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Karachi Edition Sunday, 23 February, 2014 Rabi-us-Sani 21, 1435

Rs 25.00 Vol IV No 237 96 Pages

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pakistani prisoner found dead in Jammu prison

Senate to discuss shift in policy on Syria

Jailed Ukraine leader freed, heads to capital abandoned by president

The Swiss air Force is only available during office hours!

Italy’s Renzi sworn in as prime minister

Following the death of a Pakistani prisoner in a prison in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has demanded India to release on humanitarian grounds all such prisoners who have completed their sentences, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said on Saturday. A Pakistani prisoner, Shaukat Ali... page 02

A calling attention notice has been submitted in the Senate asking the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs to explain the government position on “shift in policy on the civil war in Syria in the wake of the visit last week of foreign dignitary from a Middle Eastern country and its impact on Pakistan’s national security and relations with other... page 02

Ukraine’s jailed ex-premier Julia Tymoshenko was freed from prison Saturday and headed for the capital city of Kiev, supporters said, while embattled President Viktor Yanukovich left the capital city as parliament voted to remove him and called for a new presidential election April 25. Yanukovich, who vowed not to resign from office... page 04

It may have been a few centuries since Switzerland fought a war, but it still enjoys a reputation as a place that would be pretty difficult to invade. Its “mountain redoubt” isn’t quite what it was in Cold War days, but the country still “maintains a system of about 26,000 bunkers and fortifications throughout the Swiss Alps meant to deter attacking armies... page 04

Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi took office on Saturday as his country’s youngest prime minister, facing pressure to show immediate results after he forced out his predecessor over the slow pace of economic reforms. The 39-year-old Renzi has named a low-profile list of ministers which included no figures capable of challenging... page 04


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PAkistANi PrisoNer fouNd deAd iN JAmmu PrisoN FO SEEKS RELEASE OF ALL PAKISTANI PRISONERS FROM INDIA WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SENTENCES ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

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oLLoWING the death of a Pakistani prisoner in a prison in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has demanded India to release on humanitarian grounds all such prisoners who have completed their sentences, Foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said on Saturday. A Pakistani prisoner, Shaukat Ali, who was arrested by authorities in India

for trespassing more than two years ago, was found hanging inside a jail in Indian Kashmir on Friday. Shaukat Ali, 42, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, had been lodged in a jail in Amphala, about 300 kilometers from the region’s main city of Srinagar, since December 2011. Jail superintendent Harish Kotwal said Showkat Ali used a scarf to hang himself from the iron bars of a toilet window at the jail in Jammu city. His body was found early Saturday.

Possible NWA oPerAtioN triggers exodus NORTH WAZIRISTAN

Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India Salman Bashir has contacted Indian authorities to get a detailed report about the death of the Pakistani prisoner. “Yes, I heard about this incident through the media and we are now in contact with Indian authorities to get more details,” Bashir said from New Delhi. Foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said that Islamabad has demanded that all of its prisoners who have completed their actual sentences should be released on humanitarian grounds. “We have asked our high commission in India to furnish us with more details about the incident,” the spokesperson said. She expressed concerned over the plight of Pakistani prisoners in India and

claimed that they face so much torture at the hands of Indian authorities that either they lose their senses or commit suicide. According to Pakistani diplomats based in New Delhi, Indian officials assured Pakistani officials that the incident would be investigated by a magistrate and, after completion of formalities the body of the prisoner would be handed over to Pakistani authorities. Last May, a Pakistani prisoner died of his injuries after he was savagely beaten by fellow convicts in another jail in Indian Kashmir, leading to calls for an international probe into his death. His death followed a similar assault on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. A high profile convict, Singh had been on the death row for more than 21 years.

Karzai underlines Pakistan’s support in Afghan peace

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Scores of residents near the Pak-Afghan border have started migrating to safer places in realm of a possible military operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). According to details, residents of NWA have started to leave the area for safer places as a military operation by Pakistan Army is expected anytime. The area is primarily occupied by local and foreign militants affiliated with banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). People from Seegi, Ghulam Khan, Mandi and Tehsil Datta Khel are moving away leaving their homes. People belonging to Mir Ali have also started shifting to Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak and Peshawar. Signs of a military operation in the region became evident when Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets bombed militants hideouts late on Wednesday night, in North Waziristan and Khyber agencies. Surgical strikes came in to sight after the killing of 23 FC men held captive by terrorists belonging to TTP Mohmand Agency. The men were abducted in 2010, whilst terrorists slaughtered them a few days ago in Afghanistan. After the slaughtering of FC troops at the hands of the terrorists, a deadlock occurred in the negotiations process and the government gave a go ahead to the armed forces to fully retaliate terrorist attacks.

AFGHAN PRESIDENT AND PAKISTAN’S FINANCE MINISTER ISHAQ DAR AGREE ON PRIMACY OF GOOD BILATERAL TIES ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday highlighted the importance of Pakistan’s support in the reconciliation process in his country. Karzai said this while talking to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar who called on him in Kabul. The minister is leading a delegation to the 9th Session of the Joint Economic Commission (lEC) with Afghanistan from February 22-24, 2014. During the meeting, Dar conveyed the best wishes of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which were warmly reciprocated by Karzai. The meeting was also attended by the Afghan finance minister, national security advisor and the presidential advisor on foreign affairs. Dar was assisted

by Pakistani Envoy to Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq. Karzai and Dar agreed on the primacy of good bilateral ties. Dar briefed the Afghan president on the agenda of the JEC as well as efforts made by Pakistan in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Karzai assured Dar that his country would support initiatives in bilateral economic area. The Afghan president underscored the need for reconciliation process in Afghanistan to ensure a peaceful future for the people of Afghanistan. Karzai and Dar agreed that their countries face common challenges and enemies and there was a need to work together to overcome these challenges. The minister, in addition to attending the JEC Session in Kabul, would also visit major projects constructed by Pakistan under its bilateral assistance

programme, including the newly constructed Rehman Baba school and hostel in Kabul which would accommodate up to 1,500 students, the Torkham-Jalalabad additional carriageway, Nishtar Kidney Centre in Jalalabad and the Liaqat Ali Khan Engineering Faculty of Balkh University in Mazar-e-Sharif. Dar would also meet the governors of Nangarhar and Mazar-e-Sharif during his visit to the provincial capitals.

seNAte to discuss shift iN Policy oN syriA PPP SENATOR SAYS SHIFT IN POLICY MAY DRAG PAKISTAN INTO UNCHARTED WATERS

ISLAMABAD: A calling attention notice has been submitted in the Senate asking the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs to explain the government position on “shift in policy on the civil war in Syria in the wake of the visit last week of foreign dignitary from a Middle Eastern country and its impact on Pakistan’s national security and relations with other countries in the region”. The Senate begins its session on Monday. Through a calling attention notice, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar asked PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz to take the House into confidence on the matter as there seemed a sudden, unexplained and a major departure from the known and stated position of Pakistan on the issue. Babar said that it was significant that after talks between the visiting dignitary and PM Nawaz Sharif, the two countries called for “the formation of a transitional governing body with full executive powers enabling it to take charge of the affairs of the country”, clearly meaning a ‘regime change’ in Syria which will have profound implications for Pakistan’s relations with countries of Middle East, particularly Iran. Until now, Islamabad refused to take sides and kept a delicate balance in its ties with Kingdom of Saudi Aarbia and Iran. That balance seems to have been upset, he said. He said this shift in policy may drag Pakistan into uncharted waters without tangible gains that should best be avoided. He said that the warning by Iran’s interior minister to send troops into Pakistan to secure the release of kidnapped border guards could be seen as Iran’s discomfort over the shift in our policy. Asking for a regime change in far off countries for internal disturbances could potentially land Pakistan, itself beset with myriad internal problems, in serious trouble; he said, adding that the government should explain the correct position. INP

Newly married couple, five others killed in Burewala accident BUREWALA: A newly-married couple were among seven people killed in a head-on collision with a police vehicle on Saturday evening. The wedding party was going to Burewala from Chichawatni when their vehicle rammed into a police bus carrying personnel returning from security duty at a religious moot. It was not immediately known who was responsible for the tragedy. STAFF REPORT

For an educated Balochistan, all must unite! MOOT URGES JOINT POLITICAL ALLIANCE ON EDUCATION IN BALOCHISTAN QUETTA STAFF REPORT

Political parties have underlined the need for a joint political alliance to promote education in Balochistan, Pakistan’s least developed and resource-rich province.

Baloch and Pashtoon nationalists along with religious political parties expressed their concerns over the deteriorating condition of education sector in Balochistan during a seminar organised by a non-governmental organisation on Saturday. “Education is the only panacea to all ills of the society,” Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, the provincial president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) told the moot. Besides political leaders, newly elected councillors from Quetta also spoke at length about the deteriorating state of education in Balochistan. They

urged upon the provincial government to turn its announcement of education emergency into action and ensure provision of education to children of the province. “Rulers are mere paying lip service when it comes to education sector,” Ghullam Nabi Marri, the central leader of Balochistan National PartyMengal (BNP-M) lamented. He said under a pre-planned conspiracy, children in the province were being deprived of education. According to the provincial education department, out of 3.6 million children

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2.3 million children are deprived of education in the province. “There are only 12,000 schools for 22,000 settlements in Balochistan,” Sardar Raza Muhammad Bareech, the advisor to chief minister on education revealed. Most schools in Balochistan remained deprived of boundary walls, buildings and clean drinking water. The political leaders said that despite having rich mineral and natural resources, children in Balochistan were denied the right of education. “In most schools, there are no bathrooms and clean

drinking water,” Qasim Suri said. Newly elected councillor of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Hamdullah Bareech however stated that for the first time in the history of the province, substantial funds were allocated for the education sector. He said the present government allocated 24 per cent funds during the current financial year. The speakers emphasised the need for coordinated efforts by political parties to ensure maximum enrolment of children in schools. They also spoke at length to develop a consensus to form a joint political alliance for promotion of education in the province.


Sunday, 23 February, 2014

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Army denies ttP propaganda, says no women and children in custody RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT The Pakistan Army has categorically rejected allegations levelled by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) that women and children from their families were in the custody of security forces’ personnel. Commenting on the issue, a spokesman for the inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said not a single woman or child was in the custody of security forces’ personnel. “In fact, women and children have never been detained,” the spokesman said in a statement. The military spokesman moreover termed the TTP’s accusation baseless and said it was mere propaganda to divert attention from the real issue of the group’s blatant and dastardly acts of terror across the country. Earlier, TTP had claimed that a number of women and children were in the custody of security forces and that they should be released as a precondition for peace talks with the government.

QWP leader among three killed in buner explosion

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stAte shoWs muscle! ARMY CARRIES OUT AIRSTRIKES IN SEVERAL AREAS OF HANGU, KILLS NINE TERRORISTS INCLUDING THREE NOTORIOUS COMMANDERS PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

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AKISTAN Army continued to attack terrorists’ hideouts in the tribal areas as nine militants, including three notorious commanders, were eliminated in airstrikes in various areas of Hangu district on Saturday, as Taliban talks committee head Maulana Samiul Haq urged the government and militants to cease fire in the larger national interest. Security sources said that helicopter gunships targeted hideouts of terrorists in Torawari and Dar Samand areas of Hangu, destroying several hideouts and killing nine outlaws. They said that three militant commanders were also among those killed. Fighter jets on Thursday pounded terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency on Thursday, killing at least 45 militants, including local and foreign terrorists.

TALIBAN COMMITTEE HEAD URGES GOVT, MILITANTS TO STOP BOMBINGS IN THE NAME OF GOD AND HIS HOLY PROPHET (PBUH) Meanwhile, two terrorists were killed while planting bombs in Nasir Bagh area of Peshawar and Tehsil Jamrud of Khyber Agency on Saturday. The officials said the men were killed while planting bombs. The bodies were stated to be beyond recognition. The aircraft pounded terrorist hideouts in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan as part of surgical strikes which they said should not be taken as military operation. Sources said that the first airstrike killed commander Abdul Sattar when his compound was pounded by the jets followed by a series of strikes on Uzbek, Turkmen, Tajik and local terrorists. SAMI APPEALS: Meanwhile, making a fervent appeal to the government and Taliban for a ceasefire, Maulana Samiul Haq said that everyone should work to save the country from destruction and violence. “I appeal the government and the TTP in the name of Allah and his Holy Prophet (PBUH) to announce a ceasefire,” he said while speaking at the prize

distribution ceremony at Aiwan-e-Shariat of Darul Uloom Haqqania on Saturday. Haq said the issue of conflict is not the Constitution of Pakistan but Pakistan’s standing shoulder to shoulder with anti-Islamic forces such as the USA. He asked the government to stop bombing ‘unarmed’ civilians warning that such acts will not resolve the issues but further aggravate them and cause more destruction. He said anti-Islamic forces in the West, liberal and secular Muslim scholars, officials and politicians were expressing their hatred towards Islam under the guise of Talibanisation. Haq said the enemies of Islam were not worried about generals of the army, leaders or the so-called “elected institutions” because they go hand in hand with the anti-Islamic forces, but, he said the West was afraid of the religious institutions and their curricula. He said the religious institutions are not spreading terrorism and extremism but spreading the Islamic education of peace and tolerance. He was of the opinion that if the government gave up following the policies of major powers and started dialogues with the militants with all trueness of intention, all the acts of terrorism would come to an end, adding that the solution of the problem lied only in stepping back from the war on terror, and the Parliament’s resolutions were clear guidance in this connection.

Talks under Sharia only, say Taliban

PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT A roadside bomb targeting a local leader of the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) in Buner area killed three people and wounded two others Saturday, police said. According to police, local leader Adalat Khan was travelling in his car when a remotecontrolled explosion struck his vehicle as he reached Gokand. Khan was killed along with two other associates, police said. “Adalat Khan and his two associates have been killed. Two others in the car were critically injured,” said senior police official Asif Iqbal. Two wounded persons were shifted to a local hospital. No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but a local intelligence official said that Khan had supported an anti-taliban village militia in 2009. The head of that militia was later killed in a suicide attack in November 2012.

us exteNds shAhzAib bAJWA’s visA by oNe moNth WASHINGTON AGENCIES The US State Department extended the deportation deadline for Pakistani exchange student Shahzaib Bajwa by one month on Friday, NBC News reported. The 20-year-old will be allowed to stay in the country until March 28. His brother, Shahraiz Bajwa, had said earlier that Shahzaib’s health has improved and he showed signs of recovery. He had also stated that the insurance company will pay the medical bills and Shahzaib will be treated in the US. Shahzaib was spending a semester in an exchange programme at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, studying anthropology and sociology. On November 13, 2013, he and his friends were driving back to the university from Minneapolis when their car struck a deer, his brother Shahraiz had said. What was meant to be an academic semester abroad through a State Departmentbacked exchange programme has turned into a complex journey through US insurance, medical and visa regulations for the family from Faisalabad. The brother had earlier said that the insurance company was pressing the family to sign off on returning Shahzaib to Pakistan once his visa runs out at the end of the month, threatening not to pay evacuation costs if the family refuses.“My mother is not going to sign because that would be like killing her son with her own hand,” the brother had stated.

