Saturday, October 30, 2010

NATO forces in Afghanistan killed 50 insurgents

NATO forces in Afghanistan killed 50 insurgents

Kabul (AFP) - U.S. and NATO forces killed about 50 rebels in repelling an attack in Afghanistan on Saturday, calling for air strikes to attack an outpost in the volatile south.

come in the biggest attack, U.S. troops in a combat post in southeastern Paktika province under fire rocket-propelled grenades and mortar attacks, said the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

"There were investigating the area. Today is 38 rebels were killed," said U.S. Army Sergeant Brian Sipp, a spokesman for the eastern command ISAF. Another spokesman for ISAF troops were involved, identified as American.

At least two other attacks in the south and north of the capital, Kabul on Friday and Saturday in the Afghan and ISAF officials said.

Increasing violence and notes between the foreign troops and civilians pain war strategy review Barack Obama in Afghanistan in December and the NATO summit in Lisbon next month.

In Paktika, five U.S. soldiers were wounded when the post was attacked, ISAF said. The bodies were scattered on the battlefield was called after the alleged air attack

The Taliban claimed

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Islamic group has attacked the post and said the attack stormed six police stations.

Speaking by telephone from an undisclosed location, "said Mujahid, Taliban fighters" heavy losses "on the ISAF and Afghan troops have inflicted, but give more details. He died eight Taliban fighters.

The Taliban often make exaggerated claims or losses on unconfirmed enemy to attack.

Taliban fort in Helmand, ISAF said his death more than 10 insurgents attacked the patrol. The patrol came under small arms fire and responded with artillery and rockets, said in a statement.

ISAF troops later found bomb-making materials and about 10 kg of opium, the statement said.

Afghan and ISAF troops were attacked by insurgents armed with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades, when building a security checkpoint in Kapisa, north of Kabul, on Friday, ISAF said.

air strikes were called to battle lasted for some time to help.

"Several insurgents were killed and wounded on the ground and air," ISAF said in a statement.

Taliban and other rebels such as the Haqqani network al-Qaeda to reduce a series of brazen attacks against foreign military bases and government offices last year in an effort to force President Hamid Karzai and foreign troops early.

insurgency in Afghanistan has broken the hearts of the Taliban in the south and east, extending to other parts of Afghanistan, including the provinces in the north and Herat in the west, is considered more secure.
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Karzai acknowledged receiving "pocket money" from Iran

Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged Monday that his chief of staff has a "pocket money" received from Iran, but insisted that transparent payment and form of assistance from friendly countries.

Cash payments from some friendly countries to the Office of the President and to assist with the cost ... "Karzai told a news conference in Kabul.

The New York Times reported Saturday that Karzai's chief of staff, Omar Daudzai have money from Iran, which seeks to expand its influence in the presidential palace in Kabul received.

"The Iranian government has given us five or six or € 700,000 or two times a year, helping to support the government," Karzai said.

"He (Daudzai) instructions to receive the money," he said.

The newspaper, without reference shows Afghan officials say the cost of paying millions of dollars in secret and Karzai Daudzai funds used to pay members of the Afghan parliament, tribal elders and Taliban commanders themselves, their loyalty.

said: "Actually, President slush fund," said a Western official cited by the newspaper as saying. "Daudzai mission is to promote the interests of Iran."

Times quoted unidentified officials as saying that Iran wants to pay allegiance Daudzai, former ambassador of Iran, a strong supporter of anti-Western line from Afghan President Karzai and the pants is to make sure that every morning.

Last August, when Karzai's visit to Iran, Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan was involved, Feda Hussein Maliki, the presidential plane was a large plastic bag with a lot of notes taken and given full Daudzai €, the report said.

"This is the currency of Iran," the paper quoted an Afghan official. "Many of us see it."

Senior U.S. envoy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, said last week that Iran's "role" to play in Afghanistan, and welcomed the Islamic Republic in international talks on the situation in Rome.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Gazprom senior economist found dead in Moscow

Moscow - A senior economist at Russia's state gas company Gazprom was found dead in Moscow, the company said on Sunday after he fired a gun said, with major Kazakh minister.

Gazprom said in a statement to the Russian news agency that a senior economist at the financial and economic department, Sergei Klyuka found dead on Saturday night to Sunday.

"The cause of death was investigated by the security services", adding that Gazprom Klyuka "not a senior company official."
Interfax news agency quoted a source in the security services said his wife had raised the alarm after his wife Klyuka out of the house Saturday morning.

His body was later found behind the wheel of his Range Rover last night an underground garage in the capital, broke with the gun in his chair.

"Cause suicide investigated. There is no suicide note," the source said agents.

The source said that the firing of weapons from the Czech Republic CZ-75, an economist accepted as a gift of Kazakh Prime Minister.

No further details are immediately available, but the news site said Klyuka was 36 and shot himself in the head.
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Mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP fell iron ore merger

 London: Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, the merger will combine the iron ore in Western Australia's memo, the Sunday Times.

The official announcement is expected this week, possibly at a meeting of shareholders of BHP in London on Thursday, the newspaper said.

