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World Leaders’ Salary

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2012

Barack Obama – President US – Born: USA, Hawaii 1961 – Married – Children: 2

  • Annual: USD 400,000.00
  • Monthly: USD 33,333.00
  • Weekly: USD 8,000.00
  • Daily: USD 1,600.00
The Obama family, in tax returns released Friday 13, 2012 by the White House, reported an adjusted gross income of $789,674 for 2011, down from $1,728,096 in the previous year. The family income topped $5.5 million in 2009. The president earns a salary of $400,000 for his day job. His total earnings are much higher because of his books sales.Note: the VIP Salary Check is based on a 5 days working week and 2 weeks holiday per year.
NetWorth: between $1 million and $2.5 million
Xi Jinping – President of People’s Republic of China – Born: 1953 China – Married – Children: 1

  • Annual: USD 39,720.00
  • Monthly: USD 3,310.00
  • Weekly: USD 794.00
  • Daily: USD 158.00
WantChinaTimes July 2012: Xi Jinping earned US$3,275 a month as the Chinese vice president and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. For his salary as President of China, we adapted the salary of Hu Jintao. In July 2012 the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo revealed last Wednesday the monthly salary of Hu, also chairman of the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, is 21,119 yuan (US$3,310), according to the salary scale for China’s public servants.
    • Heinz Fischer – President Austria – Born: 1938 Austria – Married – Children: 2
      Heinz Fischer
      • Annual: USD 393,443.00
      • Monthly: USD 32,787.00
      • Weekly: USD 7,869.00
      • Daily: USD 1,574.00
    • Herman van Rompuy – President of the European Council – Born: 1947 Belgium -Married – Children: 4
      Herman van Rompuy
      • Annual: USD 498,228.00
      • Monthly: USD 41,519.00
      • Weekly: USD 9,965.00
      • Daily: USD 1,993.00
    • Raila Odinga (Agwambo) – Prime Minister Kenya – Born: 1945 Kenya – Married -Children: 4
      Raila Odinga (Agwambo)
      • Annual: USD 427,886.00
      • Monthly: USD 35,657.00
      • Weekly: USD 8,557.00
      • Daily: USD 1,711.00
    • Julia Gillard – Prime Minister Australia -Born: 1961 UK – Boyfriend
      Julia Gillard

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Mitt Romney Walks Back London Olympics Criticism (UPDATE)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2012


Mitt Romney, in his first trip abroad as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is trying to walk back comments he made questioning London’s Olympics preparation — comments that have drawn a sharp response from Prime Minister David Cameron.

The dustup began Wednesday, as Romney, who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City games, said there were “disconcerting” signs in the days before this year’s games.

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David Cameron Snubs Argentina President Over Falklands Letter

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2012

Cristina Fernandez De Kirchner

President de Kirchner tried to give David Cameron a letter over the Falklands

David Cameron has refused to accept a letter from the Argentinian president over the country’s claim to the Falkland Islands.

The prime minister spoke to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner before the first session of the G20 summit on Tuesday, telling her that she should “respect the views” of the islanders who are holding a referendum on control.

Ms de Kirchner attempted to hand Mr Cameron a package marked “UN – Malvinas” but the Prime Minister refused to accept it.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict which resulted in a task force being sent to the south Atlantic to successfully reclaim the islands after the Argentinian military junta had invaded the British-held territory.

Britain has rejected calls made by Ms Kirchner to the UN decolonisation committee last week for direct talks to discuss the future of the disputed territory in the south Atlantic.

Downing Street aides said the Prime Minister sought out Ms Kirchner to make Britain’s position on the Falklands clear.

Mr Cameron said: “I am not proposing a full discussion now on the Falklands but I hope you have noted that they are holding a referendum and you should respect their views. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hundreds Demanding Equal Rights For Gurkhas March On Parliament (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 25, 2012


Hundreds of demonstrators demanding equal citizenship and pensions rights for former Gurkhas have descended on Westminster, amassing outside the Ministry of Defence and the Houses of Parliament.

