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02 NEWS Miscreants blow up bridge on Quetta-Sibi Highway QUETTA: Unidentified men blew up a bridge on Quetta-Sibi Highway near Gargot area of Bolan district on Sunday. Levies sources said that unidentified miscreants planted explosive devices under the bridge which exploded damaging a portion of the bridge, severely disturbing the flow of vehicular traffic on the highway. The bridge was the only source of land-link between the Punjab and the Balochistan. Long queues of traffic were witnessed on the highway, causing annoyance among the commuters and the people of the area. Meanwhile, a landmine blast killed a child and injured two others in Koh area of Dera Bugti district, killing a seven-year-old girl and injuring two others critically, according to Levies sources. The victims were shifted to a nearby hospital. StAff rePort
Army, FC rescue 19 hit by avalanche ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army and FC personnel on Sunday safely rescued 19 passengers after their vehicle was hit by a snow avalanche in the Upper Dir district. According to the ISPR, a passenger van was hit by a snow slide on southern portal at 3pm on Sunday, due to which the vehicle fell into a ravine along with the passengers. “The Army and FC soldiers rescued all the passengers safely,” the release said. INP
BRA claims responsibility for blowing up pipeline KASHMORE: The defunct Baloch Republican Army (BRA) on Sunday claimed responsibility for blowing up the 18-inch diameter gas pipeline in Kashmore on Saturday. Repair work on the 18-inch diameter gas pipeline near Tangwani started Sunday morning. The gas transmission pipeline from Sui to Karachi was damaged in the blast at Goth Makhi in Tehsil Tangwani of district Kashmore, suspending gas supply to different areas in the province of Sindh. INP
Afghanistan fires six more mortars at Pakistan ISLAMABAD: Despite repeated warnings and diplomatic contacts, Afghan border forces continued violation at the Pak-Afghan border on Sunday firing six more mortars into Pakistani territory. A private TV channel reported that Afghan border police had fired six mortar shells into Pakistan, however, no life or property loss was reported. Earlier on Saturday, Afghan border security forces had fired 25 mortar shells inside Pakistan territory from Tarkhobi camp. A protest was lodged with the Afghan authorities over the incident. INP
PTI women oppose Veena Malik joining PTI ISLAMABAD: Renowned, and often controversial Pakistani actress Veena Malik wants to step into the realm of politics and interned to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) last week, but its women parliamentarians detest and oppose her to be part of their organisation. The PTI parliamentarians said that the party image will be spoiled if the controversial actress joined the party and internal matters would not remain intact. Sources say that PTI parliamentarians from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh were specifically opposing Veena Malik. oNLINe
Nuclear Security Summit from 24th ISLAMABAD: The third Nuclear Security Summit will commence in Hague from March 24. According to official sources, Pakistan, which has been dealing with nuclear technology for forty years in civilian and defence sectors, intends to participate in the summit as well. The International Atomic Energy Agency and other organisations have listed Pakistan as a model country with regard to the security mechanisms. INP
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Things you have to do for peace INTERIOR MINISTER, PTI CHIEF DISCUSS PEACE TALKS KP CM GIVES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TWO NAMES TO HAVE PTI’S REPRESENTATION IN TALKS COMMITTEE MOHMAND SAYS CEASEFIRE DURATION SHOULD BE EXTENDED ISLAMABAD/NOWSHEHRA
NTERIOR Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday contacted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and exchanged views on negotiations with the Taliban, a private news channel reported. Sources said a meeting between the PTI head and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also expected. They claimed that Nisar contacted the PTI chief on PM’s instructions. In either case – operation or dialogue – the PML-N was willing to take Imran Khan-led PTI into confidence, sources said. Separately, the
federal government took the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government into confidence about its decision to open direct negotiations with the Taliban. KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has confirmed that he has been approached by the federal government. “We have sent two names to the federal government to have our representation in the talks committee, which is expected to hold a fresh round of direct talks with the militant group,” Khattak said. He said that an announcement would be made only after the approval of the federal government. The CM said that talks were in final phase and hoped that these efforts would help restore peace. Meanwhile, Rustam Shah Mohmand, a member of dissolved government’s peace committee, said that the period of ceasefire should be extended. Talking to a private news channel, he said a new government committee would be formed to hold talks with the Taliban. He, however, added that the Taliban should be barred from further terrorist attacks to make feasible environment for negotiations. Mohmand said the impression of operation in Waziristan should be rejected.
KP minister offers ‘rent-free’ office to TTP Yousufzai says PTI determined at extending support and cooperation for successful peace talks PESHAWAR: Reaffirming his party’s stance on meaningful negotiations between the government and militants, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health minister on Sunday offered office facilities to the Taliban. “There is nothing new in this offer as it was earlier offered by our party chief Imran Khan to Taliban,” Shaukat Yousufzai told Pakistan Today over the telephone. Earlier, while inaugurating weekly anti-polio vaccination drive in Peshawar, Yousufzai told reporters that he was satisfied with the peace talks and offered office facilities to the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Peshawar. To a question, the minister said, “PTI is not only insisting on dialogues with Taliban but even had offered maximum facilitation to both the sides in this respect. If Taliban have an office in Peshawar then there is no need for the government committee members to travel to North Waziristan.” He, however, said, “We have no concern that they can go talk either in Afghanistan or in India.” Yousufzai said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular and rest of the country in general had been badly affected by terrorism and on such grounds Imran Khan-led PTI was insisting on dialogues with the Taliban. He said that purposes of such dialogues to bring back the Taliban into political process, which could be better for the country and its future. He said that PTI not only attached hope to the dialogue process but was determined to extending support and cooperation. Referring to weekly Sehat Ka Insaf drive against nine diseases, he said, “Our target was around 350,000 children from 95 union councils but due to security reasons, we couldn’t cover a few UCs, situated on boundaries with tribal areas of Khyber and Dara Adam Khel.” He said that they were close to their objectives of vaccinating 700,000 children in a few weeks. Meanwhile, in connection with the vaccination process, under Section 144, motorcycling was completely banned whereas around 4,000 policemen were deployed in Peshawar. Police opened fire on two motorcyclists after they refused to stop at a check post. SHAMIM SHAHID
BNP leader among 4 killed in Balochistan
Financial constraints major hurdle in speedy KPK development: Khattak
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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak has said that financial constraints are a major issue in the speedy development of the province, but it never impeded the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf’s (PTI) way forward. Pervez Khattak expressed these views while talking to a three-member delegation of PTI Chitral district, led by MPA Bibi Fozia, that called on him at Peshawar CM Secretariat and apprised him of certain public problems, besides demanding a package for the area. Era of progress and prosperity is ushering in KP soon, Khattak said, adding that the PTI-led government, instead of taxing or burdening the people for resources, will get their arrears and share of hydel net profit from the Centre for which the KP Senior Minister Finance Sirajul Haq was doing serious efforts. “The present PTI-led coalition government believes in such a development that besides construction of roads, schools and colleges can also enhance job opportunities and the poor can also prosper,” he said. INP
At least four people, including a Balochistan National Party leader, were gunned down in two separate incidents in Quetta and Khuzdar districts on Sunday. According to the media reports, BNP leader Attaullah Muhammadzai and his bodyguard were targeted in Khuzdar. He was also the chief of the traders’ community. Police said Muhammadzai was travelling with his guard on Khuzdar’s Chakar Khan Road when unidentified attackers opened fire on their vehicle.
The assailants managed to escape from the scene whereas both the victims succumbed to their injuries on their way to a hospital. The news of the trade union head’s death spread panic in the area and markets and shopkeepers were shut down in protest. Khuzdar district is considered to be one of the troubled districts of Balochistan province. Bombings and target killings have claimed scores of lives in the district. Meanwhile, two more people were killed in separate incidents of firing on Fatima Jinnah Road and Kuchlak Bazaar areas of Quetta.
Taliban kill three Afghan teachers KABUL: The Taliban have killed three teachers and abducted another in western Afghanistan, an official said on Sunday. “The teachers were on the way home in Taywara district late Saturday after attending a seminar in the provincial capital Cheghcheran,” said Abdul Hai Khatibi, governor spokesman for Ghor province. “They were caught by Taliban insurgents who were likely waiting for them in Shahrak district,” Khatibi said. “The insurgents killed three of the teachers on the spot and took another to an unknown location.” The militants have not commented. INP
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan comes to rescue in power-less times KYRGYZSTAN COMPANY DIRECTOR SAYS 5B KWH OF ELECTRICITY TO BE PROVIDED TO PAKISTAN ANNUALLY
“Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are ready to export up to 5 billion kWh annually to Pakistan under CASA-1000 project,” National Electric Network of Kyrgyzstan Company Director General Medetbek Aitkulov said during a press conference on Sunday. According to him, Pakistan has a deficit of energy resources that is why it is ready to buy electricity.
“The World Bank, the Asian and Islamic Development Banks manage negotiations on CASA-1000 project. The Asian Development Bank refused financing after the crisis. The project is difficult, because each country has its individual social, economic and political situation,” Medetbek Aitkulov said. He explained that Kyrgyzstan can export up to 2 billion kWh without losses. “The cost of sold energy isn’t defined. The negotiations continue. Besides, the National Electric Network
of Kyrgyzstan constructs power transmission lines and Electric Stations OJSC is engaged in energy sale,” Medetbek Aitkulov added. Recall, CASA-1000 project provides for export of excess electricity in summer from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, Abu-Dhabi Investment Fund and Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development will finance the project.
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Hunger cries echo in Tharparkar THARPARKAR DEATH TOLL EXCEEDS 200 AS 5 MORE CHILDREN BREATHE THEIR LAST
EATH toll in famine-hit Tharparkar District exceeded 200 after another five children died of malnutrition in Chachro tehsil, local media reported on Sunday. However, the Sindh government contradicted the death toll and said 153 people have died in three months. Chachro is among the areas where the Sindh government has not yet started relief operation. Dozens of children have been admitted in public and private hospitals of the district. Several ministers and officials have visited the famine-hit areas but relief activities
WFP, SINDH GOVT LAUNCH RS 600 MILLION PROJECT TO ASSIST AROUND 348,000 VICTIMS
are still facing delay due to which the victims are being forced to move to other places. Although the Sindh government has announced to kick start its relief activities, hundreds of affected families across the district are still awaiting food aid. According to reports, the distribution work has not so far been started despite the fact that 60,000 wheat bags have arrived in Mithi, the district headquarters of Thar. Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said on Saturday that the Punjab government had not offered aid. The Sindh government has announced Rs 100 million food package for Tharparkar which is spread over 22,000 square kilometres with a population of about 1.5
‘Sehat’ to get ‘insaf’ later Immunisation drive postponed in some parts of Peshawar PESHAWAR: The campaign Sehat Ka Insaf was postponed on Sunday in Salman Khel and Shaikhan areas of Peshawar due to security reasons, officials said. The sixth round of Sehat Ka Insaf was conducted in the provincial capital on Sunday, during which over 700,000 children were vaccinated against polio and other hazardous diseases. Sehat Ka Insaf, the joint venture of KP Department of Health and the UNICEF and WHO, had been started by the provincial government when the WHO declared Peshawar as the hub of Polio. According to the data collected by the KP health department, 362,004 children were vaccinated against polio in 45 union councils of Peshawar in the first round; 455,906 in the second round; 547,093 in the third; 560,881 in the fourth, while 650,405 children were vaccinated in the fifth round of the campaign. StAff rePort
million residing in 2,300 villages and urban settlements. Thousands of families have been affected by the drought which compelled them to leave their homes and move to other areas in search of water. The Pakistan Army, Sindh Rangers and various NGOs have set up their relief camps at Mithi‚ Chachhro‚ Nangarparker‚ Islamkot and Diplo. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)‚ the army teams are helping the people getting medical treatment and food. A field hospital has also been established. Hyderabad Garrison General Officer Commanding Major General Inam is in the area to oversee the ongoing relief efforts, ISPR said. Meanwhile, President Mam-
noon Hussain has directed Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad to provide every possible relief to drought-hit people in Tharparkar. Separately, Tharparkar Relief and Rehabilitation Cell has been established at the Sindh CM’s House. According to a statement, the CM’s principal secretary will head the cell. The cell will look after relief work and will report to the CM daily. The cell can be contacted on 021-99202051-4, 99202065, 99207568, 0800919-15 and on fax numbers 021-99202007, 99202008. Separately, the World Food Programme and Sindh government jointly launched Rs 600 million project to assist around 348,000 children, pregnant and lactating women suffering malnutrition to prevent stunting and micronutrient deficiencies. The project would help prevent stunting (chronic malnutrition), primarily focusing at children, pregnant and lactating women in selected union councils of Thatta and Sajawal districts of Sindh. This will also contribute in reducing the incidences of low birth weight as maternal nutritional status of around 127,000 pregnant and lactating women will be improved. According to the government survey, the food insecurity and the prevalence of malnutrition in Sindh was higher compared to other provinces. During the launching ceremony, WFP Country Director Lola Castro handed over medical grade anthropometric equipment to Aslam Pachu, Sindh additional secretary health. This equipment will be utilised for assessing the nutritional status of mothers and children and about 550 kits were handed over valued at Rs 21 million. Addressing the launching ceremony, Castro emphasised that National Nutrition Survey 2011
Nawaz visiting Tharparkar today ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit the drought-hit Tharparkar District today (Monday), while announcement of aid package by the federal government is also likely. The PM has also announced to provide MI-17 helicopter for supply of necessary relief goods. He has also assured all-out cooperation to the Sindh government in this regard. According to the PM’s spokesman, Nawaz is constantly in touch with the Sindh government. He added military leadership in Sindh was also updating the PM about relief operations. Separately, Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed vowed to extend every possible help to the droughtaffected people of Tharparkar. In a statement, the minister assured all-out cooperation of the federal government for the relief of Thar victims. He said that helicopters have been provided for the assistance of the affected people. He said long-term measures were being taken to help the people of Thar. To a question, the minister said the federal government would assist the Sindh Government and would not do politics on the issue. On a query, the senator said dialogue with Taliban was the priority of the federal government and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had also been included in the committee. Responding to a question, the minister said he had no information regarding the opening of a Taliban office. StAff rePort
estimates stunting prevalence in children under the age of five in Sindh at 49.8 percent and anemia levels at 72.5 percent, while anemia in pregnant and lactating women is estimated 60.7 percent. She further stressed that there was an urgent need of addressing the problem at the earliest during the first 1,000 days of life “window of opportunity” (from conception up to the first 2 years) in order to break the intergenerational transmission of stunting. She said the WFP was supporting the federal and Sindh governments in several initiatives, including the intervention for prevention of stunting and addressing micronutrient deficiencies in Thatta with a special focus on ‘first 1,000 days’ from pregnancy up to two years of age and children under 5.
Thatta and Sajawal are part of the 19 priority districts identified by the Sindh government to address malnutrition in children as well as pregnant and lactating women, Lola added. The districts are also ranked high in terms of food insecurity. Meanwhile, National Disaster Management Authority spokesman Brigadier Kamran Zia urged authorities concerned to dispatch doctors and lady health workers to Tharparkar. Talking to PTV, he said the NDMA has identified three most affected areas and relief camps have been set up in these areas. He said that the NDMA has been provided flour, rice and other edibles to the people. A large number of affectees commuted to cities to admit their patients in city government hospitals, he added.
