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KITES SOARS MESSI YET TO HIGH IN DELIVER FOR AMERICA TEAM ON WC STAGE PAGE 33 | CHILL OUT PAGE 42 | SPORTS www.qatar-tribune.com First with the news and what’s behind it THURSDAY MAY 27, 2010 JUMADA AL AKHIRAH 13, 1431 I Newsline I Nationline I Businessline I Lifeline I Sportsline VOL. 4 NO. 1361 QR 2 DOW JONES 10,093 QE 6,696 PM WITH GERMAN CHANCELLOR SENSEX +49 PTS 16,387 +365 CURRENCY Indian Rupee +49 PTS 12.99 Vodafone to sue ictQATAR PTS Philippine Peso 12.83 HOT AND DUSTY WEATHER 0 0 HIGH: 40 C | LOW: 30 C Newsline for breach of Gulf stocks rebound as oil gains Gulf stocks rose with Dubai’s gauge climbing licence norms the most in two ASIF IQBAL mobile service provider weeks as oil and DOHA would be allowed into the global markets market and be licensed gained on specu- VODAFONE Qatar has until the proposed sector lation this month’s slump may be decided to take legal action review,” Vodafone said in a overdone. The Qatar Exchange against the Supreme statement on Wednesday. benchmark index rose 0.7 percent Council of Information & Vodafone Qatar’s share- to 6696 points, Bahrain’s gauge German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Communication Techn- holders paid QR7.7 billion gained 1.2 percent and Kuwait bin Jabor al Thani preside over an agreement-signing ceremony, in Doha, on Wednesday. ology (ictQATAR), telecom for the second mobile Stock Exchange Index advanced regulator, for what it terms According to Qatar, Germany peers less than 0.1 percent. (PG 25) as violation of telecom law. According to Vodafone, Vodafone, ictQatar has allowed Virgin ictQatar has Qatar eyes US stake in Citigroup Mobile to operate without allowed Virgin to The Qatar Investment Authority, a being licensed for the operate in the country without in progress: Merkel sovereign wealth fund, has Qatari market. expressed interest in buying part of Virgin Mobile, announ- being licensed. the US Treasury’s stake in Citigroup, ced launch of operations in licence, of which QR 3.38 potentially boosting efforts to sell Qatar on May 13 after a billion ( $928 million) was the shares amid the global rout in brand licencing pact to raised through an initial banking stocks, people familiar with offer prepaid mobile phone public offering, which was the matter said. (PG 25) German chancellor begins state visit; two pacts signed services. “Vodafone Qatar believes open to only Qatari individ- uals and institutions. Virgin Mobile’s tie-up with “We are taking legal MAYA MANSOUR Today in Qatar DOHA and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Chairman of Hochtief Construction Henner Mahlstedt, aims to estab- Qtel is nothing less than entry of a third service action for the damages this has caused to the interests al Thani and the German chancellor lish a joint-venture company Lusail provider in the Qatari mar- of our shareholders, 9:45am German Ambassador to address function GERMAN Chancellor Angela at the Emiri Diwan. Hochtief. The second agreement ket. Vodafone Qatar views 82,000 of whom are indi- at Qatar Museum of Islamic Art Merkel’s Qatar visit began on a posi- Merkel will call on the Emir His was signed between the Qatar this as a violation of its sec- vidual Qataris who paid 40 4:00pm Discussion on US security strategy at the tive note on Wednesday with Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Museum Authority and Germany. ond public mobile telecom- percent of the second US Ambassador’s residence Germany and Qatar signing two Khalifa al Thani on Thursday to Speaking at the ensuing press munications networks and mobile licence fee. We are 6:30pm Junior Volleyball Final at pacts in real estate and cultural ﬁelds. discuss a gamut of issues. conference, the Prime Minister said services licence terms and simply protecting their Al Arabi Sports Club The agreement signing ceremony The ﬁrst agreement, signed by that Germany was among the most the telecom law in Qatar, 7:00 pm Screening of South of the Border at was followed by a joint press confer- Managing Director of Qatari Diar which states that no third CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 the Venezuelan Embassy ence addressed by Prime Minister Ghanim bin Saad al Saad and CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 02 Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com UNITED STATES Inside US Obama plans to deploy 1,200 Ex-Detroit mayor gets ﬁve-year jail-term Obama raises fund for Boxer SAN FRANCISCO Presid- ent Barack Obama chided Republicans and joked troops on US-Mexican border about his own unpopulari- REUTERS unwarranted interference ty on Tuesday while rais- WASHINGTON with the commander-in- ing money for a California chief’s responsibilities,” senator whose support he PRESIDENT Barack Obama wrote national security needs to advance his poli- will seek $500 million for adviser James Jones and cy agenda. security and send up to 1,200 counterterrorism chief John Obama journeyed to National Guard troops to the Brennan. San Francisco to raise US-Mexican border, an Illegal immigration across campaign cash for administration ofﬁcial said the border with Mexico has DETROIT Former Detroit Democrat Barbara Boxer, on Tuesday, after demands been in intense focus since mayor Kwame Kilpatrick who is battling to win a from both Republicans and Arizona last month passed was sentenced on Tuesday fourth term in November Democrats for more federal the law to drive 460,000 ille- to up to ﬁve years in congressional elections. resources along the frontier. gal immigrants out of the prison for violating the “I don’t travel for just The announcement comes desert state, which straddles terms of his 2008 proba- anybody,” Obama said at as the Democratic president one of the principal corridors tion on convictions for per- the ﬁrst of three fundrais- seeks Republican support for for human and drug smug- jury and obstruction of ing events on his second a sweeping overhaul of US glers heading up from justice. trip to California for Boxer, immigration laws, and seeks Mexico. Wayne County Circuit a sign of the importance to rally opposition to a tough The law requires state and Court Judge David Groner he puts on getting her re- new immigration law in local police to investigate the said Kilpatrick, 39, elected in what is normal- Arizona that has caused ten- immigration status of people attempted to hide assets ly a safe state for sion in US relations with they reasonably suspect are and misled the court Democratic candidates. Mexico, without seeming in the country illegally. about his ﬁnances in rela- Like his last trip, the soft on illegal border cross- It was a central issue last tion to $1 million in resti- president had to defend ings. week during a state visit to tution owed the city of his administration’s pace The troops will provide Washington by Mexican Detroit. at changing the American intelligence, surveillance and A National Guard unit patrols the Arizona-Mexico border, recently. (AP) President Felipe Calderon, “The terms of your earli- military’s “don’t ask, reconnaissance support, who said the law discriminated er probation no longer don’t tell” policy that pre- intelligence analysis, imme- The funds will be used to Arizona’s two US senators, to force Obama to deploy against foreign-born workers. apply. That ship has vents gays and lesbians diate support to counternar- enhance technology at the John McCain and Jon Kyl, 6,000 National Guard troops Mexican ofﬁcials said on sailed,” Groner told from serving openly in the cotics enforcement and border and share informa- and Governor Jan Brewer, to the border. Tuesday they respected Kilpatrick. (REUTERS) military. (AP) training capacity until the tion and support between all Republicans, have asked The administration reject- Obama’s right to make the Customs and Border Patrol law enforcement agencies as Obama for more federal sup- ed the request in a letter to decision, but thought agency can recruit and train they target illegal trafﬁcking port to secure the border. Senate Armed Services Washington should address more border ofﬁcers and in people, drugs, weapons McCain and Kyl intro- Committee Chairman Carl problems originating on its 10 hurt in United plane turbulence agents, the ofﬁcial said. and money. duced a Senate amendment Levin. “It represents an side of the border. LOS ANGELES Authorities say 10 people suffered injuries, including broken bones, during severe turbulence on a ﬂight from London to Los Angeles that was diverted to Montreal. United Airlines spokeswoman Sarah Massier says United Flight 935 reported severe turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday and landed in Montreal around Labrador AP BOISE Labrador won the race despite a signiﬁcant fundrais- ing disadvantage and a cam- ning an honourable campaign focussed on what is best for America and what is best for and raised questions of pla- giarism on the campaign trail. Ward was an early front- 1:15 pm. The airline says nine passengers and one crew member were treated. None of the injuries were considered to be life- beats Palin’s IDAHO state Republican. Raul Labrador won the Republican nomination on paign endorsement for Ward by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Labrador’s victo- Idaho,” he said. Labrador entered the race late, launching his bid just six runner in the primary race, built a six-to-one fundraising edge and was designated as threatening. The Boeing 777 aircraft was taken out of serv- ice and inspected for possible damage. Massier says another plane was sent from Chicago to Montreal to take the pas- candidate Tuesday in the state’s nation- ally targeted Congressional 1st District, ry sets up a battle with ﬁrst- term Democrat Walt Minnick in November. months ago. In a short span, the nomination contest became an unusually tangled one of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s top 23 recruits sengers and crew to Los Angeles. (AP) in Idaho pulling an upset over rival Vaughn Ward. “I am committed to having a vigorous debate and run- battle that divided local and national tea party activists in its “Young Guns” candidate development programme. UNITED STATES Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 03 Atlantis Obama to stress Washington, on Tuesday. (REUTERS) FITNESS FREAKS US ﬁrst lady Michelle Obama runs with schoolchildren during an event to promote physical activity at the White House, in returns benefits of after final green energy voyage AP for Afghanistan and other AFP SAN FRANCISCO programmes. CAPE CANAVERAL But Obama has also WITH the massive oil spill moved to expand offshore THE space shuttle Atlantis in the Gulf of Mexico call- drilling, recognising the returned to Earth on ing into question his plans practical reality that the US Wednesday, wrapping up the to expand offshore drilling, dependence on oil will con- ﬁnal mission of its 25-year President Barack Obama tinue for many years, and career. looks on Wednesday to the political reality that Atlantis touched down at highlight the beneﬁts of more drilling could help 8:48 am (1248 GMT) at the alternative energy sources. him win Republican sup- Kennedy Space Center in Obama was to tour port for a broad-ranging Florida, completing a picture- Solyndra Inc., a solar panel energy bill. perfect landing on the runway manufacturing facility in The expansion Obama at the Kennedy Space Center. northern California, where announced in March The shuttle uncoupled from he also planned to speak to allows drilling from the orbiting International workers about how Delaware to central Space Station (ISS) space on Florida, plus the northern Sunday after its mission waters of Alaska. deliverings 12 tonnes of sup- The expansion Exploration could begin 50 plies and equipment. BP plans ‘top kill’ to choke Obama miles off the coast of Wednesday’s landing caps announced in Virginia by 2012. He also the 25-year career of one of March allows wants Congress to lift a NASA’s iconic spacecrafts, drilling from drilling ban in the oil-rich which has logged some 115 Delaware to cen- eastern Gulf, 125 miles million miles (185 million off Gulf of Mexico oil leak tral Florida, plus from Florida beaches. kilometres). the northern But those projects are in It was Atlantis’ 32nd and waters of Alas- limbo following the oil spill, ﬁnal mission and will be fol- ka. Exploration which is dumping millions lowed by only two more shut- could begin 50 of gallons of oil into the tle ﬂights, one by Discovery in miles off the waters near the Louisiana AP crude have spilled into the sea those who want can watch the according to sworn testimony mid-September and the pro- coast of Virginia coastline. COVINGTON since, fouling Louisiana’s procedure online. Live video by Truitt Crawford, a rig gram’s ﬁnal mission by by 2012. Obama planned to travel marshes and coating birds of the leak has been available roustabout. BP was leasing Endeavour at the end of to the region on Friday to BP is giving it another try and and other wildlife. for the past few days, and BP the rig and is responsible for November. expanding the clean energy assess the spill, which has the stakes are high. “We want what everybody said that it will continue stopping the leak and the “Looks like you have a per- sector can create jobs and confounded experts in the By dawn on Wednesday, the wants — to stop the ﬂow at the throughout the procedure. cleanup. fect day,” Mission Control aid the nation’s economic government and at BP, the oil company planned a “top source as quickly as possible,” The attempt comes as more The seawater was being told commander Kenneth recovery. company which holds the kill” designed to choke off the said BP spokesman John hearings this week focused on used in preparation for drop- Ham. The president has long lease for the rig that gusher of oil at the bottom of Curry. “We understand the what led to the April 20 ping a ﬁnal blob of cement Storms that had threatened said renewable sources of exploded and sank April the Gulf of Mexico by force- frustration and we just want explosion aboard the into the well as a temporary to come too close to the land- energy, like wind and solar, 20. feeding it heavy drilling mud to bring this to closure.” Deepwater Horizon that plug for the pipe. Workers had ing site dissipated and will play a vital role in the The White House has and cement. It comes as Still, the company said the killed 11 workers and trig- ﬁnished pumping the cement remained at a safe distance. nation’s energy future. He said no new drilling will politicians and others are los- top kill — like many other gered the catastrophe. into the exploratory well to Once the shuttle pro- is asking Congress for $9 occur until the causes of the ing patience with the compa- methods never tried a mile Senior managers from bolster and seal it against gramme ends, the United billion in loan guarantees accident are thoroughly ny over its several failed underwater — is no sure Transocean Ltd., which leaks until a later production States will rely on Russian for renewable energy proj- examined. Interior attempts to stop the leak that thing. BP CEO Tony Hayward owned the rig, were com- phase. Soyuz rockets to carry its ects, a request that would Secretary Ken Salazar is started more than a month pegged its chances of success plaining that day that BP PLC Crawford said seawater astronauts to the space sta- be tacked onto a multibil- due to deliver a report to ago after an offshore drilling in this case at 60 percent to was “taking shortcuts” by would provide less weight to tion until a commercial US lion-dollar spending bill the president on Thursday. rig exploded. 70 percent. replacing heavy drilling ﬂuid contain surging pressure from launcher can be developed. Some 7 million gallons of And the company said with seawater in the well, the ocean depths. That is scheduled for 2015. 04 Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com UNITED KINGDOM Inside UK BT union plans strike UK’s coalition partners action over pay row LONDON A union repre- senting workers at British telecoms provider BT is considering whether to ballot its 55,000 mem- clash in Thirsk for vote AFP BBC launches new bers over strike action in a THIRSK version of iPlayer Web pay row, on the day its chief executive received a BRITAIN’S Conservative and LONDON British state 1.2 million pounds bonus. Liberal Democrat parties broadcaster the BBC The Communication share power in a good launched a new version of Workers Union (CWU) said natured coalition in London, its popular iPlayer Web it would discuss an emer- but their candidates ﬁghting a video service with promi- gency motion after it reject- by-election are showing no nent links to rivals’ sites, ed a 2 percent pay offer. such love for each other. as it waits to see if the The union, BT’s biggest, is The northern English con- new coalition government pressing for 5 percent and stituency of Thirsk and will limit its funding or any national strike would Malton will go to the polls on powers. be the ﬁrst since 1985, a Thursday, three weeks after The new version of the year after the company the general election due to a iPlayer, one of Britain’s top was privatised. postponement caused by the websites, will allow view- Chief Executive Ian death of a candidate. ers to personalise home Livingston will receive a Conservative Prime pages and share tips and bonus of 1.2 million Minister David Cameron and synchronise viewing with pounds for the year after his deputy, Lib Dem leader friends via Facebook, hitting targets for generating Nick Clegg, have promised a Twitter and Microsoft’s free cash ﬂow, earnings per clean ﬁght and at their ﬁrst MSN instant messenger share and customer serv- press conference together chat service. (REUTERS) ice, report said. (REUTERS) joked they might share a car to travel up here. But nobody seems to have told their rep- UK eases Thai travel warning as protests end resentatives on the ground. LONDON Britain on Tuesday urged its nationals to avoid “She’s been completely out- “all but essential travel” to Bangkok, easing a warning rageous,” Lib Dem candidate made last week not to visit the Thai capital under any cir- Howard Keal said of his cumstances. The revised advice came after the end of Conservative rival, Anne BY-ELECTION FIGHT Jonathan Roberts (left), Labour Party parliamentary candidate for Thirsk and Malton, with former deputy prime mass rallies by anti-government “Red Shirt” protesters, McIntosh. The 52-year-old minister John Prescott, in Thirsk, northern England, recently. (AFP) which were broken up by the army last week after councillor said McIntosh was paralysing central Bangkok. telling voters he advocates “If he wants to ﬁght a nega- human way of doing it.” admitted William Hague, still different parties.” Keal The demonstrations descended into several outbreaks of Britain joining the eurozone, tive campaign, that’s up to The former European