The protesters – marching peacefully but clearly angry – had expected to meet David Cameron in Downing Street to deliver a petition against what they say is unfair treatment by the UK government. However they allege the PM cancelled the meeting two weeks ago, something which has clearly led to fury among those campaigning for Gurkhas’ rights.

Nabina Gurung, a representative from the newly-formed action group Enough Is Enough, told HuffPost : We were supposed to have a little chit-chat with the prime minister himself, however because of his busy schedule he couldn’t meet us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falklands Anniversary: Argentinian President Attacks ‘Absurd’ Britain

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 2, 2012

As US and UK spending billions and billions dollars in war, these two countries soon could be very back from some other countries like Russia, China, Japan etc. How these two countries analyzing the situation, no idea:

Argentina’s president has condemned Britain’s “ridiculous and absurd” stance on the Falkland Island as ceremonies were held to mark the 30th annoversary of the conflict.

Leading her country’s commemorations of the conflict, which cost the lives of 649 Argentines, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner called for talks on ending the “unjust” situation – something London has ruled out for as long as no change is demanded by the islanders themselves.

de Kirchner was talking as the anniversary of the invasion of the Islands was marked by both war widows’ prayers and a renewed push by Argentina for control of the territory. In a speech that illustrated how the diplomatic battle showed no signs of abating, she attacked the UK’s “colonial” ambitions, saying:

“It is unjust that, in the 21st century, there are still colonial enclaves such as the one we have here a few kilometres away. There are only 16 such colonial enclaves in the world, 10 of which are British.”

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron who, like Ms Kirchner, included the enemy dead in his anniversary message, insisted Britain was no less committed now to than in 1982 to protecting the right to self-determination. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gerald Howarth Attacks Joanna Lumley’s ‘Disgraceful’ Gurkhas Campaign

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 27, 2012

A Conservative defence minister has said the “disgraceful” campaign by Joanna Lumley on behalf of the Gurkhas has led to some of his Aldershot constituents leaving the town.

Gerald Howarth, the minister for international security strategy, said the number of Nepalese men who had served in the British Army deciding to move the the UK was putting too big a strain on local services.

In 2009 Lumley, with the backing of David Cameron and Nick Clegg, helped convince the then Labour government to allow Gurkhas who retired before 1997 the right to settle in the UK.

But speaking on BBC Radio Surrey on Monday, Howarth said the decision had been a mistake and was adversely affecting his constituency, which is the home of the British Army.

The Aldershot MP said: “I was walking around in Aldershot on Saturday and everywhere I went there were Nepalese just basically sitting out in the open, sitting out on the park benches. Read the rest of this entry »

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David Cameron And Barack Obama To Discuss Afghanistan Withdrawal In Washington Talks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012

David Cameron flies to the USA today for talks with President Barack Obama, with the timetable for withdrawal of British and American troops from Afghanistan likely to top the agenda.

Both leaders have stressed in public that there will be no rush to the exit in the wake of the recent deaths of six British soldiers and the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a renegade US serviceman.

They are expected to focus during the three-day visit on the timing of handover of the lead security responsibility throughout the country to Afghan forces during 2013.

This will allow allied troops to step back into a support role in the fight against the Taliban and begin the process of returning home by the previously-agreed target of the end of 2014.

An announcement on the date for transition to Afghan control is not expected until Nato’s Chicago summit in May. Nato agreed at a previous summit in Lisbon in 2010 that home-grown forces would take the lead responsibility for security by the end of 2013, but there was some speculation today that this could be brought forward to the summer of next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scottish Independence: David Cameron Says United Kingdom Is In ‘Fight For Its Life’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 16, 2012


David Cameron has said he is ready fight for the life of the United Kingdom, as he set out his reasons why he believes Scotland should not become independent.

Speaking in Edinburgh on Thursday afternoon, the prime minister said the break-up of the UK would create “artificial barriers between” England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Our Union isn’t some antique imposition. It’s living, free and adaptable. It’s admired around the world as a source of prosperity, power and security,” he said.

