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  THURSDAY              DECEMBER 30, 2010                       MUHARRAM 24, 1432              I Newsline I Nationline I Businessline I Lifeline I Sportsline                                                          VOL. 5 NO. 1578                 QR 2

  Qatar heads for 10.5% budget surplus in 2010-11: AMF
              ASIF IQBAL                         to record a surplus of around      Expenditures were estimated                                       sharp fall in revenue from         from around QR99.2 billion in      GDP is projected at around
                  DOHA                           10.5 per cent in the current fis-   at QR117.9 billion and rev-       Qatar had assumed               around QR103.3 billion in          the previous year. In a study on   $110-115 billion in real terms.
                                                 cal year but it will remain        enue at 127.5 billion.            a surplus of QR9.7              2008-2009 to QR88.7 bil-           Qatar published in mid 2010,       This means the surplus could
  A SURGE in gas exports cou-                    lower than the surplus record-       Qatar had its highest budget    billion in its current          lion in 2009-2010 mainly           the Saudi American Bank pro-       be around $11.5-12 billion
  pled with strong oil prices will               ed in the previous fiscal year.     surplus in 2009-2010 because      fiscal year.                    because of a steep drop in         jected the country’s fiscal sur-    (QR41.9-43.8 billion).
  allow Qatar to record a budg-                  This is because of high spend-     of a surge in revenue although                                    crude prices. But actual rev-      plus at around 7.6 percent.          Last month, Minister of
  et surplus of 10.5 percent of                  ing as part of the country’s       the world’s top gas exporter     ended on March 31.               enue shot up to its highest           The report was released         Economy and Finance, His
  gross domestic product                         counter-crisis fiscal expansion     had projected a deficit.            Qatar had forecast a deficit    level of around QR165.6 bil-       before oil prices started to       Excellency Yousef Hussain
  (GDP) during the fiscal 2010-                   measures,” said the AMF.             Despite an increase in         of QR5.8 billion in its 2009-    lion in 2009-2010 due to a         steadily rise in the following     Kamal said government
  2011, the Abu Dhabi-based                        Qatar had assumed a sur-         spending, the fiscal surplus      2010 budget despite a slight     large increase in non-oil          months.                            spending in the 2010-2011
  Arab Monetary Fund (AMF)                       plus of QR9.7 billion in its       leaped to an all time high of    fall in planned spending for     earnings.                             The AMF gave no figures          financial year will at least
  has said.                                      current fiscal year, which          around QR46.3 billion in the     the year. The deficit was            Expenditure also climbed to     on the expected budget sur-        match the $32 billion bud-
     “Qatar’s budget is expected                 started     on      April     1.   fiscal 2009-2010, which           assumed on the basis of a        a record high of QR108 billion     plus this year but Qatar’s         geted for 2010-11.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Qatar in 2011
    Newsline                                                                                                                                                                                                                JOSEPH VARGHESE

                                                                                                                                                                                                              RUSSIAN President Dmitry Medvedev will
  Emir, Sheikha Moza                                                                                                                                                                                          visit Qatar twice in 2011, while the Russian
  to visit Austria today                                                                                                                                                                                      Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will also visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the country during the same year.
  THE Emir His Highness Sheikh                                                                                                                                                                                  Talking to the mediapersons on
  Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani will                                                                                                                                                                             Wednesday, Russian Ambassador to Qatar
  reach Vienna on Thursday on a                                                                                                                                                                               HE Dr Valdimir Titorenko said that the
  three-day official visit to Austria.                                                                                                                                                                         president would visit Doha in the first half
  HH the Emir will be accompa-                                                                                                                                                                                of 2011, besides
  nied by Her Highness Sheikha                                                                                                                                                                                attending the
  Moza. (QNA)                                                                                                                                                                                                 gas producers’
                                                                                                                                                                                                              summit          in
  Qatar not averse to World                                                                                                                                                                                     Terming 2010
  Cup in winter: Hammam                                                                                                                                                                                       as the most pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ductive period
  ASIAN Football Confederation                                                                                                                                                                                in the 21 years of
  (AFC) President Mohamed bin                                                                                                                                                                                 diplomatic rela-
  Hammam finds Qatar in a win-win                                                                                                                                                                              tions between
  situation as the call to host the
  2022 World Cup in winter gathers                          The Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani with Mustafa Osman Ismail, adviser to the Sudanese
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Russia        and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Qatar, the envoy     Strong ties
  momentum. (PG 41)                                         President Omar Hassan al Bashir, in Doha, on Wednesday.                                                                                           said, “We have RUSSIAN ENVOY TO QATAR HE
                                                                                                                                                                                                              signed a num- DR VALDIMIR TITORENKO
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ber of projects Qatar is one of
 ‘Dream Asia School Challenge                                                                                                                                                                                 worth billions of the three major
 in Street Football’ in Doha
                                                            Sudanese govt threatens to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              dollars      with business partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Qatari firms in of Russia from
 STUDENTS will now have a                                                                                                                                                                                     the areas of the Arab world.
 chance to be in the spotlight,                                                                                                                                                                               energy,        gas
 alongside their football idols, at the                                                                                                                                                                       exploration, banking and others this year.”
 upcoming AFC Asian Cup Qatar
 2011. The Asian Football
 Confederation (AFC), Qatar Local
 Organising Committee (QLOC) and
 Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) joined
                                                            withdraw from Darfur talks                                                                                                                          Regarding trade ties between the two
                                                                                                                                                                                                              countries, the ambassador said that Qatar is
                                                                                                                                                                                                              one of the three major business partners of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Russia from the Arab world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Though currently Qatar ranks third after
 hands to launch the ‘Dream Asia                                         IHSAN YOUSSEF                     days. The Sudanese government is keen to        the Liberation and Justice Movement,               Egypt and Algeria, it is likely to rise to the top
 School Challenge in Street Football’                                           DOHA                       sign the pact as we have made all the right     said Bashir’s comments were unhelpful              with the completion of the upcoming projects
 on Wednesday. The tournament                                                                              moves in this regard,” he said.                 and it did not expect any agreement to be          in various fields. In 2010, a number of high-
 will be played from January 20 on                          SUDANESE Minister of Culture Ameen                Regarding the visit of chief Sudanese        signed on Thursday.                                profile visits from Qatar to Russia took place
 the sidelines of the Asian Cup at                          Hasan Omar said that his government            negotiator Ghazi Salah al Din to Doha on          Bashir warned on Wednesday that any-             with the Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad
 the Aspire Park. (PG 17)                                   would pull out of the ongoing Darfur talks     Wednesday, Omar said it is aimed at con-        one bearing arms in the western region             bin Khalifa al Thani, Prime Minister and
                                                            being held in Doha under the aegis of the      tinuing discussions with mediators even if      after the Doha talks ended would be dealt          Minister for Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh
                                                            UN, Qatar and the African Union if the         the peace agreement is not signed before        with decisively. “We have set a deadline of        Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani and
  England crushes Australia,                                final peace agreement was not signed            December 31.                                    tomorrow and if there is no agreement              Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
  retains Ashes                                             before the year end.                              Reuters adds from Khartoum:                  then we will withdraw our delegation, and          Industry HE Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah
                                                              Addressing        newspersons        on      Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al Bashir         any talks will from now on be inside               visiting our country,” he added.
                     ENGLAND                                Wednesday, Omar said that if the rebel         declared Darfur peace talks in Doha would       Darfur,” he told a rally on a visit to Darfur.       Referring to the Yamal Peninsula LNG
                     retained the                           groups were not willing to sign agreement      end on December 30, dealing an apparent         “After that anyone who takes up arms —             project in Russia, he said that Qatar would
                     Ashes with a                           the government would shun the talks.           blow to negotiations which have made little     we will show them.”                                be a major investor there. “The project
                     crushing innings                         “I am not hopeful about the peace            progress in ending the region’s conflict.
                     and 157-run                            agreement being signed in the next two            A rebel coalition negotiating in Doha,                               SEE ALSO PAGE 6                               CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
                     win in the
  fourth Test on Wednesday, break-
  ing a 24-year away drought in the
  series. The holders’ biggest win
  over Australia since 1956 put
  them an unbeatable 2-1 up with
  one to play, almost a quarter of a
                                                            US cultural attache writes poetry on Palestinians’ plight
  century after Mike Gatting’s team                              RAJESH MISHRA           opening on Thursday.                                                                                  the 1980s.                       mistic view of things. “I
  claimed the series 2-1 in 1986-                                       DOHA               Poet-diplomat     Krapf,                                            Krapf will partici-               Talking to Qatar Tribune       believe that perseverance
  87 in England’s last triumph in                                                        who has found in poetry a                                             pate in the poetry              on Wednesday, the US             pays in the long run. The
  Australia. (PG 47)                                        THE Cultural Attache at the new outlet for the expres-                                             session at Mathaf               diplomat said, “Sami             creative journey of an artist,
                                                                                                                                                               on Thursday. He
                                                            US Embassy Kevin Krapf, a sion of his artistic experi-                                             will recite a poem              Mohammed’s rare piece of         for example, may be full of
                                                            painter-poet,                              ences     in                                                                            sculpture titled Sabra and       pains but, at the same time,
  Today in Qatar                                            will be one of
                                                            the partici-     QT                        Qatar, will
                                                                                      Exclusive recite a poem
                                                                                                                                                               on Kuwaiti artist
                                                                                                                                                               Sami Mohammed’s
                                                                                                                                                               bronze sculpture
                                                                                                                                                                                               Chatilla is about great
                                                                                                                                                                                               human suffering at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it is highly rewarding too, so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                long as one does not give in
9:00am   Arab Police Day at Sharq Village & Spa             pants in the                               on Kuwaiti                                              depicting the                   refugee camp. It captures        to despair.”
12:00    Mathaf expo at Museum of Islamic Arts              poetry session to be held at artist Sami Mohammed’s               Poet-painter                     human plight in a               the agony of a fettered and         Krapf’s strong optimism
                                                            Mathaf (Arab Museum of bronze sculpture depicting                                                  Palestinian                     broken refugee.”
3:00pm   Mathaf Museum opening for public                                                                                     CULTURAL ATTACHE AT THE US
                                                                                                                                                               refugee camp in
                                                            Modern Art) on the occa- the human plight in a                    EMBASSY KEVIN KRAPF                                                Krapf, however, pointed          CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
5:00pm   Poetry session at Mathaf Museum                    sion of the museum’s public Palestinian refugee camp in                                            the 1980s.                      out that he took an opti-              SEE ALSO PAGE 17
02       Thursday, December 30, 2010                                                               UNITED STATES

         Inside US                                               Airports, carriers struggle to clear
First kidney
donor dies
AUGUSTA (Maine) A man
who donated a kidney to
                                 Hawaii governor
                                 to reveal data on
                                 Obama’s birth
                                 HONOLULU Democratic
                                                                 backlog of New Year travellers
his dying twin brother 56        Governor Neil                                 AP
years ago in what’s recog-       Abercrombie wants to find                   NEW YORK
nised as the world’s first        a way to release more
successful organ trans-          information about               AIRPORTS trying to shepherd
plant has died.                  President Barack Obama’s        a backlog of planes churned
   Ronald Lee Herrick died       Hawaii birth and dispel         snow plows through the night,
on Monday at the Augusta         conspiracy theories that he     kept snack bars open late and
Rehabilitation Center in         was born elsewhere.             scrubbed teeming terminals
Maine. He was 79. His               Abercrombie was a            ceaselessly in an effort to
wife, Cynthia, said his          friend of Obama’s parents       return thousands of passen-
health deteriorated after        and knew him as a child,        gers stranded by a weekend
undergoing heart surgery         and is deeply troubled by       snowstorm to their homes.
in October.                      the effort to cast doubt on        By morning, most flights at
   Herrick donated a kid-        the president’s citizenship.    New Jersey’s Newark Liberty
ney to his twin brother,            The newly elected gover-     Airport were taking off and
Richard, at what is now          nor will ask the state attor-   landing      as      scheduled.
Brigham and Women’s              ney general’s office about       Continental Airlines said on its
Hospital in Boston.              what can be done to put         website that its hub there was
Because they were identi-        an end to questions about       nearly normal but that some
cal twins, there was no          Obama’s birth documenta-        cancellations and delays
problem with rejection.          tion from August 4, 1961,       remained.
The United Network for           spokeswoman Donalyn                In snowbound neighbour-
Organ Sharing says it was        Dela Cruz said on Tuesday.      hoods in New York, where
the first successful organ           “He had a friendship         hundreds of buses and dozens
transplant. The operation        with Obama’s parents, and       of ambulances got stuck in the
on December 23, 1954,            so there is a personal issue    snowdrifts, unplowed roads
kept Herrick’s brother alive     at hand,” Dela Cruz said.       still hampered bus service on
for eight years.                 “Is it going to be done         Wednesday morning. Officials,
   Lead surgeon Dr Joseph        immediately? No, the first       while making no promises, had
Murray went on to win a          thing on our list is the        said they hoped to have streets
Nobel Prize. (AP)                economy.” (AP)                  cleared by later in the day.
                                                                    “It’s a bad situation and
Michigan furniture store explodes, 3 trapped                     we’re working together to cor-
                                                                 rect it,” Mayor Michael            Travellers wait in line at a terminal of Newark Liberty International Airport, in New Jersey, on Monday. (REUTERS)
WAYNE (Michigan) A massive explosion at a furniture store        Bloomberg said. Some 1,000
in southeast Michigan has collapsed the building and left        vehicles had been removed          tops, trying to rebook flights,      ground, said Steve Coleman, a       Christmas in Thailand and           more than three hours, but
at least three people trapped.                                   from three major New York          make hotel reservations or fig-      spokesman for the Port              couldn’t remember when she          international flights and for-
  Wayne City Manager John Zech tells WWJ-AM that fire             City-area expressways alone,       ure out alternate plans. Lines      Authority of New York and           had first boarded a plane.           eign airlines are exempt from
crews are attempting to extricate them from the William C        the mayor said.                    at counters for rental cars,        New Jersey, which operates            “I am so tired I don’t even       the rule.
Franks home furniture store in Wayne, about 15 miles                General delays were report-     ground transportation and           the airport.                        know what day yesterday is,”          At JFK’s Terminal 7,
west-southwest of Detroit. He says at least one person has       ed on Wednesday morning at         lost luggage remained long             Gigi Godfrey, of Belize,         she said.                           exhausted would-be travelers
been pulled from the collapsed building.                         New York’s Kennedy airport,        throughout the day.                 spent 10 hours trapped in a           Cathay Pacific spokesman           trapped in the airport for
  The building’s roof has caved in completely onto the           where at least three airliners        More than 5,000 flights           Cathay Pacific plane until the       Gus Whitcomb said the planes        hours — or in some cases days
store, leaving rubble strewn about the street.                   — two Cathay Pacific planes         were cancelled at the three         flight was finally able to            had taken off under the             — had removed the rope barri-
  The explosion happened about 9 am on Wednesday. It is          and a British Airways plane —      main airports in New York —         deplane on Tuesday.                 assumption that they would          ers from around a British
not immediately known if anyone has been injured.                were stuck for more than           1,000 on Tuesday alone.                “It was so frustrating, just     have somewhere to go upon           Airways advertising display
  Consumers Energy officials say they are “pretty sure nat-       seven hours on Tuesday while          As airlines struggled to         sitting there for hours, waiting    landing.                            touting “new, “roomier busi-
ural gas is involved” in the blast and are “working to get it    they waited for an open gate.      catch up, they dispatched           for more bad news,” the 24-           US airlines operating             ness class seats” and were
shut off.” Witnesses tell WWJ that the explosion shook sur-         The airport remained filled      planes to Kennedy without           year-old Godfrey said.              domestic flights are not             sleeping, stretched out or
rounding buildings. (AP)                                         on Tuesday night with passen-      lining up gate space first,             She was passing through          allowed to keep passengers          slumped over, in the model
                                                                 gers on cell phones and lap-       causing backups on the              New York after spending             waiting on the tarmac for           airplane seats.

                                                                                                                    Media keep close watch on
                                                                                                                    Obama’s Hawaii holiday
                                                                                                                                     IANS                         “Sometimes it’s long hours, but         multi-coloured Hawaiian shirts and
                                                                                                                                 WASHINGTON                    it’s Hawaii,” said Ed Henry, a long-       flip-flops, the Post said.
                                                                                                                                                               time CNN’s White House corre-                “I have a whole new wardrobe
                                                                                                                    US PRESIDENT Barack Obama is               spondent.                                  because of President Obama,”
                                                                                                                    vacationing in Hawaii. But presi-                                                     Henry said.
                                                                                                                    dents are never truly off work — and                                                    In Hawaii, Obama also obliges.
                                                                                                                    neither are his aides or hordes of            The whole crew, the                     He intentionally makes almost no
                                                                                                                    reporters following every move of             media and staffers, is                  major announcements, and most
                                                                                                                    the world’s most scrutinised per-             hoping that no major                    journalists don’t even see him most
                                                                                                                    son.                                          controversy or news                     of the days they are here.
                                                                                                                       Obamas are staying in a beach-             breaks out, since that                    Reporters take turns assuming
                                                                                                                    front home in Hawaii. The palm-               would mean more                         the routine duty of literally follow-
                                                                                                                    shaded, seaside resort and spa is             work and far less play.                 ing Obama, chronicling when he
                                                                                                                    housing more than three dozen                                                         goes to exercise at a military base
                                                                                                                    White House staffers and journal-             The atmosphere is ideal for relax-      near his rental home or takes his
                                                                                                                    ists who followed the president on         ing, the president isn’t wearing a         daughters to buy shave ice.
                                                                                                                    his     annual     vacation,      the      suit, so neither is almost anyone            But there is work to be done.
                                                                                                                    Washington Post reported.                  else.                                        The public and the editors back at
                                                                                                                       The whole crew, the media and              Henry, who also covered the Bush        the base still have a lot of interest in
                                                                                                                    staffers, is hoping that no major          White House, is here for the third         the president, so reporters fre-
                                                                                                                    controversy or news breaks out,            straight year. He trades his tradi-        quently file dispatches on Obama’s
                                                                                                                    since that would mean more work            tional news correspondent garb of a        activities, such as when he went to
                                                                                                                    and far less play.                         suit and tie for an endless variety of     church on Sunday.

                                                                                                                    GOP selects candidates for 2012 races

                                                                                                                    LESS than two months after voters
                                                                                                                    gave Republicans six more Senate
                                                                                                                    seats and control of the House, the
                                                                                                                    GOP is lining up candidates for
                                                                                                                    2012, well ahead of the pace of pre-
                                                                                                                    vious election cycles.
                                                                                                                      Looking to ride what they hope
                                                                                                                    will be a continuing Republican
                                                                                                                    wave, nine potential challengers,
                                                                                                                    including two each in Missouri
                                                                                                                    and Virginia, already have said
                                                                                                                    they are weighing bids for the US
                                                                                                                      They have an abundance of tar-
                                                                                                                    gets. Twenty-one of the 33 Senate          Republican Senator Jon Kyl (centre) addresses the media after a Senate
                                                                                                                    seats up in 2012 are held by               Republican policy luncheon, in Washington, recently. (EPA)
                                                                                                                    Democrats and two others are occu-
                                                                                                                    pied by independents who align             for re-election in 2012 have yet to        challenge to Missouri Democratic
                                                                                                                    themselves with Democrats.                 draw a challenger.                         Senator Claire McCaskill.
                                                                                                                    Including those independents,                “I want to do my part in fighting           Former Senator Jim Talent, too,
                                                                                                                    Democrats will hold a 53-47 Senate         for America’s future. That’s why I         is weighing a rematch against
                                                                                                                    advantage in the new Congress that         have decided to run for the United         McCaskill. The two faced off in
                                                                                                                    convenes January 5.                        States Senate,” Republican Sarah           2006 and McCaskill won in that
                                                                                                                      The 10 Republican senators up            Steelman said in announcing her            Democratic wave.
                                                                                                   US / AMERICAS                                                                                    Thursday, December 30, 2010
Flaherty seeks support for Canada’s budget
           REUTERS                      “That doesn’t mean they’ll     Harper embraced demands
             OTTAWA                  support the budget but it         like more aid for the elderly,
                                     does mean there’s some            a cut in taxes on home heat-
CANADA’S                ruling       common ground,” he said,          ing fuel, and targeted invest-
Conservatives see more hope          referring to talks with NDP       ments in domestic manufac-
of winning support for their         finance        critic   Thomas     turing.
next budget from the left-           Mulcair.                             But Layton’s call for a can-
leaning NDP than from the               Flaherty will meet in          cellation of corporate tax
main opposition Liberals,            January with the separatist       cuts and Liberal leader
which could help avoid an            Bloc Quebecois, which has         Michael Ignatieff’s plea to
election widely expected in          twice backed Conservative         postpone those cuts to sun-
2011.                                budgets.                          nier economic times fell on
  In an interview with                  Political analysts and some    deaf ears.
Reuters, Finance Minister            officials       inside    Prime       “In my view, it’s precisely
Jim Flaherty said it was clear       Minister Stephen Harper’s         the right time,” said Flaherty.
from a meeting with Liberal          office predict the three oppo-     “Governments jump around
finance critic Scott Brison           sition parties will unite to      and change tax policies up
that the rival party would           bring down the government         and down at their peril, in
vote against his budget, due         over the budget.                  terms of evoking business
early next year.                        The Conservatives have         confidence.”
  “It wasn’t a very long dis-        held a minority of seats in the      Federal corporate income
cussion because he knows             House of Commons since            taxes are due to drop to 16.5
we’re not doing big new              coming to power nearly five        percent on January 1, 2011
spending programmes and if           years ago and need the sup-       from 18 percent, and fall to
the official opposition thinks        port of some opposition leg-      15 pct at the start of 2012.
that’s the way to go, I guess        islators to survive confidence        Flaherty said he took note
they’ll vote against the budg-       measures such as budgets.         of investor interest in two
et,” Flaherty said.                     If the opposition votes the    successful Canadian foreign-
  The government and the             budget down, there will be a      currency         denominated
New Democratic Party, on             new federal election.             bonds.
the other hand, have overlap-           NDP leader Jack Layton            “We will, as necessary, do
ping interests on worker             hinted this month his party       that (again). There’s great       Canada Finance Minister Jim Flaherty addresses the media after a meeting of finance ministers from across Canada, in Kananaskis,
training, he said.                   might back the budget if          demand.”                          Alberta, recently. (REUTERS)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     New US laws
                           ON THE GOLF COURSE
    President Barack Obama watches his shot as he plays golf on the 9th hole at the Mid Pacific
    Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on Tuesday. (AFP)
                                                                                                         US police fatalities                                                                                        may not be
                                                                                                         jump 37% in 2010                                                                                            on the books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for long
                                                                                                                       AP                   killed in 2009, according to the     killings reported in Texas,                       AP
                                                                                                                     ATLANTA                data.                                California, Illinois, Florida and              MADISON
                                                                                                                                               Craig Floyd, director of the      Georgia. The two law enforce-
                                                                                                         TWO officers in a remote            Washington-based fund, said          ment agencies with the most         REVAMPED gun measures
                                                                                                         Alaska town were ambushed as       the rise in fatalities could be an   deaths were the California          and tougher rules for payday
                                                                                                         they chatted on a street. A        aftershock of America’s eco-         Highway Patrol and the              lenders are among the laws
                                                                                                         California officer and deputy       nomic troubles as officers in         Chicago Police Department,          set to take effect around the
                                                                                                         were killed by an arson suspect    some communities cope with           each with five.                      country on January 1. But
                                                                                                         with a high-powered rifle as        slashed budgets.                        Ten of the shooting deaths       some of them may not be on
                                                                                                         they tried to serve a warrant.        “We’re asking our officers to      came from five tragedies in          the books for long.
                                                                                                         Two other officers doing anti-      do more with less. We’re ask-        which several officers were            This January, the statutes
                                                                                                         drug work were gunned down         ing them to fight conventional        shot and killed in groups.          will kick in just as freshly
                                                                                                         by men along a busy Arkansas       crime, and we’re asking them            The cluster shootings started    elected governors and legis-
                                                                                                         highway.                                                                in February, when authorities       lators arrive for work. And if
                                                                                                            These so-called cluster                                              say a Fresno County, Calif.         new GOP majorities succeed
                                                                                                         killings of more than one offi-       There also was a                   deputy was shot by an arson         in     getting     legislation
                                                                                                         cer helped make 2010 a partic-       spike in shooting                  suspect who had vowed to kill       repealed, the result may be
                                                                                                         ularly deadly year for law           deaths. Fifty-nine                 investigators and himself           sudden U-turns on issues
                                                                                                         enforcement in America.              federal, state and                 rather than go to prison.           that were only recently
                                                                                                         Deaths in the line of duty           local officers were                    The killing led to a daylong    debated.
                                                                                                         jumped 37 percent to about           killed by gunfire in               gunbattle during which a              Before the November elec-
                                                                                                         160 from 117 the year before,        2010, a 20 percent                 police officer was also shot and     tion, Democrats controlled
                                                                                                         according to numbers as of           jump from last                     killed. The gunman later killed     legislatures in 27 states, with
                                                                                                         Tuesday compiled by the              year’s figures                     himself.                            Republicans in charge of just
                                                                                                         National Law Enforcement                                                   In March, San Juan authori-      14. But after the nationwide
                                                                                                         Officers Memorial Fund, a                                                ties say two park rangers serv-     Republican sweep, the GOP
                                                                                                         nonprofit that tracks police        to serve on the front lines in the   ing as guards at Puerto Rico’s      will soon control 26, the
                                                                                                         deaths.                            war against terror,” he said.        Department         of    Natural    Democrats only 17.
                                                                                                            There also was a spike in          Last year’s toll of 117 officers   Resources were gunned down
                                                                                                         shooting deaths. Fifty-nine        killed was a 50-year low that        by invaders who jumped a              With the switch in
                                                                                                         federal, state and local officers   encouraged police groups. But        fence during an attempted rob-        party control could
                                                                                                         were killed by gunfire in 2010,     this year’s total is more the        bery.                                 come abrupt
                                                                                                         a 20 percent jump from last        norm than an anomaly: The               Two West Memphis police            changes in the way
                                                                                                         year’s figures, when 49 were        number of police deaths has          officers doing anti-drug work          some states han-
                                                                                                         killed. The total does not         topped 160 five times since           in May were shot to death by          dle government
                                                                                                         include the death of a Georgia     2000, including 240 in 2001.         two men wielding AK-47s               regulation
                                                                                                         State Patrol trooper shot twice    The annual toll routinely            along an Arkansas interstate.          Control of others is split
                                                                                                         in the face Monday night in        topped 200 in the 1970s and             The suspects were later          between the parties. The
                                                                                                         Atlanta as he tried to make a      before that in the 1920s.            killed in a shootout that           election also increased the
                                                                                                         traffic stop.                          The deaths were spread            injured the local sheriff and a     number of Republican gov-
                                                                                                            And 73 officers died in traffic   across more than 30 states and       deputy at a crowded Walmart         ernors from 23 to 26.
                                                                                                         incidents, a rise from the 51      Puerto Rico with the most            parking lot.                           With the switch in party
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     control could come abrupt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     changes in the way some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     states handle government