Shah enjoys lavish lunch at famine-stricken Thar SINDH CM SAYS AGREEMENT WITH NGO BACKED BY ASIAN BANK, WORLD BANK UNDERWAY THARPARKAR AGeNCIeS
Amidst reports that the death toll in the famine hit Tharparkar has mounted to over 200 and relief activities are yet to initiate in the remote areas, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah during visit to the famine-hit re-
HAMZA FLAYS SINDH GOVERNMENT FOR MISHANDLING THAR FAMINE gion was accorded a VVIP protocol and served with sumptuous lunch. The CM and his delegation enjoyed buffet comprising several dishes, including fried fish, biryani and tikkas. Separately, talking to reporters, Qaim Ali Shah said that several steps were being taken to provide relief to those affected by the famine in Tharparkar district. “An agreement with a non-governmental organisation
backed by the Asian Bank and the World Bank is underway,” he said. The organisation will be working on providing vocational training in nine districts that have the most poverty. The CM added that since livestock was also affected, measures will be taken to improve veterinary facilities. Many basic health units (BHUs) were either non-functional or working nominally. All BHUs will now be made functional; doctors and medicines will be provided. The number of mobile dispensaries will be increased from 14 to 20, he informed. He assured that distribution of food relief supplies will start in all districts within this week, and every family will get 50 instead of 25 kilo-
grams of wheat. Unemployment was a major problem in the district, but steps are being taken to deal with it appropriately, he added. Hamza flays sindH govt: Speaking to the media Sunday afternoon, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif criticised the Sindh government for its handling of the famine situation in Thar, a private TV channel reported. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was thinking to order a judicial inquiry into the deaths. “The death of all these children must be investigated,” Hamza said, adding that while the Sindh government was busy with festivities, children were dying in Thar.
Malik Riaz says he can exceed Thar aid up to Rs1b PROPERTY TYCOON SAYS BAHRIA DASTARKWAN WILL REMAIN OPERATIONAL IN AFFECTED AREAS FOR SIX MONTHS
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Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz Hussain on Sunday decided to use all resources at his disposal in aid of the drought-affected people of Tharparkar. After he announced to allocate Rs 200 million for the Thar affectees, Bahria Town relief team with mobile hospi-
tals, ambulances, goods and water tanks reached Thar on Saturday night. Bahria Dastarkwan will also remain operational in the affected areas for next six months. Bahria Town team is establishing its base camp at Mithi and sub-base camps will be established at Chachro, Diplo and Nagarparker. All camps will be well-equipped with medical and relief goods. Earlier, Malik Riaz Hussain had reacted to the news of 100 children losing lives
due to drought in Thar and immediately ordered his teams to provide relief goods to the affected people within 24 hours. He had also said steps would be taken to ensure long-term sustenance measures, including provision of water. He pledged to use all resources to help the droughthit people. Brig (r) Tahir Butt is leading the relief team. Butt is also leading the rehabilitation project for the Awaran earthquake victims. Malik Riaz said he could increase the allocated amount
to Rs 1,000 million. He said ambulances, water tankers and other relief goods had reached the affected areas. Hussain said he would distribute Rs 10,000 to 50,000 to each affected family at their doorstep. Every affected family will be provided with food, drinking water and medicine. The Bahria Town will remain in the area until July to save the lives of the affected people. He said the Bahria Dastarkhwans were being established for the drought-affected people with an immediate effect. He asked the Sindh government to take action against the officials found responsible for the death of over 100 children. He also provided his mobile number 0334-5164991 and 24-hour operational call centre number (0800-00100).
PAF sends edibles for Thar people KARACHI StAff rePort
A Pakistan Air Force C-130 carrying edibles for the people of drought-stricken areas of Tharparkar landed at Talhar, a forward airfield of PAF on the instructions of Chief of the Air Staff Tahir Rafique Butt. The C-130
air-lifted food supplies for quick dispensation to the draught stricken areas of Thar. The C130 load of 30,000 Lbs comprised milk, medicine and food items and were handed over by Base Commander PAF Base Faisal Air Commodore Zahid Kiyani to the Badin DCO for distribution in Mithi, Diplo and Chachro, the affected Tehsils of Tharparkar, Sindh.
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Vietnamese planes find possible malaysian aircraft debris in sea KUALA LAMPUR AGENCIES
AfghAN viCe PresideNt joiNs the greAt mAjoritY KABUL AGENCIES
Afghan vice president Field Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban, died Sunday. He was 57. Fahim was an ethnic Tajik who was an ally of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Northern Alliance commander who was killed in an al-Qaida suicide bombing two days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. President Hamid Karzai's office said Fahim died from an illness. Karzai called Fahim a true patriot and said his death was "a huge loss for Afghanistan." He also expressed his condolences to the Afghan nation and Fahim's family. Fahim served as a vice president and defense minister in Karzai's first administration and most recently was the first of two vice presidents. But he was best remembered as a former warlord who fought against the Soviets when they were occupying the country and went on to battle with Massoud against the Taliban, who were ousted in 2001. Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi said the government has called for a three-day mourning period and flags would be lowered to halfstaff. Presidential candidate Hedayat Amin Arsala said Fahim's death "will affect the future political development," but he didn't elaborate.
Vietnamese navy plane has spotted an object suspected of belonging to a Malaysian jetliner that went missing early on Saturday. Six Australian passengers were among the 239 people on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysia Airlines plane last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu. No distress signals were received from the Boeing 777200ER before its disappearance. Vietnamese authorities say more aircraft will be dispatched at first light to investigate the objects found
in the water off southern Vietnam. "We received information from a Vietnamese plane saying that they found two broken objects, which seem like those of an aircraft, located about 50 miles to the south-west of Tho Chu Island," the official from the National Committee for Search and Rescue, who did not want to be named, told AFP news agency. A Malaysia Airlines spokesman had earlier told the families of those who were aboard the jet that the chances of survival had dropped significantly. "We have communicated to the family members that after more than 30 hours without any contact with the aircraft, we believe that the family members should prepare themselves for the worst," he said. Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak on Sunday after-
noon to convey his condolences and committed to send two RAAF P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to help with the search for the missing aircraft. "The first Orion will depart for the search area this evening (Sunday) from Darwin. A second P-3C will be dispatched as soon as possible," Abbott said. The P-3C Orion is a long-range maritime surveillance aircraft ideally suited to this task. "On behalf of Australia, I again offer my deepest sympathies to the families of the passengers and crew on board the Malaysian Airlines flight." INVESTIGATIONS LAUNCHED INTO TWO STOLEN PASSPORTS: Malaysian authorities have meanwhile launched a review of the country's airport security screening processes after it was revealed two of the passengers on the aircraft were travelling on stolen passports.
Transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said authorities were also checking the identities of two other passengers and he had activated counterterrorism units and contacted international intelligence agencies, including the FBI. "All the four names are with me," he told reporters at a press conference. "I have indicated to our intelligence agencies and I have also spoken to international intelligence agencies for assistance." International police agency Interpol said at least two passports recorded as lost or stolen in its database were used by passengers on board and it was "examining additional suspect passports". Interpol said no checks of its database had been made by any country on an Austrian and an Italian passport between the time that they
were stolen and the departure of the flight. "Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in Interpol's databases," Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble said in a statement. The legitimate owners of the two passports - Christian Kozel, an Austrian, and Luigi Maraldi of Italy have said their documents were stolen in Thailand over the past two years, prompting Thai police to investigate a "passport ring". Officials are investigating why two men using false names booked flights onward to Europe, which means they did not need Chinese visas and avoided the additional scrutiny that comes from visa application.
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SUICIDE CAR BOMBING KILLS 36 IN IRAQ
Warning shots ﬁred to turn monitors back from Crimea SEVASTOPOL AGENCIES
Shots were fired in Crimea to warn off an unarmed international team of monitors and at a Ukrainian observation plane, as the standoff between occupying Russian forces and besieged Ukrainian troops intensified. Russia's seizure of the Black Sea peninsula, which began 10 days ago, has so far been bloodless, but its forces have become increasingly aggressive towards Ukrainian troops, who are trapped in bases and have offered no resistance. President Vladimir Putin declared a week ago that Russia had the right to invade Ukraine to protect Russian citizens, and his parliament has voted to change the law to make it easier to annex territory inhabited by Russian speakers. Tempers have grown hotter in the last two days, since the region's proMoscow leadership declared it part of Russia and announced a March 16 referendum to confirm it. The worst face-off with Moscow since the Cold War
has left the West scrambling for a response. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to Russia's foreign minister for the fourth day in a row, told Sergei Lavrov that annexing Crimea "would close any available space for diplomacy," a U.S. official said. President Barack Obama spoke by phone to the leaders of France, Britain and Italy and three ex-Soviet Baltic states that have joined NATO. He assured Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which have their own ethnic Russian populations, that the Western military alliance would protect them if necessary. A spokeswoman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said no one was hurt when shots were fired to turn back its mission of more than 40 unarmed observers, who have been invited by Kiev but lack permission from Crimea's pro-Russian authorities to cross the isthmus to the peninsula. They had been turned back twice before, but this was the first time shots were fired.
LAHORE: EU Ambassador to Pakistan Lars Gunnar Wigemark called on Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami at his residence and discussed country’s political and economic situation. STAFF PHOTO
Pakistani novelist wins Yale Literary prize WASHINGTON: Pakistani writer Nadeem Aslam has won the Yale University’s prestigious Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014 for his fiction works, which “explore historical and political trauma with lyricism and profound compassion”. Aslam is among eight winners in the three categories - fiction, non-fiction, and drama — who will receive $150,000 each in recognition of their achievements and to support their ongoing work. APP
SHIA-SUNNI CLASHES IN YEMEN LEAVE 30 DEAD SANAA: At least 30 people were killed over two days of clashes between Shi'ite Muslim insurgents and Sunni Salafi tribesmen in Yemen's northwester Al-Jawf province, the provincial governor said, as chaos reigns two years after mass protests ousted the country's leader. Shi'ite Houthi fighters are trying to strengthen their hold on the north - just one of the challenges facing an interim government also battling southern separatists, al Qaedalinked militants and an economic crisis.
Strategically positioned next to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and to main shipping lanes, Yemen's security situation is being closely watched by Gulf Arab states and Washington. "The Presidential Commission intervened to stop the fighting after heavy losses on both sides amounted to 30 people dead and dozens injured," al-Jawf governor Mohammed bin Aboud, told a local television channel in Yemen.
He said an agreement has been reached to stop the clashes between the two sides under the supervision of the Commission. The Houthis, who control much of the northern Saada province bordering Saudi Arabia and next to al-Jawf, were trying to take the town of Dammaj from Salafis allied to the al-Ahmar clan. The Houthis say the Salafis are recruiting foreign fighters to attack them, an accusation they deny.
Libya authorises use of force against NK-ﬂagged tanker TRIPOLI AGENCIES
Libya's defense ministry has issued orders to its military authorising the use of force to stop a North Korea-flagged tanker loading crude oil sold by armed rebels seeking to bypass the Tripoli government, state media said on Sunday. The rebels, who have seized three major Libyan ports since August to press demands for a greater share of oil revenues and political autonomy, received the tanker on Saturday at the Es Sider port in the volatile east. The docking and loading of crude escalates a sevenmonth blockade of key oil ports and is just one facet of deepening turmoil in the OPEC producer, which is struggling to control militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but kept their weapons and now challenge
state authority. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Saturday Libya would bomb the 37,000-tonne tanker if it tried to exit the port, one of Libya's biggest oil export terminals. State news agency LANA said on Sunday the defense ministry had issued orders to the military and warned the tanker's owner. "The defense ministry issued orders to the chief of staff, air force and navy to take care of this tanker which entered Libyan waters without official permission," LANA said. "The order authorizes the use of force and puts the responsibility of any damages resulting from this on the ship owner," it said. Spokesmen for both the state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) and the protesters said the tanker was still docked at the port. Local newspaper alWasat said the tanker had loaded $36 million of crude.
As many as 36 people were killed on Sunday when a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a security checkpoint in southern Iraq, officials have said. The blast went off at the entrance of Hillah city during morning rush hour as dozens of cars were waiting to be searched. Thirteen civilians, including a woman and 12-year old child, and nine security personnel were killed, two police officers said. At least 55 other people were wounded, they said. Police say the victims' burns suggested the bomber packed his car with liquid fuel, probably gasoline. The Shiite-dominated city is located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Baghdad. Two medical officials confirmed the figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information. Iraq has seen a spike in violence since last April, with the death toll climbing to its highest levels since the worst of the country's sectarian bloodletting in 2006-2008. The U.N. says 8,868 people were killed in 2013, and more than 1,400 people were killed in January and February of this year. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they bore the hallmarks of an al-Qaida breakaway group that frequently uses car bombs and suicide attacks to target public areas and government buildings in their bid to undermine confidence in the government.
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THOUSANDS DEMAND END TO NUCLEAR POWER TOKYO AGENCIES
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. Participants at the demonstration, one of several planned across cities in Japan, said they
would never forget the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster, the worst since Chernobyl. They also vowed to block a move by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to restart some of the 48 idled reactors and backpedal on the commitment by the previous government to aggressively reduce the nation's reliance on nuclear power. Oil imports have soared since the disaster, hurting the economy.
Katsutoshi Sato, a retired railway worker at the rally, was holding a fishing pole with a picture of a fish dangling at the end to highlight his worries about radiation contaminating the rivers. "The protests are growing," he said, noting he was taking part in his third antinuclear demonstration. "All kinds of people are joining, including families with kids." Protests like Sunday's
have popped up across the nation over the last three years, as the usually docile and conformist Japanese begin to question the government's assurances that nuclear power is safe. The movement has also drawn celebrities like Ryuichi Sakamoto, who shared an Oscar for "The Last Emperor" score, and Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe. The Fukushima Dai-ichi
nuclear plant, which exploded and underwent three core meltdowns, continues to spew radiation into the air and sea. Decommissioning is expected to take decades. Robert Geller, a seismologist at the University of Tokyo, said it was troubling that after three years there is no full explanation on what went wrong at Fukushima, and how to avoid a recurrence.
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India set to challenge US for election-spending record CEC SAYS HE IS WORRIED ABOUT HEAVY SPENDING AND USE OF ILLEGAL FUNDS
NDIAN politicians are expected to spend around $5 billion on campaigning for elections next month - a sum second only to the most expensive US presidential campaign of all time - in a splurge that could give India’s floundering economy a temporary boost. India’s campaign spend, which can include cash stuffed in envelopes as well as multi-million-dollar ad campaigns, has been estimated at $4.9 billion by the Centre for Media Studies, which tracks spending. That is triple the expenditure the centre said was spent on electioneering in the last national poll in 2009 partly a reflection of a high-octane campaign by pro-business opposition candidate for prime minister, Narendra Modi, who started nationwide rallies and advertising last year. “They started much before, and they are also focusing on states where they are traditionally not strong. They are leaving no area untouched,” said N Bhaskara Rao, chairman of the Centre for Media Studies. The campaign spending for this election could give a boost to the economy, which has been heading for its longest slump since the 1980s.
