAKARTA   A former student of an                                                                                                                        Kardono said however that                                                 400,000 dollars, a massive sum
alleged Al Qaeda commander                                                   JAKARTA   Five people were killed                                          about 40 people were missing.         HANOI    A poverty-stricken 97-     in a country where the annual
flew to Saudi Arabia to raise                                                and more than 30 remain miss-                                                 “It had been raining very          year-old man in Vietnam won         per capita income is about
money for suicide attacks on                                                 ing after a landslide buried part                                          heavily since yesterday and that      up to 400,000 dollars in a lot-     1,000 dollars.
two Jakarta hotels that he                                                   of a tea plantation in Indonesia                                           probably caused the landslide,”       tery, a report said on Tuesday,        “We only know he won bil-
hoped would be the biggest ter-                                              on Tuesday, an official said.                                              he told AFP.                          sparking a frenzy among rela-       lions of dong,” an official
rorism act since September 11,                                                  The landslide struck after                                                 “We believe the landslide area     tives eager to get a piece of his   from the Fatherland Front,
2001, a prosecutor said on                                                   heavy rains in flood-ravaged                                               could be the size of two football     new-found wealth.                   which implements govern-
Tuesday.                                                                     Bandung district south of the                                              fields. The tea processing plant         A neighbour in southern Ho       ment social programmes,
   Chief Prosecutor Firman                                                   capital Jakarta, he said.                                                  and 50 houses were also buried.”      Chi Minh City and local offi-       told AFP.
Syah made the allegation in                                                     “Five bodies have been pulled                                              He said roads to the area had      cials had to step in to stop the       The official, who declined to
opening his case in the South                                                out. Thirty-five people are still                                          been cut, hampering efforts to        elderly man from giving away        be named, said local authori-
Jakarta District Court against                                               missing. About 35 houses were                                              bring in heavy earth-moving           the windfall to people who had      ties had to intervene and
Muhammad Jibriel Abdul                Muhammad Jibriel Rahman                buried so deep even the                                                    equipment.                            swarmed to his home, Thanh          restore order around the man’s
Rahman, a flamboyant 25-year-                                                rooftops weren’t visible,” Jakarta                                            “We’re facing problems trying      Nien newspaper said.                home because so many rela-
old who once called himself the       jeans and flanked by more              search and rescue head                                                     to reach them,” he added.                What was left of the money       tives or people claiming to be
“Prince of Jihad” on his radical      than a dozen men wearing               Budiawan told AFP.                                                            The plantation was owned by        has gone into a bank account,       relatives had turned up asking
Islamic Web site.                     black jackets emblazoned                  More than 300 search and                                                a company called PT Dewata,           the newspaper reported.             for money.
   Police arrested Rahman             with “mujahedeen,” said he             rescue personnel with heavy                                                which could not be reached for           Nguyen Van Het bagged the           Het and his sick wife had
more than a month after the           was innocent.                          equipment were rushing to the         ElShinta radio station that 72       comment.                              prize after spending 100,000        been receiving special finan-
July 17, 2009, attacks on the JW         “I think this case is fabricated.   area, near Ciwidey village about      people were still missing               Landslides usually triggered       dong (just over five dollars) on    cial support from authorities
Marriott and Ritz Carlton             I didn’t do anything wrong,”           35 kilometres (22 miles) south-       beneath the earth, which             by heavy rain are a major killer      lottery tickets from “lucky         because they lived below the
hotels that killed seven and          Rahman said shortly before his         west of Bandung city.                 crushed an office, processing        in Indonesia, which is currently      money” he received ahead of         poverty line, the Fatherland
injured more than 50. He faces a      trial began.                              “We’ll work through the night      plant and workers’ housing           being lashed by monsoonal             the Lunar New Year, Thanh           Front official said.
maximum 15 years in prison if            Defense lawyer Achmad               to try to rescue as many people       belonging to the plantation.         downpours and widespread              Nien said.                             “We will wait for a few more
convicted of helping facilitate a     Michdan said the case was              as possible,” he added.                 “Five people have been found       flooding.                                Small packets of “lucky          weeks so that he can calm
terrorist act by concealing           weak and he will apply to a               He said the landslide struck       dead and 72 are missing, 47 in          Thousands of people have           money” are a traditional Tet        down before asking him what
information.                          panel of three judges to dis-          around 8:00 am (0100 GMT).            the field, 15 in the office and 10   been forced out of their homes        gift.                               he wants to do with the
   Rahman, who came to court          miss it when the trial resumes            Bandung health ministry offi-      at the factory,” he said.            by flooding in Bandung and               Thanh Nien reported Het’s        money,” he said.
wearing a black shirt and             next week.                             cial Ahmad Kustiadi earlier told        Disaster          Management       Jakarta over the past two weeks.

HRW flays Thai deadline on migrants                                                                                                                     Malaysia plans debate                                                     Vietnamese plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  royal send-off
REUTERS                                                                                                                                                 on caning of women                                                        for dead whale
BANGKOK Migrant workers in                                                                                                                              AP                                                                        AP