Venezuela dares US to cut diplomatic ties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     regulation, privatization and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     other matters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nowhere was the political
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     shift more dramatic than in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Wisconsin, where power in
                                     Venezuela’s military and that     come,” Chavez said.               three members of Chavez’s          Chavez new abilities to crack        martial law.                        the Statehouse will shift
            CARACAS                  he is concerned Colombian           There was no immediate          inner circle helped Colombian      down on dissent.                       He had discussed the idea         wholesale from Democrats
                                     rebels are finding refuge in       reaction from the US Embassy      rebels by supplying arms and          The State Department has          previously, calling the special     to Republicans.
VENEZUELAN            President      Venezuela.                        in Caracas, which has been        aiding drug-trafficking opera-      raised similar concerns.             military zones an effort to            Already,          incoming
Hugo Chavez dared the                   The US State Department        without an ambassador since       tions.                             Crowley described the decree         boost security. He said             Republican Gov. Scott
United States to expel his           has said it stands behind its     Patrick Duddy finished his            “For an ambassador to           powers as one more way for           Tuesday that he expects to          Walker and others would
ambassador or cut off diplo-         nomination of Palmer, who is      assignment and left in July.      come, he has to respect this       the leftist president to “justify    create more such districts,         like to head off a law that
matic ties in retaliation for his    awaiting Senate confirmation.        Chavez, whose economy           homeland,” Chavez said.            autocratic powers.”                  including in urban areas such       makes it tougher for payday
rejection of Washington’s            State Department spokesman                                             Chavez’s latest actions in         Chavez has defended his           as Caracas and Maracaibo.           loan companies and auto
choice for ambassador to             P.J. Crowley said last week         “Now the US gov-                pushing through controversial      decree powers as necessary,            Other laws passed by              lenders to do business in the
Caracas.                             that Venezuela’s decision to        ernment is threat-              laws are contributing to the       saying he is trying to quickly       Chavez’s congressional allies       state.
  Tensions have been grow-           reject Palmer — after initially     ening us that                   diplomatic tensions. The           provide funding for housing          this month increase state con-         Until Democrats pushed
ing over Chavez’s refusal to         giving consent — will have          they’re going to                measures have been hurriedly       construction after floods and         trol of universities and block      the law through the Senate
accept American diplomat             consequences on relations           take reprisals.                 passed before a new legisla-       landslides that drove thou-          foreign funding to any non-         and House in 2010,
Larry Palmer and also over US        with Caracas, and that the US       Well, let them do               ture takes office Jan. 5 with       sands from their homes, and          government organizations            Wisconsin was the only state
criticisms of a legislative          government will evaluate            whatever they                   enough opposition lawmakers        also plans measures to accel-        that defend “political rights”      that did not regulate those
offensive by the president’s         what to do.                         want, but that man              to prevent passage of some         erate his government’s social-       — a change critics say will         industries, and consumer
congressional              allies.      “If the government is going      will not come,”                 types of major laws.               ist-oriented efforts.                hobble some human rights            advocates complained that
Lawmakers have granted               to expel our ambassador                                                The National Assembly on           Chavez said Tuesday that he       groups.                             lenders were exploiting poor
                                                                         HUGO CHAVEZ
Chavez expanded powers to            there, let them do it!,” Chavez                                     Dec. 17 granted Chavez special     had signed a decree to estab-          The National Assembly also        people by charging exorbi-
enact laws by decree for the         said in a televised speech on                                       powers to bypass congress          lish 10 military districts —         passed laws that make it easi-      tant interest rates.
next year and a half, a change       Tuesday night. “If they’re        relies heavily on oil sales to    and decree laws for a year and     many of them in three west-          er for the government to               Democratic Gov Jim
that opponents condemn as            going to cut diplomatic rela-     the United States, has accused    a half. Opponents have con-        ern       states      bordering      revoke TV or radio licenses,        Doyle shepherded the bill
antidemocratic.                      tions, let them do it!”           Palmer of dishonoring the         demned that and a package of       Colombia, two of which are           speed up the process if Chavez      into law. But Walker said the
  Chavez has said he will not           “Now the US government is      Venezuelan government by          other laws approved by             led by opposition governors.         decides to nationalize more         new regulations go too far,
accept Palmer to be ambassa-         threatening us that they’re       expressing concerns on sever-     Chavez’s congressional allies      Chavez did not elaborate on          banks, and allow for the sus-       and that the outright ban on
dor due to comments he made          going to take reprisals. Well,    al sensitive subjects — includ-   this month, saying they            how the districts will be            pension of any lawmakers            loans secured by an auto
earlier this year suggesting         let them do whatever they         ing 2008 accusations by the       amount to an authoritarian         administered, but they could         who defect from a party dur-        title isn’t what many legisla-
that morale is low in                want, but that man will not       US Treasury Department that       power grab and will give           be under the equivalent of           ing their term.                     tors want.
04         Thursday, December 30, 2010
                                                                UNITED KINGDOM

  Will royal
  wedding help
                                                                     Water crisis intensifies
  UK sail through                                                    in Northern Ireland
  gloomy times?                                                                REUTERS

              AFP                     The Windsors seem to           FEARS of a public health cri-
            LONDON                 have recovered from the           sis in Northern Ireland grew
                                   1990s, when three marriage        on Wednesday as the state
  AN EXTRAVAGANZA of               breakdowns, Diana’s death         water provider warned sup-
  royal glamour should lift        and the Windsor Castle fire        plies would not return to nor-
  the austerity gloom in           took their toll on the royals     mal for days, leaving tens of
  Britain next year with the       and their image.                  thousands of people without
  wedding of Prince William           Charles’ relationship with     water.
  while Prince Albert II of        his second wife Camilla is          A big winter freeze followed
  Monaco will tie the knot in      now widely accepted and           by a swift thaw left burst
  the summer.                      the underlying popularity of      mains and pipes across the
    The second-in-line to the      Queen Elizabeth has not           province, affecting 40,000
  throne will marry his uni-       gone away. Bern said the          homes and businesses in
  versity sweetheart Kate          British royal family was the      Belfast as well as 77 other
  Middleton on April 29 in         “ideal model”. “It is evolu-      towns and villages, state sup-
  what is likely to be the         tion without revolution: it       plier Northern Ireland Water
  biggest British royal wed-       evolves from generation to        (NI Water) said.
  ding since his late mother       generation, but there are           Some people have been left
  Diana married Prince             permanent values which            without water for more than a
  Charles in 1981.                 remain,” he said.                 week and others have had
    Prince Albert and his             “We are in a period where      sewage flooding their homes.
  South African fiancee             people need to find their            Council-run leisure centres
  Charlene Wittstock, an           bearings and the monarchy         offered free washing and
  Olympic swimming star, will      offers a historical marker.”      showering facilities across the
  celebrate their wedding over        And there will be another      province, freestanding pipes
  two days on July 2 and 3.        British royal wedding next        were erected in streets to pro-
                                   year, as William’s cousin         vide supplies and Scotland
    The second-in-                 Zara Phillips got engaged         offered to ship stocks of bot-
    line to the throne             on December 20.
    will marry his uni-               Phillips, the queen’s eld-
    versity sweet-                 est granddaughter, is to            Some people
    heart Kate Mid-                wed England rugby union             have been left
    dleton on April 29             hero Mike Tindall in a mar-         without water
     “There’s a public infatua-    riage of world-beating              for more than a
  tion (with royal weddings)       sports stars. Phillips, 29, is                                      A young child holds an empty bottle as people queue to recieve water from tap at the Olympia Leisure Centre, in Belfast, Northern
  that you wouldn’t believe,”      an eventing world champi-           week and oth-                   Ireland, on Thursday. (AFP)
  French         commentator       on and 12th in line to the          ers have had
  Stephane Bern, who has           throne. Tindall, 32, played         sewage flooding                 out drinking water and              getting out of control,” said      NI Water, said Environment       al days before the bursts were
  covered dozens of royal          in England’s 2003 World             their homes.                    unable to flush toilets. This is     Maguire who has been left          Minister Edwin Poots.            repaired.
  nuptials, said.                  Cup-winning team.                                                   unacceptable,”           Peter      without water for eight days.        NI Water said it was              Several Irish counties also
     “There is a real public          They met as he celebrated                                        Maguire, a general practition-        Officials blamed NI Water         diverting reservoir supplies     faced severe shortages and
  desire for these sorts of        World Cup glory and have          tled drinking water. Farmers      er near Newry, told the BBC.        for being unable to cope.          to different areas to try and    state councils have rationed
  events, a willingness to         largely kept their relation-      were also worried about get-        “There are now too many           “Everybody knew that when-         provide all regions with a       water in many areas, provok-
  beat the gloomy times.”          ship out of the spotlight in      ting water for their livestock.   vulnerable people who are           ever the thaw came there           limited supply.                  ing anger from restaurants,
     That chimes true in           the years since.                     “There is now really a pub-    now without a water supply          were going to be problems            But Liam Mulholland, head      pubs and hotels who are like-
  Britain, where Prime                They are yet to name a         lic health emergency. Young       for over a week. The situation      with water, so I think there       of customer services at NI       ly to be affected over New
  Minister David Cameron’s         wedding date. Europe has          families have been left with-     is unprecedented but is now         was a lack of preparation by       Water, said it would be sever-   Year’s eve.
  coalition government has         already been given a taster
  unveiled deep cuts designed      of next year’s royal wedding
  to reign in the kingdom’s        bonanza with the marriage
  record high deficit.
     Cameron appears to have
  spotted a chance to make the
  wedding day — a Friday — a
                                   of Sweden’s Crown Princess
                                   Victoria and personal train-
                                   er Daniel Westling.
                                      The June 19 wedding in
                                                                     Police probe new lead in Yeates murder                                                                                                    hails British
  release from the gloom, by
  declaring it a public holiday.
                                   Stockholm Cathedral was
                                   marked by a two-week cul-                    LONDON
                                                                                                                                                                              found, police removed a door
                                                                                                                                                                              from her flat for further         cricketers on
  That brought some cheer to       tural festival in Stockholm                                                                                                                examination.
  Britons, who were pleased at
  the announcement but not
                                   and attended by royals
                                   from around the continent.
                                                                     POLICE said on Wednesday
                                                                     they are investigating reports
                                                                                                                                                                                 They also released new
                                                                                                                                                                              CCTV images of Yeates visit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ashes win
  wildly enthusiastic about the       In Monaco, commenta-           that several people were seen                                                                            ing the “Bargain Booze” off-                REUTERS
  ceremony itself, which will      tors are convinced that the       at the flat of murdered land-                                                                             licence near her home where                  LONDON
  take place in London’s           marriage of Prince Albert         scape architect Joanna Yeates                                                                            she is reported to have
  Westminster Abbey.               will be an even bigger event      on the night she disappeared.                                                                            bought two bottles of cider      BRITISH Prime Minister
     In November, pollsters        than his parents’ 1956 wed-         The development follows                                                                                on the night she went miss-      David Cameron led the congrat-
  ComRes found that two            ding, which saw prince            media reports that the land-                                                                             ing. Yeates later bought a       ulations for England’s cricketers
  thirds of Britons were           Rainier tie the knot with         lord of the block of flats where                                                                          pizza but it was not found at    after their victory in the fourth
  “indifferent” to the big day,    US film star Grace Kelly.          Yeates lived had told police                                                                             her flat.                         test ensured they would leave
  despite their general attach-       “Albert II is known all over   that he saw three people,                                                                                   Yeates went missing after     Australia with the Ashes for the
  ment to the monarchy. “As        the world,” said one senior       including one who could have                                                                             going to a pub to meet col-      first time in 24 years.
  we go towards it, people will    official. And the glittering       been the 25-year-old Yeates,                                                                             leagues, prompting a big            Cameron said he had fol-
  get more interested,” pre-       setting of Monte Carlo’s mil-     leaving the building on                                                                                  police investigation and emo-    lowed the climax to the
  dicted historian Jean            lionaire’s playground will be     December 17.                                                                                             tional televised appeals for     Melbourne test — which
  Seaton. However, the mar-        sure to catch the attention of      Detective Chief Inspector                                                                              help from her parents.           England won by an innings and
  riage of William and his         royal-watchers.                   Phil Jones, leading Avon and                                                                                She had left her keys,        157 runs — on his mobile
  fiancee is likely to lack the        The Monegasque sover-          Somerset police’s investiga-                                                                             mobile phone and purse at        phone. “I think the guys have
  fairytale glamour of the         eign, 52, met Zimbabwean-         tion into the murder, said                                                                               her flat. Yeates’s boyfriend,     given everyone at home some-
  1981 marriage of Prince          born Wittstock, 20 years          police were very pleased with     Police are yet to arrest killer of landscape architect Joanna Yeates   architect Greg Reardon, 27,      thing to celebrate this
  Charles and Lady Diana           his junior, in 2000 at a          the response to their appeals                                                                            reported her disappearance       Christmas,” Cameron told
  Spencer, William’s parents.      swimming meet in the              for information and were fol-        The landlord would not             The independent charity          to police, December 19, after    reporters outside his home in
     He has given Middleton        principality. They made           lowing up several lines of        reveal what he had told the         Crimestoppers offered a            returning home following a       Oxfordshire, central England,
  his mother’s sapphire and        their relationship public in      enquiry.                          police but told Sky News that       10,000 pound reward on             weekend away.                    on Wednesday.
  diamond engagement ring,         2006 and announced their            “One of these concerns          his comments to the authori-        Wednesday to anyone provid-           Jones said police had kept       “I got up one morning to
  but the times are very dif-      engagement in June. The           apparent reports that several     ties had been very much             ing information leading to the     Yeates’s family informed of      watch and last night went to
  ferent from the 80s “wed-        prince hailed his future          people were seen or heard in      vaguer than had been report-        arrest and conviction of the       progress in the investiga-       bed with my BlackBerry so I
  ding of the century” and the     wife’s “great sense of            or around Joanna’s flat on the     ed.                                 killer.                            tion. He said her father had     could keep up on the score.”
  couple are taking the aus-       humour” in an interview           night of her disappearance.          Yeates’s body was found            As     forensics    experts      told him: “We truly believe      He added: “I look forward to
  tere times into account in       with French newspaper Le          Clearly this is something we      covered in snow by the side of      searched for clues at her          that you will identify the       welcoming them to number
  their planning.                  Figaro.                           are following up,” he said in a   a country lane on Christmas         home in Bristol and at the         person who killed our            10 Downing Street when they
                                                                     statement.                        Day. She had been strangled.        spot where her body was            daughter.”                       get back.”

Rebel Lib Dem MP asked to devise strategy on fee issue
          REUTERS                  triple tuition fees to as much                                      tuition fees, have seen their       more people from poor fam-         will make decisions in the       sions” on higher education
            LONDON                 as 9,000 pounds, while vio-                                         poll ratings slump since join-      ilies to attend university, but    coming months on whether         reforms.
                                   lent protests erupted outside                                       ing forces in government            fears the negative publicity       or not to stay on for A-lev-        Hughes, who does not hold
THE        coalition      on       parliament.                                                         with the Conservatives.             over student fees could have       els. For them to be              a ministerial role, has pub-
Wednesday gave a Liberal              Hughes will now work with                                          The debate over the reform        the opposite effect.               deterred from entering           licly criticised some of the
Democrat MP who refused to         young people to devise a                                            of university financing has             Prime Minister David            university as a result of        coalition’s policies but has
back its plans to raise stu-       “communications strategy”                                           been dominated by its               Cameron told Hughes in a           misinformation would be a        yet to rebel and vote against
dent fees the job of encour-       ensuring that secondary                                             greater costs, with little focus    letter of appointment there        tragedy      for     them,”      the government.
aging young people to keep         school students are aware                                           on government plans to ease         was a risk that disadvan-          Cameron said.                       Ministers will hope his
applying for university            they can take out subsidised                                        the burden of repaying stu-         taged young people could be          Deputy Prime Minister          unpaid, 6-month position as
despite the higher costs.          loans for university fees                                           dent loans by raising the           deterred from applying for         Nick Clegg, who co-signed        “Advocate for Access to
  Liberal Democrat Deputy          which they only repay after                                         earnings threshold at which         university because they were       the appointment letter,          Education” will neuter his
Leader Simon Hughes                graduation.                                                         payments start.                     “misled” by the financial           told his Liberal Democrat        potential as a rallying point
abstained during a fraught            The Liberal Democrats,                                             The government says it            impact of the changes.             party in a New Year mes-         for     dissident     Liberal
vote earlier this month to         who pledged ahead of the          Liberal Democrat Deputy           wants to improve social                “This particularly applies      sage they had had to take        Democrats unhappy with the
allow universities to nearly       May election to abolish           Leader Simon Hughes               mobility by encouraging             to those aged 15-16 who            “incredibly difficult deci-      government’s direction.
                                                                                                          EUROPE                                                                                 Thursday, December 30, 2010
              DAUNTING TASK
                                                                   Early release of abducted
  Hungary to
  take over EU                                                     French scribes demanded

  presidency                                                       THE faces of two French jour-
                                                                   nalists held hostage in
                                                                   Afghanistan were projected
                                                                   onto the Arc de Triomphe in
              AFP                 dent, Pal Schmitt.               Paris on Wednesday as media
           BUDAPEST                  Hungary         narrowly      rights campaigners marked
                                  escaped bankruptcy in late       the first anniversary of their
  HUNGARY takes the helm          2008 thanks to a 20-bil-         abduction.
  of the European Union in        lion-euro bailout by the EU         “Free Stephane and Herve
  January even as its prime       and the International            and their three colleagues,”
  minister is under fire for a     Monetary Fund.                   read the slogan on the Paris
  whole string of policies,          In return, Budapest           landmark beneath the faces of
  from his handling of the        pledged to bring down its        the cameraman Stephane
  economy to a contested          deficit from more than 9.0        Taponier and reporter Herve
  new media law.                  percent of gross domestic        Ghesquiere.
     The challenges currently     product in 2006 to below            The journalists, who work
  facing the 27-nation bloc       3.0 percent in 2011.             for France 3 public television,
  are daunting enough: The           The problem for Orban is      were seized along with three
  eurozone debt crisis, the       that he was voted in on his      Afghan colleagues a year ago
  integration of the Roma         promises to cut taxes, so he     in an area northeast of Kabul
  minority, and tough negoti-     has to find other ways of         rife with anti-government
  ations over the EU’s long-      plugging the hole in the         insurgents.
  term budget.                    public finances.                     Their photos were printed
     But — as the German             In order to do so, he has     on Wednesday on the front
  government put it recently      ordered the nationalisation      pages of French national
  — Hungary “will have a          of the assets of Hungary’s       newspapers and their plight
  particular responsibility for   private pension funds and        was the lead story in many tel-
  the image of the whole          levied so-called “crisis”        evision and radio news broad-
  union in the world” as it       taxes on sectors such as the     casts here. Their faces were
  raises hackles both at home     banking, telecommunica-          also projected on the front of
  and abroad with a series of     tions, energy and retail sec-    the Paris city hall building,
  controversial reforms.          tors, measures which both        and Paris and other French
     Prime Minister Viktor        the EU and the IMF insist        cities were to host gatherings
  Orban stormed to power in       are much too short-term in       to mark the anniversary.            People demonstrate in support to the two French journalists Stephane Taponier and Herve Guesquiere, in Paris, on Wednesday. (AFP)
  April when his centre-right     nature.                             The eye-catching stunt at
  Fidesz party won an                But it is above all a far-    the Arc de Triomphe was             release are not enough,” it        invasion ousted the Taliban           authorities.                     the first time since their son
  unprecedented two-thirds        reaching media reform            organised by Paris-based            said. “President Nicolas           regime in Kabul, sparking the           The parents of Taponier        was kidnapped and expressed
  parliamentary majority,         which has raised questions       media rights campaigners            Sarkozy must make their fate       current insurgency.                   were shown the video on          frustration at the lack of
  giving him power to             about Hungary’s suitability      Reporters Without Borders           a national priority.”                Last week France 3 televi-          Tuesday at the French foreign    progress in freeing him.
  change laws and even the        to hold the rotating EU          (RSF). “By projecting their           Afghan criminal groups           sion revealed that a new video        ministry and said afterwards        The couple said they were
  constitution more or less at    presidency for the next six      faces on to the Arc de              and Islamist rebels have kid-      the kidnappers made in mid-           the two hostages looked thin     tired of hearing upbeat state-
  will.                           months.                          Triomphe, we want to remind         napped several dozen for-          November of their two                 but were in good shape.          ments from French govern-
     The 47-year-old quickly         As part of the changes, a     the French authorities that         eigners, many of them jour-        French hostages had been                Taponier’s parents this        ment ministers that failed to
  installed his own allies in     new watchdog will be set         the promises of a forthcoming       nalists, since the 2001 US-led     released to the French                week spoke to the media for      come to anything.
  almost all of the key posi-     up to regulate media con-
  tions of power in the coun-     tent and impose fines when
  try, including the presi-       rules are not respected.

