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ZARDARI ACQUITTED IN POLO GROUND CASE Thursday, 29 May, 2014 Rajab 29, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 330 16 Pages Islamabad Edition
CANTERBURY ARCHBISHOP SAYS PAKISTANI MINORITIES ‘UNDER SIEGE’ STORY ON PAGE 02
ECC gives NEPRA green light to pass circular debt burden onto consumers STORY ON PAGE 04
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JUDGE GIVES GOVERNMENT NINE DAYS TO AVENGE HIS INSULT STORY ON PAGE 02
Mehsud Sharif talkS Militants about the part ways real power! with ttp Acknowledging Pakistan’s preparedness to defend itself militarily, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that the country should concentrate on economic progress and not defence. “What kind of nuclear power are we if we are still engulfed in darkness instead of light. We have illiteracy instead of education, we have more unemployed people than those with jobs and more terrorism and less peace,” he told a gathering held to mark Youm-e-Takbeer, the day Pakistan became the world’s seventh nuclear power.
Khan Said Sajna announces separation from TTP central, establishes his own group, accuses Fazlullah of running TTP affairs with dirty money STORY ON PAGE 02
Blasts too noisy for Modi to hear words of peace Kashmir, other issues were not on agenda of Nawaz-Modi meeting, says Sartaj Khan Said Sajna
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Thursday, 29 May 2014
MeHsud Militants part ways witH ttp KHAN SAID SAJNA ANNOUNCES SEPARATION FROM TTP CENTRAL, ESTABLISHES HIS OWN GROUP, ACCUSES FAZLULLAH OF RUNNING TTP AFFAIRS WITH DIRTY MONEY PESHAWAR
hammad Omar Akhund. SAJNA CANNOT WORK WITH DIRTY MONEY: Justifying disassociation from TTP and establishment of the new group, Azam Tariq alleged, “Affairs of TTP have been handed over to incompetent elements under a wellplanned conspiracy.” He, however, claimed that they made hectic efforts for reforms but were unsuccessful. Accusing leaders and office-holders of banned TTP for involvement in criminal and other anti-social acts, Azam Tariq said: “Affairs of the organisation are being run through resources generated from extortion money and robberies.” He also said that they had reservations over banned TTP’s involvement in violent
N the wake of rifts and hostilities within the ranks of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a Taliban faction headed by Khan Said Sajna has declared disassociation from TTP, announcing the establishment of a new group comprising Mehsud fighters. The awaited announcement was made by Sajna’s spokesman Azam Tariq Wednesday. Khan Said Sajna, renamed as Khalid Mehsud, will be the new chief of the banned TTP faction. The faction, according to Azam Tariq, will be in an alliance with Emirate Islami Afghanistan headed by Mullah Mo-
acts, especially suicide attacks and bombings in mosques and madrassas. THE FRUITS OF SALAFISM: Furthermore, Azam Tariq said, “Preaching in favour of different thoughts and beliefs [Salafi and Wahabi] has disheartened people who believe in different school of thoughts.” TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah, his deputy Khaliq Haqqani and others believe in Salafi or Wahabi school of thought. Couple of weeks ago, Fazlullah had ordered the removal of Khan Said Sajna from his office as the TTP chief for South Waziristan and empowered Khalid Haqqani for the interim period. Later on, Khalid Khurasani was declared as chief for
both North and South Waziristan. However, Sajana had opposed Fazlullah’s decision. SAJNA’S OLD GRUDGE: After the assassination of Hakeemullah Mehsud in a US drone attack on November 1, 2013, Sajna was a favourite for the TTP top slot but his candidature was opposed by militants headed by Sheheryar Mehsud. Later on, for resolving the rifts within the Mehsud militants, Fazlullah was declared as the TTP chief. In comparison to Fazlullah, Sajna is in favour of reconciliation with the government but analysts believe that such divisions could pave the way for emergence of smaller groups in TTP. Analysts say that the emergence of smaller and independent militant groups could further fuel the already tense and uncertain situation. However, rifts amongst TTP ranks seem a serious blow to dialogues between the government and militants.
ZARDARI ACQUITTED IN POLO GROUND CASE COURT SAYS EVIDENCE AGAINST FORMER PRESIDENT NOT SUFFICIENT FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
An accountability court on Wednesday acquitted former president Asif Ali Zardari in the Polo Ground corruption reference. The court announced the verdict saying the accused had not been proven guilty so far. It further stated that evidence against the former president was not sufficient for further proceedings. This reference builds upon the construction of a polo ground along with
Five Hindu cHildren abducted in balocHistan QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Armed men kidnapped five children belonging to minority Hindu community from Balochistan's volatile Jaffarabad district on Wednesday. Jaffarabad Deputy Commissioner Syed Zafar Ali Shah told reporters that the children were going to school when abducted by the armed men near Dera Allah Yar. He, however, added that four accused belonging to a local tribe were arrested in connection with the kidnapping. “The ages of children are between five to 10,” Jaffarabad DPO Syed Ashfaq Ahmed. He said a local journalist was also arrested during a police raid with regard to the incident. The deputy commissioner stated that the kidnappers had shifted all five children to Rato Dero area of Sindh. “Very soon, we will recover the children unharmed,” vowed Shah. The children belong to an ancient Hindu community living in Dera Allah Yar area of Balochistan and they are daughters and sons of well-known Hindu trader and newspaper agent Saith Bhojraj. The deputy commissioner stated that the children were coming back from school when abducted by the armed men. Balochistan Police also approached Rato Dero Police for the recovery of kidnapped children. It is, however, yet to be confirmed that whether it was a family dispute or the children were kidnapped for ransom, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the kidnapping.
ancillary works at the Prime Minister House, which NAB says are illegal and in violation of the rights and privileges that were afforded to Zardari. In February, the court had reserved its judgment on the application of the former president seeking acquittal in the corruption reference. The reference filed in 2000 alleged that the polo ground at the Prime Minister House was constructed during the second tenure of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on the verbal orders of her husband Asif Ali Zardari to CDA chairmen Saeed Mehdi and Shafi Sehwani at an estimated cost of Rs 52.29 million. The NAB in the reference nominated the two former CDA chairmen as the principal accused. It was alleged that both the former CDA chiefs got sheds constructed and carried out landscaping
in a portion of the Prime Minister House and converted it into a polo ground. The other references filed against Zardari are: SGS: This corruption case is the continuance of a reference filed in 1997 that accused the late Benazir Bhutto and her spouse Zardari to have gained off a contract between the SGS and the government. ARY: This reference revolves around granting of trade licenses to ARY Traders for importing gold and silver which NAB says has caused losses to the treasury. Ursus tractors: This reference deals with alleged corruption during the import of Russian and Polish tractors. Cotecna: This case is about the award of a contract to the Swiss company after allegedly receiving six per cent bribe on the revenue proceeds.
JUDGE GIVES GOVT 9 DAYS TO AVENGE HIS INSULT SC TASKS ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR TAKING ACTION AGAINST THOSE WHO POSTED BANNERS AGAINST SC JUDGES
JUSTICE KHAWAJA SAYS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION DOES NOT MEAN THAT PEOPLE CROSS LIMITS
ISLAMABAD ONLINE The Supreme Court (SC) has given nine days to the attorney general for taking action against culprits who posted banners and posters against some judges of the apex court. As a two-member SC bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja heard the case Wednesday, the attorney general, on behalf of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) DG and Interior secretary, submitted reports in the court. The court released written orders over the issue, saying that some media organisations were trying to create hurdles in way of national institutions. The court also provided a script of the programme to the attorney general, asking him to investigate the case and submit a report with the court. Justice Khawaja also cited the case of a newspaper which linked a statement pertaining to missing persons’ case with him. Regretting that some people posted banners against the judges, he clarified that no such remark was given during the hearing. Justice Khawaja stated that he did not care about himself but as an institution, judiciary should not be criticised. Freedom of expression did not mean that people start crossing limits, he added. He remarked that a framework should be developed and properly implemented in order to avoid irresponsible reporting by newspapers and TV channels. The Attorney General assured the court that the government would be informed about the matter.
Justice Jawwad s KhawaJa Justice Jawwad said Attorney General had submitted reports on behalf of Attorney General and DG Intelligence Bureau. The report stated that Shafiq Butt and two of his companions Muhammad Nazar and Muhammad Waqar were arrested in the case and an FIR 234/14 was registered against them. The attorney general sought more time to further investigate the case while Press Association President Khudayar Mohla appeared before the court saying that the draft of code of conduct for reporting has been distributed in all associations and it will be finalised after taking all stakeholders on board. Press Association member Matiullah Jan said that no code of conduct should be formed without hearing all stakeholders.
CANTERBURY ARCHBISHOP SAYS MINORITIES IN PAKISTAN ‘UNDER SIEGE’ JUSTIN WELBY SAYS ‘THERE IS A VERY CLEAR SENSE THAT PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS ABOUT MISUSE OF BLASPHEMY LAWS’
The spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans urged Pakistan to treat all people equally on Wednesday during a trip designed to show his support for the embattled Christian community, saying many felt "under siege". The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday to meet Muslim and Anglican leaders at a time when Christians feel under attack from both authorities and their Muslim neighbours due to Pakistan's blasphemy laws. "There is a considerable sense of anxiety, of being under siege," Justin Welby, a former oil executive, told a foreign news agency. "There was a very clear sense that people were nervous about the misuse of the blasphemy law, as a sort of a tool of politics, a way of gaining attention, or as a mob thing," he added. He earlier told reporters: "Equality under the law is very important." Rights activists say a spike in the number of blasphemy cases in Pakistan is evidence of rising intolerance in the mainly Sunni Muslim South Asian state of 180 million people. Blasphemy carries the death penalty in Pakistan and cases against both religious minorities and Muslims are rising. Christians and other minorities such as Ahmadis have often been jailed or lynched for blasphemy for allegedly making jokes to neighbours or sending text messages mocking Muslims. "I pray for their blessing and for the government to be favourable to seeing that this is not a group that are seeking undue advantage but are only seeking to do good," Welby said. "The message was really to say to everyone, Christians have been a powerful force for good in this country over a very long time indeed, in schooling, in hospitals." Christians make up about four percent of Pakistan's population and tend to keep a low profile in a country where Sunni Muslim militants frequently bomb targets they see as heretical, including Christians, and Sufi and Shia Muslims.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
sHariF talks about real power! PREMIER STRESSES NEED FOR HAVING POWERFUL ECONOMY AND RIDDING COUNTRY OF POWER OUTAGES
SHARIF TELLS PTI TO STOP PROTESTS AND WAIT FOUR YEARS FOR THEIR TURN
Jc recoMMends elevation oF lHc cJ to sc
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
CKNOWLEDGING Pakistan’s preparedness to defend itself militarily, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the country should concentrate on economic progress and not defence. The premier was addressing a gathering Wednesday organised to mark Youm-e-Takbeer, commemorating the day in 1998 when Pakistan became the world’s seventh nuclear power. Speaking on the peaceful use of Pakistan’s nuclear resources, the premier termed his recent visit to India “a success”, adding that Pakistan wanted cordial relations with its neighbours. “What kind of nuclear power are we if we are still engulfed in darkness instead of light. We have illiteracy instead of education, we have more unemployed people than those with jobs and more terrorism and less peace,” the prime minister remarked, stressing the need to pull the country out of multi-faceted crisis. POWER WOES: The premier said that his government has been working hard to ensure that people eventually have access to uninterrupted power supply. “We will not stop until we get rid of the curse of load shedding from this country,” he said. Hopeful about ending the power crisis soon, the premier said that his government was engaged in talks with the Chinese leadership to set up more power plants to meet the country’s energy demands. “It is a big achievement that we have laid foundation of various power plants in less than a year since we came to power,” Sharif pointed out. The premier remarked that he was not just responsible to bridge the cur-
rent demand and supply gap but also responsible for ensuring that electricity requirements for the next 20 years were met as well. PML-N’S ACHIEVEMENTS: Referring to the hardships that the PML-N government had to face since it won the May 11 general elections last year, the prime minister remarked that the treasury of the government was empty when it came into power and the banks did not have enough capital. They had to take China’s help for the progress of the country, he added. The premier also said that the coal reserves in Tharparkar had the capacity to generate thousands of megawatts (MW) of electricity – even more than 0.1 million MW – and therefore, the federal government was making use of it. Proud of his government, Nawaz stated that a dam larger than Tarbela and Mangla was being constructed in the country as well. Speaking of the development projects, the premier said that the Lahore-
Karachi Motorway project will also be launched soon. He also said that Metro Bus Project, after its success in Lahore, was being completed in Rawalpindi-Islamabad to provide international level transport facilities to people. According to Sharif, some of the major achievements of the PML-N government include the appreciation of rupee against the US dollar, the 3G-4G spectrum auction which will “generate 0.9 million jobs” and GSP Plus status approved by the European Union which will “hopefully increase our textile exports to around $1 billion”. The prime minister also said that revenue collected in taxes was expected to increase by 16 per cent this year. Ensuring the public that his government will utlitise taxpayer money efficiently, the prime minister said that he will not let a single penny be wasted. POLITICS OF AGITATION WON’T WORK: Talking about the rallies being staged by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the prime minister said the politics of the
1980s and 90s would no longer work. The premier said those holding protests and rallies should step out of the politics of the 80s and 90s and wait for four years and let the people decide who they want to elect. “The politics of delivering and fulfilling people’s promises will now work, and not that of the 80’s and 90’s,” the prime minister said, adding that the government’s agenda was the development of Pakistan. In his address, NPT Chairman and The Nation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami recalled that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had called a meeting of newspaper editors before taking a decision on conducting the nuclear explosions. “I exhorted Sharif to go ahead with the explosions otherwise Pakistani nation would blow him up,” Nizami said, adding that after the explosions Sharif phoned him and congratulated him saying “Now, you don’t have to blow me up”.
The Judicial Commission has recommended that Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Umar Ata Bandiyal be elevated to the rank of Supreme Court judge. The recommendation was made in a meeting of the Judicial Commission held Wednesday with Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani in the chair. The commission also recommended the appointment of LHC Justice Khwaja Imtiaz as LHC CJ. Moreover, Athar Minallah has been recommended for appointment as an additional judge of Islamabad High Court.
govt prevented geo’s closure: peMra MeMbers MONITORING DESK
pM takes notice oF vandalisM at religious sites in sindH ISLAMABAD APP
Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed serious concern over acts of vandalism at religious sites in Sindh and directed the officials to hold enquiry into the matter. Talking to Sindh parliamentarians at the Prime Minister's House, the premier said that the federal government would undertake rehabilitation of religious sites that were damaged. He also directed the establishment a dedicated cell at the Prime Minister’s Office for Sindh affairs. Moreover, the prime minister said that the position of provincial party leader and other vacant provincial party posts would be filled soon. "Our party is engaged in politics of reconciliation and strengthening democracy,” the prime minister said. Parliamentarians from Sindh apprised the prime minister about development issues of their respective constituencies, lauded the success of Karachi operation and congratulated the prime minister on his successful visit to India. The issue of desecration of religious sites of minorities in Sindh was also highlighted.
Kashmir, other issues were not on agenda of Nawaz-Modi meeting: Sartaj PM’S ADVISER SAYS MEETING OUTCOME ‘MUCH BETTER THAN WHAT WE EXPECTED’ ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Wednesday that the Kashmir issue had not been sidelined despite the prime minister snubbing representatives of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference during his first visit to Inida. Addressing a press briefing, Aziz said the meeting between the two premiers was ceremonious and Kashmir and other key issues were not on the agenda. He emphasised that there was a clear recognition of each other’s concerns and that outcome of the meeting was much better than what the Pakistani delegation had expected. Prime Minister Nawaz – along with his advisers – visited India to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Modi. The two leaders had a 50-minute long meeting the next day when they discussed a wide range of bilateral and regional issues. Aziz, during the press conference, said Prime Minister Sharif had recalled the Lahore Declaration during his meeting with Modi which calls on both the countries to intensify efforts for solving the Kashmir issue. The advisor said Nawaz and Modi agreed that all the matters should be addressed through dialogue. MUMBAI ATTACKS: Commenting on the probe into the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Aziz said the Pakistani delegation advised Modi to let the law take its course. “No as-
surances were asked for in this regard and none were given,” he said categorically. Modi had told Prime Minister Sharif that the investigation into the attacks was slow and that the pace of the probe needed to be expedited. On a question pointing out delays caused by India, Aziz said the issue was not discussed in detail and hence those points were not raised. He added that the slow progress in the Samjhota Express bombing case was brought up during the meeting. COMPOSITE DIALOGUE: Aziz said both the leaders agreed dialogue was the right way to move forward and that the head of states and foreign secretaries should meet each other soon on mutually convenient dates. “The composite dialogue started in 1998 and covers eight main issues facing Pakistan and India. But so much time has passed and many incidents have occurred; it is the job of the foreign secretaries to decide on how to move forward,” the adviser explained.