law- Britain’s new foreign secretary hopes to beneﬁt from the violence that left 88 people dead since mid-March, mostly a controversial Lib Dem him,” retorted McIntosh, 55, maker should have no trouble and Conservative lawmaker power-sharing deal, which civilians, and nearly 1,900 injured. pledge that was dropped in saying she was ﬁghting on the winning Thirsk, a new con- for neighbouring Richmond. has given the normally mar- “We are now advising against all but essential travel to the coalition deal. “I never “strong differences” between stituency created from parts He campaigned in Thirsk for ginalised Lib Dems a chance Bangkok,” said Britain’s Foreign Ofﬁce in a statement. mentioned the euro,” he said. her party and the Liberal of her old seat of Vale of York his “great friend” McIntosh, to show what they could do. “This replaces the previous advice (issued last He hit back by recalling Democrats. These include and another Tory-held seat. telling residents above the “For the ﬁrst time, the Wednesday), which advised against all travel to Bangkok.” how McIntosh, a lawmaker fox-hunting, which was But the Conservative-Lib noise of the local cattle mar- Liberal Democrats have ﬁnal- “Although the situation in Bangkok is returning to nor- since 1997, had to repay banned in 2004 but has sup- Dem coalition deal, signed ket: “We stand up for the rural ly found their voice — look at mal, it is still unpredictable,” it warned. The advice against almost 1,000 pounds (1,400 port in this rural area. The after the May 6 election pro- area, for agriculture.” what we’ve achieved in a mat- all but essential travel does not apply to travellers transit- dollars, 1,200 euros) in par- Tories want to bring it back, duced no clear winner, has Hague told AFP afterwards: ter of days,” he said, noting ing the airport en route to other destinations, either inter- liamentary expenses she as McIntosh argued: “You do thrown in a wildcard. “The coalition doesn’t extend plans to raise the threshold at nationally or within Thailand, added the statement. (AFP) claimed for gardening as part need to control fox numbers “It is for many people hard to the parties campaigning for which people pay income tax, of a huge scandal last year. and fox hunting is the most to follow, I acknowledge that,” the same candidate... They’re one of their key pledges. Ireland sure of surviving Independent schools urged to improve standards financial crisis, says PM REUTERS LONDON REUTERS said, citing a stabilisation of DUBLIN unemployment and an EDUCATION Secretary improvement in consumer Michael Gove invited England’s IRELAND’S economic indica- spending and exports to sup- top state-funded schools on tors are turning more positive, port the view the economy Wednesday to opt out from supporting the view that it will was closer to recovering. local authority control and be able to manage its way out Among the hardest hit in establish themselves as inde- of its ﬁnancial crisis, Prime the ﬁnancial crisis as its prop- pendent institutions in an effort Minister Brian Cowen said in erty and banking boom col- to improve standards. Around comments broadcast on lapsed, Ireland has differenti- 2,000 primary schools and 600 Wednesday. In an interview ated itself from other euro secondaries have been judged with public radio RTE, Cowen zone strugglers such as to be outstanding by education was asked about an article by Greece by cutting spending inspectorate Ofsted and will be a University College Dublin sharply at the end of last year. offered a fast-track route to economics professor at the “We see ourselves being in a “academy” status. weekend which suggested position to manage our way Plans to greatly increase the Britain’s Education Secretary Michael Gove at Downing Street, in Ireland’s debt problems could Ireland’s Prime Minister Brian Cowen at a news conference, in through this crisis,” Cowen number of academy schools London, recently. (REUTERS) eclipse Greece due to its state Brussels, recently. (REUTERS) said. The newspaper article from around 200 today were guarantee for bank liabilities. argued that Ireland needed to a key part of the admissions. He said top the opposite effect and pro- The piece by Professor extent of Ireland’s troubles “The balance of evidence give up its support for some of Conservatives’ election mani- schools leaving local educa- duce a two-tier system that Morgan Kelly has mobilised and dominated public debate would be in favour of a more the banks or face national festo, and have survived as tion authority control would will disfavour the most needy. ministers to play down the on the crisis in recent days. optimistic scenario,” Cowen bankruptcy. one of the priorities of the be expected to link to weaker “Cutting local authorities their coalition government schools and offer them help. out of the equation will end with the Liberal Democrats. “One of the reasons I am so any meaningful local planning “I’d like in due course for in favour of extending acade- to target funding to the chil- academy status to become the my status is that schools which dren who need more help such norm,” Gove told BBC radio. are strong will be able to use as those with special needs,” Academy schools have these additional freedoms to said Mary Bousted, general greater control over their cur- help (other) schools improve.” secretary of the Association of riculum, staff pay and pupil Critics say the plans will have Teachers and Lecturers. N Ireland militants still ‘active and dangerous’ AFP Good Friday peace accords, A car bomb was left outside BELFAST which largely ended three a polling booth on Britain’s decades of sectarian violence May 6 general election, while DISSIDENT republican here. a bomb exploded outside the groups in Northern Ireland “In the six months under Northern Ireland headquar- remain “highly active and review dissident groups ters of Britain’s MI5 security dangerous” but command lit- remained highly active and agency in April. Nobody was tle support, the latest report dangerous,” the report said. seriously hurt. The IMC from a paramilitary watchdog Security services have report said the Real IRA, said on Wednesday. The warned the threat posed by which shot dead one of its Independent Monitoring paramilitaries opposed to the own members in February, Commission (IMC) said peace process is at its highest remains “an extremely seri- mainstream organisations level for more than a decade ous threat” but has little local continue to follow the peace- and sporadic attacks continue support, political clout or ful path set out by the 1998 to plague the province. serious resources. EUROPE Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 05 Cyprus unity deal soon: UN Inside Europe Polish ﬂood may hit Kaczynski’s mother REUTERS NICOSIA elections, won by Eroglu in eastern Germany told of son’s death April. A perceived hard-liner, he has attempted to assuage BERLIN Authorities in WARSAW THE United Nations said on Greek Cypriot concerns and eastern Germany are on The ailing Wednesday it believed a peace says he plans to continue from high alert and expecting mother of deal on ethnically divided where talks were left off by the ﬂooding from Poland Poland’s Cyprus could be brokered Mehmet Ali Talat, his moder- to hit the border region. president within months, healing a ate predecessor. A spokesman for who was decades-old rift that threatens The sides are attempting to Brandenburg’s state min- killed in a Turkey’s hopes of joining the re-link Cyprus as a federation istry of environment, Ingo plane European Union. with broad power-sharing, but Decker, told the German crash in Russia last month The UN sounded the unusu- there are a mountain of dis- news agency DAPD has ﬁnally been told about ally upbeat note as leaders of putes ranging from how to gov- that the ﬂood is “coming his death. Cyprus’s estranged Greek and ern to territorial swaps and the fast.” Lech Kaczynski died in Turkish communities resumed rights of thousands of dis- Authorities were distrib- a plane crash April 10 peace talks after a two-month placed property owners. uting sandbags in the bor- along with 95 others. hiatus for elections that were Turkey has about 30,000 der town of Frankfurt an Kaczynski’s 83-year-old won by a Turkish Cypriot troops stationed in the break- der Oder on Wednesday mother, Jadwiga, has been nationalist. away Turkish Cypriot state in and placed guards on the hospitalized with lung and “The international commu- northern Cyprus. levees along Oder River to heart problems for months nity is committed to continu- The United Nations acts as a make sure they are not and doctors said at ﬁrst ing its support for this Cypriot- facilitator in talks, held at a breaking. that the news would be led process. I truly believe that compound straddling a buffer Poland has seen the too much for her. Elzbieta you can reach an agreement in zone between the two sides. worst of the ﬂooding in Jakubiak, a close aide to the coming months,” UN The Cyprus conﬂict is one of Central Europe over the Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said Secretary-General Ban Ki- the longest-running issues on past 10 days, with 15 in a televised interview moon said in a statement to the UN agenda, and its peace- deaths reported. late on Tuesday that he Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon keeping operation on the Rivers have burst their ﬁnally broke the news that Eroglu and Greek Cypriot island is one of the world’s old- banks and inundated day, and it came as a leader Demetris Christoﬁas. the statement, read by UN seized, as time is not on your European Union. Greek est. low-lying houses and huge shock to the mother. The United Nations has typ- Cyprus envoy Alexander side.” Cypriots represent the island in “This is not a zero-sum farmland in parts of The news hit Polish ically shied away from deﬁning Downer to the two sides, Ban Cyprus was split in a Turkish the 27-nation bloc and have game. It is possible, and indeed Serbia, Hungary, the papers on Wednesday, a time frame for the conclusion said: “The peace process is at invasion in 1974, triggered by a the power to veto Turkish necessary, to arrive at a solu- Czech Republic and which is Mother’s Day in of Cyprus peace talks. Success an important point. A settle- brief Greek-inspired coup. entry. tion that clearly beneﬁts both Slovakia. (AP) Poland. (AP) has eluded a small army of ment is within your grasp and The conﬂict is harming Peace talks had been inter- Greek Cypriots and Turkish mediators for decades. But in this opportunity must be Turkey’s bid to join the rupted for Turkish Cypriot Cypriots,” Ban said. Italian bishop admits to EU to impose insolvency tax on banks 100 cases of abuse AP n’t require bishops to report mate the problem. said it was unconscionable AFP BRUSSELS ROME suspected abuse. The meeting came as more that a canonical trial hadn’t EUROPE on Wednesday Some lawyers for victims cases are coming to light in proceeded against Conti, unveiled plans to levy a new ITALY’s bishops’ conference say bishops are required to the Vatican’s backyard: On given the evidence provided insolvency tax on banks but provided the ﬁrst ever statis- report abuse since they are Tuesday, the ANSA news to his bishop, Monsignor insisted the proceeds will tics of clerical sex abuse in the public ofﬁcials. Vatican agency reported that a 73- Gino Reali. remain within national bor- country on Tuesday, saying norms say bishops should fol- year-old priest well known in Reali testiﬁed that he had ders and will not be used to there had been about 100 low civil laws in reporting Milan’s gay community had spoken to 20-25 people, bail out failed banks. cases over the past 10 years abuse. been arrested on charges he including two boys who said “The funds would not be that warranted church trials had sex with a 13-year-old they had been abused by used for bailing out or res- Crociata’s com- or other canonical proce- ments came a day boy, who is now 16. A day ear- Conti, yet didn’t ﬁnd their cuing banks,” said a Red Cross defends ﬁrst-aid courses for Taliban dures. lier, a priest in Savona went accusations credible. He said European Commission Monsignor Mariano after the head of on trial for alleged sexual vio- he convened a tribunal after statement, “but only to GENEVA The international Red Cross has defended its ﬁrst Crociata, the No. 2 ofﬁcial in the bishops’ con- lence against a 12-year-old receiving a written complaint ensure that a bank’s failure aid training for Taliban ﬁghters in Afghanistan after media the Italian bishops’ confer- ference, Cardinal girl, ANSA said. from one of the boys, but it is managed in an orderly reports sparked criticism from Afghan ofﬁcials. ence, gave the estimate dur- Angelo Bagnasco, And last week, a Rome never got under way because way and does not The International Committee of the Red Cross says it ing a press conference on the asked families to bishop testiﬁed in the case of the victim didn’t show up. destabilise the ﬁnancial sys- trained “over 70 members of the armed opposition” in ﬁrst sidelines of the bishops’ gen- trust the Catholic another accused priest, the Conti is charged with sexu- tem.” aid last month. eral assembly, the ANSA and Church. Rev. Ruggero Conti, that he al violence and other charges. Under the commission’s The group says it also provided ﬁrst aid kits to ﬁghters Apcom news agencies report- Crociata’s comments came knew about rumors of abuse In police interrogations, the plan, which has still to be and civilians living in conﬂict areas. ed. He declined to say how a day after the head of the two years before Conti was boys — some as young as 13 at agreed by the 27 European Britain’s Guardian newspaper on Tuesday quoted an many of the cases resulted in bishops’ conference, Cardinal arrested yet didn’t alert police the time of the alleged abuse Union member countries unnamed ofﬁcial in Kandahar’s local government saying condemnation or defrocking Angelo Bagnasco, opened the or the Vatican or proceed with — said Conti would mastur- and the European parlia- the Taliban did “not deserve to be treated like humans.” of the priest, or how many bishops’ annual meeting by any canonical trial against bate them and force them to ment, the proceeds could A Red Cross spokesman, Marcal Izard, said Wednesday were reported to police. While asking families to trust the him. perform oral sex on him in his be used to make bridging the training is part of the neutral group’s humanitarian saying the church ofﬁcials Catholic Church despite the Mario Staderini, a member home, where he frequently loans to ﬁnancial institu- mandate under the Geneva Conventions that require all cooperated with police, he scandal, insisting that it had of Italy’s Radical party who is invited them to eat dinner tions deemed to be still wounded on the battleﬁeld to be treated equally. (AP) insisted that Italian law does- never intended to underesti- a civil party in the Conti case, and watch movies. viable. Thousands visit Tito’s grave to celebrate his birthday AP Yugoslav communist dictator brutal warfare only a decade people and split the federation BELGRADE 30 years after his death. after Tito died in 1980. into seven parts. Tito’s admirers ﬂocked in The Yugoslav wars of the Carrying Tito’s pictures, for- SEVERAL thousand people from all over former 1990s — the most brutal con- mer Yugoslavia ﬂags and sym- visited Josip Broz Tito’s grave Yugoslavia, the ethnically- ﬂicts in Europe since World bols, the late leader’s admirers to celebrate his birthday diverse federation he skillfully War II — pitted regions and sang Communist-era songs at Tuesday in a sign of the senti- steered through the Cold War ethnic groups against one his memorial center in a resi- mentality many feel about the era, but which broke up in another, killed about 120,000 dential Belgrade area on Tuesday, trying to evoke the long-gone times they now view with nostalgia. “Belgrade was an important political center in the world during Tito’s era,” said one of the visitors who identiﬁed himself as a retired general. Milorad Radulovic, a Serb who lives in Stockholm, Sweden, told the Beta news agency that he comes every year to “honor the man who provided me and my family with a carefree childhood and a good life.” Although Tito ruled Yugoslavia with a heavy hand for decades and is widely viewed as a dictator, he also allowed some freedoms to his citizens — such as open travel — that other eastern Joska Broz (centre), grandson of the late Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito, and other carry batons European nations under the and ﬂags of the former communist state at his memorial complex, in Belgrade, on Tuesday. (AFP) Communists did not enjoy. 