3 SHIAS KILLED IN CHAGHI
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Monday, 9 June, 2014 Sha’aban 10, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 341 16 Pages Lahore Edition
Mohmand blast kills peace committee member
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Bhai thanks Pakistani leaders for ‘support’
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4 ASF men, two terrorists killed in Karachi airport attack STORY ON PAGE 02
Skipper bowlS another bouncer
ptI chairman comes hard on the sharifs-led government in yet another aggressive press conference. flaying budget 2014-15, economy whizz-kid asad umar terms ﬁnance minister’s claims about economic growth farce.
Kaptaan has no future: ahsan
Imran faIled Kp people: saad
Rashid accuses Imran of provincialism
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Monday, 9 June 2014
Kaptaan bowls another bouncer ISLAMABAD/LAHORE
HILE rejecting federal budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Sunday that the government has doubled electricity bills over the past year, yet the load shedding remains intact. He alleged that the budget is rich-centric and that the thieves are incentivized. Khan said that the federal budget will spark an element of hatred among the smaller provinces against Punjab, adding that he has never seen a budget more incentivizing the rich. He said that never has any budget benefited the rich like this one does, adding that the corrupt like those who have 200 billion rupees in Swiss bank accounts have been incentivized. PTI chief alleged that one family is running Pakistan, adding that this is not how democracy works. He alleged that borrowings are being spent on Punjab, and that the government has brought the Karachi circular railway
project to Lahore. He said that the electricity bills have been doubled yet the load shedding is intact. Khan claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s foreign travel expense is 43 lakh rupees per day. “What benefit did Prime Minister’s foreign visits bring to common people?” he asked. He said that the government should reduce its expenses and adopt austerity measures, adding that no foreign leader spends that much on foreign trips. While presenting charter of demands, Khan said that the government must adopt austerity measures, General Sales Tax be reduced from 17% to 15%, pensions be raised, gas theft be prevented and reduced from 7% to 4%, corruption money be brought back from foreign banks, 30 lakh persons should be brought to the tax net, provinces’ share be increased in PSDP, independent bureau be made to monitor growth rate, electricity rates be reduced by 30% and 27% profit rate upon investment on coal projects be brought down to 20%. PTI MNA Asad Umar flayed budget 2014-15 and termed the finance minister’s claims about economic growth as
farce. He said that International Monetary Fund had rejected incumbent government’s statistics (4.1% GDP) and had declared 3.3 GDP growth in Pakistan, much less than Peoples Party led government’s 3.8% growth rate in recent past. IMrAn KhAn fAILED KP PEoPLE, SAYS SAAD: Lamenting over Imran Khan’s way of politics, PML-N leader and Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Sunday that the PTI chief has failed in ruling the province where his party got mandate. He said only change that was brought about in KPK was that provincial lawmakers and ministers had got 150 percent increase in their facilities. Talking to media after launching of a new train named Faiz Ahmed Faiz, he also criticized Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and said that the Awami Muslim League chief had the right to stage dramas and the Railway department was seriously considering his request for train march. He also expressed hope that Rashid will take difficulties of the passengers into consideration as well. IMrAn hAS no fUTUrE, SAYS AhSAn: Federal Minister for Planning
and Development Ahsan Iqbal Sunday said the country needed “economic long march” and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) government was making efforts to put it on path of speedy development. Talking to a private news channel, the Minister said the government has a clear agenda for achieving economic progress in all fields. He said that Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) leadership should concentrate on development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and PTI government should focuses on its party manifesto, instead of criticizing to others. The minister said that processions would not decide the future of the country, adding PTI leadership should have to choose the right forum to discus the matters and Parliament was the best forum in this regard. To a question, he said that Neelum Jehlum project agreement had been signed before his party government. Ahsan said that Imran Khan and his party wanted to create unrest in the country but he could not succeeded, adding people were fully aware of PTI politics now.
Hefty funds for opposition on cards ISLAMABAD: Taking cognisance of possible tripartite grand alliance of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) against its rule, the PML-Nawaz is deliberating to counter such endeavors by allocating heavy development funds to opposition parliamentarians on equal footing. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has been tasked to review funds in various sectors and give all possible preferences to allocations for opposition members. Dar has also been tasked to arrange funds from whatever resources are available and try to redeem any demands of opposition members. Sources have disclosed that opposition members would also be ‘taken onboard’ development programs such as Benazir Income Support Program. ONLINE
Bhai thanks Pakistani leaders for ‘support’ LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chairman Altaf Hussain contacted Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf on Sunday to thank them for their support in ‘difficult times’. Altaf and Shujaats exchanged views over the phone on matters of mutual interest. Shujaat enquired about Hussain’s health and also expressed his best wishes to the MQM leader. The MQM leader also talked to former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who congratulated Altaf on his release. Altaf, who was taken into custody on suspicion of money laundering and was transferred to Wellington Hospital after his health unsettled, was later released on bail by the Scotland Yard. INP
No birthday cake for Gilani MULTAN: Former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will not celebrate his 62nd birth anniversery today (Monday) due to grief over the abduction of his son Syed Ali Haider Gilani. Gilani was born on June 9, 1952. According to sources of Gilani family, the former prime minister would be in Islamabad in the morning and also spend time with his family in Lahore in the evening. His son was kidnapped by unknown outlaws on May 9, 2013 during election campaign. APP
He said that PML-N government and its leadership had moved the country on right direction and some elements wanted to derail the country from this path. Don’T fAn ProvIncIALISM, rAShID wArnS SKIPPEr: Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of ignoring smaller provinces and fanning provincial prejudice, a private TV channel reported. The minister said in a statement that Imran had not gone to Tharparkar to support and show solidarity when the people were dying of malnutrition. He further said that Imran Khan did not go to Balochistan when Awaran was hit by earthquake. He said that never has any budget benefited the rich like this one does, adding that the corrupt like those who have 200 billion rupees in Swiss bank accounts have been incentivized. He alleged that borrowings are being spent on Punjab, and that the government has brought the Karachi circular railway project to Lahore. He said that the electricity bills have been doubled yet the load shedding is intact.
Four ASF men, two terrorists killed in Karachi airport attack
ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan addresses a press conference along with senior leader Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak at PTI Central Secretariat. ONLINE
NA-118 thumbprint report on 9th
Three Shias killed in Taftan
ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will submit thumbprint verification result of NA-118 to election tribunal on June 9. The spokesperson of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in a press statement issued here said the authority has received 33 cases of constituencies for thumbprint verification from Election Tribunals. NADRA has so far submitted verification report of 22 constituencies. Whereas, the courts issued stay-order on four cases and remaining seven cases are under verification process. He said NADRA received the ballot bags for NA-118 on December 19, 2013 but Lahore High Court issued stay order on it. The stay-order vacated in March 2014 and NADRA received ballot bags for NA-118 on 1st April 2014 after proper counting in the presence of Justice (r) Munir Ahmed Mughal, a nominee of the election tribunal. APP
QUETTA: Unidentified terrorists on Sunday attacked a bus, killing at least 3 Shia pilgrims and injuring various others in Taftan town of Balochistan. The terrorists opened fire on the passenger-laden bus parked near a hotel in the town in Chaghi District, local media reported. According to reports, the armed men carried out firing until 15 minutes as well as threw grenade on the bus packed with Iran’s pilgrims. Several casualties are expected following the violent attack, whereas, at least 3 dead bodies has been recovered till yet by the rescue teams. The attackers easily managed to flee from location before reaching the security officials on the incident’s site. Heavy contingent of law enforcement agencies cordoned off whole area in order to commence a large-scale search operation. INP
KARACHI: At least two terrorists were killed and four Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel embraced martyrdom late on Sundayin a gunbattle near Old Terminal of Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi. According to initial reports, armed terrorists hurled grenades and opened fire as they entered the runway from fokker gate which led to an exchange between the gunmen and ASF personnel, killing at least four ASF personnel. The attackers were reported to carry fake ASF ID cards. Later, at least one terrorist was also killed. Smoke was seen billowing towards the sky from the tarmac of Jinnah Terminal. Back-up contingents and Pakistan Army were called-in to handle the situation. Police and rangers have cordoned off the area and flight schedules have also been put on hold. An emergency has been declared in Jinnah Hospital. Firing and blasts continued at the airport until the filing of this report. STAFF REPORT
Shahbaz takes notice of polio cases LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of detection of two polio cases in Joharabad and Aminpur Bangla and sought a report from the Secretary Health. The chief minister said that a complete report be furnished to him regarding these cases. APP
Maryam satisfied with progress of loan scheme ISLAMABAD APP
Chairperson Prime Minister Youth Programme Maryam Nawaz Sharif Sunday expressed her deep satisfaction over the paying back of loans in easy installments by the young beneficiaries of scheme. First Women Bank Limited President Tahira Raza briefed the chairperson PMYP on the paying back of loans through installments by the beneficiaries of the scheme. Hailing the start of depositing back of loans through easy installments by the PMYBLS beneficiaries, Maryam said that as per vision of Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif, the PMYP has been moving in the right direction. She said that the success of the unprecedented PMYP was evident from the fact that the beneficiaries of the PMYBLS have been able to deposit monthly installments against the loan in the lending banks branches. The chairperson said that the beneficiaries of the PMYBLS have not only successfully established their businesses but have started making profits. The businesswomen now enjoy the ownership of profitable and demanddriven trades including dairy farming, e clothing (sale of stitched clothes through online marketing, beauty salons, tuition centres, boutiques, provi-
sion of general stores, handicrafts, health clubs and interior designing. Maryam said that the returning back of loans through easy installments by the budding entrepreneurs spoke volume of the success of the PMYBLS in particular and PMYP in general. She said that the latter has turned talented but jobless youth into successful and emerging entrepreneurs as now they are able to pay their loan after successfully running their trades. The FWBL president, while apprising the chairperson, said that the beneficiaries of the PMYBLS have also started paying back the principal installments which shows the thriving profit ratio of their respective trades.
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NEWS Muslim unity need of hour: Dar RAWALPINDI: Muslim unity is the need of the hour and people can play an effective role for the progress, prosperity and stability of the country through unity and harmony, said Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Sunday. He said solidarity of the country could be ensured by following the teachings of the Sufi saints. Addressing a congregation of devotees on the occasion of 117 anniversary at Eidgah Sharif, he said Pir Naqib-ur-Rehman had rendered excellent services for the unity of Muslims. APP
Frontier Corps kill 10 militants in Dera Bugti QUETTA: The Frontier Corps on Sunday killed more than 10 rebels of the outlawed Balochistan Republican Army (BRA) in Dera Bugti, officials said. The operation in the district’s Gandyari town, 250 kilometres southeast of Quetta, came just three days after troops killed 30 militants in the same area. Officials said the town, close to the borders of Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab provinces, was the hub of a militant movement carrying out attacks on trains, bridges and security forces. “We can confirm that 10 militants of the BRA have been killed in an operation in Gandyari today,” Manzoor Ahmed, a spokesperson for the Frontier Corps, told AFP. “The forces started operation against the BRA militants early in the morning after receiving information that they are hiding there,” Ahmed said. The death toll could not be independently verified. AGENCIES
Swat cop held for chopping off wife’s nose MINGORA: The police Sunday arrested a cop and sent him to lock up over charges of chopping off nose of his teenage wife and keeping her in illegal confinement for several days. The vicious incident took place in Manja area of tehsil Kabal in Swat. Shahida, 17, a victim of child marriage, claimed that she was only seven when she was married to Sahibzada, a constable of special police. She alleged that her husband used to torture her on different pretexts. The accused chopped off the nose of his wife and put her in wrongful confinement. The victim stated to be mother of a child managed to escape from the residence of her husband in injured condition. She was admitted to Saidu Sharif Hospital for treatment of her chopped nose. The culprit was arrested by police and sent to prison by a local magistrate. INP
Political situation presses govt to form body ISLAMABAD
HE government on Sunday formed a three-member committee to liaise with political parties over the country’s political situation, a private TV channel reported. Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Af-
Senate, NA to resume budget debate today ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly and the Senate will resume their sessions separately at Parliament House on today (Monday). The National Assembly will meet at 4pm. Leader of the Opposition, Syed Khursheed Shah who opened the general discussion on the budget for the next
fairs Irfan Siddique have been included in the committee. In this regard, the committee has
financial on Friday, will resume his speech on Monday. Meanwhile, the Senate will meet at 5:00 pm. The House is expected to begin debate on the budgetary proposals for the fiscal year 2014-15. It will formulate recommendations for possible incorporation in the budget. INP
contacted the Awami National Party (ANP) to request a meeting. ANP Senator Zahid Khan confirmed
that Rafique had established contact with ANP Senator Haji Adeel to seek input over issues of national importance.
Priorities of government right on issues of economy: US advisor ISLAMABAD APP
A senior United States Advisor on Pakistan Robin L Raphel said the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has its priorities right on the issues of economy, energy, extremism and education. To a question about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif government’s performance during an interview, she said, “Whether it’s the economy, energy, extremism or education, they have their priorities right. Raphel has a long designation and an even longer association with Pakistan. The senior advisor on Pakistan at the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC, first came to the country in 1975 to work as a financial analyst for USAID. She said, “The government’s strong suit is on the economics side. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is an amazing implementer. It’s like he’s got a computer
in his brain because he doesn’t forget anything and can spit out statistics. “He’s much better informed than anybody else in the room and it’s made a huge difference. They prioritized right in terms of approaching the problem. If you’re going to fix the economy, what do you do?” “You pick the low hanging fruit. Now it’s going to get harder and harder with this budget and how they’re going to deal with tax issues, but Dar has a plan. They’re also focusing very much on energy. The last government tried a number of times to set up an LNG terminal but they just couldn’t get it organized,” Raphel added. To a question about the U.S. Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act which was supposed to provide $7.5 billion in aid over five years, she said, “funds to Pakistan get appropriated on an annual or twoyear basis. In the first couple of years, we got the $1.5 billion per year for Pakistan.” “In recent years, we haven’t because overall levels are declining. At the end of
the day, we will get to $7.5 billion. It will just take a little longer, maybe a couple of years. And in many ways, that’s okay.” “We did find that it took us longer to make well-informed decisions about what to do with the money. You’ve got to talk to people, talk to government, talk to civil society. You’ve got to figure out what else is going on in a sector. It takes time to spend money wisely. But I hasten to add, I’m not the Congress of the United States.” Raphel said Pakistan is important to US interests. She said Pakistan has its own internal-security challenges and contradictions and the results of the 30 years of fighting in Afghanistan are real to this country. “It’s often used as an excuse, but there’s a certain element of truth to that.” Pakistan got behind and it needs to catch up and make use of its potential, she said adding, “We’re committed to helping it get there. We’ve learned a lot in the last five years about how to be effective and that’s what we tell our Congress, that it is money well spent.”