                                                                   Firefighters to hose Naples                                                                                                                   Pope to issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 new bank
                                                                   down on New Year’s eve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          VATICAN CITY

                                                                                                       could set them alight on pur-      waste management improve-             to implement a the waste         THE Vatican is to issue new
                                                                               NAPLES                  pose,” he said.                    ment around Naples amid an            management plan, drawn up        norms designed to make its
                                                                                                          “Teams of firefighters and        ongoing garbage crisis aggra-         after the country was found to   financial transactions more
                                                                   FIREFIGHTERS in the                 forest rangers will spray the      vated by the closure of region-       be in breach of EU legislation   transparent amid a money
                                                                   garbage-strewn city of Naples       200-or-so piles of garbage on      al dumps after fierce protests         in March.                        laundering probe that result-
                                                                   in Southern Italy will hose         Friday evening to hopefully        from local residents.                   On November 18, Italy          ed in the seizure of 23 million
                                                                   down mounds of rubbish lit-         make it less inflammable,” he                                             passed a decree aimed at         euros from a Vatican account.
                                                                   tering the streets on New           added.                               There are still                     speeding up construction of         Vatican officials said on
                                                                   Year’s Eve to prevent revellers        The city is on a maximum          around 1400                         new processing plants and        Wednesday the document out-
                                                                   and stray fireworks setting          state of alert and officials have     tonnes of garbage                   garbage incinerators and ear-    lining the reforms will be
                                                                   them alight.                        also dedicated extra resources       in the streets. It’s                marked an extra 150 million      released on Thursday. Among
                                                                     “There are still around           to clearing the narrow streets       a real fire hazard                  euros (204 million dollars) of   other things, it is expected to
                                                                   1400 tonnes of garbage in the       of the city centre.                   The long-running waste             funds for the Campania           create a compliance authority
                                                                   streets, it’s a real fire hazard,”      Uncollected waste has           issue has been blamed on a            region.                          to oversee all Vatican finances.
                                                                   Paolo Giacomelli, the city offi-     accumulated in the city for        lack of local incinerators, and         But despite the govern-           Rome prosecutors in
                                                                   cial in charge of hygiene, said     weeks, with residents report-      landfill sites controlled by the       ment’s previous promises to      September seized 23 million
                                                                   on Wednesday.                       ing a rise in the numbers of       local mafia, the Camorra,              clean      up    Naples     by   euros and placed the Vatican
                                                                     “It’s tradition for people to     rats, pigeons and seagulls and     some of which were used for           Christmas, a solution has yet    bank’s chairman and deputy
                                                                   set off fireworks and bangers        experts warning of health          the illegal dumping of toxic          to be found. Officials from the   under investigation, alleging
                                                                   all across Naples on New            risks from the rotting rub-        waste.                                region are set to meet with      the bank broke the law by try-
  Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a press confer-     Year’s Eve. But we’re worried       bish.                                 The European Commission            representatives from the         ing to transfer money without
  ence, in Pecs, recently. (AP)                                    that sparks could fall onto the        Italy faces EU legal action     warned Italy in November              Environment Ministry in          identifying the sender or
                                                                   mounds of rubbish or people         and massive fines failing           that it risked big fines if it fails   Rome.                            recipient.

Germany rejects airport
passenger profiling plan
             AFP                  European law and would           much as passengers on whom
           BERLIN                 necessitate large amounts of     there is little or no data.”
                                  data being amassed.                 Israel’s strict airport
GERMANY’S justice minister          Blume had said Germany         screening,        applied    for
poured cold water on              should consider Israeli-style    decades at the country’s Ben
Wednesday on proposals by         “profiling” of passengers to      Gurion international airport
the incoming head of the          improve time-consuming and       and by Israeli airlines abroad,
country’s airports association                                     is based in part on the ethnic-
for Israeli-style passenger         Blume had said                 ity of passengers.
profiling to improve security        Germany should                    It entails assessing the risk
checks.                             consider Israeli-              posed by a passenger accord-
  “Passengers could be stig-        style “profiling” of           ing to nationality, back-
matised if they are systemati-      passengers.                    ground and behaviour. Israeli
cally sorted into different                                        security agents consider Arab
groups based on their origin      costly security checks beefed    or Muslim travellers as poten-
or religion,” Sabine Leut-        up after the September 11,       tially high threats.
heusser-Schnarrenberger           2001 attacks on the United          Blume stopped short of talk-
told     the       Frankfurter    States and other incidents.      ing about profiling in Germany
Rundschau daily.                    “Passengers (in Israel) are    based on factors such as race or
  She also said that the pro-     put into various risk groups,”   religion, however.
posals, made on Tuesday by        he told the Rheinische Post         His comments also drew
Christoph Blume, head of the      daily. “Safe customers on        criticism from elsewhere,
ADV      German       Airports    whom there is sufficient data     including from the president
Association from January,         and who regularly fly the         of the German police union
might fall foul of German and     same route are not checked as    GdP and Wolfgang Bosbach.
06         Thursday, December 30, 2010
                                                        GULF / MIDDLE EAST

      Inside Gulf/ME
  Two ships foil Somali            Court orders blinding
                                                                  Abbas heads to Brazil to
  pirates attacks
  MAPUTO Two ships foiled
  piracy attacks at the far-
  thest point yet known
  down the East African
  coast off central
                                   of attacker
                                   TEHRAN An Iranian court
                                   has ruled that a man must
                                   lose an eye and an ear
                                   after he blinded and burnt
                                   an ear of another man in
                                                                  lay embassy foundation
  Mozambique on Christmas          an acid attack, newspa-                  RAMALLAH
  Eve and Christmas Day,           pers reported on
  an EU Naval Force                Wednesday.                     PALESTINIAN          president
  spokesman said on                   Judge Aziz Mohammadi        Mahmud Abbas travelled to
  Wednesday.                       gave the order against the     Brazil later on Wednesday to
     Pirates carried out sepa-     man, who was only identi-      lay the symbolic foundation
  rate attacks just 20 nauti-      fied as Hamid, after con-       stone of a Palestinian
  cal miles apart on the oil       victing him of the throwing    embassy in Brasilia.
  tanker NS Africa, regis-         acid on the victim, named         The ceremony is to take
  tered in Liberia, and the        as Davoud, said the            place on Friday and comes
  Panamanian bulk carrier          Kayhan newspaper.              after Brazil announced it was
  Majestic, just north of             The judge also ordered      recognising a Palestinian
  Mozambique’s central port        Hamid to pay blood-            state based on the borders
  city Beira, Maritime             money for the burn             which existed before the 1967
  Security Centre (Horn of         injuries suffered by           Six-Day War when Israel
  Africa) spokesman Wing           Davoud, in a ruling issued     seized the West Bank, includ-
  Commander Paddy                  under the Islamic repub-       ing east Jerusalem, and the
  O’Kennedy said.                  lic’s eye-for-an-eye justice   Gaza Strip.
     “Those vessels were           code.                             On Saturday, Abbas is due
  attacked on the 24th and            Hamid told the court        to attend the inauguration of
  25th respectively,” he           he had mistaken Davoud         Brazil’s new president, Dilma
  said.                            for a classmate who had        Rousseff, and expected to
     “They were attacked 19        bullied him in high            hold meetings with Latin
  degrees south (of the            school, said Shargh            American leaders in Brazil for
  equator). (AFP)                  newspaper. (AFP)               the ceremony.
                                                                     Brazil’s outgoing President
                                                                  Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said
  Saleh may become Yemen’s president for life                     on December 3 that his coun-
  SANAA Yemen’s parliament is discussing a draft amend-           try would recognise a
  ment to the constitution under which President Ali              Palestinian state following a     Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends at a meeting, in Cairo, recently. (EPA)
  Abdullah Saleh could be made life-president, a lawmaker         personal request from Abbas.
  with the ruling party said on Wednesday.                           “The demand presented by       ing Bolivia, Argentina and           Brazil’s outgoing                   Direct peace negotiations,      posed the two sides resume
    Saleh’s General People’s Congress is discussing a pro-        his excellency (Abbas) is just    Ecuador, have followed suit,         President Luiz Ina-               the first in nearly two years,     indirect talks.
  posed constitutional amendment that stipulates “can-            and consistent with the prin-     and Uruguay has said it will         cio Lula da Silva                 were launched on September           The Palestinians have
  celling the limit of two consecutive terms” for which a         ciples upheld by Brazil with      recognise a Palestinian state        said on December                  2 in Washington but stalled       refused and said they will
  president can be elected, a member of the party said.           regard to the Palestinian         on the same basis in 2011.           3 that his country                just weeks later when an          turn instead to alternative
    If the GPC-dominated parliament passes the amend-             issue,” Brazil’s foreign min-       Other Latin American               would recognise a                 Israeli settlement freeze in      options, including bilateral
  ment, Saleh could become president for life because he          istry said.                       countries, including Cuba,           Palestinian state                 the West Bank expired.            recognition of statehood and
  “could reelect himself without limits.”                            The         announcement       Nicaragua, Costa Rica and            following a person-                 Abbas has refused to return     going to the United Nations
    Saleh, who has been in power for 32 years, was                angered both Israel and the       Venezuela, already recog-            al request from                   to talks while Israel builds on   to seek recognition.
  reelected in September 2006 for another seven-year              United States, which have         nised Palestinian statehood          Abbas.                            land the Palestinians want for       Abbas visited Brazil in
  term.                                                           said a Palestinian state can      several years ago.                                                     a future state, but Israeli       2005 and 2009, while Lula
    The proposed amendment will be submitted to a refer-          only be achieved through a          The Brazilian recognition                                            Prime Minister Benjamin           made the first ever trip by a
  endum, which will be held simultaneously with parliamen-        negotiated peace deal.            comes as the Palestinians          the world, with their peace         Netanyahu has refused to put      Brazilian head of state to
  tary elections on April 27, another GPC member said. (AFP)         But a string of other Latin    seeks bilateral recognition of     talks with Israel in an             a new freeze in place.            Israel and the Palestinian ter-
                                                                  American countries, includ-       their statehood from around        impasse.                              The United States has pro-      ritories in March of this year.

Bashir sets deadline for Darfur peace talks Palestinians to
                                                                                                                                                                           take settlement
             AFP                 Nyala.                           Qatari capital on Wednesday       avail.                             around 32,000 people,
          KHARTOUM                  “We will fight those who       to push the talks, according to     Earlier in December, the         according to UN estimates.
                                 choose to take up arms, but      Sudan’s official SUNA news         government and the Justice           “These         clashes     are
SUDAN will withdraw from         we will sit next to those who    agency.                           and Equality Movement              deplorable and demonstrate
the Darfur peace talks in        want development,” he added                                        (JEM), the most heavily            the importance of a cease-
Doha and organise its own
negotiations if no agreement
with the rebels is reached
imminently, President Omar
                                 in a speech broadcast live on
                                 state television.
                                    Sudanese officials had ear-
                                 lier set December 31 as the
                                                                    Sudanese officials
                                                                    had earlier set
                                                                    December 31 as
                                                                    the deadline for a
                                                                                                    armed group, resumed talks
                                                                                                    aimed at reaching a ceasefire.
                                                                                                      The Liberty and Justice
                                                                                                    Movement (LJM), an alliance
                                                                                                                                       fire... If the violence escalates,
                                                                                                                                       the general atmosphere in the
                                                                                                                                       negotiations will deteriorate,”
                                                                                                                                       Djibril Bassole, the UN-
                                                                                                                                                                           battle to UN
al Bashir said on Wednesday.     deadline for a Darfur peace                                        of rebel splinter factions, was    African Union chief peace                          AP                 expiration of a limited Israeli
   “If we reach an agreement     accord, with a referendum on       Darfur peace                    expected to finalise a peace        negotiator for Darfur, said on         RAMALLAH (WEST BANK)           freeze on settlement con-
tomorrow, praise be to God.      independence for the south,        accord.                         deal with Khartoum in mid-         Tuesday.                                                              struction.
But if there is no agreement,    now just 11 days away, due to                                      December after agreeing a            Bassole said he would try to      THE Palestinians will ask the       The Palestinians say they
we will withdraw our negoti-     dominate the government’s          The Khartoum government         ceasefire in March. But the         persuade the different parties      UN Security Council in the        will not resume talks until
ating team and the talks will    agenda next month.               has for months been trying to     accord was never signed.           not to abandon the peace            coming days to condemn            Israel stops building homes
then be held in Darfur,” he         Bashir’s special adviser on   secure a comprehensive              Deadly violence in Sudan’s       process, even if an agreement       Israeli settlement construc-      for Israelis in the West Bank
told thousands of supporters     Darfur, Ghazi Salaheddine,       peace agreement with all          war-torn western region since      was not reached in the com-         tion, a senior Palestinian        and east Jerusalem — areas
in the South Darfur capital      was expected to arrive in the    Darfur rebel groups, to no        December 10 has displaced          ing days.                           official said Wednesday, part      Israel captured in the 1967
                                                                                                                                                                           of a growing Palestinian          Mideast war and claimed by
                                                                                                                                                                           campaign to rally interna-        the Palestinians.
                                                                                                                                                                           tional pressure against Israel      Netanyahu has refused to
                                                                                                                                                                           with peace efforts dead-          renew the construction slow-
                                                                                                                                                                           locked.                           down, and the US has been
                                                                                                                                                                              The move reflects growing       unable to find a compromise
                                                                                                                                                                           Palestinian discontent with       to restart talks.
                                                                                                                                                                           US efforts to broker a peace        While the Palestinians say
                                                                                                                                                                           agreement        by       next    they are still committed to a
                                                                                                                                                                           September. American-medi-
                                                                                                                                                                           ated talks have been stalled
                                                                                                                                                                           for more than three months,         The Palestinians
                                                                                                                                                                           in large part because of dis-       say they will not
                                                                                                                                                                           agreements over Israeli set-        resume talks until
                                                                                                                                                                           tlement construction on cap-        Israel stops build-
                                                                                                                                                                           tured lands claimed by the          ing homes for
                                                                                                                                                                           Palestinians.                       Israelis in the West
                                                                                                                                                                              Chief Palestinian negotia-       Bank and east
                                                                                                                                                                           tor Saeb Erekat said that           Jerusalem.
                                                                                                                                                                           shortly after the New Year
                                                                                                                                                                           the Palestinians’ Arab allies     negotiated peace deal, they
                                                                                                                                                                           would present a resolution        have grown increasingly
                                                                                                                                                                           that will “declare that the       frustrated and begun to take
                                                                                                                                                                           Israeli settlement building is    alternative actions to put
                                                                                                                                                                           illegal and must be stopped       Israel on the defensive. As
                                                                                                                                                                           immediately.”                     part of that campaign, they
                                                                                                                                                                              Palestinian        officials    have been seeking unilateral
                                                                                                                                                                           acknowledge that such             recognition of an independ-
                                                                                                                                                                           moves will have little imme-      ent Palestinian state, even in
                                                                                                                                                                           diate impact on the ground.       the absence of a peace deal.
                                                                                                                                                                           Instead, they say they want         Israeli Foreign Ministry
                                                                                                                                                                           the world to send a tough         spokesman Yigal Palmor
                                                                                                                                                                           message to Israeli Prime          said the Palestinian efforts
                                                                                                                                                                           Minister            Benjamin      do little to promote peace.
                                                                                                                                                                           Netanyahu, whom they                “By choosing unilateralism
                                                                                                                                                                           believe is not serious about      over direct talks, the
                                                                                                                                                                           pursuing peace.                   Palestinians are declaring
                                                                                                                                                                              President Barack Obama         that they renounce peace
                                                                                                                                                                           personally launched the lat-      altogether,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                           est round of peace talks at the     “The Palestinians are
                                                                                                                                                                           White House on September          choosing not to renew nego-
                                                                                                                                                                           2, vowing to broker an agree-     tiations and are doing all
                                                                                                                                                                           ment within a year.               they can to score minor
                                                                                                                                                                              Talks broke down just          points. They are trying
                                                                                                                                                                           three weeks later with the        everything except to talk.”
                                                                                             GULF / MIDDLE EAST                                                                                      Thursday, December 30, 2010
Top cop among 7 killed in Iraq suicide attack
             AFP                   among them five women and
            MOSUL                  four children.
                                     At least 19 police died in
TWO suicide bombers on             apparently coordinated car
Wednesday killed four police-      bombings across Iraq on
men in a police station in the     August 25, security officials
northern city of Mosul,            said, including 15 officers who
including an officer who over-      were killed at a passport office
saw a deadly raid on militants,    in Kut, southeast of Baghdad.
Iraqi security officials said.        A total of at least 53 people
  A third bomber was shot          were killed and some 250
dead before setting off his        wounded in the attacks,
explosives belt in the attack      which were blamed on Al
targeting Lieutenant Colonel       Qaeda and remnants of
Shamil Ahmed Oglah, who            Saddam Hussein’s Baath
commanded the operation            party.
last week against an Al Qaeda        Mosul, 350 kilometres (220
affiliate, a police officer said.    miles) north of Baghdad, and
  The early morning bomb-          the surrounding Nineveh
ings killed Oglah and three        province are one of the most
other policemen, an interior       violent areas of Iraq.
ministry source said, and            The province is split
destroyed most of the police       between Sunni Arab and
station in the Qabr al Binat       Kurdish communities bitterly
area of western Mosul,             divided over the ambitions of
according to the police officer.    Kurdish leaders to incorpo-
  The officer said Oglah had        rate large parts of it into their
commanded an operation in          autonomous region in the
western Mosul in which a           north. It also has Assyrian,
leader of the Islamic State of     Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi
Iraq, Al Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate,   minorities.
was killed.                          On December 20, Iraqi
  Suicide bombers had made         army special forces killed          Iraqi policemen conduct ‘stop and search’ at a checkpoint, in Baghdad, on Tuesday. (AP)
four previous attempts to kill     three Libyans allegedly plan-
the lieutenant colonel, he         ning suicide bombings ahead         bombers in an operation,”           grenades, sparking a clash in       unity cabinet on December          only have acting heads.              The number of people
said.                              of Christmas in a raid in           acting on a tip-off, Major          which the three “terrorists”        21, has cited security as one of      While violence has dropped      killed last month was the low-
  The attack comes two days        Mosul, a defence ministry           General Mohammed al                 were killed, he said.               his top three priorities.          dramatically across Iraq since     est in a year for the second
after twin bombings in the         spokesman said.                     Askari said.                          Prime Minister Nuri al-             But 10 ministries, including     its peak in 2006 and 2007,         month running, with 171 peo-
western city of Ramadi killed        “Special forces from the            The soldiers raided a house       Maliki, who was approved by         those responsible for security,    attacks remain common,             ple — 105 civilians, 23 sol-
nine people, including four        Second Brigade in Mosul             in southern Mosul and came          parliament for a second term        which are controlled by            especially in the capital and      diers and 43 policemen — los-
policemen, and wounded 49,         killed three Libyan suicide         under attack with hand              in office along with a national      Maliki in the interim, still       Mosul.                             ing their lives in attacks.

