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Cell phones to stay offline for 4 hours today ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said cell phone services would be suspended in certain parts of the country for four hours on Saturday (today) to minimise threats of terror attacks on Eidul Azha. Addressing a press conference, Malik said the suspension would not be carried out across the country, but in areas that were vulnerable to terrorist attacks, adding that the suspension would remain effective from 6am to 10am on Eidul Azha. Giving the breakup, the minister said that that most areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 20 cities in Balochistan, three in Punjab, and two cities of Sindh would be affected by this measure. The minister also shared with the media copies of letters written by provincial
governments who had requested for suspension of the services. Malik asserted that the decision had not been taken by an individual and rather all stakeholders
were taken “on board”. “The Sindh government has requested me to suspend services almost across the province,” the minister said, adding that he had turned down the request and the services would be blocked only in areas with security concerns. However, he did not elaborate the nature of “concerns”. Asked about the criticism faced by the government over mobile service suspension, the minister said that he had been receiving messages on social media networks from several people calling him names and abuses who said that he had taken the country back into the stone age. “In return, I only request (them) patience … I have an obligation. I am the interior minister and providing security to you is my responsibility.” Continued on page 04
suicide bomber slaughtered more than 40 people, including five children, when he struck at a mosque in northern Afghanistan after Eidul Azha prayers on Friday, officials said. It was the worst death toll in a single attack in Afghanistan since 80 died on December 6 last year in a suicide blast at a shrine in Kabul on Ashura. At least 50 others were wounded as the bomb — reportedly stuffed with ball-bearings — ripped through the crowd of worshippers in Maymana city in Faryab province. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suicide bombings are a favourite weapon of Taliban trying to topple the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai. The attacker was wearing a police uniform when he blew himself up at the entrance to the city’s packed Eid Gah mosque, deputy provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez told AFP. “We have 42 dead — more than 20 are security forces and the rest of them are civilians, including five or six children,” he said. “Around 51 are wounded, some 15 of them critically injured.” A member of parliament for Faryab, Naqeebullah Fayeq, who was present during the attack put the death toll at 47. Barez, like many other provincial officials, was also at the scene at the time of the bombing
and described the horror of the blast in the midst of a religious celebration. “We had just finished Eid al-Adha prayers and we were congratulating and hugging each other,” Barez said. “Suddenly a big explosion took place and the area was full of dust and smoke and body parts of police and civilians were all over the place. It was a very powerful explosion.” Continued on page 04
The offices of Pakistan Today will remain closed on October 27 and 28 on account of Eidul Azha. Therefore there will be no publication on 28th (Sunday) and 29th (Monday).
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Millions stone Devil, make sacrifices on first day of Eid MINA: More than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims began stoning of chief Satan in the Saudi holy city of Mina on Friday, the first day of the Eidul Azha holiday. Faithful Muslims from 189 countries surrounded Jamrat al-Aqaba, the largest of three adjacent pillars, in the rite which they will continue at least until Saturday. The ritual marks the start of the Muslim holidays. “I managed to throw pebbles at Jamrat al-Aqaba early in the morning when the place wasn’t so crowded,” said 47-year-old Malaysian pilgrim Abdullah Noor. “My feelings are a mixture of happiness and sadness. I’m happy because I managed to reach this holy land — a dream I have had for years,” he said. “But I’m sad because I couldn’t bring my family with me.” “This is the time to atone for the sins committed over the years,” said Daud Baev, a 65-year-old Kazakh. The ritual is an emulation of Prophet Ibrahim’s (A.S.) stoning of the devil at the three spots where he is said to have appeared trying to dissuade the biblical patriarch from obeying God’s order to sacrifice his son, Ismail (A.S). Roads inside Mina and those leading to the city were choked with pilgrims trying to reach the camps set up to receive them according to their country of origin. The pilgrims had stopped to collect stones overnight in Muzdalifah, another holy town that comes to life only during the five days of the annual Haj pilgrimage before heading to Mina valley. Men and women were seen bending to the ground in Muzdalifah choosing their stones which they carried in empty water bottles or plastic bags. The stones must be slightly bigger than a chick pea. Red Crescent and civil defence helicopters have been hovering over the area since the early morning hours, ready to deal with any incidents that might occur. “God is greatest, God is greatest, no God but Allah,” bellowed loudspeakers in Mina since the early hours as pilgrims repeated after them. The stay in Mina used to mark the most dangerous phase of Haj for Saudi authorities as it was marred by deadly stampedes in the past as well as fires in tent camps. In past years, however, tents have been fire-proofed while gas canisters and cooking are banned in the camps. The stoning area has been expanded to avoid overcrowding. Saudi authorities have built a five-level structure around the three sites, allowing a smooth flow of pilgrims. The authorities have also organised the devil-stoning this year, setting specific times of the day for each group of pilgrims to carry out the ritual. After they carry out the stoning, pilgrims end their Ihram by shaving or cutting their hair for men while women trim the length of a finger-tip from one strand of hair. Pilgrims then change back into normal clothing from white shrouds that symbolise the resurrection. On the first day of the feast of sacrifice known as Eidul Azha, pilgrims must also head to the holy city of Mecca to perform the Tawaf circumambulation around the Holy Kaaba. After the first stoning, pilgrims offer sacrifices by slaughtering a sheep and the meat is distributed to needy Muslims. This rite emulates Prophet Abraham (A.S), who prepared to sacrifice his son before God, but was provided a lamb in the boy’s place at the last moment. Nearly 2.5 million pilgrims have been officially registered this year. But hundreds of thousands more perform the pilgrimage without permits. Interior Ministry Spokesman Mansur al-Turki told AFP on Friday that so far “Haj has passed normally and in good manner,” as no incidents have been reported. AFP
Khuzdar Press Club president’s second son also passes away QUETTA: The second son of Khuzdar Press Club President Nadeem Gurgnari, who was injured in an armed attack on Thursday, succumbed to his injuries on Friday. Unidentified armed men had opened indiscriminate fire on Gurgnari’s sons in Eid Gah area while they were on their way home. Siraj Nadeem had died on the spot while Manzoor Nadeem had been critically injured and immediately taken to Combined Military Hospital. His family wanted to shift him to Karachi but doctors had asked them to wait until his condition improved. However, Manzoor succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours of Friday. STAFF REPORT
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President, PM ask nation to promote unity, religious tolerance to counter terrorism
PESHAWAR: Afghan refugees prepare to slaughter a cow after offering Eidul Azha prayers on the outskirts of the provincial capital on Friday. AFP
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf have asked the nation to work for the prosperity of the country while adopting the spirit of sacrifice, brotherhood, tolerance and renouncing hatred and prejudice. In their separate messages on the auspicious occasion of Eidul Azha, they said, “It is a great benevolence of Allah that with His graciousness and kindness we are having another opportunity to celebrate Eidul Azha.” The president said, “On this occasion of Eidul Azha, we should remember the sacrifices of the people rendered in the war against terrorism, to defend the country.” The president said the country was facing the challenges of terrorism, extremism, and sectarianism and there was a need to inculcate unity, brotherhood, will for sacrifice, religious tolerance and high qualities to face these challenges. In his message, Prime Minister Ashraf said the philosophy of sacrifice was to inculcate the feelings of sacrifice and amity and encourage efforts being done for brotherhood and welfare of society. “We are making all-out efforts for the promotion of consensus and harmony among people. With our farsightedness and realism, we are working to serve the people. Collective good and welfare of people is the clear objective of our government.”
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Three prominent leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – former law minister Iftikhar Hussain Gilani, former MPA Iftikharuddin Khattak and PTI UK coordinator Rabia Zia – left the party on Friday Gilani and Khattak later met PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif at his Raiwind residence, and pledged allegiance to him. “We have full trust in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif,” they said at a press conference later. Meanwhile, Rabia Zia, the UK coordinator of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, resigned from the party over alleged manipulation and rigging in PTI UK elections as well as disappointment over the
party’s alleged deviation from its ideology. Following are the excerpts from her resignation letter: “It is with great sorrow that I am resigning from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf [PTI]. PTI is the first political party that I joined some five years ago with the belief that Imran Khan through PTI will change Pakistan by implementing rule of law, meritocracy, accountability, transparency, democracy and justice. I was sure that PTI would bring the rule of law to Pakistan and I shared this message of hope with the common man and… I am proud to say that we made PTI a household name in the UK. The lawlessness in the party is demoralising to the extent that I am now unconvinced that PTI can deliver what it has been promising.”
A senator from the Awami National Party (ANP) on Friday advised the Lahore High Court (LHC) to abstain from giving controversial statements. Addressing a press conference here, ANP Provincial President Afrasiyab Khattak said that the remarks made by the LHC about the construction of Kalabagh Dam could fuel tension among smaller provinces. On Thursday, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial had said that the objections raised by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces over the construction of Kalabagh Dam were political, adding that such objections could only be addressed through dialogue. “The judiciary would also become controversial by getting involved in controversial issues,” Khattak said, adding that the reservoir was one province’s attempt to “occupy” Indus River.
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College in Swat to be renamed Malala SWAT: In a message of defiance to the Taliban, authorities in Swat have decided to rename a government college Malala Yousafzai, after the 15-year-old girl who was shot in the head after demanding education for girls. The college offers high school and undergraduate education for 2,000 girls and young women. The female students were reluctant to appear on camera – afraid that they, too, might be targeted. They told reporters that they were also afraid to attend school, but were doing so because they inspired by Malala and their right to seek an education. “I myself think that education is important because women have no right in this society so, due to education, they can get their right especially in the Pashtun society,” said Gulalai, an 18-year-old undergraduate student studying statistics and economics. “I think she’s a very brave girl,” said Mehreen, 17, who is studying chemistry, botany and zoology. “She sacrificed her life for us, for education, that girls should take education for their bright future. For women it’s very important in this society.” They are attending Swat’s first degree college to be named after a woman. “We always want to send a message across the world, that here we want females to progress in the society,” said Kamran Rehman Khan, a local government official. inP
I A U D D I N Yousafzai, father of Malala Yousafzai, said when Malala fell after the attack, the whole nation rose for her.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Yousafzai said her daughter was recovering fast in the UK hospital, where she is undergoing treatment. The 15-year-old’s father and other family members flew to Britain on Thursday to see her in the hospital. “It’s a miracle for us. She was in a very bad condition,” he said. “She is improving with encouraging speed and we are very happy.” He paid a token of thanks to the Pakistan government and all those who helped her daughter survive the terrible attack. He said a Satan had attacked his daughter but later angels surrounded her. Yousafzai was thankful in particular to President Asif Ali Zardari, and General Pervaiz Kayani for making all kinds of resources available. He said Malala was brought to UK because her brain was swelling.
The medical director of the facility where she is being treated was also alongside the father and expressed satisfaction over Malala’s recovery. Malala’s Father met his daughter for the
first time since she regained consciousness. She asked about her companions Shazia and Kainat who got injured in the attack and also asked for her books. She expressed her willingness to appear for exams in Swat.
Malala inspires students PESHAWAR AFP
The courage of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has renewed students’ determination to learn despite the poor state of the country’s education system, undermined by poverty and under attack from Islamist militants. Militants have destroyed four schools in the last week alone, according to officials — two on Wednesday in Mohmand tribal district and two more in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The provincial government says more
than 700,000 students have been affected, though casualties are low as most school attacks happen at night when students are at home. “The insurgents mostly target girl’s schools and order both teachers and students to stay inside their homes as per their version of Islamic teachings or face the dire consequences,” said provincial information minister Iftikhar Hussain. Naseem Baigam, a teacher at the government-run Islamia Collegiate girls’ high school in Peshawar told AFP the destruction of
schools and the attack on Malala had frightened parents. But students at the school said they were inspired by Malala. “It is disappointing that Taliban are destroying schools,” Saba Riaz, a final year student, told AFP. “Such attacks are disturbing but Malala has given us courage to fight for the cause of education.” Her friend Razia Khan agreed: “Girls will never be scared by such attacks. In any case we will continue our studies, even if they are destroying schools or attacking girls like Malala.”
‘First’ Pakistani astronaut wants to make peace in space ISLAMABAD AFP
Once you’ve been to both poles, skydived over Mount Everest and set up your country’s first consulate in Monaco, the question is: what next? For 37-year-old explorer Namira Salim the answer is easy — become the first Pakistani to go into space. Her flight with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism project is planned for next year. Although no date has been fixed for the venture’s first commercial flight, she is looking forward to fulfilling a lifelong obsession. “As a child I always believed I would go to space. It’s not that I read about it one fine day and thought of signing up. I’ve always said this was in my DNA,” she told AFP by Skype from Dubai. “I must have been less than five years old and I was crying very hard. My father was trying to pacify me and I was like ‘I don’t want anything, I just want to go to
space. I don’t want any toys, nothing, just send me to space.’” But coming from a country with no major space programme of its own, where millions live in poverty, the journey to the stars was never likely to be straightforward. Pressured by her father to study, she kept up her passion for space in her spare time, joining astronomy clubs and spending nights gazing at the desert skies after her family moved to the United Arab Emirates in the 1980s. “I always had this feeling that there was something very spiritual and divine associated with this whole thing,” she said of her ambition. “As if something was really pulling me there and calling out to me, and I had to be there and I belonged there.” Chasing your dreams doesn’t always come cheap — Salim paid $200,000 to sign up with Virgin Galactic in 2007, funded with support from her family, who run a heavy construction equipment firm in the UAE. The weightless component of
the flight will last for only a few minutes. The cost is high by any standard — but a fraction of the $35 million US software pioneer Charles Simonyi paid for his 2007 trip to the International Space Station — and Salim insists it’s about more than just fulfilling the whims of the rich. — Investing in peace — Salim said the money she has paid is an investment in a commercial industry that will one day replace government space agencies and enable researchers, satellites — and tourists — to go up at a fraction of the current cost. And she believes space travel can eventually play a role in world peace. “We hope one day politicians could be taken up in space, and a space shuttle like this one we’ve built with Virgin is perfect for that. We could actually have peace summits and have conflict resolution in space.” Her mission was big news in Pakistan at the time of her signing up for the trip, and when it finally does take place, the
country’s freewheeling and patriotic media is likely to go into overdrive. She has already made headlines. In 2007 she became the first Pakistani to go to the North Pole,
in 2008 the first Pakistani to go to the South pole and later the same year the first South Asian — not just Pakistani — to skydive over Mount Everest.
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R iSlAMABAD: A billboard displayed at a traffic signal to mark the Black Day in indian-held Kashmir on Friday shows Kashmiri women mourning the death of relatives. AFP
Obama, Romney wage bitter Ohio duel CLEVELAND AFP
In a spectacular finale to a 40-hour campaign sprint, US President Barack Obama launched a searing attack on Mitt Romney in Ohio, the state that may decide their election duel. But Romney, rallying Republicans in the state’s aptly named town of Defiance, mocked Obama’s “incredibly shrinking” campaign and stole the president’s 2008 mantra, promising “big change” if he wins on November 6. The latest sharp exchanges came as polls showed the White House up for grabs, with Romney
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One eyewitness, Sayed Moqeed, described the bomber as appearing to be in his early teens. “Suddenly I heard a very big explosion,” he said. “Everywhere were pieces of bodies, hands and limbs. The suicide attacker was in police uniform, he looked to be around 14 or 15 years old.” Karzai strongly condemned the attack, calling the perpetrators “the enemies of Islam and humanity”. “Those who take the happiness of Muslims during Eid days cannot be called human and Muslim,” he said. The United States embassy said the “attack against innocent worshippers further demonstrates the insurgency’s lack of respect for religion, faith and its disregard for the safety and security of the Afghan people”. The commander of NATO’S International Security Assistance Force, General John Allen, condemned “this heinous act” and offered ISAF’s resources to “help however we can”. In Islamabad, the Foreign Office condemned the suicide attack in Afghanistan. “The Government of Pakistan conveys its deepest condolences to the government and people of Afghanistan on this tragic incident,” said a Foreign Office statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims,” it said. The statement said, “Our two countries face the common threat of terrorism, and Pakistan is committed to work closely with Afghanistan to eliminate this scourge.”
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ahead by a nose nationally, but Obama standing firm in the key swing states that could hand him a second four-year term. The president on Thursday won the endorsement of Colin Powell — an African-American Republican who served in both Bush presidencies — sparking controversial remarks by a Romney surrogate who suggested race was a factor. “When you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him,” top Romney advisor John Sununu said about Powell, who also backed Obama in 2008. Sununu later
issued a statement backtracking on the remarks, saying: “I respect the endorsement decision (Powell) made, and I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies.” The remarks by Sununu, who is known for fiery media appearances, could inject race into a campaign Romney has tried to keep focused on the economy. Earlier on Thursday, Obama lambasted Romney for opposing his bailout of the auto industry as he campaigned in Ohio, a perennial battleground in which car manufacturing supports one in eight jobs. “I refused to walk away from those workers, I re-
fused to walk away from those jobs. I bet on American workers. I would do it again because that bet always pays off,” Obama roared, in a populist pitch for blue collar votes. Obama ended an eight state tour of more than 7,000 miles with 11 days to go before he asks Americans to defy the omens of a weak economy and high unemployment by voting to renew his lease on the White House. The president’s aides are privately signaling increasing confidence that he will prevail. But Romney has sought to convince his supporters that he has the momentum in the final stretch.
India has a vital role to play in Af-Pak region: Panetta WASHINGTON OnlinE
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said that India had a vital role to play in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the region. According to a BBC report, Panetta made the remarks while talking to reporters here. He said that India was a very important country in the region and that was why it would play a role for the establishment of peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan and it will turn out to be helpful for abiding peace and stability in the region. Panetta went on to say that the US’ main target was
to save Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists and al Qaeda militants. “We are eager to work with the other countries of the region on this count,” he said. He added that his country wanted to fortify the network of its defence allies in the world, and “our new defence policy hinges upon this strategy”. “Nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of North Korea were posing a grave threat to US and we are striving to take all measures including forging of strong defence alliance with South Korea to counter this threat,” he added.