06 Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com GULF / MIDDLE EAST Inside Gulf/ME Accept nuke fuel swap deal, Ahmadinejad urges Obama Kuwait court upholds death for wedding tent ‘arson’ wife KUWAIT CITY The Kuwaiti appeals court on Wednesaday conﬁrmed a AP Israel PM to be invited death sentence against a KERMAN (IRAN) to White House next woman convicted of set- week ting ﬁre to the wedding IRAN’S president on tent as her husband took Wednesday urged Barack JERUSALEM Israeli Prime a second wife, killing 57 Obama to accept a nuclear Minister Benjamin women and children, her fuel swap deal, warning the Netanyahu was expected lawyer said. US leader will miss a historic to receive an invitation on “We still believe it’s a opportunity for improved Wednesday to visit harsh sentence. We will cooperation from Tehran if Washington next week, challenge the verdict at the offer is rejected. press reports said, ahead the supreme court,” Zaid Mahmoud Ahamdinejad of talks in Jerusalem with al-Khabbaz told AFP by also issued a stern warning to White House Chief of Staff telephone after the ruling Russia, saying Moscow’s sup- Rahm Emanuel. was announced. port for the US-led push for a The invitation, to be hand- The lower court sen- new round of UN sanctions ed over by Emanuel who is tenced Nasra Yussef against Iran was contrary to on a private visit to Israel, is Mohammed al Enezi, the two countries’ neighborly expected to propose a meet- 23, in March after con- and friendly relations. ing with US President victing her of “premedi- Washington has denounced Barack Obama on Tuesday. tated murder and start- the Iranian offer — brokered “Netanyahu and Rahm ing a ﬁre with the intent last week by Brazil and Turkey Emanuel will meet on to kill.” — as a ploy by Tehran to avoid Wednesday at 5:00 pm Enezi had denied the a new round of UN sanctions (1400 GMT) at the prime charge and her defence over its controversial nuclear minister’s ofﬁce in lawyers said her indict- program, which the West Jerusalem,” a statement ment contained no mate- fears is geared toward nuclear from the premier’s ofﬁce rial evidence to convict weapons. said. (AFP) her. (AFP) “There are people in the world who want to pit Obama against the Iranian nation and Kuwait allows private sector to set up power plants bring him to the point of no Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his supporters, in the central city of Kerman, on Wednesday. (AFP) KUWAIT CITY Kuwait’s parliament on Wednesday passed return, where the path to his a law to set up shareholding companies to build new friendship with Iran will be weapons-grade level. submitted on Monday to the Ahmadinejad said. “But if they nium for storage abroad — in power and water desalination plants in the ﬁrst privati- blocked forever,” Ahmadinejad But the proposal did not UN nuclear watchdog, was seek excuses, they should know this case to Turkey. In saton of the sector in the oil-rich Gulf state. said during a rally in the south- deter US, Russia, China, inadequate and did not that the path to any interaction exchange, Iran would get the Thirty-seven MPs, including cabinet ministers, voted for ern town of Kerman. Britain and France — the ﬁve address international concerns will be closed.” higher-enriched uranium fuel the law while only three lawmakers opposed it in the sec- Iran proposed last week to permanent Security Council about Iran’s atomic ambitions. “ Obama must know that this rods within one year. ond and ﬁnal round of voting. It becomes effective after the ship much of its low-enriched members — from agreeing on Tehran’s offer is similar to a proposal is a historic opportu- Although it seems to be a emir signs it. uranium to Turkey in return a draft fourth set of sanctions UN-drafted plan that nity ... (Obama should) know signiﬁcant concession, Tehran The legislation stipulates that 50 percent of the compa- for nuclear fuel rods needed against Iran for refusing to Washington and its allies last that if this opportunity is lost, I is believed to have more ny shares will be sold to Kuwaitis in an initial public offer- for a Tehran medical research completely halt uranium year pressed Iran to accept, doubt the Iranian nation will nuclear material stockpiled ing (IPO) and up to 24 percent will be held by the govern- reactor. The fuel swap would enrichment, as demanded by but which the Middle -East give a new chance to this gen- since the International Atomic ment and state institutions. diminish Iran’s stockpile of the United Nations. nation then rejected. tleman in the future,” he added. Energy Agency ﬁrst made the The remaining 26 percent will be auctioned to Kuwaiti low-enriched uranium that US Secretary of State Hillary “If they (US and its allies) are Like the UN-backed plan, proposal last October. The ﬁg- ﬁrms listed on the bourse or foreign companies approved can possibly be used in mak- Rodham Clinton on Tuesday truthful when they say they Tehran’s proposal would com- ure is estimated at about 5,500 by the government. (AFP) ing atomic bombs, if the ura- said in the Chinese capital, seek cooperation ... they should mit Iran to shipping 2,640 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of nium is enriched to a higher, Beijing, that Tehran’s offer, accept this offer,” pounds of low-enriched ura- low enriched uranium. Yemeni tribesmen agree to truce till Friday Most Israelis take part in AFP SANAA until Friday evening pending the results of the investga- tion,” a tribal source told AFP. Two tribesmen were killed and a policeman wounded in the unrest, a tribal source five-day security drill TRIBESMEN who attacked Angry Yemeni tribesmen said. AFP result of any unusual security key facilities in Yemen to attacked an oil pipeline, The high security council — JERUSALEM development,” Prime avenge the accidental killing petrol stations, power lines Yemen’s highest security Minister Benjamin of a provincial ofﬁcial have and government buildings on authority — expressed regret AIR raid sirens wailed across Netanyahu said as the annual agreed a truce until an inquiry Tuesday to avenge the death on Tuesday over Shabwani’s Israel on Wednesday at the exercise began on Sunday. is complete, a tribal source of their kinsman Sheikh death in the Yemeni air strike peak of a ﬁve-day civil “Israel seeks calm, stability said on Wednesday. Jaber Ali al-Shabwani, a top in which the Al-Qaeda sus- defence exercise to test the and peace but it is no secret “Tribal dignitaries met rep- provincial ofﬁcial, in a pect targeted, identiﬁed as Jewish state’s defences in the that we live in a region where resentatives of the interior botched anti-Qaeda air raid in Mohammed Said bin Jardan, event of war, the army said. there is a threat from missiles ministry and the security Marib province, east of the was wounded but got away, The sirens sounded at 11:00 and rockets,” he added. services, and agreed a truce capital Sanaa. security sources said. am (0800 GMT) for 90 sec- It is the fourth such drill onds, sending civilians across held since a 2006 war with the country into their nearest Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia bomb shelter or protected and aims to ﬁne-tune emer- space where they waited for gency procedures in the event 10 minutes until the all-clear. of a new rocket barrage Radio stations broadcast a against the Jewish state. pre-recorded message saying During the Lebanon war, the siren was part of a drill some 300,000 Israelis ﬂed but asking people to go down from border regions under to the shelters. relentless Hezbollah rocket Motorists, however, were attacks. Since then, Israeli mil- not expected to participate in Israeli soldiers in protective gear during a drill simulating a chemi- itary experts believe Hezbollah the nationwide exercise, cal attack at a hospital, in Haifa, on Wednesday. (REUTERS) has stockpiled more than dubbed Turning Point 4, which 40,000 rockets. Israeli ofﬁ- kicked off on Sunday with the But Israel has sought to on Thursday, is not hostile. cials have also charged that aim of preparing the country reassure neighbouring “This is a routine exercise Syria has supplied the militia for any future rocket attack Lebanon and Syria that the which has been scheduled for with Scud missiles, something from Gaza, Lebanon or Syria. ﬁve-day exercise, which ends a long time and is not the Damascus has denied. Palestine economy weak, Ramallah booms AFP impoverished Gaza Strip. of the Palestinian gross movement and access severe- RAMALLAH Economic growth in the domestic product (GDP), and ly hobble internal economic West Bank did reach 8.5 per- an additional 400 million dol- activity and foreign trade, the NEW buildings, fancy coffee cent last year but much of that lars for development projects. IMF wrote in a recent report. shops and upscale restau- was the result of generous The Israeli army has rants that dot Ramallah lend international aid, according Economic growth in announced it will soon make the West Bank political capi- to the International Monetary the West Bank did some “goodwill gestures” in tal an air of prosperity that Fund. reach 8.5 percent the West Bank, including the stands out in the fragile “If for some reason for- last year but much removal of some of the hun- Palestinian economy. eign aid should suddenly of that was the dreds of roadblocks that The bustling city of 40,000 is stop or diminish, govern- result of generous restrict movement across the in the grips of a real estate ment spending would slump international aid. Palestinian territory. boom and has become an ideal and the economy would “Smoke and mirrors,” says showcase for prime minister simply go back to zero,” says “There is no signiﬁcant Mahdi Al-Masri, who heads Salam Fayyad’s plan to create a Nasser Abdelkarim of Bir improvement of private invest- the Federation of Palestinian viable Palestinian state by 2011. Zeit university’s economics ment, particularly in sectors Industries. But experts warn that department. that can contribute to the infra- “Even the lowest ranking Ramallah’s new-found wealth In 2009 international structure of an independent soldier in the Israeli army can does not in any way reﬂect the donors provided some 1.35 bil- state, such as agriculture and interfere with the movement state of the economy in the lion dollars in budgetary sup- industry,” says Abdelkarim. of goods worth millions of occupied West Bank or the port, accounting for 22 percent Israeli restrictions on dollars.” GULF / MIDDLE EAST Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 07 Iraqi Airways to be Iraqi PM details ‘several’ bids shut amid financial on his life row with Kuwait AFP BAGHDAD I R A Q I P r i m e Minister AFP Nuri al Maliki who was pres- Airways’s ﬁrst commercial Nuri al BAGHDAD ent at the cabinet meeting ﬂight from Baghdad to Maliki where the decision was taken London in 20 years. claimed in BAGHDAD said on conﬁrmed the dissolution of His passport was eventually remarks Wednesday it is to close state- the airline, speaking on con- returned and he was allowed released on owned Iraqi Airways in the dition of anonymity. to return home on May 6 after Wednesday face of a decades-old ﬁnancial Kuwait Airways says Iraqi he complied with the court that he had escaped sever- dispute with Kuwait that Airways owes it 1.2 billion order to provide Kuwait al assassination attempts, prompted the seizure of one dollars, a dispute dating back Airways with an afﬁdavit of including one where insur- of its aircraft last month. to Saddam Hussein’s 1990 Iraqi Airways’s assets in gents tried to shoot down The sudden move comes a invasion of the neighbouring Britain. his plane. day after the airline emirate. Kuwait says 10 of its The initial 10-hour ﬂight “There have been sever- announced it was dropping its planes as well as aircraft parts had arrived in London after al attempts,” Maliki told services to Sweden and Britain were plundered after its air- stopping in Malmoe in London-based Arabic over the legal row with Kuwait, port was seized during the Sweden carrying 30 foreign newspaper Al Hayat, but it was not immediately invasion. and Iraqi passengers on according to a transcript clear if a new company would On Tuesday, Iraqi Airways board, including Jabbar and of the interview released be formed to take its place. announced it was ceasing its Iraqi Transport Minister by his ofﬁce.One of the “The cabinet decided on services to Britain and Amer Abduljabbar Ismail. alleged attempts “was tar- Tuesday to wind up the Iraqi Sweden, with chief executive There have been no further geting a plane I was ﬂying company,” transport ministry Kifah Hassan Jabbar blaming ﬂights. in while returning from spokesman Aqeel Kawthar the decision on the legal bat- Iraqi Airways had planned Mosul (northern Iraq) to told AFP. tle with Kuwait. two ﬂights a week, with the Baghdad in 2009, but it “The decision was taken “We are sorry to announce Baghdad-London leg stop- failed,” he said. because of the numerous acts to our fellow citizens, espe- ping off in Malmoe, and the “A missile was ﬁred of harassment that the com- cially the communities living return trip going directly against the plane, but pany has faced from Kuwait in Britain and Sweden, that from the British capital to thermal decoys diverted that have prevented its planes Iraqi Airways will stop ﬂying Baghdad. it,” he added. from taking on fuel and food to these two countries “We hope that our fellow “There have been sever- at various airports,” Kawthar because of difﬁcult circum- citizens understand this deci- al attempts like this but said. stances as a result of Kuwaiti sion,” Jabbar said of the deci- they have all failed,” “The transport ministry will escalation,” Kifah Hassan sion to cease the London and Maliki said. carry out the decision by the Jabbar said. Malmoe ﬂights. He also warned of a council of ministers, even Jabbar had his passport “Politicians have kept their return to sectarian violence though we disagree with it,” seized and the plane he mouths shut and decision as Iraq languishes without he added, without giving arrived on impounded at makers have not stood up to a new government, more details on whether a new London’s Gatwick Airport on face the consequences of the than two months after company would be formed. April 25 as a dispute with ex-regime, which has put us elections in which no A travel agent handles airline tickets at an Iraqi Airways ofﬁce, in Baghdad, on Wednesday. (AFP) An aide to Prime Minister Kuwait Airways marred Iraqi in this situation.” group has yet assembled a parliamentary majority. “If we build the state in the wrong way, which does Bashir set for new term, cracks Hezbollah threatens not meet the conditions for a (democratic) political process and sharing (of to attack Israeli ships power) in the administra- still a threat to Sudan tion, a return to violence is possible,” he said. He added: “If we retreat, IANS to observe 10 years of the terrorist organisations, DAMASCUS end of Israel’s 22 years of militias and gangs will all AFP “The biggest challenge ment that ended Africa’s to call upon southerners to occupation of southern have chances to regroup.” KHARTOUM Sudan faces in the next ﬁve longest-running war in 2005. preserve the unity of Sudan SHIITE armed group Lebanon. The premier also voiced years — I would even say in Salva Kiir, who heads the because that is what serves Hezbollah has threatened to Nasrallah was reacting to conﬁdence in the schedule SUDANESE President Omar the coming months — is SPLM, was sworn in as the their interests,” said Taher, a hit all Israeli ships in the reports that said there were of withdrawal of US troops al Bashir is to be sworn in for whether it will head toward ﬁrst elected president of the member of Bashir’s National Mediterranean Sea if a new plans of military operation in from Iraq, due to be com- a new term on Thursday, unity or slide into division,” autonomous region of south Congress Party, which con- armed conﬂict breaks out Lebanon in 2010. The plans pleted by the end of 2010. ahead of a vote on southern said Abdel Moneim Suleiman, Sudan on Friday. trols parliament. between Israel and Lebanon, were discussed in France in All American combat independence and with an an opposition activist. In a speech celebrating his “Separation will only bring the group’s leader said. 2009, at a meeting of French, troops are set to leave Iraq international war-crimes Bashir will oversee the run- disputed re-election victory division and war,” he added. “In any future war, if Israel US and Israeli military ofﬁ- by the end of August. indictment hanging over him. up to a referendum on the last month, Bashir vowed to Taher said parliament “will blocks our coast and ports, cials. Asked if he had any Bashir’s latest mandate in independence of the south campaign for unity against also have to resolve the con- all military, civil and com- During the 34-day war doubts over the with- his 21-year rule is considered which is scheduled for the ambitions of southerners. ﬂict in Darfur. “Weapons and mercial ships heading to with Lebanon in 2006, Israel drawal, Maliki replied: crucial for the future of Africa’s January 2011. And on Monday, newly murder have not provided an Palestinian ports in the had imposed a sea blockade “Absolutely not. Iraq has largest country, where former The vote was promised as elected parliament speaker answer to the demands of the Mediterranean will come to prevent further arms sup- developed its military and southern rebels are seeking to part of a peace deal between Ibrahim Ahmed al-Taher people and it is up to the rep- under Hezbollah rocket ﬁre,” plies to Hezbollah. Around intelligence capacities, secede and with deadly vio- the former rebel Sudan focused on the referendum in resentatives of the people to Hassan Nasrallah, the organ- 1,200 Lebanese civilians and and has built up a great lence continuing to plague the People’s Liberation Movement his inaugural speech. complete the path to peace,” isation’s secretary general, 160 Israeli soldiers were deal of experience.” western Darfur region. and the Khartoum govern- “The assembly’s ﬁrst task is he said. said on Tuesday at a meeting killed in the conﬂict. Reforms transform Syrian economy, but not politics AP ty, modernization, economic DAMASCUS openness and ending Syria’s international isolation. AFTER delivering a lecture After 10 years of Assad’s on the increasing role of pri- rule, the Damascus that once vate banks in Syria, econo- looked like a grim little place mist Mohammed Ayman al now smells of money, gripped Maydani got an uncomfort- by a consumer boom sus- able request from members of tained by a clique of nouveau the audience to elaborate on a riche and businessmen living brief reference he made to it up in what’s essentially a corruption in the country’s “money talks” society. private and public sectors. Foreign tourists crowd the “If I answer this question I old city’s storied bazaar, may not get to spend the night hotels boast full occupancy at home,” he quipped, allud- and trendy restaurants are so ing to the possibility he could busy that advance booking is be arrested. There was nerv- always recommended. The ous laughter from the room. latest car models from Japan The tense moment at the A women walk past a billboard displaying trendy clothes in and Europe are a common Damascus lecture earlier this Damascus, Syria, recently. (AP) sight on the city’s congested month underscored how streets and boutiques selling much and how little has doors wide open for imports, and his powerful security designer clothes seem to changed in Syria under authorized private higher services are in constant watch multiply. President Bashar Assad in education and empowered for criticism of the regime. Opening up a country eco- recent years. The Syrian the private sector. In the process, Assad has nomically while denying the leader has slowly moved to lift But the lanky, former eye changed the Syrian regime’s populace democracy and free- Soviet-style economic restric- doctor who came to power 10 basis of legitimacy. He has doms is perhaps the Arab tions his father and predeces- years ago this summer has depended less on his father’s world’s most popular formula sor, Hafez Assad, left him. not matched his liberal eco- old anti-Israeli, Arab national- of governance. Close US allies He opened up the country nomic policies with any polit- ism rhetoric, basing his power Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan have for foreign banks, threw its ical reforms. None, in fact, instead on promises of stabili- been pioneers in the ﬁeld. 08 Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com OPINION HAMAD BIN SUHAIM AL THANI CHAIRMAN ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER 3, 2006 ADEL ALI BIN ALI MANAGING DIRECTOR Reform or decline DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI AJIT KUMAR JHA EDITOR -IN-CHIEF EDITOR The debt crisis could mark end of Europe’s superpower dreams PRINTED AT ALI BIN ALI PRINTING PRESS H istory offers only two models RAFAEL BEHR | OBSERVER NEWS SERVICE for the integration of different countries, with competing Westside national interests and rival