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                                                                ALL EYES ON QATAR
                                                                                                                                                                                 I’ll fight, not let
                                                                                                                                                                                 Qatar down,
                                                                                                                                                                                 says Barshim
                                                                                                                                                                                       RAAJIV TRIPATHI            League       event,”     added
                                                                                                                                                                                              DOHA                Barshim, whose best has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  three centimeters more than
                                                                                                                                                                                 THOUGH not as prepared as the Doha meet record of
                                                                                                                                                                                 he would have wished to be, 2.28m by American Charles
                                                                                                                                                                                 high jump prodigy Mutaz Essa Austin (1997 and 1998) and
                                                                                                                                                                                 Barshim hopes to make his Swede Stefan Holm (2002).
                                                                                                                                                                                 Samsung Diamond League             “It’s not easy to perform at
                                                                                                                                                                                 debut a memorable one, cash- high levels at the beginning of
                                                                                                                                                                                 ing in on home support.          the season. And I can’t tell
                                                                                                                                                                                   The first leg of the attractive about how much height I’d be
                                                                                                                                                                                 series – launched by the IAAF able to do in Doha on Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                 last year to promote athletics But I’ll certainly use this
                                                                                                                                                                                 world over – will take place at opportunity to gain experi-
                                                                                                                                                                                 the Qatar Sports Club on ence,” said Barshim, who had
                                                                                                                                                                                 Friday evening.                  a phenomenal record last
                                                                                                                                                                                   Barshim, the junior world year in which he claimed the
                                                                                                                                                                                 champion, and Rashid al world junior title, Asian
                                                                                                                                                                                 Mannai,         the        2010 Games crown and Asian
                                                                                                                                                                                 Continental Cup winner, are indoor and outdoor titles,
                                                                                                                                                                                 the two high                                     besides the
                                                                                                                                                                                 jumpers that                                     Arab champi-
                                                                                                                                                                                 Qatar has field-
                                                                                                                                                                                 ed in the one-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     QT         Exclusive onship.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    An Aspire
                                                                                                                                                                                 day event.                                       academy pro-
Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani (centre) along with other world leaders, at a meeting of the Contact Group            “Personally,                                   duct, Barshim
on Libya, at Farnesina, in Rome, on Thursday. (EPA)                                                                                                                              I’d have liked                                   feels proud to
                                                                                                                                                                                 to compete in                                    be leading the

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                                                   to aid Libyan rebels
                                                                                                                                                                                 season was a bit too long and serve the nation for about 10
                                                                                                                                                                                 then I suffered a side injury more years.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 as well,” said Barshim while       Besides Barshim, Rashid al
                                                                                                                                                                                 talking about his latest Mannai is also a good
                                                                                                                                                                                 assignment.                      prospect was proved last
                                                                                                                                     serious problem.”                             “I’ve trained well with my year when he won the
                                                                                               US puts curbs on                         He said Italy and France had
                                                                                                                                     urged the European Union “to seek
                                                                                                                                                                                 coach, Stanly (Stanislaw Continental Cup. Barshim’s
                                                                                                                                                                                 Szczyrba of Sweden) and I’ve younger brother, Moammar,
  Suicide bomber kills 20                          INTERNATIONAL powers agreed                 Libya broadcaster                     a solution,” adding: “That money            recovered from injury. There is also quite a talented high
  policemen in Iraq                                in Rome Thursday on a new fund                                                    belongs to the Libyan people.”              are many famous jumpers jumper, who did 2.16m to
                                                   to aid Libya’s rebels, with the US         WASHINGTON The US govern-                 Clinton said the United States           competing here. I’ll fight to do qualify for the next world
  A SUICIDE car bomber rammed his                  and Europe promising to tap                ment hit Libya’s state broadcast-      had “decided to pursue legislation          my best and try not to let youth championship. There
  explosive-packed vehicle into a barri-           frozen assets of Moamer Qadhafi’s           er with sanctions on Thursday.         that would enable the US to tap             Qatar down.                      are a couple of other
  er outside a police building in central          regime despite still unresolved            The Treasury Department listed         some portion of those assets.”                “However, I’d be banking
  Iraq on Thursday morning, killing 20             legal issues.                              the Libyan Jamahiriya                     The EU and US have reportedly            on the crowd to help me do           CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
  police officers and wounding dozens                  Hundreds of migrants and                Broadcasting Corporation under         frozen a total of around $60 billion        well in my first Diamond             SEE ALSO PAGES 35 & 36
  more. A police official said the                  wounded people evacuated by ship           its sanctions regime against the       (40 billion euros) in Libyan over-
  bomber hit when officers were                     from the besieged city of Misrata          Libyan government, blocking any        seas bank accounts and invest-
  assembling in a square in front of               reached the rebel bastion of               of its property and assets in the      ments.
  the police building for a shift change           Benghazi on Thursday as the Rome           United States and banning                 “The United States is also work-
  in the city of Hillah. (PG 3)                    talks began.                               Americans from doing business          ing to facilitate oil sales by the oppo-
                                                      The Libya fund will initially           with them.                             sition,” Clinton said, adding that the
                                                   receive donations and loans from              “The United Nations and             Treasury had recently removed
 Hundreds of protesters held                       the international community, while         countries around the world are         legal barriers that have prevented
 in Syria on Thursday                              the assets — estimated at $30 bil-         locking down the government of         oil-related transactions from aiding
                                                   lion for the US alone — will be used       Libya’s assets to prevent the          the rebels.
 SYRIAN troops arrested 300 peo-                   to finance it at a later date.              Qadhafi regime from sponsoring             She also promised 53 million dol-
 ple in a Damascus suburb on                          France and Italy will take turns        further bloodshed,” said Treasury      lars in aid for the opposition and
 Thursday even as they pulled                      managing the fund and French               official Adam Szubin in a state-        said the international community
 back from the protest hub of                      Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said          ment. (AFP)                            must further isolate Qadhafi’s
 Deraa after a military lockdown of                the new body could be up and run-                                                 regime by refusing to accept the
 more than a week. Activists,                      ning “within weeks” but added that       already available — far less than the    Libyan leader’s envoys and
 meanwhile, vowed a ‘Day of                        the unblocking of assets “poses legal    figure of up to three billion dollars     expelling all diplomats loyal to him.
 Defiance’ on Friday to press a                     problems.”                               in desperately-needed credit want-
 seven-week-old anti-regime cam-                      Italian Foreign Minister Franco       ed by the rebels. Frattini said that               CONTINUED ON PAGE 16              Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar at the medals ceremony for the Men’s
 paign in which 607 people have                    Frattini said $250 million were          the unblocking of assets was a “very                 SEE ALSO PAGES 2 & 4            High Jump at the 16th Asian Games, in Guangzhou. (EPA)
 died, while 8,000 people have
 been jailed or gone missing. (PG 3)

  Oil drops below $100
  US crude oil futures plunged more
                                                   Diplomat rescues Filipinos from M-E hot spots
  than $9 to drop below $100 a bar-                                      AP                        Southeast Asian nation’s                                            move and people thought I     nizer, and China, the Asian powerhouse
  rel for the first time since mid-                                   MANILA                        bureaucracy. He recalls his                                         was the bravest,” del         that is a major economic partner but is
  March, and Brent crude tumbled                                                                   daredevil missions with                                             Rosario said.                 often accused of bullying.
  more than $10, in frenzied selling               THE pro-democracy uprisings raging in           humour.                                                               “Of course, bad knees,”       A frequent concern is the 10 million or so
  sparked by worries over economic                 the Middle East have trapped thousands of         When his Libyan mili-                                             he said laughing, referring   Filipinos who work overseas — about a
  growth and signs of monetary tight-              overseas Filipino workers and quickly test-     tary escorts dove for cover                                         to past knee surgery that     tenth of the Philippines’ 94 million people.
  ening. US crude for June delivery                ed the Philippines’ new top diplomat.           because of fears that                                               forces him to walk slowly.    The money they send home fuels econom-
  traded at $100.36 a barrel, down                    Albert del Rosario, 74, has quietly trav-    NATO jets were approach-                                              The former business         ic growth but many become trapped in
  $8.88, or 8.12 percent. It earlier               elled to conflict zones from Libya to Yemen      ing the city of Misrata last                                        executive     inherits    a   conflicts or complain of abuse.
  fell to a session low of $99.66,                 — once straying near a gunbattle — to lead      week, del Rosario said                                              Department of Foreign           The pro-reform revolutions sweeping
  down $9.58, or 8.77 percent, and                 the rescue of hundreds of Filipinos.            many were impressed that                                            Affairs that overlooks the    the Middle East have exposed tens of thou-
  the lowest since March 17’s intra-                  His unorthodox hands-on style has            he did not scamper away                                             Philippines’ often-testy      sands of Filipinos to armed clashes.
  day low of $96.60. (PG 29)                       impressed many and helped repair the            in panic.                                                           relationships          with
                                                   lethargic image of this impoverished              “I was the slowest to          Albert del Rosario                 America, its former colo-                     CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
02          Friday, May 6, 2011

 US drone
 targets Saudi                     Libyan evacuee
 Qaeda chief,
 kills two
                                   ship reaches rebel

 A US drone attacked a
 Saudi Al Qaeda leader in
                 Yemen       on
                                   city Benghazi
 Thursday, but missed him                        AFP                    The Red Star had brought           were put on buses headed for
 and killed two local mem-                    BENGHAZI                180 tonnes of desperately            the Egyptian border on the
 bers of the militant net-                                            needed humanitarian aid,             first leg of their journey
 work, a security source and       A SHIP evacuating more than        including food and medical           home. The Libyans went on to
 witnesses told AFP.               1,000 Libyans and foreigners       supplies, on its inward voyage       temporary camps in Benghazi
    The drone had targeted         as well as civilian casualties     to Misrata, where hundreds           or to stay with friends and rel-
 the Saudi as he drove to the      from         the      besieged     have died in the siege that has      atives.
 home of local Al Qaeda men,       Mediterranean port city of         lasted two months.                      The ship chartered by the
 the security source said, ask-    Misrata docked in the rebel                                             International Organisation
 ing not to be identified.          stronghold of Benghazi on             Thirty-six of the                 for Migration carried 827
    When the two local Qaeda       Thursday.                             passengers were                   non-Libyans — mostly
 men rushed out in their own          Hundreds more desperate            injured, and two of               migrant workers from sub-
 car, they were hit and killed.    Libyan civilians had been             them were trans-                  Saharan African countries —
    The source did not specify     turned back from boarding             ported in an inten-               as well as 250 Libyans, an
 that the unmanned aircraft        the Red Star when it weighed          sive care unit set                IOM official in Benghazi said.
 was American and there            anchor in the western city on         up on the ship.                      Thirty-six of the passengers
 was no official word from          Wednesday because of the                                                were injured, and two of them
 the Yemeni authorities on         ship’s limited capacity.             The aid ship, a lifeline for       were transported in an inten-
 who carried out the strike.          “My heart goes out to those     the city whose land access is        sive care unit set up on the
    But the witnesses insisted     left behind because the ship       cut, had been waiting offshore       ship, he said. A group of 20
 it was a US drone that fired       just couldn’t take them all and    since Saturday for security          foreign journalists also trav-
 the missile.                      they were left at the port         clearance to enter Misrata           elled on the boat which took
    The defence ministry con-      when they were at great risk       port, which has been repeat-         15 hours to reach Benghazi.
 firmed the killing of two          of the port being targeted         edly shelled by Libyan strong-          IOM staff in Geneva said
 brothers, but did not elabo-      again by Qadhafi’s shelling,”       man Moamer Qadhafi’s                  they could clearly hear the
 rate on the circumstances of      said evacuee Saadun al             forces.                              sound of gunfire while they
 their deaths. Security            Misurati.                            “There is a heavy war in           were in touch by satellite
 sources identified the two            “It was just a horrific scene    Misrata, a heavy war, we lost        phone with their colleagues at
 brothers as Abdullah and          at that point, everyone was        five of our Nigerians — two           the port during “heavy
 Mubarak al-Harad.                 scared, running around, just       women, one man and two               shelling” in Misrata on
    Witnesses said they saw a      trying to find shelter,” the 38-    kids,” a Nigerian evacuee,           Wednesday.
 missile fired by an aircraft       year-old Libyan businessman        who gave his name as Ehis,              A rebel spokesman in
 hit the two brothers in the       said as he disembarked in          said as he got off the boat in       Benghazi said Qadhafi’s
 province of Shabwa, where         Benghazi along with his wife       the eastern city of Benghazi.        forces killed five people in the     A man holds the arms of two boys as a missile lands close by at the port in the restive city of Misrata,
 Al     Qaeda        is    well    and children.                        The non-Libyan evacuees            shelling.                           on Wednesday. (AFP)
 entrenched. The men died
    A third person was
 wounded in the attack in the
 town of Nissab, the witness-
 es added.
    The Washington Post
 reported in November
                                                                                                                                               Yemen opposition urges
 that President Barack
 Obama’s administration
 had deployed unmanned
 Predator drones in Yemen
                                                                                                                                               GCC states to press Saleh
 to hunt for Al Qaeda oper-                                                                                                                                  AFP                    Zayani on Wednesday said          and the Yemenis,” he said.
 atives.                                                                                                                                                    SANAA                 the GCC is “in contact with           On Sunday, GCC foreign
    Yemen has come under                                                                                                                                                          all Yemeni parties to reach         ministers said Zayani would
 intense pressure to crack                                                                                                                     YEMEN’S opposition urged           an agreement over the proce-        return to Sanaa to try again,
 down on jihadists’ local                                                                                                                      Gulf Arab states on Thursday       dures for signing the               but no date has yet been
 franchise, Al-Qaeda in the                                                                                                                    to    pressure      embattled      accord.”                            announced for his return as
 Arabian Peninsula, since a                                                                                                                    President Ali Abdullah Saleh                                           the Gulf mediators await a
 Christmas 2009 attempt to                                                                                                                     to sign a plan that would end                                          “signal” from Saleh to
 blow up a US airliner that                                                                                                                    months of political unrest.           A defiant Saleh                  resolve the dispute.
 was claimed by AQAP.                                                                                                                            “We      call    on    Gulf         has publicly insist-               The plan proposes the for-
    Washington              has                                                                                                                Cooperation Council states            ed on sticking to                mation of a government of
 expressed fears that Al-                                                                                                                      to put pressure on the presi-         the constitution in              national unity, Saleh trans-
 Qaeda could take advantage                                                                                                                    dent to take all necessary            any transfer of                  ferring power to his vice
 of a prolonged political crisis                                                                                                               measures to force him to sign         power, even                      president and an end to the
 in Yemen, where President                                                                                                                     the      agreement,”      said        though his ruling                deadly protests rocking the
 Ali Abdullah Saleh has faced                                                                                                                  Mohammed              Qahtan,         General People’s                 impoverished          Arabian
 mass protests since late                                                                                                                      spokesman of the Common               Congress party has               peninsula nation since late
 January calling for him to                                                                                                                    Forum, an alliance of parlia-         said it accepts the              January.
 step down.                                                                                                                                    mentary opposition groups.            GCC plan.                          The president would sub-
    Saleh, who is clinging to                                                                                                                    “We are ready to sign any-                                           mit his resignation to parlia-
 power, has been a close US                                                                                                                    time, but it’s the president                                           ment within 30 days, to be
 ally in Washington’s fight                                                                                                                     who is refusing.”                    GCC members “are con-             followed two months later by
 against Al-Qaeda. Political                                                                                                                     Last week, GCC Secretary         cerned with putting an end          a presidential election.
 violence has claimed the                                                                                                                      General Abdullatif al Zayani       to bloodshed in Yemen and             However, a defiant Saleh
 lives of 150 people since the                                                                                                                 travelled to Sanaa to invite       with maintaining its unity,         has publicly insisted on
 start of this year.                                                                                                                           members of the government          security and stability,” Qatari     sticking to the constitution in
    The country’s main                                                                                                                         and the opposition to sign         news agency QNA quoted              any transfer of power, even
 opposition           Common                                                                                                                   the transition plan in Riyadh      Zayani as saying.                   though his ruling General
 Forum Thursday asked                                                                                                                          and to obtain the president’s        “The differences over the         People’s Congress party has
 Gulf Arab states to pressure                                                                                                                  signature.                         procedures concerning the           said it accepts the GCC plan.
 Saleh to accept a transition                                                                                                                    However, Zayani left             signing of the agreement will         At least 150 people have
 plan and end months of                                                                                                                        empty-handed after Saleh, in       be resolved through consul-         been killed in the protests
 political violence.                                                                                                                           power for 32 years, refused        tation within ministers of the      that continue to rage across
                                   Yemeni soldiers stand guard in a street, in Sanaa, on Friday.   (EPA)                                       to sign.                           GCC, its general secretariat        the impoverished country.

Mubarak’s security chief jailed for 12 years Bahrain protester
                                     El-Adly is separately facing
                                   allegations that he had
                                   ordered the deadly use of live
                                                                      which his 500,000-strong
                                                                      security forces were blamed
                                                                      for some of the worst human
                                                                                                                                                                                   jailed for 7 years
FORMER President Hosni             ammunition against unarmed         rights violations Egypt had                                                                                                AFP                    Bahrain has come under
Mubarak’s top security offi-        protesters during the 18-day       seen in decades. Anger over                                                                                               DUBAI                 strong criticism from inter-
cial was convicted on              uprising      that     toppled     police brutality, particularly                                                                                                                  national human rights
Thursday of corruption and         Mubarak. About 850 people          by members of the notorious                                                                                  A MILITARY court in                organisations for its heavy-
money laundering and sen-          were killed in the January 25-     state security agency, was a                                                                                 Bahrain on Thursday sen-           handed crackdown on
tenced to 12 years in prison.      February 11 uprising, which        main motive for the uprising.                                                                                tenced a Shiite protester to       Shiites, including medical
  The conviction of former         was led by youth groups.              El-Adly is also blamed for                                                                                seven years in jail for the        staff.
Interior Minister Habib el-          If convicted on that charge,     the security vacuum created                                                                                  attempted murder of police-          Authorities in the kingdom
Adly was the first against any of   el-Adly would face the death       when police vanished from                                                                                    men during anti-government         ruled by the Sunni Al Khalifa
the some two dozen Mubarak-        penalty. Mubarak himself           the streets of Cairo and other                                                                               protests in March.                 dynasty have said 24 people
era Cabinet ministers and          and one of his sons, one-time      cities across the country on                                                                                   Abdullah        Mohammed         were killed during the
regime-linked businessmen          heir apparent Gamal, face the      Jan. 28. The circumstances of                                                                                Habib was convicted for            month-long unrest on the
who have been detained since       same allegations.                  their disappearance remain                                                                                   attempted murder and for           streets that erupted in mid-
Mubarak’s February 11 ouster.        El-Adly and former prime         not fully explained to this day,                                                                             damaging public property, the      February, most of them
They include a former prime        minister Ahmed Nazif also face     but the effects of the vacuum                                                                                official news agency BNA said.      demonstrators.
minister, speakers of parlia-      corruption charges related to      it created are still felt.                                                                                     Last week, four Shiites            On Monday, security
ment’s two chambers and            awarding a contract for the sup-      Armed mobs of criminals           Former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al Adly at the session of       were sentenced to death and        forces stormed the homes of
Mubarak’s two sons, all sus-       ply of new car number plates       and relatives have attempted         the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, in Beirut, recently. (EPA)      three others jailed for life by    two former Shiite opposition
pected of corruption.              for the entire country without     over the last two days to free                                                                               a military court after they        MPs and led them away.
  The court also fined el-Adly      going through legal procedures.    suspects from holding cells at          All but one of the four          the Sahel police station in         were convicted of involve-           A Bahraini official has said
15 million Egyptian pounds           El-Adly       served        as   four police stations, three of       attempts succeeded. In one          northern Cairo on Tuesday.          ment in the killing of two         405 detainees have been
($2.5 million) and ordered         Mubarak’s interior minister        them in Cairo, a bustling city       jailbreak, the mob was able to      Police have so far re-arrested      policemen who were run             referred to military courts
his assets confiscated.             for 13 years, a time during        of some 18 million people.           free nearly 90 detainees from       28 of the escaped suspects.         down by cars.                      while 312 have been released.
                                                                                            GULF / MIDDLE EAST                                                                                                   Friday, May 6, 2011

Hundreds arrested as troops                                                                                                                                                                                           Vote count
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      underway for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      assembly poll

exit Syria protest hub                                                                                                                                                                                                in Sudan state

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THE count was under-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      way on Thursday in the
             AFP                                                                                                                                                                Syria’s protest movement              volatile Sudan state of
          DAMASCUS                                                                                                                                                              erupted on March 15.                  South Kordofan after
                                                                                                                                                                                  The activist said more than         three days of voting for a
SYRIAN troops arrested 300                                                                                                                                                      2,000 troops and security             new governor and assem-
people in a Damascus sub-                                                                                                                                                       agents had taken part in the          bly, which international
urb on Thursday even as                                                                                                                                                         sweep through the suburb              observers described as
they pulled back from the                                                                                                                                                       and that those detained were          largely calm.
protest hub of Deraa after a                                                                                                                                                    driven away in waiting coach-            The hotly contested
military lockdown of more                                                                                                                                                       es.                                   elections have pitted for-
than a week.                                                                                                                                                                      In southern Syria, troops           mer civil war enemies
   Activists,      meanwhile,                                                                                                                                                   began withdrawing from                against each other in
vowed a “Day of Defiance” on                                                                                                                                                     Deraa which has been under a          what was a key battle-
Friday to press a seven-week-                                                                                                                                                   total military lockdown since         ground during Sudan’s
old anti-regime campaign in                                                                                                                                                     April 25.                             22-year civil war between
which 607 people have died,                                                                                                                                                       About 350 soldiers in               north and south, with
according to human rights                                                                                                                                                       armoured personnel carriers           analysts warning of
groups, while 8,000 people                                                                                                                                                      and trucks plastered with             explosive consequences if
have been jailed or gone                                                                                                                                                        portraits of Assad drove out          the vote fails.
missing.                                                                                                                                                                        of the town at around 10 am              South        Kordofan’s
   Dozens of armoured vehi-                                                                                                                                                     (0700 GMT), an AFP reporter           incumbent        governor,
cles, including tanks, and                                                                                                                                                      said.                                 Ahmed Harun, the can-
troops reinforcements were                                                                                                                                                        “We have begun our with-            didate of President Omar
deployed on Thursday near                                                                                                                                                       drawal after having complet-          al     Bashir’s     ruling
the Mediterranean coastal                                                                                                                                                       ed our mission in Deraa,” said        National Congress Party,
town of Banias, an activist                                                                                                                                                     General Riad Haddad, the              is competing against his
told AFP, contacted by tele-                                                                                                                                                    military’s political depart-          deputy, Abdelziz al-Hilu,
phone.                                                                                                                                                                          ment chief. “The army will            who is number two in the
   “It looks like they are                                                                                                                                                      have pulled out of Deraa com-         northern branch of the
preparing to attack the town,                                                                                                                                                   pletely by the end of the day.”       Sudan             People’s
like they did in Deraa,” the                                                                                                                                                      Dozens of people were               Liberation Movement,
flashpoint town where the                                                                                                                                                        killed during military assaults       the ex-rebels who are the
protest movement was born,                                                                                                                                                      in Deraa, launched with what          south’s ruling party.
he said.                                                                                                                                                                        activists termed “indiscrimi-            “Generally, it’s been
   And in northern Syria,          Syrians who live in Egypt hold placards during a protest in front of the Arab League headquarters, in Cairo, on Thursday.   (EPA)            nate” shelling of the town.           calm and peaceful,” said
regime supporters used force                                                                                                                                                      But Haddad insisted that            Barbara Smith, the coun-
to disperse a student sit-in at    appeals from UN chief Ban            “Security service agents          anonymity.                         ner in the main square,            troops “did not confront the          try director of the Carter
Aleppo University calling for      Ki-moon, the United States         backed by troops detained             He said at least one of those    renaming it ‘Martyrs’ Square,’     protesters. We continue               Centre foundation of for-
the release of detained col-       and Italy for President Bashar     more than 300 people in             arrested was shot and wound-       with photos of those killed        searching for terrorists hid-         mer US president Jimmy
leagues, activists said.           al-Assad to end the deadly         Saqba, among them a num-            ed before being dragged off by     attached to it,” the activist      den in several places. As the         Carter.
   The sweep in the Damascus       crackdown on anti-regime           ber of clerics,” an activist told   security forces.                   said, adding that seven Saqba      army, we never confronted                “There have been ten-
suburb of Saqba came despite       demonstrators.                     AFP on condition of                   Troops “tore down a ban-         residents had died since           the protesters.”                      sions in some areas. But
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      we have not seen any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      major irregularities... The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      party agents have been