BHP and Rio's iron ore miners in the world's second and third biggest desire to combine their activities in a 50-50 joint venture in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Last week, two giant mining concessions to respond to the "failure" in a state of the German Federal Cartel, said the goal now is to inhibit the joint venture.

Competition authorities in Europe and Asia are evaluations of the project.

European steel producers, concerned about the rising price of iron ore, argued that the plan is anti-competitive and can be punished, especially the German automotive industry
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

China rejected U.S. allegations of trade in green technology

Beijing: China on Saturday rejected U.S. accusations of unfair trade practices engaged in green technology, said the allegations "baseless and irresponsible."

A Commerce Ministry statement after the announcement Friday by U.S. trade authorities have launched an investigation into allegations of illegal shipments from China is a huge subsidy in an effort to dominate this sector.

Union Steel Workers Union, U.S. trade officials to investigate the practices that are inconsistent with the requirements of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and cost U.S. jobs demand.

"Union's claim is unfounded and irresponsible," Chinese Commerce Ministry said on Saturday in a statement posted on its website.

United States - one of the largest in the country - has accused China blocks access to the materials used in environmental technology, connecting the illegal subsidies for export sales, which called for restricting imports and foreign investors' hands secret technology.

He also criticized China for providing valued at over $ 216,000,000 in subsidies to producers of environmentally friendly technologies.

He said that amount to "more than double the U.S. spent in this sector, almost half of the overall green stimulus in the world," said the petition filed by the union in September.

Notice the investigation promised by the U.S. Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, to resolve all complaints in detail.

"We take seriously, claims etc., and apply with force," he said.

Chinese statement accused the United States by the 2300 grant programs in the fields of energy, including clean energy projects, the U.S. criticism "justified." China

Trade tensions are China and the United States last year, especially the accusation that the Chinese keep the yuan weak export competitiveness artificial.

Figures published on Thursday has raised other issues of U.S. trade imbalance with China.

U.S. Commerce Department said the U.S. trade deficit with China rose to a record in August.

political space in China increased by eight percent to $ 28.0 million, eliminating the previous record of $ 27,900,000 in October 2008
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Verizon to start selling iPads

NEW YORK - In a sign of warming relations between the two companies, Verizon Wireless will begin selling Apple Inc. 's iPad at the end of this month, the company Thursday, Dass

Published news reports later that Verizon Wireless will begin selling the iPhone version next year. The company has not confirmed the report and Verizon Wireless has minimize the possibility of the iPhone in the current network.

AT & T Inc. is the exclusive U.S. provider for Apple's iPhone. It is also the only U.S. carrier that is compatible with versions of "3G" in the iPad, which allows for data access provider.

Verizon Wireless does not sell a 3G version. Instead, he sells Wi-Fi version, with the possibility of bundling MiFi gadgets "for about $ 130. MiFi, Post-It pad size, battery operated devices to connect to relay Verizon's 3G data network and to IPAD via Wi-Fi. Data plans start from $ 20 per month for 1 GB.

IPad also sold by several retailers, including Best Buy AT & T Inc. said separately on Thursday to start selling in stores on October 28, iPad. Media planning iPad $ 15 per month.

Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. in New York and Vodafone Group PLC of Britain.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Taxes on tobacco in India in the Asia and Pacific

Sydney: taxes, while India is the product of smell is one of the lowest in the Asia-Pacific region, and differ with the policy of the World Health Organization.

The results come to the fore, through comparative study of Southeast Asia Maria Assunta sniff Control Alliance (SEATCA) done. While the recommendations of WHO said that 65% should be taxed up to 80% of sales of tobacco products, tax rates for cigarettes and bidis are now 9% and 38% respectively.
Bidi taxed under significant compared to cigarette filters. Tax on bidis in 2007-08 is Rs 14 per 1,000 sticks (for handmade bidis) and Rs 26 per 1,000 for the machine-made bidis. A recent report assumes that consumes between 52% and 70% of the bidis in India are not taxable.

Assunta study found that compared to India, the tax rate is 68% Australia, Bangladesh (67%), Japan (63%), Malaysia (54%), Sri Lanka (77%) and Thailand (70%). Several other countries have to raise taxes on tobacco, including China (39%), Indonesia (37%), Philippines (30%) and Vietnam (45%).

Assumption Toi said, "Research has shown that the benefits of its products by the smell from 10% in low-income countries and middle to reduce consumption by 8%."

Harley Stanton, president of the Asia-Pacific Conference on sniff or Health (APACTA) held here on Thursday, said. "Taxes are the most important thing to do to reduce consumption of smell What the government to understand that the cost of failure to treat people, loss of productivity and effects on children with smoking, an increase of almost four times higher than that set by the Government of the product sensation. "

While the payments to what cigarette manufacturers of household income, government and individuals into large health burden caused by tobacco. Therefore, it is important that tax increases on tobacco products in accordance with WHO requirements. This is a win-win for the government not only to collect more money from tobacco companies, but also reduce the burden on health such as smoking, "he said.

Smoking kills one million people in India. But latest reports say, the increase in excise duty on bidis and cigarettes could save the lives of nearly two million rupees.

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