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ethnic preferences put pML-n at risk in Balochistan
iMF, Un oﬃcials among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) the major ruling party in Balochistan faces imminent divisions within party ranks as its Pashtun leaders accuse their Baloch comrades and tribal chiefs of strengthening... page 02
At least 21 people, including four United Nations staff and the IMF’s top representative in Afghanistan, were killed on Friday when a Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital... page 06
pak,indtohavemarketaccess programme to boost trade
turkey on a purging spree in graft probe backlash
Seeking to boost bilateral trade, Pakistan and India on Saturday decided to have a nondiscriminatory market access (NDMA) programme, keep Wagha-Attari border open 24 hours throughout the year and facilitate the opening of bank branches... page 09
Turkey has extended a purge of official bodies to the banking and telecoms regulators and state TV, firing dozens of executives in moves that appear to broaden Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s reaction against a corruption investigation... page 04
Sunday, 19 January, 2014
As bodies continue to fall, Nisar says he has a plan INTERIOR MINISTER’S INTERNAL SECURITY POLICY TO BE TABLED IN FEDERAL CABINET ON MONDAY ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
NTeRIOR Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that Pakistan’s internal security policy had been prepared and would be tabled in the federal cabinet on Monday. The minister said the security policy was aimed at strengthening the country’s security agencies by equipping them with the latest technology. Talking to reporters after addressing the passing out parade of Islamabad Police, Nisar said the new leadership of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had refused to hold talks with the government following drone attacks. He added that talks will be held in line with the consti-
Two ASWJ activists gunned down in Sargodha SARGODHA STAFF REPORT
Two activists of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) were gunned down while five others sustained bullet injuries when they were ambushed by armed assailants on Khushab Road on Saturday. Police official Khurram Anwar said that ASWJ Bhakkar President Maulana Hameed Khalid along with eleven others was going to court for appearing in a case when two motorcyclists opened fire at them in the Noori Gate area. He said that Sana Ullah and Zulfiqar died on the spot while five others including Maulana Hameed Khalid, Abdul Qayyum, Safdar, Dilshad and Amir Hamza received bullet wounds. EARLIER ATTACKS: On January 4, ASWJ Islamabad General Secretary Mufti Muneer Ahmed and an ASWJ office bearer Asad Mehmood were shot dead by two unidentified individuals. The bodies of the two ASWJ men had remained on the road as members of the ASWJ protested following the killing. Many members of ASWJ have been victims of targeted killings in 2013 as well. Three members of a family, associated with the ASWJ, were gunned down in Karachi in December 2013. In the same month, Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muawiya, the chief of ASWJ’s Punjab chapter, was killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire on his car along Ravi Road in Lahore.
Afghan cop killed in Chaman bombing CHAMAN: An Afghan policeman was killed and six others injured in a bombing near their vehicle on Saturday. Sources said that unidentified terrorists targeted a van of Afghan police in Waish Mandi area at PakAfghan border in Chaman. The explosion destroyed the vehicle resulting in death of an Afghan cop and injuring six others, including two cops. INP
INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS SECURITY POLICY AIMED AT STRENGTHENING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WITH LATEST TECHNOLOGIES tution and writ of the country. “The government will welcome those who want to take part in the dialogue process,” he said. Nisar said those who ruled the country for the last 13 years neither held talks nor did they conduct military operations against the Taliban, and now all of them are criticising the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government over the issue. He said the government has no key to open the door of dialogues, adding that political parties and parliament would be taken into confidence over the issue at an appropriate time. The minister said that instead of point scoring, the political forces should play their role for establishing peace in the country. “Those who are calling for an All Parties Conference (APC) over talks with
REITERATES GOVT’S STANCE TO TALK WITH TALIBAN WILLING TO COME TO DIALOGUE TABLE
the Taliban should remember their own record that how many times they took parliament into confidence,” he said. He said the APC had given the mandate of talks to the government and now if any other decision will have to be taken, then another APC will be called. PAKISTAN IN STATE OF WAR: earlier addressing the passing out ceremony, Nisar said Pakistan is still in a state of war even after sacrificing the most in the fight against terrorism. “The efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan in the war against terrorism have not been acknowledged properly,” said Nisar, adding that after the war on terror, the world became safer but Pakistan became even more unsafe. The minister said that responsibility
SAYS PAKISTAN BECAME EVEN MORE UNSAFE AFTER TERROR WAR
of the police department had increased manifold in the current circumstances and that the department will have to show extraordinary performance in war against terrorism. “Police will have to combat hand in hand with the Pakistan Army against the odds,” he said, adding that the police are the servants of the state, not the government, and they should utilise all their energies in ensuring the rule of law. He said the policemen should refuse to obey the orders of the rulers which are based on injustice and they should always side with the justice. Nisar pledged that the government would assist law enforcement agencies by arming them with new bomb disposal cars, robots and other latest equipment to combat security challenges.
Ethnic preferences put PML-N at risk in Balochistan PARTY SOURCES SAY PASHTUNS BEING SIDELINED BY PROMINENT BALOCH LEADERS INCLUDING SANAULLAH ZEHRI, ABDUL QADIR BALOCH ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) - the major ruling party in Balochistan - faces imminent divisions within party ranks as its Pashtun leaders accuse their Baloch comrades and tribal chiefs of strengthening their hold on the party’s affairs and sidelining Pashtuns on “ethnic lines”, Pakistan Today has learnt. The Baloch and Pashtun ethnic groups are almost equal in population with the Pashtuns nearly outnumbering the Baloch even in some Baloch towns adjacent to the Pashtun belt across the province. Despite repeated attempts to seek the PML-N version, the cell-phone of the party’s provincial Information Secretary Allauddin Kakar went unanswered. Sources in the PML-N told Pakistan Today that Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, president of PML-N Balochistan, Nawabzada Changez Marri and SAFRON Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch are running the party’s affairs on ethnic lines, favouring only fellow Baloch leaders who belong to their rival party - the PML-Q. “As a result, the party’s provincial general secretary Nasibullah Khan Bazai, Barat Khan Mirani, PML-N Balochistan Senior Vice President (SVP) Sardar Yaqoob Khan Nasir, MNA Malik Zahir Kakar, SVP Dur
Mohammad Nasir, nephew of Yaqoob Nasir and the only MPA of PML-N league who is a Pashtun, Tahir Mahmood Khan Jadoon, the only settler MPA elected from Quetta, former deputy speaker Jamal Shah, senior PML-N leader Farid Afghan, Hashim Khan Baraich and others have been sidelined for being Pashtuns,” the sources claimed. In contrast, they said the same Baloch leaders have even accommodated some PML-Q leaders sending a wave of dissatisfaction among the sincere party workers across Balochistan. “The Baloch leaders of the party have formed their separate groups and infighting is continuing for offices which would reach climax as elections for the Mayorship of Quetta and chairmen of union councils in local body polls is arriving soon,” the sources added. A PML-N leader said the partisan approach of Baloch leaders could be gauged by the fact that an eightmember committee had been formed by the Balochistan government to coordinate with the Ministry of Water and Power. “Out of eight members, four members have been nominated by the PML-N and out of those, not a single Pashtun has been named. All the four members are Baloch. So much so that a member appointed to the committe, Brig (r) Abdur Razzaq
Baloch, is not even a member of the PML-N,” the sources added. Sources said that taking advantage of the situation, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai had begun holding parleys with the influential Pashtun leaders to woo them into his party. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is being kept in the dark by Sardar Sanaullah Zehri and the party will have to suffer dearly if the issue is not resolved immediately,” the sources said, adding that Sardar Sanaullah Zehri and Changez Khan Marri have never sat in their ministerial offices despite the fact that both have three ministries each. “Balochistan Assembly Speaker Jan Mohammad Jamali, Deputy Speaker Abdul Qaddus Bizenjo and Provincial Minister For Revenue Jaffer Mandokhel are actually from the PML-Q but were accommodated on the PML-N quota. While Majid Abro, advisor to the Balochistan CM, is from Jamot Qaumi Movement,” the sources said. He added that the reserved seats for women were also given to nonPML-N members. “Party’s senior workers, including Dr Farah, Dr Irum, Sakina Mengal and others were ignored but Raheela Durrani from the PML-Q, Rahat Bibi from PPP, Samina Baloch, a newcomer, were made MPAs on PML-N tickets,” the sources added. They said that the PML-N provincial leadership had even preferred a newcomer, Santosh Kumar, for the reserved seat for minorities over old party workers.
Rashid asks ‘Taliban apologists’ to explain media persons’ killings LAHORE: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday said that unfortunately mosques, worship places, markets and innocent people were not safe in the country. Talking to a private TV channel, the minister condemned the attack on a private TV channel van, killing three of its workers and expressed sympathy with the aggrieved families. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has formed a two-member committee, led by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, to ensure protection of journalists. Rashid said the committee would meet union of journalists and owners of media groups in this regard. The body would ensure implementation over proposals given during the meeting to protect the journalists. He said that terrorism has become an issue of the country which was inherited by the government from the previous governments. The minister said that there were many groups of terrorists in the country and the people should together play their role for eliminating terrorism. He urged PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan to help the government in negotiations with the banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He added that they should also ask the TTP about the crime of those technicians killed in the van attack. INP
WAPDA plunges Farman’s locality into darkness NOWSHEHRA: Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) on Saturday disconnected the electricity in the Chiragh area of Nowshera. The area is said to be a stronghold of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shah Farman. Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has alleged that the PTI minister was involved in power theft. He also said that Farman announced in his constituency not to pay the electricity bills. He was of the view that there were Rs 1.35 billion line losses in the constituency. Last week, the state minister had alleged the KP government of power theft which was denied by the KP government. This action is likely to create more tension between the PML-N and PTI. INP
Militants blast educational institutions in Hangu, Khyber Agency HANGU/LANDI KOTAL: Unidentified miscreants blasted two government-run educational institutions with explosives in Hangu and Khyber Agency on Saturday however no causalities were reported. Police said that militants had planted explosive material outside Government Boys High School Doaaba in Hangu which exploded without any loss of life. As a result of the blast, the gate and the principal’s office were partially damaged but no human loss took place. Meanwhile, according to Khasadar Force sources, a bomb planted outside Landi Kotal Government Degree College exploded. The blast partially damaged the building, however, staffers remained unhurt. Both blasts created panic and fright among the dwellers of concerned areas, especially parents of the students who already hesitate sending their children to schools and colleges due to fear of terror attacks. INP
Sunday, 19 January, 2014
Another angle to a love triangle MEHR TARAR’S MAIL TO SHASHI THAROOR SUGGESTS FRIENDSHIP, NOT LOVE NEW DELHI ONLINE
Twitter war and media reports that followed, painted a love story with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar and Indian Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s personal life, just before the shocking news of his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death hit the headlines, Indian media reported on Saturday. Reports even quoted Sunanda as saying she was upset and would seek divorce for an alleged love affair between Tharoor and Mehr. The publication of a personal mail from Mehr to Tharoor, reported by Rahul Kanwal of Headlines Today (HT) on Saturday, gives another angle to the spat. Apparently, there wasn’t a love
triangle. The HT tried to contact Tharoor and Mehr, a columnist with Pakistan’s Daily Times newspaper, to confirm the veracity of the mail but could not reach them. Kanwal’s exclusive article on Mehr’s mail gives a glimpse into a friendship bordering on admiration and empathy. The mail goes to the root of the friendship. “I think you accidentally wrote on a different thread when I asked you to say something about my Friday article (in which I quoted you. Thank you for reading and liking). I am mortified. I joked about it last night because I was too shocked to say anything.” The mail, reproduced by Kanwal, focuses on admiration. Mehr says she is a huge fan of Tharoor’s books and political views. “We have met twice. We have become very good friends. I feel very happy, and to tell you the truth kinda honoured to be your friend.” “Thank you Shashi, for being in my life, long distance dost sahi. Some things are hard for people to fathom, and come to terms with; life teaches us to be onedimensional and suspicious of all we can’t see. Sometimes, the
communication gap between people becomes so huge — for one reason or the other — that each word is doubted, each truth becomes shallow.” Finally the mail deals with the trouble and angst their friendship generated. “About me being the reason you have problems with your wife, what can I say. I don’t even want to think what it would do to my very young kid. So, I guess I was right all my life. Friendship between a man and a woman will always be labelled incorrectly. And even the woman who’s the love of your life will doubt your word against very circumstantial evidence.” “You are in my prayers, Shashi. May there be peace in your life and marriage.”
