Sunday, September 30, 2007

ASEAN in rare criticism of Burma

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Monks stage hunger strike in Bamaw prison

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Today birthday PM of India- Cine star Dev Anand

Today birthday PM of India- Cine star Dev Anand

Today Dev Anand filmdom evergreen star of Indian cinema celebrated birthday in style with the greatest political icon Prime Minister of India Dr Man Mohan Singh whose birthday ls is also on 26 sept.UPA Chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi present in the company of two birthday boys and releasing the Dev's autobiography is an occasion for all fans of this trio icons. The unique film star with ability to work in front of the camera and behind the camera to give Indian film Industry with unique subjects movie with melodious songs and bubbling acts,Love scene in his classical films Like Hum Dono,Jewel Thief,Kala pani,Guide, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Teen deviya and many more was the most popular actor amongst the ladies folk.Gregory Peck of India had the charm and warmth in his acts.An actor with consistent sixty year of popular graph in bollywood is mark none has achieved with his looks,acts,story writing and directorial uniqueness in his films. "This unique mix of conversational Hindi from across the country, popularized by the film industry, has become the thread that weaves us together," Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh said while releasing the Book "romancing with life" - the title of his memoirs - Dev Anand, the Cine star blend of all as Director Producer Writer and Actor of Indian film industry,heart throb of daughter and granddaughter. Dev Aanad today on his 84 birthday gets lavish praise from the Prime Minister of India, coincidently today Prime Minister is also birthday boy enjoys lighter moments in a company of matinée idol.Dev Anand, dressed in a green jacket with a red rose in his hands, looked youthful and evergreen hero "a restless spirit in love with life", in his own words as Manmohan Singh launched his book at his 7 Race Course residence. "At 84, he is not only young at heart, but also youthful to look at. I am sure that for several generations of fans, he will always be remembered as a delightfully romantic and endearing artist," said the prime minister. A surprise as almost all The television channels with Chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi attending his birthday occasion to release his autobiography along with Prime Minister of India Dr MM Singh,with sweet word of praise made Dev fans feel happier as the lad of 84 filmdom icon deserved this birthday bash from political icons of this country.

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Indian showersTumultuous welcome- T 20 world champions

Indian showersTumultuous welcome- T 20 world champions

Passengers at the Dubai International airport were in for a midnight surprise on Tuesday. The Indian heroes, who won the Twenty20 World Cup on Monday, were all there walking towards the transit lounge. Arriving by the Emirates flight EK 762 from Johannesburg, they were in transit in Dubai on their way to Mumbai. Stunned by the sight of their heroes, many passengers left the exit gates and rushed to greet them. Despite looking tired

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Police defuse Six bombs found in Andheri Mumbai India

Police defuse Six bombs found in Andheri Mumbai India

Police have arrested two person in this catch A tip-off on Tuesday night,Police detained Rajeev singh from bus stop near a train station in Andheri and allegedly on his search found six crude bombs inside from his bag,subsequently arrested along with another man.

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Military raids monasteries, bashes monks and students: Rangoon

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The reports emanating from the Burmese news exhibits that a peaceful demonstration by the monks and students for the restoration of democracy and anti government protest is being crushed by violence.The world Leaders want the internal matter of public participation in governance in Burma be settled with dialogue.Buddhist monks who are held in esteemed has not been spared and on soldiers refusal to use force are being punished on the scene.Reports from Burmese agencies quote. Comment?

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Protest continues in Rangoon and Mandalay

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Troops were deployed at the corner of Sule pagoda road and Anawrahta road where shootings took place yesterday, about six blocks away from the Pansodan junction with Anawrahta road where more than 10,000 people were protesting. Another group of 5,000-10,000 protestors assembled at around 3.30pm in the Chinatown area at the junction of Strand road and Keile road, also cursing government security forces. No overnment troops, guards or supporters were seen at this location. Sep 28, 2007 (DVB)–Army troops attempting to raid monasteries in Mandalay and Rangoon last night were forced to withdraw by local residents. Troops approaching the monasteries backed off after seeing people from the surrounding areas armed with sticks and slingshots preparing to stop them. In Mandalay, Masoyein (Old and New), Mya Taung, Veitthudayon, Phayagyi and Dhammikarama monasteries were targeted. Residents had heard rumours of impending raids and made preparations to thwart the security forces’ approach. “We set up an alert system of banging pots and pans when anyone saw soldiers approaching the monastery, and we prepared ourselves with any available weapons to stop these unholy people from harassing the monks,” said a Mandalay resident. However, despite the residents’ efforts, Pauk Myaing monastery was raided by government troops at around 7pm yesterday. “They kicked the monks with their army boots and beat them up before arresting about 40 monks,” said another local resident. “If we just stood by, not even dogs would survive in Burma under these bastards’ brutality and inhumanity,” the resident continued, pledging that residents were ready to assist the monks whenever their help was needed. In Rangoon, troops encountered resistance from local residents as they approached Sasana Alin Yaung, Sanana Wuntha and Min Nanda monasteries in Daw Pon and Tharkayta townships. At Min Nanda monastery, which backs on to Pazuntaung creek, troops tried to approach from both land and water but retreated when they saw the strength of local resistance. “There were not only Buddhist people but also Muslims, Christians and Hindus defending the monasteries,” said a resident of Tharkayta township.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Russia claim 1.2 million sq km in Arctic