US, Iran, EU officials to meet in Geneva ANKARA/DUBAI: Iranian, US and European Union officials will start two days of talks about Tehran's nuclear programme on Monday, Iran said, giving its first word about what appears to be a bid to rescue faltering wider negotiations on ending a decade-old dispute. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told state-run Iranian television in remarks broadcast on Sunday that the meeting in Geneva would also discuss sanctions that have damaged the OPEC member's oildependent economy. "The meeting tomorrow with the Americans will be trilateral and Helga Schmidt, the deputy of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, will be present as well," Araqchi said. The most recent round of nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers in Vienna last month ran into difficulties, with each side accusing the other of having unrealistic demands in negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran's atomic programme in exchange for an end to economic sanctions. AGENCIES
DERAALLAHYAR: Flames and smoke rising high from Afghan-bound NATO oil tanker which was attacked by unknown persons in the area of Pir Choki. ONLINE
Qayum Karzai extends support to Ghani KABUL: President Hamid Karzai's brother, Abdul Qayum Karzai, and a number of his team members endorsed presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Sunday in front of supporters at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. Kazai said he supports Dr Ghani-Ahmadzai for a "free and independent Afghanistan." Dr. Ghani-Ahmadzai welcomed the endorsement and vowed to work together toward a better future for Afghanistan. "Qayum Karzai did not join the team because of our 25 year friendship; he joined to build a better future for Afghanistan," Dr. Ghani-Ahmadzai said. In the first round of elections, Qayum Karzai had endorsed Zalmai Rassoul. President Hamid Karzai has not publically backed any of the two candidates and has promised to remain impartial. Another brother of President Karzai, Mahmood Karzai endorsed leading presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah two weeks ago at an event in Kabul. Second round of elections is only six days away; June 14. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum cautioned the Uzbek and Turkmen tribes of the province that they would be branded "traitors" if they do not vote for his team in the June 14 runoff. "What happened to our votes? They were stolen. You will not make a mistake my tribes," Dostum, an Uzbek himself, told the crowd. "If you do not cast your votes in favor of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, you are traitors." INP
Chinese, Indian FMs hold ﬁrst talks since Modi win NEW DELHI INP
In the first high-level interaction with the new dispensation here, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday held talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in key areas including trade and investment. Wang, who is special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, arrived in the wee hours to establish political contacts with the new Indian government amid hopes of an upswing in bilateral ties due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's familiarity with China.
Both Wang and Swaraj were assisted by their delegations which comprised of senior officials from the foreign ministry. During his two-day visit, he will call on President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Modi on Monday. Wang will also be meeting leading Indian officials and will have in-depth exchanges on how to push forward bilateral relations. Foreign policy expert Ranjit Gupta said the visit was a "good augury". "China has gone all out to woo the new Indian government, which is a great gesture," Gupta, a member of the Indian Security Advisory Council of the US-India Institute, a Washingtonbased think tank, said.
"India and China are emerging global powers and with better relations, India will hopefully resume its growth path and reclaim its position in Asia." China is India's biggest trading partner, with two-way commerce totaling close to $70 billion. But India's trade deficit with China has soared to over $40 billion from just $1 billion in 2001-02, Indian figures show. Experts say Modi must bridge the deficit by seeking greater access to the Chinese market, with the two sides targeting annual bilateral trade of $100 billion by 2015. Modi warned China to shed its "expansionist mindset" at an election rally earlier this year. China hit back, saying it
"never waged a war of aggression to occupy any inch of land of other countries". The nuclear-armed nations, both with one-billion-plus populations, are expected to focus on economic ties and border issues during Wang's visit, following a territorial flare-up in April 2013. India accused Chinese troops of intruding nearly 20 kilometres (12 miles) into Indian-claimed territory, triggering a three-week standoff that was resolved when forces from both sides pulled back. The border between China and India has never been formally demarcated, although they have signed accords to maintain peace.
04 NEWS PALESTINIANS SUMMON AUSTRALIAN DIPLOMAT OVER JERUSALEM RAMALLAH: The Palestinian foreign ministry on Sunday summoned Australia's diplomatic representative after a top judicial official said Canberra would no longer refer to annexed east Jerusalem as "occupied." Last week, Australian Attorney General George Brandis sparked Palestinian fury by saying Canberra would not use such "judgemental language" to describe an area which was the subject of negotiations. "The Palestinian foreign ministry summoned Australian representative Thomas Wilson over the recent comments by the Australian attorney general asking to stop referring to east Jerusalem as occupied territories," a ministry statement said. AGENCIES
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MH370 faMilies raise funds to find 'wHistleblower' KUALA LUMPUR
EvERAl families of those aboard Flight MH370 on Sunday launched a drive to raise $5 million to reward any insider who comes forward and resolves the mystery of the plane's disappearance exactly three months ago. The "Reward MH370" campaign aims to raise at least $5 million "to encourage a whistleblower to come forward with information", the families said in a press release. The Malaysia Airlines jet lost contact on March 8 enroute from Kuala lumpur
to Beijing with 239 people aboard-about two-thirds of them Chinese. The Boeing 777 is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, but an extensive search has turned up no sign of wreckage so far, leaving frustrated and anguished families of those aboard suspecting a cover-up. "We are convinced that somewhere, someone knows something, and we hope this reward will entice him or her to come forward," said Ethan Hunt, a technology company chief who is heading the "Reward MH370" project. Sarah Bajc, partner of American passenger Philip
REWARD MH370 PROJECT HEAD SAYS THEY ARE CONVINCED THAT SOMEWHERE, SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING, AND THEY HOPE THIS REWARD WILL ENTICE HIM OR HER TO COME FORWARD Wood, said a handful of families were behind the campaign to look at the unprecedented aviation mystery with "a fresh set of eyes". "Governments and agencies have given it their best shot but have failed to turn up a single shred of evidence, either because of a faulty approach or due to intentional misdirection by
MAN SNATCHED IN AUSTRALIAN CROC ATTACK 10 KILLED IN IRAQ BOMBING AS FAMILY LOOKS ON SULAIMANIYAH: A car bomb explosion followed by a suicide bomb attack targeting the offices of a Kurdish political party and security forces killed 10 people in Iraq on Sunday, police said. AGENCIES
Sisi sworn in as Egypt's president CAIRO: Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took the oath of office as Egypt's president on Sunday after a landslide election victory following the ouster of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi last year. The retired field marshal took the oath in a ceremony at the Constitutional Court broadcast live on television, almost a year since he overthrew Morsi and unleashed a crackdown on his Islamist followers. AGENCIES
Police were combing waterways in Australia's Kakadu national park on Sunday after a man was reportedly snatched from his boat by a crocodile as terrified relatives looked on. The man, aged 62 according to media reports, was taken on the remote South Alligator River. His wife, son and daughter-in-law were said to have witnessed the attack, and the women had to drive two hours to the nearest lodge to raise the alarm while the son stayed behind to search for his father. Superintendent Bob Harrison said there was always reason to hope, but "a crocodile attack is very serious and there are grave concerns". "We received a call from the manager of the Gagudju lodge there that some people had walked in and told them (the man) had been taken by a
crocodile," Harrison told ABC radio. "I believe the son was involved in the initial search for his father, which is obviously traumatising and anyone's heart would go out to the family in that sort of incident." Harrison said the search would be ramped up Sunday after overnight efforts failed to turn up any sign of the man or crocodile. The creatures are a common feature of Australia's tropical north, and their numbers have increased steadily since the introduction of protection laws in 1971, with government estimates putting the population at 75,000-100,000. Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to 23 feet long and weigh more than a tonne. The attack is Australia's first fatality since January, when a 12-year-old boy was taken by a crocodile in the Kakadu national park, a sprawling World Heritagelisted nature and cultural reserve in Australia's Top End.
PROTECT OUR OCEANS, URGES UN ON WORLD OCEANS DAY UNITED NATIONS APP
The United Nations is urging the international community to reflect on the multiple benefits of oceans and commit to keeping them healthy and productive for current and future generations. "We have to ensure that oceans continue to meet our needs without compromising those of future generations," stressed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message marking the World Oceans Day, adding that "their depths hold current and future solutions to humanity's energy needs." Oceans regulate the planet's climate while
providing a significant source of nutrition and essential passage for global trade, the UN said in a press release. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the oceans for life on earth and to stand up for their protection. Oceans generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, and are important economically for countries that rely on tourism, fishing and other marine resources for income, and serve as the backbone of international trade, it said. "Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, de-
structive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world's oceans and seas." In her message, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Director-General emphasised that "at a time of rising threats, 'business as usual' is no longer acceptable and "we must change how we understand, manage and use ocean resources and coastal areas. For this, we need to know more about the ocean and draw on stronger science to craft sustainable, ecosystem-based policies for the ocean and coasts."
one or more individuals," she said in the release. Malaysia and Australia, which is leading the search far off its western coast, have promised that the hunt for the plane will continue. An international team is now determining an expanded search zone of up to 60,000 square kilometres (24,000 square miles) based on where the aircraft last
communicated with an Inmarsat satellite. Australia has also released a request for tenders for a company to be engaged as a prime contractor and provide the expertise, equipment and vessels needed to carry out the deep-sea search from August. Malaysia, ruled by the same coalition since 1957 with a history of sweeping scandals aside, has taken the brunt of criticism from upset relatives. The Southeast Asian country has insisted it is doing all it can and working closely with Australia, China and other countries to find the jet.
JAPAN'S PRINCE KATSURA DIES AT 66 TOKYO AGENCIES Prince Katsura, a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, died Sunday of acute heart failure after years of struggling with ill health, the palace said. He was 66. The prince has fought against a string of illnesses, including blood poisoning, infections and acute subdural hematoma, a collection of blood on the surface of the brain. He was the sixth in line to the Japanese imperial throne. Akihito's two sons and his grandson are the first, second, third in line to succeed the Chrysanthemum throne.
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Rescuers battle to aid Afghan flood victims as toll hits 74 THE DEATH TOLL IS EXPECTED TO RISE, WITH SCORES OF PEOPLE SAID TO BE MISSING IN THE MOUNTAINOUS DISTRICT OF BAGHLAN PROVINCE AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS UNLEASHED THE FLOODS ON FRIDAY KUNDUZ
ESCUERS scrambled on Sunday to deliver food and medical supplies to Afghan families marooned on mountaintops after flash floods killed 74 people in a remote
northern district, washing away hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to flee. The death toll was expected to rise, with scores of people said to be missing in the mountainous district of Baghlan province after torrential rains unleashed the floods on Friday. The floods come a month after a landslide
Rs 1.2m issued for literacy scheme BAHAWALPUR: Punjab Finance Department has issued funds of Rs 1.2 million for the district under Literacy Movement Project. According to the official sources, the funds will be utilised in improving literacy rate and capitalise on school recruitment. Overall funds of Rs4.02 million are issued to 36 districts of Punjab. APP
Mohmand blast kills peace committee member MOHMAND AGENGY: Peace committee member Malik Inayat was killed when a roadside bomb exploded on Sunday in Ambar district. According to political officials, Inayat was riding on a motorbike when suddenly a bomb, planted on the side of a road, exploded and killed him. After the incident, security forces cordoned off the area and immediately started a search operation. AGENCIES
Two ‘target killers’ killed in police encounter PESHAWAR: Police claimed to have killed two target killers in an encounter on Sunday in Mattani area. According to the police, the assailants attacked the police, adding that two ‘target killers’ were killed in retaliatory firing by the police while two others were seriously injured. Police said that two deceased ‘target killers’ were involved in attacks on security forces. The injured were shifted to hospital for medical aid while the bodies were also taken to hospital for medico-legal formalities. Meanwhile, police have conducted a search operation in Mattani and detained four suspects. AGENCIES
MA/MSc exams from Aug 6 BAHAWALPUR: The first annual examination 2014 and supplementary exams 2013 of MA/MSc under Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) will start from August 6. According to Controller Examination Imtiaz Ali Sukhera, admission forms can be submitted till June 9. The last date of submission of admission forms with late fees is June 19 while forms can be submitted till July 7 with double late fees. APP
triggered by heavy rains buried a village and killed 300 people in a nearby region. The twin disasters highlight the challenges facing underdeveloped Afghanistan’s next leader as the country heads into the second round of the presidential election on June 14. “People have lost everything they had, houses, property, vil-
lages, agricultural fields, cattle,” Baghlan police spokesman Jawed Basharat said about the floods. “There’s nothing left for them to survive. People do not even having drinking water,” he added. “They urgently need water, food items, blankets and tents.” Basharat said the Afghan army was battling to deliver aid to
the affected families, many of whom have fled to mountaintops to escape flood waters. “Officials are at the airport in Pul-e-Khumri (Baghlan provincial capital), and we will try and reach there soon,” he said. Most disaster management officials were difficult to reach Sunday due to poor telecommunication networks in the remote area. The governor of the province, Sultan Mohammad Ebadi, said the death toll stood at 74, warning
Govt heading in right direction: PML-N leader KHAN SAYS ENERGY CRISIS ON TOP IT IS PRIORITY OF GOVT TO ADDRESS ENERGY CRISIS ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan has said today’s Pakistan is much stronger than that of the past because of the right policies of incumbent government. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said it is the top priority of the government to address the issue of energy crisis. He said job creation is linked with the industries and we hope that
many new job opportunities would be created. He went on to say that government has increased fund of Higher Education Commission, which would be very beneficial for the students. “This year we would increase the amount for National Income Support Programme from Rs75 billion to Rs118 billion,” he said. PML-N leader Dr Jamal Nasir said for the first time budget deficit has decreased which is a great change. He added that poor, laborers, farmers, government employees and pensioners have been specially treated in this budget. He said government has formed a commission on tax reforms and in response to its recommendations people would be facilitated. Responding to a question, he said PM Nawaz Sharif provided op-
portunity to local parties of Baluchistan to form the provincial government. He said that we all should be united for the development of the country and political parties should play their role in this regard.
Freed Taliban say committed to Qatar deal DOHA AGENCIES
Five leading Afghan militants freed from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for a US soldier have pledged to honour an agreement between the Taliban and Qatar, which is hosting them. The men, officials in the Taliban regime driven from power by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, were released on May 31 and flown to Qatar in exchange for US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Their release provoked criticism from some US politicians, who said they could pose a threat to Americans abroad, and anger from Afghans opposed to the Taliban. But in a statement posted on their Pashto-language website on Friday, the men said they would remain faithful to an agreement with Qatar, which mediated their re-
lease. “We want to reassure all sides that we are still holding to the agreement which was reached between the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban) and the government of Qatar on our release,” they said, urging the release of fellow Taliban militants held in Guantanamo. The freed prisoners are Mohammad Fazl, Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq. Little has been revealed about the deal, but Qatar has said it will impose a one-year travel ban on the men. US President Barack Obama is facing intense scrutiny over the deal to secure Bergdahl’s release after five years. He said Qatar had set up a process to monitor the prisoners and the US would also be “keeping eyes on them”. But Obama admitted it was possible some of them could return to activity “detrimental” to the United States.
