Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Drug kingpin Khun Sa dead at 74

Khun Sa, as the highest profile drug warlord of the fabled Golden Triangle, is reported to have died in Rangoon.

His death as occurring between the dates of October 26 to 28, a police source in Rangoon said the drug kingpin died on Sunday at his residence.

Khuensai Jaiyen, editor of the Thailand based Shan Herald Agency for News (SHAN), said the former drug lord, age 74, was suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and was half paralyzed before his death.

"His body was cremated this morning at Yaywai cemetery in Rangoon without much ceremony," Jaiyen added.

Born in 1933, Khun Sa is best known for operating a massive drug operation in a virtually autonomous stretch of territory in eastern Shan State and along the Thai-Burmese border from the mid-1970s to mid-1990s, maintaining a command center in the northern Thai town of Ban Hin Taek.

The establishment of Shan United Army, called himself as a freedom fighter in opposition to the central Burmese government, fighting for the rights and autonomy of the Shan provice and its peoples.

In year 1996 Khun Sa dissolved his fiefdom and is said to have "surrendered" to Burmese authorities. with tacit understanding,a well known that he continued to live out his days in Rangoon, with no irk or hassle from Burmese authorities.

Khuensai Jaiyen, a former secretary of Khun Sa with connections to Shan ethnic minority guerrilla groups, yesterday confirmed that his former boss died aged 74 in Rangoon on October 26.

His "surrender" came seven years after he was indicted by a New York court for drug trafficking, and at a time when Burmese authorities were keen to make a public show for their efforts in combating the trade in illegal narcotics.

The existing financial interests of Khun Sa and his family are not known in full, but his relations are rumored to continue to hold significant financial portfolios in Burma's urban centers as well as in Khun Sa's old hunting grounds along the Thai-Burmese border, including investment in a casino in the Burmese border town of Myawaddy.

Khun Sa presided over a narcotics kingdom spread over of jungle valleys, complete with latest logistics as satellite television, schools and surface-to-air missiles in the Golden Triangle region where Burma, Thailand and Laos meet.

For four decades the Robinhood style, warlord claimed to be fighting for autonomy for the Shan procince, one of many ethnic minorities who have battled Burma's central government for decades.

But global narcotics agents used terms like the "Prince of Death" as designate. United States offered a reward of $2 million for his arrest. He is estimated to have control up to 60 per cent of the world's heroin supply was refined from opium in his area at his peak.

Brazil host World Cup football 2014

Brazil host World Cup football 2014
Fifa's rotation system has south American country for Gala event.
2007-10-31 02:45:48 - Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said: "Soccer is more than a sport for us, it's a national passion." World Cup is being held in Brazil since Argentina hosted, and won, the 1978 tournament.Brazil hosted this event in 1950 when they lost the event to Uruguay in the final.

Brazil is to to give face lift to fourteen grounds out of which the
Fifa may select for nine or ten ground each with the capacity of more
than 40000,Brazil has to build four from scratch and fourteens needs refurbish which needs inspections from Fifa for their approval as per their norms.
Brazil have won the tournament a record five times and hosted the World Cup once before, in 1950.

This World Cup will have such a big social and cultural impact in Brazil said Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Fifa's inspection report added: "Brazil has a rich history of hosting sporting and other international events.News reached fans celebrations culminated in many towns around the country with fireworks and festivities continued late night.

Women's world champions Germany will host the 2011 Women's World Cup as it was contest between Canada and Germany ,the later beating off competition from Canada.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Germany to cooperate India's energy sector

Germany to cooperate India's energy sector

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PM Mr Man Mohan Singh inaugurated, 'Science Express' an exhibition on wheels that visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened in the capital along with him.Later in the day she attended meeting organised by conglomerate of various industries.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Germany to cooperate India's energy sector

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel said addressing industry leaders here at the jointly organised CII-FICCI-ASSOCHAM meeting that Germany is willing to cooperate with India "very closely" in the energy sector and asked New Delhi to take a long-term view while negotiating emission reduction obligations in any global climate deal.