SUNANDA PUSHKAR CREMATED; DOCTORS SAY DEATH ‘UNNATURAL, SUDDEN’ NEW DELHI AGENCIES Sunanda Pushkar, wife of India’s union minister Shashi Tharoor, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances at a five star hotel on Friday night, was cremated on Saturday. The last rites of Pushkar, 52, were performed at the Lodhi Road crematorium. Meanwhile, doctors at AIIMS, who conducted autopsy on the body of Sunanda Pushkar, said it was a case of “sudden, unnatural death” but ruled out poisoning even as police investigated various angles into death of Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife. Injury marks were also found on the body of 52-year-old Pushkar, who was found dead at the luxury Leela
Thank you Shashi for being in my life... long distance dost hi sahi. Some things are hard for people to fathom, and come to terms with…
Delhi hotel tries to ‘evict’ Pakistani official at 4am NEW DELHI INP
An intruder barged into the room of a visiting Pakistani bureaucrat in the middle of the night in a five-star hotel in New Delhi on Thursday, sparking off a security scare and potentially sowing the seeds of a diplomatic controversy. Diplomatic sources said Bilal Khan Pasha, who is a deputy secretary in the Commerce Ministry, was petrified
when hotel staff tried to forcibly remove his luggage and asked him to immediately check out from the Taj Palace Hotel, Hindustan Times said on Saturday. It is learnt that the Pakistani High Commission has lodged a strong protest with the ministry of external affairs over the unsavoury episode that occurred at 4am, even though the hotel has apologised. Confirming the goof-up, a
PM forms body to probe corruption of previous govts ISLAMABAD INP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday formed a committee consisting of lawmakers to review megadevelopmental projects and tasked them to find out corruption and embezzlement done during previous government era. The review committee, led by Hamza Shahbaz, and consisting of Senator Mushahidullah Khan, Minister of State Jam Kamal and MNAs Captain (r) Safdar and Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal will submit its monthly report. The committee has started its function and a meeting chair by Hamza Shahbaz was held here the other day. According to reports, the mega uplift projects of far-flung areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA would be reviewed in first phase. Reports said that the committee has been formed after it came to the knowledge of the Prime Minister that millions of rupees were released for 49 potable water supply projects in KP and FATA but no physical work was done on the projects. Moreover, the PM also came to know that some parliamentarians took kick backs and commission in development projects.
hotel spokesperson said, “In this instance it was an instruction given by a guest to our staff to process his check out; inadvertently giving the wrong room number. The staff on entering the room realised the mistake, apologised and withdrew immediately.” Taj Palace general manager Taljinder Singh had on Thursday flatly denied the incident. Pasha had accompanied Pakistani commerce secretary Qasim Niaz for the com-
merce-secretary level talks, held on January 15-16 after more than a year to forge closer trade ties. Last June, Pakistan had lodged a protest with the MeA after one of its high commission officials was reportedly “beaten up” in the capital. The Indian side said the official was not “attacked” as claimed by Pakistan, and the incident was the fallout of a road accident involving the official’s car.
Nawaz Sharif forms two-member committee on media security ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A day after three staffers of a private TV channel were gunned down in Karachi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on Saturday that a two-member committee will oversee the security of media houses. The committee consisting of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Information Minister Pervez Rashid has been directed to immediately give practical proposals for the protection of media houses.
earlier on Saturday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had said that a meeting will be held within the next few days to discuss how security can be given to the media. “We will take the provinces into confidence to ensure that security is provided,” the minister told reporters. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed me and Chaudhry Nisar to discuss security measures to be taken for protection of journalists with their representative organisations,” Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid told a TV channel.
Palace hotel in South Delhi. The head of the three-member panel of doctors that conducted the autopsy on Pushkar, said, “We have conducted the postmortem examination ... It is a case of sudden, unnatural death” but ruled out poisoning. However, he said the team has preserved certain “biological samples for toxicological analysis as well as visco-pathological examination.” “We have completed the whole procedure. Samples for toxicological analysis means ruling out any poison. Some pathology of the heart has been preserved by us,” he said. Pushkar was found dead in her suite at the hotel and the body was shifted to AIIMS at around 3:30am for post-mortem. Police is also expected to record statement of Tharoor, who was admitted to AIIMS following complaints of chest pain and was discharged later. Pushkar and Tharoor were at the centre of a raging controversy when reports emerged that she was upset over reported text and tweet messages between her husband and Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist.
Deported Indian woman says she is married to Pakistani man LAHORE AGENCIES
A love-struck Indian woman, deported to Doha from the Lahore airport for travelling on a fake Pakistani passport, has claimed she married a man from Punjab province and wants to be united with him. Nagita Ramesh, who is in her twenties and hails from Gujarat state, arrived at Lahore international airport from Doha on Thursday to meet her “husband” Mohammad Azhar, a resident of Multan. She confessed to officials here she had “stolen” travel documents to reach Pakistan to meet Azhar. Chaudhry Ahmed, the Federal Investigation Agency’s immigration head at Lahore airport, said that Ramesh had travelled on the passport of a Pakistani friend. Ramesh claimed she had converted to Islam and her new name was eman. She also said she married Azhar through a ‘nikaah’
conducted over telephone. Ahmed quoted her statement as saying: “I’m an Indian national and not a Pakistani. I have embraced Islam to marry Pakistani jeweller Mohammad Azhar. I met with him in Doha and fell in love. I contracted nikah with him on phone after he returned to Pakistan.” “As I was desperate to reach Pakistan to get united with my husband, I got the passport of my Pakistani friend and reached here.” Ramesh, whose family moved to the Gulf some years ago, added she decided to come to Pakistan when her family wanted to marry her to another man. Immigration officials rejected her request to go with Azhar, who had come from Multan to receive her. The FIA deported her to Doha on Thursday, with officials saying Pakistani rules did not allow them to arrest a foreigner for travelling with fake or doctored documents.
Lal Masjid cleric murder case: Court exempts Musharraf for a day ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A court on Saturday granted exemption to former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf from personal appearance in the Ghazi Abdur Rasheed murder case and directed his counsel to submit medical report of his client at the next hearing.
During the course of proceedings, counsel for Gen Musharraf told the court that his client could not appear before the court since he was undergoing treatment at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) Rawalpindi. After hearing the arguments, the court ordered the lawyer to present the medical certificate in the next hearing and adjourned the case till February 1.
Go to court once; don’t have to go to court again ZARDARI PERMANENTLY EXEMPTED FROM NAB HEARINGS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Islamabad accountability court on Saturday granted permanent exemption to former president Asif Zardari from appearing before it in view of security threats to his life. During the hearing, Zardari’s counsel Amjad Qureshi told the court that the for-
mer president could not be produced due to security threats to his life. Qureshi requested his client’s permanent exemption from court which was granted. Zardari’s lawyers also moved an application in the court seeking acquittal in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against him. During the hearing, Zardari’s counsel Farooq H Naek requested for his client’s acquittal in the corruption references against him. Naek contended that the former president could not be charged in the cases. He said there was no evidence in the references against Zardari that could see him indicted.
Speaking to media representatives after the hearing, Naek claimed that the Polo reference against Zardari was only an allegation and that nothing could be proved. The cases against Zardari contain charges of kickbacks and commission from SGS PSI Company for pre-shipment inspection, grant of a licence to ARY Gold causing losses to national exchequer, receipt of illegal gratification and commission in purchase of URSUS tractors under the Awami Tractor Scheme, illegal award of a contract to Cotecna for pre-shipment, possession of assets beyond means and receipt of kickbacks from Sajjad Ahmad, a
former chairman of Pakistan Steel Mills. The Cotecna corruption reference was initially prepared by Saifur Rehman, the chairman of ehtesab Bureau during the second government of Nawaz Sharif. Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Zardari were the main accused and Nusrat Bhutto, former chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue A.R. Siddiqui and six directors of the Swiss company, Cotecna, were co-accused. Benazir Bhutto and Zardari had been accused of taking as kickback six per cent of the total value of $131 million pre-shipment contract awarded to the Swiss company.
Sunday, 19 January, 2014
turkey on a purging spree in graft probe backlash ANKARA
U R K E Y has extended a purge of official bodies to the banking and telecoms regulators and state TV, firing dozens of executives in moves that appear to broaden Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s reaction against a corruption investigation. The authorities have already sacked thousands of police officers, dozens of prosecutors and some state television officials in response to the corruption investigation, which has become the biggest challenge to Erdogan’s 11-year rule.
Investigators are believed to have been looking into allegations of corruption at a state-run bank and bribery involving big real estate projects, although details of their charges have not been made public. The combative prime minister says the investigations, which began a month ago with arrests of high profile figures including the sons of three of his cabinet ministers, are part of an attempted “judicial coup”. His opponents say they fear a purge of official bodies will destroy the independence of the judiciary, police and media. Among dozens of officials dismissed in the latest sackings, Turkish media reported on Saturday that the
deputy head of the banking watchdog BDDK and two department heads had been removed. Five department chiefs
department heads and senior news editors. Erdogan has suggested the graft inquiry, which has led to the resignation of three cabinet minis-
A court in Bangladesh has ordered three journalists of a pro-opposition newspaper held in detention on charges of publishing a false story that alleged Indian security forces had joined Bangladeshi troops in a crackdown before the recent controversial elections. Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said Friday that the report by the Bengali-language Inqilab daily was baseless, and the newspaper used a doctored email and fax message to back it up. Police on Friday ar-
rested news editor Rabiullah Rabi, deputy chief reporter Rafiq Mohammad and diplomatic correspondent Ahmed Atique, after raiding their office on Thursday night. Magistrate Atiqur Rahman ordered the reporters held in detention and set the next hearing for Monday. The reporters, who are being held for violating the Information Technology Act, are seeking their release on bail. The government said it did not stop the publication of the newspaper, but sealed off the press temporarily. The daily continues its online edition.
were fired at the Telecommunications Directorate (TIB), a body that carries out electronic surveillance as well as serving as telecoms regulator, and a dozen people were fired at Turkey’s state channel TRT, including
ters and detention of businessmen close to the government, is an attempt by Fethullan Gulen, a US-based cleric with influence among the police and judiciary, to undermine his rule. Many of the people who
The newspaper published a report Thursday saying that Indian security forces joined Bangladeshi officials during a crackdown on people suspected of launching attacks in the southwestern district of Satkhira ahead of the Jan 5 election. Satkhira, which borders India, is a stronghold of the opposition Jamaat-i-Islami party. Authorities said the report was based on rumors and part of propaganda against the government, as the issue of Bangladesh’s relationship with India is sensitive. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned to power in a landslide victory
Jan 5, but the vote was marred by violence, a boycott by the main opposition party and low turnout. Political violence has convulsed the country in recent months as opposition activists staged attacks, strikes and transportation blockades to defy the government. Nearly 300 people have been killed since last February. The newspaper has no major influence but is known as pro-opposition. The daily has earlier been accused of publishing fabricated reports, and has a history of backing Islamist hardline groups in Muslimmajority Bangladesh.
18 die in IAEA team arrives in stampede Tehran for nuclear visits in india TEHRAN
At least 18 people were killed and more than 40 were injured in a stampede in Mumbai on Saturday. According to local officials, the incident took place when thousands of mourners gathered at the home of the spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community who died on Friday. Reports suggest that people were crushed after the house gates, where the deceased leader’s remains were kept, were closed. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, died at the age of 102. The Dawoodi Bohra community are Ismaili Shias. Similar tragedies in India in recent years have killed hundreds of people. In October, 115 people were crushed in a stampede at a Hindu festival in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. In 2011 more than 100 died at a festival in the southern state of Kerala. In 2008, 220 people were killed in a stampede at the Chamunda Devi Hindu temple in Mehrangarh Fort of Jaipur.
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of inspectors arrived in Tehran on Saturday, another step towards implementing a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers which was finalized last week, according to a news agency. The team, led by nuclear engineer Massimo Aparo, will begin reporting to the IAEA on Monday, marking the official start of the deal.
tighten its grip on High Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), a panel that controls the appointment of all judges and prosecutors.