ELATIVES of China’s reformist premier have amassed huge riches during his tenure, according to a report Friday that came as the Communist Party strives to clean house before a pivotal handover of power. The New York Times investigation about the family of Wen Jiabao, who will be replaced in a 10-yearly leadership transition next month, coincided with an announcement clearing the way for the prosecution of disgraced leader Bo Xilai. Beijing immediately dismissed the report as an attempt to tarnish China, with foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei telling reporters in response to a question on the article: “Some reports smear China and have ulterior motives.” Detailing a string of deals, the newspaper said
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He said the order by the Sindh High Court was also taken into consideration before making the decision. He claimed that the court did not order against the suspension, but it said that the decision should be a speaking order. “Earlier, we used to fill our own records which were not for public consumption. But this time, based on intelligence, we have sent out a proper notification so it can be seen,” he maintained. He said people who did not offer Eid prayers would find their cell phones working when they wake up in the morning. Asked about Nawaz Sharif’s statement expressing confidence on FIA probe regarding Asghar Khan case, Malik said that Sharif had trusted FIA; hence his faith would not be breached. He however said that there were differences within the PML-N regarding the FA probe. “I wonder why Shahbaz Sharif has lost trust in FIA now. This is the same FIA he (Shahbaz Sharif) used to trust in the past,” he said.
that many relatives of the government’s number two — a self-styled man of the people known popularly as “Grandpa Wen” — had become “extraordinarily wealthy” during his time in office. Investments by Wen’s son, wife and others spanning the banking, jewellery and telecom sectors were worth at least $2.7 billion according to an analysis of company and regulatory filings from 19922012. The revelations come as a particular embarrassment for Wen, who is the standardbearer of the Communist Party’s reformist wing and has campaigned against the rampant corruption that infuriates many ordinary Chinese. In a speech published in April, he said official corruption was “the biggest danger facing the ruling party” and warned that “those who hold political power may perish” unless it is addressed. President Hu Jintao, who like Wen
will step down after 10 years in office, has also made fighting graft in the Communist Party a top priority, and the issue is sure to figure in the party’s 18th congress starting on November 8. Ahead of the congress, the party proceeded with an unfinished item of business on Friday with the announcement by state media that exChongqing city boss Bo had been expelled from parliament and had his legal immunity lifted. The decision to remove him from the National People’s Congress clears the way for Bo to be put on trial for corruption and other crimes related to the murder of a British businessman. State-owned Xinhua news agency said that Bo had “borne major responsibility” for the poisoning of Neil Heywood, even though his wife has already been convicted of his murder and handed a suspended death sentence.
UK police say 300 victims in Savile abuse scandal LONDON AFP
Police investigating alleged child sex abuse by the late BBC star Jimmy Savile have identified around 300 possible victims, making him one of the worst offenders in British history, a senior officer said Thursday. Scotland Yard is preparing to arrest other suspects over allegations they acted alongside the veteran television presenter, who died last year aged 84, Commander Peter Spindler said. The claims against Savile have plunged the BBC into crisis and destroyed the reputation of the man who, with his garish tracksuits and ever present cigar, was one of the most famous faces on British TV for decades. The inquiry was a “watershed” moment in the investigation of child abuse in Britain, Spindler said. The platinum-haired Savile was
“undoubtedly” one of the most prolific sex offenders in recent British history and the weight of evidence from the victims against him was overwhelming, Spindler said. “We have to believe what they are saying because they are all saying the same thing independently,” he said. All but two of the alleged victims were female, he said. Officers had spoken to 130 of the 300 victims who had come forward and formally recorded 114 crimes. Scotland Yard is believed to have investigated in the 1980s an allegation of assault on BBC premises but officers have not found the original file, he added. He said police had not yet arrested or interviewed any suspects but Scotland Yard was “preparing an arrest strategy”. “There’s Savile on his own, and that’s the vast majority of what we’re being told about, (then) there’s Savile and others.
tracking polls find romney edging ahead narrowly WASHINGTON SPECiAl CORRESPOnDEnT
Republican presidential contender l Mitt Romney has edged ahead of President Barack Obama in tracking polls as the two politicians continue their intense campaigns to win over undecided voters ten days ahead November 6 election as Americans witness one of the most closely fought White House races in recent history. A new Washington PostABC News national tracking poll found that the Republican hopeful winning 50 percent of likely voters for the first time in the campaign. As Romney hits 50, the president stands at 47 percent, his lowest tally in Post-ABC polling since before the national party conventions, the
Washington Post reported. But according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll, Romney was clinging to a one percentage point lead over Obama on Thursday, up 47 percent to 46 percent for Obama. Obama, however, got a boost in moderate Republican leader and retired General Colin Powell’s endorsement for his second term in office. Obama Thrusday cast his ballot early in his hometown of Chicago, in a bid to encourage supporters to vote ahead of the November 6 election, Meanwhile, according to the Washington Post, the 2012 election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama experiencing a steep drop in support
among white voters from four years ago. At this stage in 2008, Obama trailed Republican John McCain by seven percentage points among white voters. Even in victory, Obama ended up losing white voters by 12 percentage points, according to that year’s exit poll. But now, Obama has a deficit of 23 percentage points, trailing Republican Mitt Romney 60 percent to 37 percent among whites, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News national tracking poll. That presents a significant hurdle for the president — and suggests that he will need to achieve even larger margins of victory among women and minorities, two important parts of the Democratic base, to win reelection. Overall, Romney has edged ahead in
the contest, garnering 50 percent of likely voters for the first time in the campaign, according to the PostABC poll. As Romney hits 50 percent, the president stands at 47 percent, his lowest tally since before the national party conventions. In its report on findings of the poll, the Post said a three-point edge gives Romney his first apparent advantage in the national popular vote, but it is not one that is statistically significant with a conventional level of 95 percent confidence. Results from the tracking poll were first released Monday evening, and had Obama at 49 percent, and Romney at 48. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the results were flipped, with Romney at 49 and the president at 48. All of the results are among likely voters. However,
Romney does now boast a statistically — and substantively — important lead on the economy, which has long been the central issue of the race. When it comes to handling the nation’s struggling economy, 52 percent of likely voters say they trust Romney more, while 43 percent say they have more faith in the president. Just as the challenger has leaped ahead on this score, he has effectively neutralized what has been a consistent fall-back for Obama: economic empathy. In the new poll, 48 percent say Obama is more in tune with the economic problems people are having, and nearly as many, 46 percent, say Romney is the one who is more in touch. Just two weeks ago, Obama had a nine-point lead on the question.
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father of ‘malala-ii’ involved in cases of fraud in islamabad ISLAMABAD
S another teenage education activist emerges after the attack on Malala Yousafzai, an investigation by Pakistan Today has found out that the father of Hina Khan, who is being portrayed as “Malala II”, is allegedly involved in fraud cases, and has four FIRs registered against him. Sources in Islamabad Police say that Reyatullah Khan, father of Hina Khan, has been using his daughter in the aftermath of the Malala incident for personal gains. During the last two years, Reyatullah got nominated in four FIRs (First Information Reports) on charges of fraud, according to sources. Following the attack on Malala, Reyatullah has been claiming that his 17-year-old daughter and other family members were on the hit list of Taliban, and had to flee Swat due to threats from the militants. He claimed that his daughter Hina, a student of first year, was Taliban’s next target for her pro-education and female rights activism in Swat Valley.
However, the record with the Islamabad Police belies his claims and portrays him as a fraud. According to recent media reports, Hina Khan and her family left Swat after allegedly receiving threats from the Taliban, and moved to Islamabad to be able to continue education. On October 12, Reyatullah filed an application with the Ramna Police Station, seeking security for his family in the wake of threats from “anti-state” elements. Nonetheless, police record shows that he had been booked at the same police station on September 22, 2011, under Sections 420/468/471 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) for presenting a fake registration book to police officials during a snap checking. He was again booked by the same police station on August 7, 2012, under Section 489/F for presenting a fake cheque worth one million rupees to another citizen. In both the cases, Reyatullah was not arrested. Similarly, Shalimar Police booked him on May 30, 2012, under Section 420 after he allegedly swindled a person’s money on a promise of arranging employment in the Utility Stores Corporation. The same police
HINA KHAN FILE PHOTO station booked him again on July 5, 2012, under Section 489/F. In both the cases, Reyatullah remained free on bail, sources said. Moreover Reyatullah had claimed that his family had to vacate a house in G-11 due to Taliban’s threats, sources said, adding that he had actually vacated the house on court orders, because he was occupying the property
illegally. They further said that the Reyatullah had been repeatedly trying to get US visa for his family members, but had failed. They added that the portrayal of “threats” to his daughter could have been another attempt to get US visa. When contacted, Reyatullah said the fraud cases registered against him on different occasions were part of a “great conspiracy” against his family.
Former president Pervez Musharraf awarded illegal contract to an oil company owned by former US president George Bush, a private news channel reported. According to documents, Petroleum and Natural Resources Ministry signed a contract with a US oil company, Halliburton, owned by Bush and his former vice president Dick Cheney on November 8, 2001, to explore oil and collect production data. However, Halliburton transferred the responsibility for the work to its partner company LMKR. Under the law the contract could only be extended twice for a period of one year but on September 26, 2006, the contract was extended for two years in violation of law. In September 2008, the contract of the same company was extended for one year and in 2009 the same company was given another contract worth Rs 260 million. The profits from this project were not handed over to Pakistan due to which the national exchequer suffered a loss of millions. It was further revealed that in 2010-11 a sum of Rs 50 million was allocated for the project but in January 2012, LMKR director general was informed through a letter that Rs 65 million had been spent on the project. Despite this, the Directorate General of Petroleum Concessions (DGPC) has not taken any action regarding poor performance of the company.
Security forces kill 9 militants in Khyber LANDIKOTAL: At least nine militants were killed and another eight were injured in a raid by security forces in Khyber Agency on Friday, officials said. According to political administrators, security forces, backed by helicopter gunships, pounded suspected militant hideouts in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, killing nine Taliban and injuring several others. Five militant positions were also destroying in the shelling. OnlinE
2 Swat peace committee members gunned down MINGORA: Unidentified gunmen shot dead two members of a peace committee in Charbagh area of Swat late on Thursday. According to police sources, the gunmen opened fire on Tajim Gul outside a mosque while Sardar Mohammad was killed while he was at home. The assailants managed to flee after killing both men, the police added. inP
Musharraf gave undue favour to oil company owned by Bush
QUETTA: Boys look at shoes at a roadside stall on Friday. InP
Pakistan, Afghanistan eye US vote with foreboding KABUL AFP
The US election is a side-show on the frontline of the war on terror where Afghans feel abandoned by Washington’s looming troop withdrawal, which some in Pakistan fear could cause more violence and instability in their country regardless of who secures the White House. The Afghan conflict, America’s longest war, is now in its 12th year and both President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney are stressing their determination to bring the majority of US troops home by the end of 2014. For some Afghans, ruled by President Hamid Karzai’s fragile government and battered by daily Taliban attacks around the country, the end of NATO combat operations raises fears of a return to the bloody chaos of the 1990s. “If they withdraw foreign troops from Afghanistan, civil war in Afghanistan will start again,” Del Agha, a driver aged around 30, told AFP. “I want from the new US president that NATO forces should stay in Afghanistan a bit longer, till there is good security in Afghanistan.” But analysts say little will change in US policy towards the region regardless of who wins on November 6. The vast majority of NATO’s 105,000
troops, 68,000 of them American, will leave Afghanistan and the country will have to learn to stand on its own feet — particularly if it is to secure the billions of dollars in foreign aid it wants. “The idea is that it’s time for the Afghans to perform. Our performance in the next years will determine the level of our relationship with the Americans, the level of their financial support,” Omar Sharifi of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies told AFP. One crucial aspect of the US-Afghan relationship as yet unresolved is the legal status of American forces who remain in the country after 2014. Washington wants its troops to have immunity from prosecution in local courts, but Karzai says Afghans will not accept that. After failing to secure a similar deal in Iraq, Obama left no permanent US military presence there. In Pakistan, itself battling rising Islamist extremism, there are fears the NATO withdrawal will mean a surge in violence spilling across the border and an intensification of America’s hugely unpopular drone campaign against militants. While Pakistan publicly calls the missile strikes an infringement of its sovereignty, the United States sees them as a vital tool in the fight against militants allied to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Analyst and retired senior army officer
Talat Masood said the continuation of the programme would depend on conditions on the ground, not on who occupies the Oval Office. “If the militants continue their operations within Pakistan and increase their activity in Afghanistan, then of course the use of drones will increase because there is no question of using ground troops,” he said. US-Pakistan relations lurched from crisis to crisis in 2011, first when a CIA contractor shot dead two people in Lahore, then when the US carried out a secret raid to kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and culminating in a botched US air strike that killed 24 Pakistani border guards. Mistrust remains high and the next US president will face a tricky balancing act, trying to continue the process of repairing ties while pressuring Pakistan to do more to tackle extremists in its territory. In a rare note of agreement during Monday’s final presidential debate, Romney backed Obama on the use of drone technology, while the president revealed the depths of the suspicion that bedevils relations with Pakistan. Touting his high-stakes decision to send US commandos to hunt down bin Laden on Pakistani soil without informing Islamabad, Obama said that “if we had asked Pakistan for permission, we would
FILE PHOTO not have gotten (him)”. For Washington, a major fear is that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal — which Romney said in the debate would soon exceed Britain’s — could fall into the hands of one of the country’s myriad extremist groups. “Pakistan will be in the eye of the storm and it will be a country on which demand will be placed about its security of its nuclear arsenals as well as increased demands for taking action against militants,” said Arshad Sharif, an analyst with
the Dunya television station. With anti-US sentiment running high and an election of their own in the offing next year, no politician in Islamabad wants to be seen cosying up to Washington. “Like the US we have an election coming up and this anti-Americanism is going to go up because all political parties are also competing to show who is more antiAmerican,” said Raza Rumi of the Jinnah Institute think tank in Islamabad.
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SPiRiT OF SACRiFiCE: People load sacrificial animals from a cattle market in preparation for Eidul Azha. onLIne
several Cng stations remain closed
Seven killed in violence Three cops arrested for killing citizen KARACHI
S many as seven persons were killed in different firing and violence incidents in the city here on Friday, ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. According to police sources, one person was gunned down at Chisti Nagar, while one tortured corpse of a young man, who was killed after kidnapping, was recovered from Khairabad in Orangi Town area. Some unidentified armed persons opened indiscriminate firing on persons sitting outside a hotel in Federal B Area on late Thursday night in which at least five persons sustained serious injuries. The assailants managed to flee from the scene after the firing. The injured were shifted to different nearby hospitals where all of them succumbed to their wounds. The deceased included a prayer
leader of New Karachi Mosque, two real brothers Jibrail and Khudae Noor while two others were identified as Sajid and Amir. The deceased were stated to be activists of a religious party. Police and Rangers reached the scene and cordoned off the area after killing. Meanwhile, three police officers were arrested after they allegedly killed an innocent citizen, presuming him a robber here on Friday. According to details, three policemen of Sohrab Goth police station, who were patrolling in the area near sacrificial animal market, opened fire on a car when it did not stop despite a signal given by the policemen. A man was killed in the car as a result of the firing, which the policemen claimed was a dacoit. However, later after investigation it was revealed that the man was an ordinary citizen upon which a case was registered against the police officers and they were subsequently arrested.
CM warns against security lapses KARACHI nni
Following the Supreme Courtâ€™s order to reduce price of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), many gas stations in Karachi remained down here in the city on Friday. Most gas stations turned away customers on the pretext of having developed technical faults. Despite being a public holiday, public transport remained sparse on the roads and people were forced to commute on rooftops of buses. CNG Dealers As-
sociation Chairman Abdul Sami Khan said some members had asked him how could they run their business in loss, but the association instructed them to reduce the price and keep their stations open. Contrary to actual events, CNG Station Owners Association chairman Malik Khuda Bux claimed that all its members had reduced the price and their pumps were open across the country. Some pumps might have been closed because of low gas pressure, but all other pumps were operating normally, he added.
