World telecom meet QIB to open 9 new Shiri Appleby’s Al Sadd to take on Hilal from April 5 branches in 2010 new Life of Saudi today Nation 17 Business 25 Chill Out 33 Sports 41 First with the news and what’s behind it WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2010 RABI AL-AWWAL 10, 1431 VOL. 4 NO. 1269 QR 2 WORLD B R I E F S 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 REUTERS 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 quences.” 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 AFP 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 REUTERS 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 AFP Political leaders on may escalate over Falklands drilling BELFAST 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 Britain.” 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 LONDON 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 cheapest. 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. National “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 AP 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 Maliki. “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. 8 Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Opinion HAMAD BIN SUHAIM AL THANI CHAIRMAN ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI 3, 2006 ADEL ALI BIN ALI MANAGING DIRECTOR AJIT KUMAR JHA Into The Mire EDITOR -IN-CHIEF EDITOR Obama’s reform is more unpopular than Bill Clinton’s was as it died PRINTED AT ALI BIN ALI PRINTING PRESS B 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 C 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. I 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 G 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 S 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 AMANDA GARDNER | HEALTHDAY NEWS-NYT SYNDICATE 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 A 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 T 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. 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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 AP 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 IANS 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 Buddhism. 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 Kurram AFP blast 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 AFP 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 added. 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 AFP 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 AP 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 W 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. NEW 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 IANS 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 negotiations. “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. and 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 technologies. 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 Ceremony. “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 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Realtors, which has non-resi- Mir 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 IANS 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. Wednesday, February 24, 2010 15 16 Wednesday, February 24, 2010 The Last Word Sheikha Mozah chairs Silatech advisors’ meet QNA Silatech’s board of trustees. T 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 T 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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