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Skipper forming ‘premier league’ for a new umpire
Pakistan Today has reason to believe that pakistan tehreek-einsaf (pti) Chairman imran khan is gathering forces to eﬀectively put pressure on the pakistan Muslim league-nawaz (pMl-n) government for overhauling the election Commission. this would be the first pragmatic political move by the cricketer-turned-politician who according to political observers, lacks understanding of realpolitik and hence time and again lands his party in useless controversies, Mian Abrar reports from Islamabad. story on page 04
lHC refers youtube ban Case to apex Court DIVISION BENCH SAYS PETITIONER SHOULD ASK SC TO CLARIFY ITS INTERIM ORDER ON BANNING WEBSITE story on page 04
Modi eyes power as obaMa Makes pledge to new india leader story on page 16
Khurshid locks horns with Gen Shareef over ‘jugular vein’ story on page 16
blaspHeMy law Covers offenCes against all religions: CJp story on page 05
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SKIPPER FORMING ‘PREMIER LEAGUE’ FOR A NEW UMPIRE MQM, PPP and other political outfits. This would be the first move to woo traditional opponents. "The PTI committee would meet PML-Q leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Pervez Elahi in the morning. Later in the day, the committee will meet PPP leaders – National Assembly Opposition Leader Syed Khurshid Shah and Senate Opposition Leader Aitzaz Ahsan at the Parliament House," the source said, adding that the committee would also hold meetings with MQM, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM) and other parties. The source said that the party would also contact some smaller regional parties, including Pir Pagara-led PML-Functional to seek
PTI’S THREE-MEMBER COMMITTEE TO MEET PPP, PML-Q LEADERS TODAY AS KHAN ATTEMPTS FORMATION OF A GRAND ALLIANCE AGAINST GOVT, LOOPING IN PPP, MQM, JI AND MWM FOR ECP’S REVAMPING ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN Today has reason to believe that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is gathering forces to effectively put pressure on the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government for overhauling the Election Commission. Reliable sources privy to the recent developments taking place
told us that in a bid to form a grand alliance for revamping of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Imran Khan has decided to contact even his opponents, including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League –Quaid (PML-Q). In a major breakthrough, the PTI's top leadership has formed a three-member committee to form a grand alliance on election reforms, sources said, adding that the com-
KARACHI, LAHORE TEST POSITIVE FOR POLIO! ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Samples taken in April from Lahore and Karachi have been tested positive for polio virus. According to a report by World Health Organisation (WHO), the sewage samples collected from Lahore and Karachi were tested positive for the virus. The samples had been taken from Lahore’s main outfall pumping stations and Gadap, Khemso Goth, Machar Colony and Gulshan-e-Iqbal areas in Karachi. Earlier this year, Peshawar was declared the largest reservoir of endemic poliovirus in the world by the WHO but samples from the city were tested negative for the virus. On Monday, two new cases of polio emerged in Karachi and North Waziristan Agency. This year, 61 polio cases have been confirmed in Pakistan, so far. Five cases were reported from Sindh, nine from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 47 from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(FATA). UNANIMOUS RESOLUTION: Meanwhile, the National Assembly on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolution vowing to make Pakistan polio-free. Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar informed the house that no new case has been detected in Punjab and Balochistan while there has been an increase in the number of instances in Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. A few lawmakers also locked horns over how to tackle the epidemic during the session. During a debate on the issue, Jamiat-e-UlemaIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) lawmaker Maulana Jamaluddin blamed the US drone campaign for the presence of polio in the country. He called on the government to divert its attention and resources to investigate the link between polio and the unmanned aircraft that hover over the tribal belt of Pakistan.
mittee will be led by PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi with PTI President Javed Hashmi and Secretary General Jahangir Tareen as its possible members. This would be the first pragmatic political move by the cricketer-turned-politician who according to political observers, lacks understanding of Realpolitik and hence time and again lands his party in useless controversies. In past, the PTI chief has been involved in verbal conflicts with
BRIBE LANDS OLMERT SIX YEARS IMPRISONMENT TEL AVIV AGENCIES
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, who succeeded Ariel Sharon in office after Sharon’s stroke, was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday by an Israeli judge. Olmert was found guilty six weeks after a sweeping, yearslong investigation into the planning process surrounding the hulking, hated apartment complex in southern Jerusalem known as Holyland. A judge in 2010 called it “one of the worst corruption affairs in Israeli history”... Judge Rozen, in issuing a searing 700-page verdict on March 31, said that Olmert “told lies in court” and that his version of events “has been rejected by me in every way.” The judge found that half a million shekels — about $144,000 — had been funnelled in a series of postdated checks from a financier hired to ease Holyland’s path through the city planning process to Olmert’s brother, Yossi.
support over the new election commission. "The committee has been mandated to seek support from all opposition parties for dismemberment of the ECP members and formation of an independent election panel, election reforms and a joint strategy on other important national issues," the source added. Asked whether any joint campaign against the PML-N government was also on cards, the PTI insider said it was premature to predict any such development. Meanwhile, PTI chief Imran Khan telephoned PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat and Pervez Elahi and discussed strategy for overhauling ECP, the source said. Both the leaders also discussed possibility of formation of a grand alliance
against the PML-N government. KHURSHID SHAH ENDORSES IMRAN’S ECP STANCE: Meanwhile, endorsing Imran Khan’s stance on overhauling of ECP, Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah said that the ECP members should immediately step down in wake of rigging allegations levelled by the PTI. Shah said that he still did not doubt the intentions of Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, but he claimed that the former chief election commissioner failed to conduct the election in a transparent manner. The senior Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader said that the government still had time to bring about reforms in the electoral system, which he said would take almost three years to be implemented.
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PM APPROVES INTEREST-FREE LOANS WORTH RS 3.5B AS MANY AS 50 PERCENT OF LOAN BENEFICIARIES WOULD BE WOMEN WHILE THE DISBURSEMENT OF INTEREST-FREE LOANS WOULD START IN THE THIRD WEEK OF JUNE ISLAMABAD INP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has described micro finance schemes as catalysts for political and economic development while termed micro credit an instrument of change for the poorest segment of the society. The premier was addressing a meeting to review the progress of the interestfree loan scheme worth Rs 3.5 billion which will cater to one million people in Pakistan. Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Prime Minister Youth Scheme (PMYS) Chairwoman Mariam Nawaz, Finance Secretary Dr Waqar Masood and other government officials attended the meeting. Nawaz said that such schemes could further boost
productive economic activities in the country. He said that he was convinced that if the youth were given proper guidance and financial support through micro credit schemes, they could play a positive role in the country’s development. During a briefing, Maryam Nawaz said, “Today we have fulfilled another promise of prime minister of Pakistan made with the youth of Pakistan. Transparency and merit are hallmark of our programme and we believe in disbursing capital and imparting skills
for development of our youth.” As many as 50 percent of the loan beneficiaries would be women while the disbursement of interest-free loans would start in the third week of June this year through Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. Moreover, each federating unit has been given share as per the NFC Award with primary focus on rural areas. Each beneficiary will receive up to Rs 50,000 through the scheme while loan and business support centres will be formed for facilitation.
LHC REFERS YOUTUBE BAN CASE TO APEX COURT DIVISION BENCH SAYS PETITIONER SHOULD ASK SC TO CLARIFY ITS INTERIM ORDER ON BANNING WEBSITE LAHORE STAFF REPORT
A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday directed the petitioner to approach the Supreme Court (SC) for clarification of its interim order under which the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) has blocked YouTube. The court issued this order after proceedings on the petition, which have been under way for more than 16 months. The bench, headed by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, is-
sued this order as the federal government had submitted that they imposed the ban under the orders of SC. In response to this, the counsel for the petitioner, the nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Bytes For All, submitted that the SC had only directed MoIT to block controversial video from YouTube, but the ministry blocked the website entirely. The petitioner also submitted that any filtering and blocking on the internet is counterproductive and predatory. In response, a deputy general submitted the claim
TECHNICAL EXPERT TELLS COURT ACCESS TO YOUTUBE COULD BE RESTORED IN PAKISTAN WITH INTERSTITIAL WARNING PAGES DISPLAYED BEFORE CONTROVERSIAL MATERIAL that the meaning of the order given by the SC was to block YouTube, because there is no mechanism available in the country to only block the controversial video. Due to an allegedly blasphemous video on YouTube titled the “Innocence of Muslims” the website was blocked by former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on September 17, 2012. In condemnation of the video, Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (PBUH) [love of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Day] was observed throughout on the orders of the Government
of Pakistan. The video resulted in mass protests in which 20 people were killed and over 200 injured. After hearing arguments from both sides, the bench ordered the petitioner to move the SC for clarification of its order under which the website is blocked. “Half of the country has been frustrated just like you have been about the blockage of YouTube,” Justice Shah remarked after the counsel for the petitioner insisted on making a decision about the petition. Justice Shah added that the SC had
compelled them not to pass any order in this regard. Salman Akhtar, a technical expert appointed by the court, submitted a report recommending that access to YouTube be restored in Pakistan with interstitial warning pages displayed before controversial material. The expert said due to efforts of MoIT and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Google has flagged many instances of the video with warning pages. These interstitial pages now warn the user that they are requesting objectionable
content. However, because of the impossibility of creating a fully comprehensive list of all instances of the video, these warning pages cover only those instances that have been flagged by MoIT and PTA and those that have been appropriately marked by Google. There remains the possibility of unflagged instances that would not have this warning page. Akhtar also said YouTube runs in two modes: http (open) and https (encrypted). In the open mode, PTA can easily block specific instances of the video. In the encrypted mode, blocking of the video is not possible since the specific video being requested by the user cannot be detected by intermediaries such as the PTA.
US CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS ARRIVES IN PAKISTAN, MEETS COAS, CNS ISLAMABAD: Admiral Jonathan Greenert, US chief of naval operations, arrived in the federal capital city on Tuesday on an important visit aimed at enhancing professional cooperation between the navies of the two countries. Admiral Jonathan also held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at the army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, according to an Inter Services Public Relations spokesperson. Admiral Jonathan held a meeting with Chief of Naval staff Admiral Asif Sandila at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad, a spokesman for Pakistan Navy said. During the meetings both sides agreed to enhance professional cooperation between two navies. The US official appreciated the role of Pakistan Navy in antipiracy operation in Gulf of Aden. Earlier, the top Navy commander of the US also visited Karachi where he had addressed Navy cadets at Pakistan Navy Academy, PNS Rahbar in Manora. STAFF REPORT
PAKISTAN, US ANNOUNCE PLAN TO EXPAND TRADE, INVESTMENT WASHINGTON: Pakistan and the United States announced an agreement on a Joint Action Plan to expand bilateral trade and investment flows over the next five years, as two countries vowed to strengthen their ties. The accord came on Tuesday as Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan and US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman led the two sides at a meeting of the US-Pakistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council. They also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on women’s economic empowerment at the meeting. APP
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Blasphemy law covers offences against all religions, says CJP CHIEF JUSTICE JILLANI ASKS MINORITIES’ REPRESENTATIVES TO SUBMIT REPORT ON SECTIONS WHERE THE MATERIAL HAS BEEN USED TO ABUSE THE MINORITIES AND IDENTIFY AREAS WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES FAILED TO SECURE THEIR LIVES AND PROPERTY ISLAMABAD APP
Hief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Tuesday expressed annoyance over non-registration of cases against culprits involved in setting Hindu temples ablaze in Sindh, and remarked that according to Pakistan Penal Code’s Article 295, offence against any religion comes under the blasphemy law. He expressed these remarks while chairing a three-member bench in a suo motu case over Peshawar Church
bombing and rights of minorities. The chief justice announced that due to importance of the case, the court would appoint amicus curiae including Munir A. Malik, Khawaja Haris and Hassan Aurangzaib who would assist the court in the matter without charging any fee. He also directed the minorities’ representatives to submit a report which indicates sections where the material has been used to abuse the minorities and identify areas where law enforcement agencies failed to secure their lives and property. Justice Jillani said that the court
2 teachers shot dead in Hangu HANGU INP
Two teachers were gunned down when unidentified armed men opened fire near a government high school in Chasma Jaat area of Hangu district on Tuesday. According to police, the school teachers were on their way to discharge their duties at the government high school in Gul Bagh area of Hangu at 7:30am when armed attackers ambushed them with bullet shots, leaving the two teachers severely injured while the assailants escaped successfully from the scene. The locals shifted the in-
jured teachers to the District Headquarter Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Police further said that a search operation was launched in the area to find the suspects. The station House officer of City Police Station Aslam Khan said that unknown attackers fired at the teachers named Shamim Badshah and Liaqat Ali Khan near Government High School number 1. The deceased Shamim Badshah belonged to Hangu while Liaqat Ali belonged to the Haji Zai area of Kohat. Angry students and the local residents blocked the Hangu Kohat Road near Alizai to protest the killings.
would share grievances of the minorities, hinting establishment of a new force to safeguard the minority communities. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar apprised the court that during last two months six untoward incidents happened with the Hindu community where their temples were set ablaze and their religion was not properly honoured and miscreants were not brought to book. He said that four of the incidents come under the blasphemy law. Additional inspector General (AiG) Sindh Police Ali Sher Jhakrani informed the court that the police has arrested five suspected criminals involved in torturing people belonging to minorities but cases were not registered under the blasphemy law. The chief justice directed him to submit a detailed report over the action
taken by police in this context within a week. The court also directed Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to submit a detailed report over the Hindu samadhi in Karak district. Salim Michael, a member of Justice Helpline, informed the court that Young Men’s Christian Association building in Karachi was being misused by some people and the matter was sub-judice in the Sindh High Court (SHC) for a while. He said the SHC had appointed a ‘Nazir’ – a court official who serves processes, acts as treasurer, and performs other similar duties – to look after the affairs of the club till final decision. Dr Ramesh Kumar apprised the court that according to the LiaqatNehru pact, the chairman of the evacuee property trust should be a Hindu. On this, the chief justice remarked that the political situation among the two nations was not good so that the
accord was not implemented on both sides but the apex court is trying to facilitate them on humanitarian grounds. During the hearing, the chief justice also hailed the role of indian Supreme Court for the welfare of minorities in india. Later, the court adjourned the hearing for one week.