ERDOGAN HAS SUGGESTED THE GRAFT INQUIRY, WHICH HAS LED TO THE RESIGNATION OF THREE CABINET MINISTERS AND DETENTION OF BUSINESSMEN CLOSE TO THE GOVERNMENT, IS AN ATTEMPT BY FETHULLAN GULEN, A US-BASED CLERIC WITH INFLUENCE AMONG THE POLICE AND JUDICIARY, TO UNDERMINE HIS RULE
Bangladesh reporters held for ‘fabricating’ story DHAKA
have been fired are believed to be associated with the cleric’s Hizmet movement, which claims more than a million followers and runs
Under the terms of the agreement with the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, Iran will stop work on some portions of its nuclear program in exchange for relief from some international sanctions which have damaged the country’s economy. The IAEA team will visit the Natanz and Fordow nuclear facilities to ensure that Iran will stop enriching uranium to 20 percent and that its stockpile of enriched uranium is diluted, according to Fars News. Last month, a number of
hardliner lawmakers introduced a bill in the Iranian parliament pushing for an increase of uranium enrichment up to 60 percent, ostensibly for use in nuclear submarines. The bill was seen as a counter to a U.S. Senate bill to increase sanctions on Iran but has yet to be voted on in the Iranian parliament. If the bill passes it would likely sink the deal between Iran and six world powers. Officials from Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization met the IAEA team at the airport, and the two groups are scheduled to have meetings on Saturday.
schools and charities throughout Turkey. Earlier in the week the government reassigned twenty high-profile prosecutors, stepping up the purge of the judiciary. The government has also prepared a draft bill to
There were heated discussions and even fights among members of parliament during talks over the draft bill last week. Erdogan, who has presided over an extended economic boom that has
Defiant Thai protesters march on after grenade attack BANGKOK AGENCIES
Anti-government protesters marched defiantly through Thailand’s capital on Saturday, with one group entering a police compound, undeterred by a grenade explosion the day before that wounded 35 demonstrators and killed one. Friday’s blast sent tension rippling through Bangkok after several days of relative calm that had suggested the movement to close down the government and force the resignation of Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra was running out of steam. The grenade hurled at demonstrators marching in the city centre on Friday injured 36. The Erawan Medical Center, which monitors Bangkok hospitals, said one of the injured, a 46-year-old man, died of bleeding during the night. It was not clear who was behind the attack on the protesters. Their firebrand leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, blamed the government and said the incident would not dent the morale of thousands who this week stepped up a two-month
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday said the recent approval of $1.5 billion by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Jamshoro and other power distribution projects would help strengthen the stabilisation process. He was talking to ADB
Country Director Werner E Liepach and World Bank Director Rachid Benmassaoud who called on Dar separately at the Finance Ministry. Benmassaoud informed the minister that the World Bank was looking forward to the meeting of its president with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Davos. The WB, he said, has a very positive as-
sessment of government’s reform programme of Pakistan’s economy and assured him of full support. While reviewing the ongoing projects, the minister underlined the significance of balance of payments support and financing for the Dasu project. It was agreed that the reassessment of other ongoing projects eligible for IDA financing would be undertaken to make preparations for availability of IDA under new arrangement. The WB country director said that the development pol-
agitation, blockading key arteries of the city and occupying ministries. The incident, which comes just two weeks before a general election, heightens the risk of a move by the country’s army to end an impasse that is starting to damage the economy. The turmoil is the latest episode in an eight-year conflict pitting Bangkok’s middle class and royalist establishment against poorer, mainly rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, the self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
US Supreme Court to weigh Four new cell phone searches by police skulls WASHINGTON AGENCIES
The US Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether police can search an arrested criminal suspect’s cell phone without a warrant in two cases that showcase how the courts are wrestling to keep up with rapid technological advances. Taking up cases from California and Massachusetts arising from criminal prosecutions that used evidence obtained without a warrant, the high court will wade into how to apply older court precedent, which allows police to search items carried by a defendant at the time of arrest, to cell phones. Cell phones have evolved from devices used
exclusively to make calls into gadgets that now contain a bounty of personal information about the owner. The legal question before the justices is whether a search for such information after a defendant is arrested violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which bans unreasonable searches. The outcome would determine whether prosecutors in such circumstances could submit evidence gleaned from cell phones in court. Digital rights activists have sounded the alarm about the amount of personal data the government can now easily access, not just in the criminal context, but also in relation to national security surveillance programs.
$1.5b for projects to improve stabilisation process: Dar MINISTER SAYS PAKISTAN EXPECTS ADB TO EXTEND TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL EXPERTISE IN HARNESSING INVESTMENTS
transformed Turkey and lifted millions of people from poverty, remains the country’s most popular politician. He and his moderate Islamist AK Party have long battled for influence against the secularist military establishment that dominated Turkey for a century. His conflict with the judiciary, police and Gulen followers add to his list of enemies. It is still not clear what effect the crisis might have local elections approaching in March. Last year saw mass street demonstrations among Turks who accuse the prime minister of authoritarianism, but those protests did little to undermine Erdogan’s support among his conservative base of followers.
icy loan was on the track and praised the work done for the authorisation so far. Benmassaoud informed Dar that a group of executive directors of the WB were planning to visit Pakistan in March. Werner informed the minister that new ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang plans to visit Pakistan on February 11. During his visit, Zhang will hold meetings with the PM and also sign $900 million loan agreement for the construction of 1320MW Jamshoro power project. Dar told Werner that the
government had taken a number of steps to stabilise the economy and made considerable progress in addressing macro-economic imbalances. The minister said that as one of the largest development partners of Pakistan, the government envisaged the ADB to play bigger role since it plans to start work on new and important projects like Diamer-Basha dam and Dasu power project. Dar said Pakistan expected the ADB to extend its technical and financial expertise in harnessing investments for an ambitious development plan.
Found From mass grave in sri lanka MANNAR ONLINE
Four more human skulls have been found at a mass grave discovered last month in northern Sri Lanka. The remains were recovered during excavation work at the site in Mannar district, bringing the number of skeletons or partial skeletons found at the site to 31. This is the first mass grave to have been unearthed and forensically examined in the former war zone since the end of the separatist war in 2009. Thousands of civilians perished in shelling towards the end of the conflict against Tamil Tiger insurgents, but it is possible the discovered remains dates from considerably longer ago. There has been no clear determination of the age of the bodies, or who the victims or killers were. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, told the a foreign broadcasting channel that there should be an independent international investigation into it. He said he understood the bodies included those of “small children and ladies”, and that it might have been that a busload of people were killed.
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Govt committed to rule of law, Khan tells UN ENVOY TO UN SAYS BODY IS REVIEWING EXISTING LAWS TO REPEAL AND AMEND OUTDATED ONES UNITED NATIONS
eAFFIRMING its commitment to the rule of law, Pakistan told the international community on Friday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government was working hard to provide speedy and inexpensive justice, promote a culture of accountability and eliminate corruption. “This pincer in the overall strategy is supported by the other, equally
important, pincer for reducing poverty, creating jobs and accelerating economic development,” Ambassador Masood Khan said during the course of a roundtable discussion at the United Nations. “Pakistan ardently supports a sharp (and) smart focus on the rule of law in the post-2015 Development Agenda,” the Pakistani envoy said in his remarks on “the rule of law as a driver of inclusive development opportunities”. He also said that the Pakistan Law Commission was reviewing all existing laws in an effort to repeal outdated ones and amend them in the light of new requirements. Pakistan’s Parliament was fully seized of the urgency to adapt lawmaking to the imperatives of inclusive development. “To attack corruption, we are striving to evolve a transparent, rule-based and
merit-driven system,” Khan told the panel. Discussing the topic, he emphasised that the rule of law was an integral part of economic development and without that just and rights-based societies could not be created. “The rule of law is a multidimensional concept which encompasses protection of individual rights, good governance, checks and balances in government, transparency and accountability of institutions, security of property, enforcement of contracts, and measures against corruption,” he said, while stressing the need for equality of opportunity, equitable distribution of national resources, a secure ecosystem, gender equality, inclusion, and political participation. In this context, the envoy said the norm of the rule of law should be
universal, covering both conflict and non-conflict situations. The rule of law had to be conceived in the broader context of good governance and the right to development. Institution building was a major priority, he said, adding that without strong and resilient institutions, “we will be merely building sand castles even if we are passing the most robust laws”. “Instead of a top-down approach, we should bolster a peoples-driven paradigm supported by the grassroots communities.” He stressed national ownership and indigenous development of laws. A major effort was needed to build capacities and competencies in the developing countries to strengthen the rule of law. New laws to protect environment and deal with climate change should be part of that goal, Khan added.
Boy Killed iN mortar explosioN Near loC KOTLI APP
A boy was killed and another injured when a mortar shell exploded in Dantoot village in the Nakyal sector along the Line of Control (LoC). Kotli Deputy Commissioner Chaudhry Mukhtar Hussain told reporters on Saturday that the two boys had found the mortar shell in a field where their animals were grazing. The shell had been allegedly fired by Indian troops some time back. Muhammad Anis was killed on the spot while Habibur Rehman sustained critical injuries. They were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Kotli. It is pertinent to mention that on Oct 17, military officials from Pakistan and India stressed the need for improving communication between field commanders to prevent ceasefire violations along the LoC. Both sides described the interaction as another step towards rebuilding confidence after intense exchanges on the LoC last year that were described by Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh as “a mini-war”.
imraN direCts KhattaK to plaN polio wipe-oUt ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Saturday directed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to shape an emergency plan for eradication of polio and other harmful diseases from the province. Taking strong notice of the World Health Organisation’s declaration of Peshawar being the largest reservoir of endemic polio virus in the world, Khan instructed Khattak to plan a strategy to save children from lethal diseases, including polio. The CM assured his party chief that a comprehensive programme will soon be set up in Peshawar to eradicate the polio epidemic from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
BeNazir mUrder Case: atC sUmmoNs 10 witNesses RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT PESHAWAR: A view of the destruction caused by a blaze at the Sarafa Bazaar on Saturday. INP
Modi is America’s other Indian problem: Time magazine MAG SUGGESTS BOTH COUNTRIES NEED TO STEP FORWARD AND NOT ALLOW MODI’S PAST TO PUSH THEM BACK WASHINGTON INP
After the “nasty spat” between India and US over an Indian diplomat, the emergence of Narendra Modi, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, may cause even more tension between them, according to Time magazine. Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whom US authorities charged with visa fraud involving her maid, has returned to India after being granted diplomatic immunity, the influential magazine noted in its upcoming January 27 issue. “But don’t expect the relationship to rebound quickly,” Michael Crowley wrote suggesting, “In fact, the atmosphere could soon become even
more tense over a far more prominent Indian also embroiled in a visa controversy.” Suggesting that BJP “holds the edge” in the upcoming general election by May, he said, “If the BJP prevails, Modi will be India’s next PM.” “Yet he is persona non grata in the US,” he noted “because of his alleged role in a horrific episode of sectarian violence in February 2002.” “Modi’s critics say he condoned or even encouraged the violence, accusations he stoutly denies and for which no Indian court has found him responsible,” Time noted. In 2005, the State Department revoked Modi’s visa under an American law that bars a foreign official who “was responsible for or directly carried out particularly severe violations of religious freedom,” Crowley recalled “When Modi had no national profile, the restriction was
inconsequential. But can Washington blacklist the leader of India?” he asked. US policymakers are divided, he noted. “A resolution introduced in November in the US Congress calls on the State
Department to continue denying Modi entry. It has attracted 43 congressional co-sponsors, including two Muslims.” “Realists, and US business leaders wishing to capitalize on Modi’s openness to foreign investment, say his character should only be a footnote to Washington’s wider relations with New Delhi,” Crowley wrote. “Should Modi win, the Obama administration will be pressured by many at home and abroad to condemn his past and prevent him from visiting the US. But President Obama has tended to subordinate principle to the national interest,” he suggested. Noting that “Over the years, the US has done business with plenty of unsavoury leaders, in countries far less friendly than India,” Time said, “By revoking Modi’s visa, the US government has made clear its view of him and the Gujarat rampage.” “But Washington’s ties with New Delhi are too important to be confined through that prism if Modi becomes PM,” it said, suggesting “Both countries need to step forward and not allow Modi’s past to push them back.”
The special anti-terrorist court in Rawalpindi on Saturday issued summons to 10 witnesses in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. The case was heard by special ATC judge Pervaiz Rasool Joya in the premises of Adiyala jail. Moreover, the judge also issued a notice to prosecution on the bail applications filed by arrested accused Mohammad Rafaqat, Hasnain Gul and Aitzaz Shah. The judge subsequently adjourned the hearing to Jan 25. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on Dec 27, 2007 while Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf was president. She was killed after addressing an election campaign rally in the city. Last year in August, Musharraf was indicted on three counts over Benazir’s murder. Others accused in the case include former City Police Officer (CPO) of Rawalpindi Saud Aziz, then SP Khurram Shahzad, Sher Zaman and Abdul Rasheed.
80 shops GUtted iN peshawar fire PESHAWAR INP
More than 80 shops were gutted when a fire broke out at Sarafa Bazaar on Saturday. According to rescue sources, the fire erupted early morning and engulfed more than 100 shops in which 80 shops were completely reduced to ashes. Rescue officials said they faced problems due to the narrow alleys. However, the fire was soon brought into control. On the other hand, the Sarafa Market Association said that shopkeepers had faced huge losses as gold worth billions was in the shops.