The private members of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) have said that Geo Television Network could not be shut down because of government intervention. Regretting the failure in sealing Geo Network’s offices, PEMRA member Mian Shams said that in the last meeting they had decided to suspend the license but instead of channel’s closure, Geo was seeking new fronts. Another PEMRA member Israr Abbasi said that Geo News and Jang were running an advertising campaign. He said that Mir Shakilur Rahman should have shut down Geo News himself after running a “defamation campaign” against Pakistan Army. He further revealed that due to government’s pressure, PEMRA Secretary Nasir Ayub has been told to not attend Wednesday’s meeting. In the meanwhile, PEMRA member Fariha Iftikhar said that journalism was a sacred profession and the way Geo TV had treated the Army, the nation had turned against the channel. NO LEGAL CONSEQUENCE: Reacting to the PEMRA private members meeting, exofficio members stated that the meeting called by them had no legal consequence. “A consensual PEMRA meeting was to be held on May 27, however, the same was cancelled amid orders of Islamabad High Court (IHC) and all the members were informed in writing accordingly,” said a press release. It was decided by the majority members that the next meeting shall be convened after the decision, or further orders by the court. “The majority members felt that the meeting of some private members held at PEMRA headquarters on May 28, was in defiance of the court orders and thus majority members did not attend,” the statement added.
BLASTS TOO NOISY FOR MODI TO HEAR WORDS OF PEACE NEW DELHI INP
India’s new Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif that if bomb blasts continue, peace talks between the two countries will be lost in the din. A day after Modi was sworn in as India’s 15th prime minister, he met leaders of South Asian Association for Regional
INDIA’S NEW EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER BRIEFS JOURNALISTS ON MODI’S DESIRE FOR PEACEFUL SOUTH ASIA Cooperation (SAARC) countries invited to his oath ceremony but it was the afternoon meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at Hyderabad House that was keenly watched. "Talks and good relations can be successful and right only when terrorism is
stopped. However, if bomb blasts continue then the talks will be lost in the din. This is what Narendra Modi told Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif," said Swaraj, who took charge of her ministry yesterday. The Indian external affairs minister told the journalists that India has asked Pakistan to ensure speedy trial in the 26/11 terror case being held in Pakistan. She also said that talks with the SAARC leaders were "successful" and that Modi wanted SAARC to reach greater heights in the in-
ternational arena. "The prime minister [Modi] told leaders that we should leave the contentious bilateral issues to the concerned parties and come together united," the new minister said. "I would like to say that for the first time the SAARC leaders felt that a government and a prime minister who thinks out of the box has assumed power in India," she said. Modi also raised issues of Tamil fishermen and 13th Amendment with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, she said.
Swaraj also said that as the external affairs minister her priority would be to showcase India's strengths to the world and improve relations with neighbouring countries, strategic partners, Africa, Asean member countries, Europe and others. Swaraj, who was received by foreign secretary Sujatha Singh and other ministry officials, said that though she officially took charge Wednesday, she has been working since Tuesday, referring to the talks with the heads of different countries.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
ECC gives NEPRA green light to pass circular debt burden onto consumers ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
HE government on Wednesday approved new policy guidelines for the national power regulator, asking it recover cost of circular debt from the consumers, while it allowed a 2.93 per cent relaxation in its set transmission and distribution loss target. During the meeting between the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet on Wednesday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in chair, it decided to approve a summary for issuing new policy guidelines to the National Electric Power Regulatory
Authority (NEPRA). According to the new policy, the power regulator will be directed to incorporate circular debt servicing on actual basis in revenue requirements of distribution companies. This would then be adjusted in power tariffs for DISCOs on an annual basis. Further, the government told NEPRA to rationalise transmission and distribution losses to 15.75 per cent, down from the 17.55 per cent claimed by DISCOs for fiscal year 2013-2014. The new policy guidelines though rationalise T&D losses above the set target of 12.82 per cent. The Minister for water and power though informed the ECC that the
Hindutva outFit deMands ban on azan-e-FaJr in india In a controversial demand that may spark widespread uproar, a less popular Hindutva outfit has called for a strict ban on Fajr prayer calls from mosques across India. Recently, dozens of Hindutva activists including a controversial spiritual leader, who had earlier tried to commit suicide, staged a protest in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner in Mangalore to pressurize the authorities concerned to strictly impose ban on the early morning Azan. The protest was held under the banner of Rashtriya Hindu Andolan and some of the protesters were displaying the banner of Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, an extremist Hindutva outfit. The protest comes a day ahead of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Sanatan Sanstha activist Vijayalakshmi said that even though India has granted religious freedom for all the people, followers of one religion should not misuse this freedom to disturb the followers of other religions in the society. Using a derogatory word for Azan, she said that when Muslims shout using loudspeakers every morning they should know that it would disturb sleep of a majority of people in the society. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti activist Vivek Pai said that the right to sleep peacefully is also comes under the ambit of fundamental rights of every Indian citizen. “The use of loudspeakers should not be permitted from 10pm to 6am. The Supreme Court has also directed to impose ban on playing loud music or making any type of noise between 10pm and 6am. However, this ban has not been applied to the early morning Azan,” he said adding that in some places Muslims deliberately cause noise pollution through loudspeakers early in the morning. He said that those who use loudspeakers for Azan before 6 am should be arrested and punished. MONITORING DESK
pakistani on trial in us For killing wiFe over lentils New YOrK: A US court was shown photographs Tuesday of the battered body of a Pakistani woman allegedly murdered by her husband because she cooked him lentils rather than goat. Noor Hussain, 75, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder after allegedly subjecting wife Nazar Hussain, 66, to years of abuse at their Brooklyn home. Judge Matthew D’Emic, hearing the case at the Brooklyn Supreme Court, could make a decision as early as Thursday. Hussain’s defence attorney Julie Clark argues it was manslaughter, that he did not intend to kill her and thought it acceptable to discipline his wife of 21 years. Hussain was arrested on April 3, 2011 and held in custody ever since. He could be jailed five to 25 years if found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. According to a relative, he has lived in the United States more than 30 years and used to work at a gas station. AGENCIES
government had managed to improve recovery and contain line losses up to 2 per cent over the past year. GAS ALLOCATIONS FOR POWER SECTOR: In a bid to tackle the menace of load shedding, the ECC considered and approved allocating gas from dormant gas fields of SARA and SURI in district Ghotki, to GENCO-II on mutually agreed terms and conditions. The two gas fields have approximately 14-15 BCF gas reserves. However, it remains unexploited due to lack of investment. ECC also approved a summary for re-allocation of low BTU gas from Bahu gas field to Fauji Kabirawala power company limited (FKPCL). The al-
location to the project will be for the remaining term of its PPA i.e. till October 29, 2029. TAx ExEMPTION TO GWADAR PROJECTS: The ECC also approved the summary of the Revenue Division for transfer of tax exemption given to PSA Gwadar Pte Limited as per ECC decision in case No.13/1/2007 dated February 1, 2007, to China Overseas Ports Holding Company Limited for the remaining period of their terms. ECC also approved the summary of revenue division for exemption from income tax to profits and gains derived by coal mining projects in Sindh supplying coal to power generation projects only.
NOTIFICATION FOR POWER TARIFF CUT BY RS 1.48 PER UNIT ISSUED isLamaBad: A notification regarding the reduction in electricity price by Rs 1.48 per unit was issued Wednesday. According to National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), the notification has been issued under fuel adjustment for the month of April. The NEPRA authorities said in a statement that distribution companies will provide Rs 7 billion relief to the consumers in the electricity bill for June. In April, 6.40 billion units of electricity were supplied to consumers. New prices will not be applicable for the domestic customers using 50 units, the Agriculture Sector and K-Electric consumers. ONLINE
US porn star slams PTA for blocking twitter account American porn star Miriam Week, a.k.a. Belle Knox, has reacted strongly to her twitter account being blocked from access from within Pakistan, The Telegraph reported. Weeks; a student at Duke University, was among the users whose accounts were banned in the country for “blasphemous” or “unethical” content by Twitter upon the request of an official of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). In the month of May, PTA official Abdul Batin had made five requests to Twitter, calling to block access to drawings of Prophet
Obama: Not every problem has military solution WASHINGTON AGENCIES
President Obama sought Wednesday to re-cast American foreign policy after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, outlining an approach built on alliances with other nations designed to combat terrorism and other global threats. "America must always lead on the world stage," Obama told graduates of the US Military Academy, but he added that "military action cannot be the only -- or even primary -- component of our leadership in every instance." He added: "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail." In urging multi-lateral action with other nations, Obama proposed a new fund of up to $5 billion to help other allies battle groups that engage in terrorism. The president also discussed ways to provide more help for rebels in Syria battling Basha alAssad's government. Obama's prepared speech covered a variety of global problems, including Russia's incursion into Ukraine, Iran's nuclear program, the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, and the Middle East peace process. "The question we face ... is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead," Obama said. "Not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also to extend peace and prosperity around the globe." The speech came a day after Obama announced a final drawdown plan for Afghanistan after US combat operations end later this year. In his commencement address, Obama told the West Point graduates that they will be the first class since 2001 not to be sent to combat theaters in Afghanistan or Iraq,
AFGHAN TALIBAN SAY US TROOP WITHDRAWAL PLAN IS ‘CONTINUED OCCUPATION’ KaBuL: The Taliban on Wednesday condemned President Barack Obama’s announcement that US troops would stay in Afghanistan until the end of 2016. “Now that Obama has announced that he will keep around 10,000 troops until the end of 2016 and continue their occupation, Afghanistan Islamic Emirate condemns it and considers it a violation of sovereignty, religion and human rights,” said a statement, using the insurgents’ name for the country. “We have always clearly expressed our stance that even if one American soldier is in Afghanistan, it is not acceptable to our nation and Jihad will continue against them.” AGENCIES
though many challenges remain. More than a dozen years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism remains "the most direct threat to America at home and abroad," Obama said. The United States remains the world's leader and its economy is strengthening, but that presents challenges as well as opportunities. Obama said. "Technology and globalization" have given more power to individuals at the expense of states, he said, "raising the capacity of terrorists to do harm."
Muhammad (PBUH), photographs of burning copies of the Holy Quran and messages from a handful of anti-Islam bloggers as well as the entire account of Weeks, an American porn star. All five of the requests were honoured by the website using the Country Withheld Content Tool. Weeks criticized the PTA official in her email to Forbes.com. “I believe Mr Batin has a problem with me because for whatever reason, I am his poster child: a woman with her own agency and free expression, some icon of perceived cultural
SOUTH KOREA HOSPICE FIRE KILLS 21, PATIENT ARSON SUSPECTED JaNGseONG: A fire swept through a South Korean hospice for elderly and infirm patients early Wednesday, killing 21 people in what police suspect was an act of arson by an 81-year-old suffering from dementia. The high death toll is likely to fuel an already intense debate over safety standards in South Korea, which is still reeling from last month’s ferry disaster that left some 300 dead — most of them schoolchildren. It was the second deadly fire in two days after seven people were killed in a blaze at a bus terminal near Seoul on Monday. Most of Wednesday’s victims died from asphyxiation, rescue officials said, as the fire on the upper floor of the three-storey facility filled the rooms and corridors with toxic clouds of choking smoke. Another seven people were injured, six of whom were in critical condition from smoke inhalation. The fire broke out shortly after midnight at the hospice in Jangseong county about 190 miles (300 kilometres) south of Seoul. The facility cared for almost 80 chronically ill, often bedridden patients, including stroke victims and advanced Alzheimer’s sufferers. Local police chief Roh Kyoo-Ho said an 81-year-old male patient with dementia had been taken into custody after CCTV footage showed him entering a storage room where the fire was believed to have started. AGENCIES
degeneration that he feels he can censor to feel better about himself,” the news report quotes Weeks from the email as saying. “If he thinks I am a soft target, he’s going to be surprised. I stand up for sex workers, and will continue to do so because I feel that often, we’re disregarded as casualties,” Weeks added. The Telegraph report further added that the porn star had acknowledged that her account being blocked was insignificant in comparison with political groups being silenced within the country. NEWS DESK
UKRAINE’S NEW LEADER VOWS TO CRUSH INSURGENCY DONETSK AGENCIES
Ukraine’s future pro-Western president vowed on Wednesday to quickly crush a bloody eastern insurgency even as his country faced a fresh crisis with the looming cutoff of Russian gas. The ex-Soviet state’s industrial hub of Donetsk resembled a ghost town after a devastating two-day firefight with pro-Russian separatists who had seized the local airport left more than 40 rebels dead. Caught up in the drama were four European civilian observers who were seized at a Donetsk region roadblock apparently set up by the rebels on Monday and had not been heard from since. European leaders called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to help his smaller western neighbour by using his leverage with the rebels to end a seven-week resistance that has claimed around 200 lives. But Moscow has thus far failed to reach out to Petro Poroshenko — a 48-year-old billionaire candy maker elected by a resounding margin on Sunday — and cautioned Ukraine that its stepped-up military offensive could only backfire.
Poroshenko told Germany’s Bild daily ahead of a visit to Berlin on Wednesday by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk that Ukraine had simply run out of options and could no longer put up violence threatening its very existence as a sovereign state. “We will no longer let these terrorists kidnap people and kill them,” said Poroshenko. “We will end this terror. A real war is being waged against our country.” Some analysts think Kiev has ratcheted up its campaign believing that the 40-point margin of Poroshenko’s victory will make it hard for Moscow to question his legitimacy and order its troops to “protect” the east’s ethnic Russians. The Kremlin reaffirmed on Wednesday that it “respected” the will of Ukraine’s voters but also denounced the army’s “provocative” actions as another step toward strife and discontent. “We are constantly saying that these provocative military actions are only leading the situation toward a dead end,” Kremlin foreign policy adviser Yury Ushakov told the Interfax news agency. “The president of the Russian Federation is constantly stressing this point.”
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US top copS in AfghAniStAn, KArzAi tAKeS oUt complAint Scroll AS KARZAI DISCUSSES ALLEGED SHELLING BY PAKISTAN AND US TROOPS’ PULLOUT PLAN, GEN DUNFORD SAYS HE IS UNAWARE OF GUNFIRE BY PAKISTAN KaBUL
FGHAN President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday discussed the issues of alleged cross-border shelling by Pakistan and US troops’ pullout plan from Afghanistan with the top US officials in Afghanistan. Commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Gen Joseph Dunford along with US Ambassador James Cunningham briefed Afghanistan President Karzai regarding the gradual withdrawal of US
KARZAI SAYS CLARIFICATION WILL BE SOUGHT FROM ISLAMABAD BEFORE KABUL IS FORCED TO TAKE ANY STEP AGAINST CONTINUED SHELLING
troops from Afghanistan, presidential palace media office said Wednesday. Gen Dunford briefed Karzai regarding the gradual withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan from 2015 to 2017 and said that Washington will remain committed to assist Afghanistan and the Afghan security forces. He said all US bases except Bagram airfield will be transferred to Afghanistan by the end of 2017 while Bagram will be transferred to Afghanistan later. KARZAI HAS SOME COMPLAINTS: Karzai asked the US officials to provide information regarding the cross-border shelling by Pakistan in
GEN DUNFORD BRIEFS KARZAI REGARDING GRADUAL WITHDRAWAL OF US FORCES FROM AFGHANISTAN FROM 2015
eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. Responding to Karzai, Gen Dunford, quoted in the statement by presidential palace, said that he was unaware of the shelling. Defence Minister Gen
Bismillah Mohamadi said that over 300 rockets were fired in Kunar during the past two days which left at least 12 people injured. The Afghan Chief of Army Staff Gen Sher Mohammad Karimi also said that the issue was shared with the Pakistan chief of army staff and they have rejected reports in this regard. President Karzai said the government of Afghanistan will seek clarification from Islamabad before Kabul is forced to take any step regarding the continued shelling. Gen Joseph Dunford and James Cunningham assured Karzai that the issue will be shared with the Pakistani officials.
