Monday, 17 February, 2014 Rabi-us-Sani 15, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 231 16 Pages Karachi Edition
Ten killed as Baloch Republican Army blasts passenger train in Kashmore
STORY ON PAGE 02
Third phase of ‘Sehat ka Insaf’ completed in Peshawar
Altaf complains against Nine Zero’s dead phone lines STORY ON PAGE 05
STORY ON PAGE 05
India to provide copters to Afghanistan
BSF to upgrade firing systems along Pakistan border STORY ON PAGE 02
PIA pilot lands aircraft despite refusal by control tower STORY ON PAGE 03
TALIBAN’S 10-MEMBER CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE MEETING COMES TO AN END WITH NO CLEAR DECLARATION ON CEASEFIRE
Govt wants to continue dialogue despite all odds: PM STORIES ON PAGE 03
STORY ON PAGE 02
I am not against limited presence of NATO troops: Karzai STORY ON PAGE 02
Monday, 17 February, 2014
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five killed in aTTack on vehicle in nwa MIRANSHAH: Five persons were killed when unidentified gunmen fired at a pickup van near the Dattakhel town in North Waziristan Agency during night between Saturday and Sunday. According to reports, five persons, whose identity could not be ascertained, were going to Shawal from Dattakhel when gunmen riding in a car opened fire on the van near Dattakhel bazaar. Later, five bodies were found in Data Khel in early hours of Sunday. Sources said the terrorists had abandoned the bodies on Saturday night. OnlinE
healTh cenTre bombed in bannu BANNU: Unidentified culprits bombed a health centre in Bannu on Sunday. The health centre was established in Mandiyo, an area of Bannu, within the jurisdiction of Miryan Police Station. A bomb was planted within the premises of the health centre. The explosion was heard in far off areas as well. The building of the health center was severely damaged, however no loss of life reported. AgEnciES
Ten killed as blasT hiTs passenger Train in kashmore baloch republican army claims responsibiliTy of aTTack railways minisTer announces compensaTion for vicTims
KASHMORE STAFF REPORT
T least 10 people, including four children of a family, were killed and several others injured when a powerful explosion on a railway track in Kashmore district of Sindh led to the derailment of four bogies of Khushal Khan Khattak Express on Sunday. Police and rescue officials said the blast hit the Peshawar-bound passenger train near Tangwani Town in Kashmore. As many as 10 people were killed and 30 others injured in the incident. Baloch Republican Army (BRA) has claimed responsibility of the attack. The death toll was expected to rise further because some of the injured were in a critical condition in the hospital. Railway authorities dispatched teams to the blast site for relief and rescue op-
erations as the rail traffic on both up and down tracks was suspended. The local population also took part in the rescue activities. It took more than an hour for rescue officials to reach the spot. The Railways DS said around 350 passengers were aboard the train when the blast hit the train. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has also sought report from Sukkur DIG and commissioner. Jacobabad SSP Younus Chandio said 27 injured had been shifted to Thal Hospital. The blast came two weeks after an explosion on rail tracks near Karachi which derailed eight bogies of a passenger train. A minor girl was killed in the terror incident, also claimed by BRA. Meanwhile, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique announced compensation for the deceased and the injured of Kashmore train blast. The minister, addressing a press con-
COP KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN PESHAWAR BLAST
levies personnel gunned down QUETTA: Unidentified armed men gunned down a Levies official on Sunday. Police said some unidentified miscreants opened fire at a Levies man in Kaley Nouhisar area of Quetta killing him on the spot and escaped the scene. The body was shifted to a hospital and the police has registered a case against unknown murderers. Police also said that the incident seemed to be an outcome of personal enmity, however, investigation into the killing was in progress. inP
32 afghans held under foreign acT CHAGHI: Security forces detained 32 Afghans under Foreign Act in Chaghi town area of Balochistan on Sunday. According to a Levies official, the Afghan nationals had been arrested by security forces because they had entered in the country without valid traveling documents. The apprehended Afghan nationals were handed over to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) by Levies force for further investigations, official added. APP
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
One cop was killed while another got injured when explosives planted in a graveyard near Budhani Bridge went off, City police control said on Sunday. According to detail, some miscreants planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near Budhani Bridge which went off killing one cop, Bakht Naseeb on the spot and injured another, Akbar Hussain, who were performing their duties. The police and workers of Rescue 1122 rushed to the spot and shifted the body of the policeman and the injured to Lady Reading Hospital. According to the doctor on duty the injured cop is in stable condition. Meanwhile, in another incident some unidentified
miscreants opened fire on the Baharipura Police checkpost and in the retaliation of the police, the miscreants made their escape from the scene. Soon after the incident, the police cordoned off the area and started a search operation. The attack came when Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) authorities kicked-off the third phase of the anti-polio vaccination drive on Sunday in Peshawar which was declared hub of the disease by World Health Organisation, but frequent attacks on the vaccinators have hampered Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf-led provincial government’s efforts to eradicate polio from the region. During the vaccination campaign ‘Sehat ka Insaf’, the Peshawar district administration had imposed Section 144 and banned motorcycle riding for one day in the city as part of its security plan.
‘I AM NOT AGAINST LIMITED PRESENCE OF NATO TROOPS’ KANDAHAR inP
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is not against a "limited" presence of international forces in the country. Karzai flew down to Kandahar for the inauguration of an agricultural university built with Indian assistance worth close to $2 million. He inaugurated the university jointly with visiting Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid. Karzai also met Khurshid separately to discuss security-related issues including his reluctance to sign with the US a bilateral security agreement which is im-
portant for ensuring a residual presence of US troops. "I'm not against a limited presence of Nato troops but this presence must become a source of support for Afghanistan," Karzai told Times of India after the meeting. He added for that to happen Afghanistan needed support of both US and Pakistan. Khurshid later said that India wanted some international forces to stay back in Afghanistan but added that Karzai had made a "careful calculation" in not signing the agreement with the US at this stage. He also appreciated the role of Afghan security forces in ensuring peace in the country.
On recent reports that he had clandestinely opened his own channel of communication with Afghan Taliban, Karzai said it was important to find "all opportunities for engagement". Khurshid praised Karzai for his efforts to establish a genuine Afghanowned, Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled reconciliation process in Afghanistan. “To offer a chance to members of armed opposition groups willing to give up terror and abide by the Afghan Constitution, the possibility of participating as equal citizens in Afghanistan's national life,'' he said. While Karzai has repeatedly de-
manded more military assistance, including lethal equipment, from India without much success, he expressed satisfaction over help received from India. ``We are very satisfied because India, despite traditionally not being a donor country, has gone beyond its means to help Afghanistan,'' he said. Khurshid called upon international community to fulfil its pledges to rebuild the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police. He said the main threat to Afghanistan's security and its internal stability was terrorism and extremism that continued to target the people of Afghanistan.
ference in Lahore, said Rs 5,00,000 million each will be given to heirs of the deceased, while Rs 0.1 million each will be provided to those injured. He said vicious elements, claiming to be freedom fighters, had no right to kill innocent people. “They are the same people who used to target trains in Balochistan and local people,” he added. The minister said it was a cowardly act to target a passenger bus. “Those carrying out terrorist activities in Balochistan are now targeting passenger trains in Sindh,” he said. The minister stressed that the security of train passengers will be ensured at all costs. “Terrorists knew that trains were a safe target, but we have thought of some measures to protect trains from such attacks,” he said, adding the link of attackers connects with those so-called ‘freedom fighters’ in Balochistan.
india to provide copters to afghanistan New Delhi: India will provide helicopters to Afghanistan very soon and refurbish the war-torn country’s transport aircraft, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Sunday. “We are giving them helicopters and we will be supplying them very soon,” Khurshid told reporters who accompanied him on a day-long visit to the Afghan city of Kandahar where he inaugurated an agricultural university built with Indian aid. “We have also been giving them some logistical support and we hopefully will be able to upgrade and refurbish their transport aircraft,” he said. Khurshid did not specify the number or type of helicopters to be provided to Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is very special and uptil now wherever they felt they need (something), we have been giving them,” he said. “I think it is consistent with our approach – building capacity, providing training. That seems to be going well. Ultimately it is what we mutually agree and is within our capacity to supply.” India is “not reluctant” about assisting Afghanistan as it has a very clear policy the world over to build capacity, Khurshid said. AgEnciES
bsf to upgrade ﬁring systems along pakistan border New Delhi: Indian Border Security Force, deployed long with Pakistan border, has decided to upgrade its war stores including artillery guns and firing systems for which it has sought a whopping Rs 1000 million budget sanction, Indian media reported on Sunday. The border guarding force, which has over 20 artillery regiments, exclusive with any paramilitary in the country, has decided to modernise its weapons and armoury on the lines of the Army which has integrated its firing systems with the help of computer-based synchronised technology. "As part of the modernisation drive in the force, we have decided to upgrade the artillery unit of the force. The proposal has been prepared and will be sent to the Home Ministry soon. This will require a separate budgetary allocation of Rs 1000 million," BSF Director General (DG) Subhash Joshi told PTI. The DG said the medium-range guns and other mortar shelling weapons possessed by the force need to be put on a digital and electronic platform, on the lines of the Army, so that in any exigency or emergency the force could respond effectively. Officials said this decision had been taken after many decades and was prompted by the new doctrine of modern warfare and challenges of securing sensitive borders. The projected budget requirement for this programme includes the training of BSF troopers and men on the electronic firing platforms and procuring spares for various batteries and technical accessories for the system. OnlinE
Monday, 17 February, 2014
hoping for ceAsefire Taliban’s 10-member consulTaTive commiTTee meeTing comes To an end wiTh no clear declaraTion on ceasefire PESHAWAR
HOUGH Taliban’s consultative 10-member Shura concluded its two days meeting at an unknown place of North Waziristan on Sunday, they are yet to declare its decisions, particularly on the government’s demand for an immediate ceasefire. “Ceasefire can be declared whenever the government will demonstrate seriousness,” said a Taliban commander to a reporter after the meeting. However, he didn’t explain what he meant “seriousness on the part of government.” Similarly, the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban commanders also showed resentment over the statements of ministers and other government officials. “Statements on the part of government officials are harmful to the negotiation process,” they added. It was observed the TTP leaders or the members of consultative political committee headed by Qari Shakil were against the Taliban committee’s second trip to North Waziristan. In this respect, the committee expressed certain reservations which could be made public in coming few days. Further details and decisions made in the two days consultative meeting are yet to be received. However, the Taliban commanders are in contacts with the members of their nominated committee - Maulana
Sami Ul Haq and Prof Muhammad Ibrahim Khan. It may be mentioned that before going for next round of talks between the two committees, the government insisted on early ceasefire but but Taliban are reluctant in making any such announcement. Taliban’s political Shura has reportedly decided in principle for ceasefire and the announcement in this regard is expected during the next 24 hours. Sources said the TTP Shura had demanded withdrawal of Army from North Waziristan besides release of their noncombatant companions. Meanwhile, TTP nominated committee’s spokesman Yousuf Shah anticipated that the Taliban would soon announce ceasefire. While talking to media on Sunday, he said the Taliban would soon announce ceasefire in order to keep the dialogue process going. Shah said they had demanded for a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and military leadership, however, they had not been given any response yet. A committee member, requesting anonymity, said a meeting could be called today to reach a final decision on ceasefire issue. However, an attack on a police bus on February 13 that killed 13 police personnel and injured 57 others violated the informal agreement. The TTP had claimed responsibility for the attack calling it an act of revenge for targeting its operatives in various parts of the country. On February 15, the JUI-S chief and Taliban’s chief intermediary, Maulana Samiul Haq, had appealed to the government and the Taliban to announce a ceasefire. He made this plea while reading out a joint declaration after an Ulema and Mashaikh Peace Convention at a Lahore hotel.
GOVT WANTS TO CONTINUE DIALOGUE DESPITE ALL ODDS IRFAN SIDDIQI BRIEFS PM ON TALKS WITH THE TALIBAN COMMITTEE ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that notwithstanding all the negative activities by the Taliban, the government is showing patience and wants to pursue the dialogue process in the larger interest of the country. Talking to Irfan Siddiqi, coordinator of the government committee and special assistant to the prime minister on Sunday evening, Nawaz Sharif said national security must take precedence in the dialogue and advised the committee to continue its work with sincerity. During the meeting which was also attended by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Irfan Siddiqi informed the prime minister about the third formal meeting with the Taliban committee, demands put forward by them as well as their Shoora meeting on Sunday. Siddiqi said the government committee categorically made it clear to the Taliban that if they did not announce stopping their negative activities it would not be possible to continue dialogue with them. He said the Taliban had demanded release of aged men, women and children who were under arrest as well as withdrawal of troops from South Waziristan. In return the government committee had also put forward its demands for the release of kidnapped persons and announcement of a ceasefire for at least one month, he added. According to sources, the prime minister made it clear that the government would in no case ignore the requirements of national security and no demand against national security would be considered. He said the government was, however, ready for appropriate and reasonable steps to restore peace. inP
PIA TO START LAHORE-MASHAD FLIGHTS SOON KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) gets ready for European Union (EU) certification and acquisition of ATR Simulator. It has prepared to start flights to Mashad (Iran) from Lahore and has revised the policy for award of GSAs through its board of directors (BOD). These decisions were taken at the PIA’s 354th Board of Directors meeting held at PIA Head Quarters, a PIA statement said on Sunday. The meeting decided that the PIA will
acquire revalidation of the EU Safety Agency (EUSA) certification by the end of March, before the new aircraft on dry lease are inducted in the PIA fleet. This is an essential requirement for the airline to keep its operation in the Western world and also imperative to obtain EASA-145 certification. Otherwise, the new aircrafts will have to be sent abroad for inspection and maintenance checks, which will certainly become very expensive putting an extra financial burden. However, the CAA will conduct its inspections prior to that. The board approved acquisition of Simulator for the
ATR aircraft which will not only save huge expenses being incurred on its pilots while getting training from abroad, but will also pave way for revenue generation through trainings to other airlines’ staff; foreign as well as local. For having more transparency in its sales, it has been decided that in future the award of GSAs will be approved through the BOD approval. As per the prime minister’s directives, the PIA board also reviewed the airlines’ preparation for launching of flights to Mashad (Iran) and gave its final consent in this regard. The PIA’s twice a week
flights to Mashad will take off from Lahore via Quetta from February 25, 2014. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Aviation Shujaat Azeem gave a detailed briefing to the board on the revival plan for the PIA. Shujaat Azeem also inspected the maintenance facility of other airlines at Karachi Airport. Presided by Aviation Secretary & PIA Chairman Syed Muhamamd Ali Gardezi, the was meeting also attended by PIA Managing Director Waqar Yusuf, Aslam Khaliq, Azam Saigol, Ghiasuddin Ahmed, Atif Bajwa and Nazir Malik.
pia piloT lands aircrafT despiTe refusal by conTrol Tower
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree to boost defence ties ISLAMABAD AgEnciES
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have shown keen interest in extending cooperation in the field of defence and matters of defence trainings and cooperation. This was expressed during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Pakistan Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif at the Punjab House Islamabad on Sunday. Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif said the visit of the Crown Prince was highly significant and thanked him for undertaking this most important visit at the most important time. Both the leaders discussed matters of mutual cooperation in the field of defence and the visit of deputy defence minister is said to have paved a key path in setting the direction. Defence minister Khawaja Asif reiterated that Saudi Arabia holds great importance for all Muslims across the world and it was very important visit for them as they seek guidance from Harm Sharif. "We must have joint venture in defence production. If this can be explored, we can be self sufficient. We can produce our own defence equipment and provide it to Saudia Arabia. We can even jointly provide it to the international market,” the minister further said.