  20 policemen Islamist group Ennahda to                                                                                                                                                                              using the complaints sys-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tem, and I think that has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      helped to reduce the ten-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sions,” she added.

  killed in Iraq contest election in Tunisia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sudan’s official SUNA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      news agency said after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the polls closed on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday that voter

  suicide attack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      turnout ranged between
                                                                                 REUTERS                  soon after the revolution, said    the coastal city of Sousse. Ben    cial position on the declaration      75 and 80 percent, citing
                                                                                   TUNIS                  in a video shared on Facebook.     Ali himself fled to Saudi           by Mr Rajhi, but I can tell you       the National Election
                                                                                                                                             Arabia in January.                 that we have faith in all the ele-    Commission.
                                                                      A FORMER Tunisian interior                                                His overthrow in January        ments of the state and in the            Ethnic divisions are
               AP                  the bombing. He said the           minister said on Thursday             Tunisia’s main                   in the first of the uprisings to    people to respect the will of the     expected to determine
            BAGHDAD                car was believed to have           that loyalists of ousted presi-       Islamist group,                  rock the Arab world has            people,” said Nourdine Bhiri, a       voting trends in the
                                   been loaded with about 330         dent Zine al Abidine Ben Ali          Ennahda, led by                  awoken tensions between            senior Ennahda official.               volatile northern state on
  A SUICIDE car bomber             pounds (150 kilograms) of          will mount a coup if Islamists        moderate Muslim                  pro- and anti-Islamists.              The July 23 vote is for an         the border with the
  crashed his vehicle into a       explosives. The attacker           take power in democratic              scholar Rachid                      A common thread running         assembly that will draft a new        south, with indigenous
  barrier outside a police         sped toward the police             elections.                            Ghannouchi and                   through the revolts has been       constitution.                         Nuba peoples, who
  building in central Iraq on      building and the guards did          Tunisia’s main Islamist             banned under Ben                 unease among secularists and          Rajhi was made interior            fought on the side of the
  Thursday morning, killing        not have a chance to shoot         group, Ennahda, led by mod-           Ali, says it will con-           in the West about whether          minister soon after the revolu-       southern rebels during
  20 police officers and            at him, he said.                   erate Muslim scholar Rachid           test an election                 democracy will open the door       tion and replaced in March in         the war, tending to sup-
  wounding dozens more, a             A witness at the scene          Ghannouchi and banned                 slated for July                  to Islamic rule. Egypt, where      the latest shakeup of a care-         port the SPLM, and Arab
  local councilman said.           said the blast knocked             under Ben Ali, says it will con-      after 23 years of                the       popular      Muslim      taker government struggling           residents rallying behind
    The blast is the second        down the concrete ceiling          test an election slated for July      one-man rule.                    Brotherhood will contest elec-     to keep Tunisia’s shaky transi-       the NCP.
  significant attack in Iraq        covering a parking lot             after 23 years of one-man rule.                                        tions in September, will be        tion to democracy on track.              The importance for
  since the death of Osama         where many police cars               Experts say it could poll                                            watching developments in              An ominous sign has been a         Khartoum of retaining
  bin Laden on Monday at           were parked.                       well, particularly in the con-        “The people of the coast are     Tunisia closely.                   string of mass prison breaks,         control of the oil-produc-
  the hands of a US comman-           The fact that the bomber        servative south, where there        not disposed to give up power         Rajhi is considered relative-   the latest late on Wednesday          ing state was reflected in
  do team in Pakistan. Iraqis      was able to wipe out so            is deep frustration over            and, if the elections go against   ly independent, and a shrewd       when 58 prisoners escaped in          energetic campaigning
  have been on edge, waiting       many policemen in one              poverty and unemployment.           them, there will be a coup d’e-    observer of Tunisian politics.     Tunisia’s second city of Sfax         by senior northern offi-
  for Al Qaeda’s branch in         blast immediately raised             “If Ennahda takes power,          tat.” “People of the coast” is a   But Ennahda officials said          and were met by accomplices           cials, including Bashir,
  Iraq to strike back as a way     questions about security at        there will be a coup d’etat,”       reference to Ben Ali loyalists     they did not believe a coup        armed with metal bars and             on behalf of their candi-
  to demonstrate it is still       the building.                      Farhat Rajhi, who took over as      who have their power base in       was likely.                        knives, the official TAP news          date.
  dangerous.                          “The incident is definite-       Tunisian interior minister          and around his hometown,              “We do not yet have an offi-     agency reported.
                                   ly a security breach and all
    The blast is the               the security services in the
    second signifi-                province, especially the
    cant attack in
    Iraq since the
    death of Osama
    bin Laden on
                                   police command, are held
                                   responsible for that,” said
                                   Mansour al Mani’i, a mem-
                                   ber of the Hillah council.
                                                                      Arab League summit put off to next year
                                      AP television footage                         AFP                                                                                                                                In April, Bahrain said Gulf
    Monday at the                                                                  CAIRO
    hands of a US                  showed ambulances and                                                                                                                                                             states wanted the Baghdad
    commando team                  police vehicles with blaring                                                                                                                                                      summit cancelled altogether
    in Pakistan.                   sirens racing to and from          AN Arab summit due to be                                                                                                                       after Iraqi Prime Minister
                                   the blast sight. A bulldozer       held in Baghdad next week                                                                                                                      Nuri al Maliki charged the
     Iraqi officials have said      moved debris from the              has been postponed until                                                                                                                       crushing       of    Shiite-led
  they are increasing security     scene, where twisted metal,        March 2012, the Arab League                                                                                                                    protests in the Sunni-ruled
  in the wake of bin Laden’s       spots of blood and piles of        chief and Iraq’s foreign minis-                                                                                                                kingdom was stoking sectari-
  killing. Already security is     bricks and rubble lay.             ter announced on Thursday,                                                                                                                     an tensions.
  vastly improved since the        Emergency teams lifted             after Gulf calls for it to be                                                                                                                    Saudi Arabia, whose state
  days when bin Laden’s asso-      bricks and iron bars from          scrapped.                                                                                                                                      religion is a severely puritani-
  ciates terrorized the country,   the debris, while shards of          “It has been decided to                                                                                                                      cal version of Sunni Islam
  but Thursday’s deadly attack     glass littered the site.           postpone the Baghdad sum-                                                                                                                      that     considers      Shiites
  underscored how difficult it         The head of the Babil           mit until March 2012 at the                                                                                                                    heretics, led a joint military
  is for Iraq to wipe out all      Provincial Council, Kadim          request of the Republic of                                                                                                                     force into Bahrain at
  traces of the insurgency.        Tuman, told reporters on           Iraq which will retain the                                                                                                                     Manama’s request to free up
     A police official said the     the scene of the blast that        right to host the (next) sum-                                                                                                                  troops to quell the pro-
  bomber hit when officers          he was holding both offi-           mit,” said the 22-member                                                                                                                       democracy protests.
  were assembling in a square      cials at the building and at       League after talks between its                                                                                                                   Riyadh and other capitals
  in front of the police build-    the central government             secretary     general     Amr                                                                                                                  in the Gulf accused Shiite Iran
  ing for a shift change in the    accountable.                       Moussa and Iraqi Foreign                                                                                                                       of fomenting the protests in
  city of Hillah, about 60            “This building was not          Minister Hoshyar Zebari.            Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa (left) with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (right),        Bahrain.
  miles (95 kilometers) south      well fortified and the chang-         The decision “takes account       in Cairo, on Thursday. (EPA)                                                                                 Apart from Bahrain, the
  of the capital Baghdad.          ing of policemen’s shifts was      of current events in several                                                                                                                   other oil-rich monarchies in
     A member of the region’s      exposed to the enemy,” he          Arab countries,” it said in a         Iraq has spent 450 million         The country hosted an            Spring” of unrest that has           the Gulf have not experienced
  Babil Provincial Council,        said. The central govern-          statement, adding that the          dollars preparing to host its      extraordinary summit in            swept the region, toppling           the level of unrest which
  Hamid al-Milli, said 20          ment had also failed to pro-       postponement was aimed at           first regular Arab summit           1990.                              regimes in Egypt and Tunisia,        rocked Syria and North
  policemen were killed and        vide extra police and explo-       ensuring a “heavy presence          since 1978, as Baghdad seeks         The next summit had been         and stoking tensions between         African states, although they
  40 more were wounded in          sive detection equipment.          and representation at high          to reassert its diplomatic         due in March but was already       mainly Shiite Iraq and Sunni-        are keeping a close watch on
                                                                      levels.”                            position in the region.            put off due to the “Arab           ruled Arab states in the Gulf.       dissidents and rights activists.
04         Friday, May 6, 2011
                                                UNITED KINGDOM / EUROPE

  Inside UK/Europe
  Dutchman admits to                69 Romanian border
  killing London neighbour          police face graft trial
  LONDON A Dutch engi-              BUCHAREST Sixty-nine
  neer admitted on                  Romanian border police
  Thursday to killing his           and customs officers will
  next-door neighbour               face trial for bribery, prose-
  Joanna Yeates but denied          cutors said on Thursday.
  murder, in a high-profile             They are suspected of
  case which has captivated         having received a total of
  Britain.                          82,000 euros in bribes
     Vincent Tabak, 33,             between October 2010
  pleaded guilty to                 and January 2011 from
  manslaughter in a plea            cigarette traffickers cross-
  delivered by videolink from       ing from Serbia.
  jail to a hearing at the Old         A total of 182 police
  Bailey court in London.           and customs officers have
     However, he pleaded            been indicted for graft
  not guilty to a further           since February, when
  charge of murder and was          Romanian law enforce-
  remanded in custody to            ment authorities launched
  face trial on that charge at      a large-scale operation
  Bristol Crown Court on            against cigarette smug-
  October 4.                        gling and border corrup-
     Yeates, a 25-year-old          tion.                            The Contact Group on Libya, in Rome, on Thursday. The group met for talks on how to assist rebels fighting Moamer Qadhafi’s regime, including financial measures.        (EPA)
  landscape architect, disap-          Romania’s customs

                                                                     Talks on aid to Libyan
  peared in Bristol on              chief has also been
  December 17 after going           charged with graft and
  for drinks with colleagues        sacked. Cigarette smug-
  from work. After a huge           gling causes Romania
  manhunt, her frozen body          annual losses estimated at
  was found dumped on a             one billion euros, accord-
  country road on December          ing to the tax administra-
  25. (AFP)                         tion. (AFP)

                                                                     rebels begin in Rome
                                                                                  AFP                  Minister Franco Frattini said        “clear” strategy.                 been frozen abroad and rev-        tion’s staying power.
                                                                                  ROME                 after talks with Clinton,               They said that “a process of   enue from oil sales could be          Ali Tarhoni, the opposition
                                                                                                       adding that the contact group        inclusive domestic reconcilia-    used as a form of collateral,      official responsible for
                                                                     INTERNATIONAL talks to            meeting would aim “to launch         tion should be launched” but      reports have suggested.            finance, said earlier that
                                                                     finance Libya’s rebels got         a political process.”                only after a ceasefire is agreed      The International Contact       eastern Libya’s economy
                                                                     under way in Rome on                After their bilateral meet-        which “in order to be credi-      Group       meeting,     which     would collapse without
                                                                     Thursday with security tight      ing, Frattini and Clinton said       ble” must include Qadhafi’s        includes all the countries par-    urgent credit from France,
                                                                     ahead of the International        they shared concern about            departure from power.             ticipating in the NATO-led         Italy and the United States
                                                                     Contact Group meeting, with       Iran’s rising influence amid             Referring to the financing      campaign, is taking place          amounting to “two to three
                                                                     representatives of 22 coun-       the multiple crises shaking          options, Frattini said earlier    amid a stalemate in a conflict      billion dollars”.
                                                                     tries taking part as well as      the Arab world. Frattini said        that the plan was for a type of   that has already killed 10,000        TNC spokesman Mahmud
                                                                     NATO chief Anders Fogh            Iran was “taking advantage”          “trust fund... under interna-     people according to rebels.        Shamam gave a lower figure
                                                                     Rasmussen, who is leading         of the situation.                    tional control” to aid the           The humanitarian situation      for the required budget —
                                                                     the     campaign        against     They also condemned the            rebels.                           meanwhile is worsening, par-       around 1.5 billion dollars —
  Prince William (right) and his wife, Catherine, in Buckingham      Moamer Qadhafi.                    violence in Syria and reiterat-         An Italian foreign ministry    ticularly in the hotspots of the   and said the money would go
  Palace, in London, recently. (AFP)                                    US Secretary of State          ed calls for stronger                spokesman said the fund plan      Western Mountain region            mainly towards “medical aid,
                                                                     Hillary Clinton said the meet-    European sanctions against           would be “an important            and the besieged city of           food and keeping up basic
  William & Catherine to visit California                            ing would examine “the most       the regime there, as a rights        breakthrough” that would          Misrata.                           services like electricity, hospi-
                                                                     effective ways to deliver         activist reported Thursday           boost rebel-held eastern             A ship carrying 800             tals.”
  LONDON Britain’s Prince William and his new wife                   financial assistance and other     that troops had arrested 300         Libya.                            migrants and civilian casual-         Shamam told reporters that
  Catherine will visit the United States in July at the end of       means for the TNC,” the           people in a Damascus suburb.            Business daily Il Sole 24      ties from Misrata docked in        if there was agreement on the
  their first official foreign trip as a married couple, his office     opposition        Transitional      Writing in the Corriere            Ore reported that the fund        the eastern rebel stronghold       financing mechanism this
  said on Thursday. The new Duke and Duchess of                      National Council whose            della Sera daily, Frattini and       was planned to be under the       of Benghazi earlier on             would be a further step
  Cambridge, will visit California from July 8 to 10, St             leader Mahmud Jibril is also      Qatar’s Prime Minister HE            control and supervision of the    Thursday. It had brought 180       towards the political legitima-
  James’s Palace said.                                               participating.                    Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin          United States but managed by      tonnes of desperately needed       tion of the TNC, which has so
     The 28-year-old second-in-line to the British throne has           “We talked about the           Jabor al Thani, his co-chair at      Italian banks.                    humanitarian aid to the city.      far been formally recognised
  never visited the United States in an official capacity,            importance of a political solu-   the Libya talks, said the inter-        Assets from Moamer                The finance issue is an          only by France, Italy and
  although he has made private trips to the country in the           tion” in Libya, Italian Foreign   national community had a             Qadhafi’s regime that have         important part of the opposi-      Qatar.
  past. Catherine, 29, has never been there, royal officials
  said. Details of the California trip have not yet been
  released. The couple leave for an official trip to Canada on
  June 30. (REUTERS)

  German state bans jobless from betting
                                                                     Archbishop uncomfortable with Bin Laden killing
  BERLIN Germany’s most economically powerful state,                              AFP                  in a US commando raid on his                                           Holder      on   Wednesday         believe that in such circum-
  North Rhine-Westphalia, has banned its unemployed from                        LONDON                 compound in Abbottabad,                Williams criticised             defended the legality of the       stances when we are faced
  betting on sports events, Westlotto, the official body                                                Pakistan on Sunday.                    the conflicting                 special forces swoop after it      with someone who was man-
  responsible for gaming, said on Thursday.                          THE leader of the world’s           “I think the killing of an           versions that                   emerged bin Laden was              ifestly a war criminal in
     This follows a decision by a Cologne tribunal banning           Anglicans, Archbishop of          unarmed man is always                  American officials              unarmed when he was                terms of the atrocities inflict-
  Westlotto employees from accepting heavy bets from peo-            Canterbury Rowan Williams,        going to leave a very uncom-           have given of                   gunned down, saying there          ed it is important that justice
  ple they know to be living on social security or unemploy-         said on Thursday he felt “very    fortable feeling because it            the Al Qaeda                    was no indication he attempt-      is seen to be served,” the
  ment benefits. The court decision confirms a March ruling            uncomfortable” over the           doesn’t look as if justice is          leader’s death.                 ed to surrender.                   archbishop said.
  which said Westlotto should refuse to take sporting bets           killing of Osama bin Laden        seen to be done,” Williams                                                But Williams said that jus-       The comments by Williams
  from punters “who bet money far in excess of their rev-            while unarmed.                    said at a press briefing when         ferent versions of events that    tice should be seen to be          came as UN human rights
  enues,” especially those receiving minimum social security           Williams also criticised the    asked about bin Laden’s              have emerged in recent days       done.                              chief Navi Pillay called for “a
  benefits. The Cologne tribunal was not immediately avail-           conflicting versions that          death.                               have not done a great deal to        “I don’t know the full          full disclosure of the accurate
  able to explain what was meant by a heavy bet, or how              American officials have given        “In those circumstances I          help,” he added.                  details any more than any-         facts” to determine the legali-
  Westlotto employees could know which punter was on the             of the Al Qaeda leader’s death    think it’s also true that the dif-     US Attorney General Eric        one else does. But I do            ty of the killing of bin Laden.
  dole. (AFP)

Most wanted Nazi proclaims innocence at trial
             AFP                   with a stick, accompanied by                                                                                                               ers whom he refused to set         on the Simon Wiesenthal
          BUDAPEST                 his 60-year-old daughter.                                                                                                                  free; and 30 others whom he        Center’s latest list of most
                                     He entered the building via                                                                                                              ordered aboard a lorry to take     wanted Nazi war criminals,
A 97-year-old ex-Hungarian         a back entrance to avoid the                                                                                                               them to a field where they          has already been found guilty
army officer, once the world’s      crowd of reporters and                                                                                                                     were shot.                         — in absentia — of the crimes
most wanted Nazi, protested        demonstrators in front.                                                                                                                       If found guilty, he faces a     in Novi Sad twice: first in
his innocence on the opening         Inside the courtroom,                                                                                                                    life sentence.                     1944, and then again in 1946,
day of his trial on Thursday,      Kepiro, who is hard of hear-                                                                                                                  “The charges are lies, all      this time under the commu-
dismissing the charges as lies     ing, complained that he had                                                                                                                lies,” Kepiro had told             nists, when the previous 10-
and the proceedings as a cir-      not been able to hear any of                                                                                                               reporters earlier. “I knew         year jail sentence was
cus.                               the judge’s opening com-                                                                                                                   nothing of the massacres. The      quashed.
   “I am innocent,” the frail      ments. So his assistant, Eva                                                                                                               soldiers told me nothing. This       Sentenced to 14 years, he
Sandor Kepiro told the             Kadar, who is a relative,                                                                                                                  is a circus.”                      avoided prison by fleeing to
Budapest court where he is         repeated the questions to the                                                                                                                 Answering the charges in        Argentina where he remained
facing a possible life sentence    defendant.                                                                                                                                 court, Kepiro insisted he had      for half a century before
for the murder of 36 people          Judge Bela Varga, stress-                                                                                                                been “the only person to           returning to Budapest in
during raids by Hungarian          ing it was of paramount                                                                                                                    refuse the order to use            1996. That was where the
forces on the Serbian town of      importance that Kepiro be                                                                                                                  firearms,” because the order        chief Nazi hunter of the
Novi Sad in January, 1942.         able to following the pro-                                                                                                                 had not been in writing.           Simon Wiesenthal Center,
   More than 1,200 Jews and        ceedings with full attention,                                                                                                                 He claimed to have actually     Efraim Zuroff, tracked him
Serbs perished in the mas-         ordered that the hearings                                                                                                                  saved the lives of five people      down 10 years later.
sacres.                            last no more than three           Former Hungarian gendarme captain Sandor Kepiro (left) in the courtroom during the first hearing of       whom a corporal had wanted           “This is the first trial of a
   The former Hungarian mil-       hours, with a 10-minute           his war crimes trial at the Municipal Court of Budapest, on Thursday. (EPA)                              to send to their deaths.           Hungarian war criminal and
itary officer arrived at the        break every hour.                                                                                                                             “I told him and his band to     since Hungary has collaborat-
Budapest Municipal Court             A second hearing was            week, with the verdict expect-    cutor Zsolt Falvai said Kepiro       Serbs: four who were mur-         get lost and I said to the fami-   ed with Nazi Germany, it’s
looking frail in a green-grey      scheduled for Friday, fol-        ed as early as May 19.            was directly responsible for         dered in their home by mem-       ly: you’re free.”                  very important it takes place,”
suit and walking very slowly       lowed by three more next            Reading the charges, prose-     the death of 36 Jews and             bers of his patrol; two broth-       Kepiro, once number one         Zuroff told reporters.
                                                                                        PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA                                                                                                      Friday, May 6, 2011
Philippine Muslim rebels warn peace talks at risk
              AFP                   Islamic Liberation Front           but had instead been told to                                             timeframe for peace that             paign since 1978.                   fought for an independent
            MANILA                  (MILF) said the latest round       wait until June 27.                    The conflict                      President Benigno Aquino set           The conflict has claimed           Islamic state on Mindanao, a
                                    of talks held in Malaysia last       “If they do not (give the            has claimed                       last year. “The most powerful        about 150,000 lives, accord-        resource-rich island where
PHILIPPINE Muslim rebels            week were clouded with mis-        proposal by June 27), we will          about 150,000                     and well-entrenched ‘spoil-          ing to the military.                Muslims have long lived but
who have waged one of Asia’s        trust, and accused govern-         not return to the negotiating          lives, according                  ers’, if I may use the word, are       When asked about the              are a minority.
longest insurgencies threat-        ment negotiators of not tak-       table,” Mastura told an aca-           to the                            mostly in the government,”           MILF’s threat, chief govern-          But in its peace proposal
ened on Thursday to abandon         ing their demands seriously.       demic forum in Manila.                 military.                         Iqbal said. He did not give          ment negotiator Marvic              submitted to the government
peace talks unless the govern-        Michael Mastura, a senior          “This is not a warning. We                                             any names, but said the spoil-       Leonen told AFP that the gov-       in February, the MILF said it
ment quickly submitted its          member of the MILF panel,          are stating a fact. We mean          also appeared to be saboteurs       ers were officials who owned          ernment had always intended         was no longer seeking to
proposal for a political settle-    said the rebels had been           business.”                           within the government who           land on the southern island of       to submit its proposal by June      secede and instead wanted
ment.                               expecting to receive the gov-        Chief MILF negotiator              did not want to see a deal          Mindanao, where the MILF             27 and still planned to do so.      the creation of a ‘sub-state’
  The 12,000-strong Moro            ernment’s proposal last week,      Mohagher Iqbal said there            signed by the end of June, a        has waged its separatist cam-          The MILF had initially            under its control.

Indonesia probes                                                                      FREE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN                                                                                                        Vietnam troops
‘illegal’ sale of                      Filipino youth frolic at a river, in Manila, on Thursday. Millions of Filipino children are being offered crash kindergarten lessons for free to help them prepare for            use force at
                                       school after the government has observed that many pupils were not able to read even after the first three years in primary grade school. (EPA)
paradise islands                                                                                                                                                                                                         rare Hmong
           MATARAM                                                                                                                                                                                                       protest
INDONESIA is to investigate                                                                                                                                                                                                           HANOI
the illegal sale of 13 islands in
the latest of a series of corrup-                                                                                                                                                                                        VIETNAMESE             soldiers
tion scandals in one of Asia’s                                                                                                                                                                                           clashed with ethnic Hmong
most popular tourist destina-                                                                                                                                                                                            after thousands staged a rare
tions, officials said on                                                                                                                                                                                                  protest in a remote mountain
Thursday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                area calling for greater auton-
   The National Land Agency                                                                                                                                                                                              omy and religious freedom, a
(BPN) has been accused of                                                                                                                                                                                                military source said on
giving ownership papers for                                                                                                                                                                                              Thursday.
the islets off Lombok island,                                                                                                                                                                                              The Vietnamese army sent
near Bali, to a number of indi-                                                                                                                                                                                          troop reinforcements after
viduals and companies, West                                                                                                                                                                                              the demonstrations broke out
Lombok          administration                                                                                                                                                                                           several days ago in Dien Bien
spokesman Ispan Junaidi                                                                                                                                                                                                  province in the far northwest
told AFP.                                                                                                                                                                                                                of the communist nation near
   Junaedi said the islets —                                                                                                                                                                                             the border with China and
diving and snorkelling                                                                                                                                                                                                   Laos. Soldiers “had to dis-
hotspots with huge coral reefs                                                                                                                                                                                           perse the crowd by force”,
teeming with marine wildlife                                                                                                                                                                                             according to the military
— include Gili Renggit, Gili                                                                                                                                                                                             source, who did not provide
Tangkong and Gili Nanggu,                                                                                                                                                                                                details of any casualties or the
which is dotted with pristine                                                                                                                                                                                            number of troops involved.
beaches and is known locally                                                                                                                                                                                               “Minor clashes occurred
as the “Paradise Island”.                                                                                                                                                                                                between the Hmong and
   West Lombok BPN chief                                                                                                                                                                                                 security forces,” he added.
Udin Syafrudin denied that                                                                                                                                                                                                 Protesters numbered in
his office had issued the own-                                                                                                                                                                                            their thousands and “the
ership certificates. “We’ve                                                                                                                                                                                               army had to intervene to pre-
never issued that kind of                                                                                                                                                                                                vent these troubles from
papers. Some may make                                                                                                                                                                                                    spreading”, the source said.
investment on the islands by                                                                                                                                                                                               It is Vietnam’s worst known
building resorts, but not own-                                                                                                                                                                                           case of ethnic unrest since
ing the land, and this is not                                                                                                                                                                                            protests in 2001 and 2004 in
against the law,” he said.                                                                                                                                                                                               the Central Highlands.