Economists have forecast a second year of growth below 5 percent in the financial year ending this month. Candidate and party funding in India is opaque and the source of much of the spending is hard to ascertain, but the Centre for Media Studies and other transparency advocates say the main contenders have built up large war chests. “This election spending largesse will help to boost Indian consumption expenditure over the second quarter of 2014, but this will be a temporary spike,” said Rajiv Biswas, the Asia-Pacific chief economist at IHS Global Insight. India’s projected campaign spending is only rivaled by the $7 billion spent by candidates, parties and support groups in the 2012 US presidential race, the world’s most expensive, according to data provided by the US election commission. Spending on previous Indian elections have benefited a wide range of businesses, from media groups and advertisers that rake in campaign-ad revenues to consumerbased firms that capitalize indirectly on the overall jump in spending, such as motorcycle manufacturers and brewers like United Spirits. India’s advertising industry expects to see an $800 million injection during the election season, according to an outlook by the coun-
Chinese company offers investment in KP power projects PESHAWAR: Chinese investment company SinoTia-Cheng Group has offered investment in hydro power schemes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially in hydropower projects of Shozhosin (132MW) and Sharmai (120MW) in Chitral. A delegation of the company, led by its Chief Executive Liuyonggyang, called on RafaqatUllah Babar, advisor to KP chief minister on economic affairs, in Peshawar and discussed various matters of foreign investment and rules and regulations. Liuyonggyang told the advisor that his company has vast experience in hydropower stations as well as in the industry and automobile sectors. He said that his company with financial assistance of China Developmental Bank was ready for 100 percent investment in the power projects. Babar said the KP government has chalked out Strategic Development Partnership Framework (SDPF) wherein foreign investors were being given all incentives under one-window operation. Similarly transparency in the investment matters has also been brought about in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He Urged the Chinese official for investment in two feasible hydropower projects near Abbottabad, saying that feasibility reports of the projects have already been finalized. He asked the company to send a technical proposal to the provincial government so that practical progress could be made in this regard. He assured all-out support and cooperation to the Chinese company head. INP
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try’s largest local agency, Madison Media. That should benefit media firms, such as DB Corp, which owns the high-circulation Hindi language daily Dainik Bhaskar. CASH HIDDEN IN NEWSPAPERS: Much of India’s campaign spend will remain in its thriving black economy. Rules allow candidates to spend 7 million rupees ($114,000) on campaigns for a parliament seat but the real cost of winning is about 10 times that, thanks to spending on rallies, fuel and media campaigns that often include payments for coverage. Indian politicians regularly bribe voters with cash payouts or alcohol to secure their support. Recent state elections have seen innovations such as getting money to voters via mobile phone credit and envelopes of cash delivered in morning papers. In the last three years, election authorities seized from politicians a total of about $32.65 million in the form of concealed cash, some if it stashed in helicopters, milk trucks and even funeral vans, a former election commissioner said. The dates for the month-long election starting on April 7 were announced last week, with polls staggered in nine stages to help security forces prevent polling booth fraud. Despite evidence of vote-buy-
ing, India’s elections are now largely seen as free and fair on polling day. However, chief election commissioner (CEC) VS Sampath said on Wednesday he was worried about “money power” - heavy spending and the use of illegal funds to influence the outcome. The Centre for Media Studies’ spending projections are based on analyses of rising costs in local and state elections in the past five years. It also surveys voters on prevalence of bribes. MODI FUNDRAISING: Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, got off to an early start in campaigning, pushing into the south where the BJP is weak and has avoided spending money in the past. Modi’s BJP-led coalition has a strong lead over the ruling Congress party in opinion polls, but it is unlikely to win an outright majority. Some of Modi’s fundraising is led by a seven-member team, including Deepak Kanth, a former investment banker previously with Citibank in London. This team has organized an online fund-raising drive in India and is also targeting donations from wealthy Indians living in Hong Kong and Singapore. This team has only raised $4 million, a party source said, but shows how far Modi is casting his net for campaign funds.
Refusing sex on honeymoon not cruelty: Indian court MUMBAI ONLINE
Refusal to have sex with spouse during honeymoon does not amount to cruelty, the Bombay High Court has ruled while setting aside a family court judgment dissolving the marriage of a couple on this ground, Indian media reported on Sunday. The court also ruled that a wife donning shirts and pants to office occasionally and going out of town for office work soon after marriage also would not amount to cruelty towards her husband. “The married life should be assessed as a whole and a few isolated instances over certain period will not amount to cruelty”, observed justices V K Tahilramani and P N Deshmukh in an order early this week. “The ill-conduct must be preceded for a fairly lengthy period where the relationship has deteriorated to an extent that because of the acts and behaviour of a spouse, one party finds it extremely difficult to live any longer with the
other party (which) may amount to mental cruelty”, the bench said. Mere trivial irritations, quarrels, normal wear and tear of married life which happens in day to day life in all families would not be adequate for grant of divorce on the ground of cruelty, the judges further said. “Only sustained unjustified and reprehensible conduct affecting physical and mental health of the other spouse may lead to mental cruelty. There is no evidence to that effect in the present case”, the bench noted. The court was hearing an appeal filed by a 29-year-old wife who was aggrieved by a family court order of December 2012 passing a divorce decree on a plea made by her husband on the grounds of cruelty. “We have already verified all the allegations made in the petition, written statement as well as the evidence of both the parties... we are satisfied that on the basis of such instances, the marriage cannot be dissolved. In this view of the matter, the appeal is allowed,” the judges observed.
JACOBABAD: At least five people including a brother of a provincial minister were killed and five others injured when a man opened indiscriminate fire in a jirga on Sunday. According to reports, a jirga was called to settle a land dispute in Mauladad town, where the dispute could not be resolved and the rival group attacked each other with clubs. During the clash, a man opened fire, killing five people and injuring five others. The jirga was being headed by Sardar Noor Rehman, brother of Sindh Minister Mir Mumtaz Jakhrani and MNA Mir Ejaz Jakhrani, who was also killed in the firing. The injured were shifted to hospital for treatment where their condition was stated to be critical. Locals said three of the victims were close relatives of Mumtaz Jakhrani. The incident caused panic and tension in the area. AGENCIES
Woman forced to drink acid by in-laws FAISALABAD: The in-laws, over a domestic row, subjected a mother of two children to torture and forced her to drink acid who then landed in hospital in a critical condition on Sunday. Police said that the incident occurred at Naseerabad, where a mother of two children, Mumtaz Bibi, was forced to drink acid after severe torture and later in a critical condition admitted to Allied Hospital, where doctors were struggling to save her life. Police have started investigation into the incident. INP
Negligence kills 4 children in Mandi Bahauddin MANDI BAHAUDDIN: At least four children died and dozens others were affected due to negligence of medical staff and lack of facilities in Mandi Bahauddin Government Children Hospital on Sunday. The hospital, built for children some two years ago at the estimated cost of Rs 800 million so far, has no child specialist present. The hospital is under staffed, X-ray machine and other laboratory equipments have gone out of order before their guaranteed life. Dismal situation prevails in the hospital which is increasing worries of the parents about their children life and health. Residents of the area say that mere construction of the hospital and equipping it with laboratories is of no use unless qualified doctors and paramedical staff is posted according to its authorised strength. Presently, 42 seats of staff are lying vacant out of authorisation of 54. Parents bring children to the hospital with a hope to get better and free medical treatment but after finding poor response from doctors and non-availability of medical facilities, they turn to private clinics under compulsion. The people demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to look into the matter and order concerned authorities to fill vacant seats at the earliest. INP
Three killed in Muzaffargarh road accidents MUZAFFARGARH: At least three persons were killed in separate road accidents in different localities on Sunday. Police sources said that an over-speeding trailer hit a motorcycle near Aaloodeywali area, which killed Ghaffar on the spot. Also, 24-year-old Rashid was killed after an overspeeding passenger bus hit his motorcycle at DG Khan near Bhaira. In another accident, a motorcyclist Pervez was killed after he fell from his motorcycle near Bhattapur stop. The general public in Muzaffargarh has expressed grave concerns over a surge in road accidents and demanded of the authorities to make the traffic police function besides repairing the damaged roads. INP
CIVIL AWARDS FOR SCIENTISTS, EDUCATIONISTS ON 23RD ISLAMABAD INP
In order to confer civil awards on Pakistani citizens and foreign nationals for
excellence in various fields of activities, investiture ceremony will take place on the Pakistan Day, March 23. The federal government each year recognises individuals who have made meritorious contri-
bution in various fields of life or other significant public endeavors. Among those to be decorated with civilian awards in the fields of science education and literature include for science, conferment of Sitara-
i-Imtiaz has been approved for Dr Khurshid Hasnain in the category of natural sciences (physics). President’s Award for Pride of Performance has been approved for Dr M Mujahid, material engineering.
MODI’S FUNDRAISING TEAM IS TARGETING DONATIONS FROM WEALTHY INDIANS LIVING IN HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE
5 killed, 5 injured in Jirga firing
INDIAN VARSITY EXPELS 6 MORE STUDENTS DELHI AGENCIES
Six students, including four Kashmiris, were expelled from the hostel of a private university in Greater Noida city of Uttar Pradesh following an alleged clash over support during last week’s Asia Cup match between Pakistan and India. Four of the students belonged to Indian-held Kashmir while two hail from Aligarh. All of them were first-year students. The Times of India website reported that the issue had escalated after a student posted
a comment on social media demanding action against students who had allegedly supported Pakistan during the Asia Cup. The comment sparked a strong reaction and mobilisation by the students the university called in authorities when the situation went out of control. The website quoted the university’s student welfare dean as saying, “Some students cheered for the Pakistani team during the match, against which the other group protested. The matter was settled, but on March 5, a student posted a provocative message on a social networking site on why
the campus wasn’t witnessing a similar reaction as that of Subharti University.” The post has now been deleted. The university has started its own inquiry. “Students may be considered for reallocation of hostels after 15 days,” the newspaper another official as saying. Previously, 67 Kashmiri students of another university in Meerut were suspended for supporting the Pakistan cricket team against India. Later, the sedition charges against the suspended students were reportedly dropped.
HACKERS DEFACE UTTARAKHAND GOVT WEBSITE WITH ‘FREE KASHMIR’ SLOGAN DELHI: Hackers defaced the website of the Uttarakhand Department of Information and posted ‘free Kashmir’ and anti-India slogans. The hacker group called Pakistan Haxors Crew, in January this year had run through the Indian Railways website, and last year the webpage of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), a political party in the states of Tamil Nadu, KMS reported. Their latest target was the site, ttp://www.uttarainformation.gov.in. They posted messages like “Free Kashmir”, “Free Syria”, “Stop Spying” and “Stop Killing Muslims”. Later, the website was pulled down for indefinite period. “The website has been closed till the time all cyber evidence, like the server footprint of the hacker, has been retrieved,” a senior government official said in an interview. AGENCIES
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HYDERABAD: Activists of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz protest in favour of their demands at Hyder Chowk. INP
govt doing its Best for tharparkar, says nisar HYDERABAD
eniOR education and Literacy Development Minister nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said all-out efforts with effective measures are being made to provide maximum relief to droughtaffected people of Tharparkar. Talking to media persons after a ceremony on Sindh education improvement plan held on Saturday evening, the minister said Tharparkar was the important part of Sindh and the
people had profound association with the area therefore they were not ready to leave their houses despite famine. The government had already provided sufficient quantity of wheat in the district and the local administration was responsible to judiciously pass on it to the people, he said, adding the government was making all-out efforts to overcome the situation at the earliest. earlier, addressing the ceremony, the minister underlined the need of combined efforts for improvement of education system of the province. Out of 41,000 schools, 15 to 20 thousand
education institutions were being operated in private sector and there was a need to focus on quality education, he added. The minister on the occasion, appealed to the retired teachers and youth to spare their free time in imparting education. Among others, MnA Syed naveed Qamar, Chairperson Sindhi Language Authroity Dr Fehmida Hussain, former vice chancellor University of Sindh Pir Mazhar-ul-Siddiqui, Dr Habibullah Siddiqui, Qadir Bux Talbani and Dr Parveen Munshi also addressed the participants of the gathering.
Body formed for distriButing wheat HYDERABAD Staff RepoRt
The Sindh government has formed talukalevel committees in all talukas of the drought-hit Tharparkar district for judicious distribution of wheat among the affected families. According to a statement issued on Sunday, the committees comprising assistant commissioners, mukhtiarkars and officer of food department will distribute wheat worth Rs 420 million among the affected people of Tharparkar. The Mirpurkhas commissioner and the Tharparkar deputy commissioner would monitor the distribution of wheat.
firing claim two lives KARACHI Staff RepoRt
Malaria is spreading to new altitudes: report ISLAMABAD agencieS Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests. Researchers have found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching the mosquitoborne disease during hotter years, BBC News reported. They believe that temperature rises in the future could result in millions of additional cases in some areas said the research published in the journal Science. Prof. Mercedes Pascual, from the University of Michigan in the US, who carried out the research, said: "The impact in terms of increasing the risk of exposure to disease is very large." Areas at higher altitudes have traditionally provided a haven from this devastating disease.Both the malaria parasite and the mosquito that carries it struggle to cope with the cooler air. Prof. Pascual said: "The risk of the disease decreases with altitude and this is why historically people have settled in these higher regions." But the scientists say the disease is entering new regions that had previously been malaria-free. To investigate, scientists looked at
densely populated areas in the highlands of Colombia and Ethiopia, where there are detailed records of both temperature and malaria cases from the 1990s to 2005. They found that in warmer years, malaria shifted higher into the mountains, while in cooler years it was limited to lower elevations. "This expansion could in a sense account for a substantial part of the increase of cases we have already observed in these areas," said Prof Pascual. The team believes that rising temperatures could cause a further spread. In Ethiopia, where nearly half of the population live at an altitude of between 1,600m (5,250ft) and 2,400m, the scientists believe there could be many more cases. "We have estimated that, based on the distribution of malaria with altitude, a 1C rise in temperature could lead to an additional three million cases in under-15-year-olds per year," said Prof Pascual. The team believes that because people living in areas that have never been exposed to malaria are particularly vulnerable to the disease, attempts to stop the spread should be focused on areas at the edge of the spread.
At least two people belonging to a religious party were killed in a terrorism incident near Vita Chowrangi in Korangi area of metropolis. According to police some unidentified men opened fire on these religious party workers killing both of them and injuring two others. Dead bodies and injured persons have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital. Hospital sources said that one of the deceased was identified as Muhammad Altaf whereas the injured were identified as Abdul Qadir and Muhmmad Saeed.
livestock dept sets up cell for thar's animals KARACHI Staff RepoRt
The disease is easier to control there than at lower altitudes where it has already established. According to the latest estimates from the World Health
Organization, there were about 207 million cases of malaria in 2012 and an estimated 627,000 deaths. Most deaths occur among children living in Africa.
The Sindh livestock and fisheries department has established a cell at the Directorate of Animal Husbandry Shahbaz Building, Hyderabad, to deal with diseases in animals in Tharparkar district and its surrounding areas. According to a handout issued on Sunday, Director Planning and Monitoring Dr Jameel Ahmed Sheikh has been appointed as the in-charge of the cell. He can be contacted on 0306-826430 and 022-9200966. While Veterinary Officer Abdul Manan Khokhar can be contacted on 0344-3436435, assistant disease control officer Dr Ghani Surhio on 0332-2601779 and technical clerk can be contacted on 0229200966.
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central jail’s ds looted HYDERABAD Staff RepoRt Unknown miscreants looted Karachi’s Central Jail deputy superintendent (DS) on Sunday. Sources said the armed robbers looted Central Jail Karachi’s Deputy Superintendent, Nazir Ahmed, near Bhittai Nagar. The looters snatched official weapons from the DS, his security guard, besides taking away official vehicle, cash and other valuables along with them. A case has been registered against unknown robbers and further investigations are underway.
7 injured in accident KARACHI Staff RepoRt At least seven persons were injured in a traffic incident near Dumba Goth on Super Highway on Sunday morning here. Sources said that seven persons sustained injuries in a car and rickshaw collision near Dumba Goth on Super Highway. Edhi sources said two women and five men were included among the injured. The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital located near Toll Plaza on Super Highway for medical aid.
second phase of anti-polio campaign KARACHI
HYDERABAD: Policemen and shopkeepers stand around a builder's office after firing by unidentified culprits in Saddar. ONLINE
277,445 vehicles challaned for traffic rules violation KARACHI
online The second phase of anti-polio campaign was conducted in sensitive areas of Karachi on Sunday while motorcycle-riding was banned in 24 union councils of the troubled metropolis. According to the Sindh health department, polio drops were administered to those children who were missed out last Sunday. Meanwhile, motorcycle-riding was banned in 24 union councils till 6:00 pm to avoid any untoward incident. The areas where second phase of antipolio campaign was conducted include Gujro UC-4, Sinogul UC-5, Manghopir UC-8 of Guddap Town, Pehalwan Goth UC-10, Metroville UC-11, Gulzar Hijri UC-12, Safora Goth UC-13, Baldia Town’s Naal Abadi UC-4, Mominabad UC-1 of Orangi Town, Baloch Goth UC13, Haryana Colony UC-2, and several UCs of SITE town, Bin Qasim Town, Landhi Town, Sadar Town and Gulberg Town. Around 5,000 police and rangers personnel were deployed in these union councils.