Russian scientists are allowing the country to claim 1.2 million sq km of potentially energy-rich Arctic territory, the Natural Resources Ministry said Thursday.

"Preliminary, September 20, results of an analysis of the Earth's crust show that the structure of the underwater Lomonosov mountain chain is similar to the world's other continental shelves, and the ridge is therefore part of Russia's landmass," the ministry said.

Russia's Oceanology research institute had undertaken two Arctic expeditions - to the Mendeleyev underwater chain in 2005 and to the Lomonosov ridge in the summer 2007 - on orders from the ministry to back the claims to the 460,000-square-mile area believed to contain vast oil and gas reserves and other mineral riches likely to become accessible in future decades due to man-made global warming.

Researchers conducted deepwater seismic probes, aerial and geophysical surveys, and seismic-acoustic probes on the Akademik Fedorov and Rossiya icebreaker.

The ministry said scientists would provide final research results in December 2007.

In August, Russian researchers also descended 4,200 meters (14,000 feet) to take seabed samples to bolster the claim to the Polar territory.

The mission fueled patriotic sentiments at home and attracted criticism from rival Arctic powers. As well as collecting geological samples, the explorers planted a titanium Russian flag on the seafloor.

In 2001, Russia first claimed its right to the territory, but the UN demanded more evidence.

Moscow has repeatedly argued that the Lomonosov Ridge is part of its land mass - and now the Natural Resources Ministry believes it has the proof.

Under international law, the five Arctic Circle countries - the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Norway and Russia - each have a 322-kilometer (200-mile) economic zone in the Arctic Ocean at the moment.

India knocks host RSA - to play Australia Semi final

India knocks host RSA - to play Australia Semi final

ICC Twenty 20 world cup today has major upset match,host favourites South Africa who were consecutively on last four wins found themselves not only defeated by men in blues but fail to qualify for the second position in semifinal and were pushed out of the semis as they were unable to attain the target of 126 runs.New Zealand in turn qualified for the other semi finalist who will play Pakistan.India will play the hot favorites Australia in the other semi final.Australia defeated Sri Lanka with ten wickets to reach to the semi final after their two earlier defeats and is considered the most competent team in all departments of game to the ICC world Twenty 20 title.India won the toss elected to bat and found themselves in early loss of four wickets.Partnership of Skipper MS Dhoni who scored 45 and Rohit Sharma scoring 50 batted magnificently driving the balls to all around and made score reach to 153 . South Africa batsman Mark Boucher and Morkel scored 36 each in their total team target of 116 runs in twenty overs.RP Singh (4-13) then helped reduce the hosts to 31-5 but partnership of Boucher and Morkel folded well short of the 126 they needed to progress.

In another encounter Pakistan beat Bangldesh by four wickets to clash New Zealand in semi final.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi to run for MP election

Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi wanted in Britain on
suspicion of murdering Alexander Litvinenko says he will stand for
election to the Russian parliament if elected he woill be absolved from his involvement in death of Russian agent Litvinenkos death from poisoning in Lon DON in Nov 2006.Andrei Lugovoi denies his involvement in KGB agent Litvinenko's death.Lugovoi will run for Member of Parliament from Liberal Democratic Party of Russia headed by Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

In this regards the Russian have expelled four Uk diplomats for which the British officials have showed their discord But the Russian president has called it a mini Crisis to which both government must get out of this issue.

"I confirm LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky's announcement that I have agreed to join the party's electoral list," Mr Lugovoi told Interfax agency on Sunday

Duma approves- Viktor Zubkov PM-I, approves Putin plan

Zubkov spoke before today's votes told the DUMA he is committed to policies pursued by President Putin, called for changes to the government's structure, and greater individual responsibility.

"The priorities for my job will be the strategic guidelines and action plan outlined in the president's address to parliament - sustainable economic and social development by streamlining government activities and raising officials' personal responsibility," he said.

Zubkov highlighted the development of the defense sector as another "strategic objective" for a new government, pledging to ensure proper control over federal funds allocated for the purpose. "A further strategic objective is the revival of our defense sector," Zubkov said.

He suggested that an anti-corruption law should be adopted and a corresponding body established, confirmed plans to reshuffle the government's much-criticized welfare sector, and voiced his opposition to media censorship.