OF WORDS, SPOKEN AND UNSPOKEN LAHORE: Professor Dr Imran Ijaz Haider, head of Psychiatry Department at Fatima Memorial Hospital, address the launch ceremony of Ms Anita Saleem's book 'Words: spoken and unspoken forces' at Forman Christian College University on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO
Musharraf will have to wait and watch SHC ADJOURNS HEARING OF FORMER MILITARY RULER’S ECL CASE TILL 20TH KARACHI INP A two-member bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Shahnawaz heard former president Pervez Musharraf s petition seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL). In his arguments, Attorney General Salman Butt said Musharraf’s petition against the ECL does not come under the High Court’s jurisdiction. He said the two decisions that were challenged, were issued from Islamabad and Musharraf is also a permanent resident of Islamabad. The AG said that the SHC had heard the ECL case on April 8, 2014. Upon this, Justice Mazhar remarked that the court would provide opportunity to the parties as per the constitution. Musharraf’s counsel Barrister Farogh Naseem argued before the bench that after the Supreme Court’s final decision, the court’s earlier interim order had no value. He further argued that only a trial court could issue an order to keep the name of a person on
FORMER PRESIDENT’S COUNSEL SAYS GOVT WANTS TO INFLUENCE COURT BY PUTTING MUSHARRAF’S NAME ON ECL the ECL. Naseem said that cases against Musharraf were proceeding in five courts but none had imposed a restriction on the movement of the former president. After hearing the arguments, the bench adjourned the hearing of the case till May 20. Later, talking to reporters, Barrister Naseem said that the government wanted to influence the court by putting Musharraf’s name on the ECL. He said that a citizen’s name cannot be put on the ECL with an administrative order. In the previous hearing, the government had opposed Musharraf’s petition which sought the removal of the travel ban imposed on him, on grounds that he had to visit his ailing mother in Dubai. The government had filed its response in the SHC. According to Musharraf’s counsel, the government’s reply stated that since the 70-year-old former president was required to appear in court in four different cases, his name should not be taken off the ECL. The government had also argued that in some cases Musharraf could face the death penalty and could abscond if his name was taken off the ECL.
BOOK LAUNCHED AT FCCU EMPHASISES IMPORTANCE OF USING POSITIVE WORDS LAHORE STAFF REPORT Ms Anita Saleem’s book “Words: spoken and unspoken forces” was launched at a well-attended ceremony in Forman Christian College University on Tuesday. The author, also a faculty member at FCCU acknowledged how her training and experience in Clinical Psychology led her to write a book on the importance of using positive words. Speaking at the occasion, Dr Tariq Rahman, Dean, School of Education at BNU, said that the book is most relevant in the Pakistani context since there is such a lot of negativity around us. He commended the author and pointed how difficult it is for a first time author get their book printed.
The chief guest at the occasion, Mr Arif Nizami, Editor, Pakistan Today, spoke on the importance of choosing the ‘best fit’ words to explain situations. He also pointed out that it is the media’s responsibility to use appropriate words while reporting events. “Media uses the power of words to influence people's thoughts, emotions and behaviours therefore it is very important that media persons understand the significance of using the right words to describe events,” he said. In a panel discussion, Dr Imran Ijaz Haider, Head, Department of Psychiatry at Fatima Memorial Hospital, emphasized that to live positively, one must think positively since thoughts have an enormous influence on well being. He also shared some experiences from his clinical experience. Dr CJ Dubash, Vice Rector Intermediate, FCCU, reiterated that teachers must use words with caution since the words they use can affect student’s lives for good or for worse. He highly recommended the book for educationists.
Ms Ravale Mohydin, a counselling psychologist, spoke about the impact of positive statements, optimism and mindfulness on building personal relationships, parenting and teaching based on her experience. The book launch was moderated by Dr Yaqoob Khan Bangash, chairperson, Department of History at FCCU. In her concluding remarks, Anita Saleem pointed out that negative thinking comes naturally in us but positive thinking requires an effort. She stated that in order to stay positive and speak positive during times of chaos, one must make a conscious effort. She also pointed out that thoughts (unspoken words) are as important as speech (spoken words) and must be used with caution as they have the potential to shape emotions, affect underlying physiology and eventually influence the behaviour of individuals. “It is therefore important that individuals use words wisely so as to uplift and encourage each other. This is the only way that we can progress as a nation.”
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ShahBaz PromiSeS end to ‘dark ageS’ Soon PUNJAB CM SAYS PML-N GOVT IS WORKING ROUND-THE-CLOCK TO RESOLVE ENERGY CRISIS; SEVERAL POWER PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE LAHORE STAFF REPORT
uNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the federal government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has started work on various energy projects to remove darkness from the country and the day is not far off when the nation will be rid of power shortage. Talking to assembly members, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) office-bearers and workers of different districts on Tuesday, the CM said that those opposing relief projects aimed for the masses and hindering progress should be aware that the journey of public service will not stop and the PML-N government “will steer the country out of problems and transform it into a welfare state”. Sharif said that the PML-N government and leadership
When in PeaCe, PrePare for War! RAWALPINDI APP
While addressing the troops during his visit to Tilla Ranges near Jhelum on Tuesday, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Shareef said that all available means would be utilised to maintain the operational capability of the army to effectively respond to full spectrum of threat. The COAS witnessed culmination of large-scale maneuvering exercises by formations of Central Command in near-real environment. Pakistan Air force (PAf) aircrafts and major weapon systems including artillery provided live fire support to training maneuvers conducted by troops. Appreciating professional skills and motivation of the troops involved in the exercises, General Shareef said that strenuous training and highest standard of preparedness in peacetime were the only guarantors of peace. earlier on arrival, the COAS was received by Commander Central Command Lt Gen Tariq Khan.
would honour every promise it had made to the people and come up to their expectations at all costs. He said that former rulers had neglected the people’s problems and ignored the issues confronted by the country. “instead of redressing people’s grievances, the former rulers indulged in corruption and nepotism while merit was flouted,” he said, adding that due to negligence and poor policies of the former government, the energy crisis took a serious form and economy, agriculture and industrial sectors suffered heavy losses. Shahbaz said that the PML-N’s promise to eliminate darkness from the country would be fulfilled at any cost. “The federal government is working on several energy projects,” he said, adding that foreign investors are taking interest in investment in Pakistan and power projects of 20,000 MW will be completed with the cooperation of China. PUNJAB ENERGY PROJECTS: Meanwhile, the CM announced that the Punjab government is also implementing a massive power generation program. “The foundation stone of the first solar power park has been laid in Bahawalpur, where 1000 MW of electricity will be produced,” Shahbaz said. He said that in the first phase, the production of 100 MW of electricity would begin from December 2014.
ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in a meeting with World Bank's Country Director Rashid Bin Masood on Tuesday.
Shahbaz also announced that work on coal power projects with a capacity to generate 1320 MW of electricity would be started later this month in Sahiwal. Overcoming the energy crisis is essential for controlling poverty and unemployment, promotion of trade and economic activities, strengthening of in-
dustrial sector and placing the national economy on sound foundations. He said that keeping in view the seriousness of the issue, the PML-N government is working round the clock to resolve the energy crisis. Shahbaz said that serving the masses is the crux of PML-N’s politics and it was making its best efforts in
NA body wants media laws in line with constitution COMMITTEE ADVISES MEDIA LAWS REVIEW TASK FORCE TO ENSURE MEDIA LAWS UPHOLD NATIONAL INTEGRITY, NATIONAL SECURITY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ISLAMABAD APP
The legal task force constituted to review media laws has been advised to recommend laws in line with the Constitution, national integrity, national interest and freedom of expression. This was stated in the tenth meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on information, Broadcasting and National Heritage (iB&NH) which was held in islamabad on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by member National Assembly Marvi Memon and was attended by MNA Murad Saeed, Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Muhammad Tallal, Parveen Masood Bhatti, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Naeema Kishwar Khan, Arifa Khalid Parvez, Marriyum Aurangzeb and
Belum Hasnain. federal Secretary information and representatives from the Ministry of iB&NH and Law Division were also present. The ten-member special Media Laws Review Task force was constituted in the ninth meeting of the standing committee to conduct a comprehensive review of all existing laws, rules, regulations at the federal, provincial and local levels which are media-related laws or have a bearing on the operation and output of the media. Members of the task force include legal experts, Babar Sattar, Barrister Salman Afridi, Rizwan ejaz, Nawazish Peerzada, faisal Siddiqi, Ayub Baloch, Yasmeen Aftab Ali and Afia Salam. More experts may be added to further strengthen the task force. The task force also has to suggest guidelines for proper
implementation of the Media Laws and develop a monitoring framework for oversights on the implementation of the existing and the amended media laws, rules and regulations. Highlighting the need for appraisal of media related laws, the standing committee had decided to form a special task force to review and suggest amendments in the existing media laws. A report by the Media Commission, compiled by Javed Jabbar, has made the same recommendation. The standing committee’s meeting was held to commence the work of the Media Laws Review Task force as per the finalised Terms of Reference. Members of the standing committee resolved that the task force should complete the task and conclude the recommendations in 4 to 6 months. Laws pertaining to heritage, electronic, print, broadcasting, copyright, classical media, below the line advertising, journalists laws and any other media related laws would be reviewed by the legal taskforce.
this regard for the last six years. Sharif said that he would continue to serve the masses till his last breath. “Punjab will be made a model province with regard to progress and development,” said Shahbaz, adding that the national economy is improving due to solid economic policies of the PML-N.
anP leader Shot dead in PeShaWar PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
A local Awami National Party (ANP) leader was killed by unknown persons in Peshawar's Kohati area on Tuesday. According to the police, former union counselor Anwarul Haq was present at his shop when unknown assailants opened fire on him. He died on the spot. The slain ANP leader was a member of ANP's district organising committee in Peshawar. following the incident, ANP workers blocked Peshawar’s G.T road for all forms of traffic. ANP leader Mian iftikhar Hussain, including other party members, also participated in the demonstration. The protesters carried black flags and shouted slogans against the provincial government while demanding the immediate arrest of Haq's assailants.
Shahbaz strives for welfare of overseas Pakistanis as well LAHORE AThER AlI KhAN The Punjab government has once again proved that it takes care of people from all sections of society and strives for the betterment of everyone who belongs to this land of five rivers. Side by side with introducing reforms for the people of the province in the fields of education, health, agriculture, power-generation and other spheres of life, Punjab government led by Shahbaz Sharif has taken an unprecedented step in the history of Pakistan by making special arrangements for resolving problems faced by Pakistanis living abroad. These problems are related to different walks of life, for instance, family or property disputes, employment hindrances, criminal cases, getting connections of utility services, travel agents and airlines related issues, banks related matters etc. In order to overcome these problems, Government of the Punjab has strategized a plan where initially an office of Overseas Pakistanis Commissioner, Punjab, has recently been established. The office of Overseas Pakistanis Commissioner, Punjab is attached with S&GAD.
The main objectives of the organization is not only redressing the complaints, but also facilitating the overseas Pakistani citizens in every possible manner. The office will work for the welfare of overseas Pakistanis, welcome them in mainstream, address their genuine problems which fall within the provision of the provincial government, arrange for protection from land grabbing and similar hazardous, facilitate investment and remove hurdles by assisting in policy decisions on the basis of suggestions received from overseas Pakistanis. It will receive and redress the grievances of overseas Pakistanis relating to departments, attached departments and autonomous bodies of the Government. The office will also refer complaints of overseas Pakistanis relating to maladministration to the Ombudsman and deal with ancillary matters as well. The Commissioner shall transmit all complaints received from overseas Pakistanis to the concerned Provincial Government Departments / Offices for their redressal. Those offices will be under obligation to respond to the Overseas Pakistanis Commissioner within a reasonable time.
He will make recommendations for policy changes / improvements in the system of Federal Government as well as Provincial Government on the basis of recommendations / feedback received from the overseas Pakistanis. His office will also be authorized to refer any complaint to the Ombudsman Punjab for investigation on behalf of the Government. All complaints relating to the Provincial Government Departments will be transmitted by the office of the Overseas Pakistanis Commissioner, Punjab to the concerned departments/ offices and would be followed up and regular progress reports will be submitted to Chief Secretary/Chief Minister. ii) The Commissioner is authorized to refer any complaint to the Ombudsman, Punjab for investigation. iii) All Departments will appoint an officer of the level of Additional Secretary as Focal Person for redressal of complaints relating to overseas Pakistanis. However, the Police and Board of Revenue will appoint an officer of the level of Additional Inspector General and a Member of Board of Revenue to deal with the complaints of the overseas Pakistanis
and monitor their progress. iv) District level committees shall be set up at all districts and include District Coordination Officer as Convener, District Police Officer Member, Additional District Officer Member/Secretary and representatives of the concerned departments to be co-opted by the Committee. The District Committee will review complaints pending with different officers in the district and expedite disposal. It will also send progress report and suggestions for improvement in the system to the Overseas Pakistanis Commissioner, Punjab. v) The Commission will also make recommendations for policy changes/ improvements in the system of Federal Government as well as Provincial Government on the basis of recommendations/ feedback received from the Overseas Pakistanis. There is no doubt that expatriate play pivotal role in strengthening the economy of our country by sending foreign exchange. They also play the role of ambassadors of their homeland. To acknowledge their contribution, Punjab government organized 1st Overseas Pakistanis Convention 2014. It
was held in Chief Minister Secretariat. The Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was chief guest and Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar presided over the ceremony. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while addressing the Convention said that the expatriates are not overseas Pakistanis but ambassadors of the country. He announced to set up Overseas Pakistani Commission at provincial level to immediately resolve the problems of overseas Pakistanis. He said that expatriate Pakistanis earn huge foreign exchange by dint of hard work and no one will be allowed to usurp their hard earned money or property. He told that the Commission for overseas Pakistanis will be fully empowered and the committee comprising elected representatives will monitor all matters at district level. Governor Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar while addressing first Overseas Pakistani Convention said that for the first time in the history of the country, any government has made sincere efforts for resolving the problems of expatriates Pakistanis upon which, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif deserve congratulations.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
WHO BURNT THE NothiNg without islam, says presideNt OFFICE ANYWAY?