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ABBOTTABAD: Locals protest against the alleged acquisition of a football ground by security personnel on Saturday. ONLINE
imf, UN officials among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack RESTAURANT HAD BEEN RUNNING FOR SEVERAL YEARS, AND WAS A FAVOURITE HAUNT FOR FOREIGNERS, INCLUDING DIPLOMATS, CONTRACTORS, JOURNALISTS AND AID WORKERS KABUL
T least 21 people, including four United Nations staff and the IMF’s top representative in Afghanistan, were killed on Friday when a Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Afghan capital. Gunmen stormed into the restaurant spraying diners with bullets after the bomber blew himself
up near the entrance around 7.30pm. Thirteen foreigners were among those killed, according to police. On Saturday, the US embassy said in a post on Twitter that at least two US private citizens were killed, while Britain and Canada also confirmed they had each lost two nationals. Periodic bursts of gunfire continued for about an hour after the initial blast, and the two gunmen inside the Lebanese restaurant were shot dead by police, an Afghan official said. Most foreign forces are preparing to leave Afghanistan this year after more than a decade of war, and there are fears that the Taliban will intensify attacks in the run up to an election in April, when Afghans will choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai. Karzai is still deliberating whether to allow some US troops to stay on, but if no agreement is reached, Afghan forces could be left to fight the insurgents on their own. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack, calling it revenge for a US airstrike earlier this week that had also drawn condemnation from Karzai as eight civilians were killed. Shots could be heard ringing across the
capital’s diplomatic district for minutes after the first blast. By midnight, a clearance operation was still underway, with police nervously flashing lasers at passing cars and people on the dark, dusty streets. The restaurant had been running for several years, and was a favourite haunt for foreigners, including diplomats, contractors, journalists and aid workers. “The target of the attack was a restaurant frequented by high ranking foreigners... where the invaders used to dine with booze and liquor in the plenty,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an e-mailed statement, written in english. The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) representative in Afghanistan, 60-year-old Lebanese national Wabel Abdallah, was one of the diners killed. He had been leading the Fund’s office in Kabul since 2008. The United Nations said four staff members had been killed, but did not release their nationalities. The eU Police Mission in Afghanistan also lost one Danish and one British member of staff. A British Foreign Office spokeswoman said two Britons were killed in the attack.
Oﬃce formed to promote Af-Pak security, stabilisation WASHINGTON APP
United States (US) President Barack Obama has ordered formation of a temporary organisation, Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office, to help promote security, stabilisation and transition to a normalised US diplomatic presence in the two countries. The organisation has been established within the US State Department and will coordinate the final drawdown of the Department of State’s civilian field operations and staff in Afghanistan. The creation of the organisation under Obama’s executive order comes as the US and its NATO allies move to a major transition in Afghanistan with the conclusion of combat operations and drawdown of most of their troops by the end of the current year. The APSPO shall be headed by a director appointed by the secretary of state. The temporary organisation shall
be based in Washington DC, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The White House executive order reads that the “purposes of the APSPO shall be to perform the specific project of supporting executive departments and agencies in facilitating a strategic partnership between the US government and the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan, promoting further security and stabilisation, and transitioning to a normalised diplomatic presence in both countries.” The APSPO shall “support agencies in transitioning to a strategic partnership with the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the economic, diplomatic, cultural, technology, and security fields, particularly in the areas of programme management, rule of law, and programme oversight”. It will “coordinate the final drawdown of the Department of State’s civilian field operations and staff in Afghanistan. The organisation will also coordinate and oversee the administration of certain State Department assistance funds”.
Thousands of Afghans face cold, hungry winter as aid goes missing HERAT AGENCIES
Thousands of homeless Afghans are huddling on the sides of freezing roads this winter with little shelter and nothing to eat, not far from warehouses stuffed with food. The government’s inability to help - through mismanagement, corruption, or factors beyond its control - threatens the future of a united Afghanistan after an April presidential election and the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of this year. It also leaves poor Afghans open to more exploitation and suffering, and makes them ideal recruits for insurgents. “Warlords are coming at night, asking us for sheep and chickens. We are poor, we cannot afford this,” said Ghollam Hassan, part of a cluster of people who have been living for weeks by the side of a road in Herat, one of Afghanistan’s few relatively prosperous provinces near the border with Iran. “I hope the government gives us shelter, tents to protect the children from the cold and snow.” The taskforce meant to respond to emergencies has failed to distribute supplies and, in some provinces, money to transport it has gone missing. elsewhere, warehouses have been emptied without Kabul’s knowledge, Afghan and UN officials say. So thousands of desperate people have abandoned their homes in dangerous provinces and flocked to Herat, many of them with just a blanket for shelter from Afghanistan’s harsh winter. The crisis became so dire that the United Nations and
international aid agencies stepped in with emergency provisions, but there is not enough to go around. Government stocks, mostly paid for with the billions of dollars of foreign aid that have poured into Afghanistan, should have been distributed by the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), a government taskforce. But precious little has gone out because thousands of tonnes of supplies are missing or are stuck in warehouses. “There have been significant delays,” Bo Schack, the head of the UN refugee agency in Afghanistan, told Reuters. “I have neither an excuse nor a reason for why this has not been distributed yet.”
Mohammad Aslam Sayas, deputy ANDMA director, acknowledged there was a problem with distributing aid across Afghanistan, but denied it was because of graft in one of the world’s poorest and most corrupt countries. “It is a point of concern, because if there is a natural disaster and we need food, there is no food left,” he said. “VERY EXPLOSIVE”: Herat has been hit hard. The province absorbed about 40 percent of Afghanistan’s displaced people in 2013. The United Nations recorded a 22 percent increase in the number of displaced in 2013, meaning more than 620,000 people. The government’s apparent inability to respond adequately to widespread destitution will enable warlords
to increase their influence at a time of uncertain security as foreign forces hand control to Afghans this year. “The response to this situation has to be how do you deal with slum vulnerability, poverty,” said Schack. “This is probably one of the biggest challenges in the country today - because of the lack of attention that there is.” He said this could lead to a “very explosive factor” because of high levels of unemployed young people - a prime target for recruitment by insurgents like the Taliban. A new national policy on displaced people has been enacted by Kabul, but there are few signs it will translate into direct action like helping the displaced settle permanently or improving their living conditions. early signs in Herat have not been promising. So far, the government’s solution has simply been to ship families of displaced to new “settlements” miles from town, away from water supplies and healthcare. “The instinct is to move the problem out of sight,” said one U.N. official in Herat, who asked not to be identified. Officials in Herat are unwilling to take responsibility and say the United Nations should deal with the emergency. “We don’t have any money,” said Hamidullah Khatibi, head of the Ministry for Refugees and Repatriation in Herat. His office is mobbed daily by desperate Afghans, many waving bits of paper promising land they are unlikely to see. Many of Herat’s displaced come from Ghor, a province next to Herat hard-hit by drought and grinding poverty. Just 2,000 tonnes of an allocated 9,000 tonnes of aid have been given out there so far. The governor says he has run out of money and most of the supplies are stuck in Kabul anyway.
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LAHORE: Railway workers busy in repairing the tracks in the provincial capital. ONLINE
PTI Punjab wants Sanaullah to resign LAHORE STAFF REPORT
AKISTAN Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry, General Secretary Dr Yasmin Rashid and Information Secretary Andleeb Abbas in a joint press statement condemned the bomb blast in Rajanpur and demanded resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on account of increasingly deteriorating law and order situation in the province. PTI Punjab president said that the government had totally failed to take any action to counter terrorism with the result that bombs blasts are continuing in every part of the country. He severely condemned the people responsible for the blast in Rajanpur and said that two bomb blasts in two days; one in KP and the other in Punjab,
showed inaction on the part of the government to implement decisions taken at APC. Ejaz Chaudhry said that Sanaullah was busy watching Indian movies and Indian actresses and thus had no time to look into the terrible law and order conditions in the province. He said that the Islamabad High Court’s decision had clearly mentioned that the NADRA chairman was being threatened and forced not to do thumb verification of NA118. He said that in every interview, Tariq Malik has been saying that Rana Sanaulla had threatened him and people from Faisalabad were also calling his daughter to stop Tariq Malik despite the court order restoring him. He demanded that a minister and especially the law minister taking law in his hand should resign immediately. Dr Yasmin Rashid said
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Central leader of PML-, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is determined to successfully steer the country out of prevailing problems. While addressing a public meeting held in connection with bye-elections in NA-69 at Noshera, district Khushab, Hamza said that Nawaz has set a glorious example of fulfilling his promises by launching business loan scheme for the youth. He claimed that the nation has complete confidence in the leadership of PML-N and it will make the country economically strong and eliminate problems like load-shedding, terrorism and
that the instances of child abuse and gang rape were increasing in Faisalabad, from where Sanaullah belongs, and if he cannot manage his own city how he could manage Punjab. She said that Rajanpur train bomb blast was a tragedy and PTI Rajanpur organisation was fully helping the people injured and admitted in hospital. Andleeb Abbas said that the train incident was a double tragedy as it not only signified deteriorating condition of Pakistan Railways but also highlights slackening security for the poor people of Pakistan who use trains as a major means of transport. She demanded an immediate enquiry into this incident and said that the continuous ignorance of a strategy to deal with the terrorism shows a complete lack of competence and governance on the part of the present govt.
PR CLERK ACCUSES BOSS OF SEXUAL ABUSE LAHORE STAFF REPORT
A female junior clerk of Pakistan Railways has submitted a request in Qila Gujar Singh police station here to register a case against her superior officer for sexually abusing her. The 23 years old woman alleged that the Grade-21 officer had an affair with her and then solemnized a fake ‘nikah’. She said that he kept sexual relationship with her and resultantly she was pregnant now. On the other hand, the senior officer of Pakistan Railways has denied all the charges and said told media that he was ready to have DNA test to prove his innocence. The female junior clerk was given the job after the death of her father, who was an employee of Pakistan Railways. It is pertinent to mention here that the woman had slapped the officer in front of camera on denying the charges when a media team reached Railways headquarters here for reporting.
PU gives its 50 kanals of land on lease PU SYNDICATE APPROVES LEASE FOR A PERIOD OF 30 YEARS TO A PRIVATE BUS COMPANY FOR ESTABLISHING MULTIPURPOSE COMPLEX LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Punjab University Syndicate on Saturday gave approval to lease 50 kanals of its land for a period of 30 years to a private bus company for establishing state-of-the-art multipurpose complex. The 1704th meeting of the Syndicate was held at Committee Room of the vice chancellor’s office with PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran in chair. As many as 9 members of the Syndicate strongly supported the lease agreement while on the suggestion of government representatives, the Syndicate decided that approval will be taken from the chancellor before signing the agreement. According to the lease agreement,
PU will get Rs 78 million per year from the private bus company, with annual increase of 10 percent, while the bus company will build state-of-the-art complex with modern amenities of public interest. The Syndicate gave sanction to lease four kanals of land near Institute of Business and Information Technology, New Campus to a private bank and will get Rs 403,000 per month rent. The PU administration’s decision of reducing administrative posts and increasing teaching posts was especially appreciated by representatives of the government including Higher Education Department additional secretary, Punjab Finance Department additional secretary and representatives of Punjab governor. The Syndicate approved establishment of Student Endowment Fund worth Rs 3 million and sanctioned Rs 4 million for purchase of furniture at Jhelum Campus. The application of dismissed PU employee Sardar Muhammad was also discussed in the meeting and the Syndicate endorsed the decision issued by the vice chancellor. The Syndicated also endorsed anticipatory orders of the vice chancellor.
Hamza renews development pledges unemployment during its five year’s tenure. PML-N candidate of the constituency Malik Uzair Muhammad Khan, former MNA Sumaira Malik and other leaders were also present on the occasion. Addressing the meeting, Hamza said that present government was facing problems like terrorism, price-hike, loadshedding and unemployment and Nawaz Sharif’s government was working round the clock for resolving these problems. He said that a handful of terrorists could not hostage the nation of 19 crore
people. He said that Pakistani nation will win the war against terrorism. Hamza said that load-shedding will soon be overcome and the country will be put on the road to progress and prosperity. He said that the solar energy park at Bahawalpur will start producing 100 megawatt electricity this year whereas the project of generation of 6,000 megawatt electricity from the coal-based power plants at Gadani was also continuing. Hamza said that despite its beauty,
Soon Valley was facing backwardness and poverty. He assured that PML-N government will provide Murree-like facilities in the area and make it a tourist spot. He said that this valley will be made an attractive tourism place for the people of the entire country by providing wide roads and other basic facilities at recreational places and beautiful lakes due to which not only this area will become prosperous but the fate of the local people will also change. Hamza also announced provision of Sui gas to Soon Valley.
He said that after election of Malik Uzair Muhammad Khan as MNA, he will remain in touch with him and complete all development projects which were promised with the people. He said that a final shape will be given to various schemes in consultation with the people of the area for making Soon Valley prosperous. Members National and Provincial Assembly of PML-N, Malik Shakir Bashir, Malik Waris Kalu, Karam Elahi Bandial, Malik Javed Iqbal, Asif Bha, Mohsin Shahnawaz, Malik Riaz, Aamina Malik, Shazia Ashfaq Mattu, Mansha Ullah Butt, Dr Nadia Aziz, Malik Aamir Mukhtar Singha and Dr Ghaus Muhammad Niazi also participated the public meeting.
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Nawaz is a doctor? Are you kidding me? SHEIKH RASHID CRITICISES GCU FOR AWARDING PHD DEGREE TO PRIME MINISTER
Suicidal love bird is now a jailbird LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The man who was arrested in Lahore for threatening to commit suicide was sent to prison on 14-day judicial remand on Saturday. Kamran was arrested on Friday after he threatened to commit suicide at the office of a private airline. Kamran said he wanted to commit suicide after being rejected by a woman who he claimed to be romantically involved with. The woman was an employee of the private airline. After spending the night in jail, Kamran said he was still in love with the woman. “I had just gone to the office to clear the air. The office staff is responsible for the chaos which ensued,” Kamran told journalists.