Indian minister says rapes are ‘accidental’ NEW DELHI AGENCIES
A minister from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party has said rapes happen “accidentally” in the latest controversial remarks by a politician amid renewed anger over attacks against women. Central Chattisgarh State Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra, who is responsible for law and order, has said that rapes do not happen on purpose. “Such incidents (rapes) do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally,” said Paikra of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Paikra, who was asked for his
thoughts on the gang-rape and lynching of two girls in a neighbouring state, later said he had been misquoted. His original remarks were broadcast on television networks. The remarks come days after the home minister of the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh state said rapes were “sometimes right, sometimes wrong”. Earlier, Minister Babulal Gaur gave the remarks at a time of growing outrage over the gang-rape and murder of the girls, aged 12 and 14, in northern Uttar Pradesh state late last month. Modi, whose party came to power in a landslide election victory, is so far silent over the rapes and has not addressed the politicians’ comments.
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav faced severe criticism for his perceived insensitivity over the attacks on the lowcaste girls, who were found hanging from a mango tree after being sexually assaulted multiple times. Yadav’s father Mulayam Singh, leader of the Samajwadi Party, was also the target of public anger in April when he told an election rally that he opposed the recently introduced death penalty for gang-rapists, saying “boys make mistakes”. Women’s groups have slammed the comments, saying they were evidence that politicians were unable to stem sexual violence because they lacked respect for India’s women and were
ignorant of the issues. Politicians also came under fire after the fatal gang-rape of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi in December 2012, a crime that angered the nation and shone a global spotlight on India’s treatment of women. India brought in tougher rape laws last year after the Delhi attack, but they have failed to stem the tide of violence against women across the country. At the time, several politicians sought to blame tight jeans, short skirts and other Western influences for the country’s rise in rapes, while the head of a village council pointed to chowmein which he claimed led to hormone imbalances among men.
that the extent of the disaster was “massive” and that the toll was expected to rise further. Bodies of women and children were among those recovered from the inundated areas, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said, adding that scores of people were missing. “There is a lot of stagnant water, and there are more bodies under the rubble and mud,” said NDMA Head in Baghlan Mohammad Nasim Kohzad.
KP vows support for artists PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shah Farman has said that government would soon announce a comprehensive cultural policy reflecting cultural diversity of the province and extend support to artists for continuing culture related activities. He expressed these views here Sunday in a meeting with representatives of Culture Journalist Forum led by its President, Ehtesham Toru. The minister assured that PTI led government would address issues confronted by the artists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with an objective to promote art and culture activities in the province. He said that government had already extended financial support to ailing artists including Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Khayal Muhammad and Murad Ali Alias Gulbali while other deserving artists would be compensated very soon. He told the meeting that Naeem Jan, Qamru Jan, Zarsanga and Khan Tehsil would also be given required help. The culture minister said that a comprehensive cultural policy representing all ethnic groups would soon be announced to facilitate artist’s community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that all stakeholders would be invited to debate and share their proposals in making the policy effective and result oriented. APP
Molestation of IHK nurse denounced ISLAMABAD: All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly denounced molestation of a nurse by Director Health of the territory and demanded strict actions against him. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar, termed the report about the molestation of a nurse by the Head of Health Department as an extreme case of moral bankruptcy and a cause of serious concern, KMS reported. He said people feel extremely disgusted after learning about this incident, in which all moral and human values were transgressed. He said earlier a minister was found involved in assaulting the chastity of a lady doctor of Health department. Mirwaiz said thousands of Kashmiri women were working in government departments and such incidents had rendered them vulnerable regarding the safety and security of their dignity, and honor. Demanded a transparent inquiry into the incident, the APHC Chairman said that social reform campaign had become more challenging because the government missionary, which was supposed to protect the society from criminal and inhuman activities, was itself indulging in violence and immoral acts against the people epically the weaker and vulnerable sections like women. Mirwaiz said it was unfortunate that police and administration instead of arresting and punishing the guilty involved in such acts were protecting them and providing them security. Meanwhile, the Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi in a statement in Srinagar condemned the molestation of the nurse. “While the so-called government is allowing killings of Kashmiris, it is patronizing crimes against women. It is not only the issue of Director Health but most officers of the administration are involved in such activities,” she deplored. APP
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Monday, 9 June, 2014
Budget Brings good news for underdeveloped areas Uplift of underdeveloped areas to be focused in Punjab budget LAHORE APP
Proper and judicious utilisation of funds of Annual Development Programme (ADP) and uplift of underdeveloped areas will be the main focus of Punjab budget 2014-15. Priorities are being set on a realistic basis under the budget, an official said on Sunday. The official said various programmes for the development of the province and improvement of living standard of the masses are part of the budget. Programmes for the development of the province, improvement of living standard of the masses and the provincial economy will also be introduced in the budget, he added. He said that resources of the province will be increased for providing maximum funds for public welfare and more financial resources will be allocated for the uplift of underdeveloped areas. He further said the budgetary steps will encourage value addition for the progress of various sectors including livestock, dairy development etc. The schemes aimed at the betterment of the masses will be completed expeditiously and the performance of all departments would be monitored on a regular basis. They said that short-term and longterm targets of the provincial departments had been included in the budget with an effective mechanism to achieve them.
CM takes notiCe of suiCide of sargodhaâ€™s rape viCtiM LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of suicide of a rape victim in Sargodha and sought a report from Punjab Inspector General Khan Baig. The CM directed that the culprits involved in the incident be immediately arrested while stern action should be taken against the police officials who hindered the process of justice. The CM assured that justice will be provided to the affected family at any cost. TEEN GIRL RAPE, KILLED BY RELATIVE: A teen girl in Muzafargarh was raped then strangulated to death by relative, local media reported on Sunday. Following this horrendous incident, the police took action to recover the infant girl and arrested the accused by registering a case. The incident occurred at Muradabad, when the two sisters were playing all alone in their house while their father was away for work. The brother-in-law of the brother of these two girls came in and baited them to accompany him to a nearby house, where the girl was subjected to rape and later strangulated with a rope, while the accused escaped from the scene along with the infant girl. Later, the family members of the girls and neighbours during search for the missing girls found the body of the unfortunate girl in the nearby house. The police raided different places and recovered the infant girl and arrested the accused by registering a case.
CHILL OUT: Citizens take a bath in the canal to beat the heat on Sunday. NNI
development of livestock sector can help overcome poverty: shahbaz LAHORE Online
IveSToCK and dairy farming sector is the backbone of national economy and it can be strengthened with the cooperation of private sector, said Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif while presiding over a high level meeting on Sunday which reviewed various measures for livestock and dairy development. Shahbaz said that the Punjab government has adopted an effective strategy for the development of livestock sector as it can help overcome problems like poverty and unemployment. He said that a large portion of rural population is associated with livestock and dairy sector and promotion of this sector can strengthen rural economy. The CM said that livestock, dairy farming and agriculture are important sectors of the national economy. He said that Allah Almighty has given Pakistan abundant water, suitable climate, hard working farmers, best human resource as well as livestock wealth and there is enough potential in livestock and dairy development department to make the country self-reliant. He said that this department will have to come up to the expectations by the development of livestock and dairy farming. Shahbaz said that work is being carried out speedily on the project of establishing a state-of-the-art veterinary university in Bahawalpur. He said that this project will help
in livestock and dairy development. He said that modern veterinary courses will be conducted for the youth in this veterinary university. He said that there is a need to take practical measures to modernise livestock farms as promotion of livestock farming will result in strengthening of rural economy. He directed that comprehensive planning be made for this purpose under public-private partnership. The CM further directed that a comprehensive programme be evolved for giving cattle to the poor women of villages. Special Assistant on Livestock Arshad Jatt, Livestock and Dairy Development secretary, University of veterinary and Animal Sciences vice chancellor, progressive farmer Mumtaz Manais and officers concerned were present on the occasion.
SHAHBAZ WANTS TO POWER UP PUNJAB! CM Punjab, Chinese delegation discuss installation of power plants ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have deep friendly relations which have, now, been transformed into economic relations, said Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif in a meeting with a Chinese delegation to discuss installation of new power plants on Sunday. The Chinese delegation was led-by Vice President of China Machinery Engineering Corporation Lee Jang Kai. Shahbaz said that due to effective policies of the Pakistan Muslim LeagueN the confidence of foreign investors have been restored while the government is providing facilities to them on priority basis. The CM said that the provincial government has pinpointed four sites for installation of coal-run power plants in the province. The delegation showed interest for installing power generation plants through coal in the province. Online
Wattoo urges for continuity of political process LAHORE Online Pakistan Peopleâ€™s Party (PPP) Punjab chapter President Manzoor Wattoo on Sunday urged the government to promote democratic culture and maintain its values in the country. While underscoring the importance of the continuity of the democratic process in the country, Wattoo said that the next transfer of power should also take place in accordance with the constitution and best democratic practices as was implemented by the PPP government last year. He added that the democratic system
must not derail in the country because it was the only plausible hope to overcome the multiple challenges the country was embroiled in presently. Wattoo urged the Election Commission of Pakistan, Judiciary and other relevant forums to proactively pursue the disposal of election complaints pending before the election tribunals almost more than a year. The Election Tribunal is required to dispose such complaints within three months of the elections according to the law, he added. He observed that he failed to understand as why the Election
Commission of Pakistan was delaying the verification of thumb impressions of the voters in the four constituencies as identified by the PTI Chief Imran Khan. He also called upon the Election Commission to pay heed to the complaints of Bushra Aitzaz and Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed who contested the May 11 elections. They have presented irrefutable proofs of the election irregularities in their respective constituencies, he argued. He maintained that it was equally important that the democratic dispensation ensure good governance and provide relief to all. The adequate delivery of services to the
people in the fields of education, health, transportation, administration of speedy and inexpensive justice and protection to their life and property would enhance their confidence in democracy in tandem with their aspirations. He cautioned that if democracy failed to deliver in these accounts then the people would get disappointed that would not serve well to the country and its political system. He added that if the agonising load shedding cobbled with serious law and order situation continues to sway the society then the vulnerabilities to the system would unleash to the dismay of the nation.
Monday, 9 June, 2014
ouCh! itâ€™s hot
Country sizzles in heat wave LAHORE inP
Heat wave continues to agonise Pakistanis as the mercury jumped to 50 degrees centigrade in several cities of the country on Sunday. In Punjab, the heatwave is prevalent in most parts of the province. extremely hot weather has gripped most of the plain areas of Punjab including Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur divisions. Met office has predicted that the heat wave would continue to grip most plain areas of the country for next few days. Meanwhile, Met office has predicted rain with thunderstorm in some areas of Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Malakand and Hazara Division. Jaccobabad remained the hottest area during last 24 hours where temperature recorded was 50Â°C. Four die of sun stroke, dozen hospitalized in Sahiwal At least four persons die of sun stroke and dozen others were hospitalised after being affected by scorching heat in different areas of Sahiwal on Sunday. According to reports, three persons including two-year-old Arzoo, Ahsan, 10, and 32-year-old Muhammad Aslam hailing from village 67/5-R fell unconscious due to sun stroke and were shifted to hospital where they expired. An elderly person namely Ahmed Deen, 65, belonging to village 62/5-R and affected of intense hot weather also breathed his last during treatment in the hospital. Meanwhile, dozens of others affected of sun stroke and intense hot weather followed by prolonged load shedding were shifted to different hospitals in Sahiwal where according to medics condition of three people was critical. The citizens have expressed grave concerns over load shedding of about 15 hours daily. They demanded of the provincial government to mend the power supply situation and warned to take to streets if they their demands were not fulfilled.
Beware! polio virus MayBe found here Around 292 UCs at high risk for polio LAHORE
LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique inaugrates Faiz Ahmad Faiz passenger train on Sunday. INP
Sikh pilgrims arrive in Lahore by bus after Indian government deems train unsafe LAHORE inP
RoUnD 1,000 Sikh pilgrims made their way to Pakistan from India by bus on Sunday after the Indian government thought that train journey would be unsafe for them. earlier, Pakistan had sent a special train to India to bring the pilgrims across the border, however, the Indian government had refused to send its citizens via train citing security concerns. Sources had said that this decision was taken, fearing that trains might be targeted by terrorists. As per earlier reports, the pilgrims were told about the security issue and asked to make their way to the border on foot. Sikh pilgrims journey to Pakistan annually to celebrate their religious festivals and both governments facilitate them in their pilgrimage.
The extended Programme for Immunization (ePI) of Health department of Punjab has declared 292 union councils at high risk for polio. ePI Additional Director Dr nazir Hussain said that recently an anti-polio drive had been launched in the high-risk UCs. He said that despite some cases of polio, the country would be polio free at the end of the current year 2014. He said that last year over 22 rounds of anti-polio drives were conducted in which millions of children up to five years were administered anti-polio drops. Responding to a question about the strategy to deal polio in the high risk places, he said that over 63 permanent transit posts had been established at high risk places including railway stations, bus stands, shrines and the border of Punjab with other provinces including at PunjabKP border areas where vaccinators will administer anti-polio drops to children throughout the year. He said that the ePI department was also focusing on migrant places and madrassas where children from other provinces come to Punjab for religious studies and employment purposes.
COLLECTORATE OFFICERS PAYING HIGH PRICE FOR BEING HONEST Mughalpura Dry Port Customs Collectorate request FBR for security LAHORE APP Mughalpura Dry Port Customs Collectorate has requested the Federal Board of Revenue to take appropriate measures for the protection of collectors and appraisers of the department. According to a letter issued on Sunday, Collector Muhammad Zahid said that some importers and clearing agents threatened officers and sometimes tried to implicate them in criminal cases to demoralise officers. He cited a case in which, Investigation and Prosecution Branch of the Collectorate Principal Appraiser Azizur Rehman Malik on his way to office was apprehended by policemen near the MAO College and was taken to Kot Ladha Police Station without any reason. On reaching the police station, he was informed that he had been taken into custody in connection with an old
murder case of 2005, registered against unidentified persons and now his name has been included as an accused by the complainant of the FIR. It is worth mentioning the officer had played a pivotal role in detection of a case of silicon-electrical steel import by unscrupulous importers and clearing agents Ikram International Services through fraudulent means and the officer saved billions of rupees of the national exchequer. The letter said the FBR had already been informed about the case. According to the letter the owner/proprietor of the clearing agency Ikramul Haq Bhatti reportedly belongs to Kot Ladha and he has been declared an absconder. Bhatti along with his accomplice has been recommended to be placed on the Exit Control List vide a letter dated May 19, 2014 sent to the Board. The licence of the clearing agent has also been suspended.
poliCe Continues to Bang and Bust drug pushers LAHORE APP
Lahore police claimed to have arrested 607 drug pushers and registered 599 cases against them during crackdown against drug dealers in last month. The police recovered 32 kg heroin, 118 kg hashish, 295 gram opium and 5996 bottles of liquor from their possession. During action against gamblers, 115 cases were registered against gamblers and 542 accused were arrested and stake money of more than Rs 400,000 were recovered. In a special crackdown, 1133 cases were registered against 1195 culprits on the violation of law. The police registered 342 cases against 347 accused for possessing illegal weapons and also recovered 12 Kalashnikovs, 9-rifles, 102-guns, 481-revolvers and pistols and 11910 bullets from their possession. The police smashed 60 gangs of criminals and arrested 161 accused and recovered stolen property worth Rs 8.8 million during the same period. The police have also arrested 738 proclaimed offenders and 905 court absconders, the sources added. DIG operations Rana Abdul Jabbar directed the policemen to try their best to eliminate crimes from the society.