  Slain Lebanon                                                        Hezbollah unruffled
                                                                       by UN probe panel
                                                                                                                                               UAE to release details of
  cop’s parents                                                                      AP
                                                                                                           fellow Lebanese to carry out a
                                                                                                           political assassination.
                                                                                                              That      could     weaken
                                                                                                                                               Hamas leader’s murder
  await justice                                                        HEZBOLLAH says looming
                                                                       indictments by a UN court for
                                                                       the assassination of a former
                                                                       prime minister are of no con-
                                                                                                           Hezbollah’s position in
                                                                                                           sharply divided Lebanon,
                                                                                                           undermining one of its main
                                                                                                           justifications for maintaining

                                                                                                                                               THE United Arab Emirates
                                                                                                                                                                                  have been perceived as pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                  tecting the Israelis,” the
                                                                                                                                                                                  ambassador wrote. The
                                                                                                                                                                                  cables released on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     proof that its intelligence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     agency was behind the mur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     der, which eliminated a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hamas leader suspected of
               AFP                 plagued for decades by              cern to the group. Hezbollah’s      its large arsenal, which make       chose to release details of a      WikiLeaks website show the         smuggling arms into the Gaza
           DEIR AMMAR              paralysis, assassinations           leader, in fact, says he is so      it the most powerful military       Hamas leader’s assassination       hit was discussed for nine         Strip.
                                   and all-out war.                    relaxed he sleeps an extra          force in the country.               in Dubai nearly a year ago,        days at the highest levels           Dubai officials were not
  AS Lebanon braces for a UN          Eid’s name emerged as            hour every night.                      “One of Hezbollah’s main         after deciding silence would       before being released to the       immediately available for
  court to issue indictments       the expert who traced the              Behind the veneer of confi-       strengths is its reputation in      be seen as siding with Israel,     public.                            comment on the cables.
  in the Rafiq Hariri murder,       mobile phone networks that          dence, however, analysts say        the Arab and Islamic world as       US cables released by                “The statement was careful-        As Dubai splashed details
  the parents of the police-       allegedly led to Hezbollah.         the Shiite Lebanese group is        a resistance movement fight-         WikiLeaks showed.                                                     of the hit, complete with sur-
  man believed to have                He had been liaising with        deeply worried at the impact        ing Israeli occupation,” said         The      assassination     of                                       veillance camera footage and
  cracked the case are hoping      UN investigators looking            of what will likely be charges      Ibrahim Bayram, an analyst          Mahmoud al Mabhouh in an             “The two options                 passport scans, a diplomatic
  it will also shed light on who   into the Hariri murder at           against some of its members.        with An Nahar newspaper             hotel room — which UAE               discussed were to                row erupted since many of
  killed their son.                the time of his own killing.        At the least, it could be a blow    who closely follows Hezbollah       police said was very likely the      say nothing at all,              the suspected assassins were
     Major Wissam Eid, a top          The 31-year-old, who             to one of the movement’s            affairs. “This will definitely       work of Israel’s Mossad spy          or to reveal more                travelling on forged European
  communications analyst           built the police force’s com-       most important foundations          tarnish its image in the Arab       agency — was carried out in          or less the full                 passports.
  with the police intelligence     munications analysis unit,          — its reputation.                   world.”                             January by a team using              extent of the UAE’s                The cables, written soon
  bureau, was assassinated in      had been dispatched for                For decades, Iran- and              That could turn into more        forged passports and disguis-        investigations.”                 after the assassination, do not
  a January 25, 2008 car           years to the country’s              Syria-backed Hezbollah has          than just an image problem.         es.                                                                   reveal the identities of the
                                                                                                                                                                                    US AMBASSADOR RICHARD OLSON
  bombing outside Beirut.          toughest crimes.                    gained support by depicting         Hezbollah’s enemies may see           “The two options discussed                                          agents. But Dubai’s police
     Three years later, his par-      He headed a team tasked          itself as a pure resistance         the group as weakened and           were to say nothing at all, or                                        chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim
  ents are none the wiser as to    with tracing Al Qaeda-              movement, clean of corrup-          vulnerable. “In the eyes of         to reveal more or less the full                                       had said he expected they
  who killed him.                  inspired groups and investi-        tion, aimed only at defending       Israel, America and the West,       extent of the UAE’s investiga-     ly drafted not to point any fin-    would show that Mossad was
     They now wait with bated      gating nine murders of anti-        Lebanese against neighbour-         Hezbollah will be accused. It       tions,” US Ambassador              gers, but the reference ... to a   involved in the murder.
  breath news from the UN-         Syrian figures as well as an         ing Israel. Instead, indict-        will become a rogue entity          Richard Olson wrote in a           gang with Western passports          “The documents will surely
  backed Special Tribunal for      army general between 2005           ments would plant a new             that is more easily targeted.       diplomatic cable, citing a con-    will be read locally as refer-     prove to those who doubted
  Lebanon (STL), which is set      and his own death in 2008.          image in the mind of some           This may provide a pretext for      versation with a UAE govern-       ring to the Mossad,” Olson         us,” Tamim said, Gulf News
                                      In the northern village of       Lebanese: a movement willing        others to pounce on it,”            ment media adviser.                wrote.                             quoted him as saying in a
                                   Deir Ammar, the home of             to turn its weapons against         Bayram said.                          Saying nothing “would               Israel has said there was no    report last Friday.
    The 31-year-old,               Wissam’s             parents
    who built the                  Mahmoud and Samira is a
    police force’s                 shrine dedicated to their

                                                                       South Sudan stars sing for independence
    communications                 son, whose intense gaze
    analysis unit, had             greets visitors from over-
    been dispatched                sized banners hoisted out-
    for years to                   side the town entrance.
    the country’s                     A short walk away, on a
    toughest crimes.               hilltop overlooking the                           AFP                   made a lasting impression on
                                   Mediterranean, is the young                       JUBA                  Boyoi, who lost her father to
  to issue an accusation in the    officer’s grave. Family still                                            the conflict in 1988.
  2005 Hariri murder, with         visit regularly to say a            “LET us go, we can make it,”           “I have a message that my
  the hope that Eid’s killers      prayer and lay flowers               Mary Boyoi sings softly in a        father told me when I was a
  too will be brought to jus-      there.                              flute-like voice as she sways to     little kid... When we grew up,
  tice.                               In the months before his         the rhythm, sharing a dream         we saw that unity was not
      “We knew he was going to     murder, Wissam’s parents            that south Sudan will choose        attractive and that is why we
  be killed. I expected him to     had been gripped by a feel-         independence         in     next    say ‘let us go.’
  be killed on New Year’s Eve      ing of foreboding. Eid had          month’s referendum.                    “I am maybe very ashamed
  ... But they let me keep him     been receiving threats and             Boyoi, a rising pop artist, is   to say that I really like my
  for 25 days,” Wissam’s           his boss, Samir Shehadeh,           one of several singers who are      brothers and sisters in north
  mother, Samira, said at her      had survived an attack on           literally using their voices to     Sudan; I have so many
  home in north Lebanon.           his life in which four of his       get out the independence vote       friends (there), but really I see
      “But as soon as I heard      bodyguards were killed.             in the oil-rich but poverty-rid-    for us it is better to separate.”
  news of the bombing that            “We knew, and knew very          den region in a poll that looks        Another song, by Peter
  Saturday morning, I knew it      well, what Wissam was               set to divide Africa’s largest      Garang, is entitled “No to
  was him,” she added, wip-        working on although he              country.                            Unity, Yes to Separation” and
  ing back tears. “I just knew.”   never talked about it,” said           As rapper and producer           is on the playlists of local
      The troubled STL is pur-     Eid’s mother.”                      Lam Tungwar puts it, “artists       radio stations around the
  portedly set to indict high-         “For about a year before        are an advantage because a lot      region.
  ranking       members       of   Wissam was murdered,                of people are listening to them        But independence is only         South Sudan President Salva Kiir prays during a Christmas mass in St Teresa’s Cathedral, in Juba,
  Lebanon’s powerful Shiite        there were always men               more than to the politicians.”      one thing these artists dream       recently. (REUTERS)
  party Hezbollah over the         watching the house.”                   More than three million          of in a charged political
  bombing that killed the five-        Wissam himself had               people are registered to vote       atmosphere where some fear          child soldier by the rebel         rescued by a British aid work-     he said. “So we’ve got to
  time Sunni premier and 22        twice been the target of            in the January 9 referendum,        a vote for separation could         Sudan Peoples’ Liberation          er who smuggled him to free-       respect the choice that the
  others in Beirut.                bombings. The police force          a key element in the 2005           lead to renewed conflict with        Army.                              dom in Kenya and enrolled          people take, and in all those
      But    Hezbollah       has   took extra security meas-           peace accord that ended two         the north.                            After surviving action at the    him in school for the first         choices peace is all we want in
  warned that any such accu-       ures to protect him, keep-          decades of civil war between           They want peace as well.         front, he managed to escape        time.                              the end.”
  sation would have grave          ing his travel to a mini-           the largely Christian south         And that message is particu-        with 300 other “lost boys”,          “I have a song called ‘We          Jal has produced a video
  repercussions — a warning        mum and setting him up in           and Muslim north.                   larly poignant from hip-hop         enduring a three-month trek        Want Peace,’ because peace is      available on YouTube that
  that hits home hard in a         a high-security flat near his           That war left more than two      star Emmanuel Jal: at the age       to safety without supplies.        the main important thing,          also features Alicia Keys,
  country that has been            office.                              million people dead and mil-        of seven, after his mother            One of only a handful to         whether we go successfully to      George Clooney and Peter
                                                                       lions more displaced, and           died, he was recruited as a         survive the journey, he was        separation or we go united,”       Gabriel.
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                 US Financial Reforms
Republicans seem unwilling to let the financial system stabilise

E   VER since the Dodd-Frank financial
    reform law was signed in July, the ques-
tion has been whether it would actually lead
                                                          painstaking, and the outcome is uncer-
                                                          tain. But progress is being made — and
                                                          the House Republican leaders want none
to a stable financial system. If the                      of that. Representative Spencer Bachus of
Republicans who will control the House                    Alabama, the next chairman of the House
next year get their way, the answer will sure-            Financial Services Committee told The
ly be “no.” The legislation requires regulators           Birmingham News that “Washington and
to write hundreds of rules to put the law into            the regulators are there to serve the
effect. To their credit, regulatory agencies have         banks.” He later said he meant regulators
begun that process with a sense of mission                should set parameters, not micromanage
and depth of expertise that was missing in the            banks, yet he seems to prefer the parame-
years before the financial crisis.                        ters that were in effect before the crisis
   In particular, the Securities and                      when regulators did serve the banks.
Exchange          Commission         and      the           The Republicans’ intentions could not be
Commodity Futures Trading Commission                      clearer. What is unclear is the Democratic
— which share the all-important regula-                   strategy — in Congress and the White
tion of the multitrillion-dollar derivatives              House — for thwarting them. The lesson of
market — have proposed rules that are                     the legislative accomplishments of the
tough and sophisticated. The new                          lame-duck session is that early, visible and

Consumer Financial                                                          adamant engagement by                              S it out of shame that Judge                                                                        fact does not require such an admission,
Protection Bureau is
ramping         up.       The
                                                                            President Obama makes
                                                                            a difference.
                                                                                                                               Viktor Danilkin ordered journal-
                                                                                                                               ists    out     of    Moscow’s
                                                                                                                                                                        Khodorkovsky’s                                             or even that a petition for a pardon be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   filed. Medvedev can put an end to the
Financial          Stability                                                   Obama cannot let                                Khamovnichesky Court on               imprisonment was                                              persecution of Khodorkovsky simply by
Oversight Council, led                                                      financial reform become                            Monday just after he pro-                                                                           granting a pardon as a humanitarian
by the Treasury secre-                                                      a bargaining chip and                     nounced the “guilty” verdict against
                                                                                                                                                                     politically motivated                                         gesture.
tary, will report in                                                        must make the case that                   Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his co-             from the start. People                                             We find it hard to imagine that
January on how to                                                           it will not help the federal              defendant, Platon Lebedev? Or was it                                                                         Medvedev — himself a highly qualified
implement the “Volcker                                                      budget — or the nation in                 simply another example of what                   at the pinnacle of                                          legal scholar — would want the conse-
rule” to restrict propri-
etary trading by banks.
                                                                            general — to shortchange
                                                                            reforms that could pre-
                                                                                                                      Russians call “telephone justice” —
                                                                                                                      replacing the rule of law with direct
                                                                                                                                                                    power saw him as a                                             quences of this judicial farce to stand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   during his tenure as president; it would
   The       process        is                                              vent another crisis.                      orders from high-level politicians?             threat and wanted                                            mock his pledge to rid the country of
                                                                                                                         It’s hard to say whether the judge                                                                        “legal nihilism.” Moreover, the verdict
                                                                                                                      himself was embarrassed by the verdict,      him behind the bars;                                            would certainly be disavowed upon
                                                                                                                      but Prime Minister Vladimir Putin                their efforts were                                          appeal to the European Court of
                                         Eastside                                                                     made it clear several days ago how the
                                                                                                                      Khodorkovsky trial would unfold when,         supported by corrupt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Human Rights.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Other solutions for putting an end to
                                                                                                                      responding to a question on national                                                                         the persecution of Khodorkovsky could
                                                                                                                                                                     middle-tier officials
                          Gujjar Agitation
                                                                                                                      television, he declared: “A thief should                                                                     involve either the court itself granting
                                                                                                                      sit in jail.”                                                                                                parole (he has already served the mini-
                                                                                                                         As one of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s          expert testimony. Meanwhile, almost all                         mum term required), or an amnesty, if
                                                                                                                      defence attorneys, I can confirm that        of the prosecution’s motions were                               Russia’s Parliament votes for it. Strong
Competitive caste politics is playing havoc in India’s Rajasthan                                                      my client will appeal the court’s verdict.
                                                                                                                      He will do so because he has not lost
                                                                                                                                                                     An appeal in a politically controlled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   political will would be required for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   either action to take place.
                                                                                                                      hope that Russia one day will come           court system may be doomed. But there                              An end to Khodorkovsky’s persecu-

T  HE ongoing agitation by the Gujjar
   community in Rajasthan is a reminder
of the dangers of playing competitive caste
                                                          The level of reservation under this please-
                                                          all Act, which earmarked quotas for poor
                                                          upper castes as well, increased to 68 per
                                                                                                                      under the rule of law, a goal which
                                                                                                                      President Dmitri Medvedev himself has
                                                                                                                      declared must be met if the country is to
                                                                                                                                                                   are other ways for the Russian govern-
                                                                                                                                                                   ment to do what’s right for the nation’s
                                                                                                                                                                   future. President Medvedev has said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tion would send a strong signal that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   change is coming to Russia and that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   there is hope that the country will devel-
politics. The immediate provocation for                   cent, considerably above the 50 per cent                    become a modern, successful state.           that our system of justice must treat all                       op a legal system worthy of the name.
the agitation, which has erupted time and                 limit set by the Supreme Court in the                          Khodorkovsky’s imprisonment was           people equally. We now have irrefutable                            This would be good news for Russian
again on the reservation issue over the past              Mandal case. At another level there are                     politically motivated from the start.        evidence that the system does not                               citizens and for foreign investors who
five years, was the State government’s                    serious practical problems about extending                  People at the pinnacle of power saw him      respect that principle. Medvedev                                hesitate to put their money into an
decision to recruit people for 100,000                    a special quota for Gujjars.                                as a threat and wanted him behind bars;      knows this because he himself was once                          economy where property rights are not
posts — jobs to which the Gujjars, who                       While the violence that has attended                     their efforts were supported by corrupt      chairman of Gazprom, a company that                             secure. It would also be welcomed by
have been demanding a five per cent reser-                Gujjar agitations for reservation must be                   middle-tier officials who wanted to raid     clearly benefits from a different set of                        other national governments, which
vation, want the quota extended.                          roundly condemned, it must be recognised                    the assets of Yukos, the company he          rules than that of Khodorkovsky.                                have hesitated to trust a country that
   Although both the ruling Congress and                  that the resentment of the community is                     built. In our appeal, we will demon-           Regardless of the verdict, President                          does not abide by a regime of law.
the BJP declare their commitment to giving                largely a result of cynical vote-seeking pol-               strate the absurdity of the charges          Medvedev, as the guarantor of the peo-                             Khodorkovsky’s case may be as
them a five per cent quota in government                  itics. In a bid to woo communities, political               against him, starting with the impossi-      ple’ s rights under the Russian                                 important for Russia’s friends abroad as
jobs and educational institutions, the prob-              parties often forget that the reservation pie               ble accusation of embezzlement of all of     Constitution,         may        release                        it is for Russians themselves. Let Judge
lem lies in giving effect to this. At one level           is limited and that any attempt to provide                  the oil produced by Yukos over a six-        Khodorkovsky by issuing a pardon                                Danilkin’s decision to clear the court-
there is the legal impediment, something                  quotas for one community will have                          year period. We will also challenge the      before his presidential term expires in                         room be the last time Russians cringe
the Rajasthan High Court called attention                 adverse implications for others. This is                    procedures in Judge Danilkin’s court.        early 2012.                                                     when they look at their system of justice.
to recently when it stayed the operation of a             exactly what has happened in Rajasthan.                     The judge systematically denied                While Putin has suggested on numer-                              (Yuri Schmidt is one of the lead
2008 Act that provided reservations for                   And the cost has been an intermittent cycle                 defense motions to attach documentary        ous occasions that a convict must admit                         defence attorneys for Mikhail
various caste groups, including the Gujjars.              of agitation, social unrest, and violence.                  evidence, examine witnesses and hear         guilt in requesting a pardon, the law in                        Khodorkovsky)
                                              (NYT/ The Hindu)

                                                       The Struggle for a New Iran
           The opposition Green movement is stronger than it appears, but there’s no guarantee that democratic values will triumph

               HE Islamic Republic today is gar-                  Guard all require an overweening ideo-                  RAY TAKEYH | IHT-NYT SYNDICATE       atomize its society, keeping individuals                    may degenerate into a period of pro-
               nering attention primarily for its                 logical cover to justify their brutalities to                                                locked — alone and dispirited — in its                      longed violence and even ethnic sepa-
               nuclear defiance. However,                         themselves.                                       The achievements of                        system of oppression. However, the                          ratism. A new dictatorship could arise,
               beneath the glare of inconclusive                     The subtle and subversive victory of                                                      Greens have proved that in the 21th                         basing its power on Persian chauvinism
               summits and boisterous claims                      the Green movement is to hollow out               the Green movement                         century, technology has done much to                        rather than Islamist assertion. The
       of economic empowerment, a critical                        the state and demonstrate to its loyal-          are impressive: It has                      erode such absolutist pretensions.                          series of decisions that the United
       question remains: Just how stable is                       ists that they are not defending a tran-                                                     Social media networks have fostered                         States and its allies make today will
       Iran’s clerical regime?                                    scendent orthodoxy but craven and
                                                                                                                     fractured the state,                      communities that defy the mullahs’                          help condition the contours of power in
          For much of the Washington estab-                       cruel men addicted to power at all cost.           won the intellectual                      superstructure and provoke acts of                          tomorrow’s Iran.
       lishment, the opposition Green move-                       In the words of the reformist cleric, the          argument regarding                        protest. Iran is a land of work stop-                         This is not to suggest that the United
       ment is a faded memory, a protest wave                     late Ayatollah Hossein Montazeri, in                                                         pages, student demonstrations and                           States should cease negotiating with
       against electoral fraud that was sup-                      the violent crackdown following the              the future of Iran, and                     sporadic commemoration of symbolic                          Iran. Ronald Reagan continued to sign
       pressed by the Islamist regime to the
       point of exhaustion if not extinction.
                                                                  elections in June 2009, the Islamic
                                                                  Republic ceased to be either Islamic or
                                                                                                                       attracted a large                       events. The persistence of dissent is
                                                                                                                                                               having a corrosive impact on a regime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           arms control compacts with a Soviet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Union whose demise he perceived as
       Such sentiments fail to engage with a                      a republic.                                      segment of the public                       that finds itself confronting a crisis of                   certain. The pursuit of important securi-
       more fundamental question, namely                             In his seminal study of revolutions,                                                      legitimacy it cannot redress and acts of                    ty objectives did not derail Reagan from
       how to assess the viability of an opposi-                  Crane Brinton observed that a ruling            members of Parliament and stalwarts          defiance that it cannot extinguish.                         embracing Solidarity in Poland or com-
       tion movement in a country whose pol-                      class becomes imperiled when “numer-            of the state have abandoned the pre-            The achievements of the Green                            parable opposition groups throughout
       itics have proven so evasive.                              ous and influential members of such a           sumptions of their militant brethren.        movement are impressive: It has frac-                       Eastern Europe. The important point is
          The Islamic Republic is not a typical                   class begin to believe that they hold           The shrinking leadership of the Islamic      tured the state, won the intellectual                       that the Iran conundrum is not limited
       authoritarian state but a distinct ideolog-                power unjustly, [and] that the beliefs          Republic is increasingly finding itself in   argument regarding the future of Iran,                      to compelling Tehran to spew out some
       ical construct. Such regimes require an                    they were brought up on are silly.”             the same place as the masters of the         and attracted a large segment of the                        of its accumulated uranium. Our choic-
       explanation, an argument to justify their                     Since Iran’s fraudulent presidential         Soviet Union, resting its power on a         public. But it is important to stress that                  es speak as much to our values as they
       repression and meddlesome adventures                       election, a steady stream of the regime’s       seemingly impressive edifice of terror       there is no guarantee that the Greens                       do to our interests. In the long run,
       abroad. The custodians of the theocratic                   elite are relinquishing their revolution-       that is likely to prove just as unreliable   will succeed the theocratic autocrats.                      America has never gone astray by stand-
       state may engage in atrocities, but they                   ary inheritance and separating them-            and unsteady.                                Although the Islamic Republic is head-                      ing with those who hope for a more
       are doing so to advance history’s cause,                   selves from a government they once                 Along with defections among the           ing relentlessly yet uneasily to history’s                  decent future.
       to realise a certain sublime ideal. In such                defended. The first generation of revo-         elite, the Islamic Republic continues to     junkyard, the future of Iran is still a                       (Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow
       a state, the uniformed officer, the plain-                 lutionaries who were present at the cre-        confront popular resistance. The princi-     subject of contention and struggle. In                      at the Council on Foreign
       clothes policeman, the Revolutionary                       ation of the republic, former presidents,       pal objective of any dictatorship is to      its post-Islamic Republic phase, Iran                       Relations)

                                                                                                                                                                                     THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY.
                                                                                                          ANALYSIS                                                                        Thursday, December 30, 2010
                                                                                                          Despite optimistic economic
      Health is                                                                                           forecasts, a national survey
                                                                                                          highlights the deep and                                                           Bloggers’
                                                                                                          continuing pain experienced
      Wealth                                                 Different strokes
                                                                                                          by millions of jobless
              HEALTHDAY NEWS                                 BOB HERBERT | NYT-IHT SYNDICATE                                                                                                   RUSSELL BISHOP | RUSSELLBISHOP.COM