strategic ambitions, into a sin- gle, unified economic and political sys- Forget cuts, tame the deficit tem. There is conquest and there is the European Union. Some of the EU’s more hysterical crit- ics don’t see much difference between Obama’s cuts target just 33 percent of expenditure heads the two. But in reality, there is some- thing superb in the agreement by European nations to set aside centuries O NE certainly can’t argue with the stat- ed goal of the proposal that US President Barack Obama sent to Congress as a tool for imposing fiscal responsibility reinforces the wrongheaded notion the deficit is caused by out-of-control discre- of slaughter, and create a single market- place whose rules are decided by collab- oration and compromise. It is the only on Monday – the Reduce Unnecessary tionary spending, especially on pork-bar- miracle ever performed by committee. Spending Act of 2010. rel projects. That, in essence, is the European Unfortunately, it would have little effect In fact, the deficit problem is largely a Idea. It is not a destination but a trajec- on the deficit, and it could feed misper- result of mandatory, out-of-control health tory - from atavistic nationalism to co- ceptions that will make it even harder to care spending, which the administration operative internationalism. The deal with the problem. About two-thirds has begun to tame with health care reform, assumption has been that “ever-closer of federal spending is automatic and and of inadequate revenues, the result of union”, as mandated by the 1957 Treaty mandatory. The other one-third, handled Bush-era tax cuts and the recession. of Rome, must be desirable because the annually in 12 bills, is for everything else. The discretionary spending singled out alternative would be a relapse into ever- The Obama administration’s proposal has actually been trending down as a wider disunion, a path forbidden by his- would target that discretionary spending. share of the economy for several decades. toric atrocity. So the crisis currently Though this is not a As the economy afflicting the euro is not just financial, it line-item veto, it would recovers, the adminis- is existential. Never before has one of Germany integrated itself with its begin to legitimise itself by its good allow a president to tration will have to ask the EU’s grand projects looked so close neighbours in a spirit of repentance for deeds in the world. nullify parts of a bill. It for real sacrifices to to going into reverse. the Second World War. The ideal of Together, European governments would could become potent tame the deficit, includ- Greece, whose bodge-job finances European economic unification was a constitute a superpower, ready to deal on leverage for the White ing tax increases on the triggered the crisis, might well be forced way to pursue national ambitions, but equal terms with the US and to check the House. Lawmakers rich that go beyond to negotiate an exit from the euro. stripped of toxic notions of Teutonic flight of economic power eastwards, to who don’t want to see merely letting the Bush Diplomats, economists and politicians pre-eminence. China and India. The European Idea would their projects on the cuts expire, and tax who dismissed that scenario as too There is only so long that any country, be rejuvenated because citizens would start rescission (useless increases on people who complex and too destabilising a few whatever the crimes of its past, can sus- to witness the benefits of integration as expenditure) list could make less than months ago now debate the detail of tain an economic and foreign policy Brussels set the global agenda on climate be coerced into sup- $250,000 a year – how it might work. Rarely has the characterised by atonement. For change, financial regulation, human rights, porting other meas- despite Obama’s cam- unthinkable so quickly become the Germany, that limit has been reached. world peace. There was no plan B. ures unrelated to good paign pledges. It is thought. Germany is not about to turn A neat summary of plan A is contained budgeting. important to cut waste, That doesn’t mean the single curren- Eurosceptic on the petulant British in the recent findings of the Reflection Presenting new but cutting waste is not cy is doomed. Last week, eurozone model. If anything, Berlin will now Group, a team of distinguished business rescission procedures enough. finance ministers gambled hundreds of press ahead with deeper integration leaders, academics and elder statesmen billions in bailout funds that it is not. inside the eurozone, but on its own commissioned by European govern- But alongside the financial turmoil is a terms, with stricter rules, more rigor- ments to consider the strategic chal- growing political crisis and it threatens ously enforced. That, according to lenges on the horizon. Their report, pub- Eastside not just the euro but the whole European project. German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble, “naturally means a bit of fed- lished two weeks ago, talked about reconnecting the EU with its citizens, EU governments are used to dis- eralism in the German sense of federal”. investing in skills, a “new industrial rev- Facebook sans ethics agreements over economic co-opera- The UK will never sign up to that, but olution” (green, naturally), speaking tion, but they were totally unprepared it isn’t in the euro anyway. France is, but with one voice in the world. for the vast financial transfers - bank Paris prefers European integration The group warns that “the choice for bailouts, fiscal stimulus, emergency when it creates institutions that are the EU is clear: reform or decline”. That After a public outcry, it is revising some of its privacy policies loans - that were required in the last two years to avert economic meltdown. It more Gallic-looking. In fact, most mem- ber states will bridle at the idea that the is too optimistic. Reform is what the EU has always done. Perpetual, incompre- has been especially difficult for EU should form an inner core designed hensible reform is one reason why F ACEBOOK built its base of nearly 500 million users on the notion that it was a place for people to connect with each allowing websites to access the public information of users who clicked Facebook “like” buttons and another to Germany, which has observed stricter budget discipline than many of its more wastrel neighbours, and resents being by the Bundesbank. So there will now be period of dense technical negotiation, beset by national many Europeans don’t like the EU and don’t know any longer what it is for. The point of the Lisbon treaty was that it other and post their likes, dislikes, photos, share users’ public information with cor- tapped up to rescue them. rivalries and acrimonious diplomacy. It should be the reform to end all reforms. activities with as wide a circle as they porate partners such as Yelp and Pandora The mood among many Germans was is hard to overstate how disastrous that And just when the EU most needs to chose to define. Facebook, in turn, used to allow them to personalise their services summarised by a recent headline in is for the European project. It guaran- move on from arcane debate about its that information to show users advertise- to users’ tastes. Users can opt out, but the Bild, the country’s most popular news- tees that the one thing Brussels will fail structures and start actually doing ments based on their tastes. process is far from straightforward. paper, bemoaning that the euro bailout to do is act with a unity of purpose in things, it is plunged into the worst crisis But Facebook has become the focus of On Monday, Facebook’s chief executive, made the nation “the suckers of Europe dealings with the rest of the world. The of internal cohesion in its history. an increasingly heated debate over Mark Zuckerberg, announced in an op-ed again”. That expresses the natural hope of being able to do just that was The EU will continue to muddle whether it was keeping its end of the bar- article in The Washington Post that over resentment that taxpayers’ money is the only thing that sustained the EU through, but the credit crunch has gain and giving users an easy, straightfor- the next several months the company going to subsidise unsustainable public through its last crisis - the gruesome buried the European Idea. The moral ward and consistent way to set their limits. would “add privacy controls that are much sector jobs for Greeks who have lived ratification of the Lisbon treaty. authority contained in the vast achieve- These are legitimate concerns. After a pub- simpler to use,” and “give you an easy way way beyond their means, when there That process, in which European ment of binding Europe’s bellicose lic outcry, Facebook is responding to them to turn off all third-party services.” The are plenty of needy Germans who leaders haggled with their electorate in tribes into peaceful collaboration is by revising some of its privacy policies. company added that it would trim the haven’t. a series of bizarre referendums, rein- spent. Last month, the company caused an information considered public by default. But the fact that such frustration is forced every conceivable prejudice There will be no 21st-century uproar among privacy advocates and That would be the right decision for a readily vented also reflects a cultural about the contempt of European elites European superpower, just a bunch of attracted the scrutiny of lawmakers when company that has become a powerful change in Germany’s relationship with for popular opinion. It was justified by middle-sized ex-powers haggling over a it redefined many items on users’ profiles force in the way people communicate the rest of Europe. For most of the sec- the expectation that, once the new dwindling pot of devalued money. Facebook also started a programme online. ond half of the 20th century, West reforms were in place, the EU might Reform or decline? Europe will do both. (NYT Editorials) Escaping drugs and crime in the UK Getting away from drugs and crime young is a rare thing S OON after my memoir, become a model citizen is at best delud- CASPAR WALSH | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE We cannot speed up the process of model that will derive its energy from Criminal, came out in 2008, ed, at worst dangerous. rehabilitation to suit our needs. Life is the personal motivation of the individ- the Guardian commissioned It’s said that young people need to get messy, and in my experience nothing ual. me to write a series of blogs on into the right kind of trouble. Coming runs to a timescale or agenda. Egos Working with young adults who have my Write to Freedom project up against hard boundaries was essen- It’s said that young looking for glory need to be checked at been involved in crime is a long-term (W2F), the last of which was published tial in helping me discover who I was people need to get into the door. We need to know that we may investment. There are, in my experi- on Wednesday. W2F was born from my and where I belonged in the world. It never truly discover how successful our ence, no glitzy, media-friendly solu- experiences as a writer and my lifelong took me a long time to be ready to quit the right kind of trouble. work has been. No project can be set up tions to make the latest government love of wilderness. Its focus is on sup- drugs and crime, and change the direc- Coming up against hard to quick-fix a problem and get offenders look like it’s discovered the holy grail of porting socially excluded individuals tion my life was going in. boundaries was essential back on track, but we can be here for rehabilitation. and groups, offering them a safe place We’ve worked with more than 40 them when they are ready. My challenge to any politician is to for reflection, connection to nature and freedom writers since 2008. Evidence in helping me discover I’ve gone through a decade-long rite show courage, foresight, leadership and a positive model of creative community. This work has been unbelievably tells us every student has got something powerful from the simple process of who I was and where of passage with this work. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone time and investment. Human beings don’t work to pre-set timescales and tickbox fund- challenging, and I’ve been battling with writing down their story. We regularly I belonged in the world. time again has forced me to grow up ing streams. Wounds take a long time whether to continue with it since the receive feedback in which youngsters and form the kind of leadership I to heal. This work needs investment first writing workshop in Somerset, tell us they never thought writing could always wanted from older, trustworthy initiatives that will extend into years western England, in 1999. I’ve been help but it has, and they will continue to not stand in judgment. Young people men but never found. not months. plagued by an uncomfortable feeling use it on their journey. That, for me, is can spot bullshit a mile off. We have to This has brought W2F to a place This kind of patient, realistic and that people were somehow looking to amazing and all I really hoped for. come to youth work clear in our where we are now clear where we’re human approach to this work is what’s me, a successfully rehabilitated ex- If we want to help bridge the gap motives and in what we have to offer as heading. We’ll be starting a year-long needed to provide a safe, creative space offender, as some kind of answer to the between destructive youth culture and individuals. We will have our bound- course this November, working with for any individual who finds themselves “problem with youth”. productive, responsible adulthood, we aries and buttons pushed to the limit. men and women from age 18 up. Older on the fringes of society and is ready to While I’m clearly not a one-off, I’ve need to wake up and realise that the Testing our integrity, authenticity and ex-offenders will be encouraged to make the change. If we can do this we discovered that getting away from adrenaline-fuelled buzz of crime and ability to hold their anger and pain is in mentor younger ex-offenders. will discover, as I have, that there is a drugs and crime as young as I did is a gang life is a bright light that some a young adult’s DNA. If we are unclear In turn, we will mentor them into cre- wealth of talent, passion and commit- rare thing. To expect your average 16- young people cannot resist. about why we are in this work, we will ating community projects using their ment in the criminal justice system that to 18-year-old to “get” rehabilitation so We need to be there for them when be exposed and mocked in a real and own unique skills. This isn’t a forced could make our society a richer and young, drop the criminal behaviour and they are ready to come in from the cold, often painful way. Community Payback approach but a ultimately safer place to live. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY. ANALYSIS Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 09 President Obama should have Health is called in the very best minds and operatives from corporate and scientific worlds and Bloggers Wealth Different strokes imposed an emergency plan to be carried out by BP and all Borough AMANDA GARDNER | HEALTHDAY NEWS BOB HERBERT | NYT NEWS SERVICE others. BY SHOBHAN SAXENA Gulf of Mexico oil Fewer boys born in months after 9/11 in New York BP IS PRIVATE, spill vs Bhopal gas tragedy I N the months that followed the 9/11 attacks on the Trade Towers in New York City, preg- nant women across the United States lost far more male fetuses than usual and fewer boys were born, researchers report. In fact, 14 percent more male fetuses were US IS PUBLIC W HEN an oil rig run by a humongous MNC blows up and kills 11 workers in the Gulf of Mexico, how does the US government react? It tries to raise the liability cap on BP to $1.5 bil- lion. Compare this with Bhopal gas tragedy, the worst industrial disaster in the world that left lost in September 2001 than in any other BP’s interests are not the same as America’s interests close to 20,000 dead, 500,000 affected, two month in the entire six-year study period. generations scarred, and the air, soil and water The authors of the new study, appearing of the city poisoned forever. How much they I online May 24 in the journal BMC Public ASKED the sheriff of St know what to do. No one has a han- got in compensation: $470 million, a ridicu- Health, hypothesise that this may be due to the Bernard Parish, Jack Stephens, dle on how much oil is gushing out of lous amount. phenomenon of “communal bereavement,” in if he was at all optimistic about control into the gulf. No one under- The Gulf of Mexico slick threatens the fishing which many members of a society grieve BP stopping the gusher of oil stands the environmental impact of industry, thousands of jobs, tourism and together, even if they did not know the actual that is fouling the Gulf of the hundreds of thousands of gallons marine life in the coastal American states. The victims of a disaster. Mexico in time to prevent a long- of chemical dispersants that BP is tragedy is that President Obama’s effort to Stressful times in a society typically lead to a term environmental catastrophe in injecting into the gulf. No one has raise the liability cap to $1.5 billion failed as the decline in the number of males born, but it has- the southern Louisiana wetlands. any idea how far this awful stain on Republicans in the Senate didn’t allow the bill n’t been clear if this was due to fewer males con- The sun was high in the sky, and the environment will spread. to be tabled. ceived or more male fetuses lost to miscarriage. the day was hot. The sheriff was in President Barack Obama should The Obama administration wanted to “We have a lot of reports that say the sex a small boat, patrolling the water- have taken charge of the response to increase from $1 billion to $1.5 billion the ratio of live births [ie the odds of a male birth] ways that wend their way through the oil spill – which he called a amount that could be spent from an emergency declines following population stressors, but the delicate marshes. He thought “potentially unprecedented” envi- cleanup fund paid with industry fees, and raise very little work that has tried to tease out which for a long moment. Oil was already ronmental calamity – from jump a $75 million liability limit BP would bear for of many mechanisms could be responsible,” seeping into the marshes, getting street. He should have called in the costs not directly connected to cleaning up the said study author Tim Bruckner, an assistant into the soil and plant life and coat- very best minds and operatives spill, such as lost wages and tourism. professor of public health/planning, policy and ing some of the wildlife. from the corporate and scientific Even as Obama licks his wounds, the real design