Separately, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called on Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud in Islamabad on Sunday. During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed a number of issues of common interest between the two brotherly countries and ways of strengthening relations. Referring to the immemorial brotherly ties with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the speaker said both the countries were intertwined in religious and cultural bonds which have gained strength due to the commitment of ruling hierarchies on either side. The Crown Prince termed relations
between the two sides as historic and unique. He said Pakistan was the closest friend and ally to the Kingdom. He said existing relations would be strengthened in days to come and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan would be further diversified for mutual benefit of both the nations. He said Saudi Arabia strongly desired to see a prosperous, stable and economically vibrant Pakistan. The Crown Prince also expressed that Saudi Arabia would extend all-out support to Pakistan in diverse fields. He said Saudi Arabia would always stand by its Pakistani brethren whenever needed. FATeMi MeeTS MADANi: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on For-
eign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi said Pakistan accorded high priority to its relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Tariq Fatemi expressed these views while welcoming Minister of State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Foreign Affairs Dr Nizar Bin Obaid Madani on Sunday at the ministry of foreign affairs, Islamabad, to discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. The meeting was held in a very cordial and friendly atmosphere. The special assistant underscored that the prime minister of Pakistan was desirous of taking the bilateral relations to new heights. Referring to the existing close and fraternal relations, the Special Assistant remarked that the destinies of the two countries were interlinked and the relations were marked by mutual trust and understanding. Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs HE Dr Madani stated that the fact that the Crown Prince had chosen Pakistan as the first country for his Asian visit, was symbolic of the importance Saudi Arabia attached to its relations with Pakistan. Recalling the recent high-level visits to Pakistan by senior members of the Saudi leadership, including foreign minister, deputy defence minister and chairman saudi tourism and antiquities, Dr Madani expressed satisfaction that the relations were moving in the “right direction”.
LONDON: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot Tariq Ranjha on Sunday he landed his aircraft at London’s Heathrow Airport in London despite bring refused by the control tower. According to sources, the control tower denied the request of landing the aircraft in the city due to the weather conditions. However, Ranjha kept insisting on landing the aircraft in London as the medical condition of a passenger, named Qasim Abu Bakar, was deteriorating. The pilot kept flying the aircraft in the skies of London despite bad weather and also consuming fuel worth millions. The control tower, however, kept sending the message to the PIA pilot to divert the aircraft towards Manchester but the pilot's request was finally accepted after an hour and was allowed to land the plane in the rough conditions. After the landing, the aircraft was searched by London Metropolitan Police for 40 minutes after which the passengers were finally allowed to leave the plane after being cleared. Britain's Civil Aviation has warned the PIA to hold a proper investigation against the pilot and ascertain as to why he landed the aircraft despite the rough conditions, adding that medical care could have been provided in Manchester if the pilot had landed the plane there. AgEnciES
Monday, 17 february, 2014
Britain Braces for more floods after violent storm LONDON
LARGEST MOSQUE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA JAKARTA APP
US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Southeast Asia’s largest mosque during his visit to Indonesia Sunday paying tribute to Islam in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. After removing his shoes outside the Istiqlal mosque in the heart of Jakarta, Kerry walked through the vast building accompanied by grand imam Kyai al-Hajj Ali Mustafa Yaqub. Calling it an “extraordinary
place”, the top US diplomat told Indonesian reporters: “I am very privileged to be here and I am grateful to the grand imam for allowing me to come.” The administration of US President Barack Obama has worked hard to try to repair relations with the Muslim world, which were badly frayed under the previous administration with the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The United States and other Western powers have often referred to Indonesia—the world’s third biggest democracy—as a bridge to the Muslim world.
28 Taliban killed in Afghanistan KABUL INP
As many as 28 Taliban insurgents were killed and seven others were injured in joint Afghan security forces operations over the past 24 hours, the Afghan ministry of interior said in a statement on Sunday. "In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police conducted several anti-terrorism joint operations with Afghan National Army and NDS to clean some areas of terrorists and enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan," the statement said. The operations were con-
ducted in Kunar, Zabul, Logar and Helmand provinces. "Also, during these operations, Afghan National Police discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition and IEDs," the statement said. It did not report any casualties amongst the Afghan forces or civilians. The Taliban have not yet commented on the casualties. There are over 350,000 Afghan soldiers serving at the moment. Foreign troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, after handing over full security responsibility to the Afghan forces.
ODDEN communities along the River Thames braced for more floods on Sunday, as Britain counted the cost of a storm that claimed several lives and left tens of thousands of homes without power. At least three people were killed in separate incidents in Ireland, Britain and the English Channel after violent winds and heavy rain swept in from the Atlantic on Friday.
Protesters evacuate Kiev city hall after long occupation KIEV APP
Protesters in Kiev on Sunday started evacuating city hall after occupying the building for months as part of antigovernment unrest sweeping Ukraine, in a highly symbolic concession to ease tensions. “City hall is almost completely evacuated,” commander Ruslan Andriyko of the protest movement told AFP, as people filtered out of the building in central Kiev. He added that demonstrators would stay stationed in front of the building for now as protests aiming to oust President Viktor Yanukovych would keep going. City hall became the “headquarters of the revolution” after protesters stormed the building on December 1 following a brutal crackdown on demonstrators the previous night. The evacuation—a concession from the opposition—comes after authorities made a gesture of their own by releasing all protesters who had been detained since the unrest erupted in November, when Yanukovych rejected an EU pact in favour of closer ties with Russia.
Pulling down power lines and disrupting transport networks across the region, the storm brought fresh misery to flood-hit communities in Britain, parts of which are suffering their wettest start to the year for 250 years. Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Saturday that the worst was not yet over as he visited the Thames-side village of Chertsey, west of London, to see how the military were helping bolster flood defences. "What we do in the next 24 hours is vital because trag-
ically the river levels will rise again. So every sand bag delivered, every house helped, every flood barrier put in place can make a big difference," Cameron said. More than 3,000 members of the military are involved in the flood relief effort, according to the defence ministry, as the government seeks to counter criticism that it was too slow to respond to the crisis. Fourteen severe flood alerts warning of a risk to life were in place along the River Thames on Saturday
night, with another two issued for the southwest of England, which has borne the brunt of two months of heavy rain. In a newspaper interview published on Sunday, opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband blamed climate change for the run of bad weather, and urged government ministers to treat global warming as a "national security issue". Cameron said last month that "I very much suspect" there is a link but said that either way, there should be more investment in flood defences.
Myanmar journalists on trial for reporting chemical weapons factory YANGON APP
Myanmar police have charged five journalists with “disclosing state secrets” after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reported Sunday. The trial of four reporters and the head of Unity Journal began on Feb 14 in Pakokku, a town in the country’s central region where the military facility is located, the state-run
New Light of Myanmar newspaper said. The New Light of Myanmar said charges under the Official Secrets Act also included “trespassing on the restricted area of the factory”, but the newspaper did not disclose the nature of the facility. Government spokesman Ye Htut told local media last week that the factory did not produce chemical weapons. He could not be reached for comment on Sunday. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Feb 3 called for
the suspects’ release, saying “journalists should not be threatened or arrested for reporting on topics of national and international importance”. The Unity Journal story claimed the secret facility built in 2009 consisted of tunnels burrowed under 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of land and quoted workers as saying the factory produced chemical weapons, according to the CPJ, which noted reports that authorities confiscated copies of the publication.
AAP GOVT 'DOLED OUT' MILLIONS TO AMBANI'S RELIANCE: BJP NEW DELHI AGENCIES
Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday accused Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of "doling out" Rs 323 crore to Reliance from funds meant for the three municipal corporations when it was in power in the city government. "This move exposes true colours of AAP. On the one hand, it is accusing private discoms in public of overcharging and on the other, it gave away Rs 323 crore to it (Reliance) and that too from funds which was not meant for the discoms but for the municipal corporations of Delhi," Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party President Vijay Goel said. "This money was to be spent by all the three municipal corporations for welfare of people. But former CM Arvind Kejriwal was more bothered about filling coffers of Reliance," he alleged. The Bharatiya Janata Party said it has passed a resolution in its meeting condemning this move of the AAP government. Stating that Delhi assembly elections should be held at the earliest, he said: "The Bharatiya Janata Party cadres are geared up to expose AAPCongress alliance which has left people in lurch. None of them had the mandate, yet they formed the government which fell under the burden of its own contradictions. "People of Delhi will teach a lesson to these two parties for disrespecting the wishes of Delhiites," Goel said.
Heavy snow kills 12 in Japan, disrupts power and ﬂights TOKYO APP
Heavy snow hit Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan over the weekend, leaving 12 people dead, hundreds of thousands of households without electricity, and causing major disruptions to air and ground traffic. Tokyo saw as much as 27 cm (10.6 inches) of snow, on par with last weekend’s snowstorms, which were the heaviest in 45 years. ANA Holdings, Japan’s largest carrier, said 338
domestic flights and 12 international flights were cancelled on Saturday due to the heavy snow. In Kawasaki, west of Tokyo, a train crashed into another after the snow rendered its brakes ineffective, leaving 19 passengers injured. It also snarled traffic on some of Tokyo’s most heavily travelled roads. The heavy snow also caused wide-spread power outages. Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc, which serves the nation’s capital and surrounding regions, said up to 246,000 households were without electricity at one point on Saturday.
KARACHI: An attractive view of the sunset in the city. INP
PHiliPPines vows to build back better 100 days after tyPHoon MANILA APP
The Philippines vowed Sunday to “build back better” 100 days after its deadliest typhoon left thousands dead and millions without homes. Acknowledging that huge gaps in rehabilitation remained despite progress in humanitarian work, the government urged all Filipinos and donor agencies to keep extending support to those still vulnerable. “As we mark the 100th day after super typhoon Yolanda (local
name of Haiyan), the government is firmly determined to carry out massive rehabilitation efforts in all 171 municipalities and cities affected by this unprecedented calamity,” said presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma. He said the disaster-prone country “must break the cycle of prediction, devastation and rehabilitation by adopting the principle of build back better” following the deadly storm. Haiyan slammed into the central Visayas region on November 8 last year with winds of up to
315 kilometres (195 miles) an hour, triggering unprecedented destruction that left four million without homes. It triggered huge tsunamilike storm surges that swallowed entire villages, killing at least 6,200 people with 2,000 others still missing. The United Nations in a statement Sunday said that 100 days on, “needs remain enormous”. It called on government and aid agencies not to be complacent and to find ways to house those still without roofs over their heads. “The need for durable shelter
for millions of people whose homes were damaged or destroyed is critical,” said UN resident humanitarian coordinator Luiza Carvalho. She said that 45 percent of the 788 million dollar appeal the UN had launched had already been received, and it had benefited hundreds of thousands. Some half a million families had already received tents and tarpaulins for temporary shelters, while emergency jobs programmes helped put money in survivors’ pockets and revive local economies.
UN SEEKS FOREIGN PROBE OF SRI LANKA WAR CRIMES: REPORT COLOMBO: The United Nations' human rights chief has recommended an international investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final stages of its Tamil separatist conflict, a report said Sunday. The local Sunday Times newspaper in Sri Lanka said Navi Pillay has asked the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to set up independent probe, saying that Colombo "consistently failed to establish the truth" and ensure accountability for the atrocities, despite repeated calls. "Establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law and monitor any domestic accountability process," the Sunday Times quoted Pillay as saying. AGENCIES
Monday, 17 February, 2014
BAHAWALPUR: A jeep seen in mid air during Cholistan Jeep Rally. NNI
CNG STATIONS LIKELY TO RE-OPEN FROM MARCH LAHORE: Gas supply to all CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) stations in Punjab is likely to be restored from the first week of March. Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) sources said the CNG stations of ten regionsLahore, Sheikhupura, Sahiwal, Multan Gujranwala and Gujrat (Zone I) and Faisalabad, Sargodha, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur region (Zone II) will get gas three days a week, as per the routine prior to the winter cut-off. In view of decrease in ambient temperatures during winters, domestic sector gas consumption had exponentially increased, resulting in severe depletion of transmission pack, therefore, gas supply to the CNG sector had been suspended on December 10, 2013. APP
ALTAF COMPLAINS AGAINST DEAD PHONE LINES OF NINE ZERO KARACHI
uTTEHDA Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain Sunday demanded an action from the prime minister, interior minister, Sindh governor and Sindh chief minist e r against
DDO SARGODHA GUNNED DOWN BY BROTHERS SARGODHA: Sargodha Education Deputy District Officer (DDO) was gunned down by blood brothers while her husband was injured over a property dispute on Sunday. The brothers of Sargodha DDO Rukhsana Ijaz Malik, hailing from Chak 103, were in dispute with her over ownership of a plot in Sargodha. The accused forcefully tried to occupy the plot but when proven unfruitful, opened direct fire critically injuring Rukhsana and her husband Malik Ijaz Advocate after exchange of hot words. The injured were rushed to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ), where the injured woman succumbed to her wounds. A case was registered against the accused and search operations were underway to arrest them. INP
SIX KILLED AS PASSENGER BUS FLIPS OVER IN VEHARI VEHARI: A passenger bus overturned on Hasilpur Road near Vehari killing seven people and injuring 25 others on Sunday. The speeding bus – carrying 50 passengers – toppled as the driver tried to steer past two motorcyclists. Rescue 1122 officials arrived at the scene of the accident and took the injured to nearby hospitals for medical assistance. The dead include a woman. A day earlier, 12 people were killed and dozens had sustained injuries in similar road accidents in Faisalabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala and Dera Ghazi Khan. AGENCIES
the intelligence personnel who, he claimed, had disturbed the telephone lines of his party headquarters Nine Zero and its surrounding areas. Protesting the act, he said he was getting difficulty in putting call through to people in Nine Zero. Hussain said he had to try for hours to get his call through to convey a simple message to his people. He said the delay in voice-transmission indicated that someone was listening to his calls. Hussain asked the powerful people in the government to find out the PTCL employees who have hatched a conspiracy against the MQM to sever its contact with its people and offices. Hussain said that the telephonelines had been disturbed by the powerful people who were carrying out targeted operation. He added that they were using all their means to torture the MQM and put hurdles in its work.
Hussain deplored the targeted operation against criminal elements and terrorists in Karachi and alleged that it had been diverted against MQM like 1992 when General Asif Nawaz had launched an operation in Karachi. Hussain said that the choked telephone-lines at Nine Zero are a conspiracy by the ones who are conducting targeted operation against them. He also requested the federal and provincial governments to take notice of the issue. The MQM chief said the telephonelines of his party’s headquarters and the adjacent areas have been downed under a conspiracy, crippling the connectivity. He also complained that it usually took him almost two hours to complete a oneminute conversation on phone. The MQM chief added that the high-ups of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) should also be approached to ascertain as to who is behind the malfunction of telephone lines.