TWO PAKISTANI UN PEACEKEEPERS TO GET POSTHUMOUS AWARDS United nations aPP
The United Nations is set to honour at a solemn ceremony tomorrow (Thursday) the sacrifices of more than one hundred peacekeepers, including 2 Pakistanis, who paid the ultimate price in serving the cause of peace in hot spots around the world last year. The ceremony is being held to mark the annual International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Commemorative activities will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and at peacekeeping operations and offices around the world. Currently, nearly 85,000 military personnel, 12,000 police officers as well as 17,000 international civilian and national staff are serving in 16 peacekeeping operations on four continents. Pakistan is among the largest contributors to peacekeeping with more than 8,000 military and police personnel serving in the UN operations in Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Kosovo, Liberia, Sudan and Western Sahara. The fallen Pakistan Army soldiers are: Subedar Tanveer Hussain (MONUSCO — Democratic Republic of Congo) and Major Kamran Khalil (UNMIL — Liberia). In a message to mark the Day, SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon said 106 peacekeepers perished last year carrying out their sacred duty while serving under the UN flag, bringing the total number of lives lost in the history of peacekeeping to more than 3,200.
INDIA RETURNS GESTURE WITH 32 PAKISTANI FISHERMEN GUJaRat INP
QUETTA: Children pose with a model of a missile during a ceremony to mark Youm-e-Takbeer on Wednesday. INP
US PATS PAKISTAN, INDIA ON THE BACK US ENCOURAGES PAKISTAN-INDIA DIALOGUE, SAYS REGIONAL DYNAMICS IMPORTANT TO AFGHAN STABILITY WasHinGton aPP
Welcoming the constructive tone set by the meeting between prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi, the United States has said it will continue to encourage Pakistan and India to pursue dialogue for peace and stability in South Asia.
“I think we have seen a constructive tone set from the very beginning by Prime Minister Modi and by Prime Minister Sharif, who was one of the first leaders to speak to Modi after his victory in the elections,” a senior official in the US President Barack Obama’s administration said. In a background briefing on the eve of Obama’s foreign policy speech, senior American administration officials acknowledged the importance of Pakistan-India equation for stability in the region. “We always encourage India and Pakistan to pursue dialogue that can reduce tension. We believe that it is in the interest of the entire region. And so we’ll continue to encourage that,” the official said. The US remarks backed Prime Minister Sharif’s
emphasis on Islamabad and New Delhi engaging in a sustained dialogue for resolution of outstanding issues. “So with a new leadership in India, new leadership in Pakistan, and the new president coming to office in Afghanistan this year, I think we have an opportunity to have that discussion about how all the countries in the region can provide for greater stability and security. And that is certainly something we are going to pursue.” The senior American administration officials also noted that the regional dynamics matter “considerably to future stability in Afghanistan”. The officials, on anonymity, were responding to a question with regard to implications of Pakistan-India competition for situation in Afghanistan.
Reciprocating Pakistan’s gesture, India has released 32 Pakistani fishermen lodged in Kutch district. The fishermen Wednesday were on their way to Wagah border to return to Pakistan. “These 32 fishermen from Pakistan have been in Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) for almost six months. They were captured while fishing inside the Indian maritime boundary and kept in Bhuj-based JIC. We have released them today. Our team has already left for Wagah border with these fishermen,” Kutch West Superintendent of Police Vidhi Chaudhari said. The 32 fishermen will be handed over to Pakistan authorities at the Wagah border. Earlier, Pakistan released 151 Indian fishermen before the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Delhi to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in. Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Tuesday announced that officials of the State Fisheries Department will arrive at Veraval on Thursday with the 151 fishermen who were handed over to Indian authorities at Wagah border by Pakistan.
LAHORE’S WALLED CITY HERITAGE HITS GOOGLE CULTURAL MAP MonitoRinG desK The heritage, culture, traditions and hidden masterpieces of the Walled City will soon be displayed on the website of Google Cultural Institute, making Lahore the first Pakistani city to be officially entertained by the internet giant, a media reports said. Google Cultural Institute was launched in 2011 and initially it exhibited several Art and Cultural projects and till 2013 it included over 6 million photos, videos and documents. In Pakistan, Google Cultural Institute has contacted Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA), which has agreed to
make a partnership with the institute for exploring cultural treasures of Lahore in extraordinary details on its website. A senior official of WCLA said historic moments of the provincial capital such as rare views including images, paintings, sketches and videos of different events will be shared with the institute. He said Google’s institute has three major components “Art Project, Historic Moments and World Wonders.” In Historic Moments sections, the institute held online exhibitions detailing the stories behind significant moments in human history. In the section of World Wonders, the institute aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient
world. By using Street View technology, Google has a unique opportunity to make world heritage sites available to users across the globe. A user can easily find cities and their special attractions on the map in just one click. In Art Project sections, users can discover diverse art collections from around the world. They can explore artworks at incredible detail, view exhibitions and take virtual tours. “WCLA will be putting different stories of tangible and intangible culture on this site,” said Tania Qureshi, WCLA Media Manager. She said this will include life of different characters inside the Walled City including Patiala Gharana, Ghazi Ilm Din, Allama Iqbal’s residence,
Khalifa Khatai, Jeda Lassi Wala, Gumti Bazaar, Kasera Bazar, Akbari Mandi, Pakistan Cloth Market, Kinari Bazaar, Waan Market, Rang Mehal and Langa Mandi. A special segment related to the revival of forgotten games will be a special segment in which the Google authorities showed much interest. Tania Qureshi said WCLA is also planning to revival forgotten games through this site and will aware the general public as well as the residents of the Walled City. She said games have been a vital part of the WCL in past and children used to play games like Bandar qila, gulli danda, staapoo, kabootar bazi, kabadi, rasa kasha, kushti, bantay, laato, pitho gol
garam, chobaan etc. A special awareness campaign to revive these games will be initiated soon and competitions of the past games will be carried out between the Walled City residents. WCLA is also making a list of hidden wonders of Walled City, which will be displayed on Google Cultural Institution’s website in a prominent way. Tania Qureshi said these forgotten structures will be unveiled at the site. Some of these buildings are Victoria School, Noori Building, Wazir Khan Mosque, Shahi Hamam, Neevin Masjid, Pani Wala Talaab, Haveli Mian Sultan, Haveli Dhyan Sngh, Ayub Ka Bangla, Baoli and Sonehri Mosque.
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Islamabad polIce worst In the world, says Ihc Court orders Capital IGP to register FIR against Shalimar SHO for detaining citizen illegally ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the Islamabad inspector general (IG) to register a first information report (FIR) against the Shalimar police SHO and ASI for detaining a citizen. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said, “Performance of Islamabad police is the worst performance. Islamabad police is incompetent police of the world. Police officers come here to throw dust in the eyes of court. Police officers are all indulged in corruption and grabbing of their shares.” Siddiqui said this while hearing illegal detention case of Muhammad Bashir on Wednesday. Zahid Asif Chaudhry, counsel for the petitioner, appeared in the court and Bashir was also produced before the court. Chaudhry told the court that the ASI and SHO of the Shalimar police station picked up the accused from his home and kept him in illegal detention. He also told the court that nothing was recovered from the accused nor the police had recorded matter of his arrest in the register. Police had registered a fabricated and baseless FIR and was deceiving the court through fake documents. The judge inquired from the SHO if arrest of the accused has been registered in the police station and where is the register in which the arrest entry has been recorded? Was the accused issued a notice? The SHO and ASI could not reply. The counsel told the court that ASI Shaukat Abbasi has grabbed Rs 300,000 from the accused. ONLINE
3 ARRESTED FOR HOSTING ANTI-JUDICIARY BANNERS ISLAMABAD
ISLAMABAD: Christian residents of slums protest against the CDA’s proposed operation against their neighbourhoods on Wednesday. INP
Ihc bars govt from demolIshIng graveyard on metro route
Justice Siddiqui says he would not allow desecration of graves ISLAMABAD
Three accused have been arrested and cases have been registered against them under Section 505 and 504 for posting banners against judiciary in Islamabad. According to details, a few days before banners were posted against judiciary on different places of Islamabad on which the Supreme Court had asked the interior secretary and IB director general to report on the issue of posting banners against judiciary. In this regard Police arrested three accused who posted these banners in which Shafiq Butt, Waqar and Nasir are included. Shafiq Butt was involved in posting banners in Rawalpindi while Nasir and Waqar were involved in the practice in Aabpara market. Police arrested the accused and shifted them to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
HE Islamabad High Court on Wednesday ordered the government not to bulldoze private graveyard which falls in the way of the multi-billion metro bus project. During a hearing of a case related to possible damage that could be caused to the graveyard, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked that he would not allow the desecration of the graves. The court ordered that the construction of the metro bus project should take place until the boundary of the graveyard, which is situated on a green belt on 9th
Avenue. In executing the project, the twin cities’ municipal administrations face resistance from the owner of the graveyard, which was going to be uprooted. A legal battle between Rawalpindi’s civic agency and the graveyard’s owner started after he obtained a stay order against possible demolition. Contractors began digging the green belt adjoining 9th Avenue, but 20 graves lie in the way. The graveyard, owned by Raja Kaleem, is where his family members have been buried since 1945. According to media reports, Kaleem had earlier said that his family members had been buried in the graveyard for decades. The
first grave was of his grandfather Raja Gulab Khan, who died in 1945 and the last burial was of his father Raja Ghulam Hussain, who died in April 2013. The owner had claimed that the court had sought comments from the administration on May 7, after he filed a case. CDA Municipal Administration (DMA) Director Hamza Shafqat had said if there was a family graveyard, the authority could not remove it, though it had restrained the owners from extending it. Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahid Saeed, who is also the project director, had earlier claimed that he had already discussed the issue with the CDA chairman, who had assured him of his support.
President wants best facilities for exporters Mamnoon says govt fully alive to problems and concerns of businessmen ISLAMABAD
The Standing Committee of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Steel and Allied Material has underlined the need for setting up separate cluster for each industry at the Quaid-eAzam Industrial Estate (QAIE) to promote production activities in the region. Chairing a meeting of the committee Malik Afzal requested the RCCI to establish a Steel city at the Industrial estate as this industry needed more space as compared to other sectors. Steel industry, he said, was facing great hardships in the city due to lack of required space and infrastructure. He expressed the hope that the steel sector would get a boom after setting up a special cluster for it in the industrial estate. RCCI Senior Vice President Malik Shahid Saleem said a separate space would be allocated for steel sector in the industrial estate and the chamber would make all-out efforts of this important area of the national economy. Expressing the firm determination to resolve problems being faced by the steel industry, he said the matter would be effectively taken up at all forums. He said the chamber was also aware of difficulties confronted by the Rawalpindi's steel industry regarding withholding tax, assuring to extend all possible cooperation to resolve the issue amicably.
want sanItatIon, pay more
APP President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday emphasized the need for providing best possible facilities to the exporters at dry ports to ensure prompt delivery of export orders and enable them to take optimum benefit from trade concessions offered by the international community to Pakistan. The timely delivery of export orders, he said, has become the essential feature of the global trade and urged for more vigorous steps and initiatives to boost country's exports. The president said this while speaking to a delegation of Sialkot Dry Port Trust (SDPT) that called on him at the Presidency. The delegation headed by Chairman Sialkot Dry Port Trust and Chairman All Pakistan Dry Ports Association Ishaque Butt included among others Chairman Multan Dry Port Trust Khawaja Younus, Chairman Committee of Small Industrial Estates/EPZ (Export Processing Zone), Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dr Aslam Dar, and Secretary General All Pakistan Dry Ports Association and Gen-
rccI wants separate cluster for each Industry at QaIe
eral Manager Sialkot Dry Port Trust Khalid Butt. The president underscored the important role of the business community and exporters in the ongoing economic turnaround of the country. He called upon them to step up efforts and complement government's measures to fully exploit the geo-strategic location of the country and take benefit from the liberal incentive packages being offered by the government for export promotion and attracting foreign and domestic in-
vestment in various sectors. Commenting on various challenges confronting business community, he said the government was fully alive to the problems and concerns of the businessmen and all possible steps were being taken at fast track basis to provide an enabling and conducive environment for robust trade and investment in the country. Referring to the recent turnaround in various sectors of the economy, the president said that due to corrective measures and
business policies of the government, economic indicators were showing positive trends and the confidence of both domestic and foreign investors was also being restored. Highlighting the important role played by dry ports in handling imports and exports, he observed that Sialkot Dry Port Trust was pre-dominantly engaged in exports and appreciated the services rendered by country's exporters by earning valuable foreign exchange for the country.
Approval has been accorded to charge sanitation tax from the citizens of Rawalpindi. The tax has been imposed on 1.5 million residents of 66 union councils of Rawal and Potohar town. This tax will be slapped in phases during the next fiscal year. Sanitation tax will be imposed at the rate of Rs 300 on domestic consumers and Rs 500 on commercial consumers. Turkish company Al-Baraq is considering to recover sanitation tax on monthly or quarterly basis instead of annual basis and any decision in this respect will be taken in the fist week of next month. The citizens have voiced strong protest over imposition of sanitation tax on them while the political parties including PPP, JI, PTI, AML and others have decided to hold joint protest demonstrations against levying of sanitation tax terming it anti-people.
Thursday, 29 May, 2014
‘PRIVATE SECTOR HAS HUGE POTENTIAL OF PEACE BUILDING IN PAKISTAN’ ISLAMABAD: There is an increasingly recognition all over the world that businesses can play very productive role in peace building mainly in conflict affected countries like Pakistan This was stated by Dr. Markus Mayer, Programme Manager-South and Southeast Asia, International Alert (UK) while speaking at the gathering of key officials of a large number of national and multinational companies at a local hotel in Karachi on 24 May 2014. Private sector in Pakistan has huge potential of peace building in Pakistan. It only needs to align its operation with its corporate social responsibilities He highlighted that although very little research is available in this sector to support business communities, Alert has initiated this task to provide case studies to business communities to pilot such actions. Engaging business as important “actor” in peace building process will bring sustainable changes in the contexts. PRESS RELEASE
hIgh-rIse buIldIngs prone to fIre: cda
Official says lack of funds bars various govt institutions from implementing safety recommendations ISLAMABAD APP
HE Emergency and Disaster Management (E&DM) of Capital Development Authority (CDA) had declared several highrise buildings vulnerable to fire incidents as these are not meeting prescribed fire prevention standards. During a survey E&DM had issued notices to about 450 high rise buildings, complexes and plazas of
capital including five-star hotels to adopt fire safety measures for securing lives of people in case of any mishap. An official of the Emergency and Disaster Management said that the authority had also issued recommendations to several government institutions including the Supreme Court, parliament, Prime Minister’s House and various block of ministries beside notices to private buildings to adopt fire safety standards for ensuring a fire-free capital. According to the Fire Preven-
‘Govt wrestling with polio’ AFIP commandant says army is helping govt in reaching remote areas ISLAMABAD APP
The government have taken concrete steps to mobilise available resources, ensure availability of polio vaccine and human resources for complete elimination of this crippling disease. Addressing a symposium on polio eradication, Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication Ayesha Raza Farooq on Wednesday said that provinces were taking action to follow the temporary recommendations relating to international travel to and from Pakistan. She said that the PM has declared national emergency regarding polio and the government is fully prepared to deal with this situation. She said that the PM is personally monitoring the polio eradication efforts throughout the country. She said that 90 percent of the country was polio free only cases are coming from those areas where security situation is not appropriate. She added 59 polio workers have lost their lives and 39 received serious injuries in the country. She thanked the UAE government for its assistance in polio eradication and said that this support is an important addition in efforts to eradicate polio. She expressed the hope that such support will help reducing polio cases in KhyberPakhtunkhwa and FATA. She said the federal government has taken several measures to implement World Health Organization temporary recommendations due to spread of poliovirus in collaboration with WHO and
health development partners. She said Pakistan has taken its responsibilities seriously as a signatory to the international Health Regulations, 2005 (IHR) and is fully committed to their implementation in letter and spirit. WHO Representative to Pakistan, Dr Nima Abid said that WHO, alongside other health development and polio eradication partners, will continue to provide technical support to the government of Pakistan to facilitate implementation of efforts in compliance with the IHR temporary recommendations. The official praised the efforts of the government to stop further raise of polio cases and poliovirus transmission. He added if such commitment continues particularly in next six months there will no WHO temporary recommendations related to Pakistan. Commandant, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Maj Gen Muhammad Ayub said that on the request of the federal government, Pakistan Army is not only helping the government to reaching inaccessible areas but also providing full security everywhere in the country to polio workers to reach every child. He said once poliovirus entered the body there was no way to stop it, adding that prevention and vaccination is the only way to protect children from carrying this crippling disease. He said any failure means hundred of thousand paralyzed children every year and urged to have coordinated efforts for complete elimination of this disease from the country.