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said that foul-proof security arrangements had been made across the province to inhibit all deviant acts. The CM talked to reporters at Sukkur airport on Friday. He said that fool proof security plans had been drafted and added that media should not intensify the nature of dispersed criminal activities occurring in Karachi. The CM lauded the judgment of the Supreme Court to reduce CNG prices and said that OGRA should implement the orders of the apex court. inP
Rohde & Schwarz to participate in IDEAS 2012 KARACHI: For nearly 80 years, Rohde & Schwarz has stood for quality, precision and innovation in all fields of wireless communications. The company will participate in the International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2012, which will take place at the Karachi Expo Center from Wednesday, Nov 7, to Sunday, 11 November. EMBRAER Defense & Security, which has been commissioned by the Brazilian government to build a new military transport aircraft called the KC-390, will also participate in IDEAS 2012 in Karachi. The KC-390, the latest generation of transport aircraft, will be equipped with R&S M3AR airborne transceivers from Rohde & Schwarz. These transceivers are already being used in various other aircraft types such as the A400M, Eurofighter, NH90, TIGER and F16. Customers around the world depend on the R&S M3AR to provide secure and reliable radio communications in the most challenging environments. Launched in 2008, IDEAS is the only specialized defense exhibition in the Southeast Asia region that brings together companies delivering cutting-edge technologies designed to meet armed forcesâ€™ security challenges of the 21st century. It is a unique event that addresses the growing need for sophisticated arms equipment and gives companies in this sector the chance to showcase their latest products. IDEAS 2012 will provide an opportunity for companies producing high-end arms technology to promote their products and services to an international and regional audience of high-level govt procurement personnel from army, navy and air force security forces. inP
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Eidul AzhA PrAyEr tiMingS KARACHI STAFF REPORT
While arrangements are being made at different places in the city for Eid prayers on Saturday morning, following are the timings provided by the organisers and the management of some mosques and Imambargahs. 6.45am: Zainab Masjid, Muslimabad, 6.55am; Madina Masjid Block ‘C’ Adamjee Nagar; KGA Gymkhana Ground, M.A. Jinnah Road; 7am: Jamia Masjid Farooqi, Block 14, Gulshan-iIqbal; Alana Masjid Nishtar Road, Shoe Market; Jamia Masjid Farooqi, Block 14, Gulshan-i-Iqbal; Jamia Masjid Nakhuda, Kutchhi Memon Co-operative Housing Society, KDA Scheme No 7, Bahadurabad. 7:15am: Kutchhi Memon Masjid, Ratan Talao. 7.30am: Adamjee Community Centre, Block-B, Adamjee Nagar; Markazi Jamia Masjid-i-Thanvi, Jacob Line; Madni Jamia Masjid, Block N, North Nazimabad. 7.45am: Union Co-operative Club Ground, off Shaheed-i-Millat Road. 8am: Gulshan-iJinnah (old polo ground), Kutchhi Memon Masjid, Saddar; Nishtar Park; Sadabahar Lawn, Alamgir Road near Bahadurabad Chowrangi. 8.15am: PECHS Eidgah Ground, Kashmir Road, behind the PSO Petrol Pump, China Ground. 8.30am: Jamia Masjid Arambagh, Burnes Road. 9.00am: Qadir Masjid, Mohammad Ali Society, Sharea Faisal; Jamia Masjid Gulzar-i-Habib, Gulistan-i-Okarvi, Soldier Bazaar; Khanqah-i-Alia Tajia, Mewashah. Fiqh-i-Jafria 7am: Masjid Shah-i-Khorasan; Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road, Karsaz. 7.15am: Jamia Imamia, Block 2, Nazimabad. 7.30am: Tajul Masjid, Jamia Tajia, Sector 14-B, Shadman Town; Masjid-i-Najaf, Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road, Karsaz. 8am: Mehfil-i-Murtaza, Block-3, PECHS; Masjid Syed-usShuhada, Islamic Culture and Research Centre; Masjid Shah-i-Khorasan; Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road, Karsaz. 8.30am: Jamia Imamia, Block 2, Nazimabad; Ashraf-ul-Masajid-wa-Imambargah Saadat-i-Amroha, Scheme 33,
Sector 37-A, Gulzar-i-Hijri; Masjid-iNajaf, Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah
Road, Karsaz. 9am: Masjid Shah-i-Karbala, Rizvia Society; Pak Muharram
Painting exhibition by susanne Husemann KARACHI: Husemann draws her inspiration for the theme “Allegory of Painting” from15th century Dutch artist Jan Vermeer who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life. The mediums she has used in her paintings are oil on canvas, wood and cardboard. Susanne Husemann says about her work: “In my work I think about home. What is home? It is not chosen but is simply there; as with identity or authenticity, it is not something that I can deliberate. Home is my culture, the history of art, the first step to this Vermeer series was to think about my
history.Vermeer is a part of our history of art, one of the most famous painters in Europe.” Ms. Husemann studied art at the University of Arts in Berlin and School of Art, Glasgow. She has held exhibitions all over the world including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Bochum (Germany), Glasgow, Edinburgh (Scotland), Schwerin (Poland) and New York (USA). She is currently involved in an art project in Islamabad and her most recent exhibitions took place in Islamabad and Lahore. The artist is also a performer and director.
Hall, 279, Britto Road, Purani Numaish; Masjid Syed-us-Shuhada, Islamic Cul-
ture and Research Centre. 9.45am: Masjid Shah-i-Karbala, Rizvia Society.
clifton dialysis centre expands services KARACHI APP
Clifton Kidney and Dialysis Centre has expanded its services by adding nine more dialysis machines. This was stated by an official of the facility here on Friday. He said the centre was established five years ago and that it offered free hemodialysis and medical care for underprivileged patients, who were unable to afford this expensive treatment. This centre was started with just two machines and now was equipped with nine more dialysis machines. The official added that the centre provided services, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, free of charge. He said that Mohammad Sajid Jokhio, Sindh Minister of Zakat and Ushr, performed the inauguration of the expanded and refurbished centre. The minister also visited its various sections and appreciated the facility of hemodialysis, emergency care, out-patient consultancy, nutritional therapy, physiotherapy, and music therapy provided to the kidney patients. Prof Iffat Yazdani, Consultant Nephrologist, gave a detailed briefing to the minister regarding the functioning of the centre.
fair weather, misty morning expected in city KARACHI APP
Local Met Office has forecast fair weather with hazy/misty morning in the city during next 24 hours. Other areas of Sindh will have dry weather, said a Met release on Friday. The most parts of Balochistan will have cold/very cold and dry weather. The highest temperature was recorded 37.5 degree centigrades at Turbat. The lowest temperature was recorded -1 degree centigrades at Kalat (hill station) and 13.5 degree centigrades at Mirpurkhas (plain station).
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ITH Eidul Azha here, planning for the occasion shouldn’t be left to the last minute. Here are some tips and ideas, whether you’re on your own, with your family, or want to get the community involved: FOR INDIVIDUALS 1. Clean and decorate the home Make the house as spotless as possible. Since the weather is getting warmer, consider white washing the house and putting mattresses and bedding outside to air out. Clean out those hard to reach places (or the ones you’d rather forget about). Then decorate with lights, banners, streamers, etc. Put an Islamic song on the CD or cassette player so you can sing or hum along while you work. The ideal one would be A Whisper of Peace which features the song “These are the Days of Eid”. 2. Cook for the occasion If you’ve been living on Halal takeout food, take note: Eid can’t really be special if you put no effort into it in the kitchen. Think about what made Eid special for you back home or when you were with your family. In many cases, it was because mom went all out and cooked up a storm the night or a few nights before for the occasion. So use those pots and pans that may have been sitting idle in your cupboard and try your hand at making something easy but special. You don’t even have to share it with anyone if you really think it’s a flop. But at least it will give you a sense of accomplishment and if it does work out, it will add to the feeling that Eid is special, not just “another day off”. 3. Arrange a gift exchange with friends The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Exchange presents with one another, for they remove ill feelings from the heart. (Tirmidhi). Eid is a great occasion to do this. A gift exchange can be with just a couple of friends or even acquaintances. Giving and getting gifts is a great way to increase in brotherhood and love on this occasion. Remember though, that gifts should not burn a hole in your wallet. They should be affordable, well thought out, and of course Halal. 4. Get a new outfit If you’ve been dragging out the same dress, suit, etc. for Eid day these past few years, invest in a new one this Eid. If you’re really tight in the finances department, at least make the necessary effort to launder and/or dry clean what you want to wear. Don’t just do this for the actual clothes you wear, but also do it for your jacket and scrub your shoes also. 5. Attend Eid prayers It will really feel like Eid if you attend the prayers. Be part of not just the congregation but the Dua (supplications) following the prayer. You’ll feel the community spirit and Eid will really feel like Eid.
6. Hug the strangers If you’re on your own, you know how lonely and sad Eid can be watching others hug each other while you stand on the sidelines. This Eid, make it a point to hug those Muslims you notice standing alone, with no family or friends with them. Invite them over, make plans to get to know each other or at least tell them about any upcoming Eid community events. An interesting story on the power of hugging: in one Muslim community in central Canada, a man watched curiously as Muslims were hugging each other following one of the Eid prayers. He inquired as to why they were doing this, studied Islam, and later became a Muslim. 7. Visit relatives and friends Call up that uncle you haven’t seen in months and arrange to drive the extra hour or so to visit him on Eid. Or do the same for the best friend who lives farther away. Maybe if you suggest this, you can actually end up spending the whole day with them. FOR FAMILIES 1. Plan in advance Call a family meeting and plan what you want to do on the days of Eid and Tashreeq. Invite others over one day, then visit others on the next day? Or viceversa? Discuss ideas with the family, including all of the kids. Also, talk about the menu and delegate cooking responsibilities instead of dumping the whole workload on mom. Make something special which the family does not normally eat, it can be sweet, sour or in-between. And make sure EVERYONE has a day off from work, school or any other commitments. 2. Clean and decorate the home Get the whole family to make the house is virtually spotless, decorate it with balloons, lights, banners, streamers,etc. Get the younger kids to make decorative signs saying “Eid Mubarak” and post these around the house. Put an Islamic song on the CD or cassette player so everyone can sing or hum along while they work. The ideal one would be A Whisper of Peace which features the song “These are the Days of Eid”. 3. Set up a family gift exchange Put each family member’s name in a Kufi and have each person pull one out. Whoever picks a person’s name has to buy or make that person a gift. One catch: babies have to get gifts from everyone. 4. Buy and/or prepare Eid clothes Invest in Eid and try to make sure everyone has something new or at least has their nice clothes ready following dry cleaning and laundering. 5. At Eid prayer, look for those who are alone and invite them over At the Eid prayer place, where a lot of hugging goes on, you will find some Muslims standing alone. They are either new Muslims or new immigrants without relatives and friends. Do hug them and greet them. If possible invite them to your home for a meal. Also inform them of any planned Eid cele-
date: Oct 18 tO 31, 2012
brations at any community center. 6. BBQ The weather has been getting much warmer up North. Take advantage of this and have a barbecue in your backyard. Invite your neighbors over too, and do some Dawa. Tell them about Eid and Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him). 7. Visit relatives and friends Make a point to visit those far away especially. There is almost no better time than Eid. Since Eid is celebrated for more than a day, make it a point to go at least one of these days to see an uncle, aunt, cousin, etc. 8. Have the youngest lead in Takbirs It is a Sunnah to say the Takbirs (Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La ilaha illa Allah, etc.) on the way to Eid prayers. Have the youngest in the family do this. COMMUNITIES 1. Inform the media Send a press release to the media from your mosque (see sample press release and tell them about Eid prayers. Arrange for photo opportunities and have statistics ready about your Muslim community (i.e. how many Muslims live there). Set up a committee to deal with the media on the day of Eid. 2. An Eid luncheon or dinner or BBQ Get volunteers to help make the food. The event would be held shortly after people have completed their Eid sacrifices. If lunch is too close by, try dinner. Even better, have an outdoor barbecue if the weather is nice. Remember, the key is make it simple. If getting it catered is too expensive, try getting volunteers to make the food. 3. Kids’ Eid activity day Kids really need to feel that Eid is special, given the hype around Christmas, and to a lesser degree, Hanukkah. They need rides, games, cotton candy, the works. Make it simple. Get some dedicated, organized volunteers, especially young adults, and have them arrange good, old-fashioned kids’ games outside the mosque area: tag, beanbag races, etc. And of course, have lots of candy ready to give out. 4. Takbirs The mosques should be resounding with Takbirs on Eid. Instead of just grabbing any brother standing around to recite the Takbirs, arrange to get a group of young brothers to do it and prepare well in advance. It could very well be the best Takbirs you’ve heard in your life! 5. Have a sports competition outside the mosque Get the Imam and mosque administrators/parents to play against young Muslim brothers. It can also be baseball, hockey or cricket if that’s what everyone likes to play. The point is not to beat the competition, but to have fun, build community and Eid spirit and youth confidence in the leadership. Have kids nine and under be “cheerleaders” for the different teams.
date: SePt 26 - Oct 26, 2012
GHALIB MADE EASY
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VenUe: Karachi SchOOl Of art GallerY
VenUe: KUnJ art GallerY
VenUe: the SecOnd flOOr (t2f)
Sensitive works portraying the harsh reality of our derailing society. the slow weakening of our mind and soul… this heartrending truth through the eyes of these insightful three young artists – huma ali Shah, tabassum naz and falak noor. Opening reception: thursday, October 18, timing: 5 - 8 pm regular Gallery timings: 10 am – 5 pm, Sundays closed
little, if anything, deters the artist meerza ali from creating the way he does. even though he had suffered a serious illness only too recently, that he didn´t think that he´d survive. whose solo exhibition opens Kunj on September 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm. and the artist , who was born in calcutta, migrated to Pakistan in 1948. whose father himself, was an artist. who had never taught meerza ali, thought. So the artist acquired the skills that he needed on his own. who has done especially well with calligraphy and his beautiful figurative work.
Join us at t2f every wednesday for interactive sessions on mirza Ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, musharraf ali farooqi. Ghalib made easy by @micromafthe poetry of mirza Ghalib (27 december 1797 – 15 february 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. even for Ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.
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Syria ceasefire collapses in several regions BEIRUT
ceasefire between the Syrian army and rebel forces that took effect on Friday has collapsed in several regions amid fighting, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "The ceasefire has collapsed in several regions of Syria but there is still less violence and fewer victims than usual," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman
told AFP. In Damascus, clashes erupted between rebels and troops in the southern neighbourhood of Assali while a car bomb exploded in the nearby district of Tadamun, where a separate car bombing killed six people two days before. On the capital's northeastern outskirts, three men were killed in the town of Harasta, one by mortar fire and two by army snipers, while another man was killed by sniper fire in nearby Irbin, the Britain-based Observatory said. "There are no reports of fighting at the moment in (Harasta), which saw vio-
lent clashes over the past few days," the watchdog said. In the central city of Homs, one civilian was killed as the army rained shells on the rebel-held Khaldiyeh district, while shooting broke out from army checkpoints in the town of Tal Kalakh on the border with Lebanon. In a video posted to Youtube by activists in Homs, clouds of black smoke can be seen rising into the sky among bombed out buildings as three explosions rock the area within a minute. "Homs, from the heart of the be-
sieged area. Homs city is being bombed on the first day of Eid," screams a man from behind the shaking camera. "God is greatest," he wails. This video cannot be verified independently due to severe media restrictions imposed by the regime. The Observatory said security forces also fired at demonstrators, who came out for weekly anti-regime protests, but the regime and main rebels groups have not indicated they would abandon the truce. "Violent clashes started around 10:30 am (0730 GMT) around the Wadi
Deif base. The army responded by bombing the neighbouring village of Deir Sharqi," Abdel Rahman told AFP. He said that among the rebels at the battle were members of the Islamist Al-Nusra Front, which said it would not respect the truce between President Bashar alAssad's regime and the main rebel Free Syrian Army group. The 19-month Syrian conflict, which began as a peaceful uprising but steadily militarised after being met with violent state repression, has cost more than 35,000 lives according to the Observatory.
uS proﬀers apology over Japan rape TOKYO AFP
The United States on Friday issued its most high-level apology yet to Japan over the alleged rape of a woman in Okinawa by two servicemen. US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told an audience in Tokyo of Washington's sorrow, the latest move to soothe anger at a time of heightened anti-US feeling on the island. "I need to begin, if I may, with a heartfelt apology and (the expression of) deep commitment to Japanese friends," Campbell, the US point man on East Asia, said in a symposium on the Japan-US alliance in Tokyo. "These incidents are profoundly, deeply regrettable and the United States takes them very seriously," he said. The United States put all 47,000 military personnel -- both in Okinawa and elsewhere -- under an indefinite nighttime curfew in response to the alleged rape, following the arrest of two servicemen last week. "We continue to work closely with Japanese colleagues to do everything possible to make clear our commitment to... our hosts in Okinawa who support American military engagement in Japan and in the region," Campbell said. The rape case came amid already high tensions in Okinawa, which has seen angry demonstrations against the US deployment to the island of the tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft, which local activists charge has a poor safety record.
China’s biggest political scandals BEIJING
lA COURnEUvE, FRAnCE: Muslims look at sheep in a slaughterhouse of la Courneuve on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eidul Azha outside of Paris. Eidul Azha or ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, marks the end of the annual hajj or pilgrimage to Makkah and celebrates in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. AFP
EldErlY MAN dIES AS EArThquAKE hITS SOuThErN ITAlY ROME AFP
Panic-stricken residents rushed into the streets fearing building collapses when a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck a southern Italian province early Friday, while an elderly man died from a heart attack. The 84-year-old victim suffered heart failure when the quake struck the province of Cosenza and was dead before the emergency services could reach him. No injuries have been reported but several buildings have been damaged. A local hospital was also evacuated and schools closed as a precautionary measure. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake, with a 5.3 magnitude, at a depth of 3.8
kilometres (2.4 miles), had its epicentre six kilometres south east of Mormanno town in the Calabria region. "Some plaster fell, a crack appeared in the stairway, we came down in a panic to the streets using our mobile phones for light," Mormanno bed-and-breakfast owner Giuseppina Capalbi told the Corriere della Sera newspaper. Many homes in the town centre suffered damage and police said it would take some hours to evaluate the scale of the problem, as local officials decided to close schools. "There was a lot of panic, but happily there are no injured," Mormanno mayor Guglielmo Armentano told Ansa. "In our historic centre, there are some dam-
aged buildings. As a precaution we have evacuated the hospital," he added. Over 2,200 tremors had struck the same region along the Pollino massif in recent years, but all but a handful were of a magnitude under 3. Italy frequently falls victim to earthquakes, among the most devastating was the 6.3-magnitude quake in the central city of L'Aquila that in 2009 killed 309 people and left tens of thousands of others homeless. On Monday, six Italian seismologists and a government official were sentenced to six years in jail for multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risk of that earthquake, in a move viewed by some as a dangerous blow to scientific freedom.
Following the New York Times' investigation into the wealth of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's family, here is a list of major scandals affecting the Chinese Communist Party over the last two decades: 1995: Beijing mayor Chen Xitong is sacked and two years later jailed for 16 years for corruption, becoming the first member of the senior 25-member Politburo to be jailed since the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976. He is granted medical parole in 2004. 2000: Parliamentary vice chairman Cheng Kejie is executed for having taken $4.6 million in bribes in collaboration with his mistress while previously serving in Guangxi province. 2008: Shanghai party boss Chen Liangyu becomes the highest-ranking official convicted of graft since Chen Xitong, who is not a relation. He is sentenced to 18 years in jail for his role in a scheme to illegally siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars from the city's pension fund to invest in real estate. 2008: A massive scandal of contaminated milk powder -- that leads to the death of six infants and sickens 300,000 -- exposes the lack of regulation in an industry rife with cheating. 2011: Railways Minister Liu Zhijun is sacked and investigated for taking more than 800 million yuan ($127 million) in bribes while doling out contracts for the rapid expansion of China's booming high-speed railway system. He is now awaiting trial. 2012: Bo Xilai, party chief of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, is accused of abuse of power, taking bribes and improper sexual relations, in the biggest political scandal in two decades. His wife Gu Kailai, who was given a suspended death sentence a month earlier for murdering a British citizen, is accused of using Bo's name to secure "huge financial benefits" for relatives and associates.