RENOWNED KASHMIRI POLITICIAN NOOR HUSSAIN DIES MIRPUR: Renowned Kashmiri leader Chaudhary Noor Hussain, 97, died Sunday morning after prolonged illness. Noor Hussain, one of the pioneer leaders of the Kashmir freedom movement and father of Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, former prime minister of AJK, was bed-ridden since past many years because of his serious illness. He was the elder brother of late Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, the four-time elected member of the AJK legislative assembly and uncle of Arshad Hussain, sitting member of the AJK legislative assembly and the former minister. Being an active worker of Kashmir freedom movement, late Chaudhry Noor performed a significant role in the freedom struggle before and after 1947 until fell bed-ridden due to illness. He remained as a member of working committee of the Muslim conference before and after 1947. He was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard at Khari Shareef in his native village Chachian in Mirpur district Sunday afternoon in presence of thousands of mourners from all the segments of the society. APP
Punjab counter-terrorism dept to get POF weapons WAH CANTT APP
The Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) will join hands with Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) to equip its force with the latest arms and bullet-proof jackets to meet growing challenges’ of terrorism and militancy. The officials of the provincial government including Punjab Home Secretary Muhammad Azam, Punjab Home Special Secretary, Prisons IG and Additional IG Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Aftab Cheema made this pledge during at live fire power demonstration arranged by POF here on Saturday. The live fire power demonstration of POF arms and ammunition is the part of the endeavour of POF to bring at par the country law enforcement agencies and civil armed forces with international standards by equipping them with latest arms and ammunition after fulfilling the requirements of armed forces. During live demonstration of arms, Elite Force Commandant Colonel Saad and high officials of Police and the CTD not only themselves fired with POF products but also witnessed the fire demonstration of other POF products. On this occasion, Punjab Home Secretary directed the purchase committee to initiate a case for procurement of POF arms and ammunition immediately. CTD Additional IG desired that a special design for the uniform of CTD force should be prepared by the POF and assured him that the said design will be soon prepared for CTD Force. Colonel (R) Inamullah Khan, in his detailed briefing, told the participants that the POF can assist law enforcement agencies by providing reliable and high quality weapons in war against terrorism. The POF can also provide after sales service facilities to the law enforcement agencies.
THIRD PHASE OF ‘SEHAT KA INSAF’ COMPLETED IN PESHAWAR PESHAWAR AGENCIES
The third phase of anti-polio drive ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ was completed in the provincial capital amid high security alert and ban on driving motorbikes. Officials said that 600,000 children were vaccinated in the troubled city from 9 deadly diseases in the 93 union councils under the program. Police said that 40,000 strong troops had been deployed for ensuring security during the phase. Despite such security measures, police parties were fired upon and attacked with a bomb as one policeman was killed and another injured, when a planted bomb went off near a police van on Charsada Road, while the terrorists fired volley of shots near a police-post in Pahari Pura area. Sources said Frontier Constabulary along with the police was also patrolling at Badaber, Matani, Dawoodzai and Sarband in the outskirts, while Frontier Corp
was guarding the tribal and bordering areas of Peshawar. The district administration had banned motorbike driving for one day as well.
FATA SERVICES HOLD MEDICAL CAMPS FOR WOMEN IN BAJAUR: In a bid to provide medical facilities to people of far-flung areas, FATA Direc-
torate Health Services on Sunday arranged a free medical camp for women in remote villages of Bajaur Agency. The camps were arranged on the directives of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr Shoukatullah in areas of Charmang, Hilal Khel, Intermina, Mamoond, SalarzaiBatwar, Loisim, Lagraee and Nawagai. Two teams of highly qualified medical professionals examined 15,136 women patients besides conducting diagnostic tests of 2,099 patients. Also, 334 needy were provided radiology facilities for confirming ailments they were suffering with. All the services including medicines were provided free of charge with an objective to help those who were unable to get proper medical cover owing to meagre financial resources and inaccessibility of their residing areas. Program Manager Dr Niaz Afridi said that FATA Directorate will continue its endeavours to mitigate suffering of poor and needy by ensuring them the best available medical facilities.
Monday, 17 February, 2014
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KARACHI: Students of a local school seen participating in Health Walk on Shahrah-e-Quaideen. ONLINE
SHC orders action against substandard cooking oil KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the Director General of the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) to get help of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to check the production of substandard cooking oil, and furnish report within one month. A divisional bench of the SHC comprising Justice Irfan Saadat and Justice Zafar Ahmed Rajput issued this directive in a petition against the manufacturing and packaging of substandard ghee and cooking oil. Earlier, Director General PSQCA appeared before the court and submitted in a statement that the PSQCA always extends voluntarily its full cooperation to provincial governments to counter those unscrupulous manufacturers who produce substandard oil from illegal ingredients. He further stated that PSQCA's prime aim is advancing national economy, promoting industrial efficiency and ensuring health and safety of consumers. The objective is to provide quality service in respect of products and services for consumption of public at large. The hearing was adjourned to a date in office. APP
Prof Hasan Askari remembered KARACHI: Professor Hasan Askari Fatimi was paid homage at a memorial meeting organised in his memory at the Mass Communication Department of the Karachi University. The speakers at the memorial programme, expressing their tribute to the professor, said that the literary services of Prof Askari will always be remembered. Noted scholar and poet Khawaja Razi Haider, Prof Dr Muhammad Shams-uddin, Prof Inam Bari, Abdul Jabbar Khan, and Prof Tahir Masood spoke on the occasion. The speakers expressed that the vacuum created by the death of Prof Hasan Askari would take a long time to be bridged. On the occasion, Fateha was offered for the soul of Prof Hasan Askari. APP
Police vs police: Three cops arrested for robbing citizens KARACHI
HE city police on Sunday arrested three of their fellow workers for being involved in robbing citizens of in the Saddar area. A special team of south zone police conducted a sting operation near Rambo Center located in Saddar late Saturday night and apprehended at least three police personnel for their illegal activities. According to police sources, the special team was formed on citizens’ complaints against some people who while clad in po-
lice uniform, extort money from people. Police officials said one of the captured personnel hails from Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and two others were on duty in Preedy police station. The officials said a case had been registered against the personnel and a departmental inquiry would also be instituted against them. RANGERS KILL 5 TERRORISTS IN ENCOUNTER: Five hardened criminals belonging to banned terrorist outfit were killed in an encounter with law enforcement agencies on Sunday. Rangers conducted a targeted operation in Mohammad Khan Colony of Bal-
dia Town in catch of criminals. Entry and exit points of the area were sealed before law enforcers began door-to-door search operation. Around 400 Rangers personnel took part in the operation. As the search operation was underway, terrorists hurled a hand grenade on Rangers and resorted to indiscriminate firing. In retaliation firing by the Rangers, three of the terrorists were killed. Two hand grenades, one TT pistol and two kalashnikovs were recovered from their possession. According to Rangers sources, the slain terrorists belonged to a banned terrorist outfit. Earlier, two terrorists were also killed
in firing by law enforcers when their group attacked a Rangers vehicle near Northern Bypass. A hand grenade and two Kalashnikovs were recovered from their custody. 500 RETIRED ARMY SOLDIERS JOIN SINDH POLICE: As many as 500 retired soldiers of the Pakistan Army have joined the Sindh police on Sunday. According to the Sindh Police spokesman, they were appointed to combat terrorism in the city. “They will be appointed in the sensitive areas of Karachi after one month training”, he told. He further said that some 600 other retired soldiers would join the police in coming weeks.
No environmental risk from coastal power project: PAEC KARACHI APP
Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Dr Ansar Parvez has said the Karachi Coastal Power Project having two units named K-2 and K-3 will start generating electricity within 6 to 7 years. The estimated cost of the project is ten billion dollars and will add 2,200 Megawatts to the national grid. This will also be beneficial for the local population and create employment opportunities, he said. Speaking at a workshop organised for journalists at the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (Kanupp), here on Saturday, the PAEC Chief said that the setting up of nuclear power plants will help in production of cheap electricity. The K-2 and K-3 nuclear plants will not cause any risk to the environment. He said that the projected cost of electricity production from K-2 and K-3 will be less than Rs 10 per unit.
Once the loan is paid back in 13 years after the plants’ completion , the cost of electricity would come down since it would be determined essentially by the operation and maintenance (O & M ) and fuel costs which are small components of the total cost, he added. Dr Ansar Parvez told the journalists that the Kanupp has been functioning for the last 40 years and neither it ever released any radiation nor did it create any other problem for the population of the city. The PAEC Chairman said that this nuclear power plant is being constructed through a comprehensive and high profile planning and with modern technology. He said that K-2 and K-3 are ranked amongst the safest reactor systems available anywhere in the world, as the ACP1000 model selected for the new reactors is based on the well-tested PWR concept of which hundreds of systems are operating around the world. He said that it may be desirable to establish a nuclear plant as far
away from the cities as possible but it is not a general rule. There are several plants close to large population centres which include Guangdong in China, Kuosheng in Taiwan and Indian Point near New York City, USA. He pointed out that this is 10 billion dollars project and it will be beneficial for the local population and create employment opportunities. The project has been approved by the ECNEC with a 6.5 billion dollars financing by China, which is about 82 per cent of the total contract cost, he added. Dr. Inam-ur-Rehman said that the population of Pakistan is rapidly growing and thus the country’s energy requirement is increasing. He said Pakistan can overcome energy crisis as it is among a few countries of the world which have nuclear power facilities. Pakistan started using nuclear power with the commissioning of the 137 MW Karachi Nuclear Power Plant in 1972. Ghulam Rasool and Khawaja Ghulam Qasim were among those attending the workshop.
Monday, 17 February, 2014
Bilawal Bhutto vows to bring ICAP enters into an agreement revolution in education sector with NTS KARACHI
IlAWAl Bhutto Zardari, patron-inchief of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said that he will put his own shoulder to the wheel for bringing about a revolution in the education sector to achieve national goals. He stated this while meeting a delegation of Alif Ailaan led by Mosharraf Zaidi at Bilawal House on Sunday. None of the targets are easy to achieve, he said, but added that this is one
issue the province and party leadership have committed to reform as a key priority. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed concern over the education situation in the province and reiterated his Party’s resolve to improve the system and provide free education to every child. PPP Patron in Chief hoped that the recently approved Sindh Education Sector Plan (SESP) 20142018 will play a major part in the reform push needed for mitigating the education emergency. He appreciated the Alif Ailaan team’s support for the promotion of literacy and enrolment, adding that the Sindh government and its functionaries
have to work very hard in this sector so that every school is functional and every teacher performs his or her duty with probity and dedication. He stressed that various initiatives being undertaken by the Sindh government shall be coordinated and that both the political and administrative leadership shall work closely together. These are not empty statements, he said, as he himself will supervise the coordinated push to reform education in Sindh. Sindh Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Secretary Education Fazalullah Pechuho and former Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman were also present on the occasion.
KARACHI: Students and civil society activists participating in beach cleaning campaign. INP
Exhibition of Malaysian institutions opens in city KARACHI ONLINE
As many as 13 of the best public and private higher educational institutes in Malaysia are showcased by North Pole International at a twoday exhibition which opened here at a local hotel. The exhibition is also endorsed by the Malaysian High Commission in Pakistan. The Study Malaysia Education Exhibition, now in its 11th edition manage to draw a sizeable crowd today mainly high school students mostly accompanied by their parents looking at the options available in Malaysia suiting their career options and study budgets. While majority of these students are looking for September/October intakes offered by these Universities, they were mainly thrilled to see the presence of representatives from each Malaysian University to answer their queries and explain admission procedures. The event earlier was opened by the Counsel General of Malaysia Abu Bakar Mamat in the presence of local media and eager students who were waiting in numbers before the start of the show. Speaking on the occasion, the Counsel General of Malaysia in Karachi praised the efforts of North Pole International Managing Director Babar Bashir Ahmad who has promoted Malaysia as a top study destination in Pakistan through his events and con-
stant marketing. He also expressed his satisfaction over the quality of these events and branding to ensure people in Pakistan are aware about Malaysian Education through the right channel. Talking to the media he also pointed out the high standards, commitment and satisfaction Malaysian High Education institutes have ensured in the last decade for international students. “Malaysia is serious and committed to the cause of education and programmes on offer in our Universities and higher institutions of learning meet international standards, which is why we have over 97,000 foreign students presently studying in the country.” According to him the target is to reach 100,000 foreign students base soon. North Pole International’s Managing Director Babar Bashir explained that Malaysia has emerged as one of the main education markets in Pakistan due to several advantages and this is evident from the fact that over 3,000 Pakistanis have chosen Malaysia as study destination in last 3 to 4 years. He described affordable tuition fee and cost of living as major factors behind the rise of Malaysian Education in Pakistan. “Malaysia has become a preferred destination for students from around the world due to number of factors including affordable tuition, immigration laws, quality options, degrees awarded in collaboration partner Universities in UK, Australia, USA, etc., diverse cultures and hospitable Malaysian people.”
PTI MPA terms Sindh Assembly place of jokers KARACHI: An MPA belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Khurram Sher Zaman, has termed the Sindh Assembly a place of jokers as treasurer benches of the assembly do not behave seriously during session of the assembly. Talking to media persons on Sunday, the PTI leader strongly criticised the Sindh Assembly proceeding and said it is failed to raise and resolve the problems of the masses. To a question, he said in the education department 8000 teachers who were appointed during the previous tenure of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He added all the 8000 teachers are not being paid their salaries during the last 15 months. The PTI leader said he would raise this issue in today’s (Monday) assembly session and expressed his resolve to continue his efforts for the welfare of the people. Sher Zaman said, “I have assured Teachers Action Committee that their issue will be raised in the assembly”. Moreover, he said the education system in Sindh and particularly in Karachi is in worse condition which needs to be mended. ONLINE
‘Ufficiale’ conferred on Tariq Ikram KARACHI sTAFF rEPOrT
Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani, the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, conferred upon Mr Tariq Ikram, the President of the Italian Development Committee (IDC) and Chairman, Franco’s Farm group of companies, the award of “Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” for his contribution to strengthening ties between Italy and Pakistan. The Ordine della Stella d’Italia is an Italian order of Knighthood which was originally established in 1947 to recognize those expatriates and foreigners who made an outstanding contribution to the reconstruction of
Italy after World War 2. The order is bestowed in three degrees by decree of the President of the Republic, head of the order, on the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The conferment of the award took place at a gala reception hosted by the Franco’s Food Company Pakistan which is the distribution wing for Franco’s Farm Italia, at the Marina Club. The gathering was an auspicious one, well attended by prominent members of Pakistan’s diplomatic, legislative and business communities. This event celebrated the launch of Franco’s Cereal range, along with the completion of one year of business in addition to the honor bestowed upon its chairman Mr. Tariq Ikram.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) has entered into an agreement with National Testing Service Pakistan (NTS). Under the agreement, ICAP will use NTS’s test centers for the conduct of computer-based examinations in nine cities of Pakistan. These examinations are being introduced under the new education scheme for all papers of the introductory module Assessment of Fundamental Competencies (AFC) which would be effective from September 2014 examinations. Introduction of these examinations will restructure
the Chartered Accountancy qualification by incorporating latest developments in curriculum and syllabus. The new structure will further equip the students to undertake the contemporary and forth coming challenges of business, finance and economy with more advanced knowledge and skills. Vice President ICAP Riaz A Rahman Chamdia, Council Members Syed Najamul Hussain and YacoobSuttar, Secretary ICAP Khalid Rahman, Chief Executive Officer NTS Dr. Haroon Rashid, Additional Director Tahir Maqbool Khakwani, senior officials of ICAP and NTS were present on the occasion of signing of the agreement.