at the University of California, Irvine. “I’ll tell you the truth,” Stephens worlds and imposed an emergency tragedy is unfolding in India where the govern- The authors looked at data on fetal deaths said. “It may already be too late.” plan of action – to be carried out by ment is again trying to push through the contro- between January 1996 and December 2002 in Travelling along the Gulf Coast, explosion at a Texas refinery in BP and all others who might be versial nuclear liability bill. It’s a cruel truth that all 50 states, data that is gathered as part of the past idled boats with names like Big March 2005, leaks of crude oil from required. Instead, after all this time, when an industrial disaster happens in the US, National Vital Statistics System. Shrimp and Blessed Assurance, pipelines in Alaska, and fraud for after more than a month of BP’s the government of that country doesn’t allow The authors postulated that male fetuses past dead trees and hurricane forti- conspiring to corner the market demonstrated incompetence, the the MNC involved go scot-free. In the Gulf of may react more strongly than female fetuses to fications and other signs of the and manipulate the price of administration continues to dither. Mexico accident just 11 people died, but the US stress hormones created by the mother. This area’s perpetual vulnerability, you propane carried through Texas Incredibly, until The Times blew government it trying to force BP to pay for sensitivity, in turn, may play a part in natural can’t help but wonder how a com- pipelines.” Nice outfit, this BP. the whistle in an article on Monday, everything – deaths, damages and lost wages. selection, although this is far from proven. pany like BP, with its awful record Anyone who thought this London- environmental waivers were still Compare this with fraudulent nuclear liabili- “If you have a stressful environment, the of incompetence and irresponsibil- based wrecking crew gave a rat’s being offered for oil drilling in the ty Bill the government is trying to impose on variability in male reproductive fitness is very ity, was ever allowed to drill for oil whisker about harming the Gulf of gulf. What will it take for sanity to this country. The Bill, in its present form, seeks high as compared to females. Brad Pitt, as the a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico or threatening the environ- prevail? How many people have to to limit all liability arising out of a nuclear acci- alpha male, may be more likely to produce off- It’s not as if we didn’t know that ment of the Louisiana wetlands – die or face ruin, and how much of dent to about $450 million and the liability of spring than someone who is not the alpha BP was a menace. On March 23, or the livelihoods of families living nature has to be despoiled before the operator only to Rs 300 crore. male,” Bruckner explained. 2005, a series of explosions and here – has been inhaling way too we rein in the cowboys of these run- The difference between $450 million and Rs Pointing to a parallel in the animal kingdom, fires at the BP Texas City refinery much of BP’s toxic fumes. away corporations? 300 crore (about $67 million) is the govern- Bruckner noted that the red deer in Finland killed 15 people and injured 180 Yet there was our government Steadily increasing numbers of ment’s liability. Considering India’s population have been studied in this context. “If you have others in what was described by not only giving BP’s reprobates the anxiety-ridden coastal residents density (even stampedes at temples leave hun- a cold winter with very resources [and] not investigators as “one of the worst go-ahead to drill for oil a mile deep are watching not just their liveli- dreds dead every year) and poor industrial much food, we observe fewer males born in the industrial disasters in recent US in the gulf but also handing them a hoods but an entire way of life slip safety record (radioactive material can be subsequent year,” he said. “The idea is if you history.” John Bresland, the chair- waiver, allowing them to avoid a away. Even as BP’s lawyers are con- found in scrap markets), a nuclear accident can had carried those males to term, they would man of the US Chemical Safety detailed analysis of the effect of sumed with the task of limiting the cause immense damage both in terms of loss of have been born into a resource-poor environ- Board, reminded us in March, on their operations on the surround- company’s liability, the administra- human life as well as environmental destruc- ment, so the likelihood of being the deer equiv- the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, ing environment. Giving an envi- tion continues to insist it has little tion. The proposed liability is peanuts. alent of Brad Pitt would be less.” that an intensive investigation by ronmental waiver to a company as choice but to follow the company’s Isn’t it ironic that the government of India Those deer born into this world with less the board had “found organisation- contemptuous of the environment lead in fighting the spill. That is wants to turn this dubious Bill into law to tell food would be less likely to be able to compete al and safety deficiencies at all lev- as BP shows just whose side the dangerous nonsense. the American MNCs that they can set up successfully with males born in other years to els of the BP Corporation.” government is on in the face-off Obama has an obligation to make nuclear shops in India and mint money with- be the alpha male. “If faced with an environ- The Texas City conflagration was between predatory giant corpora- it unmistakably clear that BP’s out bothering about their liability even as the ment that has limited resources, you’ll have a just part of BP’s execrable pattern. tions and the interests of ordinary interests are not the same as US government tries to hike the cap on indus- lower likelihood of yielding that alpha male On October 25, 2007, the US American citizens. America’s interests. He needs to trial liability in America? because you won’t have good nutrition or care Department of Justice issued the BP got off much too easy with the stand shoulder to shoulder with the Why these double standards? Why two sets from the mother,” he said. following announcement: “British fines it agreed to in 2007. And for people who are taking the brunt of of rules for two countries? Is the life of an ordi- According to this theory, it makes more Petroleum and several of its sub- some odd reason, it’s being treated this latest corporate outrage. The nary American more valuable than the life of sense for the mother to conserve her own sidiaries have agreed to pay much too deferentially now. This cri- oil has now stained nearly 70 miles an Indian? For the Indian government the life resources and to produce more females, which approximately $373 million in fines sis has gone on for more than a of the Louisiana Coast. No one can of ordinary people is cheap as dirt. That’s why can mate with stronger existing or future alpha and restitution for environmental month, and neither BP nor the say what terrible toll the gusher is the government accepted the meagre compen- males. violations stemming from a fatal Obama administration seems to taking in the depths of the gulf. sation for thousands of Bhopal gas victims. Ground Reality Have Is Pluto a planet? your say Game of chess REFER to the edit page article, “It is France vs Germany” in Qatar Wrong signal REFER to the Tuesday’s United States page (number 2) news in Your front-page write-up in QT’s Tuesday issue, “How to protect your eyes from the P WWW.WIKIPEDIA.ORG LUTO, is the second-largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System (after Eris) and Tribune’s issue dated Tuesday, Qatar Tribune “Obama tells mili- sun” was informative. Hope the tenth-largest body observed directly orbit- May 25. tary to get ready for N Korea you will keep highlighting ing the Sun. Originally classified as a planet, Is there an issue you feel It has been rightly observed in assault”. Pluto is now considered the largest member of strongly about, or an article the article that only France and To me, it seems the news to has such information. a distinct population called the Kuiper belt. Germany can put together a deal been presented in a misleading NK M ADHAVAN Like other members of the Kuiper belt, Pluto you want to comment on? QT for the integration of Europe, way. D OHA is composed primarily of rock and ice and is which of late has come under A close reading reveals all relatively small: approximately a fifth the mass will carry your voice to the severe strain due to the debt crisis Obama has done is to ask the US of the Earth’s Moon and a third its volume. It public and to places where it playing out in the capitals of the continent’s countries. military to coordinate with South Korea to “ensure readiness” and has an eccentric and highly inclined orbit that takes it from 30 to 49 AU (4.4–7.4 billion km) matters. Write to us at It is also true that for now they deter future aggression from North from the Sun. This causes Pluto to periodically are just putting their pieces on the Korea.This defensive gesture is per- come closer to the Sun than Neptune. board and it’s going to be a long fectly alright. From its discovery in 1930 until 2006, Pluto game of chess. One hopes the game Moreover, South Korea is a close was considered the Solar System’s ninth plan- turns out to be one played by two ally of the United States and the latter et. In late 1970s, following discovery of 2060 ADDRESS gentlemen and comes to a conclu- is treaty-bound to protect its friend in Chiron in the outer Solar System and the sive denouement. the hour of need. “Congrats!! you recognition of Pluto’s very low mass, its status PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar The very fact that the unnamed Having said that, let me also say I as a major planet began to be questioned. TELEPHONE EU official quoted in the report do not believe US should actually crossed 400,000... meri Later, in the early 21st century, many objects +974.4422077 said that countries like France go and start another war. gaadi thoda dheeli chal similar to Pluto were discovered in the outer should face the necessary structur- True, there is not much we can Solar System, notably Eris, which is 27 percent FAX al reforms and Germany realise the do in case the US really does if. rahi hai (I’m at a more massive than Pluto. In 2006, the +974.4416790 need for boosting demand indi- But we can at least avoid sending slower pace at the moment)” International Astronomical Union (IAU) EMAIL cates a clear understanding of the out wrong signals. A MITABH B ACHCHAN ’ S defined the term “planet” for the first time. firstname.lastname@example.org issues. CONGRATULATORY TWEET This definition excluded Pluto as a planet, and AHMAD ABDULLAH added it as a member of the new category RAMAN VIDYADHAR DOHA FOR S HAH R UKH K HAN “dwarf planet” along with Eris and Ceres. After DUBAI the reclassification, Pluto was added to the list of minor planets and given number 134340. 10 Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA Inside Philippines/East Asia 1 killed, 2 hurt Indonesia deports 2 dead, 55 hurt in bomb in Vietnam oil reﬁnery protest HANOI Police shot dead a 12-year-old boy and injured two other people in a clash with villagers French journalists JAKARTA Two French journalists will be deport- ed from Indonesia on Wednesday after they ﬁlmed a peaceful demon- blasts in Thai town protesting the building of stration in Papua AFP an oil reﬁnery, residents province, where the gov- YALA and police said on ernment is accused of Wednesday. rights abuses. TWIN bomb blasts rocked a A large group of villagers Baudouin Koenig and town in Thailand’s south on whose land was taken for Carole Helena Lorthiois Wednesday, killing two peo- the Nghi Son reﬁnery proj- were expelled from the ple and wounding dozens in ect in the central province Papuan provincial capital the latest violence of a six-year of Thanh Hoa were protest- Jayapura on Wednesday insurgency, police and hospi- ing on Tuesday against the morning and have been tal staff said. The rebellion low compensation they had ordered to leave across the southern provinces been paid when a police Indonesia, Jayapura dis- by a shadowy band of sepa- ofﬁcer began ﬁring at them, trict immigration head ratist Islamists ﬁghting for villagers said. An ofﬁcer Robert Silitonga said. greater autonomy in the area reached by phone at police “After questioning bordering Malaysia has left headquarters in the district them, we found that they more than 4,100 people dead. of Tinh Gia, who declined had committed permit There have been fewer to give his name, conﬁrmed violations so they’ll be attacks recently in the south the boy had been killed. deported. They had because insurgents knew their Le Dinh Loi, a local ﬁlmed a protest and they cause had been overshadowed attending the demonstra- did so outside the areas by two months of deadly anti- tion, said the villagers had they were permitted,” he government protests in been preventing trucks said. Bangkok, said analyst from unloading at the con- The journalists had just Srisompob Jitpiromya at Deep struction site, but had not arrived in Jayapura to South Watch. At least 55 peo- engaged in violence or make a documentary ple were wounded — ﬁve seri- destroyed property.The about an ongoing census ously — in the blasts in Yala, protest stemmed from dis- when they stopped to ﬁlm the main town in the province parate compensation a human rights rally out- of the same name, said the offered to two groups of side the Papuan legislative provincial hospital. The locals, Loi said. (DPA) council. (AFP) bombs were hidden on motor- cycles and exploded near the business district of the town, police said, pointing the ﬁnger at Islamist militants. Thai woman being taken to a hospital following a bomb attack in the Muslim majority province of Yala, southern Thailand, on Wednesday. (EPA) “Provincial authorities had been warned of the attack part of town,” he added. The with shootings, bombings dead since mid-March. That is part of the political beforehand, but the warning ﬁrst bomb detonated at 10:15 and gruesome methods such “In the last few days they’ve tactics of the insurgency,” he was for May 28 to 30,” said am (0315 GMT) in front of a as beheadings and cruciﬁx- tried to increase their opera- added. The region was an Krisada Boonrach, the Yala car showroom and the second ions. There is no link to the tions because the situation in autonomous Malay Muslim governor. went off close by ten minutes anti-government “Red Shirt” Bangkok has quieted down,” sultanate until it was annexed “Currently there is an 11- later, wounding rescue work- protests in the Thai capital, said Srisompob of Deep in 1902 by mainly Buddhist day provincial fair until June ers and police who had come which were broken up last South Watch, an independent Thailand and tensions have 5 and as security is strict in to investigate the ﬁrst attack. week by the army and had monitoring group. bubbled there ever since, the town centre, the militants The rebels have targeted sparked several outbreaks of “In the coming days maybe escalating into the current chose to attack in the outer both Buddhists and Muslims violence that left 88 people there will be more attacks. insurgency in January 2004. Stop lecturing us, Cambodia tells donors PHNOM PENH Prime Minister Hun Sen told a conference on good mining practices on Wednesday that foreign organisations must stop giving advice on how to manage Philippine rebel group removes Oil spill from tankers hits Singapore’s leader to boost peace talks expected revenues.”This is not the hour to talk about spending the money,” Hun Sen told several hundred business executives, diplo- mats and civil society members in a speech opening the east coast two-day meeting.”And don’t talk too much looking on Cambodia as a child; the (government) is not a child,” he REUTERS ed with our military arm,” intelligence ofﬁcer on revenues generated by strate- AP said. “So do not advise too much.” MANILA Iqbal told Reuters, saying the Mindanao island, where the gic resources such as oil, gas SINGAPORE In recent years, foreign companies have signed dozens of foreign-trained Islamic cleric MILF is based, told Reuters. and metals. In August 2008, a exploration deals in industries from oil and gas to bauxite THE Philippines’ largest has been given a job in the Since 1997 there have been deal to create a Muslim ances- OIL spilled from a tanker colli- and gold.Critics charge that the deals are opaque, with Muslim guerrilla group has rebel group’s Da’wah reli- off-and-on negotiations tral homeland with wide polit- sion offshore Singapore fouled revenues failing to reach the national budget. removed a commander the gious department. between the government and ical and economic powers was parts of a two-mile (3.2-kilo- Hun Sen also lashed out at Britain-based Global government blames for an “It’s part of our reorganisa- Muslim rebels to end a con- blocked by the Supreme Court metre) stretch of the city- Witness, which has published highly critical reports on the escalation of violence in tion to build more conﬁdence ﬂict that has run more than after some politicians chal- state’s coast, authorities said government’s handling of state assets, including forestry 2008, saying they wanted to and give a fresh start to peace 40 years, killing 120,000 peo- lenged the agreement. on Wednesday. and mining.”Global Witness is a group of thieves, they revive momentum in peace negotiations under the next The aborted deal led to an Ofﬁcials have deployed oil cooperate with foreign agencies,” he charged. (DPA) talks under a new administra- government. We only want to Since 1997 there escalation in ﬁghting, and dispersants, 15 boats, 120 tion. A workable and sus- show how serious we are in have been off-and- nearly 750,000 people were personnel and 3,300 meters tained resolution of the con- pursuing peace.” Senator displaced by almost a year of (10,800 feet) of containment Parents challenge court’s exile order in Malaysia ﬂict would remove a long- Benigno Aquino III is expect- on negotiations hostilities. The government booms in a bid to keep the oil between the gov- KUALA LUMPUR A Malaysian teenager banished by the term investment risk in the ed to be declared the next ernment and Mus- has ﬁled cases in Mindanao from Singapore’s east coast, a government for allegedly possessing a stolen motorcycle Philippines, and potentially President by Congress in lim rebels to end a courts saying Kato and two popular beach and park area. sought a court order on Wednesday for him to be returned could attract investment to coming weeks. Unofﬁcial tal- conflict that has other commanders were The affected area is between a to his parents. offshore oil and gas reserves lies of votes show he has a run more than 40 behind the violence. naval base and a sailing cen- Authorities arrested Jagendran Panir Selvam and two of and untapped mines on the large lead over his nearest years, killing A renewed truce took effect tre, authorities said. his 16-year-old friends in central Selangor state last southern island. rival. 