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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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Britain In Afghanistan Aid Pledge Until 2017

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2012


Comment: And only about 10% will be used in the targeted sector – the aid trend shows this reality:

Britain has pledged to maintain aid funding levels to Afghanistan until 2017 and agreed to host a ministerial meeting in London in two years’ time to assess progress in the country.

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell was speaking from a donors meeting in Japan which promised a total of £10.3 billion of civilian help to aid transition after international troops pull out.

In return, Kabul agreed new anti-corruption measures.

Mr Mitchell said: “Britain has accepted a request from Afghanistan and Japan to host a ministerial meeting in 2014 to review progress against Afghan and international commitments agreed today in Tokyo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama Speech In Afghanistan: U.S. President Addresses The Nation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 2, 2012

Comment: But just be honest to yourself first and then to others. Then World Peace is not impossible: http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2012/05/buddhism-time-to-catalyze-world-peace.html

President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday night to sign an agreement with President Hamid Karzai outlining the United States’ military presence in Afghanistan after 2014.

In a live address, President Obama spoke from Bagram Air Base north of Kabul early Wednesday morning, emphasizing that America must finish the job it started while Afghanistan stabilizes.

“My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The Iraq War is over. The number of our troops in harm’s way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home soon. We have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan, while delivering justice to al Qaeda,”he said.

President Obama also underlined points of the agreement, including that the U.S. will not build military bases in Afghanistan.

“We will shift into a support role as Afghans step forward,” President Obama said.

President Obama’s trip coincides with the anniversary of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death. President Obama and President Karzai signed the agreement at the presidential palace in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Below, see photos of Obama’s trip to Afghanistan. Captions courtesy of the Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taliban Suspends Afghanistan Talks With United States

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2012


For the solution dialogue is necessary, but just needs to be careful. Not ready for dialogue clearly means the war and that should not be:

KABUL, Afghanistan — The American campaign in Afghanistan suffered a double blow Thursday: The Taliban broke off talks with the U.S., and President Hamid Karzai said NATO should pull out of rural areas and speed up the transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan forces nationwide in the wake of the killing of 16 civilians.

The moves represent new setbacks to America’s strategy for ending the 10-year-old war at a time when support for the conflict is plummeting. Part of the U.S. exit strategy is to transfer authority gradually to Afghan forces. Another tack is to pull the Taliban into political discussions with the Afghan government, though it’s unclear that there has been any progress since January.

Although Karzai has previously said that he wanted international troops to transition out of rural areas, the apparent call for an immediate exit is new. Karzai also said he now wants Afghan forces take the lead for countrywide security in 2013, in what appeared to be a move to push the U.S. toward an earlier drawdown. Read the rest of this entry »

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Afghanistan Shootings: Calls For Public Trial Of US Soldier Accused Over Civilian Deaths (Pictures)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 12, 2012


The term “terrorist” is not like 2+2=4. This depends upon time, situation and condition. The same person and incident could be terrorist for particular group/s and patriotic for another:

Afghan politicians are demanding that the US soldier allegedly involved in the killings of 16 civilians faces a public trial.

The call came in a statement from the lower house of the Afghanistan Parliament as the Taliban promised revenge for theattack that left nine children, three women and four men dead. At least five more were injured.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Afghan parliament said: “We seriously demand and expect that the government of the United States punish the culprits and try them in a public trial before the people of Afghanistan”, Sky News reported.

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai described the attacks as “impossible to forgive”, saying in a statement:

“When Afghan people are killed deliberately by US forces this action is murder and terror and an unforgivable action.”

The Taliban’s promise of reprisals came in a statement on their website, accusing “sick-minded US savages” of the attack and vowing to “take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr.

“A large number from amongst the victims are innocent children, women and the elderly, martyred by the American barbarians who mercilessly robbed them of their precious lives and drenched their hands with their innocent blood,” the statement continued. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taliban Will Control Afghanistan With Support From Pakistan, Says Leaked Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 2, 2012

By Hamid Shalizi and Mirwais Harooni

KABUL, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. military said in a secret report the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control of Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country, raising the prospect of a major failure of western policy after a costly war.

Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, confirmed the existence of the document, reported by Britain’s Times newspaper and the BBC. But he said it was not a strategic study.