BU and UNAIDS join hands
ISLAMABAD: Bahria University and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become official partners in promoting research and evidence related to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support and halting and reversing the spread of HIV. The contract signing ceremony was held in Bahria University Headquarters Islamabad where Bahria University Rector Shahid Iqbal and UN-
AID Country Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Saba signed the contract. Ever since its establishment Bahria University has resolved to make a difference in the lives of as many individuals as possible through its Community Support Programme. Presently, the university is working with over 20 different NGOs and non-profit organisations that are working towards making this world a better place. PRESS RELEASE
tion and Life Safety (FPLS) regulation 2010, number of safety measures were required in high-rise buildings of capital, including fire extinguishers, dedicated water tanks at basements and roofs, floor plan, exit plan, centralized mike system, fire party at every floor, disconnection system of electricity and gas. He claimed that various government institutions were reluctant to implement the safety recommendations due to lack of funds. He said that according to the new safety regulations-2010, every building in federal capital was bound to improve the standard of safety measures to save lives.
fake allotments Irk mInIster ISLAMABAD PRESS RELEASE
State Minister for Housing Usman Ibrahim has directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate the matter of fake allotments and unjust cancellation of plots in Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF). While taking a serious view of an applicant regarding fake allotments of plots of Railway employees, the Minister referred the case to NAB to investigate it thoroughly. As per the case contents, in 2004 Railway employees applied for housing scheme PhaseIV when the status of Pakistan railways was not determined and it was being considered under autonomous quota. Later on, its status was declared as subordinate office by the Railways Ministry in 2009.
The horror on the Mall
Thursday, 29 May, 2014
Left out in the cold Their thinking has become stagnant
A section of the clergy is dragging Pakistan back to Stone Age
S newspapers show, this has happened many times before. But this time it looked too shocking because none had expected it to take place on the busiest street of the capital of Punjab and that too outside the gates of the Lahore High Court. the gruesome act of stoning young farzana Iqbal to death for marrying against the parents’ wishes stunned the city. as per records maintained by the HRCP, between July 2012 to September 2013 there were 90 acid attacks on women, 72 cases of burning caused by other means, 491 cases of domestic violence, 344 cases of gang rape and 835 cases of violence. fifty-six women were killed for no other reason than giving birth to a girl rather than a boy. the killing of fazana Iqbal shows the phenomenon of crimes against women is both widespread and deep rooted. even Pakistanis settled in Britain have been found guilty of honour killing. the first step towards dealing with the problem is to recognise its existence. the media in particular has to highlight the issue of the crimes against women. What keeps these crimes to continue to take place is the complicity of the rural elite as well as of clerics with a primitive mindset. In 2008 when three women were buried alive in Balochistan because they wanted to pick their husbands themselves, two Senators from the province defended the brutal act as part of the Baloch tradition. Rural elite sitting in jirgas have ordered collective rapes of women as retribution for the wrongdoing of their male relatives. the horrendous custom of Karo Kari continues to claim hundreds of victims every year on account of the complicity of the elite. the government needs to implement the laws strictly in all such cases, setting aside political exigencies. But the question is, will it? Unless laws are strictly applied the ignominy will persist. the way a section of the clergy is trying to drag Pakistan to medieval backwardness by denigrating the status of women creates an environment conducive to attacks of the sort. Clerics of the Wafaqul Madaris, Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and religious parties strongly resisted the enactment of the Domestic Violence Bill. their main argument was that any attempt to deny the husband his presumed right to beat his wife would step up the divorce rate. In other words, the women have to put up with violence. attempts are currently afoot to allow men to enter into second, third or fourth marriage without the first wife’s consent. While Jinnah strongly opposed child marriage, the CII has permitted this, putting the health and in cases the very life of a girl child in jeopardy. Unless the government appoints an enlightened scholar as chairman CII and introduces proactive legislation to ensure an equal status for women, crimes of the sort that make many Pakistanis hang their head in shame will continue to take place.
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efeat seems to inflict unfortunate consequences on the thinking of even intelligent politicians. It has certainly destabilised the Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury, leader of CPI(M), once impregnable in Bengal and now reduced to a miserable, onceunthinkable two out of 42 seats in its primary citadel, Bengal. Comrade Yechury has suddenly begun to suggest that a "partial" proportional representation would be a better idea than the first-past-the-post-system which has served us so well since 1952. Yechury's simmering frustration has boiled over after BJP's absolute majority in the next Parliament, obtained with 31% of the vote. He deftly avoids any mention of the fact that the BJP got a
considerably percentage in provinces where it won; or that never before in India's electoral history has a party more than doubled its MPs within just five years. Perhaps defeat alone would not have impelled Yechury to suggest such a change in the rules. He probably believes that Congress in unlikely to revive by 2019, and so the only way to thwart BJP is by subverting the system. He knows that if the 2014 election had been a direct contest between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi, the latter would have polled even less than the 19% Congress managed. Yechury must also be looking disconsolately at his own party's diminished vote share in Bengal. Yechury's revisionism is a bit thick given that CPI(M) ruled Bengal for three and a half decades with 35% or less of the vote. Nor did he and his fellow Marxists worry when Congress lorded over India for ten years with 26.53% of the vote in 2004 and 28.55% in 2009. But if Marxists want to know why they collapsed in Bengal, they do not have to look very far: voters have punished every party that kept the corrupt and ineffective Congress in power. In a remarkable display of national consensus from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, and Maharashtra to assam, any party which cushioned the government of Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh has been marginalised. Dr farooq abdullah and Umar abdullah were buried in a Himalayan avalanche; Mayawati and
Mulayam Singh Yadav were drowned in a Ganga-Jamuna flood; Sharad Pawar and Karunanidhi were driven into wasteland; the Left was stranded in Bengal. Nitish Kumar remained in good health till he began to flirt with Congress. Conversely, those who opposed Congress, like Mamata Banerjee, Jayalalitha and Naveen Patnaik, were handsomely rewarded. Congress has been erased from most of India, and its friends reduced to a shadow. there are other reasons for the Left's implosion. None of them are being addressed by its doyens, who continue to search desperately for alibis from the dustbin of electoral defeat. Its present leadership is largely from University campus politics, rather than field or factory; and glued to a watered down text of theories that have lost their relevance. their thinking is stagnant while India yearns to move ahead. Marxists have not been able to offer an economic programme that appeals to contemporary youth. they could not engineer growth or offer jobs where they were in power. In public perception, Leftists have become a pale version of the 1950s Congress. their long years of success in Bengal were not due to productive governance, but political muscle: cadre was king. Mamata Banerjee completed the destruction of the Left in Bengal when she absorbed its muscle after usurping its vote. In 2014, she did to the Left what the Left had been doing to other parties for three and a half
decades: smashed it, physically, at the polling booth. Is the red party over? We cannot be certain, but it is in an emergency ward certainly. the Indian - as distinct from Marxist - Left, socialists inspired by the thought of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, are not in much better health. their most powerful face, Nitish Kumar, has been drummed out of the Chief Minister's job in Bihar. It may be of some academic interest that he was the only politician to take effective responsibility for a rout: leaders of every other defeated party, in the best traditions of dynasty politics, shifted the blame to lesser mortals and stuck to their chairs. It is not just Mrs Gandhi and her son who play the heads-I-win-tails-youlose game with their own colleagues; Mulayam and his heir akhilesh Yadav, or Karunanidhi and his son Stalin, of farooq and his prince Omar abdullah, or Laloo Yadav and his daughter Misa, are equally adept. We can always hope that the results of 2014 will initiate a change in culture, but we might be hoping for too much. Bihar's Lohiaites have understood that politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum, and are seeking to reoccupy what they lost through another bid at unity between factions led by Sharad Yadav and Laloo Yadav. But personality alone will not be sufficient for revival; like the Marxists, the Lohiaites will need to put together a few new ideas. that is the tough part.
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Misapprehensions in private universities education, a must to survive today’s world, is provided by private universities in the name of excellence and a lot of misapprehensions. I recently enrolled in a private university’s Sharahe-faisal Campus located adjacent to a reputed bank. the management of the university has directed us to bring in sponsorship of Rs50,000 for fashion show and job fair, and also to bring in a professional trainer/speaker for a workshop for which he/she will definitely charge a fee, which is also to be burdened upon the students. Is it our responsibility to bring in such sponsorship and professional speaker/trainer despite already paying heavy fees to the university that now we have to do such things? fashion shows are nothing but mere entertainment and have nothing to do with our development. Rather the university should be organising productive workshops/training activity such as time management, skill development, career consultations, etc. which are really going to help us in our career/future. If they still want to organise such events then it shouldn’t be the responsibility of students to bring in sponsorships I request the Higher education Commission (HeC) to visit & review their system & their management-student co-ordination. MOHAMMAD ARSALAN NABI Karachi
Local urea vs imported urea Pakistan is known to be as an agricultural land to the world. Beside natural resources there is an immense need of urea by our farmers for cultivation and to meet the demand of food for our people. I have been reading constantly in newspapers that besides having the capability of producing the required quantity of urea of its own; why there is an immense preference given by the government to import urea, burdening on foreign reserves. further to that government gives subsidy on the imported urea to make it affordable to the farmers. there are so many fertilizer plants in Pakistan that can produce much cheaper urea for our local consumption. this is such an eye opener fact that if government support local fertilizer producers, Pakistan may enters in a domain of proper fertilizer production and can export this white gold to other part of the world and can contribute in generating foreign exchange. the current
scenarios are transparently pointing out on the downfall of economy which can easily be converted into a tremendous increase only if the concern and efforts applied. Government should focus on this issue as an opportunist that can be surely resulted out as beneficial for our nation in various grounds like strong economy, generating great number of employment, providing appropriate supply of food to all and hence a smooth reversible cycle can be created. HADIQA AMIN Karachi
Murder most heinous and foul
A problem with our writers this is in reference to Mr Ikram Sehgal’s rather longish article (contrary to his usual ‘to the point’ expressions) appearing on Saturday, May 14, 2014, in Pakistan today about the proposed visit of our prime minister to Delhi. One thing that is conspicuous in his article -- as is a norm with other writers – is the expression “overwhelming poverty of Muslims in India”. I don’t know why we are so concerned about the poverty of Muslims in India when in our own country our own people are getting poorer and poorer by the day. the proof is that on almost daily basis, we get the horrible news of men and women killing their children and then committing suicides to bring an end to their agonies.
Our political, religious, law enforcement and security apparatus never tire of claiming to be custodians of constitution and Islam, which gives a woman right to marry of her choice. the Pakistani state, chief minister of Punjab and all those institutions paid from taxpayers-funded national exchequer failed to protect farzana and her unborn child, when she was entering Lahore High Court, along with her legally married husband. What purpose does police on duty serve near such a sensitive and important institution like Lahore High Court, in heightened security environment, that in their presence this woman was stoned to death by her family? those responsible for this murder were not just mad men who threw stones at her, but armed police who stood by and let this crime occur and worse allow culprits save one to escape. farzana will most probably never get justice, because she has died and those who have taken an oath to defend constitution are too busy in their own trivial matters. Like it has happened in thousands of other cases, the husband will give up, or accept blood money, and consider this heinous murder as fate and destiny. However for those who hold power, they will be answerable to almighty on the Day of Judgment for failing in their duty, irrespective of how many Umrahs they perform, charities that they give alms to, if they do not stand up to fight such tyrannies. Mere suspension of police men on duty and their superior officers will not resolve issue, other than a routine formality, which it has become, because by their behaviour they have proven that they are not worthy of uniform they wear and must be terminated from service. Otherwise, innocent citizens of Pakistan will continue to be slaughtered like chicken, as we witness daily in Karachi. It is the state that should be responsible for bearing cost of prosecution, because it failed farzana.
Governance is not an easy task. Overcoming problems, facing new challenges and satisfying people needs is difficult and very demanding. the power shown by the people is an indicator that the civil society is going through transformation and is capable enough to set agenda for the politicians. the strategies utilised to woo or fool people are now not so effective as masses are becoming more aware of political tactics. a covering up technique has always been applied when something went wrong. Denial that something happened raised questions. Defensive approach spoiled the situation and left marks of doubt. above all, inaction when there was circumstantial evidence led to mistrust. Gone are the days when people can be fooled again and again by emotional slogans and appeals. Now people want a strong democratic system where deliberations are done on all sensitive issues and decisions taken in the interest of the country. New forms of accountability need to be introduced that fulfill the justice parameters and also satisfy the citizens. above all, the nation has shown its solidarity with the defence forces and proved that for the defence and honour of the country there is no compromise. It is high time that all of us think and act by looking beyond our self interests and having a patriotic vision. the future of Pakistan is more important than anything else۔
MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
ANWAR PARVEEN Rawalpindi
IQBAL MUHAMMAD Lahore
WORLD VIEW 09
Thursday, 29 May, 2014
WHY OBAMA IS LEAVING 10,000 TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN Time MICHAEL CrOwLEy
By choosing to leave almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the formal end of American combat operations later this year, President Barack Obama made a choice between two imperatives. One was to make a clean break with a war that has lasted more than 12 years, costing hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives, with inconclusive results. Obama was happy to take that path in Iraq, from which he pulled out the last U.S. soldier in December 2011. The other imperative was to ensure that Afghanistan doesn’t become like a horror movie killer who springs up the moment you think he’s dead and turn your back. Afghanistan’s security forces probably aren’t yet ready to defend their government against the Taliban, a weakened but hardly defeated enemy. A residual American force can aid the Afghans with everything from intelligence to logistics to medical assistance. Obama may rightfully doubt that maintaining tens of thousands of U.S. forces can remake Afghanistan into a tidy success story. But neither does he want to preside over a slide back into a 1990s-style civil war. That civil war, of course, produced a Taliban government which harbored alQaeda and made the Sept, 11, 2001 terror attacks possible—the reason we invaded Afghanistan in the first place. Obama never promised to make Afghanistan a functioning democracy, or even to defeat the Taliban. his repeated vow has been to “disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda” in the region and prevent the terror group’s ability to threaten the U.S. and its allies. A residual U.S. force in Afghanistan will be crucial to achieving that goal. Even with most al-Qaeda figures killed or driven from the country, a senior U.S. official told TIME in December, “it’s likely there would be some residual al-Qaeda or related affiliates that persist beyond [the end of 2014]. And we would retain the requirement to disrupt any threats. The preferred way for us to do that is in a partnership with the Afghans.” Americans are much more able to conduct counterterrorism operations than the Afghan security forces. Perhaps just as important, the residual U.S. troops will be right across the border from Pakistan’s notorious tribal areas, where the most dangerous al-Qaedaaffiliated operatives are still based. Since the U.S. has no military presence in Pakistan, the ability to continue drone missions from Afghanistan will be enormously valuable. A continued U.S. presence will also have symbolic and diplomatic value, as the former U.S. ambassador to Kabul, Ryan Crocker, told TIME in February. At a moment when there was talk of a residual force numbering in the very low thousands—or even none at all, given that Afghan President hamid Karzai refused to sign a post-2014 military agreement with the U.S. (his successor is expected to do so)— Crocker said a robust American force was a valuable way of “signaling to friends and foes alike that we’re in this for the long run” in a region that America has abandoned before. But wait: Obama is also announcing that all U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016. That would seem to undermine the message of support and engagement—and risk allowing al-Qaeda and the Taliban to bide their time for just a bit longer, right? Possibly. But it’s also possible that that America’s troop presence could be extended by a future agreement in the final days of Obama’s term, especially if the Afghan government feels vulnerable and Washington sees signs of a local al-Qaeda resurgence.