600kg unhygieniC Meat seized LAHORE APP
Punjab Highway Patrol (PHP) rounded up six criminals and recovered 600 kg unhygienic meat, a cycle and illegal weapons. The PHP officials handed over culprits with items to the local police for legal action. The accused have been identified as Javid, Danish, Sajid, Raheel Basra, Saifullah and Rana Ijaz. Meanwhile, the PHP reunited three missing children, Mobeen, Baber Ali and Ali Ahmad, to their families and handed over a four-year-old child to the edhi Centre Gujranwala. The PHP provided help to 1,343 travellers on highways.
Imran Khan on war path
Monday, 9 June, 2014
Indo-Pak relations Time for a new chapter
PML-N is digging its own grave with its lack of interest in parliamentary politics
MRAN Khan has decided to beard the PML-N’s lion in its den in Punjab. Despite rising temperatures Khan continues to pull the crowds. The PTI’s public meeting in Sialkot was as large as the earlier two gatherings and is now to be followed by a fourth one in Bahawalpur. Meanwhile the party continues with its sideshow of weekly protests outside the office of the Election Commission of Pakistan in Islamabad, demanding a new, more independent and powerful Election Commission. That hundreds of workers including women activists are forcing their way to the venue every Friday past concertina wire barriers and police barricades indicates the coming of age of the PTI jiyalas. The so called “burger class” is successfully going through its baptism of fire. Imran Khan thrives on the lack of performance by the PML-N government. While it would be unjust to pass a verdict on the basis on one year’s performance, the large attendance at every meeting indicates the level of public frustration with the government’s performance. Among other things, the PML-N’s concept of development has failed to enthuse the general public. New roads and flyovers and introduction of metro buses or metro trains fail to capture the imagination of those suffering on a daily basis from unending power shortages, inflation and unemployment. What is more the PML-N has now to pay for some of its own preelection hypes like breaking the begging bowl and bringing back black money hoarded in Swiss banks. Imran Khan has dissociated himself from the phony calls for protests by PAT and PML-Q. He has also assured that his party’s ongoing campaign did not pose any threat to democracy. Also that he stands by the constitution. It is unusual, however, for a party with the third largest representation in the National Assembly, and which also rules a province, to take recourse to public protests to get its grievances redressed. While Imran Khan does not have any experience of parliamentary politics, he has a number of old timers like Javed Hashmi and Shah Mahmud Qureshi who could have made a better use of the forum to resolve the issues that roil the PTI. To a considerable extent, the PML-N is responsible for the trend to bypass the Parliament. A perception has taken shape that like the 1990s Nawaz Sharif continues to rely on informal processes of decision making which had in the past turned the cabinet and parliament virtually into nonentities. Unless the prime minister gives due importance to the two constitutional entities, more parliamentary components might be forced to take recourse to agitational politics, thus paving the way for mid-term polls.
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followed the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to India from his arrival to the departure. I did not find any false note either in his observations or meetings. He did not mention Kashmir. Nor did he meet the separatists who are always keen to have talks with the Pakistani leaders, not the Indians. From all angles, it was a positive and constructive visit. That Nawas Sharif’s advisor Sartaj Aziz reignited the embers of bitter hostility by briefing in Pakistan on Kashmir and several other counts is not understandable. He had to indulge in rhetoric for domestic consumption. Lobbies of the armed forces and maulvis were assured that Nawaz Sharif vented his annoyance in private while talking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Still I wish Sartaj Aziz had not done so because the meeting had changed the climate of opposition in India. Even the rightists in the country had conceded that a new chapter of equation had begun in the history of India and Pakistan relations. Sartaj Aziz, whatever his compulsions, did not have to be a hawk
to take us all back to square one. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh’s statement may have queered the pitch, but Sartaj Aziz is not a bureaucrat and he should have kept India-Pakistan relations at a higher level. Therefore, I do not see a breakthrough in the stand that the two sides had taken from the time the two countries had parted company in August 1947. In fact, I have sensed more optimism on earlier meetings between the prime ministers on both sides. Nothing concrete has come out because the establishments in India and Pakistan are basically hostile to each other. No passage of time has lessened their influence or attitude. Yet the relationship of love and hate smoulders all the time. People in the two countries yearn for friendship or at least normalcy. The meeting between Prime Ministers Modi and Sharif has once again has evoked hope for better days. Once again, foreign secretaries of the two governments are to pinpoint what keeps the countries apart. If the past is any guide, the goodwill will not fructify into normal relations. The reason why I say so is the enmity which has been fostered in the minds of people. It was to be seen and believed the enthusiasm with which the visit of Nawaz Sharif was awaited in India. The nation should have been engaged in Narendra Modi’s resounding victory or the decimation of the Congress party which has ruled India for several decades. Instead the attention was focused on Islamabad. Four or five days between Modi’s unexpected invitation and acceptance by Sharif dominated the Indian media and the drawing rooms with discussions on whether the Pakistan prime minister would come to Delhi at all.
And it was all positive. People wanted him to come and literally prayed that he would. That he had to bring around the armed forces and the extremist elements in his own country was conceded. But it was argued that his arrival would be an apt step to strengthen democratic ideas in Pakistan. Therefore, when he telephoned to say yes, a wave of relief swept through the country. Most newspapers made his acceptance as the first lead. I recall how at the time of partition there was so much bloodshed — nearly 10 lakh people were massacred on both sides. Yet a few weeks later when I bought a few tapes of Noorjehan at Lahore, the shopkeeper refused to take money since I was [considered a guest] from India. A similar treatment was meted out to the Pakistanis. The days of killing were only a few, an aberration of sort. It is beyond me to make out why Pakistan has unilaterally ended the agreement to post two journalists from either country to cover the situation. Pakistan did not have its journalists in position for more than a year. I could have understood the reason if the two Indian journalists had violated any law or sent a dispatch which had hurt Pakistan’s sentiments. There was nothing like that. Regretfully, news agencies and correspondents from the West are free to report. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India took a similar zigzag path. Prime Minister Modi, considered a hawk, surprised even hardliners in both the countries when he invited all heads of SAARC nations. Nawaz Sharif was inclined to accept it. Yet the India-Pakistan animosity came in the way. The army and the extremists exerted so much pressure that the visit
seemed abandoned. Ultimately, Sharif asserted himself to attend swearing-in ceremony. His was not only a gesture because after meeting Modi, Sharif said that a new chapter had begun in the history of the two countries. The fear that Modi is anti-Muslim was allayed when the two met. Modi realises that he has to take the Muslims along to traverse the path of development, the slogan which has given him and his Bhartiya Janata Party a majority, 282 seats in a 543-member Lok Sabha. It is churlish on the part of Pakistan to question the credentials of a person whom the people of India have elected in fair and free polls. There are enough voices in India to force Modi not to go away from secularism, part of the basic structure of the constitution that even parliament cannot change. True, Modi’s party and its mentor, the RSS, are known for their Hindutva approach. Yet they would put the country in a big turmoil if they exerted pressure on Modi to build a temple where the Babri masjid stood or to tinker with Article 370 which constitutionally gives a special status to Jammu and Kashmir when it acceded to India. What kind of country Modi wants to build is the question. The cabinet he has constituted gives a message that he wants the different elements to feel that he will not discriminate against any segment of the society, religious or linguistic. The first heartening step of his government to appoint a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to unearth black money is a good omen. We should give him time to fulfill the aspirations of people he has aroused. Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
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Karachi shut down Reference three-day shutdown in Karachi, following arrest of popular political figure, holding a British nationality and having willingly taken oath of citizenship. There was complete failure of provincial government, law enforcement and writ of state, when Karachi was shut down through intimidation and threats, for an occurrence in London and events over which neither province nor federation had any jurisdiction. Even if Altaf Hussain had not been a British national and residing there on valid immigration status, and an alleged crime had been committed and a law broken, British law would have jurisdiction unless that individual had diplomatic immunity. Founding fathers of 1973 Constitution, following precedents set by other democratic countries, had very clearly foreseen repercussions of political activities and holding of public offices by citizens of other countries and blatant conflict of interest involved. Given cultural shortcomings in subcontinent and almost cult like following of political leaders, and a history of dynastic rule, mostly involved in blatant corrupt practices, this event has highlighted dangers for national economy and national security, when those holding public offices or heading political parties hold any immigration status abroad. In the event they get entangled with the law of the land where they reside, or where their assets are located, that country can become hostage to turmoil unleashed by their cult-like followers. Seven infants died in a Karachi hospital because incubators ran out of oxygen, in a city where everything was closed and provincial government failed in fulfilling its basic obligatory functions, the sole reason for state having powers to collect taxes and enjoying other constitutional executive powers. The media, as it is, cannot perform its role of “eyes and ears” if those who wield the gun, both state and non-state actors, have powers to hold constitution for ransom, deny citizens basic rights, security of life, private property and liberty. Our national interest stands jeopardised if dual nationals, or those in the process of acquiring such status, possessing permanent residential status, or green cards etc, are allowed to head state corporations, financial, regulatory or sensitive organisations,
or head any political party or religious party based in Pakistan. Otherwise, this country would face anarchy and complete breakdown. MALIK TARIQ Lahore
Illegal vehicles in Peshawar A few months ago, Multan traffic police in partnership with tax authorities, conducted a very successful operation against illegal vehicles in Multan. The operation not only resulted in increasing the tax collection from that area, but it also helped reduce the traffic on the roads and improved safety on the roads. These days Peshawar is also facing traffic problems. On closer inspection, one notices that every 3 out of 5 cars/motorcycles plying the roads in Peshawar either have no registration or are still using the obsolete old vehicle registration plates. These vehicles normally carry numbers of Sindh and Punjab areas which the local traffic police cannot verify, and therefore they are able to use their vehicles without paying any taxes. If the traffic police and tax authorities manage a system where all the vehicles number plates are checked quickly, then that will not only help reduce the traffic in Peshawar, but it will also increase tax collection from vehicles in Peshawar. Since some of these vehicles are used in criminal activities, removal of such vehicles from the roads will also reduce the criminal activities associated with them. SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar
Chief Secretary on Facebook A few days ago, while surfing on internet I found a Facebook page in the name of the Chief Secretary, Sindh, Mr Sajjad Saleem Hotiana (www.facebook.com/Sajjad.Hotiana). Lot of interesting material was posted on his Facebook page, especially in the “About” section in which he wrote he lost his Chief Secretary job of Gilgit-Baltistan because of
using Facebook as the Chief Minister of that time Mr Mehdi Shah warned him again and again not to use Facebook account. Nevertheless, the most important part of his Facebook page was his introduction line in which he wrote and I quote “A Chief Secretary using social media to reach & redress public grievances. Send messages for improvement in governance and accountability, 100% answered by CS.” Getting impressed from the above introduction line, I also submitted my complaint pertaining to a public issue with the hope that he would take notice or immediately reply as claimed, but unhappily even after one week, I did not get any reply from his side. I keep visiting his Facebook page and realised that out of 32,000 members he did not reply any one of them although people had sent him thousands of complaints. On the other hand, I noticed that on a daily basis he was uploading his family pictures, interviews to media and unofficial activities, including his recent visit to Lyari, obviously to get publicity. Since the chief secretary wrote that that account was created to redress the public grievances, improvement in governance and accountability, I sent another message to the chief secretary, in which I wrote: “Respected sir, I am sorry to say this Facebook page looks more as a ‘publicity stunt’ instead of resolving public grievances or improving governance/accountability as mentioned. So far, I have not seen any single reply/comment from the chief secretary on any complaint with the comments like “Your problem has been resolved or I took notice of your issue” that may support my justification. I can only pray in this situation and hope someone will resolve public issues in a realistic way.” The people/visitors started to “Like” my post on the chief secretary’s Facebook page. I also received various appreciations and positive comments on my post. But to my surprise within few hours, the chief secretary Sindh not only deleted my post, including those of the similar type by others, but also blocked me from his Facebook page. May I ask the chief secretary Sindh why is there so much difference between what he claims and what he delivers? A FACEBOOK USER Karachi
WORLD VIEW 09
Monday, 9 June, 2014
WHAT DID PAKISTAN DO FOR BOWE BERGDAHL? neW Yorker
oUR years ago, as I spoke to a Taliban leader about peace negotiations with the Afghan government, the conversation took an unusual turn: the Taliban leader wanted to talk about an American hostage named Bowe Bergdahl. The official, whom I met in Islamabad, Pakistan, was a leader of the Haqqani network, a branch of the Taliban waging a long war to expel Americans from Afghanistan. The group had captured Bergdahl, an American soldier who had disappeared from a base in eastern Afghanistan a year before. The Taliban official told me that Bergdahl had managed to escape briefly from his Taliban captors. At the time, the official said, Bergdahl was being held in Pakistan. He had apparently been unable to find his way back to American-controlled territory. “He didn’t know where he was—he didn’t have a G.P.S.,” the Taliban leader said, referring to the sort of hand-held device that could have helped him find his way. “You Americans are so dependent on technology. He didn’t know how to navigate by the stars, like we can.” The Taliban leader laughed. Bergdahl, he
said, was quickly recaptured. It was impossible to verify the Taliban leader’s account, though at the time it didn’t seem implausible. Now that Bergdahl has finally been released—traded for five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo—our discussion resonates for another reason: what it says about the role of the Pakistani government in the Bergdahl affair. I had gone to Islamabad to investigate a bizarre and disturbing chain of events that had led to the capture, earlier in the year, of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the military commander of the Afghan Taliban. When Baradar was caught, by a team of C.I.A. and Pakistani agents, the arrest was hailed as a great moment of American and Pakistani cooperation. But, as with almost everything that involves our Pakistani allies, things were not as they seemed. It turned out that Pakistani agents had maneuvered the C.I.A. into arresting Baradar because he was involved in secret peace talks with the government of Afghanistan, which the Pakistani intelligence service wanted to scuttle. Sure enough, the Americans had taken the bait, and the talks had come to an end. So far, Pakistani officials have been silent about any role they played in either Bergdahl’s captivity or his release. But there are many questions that need to be
answered. The Haqqani network, the group that was holding Bergdahl, maintains especially close ties to Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence, or I.S.I. (The Taliban official who told me about Bergdahl was a leader of the Haqqani group.) That a Tali b a n aligned guerrilla unit would be so closely tied to the government of our ostensible ally—to which we give more than a billion dollars each year— has long raised troubling questions about American policy in the region. It’s worse than that. It was the Haqqani group that attacked the American
Embassy in Kabul in September, 2011, killing five Afghan police officers and eleven civilians. The Haqqani group has a complicated history. It’s run as a mafialike enterprise, with smuggling and protection rackets at its core, with Jalaluddin Haqqani, the grand old man of the network, presiding as its head. Haqqani, who is now close to seventy years old, once had close relations with the United States, and particularly with the C.I.A., during the Afghan war against the Soviet occupation, which took place between 1979 and 1989. (This association has given rise to a
thousand conspiracy theories—among them, that the U.S. created the Taliban— but Haqqani and the United States have now been foes for much longer than they were ever friends.) Given the close connections that the I.S.I. maintains with the network, it seems inconceivable that the organization wasn’t well aware of Bergdahl’s condition, status, and whereabouts. Did the I.S.I. try, over the years, to free him? We don’t know. Could Pakistani intelligence officials have done more to help him? Did they do nothing? Likewise, we don’t know. Were they involved, and perhaps even instrumental in, gaining his final release? We don’t know. But, given the amount of American money that flows into Pakistan, we’re entitled to ask. Did fears about Bergdahl’s location complicate the C.I.A.’s drone war in Pakistan? During talks to free Bergdahl, Taliban officials apparently told Qatari officials that drone strikes nearly killed Bergdahl at least three times. Last year, there were twenty-three strikes in Pakistan, according to the New America Foundation. Did Bergdahl’s captivity present dilemmas to American intelligence officials? Given the secrecy still surrounding the C.I.A.’s drone program, we may never know.
