Sunday, June 23, 2013


WikiLeaks Statement On Edward Snowden’s Exit From Hong Kong - UPDATED

Sunday June 23.

Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of a global surveillance regime conducted by US and UK intelligence agencies, has left Hong Kong legally. He is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.
Mr Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives in Ecuador his request will be formally processed.
Former Spanish Judge Mr Baltasar Garzon, legal director of Wikileaks and lawyer for Julian Assange has made the following statement:

"The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr Snowden’s rights and protecting him as a person. What is being done to Mr Snowden and to Mr Julian Assange - for making or facilitating disclosures in the public interest - is an assault against the people".

The plane carrying whistleblower Edward Snowden has landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. The former CIA contractor, who left Hong Kong in a bid to elude US extradition on espionage charges, is on his way to a ‘third country’ via Russia.

Prism whistleblower  Snowden arrives in Moscow en route to 'third country' with WikiLeaks help of Edward Snowden, former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, to passengers of a flight from Hong Kong trying to find out if Snowden was aboard the pl
ane, in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, June 23, 2013.

"Snowden is a transit passenger, his next flight is to Cuba, he remains in the airport complex – where he’s supposed to be, waiting for the next flight," the report said.

A source in the Aeroflot company told the agency that the whistleblower, who is accompanied by WikiLeaks representative, Sarah Harrison, has rented a suit at the airport’s «V-Express» Capsule Hotel.

“He arrived. But he can’t leave the terminal because he doesn’t have a Russian visa,” the source said.

Two cars with diplomatic license plates of Ecuador – the country named among Snowden’s possible destinations – were spotted at Sheremetyevo airport. 

RT’s source reported a doctor from the Ecuadorian embassy in Moscow has examined Snowden on his arrival in the Russian capital.

Snowden’s chances to remain scot free are dim and experts arguing that the nature of the criminal charges filed against him “are such that an international warrant can be issued for him.”

Political analyst says the massive scope of US intelligence means Washington is already aware of his movements to some extent, as well as any potential communications with supporters in Iceland, Venezuela or Ecuador.

Regardless of how long it takes to eventually track him down and the complications of bringing him before the US legal system, even a successful asylum bid will never provide for Snowden’s long-term security, Trenear-Harvey concludes. 

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A state of emergency has been declared in two parts of the southern Malaysian state of Johur on Sunday. Smoke from land clearing fires in neighboring Indonesia pushed up air pollution to dangerous levels. The illegal burning of forests on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island to the west of Malaysia and Singapore were to blame for the smoke.

 The burning of land for palm oil plantation during the June to September dry season is a regular problem in the area. The smoke haze caused by the fires in the Sumatran Riau province has also caused air pollution in Singapore, but air quality there began to improve over the weekend. 

 Anirban Lahiri
Pariya J of Thailand wins the title, Anirban Lahiri finishes second at Selangor Masters in a nail biter and Korea's Baek slips in jungle shot. The winner, Pariya J of Thailand won the title, masters tour
it was a nail biting tournament with the top three juggling through their spots with every shot. Lahiri made par on 17 to stay on -8, still in with a shout. The twist came in with some drama ensuing during the last few holes. On the 16th, Lahiri got another lease of life as Baek hit a poor tee shot which ended up in the jungle. Baek double bogeyed this one to be tied with Lahiri on the second spot.
Lahiri recorded three birdies during the front nine and a couple on the back. But for the tournament, he clocked 19 birdies. 


Worldwide Holdings, a 100 per cent subsidiary of PKNS  the development arm of the state of Selangor – will title sponsor the Selangor Masters for the sixth successive year. The state-linked company has an impressive portfolio of businesses which include property development and investment, environmental management services and investment holding in Selangor.

Find here  weekend rounds of the tournament will be telecast live on the Asian Tour’s global platform which reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.

The Scores after round 2 of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters 2013 being played at the par 71, 6927 Yards Kelab Golf Seri Selangor course (a- denotes amateur):

134 – Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 66-68.
135 – BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 67-68.
137 – Gavin GREEN (am, MAS) 68-69.
138 – Wade ORMSBY (AUS) 68-70.
139 – Peter GUSTAFSSON (SWE) 70-69.
141 – Anthony KANG (USA) 73-68, Thomas PETERSSON (SWE) 70-71, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 73-68, Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA) 70-71.
142 – Abel TAM (am, MAS) 74-68, Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 73-69, Unho PARK (AUS) 72-70, Javi COLOMO (ESP) 74-68, Abhinav LOHAN (IND) 71-71, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 75-67, Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 69-73, LU Wen-teh (TPE) 70-72, Marcus BOTH (AUS) 73-69, Berry HENSON (USA) 74-68, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 71-71.
143 – Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 73-70, Mars PUCAY (PHI) 71-72, Richard T. LEE (CAN) 71-72, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 72-71, SIDDIKUR (BAN) 70-73, Scott HEND (AUS) 70-73, Stephen LEWTON (ENG) 73-70.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry to arrive in New Delhi today
US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in New Delhi today on a three-day visit to India. He will attend the fourth Indo-US Strategic Dialogue tomorrow.
Bilateral trade, defence and security cooperation will top the agenda. Cooperation in energy and higher education will also figure prominently during the talks.
India will seek from the US information on the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar besides putting across its concerns about the H1B and L category visas that has raised concerns among Indian industry, especially the IT sector.
Mr. Kerry, who is undertaking his first visit to India after assuming office of Secretary of State, will co-chair the strategic dialogue with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid tomorrow.
The visiting dignitary will also meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He will co-chair the India-US Higher Education dialogue on Tuesday.
Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs said, this is the first high-political interaction in the second term of the Obama presidency.

Greed of Chardham Yatra – Rs.20,000 crore Business No Facility
June20, 2013

I am responding to a minister of Bihars comments. First picture here points to Kedarnath Temple build in the Flood Plain of the Kedar Valley – A 50m high Dam to protection Shirine could have prevented all deaths – may not cost even Rs.200 cr. This is 100% natural tragedy. And as per annexure even in normal times it takes 4 days to reach Kedarnath ShrineKosi Floods Bihar issued Tenders to plug 2000ft breach after 4-5 months 2008. Here entire rivers are washed away.

As per his own assessment there were over 15-20,000 Devotees at Kedarnath many hundred lodges each housing say 100 in a day also points to his estimate but going by the number of vehicles mainly buses in second picture points to over 20,000 devotees visiting Kedarnath Shrine every day. Kedarnath is situated at 11656 ft, 5100 ft above Gaurikund.

It is estimated over 30,000 pilgrims visit these Dhams every day for 200 days and 10,000 other places above Rishikesh every day – There are over 1 crore visitors to Uttarkhand – each spending over Rs.10,000 each plus purchases and offerings – so Uttarkhand earns Rs.20,000 crores from Religious Tourism, I see no Truck carrying supplies.  There were no Pilgrims registrations & Regulation of traffic.

It will be 13 years since the founding of Uttarakhand revenue from tourism was Rs.1,50,000 crores. Little went to Uttarakhand Goverment.

This has promoted ‘Unauthorized Unsafe Constructions Throughout The State’

– there were no Hospitals, no Parking facilities in case of blockages, road were inadequate to serve such high traffic, there were no Flood Proof Shelters.

Switzerland of same size and slightly less population has 560 Dams more are coming, roads and highways are safe fast wide, has Electric Trains, Nuclear Power Stations.

When in Power BJP RSS, promotes Dams and Constructions by unqualified contractors – out of power oppose & Sabotage Development, there is no Cooperation and no rule of Qualified and Capable.

Ravinder Singh

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