TALIBAN SPOKESMAN SAYS THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR IMPOSITION OF SHARIA AND THE GOVT COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY BEEN INFORMED ABOUT THEIR INTENTIONS UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN WAZIRISTAN The Pakistani Taliban told the government there was no chance of peace in the country unless Pakistan changed its political and legal system and officially embraced Islamic law, the Sharia. The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to find a negotiated settlement to years of fighting with the militants but talks broke down this month after a string of attacks. In a rare face-to-face meeting with journalists on Friday in an undisclosed location in Waziristan, a lawless region on the Afghan border, main Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said there was still hope negotiations might resume. “Despite recent bombings in North Waziristan and killing of our 74 men by the security forces during the peace talks, we are still serious about the talks,” he said, wearing an AK-47 bandolier across his chest. “If talks are to be held it would be only under Sharia (Islamic law). We have made this clear to the government committee. We are fighting for the enforcement of Sharia and we are holding talks for the same purpose.” Sharif came into power last year on promises to persuade the Taliban to stop fighting, effectively proposing to legalise the banned group as a political entity. He previously tried to introduce Sharia in the late 1990s just before he was toppled in a military coup. GRIPPED BY FEAR: This year started with a surge of violence in Pakistan, with Taliban insurgents staging almost daily attacks and the army responding with force in the volatile tribal areas on the Afghan border where most militants are based.

on Saturday, nine militants were killed in helicopter gunship attacks targeting insurgent hideouts in the Hangu region, local military official said. The Taliban organisers asked reporters not to identify the location of the meeting. The area appeared tense and gripped by fear, with many shops and houses damaged by recent shelling. People at a local open air bazaar appeared too frightened to speak frankly to visiting journalists. Many in Pakistan are weary of holding peace talks with a group which has killed more than 40,000 people since the start of its campaign against the Islamabad government in 2007. With violence surging, many are puzzled by the continued insistence by both sides that peace can still be negotiated. The military publicly supports talks but in private

senior officers express frustration, raising speculation that the armed forces are girding for tough action. The last major military operation was in 2007 when the army flushed out Taliban insurgents from the deeply conservative valley of Swat, establishing a strong presence on the ground. The Pakistani Taliban operate separately from Afghan insurgents but are similar in tactics and ideology. The Taliban have a set of austere religious beliefs seen as mediaeval by liberal Pakistanis, including a ban on women education and vaccinations against polio. Health workers are attacked regularly because the Taliban see vaccines as a Western plot to sterilise Muslims. “Polio drops are not a vaccine against the disease,” Azam Tariq, another Taliban official, told reporters alongside Shahid as he clutched prayer beads in his hands. “It is a campaign to damage Islam.”

Imran, Munawar should send their kids to NWA: Asma LAHORE ONLINE

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) former president and human rights activist Asma Jahangir has slammed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leaders for pleading the Taliban’s case. According to reporters, Asma Jahangir said PTI Chairman Imran Khan and JI chief Munawar Hassan should send their children to North Waziristan to fight the militants if they were sincere in pursuing peace in the country. She said the TTP had kidnapped children and wanted to take control of Pakistan. She further criticised both parties’ leadership for having a soft corner for the terrorist outfit. She stressed that it is the state’s responsibility to provide protection to the life and property of its citizens.

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Jailed ukraine leader freed, heads to capital abandoned by president KIEV

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KRAINE’S jailed ex-premier Julia Tymoshenko was freed from prison Saturday and headed for the capital city of Kiev, supporters said, while embattled President Viktor Yanukovich left the capital city as parliament voted to remove him and called for a new presidential election April 25. Yanukovich, who vowed not to resign from office, later appeared in an Internet clip calling his opponents “Nazis” and “bandits” and begging international observers and mediators

to intervene. Looking tense, the president said he had gone to Kharkiv, the stronghold of his ruling party only 25 miles from Russian border, after his “car was shot at.” “The opposition is trying to scare me all the time with ultimatums,” Yanukovich said. “I am not going to resign. I am a legitimately elected president.” Earlier in the day the Supreme Rada ruled to free Yanukovich’s arch-enemy, Tymoshenko, from prison in Kharkiv. Her ally and opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk told reporters the news in the parliament building, which was surrounded by units of antiYanukovich protesters armed with

indian rickshaw driver fatally stabs american wife, kills self

metal shields and wooden sticks. With no shots fired, opposition units also took control Saturday of the Council of Ministers building and the

Top official says Chinese security depends on Afghan stability KABUL AGENCIES

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An Indian rickshaw driver stabbed his American wife to death before setting himself ablaze, police said Saturday, in a violent end to a whirlwind romance scripted in the backdrop of the Taj Mahal. Bunty Sharma, 32, killed 35-year-old Arian Willingar from Pennsylvania on a deserted roadside in the tourist city of Agra after the couple had a fight late Thursday, senior police officer Shalabh Mathur said. Sharma later committed suicide by setting himself on fire, he said. The couple first met when Willingar visited Agra last July with her friends to see the Taj Mahal, the world famous monument of love. Romance blossomed, they got married and began living together but soon had a falling out over suspicions of infidelity. Sharma accused her “of smoking too much, talking to other men and not staying at home”, the Indian Express reported. The US embassy in New Delhi refused to comment on the case but Mathur cited embassy officials as saying that they had informed the victim’s family about her death. “We are preserving the body of the victim until further instructions from the embassy,” Mathur said. The case grabbed headlines Saturday with local newspapers offering details of their Bollywood-style romance. At the end of her July trip, Willingar stayed back as her friends returned home and married Sharma in a ceremony held on the rooftop of a hotel located in the backdrop of the Taj Mahal. But the romance soon fizzled out and the couple began living separately in December, reports said. The Times of India featured a blackand-white mugshot of the couple on its front-page, showing Willingar dressed as a traditional Indian bride.

the swiss air FOrce is OnLy avaiLabLe during OFFice hOurs! MONITORING DESK It may have been a few centuries since Switzerland fought a war, but it still enjoys a reputation as a place that would be pretty difficult to invade. Its “mountain redoubt” isn’t quite what it was in Cold War days, but the country still “maintains a system of about 26,000 bunkers and fortifications throughout the Swiss Alps meant to deter attacking armies.” Get past the Alps, and you have to deal with a population where all men—and many women—have military training and quite a few have held on to their assault rifles just in case. But Fortress Switzerland’s reputation for impregnability took a blow when an Ethiopian Airlines flight was hijacked by its asylum-seeking co-pilot and landed in Geneva. While Italian and French fighter planes were scrambled to escort the hijacked airliner through their airspaces, Switzerland’s own F18s remained on the ground throughout the incident. Why? According to Swiss Air Force spokesman Laurent Savary, as reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP), it was after business hours: [T]he Swiss airforce is only available during office hours. These are reported to be from 8am until noon, then 1:30 to 5pm. “Switzerland cannot intervene because its airbases are closed at night and on the weekend,” he said, adding: “It’s a question of budget and staffing.” So, if planning an aerial invasion of Switzerland, nights, weekends, and lunchtimes are probably your best bet.

Presidential Administration building after discovering early in the morning that the riot police who had been guarding the sites were gone, an opposition leader said. Meanwhile, in Kiev, the parliament appointed an acting police chief who immediately invited opposition activists to patrol the streets of Kiev together with regular police officers. “The decisions the lawmakers are taking now are all illegitimate,” Yanukovich said in his remarks. “I will not be signing anything with the bandits who are terrorizing today the entire country and the entire Ukrainian people.

China urged its neighbour Afghanistan on Saturday to embrace an inclusive political solution to its long-running conflict during a rare visit by a top Chinese official, who said the very security of his own country’s western regions depended on peace. Foreign Minister Wang Yi was due to meet President Hamid Karzai during his visit, which coincides with preparations by US and allied troops to draw down their forces after more than 12 years of fighting Taliban extremists. China, which shares a short border with Afghanistan in the country’s mountainous northeastern corridor, has become increasingly concerned about security in its western region of Xinjiang, where it says Muslim extremists receive help from militants in neighbouring countries. “The peace and stability of this country has an impact on the security of western China, and more importantly, it affects the tranquility and development of the entire region,” Wang told a news conference alongside his Afghan counterpart, Zarar Ahmad Osmani. “We hope to see a broad-based and inclusive political reconciliation in Afghanistan as soon as possible, and China will play a constructive role to facilitate that...A divided country will have no future.” Wang last visited Kabul in early 2002 when he was vice foreign minister and reopened China’s embassy after the fall of the Islamist Taliban government. His visit coincides with a time of transition for Afghanistan, ahead of both the year-end deadline for the pull-out of foreign troops and an April presidential election. Eleven candidates, representing different ethnic, tribal and religious groups, are competing to replace Karzai, who has served two terms as Afghanistan’s elected president. All pledge to end decades of civil war and insurgent conflict. China has been stepping up its engagement with other regional players in recent months in Afghanistan, Beijing-based diplomats say,

mainly out of concern that the NATO-led force’s pullout may spawn instability that could spill into Xinjiang. “They’re taking a lot of initiative,” said a Beijing-based diplomat who follows China’s relations with Afghanistan, speaking on condition of anonymity. “They’re worried about what will happen in Xinjiang.” Plans by the United States and its allies to keep a small force in Afghanistan to bolster Afghan forces against the Taliban have run up against Karzai’s refusal to sign an accord authorizing the post-2014 foreign troop presence. The Taliban and its Pakistan-based leadership show no signs of renouncing their guerrilla campaign to regain control of Afghanistan. Karzai’s government has had little success pursuing peace talks with the Taliban to produce a political solution. Chinese President Xi Jinping met Karzai on the sidelines of this month’s Sochi Winter Olympics, where Xi pledged help for reconstruction and urged Kabul to create a “safe environment for bilateral cooperation,” according to Chinese state media. Xi said China wanted greater cooperation to fight extremism, saying that “the fate of Afghanistan will be more closely linked with that of the region after 2014”. Xinjiang, with its large Muslim minority, has risen up China’s domestic security agenda since a vehicle ploughed into tourists on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last October, killing three people in the car and two bystanders. Authorities blamed the incident on extremists from the province. More than 100 people, including several policemen, have been killed in violence in Xinjiang since last April, according to state media reports. But foreign experts have doubted the extent of assistance from overseas militants to extremists in Xinjiang, as alleged by Beijing. Wang’s visit may also underscore Afghanistan’s economic potential, despite the insecurity that has deterred foreign investment. China is keen to invest in Afghan resource deposits worth as much as $1 trillion, based on U.S. Pentagon estimates.

POL Prices LikeLy tO scaLe dOwn ISLAMABAD: Petroleum products prices are likely to be slashed by Rs 4 per liter from March 1. As per reports, the petroleum ministry sources said that crude oil prices had declined by 4 dollars per barrel in the international market during the current month of February. Therefore, chances are that the price of petrol will go down by Rs 2.90 per liter and high speed diesel by Rs 2.60 per liter in the country as well. Sources said light diesel is likely to register decrease in prices by Rs 3.15 and High Octane by Rs 2.60 per liter. Price of kerosene oil is also expected to decline by Rs 3 per liter. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) will send summary on reduction in prices of petroleum products to ministry of finance on February 27. Final approval with regard to this summary will be accorded on February 28. New prices will take effect from March 1. ONLINE

Militants kidnap another govt employee in kurram agency PARACHINAR: Militants kidnapped another government employee in the troubled Kurram Agency on Saturday. Sources said that armed men abducted 40-year-old Saddique Hussain Touri, an employee of veterinary hospital from Ali Zai area in Lower Kurram Agency and shifted him to an undisclosed location. The kidnappers have not yet contacted the family of the abducted government employee. Some four-days ago, a school teacher named Muntazir Hussain was kidnapped and abductors had demanded Rs30 million for his release. Another kidnapped person identified as Ramzan was released after paying Rs1.5 million ransom money a couple of days ago. The tribal elders of Kurram Agency have expressed grave concerns over the surge in incidents of kidnapping for ransom. They demanded of the government for protection to the general public and the recovery of the abducted government employees. INP

italy’s renzi sworn in as prime minister ROME: Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi took office on Saturday as his country’s youngest prime minister, facing pressure to show immediate results after he forced out his predecessor over the slow pace of economic reforms. The 39-year-old Renzi has named a low-profile list of ministers which included no figures capable of challenging his control of the government. Its success or failure will be seen as his responsibility alone. With an average age of under 48, the 16member cabinet is one of the smallest and youngest in recent Italian history. Half its members are women, the largest proportion ever, underlining the image of a fresh start on which Renzi has built his reputation. But he faces a huge challenge with the euro zone’s third largest economy struggling to emerge from its worst slump since World War Two, weighed down by a 2 trillion euro public debt and an industrial base that has crumbled over the past decade. “The responsibility is enormous and this must not fail,” said Rocco Palombella, secretary general of the UILM union. “If it does, there will be no appeal,” he said. AGENCIES

Afghan security pact after elections, says NATO head BRUSSELS AGENCIES

NATO’s secretary general said he believes Afghan President Hamid Karzai will not sign a long-stalled security pact with the United States allowing American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the end of 2014, leaving the task to whomever emerges as his successor after April elections. The US is the largest contributor of troops to the NATO military coalition in Afghanistan. The international forces’ mandate expires at the end of the year, and the US and NATO have been negotiating agreements on maintaining some troops in Afghanistan to train and support local security forces. ‘’We haven’t so far seen any progress as regards a signature on the Bilateral Security Agreement, and actually I believe that President

Karzai will not sign the security agreement, so it will be for his successor to make that decision,’’ Anders Fogh Rasmussen told The Associated Press in an interview. ‘’Our position is very clear. Our preferred option is to deploy a training mission to Afghanistan after 2014.’’ Rasmussen said that although NATO envisaged signing a separate pact with Kabul on alliance military presence in the country, it would not be finalised unless Afghanistan also signed the bilateral security agreement with Washington. ‘’There will be a separate NATO Status of Forces agreement, but we will not finalize that Status of Forces agreement unless the Afghans sign the Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan,’’ Rasmussen said in Athens, where he was attending a European Union defense ministers’

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meeting. ‘’So the two legal frameworks will follow hand in hand.’’ The refusal by Karzai, who is not eligible to run for a third term in this year’s election, to sign the security pact has strained relations with Washington. American-led combat operations are to end on Dec 31, but the US is seeking to keep up to 10,000 troops in the country for counter terrorism and training purposes. Without a signed agreement setting conditions for the troops, all are expected to pull out at the end of the year. Rasmussen appeared hopeful, however, that Karzai’s successor would sign the deal, noting it was approved in November by a meeting of tribal elders known as the Loya Jirga and that all presidential candidates had said they were in favor of an agreement.

He also stressed that international funding for Afghan security forces could be affected without a deal. ‘’At the end of the day, the Afghans realise that a lot is at stake because this is not only about our military presence with trainers after 2014, but it’s also about financial support for Afghanistan. I’m concerned that if there’s no international presence with troops and trainers after 2014, then it will also be difficult to generate financial support to sustain the Afghan security forces,’’ the NATO chief said. An inability to pay the salaries of soldiers and police would ‘’have a devastating effect on security in Afghanistan,’’ he warned. ‘’And I think the Afghans know that, and this is the reason why I’m confident that at the end of the day we will get that signature on the security agreement.’’


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HE Taliban insurgency afflicting Pakistan has shifted attention from the country’s myriad social woes, among them a brutal system of bonded labour that amounts to a modern-day form of slavery. The Asian Development Bank estimates some 1.8 million people — typically lower-caste men, religious minorities, women, the disabled, Afghan refugees and children — work mostly in Pakistan’s brickmaking sector for little or even no pay. The conditions are appalling: barefoot workers break rocks, walk single file with yokes slung across shoulders and scale precarious planks to feed blasting-hot furnaces. Beatings and abuses are rife. According to the Global Slavery Index 2013, Pakistan is the third worst place in the world for debt bondage and forced labour, after India and China. It says government efforts to address the problem have been “token at best and nonexistent at worst.” Now the index’s patron, billionaire Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest, has come up with a plan that he hopes will put an end to Pakistan’s “blood bricks.” “Five years ago I didn’t know how bad the problem of modern slavery was. No one really knew,” Forrest told TIME from a meeting of the World Economic

Forum in the Swiss resort town of Davos some days ago. “But I hope another five years from now, slavery will be considered abhorrent by every person in Pakistan, and certainly repugnant as a feasible solution to making bricks.” Forrest is proposing to introduce to Pakistan a new technology called biomass gasification — an Australian invention that converts currently uneconomic lignite coal, which Pakistan has in abundance, into diesel fuel. If successful, the move could alleviate the crippling power outages that have stalled Pakistan’s textile and manufacturing industries. In turn, that could mean the creation of thousands of new jobs. In exchange, Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab — home to some 5,000 brick works — has pledged to introduce tough new laws outlawing child labour and imposing a minimum wage. He’s also pledged to free all bonded labourers within Punjab’s borders. Forrest acknowledges that bringing slavery to an end in Pakistan will require a quantum shift in law and order. “If I can help Pakistan improve its energy supply, then that will strongly increase the competitiveness and prosperity of its industries,” says the former cattle wrangler who has transformed his company, Fortescue Metal Group, into the fourth largest producer of iron ore in the world

in the space of eight years. But such things are easier said than done. Pakistan’s courts are yet to secure a single conviction under existing forcedlabor laws, despite them being in place for nearly 20 years. “I can’t stop them from using slaves,” Forrest admits. “That work will have to be done by their law-enforcement agencies. I personally think Pakistan can enforce its own laws, but in the past officers on the ground have not had sufficient incentive to do so.” There is also limited awareness of the problem in the country itself. “Even the educated middle class in Pakistan have no idea about what’s going on,” says Shakira Hussein, a research fellow of Pakistani origin with the University of Melbourne’s National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies. “They drive along the highway and see all these smoke stacks [from brick kilns] rising from the fields, but never stop to ask themselves what’s going on there.” Neither is there effective coordination between government agencies and NGOs, nor rehabilitation programs for people affected by bonded labour. Corruption is endemic, police are poorly trained and underpaid, and priorities lie elsewhere in a country where 49,000 have lost their lives to terrorism since 9/11. “It will be uphill work because slavery in Pakistan is generational,” says Hussein.