                                                                                                                                                                                              The government, too,
Thailand face extortion, arbi-
trary detention, forced labour                                                                                                                          KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia may                                                 HANOI         Thousands           of
and physical abuse, sometimes                                                                                                                           organise an international con-                                            Vietnamese fishermen are giv-
at the hands of officials in a cli-                                                                                                                     ference on the issue of caning
                                                                                                                                                                                              has insisted that can-              ing a royal send-off to a 15-
mate of impunity, a rights group                                                                                                                        and whether it is an appropriate      ing serves a purpose                tonne dead whale, gathering at
said on Tuesday.                                                                                                                                        punishment for women under            and is not meant to                 a southern Vietnamese village
   The New York-based Human                                                                                                                             Islamic law.                          physically harm the                 to pay homage at a funeral for
Rights Watch (HRW) also raised                                                                                                                             Women’s Minister Shahrizat         women.                              the creature they call “Your
concern about the February 28                                                                                                                           Abdul Jalil said in a statement                                           Excellency.” Nearly 10,000 peo-
deadline for more than a mil-                                                                                                                           seen on Tuesday that she would       insisted that caning serves a        ple have converged in Bac Lieu
lion migrant workers to start a                                                                                                                         seek Cabinet approval to hold        purpose and is not meant to          province to bid farewell to the
process to verify their nationali-                                                                                                                      such a conference.                   physically harm the women.           52 foot (16-meter) whale since
ty, or face immediate deporta-                                                                                                                             Malaysia announced last           But women and other rights           he was dragged ashore on
tion from Thailand.                                                                                                                                     week that prison authorities         groups say the caning of Muslim      Monday, said coast guard offi-
   “Migrants in Thailand have                                                                                                                           had caned three unmarried            women is cruel, degrading and        cial Do Tien Ha.
been subjected to various                                                                                                                               Muslim women on February 9           discriminatory.                         They burned incense in his
forms of abuses, ranging from                                                                                                                           after a Shariah, or Islamic, court      Authorities use a light rattan    honour and planned to build a
extrajudicial killings, torture                                                                                                                         in Kuala Lumpur found them           stick to hit women on their          temple at the site of his burial,
to arbitrary arrests and sexual                                                                                                                         guilty of having “sex out of wed-    backs while they are fully           which was scheduled for
violence,” said the group’s rep-                                                                                                                        lock.” Shahrizat said she plans      clothed. Caning of men is com-       Tuesday. Nearly 3,000 people will
resentative in Thailand, Sunai        Migrant workers from Myanmar work on a fishing boat before sailing out of the port of Mahachai, near              to invite ministers from other       mon in Malaysia for such             attend the whale’s last rites, to be
Phasuk.                               Bangkok, on Tuesday. (REUTERS)                                                                                    Muslim-majority countries,           offenses as rape, drug traffick-     held at the mouth of the Cai
   He was speaking at the                                                                                                                               academics and religious experts      ing and illegally staying in the     Cung River. In Vietnam’s fishing
launch of a report based on 82          “Migrant workers make huge           ATMs”, or cash machines, and          ing to investigate ordinary          to exchange “ideas and experi-       country.                             culture, whales are considered
interviews with people from           contributions to Thailand’s            faced arbitrary arrest and extor-     crimes against migrants,             ences with regards to the imple-        The strokes with a thick rat-     sacred. They are referred to by
neighbouring           Cambodia,      economy, but receive little pro-       tion by police. Their often precar-   including those perpetrated by       mentation of Shariah law.”           tan cane on bare buttocks            the title “ngai,” the same honou-
Myanmar and Laos, who make            tection,” said Brad Adams, Asia        ious legal status meant they had      employers that police are some-         The three women who were          inflict wounds and leave scars.      rific used for kings, emperors
up a large part of the estimated      director of HRW.                       few channels to seek help, it said.   times complicit in.                  caned reportedly had turned          Civil law forbids such caning of     and other esteemed leaders.
1.8 million to 3 million migrants       Migrants “suffer horribly at            In one case in 2007, a migrant       In another case, two               themselves in to Islamic             women and children.                     “Whenever whales arrive, dead
in Thailand.                          the hands of corrupt civil ser-        from Myanmar, Su Su, said she         assailants killed a Burmese man      authorities after sleeping with         Malaysia has a two-tier jus-      or alive, local fishermen believe
   Migrant workers are a key          vants and police, unscrupulous         saw two policemen in south-           working at a rubber plantation       their boyfriends and getting         tice system. Muslims, who make       they bring luck and safety,” Ha
source of manual labour in the        employers and violent thugs,           western Ranong province kick a        before raping his wife. Although     pregnant. They defended the          up 60 percent of the country’s       said by phone from Bac Lieu. The
$264-billion            economy,      who all realise they can abuse         young Burmese man to death            semen was collected and a sus-       punishment, saying it gave           28 million people, go to Shariah     dead whale was spotted 26 miles
Southeast Asia’s second-biggest,      migrants with little fear of con-      because he did not respond to         pect named in a police report,       them a chance to repent,             courts for personal matters,         (42 kilometres) off the coast
employed widely in the con-           sequences”, he added.                  their inquiries, made in Thai.        investigators suspended the          according to local govern-           while civil courts judge non-        Sunday, and several dozen fisher-
struction, tourism and manu-            HRW said many migrants                  The report accused law             case after a year, saying more       ment-linked media.                   Muslims, mostly ethnic Chinese       men on 10 boats spent a day haul-
facturing sectors.                    were treated like “walking             enforcement authorities of fail-      evidence was needed.                    The government, too, has          and Indians.                         ing it ashore, he said.
                                                                                                                         India                                                                                      Wednesday, February 24, 2010             13

Opposition stalls House                                                                                                                              Maoists offer ceasefire,
                                                                                                                                                     govt rejects terms
over spiralling prices                                                                                                                               AP

                                                                                                                                                     NEW DELHI      India responded
                                                                                                                                                                                           flushing the militants out of
                                                                                                                                                                                           their forest hide-outs, from
                                                                                                                                                                                           Thursday until May 7.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  have an estimated 10,000 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  20,000 fighters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Prime Minister Manmohan
IANS                                                                         rising prices was raised by          Rajya Sabha.                       cautiously on Tuesday to an              Kishenji also called for “liber-    Singh has called them India’s

