HOLLYWOOD INDIA BEATS SEPARATIONS S AFRICA, IN 2010 RETAINS TOP TEST RANKING PAGE 33 | CHILL OUT PAGE 41 | SPORTS www.qatar-tribune.com First with the news and what’s behind it 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. DOW JONES 11,575 QE 8,664 DEPUTY EMIR WITH SUDANESE PRESIDENT’S ADVISER SENSEX +20.51 PTS 20,256 CURRENCY +18.56 PTS Russian PM, +230.61 PTS Indian Rupee Philippine Peso FINE 12.30 11.90 president to visit WEATHER 0 0 HIGH: 24 C | LOW: 16 C Qatar in 2011 Newsline JOSEPH VARGHESE DOHA 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 November. 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 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 AP WASHINGTON 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 Senate. 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 03 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 AP 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 www.qatar-tribune.com UNITED KINGDOM Will royal wedding help Water crisis intensifies UK sail through in Northern Ireland gloomy times? REUTERS BELFAST 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 Cameron 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 REUTERS 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 05 DAUNTING TASK Early release of abducted Hungary to take over EU French scribes demanded AFP PARIS 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 norms down on New Year’s eve AFP AP 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 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 AFP 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 07 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 BEIRUT 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 REUTERS DUBAI 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. 08 Thursday, December 30, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com OPINION HAMAD BIN SUHAIM AL THANI CHAIRMAN ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER 3, 2006 ADEL ALI BIN ALI MANAGING DIRECTOR Khodorkovsky’s Sham Trial DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI AJIT KUMAR JHA EDITOR -IN-CHIEF EDITOR Regardless of the verdict, Russian govt can still do what’s right PRINTED AT ALI BIN ALI PRINTING PRESS YURI SCHMIDT | IHT-NYT SYNDICATE Westside 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 A 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 granted. 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 T 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 wow.qatar-tribune.com 09 Despite optimistic economic Health is forecasts, a national survey highlights the deep and Bloggers’ continuing pain experienced Wealth Different strokes by millions of jobless Americans Borough 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 I 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 A WIKIPEDIA.ORG 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 FAX 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 11 Zardari steps in to help resolve Inside Pakistan 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. (IANS) ‘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 ISLAMABAD security forces dressed as a man. 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 passage. 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 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. Bangladesh ex-speaker FIRING ON TALIBAN POSITIONS Bangladesh’s faces graft charges manpower IANS KATHMANDU export drops BANGLADESH’S Corruption Anti- Commission (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. workers. 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 13 Islamists kill 3 in Nigeria hospital African leaders to mount pressure attack REUTERS MAIDUGURI 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 bombings. SEOUL 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 corruption 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 www.qatar-tribune.com INDIA Chidamabaram, Gujjars agree for talks with Buddhadeb war of words Rajasthan govt officials IANS 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 lence. 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 Wednesday. 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 (www.indiastrategic.in) 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 15 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 www.qatar-tribune.com 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 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 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.