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Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering : 16th APG Annual Meeting will be convened in Shanghai, China during the week of 15 - 19 July 2013     16th APG Annual Meeting will be convened in Shanghai, China during the week of 15 - 19 July 2013  See comprehensive fraud warning below in relation to use of the name "APG" and variants. The Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) is an international organisation (regionally focused) consisting of 41 members and a number of international and regional observers including the United Nations, IMF, FATF, Asian Development Bank, ASEAN Secretariat, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and World Bank (see Members and Observers links for the list). The APG is closely affiliated with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), whose Secretariat is located in the OECD headquarters in Paris, France.  All APG members commit to effectively implement the FATF's international standards for anti-money laundering, combating the financing of terrorism and the financing of proliferation, referred to as the 40 Recommendations.  The 40 Recommendations were revised

Syria’s breakup is a Levantine norm

February 23, 2013 12:37 AM By Rami G. Khouri The Daily Star   The talk about Syria by knowledgeable friends and colleagues whose views I respect has turned increasingly pessimistic in recent weeks, with expectations ranging across a span of many bad outcomes. These range from Syria becoming a Levantine Somalia, where power is in the hands of hundreds of local warlords and tribal chieftains, to a totally fractured state defined by a combination of raging civil war and sectarianism that pulls in interested neighbors and perhaps ignites new regional wars.   Speculation about the future of Syria is a growth industry these days, for good reason: What happens in Syria will have an impact on the region, given its central role in the political geography, ideologies and security of the Levant and areas further afield. The events in recent years in Iraqand Libya remind us that development

Pakistan behind Hyderabad blasts: Advani

The writer has posted comments on this articlePTI | Feb 23, 2013, 04.10 PM   READ MORE L K Advani|Hyderabad blasts|no doubt Pakistan behind Hyderabad blasts: Advani   MUMBAI: BJP leader L K Advani today blamed Pakistan squarely for Thursday's blasts in Hyderabad, saying it is involved in a proxy war against India.   "The neighbouring country has not been successful in waging a war against India in the last few decades, so it has resorted to proxy war," Advani told reporters here.   "The neighbouring country has taken recourse to terrorism to trouble India," he said, adding, "there is no doubt that there is the hand of the neighbouring country in Hyderabad blasts."   Pakistan should abide by the commitment made during the meeting between Vajpayee and Musharraf, whereby Pakistan undertook not to allow its soil to be used for terror acts against India, Advani said.   The neighbouring country cannot wash its hands of the Hyderabad blasts, he said.

Cameron's India quest, an assessment by Bhaskar Menon

Hugely interesting. Don't ask me who or which Bhaskar Menon this is. Still looking for an answer... By Bhaskar Menon February 21, 2013 Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain began his three-day visit to India by invoking the "huge ties" between the two countries of "history, language, culture and business." One wonders which particular aspect of the shared history of the two nations he found supportive of his current quest for broadened economic linkages. Could it be what the East India Company did  after bribing its way to control of Bengal, the richest province of Mughal India? Within a decade of the so-called "Battle of Plassey" (Pilashi) in 1757, Bengal lay in ruins. The destruction of its economy was so severe a third of the population, some five million people, died of starvation in the first of the great "man-made famines" British rule spread across India. A conservative estimate of the overall toll of such famines is 100 millio

Iran to build $4 billion refinery in Gwadar

Sat, 23 Feb, 2013 10:01 AM PST Dr.Wahid Baloch Iran has agreed to build an oil refinery in Pakistan at an estimated value of 4 billion dollars, a senior Pakistani official says. Asim Hussain, an adviser to the Pakistani prime minister, said that the refinery will be constructed in the port city of Gwadar. The plant will be able to refine 400,000 barrels a day.    In a email statement to IntelliBriefs, Dr.Wahid Baloch of Baloch Society of North America said, "China and Iran are aggressively working to take over the Gwadar, the Balochistan's strategic port, against the Baloch will and mandate, with the help of President Asif ali Zardari, who is supposed to be a friend of US, but seems like he is more friendly to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and China then the US". Dr.Wahid Baloch who heads BSO-NA is expressed deep concerns about the situation in balochistan and designs of Pakistani extablishment and Millitary with active help of China in the region.  He

The collaboration of Pakistan with china for strategic designs at Gawadar has an alarming message for the local and International community.