Dieting Resolution                                                                                                                                                                      What Are The
Works Best When
Done in Stages                                                 US JOBLESS DATA                                                                                                          Four Keys to
                                                                                                                                                                                        Success in 2011?
I F your New Year’s resolution involves losing
  weight, your best chance of success may be
to divide your goal into small, manageable
parts that you can work on every day, suggests
an expert.
                                                                & THE REALITY                                                                                                           D    O you see any chance that 2011 will be free
                                                                                                                                                                                             of the roadblocks, frustrations and unex-
                                                                                                                                                                                        pected twists and turns that seemed common-
                                                                                                                                                                                        place the past couple of years? My guess is that
   “Instead of making the number on the scale                                                                                                                                           you have about the same chance of that hap-
the focus, look for other ways to measure suc-             With 15 million jobless Americans, chances of a robust recovery are thin                                                     pening as the proverbial snowball in hell.
cess,” Stefanie C Barthmare, a psychotherapist                                                                                                                                             What are you going to do to overcome the

at the Methodist Weight Management Center                      KEEP hearing from the data            more. More than a third have been        the experience of millions of             complex systems, frustrating processes or neg-
at Methodist Hospital in Houston, said in a                    zealots that holiday sales were       jobless for two years. With their        American families fighting desper-        ative and resistant people the next time they
hospital news release.                                         impressive and the outlook for        savings exhausted, many have bor-        ately to fend off destitution. Some       show up? Complaining won’t change much,
   When you set your goal, take the time to cre-               the economy in 2011 is not bad.       rowed money from relatives or            three out of every four Americans         and blaming the other guy rarely is greeted
ate for yourself a vision of what it will look like            Maybe they’ve stumbled onto           friends, sold possessions to make        have been personally touched by           with much enthusiasm. My advice to you is to
to achieve that goal. For example, your goal              something in their windowless              ends meet and decided against            the recession — either they’ve lost a     come up with what I call a “workaround strat-
might be to participate in a specific activity or         rooms. Maybe the economy really            medical examinations or treat-           job or a relative or close friend has.    egy,” a simple yet effective methodology for
to fit into a smaller size of pants. The next step        is gathering steam. But in the rough       ments they previously would have         And the outlook, despite the spin         overcoming whatever it is that gets in your way.
is to break your goal down into segments and              and tumble of the real world, where        considered essential.                    being put on the latest data, is not         There are four basic keys I have discovered
gradually begin to stop consuming foods that              families have to feed themselves                                                    promising.                                that you can apply.
are bad for you.                                          and pay their bills, there are an                                                      No one is forecasting a substan-          Step 1: Awareness
   “Start by cutting down your intake of soda             awful lot of Americans being left            Over the 15 months                     tial reduction in unemployment               As simple as it sounds, the first step to any
from three a day to one for the first week, and           behind.                                      that the surveys                       rates next year. And, as Motoko           improvement is simple awareness. What’s hap-
the next week maybe eliminate cheese from                    A continuing national survey of           have been                              Rich reported in The Times this           pening right now? What’s working? What isn’t
your sandwiches,” Barthmare advised.                      workers who lost their jobs during                                                  month,       temporary        workers     working? What would you like to see improve?
   “It’s also important to realise that depriving         the Great Recession, conducted by            conducted, just                        accounted for 80 percent of the           Notice I didn’t ask, “Who’s to blame?” If you
yourself never works. By refraining from one              two professors at Rutgers                    one-quarter of the                     50,000 jobs added by private sec-         prefer the blame game, no need to read further
behaviour that you know is potentially causing            University, offers anything but a            workers have found                     tor employers in November.                — just don’t go sailing, for heaven’s sake.
weight gain, you will begin to accumulate small           rosy view of the economic                    full-time jobs, nearly                    Carl Van Horn, the director of the     Blaming the mast-maker won’t solve the prob-
successes. These positive actions and resulting           prospects for ordinary Americans.                                                   Heldrich Center and one of the two        lem of the broken mast.
good feelings give you the momentum to keep               It paints, instead, a portrait filled        all of them for less                   professors (the other is Cliff Zukin)        Step 2: Accountability
going and eventually reach the goal you set for           with gloom.                                  pay and with fewer                     conducting the survey, said he was           For most people, accountability equates to
yourself.”                                                   More than 15 million Americans            or no benefits. “For                   struck by how pessimistic some of         blame. “Who’s accountable for this mess?” is
   Barthmare explained that suddenly turning              are officially classified as jobless.                                               the respondents have become —             something we have all heard before. Not so
your back on all unhealthy foods may work for             The professors, at the John J.
                                                                                                       those who remain                       not just about their own situation        often will you hear, “Who’s accountable for this
a few days or weeks. But when you start think-            Heldrich Center for Workforce                unemployed,” the                       but about the nation’s future. The        great success?” What I mean by accountability
ing about how you are restricting yourself, it’s          Development at Rutgers, have been            report says, “the                      survey found that workers in gener-       here is simply the degree to which you are will-
highly likely that you will return to your old            following their representative sam-          cupboard has long                      al are increasingly accepting the         ing to own the outcome.
eating habits and gain even more weight.                  ple of workers since the summer of                                                  notion that the effects of the reces-        Once again, notice that I’m not advocating
   “When you don’t come up with a plan to lose            2009. The report on their latest             been bare.” These                      sion will be permanent, that they         that you blame someone else for the current
weight and the process is torture, you are set-           survey, just out this month, is              were among the                         are the result of fundamental             situation, nor do I advocate that you blame
ting yourself up for failure,” she warned.                titled: “The Shattered American              many millions of                       changes in the national economy.          yourself. Blaming just doesn’t work. Once you
“Doing it a little at a time will keep you from           Dream: Unemployed Workers Lose               Americans who                             “They’re losing the idea that if       have chosen to become accountable for the
being overwhelmed, and keep you on track for              Ground, Hope, and Faith in Their                                                    you are determined and work hard,         outcome, you can then move to step three.
keeping the pounds off and keeping your New               Futures.”                                    spent the holidays                     you can get ahead,” said Dr Van              Step 3: Response-Ability
Year’s resolution.”                                          Over the 15 months that the sur-          hurting.                               Horn. “They’re losing that sense of          With a gathering awareness of the current
   Despite the way it feels, losing weight isn’t a        veys have been conducted, just                                                      optimism. They don’t think that           situation and a willingness to own the out-
mysterious process. It’s a simple matter of               one-quarter of the workers have              Older workers who are jobless          they or their children are going to       come, you can then begin to develop options
burning more calories than you eat. But, if it            found full-time jobs, nearly all of        are caught in a particularly precari-    fare particularly well.”                  for what you might be able to do to improve
were really that simple, none of us would have            them for less pay and with fewer or        ous state of affairs. As the report         The fact that so many Americans        upon the situation. As Mitchell has written,
a weight problem, would we? Weight loss can               no benefits. “For those who remain         put it:                                  are out of work, or working at jobs       “Before I was paralysed there were 10,000
be such a struggle that we start thinking we              unemployed,” the report says, “the           “We are witnessing the birth of a      that don’t pay well, undermines the       things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can
have to do something drastic to see results —             cupboard has long been bare.”              new class — the involuntarily            prospects for a robust recovery.          either dwell on the 1,000 I’ve lost or focus on
diets, pills or those weird fitness gadgets on               These were not the folks being          retired. Many of those over age 50       Jobless people don’t buy a lot of         the 9,000 I have left.” Once you have explored
infomercials that promise instant success. The            coldly and precisely monitored,            believe they will not work again at a    flat-screen TVs. What we’re really        the options and assessed your ability, you are
true secret to weight loss is this: Make small            classified and quantified as they          full-time ‘real’ job commensurate        seeing is an erosion of standards of      ready for step four.
changes each and every day and you’ll slowly              made their way to the malls to kick-       with their education and training.       living for an enormous portion of            Step 4: Choose
(but surely) lose those extra pounds. The key is          start the economy. These were              More than one-quarter say they           the population, including a sub-             How deceptively simple: just choose. Choose
to forget about instant results and settle in for         among the many millions of                 expect to retire earlier than they       stantial segment of the once solid        what? Well, that’s a combination of steps two
the long run.                                             Americans who spent the holidays           want, which has long-term conse-         middle class.                             and three: you need to clarify the outcome you
   To lose one pound of fat, you must burn                hurting.                                   quences for themselves and society.         Not only is this not being             can realistically expect to achieve given current
approximately 3500 calories over and above                   As the report states: “The reces-       Many will file for Social Security as    addressed, but the self-serving,          circumstances, assess your options and capa-
what you already burn doing daily activities.             sion has been a cataclysm that will        soon as they are eligible, despite the   rightward lurch in Washington is          bilities, and then make the best choice you can
That sounds like a lot of calories and you cer-           have an enduring effect. It is hard        fact that they would receive greater     all but guaranteed to make matters        within the constraints of available resources,
tainly wouldn’t want to try to burn 3500 calo-            to overstate the dire shape of the         benefits if they were able to delay      worse for working people. The             capabilities and practical realities. As the new
ries in one day.                                          unemployed.”                               retiring for a few years.”               zealots reading the economic tea          circumstances arise, youmust repeat step one
   However, by taking it step-by-step, you can               Nearly two-thirds of the unem-            There is a fundamental discon-         leaves see brighter days ahead.           all over again. Step 1: Awareness (yet again)
determine just what you need to do each day to            ployed workers who were surveyed           nect between economic indicators         They can afford to be sanguine.           Once again, you need to notice where you are,
burn or cut out those extra calories.                     have been out of work for a year or        pointing in a positive direction and     They’re working.                          and what the new circumstances are this time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kool Kit
       Have                                                                                                                                                                             What is Ghostwriting?
      your say                                                  Jiabao’s visits
                                                      THIS refers to your December 22
                                                      editorial headlined “Wen Jiabao’s
                                                      Pakistan visit” which said that,
                                                                                                            GSLV failure
                                                                                                  THIS is with reference to your
                                                                                                  India-page story headlined
                                                                                                  “GSLV mission fails as rocket
                                                                                                                                               “I’m shocked to know that
                                                                                                                                              Qatar has the highest rate of
                                                                                                                                                deaths & injuries in road

                                                                                                                                                                                            GHOSTWRITER is a professional writer
                                                                                                                                                                                            who is paid to write books, articles, stories,
                                                      despite differences, Pakistan must          explodes” on Sunday.
                                                                                                                                                accidents in the world!”                reports, or other texts that are officially credit-
                                                      emulate China in improving its trade          I think, it is unfortunate that the                  M OHAMED A BDULLAH             ed to another person. Celebrities, executives,
     Is there an issue you feel                       ties with India.                            GSLV-F06 mission failed because                              D OHA                    and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to
     strongly about, or an article                       I think what you have suggested is
                                                      something Pakistani politicians must
                                                                                                  of a snag. Although it is disappoint-
                                                                                                  ing, our scientists need not be dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                        draft or edit autobiographies, magazine arti-
                                                                                                                                                                                        cles, or other written material. In music, ghost-
     you want to comment on? QT                       ponder over rather seriously.               heartened. They must find out                                                         writers are used in film score composition, as
                                                      Pakistan can gain a lot by having bet-      what went wrong and try to fix it.                                                    well as for writing songs and lyrics for popular
     will carry your voice to the                     ter trade ties with India, which is         Since they are answerable to the                                                      music genres.
     public and to places where it                    emerging as the new economic
                                                      power house of Asia.
                                                                                                  country, they need to be meticulous
                                                                                                  in their planning.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Ghostwriters may have varying degrees of
                                                                                                                                                                                        involvement in the production of a finished
     matters. Write to us at                             That exactly was the reason why            I also feel that India needs to con-                                                work; while some ghostwriters are hired to edit
                                                      besides Wen, all top world leaders          centrate more on space pro-                                                           and clean up a rough draft, in other cases,
                                                      including British premier David             grammes of Earth orbits than on               “ How would you describe                ghostwriters do most of the writing based on
                                                      Cameron, US President Barack                lunar missions which will not be                who God really is within              an outline provided by the credited author. For
                                                      Obama, French President Nicholas            productive in the immediate future.                                                   some projects, ghostwriters will do a substan-
                      ADDRESS                         Sarkozy and Russian President                 But such failure need not dis-               twitter capacity? Take all             tial amount of research, as in the case of a
            PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar
                                                      Dmitry Medvedev visited India in the        hearten scientists. Investigations          your labels away. What is left            ghostwriter who is hired to write an autobiog-
                                                      recent past. In fact, Wen’s back-to-        will reveal the defects and pave the                                                  raphy for a well-known person. Ghostwriters
                     TELEPHONE                        back visits to India and Pakistan also      way for successful launches in
                                                                                                                                              is God. God is as we are. God             are also hired to write fiction in the style of an
               +974.44422077                          underlined Beijing’s careful balanc-        future. These are difficult times for          is our highest instinct to             existing author, often as a way of increasing the
                                                      ing act between two sets of bilateral       India. Incidentally, the difference           know ourselves. If God got              number of books that can be published by a
                                                      relationships. While economics dom-         between our scientists and the                                                        popular author. Ghostwriters will often spend
               +974.44416790                          inated his India visit, it was regional     political class is that while our sci-         bored then he is just like             from several months to a full year researching,
                       EMAIL                          goals’ convergence that took him to         entists learn from mistakes, politi-              one of us! nothing!”                writing, and editing nonfiction works for a
                   Pakistan. But, one thing Wen knew:          cians neither learn from nor admit                         D EEPAK C HOPRA            client, and they are paid either per page, with a
                                                      he can’t avoid India today.                 their mistake.                                  I NDIAN -A MERICAN S PIRITUAL G URU   flat fee, or a percentage of the royalties of the
                                                                                 ASLAM FARID                             ANUPAMA MENON                                                  sales, or some combination thereof. The ghost-
                                                                                       DOHA                                       DOHA                                                  writer is sometimes acknowledged by the
                                                                                                                                                                                        author or publisher for his writing services.
10         Thursday, December 30, 2010
                                                   PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA

   Inside Philippines/East Asia                                    Aquino govt wants early
                                                                   submission of 2012 budget
  Malaysian wins                   Malaysian Indian leader
  jackpot by using car             objects to caste system
  chassis number                   section in school book
  KUALA LUMPUR A                   KUALA LUMPUR A
  Malaysian businessman            Malaysian Indian leader on
  has hit a multi-million jack-    Wednesday took exception                  AGENCIES                We are committed to mak-
  pot by using his car chassis     to teaching school students                 MANILA                ing sure that subsequent
  number.                          about the Indian caste sys-                                       budgets under this govern-
     He won more than              tem and asked that the          AFTER passing next year’s         ment will be passed on
  RM11million ($3.5 million)       book be withdrawn.              national budget on sched-         time,” he said.
  in prize money, The Star            At least the section         ule, the Aquino administra-         The Constitution man-
  reported on Wednesday.           touching upon caste system      tion also wants an early sub-     dates the Executive branch
  The identity of the man          should be removed as it         mission of the budget for         to submit its outlay to
  from Selangor state has not      does not reflect the condi-      2012.                             Congress within 30 days
  been revealed.                   tions of the Indian commu-        Department of Budget            after session opens or
     He was elated when he         nity in the country,            and Management (DBM)              around August.
  thought that he had won          Malaysian Indian Congress       chief Florencio Abad said           In the past, the budget call
  the second jackpot of            (MIC) vice president and        the target submission of the      was issued in April or May
  $193,986 when the                Human Resource Minister         2012 spending bill was set a      of the year prior to the fiscal
  results came out on              S. Subramaniam said.            day after President Benigno       year of the budget.
  Sunday. However, when he            If the contents were not     Aquino delivers his State of        The 2011 budget proposal
  got in touch with the offi-       removed, it would “cause        the Nation Address (SONA)         was submitted on August
  cials concerned, he was          problems” for the countryís     on July 25.                       24, 29 days after Aquino
  shocked when told that he        2.1 million ethnic Indian         The President, Abad said,       delivered his SONA. The
  had actually won                 population, as it would give    has approved the new budg-        budget call was released on
  RM11,070,547.                    a wrong picture of them to      et calendar, which starts         May 12.
     The man didnít realise        the students, he said.                                              The P1.645-trillion outlay
  that the 4D Jackpot game            The minister said he           In the past, the                for next year, meanwhile,
  had a cascading feature          would send a request to the       budget call was                 was signed into law by
  which kicks in when no           education ministry calling        issued in April or              Aquino last Monday.
  one wins the first prize.         for a stop to the use of the      May of the year                   Abad said the new budget
     The cascading feature         Bahasa Malaysia literature        prior to the fiscal             calendar dedicates February
  meant that one-third of the      book “Interlock” or the           year of the budget.             2011 for consultations by 6
  first prize amount cascad-        removal of the section in it      The 2011 budget                 pilot departments with civil
  ed down into the second          touching on the Indian            proposal was sub-               society         organizations
  jackpot, giving the second       caste system. Bahasa              mitted on August                (CSOs) at both their central
  jackpot winner an addi-          Malaysia is the language of       24, 29 days after               offices and regionally,
  tional sum in winnings.          the majority Malay commu-         Aquino delivered                through      the    Regional
  The man, who is in his           nity. The book was to             his SONA. The                   Development Councils.
  fifties, bought 8341 and          become compulsory read-           budget call was                   “This new consultative
  1922 - which together            ing for class five students        released on May                 budget preparation process
  make the chasis number           starting next year and            12.                             is in line with the Aquino
  of his car - as his Jackpot      Subramaniam feared that it                                        government’s commitment
  combination numbers,             would provide “a wrong          with the budget call and          to ensure good governance
  both of which were drawn         perception of the Indian        forum with all government         through citizen’s participa-
  as special prize . (IANS)        community.” (IANS)              agencies and corporations         tion,” he said.
                                                                   on January 6 and 7.                 He also pointed out the
                                                                      “The 2011 Reform Budget,       six departments which
                                                                   the first financial blueprint       include Education, Health,
                                                                   of        the       Aquino        Social      Welfare       and
                                                                   Administration, was enact-        Development, Agriculture,
                                                                   ed on time, the first time it      Agrarian Reform and Public
                                                                   has happened in 11 years.         Works.                            Philippine President Benigno Aquino III addresses a meeting, in Manila, recently.   (AP)

                                                                   Ship sinks in S China Sea, 12                                                                                                            Vietnam’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2010 growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                            fastest in
  Top Indonesian terror suspect goes on trial
  JAKARTA The trial of one of Indonesia’s top terrorism sus-
  pects has opened in the capital.
                                                                   sailors rescued, 11 still missing                                                                                                        three years
     Abdullah Sunata is accused of setting up a terrorist cell                  AFP                    Twelve seamen                   each one of them, and on the       shippers should take heed.                        AFP
                                                                               HANOI                                                                                                                                       HANOI
  of Muslim militants with ties to the Middle East and the                                             were rescued by                 weather conditions.”                  “It’s a warning to the own-
  Philippines. Prosecutors say he also helped set up a jihadi                                          fishermen after                    Another rescue official, Vu      ers of cargo ships about mar-
  training camp in westernmost Aceh province to prepare for        ELEVEN Vietnamese sailors           the Van Don-2                   Khac Cuong, said on state tel-     itime safety, and unexpected      VIETNAM’S economy grew
  high profile assassinations and attacks targeting Western         were missing in the South           sank early on Tues-             evision that the 12 survivors      changes in the weather at         at its fastest pace in three
  hotels and embassies in Jakarta.                                 China Sea after their cargo         day about 400 kilo-             were all in a poor condition,      sea,” he said.                    years in 2010, according to an
     Sunata was arrestd in June and faces a maximum penal-         ship sank during high winds,        metres off the                  and two were injured.                 Twenty other fishermen          official estimate released on
  ty of death if convicted of violating anti-terrorism laws.       rescue officials said on             coast of Ba Ria-                   The ship, weighing 6,900        were missing and presumed         Wednesday, despite concerns
     Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim nation of 237 million       Wednesday, warning other            Vung Tau, said Bui              deadweight tonnes, was             dead after their vessel over-     over high inflation, a strug-
  people, has been hit by a series of suicide bombings             mariners to beware of bad           Ngoc Tri, of the                transporting material for iron     turned on December 17, also       gling currency and its current
  blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants since 2002. More than        weather.                            southern                        manufacturing           from       during strong winds off Ba        account deficit.
  160 people have died, many of them foreign tourists. (AP)          Twelve seamen were res-           province’s search               Malaysia to Ho Chi Minh            Ria-Vung Tau province. Only          Gross domestic product
                                                                   cued by fishermen after the          and rescue centre.              City, Tri said. It belongs to      one man survived, a rescue        (GDP) expanded by roughly
  Thai lawmaker arrested on Cambodia border                        Van Don-2 sank early on                                             the Quang Ninh Sea                 official said.                     6.8 percent compared with
                                                                   Tuesday about 400 kilome-         hampered by bad weather.”         Transport company based in            Local media reported that      5.3 percent the previous year,
  PHNOM PENH Cambodian authorities say seven Thais,                tres (250 miles) off the coast      Tri said the accident hap-      northern      Quang     Ninh       another 23 seamen have not        the slowest rate in a decade,
  including a member of Parliament, have been arrested after       of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, said Bui      pened very quickly during         province.                          been found after the Phu Tan      the General Statistics Office
  illegally crossing the border into Cambodia.                     Ngoc Tri, of the southern         heavy seas, and he did not           A staffer at the shipping       container ship from Vietnam       (GSO) said in a year-end
     Prime Minister Hun Sen said the seven will appear in          province’s search and rescue      know whether the crew had         company said only that they        sank on December 16 during        report. The economy grew 6.3
  court on Thursday. Provincial police chief Hun Hean said         centre.                           time to put on their life jack-   were awaiting more informa-        severe weather further north,     percent in 2008 and 8.5 per-
  the arrests occurred Wednesday opposite the Thai province          “We have sent two rescue        ets.                              tion from the rescue centre.       to the west of China’s Hainan     cent in 2007.
  of Sa Kaew. A Thai Foreign Ministry official in Bangkok           boats and asked fishing ves-         “We are making maximum             Strong winds and heavy          island.                              GSO figures showed that
  confirmed the incident, saying the group was inspecting a         sels in the area to help in the   efforts to search for them and    seas are common off                   Officials said rescue work-     growth accelerated through-
  disputed area along the frontier. The lawmaker was identi-       search for the missing            I can’t talk about their          Vietnam’s coast at this time       ers from China and Vietnam        out this year, expanding in
  fied as Panich Vikitsreth of the ruling Democrat party. (AP)      sailors,” Tri said.               chances of survival. That         of year, and Cuong said the        found three survivors and         the fourth quarter by an
                                                                     “However, our search is         depends a lot on the energy of    latest incident shows that         one body from the cargo ship.     annualised 7.3 percent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               “These results confirm the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            effectiveness of measures and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            solutions taken firmly and

Festive fireworks light up sleepy Philippine town                                                                                                                                                           vigorously by the government
                                                                                                                                                                                                            to prevent economic slow-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            down and to stabilise the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            macroeconomy,” the GSO
             AFP                  farmers some work between                                                                            in Baliuag and nearby areas of     feet) into the air, while a       report said.
           BALIUAG                harvests.                                                                                            Bulacan province, churning         “screaming cow” moos before          The figures beat the govern-
                                     “Our jobs depend on people                                                                        out fireworks of different          it explodes in a loud bang.       ment’s target of 6.5 percent
GUNPOWDER                 coats   using fireworks to celebrate,”                                                                        sizes and calibre.                    Locals say a powerful fire-     growth this year. It is aiming
Angelito Garce as the             Garce, 44, told AFP as he and                                                                          The louder the explosions,       cracker that can approximate      for seven percent expansion
Philippine pyrotechnics wiz-      30 relatives and friends                                                                             the quirkier the names and         the explosion of a grenade can    in 2011. Recovery in industry,
ard works his magic on a vat      worked overtime to meet                                                                              the higher the prices they         also be bought on the sly.        construction and agriculture,
of industrial chemicals, turn-    what could be a last-minute                                                                          fetch. Of the street-legal vari-      Named after the infamous       coincided with stronger exter-
ing them into exploding cows,     surge in demand.                                                                                     eties, the “Judas Belt”, pre-      Al Qaeda leader, the (Osama)      nal demand to boost the
pythons and fountains.               Garce is considered among                                                                         sumably named after Jesus          “bin Laden” is however diffi-      country’s growth rate, the
   Come nightfall on Friday,      the master artisans who spe-                                                                         Christ’s disciple-turned-trai-     cult to find and shopkeepers       World Bank said in a report
his grimy and dangerous toil      cialise in mixing gunpowder                                                                          tor Judas Iscariot, is a string    will not openly admit to sell-    this month.
is expected to help light up      with other chemicals, a trade-                                                                       of triangular crackers that        ing them.                            But communist Vietnam’s
the Asian archipelago’s skies     craft passed from one genera-    A vendor takes a break as her companion arranges firecrackers for    pop like a rifle clip emptying         Prices range from as low as    impressive growth has been
as millions of New Year rev-      tion to another in an unbro-     the New Year celebrations, in Manila, on Thursday. (REUTERS)        in rapid fire.                      400 pesos to as high as           accompanied by increased
ellers set off fireworks for a     ken string lasting more than a                                                                         A longer version has appro-      12,000 pesos depending on         economic risks such as falling
loud and fiery send off to         hundred years.                   and potentially life-threaten-    rice fields where you have to      priated the Filipino name for      their size and explosive          foreign exchange reserves,
2010.                                Drums filled with water line   ing, the average pay of 3,000     toil and wait months before       python. Revellers wrap them        power. The pyrotechnics           high inflation, a struggling
   The 16 million-dollar          the shed’s walls in case a fire   pesos (68 dollars) a week is      harvest. In here you can make     around lamp posts or trees to      industry in the Philippines       currency, and a relatively
industry is based in the sleepy   breaks out — a firetruck          good money in a country           your products in an instant.      be set off minutes before the      emerged in 1867, inspired by      high current account deficit,
town of Baliuag and adjoining     would not fit on the narrow       where the daily factory wage      We get paid quickly,” Garce       clock strikes midnight to wel-     a Spanish Roman Catholic          the broadest measure of
towns near Manila, where          tracks and would likely get      is typically less than six dol-   said.                             come the New Year.                 priest who made small rock-       external trade, the World
tiny sheds rise amid a sea of     stuck in the mud.                lars.                                Factories such as these          A “fountain” shoots sparks       ets to rouse his parishioners     Bank said.
green rice paddies to give           Though the work is dirty         “Outside these walls are       employ some 100,000 people        about 2.5 metres (about eight      for dawn masses.
                                                                                                                 PAKISTAN                                                                              Thursday, December 30, 2010