Mamnoon says family plays vital role in progress and stability of society ISLAMABAD APP
resident Mamnoon Hussain on tuesday said that family plays an important role in the progress, security, stability and development of society because it provides the natural habitat required for positive upbringing of a human being. "islam gives special attention on family affair and if there is peace and harmony in a family it will have good impacts on its surroundings and society," the president said while speaking to first international Fiqhi conference on "Current issues in
Muslim personal laws between shariah and states' Legislation" at international islamic University islamabad (iiUi). the three-day conference was organised by iiUi in collaboration with imam Muhammad bin saud islamic University, riyadh. the president said the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees religious freedom, adding that the non-Muslims are governed by their own personal laws. He said that nothing could be more relevant and direct than the subject of the conference. He said that family is the single most important institution that is the basis for stability and consolidation of a society, adding that the Quran contains verse after verse that deal
with multiple aspects of family life, such as marriage, divorce, inheritance. they are directed at the establishment of a harmonious society - the condition of peace and harmony at home radiates peace and harmony around, a much desired goal to be achieved, he added. "Allah has enunciated broad and essential legal principles commanding the life of a Muslim family. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has explained and clarified the same through words and acts while the imams have further elaborated them catering to the situations that emerged with the great expansion of islam and impacting diverse societies with a mosaic of cultures."
metro to go uNder too! Metro Bus track from D Chowk to Pakistan Secretariat to be built underground ISLAMABAD: Metro Bus Authority (MBA) has decided to change the map of Metro Bus Service Islamabad section and track of metro bus service route from D- Chowk to Pakistan Secretariat will be built under ground due to security concerns. NESPAK had given final shape to prospective route of metro bus service from D-Chowk blue area to Pakistan secretariat. This route was worked out under phase-1. The map of this route was feared to have exposed the red zone to security threat. Therefore it has been planned that Metro bus route track from D-chowk to Pak Secretariat will be kept under ground. A special tunnel will be constructed for metro bus service. A bus station equipped with modern facilities will be constructed for commuters near Pak Secretariat. Online
a high catch! ANF seizes 9kg of heroin, 1.1kg of amphetamine ISLAMABAD: Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) have seized nine kilogrammes of heroin and 1.1 kg of amphetamine, and arrested three people from Islamabad airport and a courier company in Lahore. An ANF Rawalpindi team on information conducted an operation at Islamabad airport and recovered 3.04 kg heroin from two employees of Civil Aviation Authority, namely Masood Hussain (electrician) and Muhammad Sabir (aircraft mechanic), said a press release. ANF team intercepted them at PIA Cargo Terminal, where they were in possession of eight books in which off-white heroin was concealed. Both the individuals approached cargo terminal by car and motorcycle. Initial investigation revealed that they wanted to send it to Holland. ANF Rawalpindi Airport team conducted an operation at Islamabad Airport and arrested a passenger Hamayun Afzal, resident of Chakwal, while recovering 1.1 kg amphetamine tactfully concealed in his trolley bag. He was to travel to Bahrain by Gulf Airline Flight No GF-771. APP
Minister asks FIA to investigate Estate Office fire incident ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Housing and Works Barrister Usman Ibrahim has asked Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate the matter of fire incident in Estate Office. The minister on Tuesday formally directed FIA to initiate its enquiry regarding the fire matter in Estate Office. He had directed to constitute a three-member committee to probe into the matter. According to the report of the committee, the fire incident appeared to be intentional and deliberate by
some employees of the Estate Office to hide the illegal allotments and its record. The Estate Office surprisingly caught fire on March 2, 2014 when the building was closed for two holidays. In this regard an FIR was lodged by the Estate Office in Kohsar Police Station to investigate the matter. Due to this fire incident the major portion of record related to government accommodation, office, furniture and fixture, electricity wiring, ceiling and partitioning walls were burnt. APP
Pakistan's regional isolation
Wednesday, 14 May, 2014
Pak-Iran relations IP gas pipeline project is crucial for both countries
A policy of doing nothing won’t work anymore
HAnKS a military dictated foreign policy Pakistan has got itself badly isolated in the region. The country’s relations with India, Afghanistan and Iran are, to varying degrees, in bad shape. Besides tensions on the Eastern and Western frontiers, Pakistan’s border with Iran is also becoming a source of anxiety. In February Iranian interior minister threatened to send troops inside Pakistan if steps were not taken by Islamabad against terrorist groups launching attacks inside Iran from Pakistan’s territory. Last month, President Hassan Rouhani underlined the need for the removal of security concerns at the two countries’ common border. Early this month Iran’s police chief hinted that his country could seal its border with Pakistan any time. Any attempt to improve the relations is therefore welcome. During Prime Minister nawaz Sharif’s visit he was told by highest Iranian authorities what hurt Tehran the most i.e., sectarian violence in the Pakistan-Iran border region and cross border attacks by anti-Iran sectarian groups. Iran is dissatisfied with the level of cooperation so far provided by Pakistan and wants Islamabad to do more to put an end to the attacks. Pakistan needs to enhance economic relations and expand trade with Iran. Iran is a potential market for Pakistan’s exports. The latter also needs Iranian gas and is keen to import power from Iran. Most of all Pakistan needs a friendly neighbour and a secure border. There are two hurdles in the improvement of relations. American sanctions stand in the way of import of gas from Iran. As nuclear talks with Iran have gone surprisingly well, the withdrawal of US sanctions in days to come cannot be ruled out. One expects Islamabad to continue to press Washington that it needs the Iranian gas badly. The Gulf countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, look at the regional politics from a narrow sectarian perspective. What is more they continue to finance and encouraged anti-Shia terrorist groups in Pakistan, some of which attack Iran. Unless nawaz Sharif is able to persuade the Saudis or is able to come out of their influence, the anti-Shia terrorist groups would continue attacks inside Iran and play havoc in Pakistan. It all depends on whether the PML-n government is able to resist the overtures on the part of certain Gulf countries or any other power that might want to use Pakistan’s territory to destabilise Iran. Unless it does so the desire expressed in Tehran for increased bilateral trade and strengthening relationship and cooperation between the two countries will remain a pipedream. nawaz Sharif has to realise that Pakistan badly needs to improve ties with neighbours.
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n the backdrop of the growing chill in relations between Pakistan and Iran, stoked by the recent abduction of Iranian border guards and the apparent foot-dragging by Pakistan in regards to fulfillment of its commitment on IP gas pipeline project, a summit level contact was absolutely necessary to smooth out differences between the two brotherly countries and recalibrate their ties in conformity with the demands of history and the emerging geo-political realities in the region. Viewed from this perspective, the recent visit of Prime Minister nawaz Sharif to Iran was quite significant and timely. Indications are that both sides have agreed to better border management and improve security measures to ensure that incidents like the abduction of Iranian guards do not recur and enhanced security at the borders leads to increased bilateral trade, which both sides resolved to boost to $5 billion. The two leaders also agreed to res-
urrect the IP gas project, which has remained in doldrums ever since it was conceived in 1995 -- due to a variety of reasons including financial constraints and unrelenting US pressure on Pakistan to dissuade itself from the venture. It is indeed a very encouraging development in the backdrop of some discouraging signals in the recent past about the project ever taking off. It is pertinent to mention that the US has been trying to persuade the present government to withdraw from the project by promising help in the energy sector as an alternate to the venture and also supporting the transregional projects like CASA-1000 and TAPI. It even used threats of sanctions against Pakistan but the government exhibited rare guts and vision to spurn the combination of lures and threats by the sole super power in the world. The government, by sticking to the project, has also made a healthy break from the unenviable past practice by the new governments to discard and disown the projects initiated by previous regimes. The stance of the government is also in line with the vision and paradigm shift in the conduct of our foreign policy, with greater focus on building regional linkages. Pakistan belongs to South Asian region and its economic prosperity and security is inextricably linked to this region. Any policy divorced from these realities would not be in our long term national interests. Giving due consideration to the geographical realities and historic bonds with the countries of the region reflects pragmatic and realistic thinking. The P5+1 agree-
ment with Iran on its nuclear program and subsequent developments have also contributed to creating a congenial atmosphere for the implementation of the project and both Pakistan and Iran must capitalise on these changed realities for fast-track the implementation of the IP Gas Project. From amongst the conceived transregional projects, only IP gas pipeline is relevant to Pakistan’s situation at the moment. It is not only important for energy-starved Pakistan but also for Iran in terms of showing the world that it was not isolated, more so in its own region. The Pak-Iran gas pipeline is almost indispensable in view of the energy crisis gripping the country at the moment and its future needs. The completion of the project would be instrumental to the addition of 4000 MW of electricity into the system. The PakIran gas pipeline will serve our economic interests for a long time to come besides other benefits that will come through economic integration with the region. It is hoped that in view of the importance of the pipeline for both the countries and their determination to make it a reality, issues such as pricing and availability of the finances for construction of the 781 km section of the pipeline on Pakistani side and extension in the deadline for its completion, would be amicably resolved. India, which initially was also part of the project known as IPI, withdrew from the venture in view of US opposition to it. However it has been adequately compensated through the signing of the agreement for transfer of civilian nuclear technology to her by US and its allies like UK and France.
The US is not prepared to treat Pakistan at par with India with regard to transfer of civilian nuclear technology. Pakistan perforce has to find other avenues and sources for generating power to meet its current and future needs. China, our time-tested friend, has come to our rescue in this area. It is helping us in building Chashma III and IV and is also engaged in the construction of nine power units in GilgitBaltistan and Azad Kashmir, including the neelum Jhelum Project. Under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, China would undertake 16 energy projects with a cumulative production capacity of 20,000 MW. Chinese companies would be making an investment of $6 billion in the power projects in Pakistan over the next five years, especially in the coal-based electricity generating units in which China has exceptional expertise. In addition to this, a nuclear power plant at Karachi with a potential to generate 2200 MW would also be constructed with Chinese help which would be completed by 2017. At present Pakistan has an installed power generating capacity of nearly 23,000 MW from all sources and according to an IAEA assessment report, power demand in Pakistan will increase to more than 49,000 MW by the year 2025. The PML (n) government therefore is moving in the right direction by giving top priority to tackling the energy crisis and adding new power generating capacity to the system. IP gas pipeline project is surely of immense value with regard to attaining energy-security and kickstarting the process of rehabilitation of the economy.