HE traffic police challaned 2,77,445 vehicles and imposed a fine of over Rs 75.3 million during the past two months in the metropolis. A report on the performance of two months about the implementation of traffic rules was presented before the
Additional Inspector General Traffic Sindh. According to a statement issued on Sunday, the IG traffic was informed in the report that during the last two months a total of 2,77,445 vehicles were challaned and a fine of Rs 75.3 million was imposed in east, west, south, central and Malir zones. It was further informed that around 209 drivers were arrested for traffic rules violation and 5888 vehicles were
impounded. DIG Traffic Karachi Arif Hanif stated in the report that in January and February 20,14, 933 school vans were taken in custody for the installation of sub-standard CNG kits and a fine of Rs 4,66,500 was also imposed. The fitness certificates of 2,399 vehicles were suspended due to their dilapidated conditions. According to a report, 3,825 buses
chief cop suBmits report in sc Says disciplinary action initiated against 115 cops KARACHI: Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat has submitted a report in the Supreme Court (SC) pertaining to action against police officers over their negligence in the ongoing targeted operation in the metropolis. The report said that disciplinary action against 115 investigation officers was initiated after the apex court’s reprimand. The report says show-cause notices were also issued and reply was sought from 35 CIA officers. It also mentions harsh punishment to 46 and minor punishment to 69 investigation officers. Demotion, forced retirement, slash in salaries and decrease in seniority are included in the major punishments while, ban on the increase of salaries and written warnings are minor punishments. inp
KARACHI: A lady health worker administers drops to a child during the anti-polio campaign. INP
were challaned for passengers traveling on rooftops and 150 buses were taken in custody. While 1,212 vehicles were challaned for using pressure horns. The report said that during the last two months total of 23042 motorbike riders were fined for not wearing helmets, while 5500 cars/motorbikes were challaned for the violation of no parking.
ICAP all set to hold Pakistan’s CFO conference KARACHI Staff RepoRt The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) at a meeting of the organising committee on Sunday finalised all arrangements for one-day CFO conference themed as “from conformance to leadership – evolving role of CFOs” to be held tomorrow (Tuesday to Thursday) in Karachi and Lahore. The conference is expected to be participated by around 600 plus thought and business leaders, professionals from finance, audit, tax and information technology. The primary objective of the “CFO Conference 2014” is to provide a platform for the corporate finance leaders, controllers, and thought leaders from variety of industries and diverse expertise to share experiences and derive benefit from it. The Professional Excellence Awards 2014- an initiative to recognise and laud the outstanding professionals who with their talent and innovation have added value to their organisation will also be announced in Karachi. The CFO conference has a unique set of renowned speakers such as Mr. Kamran Y. Mirza Chief Executive Officer Pakistan Business Council, Mr. Muhammad Zubair Minister of State for Privatization Government of Pakistan, M Abdul Aleem Secretary General Overseas Investor Chamber of Commerce & Industry
(OICCI), Susanna Chiu President Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), Tabish Gauhar Chairman K-Electric Limited, Adnan Afaq CEO & MD Pakistan Credit Rating Agency (PACRA) Zeshan Afzal Group Head, Strategic Investments Arif Habib Corporation Limited and Mr. Aliuddin Ansari President & CEO Engro Corporation. The conference will focus on several areas including ‘changes and challenges –evolving role of CFOs, preparing accountants for leadership, business turnarounds, credit rating agencies and the CFOs, appropriate audit fee- perspective of the auditors and industry, creating enabling environment for growth, value through capital restructuring, and creation and beyond ROI –value vs profit”. Today the CFO is expected to demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills, match dynamics of changing business environment challenges and contribute towards organizational and operational strategy. The forum will explore these dimensions and provide insight of some of the industry’s best practices. The CFO Conference 2014 provides information about the expectations and skills that CFO is expected to demonstrate today. The thought leaders of the industry will share their insight on how the role of a CFO has evolved into a multifaceted one and the way forward.
No end to vacillation
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Taking democracy for granted No compromise can be made in a democratic structure
Time to overcome the state of indecisiveness
h Nisar and Khawaja Asif represent the two contradictory aspects of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s stance on TTP. Sharif has for months flip flopped over the issue of military operation or talks without being able to resolve it. he was all for talks with the TTP till the deadly blasts in Bannu and Rawaplidi shook the entire country on January 19 and 20. The two events seemed to have changed his thinking. he called a special meeting of the cabinet after which he told the media that extraordinary situations demanded extraordinary steps and the government was poised to take all necessary measures to wipe out the menace of terrorism. The same day he told the COAS he had decided to take difficult decisions to establish peace in the country. When Sharif came to address the National Assembly on January 29 most people expected him to announce the beginning of military operation. however, belying all expectations Sharif accepted the invitation from the Taliban for the initiation of dialogue maintaining that the government wanted to give peace another chance. he also said that the acts of terror must stop as terrorism and talks could not go on simultaneously. Two months after the about turn, the situation remains no different. Nisar is still wedded to the idea of bringing peace through talks, irrespective of the unending attacks by militants. On Thursday he made the stunning pronouncement that a majority of the militant elements that constitute the TTP were not against the state of Pakistan and efforts were underway to start direct talks with them. Asif, on the other hand, told a private TV channel that the TTP knows the terrorists who targeted judges and lawyers inside the Islamabad court and it had to identify them. In his interview with the Reuters the defence minister was even more explicit. he said if the citizens or military personnel were subjected to attacks, the government would retaliate in kind instead of taking it lying down. Torn between the opposite pulls, the government has lost the capacity to take firm decisions. This could be disastrous for a country where terrorist attacks pose an existential threat. While the government team negotiating with the TTP representatives had suggested direct talks between the army and the militants, the army high command has quashed the proposal by reportedly observing that holding the dialogue was a government initiative. The corps commanders are said to have expressed deep concern over the continuation of attacks by militant groups despite TTP’s avowed suspension of violence for a month. The airstrikes may therefore continue. Unless the prime minister overcomes the present state of indecisiveness, this could lead to further polarisation with lethal consequences.
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NOTheR Lok Sabha, 15th in the series, has concluded its five-year tenure. Whatever business that was transacted in the house was, indeed, exasperating and raucous. Unfortunately the house representing the democratic system has fallen by the wayside practically in all Asian countries. In another three months Indian the voters will once again queue up before the polling booths to elect their representatives. Their quality has been wanting. But I am confident that the next house will be better in content because the emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has changed the political scenario in the country to make it cleaner and transparent. Yet I do not like the increasing influence of the armed forces. Defence Minister A.K. Anthony was correct in saying that there can never be an army coup in the country. First India’s Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru too echoed the same thoughts when he opted for the parliamentary way of governance after independence in August 1947. his argument was that the country was too
large and too caste and religion ridden. My worry, however, is over the say which the armed forces are beginning to have in the affairs of governance. Take the stationing of troops at the Siachin Glacier. Was it necessary when several retired top brass said that it had no strategic importance? even otherwise, when an agreement had been initialed by foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan, our armed forces should have followed the decision but they had it stalled. Instead of being a no-man territory the soldiers of both countries at the glacier are suffering due to the inclement weather and losing men at regular intervals. Take another example of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) which empowers the army to detain or even kill a person on suspicion without any legal action. The northeast has been under it for years. A government-appointed committee found it “unnecessary” and recommended its withdrawal. But the armed forces have had their way and the AFSPA continues to be in operation. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has officially asked New Delhi to free the state from the law’s application. he has made the appeal even publicly. But the central government has not relented because the armed forces want the AFSPA to continue. even a marginal concession of releasing the political prisoners as requested by the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister has been denied. More recent is the inquiry into the “encounter” at Pathribal in Jammu and Kashmir. The army is alleged to have killed five “terrorists” while the local villagers have said that the deceased were innocent. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquired into the matter and has submitted its report before the Supreme Court. According to
the report, it was a clod blooded fake encounter. In fact, breaking his silence after 23 years then Kupwara deputy commissioner S.M. Yasin said recently that he had been threatened and offered promotions to change his report on the alleged mass rapes in Konam Poshpora in February 1991.It is strange that the army has claimed that there was no such incident. The self-acquittal by the top brass has only aggravated the sense of alienation and resentment among the people in Jammu and Kashmir. The government of India should still set up a judicial inquiry headed by a Supreme Court judge to investigate into what are perceived as fake encounters. hardly has the dust settled down on the Pathribal encounters when the story of a possible coup in January 2012 has become public. Two army units—one of which was an armoured battalion moved to Delhi from Agra. Any movement of troops in the periphery of the capital has to be with the prior permission. Still both units moved and were withdrawn only when the Defence Secretary summoned the Director General of Military Operations, Lt. Gen. A.K. Choudhary, at midnight and conveyed him that the top in the government was very unhappy and concerned. When a daily newspaper broke the story at that time, Defence Minister A.K. Anthony rubbished it. So did some key army and civilian officials. Now Lt. Gen. A.K. Choudhary, after his retirement, has confirmed the story. More shocking is the confirmation by Air Chief N.A.K. Browne, then heading the Air Force. he has said: “The paratroopers were being moved to check out the possibility of their marrying with the C130 at hindon air base, near Delhi. Still the Defence Minister has said that it was “a routine training exer-
cise.” When after telling the Director General of Military Operations, the government sends a chopper to check if the troops were on their way back, there is more than what meets the eye. Since the date synchronized with the appeal to the Supreme Court by the then army chief V.K. Singh’s on his birth date, the movement of the military units was given importance beyond proportions. The entire matter has to be examined further by a team of top retired civil and military officials to reach the bottom of the “routine exercise.” It cannot be left at the mere denial stage despite Defence Minister Anthony’s vehement denial. even a limited say of the armed forces in civilian matters is ominous. The armed forces are apolitical is a tribute to their training and conviction when both Pakistan and Bangladesh have swerved from the right path. The other two countries in the subcontinent have had a similar training. Still they threw out the elected government. even today when the troops have gone back to the barracks, one cannot underestimate the importance of the military. The Indian military knows and honours its place in a democratic polity. Still the examples I have given should serve as a grim warning. True, the democratic temperament has got implanted on the Indian soil. But this could not be taken for granted. even a small example of Bonapartism should be probed thoroughly. The armed forces are for the country’s defence and the decision to use them rests with the elected government. This is something basic and no compromise can be made in a democratic structure. Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
Green Pakistan or barren Pakistan? Deforestation and our lack of understanding the problem iNayatullah rustamaNi
hOSe who do not care about their environment, they actually do not love themselves. We are one of those nations who are much lax about our environment. For that reason, we end up in deaths by frequent floods, polluted air and contaminated water. It is only the environment friendly measures which can save us from multiple kinds of natural disasters. The tree plantation is one of the best environment friendly measures. Sadly, we have been losing forest cover. The World Bank has estimated that just 2.1 percent of Pakistan has forest cover as compared with 23 percent in neighbouring India and 33 percent in the United States. Trees are very necessary for our survival, but we are chopping them off to reduce our life. We are unaware of that fact despite being well aware of the benefits of trees. The Canadian environmentalists say that a mature tree annually meets oxygen needs of two human beings. It is very dismal that hundreds of the trees are il-
legally chopped off in this country daily. There are laws to punish the tree scavengers, but there is no implementation of such laws. In Pakistan, the might is right rules. The timber mafia and other groups are busy in devastating the forest covers. They are engaged in the illegal activity without any fear because they are well aware of the fact that everything is ‘for sale’ in this country. We all see trucks loaded with the chopped trees on the roads. These trucks pass through police check posts, traffic police jurisdictions and forest officers, but ‘bought off’ officials let them go on give and take basis. This way we have moved away from a greener Pakistan to an almost barren Pakistan. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), some 43,000 hectares of forest are cleared annually in Pakistan, which is the highest deforestation rate in Asia. The entire world community is worried and shocked at the fast decreasing forest cover of Pakistan. It is the forest cover that resists floods, cleans our environment from the water and air pollution and is an antidote to global warming.
The world community realises the importance of trees, but no one knows when our government and the forest department officials will wake up from their deep slumber. Last December, Pakistan had been provided $3.8 million from the Readiness Fund of the World Bank-administered Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to increase the forest cover in the country. Pakistan was among eight new countries selected to receive an FCPF grant after Norway pledged $100 million to the fund. The others were Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Fiji, Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Togo. According to the environmentalists, Pakistan needs to plant 1.5 trillion to 2 trillion trees to begin reversing the damage, saying one acre can hold up to 2,500 saplings. This is the hardest task at least for us Pakistanis who are not willing and ready to save the remaining forest cover. Officials say Pakistan is planting about 100 million saplings each year, but about half of them die within two years. energy crisis and poverty have increased the rate of deforestation. In the winter, when there is gas and electricity
load shedding, the demand for wood increases. And the cutting of the trees and selling its wood is an easy way of earning money for the poor people. however, an illegal activity is not acceptable to justify meeting one’s needs. Shockingly, a leading english newspaper of Pakistan reported in December 19 last year that 2,600 trees were cut by the irrigation department of Bahawalpur to pave way for a water channel required to wash water panels in the proposed Quaid-i-Azam solar park. There is a dire need of awareness campaigns among the masses and a strict action by the government against the tree scavengers. The educational institutions and the district administration can play a pivotal role in tree plantation and tree preserving campaigns. This month, Latifabad College has planted hundreds of trees and ran awareness campaigns. We need more such acts. We have to decide whether we want a greener Pakistan or a barren Pakistan. Inayatullah Rustamani is a freelance columnist and teaches English Literature.
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Kalabagh Dam: Politicians’ failure The Chief Minister of Punjab has recently admitted on a TV Channel that although he recognized the benefits of Kalabagh Dam, yet it had become a victim of politics as all the provinces did not have a consensus on it. It is a historic fact that the Water Accord of 1991 had stipulated that any hydroelectric dam feasible on the Indus may be built in future to store water and to generate power while fixing the
water share on judicious basis. The World Bank has already carried out the feasibility and engineering study of the dam since then at considerable cost and some initial work had already been started on the dam. In 1985, work was stopped and tenders were not floated due to supposed lack of consensus. It is surprising that since the past three decades no effort has been made to forge a consensus on the dam that has led to chronic shortage of water and power in the country and the burden of billions of debt from international agencies. This has doomed the development of industrial and agricultural growth in the country in the face of ever
increasing population, leading to mass unemployment, deteriorating law and order situation, socio-economic collapse. The political leaders of the sort have failed to build the dam to take Pakistan out of financial vortex. The question arises that if our politicians have failed to build a single mega dam in the past several decades, then what good are they, and the so called infertile democracy that does not deliver any socioeconomic benefits to the nation, while we are threatened with utter failure of the state. DR M YAQOOB BHATTI Dubai, UAE
WORLD VIEW 09
Monday, 10 March, 2014
Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?
T'S 25 years since the Soviet Union pulled its troops out of Afghanistan. The US is due to remove most of its forces at the end of the year. So what have these and other Afghan campaigns taught us? Last Ramadan I drove through the badlands outside Kandahar to see the house where President Karzai grew up. I was the guest of the president's brother, Mahmoud Karzai. "It has changed beyond all recognition," he said as we drove into the village of Karz. "This mosque I remember. I used to play with Hamid over there. But
where is our house?" The driver pulled up. "This is it?" asked Mahmoud. "It cannot be." We got out in a flat field of dried mud, surrounded by mud-brick houses. Mahmoud's bodyguards fanned out while Mahmoud climbed on a small eminence. "The driver's right," he said. "This is our home." He gestured at the empty space. "What happened?" I asked. "The Russians," he replied. "Why?" "Any clan prominent in the mujahideen had their property demolished. These houses were where my cousins lived. The night the Soviet governor demolished our house, they were all lined up. Then they were shot. Every last one of them." It is now the 25th anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it is perhaps a good moment to compare the Soviet and American interventions. On the surface, the two invasions are quite different - the Soviets came to extend the Soviet Empire while the West, we are told, intervened after 9/11 to root out the terrorism and bring democracy. Yet there are many uncomfortable similarities. Both the Russians and the Americans thought they could walk in, set up a friendly government and be out within a year. Both nations got bogged down in a long and costly war of attrition that in the end both chose to walk away from. The Soviet war was more bloody - it left 1.5 million dead compared to an estimated 100,000 casualties this time around, but this current war has been far more expensive. The Soviets spent only $2bn (£1.2bn) a year in Afghanistan while the US has already
spent more than $700bn (£418bn). Moreover this time arguably less has been gained. Twenty-five years ago the Soviets withdrew leaving a relatively stable pro-Soviet regime in place - Najibullah's government collapsed only when the Soviets cut off supplies of weapons a full four years later. But 13 years after the West went in to Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaeda and oust the Taliban, America and its Allies find themselves about to withdraw with neither objective wholly achieved. What remains of al-Qaeda has moved to the Pakistani borderlands, and elsewhere, while the Taliban have a major influence over maybe 70% of southern Afghanistan. That share can only increase later this year
when the British and the Americans withdraw most of their troops. There is another precedent to this war. For the last five years, I have been writing a history of the First Anglo-Afghan War which took place from 1839-1842. The book tells the tale of arguably the greatest military humiliation ever suffered by the West in the East. The entire army of what was then the most powerful nation in the world was utterly destroyed by poorlyequipped tribesmen. On the retreat from Kabul, of the 18,500 who left the British cantonment on 6 January 1842, only one British citizen, the assistant surgeon Dr Brydon, made it through to Jalalabad six days later. The parallels between the current war
and that of the 1840s are striking. The same cities are being garrisoned by foreign troops speaking the same languages, and they are being attacked from the same hills and passes. Not only was our then puppet, Shah Shuja, from the same Popalzai subtribe as President Karzai, but his principal opponents were the Ghilzai tribe, who today make up the Taliban's foot soldiers. It is clearly not true, as is sometimes said, that it’s impossible to conquer Afghanistan -many Empires have done so, from the ancient Persians, through Alexander the Great to the Mongols, the Mughals and the Qajars. But the economics means that it is impossible to get Afghanistan to pay for its own occupation - it is, as the then Emir said as he surrendered to the British in 1839, "a land of only stones and men". Any occupying army here will haemorrage money and blood to little gain, and in the end most throw in the towel, as the British did in 1842, as the Russians did in 1988 and as Nato will do later this year. In October 1963, when Harold Macmillan was handing over the prime ministership to Alec Douglas-Home, he is supposed to have passed on some advice. "My dear boy, as long as you do not invade Afghanistan you will be absolutely fine," he said. Sadly, no one gave the same advice to Tony Blair. It just seems to prove Hegel's old adage that the only thing you learn from history is that sadly no one ever learns anything from history. The author is the Fellow of Royal Society of Literature, Royal Geographical Society and Royal Asiatic Society, and founder of Jaipur Literature Festival.