A mAn, A plAn, AfghAnistAn PoliTico
hAT are we to make of President Obama’s decision, assuming formal approval later this summer from the next Afghan president, to keep nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the current NATO mission finishes this year—but then to cut that figure in half by the end of 2015 and reduce it virtually to zero by the end of 2016? First, I would like to commend the president for taking an approach on Afghanistan that he has generally avoided until now. In his speech Sunday from Bagram Air Force base near Kabul, he talked positively and confidently to the assembled U.S. troops about the need to “preserve the gains that you have helped to win.” he devoted separate paragraphs to celebrating Afghan gains in counterterrorism, security in general, quality of life and political transition. Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder with Afghan partners for years despite the difficulties, because the cause was just and the stakes high, because the enemy was ruthless and cruel, because as a result the international coalition included the largest number of countries in the history of warfare. On Sunday, for the first time in quite a while, Obama made these kinds of arguments with enthusiasm. As for the new policy ideas the president unveiled upon his return from Afghanistan, the plan to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in-country next year is quite reasonable. It allows the United States to keep more than half a dozen bases, strategically located throughout the country. Because there are numerous al Qaeda targets near the country’s north and east, we need forces there. Because the fearsome haqqani network is a bit further southward, with bases just over the border from Khost in southeastern Afghanistan, we need capabilities close to that location. Because much of the Taliban seeks to take refuge in Pakistan just over the border from Kandahar, its traditional home, the United States needs assets there and in helmand province next door. Also, America’s European partners will stay engaged in the north and west of the country as long as the United States helps them with certain logistics enablers at those locations. These regional bases, each typically requiring 1,000 to 1,500 Americans to be fully safe and effective, will operate drones, signals intelligence equipment, fighter jets, mine-clearing technology and helicopters. Afghan airpower and high-tech intelligence units have lagged behind the development of the Afghan infantry, so this help will be useful—even as the U.S. numbers are modest enough to ensure that GIs will not be a crutch for any unmotivated Afghan units or commanders. Another advantage to having up to half a dozen or so regional bases is the ability to partner with the major Afghan army corps headquarters in the field, of which there are six. U.S. forces, together with some other NATO help, will be able to continue to assist them all in 2015. Meanwhile, the United States can work with
ministry officials in Kabul on training everyone from accountants to logisticians to communications experts to policy teams. They may not be able to create a miniPentagon in the hindu Kush, but they will help build an institution that functions passably well. So far so good. And Obama making these decisions now will help NATO commanders ensure an orderly transition process as many bases are closed, others downsized and reconfigured, and most equipment shipped home in the coming months. But there is a problem with Obama’s new policy. For a war in which Americans have been so patient, we risk losing our cool at the end stage of the effort. Almost as soon as that enduring force of 9,800 is postured properly in the country, it will have to plan for its own termination and begin to dismantle its new capabilities. The president’s plan to cut that number of U.S. troops in half in the course of 2015 means that most of these regional bases will be closed almost as soon as they get into their new groove. And the decision to then go to zero American troops, beyond the confines of Kabul proper, by the end of Obama’s presidency will take away drones and commandos that could be used against al Qaeda in Afghanistan or Pakistan, as well as whatever residual other help Afghan forces may still need then. I would have favored a plan that was roughly twice as slow, and that might have added about 3 percent to total war costs over the period since 2001. Such an approach would have deprived the Taliban of any hope that
TRAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN new York Times For years, the American people have been asking when the war in Afghanistan will end. On Tuesday, President Obama said not for at least two and a half more years. Mr. Obama reaffirmed that he would meet his commitment to remove the last 32,000 combat troops from Afghanistan at the end of the year, a pace that was too slow from the start. But don’t think this is the end of the American military involvement in the Afghan quagmire. After months of hemming and hawing, Mr. Obama also announced that he intends to retain a residual force beyond 2014. According to this plan, 9,800 troops would remain in Afghanistan after 2014, and the number would be cut by half by the end of 2015. By the end of 2016, the force will be cut further, enough to protect the embassy in Kabul and help the Afghans with outfitting their military and other security matters. It is reasonable to ask how two more years of a sizable American troop presence — which one official said could cost $20 billion in 2015 — will advance a stable Afghanistan in a way that 13 years of war and the 100,000 troops deployed there at the peak were unable to guarantee. Mr. Obama insists the objectives will be limited to using Special Operations forces to disrupt threats posed by Al Qaeda and to train and advise Afghan security personnel, pursuits American troops have been deeply engaged in throughout the war. he does not claim that the residual force will ensure Afghanistan’s success. But administration officials say — and this is the only argument that makes some sense — that a continued, albeit much smaller, American military role would provide a stabilizing bridge at a sensitive time when Afghanistan is choosing a new leader to succeed President
hamid Karzai. There also are doubts about how much Congress and the international community will be willing to invest in Afghanistan if American troops, along with a much smaller contingent of NATO forces, are not in the country. The election is a cause for some optimism about Afghanistan, which has been burdened by inept and corrupt governance. The top two candidates to succeed Mr. Karzai — Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, and Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official — are viewed as competent, pro-Western and stable, unlike Mr. Karzai. Both Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Ghani have also said they would sign a bilateral security agreement that Mr. Karzai refused to sign and that Mr. Obama insists is a prerequisite for a continued troop presence. The administration says it has also been encouraged by improvements in the Afghan security forces, which the United States and NATO built and trained over the past decade. Initial news reports suggested the forces contributed to the reasonably peaceful outcome of the first round of presidential voting in April. More than 350,000 military and police units were deployed for the vote. But it was later reported that Afghan news media played down the incidence of violence and many experts still have serious questions about the competency of most Afghan units. The country’s gross domestic product has grown an average of 9.4 percent annually from 2003 to 2012, and life expectancy has increased by more than 20 years to 62 years. Yet the United States remains trapped there, putting its young men and women in harm’s way. Mr. Obama has dragged out the biggest part of the withdrawal from Afghanistan for two years and now wants to leave more troops there until the end of 2016. his promise to end the war, made years ago, won’t be honored until he’s practically out of office.
the next year would be such an abrupt transition period as to throw the government’s forces into disarray. Rather than close all regional American bases in 2015, Obama could have planned to close one or two if possible, and then observe and learn from what ensued. Then, 2016 could have been the main year when these regional locations were truly downsized. And why the insistence on getting to zero? The United States is still in Korea and Japan and Germany after all these years. Same thing for Bahrain and Qatar and Djibouti. Success rather than a declaration of “mission accomplished” or “mission over” should be our preeminent concern. Obama will be remembered well by history and the American people if he keeps this country safe. he need not worry so much about completely ending a mission that most of the country is not paying much attention to at this point in any event, and that is already costing us far less than it once did. Perhaps there is still room for reassessment and adjustment in late 2015 and into 2016. I hope so. We can surely keep reducing the American footprint in Afghanistan each and every year in the future. But doing so on a fixed, predetermined schedule and aiming for a rapid termination of the entire mission is neither necessary nor wise. Michael O’Hanlon is senior fellow at Brookings and coauthor with James Steinberg of the new book Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century.
WHY MODI AND SHARIF CAN TURN A NEW CHAPTER IN PAK-INDIA RELATIONS Times of india Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises a foreign policy reset, where India's economic interests — rather than nebulous ideas of Nehruvian vintage such as Third World solidarity — will become primary. Peace in its neighbourhood would be conducive for India to break out economically, which is why Modi took the unprecedented step of inviting neighbouring heads of state to his swearing-in ceremony. Similar considerations apply to Pakistan, which is why Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepted. Given these considerations, the first item on the agenda following the one-on-one meeting between Modi and Sharif should be granting non-discriminatory market access to India. This had been agreed on in December 2012 but is nevertheless hanging fire. The logical next step should be full normalisation of trade ties between India and Pakistan, instead of diverting trade through third countries. The key reason why peace can break out while Modi and Sharif are in charge was stated by Sharif on Indian soil, that both governments now have strong mandates in their respective countries. That is indubitably true for Modi, who possesses the additional advantage that it is hard to outflank him from the right. Just as Richard Nixon's or Ronald Reagan's image of being hawkishly anticommunist Republicans helped them seek accommodation with China and the Soviet Union respectively, Modi will not lack for political capital in seeking accommodation with Pakistan. While there is absolutely no reason to doubt Sharif's commitment to peace with India — he actually made this a plank of his election campaign and won handsomely last year — questions arise about his ability to deliver. After all, regardless of democratic elections, the India policy mandate in Pakistan has remained with the army and intelligence agencies. Whether Sharif can bring them round is the crucial question. Following the Modi-Sharif meet New Delhi and Islamabad have agreed to pursue talks at the foreign secretary level, but more of a political push is required. Modi has shown a penchant for unconventional diplomacy. If Sharif proves unable to deliver, at some point down the line Modi should open a direct line of communication with the Pakistan army — perhaps using the Indian army as an intermediary. Terror remains the only outstanding issue between the two nations in a manner of speaking, as a template for resolving even the thorny Kashmir dispute had been arrived at between Pervez Musharraf and Manmohan Singh before the former fell from power and grace.
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KARACHI: Khurram Malik, Marketing Manager TOTAL Oil, addresses a press conference. STAFF PHOTO
Mountain Dew joins X-Men: Days of Future Past with official partnership LAHORE: Mountain Dew®in partnership with 20th Century Fox’s brings this summer’s most eagerly awaited blockbuster: X-MEN: Days of Future Pats, that will bring fans closer to the film.Mountain Dew arranged the premier show in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad exclusively for the X-men aficionados, which was attended by the crème de la crème of our industry. Many known faces attended in throngs to be part of the first day, first show. With a starstudded international cast including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart led by Director Bryan Singer, the seventh film in the X-MEN franchise unites stars from across the X-MEN generations for an epic cinematic journey of good versus evil. Building on more than a decade of successful entertainment partnerships, XMDOFP remains Mountain Dews largestever international entertainment promotion. A powerful team, theMountain Dew and X-MEN: Days of Future Pastpartnership sparks an immersive, fan-focused campaign by Mountain Dew, reaching the “Dew Nation” in nearly 30 countries. PRESS RELEASE
PARC, YAAS, PR China ink MoU to promote scientific research in agriculture
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (YAAS) Yunnan Province, The People’s Republic of China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at here PARC Headquarters to promote the development oriented scientific research in the field of agriculture, and to strengthen partnership between two countries. The MoU will facilitate further collaboration between both countries in the activities based on their respective academic and technical needs and other priorities. It will enable the representative agencies, PARC and YAAS, jointly to develop (i) organization of joint collaborative research programs on themes of mutual interest; (ii) organization of joint academic activities such as training courses, seminars, workshops and conferences; (iii) exchange of scientists, research scholars and students; (iv) exchange of research and scientific materials, publications and information; and (v) exchange of cooperation deemed appropriate by both institutions. PRESS RELEASE
Zameen.com closes key venture investment deal LAHORE: Zameen.com, Pakistan’s leading property portal, has closed a venture round with Singapore-based Catcha Group and Frontier Digital Ventures. Following this deal, both Catcha Group and Frontier Digital Ventures have acquired a substantial but non-controlling interest in Zameen.com. Zameen.com was founded in 2006 by two Pakistani entrepreneur brothers, Zeeshan Ali Khan and Imran Ali Khan. In 2012, Gilles Blanchard, co-founder of SeLoger.com – France’s largest property portal – came on board as an angel investor and took up the role of Chairman at Zameen.com. Since then, Zameen.com has grown exponentially and has further consolidated its position as the leading property portal in the country. PRESS RELEASE
PIA shareholders meeting ends in fiasco KARACHI: A meeting of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) shareholders turned into chaos when the stock owners protested against the top management of the national flag carrier, alleging them of mismanagement. PIA Chairman Muhammad Ali Gardazi chaired the meeting that was held in the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Club. According to reports, the shareholders criticised and expressed their anger over the mismanagement in the institution. They said that the PIA was facing losses of billions of rupees due to the mismanagement. "Flights are delayed and the passengers have to wait for hours at airports due to shortage of aircraft," the shareholders said. INP
BSTrAcT: Unlike other industries in Pakistan which have trade associations to lobby for government support, Information Technology (IT) industry Pakistan remains fragmented & in critical need for state patronage. At a federal level, the MoIT supports the growth of Information Technology & Telecommunication. Given the demand for low-cost voice communication, Pakistan has seen investment in telecommunication sector whereas Information Technology remains is in dire need of nurturing. recent initiatives by Government of Pakistan to encourage local assembly and manufacturing of Personal computers (Pcs) are steps in the right direction. For these initiatives to be successful, a number of structural reforms are required. The tax regime on Pc products has had a retrogressive impact on the entire industry. For local assembly to flourish, raw material & inputs have to be zero-rated at all stages of the product lifecycle i.e. from the import stage to sales stage. Special incentives have to be considered for raw material distributors who bring in microprocessors, chipsets into the country as well as those local assemblers who source these components to enable manufacturing. Background: Before 2005, a number of local assemblers emerged on the scene to enrich the Pc industry in Pakistan. This created a healthy environment for the assembly, manufacturing, testing, supply, repair and maintenance of IT products in Pakistan. Local assemblers enjoyed GST & duty exemptions and the industry witnessed double-digit growth rates. Technology providers who resold the locally assembled products were also expanding to IT services to meet the growing demands of the industry. Furthermore, local assembly was able to save valuable foreign exchange; reduce dependency on imported goods and create employment opportunities for enterprising youth and innovators. Tax exemptions were removed in 2005 and the industry has been afflicted with structural problems ever since. Opportunities for local assembly, joint-ventures and subcontracting still exist to manufacture a range of Pc products (Desktops, Laptops, Servers, Tablets) in Pakistan. By training the work-force, local assemblers can meet requirements for the industry and the relatively large domestic and export market potential of IT in the region. The multifaceted benefits of local manufacturing will require that MoIT recommends simplification of tax regime & issues procurement guidelines to its own departments to prefer locally assembled and manufactured products. The
objective of this paper is to encourage the MoIT, Government of Pakistan to encourage firms which can manufacture Pc products & components. This can help Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s vision of a resilient Pakistan. Pakistan is well positioned to utilize the manufacturing sector to accelerate creation of opportunities such as local & international investment, research & development, creation of employment and availability of affordable products. The following roadblocks serve as impediment to Pakistan’s emergence as an IT hub in South Asia. Recommendations: reduction in input costs: GST at import stage, incorrect treatment of PcT codes for microprocessors, adhoc assessment, and valuation at customs results in high input costs. Imported Pc products have grown at the expense of local assemblers as they are manufactured in countries which provide cheap labor and subsidies for local products. On the contrary, local distributors and assemblers face constant harassment due to issues with assessment and valuation of imports. There is an immediate need to provide local assemblers the relief and exemptions from all tariffs that made local assembly viable. Low productivity levels: Due to reduction in the total number of Pc assemblers in the country, overall productivity in the IT market is low. Many assemblers have ceased to exist and the adverse business environment has resulted in innovators to become traders. Less than desirable government support has resulted in high levels of uncertainty in the business climate, diminished expected returns on investment due to high costs, and lack of longterm financing. Inefficient flows of goods and services: Low levels of Pc assembly have resulted in sub-optimal availability of specialized ways of transportation and logistics. This impacts local manufacturers’ competitiveness compared to their global counterparts thereby diminishing potential of IT exports. Glut of smuggled & used goods: As per industry estimates, more than 50% of the Pc products in the country are smuggled and brought into the country through hand-carry channels. While this deprives the government of valuable revenue, it makes the local assembly of Pc products unattractive. Furthermore, due to lack of affordability, the market is now flooded with Pcs which are more than 3 year old. These products are harmful for environment & consumers, have high running cost due to energy sapping power consumption, are incompatible with most software and deprive the consumers of real value. LocaL assembLeR expectations: In
Cell phone imports swell 0.48pc in 10 months ISLAMABAD APP
The mobile phone imports into the country increased by 0.48 percent during first 10 months of the year 2013-14 over the same period of last year. The imports of mobile phone into the country during July-April (2013-14) were recorded at $516.239 million against the imports of $513.772 million during July-April (2012-13), according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Similarly the mobile phone imports into the country during the month of April 2014 increased by 0.31 percent and decreased by 13.06 percent when compared to the imports in April 2013 and March 2014 respectively. The mobile phone imports during April 2014 stood at $38.967 million against the imports of $38.848 million in April 2013 and $44.82 million in March 2014, the data revealed.
The country's trade deficit narrowed by 2.51 percent during first 10 months of current fiscal year as exports expanded by 12.21 percent while imports witnessing a growth of 8.81 percent as compared to the same period of last year. On year-on-year basis, the trade deficit increased by 20.76 percent in April 2014 when compared to the deficit of the same month of last year, according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). According to break up figures, the exports from the country during July-April (2013-14) were recorded at $20.997 billion against the exports of $20.143 billion recorded during July-April 201213. On the other hand, the imports into the country during the period under review were recorded at $37.105 billion against the imports of $36.665 billion during the corresponding period of last year.
order for the local industry to compete with international brands, the local assemblers expect the following: Preference for local brands: currently a number of government institutions specific “foreign brands only” in their tenders. This discriminatory practice has hurt local assemblers. It is therefore expected that the Government will provide more weightage to goods assembled in Pakistan. Tax exemption for five years: In order for local assemblers to invest in assembly lines, the government should provide tax exemption for 5years so that they are better able to manage and plan their investments. Discouragement of used Pc: It is expected that a complete ban on used Pcs and IT scrap is enforced so that the local IT demand can be catered by products manufactured locally. Benefits of local manufacturing: The country will benefit in the following ways 1) creation of jobs, development of higher level of skills. 2) Development of new technologies, innovation in industry, transfer of knowledge 3) Economic development, opportunity for government to document 4) Encouragement of r&D culture 5) ripple effect benefits in greater broadband adoption 6) Saving of foreign exchange, lesser reliance on foreign countries to fulfill local needs 7) Potential emergence of viable specialized logistics catering to manufacturing companies 8) Wide-spread utilization of IT due to affordability of locally assembled products 9) respectability of products “Made in Pakistan” due to government support. revival of industry & association of quality with local products 10) Increase in Foreign Direct Investment concLUsion: countries across the globe have seen transformation impact of their economic indicators by due to local manufacturing. A good example is china, Vietnam, Portugal, Argentina etc. Pakistan has the potential to do the same however the above mentioned recommendations will serve as guidelines to accelerate the prospects and improving the economy. Government must set milestones and announce IT Vision 2020 so that IT is leveraged as the greater accelerator of economic growth by setting aggressive goals to increate automation in industry and increasing Pc penetration in households across Pakistan. The writer is the head of marketing Viper Technologies
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Thursday, 29 May, 2014
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You've got a way with people right now, and you may find that you're casually flirting with folks whom you wouldn't ordinarily feel comfortable with. Go for it! Things can change for the better now.