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Tarnished image of Pakistan The United nations office on Drugs and Crime is mandated to support governments, worldwide, in matters related to drugs, crime control, border management, human trafficking and human smuggling. UnODC Country Office (COPAK) is mandated to support the Government of Pakistan with technical assistance to enhance the capacity of police, law enforcement and prosecution authorities. To improve prosecution service through training, a position of national Prosecution Consultant was announced in March this year. On the basis of my impressive credentials and long work experience, I was shortlisted for interview on April 16, 2014. The date was changed to April 17, 2014, due to non-availability of Advisor, Criminal Justice, in Islamabad. On April 17, 2014, when I reached UnODC office in Diplomatic Enclave at 1400 hours, I found Front Office completely ignorant about my interview. After contacting the concerned authority, the receptionist guided me to the kitchen (Canteen). After sometime Manager Programme Prosecution appeared in the kitchen and guided me to the Conference Hall. Advisor, Criminal Justice, was out of office. However, he joined the discussion after lunch at Islamabad Club. After he left, HR Associate also showed up. I came back from the interview with the impression that UnODC had no respect for Pakistanis. I think terrorism, crime, drugs and corruption have tarnished the image of Pakistan in the eyes of the international community. It is a very serious situation. Citizens of Pakistan are treated with disrespect in their own country. It does not happen in other jurisdictions. Our leadership must address issues of terrorism, human trafficking and drugs on priority basis, if we want to live with honour in the world. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
Did I vote right? D Day celebrated this Sunday has raised many questions and developing stories. Khan sahib came up with the slogan of bringing about change. But it lost its importance and value the day he welcomed and let Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Javed Hashmi join his party. Whatever the political importance of that act was, it
carried away the very meaning of change. This disappointment did not end there. Let’s have a comparison between the parties, PML-n and PTI. The very first step of governance at any level is to set priority. Whether it’s about managing a house or a government, it works in the same way. Metro project clearly reveals the negligence of Punjab government towards priorities. If half of the budget was spent on the betterment of education and health departments in Rawalpindi, the progress of the city would have been at peak in coming years. But certainly, bus service is more important than health and education for Punjab government. Coming back to the priorities of PTI, dharnas and jalsas almost after every couple of months, is the change Khan sahib was talking about? What about the letter of Mohd Shehzad Arbab and corruption issues mentioned by him in that letter? What about the DI Khan jailbreak issue? If the cases still remain unresolved for months, if commissioner of a division in KPK will be the person against whom nAB case is underway, if transfers against administrative discipline will be frequently practised, if political interference in the official appointments is going to be the same, then what is that change that Khan sahib keeps raising his slogan for? If PTI’s prerogative is to demand recounting of votes via dharnas and not these critically substantial issues in KPK, then I feel bad that I just wasted away my vote. SANA MUSHTAQ Islamabad
Seasonal spray The seasonal aerial spray of anti-mosquitos of all types initiated by President Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan was a prudent and laudable decision. It not only helped curb out the poisonous and environment-polluting flies, mosquitoes etc – giving physical and mental relief to common men from their stings or bites – providing them long-lasting protection, but also its cost was affordable and reasonable. But in response to a petition filed by the bee-owners association against that spray, the campaign was halted by the government as they thought it was fatal for their bees and their honey-production. It is a sad reality that till date it has not been restored yet. What is the logic behind troubling the majority for the sake of minority? The majority of our countrymen are poor – most of them being daily-wagers who work hard all day to make both ends meet. Their physical and mental
rest is limited to nights only and conditioned to power too. But constant load shedding and buzzing and biting of mosquitos on the other hand adds oil to the fire so their rest goes to dogs. It is high time the govt restarted these sprays again. Alternatively there should be beespecific areas where there would be no spray. They can be shifted there so as to ease the tensions. It would be a welcome move amidst the load-shedding and mosquito bites. IMTIAZ AHMAD Mardan
Plight of mothers Pakistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world: 260 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births in Pakistan. The emergency situations, especially floods and conflict, have greatly contributed to this scenario and impacted the country’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality and improve maternal health. These man-made and natural disasters have resulted in increased impoverishment, crowded living conditions and outbreak of hazardous diseases all across the country since long. The recent report titled “the State of the World’s Mothers” launched by Save the Children has been written on the same lines and highlights the causes of maternal and child deaths in crisis settings. The repot ranks Pakistan at 147 out of 178 countries and mentioned it as one of the toughest places in South Asia to be a mother. This is mainly because of its weak mechanism for protecting health rights of women and children, especially during difficult situations. The prevailing situation demands the utmost attention of relevant government departments to develop strong protection system for emergency situations to ensure that every mother and newborn has access to high quality healthcare. Pakistan is already at the verge of achieving MDGS 4 and 5 owing to the lack of basic healthcare facilities all across the country. Although there has been some progress in reducing child and maternal mortality rates but still a lot needs to be done to maintain the health standards at all levels. To overcome the situation, especially in lieu of post-18th amendment, provincial governments should develop and implement effective national and local preparedness plans tailored to respond to the specific needs of mothers, children and babies to ensure the well-being of the whole nation. AMINA SARWAR Islamabad
WORLD VIEW 09
Wednesday, 14 May, 2014
HOW TO RESOLVE PAKISTAN'S POLIO CRISIS al Jazeera mAlik AyuB SumBAl
As the number of polio cases reached 74, the inevitable finally happened: The World Health Organization (WHO) imposed a six-month international travel restriction on Pakistanis to prevent the possible spread of the polio virus from Pakistan to other countries. Of the 74 cases registered worldwide, 59 occurred in Pakistan. The government is now left with no other option except to ensure that all people residing in Pakistan and long-term visitors receive a dose of oral polio vaccine (OPV) or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) between four weeks and 12 months prior to travelling overseas. The WHO slapped travel restrictions on Pakistanis after identifying Pakistan as one of three countries at risk of further spreading poliovirus to the rest of the world. For the past few years, Pakistan's government has failed to reduce the numbers of polio cases to acceptable levels, despite WHO warnings. A number of campaigns for vaccinations across the country were not successful in eliminating the disease. The question is why? Failure on many levels Pakistan reached this embarrassing point for a number of reasons. First, rumours and misconceptions about the polio vaccine have run free across the country. Some say that this vaccine is being used to control the birth rate and decrease women's fertility; others claim that it weakens children. Whatever the misconception, little has been done by the state to change people's minds about the vaccine. The high polio rates have been a failure of education, in a way. Second, failed services and negligence have also contributed to the problem. In a number of regions like Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) and remote regions of the Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw Province, anti-polio campaigns have used the expired vaccines scandal to discourage people from getting the vaccine. At the same time, in some areas suffering regular blackouts refrigeration and storage of the vaccines has been a challenge. Because of the systematic service provision failure of the government, some village leaders have taken to boycotting polio campaigns to pressure the authorities to take care of their electricity needs. Third, it is also clear that the international community shares part of the blame. The fact that these organisations have focused only on polio, when babies need a set of nine vaccines has not been well received in Pakistan. Furthermore, revelations that Dr Shakil Afridi, who led a fake polio drive to help the CIA capture Osama bin Laden, worked for some UN agencies, has not helped the situation either. In fact, because of the continuous use of drones by the US in the northern parts of the country, the Taliban decided to ban all polio vaccination campaigns. Fourth, the government has failed to protect anti-polio medical workers. Recent years have seen more than 100 attacks on polio teams and workers in which at least 50 polio workers lost their lives. Despite the frequency of the attacks, none of the perpetrators have been identified or arrested by the security agencies. If the government was to show true commitment to eradicating polio from the country, it would put much more effort into protecting vaccination teams. What needs to be done? After the WHO imposed travel restrictions on Pakistan, the Khyber Pakthoonkhaw Province under the leadership of Imran Khan, a former cricketer, launched a health programme called "Sehat Ka Insaaf" (Justice for Health). I travelled to Peshawar with the Sehat Ka Insaaf organisers to observe their work, but in the two days of my stay there I did not see even a single polio team in the city. Campaigns such as Sehat Ka Insaaf cannot end polio. All they can do is provide their leaders with the publicity and political gains they are hoping for. A senior official at WHO's Pakistan office told me that the polio cases are concentrated in Peshawar, FATA and Karachi, while the rest of the country is polio free for now. With this in mind, it is time to revamp the polio vaccination drive and focus it on the areas experiencing high incidences. The government should develop better security services for polio workers as well as better plans to cope with the reach and penetration of vaccination campaigns. Government officials should also try to engage regional and tribal leaders in this initiative to minimise security concerns and encourage local communities to trust the vaccination teams. An education campaign should focus on dispelling negative misconceptions about the vaccine and explain what exactly it does. Finally, the international community and organisations need to back the Pakistani government's efforts by providing funding and effective support on the ground that reflects the real needs of the population. Only a sincere effort on the part of all stakeholders could help to eradicate polio from Pakistan. Malik Ayub Sumbal is an award-winning journalist currently based in Islamabad.
Why no one trusts IndIa's electIon pollIng Washington Post
onday marked the final day of voting in India's enormous national elections, a truly gargantuan project that saw hundreds of millions of people cast votes over more than a month. Although the final results will not be out until Friday, exit poll results are already being released. So what is everyone predicting? That's a surprisingly tricky question to answer. While most polls have been predicting a victory for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Narendra Modi, they are far from uniform. As Niharika Mandhana of the Wall Street Journal points out, the first polls are "all over the place," with significantly divergent predictions — some forecasting that the BJP will win an outright majority, and some saying that the BJP would be forced to form a coalition government. The governing Congress party, widely predicted to lose a large number of seats, announced that it will not take part in exit poll discussions. It may sound confusing. But for India, skepticism and distrust of exit polling has become part of the culture. And not without reason, as the two charts show. Political analyst Praveen Rai looked at poll predictions in the past few years for the Mumbai-based Economics and Political Weekly. Rai found that although the forecasts for the 1998 and 1999 elections were broadly accurate, the predictions for 2004 and 2009 left a lot to be desired. For example, in 2004's election, Rai noted that most polls predicted that the National Democratic Alliance
(NDA), led by BJP, would win a substantial number of seats and hold on to power. In fact, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by Congress, won more seats than the NDA. And then, while 2009's predictions were far more accurate, they were not able to predict the scale of the UPA victory: There's a multitude of reasons why polling in India is a difficult task, some of which are simple things like scale (India is really big and diverse) and technology (many people don't have phones or Internet access still). As Jonah Force Hill wrote in the Diplomat in February, few polling companies actually have the resources to do so many face-to-face interviews on a national scale and thus are forced to extrapolate data for their forecasts. The practical difficulties feed into another issue – a widespread belief, perhaps justified, that political surveys in India are biased. Almost all polls are conducted by Indian media companies, many of which are thought to have an implicit or even explicit bias: One TV news sting operation from earlier this year reportedly found that 11 polling companies were willing to alter their results for a fee. None of this means that Modi isn't on course for a victory, of course – for one thing, the remarkable increase in cellphones over the past decade should make polling easier (at least in theory). But it does help explain why Congress hasn't given up hope quite yet. Adam Taylor writes about foreign affairs for the Washington Post. Originally from London, he studied at the University of Manchester and Columbia University.
TEACHING LIBERATION TO PAKISTAN’S GIRLS
neW York times BinA ShAh
You can’t go a day on the streets of Pakistan without hearing some spectacularly rude words and colorful insults taken in stride, whether thrown in anger at an errant motorist or in banter among friends at a tea shop. But the words “sex education” are different; they release a tirade of moral righteousness from many Pakistanis, who find this the dirtiest phrase of all. These people fear that it means “teaching children how to have sex,” rather than educating them about their health and reproductive rights. At least in some parts of Pakistan, though, that is beginning to change. Most Pakistanis still profess conservatism and modesty about sexual relations and matters of the body. But Dr. Nafis Sadik, a United Nations population expert who led Pakistan’s successful Family Planning Program in the 1960s, describes a deeper feeling of fear: that if girls are given access to information about sexual health and reproduction, they will become promiscuous. “Boys’ and men’s sexual behavior is condoned and appreciated,” she has said, “but girls’ and women’s sexual behavior is seen as something that needs to be controlled.” Nevertheless, attitudes are evolving — not least because this prudishness has proved dangerous for the nation. Today, Pakistanis face a major health care crisis of deadly communicable diseases like hepatitis C, which is rampant in rural areas, as well as a flood of health problems that women and girls experience because Pakistan has also retained the practice of early marriage. Many girls are married off by their families as soon as — or even shortly before — they have reached puberty in their early teens. A result: Pakistan ranks near the bottom among countries in
maternal and child health care. One anecdote captures the absurdity of the problem. Early this year, a village in rural Sindh summoned the boldness to instruct 700 girls from eight local schools on topics like menstruation, how to protect themselves from sexual assault, and even marital rape. The villagers had demanded the classes, and the students reacted enthusiastically to the revolutionary idea that they had the right to control their own bodies. But Mirza Kashif Ali, president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, reacted angrily, reportedly saying: “What’s the point of knowing about a thing you’re not supposed to do? It should not be allowed at school level.” That “thing you’re not supposed to do” is actually being done to young women and girls in child marriages all across Pakistan. Of Pakistan’s 90 million women, 37 percent have married before the age of 18. And one of every 70 dies each year because of early pregnancy, not enough time between pregnancies, and other risks of teenage pregnancy. In 2002, a year assumed to be typical, some 900,000 abortions were performed, the great majority of them unsafe. Abortion is illegal, although rarely if ever prosecuted, and most women who need one must go to an underground doctor or, worse, untrained abortion providers. Recognizing those facts, a groundbreaking “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” education program (the euphemism and its abbreviation — S.R.H.R. — were deemed necessary to avoid the label “sex education”) was conducted in rural parts of two Pakistani provinces from 2010 to 2012. The program was run by Rutgers WPF, a Netherlands-based organization, with two Pakistani partners, Bargad and Saifco; they went into 21 schools in the Sanghar district of Sindh and the Gujranwala district of Punjab to teach 220 female teachers how to speak to their female students about S.R.H.R. The sensitivities that had to be navigated were obvious: The curriculum guide’s title was changed — from Comprehensive Sexuality Education to Life Skills Based Education — and the program avoided discussing contraception and sexual activity in the same context. It also included references to sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of Islam. The program reached 19,000 girls directly (and through them, an estimated 150,000 more), allowing them for the first time to talk openly to teachers about their health issues. The teachers also made connec-
tions with tens of thousands of parents, particularly mothers who had never spoken to their daughters about sexuality or what was expected of them in the marital relationship. Child marriages are another question. Among Pakistan’s rural poor, when girls are married off before full adulthood, the reasoning is usually about economics rather than sexual morality. Many families think they cannot afford to keep their daughters in school; by tradition, the precious little money they have is spent on educating boys. And when parents take a daughter out of school, the next logical step is to get her married. One theory among reformers is that giving girls the ability to make decisions about their sexual health and reproductive rights can teach them how to say no to child marriage, and no to unwanted pregnancies. But Dr. Sadik says parents have more power to make any education program a success: They are the ones with — or without — the economic wherewithal that determines whether their daughters will begin marriage and childbearing in their early teens. To address this, girls in the Sanghar and Gujranwala program were taught negotiating skills to influence family financial decisions, like budgeting. According to the sponsoring organization, the girls were urged to prove themselves valuable contributors to the household’s economic health, so that parents would not consider them a burden, and in the end, most of the parents appeared to have left their daughters in school rather than force them into child marriages. Innovative programs like these need to be accompanied by stricter laws against child marriage, like the recently enacted Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act of 2013, which makes marriage under the age of 18 illegal, and punishable with jail or fines for bride, groom or parents. Such measures can help transform the idea of “sex education” from something dirty into a vital tool of economic empowerment and progress. We need to show our people that a young girl’s body broken by pregnancy after pregnancy is the real obscenity — and that a few more precious years of freedom can make the difference between health and illness or death for Pakistan’s girls. If we can do that, we’ll have achieved a real revolution. Bina Shah is the author of several novels, including “Slum Child,” and short-story collections.