Where is the British sense of fairness? Finding Amrita in Lahore al JazEEra
muhammad abdul bari
Although still a small minority in the UK, Muslims are highly visible - thanks in part to the over-represented coverage they receive in the media and on the (often-hostile) blogosphere. This visibility seems to be increasing. There seems to be a race going on in sections of our media to portray negatively, or have a laugh at, this community. Obviously, this is not a good sign for Britain. One satirical piece that recently drew wide condemnation both inside and outside the Muslim community was an insidious and hateful parody by columnist Richard Littlejohn in The Daily Mail. In his piece "Jolly Jihadi Boy's Outing to Legoland", he attempted to criticise the controversial "literalist" Muslim preacher Haitham al-Haddad, whose organisation had booked Legoland for a private family fun day (before the park officially opened for its main season). Although the piece was supposed to be satire, Littlejohn laid thick with crude slurs commonly found in racist and far-right websites, which read pretty much as though they were against all Muslims and not just Haddad ("Anyone found with a bacon sandwich will have their hands chopped off"; "Rear coach packed with explosives stops in Parliament Square"; "Mobile phones are also prohibited because they may inadvertently set off the hi-viz suicide vests being worn by our own security personnel"). The piece was accompanied by large pictures of discredited figures such as Abu Hamza and Omar Bakri Mohammed (founder of the extremist group al-Muhajiroun), attempting to attract maximum ridicule. I do not want to defend Haddad or his views, but it never seemed to occur to The Daily Mail that there might be a difference between him (a super-conservative), a fun day involving children, and the violent extremists of groups. They obviously wanted the Legoland to cancel the Muslim group's visit to the theme park, and they succeeded. In response to a joint letter to the paper by prominent Muslim leaders asking them to retract "the most hateful stereotypes of Muslims to attack an individual", assistant editor Charles A Garside deployed the usual (and tired) defence of satire. Would he use similar hateful stereotypes when writing about other communities? Of course not. There would be uproar. In contemporary Britain, it is amazing that a segment of its people is vilified in this way without any decency and fairplay. It is also disheartening that such drivel is not robustly challenged by others. Apart from a few fair-minded individuals in the wider society, there is an eerie silence on this. Is it
because its Muslim population is different? When it comes to Islamophobia our political class appears to be ambivalent. This does not bode well to the long-established and hard-fought-for British sense of evenhandedness. Muslims are now distinctly newsworthy in Britain; they attract sensational headlines for all sorts of reasons from all sorts of quarters. The 7/7 atrocity in 2005 gave this impetus. It surged again in the aftermath of the bloody murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013 by two self-deluded Muslim individuals (actions which were utterly condemned by every mainstream Muslim), despite attempts by a couple of journalists to downplay a backlash which even police sources confirmed was underway. The Muslim community and mainstream Muslim bodies unequivocally condemn any atrocity carried out in the name of their religion, but this appears to get little appreciation by our media and political class. In recent times, media guns have been turned towards Muslims on a number of social issues as well - such as the heinous crime of sexual grooming, female genital mutilation (FGM) and segregation at university campuses. Front page coverage in some newspapers is guaranteed if some Muslim is linked with any of these and other controversial or unacceptable practices. This is exacerbated by the dearth of robust responses from the Muslim community (partly due to a traditional lack of capacity in Muslim organisations) as well as lacklustre responses from our social and political leadership. 'SuSpect community' Nearly three years ago, I wrote an article pleading that no section of British society should be treated with suspicion, but things appear to have worsened, especially after the Lee Rigby murder. Muslims have, in reality, become a "suspect community". The primary reason behind this depressing situation is the continuous treatment of Muslims as "suspects" due to successive governments' Prevent initiative. This has put the community in the dock ever since former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair initiated the first Prevent. Although it was found to be counter-productive by a review under a parliamentary committee towards the end of Gordon Brown's government, the Tory-led Coalition government continued with the general theme. Today the government strategy is based on the so-called "conveyor belt" theory of radicalisation, developed by neoconservative think-tanks mainly in the USA, and leaning over-heavy towards Muslim radicalisation and not enough on concurrent farright threats, too. This theory contends that "individuals start off disillusioned and angry, gradually become more religious and politi-
cised, and then turn to violence and terror". This theory lacks evidence, but Prevent is doing incalculable damage to the image of Muslims and their confidence as a community. The current government has decided that it will not engage directly with mainstream national Muslim organisations, such as the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), as they are, in their understanding, "non-violent extremists". This ideological stride by the government has led them to treat Muslim bodies with mistrust. The government now talks at the Muslim community, not to it. After the horrific murder of Lee Rigby, as mosque attacks soared and bombs exploded outside West Midlands mosques, the Coalition government initiated its new "Taskforce on tackling radicalisation and extremism" to confront extremism - in communities, schools, prisons, faith institutions, universities and the internet. No reputable mainstream Muslim body was even consulted or involved, a ridiculous situation that sooner or later is going to backfire. Islamophobia, as cultural racism with a religious element, has now flourished and is becoming entrenched in people's psyche. In the current socio-political environment, Islamophobes and anti-Muslim bigots from the counter-jihadist sphere (those who think Islam is the problem, and that Muslims are "taking over") have become emboldened and as a result, public space for Muslims has been curtailed. Muslims' right to civic and political participation, particularly when it comes to criticism of domestic and foreign policy, is frowned upon. Right-wing groups are able to get away with demonising Muslims easily. Even standing up to Islamophobia is often seen as a "victim mentality" by some. Headline after headline is alienating many young Muslims. The latest counterterror arrest of four people, including former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg (who has been charged with terrorism-related offences), and comments on Syria terrorism, is scary for the Muslim community. Muslim charities who are working to help Syrian refugees are confused. Yet, it would seem Muslims are not worth talking to something which at least, during the Labour administration, happened. What we see today is unfortunate for Britain as a whole, not only for Muslims. The community is at a loss to understand why it is being scapegoated for the actions of a few.
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari is an author and commentator on social and political issues. He was the former Secretary General of Muslim Council of Britain (2006-10).
IndIan ExprEss Yashodhara dalmia It seemed like a futile search. The legendary artist Amrita Sher-Gil had much to do with Lahore, and yet we could not find the house where she lived and painted in her last months. Born of Indo-Hungarian parents, she was conceived here and came back in 1937 from Paris for an exhibition at the famous Faletti’s Hotel, to resounding success. Later, she was to set up home in this vibrant city. We were told it still existed — the house where Victor Egan, her husband, had his clinic on the ground floor, the living quarters on the first floor and a barsati surrounded by a terrace, her studio, on the top floor. It was from her studio that she saw a milkman with his buffaloes and did her last unfinished painting. Slate black buffaloes squat on the ochre road, one with a crow perched on its snout. A woman draped in a red veil dries cow-dung cakes on the terrace, the red caught by the portico at the back bursts into a flame in the distant horizon. This was the pastoral view from her studio, which she captured on her canvas. But equally, it was the transportation of the feudal world she had known into the culture of the throbbing city that was Lahore. The red at the back is like a tongue of flame emblazoning a new trail of imagination, the painting a possible breakthrough in yet another direction, abruptly terminated by her sudden death. The one person who did know was veteran Lahori Pran Nevile, in the city for the Lahore Literary Festival (which took place in February). At the Gymkhana Club, where we were staying, he pointed northwards. He said, “Just go further down near the high court, next to it is the Ganga Ram Building and behind it are the Ganga Ram apartments and one among them is her house.” We tracked it with determination on our last day in Lahore. Off the busy Mall Road, behind the Ganga Ram Trust Building, were the Ganga Ram mansions built by famed philanthropist and civil engineer Sir Ganga Ram. We found two rows of elegant stucco buildings that seemed to belong to another era. Finally, at the end was 23, Ganga Ram Mansion, where Amrita spent her last few months. From the road we could see the topmost barsati, where she must have spent a great deal of time painting. But the back view is no longer pastoral. In its place, many new buildings jostle
for space alongside each other. Suddenly, a kind, middle-aged woman and her daughter sitting in the balcony opposite called us up to join them for a cup of tea. We climbed the lovely old wooden staircase to their identical house and gazed at the high ceiling of the rooms, the fireplace in the dining room and the spacious balcony where they sat. The lady said that she knew the house opposite belonged to the famous artist because her neighbour, a painter called Afzal, was her friend and had talked often about her. She said that the painter mentioned that Amrita was a nice person, and kind and generous. These elegant row houses are no longer in their prime and could do with some restoration. They stand firm, however — a testimony to the period in the Thirties when they were constructed, when the city was in its prime, where artists like Abdur Rahman Chughtai and Bhabesh Sanyal lived and writers like Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Khushwant Singh and Amrita Pritam attended soirees. The IndoSaracenic Lahore museum was close, with its marvelous Gandhara collection and Indus Valley relics. Amrita visited often and would gaze at the miniatures. The barrel gun that stood outside had been mentioned by Rudyard Kipling in Kim. Inside hung the sole Amrita SherGil painting Veena Player (1937), purchased by Charles Fabri for the museum. This was the city Amrita SherGil had come to in September 1941, full of hope, and planned for an exhibition in December. But before that could happen, she took ill and died suddenly. The exhibition was posthumously held. It was on the midnight of that fateful day of December 5 that Amrita died thinking of colours. Her husband Victor stated, “She kept mumbling about colours — blues, reds and greens and violets, all sorts of colours. Unconsciously or subconsciously, she was still thinking about colours and light and shade. Then she went into a deep coma…” And colours are what her last unfinished work is about, seen as sheets of planes rather than as mass. Was she heading towards greater abstraction in her work? Would she have spun a whole suite of paintings following this, memorable for their sensuous plasticity? Who can tell — we only know that the house in Lahore stands firm, a witness to the remarkable 28-year-old artist and her last days of achievement. Dalmia, an art historian and curator, is author of ‘Amrita Sher-Gil: A Life’.
Monday, 10 March, 2014
Dar for fast tracking work on gaDDani Power Park MINISTER SAYS THEY HAVE TO OPERATE WITHIN AVAILABLE RESOURCES AS GOVT'S RESOURCE ENVELOPE IS LIMITED ISLamaBaD
inAnce Minister ishaq dar on Sunday termed the gaddani Power Park as flagship project of the PMl-n government and stressed to put it on fast track.
The minister was chairing a meeting related to gaddani Power Park during which economic Affairs division (eAd) Secretary nargis Sethi briefed him on the broad framework of the project. dar said that ultra-super technology should be used and detailed study from independent sources should be carried out for the project. He said that the government's resource envelope was limited so, "We have to operate within the available resource space." He said that domestic private sector resources will be encouraged on built Operate Transfer (bOT) basis and appreciated that this is the least cost energy generation model which will meet our short to medium term energy requirements.
The finance minister also directed the infrastructure Project development Facility (iPdF) to work in close collaboration project director at gaddani project. He urged for putting on fast track Jamshoro coal fired project for which funding is already available from the Asian development bank. earlier, the eAd secretary informed that the site of the Park is ideal as it converges with the available industrial infrastructure at Hub and is very close to Karachi. She said that the Park would include ten coal based power projects, ash disposal units, residential area, schools and play areas. She informed the Finance Minister that neSPAK is preparing Pc-i for the
Economic growth belies unwanted criticism S Rahman ebuilding a tattered economy is an uphill task and Prime Minister nawaz Sharif's economic team led by Federal Minister for Finance ishaq dar must be praised for achieving this uphill task belying the claims of political detractors that dollar would reach the Rs 127 mark with no likelihood of the buck coming down below Rs 105. The sagacity remained the predominant features of the government’s finance team ever since it came to power following the 2013 general election. The PMl-n also promised in the election manifesto that it would leave no stone unturned for the revival of economy. now that destination doesn’t seem far away. With the same reference, the government remained the focus of criticism from many detractors, including PTi lawmaker Asad umar and AMl lawmaker Sheikh Rashid. umar wrote in one of his articles that the dollar-rupee parity would reach the 1:127 mark. His forecast came at the time when the dollar had temporarily touched close to the Rs 111 figure. Rashid, in his usual fiery tone, had even ‘threatened’ to resign from his national Assembly seat if the dollar ever came down below the Rs 105 mark. This criticism did not unnerve the Finance Ministry team that continued working perseveringly towards meeting the set targets despite so many challenges and hiccups. The finance team worked hard towards the goal of economic stability with the help of prudent economic planning. And finally, the target was achieved as was publicly declared by dar that the upsurge in dollar’s price would come down. nowadays, we witness a steep fall in the dollar-rupee parity which is 1:103. it certainly means enhancement of the value of r u p e e against the global instrument of exchange. O n
one hand it is the fulfillment of the solemn pledge made by the government, and on the other hand, it is good news for the people that their elected representatives are taking up the challenges, especially on the economic front. The success in achieving the stability of rupee has also been marked with another success and that is the rise in foreign exchange reserves. The reserves are set to reach the $10 billion level by the end of March. now this is not merely like rebuilding an economy that was in tatters when the PMl-n came to power. it is rather like reconstructing the country whose systems had been badly impaired due to bad governance and poor prioritization of the former governments. The government took it upon itself to do away with all these bottlenecks and put the national economy back on the track. even the international community has praised the government’s strategy for rebuilding of the economy but back at home, the government remained under criticism from various quarters that were not willing to evaluate the things objectively in their true perspective. At the time when dollar was traded at somewhat around Rs 111, some economists voiced their concerns on the difficulties that might come Pakistan’s way by agreeing to a programme that would again seal the reputation of Pakistan as a ‘single tranche country’. This rhetoric was projected at times without proper insight into the actual working plan of the government as the detractors expressed skepticism that there were hidden provisions that would result in major devaluation of the currency, increase inflation and force wholesale auction of public sector assets at throw-away prices. if one looks at the quarterly national accounts, released by the Pakistan Statistics bureau for the first time, a gdP growth rate of 5% in the first quarter of 2013-14 has been recorded compared to 2.9% in the first quarter of 2012-13. growth has also been recorded in the service and industrial sectors. For instance, the large-scale manufacturing sector has posted a growth rate of 5.2% during the period Jul-nov 2013-14 compared to 2.2% for the same period last year. The key sectors showing growth include fertilizer (33%), paper and board (20%) electronics (19%), and textiles (2%). This growth is also reflected in better domestic sales tax collections, which rose by nearly 30% during this period. Two other developments further strengthen the view that the growth momentum is gradually picking up. Authentic statistics suggest that inflation is now stable in the single digit territory in majority items of use except the highly volatile items of food and oil but even this area is receiving full attention from the government’s economic planners. As compared to inflation in november 2013, prices in december 2013 and January 2014 have witnessed reduced momentum. due to the prudent economic policies of the government, budget borrowings have reduced drastically. As against an iMF target of 3.5% for the first six months, budget deficit has been recorded at 2.2%, even better than 2.6% actual recorded in the same period last year. exports are also picking up: The exports (fob) were up by 3.2% in the first six months, compared to the same period last year. The most significant increase was recorded in textiles exports, which increased by 8%.
whole project which would include construction of jetty and related infrastructure. The meeting was attended by Advisor
to Finance Ministry Rana Assad Amin, Additional Secretary Shahid Mahmood and senior officials of the Finance Ministry.