Singapore ruling party faces
tough electoral challenge
              AP                    expected to overwhelmingly         costs. “The opposition in the        a caning, the Colonial-era          Gone are the days from the
           SINGAPORE                win Saturday’s parliamen-          past was not able to recruit         punishment famously meted           1960s to 1980s when the
                                    tary election and remain in        because there was a very             out to American teenager            elder Lee would imprison
THE prime minister is               power for at least the next        strong climate of fear for a         Michael Fay in 1994.                suspected communists with-
admitting mistakes and even         decade.                            very long time,” said Gillian          “I’m not against the PAP,”        out trial for years, and when
apologising. It’s a sign that         But more seats are being         Koh, a senior research fellow        35-year-old restaurant man-         he told the state-owned
the party that has dominat-         contested than ever before,        at Singapore’s Institute of          ager Francis Loh said at a          Straits Times in 1987, “We
ed Singapore and told the           by a new crop of well-edu-         Policy Studies. “The situa-          Workers Party rally last            decide what is right. Never
island state what’s best for a      cated opposition candidates.       tion today is very different.        weekend. “I just want more          mind what the people
half-century could be facing        A gradual opening of tradi-        We’ve seen a liberalisation          opposition in Parliament            think.” PM Lee Hsien Loong,
its strongest electoral chal-       tional media alongside             of the political space.”             and someone to speak for            Lee Kwan Yew’s son, has
lenge.                              unfettered Internet debate           Dozens of PAP posters              the poor people.”                   warned voters to avoid
   The People’s Action Party,       has meant an increasingly          even have been defaced‚                The PAP has had to evolve         opposition        candidates,
with the son of Singapore           substantial discussion of          nearly unheard of in this            as Singaporeans travelled           reminding them that the
founding father Lee Kwan            campaign issues, such as           Southeast Asian country,             and studied abroad more             government favours pro-              Singapore’s opposition Workers Party supporters at a party rally, in
Yew at the helm, is still           immigration and housing            where vandalism can get you          and became better educated.         PAP districts with funding.          Singapore, on Thursday. (AP)

                                             TRADITIONAL DANCE
  Vietnamese dancers perform during the opening session of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian
  Development Bank at the National Convention Center, in Hanoi, on Thursday. (EPA)V
                                                                                                                                                ASEAN credibility at stake
                                                                                                                                                in Thai-Cambodia row
                                                                                                                                                               AFP                   eased the situation remains         negotiate a settlement.
                                                                                                                                                             JAKARTA                 tense and deadly firefights             A diplomatic source said
                                                                                                                                                                                     break out almost daily.             ASEAN leaders would call on
                                                                                                                                                A BLOODY border conflict                “The Thai-Cambodia bor-           Bangkok and Phnom Penh to
                                                                                                                                                between      Thailand     and        der dispute poses a definite         resolve the conflict, which has
                                                                                                                                                Cambodia looks set to domi-          challenge to ASEAN’s credi-         displaced 85,000 civilians on
                                                                                                                                                nate an ASEAN summit in              bility and its objective of cre-    both sides.
                                                                                                                                                Indonesia this weekend, cast-        ating an ASEAN Community              The warring neighbours
                                                                                                                                                ing doubt on the bloc’s rheto-       by 2015,” said Professor Carl       agreed at a special ASEAN
                                                                                                                                                ric about regional integration       Thayer of the University of         ministerial     meeting     in
                                                                                                                                                by 2015.                             New South Wales in                  Jakarta in February to accept
                                                                                                                                                   Analysts and diplomats            Australia.                          Indonesian            military
                                                                                                                                                said the fighting, which has            “ASEAN’s failure to broker        observers at the border.
                                                                                                                                                left at least 18 people dead         a political solution will have a      At the time, ASEAN
                                                                                                                                                since April 22, is expected to       very negative impact on             Secretary General Surin
                                                                                                                                                be a key topic at the two-day        ASEAN’s credibility as a            Pitsuwan hailed the agree-
                                                                                                                                                summit of the Association of         viable regional organisation,”      ment as a “historic day” for
                                                                                                                                                Southeast Asian Nations              he told AFP.                        the 10-nation bloc, but more
                                                                                                                                                (ASEAN) in Jakarta from                But Thayer said Indonesia         than two months and a lot
                                                                                                                                                Saturday.                            can use the opportunity to          more fighting later, the
                                                                                                                                                   Current ASEAN chair               play a “continuing proactive        observers remain in Jakarta.
                                                                                                                                                Indonesia has been leading           diplomatic role” while other          “You must give credit to
                                                                                                                                                mediation      efforts,    but       ASEAN states can pressure           what ASEAN is trying to do,”
                                                                                                                                                although the fighting has             Bangkok and Phnom Penh to           Surin told AFP.
06          Friday, May 6, 2011

  SC unhappy over                                                          Khandu’s body arrives in Itanagar;
  tardy IT probe in                                                        Manmohan, Sonia to pay homage
  2G scam                                                                                PTI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Vincent Pala and Salman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Khursheed laid wreaths at the
                PTI                   assist the court in monitor-                                                                                                                                                     coffin. Assam Forest Minister
            NEW DELHI                 ing the probe by various             THE body of Arunachal                                                                                                                       Rockybul Hussain placed a
                                      government agencies in the           Pradesh Chief Minister                                                                                                                      wreath on behalf of Chief
  THE Supreme Court on                scam. The CPIL had made              Dorjee Khandu, who was                                                                                                                      Minister Tarun Gogoi.
  Thursday expressed dis-             the plea alleging that “big          killed in a helicopter crash,                                                                                                                  Chief Secretary Tabom Bam
  pleasure over the tardy             players are being let off”.          was on Thursday brought to                                                                                                                  announced a seven-day state
  pace of probe by the                  The court also assured             Itanagar by the Army for peo-                                                                                                               mourning as a mark of respect
  Income Tax department               the petitioners, CPIL and            ple to pay their last respects                                                                                                              to Khandu, even as a holiday
  into the tax evasion cases          others, that all the persons         before being taken to his                                                                                                                   was declared on Thursday.
  linked to 2G spectrum case,                                              home district, Tawang, on                                                                                                                      He said a state funeral
  saying it wanted “results”.           “The I-T depart-                   Friday for the last rites.                                                                                                                  would be accorded to the late
     A bench of justices G. S.          ment must be                          The body, which was locat-                                                                                                               leader. The Assam govern-
  Singhvi and A. K. Ganguly             quicker. This is                   ed on Wednesday from the                                                                                                                    ment has also declared a
  directed the department to            not a normal                       accident site, was first taken                                                                                                               three-day state mourning.
  file a detailed report on              case of tax                        to Luguthang and then airlift-                                                                                                                 The national flag will fly at
  action taken by it during the         evasion,” the                      ed to Tawang by an IAF heli-                                                                                                                half mast on Thursday and
  last three years when it got a        bench said.                        copter along with the bodies                                                                                                                Friday in Arunachal Pradesh
  complaint in this regard and        involved in the scam will be         of four others who were also                                                                                                                and in all States and UT capi-
  began tapping corporate lob-        brought to justice irrespec-         killed in the crash on                                                                                                                      tals, including Delhi, a Union
  byist Niira Radia’s tele-           tive of their wealth, posi-          Saturday.                                                                                                                                   Home Ministry statement
  phone. “The I-T department          tion and power.                         A large number of people                                                                                                                 said in Delhi. The body will
  must be quicker. This is not a         “You (petitioner), rest           lined the roadside as Khandu’s                                                                                                              be kept in Itanagar till Friday
  normal case of tax evasion.         assured that no person,              body, kept in a glass casket,                                                                                                               for the people to pay their last
  Probe should have been              irrespective of their chair          was taken in a flower-bedecked                                                                                                               respects. It will be taken to
  done fast. These are not ordi-      and wealth, could get                vehicle from the Raj Bhawan                                                                                                                 Tawang on Friday afternoon
  nary cases to be handled in         immunity in any way,” the            helipad to the Chief Minister’s     Coffin of the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is being taken to his home, after it was    for the last rites at his home
  ordinary way,” the bench            bench said, adding “investi-         bungalow at Niti Vihar here.        brought from Tawang by a special helicopter, in Itanagar, on Thursday. (EPA)                            village Gyangkhar in Tawang
  said. The department, how-          gation in the case has made          Priests belonging to various                                                                                                                district.
  ever, defended its ongoing          some progress which would            religions chanted hymns.            afternoon.                           President Pratibha Patil,       scheduled to arrive in                In Delhi, Home Minister P.
  probe saying that the inves-        not have been possible in               A guard of honour by the           Khandu’s second wife             Prime Minister Manmohan           Itanagar on Friday morning         Chidambaram said, “AP
  tigation has entered the            normal circumstances.”               ITBP, which guards the              Rinchin Drema, eldest son          Singh and Congress president      to pay their last respects, offi-   Governor JJ Singh has been
  “fifth layer” and the                   CBI, meanwhile, con-              India-Bhutan border, was            Pema, elder brother Goleng,        Sonia Gandhi were among a         cial sources said. Governor JJ     asked to take necessary con-
  approach towards the case           tended that no person                given as the body was flown in       and Lok Sabha member               host of leaders who have con-     Singh along with Union min-        sequential steps,” an indica-
  has not been tardy.                 would be let off as investiga-       by an IAF MI-172 chopper            Takam Sanjoy also came to          doled Khandu’s death.             isters V. Narayanasamy, B.K.       tion that a new Chief
     The court, however, was          tion is still going on against       from Tawang on Thursday             Itanagar by the chopper.             Singh and Gandhi are            Handique, Mukul Wasnik,            Minister will be chosen.
  not satisfied and said, “We          Reliance and Tatas for their
  are not concerned about lay-        involvement in the scam.
  ers but results.” The bench            The CBI also submitted
  allowed the IT department           that it will file fresh status
  to approach the special             report on the ongoing inves-
  judge, trying the 2G case, to       tigation in 2G scam after the
  interrogate company offi-            summer vacation. The court                                                                                                                                                       FESTIVAL OF
  cials who are in judicial cus-      after hearing all sides posted
  tody for their alleged role in      the matter for further hear-                                                                                                                                                     INDIAN
  the scam. The bench also            ing on May 13, when it
  agreed to hear a plea by            would delve into the plea for                                                                                                                                                    EXHIBITS IN
  petitioner, the Centre for          appointment of independ-
  Public Interest Litigation,         ent persons to assist the                                                                                                                                                        GERMANY
  for appointment of two              court in monitoring the
  independent persons to              probe.                                                                                                                                                                           A woman walks past Indian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       exhibits at the Kunsthalle im
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lipsiusbau, in Dresden,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Germany, on Thursday. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Staatliche Kunstsammlungen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dresden (Dresden State Art
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Collections) will later host a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       special exhibition entitled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘The Power of Giving’ from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       May 7 to 21, 2011.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A unique collection of masks,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       vessels, and regalia from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Canada’s Northwest Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       will be presented to public in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       this show. (EPA)

  Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, in New Delhi, recently. (AFP)

Air India needs urgent                                                     SC declines to take Sanjiv Ansari in Dhaka to
reform, say analysts                                                       Bhatt’s affidavit on record attend Tagore event
               AFP                    Air India must be shut down.”                                                                                                                               PTI                  Bangladesh Prime Minister
             MUMBAI                     Some 660 of the 800 mem-                                                                                                                                DHAKA                  Sheikh Hasina in January,
                                      bers       of   the     Indian                     PTI                                                                                                                           2010, the two sides had agreed
AIR India urgently needs              Commercial               Pilots’                NEW DELHI                                                                                     VICE-PRESIDENT Hamid               to oversee the joint celebra-
major reform, analysts say, as        Association (ICPA), which                                                                                                                     Ansari arrived in Dhaka on         tions together.
a lengthening strike grounds          represents pilots of the for-        THE Supreme Court on                                                                                     Thursday to represent India in        Ansari’s visit is the first visit
flights, increasing losses at a        mer Indian Airlines, walked          Thursday declined to take on                                                                             the joint celebrations to mark     to Bangladesh by an Indian
firm that already uses all its         out last Wednesday, claiming         record the affidavit filed by                                                                              the 150th birth anniversary of     leader after Hasina visited
earnings to pay interest on           they were not paid as much as        Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv                                                                                Nobel laureate Rabindranath        India last year.
debts. The strike by a group of       their Air India colleagues.          Bhatt, who had accused                                                                                   Tagore, an event which will be        The celebrations to mark the
pilots over pay has brought             Air India responded by sack-       Gujarat      Chief      Minister                                                                         marked by a series of cultural     150th anniversary of Tagore
the parlous state of the com-         ing senior ICPA members and          Narendra Modi of having                                                                                  events in Bangladesh.              will begin at the Banga Bandhu
pany’s finances to a head, with        began contempt of court pro-         adopted an “anti-minority                                                                                  The Vice-President was           International         Convention
the stoppage hitting revenue          ceedings against the union,          stance” during the post-                                                                                 received at the Shahjalal          Centre on Friday where vari-
by at least $35 million and           claiming that it broke a legal       Godhra riots.                                                                                            International Airport by           ous troupes will present a
prompting calls for the state-        agreement not to strike while           The court said the affidavit in                                                                        Bangladesh Foreign Minister        series of cultural programmes,
run carrier to be sold-off.           conciliation talks were ongo-        which Bhatt claimed that he                                                                              Dipu Moni.                         including short dramas and
   “Shut AI (Air India) down, it      ing. But the pilots, whose           had attended the February 27,       Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, in Ahmedabad, recently. (AFP)         Minister of State for External   music shows.
is broken beyond repair,” said        union has accused of bosses of       2002 meeting called by Modi,                                                                             Affairs Preneet Kaur and two          In Dhaka, Ansari will call on
the Indian Express newspaper          mismanagement and even               would be considered only after      letter from Bhatt about his        at the State Intelligence         Members of Parliament – O. P.      Bangladesh President Md.
in an editorial this week, urging     provoking the strike to force a      it gets an independent analysis     security, he had contacted the     Bureau (SIB) during the riots,    Mathur of BJP and Moinul           Zillur Rahman and hold meet-
the government in Delhi to            sell-off, have defied orders to       of the report of the Special        DGP, who responded and pro-        had filed an affidavit on April     Hassan of CPI (M) - are accom-     ings with the Prime Minister
announce the airline’s closure.       return to the cockpit.               Investigation Team (SIT) by         vided security to him.             14 alleging that Modi had         panying the Vice-President.        and Foreign Minister Dipu
   “Instead of throwing good            The stoppage has seen hun-         senior       advocate      Raju        “I am satisfied,” Raghavan       instructed officers during a         During the state visit of        Moni.
(taxpayer) money after bad, it        dreds of mainly domestic             Ramachandran, who is assist-        said. The SIT in its fresh sta-    meeting on February 27, 2002
is time to stand up and say:          flights cancelled or disrupted.       ing it as amicus curiae in a        tus report has considered the      to allow Hindus “to vent out
                                                                           Gujarat riots case. “So far we      statement of the IPS officer.       their anger” during the clash-
                                                                           have not taken on record the           Bhatt was summoned by           es and he wanted Muslims to
                                                                           affidavit by him,” a special         the SIT in March on the direc-     be “taught a lesson”.
                                                                           bench comprising justices D K       tive of the SC which had asked       Bhatt is currently posted as
                                                                           Jain, P Sathasivam and Aftab        it to consider whether further     the principal of the State
                                                                           Alam said.                          probe was required against         Reserve Police Training Centre
                                                                              Senior advocate Ranjit           Modi and 52 others in the          in Junagadh. The SIT has in its
                                                                           Kumar, appearing for the            complaint filed by Zakia Jafri,     status report also mentioned
                                                                           Gujarat government, said Bhatt      widow of former Congress MP        about a letter written by sus-
                                                                           had raised concern over his         Ehsan Jafri who was burnt to       pended Gujarat IAS official
                                                                           security which has now been         death at his Gulbarg Society       Pradeep Sharma requesting to
                                                                           take care of. SIT Chairman RK       residence in Ahmedabad.            be allowed to depose on infor-
                                                                           Raghavan also told the court           Bhatt, a 1988-batch IPS         mation received from the CM’s     Vice-President Hamid Ansari (left) with wife Salma Ansari being
Pilots rally during a candle light vigil, in Kolkata, on Thursday. (EPA)   that immediately on receiving       officer who was posted as DCP       office during the period.          welcomed by children, in Dhaka, on Thursday. (PTI)
                                                                                                                    INDIA                                                                                     Friday, May 6, 2011

Kanimozhi to appear before court today
              PTI                   what the legal system wants,
           NEW DELHI                if that is what the CBI wants
                                    then we have to wait and see.
DMK MP Kanimozhi, set to            We have to fight it whatever it
appear before a CBI court on        is. We have to fight it legally”.
Friday in connection with the          “So we have to stand up and
2G spectrum scam, on                fight in the court. But lets wait
Thursday said nobody should         and see”, the Rajya Sabha MP
think she is an “easy target”       said. “We have to face every-
and asserted that she will          thing legally. We cannot run
fight the case legally.              away from things. We have to
   “I don’t believe in specula-     respect the court. We have to
tion. Lets wait and see what        face it. We cannot keep run-
happens tomorrow and the            ning away”, Kanimozhi said
court has to decide. I cannot       when asked whether appear-
tell you what court should          ance before the court worries
decide or what the court            her as other chargesheeted
would decide,” she told televi-     persons in the case were in jail.
sion channels when asked               She has also been asked by
about speculation that she          the Enforcement Directorate
might be arrested.                  to appear before it in connec-
   Forty-year-old Kanimozhi,        tion with the 2G case under
daughter of DMK chief M             the Prevention of Money
Karunanidhi, said, “If people       Laundering Act.
think I’m an easy target, they         Observing that she believed
are highly mistaken”.               in the legal system of the coun-
   Kanimozhi, who has been          try and that she will abide by it,
named in the second charge          she said “whatever the court
sheet filed by the CBI in the        decides, I will accept... I have
2G case, said “It is a very, very   complete faith in the Indian
serious charge and that I am        judicial system and there will
very clear and I am very sure       be justice one day”.
that we will come out of it and        In its supplementary
I will come out of it clean”.       charge sheet filed in a special
She was replying to a ques-         court on April 25, the CBI has
tion on CBI naming her as a         accused Kanimozhi of enter-
co-conspirator in the case.         ing into a criminal conspiracy
   Asked whether she was pre-       with former telecom minister
pared for the eventuality of        A Raja for allegedly accepting
her arrest, she said “if that is    illegal gratification.                Kanimozhi (centre), daughter of M Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Chief of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party, in Chennai, recently.   (REUTERS)

