China`s microblog media falls silent

Two major Chinese microblogging sites &, known as Chinese Twitters have suspended comment functions.

Beijing: China`s influential microblogs, which
over the last few years have emerged as a challenge to the
monopoly of the state media, have fallen silent for the first
time after being penalised over the spread of coup rumours.

Two major Chinese microblogging sites, and, known as Chinese Twitters with about 300 million
microblogger subscribers have suspended comment functions
after they were punished for allowing rumours to spread, state
run Shanghai Daily reported.

They put up online announcement yesterday suspending the
comment function from March 31 to April 3 to clean up rumours
and other illegal information spread through microblogging
networks, following a crackdown for carrying postings,
including pictures of battle tanks rolling down streets in
Beijing, that sparked speculation of a coup.

The speculation went viral with rumours of infighting in
the Communist Party leadership following the sacking of a
party leader Bo Xilai.

Chinese authorities have closed 16 websites and detained
six people responsible for "fabricating or disseminating
online rumours".

Beijing police also arrested 1,065 suspects and deleted
more than 208,000 "harmful" online messages as part of an
intensive nationwide crackdown on Internet-related crimes
conducted since mid-February, according to the state run
Xinhua news agency.

This is perhaps for the first time the Chinese government
which was apprehensive about the emergence of the alternate
media, cracked down on them, though a series of measures to
regulate them were announced in the recent months.

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Pak supports peaceful use of N-energy by Iran: Gilani
Beijing: Pakistan supports "peaceful use" of
nuclear technology by Iran, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
has said, as he backed enhanced energy and trade ties with
Tehran, which is facing international sanctions.

Gilani said Pakistan is desirous of enhancing its
bilateral relations with Iran, especially in energy and trade.

He said realisation of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project
will open new vistas of cooperation.

Gilani said "Pakistan wants to enhance trade relations
with Iran," and stressed for increasing it up to five billion
dollars, the APP reported. He said Pakistan supports peaceful
use of nuclear technology by Iran.

Gilani expressed these views while talking to Iranian
Vice President, Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh, as the two
leaders met in Boao`s seaside resort city on the sidelines of
Boao Forum for Asia, to be held tomorrow.

He said Pakistan attaches great importance to its
relations with Iran that is deep-rooted in the realms of
history, culture and brotherhood.

"Pakistan is currently facing energy shortage," Gilani
said, noting that the 1,000 MW electricity being supplied from
Iran to Pakistan`s Balochistan province, would prove helpful
in overcoming the energy shortage. He called for joint
Pak-Iran efforts to ensure a peaceful and prosperous region.

He suggested that the opening of Pakistan`s consulate in
Bandar Abbas would not only facilitate the people but would
also reduce the road distance by 1,000 kilometres.

He said Pakistan wants to maintain good ties with its
neighbours including Iran, Afghanistan, China and India and
called for joint efforts for the stability in Afghanistan.

He said Iran had completed its work on Iran-Pakistan gas
pipeline and urged Pakistan to expedite from its side.