MINING MAGNATE ANDREW FORREST THINKS HE MIGHT HAVE THE ANSWER TO PAKISTAN'S ENERGY SHORTAGE, AND HE WANTS SOMETHING IN EXCHANGE

“When someone dies, the rest of the family has to cover their debt and a lot of kids are born into slavery. So while I’m glad to hear about initiatives to address this, I’m not overly optimistic.” She lists a series of antislavery measures dating back to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s first term in office in the early the 1990s. None of the measures has delivered tangible results. Then there’s the lack of headway Forrest has made in his other cause célèbre — ending the economic disadvantages of Australia’s long-suffering indigenous people. In 2008, Forrest co-launched the Australian

FOR INDIA'S RAILWAY CHILDREN, A DANGEROUS LIFE BY THE TRACKS NEW DELHI AGENCIES

The young boys huddled over a fire between two tracks just beyond the platforms of New Delhi railway station, oblivious to the trains rolling past. They were trying to boil some water to make tea. One, a grime-encrusted urchin wearing a filthy baseball cap at a jaunty angle, said this was their home. He had run away after his mother died and he could take no more beatings from his alcoholic father. The nine-year-old from the northern state of Haryana said he slept on the platform or in a waiting room, scrounged for food and earned some money scavenging plastic bottles for reselling. “I used to go to school but when my mother died everything was shattered,” he said. These were just a few of India's “railway children” — whose ranks are swelled by an estimated 120,000 runaways arriving each year at the stations of the world's fourth-largest railway network to make their homes there. They have fled poverty, violence and abuse or are simply seeking adventure, attracted by the bright lights of the big cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The children are a reminder that despite new found wealth, ranks of billionaires and a growing middle-class, there is no magic wand to solve the problems of the old India. Even though growth has slowed in the last few years, the chance to make money still attracts the railway children to the big cities. With India on course to have the world's youngest population by 2020, their plight is a signal the country could fail to exploit this economic advantage. The last survey of New Delhi station in 2007 by charity groups estimated 35 to 40 children were arriving each day. “Now it is increasing,” said Pramod Singh from the Salaam Baalak Trust, who combs the platforms each morning for new arrivals and tries to bring them into his group's safety net. Navin Sellaraju, country director of the Railway Children India, a branch of the UK-based organisation, said it is a huge issue in a country that has a fifth of the world's children. “A good number of them have run away from poverty in rural areas of the most backward states. In Delhi and Mumbai, you have many from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal,” he said, referring to large

northern and eastern states whose combined populations exceed those of Brazil and Russia together. “A lot of remote areas are connected by rail but not by road. A child can get on a train and travel without a ticket.” Despite the shelter of the stations, danger is everywhere. The minute the children arrive, they are exposed to the risk of physical abuse by older boys, sexual abuse by adults and gang rivalry. Girls are particularly vulnerable and are often taken off by traffickers with hours of landing. Social workers try to get to them first. “It is important to get to them within a day or so of arrival, otherwise it becomes difficult,” Singh said. “They pick up survival skills. They are easily trapped.” RELUCTANT RETURNEES: A number of boys were being cared for by Salaam Baalak and Railway Children in a shabby building in the station compound.

Nine lads, all barefoot, sat on a rug, playing checkers. A few had arrived that morning. The oldest was thought to be 14. One said he came from Kishanganj in Bihar state — a journey of nearly 1,000 km (620 miles). He arrived in Delhi three years ago but met social workers only in the past few months. “I don't want to go home. Now I'm attached to this place,” he said. Railway Children's Kiran Jyoti said it was often hard to get the children to return to their families. “Newcomers are reluctant to talk. They can take months to disclose where they are from,” she said. “If they can't be restored to the family, they eventually have to go in to long-term care.” Some do not want to return to abusive homes. Others simply like the freedom and the fact they can earn money - 250 rupees($4) on a good day. On the downside, some take to sniffing substances and turn to pick-pocketing and petty crime.

Indian law provides a framework to tackle the problem with child protection and anti-trafficking laws, but enforcing and funding those measures prove difficult, Sellaraju said. The children have also suffered threats and violence from the police and railway officials but that is now changing. “It used to be cruelty. Now no shouting, no handcuffs. We want childfriendly police stations. Protecting children is also a policeman's duty,” said Thaneshwar Adiguar of the Special Juvenile Police Unit. Railway companies are involved in the effort, setting up posts and spreading awareness through staff, vendors, porters and passengers with announcements and leaflets. “There is a positive intent on the part of the government and railways but there are many challenges,” Sellaraju said. ”India is at a crossroads. There are two extremes which exist now.”

Employment Covenant with former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to create 50,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians in two years. So far, 60,000 jobs have been pledged, but only 12,000 have been taken up by indigenous employees. There is nothing wrong with thinking big, of course. “The global community is saying slavery is not O.K., and things have to change,” Forrest says. “Change has always needed a catalyst.” But the question is whether a new technology can provide that catalyst in a country struggling to contain a bloody and dangerous insurgency.

AUSTRALIA ASKS IMPOVERISHED CAMBODIA TO TAKE SOME ASYLUM SEEKERS PHNOM PENH: Australia asked Cambodia, one of Asia's poorest countries, on Saturday to take in asylum seekers detained while trying to reach the Australian coast and Cambodia said it would think about it. Australia's government came to power last year partly because of a tough stance on asylum seekers arriving from Indonesia with Prime Minister Tony Abbott promising to "stop the boats". Australia already has offshore detention centers in the impoverished South Pacific nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru for asylum seekers it intercepts, often in rickety boats. On Saturday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop asked Prime Minister Hun Sen if Cambodia, which in the 1970s and 1980s saw a huge exodus of refugees fleeing war and starvation, could also house some migrants. "The Australian minister has requested that Cambodia takes in some refugees," Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told a news briefing with Bishop. "In the past, Cambodians have fled their country to other countries but now, it's time that Cambodia takes in refugees from other countries," he said. Hun Sen would "take serious consideration" of the request, Hor Namhong said. In her comments, Bishop did not refer directly to the Australian request but said she had discussed cooperation with Cambodia in various areas including people smuggling. The number of asylum seekers reaching Australia pales in comparison with other countries but it is a polarizing political issue that also stokes tension with neighboring Indonesia over border policies that have been criticized by the United Nations and international human rights groups. One asylum seeker was killed and about 80 were hurt in rioting last week at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has said the Manus camp should be shut because it fails to provide "safe and humane conditions of treatment in detention". AGENCIES


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NBP PRESIDENT URGES TEAM MEMBERS TO EXPEDITE PM YOUTH LOAN SCHEME KARACHI: Syed Ahmed Iqbal Ashraf, President & CEO National Bank of Pakistan(NBP) presided and chaired a meeting called for further streamlining and expediting the process of Prime Minister Youth Loan Scheme. President of the Bank, called all Regional Heads of Sindh, Baluchistan Punjab, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa,Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and Federal Capital, National Bank of Pakistan to discuss the status and impediments if any in processing the scheme without compromising the transparency, fairness and merit of loan applicants. During the meeting it was disclosed that thousands of applications have been received and large number of them are approved and almost ready for disbursement. The Bank is receiving applications from all corners of the country which shows its popularity and need across Pakistan. The criteria for this loan is that people of 21 to 45 age group would be given from Rs.100,000/- to Rs.2,000,000/- to unemployed citizens of Pakistan. Regional Heads also informed the President that thousands of applications are received and it is much above the expectations therefore employees are putting their day and night even compromising their holidays and also putting their extra hours to process loan applications. At branch level, it is ensured that customers get enough facilitation and guidance required to submit the loan application. President discussed that this scheme is very important and may become foundation for the uplifting of the economy and play vital role in creating a hope amongst the unemployed youngsters to establish their own business and contribute in country’s economic growth. NBP is bank with more than 1300 branches and with professional employees, being Nation’s Bank it is our utmost responsibility to play our part in the country’s progress and prosperity. PRESS RELEASE

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vEN the swankiest chandelier is not much use these days without electricity. Just as Shahbaz Sharif explains Pakistan’s new energy policy, his Lahore home plunges into darkness, briefly hiding him, his oil paintings and a fine china tea set. Has Punjab’s chief minister staged a blackout for dramatic effect? Laughing, he denies it: power cuts are routine. City dwellers endure as much as ten hours of cuts a day; villagers are usually without power for much longer. On occasion, supply has fallen 40% short of national demand. Chronic electricity shortages vie with some heavyweight contenders to top the list of Pakistan’s biggest problems. Mr Sharif’s brother is the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who won a general election last year promising to fix the country’s electricity mess. Without reliable power, Pakistan will struggle to lift a dismally low rate of economic growth—just 2.9% a year on average for the past five years, not much more than the 2% annual growth of the population, now 186mstrong. Thanks to a stagnant economy, millions of young Pakistanis are without jobs or regular incomes, especially in the burgeoning cities. Poverty and bleak prospects must surely be contributing to the extremist violence that daily rocks the country. Fixing the mess means cutting through immense and intertwined problems. Private power firms produce much less than they could, because the state purchaser does not always pay them. In turn, electricity consumers, among them the federal and provincial governments, do not pay the state purchaser. It creates a “circular debt”, which reached $5 billion at its peak. The government last year said that it had, in effect, cleared that debt. But the IMF, for one, warns that it can build up again. Shahbaz Sharif, who has a national role helping the prime minister on economic policy, says that many consumers continue to pilfer electricity and gas. Some, such as some madrassas (religious schools), refuse to pay even a fraction of their bills, confident that no one would dare cut them off. Liquefied natural gas (LNG), a growing portion of Pakistan’s energy mix, sells at a sixth of its import price. A

plan to raise residential electricity tariffs was scrapped in October after judges objected. That ruling may be revisited now that a populist chief justice has retired. Consumers might be keener to pay if only they got more in return. State-run generation and distribution companies are so ill-managed that the Punjabi cities of Gujranwala and Faisalabad run at 10% capacity. The government’s response is to order the urgent sale of 31 energy and other businesses. Fixing dysfunctional energy firms would do most to unleash the country’s economic potential, says Mohammad Zubair, the privatisation minister, parachuted in from IBM. Management by state firms is “a disaster”. He talks of gross overstaffing, incompetent engineers and poor financial control. Combined annual losses at all state-run companies have reached $4.7 billion, equivalent to a third of all tax revenue. Private investors must be found to take over, Zubair says, because “the government can’t spend more”. The biggest task, however, is to change the country’s ill-judged energy mix. About a third of its electricity comes from oil-fired power stations. Many were commissioned in the late 1980s, when crude oil was cheap. With oil now over $100 a barrel, they are desperately expensive. Pakistan spends over $14 billion a year importing oil and other energy products, a big hard-currency bill. Another third of energy comes from gas, much of it also imported. Reliance on imports will certainly grow. Three new LNG import terminals are to be built by 2016, raising capacity by half. And the government this week again confirmed grand plans to bring in natural gas across the border from Iran (and perhaps, in turn, to export some of it to India). But that will remain a pipe-dream for as long as the United States, Pakistan’s biggest donor, is opposed to it. In any case a major pipeline would be vulnerable to violent groups, including Baloch separatists and the Taliban outfits increasingly active in the south. Other options exist. Billions of tonnes of coal reserves sit in Sindh province, yet coal accounts for a tiny part of electricity generation. A new plan orders several new coal-fired stations, with Chinese money and help, but even then fuel would be imported

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from Malaysia. China is also lending money to expand the civil nuclear programme. In November the prime minister inaugurated a $10 billion, 2200MW nuclear plant to be built by 2019, for Karachi, a city of 18m; understandably, there are worries about safety. New plans for solar parks and more hydropower are also trumpeted. Nothing will fix Pakistan’s energy problems quickly. Long blackouts are certain when temperatures rise again this summer, but gains could show in about three years—in time for the next election. Muhammad Mansha, an industrialist and Pakistan’s richest man, is optimistic that the government’s attempts to grapple with the power sector will boost business confidence and the economy more widely. Chinese investment in the garment industry is a shot in the arm, as is the removal of import tariffs on Pakistani garments going to the European Union. The EIU, a sister company to The Economist, predicts annual GDP growth of nearly 4% a year until 2018. Mansha sees other hopeful signs, particularly in Pakistan’s abysmally skimpy trade with India. His cement company’s exports of

700 tonnes a day to India are up from 300 tonnes a year ago, and he expects that to double again. On February 14th India’s commerce minister, Anand Sharma, was due in Lahore for a joint announcement to open the land border to cargo for 24 hours a day and to allow container transport—though he cancelled the trip at the last minute. Currently the border is open only during daylight, and— astonishingly—much is unloaded and loaded onto fresh lorries on the backs of porters. If the myriad restrictions went, a Delhi thinktank says, bilateral trade could quickly rise tenfold, from just $2.6 billion a year. One day cross-border trade in energy could follow. Hydropower in disputed Kashmiri territories, for example, would be best exploited if India and Pakistan cooperated. India has offered to extend its electricity grid across the border in Punjab and to arrange gas imports for Pakistan, though so far nothing has come of it. Pakistan, in turn, could export coal to India, a hungry consumer of the stuff. Huge mutual gains in energy co-operation are to be had—if only the two countries were serious about achieving them.