LAHORE: Awami Muslim League (AML) chief and Member National Assembly (MNA) Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has criticised Government College University (GCU) Lahore for awarding a PhD degree to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif in recognition of his ‘services’. In a tweet social media on Saturday, Rashid said that the PM was rewarded a degree while he has not even been successful in resolving all the crises including inflation, alleviation of poverty, ending gas, electricity load shedding and restoration of peace. He said that Nawaz got a PhD degree without making any effort. He termed this move deprivation of rights of the deserved who played a role for national cause. INP
Traffic plan made for Azadi Chowk construction LAHORE: The City Traffic Police have evolved a comprehensive traffic plan to ensure smooth traffic flow during the construction of Azadi Chowk Flyover. According to police, four DSPs, 21 inspectors and 708 wardens under the supervision of divisional officers were performing duties to maintain proper flow of traffic. The CTP had established diversions in the city and shifted traffic to alternative routes while various alternative routes had also been set up from Motorway and GT Road. STAFF REPORT
Housemaid sent to hospital black and blue Cop hunted LAHORE STAFF REPORT
A house maid was hospitalised in a critical condition after being tortured by her employer on Saturday. According to the police, Fiza Batool, 15, a resident of Sialkot, had been serving in the house of MAO College Professor Salman, located in DHA. As per details, the accused brutally tortured the housemaid over a minor mistake. She was shifted to Services Hospital where according to medics her condition was serious and doctors were putting all efforts to save her life. The Defence police arrested the accused Professor Salman who confessed his crime.
LAHORE: Unidentified armed men gunned down a policeman on Saturday. According to the police, unidentified miscreants sprayed bullets at Constable Sarwar while he was on his way to work. As a result of firing, the cop was killed on the spot while the attackers managed to flee after committing murder. Police feared that the shooting incident could be outcome of personal enmity. STAFF REPORT
Uplift projects of Rs 4.6b approved in Punjab LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Punjab government on Saturday approved four development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs 4.605 billion. These schemes were approved in the 26th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party of current fiscal year 201314 presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Muhammad Irfan Elahi, says P&D spokesman. P&D Provincial Secretary Arif Anwar Baloch, all members of the P&D Board, provincial secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant provincial departments also attended the
meeting. According to P&D spokesman, the approved development schemes included: capacity building of Directorate General Monitoring and Evaluation (DGM&E) For Improved Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Projects in Punjab (Revised) at the cost of Rs 123.766 million, Construction of Bridge Over River Chanab at Bhowana Including Approaches District Chiniot of Length 15.37 km at the cost of Rs 2259.078 million, Installation of Biogas Supplemented Agriculture Tube Wells for Irrigation Purpose In Punjab at the cost of Rs 1946.520 million and Small House-Cum Garden Plots for Eradication of Poverty in Punjab (Pilot Project) Phase-I at the cost of Rs 275.543 million.
People have faith in Constitution: CJP
LAHORE: “The struggle which legal fraternity and civil society underwent to restore the judiciary and uphold its Constitution is a classic example of people’s faith in the constitution,” said Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani while addressing roll signing ceremony held Saturday in Supreme Court (SC) registry. CJP awarded enrolment certificates among newly-enrolled advocates of the Supreme Court. He termed their professional achievement as a new responsibility to serve the cause of rule of law and justice with full vigour and urged them to work hard and
prepare well to assist the court in articulation of legal and constitutional matters. Jillani stressed on the need to work with same zeal and dedication to establish rule of law and justice for the betterment of the country. The CJP emphatically enunciated the apex court’s special responsibility in connection with establishing rule of law, interpreting the Constitution, carrying out judicial review, arbitrating constitutional disputes, formulating judicial norms, guarding the fundamental rights of the citizens and providing easy and accessible justice to the masses. ONLINE
Sunday, 19 January, 2014
Large-scale manufacturing expands by 5.23pc ISLAMABAD: The large-scale manufacturing sector (LSM) posted an impressive growth of 5.23 per cent in first five months of this fiscal year. The growth in LSM was mainly driven by 11 categories of items in the July-November period of 2013-14 over the corresponding period of last year, suggested data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Major contribution towards positive growth was from textile 2.05pc, food and beverages 7.74pc, petroleum products 8.83pc, paper and board 19.55pc, fertilisers 32.82pc, electronics 18.88pc, iron and steel products 4.36pc, leather products 12.89pc, chemicals 3.20pc, nonmetallic mineral products 0.14pc and rubber products 0.23pc. Last year, the LSM sector, which accounts for 70pc of industrial production, recorded a positive growth of 3.79pc. Some sectors, like wood products, witnessed a decline of 11.42pc, engineering products 23.51pc, automobiles 3.26pc, and pharmaceuticals 1.15 pc during the months under review. On monthly basis, the LSM grew by 3.41pc this year over the corresponding month of last year. The government had expected that the economy would grow by about 4.4pc for the current fiscal year. Industry specific data showed that many sub-sectors didn’t perform well in July-Nov period of the current fiscal year over the last year. In electronic and electrical goods, production of refrigerators recorded a growth of 11.76pc; deep-freezers was up by 122.41pc; airconditioners 106.94; electric bulbs 27.235pc; electric motors 41.84pc; switch gears 103.69pc; TV sets 23.83pc and storage batteries 19.66 pc during the period under review over the same months last year. However, electric tubes production witnessed a negative growth of 59.87pc, electric fans 1.10pc, electric meters 33.37pc, transformers 43.451pc; generating sets 100pc and bicycles 18.21pc during July-Nov 2013 over the same months last year. The growth was witnessed in case of food, beverages and tobacco. The sector has adjusted weightage of 12.37pc in LSM basket. Vegetable ghee production increased by 5.04pc; oil 7.23pc; and tea blended 2.03pc. Another important sector was automobiles, but tractors production was down by 39.17pc, jeeps and cars production 0.32pc; motorcycles 0.27pc during the period under review over the last year. The production of trucks however was up by 15.71pc; buses 12.06pc and LCVs 24.46pc during the July-Nov period in 2013over the last year. STAFF REPORT
Pakistan, India to have market access programme to boost trade AGREE TO KEEP WAGHA-ATTARI BORDER OPEN FOR 24 HOURS, FACILITATE BANK BRANCHES IN EACH OTHER’S COUNTRY NEW DELHI
EEKING to boost bilateral trade, Pakistan and India on Saturday decided to have a non-discriminatory market access (NDMA) programme, keep Wagha-Attari border open 24 hours throughout the year and facilitate the opening of bank branches in each other’s country. “We have agreed that we will open Wagha-Attari border for trade 24x7...Central banks of the two countries in principally agreed to give banking licences to banks nominated by respective governments,” Indian Com-
merce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said at a press conference he held jointly with his Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastagir Khan. Meeting after a gap of 16 months, the commerce ministers of the two nations have agreed to have a NDMA on reciprocal basis. Although the NDMA falls short of the expectations of a MostFavoured Nation (MFN) status which India has been insisting on for long, Sharma said, “It is not the first time that such a terminology (NDMA) is used.” Khurram Dastagir, who is in India on an official visit, said, “Let us not (get) stranded on nomenclature.” The two ministers also underlined the need for relaxing visa regime to facilitate travel of businessmen to each other’s country. “For a robust economic relation to develop, businessmen of both sides need to visit each other’s country. (There is) need for further liberalisation of visa regime,” Sharma said. As regards opening of branches, Khurram Dastagir said Pakistan has been waiting for the Reserve Bank of India to nominate banks that could be allowed to open branches in Pakistan. The bilateral trade between the countries stood at $2.60 billion in 2012-13.
Sri Lanka wants $438m trade with Pakistan to rise
Chinese Food Festival inaugurated at Pindi PC
KARACHI: Sri Lanka and Pakistan enjoy very close and cordial relations in the South Asian region but these close brotherly ties can be further strengthened by increasing the trade volume between the two countries. This was stated by the newly arrived Sri Lankan Consul General HMB Herath at a media reception hosted here at his residence. The envoy said bilateral trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka had increased by 13 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year and stood at $438 million. He added it was his sincere wish to further expand trade relations and he would work tirelessly in this respect. Giving details about Pak-Sri Lanka bilateral trade, Herath said the balance of trade was heavily in Pakistan’s favour with the country’s exports to Sri Lanka standing at $361 million and imports from Sri Lanka accumulating to $77 million in 2013. He added that cement, sugar, cotton and basmati rice were the main Pakistani exports to Sri Lanka while Sri Lanka exported spices particularly black pepper, betel leaf, coconut and coconut byproducts, lentils and rubber to Pakistan. He urged Pakistani entrepreneurs to look at the agriculture, textile and information technology sectors in Sri Lanka which offered attractive opportunities. Replying to a query, he said besides investment opportunities Sri Lanka was also a fantastic tourist destination which had lots to offer to the Pakistani tourists. STAFF REPORT
RAWALPINDI: Aamir H. Kazi, General Manager, Pearl Continental Hotel Rawalpindi, Mr. Isa Abdullahi Shehu, Air vice Marshal of the Nigerian Army along with many Diplomats, government official and celebrities inaugurated the Chinese Food Festival at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi. The General Manager said “The extent of the popularity of Chinese food is due to its diversity, flavors, spices and taste and The Tai-Pan Restaurant at the Pearl Continental Hotel is a wellknown authentic Chinese Restaurant in Rawalpindi and serving its Guest for many decades.” Asad ul Hussain Shah Public Relations Manager at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi said “Chinese Food Festival is part of our commitment of offering ‘ever new experiences to the community on a regular basis and promote the strong cultural bindings between Pakistan and China. PRESS RELEASE
MUNIR KAMAL RESIGNS FROM PC BOARD ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Munir Kamal, brother of Privatisation Commission Board Chairman Mohammad Zubair, has decided to surrender his membership after questions raised over his impartiality, a media report said on Saturday. Official sources in the Ministry of Finance and Privatisation said that Kamal has informed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of his decision. However, it is not clear whether the PM has allowed him to leave the post. The government has not yet denotified Kamal, according to an official of the Ministry of Privatisation. Under the Privatisation Ordinance of 2000, there should be a minimum of six members of the PC Board and with Kamal’s decision to quit, the board has become dysfunctional for all practical pur-
poses. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reconstituted the board and appointed six members of his choice. His decision came after he disapproved the original list of proposed members sent by the PC and, instead, provided one of his own. Before the reconstitution of the PC Board, the PM had appointed Zubair as the chairman of the PC. Zubair was a key member of the PML-N election manifesto committee and served as the chairman of the Board of Investment before he was requested to lead the PC. Responsibility of ensuring transparency and earning maximum gains for the state has been given to the board of the PC. The government has committed with the International Monetary Fund to privatise 32 state-owned entities during its tenure. During the first phase, the PC board has
already cleared eight entities for privatisation and off loading their shares in the stock market. It has given a go-ahead to appoint the financial advisors for working of the transaction structures. These entities include Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Petroleum Limited, Oil and Gas Development Company, Habib Bank Limited, United Bank Limited and Allied Bank Limited. The PC was doing the paper work for inviting Expression of Interests (EOIs) for the appointment of FAs for these entities, according to ministry’s officials. The EOIs will be issued by next week, they added. Kamal is also the brother of Asad Umar, PTI’s MNA from Islamabad constituency and is also the Karachi Stock Exchange Board of Directors’ chairman and holds the same post at the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). He is a leading contender
With Kamal’s decision to leave the PC board, the pressure on those PC members, who are closer to the ruling party, will increase to quit, avoiding conflict of interest aimed at ensuring maximum transparency in the privatisation process
for the post of NBP president as well. Kamal has over 33 years of experience in the banking and financial sector and is a former Citibank banker. However, his relation with the chairman put a question mark over his impartiality. With Kamal’s decision to leave the PC board, the pressure on those PC members, who are closer to the ruling party, will increase to quit, avoiding conflict of interest aimed at ensuring maximum transparency in the privatisation process, according to analysts. The PC has proposed the premier half a dozen fresh names, requesting him to appoint them as members aimed at strengthening the board. The PC board cannot function until the PM decides to appoint at least one new member to fulfill the minimum requirement of six members, according to PC officials.
Sunday, 19 January, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
You need to do something positive for your health -- and you are probably the best judge of what that is. Still, it may be a good idea to solicit advice from your healthier friends and coworkers.
You need to spend more time with people -- and your good energy makes you great to have around! It's easier than ever to meet new friends or to find new activities, so get out there and explore!
Try to check in with your people today -- you need to deal with folks who have been quiet for a while. It's always good to maintain your relationships, but today offers a special kind of social conscience.
You need to reach out and get your people on board with your latest big plan. Things may get a little out of hand if you don't say something soon, but your social energy is just right for the task.