                                                                             newly-installed Leader of               Leader of Opposition Arun       offer by a top Maoist guerrilla       al intellectuals and human             biggest internal security
       DELHI Prime Minister                                                  Opposition Sushma Swaraj             Jaitley (BJP) raised the issue     leader for a cease-fire and talks     rights groups” to mediate talks        threat.
Manmohan Singh’s appeal
                                           ith the entire                    (BJP) soon after the House           when the House assembled at        with the government, with the         between the rebels and the gov-           Some local governments in
notwithstanding, an angry
                                       opposition joining the                assembled.                           11 am, saying: “We have served     home minister saying he               ernment.                               central and eastern India are
opposition on Tuesday stalled          protest, the minister                    “I am sorry but the people        two notices, one for suspending    would wait for a formal pro-             But the government ruled out        unable to function because of
Parliament demanding a discus-         could not complete                    are suffering. We want discus-       question hour and the other for    posal before considering the          any preconditions for talks with       rebel attacks.
sion on price rise under rules         his statement and the                 sion on top priority basis. All      a discussion on rising prices      offer.                                the rebels.                               In response to the govern-
that entail voting but the gov-        speaker adjourned the                 the businesses should be             under rules 167 and 168.”             Home Minister Palaniappan             “I would like no ‘ifs,’ no ‘buts’   ment offensive, the insurgents
ernment refused to yield.              House for the day.                    delayed. The price rise is the          As the entire opposition        Chidambaram said he wanted            and no conditions. Once I              have blown up train tracks,
   The issue forced two adjourn-                                             most important issue,” Swaraj        raised slogans against the gov-    a short, simple statement from        receive the statement, I shall         attacked railway stations and
ments each of the Lok Sabha           the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)         said, adding: “Please accept         ernment, Jaitley said: “We want    the rebels without precondi-          consult the prime minister and         assaulted railroad employees.
and the Rajya Sabha, the second       joined the Bharatiya Janata            my adjournment motion. We            the broad sense of the House to    tions before responding to the        other colleagues and respond           Last week, they killed two dozen
ones for the day.                     Party (BJP), Chairman Hamid            will allow the house to func-        be recorded. It is an issue that   offer by Kishenji, a senior           promptly,” Chidambaram said            police at a security camp in the
   If the demand in the Lok           Ansari and Deputy Chairman K           tion but price rise should be        concerns the common people.”       Maoist leader in eastern India.       in a statement. Inspired by            village of Shilda, about 105
Sabha was for a discussion            Rahman Khan repeatedly point-          discussed first.”                       Sitaram Yechury of the             On Monday, Kishenji told tel-      Chinese revolutionary leader           miles (170 kilometers) south-
under an adjournment motion,          ed out that a short duration dis-         Other opposition members,         Communist Party of India-          evision channel NDTV in the           Mao Zedong, the rebels have            west of West Bengal’s capital,
the opposition in the Rajya           cussion on rising prices had           too, joined in, shouting slogans     Marxist (CPI-M) supported him.     eastern state of Orissa that “Our     fought for more than four              Calcutta. Another group of sus-
Sabha, where the issue was list-      been agreed to. But this fell on       against the government and              “The ruling benches will        revolutionary violence will stay      decades demanding land and             pected rebels later raided a vil-
ed for a short duration discus-       deaf ears with the opposition          forcing Speaker Meira Kumar to       appreciate why we are agitated.    on hold for as long as state ter-     jobs for farmers and the poor.         lage in eastern India and killed
sion, wanted it to be held under      demanding that the issue be dis-       adjourn the House till noon.         We had yesterday agreed to a       ror is put on hold.” If the govern-   About 2,000 people, including          at least 12 people in an appar-
rules 167 and 168.                    cussed as a “substantial motion”.         When the House reassem-           short duration discussion but      ment puts “violence on hold,          police, militants and civilians,       ent act of revenge after several
   While a discussion under an           With both Houses of                 bled, Parliamentary Affairs          today feel that the issue should   not for 72 hours but for 72 days,     have been killed in the past few       guerrillas were captured and
adjournment motion only               Parliament adjourning for the          Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal          be discussed under a substantial   then we will immediately stop         years. The rebels, who have            turned over to police. On
requires voting, that under rules     day, an angry Congress                 said the government was pre-         motion.”                           our revolutionary violence,”          tapped into the rural poor’s           Monday, a guerrilla fighter was
167 and 168 requires both voting      spokesperson Manish Tewari             pared for a detailed discus-            This prompted Chairman          Kishenji said.                        growing anger at being left out        killed when rebels attacked a
and the sense of the house to be      accused the opposition of trying       sion, “but according to parlia-      Ansari to remark that “there was      That would require the gov-        of the country’s economic              police camp in West Bengal,
recorded.                             to score brownie points.               mentary convention, the              consensus on discussion but not    ernment to halt its Operation         gains, are now present in 20 of        said Manoj Verma, a local
   The government tried to side-         “In December, where was dis-        motion of thanks for the presi-      on the procedure”.                 Green Hunt offensive, aimed at        the country’s 28 states and            superintendent of police.
step the issue in the Lok Sabha,      cussion in parliament on infla-        dent’s address should be dis-           Minister of State for
saying that a discussion should       tion, how many MPs were pres-          cussed first”.                       Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj
first be held on President            ent?” he asked reporters later.           He said an adjournment            Chavan then attempted to make
Pratibha Patil’s address to a joint      Manmohan Singh had on               motion could be accepted only        a statement but was shouted
session of Parliament on              Monday appealed to the opposi-         on “emergency matters”.              down as the opposition contin-
Monday. It also sought to shift       tion not to disrupt parliamen-            With the entire opposition        ued its protests, forcing Ansari
the onus for rising prices to the     tary proceedings, saying the           joining the protest, the minister    to adjourn the house till noon.
state governments, agitating the      government was ready to “dis-          could not complete his state-           With the protests continuing
opposition even more.                 cuss and debate all issues on the      ment and the speaker                 when Rajya Sabha reassembled,
   In the Rajya Sabha, where the      floor of the house”.                   adjourned the House for the day.     Deputy Chairman Rahman
Left, the Samajwadi Party and            In the Lok Sabha, the issue of      There was similar chaos in the       Khan adjourned the House.

                                                                                                                  Govt defends
                                                                                                                  sugar export
                                                                                                                  to EU

                                                                                                                  NEW DELHI The food and agri-
                                                                                                                  culture ministry on Tuesday             Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee (right) and Railways MoS E Ahmad (left) with Railway
                                                                                                                  defended its decision to export         Board members, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. The Railway Budget- 2010-11 will be presented on
                                                                                                                  10,000 tonnes of sugar to the           Wednesday. (EPA)
                                                                                                                  European Union saying that an
                                                                                                                  equivalent amount of sugar
                                                                                                                  will be imported in this season
                                                                                                                  — ensuring there was no
                                                                                                                  reduction in the availability of
                                                                                                                  the essential commodity in the
                                                                                                                  domestic market.
                                                                                                                                                     Two top ULFA leaders
                                                                                                                     “There will be no net export
                                                                                                                  of sugar from the country,” said
                                                                                                                  the ministry in a statement
                                                                                                                  here. The ministry was reacting
                                                                                                                                                     released on bail
                                                                                                                  to reports in a section of the     IANS                                  Guwahati jail after his arrest         village,” a cousin of Daimary
                                                                                                                  media that the central govern-                                           from Kolkata in 1998, is likely to     said. The two ULFA leaders are
                                                                                                                  ment allowed export of 10,000      GUWAHATI    A special anti-terror     be released Wednesday as some          now expected to play a crucial
                                                                                                                  tonnes of sugar to the EU even     court on Tuesday released on          legal formalities are left.            role in pushing the deadlocked
Defence Minister AK Antony in the cockpit of a MiG-29K at an naval base, in Goa, on Monday.              (AFP)    though there was shortage of       bail two top separatist leaders       Daimary, who was captured in           peace process forward with the
                                                                                                                  supply domestically.               of the outlawed United                Bhutan during Operation All            government giving all indica-

Antony for self-reliance in                                                                                          The ministry statement
                                                                                                                  pointed out that EU is a vast
                                                                                                                  market with high degree of
                                                                                                                  potential for export of Indian
                                                                                                                                                     Liberation Front of Asom
                                                                                                                                                     (ULFA), a move seen as an
                                                                                                                                                     attempt by the government to
                                                                                                                                                     help push the rebels towards
                                                                                                                                                                                           Clear in 2003 and later handed
                                                                                                                                                                                           over to India, is likely to be free
                                                                                                                                                                                           Tuesday evening.
                                                                                                                                                                                              “We also hope talks will begin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tions of being soft on them to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  help engage them in opening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “We sincerely hope both of

defence technology                                                                                                agricultural products and India
                                                                                                                  may lose its share in the market
                                                                                                                  there if it did not supply the
                                                                                                                  required sugar this season.
                                                                                                                                                     peace talks.

                                                                                                                                                        Vice chairman Pradip Gogoi
                                                                                                                                                              publicity     secretary
                                                                                                                                                     Mithinga Daimary were given
                                                                                                                                                                                           and are confident that the jailed
                                                                                                                                                                                           ULFA leaders will respond. We
                                                                                                                                                                                           would hold talks with them
                                                                                                                                                                                           with dignity and honour,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  them would play a very positive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  role in the peace process,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  noted Assamese writer Indira
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goswami, who once acted as
IANS                                                                         broad-basing R&D activities”.           The ministry said: “The food    bail by the special TADA              Assam Chief Minister Tarun             facilitator for talks between the