"In the area of energy we have to cooperate very closely ...And efforts will be made to give priority to renewable energy," Merkel said India-Germany cooperation would not be narrow but broadbased. "India will be our strategic partner and we wish to enhance this relationship."

She said enhancing business has to be given the top priority in the strategic partnership.

Germany-India bilateral trade has crossed 10 billion euro in 2006, meeting the target four years in advance.

Merkel said while auto giant Volkswagen is enlarging its plants in India, Airbus has made "excellent offers" both for the civilian and defence aircraft.

Area of climate change, Merkel said India should take a long-term view in international cooperation. "India's per capita emission is at the bottom of the pyramid but we have to think of future," she said.

She said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told her that in the long-term a fair solution was possible if each individual was given his or her share of emission.PTI

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Argentina's first lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner wins

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29.10.2007 18:55:52 "We have won amply," she said. "But this, far from putting us in a position of privilege, puts us instead in a position of greater responsibilities and obligations."

(live-PR.com) - Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had 45 percent of the vote, compared with 23 percent for former lawmaker Elisa Carrio and 17 percent for former Economy Minister Roberto Lavagna.


Rest percentage split the other eleven contestants. Fernandez needed 40 percent and a margin of 10 percentage points over the runner-up to avoid a runoff.Fernandez is a lawyer and senator will succeed her husband Nestor Kirchner.She become Argentina's first elected female president.The Post of President in Argentina is both state and government head as per the constitution.

Polling was extended by one hour in some parts of the country to 1900 local time (2200 GMT) to accommodate a late rush of voters.Vice President Daniel Scioli won the race for governor of Buenos Aires province, the country's second most powerful post.

The outgoing president Nestor Kirchner, stood at her side, she said she would build on his work.On being compared with Hillary Clinton or with Evita in media she said ,"I don't want to be compared with Hillary Clinton or with Evita Peron, or with anybody," she said recently."There's nothing better than being yourself."

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will take over reins from her husband Nestor Kirchner in December in a unique rarity power handover between democratically elected spouses,a glamorous lawyer and centre-left senator enters into the Casa Rosada – or Pink House – as her husband’s successor after tomorrow’s elections in house where she lived for four years as First Lady.

Fernandez political journey from elected provincial legislator at the Chamber of Deputies in the locality of Santa Cruz in 1989, she was re-elected to the post in 1993. In 1999 that is six years later, she was elected Senator for Santa Cruz, and re-elected in 2001. She was elected Senator for Buenos Aires,in year 2005.

Her call for unity, and invited all social sectors to build a better nation as she wants to develop a joint social project for all sectors of Argentinean society, disregarding political differences. "I want all to join in to build the future, because we have advanced a lot since 2003 in our struggle against poverty and unemployment, and I want to call on you all without hard feelings or hatred," she stressed.The payment of debts to IMF of 100 Million dollars and to other Latin American countries paid rich dividend to her in election campaign.

Argentina economy has boomed as it rebounds from the depths of the crash, with 8 per cent growth last year. Unemployment has halved and poverty rates have been slashed. The glittering pampas are flush with new wealth, thanks to Chinese demand for soy, and a forest of cranes is testimony to the builders boom in Buenos Aires.


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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Merkel's first trip to India

Merkel will leave Monday for a four-day trip to India her first trip as Chancellor along with a trade delegates.Angela Merkel to boost business ties with India on her visit to the world's biggest democracy.she will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"As Europeans, we have every opportunity, including in a country like India," Merkel said at an Asia conference in Berlin. "We just have to get involved."

A government official said German firms wanted to boost ties in newer areas such as environmental technology and software as well as machinery, electrical engineering and chemicals. German-Indian trade reached about 10.5 billon euros ($15.1 billion) last year.Asia's third-biggest economy has grown at an average of 8.6 percent in the past four years.
Germany has been very focused on China, she said, but India also "is a dramatically growing country" with great economic perspectives.Delegation of managers from top German companies such as industrial conglomerate Siemens AG and chemical company BASF as well as the Deutsche Bahn railroad firm on the trip to Delhi and Mumbai.