Zardari steps in to help resolve                                                                                                                                                                                           Inside
coalition govt crisis, holds talks
             AFP                                                                                                                                   bring on board all political      anonymity, that Malik and
           KARACHI                                                                                                                                 forces to face the enormous       Shah were in contact with
                                                                                                                                                   challenges facing the coun-       MQM and that the PPP was
LEADERS in Pakistan’s main                                                                                                                         try.”                             “confident that MQM will
ruling party appeared confi-                                                                                                                           The weak and unpopular         remain in government with
dent on Wednesday of reach-                                                                                                                        government is grappling with      more influence and share in
ing a deal to prevent their                                                                                                                        a depressed economy, the          the coalition.”
main coalition partner from                                                                                                                        after-effects of devastating         MQM spokesman Wasay
quitting the cabinet and join-
ing the opposition.
                                                                                                                                                   floods that affected 21 million
                                                                                                                                                   people and prevailing insecu-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Jaleel denied contacts but left
                                                                                                                                                                                     open the door to a deal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Govt clears visa of
   In a move that sent tremors                                                                                                                     rity posed by Taliban and            “Our doors are open for           Indian train drivers
through Pakistan’s fractious                                                                                                                       other Islamist insurgent          dialogue. We want to settle          ISLAMABAD With
world of politics and threat-                                                                                                                      groups.                           the problems amicably. We            Pakistan issuing visas to
ened        to      destabilise                                                                                                                       Just two weeks ago, the        are not stubborn,” he told           six loco pilots and a guard
Washington’s key ally in the                                                                                                                       country’s most prominent          AFP.                                 of the Indian Railways, the
war on Al Qaeda, the                                                                                                                               religious party walked out of        Neither did the party back a      movement of a goods train
Muttahida Qaumi Movement                                                                                                                                                             call from the country’s most         to Lahore is expected to
(MQM) said it was leaving the                                                                                                                                                        prominent Islamic politician,        resume on Wednesday.
federal cabinet.                                                                                                                                     Zardari held                    who took Jamiat Ulema-e-                The movement of goods
   It said Farooq Sattar, min-                                                                                                                       overnight crisis                Islam Fazl (JUIF) out of gov-        trains between India and
ister for overseas Pakistanis,                                                                                                                       talks with Interior             ernment on December 14, for          Pakistan came to a stand-
and ports and shipping min-                                                                                                                          Minister Rehman                 Prime Minister Yousuf Raza           still on December 22 after
ister Babar Ghauri sent letters                                                                                                                      Malik and close                 Gilani to resign.                    visas of Indian drivers were
of resignation to the presi-                                                                                                                         ally Qaim Ali Shah,                “Our demands relate to the        not renewed.
dency, but stopped short of                                                                                                                          chief minister of               government’s action to end              Visa documents of six
quitting the government and                                                                                                                          southern Sindh                  increasing corruption and            train drivers and a guard
joining the opposition.                                                                                                                              province                        inflation. We don’t demand            have been cleared and the
   MQM has been at odds                                                                                                                                                              the removal of the prime min-        goods train is expected to
with President Asif Ali                                                                                                                                                              ister,” Jaleel said.                 resume. (PTI)
Zardari’s Pakistan People’s                                                                                                                        the government, costing the          MQM effectively controls
Party (PPP) over political vio-                                                                                                                    coalition the support of seven    Pakistan’s financial capital
lence in Karachi, tax reforms                                                                                                                      lawmakers.                        Karachi, where its power base        Bank robbers walk
demanded          by        the   President Asif Ali Zardari: At odds with major coalition partners.   (AFP)                                         Zardari held overnight cri-     is rooted in the Urdu-speak-         away with CCTVs
International        Monetary                                                                                                                      sis talks with Interior           ing majority.
Fund, corruption and infla-        makers could bring down the         and PPP lawmaker Qamar                   PPP prime minister Benazir          Minister Rehman Malik and            Its relations with the PPP        ISLAMABAD Robbers
tion.                             government.                         Zaman Kaira told reporters.              Bhutto.                             close ally Qaim Ali Shah, chief   soured partly over an explo-         struck at a bank in the
   With the PPP’s coalition         “One should not waste time           He conceded that there had               “But we will sit together        minister of southern Sindh        sion of political violence in        national capital and
numbering 185 seats in the        when there are problems             been a “delay” in addressing             and address their reserva-          province, and by Wednesday        Karachi, which saw more              walked away with Rs 6
342-member national assem-        among friends. We are in con-       its partner’s political con-             tions,” said Kaira.                 PPP leaders appeared confi-        than 155 people killed earlier       million in cash and the
bly, just 13 more than the 172    tact with MQM and things            cerns, which he attributed to               “The government wants to         dent that a deal could be cut.    this year and which some PPP         CCTV cameras that were
required for a majority, any      will return to normal pretty        Monday’s third anniversary               be in good terms with all its         One prominent PPP mem-          figures blamed on MQM loy-            installed there to prevent
withdrawal of MQM’s 25 law-       soon,” Information Minister         of the assassination of former           allies in line with its policy to   ber told AFP, on condition of     alists.                              any crime.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Five armed men were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          involved in the crime.

‘Afghan border                                                        Pakistani Taliban set up female                                                                                                                     Dacoits thrash cops,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          snatch guns
with Pakistan                                                         suicide bombers wing                                                                                                                                ISLAMABAD A gang of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dacoits on Wednesday

can’t be sealed’                                                                    IANS
                                                                                                                                                                                     security forces dressed as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          struck at a police post in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pakistan’s Punjab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          province, thrashed the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          policemen posted there
             AP                      Luong said troops under                                                                                                                            Gul added: My younger             and snatched away their
         WASHINGTON               his command are still work-         PAKISTANI Taliban have                                                                                         sister blew herself up in a sui-     guns and ammunitions.
                                  ing to control the border. But      established an all-women                                                                                       cide attack in Afghanistan. I,          The gang also took
THERE is no practical way         he recently shut down one           wing of suicide bombers to                                                                                     however, managed to escape.          away arms and mobile
for US troops to seal             platoon-sized checkpoint            carry out terror missions                                                                                      I was too scared.                    phones from the police
Afghanistan’s vast border         known as “Combat Outpost            across the country, dramati-                                                                                      A resident of Afghanistan,        post in Khanewal tehsil,
with Pakistan and stop all        Spera.” Luong said he               cally revealed a 12-year-old                                                                                   Meena Gul’s family had trav-         the News International
Taliban fighters from slip-        thought the platoon would           girl who managed to escape                                                                                     elled across Pakistan, resid-        reported on Wednesday.
ping through, so they are         be more useful protecting           from the clutches of the                                                                                       ing in Karachi, Lahore and              Over ten armed dacoits
focusing on defending vul-        more populated areas.               rebels from near the                                                                                           refugee camps in Peshawar,           turned up to the police
nerable towns and fighting            Khost province has been          Afghanistan border.                                                                                            police records show.                 post. (IANS)
insurgents on Afghan soil, a      the site of frequent enemy            Meena Gul’s brother, a                                                                                          Before the December 25
US military commander said        attacks, including a high-          Taliban commander, told                                                                                        attack by a woman suicide
on Tuesday.                       profile suicide bombing at a         her: “You will go to heaven                                                                                    bomber, the last such suicide        Cop moves court to
  Army Col. Viet Luong said       remote CIA outpost last             before any of us, if you blow                                                                                  attack by a woman was in             reclaim ransom
that “to secure the border in     year.                               up yourself the way I tell                                                                                     December 2007 when she
the traditional sense” would         The area’s proximity to          you.”                                                                                                          blew up herself at a check-          ISLAMABAD A police-
“take an inordinate amount        Pakistan puts it on the front         The Express Tribune                                                                                          point in Peshawar.                   man has moved the
of resources.” He said it also    lines of the US fight for con-       reported on Wednesday that                                                                                        The woman in her thirties,        Peshawar High Court
would require far more            trol in Afghanistan. Pakistan       the girl was caught by securi-                                                                                 wearing a burqa, was the             against the police
cooperation from the tribes       is host to the Taliban-linked       ty personnel from the Munda                                                                                    only casualty.                       department to get back
inside Pakistan who often         Haqqani network, a militant         area near Dir district in                                                                                         The media report said that        Rs.500,000 that his
                                  movement based in its North         January this year. The state-                                                                                  the       Tehreek-e-Taliban          family paid to the
                                  Waziristan region that car-         ments she gave nearly 11                                                                                       Pakistan       has      always       Taliban for his release
  Pakistan’s govern-              ries out operations in              months back came true fol-               Pakistan army paramedic with an injured victim of a female            acknowledged their womenís           from captivity.
  ment is believed to             Afghanistan.                        lowing a woman’s suicide                 suicide bombing, in Peshawar, on Saturday. (AP)                       wing.                                   Head Constable Pir
  give the Haqqani                   Luong said he has seen           bombing in December 25                                                                                            The women’s wing has              Jamal petitioned the
  group some                      “subtle signs of hope” for          that killed 46 people in                 rubble in a bombardment.            was responsible for their         been mentioned in the radio          court against the Khyber
  degree of freedom               Khost after the US and              Bajaur.                                    She spoke about a wom-            training. She escorted eight      broadcasts of Maulvi Faqir           Pakhtunkhwa Police
  as a way of secur-              Afghanistan stepped up                Meena Gul managed to                   enís wing of the Taliban wait-      women from our village to         Muhammad in Bajaur and               Department for reclaim-
  ing Islamist sup-               operations against the              escape from the Taliban                  ing to carry out suicide            Afghanistan, Gul told the         the absconding chief of the          ing the ransom money,
  port against                    Haqqani network.                    guerrillas when militantsí               attacks.                            Express Tribune.                  TTP chapter in Swat,                 Daily Times reported on
  archrival India.                   The number of operations         hideouts were reduced to                   My sister-in-law, Zainab,           Zainab fought Pakistani         Maulana Fazlullah.                   Wednesday.
                                  and patrols increased four-                                                                                                                                                             (IANS)
                                  fold, up to 12,000 in the past
provide Taliban fighters safe      year, while the effectiveness
  Other senior US military
officials have said they hope
the Pakistan military does
                                  of enemy fire has been cut in
                                  half, he estimated.
                                     “Local atmospherics are
                                  indicating that the people of
                                                                      Major reforms to control fiscal deficit on cards
more to shut down Taliban         Khost are beginning to feel                    AGENCIES                      National             Finance        months after having been          ship had been informed                Another official said
hideouts. But the US has          that security is much, much                    ISLAMABAD                     Commission (NFC) Award              suspended in May 2010.” The       about the dire consequences        President Zardari had been
denied       reports      that    better,” he said. “And more                                                  could collapse in the absence       official said that the fiscal       of the increasing macroeco-        misled by some of his friends
American forces are pushing       importantly, for the first          WITH fiscal deficit going out              of additional tax measures.         deficit had already crossed its    nomic imbalances and had           that Pakistan had reasonable
to expand special operations      time, they’re feeling that the      of hand and threatening the                A senior government offi-          half yearly target by a wide      been requested for immedi-         foreign exchange reserves
raids inside Pakistan’s tribal    provincial government is            country’s macroeconomic                  cial said on Wednesday that         margin and a lot of time had      ate steps to correct it and to     and could do without RGST
areas to target militants.        now working for the people.”        framework, the government                these      measures      were       been wasted to fix that. The       take lending agencies on           or IMF inflows. As a result,
  “It’s naive to say that we         Pakistan’s government is         will introduce in a couple of            inevitable to show serious-                                           board. He did not rule out the     he had cancelled a scheduled
can stop . . . forces coming      believed to give the Haqqani        days some of the major                   ness to the international             The fiscal deficit              visit of an IMF team next          meeting with an IMF delega-
through the border,” said         group some degree of free-          reforms, including withdraw-             community and lending                                                 month to re-start delibera-        tion last month.
Luong, who oversees troops        dom as a way of securing            al of sales tax exemptions, to           agencies that at least a first
                                                                                                                                                     had already                     tions for half-yearly budget-         “That impression has now
in a part of eastern              Islamist support against            build on a nine-month                    step had been taken to fix             crossed its                     ary restructuring.                 been rectified,” he said,
Afghanistan that includes         archrival India. Islamabad          breather allowed by the                  serious      macroeconomic            half yearly target                 Asked if the government         adding the leadership had
the volatile Khost province       also faces other problems,          International Monetary Fund              imbalances.                           by a wide margin                now planned to implement           been informed that it was not
and 261 kilometers of bor-        including massive flooding           (IMF) on its standby pro-                  When asked if the reform                                            Plan-B envisaging withdraw-        just the foreign currency
der.                              this year and government            gramme.                                  programme        had     been       half yearly fiscal deficit          al of sales tax exemptions and     inflows that were necessary
  Instead, Luong said, he is      instability.                           And the fresh resolve has in          delayed for a few months, he        should have been about 2.23       zero rating through notifica-       for the economy to run
choosing to fight insurgents           In the latest sign of trou-     its background the panic that            replied in the negative. “It is     per cent, but estimates sug-      tions and cabinet decisions,       smoothly, but an IMF pro-
outside Afghan villages           ble, a key party in Pakistan’s      political gains achieved                 current. That is why the            gest it has already gone          he said there was always a         gramme was crucial to take
where they are more vulner-       ruling coalition said it would      through         the       18th           IMF’s standby programme             beyond 3.3 per cent.              Plan-B and would be known          all international develop-
able anyway.                      quit the cabinet on Tuesday.        Amendment and the new                    has been revived for nine             He said the political leader-   to all at an appropriate time.     ment partners along.
12          Thursday, December 30, 2010
                                                                            SOUTH ASIA

Dabur Nepal chief summoned for questioning after raid
             IANS                     CIAA joint attorney Sameer         Though the Dabur storeho-         Nepal and the largest
          KATHMANDU                 Silwal said Ganguly and            sue was raided Dec 20 and           exporter. The same vigilance
                                    Gupta would have to appear         samples of its fruit juices cart-   agency that raided Dabur
A STATE vigilance agency            for questioning by Friday.         ed away for laboratory exami-       Nepal, however, is yet to take
that raided Indian multina-         Silwal had led the raid into       nations, almost 10 days later       any action against people sus-
tional Dabur Indiaís inde-          Dabur Nepalís storehouse in                                            pected nine months ago of
pendent group company in            southern Nepalís Bara district       The majority of this              involvement in a corrupt deal
Nepal, following complaints         earlier this month and sealed        year’s ISAF dead —                to buy armoured carriers for
of irregularity, has now sum-       about 74,000 cartons of its          493 — are US                      Nepalís security forces
moned the chief of the raided       Real brand of fruit juices as        troops, followed by               engaged in UN peacekeeping
firm for questioning.                these were found stamped             Britons with 101.                 operations in Sudan.
   Udayan Ganguly, chief            January manufacturing dates.                                             The carriers were found to be
executive officer of Dabur             ìThey were sent letters last     there was little information on     substandard and cost the state
Nepal, as well as production        Thursday, asking them to           how the investigation was           a loss of millions of rupees.
head Indranil Gupta have            present themselves before the      progressing.                        Though a parliamentary com-
been asked to appear before         commission for questioning           The raid occurred within          mittee asked for action against
the      Commission        for      within a week,î Silwal told        three days of a consumersí          the then ministers involved in
Investigation of Abuse of           IANS. ìIf they fail to appear by   group filing a complaint             the corrupt purchase, the
Authority (CIAA) for ques-          Friday, we will take action        against Dabur Nepal, one of         investigation has not shown
tioning.                            against them as per law.î          the biggest companies in            any result so far.                 Chief Executive Officer of Dabur Nepal Udayan Ganguly addresses a meeting, in Kathmandu, recently.

                                                                       FIRING ON TALIBAN POSITIONS
faces graft
                                                                                                                                                                                 export drops
(ACC) has filed cases against
the former speaker of parlia-
                                                                                                                                                                                 21% in 2010
ment, his deputy and a senior                                                                                                                                                                 IANS                     Manpower exports come
opposition party leader for                                                                                                                                                                  DHAKA                  next only to readymade gar-
corruption, misappropriation                                                                                                                                                                                        maents and knitwears that
of public funds and misuse of                                                                                                                                                    BANGLADESH’S            labour     fetched $12 billion in 2009.
power.                                                                                                                                                                           export, the country’s second          The       Refugee      and
  Cases were filed on Tuesday                                                                                                                                                     biggest source of foreign          Migratory         Movements
against former speaker                                                                                                                                                           exchange, has fallen by 21         Research Unit (RMMRU)
Jamiruddin Sircar, his deputy                                                                                                                                                    percent, an official study has      came up with the findings in
Akhtar Hamid, secretary gen-                                                                                                                                                     said.                              its report, “Labour Migration
eral of main opposition                                                                                                                                                             Besides, the remittances        2010: Achievement and
Bangladesh Nationalist Party                                                                                                                                                     have gone up by only 1.4 per-      Constraints”.
(BNP) Khandaker Delwar                                                                                                                                                           cent during 2010, the lowest
Hossain, and two officials of          A US soldier returns fire after Taliban attacked an American convoy, in Chowkay district, Kunar province, on Tuesday. (AP)                  in the last three decades.
the parliament secretariat for                                                                                                                                                      The poor performance,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The poor perform-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ance, belying hopes
moving furniture from gov-

  Sircar and his
  deputy held the
                                      Suicide bomber kills two                                                                                                                   belying hopes of a surge after
                                                                                                                                                                                 global recession ended,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Tuesday prompted Prime
                                                                                                                                                                                 Minister Sheikh Hasina to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of a surge after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      global recession
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ended, on Tuesday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      prompted PM

                                      Afghan soldiers in Barmal
                                                                                                                                                                                 appeal to the newly appointed
  constitutional                                                                                                                                                                 envoy of Kuwait to take in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sheikh Hasina to
  offices during                                                                                                                                                                 more Bangladeshi workers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      appeal to the newly
  2001-06, when                                                                                                                                                                     Kuwait, that had 40,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      appointed envoy of
  Delwar Hossain                                                                                                                                                                 Bangladeshi workers some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kuwait to take in
  was the chief whip.                              AFP                  Hamid Karzai.                                                         the situation in Afghanistan       years back, accepted only 21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      more Bangladeshi
                                                  KABUL                    Meanwhile US forces               The incident , in                as the war against the             persons this year.
ernment houses, and drawing                                             clashed with insurgents in           eastern Paktika                  Taliban approaches the start          Kuwait reflects the declin-
excess gas and electricity bills.     TWO Afghan soldiers were          eastern Afghanistan on               province’s Barmal                of its tenth year.                 ing trend noticed in Saudi           Labour and Employment
   Sircar and his deputy held         killed in a suicide bombing       Wednesday, fending off a             district, was the                   The instability has turned      Arabia and the United Arab         Minister           Khandaker
the constitutional offices dur-        in an eastern Afghan town         Taliban assault for the sec-         latest attack tar-               2010 into the deadliest year       Emirates. The Gulf region          Mosharraf Hossain admitted
ing 2001-06, when Delwar              near the Pakistan border, the     ond time in as many days.            geting Afghan govt               of the conflict for interna-        took over a half of                that export of the workers had
Hossain was the chief whip.           defence ministry said                US soldiers came under            troops fighting a                tional forces, with 700            Bangladeshi workers abroad         decreased but argued that the
   The anti-graft body found          Wednesday.                        small arms fire early on              nine-year Taliban-               NATO service members               who sent home $10 billion in       demand for workers had
that Sircar and Delwar had              The incident on Tuesday,        Wednesday morning as they            led insurgency.                  killed so far. But the Afghan      2008-09.                           shrunk in the international
taken Tk 20 million                   in eastern Paktika province’s     set up a combat outpost in                                            army has also shouldered its          Hasina, during her recent       market, the New Age newspa-
($282,000) as medical                 Barmal district, was the lat-     Kunar province, near the           five times a week, at times         share of the toll.                 visits there, has appealed to      per said.
expenses and fuel allowances          est attack targeting Afghan       Afghanistan-Pakistan bor-          twice daily.                          In the latest attack on         the governments in these             He said that 385,000
and forced the parliament             government troops fighting         der. An Associated Press              NATO forces are heavily         Afghan forces, a soldier was       countries to increase their        Bangladesh workers went
secretariat to pay extra elec-        a nine-year Taliban-led           photographer at the base           concentrated in the tradi-         killed in a suicide attack in      intake of Banladeshi workers.      abroad in 2010, less than
tricity bills ignoring the rules,     insurgency.                       said the insurgents fired           tional Taliban-stronghold in       the eastern Paktika province          What is more worrying to        475,000 in 2009.
sources in the ACC told The             “Two soldiers were mar-         from a hillside and the US         the south, but the insurgents      on Tuesday, according to a         the government is that there         “Manpower export will
Daily Star newspaper.                 tyred and another was             troops returned fire with           have     increasingly     re-      statement            released      has been a negative flow of         increase next year. I am hope-
   The ACC conducted the              injured in a suicide bombing      rifles and artillery.               expanded their reach,              Wednesday by the office of          manpower to the largest            ful that Malaysia and Kuwait
probe over the last 12 months         on Tuesday in Barmal town,”          The roughly 30-minute           launching attacks in the           the province’s governor. The       Bangladeshi manpower mar-          will take workers from
on recommendation of a par-           the defence ministry said,        battle was the second time         north while allied militants       statement said that the            ket, Saudi Arabia, since the       Bangladesh,” he said.
liamentary committee that             giving no further details.        the same unit has come             such as the Haqqani net-           attack in the Barmal district      beginning of the year 2009.          However,            Tasneem
did a preliminary exercise.             Suicide attacks, often car-     under fire in under 24 hours.       work in Pakistan, have             left two other soldiers and           Of the estimated seven mil-     Siddiqui, head of the
   The investigators also             ried out by squads of insur-      Late Tuesday, they repelled a      launched attacks in the east.      five civilians wounded.             lion expatriate Bangladeshis,      RMMRU, said that the gov-
detected that Delwar Hossain          gents who also exchange fire       Taliban ambush and offen-             While NATO says the             Additional details were not        two million are employed in        ernment had failed to find
‘forced’ the parliament secre-        with security forces, is a        sive using artillery and mor-      coalition is making sizable        provided. Paktika, which           Saudi Arabia, followed by 1.4      any new markets for the
tariat to pay the bills of 12         favorite tactic for Taliban       tars in a fight that raged for      gains in quelling the insur-       borders with Pakistan, is          million in the UAE and 1.4         migrant workers due to the
electricity metres of his resi-       and other militants battling      nearly an hour. The outpost        gency, continued violence          among the areas where the          million each in Oman and           lack of coordination between
dence, though he was entitled         to topple the US-backed           is said to come under attack       and chronic instability paint      Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked        Kuwait,           Bangladesh’s     the labour and employment
to receive the bill of only one       government of President           by the Taliban as much as          a vastly different picture of      Haqqani network is active.         Financial Express newspaper        ministry and foreign affairs
metre.                                                                                                                                                                           said.                              ministry.