NEW DELHI Defence Minister AK
Antony on Tuesday urged all
                                       R  eiterating the need
                                       to reverse the trend
                                                                                “We can achieve our objec-
                                                                             tive of self-reliance only
                                                                             through greater investment in
                                                                                                                  and public distribution
                                                                                                                  department agreed with the
                                                                                                                  recommendation of the
                                                                                                                                                     (Terrorist and Disruptive
                                                                                                                                                     Activities (preventive) Act)
                                                                                                                                                     court here.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Gogoi said.
                                                                                                                                                                                              “This is indeed a very positive
                                                                                                                                                                                           move by the government in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ULFA and the government.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Already lodged at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Guwahati central jail are six
stakeholders in the sector to          of over-indulgence on                 indigenous R&D. Besides              department of commerce and            The government prosecutor          allowing the two ULFA leaders          other top ULFA leaders - chair-
come together to achieve self-         imports, Antony said                  investing in physical infrastruc-    allowed export of 10,000           did not oppose the bail peti-         to be out on bail,” added Lachit       man Arabinda Rajkhowa,
reliance in critical defence
                                       the offsets policy had                ture, we also need to invest
                                                                             time and money in human
                                                                                                                  tonnes of sugar to EU coun-
                                                                                                                  tries through Indian Sugar
                                                                                                                                                     tions. “The public prosecutor
                                                                                                                                                     did not oppose the bail applica-
                                                                                                                                                                                           Bordoloi, a rights leader and
                                                                                                                                                                                           member of the ULFA constitut-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  deputy commander-in-chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Raju Baruah, self-styled foreign
   “The need of the hour is for
                                       been formulated to                    resource development,” the           Exim Corporation subject to        tions of both the ULFA leaders        ed People’s Consultative Group         secretary Sasha Choudhury,
all stakeholders in the defence        provide an incentive                  minister added.                      the condition that the said        and hence the court decided to        (PCG) to explore possibilities         finance secretary Chitraban
sector - both in the public and        to export defence                        Pointing to India’s leadership    corporation import equivalent      release them on bail,” Bijon          for peace talks.                       Hazarika, 70-year-old political
private domain, to come                products.                             in the fields of IT and pharma-      quantity of sugar in this sea-     Mahajan,       one     of     the        “We are all waiting for our         ideologue              Bhimkanta
together to achieve self-                                                    ceuticals, he expressed confi-       son (October 2009 to               counsels,told IANS.                   brother’s release from jail; a         Buragohain, and cultural secre-
reliance in critical defence          Noting that it was “also high          dence of replicating this in the     September 2010).”                     Gogoi, who has been in             grand welcome awaits in our            tary Pranati Deka.
technologies,” he said in his         time” that DRDO “shed its reti-        defence sector too.
address at the DRDO                   cence in working in tandem                “We possess both natural
Technology Day Awards
   “The industry must show
more confidence in the capaci-
                                      with the private industry”,
                                      Antony added: “We need the
                                      maximum possible synergy
                                      between various production
                                                                             resources, as well as the skilled
                                                                             manpower to realise this
                                                                             potential. If organisations like
                                                                             DRDO come out of old, monop-
                                                                                                                  Christian group seeks jobs for riot victims
ty of indigenous technology. At       agencies.”                             olistic mindsets, there is no rea-   IANS                               tims and to ensure their securi-      to all the victims under               whose presence the violence
the same time, the public and           Reiterating the need to              son why we cannot translate                                             ty, George said he has come           National Rural Employment              took place and thousands of
private sector need to come up        reverse the trend of over-             this potential into reality,”        BHUBANESWAR       A Christian      across a large number of cases        Guarantee Scheme and protec-           houses were burnt are still in
with modern facilities with a         indulgence on imports,                 Antony maintained.                   group on Tuesday demanded          and found that no jobs were           tion to their families,” he said.      office and are declaring that
large manufacturing base,” he         Antony said the offsets policy            In this context, he noted that    adequate jobs and protection       given to many of the victims.            “Though the riot victims had        there is peace in the district,”
maintained.                           had been formulated to pro-            the modern day world thrives         for riot victims in Orissa’s       Citing examples he alleged that       filed 3,232 complaints in differ-      he said.
   Similarly, DRDO “should            vide an incentive to export            on competition and that a            Kandhamal district where at        people living in at least 14 vil-     ent police stations in                   Kandhamal, about 200 km
strengthen its core compe-            defence products.                      healthy competitive spirit is        least 38 people were killed dur-   lages have no means of liveli-        Kandhamal district, only 832           from here, witnessed wide-
tence and create newer ones. It         “However, policies by them-          "imperative" for the all-round       ing communal violence in 2008.     hood and their children are not       cases were registered; while 89        spread violence after the mur-
also needs to reduce the long         selves can mean little, till all the   growth of any sector - defence         “Hundreds of riot victims        able to go to schools due to          people were convicted, 251             der of Vishwa Hindu Parishad
gestation periods and cut             partners in the defence indus-         being no exception.                  continue to live under fear as     fear.                                 were acquitted due to lack of          (VHP)        leader        Swami
down time and cost overruns”,         try, including our armed forces,          “Today, customers the world       justice eluded them,” Sajan K.        “The people living in 14 vil-      evidence,” he said.                    Laxmanananda Saraswati and
the minister said.                    show confidence in indigenous          over are more knowledgeable          George,       president       of   lages from Bakinga to                    “A special investigation team       four of his aides at his ashram
   He also urged the defence          capabilities,” he added.               than ever before. They expect the    Bangalore-based          Global    Behragao Khari Sahi have no           under National Human Rights            Aug 23, 2008.
industry to “further sharpen its        Contending that R&D was “a           products to be of a high-quality,    Council of Indian Christians       means of livelihood. No jobs          Commission should investi-               More than 25,000 Christians
competitive edge” by “blending        must” for robust defence pre-          cost-effective and better per-       (GCIC), told reporters here.       were given to them. Their chil-       gate the role of the district offi-    were forced to flee their homes
creative thinking and innova-         paredness, Antony said indus-          forming. It is therefore all the       Although the district offi-      dren are not able to go to            cials including the collector,         after their houses were
tive approaches in producing          try and academia in the                more difficult to achieve cus-       cials denied the claims and        school fearing safety,” George        block and tehsil officers,” he         attacked by rampaging mobs,
high quality products and exe-        defence sector “need to play a         tomer satisfaction,” Antony          said adequate steps have been      said. “GCIC demands the gov-          said.                                  which held Christians respon-
cuting projects on time”.             far more proactive role in             maintained.                          taken to rehabilitate the vic-     ernment ensure employment                “It is strange that officers in     sible for Saraswati’s killing.
14         Wednesday, February 24, 2010                                                                               India