10 BUSINESS CORPORATE CORNER Classes of pm youth skills Development program start across pakistan ISLAMABAD: To impart free of cost technical and vocational training to 25,000 less educated and jobless youth of the country, National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has started classes thorough out the country on Monday 12th May 2014 in more than 350 best quality technical & vocational training institutes of public and private sector under the Prime Minister Youth Skills Development Program (PMYSDP). Out of these 25,000, more than 8,500 jobless females will be skilled. Prime Minister Youth Skills Development Program is spread over Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA. There is neither admission fee nor course fee however trainees will be paid monthly Rs.2, 000/- stipend per head. While trainees from FATA will be paid Rs. 3,000/- stipend. Tool Kits in some selected 27 trades will also be given free of cost to successful trainees after completion of their courses, says a press statement issued by Executive Director NAVTTC here today. PReSS ReleASe
govt issues sRo for additional powers to Dg i&i officers ISLAMABAD: The Government has issued SRO 351(I)/2014 granting additional powers to the officers of Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation (Inland Revenue) to ensure that the cases initiated by the agency are brought to a conclusion and revenue is collected and deposited in real time. It would not be out of place to mention here, that a majority of the powers mentioned in the SRO already existed with the Directorate General. Only a few powers have been added so that cases initiated are finalized as well. The backdrop to vesting additional powers with Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation (IR) was the realization on part of the Senior Management at FBR, that investigation reports sent to the field formations were not getting the attention they merited. Moreover, this duplication of work made it inconvenient for the taxpayers to appear at different fora for finalization of their cases. PReSS ReleASe
orient introduces three new series of smart air conditioners LAHORE: After the successful launch of Orient Smart LED TVs, Orient Electronics (Pvt.) Ltd., has introduced three new series of Smartair conditioners which are extremely powerful and efficient as compared to other brands, and are engineered for Pakistan’s extreme summers. The Econotech Series features one of the most energy efficient air conditioners available today. This series is super-efficient and super-powerful and they consume up to 20% less power. The Econotech Series can also be controlled and monitored with a smartphone through cloud networking because of a built-in feature which allows it to connect to the Wi-Fi networks at homes or in the offices. This innovative feature allows you freedom, convenience and saving never heard of before. PReSS ReleASe
nespaK mD visits site of signal free junction at azadi Chowk
Wednesday, 14 May, 2014
FBR FoR eliminating all tax exemptions in 3 yeaRs ISLAMABAD
HE Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Tuesday proposed for phasing out of all the tax exemptions within three years as the total exemptions have reached Rs 480 billion. FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on finance, revenue, economic affairs, statistics and privatization said that this step would help enhance over all tax collection. He proposed the withdrawal of 0.9 percent to 1 percent of GDP from the tax exemption during the next budget which would help for materialising additional Rs 240 billion of revenue collection in the country. The FBR chairman apprised the committee chaired by Senator Nasreen Jalil that several steps had been taken to increase revenue collection in the country and about 90,000 notices were issued to potential tax payers for bringing them under the tax net. He said efforts were under way for preparing an actionable data for potential tax payers in col-
GOVT WON’T ENHANCE CGT RATIO ON BUSINESS OF SHARES: DAR KARACHI Online
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has given indication not to increase tax ratio including capital gains tax on shares business. Sources said that rumors on enhancement of CGT ratio by 7.5 percent are afloat while on the other hand indication had been given by the finance minister to some senior members of the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) that capital gains tax and other taxes would not be scaled up in the budget on the financial year 2014-15. KSE former president Arif Habib has confirmed that the finance minister had given clear indication on non-raising capital gains tax ration in the upcoming budget. Offers amounting to Rs 150 billion are existing in connection with privatization of UBL, OGDCL and PPL. Expanding the privatization plan is must to make investment process attractive. The government would have to integrate departments with taxable income into tax net in next budget rather than shifting more burden on the shoulders of those who were making regular payment of utility bills, he stressed. He demanded the income tax be clamped on the sale of shares instead of bonus issue of stock dividends and mutual funds. SayS Pak will iSSue iSlamic Bond denominationS in dollarS: Federal Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday vowed that Pakistan was up to issue an Islamic bond denominated in US dollars for Islamic banking
institutions and funds. Dar made these comments during a sitting with the out going Saudi envoy to Pakistan Dr Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer, who paid a farewell call on him at the ministry concerned. Through prudent macro-economic management, Dar informed the ambassador, that austerity measures, resorting to external sources of funding and retiring domestic debt obligations, the government has been successful in putting the economy on the stable growth trajectory. He said these measures had resulted in restoring the investor’s confidence in Pakistan economy which had also helped in over-subscription of Euro bonds. The finance minister also informed that Pakistan would issue an Islamic bond denominated in dollars for Islamic banking institutions and funds.
tion during last three quarters posted increase as compared to the same period of last year. The meeting was also informed that no individual SROs were issued during the current financial year adding that 56 SROs were issued during the last financial year. The meeting was also informed that a proper mechanism was on place to monitor the Afghan Transit Trade which stood at Rs 127 billion. Speaking on the occasion, Senator Saleem H Mandviwalla asked the FBR to come up with innovative ideas for raising tax collection. He claimed that unofficial economy in the country was larger than the official economy. Senator Kalsoom Parveen asked for bringing the tax evaders under tax net instead of imposing tax on already tax payers. The committee also formed a sub-committee comprising Senator Saleem H Mandviwalla and Syeda Sughra Imam for looking into the exemption in high paid fee and submit its report after deliberations. Senators, Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Osman Saifullah Khan, Syeda Sughra Imam, Saleem H. Mandviwalla and Muhammad Hamayun Khan Mandokhel attended the meeting.
teradata reports 2014 First Quarter Results KARACHI: Teradata Corp. (NYSE: TDC) reported revenue of $628 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, an increase of 7 percent from $587 million in the first quarter of 2013. Revenue in the first quarter increased 8 percent when compared in constant currency. Gross margin was 53.0 percent, as reported under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), versus 52.0 percent in the first quarter of 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding stock-based compensation expense and other special items, gross margin was 54.9 percent, an increase from 53.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013. Teradata reported first quarter net income of $59 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, which compared to net income of $59 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. Stock-based compensation expense and other special items reduced Teradata’s first quarter net income by $28 million (or 17 cents of EPS) as reported under GAAP. Excluding stockbased compensation expense and the other special items detailed in footnote #2, nonGAAP net income in the first quarter of 2014 was $87 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, versus $73 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. “Teradata had a good first quarter with 7 percent revenue growth and 26 percent non-GAAP EPS growth; and set records for first quarter new customer wins and free cash flow,” said Mike Koehler, president and chief executive officer, Teradata Corporation. PReSS ReleASe
POLLUTION BY LEATHER TANNERIES IN KASUR AN ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD IMRAN ALI CHAUDHERY
LAHORE: Amjad A. Khan, Managing Director, NESPAK, along with M. Hussaan Irshad, Project Manager, visited the site of Signal Free Junction at New Azadi Chowk. The Resident Engineer, NESPAK, Tariq Mansoor, gave detailed briefing about the project and ongoing construction activities. MD NESPAK expressed his satisfaction over the quality of construction as well as the materials incorporated in the project. PReSS ReleASe
laboration with National Registration and Database Authority (NADRA) adding that the FBR had started work with the provincial governments to collect data of land transactions during the current financial year. We are also collecting data of high paid tuition fees, people who frequently traveled abroad but did not contribute in tax and other potential tax payers to bring them under tax net for further improving the revenue collection, he added. Tariq Bajwa said out of the total notices served so far, about 86,000 people were brought under tax net. Notice serving ratio was increased by 50 percent where as the rate of voluntary compliance rate has also seen significant increase which would be gradually increased. The FBR head told the meeting that about 12,000 people who were served the notices did not comply with the notices would be dealt with the rules and regulations. He informed the meeting that about 90 million national identity cards were issued whereas 850,000 people in the country have the national tax number. The Senate committee was also informed that about 711,000 people had deposited their tax during last financial year adding that tax collec-
Earning from leather industry in Pakistan is Rs 13,000 million per year. It is the third largest export sector of Pakistan whereas Kasur is the second largest leather producing city of Punjab. Kasur city is 55 kilometers away from Lahore. It is famous for the production of raw material which is exported within country as well abroad. It is well known for discharging of a large volume of untreated tannery wastes which causes pollution. Leather processing plant is mainly a source of bread and butter for the local population which is about 0.3 million but on the other hand it is among the most contaminated cities of Pakistan. Inhabitants of tanning areas and people around it are suffering from many diseases because of unavailability of pure water for drinking and other purposes. Din Garh is
the main leather processing area of Kasur. There is no proper sanitary system to defuse the leather waste at government as well at domestic level. There were only 180 tanneries which now have increased up to 300. Initially all the process was carried out manually and tanning was done by the bark of Oak trees. Later, it started to use toxic chemical which cast negative impact on the environment. Now the tanning is a very complicated process which involves more than 130 chemicals in different steps. Ground water is main source for drinking and other domestic purposes which are not only contaminated with metals but also by bacteriological contamination. Health organisation has estimated about 80pc of all the sickness all over the world which is the result of inadequate sanitation. Over 150 tons solid tannery waste and 9,000 cubic meter heavily polluted
water is discharged without treatment. Polluted water and industrial wastes have adverse effects on any beneficial use of water where urbanization and industrialization also causing to dump polluted water which is mixed with natural water and causing serious contamination in ground water of Kasur city. In consequence environmental degradation is occurring as well it is also causing to increase serious threat to human and animal life. Water is great blessing of Allah Almighty. It has become a curse for the citizen of Kasur city owing to the presence of leather processing plant. On an average 25 million deaths occurs because of water related diseases, owing to discharge of highly toxic industrial waste to open fields BOD and COD values and wastes of tanning and fleshing have put Kasur in one of the heavily polluted cities of Pakistan as 400
acres of agricultural land is under leather industries waste water and 311 acres of fertile land was affected during moon soon period. Health and safety during work is also among important issue for citizen of Kasur city. Unfortunately in all over the Pakistan involving Kasur city, very fewer industries are following the rules and regulations which are asked by the PTA and government. Awareness related health issues are still un-addressed. We should employ such modern techniques which are useful for the industrial growth as well for the lives of the workers. By adopting scientific and latest technologies, we can take benefit and enjoy the great income from leather industry. Besides recycling is an important factor which can cause to be cost effective, we must work in such a way; the waste of one industry is the raw material of the other industry.
Wednesday, 14 May, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
You're moving more slowly today, which could make life pretty tough for those you work with closely. That's not the end of the world, though -- you may spot something important.
Your jealous side shows a bit too much today -- but that may actually end up helping you! If the object of your affections knows how you feel, then things may start to heat up in a new way.
Willpower comes to you in waves today -- starting strong and ending up indomitable! If you need to stand up to someone or make your case, now is definitely the time to go for it.
Try to take greater care with business and negotiations today -- people are likely trying to get more than their fair share. You may find that you're better off waiting for a few days.
Your intuitive side is highlighting some details of today's news that would ordinarily escape notice. Pay attention and make sure that you're letting others know what's really important.
You can't sit still! It's hard to tackle any projects that require much focus, so try to just chill out and let your mind wander where it may. You are sure to come back with some clever ideas.
Money is a big issue for you right now -- for better or for worse. No matter what's happening, you are able to handle the ups and downs, so don't panic. Just look at the problem and then deal with it.
Your energy is projecting outward today - other people are glad you're around, and may stick by you longer than they would ordinarily. Work together to build something really great!
Self-awareness is a strong suit for you today, though you may not like everything you see. Just observe your own behavior and decide later how (or if) to address the stuff you don't care for.
A good friend turns you on to something new and exciting - so listen up! Even if no one reaches out to you, it's still possible that you pick it up by reading between the lines on social media.
You aren't moving as quickly as you would like today -- but that doesn't mean it's time to give up! Just slow down and let the world set your pace. You may learn something really valuable.
Try not to force any decisions today -- you've got to deal with the complex situations as they stand and put off anything major for another day or so. Things start to make more sense soon.