Today is all about review. Your mind is amazingly powerful as long as it's looking backward, so go over everything that happened recently and figure out what you could have done better.
You find that things are looking up for sure -- and that your success is more public than you had realized! Expect praise from an unusual source, and see if you can build on it.
You are dealing with way too many details right now -- try to wrap your head around them! It may be best for you to focus on just one subset. Once you've got them down, move on to the next.
You learn a secret this afternoon or evening that makes you smile more than cringe -- though it may be a little bit of both! It's up to you whether to keep it to yourself or pass it on.
Someone in charge is causing problems for you -- maybe as early as this morning. There's really no way around it, so you may just have to smile and pretend that it's all fine with you -- for now.
You are in the middle of a great wave of mental energy -- so make the most of it by getting some plans together! You should be able to get your friends or coworkers to abide by your decisions easily, too.
You have got to be more skeptical today -otherwise, things could easily go sideways. Try to make sure that you're asking the right people the right questions, and don't give up until you get the truth.
You should find that life is extra-confusing today -- but also that it doesn't really matter! Relax in the knowledge that you are sure to figure it all out later. Things are just fine, really.
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Sunday, 19 January, 2014
Physical punishment tied to aggression, hyperactivity
EgArDLESS of the culture a child lives in, corporal punishment may do lasting psychological harm, german researchers say. In a new study conducted in Tanzania, where physical punishment is considered normal, primary school students who were beaten by teachers or family members in the name of discipline tended to show more behaviour problems, not fewer, the researchers found. “Parents aim to educate children through corporal punishment, but instead of learning good social behaviours, the beatings often have the opposite effect,” said Tobias Hecker, a psychologist at the University of Konstanz, who led the study. “Some people still believe, despite an overwhelming body of evidence, that corporal punishment in some cultures won’t result in as many negative effects,” george Holden said. “But, as this study shows, it’s difficult to find support for that argument,” said Holden, a professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, who was not involved in the study. Past research, mainly in industrialized countries, has found that children and teens who experience corporal punishment may “externalize” their negative experiences in the form of bad behaviour and emotional problems, Hecker and his colleagues write in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect. To test whether the same is true in a culture where physical punishment is the norm and the law allows teachers to use it, the researchers interviewed 409 children between grades 2 and 7 at one private school in Tanzania, on the east coast of Africa. Participants averaged 10.5 years old. Ninety-five percent of the boys and girls
INSTEAD OF LEARNING GOOD SOCIAL BEHAVIOURS, THE BEATINGS OFTEN HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT WHAT PEOPLE USUALLY SEE AFTER A SPANKING OR BEATING IS IMMEDIATE COMPLIANCE BUT IN THE LONG-TERM, THEY ARE REALLY INSTILLING FEAR IN THE CHILD AND CHILDREN DO ACT OUT OF FEAR BUT NOT OUT OF RESPECT
said they had been physically punished at least once in their lifetime by a teacher. The same percentage reported physical punishment from parents or caregivers. The majority of children, 82 percent, had been beaten with sticks, belts or other objects and 66 percent had been punched, slapped or pinched. Nearly one-quarter of the kids had experienced punishment so severe that they were injured. “Children learn aggressive behaviour and become more aggres-
sive toward other children,” Hecker said. Within the group, 21 percent of the boys and girls showed aggression problems through affirmative answers to questions like, “Have you ever taken things from others against their will?” Nine percent of children had higherthan-normal levels of hyperactivity. About 11 percent of the kids showed less empathetic behaviour than peers who had not experienced physical punishment.
“From this study, it’s difficult to generalize the results to milder forms of punishment, like spanking,” said Christopher Ferguson of Stetson University in Florida. “There’s a difference between a parent who spanks a child in the context of a loving family and explains what the spanking is for compared with the parent who starts swatting because of some other non-related situation,” said Ferguson, who was not involved in the research.
“The context is probably important but we really haven’t dealt with it yet,” he added. Thirty-four countries in the world have laws against corporal punishment, according to the global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children. In 1979, Sweden became the first country to make corporal punishment illegal. “Certainly everyone wants to see physical abuse eliminated as much as possible,” said robert Larzelere of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. But the new research can only point to a relationship between behavioural problems and physical force for punishment not a causal link, said Larzelere, who was not part of the study. He pointed out that the researchers did not measure the children’s behaviour before corporal punishment occurred. Hecker and his team acknowledge in their report that their study does not establish cause and effect. It could be argued that children with behavioural problems may be more likely to experience physical punishment. At a minimum, they note, even if that is the case, their results show that corporal punishment does not improve children’s behaviour. Hecker said he hopes this new study will help bring about awareness in places like Tanzania, where corporal punishment still is widespread. “What people usually see after a spanking or beating is immediate compliance,” Hecker said. “But in the longterm, they are really instilling fear in the child and children do act out of fear but not out of respect.” “I think the most effective program to prevent violence is to focus on positive parenting,” he said. AGENCIES
Google unveils ‘smart contact lens’ to measure sugar levels
For the first time, hackers have used a refrigerator to attack businesses
Google Inc said this week that it is testing a new method for diabetics to monitor their blood-sugar levels by wearing a contact lens equipped with tiny chips and an antenna. Google said a prototype of its “smart contact lens” can generate a reading of a tear’s glucose level every second, potentially replacing the need for people with diabetes to prick their fingers and test drops of blood throughout the day. “We’re in discussions with the FDA, but there’s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use,” Google said in a post on its official blog. Google said it planned to find partners, “who are experts in bringing products like this to market.” The world’s largest Internet search engine, Google is developing a variety of new technologies outside its core business, including self-driving cars and balloons that beam wireless Internet to remote regions of the world. Google has also become more focused on health-related issues, launching a separate company in September devoted to tackling diseases related to aging. COURTESY BBC
Security researchers at Proofpoint, a leading security-as-a-service provider, have uncovered the very first widescale hack that involved television sets and at least one refrigerator. Yes, a fridge. This is being hailed as the first home appliance “botnet” and the first cyberattack from the Internet of Things. A botnet is a series of computers that seem to be ordinary computers functioning in people’s homes and businesses, but are really secretly controlled by hackers. The Internet of Things, is a new term in the tech industry that refers to a concept where every device in your house gets its own computer chip, software, and connection to the Internet: your fridge, thermostat, smart water meter, door locks, etc. To a hacker, they all become computers that can be hacked and controlled. In this case, hackers broke into more than 100,000 everyday consumer gadgets, such as home-net-
Animals arrive at Vatican for blessings VATICAN CITY: With an oink oink here and a cluck cluck there, animals arrived at the Vatican on Friday to get a blessing. The animals, including pigs, chickens, horses, cats and dogs, were at St. Peter’s Square to mark the feast of St. Anthony the Abbot, the third-century holy man who is the Catholic Church’s patron of animals. Farmers, ranchers and breeders brought their animals to the square for a blessing by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica. Comastri also said a Mass inside the church for the humans - the animals waited outside. As well as the spiritual comfort, veterinarians from the Italian animal breeders association AIA offered free check-ups to pets brought to the square. AGENCIES
working routers, connected multimedia centers, televisions, and at least one refrigerator, Proofpoint says. They then used those objects to send more than 750,000 malicious emails to enterprises and individuals worldwide. In the press release, Proofpoint explains: g The hack happened between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014, and featured waves of malicious email, typically sent in bursts of 100,000, three times per day, targeting enterprises and individuals worldwide. g About three-quarters of the emails were sent by regular computers, but the rest, slightly more than one-quarter, were sent by hacked home appliances. g Hackers didn’t have to be amazingly smart when breaking into home appliances.
Many times they gained access because the home owners didn’t set them up correctly, or used the default password that came with the device.
Most homes are not yet a part of the Internet of Things, and looks like hackers will already be there to greet them when they arrive. COURTESY BUSINESS INSIDER
Kate and Wills Inc: Duke and Duchess secretly set up companies to protect their brand - just like the Beckhams The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have secretly set up firms to protect their ‘brand’ and intellectual property rights. In a move more often associated with celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham, they have told lawyers to establish companies in each of their names. It will enable William and Kate to sell officially-endorsed products and take action against anyone selling items that could harm their image. Kate’s firm is called CE Strathearn – from her names Catherine and Elizabeth and the Countess of Strathearn title awarded by the Queen. William’s is APL Anglesey – after his middle names Arthur Philip Louis and the Welsh island where he
Dog adopts paralysed cat Everyone needs a friend like this. Back in October, animal services in Florida USA found a 2-year-old dog of Dachshund breed protecting a 7-month-old paralysed kitten. The dog, Idgie was guarding the cat, Ruth - barking and growling if someone came close. Ruth can only move by dragging herself with her front legs. “Both of them were found in fairly good shape, not filthy or malnourished, so it seems as though they probably had a home at some point,” the animal shelter owner told reporters earlier in January. The shelter had to set up a special pen to keep the two together, because the dog was so unhappy when they were apart. Thankfully, they don’t have to worry about being separated now as a pet boutique owner adopted the duo and is keeping them at the business where everyone can enjoy them and take care of them. ONLINE
and Kate lived after they married. Prince Harry has taken the step too, calling his company Tsessebe – the name of an African antelope. Kensington Palace stressed last night the firms would not be ‘regular trading arms’ and were likely to remain dormant for the foreseeable future. But aides admitted they could not rule out them being used for commercial purposes at some stage, with the profits going to charity. They also confirmed the companies could be used for ‘protection’ when it came to the issue of trademarks or the couple’s brand. The Cambridges are among the most marketable couples in the world and the use of their name to official endorse a product would be worth millions. COURTESY DAILY MAIL
Sunday, 19 January, 2014
Sonam Kapoor to miss all award functions this year A
N D the most awaited awards season have arrived. From Screen to Filmfare, celebrities gear up to perform and to look forward to be appreciated for their work in 2013. While everyone is looking to attending it, there’s one person who’s going to miss not one, two but all the award functions. Yes, fashionsta Sonam Kapoor who loves to dress up for occassions like these, has decided to give them a skip this year. Sonam, who has done some fantastic work last year in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag & Raanjhanaa has her cousin’s wedding to attend and will be gone away for that. On asking about the importance of awards in her life, she said, “It’s not a nice thing for me to be judged against another person. How can two actors be nominated for the same award unless they both play the same character? How can two separate films be measured by the same yardstick?” She furthur revealed that she has never attended an awards function in her life! The leggy lass said, “Not even as child did I ever accompany my father to any awards function. Even during the year of Rakeysh Mehra’s Delhi 6 I couldn’t be there.” Sonam Kapoor is all set to come Bewaqoofiyan, Khubsoorat and Dolly Ki Doli, three mega releases this year. NEWS DESK
GROWN UPS 2 LEADS WORST MOVIE NOMINATIONS Adam Sandler’s ‘Grown Ups 2’ is up for eight Razzie awards this year, including Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Actor for Sandler. ‘Grown Ups 2’ leads this year’s Razzie nominations. The Adam Sandler-starring comedy has the dubious distinction of being up for eight accolades at the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, which serve as a spoof of the prestigious Academy Awards. The comedy sequel - which was also written and produced by Sandler - is up for Worst Picture, Worst Sequel, Worst Screenplay and Worst Ensemble Cast. Sandler is also nominated for Worst Actor, while co-stars Taylor Lautner and Salma Hayek will compete for Worst Supporting Actor and Actress respectively. NEWS DESK
JENNIFER LOPEZ FEARS GIGGLING FITS ON ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez says she worries about seeming like a giggling fool on `American Idol`, as the other judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr often give her a laughter riot. The 44-year-old singer is returning as a judge to 13th season of the reality series, reported Contactmusic. “I love being between these two guys, I love being on the panel with these guys, they do have a lot of banter going on,” Lopez said. “They make me laugh, I think the danger this season is not to come off like a giggling fool, because they make me laugh so much, we really are having a good time. They`re awesome,” she added. NEWS DESK
Shehzad Raﬁque to make ﬁlm on journey of a ‘martyr’ LAHORE NEWS DESK
In the light of countless lives that were lost in the war against terror, it seems like an obvious choice for Shehzad Rafique to make a film that pays tribute to the young ones relentlessly fighting on the frontline. “I had been searching for a script to follow-up Ishq Khuda. I was divided over the idea of making a comedy or an action film, but a politician’s statement made the choice very easy for me,” explained Rafique. “I just couldn’t understand how he [Munawar Hassan] could make such a careless statement about the armed forces fighting on the frontline,” he added. The film Salute will not be an ISPRfunded project. In fact, it will be Rafique’s attempt to explore the questions of morality surrounding extremism, and will give thorough insight into the journey of an individual from a man to a martyr. Film is an important medium that can be used to challenge
extremist ideologies surrounding war on terror, and, more importantly, religious intolerance. “This film will not be made on an agenda in terms of funding. It’s sort of a tribute to the
journey of a young man and the challenges he faces on his way to becoming an army officer,” said Rafique. “Till now, every film I have made always tries to address a broader question. I am over 40, I don’t feel the need to make a fun film. My target is to make an issue-based film that is serious.” Even in an earlier movie, Rafique touched upon a sensitive topic. His previous film Ishq Khuda aimed to challenge the notion of extremist ideologies by addressing the idea of true love and spirituality. It also openly challenged rigidity and the fundamentalism that has flourished on a societal level. Salute is currently being scripted by writer Tariq Ismail. He is hoping to cast Ahsan Khan in the lead role, with Nadeem Baig and Atiqa Odho as part of the cast, depending on availability. He will shoot major portions of the film at military academies as he feels that it is time to move beyond the methods of formula filmmaking. “The things that have to stand out in every film are emotions and sentiments. This is the only formula that matters. The rest is your story, your characters, and your topics,” said Rafique.