‘Positive response’ from Taliban
Monday, 17 February, 2014
Playing communal card In the name of country’s unity
If last week’s killings are positive response, one wonders what negative response would be like
HE Taliban have responded to the government committee’s appeal to stop violence by launching more terrorist attacks. On Friday a suicide bomber blew himself up near the vehicle of a Rangers’ officer injuring four including officers. On Saturday five people were injured in two successive bomb blasts near Orangi Town. On Sunday a police constable was killed in Peshawar. One fails to understand what keeps Nawaz Sharif upbeat about the future of talks. On way back from Turkey he told a newspaper reporter that Taliban had given a positive response to the government’s initial efforts for restoration of peace. If about a week of uninterrupted deadly attacks is to be interpreted as a positive response, one wonders what would constitute a negative response. In essence the government’s stand is not much different from that of the dyedin-the wool Taliban supporters. Led by Samiul Haq a number of them have advised the government never to attack the TTP even if the talks fail ‘100 times’. This is what the terrorists want: freedom to continue the killing spree with impunity. Is the government not abdicating its constitutional duty to provide security of life to citizens by turning a blind eye to the killings? The clerics argue that any military operation would lead to endless bloodshed in the country and threaten its existence. But hasn’t the TTP indulged in endless bloodshed over all these years? Is the virtual surrender by the PML-N government to the TTP that one sees taking place not threatening the state’s existence? One is yet to know the response of the ISPR on the statement by Imran Khan. The PTI leader had said that the prime minister had quoted the former Army Chief Gen (retd) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as saying that there was only a 40 per cent chance of success of a military operation against the militants in the tribal areas. Raja Zafarul Haq had told the Senate that Khan had misquoted Sharif. But the prime minister’s remarks during a chat with television anchor aboard his aircraft have compounded the confusion. They have raised questions about the army’s assessment of the situation in case of use of force in North Waziristan. Sharif said that various figures had come under discussion on different occasions as the situation kept changing. “Not only 40 per cent, but there were some other figures as well”. A continuous silence by ISPR on the remark ascribed to former army chief would pose uneasy questions about the military’s position on the issue.
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HE Congress is a late starter. It firmed up its campaign for the AprilMay parliamentary elections only two months ago. The party was complacent till it was woken up by the dismal defeats in four of the five states during assembly polls. The surveys conducted by different media hands confirm the drubbing which the Congress is all set to receive in 2014 general elections. The predictions are that it may not even reach the three-digit figures. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, appointed as the head of the election strategy, was a disaster in a television interview. He made little difference because he repeated the clichés that the Congress has been harping on endlessly. He has unnecessarily revived the controversy of 1984 massacre. It looked from some of his recent speeches that as if he has changed in tone and tenor, tearing a leaf out of the Aam Aadmi Party’s book and talking about the participatory democratic state. He has very little time between now and
the polls. Even otherwise, he could not revive the sagging fortunes of the Congress, first in UP and Bihar and, more recently, in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and, finally, in Delhi. It would not be fair to put the blame entirely on Rahul Gandhi. The fault is the non-performance of the Congressled government at the centre. A decade is a long enough period to make a dent into the country’s chronic problems of poverty, unemployment and disparities. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a well-known economist, has turned out to be an astute politician. His forte does not seem to be economics but political manoeuvres. History may be charitable and infer Manmohan Singh as only the stalking horse. He should have quit in protest against the imposition of certain decisions on him. Yet, not even once did he offer his resignation. The real power was concentrated at 10, Janpath, where Sonia Gandhi and her son lived. She could have become the prime minister in Congress’ second term in 2009 but Sonia Gandhi did not want to revive the controversy of being Indian. Moreover, she wanted Rahul Gandhi to occupy the chair. Her thinking was that it would be taken as a dynastic succession. Rahul Gandhi has built up the young cadre in the party. This was his plus point. The biggest problem that the Congress faces is to explain the scams which took place during its regime. Corruption is palpable in the Commonwealth Games, 2G Spectrum regarding mobiles and the allotment of coal blocks. The Prime Minister cannot shrug his shoulders and say that he did not know about them because the PMO has approved all the deals. The Congress cadres belatedly are beginning to be active, yet their
predicament is how to rationalise the corrupt deeds and non-governance. No doubt, Rahul, a young face, is at the helm of party’s affairs. But the declaration that he was the party’s candidate for the prime ministerial position may have helped to some extent. However, it would have been undemocratic to name him before the elected candidates chose their parliamentary party leader. In contrast, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) straightaway nominated Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the office of prime minister. The RSS, the party’s mentor, insisted on it. Whatever the compulsions, the BJP has imposed Modi on the MPs who are yet to be elected. They have no other choice. Probably, the BJP high command believes that Modi’s nomination itself will get it more seats. The calculation may turn out to be correct. Yet there is no running away from the fact that the procedure adopted to name the prime ministerial candidate smacks of autocracy. Indeed, Modi has drawn crowds even in the South where the BJP has very little base. His appeal in the Hindispeaking states has been astounding. Still the argument that he has peaked too early has a ring of truth. Modi has had thin crowd when he had visited a state for the second time. His slogan of development does not hide his saffron plan to polarise the society. The analysis of last six speeches by Modi and Rahul shows that both are playing with the emotions of people in the name of country’s unity. The two are targeting corruption without realising that they are making no impact on the voters who believe that both are hiding corruption of their respective party. The difference between the two is on secularism. Modi avoids discus-
sions on the subject and says that the development is inclusive. Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, underlines that secularism is the country’s ethos. Modi is invoking the name of Sardar Patel and Rahul both Jawaharlal Nehru and Mrs Indira Gandhi, staying within the dynasty. If he was serious on corruption he should have taken up some of the scams with the Prime Minister. Combing back to Patel, he was a strong personality but his image was that of being anti-Muslim. By installing a tall statute of Sardar Patel in Ahmedabad, Modi is only playing the communal card. Both Nehru and Patel were Mahatama Gandhi’s lieutenants and the picture of those days shows them on either side of the Mahatama. Why the Mahatama named Nehru as his successor was the image the latter projected of being a national and international figure. Nehru never deviated from the path of secularism which the Mahatama infused in the nation. Patel did say during the migration following partition that the Muslims will be pushed out of India in proportion to the Hindus ousted from Pakistan. There is no doubt that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party. Even then Modi’s ambition to become the prime minister may elude him. Imaging that his party on its own gets 200 seats, it still will have to muster another 72 to give him an absolute majority. Then a more acceptable face to placate the supporting parties may become inevitable. The federal front which is being riveted by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar may become relevant at that time. Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
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Giving the due Being a resident of DHA Lahore any news item appearing in any section of media attracts my attention. At times informative, at time positive and at times critical contents inspired me to share my honest and true feelings. A false impression prevailing around that the DHA is a habitat of the upper class has always been disturbing me and I very minutely tried to unfold this perception. Outcome of the quest, to know the reality revealed that in totality this perception is not 100% true. Instead it’s a mixture of a developing community barring few. Dwellings in any locality are the indicators of overall developing society. It will be unjustified if the concept behind establishment of DHA, its gradual development, extension, quality of life, facilities extended are not mentioned. With the basic amenities, round the corner and a welldeveloped infrastructure, every second person has an urge and desire to be part of this community. Up keeping the living in DHA is certainly the result of DHA management team who are committed to live up to the needs of its residents. In the era of unrest, multi-dimensional problems, like security, maintenance/sewage, provision of affiliated facilities are the concern of every housing society. DHA Lahore, despite all these barriers stands out amongst the rest. It’s bylaws, development, regular upkeep of necessities & facilities like commercial markets, mosques, educational institutions, parks, playing grounds health facilities, club facilities, cinema, effective security system etc are certain worth mentioning facilities that we the residents are enjoying. No doubt a room for improvement always remains and so is with DHA as well. RAJA TAIMUR MASUD Lahore
PCB imbroglio This confusion and infighting within PCB must end now for sake of cricket. The fact remains that India has persistently refused to play with Pakistan on neutral ground and this stance has more to do with politics and bias than on principles. Mr Zaka Ashraf was a political appointee and like other politically nominated chairman, who preceded him, he is not a sport specialist, nor is Najam Sethi, or Tauqir Zia etc. Historically it has always been Patron, who nominated PCB
Chairman and board members. It would have been wiser for Zaka to leave once his political godfather was out of office. Even choice of former cricketer Ejaz Butt, proved to be worse. The sham elections which outgoing chairman loudly proclaims, lacked credibility, for there exists no functional cricket councils in many regions and cities, except urban centres like Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Rawalpindi etc. The breeding grounds and nurseries which once existed when schools existed with grounds, and matches were held between colleges and universities, with teams from Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan etc competing, attracting crowds and sponsorship. While population increased, even urban centres like Karachi have seen land allocated for amenity and public parks, such as Kidney Hill etc occupied by land mafia with support of political and military governments. A huge chunk of land owned and within control of Karachi’s National Stadium has fallen prey to greed of real estate mafia. The stadiums that exist are now being used to hold marriage functions, although rules do not allow this abuse. Unfortunate reality of attractive perks, benefits of a financially strong PCB fell victim to greed of powerful cronies of successive governments. Enough damage has been done to cricket and it is time Patron performs his role by taking notice of matters. Now that Sethi has been reappointed, PCB needs to overhaul itself. There are quite a few former Test cricketers who are educated and have worked in administrative jobs in various corporations and in public sector. Some of them have been associated with ICC, having been selected as match referees. Men like Ehsan Mani, Nur Khan etc have served PCB well. Former cricketers who may have excelled with bat or ball, but lack communication and administrative skills serve no purpose if given key assignments. Let merit prevail and game of gentlemen flourish. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
Tax evasion Pakistan is rampant with tax evasion. With the help of the tax collecting authority, FBR employees, citizens in Pakistan have been living tax free for many decades. Currently FBR collects taxes from only 0.5% of registered tax payers of the total population. Ironically NADRA, which was created many decades after the FBR, has registered 5% of
Pakistani’s so far for National Identification. The Government of Pakistan collects taxes indirectly by taxing luxury items like fuel, cigarettes, industries, etc. while compensating budget deficits with loans and grants from other nations and organisations. During the past many years this tax free culture has helped not only the FBR employees become filthy rich, it has also helped the tax evading businesses and persons to become rich, which has resulted in the expansion of cities and businesses across Pakistan. But with this expansion also comes many problems that are associated with unplanned sudden expansions, like heavy traffic, pollution, water shortages, etc. For example in Peshawar the 22 KM short commute from one end of the city to the other end would take 4 hours during office hours. But now when the Government of KPK wants to improve the city’s infrastructure they are finding it difficult to find free land to build new infrastructures as all available land is in possession by these tax evading citizens, who have developed their residence and businesses for many years and are not ready to vacate or sell their property at low rates. This is where the decades of tax evasion can become useful to the current Government of KPK. Using the example of Shop owners of Badami Bagh in Lahore, whose property was bought by the Punjab Government for low rates for construction of the Metro Bus road. This was possible because these shop owners were avoiding taxes for decades by undervaluing their properties in official documents, when sold, to avoid high stamp duty and other taxes. Since the Government uses the property value on record to get the average property rate for the area, these shop owners had to sell their land at 1/4th of the actual value. And there were no protests, as any protest would be tantamount to an admission of tax evasion and could result in arrest and prosecution of the shop owner. If such actions are taken by the Government of KPK to modernise the infrastructure of the main cities, it would not only help develop the cities, as the new infrastructure would improve the standard of living and economic activities in the city. It would also reduce tax evasion in KPK, as other citizens would want to avoid the situation of selling their expensive property at low rates to the Government and would therefore declare the full value of their property and pay the full amount of tax in the future. SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar
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Monday, 17 February, 2014
WHY SALAFIST-TAKFIRIS SHOULD WORRY US DaiLY staR raMi G Khouri
Several months ago when I wrote about the looming danger of the growing strength of Salafist-takfiri groups in Iraq and Syria, I focused on the threats that thousands of their fighters, bombers and terrorists posed to those countries and also to other lands where they would travel in due course. Both the scale and threat of the Salafist-takfiri enterprise in the Middle East are now much more significant, because they control more territory, they can assault many foes across Syria, Lebanon and Iraq as a single operational theater; they have expanded to comprise tens of thousands of adherents; the conditions that brought them to prominence persist; and they have yet to face an enemy that is willing or able to eradicate them. I wondered months ago whether we would soon see some coordinated action by regional and foreign powers to redress the danger posed by such groups as the Nusra Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), Ahrar al-Sham and many others that were both locally anchored and also pan-Islamic like Al-Qaeda. Some focus on fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime, Hezbollah and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government in Iraq, while others are content to carve out territory that they can transform into their imagined pure Islamic society. This is an ever-changing universe of identities and allegiances among Salafist-takfiri groups that evolve over time, as some merge into larger umbrella coalitions. More recently, some such organizations have also fought each other, especially as some Syria-based groups have pushed back the aggressive expansion of ISIS. The frightening thing about the growth of these groups is what they tell us about the condition of societies in the Levant and other Arab countries. Beyond the immediate and real security threat these groups pose to everyone in the region, we should also see them as a frightening symptom of erratic modern Arab statehood. These groups did not just suddenly appear over the past three years as war raged in Syria; rather, they have been incubating for much longer because of the slow deterioration of conditions in Middle Eastern countries over the past quarter century or so. The gradual fraying of state authority in the region has created zones of nongovernability or even chaos, which provide the ideal environment for such groups, whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Syria or northern Sinai. As the state retreats from parts of society, the gap is filled either by strong nonstate actors such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Sadrists in Iraq and the Houthis in Yemen, or by Salafist-takfiris who exploit the chaos and impose their own brand of security and order. The combination of these two phenomena leads to the third development of recent decades, which is the steady deterioration in significance of official borders between countries. In Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Iran, people, money, goods, arms, refugees and ideologies cross frontiers with almost total abandon. Artillery fire across borders, by state armies and nonstate armed groups, is now routine. The slow erasure of the reality of state lines reflects a wider problem of the dilution of state sovereignty. In some countries, nonstate groups are stronger than the state itself, such as Hezbollah’s military capabilities in Lebanon. This weakness of central state authority in means that other governments and foreign nonstate organizations both can interfere in the country at will, as we see happening across the Levant. Iran, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Hezbollah and Salafists in northern Lebanon are all actively engaging in the war in Syria, either directly by supplying fighters and arms or indirectly by supporting those who are fighting. Many of these actors also try to use soft power to shape the culture, identity and political ideology of countries in the Levant, as is happening in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Iraq. Global powers similarly penetrate these countries, and the result is the kind of protracted tensions we have witnessed in Lebanon since the 1970s or in Syria and Iraq in recent years. This sort of thing does not happen in strong states with credible governments. The Salafist-takfiri groups are only the most recent players in this sad game of weak and contested statehood. They are also among the most dangerous because they perform beyond the usual realm of state-to-state or state-to-insurgency relations, where conflicts can be mitigated and cease-fires negotiated. You would think that the tens of thousands of battle-hardened Salafist-takfiri militants, extremists and terrorists who are steadily expanding their reign across Syria, Lebanon and Iraq would prompt some kind of serious coordinated response by local and foreign governments, all targets of these groups. The absence of any such coordinated response is a further cause for concern. We should genuinely worry about the Salafist-takfiris – not only for what they do, but also for what they tell us about ourselves.
TIME FOR US MILITARY INTERVENTION IN AFRICA La times
OR decades, one golden rule has guided America's military involvement in Africa: Stay out. Generally speaking, the reason was a sense that the strategic stakes did not justify the risk. When we deviated from this rule, we often learned lessons the hard way that seemed to reinforce its validity, as in Somalia in 1993. And while presidents often profess a stronger interest in Africa than their actions would imply, they tend to say such things when not in the White House — witness Bill Clinton calling the nonintervention in Rwanda's 1994 genocide his greatest regret as president, or Sen. Barack Obama calling for more assertiveness in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, and Sudan six to eight years ago. But, in fact, now is the time to reassess this long-standing American anathema to military involvement in Africa's terrible wars. At a time of national war fatigue and fiscal austerity, it may be counterintuitive to propose an increase in U.S. involvement — particularly military commitment — abroad. And given the problems that continue in Somalia, Kenya, Mali, Libya, Sudan, the DRC and Nigeria, Africa does not appear to be an area of opportunity. But, for a modest investment, the U.S. and other countries may be able to make major strides toward improving the prospects for peace and stability on the continent.