Pampered lives of the privileged in North Korea Let’s give WAshington Post BlAine HArden
In the past 15 years, about 26,000 North Koreans have slipped across their country’s semi-permeable border with China and found their way to South Korea. This flood of informants, most of whom were poor and living on the margins before they escaped, has significantly expanded our understanding of what it is like to be hungry, brainwashed and brutalized inside the world’s longest-lasting totalitarian state. North Korea’s privileged few, however, have tended to stay put, and their lives in Pyongyang have remained largely hidden. In “Dear Leader,” Jang Jin-sung pulls back the curtain, revealing an inbred world of sycophancy, full stomachs and fear. As a former court poet to the ruling Kim family and a propagandist for a secret bureau that waged psychological war on South Korea, Jang is well suited to this task, having been, until his defection a decade ago, among the most pampered of the elite. In his 20s, he became one of the “Admitted,” meaning that he personally met the late Kim Jong Il (whose third son, Kim Jong Un, is now the absolute leader). Jang ate flaming ice cream with the diminutive Dear Leader and got close enough to him to spy on his platform shoes, measuring the lifts at 21 / 2 inches. He also learned that Kim Jong Il, for all his purported love of poetry, cinema and the creative arts, did not speak grammatically correct Korean and used coarse slang while muddling subject and predicate. Jang also learned firsthand that the official history of North Korea is a work of fiction, concocted to suit the Kim currently in power. After the death in 1994 of Great Leader Kim Il Sung, patriarch of the family dynasty, Jang says, he was asked to help cook the history books in a way that pleased Kim Jong Il, the patriarch’s eldest son and successor. Research for that task gave Jang access to archival documents that he says belie the outside world’s belief that the Great Leader groomed the Dear Leader for more than a decade to take over as dictator. Hereditary succession was not the father’s idea, Jang says; it was the son’s. Kim Jong Il “consolidated power by wresting it away from his father instead of receiving it from him,” Jang writes. If this is true — and documentary proof is likely to be unavailable until the Kim dynasty collapses — then our knowledge of how North Korea operates is indeed limited. Kim Jong Il favored Jang because the bright young man had played the toady in verse,
writing a fawning poem that described Kim as the “true leader” of all Korean people. Jang also had family ties to money and power. He was known among his friends as “the man who always carried at least one thousand American dollars in his wallet.” The cash came from an armsdealing uncle who Jang says was one of the wealthiest men in North Korea. In a country where half the population does not have enough to eat, Jang was burdened with too much food. In addition to the standard rations for a member of the elite, he received a weekly package of imported goodies pilfered by the state from humanitarian aid donated by the United States and other countries. (In the 1990s, famine in North Korea claimed the lives of more than 1 million people.) Sometimes Jang received milk powder intended for starving babies. “Because we were given so much,” he writes, “it was a chore to collect our regular rations.” At 28, Jang was assigned to inter-Korean espionage. He worked behind guarded walls where “the leader required us to inhabit South Korea’s collective psyche so as to undermine and triumph over it.” To do his job — producing publications that looked South Korean but were slanted to make the North look good — he read foreign periodicals that his countrymen were never allowed to see. Strict rules forbade him to take them out of his office, but Jang loaned one to a friend who left it on a train, where State Security
found it and traced it back to Jang. The pampered life was finished. Jang fled to China with the help of the $100 bills in his wallet and his party connections. A well-placed school chum sold him (and the friend who lost the magazine on the train) special travel passes for a train to the Chinese border. There Jang and his friend used their status as Pyongyang dandies to intimidate guards before making a dash across the frozen Tumen River. It was only in China, where their money ran out and party status meant nothing, that escape turned into a punishing ordeal. North Korean authorities, desperate to keep Jang and his court secrets from reaching South Korea, spread an alert: Two murderers were on the loose. An important revelation in this book is the degree to which the Chinese police will work hand-in-glove with North Korean agents to try to hunt down high-value defectors. When it comes to poor defectors, Chinese authorities sometimes send them back to North Korea and sometimes ignore them. Jang’s terrifying month on the run in northeastern China gives this book pageturning energy. But it takes up about twothirds of the narrative, an odd storytelling choice for a book subtitled “A Look Inside North Korea.” Another curious choice is the author’s omission of any discussion about what may have happened to his family as a result of his escape. The families of elite defectors in North Korea are routinely sent to political labor camps and worked to death. For defectors, guilt about loved ones left behind can be paralyzing. Near the end of his book, Jang writes that “there are many things I cannot yet explain.” The fate of his family (which he has tried to protect by changing his name) is apparently one of them. Jang has become a wellknown writer and journalist in South Korea, where he founded and edits New Focus International, a valuable Web site on North Korea. With “Dear Leader,” he performs another important service: shining a light on the sheltered few who stand to lose everything if the Kim family ever loses its grip. Blaine Harden , a former Washington Post foreign correspondent, is the author of “Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West.” DEAR LEADER, Poet, Spy, Escapee — a Look Inside North Korea, By Jang Jin-sung, Translated from the Korean by Shirley Lee, 339 pp. $27.99
Pakistan credit. It’s due. AsiAn Age AAkAr PAtel
When diplomats say something, it is just as important to listen to what is left out. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Saarc leaders, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh read out a statement. It described what Mr Modi had said to various leaders he was meeting for the first time. To Bhutan’s leader he said India and Bhutan had “longstanding historical and cultural linkages”. To the leader of Mauritius, that there was a “special and unique relationship between India and Mauritius”, and that the two nations shared “history, common ancestry and kinship”. Mr Modi said Nepal was a country “with whom Indian shared history, geography and ancient civilisational ties”. With Bangladesh he said India had “shared struggle, history, culture and language”. When Ms Singh read out the statement on Pakistan, there was no such reaching out or softening and no acknowledgement of shared cultural ties. Her statement began: “In his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PM underlined our concerns relating to terrorism. It was conveyed that Pakistan must abide by its commitment to prevent its territory or territory under its control from being used for terrorism against India.” To his credit, Mr Modi added that the two countries “could move immediately towards full trade normalisation on the basis of the September 2012 roadmap”. However, the threat of terror attacks disrupting ties was sounded out to Mr Sharif. India’s governments have long claimed that Pakistan has stoked violence in India, particularly in the Indian-held Kashmir. The fact is however that militant violence, particularly of the Islamist sort, has all but ended in India. Terrorist violence in KIHKr peaked in 2001, when 4,507 people were killed, including 1,067 civilians and 590 security forces personnel. Following the attack on India’s Parliament, President Pervez Musharraf committed to shutting down cross-border militant activity, and in early 2002 he banned four groups, including Lashkar-eTayyaba. Since then violence in IHK has dropped down to its lowest since militancy began in 1990. In that year,
1,177 people were killed, including 862 civilians and 132 security forces personnel. The number of those killed rose every year and by 1996 (when Benazir Bhutto was in office for the second time) it stood at over 2,900. After Mr Musharraf took over, violence escalated and fatalities crossed 3,200 in the year 2000. After the peak of 2001 and Mr Musharraf’s pledge, deaths have dropped every year. Data from former Punjab policeman K.P.S. Gill’s think tank shows that fatalities in IHK fell from 3,022 in 2002, to 2,542 (2003), to 1,810 (2004), to 1,739 (2005), to 1,116 (2006), to 777 (2007) to 541 (2008), to 375 (2009), to 375 (2010), to 183 (2011), to 117 (2012), to 181 (2013) and 59 this year of whom 37 were militants. If we are to accept that Pakistan was responsible for producing most of this, we must also conclude that Pakistani effort is reducing it. The fact is that India has not properly recognised this effort from Pakistan, particularly under Mr Musharraf. Outside Kashmir there is very little Islamist violence in India. 2014 has so far seen only one death. In Pakistan, violence continues at high levels and 2013 saw 5,379 deaths and this year’s tally so far is 1,718. Mr Modi also pressed Mr Sharif on the trial of the accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and most observers will conclude that it is not going well. But Pakistan can also rightfully claim that India has been lax in prosecuting those who bombed the Samjhauta Express in 2007, killing over 60 people, mainly Pakistanis. The investigations, which seemed to be zeroing on a group linked to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, are going nowhere, to say nothing of the trial. India should press with its outreach to Pakistan on trade and other fronts on the assumption that it is delivering on terrorism to the best of its ability. Certainly the results would show that clearly. The US pullout of Afghanistan and a looming Taliban takeover of the south of that country could change the situation in Pakistan and perhaps also in India. It is to the advantage of both nations that they quickly move ahead on normalising relations before that happens. Aakar Patel is a writer and columnist.
Monday, 9 June, 2014
Tax target of Rs 2.81 trillion hard but doable: post-budget moot
HE CPE Committee of the Karachi Tax Bar Association organized a post budget seminar to discuss & deliberate on the possible consequences of the Federal Budget 2014-15. According to a statement issued here today, experts agreed that revenue collection target of Rs2.81 trillion assigned to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for the fiscal year 2014-15 is difficult but achievable, considering projected eco-
nomic growth, a senior tax official said “The rise in inflation and projected development expenditure will help the revenue body achieve the collection target in the next fiscal year,” Rehmatullah Khan Wazir, chief commissioner of the Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU) Karachi said. The revenue for the outgoing fiscal year will be close to revised collection target of Rs2,275 billion, he said. He said several measures have been taken in the budget for broadening the tax base. “The concept of filer and non-filer has been intro-
Steel prices likely to go up by Rs 6,000 per matric tonne: experts KARACHI: Steep prices are likely to go up by as much as Rs6,000 per matric tonne as a result of imposition of fresh levies on the commodity in the recently announced budget for FY 2014-15. According to construction experts, the cost of production of steel will rise in the wake of 75 percent increase in the electricity rates for its production industry. Moreover, the government is also set to collect Rs6,700 tax compared to existing Rs5,862 from the ship breaking companies effective from July 1. The builders say that the steel is already being sold for Rs77,000 per matric tonne instead of its original rate of Rs68,000 and this, as a result, will raise the cost of construction. INP
duced to broaden the tax base and given incentives to the compliant taxpayers,” he said. Wazir said that in the past several attempts were made to broaden the tax base, including conducting surveys, exemption from audit and amnesty schemes. “But all such exercises could not yield desired results,” he added. The applicability of active taxpayers-related provisions will be difficult. However, the same should be adopted on the filers of last tax year, he said. The LTU Karachi chief commissioner said that changes regard-
ing retailers will force them for mandatory registration. Talking about the withholding tax on immovable property, Wazir said, the federal government has no power over amending the collector rate. “At present, the collector rates of provinces are not at par with the open market rate,” he said, and suggested the provinces to revisit the existing rates. Commenting on the single-digit sales tax, he said, a commission has been constituted, which will give recommendations in the next three to four months.
‘Government working hard to explore oil’ ISLAMABAD APP
The government is taking solid measures to explore indigenous hydrocarbon resources for meeting the country’s growing energy needs, spudding 73 wells and making 18 discoveries during current financial year. Similarly, realizing that oil and gas reserves are dwindling, efforts have been accelerated and this year 50 petroleum exploration blocks were awarded to eight companies including local and foreign companies. According to an official document the country had exhausted more than half of the original domestic recoverable oil reserves, necessitating solid measures for exploring more oil and gas reserves to meet the growing energy needs. The document reveals original recoverable reserves on June 30, 2013 were 1,102.6 million barrels with 731.5 million barrels (68
percent) cumulative production of oil and 371 million barrels (32 percent) balance recoverable reserves. Similarly, the worrisome factor is that gas reserves are depleting and if gas consumption grows annually even at moderate rates and the present recoverable reserves will largely be exhausted by 2025. The document said when this limit approaches the marginal cost of gas supplies will rise. The government spent $ 4.3 billion on import of petroleum crude from JulyMarch 2014 compared to $4.0 billion in corresponding period last year, posting a growth of 6.2 percent. It says the country’s import of crude oil remained 44.9 million barrels during the same period compared to 40.9 million barrels in corresponding period last year, reflecting 11 percent growth. However, the document said local crude extraction posted a growth of 12 percent as it stood at 23 million barrels in July-March 2014 compared to 20.5 million barrels in corresponding period last year.