Indo-Pak talks to focus on
tackling terror: Rao
REUTERS                                                                                                           Pakistan is keen for a resump-
                                                                                                               tion of the composite dialogue,
LONDON When Indian Foreign                                                                                     a formal — and some argue
Secretary Nirupama Rao meets                                                                                   overly bureaucratic — peace
her Pakistani counterpart on                                                                                   process meant to cover all
Thursday, she is aiming, she                                                                                   issues of contention between it
says, to find a “graduated” way                                                                                and India.
back into talks broken off after                                                                                  But this process is looking
the November 2008 attack on                                                                                    dated as new causes of tension
Mumbai.                                                                                                        — from Afghanistan to the shar-
   But before any progress can                                                                                 ing of Himalayan river waters
be made, the two countries                                                                                     which run through Kashmir —
have to agree not just which                                                                                   rise to the top of the agenda.
subjects should be covered —                                                                                      On the Indian side, said Roy-
India wants to focus on terror-                                                                                Chaudhury, there was a sense
ism, Pakistan on Kashmir — but                                                                                 that the composite dialogue
even what is the right forum for    Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.                                            was not the best forum any
dialogue.                                                                                                      more. “That decision still hasn’t
   India and Pakistan have          attacks from safe havens across       even before listing the many         been reached.”                        Maruti Suzuki’s small concept car ‘A Star’, in New Delhi, on Tuesday.   (AP)
struggled for years to find the     our borders,” she said.               contentious issues, is how they         Under Musharraf, Pakistan
best approach to talks.
Unscripted summits have
ended in failure; formal dia-
logue has become bogged down
                                       But she also said India
                                    “would like to keep the door to
                                    dialogue open” and acknowl-
                                    edged that Kashmir was an
                                                                          structure the talks.
                                                                             India’s approach to Pakistan
                                                                          has traditionally been driven by
                                                                          the prime minister so talks
                                                                                                               and India also held secret back-
                                                                                                               channel talks which sketched
                                                                                                               out a plan to bring peace to
                                                                                                                  Kashmir. Musharraf, now liv-
                                                                                                                                                     Maruti to recall 100,000
in bureaucracy; secret back-
channel talks went unrecorded
and failed to carry subsequent
governments or public opinion
                                    issue which needed to be dis-
                                    cussed bilaterally.
                                       Analysts say Thursday’s talks
                                    could be a stepping stone to fur-
                                                                          between Rao and Bashir can at
                                                                          best play only a supporting role,
                                                                          with real progress widely
                                                                          believed to require bold moves
                                                                                                               ing in exile in London, said this
                                                                                                               month these talks worked
                                                                                                               “extremely efficiently” and they
                                                                                                               had been close to an agreement
                                                                                                                                                     A-Star cars to fix fuel leak
along with them.                    ther discussions between the          by the political leadership.         to solve the Kashmir dispute.         REUTERS                             received any customer com-          beyond a certain point, there
   So Thursday’s talks between      foreign secretaries and perhaps          But      Prime        Minister       But Foreign Minister Shah                                              plaints but its shares closed       was a possibility of leakage, the
Rao, India’s top diplomat, and      pave the way for a meeting            Manmohan Singh — who like            Mehmoud Qureshi disowned              MUMBAI     India’s top carmaker     down 3.2 percent at 1,336.85        spokesman said.
her Pakistani counterpart           between their prime ministers         his predecessor Atal Behari          the deal by telling reporters he      Maruti Suzuki India, 54 per-        rupees in a Mumbai market              Deepesh Rathore, analyst
Salman Bashir are likely to be      on the sidelines of a South Asian     Vajpayee is keen for a break-        knew nothing about it and there       cent owned by Japan’s Suzuki        that rose 0.3 percent.              with IHS GlobalInsight, said he
more about finding a frame-         regional summit in Bhutan in          through on Pakistan — was crit-      was no record of it, according to     Motor, said on Tuesday it is          “I think there has been an        does not expect substantial
work for dialogue than making       April. “Delhi is approaching          icised by his own party for mov-     Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper.            recalling 100,000 of its A-Star     impact to sentiment consider-       damage to be done to Maruti’s
peace.                              these talks with a lot of caution,”   ing too fast last year to repair        Those familiar with the talks      hatchbacks to fix a possible        ing what is going on globally,”     image.
   “We hope we can build, in a      said IISS South Asia expert           relations soured by the Mumbai       are sceptical the deal would          fuel leak.                          said Vaishali Jajoo, an auto-sec-      “Since no actual accidents
graduated manner, better com-       Rahul Roy-Chaudhury.                  attack.                              have worked, and one source              Maruti’s move comes as           tor analyst at Mumbai-based         have happened, people are like-
munication and a serious and           “I think there will be clearly a      As a result, he is expected to    said Musharraf had done little        Japanese rival Toyota Motor         Angel Broking.                      ly to see it as a proactive step by
responsive dialogue to address      sense that these talks should         be more cautious when he next        to bring others in Pakistan on        Corp is embroiled in a recall of      The A-Star’s export markets       the company,” he said.
issues of concern between our       continue. We are going to see, if     meets Pakistani Prime Minister       board in what was very much a         8.5 million vehicles globally for   include Germany, Britain and           “In India, there is no law of
two countries,” Rao told a con-     there is a joint statement, a very    Yusuf Raza Gilani than during        two-man show led by him and           problems including sticky           France. It sells for about          highway safety or any regulato-
ference hosted by the               cautious joint statement,” he         their last informal talks in         his special envoy Tariq Aziz.         accelerators and a braking          400,000 rupees in India and         ry authority of that nature
International Institute for         said. Some see talks as cushion-      Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt in July.       Qureshi has named diplomat         glitch on its hybrid models.        6,500 to 7,500 euros in Europe.     which requires them to make
Strategic Studies (IISS) in         ing the impact of any fresh              Ill-prepared meetings have        Mohammad Riaz Khan to                    The recall of Maruti’s popu-       A spokesman for the car-          such disclosures,” Rathore said.
London on Monday.                   Mumbai-style attack on India          ended in disaster in the past,       replace Aziz as a special envoy       lar model, which is exported to     maker said that the appropri-          The company also has a tie
   Rao said the “essential focus”   which might tip the nuclear-          notably a summit in Agra —           for talks with India’s Satinder       Europe, began in November           ate regulatory authorities in       up with Japan’s Nissan Motor
of the talks would be on per-       armed countries into war, as          home of the Taj Mahal — in           Lambah. But there have been           and is about half complete. It      Europe were informed last year      Corp to export the A-Star
suading Pakistan to dismantle       well as helping to ease deep          2001 when then Pakistani             mixed reports about whether           will cost less than 100 million     about the recall, but the recall    model under the Pixo name.
militant groups behind attacks      mutual distrust about each            leader Pervez Musharraf tried        the two have even met yet, let        rupees ($2.2 million), the com-     was not disclosed in India.            A spokesman for Nissan in
on India. “Terror groups ... con-   other’s       involvement        in   to leapfrog his officials to reach   alone begun the kind of back-         pany said.                            An internal analysis had          India could not immediately be
tinue to recruit, train and plot    Afghanistan. The big question,        a peace deal with Vajpayee.          channel talks.                           Maruti said it had not           shown that when fuel was filled     reached for comment.