France is doing important work in Mali and the Central African Republic, and the European Union is planning to help in the latter conflict as well. Most impressive of all, the African Union, led by states such as South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, is making a major difference in Somalia, the DRC and beyond. But rather than view that as an excuse not to be involved, the United States should seize the opportunity to contribute to a greater international effort to help turn Africa gradually from a zone of conflict to a zone of hope. Doing so will be good for America's own security and economic interests, as well as humanitarian ones. Specifically, the United States could deploy a brigade combat team or one to two security force assistance brigades, or SFABs, making for a total of roughly 5,000 U.S. troops, to the DRC. This would beef up the existing U.N. peacekeeping force of just under 20,000 and give it the capacity to help the DRC get on its feet. In addition, the U.S. could deploy up to several hundred Americans as part of a coalition team to train and mentor Libyan security forces so that Libya, which seemed a successful part of the Arab Spring when Moammar Kadafi was overthrown in 2011 but has since descended into chaos, can return to a more successful path. Some view Africa as a continent forever mired in poverty and conflict. But over the last few years, several hopeful signs have emerged
there. Healthcare has progressed, with tangible headway against HIV/AIDS. Continent-wide, the annual economic growth rate has averaged 4% in real terms for a decade. A number of countries — roughly a third of the continent's total — are showing significant progress in democratic and economic reforms. Civil wars in West Africa and southern Africa have subsided; estimates of overall death rates from conflict on the continent are at their lowest since the 1970s. The French intervened successfully to support a democratically elected leader in Ivory Coast in 2011. Even Sudan and Somalia have shown progress of late, albeit limited and fragile. The U.S. can build on this fragile progress and make a significant contribution to its counter-terrorism and humanitarian agendas in Africa with relatively modest effort. We have already deployed a small contingent to help Uganda pursue the Lord's Resistance Army, while maintaining special operations forces in Djibouti to pursue Al Qaeda. The focus of this expanded effort should work through the U.S. Africa Command to build capacity in African states through programs such as the Global Peace Operations Initiative and the TransSahara Counterterrorism Partnership. Consider again the DRC. Despite the creation of a rapid reaction brigade in recent months to strengthen the U.N. presence and take on militias such as the M23 group, Congolese forces remain weak. The general absence of the state in all domains of life will con-
tinue to compromise the very survivability of vulnerable groups such as the young, the elderly, the diseased and childbearing women. More than 3 million people are believed to have died in the eastern part of the country since the mid-1990s. The best path toward a more hopeful future is a systematic effort by the United States and other outside powers to strengthen and reform Congolese security forces. This requires a deployed force on the ground such as a brigade combat team or an SFAB. In Libya, the real strategic loss has been a missed opportunity to help strengthen and stabilize the new government. This mission need not be particularly large or costly. But the minimalist approach that the international community has followed has left the country worse off than it was under Kadafi. Militias roam the streets; oil production and national GDP are way down; institutions, including those providing education and healthcare, are barely functional. As part of a larger international effort, several hundred American troops in a training role could make a major difference. In so doing, they could also help reduce the spillover risks posed by renegade and extremist groups to neighboring countries such as Mali, Tunisia and Algeria. To be sure, any stepped-up military involvement — by U.S. forces and/or other countries — needs to be carefully designed and implemented. But in countries such as the DRC, the forces needed would be modest enough in scale that such an initiative would not be incompatible with the Asia-Pacific rebalance, ongoing defense budget cuts or even a modestly stepped-up American role in Syria. Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of "Healing the Wounded Giant: Maintaining Military Preeminence While Cutting the Defense Budget."
THE MAN BEHIND THE NSA LEAKS Washington Post GreG Miller
The denunciations of Edward Snowden have been accompanied by an unconvincing refrain — that there was a way for him to force a debate about the U.S. surveillance programs that troubled him without exposing America’s espionage capabilities to the world. Snowden’s leaks have raised “legitimate policy questions,” President Obama said in a recent interview with the New Yorker . But “the benefit of the debate he generated was not worth the damage done, because there was another way.” It’s hard to see this supposed alternate path. Was Snowden supposed to raise his misgivings — now shared by many Americans — with the spy agency officials who built the programs? Appeal to the secret court that approved them? Or turn to congressional oversight committees that have responded to his revelations by fighting to keep the surveillance operations intact? The course that Snowden chose instead — surreptitiously stockpiling thousands of classified files, leaking them to news organizations and finally fleeing first to Hong Kong and then Russia — has been polarizing. He has been condemned as treasonous and hailed as courageous. Either way, his story is one of the most compelling in the history of American espionage. “The Snowden Files,” by Luke Harding, a correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, which broke the initial Snowden story, is the first to assemble the sequence of events in a single volume. The book captures the drama of Snowden’s operation in often-cinematic detail but doesn’t necessarily enhance our understanding of the magnitude and impact of the leaks. It is most successful when focused tightly on its then-29-year-old protagonist, whose youth and low station in the spy world were so at odds with the caliber of the material he accessed that his journalist contacts, upon meeting him for the first time, shook their heads in disbelief. Snowden comes across as almost icily composed. He seems to have been undaunted by the challenge of outmaneuvering his employer, the National Security Agency, one of the largest spy agencies in the world. He choreographed his encounters with journalists and revealed himself to the world largely on his own terms. How he acquired this equanimity is less clear, and insights into his upbringing and emotional makeup are elusive. Searching for clues, Harding pores over hundreds of anonymous Snowden postings on a technology Web site from the time he was 19 and finds a tangle of contradictions. Among them is a profanitylaced tirade against leaks. Outraged by classified details that surfaced in a 2009 New York Times story,
Snowden called the paper “worse than Wikileaks” and said its anonymous sources “should be shot.” By then, Snowden had spent several years working as a computer specialist for the CIA, a position he secured based on technology skills impressive enough to offset gaping holes in his résumé, including the lack of a high school diploma. After a stint working at a CIA station in Switzerland, he quit the agency but kept his security clearance — a ticket to more lucrative contracting assignments for the NSA, the eavesdropping behemoth based not far from the Maryland suburbs where Snowden grew up. Snowden’s online postings evaporated at this point, leaving no trace of his apparent evolution on the issue of leaks or his emerging dismay with the vast NSA surveillance programs that his status as a “sysadmin” enabled him to explore. Among them was an operation that secretly amassed the phone records — numbers dialed and the duration but not the content of calls — of nearly every U.S. citizen. For Snowden, who Harding writes was so adapted to life online that his skin took on the pallor of the vampire played by Robert Pattinson in the “Twilight” films, the intrusions were a threat to his entire ecosystem. In December 2012, Snowden took his first tentative step toward exposing the NSA’s pervasive reach, sending a cryptic e-mail to the Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald saying, “I have some stuff you might be interested in.” Although the book is billed as “the inside story of the world’s most wanted man,” there is no indication that Harding had direct contact with his subject. Instead, it reads more like the inside account of Snowden’s interactions with the Guardian. The details drawn from those encounters are fascinating, if not always illuminating. Snowden was so concerned about security at the hotel where he and journalists met that the few times he left his room, he placed a glass of water behind the door, positioned to spill on a piece of tissue paper marked with a symbol sketched in soy sauce. Harding describes Snowden’s elation when the Guardian’s first story broke online, the avalanche of articles that followed and the remarkable scene when British authorities showed up at the Guardian’s offices to supervise the destruction of the devices containing Snowden’s files. As Snowden leaves Hong Kong for Russia, the thrust of the narrative leaves with him. Harding, a former correspondent in Moscow, captures the irony and uncertainty of Snowden’s new situation. “The hacker turned whistleblower had got his asylum,” Harding writes. But in reality “he was, in some informal way, [Russia’s] prisoner.” Harding doesn’t address deeper questions about
Snowden, including whether the “damage” cited by Obama might have been less if Snowden had limited the contents of his trove to the programs he found most troubling. Nor does he examine whether news organizations should have exercised more restraint with those documents. Harding summarizes the cascading revelations as the Guardian picked through that material. But it is from a British perspective that overlooks some significant U.S. developments and underplays important work done by other journalists, including Barton Gellman of The Washington Post. “The Snowden Files” won’t be the last book on this subject nor probably the best, with Gellman and Greenwald titles already in the works. But Harding has delivered a clearly written and captivating account of the Snowden leaks and their aftermath, succeeding beyond his most basic ambition, which was to arrive in bookstores first. Greg Miller is national security correspondent for The Washington Post.
10 BUSINESS GOVT TO ENHANCE NUMBER OF ACCREDITED LABS ISLAMABAD: Government is planning increasing the number of ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories and certification inspection bodies throughout the country to facilitate the availability of internationally acceptable accreditation to the exporters. Ministry of science and Technology will launch new accreditation schemes for Halal Certificates and will induct Standardization related subjects in the academia/universities through Higher Education Commission, official sources told APP, here on Sunday. Besides, textile testing house will be established at Karachi to check the AZO dyes and ECO testing in order to boost the export potential of the country. They said National Physical And Standards Laboratory (NPSL) will be set up as the National Metrology Organization as a separate entity, independent of Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) through an act of Parliament. Moreover,Pakistan National Accrediation Council (PNAC) and Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) will be strengthened in ter of manpower and infrastructure in order to enhance their roles of accreditation and standardization, respectively. The sources said PSQCA will be restructured and its functions redefined to remove jurisdictional overlap with the functions of NPSL and PNAC through amendments in the PSQCA Act. Ministry will take steps to increase the number of mandatory standards of PSQCA manifold from its current figure of 92 and will enforce these standards on imported goods also to prevent flooding of sub-standard goods of foreign origin in local markets. “We will harmonize federal and provincial laws to ensure that the same standards are uniformly applicable throughout the country”, they told. In an effort to promote quality culture, plan is to establish Chemical/Physical laboratory at Quetta and mobile testing labs at Balochistan, Northern Punjab, Southern Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the sources added. Ministry will take steps to establish Knowledge Centre at PSQCA Complex Karachi and create capacities in PSQCA, PNAC and NPSL to promote quality culture for trade enhancement. APP
India show concludes LAHORE: The 3-day India show organised under the auspices of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) at Expo Centre, Johar Town concluded on Sunday. More than 100 stalls were set up in the show in which India made products including gems and jewellery, textile, herbal and other products were put on display. A large number of women and children visited the show and they evinced keen interest in the products. On the sideline of the show, the TDAP also arranged B2B meeting of the Indian trade delegates with their Pakistani counterparts. APP
Monday, 17 February, 2014
EIB delegation visits Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project
DADU: Minister of State for Water & Power Abid Sher Ali in a group photo with the delegation of European Investment Bank during their visit to Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project. INP
delegation of the European Investment Bank (EIB), headed by its vice president Magdalena Alverez Arza, Sunday visited Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project. Minister of State for Water and Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali and WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah also accompanied the delegation during their visit. The 128 MW Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project is being constructed by
WAPDA on a tributary of Indus River in Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The project with an estimated cost of 240 million Euros is being jointly funded by the European Investment Bank, the German Development Bank (KfW) and the Government of Pakistan. The European Investment Bank and KfW are providing 100 million Euros and 97 million Euros respectively for construction of the project. Welcoming the delegation at project site, the Minister of State for Water and Power said that the delegation’s visit to the project is a manifestation of deepening co-
operation among the European Union, Germany and Pakistan. He said that Pakistan greatly values the financial assistance being provided by the European Investment Bank and KfW for Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project. He expressed the hope that the mutual cooperation for other power sector projects will be further enhanced in the days to come. Briefing the delegation, WAPDA chairman told that the preliminary works on Keyal Khwar Hydro power Project i.e. construction of offices, colony and roads are already in progress, while the contrac-
22 SOLAR POWER PROJECTS OF 773 MW UNDER DEVELOPMENT ISLAMABAD APP
Around 22 solar power projects having a cumulative capacity of 772.99 MW are under different stages of development and can achieve commercial operation by 2015-16. These projects will achieve commercial operation by stipulated period subject to availability of Grid by National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) Limited Pakistan and announcement of tariff by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). Sources at Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) on Sunday said the department is pursuing and facilitating the development of Alternative and Renewable Energy (ARE) based power projects through private sector. The Renewable Energy (RE) power projects based on wind and solar energy are being developed by private sector on
Independent Power Producer (IPP) mode. Moreover, the sources said two wind power projects of 49.5 MW and 56.4 MW capacities respectively are operational while three wind power projects of 150 MW capacities in total are under construction and expected to be completed this year. They said another thirteen wind projects having a cumulative capacity of 680 MW are at advance stages and ready to achieve financial closing in 2014. The sources said Alternative Energy
Development Board (AEDB) is promoting use of solar technology at domestic level for electricity generation adding that the private sector is already using solar energy for domestic use for self-consumption as there is no restriction or licensing requirement. The RE Policy allows consumers to avail features like Net-Metering and Wheeling of Energy which require interconnection with the grid, they said and added the implementation of such schemes, however, requires regulatory framework enabling the domestic, commercial and industrial users to carry out net-metering and wheeling using solar energy. The AEDB has also prepared draft rules for distributed generation, covering electricity generation from solar at domestic level, and submitted the same to NEPRA for announcement. The NEPRA, being the regulator, is the concerned agency for developing regulatory framework including incentives.
Govt to promote chip design and manufacturing industry ISLAMABAD APP
Ministry of Science and Technology is all set to promote chip design and manufacturing industry in the country to achieve self-reliance and promote indigenous design and manufacturing to achieve turnover of U$ 100m annually by 2018. “We are taking steps to promote Electronic System Design and Manufacturing in the country for economic development, employment generation and increase of exports in this sector,” official sources at the ministry said. They said the ministry is taking steps to increase availability of hightechnology manpower in electronic design and manufacturing sector to create enabling environment for local and foreign investment and to achieve target of 500 high end human resource creation to 500
Masters and 100 PhDs annually by 2017. To meet these targets, the sources said extensive Human Resource Development (HRD) program may be launched in the high technology area of semi conductor design and manufacturing in collaboration with local and foreign universities to ensure availability of adequate trained and skilled manpower to the industry. “Semi-conductor wafer fabrication facilities will be established for manufacturing of chips and components”. Besides, establishment of Conformity Assessment Centres will facilitate production of quality electronic products. They said electronics manufacturing industry is the largest and fastest growing industry in the world and at present it is estimated at US$ 1.75 trillion. Industrial base in this sector is negligible in the country while Pakistan is among
the major users of electronic goods. By establishing electronics manufacturing industry, a large number of unemployed youth can be deployed in this industry, they added. For self-reliance of the country, the sources said, promotion of Electronic System Design and Manufacturing industry is essentially required. Talking about key areas of electronics system design and manufacturing, they said it includes consumer electronics, IT & Telecom, Automotive electronics, electronic components, chip design, medical electronics, power electronics, LEDs manufacturing and LED lights. Electronics components and semi-conductor Chips are essential part of any electronic products. For indigenous design and self-reliance in electronics, semiconductor chip design and water fabrication facilities are essentially required.
Setting up of chip design centres require less investment as compared to wafer fabrication facility, they added. A lot of foreign exchange can be earned through Integrated circuit design services to international companies, the sources said, adding India is generating nearly U$ 2 billion revenues through chip design services. “Setting up of chip design centres across the country will provide enabling environment for the semi conductor wafer fabrication industry and will also attract foreign investment in this sector”. In order to increase the export of electronic products in the quality-conscious international market, they said, it is essential to produce high quality products which are compliant with global standards including International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
tor for main works of the project will mobilize to the site very soon. He further said that the project is scheduled to be completed in four years and will provide 426 million units of low-cost hydel electricity per annum to the national grid. Speaking on the occasion, vice president of the European Investment Bank said that Keyal Khwar is the fifth project supported by the European Investment Bank in Pakistan. The European Investment Bank intends to explore ways and means to finance other projects of renewable energy in Pakistan, she further said.
