Monday, August 30, 2010

Spy Agencies Active in Iranian Universities

Spy Agencies Active in Iranian Universities
2010-08-30 04:12:32 - Nksagar -Sagar Media - Iranian Minister of Science, Research, and Technology Kamran Daneshjoo warned on Sunday that the spy agencies of several enemy states are striving hard to infiltrate and influence the country's academic centers.
"…enemies are trying to change the Islamic atmosphere of the universities
into their own favorite atmosphere of liberal-democracy and to give a new definition for Islamic values based on their own views," Daneshjoo said.

The Iranian minister further reminded the alarming remarks of the Supreme Leader about the continued efforts made by the enemy spy agencies to influence Iranian university students, and stated, "How can one rest under such conditions? Enemies are active in this regard because they have realized the importance of universities."

Iran's Deputy Police Chief Ahmad Reza Radan blamed the country's eastern
neighbors for their negligent approach towards the spread of terrorism in the region, and urged them to boost security measures along their shared borders with Iran.

Last year, Supreme Leader's Representative to the universities Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadian said those seeking to spark a velvet revolution in Iran have hatched special plots to start a regime change plan from the universities for they view the country's academic centers as their strategic field of activity."It is natural that in our society and many other societies, universities are the centers of thinking and understanding. Hence, those seeking a soft overthrow of the Islamic Republic naturally view universities as the strategic domain of their activity as much as we attach importance to universities for the consolidation of the tenets of the Islamic Revolution," Mohammadian said on August 29, 2009.Noting that the atmosphere of the Iranian universities is popular, Mohammadian reiterated that the country's academic centers have acted in complete coordination with the nation all throughout the last 30 years since the onset of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

"If enemies of the Islamic Republic succeed in making our universities devoid of their popular atmosphere, then they will succeed in attaining their goals."
"But we believe that their efforts have failed and yielded no success," he added.

On Aug 28 | In an editorial today in Kayhan, Hossein Shariatmadari criticized last week's Friday prayers sermon by Tehran's Provisional Friday Prayers Leader, Hojjatoleslam Kazem Sediqi, for lacking clarity and giving "enemies" like BBC analysts something with which to criticize the government.

Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameinei's representative at Kayhan newspaper, said part of Sediqi's speech had been intentionally misinterpreted by foreign media and the "leaders of the sedition," referring to the opposition leaders. He chastised the cleric for not stating his intentions more clearly.

In his sermon, Sediqi asked the audience to mend ties with the people who "came apart from the political system." Shariatmadari mocked a BBC analysis which cited Sediqi's speech as a sign of the authorities' failure to put an end to the post-election unrest and a conciliatory gesture toward reformists to improve relations with them.

Referring to Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi as "Israel's representatives in Iran" and accomplices of the United States, Shariatmadari wrote, "Virtuous people will never take as friends those who are the enemy of God and his Prophet," citing the Quran. Unity, he continued, meant the darkening of the borders between friends and foes. He concluded his editorial by demanding punishment for those who have committed crimes.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Ban Ki Moon tours Pakistan

2010-08-16 05:07:11 - Nksagar - Sagar Media- PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has cautioned against any hindrance in the formation of the body and said the nation cannot afford “any delay in the setting up of the commission. Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Ishaq Dar have been assigned the task of working out modalities for the formation of an independent commission to oversee relief and rehabilitation operations in the flood-hit areas.The two parties agreed on Saturday to set up the commission. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had declared at a news conference with the PML-N chief on Saturday that the government had agreed to Mr Sharif’s proposal for setting up an independent body comprising men of integrity to collect and distribute relief funds among the flood-affected people in a transparent manner.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Pakistan on Sunday to boost relief efforts as concerns grew about the 20 million people made homeless in one of the worst disasters to hit the country.Pakistan has is worst flood swollen by torrential monsoon rains, rivers have flooded mountain valleys fertile plains, wiping out villages and destroying bridges and roads. UN aid of
quarter of the $US459 million aid needed for initial relief has arrived.

UN secretary-general, said that the Pakistan floods are the worst disaster he has ever seen and has issued a fresh call for international aid to help those affected by the crisis.Addressing alongside Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan's president, after a tour of the disaster zone, Ban said on Sunday it had been "heart-wrenching day." "I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today," he said. "In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this'"Waves of flood must be met with waves of support from the world' said Ban. "I'm here to urge the world to step up assistance' UN has appealed for an initial $460 million to provide emergency relief, but only 20 per cent has so far been given.Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs, said at least 36,000 people were reportedly suffering from acute watery diarrhoea."We're not suggesting that everyone who has acute watery diarrhoea has cholera, but cholera is certainly a concern and that's why we're stepping up our efforts," he said on Saturday.

Mr Gilani held a meeting with Dr Sheikh on Sunday and “directed him to work expeditiously” on the plan which, according to him, would help win the confidence of the people of Pakistan and foreign donors.More than 1,500 people have died in the disaster and more than 7.9 million acres (3.2 million hectares) of cotton, sugar cane and wheat crops destroyed.