Hurricane Sandy kills 21 in Caribbean, takes aim at US MIAMI AFP
Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas early Friday as it careened toward the eastern United States after claiming 21 lives in the Caribbean, including 11 people killed in eastern Cuba. US forecasters downgraded the storm to a category one hurricane late Thursday after it wreaked havoc in Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas and Haiti, downing power lines, damaging hundreds of homes and ruining crops. But the forecasters warned that the massive hurricane could collide with a seasonal "nor'easter" weather system as it churns up the East Coast, becom-
ing a potentially devastating "Frankenstorm." "The high degree of blocking from eastern North America across the entire Atlantic Basin is expected to allow this unusual merger to take place," forecasters at the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center said Thursday. The meteorologists said the combination of adverse weather conditions could affect the area through Halloween on October 31, "inviting perhaps a ghoulish nickname for the cyclone along the lines of 'Frankenstorm'." In its 0900 GMT bulletin, the NHC said Sandy was packing sustained winds of 80 miles (130 kilometers) per hour as it moved north as a category one storm
on the five-point Saffir-Simpson wind scale. The hurricane was moving northwest at around 13 miles per hour. It was expected to weaken further in the next 48 hours but remain a hurricane. The NHC's latest forecast model has the hurricane moving parallel to the East Coast before swerving to the northwest and slamming into the heavily populated mid-Atlantic just north of Washington, DC early Tuesday. The Bahamas were still bearing the brunt of the storm, with power and phone lines downed, tourists stranded and trees uprooted. Schools, government offices, airports and bridges were to remain closed Friday. Sandy claimed 11 lives in eastern Cuba, including several who
died in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in the fury of the massive storm. The hurricane damaged hundreds of homes, flooding crops and downing trees, according to media reports. "It was terrible. Roofs were flying off lots of houses. Doors too, and windows," said Laquesis Bravo, 36, who lives outside the southeastern coastal city of Santiago de Cuba. Nine people died in Santiago, including a four-month-old infant who was among four people who perished when a house caved in. Five more people in the province died during the storm for unspecified reasons, while two people in the nearby town of Guantanamo were killed by falling trees.
On Wednesday, Sandy unleashed its wrath on Jamaica, where one person died, and on Haiti, where nine people died and three others were reported missing. The hurricane also affected the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, where 167 terror suspects are held. Preliminary hearings for the accused Al-Qaeda mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole were delayed. In Florida, authorities were on alert for tropical storm conditions, warning residents to prepare an emergency plan and supplies. Schools in the state's southern counties of Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward were closed for the rest of the week.
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establishment’s outdated policies Why was BB called a security risk?
By Arif Nizami
he ex-servicemen involved in rigging the 1990 elections are preparing a defence not only for their distribution of funds among the IJI leaders but also for the earlier removal of Benazir Bhutto’s government. The dismissal of the BB government, maintains Hamid Saeed, was undertaken in “supreme national interest”. If the argument is accepted, keeping her out of power too would have been the requirement of the national interest. The reason why Benazir was considered a security threat was her commitment to improvement of relations with India which was an anathema to GIK and the military leadership. The help extended to the Khalistan movement by Pakistani agencies despite its use of terrorist methods, including hijacking a plane, brought no credit to the country and had to be abandoned. Benazir supported the crushing of the movement by India because she wanted to reduce the tensions. This presumably was the reason for her criticism of holding the annual military exercise in Sindh. Later, Nawaz Sharif also went all out to improve ties with India which was resented by the army. To foil Nawaz’s efforts in the direction, Musharraf launched the ill-considered Kargil adventure. History bears testimony to the fact that improving relations with India was the correct policy. BB’s stand on uranium enrichment was presumably dictated by the concern that crossing the red line might invite sanctions. Gorge H W Bush was at the time under pressure from the Congress to clamp the sanctions which was done soon after BB’s removal in 1990. The general perception of the common man, we are told by Hamid Saeed, was that the ruling party had got the votes but lacked the vision to run the country. The fact that rigging was considered necessary to get the “visionaries” of the IJI elected shows that those propounding the notion were themselves not convinced of it. The quarters who now support bringing the banned outfits involved in attacks on innocent civilians to the mainstream, considered giving jobs to Al-Zulfiqar men desirous of returning to normal life another unpatriotic act by BB that justified her removal. There was violence in Karachi, yes, but did it stop under Mian Nawaz Sharif? Politicians often commit mistakes. These are however easier to rectify as a result of criticism from the opposition and media. Policies by the establishment which is not responsible to anybody are much more dangerous for the country as hostility to India and support for militant outfits indicates. Benazir was called security risk simply because she differed with the establishment’s outdated policies that were not in Pakistan’s interest.
he dust raised by Supreme Court’s verdict in the Asghar Khan case refuses to settle down. The people named by the apex court as disbursers and recipients of funds to form an antiPPP alliance way back in 1990 are either maintaining a stony silence or have expressed their innocence. General (retd) Aslam Beg, the ringleader of the conspirators, has taken a novel position bordering on absurdity. Ostensibly outraged by the Supreme Court’s judgment declaring him to be the villain of the piece, the former army chief has gone viral. Claiming that he had no knowledge about the hatchet job being conducted against democracy, he conveniently puts all the blame on the then President, late Ghulam Ishaq Khan. According to Beg, GIK armed with article 58-(2B) was the boss, not him as the army chief. The general asserts that he had no control over the ISI which took orders from the presidency without him being on board. Even the Military Intelligence (MI) was not under his operational control. The former DG ISI General (retd) Asad Durrani and Brig (retd) Hamid Saeed, the head of MI Sindh at the time, however, contradict Beg’s version claiming that funds were distributed on his express orders. To claim that army chiefs in Pakistan take orders from presidents and prime ministers without questioning them or scrutinising them is a travesty of truth. And to say that the ISI and MI take orders from civilians behind the backs of their uniformed bosses is a white lie. Here in the Shakespearean sense, ‘The lady doth protest too much…’ Beg does not hide his visceral hatred for the PPP, a passion he shared with Ghulam Ishaq Khan. Even before the verdict
Candid Corner By Raoof Hasan
against him he has been predicting that Nawaz Sharif will be the winner in the upcoming general elections. On what basis, we are not told. The former army chief has not even spared the Supreme Court from his ire. In yet another television interview, he has claimed that the apex court’s verdict in the Asghar Khan case is a conspiracy hatched in cahoots with the ruling PPP to postpone the upcoming general elections. It is ludicrous even to suggest that the Supreme Court and the PPP, at loggerheads for the past four years, can be in the same bed. The military mindset at the time that led to the formation of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) by bribing politicians and journalists is betrayed by the top MI officer in Sindh in his affidavit filed in the apex court. Brig (retd) Hamid Saeed claims that Benazir had to be sacked, as she had become a “security risk”. According to the retired brigadier, who also served as a minister in Punjab during the Musharraf regime, Benazir as prime minister had developed adversarial relations with the military. He states that the military was wary of placements of Al-Zulfiqar cadre in “sensitive departments like PIA and Customs”. Hamid Saeed claims she opposed supporting the Khalistan movement. A job requirement for prime ministers to support such adventurist schemes hatched by the deep state? He states that the general perception (of the common man) was that the ruling party had got the votes but lacked the vision to run the country. Hence Benazir had to be sent packing. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira has claimed that the government would put Beg and Durrani on trial. This is unlikely to happen. Learning from the fate of Benazir, and for that matter Nawaz Sharif as well, the government will be loath to move against army officers even though retired. At the most it can recommend to the military leadership to move against them. After initial dithering Nawaz Sharif has expressed outrage that he received 2.5 million rupees from the discredited banker and disburser, Younas Habib. Inferring in a television interview that it was too paltry an amount, as his nephew Hamza Shahbaz Sharif paid millions of rupees as unfair taxes during the Musharraf regime. Contradicting his own leader of the opposition Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Nawaz has finally relented to accept a probe by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
Syeda Abida Hussein, who was a minister in Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi’s caretaker government formed on the ashes of Benazir’s dismissal, has been more candid and forthcoming than her peers. She has claimed that as part of the IJI she received one million rupees through the president's principal secretary Ijlal Haider Zaidi for electioneering. She contends that she was not aware that it was tainted money. Whatever the veracity of her claim, Abida has decided to return the money, 1.6 million with interest. Other politicians, including Nawaz Sharif, named in the affidavits should emulate Abida’s example. The least they should do is to return the dirty money with profit, as ordered by the apex court. It is strange that what Nawaz Sharif has admitted privately, he is denying in his public persona. Nawaz has come a long way from a politician created by the military establishment. As a populist leader he has been a victim of his erstwhile mentors. Hence he should show the moral courage and candidly admit to mistakes made in the past. The Peerzadas and Khars of this world are “yesterday’s papers” and have nothing to lose. But Nawaz being leader of a mainstream party should salvage his position before it is too late. Another (unintended?) victim of the Supreme Court verdict could be the president himself. The apex court's verdict that the presidency cannot be used for political activity as it undermines the neutrality of the office would upset Zardari’s plans for electioneering. He has already cancelled his long scheduled public rally at Mandi Bahauddin which was to kick start PPP’s campaign in Central Punjab. A writ challenging the president holding dual office is pending in the Lahore High Court. According to unconfirmed reports, Zardari is mulling over quitting his political office, the co-chairman of the ruling party. The wily Zardari will have to devise a strategy to run the party and the government without inviting another battle with the apex court. Bilawal Bhutto, the party co-chairperson, could be an asset in our dynastic milieu. Notwithstanding security concerns, he is too young and inexperienced to guide the party to victory in the next general elections, which are not too far away. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today
A predator government The real existential challenge that Pakistan faces
he decision of the Supreme Court leading to the slashing of the CNG prices by more than Rs 30 per kg will come as a welcome relief for the inflation-stricken people of the country. But, it raises innumerable questions about a government whose performance continues to slide by the day if not by the hour. Technically speaking, the court should not be intervening in the administrative matters. I also believe that the incumbent SC does not want to do so either. It is only when the government, instead of acting to relieve the sufferings of the people, becomes an active agent to add to their miseries that the court is left with no option but to act in aid of the people. So is the case with the CNG issue. There are two basic questions that the SC has addressed in passing the order: that of adding an exorbitant operational cost of Rs 20 per kg and linkage of the CNG prices with petroleum products. On both counts, the government conceded through its secretary that it was in the wrong. Consequently, the court’s order was not only correct in content but also in intent that was directed at bringing a much-desired relief to the common people which had been fraudulently taken away by the government.
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Linked to this is also the SC observation about the unfairness of a weekly review of the prices of petroleum products. While the upward shift in the prices is almost always huge, the downward slide is only cosmetic. Also, why is it that, in a country where more and more people are sliding unstoppably below the poverty line, the government remains adamant on pursuing policies which can only aggravate their state? Has this something to do with the paucity of ideas and policies, or does it reflect insensitivity on its part as its members remain engrossed in filling their personal coffers? May be one, may be the other, or may be both. The price of CNG is not the only issue that rattles the brain. It is just about everything that has anything to do with either policy-making or its implementation which is subject to question. The former appears to be totally missing as, instead of policymaking, we have transitional coinages that are motivated to keep the gang of the corrupt together. It is best achieved by allowing every component of the government, be it political, legislative or administrative, a healthy chunk of the booty that is illegally secured. As far as the implementation aspect is concerned, that appears to be guided solely by the need to leave loopholes and provide
avenues for its operators to exploit. The plethora of scandals that have surfaced during the tenure of the incumbent coalition-government surpasses by far anything comparable in the past. The corruption of this government has set new benchmarks that will be extremely difficult to match. Or, may be, I am wrong as the existing record proves that every new government has been more corrupt than the preceding one. So, in this case also, the next ‘democratic’ government may have its own benchmarks that it would endeavour to meet. The SC decision in the matter of the Asghar Khan case has shed ample light on the nature and extent of corruption plaguing the political elite of the country. These leaders who don’t tire of lunging into frequent tirades against the so-called establishment were, not so long ago, willing recipients of dole-outs from the same establishment for rigging the national elections. Just look at the list of the ‘noble’ elite that never tires of haranguing in morality to others and also the humiliatingly meagre amounts for which they allegedly sold their souls to the devil himself: Nawaz Sharif for Rs 3.5 million, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi for Rs 5 million, Jam, Sadiq for Rs 5 million, Zafarullah Jamali for Rs 4 million,
Mohammad Khan Junejo for Rs 2.5 million (this literally shocked me!), Pir Pagara for Rs 2 million, Syeda Abida Hussain for a paltry one million, Jamaat-e-Islami for Rs 5 million. There were others including some journalists and lawyers. While the living among the long list are always eager to target the military and other components of the establishment for destabilising the ‘democratic’ governments, they forget that they have been the principal tools to execute the job. By ordering the incumbent government to prosecute General (retd) Aslam Beg and Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani and also initiate investigation against the errant political leaders who are reported to have accepted the dole-outs, the SC has created an uncomfortable situation for it. While it would like to score some points by attacking its political adversaries whose names have been tainted, it does not command either the legitimacy or the power to initiate any prosecution proceedings against the former military generals. If it fails to do the latter as appears to be the case, any proceedings that it may initiate against the alleged political leaders would ultimately degenerate to being an exercise in semantics. This is not the first time when
the credentials of the political leadership have been put to serious question: do they really deserve to be where they have been placed by an unsuspecting people? And if that be so, does a flawed system have anything by way of hope for things to improve in the future? And even if a million elections are held, wouldn’t people of the country be stuck with the same quality of leadership comprising fake-degree and dual-nationality holders, plunderers of state exchequer, initiators of ever such innovative practices in corruption and indulging in shameless shenanigans to hang on to power endlessly? This constitutes the real existential challenge that Pakistan faces today. It encompasses essential ingredients that deprive people of their right to progress, generate poverty through corruption and abdication of governance and sell out the interests of the country in exchange for their personal survival. Today, tomorrow, any time in the foreseeable future, as long as the incumbent system remains, there appears no prospect for anything changing for the better. Indeed, it is a predator government we have to live with. The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at email@example.com
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the fateful wait We probably have to wait a few more years before it finally dawns on the people that we cannot manage with just two dams, the reservoir storage capacity that was sufficient for eight crore people when Tarbela dam was commissioned can never be sufficient for almost 190 million people. Bhasha dam will be too little too late, at best a replacement for Mangla and Tarbela dams which will have lost considerable capacity for storage and generation by the time it is commissioned. Also Bhasha dam is outside the monsoon range and will not utilise any part of the 30 maf annual monsoons. It cannot utilise the flows from five big tributaries of the Indus, namely Kabul, Chitral, Swat, Haro and Soan rivers, neither can it control the floods emanating from these rivers. South Punjab and Sindh will keep getting hit by floods every year until Kalabagh dam is built. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
Sc’s intervention Supreme Court has once again posed a serious question on the eligibility of this government yesterday when they order OGRA to slash CNG prices by one third. This is a huge relief to public and middle class would appreciate it that at least there is one institution left in this country who cares about its people. In any country other than Pakistan, I am sure the elected government must have stepped down to admit its entire failure to run the state. The people’s government should seriously think about this scam and come up with more relief to the public as everyone knows that CNG cartel, with the help of our bureaucracy, was fleecing public for years. The least they could do is to fix CNG price at Rs 30 for next six months and ask CNG owners to bear the loss as they had fleeced millions of wealth from the poor of this country in the past. I am hopeful Supreme Court would also intervene the other cartels’ fleecing like electricity, petroleum and gas for domestic consumers. ABDUL RAUF Fateh Jang
renaming frontier force regiment During the British Raj in India there were a number of infantry groups in the British-Indian Army like Punjab Regiment, Baluch (now Baloch) Regiment, Rajput Regiment, Rajputana Rifles, Jat Regiment, Marhata Regiment, Gurkha Regiment, Frontier Force Regiment (FFR) and Frontier Force Rifles (FF RIF). However, after partition of India in August 1947, out of these four infantry groups namely Baloch Regiment, Punjab Regiment, Frontier Force Regiment (FFR) and Frontier Rifles (FF RIF) were transferred to Pakistan Army. Thereafter, in 1949 or 1950 GHQ decided to raise another infantry group by the name of ‘Pathan Regiment’ and established it’s Pathan Regimental Centre at Kohat. I know about this new Regimental
Centre as after joining the then Royal Pakistan Air Force (RPAF) in March 1952 my first posting was at RPAF Depot Kohat and had the opportunity of attending certain functions in Pathan Regimental Center. But in 1956 after Pakistan became a Republic and word ‘Royal’ was removed from its armed forces and all the infantry groups were regrouped and during the regrouping Pathan Regiment and Frontier Force Rifles (FF RIF) were amalgamated with Frontier Force Regiment (FFR). Later on, three more infantry groups were added in the Pakistan army i.e., Bengal Regiment, Azad Kashmir Regular Force (AKRF) and after sometime Sindh Regiment was also raised. Most probably, all this was done for the
children are the future Bhit Island is home to our hardworking fishermen, with a zero per cent literacy rate and which has produced only two or three graduates in 300 years. My heart bleeds when I think of these people who like everyone else have a dream to educate their children. What are we doing and what can be done to eradicate this illiteracy and mould the lives of these young minds who are Pakistan’s future? As an ECE teacher, I wish the government would do something to deal with the emotional, cognitive, physical and social aspect of a child’s personality and then give the world confident, successful and happy individuals who can contribute positively in building the future. The residents of Bhit Island have established a school which is run on a no-profit no-loss basis, but it still needs outside help to sustain the project and to build on the infrastructure. I would like NGOs and government agencies to come forward and not just give them empty hopes but grant them some kind of help so that they can become contributing members of Pakistan. Just imagine if these talented people start producing young thinking minds who could read, learn and then come up with new ideas to implement them in the present fishing industry, we could change our present system. JAMEELA TAHIR Karachi
Kalabagh dam LHC has finally given its judgment on Kalabagh dam in which the LHC says that it is important to make reservoirs. ANP wastes no time to issue a bombastic statement that Kalabagh dam will be opposed ‘till last breath’. Let me not waste space here that KD is the only solution to saving our country from becoming a total wasteland and there cannot be two opinions about this situation. KD is a national project with far reaching benefits to all parts of the country, including KPK and Sindh. The arguments coming in from people are that three of the four provincial assemblies have passed resolutions against its construction. I do not want to be rude but I ask which members of these assemblies have done this? We all know beyond any doubt those members of the assem-
purpose of pleasing the people of the respective areas on whose names these regiments were raised. But after losing East Pakistan, Bengal Regiment was abolished. While AKRF was renamed as Azad Kashmir Regiment (AK). It is pertinent to note the British had raised Frontier Force Regiment just to please the people of North West Frontier Province (NWFP). But now with the renaming of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) the Frontier Force Regiment may also be renamed as ‘Pathan Regiment’ which seems quite logical and will also be liked by the people of KP. SQN LDR (retd) S AUSAF HUSAIN Karachi
o matter how much the Great Khan may take pride in being different from Asif Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif, and howsoever loudly portray himself as an agent for change, one thing is quite self-evident: much like his two nemesis he too gets tired of living in the Land of the Pure for a tad too long, finding escape in Western capitals to recharge in more ‘congenial’ environs. Only the other day he was found pow-wowing with one high profile international businessman of Pakistani origin at the most fashionable London restaurant. He celebrated his Eid a day ahead of the Pakistanis at Toronto, Canada, from where he is scheduled to hop over to the United States for fund-raising not for his famed hospital but the PTI. So much for change!
