The number of planes and the cost of the deals were not disclosed. In November 2005, President Musharraf had delayed the purchase, following the earthquake that killed tens of thousands in northern Pakistan and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.
The Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency for Aceh and Nias (BRR) plans to accelerate the bidding process for housing, schools, and education projects worth about Rp 7 trillion ($777 million) during the second quarter of 2006.
A bus service connecting families in divided Kashmir was launched with much fanfare as a “peace bus” in April 2005, but elaborate security checks and stultifying bureaucracy have severely limited the number of people actually traveling on the bus.
Speaking at the 4th meeting of the Global Consortium on Tsunami Recovery in New York, UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Bill Clinton noted that some 100,000 new homes have been built or are under construction across the tsunami-hit region.
At the 58th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) last week in St. Kitts and Nevis, member countries voted 33 to 32 in favor of a resolution declaring the international ban on commercial whaling “no longer necessary.”