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  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

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      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,
                                                                                                                                                                                   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                                                               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
                                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                       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
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
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
                                                               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
  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
          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

Cyprus unity deal soon: UN                                                                                                                                                          Inside Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                  Polish flood may hit                Kaczynski’s mother
                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                              tax on banks
100 cases of abuse
              AP                    n’t require bishops to report      mate the problem.                  said it was unconscionable

             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
                                                               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
                                     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

                                                                                                          Iraqi Airways to be                                                                                      Iraqi PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘several’ bids
                                                                                                          shut amid financial                                                                                      on his life

                                                                                                          row with Kuwait

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I R A Q I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   P r i m e
                                                                                                                        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

                                      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
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                                                                                                                          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

               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.

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                                                                                                           ANALYSIS                                                                                Thursday, May 27, 2010
                                                                                                            President Obama should have
      Health is                                                                                             called in the very best minds
                                                                                                            and operatives from corporate
                                                                                                            and scientific worlds and
      Wealth                                                 Different strokes
                                                                                                            imposed an emergency plan to
                                                                                                            be carried out by BP and all                                                      Borough
                                                                                                            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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                             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
                                                      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.
                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                      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
                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                                         VAT move
Economic                                                                                                                                                                                                 may hit
stability                                                                                                                                                                                                education
taking hold in                                                                                                                                                                                                   DAWN ONLINE

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-
                                  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
                                                                        SOUTH ASIA

  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”
above 8,000 metres
where oxygen levels are a
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

North Korea threatens to                                                                                                                                                                 World Brief
                                                                                                                                                                             Russia unhappy with                  Ethiopian opposition

ban cross-border traffic
                                                                                                                                                                             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

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
  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

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
                                                                 THE LAST WORD

Qatar peers                        Dohaland signs pact for                                                                                                                 New Virgin Mobile
                                                                                                                                                                           store goes online
in progress,
says Merkel
                                   management services                                                                                                                      TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK

                                                                                                                                                                           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       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 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
                                      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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