You're making some serious progress today -- so keep up the momentum! You may be exhausted by tonight, but that's a small price to pay for success. Things are sure to work out well.
Your social network grows even more today -- so don't be shy about making new friends or saying 'hi' to strangers who look interesting. This great energy keeps you smiling all day long!
You've got quite a lengthy to-do list staring you in the face -but you can take care of all of it with ease. You just need to apply your energy to each one as it pops up and ignore all distractions.
Your group of friends (or maybe coworkers) is reaching a crisis point -- which is a good thing! An opportunity is on the horizon, and your influence should push your people in the right direction.
Today could be terrific -- or it could be terrible. There is good news if things start to go south though: You can change the outcome if you work as hard as you can on the issues that matter most.
It's time to find someone new to share your feelings with. If that sounds ghastly, think of it this way: You're expanding the pool of people who can help you get ahead. Speak openly.
A gamble of some kind seems quite appealing -- but you need to avoid the temptation this time. Even if you win, you're not likely to come out ahead. Just enjoy the show and try again later.
You've got a lot going on today -but not so much that you can't squeeze a few extra meetings or activities into your schedule. In fact, you are better off keeping it filled to the brim.
It's a great day to volunteer or otherwise find ways to make the world a better place. Your presence is more important than you may realize, and you can make several positive changes if you try.
Your love life starts to sizzle in a new way -even if you've been with the same person for years. Your emotional energy is peaking, and you feel better than you ever have about romance.
Could you feel more overwhelmed? Don't ask -but there is a silver lining. You are almost sure to ask for support and guaranteed to get it when you do. Fall back on friends or family.
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Thursday, 29 May, 2014
COMFORT EATING: STUDY FINDS SEEDS OF EMOTIONAL EATING ARE SOWN AT A VERY YOUNG AGE
Children as young as five seek solace in food when anxious and stressed, a study has found. Although some adults are well-known to be emotional eaters, the research shows that the seeds are sown at a very young age. Researchers in Belgium asked more than 300 children, aged between five and ten, questions about their lives. Topics covered included whether they had experienced stressful life events, such as the divorce of their parents or the death of a grandparent, and how angry, anxious, sad and happy they felt. Bullying, problems with friends and rows with brothers and sisters were also factored in and parents answered questions about their children’s behaviour. The parents also filled in a questionnaire about how often their children ate various foods, while the youngsters explained when they felt driven to eat particular foods. The results showed that the more stressful a child’s life, the more sweet foods they ate. Girls were particularly prone to comfort eat and to give into temptation when times were tough, says the research. Researcher Nathalie Michels, of Ghent University, also showed that levels of the hormone cortisol rose with stress. She thinks this may stop the body reaction to leptin, a hormone that normally tells our body when it has had enough to eat. Dr Michels said that that parents and schools should teach children who to cope with life’s ups and downs. She said: ‘Parents and children should be made aware that stress can influence emotional eating behaviour, so they can pay attention to potential triggers and anticipate this behaviour. ‘Furthermore, children should be equipped with stress-coping skills, such as problem-solving or asking for help, instead of seeking solace in food.’ Others said that parents should be aware that they are role models. Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum, said: ‘From the moment that an infant is born it learns that sweetness brings comfort. It should therefore be of no surprise that it is sophisticated enough, even by age five, to know that it’ll feel better about some unhappy event having eaten a chocolate biscuit or something sugary. ‘After all, that’s what mummy does and parents are role models and copied. ‘Mummy, of course, should know better but most five year olds will lack the knowledge that indulgence food can be bad for you, and be habit forming, if not eaten in moderation. ‘There’s nothing wrong with the occasional sweet treat but that’s a far cry from comfort eating to relieve stress.’ ONLINE
REASONS BEHIND LACK OF AWARENESS OF SURROUNDINGS IN CHILDREN
T is an experience as familiar as it is frustrating to many parents and teachers - getting children to pay attention to simple instructions while they are engrossed in watching television, playing a game or reading a book. Such is their ability to ignore what is happening outside their immediate focus that even talking through a megaphone would have little effect on their responsiveness. But scientists believe there is actually a reason for their lack of awareness, which is linked to how the brain develops. They say children are not intentionally ignoring us; in fact, they are experiencing inattentional blindness. This blindness is the difference between looking and seeing what is actually there, between hearing and registering what is really said. The result is a lack of awareness, especially outside the immediate focus of attention. According to Prof Nilli Lavie, from University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, children have much less peripheral awareness than adults. "Parents and carers should know that even focusing on something simple will make children less aware of their surroundings, compared to adults. "For example, a child trying to zip up their coat while crossing the road may not be able to notice oncoming traffic, whereas a developed adult mind would have no problem with this. "The capacity for awareness outside the focus of attention develops with age, so younger children are at higher risk of inattentional blindness." Prof Lavie's views are based on an experiment she carried out recently to test levels of inattentional blindness in children and adults. She asked more than 200 visitors to the Science Museum, in London, to judge which line on a screen was the longest in seven different examples. On one screen a black square flashed up and participants were asked whether they noticed it or not. While 90% of the adults were able to spot the black square most of the
time, children performed far worse, with fewer than 10% of seven to 10year-olds spotting the square. Eleven to 14-year-olds also showed lower awareness and that awareness decreased as the difficulty of the task increased. This was a finding that surprised Prof Lavie. She says: "In children, the primary visual cortex wasn't responding to the object on the screen and this appears to develop with age, until 14 and beyond. But I didn't expect the older children would also suffer from inattentional blindness. It would be interesting to see at what point they fully develop." Previous research in adult brains suggests that the primary visual cortex is the part of the brain responsible for perceiving things, because if this area is damaged then people tend to experience less peripheral awareness. There are obvious safety implications to this delayed development. Something as simple as texting while crossing the road becomes much
more dangerous if awareness is impaired, for example. Psychologists argue that we all have a limited capacity for attention, to some degree, and when carrying out very demanding tasks, it's a trait that is necessary. Richard Wiseman, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, has studied human visual processing in great detail and describes it as "enormously complicated". "Big parts of the brain are dedicated to it. It's very difficult, so we don't want to be "That's why you need inattentional blindness, otherwise you'd not be able to focus - and that's not a good way of getting through the world." Because the brain gives us the illusion it is constantly monitoring everything, he says, we are surprised when we don't notice something obvious. Prof Wiseman has used and refashioned the now famous selective attention test, first created by Daniel Simons, to demonstrate how easy it is to miss the presence of a gorilla in a
20-MINUTE WALK CAN 'BEAT DISABILITY' IN SENIORS: US RESEARCH A 20-minute walk in the park every day could keep older people active and stave off disability, say researchers. The first study of its kind shows daily walking for about a quarter of a mile may mean the difference between staying mobile or becoming housebound. It found moderate physical activity helped ageing adults keep their ability to walk at a rate 18 per cent higher than older adults who did not exercise. The US-based LIFE study from Yale School of Medicine, coordinated at the University of Florida, also showed regular walkers were a quarter less likely to become permanently disabled. Researchers presented the results yesterday at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando and it was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They recruited 1,635 sedentary men and women
ages 70 to 89 for the study. The volunteers could walk a quarter mile within 15 minutes but were at risk of losing that ability. The participants were randomly separated into two groups and followed for more than two years. The first group walked 150 minutes per week and did strength, flexibility and balance training, and were regularly monitored. The second group attended health education classes and performed stretching exercises. Staff assessed participants every six months, checking their ability to walk, their body weight, blood pressure and pulse rate, among other measurements. They were not told who was assigned to physical activity or to the education classes. Moderate activity helped volunteers maintain their ability to walk at a rate 18 per cent higher than older adults who did not exercise and there was a 28 per cent reduction in people permanently losing the ability to walk easily. VIA BBC NEWS
video. While watching the video, people are asked to concentrate on something else, in this instance on the number of times a ball is passed between people playing basketball. In another test, he asks people to concentrate on a card trick. During the trick, certain background items change colour, but few people notice because they are focused on the cards. Prof Wiseman says creative people are likely to be better at spotting things than others, whereas individuals who feel anxious or worried about the task are less likely to notice the gorilla in the room. He says there are many occasions in life when we miss the blindingly obvious just because we are totally focused on another problem. Car drivers have said they didn't see the pedestrian because they were looking out for other hazards, for example, and airline pilots have missed warning lights in the cockpit because they were busy dealing with other issues. VIA BBC NEWS
FIVE MUSLIM WOMEN AMONG FORBES’ LIST OF 100 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN
Five Muslim women have made it to Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women. Prime Minister of Bagladesh Shiekh Hasina Wajid has been given the rank of 47 on the list, the highest among the four Muslim women. Following Wajid is Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi ; Minister of International Cooperation and Development in United Arab Emirates at number 55. From the ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, Lubna S. Olayan; CEO of Olayan Financing Company, was listed as the 86th most powerful woman. The fourth Muslim woman who made it to the list was Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani; daughter of Qatar royal family and chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority. Al Thani has been ranked on 91. The fifth wonder ‘Muslimah’ was Fatima Al Jaber at 94th rank. She is the Chief Operating Officer of leading construction firm Al Jaber Group in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The list is topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by United States’ head of Federal Reserve Janet Yellen on second. The third spot was won by Melinda Gates; founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who has granted more than $26 billion for global philanthropic causes. The list, dominated by Americans, constitutes of women excelling in their fields of politics, finance, philanthropy, business, technology, media, showbiz, real estate, mining, fashion and retail, health care, engineering and oil. STAFF REPORT
Thursday, 29 May, 2014
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Kim Kardashian gets a self portrait as wedding gift from West R AGENCIES
apper Kanye West got a London artist to create a portrait of wife Kim Kardashian as a wedding gift, following their nuptials this weekend. The rapper, who married the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Saturday in Florence, Italy, commissioned Bambi to paint a portrait of her. ''It's the first non-narcissistic thing Kanye has done because he specifically didn't want to be in the painting himself," said a source. ''He says he wants Kim looking as much like a princess as possible," the source added. according to people Magazine, the multimillion dollar euro event of Kimye wedding included the top-notch accommodations including luxury five-
star hotels offering rooms starting at 750- 885 dollars per night. Kardashian and West are said to have spent more than 409,000 dollars to rent the venue at the top of Forte di Belvedere, an imposing 16th-century fortress in Florence offering gorgeous views of the ancient Italian city. The cost of Kardashian's custommade Givenchy Haute Couture gown designed by her friend riccardo Tisci is estimated around 500,000 dollars. among other things, the cost for rare flowers ordered for the grand event is anticipated to be around 136,000 dollars and the delicious food provided by top chefs must have cost tens of thousands to the couple. Malika Haqq, Kardashian's family friend said that the american hip-hop artist "really went all out there" with his love and it was all worth it.