120,000 people. last year and formal talks “Small patches of oil and December under a law that lets suspected criminals to be Ustadz Ameril Ombra Kato, The MILF has also replaced resumed this year with the sheen were sighted at Changi detained without trial or exiled to other districts. Jagendran radical commander of the the head of its ceaseﬁre panel ple and displacing 2 million in intention of reaching an inter- Naval Base,” the Maritime was then 17, but recently turned 18. 105th base of the Moro and the spokesman for its the south of the mainly im agreement before the end and Port Authority of Their arrest under Malaysia’s Emergency Ordinance Islamic Liberation Front military arm, Iqbal said. Roman Catholic country. of President Gloria Singapore said. “Patches of oil sparked criticism by human rights activists, who urged the (MILF), has been replaced by “At the strategic level, Moderate leaders of the Macapagal Arroyo’s term on slick have also affected part of government to charge them in a court for minors or to one of his more-moderate Kato’s dismissal augurs well 11,000-strong MILF have June 30, but a deal has not the coastline.” release them unconditionally. subordinates, Zacaria Goma, for the peace process because dropped demands for an inde- yet been reached. About 18,000 barrels of Police told their families’ lawyers that they were held for pending an inquiry, MILF this could indicate the moder- pendent Islamic state but The two sides will return to light crude oil spilled from possessing a stolen motorbike and being a public nui- chief peace negotiator ates are now taking the upper want more than just an Kuala Lumpur this month to the Malaysian-registered sance, but did not elaborate. (AP) Mohaqher Iqbal said. hand in the power struggle autonomous government, try to reach an interim deal tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3 “Kato is no longer connect- within the MILF,” an army including a greater share of before Arroyo steps down. after it collided with the St. Vincent’s and The Grenadines-registered bulk carrier MV Waily early on Indonesian reforms under threat, says ex-FM Tuesday in the Singapore Strait about eight miles (13 kilometres) southeast of Singapore’s east coast. The port authority and the AFP Bank has been seen as a speciﬁcally at Aburizal over a controversial bank National Environment Agency JAKARTA major blow to reform in the Bakrie, a powerful business bailout despite no hard evi- conﬁrmed local press reports country of some 240 million tycoon who denies any con- dence being found to support that east coast residents com- FORMER Indonesian ﬁnance people, which emerged from ﬂict of interest between his allegations of corruption. plained of a foul oil smell on minister Sri Mulyani 32 years of dictatorship under commercial and political Days after her shock resig- Tuesday. Indrawati believes democrat- military strongman Suharto activities as head of the nation on May 4, Yudhoyono “Some of the lighter por- ic reforms in Indonesia are in 1998. Golkar party. installed Bakrie as the head of tions of the oil could have being “hijacked” by powerful “The Indonesian business Golkar was Suharto’s politi- a new “secretariat” to oversee evaporated and caused a smell reactionary forces, a report community is not supportive cal vehicle and has never been the coalition parties, handing that was detected by members said on Wednesday. of having the system co-opted in opposition, despite seeing him a position of privilege at of the public,” the port author- She said vested interests for very personal, narrow its electoral support dwindle the heart of the executive. ity and environment agency within the business and polit- interests,” she told The in the democratic era. It is Indrawati denied any said in a joint statement. It ical elite opposed to her Financial Times. now a pivotal member of knowledge of a rumoured wasn’t toxic, they said. uncompromising efforts to “If they start to allow one President Susilo Bambang deal between Yudhoyono and Malaysian coast guard bring the economy under the party to hijack it, it is at the Yudhoyono’s ruling coalition. Bakrie to oust her as part of a Commander Abdul Hadib rule of law effectively ousted cost of everyone else. It is Bakrie initiated months of trade-off to ensure the Abdul Wahab said on her earlier this month. really a concern. It is a battle parliamentary attacks against smooth functioning of the Tuesday that any environ- Her resignation to take a for Indonesia now.” Indrawati, an economist and government in Yudhoyono’s Indonesia’s new Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo (left) with his mental damage would be senior position at the World She pointed the ﬁnger independent policy expert, second and ﬁnal term. predecessor Sri Mulyani Indrawati (right), in Jakarta, recently. (AP) “very minimal.” PAKISTAN Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 11 VAT move Economic may hit stability education sector taking hold in DAWN ONLINE KARACHI Pakistan: IMF WITH the beginning of the new academic year from April, parents of children DAWN ONLINE Now, inflation has studying at private schools are ISLAMABAD dropped to 13 per cent, already paying from Rs10 to reserves are four months Rs50 more on a textbook, PAKISTAN’S economy is of imports and the current depending on the syllabus. getting back on an even account deﬁcit is set to be But they fear that with the keel after the balance of around two to three per imposition of value-added tax payments crisis 18 cent of GDP this fiscal (VAT) in the new budget on months ago but it year ending June 30. the education sector, prices of remained vulnerable to Even among risky “fron- education-related items will shocks and a risky market tier markets,” Pakistan is go skyrocketing. for investors, according to seen as too long a shot for Activists shout slogans during a protest against Facebook, in Karachi, on Wednesday. (AFP) Already uncomfortable with the IMF’s representative many investors due to its the surging inﬂation rate, par- in Islamabad. Political uncertainty, chronic insecurity and a budget deﬁcit inﬂated by spendings to tackle the insecurity, poor gover- nance, corruption and crippling power short- ages. Indeed, foreign direct Facebook protests fuel sale ents now feel really perturbed over reports of VAT imposi- tion on the education sector. Even the stakeholders in the education sector oppose the The five year credit default swap spread investment (FDI) has almost halved over the past year, standing at just $1.77 billion in the ﬁrst 10 months of fiscal year of American, Israeli flags governmentís move to levy VAT. In case of levy of a new tax, the stakeholders may not feel the pinch and ultimately parents will have to swallow started to drop 2009-10. In Vietnam, by AFP South Asian country of 170 dreds of web pages to limit against a ﬁlm made by a far- the bitter pill of paying extra. steadily at the comparison, the govern- KARACHI million. access to “blasphemous” right Dutch lawmaker. Publishers say the prices of end of February ment expects FDI of $10- Several thousand Pakistanis material, banning access to Another focal point for anger books published by the Sindh from levels above 11 billion in 2010. IN Pakistan a row about have taken to the streets at the US-based Facebook and has been Swedish artist Lars Textbook Board have also 900 basis points. However, there has Facebook, censorship and behest of right-wing religious YouTube — the two most Vilks, who etched a blasphe- risen by Rs1.5 per book for It dropped as low been an upturn in foreign religious sacrilege means groups, who turn to Rasheed popular websites in the mous caricature. class ninth and tenth and 25 as 675 this portfolio investment as booming demand for replica when they need ﬂags to burn country. Whenever elections to 45 paisas per book from month. the economy has American and Israeli ﬂags and banners to write. A court in the eastern city of approach or protests start, class one to eight in the last improved, with net to go up in ﬂames at protest “Generally, we receive Lahore ordered the block on wholesalers stock huge quan- one year. Taliban’s insurgency are inflows into the stock rallies. orders for banners for a cou- Facebook until at least May tities of cheap cloth and reap Like every year, paper all threats to recovery, but market of $508.7 million That means one thing for ple of demonstrations a day, 31, when it is scheduled to handsome rewards. makers enhance the rate of the outlook was far in the first 10 months 31-year-old Mamoon ur but due to the blasphemous hear a petition from Islamic “We are getting bigger paper in the peak season in brighter than the time compared with an outﬂow Rasheed — business — and he drawings issue, the number of lawyers. orders from scores of painters January for the new session when Pakistan was on the of $392 million in the is working long into the night orders for ﬂags and banners Although none of the and printers nowadays,” cloth and later they reduce the brink of default in 2008. year-earlier period. to churn out the parapherna- has increased by 10 to 12 per protests has mobilised the merchant Mohammad price in April after the book “In terms of the econo- Ross pointed to nar- lia beloved of Islamic activists day,” said Rasheed. masses, sporadic demon- Siddique said. buying spree fades. my, stabilisation seems to rowing of the spread on taking to the streets. “Flags are made for burn- strators have continued to “Pakistan is the country Syed Zafarul Hassan of be taking hold, progress Pakistan’s sovereign “I have nothing to do with ing. They symbolise what our vent anger in Karachi and of protests and for this Qamar Kitab Ghar at Urdu has been made,” Paul CDS, used to insure any political party, but it is clients want to express and we other cities. Karachi is undoubtedly its Bazar said textbooks had Ross of the International against sovereign debt really enjoyable when you see are paid for it, so I’m happy to Rasheed runs his business capital and our business become costlier by at least 20 Monetary Fund said in an default, as a signal of your work on TV screens,” a see our work go up in ﬂames.” on times of stress. Different gets a boost in such cir- per cent followed by a 25 per interview with Reuters. returning confidence in laughing Rasheed told AFP. Rasheed owns a workshop periods mean demand for the cumstances,” Siddique cent increase in the prices of Pakistan turned to the Pakistan’s economy. “I’m busy every day making where he employs four crafts- ﬂags of India — Pakistan’s said. notebooks and registers. IMF for an emergency The five year credit banners and placards for dif- men to paint ﬂags and write deepest rival with whom the Waqar Ahmed, owner of The condition of school- package of loans in default swap spread ferent religious and political calligraphy, and a small print- country has fought three wars a printing press in owners binding parents to November 2008, when started to drop steadily at parties, but work gets a boost ing press. — Norway and Sweden, and Karachi’s southern neigh- purchase complete course inﬂation was 25 per cent, the end of February from — especially when interna- “We have received contin- former colonial ruler Britain. bourhood Pakistan Chowk, either from the outlet on the the Central bank reserves levels above 900 basis tional controversy concerning uous orders for American Four years ago, widespread says orders are flooding in school premises or from par- were equivalent to just points. Muslims breaks out,” he said. and Israeli ﬂags. Normally protests broke out in the con- for posters, pamphlets and ticular shops had reduced one month of imports It dropped as low as 675 When a Facebook user we paint them but when servative Muslim nation over placards, temporarily over- the rush in Urdu Bazaar, he and the current account this month before rising decided to organise an demand surges into the hun- satirical cartoons of that were taking his main business in said. deficit had widened to again in line with global “Everyone Draw Mohammed dreds we print these ﬂags to published by a Danish news- books and wedding cards. A school-owner in a Landhi 8.5 per cent of gross trends as Eurozone Day” competition to promote get them to our clients in paper and then reprinted in “I get orders for pam- locality said that a 200-page domestic product (GDP) tremors spooked markets. “freedom of expression”, it time,” he said. other European countries. phlets and posters in the notebook now costs Rs32 to for ﬁscal year 2007-08. It was at 750 on Tuesday. sparked a major backlash In the wake of the contro- Then in 2008, thousands of event of controversies or Rs35 as compared to the earli- among Islamic activists in the versy, Pakistan blocked hun- Pakistani Islamists rallied elections,” Waqar says. er Rs25-28. 12 Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com SOUTH ASIA Inside South Asia Car bomb hits NATO’s base in Kandahar AP itants out of Kandahar more than a dozen bicycles, NATO convoy in the capital, downtown Kandahar. KANDAHAR province strongholds. the Interior Ministry said in a killing 18 people including six In eastern Nuristan A CAR bomb exploded on The blast occurred around 11:30 am in a parking lot used NATO base statement. The bomb was placed in a Toyota Corolla in NATO service members ó ﬁve Americans and a Canadian. province, police have been battling hundreds of insur- Wednesday outside a small by Afghans visiting Camp on regular targets the lot, it said. No one imme- The next day, dozens of gents for four days, ofﬁcials NATO military base in south- Nathan Smith in Kandahar diately claimed responsibility Taliban militants attacked the said. At least seven militants ern Afghanistan’s largest city, city, said General Shaﬁq Fazli, It was the latest in for the attack. main US military base, and one police ofﬁcer have wounding two Afghans and the police commander for a string of bold People reached by phone Bagram Air Field, killing an died so far in the ﬁghting in destroying several cars, southern Afghanistan. The attacks on high- inside Camp Nathan Smith American contractor in ﬁght- Nuristan’s Barg-e-Matal dis- police said. base houses a few hundred profile NATO tar- said they had been ordered ing that lasted more than trict, the Interior Ministry It was the latest in a string Canadian soldiers, along with gets in the past into bunkers but that the area eight hours. said in statement. of bold attacks on high-proﬁle American military police and two weeks. appeared quiet since the Then on Saturday, insur- The insurgents attacked the NATO targets in the past two US and Canadian govern- explosion. They spoke on gents ﬁring rockets, mortars district government building weeks, following a Taliban ment employees working on were wounded. The ofﬁcer condition of anonymity and automatic weapons tried to on Sunday and a small police announcement of a spring development projects. gave only one name, Khalid. because details of the attack storm Kandahar Air Field, force has been trying to keep Everest clean-up offensive against alliance and Afghan forces their response Fazli said no one was killed. A police ofﬁcer said at least Wednesday’s blast destroyed 11 cars that were had not been released. The string of attacks began NATO’s main base in the south. Kandahar Air Field is about 20 them at bay since then, said General Mohammad Qasim team ﬁnds ﬁve bodies to the Obama administra- one security guard and one parked in the lot, along with on May 18, when a Taliban kilometers outside of the city, Jangulbagh, the provincial KATHMANDU A team of tion’s vow to squeeze the mil- Afghan who works at the base about 50 motorcycles and suicide bomber attacked a while Camp Nathan Smith is in police chief. 20 Sherpas on a clean-up mission on Mount Everest has come across ﬁve bod- ies and collected over 2.5 tonnes of rubbish, the IRREPLACEABLE LOSS Lanka urges project coordinator said on Wednesday. The Sherpas left for Everest in late April A soldier is comforted as Canadian, British and US troops join a ramp farewell ceremony for fallen Canadian trooper Larry Rudd at Kandahar Airﬁeld, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Rudd, 26, was the 146th member of the Canadian military to die in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001. Britain has lost nearly 300 people, and the number of US military deaths is approaching the 1,000 mark. (AP) US to talk to collect garbage left behind by climbers and to trade, not retrieve the bodies of some who had died in the mountain’s “death zone” human above 8,000 metres where oxygen levels are a rights third of those at sea level. AFP Coordinator Chakra Karki WASHINGTON told AFP that the team had found as many as ﬁve NEW Sri Lankan Foreign bodies, including that of Minister GL Peiris on American Scott Fisher, who Tuesday urged Washington to was a guide on the moun- seize business and other tain during the infamous opportunities in post-war Sri 1996 disaster described in Lanka rather than focus only the best-selling book “Into on alleged human rights Thin Air”. abuses there. “We came across Visiting Washington after Fisher’s body and took Sri Lankan President Mahinda pictures but did not touch Rajapaksa’s party won parlia- him,” Karki told AFP by mentary elections last month, telephone from base Peiris parried criticism from camp. human rights activists and “His family has not others amid a week of talks given us permission to here to push for closer ties. remove his body and we respect their decision,” he Rajapaksa has said. (AFP) come under fire at home and abroad for allegedly violat- ing human rights in the final military campaign against the Tamil rebels. A year after the end of the Nepal begins to mourn ‘death’ civil war, “the circumstances are propitious for a certain strengthening and deepening of the relationship between Sri Lanka and the United of ‘yet-to-be-born’ constitution States,” Sri Lanka’s chief diplomat said. “We are not in anyway Chinese PM to meet resentful of the focus on Myanmar leaders human rights. That is under- standable. We are not com- BEIJING Chinese Prime IANS will not get its new constitu- dire constitutional crisis as plaining about it,” Peiris told a Minister Wen Jiabao will KATHMANDU tion,” Ghimire said. “The Nepal’s parliament and the gathering hosted by the Center meet with leaders of death knell of our hopes has government will be automati- for Strategic and International Myanmar’s junta to dis- THREE popular Nepali been rung. So we are per- cally dissolved by Friday mid- Studies think tank. cuss energy cooperation actors began to mourn the forming the last rites