- The Washington Times - Friday, October 16, 2009

INDIA

Richest man to limit own pay

MUMBAI | India’s richest man announced Thursday that he would voluntarily cap his compensation at $3.3 million this year, saying he would get by on about a third of his take-home pay from the previous year.

Mukesh Ambani’s flagship company, Reliance Industries Ltd., said his decision reflected his “desire to set a personal example of moderation.”

In 2008, he made 66 percent more, or $9.6 million, a drop in the bucket of his overall wealth, which Forbes magazine puts at $19.5 billion.

In March, Mr. Ambani’s younger brother, Anil, decided to forgo all compensation this year, Tony Jesudasan, a spokesman for his group of companies, said Thursday.

PHILIPPINES

Tribunal clears 11 in coup plot

MANILA | A Philippine military tribunal acquitted 11 officers Thursday of plotting a foiled 2006 coup against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The defendants are among 28 military officers who were detained after the purported plan to force Mrs. Arroyo from power.

Mrs. Arroyo has survived four attempted coups and four impeachment attempts over suspected corruption in her more than eight turbulent years in power.

VIETNAM

U.S. condemns dissent crackdown

HANOI | The United States has condemned Vietnam’s recent conviction of nine democracy activists, the arrest of a writer and the expulsion of Buddhist monks from a monastery where they practiced the teachings of a renowned Zen master.

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi issued a statement saying it was “deeply disturbed” by last week’s convictions of the activists, several of whom hung pro-democracy statements over highway overpasses.

Vietnam has come under frequent criticism from Western governments and activist groups for its human rights record. The country’s communist government does not tolerate challenges to its single-party rule.

The U.S. Embassy said it was concerned about the arrest of Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, a writer who expressed her support for the activists.

Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said in a statement that the information the U.S. Embassy provided about the individuals was “completely erroneous.”

JAPAN

Twitter wrestles with Japanese

TOKYO | Twitter Inc. is turning Japanese. Or at least trying to.

The popular microblogging service on Thursday launched a Japan-based mobile version, hoping to penetrate a country where other U.S. social networking sites including Facebook and MySpace have failed to capture much ground.

Japanese is Twitter’s sole foreign language platform so far, and the company’s efforts here indicate it’s serious about making it in Japan.

Twitter teamed up with Tokyo-based Internet firm Digital Garage Inc. in early 2008. It launched a Japanese-language platform for cell phones and other mobile devices in spring 2008, and hired a Japan country manager earlier this year.

The company is experimenting with making money from features it doesn’t use on its English language site, such as banner ads.

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