It will be Merkel's first trip to India; she has already visited another Asian economic power, China, twice during her chancellorship.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Gorbachev forms Union of Social Democrats Political outfit

Gorbachev forms Union of Social Democrats Political outfit
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Gorbachev forms Union of Social Democrats Political outfit
Former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev founded the Union of Social Democrats in Moscow on Saturday in an attempt to lead Russia towards a social democratic path.

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Former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev founded the Union of Social Democrats in Moscow on Saturday in an attempt to lead Russia towards a social democratic path.

Some 200 people from 58 Russian regions took part in the constituent congress of the union, which was, as claimed, aimed at eliminating the extremities of left-wing
and right-wing forces and building an integrated society.

"The Western countries found the solution (in combining left- wing and liberal values)," Gorbachev said, taking the coalition of Social Democrats and Christian Democrats in Germany as an example.

It's the former president and Communist Party chief's second attempt to lead his country towards a social democratic path.

In 2000, he founded the Russian United Social Democratic Party, which grouped a number of other social democratic parties and organizations in 2001 and was renamed to the Social Democratic Party of Russia (SDPR).

In May 2004 Gorbachev stepped down as the SDPR leader and the party was abolished last summer as it failed to meet the requirements of the legislation on political parties.

Russia will hold parliamentary elections in early December.
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Kurdish rebels ambushed a military unit near Turkey's

SIRNAK, Turkey - Kurdish rebels ambushed a military unit near Turkey's border with Iraq early Sunday, killing 12 soldiers giving way on the Turkish government to stage attacks against guerrilla camps in Iraq.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the referendum at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. Turkey's leaders hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to decide what steps to take against PKK- Kurdish rebels, following an ambush that killed at least 12 soldiers.

Iraq's president, ordered Kurdish guerrillas to lay down their weapons or leave, but Turkey's deputy prime minister said words were no longer enough: "We are expecting concrete steps from them."

Soldiers died when rebels blew up a bridge as a 12-vehicle military convoy was crossing it, less than three miles from the Iraq border, news channel television said. Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said the military had circled a group of rebels, killed 23 of them and were shelling their positions.

"Our anger, our hatred is great," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on national television. He said the government would take "an approach that is calm, far from agitation and based on common sense."

The handing over of PKK leaders to Turkey is a dream that will never be realised," Talabani, himself a Kurd, told journalists.

"PKK's leaders are in Kurdistan's rugged mountains. The Turkish military with its mightiness could not annihilate them or arrest them, so how could we arrest them and hand them to Turkey?"

However, Talabani and Iraqi Kurdish president Massud Barzani hold most sway over Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters best suited for any operations Iraq could launch.

"We have appealed to the PKK and PJAK (an offshoot of the PKK) to stop fighting and to transform themselves from military organisations into civilian and political ones," Talabani said.

"But if they insist on continuing the fight, they should leave Kurdistan and not create problems here. They should go back to their countries and do whatever they want."

A statement from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office condemned what it described as a "terrorist action" carried out by the PKK against Turkish soldiers, after a meeting of Iraq's security committee.

Turkey's parliament on Wednesday approved a motion authorising military strikes into Iraq for a one-year period against PKK rebels using northern Iraq as a springboard for cross-border attacks.

Iraqi lawmakers overwhelmingly condemned the Turkish move on Sunday but urged their own government to do more to rid the country of the rebels.

"The parliament calls on PKK fighters to leave Iraqi territories and asks the Iraqi government to take the required measures to stop PKK activities being launched from Iraqi territories," a motion said.

In Ankara, Erdogan said he, President Abdullah Gul and top ministers and military leaders would meet later Sunday to decide on what action to take following the latest clashes.