SAARC CYEF moot ends with resolve to promote trade LAHORE APP
The 2-day SAARC Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Form (SCYEF) moot on Youth in Asian Century concluded in the city with a resolve to promote trade and strengthen economic ties besides accelerating the developmental activities among SAARC member countries. SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Pak chapter Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik, Punjab Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar, Federal Commerce Minister Eng Khurram Dastagir, President, SAARC CCI, Vikramjit Singh Sahney, founder of SCCI Tariq Sayyed and Vice President World Punjabi Forum, Pak chapter Zulfiqar Ali Badar addressed the moot while the delegates of young entrepreneurs from Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and host country spoke in different 6 sessions on the themes of “The ideas that can change the world”, ”The South Asian Young Entrepreneurs in 21st Century”, ”Experience has no substitute: leaders unleash success”, ”Leadership and Regional Integration” and “Socio Cultural Affairs and Regional Integration in South Asia”. The participants unanimously agreed in principal that SAARC region should emphasis on joining hands in trade, agriculture and economic activities which must refrain from animosities for the region. The proposed themes a catalyst for socioeconomic growth in South Asia” was the follow up of the key decisions taken at the recent SAARC Summit in expanding regional trade and economic cooperation. Iftikhar, the host of moot said that deliberations will give an impetus to liberalization of inter-SAARC through SAFTA. It will also develop concert ideas in fields of trade facilitation and on measures to improve intra-regional connectivity which, he added, would contribute to smooth trade flows and reduced transaction costs in intraregional trade, he added.
Monday, 17 February, 2014
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USINESSES are made up of many different personalities, and this can sometimes lead to conflict. Not everyone always shares the same view or opinion. However, diversity is essential for creating a strong team as everyone has their own strengths and abilities they bring to the job. It is important to strike a balance and learn how to deal with difficult people so that it does not negatively impact the workplace. Through the years business executives have learned how to overcome these challenges and not let difficult people ruin their day. There are many ways to deal with these individuals and help to diffuse the situation. Stay Calm: There are some people who are just looking to get others worked up. They provoke the situation, looking for a response. Instead, stay calm. Take a few deep breaths and resist the urge to immediately respond. Think about the best way to approach the situation and how to appropriately respond. The best thing to do is not to escalate the problem even further if possible. Stay PoSitive: Choose to spend
time around those who have a positive disposition. Avoid getting drawn into negative situations. Learn to recognize those people who always find something to complain about versus those who see the silver lining. If someone is focused on the negatives, counter their complaint with something positive. Perhaps it will help them to see things from a different perspective. DiSengage: Not every disagreement is worth having. Pick battles wisely and only acknowledge those that serve a purpose. Respectfully listen and recognize that they are unhappy, but do not fuel the situation further. It is okay not to agree with what they say and to simply let the subject go. Mindlessly agreeing can drag things out and put people in a more awkward or difficult situation. After spending a few minutes listening, people can politely excuse themselves when possible. Change the SubjeCt: When faced with a topic that has become controversial, try to switch it up. Segue into something more neutral or that gets the focus back on track. Rather than following a conversation that is turning negative, start leading a new conversation that
is positive. This can help people to shift gears and transition into something more productive and worthwhile. CommuniCate Clearly: Sometimes a breakdown in communication can make working with others seem more difficult. Make sure to clearly explain ideas when speaking or ask questions for clarification when listening. Review what was said to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Write notes to refer back to and keep things more organized and focused. get a Different PerSPeCtive: When dealing with a difficult coworker, sometimes it helps to gain a new perspective of the situation. Confide in a trusted friend and talk about what is occurring. Let them know what is going on and see what their take is. They may see things in a different light and have helpful advice for dealing with the other person. Find out how they have dealt with similar situations. foCuS on the PerSon, not the Problem: Sometimes people become so focused on the problem that they lose sight of the person. Try to build a positive relationship with difficult
coworkers. Get to know them on a more personal level and try to find ways to connect. Although people may disagree on certain matters, they are sure to discover some things they have in common. Perhaps the person is having difficulty in other aspects of their life outside of work. Reaching out and showing compassion can help them to feel more cared about and understood. Building this rapport can help to resolve workplace challenges and create a more positive environment. Work it out: Try to work out disagreements by talking to the person calmly and rationally. Avoid jumping to conclusions or making accusations. Talk to them privately about the impact of their words and actions. They may not realize that what they are doing is hurtful. If this does not help, only engage with them when necessary to complete an assignment or project. Otherwise steer clear. It is okay to agree to disagree and move on. When all else fails, seek help from a manager or other higher authority. Explain the situation to them and let them know what steps were already taken to try to resolve the issue. They may have other strategies to try or may intervene themselves. Daily GlOBE
Anti-China protesters hoping to lay wreaths at a famous statue in the Vietnamese capital on Sunday were obstructed by an unusual sight of ballroom dancers and an energetic aerobics class held to a thumping sound system. The demonstrators suspect the government deployed the dancers as a way to stop them from getting close to the statue and make their speeches inaudible. The few who tried to get close to the statue of Ly Thai To, the founder of Hanoi and a nationalist icon, were shooed away. The protesters were marking the 35th anniversary of a bloody border war between China and Vietnam, where anger over Beijing's increasingly assertive territorial claims on islands in the South China Sea that Hanoi insists belong to it is already running high. Last year the government organized old women to hold a street protest to prevent a visiting U.S. government official from reaching a dissident's house, where he was due to talk to him about Hanoi's human rights record. aGENCiES
BE A DJ TODAY DO WE SMELL WITH OUR EYES? Study shows people perceive odours diﬀerently if they are labelled with positive or negative words
ONLINE TROLLS ARE NARCISSISTIC, PSYCHOPATHIC AND SADISTIC: STUDY Online trolls have serious personality issues such as Machiavellianism, one of the biggest studies into trolling has found. Researchers say that online commenters display traits that are Narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic and the worse the problems, the longer the person spent online. They found the most common trait was to exhibit sadistic behaviour. To identify the trolls, researchers even developed a simple online test. 'Respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles,' the team at the University of Manitoba said. Their research was, conducted by Erin Buckels and two colleagues. They define online trolling as 'the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the In-
A sweet smelling rose could smell even sweeter if it’s accompanied by positive words. This is according to researchers in Canada who claim that we ‘smell with our eyes’ and not just our nose. They believe that smell is judged differently depending on exactly how it is described. Simona Manescu and Johannes Frasnelli of the University of Montreal's recruited 50 participants who were asked to smell oil of pine, geraniol, cumin, as well as parmesan cheese. Each smell was randomly presented with a positive or negative label displayed on a computer screen. For instance, pine oil was labelled as either ‘pine needles’ or ‘old solvent’. Geraniol was presented with the label ‘fresh flowers’ or ‘cheap perfume’ and parmesan cheese was accompanied with the label of either ‘cheese’ or ‘dried vomit’. All those involved in the study rated the four smells positive when they were presented with positive labels. Specifically, they described the odours as pleasant and edible - even those associated with non-food items - when associated with positive labels. The same odours were considered unpleasant and inedible when associated with negative labels. ‘This is the first time we have been able to influence the edibility perception of an odour, even though the positive and negative labels accompanying the odours showed non-food words,’ said Professor Frasnelli. ‘It shows that odour perception is not objective: it is affected by the cognitive interpretation that occurs when one looks at a label,’ added Professor Manescu. ONliNE
ternet with no apparent instrumental purpose.' The researchers say: 'Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures,' they said. They said the trolls displayed what is known as the 'Dark Tetrad' of personality in two tests developed. 'Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. 'Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. 'Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated to sadism. 'Thus cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism.' Two tests were developed. One asked survey participants what they 'enjoyed doing most' when on online comment sites, offering five options: 'debating issues that are important to you,' 'chatting with others,' 'making new friends,' 'trolling others,' and 'other.' It found only 5.6 percent of survey respondents actually enjoyed 'trolling.' 'Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,' the team wrote. 'Sadists just want to have fun ... and the Internet is their playground!' Via Daily Mail
There’s a Theremin Webpage on the bloc!
Theremins are super fun production lines of weird squeeps and bloops, the de rigueur sound of kitschy black-and-white sci-fi movies and DJ rave parties alike. Anyone with an appreciation of music, or just noise, should play with one given the chance—and now you can do so from the comfort of your computer, thanks to Femur Design's Theremin webpage. Just like the real thing, you don't even need to know what you're doing to get started making weird noises. Just mess around! Twiddle those faders! Swipe and click with reckless abandon! Turn the volume all the way up, give the dog a panic fit, and make your neighbors think the street's being invaded by giant cabbage people from planet Zok! Type in femurdesign.com/theremin in your browser’s address bar for a try. ONliNE
THOUSANDS OF RACIAL SLURS ARE TWEETED EVERYDAY! 10,000 racist tweets are sent ever day, a major new study into racism on social networks has discovered. Research by the think tank Demos found the biggest insult was 'white boy'. Researchers analysed 126,975 English-language tweets from across the globe over a 9-day period in the biggest ever study of Twitter racism Researchers revealed the most common racial slurs used on the micro-blogging site included ‘whitey’ and ‘pikey’. However, as many as 70% of tweets using such language were deemed to be using slurs in non-derogatory fashion. 'This sparks the debate about the extent to which Twitter truly is a platform for racism and abusive language,' the report claims. ONliNE
Monday, 17 February, 2014
Daisy shah accused of attempt to murder? An FIR has been filed against ‘Jai Ho’ actress Daisy Shah, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and Rajniesh Duggal by Bhojpuri actor Satyendra Singh, who has accused them for trying to murder him during the shooting of film ‘Soda’. According to reports, Satyendra Singh and Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’ co-star Daisy Shah were to do a film and Ganesh Acharya was the choreographer in it. In pics: Star studded screening of Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’ Satyendra Singh has alleged that the crew threw him out as Daisy Shah wanted a known name. Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt’s protege actor Rajniesh Duggal, who is currently in Cape Town for Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi, is stunned to know that he has been named as a murder accused in an FIR filed by Satyendra Singh. Disturbed by the report, Rajniesh said: “Who is this guy? And which film is he talking about? I’ve never worked in any film called Soda. Then how can I be accused of anything and be named in an FIR? This is very strange. The only film I’ve recent completed is titled Spark and I am the only lead in it.” Rajniesh has asked his lawyer to look into the matter. But he wonders what the solution is to nuisance litigation. NEWS DESK
alex Pettyfer doesn’t want to dance on screen ‘Magic Mike’ star Alex Pettyfer is searching for a film role which does not require him to dance. The 33-year-old actor said he can’t dance and was pleased a scene in romantic drama ‘Endless Love’ did not require him to have the best moves. “I can’t dance, that’s the thing. I can’t dance or sing, I can barely act. They asked me to dance in ‘Magic Mike’. I was like, ‘Alright, fine, I’m going to waddle’. “In ‘Endless Love’ there’s a scene – which actually, by me not being able to dance works well – they said, ‘We want you to do this dance scene.’ I was like, ‘Is there going to be a movie where I’m not dancing next, please?’,” he said. Pettyfer doubts his own skills on the dance floor but applauds his ‘Magic Mike’ co-star Matt Bomer who has rhythm. “I did have a partner in Magic Mike, it was Matt Bomer, and Matt’s amazing, he’s got that rhythm and he’s an incredible singer.” NEWS DESK
a r rahman shakes a leg with alia bhatt He got Alia Bhatt to croon a track, Sooha saha, for their upcoming film Highway. And now Mirror has learnt that AR Rahman will be shaking a leg with the actress in a music video too. A source close to the production revealed, “The video wasn’t planned initially. The decision was taken almost towards the end of the filming of Highway. A dhaba was built in Film City to give the song a North Indian folksy vibe. Part of the song was shot here and the rest - on the road in the outskirts of Mumbai.” The song in question is the male version of Patakha Guddi which has a rustic flavour. Choreographed by Ashley Lobo, it was shot over two days and will soon go on air. Alia confirmed the news saying, “It’s a huge high to be sharing the screen with Rahman sir. That makes Patakha Guddi special!” NEWS DESK
Marriage has cured my insomnia: Vidya balan Like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan also had a sleep disorder. In her parents’ home, she would stay awake well into the night, either reading scripts, watching television or texting friends. However, the actress confesses that this has changed post-marriage. She says, “I have started sleeping latest by 12 or so. My husband, Siddharth (Roy Kapur) is an early bird. He sleeps early and wakes up early, too. Since it’s just the two of us in our new home and I don’t watch TV beyond a point, I lose interest in staying awake. So, it’s actually correct to say that marriage has cured my insomnia.” NEWS DESK
Madonna hates her music Pop diva Madonna never listens to her own music when she works out because she is sick of hearing it. Madonna, 52, said she won’t listen to her own music when she works out. “I don’t work out to my music – I hate my music! I mean, I’m sick of it. I love my music, but I’m just kind of sick of it. I like to hear other people’s music when I work out,” she said. The ‘Hung Up’ hitmaker – who has children Lourdes, 17, Rocco, 13, and Mercy and David, both eight – is known for her toned physique but she is not always happy with her body. “I have a love-hate relationship with my body. Some days I’m happy with it and other days… I wasn’t born with Gisele Bundchen’s body unfortunately, so you got to work for it – but it’s OK.” NEWS DESK
captain Naveed likely to divorce Meera over controversial video P
AKISTANI actress Meera is facing another crisis due to her controversial video tape which makes her life terrible as her husband, Captain Naveed likely to give divorce the actress due to her family pressure. According to media reports, Meera had surprisingly reached US to spend Valentine’s Day with her husband but she shocked when Naveed refused to pick her upon insistence from family. The report further said that the father of Naveed, Raja Pervez even not allowed the actress to enter in house. The report quoted Pervez that Meera became the reason for his family’s disgrace and Naveed will give her divorce because the actress loss respect completely due to controversial video tape. Naveed’s father leveled allegations on the actress regarding the video but the experts have the view that the the tape was deliberately leaked by Captain Naveed’s family to get rid of Meera.
Losers at the oscars to get $55,000 gift bags The golden statuette may be the most coveted thing on the Oscars night but those who miss their names being called at the Academy awards this year will not return empty handed. To remove the sting from their loss, the Oscar runner-ups will have a USD 55,000 gift bag stuffed with great treats. The “Everybody Wins” swag bags from Distinctive Assets will include a wine/chocolate flight pairing from Chicagobased Chocolatines, a Swiss-made Slow Watch, Jan Lewis Designs bangle bracelets, luxury vacation packages to the Canadian Rockies, Mexico and Japan, spa treatments, charity donations of 10,000 meals to animal shelters, sponsored by Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’s Halo natural pet food. “To be part of the film industry’s biggest night on any level is thrilling,” says Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary. “We always look forward to introducing celebrities to an array of companies with fabulous gifts to share, but it’s particularly fun to be able to do so when you know it will truly brighten someone’s day.” The 86th annual Academy Awards will take place on March 2. NEWS DESK
Co-actress greets Ali Zafar’s family in towel
Actress Sara Khan, last seen in telly show Savdhaan India, is all set to make her film debut in Total Siyapaa starring Ali Zafar. And, we hear that she had an awkward moment during the shoot. Apparently, the actress’ opening shot required her to be wrapped in a towel. Says Sara, “Ali’s mom, wife and friends had come to meet him on the set. I was in a towel as the sequence we were shooting for required it — it shows my character has just stepped out of the shower. Without thinking twice, I went to greet everyone. The next day, Ali told me that his family had thought that I’d had a shower in real life. I was so embarrassed! God, Ali told them that it was my character’s attire.” NEWS DESK
Abida Parveen to sing for film for the first time NEWS DESK Veteran singer, Abida Parveen has agreed to sing for a film for the very first time in her long career spanning over decades. Abida Parveen has a dedicated fan following in Pakistan and is duly respected by all walks of life. However, despite an esteemed career, Abida has never rendered her voice for any filmi song. Though in some films her non-filmi songs are used for overlap over some particular situation like in Punjabi film Zill-e-Shaah her pre-recorded kaafi (a genre of sufi poetry) is included as overlap. Now finally TV director Farooq Mengal has
persuaded Abida Parveen, to render magic of her voice for Title Song of his new film ‘Raabta’. It is also first time ever that Abida is singing an OST exclusively for a TV Drama or film. Though, some of her prerecorded songs are included in drama as OST like ‘Yaar ko hum ne’ for Shehr-e-Zaat.