of the night. “But we are making the and aid to the southeast “death” of Nepal’s ﬂedgling constituent assembly.” Though chaos stares Nepal point that the relationship Asian nation during a visit constitution even as a politi- Abhishek Pratap Shah, the in the face, its top leaders should not be one dimension- next week, a top diplomat cian threatened to go on an youngest lawmaker in the failed to reach an agreement al. There are many other said on Wednesday. indeﬁnite hungerstrike. constituent assembly, said he even on Wednesday. things that Sri Lanka and the During the June 2-3 Kedar Ghimire and Sitaram would go on an indeﬁnite A meeting between the United States can do togeth- visit, Wen will hold talks Kattel, popularly known as hungerstrike from Friday three parties failed to reach er,” he said. with reclusive junta chief Magne Bura and Dhurmus, midnight if the parties failed an understanding to extend Rajapaksa has come under General Than Shwe, two comic characters from a to reach an agreement by the constitutional deadline. ﬁre at home and abroad for Prime Minister Thein Sein popular satirical teleserial, then. Prime Minister Madhav allegedly violating human and other top ofﬁcials, “Meri Bassai”, that pokes fun The 601-member house, Kumar Nepal, whose refusal rights in the ﬁnal military Vice Foreign Minister at the foibles of politicians formed after an unprecedent- to quit despite mounting pub- campaign against the Tamil Zhang Zhijun told and society, shaved off their ed election in 2008, was man- lic pressure has driven the rebels and of suppressing dis- reporters. hair and donned white dated to write a new constitu- country to the verge of a con- sent since his resounding re- “The two countries will clothes, part of the ritual fol- tion and promulgate it by stitutional disaster, said the election victory in January. sign a number of coopera- lowed by men in Nepal after a Friday May 28. parties still needed to do fur- Representatives from the tion documents covering death in the family. However, due to protracted ther “homework” and International Crisis Group economy, trade, ﬁnance, A third, Kunjana Ghimire, wrangling for power between adjourned the meeting. and Amnesty International energy, science and tech- who too plays a popular char- the ruling parties and the Though the top leaders will aired some of the alleged nology,” Zhang said. (AFP) acter, Suntali, in the same opposition Maoists, the meet again in the evening, abuses in a question-and- serial, discarded her orna- statute failed a series of dead- going by their past track answer session with Peiris Bangladesh arrests 4 ments and wore white to sig- lines and will now not be record, it is doubtful if a con- following his speech about nify a state of mourning. ready by Friday midnight. sensus will be reached by A Nepalese policeman stands guard at the entrance of Nepal’s post-election and post-war Islamic militants “It is now certain that Nepal The consequence will be a Wednesday. constitutional assembly, in Kathmandu, on Tuesday. (AP) developments. DHAKA Police have arrested four suspected Islamic militants and seized bomb-making materials in a raid in the Bangladeshi capi- tal, the national police chief said on Ex-Nepal king claims to be betrayed by politicians Wednesday. IANS ascending the snake throne of time interview to a private tel- the interview on Tuesday country for 19 days. It had son, former crown prince The suspects were KATHMANDU Nepal and yet by a twist of fate evision station in Nepal. night, throwing light on the always been hinted that the Paras, was instrumental in arrested late Monday from was crowned twice, only to Gyanendra, who had been reclusive former monarch’s major parties had offered to the fall of the royal family. a four-story apartment TWO years after he lost his lead to the abolition of monar- given a red-carpet welcome new life as a law-abiding, tax- save the crown for exchange However, he said he was building in Dhaka’s south- crown and was compelled to chy, says he stepped down in by royalists on Sunday when paying citizen. In 2005, the of the king’s capitulation but accepting the blame as the ern Dhania district where leave the palace of his forefa- 2006 after a pact with the rul- he visited the Terai plains in king had sought to take went back on their word. head of the family since it was they were living as ten- thers to begin life as a com- ing parties. However, he says the south to offer ritualistic advantage of the political “Many people know about not his nature to pass the ants, police chief Noor moner, Nepal’s last king the parties failed to stick to worship at a Hindu temple, chaos in Nepal and seize that understanding,” the for- buck. The ousted king said Mohammad said. A Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah their pledge and betrayed was forced to spend the night power through a bloodless, mer king said. “I leave it to the over 80 percent of Nepalis woman believed to be the has ﬁnally ended his silence, him. The disclosure, frequent- in the town due to bad weath- army-backed coup. people of Nepal to judge. I were devout Hindus and the wife of one of the men also saying he was “betrayed”. ly hinted at after he became a er. During his sojourn, he But in 2006, he was forced don’t have to spell it out.” abolition of Nepal as a Hindu was detained, he said. (AP) The 62-year-old, who being commoner, was made during bared his heart to Image to hand over power after pub- Gyanendra also denied that kingdom was bound to cause a younger son had no hope of the deposed king’s ﬁrst full- Television which broadcast lic protests paralysed the he or the unpopularity of his unhappiness. WORLD Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 13 North Korea threatens to World Brief Russia unhappy with Ethiopian opposition ban cross-border traffic AP US missiles in Poland MOSCOW Russia on Wednesday criticized the United States’ deployment of Patriot missiles in rejects poll results Poland, saying the move SEOUL threatened to derail a thaw in ties with Warsaw as the NORTH Korea threatened on two nations seek to put an Wednesday to block cross- end to years of mistrust. border trafﬁc and blow up Since an air crash in any South Korean loudspeak- Russia in April killed presi- ers blasting propaganda dent Lech Kaczynski and northward as tensions soared scores of the Polish elite, over the sinking of a South ties between Moscow and ADDIS ABABA Ethiopian Korean warship. Warsaw have experienced opposition groups on The dramatic deterioration a renaissance with Wednesday rejected in relations came as US pledges of mutual assis- results of parliamentary Secretary of State Hillary tance and cooperation. elections which gave long- Rodham Clinton visited Seoul Despite the sudden time ruler Meles Zenawi a at the end of a three-nation improvement in ties, Polish landslide win, and Asian tour that was dominat- and US ofﬁcials unveiled on demanded fresh polls. ed by the March 26 sinking Wednesday the ﬁrst battery The main opposition blamed on a North Korean of US surface-to-air Patriot- bloc Medrek, which had torpedo attack. type missiles to be stationed already said Sunday’s “This was an unacceptable on Polish soil, at a base just polls were riddled with provocation by North Korea, 60 kilometres (40 miles) fraud, called for a re-run of and the international com- from the Russian border. the election hours after munity has a responsibility “This was a project another oppostion party and a duty to respond,” which was inherited from criticised the process as Clinton told reporters after the previous state of the unfair. talks with South Korean Russian-Polish relations,” “We will not accept the leaders. said Konstantin Kosachev, results and we will call A team of international chairman of the Foreign for (a new) election,” said investigators concluded last Affairs Committee at the Merara Gudina, one of week that a torpedo from a State Duma, the lower the main leaders of the North Korean submarine tore house of Russian parlia- eight-member Medrek apart the 1,200-ton Cheonan ment. (AFP) coalition. (AFP) off the west coast, killing 46 South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak (right) with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (left) at the presidential Blue House, in Seoul, South Korean sailors. South Korea, on Wednesday. (EPA) South Korea began taking Russian MPs exposed in video scandal punitive steps on Tuesday China has said it is still weigh- with China as we move for- Korean ships and airliners issued a statement warning it MOSCOW Russia’s oft-ridiculed parliament was hit by a against the North including ing evidence about the sink- ward in fashioning a from passing through its ter- would “totally ban” the pas- new scandal on Wednesday after deputies were caught on slashing trade, resuming ing and has done little but response.” ritory. sage of South Korean person- video running from seat to seat pressing voting buttons for propaganda warfare and bar- urge calm on all sides. The North ﬂatly denies it On Wednesday, the North nel and vehicles to an inter- fellow MPs who did not bother to turn up. ring the North’s cargo ships. “I believe that the Chinese caused the sinking and has cut off some cross-border Korean zone in the western The episode is the latest embarrassment for the Russian Those were seen as among understand the seriousness of warned that retaliation would communication links and coastal area, apparently refer- lower house of parliament, the State Duma, which often the strongest it could imple- this issue and are willing to lead to war. On Tuesday, expelled eight South Korean ring to Kaesong, if South just performs the role of a rubber-stamp and rarely blocks ment short of military action. listen to the concerns North Korea announced it government ofﬁcials from a Korea does not stop its psy- initiatives from the Kremlin. The US has said evidence of expressed by both South was cutting relations with joint industrial park in the chological warfare. It did not When a new law on drink-driving was debated in the the North’s culpability is Korea and the United States,” South Korea, starting “all-out North Korean border city of mention another border lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, it overwhelming and has said Clinton, who visited counterattacks” against the Kaesong, South Korea’s crossing on the eastern side of was passed on its ﬁrst reading by more than 440 deputies, backed the South’s measures, China before coming to Seoul. South’s psychological warfare Uniﬁcation Ministry said. the peninsula, which even though only 88 members were present. (AFP) but key North Korea ally “We expect to be working operations and barring South The North’s military also remained open. 14 Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com INDIA Indian embassy in Beijing to get economic wing IANS enable enhanced cooperation region, the statement said. world. Coordination of efforts coordinate their efforts. NEW DELHI with China so that the com- It is expected to play an to facilitate trade and invest- The strengthening of eco- plementary strengths of the effective role in promoting ment ﬂows between the two nomic ties between the two IN another sign of India’s two economies can be exploit- India-China cooperation in countries will create a countries also has to be seen growing ties with China, the ed for mutual beneﬁt”, an large infrastructure projects, demand for related infra- in the context of emerging cabinet on Wednesday ofﬁcial statement said after a and will work towards identi- structure and other support- trends in regional economic approved a proposal for cre- cabinet meeting chaired by ﬁcation of new areas of coop- ing services apart from gener- integration. ating an economic wing to be Prime Minister Manmohan eration in business and trade. ating fresh opportunities for Close consultation and headed by a minister (eco- Singh. It is also expected to work cooperation in a range of cooperation between India nomic) in its embassy in The economic wing will towards promotion of exports socio-economic services, the and China is crucial for more Beijing. deal with matters relating to of Indian goods in China as statement said. effective coordination in vari- The economic wing is macro-economic coordina- well as ﬁnancial and technical In order to turn this ous multilateral fora on issues expected to substantially sup- tion and G-20, foreign invest- collaboration between potential into business of mutual beneﬁt and con- port and enhance the negoti- ment, multilateral and bilat- Chinese and Indian ﬁrms. opportunities for the enter- cern, the statement said. ating capability of India and eral borrowing/lending and India and China have prises in the two countries, it President Pratibha Patil strengthen the institutional ﬁnancial sector developments emerged as the two fastest is necessary for the govern- Wednesday left for a ﬁve-day capabilities of our mission to in China and the Asia Paciﬁc growing economies in the President Pratibha Patil: On China mission ments to cooperate and trip to China. Inside India Hyderabad boy tops IIT-JEE test Principal transferred for slapping student A-I employees call off NEW DELHI Hyderabad boy Anumula Jithendar Reddy has topped the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT- CHANDIGARH The princi- pal of a leading govern- ment school of this union territory (UT) who was from the Haryana cadre was posted back after she strike after court order REUTERS JEE) this year, the results was found guilty of slap- NEW DELHI of which were declared on ping a class 12 student, Wednesday. ofﬁcials said on A STRIKE at Air India, the Attributing the success Wednesday. country’s beleaguered nation- to his family and teachers, According to UT educa- al carrier, ended on Anumula said: “The guid- tion department ofﬁcials, Wednesday following a Delhi ance of my parents and Indu Bala, principal of High Court order urging our institution built the Government Model Senior employees to resume duties way and I thank them.” Secondary School, was and intervention by the gov- Anumula appeared in found guilty of “unneces- ernment, ofﬁcials said. the exam from IIT Madras sarily slapping” a student The two-day strike forced zone, which has the sec- Monday and was being dozens of flight cancella- ond-largest number of stu- sent back to her parent tions days after one of its dents, 2,619, clearing the cadre Haryana. aircraft crashed in southern exam this year. Bala allegedly slapped India, killing 158 people. While Uday K Shah, also class 12 student Mini At least 13,000 passengers from Hyderabad, stood Thakur Monday following were stranded because of the second, Himanshu Gupta which the student called strike called by Air India’s from Delhi stood third in her parents, who immedi- ground and technical staff, the highly competitive ately reached the school who said they were protest- exam. All three students with the police. ing against a company “gag” received their coaching for Thakur’s parents also order on union leaders IIT at the Narayana Group submitted a written com- speaking to reporters about of Educational Institutions, plaint with the UT Saturday’s accident. which have their branches Education-cum-Home The striking employees all over India. Secretary Ram Niwas. said the “gag” order had also A total of 13,104 candi- A two-member inquiry asked them not to speak dates cleared the exam team conducted a probe about the airline’s safety this year. (IANS) on Tuesday. (IANS) issues or staff problems. They said two of their lead- ers had been threatened with dismissal for speaking Disinvestment norms for public sector eased to the media on these issues. Stranded Air-India passengers at Mumbai airport, on Wednesday. (AP) NEW DELHI The government on Wednesday gave its nod Employees called off the to the appointment of merchant bankers and intermedi- strike after meetings with with the CLC, we have decid- to destinations including The ailing airline is Mangalore on Saturday, aries to ensure smooth handling of disinvestment in state- the Chief Labour ed to call off the strike,” Singapore, Muscat, Abu expected to lose millions of killing all but eight of 166 run enterprises. Commissioner (CLC) and Vivek Rao, general secretary Dhabi and Bangkok. rupees in refunds. The air- people on board in India’s The government has targeted revenues of Rs.40,000 the Delhi High Court’s direc- of Air Corp Employees Flights to the United line lost $875 million in the worst air disaster in a crore from disinvestment in public sector undertakings in tive issued on Wednesday, Union, told reporters. States, Britain, Tokyo, Hong fiscal year ended March decade. ﬁscal 2010-11. asking employees to resume Air India spokesman K Kong and other long-haul 2009. An aircraft of the air- The reasons for the crash “The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) work as soon as possible, Swaminathan said 76 ﬂights destinations were operat- line’s budget arm Air India are not yet known and today (Wednesday)approved the appointment of merchant court ofﬁcials said. were cancelled on ing, he said. Express crashed while nego- investigators were analysing bankers and other intermediaries to disinvestment transac- “In view of the court order Wednesday. Among them Some 15,000 employees tiating a tricky landing in the plane’s flight data tions involving offer for sale or fresh issue by the compa- and successful meetings were 18 international ﬂights had joined the strike. the southern city of recorder. ny,” said an ofﬁcial statement. This, the government felt, would help planning and tim- ing of the public offerings in a manner that they are spread HEALTH SERVICE UPGRADE out evenly and avoid bunching as far as possible so as to ensure better response from investors, including retail. Speed up defence R&D, The appointment of merchant bankers and other inter- mediaries will now be taken up along with the process of seeking CCEA approval for going ahead with the disinvest- ment in a state-owned company. (IANS) PM tells scientists Ex-servicemen Nafed to market coconut products abroad AFP NEW DELHI medicare gets NEW DELHI The largest farmers’ cooperative will collabo- rate with the Coconut Development Board (CDB) to market select value-added coconut products inside the country and abroad under the Nafed brand. Rs 141-cr boost INDIA has not matched pace with competitors in defence technology, Prime Minister A tripartite agreement to this effect is expected to be Manmohan Singh said on AP ties will be Rs.43 crore. signed in the next fortnight by Nafed (National Agricultural Wednesday asking scientists NEW DELHI “The expanded network Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd), the CDB to speed up their research and envisages 426 polyclinics in and the coconut product processors. The three parties deliver critical technologies IN a major effort to boost the 343 districts of