GSP unique chance to promote garments industry
naDEEm BhaTTI He generalised system priority (gSP) is a unique chance to promote the brands and garments industry abroad. Pakistani fashion has flourished in the changing environment of fashion world. Since Partition, its fashion has been historically evolved from different phases and made its unique identity apart from indian fashion and culture. At this time, Pakistani fashion is a combination of traditional and modern dresses and it has become the cultural identification of Pakistan. despite of all modern trends, the regional and traditional dresses have developed their own significance as a symbol of native tradition. This regional fashion is not static but evolving into more modern and pure forms. The term Pakistani clothing refers to the ethnic clothing that is typically worn by individuals in the country of Pakistan and by the People of Pakistani descent. Pakistani clothes express the culture of Pakistan, the demographics of Pakistan and regional. dress in each regional culture reflects weather conditions, way of living and distinctive style which gives it a unique identity among all cultures. Pakistani dressing has similarities with indian dressing because of pre-partition culture which was shared by these nations for thousand years but the religious factor was always there which makes a difference. Traditional Pakistani dressing also shares similarities between the ethnic groups of central Asia and ethnicities of the iranian plateau such as the Turkic ethnic groups (ie, Kazakh, uzbek, Turkmen and iranian ethnic groups Tajik, Khorasani Persian and Pashtun). With the passage of time, Pakistanis are adapting modern dress and cultural clothing and exporting especially in big countries. The most favourite dressing among Pakistani women is shalwar kameez which is worn in different styles, colours and designs, especially the front part of kameez is decorated with different styles and designs of embroidery. it is worn with different sleeve length, shirt length, necklines and different types of shalwars like Patiala shalwar, churidar pajama and simple trousers. Kurta is also worn by women in latest designs. dupatta is an essential part of shalwar
kameez and considered a symbol of woman's respect. Pakistani women have variety of traditional dresses other than Shalwar Kameez but they mostly wear them in special occasions like Wedding, engagement, Mehndi and other traditional ceremonies. Among these dresses Saris are very popular and its each design and color seems unique from the other, lehenga style sari. lehenga is another popular dress which resembles with skirt but a typical traditional dress. gharara and Sharara are two resembling dresses which are often used in ceremonies. Farshi pajama is an old traditional dress which is worn occasionally. laacha is worn in eastern part of the country. it’s a dress which resembles with dhoti from its lower part. All traditional dresses are expose trend traditional. but due to modern changes in fashion as society women and men are caring themselves and using classic two-piece pant coat and designer suits like tuxedos and three-piece suit pant coat. According to good patterns and designs, Figure is no 1 brand to make custom made and standard size in Pakistan. in Pakistan, fashion industry is introducing traditional dresses and all over the world as cultural representatives and becoming a reason to introduce international trends not only in Pakistan in over world. Media, film industry and internet have the biggest role in promoting fashion in Pakistan. There are a lot of TV channels, magazines, which are working only for fashion industry. Fashion weeks are held in Pakistan to promote garment industry. Husnain Kazmi has organised more than 32 shows in two years. Although these events are a major part to promote fashion garments and capture markets of the world. The government receives 54 percent of tax of all the revenue, but the industry is treated step-motherly. There is no gas, and no electricity and if provided then too much costly. For a better exportable industry, the government should announce special gas and power packages for the industry. The writer is chairman Federation Pakistan Chamber of Garments Industry and can be reached at email@example.com
Monday, 10 March, 2014
This is not the best time to suppress your initial reactions -- in fact, you may want to let fly with whatever crosses your mind. That does involve some backtracking, but better that than dishonesty.
This is the best time for your love life to get some attention -- especially if you're single! You may find that the people you deal with day to day suddenly seem much more interesting.
You may have a hard time keeping your tasks straight today -- so make a list or two! Even if you spend more time writing them down than actually doing them, it's still a good use of time.
Today marks a new beginning of some kind. You may start a new romance, look for a new job or find a kind of spiritual renewal you've been hoping for. Whatever happens is sure to be positive.
Your right brain is much more active today -- so expect hunches and your intuition to pop up all day long, You don't have to follow them all up, but you would do well to try at least one of them.
You've got to spend more time with your people today -- friends, family members or close coworkers. Between fellowship and collaboration, you're sure to find plenty to keep you busy.
You have to adapt today -- otherwise, you're sure to suffer a setback. It may be minor, but it is likely to be demoralizing. It's just easier for you to bend a little in the wind.
Try something different today -- maybe a new dish for lunch that seems crazy and exotic, or maybe asking someone out in a new way that feels less awkward. Your energy is perfect for it.
Your relationships are key to your mood and success today -so reach out to anyone who's estranged or who has been causing stress. You can repair almost anything if you're sincere.
You need to get out of your routines today -- skip work or school, get home late or do whatever else you need to do to reconcile your free spirit with your rigid schedule. You can do this!
It's time to move on -- though not necessarily from any major life entanglement. If it's time to end that toxic relationship, go for it, but otherwise, just let go of your heaviest baggage.
You are dreaming big dreams today -- so it's the perfect time for a life change! If you know what you want, go for it. If not, consult your intuition and go with your gut. It's hard to go wrong.
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Monday, 10 March, 2014
WARNING: Your daily coffee is a powerful drug and can even spark panic attacks
BaD haBit: Research shows we massively underestimate caffeine's effects on our bodies and brains.
Affeine is a drug most of us take daily. for at their essence, tea and coffee are simply convenient, stigma-free vessels for funnelling caffeine into our bodies. You may think that is fantastic – an easy, cheap way to rev up your day – but research shows we massively underestimate the drug’s effects on our bodies and brains. it is an extremely powerful, psychoactive substance. in moderation, it makes us feel good. in excess, it is unpleasant, and in large enough doses it can even be fatal. While a 16th of a teaspoon of pure caffeine powder gives a solid boost to a regular user, raising that to just a quarter teaspoon will lead to unpleasantness – racing heart, sweating, acute anxiety. And it is this latter side effect that is particularly concerning, given the soaring incidence of worry and depression. Caffeine is unusually mobile in the body; the small molecule reaches the brain in just 20 minutes and easily hurdles the blood-brain barrier. Once there, it blocks the uptake of adenosine, a neurotransmitter
that tells the brain we are drowsy. This simple trick prevents us from feeling tired – suddenly no task seems insurmountable. But caffeine also has physiological effects – it stimulates your central nervous system so your alertness increases, reaction time decreases and focus sharpens. Your blood pressure will increase slightly, your heart may race: all symptoms commonly associated with anxiety. So while those physiological changes come together to give many of us a reliable boost, caffeine can have serious psychological effects. And it’s not just a problem for people particularly susceptible to caffeine. John Greden, of the University of Michigan, says too much caffeine can make almost anyone anxious. in his paper Anxiety Or Caffeinism: A Diagnostic Dilemma, he points out that it’s often overlooked that ‘high doses of caffeine – or “caffeinism” – can produce pharmacological actions that cause symptoms essentially indistinguishable from those of anxiety neuroses’. Greden has encountered cases such as a 27-year-old nurse who complained of
Woman dead for six years, found in car’s backseat
For six years the bills were paid, the grass was cut and no one noticed the body of the dead woman sitting in the back seat of a car in a garage of a residential Pontiac, Michigan USA neighbourhood. Her mummified body was finally found this week by someone dispatched to check on the property that fell into foreclosure after the money ran out of her account and the mortgage payments stopped, police said on Friday. “It is kind of the perfect storm for a mysterious set of circumstance and a challenge because of the extreme degradation of the body,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a telephone interview. The woman has not yet been positively identified, but it is thought she is a person who stopped working in 2008 and had set up all of her bills to be paid automatically from her bank account. She is also thought to have worked as a contractor in the financial department for a major automobile company. A neighbour cut her lawn, her mail was sent to the post office and there was no family living nearby, Bouchard said. “The last withdrawal from her account was in March 2013,” he added. Neighbors said the woman had family in Germany and would be gone for days or weeks at a time. When she was back home, she kept to herself. “Nobody came over there to check on the lady. It’s weird. And it’s actually scary,” a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous told the local TV station. A cause of death was under investigation. AGENCIES
CoFFee kiCk: Caffeine is an extremely powerful, psychoactive substance.
light headedness, tremulousness, breathlessness, headache and irregular heartbeat. She was first diagnosed with an anxiety reaction but later discovered the cause was coffee. She had been consuming an average of ten to 12 cups of strong black coffee a day. Once she withdrew from drinking coffee, her symptoms vanished. Other subjects had similar symptoms on 14 cups of coffee a day and once caffeine intake was reduced, symptoms improved dramatically. Clearly, these are extreme examples. Most people stop at three or four cups of coffee daily. But they illustrate an important point: while many people complaining of anxiety benefit from psychopharmacological agents, for others, subtracting one drug – caffeine – may be of greater benefit. So the ideal first-line treatment for anxiety in a patient who uses caffeine is to eliminate it and see how he or she responds, before prescribing anti-anxiety medication. Bizarrely, there is a genetic predisposition to caffeine-induced psychological effects, such as acute anxiety and even panic attacks. Research shows some people are
BaD Brew: A quarter teaspoon of pure caffeine powder will lead to unpleasantness, racing heart, sweating and acute anxiety.
more susceptible due to differences in their adenosine receptors. This helps explain why some people have no trouble sleeping after coffee late at night, while others lie awake for hours after an afternoon cup of tea. Caffeine is also associated with panic attacks, in which people feel they are losing control and that something horrible is happening. The attacks are transient, but can be utterly debilitating and are remarkably common. A study published in 2007 looked at three distinct groups: a control group of healthy people with no history of panic disorder, people with a history of panic disorder, and first-degree relatives of the panic-disorder group who had no history of panic attacks. Subjects were given decaffeinated or high-caffeine coffee (equivalent to six Red Bulls or 1.2 litres of moderately strong coffee). none had panic attacks or increased anxiety after the decaf. But 52 per cent of the panic-disorder patients suffered a panic attack after the caffeinated coffee. The unexpected finding was that 41 per cent of the first-degree relatives of the panic-disorder patients also suffered panic
attacks. They had no history of panic attacks, and yet one strong dose of caffeine induced an attack – showing not only that some people have a genetic predisposition to caffeine-induced anxiety, but the very real, very distressing impact caffeine can have. Research has shown it can even induce hallicunations. Australian researchers studied the combination of stress and caffeine in a group with no psychiatric problems and found that high caffeine levels in association with elevated levels of stressful life events interacted to produce higher levels of ‘hallucination’ in non-clinical participants. You may not want to think that your comforting drink could be anything but. Yet any caffeine user who believes that it’s totally benign should try going without it for a few days. Withdrawal often including headaches, muscle pain, weariness, apathy and depression. Our love affair with caffeine is unlikely to end. But we need to remember that it is a complicated drug and can affect us in strange ways. CourtESyDAILyMAIL
British PM pays to get Facebook likes! British Prime Minister David Cameron is being mocked for his ‘endless ego’ after paying to win friends on facebook. Tory Party chiefs have spent thousands on advertisements on the social media site to encourage users to ‘like’ the Prime Minister’s page. And the strategy has worked. Just over a month ago, Mr Cameron was almost 20,000 ‘likes’ behind Deputy Prime Minister nick Clegg’s 80,000 – but now he has 127,000. facebook would not reveal details of the advertising deal, but marketing experts say the campaign would have cost about £7,500 of party funds. The bill is based on results, up to an agreed maximum, with facebook charging about 50p per ‘like’. Labour MP Sheila Gilmore said, ‘it looks as if David Cameron is buying popularity. There is no end to his ego, paying for fake facebook friends.’ And a Lib Dem insider dismissed the strategy as ‘pretty pathetic’. But the Tories said such campaigns were ‘above
board’ and ‘common practice’ among businesses and American presidential candidates. oNLINE
Facebook would not reveal details of the advertising deal, but marketing experts say the campaign would have cost about £7,500 of party funds.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been mocked for his 'endless ego' after paying to win Facebook 'likes'.
Fish oil could help children sleep better: Daily dose of omega-3 stops youngsters waking during the night Taking fish oil capsules or eating oily fish could improve children’s quality of sleep, say researchers. Boosting levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in oily fish, resulted in children sleeping for longer and waking up less in the night, a study has shown. Oxford University researchers gave children rated as poor sleepers algae supplements for four months, or a dummy capsule. They studied 352 children aged seven to nine who were struggling readers at a mainstream primary school. Parents filled in a questionnaire which showed that four in ten of the children suffered regular sleep disturbances. The re-
searchers fitted wrist sensors to 43 of the children rated as poor sleepers to monitor their movements in bed over five nights. They found children taking the daily algae supplement had 58 minutes’ more sleep and seven fewer waking episodes per night compared with those on the placebo. The best dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids is oily fish. Previous work by the team had discovered low levels of omega 3 fatty acids in children’s blood, which predicted how well they could concentrate at school. The best di-
etary source of omega 3 fatty acids is oily fish because the human body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids. One of the key omega-3 fatty acids is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is thought to help nerve cells communicate with each other. Children and adults are advised to eat fish at least twice a week, including one portion of oily fish. The study, due to be published in the Journal of Sleep Research, found higher blood levels of the long-chain omega-3 DHA (the main omega-3 fatty acid found in the brain) were
significantly associated with better sleep, including less bedtime resistance and total sleep disturbance. Lead author Professor Paul Montgomery of Oxford University said: ‘Various substances made within the body from omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids have long been known to play key roles in the regulation of sleep. Co-investigator Dr Alex Richardson of Oxford University said: ‘Previous studies we have published showed that blood levels of omega-3 DHA in this general population sample of 7-9 year olds were alarmingly low overall, and this could be directly related to the children’s behaviour and learning. AGENCIES
Monday, 10 March, 2014
salman hints at marriage this year to romanian beauty
UPERSTAR Salman Khan has hinted at a possibility of getting hitched by the end of this year as he is tired of being single for a long time. The 48-year-old 'Jai Ho' star, who was at his funniest best at last evening's media Conclave 2014, did not rule out the chances of marrying Romanian beauty Iulia Vantur, whom he is allegedly dating for quite sometime. "Now I'm in transit period and I like it. From the age of 15, I did not get a transit period. For the first time, I have such a chance to sigh. I am sighing more since it has been two-and-a-half years. It's time to stop sighing because "I follow humanity. I follow Islam, Christianity, and follow right thing as much I can. I have been kind of blessed. Father is Pathan, mother is Hindu, second mother is catholic, and brother-inlaw is Punjabi. Wife, I am thinking to bring from outside...," Salman said. Salman has often been linked with his co-stars and also being termed as a
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'possessive' boyfriend. He admitted that he was a miserable lover but a great friend. "When you are in a relationship you try everything to see that she doesn't leave you. You try to be good. You give her a silent treatment. You yell, cry and when nothing works you say go. "I thought they were the most correct people for me... Great girls bad boyfriend. I have not been like the most incredible boy friend. I could be the friend and I have heard this from the ex girlfriends also that (he is) a great friend but miserable boyfriend," Salman said. The actor also thanked his parents -father Salim Khan and mothers Sushila Charak Khan and Helen -- for being with him at his worst times. "No child would have given them as may problems. I was a naughty kid. They had to hear slanderous things about their son from others -- the jail episodes, the cases that have come. If these things would not have come, my father and mother would have looked as young as I look now," he said.