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014
EXPECTING MOTHERS’ TV HABITS AFFECT CHILD’S WEIGHT
HEN an expectant mom regularly eats her meals in front of the TV, chances are she’ll continue that habit during her baby’s feedings, a new study shows. That’s a concern because infants who watch mealtime TV likely become young children who watch TV while eating. And previous research suggests youngsters who spend a lot of time in front of the TV, especially during mealtime, are at risk of becoming overweight or obese, the researchers noted. An immediate problem with mothers watching TV during feedings is that they might miss the subtle cues that indicate their baby is full, and end up overfeeding their babies, said study author Dr. Mary Jo Messito. She is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine. Past studies involving preschool and school-aged children have shown TV viewing during meals is linked to a poorer quality diet, a decreased sensitivity to feeling full and a greater consumption of calories. Of the women in her study who watched TV during mealtimes while pregnant, Messito said, “There was a five times more likely chance that she would be exposing her baby to TV while feeding.” That could eventually lead to mealtime TV becoming a habit. The study authors noted other research has shown TV habits developed in childhood tend to continue into young adulthood. The research was presented
Tuesday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver. Studies presented at medical meetings are typically viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. Messito and her colleagues studied 189 women, asking how often they watched TV at mealtimes during their third trimester and then again about how often they watched TV while feeding their 3-month-old babies. The researchers only asked about TV use. They didn’t include questions on computer, tablet or smartphone use. The women were all enrolled in the Starting Early project, a childhood obesity prevention intervention meant for low-income Hispanic families. All of the women started the study during
pregnancy. The researchers followed up with the women until the children were 3. In all, 71 percent of the women reported at least some mealtime TV viewing during their pregnancy. A third said their 3-month-old infants were exposed to TV during their feedings. Women who were younger than 25 were more likely to watch TV while feeding their babies than were older mothers. And women who didn’t breast-feed exclusively were also more likely to turn on the TV while feeding their babies. That might be because it’s more difficult to manage TV watching and breast-feeding than TV watching and bottle feeding, Messito said. The study didn’t include data on dads’ TV viewing and baby-feeding
habits. However, Messito said she hopes to do research on dads’ influence in the future. Messito also couldn’t say if the TV viewing during mealtimes indicates the possibility of other unhealthy habits, such as low amounts of exercise. “We didn’t look at that yet,” she said, but added, “in general, usually excess TV viewing is associated with less physical activity.” The study results don’t surprise Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute. “The more TV you watch, the more likely you are to do it in all circumstances,” he said. “To put the findings in perspective, we know that combining eating and TV viewing is bad. It’s the primary way TV leads to increased obesity. We know that from other studies.” Overeating while viewing is common. “It appears that the visual and cognitive distractions from television override the satiety reflex (indicating fullness),” said Christakis. “It’s a problem we have known about for some time.” Messito offered some advice for expectant moms. “I try not to be dogmatic and say never” watch TV, Messito said. However, keeping TV viewing under two hours a day during pregnancy would be wise, she said. While the study suggested an association between TV viewing habits and childhood obesity risk, it did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship. VIA DELAWARE ONLINE
FORGOTTEN BABY YEARS: EARLIEST MEMORIES ARE WIPED OUT BY NEW BRAIN CELL GROWTH, SAYS STUDY It has long been known that we struggle to remember our childhood - especially before the age of three. Researchers believe they now know why. They claim that as we become older, the growth of new brain cells effectively overwrites existing cells, erasing the early memories. 'Infantile amnesia refers the absence of memories
for events that occurred in our earliest years—most people typically don’t remember much of what happened when they were only 2 or 3 years-old,' said Katherine Akers, who led the study at the Neurobiology Laboratory at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. 'But this doesn’t seem to be because children at this stage can’t make memories—when our daughter, for
instance, was 3 years old she would enthusiastically recount in details trips to the zoo to see grandparents and so on. 'But she is now 5 and has no recollection of these events - these memories are rapidly forgotten.' Since the hippocampus is important for memory, there have been several studies examining how new neurons might contribute to forming new memories. The typical result is that reducing levels of neurogenesis impairs the formation of new memories. But as new neurons integrate into the hippocampus, they may also impact existing memories, the researchers believed. In particular, as new neurons integrate they necessarily remodel hippocampal circuits, and this remodeling may lead to degradation of information (memories) stored in those circuits. In a new paper the tested this idea by artificially elevating levels of neurogenesis after learning in adult mice. 'We speculated that these high levels of hippocampal neurogenesis are essentially incompatible with stable memory storage—while infant mice (and human infants) are able to make memories, high levels of neurogenesis lead to the ‘overwriting’ of this information and forgetting. 'In our paper we provided evidence for this idea by showing that reducing neurogenesis in infant mice led to the relative preservation of memories that otherwise would have been forgotten.' VIA MAIL ONLINE
PANDA LOOK-ALIKE DOGS A RAGE IN CHINA!
In China these days, dogs that look like the country's unique and rare pandas bears have become all the rage. These dogs that look like pandas are selling out in pet stores across the country. In Chengdu city in southwest China's Sichuan province pet shop owner Hsin Ch'en cannot satisfy demand among the country's new middle class who want the cute dogs as pets. 'Ten years ago the natural instinct of a Chinese person was to eat a dog,' he said. 'Now we are like westerners and want one as a companion. The cute breeds like French bulldogs and Labradors were the favourites, but now it is the panda dog.' Actually Hsin Ch'en is being disingenuous. The panda dog is not a separate breed of pooch at all, but rather a chow which has undergone a lot of cosmetic tomfoolery to make it resemble the panda. He went on: 'I perfected the technique here and now it is spreading across the country. 'With a bit of careful grooming and colouring it is easy to turn a chow into a panda dog in about two hours. 'Then the look will stay with the dog for around six weeks and the owners bring them back for some touching up. 'There are no chemicals or cruelty involved. 'But the price of the dog does rise significantly because of the amount of grooming that goes into it. ONLINE
TWITTER LETS USERS 'MUTE' UNWANTED TWEETS
Twitter on Monday began letting users ´mute´ posts from people they are not interested in hearing from at the popular one-to-many messaging service. The new Mute feature was expected to be rolled out to all Twitter accounts in coming weeks. "You can now mute users you´d like to hear from less," Twitter product manager Paul Rosania said in a blog post. "The muted user will not know that you´ve muted them, and of course you can unmute at any time." The feature is being added to Twitter iPhone and Android applications as well as at the twitter.com site accessed through computer Web browsers. Muting someone at Twitter stops any messages they "tweet" at the service from popping up in the timeline of whoever hit the virtual button, according to Rosania. "Mute gives you even more control over the content you see on Twitter by letting you remove a user´s content from key parts of your Twitter experience," Rosania said. AGENCIES
ALCOHOL KILLED 3.3M PEOPLE IN 2012: WHO More than 3 million people died from using alcohol in 2012, for reasons ranging from cancer to violence, the World Health Organisation said this week, as it called on governments to do more to limit the damage. "More needs to be done to protect populations from the negative health consequences of alcohol consumption," said Oleg Chestnov, a WHO expert on chronic disease and mental health. He added there was "no room for complacency", warning that drinking too much kills more men then women, raises people's risk of developing more than 200 diseases, and killed 3.3 million people in 2012. On average, according to the WHO report, every person in the world aged 15 years or older drinks 6.2 liters of pure alcohol per year. But less than half the pop-
ulation - 38.3 percent - drinks, so those who do drink on average 17 liters of pure alcohol a year. "We found that worldwide about 16 percent of drinkers engage in heavy episodic drinking - often referred to as 'binge-drinking' - which is the most harmful to health," said Shekhar Saxena, director for mental health and substance abuse at the WHO. Poorer people are generally more affected by the social and health consequences of alcohol, he said: "They often lack quality health care and are less protected by functional family or community networks." The global status report on alcohol and health covered 194 countries and looked at alcohol consumption, its impact on public health and policy responses.
It found that some countries are already strengthening measures to protect people from harmful drinking. Those include increasing taxes on alcohol, limiting its availability by raising age limits and regulating marketing. More countries should take similar action, WHO said. More also needed to be done to raise awareness of the damage alcohol can do to people's health and screen for those who may need earlier intervention to cut down or stop. Globally, Europe consumes the most alcohol per person. Some of its countries having particularly high rates of harmful drinking. The WHO said global trend analyses showed that drinking has been stable over the last five years in Europe, Africa and the Americas. But it is growing in SouthEast Asia and the Western Pacific. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 14 May, 2014
ARTS ali turns coWBoy, ranveer sHeds moustacHe, Parineeti turns glam
Film on legendary Pakistani Boxer in Production
B Ali Zafar, Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra have undergone a makeover of sorts for their upcoming Shaad Ali film Kill Dil. At least a picture doing the rounds in social media suggests so. The Hasee Toh Phasee actor has shed her girl-next-door image to play an ultra-glam role in the film. Ranveer too parted with his much-loved mooch to get into the skin of his character. "i would have grown my hair long and kept a similar beard if i wasn't playing (different) characters in my profession. That's how i would have been in my personal life. i'm very attached to my moustache, i love twirling it." Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film will also star Ali Zafar, govinda and Rani Mukerji in prominent roles. govinda reportedly will be seen in a negative role. Kill Dill is a film about the tricks the heart plays on an unsuspecting victim of love. AGENCIES
deePika to take a Break From movies
After four releases last year, Deepika Padukone has another three lined up for this year. With an arguably hectic professional life, the actor has had very little time to spend with her family and unwind. We hear that, later this month, she is finally taking off for a holiday with them. Deepika will leave for the US in the last week of May, and will be vacationing for a month. in order to get so much time off, she had to plan well in advance and adjust her shooting dates. "She completed a month-long schedule for Farah Khan’s film on April 25. Last year, she was busy with the promotions of her four releases. She’s also been caught up with brand endorsements, so she hasn’t got much time with her family. Deepika felt she should take them on a holiday outside india in order to spend time with them," says a source close to the actor. The release of her film with Rajinikanth is what has held Deepika back from her holiday. "She wants to be in the country when it releases. After a lot of delays, it is confirmed for May 23, so she planned the holiday after it to ensure that any pending work can be wrapped up," explains the source. "She has imtiaz Ali’s next with Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film with Ranveer Singh and Shoojit Sircar’s next with Amitabh Bachchan and irrfan Khan," says the source. AGENCIES
oxing and cinema has enjoyed a long relationship. But it is the first time in Pakistan that an independent film and media production house has announced to release a film based on the life of Pakistani Boxer Syed Hussain Shah. This sports biopic is the first in a three-part series of films based on the stories of forgotten Pakistani heroes and had been in pre-production since August 2013. Shah is the only boxer in the history of Pakistan, and the first from South Asia, to put his country on the olympics medals table after winning a historic bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul olympics. Widely considered to be one of the finest boxers ever to emerge
from Asia, Shah also has the distinction of winning the prestigious Asian Boxing Championship and multiple SAF games gold medals while on his unbeaten streak at the top of Asian boxing for a decade. Unfortunately, soon after his retirement, he was forgotten by public and media alike and his amazing story buried in obscurity. Lahore based musician Adnan Sarwar is portraying the role of Shah after a six month training program under the guidance of the legendary boxer himself. Logos Films acquired the life rights for the sports biopic last year and the film is expected to be released in late 2014. The film production is taking place in Pakistan, United Kingdom and Japan. AGENCIES
MATHIRA COMPLETES RECORDING OF FIRST MUSIC ALBUM Pakistani controversial actress and model Mathira who was currently busy in her first music album has completed all audio songs of the album. Mathira has completed her audio songs with music director Moeen Khan. now she is doing preparations of videos. After completing all work, she will start recording of these videos from next month. We wish her all the luck for her new venture. AGENCIES
Beyonce’s sister attacks Jay Z in elevator Hip hop’s first couple, Jay Z and Beyonce, are pretty much always the picture of perfection — and that includes their family life. But that image was just shattered after a security video from an elevator at a Met gala after party on May 5 was released, allegedly showing Bey’s sister Solange viciously attacking brother-in-law Jay. in the video, the married couple and Solange are seen walking into the elevator together at nYC’s The Standard Hotel, and though there’s no sound, it appears that the in-laws are in the midst of an aggressive verbal spat. AGNENCIES
emma Watson to star in Paani?
Hollywood actor Emma Watson may soon be in a Bollywood movie. Speculation is rife that the Harry Potter star may feature alongside Sushant Singh Rajput in filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor’s Paani. it’s believed that only Kapoor and producer Aditya Chopra are in the know about it. "The casting decisions are being kept secret. A huge announcement is planned soon," says an insider. John Travolta, too, is likely to star in director Shekhar Kapur's highly anticipated film. "i have been offered a film that i am considering doing... i believe it is an honest Bollywood film and it is called Paani, by Shekhar Kapoor. He has asked me to be a part of it," Travolta said on the sidelines of international indian Film Academy (iiFA) awards. NEWS DESK
HritHik in love WitH Priyanka’s neW solo numBer
Widow of Paul Walker’s driving partner sues Porsche The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in november. The wrongful death lawsuit by Kristine M. Rodas says her husband was driving at 55 mph (88.5 kph) – not at unsafe speeds as law enforcement investigators determined – before it crashed last year. Roger W. Rodas was driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera gT capable of speeds more than 200 mph (320 kph), but his wife’s lawsuit says the vehicle lacked a proper crash cage and safety features in the gas tank that would have saved both men’s lives. The lawsuit also contends that a failure in the car’s suspension system forced it to careen out of control and strike three trees while driving down a street in Santa Clarita, California. NEWS DESK
Hrithik Roshan, who has worked with Priyanka Chopra in film's like Krrish, Krrish 3 and Agneepath, is mighty impressed with the former beauty queen's latest international single ‘i can't make you love me.’ Hrithik on Tuesday took to Twitter to rave about the song, writing, ''Have u heard 'i can't make u love me' yet? This one makes u WAnT to dance!! Well done @priyankachopra super stuff!'' 'i can't make you love me' is PeeCee's third international single after 'in my city' and 'exotic'. While she collaborated with will.i.am and Pitbull for 'in my city' and 'exotic', respectively, 'i can't make you love me' is her first solo number. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 14 May, 2014
Carberry Sri Lanka'S big RECALLED FOR T20 AND ODIS
nameS return for engLand odiS
IDDLE-ORDER batsman Ashan Priyanjan and slow-bowling allrounder Chaturanga de Silva have been retained in Sri Lanka's squad for the five-match ODI series against England. Both players, 24, have had a moderately successful introduction to international cricket so far, with Priyanjan earning a place ahead of Kithuruwan Vithanage, and de Silva's left-arm spin allowing the selectors to rest Rangana Herath ahead of the Test series. The series also sees the return of four senior players in Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga and Kumar Sangakkara. Jayawardene and Dilshan are already with the squad, as Sri Lanka play their first warm-up match, against Essex, on Tuesday. Sangakkara and Malinga will join the team ahead of their second practice game on Friday - Sangakkara arriving from a brief county stint with Durham, and Ma-
SPORTS DESK Michael Carberry has been recalled to England's Twenty20 and ODI squads for the matches against Sri Lanka which begin next week. Tim Bresnan is also back in both squads, having missed the game against Scotland, but Moeen Ali only finds a place in the T20 outfit. The one-day squad has only been named for the first three matches of the series. Carberry's return is the most notable selection in what are otherwise unremarkable squads with no new faces. In an interview with the Guardian earlier this season, Carberry came out with some hard-hitting remarks about how he had been treated during the limited-overs leg of the Australia tour, coached by Ashley Giles, when he claimed he was not given a clear answer about why he had not been selected. He was dropped for the West Indies tour and the World T20 but Peter Moores and the selection panel, now including Mick Newell and Angus Fraser, have given him another opportunity. He could open in the T20 alongside Alex Hales - Michael Lumb has been dropped - although Ian Bell, who was called up to the squad in West Indies and went to the World T20, has been retained. "He aired his views but life moves on, nobody's perfect, certainly we are not and he isn't, nobody is," James Whitaker, the national selector, said. "What will count is his talent. I don't think there was ever an issue." If Carberry is to fit into the one-day side, it would need to be in the top three. He could either follow Cook and Bell or the selectors could consider splitting the current opening pair with Carberry Carberry has yet to play a T20 international and has been limited to just five ODIs, which all came last summer against Ireland and Australia where he made 108 runs at 21.60. His return in these squads could indicate that the door is not closed to him continuing his Test career despite Sam Robson being the favourite to open alongside Cook in that format. Whitaker indicated that ongoing concerns about Alex Hales' technique keeps him out of the one-day format. "He has obviously done well in T20 cricket but you have to balance that with certain techniques required in the longer form of one-day cricket," he said.
