|Asia News Digest
Philippines LaRouche Movement Rips Global Warming Meet
The Philippines LaRouche movement exposed a high-level global warming conference, forcing the Gore-bots to distance themselves from the racist Al Gore. A full day conference in Manila on global warming April 19, with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, UN reps, academics, and government officials was turned into an educational on real science and Nazi eugenics. After a morning of insane presentations, a LaRouche Youth Movement activist asked: "The leading figure promoting global warming is Al Gore, whose idea would root back to the Eugenics Movement of the Nazis, you know, white supremacy, kill the dark-skinned peoplethe same idea of his close friend, Prince Philip of WWF, who has said that he would like to be reincarnated as a deadly virus in order to contribute to solving the world's overpopulation. This global warming swindle is being used to deindustrialize countries, blaming human emissions of CO2, when in fact, human activities contribute only an insignificant amount in the atmosphere. So the clear intention is depopulation, through deindustrialization. Are you for this idea of depopulating the world, or anti-development?"
The audience broke out in applause, so the panelists were forced to be respectful in avoiding any answer to the question. Then a LaRouche Society member asked: "Who is Al Gore? He is not a scientist. Do you know his background?" He then read the first paragraph from Anton Chaitkin's article "Racist Gore's Secret History As a Tennessee FBI Hit-Man,"
Former Bangladeshi PM Accepts Exile in Saudi Arabia
Bangladesh's former Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, who had handed over power last October to an interim government for scheduling the general elections, has accepted an offer for exile in Saudi Arabia, with two of her sons, according to reports April 17.
Since Jan. 11, when the interim government in Bangladesh, after failing to prevent political violence, virtually handed over state power to a military administration, the two most contentious political leadersboth former Prime Ministershave left country. Sheikh Hasina Wazed, daughter of the founder of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, and a two-term Premier, is now in Florida. The present military administration has brought a number of charges against her, including some criminal charges. It is expected that Sheikh Hasina will not be allowed to go back to Bangladesh in the near future.
India To Explore Gas Fields in Uzbekistan
India's Manmohan Singh government has asked the state-owned Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) to open talks with the Uzbek government for exploration of natural gas. Uzbekistan has little oil, but is rich with natural gas.
On April 13, India's Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh, while visiting Uzbekistan, met with Prime Minister Savkit Mirziyayev and discussed gas explorations. GAIL has already identified four specific blocks for gas exploration.
Ramesh, during his ongoing visit, offered to set up a training institute for gas technology in Uzbek capital. Last year, India set up the Jawaharlal Nehru IT institute in Tashkent during the Indian prime minister's visit there.
It has also been pointed out that India has shown interest in exploring Uzbekistan's mineral resourcesgold, in particular. Uzbekistan has already agreed to consider a concrete proposal on this issue from India's state-owned National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), especially in gold mining. The Uzbeki government, however, stated clearly that one of the requirements of this investment is that the gold will be processed in Uzbekistan itself.
India Announces Offshore Desalination Plan Operational
India's Minister for Science and Technology, Kapil Sibal, has announced the successful start of operation of a 100,000 gallon-per-day floating desalination plant located about 40 km east of the Tamil Nadu coast. The plant will be upgraded to 1 million gallons per day by 2008. The project was under the aegis of India's National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). This plant is the first of its kind in the world.
This plant is presently sitting on an anchored 65 meter by 16 meter wide barge. The barge is located in deep sea. The salient features of the plant include bringing in saturated hot steam generated in a nuclear power plant for flash heating of the water in a vacuum chamber located on the barge. The freshly generated water vapor passes into an adjacent chamber where cold water drawn from 600 meter depth of Bay of Bengal, east of the Coromandal coast, by pipe, and wrapped around the cooling chamber converts the water vapor to clean potable water. NIOT said the total dissolvable solid in the desalinated water is 10 parts per million, as opposed to the national limit of 2,000 ppm.
Fresh water is then towed in a specially developed 50,000 gallon containers by barges for getting pumped into the water distribution system on shore.
India Begins Re-Building of Stilwell Road to China
India has begun construction of the dilapidated Stilwell Road that connects India's northeast to China's Yunan province via northern Myanmar, Reuters reported April 19. The road was named after the American Gen. Joseph Stilwell, who supervised the construction of the road as a supply route to the Chinese Army battling the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II.
Lyndon LaRouche, who served in the U.S. military during World War II in India-China-Burma region, commented: "Maybe I'll travel up there again and see what it is like today."
China has already converted its stretch of about 430 miles of the Stilwell Road into a six-lane highway. China has also, in the process, helped develop a number of Myanmar roads linking the Stilwell Road.
China Plans Strategic Reserve of Natural Uranium
China is planning to create a strategic reserve of natural uranium, to ensure its nuclear power development is backed by a "stable and reliable" fuel supply, the China Daily reported April 19. China plans to meet 4% of its electricity needs with nuclear power by 2020, up from just above 1% today. This will mean building three nuclear power plants each year over the next ten years, to achieve a capacity of 40 gigawatts, about five times the installed capacity of 2005. The strategic reserve should be in place by 2010.
The China Atomic Energy Authority's latest nuclear development plan, says that China will build this reserve by "sparing no effort" to find and exploit domestic uranium deposits, while also looking for international collaboration to build the reserve.