DEEPIKA PADUKONE now an all-rounder, says Farah Khan Isn`t it interesting that when Farah Khan wanted a newcomer for her 2007 film ‘Om Shanti Om’, she zeroed in on then debutante Deepika Padukone? And when she wanted a “star” for her new film ‘Happy New Year’, it was the same name that struck her. Farah says Deepika leaves her impressed with her all-rounder quality. “I`m so happy that Deepika is in `Happy New Year`,” Farah said. Busy directing ‘Happy New Year’, she can only look back with a smile at how Deepika has emerged in a league of her own. Rightly so! The actress delivered four back-to-back hits at the Bollywood box office in 2013 – ‘Race 2’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ - and emerged as a hero among heroes, quite literally. Each role and film was different from the other and yet each of these sailed smoothly to the Rs.100 crore club. Deepika`s dancing, acting, poise, confidence and most importantly, her versatility, was hailed. She recently clinched both the best actress awards popular choice and jury - at the Life OK Screen Awards, where she also staged a startling dance performance. For Farah, Deepika is an all-rounder. “Maybe she was very goodlooking, she had a fabulous body and she could dance, but in `Om Shanti Om`, we presented her really well. “After that I felt her potential wasn`t being exploited - either she was not acting too well or the directors were not using her well. But I think in the last two years, she has really come into her own and it`s not shocking that sometimes she does a scene and I`m like `great`,” said Farah. The choreographerfilmmaker remembers how during the ‘Om Shanti Om’ shooting, she had to tell Deepika “everything” about playing the double role of superstar Shanti and a commoner Sandhya. “‘Look left, look right, now turnaround, now smile`, I used to tell her everything. But now she comes all prepared and does something wonderful in front of the camera,” the 49-year-old filmmaker said. NEWS DESK
Sunday, 19 January, 2014
eases into second week MELBOURNE AGENCIES
The sixth-seeded Swiss crushed Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili 62, 6-2, 6-3 to make it through to the last 16 of a grand slam without dropping a set for the 27th time in his career. Federer, 32, next plays the winner of the match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who the Swiss beat over five tough sets in the Melbourne quarter-finals last year, or another Frenchman, Gilles Simon. "This is clearly a tough draw," he told reporters. "But the important thing now for me is just that I keep playing well and I don't go crazy about who I play now. "It's just now up to me to bring it in the next match." Only two of Federer's record 17 grand slam titles have come in the past four years, in Australia in 2010 and at Wimbledon in 2012. The Swiss has made a habit of demolishing his opponents in the early stages and said the move from 16 to 32 seeds may have helped his cause. "I have had tough draws throughout my career, not every time, but in many tournaments. So I remember tough draws in early rounds," he said. "With the 32 seeds it's a bit more predictable, a lot more predictable actually. "That's one of the reasons I think I have always been able to go deep in slams, especially once I was able to be seeded. I took advantage of that." Federer was barely troubled by Gabashvili, the world number 79, and though he knows he needs to lift his game, is happy with his form. "I'm happy that I'm winning my matches in straight sets," he said. "It's been different conditions every match. The heat first and the indoor match, and now normal conditions today with a bit of wind. "So it's just good to get through and get a good feel out there and make sure to win your matches easily if you have a chance. That's what I was able to do today, so I'm pleased."
Imperious Nadal routs Monﬁls MELBOURNE
INIESTA OUT OF BARCELONA'S MATCH AT LEVANTE
A relentless Rafa Nadal shrugged off an injury scare before turning on a masterclass under the lights of Rod Laver Arena to destroy flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 6-3 and storm into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday. Serving at 1-1 in the second set, the world number one stooped after a forehand from behind the baseline and clutched his right foot before limping off the court at the change of ends during the late match. After jiggling his foot around some more during the break, Nadal returned to the court to humble Monfils in just over two hours, running the 25th seed ragged and feasting on his second serve. A beaming Nadal rated the match his best of the tournament, and though trying in vain to hose down soaring expectations, was unable to hide his delight with all aspects of his game. "At the end no one is unstoppable," the 27-year-old told reporters. "Just one very good day. That makes me feel confident, but I am in fourth round. That's all. "Today I think I have to say that I played well from everywhere." The rangy Frenchman battled hard in the third set to prise breakpoints at 3-3, but Nadal's serve remained unbroken as he set up a clash with Japan's Kei Nishikori for a spot in the quarter-finals. Monfils was edged by the 13-times Grand Slam champion in a tight three-set match in the Doha final, but said the Spaniard had reached another level. "Definitely today he was in great shape," the 27-year-old said. "Much better than Doha, for sure.
‘Ronaldo at brim of historical turning point’ MADRID AGENCIES
Real Madrid’s director of football is hopeful the Portugal captain’s injury will not prove serious after he continued his exceptional goalscoring form on Saturday Real Madrid’s director of football Miguel Pardeza has described Cristiano Ronaldo as “a turning point in the history of football” after Los Blancos’ win over Almeria on Saturday. Ronaldo opened the scoring before being forced off with a thigh problem early in the second half, although goals from Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata then sealed an emphatic win. And Pardeza admits he is hopeful Ronaldo’s injury proves not to be serious due to the difference he makes on the pitch in a Madrid shirt. Speaking to the club’s official website, Pardeza said, “The injury is a nuisance and we cannot know the extent of the hit until we have a scan
result, hopefully it is not too bad. “Cristiano is an extraordinary player who we need on the pitch and not outside it. “He is a player who will mark a turning point in the history of football. We can only be thankful that he is with us.” Pardeza also praised the club’s international stars for their level of performance following a gruelling break with their national sides. “Many of the players have played in important World Cup matches, which is both physically and psychologically demanding,” he said. “Under those conditions, it is important to note the professionalism of the players to achieve a good result.” Carlo Ancelotti also recieved recognition for putting his faith in youngsters such as Alvaro Morata, Jese Rodriguez and Casemiro, who all impressed on Saturday. “The youngsters have done a great job, they have proven that they can meet people’s expectation and those of the coach when he decides to play them,” added Pardeza.
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has not recovered sufficiently from a bruised knee to feature in Sunday's La Liga game at Levante. The Spanish international sustained the injury in last weekend's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid who are level with Barca on 50 points at the top of the table and host Sevilla on Sunday. Barca coach Gerardo Martino, who is also without Neymar for the game in Valencia after the Brazil forward damaged ankle tendons in Thursday's King's Cup game at Getafe, said Iniesta was being rested as a precaution. "He trained almost normally," Martino told a news conference on Saturday. "If the Levante game was a decisive one Andres would play." The Argentine added that Iniesta would probably be back for Wednesday's King's Cup quarter-final first leg at Levante. Real Madrid, third in La Liga, can draw level with Barca and Atletico with a win at bottom side Real Betis later on Saturday (1500).
PODOLSKI RETURNS FOR ARSENAL LONDON AGENCIES
Premier League leaders Arsenal are welcoming back Lukas Podolski to soothe their injury crisis Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is back following a hamstring injury, coming as a major boost with both Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner ruled out, while Fulham captain Brede Hangeland could make his first league start since October after returning from back surgery in the midweek FA Cup win.
Sunday, 19 January, 2014
Hockey World League Final: India loses 1-2 to Belgium dELHi
W O goals in the last four minutes helped Belgium snatch a 2-1 victory over India in the 5-6 position playoff tie of the Hockey World League Final at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Saturday. The World No.5 team finished the tournament fifth while hosts India had to be content with sixth after playing a high intensity match. Both India and Belgium shared almost equal possession throughout the match and penetrated the striking circle at regular intervals. Indian skipper Sardar Singh was in his elements as he duly performed his role of a playmaker passing the ball to the forwards. The hosts had an excellent opportunity to go up on the board when a Yousuf Affan reverse flick in an empty Belgian striking circle just went over the bar in the 13th minute. The World No.5 team reverted in the 17th and 18th minutes when Sebastien Docklier and Tom Boon almost scored on both occasions. But Indian goalkeeper and man of the match P.R. Sreejesh stood like a wall and disallowed Belgium from taking the lead. India created several chances but forwards S.V. Sunil and Yousuf Affan were unsuccessful in converting their opportunities. The Indian defence, however, lapsed several times and the hosts were lucky to go into the break without a goal down.
In the second half both teams took safety-first approach, trying to keep possession. But after a few minutes, Belgium came out all guns blazing to earn three penalty corners in a span of four minutes, the first coming in the 48th minute. But Sreejesh was supreme and stopped everything that came his way. The hosts counter-attacked after the third corner and earned their first penalty
corner only to be missed by drag-flicker Rupinder Singh. But the eight time Olympic champions finally broke the deadlock when Nikkin Thimmaiah scored on his 24th birthday. Four minutes to go for the hooter and India looked like bagging the fifth place but Belgium came back to first equalise in the 67th minute through Florent van Aubel and then Boon's penalty corner strike a minute
later gave them the decisive lead. Earlier Saturday, Germany walked away with seventh place after defeating Argentina 2-1 in the 7-8 playoff match. Both teams fought hard to avoid finishing last. Playing his 100th match for Argentina, Facundo Callioni opened the scoring in the 16th minute when his skillful backhand stroke defeated German goalkeeper Tim Jessulat. However, the Olympic champions
provided a quick response when Benjamin Wess struck back from open play and halftime was reached at 1-1. The second half saw Argentina battling hard for another goal but couldn't breakthrough the German defence and Tobias Matania helped Germany take the lead against the run of play in the 60th minute. Argentina continued to play at a high tempo but couldn't convert their chances.
MOURINHO SUGGESTS WI name ROONEY MOVES OVERSEAS provisional
World T20 squad
ST. JOHN'S, ANTiguA ANd BArBudA AGENCIES
Defending champions the West Indies on Saturday announced a provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20, which will take place in Bangladesh in March and April. The Windies, who won the 2012 title with victory against hosts Sri Lanka in the final, will play all of their preliminary round matches at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. Their campaign begins against India on March 23 and two days later they take on one of the ICC qualifiers. Their third match will be against Australia on March 28 followed by a clash against Pakistan on April 1. The semi-finals are slated for April 3 and 4, with thefinal on April 6. PROvisiOnAL WEst indiEs squAd: Christopher Barnwell, Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Kevon Cooper, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Delorn Johnson, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Chadwick Walton
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United could sell England striker Wayne Rooney this summer. However Mourinho is ruling out the prospect of Rooney coming to Stamford Bridge after claiming United have vowed they will not do business with Premier League rivals. Mourinho attempted to lure Rooney to Stamford Bridge last summer and it has already been suggested he will return with another offer if United fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. United are keen to open negotiations with the 28-year-old, whose present deal expires in 2015.
Yet Mourinho suspects Rooney could be heading abroad if United cannot persuade him to commit to new terms. Speaking ahead of Sunday's Premier League match between his team and United, Mourinho told national newspapers: "Man United made it clear in the summer they don't swap or sell players to their direct rivals. "They were clear in the way they approached the Rooney situation. For them, it's pretty clear. They don't swap. They don't sell. "I think maybe this summer they will try to sell to a non-direct rival. But they were very clear." PlaySeek Back 5 SecondsSeek Forward 5 SecondsVolume UpVolume DownMuteNext VideoOpen Hotkey Menu United manager David Moyes does not feel the Chelsea manager is
correct in his assessment that Rooney could be on his way to an overseas club, but he refused to resort to similar tactics regarding Mourinho's players, including the unsettled Juan Mata. "I don't talk about players at other clubs. It's not my style," the Scot said. "Only time will tell and give you the answer (about Rooney). I completely disagree. I can only tell you I disagree. "The club do the right things, there is no doubt about that. We'll make sure we do the things we need to do." Rooney is approaching the 10th anniversary of his move to United. He joined from Everton in August 2004 and is the fourth highest goalscorer in United's history. A groin injury means he will be absent from the line-up for Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge.