Harman Baweja admits dating Bipasha Basu! No more hiding! Harman Baweja and Bipasha Basu are a couple - and the news has been confirmed by the man himself! In an interview, Harman said “Yes” to the question about being in a relationship with Bips. Plus, he dished about how their romance began too. “We knew of each other, but had never ever interacted until we met for the first time at Mr Bachchan’s 70th birthday bash. It’s natural to find her attractive. There are a lot of attractive people in the industry, but no one as attractive as her. We just hit it off and ended up talking a little more than we should be and we are still talking. Our starting to see each other was very organic.” So what’s kept
Bipasha and Harman together since? “Barring the fitness factor, we are very similar. She is a simple, straightforward and honest girl who is caring and loving. She has great energy, spiritually and realis-
tically. She, too, is a foodie like me for sure, but her funda is clear: eat what you want, but work it out. My funda is pretty clear too — eat what you want and then we will figure it out.” Cute! Harman added, “We both are morally very correct. For both of us, family and friends mean the most in the world and are both emotional, caring and simple. But she is too driven about fitness. She doesn’t like that I am not that driven. She is extremely punctual and doesn’t like the fact that I struggle being on time. Hum dono hi bahut weak hain emotionally so andho mein kana raja mein hoon. I am emotionally stronger between us.” NEWS DESK
Monday, 17 February, 2014
Watson unlikely for Port Elizabeth S
HANE Watson will not return to Australia’s Test XI in South Africa until he can bowl, effectively ruling him out of the second Test in Port Elizabeth where the tourists will hope to seal the series following their enormous victory over the bedraggled hosts at Centurion. While Watson has returned to running and batted in Centurion’s indoor nets towards the end of the Test, following a calf strain, he has not yet attempted to bowl and cannot be expected to push out any of the incumbent batsmen given their recent performances. The returning Shaun Marsh and debutant Alex Doolan each made telling contributions to the 281-run hiding, even if they were overshadowed by the brilliance of Mitchell Johnson on a pitch of variable bounce. Australia’s coach, Darren Lehmann, who rated the result alongside any he had been involved in away from home, expressed his preference for Watson being able to bowl before he returned, while also adding that it would be extremely difficult to change the combination that had so humbled Graeme Smith’s side inside four days. “We’ll have to see if he’s fit and ready
to play, and then we’ll make a decision. That’s what we did with the touring party and with this Test match, the next Test match is the same,” Lehman said. “It’s always very hard to fit him in if you’re winning. We don’t like to change the side too much, but if he’s fit and ready to go we’ll
Bangladesh seek to build on home ODI form SPORTS DESK Bangladesh are slowly creeping closer to Sri Lanka. It happened in the Test series when they bounced back from a horrendous defeat in Dhaka to a first-ever drawn home Test against Sri Lanka. The two Twenty20s were last-ball finishes; Anamul Haque failed to connect a high full-toss in the first and Sachithra Senanayake hit a boundary when two were required to win in the second. Sri Lanka will however look to maintain their excellent record in Bangladesh, having won all their bilateral series in the country.The last ODI series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was a drawn affair. One match in Hambantota was rained off while Bangladesh won the rain-shortened third ODI in Pallekele. It was always important for Bangladesh to finally compete against Sri Lanka, the team against whom they have had a poor record for a long time. They have now drawn two Tests in the space of a year, and ran them close in Twenty20s. Given Bangladesh's home record in bilateral ODI series over the last two years, they will be expected to push Sri Lanka in the ODIs. Bangladesh have a settled line-up, with Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman at the top of the batting order. Mushfiqur Rahim will have Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain for
company, but have to choose two among Anamul Haque, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah. Sohag Gazi's bowling form is a concern while they are without Abdur Razzak, which would mean more emphasis on Shakib an Mashrafe. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are a settled side, with their main batsmen among runs. Lasith Malinga, too, found some sting in the second T20 in which he picked up three wickets. But Sri Lanka have won just one bilateral ODI series out of their last five, drawing three. The win came against South Africa at home, whom they edged aside 4-1. Their last ODI series was against Pakistan in the UAE where they lost 2-1. The last time they won a series away from home was against Australia in 2010. Watch out for Mushfiqur Rahim has made just one half-century in his last ten ODI innings, so runs will be expected from him. He will also have a crucial role to play as captain, as Bangladesh have not lost a bilateral ODI series at home since 2011. Dinesh Chandimal was poor during the two Twenty20s but was successful as captain, winning both games. He is a crucial part of Sri Lanka's middle-order, and will bank on his last ODI performance, an unbeaten 64 against Pakistan, to come back among runs. teams neWs Bangladesh have a tricky task selecting their playing XI. Mushfiqur will not keep wickets because of an injury to his hands, but will bat. That would mean that either Shamsur or Anamul could keep wickets. Taking various factors like ODI performance, recent form and team building into account, either Mominul Haque or Anamul Haque would feature No 3, while Naeem Islam may get the nod ahead of Mahmudullah, who has made just one half-century in ODIs in 2013. Shafiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain will also be second choice behind Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain. Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Anamul Haque/Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), 5 Naeem Islam, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Arafat Sunny, 11 Rubel Hossain Sri Lanka could make two changes to their side that last played an ODI. Nuwan Kulasekara's impact as a bowler and fielder in the Twenty20 series could bring him back into contention while Thisara Perera also has a chance. There is likely to be a choice between Ashan Priyanjan and Kithuruwan Vithanage. Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Ashan Priyanjan/Kithuruwan Vithanage, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis PITCH AND CONDITIONS The Dhaka wicket will be slow and low, as it has usually been over the years. Curator Gamini de Silva will stick to the tried and tested, and ensure runs are aplenty on the surface. There was rain in the air around Mirpur on the eve of the match, but clear skies are predicted on match day. STATS AND TRIVIA Mushfiqur Rahim is 49 short of 2500 runs in ODIs Dinesh Chandimal has scored only a single fifty in his last ten ODI innings. That innings came in the last ODI, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
have to wait and see. “You’d like him to bowl. Firstly we’ve got to get him fit, then we’ll see what happens from there. From my point of view we’ve got to get him fit. He’s pretty close. He was running [on Saturday], but at the end of the day we’ve got to get him fit and right
and ready to go to play cricket at this level.” Australia’s ambush of South Africa on a ground where they had previously boasted a dominant record bore comparison to the seismic defeat of England in Brisbane to set the tone for a 5-0 Ashes sweep. However, Lehmann observed this match was of even greater import in the context of the series, as South Africa now had only two matches left to re-group. “It’s a three-match series, it’s pretty important isn’t it?” he said. “If it’s a fivematch series then obviously you would like to win the first one but it’s not as important as it is in a three-match series. It was a great result for us, away from home. We spoke about that at the start of the tour ... that you have to start winning away from home to get noticed and climb up the ranks and be respected by your opponents, but also play the brand of cricket you want to play. We need to do that day-in, day-out. That’s no different next week.” Apart from the efforts of Johnson, Marsh, Steven Smith, Doolan and David Warner, Lehmann also highlighted the committed and thorough nature of the team’s fielding. Next to a South Africa side that looked rusty and vulnerable in the field, putting down numerous chances, the Australians did not miss a single one, and
were still diving around as if their lives depended on it well after victory was in sight. “Obviously we caught very well in this game - I don’t think we put down a catch, so that’s good,” Lehmann said. “The pleasing one for me is at nine down when Chris Rogers dived for the boundary. That means the hunger [is there]. That’s what we want from our side. Each and every day we represent Australia we want to have that hunger and drive to play the best we can. At nine down ... when you’re seeing blokes dive, I like. “I’m proud of everything we did, we ticked off everything we wanted to do in this game, now it’s a case of backing it up.” One man Lehmann expected some improvement from in Port Elizabeth is Ryan Harris, who looked short of rhythm in the first innings before returning to his more familiar high standards in the second. At times he appeared to struggle with the chronic knee problem that will require surgery after this tour, but Lehmann reckoned he would be better for the run. “He struggled a bit,” Lehmann admitted. “I think not playing for a while hampered him a little bit. But he certainly bowled better [second innings], in his second spell, it was a bit more like the Ryan Harris we know. So I expect him to get better.”
Williamson replaces Ryder for World T20 SPORTS DESK Kane Williamson has replaced Jesse Ryder, who has been suspended after a drinking incident, in New Zealand’s World Twenty20 squad. Anton Devcich, Trent Boult and Ronnie Hira are the other additions to their limited-overs squads over a successful summer. No other changes were made to the side. Wiliamson has played 13 Twenty20 internationals for an average of 23 and a strike rate of 118, but he wasn’t part of the Twenty20 squad when New Zealand hosted West Indies. Ryder’s off-field issues created a vacancy, and Williamson walked into it. Williamson’s part-time spin, and his ability to play spin, played no little part in the selection. “We’ve had to exclude him [Ryder] from the tour. Character is really important as part of our selection process,” Bruce Edgar, the general manager of national selection, said. “As we saw when we toured Bangladesh in October, the pitches will be slow and likely to turn. Consequently we were looking for batsmen who can play spin well as well as some more spin bowling options. “Anton gives us both top- and middle-order batting options as well as spin. He performed well on the tour to Bangladesh and the New Zealand A tour to India and Sri Lanka before that. And Ronnie is an experienced Twenty20 spin bowler. He’s an excellent fieldsman, and he had a very good HRV Twenty20 with Canterbury.” Fast bowlers Adam Milne and Matt Henry were not available for selection because of injuries. New Zealand squad Brendon McCullum (capt.), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Anton Devcich, Trent Boult, Ronnie Hira.
Crowd violence mars Leon’s win at Monterrey Mexican champions Leon beat Monterrey 2-0 away to end a run of four league matches without winning but their victory was marred by crowd violence from the home side’s fan group called The Addiction. Fans fought a running battle with riot police on the terraces in the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s match at the Tecnologico in the northern city of Monterrey noted for its drugs-related violence. Fans who tried to jump on to the pitch were caught by police, handcuffed and left lying at the foot of the terraces until order was restored, according to pictures posted on the Record sports website (www.record.com.mx). Monterrey were a man short for more than an hour after their former Olympique Lyon and Argentina striker Cesar Delgado was sent off in the 27th minute. SPORTS DESK
Rooney contract talks ‘still ongoing’ SPORTS DESK Negotiations over Wayne Rooney’s contract are still on-going as Manchester United look to secure the striker’s longterm future. A report in Sunday’s papers suggested the England international had signed a highly-lucrative record-breaking four-and-a-half-year deal.
However, Press Association Sport has reported that the contract talks which have been taking place for some time now - are still continuing. Rooney has been linked with an exit ever since the end of last season, when former manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he had made a transfer request, and Chelsea were reported to be interested in the 28-year-old. United’s dip in form - they are seventh in the table, 11 points off the top four - appeared to be another cause for concern regarding Rooney’s future but the opening of talks several weeks ago appear to allayed fears of him leaving. Team-mate Patrice Evra could also be set for an extended stay as Press Association Sport understands there is a possibility the Frenchman, who was expected to be part of a summer clear-out when his contract expires, could get a new deal having started all-but-one of their Premier League games this campaign. The 32-year-old has been linked with a return to France and manager David Moyes did have an interest in Everton’s Leighton Baines only for the England defender to sign a new contract recently.
Monday, 17 February, 2014
India second-best against resolute McCullum BUILDING ON THE CHANCES HE GOT IN THE FIELD, BRENDON MCCULLUM SCORED HIS TOUGHEST HUNDRED, ENSURING INDIA’S SUBSTANTIAL LEAD WAS WIPED OFF, IN SPITE OF SOME DILIGENT PLAY WEllingTOn
Pleased to be only five down: McCullum Wellington: Brendon McCullum was happy to get through to the end of the third day at the Basin Reserve with New Zealand only five down. McCullum and BJ Watling added an unbeaten 158 for the sixth wicket after New Zealand were reduced to 94 for 5. McCullum said it would have been a disappointing end to a productive summer had his side gone down without a fight, but acknowledged that much more was needed to be done on day four. "If we had been rolled over in this Test, that would have been slightly disappointing after how successful the summer's been," McCullum said. "That is the beauty of winning consistently and not finding yourself in too many of these situations. And when you do find yourselves in them, it seems a bit easy to get out of it. "Just pleased to be able to get through to the end of the day and make sure we are only five down. We have got a lot more ground to cover tomorrow and being five down is key for us. If we had been six-seven down then this Test was over. That was a big couple of hours at the end there. It is a good start for us today but we know we have got so much hard work to go tomorrow." McCullum restrained himself from attacking the Indian bowlers, especially till he reached his half-century. He said he had only done what the team needed from him at that point. "That is what the team required. And as captain that is what you have got to try and achieve. You are not always going to but you have got to try and work your game to the situation." AGENCIES
Berdych, Cilic move into Rotterdam final Number three seed Tomas Berdych reached the final of the ATP Rotterdam event after defeating Ernest Gulbis 6-3 6-2 in 76 minutes. “I was very pleased with the way I played and handled the game,” said Berdych. “At 2-1 (in the second set), I was 40/0 up, but Ernests went full power and played some really great tennis. He got a break point, but I managed to save it with an ace. It was a special game.” In Saturday’s evening semi-final, Marin Cilic fought back from a set down to defeat local wildcard Igor Sijsling 5-7 6-3 6-2 and stretch his winning run to nine matches. SPORTS DESK
RENDON McCullum has grown in stature as a Test player, New Zealand batting coach Bob Carter has said. McCullum began the home summer with 113 against West Indies in Dunedin and then hit a gamechanging 224 against India in the first Test in Auckland. He has followed that up with an unbeaten 114, rescuing the side from 94 for 5 in their second innings in Wellington. “He is now using his defence,” Carter said. “Brendon has really shown his defensive game has come forward. And as well as he still likes to attack. I think he is growing in stature as a Test player and I would like to see him play a lot more.” McCullum also battled pain in his arm and back during his innings, taking treatment on occasion. Carter said McCullum had been consistently putting his body on the line, and he preferred the captain was more cautious on the field. “You see how he is in the field. I sort of prefer him to just run to the boundary and just knock the ball back but he sets our tone all the time,” he said. “And you have seen him dive he dived on about seven or eight occasions while he was fielding and sets that example to everybody. “I think it has been a tough summer all round but the funny side of it is that Brendon had a little bit of a shoulder injury from shining the ball yesterday. He was trying to get it to swing a lot as well trying to get it changed a lot. And then he was joking today that his bottom hand was playing up. I prefer it to be his top hand actually.” For the second time in as many Tests, India were left applauding a Brendon McCullum century. MS Dhoni walked to the edge of the boundary at the end of the day’s play, waited for McCullum, who was being congratulated by several India players, and clasped his counterpart’s hand. You can talk all you want about strategies and execution and momentum. At times, you just have to admit that you threw everything you had at the opposition, and they still came out on top. In the absence of Ross Taylor, it was McCullum who extended New Zealand’s glorious summer by another day. In Auckland, McCullum was helped by India bowlers, who lost their lines and lengths after having New
SPORTS 15 Nishikori to face Karlovic in Memphis final Japan’s Kei Nishikori will take on Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic in the final of the ATP Memphis International. Nishikori, top seed for the event, cruised into the final with a 6-3 6-2 victory over local hope Michael Russell. Croatian world number 80 Karlovic then joined Nishikori in the final as his opponent, Taiwan’s “Rendy” Lu YenHsun, pulled out injured after losing the opening set 6-1. Karlovic, who at 6’11” is a full 13 inches taller than Nishikori, has beaten the Japanese world number 16 in both of their previous encounters. SPORTS DESK
Hamza Amin wins Asian Golf Tour slot
Zealand at 30 for 3. The only assistance he had in Wellington was the two dropped catches. He got nothing else from India. They tried to force him into playing a rash stroke by bowling restricting lines to leg-side fields. McCullum defended, without giving them a chance. They tried to force him into playing a rash stroke by bowling teasing lines to an open off-side field, especially with the second new ball. McCullum attacked, without giving them a chance. Ravindra Jadeja was at New Zealand all day, doing the job he had failed to do in the first Test. His 26 overs went for 120 in the first innings in Auckland. He conceded 49 runs in 26 overs this time. He choked McCullum and BJ Watling with a leg-side field and a line from over the stumps. Both batsmen defended, and then defended some more. On the rare occasion that Jadeja was too short or too full, they made sure he was taken for boundaries. There was nothing in the pitch for the spinner, and New Zealand ensured they were not going to create anything for him on their own. Jadeja’s run squeeze meant India’s fast bowlers had more reason to come hard, which they did. Zaheer Khan has been largely accurate with his lines in this series, but the intensity had been palpably lacking. He made up for it with an eight-over opening spell that yielded two wickets. He never let McCullum and Watling feel they were in. Over the stumps. Round the stumps. Moving midwicket back, moving
square leg in. Seaming it in, seaming it out. It was a terrific display from the bowler. The batsmen needed luck to survive Zaheer today. They needed the ball to beat that outside edge, for there were plenty they were not going to middle. You could argue that McCullum and Watling deserved that luck for the way they denied themselves. Mohammed Shami could have tested New Zealand more had he been more consistent. He is a bowler who will produce an unplayable one every now and then, and he did that today as well. However, he also dropped it short on occasion and when he did, McCullum and Watling were around to take toll. Ishant Sharma had been awkward to handle in the first innings, and he made the ball kick and seam in again. McCullum and Watling were hit on the pads several times. Even after playing 195 balls and batting on 94, McCullum missed and took one on the leg off Ishant. Just when you were pondering over the replay with the ball-tracker, he walloped the next one for six and was raising his bat for another hundred. “Him going from 94 to 100 with a six certainly caught me by surprise,” said Bob Carter, the New Zealand batting coach. “Suddenly I was sitting down thinking about the ball that had just beaten him. All of a sudden he was hitting it for six.” What more could India have done against McCullum? Dhoni had men in catching positions through the day. Slips, gully, short mid-on, short midwicket, short leg.