  Western Ghats                                                          Ban, curbs
                                                                         proposed on                       Jagan Mohan Reddy rules
  authority to get                                                       use of
                                                                                                           out rejoining Congress
  more powers                                                                      AGENCIES
                                                                                                                      NEW DELHI
                                                                                                                                               He also criticised
                                                                                                                                                                               (of Delhi). This is a fight
                                                                                                                                                                               between        YSR     district
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 made it clear that YSR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Congress is here to stay to
            AGENCIES                it was proposed. It has                                                                                                                    (Kadapa) and Delhi,” Jagan        carry on the legacy of his late
                                                                                                                                               chief minister N
                                    also been proposed to                A HIGH-LEVEL conference           FIGHTING the Congress in            Kiran Kumar Reddy               said.                             father.
                                    form a national committee            of officials and researchers,      the family pocket-borough           for deploying                     Jagan, who launched YSR            “The question does not
  THE proposed Western              at the Centre and State              convened by Agriculture           of Kadapa in prestigious            almost the entire               Congress recently, is giving a    arise at all. When did I ever
  Ghats Ecology Authority           committees in Kerala,                Minister Mullakkara Ratn-         byelections, Y S Jagan              cabinet in Kadapa               tough fight to ruling              ask for positions? I cannot
  (WGEA) will have regula-          Tamil Nadu, Karnataka,               akaran on Wednesday, decid-       Mohan Reddy today ruled             to “ensure his                  Congress candidate and            throw my core values into a
  tory as well as promotional       Goa and Maharashtra.                 ed to ban several red category    out going back to the party,        defeat” and made                Health Minister D L               dustbin as some do for the
  powers.                              The panel members sug-            pesticides and introduce          saying he cannot “throw his         it clear that YSR               Ravindra, a bete noire of his     sake of power and position.
    A meeting of the                gested that the WGEA                 restrictions on the use of cer-   core values” for the sake of        Congress is here                late father, and TDP’s M V        What kind of a politician that
  Western Ghats Ecology             should be headed by a for-           tain yellow category weedi-       “power and position”.               to stay to carry on             Mysura Reddy in Kadapa.           would make me then?” Jagan
  Expert Panel, in Thrissur,        mer Supreme Court judge              cides and fungicides in the         Nearly six months after           the legacy of his               Jagan’s mother is taking on       asked. He was replying to a
  has made recommenda-              or an eminent ecologist at           State.                            exiting the Congress alleging       late father.                    late YSR’s brother Y S            question on whether he was
  tions to this effect. The         the national level.                    An order for enforcing the      “humiliation”, the son of late                                      Vivekananda Reddy in              ready for a rapprochement
  authority will act as a pro-         For the State-level com-          decision is likely to be issued   Andhra Pradesh Chief              May 8. Both vacated their         Pulivendula.                      with the Congress in the
  tection and monitoring            mittees, it was proposed             in a day or two as part of        Minister Y S Rajasekhara          seats after they quit the           With both Jagan and             future if Gandhi promised
  agency regarding the ecol-        that a former High Court             implementing the organic          Reddy faces his first major        Congress.                         Congress claiming to be the       him a position in the party or
  ogy and biodiversity of the       judge or an eminent per-             farming policy.                   political test on May 8 when         The 38-year-old Jagan,         real heirs to YSR legacy, the     in the government.
  Ghats region. It was also         son should be appointed                The Kerala Agriculture          the bypolls for Kadapa Lok        who had openly revolted           electoral contest in Kadapa          Jagan said he and YSR
  suggested that the authori-       as its head.                         University had already pre-       Sabha which he vacated in         against     Sonia   Gandhi,       and Pulivendula promises to       Congress will make sure that
  ty should undertake the              The authority will have           pared a revised package of        November, 2010 will be            termed the by-polls a fight        be a political potboiler.         all welfare measures imple-
  promotion of environ-             powers to form sub-com-              practices for agriculture in      held.                             between the “self-respect of        He also criticised chief        mented by the late Reddy and
  ment-friendly as well as          mittees to advise it on spe-         tune with the policy. The red       Pulivendula       assembly      Andhra Pradesh” and “injus-       minister N Kiran Kumar            will work for “the maximum
  sustainable development           cific issues.                         category chemicals listed for     seat, which was represented       tice of Delhi.”                   Reddy for deploying almost        benefit of my people and my
  programmes throughout                The State authorities             ban include furadan, phorate,     by his mother Vijayalaxmi,           “This is a fight between        the entire cabinet in Kadapa      state once I am blessed with
  the Ghats region.                 will have members of the             methyl parathion etc.             is also going to bypolls on       credibility and opportunism       to “ensure his defeat” and        those numbers.”
                                    local bodies, eminent
                                    environmentalists, district
    The authority will              administration, and repre-
    promote sustain-
    able develop-
    ment practices
    and support
                                    sentatives of the forest
                                    and agriculture depart-
                                    ments, among others.
                                       While the national
                                                                         Kerala moots zero dropout plan for class 9&10
    eco-friendly ini-               authority will deal with                                                                                                                             AGENCIES                become       imperative      in
    tiatives. It will               policy issues, the State                                                                                                                                                     Kasaragod, Wayanad, and
    also have a deci-               authorities will focus on                                                                                                                      THIRUVANANTHAPURAM            Idukki districts.
    sive role in creat-             issues with State-level                                                                                                                                                        On finding that girls from
    ing awareness of                implications.                                                                                                                              THE state government has          rural areas are finding it hard
    the need to pro-                   In all matters involving                                                                                                                submitted a Rs 1,000-crore        to reach schools, it has been
    tect the Ghats                  both the State and Central                                                                                                                 action plan to the Centre,        proposed to provide bicycles
    region.                         agencies, decisions would                                                                                                                  under      the       Rashtriya    to them or to foot their travel
                                    be taken at the national                                                                                                                   Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan          expenses. Students who need
                                    level.                                                                                                                                     (RMSA), to impart secondary       such assistance will be identi-
     The      Ministry      of         The proposals that were                                                                                                                 education (Classes 9 and 10)      fied by the Deputy Directors
  Environment and Forests           made by the members of                                                                                                                     to students from the weaker       of Education.
  had earlier asked the panel       the panel will be incorpo-                                                                                                                 sections and minority com-          This is also being consid-
  to come up with sugges-           rated into the final recom-                                                                                                                 munities, and achieving zero      ered as a major step towards
  tions on the structure and        mendation, Krishnan said.                                                                                                                  school dropout rate among         providing equal opportunities
  mandate of the authority.            The authority will pro-                                                                                                                 residents of tribal and coastal   to girls among minorities and
  The primary mandate of            mote sustainable develop-                                                                                                                  areas.                            weaker sections.
  the panel was to suggest          ment practices and sup-                                                                                                                      Quality, access, and equity       It has been proposed to
  measures to protect and           port eco-friendly initia-                                                                                                                  are the buzzwords of the ini-     upgrade 127 upper primary
  conserve the biodiversity         tives. It will also have a                                                                                                                 tiative proposed to be            schools as secondary schools
  and ecology of the Ghats          decisive role in creating                                                                                                                  launched in the 2011-12 aca-      and offer intensive training to
  region.                           awareness of the need to                                                                                                                   demic year.                       students hailing from the
     The Ministry is expected       protect the Ghats region                                                                                                                     Active involvement of elect-    tribal and coastal hamlets.
  to announce the formation         as most of the east-flowing                                                                                                                 ed representatives of local       Students’ skills will be devel-
  of the authority shortly          rivers of the country origi-                                                                                                               self-government institutions,     oped through training in arts,
  after the panel submits its       nate from here, said B J                                                                                                                   subject experts, and PTAs in      sports, and craft.
  recommendations           in      Krishnan, a member of the                                                                                                                  each locale, is envisaged in        Director        of    Public
  June.                             panel who chaired the dis-                                                                                                                 the project. School manage-       Instructions       A   P     M
     The WGEA will have             cussion on the constitu-                                                                                                                   ment and development com-         Mohammad Hanish said,
  recommendatory powers             tion and structure of the                                                                                                                  mittees will monitor the proj-    “compared to other states, the
  and it will be binding on         authority.                                                                                                                                 ect, which will complement        one per cent school dropout
  the agencies concerned.              The authority will also                                                                                                                 the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan          rate among certain sections in
     The        Environment         strive to create awareness                                                                                                                 (SSA).                            Kerala is negligible.
  Protection Act will form          on the land use patterns in                                                                                                                  According to preliminary          But the plan is to obliter-
  the framework for the             the       Ghats      region,                                                                                                               studies conducted by the          ate even that. This will pave
  activities of the authority,      Krishnan said.                                                                                                                             Education Department, a           the way for 100 per cent
                                                                         Schoolchildren in a school bus, in Pambanar, in Kerala.   (AP)                                        major social intervention has     retention.”
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                WORLD NEWS TODAY WITH                                                                            FAIRLY ODD PARENTS                     FUTURECAR                HOW DOES THAT WORK?
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                 MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS             LIVE MSNBC NEWS                       HERO 108
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                                               10:10   Great British Menu                    06:35    The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack   15:20   Invisible Worlds                                                                          22:10 World Combat League                    22:50 Undercover
                                               11:05   Indian Food Made Easy                 07:00    Codename: Kids Next Door                  16:10   Space Pioneer                                                                             23:00 Carpocalypse                           23:40 Dr G: Medical Examiner
                                               11:30   Antiques Roadshow                     07:25    Cow And Chicken                           17:00   Powering The Future                                                                       23:50 M1 Selection 2010
                                               12:20   Cash In The Attic                     07:50    Angelo Rules                              17:50   Sci-Trek
                                               13:05   Bargain Hunt                          08:05    Cartoon Network Dance Club                18:40   City Chic
ANIMAL PLANET                                  13:50   Come Dine With Me                     08:15    Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends       19:30   Stephen Hawking’s Universe
                                               14:40   Great British Menu                    08:40    Ben 10: Alien Force                       20:20   World’s Most Expensive Rides           DISNEY XD
00:45 Untamed And Uncut                                                                                                                                                                        06:00 Kid Vs Kat
01:40 Dogs 101                                 15:05   Great British Menu                    09:05    The Secret Saturdays                      21:10   Futurecar
                                               16:55   Indian Food Made Easy                 09:30    Batman: The Brave And The Bold            22:00   Powering The Future                    06:20 Kick Buttowski                                                                            JIM JAM
02:35 Venom Hunter With Donald Schultz                                                                                                                                                         06:40 Pokemon
03:30 Pit Bulls And Parolees                   17:45   Antiques Roadshow                     09:55    The Powerpuff Girls                       22:50   Sci-Trek                                                                                  FOOD NETWORK                                 00:00 Bob The Builder
                                               18:35   Cash In The Attic                     10:20    Robotboy                                  23:40   Alaska: Surviving The Last Frontier    07:05 Phineas & Ferb                               00:05 Unwrapped                              00:20 Thomas And Friends
04:25 Crime Scene Wild                                                                                                                                                                         08:05 American Dragon
05:20 Animal Cops Houston                      19:20   Bargain Hunt                          10:30    Hero 108                                                                                                                                    00:30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives            00:30 Kipper
                                               20:05   Come Dine With Me                     10:55    Ben 10                                                                                   08:30 Kick Buttowski                               00:55 Throwdown With Bobby Flay              00:40 Wild Life
06:10 Extraordinary Dogs                                                                                                                                                                       08:50 Next X 2011 Winter Edition (Cema)
06:35 Project Puppy                            20:55   Home For Life                         11:20    Chowder                                                                                                                                     01:45 Ultimate Recipe Showdown               00:45 Kipper
                                               21:45   Masterchef: The Professionals         11:45    The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack                                                  09:00 Zeke & Luther                                02:35 Unwrapped                              00:55 Tigga And Togga
07:00 Meerkat Manor                                                                                                                                                                            09:50 I’m In The Band
07:25 The Really Wild Show                     22:30   Masterchef: The Professionals         12:10    Camp Lazlo                                                                                                                                  03:25 Candy Convention                       01:00 Toddworld
                                               23:15   Come Dine With Me                     12:35    George Of The Jungle                                                                     10:15 The Super Hero Squad Show                    04:15 Good Eats- Special                     01:15 Anthony Ant
07:50 Crocodile Hunter                                                                                                                                                                         10:40 Suite Life On Deck
08:40 Breed All About It                                                                     13:00    Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends       DISCOVERY SCIENCE                                                                                 04:40 Unwrapped                              01:40 Oswald
                                                                                             13:25    Codename: Kids Next Door                  00:30 The Gadget Show                          11:30 Kid Vs Kat                                   05:05 Ten Dollar Dinners                     02:05 Anthony Ant
09:10 Dogs 101                                                                                                                                                                                 11:55 Phineas & Ferb
10:05 Michaela’s Animal Road Trip                                                            13:50    Ben 10                                    00:55 Kings Of Construction                                                                       05:30 Paula’s Best Dishes                    02:30 Barney And Friends
                                                                                             14:15    My Gym Partner’s A Monkey                 01:45 Bang Goes The Theory                     12:45 Kid Vs Kat                                   05:50 Paula’s Party                          02:55 Dragon
11:00 Animal Precinct                                                                                                                                                                          13:50 The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody
11:55 Wildlife SOS                                                                           14:40    Squirrel Boy                              02:35 The Future Of...                                                                            06:35 Barefoot Contessa                      03:20 Dorothy The Dinosaur
                                                                                             15:05    Cartoon Network Dance Club                03:25 How Stuff’s Made                         14:40 Zeke & Luther                                07:00 Chopped                                03:35 Toddworld
12:50 Animal Cops Houston                                                                                                                                                                      15:05 Suite Life On Deck
13:45 RSPCA: Have You Got What It Takes?       BBC WORLD                                     15:15    Eliot Kid                                 03:50 Junkyard Wars                                                                               07:50 Guy’s Big Bite                         03:50 Bob The Builder
                                               00:00 BBC World News                          15:35    Ed, Edd N Eddy                            04:45 What’s That About?                       15:25 Next X 2011 Winter Edition (Cema)            08:15 Boy Meets Grill                        04:10 Thomas And Friends
14:10 E-Vets: The Interns                                                                                                                                                                      15:35 Kick Buttowski
14:40 Raising Baby Giant Panda                 00:30 World Business Report                   16:00    Cow And Chicken                           05:40 Patent Bending                                                                              08:40 Good Deal With Dave Lieberman          04:20 Tigga And Togga
                                               00:45 Sport Today                             16:25    Chop Socky Chooks                         06:10 Eco-Tech                                 16:00 I’m In The Band                              09:05 Ten Dollar Dinners                     04:25 Kipper
15:30 Animal Battlegrounds                                                                                                                                                                     16:25 Suite Life On Deck
16:00 The Really Wild Show                     01:00 BBC World News America                  16:50    Skunk Fu!                                 07:00 Da Vinci’s Machines                                                                         09:30 Paula’s Best Dishes                    04:35 Wild Life
                                               01:30 Asia Business Report                    17:15    Chowder                                   07:55 Head Rush                                16:50 Zeke & Luther                                09:55 Barefoot Contessa                      04:40 Kipper
16:30 Growing Up... Wolves                                                                                                                                                                     17:15 Phineas & Ferb
17:25 Cats 101                                 01:45 Asia Today                              17:40    Best Ed                                   07:58 Sci-Fi Science                                                                              10:20 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives            04:50 Tigga And Togga
                                               02:00 BBC World News                          18:05    Hero 108                                  08:25 Weird Connections                        18:30 Escape From Scorpion Island (Cema)           10:45 Barefoot Contessa- Back To Basics      04:55 Oswald
18:20 Venom Hunter With Donald Schultz                                                                                                                                                         18:55 Pokemon
19:15 Michaela’s Animal Road Trip              02:30 Asia Business Report                    18:30    Ben 10: Ultimate Alien                    08:55 The World’s Strangest UFO Stories                                                           11:10 Unwrapped                              05:20 Anthony Ant
                                               02:45 Asia Today                              19:20    Adventure Time                            09:45 The Gadget Show                          19:20 American Dragon                              11:35 Barefoot Contessa                      05:45 Toddworld
20:10 Dogs 101                                                                                                                                                                                 19:45 Aaron Stone
21:05 Karina: Wild On Safari                   03:00 BBC World News                          19:45    Cow And Chicken                           10:35 Bang Goes The Theory                                                                        12:00 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives            06:00 Dragon
                                               03:30 Asia Business Report                    20:10    The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack   11:25 Savage Planet                            20:05 Next X 2011 Winter Edition (Cema)            12:25 Good Eats- Special                     06:25 Dorothy The Dinosaur
22:00 Big Five Challenge                                                                                                                                                                       20:15 The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes
22:55 In Search Of The Giant Anaconda          03:45 Asia Today                              20:35    Courage The Cowardly Dog                  11:50 Da Vinci’s Machines                                                                         12:50 Paula’s Best Dishes                    06:40 Tigga And Togga
                                               04:00 BBC World News                          21:00    The Powerpuff Girls                       12:40 Patent Bending                           21:05 New Spiderman                                13:15 Throwdown With Bobby Flay              06:45 Bob The Builder
23:50 Killer Whales                                                                                                                                                                            21:50 Phineas And Ferb
                                               04:30 Asia Business Report                    21:25    Ed, Edd N Eddy                            13:05 Weird Or What?                                                                              13:40 Ultimate Recipe Showdown               07:05 Thomas And Friends
                                               04:45 Asia Today                              21:50    Robotboy                                  13:55 Powering The Future                      22:00 The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody                14:30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives            07:15 Tigga And Togga
                                               05:00 BBC World News                          22:00    Camp Lazlo                                14:45 Kings Of Construction                    22:20 The Super Hero Squad Show                    14:55 Unwrapped                              07:20 Kipper
                                               05:30 Asia Business Report                    22:25    Hero 108                                  15:35 The Gadget Show                                                                             15:20 Boy Meets Grill                        07:30 Wild Life
                                               05:45 Asia Today                              22:50    Ben 10                                    16:00 Head Rush                                                                                   15:45 Chopped                                07:35 Oswald
                                               06:00 BBC World News                          23:15    Bakugan Battle Brawlers                   16:03 Sci-Fi Science                                                                              16:35 Guy’s Big Bite                         08:00 Baby Antonio’s Circus
BBC ENTERTAINMENT                              06:30 Peschardt’s Business People             23:40    Chowder                                   16:30 Weird Connections                                                                           17:00 Barefoot Contessa                      08:05 Barney And Friends
00:00 My Family                                07:00 BBC World News                                                                             17:00 Brainiac                                                                                    17:25 Good Deal With Dave Lieberman          08:30 Danny And Daddy Duet
00:35 The Weakest Link                         07:30 World Business Report                                                                      17:50 Super Comet: After The Impact                                                               17:50 Ten Dollar Dinners                     08:35 Jarmies
                                               07:45 BBC World News                                                                             18:40 Stephen Hawking’s Universe               E! ENTERTAINMENT                                   18:15 Paula’s Party                          08:47 See The Sea
01:20 Casualty                                                                                                                                                                                 00:25 Kendra
02:10 Doctor Who                               08:30 World Business Report                                                                      20:20 Weird Connections                                                                           19:05 Good Eats- Special                     08:50 Benjamin’s Farm
                                               08:45 BBC World News                                                                             20:45 How Does That Work?                      00:55 Extreme Close-Up                             19:30 Food Network Challenge                 09:00 See The Sea
03:00 Eastenders                                                                                                                                                                               01:25 E! Es
03:30 Doctors                                  09:30 World Business Report                                                                      21:10 The Gadget Show                                                                             20:20 Barefoot Contessa                      09:03 Zoo Mix
                                               09:45 Sport Today                             DISCOVERY CHANNEL                                  22:00 Stephen Hawking’s Universe               02:20 E! Es                                        21:10 Chopped                                09:10 James The Cat
04:00 My Family                                                                                                                                                                                03:15 25 Most Stylish
04:30 Me Too                                   10:00 BBC World News                          00:40 Dirty Jobs                                   23:40 2012 Apocalypse                                                                             22:00 Good Eats- Special                     09:20 Danny And Daddy Duet
                                               10:30 World Business Report                   01:35 Worst-Case Scenario                                                                         04:10 Sexiest                                      22:50 Food Network Challenge                 09:25 Igloo Gloo
04:50 Tweenies                                                                                                                                                                                 05:05 Extreme Hollywood
05:10 Teletubbies                              10:45 Sport Today                             02:30 Ultimate Survival                                                                                                                              23:40 Good Eats- Special                     09:35 Baby Antonio’s Circus
                                               11:00 BBC World News                          03:25 Mega Builders                                                                               06:00 THS                                                                                       09:40 Ava Riko Teo
05:35 Charlie And Lola                                                                                                                                                                         07:50 Behind The Scenes
05:45 Me Too                                   11:30 Peschardt’s Business People             04:20 Mythbusters                                                                                                                                                                                 09:55 Clay Play
                                               12:00 BBC World News                          05:15 How It’s Made                                                                               08:20 E! News                                                                                   10:00 Jarmies
06:05 Tweenies                                                                                                                                                                                 09:15 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane
06:25 Teletubbies                              12:30 World Business Report                   05:40 How Stuff’s Made                                                                                                                                                                            10:12 See The Sea
                                               12:45 Sport Today                             06:05 Dirty Jobs                                   DISNEY CHANNEL                                 10:15 20 Acts Of Love Gone Wrong                                                                10:15 Igloo Gloo
06:50 Charlie And Lola                                                                                                                                                                         12:05 E! News
07:05 Me Too                                   13:00 BBC World News                          07:00 Mega Builders                                00:00 Kim Possible                                                                                                                             10:25 Danny And Daddy Duet
                                               13:30 World Business Report                   07:50 American Chopper                             00:25 Fairly Odd Parents                       13:05 Giuliana And Bill                            FOX SPORTS                                   10:30 Benjamin’s Farm
07:25 Tweenies                                                                                                                                                                                 14:05 Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami
07:45 Teletubbies                              13:45 Sport Today                             08:45 How Stuff’s Made                             01:15 Stitch                                                                                      01:00 Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour             10:40 Zoo Mix
                                               14:00 GMT With George Alagiah                 09:10 How It’s Made                                02:00 Replacements                             14:35 E! Es                                        02:00 Major League Baseball                  10:47 Jarmies
08:10 Charlie And Lola                                                                                                                                                                         16:25 Behind The Scenes
08:20 Me Too                                   15:00 BBC World News                          09:40 Mythbusters                                  02:50 Emperors New School                                                                         05:00 Champions Tour                         11:00 James The Cat
                                               15:30 World Business Report                   10:30 Cake Boss                                    03:35 Stitch                                   16:55 Kourtney And Kim Take New York               07:00 Golf Channel Programming               11:10 Ava Riko Teo
08:40 Tweenies                                                                                                                                                                                 17:55 E! News
09:00 Teletubbies                              15:45 Sport Today                             10:55 Border Security                              04:25 Replacements                                                                                09:00 Golf Central International             11:25 Clay Play
                                               16:00 Impact                                  11:25 Street Customs 2008                          05:15 Fairly Odd Parents                       18:55 Kendra                                       09:30 Golf Channel Programming               11:30 See The Sea
09:25 Charlie And Lola                                                                                                                                                                         19:55 E! Es
09:40 My Family                                16:30 Our World                               12:20 Ultimate Survival                            06:00 Emperors New School                                                                         10:00 PGA Tour                               11:33 Zoo Mix
                                               17:00 Impact                                  13:15 Mythbusters                                  06:20 Phineas And Ferb                         20:55 Chelsea Lately                               13:00 Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour             11:40 Igloo Gloo
10:40 The Weakest Link                                                                                                                                                                         21:25 Kendra
11:25 Full Circle With Michael Palin           17:30 World Business Report                   14:10 LA Ink                                       06:45 Kim Possible                                                                                14:00 Super Bowl Highlights                  11:50 Danny And Daddy Duet
                                               17:45 Sport Today                             15:05 Dirty Jobs                                   07:05 Suite Life On Deck                       21:55 Holly’s World                                15:00 America’s Game                         11:55 Benjamin’s Farm
12:15 Doctors                                                                                                                                                                                  22:25 E! News
12:45 Eastenders                               18:00 World Have Your Say                     16:00 Street Customs 2008                          07:30 Fish Hooks                                                                                  16:00 European Tour                          12:05 Barney And Friends
                                               19:00 The Hub With Nik Gowing                 16:55 Mythbusters                                  07:55 Wizards Of Waverly Place                 23:25 Chelsea Lately                               19:30 Major League Baseball                  12:30 Ava Riko Teo
13:15 Casualty                                                                                                                                                                                 23:55 Kourtney And Kim Take New York
14:10 My Family                                19:30 BBC World News                          17:50 Extreme Fishing                              08:20 Fairly Odd Parents                                                                          22:00 PGA Tour                               12:45 Jarmies
15:40 Full Circle With Michael Palin           19:40 Weekend World                           19:10 Border Security                              08:35 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                                                                                                                   13:00 Oswald
16:30 The Weakest Link                         20:00 The Hub With Nik Gowing                 19:40 Industrial Junkie                            09:00 Handy Manny                                                                                                                              13:25 Anthony Ant
17:15 Doctors                                  20:30 World Business Report                   20:05 Man, Woman, Wild                             09:25 Special Agent Oso                                                                                                                        13:50 Toddworld
17:45 Eastenders                               20:45 Sport Today                             21:00 Mega Builders                                09:50 Jungle Junction                                                                                                                          14:05 Dragon
18:15 Casualty                                 21:00 World News Today w/ Zeinab Badawi       21:55 Olympic Park Machines With Jonny Smith       10:10 Imagination Movers                                                                                                                       14:30 Dorothy The Dinosaur
19:10 Full Circle With Michael Palin           21:30 World Have Your Say Extra               22:50 Mighty Ships                                 10:35 Phineas And Ferb                                                                                                                         14:45 Barney And Friends
                                               21:40 Weekend World                           23:45 Extreme Fishing                              10:50 Suite Life On Deck                       EXTREME SPORTS                                     INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY                      15:10 Tigga And Togga
20:00 The Weakest Link                                                                                                                                                                         00:15 Fantasy Factory
20:45 Doctors                                  22:00 BBC World News                                                                             11:15 Wizards Of Waverly Place                                                                    00:30 Ghost Lab                              15:15 Bob The Builder
                                               22:30 Middle East Business Report                                                                11:35 Good Luck Charlie                        00:40 Mantracker                                   01:20 A Haunting                             15:35 Thomas And Friends
21:15 The Planets                                                                                                                                                                              01:30 World Combat League
22:05 Jekyll                                   23:00 BBC World News America                                                                     12:00 Shake It Up                                                                                 02:10 On The Case With Paula Zahn            15:45 Tigga And Togga
                                               23:30 Peschardt’s Business People                                                                12:25 Fairly Odd Parents                       02:20 Fantasy Factory                              03:00 True Crime Scene                       15:50 Kipper
22:55 Supernova                                                                                                                                                                                03:10 Aiya TV
23:30 Taking The Flak                                                                                                                           12:45 Phineas And Ferb                                                                            03:50 Dr G: Medical Examiner                 16:00 Wild Life
                                                                                                                                                13:10 Hannah Montana                           04:00 IFMXF 2010                                   04:45 Crime Scene Psychics                   16:10 Oswald
                                                                                             DISCOVERY HD SHOWCASE                              13:30 Sonny With A Chance                      04:50 Mantracker                                   05:15 Ghost Lab                              16:35 Anthony Ant
                                                                                             00:30 Deadliest Catch                              13:55 Wizards Of Waverly Place                 05:40 World Combat League                          06:10 Life Or Death: Medical Mysteries       17:00 Dorothy The Dinosaur
                                                                                             01:20 Chasing Classic Cars                         14:20 Suite Life On Deck                       06:30 iEX 2009                                     07:00 Forensic Detectives                    17:15 Wild Life
                                                                                             02:10 Ultimate Journeys                            14:40 Have A Laugh                             07:00 iEX 2009                                     07:50 CSU                                    17:20 Kipper
                                               CARTOON NETWORK                               03:00 American Icon: The Hot Rod                   14:55 Good Luck Charlie                        08:00 Kenny Belaey’s Big Time                      08:40 Mystery Diagnosis                      17:30 Bob The Builder
                                               00:05 Cow And Chicken                         03:25 Chasing Classic Cars                         15:20 Phineas And Ferb                         08:25 LG Action Sports World...                    09:30 Real Emergency Calls                   17:50 Thomas And Friends
BBC LIFESTYLE                                  00:30 Cramp Twins                             03:55 The Reinventors                              15:40 Wizards Of Waverly Place                 09:15 LG Action Sports World...                    10:20 On The Case With Paula Zahn            18:00 Tigga And Togga
00:15 Great British Menu                       00:55 George Of The Jungle                    04:25 Sunrise Earth                                16:00 Sonny With A Chance                      10:05 Ticket To Ride 2009/2010                     11:10 FBI Files                              18:05 Dragon
01:10 Come Dine With Me                        01:20 Adrenalini Brothers                     05:20 Da Vinci’s Machines                          16:25 Suite Life On Deck                       10:55 Winter X Games 14 2010                       12:00 Murder Shift                           18:30 Tigga And Togga
02:00 Home For Life                            01:45 Eliot Kid                               06:10 Invisible Worlds                             17:35 Wizards Of Waverly Place                 11:45 Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challa     12:50 The Prosecutors                        18:35 Barney And Friends
02:45 Great British Menu                       02:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy                          07:00 Man On Earth With Tony Robinson              18:00 Good Luck Charlie                        12:10 Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challa     13:40 Mystery Diagnosis                      19:00 Jakers! The Adventures Of Piggley Winks
03:10 Great British Menu                       02:35 Ben 10: Alien Force                     07:50 Way Of Life                                  18:45 Thirteenth Year                          13:25 Ride Guide Mountainbike 2009                 14:30 Real Emergency Calls                   19:25 Anton
04:05 Great British Menu                       03:00 The Powerpuff Girls                     08:40 Ultimate Journeys                            20:25 Sonny With A Chance                      14:15 World Combat League                          15:20 On The Case With Paula Zahn            19:30 Angelina Ballerina
05:00 Indian Food Made Easy                    03:15 Chowder                                 09:30 Powering The Future                          21:12 Have A Laugh                             15:05 Winter X Games 14 2010                       16:10 Forensic Detectives                    19:45 Megaminimals
05:45 Daily Cooks Challenge                    03:40 The Secret Saturdays                    10:20 The Reinventors                              21:15 Phineas And Ferb                         15:55 Tread BMX                                    17:00 CSU                                    20:00 The Magic Key Adventures
06:15 Daily Cooks Challenge                    04:05 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey               10:45 Mythbusters                                  21:35 Fairly Odd Parents                       16:45 Kenny Belaey’s Big Time                      17:50 FBI Files                              20:15 Pingu
07:05 Chuck’s Day Off                          04:30 Ben 10: Alien Force                     11:35 Chasing Classic Cars                         22:00 Replacements                             17:10 LG Action Sports World...                    18:40 Mystery Diagnosis                      20:25 Rubbadubbers
07:35 Indian Food Made Easy                    04:55 Best Ed                                 12:25 American Chopper                             22:25 Hannah Montana                           18:50 Ticket To Ride 2009/2010                     19:30 Real Emergency Calls                   20:35 Jakers! The Adventures Of Piggley Winks
08:00 Antiques Roadshow                        05:20 Skunk Fu!                               13:15 Mega Beasts                                  22:50 Sonny With A Chance                      19:40 Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challa     20:20 Murder Shift                           21:00 Anton
08:50 Great British Menu                       05:45 Cramp Twins                             14:05 Deadliest Catch                              23:15 Wizards Of Waverly Place                 20:30 Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challa     21:10 The Prosecutors                        21:05 Angelina Ballerina
09:15 Great British Menu                       06:10 Eliot Kid                               14:55 How Stuff’s Made                             23:35 Jonas                                    21:20 Winter X Games 14 2010                       22:00 Murder Shift                           21:20 Megaminimals
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21:35   Pingu                                     19:00 Curious George                          10:15   A Knight’s Tale                                                                                                                   03:25    Fall Flight                            19:50   Fashion Avenue
21:45   The Magic Key Adventures                  21:00 Forces Of Nature                        12:30   Gone In Sixty Seconds                                                                                                             04:15    The Wingshooter                        20:20   Clean House Comes Clean
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09:00   The Man In The Iron Mask                  16:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita                11:30 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno                                                     23:00 Live MSNBC The Dylan Ratigan Show          03:55 Tunnellers                                03:30 Angry Planet
11:00   Out For A Kill                            17:00 Food Lovers Guide To The Planet         12:30 Dharma And Greg                                                                                                                     04:50 Pawn Stars                                04:00 Globe Trekker
13:00   All The King’s Men                        17:30 Exploring The Vine                      13:00 Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne                                                                                                        05:40 Ancient Discoveries                       05:00 The Big Fish
15:00   Commando                                  18:00 Market Values                           13:30 Malcolm In The Middle             OSN MOVIES COMEDY                                                                                 06:30 Life After People                         05:30 Word Travels
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19:00   Double Whammy                             20:00 Don’t Tell My Mother                    14:30 Community                         02:00 Exterminators                                                                               08:10 Modern Marvels                            06:30 Chef Abroad
21:00   The Greatest Game Ever Played             21:00 By Any Means                            15:00 Melissa And Joey                  04:00 The Proposal                                                                                09:00 Ax Men 3                                  07:00 Globe Trekker
23:00   Catwoman                                  22:00 Pressure Cook                           15:30 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart   06:00 Dirty Work                                 OSN PREMIERE                                     09:55 Tunnellers                                08:00 Inside Luxury Travel- Varun Sharma
                                                  22:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita                16:00 The Colbert Report                08:00 Tom And Huck                               00:00 Jake’s Closet                              10:50 Pawn Stars                                09:00 Megalopolis
                                                  23:00 Food Lovers Guide To The Planet         16:30 The Drew Carey Show               10:00 Ed                                         02:00 Hachiko: A Dog’s Story                     11:40 Ancient Discoveries                       10:00 The Big Fish
                                                  23:30 Exploring The Vine                      17:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon      12:00 Daddy Day Care                             04:00 The Lizzie McGuire Movie                   12:30 Life After People                         10:30 The Seasoned Traveler
                                                                                                18:00 Friends                           14:00 Chasing Papi                               06:00 My Son, My Son, What Have You Done?        13:20 UFO Files                                 11:00 Working Holiday
                                                                                                18:30 8 Simple Rules ...                16:00 Three And Out                              08:00 Flicka 2                                   14:10 Modern Marvels                            12:00 Globe Trekker
                                                                                                19:00 Outsourced                        18:00 Patch Adams                                10:00 9                                          15:00 Ax Men 3                                  13:00 Distant Shores
MBC 4                                                                                                                                   20:00 Just Buried                                12:00 Hachiko: A Dog’s Story
00:00   Moment of Truth                                                                         19:30 Modern Family                                                                                                                       15:55 Tunnellers                                13:30 The Thirsty Traveler
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01:00   Heck Mnghani                                                                                                                                                                     16:00 Flicka 2
04:00   Entertainment Tonight and Insider                                                       21:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart                                                                                                     17:40 Ancient Discoveries                       14:30 Inside Luxury Travel- Varun Sharma
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04:45   Late Show with David Letterman            00:00 World’s Deadliest Animals               22:00 Funny Or Die Presents                                                                                                               19:20 UFO Files                                 16:00 Globe Trekker
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05:30   Crossroads
07:00   Superstars Of Dances                      01:55 Python Hunters                          23:00 Family Guy                                                                                                                          21:00 The Universe                              17:00 The Big Fish
07:45   Entertainment Tonight and Insider         02:50 Wild Nights                             23:30 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon                                                                                                        21:55 Prehistoric Monsters Revealed             17:30 Grannies On Safari
                                                  03:45 My Life Is A Zoo                                                                OSN MOVIES FESTIVAL                                                                               23:40 Giganto: The Real King Kong               18:00 Distant Shores
08:00   The Insider                                                                                                                     01:00 Tiptoes
08:15   Late Show with David Letterman            04:40 Blue-Collar Dogs                                                                                                                                                                                                                  18:30 The Thirsty Traveler
                                                  05:35 Animal Autopsy                                                                  03:00 Intersection                                                                                                                                19:00 Globe Trekker
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09:30   Friends                                   06:30 Alaskan Killer Shark                                                                                                                                                                                                              20:00 Globe Trekker
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10:15   Superstars Of Dances                      08:20 Restless Planet                                                                                                                                                                                                                   21:30 Distant Shores
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12:00   The Biggest Loser                         10:10 Wild Nights                                                                                                                                                                                                                       22:30 Travel Today
                                                  11:05 My Life Is A Zoo                        00:00 The Cape                          15:00 The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond             03:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights         THE STYLE NETWORK                               23:00 Globe Trekker
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21:00   Moment of Truth                           16:00 Amazon Claws
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                                                  21:00 Triumph Of Life                         09:30 The Gates                                                                          18:00 International Rugby League                 07:00 Big Boutique                              01:00   Greatest Hits
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03:30 Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse                                                       14:00 Live Good Morning America         09:00 Astro Boy                                                                                   12:50 Clean House                               11:00   Music For The Masses
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10         Friday, May 6, 2011