blies, especially provincial, are a handful of few moneyed people with least competence. They have to engage dress designers to even to even learn to wear decent clothes so how can they adjudge this crucial national issue? ANP is so deadly against KD. They have a few members in KPK PA representing few million people. How can the will of these three or four percent of 190 million people prevail upon a decision of such strategic importance? ANP is ANP because of their alliance with PPP in the federation. In the past four plus years their height has grown up a few inches due to their blackmailing technique to keep PPP in Islamabad. They are booed in Karachi by MQM. ANP’s opposition cannot stop us from making KD. Pakistan is using 13 percent of water flowing down to sea. Pakistan will soon be enlisted in waterless countries of the world list with Ethopia, Somalia and Sudan. Power supply shortage is a perpetual feature, thanks to Dr Babar Awan for sitting on Chicho Ki Malian and Nandipur hydel station files. If we continue to ignore KD more, I won’t be wrong in saying that we are digging our grave. As such the KD project cost has gone way higher than our first estimates. Can we delay it any further? AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
bomb defusing equipment Through the courtesy of your newspaper, I would like to thank and salute the personnel of bomb disposal squad who put their lives at risk and defused a remote control bomb in North Nazimabad in Karachi on Thursday 25 October which was also a day of Eid-ul-Azha for Bohra community. What was painful to watch on television was that the person who was dismantling the bomb circuit was not equipped with necessary gears. The poor bomb squad officer was without a helmet and had a small knife type cutter to cut the tapes in which the bomb was wrapped. I wonder whether the government has any funds allocation for this department whose courageous officers perform without any safety gears to save the lives of hundreds of people every time an unexploded bomb is found. The government needs to understand importance and necessities of this department. M RAFIQUE ZAKARIA Karachi
************** Always keen and willing in jumping into the fray for an ugly verbal joust at the slightest hint of an opportunity, the PMLN’s Rana Sana Ullah Khan these days is not just keeping his vocal cords and his handlebar moustache in good repair. Perhaps because he feels that the going is likely to get tougher and tougher in the next months leading up to and after the next general elections, he seems to be intent in getting his body ship shape as well. That seems the motivation behind making the effort at working out in a swank high-end gym in Lahore for hours on end. For feedback, comments, suggestions and, most importantly, tips, contact us at email@example.com
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Sharmila Tagore gets honorary doctorate
eTeran actress Sharmila Tagore has been awarded honorary doctorate of arts by theedinburgh napier University for heroutstanding contribution to Indian cinema. The 67year-old, the great-grand niece of noted poet rabindranath Tagore, received the honour Thursday. "It is indeed a privilege to be conferred an Honorary degree by edinburgh napier University. It recognises the significant influence of Indian Cinema on the global cultural arena and the small role that I have played in its history. as we celebrate a hundred years of Indian Cinema, this is both a happy and humbling moment," Sharmila said in a statement. The honour comes just months after the university's Institute for Creative Industries opened the Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies (SCoTS), the first centre of its kind in Britain. SCoTS promotes Indian culture, education, philosophy, art and literature by highlighting the legacy of rabindranath Tagore, the first asian to win the nobel Prize for literature in 1913. "Sharmila has had an astonishing career and her films are enjoyed all over the world. She is an excellent ambassador for Indian culture and at the same time, through her various charity endeavours, is a strong advocate for the educational rights of children in India," said dame Joan Stringer, principal and vice-chancellor of edinburgh napier University. nEWS DESK
Jessica Biel changing surname to Timberlake
ewlywed Jessica Biel is ready for all the changes that come with married life including taking her hubby Justin Timberlake's last name as her surname. The 30-yearold actress who wed the 'Friends with Benefits' star on October 19 in Italy said, "yes, I'm changing my name." "My professional name will still be the same, but for life, yes, I think it sounds great," People magazine quoted her as saying. "I think I really won the jackpot of names," she added. nEWS DESK
E MAY BE the founder of New Journalism and a master of social satire but American literary critics have slammed Tom Wolfe's fourth novel, the Miami-set Back to Blood, expressing disappointment at the glib plot, "unpleasant cardboard characters" and chaotic, contrived writing. Panned variously as "preposterous", "contrived" and "utterly unbelievable", the 722-page novel tackles the disparate nature of modern Miami, a melting pot of young, ambitious Cuban Americans, image-obsessed Wasps basking in the spotlight of celebrity and bawdy Russian oligarchs who control the city's multi-million dollar art scene. After his 2004 novel I Am Charlotte Simmons was similarly savaged for its heavy-handed moralising and sensationalised portrayal of college life, fans hoped Back to Blood would be a return to form for Wolfe, 81, who has attempted to excavate the world of Miami in much the same way he did New York in his much-lauded first novel, Bonfire of the Vanities. But Back to Blood is no Bonfire, says USA Today's Deirdre Donahue, who pointed out that although Wolfe has "never written realistic fiction", in his previous novels you "believed the characters could exist and, more importantly, you cared about their fates". Esquire's Benjamin Alsup agreed, saying there are "no characters in Back to Blood, only caricatures, cartoonish stereotypes that are little more than reflections of their sociocultural contexts". It's like a "camp skit that drags on till long after the fire has burned out", moans The Washington Post, despairing that Wolfe's "essentialist statements – about the way Cubans are, the way blacks are, even the way men and women are – reduce everyone to not-
very-interesting types". Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times was not much kinder, comparing its "predictable set-pieces" to the same sort of "smarmy voyeurism that weighed down I Am Charlotte Simmons", though she did commend the portrayal of Wolfe's two main characters: Nestor Camacho, a macho Cuban-American cop, and his ambitious former sweetheart, Magdelena. "[Wolfe] portrays them with genuine sympathy, using their earnest idealism as a prism by which to view the pretensions, social climbing and Machiavellian manipulation that burbles all around them". While many critics have deplored the book's peculiarly slow pace, Thomas Mallon in the New York Times Sunday Book Review praised Wolfe's ability to "texture the novel's terrain", and his ability to unfold the story with "a lot of leisure and recap". Littered with Wolfe's trademark cacophonous punctuation, Back to Blood will occasionally cause the reader to "balk at a clumsy amalgamation", says Mallon. "I doubt Nestor would know the word ‘aubergine' — or think of a woman's ‘loamy loins'." Esquire, Woolf's publishing birthplace, lamented that the novel lacks the kind of "deep reporting that Wolfe prides himself on. "I don't think the world that Wolfe depicts exists anywhere," says Alsup. "The guy needs to get out more."
ASIN hAS A wOrKINg bIrThdAY,TurNS 26 ON SETS Today, Asin will bring in her birthday minus friends, family and time to relax. She’ll be on the sets of Khiladi 786, in which she is paired with Akshay Kumar. But if the actor’s disappointed, she isn’t showing it. “I was on the sets since 5 pm and will be shooting till morning, so I’ve had no option but to bring in my birthday on the sets.
Since Akshay is away shooting for another film in Delhi, I’m shooting my solo scenes now,” she says, adding that this is the first time she’s celebrating a birthday at work. Asin claims she isn’t a big fan of the annual celebrations, but nonetheless, she tries to spend as much time as she can with her family and friends. “What can I do about
it (having to work)? I can’t shirk it. I’ve never been too high on getting gifts and having people wish me, but of course, it feels good when they do,” says the actor, unaware if her family has made any plans for the day. On the work front, there’s only Khiladi 786 as of now. “Till I sign on the dotted line, it doesn’t make sense for me to talk about a film.” news desk
rOme: british actors daniel craig (l) and naomie harris pose during the photocall for the new James bond film Skyfall at a hotel in rome. critics in britain have declared the 23rd bond film one of the finest in the british secret agent's half century on the silver screen. AFP
Elizabeth Taylor tops Forbes dead celebrity rich list Daniel Craig was shy doing intimate scenes: Marloh
ew Bond girl, actress Berenice Marloh says her co-star daniel Craig was very shy during a lovemaking scene in the latest spy movie Skyfall and she promised to make him comfortable. Craig, 44, was hesitant in taking off his boxers during the scene. "He was very shy and when he saw me entering the shower, he was like, 'Oh my god'. He tried to keep his underpants on for the shower scenes but I said, 'no, come on, don't be shy. I will do anything to make you feel comfortable'," thesun.co.uk quoted Marloh as saying. Skyfall is Craig's third Bond movie. He has played the iconic character in 2006 movie Casino royale and 2008 release Quantum Of Solace. Skyfall premiered in london on Oct 23. nEWS DESK
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Elizabeth Taylor surpassed Michael Jackson as the highestearning dead celebrity in the past year, with her estate pulling in 210 million dollars, much of it from the auction of her jewels, costumes and artwork, Forbes said on Wednesday. Jackson, who died in 2009, dropped into second place with earnings of 145 million, followed by Elvis Presley with 55 million dollars. Elizabeth’s most expensive item to go under the hammer was an 1889 Van Gogh painting which sold for 16 million dollars, while her perfume, White Diamonds, made around 75 million dollars in 2011. According to the publication, Elizabeth’s estate also made money from property sales and from her films as after starring in 1963 drama ‘Cleopatra’, the actress - who died in March 2011 aged 79 - negotiated a 10 per cent ownership stake in each of her movies. news desk
Pattinson waxwork unveiled at Madame tussauds
Full lIST OF FOrbES MAgAzINE’S TOP-EArNINg dEAd CElEbrITIES: 1. dame Elizabeth (210m dollars) 2. Michael Jackson (140m dollars) 3. Elvis Presley (55m dollars) 4. Charles Schulz (37m dollars) 5. bob Marley (17 million dollars) 6. John lennon (12m dollars) 7. Marilyn Monroe (10m dollars) 8. Albert Einstein (10m dollars) 9. dr. Seuss (9 million dollars) 10. Steve Mcqueen (8m dollars) 11. bettie Page (8 million dollars) 12. richard rogers (6m dollars) 13. george harrison (5.5m dollars)
Fans of Twilight hottie Robert Pattinson swamped Madame Tussauds in the city of Blackpool on Tuesday to get their photo taken with the institution's latest famous wax figure. The 26-year-old actor’s lifesized “likeness” was guarded by four extra bouncers- hired by Managers at Madame Tussauds- to stop frenzied Twi-hards from damaging the waxwork - which took four months and a staggering 150,000 pounds to create, reports the Sun. Tussauds’ wizards of wax even dressed the figure in Rob’s trademark suit jacket, jeans and skinny tie. The wax R-Patz will mingle with the likes of the Queen, Will and Kate and The Beatles in Blackpool until November - when the figure will embark on a tour of other Madame Tussauds museums around the world. news desk
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Susan in heaven with ‘Cloud Atlas’ LOS ANGELES AFP
Kidman had to be ‘coaxed’ into sex in 'Eyes Wide Shut'
S actress Susan Sarandon says making "Cloud Atlas," adapted from the award-winning British novel, was a joyous theatrical experience in what seemed more like a "circus" than a movie set. The Oscar-winning "Thelma and Louise" star plays four different characters in the visually rich movie by directing duo Andy and Lana Wachowski (of the "Matrix" saga), which opens in North America on Friday. The nearly three-hour movie transports the filmgoer through six different eras, from the 19th to the 24th centuries, with a cast that also includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Jim Broadbent. "The structure is different (from the 2004 novel) but the essence is definitely there," said Sarandon, who was given a copy of the novel by the Wachowskis after she appeared in their 2008 movie "Speed Racer." "I thought the book was amazing but I didn't think they were making a movie. But at a certain point when they had assembled the money and the people, I got a phone call and they just said 'We missed you, why don't you come to Berlin and do this? And we'll send you the script.' "And I said: 'I'll come'... I hadn't read the script and I didn't know what parts or anything. I said yes, because I just think that they're so brilliant and so much fun and so sweet and I love them." Sarandon, 66, who won the best actress Oscar for 1995's "Dead Man Walking," added: "I didn't know how they would make it into a movie. But that's their problem. I was up for the adventure and I kind of just jumped." The film is arresting in that actors play several roles, male and female, in starkly different eras. "In the book the characters don't have to be played by the same people, and I think that was really genius," Sarandon said. It evokes the "feeling that being human is not about your color, your gender, time period or anything, but there's some kind of essence. And that's something that just happens subliminally as you watch the film," she said. Sarandon said she was surprised at the atmosphere on set. "I got there and it was kind of like a big theatrical repertory company. The spirit of that made me just forget about being nervous. There was just this playfulness that didn't let you be scared for too long," she said. "I don't think I will ever find this feeling again. You felt like like you were in a circus, and that spirit was contagious," she added. She admitted she had no idea what the final result would look like, but put her trust in the filmmakers.
Kim Kardashian tweets bare toned tummy pic Kim Kardashian, who vowed to slim down earlier this month, decided to show off the fruits of her labour by tweeting a picture of her toned tummy on Wednesday. The 32-year-old reality star clicked her photo in the mirror while wearing just a black sports bra and grey jogging bottoms. Kardashian's stomach looked taut as she posed for the side-on shot with a trademark pout on her face, the Daily Mail reported. The socialite posted the seductive snap on her microblogging page and wrote, "I just wanna chill in my sweats all day!" She has reportedly gained around 20lbs since she began dating rapper Kanye West, which led to her decision to lose some weight. "I'm hoping to slim down a little bit, and I'm not afraid to say it," she told Life and Style magazine earlier. "I think everyone goes up and down in whatever that comfortable love relationship phase is where you like to eat out, but now it's time to get it together again," she said then. news desk
ICOle kidman has opened up about her role in Stanley kubrick's final film, eyes wide Shut, in which she starred opposite her then-husband Tom Cruise. In an article for The Hollywood reporter, kidman says she had to be 'coaxed' into doing the kinky sex scenes with Cruise. "Stanley had to coax me into some of the sexuality in the film in the beginning, but we shot things that were a lot more extreme that didn't end up in the movie," she told the publication. nicole - now a mother of two with husband keith Urban - reveals how kubrick manipulated them into using their marriage to spice up the controversial film. She concedes he effectively failed in getting them to do so - saying while they realised that was his intention, the characters they played were 'not really us'. However, the actress says that she never felt kubrick's attempt was 'exploitive or unintelligent'. kidman wrote: "He [kubrick] was very different with women than he was with men. He has daughters, so he was very paternal with me." explaining how kubrick tried to base the characters, alice and Bill Harford, on her marriage to Cruise, she explained: "Onscreen, the husband and wife are at odds, and Stanley wanted to use our marriage as a supposed reality. nEWS DESK
"You know how some people are paranoid, have paranoia? Well, there is a word called pronoia, when you just assume that the universe is conspiring for you, not against you. "I don't know if it's a real word but I believe in pronoia, and I think that the more you expect that, the more it actually works out." This positive outlook is combined with a disarming modesty. "For me the addictive part of being an actor, it's two things. The first one is the collaboration. Most of the other art forms are designed to be solitary, but film isn't, theater isn't. "The second one is that you never feel like you get it right. "When you see it sometimes you think: 'I wasn't brave enough. Why did I do that?' You try to make it intense and clear, but somehow you muddied it by doing too many things, you're a little lazy. "And you think, 'Next time I'll get that'."