300 - RIsE Of an EMpIRE
AGENCIES The queen of lollywood from past two decades has given a nod to appear once again in a television drama. This times its drama Kaneez which is directed by Faisal Bukhari. Saima has been a top heroine mainly for Punjabi films for almost two decades. Saima has earlier worked in two television plays none of which was much successful. Her most famous drama is â€˜Piya Naam ka diyaâ€™ written by Bano Qudsia and directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat
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he invading Persian forces led by the god-like Xerxes and navy commander Artemisia battle the Greeks (led by Themistocles) in the hope of conquering the land. With the odds against him, Themistocles must use guile and strength in equal measure to save Greece from destruction. Review: While the first 300 movie dealt with Leonidas and the events at Thermopylae, here the focus shifts to the equally furious sea battle, fought on dark, choppy waters. King Xerxes (Santoro) and Queen Gorgo of Sparta (headey) face off, with their respective commanders Artemisia (Green) and Themistocles (Stapleton) leading their navies. Although the previous movie is referenced in the gorgeous opening shot, the battle then rides on Themistocles' able shoulders. Artemisia is a determined commander, who doesn't think much of her adversaries, clad in sandals and capes. Indeed, the Persian navy splinters the Greek galleys, until they come up against Themistocles. Artemisia realises that she has an equal in strategy and cunning, against whom overwhelming force and superior numbers alone won't work. Themistocles, although lacking the crazed blood-lust that drove Leonidas, is weary of war. Yet, he knows that each of them would have to, if need be, make the ultimate sacrifice to save 'Mother Greece'. he shows his resolve when mustering the Greek forces with lines like, "We choose to die on our feet rather than live on our knees!" But is he immune to Artemisia's female charms or will those prove to be his Achilles heel? Xerxes himself, looking like he has emerged from a gold bath and resplendent in various piercings, is relegated to a few booming sentences. The blood and gore is off the scale; warriors are hacked and cleaved in glorious CGI detail. Part-vamp and partwarrior princess in leather, Green is stunning as Artemisia. The film itself looks fantastic, awash in a red-sepia tone that dominates everything. Although you will have seen many action films set during a point of time in history (this one's set in 480 BC), there is plenty in here to keep your attention from start to finish. AGENCIES
AishwAryA is the most seArched indiAn womAn on GooGle
NEWS DESK Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has topped the list of 20 most searched successful Indian women on Google followed by Vidya Balan and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, an official statement said. Former Indian Police Service officer Kiran Bedi also features among the top ten, revealed a Google search trend result Friday. The list was revealed after a two-month analysis between Jan-Feb 2014. "On the occasion of Women's Day, Google search trends reveal who are the most searched 20 successful Indian women. Kiran Bedi is still among the top 10 most searched Indian women," a statement said. "Two sportswomen (Saina Nehwal and boxer M.C. Mary Kom), two authors (Arundhati Roy and Shobhaa De) and four politicians (J. Jayalalithaa, Gandhi, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj), also made it to the top 20," the statement added. The other names include Nita Ambani, designer Ritu Kumar, actress Shabana Azmi, designer Neeta Lulla, filmmaker Meera Nair, producer Ekta Kapoor, PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple Yadav.
Captain America Chris Evans to take a break from acting NEWS DESK American actress Sarah Jessica Parker feels that Sex and the City 3 movie might never get made. The 48-years-old actress, who played Carrie Bradshaw in the hugely successful TV series and the two Sex and the City movies, told Ellen DeGeneres that there has been no talk about a possible sequel. "The truth of the matter is, there has been no real conversation about a third movie at all. I know there's a story," Parker said, adding, "whether or not that story is ever told remains truly one of the great mysteries of all time."
AGENCIES Actor Chris Evans is planning to take a break from acting after he is done playing a superhero in Captain America. The 32-year-old actor, best known for his role in the Marvel's franchise, is slated to hit the silver screens this April with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "I think when I'm done with this Marvel contract, I'll take a little break from acting," Evans told Glamour UK. "With acting, you're one
piece in a very big puzzle. It's like you helped buy a gift but you don't know what the gift is, so you come back and see the movie. Sometimes it's nice, sometimes it's tragic," he said. But the superhero is keeping him busy these days. Evans reprised his role as Captain in 2012's The Avengers and also made a cameo in 2013's Thor: The Dark World. He is putting on his superhero dress again for 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, costarring Robert Downey, Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L.
Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader and Aaron TaylorJohnson. The actor is also hoping to go behind the camera. He starred in his directorial debut 1:30 Train in December 2013. "You're involved in every single decision. If I hadn't done it, I'd be really kicking myself. At the time, it was a daunting task or a number of reasons, but in hindsight it was the right move," he said about his debut.
14 SPORTS CARRICK RELIEVED TO BOUNCE BACK
Monday, 10 March, 2014
Sri LaNKa TO SuppOrT AFGHANISTAN CRICKET DEVELOPMENT
SPORTS DESK Michael Carrick was happy to right the wrongs of Manchester United's ill-fated trip to Greece by beating West Brom. United's season slumped to a new low 12 days ago when they lost 2-0 to unfancied Greek side Olympiacos in the Champions League. David Moyes' men put on a much more impressive display at the Hawthorns on Saturday though, running out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. United looked relatively solid in defence while up the other end of the field, the front four of Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Rooney and Robin van Persie were a constant threat against the free-falling Baggies. "It was an important day for us, we had to bounce back," the Manchester United midfielder said. "It feels like such a long time since the last game (against Olympiacos) before the international matches, so we had to perform and really show that we are a good team. "It's a tough place to come, so to win like we have is a big positive," concluded Carrick. "We looked dangerous going forward and we defended well. All in all, we couldn't have asked for much more from our performance." With Tottenham losing to Chelsea and Everton missing from league action this weekend, United's push for a top-four finish now looks in a far more healthy state. Moyes' men are sixth in the table, nine points off a Champions League spot. Carrick was happy that United had managed to come away with a convincing result as well as a good performance. "It's been frustrating this season because, at times, performance-wise we have controlled matches and haven't come away with the results we wanted. You strive for the performances and want the results to follow, and here it did," he said "We looked really dangerous going forward, we had really good penetration through the pitch and caused them problems all afternoon. We looked exciting going forward." While Moyes and his players headed back up the M6 with a smile on their faces, Pepe Mel was left to face more questions about his future at West Brom. Mel was appointed on an 18month contract in January, but he is yet to win a game in seven attempts and speculation continues that his position is under threat. The former Real Betis manager said he did not know whether he would be in charge for Albion's next game against Swansea on Saturday.
RI LANKA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to support the development of cricket in Afghanistan. The Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was visited by his Afghanistan counterpart Hamid Karzai, who also brought along Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, the ACB chief executive, as part of the delegation. The two countries signed four MOUs, including a "Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Sports" by Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the Sri Lankan Minister of Sports, and by Amina Safi Afzali, Afghanistan's Minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled. "Afghanistan is keen to benefit from opportunities in Sri Lanka for our youth in terms of education and training," Karzai said, going on to stress the areas in which Afghanistan were keen on seeking Sri Lanka's assistance. He mentioned the possibility of Sri Lankan coaches providing
support for Afghanistan's cricket team. Afghanistan cricket has improved significantly over the last couple of years. Apart from securing berths in the 2015 World Cup and the upcoming 2014 World T20, Afghanistan also put up a spirited performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup, where they pulled off an upset against the hosts Bangladesh. Afghanistan also managed a win against Sri Lanka in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup in the UAE. "The agreement with Sri Lanka comes at just the right time for Afghanistan. Over this year we will be preparing for the World Cup 2015 and every bit of support is immensely important," Noor Mohammad said. "As Mohammad Nabi said, we are working hard to learn from the Test playing nations. Sri Lanka has a strong presence at the moment in the cricketing world and they can offer us really valuable support. "We are strongly committed to raising our performance to their level. Afghans have a dogged determination developed over years of hard times. It is this that has brought us so far, against all odds, in such a short time. It will carry us onward and upward over coming years."
Blades seal semi-ďŹ nal spot
SPORTS DESK Ryan Flynn and John Brayford struck second-half goals as Sky Bet League One side Sheffield United booked themselves a date at Wembley in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Winger Flynn broke the deadlock in the 65th minute and right-back Brayford's deflected shot less than two minutes later ensured a deserved 2-0 victory for the resurgent Blades over Championship strugglers Charlton. Nigel Clough's side become the first team from the third tier to reach the last four of the competition since Wycombe in 2001 and extend their remarkable winning sequence to nine matches in all com-
petitions. The Blades were spiralling towards relegation when former Derby boss Clough took over in November, but five months later the club are daring to believe a late run on the play-offs is on, as well as now securing their place in the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in 11 years. United had swept aside Aston Villa, Fulham and Nottingham Forest in previous rounds and save for a competitive first period, a determined Charlton could do little to stem the red and white tide. Clough made seven changes to his starting line-up from the side that beat Peterborough in midweek. Defenders Bob Harris, Brayford and Harry Maguire, midfielders Flynn, Jamie
Murphy and Stefan Scougall, plus striker Conor Coady all returned. Charlton striker Marcus Tudgay, in for Astrit Ajdarevic, was Charlton's only change. The Blades started full of purpose, as expected after extending their winning streak on Tuesday night, and despite the changes looked anything but disjointed in the opening stages. But Charlton made clear their own intentions in front of a sold-out Bramall Lane crowd of 30,040 - swelled by 5,000 Addicks fans - as both sides ensured a helter-skelter start without creating clear chances. Tudgay's shot following Simon Church's lay-off was turned away by home goalkeeper Mark Howard and at the other end Blades defender Harris drove inches over the crossbar shortly before the break after Murphy had played the ball into his path. Blades' impressive centre-half Maguire turned sharply in the opposition's box to fire the first effort of the second half just wide and Coady was inches away from connecting with Flynn's fine through-ball. Charlton then spurned the best chance of the game up to that point. Tudgay did well to hook the ball back from the by-line, but Callum Harriott, who scored against Sheffield Wednesday in the previous round, dragged his shot wide from 10 yards. It proved a costly miss as the Blades struck twice in as many minutes to seize control of the tie.
STUTTGART SACK SCHNEIDER, APPOINT STEVENS
SPORTS DESK VfB Stuttgart have sacked coach Thomas Schneider replacing him with Dutchman Huub Stevens as they battle to avoid relegation, the club said. "Huub Stevens will become the new head coach of VfB Stuttgart," they said in a statement, a day after a 2-2 draw against fellow relegation candidates Eintracht Braunschweig. "The 60-year-old will lead his first training on Monday and will coach the team in his first game on Saturday at Werder Bremen." Schneider had taken over in August but after a good first half to the campaign he saw his team lose eight straight games before the draw on Saturday. Stevens was sacked by Greek club PAOK earlier this week and has coached Schalke 04 twice as well as Hamburg SV among other clubs in the Bundesliga. Stuttgart are 15th on 20 points, three above Braunschweig.
Hull tHump Sunderland to reacH Fa cup Semi-FinalS SPORTS DESK Hull City scored three goals in nine second half minutes to ease past Sunderland and reach their first FA Cup semi-final since 1930. The Tigers spurned a golden chance to take the lead when Sone Aluko saw his first half penalty saved by Oscar Ustari after Aluko was tripped by Sebastian Larsson. Sunderland couldn't punish Hull for that miss and the home side eventually broke the deadlock through the impressive Curtis Davies, who leapt high to head in Tom Huddlestone's pinpoint freekick. Sunderland self-destructed after that, with two errors from Lee Cattermole handing Hull a second and third goal. First, Cattermole failed to clear a bouncing ball to allow David Meyler to finish the counter-attack with a slick
finish, then the Sunderland skipper's loose backpass was seized upon by Matty Fryatt, who finished easily past Ustari. The win means Hull go to Wembley for only the second time in their 110-year history, while Sunderland are denied a second appearance at the national stadium this season.
KEY MOMENTS 3' OFF THE BAR! Figueroa swings in a speculative cross from the left that sails over the head of goalkeeper Ustari and grazes the bar. 25' Hull chance! Elmohamady whips in a cross from the right that Fryatt meets with a superb diving header, but he glances it just wide. 33' PENALTY SAVED! Ustari gets down low to his right and pulls off a good save from Aluko's penalty, after the Hull forward was tripped by Larsson. 37' GOOD SAVE! Ustari makes another vital stop. It opens up for Rosenior 30 yards out and the full back drills a low shot at goal, but the Argentine keeper pulls off a good save to his right. 68' GOAL! Hull 1-0 Sunderland - Davies rises high to head in Huddlestone's free-kick from the right. 72' GOAL! Hull 2-0 Sunderland - Hull score another after a
mistake by Cattermole, who fails to clear a high bouncing ball. Meyler beats him to it, closes in on goal and finishes well. 77' GOAL! Hull 3-0 Sunderland - Another glaring mistake by Cattermole as his backpass goes straight to Fryatt, who finishes easily to but the result beyond doubt. KEY STATS This is Hull's first FA Cup semi-final since 1930 which secures only their second Wembley appearance in their history. Steve Bruce will be looking to guide Hull to the final of a competition that he won three times as a player with Manchester United. Gus Poyet was looking to become the first Sunderland manager to guide the club to two Wembley appearances in one season. TALKING POINT Can Hull go all the way? Having been drawn against Sheffield United, they should reach the final. As Wigan showed last year, the underdog can still upset the apple cart in the Cup. MAN OF THE MATCH Curtis Davies (Hull) - Another towering performance by the centre-back, who scored the crucial opening goal. Is Davies the best uncapped English player in the country? PLAYER RATINGS HULL: McGregor 7, Chester 7, Davies 9, Figueroa 7, Elmohamady 7, Meyler 8, Huddlestone 7, Aluko 6, Rosenior 7, Fryatt 7, Sagbo 6. Subs: Koren 6, Boyd 7, Quinn N/A SUNDERLAND: Ustari 7, Bardsley 6, Vergini 6, O'Shea 6, Dossena 6, Cattermole 4, Giaccherini 7, Larsson 6, Colback 6, Scocco 6, Fletcher 5. Subs: Johnson 6, Borini 6.
Monday, 10 March, 2014
Li, FEdErEr wiN ARSENAL DRAWN TO FACE MANCHESTER CITY OR WIGAN IN SEMI-FINALS SPORTS DESK Manchester City or Wigan will take on Arsenal in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Manuel Pellegrini's men are tackling the Championship Latics at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, knowing they will take on the Gunners at Wembley in the last four if they win. Defending champions Wigan will have to pull off two major upsets if they are return to the final. Hull have been drawn against Sheffield United in the other semi-final . The Tigers eased to a 3-0 victory against Sunderland at the KC Stadium on Sunday and their reward was a Wembley date with the Blades, who claimed another scalp by knocking out Championship side Charlton at Bramall Lane.
IN INDIAN WELLS, NADAL SURVIVES SCARE
OP seed Rafa Nadal survived a scare from Radek Stepanek before winning his BNP Paribas Open second round match in three tight sets at Indian Wells on Saturday. The Spaniard, in his first match as defending champion, was stretched to the limit before prevailing 2-6 6-4 7-5 in night match that lasted two hours, 24 minutes in the California desert. Nadal served eight double faults and was broken three times, but he also broke his Czech opponent three times, including twice in the final set. The pivotal moment came in the sixth game of the third set, when Nadal fended off three break points to hold serve. Earlier, Andy Murray recorded his 300th hardcourt victory when he beat Stepanek's compatriot Lukas Rosol in
three sets. Fifth seed Murray recovered from a slow start to beat his Czech opponent 46 6-3 6-2 as the top seeds took to the courts for the first time after receiving first round byes. "I got broken three times in a row the end of the first set, beginning of the second," Murray told reporters. "I just kind of kept going and found a way to win, which is always the most important thing." Only five active players have won more tour-level hardcourt matches, headed by Roger Federer (575). Seventh seed Federer dominated the first set but was taken to a tie-break in the second before prevailing 6-2 7-6(5) against French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu, while Swiss compatriot and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka clinched a 6-3 7-5 win over Croatia's Ivo Karlovic. Australian Lleyton Hewitt failed to
Andy Murray recorded his 300th hardcourt victory when he beat Lukas Rosol in three sets. Fifth seed Murray recovered from a slow start to beat his Czech opponent 4-6 6-3 6-2 as the top seeds finally took to the courts in the Californian desert after receiving first round byes. Briton Murray won 69 per cent of his second serves, compared to just 39 per cent by Rosol, which proved a key difference. "I got broken three times in a row the end of the first set, beginning of the second," Murray told reporters. "I just kind of kept going and found a way to win, which is always the most important thing." Only five active players have won more tour-level hardcourt matches, headed by Roger Federer (575).