                                     ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER   3, 2006

                                                                        ADEL ALI BIN ALI
                                                                        MANAGING DIRECTOR
                                                                                                                           America’s Vengeance
          DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI                                 AJIT KUMAR JHA
          EDITOR -IN-CHIEF                                             EDITOR                                        Though US has right to grieve, bin Laden’s death was an extra-judicial killing
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                                                                                                                    N one episode of The Simpsons                                         GARY YOUNGE | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE
                                                                                                                    the school bell rings, prompting
                                                                                                                    the students to sprint for the door
                                     Eastside                                                                       before the end of a history lesson.
                                                                                                                    The teacher pleads with them to
                                                                                                              let him finish. “Wait a minute! “ he

    Embarrassment for Pakistan
                                                                                                              says. “You didn’t learn how World War
                                                                                                              II ended!” There’s silence as the class
                                                                                                              waits expectantly. “We won!” shouts
                                                                                                              the teacher. Delighted, the class
The way US accomplished the task exposes chinks in Islamabad’s defence                                        cheers, as one: “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!”
                                                                                                                 The patriotic impulse in American
                                                                                                              society is intense and pervasive. The

N   OT since Abdul Qadeer Khan confessed
    to transferring nuclear technology to
Iran and Libya has Pakistan suffered such
                                                      up by the Americans to destroy evidence.
                                                         We are to believe that all of this took
                                                      place without the knowledge of the
                                                                                                              kind of national fervour reserved else-
                                                                                                              where for occasional events like royal
                                                                                                              weddings, World Cup victories or
embarrassment. Right under our military’s             Pakistani authorities, at least according to            major tragedies is a dormant reflex
nose was found Osama bin Laden, the most              the official line. Both the Foreign Office              waiting for a trigger. The flags are
wanted man of the decade, living in relative          statement on Monday and President                       always out; the pledge is recited every
comfort in a compound with stringent                  Zardari’s column in the Washington Post                 day in schools. The muscle that con-
security that somehow went unnoticed.                 deny Pakistani involvement in the opera-                verts shared citizenship into a form of
Nor was this man simply an enemy of other             tion. All this leaves us with is multiple               national genius is well-trained and
countries; he and his ideology have exacted           sources of embarrassment and worry. It                  prepared. By the early hours of Sunday
a stunning death toll in Pakistan over the            implies that foreign military helicopters               morning, as hundreds poured into the
last few years. Add to this the way he was            were able to travel undetected across our               streets to celebrate the death of Osama
killed, and embarrassment turns into deep             airspace, transporting highly trained oper-             bin Laden, it was flexed and ready to
shame.                                                atives who conducted a dramatic operation               do battle.
   US forces operating                                                   without being interrupt-                By lunchtime Jack Bauer, the terror-
independently           of                                               ed by any Pakistani law-             fighting star of the television series 24,
Pakistani authorities                                                    enforcement agency or                was trending on Twitter. In the
flew from the Afghan                                                     the military. The logical            evening Comedy Central’s leftwing
border across our terri-                                                 conclusion of this is that           dynamic duo took the baton. Jon
tory to Abbottabad in                                                    our defences, including              Stewart declared: “We’re back, baby,” .
helicopters and then                                                     radars that can identify             The comment may have been half in
conducted a 40minute                                                     foreign aircraft, are                jest, but the audience cheered in
fire fight at bin Laden’s                                                shockingly weak. If so, it           earnest.
safe house near the                                                      is legitimate to ask how                While many nations suffered from
Pakistan         Military                                                the defence budget this              Al Qaeda’s terrorism and few in the
Academy. They killed                                                     country can ill afford is            world will mourn bin Laden’s death,
bin Laden and flew off                                                   being      spent,     and            the United States is the only place          it. Coming eight years to the day after                           Given the nature of the 9/11 attacks
with his body. In the                                                    whether other countries              where it sparked spontaneous out-            George W Bush landed on the USS                                a popular desire for vengeance in the
process, one helicopter                                                  would be able to infil-              pourings of raucous jubilation.              Abraham Lincoln to announce                                    US is a perfectly understandable and
crashed for technical                                                    trate Pakistani territory               The national unity that Barack            “Mission accomplished” in Iraq, news                           legitimate emotional response. It is
reasons and was blown                                                    as easily as America did.            Obama has sought to harness follow-          of bin Laden’s death was yet another                           not, however, a foreign policy. And if
                                                                                                              ing the announcement is indeed eerily        mediated milestone in this war on an                           vengeance is a comprehensible human
                                                                                                              familiar. Albeit in joy rather than sor-                                                                    emotion then empathy is no less so.
                                                                                                              row, it’s the same kind of unity that        The frustration of the last                                       Americans have a right to grieve and
                                    Westside                                                                  followed 9/11. It is also the same kind
                                                                                                              of unity that rallies around flags, dis-       decade, during which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          remember those who died on 9/11. But
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          they have no monopoly on memory,
                                                                                                              misses dissent and disdains reflection.        the limits of America’s                                      grief or anger. Hundreds and thou-

                     Baseless Criticism                                                                                                                              military
                                                                                                              And however comforting it may have                                                                          sands of innocent Afghanis, Iraqis and
                                                                                                              been at the time, the consequences of                                                                       Pakistanis have been murdered as a
                                                                                                              that kind of unity has been disastrous.        superiority were tested                                      result of America’s response to 9/11. If
                                                                                                                 The reason bin Laden’s death was a         and found wanting, had                                        it’s righteous vengeance they’re after,
Instead of deriding Obama, GOP should take care of economic issues                                            source of such elation is in part
                                                                                                              because almost every other American
                                                                                                                                                           their outlet in the murder                                     Americans would not be first in line.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fortunately it is not a competition, and
                                                                                                              response to 9/11 is regarded as a par-         of a single man at the                                       there is enough misery to go around.

P   RESIDENT Barack Obama’s display of
    leadership in directing the killing of
Osama bin Laden raises the prospect that
                                                      Egypt’s transition and in Libya, but it was
                                                      not because, as the popular conservative
                                                      blog RedState said, he is a “trainee presi-
                                                                                                              tial or total failure. Two thirds of the
                                                                                                              people believe that the Iraq invasion
                                                                                                              was not worth it, and the country is
                                                                                                                                                           hands of a crack team of
                                                                                                                                                                 US Navy Seals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             But those who chant “We killed bin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Laden” cannot display their identifica-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tion with American power so com-
American politics can move away from                  dent.”                                                  evenly divided on the issue of whether                                                                      pletely and then expect others to
mindless debates over the president’s loy-              One clear sign of Republican unease is                the invasion Afghanistan is a good           abstract noun. Like the capture of                             understand it as partial. The American
alties and fortitude. Perhaps the 2012                that some, like Rick Santorum, are trying               idea. The public mostly supports keep-       Saddam Hussein, the murder of bin                              military has done many things in this
campaign might even shift to real issues,             to claim that bin Laden’s killing was an                ing Guantanamo open - but nonethe-           Laden changes little. Al Qaeda was                             region. Killing bin Laden is just one of
like the economy and the major parties’               isolated event that proves nothing. That                less concedes that doing so will fuel        never a top-down organisation, and                             them.
competing visions of government’s role.               argument sounds hollow and desperate,                   anti-American sentiment.                     was in decline anyhow - and the prin-                             If “they” killed bin Laden in
The baseless critique of Obama as a fright-           and most Republicans are giving the pres-                  So the frustration of the last decade,    cipal reason for its waning fortunes is                        Abbottabad then “they” also bombed a
ened lamb among the world’s wolves was                ident the credit he deserves. There is still            during which the limits of America’s         the uprisings in the Arab world, revolts                       large number of wedding parties in
started in the 2008 campaign when                     plenty of room for them to make political-              military superiority were tested and         that have mostly taken place against                           Afghanistan, “they” murdered 24 Iraqi
Senators John McCain and Hillary                      ly coded attacks on Obama’s domestic                    found wanting, had their outlet in the       America’s client states.                                       civilians in Haditha and “they” gang-
Rodham Clinton derided his ability to                 policies that have nothing to do with real              murder of a single man at the hands of         But to suggest that “justice has been                        raped a 14-year-old before murdering
manage world affairs. “The myth that he               substance – saying he is a socialist who is             a crack team of US Navy Seals.               done”, as President Obama did on                               her, her six-year-old sister and their
was a naive hand-wringer persisted,                   trying to redistribute wealth, for example.                Having effectively declared war on        Sunday night, seems perverse. This                             parents near Mahmudiyah. If “they”
despite his decisions to reduce troops in             But if – oh, if – they now make the 2012                the world it is hardly a surprise that       was not justice, it was an extra-judicial                      don’t want to be associated with the
Iraq, strengthen them in Afghanistan and              race about issues that really matter, such              bin Laden would come to this kind of         execution. If you shoot a man twice in                         atrocities then “they” need to find
join a coalition to halt the Qadhafi                  as rebuilding the economy and the future                end.                                         the head you do not find him guilty.                           more to celebrate than an assassina-
regime’s bloodshed in Libya. His adminis-             of the government safety net, the nation                   This was not so much the exercise of      You find him dead. This was revenge.                           tion. Vengeance is, in no small part,
tration took too long to find its footing on          will get the campaign it needs.                         American power as the performance of         And it was served very cold indeed.                            what got us here. It won’t get us out.
                                        (The Dawn / The NYT)

                                   Call For Homegrown Cricket Coach
                             Duncan Fletcher lifted England from rock bottom in the Test rankings in 1999 to new heights

           NDIAN cricket may currently be                      Among those criticising the two-               HUW RICHARDS | IHT-NYT SYNDICATE        dits and the media attention.                                India’s media are vast, voracious
           monarch of all it surveys, but it                 year deal given to Fletcher were two                                                        Nasser     Hussain,     who      was                    and highly competitive in covering the
           is still not too proud to look out-               of India’s most revered former play-          Sunil Gavaskar, India’s                    England’s captain when Fletcher                            nation’s most popular sport. Fletcher’s
           side for the right sort of assis-
           tance. That is the clear message
                                                               Sunil Gavaskar, India’s greatest
                                                                                                          greatest batsman before                     became coach there in 1999, wrote
                                                                                                                                                      this week in the Daily Mail, “The first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 record as a coach – he lifted England
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from the bottom of the Test rankings
     of the decision to appoint the                          batsman before its current legend,                its current legend,                    thing that Duncan said to me when                          in 1999 to victory six years later over
     Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher, 62, as                      Sachin Tendulkar, and Kapil Dev, its           Sachin Tendulkar, and                     we came together as England captain                        Australia in the greatest series of
     India’s new national team coach. It                     best-ever all-rounder. Both thought it                                                   and coach was that the captain was                         cricket’s most enduring rivalry –
     makes him India’s fourth consecutive                    was time for a home-grown
                                                                                                           Kapil Dev, its best-ever                   the man in charge, the spokesman,                          means he takes the India job with a
     coach from overseas, after the New                      appointee.                                   all-rounder. Both thought                   and that the coach should be the man                       much higher profile than the under-
     Zealander John Wright, the                                Gavaskar told NDTV, an Indian                    it was time for a                     dealing with the off-field issues.”                        stated Kirsten.
     Australian Greg Chappell and, most                      network, “There is a perception and a                                                       That division of labour also suits                        And while he took over England
     recently, the South African Gary                        wrong one that an Indian can be               home-grown appointee.                      India’s captain, Mahendra Singh                            when the only way to go was up, India
     Kirsten, who quit as a hero last                        influenced and that he will get                                                          Dhoni. Fletcher wrote during the                           can only go in the other direction. Its
     month after leading his team to a vic-                  involved in politics. You are presum-        don’t change it.”                           World Cup, “I have studied Dhoni                           vast population increasingly assumes
     tory in the World Cup.                                  ing that he cannot be a strong per-            Fletcher came highly recommend-           closely over the years, and these days I                   victory should be the norm.
       It means Zimbabwe, though unable                      son.”                                        ed by Kirsten, who worked with him          am impressed with every single aspect                        And it will do so even as Indian
     to sustain Test cricket, has filled the                   Their viewpoint found support              when Kirsten was a player with the          of what he does,” praising him in par-                     cricket’s greatest generation heads for
     two highest profile coaching jobs in                    from one of the smartest Asian play-         South African team Western                  ticular for his leadership style. “As a                    retirement. Tendulkar is 38. So is his
     the sport. Fletcher’s compatriot,                       ers today, Sri Lanka’s former captain,       Province. Bowling coach Eric Simons,        captain he has the great gift of being                     fellow batting star Rahul Dravid, while
     Andy Flower, 43, extended his con-                      Kumar Sangakkara. “It is important           another South African, will be a            proactive rather than reactive in his                      middle-order man Vangipurappu
     tract with England this week.                           that homegrown coaching ability and          holdover from Kirsten’s team.               decision-making.”                                          Laxman is 36. Still harder to replace,
       While there were few dissenting                       talent is exploited to the fullest, like       So, too, will be a similar approach          Strong on-field leadership should                       and potentially the first to depart, is
     voices in England- Flower has led his                   homegrown playing talent and abili-          to the division of responsibility           allow Fletcher to concentrate on his                       left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan who
     team to its first ever global title, the                ty,” he told NDTV.                           between coach and captain, always a         off-field strengths of analysis and                        will be 33 in October.
     World Twenty20, and its first back-                       But only Australia among Test              potential source of tension.                advice.                                                      Coaching India is a job for someone
     to-back, home and away victories                        nations continues to assert that the           Fletcher, like Kirsten, is happy for         Fletcher can also, if he chooses,                       who likes a challenge. Fortunately for
     over its arch-rival Australia since the                 national coach must be a native. For         the captain, rather than the coach, to      avoid dealing with the media. He has                       Indian cricket, and himself, Duncan
     1980s – there were plenty in India.                     India, it is a case of “if it isn’t broke,   be the man out front taking the plau-       never liked dealing with the media.                        Fletcher is precisely that.

                                                                                                                                                                            THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY.
                                                                                                             ANALYSIS                                                                                        Friday, May 6, 2011
                                                                                                             Yes, the bad guys have been
      Health is                                                                                              dealt a blow across the Arab
                                                                                                             world in the last few months –
                                                                                                             not only Al Qaeda, but the whole
      Wealth                                                  Tight Leash
                                                                                                             rogues’ gallery of dictators,
                                                                                                             whose soft bigotry of low
                                                                                                             expectations for their people
      MAUREEN SALAMON | HEALTHDAY                             THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN | NYT NEWS SERVICE                                                                                                DAVID GRAHAM | THE DAILY BEAST
                                                                                                             had kept the Arab world behind.