Video of one direction MeMberS SMoking ‘Joint’ SUrfaceS
a video appearing to show two members of one Direction smoking what they call a "joint" has emerged online. Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik are heard joking about "illegal substances" as they smoke a rolled-up cigarette in the back of a car. Tomlinson, who is believed to be filming the five minute video, is heard saying: "so here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. happy days!" Malik is then passed the "joint" and begins smoking. The video has been published by the Mailonline which claims it was filmed on 27 april while the singers were being driven through Peru on their way to a concert at the Estadio nacional in Lima.\ Tomlinson, who narrates the video, later pans to a police motorcyclist driving past them and laughs: "he's having a look. "he's thinking, 'i'm sure i can smell an illegal substance in there'. "and he's hit the nail on the head." VIA BBC NEWS BEAT
Us author and poet Maya angelou has died at age 86 in north Carolina, local media reported on Wednesday, citing her agent and a local official. angelou provided eloquent commentary on race, gender and living life to its fullest in poems and memoirs such as i Know Why the Caged Bird sings, which brought her wide acclaim. she wrote more than 30 books and was a Grammy winner for three spoken-word albums. she had a home in Winston-salem, north Carolina, where she was a professor of american studies at Wake Forest University. she was honored at the national Book awards ceremony last year for her service to the literary community. NEWS DESK
Pakistani designers to showcase at Kesington Palace in London
ashion Parade 2014 is all set to make history by showcasing Pakistani designers for the very first time in Kensington Palace orangery, London. organized by Mustang Productions and Encyclomedia, Fashion Parade this year is the first event of its kind showcasing Pakistani designers on such a large scale abroad. it’s a fashion forward platform that celebrates asian Culture, asian Fashion and entrepreneurs, all set to make a mark in history. it aims to celebrate Pakistani culture showcasing designs to international audiences. This event will be showcasing some of the most celebrated designers of the Pakistan
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Fashion industry. The 9 designers who are showcasing their collection in Fashion Parade 2014 are ‘Faiza samee, ayesha hashwani, nomi ansari, aashni & Co, Bareeze, Zara shahjehan, seher Tareen and nazneen Tariq’. The designers will be showcasing their couture collections with a style ethos of bringing in a fusion of the eastern and western design philosophies. The British Fashion Council head of Event Mr Josef Jammerbund and Media head anna orsini will also be attending the event to see Pakistani fashion being showcased on the ramp. The event is going to be held on the 9th of June at Kensington Palace orangery in London. STAFF REPORT
Johnny Depp is in talks to star as houdini in a new movie. The 50-year-old actor could be set to take on the role of the famous magician, harry houdini, in Lionsgate and summit's film 'The secret Life of houdini: The Making of america's First superhero', directed by 'Red 2's' Dean Parisot. The screenplay has been written by noah opprenheim, based on the book by William Kalush and Larry sloman, and looks at houdini as more of an indiana Jones character who is an investigator of the world of the occult, according to The hollywood Reporter. Depp's producing partner Christi Dembrowski is in talks to come on board for the project, along with Frank Marshall, who worked on 'The Bourne Legacy' and Bruce Cohen, who produced 'silver Linings Playbook'. Depp, who is currently working on Whitey Bulger's crime drama 'Black Mass', is also set to star in to Disney blockbuster franchises this year, 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' and 'alice 2', known as 'Through The Looking Glass'. VIA BANG SHOWBIZ
Emma Watson joins the list of celebrity graduates E
MMa Watson recently graduated from Brown University. What are some other celebs that have pursued a higher education? it’s no hogwarts, but it just might be the next best thing. actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as hermione Granger in the hit franchise harry Potter, recently graduated from the ivy League school Brown University for a degree in English literature. Enrolling in the school in 2009, the degree had been a work in progress as Watson took breaks in between to finish off the remaining harry Potter films, and she even worked on her schooling abroad as she studied at oxford University in England, as well. You’d think adapting to the college life could be difficult for someone with such a star status, but Watson said it was pretty easy adjusting. "i've never even been asked for an autograph on campus," she said in an interview in 2013. "i threw a party for nearly 100
students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook." Watson joins the list of quite a few celebrities that have graduated from top tier schools, and it’s an admirable accomplishment whether it was done before they became famous, or after. in fact, there’s probably a ton of your favorite celebrities that you never even knew had a degree in some weird categories completely unrelated to their career choice. Either way, for these actors and musicians, they’ve proven that at one point or another, an a mark was once a more important accolade than an oscar or a Grammy. John LEgEnd The soulful ‘all of Me’ crooner is known for more than just pulling on your heartstrings. Legend graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English with a focus on african-american literature and culture in 2009. since then, he
regularly visits the school, and just recently gave the commencement speech to the 2014 class where he was presented an honorary Doctor of Music degree. JamEs Franco James Franco’s goal may just be to attend every college that exists. “i love school,” he told People magazine in 2010. "i go to school because i love being around people who are interested in what i’m interested in and i’m having a great experience." Franco graduated from UCLa with a degree in English in 2008, and also enrolled in a writing program at Columbia University and studied filmmaking at nYU. additionally, he’s also attended Brooklyn College, as well as Yale. Yeah, no kidding he likes school. Lupita nyong'o The next big thing in hollywood was already a big thing when it came to education. nyong’o
graduated from Yale’s school of Drama in 2012, where she was originally one of 16 applicants that were admitted from a group of 950. Before that, the 12 Years a slave star graduated from hampshire College in 2003 for a degree in film and theatre studies. adam sandLEr Though his movies may be seen as mindless, adam sandler is anything but. sandler graduated from new York University’s Tisch school of the arts with a degree in fine arts in 1988. he even used the school as a stepping stone for his love of stand up comedy, as he regularly performed on campus and in clubs around the area to perfect his craft. VIA CONTACT MUSIC
14 SPORTS RAINA TO LEAD YOUNG TEAM IN BANGLADESH
Thursday, 29 May, 2014
Knight RideRs thRough to final AFTER KINGS XI UNRAVEL KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS 163 FOR 8 (UTHAPPA 42, KARANVEER 3 FOR 40) BEAT KINGS XI PUNJAB 135 FOR 8 (SAHA 35, YADAV 3 FOR 13) BY 28 RUNS KOLKATA
SPORTS DESK Suresh Raina, who was dropped for India's last ODI assignment - the Asia Cup - will lead India in the three-ODI series in Bangladesh in the absence of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli among others. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami were also rested. Robin Uthappa earned an expected national comeback, Wriddhiman Saha was called up to replace Dhoni as the wicketkeeper, and quite a few performers in the IPL and domestic cricket got selected. Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu were the only players retained from the Asia Cup squad. With so many players resting, this was an ideal space for performers in the domestic season and in the IPL to fill. Maharashtra's Kedar Jadhav, who led the season's Ranji tally with 1223 runs, got in, as did left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, who impressed for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. R Vinay Kumar reaped the rewards for leading Karnataka and South Zone to three domestic titles. Manoj Tiwary, who has spent a lot of time on the India bench, came back too, almost two years after last playing for India. Parvez Rasool, who travelled to Zimbabwe last year without getting a cap, got another shot at it. Mohit Sharma's IPL success worked for him whereas absence of possible captains might have worked for Raina. Raina's previous experience of international captaincy came in a tri-series in Zimbabwe, and a five-ODI series. India failed to make the final of that tri-nation tournament in Zimbabwe, losing out to Sri Lanka and the hosts. India won the bilateral series comfortably in the West Indies, but Raina's batting and shot selection came in for criticism. The most noteworthy comebacks, though, were of Uthappa and Saha. Uthappa last played for India in March 2012, but he had long ceased being a regular member of the side. This year, though, he followed up a decent first-class season with a stupendous run in the IPL, scoring 40 or more in 10 consecutive innings, possibly a world record. Saha, known for his keeping skills more than his batting, has frequently warmed the bench in Test cricket, but his 206 IPL runs at a strike rate of 130 seem to have put him ahead of Dinesh Karthik, who kept wicket in Dhoni's absence in the Asia Cup. SquAd for BANGlAdESh odIS: Suresh raina (capt.), robin uthappa, Ajinkya rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Parvez rasool, Akshar Patel, r Vinay Kumar, umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra
OBIN Uthappa prolonged a stellar season and took the record for the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in an IPL season. Gautam Gambhir, though scratchy with the bat, had helmed an impressive turnaround by Kolkata Knight Riders. The satisfaction of an eighth successive victory was sweetened all the more when both players returned into national reckoning. Knight Riders eased into the IPL final, Uthappa found a place for the ODI tour of Bangladesh and Gambhir could contemplate a Test comeback in England.Rain tends to favour chasing teams, if it's impact is expected. On Wednesday, sunny skies welcomed Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders but as the evening waned, the weather soured. Kings XI would not have been flustered by a target of 164, but the advent of a non-stop drizzle in the third over meant they had to tackle one of the wilier bowling attacks with
the prospect of the match being curtailed at any given moment. Having fallen behind the Duckworth-Lewis equation, one of the most assured batting line-ups suddenly looked out of their depth, but they have another crack on Friday when they meet the winner of the eliminator. The jitters began when Manan Vohra, empowered by a few solid hits, miscued to long-on. His 26 off 19 had originally put Kings XI ahead on the rain rule but now they were four runs behind par. Glenn Maxwell's attempts to dance around the crease to upset the bowler's rhythm backfired when he was found plumb in front. Kings XI were 11 behind and the downward spiral steepened. Umesh Yadav was not among those bound for England in July. His chosen way to vent was an opening spell of 2 for 12 in three overs. As rain persisted, the batsmen were uncertain regarding the length of the match and the approach they should employ. If they took undue risks and the game ended up lasting the 20 overs, they could end up without enough batsmen. If they didn't press on, Knight Riders
Eric Boullier agrees that McLaren needs to "rethink" its approach to become successful again in Formula 1, following recent criticism of the Woking team by its former driver Alain Prost. The four times world champion said during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend that traditional Formula 1 powerhouses McLaren and Ferrari were being outfoxed by the greater focus of newer teams like Red Bull and Mercedes, and needed to "rethink" their approach to the sport in order
in the first innings as well. Akshar Patel snared the in-form Robin Uthappa and a struggling Manish Pandey in the same over. Karanveer Singh furthered his stocks with three wickets. However, in between their strikes Knight Riders had benefited from important cameos to secure a formidable total. Uthappa was at his fluent best again, depositing Mitchell Johnson and Parvinder Awana into the crowd with authoritative pulls. Having showcased his skills off the back foot, he drilled some eye-catching drives both through and over the off side field to fuel his 10th 40-plus score on the trot. His exit however seemed to drain Knight Riders' momentum until Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan contributed 41 off 33 balls in the push towards the death overs.
'NOT SURPRISED AT INDIA CALL-UP'
SPORTS DESK Having returned to his hometown, Pune, just a couple of days ago after a personally-satisfying-yet-disastrous IPL campaign from his team's perspective, Kedar Jadhav was watching X-Men along with a couple of friends on Wednesday afternoon when his phone rang. Jadhav was surprised that the Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke was calling him at a slightly odd hour but wasn't really surprised to hear what Shirke told him: he had received his maiden callup to the national squad, for the three-ODI series in Bangladesh to be played next month. "I was thrilled but wasn't so surprised. Somewhere at the back of my mind I knew that I was in contention in case a couple of regulars are rested," Jadhav told ESPNcricinfo." This is something that I have been working hard for all these years. I just hope that I can justify my
selection if and when I get an opportunity in the XI." With Jadhav's selection, the selectors have, in a way, sent out a signal to all the domestic cricketers that consistent performances may be rewarded, irrespective of a player's age. Though his diminutive posture gives an impression of him being in his early twenties, the right-hand batsman is ten months shy of turning 30. Through his decade-long first-class career for Maharashtra, Jadhav has been considered as a limitedovers' specialist. He has been a regular in the Deodhar Trophy (inter-zonal one-day championship) and the Challenger Trophy for half a decade. However, it took a phenomenal season with the bat in the Ranji Trophy for Jadhav to convince the selectors. During the 2013-14 Ranji season, Jadhav tallied 1223 runs, the fourth-highest in a season in the tournament's history, to help Maharashtra make their first Ranji final since 1992-93. Following his six centuries in the Ranji season, Jadhav was one of the few bright spots in Delhi Daredevils' poor IPL campaign. Though he scored only 149 runs in ten innings, his ability to consistently deliver under pressure and finish an innings stood out. With four Daredevils' matches remaining, a confident Jadhav told the IPL's official broadcasters in a pre-match interaction that he was hoping to be picked for the Bangladesh tour. "With the IPL having prolonged the domestic season, it is imperative to do well in the IPL. Considering the reach of the tournament, it is imperative to perform in IPL, irrespective of the kind of Ranji or Vijay Hazare (domestic 50-over) season you have. I am glad that I could continue scoring runs even during the IPL, especially when the team needed them the most," Jadhav said. Notwithstanding Munaf Patel's call-up to the national side in 2005-06 when the fast bowler was playing for Maharashtra as a professional, Jadhav is the first home-grown Maharashtra player to be selected for India in a decade. Dheeraj Jadhav, the opening batsman, was the last player from the state to be picked for an India squad, before the final Test of the 2004-05 home series against Australia and the tour to Zimbabwe the following year.
BOULLIER AGREES WITH PROST'S CRITICISM OF MCLAREN SPORTS DESK
would clinch the game with ease. Wriddhiman Saha and David Miller flailed at the crease, attempting to hit on the up and hack across the line, and by the time their struggle came to an end their side was more than 20 runs behind the Duckworth-Lewis equation. With the umpires doing their best to ensure a full game - at one point they waved the invading groundsmen off the field to ensure five overs of the chase were completed - the Knight Riders spinners continued the strangle. Shakib Al Hasan and Piyush Chawla grabbed a wicket, while conceding only 11 runs in three overs, as Kings XI meandered to 97 for 6 in after 16 overs. George Bailey attempted a counterattack, but Sunil Narine kept the penultimate over to four runs to all but seal the result. Spin had played a prominent part
to become successful again. Boullier has begun a significant overhaul of McLaren since he joined from Lotus over the winter, and said this was beginning to pay dividends for the Woking-based team. "I agree with the comments of Alain and this is what I've been doing now since I started," Boullier said. "The last couple of races we have seriously pushed on the development, and you can see on the car. "This is going to [continue] through the next races.
"It is due to the change of direction and what we have been picking up in terms of performance." He said the upturn in McLaren's form at Monaco, where it scored its first points since the Malaysian GP in March, was also related to this work, though it was mainly thanks to the characteristics of the Monte Carlo street circuit. "The double points finish of Monaco was mostly due to the track layout suiting our car," Boullier added. "[But] it's also rewarding the hard work we are doing here in Woking."
SULTAN AZLAN'S PASSING A GREAT LOSS TO LOCAL AND INTâ€™L HOCKEY KUALA LUMPUR AGENCIES
The local and international sports arena, especially hockey, suffered a huge loss with the demise of the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah who is regarded as the 'Father of Malaysian Hockey' for his tremendous contributions to the sport over 41 years, both as a player and administrator. Sultan Azlan Shah, 86, who started playing hockey since his school days, played for Perak during his hey days before being elected as the Malaysian Hockey Federation (now Malaysian Hockey Confederation) vice president in 1973. As a centre-forward for the Perak Malays and Perak State teams, Sultan Azlan Shah was feared by his opponents for his speed as well as his dribbling skills on the field. Sultan Azlan Shah possesses a staunch enthusiasm for sports, especially hockey as his love for hockey began during his schooldays. Under his stewardship, Malaysian hockey was able to stand on the same platform of the big boys in world hockey like India, Pakistan, Australia and Holland to name a few.
Thursday, 29 May, 2014
djoKovic sweeps aside chaRdy
OVAK Djokovic beat Jeremy Chardy 6-1 6-4 6-2 to move into the third round of the French Open. Chardy, who beat Federer at the Rome Masters earlier this month, spelled out why Djokovic is fancied to end eight-times champion Rafa Nadal's reign here. Djokovic won seven of his nine break opportunities and fired down 31 winners as he eased into the third round. "He was simply stronger than me, bigger than me in all compartments. You're always under pres-
sure. He knows everything. He can do everything," said Chardy. Czech Tomas Berdych, the sixth seed, started slowly before beating Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 6-3. Eighth seed Milos Raonic got past Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 7-6(4) 6-4 6-1. Russian Mikhail Youzhny, the 15th seed, lost 6-0 6-3 3-6 6-4 to Czech Radek Stepanek before Spain's Marcel Granollers overturned a two-set deficit to beat 20th seed Alexandr Dologopolov of Ukraine 1-6 3-6 6-3 6-0 6-2. Gilles Simon, the 29th seed, eased past Alejandro Gonzales of Colombia 6-4 6-0 6-2 and there were also straight-set wins for Spain's
Roberto Bautista Agut, the 27th seed, and Ernests Gulbis, the 18th seed from Latvia.
frENCh oPEN MEN'S SINGlES MATChES rouNd TWo 2-Novak djokovic (Serbia) beat Jeremy Chardy (france) 6-1 6-4 6-2 18-Ernests Gulbis (latvia) beat facundo Bagnis (Argentina) 6-2 7-5 6-0 27-roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Benoit Paire (france) 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 29-Gilles Simon (france) beat Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) 6-4 6-0 6-2 31-dmitry Tursunov (russia) beat Sam querrey (u.S.) 6-4 7-5 6-1 Marcel Granollers (Spain) beat 20-Alexandr dolgopolov (ukraine) 1-6 3-6 6-3 60 6-2 radek Stepanek (Czech republic) beat 15-Mikhail Youzhny (russia) 6-0 6-3 36 6-4
rouNd oNE Steve Johnson (u.S.) beat laurent lokoli (france) 4-6 6-7(7) 7-6(3) 6-3 6-3
SERENA WILLIAMS FALLS TO SHOCK DEFEAT AT ROLAND GARROS SPORTS DESK Unseeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza produced the shock of the tournament thus far as she overcame Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 at the French Open. The 17-times grand slam champion from the United States never got into her stride against the 20-year-old world No.35 who claimed the greatest victory of her young life. Muguruza, whose pace was too much for Williams to handle, will next face Slovak teenager Anna Schmiedlova, victor over Serena's older sister Venus about an hour earlier. "Of course it's amazing, I did not expect that. Today is a great day," said Muguruza. "I'm very happy," she then shouted at the crowd. "She (Serena) said that if I continue playing like this, I can win the tournament. I said, I will try, I will try," Williams failed to hold serve in the second set, which confirmed the impression of the opener, during which Muguruza sent the American chasing the ball in every corner. Williams bowed out after 64 minutes having never looked in a position to unsettle Muguruza, whose best result in a grand slam was at this year's
Australian Open when she reached the fourth round.The top seed had not been knocked out of a grand slam before the fourth round since she lost in the first round of this tournament two years ago. "Nothing actually worked, I just can't serve," said Williams with a smile. "It was one of those days, you can't be on (your game) every day." Williams refused to blame her defeat on the windy conditions on yet another chilly day in Paris, a city she has a special relationship with.
She has a French coach in Patrick Mouratoglou, owns an apartment in Paris and loves to shop in the French capital, which she considers her second home. "It's not easy. I love it here, but there's always next year. At least I won't have any points to defend next year, so I look forward to it," she said. Until then, she will be back to training, harder than ever. "It's great, because I'm going to go home and work five times as hard to make sure I never lose again," she said. "I want to win and I want to be the best, that's my whole goal. "But it's great sometimes to get knocked down because you have to get back up. I love getting back up. I love the challenge. "I haven't gotten past the fourth round of a grand slam this year," added Williams, whose last grand slam title was at Roland Garros last year. "I have a couple of words to describe it, but I think that would be really inappropriate so I'm going to leave it at that." Williams's defeat, added to that of second seed and Australian champion Li Na in the first round on Tuesday, opened up the draw for last year's runner-up Maria Sharapova, who takes on Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova later on Wednesday.