IN MEMORY OF MUHAMMAD RAFI BUTT Prof rA KHAN nation that does not value its heroes is doomed to destruction. These dedicated men endure trials and tribulations, go through fire and water, nay, stake their very life, for the cause that is dear to their people. It is, indeed, a great tragedy when the nation turns its back on them and fails to show its gratitude in a befitting manner. The dismal way in which we have so far “honoured” the memory of the Quaid-i-Azam and his associates is a case in point. It is high time we enlightened our people with the true significance of the Quaid’s struggle and the manifold deeds of his illustrious lieutenants. It is time we accorded them their due place in the gallery of fame. Muhammad Rafi Butt was an enterprising young industrialist from Lahore and a devoted lieutenant of the Quaid. He belonged to that small nucieus of honest, well-meaning and patriotic middle class professionals who responded to the Quaid’s call and rallied round him. The Quaid’s charismatic personality and total dedication to the cause of Muslim freedom inspired him with a sense of selflessness and social commitment. He became an ardent disciple of the Quaid and a resolute supporter of the Muslim League. Rafi came into contract with the Quaid in the late thirties and developed a close rapport with him. Without the asking, he placed his talent, services and resources at the disposal of the Quaid., he acknowledged the Quaid-i-Azam as his sole guide and leader and seldom took a step without seeking his advice and blessings. For instance, in a letter to the Quaid dated October 2, 1945 Rafi stated: “As for the present elections it is my fervent prayer that the Almighty may crown your efforts with success and I hope that the League will sweep the polls ... I am not a wealthy man but whatever I possess is at the disposal of the nation ... I have informed the Nawab of Mamdot from here of my intention to contest the elections but I am completely in your hands and will be guided by your advice.” (My Dear Quaid-i-Azam p. 35) Rafi Butt was born in 1909 in Nivan Katra, a crowded locality in the walled city of Lahore. He assumed the reins of his father’s small business at the age of 16. By dint of hard work, exceptional business acumen and grain of luck, he transformed what was a modest paternal inheritance into a flourishing business enterprise. His meteoric rise was indeed amaz-

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ing. Rafi became a tycoon at 24, founded the first Muslim bank in northern India, the Central Exchange Bank, at 27, met the Quaid-i-Azam at 31, and was appointed Member of the prestigious Muslim League Planning Committee at 34. Rafi was a forwardlooking industrialist. He knew that industrial development was indispensable for the newly emerging state of Pakistan. His speeches and statements testify to his fervour for the uplift of the Muslims and his passion to strengthen, in a tangible way, the economic and industrial base of Pakistan. Rafi wanted the Muslims to awaken from their slumber, develop their industry and bring it on a par with that of foreign nations. “After the attainment of the cherished goal of Pakistan,” he emphasised, “we should devote more of our energy and time to solving our economic problems rather than indulging in power politics. We should follow the American motto of producing more things for more people for better living and this is how we can raise the standard of the common man.” (At Quaid’s Service p.51). Rafi Butt travelled extensively while still young. He went to the United States and England to study industrial units and acquire the latest know-how to expand and run his business concern. The Civil and Military Gazette published the following news item about Rafi Butt’s visit to the USA: “New York April 14 (1945): Mr Rafi Butt, a business magnate from Lahore and member of one of the industrial planning panels set up by the Government of

India, arrived here yesterday for an industrial tour of the country which will last several months. “Mr Butt, who owns big hospital supplies and china porcelain factories, will discuss the possibilities of post war trade and study the latest technique in the development of American industry, particularly in regard to cold storage and refrigeration methods. He plans to open a chain of cold storage plants in the Punjab. “After the American tour, Mr Butt will go to Britain to study industrial and post-war trade matters.” (At Quaid’s Service p.39). On his return, Rafi wrote to the Quaid on October 2, 1945: “I observed a great similarity between the natural resources of the United States and India and do not see why our great country cannot be developed economically on the same lines as America.” (My Dear Qaid-i-Azam p.34). The Quaid valued Rafi’s judgments and flair for economical planning. The Quaid had confidence in him and knew that he would be useful in furthering the cause of Muslim uplift and the goals of future Pakistan. He appointed him Member of the Muslim League Planning Committee and Chairman of the sub-committee on Mining and Metallurgy. The fact that he was included in the Indian industrial delegation to Germany in 1946 indicates the status he enjoyed in undivided India. He also the ILO moot at san Francisco in 1948, and took the opportunity of visiting the UK to approach the Board of Trade in his personal capacity for the supply of steel to Pakistan.

When in 1947-48, the country was passing through a crucial phase of its existence and confronted with serious challenges, Rafi rose to the occasion and offered some very practical and helpful suggestions to the Quaid. He did not burden the Quaid with his demands. He did not ask anything for himself. Considering his close association with the Quaid and the losses he had suffered in the aftermath of partition, he could have justifiably done so but did not. His sense of self-respect did not allow him to approach the Quaid with such a request. He decided to start his business afresh. But, sad to say, he was not destined to do much in this direction. He died within a year of Pakistan’s creation and barely two months after the demise of the Quaid. He was 39. At a time when greed and selfishness have become endemic, when love of the country and respect for the past are at a discount, when the ideals of the Quaid have been cast aside, the life and achievements of men like Rafi Butt serve as a model to inspire the people and particularly the youth of the country and to awaken them to a sense of their own identity and destiny as a nation. Rafi was a visionary, with breathtakingly liberal and progressive ideas far ahead than those of his contemporaries, and a knack for accomplishing tasks with surprising poise and dexterity. The ease with which he treaded the uncharted waters of politics, economics and society for the benefit of the Muslim community, amply indicates the strength of his convictions. Rafi Butt’s unflinching faith in the leadership of the Quaidi-Azam, his pioneering role as an industrialist and his exemplary sense of honour will not be forgotten and live in the annals of the freedom movement. “Mere longevity,” says Gabriel Heather, “is a good thing for those who watch LIFE from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day’s work an achievement for eternity.” Rafi Butt was not a man to watch LIFE from the sidelines. He played the game and played it well. Rafi Butt’s services and accomplishments were rescued from oblivion by the tireless efforts of his son, Imtiaz Rafi Butt. He set up the Jinnah-Rafi Foundation in 1989 and discovered his father’s great commitment to the Quaid and the Pakistan Movement. His researches, in fact, led to a double discovery: a son discovered a father and a father discovered his own identity through the leader that he found and acknowledged.


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Sunday, 23 February, 2014 KARACHI: A large number of people gather outside the OPD of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital as doctors strike against the killing of a doctor in a firing incident at North Nazimabad Town. Online

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KARACHI 07 Soil testing starts for Shaheen Complex flyover KARACHI: Karachi Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui has said that soil investigation for the construction of Shaheen Complex flyover has started and as soon as the laboratory report in this regard is received working on the flyover will be initiated. He stated this during his visit to under-construction flyovers in various areas of the city, said a handout issued here on Saturday. Director General Engineering Department Niaz Ahmed Soomro, Chief Engineer Khalid Masroor, SM Talha and project directors accompanied him. The administrator said the construction of flyover was imperative for improving the flow of traffic at II Chundrigar Road and Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road.During his visit to the under-construction flyovers at Shahrah-e-Pakistan, he directed that the flyover being constructed at Teen Hatti should be completed soon. He added that work on all four flyovers being constructed at Shahrah-ePakistan should be completed by the end of this month, so that this corridor should be made signal-free. He said that those three flyovers which have been completed, their aid-grade work should be completed simultaneously. The administrator said that work on Malir Halt and Malir-15 and other flyovers would continue without any disruption. APP

Two shot dead, 11 suspects arrested in operations KARACHI Online

At least two persons were killed in violence while Rangers arrested 11 suspects during targeted operations conducted in different areas of the city on Saturday According to the Rangers’ spokesman, the suspects were arrested from Raxer Colony, Kunwari and New Sabzi Mandi areas of the city. The arrested suspects were involved in several crimes including target killing, he said. The Rangers also recovered 36 weapons and drugs from the suspects’ custody. It is to be mentioned here that the targeted operations are being carried out on daily basis across the city to eliminate criminals as the government decided to restore peace.

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Rangers conducted a targeted operation in various areas of Karachi and apprehended several suspects including nine members of a banned outfit on Saturday. According to the sources, Rangers conducted raids in different areas including Rexer Colony and Keamari and held several accused while nine banned organisation workers were also rounded up. The entry and exit points of the areas were sealed during the operation. Earlier, police arrested 10 suspects during a targeted operation in Kanwari Colony area of Manghopir. SSP West Irfan Baloch said the operation was being carried out on a tip off about presence of criminal elements in the area. As many 100 policemen were taking part in the operation. Entry and exit points of the locality were sealed during the search.

OBITUARY Mr Arif Ali Shah Bukhari’s sister-in-law Mrs Nasir Ali Shah Bukhari passed away on Saturday. Her funeral prayers were offered after Asr prayer at Mubarak Masjid on Gizri Road, Karachi. Those wishing to condole with Mr Nasir Ali Shah Bukhari can visit his residence at House No. 20, 9th Street, Khayaban-eShamsheer, Phase VI, DHA Karachi.

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The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced to take out a rally to express solidarity with the Pakistan’s armed forces on Sunday. Addressing party workers via telephone, MQM chief Altaf Hussain said the army and the people were united against terrorism. He urged the people to attend the rally in large numbers to make it a historic event and prove that they stood by the country’s armed force and other law enforcement agencies fighting the Taliban militants. The rally will be held on Karachi’s Shahrah-eQuaideen at 3 pm in the afternoon. Speaking to members of the rabita committee, Altaf Hussain said the public and the army shared a united stance against terrorism. Meanwhile, party members, along

94 shopkeepers fined for over-charging KARACHI: During the unabated campaign against profiteering and overcharging of essential commodities in local markets, 94 shopkeepers were challaned and a total amount of Rs 1,07,500 was recovered from them. They were found violating the official price list by Assistant Commissioners in their respective jurisdictions, said Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Sidiqui in a press release issued here on Saturday. The areas from where the violators were challaned included Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Garden, Korangi, Bin Qasim, Airport and North Nazimabad. The shopkeepers included 47 chicken meat sellers, six selling various edibles, 8 green grocers. 3 fruit vendors and 30 milk sellers. Two shopkeepers were sent to jail for being habitual violators of price list. APP

CrACkerS lobbed AT bungAlow with the MQM leadership, supported the crackdowns against terrorists. Speaking at a dinner party, MQM member Babar Ghouri said the political leadership of the country had mandated the federal government to restore peace in the country during the All Parties Conference (APC)

meeting and not to hold peace talks with the Taliban. Senator Babar Ghauri said negotiations with the Taliban were a sheer wastage of time. The Muttahida leader was of the view that the citizens of Karachi would turn out to be an iron wall against the terrorists.

KARACHI: Two cracker bombs were thrown at a bungalow in Jamshed Down on Saturday. According to police, miscreants riding motorcycles threw ball bombs on a bungalow near Islamia College. Fortunately, there was no loss of life. Police and rangers reached the scene and launched investigations into the attack. Two cars parked outside the targeted bungalow were partially damaged in the explosions. Online

Sindh govt to replicate ‘Sehat ka Insaf’ in Karachi today KARACHI STAFF RePORT

Sindh government, inspired by Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI)’s ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ immunisation campaign in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, has decided to replicate the anti-polio campaign in Karachi. Due to attacks on polio teams in the city, the provincial government has decided to launch a oneday anti-polio campaign in 24 union councils (UCs) which are being considered ‘high risk’ area. The campaign in Karachi is a replica of the ‘Sehat ka Insaf’ which proved gainful for the KhyberPakhtunkhwa government. Despite the fact that the campaign launched by the PTI was a success model, the provincial government avoids to appreciate the drive. PTI’s success was due to the support it enjoys across Peshawar city. In

contrast, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led provincial government only enjoys small pockets of support in Karachi. Though the campaign was scheduled to start from February 24 but it has been brought forward by a day to start on February 23 (Sunday) due to availability of security personnel. Moreover, it is hoped children will easily be approachable. The polio campaign has been divided into four categories – C-1, C-2, C-3 and C-4. The C-1 plan will be launched in 24 UCs only for one single day. Children residing in these UCs will be administered polio drops again on March 2 at the start of National Immunisation Day (NID) drive. According to the plan, during the C-2 drive 25 more UCs will be targeted, including low risk areas such as Gadap, Baldia, Orangi, SITE, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Landhi, Korangi and Bin Qasim town localities.

The total target for C-1 is 494,774 children where 3,090 polio teams will participate. The drive is aiming to immunise 2.215 million children, and 5,740 teams are expected to partake in the drive. Sources in the health department said that the plan has been finalised and law enforcement agencies had extended complete support to polio workers. Despite repeated attempts, the top health officials could not be reached for the comments. While a pillion riding ban is in effect in the city, sources added that there will be a ban on motorcycle riding altogether in high risk areas. Sindh Health Secretary Iqbal Durrani said the police and the Rangers would be deployed in all areas where polio volunteers will work. “The movement of motorcyclists would be restricted,” Durrani added. He said all arrangements for the campaign have been taken.


08 KARACHI

Sunday, 23 February, 2014

Joint operation against drugs in the offing KARACHI: Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that joint operation would be conducted against narcotics pushers through intelligence sharing with various intelligence agencies. He was speaking at the first meeting of the divisional narcotics committee (DNCC), constituted on the directives of the government, on Saturday. The commissioner said that whole-hearted cooperation would be extended to the anti-narcotics force to stem growing use of drugs and number of drug dens in the city. In this behalf, police department, divisional and district administrations, excise and taxation, social welfare, education sports and health departments as well as NGOs will work together. The commissioner informed the meeting that DNCC committees had also bee formed at district level in order to support ANF in its activities and operations against drug barons and peddlers. He said during crack down 723 drug pushers were arrested and recovered 11.321 kg of heroin, 299.926 kg of hashish, 130 grams of opium and 1757 bottles of liquor. It was also suggested at the meeting to promote healthy activities including culture and sports to keep the younger generation away from drugs. Senior officials from the concerned departments also attended the meeting. APP

KARACHI: A young girl busy painting during Literature Festival at Karachi Arts Council. Online

MANAGING dIGITISed hUMAN ReSOURce

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N spite the escalating rhetoric about Human Resource Management, in Pakistan, is still remains one of the most ill executed management function, is organisational context mostly due to misconceptions & stereotype. Human resource management is an art of managing humans through science of systems and processes. But this art has not been able to carve the excellence of human potential and diversity, because of the fact that in organisations, HRM is just taken as a routine corporate activity which has set and fixed fundamental procedures. This has resulted into reduction in employee productivity and performance, more employee turnover, lack of research, development, innovation and creativity, more issues of work place ethical and discipline issues, more legal suits and so on and so forth. Besides this another phenomenon has emerged very rapidly, which has transformed the whole HRM landscape, and that is the invasion of technology and digital revolution. It has not only affected the organizational structures production processes, management system but also has changed the human physiology and sociology in a substantial way. It has posed a very serious challenge of how to effectually manage such human resource which is tech savvy, surrounded by gadgets, with a total change in the life and the working style. The introduction of mobile phone technology, telecommunications, internet, E and M commerce the physical space is shrinking and the cyber and the virtual space is increasing. As discussed by James E. post, Anne T lawrance and James Weber in their book Business and Society, “Technological change, which tends to be self-reinforcing, has wide spread effects throughout business and society. Some of these effects are beneficial and some are not. Technological growth is fuelled by economic expansions. Computers are changing the procedures for the meetings that results in corporate decisions. Instead of asking a group of employees to sit around a table and discuss a problem, some organizations hold “virtual” meetings in which the interaction takes place through computers. Participants express their ideas simultaneously and anonymously and comment on one another’s work. Anecdotal evidence from organizations as diverse as hotels, banks, plastics companies, and aircraft manufacturers indicates that virtual meetings are shorter and less stressful. Leaders are able to stick to an agenda because employees do not digress or waste time at the computer to the extent they do in person. Electronic brainstorming the generation of ideas by group during a

virtual meeting has been found to be more productive than traditional face-to-face brainstorming. Laboratory research with undergraduate and MBA student subjects in the United States of Canada supports the usefulness and productivity of electronic brainstorming for group of up to 12 participants. These groups were found to generate more unique and better ideas than did traditional face-to-face groups or nominal groups (the same number of people working alone whose ideas are then pooled) (Gallupe, Cooper, Grise, &Bastianutti, 1994; Valacich, Dennis & Connolly, 1994). With very small groups (up to three members), a significantly greater number of ideas was produced by face-to-face meetings. However, there was no significant difference in the quality of the ideas generated by the computer mediated or face-to-face groups. Communication by computer may lower the social inhibitions and status barriers present in face-to-face groups. High-level managers tend to dominate group meetings as well as informal conversations. However, one series of studies showed that high-status group members continued to dominate group discussions whether conducted via computer or face-to-face (weisband, Schneider, & Connolly, 1995). Computers can force changes in the organization’s informal structure by disrupting traditional lines of communication and power. For example, in companies where workers have side-byside work stations, they communicate freely and easily about work-related and personal matters. Where such jobs are automated, workers are often separated by partitions that inhibit talking and socializing. Reducing the chance for personal interaction reduces the group’s cohesiveness. Even though workers have found ways to use their computers for informal communication, this approach lacks the closeness and the privacy afforded by faceto-face contact. Also, many companies routinely monitor the messages on their internal e-mail system, an action that discourage its use for promoting the personal and social interactions necessary to maintain group cohesiveness. Along with the loss of group cohesiveness, increased computer use on the job has led to employees growing sense of isolation, both on and off the job. Instead of being able to walk in neighbouring office or down the hall to consult with a colleague in person, you can ask your question without leaving your cubicle and thus without any meaningful personal contact. Instead of gossiping around the water cooler, employees are chatting online. Even lunch breaks are at risk as growing numbers

of employees rush back to their computer terminals rather than visit with co-workers or run errands. A survey of 1000 employees found that 14% ate by themselves at their desks so they could log on during their free time (Fickenscher, 2000). The ideas once shared during informal gathering of employees or generated and exchanged during spontaneous meetings are being lost, along with the opportunities to network and build social support. This situation is especially true for the millions of employees who work at home. Many of these telecommuters spend their entire workday connecting with other people only by electronic means. A study of 169 people in 73 households during their first 2 years online found that as internet use at home increased, communication with family members declined. The size of the users’ social network also declined. Frequent internet users rated themselves as more lonely and depressed than did people who spent less time online (Krautt al., 1998). Psychologists have suggests that excessive internet use can lead to a form of addiction. The Center for Internet Studies surveyed 18,000 users and found that nearly 6% met the criteria for compulsive internet use, characteristics similar to those that define compulsive gambling (DeAngelis, 2000). These people were especially hooked on chat rooms, pornography sites, online shopping, and email. One third of them said they logged on regularly as a form of escape or to alter their mood. How does employer monitoring of computer use affect employees’ feelings about their organizations? As you might guess, it has a disruptive effect on the employee-employer relationship. Workers may come to view their bosses as watchdogs, always spying on their behaviour. To examine the pervasiveness of electronic snooping in the workplace, the American Management Association surveyed nearly 1,000 major U.S. companies. They found that electronic surveillance of employees grew rapidly during the last several years. Almost 75% of the companies questioned reported that they routinely monitor their employees’ behavior on the job, including checking telephone calls, e-mail, internet connections, and computer files. More than half of the firms used blocking software to prevent connections to unauthorized telephone numbers and about a third blocked internet access to so-called inappropriate Web Sites. A survey of 224 mid-size companies conducted by the Center for Internet Studies found that 60% had disciplined employees for online abuse and 30% had fired workers for such behaviour. The two most frequently reported abuses were using the internet for personal e-mail on company time and for