Rs 12 billion to be invested on telecentres, promotion of ICT ISLAMABAD: Around Rs. 12 billion would be invested in next three years to establish 500 telecentres and promotion of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT). Universal Services Fund (USF) would fund a mega programme for setting-up of e-telecentres for which adequate provisions has been made in the budget. USF sources on Sunday said the telecentres would help improve public access to ICT services such as NADRA facilities, biometric verification devices for issuance of SIMs, e-facilitation in health, agriculture, commerce, governance and learning to generate local employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. They said the improved connectivity of remote areas programme, the USF would also invest another Rs 2.8 billion where upon optic fiber cable was being aggressively laid to provide connectivity to outlying areas particularly in Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), rural Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and other parts of country. Additionally, the sources said Rs. 3.6 billion have been earmarked out of USF to be spent on Rural Telecommunications Programme. They said all these efforts would result in rapid rollout of next generation ICT services in remote areas. The sources said the other initiative was Prime Minister’s ICT Scholarship Programme which aimed at providing the highest quality education opportunities at top universities to students belonging to rural and semi urban areas. This year, Rs 125 million had been allocated out of National ICT R&D Fund to provide 500 scholarships in a transparent manner, they added. APP
Overseas remittances register commendable growth in economy: Babar ISLAMABAD: Managing Director Overseas Pakistani Foundation (OPF) Iftikhar Babar said that overseas worker’s remittances registered commendable growth during July-April, 2013-14, growing by 11.5 percent against 6.4 percent growth recorded in the corresponding period of last year. Talking to APP, Iftikhar Babar said that the consistent growth in remittances reflects a shift from informal to formal avenues to remit funds from overseas Pakistanis. Babar further said that overseas workers were the main source of economic growth of the country after exports. The country attained 4.14 per cent growth in the outgoing fiscal year, which is the highest one (in six years) since 2008-09,” Babar informed. Iftikhar Babar further said that economic growth during the current government would help lead to prosperity through poverty alleviation. “Overseas Pakistani Workers remittances increased by 11.5 per cent during first ten months of the current financial year and reached $12.9 billion against $11.6 billion of the same period of last year, Babar said. The government and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) have focused on promotion of formal channel for international remittances through banks and different money transfer services under the Pakistan Remittances Initiatives (PRI), he added. “The country’s economy grew by 4.14 per cent during fiscal year 2013-14 against 3.6 per cent last year (2012-13) despite various challenges, Iftikhar Babar further said that economic growth during the current government would help lead to prosperity through poverty alleviation.” APP
Accreditation to Central Seed Testing Lab to improve exports ISLAMABAD APP
The Central Seed Testing Laboratory (CSTL) would soon have an accreditation as it has submitted a case for seeking assessment and approval to Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC). The CSTL after accreditation would be able to issue internationally acceptable certificates of seed analysis which would be a value addition to agri-product in terms of seed exports. An official source at Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department (FSCRD) on Sunday said that
quality seed is the most desirable input for improving yield as improving access to good quality seed is a critical requirement for sustainable agricultural growth and food security. The official said about 372,000 tonnes of improved seeds of various Kharif and Rabi crops was procured during last more than nine months while procurement of seeds for various Kharif crops, including cotton, paddy, maize, moong bean, etc is under progress. He said FSCRD is also engaged in providing seed certification coverage to public and private sector seed companies of the country and provides seed
quality control services through its 28 testing laboratories. With regard to its achievements during this year, the official said a total of 349,000 acres of different crops offered by various seed agencies were inspected for certification purposes. A working paper for registration of 22 new seeds companies and for de-registration cases of 52 dormant seed companies has been submitted to Ministry of National Food Security and Research for forthcoming meeting of its Working Group. Moreover, he said a total quantity of 322,000 MT seeds of various crops were
sampled and tested for purity, germination and seed health purposes. He said Pre and post control trials of all pre-basic, basic seeds lots and 20 per cent of certified seeds lots were carried out in fields to determine the quality of seeds distributed by various seed agencies. During the period, the official said under provision of Seed Act Enforcement, 58 cases were filed in different courts of law against the seed dealers found selling substandard seeds and added imported seeds of various crops/hybrids to the tune of 47,000 MT with a total value of Rs.11.3 billion was tested.
He said almost 461 samples of seeds and propagating material of various crops, vegetables and fruits were also tested at Central Seed Testing Laboratory, Islamabad for detection of fungal and viral diseases using latest diagnosis techniques and protocols. Furthermore, he said, to strengthen seed certification services in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) a project called Strengthening of Seed Certification Services for Food Security in GB has been approved with objective to strengthen Seed Testing Laboratory (STL), Gilgit, establishment of STL at Skardu and training of officials of stakeholders.
Monday, 9 June, 2014
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Life is almost too much fun to be believed today -- but your great energy helps you to get others to share your good mood. It's a great time for parties or other gatherings, so open up and have fun.
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Monday, 9 June 2014
tech giAnts bAttle it out for leAd on ‘internet of things’
T’S not just smartphones and tablets anymore. The world’s tech giants are now battling over a wider array of connected devices, from refrigerators to cars to wristwatches. Announcements in recent days from Apple and Samsung made clear they are staking their claim to the “Internet of Things” following Google’s announcement earlier this year that it was creating a new Android platform for wearable electronics. “The Internet of Things is the next big platform,” said Roger Kay, an analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates. “These are potentially billions of devices. That’s a big market, so every consortium is lining up for that.” A study released by research firm IDC said the market for the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion in 2020 as businesses and consumers adopt smart technology for homes, cars and a variety of accessories. Apple unveiled Monday its new mobile operating system iOS 8 along with HealthKit software to manage personal healthcare and HomeKit for home appliances, while encouraging developers to create services for the iOS operating system used in iPhones and iPads. Apple opens up “Apple iOS 8 has the beginnings of a full-fledged
platform supporting IoT, you can see it with their health and fitness hooks and their ability to entertain more third party devices,” said Compass Intelligence chief mobile analyst Gerry Purdy. But Apple is following its own path, aiming for tighter control and with less interoperability by limiting connections with non-Apple devices. “It may be that Apple will just colonize a few areas and do it well,” said Kay. Samsung, meanwhile, is jumping into the fray with Tizen, an open-source operating system that could take on iOS and Android for connected devices. Frank Gillett at Forrester Research said Samsung - by far the most successful maker of Android phones and
tablets - wants to distance itself from Google in the next phase of technology. “I think Samsung is in a challenging and difficult place,” Gillett told AFP. “They have been successful in building devices but they don’t have a software platform or a consumer relationship.” Gillett said that with Tizen, Samsung is aiming for “a multi-part software and services strategy to build sticky relationships with customers to keep them buying hardware.” Still, he said it was “an uphill battle” for Samsung, which is trying to establish a new platform to compete against Android, iOS and others - including Microsoft’s Windows and BlackBerry’s QNX, which is widely used in automobile sys-
tems. Richard Windsor of Edison Investment Research says Google has shown it can make money from this strategy of offering Android for free. “Samsung has mistakenly assumed that it can maintain its 18% handset margins by focusing on hardware. Consequently, it has been willing to cede complete control of the ecosystem to Google,” he said in a research note. “This has ensured that Google will grow nicely driven by mobile advertising revenues while we expect Samsung to experience declining earnings.” A wide open market But the Internet of Things will likely be big enough for several platforms and may not see the same platform wars as the PC or smartphone markets. “I don’t put any platform out there in front,” Gillett said. The analyst said that the market is unlikely to be a “duopoly,” and that there “is a whole other layer of complexity” to the market for the Internet of Things. For now, some analysts see Google as best positioned to benefit from the new phase of the internet. Bob O’Donnell at TECHnalysis Research said the Apple strategy “is creating a great reason to stick with Apple devices across all their main categories,” but added that “most Apple users don’t have all Apple devices.” “Their vision could be made much more effective if they could somehow bring other non-Apple OS devices into the group,” O’Donnell said in a blog post.
NASSCOM WANTS GOVERNMENT TO SET UP TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP MISSION NEW DELH AGENCIES
Aiming to replicate the Silicon Valley story in the country, IT-BPO industry body Nasscom has asked the government to set up a technology entrepreneurship mission in India to handle needs of startups like financing, infrastructure, ease of business, among others. According to the industry body, which represents the over $118 billion Indian IT-BPO industry, the country has showed promising prospects for developing technologies and solutions and many large multinationals are reporting that 70% of their emerging markets solutions are coming from India. “Over the last 2-3 years, it (startups scene) has really widened. All the key elements of this ecosystem are there in terms of venture capital, private equity, angel investors, mentors,” Nasscom President R Chandrashekhar said in a statement. Even the presence of large companies, which actually encourage this ecosystem by way of incubators, accelerators and looking at them as possible partners or possible targets of ac-
quisition, are also here, he added. “Most of the large multinationals are reporting that 70% of their emerging markets solutions are coming from India. So, I think all in all this is gaining huge amount momentum and traction as well as recognition in different parts of the world,” Chandrashekhar said. Stressing on the need of a Technology Entrepreneurship Mission, the former Telecom Secretary said there are several issues that need to be addressed to sustain and enhance the startup ecosystem in India. “I think we still need to do many things to build up this
ecosystem and actually in a sense, replicate the Silicon Valley story in India and make sure that this ecosystem is actually able to nurture, grow and deliver breakthrough innovative products, services and solutions,” he said. Nasscom has identified 4-5 different areas and is taking these recommendations to the government. Many states have actually funded and partnered with bodies like Nasscom to set up incubation centres and provide infrastructure support, which lowers the cost of entry, he added. “There is also the need to ease the flow of capital into this
ecosystem because the normal banking and financial set up don’t work. This industry is not an asset based industry, it is basically based on the value of an idea and on value of technology,” Chandrashekhar added. He said these issues are not recognised by the domestic financing system, which is more focused on assets and collaterals. Another element is to leverage the domestic market to encourage the growth of such firms as a lot of them also look at the domestic market. The innovation and products and services are also based on domestic market needs, he added. Chandrashekhar further said: “Spreading this ecosystem to different parts of the country is important because there many places which can support this ecosystem, so we need to grow it beyond just Bangalore and Delhi NCR and places like that,” he said. While Nasscom launched the 10,000 startups initiative, the organisation believes that there is potential to do much more, especially when there is a comparison with other much smaller countries like Israel, he added.
google chrome topples ie to become most populAr browser in us
SPORTS DESK Google’s internet browser Chrome has become the most popular web interface in the US, leaving Microsoft’s Internet Explorer behind. Google’s internet browser Chrome has become the most popular web interface in the US, leaving Microsoft’s Internet Explorer behind. According to CBS News, a study by software maker Adobe Systems shows Chrome with 31.8% of the browser market, against 30.9% for IE and 25% for Apple’s Safari. Google has gained significant amount of share in PC market, and with their large mobile presence they are strong in race to capture the mobile market too. However, many companies built internal web-based applications optimized for the IE, but the growing popularity of Chrome could soon change this trend, the report added.
Apple Acquires sociAl seArch App spotsetter: report
SPORTS DESK Apple may not have given up on ousting Google as the leading mobile map application on the market. According to reports, Apple has agreed to acquire location-based social search engine Spotsetter. Spotsetter combines maps, business location information, user images and reviews to form a personalized recommendation engine across a user’s social network. The technology enables consumers to search for venues, or search by location, to read about their friends’ experiences. Industry reports suggest Apple will leverage the social aspect of Spotsetter to improve interactivity within its own Maps application. Apple MAps: With Spotsetter’s technology, it may be possible for users to open Apple Maps and receive personalized recommendations based on their social networks without leaving the application. Two years ago, Apple pre-installed its Maps application on the iPhone, but ultimately urged users to install and use Google Maps after its own app was deemed unreliable.\ Prior to the acquisition, Spotsetter had processed more than five million user profiles, 40 million venues, and one million curated venue content items from around the world, according to TechCrunch. The company was founded by ex-Google Maps engineer Stephen Tse and Johnny Lee.
ROMANIA SENTENCES HACKER ‘GUCCIFER’ TO JAIL BUCHAREST AGENCIES
A Romanian court sentenced hacker “Guccifer”, who broke into the emails of former US president George W Bush’s family, entertainment figures and the head of the Romanian secret service, to four years in jail. Marcel Lazar Lehel, a cab driver by trade and known by his aliases “Guccifer” and “Small Fume”, was arrested in January in Bucharest and could spend a total of seven years behind bars as he also carries a previous three-year suspended sentence. Guccifer shot to fame in 2013 after he hacked into the Bush family emails and posted artwork by the former president, including self-portraits in the bathtub. The same year, the hacker distributed
emotional emails sent to former US secretary of state Colin Powell from European Parliament member Corina Cretu, a Romanian, prompting Powell to deny that they had an affair. Guccifer also broke into a private Yahoo email account of Romania’s secret service chief George Maior, which his agency said had been used before for academic correspondence.\ “The aggrieved parties Corina Cretu and George Cristian Maior did not turn into civil claimants ... The defendant is obliged to pay 11,000 lei ($3,400)in legal fees to the state,” the Bucharest court said on its website. It did not publish any details on his actions and said the sentence could be appealed. An official at the Romanian general prosecutor’s office, who has knowledge of the case but who did not
want to be named, told Reuters the office had no knowledge of any extradition request for Guccifer from the United States. No mention of the hacker’s activities in the United States was made in court, the official added. Guccifer claimed a wide range of victims and provided documents to support those claims to a US website, The Smoking Gun. He used methods including guessing the answers to security questions to get access to customer accounts at Facebook, Comcast Corp, AOL Inc and other companies. The hacker has claimed his other victims include Tina Brown, the former editor of The New Yorker magazine; “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes; journalist Carl Bernstein and venture capitalist John Doerr.
Monday, 9 June, 2014
Usher Addresses JUstin BieBer rAcism deBAte
lupita nyong’o, Brad Pitt reteam for new movie
The R&B star believes it is time for the 20 year-old singer to "manage" his own life, but does state that "every person that has grown up, grows through something. It ain't just perfect from the beginning." R&B superstar Usher, who has been a mentor for Justin Bieber throughout his career, has finally addressed the 20 yearold's recent racism scandal. The 35 year-old singer is featured on the front cover of the latest issue of Nylon Guys and speaks candidly of watching Bieber deal with all aspects of fame, and what kind of pop star he is today. However, it is still unclear if User opened up about this before or after the two pieces of footage surfaced. "I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this. Now that he has it, as an adult, it's his to manage. Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don't because it's all part of life's process," he explained. Adding, "Am I in it with him? Yeah. It's unfortunate. I hate some of the things I hear. Is it all true? I don't know." Earlier this week Bieber caused outrage after a video was published by the British tabloid The Sun of Bieber asking, "Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?" Only days after this video emerged online, another clip showing Bieber using racial slurs surfaced. He is seen rapping about killing a 'N-word' and joining the Klu Klux Klan. But Usher seemed to defend the 'Baby' singer's behaviour. "I will tell you this: Success comes with a price. Every person that has grown up, grows through something. It ain't just perfect from the beginning," he stated. Bieber issued an apology for his "ignorance" as he was just "a kid then," after the first tape was released, and on Thursday he once again said he is "sorry for all those I have let down and offended," following the second tape surfacing. BY CONTACT MUSIC
mArk rUffAlo WAs too smelly for filmmAkers
fter their Oscar-winning turn in '12 Years A Slave', producer Brad Pitt and best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong'o are set to reunite for the movie adaptation of novel 'Americanah'. the actress will team up with Pitt's Plan B production company on the drama after the actor acquired big-screen rights to the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-penned novel, said the Hollywood reporter. Nyong'o will also produce and star the movie, which is an epic love story of young Nigerians, spanning continents while exploring the cruelties and the humour of both the modern immigrant experience and the difficulty of finding your way home. Adichie is best known for her novels 'Purple Hibiscus' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', which was also adapted for the big screen. "It is such an honour to have the opportunity to bring Ms Adichie's brilliant book to the screen," Nyong'o said. "Page after page, I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze's stories, whose experiences as African im-
migrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humour and heart," said the actress. Nyong'o made her feature debut with the best picture Oscar-winner film by Steve McQueen where she
portrayed the role of slave Patsey. '12 Years A Slave' was based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup. the 31-year-old actress will next star in the JJ Abrams-directed 'Star Wars: episode VII' and will lend her voice to Jon favreau's 'the Jungle Book'.