MPs’ delegation meets PM Kerala firm launches green township
over Sikh’s beheading                                                                                          IANS

                                                                                                               Realtors, which has non-resi-

IANS                                faced the ire of the Taliban for      vide safe passage to the Sikh        dent Keralites settled in Dubai
                                    some time.                            community to move out of             and Russia as directors, on
NEW DELHI      A delegation of        He was kidnapped along              those unsafe areas,” Bharatiya       Tuesday announced the launch
Members of Parliament met           with two other Sikhs from             Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha       of the second phase of their eco-
Prime Minister Manmohan             Tirah Valley in the Khyber            member SS Ahluwalia told             friendly township ‘The Greens’
Singh on Tuesday in connec-         Agency near the provincial            reporters here, after the 15-        here.
tion with the beheading of a        capital Peshawar and the              minute meeting with the PM.             The Greens is the largest, eco-
Sikh by the Taliban in              Taliban demanded Rs 3 crore             Besides Ahluwalia, the dele-       friendly       township         in
Pakistan’s tribal areas and pre-    as ransom for their release,          gation included Shiromani            Thiruvananthapuram district,
sented a memorandum seek-           Pakistani media reported.             Akali Dal MPs Harsimrat Kaur         spread across 11 acres of lush
ing India’s intervention to pro-      The two companions of               Badal, Rattan Singh Ajnala,          greenery on the outskirts of the
tect the community.                 Jaspal Singh, identified as           Sher Singh Ghubaya and               capital city.
   The body of Jaspal Singh was     Gurvinder Singh and Gurjit            Naresh Gujral.                          The first phase consists of 64
found in Tirah valley of the        Singh, are reportedly still being       The group also included            premium villas as well as 150
Khyber agency in Pakistan’s         held captive.                         Independent Lok Sabha MP             apartments. The second phase
restive tribal region on Sunday,      “The government of India            Tarlochan Singh and Bahujan          has 150 apartments. The total
and triggered panic in the          should take up the issue with         Samaj Party Rajya Sabha MP           outlay of the project is Rs.125       Houses amid backwaters of Allepy, on Tuesday.    (AP)
small community that has            government of Pakistan to pro-        Avatar Singh.                        crore.
                                                                                                                  Addressing reporters here,         than Rs.10 million, while one       rain water harvesting and water     ral resources. Launch of the 15-
                                                                                                               Mir Realtors managing director        without a pool ranges from          recycling,” said Kumar.             storeyed second apartment
                                                                                                               K Arun Kumar said only three          upwards of Rs5 million. The           The Ministry of Environment       tower of Phase II will take place
                                                                                                               more villas of Phase I remain to      township adheres to all eco-        and Forests has awarded The         Thursday. Mir Realtors is also
                                                                                                               be sold.                              friendly practices including an     Greens a ‘Silver Grading’, given    setting up another township
                                                                                                                  “The cost of a villa with a pri-   effective sewage management         to those projects constructed       ‘Green Metropolis’ on a six-acre
                                                                                                               vate swimming pool is more            system for all type of wastes,      without any depletion of natu-      green expanse in Kochi.

                                                                                                               9 killed in
                                                                                                               Karnataka fire
                                                                                                                                                     BSP seeks international

                                                                                                               BANGALORE   In the worst fire dis-
                                                                                                                                                     airport in Greater Noida
                                                                                                               aster in over a decade in             IANS                                Shekhar Singh told IANS.            proposals,” he said, adding
                                                                                                               Karnataka, nine people died,                                                The MPs were stated to have       there was no question of giving
                                                                                                               several of them trying to jump        LUCKNOW A delegation of MPs         impressed upon Patel that the       up the demand for an interna-
                                                                                                               to safety, and around 60 were         from Uttar Pradesh’s ruling         proposed international airport      tional airport in Jewar. “We
                                                                                                               injured after a blaze broke out       Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)           could be the best alternative to    have enough justification for
                                                                                                               in a seven-storey office and          met Civil Aviation Minister         the New Delhi airport, which        it,” he said.
                                                                                                               commercial        complex       in    Praful Patel in New Delhi on        was “completely saturated”, he          Besides    relieving     the
                                                                                                               Bangalore on Tuesday.                 Tuesday to press the state’s        added.                              increased pressure on the
                                                                                                                  Of the dead, six are men and       demand for building a new             Meanwhile, Singh refuted a        Delhi international airport, the
                                                                                                               three women. Seven of the nine        international airport in            report appearing in a section       proposed airport at Jewar was
                                                                                                               were brought dead to Manipal          Greater Noida, officials said       of the media about the state’s      expected to be a boon to inter-
                                                                                                               Hospital, less than five km from      here.                               decision to shift the site of the   national tourists heading for
                                                                                                               the seven-storey Carlton Towers         “A delegation of MPs gave a       proposed international airport      India’s most favoured destina-
                                                                                                               on the busy old Airport Road in       memorandum to the union             from Jewar to Meerut.               tion - Taj Mahal at Agra.
                                                                                                               Bangalore central business dis-       civil aviation minister today in      “What we propose to do in             “With the Taj Expressway
                                                                                                               trict, a hospital spokesperson        New Delhi, urging him to give       Meerut was expansion of the         getting completed by the end
                                                                                                               said. Of the 59 admitted to the       due consideration to the state      existing airstrip there into a      of the current year, the driving
                                                                                                               Manipal Hospital, 19 were in          government’s proposal for cre-      full fledged domestic airport to    time between Jewar and Agra
                                                                                                               Intensive Care Unit but recover-      ating an international airport      cater to the increasing demand      would be reduced to less than
                                                                                                               ing, the spokesperson said.           at Jewar, where we have             of the local population,” Singh     an hour,” he said, adding this
                                                                                                               Most of the injuries were frac-       already identified sufficient       sought to clarify.                  would mean that one could
A Sikh protester shouts slogans against Taliban and Pakistani government during a demonstration, in            tures, cuts and superficial           land for the purpose,” state          “And that was why we invit-       visit the Taj and be back in
Jammu, on Tuesday. (AP)                                                                                        burns, he said.                       Cabinet Secretary Shashank          ed some consultants to submit       New Delhi on the same day.
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16            Wednesday, February 24, 2010                                                          The Last Word

                                                                                                                                                     Sheikha Mozah chairs
                                                                                                                                                     Silatech advisors’ meet
                                                                                                                                                     QNA                                                                          Silatech’s board of trustees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rick Little, chief executive
                                                                                                                                                     DOHA Her Highness Sheikha                                                    officer of Silatech, said: “This
                                                                                                                                                     Mozah bint Nasser al Missned
                                                                                                                                                                                               he second ‘Silatech                meeting has boosted the
                                                                                                                                                     chaired the Silatech’s fourth           Index: Voices of Young               progress of our strategy to
                                                                                                                                                     board of advisors meeting on            Arabs,’ was also                     address global and regional
                                                                                                                                                     Tuesday. Silatech is an innova-         released on the occa-                challenges in an integrated way
                                                                                                                                                     tive initiative aimed at engaging       sion. The Silatech                   and to identify what needs to be
                                                                                                                                                     the private, public and civil soci-     Index is the first sci-               done to improve the condition
                                                                                                                                                     ety sectors to promote large-           entific random sample                 of young people throughout the
                                                                                                                                                     scale job creation, entrepre-           poll conducted in all                Arab world. We will continue to
                                                                                                                                                     neurship, and access to capital         Arab countries that                  forge alliances and partnerships
                                                                                                                                                     for young people.                       focuses on jobs and                  that support the economic
                                                                                                                                                        The second ‘Silatech Index:
                                                                                                                                                     Voices of Young Arabs,’ was also
                                                                                                                                                                                             gathers the opinion of               ambitions of young people and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  promote employment.”
                                                                                                                                                     released on the occasion.
                                                                                                                                                                                             young people.                           Despite the difficult global
                                                                                                                                                        The Silatech Index is the first-                                          financial situation in 2009,
                                                                                                                                                     ever scientific random sample         politics, economic and social          Silatech has made significant
                                                                                                                                                     poll conducted in each of the         development.                           progress as a credible new play-
                                                                                                                                                     countries in the Arab world that         Speaking on the occasion,           er in the region. Some of the
     The Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani with the President of Sudan Omar Hassan al Bashir, in Doha, on Tuesday.                 focuses on employment and             Nobel Peace Prize winner and           achievements include launch-
                                                                                                                                                     gathers the opinion of young          former president of Finland            ing 15 innovative pilot pro-