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connecting to pornography sites (DeAngelis, 2000). Another survey questioned 1,000 internet users and reported that 10% believed that their work had suffered as a result of the excessive amount of time they spent surfing Web Sites. Another 13% blamed easy access to internet as being responsible for their inability to stay focused on their jobs (Fickenscher, 2000). Physical working conditions include factors such as the location of the factory or office building, parking facilities, heating and airconditioning systems, elevators, child-care facilities, cafeterias, and rest rooms. Another very serious and significant trend is excessive use of mobile phones and texting. The employees, irrespective of their gender, are involved most of the time using cell phones even during work. To cater for such distracting activities has become a very challenging task for all managers, particularly the HR Managers. The whole scenario translates into Environmental psychology which is concerned with the impact of these workplaces features on employee behaviours and attitude. In the landscaped office employees are grouped in functioning units with no floor-to-ceiling barriers. Light distribution and glare must be considered in designing illumination for work spaces. Noise in the work area can lead to deafness and to physiological effects such as increased muscle tension and blood pressure. Colour is a useful coding device and can create differing illusion of size and temperature and improve the aesthetic appearance of the workplace. Some employees like music on the job, but research shows that it does not influence productivity. Optimal temperature and humidity ranges have been established for different kinds of workplaces. The comfort level of a workspace also depends on humidity level and air circulation. Temporal working conditions include the number of hours worked and how those hours are arranged. Much scheduled work time is lost to unauthorized breaks. To conclude, it can be analyzed that in the contemporary era of digital communications and IT, the employees are less focused with lower levels of concentration, more mechanical with downward emotional graph, Increased hyper tension with physical ailments, eye sight problems, hormonal disbalance and many other issues. Therefore the new HR policies must be evolved by keeping all these factors .For their implementation, the HR Managers must also contemplate on the basis of these emerging trends ,affecting the employees. The writer is the chief executive officer of Lahore Electric Supply Company

Two minors burnt to death THATTA: Two minor children Raheemdad and Ameenat were killed when fire broke out in their hut in coastal Taluka Gorabari on Saturday. According to local residents, fire broke out from kitchen and engulfed the house reducing all household to ashes. The children got stuck up in fire and burnt to death. Villager managed to contain the fire from spreading to other huts. APP

Army decided to launch NWA operation: Shah SUKKUR: Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah Saturday said that gunship helicopter attack on Taliban in North Waziristan Agency was a decision of military leadership, however, he asked the government to take decisive decision against Taliban without wasting time. Talking to media persons at his house, he said there was no point in holding talks with the Taliban and the government should immediately decide to launch operation against the militants. He said the country would face more loses if the government did not make timely decision. The opposition leader said his party would support the government’s decision as the PPP supported peace negotiation with the Taliban. But the people saw the result of talks, he added. Khurshid Shah said the intelligence agencies have informed hideouts of Taliban. He said the former president Pervez Musharraf could not be indicted for his action on November 03 because he took the action as army chief and not as president. inP

IG Sindh orders steps for protecting anti-polio teams KARACHI: Sindh Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Iqbal Mehmood has ordered extra-ordinary measures for the security of anti-polio teams. The IGP said that extra-ordinary steps should be taken in sensitive areas at the police station level under the supervision of district police officers, said a handout issued here on Saturday. He asked all the DIGs to coordinate with the representatives of the Health Department Sindh and the NonGovernmental Organisations in this regard. Iqbal Mehmood also called for increasing patrolling, intelligence and snap checking in sensitive areas. APP


Sunday, 23 February, 2014

President wants Pak-China trade volume to reaCh $15b by 2015 SHANGHANI

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RESIDENT Mamnoon Hussain has called on the business community of Karachi and Shanghai to play their vital role in bolstering Pak-China bilateral trade volume from the current over $12 billion to $ 15 billion by 2015. The president said this during his meeting with Communist Party Secretary Shanghai Hang Zheng in Shanghaion on Saturday. Prof Ahsan Iqbal, minister for planning, development and reforms, Tariq Fatemi, minister of state for foreign affairs and ambassadors of the both countries

were present during the meeting. Welcoming the president to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, the party secretary assured that Shanghai would contribute in a major way to the development of Pak-China economic corridor. He also lauded the role of leadership of both the countries for anchoring relations on sold foundations. President Mamnoon Hussain said that fruitful discussions with the Chinese leadership during his visit would help further deepen bilateral trade and economic cooperation. The president expressed his delight to be in Shanghai this month while Shanghai and Karachi are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their sister-city relationship.

Hub to have 13th dry port in Pakistan

In connection with the anniversary celebrations, the president invited the party secretary to visit Karachi along with a business delegation. The president said this visit would help bring both the commercial cities further closer and boost bilateral trade besides exploring new avenues of trade and investment. The president expressed hope that with active involvement of the businessmen and entrepreneurs from Shanghai and Karachi, the trade target of $12 billion to $15 billion set by the both countries can easily be achieved. Mamnoon Hussain also thanked the party secretary and the Shanghai government for the warm hospitality extended to him and the accompanying delegation during their stay in Shanghai.

KARACHI Staff RepoRt Hub is going to have a dry port very soon as the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has accorded the establishment of 13th dry port in the country. The decision was made following a meeting of FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa with a delegation of Lasbela Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) led by its President Ismail Suttar Friday. Suttar told reporters that the FBR chairman had also agreed that the inland revenue collected from taxpayers having their business premises at Lasbela District would be accounted for in the revenue generated in Balochistan, irrespective of its collection anywhere in the country and being reported by any methodology by the authorised banks. The chairman FBR also agreed to provide total figures of the inland taxes generated from Hub and other parts of Lasbela District, so that the government of Balochistan may assess the potential of tax generation in the area enabling them to provide further infrastructure and incentives for industrial progress in the province. Member FBR Inland Revenue (Operations) has been given the responsibility of providing the data of the revenue collection from Balochistan. During the meeting, Iqbal Ismail, chairman LCCI taxation sub-committee, raised the issue of inordinate delay in the issuance of sales tax refund cheques even after the issuance of RPOs. Tariq Bajwa agreed that the issuance of refund cheques were being delayed but he would try to reduce the time of issuance of such cheque to reasonable limit. On the request of Ismail Suttar, President LCCI Tariq Bajwa agreed in principle to establish the Customs Dry Port at Hub which would certainly provide an incentive to the investors and the industries currently operating at Hub and other parts of Balochistan would contribute to the economic progress of Balochistan and its people.

Ufone becomes ISO 9001:2008 in its customer operations

LAHORE: Keeping the philosophy of continuous improvement, service excellence, and enhanced customer experience in mind, Ufone has been consistently working towards improving quality mechanisms within its Customer Operations (COPS) Department. In doing so, Ufone has become successful in achieving ISO certification for COPS. The ISO 9001:2008 Certification Audit for COPS was conducted by a renowned Norwegian-based company called Det Norske Veritas (DNV) which offers business assurance management system certification services. While headquartered in Oslo, Norway and established in 1867, DNV has more than 300 offices in 100 countries and has issued more than 500 ISO certificates within various sectors of Pakistan. Mr. Abdul Aziz President & CEO Ufone also commented on this achievement. “This is indeed a great milestone that we have achieved here at Ufone. Not only has this turned our vision into reality, but has also initiated an unbelievable gathering of highly engaged people working towards an essential goal, and for what was thought to be a distant goal has finally been realized.” pReSS ReLeaSe

BUSINESS 09

QUETTA: A vendor displaying stone rings at his roadside setup at Qandhari Bazar. INp

BREAKING NEW GROUNDS TO EMPOWER YOUTH RAJA ASAD ALI Employers today are not only looking for workers with strong academic background, but a combination of tangible and intangible skills which can be combined with academic knowledge to positively impact the bottom line. Ideally, workers who also have practical work experience which demonstrates their abilities. For young graduates this practical exposure comes in the form of internships, especially if it’s offered in a competitive framework. Participation in applied learning experiences such as internships not only enable youth to build-upon their academic education but also provides opportunities to develop a network of contacts, which becomes invaluable in the job search process leading to early employability and eventual success in their careers. At the same time, opportunities which offer a holistic approach to the demands of the corporate world are far and few between which lessens the chances of success for the youth. To cater to this need, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) came up with a specially tailored internship programme in 2012, which grooms the youth based on the company’s triple ideology of engagement, encouragement and evolution. The opportunity enables 500 university graduates to build their capacity by working on various real life business challenges in engineering, finance, marketing, customer care, Information Technology (IT) and Human Resource (HR) domains of PTCL. Internship like the once presented by PTCL pro-

gressively enhance the career development of participants and enable students to test their career interests, gain transferable skills that are sought by employers, and increase their networking opportunities. Based on the success of the first batch – which resulted in job offers to 50 top performers at PTCL and hiring of 100 interns by other employers upon completion and further 283 getting jobs during the continuity of this programme – another group of 500 interns have joined the programme at an increased stipend of Rs. 15,000 per month. All this was done to ensure that these educated youngsters who found it hard to gain an access to such a unique development and learning opportunity, got a chance to acquire essential skill set and knowledge base that gives them distinctive edge in local as well as overseas job market. Highlighting the importance of the programme, President & Chief Executive Officer of PTCL, Walid Irshaid said the organisation is cognizant of its social responsibilities and keeping this tradition, it targeted unemployed youth. He said he is confident this programme would play an important role in capacity building of human capital in larger interest of the country. Walid said this programme is designed to develop and enhance capacity of the youth as the organisation plans to explore more such innovative approaches which serve the society in future as well. In his comments, Chief Human Resource Officer of PTCL, Syed Mazhar Hussain the organisation would continue exploring innovative ways like this to serve

the society. He hoped besides furthering their professional careers, these young professionals would contribute a lot toward well-being of their families and national economy as well. Students who engage in such several career related work experiences at an earlier stage, are able to secure employment more quickly, are more likely to be employed within their field of study, and are generally more satisfied in their current work posi-

tions than graduates with no career related experience. With rapidly changing business environments and advances in technology, demand for individuals who are team players, proactive and can solve problems is growing. To this end, the internship program of PTCL maximizes the strengths of each individual by providing a chance to work on state-of-the-art technological platforms and exposure to best business practices under tutelage of industry gurus.


10 LEISURE

Sunday, 23 Febuary, 2014

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Try to let your people come to their own conclusions -- just like you did! It's a great day for pushing ahead with your own plans, and your energy should help you move past obstacles with ease.

Your mind is concerned with security and the future -- so it may be a good time to reconsider your financial situation. Look into retirement or investment options until you feel better.

You need to deal with someone close who has overstepped their boundaries. That could mean that your best friend gets a talking-to or a colleague learns their lesson about TMI. It's up to you!

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Look around for opportunities to do right by people -- you are in a good position to improve your karma quite a bit! It shouldn't even take all that much out of you, so go for it with ease.

Your sweetie fires up the passion -or, if you're single, someone new takes strong interest. Now is the time to use all this great energy for something fun and life-affirming, so take the plunge into romance!

Your energy wants to rush, but your common sense gets in the way and slows you down to the right speed. You may have to correct your course while you're at it, so make sure that you're paying attention!

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Your expressive side is out in force today, so make sure that you're letting people know just what's on your mind. In fact, you may not be able to help it, as you're pretty easy to read.

Watch your wallet today -- it may try to leap out of your purse or pocket and buy everything in sight. That can be a serious drain, so do whatever you can to keep it on a tight leash.

Your friends are closing in on you -in a good way. Expect some good support from those who know you best, and your great energy is taking up any slack you need to have covered.

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GaRFIEld

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You can move through today's big changes with ease -- so make sure that you're doing just that! In fact, your energy is building up to something big, and it may be that you don't even realize it.

Something shifts late in the day and you see new opportunities opening up all around you. Of course, you can't move in all directions at once, so make up your mind and get on with it!

Things are looking up for you -- as long as you don't back down! Today may bring a few fights your way, but as long as you can stand your ground for a day or two, life should get better soon.

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How to play fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, column and each of the squares contains all the digits. the object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once.

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1 relax (informal) (5,3) 2 nebula (anag) (6) 3 wrongful — discriminatory (6) 4 hit hard (on the head?) (4) 6 identify — know (9) 7 hopeless endeavour (4,5) 12 deplete of all resources through excessive demands (5,3) 14 stew of meat and sliced potatoes (6) 15 slave to a habit (6) 17 prophetic sign (4)


Sunday, 23 February, 2014

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Weird obsession: WOMAN BARBIE ASKS DOCTOR TO MAKE HER 'BRAINLESS'

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former model from California is so obsessed with being like Barbie that she is taking hypnotherapy to make her 'brainless'.

Blondie Bennett, 38, has sessions once a week to make her more easily confused and vacant. The former model, who changed her name to Blondie a year-and-a-half ago, has also spent £25,000 on five breast enlargements taking her to a size 32JJ. She is now unemployed and earns a living by taking money from online sugar daddies who support her in exchange for pictures of her dressed as Barbie. Blondie regularly has spray tans, Botox

and lip fillers to give her a more artificial appearance. But to make the transformation into the plastic toy complete, she is actively trying to become more stupid. She said: 'When people ask why I want to be Barbie I think "who wouldn't want to be?" 'She has the best life. All she does is shop and make herself look pretty - she doesn't worry about anything. “I've had 20 session and I'm already starting to feel ditzy and confused all the time. Recently I went to pick a friend up at the airport and couldn't remember if I needed to go to departures or arrivals. I also got lost for three hours driving to my mum's house - the house where I grew up.” Blondie says her obsession with Barbie

began at a young age, when she played with the children's favourite. In her teens she dressed like Barbie, bleached her hair and even had drove a Corvette like her hero. Then, at 18, she began to take on promotional jobs at toy stores pretending to be Barbie. Blondie said: 'People thought it was just a phase but I thought to myself as soon as I move out of home I'm going to turn myself into Barbie. “My friends hated the attention I got from guys because of how I dressed. They told me to tone it down when I went out with them. I was forced to live a double life until about eight years ago when I decided

to become Barbie for real and ignore what other people said.” Last August, Blondie had her H cup implants increased to a JJ with 1700cc saline implants. And in December she had chin liposuction to contour her face so she looked more like Barbie.