The collaboration of Pakistan with china for strategic designs at Gawadar has an alarming message for the local and International community.  Munir Mengal Geneva,  The President of Baloch voice Foundation responding to the Pakistan China agreement on China said that China has strategic designs on Balochistan. "The collaboration of Pakistan with china for strategic designs has an alarming message for the International community as well. And the International community must wake up and respond quickly on the vicious plan of handing the Gawadar port to China otherwise tomorrow it will be too late ". Munir Mengal urged the international community. Mr. Mengal said that, "The Baloch sees it as a sinister plot against the Baloch people and to the regional and international community. Mr. Mengal accused that the Chinese and as well as the Fundamental Pakistan, are looking at Gawadar less as a deep sea port, but more as a strategic Naval base.  He claime

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China provides Rs 136 billion loan for Pakistan nuclear plants

Islamabad, Feb 22, 2013, PTI China has provided a loan of Rs 136 billion for two nuclear power plants that Pakistan expects to commission by 2016, the state-run media reported on Friday. The power plants of 340MW each are being built with Chinese assistance at the Chashma nuclear complex in Punjab province . The “construction of these power plants became possible after a long-standing agreement”, official sources were quoted as saying by APP news agency. Partially funded The total cost of the two plants is Rs 190 billion and they will be partially funded by a Chinese loan of Rs 136 billion, the sources said. The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has allocated Rs 34.6 billion – a “major chunk” of its budget – for the C3 and C4 nuclear power plants at Chashma. Deadline for plant The government has so far spent Rs 62.4 billion on the Chashma project, and with the additional spending of Rs 34.6 billion, authorities believe almost half of the work on the two new power pla

Lack of effort leaves big gap in anti-terror architecture

B Raman Thursday's blasts in Hyderabad cannot be categorised as mass fatality terrorism. The blasts were directed at soft targets in a crowded area. Details available so far do not indicate what could have been the motive or who might have been the perpetrators. The police, as well as the public, should refrain from speculation that could mislead and distort the investigation. The improvised explosive devices did not have any unique signature. The explosive used does not appear to have been of a sophisticated kind. Fertiliser-based ammonium nitrate, which is easy to procure and which can be lethal when mixed with certain chemicals, is suspected to have been used. For many years now, terrorists in many countries have been using ammonium nitrate-based IEDs for acts of terrorism. Expertise in fabrication of IEDS using ammonium nitrate as the core material is available in many web sites run by terror organisations. No special training is required in the matter. In western cou

Mobile phone nation

14 February 2013 @ 11:37 am With subscriber numbers heading for a billion, the disruptive impact of mobile phones in India could be enormous. Robin Jeffrey and Assa Doron look at how the technology is unsettling domesticity, sexuality and morality   Mobile Wali, [1] a Bhojpuri-language video about a woman with a mobile phone, sung by Manoj Tiwari, is one of many film clips circulating on mobiles in Banaras. "IT IS the girls who have gone astray," a village elder told a journalist after the rape of a girl near New Delhi in early 2012. "The girls… are so scantily clad that it's shameful… Mobile phones have given a lot of freedom to these girls and that's why they are behaving in a wild manner." It is a common theme [2]. The autonomy provided by the phone leads young people, especially girls, to elude the authority of those who would have controlled and disciplined them in the past. In this, as in many other way


B.RAMAN Eleven persons are reported to have been killed and over 20 injured in two well-timed explosions in the Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad around 7  PM on February 21,2013. 2. Initial reports indicated that one of the improvised explosive devices had been placed in a cycle or motor-bike and the other inside a tiffin box.These reports are yet to be confirmed. The two blasts appear to have been well-timed and not remote-controlled. 3.I do not so far see any sign of sophistication in the assembly of the IEDs and the synchronization of the blasts. There are no reports of any crater on the ground.Ifa powerful explosive material had been used, there would have been craters at the place where the IEDs had been placed. 4.The deaths and injuries seem to have been caused by the power of the blasts and not by the use of any projectiles such as nails, bicycle ball-bearings etc.When an IED is placed in a cycle or motor-bike, there would naturally be projectile

The Evolving Indo-Myanmar Defence Relationship: an Analytical Perspective

  Brig (retd) Vinod Anand (Senior Fellow, VIF) It was only in early 1990's that India realized that it was fast loosing strategic ground to China due to its lack of engagement with Myanmar. Not only security and stability in the border regions was crucial to India from internal security point of view but also constructive engagement with Myanmar and connectivity through it was very important for India to realize its 'Look East Policy' unveiled in early 1990s. The military to military relations between the India and Myanmar gained traction with the goodwill visit of the then Chief of Army Staff, General B.C.Joshi to Myanmar (May 1994). Supply of some military hardware followed. Momentum to the defence relationship was further imparted when in January 2000 when a military delegation led by the then Indian Army Chief, Gen. VP Malik visited Myanmar and m

Iran Plans to Build Oil Refinery in Pakistan

TEHRAN, Iran February 21, 2013 An Iranian semi-official news agency says Iran is planning to build an oil refinery in Pakistan. The plan is part of Iran's effort to decrease international pressure on its oil industry, which has been target of international sanctions over the country's disputed nuclear program. Thursday's report by Fars quotes Asim Hussain, an adviser to the Pakistani prime minister, as saying that the refinery in the Pakistani port of Gwadar will be able to refine 400,000 barrels a day. The report says Iran will sell products from the refinery to Pakistan in return of food, especially wheat, meat and rice. The deal to build the refinery came after a meeting between Iran's oil minister Rostam Ghasemi and the Pakistani adviser US urges Pakistan not to sign deal with Iran February 22, 2013 - Updated 020 PKT  From Web Edition WASHINGTON: The United States