     Darfur peace accord signed in Doha                                                                                                              people regarding their govern-
                                                                                                                                                     ments and the world.
                                                                                                                                                        The meeting also reviewed
                                                                                                                                                     Silatech’s achievements in 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                           Martti Ahtisaari said, “A leader
                                                                                                                                                                                           does not seek praise, a leader
                                                                                                                                                                                           guides people onward and does
                                                                                                                                                                                           not retreat. I am quite pleased
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grammes in Yemen, Syria,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Qatar, and Morocco.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Since commencing opera-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tions in 2009 Silatech and its
     Continued from page 1              peace process in Darfur.          signing had been set for around      presidential and legislative          besides discussing plans for the      to be part of Silatech under the       partners have assisted thou-
                                           HH the Emir praised the role   6:00 pm (1600 GMT), but did          polls in 24 years are to be held      coming year. The senior man-          leadership of Her Highness             sands of young people in receiv-
     as the region. HH the Emir also    of Eritrean President and the     not take place until more than       in April.                             agement outlined plans and            Sheikha Mozah. The future of           ing training and skills develop-
     hailed the role of neighbouring    efforts of the Joint Mediator     two hours later.                        Washington has hailed the          partnerships to achieve its           young people across the region         ment, in receiving micro-finance
     countries and the Arab-African     Djibril Bassole.                     The 12-point provisional          ceasefire deal as a “significant      strategic goals for 2010, focus-      is her top priority and I applaud      loans through partnerships with
     Ministerial Committee while           Last-minute hitches had        deal offered the JEM, long-seen      move” towards formal negoti-          ing on utilising Silatech’s strate-   the Silatech initiative for its        institutions such as the Al Amal
     thanking      Libyan     leader    delayed the signing, a JEM        as Darfur’s most heavily armed       ations due to resume in Qatar.        gic framework: Mindset, Access        extraordinary commitment to            Bank of Yemen and guided other
     Moamer Qaddhafi for his lead-      spokesman said, without say-      rebel group, a power-sharing         Britain also praised the              and Policy.                           support the economic dreams            players in the space of employ-
     ing in pushing forward the         ing what the problem was. The     role in Sudan, where the first       accord.                                  The board consists of 10           of leaders of tomorrow.”               ment to achieve more through
                                                                                                                                                     prominent leaders in business,        Ahtisaari is a member of               partnerships and cooperation.

17 killed in
Turkey mine
                                       Many keen to do executive                                                                                     China asks US
                                                                                                                                                     to undo Dalai
                                                                                                                                                                                           Qatar, Saudi call to
disaster                               MBA course from INSEAD                                                                                        visit damage                          boost intra-GCC ties
AP                                     GYANENDRA KESHRI                                                         es at the Abu Dhabi campus           AFP                                   QNA                                    Islamic affairs and Awqaf, envi-
                                                                                                                for the first half of the pro-                                                                                    ronment, health, agriculture,
ANKARA A methane gas explo-            DOHA Several Qatari managers                                             gramme. After that they will be      BEIJING China on Tuesday              DOHA The second session of the         transportation and energy.
sion caused an underground             have shown interest in doing                                             integrated into a global group       demanded the United States            Qatari-Saudi        Coordination          They stressed the importance
chamber in a coal mine in north-       executive MBA course from                                                for several joint modules with       “undo the damage done” by a           Council, which concluded on            of coordination and consulta-
western Turkey to collapse on          INSEAD, one of the world’s                                               GEMBA participants based in          meeting between President             Tuesday, focused on strength-          tion about the latest develop-
Tuesday, killing 17 workers, the       best business management                                                 both Europe and Asia.                Barack Obama and the Dalai            ening bilateral ties in various        ments at all bilateral and multi-
governor said — the second             schools,     which      recently                                            Anderson said EMBA pro-           Lama, while lashing out anew          fields, besides lauding the lead-      lateral forums. They also wel-
deadly explosion at the mine in        opened its Middle East cam-                                              gramme could be completed in         over US arms sales to Taiwan.         ership of the countries for their      comed the signing of agreement
four years.                            pus in Abu Dhabi.                                                        minimum 14 months.                      The latest angry barrage indi-     efforts to forge unity and             on diplomatic and consular
   The blast near the town of             “Many middle-level man-                                                  The course is meant for mid-      cated tensions had not abated         progress. It also sought to boost      cooperation between Qatar and
Dursunbey in Balikesir province        agers from Qatar, expatriates                                            dle-level and senior managers        between Beijing and Washington        coordination and integration           Saudi Arabia.
buried the miners 820 feet (250        as well as locals, have shown                                            who want to move forward in          — an unwelcome sign for nego-         among the GCC member states               The participants expressed
meters) below the surface, said        interest,” Philip Anderson, aca-                                         their career path. The tuition       tiators working on the thorny         in all fields.                         satisfaction over the military
Erhan Ortakoylu, the mine’s            demic director of INSEAD’s                                               fee for the 2010-2011 session is     North Korea and Iran nuclear             The meeting was chaired by          cooperation as well as the
owner. Rescue work was called          Abu Dhabi Centre, told Qatar                                             nearly $90,000.                      dossiers, who need the world          the Heir Apparent His Highness         enhancement of the exchange of
off after 29 workers were evacu-       Tribune        after    holding                                             Anderson held an EMBA             powers to cooperate.                  Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin             information, visits, training
ated, said Gov. Yilmaz Arslan of       Executive MBA (EMBA)                                                     Master Class in Doha on                 The meeting last week in the       Khalifa al Thani on the Qatari         courses and experiences in spe-
Bursa province. Eleven workers         demonstration class in Doha        Philip Anderson                       Monday. At the class, he             White House between the Dalai         side while the Saudi Second            cialised areas. They agreed to
and a mining engineer were             on Monday.                                                               demonstrated how profession-         Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual        Deputy Prime Minister and              continue the direct coordination
killed inside the mine and five           Anderson said high growth       institute will start offering         als, such as venture capitalists,    leader, and the US president had      Interior Minister Prince Nayef         between specialists from the
others died at a hospital, where       in Qatar necessitates the avail-   EMBA programmes from its              decided whether an opportu-          already prompted Beijing to           bin Abdul Aziz led the Saudi           interior ministries of the two
they were admitted with severe         ability of more qualified busi-    Abu Dhabi campus from this            nity was mediocre, good or           summon the US ambassador.             delegation. According to a             countries in order to modernise
burns, the state-run Anatolia          ness leaders and managers.         year.                                 great.                               “China demands that the US side       communiqué released after the          the security cooperation and
news agency said.                         INSEAD’s global executive         “The Middle East Global                INSEAD’s official Hilde           seriously regard China’s position     meeting,       the      members        extradition process. The two
   Seventeen workers were killed       MBA programme is ranked            EMBA is a very globally-inte-         Deschoemaeker said the insti-        and take credible measures,” for-     approved the council’s agenda          sides reviewed the aspects of
in the same mine in a similar          fifth in this year’s Financial     grated programme, leveraging          tute had decided to open a           eign ministry spokesman Qin           and reviewed the regional situa-       financial, economic and invest-
blast in June 2006, the Anatolia       Times EMBA rankings. The           INSEAD campuses in Europe,            campus in the Middle East            Gang told reporters.                  tion besides international             ment cooperation and expressed
said. The mine is 20 kilometers                                           Asia and the Middle East,”            because of the strategic loca-          He also urged Washington to        issues of common concern.              satisfaction over the economic