Shekhar Kapur to direct daughter’s first music video
HekHar kapur and his estranged wife Suchitra krishnamoorthi's 12-year-old daughter kaveri is all set to record her first single and music video that will be directed by Shekhar kapur. "kaveri has written, composed and recorded her first single," said her mother Suchitra.She added, "kaveri is 12 and has been writing and composing since she was 10, but was too shy to face the mic till now. I had to bribe her with the promise of a smartphone to record.'' we asked Suchitra whether Shekhar had directed her first music video too. She said, "no. He only starred in it." nEWS DESK
Victoria Beckham is the ‘least fun’ celebrity Singer Victoria Beckham has been voted as the least fun celebrity in the world. The 38year-old, is known for not smiling frequently which has led to the designer has been given the title in Jackpotjoy poll of 2,000 Brits. Other celebrity names in the contesting list were Jeremy Clarkson, Tom Cruise and Madonna. Comedian Alan Carr was named as the 'most fun celeb', followed by Russell Brand and Rihanna. Singer-fashion designer Victoria Beckham says fashion stole her smile. She said she pouted in pictures because she does not want to be seen grinning. "I actually used to smile a lot in pictures. I think I only stopped smiling when I got into fashion. Fashion stole my smile! I've created this person. And I'm not saying that's not me, but I wouldn't say that's the whole me... It's an armour that goes up," she had told Glamour magazine in an interview. news desk
Ajay Jadeja returns to acting
OrMer cricketer ajay Jadeja will soon be seen in a movie but as himself. He returns to acting in director abhishek kapoor’s kai Po Che. ajay makes a cameo in the film and will be playing himself. But that’s not all, Gaurav kapoor too joins him. It seems as though all of abhishek kapoor’s friends have come together to help the director on his latest friendship saga.Manish Hariprasad, creative director, studios, disney UTV says, “we needed two commentators for the film, and since Gattu (abhishek) has kept the tone of the film very real, he did not want to compromise on it by casting foreigners. Just a day before the shoot, he called ajay Jadeja and Gaurav kapoor, and we were pleasantly surprised that they agreed to shoot at such a short notice. Must say, Gattu probably has the most amazing friends, who are ready to do anything for him.” ajay earlier acted in khel (2003) with Sunny deol and Suniel Shetty and was lead in Pal Pal dil ke Saat (2009). He has made constant appearances on news channels as a cricket anchor/analyst. ajay even participated in the celebrity dance show Jhalak dikhhla Jaa in its first season and appeared on Comedy Circus as well. nEWS DESK
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4 bizarre ways brain scans can predict the future
UICK, what are brain scans used for? Finding stuff like cancer right? Not anymore! Well, actually yes, still that -- but Science has also found a whole bunch of ways to use brain scans to predict awesomely, worryingly, creepily specific things about your future! Now serious men in lab coats can slap a machine on your head and predict stuff like what products you'll buy, which tests you'll fail in class and even how likely you are to be a raging drunk. It's the future!
Man allegedly points laser at police helicopter
NVESTIGATORS in Florida are pointing fingers at a 24-year-old man they claim shined a laser beam at a passing helicopter. Usman Tufail was arrested last week after police say he flashed a laser eight times at a helicopter used by the Seminole County Sheriff's Dept, WOFL-TV reported. At the time, authorities inside the helicopter were tailing a burglary suspect. As a result of Tufail's alleged bright idea, the pilots were blinded by the beam and had to stop their pursuit. Officials haven't said whether Tufail was involved in the burglary incident. "Some of his statements were such that he wanted to see how far he could shine a laser -- if he could hit the helicopter," Steve Farris, chief pilot for Seminole County Sheriff's Office, told WFTV-TV. Investigators tracked down where the laser originated and found Tufail. At first, he denied owning a laser, but then admitted flashing the helicopter "to see how far the laser would shine," according to police reports. nEWS DESK
1. Catching future terrorists ... literally Scientists at Northwestern University asked participants to think up a mock terrorist scheme. The subjects obligingly wrote down their plans, including all the details they could think of. They showed the plans to nobody until the experiment was over. The participants were then hooked up to brain scanners that measured a wave called P300, which, amongst other things, is sometimes associated with feelings of guilt and secrecy. As they scanned their EEGs, researchers showed the volunteers several names of major cities and, astoundingly, they could pinpoint which city the participant had planned on attacking -- as well as a few other key details like weapon of choice -with 83 percent accuracy. 2. What makes you buy things Neuroscientists at UCLA used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to take a peek at the medial prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain associated with things like self-reflection and motivation) of various students while they showed them a PSA for sunscreen. After the participants finished, the researchers asked them a few questions about their plans to use sunscreen in the future. The scientists then followed up on the students a week later, asking how many had actually gone through with the whole sunscreen thing. Based on brain activity, researchers were able to predict roughly 75 percent of those who actually used sunscreen in response to the PSA. What's even crazier is that the brain scans made more accurate predictions about the participant's behavior than the participants themselves: Fewer than half of the students were able to accurately predict their own intentions. The researchers developed a model based on their findings with the first group, and began testing that model on the next group, and so on. As they shuffled and reorganized; ran simulations and analyzed findings; it became clear: Their findings held up. A simple brain scan knows you 25 percent better than you could ever know yourself.
cided to test this mind-bending hypothesis by hooking up students to an EEG while they took the SAT. What he found was far more surprising than confirmation of his "not feeling well equals bad test day" suspicion. Based solely on brain activity, the researchers were able to predict with 80 percent accuracy whether or not a student would be able to solve a problem correctly. This wasn't like 5 minutes into solving the problem, either -- well after the crying and praying stages have passed. As we mentioned, the predictions were made after a mere 20 seconds of consideration. Twenty seconds. That's how long it takes for a computer to tell you that you "cannot handle a problemâ€? Cirett wants to use his scans to improve ESL tutoring programs, but imagine if they could be extrapolated out everywhere. Every tricky situation could be scanned and, in less time than it takes to watch a YouTube commercial, you could know how it all turns out. Turn on the scanner and in less time than it takes to read this sentence, you could know whether or not you'll be building that IKEA desk successfully. And if that's all too impractical, Cirett's study was partially funded by a firm that specializes in monitoring stress and fatigue in the Armed Forces.
3. Predicting your problem-solving success
4. Artificially generating a sixth sense
Federico Cirett started with the simple premise that, when stressed or fatigued, students get distracted and their performance drops. Cirett de-
When we see things, it takes a few seconds for us to consciously understand what that thing is, exactly. There is a very short period of time be-
tween the brain receiving an image and the brain processing said image in a meaningful fashion. For the most part, it doesn't matter. But whenever we see something dangerous, it sends out the P300 brainwave (you remember; the terrorist wave from earlier.) Tracking that wave can mean something substantially more important than spotting yogurt before some accidentally gets in your mouth. If only there was some way to speed the image-to-danger-recognition process up, our soldiers could spot threats instantly and effectively gain superpowers. And that's exactly what DARPA did. Meet Sentinel, which stands for "SystEm for Notification of Threats Inspired by Neurally Enabled Learning." Sentinel is the working designation for a pair of "cognitive-neural binoculars." This sounds like Star Trek gibberish at first, but the description is actually pretty accurate: When you put on a Sentinel rig and scan a battlefield, anything your brain registers as dangerous instantly triggers a series of flashing lights. Never again will one of our brave soldiers comically doubletake over an enemy sniper pointing a barrel of death right at him. Because, technically speaking, his brain knows that threat is there well before his uh ... brain ... realizes it, we guess? Whatever. All that matters is that it really works. When they tested Sentinel against regular ol' stupid binoculars, the Sentinel soldiers found 30 percent more threats on the battlefield. That's right: They were a full third more likely to sense imminent danger than a normal, unassisted human being. nEWS DESK
serial killers provide the frights at new york haunted house Modern theater often involves some degree of interaction between actors and the audience. But paying money to be chased by a blood-soaked lunatic? New York's Halloween season this year features "Killers: A Night-
mare Haunted House" in which the public wanders from room to room, perusing gory sights. Set up in a theater in Manhattan's Lower East Side, "Killers" is less a traditional haunted house than a walk down the
grimmest byways of American criminal history. Actors lurking in dark corners of the installation play a Who's Who of mass murderers. "Milwaukee Cannibal" Jeffrey Dahmer's there. Ed Gein, who robbed graves and made himself a "woman suit," inspiring the movies "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," inhabits another room. Nearby, there's psychopathic clown John Wayne Gacy. Though haunted houses have long been a staple of Halloween-crazed America, highbudget productions like "Killers" each year push the gore and fright factor to new limits. For throngs of scare-seekers, each paying between $20 and $60 (15 and 45 euros), the fun starts in the lobby with a display of real-life serial killer artifacts. These include primitive paintings and poems by the likes of Charles Manson, police documents, and the autopsy photos of Dahmer after he was killed in prison.
"It's on loan from someone who wants to remain anonymous, for obvious reasons," the show's spokesman Daniel DeMello said. Ushers dressed as FBI agents order the crowd into line, before letting small groups enter through the black curtains of the horror house. Those who want to be touched by the actors have fake blood daubed on their foreheads. Once inside, the loudest sound one hears is screaming -- the noise could be from an actor, like the woman watching her leg being amputated by a psychotic doctor, or it could, just as easily, be one of the paying guests. Chainsaws, a bloodstained corridor, Ted Bundy getting the electric chair, a 16th century Hungarian countess preparing a bath of young girls' blood -- even for those not particularly frightened, the staged scenes of depravity deliver a cumulatively creepy effect. AFP
brazilian model sells virginity for $780,000
y losing something, Catarina Migliorini could gain $780,000. The 20-year-old Brazilian woman has been auctioning off her virginity online for the past few weeks and a man from Japan known as "Natsu" came out on top with the winning bid. Natsu beat out five other bidders after a feverish final day where the price of Migliorini's virtue jumped from $190,000 on Oct. 23 to the final $780,000 price tag. The news wasn't so good for her male counterpart, Alex Stepanov, whose virginity only racked up $3,000 from a woman in Brazil named "Nene B." Although Migliorini, a physical education student, has claimed to media that she planned to donate as much as 90 percent of the auction price to charities that will build homes in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, even auction organizer Justin Sisely, who devised the plan for a proposed documentary, was skeptical. "I was surprised she said that because in all my dealings with her, she made it clear that it was a business decision for her," Australian filmmaker Justin Sisely told The Huffington Post recently. nEWS DESK
Security guard arrested after dumping stash of child porn
security guard suspected of owning a large stash of child pornography has been arrested in Arizona after he allegedly attempted to throw the incriminating images away, reports say. According to KSAZ-TV, 48-year-old Roger James Forney was arrested this week after several trash bags full of pornographic images that featured underage boys were found in a dumpster about a mile from his house in Glendale, Ariz. KPHO writes â€œthe stash of images containing graphic sexual images of mostly young boys was found by a resident who reported the discovery to police. The printed images were found along with a broken laptop and flash drives from which authorities extracted thousands of similar images. The inappropriate material was tossed along with personal documents belonging to Forney, including resumes and military records, which identified him as their suspect.â€? nEWS DESK
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PCB to retain Misbah, Hafeez as captains LAHORE
HE Pakistan Cricket Board has no immediate plans to make any changes in the national team management and Misbah-ulHaq and Mohammad Hafeez will continue as captains of the Test, ODI and T20 teams respectively. A senior official of the board said PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf was satisfied with the work done by Hafeez as the national T20 captain and also had reposed confidence in Misbah as captain of the Test and ODI teams. "They are no plans to make any changes in the team management and the same set up will continue for the tours to India and South Africa starting from December," the official said. "The Chairman had long discussions with Hafeez and coach Dav Whatmore and he feels that while Hafeez did a good job gelling the team there is no reason to immediately search for a new captain for the
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test and ODI teams," the official said. Misbah, 38, is having a lean time in the ongoing Presidents Trophy first class tournament, but said he was confident runs were just around the corner. Misbah bagged a pair in his first match of the season for Sui Gas and has managed a mediocre tally of 102 runs at an average of 17 for SNGPL. But the senior batsman said, he was not alarmed or concerned with his lack of form. "It happens and I can sense the runs are around the corner already in the last match I stayed at the crease for a while and the confidence is returning," he said. The right hander said he was working hard and wanted to be in prime form before the tours to India and South Africa. "I am sure the runs will come when the tournament starts after Eid break as lot of matches remain in the season." Misbah and Hafeez play for the same domestic team. Misbah also appreciated the PCB`s
decision to use Kookaburra balls in domestic cricket and said it would help players to adjust when they feature at the international level. The PCB`s decision came following complaints from various players regarding the use of sub-standard balls at the Presidentâ€™s Trophy. "I feel the decision of using Kookaburra balls will at least help in decreasing the gap between domestic and international cricket. Both bowlers and batsmen will get a fair idea of how the ball behaves." He also renewed his call for the international cricket community to support and help Pakistan in convincing international teams to return to playing in Pakistan. "Pakistan has the second-largest fanbase and is one of the top Test-playing nations. All the other teams should now help us bring back international cricket as our performances also gets affected because of being away from out families all the time. Every top team is playing at home and it has many advantages," he said.
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Record-breaking Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar will make a rare appearance in domestic four-day cricket next week to gain match practice ahead of the home Test series against England. The 39-year-old, the world's leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket, was named Friday in a 13-man Mumbai squad for a four-day Ranji Trophy match against Railways starting in Mumbai on November 2. Tendulkar, whose last Ranji appearance was in 2009, struggled in a home Test series against New Zealand in AugustSeptember when he scored just 63 runs in three innings. Legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar even suggested during the second Test against New Zealand in Bangalore that Tendulkar's reflexes were on the slide after the batsman was bowled in all three innings. Tendulkar has made a record 51 Test centuries but has now gone 25 innings without a hundred in the five-day game since making 146 against South Africa in Cape Town in January 2011. He has scored a world record Test (15,553) and one-day (18,426) runs and has also compiled an unprecedented 100 international centuries. The selectors also named India's leftarm paceman Zaheer Khan in the Mumbai side. England open their tour with a three-day practice match against India 'A' in Mumbai on October 30. It will be followed by two more warm-up games before the four-Test series starts in Ahmedabad on November 15.
Home hero Casey Stoner dominated practice in front of record crowds on Friday as he chases a sixth consecutive Australian MotoGP victory this weekend in his farewell season. The Repsol Honda rider, recovering from serious right leg injuries in a crash in August, was fastest by just under a second as the bikes took to the highspeed and blustery Phillip Island circuit ahead of Sunday's race. Stoner again mastered his home track and was the only rider to go under 1min 30sec in posting a best lap time of one minute 29.999 seconds, ahead of Spanish world championship contenders and Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa (1:30.884) and Jorge Lorenzo (1:31.005). Stoner is battling the effects of recent surgery on torn ligaments and fractures to his ankle, tibia and fibula he suffered in a crash during qualifying for the Indianapolis MotoGP in mid-August. The Aussie's hopes of defending his world title were ruined by the track mishap and he is out of contention, well back in third spot on the
VictOria: niklas ajo of finland (l) leads alessandro tonucci of italy (r) through a corner during the first practice session for the moto3 class at the australian motocycle Grand Prix. AFP championship standings with two races left this season. Lorenzo leads Pedrosa by 23 points in the championship and can take his second MotoGP world title with victory on Sunday. Stoner's final Australian MotoGP appearance is drawing huge crowds
down to Phillip Island with the highestever Friday attendance at the track -- almost 30,000 packed the stands. He was fastest in both practice sessions. "I've been improving every day, but today helped me with some confidence," said Stoner, who walks with a noticeable limp.
hughes in australia a team to play South africa
Australia will not be fielding any of their Test players in South Africa's opening tour match against Australia A next month, the chief of selectors John Inverarity said on Friday. In announcing the A team to face the Proteas in Sydney from November 2 to 4, Inverarity said the Australian squad for the opening Brisbane Test will be announced on Monday. Former Test opening batsman Phillip Hughes was named in the Australia A team, to be captained by Victorian allrounder Andrew McDonald. "Phillip Hughes, Rob Quiney, Liam Davis and Alex Doolan are four toporder batsmen who have played well recently and will have an opportunity to impress against the formidable South African pace attack," Inverarity said. "Quiney has been very close to receiving recognition for some time and his sound technique and equable temperament should serve him well as an opener. "Hughes has been in pleasing form and showing the benefits of his four-month uninterrupted spell with Worcestershire and settling in well with his new South Australia team." Inverarity said following Jon Holland's shoulder reconstruction surgery Glenn Maxwell will be given the role as the Australia A team's spinner. "John Hastings has made a splendid return from injury, as has (wicketkeeper) Tim Paine, and John will share the new ball with Nathan CoulterNile, who impressed with Australia A in England a few months ago," he said. Twelfth-man duties will be allotted to a NSW squad member not included in the Australia A team. Australia A - Andrew McDonald (capt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Alex Doolan, John Hastings, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Rob Quiney, Steve Smith.
Australiaâ€™s chief selector urges doosra caution SYDNEY AFP
Australia's chairman of selectors John Inverarity on Friday urged caution over producing a generation of chuckers by teaching the doosra to the country's aspiring spin bowlers. The doosra, the difficult-to-bowl leg-spinner delivered with an off-spinning action, has been a key weapon for leading sub-continent slow bowlers in Test cricket, including Sri Lanka's retired world-record holder Muttiah Muralitharan. Muralitharan claimed last month that Australia's failure to produce a top-line spinner since Shane Warne's retirement from Tests in 2007, can be attributed to the regimented attitude of the nation's coaches. But former Test batsman Inverarity, 68, has cautioned against the clamour among Australia's spin fraternity to embrace the doosra. "That's a question of integrity for
Cricket Australia (CA)," Inverarity told a cricket luncheon in Melbourne on Friday. "If you're going to bowl a doosra, that's how you do it," Inverarity said in fielding a question from a luncheon guest about whether the doosra constituted chucking. "It's a serious issue. We've got to keep our integrity," he said. "We've got to teach our bowlers to bowl properly. "I'm all for them learning it but it has got to be within the rules, for the integrity of the game and Australia's cricket heritage. " W e should always run a measure over them
to make sure they're bowling legitimately (according to the 15-degree threshold rule for elbow flexion)." Inverarity's comments are likely to be met with scepticism in Asia, where most bowlers of the 'doosra' originate. Pakistani offspinner Saeed Ajmal, the highestprofile bowler of the delivery today, was cleared by the International Cricket Council in 2009 after his action was thoroughly tested by an Australian University. Australia World Twenty20 captain George Bailey returned from the World T20 in Sri Lanka this month calling for CA to look closely at coaching young spinners to bowl the doosra. "You look at the
guys who did well, the guys who have doosras and leg spinners who have real weapons in their armoury," Bailey said. "You look at the subcontinent spinners, they use the 14 degrees in their elbow. I know it ruffles a few feathers with their actions but you need that to bowl those doosras. "I don't think we have got those coaches over here that know how to do that. I think we have to access some of the subcontinent coaches." Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket after Sri Lanka lost the World Cup final to India last year, finished his Test career with a record 800 wickets, 92 ahead of Warne. Despite being branded a 'chucker' by sections of the press, particularly in Australia where he was called for bowling no-balls by controversial Umpire Darrell Hair, his action was cleared by ICC. The 'doosra' -- literally 'the second one' in Urdu -- was invented by former Pakistani offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq.