Pakistan may become a failed state if current circumstances persist: Shahbaz

DAWN.COM | 18 hours ago Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. — Photo by APP/File LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday said widespread killings of innocent citizens had brought democracy and the existing set-up into question, adding that if the current circumstances persisted, Pakistan may turn into "a failed state", DawnNews reported. Speaking to media representatives, the chief minister said terrorism was at its peak in the country, adding that if concrete action was not taken against those responsible, the country's foundations may begin to shake. The chief minister's statement comes days after the bombing in Quetta which claimed the lives of over 87 Shia Hazaras. A large number of women and children were among the dead. The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader moreover said world powers had used militants in the 1980s to fight their so-called war against Soviet communism and now the same militants were terrorists in the eyes of

Austrian stupid ambassador in Pakistan converts to Islam, ties knot with PTV anchor Sadia Afzaal

There are reports on social media that Ambassador of Austria to Pakistan and Afghanistan is Mr. Axel Wech Mr. Axel Wech has accepted Islam and he has done Nikkah with Sadia Afzaal. Sadia Afzaal hosts show "News Night" on Pakistan Television Corporation, PTV News. According to the news which has spread on social media the conversion of Mr. Axel Wech to Islam and his Nikkah is kept in secret and will not be disclosed. From the last few months many news has been spread through social media in Pakistan which was not aired by main stream media i.e. TV channels. Some of these news were true and some were only rumor. It is not confirmed that whether this news is true or only a rumor. However in the coming days the reality of this news will be known. For more updates please join Facebook Page of AwamiWeb. Austrian stupid ambassador in Pakistan converts to Islam, ties knot with PTV anchor S

New Records in 2012 Gold Demand

Posted on February 19, 2013   Last week, the World Gold Council released its 2012 Gold Demand Trends report. Marcus Grubb, the managing director of investment at WGC, gives an overview of the report's highlights, as well as the 2013 outlook in this special video. "The outlook for gold demand remains strong in 2013. We expect jewelry demand to remain buoyant, driven largely by wealth creation in India and China, and the resynchronization of economic growth in both countries. Investment demand in 2013 will remain strong with quantitative easing policies being implemented around the world."  

China given contract to operate Gwadar port

President Asif Ali Zardari witnessing the agreement signing between Port of Singapore Authority and China Overseas Port Holding Company Limited at Aiwan-e-Sadr. — Online Photo ISLAMABAD: The government on Monday formally awarded a multi-billion dollars contract for construction and operation of Gwadar Port to China with the hope that the port's development would open up new vistas of progress in Pakistan, particularly Balochistan. Under the contract, the port which will remain the property of Pakistan will be operated by the state-run Chinese firm — China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC). Earlier, the contract was given to the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA). The contract signing ceremony held in the Presidency was attended by President Asif Ali Zardari, Chinese Ambassador Liu Jian, some federal ministers, members of parliament and senior government officials. "The ceremony was actually held to mark the transfer of the concession agreement from the PSA (Port of

CIA's Historical Review Panel Public Statement

Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:12:07 -0500 To: intelforum[at] From: IntelForum Mailing List Subject: [Intelforum] CIA's Historical Review Panel Public Statement From: "Robert Jervis" CIA¹s Historical Review Panel Public Statement Professor Robert Jervis (Chair) Department of Political Science Columbia University Professor Melvyn Leffler Department of History University of Virginia Professor Thomas Newcomb Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice Heidelberg College Professor Jeffrey Taliaferro Department of Political Science Tufts University Professor Ruth Wedgwood Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University The Director, Central Intelligence Agency's Historical Review Panel (HRP) was formed in 1995, replacing a panel that was less formally organized and that had met only episodically. Since then, the HRP has met twice a year, with the mandate to: Advise the Central Intelligence Agenc

Uncertain World: Georgia as Russia’s Future Asset

23:41 14/02/2013 Weekly column by Fyodor Lukyanov © RIA Novosti. Fyodor Lukyanov The October parliamentary elections resulted in a state with two centers of power. The president still has broad powers, including the right to dismiss the government and call early parliamentary elections. But under the Georgian Constitution, he cannot do so six months before or after elections, which leaves Saakashvili a window of opportunity of just several days in April. If Saakashvili calls for early elections, conventional wisdom is that his party will lose seats in parliament. Since the president cannot keep the same government during the transition period, like in most countries, but must appoint a new cabinet, he may use this opportunity to try to sway public opinion in his favor. To prevent this from happening, the prime minister plans to amend the Constitution. This explains the recent escalation in tensions. Opposition protests will be staged, but the target audience will be the Wes

ANZUS and the Asia Pivot: A Fork in the Road?

America’s pivot to Asia is forcing many states in the region to try and strike a balance between their strategic relationship with Washington and their growing economic ties with China. Today, John Bruni looks at Australia’s and New Zealand’s attempts to reconcile these two imperatives. By John Bruni for the ISN READ MORE