from the center of Dursunbey.In                                           Javier Gimeno, dean of                tion of the region.                  “take concrete measures to            They also agreed to intensify          integration the two countries
December, a similar accident              he course is meant              INSEAD’s EMBA programme,                 “Abu Dhabi section will join      uphold the sound development          the coordination in the interest       have achieved as part of the GCC.
killed 19 miners in Bursa                                                 said in a statement.                  a network with participants          of China-US relations”, reiterat-     of the two countries and the              They agreed to enhance
province, also in northwestern
                                        for middle-level and                He said the programme               from over 440 nationalities. It      ing that they had been “seriously     region’s security and stability.       cooperation and exchange of
Turkey. Safety violations have          senior managers who               would provide an unmatched            provides innovative pro-             affected” by the Dalai Lama’s            The two sides discussed bilat-      visits in the fields of economy,
been factors in past mine acci-         want to move forward              international experience in a         gramme structure for execu-          White House visit and the             eral co-operation in a number of       finance, taxes, zakat (charity),
dents in the country.                   in their career path.             central location for executives       tives, family business owners        Taiwan arms sales.                    areas, including political field,      and the preparation of govern-
   In Turkey’s worst mining dis-        The tuition fee for the           working in the Gulf region.           and entrepreneurs who wish to           “This is something that we         military and security, economic        mental budgets as well as the
aster, a gas explosion killed 270       2010-2011 session is                Participants based in Qatar         advance their management             don’t want to see and the US side     and financial aspects, commer-         coordination in the financial,
workers near the Black Sea port         nearly $90,000.                   and neighbouring countries            skills and broaden their hori-       should shoulder the full responsi-    cial and industrial fields, invest-    regional and international insti-
of Zonguldak in 1992.                                                     will be able to take core cours-      zons,” Deschoemaeker added.          bility for this,” Qin said.           ment and culture, media,               tutions.

UDC to continue                                                            Will Sehwag pull a Kolkata today?
consolidation                                                              ARINDAM NAG

                                                                           DOHA   With 851 runs from his
                                                                                                                 India in the ICC Test rankings.
                                                                                                                    After decimating the Lankan
                                                                                                                 and South African bowlers in the
                                                                                                                                                        He must be aware that
                                                                                                                                                     Graeme Smith’s men would bowl
                                                                                                                                                     in areas against him that will put
ASIF IQBAL                             increased by more than 73 per-      last seven innings, it is no sur-     Tests, the task ahead for the       stress on his back. Sehwag came
                                       cent to QR 515 million,” Sholy      prise Indian opener Virender          dashing Indian opener is to         up with a defiant century at
DOHA United Development                said.                               Sehwag finds himself at the top       prove his worth in the one-day-     Nagpur, the venue of first Test
Company (UDC) will continue              “We have launched a num-          the ICC Test rankings for bats-       ers. He made his intent clear at    against South Africa, as Indian
consolidation and diversifica-         ber of business ventures and        man. That his stellar perform-        Jaipur on Sunday during the first   wickets fell like nine pins
tion of businesses to capitalise       partnerships.                       ance has helped pull India to         One-Day International (ODI)         against some hostile swing
on its financial strength, said          These will contribute to fur-     the top of the ICC Test rankings      against the visiting South          bowling by Dale Steyn and
UDC Managing Director and              ther expansion of our services      chart goes without saying.            Africans with a brisk 46 in a       Morne Morkel. India lost the
President Khalil Sholy.                and are creating growth                Sehwag’s dream run started         match India won by a solitary       Test but Sehwag proved that
   Addressing the annual gen-          opportunities,” the UDC offi-       at Kanpur in December 2009,           run. The second ODI scheduled       Steyn and Morkel were mortals.
eral assembly (AGM) of the             cial said.                          when he scored 131 against Sri        to be played at Gwalior on             Sehwag spearheaded the
company here on Tuesday,                 He said the company has           Lanka. In Mumbai, he did even         Wednesday is another chance for     Indian defence in the do-or-die
Sholy said UDC would contin-           successfully proven itself as a     better against them with a            him to display his pyrotechnics.    battle at the top in the second
ue with diversification in serv-       solid organisation with ade-        mammoth tally of 293.                    India needs to win the ODI       test at Kolkata with 165 inspir-
ices and acquisitions in the           quate strategies that enable it        His performance during the         series to retain its number two     ing Sachin Tendulkar, VVS
regional as well as foreign mar-       to effectively absorb severe        Bangladesh tour, where he             position in the ICC ODI rankings.   Laxman and MS Dhoni to go             Virender Sehwag in action during the second Test match between
kets. “We aim at long-term             economic shocks.                    scored 52, 45 and 56, was rela-       Focussed on the job at hand, he     get their own centuries. South        India and S Africa at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, recently. (AFP)
growth, high levels of liquidity,        Talking about The Pearl-          tively mediocre by the Sehwag         is set to take guard as opener      Africa coach Corrie van Zyl all
strong asset and maximisation          Qatar, Sholy said, “It continues    benchmark. He bounced back            during the second one-dayer at      but blamed Sehwag for the vis-        comes out with a comment              ing about was the deadly
of shareholders’ value,” Sholy         to attract buyers from all over     against South Africa soon after,      Gwalior despite back pain. With     itors failing to regain ICC top       from legendary Indian opener          Muttiah Muralitharan.
said.                                  the world. He said more and         to help stave off the challenge       experienced bowlers Zaheer          slot “Virender Sehwag’s aggres-       Sunil Gavaskar. “Sehwag makes            With Sehwag, who shares the
   According to Sholy, despite         more residents are moving           to Indiaís top slot in ICC Test       Khan and Harbhajan Singh and        sive batting unnerved my              batting look so simple. But the       record of most triple tons with
the global economic crisis,            into their new homes.”              rankings. His 109 in Nagpur           his opening partner Gautam          bowlers in Kolkata,” he said.         fact is it is very difficult as the   Sir Donald Bradman and Brian
UDC continued to grow.                   The shareholders approved         may have gone vain, but the           Gambhir opting out of the first        Why the South Africans, Sri        bowler at the other end is near-      Lara, around, India need not
   “The revenue increased by           the recommendation of the           brutal 165 in Kolkata dashed          two ODIs, Sehwag knows it’s not     Lanka and Bangladesh had no           ing 800 Test wickets,” he said.       worry about its position at the
more than 40 percent to over           board of directors to distribute    the Proteas dream of replacing        the time to sit out.                antidote to Sehwag’s venom            The bowler Gavaskar was talk-         top provided it plays more Tests.
QR 1.492 billion and profits           25 percent bonus share.

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