lAHoRe: Hamza Amin of Pakistan succeeded in winning the Asian Golf Tour Card after he finished 8th out of 700 contestants, in the Asia Tour Qualifying School Final Stage held at the Spring Field Royal Country Club,in Cha-an,Hua Hin,Thailand.This success brings Pakistan’s Golf in the forefront in the Asian Tour Golf championships. Talikng over the phone Hamza Amin stated that “my goal was to finish inside the top 40 and I am glad that I have done it ,thus bringing glory to Pakistan and immense delight for my parents”.This young amateur turned golf professional from Pakistan is the son of legendary golfer,Taimur Hassan who has many national and international accomplishments to his credit as a golfer.By performing outstandingly in 2014 Qualifying School ,Hamza Amin has made up for the disappointment of his failure to win the Asian tour card in 2013. Others from Pakistan who could not win a slot in this bid for Asian Tour Card are Aadil Jehangir and Muhammed Munir. The success of Hamiza Amin also augurs well for Pakistan Golf Federation in their effort to promote golf in Pakistan. STAFF REPORT
Halep to face Kerber in Doha final Simona Halep dumped second seed Agnieszka Radwanska out of the Qatar Open to move into the final where she will meet Germany’s Angelique Kerber. The Romanian fought back from 5-2 behind in the first set, reeling off eight straight games with a string of magnificent shots as her opponent’s game unravelled. And Halep capitalised on the momentum to seal a 7-5 6-2 win and claim one of the biggest victories of her career. SPORTS DESK
Mourinho is a ‘boring bully’, says Arsenal legend SPORTS DESK Bob Wilson has launched an astonishing attack on Jose Mourinho in which he accuses the Chelsea manager of being a boring bully. The former Arsenal goalkeeper, angry at Mourinho’s recent remarks about Arsene Wenger being “a specialist in failure”, also described Mourinho’s comments as “disrespectful” and “despicable”. And the 72-year-old told BBC Five Live’s Sportsweek programme that “boring” Mourinho should behave like the “gent” Sir Tom Finney, who died on Friday aged 91, rather than continue to attack the Arsenal manager who is “a genuinely good guy and a footballing man”. Mourinho made his “specialist in failure” comment on Friday in response to Wenger’s claims that the Premier League title is Chelsea’s to lose. Mourinho has repeatedly played down Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premier League this season, declaring his side are third favourites behind Manchester City and the Gunners, despite being leaders with 12 games remaining. “He is a specialist in failure. I’m not,” said Mourinho, whose side lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday. “If supposedly
he is right and I’m afraid to fail, it’s because I haven’t failed many times.” When asked about the comments, Wilson said: “I think at best it was disrespectful, at worst despicable to be so dismissive of a genuinely good guy and a footballing man I think, whose presence in England in 17-18 years has opened eyes and ears and created wonderfully entertaining sides. “It’s obviously not the first time Mourinho has singled Arsene out. He called him a voyeur which is a disgusting claim and thankfully on that occasion he - although belatedly - he did apologise. “I think it’s personal, he is a hugely talented, amazing manager Mourinho but I find - at this moment - I find him boring at the moment. “To call (City boss Manuel) Pellegrini the abuse that he’s called him to do with Arsene, this is a weekend when we honour a gent - Tom Finney, Sir Tom, and I don’t like bullies.” Wilson, who spent his professional career at Arsenal from 1963 to 1974, admitted he endured some banter from former Liverpool boss Bill Shankly when he was at the Gunners, but it was said in good spirit. PlaySeek Back 5 SecondsSeek Forward 5 SecondsVolume UpVolume DownMuteNext VideoOpen Hotkey Menu
Mourinho concedes City dominance Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted that his fully deserved their 2-0 loss ag… He added: “I like people who have within them some humility as well. “I think I heard the name (Bill) Shankly in there. Shanks was in a way, in his day like Jose Mourinho. “It was every opportunity to just psyche you out or to come out with things. “On a personal basis, I came out of Loughborough University and I got thrown into the Arsenal first team and I was putting tickets on the door when he took one look at me, knew exactly that I was an amateur school teacher and went to the Arsenal official there, (and said) ‘Are Arsenal at full-strength tonight or is that Bob Wilson playing?’ “And in 1971, the day before we played in the (FA Cup) final against Liverpool, he was the only guy in the (Wembley) stadium as we looked at it and as we went by, (the lads said) ‘See you tomorrow Mr Shankly’, (he said) ‘Aye, good luck son’. “As I went past and I said ‘See you tomorrow Mr Shankly’, he said, ‘Aye, Bob. Nightmare pitch for goalkeepers eh?’ “And he was getting at you, but he was getting at you in a really lovely sort of competitive way.”
SPORTS Monday, 17 February, 2014
McculluM, Watling LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY SCorEboArd NEW ZEALANd 1st INNINGS 192 INdIA 1ST INNINGS 438 NEW ZEALANd 2Nd INNINGS PG Fulton lbw b Khan 1 Hd rutherford c †dhoni b Khan 35 7 KS Williamson c †dhoni b Khan 29 TWM Latham c †dhoni b Mohammed Shami bb McCullum not out 114 CJ Anderson c & b Jadeja 2 52 bJ Watling not out EXTrAS (b 2, lb 6, nb 4) 12 ToTAL: (5 wickets; 99 overs) 252 To bAT: JdS Neesham, TG Southee, N Wagner, TA boult FALL oF WICKETS: 1-1 (Fulton, 1.3 ov), 2-27 (Williamson, 10.4 ov), 3-52 (rutherford, 16.6 ov), 4-87 (Latham, 34.1 ov), 5-94 (Anderson, 37.2 ov) boWLING: I Sharma 23-3-63-0, Z Khan 25-8-60-3, Mohammed Shami 25-4-72-1, rA Jadeja 26-6-49-1 MATCH dETAILS ToSS: India, who chose to field TEST dEbuTS: TWM Latham and JdS Neesham (New Zealand) PLAyEr oF THE MATCH TbA uMPIrES: SJ davis (Australia) and rA Kettleborough (England) TV uMPIrE: dJ Walker MATCH rEFErEE: rS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) rESErVE: umpire Wr Knights
HeSe fighting scratchy innings are the thing Watling does, but McCullum playing his 84th straight Test, only three players have played more straight from their debut - had to battle his attacking instincts, swallow his pride along with pain-killing pills. Je also absorbed and absorbed all the pressure before opening up upon reaching fifty, launching a calculated assault in an endeavour to crush the tiring bowlers. He was helped along the way by Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma, who dropped him on 9 and 36, but arguably the biggest assist came from the MS Dhoni-Duncan Fletcher combine, which has a history on putting premium on making scoring difficult as opposed to survival. Whisper it softly: India are still well ahead in the game. New Zealand are practically 6 for 5. However, it didn't look like India were ahead even when New Zealand were minus-125 for 5. Ishant Sharma, their best bowler of the series, bowled to McCullum with no slips and a 6-3 legside field. Ravindra Jadeja bowled 24 overs unchanged for two moments of excitement because he could keep the runs down. India were clearly preying on McCullum's pride, waiting for a mistake. Apart from the two mistakes India didn't capitalise on, they couldn't draw any from McCullum. You expect attacking batsmen such as McCullum to rethink their defensive strategy when they are dropped at 9 off 33, or 36 off 108. You expect them to think, "What the hell, this is going nowhere, I may as well attack." That thought either didn't occur to McCullum or he fought it successfully. Along with Watling, he defended, defended and defended. He knew if he did get an edge coming forward there was a good chance it would go through the vacant slip cordon. Which was strange especially given how the first three wickets in the morning all fell because the ball seamed and took the edge. Dhoni, though, was telling the batsmen he didn't trust their skill and patience enough to survive on singles for too long. And at any rate, there will be the new ball in the middle of the final session. McCullum and Watling were bent on proving them wrong. every now and then a ball would misbehave, every now and then they would erase its memory as if with their feet while scratching the guard. It was such slow going that India seemed in total control, but drip by drip, with every ball defended, with every drop of sweat broken, McCullum and Watling were growing surer of themselves. It was around the 55th-over mark when McCullum was seen flexing his left shoulder, and taking a pill. He might have had the pain before, but this was the first time he showed it. Were India beginning to think of the last two captains Ishant had let off his own bowling? Michael Clarke had gone on to score 329, Alastair Cook 190. Like Clarke and Cook, McCullum loves India, as his average of 61 against them suggests. Three of his four best series as a batsman have come against them. every now and then, even McCullum needed a release from the pentup tension of just dead-batting.
INDIA FIELDING 'FANTASTIC' OVERALL: PUJARA Wellington AGENCIES
Cheteshwar Pujara has said that India did what they could with the ball but Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling batted superbly to deny them. McCullum was put down twice - on 9, by Virat Kohli and on 36, by Ishant Sharma - but Pujara maintained India's fielding had been "fantastic" and that the odd dropped catch was inevitable. "Have to give credit to their batsmen," Pujara said. "Brendon batted well and that partnership was very crucial for them. We tried our best but they were the winners in that last session." India had New Zealand down on 94 for 5 in the 38th over, but the bowlers failed to disturb the McCullumWatling stand for the next 61 overs. The pitch was getting better for batting every day, Pujara felt, and said considering that, the Indian bowlers had performed well. "Our bowlers did a very good job and bowled in the right areas. They didn't allow them to score many runs, a good sign for us. Overall looking at the wicket they bowled really well. It is just that we didn't get as many wickets as we wanted but still we did a pretty good job." New Zealand's lead is still only six runs and while Pujara said India would want to chase as few as possible, he felt India still held the advantage, and it was a matter of a breakthrough next morning. Published by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.
5,000 RunS in tEStS S Pervez QaiSer Brendon McCullum became New Zealand's fourth and 86th batsman overall to score 5000 or more runs in Tests. The right hand batsman from Dunedin, reached this milestone during his unbeaten 114-run knock on the third day of the second Test match against India at at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Sunday. Stephen Fleming (7172 runs in 189 innings of 111 Tests), Martin Crowe (5444 runs in 131 innings of 77 Tests) and Johan Wright (5344 runs in 148 innings of 82 Tests) are the other New Zealand batsmen to score 5000 or more runs in Tests before Brendon McCullum who scored 5031 runs in 145 innings of 84 Tests till the end of third day's play. It was Brendon McCullum's fourth century in 19 innings of 10 Tests against India and his ninth in 145 innings of 84 Tests. Brendon McCullum has also completed 1000 runs against India, becoming the first New Zealand batsman to do so. He has scored 1036 runs at 60.94 from 10 Tests against India, his highest against any team. ** Brendon McCullum took 197 deliveries to hit his hundred, making this his slowest Test hundred. His previous slowest was against Australia at the same venue in 2009-10. ** Bradley-John Watling's innings is one of the slowest 50-plus innings (since balls faced data became available) in New Zealand and the slowest since Blair Pocock's 271-ball 64 against England in 1997 at the same venue. ** Brendon McCullum and Bradley-John Watling set a new record for the sixth wicket stand for New Zealand against India by adding 158 runs. They erased the previous best of 137 runs between Chris Cairns and Craig McMillan at the samer ground in 1998-99 series. The unfinished 158-run partnership is New Zealand's third highest for the sixth wicket at home and their highest for the sixth wicket at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. ** The partnership between Brendon McCullum and BradleyJohn Watling moved at 2.66 per over: This is the second-slowest 150-plus partnership in Tests in New Zealand (since balls-faced data became available). ** Bradley-John Watling became New Zealand's 45th and 485th batsman overall to score 1000 runs in Tests. The South Africa born batsman reached this milestone during his unbeaten 52-run knock.
MOST RUNS FOR NEW ZEALAND IN TESTS BATSMAN ...............M .......I .........N.O ....RUNS ......AVG ........H.S .......100 ....50 Stephen Fleming .....111 ....189 ....10 ......7172 ......40.06 .....274* ....9 ........46 Martin Crowe ...........77 ......131 ....11 ......5444 ......45.36 .....299 ......17 ......18 John Wright ............82 ......148 ....7 ........5334 ......37.82 .....185 ......12 ......23 Brendon McCullum ...84 ......145 ....9 ........5031 ......36.99 .....225 ......9 ........28 Nathan Astle ...........81 ......137 ....10 ......4702 ......37.02 .....222 ......11 ......24
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NEW ZEALAND'S HIGHEST PARTNERSHIP FOR THE SIXTH WICKET AT HOME RUNS ...PAIR ...............................................OPPONENT .........VENUE ..............SEASON 339 .....Martin Guptill/Brendon McCullum .....Bangladesh ........Hamilton ...........2009-10 176 .....Daniel Vettori/Brendon McCullum ......Pakistan .............Napier ..............2009-10 158* ...B.J Watling/Brendon McCullum .........India ..................Wellington ........2013-14 145 .....Richard Hadlee/John Reid ................Pakistan .............Wellington ........1984-85 137 .....Chris Cairns/Craig McMillan ..............India ..................Wellington ........1998-99