Book claims Indian role in Nepal palace massacre
             IANS                   years that he served as military   arms and was pressuring it to                                          Maoist insurgency.                    Though Shah asserted dur-       political party leaders and the
          KATHMANDU                                                                                          Shah says King
                                    secretary, first to King            buy its indigenous Insas group        Birendra, though a                 Apparently, King Birendra        ing a televised interview that     Maoists in India, it was incon-
                                    Birendra and then, to his suc-     of firearms that were inferior         constitutional                   was planning to seize power,       the actual killings were done      ceivable that the Indian intelli-
A FORMER senior military            cessor, King Gyanendra.            in quality. “I think the arms         king, wanted to                  start talks with the under-        by Birendra’s son Dipendra,        gence agencies did not know
officer at Nepal’s royal palace,       Shah says King Birendra,         politics could be one of the          modernise the                    ground Maoists, concede            he says the crown prince,          about them.
who drew flak for the mas-           though a constitutional king,      major reasons behind the              army and was                     some of their demands and          already smarting under his           Besides supporting these
sacre of King Birendra and          wanted to modernise the army       palace massacre,” Shah says.          seeking to buy                   bring them back to main-           mother’s tight rein, was incited   meets, he says India actively
nine others in 2001, is now         and was seeking to buy “ultra         The other reason, he writes,       “ultra modern”                   stream politics. For that, he      by foreign forces.                 trained Nepal’s Maoist guerril-
rattling new skeletons with his     modern” firearms. The king,         could be the issue of granting        firearms.                        had been sending his younger          While the government            las. He claims the cat was let
memoir.                             who was also the supreme           citizenship to residents of the                                        brother, Prince Dhirendra,         formed a commission to inves-      out of the bag when an armed
  Gen Bibek Shah, who rose          commander of the army, had         Terai plains, many of whom          put his seal of approval, within   and a senior army official as       tigate the actual shooting June    police force team went to
from being the aide de camp of      reached an agreement with          are of Indian origin.               a few years Nepalis could have     his emissaries to talk with the    1, 2001, it did not go beyond      Chakrata         in      India’s
the king to becoming military       German gun manufacturer            Parliament was ready to con-        become a minority in Nepal,”       Maoist leadership.                 that to investigate the motive     Uttarakhand state to receive
secretary in the Narayanhity        Heckler and Koch to procure        fer citizenship on the commu-       the former aide writes. “After       “At a time such a serious        or the abettors.                   arms training from the Indian
royal palace in Kathmandu,          their G36 assault rifles.           nity and had forwarded the bill     the bill was scrapped, a few       plan was being developed to           As a democracy, India want-     authorities and learned that an
has opened a can of worms             Plans had also been made to      to the king for his seal of         senior Indian government offi-      resolve the crisis gripping the    ed monarchy in Nepal to end        earlier group, apparently
with his book, “Maile dekheko       assemble the weapons in            approval.                           cials expressed concern to the     state, the palace massacre         and so joined forces with          Maoists, had also been trained
darbar” (The court as I saw it).    Nepal and sell them in South          However, King Birendra,          king.”                             occurred mysteriously,” he         Nepal’s Maoist guerrillas, who     there.
  The 599-page book, the            Asia. But Shah says the plan       instead of passing the bill, sent      Shah says that he was given     writes. “My analysis and con-      also wanted the abolition of         When he tried to investigate,
author says, is based on his        was anathema to India, since       it to the Supreme Court for         a top secret file by the king,      clusion is that internal as well   the crown.                         Shah claims he was told by
dairy and observations, espe-       the bigger neighbour did not       consideration and the apex          outlining Operation Eagle, a       as foreign forces were                Shah says given the meet-       then King Gyanendra to resign
cially during the nearly four       want Nepal to possess better       court nixed it. “Had the king       plan to resolve the growing        involved.”                         ings held between Nepal’s          under Indian pressure.
                                                                                                                 WORLD                                                                               Thursday, December 30, 2010
Islamists kill
3 in Nigeria
                                   African leaders to mount pressure
                                   on Gbagbo to give up presidency
                                                 AP                   quish power.
A RADICAL Islamist sect                         ABUJA                   The military option appar-
which has claimed responsi-                                           ently remained on the table for
bility for Christmas Eve           WEST African leaders say they      ECOWAS, which has sent
bombings       of    Nigerian      plan to head back to Ivory         combat troops to at least three
churches is believed to be         Coast next week to resume          African states over the past two
behind the killing of three        negotiations with Laurent          decades.
more people at a hospital,         Gbagbo after a first attempt          A big pro-Gbagbo demon-
police said on Wednesday.          failed to force him from the       stration       planned        for
   The three victims, includ-      presidency.                        Wednesday was postponed to
ing a senior police officer,           Nigerian          President     give leaders a chance to negoti-
were killed on Tuesday when        Goodluck Jonathan said on          ate. Gbagbo’s minister of youth
men fired shots in a teaching       Wednesday that the delegation      and employment, Charles Ble
hospital in the northeastern       would return to Abidjan on         Goude, who remains under
city of Maiduguri, the capital     January 3.                         UN sanctions for inciting vio-
of Borno state and one of two         The 15-nation regional bloc     lence against foreigners and
cities where churches were         ECOWAS, headquartered in           the UN, had called for the mass
bombed on Friday.                  Nigeria, had threatened a          gathering but cancelled it.
   “An investigation has           regional military intervention       In a statement on state tele-
already commenced but I can        if Gbagbo did not step aside       vision on Tuesday, he said he
tell you that we believe the       and hand over power to             wanted to “give diplomacy a
killings must have been car-       Alassane Ouattara, certified by     chance.”
ried out by the Boko Haram         the UN as the winner of the          Tensions have escalated in
since it was their mode of         November 28 election.              Ivory Coast, the world’s main
operations,” the Borno state          The UN says at least 173 peo-   cocoa producer. A crowd in a
police public relations officer     ple have died in violence over     pro-Gbagbo neighbourhood
said.                              the long-delayed vote, which       on Tuesday surrounded a
   Boko Haram said on its          the UN, US, European Union         small UN convoy and wound-
website on Tuesday it was          and African Union say Gbagbo       ed a peacekeeper with a
behind the Christmas Eve           lost.                              machete, the UN said.
bombings of churches in               The presidents of Sierra          Gbagbo has ordered peace-
Maiduguri and the central          Leone, Benin and Cape Verde        keepers out but the UN mis-
city of Jos.                       were to brief Nigeria’s presi-     sion in Ivory Coast said after
                                   dent later Wednesday in            the attack that it “reiterates its
  Nigeria, Africa’s                Abuja, Nigeria, after they left    determination to pursue its
  most populous                    Ivory Coast without Gbagbo,        work in the service of the           Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo (left) welcomes Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, at the presidential palace, in Abidjan,
  nation with more                 whom they had hoped to             Ivorian people.”                     Ivory Coast, on Tuesday. (AP)
  than 140 million                 accompany into exile.                The United Nations declared
  people, is roughly                  Nigeria is the most powerful    Gbagbo the loser of the presi-       United States and other world         Gbagbo, however, points to       announcement after throwing        Gbagbo supporters meant
  equally divided                  member of the 15-nation            dential runoff vote held on          powers have insisted Gbagbo         the Ivory Coast constitutional     out half a million ballots from    results from those areas should
  between Christians               regional bloc ECOWAS, which        November 28. The UN, which           hand over power to interna-         council that said he was the       Ouattara strongholds in the        be invalidated. The top UN
  and Muslims.                     has vowed to use “legitimate       was tasked with certifying the       tionally recognised winner          winner. The council, which is      north, saying violence and         envoy in Ivory Coast has dis-
                                   force” if Gbagbo does not relin-   results of the election, the         Alassane Ouattara.                  led by a Gbagbo ally, made that    intimidation directed at           puted that assessment.
   The group, whose name
means “Western education is
sinful” in the Hausa language
spoken across northern
Nigeria, is loosely modelled
on the Taliban movement in
Afghanistan. It demands the
                                     South Korea for early end of                                                                                                                 China vows to
introduction of Islamic law
across Nigeria.
   Police said at least 86 peo-
ple were killed in the Jos
                                     North’s nuke programme                                                                                                                       crack down on
bombings and subsequent                           AFP                  more aggressive behaviour,          der, killing four people,             South Korea has reacted
clashes between Muslim and
Christian youths there. Six
people died in the Maiduguri

                                     SOUTH Korea’s president
                                     said on Wednesday that
                                                                       and a South Korean Foreign
                                                                       Ministry-affiliated think tank,
                                                                       the Institute of Foreign
                                                                       Affairs and National Security,
                                                                                                           including two civilians, in its
                                                                                                           first assault on a civilian area
                                                                                                           since the war.
                                                                                                             Six-nation talks on ending
                                                                                                                                              with shock and outrage this
                                                                                                                                              year to the North’s alleged
                                                                                                                                              torpedoing of a southern war-
                                                                                                                                              ship in March, killing 46, and
   Maiduguri sits in one of          urgent progress must be           warned in a recent report that      North Korea’s nuclear              its artillery barrage last                       AFP                     Wu Yuliang, member of the
Nigeria’s poorest regions near       made next year in disman-                                             weapons program have been          month. North Korea denies                       BEIJING                Communist Party’s central
its northeastern borders with        tling North Korea’s atomic                                            stalled for nearly two years,      the torpedo attack.                                                    disciplinary committee, told a
Cameroon, Chad and Niger.            weapons programme ahead             Six-nation talks on               with Washington and Seoul             South Korea has recently         CHINA on Wednesday                 press conference on the
   Nigeria, Africa’s most pop-       of a key anniversary that           ending North                      insisting that the North must      vowed a strong response to          admitted its corruption prob-      report that more curbs on
ulous nation with more than          could spur Pyongyang to bol-        Korea’s nuclear                   make progress on past disar-       the North should there be           lem was “still very serious”       “extravagant expenses” such
140 million people, is roughly       ster its nuclear capabilities.      weapons pro-                      mament          commitments        future attacks.                     and pledged to work harder to      as official travel, purchasing
equally divided between                 President Lee Myung-bak          gramme have                       before negotiations can               “South Korea is not aiming       crush widespread official           cars and banquets would be
Christians and Muslims.              said diplomats must quickly         been stalled for                  resume. The North, chroni-         for a war,” Lee said in a meet-     graft and win the public’s         implemented.
Boko Haram’s views are not           persuade the North to aban-         nearly two years.                 cally short of food and fuel,      ing with top defence officials.      confidence.                           Wu added that the focus of
espoused by most Nigerian            don its nuclear aspirations                                           has previously used nuclear        “If provoked, however, we              In a new government             government and party anti-
Muslims.                             because Pyongyang is push-        North Korea could be plan-          and missile tests, and vio-        must make a strong response         report on the anti-corruption      corruption efforts would be
   Nigeria is preparing for a        ing to create a “powerful,        ning another nuclear test for       lence, as ways to force the        and win.”                           drive, the communist rulers        “institutional      building”,
fiercely contested presidential       prosperous nation” by 2012.       next year.                          aid-for-disarmament talks             The Defence Ministry, in its     in Beijing reiterated that the     meaning efforts to structure
election in April and can ill-          The year is the 100th since      The two Koreas are still          and has recently said it’s will-   report to Lee about next            country’s “harmony and sta-        the political system in a way
afford an insecurity crisis.         the birth of Kim Il Sung, the     technically at war because          ing to return to negotiations.     year’s policy plans, said it will   bility” depended on efforts to     that prevented corruption.
   It was shaken by car bomb         revered guerrilla fighter-         their 1950-53 Korean War              The US and South Korean          deploy unspecified “key              build a clean government.            “The cause of corruption is
attacks in the capital Abuja in      turned-political leader who       ended with an armistice, not        hard-line stance, however,         assets” on front-line islands          It said the ruling party had    complicated,” Wu said.
October, claimed by a rebel          founded the communist state       a peace treaty. Last month,         only strengthened last year        to bolster their reconnais-         shifted its efforts to stamp out   “Institutional building is a
group in the oil-producing           in 1948 and the father of cur-    the North shelled southern-         after Pyongyang launched           sance and striking capabili-        graft in the past decade to        systematic process that will
Niger Delta, a region where          rent leader Kim Jong Il.          held Yeonpyeong Island              rockets and conducted its          ties to deal with potential sur-    focus on senior officials who       take time... (but) the party
violence has also flared up in           That push could involve        along the disputed sea bor-         second nuclear test.               prise attacks by North Korea.       collude with corrupt busi-         and government is fully capa-
the last month.                                                                                                                                                                   nessmen or shield under-           ble of curbing corruption to
                                                                                                                                                                                  world figures, as well as cases     the lowest level.”
                                                                                                                                                                                  “that cause mass distur-
                                                                                                                                                                                  bances”.                             The communist

Rising rivers prompt Aussie evacuations                                                                                                                                              “So far, China’s effort to
                                                                                                                                                                                  combat corruption... has
                                                                                                                                                                                  yielded notable results,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                  the report issued by the State
                                                                                                                                                                                  Council, or cabinet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rulers in Beijing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       reiterated that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       country’s “harmo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ny and stability”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       depended on
                                                                                                                         AP                      “Certainly the water is still       But it warned that “corrup-       efforts to build a
                                                                                                                      BRISBANE                 rising,” Clancy said. “The         tion persists, with some cases       clean government.
                                                                                                                                               heights are at such a new          even involving huge sums of
                                                                                                           THE military cleared a town         record it’s not known what         money. The situation in com-          The government said China
                                                                                                           in eastern Australia on             this is going to do.”              bating corruption is still very    encouraged news media to
                                                                                                           Wednesday, airlifting the             At least two other               serious, and the tasks are still   “expose unhealthy tenden-
                                                                                                           entire population of 300 peo-       Queensland        towns     —      abundant,” it said.                cies” and “highly values the
                                                                                                           ple by helicopter from an area      Emerald and Bundaberg —               The government and the          positive role played by the
                                                                                                           where waters were continuing        also were preparing to evacu-      Communist Party pledged to         Internet” in bringing to light
                                                                                                           to rise after days of drenching     ate.                               “resolutely punish and effec-      wrongdoing.
                                                                                                           rain.                                 The state premier, Anna          tively prevent corruption with        China’s media is tightly
                                                                                                             A total of 1,000 people were      Bligh, launched a disaster         more resolutions and power-        controlled but gradually
                                                                                                           evacuated from central and          relief fund for flood victims       ful measures, so as to win the     becoming more aggressive in
                                                                                                           southern Queensland state,          with 1 million Australian dol-     people’s confidence with            exposing corporate and offi-
                                                                                                           including from the town of          lars ($1 million) in state         actual achievements”.              cial malfeasance. However,
                                                                                                           Theodore. Only a few police         money. Prime Minister Julia           The report highlights new       particularly bold reporters
                                                                                                           officers        remained      in     Gillard pledged to match that      rules that went into effect ear-   who offend powerful forces
                                                                                                           Theodore, county mayor              amount with federal funds.         lier this year that require gov-   risk being muzzled or even
                                                                                                           Mareen Clancy said.                   “We won’t know until             ernment officials to report         jailed.
                                                                                                             After days of rain, streets       floodwaters recede the total        their incomes, investments,           This month, an investiga-
                                                                                                           were turned into rivers, with       amount of damage done,”            personal assets and where-         tive journalist known for
                                                                                                           traffic signs and rooftops the       Gillard said. “But what this       abouts of family members.          reporting on sensitive issues
                                                                                                           only thing visible above the        does mean is the Queensland           Corrupt officials in China       such as government-enforced
                                                                                                           high-water mark in some             and federal governments will       have a long history of fun-        housing demolitions died
                                                                                                           places. Some people had to be       work together in those areas       nelling ill-gotten gains into      after a savage beating by a
                                                                                                           taken from their homes by           in partnership with the            the bank accounts of relatives     group of men — which some
                                                                                                           boat. And there was still more      rebuilding of critical infra-      or to family members over-         activists said was related to
An aerial view of flooded area, in Chinchilla, southern Queensland, Australia, on Wednesday. (AP)           flooding to come.                    structure.”                        seas.                              his work.
14          Thursday, December 30, 2010

  Chidamabaram,                                                           Gujjars agree for talks with
  war of words                                                            Rajasthan govt officials

  escalates                                                                           BAYANA

                                                                          THE Gujjar community, agi-
                                                                          tating for over a week for five
               IANS                  situation.”                          percent reservation in gov-
             KOLKATA                    He said due to the joint          ernment jobs in Rajasthan,
                                     efforts of the central troop-        on Wednesday agreed to hold
  WEST        Bengal      Chief      ers and state police, peace          talks with government repre-
  Minister         Buddhadeb         and       harmony        have        sentatives.
  Bhattacharjee has strongly         returned to many areas                  Colonel (retired) KS Bainsla,
  objected to union Home             where the Maoists had ear-           convener of the Gujjar
  Minister P Chidamabaram’s          lier created havoc.                  Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti,
  use of a “nasty” word to              Bhattacharjee claimed             the outfit spearhheading the
  describe Communist Party           that the CPI-M and its               protests, is likely to lead an
  of India-Marxist (CPI-M)           allies were resisting the            eight-member delegation to
  workers and attacked the           Maoist guerrillas by mobil-          meet government representa-
  Trinamool Congress for             ising people “and in the             tives camping here sometime
  organising meetings with           process they have lost more          later on Wednesday.
  Maoist outfits.                     than 170 of their workers               “Right now, the Gujjars are
     The chief minister also         and leaders”.                        holding talks between them-
  admitted that the situation                                             selves and they have communi-
  in the state was not a happy
                                       Chidambaram’s                      cated that once discussions
  one due to senseless vio-
                                       letter had trig-                   between themselves end, they
                                       gered a contro-                    would like to have talks with us.
     “I strongly object to your
                                       versy with the                     We are hopeful of an outcome
  using the word ‘harmad’
                                       state government                   and this agitation to end,” said
  (hired killers) to mean the
                                       and left parties                   GS Sandhu, the Rajasthan gov-
  CPI-M party workers with-
                                       seeking an expla-                  ernment’s principal secretary
  out knowing the meaning
                                       nation from him                    for urban development.
  of the nasty word coined by
                                       for the contents                      Sandhu, who is also looking      Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsla (right) with his community members block railway tracks during their agitation demanding reserva-
  Trinamool Congress lead-
                                       being allegedly                    after the home department, is       tion in government jobs, at Pilupura village, in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, on Wednesday. (PTI)
  ers,” the chief minister said
                                       leaked to the                      member of the state govern-
  in a hard-hitting one-page
                                       media before                       ment delegation that has              “It can’t be an endless wait.      In a bid to pacify the com-       to them, till a final court        till now proposed to set
  reply to Chidambaram’s
                                       Bhattacharjee                      been deputed to hold talks          I am here for the last five         munity, the Rajasthan gov-          decision.                         aside only “notional posts”
  letter that alleged that the
                                       received the                       with the Gujjars. But Sandhu,       days. They initially agreed for    ernment announced late on             This announcement was a         for SBCs till the high court
  state’s ruling Marxists had
                                       missive.                           who has been camping here           talks but said they would be       Tuesday that it would hold          major shift in government         verdict. The Gujjars, howev-
  set up armed camps in                 “Unfortunately, you are           for five days, said he would be      delayed or cancelled later.        back four percent of the            stand. The state govern-          er, refused to call off their
  Maoist-prone areas.                not praising them for the            heading back to Jaipur on           They then again agreed...,”        jobs, in addition to the one        ment, headed by Chief             agitation    that     started
     The chief minister              present state of affairs. I am       Wednesday night.                    Sandhu said.                       percent already being given         Minister Ashok Gehlot, had        December 20.
  described the union minis-         afraid, it will divert the
  ter’s assessment of the situ-      attention of all concerned
  ation in the state as “sur-        who are struggling against
  prising” and “far from
  impartial” in the one-page
  letter        faxed         to
                                     the Maoists, the greatest
                                     threat to our internal secu-
                                     rity.”                               Citibank fraud                                                                         BEAT THE COLD
                                                                                                                                                    Kashmiri people warm their hands at a fire on a cold day, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Govt rules
  Chidambaram on Tuesday.               “People who were evicted                                                                                    Srinagar, on Wednesday. Kashmir Valley has been in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       out review
  The document was released
  to      the
                 media        on
                                     earlier are going back to
                                     their homes,” he said.
                                     Coming down heavily on
                                                                          not a systemic                                                            grip of intense cold wave for the past month with night tem-
                                                                                                                                                    perature dipping as low as minus 6 degree Celsius (REUTERS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Jaitapur
                                                                          failure: Mukherjee
     Bhattacharjee also dif-         the Trinamool, he said
  fered with the party-wise
  figures of political clash vic-
  tims given by Chidambaram
                                     while it was “earlier main-
                                     taining secret contacts with
                                     the Maoist leaders and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       N-plant site
  and gave what he called the        outfits”, now it was “openly                       IANS                   official of the bank said.                                                                                             IANS
  “correct” figures, besides          organising meetings with                        NEW DELHI                  According to the police,                                                                                          NEW DELHI
  accusing the Trinamool             them”.                                                                   Shivraj Puri, a relationship
  Congress of openly organis-           “I, however, agree that it        TERMING the alleged multi-          manager at Citibank, opened                                                                              ENVIRONMENT and Forests
  ing meetings with “Maoist          is not a happy situation and         crore-rupee fraud detected at       three accounts in a branch in                                                                            Minister Jairam Ramesh on
  leaders and outfits”.               I am trying my best to stop          Citibank as an act of “indi-        Gurgaon, on the outskirts of                                                                             Wednesday said that the issue
     “As regards political           these senseless killings,”           vidual       misdemeanour”,         the national capital, in the                                                                             of setting up a nuclear power
  clashes mentioned in your          Bhattacharjee said and               Finance Minister Pranab             names of his relatives.                                                                                  plant      at    Jaitapur     in
  letter, I would like to cor-       pointed out that he has              Mukherjee on Wednesday                “He asked customers to                                                                                 Maharashtra is being “politi-
  rect your figures. Thirty-          repeatedly appealed to all           said there was no systemic          deposit the money in those                                                                               cised” by opposition parties,
  two Trinamool Congress             opposition parties to coop-          failure and people’s money          accounts in a scheme to dou-                                                                             unhappy over the “success” of
  supporters have been killed        erate.                               remained safe in banks.             ble their money. When the                                                                                the India-US nuclear deal,
  and 610 have suffered                 “All the parties, except             “There are regular regula-       money was deposited, Puri                                                                                and ruled out a review of the
  injuries, while the CPI-M          the Trinamool Congress,              tions and all other precau-         transferred it into his own                                                                              green nod for the project site.
  has lost 69 cadres and             have come forward to                 tions are being taken,”             account,” a police officer said.                                                                             “The issue is being politi-
  another 723 have been              cooperate.       And        the      Mukherjee told reporters              “The bank officials are still                                                                           cised by the BJP (Bharatiya
  injured,” said the chief           Trinamool Congress has               here outside his North Block        not sure of the amount but at                                                                            Janata Party) and the CPI-M
  minister.                          refused to talk to the               office, when asked for his           least Rs.100 crore was                                                                                   (Communist Party of India-
     He said the Congress has        administration,” he added.           comments on an executive of         deposited in the three                                                                                   Marxist) as they were against
  lost one supporter and 111            Chidambaram’s letter              Citibank being booked for           accounts. The amount could                                                                               the Indo-US nuclear deal,”
  sympathisers of the party          had triggered a controversy          allegedly siphoning off             be higher,” he added.                                                                                    Ramesh told reporters here.
  have been injured since the        with the state government            crores of rupees.                     A Citibank spokesperson                                                                                   He said environmental
  last Lok Sabha polls.              and left parties seeking an             “If there be any individual      said the matter came to light                                                                            clearance to the project was
     Responding               to     explanation from him for             misdemeanour that has to be         after an investigation into                                                                              accorded on November 28
  Chidambaram’s complaints           the contents being alleged-          acted on, law will take its         some suspicious transac-                                                                                 with 35 conditions and there
  that “armed cadres of the          ly leaked to the media               own course of action,” the          tions based on documents                                                                                 was no question of “reviewing”
  CPI-M were deployed in a           before       Bhattacharjee           finance minister added,              allegedly forged by an                                                                                   it. “Many people have different
  covert manner under the            received the missive.                seeking to assuage people at        employee. The matter was                                                                                 agendas in Jaitapur. There are
  guise of ‘village protection          On Monday, an angry               large who have money                then reported to the relevant                                                                            political parties who were
  groups’ to guard against           chief minister had accused           deposited in banks.                 regulatory and law enforce-                                                                              never happy with the fact that
  Naxal (Maoist) attacks”, the       Chidambaram of sending                  Citibank also said it was        ment authorities.                                                                                        our prime minister concluded
  chief minister said: “Your         the letter to appease the            investigating the fraud but           Cases of cheating and for-                                                                             a more successful civil nuclear
  assessment of the situation        Trinamool, a partner in the          assured customers that their        gery were subsequently regis-                                                                            agreement (with the US), of
  in the state of West Bengal        Congress-led          United         money was safe. “This issue         tered at the DLF Phase 2 Police                                                                          which Jaitpur is the first posi-
  is surprising and is far from      Progressive Alliance gov-            does not impact other               Station on Monday night.                                                                                 tive outcome,” he said.
  an impartial overview of the       ernment at the centre.               accounts, transactions or cus-      Haryana Police have issued a                                                                                There are some problems
                                                                          tomers of the bank,” a senior       lookout circular for Puri.                                                                               associated with the land acqui-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sition which Maharashtra Chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Minister Prithviraj Chavan has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       said he will look into most sen-