linga from the IPL. Allrounder Thisara Perera also joins the team, after having failed to receive his Ireland visa in time to play that leg of the tour. Fast bowlers Shaminda Eranga and Dhammika Prasad, who were with the ODI side in Ireland, are displaced by returning players, as are batsmen Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella and Kithuruwan Vithanage. The core of Sri Lanka's pace attack for the series will be formed by Malinga, Thisara, Nuwan Kulasekara and Suranga Lakmal, with the captain Angelo Mathews providing support. The tour is Lahiru Thirimanne's first as vice-captain since replacing Dinesh Chandimal in that capacity. Perhaps the most significant decision to be made on match-day is where Thirimanne should bat. He has so far been impressive both as an opener as well as at No. 3, but is less-suited to positions down the order, where he routinely played in 2013. The team will play two 50-over warm up matches, before taking on Sussex in a T20 practice match on May
18. The ODI series begins on May 22, in London. Sri Lanka have won each of the nine ODIs they have played this year, including the Asia Cup, in March.
GUL HOPING FOR FITNESS BOOST AHEAD OF SRI LANKA SERIES
Pepe Mel has indicated his unwillingness to "betray" his football philosophy was key to him leaving West Brom. Albion announced on Monday they had parted company with Mel, who only took over as their head coach in January, by mutual consent. The Spaniard kept the Baggies up - they finished 17th in the Barclays Premier League, three points above the relegation zone - but he endured a troubled reign. His first victory in the job did not come until his eighth match, the team won just three
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SPORTS DESK Umar Gul is hoping a month-long training camp will improve his fitness ahead of Pakistan's Test series against Sri Lanka which starts in July. Gul underwent knee surgery in Australia last year which led to his absence from the Champions Trophy, as well as Tests against Zimbabwe, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Although Gul has played T20 and ODIs for Pakistan this year, he has not appeared in a Test match for 15 months. Gul is part of a 40-strong squad undergoing strenuous training at Lahore under the supervision of bowling coach Mohammad Akram.
The 30-year-old said: "It's difficult to make a comeback after surgery but I am training harder than others so that I could be as fit as I was before the operation. "There's no international series before July so it's an ideal time to get some tough training and prepare for the future series." As for being in good enough shape to take on Sri Lanka, he added: "It all depends on how fit I am for Test matches. I will decide later whether I could compete in Test matches or not." Waqar Younis will take over as head coach of the national team next month while Mushtaq Ahmed has been hired as bowling consultant, while the Pakistan Cricket Board is still searching for batting and fielding coaches.
MEL STANDS BY FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHY SPORTS DESK
Squad: angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Tillakaratne dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, dinesh Chandimal, ashan Priyanjan, Sachithra Senanayake, ajantha Mendis, Chathuranga de Silva, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal
games in total out of the 17 he was in charge for, and only one of those triumphs was at home. Among the difficulties he faced was striker Shane Long being sold to Hull around the time Mel arrived at The Hawthorns, and he also subsequently lost the services of Nicolas Anelka as a consequence of the 'quenelle' saga. In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER, the 51-year-old former Real Betis boss nonetheless spoke of a "wonderful experience" managing in the English top-flight. But he also made it clear there had been issues with regard to the style he wanted West Brom to play in. Mel said: "I had talks and West
Brom and I decided that the best thing was to part company. "It's a wonderful experience (to coach in the Premier League). Anyone in their jobs should experience this, you learn lots of things. "Football is experienced differently here - it's neither better nor worse than Spain, just different. "But I cannot betray the essence of what I consider football to be. I think it is best to end it here. "They invented football and have a certain style and culture of football that is not necessarily the idea that we have right now in Spain." He added: "The situation at the club at the beginning of January was not stable. They had sold some players. We lost Anelka.
Andrew Flintoff's plans for a remarkable comeback nearly five years after his career seemed over because of injury are moving closer with his secret talks with Lancashire now reported by insiders at the county to be at an "advanced stage". Flintoff's attempted return would give England's relaunched NatWest Blast tournament a dash of celebrity but both Lancashire and the player himself are determined he will only return if they both feel he can meet cricketing demands. Flintoff is not only contemplating returning on the field for Lancashire, he has also been offered the opportunity to take on an as yet undefined coaching role during the tournament. Prospects of him playing in the opening game against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Friday night or for Lancashire's first home game against Worcestershire Rapids at Old Trafford 24 hours later seem to have been scuppered by an ankle injury picked up in fielding practice. Flintoff responded tartly on Twitter earlier this week to Notts' suggestions that he might play at Trent Bridge and suggested they should use the quality of their own players to sell tickets. The injury has also so far prevented him turning out in one of several Lancashire;s 2nd XI T20 fixtures this week - the latest of which is scheduled for Ormskirk today and he will have to play in at least one such game to confirm that his fitness is robust enough for 1st team cricket.
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RICKET Auckland is not happy with New Zealand Cricket's proposal to restructure domestic cricket, feedback for which has to be submitted by Thursday. A report was generated last month proposing to increase private investments in major state associations to up to 49% in order to help domestic cricket become self-sustaining. The initial response has been promising from local boards
SHane WatSon JoinS 2000-run CLub in iPL S PERvEz QaiSER Shane Watson became the 14th batsman to score 2000 runs in IPL. The right hand batsman from Queensland, reached this milestone during his 51-run knock against Chennai Super Kings at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on Tuesday (May 13). Rajasthan Royals' skipper batted 64 innings of 65 matches to reach this landmark. Shane Watson who played his first match in IPL for Rajasthan Royals against Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on April 19, 2008. He scored 472 runs at 47.20 and a strike rate of 151.76 with four fifties in 15 match in the first season in 2008. Shane Watson missed the second IPL season due to national duty and injury, and Rajasthan Roayls failed to reach the top four in the qualifying rounds. He played just six matches scoring 185 runs at 37.00 and a strike rate of 162.28 with two fifites. For the 2011 season, Rajasthan Royals successfully retained Shane Watson along with the skipper Shane Warne. He made 330 runs at 33.00 and a strike rate of 130.43 with one fifty in 11 matches. The 32-year old, played just seven matches in 2012,scoring 255 runs at 42.50 and a strike rate of 151.78 with two fifties. He scored 543 runs at 38.78 and a strike rate of 142.89 with one hundred and two fifties in 16 matches. For the 2014 IPL season, for which a fresh auction was held, Shane Watson was again retained by Rajasthan Royals, making him one of the few international cricketers to play for the same IPL franchise since the inception of the tournament. He made 227 runs at 25.22 and a strike rate of 132.74 with two fifties in 10 matches in seventh edition so far. OVER 2000 RuNS IN IPL: Batsman M I N.O Runs aVG H.S S/R 100 50 0 Suresh Raina 109 105 16 3035 34.10 100* 140.63 1 19 6 Rohit Sharma 106 102 18 2728 32.47 109* 129.41 1 20 5 Gautam Gambhir 97 96 10 2709 31.50 93 126.11 - 23 10 Chris Gayle 64 63 10 2620 49.43 175* 158.78 4 16 3 Mahendra Singhdhoni 106 94 31 2438 38.69 70* 141.90 - 13 2 Virender Sehwag 88 88 5 2427 29.24 119 156.58 1 16 6 Jacques Kallis 98 96 11 2427 28.55 89* 109.22 - 17 9 Virat Kohli 102 94 14 2417 30.21 99 123.06 - 14 4 Sachin Tendulkar 78 78 11 2334 34.83 100* 119.81 1 13 4 Robin uthappa 100 95 13 2274 27.73 75 124.19 - 10 4 Rahul dravid 89 82 5 2174 28.23 75* 115.51 - 11 3 adam Gilchrist 80 80 4 2069 27.22 109* 138.39 2 11 7 Shikhar dhawan 77 76 10 2021 30.62 95* 121.67 - 16 3 Shane Watson 65 64 10 2012 37.25 101 144.02 1 13 1
and other stakeholders such as the NZ Players Association, but Auckland Cricket is not thrilled. Mark Cameron, the chief executive at Auckland, admitted change was required but was worried about the NZC's haste in garnering external support before identifying their final goals. "Which of our domestic competitions are development tools for the New Zealand team and which are stand-alone commercial activities?" he told New Zealand Herald "When do we want to schedule them? What's the look and feel for the
television and live audience? Do we want them under lights? What is each team worth? "We haven't answered those critical questions. That'll probably take a year or two. Only after we've positioned our product should we be taking it to investors rather than the other way around." Auckland is still convinced the Ford Trophy and the Plunkett Shield should remain a platform to generate national cricketers, while the HRV T20 Cup tends to commercial interests. The prospect of non-uniform distribution of private funds was also a cause for concern. Cameron believed balance in domestic cricket could be affected if a few teams are better funded than the rest. He was also wary of investors collecting the best players from various teams and leading to a situation where the domestic championships end up being won by the same two or three teams, as has happened in football's ASB Premiership. Only two teams - Auckland City and Waitakere United - have won it since it took form in 2004. "What's the first thing a private investor's going to do?" Cameron said. "They'll poach that player from Central Districts and this player from Otago. Before you know it, an Auckland CityWaitakere United situation develops. "We're looking for a miracle answer from a third party. I don't believe that's going to happen until we get our positioning right. Name me a purely domestic sport which succeeds financially? There aren't many. We need an international flavour added, like Super Rugby. Australia's Big Bash is not looking to sell off franchises and neither is The Blast in English cricket. They're still asking, why give benefits to a third party?"
SuPer kingS ComPLete tyPiCaL LaSt-over Win Chennai Super Kings 149 for 5 (Smith 44, du Plessis 38, ankit 2-20) beat Rajasthan Royals 148 for 8 (Watson 51, ankit 30, Mohit 3-31) by five wickets SPORTS DESK In two of Chennai Super Kings' last three games, they had been left with 11 to get from the last over with MS Dhoni at the crease. Today, against Rajasthan Royals, it came down to 12 from the last over. Dhoni was there, of course, batting on 15. In situations like that, all he needs is one ball in his slot. It came off the second ball of the over, the first time he was on strike, when James Faulkner angled one across him but pitched it a touch too full. Down came that big bat-swing, and up went the ball, soaring for a flat six over wide long-on. A wide full-toss brought him two runs to deep cover the next ball, and with three needed off three, a push to the same fielder became the winning hit when Faulkner failed to collect Kevon Cooper's throw and gave away an overthrow. It had all looked very different when Rajasthan Royals, having chosen to bat, had moved to 84 for 1 after 10 overs. Shane Watson was on the cusp of a half-century, and with him was Ajinkya Rahane.
Steven Smith and James Faulkner, who had turned certain defeat to exhilarating victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the space of four crazy overs, were waiting their turn in the dugout. But Super Kings pulled things back, with Mohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja proving particularly hard to hit on a slow, grippy surface, and Royals lost seven wickets and scored only 64 in their last 10 overs. Super Kings looked to have made things more difficult for themselves when Dhoni sent in R Ashwin at No. 5 ahead of himself, but Dhoni always leaves it till the end. Royals sprung a surprise right at the start, opening with Ankit Sharma and Shane Watson instead of Karun Nair and Ajinkya Rahane, who had put on 54 in their previous match.
miniSter LabeLS SCudamore emaiLS unaCCePtabLe SPORTS DESK Sexist emails sent by Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore were described as "completely unacceptable" by a British Government minister on Tuesday. Scudamore was forced to apologise after a newspaper revealed details of emails he sent to friends that were seen by a female employee. He faced accusations of hypocrisy and calls for punishment after having previously backed equality for women in football but the Football Association said on Monday that it was a matter for the Premier League to deal with. "I found the content of those emails completely unacceptable and very disappointing particularly at a time when there is so much good work and progress being made promoting women's sport," Sports Minister Helen Grant said in a statement. Australian Moya Dodd, one of three women on the FIFA executive committee and one of the most influential women in world football, told a panel at the Soccerex Asian Forum in Jordan that she was dismayed by Scudamore's comments. "Of course, it's disappointing the way women are sometimes talked about when people think nobody's listening and nobody's watching," said Dodd, a lawyer who is also a vicepresident of the Asian Football Confederation. "The challenge for us in football is to make sure the game is open to everyone so the next time you hear people speaking like that in your environment or making a derogatory comment about a woman or a man insulting another man by suggesting he has female characteristics, you should challenge him. As a woman, I would find that insulting. "It's time we challenged ourselves about whether could be more open to females and as inclusive as we can be." Chief Executive Ron Gourlay added: 'We are very pleased John, who is an undoubted Chelsea legend, will continue to lead the team next season, as he has done for so many years with unrivalled achievement." Terry came through the youth ranks at West Ham before joining Chelsea as a schoolboy, and has made over 600 appearances for the club. He also made 78 appearances for England before his international career ended in the aftermath of the FA finding him guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Terry's future was unclear, with the Londonborn centre-back tipped to move abroad after 19 years at Chelsea. Team-mate Ashley Cole is expected to leave the club though, with his contract also winding down. Unlike Terry - who made 47 appearances this season Cole lost his place in Jose Mourinho's starting XI and is expected to move abroad.