Actor Mark Ruffalo almost blew his chances in Hollywood in his very first audition because the producers were appalled by his smell. The Avengers star began his movie career in the mid 1990s and he went on to enjoy several acclaimed roles and was even nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar in 2011 for his part in The Kids Are All Right. However, his time in Tinseltown almost ended before it had even begun when his bad body odour left film bosses at his first interview gagging. Ruffalo tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I had the audition and when I spoke to my agent after he said, 'Did you go to the gym beforehand?' When I said, 'No, why?' he said, 'They said you smelt bad!' I've cleaned up my act since!" BY WENN
‘lAdies vs ricky BAhl’ to get A colUmBiAn remAke
Husband thankful for Nicole Kidman
Keith Urban feels ''blessed'' that his wife Nicole Kidman staged an intervention in 2006 when he broke his sobriety. The 46-year-old singer believes his wife saved his life by forcing
him to seek professional help after he broke his sobriety shortly after they got married eight years ago. Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, he said: ''I was very,
very blessed to have Nic call an intervention on me. I had a tight group of friends around me for the intervention. And off I went. I didn't give a s**t about anything except turning a corner in my life and doing whatever it took for that.'' The 'American Idol' judge - whose alcohol and drug addictions date back to the 90s - fell off the wagon when Nicole, 46, was away filming in Kosovo. Keith explained: ''I would find myself feeling very alone, very lost, and vulnerable to my old ways.'' Keith, who has daughters Sunday Rose, five, and Faith Margaret, three, with Nicole, credits his wife, 46, for helping him kick his demons for good, and now the pair make sure they speak every day and don't spend long periods apart. He said: ''I have a wife who is just from another planet. She is so celestial. I felt like I was just sitting dormant, and she came along and I came to life. I was born into her, so who I am now was waiting the whole time.'' BY BANG SHOWBIZ
Yash Raj Films has collaborated with Columbia's 64-A Films to make a Colombian remake of their 2011 release Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. The deal was closed at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival, reports MovieTalkies. Diego Ramirez, producer/CoCEO, 64-A Films, says, "I think the character of Ricky Bahl is the real asset of this film and we look forward to adapting this for Colombian and Spanish audiences everywhere. As of now we are looking to film this in 4 Colombian cities of Cali, Medellin, Bogota and Cartagena for the sun and beaches there – there is a possibility to go across Latin America once the final script is locked.'' ''This is truly path breaking for not just YRF as a Studio, but also for the Indian film industry at large, as it paves the path for more such opportunities for everyone. Diego's passion for cinema is exactly what we were looking for when exploring these options and we're delighted with this deal. We look forward to Ricky getting up to his tricks in Latin America now,'' said Avtar Panesar, Vice President-International Operations, YRF. NEWS DESK
‘Harry Potter’ Star Michael Gambon Cast In Rowling’s new project Two familiar faces are teaming up once again for a brand new project. Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in the 'Harry Potter' film series', has been cast to star in JK Rowling's brand new BBC and HBO miniseries 'Casual Vacancy.' The 73 year-old actor, who took over the role of the Hogwarts headmaster after the death of Richard Harris in 2004, leads a cast that includes Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie and newcomer Abigail Lawrie, Variety reports. The upcoming miniseries, produced in association with HBO, is a television adaptation of Rowling's 2012 bestselling book, selling over 6 million copies worldwide, and will run for 3 episodes that will be one hour long. Filming is set to
begin on July 7th in South West Wales. Rowling's first adultthemed novel since the 'Harry Potter' saga is based in the quiet and quaint English village of Pagford. But the picturesque surrounding is actually the setting of a divided town going to war. The death of beloved Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother causes a conflict to begin as his seat on the council is now vacant. Factions start to form, and the selected candidates to be Fairbrother's successor soon have their darkest secrets revealed, which leaves the election in despair. The novel addresses themes of class, politics, and several issues involving criminal activity such as drugs, prostitution and rape. Gambon has landed the role of Howard Mollison, owner of the Pagford
delicatessen, and McKenzie is set to play his wife, Shirley. It isn't yet known if any of the other 'Harry Potter' cast members will feature in Rowling's next film production, the Harry Potter spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' The movie is based on her 2001 book, with the same title, which was originally billed as one of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks. Rowling is writing the screenplay, creating a new story from the mind-set of the man behind the textbook, who is called Newt Scamander and his adventures will be the focus of the first film in the upcoming series. The spin-off story takes place seventy years before Harry Potter is ever introduced to the world, and will be set in New York City. AGENCIES
BATTLE WITH ENGLAND SEAMERS PIVOTAL, SAYS ADAMS SPORTS DESK Chris Adams, the consultant to the Sri Lanka team, has said the key to Sri Lanka winning a Test series in England for the first time will be for their experienced batsmen to come out on top against England's seamers. Sri Lanka have won Tests in England but the closest they have come to winning a series was a 1-1 draw during the three-match series in 2006. "One of the big challenges would be the conditions particularly at Lord's," Adams said. "If as expected England get what they request which should be a grassy pitch, the ball would no doubt move around a little bit especially if there are overhead conditions." With Graeme Swann having retired, Adams knows what would give Sri Lanka a big advantage. "If the pitch takes spin at any stage, then clearly Sri Lanka will be favourites, particularly with Rangana [Herath] his confidence is very high and he could well be the difference between the two sides." England are rebuilding from a hiding in the Ashes in Australia, and Adams identified another weak link for Sri Lanka to target. "[Stuart] Broad and [James] Anderson are proven performers,but the other seamers will be inexperienced at this level. There are areas on which we can capitalise on. If we can bat well, hopefully win the toss and get runs on the board, that would certainly set up the Test series and they could play into our hands. "It won't be easy for Sri Lanka. From the two sides, without a doubt the batting is more settled for Sri Lanka who are more talented and proven at this level. It's possibly fair to say that England have the edge on their seam attack and Sri Lanka with their batting. That's the main contest. Whoever wins that contest will come out victors in the series. The confidence will be certainly high on the Sri Lankan camp going into the Test matches." Sri Lanka had begun their tour with matches in Ireland in early May, which Adams said was a great way to tune-up for English conditions. "The preparation for this tour has been exceptional. I had a concern about the Ireland leg. Ireland are a good team and, in their conditions, difficult to play. On hindsight it was a brilliant thing for the team to do to get out there and experience probably the most extreme conditions - colder, windy and very unpleasant. To get through that,for a lot of the younger players especially, and then to come to England and go through the run of county games to the first ODI was terrific." Adams was hired soon after Sri Lanka's then head coach Paul Farbrace had taken up the post of England assistant coach in April. Adams had worked with England coach Peter Moores at Sussex as he captained the side coached by Moores. As a result, Adams has gained first-hand knowledge of exactly how Moores thinks and works, something which could prove to be useful for Sri Lanka.
Monday, 9 June, 2014
Gayle eyes 'huGe performance' in landmark TesT
N Sunday, should as expected he plays, Chris Gayle will become the ninth West Indies player to feature in 100 Tests, joining an elite club that includes Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Courtney Walsh, Brian Lara, Viv Richards, Desmond Haynes, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge and Carl Hooper. Gayle is also within sight of another landmark he is 67 runs shy of becoming the eighth West Indian to amass 7000 Test runsand he admitted that he was raring to go on the "perfect occasion" in his hometown Kingston against New Zealand. "This is a huge milestone, this is very special and something I'm really looking forward to," Gayle said. "It all started in Rollington Town - I used to play cricket on the street then I moved to Lucas Cricket Club and here I am today about to play my 100th Test match for the West Indies. "Now I've reached my 100th match and it is special because it is at home. Sabina Park is my favourite ground. It has changed a bit over the years and it's very special to play cricket here at home with my family, friends and supporters in the crowd, I always love playing at home and Sunday's match will have great significance for me. "I'm looking forward to it and I also want to
have a huge performance. I'm sure the fans will be thrilled to see this occasion on television across the Caribbean and around the world. They have been very supportive throughout the years when I have had my ups and downs." Gayle, however, insisted that the match was not only about him, and that West Indies looking to take an early lead against their opponents, having gone down 2-0 during their tour of New Zealand in December. "Hopefully we can win this Test and match and celebrate the occasion. I will look to contribute to the team and success," he said. "The focus is on winning. It will be most memorable to get a win and start the series on a winning note. It is big not just for me but for the team as well - I am sure everyone will be rallying around me. "I have had my challenges coming up to my 100th Test match. To be able to stand here today I am very proud and I want to keep scoring runs and represent the West Indies for as long as I can." Gayle, 34, made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in 2000, and though he has blown hot and cold over the years in the longest format, he has still enjoyed a productive career, collecting 6933 runs at 42.01 from 174 innings with 15 hundreds including two triple-centuries. Those heights, however, had seemed a far-fetched dream during his first game, where Gayle
admitted he "cried like a baby". "When I look back I have come a long way. In my first match I was a bit nervous, but then I had played a few ODIs before so I settled down pretty well. I remember it very well. I even shed tears. "To share a dressing room with Ambrose and Walsh - and being at first slip with the two big men bowling and hitting edges and me taking a few catches - was very good for me. "When I batted in the first innings I was feeling really good and was looking for a big
score. I got run out in a mix-up with Sherwin Campbell and I remember going back to the dressing room and I cried like a baby. But I always knew I was going to get a 'big one'. It was a special match and one I will remember for all times." In recent years, Gayle has developed a reputation of being only a Twenty20 specialist, but Denesh Ramdin, the captain, quashed such suggestions, insisting that any team would be happy to have him in their ranks. agencies
BPL TRIBUNAL HANDS OVER FINDINGS TO ICC, BCB SPORTS DESK The "reason judgement" from the BPL anti-corruption tribunal has been received by the the ICC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board. The accused in this case have also been sent the judgement details. The sanction hearing, when those found guilty get a chance to appeal their sentences, will take place in mid-June, after which the judgements are expected to be made public. "A little while ago, our lawyers confirmed that they have received the reason judgement," BCB's acting chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters in Mirpur on Sunday afternoon. "We now have the details of the guilty and those who were found not guilty. Once we are fully aware of everything, we will let the media know." The ICC also confirmed receiving the tribunal decision document and said that though it remained "disappointed" with the outcome, it will review the reasons for the decision. The convenor of the threemember probe committee, Justice Khademul Islam, said the sanction hearing will be held on June 18 or 19. "We will email them our verdict and the reasons behind them," Justice Islam told Dhaka Tribune. "We will also explain the reasons why we acquitted six individuals in our short hearing in February. "We will hold the sanction hearing on June 18 or 19. Both the prosecutors and the defendants will be able to appeal the tribunal's complete decision during the sanction hearing." On February 26, the tribunal in its short judgement acquitted six of the nine individuals, players and officials charged with match-fixing-related offences during the 2013 BPL. Dhaka Gladiators chairman Salim Chowdhury, the franchise's CEO Gaurav Rawat, bowling coach Mohammad Rafique, and three players including Mosharraf Hossain, Mahbubul Alam and Kent allrounder Darren Stevens were acquitted of all
SOURAV GANGULY TO JOIN MUDGAL PROBE PANEL
charges after the tribunal concluded its hearing. Almost immediately, both the ICC and the BCB had expressed disappointment over the verdict. Only Dhaka Gladiators' co-owner Shihab Chowdhury was guilty of making an attempt to fix the Gladiators' match against the Chittagong Kings in February last
SPORTS DESK Sourav Ganguly will join the Mukul Mudgal-led committee that is probing allegations of corruption in the Indian Premier League, including the investigation of 13 individuals listed in a sealed envelope that was given to the Supreme Court after a preliminary inquiry. "We had requested Sourav Ganguly to join the IPL probe panel and he has agreed to join us in the investigations. I had telephoned Sourav and he confirmed about coming on board," Mudgal told PTI. "Since our committee member L Nageswara Rao was not present today, we couldn't fix the date of our next meeting. We will let you know when the committee meets next." The Mudgal committee was set up by the court in October last year to investigate the fixing allegations that
year. Ashraful confessed and pleaded guilty while the Sri Lanka legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi said he failed to report an approach made to him. Similarly, the BPL tribunal said back in February that Lou Vincent had also pleaded guilty to not reporting an illegal approach.
arose during the IPL's 2013 season. It had submitted its findings in February this year in a report that included a sealed envelope - to be seen only by the judges - with the names of 13 people who, the committee said, should be further investigated. The court asked the committee to continue its investigation of the individuals named in the sealed envelope and the committee was also given greater powers for its probe. In agreeing to continue the investigation, Justice Mudgal had listed specific organisations and individuals whose assistance he would require, which included a former India cricketer "of repute and integrity". The committee, which is being assisted by former senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer BB Mishra, has been given all investigative powers, including search and seizure of relevant
documents and recording evidence. However, it cannot carry out any arrests. The committee will also be provided with assistance from one senior police officer each from Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi, as requested and is expected to submit its report in a sealed envelope by the end of August. The case dates back to June 2013, when the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma raised charges of a conflict of interest in BCCI's original two-member inquiry panel for the IPL corruption issue. A Bombay High Court ruling later termed the probe panel "illegal". The BCCI and the CAB filed petitions in the Supreme Court against this order, with the CAB contending that the Bombay High Court could have suggested a fresh mechanism to look into the corruption allegations.