“In an increasingly uncertain world, where risks proliferate and atomisation threatens our ability to look out for one another nothing encapsulates the principle of pooling risk, sharing resources and standing together with your neighbour better than the United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scottish Independence: Cameron Warns On UN Security Council Place

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 16, 2012

David Cameron will engage in a high-risk rebuttal of Scottish independence on Thursday, when he’ll make a speech in Scotland which warns of the nation being marginalised at the UN Security Council and among NATO.

The PM will say: “We’re stronger, because together we count for more in the world, with a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, real clout in NATO and Europe and unique influence with allies all over the world.”

In an impassioned speech in which Cameron will state:  “It matters head, heart and soul” to him, the PM will say: “Our shared home is under threat and everyone who cares about it needs to speak out.”

Number 10 was quick to clarify that there was no suggestion that a post-independence UK would lose its seat on the UN Security Council.  But Britain’s place there – considered increasingly tenuous given its relative wane as a global power – depends on its nuclear arsenal.   How those weapons might be divvied up between England and Scotland will be a major bone of contention in the years leading up to the independence referendum.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran: Cameron, Merkel And Sarkozy Demand Regime Ends Nuclear Ambitions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 23, 2012

David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy have issued a statement amid EU oil sanctions imposed against Iran today.

The move comes after Britain joined the United States and France in sending a flotilla of warships through the sensitive Strait of Hormuz as tensions escalate of over the regime’s controversial nuclear programme.

The statement said: “Today, the EU agreed an unprecedented package of sanctions on Iran, including a full ban on Iranian oil exports.

“Our message is clear. We have no quarrel with the Iranian people. But the Iranian leadership has failed to restore international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. We will not accept Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. Iran has so far had no regard for its international obligations and is already exporting and threatening violence around its region.

“We call on Iran’s leadership immediately to suspend its sensitive nuclear activities and abide fully by its international obligations. The door is open to Iran to engage in serious and meaningful negotiations about its nuclear programme. Until Iran comes to the table, we will be united behind strong measures to undermine the regime’s ability to fund its nuclear programme, and to demonstrate the cost of a path that threatens the peace and security of us all.” Read the rest of this entry »

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David Cameron Criticises Russia Over Links With Syria

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 13, 2012

The Prime Minister has criticised Russia over its relationship with Syria, after a visit to Saudi Arabia to “strengthen co-operation” with the desert kingdom.

In an interview with Saudi television network Al-Arabiya, David Cameron said:

“I would urge the Russians and the Russian Government, even at this late stage, to look very carefully at why it keeps doing what it’s looking to do on Syria.

“This is appalling bloodshed, appalling murder on the streets of Syria. The whole Arab League has come together and said it’s unacceptable and others need to listen to that and act on that at the UN. Britain stands ready to do that”.

Speaking on Britain’s policy towards Syria, Cameon added:

“We stand ready as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to take a fresh resolution to that council, based on what the Arab League is doing and saying, and daring others that if they want to veto that resolution to try to explain why they are willing to stand by and watch such appalling bloodshed by someone who has turned into such an appalling dictator”.

The comments were made during talks in Riyadh with King Abdullah, designed to deepen ties with the oil-rich nation, despite criticism of British arms sales to the desert kingdom and concerns about the country’s human rights record.

The trade between Britain and Saudi Arabia is worth £16bn a year and the kingdom is Britain’s biggest trading partner in the Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scotland Independence Vote Championed By Alex Salmond

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 11, 2012

LONDON — Breaking up is supposed to be hard to do – but Britain’s government confirmed Tuesday it would happily offer Scotland the powers it needs to sever centuries-old ties to England.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s government said it would sweep away legal hurdles to allow the Scots a vote on whether their country should become independent for the first time since the 18th Century Act of Union, which united Scotland with England to create Great Britain.

But in return, Cameron – who opposes any breakup of the United Kingdom, which also includes Wales and Northern Ireland – is urging Scotland to make its intentions clear “sooner rather than later.” He claims investors are becoming increasingly wary of Scottish leader Alex Salmond’s plans to delay a vote for several years, damaging Britain’s economy.

Salmond, head of Scotland’s semiautonomous government, has long championed independence to allow the country greater control over lucrative oil and natural gas reserves in the North Sea.