The Turkish army has already sent additional troops to the region following the attack in which PKK rebels allegedly ambushed an infantry platoon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Palestinian statehood-A global effort

Palestinian statehood- A global effort


Palestinian statehood-Unity effort Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are about the final disposition of the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem. Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, hinted that he might be willing to split Jerusalemas and East Jerusalam opt to Palestine .

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says his side is close to an agreement with Israel on a document on Palestinian statehood. "Frankly, it is time for the establishment of a Palestinian state," she said after meeting the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah.Rice, is hawkish in her way stress that the coming Middle East conference in Annapolis, Maryland is a stepping stone to full negotiations on a final deal in Mideast peace process.

PRIME MINISTER Ehud Olmert's reluctance to go for a more detailed agreement is not indicative of a lack of trust in President Mahmoud Abbas. It is an outgrowth of his shaky political situation. If Olmert did promise Abbas everything Abbas wants, Olmert would not necessarily be able to deliver, and the Palestinians know it.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says his side is close to an agreement with Israel on a document on Palestinian statehood. At the same time, he said it is not a done deal."And nothing will be agreed until everything is agreed," said Erekat. "Our administration in Gaza is temporary." We have said all the time that we are ready to discuss all the issues on the negotiating table Ahmed Yousef adviser to Ismail Haniya.

Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store, said Norway intends to maintain contact with Hamas at the envoy level, but its ministers do not plan to meet with the Gaza government's representatives.

Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert is fervently courting Fatah's Mahmoud Abbas as a "partner for peace", various successive voices continue to speak out against efforts to sideline the democratically elected Hamas government which can bring little or no success to the unity efforts on which world has its attention.

The Palestinian people call of inhumane treatment meted to them needs human approach to bring peace in this region. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says his side is close to an agreement with Israel on a document on Palestinian statehood. The document would be presented at an international peace conference in the United States this year. At the same time, he said it is not a done deal. "And nothing will be agreed until everything is agreed," said Erekat at the Interviewed on Israel's Channel 10 television.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya through its web site said it might be willing to relinquish control of Gaza, which it seized from Fatah in June. Mr Haniya said his group's control of the coastal territory was "temporary". Mr Abbas negated reconciliation with Hamas until it gives up the Gaza Strip and submits to his authority.

Senior Fatah official, Ahmed Abdul Rahman, denied that talks had been planned and accused Hamas of trying to mislead the public. Hamas success to drive Fatah from Gaza, compelled Mr Abbas declared Mr Haniya's coalition government null and appointed a new prime minister. "There is a serious movement in the realm of Palestinian dialogue and we have agreed to hold a dialogue with Fatah in one of the Arab capitals," Mr Haniya said in the statement. "Our administration in Gaza is temporary," he added. We have said all the time that we are ready to discuss all the issues on the negotiating table Ahmed Yousef adviser to Ismail Haniya. Mr Haniya said the talks would be held after Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "We have said all the time that we are ready to discuss all the issues on the negotiating table, and we are willing that one of these countries like Egypt or Saudi Arabia mediate or facilitate such a kind of meeting," he told the World Today programme. Mr Yousef insisted that Hamas had not, and had never intended to establish a separate Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip. "Any future Palestinian state should include all occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza," he added. "This is going to be the future Palestinian state, so there is no intention for anybody to have a state in Gaza."

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Ban instructs Gambari on meet with General Than Shwein

Ban instructs Gambari on meet with General Than Shwein

International community wants India and china to play Leading role in the restoration of democracy as duo are economic partners with major stake in trade.China and India is following wait and watch policy to situation roll to normalcy.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Ban instructs Gambari on meet with General Than Shwein

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon instructed Gambari in a recent telephone conversation to deliver a message to the generals, UN spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

"The secretary general asked his envoy to call on the Myanmar authorities to cease the repression of peaceful protest, release the detainees and move more credibly and inclusively in the direction of democratic reform, human rights and national reconciliation," Okabe said in New York.

Ibrahim Gambari, special envoy to Burma, was given an appointment to meet with
senior General Than Shwein in capital, Naypyitaw, an Asian diplomat said. United Nations office in Rangoon says that UN special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari remains in Burma. Mr. Gambari has not met the top two generals of the country although he has been in Burma since Saturday.