President Asif Ali Zardari has tried to make up for that public relations gaffe by meeting with flood victims in hard-hit areas since returning.

"We are with you. Pakistan is with you, and the people of Pakistan are with you," he told survivors at a relief camp in the northwest's Nowshera city Saturday. He promised the government would rebuild victims' homes.

The 220 KVA grid station at Lodra tripped on Sunday, causing suspension of power supply to more than 20 districts in Sindh and Balochistan.The tripping occurred after water from a number of breaches in the Begari canal inundated the power station.

The floodwater washed away paddy and other crops on thousands of acres but irrigation officials and local administration have managed to save Shikarpur city and gas transmission station after digging ducts under the Shikarpur-Jacobabad railway line near Lodra village.The station supplies power to 14 grid stations in Sindh and three in Balochistan.The water is now moving to Golodero forest area and villages in Garhi Yasin, Khanpur, Shikarpur and Lakhi talukas.
US has begun dispatching marines' helicopters from an assault ship to help distribute food, clean drinking water and medicine.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Karachi engulf in violence

Karachi engulf in violence

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2010-08-03 06:50:46 - Nksagar -Sagar Media - Karachi engulf in violence with at least 37 persons were killed and more than two dozen vehicles, shops, teashops and carts parked on roadsides were set ablaze in the wake of the assassination of Syed Raza Haider, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement member of the Sindh Assembly, in Nazimabad on Monday.Personnel of the law-enforcement agencies were also attacked amid the fear and chaos that gripped the city after the incident reports Pak daily.

According to police surgeon Hamid Priyar, 30 people were killed in the recent spate of targeted killings. He said that by 2 am Tuesday morning, they had received 11 bodies at Civil Hospital Karachi, 11 at Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, five at Abbasi Shaheed and two at Qatar Hospital in Orangi town.

More than 60 people were injured in the
violence. Seventeen were shifted to the CHK, 24 to the JPMC, eight to the ASH and 11 to Qatar Hospital. About 30 vehicles, several shops, one petrol pump and many kiosks and pushcarts were also set on fire. There were also reports of violence and damage to property in interior Sindh.

Life in Karachi came to a standstill as soon as the news of the MQM leader’s killing spread. Massive traffic jams were witnessed at all the major thoroughfares of Karachi. In the ensuing violence, several vehicles were torched.

MQM MPA was gunned down inside the Jama Masjid, near the Inquiry Officer in Nazimabad 2, with his armed police guard where he was attending the funeral of his friend’s mother. Minutes after his killing, the city saw the outbreak of deadly violence as the police and Rangers made little effort to control it.An armed attack on a Rangers mobile in Pak Colony left two personnel wounded. Similarly, a police vehicle came under attack in Gulistan-i-Jauhar. Three policemen were wounded in the attack. Police sources said that MPA Haider came to the Nazimabad area to console a death. Later, he went to Jamia Masjid Trust situated in Nazimabad No-2. In the meantime, armed men riding two motorcycles and a Corolla car stopped in front of the mosque. They first killed Constable Khalid, the MPA’s guard, who was standing outside the mosque. Then they barged into the mosque and opened fire at MPA Haider, who was performing ablution. A passer-by, Arsalaan, was also injured in the attack.

Police said that the people present at the scene shifted the injured to hospital where MPA Raza Haider was pronounced dead. Hospital sources said that the deceased MPA Haider received six bullet wounds on his head, right and left arms and chest. They added that PC Khalid received two bullets while Arsalan received three bullets.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Kalmadi on CWG Money laundering

Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Saturday said that there was total transparency in all the deals and "every pie is accounted for".

A day after the OC was rocked by an alleged scam involving a little known UK-based company, Kalmadi held a lengthy press conference to dismiss all allegations as "totally unfounded and baseless" and threatened to initiate legal action against those who have maligned the OC's image."We have nothing to hide. There is total transparency in OC and our conscience is clear. All the headlines about money trail story is false. Every pie is accounted for. We are hurt by this allegations," Kalmadi said.

"I am deeply pained by these unfounded and baseless allegations. I totally deny this malicious broadcast. It is bad for the morale of the Games which is in such an important phase. I will like to deny everything which is coming in the news channel. There is nothing against us in the Central Vigilance Commission report," he said."I am thinking of legal action, including defamation against the channel. It is such a malicious reporting which is far from truth," Kalmadi added.The Delhi Games were hit by a major scam after the British Government raised questions about a substantial sum of money which was transferred to A M Films from the OC.

Reports claimed that over 4.50 lakh pounds were transferred through a British bank to the company, which was also said to be receiving 25,000 pounds a month for costume designing.Clarifying the position, Kalmadi admitted that there was no contract between the OC and A M Films and they roped in the company at the last minute only on the recommendation of the Indian High Commission in London.
"There are two sides of the story. Whole thing has come out because of the VAT refund we have asked from the company. They (British authorities) might have gone to the office of the company but if there is something wrong there, I am not responsible for it. If we were wrong, why would we ask for VAT refund," he said.