                                                           END LADENISM
Debate Over Salt                                                                                                                                                                              Revealing Osama’s
Intake & Heart                                                                                                                                                                                Married Life
Disease Risks                                                                                                                                                                                 H    OURS after Deputy National Security

                                                            WITH BALLOT
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Adviser John Brennan said at a press con-
                                                                                                                                                                                              ference that Osama bin Laden had used a

T   HE prevailing wisdom that high salt intake
    raises cardiovascular risks is being challenged
by a new European study that suggests the
                                                                                                                                                                                              woman believed to be his wife as a human
                                                                                                                                                                                              shield during the raid that killed him, the
                                                                                                                                                                                              White House walked back its initial claim, say-
opposite. The Polish and Belgian researchers                                                                                                                                                  ing that it was unclear whether the woman was
acknowledge that all of the study volunteers                                                                                                                                                  used as a human shield and saying she was not
were younger and white, and that may have                                                                                                                                                     his wife. Instead, Bin Laden’s wife was injured
skewed the results.                                               Can the moderates step in and build a new Arab future?                                                                      but not killed in the raid.
   Analysing urine sodium tests from 3,681 par-                                                                                                                                                  As the expression goes, behind every great
ticipants with no previous cardiovascular dis-                                                                                                                                                man stands a great woman. Osama bin Laden

ease, the scientists found that lower sodium                       HERE is only one good thing          pling deficits of freedom, women’s         ed psychopath and false messiah, he        showed himself to be something else, reversing
excretion was associated with an increased risk                    about the fact that Osama            empowerment and education                  preached that only through violence        the formula during the raid that killed him on
of heart-related deaths and higher sodium                          bin Laden survived for near-         across the Arab world.                     – only by destroying these Arab            Monday night, ignominiously hiding behind
excretion was not linked to increased risks for                    ly 10 years after the mass             These deficits nurtured a pro-           regimes and their American backers         one of his wives as Navy SEALs stormed the
high blood pressure or complications from heart                    murder at the World Trade            found sense of humiliation among           – could the Arab people end their          compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where he
disease.                                                   Center and the Pentagon that he              Arabs at how far behind they had           humiliation, restore justice and           was hiding, according to the White House.
   The study is published in the May 4 issue of            organised. And that is that he lived                                                    build some mythical uncorrupted               Like much about him, bin Laden’s family life
the Journal of the American Medical                        long enough to see so many young                 Very few Arabs                         caliphate.                                 is partially shrouded in confusion. However,
Association.                                               Arabs repudiate his ideology. He                                                           Very few Arabs actively supported       it’s generally believed that he has been married
   Study author Dr. Katarzyna Stolarz-Skrzypek             lived long enough to see Arabs from          actively supported bin                     bin Laden, but he initially drew sig-      five times, having divorced one of his wives. He
said she and her colleagues were surprised at the          Tunisia to Egypt to Yemen to Syria           Laden, but he initially                    nificant passive support for his defi-     may have anywhere between 12 and 24 chil-
results, but noted they mirrored previous find-            rise up peacefully to gain the digni-           drew significant                        ance of America, the Arab regimes          dren.
ings by US researchers in the National Health              ty, justice and self-rule that bin                                                      and Israel. But as Al Qaeda was put           Bin Laden first married when he was 17,
and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES).                Laden claimed could be obtained               passive support for                       on the run, and spent most of its          entering a union with Najwa Ghanem, a Syrian
   The nearly 3,000 participants in the US stud-           only by murderous violence and a                 his defiance of                        energies killing other Muslims who         cousin of his, in 1974. The couple later became
ies, however, had been instructed to avoid high-
salt foods for four to five days before sodium
                                                           return to puritanical Islam.
                                                              We did our part. We killed bin
                                                                                                          America, the Arab                        didn’t toe its line, even its passive
                                                                                                                                                   support melted away (except for the
                                                                                                                                                                                              estranged, and in 2009 she and Omar bin
                                                                                                                                                                                              Laden, Osama’s oldest son, wrote a memoir
excretion measurements were taken.                         Laden with a bullet. Now the Arab             regimes and Israel.                       demented leadership of Hamas).             called Growing Up Bin Laden about their life
Participants in Stolarz-Skrzypek’s study were              and Muslim people have a chance to                                                         In that void, with no hope of any-      with him. Osama later decided that
not asked to cut salt intake beforehand.                   do their part – kill Bin Ladenism            fallen, a profound hunger to control       one else riding to their rescue, it        polygamy—an ancient Islamic custom that has
   “Our findings do not support the current rec-           with a ballot – that is, with real elec-     their own futures and a pervasive          seems – in the totally unpredictable       declined in many parts of the Muslim world
ommendations of a generalised and indiscrimi-              tions, with real constitutions, real         sense of injustice in their daily lives.   way these things happen – that the         but remains more common on the Arabian
nate reduction of salt intake at the population            political parties and real progressive       That is what is most striking about        Arab publics in Tunisia, Egypt,            Peninsula—was the appropriate way to lead his
level,” said Stolarz-Skrzypek, a cardiologist at           politics.                                    the Arab uprisings in Egypt and            Yemen and elsewhere shucked off            life, and commented that four wives was the
Jagiellonian University Medical College in                    Yes, the bad guys have been dealt         Tunisia in particular. They were           their fears and decided that they          easiest and most stable formulation, according
Krakow, Poland. “We believe that the con-                  a blow across the Arab world in the          almost apolitical. They were not           themselves would change what was           to Lawrence Wright’s book The Looming
sumers should be informed about risk related to            last few months – not only Al                about any ideology. They were pro-         going on out back by taking over           Tower. Wright also reported that Umm Ali, the
low- or high-salt diet and be free to choose the           Qaeda, but the whole rogues’ gallery         pelled by the most basic human             what was going on out front.               other divorced wife, requested a divorce after
consumed food. However, our findings do not                of dictators, whose soft bigotry of          longings for dignity, justice and to          And, most impressively, they            years of cool relations; bin Laden had sworn
negate the blood pressure-lowering effects of a            low expectations for their people            control one’s own life. Remember,          decided to do it under the banner of       never to request a divorce, allowing his wife to
dietary salt reduction in hypertensive patients.”          had kept the Arab world behind.              one of the first things Egyptians did      one word that you hear most often          do so.
   Over a 24-hour period, participants — whose             The question now, though, is: Can            was attack their own police stations       today among Syrian rebels:                    Here’s a list of bin Laden’s wives, along with
average age was nearly 41 — collected their own            the forces of decency get organised,         – the instruments of regime injus-         “Silmiyyah.” It means ‘peaceful.’          what is known about them:-Najwa Ghanem:
urine in a container for testing. Over a median            elected and start building a different       tice. And since millions of Arabs          “We will do this peacefully.” It is just   married 1974 when she was 14. Also known as
follow-up period of about eight years, cardiovas-          Arab future? That is the most                share these longings for dignity, jus-     the opposite of bin Ladenism. It is        Umm Abdullah (“mother of Abdullah”). She
cular deaths increased among those with the                important question. Everything else          tice and freedom, these revolutions        Arabs saying in their own way: We          says she had not been in contact with him since
lowest amounts of sodium in their urine.                   is noise.                                    are not going to go away.                  don’t want to be martyrs for bin           the September 11 attacks.
   Among 2,096 participants followed for only                 To understand that challenge, we             For decades, though, the Arab           Laden or pawns for Mubarak,                   Amal al Sada: married 2001, when she was
6.5 years, increasing sodium levels were not               need to recall, again, where bin             leaders were very adept at taking all      Assad, Qadhafi, Ben Ali and all the        15. Umm Ali: divorced 1996. Umm Hamza:
associated with high blood pressure, a finding             Ladenism came from. It emerged               that anger brewing out back and            rest. We want to be “citizens.” Not        married 1982. Umm Khaled: an Arabic
that contradicts many American studies.                    from a devil’s bargain between oil-          redirecting it onto the United States      all do, of course. Some prefer more        teacher.
   Dr Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiolo-            consuming countries and Arab dic-            and Israel. Yes, Israel’s own behav-       religious identities and sectarian            He was a difficult father, often remote and
gist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said         tators. We all – Europe, America,            iour at times fed the Arab sense of        ones. This is where the struggle will      consumed with jihad. While living in Sudan, he
she was “upset” by the research and feels its lim-         India, China – treated the Arab              humiliation and powerlessness, but         be.                                        reportedly sought to make his family’s life
itations should prevent it from being taken seri-          world as a collection of big gas sta-        it was not the primary cause. No              We cannot predict the outcome.          more austere, believing they were too coddled.
ously in the United States.                                tions, and all of us sent the same           matter. While the Chinese autocrats        All we can hope for is that this time      In 2002, The Guardian interviewed one of bin
   “The results are just so shocking,” Steinbaum           basic message to the petro-dicta-            said to their people, “We’ll take          there really will be a struggle of         Laden’s wives, who described how she and
said. But, “this was a strictly European popula-           tors: Keep the oil flowing, the prices       away your freedom and, in return,          ideas – that in a region where             three other wives each had separate houses in
tion, not our melting-pot-of-America mix. So               low and don’t bother Israel too              we’ll give you a steadily rising edu-      extremists go all the way and mod-         which they lived. “He did not like anybody to
this isn’t exactly pertaining to our population.”          much and you can treat your people           cation and standard of living,” the        erates tend to just go away, this time     talk to him,” she said. ”He became angry if I
   Stolarz-Skrzypek conceded that the number of            however you like, out back, where            Arab autocrats said, “We’ll take           will be different. The moderates will      tried to talk to him and I would therefore leave
cardiovascular events among such a young study             we won’t look. Bin Laden and his             away your freedom and give you the         be as passionate and committed as          him alone. He used to sit and think for a long
population might be small regardless of salt               followers were a product of all the          Arab-Israel conflict.”                     the extremists. If that happens, both      time and sleep very late. He did not sleep for
intake and that a single 24-hour collection of             pathologies that were allowed to                This was the toxic “out back” from      bin Laden and bin Ladenism will be         more than two or three hours. Though he was
urine might be insufficient to characterise an             grow in the dark out back – crip-            which bin Laden emerged. A twist-          resting at the bottom of the ocean.        beside me, I sometimes felt lonely.” He was as
individual’s habitual salt use.                                                                                                                                                               controlling of his wives as one might expect of
                                                                                                                                                                                              a strict Wahhabi Muslim, barring them from
                                                                                                                                                                                              leaving home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Omar bin Laden, in Growing Up Bin Laden,
                                                                                                                                                                                              described a father who was driven and ambi-
                                                                                                                                                                                              tious, always seeking to be best. He had little
                                                                                                                                                                                              time for family life and little patience for his

       Have                                                                                                                                                                                   family, beating his children with his trademark
                                                                                                                                                                                              accessory. “I tried to force him to show affec-
                                                                                                                                                                                              tion and was told that I made a pest of myself.

      your say                                                  War on terror
                                                      REFER to the report “Govt , US
                                                      vow to continue fight against mili-
                                                                                                             Targeting doctors
                                                                                                      APROPOS the report “Bahrain govt
                                                                                                      to try doctors for helping protest-
                                                                                                                                                   “We welcome the move to
                                                                                                                                                    name the new university
                                                                                                                                                   after visionary the Emir His
                                                                                                                                                                                              In fact, my annoying behaviour encouraged
                                                                                                                                                                                              him to start carrying his signature cane. As
                                                                                                                                                                                              time passed, he began caning me and my
                                                                                                                                                                                              brothers for the slightest infraction,” Omar
                                                                                                                                                                                              wrote in an excerpt. He recalled his break with
                                                      tancy” published on Wednesday.                  ers” published on Wednesday.                 Highness Sheikh Hamad bin                  his father, which came when Osama asked him
     Is there an issue you feel                          At a time when the Pakistan gov-
                                                      ernment is being criticised for
                                                                                                         It is unfortunate that several doc-
                                                                                                      tors and nurses who treated
                                                                                                                                                        Khalifa al Thani.”                    to volunteer to be a suicide bomber and Omar
                                                                                                                                                                                              refused. Upon demanding how he could ask
     strongly about, or an article                    shielding Osama bin Laden, its
                                                      firm commitment to the United
                                                                                                      injured anti-government protesters
                                                                                                      during months of unrest in the Gulf
                                                                                                                                                                R AKESH R ANJAN
                                                                                                                                                                     D OHA
                                                                                                                                                                                              such a thing of his sons, bin Laden replied,
                                                                                                                                                                                              “’You hold no more a place in my heart than
     you want to comment on? QT                       States to fight Islamist militancy              kingdom have been charged with                                                          any other man or boy in the entire country’…
     will carry your voice to the                     presented an opportunity to recon-
                                                      cile strained ties and find a solution
                                                                                                      acts against the state and will be
                                                                                                      tried in a military court.
                                                                                                                                                                                              My father hated his enemies more than he
                                                                                                                                                                                              loved his sons.” If a dysfunctional family envi-
     public and to places where it                    to the Afghan conflict.
                                                         Though senior officials from the
                                                                                                         I condemn the relentless pursuit
                                                                                                      of Shiite opposition supporters for
                                                                                                                                                                                              ronment growing up can explain how an adult
                                                                                                                                                                                              lives his or her life, it may be possible to trace a
     matters. Write to us at                          United States and Pakistan have                 demanding greater freedoms,                                                             line from Osama’s childhood to his own family
                                                      sought to play down the concerns                equal rights and an elected govern-                                                     life. His mother Alia was the fourth wife of his
                                                      in the aftermath of bin Laden’s                 ment in Bahrain.                                                                        father, sometimes called the “slave wife” by
                                                      killing, it seems there are deep divi-             The international rights groups                                                      more senior wives. She was just 14, and was—
                                                      sions between the two nations in                must be applauded for taking up                                                         like Najwa—a Syrian rather than a native
                      ADDRESS                         the strategy on war against terror .            the cudgels on behalf of the                                                            Saudi. His father Mohammed was distant
            PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar
                                                         Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf
                                                      Raza Gilani statement that the
                                                                                                      Bahrain medical professionals who
                                                                                                      treated injured demonstrators at
                                                                                                                                                    “16 left. One of the most                 and frequently travelled on business, according
                                                                                                                                                                                              to The Looming Tower, building a massive and
                     TELEPHONE                        entire nation is united on one plat-            the Salmaniya medical centre.                  incredible shows in my                   successful construction business. When Osama
               +974.44422077                          form to fight against extremism                    I was shocked to know the report              career. 50th anniv of                  was 4, Mohammed divorced her and married
                                                      may please the bosses in
                                                      Washington. But the US must
                                                                                                      by a US-based group that detailed
                                                                                                      attacks on physicians, medical staff
                                                                                                                                                     Freedom Rides. Without                   her to Mohammad al Attas, an executive at his
                                                                                                                                                                                              company. With his death in Abbottabad,
               +974.44416790                          realise that a stable government in             and patients “with weapons, beat-               them, there is no me.”                  Osama bin Laden leaves his children much as
                       EMAIL                          Pakistan is needed in the war                   ings and tear gas.” It is a violation               O PRAH W INFREY VIA T WITTER        Mohammed bin Laden left him: fatherless, but
                   against terror and for driving out              of the basic human rights of med-                                                       with his imposing, larger-than-life influence
                                                      Taliban from Afghanistan.                       ical professionals.                                                                     looming over them.
                                                                                  RIZWAN HAQ                                   SHABAZ AHMED                                                      (David Graham is a reporter for
                                                                                       DOHA                                            DOHA                                                   Newsweek covering politics, national
                                                                                                                                                                                              affairs, and business.)
12          Friday, May 6, 2011
                                                           PAKISTAN / SOUTH ASIA

UN flays appointment of minister accused of war crime in Nepal
              AFP                    Nepal, which is still struggling                                                                            the death of Lama, a school                                             Khanal’s United Marxist
          KATHMANDUI                 to recover from the decade-                                                                                 administrator, but none of            Human Rights                      Leninist party.
                                     long conflict between Maoist                                                                                 the accused has ever been             Watch has                           Maoist party spokesman
A MAOIST leader in Nepal             rebels and the state in which                                                                               brought to trial.                     urged Nepal to                    Dinanath Sharma said the new
accused of ordering a man’s          at least 16,000 people died.                                                                                  Human Rights Watch has              investigate his                   cabinet would focus on com-
death during the country’s civil        The UN condemned the                                                                                     urged Nepalese authorities to                                           pleting the peace process,
war has been appointed as a          appointment as “insult to those                                                                             investigate his alleged involve-
                                                                                                                                                                                       involvement in                    which includes the long-await-
government minister, provok-         victims of human rights viola-                                                                              ment in the killing, one of           the killing,                      ed integration of the Maoist
ing sharp criticism from the         tions who have been waiting                                                                                 thousands involving civilians         involving                         People’s Liberation Army with
United Nations on Thursday.          for justice for years.”                                                                                     who disappeared during the            civilians who                     the national force, and writing
  Agni Sapkota, who was                 “The decision reinforces the                                                                             conflict and whose fate has            disappeared                       a new national constitution.
among seven new Maoist               culture of impunity in Nepal,”                                                                              never been investigated.              during the                          The Madhesi Janadhikar
ministers, denies any involve-       said Jyoti Sanghera, Nepal                                                                                    “The incident occurred in                                             Forum, which represents the
ment in the death of Arjun           head of the Office of the UN                                                                                 the district where I was            against me are fictitious and        ethnic minority that inhabits
Bahadur Lama, who witness-           High Commissioner for                                                                                       regional head, so some local        politically motivated.”             Nepal’s restive southern
es say was abducted from his         Human Rights.                                                                                               human rights activists are             The Maoists won the high-        region near the border with
village in 2005 by Maoist               After the war ended in                                                                                   blaming me,” Sapkota told           est number of seats in elec-        India, also joined the govern-
insurgents and later killed.         2006, Nepal’s Supreme Court                                                                                 AFP. “I was not involved in         tions held in 2008, but not         ment. Its leader, Upendra
  But his appointment as             ordered local police to regis-                                                                              the killing, neither did I give     enough to govern alone, and         Yadav, was named deputy
information minister is cer-         ter a murder case against           Nepal’s Information Minister Agni Sapkota (left) with his colleague     any orders to do anything to        are now part of a coalition run     prime minister and minister
tain to cause controversy in         Sapkota and five others over         Dr Babu Rai Bhattarai, in Kathmandu, recently.                          Arjun Lama. The charges             by Prime Minister Jhalanath         for foreign affairs.

UN rights chief
calls for ‘full                                                                                                                                                                      Bangladesh’s
disclosure’ on
bin Laden                                                                                                                                                                            Yunus loses

UN HUMAN rights chief Navi
                                                                                                                                                                                     final legal battle
Pillay on Thursday called for “a                                                                                                                                                                   AFP                     “All the board members,
full disclosure of the accurate                                                                                                                                                                   DHAKA                  borrowers, officers and
facts” to determine the legality                                                                                                                                                                                         employees have been deeply
of the killing of Al-Qaeda                                                                                                                                                           BANGLADESH’S Supreme                hurt by the Supreme Court
leader Osama bin Laden.                                                                                                                                                              Court on Thursday dismissed         verdict,” Grameen Bank said
   “I’m still for a full disclo-                                                                                                                                                     a final attempt by Nobel-win-        in a statement. “All of them
sure of the accurate facts,”                                                                                                                                                         ning microfinance pioneer            are concerned about the
Pillay told reporters in Oslo.                                                                                                                                                       Muhammad Yunus to over-             bank’s future.”
   “I think it’s not just my                                                                                                                                                         turn an order sacking him
office but anybody is entitled                                                                                                                                                        from the bank he founded.             Yunus’s lawyers
to know exactly what hap-                                                                                                                                                               Yunus’s lawyers lodged a           lodged a recall
pened,” she added.                                                                                                                                                                   recall request after his appeal       request after his
   Pillay’s declarations come a                                                                                                                                                      was turned down last month            appeal was turned
day after US Attorney General                                                                                                                                                        in a power struggle with the          down last month in
Eric Holder told a Senate                                                                                                                                                            government for control of             a power struggle
hearing the raid during which          Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir (left) and spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua address media, in Islamabad, on Thursday. (EPA)               Grameen Bank, where he                with the govern-
bin Laden was killed “was                                                                                                                                                            developed the concept of              ment for control of
lawful and consistent with
our values.”
   “The United Nations con-
demns terrorism but it also
                                       Pakistan government denies                                                                                                                    microfinance cash loans to
                                                                                                                                                                                     tackle poverty.
                                                                                                                                                                                        “The Supreme Court has
                                                                                                                                                                                     dismissed Yunus’s final peti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Grameen Bank,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           where he worked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           on the concept of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           microfinance loans

                                       collusion with Al Qaeda
has basic rules of how count-                                                                                                                                                        tion,” Attorney General               to tackle poverty
er-terrorism activity has to be                                                                                                                                                      Mahbubey Alam told AFP
carried out. It has to be in                                                                                                                                                         after a short hearing which
compliance with internation-                                                                                                                                                         Yunus did not attend.                  Lobby group Friends of
al law,” she said.                                                                                                                                                                      “After this order, Yunus         Grameen said it was “deeply
   “For instance, you’re not                         PTI                   Pakistan also                    the White House that US              military or intelligence chiefs     should not cling to his posi-       disappointed and saddened
allowed (...) to commit torture                  BANGALORE                                                  President Barack Obama               had no advance warning.             tion any more,” Alam said.          by the decision.”
or extra-judicial killings,” she
                                                                           warned America                   reserved the right to take           Bashir said two Pakistani F-16      “His legal battle is meaning-          “We are extremely preoccu-
explained. The White House’s           PAKISTAN on Thursday flat-           of “disastrous                   action again in Pakistan, but        fighter jets were scrambled          less. He has wasted the time        pied about the independence
changing story over the attack         ly denied colluding with Al         consequences”                    said there were “a number of         within 30 to 35 minutes after       of the court.”                      of the bank and of microcred-
has raised doubts about US             Qaeda after the CIA said it         if it carries out                questions” about how the             spotting unusual activity, US          Judges ruled that Grameen        it institutions in Bangladesh,”
assurances that the US special         refused to tell Islamabad           any more raids                   covert raid took place.              helicopters, in its airspace.       Bank was a government insti-        it added.
operations forces sent to bin          about the raid on Osama bin         against suspect-                    “This matter of sovereignty          No Pakistani military offi-       tution, not a private bank as          The group said the govern-
Laden’s lair in the Pakistani gar-     Laden, fearing the terror king-                                      and violation of sovereignty,        cial has spoken publicly about      Yunus and his legal team have       ment must not exert greater
rison town of Abbottabad were          pin might be tipped off.
                                                                           ed terrorists                    and the modalities for com-          the raid. The military is con-      maintained,             meaning     control over Grameen Bank,
prepared to take him alive.               Pakistan has deflected           senior Pakistani government       bating terrorism raises cer-         sidered all-powerful in the         employees must abide by the         warning that this “poses a
   “If he had surrendered, I           mounting accusations of com-       official in the country since      tain legal and moral issues          country, to the detriment of        state’s mandatory retirement        serious threat, with devastat-
think — attempted to surren-           plicity or incompetence since      bin Laden was killed.             which fall properly in the           the highly fractured civilian       age of 60.                          ing ramifications on micro-
der — I think we should, obvi-         US Special Forces tracked             Pakistan also warned           domain of the UN,” he said.          government. Bashir launched            Yunus, 70, was removed as        credit and social business
ously, have accepted that,”            down and killed bin Laden to       America of “disastrous con-          A mainstream religious            a vigorous defence of               head of Grameen Bank by the         activities in Bangladesh.”
Holder told the Senate com-            a compound just a mile from        sequences” if it carries out      party, Jamaat-e-Islami, has          Pakistani-US relations and          Bangladesh central bank on             Supporters say Yunus —
mittee. Pillay said this week          an elite Pakistani military        any more unauthorized raids       called for protests on Friday        said media reports of troubled      March 2 but he defied the            known as “the banker to the
“the United States has clearly         academy, ending a 10-year          against suspected terrorists      to denounce the US operation         ties and poor intelligence          order, returning to work and        poor” — has been victimised
stated that their intention was        manhunt. “It’s easy to say that    like the one that killed          and Islamabad has to tread a         cooperation were wrong.             lodging a legal case challeng-      by Prime Minister Sheikh
to arrest bin Laden if they            the Inter-Services Intelligence    Osama bin Laden.                  fine line between its powerful           “I think the notion that         ing the dismissal.                  Hasina, who he crossed in
could, I fully understand that         (ISI) or elements within the          CIA director Leon Panetta      ally in Washington and alien-        Pakistan-US relations have             “It appears this is the end of   2007 when he briefly set up a
this was always likely to have         government were in cahoots         said the Americans ruled out      ating its own people.                nose-dived, this is not quite       the legal route,” Tamin             political party during a period
been difficult.”                        with the Al Qaeda,” the top        telling Islamabad about the          Pakistan has publicly criti-      our understanding. Pakistan         Husain Shawan, one of his           of military rule.
   On Monday, the White                civil servant at the foreign       planned raid against bin          cised the operation as an            considers its relations with the    lawyers, told AFP after the            In December, following the
House said bin Laden was               ministry, Salman Bashir, told      Laden’s compound as they          “unauthorised unilateral”            US as of high importance and        hearing. Yunus and Grameen          release of a Norwegian TV
armed when he was shot dead            a news conference.                 feared their Pakistani counter-   raid. There is a popular             significance,”        he     said.   Bank won the Nobel peace            documentary critical of
in his comfortable compound               “This is a false hypothesis.    parts might alert the Al Qaeda    loathing of the US in Pakistan,      “Unfortunately it’s being           prize in 2006 for creating          Yunus, Hasina accused him of
not far from Islamabad.                This is a false charge. It can-    chief. Panetta told Time          where many ordinary people           played out wrong in the media       “economic and social devel-         “sucking blood from the
   But a day later, White House        not be validated on any            magazine that “it was decid-      are increasingly angry about         domain and my whole point to        opment from below.”                 poor” and pulling a financial
spokesman Jay Carney cor-              account and it flies in the face    ed that any effort to work        the US operation.                    you is that is not the case... We      The microfinance model            “trick” to avoid paying tax.
rected that account, saying the        of what Pakistanis and in par-     with the Pakistanis could            There is some scepticism          are prepared to do more to          has been copied in developing          Analysts say Grameen’s
terror chief was unarmed when          ticular the Inter-Services         jeopardise the mission: They      that the Americans could             change the picture in this part     countries around the world          huge influence in Bangladesh
gunned down by an elite team           Intelligence has been able to      might alert the targets.”         have carried out the operation       of the world,” he added. “We        and Yunus’s sacking was             and its move into solar pan-
of US Navy SEALs in what he            accomplish.” Bashir spoke at          Bashir did not directly        without running the risk of          do not owe any apology to           widely criticised by interna-       els, mobile phones and other
called a “highly volatile fire-         the first news conference by a      respond to comments from          being shot down if Pakistan’s        anyone on anything,” he said.       tional supporters and the           consumer goods has also trig-
fight.”                                                                                                                                                                               United States government.           gered the government’s envy.