Daewoo Challengers win Daewoo Cricket Tournament LAHORE: Daewoo Challengers won the inter-department tournament organized by Daewoo Pakistan Express Lahore head office. The final match, a heated competition between Daewoo Challengers and Daewoo Warriors, was won by the former. Daewoo Challengers remained unbeaten throughout the competition. The chief guest for the match was Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service Chief Executive Shehryar Chishti who presented the wining captain with the trophy. The chief executive also said that such sports activities not only make the employees physically fit but they also lead to mental fitness and improved work efficiency which is why the company encourages sports activities and arranges such events frequently. In the final match, Daewoo Challengers batted and scored a total of 85 runs in 10 overs whereas the Daewoo Warriors were only able to score 69 runs in 10 overs at a loss of 7 wickets. Man of the series & most wickets taken award was given to Royal Challengers team member Haider Shah. Daewoo Warriors team member Ali Hassan got an award for most runs scored, most sixes hit and man of the match. A match was held between Daewoo Kings and Daewoo Royals for the third position which, after a competitive match, was won by Daewoo Royals. STAFF REPORT
Sunday, 19 January, 2014
AgItAted MurrAy reAcHes FourtH round MELBOurNE AGENCIES
U R R AY ' S win over the big-serving Spaniard was his 14th in succession against southpaws, part of a prolonged mastery dating back to hitting practice with his left-handed brother Jamie. Doubles specialist Jamie Murray has had a tough tournament, complaining of heat sickness after his first round win with partnerJohn Peers during a Melbourne scorcher before being bundled out in the second round. The 28-year-old Briton can at least take some credit for his little brother's success against lefties, however. "I grew up playing with my brother, he was a lefty, so I got a lot of practice against left-handed serves," Wimbledon champion Murray said in a courtside interview at Hisense Arena. Murray, whose outstanding backhand has given him an edge against the forehands of lefties, holds a less attractive record against the best southpaw in the game, however. "I don't have a great record against one Spanish. (He's) called Nadal or something," the fourth seed added. Murray has won his last two matches against world number one Rafa Nadal, but is on the wrong side of a 13-5 head-to-head career record against the 27-year-old Mallorcan and trails 6-2 in grand slams. The pair could clash again in the semi-finals at Melbourne Park. After undergoing back surgery late last year, Murray has eased himself in to the year's first grand slam, where he has tasted heart-
break in three losing finals. On Saturday, however, the Scot banished any remaining doubts about his physical condition by clinically dismantling the 26th seed to set up a virtual walkover against Frenchman Stephane Robert, who won a battle of lucky losers in the third round. The 33-year-old Robert is ranked 119th
in the world, made the main draw only after German Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out and faces a monumental task to prevent Murray from extending his winning streak over French players to 14. Against Lopez, Murray was broken in the opening game and was at his muttering, tormented best, berating himself in the
Mickelson delights crowd with spectacular 63
ABu dHABi AGENCIES
World number five, Phil Mickelson produced a typical swashbuckling effort to surge into contention with a nine-under-par 63 in the third round of the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi Championship on Saturday. The five-times Major winner blitzed his way to the turn in 31 strokes with four birdies, an eagle and one bogey. Mickelson added five more birdies coming home, together with a dropped stroke at the 14th, to snatch the clubhouse lead with a 10under total of 206. The American's final hole summed up his third-round performance at the European Tour event. Mickelson found a bunker off the tee at the par-five 18th before hitting his second shot into
sandy waste. With a palm tree in front of him, the 43year-old Californian conjured a low, fading escape that scuttled up on to the green and he fist-pumped the air in delight when he rolled in his putt from 30 feet for a spectacular closing birdie. "It probably wasn't very sensible of me to try to go for the green but hey, that's what I do," Mickelson told reporters. "I was fortunate in that I just had enough room to trap out a low pitching wedge that flew under the leaves and up on to the green. "To get back in contention to win my first golf tournament of the year is hugely important so I'll look forward to tomorrow," said Mickelson. Also on 10-under and still out on the course were world number seven Rory McIlroy, Briton Craig Lee and India's Gaganjeet Bhullar.
opening two sets when he struggled at times with his usually dependable backhand. However, on surrendering the second set, Lopez's resolve crumbled, allowing the 26-year-old Scot to coast to an encouraging victory. Murray winced in discomfort at times, and spent time diligently stretching after the match was won."It's pretty good so
far," Murray said of his back. "I mean, I've recovered well after the matches. From time to time (there's) a bit of stiffness and soreness, but for the most part it's been good. "You normally are going to get some stiffness and stuff in an area where you've had surgery. It takes a bit of time for that to go away."
KEVIN DE BRUYNE leaves Chelsea for Wolfsburg
Chelsea have sold Kevin de Bruyne to Wolfsburg after the Belgian midfielder failed in a second attempt to establish himself at Stamford Bridge. De Bruyne found there was no room for him in Chelsea's plans 18 months ago, after he signed from Genk and was swiftly loaned out to Werder Bremen for the 2012-13 campaign. And despite Jose Mourinho affording him the chance to win him over this season, De Bruyne has been a peripheral figure around the first-team squad. Chelsea said in a statement: "Kevin De Bruyne has today (Saturday) completed a move to Wolfsburg. "The Belgian joins the Bundesliga
club having made five starts for Chelsea, with a further four appearances as a substitute." De Bruyne, 22, scored 10 goals in 34 appearances for Bremen last season, earning himself a strong reputation in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg announced he has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract after passing a medical. De Bruyne said: "For me it was clear from the start that Wolfsburg would be the first people to talk to when Chelsea said I could go. "I am very pleased that my transfer has come about. "I want to play my part in ensuring we continue to be successful and return to international business (in European competitions)." Wolfsburg stand fifth in the German top flight, three points adrift of Borussia Monchengladbach in third
place, the final Champions League position. The arrival of Nemanja Matic at Chelsea from Benfica effectively ended any hope De Bruyne had of winning over Mourinho, who also has the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Willian, Juan Mata and Ramires as midfield options. German reports have suggested Wolfsburg are paying around 20million euros (ÂŁ16.7million) for De Bruyne, although neither club has confirmed the price involved. Mourinho recently said Chelsea would look to sell for "a very positive amount". De Bruyne moved to Stamford Bridge for a fee of around ÂŁ7million.
SPORTS Sunday, 19 January, 2014
hmed Shehzad scored his maiden Test hundred but Pakistan's progress on the third day in Sharjah, despite a century opening partnership and 122 runs in the final session, was not swift enough to weaken Sri Lanka's grip on their 1-0 lead in the series. At their current pace the best Pakistan can hope for is to draw a Test they need to win, but with their middle order falling away alarmingly, they were far from certain of avoiding a first-innings deficit. Pakistan's approach was curious. The surface, despite its crumbling appearance, had little seam, swing or spin for the bowlers but the batsmen did not attempt to force the pace for most of the day. Pakistan lost no wickets in the first session but their openers added only 66 runs in 29 overs. They then lost two in the second while scoring only 84 in 29 overs. Shehzad led the acceleration after tea, forcing Angelo mathews on the defensive, but he was one of four wickets to fall in the session, which meant it was Sri Lanka who won the day. The go-slow had begun after Pakistan got to 30 for 0 after nine overs; they scored only 12 runs off the next 13. The lack of pace off the pitch and the slow outfield hindered shot making and most of the early boundaries came via glances from Shehzad when the fast bowlers strayed on to the pads. To try and make something happen for Sri Lanka, Shaminda eranga bowled cross seam to rough up one side of the ball, and a few deliveries did tail in to the right-hand batsmen through the day. herath operated from over the wicket, pitching outside leg stump, a line of attack he used for most of the day. Towards the end of the first session, mathews placed six fielders on the leg side and Suranga Lakmal bowled very straight, making the batsmen play, often across the line. manzoor and Shehzad picked up the pace shortly before lunch but slowed down again after the break, when they played four maidens in the first five overs. mathews brought himself on and conceded his first run only off the last delivery of his fourth over. Things began to happen in the 42nd over, with manzoor and Shehzad sweeping herath for a three and a four, and Shehzad being dropped on 43 by dimuth Karunaratne at midwicket. That over of excitement, however, was not a sign of things to come. Pakistan's century opening stand came up in 43.3 overs, and Shehzad
got to his fifty off 150 balls, and manzoor reached his off 120. eranga's reintroduction 12 overs into the second session brought Sri Lanka the breakthrough. he began to reverseswing deliveries into the right-hander and manzoor edged one that strayed down leg side to the keeper. he reviewed the umpire's decision in vain and the opening stand ended on 114. Pakistan have made some horrible reviews in this series but none was worse than Azhar Ali's decision to challenge his edge to slip. It merely delayed the confirmation of dilruwan Perera's maiden Test wicket, after the offspinner had to wait 42 overs on the second day to get a bowl. eranga and Lakmal then began to reverse the ball significantly - they had a 7-2 leg side field at times - but the movement was appreciable only in the air. The balls that hit the pitch were not as potent. Shehzad brought up his century shortly after tea - his second 50 had taken only 80 balls - and accelerated after the landmark. he square drove Perera for four, drove eranga on the up through cover, lofted the fast bowler over long-on for six, and carted the offspinner over his head to the straight boundary. during Shehzad's acceleration, however, Younis Khan, who had been rotating strike busily, was caught superbly down the leg side by Prasanna Jayawardene off herath. he walked, leaving Pakistan 189 for 3. In the company of misbah-ul-haq, Shehzad continued to raise his strike-rate, sweeping herath and slog-sweeping Perera. The 50run stand for the fourth wicket took 63 balls. misbah's contribution was 11. And then Shehzad chose wrong, attempting to reverse-sweep a herath delivery from a few feet outside leg stump. he was so shocked that the ball had gone on to bowl him off the bottom edge that he took ages to leave the pitch. Shehzad's last 47 runs had come off only 45 balls. There was more pain for Pakistan, though. having been denied numerous marginal decisions while bowling, Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq to an lbw appeal that umpire Richard Kettleborough upheld, but replays indicated the ball from eranga would have only clipped leg stump. Shafiq reviewed and lost out to the umpire's call, which is fast becoming Pakistan's bane in this series. And in the final over of the day, herath got one to spin and bounce away from Sarfraz Ahmed, and Prasanna moved swiftly to his right to catch the thick edge. misbah, unbeaten on 36 at the other end, was left with only the tail.
ScOREbOARd SRi LAnkA 428/9d PAkiSTAn 291/6 (95.3 Ov) Pakistan trail by 137 runs with 4 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
PAkiSTAn 1ST inningS khurram Manzoor c †HAPW Jayawardene b Eranga 52 147 Ahmed Shehzad b Herath Azhar Ali c Mathews b Perera 8 Younis khan c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath 17 Misbah-ul-Haq* not out 36 Asad Shafiq lbw b Eranga 18 5 Sarfraz Ahmed†c †HAPW Jayawardene b Herath ExTRAS: (b 1, lb 6, nb 1) 8 (6 wickets; 95.3 overs) TOTAL:
291 (3.04 RunS PER OvER) TO bAT: Saeed Ajmal, Junaid khan, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Talha FALL OF WickETS: 1-114 (khurram Manzoor, 48.3 ov), 2-149 (Azhar Ali, 57.6 ov), 3-189 (Younis khan, 69.6 ov), 4-245 (Ahmed Shehzad, 81.6 ov), 5-274 (Asad Shafiq, 92.1 ov), 6-291 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 95.3 ov) bOWLing: HMRkb Herath 31.3-8-88-3; RAS Lakmal 21-4-57-0; Mdk Perera 17-1-71-1; RMS Eranga 19-5-53-2; Ad Mathews 7-3-15-0
PCB terminates contract of legal advisor KARACHI STAFF REPORT The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has terminated the contract of their legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi after he sent an email asking the body to review the detailed verdict sent out by the Islamabad High Court on the reinstatement of Zaka Ashraf as chairman last Wednesday. Rizvi was sent the termination letter Friday night – confirmed by a PCB official – and later the lawyer said he had given the best possible advice amid the prevailing situation. “I stand by the legal opinion yesterday which seemingly triggered the termination of legal services,” the lawyer stated. “I am not in the business of pleasing people and would always write legal opinions on the touchstone of my conscious and legal acumen.” Appointed as legal advisor in Published by Arif Nizami at Qandeel Printing Press, 4 Queens Road, Lahore.
2006 by the then governing board, Rizvi was a prominent figure in various legal wranglings that the board was involved in over the course of his tenure. His
I am not in the business of pleasing people and would always write legal opinions on the touchstone of my conscious and legal acumen TAFFAZUL HAIDER RIZVI ADVOCATE SUPREME COURT
work was applauded by the Pakistan Task Team’s Chairman Giles Clarke — the committee was formed to bring back international cricket in the country. Rizvi also handled the 2010 spot fixing case in England when three Pakistan players were suspended and later sentenced for their involvement in the damning scandal that shook the PCB to the core. Interestingly the 44-year-old lawyer also drafted the existing PCB constitution on the basis of which Zaka Ashraf was elected as chairman of the body in May 2013. He fought PCB battles in every high court in the country besides the Supreme Court, and before his termination, Rizvi was handling close to hundred PCB related cases across Pakistan. Meanwhile, a board official close to the matter confirmed that Rizvi’s contract was terminated and a letter in this regard was sent to his office, Friday night.