“The classified document in question is a compilation of Taliban detainee opinions,” he said. “It’s not an analysis, nor is it meant to be considered an analysis.”

Nevertheless, it could be interpreted as a damning assessment of the war, now dragging into its eleventh year and aimed at blocking a Taliban return to power.

It could also be seen as an admission of defeat and could reinforce the view of Taliban hardliners that they should not negotiate with the United States and President Hamid Karzai’s unpopular government while in a position of strength.

The U.S. military said in the document Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) security agency was assisting the Taliban in directing attacks against foreign forces.

The allegation drew a strong response from Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit. “This is frivolous, to put it mildly,” he told Reuters. “We are committed to non-interference in Afghanistan.” Read the rest of this entry »

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US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 20, 2011

America and Afghanistan are close to signing a strategic pact which would allow thousands of United States troops to remain in the country until at least 2024, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

By , Kabul

The agreement would allow not only military trainers to stay to build up the Afghan army and police, but also American special forces soldiers and air power to remain.

The prospect of such a deal has already been met with anger among Afghanistan’s neighbours including, publicly, Iran and, privately, Pakistan.

It also risks being rejected by the Taliban and derailing any attempt to coax them to the negotiating table, according to one senior member of Hamid Karzai’s peace council.

A withdrawal of American troops has already begun following an agreement to hand over security for the country to Kabul by the end of 2014.

But Afghans wary of being abandoned are keen to lock America into a longer partnership after the deadline. Many analysts also believe the American military would like to retain a presence close to Pakistan, Iran and China.

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Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda May Rethink Ties Now That Osama Bin Laden Is Dead, Say Analysts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 5, 2011


Compromise is the best solution. War is not the solution. War creates series of problems. Brotherhoo­d is the only solution for the peaceful world. Leave egoism and come to the peaceful world.
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Mission Accomplished: Is It Finally Time To Leave Afghanistan?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 3, 2011


Not only the question of Osama Bina Laden but also the trillion dollars mineral wealth is also very important behind this question: http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2010/0­6/17/afgha­nistan-min­eral-wealt­h-may-be-g­reater-tha­n-estimate­d-3-trilli­on/ and http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2010/0­6/15/afgha­nistan-min­eral-depos­it-discove­ry-afghan-­economy-wa­r-could-be­-altered-b­y-nearly-1­-trillion-­in-iron-co­pper-cobal­t-gold-lit­hium/ and http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2010/0­6/25/nato-­pledges-to­-stay-the-­course-in-­afghanista­n/
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Karzai Rejects U.S. Apology For Killing Of Nine Afghan Boys

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2011


Karzai, are you sure this is not drama?
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Obama To O’Reilly: U.S. Will Defeat Al Qaeda, Taliban Won’t Retake Afghanistan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 7, 2011


But when and how?
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To Save Lives, NATO Is Razing Booby-Trapped Afghan Homes

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 17, 2010

The New York Times By TAIMOOR SHAH and ROD NORDLAND

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — In the newly won districts around this southern city, American forces are encountering

Army engineers blowing up a house behind a field of marijuana in the Zhare District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. One of NATO’s goals is to destroy insurgents’ hiding places. More Photos »

empty homes and farm buildings left so heavily booby-trapped by Taliban insurgents that the Americans have been systematically destroying hundreds of them, according to local Afghan authorities.

The campaign, a major departure from NATO practice in past military operations, is intended to reduce civilian and military casualties by removing the threat of booby traps and denying Taliban insurgents hiding places and fighting positions, American military officials said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Afghan War Enters 10th Year With Uncertain Future Under Obama

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 6, 2010


Spoiled the earth, society, environment, economy etc. a lot.
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British defence minister on Afghan visit calls for troop withdrawal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 23, 2010

KABUL : Senior British officials, including new Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived in Afghanistan Saturday with a warning that Britain wants to withdraw its troops as soon as possible.

Hague, Defence Secretary Liam Fox and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell are set to meet President Hamid Karzai in their first visit to the country since a new coalition government took power in London this month.

Hague described Afghanistan — where around 10,000 British troops are helping fight a Taliban-led insurgency well into its ninth year — as “our most urgent priority” in comments released from London as the party touched down.

In an interview with The Times newspaper before arriving in Kabul, Fox made clear the visit would focus on speeding up the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan, and that no new troops would be deployed. Read the rest of this entry »

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