"He looks forward to meeting Senior General Than Shwe and other relevant interlocutors before the conclusion of his mission," said the UN statement.

A Norway-based dissident news organisation estimated that 135-200 people were killed — more than 10 times the government figure — and 6,000 detained report needs confirmation.

Mr Gambari was
taken on a government-sponsored trip to attend a seminar in the far northern Shan state on EU relations with Southeast Asia, said other diplomats. protocol.UN special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari has left the Burmese border town of Muse for Lashio in northern Shan State, according to sources on the border.

Division commander General Aung Thein Htut accompanied the UN envoy to Muse 105th mile border trade zone, hydro power projects and to border gates.

BURMA’S junta leader stalled a UN envoy for yet another day yesterday, delaying
his chance to present international demands for an end to the crackdown
on the largest protests.

Burma junta leaders have repeatedly ignored diplomatic understanding and have also snubbed envoys and US in his official remarks by Tom Casey said the U.S. wanted to see Gambari convey a clear message on behalf of the international community "about the need for Burma‘s leaders to engage in a real and serious political dialogue with all relative parties.
Than Shwe got rid of his main rival, Gen. Khin Nyunt, most powerful head of intelligence, who favored some dialogue with Suu Kyi.
Burma pro-junta mens are dispatched to raid Buddhist monks and dissedents,protester to Monsastries and their homes.
"It will not be a fruitful visit unless he manages to arrange a meeting between Suu Kyi and Than Shwe," said Zinn Linn, a spokesman of the self-styled Myanmar government in exile in Bangkok. "His mission is very weak. He should do more than this."
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Monday, October 1, 2007

Sonia Gandhi in New York on IDNV to address UNGA

New York, Oct 1 (PTI) Congress President Sonia Gandhi arrived here to address the UN General Assembly in which she is expected to give a message of non-violence, peace and brotherhood in a conflict-ridden world.
The UPA chairperson, who is accompanied by her son and newly appointed Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, will address the world body tomorrow morning when it
celebrates the International Day of Non-Violence as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary.
She touched down in the city last night. Dozens of functions are scheduled across the world to commemorate the Day and highlight the message of satygraha by the Mahatma.


In a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of brotherhood and peace, the United Nations' General Assembly had in June declared the Father of the Nation's birth anniversary as the International Day of Non-Violence and urged member states to observe it each year in appropriate manner.


Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address a public meeting organised by the Indian National Overseas Congress this evening, which is expected to be attended by some 2,000 people.

And at home her DMK allies of ruling UPA chief Kaurnanidhi starts state wide day long fast a mere coincident or election round the corner.
In the national capital, Prime Minister will flag off a rally at AICC headquarters that will go up to the Rajghat, the samadhi of the Father of the Nation.
The rally will comprise senior Congress leaders, ministers, MPs and party workers.
10,000 people are expected to participate in the rally.Commemorative stamps will also be brought out by the government on the occasion.


Oct 1 .A day after the Supreme Court stayed the Tamil Nadu bandh called by the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance for today, DPA leaders led by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi began a state-wide day long fast to press demanding speedy immplementation of the Sethusamudram project.

The chief minister had clarified yesterday that the fast was not against the apex court ruling.


While Karunanidhi and DPA leaders are observing the fast in front of the Government Guest House here, workers of the alliance are observing it in front of all district and taluk headquarters in the state.


Alliance leaders, including PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss, TNCC state president M Krishnasamy, CPI(M) leader N Vardarajan, CPI national secretary D Raja, Dravida Kazhagam leader K Veeramani, Dalit Panthers of India founder Tol Tirumavalavan, besides Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu and Minister of State for Statistics, G K Vasan are participating in the fast.


Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP and his son, the local administration minister M K Stalin, besides electricity minister Arcot Veerasamy and finance minister K Anbazhagan also joined them in the fast. PTI

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