BELGIUM NAME JANUZAJ IN PROVISIONAL SQUAD SPORTS DESK Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj will travel with Belgium to the World Cup after being named as one of two teenage newcomers in the squad on Tuesday. Coach Marc Wilmots had been expected to name a preliminary group of 26 ahead of the tournament beginning in Brazil next month, but surprisingly made a final selection with the only uncertainty concerning the fitness of the third goalkeeper. "I've gone for 24. I thought it was better to be direct from the start," Wilmots told a news conference. Januzaj, born and brought up in Brussels by a family with Balkan origins, only opted to play for Belgium three weeks ago after a strong first season in the Premier League. He was also eligible to play for Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey and was even talked of as a potential future Eng-
land player. Wilmots described Januzaj as a top talent already used to playing big matches in front of large crowds. "He can play in various positions. For Manchester United he was the best," he said. "He gives us more options in attack. It's the right moment to bring him in." The only uncertainty concerns the
fitness of reserve keeper Koen Casteels, who broke his shin in early April. Wilmots has given him the chance to show he has fully recovered by the start of June. Otherwise, his spot will go to Anderlecht's Silvio Proto. Januzaj will be among 11 squad members who played in the Premier
League this season. There are three each from the Belgian and German leagues and two each from Spain and Russia. The other teenager in the squad is surprise call-up Divock Origi, who scored five goals from 29 appearances with Lille in Ligue 1. Wilmots said the 19-year-old of Kenyan descent bore similarities to Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, who was ruled out with a torn Achilles tendon. "We watched him against Marseille, Bordeaux and Paris," Wilmots said. "He is very quick, has fine technique and a good attitude." The oldest player, 36-year-old centre back Daniel Van Buyten, is the only squad member with experience at a major tournament, featuring in the 2002 World Cup alongside Wilmots. Belgium, appearing in the finals for the first time since 2002, will hold a training camp near the eastern city of Genk from May 19, concluding with a friendly against Luxembourg on May 26.
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Modi eyes power as obaMa Makes pledge to new india leader FOUR OUT OF THE FIVE EXIT POLLS RELEASED AFTER VOTING SHOWED THE BJP-LED ALLIANCE JUST REACHING THE 272-SEAT THRESHOLD NEEDED TO FORM A MAJORITY IN THE 543-MEMBER NATIONAL PARLIAMENT NEW DELHI AGENCIES
S President Barack Obama pledged to work closely with the new Indian government as Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was forecast Tuesday to have pulled off a crushing victory in the world’s biggest election. “Modi at Delhi Gate” said a headline in the Mail Today, while the Hindustan Times read simply “Exit Polls: Enter Modi” after a flurry of surveys released after voting ended Monday pointed to a decisive result. All the polls showed Modi’s rightwing opposition alliance trounced the left-leaning Congress party which has been in power for a decade, and most in-
dicated that it had scraped enough votes to form a new coalition without having to seek fresh partners. Modi’s top aide predicted that the margin of victory would be even wider when the results are announced on Friday, while emphasising that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was open to forging new alliances. Modi struck a conciliatory tone by saying it was time for “healing” after an often bitter five-week contest which saw 551 million voters cast their ballots, making it by far the world’s biggest election. While a BJP victory had been expected, the apparent scale of defeat for Congress was still striking with exit polls showing support for the party which has ruled India for most of the post-independence era at a nadir.
five foreign nationals recovered in balochistan
Obama, leader of the world’s second biggest democracy, said India had “set an example for the world” as he hailed the contest as “a vibrant demonstration of our shared values of diversity and freedom”. “We look forward to the formation of a new government once election results are announced and to working closely with India’s next administration to make the coming years equally transformative,” he added. Modi’s election however presents something of a headache for the US, which refused to deal with him for years in the aftermath of religious riots in the state of Gujarat in 2002 shortly after Modi became its chief minister. More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the violence which critics say Modi did little to stop, even though he has been cleared of involvement by the courts. Washington only ended its boycott of Modi in February when Nancy Powell, the outgoing US ambassador to India, met him for talks in Gujarat. European countries also refused to deal with Modi for years in the wake of
the 2002 riots, for which Modi has refused to apologise. While some of his most ardent supporters are drawn from the ranks of hardline Hindu groups, Modi fought a campaign based on pledges to revive economic growth, which is at its lowest rate in a decade, and increase development. Congress also suffered a backlash after a spate of corruption scandals which plagued outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government since he was re-elected in 2009. Four out of the five exit polls released after voting showed the BJP-led alliance just reaching the 272-seat threshold needed to form a majority in the 543member national parliament. Exit polls, however, have been off the mark in the past and Modi’s chief lieutenant Amit Shah said he expected a more resounding victory. “My personal view is that we will get around 300 seats. We will still be open to support and collaboration from any party that wants to work with a government that is committed to work for the nation,”
Khurshid locks horns with Gen Shareef over ‘jugular vein’
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Police have recovered five foreign nationals during a search operation in Balochistan's troubled Kech District on Tuesday. District Police Officer Bashir Brohi told reporters that a police party conducted a raid in Overseas Colony in Turbat and recovered five foreigners. The foreign nationals include three Tanzanians, one Nigerian and one Kenyan. "The foreigners were chained inside a room in an abandoned house," Brohi said. The DPO said that police had received information that some kidnappers had brought five foreign nationals in Turbat. "Acting on an intelligence report, police raided the house", he said. Brohi stated that two foreign nationals were abducted in 2012, two in 2013 and one was kidnapped in 2014, most probably from Karachi. "We are also interrogating the recovered foreign nationals," he said, adding that it was being probed as to how they had entered into Pakistan. District Kech is considered to be one of the sensitive districts of Balochistan. Baloch insurgents have been operating in the area for more than a decade. However, police said that this kidnapping seems to be the work of human or drug traffickers in the area.
INDIAN FM FLAYS COAS’S STATEMENT, SAYS PAKISTAN CANNOT SAY KASHMIR IS ITS JUGULAR VEIN NEW DELHI ONLINE
Indian Foreign Minister Suleman Khurshid has expressed his reservations with Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Shareef’s statement describing Kashmir as Pakistan’s jugular vein. Khurshid, terming Sharreef’s statement “irresponsible and unacceptable”, said during an interview that Pakistan could not say that Kashmir is its jugular vein, Indian media reported. “Such statements can inject bitterness in the issues prevailing between India and Pakistan and can give rise to a tense situation,” he added. Accusing Pakistan of patronising terrorism in Kashmir, the Indian minister said the Pakistan army chief should focus on the situation persisting in his country where terrorism was rampant. Khurshid went on to saying, “We will have to focus on several matters
dalbir singh suhag is india's new arMy chief NEW DELHI: The UPA government appointed Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag as India’s next army chief to succeed General Bikram Singh who will retire from this post on July 31. Lt Gen Dalbir Singh is currently the Vice Chief of Army Staff. He will be the senior-most Lieutenant General in the Indian Army when General Bikram Singh retires. The new army chief is expected to take oath on August 1. Former army chief and BJP candidate General VK Singh said that the propriety and timing of this decision was “ethically wrong”. In May 2012, Gen VK Singh, during his last week as army chief, imposed a discipline and vigilance ban on Lt Gen Dalbir Singh for allegedly ignoring an intelligence operation that went awry. When Gen Bikram Singh was appointed as the army chief following Gen VK Singh’s appointment, he lifted the ban on Gen Dalbir Singh, making him the Eastern Army Commander in June 2012. He took over as the Vice Chief of Army Staff on January 1, 2014. Lt Gen Dalbir Singh joined the National Defence Academy in 1970 and was commissioned into the 4/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) in June 1974. AGENCIES
while perceiving the situation. Army needs not to speak on such sensitive issues as civil administration is endeavoring to tide over these matters.” “It is the collective stance of the whole country that Kashmir is indivisible and integral part of India. Despite
it we are continuing talks’ process and every possible effort will be made to sort out the problems,” he held. He underlined, “Our stance on Kashmir cannot be changed no matter whatever is said by any one nor does it offer any room for any one sided concession.”
OBL not traced due to Afridi's fake polio campaign: Sartaj PM’S ADVISER SAYS UN’S NAME MISTAKENLY MENTIONED IN LIST OF NGOS INVOLVED IN AFRIDI’S FAKE CAMPAIGN ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz informed the National Assembly on Tuesday that this perception was wrong that Osama bin Laden was traced in Abbottabad due to the fake polio campaign launched by Dr Shakil Afridi. Responding to a point of order raised by Senator Farhatullah Babar of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), he said that the wrong perception led to attacks on polio workers, adding that there were only 60 to 65 different areas in the country where the campaign could not be launched
OPP SENATORS WALKOUT FROM SENATE IN PROTEST AGAINST ADVISER’S ‘UNSATISFACTORY POLICY STATEMENT’ properly. Aziz said the United Nations’ name was mistakenly mentioned in the list of NGOs involved in Shakil Afridi's fake campaign, which had been clarified in Tuesday's newspapers as well. Earlier, on a point of order, Senator Babar said it was a matter of concern that World Health Organisation (WHO) had recommended some travel restrictions over Pakistan on polio issue. Sartaj Aziz also said that it was government’s policy to not intervene in internal matters of other countries and it will focus on the economy through a strong foreign policy. Aziz was giving the policy statement in response of the discussion regarding
foreign policy of the government with particular reference to the situation likely to emerge after elections in India and Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan has revived its foreign policy while the decision of the government to start dialogue with the Pakistani Taliban was also a part of the country’s foreign policy to improve law and order situation for the foreign investment in this regard. The advisor said that the government had ensured Afghanistan that it will not do any intervention in their internal matters. He, however, urged other neighbouring countries to follow the same policy also. Earlier, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Aitzaz Ahsan said that approach of the new leadership of India and Afghanistan after elections towards Pakistan has not improved and the government should adopt a clear foreign policy to get positive results in this regard. He said that it was difficult to understand that the government failed
to give any result out of dialogue with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Aitzaz pointed out that there was no foreign minister appointed as yet as the government was relying on an advisor. He urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to appoint a full time minister to deal with foreign affairs of the country. Later, PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said that the advisor on foreign affairs has failed to convince the opposition through his speech today. “The weekly briefing of the foreign office was better than the statement of the advisor on foreign affairs in the Senate,” he said. “We all are stakeholders of the state and the government should not consider the Parliament irrelevant,” Rabbani added. Aitzaz Ahsan also said that the opposition was not satisfied with remarks of Sartaj Aziz. Later, the opposition staged a walkout from the Senate protesting against the unsatisfactory policy statement of the advisor on foreign affairs.
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he told the Headlines Today network. Even if the BJP-led alliance does pass the 272 threshold, Modi is still likely to need more partners in order to have a stable coalition. Many analysts have predicted he will strike a deal with a Tamil Nadu-based party which the polls predicted would get around 30 seats. “This is the right time to look ahead. It is a time to connect with each other,” Modi said in a post-election blog. “Let us place people over politics, hope over despair, healing over hurting, inclusion over exclusion and development over divisiveness,” added Modi, who is the son of a tea-stall owner.
MQM again walks out froM na over altaf's cnic issue ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday staged a walkout from the National Assembly session in protest against non-issuance of new Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) to MQM chief Altaf Hussain. “Authorities are biased towards our party leader,” MNA Rashid Godil said while talking to journalists outside the Parliament House. He said that Hussain has fulfilled all the requirements regarding his application for a Pakistani identity card and passport. He said his party staged a walkout in the House and would hold sit-in outside the Parliament House. The MNA also warned of a legal action if the party chief was not issued a passport. He blamed Ministry of Interior Affairs for its ‘stubbornness’ in the matter. The issue regarding the CNIC and passport of the London-based MQM chief has been compounded after the ministry suspended the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) manager stationed in London. The ministry said the NADRA manager took fingerprints machine to the MQM Secretariat in London. Pakistan’s former high commissioner to UK, Wajid Shamsul Hassan said that the facility can be availed by the ailing and the elderly people. He also admitted to sending the NADRA crew to take Altaf Hussain’s fingerprints. Reacting to the incident, the government decided to suspend the NADRA manager and recalled him to Pakistan.
afia siddiQui sues us feds over Murder conviction NEW YORK ONLINE
Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who was found guilty of trying to kill Americans while being detained in Afghanistan slapped the feds with a lawsuit saying her 2010 conviction should be overturned because she was provided with lawyers she never authorized. Aafia Siddiqui told the Manhattan federal court suit that she was wrongfully convicted without a fair trial in violation of her civil rights. She claims that she was forced to accept a team of defense lawyers that racked up a tab of at least $2 million and was paid for by the Pakistani government. The lawyers “simply had no legal authority to take any action on her behalf,” the suit says.