US firms to help upgrade Navy’s helicopters                                                                                                                                                                            sitively, Ramesh said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “We have to take the local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       community along with us, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       as far as environmental clear-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ance is concerned we have
              IANS                   pleting their requisite hours of     had made an offer to the            Indian Navy can choose to          that the six helicopters were       bullets at very high speed,       done all that we could. All dif-
           NEW DELHI                 flying operations.                    Indian Navy to update and           change engines, shell, avion-      not properly operational.           were also repaired free by its    ferent interest groups should
                                       Sikorsky has offered to            upgrade the helicopters to          ics or other systems even par-        Walia said that he has had       manufacturer, Raytheon, in        not use environment as a
THE Indian Navy has                  renew and upgrade the heli-                                              tially, and “we will cooperate     some discussions with the           the hope that their demonstra-    shield or a cloak behind which
received an offer to renew and       copters the Indian Navy                                                  fully and do our best,” he said.   Indian Navy on the helicopters.     tion would help the company       they start firing their guns at
upgrade the six utility heli-        acquired along with USS                Sikorsky has                      If he proposal is accepted, the       While a decision has to          sell these guns to the Indian     the government,” he added.
copters it acquired along with       Trenton, now renamed INS               offered to renew                  Indian Navy can do a Direct        come from the Indian                Navy for its other ships.            On Tuesday, the BJP and
a large troop carrier from the       Jalshwa, in a $50 million deal.        and upgrade the                   Commercial Sale (DCS) or           Government and the navy,               INS Jalashwa, based in the     the CPI-M demanded that the
US in 2007.                            Sikorsky’s India Managing            helicopters the                   take the Foreign Military          “Sikorsky is willing to assist in   Indian      Navy’s     Eastern    government should reassess
  The utility and cargo version      Director, Air Vice Marshal             Indian Navy                       Sales (FMS) route if it wants      any respect from tip to tail to     Command           port       of   the clearance given to the
Sea King helicopters, acquired       (retd) AJS Walia told India            acquired along                    to. “We are comfortable            modernize the old helicopters,      Vishakhapatnam,            was    nuclear plant at Jaitapur.
virtually free but for the cost of   Strategic defence magazine             with USS Trenton,                 either way,” Walia said.           and reset their flying clock         acquired after the Indian            The ministry last month
some immediate repairs, have         ( that           now renamed INS                      The US Navy had given the       from zero to 9000,” he said.        Navy realized during the 2004     accorded clearance to the
been facing lack of spares and       although the company had no            Jalshwa, in a $50                 job of refurbishing the helicop-      The $50 million India paid       Tsunami that while its ships      9,900 MW Jaitapur nuclear
maintenance issues. The heli-        role in the sale of the helicop-       million deal.                     ters to a small company, which     for the ship was mostly spent       could reach various countries     power project slated to come
copters had been sold by the         ters, or the deal for the ship, it                                       made them airworthy. But           on refurbishing and repainting      to help them, they really could   up in Ratnagiri district of the
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation        was getting a bad name as it         give then a last them 9,000         recently, even the Comptroller     it. The vessel’s two onboard        not deliver anything directly     state. The plant will be set up
to the US Navy long back and         had built the choppers.              hours, which should make            and Auditor General (CAG) of       Phalanx guns, which can fire         to their shores due to the        in collaboration with France’s
were phased out after com-             Accordingly, the company           them as good as new. The            India came down on the fact        very hard, depleted uranium         debris scattered all over.        Areva group.
                                                                                                                   INDIA                                                                              Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tax evasion                                                                                                                                  MARKING TIME

big problem
in Karnataka,
says governor
             IANS                   price and later exported it at a
           BANGALORE                higher price to evade income
                                    tax payment.
MONEY laundering and tax               Janardhana Reddy had
evasion take place openly in        admitted that he was a direc-
Karnataka, Governor HR              tor of the Singapore compa-
Bhardwaj         said        on     ny.
Wednesday, a day after the              The governor’s permission
Congress urged him to sack          has also been sought by two
mining barons Reddy broth-          Bangalore advocates to prose-
ers from the ministry for           cute Chief Minister B.S.
alleged income tax fraud.           Yeddyurappa and his two
   “Money laundering is hap-        sons over their land deals.
pening openly. Tax evasion is           Bhardwaj said the docu-
also happening,” he told            ments submitted by the two
reporters here, reacting to the     lawyers run into “nearly
Congress demand for dis-            2,000 pages” which he had
missal of Tourism Minister G        yet to study.
Janardhana Reddy, his broth-           The advocates, Sirajin
er Revenue Minister G               Bhasha and KL Balraj, sought
Karunakara Reddy and their          the governor’s permission on
associate Health Minister B         Tuesday by submitting a 150-       TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao (centre) with other leaders releases the New Year Calendar at Telangana Bhavan, in Hyderabad, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Sriramulu.                          page complaint with over 1,500

                                                                       Unease in Andhra ahead
                                    supporting documents against
                                    Yeddyurappa, his two sons and
                                    several cabinet ministers.
                                        On his address to the joint
                                    sitting of the two houses of
                                    the legislature January 6,

                                                                       of Srikrishna panel report
                                    Bhardwaj said it was a consti-
                                    tutional duty and he would
                                    perform it.
                                        Asked whether he would
                                    read out the address as pre-
                                    pared by the government or
                                    would       make      changes,
                                    Bhardwaj said: “Let it come. I                  IANS                   capital and the central gov-      heading the movement for a           immediately table a bill in par-     Police Aravinda Rao for
                                    will let you know my views                   HYDERABAD                 ernment issuing do’s and          separate state, began a crucial      liament for the formation of         deployment of central para-
                                    after that.”                                                           don’ts to the media, various      meeting to chalk out its future      Telangana state,” Gaddar said.       military forces in the state
Karnataka’s Governor                     The governor and the          THERE is unease, anxiety            speculations were doing the       course of action, pending the           Congress MP Madhu                 ahead of the report.
HR Bhardwaj                         Bharatiya Janata Party gov-        and suspense as Andhra              rounds here.                      Srikrishna Committee report.         Yaskhi voiced his apprehen-            Union Minister of State for
                                    ernment in the state have          Pradesh awaits the Srikrishna         There was anxiety among         TRS chief K Chandrasekhara           sion that the Srikrishna             Defence Pallam Raju said the
   The Congress had submit-         been engaged in a verbal duel      Committee’s report on the           protagonists of separate state    Rao and other leaders were in        Committee may not make a             government was ready to deal
ted a memorandum to                 for several months now.            demand for separate state-          over some reports that the        the meeting.                         recommendation for forma-            with the situation that may
Bhardwaj on Tuesday alleg-               While Bhardwaj keeps          hood to Telangana region.           central government was con-         Telangana Praja Front of           tion of Telangana state.             arise after the Srikrishna
ing that the Obulapuram             repeating he was not happy at        Hectic activity began in polit-   templating to set up another      Maoist sympathiser and revo-            “If the committee makes a         Committee’s report.
Mining Company of Reddy             the way government was han-        ical circles here amid reports      panel to study the Srikrishna     lutionary balladeer Gaddar           recommendation against for-            He told reporters in
brothers and Sriramlu had           dling various issues, BJP          from New Delhi that the five-        Committee views or even           also held a meeting here to          mation of a separate state, we       Kakinada port town that the
evaded income tax of around         leaders accuse him of acting       member panel will submit its        form a second states’ reorgan-    review the situation ahead of        will rise above party affiliations    central government would
Rs 86 crore.                        like a “Congress agent”.           recommendations to the cen-         isation commission to look        the report. He condemned             to launch an agitation,” he said.    implement the panel’s recom-
    The company is said to               Bhardwaj, a long time         tral government on Friday.          into demands for Telangana        the curbs imposed by the cen-           Yaskhi, who represents            mendations, and appealed to
have signed an agreement            Congressman, was central             With Prime Minister               and other smaller states in the   tral government on the media         Nizamabad Lok Sabha con-             leaders of all political parties
with a one-dollar Singapore         law minister prior to his          Manmohan Singh discussing           country.                          for the coverage of the panel’s      stituency,      also    blamed       to observe restraint and act
company for selling iron ore        appointment as Karnataka           the Telangana issue with sen-         The Telangana Rashtra           report.                              Governor ESL Narasimhan              responsibly in the interest of
at a price much below market        Governor.                          ior ministers in the national       Samiti (TRS), which is spear-       “We demand the centre to           and Director General of              the state.

                                    TOGETHER AFTER SOME TIME
    Telugu Desham Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu (left) welcomes Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at his residence,
    in Hyderabad on Wednesday. (PTI)                                                                                                         Rocket failure hits
                                                                                                                                             commercial satellite
                                                                                                                                             launch programme
                                                                                                                                                           IANS                   Antrix, the state-run Indian         before,” Murthi asserted.
                                                                                                                                                       BANGALORE                  space agency launched a total            Initial analysis of the volu-
                                                                                                                                                                                  of 25 satellites using PSLV for      minous data pointed to a
                                                                                                                                             INDIA’S prospects of hard-           foreign customers under com-         hardware defect that might
                                                                                                                                             selling its capability to launch     mercial agreements, demon-           have snapped the connectors
                                                                                                                                             commercial              satellites   strating its multi-satellite capa-   and prevented the actuator
                                                                                                                                             received a setback when one          bility over the past decade.         from receiving the signals to
                                                                                                                                             of its heavy rockets exploded                                             control the heavy rocket,
                                                                                                                                             on Christmas day due to a                                                 leading to its break-up midair
                                                                                                                                             puzzling snag in the first              As it is the second                and forcing its destruction
                                                                                                                                             stage, space experts opined.           time this year                     within a minute of a smooth
                                                                                                                                                “As it is the second time this      when the geosyn-                   lift-off from the spaceport at
                                                                                                                                             year when the geosynchro-              chronous satellite                 Sriharikota, about 80 km
                                                                                                                                             nous satellite launch vehicle          launch vehicle                     north-east of Chennai.
                                                                                                                                             crashed, we may have to do a           crashed, we may                       Coming as it does eight
                                                                                                                                             lot of explanation to convince         have to do a lot of                months after the previous
                                                                                                                                             customers in the global satel-         explanation to con-                rocket (GSLV-D3) crashed on
                                                                                                                                             lite launch market about our           vince customers in                 April 15 due to a snag in the
                                                                                                                                             capabilities as a reliable and         the global satellite               third stage fitted with the

Sonia to decide fate of Karunakaran’s son                                                                                                    cost-effective launcher,” KR
                                                                                                                                             Sridhara Murthi, former
                                                                                                                                             managing director of Antrix
                                                                                                                                                                                    launch market .                    indigenously developed cryo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       genic engine, the consecutive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       failure of the heavy launch
                                                                                                                                             Corporation, the commercial             India also signed a technolo-     vehicle December 25 has
             IANS                   return to the Congress have        unhappy in his last days that       return to the party.              arm of the Indian Space              gy safeguard agreement with          raised questions on the
           THRISSUR                 improved.                          his son, who once was the             “I do not see any resistance    Research            Organsiation     the US in July 2009 to launch        Indian space agency’s capa-
                                      “The manner in which             state president of the party,       from any quarter in the state     (ISRO), told IANS here.              American satellites and space-       bility and reliability as a
PRESIDENT of the Kerala             Muraleedharan conducted            was given a raw deal.               unit of our party to the return      Though India has a long way       craft fitted with American com-       launcher, with its rockets fac-
unit of the Congress Ramesh         himself during the recent            The veteran leader even           of Muraleedharan,” he said.       to go in launching heavy satel-      ponents on commercial terms          ing teething problems.
Chennithala on Wednesday            local body elections has been      went to Delhi a few times with        It was in May 2005 that         lites into the higher or geosyn-     from its spaceport at                   “ISRO’s decision to review
said the decision on the re-        taken note of by everyone. He      the aim of persuading the           Karunakaran                 and   chronous orbit, its ability to       Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.       the GSLV programme is wel-
entry of late leader K              has done a good job. Gone are      Congress brass to allow his         Muraleedharan dumped the          become a major player in the            “We need to find out the           coming as it will give an
Karunakaran’s         son      K    the days when there was stiff      son’s re-entry into the party.      Congress and formed a new         lower sun-synchronous or             exact cause of the snag and fix       opportunity for our scientists
Muraleedharan into the party        opposition to his re-entry.          Muraleedharan got crucial         party.                            polar orbit comes under scan-        it sooner as we have to assure       and technologists to have a
will be taken by the party chief.   The final decision will now be      support when VM Sudheeran,            A year later, Karunakaran       ner, as the 418-tonne rocket         our existing and potential           re-look at all the structural
  Speaking to reporters after       taken by the party high com-       senior Congress leader and a        merged his party with the         developed snag in the first           customers that we have the           aspects of the rocket though
attending a ritual to pay hom-      mand       shortly,”     said      close aide of Defence Minister      Nationalist Congress Party        stage, which is common to the        capability and maturity to           there seems to be no problem
age to Karunakaran who died         Chennithala.                       AK Antony on Wednesday              (NCP), a Left ally. The Left      GSLV and the polar satellite         launch any type of satellite in      with its design per se,” Space
December 23, he said that             Karunakaran, a four-time         said that it was time that there    then broke its ties with the      launch vehicle (PSLV).               the lower orbits, as reliably        Commission              member
chances of Muraleedharan’s          Kerala chief minister, was         should be no more delay in his      NCP.                                 Through         Rs1,000-crore     and      cost-effectively     as     Roddam Narasimha said.
16         Thursday, December 30, 2010
                                                                  THE LAST WORD

RBI move may                                                                                                 SOPHIA LOREN GRACES QATAR DUTY FREE
                                                                           Yesteryear heartthrob of Hollywood Sophia Loren (third left) with Qatar Duty Free Senior Vice-President Keith Hunter (second left) and other officials at Doha
                                                                           International Airport’s Premium Terminal, in Doha, recently.

trigger oil
crisis in India
             PTI                   be some effect.”
          NEW DELHI                   The RBI on December 23
                                   said oil and other import
INDIA may face fuel supply         payments to Iran will have
shortages next month after         to be settled outside the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI)        existing Asian Clearing
stopped facilitating pay-          Union (ACU) mechanism,
ments for Iranian crude            which involves the central
imports, which make up for         banks of India, Bangladesh,
12 per cent of the nation’s oil    Maldives, Myanmar, Iran,
needs.                             Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and
  RBI’s sudden move, which         Sri Lanka.
came without either the oil           Under the ACU mecha-
industry or the government         nism, imports by the nine
being consulted, would             nations are settled every
mean that the nation cannot        two-months with every
import 10 million barrels of       member paying for imports
crude oil contracted from          after netting out its exports
Iran for January, a replace-       among the union.
ment of which cannot be               Till 2008, payments
found easily.
  “There is a huge crisis
staring us. The RBI has
without putting in place an
                                   under the ACU mechanism
                                   was done in US dollars but
                                   after United States imposed
                                   sanctions against Iran over
                                                                      Russian PM, president to visit Qatar in 2011
alternative payment mecha-         its suspected nuclear pro-         CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1              countries, North America as         have been discussions on sell-     the event. One Russian firm         will be made available in
nism suddenly withdrawn            gramme, the currency shift-                                           well as the UK and                  ing defence equipment to           inked an agreement to supply       Qatar from next year,” he
from a system that was run-        ed to Euro.                                                           Scandinavian           nations.     Qatar. “A formal agreement         $200 million worth of electric     added.
ning fine since 1976,” an oil          United Nations sanctions        worth $16-18 billion will have     Moreover, an agreement for          has not yet been signed. Once      cable to Qatar every year.            Talking about cooperation
industry official said.             do not forbid buying Iranian       the capacity to produce 16         gas exploration in the              it is done, I will be able to      Another firm signed an agree-       in educational and research
  “You simply cannot find           oil and recently the               million tonnes of LNG per          Siberian Province has been          specify its details,” he added.    ment for supplying $500 mil-       sectors, the ambassador said
replacement of such a huge         European Central Bank              year. There will be two or         signed      between       Qatar        The ambassador said that a      lion worth of fibre optics for      that a Russian delegation will
quantity so easily. Plus, once     (ECB) asked RBI and other          three production units and         Petroleum and Russian ener-         business delegation from           telecommunication purposes.        visit the Qatar Foundation in
the market comes to know of        central banks of ACU to pro-       each unit will have a capacity     gy giant Gasprom. The cost of       Russia organised a trade           Three major Russian compa-         January and hold discussions
such a huge requirement,           vide certificates that the          to produce more than five           the entire project will run into    forum in Qatar for the first        nies evinced interest in sup-      regarding space technology,
the already firm crude prices       Euro being used to import          million tonnes. The LNG pro-       millions of dollars,” he added.     time this year. “Many deals        plying chicken meat and            nanotechnology, environ-
will shoot through the roof,”      products are not on US sanc-       duced from the project will be        Regarding military coopera-      among private firms of both         other food products to Qatar.      mental projects and other
he said. “There is bound to        tions list.                        exported to South East Asian       tion, the envoy said that there     the countries were signed at       In addition, reindeer meat         allied subjects.

  UAE slaps steep visa fees on
  Canadians over aviation row
               AFP                   dollars respectively.            sure of a UAE military base
            MONTREAL                   In November, the UAE           to Canadian use.
                                     announced that Canadians,          In October, Canada was
  THE United Arab Emirates           unlike nationals of most         forced to close a military
  announced it will charge           Western countries, would         base in Dubai that was part
  Canadians up to 1,000 dol-         need a visa as of January 2.     of a key supply route to
  lars for a visa beginning next       Canada’s Ministry of           Afghanistan after refusing to
  week, in an ongoing row            Foreign Affairs told AFP         grant the UAE’s two national
  between the two countries          that UAE nationals visiting      carriers more landing rights.
  over aviation rights.              Canada are also required to        More     than      25,000
    The UAE embassy in               obtain a visa, which costs       Canadians live in the
  Ottawa announced on its            between 75 and 150 dollars.      United Arab Emirates, one
  website that fees for a six-         The steep hikes in obtain-     of Canada’s biggest eco-
  month multiple entrance            ing a visa for the UAE come      nomic partners in the
  visa would now be 1,000            as the two countries have        Middle East, with bilateral
  dollars, while three-month         been at odds over landing        trade valued at about 1.5
  and one-month visas would          rights in Canada for UAE-        billion dollars per year,
  cost 500 dollars and 250           based carriers and the clo-      according to UAE officials.

US cultural attache writes
poetry on Palestinians’ plight

gets expressed in one of his
latest poems titled ‘Full Stride
Now’. It says, “I skip and dock,
sometimes avoiding the
obstacles, but often stepping
full stride on a blade that
pierces my sole and makes me
scream. I don’t fall clutching
the wound, I shift my weight
to the other foot, firm on a         An exhibit in front of the Arab Museum of Modern Art, in Doha. The
rock and I spring forward.”         museum will be opened for public on Thursday. (MANEESH BAKSHI)
   The US diplomat, who
started writing poetry in           Then, I noted it down on my       been impressed by the poetry
Qatar, said that the country        cell phone. The poem may not      of Charles Bukowski, Jim
appeared to be a rich source        be considered good but it         Carroll, Octavio Paz and
of imagery, and that he was         awakened the poet in me.”         Mahmoud Darwish.
fascinated by the images of            Making a comparison               The US diplomat said that
sand, desert, breaking rocks        between painting and poetry       he had studied art at the
and cleanliness, which he fre-      writing, Krapf said that in       University of Wisconsin and
quently uses in his poems.          both the forms of art, the        had been an art activist. He
   “I select an image which I       artist drew upon a set of         said that it was time to take
feel will convey my feelings        imagery to give a concrete        art from studio to the streets
most appropriately. However,        shape to their ideas and          to share it with the masses as
it is a spontaneous exercise        thought and to convey their       it could make a difference to
for me rather than a deliber-       precise meaning.                  how people lived their lives.
ate attempt to find affinity             “It is all about integrating      Krapf’s paintings, which
between my emotion and the          thoughts with the imagery or      cover the walls of his resi-
object”, Krapf remarked.            the set of objects and words,     dence at Al Fardan Gardens,
   When asked what prompt-          one can somehow connect to.       also reveal his positive outlook
ed him to write poetry when         Art is the tool through which I   on life. His paintings of Sir
he had already established          try to explore the meaning of     Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-
himself as a painter, he            life. I write about my personal   Antarctica expedition and
replied, “It came as an idea to     feelings as well as my role in    Granma, the yacht that was
me while I was driving my car       the family and society,” Krapf    used to transport the Cuban
on one of the streets of Doha       remarked.                         revolutionaries from Mexico
about five months back.                 According to Krapf, he has     to Cuba bear testimony to this.

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