"What could ruin Russia is non-professionalism and corruption, which penetrates our society," Zubkov told the State Duma.

(RIA Novosti) - Russia's lower house of parliament approved Friday financial watchdog chief Viktor Zubkov as prime minister, two days after he was nominated by the president.

In the State Duma vote, 381 lawmakers backed Zubkov, 47 voted against, and eight MPs abstained. The candidate needed 200 votes to be elected to the post. He will formally assume office after President Vladimir Putin signs a decree.
Viktor Easy victory in Duma is dominated by the Kremlin-backed United Russia party,which had promised complete support ahead of the vote and the Liberal Democrats, led by ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

US think tank on troops back from Iraq

US democrats senates are trying to hold votes next week to change the course of Iraq war as they are not satisfied with Bush plan to pull back US troops from Iraq. Republican senate are praising the decision.

President Bush repeatedly calledl to U.S. lawmakers made in
his address to the nation a day before to US congress embrace's the recommendations
on the Iraq of General David Petraeus, and Ambassador
RyanCrocker.

"I call upon the United States Congress to listen very carefully to
what General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker reported, and support the
troop levels that these two men think are necessary to achieve our
objective," said Mr. Bush.

US congress is assured that 30,000 additional troops deployed in the
country earlier this year to come home by next July. That would leave
130,000 troops in Iraq. US congress and Americans don't seem to be
totally satisfied with this announcement of the General and the
Ambassador

Republican senate are praising the decision. Among the first to do
so was Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, he spoke on
the Senate floor shortly after General Petreaus delivered his report to
Congress earlier in the week:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada also spoke shortly after Petraeus' testimony.

"His plan is merely more of the same: to keep at least 130,000
troops,American troops, in the midst of an intractable civil war,"
said senator Reid. "This is unacceptable to me, it is unacceptable to
the American people."

Democratic leaders say they will continue to press for a change
of course in the war, which public opinion polls show continues to
be unpopular among the American people.

But Senate Democrats, with their narrow majority in the
chamber,acknowledge there is not enough support in the Senate for
passage of a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.

They need the support of 60 senators to overcome any Republican attempts to block anti-war legislation.

Democratic leaders are focusing on more modest measures that would
attract the support of Republican moderates, many of whom are facing
tough reelection bids next year because of the unpopularity of the war.

One such measure, sponsored by Senator Susan Collins, a Maine
Republican, and Senator Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat, would limit the
mission of U.S. troops to training Iraqi forces, fighting terrorism and
securing Iraq's borders.

Another measure, introduced by Senator Jim Webb, a Virginia
Democrat,would ensure troops returning from Iraq are allowed to stay at
their home bases at least the same amount of time of their last
deployment before returning to the battlefield.

Senator Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat and member of the
senate armed Services Committee, says the Webb proposal could further
reduce troop levels in Iraq, although he could not say by how much.

"What limits it puts on deployments, I am not specifically aware of,but I do think it will have an impact," he noted.

Reed, who delivered his party's response to the president's address
Thursday night, believes the Webb proposal will have overwhelming
support.
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Fukuda ahead in Japan PM race

Fukuda has support of eight out of nine LDP factions. Fukuda ahead in Japan PM race.

Japan's former foreign minister acknowledged Sunday he faced probable defeat in the race of next Prime Minister of Japan to replace ailing PM Shinzo Abe.

Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda the front runner to succeed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said on Saturday that he would stay away from Yasukuni Shrine.

LDP Secretary General Aso also filed his candidacy on Saturday evening as per reports of Japan media.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has announced that
veteran politician Yasuo Fukuda will face former foreign minister Taro Aso.

LDP will pick Mr Abe's successor on 23 September the party dismissed opposition calls for a snap election.The party has majority in Lower house, the House of Representatives, hence new leaders is sure to become the next prime Minister of Japan.

General estimate of the Japanese media that Fukuda is all set to succeed in the contest of race to be next Prime Minister to succeed Abe,as eight out of all nine LDP factions have extended support for Fukuda and is set to win in the duel.

Two candidates agreed the need to extend the Maritime Self-Defense Force's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean and vowed to continue the course of structural reforms, the Kyodo News.
Mr Fukuda has stressed the importance of good relations with the country's neighbors specially Asian his closeness with China is open secret.
Taro Aso, is more outspoken in support of traditional values and is more likely to focus on Japan's relations with the United States.

Fukuda is known from his chief Cabinet secretary days as being a combative, short-tempered politician who often argued with reporters by using high-handed rhetoric.

Still unclear as what kind of policy stance Fukuda will take if hegets to coveted post prime minister. His contest was so sudden that he admitted Friday in an interview with NHK that he was unprepared to present his basic economic or diplomatic policies to the country.