Kalmadi denied that the CWG Organising Committee transferred 25,000 pounds every month to AM Films for costume design and said the OC made a one-time payment of two lakh and 38 thousand pounds in October last year."Neither we paid money for costume designing nor paid any monthly amount to A M films. The whole amount of 2 lakh 38 thousand pounds was paid one-time in October 2009," he said."The budget for QBR function in London was dully approved by the executive committee of OC as Rs 13 crore and we spent only six crores. All the money was taken with RBI permission," said Kalmadi.He explained that the High Commission had recommended two firms AM Cars & Vans and A M Films for the additional job as demanded by the London authorities to hold the QBR as the main event management company Jacks and Morton Worldwide said their hands were full."AM Cars and Vans a company compelled by the High Commission of India in London was appointed for all the transportation requirement on the rates approved by the High Commission. Since AM Films was a sister company of AM Cars and Vans we went for it and that also on the rates recommended by the High Commission," he said waving the letter issued by High Commission on October 13, 2009.
He said the money to AM Films Ltd was paid through bank transfer from Delhi with due approvals.The other items like mobile toilets, barricades etc were got through AM Cars and Vans, he said.Regarding the CVC report on construction of stadiums, Kalmadi said the OC was not in the picture.

Kalmadi challenged the news channels to prove any transaction that the Organising Committee transfers 25 thousand Pounds every month to AM Films for costume design. He said that the Organising Committee agreed to arrange all items suggested by the London based civic and Royal authorities during the Queen's Baton Relay launch ceremony there on 23rd March 2009 and procured them from AM Films Limited at the cost of One lakh 46 thousand 8 hundred 86 point eight zero Pounds after due approvals. He said that all transactions by the Organising Committee are transparent and they have followed all the appropriate financial procedures.

"All the 16 points in the CVC report has nothing to do with the OC. We have yet to get the possession of all the venues which we are going to do tomorrow. You can now ask the venue owners about it," he retorted.

CWG 2010 is mega event, seventy one nations to participate with best of International standards infra for sports the most expensive CWG,infrastructure and organising budget of $2.22 billion) and the official estimates say the Indian Sports Minister M. S. Gill in the parliament on Friday the cost of organising the Games had risen by a factor of 17 since the bid was made in 2003.

Sports Minister M S Gill on Saturday promised to take "prompt and appropriate" against corruption cases in the Commonwealth Games and said all deals related to the sporting extravangza should be be tabled in Parliament.Gill said that if any irregularities related to 3rd-14th October mega event were brought to his Ministry's notice, it would deal with it seriously and swiftly."Anything that needs to be looked at must be looked at and it will continue even after the Games. I believe that we must put forward everything before the Parliament and the people," he told reporters in New Delhi."I am closely following whatever has been reported in the media related to various issues of the Games, preparations as well as other issues. Whatever they be, the clear policy and duty of the Ministry is that if anything comes to our notice which needed to be dealt with, then the officers must make sure that they deal with it promptly and appropriately."
"I believe that in our country which is a very powerful and vibrant democracy with a very strong press, we need to support the democracy and the people's right to know," the Minister said.

Reports claimed that over 4.50 lakh pounds were transferred through a British bank to the company, which was also said to be receiving 25,000 pounds a month for costume designing.Gill said financial bungling may be making headlines, but at this crucial juncture hosting a successful Games should be the priority of all the parties concerned.
"I think for all of us the prime focus has to be that in a little over 2 months we will be hosting the Commonwealth Games, which were taken in 2003 by the contry's government and continued by the successor governments."
"The major parties support the necessity to conclude the Games in a successful manner for the honour and the good of the country and now it should be the prime duty for all of us," he said.
"We (ministry) have to make sure that we complete all the stadiums on time and keep on supporting the athletes. We should not lose focus of the necessity of delivering a good Games for the honour of the country," the Minister reiterated.

CVC official reveal all the construction quality certificates inspected so far had been fake or "suspect", raising serious concerns for athletes' and spectators' safety during the 12- day sporting extravaganza.
"Fake certificates were routinely issued to pass substandard work and material," an official of the Central Vigilance Commission told daily newspaper.
Other certificates were "suspect", the official said and "We have not yet been able to gauge the financial implications, but it is certain to have led to very big gains for vendors and contractors."

Construction agencies responsible for the creating the Games infrastructure are going to hand them over to the Organising Committee today on Sunday 1 August 2010

“The organising committee will take over the games facilities tomorrow completed in all respects only. Mr Kalmadi asserted that the fields of play in all the stadia are of the world class and are in excellent condition. looking to the fact that these games are going to be viewed by about 3 billion people all over the globe, Mr Kalmadi's appeal to stand united to make it a big success comes at no less an appropriate time when the mega event is just over two months away.”

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