Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oil surges ahead due to Middle East unrest

Oil prices pushed higher in Asia on Thursday as a Japanese minister fretted about the effects of Middle East unrest, stock markets were mostly underwhelmed by a strong session on Wall Street.Japan's economy minister voiced disquiet about oil supplies to his energy-poor country after violent clashes in Middle Eastern countries from Bahrain to Libya, with tensions also heightened following moves by Iran to send naval ships into the Mediterranean.

"Stability in the Middle East has important implications for Japan because the region is a big supplier of crude, which is a lifeline for our economy," economy minister Kaoru Yosano said at a regular press conference, quoted by Dow Jones Newswires.Brent North Sea crude for April delivery rose two cents to $102.61 in Asian trade, while New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in March, gained a cent to $86.37.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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200 dead in south Sudan massacre

More than 200 people were killed in a massacre in south Sudan last week. The south's Humanitarian Affairs Minister James Kok, today said that 201 people, had been killed in what he termed a massacre.He said they were chased into a river by rebels and nearly 160 of the dead were civilians, such as children, the elderly and refugees.

Previous estimates said that about 100 people had died when fighters loyal to rebel leader George Athor attacked. The deaths come as the region prepares for independence from the north after last month's referendum. Some 99 per cent of people voted to secede from the north.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lieutenant General Myint Aung declines to be defense minister

Lieutenant General Myint Aung, who was on a list to be appointed defense minister on Friday has reportedly declined the cabinet post and was placed under house arrest in Naypidaw on Thursday.Lieutenant General Myint Aung, once thought to be an heir apparent to Than Shwe, was reportedly under house arrest on Thursday after he refused a ministerial post.Lieutenant General Myint Aung, once thought to be an heir apparent to Than Shwe, was reportedly under house arrest on Thursday after he refused a ministerial post. Unconfirmed reports said Myint Aung, who previously served as the adjutant general, is thought to have refused the ministerial position because he perceived it as a demotion.

Prior to his rejection of the post, the Than Shwe loyalist was thought by many observers to be next in line to replace Burma’s reclusive dictator at the helm of the nation’s armed forces. The future for Myint Aung, 55, remains unclear but his military career appears to have come to a screeching halt.

Sources said the defense minister position is now expected to go Lieutenant General Ko Ko.Lieutenant General Min Aung Hlaing is now expected to be named commander in chief of the Armed Forces, with Major General Soe Win taking the vice commander in chief position, sources said.Soe Win was until very recently leading the Northern Command and was a junior to Myint Aung.Both Min Aung Hlaing and Soe Win are considered to be from the Maung Aye faction, giving Burma’s No. 2 general a significant boost in power.Experts in Naypidaw said that Myint Aung’s apparent rejection is just the latest bump in Than Shwe’s plan to impose a parliamentary fa├žade on the government.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Press Meet-Media Reports on His Holiness 17th Karmapa Lama

Buddhist pray with hope for Karmapa

A prayer in the name of His Holiness 17th Karmapa Lama is being held by the hundreds of Buddhist devotees from across India near Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

No shouting. No crying. No burning of effigies. No jamming national highways. At a place, where demonstration is the order of the day (Jantar Mantar in New Delhi), this is no Dharna (demonstration) but a prayer meet. At a nearby demonstration being held on price rise, the atmosphere is tense and the police on toes. But here, as Buddhist devotees keep coming from across the Delhi, there is hardly any police personnel visible. Kudos to the Lamas and Buddhist community for the restraint it has shown to convince a government which is brutally suppressing the agitation for Gorkhaland in nearby Darjeeling.

Children, young, old, men, women and common people, the devotees are silently praying in the national capital among chants of monks in red robes. The patience and methodology adopted by the Buddhist community despite unwarranted allegations against their most revered religious leader, deserves praise and attention.

The participants in the demonstration are from Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, West Bengal (Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri) and Arunachal Pradesh. The prayer will continue for three days till 11th of February from morning till evening at the same venue.

The three major objectives underlined for the prayer are:

For the long life and good health of the spiritual gurus, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Karmapa lama;

For the speedy elimination of all the obstacles being encountered by His Holiness the Karmapa Lama at the present time; and

For the long life and good health of all leaders at the Centre and in the states, and for the peace and prosperity of India and all her people.

The prayer is also a reaffirmation of the Buddhist community’s faith and trusts in His Holiness the Karmapa Lama.

The press release issued laments it to be a matter of deep grief that a religious leader of the eminence of HH the 17th Karmapa should face allegations like being a Chinese agent and indulging in financial improprieties. It raises suspicion that that despite the continued hospitality of Government of India and HH 17th Karmapa’s appreciation of India’s generosity on several occasion, elements in the Intelligence departments do not have the same regard for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Lama.

Underlining the role played by Buddhist in standing with Indian soldiers as sentinels in a sensitive region being challenged by unfriendly neighbour, the prayer beseeches: Do not hurt our religious sentiments. It also requests greater freedom of movement for His Holiness the Karmapa Lama so that he can visit the border states of Sikkim and Arunchal.
The press release answers all the allegations from financial frauds being alleged on His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Lama by the media and elements of the government. It assures that HH the Karmapa, who regards India as his “second homeland”, will have no truck with the Chinese. It quotes what HH the Karmapa told his devotees on February 3, 2011, “The Indian government, in contrast to Communist China, is a free country, a democratic country that is based on the rule of law. The truth will become clear in time.”

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