She said: “Some other women pretend they are human Barbie dolls but I take it to the next level. I want people to see me as a plastic doll and being brainless is a big part of that. People can criticise me but this is who I am: I want my transformation to be head to toe, inside and out.” COURTESY EMIRATES

CAT BREEDERS DISCOVER NEW BREED OF FELINES THAT LOOK LIKE WEREWOLVES BUSINESS BRILLIANCE – CHINESE SELL SNOWMEN AS CARTOP DECORATIONS When snow is free of cost, who’s going to pay for snowmen, right? Wrong! Apparently, people will buy anything if you sell it right. These two Chinese men have hit the marketing jackpot – making the most of heavy snowfall, they’re selling snowmen by the dozen. The two men (we don’t know their names or who they are), make snowmen for cars in the suburb of Chengdu, in Southwest China’s Sichuan province. A photograph taken on 10 February shows them placing snowmen with orange eyes, noses and buttons, on top of a customer’s car. According to some reports, they had sold over 100 snowmen before noon that day. Other pictures show several cars lined up in a street, all sporting snowmen on the roof. It certainly made for a festive display. It was as though the frozen figures were cheering on the traffic. Some believe that the snowmen were being sold only to tourists – as a marker for robbing them later. We’re not sure how much truth there is to that story. But about $5 per snowman ($10 if you want one shaped like a horse), I do think they were being robbed all right. COURTESY ODDITY CENTRAL

NEW PILLOW AIMS TO GIVE SNORERS A NUDGE

SINGAPORE NAMED BEST EXPAT CITY

Tennessee-based breeders have created a new breed of cat with a touch of the supernatural. The ‘Lykoi’ has the looks of a werewolf, but apparently behaves more like a dog. Due to a genetic mutation in a domestic shorthair cat, the Lykoi has no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle, giving it a werewolfish appearance. The name ‘Lykoi’ loosely translates as ‘wolf cat’ in Greek. It has patchy hair on the rest of its body and a ‘hound dog personality’. According to the official website for the breed, “They like to hunt around the house for whatever they can find. They show caution to strangers but warm up quickly and become very friendly.” “There was no human intervention to create the cat,” said breeder Johnny Gobble. “The gene is a natural mutation that appeared in the domestic cat population. We are simply using the genetics of natural processes.” It all started when the three foundation breeders – Gobble, his wife Brittney and Patti Thomas – located the first two kittens. Gobble then used cats from two groups of kittens to breed the first Lykoi kittens. When researchers found that a new breed had been created, they made sure the kittens were

completely healthy before breeding them. Several tests were conducted to rule out genetic illnesses. Dermatologists at the University of Tennessee tested them for skin abnormalities, given the strange coat of the Lykoi. That’s when they discovered that some of the cats’ hair follicles did not have all the components needed to create hair. Even the follicles that were able to produce hair did not have the proper balance required to maintain it. So the Lykoi can go completely bald over a period of time. Although the similarity is striking, DNA tests confirmed that these cats are not Sphinx, the famous breed of hairless cats. A cardiologist performed cardiac scans to ensure there were no structural problems with the heart. “In the end,” said the breeders, “we found that the cats are healthy, and the hair pattern is not from any known disease or disorder. It was determined that it was indeed a true natural mutation, and our breeding program began. September 14, 2011, we welcomed the first kitten from a Lykoi Cat to Lykoi Cat breeding. She has been named ‘Daciana’ and to date she is the only known second generation Lykoi.” NEWS DESK

Singapore has topped an international survey of the best cities in Asia for expatriates while the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka was named the worst. Japan took all the other spots in the Asian top five, with Tokyo in second place followed by Kobe, Yokohama and Osaka, according to the annual ranking by the Mercer consulting group. Worldwide, Vienna, Zurich and Auckland were named as the best places to live, followed by Munich and Vancouver. Paris was ranked 27th. The city offering the worst quality of life was Baghdad followed by Bangui in the Central African Republic and the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Singapore and Dhaka were ranked in 25th and 208th positions respectively with Baghdad in 223rd position. Political instability, crime and pollution levels were among the factors taken into account by Mercer which carries out research into 460 cities worldwide for its Worldwide Quality of Living Survey. Many of the cities are ranked jointly. 'In an increasingly globalised economy, cities beyond the traditional business and financial centres are improving quality of life in order to attract foreign firms,' said Emmanuel Rivere of Mercer France. AGENCIES

ARTIST SMASHES $1M VASE IN MIAMI MUSEUM A revolutionary pillow has been invented that gives snorers a nudge - without waking up their partners. The Snore Activated Nudging Pillow is fitted with an integrated microphone which picks up the sonic vibrations of snoring. It then inflates an internal air bladder which increases the pillow's depth by three inches - just enough to make a sleeper move their head or body. The microphone's sensitivity can be adjusted for light or heavy snoring, and can even be turned off. However, a good night's sleep comes at a price - the pillow can be bought online from retailer Hammacher Schlemmer for £92. Fred Berns, general manager at Hammacher Schlemmer said: "The Snore Activated Nudging Pillow encourages one to change sleeping positions immediately after the first snore. "This will then reduce the chance of prolonged snoring waking your partner." AGENCIES

A South Florida artist is facing a criminal charge after police say he smashed a $US1 million ($A1.11 million) vase by a Chinese artist to protest what he called favouritism for international rather than local art. Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief after Sunday's incident at the Perez Art Museum Miami. According to a Miami Police Department arrest affidavit, a security guard told officers that Caminero picked up a coloured vase by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. When told to put it down, the security guard said, Caminero smashed it on the floor. Caminero told officers he broke the vase to protest the museum's lack of local artist displays and because 'the museum only displayed international artists' art,' according to the affidavit.

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Caminero, a painter who lives in Miami, said he will have an afternoon news conference on Tuesday. The museum released a statement saying that 'as an art museum dedicated to celebrating modern and contemporary artists from within our community and around the world, we have the highest respect for freedom of expression'. 'But this destructive act is vandalism and disrespectful to another artist and his work, to Prez Art Museum Miami, and to our community.' According to the Perez Art Museum Miami's website, the vase is one of more than a dozen that are part of a floor installation. Caminero had a recent showing at the JF Gallery in West Palm Beach that offered patrons a chance to meet him and 'view a sampling of the work from his 30-year career as an artist.' COURTESY ORANGE


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ctor Manisha Koirala, who has worked with Bollywood’s big stars, including Salman Khan, Shah rukh Khan and Aamir Khan in the past, is quite impressed with the younger talent and says she would love to work in a film where ranbir Kapoor plays her younger brother. “I have been seeing ranbir Kapoor, and I think he is brilliant. I think he can do my younger brother’s role,” the 43-year-old said during a chat on the sidelines of a recently held event. Manisha, who carved a niche in the Hindi film industry with films like Bombay, 1942: A Love Story and Dil Se, is also impressed

with the new female talent in the Hindi film industry. Her last cinematic outing was Bhoot returns. “there are so many. From Anushka Sharma, Parineeti chopra, Sonakshi Sinha to Sonam Kapoor... everyone is so competitive,” said Manisha who successfully battled cancer recently. “In our films, they show that if you are suffering from cancer, then you have to die. Nobody has till now shown that you can deal with cancer and you can also survive for 30 to 40 years,” Manisha, who survived ovarian cancer said. She returned to the country last June after spending over six months in New York for treatment. About a million cases of cancer are detected

in India every year and about half of the patients die. these numbers are likely to go up considerably in the coming years. the 43-year-old feels “a lot has been done in India for cancer awareness, but a lot needs to be done especially the villages. the information is not sufficient. People say that if you are suffering from cancer, you will die. that upsets me.” Manisha, who comes from one of the bestknown political families of Nepal, is doing her bit for cancer awareness by speaking out about the disease. She recently lent support to the Sahachari Foundation to raise funds for cancer survivors with its Design one initiative. She also hopes to launch an NGo that will promote good health.

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NEWS DESK From Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) and Jism 2 (2012) to Jannat 2 (2012) and his upcoming film, Main Aur Charles, Randeep Hooda has moved effortlessly between playing strong character roles to essaying the lead on the big screen. The actor says that his focus is on entertaining the audience rat‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ completed filmingher than worrying about his image. You switch between lead and character roles, do You think it might confuse the audience or the

industrY? That might be the case for some, but people have offered me roles according to my body of work. I don’t have a set image. In fact, I would be curious to know how someone slots me. My last film was Bombay Talkies (2013, in which he played a suave businessman), and in my next release, Highway, audiences will see a totally different character (he plays a truck driver). does it affect You when You are underplaYed during film promotions? Perhaps the makers have a strategy. I like to take it in a positive

light. I am happy because whenever I am underplayed during promotions, it’s worked for me. do You aspire to be called a star? Yes, every actor’s biggest desire is to reach out to as many people as possible and stardom is when a large number of people turn up to watch your films. Many of my earlier movies didn’t get big releases. I invited a lot of people to watch John Day (2013), which I worked really hard on. As there were no big people involved in it and Mr (Naseeruddin) Shah too didn’t turn up for the publicity, not many people came to watch it. It was a big low. Yet, I am glad I have had eight good releases in the last four years. I overhaul myself for my roles. Sooner or later, I will get my due. Apparently, you don’t like moving around with an entourage. I don’t like people waiting on me. I feel it is an unnecessary expense. I try to keep myself as normal as possible. Stardom is transient. People forget you after a while. I don’t want to get used to things and later miss them. That’s why I hardly use airconditioning, as I might not have it one day.

shows Pakistan in new light NEWS DESK Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar, who is gearing up for the release of his next Bollywood venture Total Siyapaa, has said that he is writing the script for a film. He hopes it shows his native country in a new light to the world. Ali Zafar and Yami Gupta in a still from Total Siyapa. “I am writing a script now and I wish it represents Pakistan at an international platform and people get to see that side of Pakistan which usually is not shown

to them,” Ali said here in an interview. He wonders why Pakistan is “always shown in bad light”. “Pakistani people are good...it has its own kind of colour, culture, art, it has its history...people are so bubbly. Moreover, there is so much of scenic beauty there, then why such things about Pakistan are not shown in the international media?,” he added. “I think it’s important and the time I has come when people like me need to bring this facet of Pakistan in front of the whole world,” he added.

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NEWS DESK Pakistani top Actor Fawad Khan is one of the highest paid actors in Pakistan. He is sitting on a mountain of successful dramas and has worked with all the top ac-

tors of The rising superstar Fawad Khan, who is taking no chance after his drama ‘Numm’ failed to create much ripples, has reportedly turned down a drama offer with Mahira Khan. Sources and newspaper says that Fawad

don’t want to work with Mahira Khan and rejected many offers opposite Mahira. Production team has now casted Ali Rahman and now he will be opposite Mahira. According to a tabloid, the ‘Humsafar’ fame seems to be taking his steps to the ladder of success very carefully, as he doesn’t want to repeat another ‘Numm’ act. But some of our resources revealed us that Fawad Khan intentially rejected working with Mahira Khan. Fawad Kapoor apparently has rejected a role in Drama project “Mol”, may be he doesn’t want Mahira Khan to outshine his stardom. Well, it seems right now Fawad Khan has rejected Mahira Khan, their fans have to wait a bit more to see them together on silver screen.

The big screen adaptation of E L James’ erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has finally finished its filming. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, which stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and Rita Ora in lead roles, completed its shooting schedule on Februray 21. “One of us is drinking… It is a wrap,” author James wrote on Instagram along with a photo of her and the director of the film Sam Taylor-Johnson. The 50-yearold author followed it up with another tweet of an empty room with the caption, “It is so empty without you Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti.” The film is being produced by De Luca, Brunetti and James. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, is schedules to be released on February 11th next year. NEWS DESK

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NEWS DESK NEWS DESK Jessica Biel is planning to add entrepreneur to her profile by opening a restaurant. Biel, who is married to musician-actor Justin Timberlake, is opening a family-friendly restaurant in Santa Monica, California, called Au Fudge, the New York reported. The restaurant “would be a place where Alisters would feel comfortable bringing their kids to dine and take part in cooking activities,” according to a source. Biel confirmed the news by

posting the name on her Twitter page.” Things are getting delicious at our @aufudge tasting! @EsteeStanley & I can’t wait to share these with you… We promise to share. #AuFudge,” she tweeted. Celebrity style guru Stanley, a longtime collaborator and friend of Biel and her husband, also took to Instagram to share pics of potential Au Fudge sweets, including mini apple pie, chocolate-dipped macaroons, and even Biel sampling a cookie. “Can’t wait to open and feed you all!!!,” Stanley wrote.

Yesterday, Tabu was rushed to Srinagar’s Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. She was shooting for Haider in Srinagar’s Nishad area. Mirror has learnt that the actress couldn’t bear the severe cold and decided to warm herself near a bonfire outside the heritage bungalow where they were shooting. The smoke made her breathless and she was rushed to the hospital 13 kilometres away, by the local unit co-ordinator. After four hours, she was discharged but shooting was cancelled for the day.


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ith Sri Lanka missing their three senior batsmen, the dead rubber was supposed to be a big test for the younger set. They came through, with Kusal Perera hitting his maiden international century and Dinesh Chandimal finding form to guide Sri Lanka home and complete the 3-0 whitewash. There was disbelief at Kusal's strike-rate when he reached his third ODI fifty at the end of the 25th over. Sri Lanka still needed 138 runs at the halfway mark and Kusal was hitting at 62.50, when his career strike-rate is 86.15. But it didn't take long for him to pick up the pace. He found two bowlers, Sohag Gazi and Shafiul Islam, to attack whenever the required run-rate needed a lift and raced to his maiden century. His strike-rate was at a healthy 84.74, having blasted his last 56 runs off 44 balls. His increased scoring rate coincided with Sri Lanka turning the corner in their 241-run chase. The 3-0 win was just reward for their ability to turn corners, even in the direst situations as they showed in the first two ODIs. Kusal dictated the course of the chase, batting with circumspection when Sri Lanka needed. He saw Lahiru Thirimanne fall in the eleventh over to a soft dismissal, before Kithuruwan Vithanage, promoted to No 3 in place of Kumar Sangakkara, missed a slog-sweep in the 17th over. Kusal's partnership for the fourth wicket was worth 138 and effectively decided the fate of the game. Chandimal worked his way through singles and twos to reach his fifty in the 36th over, and soon, Kusal moved from 93 to 99 with a six off Sohag Gazi, and immediately reached three figures with a single. The change in momentum perhaps came in the 32nd over when the pair took 13 runs off Gazi, and followed it up with 14 off Shafiul. The required run-rate dropped well below five and by the time Rubel Hossain removed both batsmen in consecutive overs, it was far too late. This has been the theme of the series for the home side, not taking wickets when most required and dropping catches. They dropped one today. With the bat too, there was hardly any extra pressure applied on

PAKISTAN'S RECORD OPENING STAND IN UNDER-19 ONE DAYERS S Pervez QaiSer Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 121 runs in the quarter final to enter the semi final of the Under-19 World Cup for the seventh time at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday (February 22). Pakistan's 121-run victory was their fourth in five matches in Under-19 World Cup and overall 15th in 26th matches at the junior level. ** Imam-ul-Haq became the fourth Pakistani and 13th batsman overall to score 1000 runs in Under-19 one day international cricket. The left hand batsman from Lahore achieved this feat, in the 26th match, during his 82-run knock. Sami Aslam (1661 runs in 37 innings of 38 matches), Ahmed Shehzad (1318 runs in 39 innings of 40 matches) and Babar Azam (1271 runs in 35 innings of 36 matches) are the other Pakistani batsmen to score 1000 runs before Imam-ul-Haq who scored 1066 runs till the end of this match. ** Imam-ul-Haq and Sami Aslam set up a new record for the opening wicket for Pakistan in Under-19 World Cup as well as Under-19 one day international cricket by adding 177 in 37 overs. They erased the previous best of 163 runs between Babar Azam and Sami Aslam against Scotland at Buderim on August 13,2012. ** Imam-ul-Haq and Sami Aslam's 177-run stand was Pakistan's fourth best in Under-19 One dayers. Their 213run stand for the second wicket against India at Kuala Lumpur on June 24,2012 is the best stand in junior one day internationals for Pakistan.