SPORTS DESK Nadir Ciftci scored a double to secure vengeance for himself and Dundee United as Jackie McNamara's side stormed into the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 thrashing of nine-man Inverness. Ciftci was sent off in a stormy League Cup quarter-final defeat at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in October but he had a far happier trip to the Highlands this time as he sent United on their way to the last four when he twice took advantage of poor defending in the first half-hour. Caley Thistle ended the first half three goals and a man down following Gavin Gunning's penalty, and goals from Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong made it an emphatic fifth consecutive win for United. The hosts had both Greg Tansey and Marley Watkins sent off for studs-up
challenges on Paul Paton as they suffered a second successive 5-0 drubbing with just seven days remaining until their League Cup final against Aberdeen. Ciftci had his red card for a clash with Graeme Shinnie rescinded following his previous visit but he still had a nervous and lengthy wait for the full consequences of that confrontation before eventually receiving an immediate onematch ban for pushing assistant referee Gavin Harris, who was running the line again on Sunday. And he looked determined to enjoy this occasion, trying his luck twice from long range before opening the scoring in the 15th minute following John Rankin's lofted through-ball. All but Josh Meekings of the Inverness back four kept a high line as Ciftci ran forward but the centre-back looked to have the situation under control before Dean Brill came racing off his line. Ciftci
got to the ball first, nodded it past the goalkeeper and finished from a tight angle as Meekings crashed into the post in an unsuccessful attempt to clear. Billy McKay nodded over following a set-piece after recovering from a reckless but unpunished challenge from Paton and United went two up in the 27th minute. Sean Dillon put Inverness on the back foot when he launched a clearance from the edge of his own six-yard box as United defended several phases of a corner. Meekings' passback was slightly short as it bobbled on the rutted goalmouth but Brill made the clearance despite Ciftci's pressure. However, the ball bounced off Meekings and into the path of the United forward, who tapped home from two yards. Gunning leathered home a 36thminute penalty after winning the spotkick when he ran across Shinnie as the defender attempted to clear Rankin's forward pass. And Caley Thistle's day soon got worse after Tansey went into a challenge for a bouncing ball with his studs showing. The midfielder did not make a lunge but Paton's foot caught the studs as he cleared the ball and he screamed in agony before referee Willie Collum immediately showed the red card. Shinnie had long-range strikes beaten away either side of the interval but any comeback hopes they had were extinguished in a 49th-minute counterattack when Mackay-Steven finished brilliantly after Armstrong had released him from inside his own half.
Wenger Happy to do it tougH SPORTS DESK Manager Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have earned their FA Cup semi-final trip to Wembley the hard way. The Gunners beat Everton 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, when France striker Olivier Giroud came off the bench to net a second-half double. It was a fourth home draw of the competition for Arsenal, but their third against Barclays Premier League opposition. Wenger believes that in itself shows how much dedication his squad have put into keeping alive a shot at a first trophy since 2005. "People have questioned our desire to do well in the FA Cup many times, but we are in the semi-final now and from our performance on Saturday you can see we really want it," Wenger said. "We took this competition seriously.
to beat Polish 18th seed Jerzy Janowicz 63 2-6 7-6(5). On the women's side, top seed Li Na beat Chinese compatriot Zheng Jie 6-1 7-5. Australian Open champion Li notched six breaks as Zheng struggled on serve. Defending champion Maria Sharapova made short work of her first match, beating German Julia Goerges 6-1 6-4 in barely an hour.
ciftci at the double as dundee united win in cup
ANDY MURRAY NOTCHES 300TH CAREER HARDCOURT VICTORY SPORTS DESK
notch his 600th career win when he was beaten by South African Kevin Anderson 7-6(5) 6-4. The veteran Hewitt saved 10 of 11 break points but was unable to break the tall 17th seed's powerful serve in the match. There was high drama in another match as Colombian Alejandro Falla saved a match point at 5-2 down in the third set
Since the start of this competition it is true that we had a good draw in the fact that we played all the games at home, which is the first time (that this has happened) since I played in the FA Cup. "But, on the other hand, we played difficult opponents - Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and that shows you that we have taken this competition seriously." Arsenal had taken an early lead through Mesut Ozil, the German's first goal in 15 appearances, but were pegged back before half-time when Romelu Lukaku tapped in following a surging counter-attack run by Everton's England World Cup hopeful Ross Barkley. After Barkley had fired over when picked out at the edge of the Arsenal box by Lukaku on 54 minutes, the hosts eventually got themselves back in command of the tie when former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta scored from a penalty, which was re-
BOUHANNI WINS PARIS-NICE OPENER, VAN GARDEREN WITHDRAWS SPORTS DESK France's Nacer Bouhanni won the opening stage of Paris-Nice after a sprint finish in Mantes-la-Jolie. The FDJ rider won the stage from John Degenkolb (Giant) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma Quick-Step). The opening 162.5km stage contained some chaotic moments with there being a number of crashes, with Bouhanni himself going down at one stage. However, he showed no illeffects from that tumble as he burst clear in the final 200m to take the win and the yellow jersey. The biggest causality on the day though was Tejay van Garderen (Team BMC) who was forced to retire with illness. The eightstage race runs until March 16th with Vincent Nibali, Carlos Betancur and Rui Costa among the favourites. Britain's Geraint Thomas is also expected to challenge as Team Sky look to win the race for the third successive year after the successes of Richie Porte (2013) and Bradley Wiggins (2012).
RESULTS FROM PARIS Nice (Mantes-la-Jolie - Mantes-la-Jolie, 162.5 km) on
taken following encroachment, after Gareth Barry had tripped Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The match then opened up as Everton pressed to get themselves back in the game,
which allowed Giroud, on after an hour for the ineffective Yaya Sanogo, to slot home a third on 83 minutes and then complete a fine flowing move to quickly make it four.
Sunday 1. Nacer Bouhanni (France / FDJ.fr) 3:53:11" 2. John Degenkolb (Germany / Giant) ST 3. Gianni Meersman (Belgium / Omega Pharma - QuickStep) 4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain / Movistar) 5. Tyler Farrar (U.S. / Garmin) 6. Bryan Coquard (France / Europcar) 7. Luca Wackermann (Italy / Lampre) 8. Fabio Felline (Italy / Trek) 9. Fabio Sabatini (Italy / Cannondale) 10. Francesco Gavazzi (Italy / Astana) Classification from Paris - Nice after Stage 1 on Sunday 1. Nacer Bouhanni (France / FDJ.fr) 3:53:01" 2. Gianni Meersman (Belgium / Omega Pharma - QuickStep) +1" 3. John Degenkolb (Germany / Giant) +4" 4. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / BMC Racing) +8" 5. Geraint Thomas (Britain / Team Sky) +9" 6. Sebastien Chavanel (France / FDJ.fr) 7. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain / Movistar) +10" 8. Tyler Farrar (U.S. / Garmin) 9. Bryan Coquard (France / Europcar) 10. Luca Wackermann (Italy / Lampre)
SPORTS Monday, 10 March, 2014
bates leads nZ to 4-0 sweep
mushFiqur eyes reVenge against aFghanistan
SPORTS DESK Suzie Bates scored her second consecutive half-century to lead New Zealand Women to a total that was once again beyond West Indies Women's abilities in Mount Maunganui. The 34-run victory in the fifth and final T20 gave the hosts the series 4-0, after they had also swept the one-day contest 3-0. Bates was named Player of the Match and the T20 series. Bates gave her team a promising start after New Zealand won the toss, adding 47 for the first wicket with Hayley Jensen, who made 19. Bates then had a 54-run stand with Sara McGlashan for the second wicket, taking the score to 101 for 2 in 15.4 overs by the time the stand was broken. New Zealand slowed down after that, though, finishing on 124 for 5, with Bates making 57 off 51 balls. Shanel Daley was the pick of the West Indian bowlers, taking 2 for 17. West Indies lost their openers in the space of a run during the chase to slip to 19 for 2, and after a 40-run stand for the third wicket between Kycia and Kyshona Knight, the slump was drastic. They fell from 59 for 2 to 90 all out in 19.4 overs. Sophine Devine took 3 for 9 in 3.4 overs for New Zealand.
New Zealand Women 124 for 5 (Bates 57, Daley 2-17) beat West Indies Woman 90 (Devine 3-9) by 34 runs
ANgLADESH captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said that they are looking to take revenge on Afghanistan in their opening day World T20 game on March 16. The home team of the tournament's fifth edition is looking ahead to a turnaround in form and results after having been without a win since November last year. Last month, they drew the Chittagong Test against Sri Lanka but since then, Bangladesh have lost the twomatch T20 series as well as seven ODIs in a row, including a 32-run loss to Afghanistan on March 1. "They [Afghanistan] will also be under pressure," Mushfiqur said. "They would like to do something in such a big event. But we want to take revenge after being beaten in the Asia Cup. Our first target is to cross the first round, but more importantly, we are concentrating on the first game against Afghanistan. We have two matches after that against Nepal and Hong Kong. "We have found out more information about them [Afghanistan] lately. We have played against them, which helped in that regard. They might know enough about us but Shakib [Al Hasan], Mashrafe [Mortaza] and Tamim [Iqbal] didn't play the Asia Cup match against them. They must have seen these players on TV, but it is a different ball-game when they play against them." Bangladesh had Afghanistan in big trouble at 90 for 5 but a 164-run sixth wicket stand between Samiullah Shenwari and Asghar Stanikzai wrested the initiative away from the home side. Bangladesh's opening batsmen were dismissed for 0 and 1, and the middle-order misfired despite most of the batsmen getting starts.
Mushfiqur hopes that Mashrafe, Tamim and Sohag gazi will be fit for the first game, with the trio still recovering from injuries. gazi hurt his bowling hand during the Afghanistan game while Mashrafe suffered a side strain in the India match. Tamim missed the Asia Cup after suffering a neck strain during the Sri Lanka series. Mushfiqur himself hurt his finger during the second Test against Sri Lanka and have given Anamul Haque the wicketkeeping gloves in the last seven ODIs, but he said he hopes to recover soon. "I had another X-ray. I will start keeping from tomorrow, and the pain has been less. I hope to keep wickets from March 16. "I believe that we will find everyone fully fit which will make us stronger. I think it is important to do well on the particular day and overcome the pressure."
Mushfiqur believes their recent poor performance has made the team a lot keener, and urged his players to step up. What also motivates them is their poor World T20 performance till date. "We beat West Indies in the 2007 tournament but haven't quite played consistently. We don't play too many T20s like the other international teams which hinders our consistent performance. Recently we have played some domestic T20 competitions, where our players have done well. "We are more focused on working hard, and showing our performance. We are hungrier now. We want to show that Bangladesh can take up a big challenge in this World T20. We need to be calm under pressure, and there are guys in the dressing-room who play better in pressure situations. I hope they do that in the coming days."
First twenty20 abandoned due to rain Port ElizabEth: South Africa and Australia will have to settle for a two-match Twenty20 series after the first game in Port Elizabeth was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Persistent rain in Port Elizabeth meant that no play was possible in the first T20, and the teams will now head to Durban for Wednesday's second match, followed by the third game in Centurion.
The rain was mostly unrelenting in Port Elizabeth and although there were brief periods when the covers appeared set to come off, there was always another shower on the way. With the World T20 in Bangladesh to follow straight after this series, these matches are the only chance for both sides to find their best T20 form and settle on their preferred line-ups. AGENCIES
Virat Kohli reclaims no.1 odi ranKing SPORTS DESK Virat Kohli has climbed past AB de Villiers to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. Kohli achieved a career-best rating of 886 points after his century against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. However, a subdued showing thereafter against Pakistan and Sri Lanka resulted in five points being shaved off, though he is still nine points ahead of de Villiers. Kohli was last at the summit before the ODI series against New Zealand in January and had come into the Asia Cup two points behind de Villiers. In the past 12 months, Kohli amassed 1580 runs at 60.76 in 31 innings with six centuries, four of which were away from home and three of which were as captain. In the same period, de Villiers scored 1156 at 52.54 in 25 innings with three centuries. The other Indians in the top ten are MS Dhoni at sixth and Shikhar Dhawan at eighth places. Lahiru Thirimanne, who struck two centuries in the Asia Cup including a matchwinning 101 in the final, jumped 29 places to his best spot at 39th. Lasith Malinga ended as the jointhighest wickettaker in the Asia Cup, which helped him leapfrog 11 places into 22nd position in the bowlers' rankings. Asian champions Sri Lanka are still ranked third with 112 points, one point below India, in the ODI team rankings. Australia claimed the top spot with 117 points.
BEING AGGRESSIVE IS THE KEY, SAYS RAZZAQ BDuL Razzaq has represented Pakistan on 343 occasions, scoring over 7,000 international runs and taking 389 wickets. The allrounder last represented Pakistan in the Twenty20 International series against South Africa four months ago, although his last One-Day International (ODI) was in November 2011. The 34-year-old has been a key member of Pakistan’s limited-overs teams since making his debut in 1996, being part of three ICC World Cup campaigns and three ICC World T20 events. His three wickets with the new ball against Sri Lanka in the ICC World T20 2009 final, played a major role in Pakistan’s victory that day. Although he has not been a consistent performer, his career has been punctuated with some blistering performances with the bat and ball, including 40 runs in the space of just 11 deliveries during England‘s tour of Pakistan in 2005 and also 44 off 20 deliveries in September 2010 at Lord’s. He has saved his best for South Africa — two of his three ODI centuries have come against the Proteas, including one of the great ODI innings which he played during the 2010 series in the uAE. In this series, Razzaq entered the fray in the 30th over of the second ODI, with Pakistan languishing on 136 for five chasing 286. He ended with 109 not out off 72 balls, including 10 sixes to secure a penultimate-ball one-wicket victory.
Razzaq has played 46 Test matches for Pakistan and he has had his moments both with bat and ball. This includes a 184-run record seventh-wicket stand with Kamran Akmal against India at Mohali in 2005 to save the Test. India were again the opposition when Kamran and Razzaq helped Pakistan reach a competitive total after being 39 for six at Karachi in 2006, a game Pakistan famously went on to win with Razzaq taking seven wickets and contributing a total of 135 runs. Currently out of favour with the Pakistani selectors after the emergence of the likes of Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali, Razzaq was left out of Pakistan’s Asia Cup 2014 and ICC World T20 2014 squads. PakPassion.net caught up with him to discuss his venture into club cricket in England, the high points of his career, Pakistan’s chances at the upcoming World T20, his thoughts on domestic cricket in Pakistan, as well his own plans for the future. ExcErPts from an intErviEw: PP: You’ve recently signed for Hem Heath of the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League. What do you aim to achieve by signing for them? razzaq: My dealings with the club have been very good. I’m impressed by what they had to say and what their ambitions are. They told me what they wanted to achieve this season and I’m really looking forward to playing for Hem Heath. On the field of course our aim will be to win every competition, but I also think
that it’s very important that I do some work on the coaching side with both the current and up and coming players at the club. PP: Is coaching something that you’d like to take up once you’ve stopped playing? razzaq: Yes definitely. I think you always have to look at the future and plan for the future. Too often you see players who
have not planned for their retirement and suddenly they stop playing cricket and don’t have anything to fall back on. I feel I can still play cricket at the highest level for a few years, but I think coaching at Hem Heath is a step in the right direction. Hopefully I can continue to coach in future and earn my coaching
ABDUL RAZZAQ BOASTS A STRIKE-RATE OF 81.25 IN ODIs AND 116.61 IN T20s FOR PAKISTAN
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