Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The World Today
By Manuwant Choudhary
Baitullah Mehsud, the Taliban leader, alleged to be responsible for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, is reportedly dead somewhere near Peshawar in Pakistan.
No, not in a cross-border US missile strike or Pakistan's Asif Ali Zardari's war on terror but he dies of disease with both kidneys having failed him and diabetes...a sweet killer.
And its Eid today so Eid Mubarak.
And perhaps the war on terror is hurting the US now with its markets in chaos after its BIG corporations lent their money to small borrowers who cannot pay back.
And the US House of Representatives defeat the 700 billion dollar bail out package proposed by US President George Bush.
India's PM says India's markets are safer than the US, but he doesn't admit that a year ago the 60,000 crore bail out for farmers in distress was actually a bail out for India's state-owned banks.
In New Delhi, life goes on amidst metal detectors and bomb scares and real blasts.
The metal detector gate looks quite good really - a modern sculptor of sorts, and I intend having one outside my home just to scare away terror!
But more people die in India in temple stampedes than terror attacks...this time 147 have died at Chamundi temple in Jodhpur Rajasthan...TOI says stampedes have killed 360 people while blasts only 156 in 2008.
India's misrule is still way ahead of terror masterminds.
Like in Uttar Pradesh...a super highway flyover collapses onto unsuspecting taxpaying citizens..TV footage show a cycle under the massive cement beam and still hoped there would be survivors.
In Patna a servant accidentally shoots himself playing with a doctors gun.
But in New Delhi police say Headlines Today TV journalist Saoumya Viswanathan dies in a car accident but doctors discover a bullet through her head.