"I haven't been able to discuss policies (with the supporting factions) very much," Fukuda said.

Voting format in has addition to 387 LDP members of the Diet, Japan's parliament - 304 from the House of Representatives and 83 from the House of Councilors - the party's 47 prefectural chapters will vote, with three votes allotted to each. This implies a total of 528 votes will be cast.

The LDP-led coalition lost control of the House of Councilors in the late-July election to the opposition led by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). But the LDP president will be assured of election as prime minister in the Diet, as the party controls the more powerful Lower House, whose decisions take precedence over those of the Upper House regarding the election of a prime minister.

Thai Jet crashes with 128 passengers

Thai Plane landing in bad weather on the resort island of Phuket, the
passenger jet with 128 people on board crashed on Sunday .

Police said few people were rescued from the wreckage of the MD-80.

Jet was operated by Thai budget carrier One-Two-Go and was flying in
from the capital Bangkok.

Onlooker said the plane broke into two pieces when it slammed into the
ground, while another said the aircraft slid off the runway in the
rain, slammed into the nearby jungle and caught fire.

A local official told TiTV television news she feared more than 30 people had been killed in the crash.

"The number of deaths is still unclear but it is likely more than 30
people," said Anchalee Vanich Thepbutr, a senior provincial official in
Phuket.

The pilot had asked for clearance to land and it was not immediately
clear what went wrong, said civil aviation official Chiasak Angkauwan.

"The airplane asked to land but due to the weather in Phuket --
strong wind and heavy rain -- maybe the pilot did not see the runway
clearly," he told TiTV television. "It is expected that there will be
deaths."

"We are rescuing people from the aircraft ... we know now there were
123 passengers and five crew," he told the news channel. "We won't know
what really happened until we hear the black box."

An unnamed doctor at a central emergency reporting centre in Bangkok
told Thai television that initial reports indicated more than 100
people on board the plane had been injured.

"Deaths could not be confirmed. Most people were injured from broken
legs and wounds on the head. The passengers were both Thai and
foreigners," the doctor said.

"I cannot confirm yet how many have been rescued, said Lieutenant Major Sokchai Limcharoen, the police chief.

Mildred Anne Furlong of Prince George, B.C., said she escaped through a
window that had been kicked out by another passenger.Furlong, 23,
suffered only whiplash and cuts.In an interview with The Canadian Press from Phuket International Hospital, she said she can't believe she actually walked away from the

wreckage."Really looking at the footage on the news, I can't believe anybody did. It looks so bad. I can't believe it really. And like, there was only a few of us that got out on our own. It's amazing

that I was one of them."

Plane carrying mostly tourist crash killed 87 members and 42 injured as per official reports.

Thai Jet crashes with 128 passengers

Thai Plane landing in bad weather on the resort island of Phuket, the
passenger jet with 128 people on board crashed on Sunday .

Police said few people were rescued from the wreckage of the MD-80.

Jet was operated by Thai budget carrier One-Two-Go and was flying in
from the capital Bangkok.

Onlooker said the plane broke into two pieces when it slammed into the
ground, while another said the aircraft slid off the runway in the
rain, slammed into the nearby jungle and caught fire.

A local official told TiTV television news she feared more than 30 people had been killed in the crash.

"The number of deaths is still unclear but it is likely more than 30
people," said Anchalee Vanich Thepbutr, a senior provincial official in
Phuket.

The pilot had asked for clearance to land and it was not immediately
clear what went wrong, said civil aviation official Chiasak Angkauwan.

"The airplane asked to land but due to the weather in Phuket --
strong wind and heavy rain -- maybe the pilot did not see the runway
clearly," he told TiTV television. "It is expected that there will be
deaths."

"We are rescuing people from the aircraft ... we know now there were
123 passengers and five crew," he told the news channel. "We won't know
what really happened until we hear the black box."

An unnamed doctor at a central emergency reporting centre in Bangkok
told Thai television that initial reports indicated more than 100
people on board the plane had been injured.

"Deaths could not be confirmed. Most people were injured from broken
legs and wounds on the head. The passengers were both Thai and
foreigners," the doctor said.

"I cannot confirm yet how many have been rescued, said Lieutenant Major Sokchai Limcharoen, the police chief.

Mildred Anne Furlong of Prince George, B.C., said she escaped through a
window that had been kicked out by another passenger.Furlong, 23,
suffered only whiplash and cuts.In an interview with The Canadian Press from Phuket International Hospital, she said she can't believe she actually walked away from the

wreckage."Really looking at the footage on the news, I can't believe anybody did. It looks so bad. I can't believe it really. And like, there was only a few of us that got out on our own. It's amazing

that I was one of them."

Plane carrying mostly tourist crash killed 87 members and 42 injured as per official reports.

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