the country held a meeting on Wednesday to ﬁne-tune the details. on time for the nation to quality of medicare provided which will beneﬁt ex-service- “The move is designed to substantially help a large num- achieve self-reliance. to India’s 33 lakh ex-service- men residing in remote and ber of unorganised, small-scale processors of coconut In many areas, we have men and their dependents, far ﬂung areas,” an ofﬁcial products in the leading coconut growing states by ﬁnding moved fast, but our competi- the cabinet on Wednesday statement issued after a cabi- proper market both in India and overseas,” Nafed said in tors have often moved faster. approved the creation of 199 net meeting chaired by Prime a statement. (IANS) It is a fact our current level of additional polyclinics at a cost Minister Manmohan Singh self-reliance in defence R and of Rs 141 crore ($30 million), said. D (research and develop- to take their total number to At present, ex-servicemen Tripura to act against unauthorised NBFIs ment) is less than our capabil- 426. residing in remote areas where AGARTALA The Tripura government on Wednesday decid- ities and it needs to be Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses a press conference, in Also to be created as part of their population is less than ed to take action against unrecognised non-banking ﬁnan- stepped up signiﬁcantly, New Delhi, recently. (AP) this effort are 17 mobile mili- 2500 face a lot of inconven- cial institutions (NBFIs) which are collecting deposits from Manmohan Singh said, tary medical facilities and 15 ience in reaching the polyclin- people violating the Reseve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines. addressing defence scientists the stage of operational international community”. new regional centres, while the ics due to their location vary- “The state government has undertaken an inquiry on the occasion of National induction.”He stressed that He said the scientists central organisation of the ing from 200 to 300 km from against the 84 NBFIs functioning in the northeastern state. Technology Day. only the most competitive should learn from mistakes employees contributory health their place of residence. The The state government would also seek advice from the RBI Asking scientists to make and resilient companies and setbacks and be open to scheme (ECHS) will be expansion of ECHS will pro- and the ﬁnance ministry about the state government’s pos- sure they have the capacity could expect to survive in the new ideas to stay ahead in the revamped. vide easy access to health facil- sible steps,” Finance Minister Badal Choudhury told and the will to compete, ﬁercely global market. “If competitive world. Of the Rs141 crore, Rs 118.52 ities for such ex-servicemen reporters. innovate and deliver on time our systems are strong and “We should be able to crore will go towards cost of and their dependents, the In recent years, unauthorised NBFIs have mushroomed in the wake of rapidly chang- robust, the world will acknowledge and learn from land, construction and medical statement. in the northeastern region. These organisations ﬁrst take ing technology, Manmohan respect us and be willing to our setbacks,” he said and equipment. Purchase of furni- The cabinet also approved deposits from the people by giving abnormally high rates of Singh noted: “It is a fact that work with us. This was the urged the premier Defence ture and IT hardware will the extension of the ECHS to interest or proﬁt. And after collecting the money, they close some defence projects have lesson we learnt in the Research and Development account for Rs 22.25 crore, Nepal Domiciled Gorkha ex- their operations and vanish from the area. (IANS) been delayed and others process of negotiating the Organisation to work closely while the annual recurring servicemen and their depend- have faced difﬁculties during civil nuclear deal with the with the armed forces. expenditure on the new facili- ents, who number 100,000. INDIA Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 15 All Games venues unlikely SC asks govt to enact law to be ready on time on surrogacy REUTERS IANS Balaz would move the NEW DELHI NEW DELHI German Court for acquiring German citizenship for his CONSTRUCTION delays AS the last hurdle was cleared children. The big hiccup in have raised fears that on Wednesday in the travel of the ﬁnal lap is that the Commonwealth Games surrogate twins to Germany German government does not venues may not be fully with their natural father Jan recognize surrogacy as a ready in time providing a Balaz, the Supreme Court means of parenthood. potential embarrassment said the central government Surrogacy is illegal in for India which hopes the should enact a legislation to Germany. Games will showcase its ris- take care of surrogacy and It was on this count alone ing economic power. related issues. that the hearing into the mat- The country is expecting A vacation bench headed by ter was prolonged in the apex two million tourists in New Justices GS Singhvi and CK Delhi, as well as athletes from Prasad said that no surrogate 71 teams from the 54 Commonwealth member child should undergo the dif- ﬁculties faced by Nicolas and Problems states for the Oct.ober 3-14 Leonard. galore Games. About 10,000 ath- Justice Singhvi said: “We letes and ofﬁcials are due to can only wish good luck to take part. them.” The surrogate However, with 132 days to The travel was cleared after twins have to go, the main stadium is Solicitor General Gopal cross yet another months overdue and com- Subramaniam informed the obstacle of pletion of the swimming court that the ministry of acquiring pool and other venues has external affairs had already German been delayed, highlighting issued the “exit permit” for citizenship. the slow pace of India’s the twins, born in 2008 to a infrastructure development. Gujarati surrogate mother “I am not wanting to from Anand. court because of the appre- sound alarmist, but the real- The twins have been in hension that after leaving ity is there is a lot more to India since their birth due to India the twins may become be done, a lot of ﬁnishing immigration problems. stateless. work to be done,” Mike Solicitor General The case, which took many Hooper, chief executive ofﬁ- Subramaniam told the Court twists and turns, eventually cer of the Commonwealth that even before it (the court) saw the central government Games Federation, told expressed its concern over the issuing identiﬁcation papers Reuters in an interview. absence of statutory backing to the twins and the German Other ofﬁcials from the Construction continues at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Stadium, in New Delhi, recently. (AFP) to surrogacy, he had government issuing visa. Commonwealth Games impressed upon the govern- However, before boarding Federation and the Indian roads, ports and power ture shaves an estimated 1 or successful event. then we ﬁnd one reason or ment to enact such a law. The the plane to Germany which Olympic Association voiced plants. Bureaucracy and red 2 percentage points off But the signs have not another that delivery hasn’t court which would go into the they, according to Jan Balaz, similar concerns. tape and difficulties in India’s annual economic been encouraging. been there,” Hooper said. legal dimensions of the case might take tonight itself, the India had initially prom- acquiring land have delayed growth. “The construction agen- Authorities now fear the then adjourned it till October twins needed “exit permit” ised to hand over the venues plans to overhaul infra- The capital is also repairing cies have promised that schedule will become so 2010. from the ministry of external to Games organisers by structure to sustain 8-9 per- old colonial buildings and they will meet deadlines tight they will have insufﬁ- However, the surrogate affairs. December 31, 2009. cent economic growth by completing new roads and but, unfortunately, we have cient time to check venues twins have to cross yet anoth- The hearing into the matter Targets have been consis- 2012. rail links to give the city a had times when many for glitches before the er obstacle of acquiring in the morning was tently missed for building Experts say poor infrastruc- makeover to try to ensure a promises were made and Games open. German citizenship. Jan adjourned till 2 pm. Medical education regulator bill likely in monsoon session IANS oversee higher education in the MCI for one year. NEW DELHI country. The formation of NCHRH was Once created, the NCHRH will announced in the president’s THE National Council for Human overtake the functions of all coun- speech to the joint session of par- Resource in Health (NCHRH) Bill - cils overseeing health education, liament last year. It was also aiming to set up an agency to regu- including the Pharmacy Council, included in the 100-day agenda of late health education in the country the health ministry. - is likely to be tabled in the mon- A 15-member task A 15-member task force headed soon session of parliament, a force headed by then by then health secretary Naresh health ministry ofﬁcial said on health secretary Dayal also came up with a draft Wednesday. Naresh Dayal also which was circulated to the state “The bill is likely to be tabled in came up with a draft governments for comment. the monsoon session,” the ofﬁcial which was circulated to “The draft has been circulated to told IANS.”It was to be brought the state governments state governments and we have much earlier. However, it will now for comment. received a response from 13 states so be tabled in the coming session.‚” far,” the ofﬁcial said. This comes a day after the health Dental Council, Nursing Council, Coming out against the inclusion ministry openly opposed the inclu- and Rehabilitation Council of medical education under sion of medical education in the besides the already dissolved NCHER, Health Minister Ghulam National Council for Higher Medical Council of India. Nabi Azad and Health Secretary Education and Research Currently a six-member panel Sujatha Rao on Tuesday said the (NCHER), which will be an overar- headed by eminent gastro- ministry will continue the regulation ching body under the Human enterologist SK Sarin has been of medical education through the Resource Development ministry to appointed to oversee the work of proposed NCHRH. 800 monks to pray in Delhi today IANS on the occasion of Buddha and-a-half-hour-long prayer cere- NEW DELHI Purnima — which, they say, for mony will be held in south Delhi the ﬁrst time will fall on the same and will have the 17th spiritual NEARLY 800 Buddhist monks day as per the Hindu and Tibetan head of the Karma Kagyu tradi- and lamas from Tibet, Nepal and calendars. tion of Tibetan Buddhism attend- India will gather here on Organised by the South Asia ing it. Thursday to offer special prayers Buddhist Association, the one- “It is for the first time that Buddha Purnima has fallen on the same day as per the Hindu and Tibetan calendars, which makes the day very auspicious. This is why monks and lamas from all over the country and Nepal and Tibet are going to be here to offer prayers and perform ceremonial practices,” a member of the South Asian Buddhist Association said. “The 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje, of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, will also attend the ceremony,” the member added. The prayer ceremony, the mem- ber said, will be unique since the playing of a number of musical instruments on the occasion will Monks offer prayers at Bodhgaya, on Wednesday. (AP) make the atmosphere captivating. 16 Thursday, May 27, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com THE LAST WORD Germany, Qatar peers Dohaland signs pact for New Virgin Mobile store goes online in progress, says Merkel CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 management services TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK DOHA A SPECIAL online store of in partnership with QNB. Customers purchasing items from the new store can choose their preferred collec- TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK Qtel’s new Virgin Mobile tion point from a range of important partners of Qatar DOHA service has become opera- locations with items available in different areas, including tional and it can be accessed within 48 hours of placing German investments in Qatar DOHALAND, Linc Facility at www.virginmobile.com.qa. their orders. and investments by the Qatari Services and Masraf Al Customers visiting the The new online sales capa- enterprises in Germany. Rayan Bank have entered online store can purchase bility complements an The prime minister said that into a joint venture to pro- from the full range of Virgin already rich website experi- the talks with the German del- vide management services in Mobile branded products. ence. egation focused on matters of Qatar and other MENA coun- Be it the latest handsets or Visitors to www.virginmo- mutual interests. ‘’We dis- tries. The agreement will help accessories, customers can bile.com.qa can also see the cussed the current economic Dohaland to strengthen its now select and purchase latest activities in Qatar, situation in Europe and the portfolio management cre- items conveniently from the courtesy Virgin Mobile Map. world. We do welcome the dentials. comfort of their homes. It is an animated, interactive, suggestions of the German Dohaland, country’s lead- Customers can also multimedia map providing Chancellor regarding the ing real estate developer, recharge their Virgin Mobile detailed information of all euro’’. with the support of Linc account directly from the the events coming up in The prime minister also said Facility Services, which has site. Qatar as well as the location that Qatar was aiming to over- been operating in the US for The new store works with of Qtel’s Virgin Mobile come the crisis with ‘’more over 30 years, will help save all locally issued credit and branded outlets in the coun- gains than losses’’ and that the money as well as improve debit cards and offers com- try and new landmarks pop- country had concluded many operational performance plete security and protection ping up around the country. successful deals in Europe through integrated facility recently, especially in Protugal management, infrastructure, and France. operations and other support Ofﬁcials of the Dohaland, Linc Facility Services and Masraf Al Rayan Bank at the agreement signing In her turn, Merkel expressed her happiness to be in Qatar for the ﬁrst time, and services. Linc offers customised, results-driven strategies and ceremony, in Doha, on Wednesday. Dohaland’s flag- National Vision 2030’, The construction work on Vodafone to sue pointed out to the remarkable progress Qatar is making in the economic, cultural and extensive experience with computerised maintenance management systems. Its ship Musheireb development, a Dohaland will lead innovation in urban living through sus- tainability and by preserving Dohaland’s signature project Musheireb was initiated on January 13, 2010, by the ictQATAR for breach educational ﬁelds. web-based technology gives QR20 billion rich Qatari heritage. It will Emir His Highness Sheikh CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 its 2009-10 ﬁscal year, but She also underlined the clients round-the-clock pioneering project, provide a dynamic modern Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani claimed it was still 26 percent diplomatic prowess of Qatar access to critical information, planned to revive lifestyle that exists in harmo- and Her Highness Sheikha interests,” said Vodafone above the plan. which mediated among the which is essential for the the old commer- ny with its surroundings, and Mozah bint Nasser al Qatar’s Chairman Sheikh The ﬁrm, which listed on warring factions to bring peace management and operations cial centre of the empower human potential to Missned. Abdulrahman bin Saud al the Qatari bourse in July in Lebanon has been able to of a modern company. city, will have 226 grow and ﬂourish. HH Mozah revived an age- Thani. 2009, posted a revenue of pull off a peace agreement in The new joint venture com- buildings. Her Highness Sheikha old Qatari tradition by leav- Chief Executive Ofﬁcer 361.5 million riyals for the year Darfur. The German chancel- pany will assist in manage- Mozah bint Nasser al ing her royal handprint on Grahame Maher said, ending on March 31 as its cus- lor said, ‘’We are looking for- ment of buildings, physical QR20 billion pioneering Missned, had established the cornerstone of the proj- “Vodafone Qatar is ready to tomer base expanded to ward to deepening coopera- plants and services (hard and project, planned to revive the Dohaland with a view to plug ect, due to be completed by compete and is hardly threat- almost 465,000. tion in the mutual interest of soft services) such as repair old commercial centre of the the gap in the architectural 2016. ened by Virgin Mobile’s entry ictQatar had issued a state- both the countries. We do and maintenance, building city, will have 226 buildings. history of Qatar and develop Dohaland has invested its in the market, nevertheless we ment after start of Virgin value the contribution of systems management, energy It will have a combination infrastructure best suited to resources towards building a cannot let this change in the Mobile Qatar’s operations Qatari investors to German management and conserva- of commercial and residen- the country. new Qatari architecture with rules of our licence go unchal- stating that the launch of companies. We hope to for tion, space management, tial properties, retail, cultural A subsidiary of Qatar the help of industry experts. lenged. Vodafone won the bid Virgin Mobile Qatar was fully more such contributions.’’ trafﬁc control, central dis- and entertainment areas. The Foundation, Dohaland aims to A ﬂoating structure called for Qatar’s second mobile tele- in-line with ictQatar’s declara- Merkel said that the efforts patch, recycling and waste project is to be implemented understand, and eventually “A Knowledge Enrichment phone licence for $2.12 billion tion that it had no objection to to promote sustainable devel- disposal, renovation and in ﬁve phases by 2016, with blend the best of the past with Centre”, has also been in 2007, to break the monop- licensed telecommunication opment in Qatar constituted alteration. Phase 1A due for completion present innovative technolo- launched at the Corniche to oly of Qtel . operators using innovative an incentive for Europeans for Dohaland’s ﬂagship in 2012. gies and thinking to create a support and enrich the Vodafone Qatar reported a practices to provide different enhancing their capacities. Musheireb development, a Associated with the ‘Qatar new architectural language. knowledge of Qatari people. net loss of QR673.4 million in products.
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