Monday, 9 June, 2014
andy murray appoinTs amelie mauresmo as new coach
EFENDING Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has appointed Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach for the grass court season. Mauresmo coached Marion Bartoli to the Wimbledon title last year, and has previously acted in a similar capacity for Michael Llodra. She began coaching after retiring from a playing career in which she won Wimbledon and the Australian Open. She has also been the captain of France's Fed Cup team since 2013. Murray said in a statement: "I’m excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired. She’s faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon. "I have a very strong coaching team already in place, but I think Amelie brings with her experience and tactical expertise and will push us all to improve. Everyone I know talks very highly of Amelie, as a person and coach, and I’m convinced that her joining the team will help us push on – I want to win more Grand Slams." The appointment has not come as a surprise to several tennis big names, such as Billie Jean King, who tweeted Murray earlier this week: And Mats Wilander suggested last month that Mauresmo would be an ideal advisor for the British number one. Game, Set and Mats: Why Mauresmo would be a good coach for Murray
JOZY ALTIDORE DOUBLE STEERS USA PAST NIGERIA SPORTS DESK
Mats Wilander explains why Amelie Mauresmo would be a good potential option as a new coach for Andy Murray. Mauresmo said: "I’m really excited to be able to work with Andy. He’s an amazingly talented tennis player and I feel I have plenty to offer both him and the team around him. I’m looking forward to getting down to work and helping him win more Grand Slams.” She later added on Eurosport: "I was surprised
to be honest. I guess it's a big story to write (a woman coaching a man) but it's not my concern right now. I'm happy with the challenge; I want to help him. "He wants to win Grand Slams, that's the goal. He has the most pressure (more than Mauresmo). I know what it is. It will change my life and my retirement, but I'm passionate about this sport, I like challenges. "I like to put myself on the line and we'll see what I can do."
FRENCHMEN BENNETEAU AND ROGER-VASSELIN WIN PARIS DOUBLES TITLE SPORTS DESK Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat the Spanish pair of Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers 6-3 7-6(1) to win the men's doubles title at the French Open on Saturday. They are the first Frenchmen to win the men's doubles title since Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte prevailed in 1984. The Spaniards, seeded 12th, held until 3-3 but the 11thseeded Frenchmen had too much variety in their shots and pulled away on Philippe Chatrier Court. "This is the best moment of my career. The match point and (hearing our anthem) La Marseillaise, was unbelievable," Roger-Vasselin told reporters. His partner added: "Since I was 10, 11 ... I would dream about playing on this court. Now I have one of the best feelings ever."
sunil dev appointed india manager SPORTS DESK Delhi and Districts Cricket Association secretary Sunil Dev was named manager of the Indian cricket team for the upcoming tour of England starting June 26. Dev has been the team's manager on two previous tours. He was the manager when the team toured South Africa in 1996-97 before taking the responsibility once again during the triumphant 2007 World T20 campaign in the same country. India's tour of England will start with a couple of two-day warmup games from June 26 before the team takes on the host side in a five-match Test series. The series is scheduled from July 9 to August 19. This will be followed by a five-match ODI series from August 25 to September 5. The two teams will then face off in a Twenty20 match on September 7.
The USA ended their three-game home warm-up series for the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Nigeria in front of a crowd of 52,033 at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Most importantly for the US, they also got the farewell boost of two goals from their main striker, Jozy Altidore, whose first, after half an hour, ended a 28 game personal drought, and whose second, with just over 20 minutes left, matched his total for Sunderland for all of last season. A late penalty, earned and converted by Victor Moses, after referee Mark Clattenburg judged that Matt Besler had ended a run into the box illegally, gave Nigeria a lifeline — but the US held out to complete a run of three wins, while Nigeria’s eightgame unbeaten streak ended in advance of their campaign in Brazil. The main story of the game though, was Altidore. It was the perfect World Cup send off for a striker who Jurgen Klinsmann has kept faith with at least in part because of a dearth of realistic options, but whose all-round play had been threatening a goal throughout the warm-up games. If the first goal was a simple tap in set up by his teammates, particularly the potent Fabian Johnson, whose low ball Altidore finished, the second was the mark of a man whose actions finally matched his words after the USA’s last game against Turkey, when the striker had claimed to have no problems with his confidence. In the 68th minute, a beautifully weighted ball over the top from Michael Bradley was raced onto by Altidore down the left of the box. He then cut back and thrashed a fierce shot past Vincent Enyeama in the Nigeria goal. When the line ups were announced, Klinsmann reverted to something like the 4-2-3-1 he has tended to favor in key games against strong opposition — with Kyle Beckerman starting in favor of Graham Zusi, to screen the defense, and Jermaine Jones alternating providing cover alongside him with attempts to get forward. Bradley, in keeping with his evolving role in the US midfield, started further up the pitch alongside wide men Clint Dempsey and Alejandro Bedoya, behind Altidore as the spearhead. If it was a departure from the diamond 4-4-2, or even in execution (given Bradley’s role) from the earlier versions of 4-2-3-1 Klinsmann had played, the coach himself might have cautioned us to not read too much into that. He’d used his Friday press conference to suggest the media had placed too much emphasis on the diamond formation and that the real issue was not the starting shape of the team, but how they each individually connected together. Initial results on that score were mixed. Nigeria, and Moses in particular, started in a lively manner, retaining possession, working the ball wide and both pressuring the US midfield and defense and tempting them to lose their shape with their probing.
HAMILTON BLAMES HIMSELF FOR MISSING OUT ON POLE SPORTS DESK Lewis Hamilton blamed himself for losing out to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the fight for pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix. The Briton had been clear favourite to grab the top spot on Saturday, but could not put together the perfect lap he needed to overhaul his German rival. Hamilton said he had to take full responsibility for what happened. "I just had two laps and I didn't do good laps," he explained. "It was nothing to do with the car. "Small things make the difference all the time, especially when we have the same car, and Nico is very, very quick and performing well. "On my first lap I got traffic, but the second lap I was on my own and just didn't do a great lap. "Out of all the qualifying session I have done, I think most of them have been good laps." With overtaking difficult at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Hamilton admitted that overhauling his team-mate would be tough on Sunday. "I think strategy is going to be the real opportunity tomorrow," he said. "The start is an opportunity but we have got the same starts, and he is on the cleaner side so we should hopefully go away in our positions. "And then after that it is really just looking after the tyres." Although much has been made of Rosberg grabbing pole position at a track that Hamilton has done so well at in the past, the German said there was no greater significance to his effort than it putting him in a great place for the race. "It's extremely satisfying, definitely," he said. "Of course you are all saying it is Lewis's track, but it is not something I think about in that way. "It is a track that I enjoy myself, it is an awesome track and if I get everything right I know I can do it. It doesn't give me extra pleasure because he has a good statistic here; pole position is awesome for tomorrow."
SPORTS Monday, 9 June, 2014
Misbah is still the best captaincy choice SPORTS DESK
ISBAH-ul-HAq is the most suitable person to lead Pakistan national cricket team in the World Cup 2015. In my view, this is why PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has announced that Misbah would remain the captain till the cricket world’s most prestigious tournament next year. According to the rules, the PCB chairman selects the selectors and the captains of the team, while the selectors select the teams, Sethi said. “Whatever be the personal view of the selectors regarding who should be the captain, I stand by my decision to retain Misbah-ul-Haq as captain until the World Cup,” he said. Pakistan are set to play 13 ODIs in the next nine months before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March next year. Keeping in mind the inconsistent performances of the other players, Misbah is the best choice at this time. These days he is the only dependable batsman in Pakistan middle order and has been a pillar of strength in the shaky batting line-up. Pakistan’s unpredictable top order has made his job difficult. In many matches he has come in to
bat very early, with the innings needing consolidation after the loss of early wickets due to which his strike rate goes down. In last 20 innings, he came in with Pakistan two down before reaching the 50-run mark. Since the beginning of 2011, Pakistan’s top three have collectively averaged 31.42 runs per wicket. Many critics are in favour of star allrounder Shahid Afridi, 34, who led Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup in India. A few others want Mohammad Hafeez, 33, to be given the responsibility but he himself stepped down after Pakistan’s disastrous World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in April as the team failed to reach the semi-finals, for the first time in five editions of the tournament. Misbah is not worried about his future but has stressed that several talented young players are capable of taking over from him and should be groomed for the captaincy. In his opinion, Azhar Ali and umar Akmal who are leading their sides in domestic circuit could be his successor. “I think everybody knows that there is not much time left in my career, so my priority is to play for Pakistan. I just want to play more and more international cricket because I know that I haven’t much time left in cricket. But whatever
comes, I just want to play. I just want to enjoy it and play well for Pakistan,” said Misbah at Edgbaston during the Champions Trophy last year. Misbah, 40, was named fulltime captain of the ODI team in 2011. He has a very impressive record in his 12-year career: he has played 146 One-day Internationals and scored 4,527 runs at a remarkable average of 44.38, hitting 37 fifties. As skipper, he has
won 39 matches, scored 2,408 at an average of 47.21. under his captaincy, Pakistan lost 29. In the 32 games over the past 12 months — of which Pakistan won 16 — he averages 52.00. The victory ratio of Misbah, who has led the team in 22 Test matches with ten wins, five losses and seven draws, is even better than Imran Khan’s, even though Khan is rated among the world’s best captains. Age should not be a bar-
rier as Imran captained Pakistan when he was 40. Imran led Pakistan in 48 Test matches with 14 wins, eight losses and 26 draws. Wasim Akram led the team in 25 Test matches, with 12 wins, eight losses and five draws. Younis Khan captained Pakistan in 17 Tests with ten wins, seven losses and no draw. Javed Miandad led the team in 34 Tests with 14 wins, six losses and 14 draws. Misbah is the oldest Test and
Resurgent India look to halt Aussie juggernaut
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Buoyed by their triumph over Malaysia, India would face their toughest challenge so far when they take on unbeaten reigning champions Australia in their final preliminary game of the hockey World Cup on Monday. The Indians bounced back well to beat Malaysia 3-2 after losing back-to-back matches to start with and Sardar Singh's men would draw from the new-found self-belief when they come face to face against the marauding Australians. "The team is all set to take on Australia tomorrow. Our last match against Malaysia will act as
a motivation as we are all looking forward to play the defending champions. There is positivity in the dressing room which will act in our favour on the field," an upbeat Indian captain Sardar said ahead of the tough match. Hockey World Cup: Resurgent India look to halt Aussie juggernaut Buoyed by their triumph over Malaysia, India would face their toughest challenge so far when they take Australia in their final preliminary game. (FIH) India currently have four points from as many matches after drawing the game against Spain. Australia have already made the semi-finals with four thumping wins, while India are in the fourth place in Group A. "India are a young team and we are moving
positively. We need to keep belief in our ability to put up a good contest against the best sides in the world," said coach Terry Walsh. "Our first objective is to ensure we don't allow chances in the closing stages, and we should start taking our chances and play to a plan that we have prepared," he said. Australia have faced little opposition in their league matches so far. The way they hammered England 5-0 on Saturday showed that the team was determined to live up to the promise to present a World Cup victory to their coach Ric Charlesworth, for whom this will be the last World Cup in any capacity. Charlesworth already has the distinction of having won the World Cup both as captain (1986) and coach (2010). Charlesworth also had a short stint as coach in India on an initiative of the International Hockey Federation, but left the country a bitter man following a fallout with the Sports Authority of India. Suffering two defeats through last-minute goals against Belgium and England -- both vying for the second semifinal spot from the group -- India had no opportunity to stay in reckoning for a semifinal spot, but have plenty to play for in their last game. The Indians finished eighth in the 2010 World Cup, and have a chance to improve on that if they can retain the fourth spot in the group. Spain, who have two points, play Malaysia in their last game. Spain can overtake India's current tally of four points if they defeat Malaysia.
ODI captain in Pakistan cricket history, having led the Test side at the age of 39 years 98 days. He surpassed legendry Imran Khan’s record who led Pakistan Test team at the age of 39 year 43 days in January 1992 against Sri lanka. Zaheer Abbas captained Pakistan at the age of 37 years and 139 days. Misbah deserves to be treated with honour and respect. He took over when the team had lost 10 out of its last 15 Tests.
UMAR SAYS CAPTAINCY NOT NEW FOR HIM LAHORE AGENCIES Test cricketer Umar Akmal has said that he always try to stay away from controversies which always follow him like a shadow. Sharing his views in the Waqt Tv programme “Game Beat”, Umar said: “I have tightened my schedule to stay away from controversies and try to spend most of my time in playing cricket or other positive activities.” Speaking about captaincy, he said: “Yes, captaincy is a great honour and for me, it’s not new as I have been leading the teams at domestic level. If I am handed over this esponsibility, I will prove it through my performance and try to create harmony among all the team members as unity is a key to success.” Talking about club cricket, Umar stated: “It’s a habit of all of us (Akmal brothers) to play for our club as club cricket helps every player to regain his lost form and it’s also the best nursery for the youngsters. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must promote club cricket and the cricket associations should also prefer club cricket promotion to politics.” He said that he never wanted to lose his wicket for meager scores but he always wanted to help the country scoring crucial victories for it. “My wicketkeeping is more useful for the country than me as when I take this responsibility, it gives a chance to an extra bowler or batsman. However, whenever and wherever my services are required, I will be ready to serve,” Umar concluded.
‘King of clay’ Nadal wins French Open PARIS AGENCIES
At the French Open, there’s just no one better than Rafael Nadal. The “King of Clay” proved that again on Sunday, winning the title at Roland Garros for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 66-1, and stretched his winning streak at the clay-court major to 35 straight. He also became the first man to win the same Grand Slam title nine times. “For me, playing here in Roland Garros is just unforgettable, forever,” Nadal said on court. But it didn’t look too good at the start for the top-seeded Spaniard. Djokovic won the first set and looked to be in control of nearly every point. The combination of Nadal finding his range and the heat on court, however, started to take its toll on the second-seeded Serb.
Both players used ice-filled towels to cool themselves during changeovers, but Djokovic also looked like he vomited a bit as he was heading for the first changeover in the fourth set. Djokovic also appeared out of sorts in the third set. Trailing 3-0, he wobbled as he went to take his seat on the bench for the changeover. And in the final set, with Nadal leading 5-4, Djokovic poured cold water on his head and on each forearm in an effort to cool off. Nadal was broken once in the first set, once in the second and once again in the fourth. He was able to recover the second two breaks, however, as he started to find his range on Court Philippe Chatrier, the stadium Nadal calls his favorite place in the world to play. He ended up breaking Djokovic to win the second set, and then again to win the third and yet again to win the fourth.On match point, Djokovic double-faulted for the third time. Nadal dropped to his knees before shaking
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hands with Djokovic and then climbing into the crowd to celebrate with his team. “Every moment is crucial now. All the points are so hard,” Nadal said. “Playing against Novak always is a big, big challenge for me.” Nadal, who will retain his place at the top of the rankings with the victory, has now won 14 Grand Slam titles, tied for second among the men with Pete Sampras. Only Roger Federer, with 17 majors, has more. “For me, this is amazing, emotional today,” said Nadal, the runner-up at the Australian Open in January. “I lost the final of Australia this year. I had a problem with my back in the final, so it was a very hard moment. So today, the tennis give me back what happened in Australia.” Nadal is also the first to win five straight French Open titles. He won at Roland Garros from 2005-08, but lost for the only time in the fourth round of the 2009 tournament. Federer went on to win that year, completing a career Grand Slam.