His separatist Scottish National Party insists that winning autonomy over tax and spending policies – powers the Scottish government doesn’t presently have – would help replicate the economic success of neighbors like Norway, which has used its energy riches to fund state pensions.

“This is a huge decision for Scotland. This is potentially the biggest decision we have made as a nation for 300 years,” Salmond said Tuesday, on a tour of an oil facility in Dyce, eastern Scotland.

He insisted that Cameron should not take any role in setting out the timetable for the crucial referendum.

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Scottish Independence Referendum: Westminster Considers Handing Powers To Salmond To Trigger Vote

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 10, 2012

London and Edinburgh appear to be heading towards a major constitutional row over the date of a Scottish independence referendum, after the coalition government declared that Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond couldn’t lawfully hold a vote on the matter himself.

After taking legal advice the government in London believes that matters pertaining to a breakup of the UK are “reserved matters”, and as such remain under the jurisdiction of the Westminster parliament.

Westminister is considering giving greater powers to the Scottish Parliament so it can hold a referendum on independence, but the conciliatory gesture comes with a sting in the tail – the government in London wants to only change the law if Salmond agrees on a date by which the referendum would be held. The latest gamble by David Cameron risks antagonising nationalists in Scotland, as well as raising concerns among unionists.

Shortly after the government announced the current unlawfulness of Scotland unilaterally holding its own referendum, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP wanted to hold a vote on independence in autumn 2014.

A consultation process now underway is likely to spark tensions between London and Edinburgh over when the vote will be held, with David Cameron expected to come under pressure to allow the SNP to have the referendum powers alongside a polling date of its own choosing.

But on Tuesday evening Scottish Secretary Michael Moore hinted the coalition would push for an earlier vote as a condition of changing the law, saying while he would “not stand in the way of a referendum on independence”, neither would he “stand on the sidelines and let uncertainty continue”.

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Clegg Warns Against ‘Rivalry And Isolation’ Within Eurozone

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 9, 2012


Nick Clegg has once again distanced himself from David Cameron’s position on the eurozone crisis, telling a gathering of European leaders in London of the need to avoid “needless rivalry and isolation”.

The deputy prime minister had invited various EU leaders, including the prime minister of the Netherlands, to the meeting in London, where they agreed a statement.

“Unless we can tackle another underlying cause of the crisis – Europe’s lack of global competitiveness – this crisis will be the first of many,” it said.

Clegg’s comments came after David Cameron earlier told Sky News that Europe needed to re-balance its economy to tackle the divide between Germany and Southern Europe.

Describing the current arrangements to prevent a collapse of the eurozone as “sticking plaster steps”, Cameron said: “But that is only the short term. The longer term is that you have got to address the fact that there is a lack of competitiveness between Germany on the one hand and many of the southern European countries on the other.

But Clegg went further, telling fellow European leaders: “We can only address these problems by pulling together,” he said.

“The one lesson we have learnt over and over again in Europe, to our cost, is that we are stronger when we are together and weaker when we are apart.

“It is immensely important to work as liberals, in all our different countries, in all our different ways, to promote unity over disunity and to promote co-operation rather than needless rivalry and isolation.”

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Margaret Thatcher Iron Lady Archives Reveal Behind The Scenes Battles Hidden For 30 Years

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 30, 2011

Margaret Thatcher’s bitter battles within her cabinet over the economy, with the military over defence cuts, the Argentinians, the French and their concerns about the abuse of parliamentary expenses have been laid bare in secret documents published for the first time.

VOTE: Thatcher was good for Britain. Agree or not?

The remarkable records reveal how the former prime minister faced a near carbon copy of problems faced today by David Cameron.

The files, released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule that governs the publication of official government papers, come as interest in Thatcher has been re-ignited by the soon to be released biopic The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep.

Previously unseen, the documents cover the divisive leader’s 11-year period in power between 1979 to 1990, which saw a radical transformation of British society and economy.

While famous for insisting she would stick by her economic policies, declaring that “the lady’s not for turning” and expelling the so-called “wets” who opposed a squeeze on spending from her cabinet, the files reveal some of Thatcher’s supporters in cabinet apparently feared she was in danger of “going soft” herself.

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