SCOREBOARD BANGLADESH 2 Anamul Haque c †Chandimal b Prasad Shamsur Rahman c AK Perera b Prasad 25 mominul Haque run out (Vithanage) 60 mushfiqur Rahim c Senanayake b Prasad 30 32 Naeem Islam c Prasad b Senanayake 38 Nasir Hossain c Priyanjan b Lakmal 5 mahmudullah c thirimanne b Lakmal Sohag Gazi b NLtC Perera 23 Shafiul Islam not out 15 Arafat Sunny not out 1 9 EXtRAS (lb 2, w 7) 240 tOtAL (8 wickets; 50 overs) DID NOt BAt Rubel Hossain FALL OF WICKEtS 1-17 (Anamul Haque, 5.6 ov), 2-62 (Shamsur Rahman, 16.2 ov), 3-108 (mominul Haque, 23.5 ov), 4-130 (mushfiqur Rahim, 28.4 ov), 5-184 (Naeem Islam, 39.6 ov), 6-200 (mahmudullah, 44.1 ov), 7-201 (Nasir Hossain, 44.4 ov), 8-232 (Sohag Gazi, 48.5 ov) BOWLING RAS Lakmal 10-3-24-2, NLtC Perera 9-0-39-1, KtGD Prasad 10-0-49-3, SmSm Senanayake 9-0-46-1, SmA Priyanjan 6-0-42-0, AK Perera 3-0-17-0, AD mathews 3-0-21-0 SRI LANKA 106 mDKJ Perera b Rubel Hossain 18 HDRL thirimanne c Shamsur Rahman b mahmudullah 9 KDK Vithanage b mahmudullah 64 LD Chandimal† c †Anamul Haque b Rubel Hossain AD mathews not out 20 SmA Priyanjan not out 22 7 EXtRAS (lb 4, w 3) 246 tOtAL (4 wickets; 47.3 overs) DID NOt BAt NLtC Perera, AK Perera, SmSm Senanayake, KtGD Prasad, RAS Lakmal FALL OF WICKEtS 1-44 (thirimanne, 10.1 ov), 2-60 (Vithanage, 16.1 ov), 3-198 (mDKJ Perera, 39.2 ov), 4-205 (Chandimal, 41.1 ov) BOWLING Shafiul Islam 4-0-27-0, Sohag Gazi 9-1-47-0, Rubel Hossain 10-0-69-2, mahmudullah 10-0-38-2, Nasir Hossain 4-1-12-0, Arafat Sunny 10-0-42-0, Naeem Islam 0.3-0-7-0 match details toss Sri Lanka, who chose to field Series Sri Lanka won the 3-match series 3-0 Player of the match mDKJ Perera (Sri Lanka) Player of the series SmSm Senanayake (Sri Lanka) umpires Sharfuddoula and RJ tucker (Australia) tV umpire Anisur Rahman match referee DC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire tanvir Ahmed

the Sri Lankan bowlers. Apart from Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah, the other five Bangladesh batsmen failed to get going after starting off well. Shamsur Rahman gave a simple catch to deep square leg, falling to Dhammika Prasad's shortball trap after making 25 off 44. Mominul Haque was run out after batting impressively to reach 60, his maiden ODI fifty. There was definite two in that tap from Mushfiqur Rahim towards the leg-side field but Kithuruwan Vithanage's direct hit caught him short after turning slowly for the second run. Mushfiqur gave an easy catch to point, after which Naeem holed out to mid-off, Mahmudullah to long-on and Nasir Hossain at midwicket (off a full-toss). Sohag Gazi blasted three sixes, which helped the score to move to 240.

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The cruel reality of the knockout scenario is that one bad day or session can consign all the hard work and success earned in the lead-up to the nearest bin. India Under-19s came into the World Cup as the most successful junior side in the world, winning all four series played since the current unit was moulded last year, thereby building on the 2012 squad's success. India had the firepower to defend their title and were primed to enter the final four after winning their three group games. A quarter-final choke, though, meant that the best India can achieve in this tournament is fifth place. Given the weight of expectations on this team, from the public and themselves, it's a step down. The disappointment was apparent on captain Vijay Zol's face as he trudged up the stairs to the media room after the presentation ceremony. Zol's experienced a World Cup triumph before, as has his team-mate Akhil Herwadkar, but the rest haven't. Those who have age on their side, like Sarfaraz Khan, might have a second shot in two years' time. But players like Zol and Sarfaraz, who live and breathe cricket, having sacrificed a regular school

BEST OPENING STANDS FOR PAKISTAN UNDER-19 ONE DAYERS RuNS ..PAIR ......................................................OPPONENt ...................VENuE ....................DAtE 177 ......Imam-ul-Haq/Sami Aslam ..............Sri Lanka .......................Sharjah ..................22-02-2014 163 ......Babar Azam/Sami Aslam ...............Scotland ........................Buderim ................13-08-2012 149 ......Ahmed Shehzad/umar Akmal ......England .........................Colombo ...............30-01-2008 148 ......Babar Azam/Sami Aslam ...............Zimbabwe .....................Franschhoek .........15-01-2012 143 ......Babar Azam/Sami Aslam ...............South Africa .................Stellenbosch ........13-01-2012

BEST OPENING STANDS FOR PAKISTAN UNDER-19 IN WORLD CUP Runs ....Pair .........................................................Opponent ....................Venue ...................Date 177 ........Imam-ul-Haq/Sami Aslam ...............Sri Lanka .....................Sharjah ................22-02-2014 163 ........Babar Azam/Sami Aslam .................Scotland ......................Buderim ..............13-08-2012 125 .......Imam-ul-Haq/Sami Aslam Papu .....New Guinea ...............Dubai ...................17-02-2014] 109 .......Imam-ul-Haq/Sami Aslam ...............India ..............................Dubai ...................15-02-2014 104 .......Ahmed Shehzad/Babar Azam ........Bangaldesh .................Palmerston .........20-01-2010

MOST RUNS FOR PAKISTAN UNDER-19 IN ONE DAYERS BAtSmAN ................m .........I ............N.O ....RuNS .......AVG ..............H.S ...........100 .........50 ...........0 Sami Aslam ............38 ........37 ........2 ........1661 ..........47.45 ...........134 ...........6 ..............10 .............2 Ahmed Shehzad ...40 .......39 ........4 ........1318 ..........37.65 ............115 ............1 ...............8 ..............2 Babar Azam ...........36 ........35 ........2 ........1271 ..........38.51 .............129 ...........3 ..............8 ..............3 Imam-ul-Haq ..........26 .......26 ........2 ........1066 ........44.41 ............133 ...........2 ..............6 ..............1 Ali Asad ...................38 ........29 ........7 ........999 ..........45.40 ...........106 ..........1 ...............8 ..............1

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life to further their game, this defeat must be particularly gutting. The pressure and intensity was evident with the way Aamir Gani gave Ed Barnard a mouthful when he dismissed him when India were desperate for a wicket. Even the normally cool and collected Zol was fired up after he took the catch to get rid of Ben Duckett when he took the game away from India. Zol had barely had time to gather his thoughts when he took questions. Having made a strong recovery to reach 221 after being 24 for 4, Zol said a few more runs would have made the difference. Despite India's top order not clicking consistently in the tournament, Zol made a brave decision to bat first under overcast conditions. The England seamers got the batsmen edging behind the wicket and not for the first time in the tournament, the lower order had to clean up the mess. Zol too played an important part in the recovery, as well as Deepak Hooda who scored 68. "I completely back my decision (at the toss) and my team backed me," Zol said. "Yes, there were a few quite weird dismissals. [Matthew] Fisher deserves credit for taking three wickets and we were in a bit of panic. I think that was the difference.

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In-form openers Sami Aslam and Imam-ulHaq continued to pile up the runs to help Pakistan Under-19s crush Sri Lanka Under19s in the quarter-finals in Sharjah. The pair put on 177, the second-highest partnership in the tournament, to set the base for a total which proved well out of Sri Lanka's reach. Both Imam and Aslam preferred to bide their time, but ended their innings with strike-rates in the late 70s. No. 3 Kamram Ghulam hammered 52 off 44 balls to push Pakistan to 279. Imam's 82 made him the tournament's highest rungetter, and captain Aslam's 95 put him third on the charts. Pakistan lost six wickets in the final 23 deliveries of the innings, but that didn't prevent them from adding 32 in that stretch. For Sri Lanka, left-arm quick Binura Fernando went at over six an over, but struck four times to go to second on the list of the tournament's highest wickettakers. While Sri Lanka took 37 overs to get their first breakthrough, Pakistan got theirs in the first ball itself when opener Hashan Dumindu was bowled by Zia-ulHaq. The chase went awry soon after, as two run-outs left Sri Lanka at 44 for 3. Opener Sadeera Samarawickrama and Priyamal Perera kept Sri Lanka in the game with half-centuries, but the dismissal of Samarawickrama in the 24th over sparked a collapse. None of the final six batsmen got into double figures as Sri Lanka went from 103 for 3 to 158 all out. The wickets were shared around, with four bowlers taking two each as Pakistan cruised into the semi-finals, setting up a clash with England on Monday.


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AFAEL Nadal again proved his troublesome back is not affecting his game as he swept into the semi-finals of the Rio de Janeiro Open with a 6-1 6-0 win over Joao Sousa. The world number one, playing his first tournament since losing the Australian Open final in January, admitted after his third round win over Albert Montanes that his sore back was still bothering him. But his demolition job on Portugal's Sousa - a victory completed in just 75 minutes - suggests the ailment is not affecting the Spaniard too much once he steps onto the court. The top seed now faces compatriot Pablo Andujar for a place in the final of the ATP500 claycourt tournament in Brazil. Andujar booked his place in the last four with an equally impressive 6-1 6-1 drubbing of fourth seed and another Spaniard Tommy Robredo. In the other half of the draw, David Ferrer ensured Spain would have three representatives in the semi-finals with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, but not after a lengthy delay due to a floodlight failure.

The pair had to wait over an hour with Ferrer leading 2-1 in the final set before returning to the court after the lights went out on the outdoor stadium. "It was really tough," Ferrer said. "When the match was stopped it was practically in my hands. It was bad luck with what happened with the lights." Ferrer will now meet Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semis after the Ukrainian dealt with the threat of third seeded and in-form Fabio Fognini 6-1 6-1 . After posting the victory, Dolgopolov confirmed he would stay and play out the tournament rather than returning to his homeland, which is currently engulfed by protests and violence. "I don't think it's going to change a lot at this point if I just finished playing and come back to my country," said Dolgopolov. "It's still going to be the same situation. I will just be closer. But I am not considering that at this moment." At the Delray Beach Open American qualifier Steve Johnson won through to his first ATP Tour semi-final after an emphatic victory. The 24-year-old, who eliminated top seed Tommy Haas in the second round, dominated sixth seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez to win their quarter-final 6-3 6-2 in

73 minutes. Johnson did not drop serve and broke Lopez three times. "I stuck to the game plan and executed really well and in the end I was able to hold my nerves," he said. Johnson, ranked 142nd in the world, will meet 2012 champion Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals on Saturday. Johnson might be the underdog against fourth seed Anderson, but will take confidence in the knowledge he beat the South African in Auckland in January. Anderson advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3 victory over Australian Marinko Matosevic. "I just hung in there and finally got that breakthrough in the second set," said An-

derson, who dropped serve once in the gusty conditions. The other semi-final will pit Croatian Marin Cilic against American John Isner. Seventh-seed Cilic advanced with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili. "Good times are rolling," Cilic said after serving 12 aces. He also returned well, breaking Gabashvili five times. It was Cilic's 11th straight-set victory in 13 matches since a second round exit at the Australian Open as he stayed on track for his third final in as many weeks. He lost the final in Rotterdam last week, and won the week before on home soil in Zagreb. Second seed Isner dropped the first set

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France's top two tennis stars remain on course for the final at the ATP Marseille Open as Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both came through their quarter-final matches. Top seed and world number nine Gasquet came through a hard-fought opening set against Croatia's Ivan Dodig before winning 7-5 6-3. Second seed Tsonga had a tough time in his opening set against another Frenchman, Edouard RogerVasselin, losing it in a tie-break. But world number 10 Tsonga found his game

BD CRUSH CANADA BY NINE WICKETS Bangladesh Under-19s crushed Canada Under-19s by nine wickets and 217 balls to spare in the play-off for the ninth place at the Under-19 World Cup. Bangladesh put Canada in after winning the toss and their bowlers made the most of the morning conditions in Abu Dhabi. Canada's openers got to 11 before the crash began. They lost six wickets for 17 runs to slump to 28 for 6, before limping to 75. They were dismissed in 27.1 overs. Mustafizur Rahman claimed

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quArTer-finAls 2-John isner (u.s.) beat rhyne Williams (u.s.) 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Teymuraz Gabashvili (russia) 6-2 6-3 steve Johnson (u.s.) beat 6-feliciano lopez (spain) 6-3 6-2 4-Kevin Anderson (south Africa) beat Marinko Matosevic (Australia) 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3

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7TH MOBILINK 18-HOLE GOLF TOURNAMENT CONCLUDES IN ISLAMABAD

Lahore: The 7th Mobilink Golf Tournament 2014 was held at the Islamabad Golf Club. The tournament witnessed participation from distinguished customers and the top management of Mobilink. Prizes were distributed among the winners and outstanding performers. The one day tourney in Islamabad concluded the 7th consecutive series of nationwide tournaments. The Islamabad leg of the competition attracted over 110 amateur golfers. The Mobilink Golf Tournament has been one of the premier amateur golf events of Pakistan over the last seven years, and continues to attract a diverse segment of the country’s corporate and business sector, making for a well competed event, providing healthy entertainment and promoting golf across Pakistan. Azfar Manzoor, Vice President Business Service, Mobilink highlighted, “Over the seven years our customers and golf enthusiasts have transformed this tournament into one of the most prestigious amateur golf tournaments of Pakistan. I congratulate the winners and thank our distinguished guests for making this year’s event a success.’’ Mobilink has always sought opportunities and fresh ideas to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle in the community. Now in its seventh edition, the 18-hole tournament has consistently attracted golfing enthusiasts from within the Mobilink customer base. sTAff rePOrT

against Rhyne Williams, but recovered to beat his American compatriot 4-6 6-3 6-2. The big-serving Isner pounded down 18 aces and only lost five of 45 points on his first serve.

3 for 11 for Bangladesh, while Saeed Sarkar and Mehedy Hasan took two each. Bangladesh made short work of the chase, achieving the target in 13.5 overs. The openers added 73 before Joyraz Sheik was dismissed for 33. He was the only wicket they lost. Shadman Islam was unbeaten on 35. A patient half-century from Ryan Burl helped Zimbabwe Under-19s to a six-wicket win against Namibia Under19s in the ninth-place quarterfinal playoff in Abu Dhabi. Burl hit only four

during his 55 not out, and put up 66 for the fourth wicket with Kieran Geyle, as Zimbabwe successfully chased down 195 in 45.1 overs. Namibia, put in to bat, were restricted to 194 for 8 from their 50 overs thanks to some incisive bowling from the offspinner Patrick Mambo who finished with 4 for 31 to run through Namibia's top order. Xander Pitchers top-scored with 78 and added 87 for the sixth wicket with SJ Loftie-Eaton, but apart from them, only two other batsmen reached double digits for Namibia.

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thereafter, and finished off the match in relative ease to win 6-7(3) 6-2 6-2. Tsonga faces Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in the semi-finals, while third seed Ernests Gulbis is the last-four opponent for Gasquet.

ATP MArseille OPen quArTer-finAls Jan-lennard struff (Germany) beat Michael llodra (france) 6-4 6-3 2-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (france) beat 6-edouard roger-Vasselin (france) 6-7(3) 6-2 6-2 3-ernests Gulbis (latvia) beat 8-nicolas Mahut (france) 6-3 7-6(1) 1-richard Gasquet (france) beat 5-ivan Dodig (Croatia) 7-5 6-3 ATP Delray Beach quarter-finals steve Johnson (u.s.) beat 6-feliciano lopez (spain) 6-3 6-2 4-Kevin Anderson (south Africa) beat Marinko Matosevic (Australia) 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3

Record-breaking Fraser Forster vowed to keep working hard after setting a new Scottish top-flight record as Celtic continued their winning streak with a 2-0 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle. The England goalkeeper broke Bobby Clark's previous record of 1,155 minutes without conceding, before Leigh Griffiths scored his first Celtic goal to seal a 15th consecutive Scottish Premiership triumph for the Hoops. Forster said afterwards: "It's been talked about a lot, so it was nice to get it and keep a clean sheet. Tynecastle is a tough place to come to. "I'd not given a lot of focus to it (the record) - but it's nice, although it's important to keep working hard. "We've obviously passed a couple of records on the way this season. Each week seems to be a different one - but credit to us as a team. "There is motivation to go unbeaten until the end of the season. We've done really well to get this far."