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Lions reach final with rousing win DURBAN CRiCinFO
ULAM Bodi said at the half-way stage that his team, Lions, may have fallen around 15 short of their desired total but a spirited performance with the ball in favourable conditions was too much, even for a powerpacked Delhi Daredevils batting line-up. Following up on Bodi's half-century and Neil McKenzie's death-over surge, Lions' Chris Morris bowled an outstanding spell and, backed ably by his spinners, helped knock out the only remaining IPL team from the Champions League. In doing so, Lions also kept alive the possibility of an all-South African finale in this diverse franchise tournament. Lions managed a fighting 139 but Daredevils would have felt justified in their decision to bowl first in overcast conditions amid plenty of breeze. Their bowlers found swing, movement and good bounce, and the assistance lasted through the game. But Daredevils had the batsmen to counter that and they'd infused their line-up with more power up the order, with regular captain Mahela Jayawardene, surprisingly, sitting out again to make way for David Warner in the opening slot. Warner did attack, but briefly, and the early departure of Daredevils' openers was key in Lions being able to keep the pressure on. They were helped by Virender Sehwag, who fell first ball trying to loft Sohail Tanvir over mid-on only to be caught, though Warner and Kevin Pietersen staged a counterattack. Both targeted Dirk Nannes, who was squeezed through extra cover for two boundaries from Warner and thrashed down the ground by Pietersen. But Morris, brought on first change, with his high-arm action, accuracy, minimal but unsettling movement and encouraging bounce tightened one end
liOnS 50 GH Bodi c †Ojha b Yadav 24 An Petersen* c †Ojha b Yadav Q de Kock c Chand b Agarkar 11 3 D Pretorius c Taylor b negi nD McKenzie not out 46 J Symes c †Ojha b Morkel 0 3 CH Morris not out EXTRAS 2 TOTAl 139 DiD nOT BAT Tl Tsolekile†, Sohail Tanvir, DP nannes, AM Phangiso FAll OF WiCKETS 1-34 (Petersen, 5.2 ov), 2-58 (de Kock, 9.1 ov), 3-63 (Pretorius, 10.4 ov), 4-122 (Bodi, 17.6 ov), 5-123 (Symes, 18.2 ov) BOWlinG iK Pathan 4-0-27-0, M Morkel 4-0-32-1, UT Yadav 4-1-20-2, AB Agarkar 4-0-28-1, KP Pietersen 1-0-10-0, P negi 3-0-21-1, Delhi Daredevils innings DA Warner c & b Morris 21 v Sehwag c Petersen b Sohail Tanvir 0 KP Pietersen c †Tsolekile b Morris 50 U Chand c Symes b Pretorius 9 iK Pathan c de Kock b Phangiso 1 1 lRPl Taylor* c & b nannes 7 nv Ojha† c & b Symes P negi lbw b Phangiso 0 2 AB Agarkar c Petersen b nannes 18 M Morkel not out 1 UT Yadav not out EXTRAS 7 117 TOTAl FAll OF WiCKETS 1-1 (Sehwag, 0.3 ov), 2-36 (Warner, 5.4 ov), 3-62 (Chand, 11.2 ov), 4-72 (Pathan, 12.4 ov), 5-76 (Taylor, 13.6 ov), 6-85 (Ojha, 14.6 ov), 7-91 (negi, 15.4 ov), 8-92 (Pietersen, 16.1 ov), 9-104 (Agarkar, 18.1 ov) BOWlinG Sohail Tanvir4-0-22-1, DP nannes4-0-34-2, CH Morris4-0-7-2, AM Phangiso4-0-18-2, J Symes3-0-22-1, D Pretorius1-0-10-1, Match details Toss Delhi Daredevils, who chose to field Series lions advanced Player of the match nD McKenzie (lions) Umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri lanka) and RJ Tucker (Australia) Tv umpire Aleem Dar (Pakistan) Match referee DC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire S George
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ten yielded just 17 runs, Chand tied down at one end before he went down holing out to long-on, desperately seeking a lift. Instead of Ross Taylor, out came Irfan Pathan and his promotion failed. Nannes returned in the 14th over, attacking Taylor at No. 6 with a slip and the captain followed that over, as Nannes reacted swiftly to his right to pluck a one-handed catch. Miscalculation was the feature of Daredevils' game, as Pathan's promotion followed the decision to send in Pawan Negi
up. The bounce accounted for Warner, who top-edged a catch back to the bowler while attempting to jab one on the leg side, and that began a phase of stagnation. It coincided with the introduction of spin, and Unmukt Chand found it difficult to get a move-on. While Morris was probing away at one end, Aaron Phangiso and Jean Symes, both left-arm spinners, gave little away, slowing it up often as the batsman found it hard to connect desirably when often swinging across the line. Overs six to
Leaders Anzhi take winning streak to kazan MOSCOW AFP
Leeds United of the English Championship are set to become the latest club to come under Gulf financial control after a Bahrain-based investment bank agreed a takeover deal, both parties have announced. The takeover by GFH Capital, a subsidiary of Gulf Finance House, understood to be worth around 50 million pounds ($75 million, 63 milion euros), has been in the pipeline for nearly six months but the bank have finally given Leeds owner Ken Bates the assurances they have the funds to complete the transaction. Bates, who who took control of "sleeping giants" Leeds in 2005, said: "It's been a long road, but we are in a good place. Both sides have been in talks over the last few days to finalise this deal. We are keeping focused and hope to complete very soon." GFH Capital announced last month that they had signed an exclusive agreement to lead a takeover of Leeds after they had notified the Bahrain and Kuwaiti stock exchanges. Deputy chief executive officer David Haigh said: "With the money in place, we are poised to make this deal happen pending agreements and arrangements which are in the interests of the future of Leeds United - we need to make sure all the finer detail is addressed before trading signatures."
ahead of Ajit Agarkar. This, despite Agarkar's spunky batting that helped his team beat Perth Scorchers in their previous completed game. Pietersen, stranded at one end, lost five of his partners in one over after another before there was too much for him alone to achieve. With 48 needed off 24, he perished in the sixth over after the collapse began, dismissed fittingly by Morris who had begun the choke with his miserly spell. With Pietersen's fall, Daredevils' fate was sealed.
Russian Premier League leaders Anzhi Makhachkala, topping the table for the first time in their history, will be out to extend their winning streak this weekend away to Rubin Kazan. The big-spending club, boosted with star-studded signings financed by owner oil and metal tycoon Suleiman Kerimov, have won their last six domestic league matches to top the table. Rubin Kazan, who won Russian titles in 2008 and 2009, have experienced a volatile campaign this season alternating wins and defeats equally. "We have certain personnel problems," admitted Anzhi's Dutch coach Guus Hiddink. "Jucilei will miss the upcoming matches because of family problems, Lassana Diarra is injured while Odil Akhmedov is still on his way to a complete recovery. "But I have several young players at my disposal and I believe in them. They will get an excellent chance to show themselves and obtain precious experience in these matches." Second-placed CSKA Moscow will battle with thirdplaced Terek at Grozny, who have a chance to leapfrog CSKA to take second spot in case of a home win. "The match against Terek will be very important for us," CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky said. The Red Army side are still without their Ivory Coast sharpshooter Seydou Doumbia, sidelined with a
back injury, and Czech striker Tomas Necid, who is recovering from ruptured knee ligaments. The Muscovites will also be without midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who is still serving a five-match ban after receiving a straight red card for a foul on Dynamo's Australian right back Luke Wilkshire earlier this month. Reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg, who are currently fourth, five points behind Anzhi, will test hosts Alania Vladikavkaz, the 1995 champions, who returned to the top flight this season after years in the lower divisions. Zenit were boosted by Wednesday's 1-0 win over Belgian club Anderlecht in their Champions League match, thanks to a 200th career goal by Russian international striker Alexander Kerzhakov. The Saint Petersburg side will still be without Russian international skipper Igor Denisov who was demoted to the youth team as a result of internal discord over the wages being paid to the club's recent big-money signings Hulk and Axel Witsel. Though the champions, who are financially backed by the state gas and oil giant Gazprom, have struggled to match the form which brought them two consecutive domestic titles, they have showed signs of recovery in the recent matches. Last weekend Zenit stopped their winless streak in the domestic league, which ran from August 31 and they will be clear favourites in the upcoming match at Vladikavkaz.
Spartak Moscow, who also chalked up their first points in the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Portuguese giants Benfica on Tuesday, will take on minnows Saransk. Friday: Lokomotiv Moscow v Amkar Perm, Kuban Krasnodar v Rostov Saturday: Alania Vladikavkaz v Zenit St Petersburg, Spartak Moscow v Saransk, Volga Nizhny Novgorod v FC Krasnodar Sunday: Terek Grozny v CSKA Moscow, Rubin Kazan v Anzhi Makhachkala, Dynamo Moscow v Samara HESKEy DOUBLE PROPELS JETS TO TOP OF A-LEAGUE: An Emile Heskey double in the space of three minutes pushed the Newcastle Jets to the top of Australia's A-League following a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory in Newcastle on Friday. The former England international made it four goals in as many games with two opportunistic second-half goals for the Jets' third straight win. Former Liverpool striker Heskey, 34, became the first Jet to score in three successive games since Johnny Warren medallist Joel Griffiths in the club's championship-winning 2007/08 season. The Victory hit back late through Australian international striker Archie Thompson but failed to build on a breakthrough win over Adelaide last weekend and have now lost three of their opening four games.
Vazquez defends lightweight crown against quintero VERONA AFP
Mexico's Miguel Vazquez will defend his International Boxing Federation lightweight crown on Saturday against countryman Marvin Quintero on a card at a Native American reservation casino. Vazquez, 31-3 with 13 knockouts, has won 10 fights in a row since 2008, when he suffered the second of two losses to unbeaten Mexican light middleweight Saul Alvarez. His only other loss was in 2007 at the hands of unbeaten Tim Bradley, who beat Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao in a controversial decision last June to claim a portion of the world welterweight throne. "I believe I am the best lightweight champion in the world," said Vazquez. "My defeats were to the best fighters in the world in higher weight classes. I'm unstoppable at lightweight." Quintero, 25-3 with 21 knockouts, hopes to disprove that notion in his first world title fight. Quintero has won nine of his past 10 fights, all with early stoppages, and has not been the distance win or lose since May of 2009. His longest fight was his most recent, a ninth-round TKO of Filipino southpaw Al Sabaupan last April to make him the mandatory challenger for fellow 25-yearold Quintero.
Amarnath admires Cricket Australia’s transparent AGM MUMBAI BiPin DAni
Australia may have been the first cricketing nation, whose Annual General Meeting (AGM) was shown live on TV yesterday. Had the Indian cricket board been so transparent, the people in India would have known why and how Mohinder Amarnath was replaced as a selector in the last AGM. Amarnath, when approached for his com-
ments sent an sms, saying: I admire CA. Great". "All proceedings today were conducted in an open forum, including the vote to amend CA’s constitution and bylaws and elect our first fully independent Directors. All media were invited to attend and report on all aspects of the meeting", Matthew Slade, the Cricket Australia's Corporate Communications Manager, said. "This is the first time that Cricket Australia allowed media into the AGM. We also
streamed the entire event, including the voting, live over the Internet", he further added. On asked whether CA, in future, have any plan to have live telecasts of the National Selection Panel meetings, Slade said, "One step at a time…". Former India selector, Kishan Rungta, who first floated the idea of having live telecasts of the selection committee meetings, once again said, "we should have all meetings related to the game e.g. selection meet-
ings, technical committee meetings etc. be shown live on TVs". "However, I am not in favour of AGM be shown live on TV. There are certain issues like funding, sponsorship, security etc. are discussed in the AGM and the people can't be the part of it. How the relation between India and Pakistan (on cricketing field) can be discussed in open", he asks. "The political situation in India and Australia are different. I am not in favour of live telecasts of the AGM", he signed off.
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17 Sports mcilroy's sublime 65 puts him in bmw masters hunt
World number one Rory McIlroy on Friday set himself up for a weekend assault on the $7 million BMW Masters at Lake Malaren after a second round scintillating 65 took him to 12-under par, two shots behind halfway leader Peter Hanson. On a day of low scoring on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Shanghai, Sweden's Hanson was one of three players to shoot an eight-under par round of 64 following Shane Lowry of Ireland and fellow Swede Robert Karlsson earlier on Friday. McIlroy had complained of headaches during his opening 67 on Thursday, which the Northern Irishman put down to pollution. On Friday he had to battle the sound of fireworks, music and piledrivers around the course to get the job done. "Fireworks? I thought they were gunshots going off there," he laughed. "You're always going to have distractions out there, whether it is people with cameras or movement in the crowd. "Once you're over your shot, you're sort of in your own little bubble and your zone and you don't really notice those sort of things." One of the only semblances of trouble for the double major winner came on the final hole where McIlroy's tee shot found the right-hand rough. But it was in area trampled by spectators that gave him a good enough lie to put his approach to 10 feet and safely two-putt for par. "It was very good day," said McIlroy. "I played very well and gave myself plenty of opportunities. Overall it was just a very good round of golf and obviously (puts me) in a great position going into the weekend." A 64 must have been the last thing on Hanson's mind when he opened his round Friday with a bogey on the first hole.
KaZan: a general view of the pitch and stands inside central Stadium, the home ground of fc rubin Kazan. AFP
Mud, sweat and cheers as tiger lurks in Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR AFP
Tiger Woods battled through mud and scorching temperatures to stay in contention with a fighting 67 at Malaysia's CIMB Classic on Friday, leaving him five shots off leader Robert Garrigus. The 14-time Major winner mixed slices off the tee and errant putts with great escapes and a memorable chip-in, in a rollercoaster round watched by hundreds of loyal fans at the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur. A day after raising the prospect of a 59
at the venue, softened by Malaysia's regular heavy rain, Woods was overshadowed by playing partner Jbe Kruger, who ignored the crowds and heat for 64 and second place, two off the leader. America's Garrigus carded his second 64 in a row for 14-under-par 128, raising hopes of only his second ever US PGA Tour win, with a low-scoring weekend in prospect at the no-cut, 48-man event with a US$6.1 million purse. Kruger was alone in second with Greg Chalmers and Troy Matteson, the overnight leader, two shots further back. Woods, Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Na
were grouped on nine under par. "It's wet, it's a little bit muddy. It (low scoring) can be had out there, guys are shooting good scores, a bunch of 65s and lower today," Woods said. "It's going to take a really low total (to win). I've just to get after it tomorrow so at least I'll have a chance on Sunday." Woods had headed straight for a cold shower after sauna conditions in round one, but if he thought Thursday was hot, Friday was a furnace. "That's one of the hard things. You've got to just somehow suck it up and do it," he said of the heat, forecast to again hit 32
degrees Celsius (90F) over the weekend. "It was bothering everybody I think. It's hot out there and humid... There's just no wind here. It's just so still and heavy." With sweat dripping from his head as early as the second tee, Woods mirrored his first day by opening with two pars and then birdying the par-five third, where a 12-foot eagle putt went begging. Drama struck on the fourth hole as Woods sliced his tee-shot into trees and then watched as his recovery attempt lodged at the bottom of a steep, muddy, lakeside bank just inches from water by the green.
Vettel dominates day one in India GREATER NOIDA AFP
Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel topped both practice sessions at the Indian Grand Prix Friday as he bids for his fourth win in a row -- and a historic third straight drivers title. The Red Bull driver, 25, who seized the championship lead at the last race in South Korea and is seeking to become Formula One's youngest triple champion, scorched a fastest lap of one minute and 26.221 seconds in the second session. He finished ahead of his Australian team-mate Mark Webber with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the long-time championship leader now supplanted by Vettel, third fastest. Germany's Nico Rosberg was fourth in the leading Mercedes car ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus and the two McLarens of Britons Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Nico Hulkenberg was eighth for Force India ahead of Frenchman Romain Grosjean in the second Lotus and Brazilian Bruno Senna for Williams. On a bright, dry day with a temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, the conditions were near-perfect as Vettel continued his irre-
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new delhi: Sauber-ferrari driver Sergio Perez of mexico powers his car during the second practice session at the buddh international circuit in Greater noida. AFP sistible form in Asia by topping the first session from Button, and staying ahead of the pack in the second. Wins in Singapore, Japan and South Korea have lifted Vettel to a narrow, six-point lead in the standings but with strong momentum
and growing belief that the German can seal the title over the last four races. Both Alonso and Hamilton, who will leave McLaren for Mercedes next year, also impressed with heavy fuel loads, but there is widespread sentiment that Red Bull are
back in the groove that brought them title doubles in 2010 and 2011. ECCLESTONE SIDESTEPS FERRARI FLAG ROW: Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone distanced himself from "political" matters Friday after Ferrari put Italian naval flags on their cars at the Indian Grand Prix in protest at India's arrest of two marines. Ecclestone said the issue would be better dealt with by India's national motorsports association, the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), stressing that Formula One was not a political body. "What we'd do, we'd look at the national sporting authority (FMSCI) here to have a look at that... we are not political," Ecclestone said in New Delhi. FORCE INDIA NOT EyEING KARTHIKEyEN: Force India on Friday denied they have any plans to hire local talent Narain Karthikeyen, piling more pressure on the driver who could struggle to retain his spot next year with HRTCosworth. Karthikeyan is trailing in 24th position ahead of his home Grand Prix this Sunday, spurring reports that HRT is weighing up its options regarding his place in the team next year. And when McLaren driver and for-
mer world champion Lewis Hamilton said this week Karthikeyan could do much better if he got the opportunity to drive for Force India, tongues were set wagging. But Robert Fernley, deputy principal of the team promoted by Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya, has poured cold water on the notion saying the 35year-old would not be on their minds when they sit down to finalise the driver line-up for 2013. "Narain is an exceptionally competent driver," Fernley told AFP ahead of Sunday's Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi. "If we put him in our car this weekend he could do better. But with all due respect to Narain, can he compete with and outperform our drivers? It is not his fault because he's not had the opportunity that our drivers have had. "Unfortunately that is the way it is," added Fernley. Karthikeyan's HRT team is languishing at the bottom of the constructor's standings without no points. "It is unfortunate that Narain is driving a slow car. Probably, it would do wonders if he were in Force India which is a pretty good team," Hamilton was widely quoted as saying by the local media.