HOLLAND WINS SECOND WORLD CUP IN 1990 S PERvEz QAiSER Pakistan finally had the privilege of hosting the World Cup Hockey tournament. They were to host the inaugural edition in 1971, but security concerns in the subcontinent forced the tournament to be shifted to Barcelona, Spain. The seventh World Cup was played at National Hockey Stadium, Lahore from February 12 to 23. France were back in the World Cup fold after their appearance in the inaugural edition, while Ireland returned after 12 years. For the first time, India had to qualify. The eight-time Olympic champions had to go through a qualifying tournament in New Jersey, the Inter-Continental Cup, in 1989. They emerged among the top four and made the grade. Pakistan made it to the semi-finals. Germany, Australia and Holland completed the semi-final line up. In the semi-finals, Pakistan disposed of Australia 2-1, while Holland beat Germany 3-2 in extra-time to advance to the final. The final was watched by more than 60,000 fans. But Dutch penalty-corner ace Floris Jan Bovelander dashed any hopes the home crowd may have entertained by slamming in two goals as Holland beat Pakistan 3-1. Gijs Weterings got Holland’s other goal while Shahbaz Ahmed scored the lone goal for the home side. Ahmed was later voted ‘Player of the Tournament’. He had scored the first hat-trick of the tournament in Pakistan’s 6-3 win over Spain. Floris Jan Bovelander also had the honour of registering a hat-trick in the Netherlands’ 5-2 hammering of the Sovit Union As many as 147 goals were scored in 42 matches at 3.50 goals per match. Spain’s penalty corner specialist Igancio Escude, who scored a hat-trick against England, was the top goalscorer with 10 goals. FINAL STANDING IN 1990: No. .........Country ...........P ...........W .............d .............l ............Gf ........GA ............Success% 1..............holland ............7 ...........5 ...............1 ...............1 .............21 .........13 ..............78.57 2. ..........Pakistan ..........7 ...........4 ...............1 ...............2 ............13 .........10 .............64.28 3. ...........Australia ..........7 ...........6 ...............- ...............1 .............17 .........7 ...............85.71 4. ..........Germany .........7 ...........5 ...............- ...............2 ............16 .........7 ...............71.42 5.............England ............7 ...........4 ...............1 ...............2 ............12 .........7 ...............64.28 6. ...........Soviet union ...7 ...........2 ...............2 ..............3 ............8 ..........12 ..............42.85 7. ...........france ...............7 ...........3 ...............1 ...............3 ............9 ..........13 ..............50.00 8. ..........Spain ................7 ...........3 ...............- ...............4 ............14 .........16 ..............42.85 9. ...........Argentina ........7 ...........3 ...............1 ...............3 ............15 .........15 ..............50.00 10. .........India ..................7 ...........1 ................1 ...............5 ............12 .........18 ..............21.42 11. ..........Canada ............7 ...........1 ................1 ...............5 ............6 ..........11 ...............21.42 12. .........Ireland ..............7 ...........- ................1 ...............6 ............4 ..........18 ..............07.14 TrIVIA: ** Pakistan, Australia and holland are the only three teams to score 200 or more goals in World Cup. Pakistan scored 232 goals in 85matches while Australia netted 239 goals in 79 matches. holland scored 228 goals in 86 matches.
FERGUSON WANTED ANCELOTTI AT UNITED: PEREZ SPORTS DESK Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Carlo Ancelotti to succeed him as Manchester United manager last summer, according to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Ferguson said he hand-picked David Moyes to follow him into the United hot-seat after 26 years in charge. But the then Everton boss may not have been Ferguson's first choice, according to Real Madrid chief Perez. He claims Ferguson approached Ancelotti last year to offer him the chance to take over at Old Trafford, but he claims the Italian opted for Real Madrid instead. "I'm absolutely sure (they did)," Perez told Radio Cope when asked if United wanted Ancelotti as their manager. "Not this year, but last year. Ferguson asked him to succeed him." Former Chelsea boss Ancelotti led Madrid to their 10th European Cup and the Copa del Rey in his first season in charge at the Bernabeu.
PIRAZZI TAKES UNEXPECTED WIN IN STAGE 17 SPORTS DESK Italian Stefano Pirazzi secured his Bardiani-CSF team their third win of the Giro d'Italia with a well-timed attack from a break in the rolling stage 17. Pirazzi, a long-time animator of the Giro and author of many a mountain attack since his debut in 2010, secured his maiden win in Italy's premier stage race after outfoxing four fellow escapees just outside the final kilometre of the 208km stage from Sarnonico to Vittorio Veneto. The 27-year-old took his rivals by surprise to post an emotional win ahead of Belgian Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol) and Australian Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo). Thomas De Gendt (Omega PharmaQuick Step) - the Belgian whose initial attack 30km from the finish fragmented a large 26-man leading group - took fourth place ahead of Frenchman Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R-La Mondiale). "I knew that between the first five guys it was going to be difficult to arrive
together and that I'd have no chance to win from a sprint so I went early," said Pirazzi, winner of the blue jersey for the mountains classification last year. Like OricaGreenEdge and FDJ, Pirazzi's Bardiani team now have three wins on the Giro - a superb haul for a second tier domestic outfit. "We're all young guys at Bardiani and we've had a great Giro so far," said Pirazzi, whose victory followed back-to-back scalps for team-mates Marco Canola and Enrico Battaglin in the second week of the race. "The team is doing a superb job and we can be very proud of ourselves." An emotional Pirazzi burst into tears after securing the biggest win of his career - and Finnish champion Jussi Veikkanen (FDJ) may have followed suit after celebrating the sprint for what was sixth place - some 38 seconds down - as if he'd just taken the stage win. On a comparatively relaxed day in the saddle following the controversy and confusion of stage 16 to Val Martello, the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team of former race leader Rigoberto
Uran led the peloton over the line a huge 15:36 behind the stage winner Pirazzi. Nairo Quintana of Movistar finished safely in the pack to retain his 1:41 lead over Colombian compatriot Uran ahead of a decisive three days in the Dolomites. TWENTY-SIX-MAN GROUP: It took two hours of fast racing before a break finally formed off the front of the peloton following a successful attack by Thomas De Gendt (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Josh van Emden (Belkin). The pair were soon joined by Daniel Oss (BMC) before a whole raft of riders sprang out of the peloton in a bit to join the action. Enrico Gasparotto (Astana), Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Stefano Pirazzi, Nicola Boem and Marco Canola (all Bardiani-CSF), Oscar Gatto (Cannondale), Johan Le Bon and Jussi Viekkanen (both FDJ), Damiano Cunego and Mattio Bono (both Lampre-Merida), Lars Bak and Tim Wellens (both Lotto-Belisol), Igor Anton (Movistar), Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Davide
Malacarne (Europcar), Simon Geschke (Giant-Shimano), Alberto Losada and Eduard Vorganov (both Katusha), Philip Deignan (Sky), Evgeni Petrov and Jay McCarthy (both Tinkoff-Saxo) and Fabio Felline (Trek Factory Racing) joined the
leading trio with about 120km remaining. Marco Frapporti, whose AndroniGiocattoli team had missed out on the break, rode solo in pursuit before becoming the twenty-sixth member of the largest break so far on this year's race.
SPORTS Thursday, 29 May, 2014
Top pakisTan crickeTers WANT BILATERAL SERIES WITH INDIA Karachi
OME of Pakistan's top cricketers including Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar have supported the restoration of bilateral cricket ties with India and hoped the issue was discussed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his flying visit to India. Former Pakistan speedster Akhtar pointed out that cricket had always played a big role in bringing the people of the two countries closer. "I am happy that our Prime Minister is in India and I hope cricket ties are discussed in these big meetings. Because it is necessary to have bilateral cricket ties between the two countries," Akhtar told PTI. "It is partic-
LET’S HIT SOME HOCKEY STICKS TOGETHER! PAKISTAN HOCKEY FEDERATION PLANS BILATERAL SERIES WITH INDIA, GETS NOD FROM GOVERNMENT Karachi AGENCIES
Keen to revive bilateral ties with India, the Pakistan Hockey Federation is planning to host the country for a Test series and has got the government's clearance for it even though the dates are yet to be finalised. "The government has given us clearance for the series and also agreed to provide funds for the series," PHF President Akhtar Rasool said. The Pakistan Hockey Federation has planned a home and away bilateral hockey series with its Indian counterparts this year and Rasool said he was now awaiting a response from the Indian authorities. "We are keen to have this series with India this year but now we are waiting to see the response from the Indian hockey federation as they also have to get clearance for the series," he added. Once dominant teams in the international arena, Pakistan and India are struggling to remain among the top nations. Pakistan even failed to qualify for this year's World Cup, a new low for the sport in the country. The PHF chief said it was necessary to bring more funds into the sport in Pakistan and also revive people's interest in hockey. "That is why we see this planned series with India as very important. We are happy that our government is supporting us because. If this series goes through it will serve both purposes for us," he said. The former Olympian said he was confident that with the formation of a new government in India some ice will melt between the two countries allowing for the hockey ties to be revived this year. "If this happens it will benefit both teams," he stated.
ularly important for Pakistan as whenever Pakistan and India play against each other these matches bring financial rewards for both boards and the PCB in particular needs a financial boost," he said. Akhtar said that he would also like to see the issue of Pakistani players in the IPL being resolved soon. "If things continue the way they are I have a feeling by end of this year the Indians will take a decision on allowing our players in the IPL," he stated. Flamboyant all-rounder Afridi also wants to see more Indo-Pak series' in future. "I hope with our prime minister also going to India the Indian board responds positively and we see bilateral matches soon," he said. Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan also backed the restoration of bilateral cricket ties.
"Our Prime Minister himself has played cricket and is a keen student and follower of cricket so I am sure this subject would have been discussed by him in these meetings," Younis told reporters in Lahore. Younis hoped that the cricket ties between the two countries would be revived in order to help the development of the game. "It will be really good if cricket between Pakistan and India is restored because both sides miss the rivalry during such a series. "The PCB is making efforts to bring back international cricket to Pakistan which would be vital in improving the country's economy, since infrastructure in the cities would have to be upgraded." "I think the people in both countries want to see both teams play against each other and if India tours Pakistan it will be
a major breakthrough for the sport and for Pakistan," he added. Pakistan's former Test pacer, Sarfaraz Nawaz pointed out that cricket could serve as a big tool to improve relations and create a good atmosphere for talks on more serious issues. "I think the visit by PM Nawaz Sharif is a good start and cricket will benefit
eventually," he added. Meanwhile 'Sultan of Swing' Wasim Akram, who is Kolkata Knight Riders bowling consultant, and Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal had also recently called for Pak players to be allowed in the IPL and hoped both countries would resume bilateral series soon.
JORDAN LEADS SRI LANKAN SLAUGHTER ManchESTEr
What a weird one-day series this is becoming. The levels of batting collapses are increasing with each match. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 144 at The Oval, England plummeted for 99 in Durham and here the tourists subsided for 67, their third-lowest total in ODI cricket. There is, perhaps, more sympathy for Sri Lanka's plight in these conditions than for the home side who are brought up in them but it was still a horribly limp display as they did not show any stomach for the fight on a chilly, drizzly Manchester afternoon and faced with a pitch with pace and carry. Chris Jordan, who is becoming something of a pin-up for England's new generation, surged to his maiden five-wicket haul by hustling the Sri Lanka batsmen with his pace, following the early exemplary work of James Anderson. Test selection should not always be rubber-stamped by whiteball form, but if there was any doubt over Jordan's credentials for the five-day side next month they are now surely banished. He bombed Sri Lanka with the short ball at The Oval but, towards the end, had carte blanche to go for it with the match won. Here, it needed cleverer thinking and he showed that with judicious use of the short delivery, especially at Dinesh Chandimal who England have made no secret of peppering. Jordan finished with 5 for 29 when he trapped Lasith Malinga lbw, after beginning with the scalp of Kumar Sangakkara, to end Sri Lanka's innings after just 24 overs, an even worse effort than England managed in Durham. Their final demise was 6 for 9 in six overs. Alastair Cook, who had returned from injury, and Ian Bell who finished the match with a straight six - knocked off the runs before the scheduled tea break although Cook was given a life on 12 when he was dropped at square leg pulling Lasith Malinga. It allowed him a useful period of time in the middle, but his most important job for the day had been winning the toss. Unlike at Chester-le-Street there was no shortage of early wickets. From being a procession of batsmen in light blue three days ago it was now a procession of those in dark blue. Anderson set the tone through a spell of seam-bowling beauty. By the time he was withdrawn after an extended opening burst he had figures of 7-2-10-2. Four of the runs came from a Mahela Jayawardene edge to third man and even when he did stray marginally, to be called wide, the extra delivery brought him his first
SrI LANKA 7 HdrL Thirimanne c †buttler b Anderson 2 TM dilshan c †buttler b Anderson 13 KC Sangakkara† c †buttler b Jordan 12 dPMd Jayawardene lbw b Tredwell 6 Ld Chandimal c bell b Jordan 11 Ad Mathews* c †buttler b Jordan 2 SMA Priyanjan run out (bopara) 5 KMdN Kulasekara c Tredwell b Jordan SMSM Senanayake c sub ( Woakes) b Tredwell 0 0 HMrKb Herath not out 2 SL Malinga lbw b Jordan 7 EXTrAS (lb 3, w 4) 67 ToTAL (all out; 24 overs) FALL oF WICKETS 1-4 (dilshan, 2.6 ov), 2-13 (Thirimanne, 4.5 ov), 3-32 (Sangakkara, 11.2 ov), 4-45 (Chandimal, 15.4 ov), 5-58 (Jayawardene, 18.1 ov), 660 (Mathews, 19.3 ov), 7-65 (Priyanjan, 21.4 ov), 8-65 (Kulasekara, 21.6 ov), 9-65 (Senanayake, 22.1 ov), 1067 (Malinga, 23.6 ov) boWLING: JM Anderson 7-2-10-2, HF Gurney 6-1-230, CJ Jordan 8-0-29-5, JC Tredwell 3-1-2-2 ENGLANd 30 AN Cook* not out 41 Ir bell not out 2 EXTrAS: (w 2) 73 ToTAL: (0 wickets; 12.1 overs) (6.00 runs per over) dId NoT bAT: GS ballance, JE root, EJG Morgan, rS bopara, JC buttler†, CJ Jordan, JC Tredwell, JM Anderson, HF Gurney boWLING: KMdN Kulasekara 3-0-14-0, SL Malinga 30-13-0, HMrKb Herath 3.1-0-29-0, SMSM Senanayake 1-0-8-0, SMA Priyanjan 2-0-9-0 MATCH dETAILS ToSS: England, who chose to field SErIES: - England led the 5-match series 2-1 UMPIrES: Cb Gaffaney (New Zealand) and MA Gough TV UMPIrE: M Erasmus (South Africa) MATCH rEFErEE: JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
wicket when Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had anchored Sri Lanka in Durham, inside edged a delivery which nipped back. The identity of Anderson's second wicket should not have come as much of a surprise. He had previously dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne six times in seven international matches - including twice in this series - and the lefthander appeared quickly ruffled by again struggling to rotate the strike. To his 16th delivery, and in only the fifth over of a match where circumspection was clearly the order of the day, he charged Anderson then flayed at a shorter delivery which he edged to Jos
Buttler. Then it was over to Jordan. There remains the likelihood of a greater number of loose deliveries from Jordan, as was shown when Sangakkara latched onto a wide long hop, but the incisive qualities he also brings were soon evident next ball when he adjusted his line and length to find Sangakkara's edge. Jordan's celebration jig took him half way towards fine leg. He was able to repeat it a few more times. The arrival of Chandimal saw Cook go on the attack, immediately bringing in a short leg, posting three slips and letting Jordan loose for a short-pitched attack. It was
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not a short delivery which brought success, but Chandimal's errant drive which went straight to cover may have been, in part, because his mind was on playing back. Jayawardene, who would have been run out on 4 if Anderson and hit the stumps from his follow through, withstood England's frontline quicks through an examination of his technique only to succumb to James Tredwell's first delivery, playing back to a ball which turned a little but was not overly threatening. Angelo Mathews brought up Sri Lanka's fifty with a rare boundary but became another batsman to fall driving, giving Buttler his fourth catch, although he used the DRS. The review did not show a mark on Hot Spot but there was a noise on Snicko - now a full part of the process - so the decision was upheld. There was a disappointing lack of spine from Sri Lanka (the same criticism was levelled at England a few days ago) as they aided in their rapid demise. Ashan Priyanjan, who played with impressive verve in Durham, was run out when Ravi Bopara hit direct from mid-on, a sure sign that this was England's day. Nuwan Kulasekara then prodded a catch to second slip and Sachithra Senanayake, who benefited from some reckless batting in the second match, repaid the favour by swinging down to long-on. Jordan then brought out his celebratory leap for a fifth and final time, leaving England's openers to race off the field and the job was done just as the Manchester office workers will have been thinking of heading down for an evening of cricket.
BROAD TO BE SPOKEN TO OVER TWEET SPOrTS DESK Stuart Broad is to be reminded of his responsibilities on social media following a complaint by the PCB and the Pakistan spinner, Saeed Ajmal. Broad, England's captain in T20 cricket, incurred the anger of Ajmal and the Pakistan board after making comments on Twitter that could have been perceived as questioning the legality of the bowler's action. Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, has provided assurances that Broad will be spoken to and reminded of his responsibilities. He will not be fined or formally disciplined. The incident started when Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, posted a still photograph of Ajmal bowling during the Championship match against Essex on Twitter with the caption "You are allowed 15 degrees of flex in your delivery swing.... #justsaying." Broad then replied with the comment "This has to be a fake photo?!" before a further tweet stated: "Bowlers can bowl very differently in a lab while being tested compared to needing wickets in the middle." Ajmal and the PCB interpreted the comments as a suggestion that the action he uses in a match situation is not the same as that used in testing. They also concluded that the comments insinuated that his action may not be legitimate. The PCB and Ajmal's agent then contacted the ECB to seek an explanation. Ajmal, who played a large part in Pakistan's whitewash Test series victory over England in the UAE at the start of 2012, is currently playing for Worcestershire as an overseas player in the County Championship.