Sunday, 23 February, 2014

Cornet destroYs serena TO RUIN PROSPECT OF ALL-WILLIAMS FINAL IN DUBAI

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RANCE'S Alize Cornet beat a despondent Serena Williams 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Friday in what the world number 26 described as the biggest win of her career. Cornet's heroics have earned her a final appearance against Venus Williams, Serena's older sister, who earlier trounced Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-2 under a fading desert sun. Few in the Aviation Stadium crowd would have given Cornet, who had lost her previous three meetings against Serena, much chance of denying the Williams sisters a first tour final against each other since 2009. But the Frenchwoman was unbowed as she slugged it out from the baseline against the world number one. "This is the biggest win of my career," Cornet said in a courtside interview. "I had to forget about Serena on the other side of the net and concentrate on my own game. I tried to play very deep and stay focused." The first eight games went with serve before Williams scuffed a forehand long to give Cornet the first break of the match and the opportunity to serve for the first set. The 24-year-old made no mistake when her moment came, leaping to play a baseline backhand winner down the line to claim the set, then punching the air as the

crowd bellowed her name. Cornet was energetic while Williams looked lacklustre as the 17-times grand slam singles champion committed a series of rudimentary blunders. "I'm a wee bit embarrassed," Williams, 32, told reporters. "I don't think I have made that many errors in a match in I think at least three, maybe four years. Out of 10, I was like a minus 283. "I started out extremely slow. I need to be able to play better than that if I want to be playing on the professional tour. Maybe I can go to amateurs," joked Williams after only her second defeat in 30 matches. Her competitive fire did awaken after Cornet took a 2-0 second set lead. She let out prolonged roars with every winner as she surged to 3-2 ahead, the set now back on serve. But Williams, playing her first tournament following a month out with a back injury, could not sustain that surge. Cornet broke again for a 4-3 lead with a drilled forehand down the line past Williams, who was stranded at the net. Serving to save the match at 5-3 down, Williams saved four match points to hold eventually. Yet Cornet was undaunted and served out the match to love after Williams shanked a cross-court backhand long. Cornet seemed overwhelmed, skipping in delight across the court, although she said she was calm at the last end change.

"I said 'OK you are a big girl you can do it'. I was trying to relax," she added. Earlier, world number 44 Venus Williams made it five wins out of five against Wozniacki in an error-strewn encounter as six of the first nine games went against serve. Wozniacki, 23, had been in scintillating form in Dubai, dismissing Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki in the first round and not dropping a set thereafter, but Williams' ground strokes proved too potent. The seven-times grand slam champion claimed the first set after a deep return forced Wozniacki into scuffing a forehand into the net. Williams, 33, cranked up the pressure in the second set, racing into a 3-0 lead. Wozniacki, who topped the year-ending rankings in 2010 and 2011 but has since reached only one grand slam quarter-final, put up little resistance, ceding the match with another forehand into the net. Williams has yet to drop a set in Dubai, beating four higher-ranked opponents along the way including former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic. "I feel like I've just gotten so much better since my first round to now, just feeling comfortable on the court, feeling comfortable when I'm behind, feeling comfortable when I'm in the lead," said Williams, who has struggled for form since she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease in 2011.

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FROOME TAKES GC LEAD WITH STAGE FIVE WIN Chris Froome claimed stage five of the Tour of Oman to take the overall lead in the GC. Marco Canola (BardianiCSF) John Murphy (UnitedHealtcare), Thomas Sprengers (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) had opened up a 3:30 gap over the peloton after 100 km. However, Sky and Omega Pharma-QuickStep worked in tandem to reel them in. Froome made his move with 1.5km to go and takes the GC lead into the final day's racing with a second consecutive win at the Tour of Oman in his sights. Tejay van Garderen (BMC) took second with Rigoberto Uran (Omega PharmaQuickStep) in third. “It feels absolutely fantastic getting that win today, especially with it being my first race of the season. “Coming into the race I wasn’t sure exactly where my form was but this has proved I’m where I need to be right now," Froome said. sPOrTs DesK

staGe Five result

1 Chris froome (GBr) sky, 2 Tejay van Garderen (usA) BMC, 3 rigoberto urán (Col) Omega Pharma-quickstep, 4 Joaquim rodríguez (rus) Katusha, 5 robert Gesink (ned) Belkin

'GILARDINO DESERVES WORLD CUP'

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Chelsea defeated Everton 1-0 with a contentious injury-time goal that John Terry claimed, but Frank Lampard was credited with. Jose Mourinho's side moved four points clear of second-placed Arsenal before their London rivals hosted Sunderland later in the afternoon, but they left it late to seal the three points against a highly-skilled and adventurous visiting team. A surging run by home substitute Ramires saw Phil Jagielka booked before Terry landed on the end of a Lampard free-kick to beat Tim Howard two minutes into five added on by referee Lee Probert. Everton did not deserve to lose having dominated large swathes of the match with Sylvain Distin and Gareth Barry producing towering performances for Roberto Martinez's side. But Distin lost Terry at the goal as the home side somehow escaped with three points they barely merited having spent the afternoon firing efforts from long range at the visiting goal. It is a cliche, but prospective champions win matches while not playing well. Which just about summed up Chelsea's afternoon.

KeY MoMents PRE-MATCH: Late change to the Everton team with Steven Naismith having to step in for Lacina Traore, who pulled up injured in the warm-up. 11' - OSMAN GOES CLOSE: Everton have been pinned back, but Howard is yet to make a save of any note. Osman then unloads a fabulous hit from 25 yards. Nice tip over by Cech. 28' - SMART SAVE FROM HOWARD: Cesar Azpilicueta with a powerful shot at the Everton goal,

Gian Piero Gasperini insists Alberto Gilardino “deserves to go to the World Cup” and will prove it in Napoli-Genoa. The two teams go head-to-head at the San Paolo on Monday at 20.00 GMT. Coach Gasperini was due to be in the stands, but his touchline ban for dissent was revoked on appeal and instead had to pay a €10,000 (£8,250) fine. “Napoli are certainly an excellent squad with a fearsome strike force, but they do leave you spaces at the back. Those are the spaces we’ll need to make the most of,” he told Radio Club 91. Genoa have impressed since Gasperini took over from Fabio Liverani and much of that success is down to Gilardino, who scored 11 Serie A goals in 23 games this season. sPOrTs DesK

but that is a solid piece of goalkeeping by Howard to make the stop. 56' - CECH SHINES AGAIN: Coleman with a lovely little pass to Osman. His shot takes a deflection off the heels of Mirallas. Cech nudges it wide. Fine save. 59' - DOUBLE SAVE! Brilliant save by Howard to halt the Ivanovic volley after he was forced to dive to left to prevent the Hazard shot from hitting the net. Superb piece of goalkeeing. 90+2' - GOAL! Terry pops up to force the ball into the net from the Lampard free-kick. Terry gets a touch to it. Howard can't hold it. And Chelsea lead 1-0. What a vital goal that could be. KEY STATS: Chelsea have recorded their 150th win in all competitions under Jose Mourinho (both spells). Chelsea are now unbeaten in 23 Premier League home matches, and 12 in the PL (home and away). Everton are now winless in five Premier League away matches, and have lost their last three in the Premier League. Frank Lampard scores his sixth league goal against Everton, all for Chelsea. Only Didier Drogba (seven) scored more against Everton for Chelsea in the Premier League than Lampard. Jerrel Hasselbaink and Gianfranco Zola also scored six league goals vs Everton for Chelsea. TALKING POINT: Was Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard at fault for the winning goal? Perhaps the visiting goalkeeper should have done better, but was difficult to grasp the free-kick from Lampard such was its accuracy. Distin and Jagielka will be just as disappointed about nodding off having done their work to keep the home side quiet all afternoon. MAN OF THE MATCH: Sylvain Distin (Everton): Just keeps getting better and better in central defence for a highly impressive Everton side. So unfortunate to be on the losing team.

ronaldo ban upheld

SPORTS DESK Cristiano Ronaldo’s three-match ban has been upheld by the Spanish Sport Ministry’s Administrative Court [TAD]. Real Madrid had gone to appeal following the forward’s red card against Athletic Bilbao two weeks ago. However, following a hearing, the court has decided to uphold the Portugal international’s initial ban. It means he will not play for Los Blancos against Elche this afternoon, with Gareth Bale, Jese and Karim Benzema expected to lead the line.

Maryam Altaf, student of University of the Punjab, won silver medal in all Pakistan Inter University Tournament organised by Punjab Sports Board. She won gold medal in martial arts category while competing in Punjab Youth Festival last year. Maryam said she wants to represent Pakistan at international events. Pr

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SPORTS Sunday, 23 February, 2014

ENGLAND IN SEMI-FINALS AFTER FINAL-OVER WIN

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Dubai:An Under-19 World Cup quarter-final involving India goes down to the wire, by default. England's eighth-wicket pair of Rob Jones and Rob Sayer held their nerve in a stand of 23 to take them home in the final over in their chase of 222, knocking out defending champions India. England looked favourites to get home comfortably at one stage, with Ben Duckett leading the way with a fifty before India's spinners seized control. But it came down to the team with the more reliable lower-order depth as England booked their place in the semi-finals. It was a match that ebbed and flowed. England's fast bowlers pinned India down to 24 for 4 before their lower order, led by Deepak Hooda and Sarfaraz Khan shored them up to a competitive 221. It was then a contest between England's batsmen and India's spinners. Duckett's handling of the slower bowlers gave England the confidence that they could pull a win after a shaky start, but a few false shots that found the fielders brought India back into the game. Duckett ensured that England didn't buckle under pressure against India's three spinners by employing the reverse sweep. England took the Powerplay in the 19th over and Duckett took on Hooda's offspin by fetching two boundaries to third man with the reverse sweep. He meted out the same treatment to Yadav, too, reverse-sweeping him for a four in front of square. Ed Barnard and Duckett had added a positive 76 for the fourth wicket before Barnard gave Aamir Gani the charge and holed out to long-on. A few overs later, Duckett took the gamble of giving Kuldeep Yadav the charge and lobbed the ball to cover. aGeNcIeS

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his was much more like the sort of cricket you come to expect from the No. 1 team in the world; aggressive, hostile bowling followed by forceful batting to set up a position of complete dominance with two days to go. With hashim Amla stroking the ball beautifully to reach 93, south Africa's lead stands at 369 although Graeme smith will not be without a quandary or two with a dodgy forecast for the final day and Wayne Parnell unlikely to bowl again in the match due to a groin strain. however, given the state his side was in a week ago this position represents an overwhelming turnaround of fortunes. south Africa must now give themselves every chance to level the series - and set up a humdinger of a finale in Cape Town and it will be a good test of smith's instincts when he feels the balance of runs and time is where he wants. if they are still denied by weather, or a rearguard, then that is the game but he must not be cautious. Amla, who earlier dislocated a finger when he missed a tough chance in the gully, ensured south Africa's innings was always moving at the sort of tempo needed after Australia had been removed for 246. By his standards he has endured a lean time of late - seven innings with a best of 36 including a first-innings duck here - but he made a mockery of any talk about his form as he unfurled a collected of exquisite boundaries, his off-side drives from front and back foot one of most pleasing sights the game currently produces. Amla was given a life on 83, when he glanced Mitchell Johnson down the leg side and Brad haddin could not hold on, and took a glancing blow on the helmet from a sharp bouncer but was barely troubled otherwise. it was only towards the close that he reigned himself in a touch, ensuring he was there for the charge in the morning. his partnership with AB de Villiers was, for the 67 deliveries it lasted, a masterclass of batting from the pair as they increasingly did what they pleased to push south Africa's lead forward at five-anover. The pair's quality was put into further context by the fact that other batsmen still had work hard for their runs. Graeme smith's difficult series continued when he fell to Johnson, an inside edge cannoning

into leg stump, after tensions had become frayed even before a ball was bowled when smith was not ready to face the first ball. if smoke was not coming out of Johnson's ears then, it was when the ball was eventually clipped for four. Peter siddle removed Dean Elgar from round the wicket and his delivery to find Faf du Plessis' edge, lifting and nipping away off a length, will not have gone unnoticed by the south Africa pacemen. This is not the lifeless pitch that it appeared on the opening day still, with time perhaps being an issue later in the game, one thing south Africa will have to do in the second innings is take all their chances. Their catching has been unusually fallible so far in this series when Robin Peterson, on as sub for Amla, dropped a dolly at square to reprieve

steven smith, but the bowlers continued to create enough opportunities that no single miss proved overwhelmingly costly, although the errors could yet add up to hurt. David Warner had been among those given a life when he was dropped on the second evening by AB de Villiers, but his innings was ended early in the morning session when he was tempted to drive a full delivery from Vernon Philander. Four balls later, Nathan Lyon was dismissed for the first time in nine innings spanning 160 deliveries when Morne Morkel's barrage from around the wicket succeeding in forcing Lyon into playing the ball into stumps from way outside leg. south Africa could have had another scalp in the next over when Amla dropped haddin on 1 and smith cashed in on his lifeline from Peterson.

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Scoreboard SoUTH aFrIca 1ST INNINGS 423 aUSTraLIa 1ST INNINGS da Warner c Smith b Philander 70 NM Lyon b Morkel 15 SPd Smith c †de Villiers b Morkel 49 bJ Haddin b Steyn 9 MG Johnson b duminy 27 rJ Harris c du Plessis b Morkel 26 PM Siddle not out 11 eXTraS: (lb 4, w 2, nb 1) 7 ToTaL: (all out; 57 overs; 281 mins) 246 FaLL oF WIcKeTS: 1-7 (rogers, 3.3 ov), 2-41 (doolan, 9.1 ov), 3-41 (Marsh, 9.3 ov), 4-81 (clarke, 17.2 ov), 5-120 (Warner, 29.3 ov), 6-128 (Lyon, 30.1 ov), 7-168 (Haddin, 40.5 ov), 8-205 (Johnson, 49.2 ov), 9-209 (Smith, 50.2 ov), 10-246 (Harris, 56.6 ov) boWLING: dW Steyn 13-3-55-1, Vd Philander 13-0-68-3, M Morkel 17-0-63-3, Wd Parnell 8.3-2-31-2, d elgar 0.3-0-1, JP duminy 5-0-24-1 SoUTH aFrIca 2Nd INNINGS Gc Smith* b Johnson 14 d elgar c †Haddin b Siddle 16 HM amla not out 93 F du Plessis c †Haddin b Siddle 24 ab de Villiers† c †Haddin b Johnson 29 Q de Kock not out 9 eXTraS: (b 2, lb 5) 7 ToTaL: (4 wickets; 47 overs) 192 To baT: JP duminy, Wd Parnell, Vd Philander, dW Steyn, M Morkel FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-20 (Smith, 4.1 ov), 2-42 (elgar, 11.6 ov), 3-112 (du Plessis, 25.5 ov), 4-167 (de Villiers, 36.6 ov) boWLING: MG Johnson 12-0-48-2, rJ Harris 10-1-53-0, NM Lyon 12-2-31-0, PM Siddle 13-2-53-2 MaTcH deTaILS ToSS: South africa, who chose to bat TeST debUT: Q de Kock (South africa) Player of the match tba UMPIreS: HdPK dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and rK Illingworth (england) TV UMPIre: aleem dar (Pakistan) MaTcH reFeree: rS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) reSerVe UMPIre: aT Holdstock

halfway through his ninth over, Parnell pulled out of his delivery stride and, on trying to start again, aborted all efforts. he walked to smith, handed him the ball and trudged off with a slight limp. he was immediately taken to hospital for scans which confirmed a strain which makes him unlikely for the second innings, but not a more serious tear. Dale steyn continued to find movement with ball beginning to reverse and following an appeal for lbw when one tailed back into haddin he then found a gap between bat and pad as the keeper went for drive, the ball snaking to take out middle stump. With a bowler down, smith had little choice but to introduce spin and brief Australia counterattacked against JP Duminy but life was much tougher at the other end. Morkel produced another fierce spell, battering the ribs and helmet of Johnson, and it was a wicket for Morkel whatever the scorebook might say when Johnson missed a straight delivery from Duminy. shortly after lunch, smith became Morkel's third when he was given caught behind via the DRs when the third umpire used a spike on snicko to decide it was sufficient prove to over-turn the on-field not-out. The look on Darren Lehmann's face suggested he did not believe it was conclusive prove.


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