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Serena leaves beaten Azarenka in limbo ISTANBUL AFP
Swamee nagar beat Pioneer LAHORE: Swamee Nagar beat Pioneer Cricket Club at Pakistan Railway School Ground in friendly match. Pioneer made 200-8 wickets in 30 overs. Nadeem Javed Butt 42, Hamza Tariq 35, Bilal Khan 15. Zeeshan Ahmed 3-40, Noman Ahmed 345. Swamee Nagar made 201-5 wickets in 26.2 overs. Afzal Ali 40, Tahir Ali 45. Ashfaq Ahmed 2-25, Osama 3-25. Malik Sarwar was the guest of the match at opening ceremony of new turf wicket. STAFF REPORT
ORLD number one Victoria Azarenka remains in suspense as to whether she will capture the year-end top spot after losing to Serena Williams for the fifth time in five meetings this year on Thursday. The Belarusian's 6-4, 6-4 loss to the American in the WTA Championships means she may have to beat Li Na, the former French Open champion from China, on Friday to be sure of becoming number one at the end of 2012. "I have been practising hard and expected to play better. Hopefully as time goes on, I will get better. If not, I hope to play better next year," said Williams, who also defeated Azarenka in the US Open final last month. There was just a phase of about 20 minutes in the second set, as Azarenka surged to a 3-0 lead, when it seemed she might break her losing sequence against the Olympic, US Open and Wimbledon champion. Otherwise she seemed too tense to do herself justice, as evidenced by nine double faults, which included two with disastrous timing at the end of each set. Williams was mostly not at her best either, often being made to scramble by Azarenka's aggressive approach. But she improved as the match went on, was severe on Azarenka's second serve, and was much the more effective on the bigger points. The American world nunber three finished with 35 winners and 11 aces. "When I did the right things I was in control much of the time, but I didn't have the consistency today," said Azarenka, who declined to make Wednesday night's tiring three-hour match with Angelique Kerber an excuse. "I had too many opportunities I
didn't use. I will be a little bit sad, but I need to bounce back straight away." Williams had already qualified for the semi-finals with her second win Wednesday, against Li Na, and now finishes her group matches unbeaten. It means that if Li beats Azarenka, and if Maria Sharapova, who is already sure of a semi-final place, were to go on to regain the WTA Championships title, the Russian would snatch the year-end top spot. Hence Azarenka's desire to refocus fast as she faces a must-win match
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against Li Na. "I will give everything to win tomorrow," she said. "I will give two hundred percent. I have another opportunity to stay in the tournament and to keep the dream alive." Earlier Li looked in intermittently good form, keeping alive hopes of reaching the semi-finals with a resilient performance in a straight sets success over Kerber. The former French Open champion's 6-4, 6-3 win over the fifthseeded German may well have been helped by the energy Kerber expended while reaching match points during her massive three-hour effort against Azarenka on Wednesday. Kerber broke serve at once and held her lead until 4-2. But once Li had broken back for 4-4 she always looked the more likely winner, more nimble of step, more flat-hitting of ground stroke, and eventually more motivated for success too. By the end of the first set Kerber was becoming wayward with her serve and was looking discouraged, and which prompted some very intense in-your-face exhortations from coach Torben Beltz. Li by contrast was nodding relaxedly at comments from her new coach Carlos Rodriguez, of whom she says: "He makes me a little bit stronger in the mind as well as in tennis." When Kerber served a double fault at 4-5, advantage receiver, it changed the match. Li broke again at once in the second set, and although Kerber bravely got a break back, Li broke twice more, penetrating more and more with her raking drives. Kerber's resistance never completely disappeared and included one innovative double-handed shovel shot which launched a remarkable lob over her head while facing the wrong way. But it made little difference, and if the eight-seeded Li can do well against Azarenka on Friday, she might yet qualify against the odds.
US legend duPont dies at age 94 NEW YORK AFP
Former World No. 1 Margaret Osborne duPont, a 1940s and 1950s star who won six Grand Slam women's singles crowns among 37 major titles, has died, US tennis officials said Thursday. She was 94. She passed away in Texas on Wednesday. DuPont's Grand Slam championship total, which includes 21 women's doubles crowns and 10 mixed doubles trophies, ranks fourth on the all-time list despite never playing in the Australian event of the four major tournaments. DuPont, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1967, was the year-end women's world number one from 1947 through 1950 and spent 20 years in the US top five in a career that spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s. "Margaret duPont was a giant in tennis and had a huge impact on my career," US tennis icon Billie Jean King said. "She was one of my sheroes and was a great influence on my life both on and off the court. "I hope today's players and any boy or girl who dreams of a career in tennis will go to the history books and read about Margaret because her career wasn't just about winning matches, it was also about mentoring others." Only Margaret Smith Court, Martina Navratilova and King own more career Grand Slam titles than DuPont, whose major singles titles came at Wimbledon in 1947, the French championship in 1946 and 1949 and the 1948, 1949 and 1950 US championship. In all, 25 of DuPont's 37 Grand Slam titles came at the US championships, including 13 women's doubles crowns -10 in a row from 1941 through 1950 -and nine mixed doubles titles. Dupont and Louise Brough Clapp combined for 20 women's Grand Slam doubles crowns, matching Navratilova and Pam Shriver for the most Grand Slam doubles titles by any duo.
del Potro seals London spot, feels sorry for nadal BASEL AFP
his comeback, I wish all the best to him." On reaching the World Tour Finals, del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, added: "For me it's a gift for my effort during the year. "It's only eight players fighting for one tournament. It's the best eight players of the year, so it's very important to me. I'm so glad to be there once again. I will be fighting against the big names and maybe I'll have a chance to make another final." Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych have already booked their places in London, leaving just two singles berths up for grabs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic, Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Almagro are among those in contention for the last two places. Elsewhere in the second round at the St Jakobshalle, where hometown star Roger Federer is bidding for his sixth title from seven editions, Russian sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny defeated Australian Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-1.
Two Frenchmen also celebrated wins, with Paul-Henri Mathieu overcoming Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 67 (2/7), 6-4 and Benoit Paire lining up a Friday quarter-final date with Federer through his defeat of Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 64. The 23-year-old Paire is buoyed by being at his highest ranking of 46 and fresh from an upset of fifth seed Andreas Seppi in the first round. Paire nudged his 2012 record to 25 wins against 24 losses as he took down Kubot. The Frenchman overcame the Pole in just under 90 minutes with six aces and three breaks of serve. "It's great to be in a quarter-final and to be playing Roger Federer," added the Frenchman. "I had a good match against Kubot which gives me confidence. And of course beating Seppi may have been a surprise. "Federer had a tough time playing (Thomaz) Bellucci in the second round, it went to three sets. Anything is possible in tennis and I have my chances if things go well for me."
LAHORE: Pioneer Cricket Club beat Shoukat Memorial Club Kent by 60 runs at Cantt ground in a friendly match. Pioneer made 160 runs for 9 wicket in 20 overs. Nadeem Javed Butt 23, Awab Usmanee 20, Hasan Azam 53. Mushtaq Ahmed took 4-40, Ijaz Ahmed 3-30. Shokat Memorial 100 all out. Rana Nadeem 20, Waheed Ahmed 24. Gul Khan Junior 5-25, Maroof Ahmed 4-24. STAFF REPORT
Juan Martin del Potro secured his place in the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday after Rafael Nadal's injury-enforced withdrawal from the eight-man season-ender opened up another vacancy. The Argentine, who had already increased his qualification hopes for London by winning the Vienna title last weekend, was delighted to make it into the finals for the third time. But he was also sympathetic to the plight of Nadal who had to pull out of the London showpiece, which begins a week from Monday, as he continues to battle back from the knee injury which has kept him off tour since June. Del Potro said he knows exactly how Nadal feels after his own wrist injury absence in 2010 saw his career suffer a worrying setback. "I'm sad for Rafa, he's really trying in his comeback. But it's not easy
belarus looks to Sochi for medal success
Armstrong loses speaker spot at Mexico forum
Pioneer beat Shokat memorial
MINSK: Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko on Friday said he was hoping the next Winter Olympics in Russia would help restore the country's dented pride, after a disappointing summer Games in London. "A successful performance there (in Sochi in 2014) is a matter of national prestige," Lukashenko, who is also the president of the Belarus Olympic committee, was quoted as saying by the ITAR-TASS news agency. The president, an avid ice hockey fan, earlier slammed Belarus' performance at the London Games as "disastrous" after the country won just 12 medals out of an expected 25, including two gold. AFP
after such a long time away. I had the same feeling with my wrist," said del Potro, who made the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals Thursday with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of American Brian Baker. "We miss Rafa a lot on the Tour. He is one of the best players in history, he will come back strong. "I'm sure it will be very soon. He will be ready to win a big event again, I know that he can play better than me when he makes
MEXICO CITY AFP
A global business forum has dropped disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong from the list of speakers for its Mexico City event next month, organizers said Thursday. The US rider was cut from the World Business Forum in light of the "strong accusations and numerous evidence" of doping against him, World of Business Ideas (WOBI) events marketing director Nicolas Heller told AFP. Armstrong's image still appears on street posters promoting the November 14-15 event in the Mexican capital, whose speakers include former
Colombian president Alvaro Uribe. But the forum decided to drop Armstrong last week and replaced him with former American football star Joe Montana, the quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl wins. WOBI Mexico director general Gustavo Barcia said in a statement that keeping Armstrong on the speakers' roster would have sent a "confusing message" since the company promotes "the highest ethical standards and social responsibility" in busi-
The regular price for an individual ticket to attend the forum is 33,000 pesos ($2,500), according to WOBI's website. Heller said the fees paid to speakers were confidential. The International Cycling Union (UCI) stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles this week after a report by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) put him at the heart of a vast doping program. Several sponsors, including US sportswear firm Nike, have cut ties with Armstrong since the scandal broke out.
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PtI chief says PML-n president paid only rs 51,318 as tax in the year he claims paying rs 920 million LAHORE
EACTING to a statement by Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif that his family paid Rs 920 million in taxes in 1990, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday said it was a deliberate attempt by Nawaz to mislead the people. Talking to PTI Secretary Information Shafqat Mahmood from New York where Imran is on a visit, the PTI chief said per FBR records, the declared income of Nawaz Sharif for the year 1990-91 was only Rs 249,537, upon which he paid a tax of Rs 51,318. Shahbaz Sharif had an income of Rs 271,638 in the same year, 1990-91, upon which he paid Rs 53,482 as income tax. “Thus both brothers in total paid Rs
140,008 as income tax in the year they took money from Younas Habib. Where has the figure of Rs 920 million that the Sharif family had supposedly paid as tax came from,” Imran said. Imran said there were two no-
table features of the statement by Nawaz – first he was mixing together sales tax, central excise duty or other corporate taxes that are not paid by individuals but by corporations. “There is no way of verifying whether the Sharif’s companies paid this amount of corporate tax or not. What is equally mystifying is that if indeed the Sharifs paid Rs 920 million in taxes, why were the incomes of Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif so meagre. They have both declared approximately Rs 500,000 as their combined income for the financial year 1990-91. If their familyowned companies were paying such heavy amounts in corporate taxes, where has the income gone?” The PTI chairman said after flip-flopping on the issue of investigation by FIA and Nisar Ali Khan criticising the Supreme Court, Nawaz was now ready for investigation by it. “This is a good development but it is important that FIA’s terms of
Imran distorted Nawaz’s tax payment facts: PMl-N LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) spokesman Senator Pervaiz Rasheed on Friday said PTI chief Imran Khan distorted facts regarding tax figures presented by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif. In an interview on Thursday, Nawaz had claimed that his business concerns had deposited tax of more than Rs 920 million in the government exchequer in 1990. Rasheed said Nawaz’s statement was based on truth and if reference are wide enough to allow a thorough probe into irregularities in the Mehrangate Scandal. While Nawaz is calling Younas Habib a criminal, was it not the first Nawaz government that gave him a licence to launch Mehran Bank?” Imran
Imran Khan did not accept its correctness, he should approach the court and “we will present documentary proof and will prove him wrong”. He said Imran, who objected to the taxes of Nawaz, lived in a house spread over 300 kanals and he should tell the nation how much tax had he paid in 1990. Rasheed asked Imran what activities he was engaged in on the day the Muslims from all over the world were stoning the Satan during haj. stAFF rePort said. He said it also needed be investigated if Mehran Bank gave Rs 200 million to the Sharifs and if it was still unpaid? The collusion between the Sharifs and Younas Habib should be an important part of the investigation by FIA, Imran said.
eidul azha observed in KP, Saudi arabia, the west on friday ISLAMABAD: Per unique Pakistani tradition, several thousand people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa celebrated Eidul Azha on Friday along with Saudi Arabia, the US, Canada, Britain, Europe, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Middle East and the Gulf. The move made way for yet another instance of separate eids in the country. Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia, United States, Canada, Britain, Europe, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Middle East and the Gulf, the religious annual event was celebrated with devotion and fervour. Mass prayers were held across Saudi Arabia, following which animals were sacrificed to fulfil the Sunnat-eIbrahimi (Abrahamic Sacrifice). Indonesian Muslims also offered Eid prayers and prayed for peace in the Middle East. Millions, including children, turned to mosques to offer Eid prayers, where they prayed for improvement in the law and order in the Philippines. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a rare television appearance on Friday, attending morning prayers as a ceasefire took effect for the four-day Muslim holiday. State television showed Assad, smiling and seeming relaxed, at an unidentified mosque in Damascus as the ceasefire, which both his regime and the main rebel group have conditionally accepted, took effect. AgenCIes
india’s foreign minister quits ahead of reshuffle NEW DELHI: India’s veteran Foreign Minister SM Krishna announced his resignation Friday in a move that clears the way for a long-awaited reshuffle of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s beleaguered government. The gaffe-prone Krishna, whose political career stretches back nearly half a century, said he wanted to make way for a younger generation while a senior member of the main ruling Congress party said he would be playing a leading role in an upcoming election campaign in his traditional fiefdom of Karnataka. “I am a loyal party worker,” the 80-year-old Krishna said in brief comments on the NDTV news channel. “I will continue to work for the Congress party. I am making way for younger people.” The resignation takes effect immediately and a senior official in the prime minister’s office said Krishna has cancelled a scheduled visit to Laos, where he was to have accompanied Singh, who is also aged 80. Krishna was appointed foreign minister in 2009 after Singh was re-elected prime minister. It was his first position in cabinet after having held a host of senior positions in the state government of Karnataka since the 1960s. He served as chief minister of the southern state from 1999 to 2004. “He wants to go back to his home state and work for the Congress party,” said a senior Congress leader in New Delhi. “He has a stronghold in state politics and the Congress can win the election if he works for the party in the state.” AFP
MinA: Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the ‘Jamarat’ ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Makkah on Friday. AFP
Action against CNG stations if prices not reduced g
APCngA says sales to be made at new, reduced prices ISLAMABAD
The government has decided to implement the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) prices across the country in light of the Supreme Court decision. According to officials, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has also sent the interim order of the Supreme Court to all chief secretaries and asked them to ensure the sales of CNG at new prices. After Eid holidays, a contempt of court petition would be filed against CNG stations that violate the court decision, sources said. Adviser to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain on Friday took notice of the non-implementation of the court order and directed OGRA to send inspection teams for ensuring operations of all closed down CNG stations. He said action would be taken against all CNG station owners who were not ready to sell CNG on new prices and also warned of cancelling their licence. Following the Supreme Court order, the prices of CNG were slashed by Rs
Over 100 dead as communal violence rocks Myanmar
KARACHi: A CnG station worker installs the new price tag after decrease in CnG price. onLIne 30.90 per kilogram on Thursday and it was officially notified by OGRA. The new price of CNG would be Rs 61.64 in Region 1 that includes upper Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while the new price of CNG in other parts of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan provinces has been fixed at Rs 54.16 per kilogramme. After the government’s decision, the All Pakistan CNG Association urged
owners to sell gas at new prices immediately. APCNGA chairman Ghayyas Paracha said they would file a review petition in the Supreme Court on October 30, 2012. Talking to reporters, Paracha said they would implement the Supreme Court’s order, but the association would meet OGRA officials to convey their reservations in connection with the directives.
At least 112 people have been killed and thousands of homes torched in BuddhistMuslim violence in western Myanmar, casting a shadow over the reformist government’s attempts to remake the country’s international image. People have fled their homes in droves following the latest clashes in Rakhine state, which was rocked by communal violence in June that split communities and left tens of thousands of mainly Muslim Rohingya living in camps. “Up until this morning, 51 men and 61 women have died,” a spokesman for Rakhine state Win Myaing said, doubling an earlier toll. The dead were from both sides, he added, while scores more were wounded as violence engulfed four townships. More than 200 people have now been killed in the state since June, according to the authorities, who have imposed emergency rule in the face of continued explosive tension in the region. The United Nations responded to the bloodshed Friday with a stark warning that Myanmar’s reforms are under threat from the continued unrest between ethnic Rakhine and the Rohingya.