Afghan protesters criticise overtures to Taliban
                                                                                       AP                   Afghanistan,” said former            Taliban who embraces the
                                                                                      KABUL                 intelligence chief Amrullah          Afghan constitution, renounces
                                                                                                            Saleh, referring to the Taliban.     violence and severs ties with al-
                                                                         ABOUT 2,000 protesters gath-       “But you (Karzai) are still call-    Qaida. Informal contacts have
                                                                         ered on Thursday to criticize      ing these people ‘brother.’”         been made in recent months
                                                                         President Hamid Karzai’s will-        Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai’s       with high-ranking Taliban fig-
                                                                         ingness to start peace talks       former foreign minister and his      ures, but no formal peace talks
                                                                         with the Taliban. Two former       opponent in 2009 presidential        are under way. Some Afghans
                                                                         high-ranking Afghan officials,      election, said the president was     believe that the Taliban will
                                                                         speaking at the protest, said      “losing his way.” “The Taliban       never submit to such condi-
                                                                         Karzai is wrong to reach out to    are joining with the terrorists      tions and should not be consid-
                                                                         the Taliban and also was too       by the order of the foreign intel-   ered a negotiating partner.
                                                                         beholden to neighboring            ligence, yet everyday Karzai is         Karzai and US diplomats
                                                                         Pakistan — where Osama bin         apologizing to them,” said           have sought Pakistan’s involve-
                                                                         Laden had been hiding until        Abdullah. “The majority of the       ment in peace talks. However,
                                                                         his death three days ago in a      Afghan people wants peace, but       the Taliban’s long-standing ties
                                                                         US raid. “We have not forgot-      peace at what price? Peace with      with Pakistan and the recent
                                                                         ten the burning of our home-       whom, and for what purpose?”         Osama killing there has led
Afghan opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah (left) and former nation-     land and the humiliation of the       Karzai has said he will nego-     some to question its commit-        Founder of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus during
al security director Amrullah Salih, in Kabul, on Thursday. (EPA)        men      and     women       of    tiate with any member of the         ment to peace in Afghanistan.       a press conference, in Dhaka, recently. (AFP)
                                                                                                                 WORLD                                                                                          Friday, May 6, 2011

S Africa to rebury Zulu queen for $45mn
              AFP                   neighbourhood of Cato                                                                                                                                                             Beetge’s parents told a South
        JOHANNESBURG                Manor, where she lived at the                                                                                                                                                   African newspaper that Cwele,
                                    end of her life and where the                                                                                                                                                   a former neighbour, had
SOUTH Africa will rebury the        city plans to develop a cultur-                                                                                                                                                 arranged their daughter’s trip
mother of Zulu King Goodwill        al museum and heritage cen-                                                                                                                                                     to Brazil after offering her a job
Zwelithini at a cost of $45         tre, officials said.                                                                                                                                                             overseas.Beetge is currently
million after a more than two-         The king is the symbolic                                                                                                                                                     serving an eight-year jail sen-
year search for her remains,        leader of South Africa’s 11                                                                                                                                                     tence in Sao Paulo. The other
public broadcaster SABC said        million Zulus but has no for-                                                                                                                                                   woman, Charmaine Moss, was
on Wednesday.                       mal political power.                                                                                                                                                            hired to collect an unspecified
  The king, the traditional                                                                                                                                                                                         parcel in Turkey. She suspect-
leader of the country’s largest       The final resting                                                                                                                                                             ed foul play, declined the offer,
ethnic group, had asked offi-          place of the                                                                                                                                                                  and turned state witness.
cials in the eastern province of      queen, who died                                                                                                                                                                 Cwele’s arrest has led to
KwaZulu-Natal to help him             in the 1950s in                                                                                                                                                               opposition calls for her hus-
find the remains of his mother,        her early 30s,                                                                                                                                                                band’s resignation. He was not
Queen Thomozile Jezangani             had been                                                                                                                                                                      at court for the verdict, and his
KaNdwandwe Zulu.                      unknown.                                                                                                                                                                      office said no statement would
  SABC said officials plan to                                                                                                                                                                                        be issued on the case.
rebury her exhumed remains            He is a descendant of King                                                                                                                                                      Cwele, a municipal director
Saturday and hold an unveiling      Shaka, the 19th-century leader                                                                                                                                                  of health and community serv-
and memorial ceremony               who is still revered for uniting                                                                                                                                                ices, has argued that she met
Sunday at a total cost to tax-      a large swathe of the country                                                                                                                                                   Nabolisa through an acquain-
payers of 300 million rand          as the Zulu nation and waging                                                                                                                                                   tance and agreed to help him
($45 million, 30 million euros).    bloody battles against the                                                                                                                                                      recruit two white people to
  The final resting place of         region’s British colonisers.                                                                                                                                                    work for his company.
the queen, who died in the            Meanwhile, in a separate                                                                                                                                                        She had promised the
1950s in her early 30s, had         development, the wife of           South African President Jacob Zuma (left) with Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu during a traditional ceremony, in                  women 25,000 rands ($3,700,
been unknown.                       South Africa’s intelligence        Johannesburg, recently. (AFP)                                                                                                                2,500 euros) for two weeks of
  After a more than two-year        minister was convicted on                                                                                                                                                       work abroad. In his ruling,
search that was drawn out by        Thursday of drug trafficking        Pietermaritzburg. Both had          be transporting drugs.            at the remuneration she            on bail. Sentencing was set for     Koen said that Cwele was
legal red tape, officials from the   for using young women as           pleaded not guilty.                   “On the probabilities, why      offered to them.”                  Friday, when the pair face min-     deeply involved in travel
province’s largest city, Durban,    mules to smuggle cocaine into        Judge Piet Koen said the          recruit a person and pay them       The verdict had originally       imum jail terms of 15 years.        arrangements for the women,
announced they had found a          the country.                       two had clearly worked              just to fetch a parcel when       been        expected      on         Allegations of Cwele’s drug       and questioned the high pay-
grave containing the remains          Sheryl Cwele, who is mar-        together to recruit two             there are courier services        Wednesday, but was delayed         trafficking surfaced in 2009         ment offered for work that
of a woman named Thoko Zulu         ried to state security minister    women as drug mules,                available?” he said.              after prosecutors sought to        after the arrest of Tessa Beetge,   required no qualifications.
and carried out DNA tests that      Siyabonga Cwele, was con-          according to the Sapa news            “The irresistible inference     introduce new evidence,            a South African woman caught          “Why would she be so con-
identified her as the queen.         victed along with Nigerian         agency. Koen questioned             is that (Cwele) knew what         which the judge refused.           in Brazil with 10 kilos of          cerned with travel arrange-
  She will be reburied at a         Frank Nabolisa in the High         Cwele’s defence that she did        (the women) would be                Cwele was arrested in            cocaine       worth       almost    ments if she was not involved?”
memorial site in the Durban         Court in the eastern city of       not know the women would            required to do for two weeks      January 2010 and has been out      $300,000 (202,000 euros).           he said.

  Speaker of Russian                                                   China hopes to expand business,                                                                                                              Skinheads in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Russia jailed
  senate pressured to                                                  investment ties with Austria                                                                                                                 for racial
  go ahead of polls                                                                  DPA
                                                                                                                                                                                   The Chinese gov-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ernment has given
               AFP                  of parliamentary polls in                                                                                                                      little information                           MOSCOW
             MOSCOW                 December. Prominent law-           AUSTRIAN            Chancellor                                                                              about Ai since his
                                    maker Konstantin Zatulin           Werner       Faymann       and                                                                              arrest on April 3,               A RUSSIAN court jailed 19
  RUSSIA’S long-serving sen-        told the newspapaper that          Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao                                                                                  issuing vague                    skinheads on Thursday for up
  ate speaker and one of its        Medvedev’s push to stay in         on Thursday said their                                                                                      statements saying                to nine years for carrying out
  most senior politicians has       the Kremlin violated his pact      nations hoped to expand trade                                                                               that he was under                a series of brutal race attacks,
  come under attack from the        with Putin who shows no            in environmental protection                                                                                 investigation for                including two murders, and
  ruling United Russia party        willingness to retire.             and other high-technology                                                                                   ‘economic crimes.’               then posting films of the
  amid a growing power                 Speaking in an interview        fields.                                                                                                   lack of press freedom.              assaults on the Internet.
  struggle ahead of next year’s     with        mass       tabloid      Chinese state television quot-                                                                            “We hope the outside world          The group’s leader, Andrei
  presidential polls.               Moskovsky Komsomolets,             ed Wen as saying the two                                                                                 can respect China’s judicial        Linok, 20, who goes under
     The chairman of Saint          Mironov declined to direcly        sides should expand trade and                                                                            sovereignty, and respect            the alias Lincoln-88, received
  Petersburg’s city parliament,     comment on the reports that        investment in environmental                                                                              China’s judicial authorities        the highest sentence of nine
  dominated by United               the Kremlin wanted to culti-       protection, energys aving,                                                                               handling the case according         years at the hearing in Saint
  Russia, said on Thursday it       vate his party into a political    recycling and high-technology                                                                            to law,” Jiang told reporters.      Petersburg, while the other
  would decide on May 18            platform for Medvedev.             manufacturing.                                                                                           Faymann’s visit was timed to        gang members, aged 17 to 23,
  whether to remove Sergei             “Let’s wait until May 18,”        Wen presided over a state                                                                              mark the 40th anniversary of        received lesser terms of up to
  Mironov as its representa-        he told the newspaper. “We         welcome for Faymann before                                                                               formal     diplomatic     ties      seven years, a court
  tive in Russian parliament’s      live in interesting times,” he     their talks at the Great Hall of                                                                         between Austria and the             spokesman told AFP.
  upper house, the Federation       said. Medvedev is also             the People in Beijing.                                                                                   People’s Republic of China,           The group were convicted
  Council.                          expected to hold a major             Faymann was expected to                                                                                the two governments said.           of 12 hate crimes in 2007
     The move marks a stun-         news conference on May 18.         raise the case of detained dis-                                                                            The Chinese government            against non-Slavic looking
  ning reversal of fortune for      Analysts said Mironov’s            sident artist Ai Weiwei during                                                                           has given little information        people, including the mur-
  Mironov, 58, a leader of left-    political days appear to be        his talks with Chinese leaders.                                                                          about Ai since his arrest on        ders of an Armenian and an
  leaning A Just Russia party       numbered.                          He was also scheduled to                                                                                 April 3, issuing vague state-       Uzbek. Their trial had heard
  and the number four official          “We can say goodbye to          meet President Hu Jintao                                                                                 ments saying that he was            how many of the attacks were
  in Russia’s political pecking     Mironov, his career is             during his three-day visit.                                                                              under investigation for “eco-       filmed and then uploaded by
  order. The decision was           unlikely to continue past          Responding to Austrian                                                                                   nomic crimes.”                      the gang onto the Internet,
  prompted by Mironov this          2012,” independent political       Foreign Minister Michael            Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (right) with Austrian Chancellor            The artist’s arrest came          prosecutors said.
  month        calling    Saint     analyst Dmitry Oreshkin            Spindelegger’s criticism earli-     Werner Faymann, in Beijing, on Thursday. (EPA)                       amid a crackdown on dissi-            At the time of the attacks,
  Petersburg “the most cor-         said on Echo of Moscow             er this week of Ai’s arrest,                                                                             dents and prompted criticism        Linok was still in his final year
  rupt city in Russia,” the city    radio. Despite the ruling          Chinese Foreign Ministrys           still “under investigation.”      Jiang said when asked about        from most Western nations,          of school in the town of
  parliament’s         speaker,     duo’s efforts to speak with        pokeswoman Jiang Yu on                 “The outside world should      comments by Spindelegger,          including the United States         Zelenogorsk and most of the
  Vadim Tyulpanov, told the         one voice ahead of the elec-       Thursday said the case was          not comment on it casually,”      who also criticized China’s        and Germany.                        other members were minors.
  popular Echo of Moscow            tions, observers are pointing
  radio station on Thursday.        to multiplying cracks in the
     It comes amid reports that     tandem.
  the Kremlin is seeking to
  build A Just Russia into a
  rival of Putin’s United
  Russia party ahead of the
                                       A member of the United
                                    Russia,       Zatulin
                                    removed last month from

                                    the post of deputy head in a
                                                                       Sudan cabinet endorses two new Darfur states
  presidential polls in which       committee in the lower                           AP                    attended by tribal leaders and
  both President Dmitry             house of parliament, the                       BEIJING                 political parties but boycotted
  Medvedev and Putin are            State Duma, which he                                                   by rebels.
  considering running.              blames on his explicit sup-        THE Sudanese cabinet on                The main rebel groups react-
     Citing a senior lawmaker,      port of Putin at the expense       Thursday approved a bill to         ed angrily to the proposal to
  Britain’s Guardian newspa-        of Medvedev.                       add two new states to Darfur’s      increase the number of states
  per reported this month that         Calling the initiative a        existing three, official media       in Darfur when it was first
  the Kremlin wanted to             “psychological attack” by the      reported, in a move which           announced in March.
  strengthen A Just Russia          ruling party on Mironov, A         rebels said undermines                 They condemned it as tanta-
  into a major force that could     Just Russia dismissed it as        prospects for peace in the war-     mount to a policy of “divide
  provide Medvedev with a           political jockeying ahead of       torn region.                        and rule,” designed to divert
  political springboard ahead       the polls.                            “The draft law ... embodies      attention from the vast western
                                                                       the recommendations of the          region’s real problems and to
                                                                       Darfur people’s forum, which        sabotage Darfur peace talks in
                                                                       was held in 2008 and recom-         Doha. The International Crisis    Members of a tribe perform a traditional dance to celebrate the new state, in Darfur, on Thursday.   (AP)
                                                                       mended increasing the num-          Group echoed those senti-
                                                                       ber of states in Darfur,” Justice   ments in a 34-page report pub-    vide key states to accommo-        region should be governed.          peace talks in the Qatari capi-
                                                                       Minister Mohammed Bashara           lished on Wednesday.              date political barons,” the          Voters are to decide whether      tal, where Khartoum has sig-
                                                                       Dusa said, quoted by state             It said President Omar al-     think-tank said.                   Darfur should be granted            nalled growing frustration at
                                                                       news agency KUNA.                   Bashir’s ruling National            “These are ad-hoc decisions      regional status, as it had before   lack of progress.
                                                                          The bill, which still requires   Congress Party risked causing     that set the stage for continued   1994 and which could lead to a        At least 300,000 people
                                                                       parliament’s approval, carves a     the disintegration of Sudan if    violence that may not be con-      greater degree of autonomy, or      have been killed in Darfur and
                                                                       new eastern and central state       the NCP failed to democratise     tainable and could lead to fur-    remain as individual states.        1.8 million people fled their
                                                                       out of South and West Darfur,       and address the grievances of     ther fragmentation of the            But the people will have no       homes since the region’s con-
                                                                       with Al-Daein and Zalingei as       marginal regions.                 country,” the Brussels-based       say on the number of states         flict broke out in 2003 between
                                                                       their respective capitals.             The party had mobilised its    group warned.                      within the region. Rebel groups     non-Arab rebels and the Arab-
                                                                          The Darfur people’s forum,       security apparatus to suppress      In addition to the carve-up of   have warned that conducting         dominated Khartoum regime,
  Russia’s long-serving senate speaker and one of its most sen-        held for the first time in White     revolts, decided to end debate    Darfur, the Khartoum govern-       the vote before a political         the United Nations says.
  ior politicians Sergei Mironov, in Moscow, recently. (AFP)           Nile state in 2008, was organ-      on Sudan?s diversity and iden-    ment plans to hold a referen-      agreement has been reached            The government puts the
                                                                       ised by the government and          tity, and was “ready to subdi-    dum by July 1 on how the           will also torpedo foundering        death toll at 10,000.
14          Friday, May 6, 2011
                                                                      UNITED STATES

                                                    PAYING RESPECT TO SOLDIERS
                                                                                                                                                                                breaks 1930s
                                                                                                                                                                                flood records,
                                                                                                                                                                                new cities    AP                   Hickman. Jail Sgt. James
                                                                                                                                                                                           HICKMAN                 Buckingham says the inmates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have made 120,000 sandbags
                                                                                                                                                                                JAIL inmates filled sandbag         since April 26.
                                                                                                                                                                                after sandbag to protect one of       “We’re just going to keep
                                                                                                                                                                                the many river cities threat-      going until they say stop,”
                                                                                                                                                                                ened by the swelling               Buckingham said.
                                                                                                                                                                                Mississippi in the South as the       Thousands of people from
                                                                                                                                                                                river broke more 1930s flood        Illinois to Louisiana have
                                                                                                                                                                                records and crept higher on        already been forced from their
                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday.                          homes, and anxiety is rising
                                                                                                                                                                                   A flooding tributary threat-     along with the river, even
                                                                                                                                                                                ened to cut off Interstate 40, a   though it could be a week or
President Barack Obama along with General James Cartwright at the White House, in Washington, on Wednesday.           (AP)                                                      major east-west route through      two before some of the most
                                                                                                                                                                                Arkansas, and the Army             severe flooding hits.

Obama honours 9/11
                                                                                                                                                                                Corps of Engineers planned to         Up and down the Big
                                                                                                                                                                                blast a new breach in a            Muddy, farmers braced for a
                                                                                                                                                                                Missouri levee in hopes of         repeat of the desperate strate-
                                                                                                                                                                                controlling the slow-motion        gy employed earlier this week
                                                                                                                                                                                disaster flowing downriver.         in southeast Missouri, where
                                                                                                                                                                                   In Hickman, a town of           Army engineers blew up a
                                                                                                                                                                                about 2,500 people, Morrison       levee and sacrificed vast

victims at ground zero
              AP                   City on Thursday after sharply    a daring raid in Pakistan was         tic moment for the American         Mammoth fountains and
                                                                                                                                                                                Williamson was confident a
                                                                                                                                                                                towering floodwall next to his
                                                                                                                                                                                hardware store will save it,
                                                                                                                                                                                despite small leaks that let
                                                                                                                                                                                some flood waters spray
                                                                                                                                                                                   Williamson was in a nearly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   stretches of farmland to pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             populated         areas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The corps planned to blast a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   third and final breach in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Birds Point levee around 1 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   on Thursday to allow water to
         WASHINGTON                rejecting calls for him to        lawful and in national self-          people.”                            reflecting pools mark the foot-   deserted downtown, keeping         flow back out of the flood
                                   release photos of a slain bin     defence. Officials who were               Obama does not even have         prints of the fallen twin tow-   his store open for customers       plain into the river.
FROM the heart of the shock-       Laden so the world could see      briefed on the operation that         scheduled remarks during his        ers.                             who need flood-fighting sup-            “I’ve never seen it this bad,”
ing terror strike on America,      some proof of death. The pres-    the Navy SEALs who stormed            trip. Yet it is likely Obama will      Thousands of people           plies. He thinks the decision      said       78-year-old        Joe
President Barack Obama tried       ident said he would not risk      bin Laden’s compound shot             make comments during his            climbed street signs and         to break open a Missouri levee     Harrison, who has lived in the
to bury the memory of Osama        giving propaganda to extrem-      and killed him after they saw         time at the 9/11 memorial,          waved flags in celebration        upstream has kept the river        same house in Hickman since
bin Laden by honouring those       ists or gloat by publicising      him appear to lunge for a             where he will lay a wreath.         after hearing that bin Laden     from topping the floodwall,         he was 11 months old.
who died in the fiery               grotesque photos of a terrorist   weapon.                                  Obama will visit a bustling      was killed in Pakistan on        saving many communities to         Floodwaters turned his house
September 11 attacks on the        leader shot in the head.            Obama’s New York visit is           construction site that bears lit-   Monday, which was on             the south.                         into an island — dry but sur-
World Trade Center. In pri-           To those who keep on           intended to have a measured           tle resemblance to the pit that     Sunday night in New York.           “They say blowing up the        rounded by water. He has
vate talks with families and a     doubting, Obama said, “You        tone — not a bookend to pres-         became ground zero in the              Jim Riches, whose firefight-    levee saved Cairo. Well, it did.   been using a boat to get to his
sombre ceremony at ground          will not see bin Laden walking    ident George W. Bush’s bull-          months after September 11,          er son was among the nearly      But if this breaks, you’re talk-   car, parked on dry ground
zero, Obama tried to let New       on this earth again.”             horn moment, but more som-            2001. The emerging sky-             3,000 people killed at the       ing Dyersburg, Ridgely,            along a highway that runs by
York have its own moment of           His government, mean-          bre and private.                      scraper informally known as         World Trade Center, planned      Tiptonville, water all the way     his house.
justice.                           while, insisted the shooting of     White House spokesman               Freedom Tower is more than          to meet with the president on    to Memphis,” Williamson said          Forecasters and emergency
  Obama headed to New York         an unarmed bin Laden during       Jay Carney called it a “cathar-       60 stories high now.                Thursday.                        about places in neighbouring       officials said some of the high-
                                                                                                                                                                                Tennessee.                         water records set during the
                                                                                                                                                                                   About 120 Fulton County         great floods of 1927 and 1937
                                                                                                                                                                                jail inmate volunteers dressed     could fall. On Wednesday, for

Lawmakers debate Pakistan aid, conditions                                                                                                                                       in orange or white prisoner
                                                                                                                                                                                uniforms furiously filled sand-
                                                                                                                                                                                bags       Wednesday         for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   example, the Mississippi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   eclipsed the 46-foot mark set
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in 1937 in Caruthersville.
           REUTERS                 which could top $1 billion.       ing civilian aid to Pakistan set      military and the Afghan             ting more and more sceptical
         WASHINGTON                   Some lawmakers are             out conditions for military           Taliban.                            about what we are getting for
                                   demanding a halt to the aid       aid, including calling on               Pakistan was furious about        our taxpayer money.”
LAWMAKERS are debating             now that Al Qaeda leader bin      Pakistan to combat terrorists         the conditions. Now some US            Under the conditions in the
whether they should attach         Laden has been found and          on its territory.                     lawmakers, including some           2009 law, no security aid was
more strings to the billions of    killed by US forces in a                                                who pushed to increase aid to       to be given to Pakistan in
dollars in aid they give           Pakistani military town,            Pakistan had lost                   Pakistan, question whether          2011-2014 unless the US sec-
Pakistan, or cut Islamabad         Abbottabad.                         many soldiers                       the conditions have been            retary of state made certain
off after Osama bin Laden             But others say Washington        fighting extremism                  met.                                findings, including that
was found not far from the         still needs Pakistan as a part-     within its own bor-                   “The notion of a close and        Pakistan had “demonstrated
capital.                           ner to fight terrorism.              ders, and suggest-                  strong relationship with            a sustained commitment to
   Congress has approved              Senate Majority Leader           ed more controls                    Pakistan in part is premised        and is making significant
$20 billion over the past          Harry Reid said this week           should be put on                    on their cooperation in our         efforts toward combating ter-
decade for Pakistan, making        Pakistan had lost many sol-         the US aid instead                  confrontation with terrorist        rorist groups.”
it one of the biggest US aid       diers fighting extremism            of dropping it                      groups. The record so far is           Progress that Pakistan
recipients, with about half to     within its own borders, and         entirely.                           very weak,” Representative          made on “preventing Al
reimburse Pakistan for help        suggested more controls                                                 Howard Berman, a co-spon-           Qaeda, the Taliban and asso-
                                                                       SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID
in fighting extremists.             should be put on the US aid                                             sor of the 2009 aid bill, said      ciated terrorist groups ....
   The latest installment of       instead of dropping it                                                  this week.                          from operating in the territo-
more than $2 billion in mili-      entirely.                           The United States has                 The military in Pakistan “is      ry of Pakistan” was to be
tary aid was approved just            “I hope we will have better    pressed Pakistan for years to         not serving the interests that      taken into account.
three weeks ago as part of a       oversight of the money that is    get rid of militant sanctuaries       we intended that military aid          The Obama administration
budget deal to avert a US          being given to Pakistan,”         on its side of the border with        to serve,” Berman, a                made the necessary findings
government         shutdown.       Reid, a Democrat, told            Afghanistan. There was also           Democrat, said. “Even before        so that the 2011 aid could be
Congress also provided for         reporters.                        concern about the long-run-           the capture and killing of          approved, with its justifica-     Flooded Homes on Mud Island along the Mississippi River, in
more civilian aid to Pakistan         Legislation in 2009 boost-     ning ties between Pakistan’s          Osama bin Laden, I was get-         tions classified, Berman said.    Memphis, on Wednesday. (AP)

Hopes fade for survivors in zones hit by storms
                                                                                    AP                     when entire communities             sensitive that it doesn’t take   touched his son and started        tals or aid stations after being
                                                                               TUSCALOOSA                  were ripped from their foun-        much for them to alert han-      talking to him.                    considered missing, fire offi-
                                                                                                           dations and thrown across           dlers to decaying human tis-        The body was found about        cials say.
                                                                     A YELLOW mutt named                   hollows and hills. In               sue including blood drops,       300 yards from the concrete           Mayor Walt Maddox fears
                                                                     Chance sniffs through the             Tuscaloosa alone, officials say,     which fell all over town from    slab that had been the stu-        there aren’t many survivors
                                                                     splintered limbs of a toppled         more than two dozen dog             about 1,000 people being         dent’s home, an indication of      left to rescue. Officials say 30
                                                                     tree and sits down near a piece       teams are searching a massive       injured.                         the difficulty searchers have       people are listed as missing in
                                                                     of carpet that came from              debris field that stretches for        Earlier this week, Chance      even knowing where to look.        the city, and eight of those are
                                                                     someone’s home. It’s his way          miles, and still more could         and another of Sargent’s dogs       It’s uncertain when the last    of particular concern because
                                                                     of telling handler Tracy              arrive.                             located the body of a            survivor was pulled from the       they’d been seen in the area
                                                                     Sargent that human remains               Chance didn’t find a body         University of Alabama stu-       rubble in Tuscaloosa, where        within two weeks before the
                                                                     are nearby.                           this time Wednesday. The ani-       dent as his grieving father      officials say 41 people were        storm.
                                                                       Such scenes are common as           mals commonly called cadav-         watched. It only took the dogs   killed when an EF-4 tornado           “I’m hopeful and prayerful,
                                                                     hope fades for finding sur-            er-sniffing dogs are trained to      minutes to locate the remains    with winds up to 190 mph           but the longer that we go
                                                                     vivors a week after tornadoes         detect any human remains,           in a maze of twisted trees and   mowed down some of the             through this, the more con-
                                                                     ravaged the South, killing 329        and Sargent suspected there         debris that had been searched    city’s most densely populated      cerned I become that (the
                                                                     people in seven states and            was blood on the rug fragment       by humans for hours.             neighbourhoods. Some peo-          death toll) will be more devas-
Firefighters continue to search for survivors, in Tuscaloosa, on      leaving an uncertain number           that caught Chance’s atten-           “(The father) went over        ple listed as “recovered” actu-    tating than we could ever
Wednesday. (AP)                                                      missing or unaccounted for            tion. The dogs’ noses are so        there and bent over and          ally just showed up at hospi-      imagine,” Maddox said.
                                                                                                       US / AMERICAS                                                                                           Friday, May 6, 2011

Freak weather conditions in parts of US
           REUTERS                 ent rains and flooding are              Calling it one of the worst in
          KANSAS CITY              plaguing parts of the Midwest       decades, the drought in Texas
                                   and lower Mississippi Valley.       has caused widespread crop
THE severe drought ravaging          “We have all this flooding in      failures, including the state’s
Texas and other parts of the       the East and the Mississippi        hard red winter wheat crop,
Southwest was getting worse,                                           according to the experts.
weather experts said on                                                   Texas is a key production
Thursday, with little respite
                                      According to data                area for US wheat.
seen for farmers, ranchers
                                      issued on Thursday                  The losses there and in
and others whose livelihoods
                                      by the Drought                   other parts of the parched
and properties are suffering.
                                      Monitor, 94 percent              Plains will only aggravate
  The latest report from a
                                      of Texas was suf-                already short supplies of
consortium of national cli-
                                      fering severe                    wheat around the world.
mate experts dubbed the
                                      drought or worse,                   According to data issued on
Drought Monitor said while
                                      with exceptional                 Thursday by the Drought
Texas remained the epicenter
                                      drought rising to                Monitor, 94 percent of Texas
for devastation, “exceptional
                                      25.96 percent for                was suffering severe drought
drought,” which is the worst
                                      the Lone Star State              or worse, with exceptional
category, expanded not only
                                      from 17.16 percent.              drought rising to 25.96 per-
there but through parts of                                             cent for the Lone Star State
Oklahoma, Kansas, New              Valley, and drought in the          from 17.16 percent.
Mexico and Louisiana.              South,” said climatologist             Svoboda said higher-than-
  The lack of moisture, cou-       Mark Svoboda. “That is the          normal temperatures and
pled with high temperatures        way Mother Nature seems to          lower-than-normal precipita-
and wind, fuelled wildfires         be dealing things right now,        tion is forecast through July
that so far have ravaged 2.2       in the extremes.”                   for Texas and southern
million acres and destroyed          Excessive rainfall has            Louisiana.
more than 1,100 buildings in       slowed the planting of corn in         The only hope is that a sud-
Texas. Farmers are giving up       key growing areas and could         den storm system develops
on wheat fields, and ranchers       become a threat for other key       that is not yet on the radar
are struggling to keep cattle      crops, including soybeans.          screen.
fed and watered.                   Indeed, only 13 percent of             “Right now it doesn’t look
  The drought in the               corn was planted by May 1,          very good as we head into the
Southwest and Southern             well behind the average pace        summer months,” said
Plains comes even as persist-      of 40 percent.                      Svoboda.                            Neighbours help each other outside a flooded home, in Tiptonville, Tennessee, recently.   (AFP)

  Argentina govt
  under pressure for
                                                                       11 more bodies found in                                                                                                                       Fidel Castro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     criticises US
  muzzling media                                                       Mexico pits, total now 121                                                                                                                    for killing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     bin Laden
                AP                 the Guatemalan newspaper                           AFP                                                                                       from the fight is not an                          AP
           BUENOS AIRES            Siglo 21, said the group                       MEXICO CITY                                                                                   option,” Calderon said. “If                    HAVANA
                                   made some points during                                                                                                                      we retreat, we are going to
  A DELEGATION from the            its meeting with Abal               INVESTIGATORS in the                                                                                     allow gangs of criminals to          FIDEL Castro has criti-
  Inter-American          Press    Media.                              northern Mexico state of                                                                                 roam the streets of Mexico,          cised the United States
  Association        was     in       “We told him that we             Durango said they found the                                                                              attacking people with no one         for the manner in which
  Argentina on Wednesday           don’t defend media compa-           remains of 10 men and one                                                                                to stop them.”                       its forces killed Al Qaeda
  to study complaints that         nies,    but      principles,       woman in mass graves in the                                                                                Calderon criticised “those         mastermind Osama bin
  the government is trying to      whether they are members            state capital on Wednesday,                                                                              who, with good intentions or         Laden, saying it executed
  eliminate       independent      or not,” Marroquin said.            bringing the total of bodies                                                                             bad, are trying to stop the          him in front of his family.
  media.                              Argentina’s largest circu-       recovered there to 121.                                                                                  government from acting.” He
     The group met with            lation newspapers, Clarin             The Durango state prose-                                                                               said “nobody likes violence,”          The former
  Public Communications            and La Nacion, complain             cutors’ office said in a state-                                                                           but warned that peace “is not          Cuban leader
  Secretary Juan Manuel            that millions of dollars in         ment that the remains were                                                                               a goal that will be achieved           says he abhors
  Abal Medina, who gave            official advertising is              uncovered by military per-                                                                               with false solutions.”                 all forms of
  them a 10-page letter            unfairly funnelled to pro-          sonnel who have been exca-                                                                                 He said Mexico needed to             terrorism.
  asserting that government        government media.                   vating at about four sites in                                                                            reform its police forces and           Castro says in an opin-
  restrictions on free expres-        Both have criticised the         the city, which is also known                                                                            judicial system to be able to        ion piece published on
  sion don’t exist in              government for failing to           as Durango.                                                                                              fight the drug cartels.               Thursday in Cuban
  Argentina.                       intervene when unions                 The search has been                                                                                      “These are changes that            media that the raid inside
     The administration of         block their printing plants,        under way for about a                                                                                    will take time in order to be        Pakistan by a team of US
  President            Cristina    delaying or preventing the          month at pits where drug                                                                                 carried out, but it is worth         Navy Seals also violated
  Fernandez “has not dared         news from getting out.              gangs are believed to have                                                                               the effort, because it is the        that country’s laws and
  nor will it dare silence any-       Most of all, the two com-        buried victims.                                                                                          only solid and lasting basis         offended its dignity. The
  one. It understands that it’s    panies are challenging a              The Durango graves are                                                                                 for the future.”                     former Cuban leader says
  better to put up with con-       law passed by Congress              the second such discovery in        Family members and friends mourn a miner, killed in an explosion,      Also on Wednesday in the           he abhors all forms of ter-
  stant defamations before         that if upheld would force          a month. A total of 183 bod-        in Sabinas, on Tuesday. (REUTERS)                                    Pacific coast state of                rorism. He notes that he
  committing the most              big media companies to              ies have been unearthed in                                                                               Guerrero, state police said a        expressed solidarity with
  insignificant act of censor-      break apart.                        40 pits in the northeastern         since President Felipe            ward.As Mexicans braced for        man’s dismembered body               the United States despite
  ship,” the letter said.             Fernandez has said               border state of Tamaulipas.         Calderon deployed thou-           demonstrations scheduled           was found in four plastic            decades of political dif-
     All citizens of Argentina,    media monopolies pose                 Mass graves have become           sands of federal security         for the weekend to protest         bags at a shopping mall in           ferences following the
  including journalists, are       greater dangers to free             an increasingly common dis-         forces four years ago to fight     ongoing violence associated        the        state       capital,      September 11, 2001,
  free to “make opinions and       speech than government              covery in Mexico, with drug         traffickers. Authorities in        with the anti-drug offensive,      Chilpancingo.                        attacks.
  express their ideas,” it         controls over airwaves,             cartels using the sites to dis-     Durango state say the dis-        Calderon issued an impas-            Police found a handwritten           But the 84-year-old
  added.                           newsprint and other                 pose of enemies and other           covery of mass graves there       sioned appeal in a televised       message of the kind fre-             revolutionary says the
     The visiting group said it    aspects of the communica-           victims amid increased fight-        has not brought out many          speech on Wednesday for            quently left by drug cartels;        decision to kill bin Laden
  planned to respond to the        tions industry, and none            ing among rival gangs. More         relatives of missing people,      Mexicans to stick with fight,       in keeping with policy, the          and bury him at sea “has
  letter at a news conference      more so than Grupo Clarin,          than 34,600 people have             perhaps because families are      though he acknowledged it          contents of the message were         turned him into a much
  later. But IAPA President        which owns leading news-            died in drug-related violence       too frightened to come for-       will take time. “Backing off       not revealed.                        more dangerous man.”
  Gonzalo Marroquin, from          papers and magazines.

Incumbent casts big shadow over Peru elections                                                                                                              AP                  newspaper columnist and for-       Peruvians who eke by on less
                                                                                                                                                           LIMA                 mer justice minister.              than $2 day. That was enough
                                                                                                                                                                                  Rospigliosi and others say       for a first-place, first-round
                                                                                                                                             PERUVIANS trying to fathom         that Garcia, 61, has worked        finish for the man Garcia
                                                                                                                                             why their choice for president     subtly to achieve an electoral     defeated in 2006.
                                                                                                                                             is now limited to the daughter     outcome that favors his own          Garcia,      who     refused
                                                                                                                                             of a disgraced former presi-       ambitions: exacerbating divi-      through his spokesman to be
                                                                                                                                             dent or a leftist military man     sions among the three centrist     interviewed for this article,
                                                                                                                                             endorsed by Venezuela’s            candidates rather than             had been cagey about his
                                                                                                                                             Hugo Chavez may need look          encouraging them to rally          ambitions. Then, in a Sunday
                                                                                                                                             no further than the presiden-      behind a single candidate.         TV interview, he answered
                                                                                                                                             tial palace.                         A centrist in the presidential   “no” when asked if he would
                                                                                                                                                Much of the credit, or          palace would have an easier        seek re-election.
                                                                                                                                             blame, could well be due out-      time anointing a successor           But this “master politician”
                                                                                                                                             going President Alan Garcia, a     acceptable to voters, they         with “a colossal ego,” as a
                                                                                                                                             veteran political fox barred by    argue. Garcia has repeatedly       2006 US diplomatic cable
                                                                                                                                             law from immediate re-elec-        said that Peruvians will never     released     by    WikiLeaks
                                                                                                                                             tion but who many believe          opt for a leftist who would        describes him, is not one to sit
                                                                                                                                             wants a third term in 2016.        abandon an investor-friendly       on the sidelines.
                                                                                                                                             Many analysts say he expertly      economic model credited for          Two years ago, Garcia
                                                                                                                                             finessed the election’s first        an average 7 percent annual        boasted to a gathering of Latin
                                                                                                                                             round so a more centrist can-      growth rate since 2001. Two        American bankers that he
                                                                                                                                             didate could not make it to the    in three voters endorsed that      could prevent “whomever he
                                                                                                                                             June 5 runoff.                     model in the election’s first       didn’t like” from becoming
                                                                                                                                                “He wants to return because     round on April 10.                 president. He initially backed
                                                                                                                                             his life is politics and he          The rest voted for Ollanta       Luis Castaneda, praising him
                                                                                                                                             adores power. What’s more,         Humala, who promises a             publicly as the former Lima
Peru’s President Alan Garcia (left) with presidential candidate Ollanta Humala of the political party Peru Wins, in Lima, on Tuesday. (AP)   he thinks he’s all-powerful,”      major redistribution of wealth     mayor topped opinion polls
                                                                                                                                             said Fernando Rospigliosi, a       favouring the 34 percent of        last year.
16          Friday, May 6, 2011
                                                                         THE LAST WORD

Obama lays wreath at Ground Zero                                                                                                                                                                                            Diplomat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Filipinos from
            NEW YORK
                                      9/11 than any other firehouse,
                                      before heading to Lower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            M-E hot spots
                                      Manhattan to talk with police
DAYS after the killing of             and lay a wreath at Ground                                                                                                                                                            CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Osama bin Laden, US                   Zero where he also met with
President Barack Obama met            victims’ families.
New York firefighters and                  Obama told firefighters at                                                                                                                                                           Just days after he started his
police on Thursday and visit-         the “Pride of Manhattan” fire-                                                                                                                                                         job in February, del Rosario
ed Ground Zero to offer com-          house: “I wanted to just come                                                                                                                                                         visited Libya, where he led a
fort to a city still scarred by the   here to thank you.” “This is a                                                                                                                                                        long convoy of 400 Filipinos
September 11 attacks.                 symbolic site of the extraordi-                                                                                                                                                       from the capital to neighbour-
  His predecessor George W            nary sacrifice that was made                                                                                                                                                           ing Tunisia. On the way they
Bush, just three days after           on that terrible day almost 10                                                                                                                                                        passed through 25 check-
hijacked planes destroyed the         years ago.” “It didn’t matter                                                                                                                                                         points and near an area where
World Trade Center’s Twin             who was in charge, we were                                                                                                                                                            gunfire erupted. “It looked
Towers, stood bullhorn in             going to make sure that the                                                                                                                                                           like a crossfire situation, you
hand in the smouldering               perpetrators of that horrible                                                                                                                                                         could hear automatic rifles,”
wreckage to declare: “The             act — that they received jus-                                                                                                                                                         del Rosario said. His convoy
people who knocked these              tice,” Obama said.                                                                                                                                                                    found another escape route.
buildings down will hear all of          Bin Laden, the al Qaeda                                                                                                                                                               In the past three months, he
us soon.” Almost a decade             leader who masterminded the                                                                                                                                                           has travelled four times to
later, in a bookend to that his-      September 11, 2001, attacks,                                                                                                                                                          Libya, twice each to Yemen
toric visit, Obama came to            was shot in the head by U.S.                                                                                                                                                          and tsunami-ravaged Japan,
New York to say that promise          forces who stormed his com-                                                                                                                                                           and to Bahrain and Syria to
had been kept.                        pound in Pakistan on Monday                                                                                                                                                           rescue Filipinos, Foreign
  He said the killing of bin          after a decade-long manhunt.                                                                                                                                                          Affairs spokesman Ed Malaya
Laden told the world, “that           Nearly 3,000 people were                                                                                                                                                              said. His risk-taking example
when we say we will never for-        killed when al Qaeda hijackers                                                                                                                                                        has energised other diplomats.
get, we mean what we say.”            crashed commercial planes                                                                                                                                                                “It’s almost a culture
Obama visited Engine 54 in            into the Twin Towers, the                                                                                                                                                             shock,” Malaya said. “This
midtown, which with 15                Pentagon outside Washington,                                                                                                                                                          has not only shaken the
deaths lost more members on           DC, and a Pennsylvania field.          US President Barack Obama visits Ground Zero, the site of the former Twin Towers, in New York, on Thursday.        (EPA)                        bureaucracy but inspired it.”

58 prisoners escape
from Tunisia prison
                                                                            Pakistan asks US to slash troops

                                      kicking off a wave of pro-
                                      democracy revolutions across
                                      the region, thousands of pris-
                                      oners have escaped from pris-
                                                                            to minimum in country
escaped from a prison in the          ons across the country.                             AFP                    ship between Washington and            Kayani “made it very clear       were being asked to leave          of what Pakistanis and in par-
southern Tunisian city of               By the end of January, an                      ISLAMABAD                 Islamabad has often been tense,     that any similar action violat-     Pakistan in the wake of the        ticular the Inter-Services
Sfax on Wednesday night, in           estimated 9,500 prisoners                                                  even before the architect of the    ing the sovereignty will war-       killing of two men by              Intelligence has been able to
the latest in a series of prison      were on the run, in many              PAKISTAN’S military on               September 11, 2001 attacks was      rant a review of military, intel-   Raymond Davis, a CIA con-          accomplish,” he said.
breakouts, TAP news agency            cases after setting fire to their      Thursday demanded the US             gunned down by US comman-           ligence cooperation with the        tractor.                              In Washington and beyond
reported on Thursday.                 prison cells. One such fire at a       reduce its troop presence in         dos early Monday.                   US”, the statement went on.           Kayani’s comments came           there is incredulity that bin
  The escapes followed a by-          prison in Monastir in                 the country to a “minimum”              In a statement Pakistan’s           The exact number of US           after Pakistan said the notion     Laden could have found shel-
now familiar pattern, coming          January killed around 50              as the fallout from the killing      military admitted there had         military personnel in Pakistan      that its powerful spies work       ter under the noses of the mil-
when a fire broke out in two           people.                               of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin          been “shortcomings” in              is not known.                       hand in glove with Al Qaeda        itary    establishment      in
cells shortly before midnight.          In recent days, the break-          Laden intensified.                    developing intelligence on bin         The presence of US Special       “flies in the face” of the truth.   Abbottabad, a leafy garrison
Though rescue workers                 outs resumed, with hundreds             After days of questions in         Laden’s whereabouts and             Operations troops was uncov-          “It’s easy to say that the       town just two hours’ drive
quickly got the flames under           of prisoners escaping on              Washington over how bin              said an investigation had           ered by a 2010 suicide attack       Inter-Services Intelligence        from the capital.
control, the prisoners had            April 28 from a facility in           Laden could find shelter in the       been ordered.                       in which three of them were         (ISI) or elements within the          Some US lawmakers are
already escaped. No-one was           Gafsa in the south-east and           town of Abbottabad, army                But it said that Kayani had      killed, and officials then con-      government were in cahoots         demanding a cut to the bil-
injured in the fire but the            another in the central town of        chief of staff General Ashfaq        told army corps command-            firmed 200 US military per-          with the Al Qaeda,” top foreign    lions in aid that flow to
army had to be brought in to          Kasserine.                            Kayani threatened to “review”        ers “about the decision to          sonnel were in the country.         ministry official Salman Bashir     Pakistan each year, which is
help restore order.                     On May 1, a fire broke out           cooperation with the US in the       reduce the strength of US              Last month, the New York         said.                              meant to shore up both
  Since long-time Tunisian            at a prison in Kairouan, also         event of another similar raid.       military      personnel       in    Times reported that about             “This is a false hypothesis.     nations’ uneasy alliance as
president Zine el-Abidine Ben         in the centre of the country.           Pakistan is a key US ally in the   Pakistan to the minimum             335 American personnel,             This is a false charge. It can-    US-led forces fight the Taliban
Ali was ousted by a campaign          Two people were killed but            war against Islamist militants in    level”, without saying who          including CIA officers and           not be validated on any            in Pakistan’s neighbour
of popular protests in January,       no-one escaped.                       Afghanistan, but the relation-       had made the decision.              Special Operations forces,          account and it flies in the face    Afghanistan.

                                                                                                                                                     Frozen Qadhafi
                                                                                                                                                     funds to aid                        I’ll fight, not let Qatar
                                                                                                                                                     Libyan rebels                       down, says Barshim
                                                                                                                                                     CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

                                                                                                                                                     Britain expelled two Libyan
                                                                                                                                                     diplomats on Thursday for
                                                                                                                                                     activities “contrary to the
                                                                                                                                                     interests of the UK” after send-
                                                                                                                                                     ing away the ambassador.
                                                                                                                                                        Clinton was on her first
                                                                                                                                                     foreign trip since US com-
                                                                                                                                                     mandos killed Al Qaeda chief
                                                                                                                                                     Osama bin Laden, sparking
                                                                                                                                                     fears of retaliation by mili-       (From left) French triple jumper Teddy Tamgho, Qatar’s high jumper
                                                                                                                                                     tants.                              Mutaz Essa Barshim and French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie dur-
                                                                                                                                                        There was tight security at      ing a press conference ahead of the Samsung Diamond League, in
                                                                                                                                                     the meeting, which brought          Doha, on Thursday. (JALAL PATHIYOOR)
                                                                                                                                                     together representatives of
                                                                                                                                                     22 countries and six interna-       CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1              aim to erase the Doha record
                                                                                                                                                     tional organisations includ-                                           of 2.28m.
                                                                                                                                                     ing NATO chief Anders Fogh          high jumpers who are shap-            Heading the list is American
                                                                                                                                                     Rasmussen and EU foreign            ing up good.                       Dusty Johan, the 2010 world
                                                                                                                                                     policy      chief    Catherine         “Yeah, Qatar has had the        indoor bronze medallist and
                                                                                                                                                     Ashton.                             tradition of having good high      2007 world champion Donal
                                                                                                                                                        It was the second time the       jumpers. The new group of          Thomas of Bahamas. Other
Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in Gaza City, on Thursday.      (EPA)                                                                            International Contact Group         young athletes has also a lot of   two US jumpers to watch are
                                                                                                                                                     for Libya gets together after it    potential. Which promises a        Andra Manson, a 2008 world

Haniyeh calls to keep truce with Israel                                                                                                              held its inaugural meeting in
                                                                                                                                                     Qatar. Participants agreed to
                                                                                                                                                     hold their next get-together
                                                                                                                                                     in the United Arab Emirates
                                                                                                                                                                                         good future for Qatar in high
                                                                                                                                                                                         jump. “We have the responsi-
                                                                                                                                                                                         bility to carry forward the tra-
                                                                                                                                                                                         dition. All we need to do is to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            indoor bronze medallist, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jesse Williams, a world
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            indoor finalist. Another man
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to be given due respect is
           REUTERS                    movement signed a unity               ment that had hindered the           responsibility for firing an anti-   in June.                            work hard, stay out of injuries    2009 world silver medallist
              GAZA                    pact in Cairo.                        quest to achieve statehood in        tank weapon at a school bus,           Turkey called for a seven-       and remain focused,” the           Kyriakos Iouannou of Cyprus,
                                        “We do not fear threats. We         land captured by Israel in the       wounding an Israeli teen-ager       day timeline within which to        teenaged sensation said.           whose best has been 2.35m.
THE Hamas leader in Gaza              do not fear the occupation,”          1967 war.                            who later died of his injuries.     negotiate a ceasefire in               All the Qatari high jumpers        Last year, Barshim had also
urged militant groups on              he added, referring to Israel.           In reaching the deal, the           The United Nations helped         Libya, Frattini said, but           train together and enjoy com-      competed in the world indoor
Thursday to stick with a de             “We always said that we             sides had set aside the issue of     the sides achieve a de facto        there were few details from         peting with one another. “The      championship in Doha. He
facto truce with Israel,              seek and have sought to avoid         bridging their policies toward       truce which included a call to      the meeting on how that             group training under Stanly is     finished 14th. Later on, he
announced after fighting last          a new war,” Haniyeh said in a         Israel.                              militants to halt rocket fire at     could happen or on any              very healthy and inspires all of   transformed the year and
month, so as to give a                two-hour address.                        Unlike Abbas’s group,             Israel’s southern towns.            diplomatic solution.                us to raise our performance bar.   went on to set the new Qatari
Palestinian reconciliation deal         Haniyeh’s         comments          which recognises Israel,               Because       of     Hamas’s         A Libyan government              We’ve a long way to go but the     record at 2.31m at the world
with Fatah rivals a chance.           seemed the first concrete sign         Islamist Hamas refuses to rec-       potential role in the new           spokesman, Mussa Ibrahim,           future is certainly promising.”    youth games. “I don’t know if
  “I call for giving the coming       of progress for the unity deal        ognize the Jewish state, hostil-     Palestinian government, yet         said calls for Qadhafi’s depar-         In Friday’s competition,        I can beat the meet record. I’ll
government a chance by                brokered by Egypt for which           ity to which often results in        to be formed, Israel has            ture were “wrong, morally,          Olympic champion Andrey            definitely try for it. But per-
maintaining” the ceasefire             security had been envisaged           cross-border violence.               denounced the unity deal as         legally and logically”.             Salinov of Russia is not a par-    forming in front of the crowd,
deal, Ismail Haniyeh said in a        as a potential pitfall.                  Israeli strikes killed 19         a blow to peace and has                “The world needs to listen       ticipant But the field is still     family and friends would
speech, a day after Hamas               The agreement seeks to              Palestinians in a week-long          frozen the flow of vital tax         to the tribes of Libya, not to      quite tough with many of           surely kick my performance
and Palestinian President             resolve a four-year split in the      bout of violence early last          revenue transfers to the            the people meeting in Rome,”        them being regular 2.30m           on Friday. I’m eager to get on
Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah                 Palestinian national move-            month after Hamas claimed            West Bank.                          he said.                            jumpers and will certainly         to the event,” said Barshim.

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